In this hiking for boomers guide, you’ll discover trails from around the world. Most of the hiking advice centers around easy to moderate day hikes. You’re sure to find one to add to your travel itinerary.
Whether Alan and I are in New Zealand, cruising in Alaska, or visiting a national park, a good hike is one of our favorite ways to experience a destination. There’s nothing like putting your feet on the ground to get the true feel of a place.
On this page, you’ll discover favorite hikes from around the world based upon first-person experiences. If Alan and I haven’t hiked a trail, our guest writers have!
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Hikes in North America
Most of our hiking experience has been in North America, specifically the U.S. with some Canadian trails included for when we visit our neighbors to the North. With a vast continent such as North America, you’ll find everything from beach trails to mountain jaunts. You’re sure to discover a new favorite.
The Best USA Day Hikes for Boomer Hikers and Travelers
The best USA Hiking Trails for boomer travelers Alan and I include hiking on our trips around the U.S. whenever possible. Hikes are ideal for stretching your legs on a road trip or when exploring a national park. Some of the links on this page are referral links. Read our Disclosure. Our trail recommendations are […]
Updated 06.16.2020: While hiking in Montana, you’ll see wildlife and admire jaw-dropping scenery on trails for every ability level. From Glacier National Park to the Bitterroot Mountains and beyond, you’ll find trails for reconnecting with nature, which is oh-so-healthy for everyone, including boomer travelers. Some of the links on this page are referral links. Read […]
Walking the Wild Pacific Trail in Ucluelet, B.C.
On a Vancouver Island road trip, walking the Wild Pacific Trail offers visitors to Ucluelet, the opportunity to get out of the car for an exercise break. But don’t move so fast that you fail to appreciate the dramatic ocean views and serene forest setting. This moderately easy walk is a must-do when travelers visit […]
When we’re exploring a new country, we really love to take advantage of any hiking opportunities. Throughout Europe, you’ll find a ton of hiking trails that are suitable for all types of fitness levels. Take a look at a few of our favorite hikes below.
Hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia
Do you consider waterfalls to be an important element for a hiking trail? Just wait until you go hiking in Plitvice Lakes National Park! Perhaps it’s a bit cliché to say that the world is full of incredible sights that are, well, seemingly out of this world. However, those lucky enough to get off the […]
Hiking Italy’s Majestic Dolomites
The surreal beauty of Italy’s Dolomite Mountain Range is legendary and well, you know how much we love hiking. Read along as guest contributor, Susan Guillory from The Unexplorer, describes her amazing adventure hiking the Dolomite Mountains, which are, without a doubt, one of Italy’s most beautiful destinations. What I love about travel is discovering […]
Hiking in Cinque Terre on a Boomer Travel Adventure
Italy is a world-renowned travel destination with endless options for active travel. But, if you’re looking to do something really special, hiking Cinque Terre is definitely a great adventure. Guest contributor, Shelli Elledge from Written FYI, recently visited Cinque Terre with her sights set on hiking. Read about her experience traveling on foot from one […]
How to Plan a Hiking Trip through the Swiss Alps
Active travel means many things to many people. We certainly include hiking in the active travel category. Through the years, we’ve shared many trails that have inspired our baby boomer readers to go hiking around the world. And, now, we’re adding a new favorite to our “want to do” European hikes. Guest contributor, Lesley Connor […]
Boomer Hiking in Brittany, France
Have you thought about including hiking in Brittany on your trip to France? As we’ve said many times before, hiking is a wonderful way to really see the best off-the-beaten-path places in a new destination, and you don’t need much to do a quick hike to take in the scenic views. A girl after our […]
Hiking in Wicklow Mountains National Park on a Trip to Ireland
Are you dreaming of a trip to Ireland? What type of active things will you do? I recommend a Wicklow National Park hiking trip. Like me, guest contributor Kirsten Gallagher is a big fan of active travel. Previously, she inspired boomer hikers with her stories of hiking and practicing yoga in Guatemala. Now she’s taking […]
Dubrovnik and Split Hiking Guide
Croatia has been growing in popularity for years, but lately, it’s getting more and more attention for its active travel options. Along with a fascinating history and warm culture, Croatia offers some great hiking paths with stunning views of the country’s beautiful coastline. If you’re thinking about visiting Croatia, today’s guest contributor, Vanessa A Nirode, […]
Hiking Through Macedonia’s Jasen Nature Reserve
Are you in the mood for a really off-the-beaten-path adventure? Good, because today’s guest contributor, Vanessa A Nirode, is taking us on a hiking trip to Macedonia’s Jasen Nature Reserve. With wild goats, wolves and stunning scenery, this park, located deep in the heart of the Balkans, has been called “the best-kept secret among Europe’s […]
Hiking Through Northern Spain’s Volcanic Region
There are few things we love more than a good old off-the-beaten-path hiking adventure. Add to that a beautiful Spanish countryside with ancient volcanic craters, beechwood forests, and strolls through medieval towns, and we’re in travel heaven. Thankfully, guest contributor, Vanessa A Nirode from Girls Drink Stout, is here to take us to the little-known […]
More Hiking Around the World
Although hiking in the US and Europe can keep you busy for years, it’s fun to put your feet on the ground in other parts of the world, too.
Hiking in the Foothills of the Himalayas
Hiking is by far one of our most favorite activities to do while traveling, especially when exploring beautiful exotic lands. As part of our Hiking around the World series, guest contributor Shaly Pereira from traveltoes85, is here to share with us her experience hiking in the Himalayas. Trekking in Uttarakhand, India Ever imagined a place […]
Australia Hiking for Boomers: The Great Ocean Walk Itinerary
At My Itchy Travel Feet, we feature hiking trails from around the world. Our boomer travel readers love active travel and when they can do it while enjoying stunning scenery, its all the much better. While we’ve shown you how to experience the Great Barrier Reef and where to find a Northwest Adventure in the Kimberley […]
Exploring Chinchero in Peru’s Sacred Valley
Updated 09.25.2019: Peru is a favorite travel destination of many, most of whom visit to see iconic Machu Picchu. But, if you’re planning a trip to this amazing destination, why not take the time to see some of the lesser-known sites in the area? Guest contributor Patti Morrow from Luggage and Lipstick is here to […]
Finding Boomer Adventure hiking Pacaya Volcano in Antigua, Guatemala
As our readers know, we adore a good hiking adventure, especially when it involves exploring off-the-beaten-path areas of the world. Guest contributor, Kirsten Gallagher, is here to share her experience in Guatemala where she trekked up an active volcano on a Pacaya Volcano hike. Get your hiking boots, grab some water, and enjoy this adventure […]
Hot Springs and Hiking in Guatemala
Guest contributor Kirsten Gallagher has been sharing tales from her recent Guatemalan adventures over the last few weeks. From practicing yoga in Lago Atitlán to hiking up an active volcano in Antigua, Kirsten is obviously a big fan of active travel. Today, she’s telling us about her most recent adventure, which included hiking in Guatemala […]
Making the Trek to Kaiteur Falls, Guyana
Within the wonderful world of hiking, there are seemingly two categories: those leisurely hikers who love a good dose of fresh air mixed with great views of beautiful landscape and then, there are those adventurous trekkers who love nothing more than beating new and arduous paths towards incredibly remote destinations. Today’s guest posters, Candas Whitlock and […]
Mt Cargill Walk in Dunedin: A Hiking Cruise Excursion
Mt Cargill Walk in Dunedin: A Hiking Cruise Excursion Updated: 07.01.2018 On long cruises with lots of sea days, Alan and I are always happy to put our feet on the ground once the ship is in port. Booking a cruise excursion that includes time in nature is even better. And that’s exactly what we did when […]
Hiking the Abel Tasman Coast Track
Updated 06.01.2015 Isolated beaches, sandy coves, tree-studded ridges where a waterfall’s trill competes with the call of the bellbird and tui —this is New Zealand’s Abel Tasman National Park on the South Island. You’ll find plenty of active travel adventures here, including some world class hiking. Choose from two tracks: One leads inland up forested […]
Exploring Ulva Island on a Silversea Cruise Excursion
Updated 02.08.2020: Besides an Antarctica cruise, an Ulva Island guided walk may be the closest Alan and I will get to the end of the world. As we stand on the beach, gazing at the scenic Pacific Ocean view, the guide tells us that if the water sweeps us away, Antarctica will be our next […]
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