“Hike the XXX Trail!”
Many countries in the world, especially developing countries, are in the process of developing trails across their countries to attract hikers and tourism. Even though hikers are almost certainly already making their way across the landscape (as the local inhabitants have throughout the history of the country), by making it an official ‘Trail’ it adds certain feelings of security and provides a platform on which hikers can attach their motivations.
There are opportunities for keen hikers to help develop and/or publicise these trails. Route suggestions, trail trials, trip reports, GPS data… you might, indeed, be a trailblazer. A few examples are listed below:
East Timor: this is an interest of mine, I’ve made a few noises, but if anyone knows anything happening or has an interest in ‘trail’ building, let us know.
The Balkans: help maintain the Via Dinarica, a trail running from Croatia to Albania, to benefit local communities
Mediterranean: Via Egnatia, across Albania and Greece to Turkey
Here’s another idea: plan a new route across a country! It can be fun researching routes, looking at maps.