Travel Walking Tips

One of the great ways to stay active while traveling is to go out walking. All you need is a good pair of shoes, layers of clothing for weather changes, a light pack, and you are good to go! Recently I traveled to Victoria, B.C. and Washington, D.C. – two very different locales with interesting opportunities for Camera Walking. With a little preparation before you leave you can be out Camera Walking with confidence. 

Two Locales - Victoria, B.C. and Washington, D.C.

Two Locales – Victoria, B.C. and Washington, D.C.

Plan your route: Before you leave, search online for walking routes. You can find maps and a list of walking areas through most city’s parks and recreation departments; many with self-guided walking maps. Another option is TrailLink by Rails to Trails Conservancy. MapMyWalk.com is one of many great resources available to search and download to your phone. When you search for your destination, a number of suggested routes, created by other walkers, pops up on a map. You can also create your own route when you go out walking and share it with others!

MapMyWalk - Washington, D.C.

MapMyWalk – Washington, D.C.

And, of course,  when you arrive you can ask the hotel for the best place to walk safely. I did that when I went to Victoria, B.C., and they recommended Beacon Hill Park, an expansive 200 acre park, making for great Camera Walking not far from the hotel.

Reflections

Reflections – Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC

Plan your gear: In addition to packing good walking shoes, and layers of clothing to deal with weather changes, bring along a pedometer, and a light pack to tote your water bottle and personal items. I have mentioned my favorite, Lowepro’s Sling, which I use while traveling because it folds down for easy packing. Since we traveled by car to Victoria it was easy for me to bring my DSLR along for Camera Walking. I was able to get some very good shots and was happy to have it with me.

Weeping Tree

Weeping Tree

But when packing for Washington, D.C., knowing that I had a packed schedule and would need to take my gear on the plane, I opted for my iPhone and I wasn’t disappointed  with the results.

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park

Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park

The restful nature of Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park gave me both a good walk and relaxing scenes. Washington, D.C., however, gave me another option – to walk around my hotel’s neighborhood for scenes of Georgetown. In fact, just a block from my hotel, I discovered a wonderful walk that takes you along a section of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal that covers D.C., Maryland and Ohio.

Red Brick Path

Red Brick Path

But there are other opportunities in Georgetown, such as exploring the unique houses north of M Street.

Upstairs, Downstairs

Upstairs, Downstairs

Or some of the historic remains of this very old neighborhood.

Georgetown

Georgetown

Plan the time of day: When I am in a location that I am not as familiar with, I think more about the time of day to walk. My preference is morning, but with meetings and winter’s dark and cold mornings, I opted for an afternoon walk.  Making my walk a Camera Walking experience made a real difference. I stayed out longer exploring and got a good walk, as well as fun photos.

Red Door

Red Door

So when thinking of your next trip, add Camera Walking into your plans. With a little preparation you can get good exercise and fun photos to share when you return. What are your favorite travel tips? We would love to hear from you by commenting below, posting on our Facebook page, or sending us an email at getmoving@camerawalking.com .

Remember whether at home or on the road, grab your camera and go out Camera Walking to achieve better health, fitness and creativity!

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