Of all the ways to explore this planet, a walk is the most basic option, but it can also be a bold choice, especially if you take a long-distance trail. Walking is a great way to reconnect with the experiences of centuries of travelers before you, and it might be the only way to see a hidden lake or lost ruins. Not all such hikes require tent-pitching skills.
For every trail that demands backcountry camping, there is another that allows you to end the day under a fixed roof, with a hot meal and a cold beer, and bags delivered by a luggage-forwarding service. Inspired to step out? Here are four of the world’s most amazing long-distance trails.