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Booking an adventure holiday can be very complicated. There are so many deals and offers out there that it can be overwhelming. Many people are left with the feeling that they have paid more than they could have. But don’t worry – use these top tips to work out the best deal for you.   […]

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Booking an adventure holiday can be very complicated. There are so many deals and offers out there that it can be overwhelming. Many people are left with the feeling that they have paid more than they could have. But don’t worry – use these top tips to work out the best deal for you.

 

Set Aside Time

The first bit of advice is simple: put aside some time to work out what you want from your adventure trip. There are a lot of ways to save money, and you need to look at what is on offer. More time spent investigating at the beginning means you will be able to enjoy the magic of an adventure holiday for the best possible price.

 

Getting Started

You’ll need a pen, some paper and a calculator to work out exactly what you are paying for. Adventure holidays are available from many different sources, and each of them offers different deals. Take a look at ActivitiesAbroad.com and see the types of things that are on offer on the current market. Jot down the activities that catch your interest.

 

Work Out What You Want

OK, so now you have to make some decisions. It’s important to cut the wheat from the chaff here, as there may be components of an adventure package that you don’t want. There is no point in paying for them. Make a bucket list of interests and you should have a good idea of what you are looking for.

 

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Find A Base Price

You won’t know if you have a good deal or not if you don’t know the base price. The best way to get it is to go through the process of buying each component of the holiday that you want – but make sure it is at the full price.

 

Compare Cost To Full Packages

Now compare the cost of what you actually want with the discounted package price. If the package is cheaper and includes everything you want, then it might seem like a no-brainer. But don’t book just yet! The chances are that the package will also include a lot of things you don’t want. Discounts on activities you will never use, visits to places you aren’t interested in, for example. Packages are sold as a convenience, and it is usually the case that convenience costs more.

 

Book Flights Separately

Although it is tempting to book your flights through your tour operator, it might be best to plan your own journey there. You may get a better deal and a more straightforward trip. For example, your tour operator will get you from A to B, but may not take into account stopovers or tricky changeovers.

 

Read The Small Print

All packaged tours have a lot of fine print that could affect your trip – and it’s no different with adventure holidays. There could be restrictions on your activities that mean you will never get to use them. For example, let’s say you have free golf as a component and want a round in the evening – but the small print states you can only use it before 5 pm. If you are planning a day on the beach, it is worthless. So, make sure you go through your terms and conditions with a fine toothcomb.

 

OK, so that’s all there is to it. Good luck with booking your trip and enjoy your adventure holiday!

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Travel isn’t all about leisure, all of the time. Sometimes, we have to go for business. Although it’s technically working, a business trip is a great way to see the world. As long as you plan correctly! If you’re clever about organising your trip, then you may still get to enjoy your time away. One […]

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Travel isn’t all about leisure, all of the time. Sometimes, we have to go for business. Although it’s technically working, a business trip is a great way to see the world. As long as you plan correctly! If you’re clever about organising your trip, then you may still get to enjoy your time away. One of the most popular destinations for business vacations is the US. With some of the biggest and busiest cities in the world, it’s no real surprise. To help you get the most out of your time away, I’ve put together this handy guide. Here’s how to organise a business trip in the US.

 

 

Visas and Travel Documents

You need to make sure that they’re actually going to let you in the country before you book anything at all. Those visiting America on business may have to apply for a visa and other travel documentation. It’s important to see what the laws are before you book up flights or accommodation. Applying for a visa can take some time, so be sure to do this well in advance. If your colleagues have visited the US on business before, ask them for some advice. What did they need to do? How long did it take? All of their answers will help you to get it right first time.

 

Booking Flights and Accommodation

Once you’re happy that you can actually get into the country, it’s time to book those flights and accommodation. Some companies may entrust this job to a member of HR or a personal assistant. Other times, you may be asked to do it yourself. Firstly, find out if there is a particular protocol for booking flights and accommodation. You may have a strict budget or have to do so through a recommended supplier. Next, find out what’s covered. Are you allowed to fly business class? Will you be staying in one of their corporate apartment rentals or a 3-star hotel? Are all meals going to be paid for by the company? It’s important you know exactly what the business covers and what you have to pay for yourself. You’re now ready to book your flights and accommodation.

 

 

Planning the Trip

If you want to make the most out of this time in the US, then you’re going to need to plan ahead. Chances are, most of your time will be filled with business meetings and impressing clients. However, you may get a few spare hours to explore. As long as you plan in advance, you’ll be able to see some of the sights that the city has to offer. Write up a schedule that includes all of the things you have to do for work. Don’t forget to include travelling times between each meeting! You’ll then be able to see how much time is left for play. Use a map to determine what areas you’ll be in when you’re finished up with each client. You can then choose which sights to explore, that are nearby. This will ensure you make the most out of the time you have available. From sunny Florida to bustling New York City, there will always be something to fill your time.

 

A business trip to the US doesn’t have to be all work and no play. As long as you follow this ultimate guide, you should be able to see some of the beautiful sights and attractions on offer as well. In fact, you’ll enjoy it so much you won’t be able to wait until the next business trip.

 

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Unique Beach Destinations Perfect for a Summer Getawayhttp://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2015/08/unique-beach-destinations-perfect-for-a-summer-getaway/ http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2015/08/unique-beach-destinations-perfect-for-a-summer-getaway/#comments Sat, 01 Aug 2015 03:04:33 +0000 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/?p=1474 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com

When you think of a beach vacation, where springs to mind? Usually, it’s somewhere quite obvious. And somewhere that’s going to be packed with tourists! However, most of us will put up with crowds if it means sandy beaches. What if I told you that you didn’t need to go to those bustling hotspots to […]

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When you think of a beach vacation, where springs to mind? Usually, it’s somewhere quite obvious. And somewhere that’s going to be packed with tourists! However, most of us will put up with crowds if it means sandy beaches. What if I told you that you didn’t need to go to those bustling hotspots to have an awesome beach holiday? There are plenty of other, quieter places to visit. Here are some unique beach destinations that are perfect for a summer getaway.

 

Kamalame Cay

It doesn’t get much quieter than this! This little taste of paradise can be found in The Bahamas, and guess what? It’s a private island! The water is turquoise, the sands are white, and there are no crowds to be seen. If you want to visit a peaceful sanctuary of beauty, then this is the place to go. The only drawback is that it can be a little expensive during peak season. This is because they limit the number of people who can visit at once.

 

Parque Nacional Islas Marietas

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Marieta Islands

Take a trip to Mexico, but try to avoid the busy hotspots. Such as Cancun! If you want a unique beach holiday, then head to Marieta instead. This group of uninhabited islands are so stunning; you won’t forget them in a hurry. There’s one place in particular you have to visit. Hidden Beach. It is easily one of the most beautiful and unique beaches on the planet. If you can find it, of course.

 

Iceland

Who said that beaches have to be hot? There are some pretty spectacular strips of coastal land to be found in Iceland if you know where to look. You may not want to explore them in a bikini, however. Jokulsarlon is a must-visit if you want to take some awe-inspiring photos. Here you’ll find black volcanic rock for sand, complete with glass-like chunks of ice. It has to be seen to be believed.

 

Sea Isle

When you think of beach holidays in America, you probably think of Florida or Hawaii. If so, you could be missing out on the beautiful City of Sea Isle. This city has it all going on! White sanded beaches and a real party atmosphere. Companies like njshore.foxroach.com/ also provide budget-friendly vacation rentals. Which means that a beach holiday to America doesn’t have to cost you a fortune like you may once have thought.

 

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The UK

Hey, don’t run away! I promise the UK does have some of the best beaches around. In fact, many of them have won awards. Even up against renowned destinations, such as Hawaii. Cornwall is easily one of the best places to visit in the UK, for a beach holiday. Especially if you want to learn to surf. If you time it right, you may even get some sunshine.

 

Have these unique beach destinations given you some ideas? You don’t need to visit the busiest of beaches to have a fabulous summer getaway. In fact, some of the lesser known ones are the best. Which one will you be visiting this year?

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The Ultimate Guide to Vacations in Sunny Floridahttp://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2015/07/the-ultimate-guide-to-vacations-in-sunny-florida/ http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2015/07/the-ultimate-guide-to-vacations-in-sunny-florida/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 02:52:48 +0000 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/?p=1467 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com

There’s something rather special about the Sunshine State. No wonder it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire world. From visiting the numerous theme parks to sunning yourself in Miami, there’s a little bit of everything for everyone here. If you want to visit Florida but don’t know where to start then […]

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There’s something rather special about the Sunshine State. No wonder it’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire world. From visiting the numerous theme parks to sunning yourself in Miami, there’s a little bit of everything for everyone here. If you want to visit Florida but don’t know where to start then you’re in luck. We’ve put together the ultimate guide to vacations in this beautiful state.

 

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Where to Visit

There are plenty of different areas of Florida that are well worth a visit. Let’s take a look at some of the most popular:

  • Orlando – Home of the best theme parks in the world! Orlando is an extremely popular tourist destination in Florida. It’s perfect for families, young couples, and singles alike. It can be quite expensive during peak season, but is worth every penny. Especially if you get a chance to visit Disney World!
  • Miami – Not quite as family orientated as Orlando. However, this is still somewhere you wouldn’t mind taking the kids. Miami has a beautiful Latin feel about it, with some of the best nightlife on the planet. The beaches are also second to none.
  • Key West – If mainland Florida is too hectic, take a trip to Key West instead. You’ll feel as though you’re on your own private island. Somewhere in the Caribbean. This is definitely the height of luxury.

 

Places to Stay

Once you’ve chosen where you want to visit in Florida, you’ll need to find some accommodation. Luckily, you’ll be spoilt for choice in the Sunshine State. Most people opt for the regular hotels, that can be found on practically every street corner. Particularly in places as popular as Orlando. These can be extremely expensive during peak season, however. An interesting alternative would be furnished apartment rentals. These tend to cost less than a standard hotel and have plenty more to offer. Especially if there’s a few of you travelling. Lastly, you have the resorts. Many of the theme parks will have their own on-site resorts. These are probably the most expensive of all. But you will be closer to the action.

 

When to Go

We’ve mentioned peak season a lot, but when exactly is that? And when is the best time to visit Florida on a budget? Summer, from July to August, is when you’ll see the hottest weather. Temperatures can climb extremely quickly in Florida. Well, they don’t call it the Sunshine State for nothing. This does mean it’s the most expensive time to visit, however. If you don’t mind the weather being slightly cooler, then book your vacation for September/October time. Many children are back at school, so this brings the prices down. It can be difficult if you’re planning on taking your own kids, however! You’ll still get nice warm weather in October, but with the added benefit of smaller crowds.

 

And there we have it! Your ultimate guide to vacations in Florida. Which part of the state will you be visiting? And when are you going? Perhaps you’re a regular to the ‘Sunshine State’. We’d love to hear your own Florida vacation stories!

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Unique Accommodation Ideas That Are Much Better Than a Hotelhttp://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2015/07/unique-accommodation-ideas-that-are-much-better-than-a-hotel/ http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2015/07/unique-accommodation-ideas-that-are-much-better-than-a-hotel/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 23:12:53 +0000 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/?p=1464 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com

When you go away, do you tend to stay in a hotel? Most people do! It’s the quick, easy and most obvious choice. However, you could be missing out on some of the most exciting accommodation options in the world. There are plenty of other places to stay; that are much better than a hotel. […]

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When you go away, do you tend to stay in a hotel? Most people do! It’s the quick, easy and most obvious choice. However, you could be missing out on some of the most exciting accommodation options in the world. There are plenty of other places to stay; that are much better than a hotel. Here are some of the most unique accommodation ideas to get you thinking.

 

A Tent

If you don’t mind roughing it slightly, then consider staying in a tent. Not only is it cheaper, but it’s a fabulous way to be ‘at one with nature’. You can find a range of campsites around the world, all with their own facilities. You don’t necessarily have to wash in the local lake, you know? Some campsites even have entertainment buildings nearby, so you’ll never be stuck for things to do. If you’re a backpacker, then this idea might appeal to you too. It’s an excellent way of seeing the world on a shoestring budget.

 

Glamping

If you’re not a fan of sleeping in a tent, then there are other luxurious ways to be ‘at one with nature’. Glamping is basically glamorous camping. Usually, you stay in a teepee or wooden structure. Both are a lot like tents, but with a bit more on offer. Some will have wood burners and four poster beds. You may even find one with electricity. Glamping is an incredible choice for those who want to camp, but don’t want to miss out on their luxuries.

 

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Camper Van

One of the most exhilarating ways to see the world – driving! You can hire or buy a camper van and take it across the globe. Many will come with a fully decked out room in the back. Typically including a fold out bed and kitchen facilities. You’ll be able to see the countries you’re visiting in a whole new light. Making your way across the road less travelled. It’s one step up from camping in a tent, but just below glamping.

 

Self-Catering Properties

This is becoming a hugely popular accommodation choice for travellers nowadays. Instead of staying in a hotel, consider staying in a self-catered property instead. You can get furnished apartment rentals for a lot cheaper than you would a hotel. There are also cottages, villas and houses up for grabs. You’re not paying as much because you don’t have the usual services that a hotel provides. Namely housekeeping and food. However, if you don’t mind self-catering then this is a much more budget-friendly option. Plus, you don’t have any pesky neighbours in the rooms next door.

 

Hostels

These are a lot like hotels in some respects. You get a room and a bathroom, along with food facilities. People even come and clean your room on a regular basis. The only difference is that most of the amenities are shared. Including the bedrooms. This means you’ll be sleeping in a dorm room with other travellers. They’re far cheaper than staying in a hotel, for that very reason. If you’re backpacking, then this is an excellent way to meet new people. You may even find your next travel buddy.

 

Why stay in a hotel when you have all of these incredible options available? Many of these accommodation ideas will ensure you see your destination in a whole new light as well. There’s nothing better than that!

 

 

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Going On a Skiing Holiday? How To Get Preparedhttp://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2015/07/going-on-a-skiing-holiday-how-to-get-prepared/ http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2015/07/going-on-a-skiing-holiday-how-to-get-prepared/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 15:41:54 +0000 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/?p=1460 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com

If you are a skiing newbie, and have never hit the slopes before, you are in the right place. Skiing is one of the most fun and enjoyable sports in the world and is the ideal winter vacation for any adventure loving traveler. That being said, while planning a skiing trip is the perfect vacation, […]

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If you are a skiing newbie, and have never hit the slopes before, you are in the right place. Skiing is one of the most fun and enjoyable sports in the world and is the ideal winter vacation for any adventure loving traveler.

That being said, while planning a skiing trip is the perfect vacation, if you have never been skiing before, it requires preparation. Very few people can hop onto skis or a snowboard for the first time and be a natural, without doing any training.

Many people forget that skiing is a sport, and to master any sport you have to take the time to learn and practice. No matter how much you want to be an advanced skier straight away, that’s not possible. To become an advanced skier, taking lessons and doing lots of practice is crucial.

If you want to have an amazing skiing trip, it is crucial that you take the time to prepare properly. To help you do that, I have put together a simple guide to how you can prepare for your upcoming trip to the slopes.

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For everything that you need to know, about hitting the slopes for the first time, keep reading, below:

 

Choose your resort carefully

When it comes to choosing your skiing resort, take the time to choose carefully. Each skiing resort has slopes of different levels, and so, it’s important that you choose a resort with lots of beginner slopes.

If you make the mistake of booking a resort with more advanced slopes than beginner ones, this could affect how much you enjoy your trip. So make sure that before choosing your resort, that you do research on it and what types of slopes it offers.

 

Don’t go during peak season

Trust me on this, as a new skier, you don’t want to go during peak season. During peak season, the ski resorts become packed out with people, making navigating the slopes much more difficult.

As someone who is new to skiing, you should aim to book your break for a time when the resort is as quiet as possible. Avoid booking your trip for December, January or March, as these are when school is out, and the resorts will be packed with families.

 

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Opt for the perfect accommodation

When it comes to choosing your ski resort accommodation, it’s crucial that you choose carefully. If you are going on your trip solo or with just one other person, booking a room in one of the resort’s hotels is ideal.

However, if you are going as part of a group or with your family, booking a lodge is a much better option. You can choose a lodge that has maid service and catering or to save money you can opt for a lodge that is self-catered. Whatever you choose will depend on your personal preferences and the preferences of your travel buddies.

 

Get fit

If you aren’t already in good physical shape, it’s important that you get in shape before your trip. Skiing is hard work, and to be able to enjoy it, you need to be in good shape. If you are unfit or out of shape, you will find skiing to be a struggle.

There are plenty of options when it comes to getting in shape, what you choose to do depends on you. Just make sure that you do both cardiovascular exercise and strength training. For instance, you could combine swimming or running with lifting weights, for good results.

 

Go to your local skiing center

As you have never skied before, it’s a good idea that before you go you take a trip to your local skiing center. Ideally, you don’t want to go to a dry ski slope, but to a slope with real snow. This is because skiing on the dry slopes is very different to skiing on real snow, and if you want to get a feel for it, you need real snow.

While you are at your local ski center, you could always opt to have a few basic skiing lessons. That way, by the time you go on your trip, you should be able to stand up on your skis and make it down a couple of the smaller slopes.

 

Book lessons in advance

As well as having a couple of lessons at your local skiing center, it’s also a good idea to book some lessons for once you arrive at your resort. You might already know the basics, but to improve and perfect your skiing, you may need a little extra help.

Most skiing resorts have various skiing instructors you can choose from. For instance, if you choose to go skiing in Canada, you could take lessons from an Alltracks ski instructor. You can find out more about the lessons and prices by visiting http://alltracksacademy.com/.

 

Don’t forget your clothes and equipment

As someone who is new to skiing, it doesn’t make sense to buy all your clothing and equipment. It’s best to hire and borrow what you need to start off with, and then, as you get more into skiing, you can invest in all the bits and pieces that you need.

When it comes to getting all the clothes that you need, ask friends and relatives if they have anything that you could borrow. Or, failing that, perhaps you could hire your clothes from a specialist skiing store?

When it comes to your skiing equipment, the best option is to hire it from your ski resort. Just make sure to book what you want in advance, so that you get everything that you need. If you leave hiring your equipment until you arrive, you could be left with very basic equipment. Plus, you will have to stand in a queue for hours to get it, that’s why hiring in advance is always best.

Going skiing is a lot of fun, it gives you the chance to let loose, try new things and have an amazing time. Just make sure that you do lots of preparation in advance, so that you get as much out of your skiing trip as possible.

 

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Taking time out to volunteer abroad is one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do with your life. Not only will you help improve the lives of others, you’ll help discover more about yourself. Many school leavers are pushed into university, then pushed straight into jobs. Before you know it, you’re stuck in a […]

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Taking time out to volunteer abroad is one of the most rewarding things you’ll ever do with your life. Not only will you help improve the lives of others, you’ll help discover more about yourself. Many school leavers are pushed into university, then pushed straight into jobs. Before you know it, you’re stuck in a career that leaves you feeling empty. It’s crucial to remember that you’re still young. The world is yours for the taking! Don’t follow the well-trodden path. Look further afield. Find new adventures and discover what you really want to do with your life.

That’s why volunteering abroad is such a great option. It allows you to get away from the stresses of everyday life. By seeing the way that other cultures live, you’ll gain some perspective on the world around you. You’ll speak to new people and get a deeper insight into the planet. Volunteering, specifically, lets you get closer to other communities, and put your own struggles into perspective.

If we’ve managed to convince you, the only thing left to do is pick an adventure! The world is wide open for the taking here. Every corner of the globe is crying out for volunteers. Where will you choose, and what activity is important to you? The key thing to remember here is to follow your heart. Are you passionate about animals? Are you terrified of a future that does nothing to slow climate change? Does your heart lie with young children, and helping them make a better start? All of these and more are possible. Let’s take a look.

 

Wildlife Conservation

It’s no secret that animal communities around the planet are in grave danger. Modern forces of urbanisation are destroying habitats and natural ecosystems. Global warming is irreversibly changing the landscape we live in. Poachers and hunters are decimating animal populations on every continent. If your eyes are welling up just thinking about it, perhaps a wildlife conservation trip is for you! There are communities across the world fighting to save the natural environments of animals. You can join them and help. The best part? You’ll get up close and personal with tigers, polar bears or even pandas!

 

Environmental Conservation

The last decade has seen a major shift in public conscience. We are more concerned than ever about climate change and the devastating effects of global warming. The effects are wreaking havoc throughout the globe, meaning there are opportunities in many countries. From the shrinking ice caps in the arctic to the low lying Asian coast. There are also conservation communities helping protect the dense Amazon forest. This area of natural beauty is currently being torn apart at a fantastic rate to feed the world’s lumber supply. Perhaps you could join forces, and help slow down the process.

 

Teaching

One of the best ways to volunteer your time is to teach. Use your skills to empower an underprivileged community. Joining volunteer groups across Africa or South America will put you right in the heart of the most troubled communities. Thanks to you, they’ll learn vital skills like English and maths. It’s these basic skills that could help them escape from poverty and secure a better life. It could help their country grow and become self-sufficient. If nothing else, you’ll love watching their smiling faces as they learn and play.

 

Blue mountains

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Adventure trip leader

If you’re looking for more of an adventure gap-year experience, why not become a trip leader? You can volunteer to take groups on guided tours, or take on adventure challenges. This route is perfect for adrenaline junkies! You could lead rock-climbing tours in the American Rockies. You could take a ski instructor course in the Alps or manage the bungee jumps in Australia! There are lots of possibilities here, and thousands of gap-year students are waiting to follow your lead.

 

Marine conservation

We’ve already looked at a couple of conservation ideas, but what about the ocean? If you feel a deep connection to the sea, this might be a better choice. There are some amazing marine conservation projects on theleap.co.uk, and you can be part of them. The best places in the world for marine conservation are Madagascar and the Bahamas. Here, the marine population is under threat. It’s often due to declining coral quality or human intervention. You’ll help monitor the local sealife population and map out damaged reefs. Every day, you’ll have a real impact on the ocean around you.

 

Childcare

These trips are fairly similar to teaching, but you’ll look after younger children! So, if you can’t handle the noisy teenagers and squabbling students, try the au pair route instead. You can do this all over the world. Parents and families are always looking for responsible people to look after their children. It’s even better if you can teach them some English along the way. Best of all, the family will often provide accommodation or cover your costs. Again, it’s another chance to make a positive impact on someone’s life.

 

Community building

Community building is perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when you consider volunteering. In this trip, you’ll immerse yourself in underprivileged communities. It might be indigenous populations, or poverty-ravaged villages across sub-Saharan Africa. Alongside others, you’ll help build wells, provide emergency healthcare, and improve their lives. Community building is perhaps the most emotionally challenging volunteer project. However, it’s also the most enriching.

 

Trail building

If the thought of travelling to Asia, Africa or South America leaves you feeling overwhelmed, why not look closer to home? For the adventurers among us, North America is in desperate need of hiking trail builders. These vast areas up and down the Rocky Mountains suffer ongoing damage and degradation. A corp of volunteers ensure these trails are accessible at all times. They keep things protected under law and make sure the habitat is as natural as possible. You’ll need the best trekking equipment, but if you’re a hiker, you’ll love it!

 

Are you feeling inspired? We certainly are! The world is full to the brim of exciting prospects and possibilities. Where would you go?

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How to Design Your Own Dream Holidayhttp://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2015/07/how-to-design-your-own-dream-holiday/ http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2015/07/how-to-design-your-own-dream-holiday/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 03:27:41 +0000 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/?p=1447 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com

Designing your own dream holiday is an extremely exciting time. However, with so many places to see and so many things to do, it can be difficult to get started. The task itself can seem a bit daunting if you don’t know where to start. There’s nothing to say you can’t have multiple dream holidays; […]

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Designing your own dream holiday is an extremely exciting time. However, with so many places to see and so many things to do, it can be difficult to get started. The task itself can seem a bit daunting if you don’t know where to start. There’s nothing to say you can’t have multiple dream holidays; you just need to decide on one to begin with! Use these tips to design your own dream holiday:

 

Think About What You Want in a Holiday

Your dream holiday and somebody else’s dream holiday will not match up. Everybody has their own idea of the dream holiday they want to go on. So, the first step is to think about what you want in a holiday. Do you want to explore exciting attractions none stop? Do you want to spend all of your time relaxing? Do you want a bit of both? Amazing nightlife? Lovely people? Incredible shopping? List everything you want so that you can find the perfect place. You’re bound to find somewhere that suits you perfectly!

 

List Dream Destinations

Now you know what you want to do, think of a few destinations you’ve always wanted to go to and do your research. Which of these match up to what you want in a holiday, if any? If they don’t, you’ll need to find a brand new place that fits the bill. This can be really exciting, and mean you end up visiting somewhere totally unique that you never would have visited otherwise.

 

See a Travel Agent

You don’t necessarily need a travel agent to help you, but it can take a lot of the stress out of it for you. If you know what you want to do and where you want to go, a travel agent can find you a great deal. If you’re confident enough to do it alone, then skip this step!

 

Create an Itinerary

Create an itinerary by researching the specific things you can do in your chosen country. Remember not to pack your itinerary, as you’ll regret that once you arrive. You’ll want some time to relax and do your own thing too. You don’t want to go home more stressed out than when you arrived!

 

Stay in Luxury Accommodation

A dream holiday isn’t exactly dreamy without luxury accommodation. You can get some fantastic deals on luxury accommodation if you look on the right websites and speak to the right people. You should be able to choose from a wide range of villas, apartments, and hotels to suit your needs. Make sure you look for value for money when finding the perfect place to stay. The price should be reasonable for the features you get with your stay!

 

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Set a Good Budget 

Finally, you’re going to need to set a good budget so you can have the time of your life on this holiday. Make sure you consider food, activities, attractions, and anything else you’ll be doing while you’re away. A dream holiday isn’t a dream if you’re worrying too much about money!

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Equipment to Carry While Planning a Trekhttp://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2015/07/equipment-to-carry-while-planning-a-trek/ http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2015/07/equipment-to-carry-while-planning-a-trek/#comments Thu, 02 Jul 2015 07:48:19 +0000 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/?p=1442 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com

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 […]

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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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Backpackers Cheat Sheet: 4 Surefire Ways to Safeguard Your Travel Essentialshttp://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2015/06/backpackers-cheat-sheet-4-surefire-ways-to-safeguard-your-travel-essentials/ http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/2015/06/backpackers-cheat-sheet-4-surefire-ways-to-safeguard-your-travel-essentials/#comments Fri, 26 Jun 2015 02:13:09 +0000 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com/?p=1439 http://www.fancyexpeditions.com

Generally speaking, backpackers are frugal creatures and it is completely understandable. The moment you hit the road, your finances go on a continuous dwindle. Each day it drops lower beyond your minimum balance, and each day you’re wishing to get an eastwest bank personal loan to hopefully extend your days on the road because really, […]

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Generally speaking, backpackers are frugal creatures and it is completely understandable. The moment you hit the road, your finances go on a continuous dwindle. Each day it drops lower beyond your minimum balance, and each day you’re wishing to get an eastwest bank personal loan to hopefully extend your days on the road because really, your bank balance will also affect the time you can spend exploring the wonders of the world.

 

Money and budgeting is a foremost consideration when you want to travel, thus budget should start way before your step out the door into the unknown. Preparing your stuff properly will save you more cents in your adventure and give you greater peace of mind.

 

Waterproofing Your Pack

Most backpackers are idealistic about the weather on their upcoming trip and rely solely on the rain cover for protection. But what if your pack falls on the river or sea as you disembark from a boat? There are many cheap options for securing your stuff inside your pack. Line the inside of your backpack with a large , sturdy, plastic sack such as a well-washed fertilizer sack or rubble sack. Simply roll down when full and fold the remainder over then tuck tightly in the inside of your pack. With this kind of waterproofing you can calmly haul your pack on the rooftop of a jeepney bound for Sagada on a monsoon season!

 

Securing Your Backpack

Fortunately, there are pack security and secure packs especially suited for backpackers and travellers now. But they are not really that cheap! If you’re on a budget you can easily improvise using any 3mm diameter chicken wire from any hardware store to insert inside your pack to make it theft proof. You can also do a DIY cable to padlock and wrap around your pack and to attach your pack to a permanent fixture using materials from the hardware. These options may not be the most attractive means of securing your pack but it serves as a deterrent, and it also look a little less striking for thieves.

 

Protect Your Valuables

These days, many people travel with some or a lot of gadgets and valuables such as digital cameras, ipods, smartphone and a wallet full of the best credit cards in the Philippines. If you want to prolong their lives and protect them, be sure to have a small airtight container where you can keep them – like Tupperware! These plastic containers come in different sizes and shapes and they are your best bet in protecting sensitive electronics or small breakables and in keeping bits and pieces of your toiletries. After days, weeks or months of traveling, you will inevitable accumulate “things” and your will be thankful to have an extra Tupperware in your rucksack.

 

Ziplock your Documents

When travelling, you carry with your some essential documentation such as passports, ID’s, letter of invitations for visa purposes and others which you must always keep safe and protected. Keeping these documents including a few dollars is perfect for emergencies. Ziplocks or similar bags provide excellent protection against sudden downpours, accidental submersion or penetrating sweat.

 

 

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