Is there anything more fun than packing up the car and heading off a road trip? I don’t think so. It’s a wonderful way to travel with your family because you can take a few more things with you than when traveling by plane or train, such as a comfortable pillow or a few extra toys for the kids. However before you head off on your next road trip, you should be sure to give your car a quick check over to ensure its safety and reliability on your next road trip adventure. Here are my top road trip checks before you head off:
1. Car Safety
There’s nothing more important to me than car safety and that’s why, before every long road trip, I like to give my car a good check over. I’ll take a look at the tires to check how the tread is and whether there are any obvious tire punctures. I’m really lucky in that my car has sensors on the tires to let me know when the air pressure dips too low, so it’s usually easy for me to know if I have a puncture well before there’s a problem. Likewise, I always check my car service history and if it’s due for a service or oil change, I prefer to book it in before the road trip. kwik-fit.com have great inexpensive servicing options that will suit a range of budgets and cars. It’s a good idea to have a #CarSafetyChecklist that you check off before every long trip.
2. A Good Playlist
While this isn’t quite as important as the car safety checklist, a good music playlist rates pretty high up on my road trip checklist. If I’m traveling with friends, I like to have a few good podcasts downloaded in case we get bored and want some stimulation. Otherwise, I’m always sure to keep two playlists on the go: one that has all the latest hits we can sing along to and the other is all the 90s hits. Ask your friends or other family members to each choose a playlist too, so you can share the music and each enjoy at least a part of the trip listening to your favorite songs!
3. Healthy Snacks
Have you ever been stuck in a confined space with someone who’s hangry? Trust me, it’s not fun! Prepare properly by bringing a range of healthy snacks, think fruits, nuts, cereal bars, even some sandwiches. Don’t forget to bring a good amount of water for the entire journey as you don’t know how often there were be places you can stop along the way. Garages also tend to be quite overpriced so grab as many of your snacks at a supermarket before you leave.
These are my top 3 road trip tips, do you have anything else I’ve forgotten? Let me know in the comments below!
In a few short years, it’s crazy how much the Internet has changed everything for us. Now so much of our lives revolve around the Internet and thankfully we’ve moved past the painful days of dial-up Internet. If you’re too young to remember the awful sound of dial-up and how slow it was to load a basic website, lucky you. If you’re still struggling with slow Internet at home, maybe you should consider upgrading to www.talktalk.co.uk/business/product/fibre to enjoy faster Internet and less time waiting around. For more ways in which the Internet’s changed our lives, please read on:
1. Our Social Lives
Do you remember a time before Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest? Me too, kind of. But so much has changed since the invention of social media. We use Facebook events to plan social events, we publish posts in order to let everyone know what we’re up to and we use Instagram to blast out stories of the delicious meals we’re eating. It’s made it so much easier to keep in touch with people we meet while traveling, or friends and family at home no matter where we are in the world. It’s also made it a lot less expensive to call home or overseas family members and even video calls on Skype are free.
2. Our Work
Maybe you’re like me and now work online, meaning you can work remotely and from anywhere in the world. Maybe you’re not quite there yet but are able to work a few days a month from home remotely. New jobs have been created because of the Internet and there are many people who now make their fulltime income from online work, whether freelancing or working on their own online business.
3. Our Banking
I’m lucky enough to come from New Zealand where almost all aspects of banking are online. I can make payments online, transfer to friends or family members and even pay back my credit card without leaving my home. It’s amazing and makes it a lot easier to keep my finances in check. Likewise, I can check my account balances and payments all via my phone as long as I have an internet connection.
4. Our Entertainment
Nowadays I don’t even have a paid TV subscription, instead, I opt to pay a monthly membership for Netflix, meaning that I can watch it from any TV, computer or phone with an Internet connection. This new “on demand” style of watching TV and movies means you can start your show whenever you want and there’s no need to rush home at a set time to watch something. Netflix and other media subscription services are also a fraction of the cost that cable used to be each month!
The Internet has definitely changed things for the better, how has having broadband at home impacted your life? Let me know in the comments below:
Christmas is just around the corner, and if you’re lucky that may mean you have friends or family coming to visit. There’s nothing better than spending this special time of year with loved ones, so if you’re playing host during this Christmas period, make sure to treat your guests well as they’ve come all this way to be with you! There are a few things to make them feel super comfortable, so sit down with a hot cup of tea and read my top 4 tips for being a great host this festive season:
1. Give Them a Tour of Where You Live
While it’s likely they’ve come all this way to be with you and to create some special memories with you and your family this festive season, it’s important to take some time to show where you live. If they’ve been to visit before, don’t fret, there’s always more to do and see wherever you live. Check out Tripadvisor to see if there are any new entries in the top ten things to do in your area. One fun thing I really love to do with out of town guests is taking them to an Escape Room – if you’ve never been in one, basically you are locked into a room for an hour and have to solve clues to get out, it’s really fun! If you
based in Liverpool or heading there for Christmas check out Liverpool ONE for tips of places to go and see. Don’t forget to #GetChristmassy this season, especially with your out of town guests.
2. Make Sure Your Spare Room is WARM
You may have noticed this winter is already freezing and there’s more to come. Make sure their room is nice and warm, keep some spare blankets that your guests can add to the bed if they need to. Make sure there’s a form of heating in the room. Consider investing in an electric blanket or hot water bottle so they can be toasty in their bed. Often we never use the spare room, so pop in there late at night at least a week before your guests come to see how chilly it gets in the evenings so you can decide what you need to buy to keep it comfortable.
There’s nothing worse than cold feet and chances are your guests won’t bring their slippers from home. Buying your guest a pair each of affordable slippers is a great way to make your guests feel comfortable and as a bonus, you can let them take them home as a small Christmas gift!
4. Set Up a Breakfast Bar
One of the most uncomfortable times when you’re staying at someone else’s house is if you wake up much earlier than your hosts and are just waiting around, hungry. Setting up a breakfast far with a range of cereals, bread, spreads and anything else you want to leave around for breakfast is a lovely way to make your guests feel super comfortable. Don’t forget some tea and coffee!
Having guests is one of the best Christmas gifts you can receive. Use these four tips to ensure your guests are as comfortable as possible!
If you haven’t been to Norway yet, chances are you’ve been dreaming of a trip around this stunning country. If you’re searching for things to do in Norway, don’t worry you’ll be spoiled for choice as this is a country just bursting with natural beauty and filled with interesting cultural attractions. I’ve decided to make a list of top 5 Things to do in Norway to get you inspired for your next trip.
- Check out the Fjords
This is probably the main reason tourists find themselves in Norway and with good reason too: Norway is home to some of the world’s best Fjords – in fact you may find it a little challenging to decide just which Fjords to visit as there are so many options. A good way to combat this pressure is to consider taking a cruise that will combine a few Fjords together. You can even search out a package that includes viewing the amazing northern lights as well. If you’ve never taken a cruise before, be mindful that there are lots of things that make cruising a very enjoyable and relaxing holiday. From the on board entertainment to the ease of not having to pack and unpack every day, a cruise can be a perfect addition to any holiday. So if you’re feeling overwhelmed about getting to the Fjords, about seeing as many as you wish on your trip, or just desperate for a holiday that feels like a holiday, consider going on a Norway Tours, Norwegian fjords cruise.
- The Northern Lights
While I have never personally seen the Northern Lights, it is definitely a dream of mine. I’ve seen time lapse footage and numerous photos and when the Northern Lights are dancing in the sky, it looks like pure wonder. The best time of year to see the Northern Lights is generally from around November through to March, when the weather is coolest and the night’s sky is clearest. You can go on a cruise as mentioned above to get an excellent view, or there are simple overnight trips that can be arranged. Norway is a great place to see the Northern Lights due in part to its location in the far north and also because there’s relatively low levels of pollution over Norway. If this isn’t on your travel bucket list, you may want to add it now!
- Vigeland Museum
If you love art and sculpture, then you may not want to leave. Vineland was a famous sculptor and now this museum is home to numerous pieces of his work. You can walk around the park, which is free to visit and is especially lovely on a sunny day. Be warned that many of the sculptures are of naked people, which is extremely common in Europe, but if this offends you at all it’s best to know in advance!
- The Norwegian Museum of Cultural History
When you visit this museum, you’ll feel as if you’re walking through time. This is an outdoor museum that shows you exactly how it was to live in Norway during the more ancient times, to how people now live. The museum itself is quite large, so be prepared to spend a few hours walking around the exhibitions. There’s also an exhibit focused exclusively on the vikings and their way of life. Learn more about the rich and interesting history of Norway and its people. Take your camera as chances are you’ll want to snap a bunch of photos here, especially of some of the houses that are from hundreds of years ago!
- Mount Floyen and the Funicular
From the top of Mount Floyen you’ll find a beautiful view of Bergen, you can decide to walk up or take the funicular. There’s a lot less tourists on the path than in the funicular, so it can be wise to go in the opposite direction to the crowds – for example walking up and taking the funicular down. It’s also a good idea to go early in the morning or later in the afternoon, once the people from cruise ships have returned to the ship for the evening. No matter the weather, it’s worth making the journey up to get a wonderful and expansive view. Don’t forget to charge your camera or phone so you can snap a few good pics from the top lookout point! At the top there’s also a bar and restaurant, so consider staying for a drink or two while enjoying the wonderful views.
No matter how long you have in Norway, there’s tons to see and do, especially involving nature. Check out some of these top destinations so that you can make the most of your trip to Norway!
If you’re planning a trip, you could be forgiven for assuming you need thousands of dollars in order for it to be “Instagramable.” But it is possible to have an amazing trip without breaking the bank. Here are some ways you can save money while travelling:
Do your homework
When you’re planning your trip, spend plenty of time doing enough research on your destination that you know which tourist traps to avoid. If you don’t have your heart set on a particular destination, choose a city or country where you get the most bang for your buck. There are often free days for tourist sites and museum, so be sure to check these websites before you go to see if they offer discounts or free visiting hours.
If you’re taking a vacation, it’s easy to feel like you need to travel rapidly and see as much as you can. But if you can save up those holiday days or wait until you’re between jobs before you travel, you’ll have much more time up your sleeve. Travelling slowly allows you to really get to know a region. When you’re constantly catching flights and taking train journeys and bus trips, you’ll notice that not only will your budget suffer, you’ll feel continually exhausted.
Use the apps
Smartphones have made life so much easier. Gone are the days of guidebooks or tracking how much you’ve spent in a notebook. Now you can browse top cashback apps or stay on budget with a free apple money organizer or the best travel expense tracker app. Along with helping your wallet, there are a number of great apps that simply make travel easier and keep you organized. Check out TripIt, Skyscanner, Gate Guru, and more.
Use reward points
Depending on the benefits and program for your credit cards, you may be able to use credit card points for frequent flyer points and accommodation costs. Many credit cards also offer a large sign-up bonus with points and miles, and you can earn extra points by using those particular cards to book your travel.
Eat local food
When you’re travelling long-term, you’ll eventually crave a taste of home and it’s natural to grab a burger and fries. But if you’re on vacation, stick to delicious local food. This is particularly true in places like Southeast Asia where local food will be much tastier than any “Western” food, and you can eat like a King for just a few dollars.
Learn to negotiate
While negotiating can feel awkward, in certain parts of the world it’s expected. If you’re staying somewhere for a week or longer, you may be able to get a cheaper rate or upgrade when checking in. If a group of tourists plan to take a tour, you can often negotiate bulk pricing.
However, keep in mind that in many parts of the world, you may save a couple of bucks but that could mean a lot to the person you’re negotiating with. Be smart and respectful.
Are you planning a trip? What are your top tips for saving money while travelling? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think.
As your wedding should be the happiest day of your life, your honeymoon ought to be similarly great – and get your time as a married couple off to a sparkling start.
Couples can strengthen their bond by together doing fresh and adrenaline-pumping activities, according to studies cited by The Knot. For this reason, it could be a great idea for you to prepare adventurous activities for your own honeymoon; here are some places to consider visiting.
Scuba diving at the fault line where two tectonic plates meet is something that is only possible when you take a trip to the Nordic country of Iceland. This nation certainly has extraordinary geography; there are opportunities to trek through caves, lava fields, and even a black ash desert. You should wrap up warm, though; the Brides website highlights the ice and glaciers in Iceland.
When you want to regain your energy after physically exerting yourself, you can watch the wintertime spectacle that is the Northern Lights.
Western Australia can provide a very picturesque backdrop to activities including watching crocodiles and whales. However, you could also get into water to swim with white sharks or dive in search of pearls. On land, you can learn cattle driving or camel riding.
You and your spouse could also head onto a small seaplane from which the Buccaneer Archipelago’s well-known horizontal waterfalls can be admired.
Sacred Valley, Peru
In the wake of the Paddington films’ success, many of us are probably more aware of Peru than ever before – and, indeed, eating marmalade might give you the energy you need for these activities…
If you can bear – pun intended – the challenge, you could climb the Machu Picchu Mountain’s very steep peak. Other activities that can be pursued in the Sacred Valley area include biking, kayaking and white-water rafting – though the last of those might not be available all year round.
Crystal River, Florida
The Sunshine State offers many opportunities for snorkelling and scuba diving, as the Visit Florida website highlights. Some of Florida’ best snorkelling can be enjoyed at Crystal River, where manatees can be seen. Don’t try to harass or chase them; you are barred from doing this.
After that snorkelling, you can soothe yourself at the major theme parks in nearby Orlando. Ocean Florida can ease the process of booking accommodation in that city for a Florida holiday in 2019.
Think of the sound of your heartbeat echoing through the vast lands as you slowly approach a lion in their natural habitat…The sound of your foot crunching through the grass as you get closer to an elephant eating…The trickles of sweat on your forehead as you connect and become one with nature…
Exploring natural reserves and parks is a truly transformative experience, it is exploration in its utmost purest form, a raw connection with the wild. You’ve probably encountered wildlife before, seen a lion or two at a zoo, maybe even visited a national park, but I guarantee you, South Africa is the epitome of unparalleled experiences.
Being in South Africa is bound to heighten your sense of primitiveness and your pleasure. It’s a chance for you to leave the world behind and move at the pace of nature. Watch a herd of elephants go on their way, a leopard preying on an animal, and a cheetah calling for its mates.
Go back to your lodge and talk about your life-changing experience around the warm flickers of a fire, and sleep amidst the nature under star-crammed skies.
South Africa’s nature reserve and national parks have long been topping the lists of the best in the world. With incredible scenery, great activities and unparalleled game viewing, there is no doubt that South Africa holds a great experience for you.
From the snow-capped mountains, to the deserts and forests, the terrain in South Africa is highly versatile. It is no doubt that in South Africa you will experience the magic of wildlife encounters that touch the soul, natural beauty and breath-taking landscapes.
It is after all, a world in one country, and there are over 20 national parks. That might be quite an overwhelming piece of information, but in this article I’ve listed the top 5 national parks and game reserves you can visit for the wildlife break.
Kruger National Park
This is the kind of place you visit that puts you in your place and fills you with feelings of pure, utter awe. One “wow!” moment after the other, you’ll find yourself dumbfounded by the splendor of this national park.
It’s the oldest and largest area of undisturbed national bush in all of South Africa, the king of all game parks there. Without a doubt, this is the place you go to for the best game-viewing experience in all of Africa.
You’ll find your safari fantasies fulfilled as you go through the granite hills that surround the savannah and experience the majesty of the wildlife. I’m telling you, it’ll be hard not to feel like you’ve just fallen into a National Geographic documentary.
With over 2 million hectares, the Kruger scenes are straight out of a movie, with wild untouched landscapes, and a large number of wild animals. The animals in the park are allowed to follow ancient migration routes adding to the sense of adventure.
You’ll find all types of animals – the Big Five, giraffes, leopards, and over 147 mammals, 2000 plants, 118 reptiles and 517 birds. While this might sound overwhelming, it really is a life-changing experience.
Succumb to the wilderness, explore the diverse range of habitats that live there, and enjoy the largest variety of game animals in all of South Africa.
Tips: Try going from June to October, since this offers a better game viewing experience. This is due to the fact that water is mostly concentrated in a few places at those times.
Also, do not expect to be on your own in the park, this is, after all, the biggest and most popular wild reserve. You’ll be sharing the park with approximately 5000 visitors a day.
Tip: To reach Kruger National Park, you need to land at one of the three airports that serve the park, then take a connecting flight to there. You can do all that with FLYSAFAIR as they offer a wide range of routes and destinations.
If you’re looking for a private game reserve, then the Sabi Sands is definitely the most famous one. Sabi Sands has been the birthplace of sustainable wildlife tourism, and it offers an unbeatable game viewing experience.
Sabi Sands is quite exclusive, and what’s interesting about it is the fact that it has unfenced borders with the Kruger National Park. This allows for the natural, free movement of wildlife in and out the reserve, and the ultimate Big Five experience.
Animals freely wandering around 65 000 hectares of bushveld and vast stretches of grazing land is a normal sight to see. A herd of 1000 buffalo roaming around? Completely normal. The Big Five normally going their own ways? Also completely normal. An in immense number of leopards in their natural habitat? You got it!
The Sabi Sands can be explored in many different ways, from game driving, walking safaris and night safaris. It’s the optimum place for roughing it in the morning, then going back to your luxurious accommodation at night.
What you’ll see: There are over 330 plant species, 110 reptiles, 500 bird species, and 145 mammal species. All of this is topped with the Big 5 and the fact that it’s the best place to see the leopard.
Tip: Sabi Sands is an all year round destination, but I recommend visiting from July to mid-October. If you’re slightly bothered by rain, this makes those months the best time to go. The weather is dry, there is little rainfall and the game drives will be quite comfortable.
Tip #2: Try staying at one of the places bordering the main Kruge Park, since there you’ll be getting the highest density of game.
Legendary and phenomenal – two words that accurately describe the Timbavati Private Game Reserve. Spend your time amidst beautiful leopards, gangly giraffes, rhinos, elephants and lions.
This 185,000-acre private reserve is one of the most exciting safari destinations and also shares the borders with the Kruger National Park. This allows for the free movement of wildlife in the vast stretch of wildlife.
What’s interesting to know is that the Timbavati Association works on conserving the biodiversity of the area so you’ll be getting the ultimate experience.
Here are some of the things you can see:
- Wild Dogs – Mostly at the northern parts of the reserve.
- Leopard – The best leopard sightings are usually in this area.
- The Big Five
- The White Lions – Due to a rare genetic trait, you can spot the elusive white lions.
The fourth largest game reserve in South Africa is an excellent place to visit. Centered on the caldera of one of the largest volcanic complexes in the world, the Pilanesberg reserve is a highly unique setting.
What should you draw you in to visit Pilanesberg is it’s incredible juxtaposition between the dryer part of Kalahari and the wetter part of the bushveld regions. You’ll find an incredible biodiversity arising due to this natural settings, and overlapping wildlife.
The volcanic crater that it’s situated on is one of the only three in the world, and the sharp contrasts of landscapes is the ideal habitat for a wide array of wildlife.
The Pilanesberg is the best place to see rhinos, birds, and the Big Five. There are over 7000 animals, and it’s home to the black rhino and wild dog, so you get to see more unique wildlife.
The best place in Pilanesberg is without a doubt, the Lake Mankwe (place of the leopard), where you can see unfiltered wildlife.
If you are more interested in ancient history, then you’d be happy to know that you can explore stone and iron age sites, rock formations and cave drawings as well!
A magical corner in the world that shares the border with Botswana, the Kgaladi is easily the most unique wild reserve out of this list.
It offers an incredible experience of raw wilderness, rugged remoteness and landscapes straight out of a dream. The surreal red sand dunes, the wave-like sweeping landscapes, and the cloudless skies blend to form a highly picturesque scene.
Directly translating to place of thirst, this is one of the largest protected areas in the world and you’re guaranteed wonderful predator sightings.
The dry Nossob River is perched amongst gorgeous trees, and the Auob river is one of the wildest river beds. The Nossob flows only a few times a century, while the Auob flows only every couple of decades, thus giving the reserve its “place of thirst” name.
You’ll be enjoying truly wild, rugged landscapes, breathtaking scenery, dry riverbeds, dramatic backdrops and wonderful predators.
The wildlife is most found along the riverbeds, and you can find black-maned lions, cheetahs, hyenas, herds of gemsbok and much much more.
This is the place you go to for big predators and breath-taking backdrops, for excellent wildlife viewing and excitement-filled experiences.
Tip: There are no Big Five animals here, but you can find cheetahs, hyenas, foxes, meerkats and the black-maned Kalahari lions.
These game reserves and national parks are just a very small percentage of the ones you can see in South Africa. I recommend you get ready to embark on a trip of a lifetime that will turn your world upside down. Nothing really beats connecting with nature in its purest form, and nothing beats going to our primitiveness.
If you want to experience wildlife, sleep under starry skies, go on all types of safaris and get up close and personal with the Big Five, then South Africa is definitely the place for you.
Although hunting as a sport receives some bad press where trophy hunting is concerned, when done right it is valuable ecologically and economically. Hunting as a sport is not only a boon to the organic food market, it also happens to be one of the best measures in terms of conservation. This is because the hunting industry contributes vast amounts in taxes when all the fees and licenses are taken into consideration. It also happens to be the ideal opportunity to form good friendships and have some much-needed time away from the office. Discover some hidden skills hunters need before heading out into the wild.
All Hunters Are Natural Storytellers
Find a hunter that comes home without a story and you’ll find a hunter that never went on the hunt. Hunting is rife with stories of near-misses and epic wins, to dangerous situations and laugh-a-minute anecdotes. Hunters often get to share their stories around the campfire which makes the entire experience one of camaraderie and friendship.
Hunters Need to Have a Few Technical Skills
Although it may seem that hunting is merely just a point and shoot sport, there are many aspects hunters take into account before they take a shot. Wind direction and speed, lighting, and even gadgets need to work together in harmony for the perfect shot. Hunters find that choosing the right equipment makes a substantial difference, and specifically a rifle scope is key to a successful shot.
Successful Hunters Have Super Sleuthing Skills
Finding the target out in the wild is not simply just following the demarcated trail and hoping for the best. It takes real skill to follow markings and signs left by animals in order to snare the perfect target. Hunters are also required to use these skills for survival in the event that natural predators lurk in the area as well. Those who don’t have these skills as yet should pair up with an experienced tracker for the best results.
Hunters Can Rough It Out
Adverse weather conditions and unforeseen circumstances such as injury can prevent hunters from going back to their cottages or lodges. This may require them to rough it out in the wild, which could result in freezing temperatures at night and during the early hours of the morning. The right gear will help a lot, but experienced hunters will also know exactly where to set up camp for the most protection from wildlife and the elements.
Hunting trips within groups are ideal for newbies, as they will be able to rely on some of the skills of their companions. It’s important to let the organizer of the trip know of any restrictions or limitations, as this may affect the safety of the entire group.
Traveling is one of the many things that one can do in order to get out of their monotonous routines, apart from their other hobbies and partying. There are a lot of perks of traveling to different places, for instance, you get to explore a new place, know about its distinct culture and locals, you get to eat new cuisines, and what not.
As a travel freak, I love to visit new places. I especially take out time for my vacation within every two weeks and go out of town, state, or even country. Some of my traveling stints have even lasted for 3-4 months. However, in all my traveling expeditions, one of my main concerns, just like many other travelers, is packing my stuff.
In the beginning of my travel endeavors, I used to take a lot of my belongings with me, which I realized over time that I don’t even require most of the stuff I pack. And, during treks and camping, it is exceptionally crucial to pack as light as possible, including other regular trips as well.
Thanks to my traveling experience and distinct voyages, now I’m aware of the advantages of packing light. Now, I can pack everything in just a backpack as opposed to former times when I used to carry 2-3 bags for just one trip.
There are a lot of merits of traveling light. It not only keeps you physically and mentally healthy but also helps you to walk fast. Therefore, I’m writing this blog post to tell you guys about the various merits of packing light.
1. Teaches you to live a minimalist life
We all have some priorities in our life. But how often do we actually give our real priorities the priority? The answer would be in negative for a lot of people out there. When you pack light, you also get to learn how to live a minimalist lifestyle and focus on just the essentials in your life by weeding through the unnecessary items that weigh you down or distract you. This is one of the ways of getting closer to what you value the most.
Through this, you get to learn how you can do away with external things and be really happy. By packing to the minimal, you know how to edit your life down and carry only the minimal possessions, which can ultimately teach you that what you really require is already within you and not outside. When traveling with just a backpack, you are forced to adopt an austere way of living, no matter whether you need it or not.
Besides other things, traveling light will also save you money, majorly the fees charged by airlines for checked baggage. To save this money, I would suggest you carry just one backpack or carry-on while traveling to anywhere in the world for any number of days. You can easily put all your stuff in one bag only and most of the airlines let you carry one personal item and carry-on absolutely free of cost.
Buy some good bags for traveling and save your money on your trips. Additionally, you should buy some packing cubes when shopping for bags so that you can keep all your stuff organized within one bag. Read the reviews for the best packing cubes available in the market in order to buy the best ones for yourself.
If you do not carry one bag while traveling, you can easily spend a lot of money on just your bags. Do you know that domestic flights charge up to $100 per bag as per the airline you’re traveling in? Moreover, a few international flights also charge fees for checking baggage nowadays.
Additionally, people who have multiple or heavy bags have to rent a cart or dolly or even hire a porter so that they can take their baggage around easily, which adds up to the cost. Moreover, they also prefer a taxi or private car for traveling, which costs more than traveling in a public transport.
3. Physical ease
Packing light can relieve you of a lot of physical stress since you do not have to lug around a huge backpack on your back, carry your hand luggage on your shoulders, or pull that bulky wheelie around you. This can make you really exhausted, reducing your enjoying time on your vacation.
Moreover, carrying a lot of bags means your hands are all engaged, along with your body. Experts suggest that heavy lifting can also lead to injuries, such as herniated discs and strained muscles. On the contrary, when you pack light, you can easily take everything anywhere with you while traveling. This means you can do more things without getting drained as otherwise.
4. Relaxes your mind
Believe it or not, traveling light soothes your mind particularly people who remain anxious in their journey thinking about the security of their luggage. When you carry just one backpack, you can rest assured that it is tucked away in the overhead compartment, which is within your reach anytime. On the contrary, hauling heavy luggage can make you restless as well as uncomfortable.
With less luggage comes the flexibility of traveling easily in trains or planes. With only a small duffel bag or backpack, you can easily manage your luggage. You do not have to stand in lines, which can take up to an hour sometimes, at the luggage carousel. Lesser luggage can help you pass through many lines.
6. Comfort and mobility
No matter how long is your jaunt or how far you are traveling to, a lighter baggage means it is easy to move around and be comfortable at the same time. When you’re carrying just a backpack or a small carry-on as compared to a heavy luggage, you can easily dodge other travelers at the train station or airport terminal. And, remember that you have to carry your luggage to the airport, from the airport to your hotel, and back, which means you can save all these hassles when you pack light.
So, these are some of the main reasons why you should travel light and pack only the bare essentials that you will use in and need for your vacation. Do not carry everything you feel you might want, rather just focus on the necessary items so that your baggage weighs little to nothing.
Thinking about traveling long-term? While there are plenty of reasons to pack your bags and head to the airport, a healthier lifestyle is not one of them. The below tips will help you stay healthy while you’re on the road, so you can enjoy your travels and avoid having to return home early.
Here’s how you can stay healthy while traveling:
Get enough sleep
When you’re physically traveling, getting from point A to point B can be exhausting. Not only are you crossing multiple time zones, but you’re often spending hours in the airport, walking all day, carrying your bag around, and more.
Traveling is hard on our bodies, which is why you need to get enough rest. As tempting as it may be to join your new backpacker friends for a night of beers after you’ve just travelled for twenty hours, do yourself a favor and take a nap first.
It’s important to try and keep some consistency with your usual eating patterns when you’re traveling. Sure, the cuisine and content of your food may be slightly different, but aim to split your plate in a similar way- half with veges, a quarter with carbs, and a quarter with protein. Of course you’ll want to enjoy some local treats or have the occasional high-calorie splurge, but try to ensure most of your meals are high-quality and healthy. This will help you avoid getting run down and sick, plus it’ll keep your waistline in check as well.
Move your body
It can be difficult to get enough exercise when you’re traveling. That’s why it’s a good idea to keep an eye out for cheap beach bikes or even beach cruisers while you’re traveling. Cycling is a great way to stay fit and healthy, plus it’s a cheap, fast way to get around and explore a new city.
There are also many different body workouts online that you can do in your hostel or hotel room, or you can throw on your shoes and go for a run- a great way to see your new neighborhood.
It can be annoying trying to find ways to do laundry while you’re traveling, but your roommates will thank you. It’s also a good idea to pack some hand sanitizer or wipes, along with some toilet paper. You’ll be surprised just how often soap and water are not available in bathrooms, and you’ll be coming into contact with lots of people (and germs) while you’re out and about.
Protect your skin
It can be tempting to spend hours lying out in the sun, but be sure to pack the sunscreen. Aim for at least SPF 30, and try to spend time in the shade as well. Skin cancer is no joke, and you’ll be pleased you stayed out of the sun in twenty years.