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How to get over the fear of solo travel
Everyone should travel solo at least once in their life. It is a very rewarding experience that will leave the traveler feeling more confident and capable. Recently, I went on my very first solo travel trip but it took me a few months to feel comfortable enough to travel on my own. I get it, traveling alone can be scary especially if you are a woman. In fact, if someone had asked me two years ago if I would ever travel alone my answer would have been a definite "no". But oh how the times have changed. I have compiled a list of the top five biggest reasons people (and my past self) are afraid to travel alone and how to get over that fear. Let me start by saying that there are so many reasons to travel solo and only a few keeping people from the world. People travel solo not because they can't find someone to go with them, but they make the conscious choice to do so. Even if you prefer to travel with someone else, life is too short to wait around for others.
Pack Smarter: 4 Travel Hacks for Poor Planners
There’s a very distinct split when it comes to people’s travel planning styles: those that meticulously plan out every detail of their loaded itinerary, and those that hate planning with a passion and would rather their adventures remain spontaneous.
A Backpacker's Guide for Jaco Costa Rica Rentals
Jaco is the closest beach town to San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. Its central location, ideal waves to surf, proximity to many natural attractions, and lively nightlife add to its growing popularity. Tourists and locals flock to Jaco to unwind and soak up the sun. Since Costa Rica experiences dry weather with plenty of sunshine from mid-December to April, tourism is at its peak during this spell.
7 Essentials to Remember to Pack When Camping
The great outdoors! With technology booming right now and AC versions of everything, we spend less time outside and more time lounging around watching Netflix from the comfort of our beds. Trust me when I say I'm in no way judging you for this. I am a lover of shutting myself inside for a week with a 12 pack box of popcorn and Gilmore Girls streaming 24/7.
How to Plan the Trip of a Lifetime
Going for a trip should be a relaxing experience, but in order to do that, you have to make sure everything is ready much before the day of! The trip of a lifetime requires good planning before you can have your fun memories. But don't sweat it, just follow these tips and you'll be good to go:
Hike More, Worry Less
Virginia is not only for Lovers, it's for hikers too... It was a real bummer living in Virginia for 11 months and only realizing on the 10th month that Virginia has some of the greatest hiking trails in the world. I've never really been a hiker. I remember going on my last hike in the fifth grade, and I remember how much it sucked. I kept complaining how tired I was, and I kept asking how far we still needed to go. I think back on that day while hiking now, and then I think about why I enjoy hiking so much now... It's the beauty. The beauty of the air that smells like nature, how the breeze feels different while walking between the trees, how the sky looks so much more blue, and how the sounds make my soul feel at home...
Camino de Santiago, Day 0
So here we are and all this is becoming superreal. I had a few amazing days in Paris with my sister, had my pre-30th birthday celebrations and today on the 1st of May, I am sitting on a train that takes me to Saint Jean Pied de Port.
Crucial Items to Pack for Colder Climates
With the winter popping its head out, it is that time of year again to dust off the thick coats and comforters. Snow days occur on the regular where I live, making hot coffee and layers an everyday occurrence in my home. Depending on where you live, you might not have cold climates or have ever even seen snow. Therefore, traveling to these places might have you unprepared for just how cold it can get in some regions.
When Less Is More
Have you ever come home from a trip and noticed that you have just unpacked 14 pieces of clothing that are still unworn? You are packing way too much stuff.
I Hiked the Pacific Crest Trail in the Dead of Winter—And So Can You!
Of course you can't hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail in the dead of winter. That would be impossible. But over the years I have hiked many sections of the Pacific Crest Trail in the dead of winter, and some of those for hundreds of miles and months at a time. My favorite of all winter hikes on the PCT is the section from the Mexican border, 250 miles up to the heart of the San Jacinto Mountains, and then back to the border. The secret to this hike is that it is mostly through the south-eastern deserts of California which, even in the dead of winter, are relatively snow free. And, if not balmy, at least usually above freezing during the day. Most of the time hiking is in the 3,000 foot elevation range with the only real high altitudes coming around Mount Laguna, (up to 6,000 feet) Combs Peak, (5,000 feet), and the San Jacinto Mountains (between 5,000 and 7,000 feet), which was where I had to turn around and head back south to the border.
Secret Hiking Gem in Central Cascades
If you are searching for the ideal hiking adventure, look no further. I have the perfect spot for you! Tucked away in the Central Cascades of Washington, about 15 miles west of Leavenworth, WA you will find the parking lot for High Alpine Lakes Camp. Yes, you will need to make reservations in advance, both for the cabins and the transportation (usually two times per day to catch a ride up to the cabins). No, it isn’t cheap or free, but the benefits for both the trip up and the stay in the cabins is worth it.
Backpacking Australia Packing List
There's a lot of pressure when you're packing your bags for long term travel. You don't want to leave anything essential at home and you don't want to have to buy things while you're away. The items on this list may seen like common sense, but sometimes we just don't realise until it's too late that you need these things to avoid any hiccups whilst you travel. Here are my packing essentials that I need to make sure I can rest easy.