My Guide To The Perfect Hiking Vacation

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Regular readers of this blog will know that I have a great love for hiking adventures. There’s no better way to see the world, in my opinion. All that fresh air, the health benefits, and the spectacular scenery that you will take in are unbeatable. But – what makes the perfect hiking trip? I thought I would draw on my years of experience and answer that question for your today. Let’s get started with the basics.

Where to go

The world is your oyster when it comes to hiking trips. But, if you are just starting out, I would advise on sticking to your level. There are some spectacular places in this country alone, but they aren’t all hospitable. I would hate it if you were to get lost, or have an accident. You will need to be at a reasonable level regarding fitness – and I would also suggest going with friends. Start with small trips, and get used to walking long distances before you start going up mountainous regions and tougher trails. Trails.com is a great starting point for any level of hiker looking for a new challenge.

Clothing

The most important item of clothing you will bring with you is your footwear. I strongly recommend splashing out on a pair of high-quality hiking boots if you are going to be serious about it. They will give you more grip when going over harsh terrain, and will also stop you getting blisters and other foot issues. Sneakers are OK, depending on the terrain – and you can also try a pair of Vibrams. Other than that, it depends on the weather. You should always wear pants – especially if you are going through woods and forest trails. And, make sure that you wear a bright jacket that can keep out the rain, and make you easier to see in the case of an accident.

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What to take

Any hiker worth their salt will have a backpack with them while on their travels. You’ll need lots of water, and some high energy snacks to keep you going. Sunscreen is essential – whatever the weather. The sun’s rays can get to you even if it’s cloudy. A first aid kit is another must-have and bring some insect repellant to stay comfortable if you are camping. Don’t forget about a vehicle, either. A lot of the best hiking trails are miles away from anywhere, and you might need an RV or SUV to get you into some of the most inhospitable places. Finally, don’t forget a camera. The thing I love most about hiking is that you see so much with your own eyes, but capturing those moments for posterity is something you must do!

Final plans

Before you go on your trip, always tell someone where you are going – including the route you intend to take. It’s also a good idea to study the area you are visiting and make sure that you know all the meeting points in case anyone gets lost. Bring a compass and a map, too. A smartphone comes in handy, of course; but less so when you are out in the wilderness with no battery or signal.

OK, so that just about wraps it up for now. Happy hiking, folks!

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How To Survive Long Haul Flights With Ease

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Aeroplanes may be fantastic for flying us around the world, but they aren’t always the most comfortable transport option. Even the most experienced flyers can find long hauls flights highly uncomfortable. Instead of enjoying the journey you can spend the entire time wishing you were somewhere else. If you are also an uneasier flyer your anxieties can be exacerbated further if you don’t feel comfortable. So instead of avoiding long haul flights and missing out on a whole host of adventures, use these tips to make your experience more comfortable.

 

Get yourself prepared

Chances are that you know you are boarding a long haul flight weeks in advance. So there is no excuse for lack of planning and preparation. Use this time to find the best neck travel pillow, eye mask and headphones to take with you. Also, look for any other items that might add some more comfort to your flight. You can buy these items at the airport before you go but you may find they only have overpriced items with limited options. Remember to take some entertainment with you also. You may find your television screen is broken, leaving you bored for the duration of the flight. These items may take up valuable space in your hand luggage. But they will make your flying experience infinitely more comfortable. Long haul flights can feel a lot longer if you can’t sleep due to crying children, neck pains and bright lights.

 

Sleep beforehand

As stated above, planes are not ideal places to sleep in. Unless you have an entirely reclining chair in first class, it’s unlikely you will get a solid eight hours of sleep during your flight. So the night before you go, make sure you get plenty of rest. Even though you may be excited for your holiday or long term travelling, your body needs sleep to stay alert and healthy. Remember even when you reach the airport you will have long queues and hours of waiting around before you even get on the plane. Then when you reach your destination, you need to get to your accommodation and unpack. This makes for an incredibly long day and not sleeping beforehand could make you feel terrible throughout your journey.

 

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Move around the cabin

Sitting still for hours on end is never a good thing. It’s vital that you keep your blood flowing while you are on board. Not doing so can result in cramps, blood clots, strokes and heart attacks. Make sure you stretch your legs by going to the bathroom every so often. If you have to wait, do some light stretches or walk up and down the aisle a few times. This will encourage your blood to flow normally and will make you feel a lot better. You can also move around in your seat but try not to annoy the person sitting next to you.

 

These tips will help make your flight a far more enjoyable experience. Now you know how to survive a long haul flight with ease, you can start making some exciting travel plans.

 

 

 

 

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Planning An Authentic Experience in California

The United States is by far the most appealing tourist destination in the world. Because of its vast size and with diversity in abundance, you will never be short of things to do. On top of that, California is perhaps the most popular location in the entirety of America. There are connotations of the state that lead people to flock towards it in their numbers. You’ll have no problem finding any number of articles that urge you to check out Hollywood Hills.

This one, though, is going to be a little bit different. I’m not going to give you all of the obvious landmarks that you need to try before you die. No, rather, this guide is intended to shed some light on some of the lesser-mentioned activities to be shared in California. Whether you’ve already crossed all of the obvious ones off your bucket list, or you’re just bored of hearing about them, this is for you.

California offers the chance for limitless possibilities thanks to its diversity. If you want to experience the state in an authentic way, then I implore you to give these a whirl. I guarantee you’ll slip under the radar of the casual tourist.

 

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Eat

No matter where you go on your trip, you’re going to need sustenance. And since you’re in the area, why not stop by and try yourself an authentic In-N-Out Burger? Even if you’ve had one before, I guarantee there is no substitute for the authentic original. The very first restaurant in this chain can be found in Southern California. And experts will claim that it is by far and away the best burger you’ll ever have the pleasure of eating. Use the location guide to find the nearest chain to you at http://www.in-n-out.com/. You’re welcome.

 

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Hike

For those of you that like to spend your time pushing yourself to the very limit, California is a playground filled with everything you need. Take its vast mountain terrain, for example. It offers you the chance to really test your endurance and reward yourself for success. If and when you reach the top, you’ll be blessed with some of the most incredible sights. They’ll live longer in the memory than any trip to a usual landmark, trust me. Visit http://go.ridgemontoutfitters.com/ to discover the best hiking trails in California.

 

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Ski

You might wonder why a ski trip can be considered an exclusive to California. Well, let me tell you. If you’ve never experienced Lake Tahoe in all its glory, you’re doing yourself a great disservice. Many people, much smarter than I am, consider this to be the most beautiful setting on earth. For you geography buffs, it’s also the second deepest lake in all of America. The crystal clear water perfectly reflects the blue sky, making is a stunning view. The slopes surrounding the lake themselves make this simply perfect for any would-be skier to really push themselves to the limit. Check out my guide to looking stylish on the slopes at

 

There you have it. Next time you’re planning a trip to the West Coast, make sure you defy convention. You need to experience the genuine California if you’re to really make it a trip worth remembering.

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The Best Way To Prepare For Your Safari

 

African countries aren’t exactly popular in terms of tourist destinations. You’re not the average tourist though, are you? There are few experiences in the world quite as incredible as a safari. You probably don’t have to go far from your home to see some amazing natural phenomena. However, watching all these majestic animals in their homeland is something entirely unique. Here’s how to prepare for your safari trip.

 

Let’s start with the clothes you’ll need. If you’ve never been to Africa before, then believe me you don’t know what heat is. Go for light, breezy fabrics which will make sure you don’t get too affected by the intense sun. Khaki shorts and light-coloured t shirts will do fine for most of your trip. Depending on the time of year you go, you might need a few extra layers for chilly mornings. For this, a simple long-sleeved shirt will suffice. Big-brimmed hats and sunglasses are a given, but make sure you don’t forget them! If you’re going to be camping, you should also make a point to bring fast-drying materials. Stay away from denim, and look for light cotton clothes. go.safaridrive.com has some further tips on dressing for an African safari.

 

 

From the moment you arrive for your safari, you’ll be seeing things which you’ll want to document. Smartphones can do some pretty amazing stuff, but to get the best shots I recommend finding a DSLR with a telephoto lens. This will ensure your photos are high-quality, and that you can snap far-away animals. Some safari guides will go off-road for shots, but this all depends. Remember to get a nice big memory card too. You don’t want to use up all the camera’s storage on landscape shots then have a fully-grown elephant stride past you. DSLRs aren’t exactly cheap, and neither are safari trips. If you decide to rent a high-quality camera, take extra care with it. Safaris aren’t quite as predictable as other trips you may have been on!

 

Finally, make sure you take all the right medical precautions for your safari. This is not only in the interest of your health, but also to make sure your trip doesn’t grind to a halt. If you’re planning to travel through Kenya, then you’ll need proof of a yellow fever vaccination to enter the country. Other recommended vaccinations for central Africa include MMR, tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A and typhoid fever. You won’t be thinking about needles when you see a giraffe raising its young! Aside from this, make sure you bring pocket hand sanitizer and the strongest bug spray available to you. The insects in most of Africa aren’t especially bad during the day, but in the night they’ll be everywhere!

 

Take these steps, and learn a few common Swahili phrases, and you’ll be all set for your safari. When you’re at the other end of this trip, you’ll definitely want to go again, even if it’s just to chase one photo you missed! As with any trip, take your time preparing, and you’re sure to have an experience like no other!

 

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Surfs Up: A Gnarly Guide to Catchin’ Waves

 

After writing a post about Four Sports to Try in 2016, we thought it would be helpful to write a beginners guide. Today, we’re going to focus on surfing, which has fast become one of the most popular sports to participate in. You may love to kick back on the beach and watch the surfer dudes ride the waves, but why have you never attempted it for yourself? It’s a lot easier than you might think, and here are a couple of ways you can get started.

 

Choosing the Right Equipment

Surfing is a sport that takes a great deal of skill to master, but equally, you’re only ever as good as your gear. A lot of people make mistakes when it comes to buying surfing equipment for beginners. The chief mistake amongst them is to buy a shortboard. You know, like all the seasoned veterans ride on. Nope. The quickest and easiest way to learn how to surf is on a longboard, even if you have aspirations of becoming a short board surfer.

 

To complement your radical new board, you’re going to need a proper wetsuit, too. Not many people know what they’re looking for when it comes to a high-quality wetsuit, especially if you’re a beginner. The truth is that the thickness of your wetsuit will be determined by the water temperatures in your area. In hotter climates, you aren’t going to need a thick suit. But if it’s feeling a little chilly, you may have to think about trading up. You can’t go far wrong with Billabong wetsuits, who are one of the most universally adored providers.

 

Time and Place

As a beginner, you’re going to want to act like one. You can’t be expecting to go diving in the deep end with the big boys! First, you’ve got to learn how to hone your craft. To do this efficiently, you’re going to need plenty of space to operate. You aren’t going to get that if you head down to the same place that all the beach dwellers reside. Choose a quiet spot, and make sure the weather is agreeable for surfing. Your exploits may have to wait for a day with clearer waters.

 

You should also learn all of the warnings signs and how to deal with them. For example, rip currents can be dangerous if you don’t know how to handle yourself in that scenario. You may consider enlisting the help of a proper tutor to help you get to grips with the finer details of your new hobby. That way, you’re all brushed up on your knowledge and will be able to get yourself out of any tight spots safely.

 

Above all, the most important rule is that you remember to have a good time. This is supposed to be fun! Be courteous, polite, and respectful, and you shouldn’t encounter too many problems. Once you’re all brushed up on your surfing knowledge, you’re free to go out and explore the uncharted waters. Just remember to adhere to surfing etiquette.

 

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