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Hiking Outdoors For the Whole Family Getting exercise is getting harder and harder for some families. Televisions, video games, smart phones, other hand held devices, and computers are keeping a lot of people indoors. While technology is a good thing, it has had a bad effect on our health. Find a day once a week when all of these things are put away so that you can go out as a family to get some fresh air and some exercise. Though not everyone has room to move around, hiking outdoors is one great way to do something together and to learn something along the way too. Before you decide to go hiking, make sure everyone has the right stuff. You don't have to have a lot to go hiking, which makes it a great activity for any family, but you do have to have decent shoes. You can buy shoes made just for hiking outdoors, but you don't have to. Just make sure you have shoes with good tread and if possible, ones that offer ankle support. Light clothing that covers the legs is a good idea too, though you may have that around the house already. Bushes and twigs can really do a number on your skin so you want to keep it covered without overheating. Don't forget to get water bottles for everyone, if you do not already have them. There is some summer days when doing a lot outside is not a good idea because you can overheat. However, hiking outdoors is usually good on most days, as long as you are under the cover of trees. Not only is the temperature lower in the woods, there is plenty of shade and a breeze moving through most of the time. If the temps are high, take plenty of water and make sure you are hiking outdoors in an area where there are a lot of trees and even a stream that you can wade through if you get too hot. Most great hiking trails offer these things naturally. Older children may not care too much about what they see when they are hiking outdoors, or at least they will pretend they don't care, but younger children may get really excited about what they can find. You can have a scavenger hunt along the way, with many of the things you would find in the woods being on the list. Add different types of leaves common to your area to the list, along with things like moss, tree mushrooms, ferns, colored rocks, and anything else you can think of that can be found near your home. Kids will have tons of fun trying to find everything along the way. Your family may look at you funny when you suggest hiking outdoors, but don't let that stop you. Everyone today can use more exercise, and the sunlight and fresh air is good for your health. You can start of slow with hiking trails that do not have steep climbs [...]

You can do the average things on any vacation, or you can look around for something a bit different whether you are going alone, with a partner, or with your family. Vacation spots like amusement parks are great and make for a memorable vacation, but you may have had enough of that and wants to seek out something different. You may even want to take a vacation that will be a lot of fun but that may also save you money. There are many organized walking tours out there that you can take, or you can come up with your own. Walking tours often include sightseeing on foot, as the term would suggest. These are not your typical walks through any city or town. Some of these are taken through some of the world's most famous places, and others are going through things that you have never heard of and may never see unless you take some of these walking tours. Not only will you see amazing things, you can get some well needed exercise while you are on vacation without overdoing it. It is more relaxing than you think. A long walk will seem short when you are viewing things that stir the imagination and fulfil a sense of adventure. If you want to see some of the best sights in the world, perhaps some of the top natural and man made wonders of the world, you should see if you can find walking tours to see them. Did you know you could climb the Sydney Harbour bridge in Australia? It's not for the faint at heart, but if you do it, you can see a view most others can only see in photographs. Sydney, like many other international cities, has walking tours of many attractions that people come from all over the world to see. You can find walking tours in cities that have a hidden past. Some cities have secrets that are not well-known, but you can know them through these tours. There is an underground city in Seattle that used to be Seattle proper. Because the city was built so low, it often flooded. The city was literally built up over the old city, and some of that old city remains. How much of that you can see today depends on the condition of this area, but you can certainly inquire about walking tours of this unique city. There are certainly walking tour opportunities in most cities or even parks or other rural areas. However, that does not mean you have to limit yourself to what you see through an online travel site. You can see what you can find out about any city or area and then come up with your own walking tours. Find a hotel near where you want to go, and build your own vacation from the ground up. You can most definitely have a fun and unique vacation experience this way. You can also find other ideas from folks who have [...]