Top Travel Tips For A First Time Traveller

Getting out and seeing the world is nothing short of amazing. It can shift perspectives, inspire you to greater things or simply give you a wider appreciation of what’s going on in the world. There are a few pitfalls, however. Some of these are small, while others can be quite damaging. They vary, of course, depending on where you are going or who you are going with. They also differ because people carry themselves in different ways. Advice that might be obvious to one person might be like a light bulb turning on for someone else. There’s a huge amount of excitement involved in travelling and visiting new places, however you need to temper this so that you get all of the preparations right and leave yourself able to enjoy the best of trips. Here are some top tips to get you started. Don’t forget to apply them to your own situation to ensure you get the absolute best out of them and research further to ensure you’re totally covered.

Agency or Not?

A lot of people take pride in booking everything themselves. Plane tickets, tickets for attractions, itineraries, etc. However, others might like this to be done for them. For example, if you’re on your own you might look into singles travel tours so that you can travel with someone else. At the same time, you might just want to book it and save some money. Some agencies are brilliant and have stellar reviews while others should be avoided at all costs. This is why it’s important to do your research and know. Check the reviews, talk to friends who have used them before. Also, if your trip isn’t exactly a complex one you might consider just booking it yourself. Have a look and price it all up, then see how much more an agency would be. Always worth doing the work to get the best price because that way you have more money to spend on the actual travelling.

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Be Battery Ready

When you’re travelling it’s so easy for your device battery to deplete fast. This is especially the case if you’re travelling by train or bus for a long distance when you haven’t got a power source to plug into. It can also occur if you’re going into the sticks camping off the beaten track. You need to plan your charges wisely. Make sure that you get the charge you need so you have battery for emergency calls. A power bank can be a wise move. Or a smartphone battery case which can extend the battery life of your phone. A power bank can be used to charge a laptop and other devices too like a GPS. They vary in power offerings so be careful what you buy. Also, banks themselves need to be properly charged and can take quite a while to absorb all the charge they have so factor that into your travelling. A good tip is to charge everything whenever you have the chance to do so or you may end up rueing it later on. 

Research The Area

Not just the country, the area you’re staying in. There are good and bad places in every city and district. Be aware of them and try to steer clear of them. You also want to research the common scams. Tourists are often clear targets for scammers looking to make a quick buck, this can be at an ATM or by trying to get you to buy something. Be careful and be informed and you should be able to steer clear. The same applies to taxi rides. Pre book for a fair fee if you can and don’t grab a taxi right from the airport. If you’ve done some research into the area then it’ll be a lot safer for you. Knowledge is power.

Going off track? Prepare

A lot of travellers like to go off track so that they can see more of the country. Yet each year a lot of people get into trouble, some even end up losing their lives because they’re not prepared. To get around this, you need to do a lot of research. See if you can get a local guide who knows their business. They also need to be great at what they do and have reviews. Perhaps they’re attached to a good travel company. Once you’ve got the guide you need the gear. If you’re hedging somewhere cold, don’t just buy an ordinary sleeping bag. You’ll need something a lot heavier to ensure you get a good night’s sleep and don’t fall into danger. You could end up in the hospital, or worse. Somewhere hot? You need water and lots of it. You might also need things like sun resistant clothing, a hat, sunglasses, mosquito spray or nets. A good tent which isn’t too hard to put up and take down. You need the right gear for the right environments. 

Be Currency Safe

Take a bit of everything. Don’t just take cash because if it gets stolen you’ll be in trouble and without money. Take some of your home currency if needed, the dollar usually goes far anywhere in the world as does pounds. Then take some cash for smaller purchases and then take a credit card (one which doesn’t charge a fortune for use abroad) and maybe a prepaid card or something similar. Research each place you’re going to and check on what’s widely accepted. To cut down on the amount of cash or currency you have to carry, pre book all you can before you leave. This usually includes flights, excursions or long distance train fairs. Most importantly accommodation. Sometimes you’ll play it by ear and find accommodation wherever it turns up. But if you can book beforehand there will be less of a need to carry large sums of money with you.You’ll only need money for food and other essentials making you less of a target, or if you are a target there will be less of a fallout.

Incredible Mountain Retreats To Enjoy This Winter

With the winter on the way, many of us are thinking about where we’d like to go on our holiday breaks. For many of us, the season is synonymous with traveling to the mountains, seeing their snow-capped peaks, and spending some time by the fire.

Mountain retreats, however, can be a little inaccessible or sparsely served by the regular hospitality industry. For that reason. Halterman’s RV recommends changing the way you travel, using an RV instead of going to an overcrowded resort. In general, this is a good idea because it gives you more freedom to explore new areas a little off the beaten track, instead of just following tourists in the crowd.

Whistler, BC

Whistler is one of the most famous mountain biking and skiing destinations in the world. It features some of the most stunning scenery you’ll find anywhere in British Columbia too. But in addition to these sports, you’ll also find opportunities for zip-lining, horseback riding, hiking, fishing, climbing, wildlife tours, and geocaching. In short, this destination is for people who want to spend the winter outside, having as much fun as possible. Just remember to wrap up warm. Things can get pretty cold here over the winter season.

Banff, Alberta

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Banff is the chosen location for all sorts of international conferences, including for physicists, probing the deepest levels of reality. It’s not surprising they chose the spot. This area presents one of nature’s finest natural environments, with beautiful lagoons, stunning mountains, and plenty of wilderness to explore.

Banff is the quintessential Canadian retreat, offering an instantly recognizable combination of pine forests, serene lakes, and craggy rocks. Trails stretch out all over the region, allowing you to test your hiking skills. There are also multiple caravanning sites where you can hook up your RV and travel from there as a base.

Telluride, Colorado

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Heading south, you’ll find the beautiful region of Telluride in Colorado. Please note that this isn’t the most accessible destination in the world. In the winter, you may struggle to reach it. But if you manage to get there okay, you have all sorts of opportunities to explore this exciting and unique environment.,

The region around Telluride is perfect backcountry for those looking to get out and enjoy the genuine wilderness. But it is also suitable for pampered city types who want to experience luxury destinations and all the amenities that come with them. Unlike Aspen or Vail, Telluride retains much of its local rustic charm. It’s not just a giant processing plant for tourists, getting as many people up and down the mountain as possible. Commercialization isn’t in full swing here – which can be a nice thing sometimes.

Stowe, Vermont

Head over to the east coast, and you’ll eventually stumble upon Stowe, the famous Vermont region that offers a host of winter sports for your enjoyment between November and March.

Here you try your hand at things like ice skating, snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and skiing. There are also plenty of opportunities to visit museums and art galleries. Plus, you can visit the Ben and Jerry’s ice cream factory just down the road.

7 Steps To A Perfectly Packed Suitcase

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Are you planning an exotic break away? You might be worried about what you’ll need to pack, and even when you’ll find the time to do it all. 

Packing needn’t be something that you spend so long stressing over. If you know what you are doing when you pack your case- it’s a doddle. 

To help you along, here are seven handy tips to help you pack your suitcase. 

1. Pick the Right Suitcase for the Journey 

First, you will need to make sure that you have the right case for the trip that you are taking. Think about the length of your break and the type of clothes that you’ll want to wear. Once you know this, you should find the smallest bag that you can. This is because you don’t want to be carrying a half-empty suitcase.

What method of transport are you taking? If you’re going to need to get your case around an airport, you’ll want one on wheels. For other forms of transport, wheels might be less important.  

2. Make a Packing List 

Before anything goes into a suitcase, you will need to make a list of what to pack. Do this a few days before you’re due to leave. That way, you’ll have a chance to add things if you remember them. 

Check out this website for a list of items that you need to remember in your hand luggage. 

3. Gather Your Items Together

Once you’ve made your list, gather up all of the items. Don’t put them in your case yet!

4. Tweak Your Item List 

Once you’ve got everything side-by-side you’ll be able to see what you might be taking. 

This is your chance to cut things from the case. Start to edit down the stack of clothes so that you only take what you really need. 

5. Pack Your Shoes First 

Your shoes should go in your case first. They’re your bulkiest items, so they need to be at the bottom of your case. 

6. Use Dividers 

A great way of dividing up your case is by using packing cubes. Put your gadgets in one, your toiletries in another, and your clothes in the biggest. Compressing your clothes in cubes will help you get more in.

7.Roll Your Clothes

Instead of folding your clothes, why not try rolling them? You’ll find it easier to get more into your case. Make sure that they’re rolled as tight as possible to save extra space. 

Don’t Forget…

Finally, before you take your case with you to the airport, don’t forget to weigh it at home. When you check-in for your flight, they’ll weigh it at the desk. If it’s too heavy, you’ll have to pay extra for the privilege. Checking the weight before you go will ensure you don’t get a nasty surprise at the check-in desk. 

Following these simple instructions will help you get the best from your packing. But don’t forget your passport

5 Great Reasons To Visit Fort Pierce In Florida

If you are planning a trip to Florida, you may be looking at places like Orlando or Miami, but there are so many other places to discover. Fort Pierce is one of the most underrated places in Florida, which is a real shame because it has so much to offer and it caters for people of all interests. These are just some of the amazing things that you can do on a trip to Fort Pierce.

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Boat Trips

Florida is the boating capital of the world, and Fort Pierce is one of the best boating destinations in the state. You can charter a boat from some great companies like Carefree Boat Club Fort Pierce who will make the process so easy. You don’t need to worry about any dock fees or insurance and if you are a complete beginner, there will be expert staff on hand to help you get to grips with the boat. There are some great intercoastal waterways to explore, and it’s one of the best fishing destinations in the world.

Diving

Fort Pierce is also a great location for diving and exploring the seabed. There are some amazing coastal reefs that you can explore, and even some shipwrecks where you can search for treasure. Even if you are a complete beginner, there are some great instructional classes that you can take. However, it is important that you interact with wildlife responsibly when you dive because coastal reefs are under threat.

Beaches

Fort Pierce is also home to some of the best beaches in the country. There are over 21 mile of unspoiled beaches, and they are much quieter than any of the spots that you are used to visiting around Florida. Pepper Park Beach is a great destination for families as it has facilities like a children’s play area, tennis courts, and a nice picnic area. You will also find some great surfing schools on most of the beaches if you want to try your hand at some water sports.

Golf

If you want to take a relaxing trip and play some golf, Fort Pierce is the ideal place to go. Gator Trace Golf and Country Club has a great 18-hole course that is not too challenging, so it’s better suited to beginners and casual players than a lot of the other courses in the area. Just remember that there are gators in the water, so if you lose a ball, it’s best to leave it.

Farmers Markets

Visiting a farmers market is a great way to get to know a new place. You can discover all of the culinary delights that the area is famous for, and meet plenty of the locals as well. The Downtown Fort Pierce farmers market on the scenic waterfront area has over 70 local vendors selling a range of amazing seasonal fruit and vegetables, prepared food items, and handmade arts and crafts. If you are looking for some cheap, delicious foods, make sure to hit up the food trucks at the market.

Next time you are planning a trip to Florida, don’t overlook Fort Pierce because it’s such an amazing destination.

How Humans And Wildlife Can Interact Sustainably

In all honesty, nobody wants to be known as a ‘city slicker’. Someone who isn’t in touch with nature, respect the wildlife and really feels at home in the great outdoors. Those that have grown up in the city, usually love the countryside once they get a bit older. However, so many of us have lost that unique touch with wildlife. We don’t pay attention to what we’re doing to our own countryside and indeed the wider country. Human and animal interactions don’t have to be so one-sided. We can live among wildlife without changing it. The trick is to always keep in mind the sustainability of our interactions. Nature must not be altered as we move through it, and animals should be respected even while you’re hunting.

 

 

A respectful hunter

 

In North America, some animals have to be hunted to keep the numbers down. Keeping deer numbers in check is vital for farmers because they would lose their crops and harvest due to the rampant grazing. However, hunters of all people know that in order to be a sustainable presence in the forest, they must not change the landscape. It may sound odd to some but even snapping twigs and brushing against branches is highly frowned upon. It’s not just about not alerting the prey animal, but not disturbing the nature you’re walking through either. Don’t step on flowers, mushrooms or even moss if you can help it. In order to have our great landscapes remain the same as they are now, hunters must move through the forest as if they were a ghost. Be respectful of the forest and try to leave it in the same way as you entered it.

 

Maintain population

 

If you own a lake and you’re unable to fish regularly, then, unfortunately, you’re not managing it correctly. You should have plenty of fish since there is no real way to escape besides underground channels. Call a lake management company that is able to come and see what the problem is for you. It might be due to the water quality, perhaps you’re overfishing, or it could just be that there is a predator nearby that have eaten most of the fish. The company will see if they can repopulate your lake with the correct fish types that were previously swimming around. They have stocked up ponds and lakes with indigenous fish to maintain the population and maintain the same ecosystem.

 

 

Avoiding meeting each other

 

Sometimes the best thing humans and animals can do for each other is just to stay out of each other’s ways. Grizzly bears are brilliant creatures but they are a threat to humans. Human beings must be aware that not seeing or going looking for a bear is a good thing. The fewer interactions brown bears and humans have the better for each other’s survival. That’s why you should follow bear tracks or ghost them to go bear watching.

 

Humans and animals need to find ways to interact with each other in sustainable ways. Hunters should respect the forest as they walk through it and anglers should not fish their lakes to emptiness.

5 Fun Things To Do In New Jersey

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Thinking of visiting New Jersey? Here are a few fun things to do when exploring this state.

Hit the beaches of Jersey Shore

Jersey Shore’s beaches are renowned worldwide as being the ultimate sunbathing spot. They’re less humid than Florida’s beaches whilst still offering plenty of sunshine to catch a tan. Even if you don’t fancy lazing on a beach, the shore offers plenty of other activities. You can snack out at Dunkin’ Donuts in Ocean City and go shopping along the boardwalk. Meanwhile, those looking to explore some history can head to Cape May, where there is plenty of Victorian architecture to marvel at and a range of museums. And of course, there’s Atlantic City, where you’ll find casinos and world-class spas.  

Go tubing on the Delaware river

Many people head to the Delaware river in the summer to paddle in its crystal clear waters. Whilst thrill-seekers can try kayaking or white water rafting, a more leisurely way to explore the river could be to go tubing. You can hire a tube from companies such as Twin Rivers Tubing and drift down the river whilst catching a tan.

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Be dazzled by Sterling Hill Mine

This former iron and zinc mine is a must-visit attraction whilst in the state of New Jersey. The mine’s most famous feature is its multi-coloured fluorescent rocks which make for a magical experience. This is the result of the mine’s lighting which causes the zinc to glow. Visitors at Sterling Hill Mine can also learn about the mine’s past and various mining techniques.

Walk around the Grounds for Sculpture

There are plenty of parks and gardens in The Garden State, but for those looking for an attraction that slightly more unusual The Grounds For Sculpture are well worth a visit. There are over 240 sculptures in this 42-acre park, on top of an array of trees and flowers. It’s the perfect park for nature lovers and art enthusiasts alike.

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See the Statue of Liberty from Liberty State Park

Liberty State Park sits across from New York and offers impressive views of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. You can even catch a ferry from here and get to see both attractions up close. Of course, there’s also the option of taking a day trip to the Big Apple (New York’s not in New Jersey, but it’s practically on the border and worth experiencing if you’ve never been before). Liberty State Park is also home to the Empty Sky Memorial and Liberty Science Centre.

Five Offbeat Ways to Have a Memorable Holiday

Holidays should be a time of celebration, fun and excitement. They should be filled with wonderful moments, they should uplift our spirits and they need to create unforgettable memories that stick with us forever. Sadly, remembering a holiday can be quite difficult unless you have an absolutely amazing time that is worth talking about for weeks once you return home.

Fortunately, there are also a couple of rather offbeat ways to have a memorable holiday. Of course, you could always do something elaborate and record yourself or take hundreds of pictures, but we’ve decided to list a couple of unique ways that you can have a memorable holiday. So if you’re ready for a little surprise during your next vacation trip, here are a few unique ideas.

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  1. Do something you’d do at home

Sounds boring, doesn’t it? Funnily enough, doing something that you would do at home, but on holiday, makes it a lot more memorable and potentially even enjoyable. For instance, if you’d normally like to relax in bed and read a book on a Saturday morning, then why not do the same thing but up on a mountain in the Himalayas or while lounging in a hammock in Bali?

Here are a couple of other interesting activities you could try:

  • Pick a spot to have a picnic in a unique location
  • Walk around your accommodation area and try to fit in with the locals
  • Get a bit of work done if you have the ability to
  • If you have a kitchen, go out to buy some groceries and cook a local meal
  1. Hire a travel photographer

Taking holiday pictures is usually something we can do ourselves, but a dedicated holiday photographer does come with many advantages. For instance, they’ll know the layout of the city you’re in, they’ll know the best places to go for romantic shots with your partner, and they might even be able to introduce you to some spectacular sightseeing opportunities that you can revisit later after your photo session.

They can be extremely specific too. For example, you can find Amalfi Coast photographers that know the local fishing villages and have access to wonderful villas where you can take beautiful photographs. It’s worth doing a bit of research and looking around for travel photographers that can fit your needs.

  1. Stay somewhere local

Instead of staying in a tall building that overlooks the city you’re staying in, get on the ground and look for local places such as a bed and breakfast, a hostel or even a capsule hotel location. There are several reasons to give this a try:

  • You’ll be more in-tune with the locals
  • You won’t be treated like a tourist all the time
  • You get to experience life as a local
  • You have more opportunities to meet people naturally and make friends
  • It’s much cheaper than booking a hotel

Staying somewhere local can seem daunting especially if you don’t understand the language. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to communicate if you’ve got a phrase book handy. This is an excellent opportunity to see your holiday destination from the eyes of a local and will help you appreciate the culture, language and even food.

 

  1. Make a friend

Even if you’re a particularly shy person, making a friend overseas when you’re on holiday is a fantastic way to create a memorable holiday. This is because you have the opportunity to stay in touch even after you leave, meaning you can always chat with them, ask how they’re doing and even arrange a follow-up trip to go see them.

Whenever you speak to the friends you make, you’ll start to remember the holiday you had, the places you visited and the sights and sounds that you got to experience.

  1. Pack less

 

Backpacking is one of the most popular ways to travel nowadays. It allows you to see more of the world, it forces you into situations that help you learn a new language and it’s a flexible type of holiday with no real direction. This means you can visit the country without any major expectations and just go with the flow, meeting new people, experiencing new things and trying out new foods.

In other words; the less you pack, the more immersed in the country you’ll be.

As you can see, it doesn’t take much to really have a memorable holiday. You don’t need to go partying every night, you don’t need to visit every single tourist attraction and you don’t even need to spend much money. Hopefully, this advice has given you a few ideas on how you can have a memorable holiday in the near future!

Top Philidephia Must Do’s

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Look anywhere on the web, and you’ll find that Philadelphia is one of the most impressive places to visit, but if you’re going there are some things you absolutely must do, make sure you do not leave until you have…

Had a photo in front of the Liberty Bell

It doesn’t make a sound, but The Liberty Bell is free to visit year-round with no tickets required. It draws people from everywhere in to get their perfect a photo in front of the soaring glass walls overlooking Independence Hall.

Posed with the Rocky Statue and ran up the “Rocky Steps.”

There are two of the most famous tourist attractions in Philadelphia and have now become an international destination. Travellers come from all over to embark on their own run up the stairs, pumping their fists in the air while taking in the spectacular view of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and the city’s skyline. To finish off the experience, you should head to the bottom of the stairs and snap a photo with the bronze statue of Rocky, initially created for Rocky III.

Eaten best Philly cheesesteak

The Philly cheesesteak is the city’s most famous food. These excellent sandwiches consist of chopped (or thinly sliced) steak and a choice of cheeses and fried onions on a hoagie roll. Mmmmm!

Visited the Independence Hall

This is the actual place where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where the U.S. Constitution was created. Today, the UNESCO World Heritage Site is the centrepiece of Independence National Historical Park, and you can go on guided tours all year-round for free. You have to get timed tickets which can be picked up at the Independence Visitor Center but plan ahead because tours fill up fast!

 

Gorged on food from dozens of vendors at Reading Terminal Market

This is America’s oldest farmers’ market, and a foodie’s paradise. The 125-year-old Reading Terminal Market serves as both one of the top tourist destinations as well as a source for fresh produce, seafood, meats and cheese for the locals. You can also enjoy meals from dozens of restaurants as well as browsing retailers stalls selling housewares, jewellery, linens and more.

Visited the impressive museums on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway was modelled after the Champs Elysees in Paris and is sometimes called Philadelphia’s most artistic mile. Here, you’ll find some of the city’s most important cultural institutions, including the Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, the Rodin Museum and the crowning Philadelphia Museum of Art.

 

Taken in an epic view of City Hall — then toured the massive building

The City Hall has been the home to Philadelphia city government for over a century. Once the tallest building in America, the 14.5-acre masonry structure remains the country’s largest municipal building. You can enjoy an interior tour that explores the building’s history, art and architecture or a 15-minute tower tour. Both options include a view from the observation deck, located below the 37-foot-tall, 27-ton bronze statue of William Penn atop the clock tower.

Something For Everyone: Make The Most Of A North Carolina Adventure

Boasting everything from beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Ocean, to the breathtaking Appalacian Mountains; North Carolina really does have a varied landscape, and offers its visitors an array of things to do. The southeastern U.S state provides travelers with the bustle of city life, along with the tranquility of incredible terrain and attractive country views. With so much to do and see, it’s no wonder that many are popping the state onto their travel itinerary. And, if it’s somewhere you’re planning to take an adventure, you’ll not be disappointed, or stuck for something to satiate your senses.

With so much to do and see in North Carolina; you’ll want to ensure that you’ve ticked as much as you can off your list of plans. Therefore, you’ll need to put some thought and effort into your list itself, and preapre as much as possible before you arrive. Grab your notebook, and start looking into the various areas of the state, and what they have to offer, You can then narrow-down, and prioritize what you want to enjoy and experience. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice, for those about to embark on their first travel adventure in North Carolina.

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Great Smoky Mountains

The Smokies (as locals call them) are a beautiful mountain range, largely protected by the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The clue’s in the name; however, you’ll find all the beautiful mountain terrain and nature, you could possibly want here. If you’re after plenty of fresh air, outdoor activities, and incredible photo opportunities; it’s worth heading to the mountain range when you arrive in North Carolina. It’s worth checking out some of the organized tours available so that you can make the msot of the rich forests and black bear habitats.

Asheville

For something totally different, Asheville can offer its visitors a plethora of museaums, galleries, and theaters. With a vibrant cultural and art scene, coupled with plenty of historical charm and architectecture, you can’t get much farther from the bears you’ll see in the Smokies. City-savvy travelers will already know about the new restaurants in Asheville, and those trendy bars that keep popping-up; book your tables and booths before you arrive so that you can fuel your cultural adventure.

Charlotte

Another major city, but with a commercial vibe, is Charlotte. Here you’ll discover museums that celebrate the states sporting and auto-racing history. You’ll also find places to learn about the Civil War, modern science, and there’s no shortage of interactive exhibitions to enjoy. For some respite and downtime, you can make the most of one of the many fashionable cafes in Charlotte, before heading to enjoy some of the modern art on display in the east of the vibrant city.

Outer Banks

When you feel like it’s time for some fresh, salty. ocean air, it’s worth heading to the beach; the Outer Banks are barrier islands that surround the coast of North Carolina. You’ll find open sea beaches and diving sites, making them ideal for either relaxation, or adventure, depending on how you’re feeling.

3 Things to Do on a Visit to Colorado

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Travel is a big deal these days. No matter where you turn, you can find books, articles, v-logs, and a million different Instagram photos, showing off people’s latest adventures and encouraging you to hit the open road yourself.

And, of course, there’s no doubt about it. Travel really can have an immensely positive, and transformative effect on your life. Seeing new places, meeting new people, and “getting out of your comfort zone”, can completely shift and revitalise the way you look at the world.

The thing is, if you listen to some of the more ardent travel enthusiasts out there, you’d have to assume that it was only possible to get any of these benefits from travel by going on long haul international trips to far-flung corners of the world.

The reality, though, is that some of the most potentially transformative and awe-inspiring travel experiences can take place closer to home. If you’re an American, for example, visiting the rocky state of Colorado could be an excellent idea, whether you’re looking for hotel deals in Limon, or camping opportunities in the great outdoors.

To demonstrate that fact, here are some things to do on a visit to Colorado.

Visit the Garden of the Gods

The Garden of the Gods is a registered natural national landmark, and is by all accounts likely to be one of the most beautiful places you will ever see.

The Garden of the Gods features front range climbing, jeep and Segway tours, rental bikes and electric bikes, and a series of monthly presentations, classes and activities, with an adventurous flavour.

The park itself offers an extraordinary and breathtaking view of the Colorado wilderness. There you will find majestic, soaring red-rock outcroppings, forests, and blue skies as far as the eye can see.

Play your cards right, and you may even find a dinosaur or two roaming around.

Scare yourself silly at Stanley hotel (or not)

Do you remember the classic Jack Nicholson film, “The Shining?” If you’ve ever seen the film, odds are that you found to be a pretty harrowing, and psychologically disturbing experience.

Well, it turns out that the shining was shot in Colorado. To be precise, in the beautiful and historic Stanley hotel.

The hotel bills itself as being famous for its “old world charm”, and offers various luxurious rooms, in addition to stunning views of the Rocky Mountain National Park.

Of course, the museum also has attractions, and mementoes related to “The Shining” for you to enjoy and spook yourself out with.

Go back in time to the ancient days of the Pueblo people, at the Mesa Verde

The Mesa Verde National Park was established in 1906 to “preserve and interpret the archaeological heritage of the ancestral Pueblo people.”

The site boasts many striking historical attractions, perhaps most significantly of all the 600 cliff dwellings, which are known to be some of the best preserved and most notable in the United States.

It would be a crime for any archaeological buff to visit Colorado without visiting the site. Simply seeing the dwellings carved into the sheer rock of the mountainside, is liable to be a breathtaking experience.