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I faced this when I suggested hiking the Tour du Mont Blanc to my husband several years ago. He resisted with arguments like, Why would I want to wake up the same time on vacation as I wake up for work? Hiking six hours a day sounds like a lot of work on vacation.
Not only did he agree to do it within a couple of days, but he thoroughly enjoyed it, just as I knew he would. So much so, that the next year he suggested an even longer and more challenging trek. He continues to find hikes that we can do on our vacation. While these tips are designed to help you convince a partner, you can use them with family and friends that need some convincing.
Here are the tips that helped me convince my husband that a long distance hiking trip was a perfect vacation for us.
1) Identify WHY your Partner is Resistant to the Idea of a Hiking Holiday
For example, if your partner says that he hates camping, you can find a hike like the Tour du Mont Blanc that offers more luxurious accommodations such as accommodation in mountain huts. The West Highland Way, one of the most popular hiking holidays in the UK, gives you the option to stay in hotels and quaint B&Bs.
If he’s resistant to the idea of waking up early to hike, you could negotiate a slightly later start time. For example, you could start walking at 9:00 am, instead of at 8:00 am. My husband’s idea of a good vacation involves getting lots of sleep. We were in bed by 10:00 pm, most nights and up at 7:00 am for a solid 9 hours of sleep every night. This schedule worked well for both of us.