It depends on which part of the world you are right now. I’m writing from Singapore, so the traveling distance from this time zone to the places cited may play some part for the purpose of this article. In no order of importance, here they are:
Alaska – USA
If anyone from this part of the world intends to visit Alaska, be well prepared for a more than 24-hour journey. Depending on which airline, number of stopovers and stopover time, Skyscanner even listed some 73 hours. You need to have a strong back to withstand all those backbreaking sitting. When you reach Alaska, you will be rewarded for your patience with wild nature, gorgeous landscapes, adrenaline-pumping adventure and a rich history of the land.
Cairo – Egypt
Whenever Egypt is mentioned, you think of pyramids, mummies, pharaohs, the Sphinx, camels, organs in urns, life after death, Indiana Jones, Night at the Museum, The Mummy and…Ok I’m digressing. The point is it’s (almost) every tourist’s dream place to visit. You’ve heard so much about it – don’t let back pain mar your experience. More so, especially when you’re visiting the tomb in the pyramid.
I remember the descent is very steep, almost 45 degrees or maybe more. If a young teenager then gets muscle soreness on the next day after the visitation, for older folks it’s time to strengthen those back and leg muscles before going.
Venice – Italy
Walking, walking, and more walking, as there are no cars allowed in Venice. Venice has so many bridges to link the canals that it’s also called the “City of Bridges”. It is best to arrive there in comfortable footwear for many hours of walking.
Women may have an easier time than men, because Venice has a lot of shops for women to shop till their hearts’ content. When you are tired, you can rest your feet with a cuppa coffee / refreshment, or simply hop on a gondola to enjoy the sights through the waterways.
Oh yes, Venice is sinking five times faster than previously thought. Another good reason to visit it soon!
Machu Picchu – Peru
It is another place that you just have to make sure you get to enjoy when you reach it. It’s simply too long a journey to forfeit the experience. When hiking on the Inca Trail, I would recommend training before the trip to get your endurance up. Altitude sickness affects regardless of physique. However if you can get any back or knee issue out of the way, it’s one less problem to deal with even if altitude sickness does strike. At the end of your
ordeal adventure, enjoy the stunning ruins – you deserve it!
Some people may underestimate the infrastructures of their train stations. Japan’s the third powerhouse of the world, so there are escalators and elevators…no? In fact, it’s not uncommon to see people carrying luggages up a flight of stairs. I heard that they have improved for the large and major stations in recent decades, but for transfer, subway stations or those in the rural areas, these are not as well equipped. Most of the time, stairs are the sure way to go, so it’s best to carry as light as possible.
Japan has a lot to offer to tourists of various landscapes from Okinawan sunny beaches to the icy lands of Hokkaido, there is something for the whole family. Let’s not let the stairs (or back pain) deter you!
What are the places would you like to go before back pain gets to you? Share your wish or experience below!
— Sharon Lee (@sharonleesg) March 10, 2015