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Walking (hiking, backpacking, trekking, or rambling) is the oldest and probably the most zen way of getting around. You need time, but it's quite rewarding. With some training you can walk about 25 to 30 km a day (depending on the route and conditions).

There are many relatively convenient trails out there, on which you will not be bothered much by cars.

Walking Networks

There are walking networks around the globe, from the short day trip to walks that can last weeks or months. For example. a network[1] of long-distance trails crisscross Europe (i.e. Tour du Mont Blanc). Based on a 'E' numbering system, the he E7 Atlantic-Black Sea for example allows you to walk from Portugal to Hungary. There are also walks that exist in individual countries[2].


- Pilgrimages. For example on the Camino de Santiago. Often you can also find relatively cheap accommodation in strategic locations so you don't have to carry a tent and other camping gear with you.

Urban Walks

- Urban walking.

Secondary Road Walking

It can be nice to combine walking with hitchhiking.

Notable Walkers

  • Paul Salopek is three years (2017) into a seven-year foot journey from Africa to South America.
  • John Francis or PlanetWalker walked on/off for 22 years from 1972 until 1994.
  • Nimblewill Nomad has been walking for 15 years.


Paths to Santiago de Compostela
  • FreeWalkers: a non-profit 501(c)3 organization that offers events, information, & networking educating the public on the benefit of walking.

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