Forget glamping, this year is all about gliking – glamorous hiking and biking – appealing to those who crave an active and adventurous holiday but without having to rough it along the way, says travel insurance comparison website comparethemarket.com.au.
Move over Bear Grylls; the emergence of ‘gliking’ means that more people can now explore new territories on two feet or two wheels, safe in the knowledge that at the end of the day they will have a warm meal and a comfy bed waiting for them.
“It is great that people want to get back to nature and explore new places, but it is important to remember that any activity holiday, no matter how luxurious, comes with certain risks,” said Abigail Koch, spokesperson for comparethemarket.com.au.
The popular comparison website – which compares policies from 27 travel insurance brands – encourages would-be ‘glikers’ to ensure they have appropriate insurance before heading off on their adventure holiday.
“It’s a very expensive mistake when people go to claim on their insurance policy only to realise that they are not covered. If something goes wrong on an adventure holiday and you are in a remote area, costs can quickly spiral as you are transported back to civilisation to receive medical treatment. Many basic insurance policies will not cover you if you are trekking above 3,000 metres or if you’re injured while biking on terrain that is considered extreme. We encourage people to compare travel insurance policies and read the product disclosure statements carefully, so they fully understand what is and isn’t covered,” said Abigail.
Comparethemarket.com.au brings you some of the best gliking trips around the world:
- Overland Track, Tasmania – (Cradle Mountain Huts Walk) This six-day, 65km hike begins at Cradle Mountain and winds through dramatic mountain passes and dense forests before ending up at Lake St. Clair National Park. Ideal for first time hikers, the daily seven to 12km trek is rewarded with luxury private hut accommodation, hot showers, three course dinners and a selection of local wines. Prices for the hike begin at $3,050.
- California Wine Country Luxury, USA – (TrekTravel) Explore the world-renowned Napa and Sonoma valleys on bike, enjoying panoramic views, flavoursome wine and elegant country roads. You’ll clock up about 65kms worth of riding a day, enjoying luxury accommodation and local cuisine along the way. Given you’ll be riding through the valleys, the terrain is pretty hilly, so if you’d prefer a relaxing jaunt then perhaps an electric bike is worth considering. The six day tour starts at $3,870 (US$2,999).
- The Milford Track, New Zealand – (Ultimate Hikes NZ) The Milford Track has been described as the “world’s finest walk”, traversing wild fiords, lofty mountain peaks and dense woodlands. It pays to have a reasonable level of fitness to take on this 54km trek but rest assured you’ll get to enjoy a three-course dinner at the end of each day, as well as a snug bed within a private lodge. Prices for the five day hike begin at $2,030.
- A Feast for the Senses, Vietnam – (Butterfield & Robinson) Riding between 20km and 50km a day, this six day tour enables you to explore Vietnam’s local cultures all the way from the north to the south of the country. A mixture of biking and flying, means you’ll be riding past rice paddies one day, war memorials the next, to then find yourself sipping champagne on a private beach outside of a luxurious hotel. Prices start from $9,000 (US$6,665).
- Marrakech & The High Atlas Mountains in Style, Morocco – (Macs Adventure) Accompanied by your own qualified mountain guide, this trekking holiday promises lively souks, peaceful gardens and snow dusted peaks. With between three and five hours walking per day, you can tailor the trek to your fitness abilities. You’ll get to stay in a traditional riad, as well as unique mountain properties boasting outstanding views. The seven day tour starts at $1,971 (£1030).