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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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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4 Great Reasons To Make Perth Your Next Holiday Destination

The year may have only started, but most travel enthusiasts will already be planning their 2016 vacations. The first crucial decision is deciding where to visit. Well, look no further. Perth is the answer to your dilemma.

Australia is a very popular destination in general. However, the capital of Western Australia has to stand out as one of the main contenders for your bucket list. Here are just four of the fantastic reasons that it should make it your next vacation spot.

Book it now. You will not regret it.

 

Great Weather

 

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The weather is a crucial aspect of any vacation. Bad luck and adverse conditions can quickly ruin your hopes for adventure. However, this is never an issue in Perth.

Perth’s climate is pleasant to great at pretty much any time of the year. The sandy beaches, rivers and other natural areas are perfect for walks and exploration. Meanwhile, the fact it’s the largest city in Western Australia means that you’ll never run out of new places to visit.

You can try to convince yourself that the weather isn’t overly important. But there’s no denying that great conditions will make for an equally great holiday. That has to be considered a huge selling point for Perth.

 

Great Accommodation

Another crucial element for the perfect holiday is the accommodation. You don’t necessarily need to enjoy five-star luxury. But you do need to feel comfortable in your surroundings. Otherwise, your enjoyment will be limited.

Perth is home to fantastic hotels. However, those seeking a little more privacy can opt for apartments and villas at CBH Stays. This added luxury is sure to sprinkle a little something special onto the trip. You cannot go wrong.

It’s easy to think of the accommodation as nothing more than a resting place. But knowing that this aspect is perfect will keep you smiling throughout the holiday.

 

Great Attractions

 

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There’s nothing worse than feeling bored on holiday. Well, that’s not going to be a problem in Perth.

If the natural beauty of beaches and treks isn’t enough, there are plenty of historical buildings to sink your teeth into. Meanwhile, adventurers can take balloon rides and other once-in-a-lifetime opportunities too.

Families can also enjoy the various water parks, zoos and other family attractions. No matter who you are, Perth has plenty to offer.

 

Great Culture

It’s often the attractions that attract a traveller to a location. However, it’s often the people we meet that provide the fondest memories. And the people of Perth are incredible.

In addition to their friendly and inviting nature, they are blessed with great culture. Perth is home to many fantastic restaurants. Let’s face it, throwing our diets out of the window and tucking into some great grub is one of our favourite holiday pastimes.

Perth has a very rich history in the arts too. The museums are packed with masterpieces while music plays a key role in the area too. If you immerse yourself in the culture, you will not forget this place in a hurry.

In fact, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up returning for more.

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How To Survive An RV Holiday With The Family

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There are few better ways to see the world than from the road. Waking up in a new town every morning, and exploring the country is like nothing else. Getting off the beaten track, and ploughing your own course is the only way to holiday! We’ve done the full stretch of America in an RV, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

 

However, it’s not all sunshine and rainbows. Spending that much time in a small space with the whole family isn’t easy! Sure, you’ll have a wonderful time, but how do you avoid the arguments, and the mood swings? We know that one small thing can set the family off, so how do you keep everyone happy?

 

Pack light

 

The number one rule here is to pack only what you need! The RV might look enormous from the outside, but just wait until you fill it with five people and their suitcases. There’s no room for unnecessary items. They’ll get in everyone’s way, and the lack of space will start to get frustrating.

 

Choose a modern RV

 

If you’re buying an RV or travel trailer, look for the best one you can afford. Ideally, you’ll want one with air conditioning (nothing causes trouble like heat and humidity!) A little bit of homeliness goes a long way too. An RV with a comfy sofa and modern kitchen facilities will really help you out. Best of all, a modern RV won’t break down in the middle of the Arizona desert! There are all sorts of RV models out there, follow the link to find out more.

 

Have a good breakfast

 

This is a simple trick, but trust us, it works wonders. We all get cranky when we haven’t eaten in awhile. Add that to the boredom of a seven hour drive, and moods are going to turn south! That’s why a good, hearty breakfast is the best way to start the day. It gets everyone’s spirits up, and gives everyone plenty of energy for the road ahead.

 

Embrace the lifestyle

 

If you’re going to survive a long RV holiday, you’ve got to embrace the lifestyle and enjoy it. This isn’t a five-star hotel resort, it’s a traveling adventure! It’s a little bit rough-and-ready. Embrace spontaneity, and enjoy the journey! To expect anything else is only going to send your mood spiralling downwards.

 

Load up on travel games

 

An RV holiday is likely to involve long hours on the road. We’re talking six-seven hours straight in the most remote parts of America. It’s up to you to keep the morale going, and keep the spirits high. A good pack of travel games will help keep everyone busy and entertained. Choose your favourites, and find new ways to keep them interesting.

 

Let everyone choose a stop or activity

 

A good holiday should involve every member of the family. Everyone should get a say, and that means each choosing an activity or a place to stop. It makes sure that everyone gets to do something they want along the way. It’s a great trick to keep the peace, and you’ll see and do things you weren’t expecting.

 

Get it right, and it might just be your best holiday yet!

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Road Trippin’: 5 Things You Need To Know

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Some of the great stories of our time took place on a road trip. Countless films and novels are devoted to Route 66 in America and the Pacific coast road. There is no better way to see the true heart of a country. It’s also an affordable way to travel, and you could make it part of your gap year. If your wanderlust is getting the better of you, perhaps it’s time to hitch up the wagon! But, before you embark on your journey, there are few things you should know. Trust us, we’ve done plenty of road trips in our time, and we wish we knew some of these tips sooner!

 

  1. Choose the perfect route

As much as we love the concept of hitting the open road and leaving the destination to chance, it’s a dangerous idea. Instead, make sure you set out with a rough route in mind. We know that road trips are all about spontaneity and adventure, but you need a little structure. At the very least, you need a destination in mind. That will give you something to aim for, and you can change course slightly along the way. Giving yourself a little structure allows you to plan the finances and practicalities.

 

  1. Pick a reliable and comfortable vehicle

There is nothing worse than breaking down on Route 66. Or anywhere else to be honest. Particularly in America, there are long stretches of road with no other cars to be seen. If you break down, you’re on your own, or you’re hitchhiking home. So, make sure you pick a reliable vehicle that won’t let you down. Don’t underestimate comfort either. Until you’ve spent eight hours in the same car you don’t know the pain! Ideally, the best option is buying a new travel trailer. That will give you plenty of room, and it’s reliable to boot.

 

  1. Travel in good company

Your road trip is only as good as the company you keep! A long trip is a real test of friendship, so you’ve got to get along well. Everyone gets tired, bored, and frustrated on a long road trip. It’s up to you to pick the right company. The best travel companions are laidback and easygoing. Things will often go wrong out on the road, and the last thing you want is panic and stress!

 

  1. Be spontaneous

Although we remind you to have a destination in mind, do embrace a little spontaneity. It’s what makes life exciting! If a particular turn-off looks intriguing, take it! If a local suggests a great spot, go and visit. Leave yourself open to new adventures and sites. Don’t stick to a tight schedule, but let yourself slowly float towards the destination.

 

  1. Take photos and a journal

Last of all, remember to take plenty of photos, and even a journal. You’ll want to capture every random moment, and remember it for years to come!

 

A road trip will take you on all sorts of wonderful adventures. Have you had a fantastic experience on the road? Let us know about it!

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