10 Enjoyment Tips for the Tour du Mont Blanc

Posted on May 28, 2013. Filed under: France, Italy, Switzerland, Tour du Mont Blanc, Travel | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Travel - TMB pie stop1.  Pace and progress are important, but don’t let them rule so much that you miss local delicacies, great photography shots, or a dip in a mountain lake!

2.  Don’t let someone else push you faster than you want to go or hold  you back.  Be ok with hiking alone some of the time in order to have the pace that is comfortable for you.

3.  Take a day off.  Plan for it and enjoy it.  Courmayeur is my vote for this one.  We ran into people doing double days, practically running the whole thing to get it done in 5 days.  Ok, if that’s what you like, but that would not be for me.  Our day off in Courmayeur was one of my best vacation days of all time because it felt so good.

4.  Make it your trip.  Whatever makes you happy, do.  Is it artwork, photography, local food, meeting new people?  Make time for it, be you, and make it your own.

5.  Expect unpleasantness and roll with it.  Stuff will happen or not happen as you planned.  Ok, try to find an enjoyable way in spite of it.  On our rain day when we took the bus to Argentière we weren’t happy to miss the day’s hike, but the warm fire in the lobby with big cushy chairs, coffee and books about the history of the mountains made for a very enjoyable morning!

6.  Appreciate the expansive beauty every day.  After a few days, it is possible to forget how amazing the views are!  Make sure to stop and really look, breathe the fresh air, and appreciate.Travel - TMB Issert

7.  Personal hygiene – don’t neglect it.  You will have more friends if you wash out that hiking shirt rather than wear it to breakfast and actually stink up the whole room.  Really.  You may not smell it but others will.

8.  If you have fears – ladders, water crossings, etc. – don’t dwell on them.  Just agree with yourself to handle it when it happens.  You will find nothing on the TMB turns out to be as scary as you think it will so don’t waste any energy worrying.

9.  The most dangerous thing I saw were the bicyclists.  Get out of their way early and stay put so they can maneuver around you!

10.  Relax, you are on vacation!

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