Fifteen Reasons To Choose Camping This Summer

The summer is finally with us and now is the time to start planning your vacation. Of course, you have to check the local government guidelines for health and COVID, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t make a plan to get out there and enjoy the world for a little while. You’ve been locked down and locked up for a whole year; a vacation is well deserved. However, if you’re worried about COVID, you should consider camping instead of a long-haul vacation. This way, you’re far less at risk for things being canceled at the last second!

If you haven’t considered camping before, now is the time. So many people out there love to camp, and it’s not just something that they enjoy as individuals, but something that they enjoy as a family. It can be cold, it can be wet, but if you’re traveling through the summer months you’re far less likely to be at risk of cold and wet nights under the stars. The summer nights are likely to  be drier, but that doesn’t mean that you won’t encounter nosy camping neighbors or a grass snake or two! You could talk yourself right out of buying in that heavy duty canopy, but for all the negatives of camping, there are a gazillion positives to consider. Below, we’ve put together some of those positives so you can feel good about choosing camping for your break away this summer. Let’s take a look!

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  1. You will feel so healthy when you do it. Seriously, you can’t begin to imagine how many health benefits there are with camping! Not only are you hauling yourself and your equipment through mud and bush to get to the good ground, you’re going to be working harder than usual to regulate your body temperature. You’re going to be breathing in the fresh air, filled with dewy nature and greenery. It’s something amazing to enjoy because you’re going to get so much from the natural world physically. 
  2. Your mental health will improve. Along with the physical benefits and movement of hiking and camping, the mental health benefits of being in nature are 100% worth the trip. You’re going to take your brain away from the overstimulation of screens and working hours, and that in itself is priceless.
  3. You get to watch people. A wonderful way to pass the time when you’re not immersing yourself in technology is watching people. You can see people interact and play games, watch them build fires and make tents appear from canopy and sticks. It’s like the ultimate survival show right in front of you and you’re going to love it. Sure, be discreet, but you may find that people watching leads to a little socializing – and you need that.
  4. You can go on an adventure. Camping is a huge adventure and everyone in the family can get involved with it. It’s an adventure to sleep in a tent, to hike up the hills and off the beaten track. You’re going to embark on an adventure you never had before, and you’re going to love every second of it.
  5. Relax a little and have fun. Camping is going to give you a chance to relax and have fun, and you might not have done that for a while. You can fish in the local lakes, you can climb some trees, you can even sit around a fire and melt marshmallows into ‘smores. You get to regress a little and be childlike in your activities. You may not get to do that very often, and if that’s the case, you can let loose and have fun for a change.
  6. Working as a team. Whether you are camping with family, with friends or with work colleagues on a bizarre team-building program, you get to work together as a team. Pitching a tent, for example, is considered a team sport when you’re camping. You can have fun, you can build a fire and you can enjoy working together as a team to make this camping trip as fun as possible!
  7. Spending time together. Family time is so difficult to come by. Parents work around the clock and kids are in school, studying and working part time on the weekends. You may not get much of a chance to just chill out and enjoy each other’s company when you are backed up with work and school, but a few days in the wild together is time you can build memories from. You can play silly games and splash in the water, and you can sing campfire songs and just talk together. It’s going to change your lives – all of you.

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  1. A little more space. When you are living in a town or a city, you don’t get to see much in the way of wide open spaces anymore. There is a huge sense of freedom that comes with going camping as you get into nature and you allow yourself to be in the trees and bushes. You can switch your scenery for a change, and the wilder you go, the less of a risk you will find of COVID or anything else!
  2. Appreciating those little things. Camping gives you a chance to appreciate the little things in life that you may take for granted. The things like the taste of simple food that you cook over a campfire, or wearing wellies over your pajamas as you dance in the twilight sky. Silly things like that – even the smells of the fire crackling in the warm air – it all gives you a chance to appreciate the little things in life that you don’t usually get a chance to pause and enjoy.
  3. Eating delicious food. Oh, goodness, the food you can eat while you camp! Spearing fat sausages on clean sticks and listening to them spit and crackle in the fire, and rotating your own chicken over a fire. You can make some of these delicious campfire recipes, too, and they will be etched in your memories for many years. You could go fully wild and kill, cook and eat an animal, but not many people are into spearing fish or snaring rabbits these days!
  4. A chance to learn something new. Did you ever go to cub scouts as a child? Or join in with the Girl Scouts? The skills you learn, from fishing to tying knots in rope are all skills you can use while you camp. You might even get the chance to gut a fish or whittle sticks. You can learn something new if you join up with a larger camping group, or you can put some long-learned skills to the test.
  5. Seeing the sunrise. If you choose a camping spot that has an ocean view, you will be able to wake up during the nautical twilight hours and watch the sunrise over the ocean. You can just unzip the tent and watch as the sun comes up and that’s a memory you won’t forget. You can even rest yourself on the other side and see the sun setting. All you have to do is make sure that you have a good view!
  6. You get to disconnect. The one common thing that most people have is we are glued to technology these days. Our smartphones and tablets, computers at work and games consoles beckon us. Most people have forgotten how to have fun without the addition of a screen in front of their faces, and the chance to disconnect while camping offers a huge pull to most people who want to camp.
  7. The chance to look at the stars. When was the last time you lay down and looked at the stars? Most people never get the chance to just lie in the grass and see the constellations, or spot a shooting star while you’re laying there looking at the sky. When you camp, you can take your sleeping bag outside and just lay there and see the sky open above you, looking endless and infinite.
  8. It’s all about making memories. No matter what trip you take this year, you are going to make memories that you can never get back. The memories that you make with your whole family are going to be the stuff of family legend and you can remember it every time you go camping or you plan another vacation.

Camping is very much a love it or hate it activity and it’s something you can discuss with the whole family before you go. If you enjoy camping and you’ve been before, it’s likely you’re going to have all of the skills you need, which means that you only have to enjoy yourself for a change! Taking the time to prepare and plan for this trip is half the fun, so why don’t you put everything together and start looking for locations for your next camping trip now? You can travel the summer if you have the time to take – go and chase those sunsets for a change!

5 Fun Ways To Make More Money As You Travel

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Is there anything better than the idea of being able to travel as much as you want? And when you want to? After this past year, things haven’t really been that easy. And maybe you haven’t been able to travel as much as you’d like. But things are certainly changing right now.

Before long, you’ll be back on the road or in the air and visiting new places once again. Whether you’ve had to return home for the pandemic or you’ve been stationary, it’s nice to make sure that you can facilitate your next trip or more travels together.

Not sure how you’re going to make this happen? Or really love the idea of making more money as you travel? Make travel so much more sustainable for yourself by making money in one of these 5 ways.

1. Work Abroad

To start with, you could always support your travels by working wherever you are. Whether that’s in a bar casually, teaching English or applying for a job in the industry that you’re skilled in. You could even do casual work like Ubering or something similar too.

2. Get A Remote Job

On the flip side, you could also look to get a remote working job where you’re able to work from anywhere. That way, you can travel as you work and you are not tied down to being in one place. This can then be your permanent source of income as you travel.

3. Start Your Own Thing

Of course, you could also think about starting your own thing here too. It could be the case that it’s always been a goal of yours to start your own business or blog or to go freelance. When that’s the case, you might want to start this alongside your full-time income source until it takes off!

4. Start Trading

Another option that you have here is to start trading. If you’ve always wanted to be able to do something yourself online, and you’ve thought about stocks and shares, then going with something like Forex Trading could be perfect for you. Just take it easy, do your research and see if it works for you.

5. Make Money Passively

Finally, you might also want to think about the ways that you can make money passively. There are lots of options that you have here. You can create products online, you could start a YouTube channel, or you could even think about purchasing a property as a form of investment. You will have to put a bit of work in initially to get this up and running but before long, you’ll find that you’re able to make money consistently.

There are so many options for you to consider when it comes to making money while you travel. So pick one out that suits your lifestyle the most or even consider doing a few!

Essential Services To Check Out Before Going On Vacation

Booking a vacation can be such an exciting experience, but there are many essential services that you must check out before you start your travels to make sure your trip runs as smoothly as possible. Luckily it needn’t be difficult to figure out what research to carry out before you head out on vacation, as there are just a few key areas in which you can channel your efforts to make the most of every moment during your travels! So, if you would like to find out more, then simply read on! 

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Finding Food Spots & Local Stores

Finding the best restaurants and local food stores is absolutely vital whenever you plan on going on vacation, because you’ll need to eat at least twice a day, possibly even more if you’re doing an active adventure trip. Being left without food will put a real dampener on your experience and potentially even put your health at risk, so make sure you know exactly where to source fresh food wherever you’re heading to before you arrive there. If you are visiting a remote area that doesn’t have any local stores that you can frequent, identify a few possibilities that you can explore before you reach your destination to stock up properly. 

Identifying Travel Links 

Identifying both main and local transport links should be your next port of call when arranging s vacation, as you’ll need to be able to get from A to B without any hassle, as well as locate the nearest big city or airport should anything happen. It’s always better to prepare for the worst despite the small risk, as knowing how to get around your travel destination will help you considerably if a tricky situation were to occur. Having knowledge around bus routes and trains can make visiting tourist spots easier and quicker, too. You may be able to buy travel cards in advance, such as weekly train passes that cover inner city areas, and these options can help to save money.

Essential Emergency Services 

There are several emergency services that you should make yourself aware of when heading out on vacation, starting off with healthcare services and local hospitals that you can visit if you get sick or fall victim to an injury. Your insurance provider should give you details surrounding who to contact in a medical emergency, so be sure to ask them for more information before you start travelling. If you’re staying in a house or apartment, having an emergency plumber or 24 hour AC repair man in your contacts can cut the hassle considerably. Always check the police emergency number if you’re leaving your home country, as each nation has their own unique dial number. 

It’s never been easier to identify the most essential services you need to have a brilliant experience when travelling, no matter where you are! Utilise the tips and tricks described above to ensure you can have the best time during your vacation without encountering any unnecessary bumps along the way.

How To A Live More Eco Friendly Lifestyle

Slowly but surely, many people worldwide are becoming more aware of the dangers of not maintaining an eco-friendly lifestyle. To live an eco-friendly lifestyle, many aspects of your daily life will be affected. This doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be affected negatively. Living eco-friendly also poses many benefits from your health to the health of our planet. Indeed, one person can never change the world, but one by one, the world can be changed eventually. Let’s look at some different ways to start leaving a green footprint on the planet. 

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Food

One of the most significant contributors to unhealthy gas emissions in our atmosphere is the agricultural sector. This is through farming with animals that continuously emit more than 16% of greenhouse gasses worldwide. This can easily be prevented by people changing their eating habits from meats to meat alternatives. Many meat alternatives have been invented, and many people already lead this lifestyle. Many health practitioners also concluded that people not eating meat can maintain a much healthier lifestyle overall. Most of the world’s top athletes have already made the conversion, and it seems to be paying off for most of them. 

Plastics 

An interesting fact about plastic is that more eco-friendly options can already replace most uses of it. People, however, don’t make the change in their personal lives. Plastic bags can be changed to paper bags. Likewise, straws have been transformed from plastic to paper, allowing people worldwide to use eco-friendly straws. Plastic takes significant time to decompose in the sunlight, and when it does decompose, it releases toxic substances into our soil as well as cause air pollution. This can quickly be resolved by merely converting from plastic to safer alternatives. 

Transportation

Transportation remains one of the highest contributors of carbon dioxide. A typical passenger vehicle emits roughly 4,6 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually. With millions of registered vehicles worldwide, you can only imagine the impact this has on our sustainability. Electric cars were invented more than 100 years ago, yet people still tend to opt for something that causes more damage than they can foresee. Many people used excuses from performance to price. Well, Elon Musk destroyed these arguments with futuristic electric-powered vehicles performing better than most cars on the road and coming in at a considerably reasonable price tag. No more excuses for ruining our planets’ future with vehicles emitting unreasonable amounts of carbon dioxide. 

In many ways, people have the power to make smarter and more sustainable decisions. No doubt about it, as time passes and technology improves, people will find more effective and affordable means of making the transition from combustion power to electrical power and phase out the need for plastics that ruin our world. Start thinking about the future you’re leaving for your children. A famous Native proverb once said, “ We do not inherit the Earth from our ancestors. We borrow it from our children”. If everyone can truly understand this concept, they’ll most likely do whatever they can to leave the world a better place for their children.

Tips For Planning A Successful Family Road Trip

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Taking the kids on a road trip is an excellent way to see the new landscapes and an opportunity to spend quality time together. You’re going to be in a car for many hours, depending upon how far you’re going and for how long.

Make sure it’s a fun and successful trip by reviewing the following planning tips. You’ll be on your way to ensuring you have all the important to-dos taken care of and can sit back and relax when it’s time to depart. Whatever you do, start the planning process early on so you feel ready to go and have all your belongings in order, and know exactly where you’re heading.

Get the Kids Involved from the Start

If you’re going on a family road trip with the kids then it’s wise to get them involved right from the start. They’re more likely to be excited about and helpful in preparing for the trip when they get to have a say in where you’re going. Put some options out there for them to choose from and go over the pros and cons of each. They may have good reasons why you should select one destination over the other. They’ll also remind you of all the important amenities you’ll want to have at your final destination such as good food and a pool.

Prepare Your Vehicle

Another tip for planning a successful family road trip is to prepare your vehicle. Choose which car you’ll be taking and make sure to get it checked out and serviced before you leave on a long drive. One essential aspect and what will help you have a smooth and successful road trip is your tires. Find new wheels for your vehicle that not only have high ratings and will work well but that also look good. You want to avoid any obstacles such as having your car breakdown or having to replace an old tire on your trip.

Create A Budget

You can also plan the perfect road trip with your kids by setting a budget ahead of time. You want to avoid being stressed out about money or overspending and having regrets later on. Create a budget for your trip and know about how much you want to spend on each part of the adventure. Remember, that you’ll not only need money along the way for gas and food but also for what you want to buy when you arrive at your destination. Start a savings account as soon as you know you want to go on a trip so you have money available to you.

Know Your Route & Stops

It’s best to avoid winging it and hoping for the best when you’re traveling with kids. Therefore, you should take the time to plan your route and stops you want to make before you depart. You can plan a successful family road trip when you get a proper map and start thinking about what landmarks you want to see and stops you want to make as you drive. Review the map ahead of time and begin to think through which roads you want to take to get to your final destination. There may be interesting areas to check out along your route that you want to show your kids so be sure to bring a good camera with you too.

Pack the Essentials

You’re also going to want to pack smart when you’re heading out on a family road trip. Only bring what you need so there’s more legroom for you and your kids in the car. Make a list ahead of time and go out shopping so you’re ready to go when the time comes to get in the car and head out on the open road. You’re going to want to pack snacks and water for the car ride as well as blankets, a flashlight, phone chargers, and a paper map in case of an emergency. Try to fit your clothes into a small suitcase or carry-on bags so your luggage doesn’t take up a lot of room in the vehicle.

Book Your Accommodations

It’s also wise to think through where you want to stay as you travel on your route and book accommodations before you leave. Read reviews and get an idea of places you may want to stay that are in your price range and are on the way to your final destination. It’s wise to make this stop and get some sleep instead of trying to drive through the night, especially if you’re the only driver. You and your kids can get some good food, check out the area, and spend some time at the hotel pool before you go to sleep and are ready to hit the road again the next day.

Get Plenty of Sleep Before You Depart

As the parent and driver, you have a lot of responsibility when going on a road trip with your kids. You can plan a more successful and fun adventure when you’re well-rested and are prepared to drive long distances. Take good care of yourself the days leading up to your road trip and make sure you get plenty of sleep the night before you depart. Know yourself and be prepared to pull over and stop or sleep at a hotel overnight if you feel tired and want to rest before you start driving again.

Conclusion

These tips will help and allow you to plan a successful and enjoyable family road trip. Follow this advice and you’ll be on your way to having the time of your life and a lot of good memories to look back on someday. Remember, that it doesn’t have to be perfect to be a good time. You can always make note of what you want to do differently the next time you decide to go on a family road trip and make changes in the future. Take pleasure in all the quality time you have with your kids and checking out new places and sights with the ones you love.

3 Clever Ways To Improve Your Travel Experience

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Travelling offers an aesthetic value second to none. Apart from relaxing your mind and body, it is also a great chance to explore new places.

While travel is always welcome, the experience may begin to feel redundant, mostly if you stick to the same old routines.

Use these strategies to improve your travels, whether alone, with friends, or with family.

Choose a Random Destination

When visiting a random destination, you never know what to expect. Seeing new people, visiting unique places, and eating different food helps enhance your travel experience.

For example, instead of planning your bachelorette party in your local area, opt for a unique place like the Key West.

Your problem-solving skills, attitude, and perspective will also take a new turn once you’re in unfamiliar territory. The best ways to pick a random destination include:

Throw Darts on a Map

Throw darts on a map of the world. If it lands in a risky destination or water body, you can either go another round or instead opt for a cruise.

Drawing Destinations

From a pool of places, pick a random destination and immediately begin to pack for the travel effectively.

Generate Coordinates

Generate latitude and longitude coordinates and place them on a GPS coordinate mapper to draw an unknown destination.

Learn the Culture

Although traveling is all about fun and good times, the best trips often teach you great lessons. Appreciating the destination’s history, art, and even architecture is the best way to ensure great travel.

Successfully adopt a new culture by:

Being Curious

Instead of keeping to yourself, engage the locals by asking questions about the town and some of its features.

Understanding not judging

Even if you notice the locals do things differently from back home, it is better to pause and reflect instead of being judgmental or critical.

Embracing Mistakes

The process of learning a new culture is not an easy one. Mistakes will happen, but the best thing is to learn from them, shake them off, and move forward.

Besides, what is learning without a few errors?

Take Photos

While you may not be fun of taking photos, it may be the reason why you’re not enjoying your travels. Aside from helping you remember, photography allows you to remain aware of your surroundings while also serve as proof of your travels.

Ensure you take more professional pictures by:

Using Gridlines to Balance the Shot

When using your phone, it is hard to capture moments perfectly. However, with the help of gridlines, you’re able to break the image into thirds for a better shot.

Use Flash Outdoors

Bright light during the day often affects the quality of a photo as it creates facial shadows. Instead, ensure your flash is on when taking pictures during the daytime to eliminate this visual distraction.

Lock the Focus

While many gadgets today come with an automatic focus, it is safer to ensure your image is on lock before taking a picture.

Final Thoughts

In many ways, traveling improves your quality of life. It expands your knowledge, challenges your thinking, and opens you up for more opportunities.

Improve your travel experiences by choosing a random destination, learning new cultures, and taking photos.

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

Gardening For A Greener Future

We all know that’s taking care of the environment is going to help us create a better future for not only ourselves but for future generations, making sure that we aren’t damaging our environment too much through our actions is all of our responsibilities, and taking care of it on a ground level by starting at home is always a good idea. There are many studies that show if everybody was to take some action, to help reduce their carbon footprint, energy use, or general use of resources then we would see a significant improvement in the environment as a whole. So here are some ideas that can help you grow a beautiful garden, without worrying too much about the impact on the environment at the same time.

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Water
Making sure that we aren’t water in our gardens with direct water lines, that can be detrimental to the way in which we consume water, and thinking of unique ways in which we can keep our plants well-fed, without using too much of the water filtering systems, Which overall costs not only money but time and effort as well as energy. There are many ways in which we can store water, from small water butts to 5000 liter water tank, and be able to manage your water usage effectively is essential. Many people have come up with unique ideas on how to keep a garden watered, and avoiding using sprinkler systems too much. Not only is collecting rainwater a great idea, which helps reduce the amount of water we are taking from reservoirs etc, but it can help the wildlife thrive at the same time if you are clever about it.

Homegrown
The carbon footprint of the food that we eat can sometimes be quite shocking, we don’t always turn to think about where our food comes from, or how much energy I have taken to get to that point, but we can start to grow our own food at home, and many people even go on to have whole allotments where they grow a lot of the fruit and veg themselves. Depending on the resources that you have, and the amount of time that you are able to commit to growing fruit and vegetables, will depend on your harvest, but it can be quite surprising in how much you can grow just in your back garden, and it can be educational for the children as well!

Recycle
Making your garden look wonderful doesn’t necessarily mean you have to spend a fortune either, you can always recycle barrels, and create flower beds with old decking that you may have lying around. Many people are turning to recycle all sorts of pieces of wood into garden furniture, more recently a popular idea is to turn pallets into seating, so there is plenty of opportunities to recycle items that you no longer need or use, and turn them into wonderful garden accessories or even furniture as well.