To enjoy an excursion:
…you must free yourself from the anxieties of your everyday life, and leave them at home! Walking helps you freeing your mind from stress and problems, relieving negative energy run up during ages of work.
Learn to live in a group.
Accept the dynamics of the group you entered; perhaps you won’t love all the participants, but now you are a part of that group, so learn to live with the other for some days at least. Put into the group’s disposal your knowledge (and, if necessary, your things) and ask other people for what you need – not only material things, but also knowledge and culture.
Inform the group about your feeling and your state of mind: keeping everything for yourself doesn’t help the group in understanding what you desire. Inform the guide about your problems: he will do whatever ha can to solve them.
Learn to accept something unexpected
Nothing is irreparable, and during a trekking the unexpected is normal, and is part of the fun.
Don’t expect too much
The guide is at your disposal to help you in any situation, but don’t load your choice on him. Try to ask yourself why you are participating, what you are expecting and what you imagine to face.
Trekking requests enough adaptability. Adaptability will make you appreciate experiences that you never thought to gain: for example, you never thought about sleeping a night in the open air or under the moonlight, but now you can do this!
Stop to run
Discover the peace of the slowness, learn to walk slowly, look around you, there is always a new flower, an insect or a colour that will amaze you. Trekking is not a competition, the rhythm of the group must go together with the slower rhythm of Nature.
A group on tour is fascinating because you can know other people, communicate experiences, and deepen the awareness of yourself… While trekking you can also recover the beauty of silence, of listening to your own steps, to your breath, to the sounds of Nature. Your fellow travelers will be grateful!
Walking tours are useful to learn to distinguish between necessary and unnecessary. Then you will discover what it is necessary to eat and what’s not, what is necessary about the daily hygiene or the comforts etc. Eliminating what is unnecessary from your bag and from your mind, everything will be easier.
I'm a professional guide registered to LR n42/2000 (member of the Italian Association of Ambiental Guides)