Posts tagged self-love
Baby Steps to Hiking My Own Hike. What's so Hard?

I’m sure we all have teachings we fully agree with in theory but have troubles with implementing them in real life, right?

The Hike Your Own Hike saying is pretty standard in the hiking world. We kind of all agree with it, but it seems I have a problem to internalize it and walk the talk.

Struggling to hike my own hike

When we add to it the tendency of some people (like myself) to harshly judge oneself in comparison to others, the infamous impostor syndrome many people (women especially) suffer from, we see why it’s so hard to really, truly, hike our own hike and let others hike their own hike.

I talk and write a lot about self-acceptance not because I’m such a brilliant champion of that but precisely because I struggle with it and need a constant reminder that I should accept my self (my body) just the way it is.

Read More
Solo in Portugal on the Via Algarviana Trail: From Barranco do Velho to Silves

Tune in to the next section of my hiking adventure on the Via Algarviana trail in Portugal: from Barranco do Velho, through Salir, Benafim, Alte and a rest day in Messines to Silves.

I left Barranco do Velho not only with a refreshed body but most importantly - with a much lighter soul and happier mind. When I went down for breakfast that morning, the manager told me that the puppy was gone. I didn't understand well if it was the owner who picked him up or if someone else took him home, but the most important thing was, that the dog was safe and not with me.

Read More
Are You Sure You Can Call Yourself a “Hiker”?

So you would like to call yourself a "hiker" but do you have the right to do so? Are you doing all that is required to be able to call yourself that? Not everyone has earned the right to talk about themselves as a hiker or trekker. Like with everything else, there are limitations and requirements one need to fulfill to have the right to use a particular term.

To make it easier for you, I have created a checklist.

Read More
Why I Do What I Do: On Hiking Solo & Taking Selfies

Why do I go alone into the Mountains? And what’s the deal with all these selfies?

I can’t help the smile. It doesn’t matter that I’m puffing, I am sweating, and there is some aching in my knees. The smile is there. It’s probably not even visible all that much to passing me hikers (although I always try to smile nicely to all hikers me on trails) but I feel it. I sense the smile.

And it’s a different kind of a smile than the one I give a colleague at work in the morning or after hearing a cute joke. This one is different, it radiates from a different place, somewhere deep inside. It’s a bit like when we fall in love, the smile we can’t stop after remembering the cute moment a day before.

Read More
Outdoor Blog of the Year Award Nomination - or Why I'm Bursting with Pride!

Recognising those who inspire others! Each year GO Outdoors likes to recognise some great outdoor bloggers that take their own time to encourage and inspire others to head outdoors through tips, routes, kit lists and more. This year, the blog A Woman Afoot has been nominated for the award. Learn more about the award and the blog.

Read More
Hiking & Camping Solo in Norway: Dale to Høgabu Near Bergen

This past July my dream came true: I went back to Norway and spent a couple of weeks hiking and camping solo. I think Norway is just the perfect destination for all who love big views, adventure, and beauty. I am a loner who hikes solo and I can highly recommend Norway for all fellow solo hikers and campers!

Norway is huge and there is no region which lacks in beauty. I would have a really hard time choosing trails if it weren’t for the fact that I have a friend living there. She lives a few hundred kilometers north of Bergen, so it made a perfect sense to make Bergen my starting point.

Read More
Pros and Cons of Hiking Solo

What does it really mean that you are alone? 

Before you head off to your first solo adventure, it's worth going through some pros and cons. I love hiking solo and am a big supporter of the idea. But it's best to be prepared and know what you are getting yourself into. Below are various possible cons and pros - they don't work that way for all but read them all to see if hiking solo is for you!

In the typical case of "good and bad news" I start with the cons:

Read More
Hiking with Fibromyalgia: Benefits, Tips, and Recommendations

I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia some nine years ago. Unexplained pains, nothing on x-rays, and jumping reaction to the doctor pressing some well-chosen spots on my body. A well-known story to many who struggle with fibromyalgia and sometimes wait for years for a diagnosis.

I am lucky – my version of FM is pretty light. I could still work, take care of myself and generally, the disease did not mess too much with my life. My doctor told me about the importance of exercise and active lifestyle no matter the pain it could cause.

Read More
Hiking Benefits - Scientific Reasons to Hit the Trails Today!

Hiking through beautiful landscapes is a reward in itself. But as if this was not enough there is a whole range of hiking benefits to serve our body, mind, and social relations.  

No matter the length or difficulty – all hikes bring benefits to the physical and mental health. Do what works for you – and hike your own hike. It can be 30 min before or after work, or a few weeks in the wilderness.

The benefits might vary – but they are all the lovely side effects of simply enjoying some time with Nature. 

Please remember, we are all different and we all have specific body needs.

If you have any health issues check with your doctor first before starting any kind of physical activity, and especially if you wish to do something more strenuous, like long hikes in mountainous terrain.

Let's stay safe, enjoy the Great Outdoors and reap the many benefits of hiking :)

Read More
Just Leave Me Alone! How Hiking Solo Calms Social Anxiety

„Are you hiking all alone?” – An older gentleman asked me as I was making my way up the trail. I looked up and down and saw at least a dozen people in groups of two or more making the same trek as me.

I was hiking a very popular trail, on a long weekend which raised the number of hikers even more, and pretty close to the town.

Why is it, that a woman hiking by herself causes surprise and strange looks? I wonder what this gentleman would say If I told him I loved doing multi-day solo hiking and camping trips in much more remote areas.

I don’t have to wonder if he would ask the same question a solo man. I know he wouldn’t.

Read More