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7 Tips for Surviving Long Term Travel
Taking a vacation and committing to traveling long term are not the same thing. On vacation, every day is the best day of your life. You’ve got an idea of what you want to fill your days with, and you’re constantly going on fun (usually expensive) excursions. Long term travel has days like that, but for the most part you’ve just committed to living an everyday life—just in a new country. It’s a different beast entirely, and it comes with its own set of rules for survival. These are my top tricks for not just surviving, but really making the most of your adventures.
Not Every Vacation Needs to Break the Piggy Bank
With summer speeding around the corner, many people, families, and couples have begun planning their next vacation. While there are some people who are prepared to take extravagant trips to popular destinations, a perfect vacation does not have to be as strenuous on your wallet. Taking a trip while on a budget is more than possible, as there are a wide variety of budget-friendly options that are at your disposal. Whether you would like to travel outside of your country for a unique experience, or looking to travel a shorter distance to a location you have never been, then consider these tricks to help ease the strain on your wallet.
The Cheaper Travel Options That Are out There
Traveling. Imagine spending your life soaking up the sun, sea and sands of foreign lands? Imagine drinking pina coladas and exploring the natural wonders of the world.
Top Hiking Gear of 2019
Hitting the trail is one of the most beautiful experiences for any adventure traveller. Be it for a day or two, the joy of listening to the birdsongs, breathing the fresh air, and the sound of leaves crunching underfoot is indescribable. It also goes without saying, hiking is not full of fun and adventures, but it is also a unique way to rediscover peace of mind and harmony.
Educational Tours: Everything You Need to Know About Educational Traveling
The first question I’m asked whenever I open my favorite subject; which is, of course, traveling; is, "What does it mean to travel while educating yourself?" My answer varies from person to person. There’s no clear definition of educational travel in the end. It would be too hard to define such a broad experience of emotions, thoughts, spirituality, and communication. It would be restrictive and pretentious. I like to always leave room for improvisation.
Vacation Safety Checklist
Whether you're traveling within the United States or leaving the country, it's always a safe bet to have a safety checklist for unexpected events. This can include, an injury, car accident, etc. It's always a safe bet to have a list to reference back to in case of an emergency. From my experience, this simple list will help you be better equipped and ready to vacation without worries.
The Best Gear for Winter Camping
Okay, unpopular opinion time. Winter is my favorite season! I don’t need your stare right now. I just need you to know that somehow the sky is a lot clearer on winter nights, snow makes everything still, and we’re reminded of the strength life possesses even in the direst of circumstances. This makes for a promising and very rewarding camping trip.
How to Plan Your First Travel Backpacking Trip (Like a Boss)
Planning your first trip abroad is nerve-racking, exhilarating, and scary. Will you pick the right location? What about getting the right price? How do you choose the perfect activities? What cities should you go to, and how will you get there?
The 10 Best Backpacking Packs for Your Next Trek
It should come as no surprise that choosing a good backpack is an integral aspect of backpacking, and yet so many people cheap out on their packs, much to the detriment of their trips. A good backpack can fit everything you need without being too bulky or adding additional weight. A good backpack should also be comfortable enough that you hardly notice the extra weight on your back. On the other hand, a cheaply-made or poorly-fitting backpack can completely ruin an otherwise promising trek. To help you avoid that mistake, bringing comfortable and functional backpacking packs on your trip will ensure you can fully enjoy the experience.
Pieces of Gear All Beginner Backpackers Need
Backpacking is one of the most wondrous activities. For all those reasons it's so wondrous, it's also dangerous. The home comforts of civilization don't exist out on the trails, and so it's important to be well-prepared for a backpacking trip of any length. This means covering all your bases: food, water, shelter, warmth, protection from the elements, etc. There's some gear all beginner backpackers need to invest in long before hitting the trail. Especially as a beginner, being well-prepared and taking your time is infinitely better than launching into a trip you're not prepared for.
Why I Hate Backpackers
So far on my ten week adventure through South-East Asia, I have been on two backpacking trips, and plan to go on one more before catching a flight back to Canada. Now, don't get me wrong, I adore backpacking. I think that it is an amazing journey through self reflection in the sense of becoming more at peace with your thoughts, desires, and whether you really need all of the junk that you left at home. Backpacking is a way to minimize items that you travel with and discover what you really see as valuable and useful in your life. That being said, I still stand by my title. The idea of backpacking I love—the people who participate in it, I'm not the biggest fan of. Of course, I have met backpackers that I love and call my friends now, but I've also met some that I feel uncomfortable around and actually have completely ended a conversation on a few just out of pure frustration and despise.
A Waddle in the Woods
On a sweltering Friday morning in July, we woke up at zero dark thirty and got ready to head out on our adventure. Our group was myself, my husband Greg, and our neighbor Lou. Greg and Lou are both experienced hikers and backpackers. I would say that while I'm not a beginner hiker, I lack in experience. The longest hike I had ever done was about 10 miles. And this chubby girl was ready to collapse at the end of it. This adventure was to take us two days and over 21 miles. I had never gone backpacking before, so I was nervous. Thoughts swirled in my brain about what we would encounter along the way. I was worried about missing my children, Ella (4) and Rory (1). In the days, weeks, months prior I had done quite a bit of hiking and biking and water aerobics, just to build up some strength and stamina. I was ready... gulp!