We have found walking holidays relaxing and stress-free. From time to time you may find yourself a bit lost – not really though, as when this happens it usually means too much talking and not enough navigation! A quick back-track will usually set things right. We have found rural Europe to be safe, populated by lovely people always willing to help you, and in comparison to Australia there are few creatures to be worried about. At the start of the walk when you are on a country train heading to a little village you have never heard of you may wonder what will happen next. Don’t worry. There will be a taxi at the station ready to meet you and drive the party to the first night’s hotel. The proprietor will expect you, you will have a nice room and you will have a great meal.
Of course, accidents, falls, injuries and unforeseen illness can occasionally happen but again, it needs to be said, Europe is not outback Australia. Even in the more isolated stretches you are probably not far from a town and emergency services (what seems like a long way on foot may be only 10 minutes in a car!). Also a call to Inntravel can swing things into action in an emergency.
Generally, everywhere in Europe is accessible to a mobile phone signal. It is good common sense to have mobile phone communication on the walk, either a local phone card or have your Australian mobile phone set for International Roaming. This allows you to use your Australian phone number to send and receive texts and make short phone calls at moderate cost.
Also Inntravel monitors the walks in cases of road blockages and other problems with the route due to weather. In Spain on one occasion we received a call from Inntravel to one of our hotels to tell us a bridge up ahead on the next day’s walk had been washed away and that a transfer had been arranged for the next morning to drive us around it by a different route.
So far we have undertaken six Inntravel self-guided walks, and you can read some of the most notable memories from our experiences
G. Willmott, Australia