Move over traditional sightseeing, throngs of visitors, and tourist traps! Explore Europe on Foot gives travelers an alternative way to discover Europe. A hiking vacation offers countless rewards: the time to admire the tidiness of a village farm, soak in the rugged alpine view from a rocky perch, and absorb a country through the smells of its landscape and encounters with locals. Explore Europe on Foot is a complete guide to conceptualizing, planning, and executing the slow-travel hike (or hikes!) of a lifetime.
Author Cassandra Overby tells you how you can spend all, or even just part, of your vacation enjoying scenery, small towns, and cultural experiences most travelers miss--all without carrying a big backpack. This guide offers all the nuts and bolts you need: how to choose a route that is right for you, how to plan, what to pack, what to expect, how to find accommodations and food, how to deal with challenges along the way, and so much more. These aren't wilderness backpacking trips, but rather a wide range of town-to-town walks that offer the opportunity to have an authentic, affordable, restorative vacation.
Travelers will also appreciate overviews of fifteen long-distance trails in Belgium, France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, and Turkey, with itineraries that range from one to fifteen days. For those unwilling to go all-in, Cassandra also offers tips on incorporating day-hike outings into a more traditional vacation. The focus is on how to craft that more immersive vacation so users of the guide will be able to apply what they learn to their own dream destinations.
15 Handpicked Walks include: Rota Vicentina, Portugal English Way, Spain Mont Saint-Michel, France Alsace Wine Route, France Tour du Mont Blanc, France and Italy Cinque Terre 2.0, Italy Lycian Way, Turkey Alpine Pass Route, Switzerland King Ludwig's Way, Germany The Moselle, Germany The Ardennes, Luxembourg and Belgium The Lake District, England, UK West Highland Way, Scotland, UK Laugavegur Trek, Iceland The Sahara Desert, Morocco
"Thinking about taking a trek in Europe? Author Cassandra Overby has you covered with her extensive new guide, Explore Europe on Foot."--Beers at the Bottom
"This book is pretty awesome. It's a guide that makes walking through Europe really accessible".--Beth Whitman "Be Bold Podcast"
"There is something here for everyone, whether you want to travel in a group, with another person or on your own; whether you are fit and prepared to walk long distances or want to do day trips. I won't say buy this book if you are planning to hike through Europe--I would say buy it even if it is a distant dream. Overby will convince you and guide you into making that dream a reality."--Suroor Alikhan "Women on the Road "
"Whether a 2.5 mile (round-trip) trek on Mount Vesuvius in Italy or a 47-mile hike along the Rota Vicentina Fisherman's Trail in Portugal is more your flavor, you're sure to find the adventure of a lifetime within these pages."--Jennifer Melville "Seattle Book Review "
"Explore Europe on Foot' is a comprehensive resource guide to traveling on foot through some of Europe's most spectacular, awe-inspiring and enchanting settings.... Overby is your virtual guide as she escorts you step-by-step through the planning process from dreaming of places to go, preparations for planning and packing, and making the most of your walking holiday."--Jeff Titelius "EuroTravelogue "
Cassandra Overby is a freelance travel and outdoors writer who loves combining her enthusiasm for foreign travel and hiking by encouraging people to explore the world on foot--and helping them do it. To read more of Cassandra's active travel writing and see the magazines she regularly contributes to, visit cassandraoverby.com. Learn more about her travel brand, Explore on Foot, at explore-on-foot.com.