Lightweight Spring Backpacking Gear List – 22 Pounds w/ Food and Water


Every backpacking trip you go on is bound to have variations in gear that make each load out different. That is the case with this weekend headed to Southern Utah to hike the Boulder Mail Trail and Sand Creek in Escalante, Utah. This time I have the ability to share gear like my stove, cook pot, tent, and more. This allows for a lighter overall pack weight and makes it so necessary amounts of gear aren’t taken as well.
Key items in this lightweight backpacking gear load out are:
– Hammock Gear Burrow Econ 40 degree
– Paria Outdoor Products Zion 2p
– Exped Synmat UL sleeping pad
– Waymark Gear Co Thru 40L Pack
– MSR Whisperlite Stove
– Arcteryx Cerium Jacket
– Hydroblu Versa Flow Filter

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Backpacking Glacier Nat’l Park | A 6 Day Trip July 2018


This is a 6 day backpacking trip in the upper northwest corner of Glacier National Park starting at Lower Kintla Lake, traversing Boulder Pass to Lake Francis and ending at Bowman Lake. We experience a wide range of weather activity from rain and SNOW during the first half of our trip to hot, humid summer conditions on the second half of the trip. Also, a number of obstacles in our path including downed trees on the trail and snow fields. Will the rain and snow effect our plans/itinerary? Watch to find out…

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A Cot for Backpacking? – Go-Kot Camping Cot Review


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Price : Reg. $150 EL. $180
Sizes : 2 sizes; Regular 74” long / Extra long 84”
Colors : Peacock Blue, Coyote Brown, Gray, Navy Blue, Red, Green, Black and more.

Assembled: 26″W x 74″L x 8″H

Carrying Bag: 8″W x 28″L x 3″H (Included)

Weight: 9 lbs.

Made in the USA
Capacity: 350 lbs.

Review :

Pros :
Truly excellent design.
Lightweight compared to many outdoor cots.
Small form factor.
Can be carried for backpacking purposes
Excellent materials.
Good length and width
Very stable
Easy to put together.
Easy to take down.
Provides lots of support for those which back, hips and knee issues.
Recognizable brand as they have been around since the 70’s.

Floor guards are included. For this type of money they should be included and I am glad that they are. They are meant to protect hardwood floors and tent floors.

Cons :
Even though there are more expensive cots out on the market this one isn’t cheap but it is made with top notch materials and it is made in the USA.

Even though it is lighter than a lot of cots, it is still heavy at almost 10lbs. When getting the details ready to film this video I saw a review on Amazon that stated that it’s so light that it;

“it doesn’t add hardly any weight to our backpacks!”
That’s complete rubbish as you WILL notice 10lbs of weight in your pack but; for that ten pounds you are getting a very comfortable cot to sleep on.

The cordura material is rough to sleep on; not a problem if you are inside of a sleeping bag but not the most comfortable if you have just a blanket.

Summary :
I didn’t think I would like the Go-Kot as much as I have and that’s based on my previous experiences with other cot products.. I have military cots, cots from other companies and in most cases they aren’t products that I would really recommend for numerous reason but the Go-Kot is different.
It’s a very smart product which features a truly ingenious design which I haven’t seen before.
While it isn’t the cheapest cot, it is by far not the most expensive. Cots can be expensive with prices going up into the $300 range when it comes to backpacking models.
This cot is very easy to put together and easy to take down; can be done in a minute. This is important because some cots can be hard as FUNK to put together…I have some which literally require two people.

The Go-Kot isn’t the lightest but when you factor in a balance of weight, price, ease of use and durability, it hits all of the important marks for a great cot.

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Taipei Taiwan Travel Guide for First Timers


If you are planning a trip to Taiwan for the first time, there are several areas worth visiting to make the most of your trip. While there are multiple beautiful, historic areas, the following are my personal favorites for Taipei travel. Please feel free to use this as a sort of personal Taipei travel guide when planning your Taipei vacation.

Taipei 101

We start our Taipei tour at Taipei 101. This is a skyscraper located in the Xinyi District. In 2004, it was listed as the world’s tallest building at 1,671 feet. It held that title for 6 years until the Burj Khalifa in Dubai eclipsed Taipei 101 in 2010. The tower boasts 101 stories and features an outdoor observation deck on the 91st floor like the Empire State Building in New York City where you can see beautiful views of the surrounding areas.

The bottom five floors of Taipei 101 feature a luxury shopping mall with upscale shops such as Burberry and Louis Vuitton. On the 88th floor indoor observatory, you can see the 730-ton mass damper, basically a giant ball that acts like a pendulum to counteract the buildings sway during high winds. Without this damper, people on high floors can actually suffer from motion sickness from the constant swaying of the building! Taipei 101 is a city icon that is visible for miles across the city. Every New Year’s, Taipei 101 attracts tens of thousands of visitors to see its spectacular fireworks display.

Ximending Shopping

If you are into shopping, you can’t go wrong with Ximending. This is the shopping area in the Wanhua district of Taipei and is considered to be the fashion capital of Taiwan. On weekends, Ximending streets are closed to traffic and becomes a pedestrian shopping mall. The area is popular with street performers of all types and, because it is a hotspot, you can catch celebrities hosting small outdoor concerts, album launches, and other events.

Ximending is also famous for its “Theater Street” where there is a concentration of several movie along Wuchang Street. For history buffs, though, the most famous theater in the district is the Red House Theater which was built in 1908 during Japanese occupation and is still an operational theater with regular performances.

Yangmingshan National Park

If beautiful sights are what you look forward to when travelling, then I can’t recommend Yangmingshan enough. It is the largest natural park in Taipei. Yangmingshan is great for hiking and has numerous trails that can last an entire day or just a couple of hours. Popular trails include Seven Stars Peak which will take you to the highest peak in Taipei at 1120 meters (3600 feet) or see the stunning waterfall of the Juansi Waterfall Trail.

Each February through March, Yangmingshan is the site of the Yangmingshan Flower Festival when several varieties of flowers such as azaleas, camellias, and especially cherry blossoms reach their peak bloom. Every evening of the festival, cherry blossom trees are illuminated for a particularly romantic sight. Visitors can also have lunch and dinner at one of many restaurants such as The Top or Grass Mountain Chateau for spectacular vistas of Taipei below.

Between the beauty of the cherry blossoms and the views of the city, Yangmingshan is a well-known romantic spot for lovers all over Taipei. From April to May, when calla lilies reach full bloom, you can pick your own lily flowers for only a few dollars at one of several flower farms.

Lastly, don’t miss out on Yangming Shuwu, also known as Yangming Villa, the beautiful summer retreat of the late president Chiang Kai-shek. Yangming Villa house and gardens are maintained as they were when occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Chiang. The house is a two-story traditional Chinese home, with reception rooms and offices on the first floor and the Chiang’s personal residence on the second floor where their paintings and personal photographs are still displayed. The gardens are especially beautiful in the Spring when the flowers are in bloom. As a bit of trivia, it’s been noted that several bushes are planted in bunches of five – to symbolize the “5-star” rank of General Chiang.

National Palace Museum

Next, we find ourselves at the National Palace Museum which opened in 1965. If you love history, this is the place to be! National Palace Museum has a humongous collection of 700,000 permanent exhibits of Chinese Imperial history and artwork that spans over 2000 years plus prehistoric Chinese artifacts and artwork that dates to the Neolithic era, or better known as the “Stone Age”.

The most popular item in its collection is the Jadeite Cabbage. Carved during the 19th century, it is a piece of jadeite that has been shaped to resemble a head of Chinese cabbage and has a locust and a grasshopper camouflaged in its leaves. Legend says the sculpture is a metaphor for female fertility, with the white cabbage stalk representing purity, the green leaves of the cabbage representing fertility, and the insects representing children.

Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall

Another historically significant landmark on our trek to learn about the history of Taiwan is the Chiang Kia-shek Memorial Hall. This is a national monument that was built in honor of former Republic of China President Chiang Kia-shek. The memorial marks the geographic and cultural center of Taipei. It is the most visited attraction by foreign tourists. The pagoda style memorial hall has a presidential library and museum on the ground level.

The main hall features a large, seated statue of Chiang Kai-shek, much like the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial hall and its surrounding Liberty Square plaza encompasses 60 acres and includes many ponds and garden spaces. The plaza also houses two of Taipei’s performance art buildings, the National Theater and the National Concert Hall.

Beitou Hot Springs and Public Library

My favorite place to visit while in Taiwan is an area called Beitou. Beitou is a mountainous district north of Taipei City and is most known for its hot springs and its magnificent public library. The mineral waters from the many natural geothermal vents in Beitou are famous for their healing and therapeutic properties. An entire industry of hot springs bathhouses and hotels have sprung up in Beitou offering aroma therapy, massages, and hydrotherapy. There are a lot of places where tourists can soak their feet in the hot springs stream. Be sure to visit the Hot Springs Museum. When it was built in 1913, it was the largest public bathhouse in Asia at that time. Today, the museum offers a glimpse at its bathhouse facilities and Beitou’s history.

Next, visit the Beitou public library. Its wooden structure that fits seamlessly into its Beitou Park setting. Through use of eco-friendly features and design, the library is Taiwan’s first “green” building. The library opened in 2006 and was built to reduce the usage of water and electricity. To do this, architects used large windows to allowing in natural light and a solar panel roof to provide the electricity needed for operation. Also, the library collects rain water to be stored and used to flush its toilets.

Tamsui Fisherman’s Wharf

Our final stopping point is Tamsui. Tamsui is located on the western tip of Taipei and our favorite place was the Fisherman’s Wharf. We learned that not only do the restaurants that dot the Fisherman’s Wharf boardwalk provide the freshest seafood available, it also provides breathtaking sunset views. Fisherman’s Wharf still functions as a harbor for local fishermen and they proudly provide harbor for 150 vessels! Our favorite walk is across the “Lover’s Bridge” pedestrian bridge, named as such because it opened on Valentine’s Day 2003.

Its architecture resembles a sailing ship’s masts. It was about a 3-minute walk across the bridge, which at sunset is magnificent. Lover’s Bridge is also a great place to catch the yearly fireworks show and concert that the city hosts each year to celebrate Chinese Valentine’s Day (which occurs in August and not February 14th). Another way to experience Tamsui is to take a ferry from the Tamsui Ferry Pier and disembark at the Fisherman’s Wharf. The ferry is a cheap way to see terrific views of the Tamsui waterfront. A one-way fare costs only $2 USD and takes only about 15 minutes.

Though our Taiwan vacation seems to have been over in the blink of an eye, it was amazing! While there is so much more to see, we feel we made the most of our travels in Taipei. I hope that your trip proves to be just as educational and encompassing as ours.

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Wind River Range (Wyoming) Backpacking – June 2018


Travis and I got back together in June 2018, and joined up with my son, Christian, to take on the Wind River Range in Wyoming. I’d been wanting to do a hike in the ‘Winds’ since I first started backpacking so when Travis and I started planning for a 2018 western trip the choice of a destination was easy.

We knew that June is early for any hike in the Wind River Range, and 2018 had been a high snow year in that region of the country. But Travis had been staying in touch with the outfitter in Pinedale, Wyoming throughout June and they sounded hopeful that our planned route would be passable by the time we started hiking. We wouldn’t know for sure until we arrived in Pinedale.

Unfortunately, upon arriving we found that the snow was still deep on the passes on our planned route and, worse, the rapidly melting snow was causing the lakes on our route to be many feet above the trails that ran along their shores. So we opted to go with plan ‘B’, deciding to start out of the Big Sandy Trailhead and hiking in an entirely different area of the Winds from our initial plan.

Snow didn’t turn out to be a factor on our hike, but mosquitos sure did! Travis had warned me in advance to bring my bug head net, and I’m sure glad he did because it ended up being our most valuable piece of gear for the trip. I’ve backpacked in some ‘buggy’ places, but nothing could remotely compare to what we encountered on this trip. Thankfully we found two exposed campsites, both with great views, and there was a healthy wind for much of the time we were in camp which made it bearable. But when the wind died down at night and in the early morning… wow!

The trip didn’t end up being anything close to what we planned, but it was still a great trip. I found that all of the Wind River Range is spectacular, and even though we didn’t get to the iconic destinations like Titcomb Basin and the Cirque of Towers the places we did get to, and the views we experienced along the way, were breathtaking. And it just gives us a reason to go back.

For those who have watched my other videos this one is done in the same style – a little under an hour in length, intended to bring the audience along for the ride, and with a still picture slide show with music at the end. If you just have a few minutes just skip to the end and enjoy the pictures.

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Video Cameras: Canon Vixia G40 with Rode Stereo Videomic Pro, GoPro Hero 6
Video Editing Software: Vegas Pro 15

Pack: ZPacks Arc Blast 52l
Shelters: Nemo Meta 2P tent (me), Warbonnet Blackbird hammock (Christian)

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Guide for Traveling With Your Pet


Keeping pets has grown quite popular in recent times. People who own pets will tell you that making travel plans (for either business or pleasure) involves making a decision whether to bring the pet with you or leave them under the care of an animal boarding facility.

Most pet owners, however, grow so fond of their pets that they would rather travel with them wherever they go than leave them behind. This, therefore, calls for preparation for a pet-friendly trip. This article provides you with a pet travel tips checklist for this preparation.

1. Identification Tags

Pets cannot identify themselves. No matter the mode of travel chosen, it is necessary to tag your pet with proper identification before heading out. This would help ensure your pet finds their way back to you in case you get separated. It also helps prevent confusion between owners in cases where two pets could resemble each other

2. Permanent Identification for the Pet

The wise say that you can never be too cautious. In addition to tagging your pet with the necessary identification tags, it is recommended for you to fit them with a more permanent mode of identification, such as a microchip. This would also help in tracking of your pet in case they wander off or you become separated.

3. Train Them While They are Young

It is important for you to train your pet while they are still young because animals take some time to completely master commands and expected behaviour. You should train them remain calm during travel, and correctly respond to commands. A reward system is highly recommended as it helps the lessons learned stick more. If you have more than one pet, it is advised you train them separately.

4. Secure Your Pet for Their Safety

After training the pet, most people assume it is safe to let them wander around the car/plane during travel. This is however wrong. Just like people, pets could get injured when the vessel of travel assumes a sudden movement or in the case of an accident. It is therefore recommended to crate the pet to keep them safe.

5. Choose a Suitable Travel Crate

Carriers made using fabric are a good option to transport your pet. Plastic pet carriers, however, are preferred for their versatility as they offer safety for different modes of travel.

6. Pets and Cars

Pets such as dogs and cats are fast and agile. They will therefore naturally make use of these abilities when their safety is threatened. It is, therefore, important to ensure the pet feels safe and comfortable throughout the trip.

7. Sedating the Pet

Pets, like all other humans, tend to grow anxious when exposed in an unfamiliar setting. Sedating them could help ease their anxiety and save them from trauma and even accidents that result from fear.

8. Carry a First Aid Pet Kit

We can never tell if or when accidents may happen. The best way to counter this is being ready just in case they happen. Pet owners are advised to carry a pet first-aid kit that includes bandages, gauze, and hydrogen peroxide just in case inducing vomit is necessary. You should also always follow steps given by an animal health care specialist first before personally treating your pet from suspected exposure to toxins.

9. Carry Pet Food and Water

Unexpected events such as train delays are inevitable. So during travel preparation, it is important that the pet owner puts this into consideration and packs extra food and water for the pet just in case these events happen.

10. Be Extra Cautious

Regardless of how well you know your pet, you can never tell how they are going to react to new stimuli. Your cat, for example, may decide to seek refuge between your legs while driving after hearing a loud noise such as a truck honking. This could result in a fatal accident, and hence it is strongly advised that you keep your pet safe at all times during the trip.

11. Dealing With a Dog During Air Travel

Most airlines will allow you to carry your pet in the cabin of the plane only if the pet fits in the pet carrier under the seat. It is a requirement that the size of the pet will allow it to stand and move in the carrier. You will also be required to pack a few essentials for the dog, such as a poop bag, a water bottle, a collapsible bowl, a recent picture of the dog, and a leash.

The above tips mainly focus on safety and wellbeing of your pet during travel. It is, therefore, important that preliminary safety precautions, such as ensuring your pet is in a good physical state to travel, are observed. It is also important to make sure that the destination of travel is free from animal diseases such as rabies. By following the above tips, travelling with pets becomes less of a hassle and a comfortable experience.

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8 Great Tips To Avoid Eating Troubles When You Travel


One of the best parts of traveling is getting to taste and savor all kinds of new and delicious foods, whether you’re driving across the state or flying across the world. And, without a doubt, it’s fun to let go a little and eat things you wouldn’t normally eat during a week at home, that’s part of the freedom and excitement of being on vacation!

But we all know the feeling when we’ve had way too much for too many days in a row: the total lack of energy, the bloating, dehydration, headaches, or hangovers, the pronounced jet lag, the increased susceptibility to getting sick. All of these things can really get in the way of maximizing your travel enjoyment. And if you’re someone with food restrictions, you know the added frustration of trying to find good food that will be good to you, too!

The great news is that it’s easier than ever to make the kinds of food choices that will keep you healthy and energized while you’re away from your usual routine. Here are some simple ways to eat great while you’re taking in the best moments of your trip:

Plan ahead. Often when we’re traveling, we’re out of routine and aren’t eating at regular intervals. Sometimes we can go several hours without eating anything.

Contrary to the popular myth that you should hold off eating to “save room” for a big meal, going for long stretches without eating actually slows metabolism and causes your body to become sluggish and tired and hang on to calories. Our bodies experience these periods as “mini-starvations” and send our brains into panic mode. To keep blood sugar stable and avoid energy lapses (which can then lead to overcompensating with high-sugar or fried foods), aim for eating a little bit every couple of hours while in transit and while you’re out and about, in the form of foods that are nutrient-dense and high in lean protein. Pack snacks for easy access: nuts, seeds, hard-boiled eggs, firm fruits (like apples), veggies and hummus, or natural fruit-and-nut bars.

If you know where you’re staying, scout out restaurants in the area of your hotel. Check with your hotel or resort to peruse menus and see what’s available. Once you arrive, you can use an app like AroundMe to locate healthier restaurants in your area. And check out these smart phone apps that can help you find gluten- and other allergen-free options while you travel.

Don’t forget the grocery store! A supermarket, and especially a local co-op, can be your best ally while traveling. You’ll have easy, cheap access to fresh produce and bulk healthy snacks. You’ll find a wider variety of great foods that are free of gluten, dairy, and other common allergens at a reasonable cost. Plus, many co-ops also have a deli where you can get delicious sandwiches, salads, or wraps to take with you during the day.

Your mother was right: get your greens and take your vitamins. While you’re traveling, your immune system is exposed to tons of new pathogens-especially on airplanes and other mass transit. You want to make sure your body has what it needs to stay healthy and fight germs and process toxins. Don’t forget to pack your multi-vitamin and your other supplements! If you can’t get ready access to fresh greens, consider getting some powdered greens that you can bring with you and easily mix into a glass of water or a morning smoothie.

Speaking of morning smoothies… if you’re really dedicated to getting your daily intake of fruits and veggies, you might even consider bringing along a travel blender. This might seem extreme to some, but consider this: most of them are under $20, fit easily into a suitcase or the back of the car, and can be just the thing to quickly make a power breakfast of fruits, nuts, and vegetables that will keep you going all morning.

Drink way more water than you normally do. Planes and hotel rooms are notoriously dry. Walking around all day expends energy and dehydrates. Often people drink alcohol or sodas with meals, which also are dehydrating. Drinking more than your usual 8 glasses of water a day will keep you energized, hydrate your cells, keep your skin glowing, and will help flush out toxins.

Drink less alcohol than everyone around you is drinking. This can be challenging especially on business trips, where drinking is a familiar pastime. But in addition to worsening dehydration and jet lag, tossing back more than two drinks leads to more unhealthy eating. (A study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that men take in an extra 433 calories on average from alcohol and food when they consume more than two drinks!)

Try to get your eight hours’ beauty rest. Easier said than done, I know! But getting decent rest helps steady your metabolism, resets your adrenal system, and boosts your immunity. Being sufficiently rested will make every other choice you face on your vacation so much easier.

Try the “one and done” rule. Let yourself have treats and enjoy them-just keep it to once a day. Get that gorgeous piece of chocolate cake. Have an extra helping of steak fries. Order the thing that’s happily doused with butter, and love every single bite. And then, be done with the less-than-healthy food for that day. There’s always more.

However you decide to plan your meals on your trip, we’d love to help you get there! As your travel agency, we can offer you insider tips on transportation, accommodations, and entertainment and so much more.

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Backpacking in a Blizzard – Winter Storm Backpacking Overnight Adventure


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Backpacking on a Budget :: 7 things to buy in Walmart for backpackers


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Jim Corbett National Park – The Perfect Weekend Destination For Adventure Seekers


Jim Corbett National Park is one of the renowned adventurous tourist places in India. To experience an adventurous weekend, a Corbett National Park tour package is unique for travelling in the exquisite wilderness in Nainital. In the Jim Corbett Park, you will get the charming of majestic creatures that are freely wandering. This tour will gear up your spirit with the most enthralling activities of your wildlife excursion. The pleasant climatic condition, an enchanting ambiance of surroundings and breathtaking landscape will make your journey very special and perfect. You can enjoy various adventurous activities, like river rafting, angling, bridge slithering etc.

Types of available Jim Corbett safaris and nearest places to visit

Jeep Safari: Jeep safari in Corbett National Park is full of the experience of wildlife and their natural habitat. About 600 species of birds, 500 species of varieties species of animals and fauna are available in this National Park. You will get the chance to see the roaming of the big cat in front of your eyes.

Elephant Safari: Elephant Safari is special because you can get the chance to explore the mysterious dense forest and splendid terrains and you can relish the feeling of being among the wild animal truly. There are designed path for following the elephant safari and it ensure the travellers to travel as much as possible in this park.

Canter Safari: Canter Safari is another interesting safari, which is operated by the forest officials twice a day. Generally, open-roof canter with 16 to 18 members is used to enjoy the wildlife safari.

Dhikala Zone: This is the largest zone in the Corbett Park. It is special for the opportunities to stay for overnight. River Ramaganga and its streams flow through the middle of this region to enhance the natural beauty of this Zone.

Bijrani Zone: This forest zone is full of Sal in the upper part and mixed with deciduous forest in the valley region along with grassland. This region is famous for different types of exotic birds and special kinds of floral species.

Durga Devi Zone: This forest zone is located on the north-eastern boundary of the Corbett National Park. This place is difficult for trekking, but due to its high elevation, you can get the opportunities to see the wild elephant, leopard, tiger etc. This zone is also famous for some unique bird species, like Crested Laughing Thrush, Black Chinned Yuhina, Slaty Blue Flycatcher and Maroon Orile.

Jhirna Zone: This zone is mainly covered with densely wooded forest and grassland. So, you can get the opportunities to see the animals, like Chital, Nilgai, Sambar and Wild Boar etc.

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Maldives Tourism


Maldives occasions, the place where there are islands where angels swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where the atmosphere is a dream, and the significant light emissions sun holds up to inundate you in their arms. Formally the Republic of Maldives is a South Asian island country, arranged in the Indian Ocean, masterminded in the Arabian Sea. It lies southwest of Sri Lanka and India. The Maldives is one of the world’s most geographically scattered countries, and also the smallest Asian country by both lands an area and masses, with around 427,756 tenants. Malé is the capital and most populated city called the “Ruler’s Island” for its central zone.

The Maldives is well known for its impossible hopping openings. The totally clear water and shallow lagoons are perfect for swimming, while the reef dividers offer a kaleidoscope of sea life for more experienced jumpers. The Maldives has an astounding grouped assortment of sea life, with corals and in excess of 2000 sorts of fish, stretching out from reef fish and reef sharks to moray eels, shafts, and whale sharks. The island’s various secured lagoons in like manner give the perfect object to value a venture filled family event or sentimental escape for two.

As the Maldives is an island and is 99% loaded with water so the principle cooking is an angle, however, coconut and rice are likewise the significant pieces of the sustenance. Garudhiya, a fish soup gave rice, lime, bean stew and onions. Mas huni wrecked smoked fish with ground coconuts and onions. This is seen as the most surely understood breakfast in the nation. Fihunu mas: barbecued fish that has been treated with chili stew.

The tourism in the Maldives has been rapidly building up the number of explorer arrivals and resorts islands over the span of the latest ten-year time allotment. On the European market, Maldives today ranks among the most appealing travel objectives in the tropics. The Maldives offers considerable ordinary resources for tourism and desires eco-tourism to guarantee the fragile condition and submerged life.

It isn’t simply jumpers and swimmers who welcome the abundant submerged resources, yet what’s more shoreline vacationers are pulled in by the possibility of the shorelines and the climatic conditions too. This condition genuinely guarantees loosening up and diversion.

Each resort in the Maldives is housed on a different island without anyone else’s input and offers an outlandish mix of present-day extravagance and secluded quietness. With no exemption, all Maldives resorts have delicate sandy shorelines, translucent clear tidal ponds encased by house reefs occupied by an assortment of marine widely varied vegetation and everything else you would expect on a tropical occasion – all inside just a couple of moment’s strolling separation. In any case, each resort island has its individual appeal, character, and mood that can best be acknowledged through individual experience.

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Minimalist Travel Backpacking


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TOP 10 TIPS BACKPACKING SOLO


Backpacking solo for the first time can be an extremely daunting thought so here are my top ten tips to help you out on your first backpacking travel adventure.

Generally, I cover how to be flexible when backpacking solo, what to consider as a female solo traveller, solo holiday or vacation ideas, the best attitude travelling alone and especially women travelling alone.

And, at the end of it all, just be yourself, you’re travelling the world alone but that doesn’t mean you’re on your own!

This video’s not meant to be a definitive guide to travelling alone, it’s just my advice following my solo travelling adventure.

If you’re on vacation or travelling alone, let me know, I’d love to hear from you! Send me a pic or message. For more general tips on backpacking and travelling, check out my top tips: https://youtu.be/dyujisFqG7M
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Why Egypt Pyramids Attracts Tourists


Following the legacy of the history that binds ancient Egypt and the scope to go through the colossal pyramids of this land is the prime reason to visit the country. Known for its rulers or the pharaohs and the beautiful queens, one of the major reasons for people to visit Egypt are the pyramids. The locations in which the pyramids sit symbolize all the bustling and the activity from the point of view of the tourists. With enriching culture touching every stone and the phenomenal effort of the workers that led to the construction of pyramids, you must plan your vacation fast. There is hardly any doubt one can express when estimating that pyramid is one of the highest man-made structures until the modern skyscrapers came into existence.

Exploring the rich history

Besides the construction of the pyramids for which the stellar contribution comes from the workers of erstwhile Egypt, the shape of the structure imitated a stone found in the ancient temples. When you go through the mythology of this land, you will quickly come across that the Sun God, Re also arose from a similar shaped mound that coordinate with the structure of the pyramid. Moreover, unending stories and mythical explanations about these structures can be hardly resisted by avid travelers across the globe. There is more to it that you can imagine before starting to plan the trip but your thoughts will culminate as you take a camel ride to reach the spot where the pyramids are located. It is truly one of the most defining structures of Egypt. Even though you will come across persistent theories about the construction of the Pyramid of Giza, which is the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the World, it is largely known as the tomb of Khufu. To plan an exclusive trip to Egypt Pyramids, you can focus on the offerings of the travel for exploring these structures.

Exploring the pyramids

The Pyramid Of Giza is known all over the world and is situated at the Giza Plateau near Cairo. A number of tourists make to this point every year. It is a matchless structure that you will not find in any other place across the globe. There are countless theories that prevail when it comes to the way in which it was built. Despite the existence of these theories, it seems that the ancient Egyptians were far more technologically advanced to have left any record of its construction. There are different shafts, chambers and passages that couple with the myths when you uncover the history of these structures. Sightseeing for Egypt Pyramids is undoubtedly on the list of every visitor to this country. Precisely, it is the shape of this structure and the engineering skills of the ancient times that may have led to the formulation of several theories.

Discovering the ancient Egypt

The visitors planning a trip to this country are keener about the trip to the pyramids because of the grand and majestic structure. However, the existence of different theories also attracts the attention of people greatly. There are packaged tours available for the travellers and a day-long trip to view the structure is the prime attraction. Whether it is the orientation of the structure to the cardinal points of the compass, the massive limestone structure and the astonishing work all of it compels you to visit the pyramids of Egypt.

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Why a Travel Pillow Is the Perfect Travel Companion


Traveling on a train, a bus or an airplane isn’t always the most comfortable, especially if sitting in an economy seat. However, there are several steps that can be taken to make the travel experience more comfortable. A simple solution to improve the conditions is to invest in a travel pillow. Let’s take a look at a few of the most appealing benefits:

Fully supports your head

Many passengers traveling on a train or an airplane aren’t able to sit comfortably in their seat or even reach the headrest. Also, there is the likelihood of the headrest being quite lumpy or hard. A travel pillow has the ability to offer a comfortable sitting position that can mimic your everyday pillow at home.

They are typically made of a material like memory foam or polyester fiber. The preferred material is memory foam which is very effective at adjusting to the shape of your head and neck. Additionally, it easily adapts to changes in your sitting position to always give the desired support. The polyester fiber option is a great cost-effective option. Plus, they can be very light to make traveling very easy.

Avoid issues with a stiff neck

The travel pillow comes in many different shapes and sizes. Pillows with a U shape are the most effective at keeping the head in position and avoiding side to side movement. If the neck isn’t kept in a comfortable position while sleeping, there is the risk of suffering with a stiff neck or fatigue after waking. A further option is the J shape which can also help with controlling head movement. The most basic type includes the standard rectangular shape, but this does not give any side support.

Easy to clean and maintain

The travel pillow is likely to naturally pick up dirt when in regular use. For this reason, they are made to be very easy to clean and washable. A regular clean will help to extend the usable lifespan of the travel pillow and eliminate the risk of germs developing. Polyester fiber is the easiest material to clean and can simply be placed in the washing machine.

Helps to control episodes of snoring

The ability to maintain a good sleeping posture can prevent issues related to snoring and sleep apnea. There is less likelihood of snoring because the airway isn’t obstructed when the neck is kept straight. This will not only result in better sleep, but also minimizes the risks of annoying other passengers on a train, a bus or an airplane.

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How to Check Your PNR Status


As far as the transport is concerned, trains are the most common mode. Of course, there are some better alternatives but most people just can’t afford them. Trains are considered inexpensive and effective means of transport.

Check Your PNR status

If you are going to travel by train, we suggest that you keep an eye on your PNR status. The status may change as some confirmed tickets are cancelled.

You need to check your status over and over again before the big day, especially if your ticket status is still “waiting” or “RAC”. In most cases, the “RAC” status changes to “confirmed” in short order, but “Waiting” status may take a bit longer to change. At times, it happens that a ticket doesn’t get confirmed at all.

Alternatives

Although you can go to official website of Railways to check the status, know that the process is slow. Another problem is that you can only check the status if you booked your ticket through their official site, not the third party sites.

So, it’s better to look for a convenient alternative. There are many third party sites that can help you check your ticket status. All you need to do is provide your PNR number. In a moment or two, your status will be shown.

What is a PNR status?

The majority of residents are familiar with PNR. But there can be some passengers who may not be familiar with the term. This could be a foreigner who may be on a tour. So, if you are a foreigner, we can help you understand the term better.

In case you don’t know, the term PNR is short for “Passenger Name Record”. Primarily, this number is stored in the Railways database along with other information, such as the age, name and the number of passengers who are going to travel.

In layman’s terms, as soon as you have booked a ticket, you will be assigned a 10-digit number that will be stored in the database right away. It will contain some other information about you as well. Based on the number of passengers confirmed, this status can change. Therefore, it’s important to check the status several times to ensure your seat has been confirmed.

The number will contain a lot of details about you, such as your train name, time of travel, date, gender and so on. Your privacy won’t be compromised, though. Even if you use some third-party app or website, your personal information won’t be compromised. Even if someone gets access to your PNR number, they can only check your status, nothing else. Your important details, such as your name and address won’t be shown either.

Apart from your ticket status, nothing else including your gender, age or travel destination will be shared.

In short, if you are going to travel by train, we suggest that you use a good third-party website to check the status of your ticket. It’s better if you only use those sites that have good ratings.

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6 Top Features of the Luggage Scales


Luggage scales are a useful piece of kit to have at home to avoid issues with paying excess baggage fees. Most of the airlines set different weight allowances so it can be difficult to get it right for the frequent travellers. They are easy to use and can include a variety of features to match the specific needs.

Let’s take a look at the key features worth having on the luggage scales:

Weight capacity

Weight capacity is a major feature to consider. This needs to easily reach the maximum limits set by the different airlines. Many of the luggage scales will accept a load up to about 110 pounds, which is more than enough. Additionally, the accuracy can vary with the different units. Most have an accuracy leeway of about by 0.1 pounds. This is likely to give enough accuracy for most unless very close to the airlines permitted limit.

Screen lock

The weight lock is a user-friendly feature that will ensure the total weight of the luggage is kept on the display screen for a certain period of time. This makes it a lot easier for a single person to use the scales without having to hold the luggage and read the display at the same time.

Type of Display

The weight can be displayed using analogue or LCD. The LCD units are easier to read if the screen is backlit. Many of the low-cost models are particularly difficult to read in bright light conditions. Also, the LCD units will use more battery life. The alternative option is those built with a traditional clock dial. They do not rely on extra battery power and are still very easy to read.

Compact size

The luggage scales are typically compact in size which means they can be taken on any journey. This will give the option to weigh the luggage again before the return leg of the journey to avoid going over the permitted limited after buying souvenirs for friends or family on the travels.

Battery indicator

Many of the feature rich units have a battery indicator to give a quick reminder of the available charge left in the battery. This is great for those that travel often and need to make sure it is always ready to use.

Automatic shut down

A useful feature to save battery life is automatic shut down. This is often seen on the luggage scales with an LCD display. Most units will switch off after 30 to 60 seconds of no activity.

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6 Useful Luggage Accessories for Organized Travel


Luggage accessories are a practical and handy solution to make organizing your bags or paperwork easier. They can range from the convenient items like travel wallets and packing cubes to those items that improve safety, such as the security straps. Let’s take a look at a few of the most useful options to get ready for traveling:

Travel wallet

A travel wallet is a very convenient item for the frequent traveler with its ability to keep items like the passport, money and tickets safe. They can also include multiple small pockets which are great to hold loose change, pens, credit cards, etc. Any wallet made in a waterproof material will be favored because it will make sure the contents are protected in the event of getting caught in a rain shower. Additionally, they are still light and compact enough to easily fit in a rucksack or handbag.

Packing cubes

The packing cubes are a useful solution to pack clothes, accessories, toiletries, etc. in a suitcase without getting everything screwed up. Alternatively, they can simply be used to divide the space in a suitcase by placing the cubes down the middle.

Waterproof toilet bag

This is a useful all-in-one solution to hold a complete collection of bathroom products. They are typically spacious with multiple pockets and compartments. When in use, it will conveniently unzip and hang on its plastic hook in a hotel room or similar. Also, they can make a very useful option for camp trips when it is necessary to navigate to bathroom facilities in the dark.

Luggage security straps

The luggage security straps give extra peace of mind in knowing the suitcases are better protected with less chance of being broken into. Also, they can be used to secure extra items onto the suitcase that are too bulky to fit inside, such as a rain poncho, sleeping bag or roll-mat.

Money belt

A money belt that is easily hidden under clothes is a great way to secure the valuable items while exploring a busy market, rushing through a crowded airport, or similar environment with plenty of other people about. They are great for holding items like money, passports, bank cards, tickets, or other valuable documents.

Dry bag

A dry bag is a must-have travel supply for anyone involved in outdoor activities, such as kayaking, rafting or simply days on the beach. This type of bag is great for holding a spare set of clothes, towels, muddy clothes, or damp swimming gear. Many of these bags can be fully submerged and still keep the contents dry.

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First Time Volunteering Abroad


The first time I traveled by myself was my Freshman year of college when I ventured off to volunteer in Nicaragua. A few months before I left on a flight by myself to meet a group of strangers, I was sitting in my Chemistry class in Felmey Hall when a recruit came in to spread the word about an organization I had never heard of, GIVE Volunteers. With little research I convinced myself that this was a step I should take and signed myself up. Fast forward to awkwardly sitting on an old school bus full of 30 other volunteers, traveling down a gravel road to a small fishing village on Western coast of the country. Though the first 12 hours were a little awkward and intimidating I grew to love that group of strangers and some of them are still my good friends now, four years later. We started in the small town of Jiquilillo building houses for single and abused mothers and worked our way to Little Corn Island, teaching kids and working with a recycling program.

Poverty in some of these places were high, I saw things that I had only seen on the news before and never thought I would experience first hand. But I also gained a new respect for the world, for my family and friends and all that we have. Little did I know at the time that this trip would change who I was, how I viewed the world, and what I would want to do for the rest of my life.

It was when my flight landed in Chicago that for the first time in my life I had a passion for something. I had done things before that I liked, such as cooking and taking art classes, things that I thought would be fun to do but I had never craved something like this passion before. I had spent the past two weeks traveling around and volunteering in Nicaragua. And those two weeks were the most meaningful weeks of my 18 years of life. At moments it was terrifying, I questioned why I went, I got sick and missed home and my mom, but the more I did and the more I feared, the more I grew and the more I realized that the best things in life are held at the other side of fear. I had to stretch past my anxiety to hop on that plane and it ended up leading me on an adventure that I can never forget. That adventure sculpted me as an individual. It lead me to the love of my internship, and the work I do around the community.

When I was first offered my internship at Marcfirst my friends told me I was stupid for not looking for an opportunity that would offer pay. I knew it would be relatively time consuming and though doing the work for free wasn’t my first choice, it was an organization that consisted of something that I fully supported. It was that passion to relinquish into the community of doing good and helping others no matter what form it came in. I am currently seven months into my internship and I love every second of it. I would go in more if I had the time, the money means nothing to me and I fully support the work being done. It has proven that money is not the ultimate prize in life, and that happiness in what you are doing with your life is.

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How to Find the Best Tours and Travels


Are you planning a trip to a totally different city or state or country? So make it more adventurous by hiring a tour operator, because visiting a new place sounds really exciting, but it could be exhausting if you have no idea about the places to visit, language, food, etc. Hiring an operator will not only make your trip stress-free, but also economical because paying a fee to an operator is less expensive rather spending on extravagantly on other stuff on the trip. A tour operator will make you enjoy the best food in the city, beautiful sights, hotels, etc. If you are interested in knowing artifacts and history behind any historical monuments, a knowledgeable operator will provide you with all such enriching facts.

WHERE TO FIND A TOUR OPERATOR-

If you are looking for a local operator you can contact the travelling agency nearby your area. Or there are many online travelling agencies offering the services of an experienced operator. Other than this there are many freelancer operators available online.

QUALITIES OF A TOUR OPERATOR-

There are certain qualities that make an operator different from others. An ideal operator is smart and knowledgeable who will guide you throughout the trip without any hassle. You need not worry about directions or route because an experienced operator will make you travel in most comfortable means of transport. More than this, an operator must be charismatic and amiable, so that you won’t feel like being on an educational tour with your school principal. A tour guide must have good communication skills because if you are travelling with a group, it is obvious that there will be chaos and confusion that an operator needs to manage with maturity. It is must for an operator to possess good organizational skills in order to maintain coordination among group members and stick to the schedule of the trip. He or she must be emphatic and cordial because no one likes to go on a trip with an arrogant person that sucks the whole fun out of the tour. Managing time is one of the greatest virtues that an operator must possess because you need to be a certain place at a particular time without any delay. An operator can either make your vacations super fun or can make it a horrible experience.

POINTS TO REMEMBER-

Before selecting an operator, first, make it sure the fee is within your travelling budget. Other than this, choose an experienced and reputed operator, because it is always wise to explore with someone having knowledge about that place. Always follow the instruction of your tour guide when it comes to directions, punctuality, means of transport, etc. Everyone needs a break from their hectic schedule, so plan a solo trip or with your friends or family, hire a tour operator and explore different cities, their culture, food and natural beauty.

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