Equipment to Carry While Planning a Trek

Since this is the season when people all around the world go rampant on tourism and try to make the best out of summer vacations, now is the time for you to decide your destination as well. Our suggestion is to try a nearby hill station considering how much people are fed up with the constant sweltering heat. The weather is not beach friendly or pool-friendly, so, don’t even think of hitting the shore. The only places that can lighten you up are located in the hilly and mountainous ranges. So, you can start planning a trek with your friends or family (preferably friends) and go up in the mountains to see the majesty and mysteriousness shrouded within the rocks. But is it simple enough to travel to these places, the way you plan your casual trips? Definitely not. A barrage of equipment and planning is needed to have a successful trip. An equipment checklist is very important before you embark on your journey. Here is the gear you cannot absolutely avoid.

 

An Uptight Backpack

A fit spacious backpack is where it all begins. Since it should be clear by now that each journey requires its own bag according the needs and dynamics of the visiting place. If you’re to stay in a hotel somewhere, then you need a formal travel bag. However, in this scenario nothing less than a stiff, good backpack would work, because, remember, you’re going to carry this bag all around on your shoulders. No help is provided while you’re on your way trekking. In the Philippines, certain marketplaces provide some excellent quality imported backpacks by Nike, Adidas and more. Online shopping websites like Kaymu and HalloHalloMall can help you find a suitable backpack in a reasonable price.

 

Sharp Trekking Shoes

Yet another indispensable equipment is the trekking shoes. Unlike spike shoes or any other extraordinary shoes, trekking shoes still bear a different outlook and assemblage. Basically the boots worn by military troops are the best and closest to assess the quality of trekking boots.

 

Clothing and Thermals

Following are the basic clothes that you need to pack in your bag.

  • trekking suits
  • inner thermals (lower and upper)
  • windbreakers
  • at least five to six pair of socks (because they get wet whenever you have to trek on snow)
  • fedora hat or sun hat
  • shades (sunrays can have serious impact on your eyes if you don’t wear shades)
  • a thermos pot and a water bottle
  • toiletries
  • a torch light (primarily helps you in the dark, though avoid trekking in the dark)
  • shorts and underwears

 

Waterproof Sleeping Back

Besides the tenting material you’ll carry for your camps, it’s important to have water resistant and water repellent sleeping backs with you and that too in excellent conditions. Otherwise you’ll have sleepless nights and that will affect your touring and trekking.

 

Having arranged the above equipment, you can ensure a fun and adventurous trip ahead.

 

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Paradise On Earth: Five Places You Need To Visit

 

Everyone likes a little piece of paradise. Straight away, the mind wanders to whatever you imagination of paradise is, and the heart aches to get there. Well, it doesn’t have to be a pipe dream, and you are capable of making it a reality. Just imagine visiting a few of these places on the list below that many widely regard as a piece of paradise on Earth. In fact, stop imagining and start doing!

 

The Great Barrier Reef

 

There a few reefs situated throughout the world, but none is as magical as the Great Barrier Reef. It can be found just off the coast of Tasmania, Australia, and it is home to some of the most exotic and mysterious marine creatures the world has to offer.

 

The wildlife aside, there is the reef itself that is full of colourful and strange inhabitants. Truthfully, the Great Barrier Reef is a world of its own, which is the main reason why it is a paradise.

 

Alaska

 

Alaska is home to the most extravagant scenery there is in the world. Lakes, moors and mountains cover the entire state and there is also a diverse range of animals. To see the best of Alaska, however, you need to go in the summer because the winter months can take away from the paradise aspect. In fact, in the winter some people would say it is a slice of hell!

 

But, in the summer the true Alaska comes out to play, and there is no better place to hike or explore on the planet. Get ready to do some walking though; Alaska is the size of Texas and California combined.

 

Koh Lipe

 

When you think about island paradises, Koh Lipe is the actual Island you are imagining. The island itself is a tiny piece of heaven in the South West of Thailand, and it is unlike any other island in the country. Tourists corrupt the majority of the islands of Thailand, but Lipe keeps its innocence and its naivety.

 

There are no huge Full Moon parties or westerners embarrassing themselves after too much booze. It is just you, the sea and the sand. Perfect!

 

The Alps

 

Paradise isn’t just about golden beaches, beautiful water and flush greenery. Paradise is also about adrenaline-filled rides in the heart of hundred-foot tall cliffs, snow covering them completely. There are a lot of mountainous areas you can go and get your fill of extreme sports, but the Alps are renowned across the world.

 

Machu Picchu

 

Nothing is better than a place full of history that reminds you of a simpler time. A simpler time where the people were as seemingly advanced as we are now. Machu Picchu is one of these places. It is an Inca citadel in the Andes Mountains in Peru and people know it for its architecture and construction. The citadel offers panoramic views high up in the clouds and is almost a place you would find on another planet. The best thing about Machu Picchu is no-one to this day knows what or why the Inca people built the citadel.

 

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5 Tips For Planning A Relaxing Getaway Without Getting Stressed

Is working driving you mad? Is your hectic family lifestyle too much to handle? Then it might be time to think about taking a break and getting away for a few days.

While a holiday is probably, just what you need, the idea of planning your trip might put you off. Planning a trip can be stressful, especially if you aren’t organised about it. But if you are well prepared, then planning a relaxing trip away should be as stress-free as the trip itself.

Here are our five top tips for planning a relaxing trip away without getting stressed:

 

  1. Brainstorm

It might sound a little odd, but the best way to find a destination that you and your travel buddy are both happy with is by brainstorming. Any destinations that come into your head write them down.

As well as just throwing destinations you like the sound of onto the board, it is also about choosing somewhere that can offer you the relaxing break you need. It is important to think carefully about this, if you choose the wrong destination, you could go home more stressed than when you left.

Narrow it down to three destinations and do some research on each of them. The best way to do this is via the internet and by asking other people who have visited them for advice.

 

  1. What causes your travel stress?

If travelling itself stresses you out, ask yourself what it is that causes you to become stressed. Is it travelling via a plane? Is it all the waiting around? Is it the worry of missing a flight? Is there a certain form of transport that makes your stress worse?

Think about what causes you to become stressed when travelling and try to find ways to get around it. For example, if using buses causes you stress, book a taxi from the airport instead. Or, if plane travel causes you to become stressed, consider taking a ferry or train instead.

 

  1. Choose your accommodation wisely

The aim of your trip is to relax and unwind, so it is important to choose accommodation that will allow you to do that. Instead of opting for a family-friendly hotel, why not choose an adult only hotel or a spa hotel in Bali? Give yourself a proper chance to relax and unwind by choose suitable accommodation.

 

 

4. Don’t plan to do too much

Although there will probably be a few things that you want to see and do while you are away, don’t plan to do too much. Instead, focus on having time to relax and unwind.

If you try to fit too much in, you will only end up stressing yourself out. Stick to a maximum of one activity a day, and spend the rest of the time relaxing at your hotel.

     5. Don’t start your trip stressed

Start your trip as you mean to go on, and don’t leave stressed. Instead, book an extra two days off work before your trip so that you can spend some time relaxing beforehand. Plus, having a couple of days free before you trip, will give you time to prepare everything and get organised.

If you are feeling tense, make an appointment for a massage the day before you travel. This will help relieve tension in your muscles and should make you feel happier and more relaxed.

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Adventurous Breaks For Travel Enthusiasts

cycling

 

For many people, their ideal holiday is a warm beach somewhere, laying on a towel drinking cocktails. For an ever increasing amount of people though, a holiday of sand, sea and drinking isn’t what they want. They want adventure! Go past the window of your local travel shop, and you will mostly see the traditional sun and sand holidays, but usually if you pop in, they will cater to the more adventurous types.

 

Walking – A walking holiday is a great way to get in some fitness and keep active while also taking in some of the most gorgeous scenery in the world. The best way to do this is to do some planning in advance and work out how long it will take you to navigate your way through your chosen landscape. This way you can plan to take in certain towns and places of interest and also plan stops along the way to provide you with food and rest. Some of the best locations to investigate are in Romania. You can choose a hike that suits you and your skill. Some are full day walks where others are a few hours between destinations.

 

Canoeing/Kayaking – Canoeing and Kayaking can provide some of the most adventurous experiences you will ever find and also some of the most picturesque. There are many destinations around the world with varying levels of beauty and difficulty. For the beginner, I would recommend starting at home with a man made course or even try your hand out at the coast. Have a look at the best inflatable kayak reviews for 2015 to see what sort of equipment you should be investing in. Canoeing/Kayaking can be as intense or leisurely as you require and can be a great break for a family if planned correctly.

 

Safari – What better way to get back to nature than to take part in a safari. There are many versions available, from the entry level right up to five star-events. Imagine seeing Elephants, Rhino and other exotic creatures in their natural habitat. Better still, the money you pay to see the animals also helps to pay for their protection from poachers.

 

Tribes – Trying to get off the beaten track and explore new things is the aim here. There are still many tribes around the world who still for the most part live with minimal contact with the developed world. Some companies offer trips where you can get up close with the tribes and experience daily life from their perspectives. Try cooking, washing and food gathering and take a look at the world through their eyes.

 

Climbing – Our final suggestion for an adventurous break is to try your hand at climbing. There are many ways of getting some training before you depart. Many gyms offer simple climbing walls which will help you get a feel for it and if you are physically able to manage it. We would heavily recommend though that you take your time to do your research and involve a dedicated climbing holiday company. This ensures your safety and also so the correct training is given before you attempt to climb something natural. The benefits far outweigh the danger though. Imagine seeing the world from a place only a few have been!

 

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Top 3 Best Places to Visit in Australia

Australia is one country that is also considered as a continent. It has a huge land mass and varying topography so visiting this place will give you more than just water activities, sightseeing and wonderful cities. This country should be one of your top choices when you want to experience wildlife and outdoor adventure, amazing coral and marine life, and not to mention glorious cities with amazing architectural creations.

 

You have not visited Australia if you haven’t spent time traipsing the Great Barrier Reef. This place is humungous biodiversity site off the coast of Queensland. Considered to be the world’s largest coral reef, you can find hundreds of species of whales, dolphins, turtles, saltwater crocodiles, birds and more.

 

great barrier reef

 

The Sydney Harbor on the other hand is the most iconic destination in Australia. Here you can view the beautiful Sydney Opera House and the surrounding contemporary architecture of the city.

 

sydney harbor-opera house

 

For those who want something different, skiing in the Snowy Mountains is recommended. It is the highest peak in the country and you can find Alpine flowers blooming if you visit at the right time of the year!

 

Mount_Blue_Cow

 

Australia’s rich topography provides a variety of climates and activities for both local and tourists visiting the different states. Depending on what you want to see and experience, you can find the best travel deals and packages to make the most of your visit to Australia.

 

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