8 Discoveries that I Made During the First Hike

 

So, you have chosen the route, found a good companion, and even bought tickets. Studying of tourist forums for tips of seasoned ramblers and running to the sports shops are already done. Uncertainty and fear are left behind. And you are ready for your first real hike!

Ready? Not really. Here are eight things, which you will not believe in until you get your own experience.

  1. Any mistake can have big consequences

Usually, we go hiking to find peace and serenity. We do not want to strain, think and worry about any nonsense. But in fact, during a hike every detail matters, and you cannot relax completely. If you are too lazy to look at the map once again – you can get lost and will need to walk for a couple kilometers more. If you are too lazy to take a heavy sleeping bag – you can get cold at night. Each step has consequences, and sometimes it is very difficult to fix them.

  1. Sunscreen is not just for girls

Many people believe that sunscreen is something that doesn’t suit to the image of a brave conqueror. And they are absolutely wrong. You will need to spend only a few hours in the sun to get a burned skin in the evening, which will not let you sleep for a few days. The same applies to a hygienic lipstick.

  1. There are no waterproof things

We are absolutely serious. No matter what material your clothes are made of, and no matter how much money you’ve spent on its waterproof features, you will get sousing anyway. The strength and duration of precipitation decide how fast it will happen. Nothing can be done with this. Just accept and be reconciled to it.

  1. There is someone in the forest

While making your way through the forest, you may think that it is completely empty. Well, except for birds, of course. But, after making a camp for the night, you will be surrounded by the dark forest filled with sounds and rustles. You’ll hear someone grunting, stomping, breathing, and crawling right around your tent. Do not pay attention, they just live here and will not cause you any harm.

  1. Locals do not know anything

Do you want to get lost for sure? Ask a local to show you the way!

Usually, locals know very little even about things that are located in the immediate vicinity from their garden. What can we say about the remote surroundings? Locals firmly believe they live in the dull, boring and nondescript place on the planet. They are not interested in nature and the sights of their native land. Therefore, always try to verify the information from locals two or even three times.

  1. The moon and stars shine better than a flashlight

The urban residents are firmly convinced that there is nothing to do without a flashlight at night in the woods or mountains. However, you will find out that you take the flashlight only for insurance. Firstly, at this time, you will peacefully snuffle in a tent. And secondly, the light of the moon and stars is enough to move in the dark. Moreover, the visibility is even better and you will turn off your flashlight very soon.

  1. Do not forget to put some empty space in a backpack

Commonly, tourists try to pack their luggage as hard and compact as possible. There are situations when you need to add a couple of things on the way, but the backpack is full. This could be a loaf of bread from a roadside shop, collected mushrooms, cheese bought from the shepherds, and so on. Leave a little space in your luggage for unplanned purchases in advance.

  1. The farther away from people – the safer

Many beginners believe that a hike becomes more dangerous the further you are going into the forest. Actually, this is not true. The biggest trouble comes from people. Try to stay away from settlements and banks of rivers and lakes, which are always teeming with fishermen. The fewer people are near you – the calmer will be your sleep.

And what interesting and useful knowledge have you gained during your first hike?

10 Reasons to Visit the Unites States of America

 

The United States of America is an advanced country in every way! Young, dynamic, welcoming – it opens its doors to tourists from all over the world. The US will impress you with highly developed tourist infrastructure and the widest range of opportunities for recreation.

Determining the most interesting in the US is like trying to guess the favorite wine of your neighbor. Each person has different tastes regarding the history, nature, science, arts and entertainment. Fortunately, the Unites States offer a wide variety of iconic places, so everyone can find something interesting for them. Therefore, we offer our list of the 10 most interesting places of the US.

  1. New York

The fans of “Suits” have probably already loved New York. It is the biggest city in the country and it is full of amazing attractions such as the Statue of Liberty, Manhattan, Empire State Building, and numerous museums. Everyone will be able to find an interesting place to rest, as there are many boutiques, cinemas, opera, and parties.

  1. Grand Canyon

The Wind and two rivers have created a beautiful base for the National Park “Grand Canyon.” Almost 5,000 square kilometers of unimaginable landscapes created by nature are available for tourists. It is hard enough to find a similar park, as it is one of the deepest canyons in the world.

  1. Las Vegas

Beautiful casinos, casinos, and casinos, but there are not only casinos in Las Vegas. Once you get to Las Vegas, you can tell that you saw the main world attractions, because there are small duplicates of various world landmarks. And why not try your luck?

  1. Niagara Falls

This complex of waterfalls is probably the most popular in the world. Three waterfalls separate the United States from Canada, and specifically the state of New York from Ontario. There is one interesting fact about the waterfall: it rises by 30 cm every year. Previously, this figure was 1.5 meters and the retreat of water slowed down the process of construction of the bypass channel and power station.

  1. Hollywood

Hollywood. Worldwide popularity. In fact, it is only one of the districts of Los Angeles. Many studios have contributed to the fact that even children know the word “Hollywood”. Now it is undergoing the gentrification – previously marginalized neighborhoods of Hollywood are updated and reconstructed.

  1. Alcatraz

It is a small island in San Francisco. Previously, it was used as a protective port and later it became a military prison. In the 20s of the last century, a federal prison for extremely dangerous criminals was located on the island. Officially, no one managed to escape from it, but five people, who tried to escape, were missing. Currently, the prison is a museum and you can go for an excursion.

  1. Pentagon

Pentagon is the largest office building in the world. Despite the fact that the US Department of Defense is located here, you can visit it as a member of an excursion. However, it should be recorded in advance. All you need to visit such an important building is your passport.

  1. Madame Tussauds

The popular wax museum is located in Los Angeles. And it is very logical because Los Angeles is the city of movie stars. This museum has more visitors than the same museum in London. Madame Tussauds is open until 2 a.m. daily.

  1. Disneyland

Disneyland is a dream of every kid. It is a huge theme park in California. This is the first park of its kind and it was built in 1955. Every year about 15 million people visit Disneyland. Starting from its opening, the theme park was visited by 600 million people.

  1. Chinatown in San Francisco

Chinatown in San Francisco – is a little China in the US and the largest residence of the Chinese with such density, excluding China, of course. This district was formed more than 150 years ago. Now, 200 thousand of Chinese citizens live there.

This is just a short list of amazing places in the US, but we are sure that everyone will find more sights during a visit.

20 “Second” Cities in The World That Are Worth Visiting (Part 1)

In each country, there is a city number 1, which is the largest and most developed. Any self-respecting traveler has a duty to see it. In each country, there is a city number 2 (by size and population). The “second” cities have no less glorious history, culture, and attractions. These cities are worth visiting.

Cork, Ireland

Cork is a home to 119,000 people. It is not the biggest city in the world, but the second largest in Ireland. It was founded in the 6th century and has many old churches and buildings. Walking along the main boulevard of Cork (St. Patrick Street), admiring the cathedrals of St. Mary and St. Finbarr, and sitting in one of the local pubs will reveal you the charm of this place.

Bergen, Norway

Until the end of the 13th century, Bergen was the capital of Norway. Nowadays, 278 thousand people live here. It is a major industrial center in Norway. The medieval seafront Bryggen, which is listed in the UNESCO World Heritage List, is the main pride of the city. The city is famous for its street art and the Fløibanen funicular railway. In addition, it is the start of the Bergen fjord tours.

Rotterdam, Netherlands

Rotterdam – Amsterdam. Sounds almost the same? But Amsterdam is a capital with 813 thousand inhabitants, and Rotterdam is the second city with a population of 618 thousand people. But its importance cannot be underestimated. After all, it is the largest port in Europe. Rotterdam is famous for its cubic houses, Euromast, Erasmus Bridge, Blijdorp Zoo, museums, and numerous nightclubs.

Kosice, Slovakia

Kosice is a small European town, where 241,000 people live. But it has a glorious history. Kosice was founded in the 11th century. Now, Kosice is the largest scientific and educational center of Slovakia with the University of Pavol Jozef Safarik. Other famous attractions of Kosice are the cathedral of St. Elizabeth and a tomb of Ferenc Rakoczy. There is a fascinating singing fountain inside of the cathedral.

Busan, South Korea

Busan has many honorary titles such as sea capital or summer capital, but it is the second largest city after Seoul. Busan is a typical modern metropolis with a dizzying skyscrapers and crazy malls (“Shinsegae Centum City ” is the largest mall in the world). Also, there are six magnificent beaches in the city, the most famous of which is Haeundae.

Quito, Ecuador

Quito is the capital of Ecuador and the political, economic and cultural center of the country. But it concedes Guayaquil by the population size. Quito is considered one of the most beautiful cities in South America. Its architecture is a harmonious interweaving of Spanish, Dutch and Indian traditions. The town is divided into three parts by high hills: the old city with museums, monuments; the southern industrial region and the northern region with banks, offices, shops and luxury housing.

Melbourne, Australia

By the number of inhabitants Melbourne with 4.3 million people is not far from Sydney, which has a population of 4.7 million people. Melbourne is considered one of the most comfortable places to live in the world. It is not surprising because commercial, industrial and cultural forces of Australia are focused in Melbourne. Moreover, tourist will find many attractions here: Eureka Tower, Melbourne Star, Royal Exhibition Building, State Library of Victoria, and others.

Cordoba, Argentina

The city of Cordova was founded in 1573 by conquistador Jerónimo Luis de Cabrera. Now Cordoba is the second largest city in Argentina, as well as the military-industrial center of the country. In the historical part of Cordoba, a tourist can see the preserved Jesuit buildings that are on the List of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Durban, South Africa

Durban was founded in 1835. Now it is home to about 600 thousand people. It is the largest port in South Africa, as well as the center of beach holidays. Travelers will enjoy comfortable beaches, warm sea, and main attractions: the City Hall, Juma Mosque, and National Museum of Natural History.

Brno, Czech Republic

Brno is a city with more than thousand of years history. It is no less beautiful than Prague but smaller. In Brno, there are numerous historical and architectural monuments, for example, the cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, Spielberg Castle, Town Hall, Capuchin Monastery and others.

Guadalajara, Mexico

Guadalajara, which also has a poetic name “City of Roses”, – is a city with a population of about 1.5 million people. It was founded in 1542 and is the cultural capital of Mexico. In the city, there are several monuments of Spanish colonial architecture such as Church of San Francisco, Santa Monica. Guadalajara is a unique place where tourist can watch the Mexican rodeo – charreria.

20 “Second” Cities in The World That Are Worth Visiting (Part 2)

Earlier we posted the first part of the list of world cities that every traveler should visit. Usually, they are less than the capital cities of countries, but sometimes capitals can be these “second” cities. Let’s continue!

Maracaibo, Venezuela

Maracaibo is the second city of Venezuela after Caracas. It stands on the shore of the strait connecting the Gulf of Venezuela and Lake Maracaibo (the largest lake in South America). The city was founded in 1529 by German colonists. In the 17th century, pirates attacked it repeatedly. Now, travelers will find some beautiful churches, palaces, and monuments of the colonial era.

Mombasa, Kenya

Mombasa is located on a coral island in the Indian Ocean and is connected to the mainland by several dams. The city proves the importance of the port for a country. Mombasa is the main sea port of Kenya and it is also famous for its coastal scenery and tidy beaches. A variety of water recreational activities like water skiing, jet skiing, windsurfing, and scuba diving are available for tourists.

Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington – is another capital in the list of “second” cities in the world. It is located in the southern part of the North Island of New Zealand, on the shores of the eponymous bay. This is a very charming city with many parks, bridges, tunnels, parks, and viaducts. One of the most interesting buildings in Wellington is Beehive, which is the building of the local parliament.

Rabat, Morocco

Rabat is a beautiful ancient city. Now it is the capital of Morocco, its cultural and industrial center. Tourists should definitely visit the Royal Palace, the mausoleum of Mohammed V, Hassan Tower, and Kasbah of the Udayas. There are also many ethnic museums: Crafts Museum, Ancient Museum, Museum of folk art, and others.

Arequipa, Peru

In Arequipa is home to 861,000 people. It is the second city in Peru by the number of inhabitants. In 1868, Arequipa was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake, but in the city center, a few buildings miraculously survived. The historical part of the city was built of the white volcanic stone and it is included in the List of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Manila, Philippines

Manila is the capital of the Philippines. It is one of the 16 cities that make up the country’s capital region – Metro Manila. The city area is just 38.55 square kilometers, so it is the most populous city in the world. Travelers should visit Intramuros, which is the historical district of the city. It is believed that the most beautiful palaces, churches, and museums of the city are located there.

Los Angeles, USA

Los Angeles is the largest city in California and the second – in the US. This is a fairly young city with no venerable landmarks. The center has several buildings of the early 20th century. But, despite this, Los Angeles is a dream city. It is the home of Hollywood. There you can meet the most well-known stars and to become a superstar by yourself.

Hanoi, Vietnam

Hanoi is the capital of Vietnam and a home to 2.6 million people. This is a huge metropolis with merge the narrow streets of the Old Quarter and the high skyscrapers. By the way, there are more than a hundred skyscrapers in Hanoi.

Montreal, Canada

It is the largest city in the province of Quebec and the second largest by the population index in Canada. More than 1.6 million inhabitants enjoy their city because it is one of the most comfortable in the world. The city hosts many cultural events: World Cinema Festival, Jazz Festival, Festival of Francophone music and others.

Medellin, Colombia

Medellin has many epithets. “The City of Eternal Spring” – Medellin is located in the equatorial zone, but the city has a very comfortable climate. “The Mountains Capital” – Medellin is located in the Andes in the northern part of the Aburra Valley. “The City of Flowers” and “Orchid Capital” – Medellin hosts the annual Fair of flowers. Medellin is also called the beautiful village, but 2.5 million people live in this “village”.

Etiquette Secrets: How to Behave in England

Before coming to a new country, it is always necessary to learn in advance more not only about its attractions and sights but also about the norms and of etiquette, which are accepted.

England is a country whose natives are striking in their adherence to traditions. British perfectly comply with the norms and rules of etiquette. It is a country, which originated the concept of “true gentleman”.

Today we want to tell you about the basic rules of etiquette are accepted in England. We hope that this knowledge will help you if you decide to visit this beautiful country.

 

Greetings

When greeting a woman, a man should do a light bow. Interlocutors rarely touch each other: even the ladies, while greeting, only pretend to kiss other on the cheek.

In England, the most common gesture of greeting is considered to be a handshake, but we recommend not abusing it. British shake hands very quickly, without squeezing another’s hand for too long. Tapping on the shoulder or similar gestures are tactless.

According to the rules of English etiquette, it is not accepted to move on to personal matters immediately after the greeting. First, you must talk about a neutral topic, for example, about the weather.

How to communicate

The first and most important rule that you should remember: never be late. British people very appreciate their time. It is impolite to be late not only for various meetings but even for a dinner at their own home. However, despite the fact that being late is not recommended in England, coming to the meeting earlier, is also not accepted. So, the best way out is to come just in time.

In a personal communication, the British do not demonstrate the excessive emotionality. The conversation should be discreet, and you should avoid gestures if it is possible. If you want to create an impression of an open and honest person, then do not hide your hands in the pockets. Better avoid talking about a personal life and complaining about it in England. In this case, British will think that you are a weak person with no self-esteem.

It is considered rude to stare at your interlocutor for a long time. The same rule works in public transport: examining passengers is not accepted. And if you send a curious look at the newspaper, which belongs to another person, it would be indecent.

Despite the fact that at first glance British may seem secretive and restrained in communication, they have a great sense of humor and they like to joke. Do not take their jokes to your heart and especially do not take offense.

At the table

The British very strictly observe the rules of behavior at the table. So, if you want them to have had a good opinion about you, it is better to know those rules.

Actually, many rules and recommendations are similar to all others, but there are some peculiarities. For example, if you are sitting at the table together with unfamiliar people, you should not talk to them until a host presents you to each other. Keep an eye on your hands: in any case, do not put them on the table – keep your hands on the lap. One of the main unspoken rules is that it is not accepted to secretive or whisper to a neighbor. The conversation should be common to all.

Many of us are aware of such English tradition, as the five-o’clock tea. In England, you will be invited for a cup of tea very often. In this case, do not refuse because the hosts can take it as a personal insult. To become a true Englishman send a card with thanks to the hosts.

Etiquette Secrets: How to Behave in Germany

 

Germany is a wonderful country. But what do we know about it? Delicious sausages, excellent beer and good cars, and German punctuality are the key features. We invite you to learn more about this country.

Germans are very rational. They take everything serious and strictly follow different instructions and particularly, the etiquette rules.

Gestures

In Germany, handshakes are common. Both men and women shake hands at the meeting, acquaintance, and even when partying. It is considered impolite to hold another hand in a pocket while handshaking. It is also a bad manner to hide hands in pockets while talking.

We are taught that point to something and, even more, to someone with a finger – is impolite. In Germany, it is quite normal. The Germans can raise a finger up or point to someone to attract the attention of the interlocutor. “The fist” means that the brain of the interlocutor is not bigger than a fist.

Germans love order and it begins with purity. It is not accepted to litter on the streets. The garbage in the big cities is sorted and sent for recycling. Thus, do not miss the trash can, and clean up after your dog. For the latter, in the parks of major cities pet owners can find special racks with plastic bags. By the way, Germans love animals. You should always stop a car and let the animal cross the road, even if it is a frog. Neglecting this rule is considered as the lack of culture. There’s even a road sign that helps frogs to cross the road safely during migration.

If you are the driver, do not use the car horn to hurry the next car or to “wake up” the driver at the traffic lights. This may be regarded as “coercion to commit a violation.”

Guest visits

Germans clearly differentiate private and public life. First – it’s family, friends, hobbies, recreation, and more. The second one refers to work, business, politics, etc. And it is unacceptable to mix one with the other.

Therefore, if you are invited to visit someone, then you are not allowed to refuse the invitation except for serious cases. Moreover, it is not polite to be late because everyone heard many legends about German punctuality. Young people are not so pedantic, but most of them also appreciate the respect of their time.

We highly recommend you to take a small gift, such as flowers or candies, for a hostess. Gifts are usually handed over and opened as soon as the guests arrived. Be aware that in Germany red roses show the romantic intentions of the giver. Carnations, lilies, and chrysanthemums are a symbol of mourning.

Guests are usually invited to one room, where the dishes will be served. Nobody will make an excursion around the house, as Germans prefer not to show their private territory and facilities.

Germans appreciate the discipline, so they tend to have breakfast between 7:00 and 9:00 A.M., lunch – between 12:00 A.M. and 1:00 P.M., coffee break between 3:50 and 5:00 P.M, and dinner between 7:00 and 8:00 P.M. Thus, a fare depends on the daytime. If the meeting is scheduled at 4 P.M., then surely on the table will see coffee and any pastry.

If a feast is held in a restaurant, it is important to remember a few more subtleties:

– Keep your hands (not elbows) above the table, rather than on your lap, even if you do not eat;

– Crossed knife and fork on the plate means that you have not finished the meal;

– Knife and fork lying parallel to each other to the right of the plate is a signal to a waiter to take away the dishes.

Beer

Beer is the national pride of the Germans. So if you want to become friends or partners, show your ability to drink beer. The main thing you should know is that Germans never drink beer directly from bottles or while walking. It is believed that it is not possible to feel the taste of beer. Next, not all beer mugs are the same. Each variety has its own glassware. The last thing is that in Germany, they never remove the beer foam. After all, this is another criterion for evaluating the taste and quality of the drink.

The main etiquette rule in any country is mutual politeness. Follow the rules of conduct accepted in Germany, and you will be a welcome guest in this country.

Single Hiking: What To Know

 

If you decisively decided to go hiking alone, it would be nice to know what kind of knowledge and skills you may find useful during a long or a short single hike.

First of all, you should clearly understand that camp life is very different from your normal everyday life, and many of the skills that you possess, will not be useful there, but you will need completely different ones. The situation is complicated by the fact that during a solo trip you have no one to ask for help or to ask for advice. You will have to rely only on your own strength, and any unlearned lesson can be quite painful.

The abilities to make a camp, prepare food, navigate on the map are not something intimate, but they have one important feature that we would like to emphasize. All knowledge and skills you need should be obtained and tested in practice before you start the route!

And here we have an amusing situation: you cannot go camping without experience, and the experience can only be obtained in a hike. Thus, there is only one correct conclusion: begin to gain experience as a part of a group. You can acquire all the necessary skills without risk to your health and life only this way. Find a group that goes hiking on an interesting route, and join them. Join the local tourist association. Look for an experienced friend or family member, who will take you hiking.

And now, after we figured out where and how you need to obtain the necessary survival skills, let’s get down to the list. So, for the first single hike you need to know and do the following:

  1. Choosing equipment, clothing, and tools for the hike

This section is extensive and includes a variety of things, ranging from the choice of tents, torches, mugs, spoons, and ending with the selection of optimal sets of clothes. Remember that even such a trifle as unstick sole may become a big trouble in a hike.

  1. Collecting and packing things

It is not too difficult to pack your backpack properly, especially if you’ve seen how it’s done.

  1. Route development

Here you need the skills to work with a map, search for other tourists reporting, the ability to proportionate correctly natural features and your strength.

  1. Making a camp for overnight

You should know hot to choose the best places to make a camp, search for the water, set up a tent, rain, and cold protection.

  1. Making a fire.

Do you think that the gas or gasoline solves all the problems? And what about the case if the cylinders are empty, matches became damp and you forgot to take the lighter?

  1. Cooking

Of course, you can be satisfied with the porridge and sandwiches, but still, it is desirable to learn how to cook soup, rice, stew, and so on.

  1. Safety

In a single hike, there will nobody to prevent you from an ill-considered step or a hasty decision, so you have to take care of that by yourself. This should be done very meticulously as any foolhardiness in a single hike can have extremely dangerous consequences.

  1. Navigation

It is one of the most important skills. If you want not just to hit the road, but also to get to a certain point on a particular route, you have to learn how to work with a travel GPS, paper maps, and a compass.

  1. Medicine

As a rule, this skill remains unclaimed, but if necessary, it is better to be fully prepared. You have to assemble a first aid kit for the most common diseases and clearly know which pillow helps from the headaches, and which from the stomach aches.

You can read a lot of thick books on survival, but as long as your knowledge is not tested in practice, it is not recommended to go for a solo hike. Take care of yourself and be prepared!

Single Hiking: What To Take

 

If you plan to go hiking, there are many things that you should know how to do and what to take for a trip. Let’s try to make a list of at least the most common items that you will definitely need in a single hike.

Generally, there are two main irreconcilable points of view about hiking equipment.

Proponents of the first one prefer to take and use only the most advanced specialized items, for which you will spend a rather big amount of money. They regularly go to tourist shops and study new technologically advanced fabrics and materials.

The outfit does not bother the proponents of the second point of view. Usually, they are capable of creating necessary things on their own from scrap materials.

So, who are right? Neither one nor the other, but the truth lies somewhere in between.

The complexity of a single hike is that you will have to carry everything by yourself, while in a group the load is distributed evenly between all participants. In addition, it is necessary to think of even the smallest details, as during a single campaign you will not be able to ask for a sweater in case of cold or borrow a needle for mending clothes. So, let’s try to make at least a list of the most common things that you will definitely need.

Backpack.

Depending on the style and duration of your travel a backpack may be of different sizes and types. It is desirable to buy specialized backpacks of popular tourist firms or homemade products from trusted masters in this field.

Tent.

For a single hike, you will need a small single tent. Its weight should be the main criterion. Many travelers prefer a simple tent or even a piece of polyethylene, especially in the warmer months.

Sleeping bag and hiking mat

These two things will ensure a relaxing and comfortable night’s rest. In the summer, especially in the southern latitudes, you can take the thinnest sleeping bag and mat, but if the nights are expected to be very cold you should choose these things carefully.

Dishes

Of course, there is a standard set: mug, spoon, knife, and saucepan. It’s all should be metal and preferably light. We will add a water tank to this section, which is usually a simple plastic bottle.

Campfire equipment

If you are planning a short hike, you can cook on a gas or gasoline because it’s really very convenient. But, if you have a long route plan, you will have to learn how to make fire and to take a small ax or saw.

Food

Meals are crucial during a hike. Your physical and psychological well-being largely depends on this. Best of all, you should take care of the maximum variety of your menu. Moreover, take some dried vegetables, dried fruits, nuts, sweets along with cereals and canned foods.

Navigation.

Maps, travel GPS, compass, and phone for emergency communications.

Clothing

It is one of the most difficult items in this list. How to take a smaller number of things and do not freeze at the same time? What to wear in case of rain or sultriness? How not to carry too much and at the same time have a set of decent clothes for the towns? Unfortunately, answers to these questions will come with time and experience.

First aid kit

This is a required item in a single hike. It should contain everything you need for possible health problems: treatment of wounds and bruises; medicine from poisoning; heart, pain, and fever medicine; and so on.

Other important items

This category is about the important things, which you cannot do without, but which do not belong to the previous sections. Documents should be packed in a waterproof bag. Try to take not the brightest flashlight, but rather that lights for a meter ahead. It would be enough for making a camp and cooking, but it will not attract too much attention to you. A camera with extra batteries will let you save this trip not only in your memory but also on photos. Do not forget about the repair accessories (tape, needle, thread, glue, and twine hank).

As you can see, the list is not small and all of these you’ll have to pack in a backpack and carry on your back for a week or even more. Are you really ready for this trip?

How to Save on Food When Traveling

We often do not think about how much money we spend when going on a trip. Only after coming back home, we open our purse or card balance and wonder how we could spend so much. Today we will tell you how to save money on food when traveling.

Food is one of the main items of expenses of any journey. Of course, we want to try the national cuisine of a new country or some exotic dishes. But this does not mean that all the days of a trip we have to spend huge sums on food. Surely, many travelers have their own habits and ways to save money on food. Here are some of them.

Always carry a bottle of water and some snacks

You must always have a bottle of water, especially if you are traveling to a country with a hot climate. Find out in advance if it is safe to drink water from the tap in this country, and if so, just always fill the bottle before going somewhere. It is also very important to have some snacks like cookies, sandwiches, nuts, and etc. This will save you from having a meal in expensive cafes and restaurants on the way.

During the warm season, you can go on a picnic with your supplies: fresh air and wonderful views will be a viable alternative to newfangled and famous cafes.

Compare prices at grocery stores

In your hometown, you probably know what supermarkets and stores are luxuries and sell everything at exorbitant prices. You also know the stores, where you can buy the same products, but at a lower price. What prevents you from doing the same on holiday?

Explore the prices in the stores and find out the cheaper one. The supermarket should not necessarily be located near the place where you are staying. If it is far away, it’s even better. You will have another reason to go for a walk and find many interesting and unusual places that are not listed in any guidebook.

Cook by yourself, if possible

Many people do not cook and prefer to eat in any fast food restaurant, even if they live in an apartment with a kitchen. They usually explain it like this: “Well, I’m on vacation, why should I cook?” Of course, rest is a time to relax temporarily and not do daily activities such as cooking, cleaning and so on. But do not forget that if you cook by yourself, it will reduce your costs for food two or even three times.

Make a daily plan for meal expenses

During a trip, many of us are spending money, without even really thinking about it. And it is not a pity to spend money on experience and emotions like unusual and exciting excursions. But spending money on food is another case.

So, to save yourself from unnecessary costs on food, make yourself a plan for meal expenses: calculate the optimal amount, and try not to spend more than that.

Avoid cafes, snack bars, and restaurants in the crowded tourist places

We all know but still forget the fact that near the popular tourist attractions all prices are much higher, especially for food. Of course, there might be some unusual places, but as a result, you could not count numbers in a restaurant bill. It is better to eat at non-touristic spots. You will save money for sure. Moreover, it can be tastier than in a popular restaurant.

If you can save on food, then you will have more money to spend on the interesting museums and galleries, excursions, souvenirs, or simply can bring more money home from the trip.

Traveling By Plane With a Small Child: How to Survive The Flight Seamlessly

 

If you cannot imagine life without traveling, the birth of a child probably will not stop you from a new adventure. Many parents try to delay the first flight with a baby, but in practice flying with a three-month baby is easier than with one year old one, and flying with a one-year-old is easier than with a two-year-old child.

Once a child has got the most important vaccinations and learned to carry the head, you can pack for a trip: for a vacation, to stay with relatives or at a conference. And this article will help you to survive during the flight as seamlessly as possible.

Buying tickets

It is not necessary to buy a special place for a baby up to two years old, but you need to specify a baby as a passenger in reservations. It may be free or may cost up to 10% of the adult ticket. If you still decide to take a separate seat, you will have to pay for a child ticket. Then it is better to take the advantage of it with the maximum comfort and take a child car seat for the flight. Just make sure that your chair is suitable for use in an aircraft: there should be a special sign.

Find out what is included in your ticket or on board. Sometimes, for long-distance flights you can get a special air cradle by ordering it in advance by phone. And in any case, it is necessary to call the airline office and arrange a convenient place in the front row with the most legroom. We would emphasize that you should particularly make a call. The place can be booked online, but the best seats usually are not available for online reservations or available for a surcharge.

At The Airport

Travelers with children can use special strollers that are available at the airport free of charge. Personal strollers can be used up before boarding the plane. Then, it is folded and handed over at the ramp. You will receive it back at the exit.

If there is a room for mother and child at the airport – it’s great. There you can find fashionable breastfeeding comfortable chairs, changing tables, a microwave, and a playpen; you can relax after queues and checks. For older children, there are playgrounds, where the child will be able to get tired before a long seat on the plane.

During the Flight

During a take-off and landing, you will have to take a child in your arms. Usually, the stewardess gives a special children’s belt, but to be honest, it is terribly uncomfortable and needed only to comply with safety regulations. Sling-scarf can be a good option to sit comfortably. A sling designates a baby and your hands are free. It can be cold in the cabin, and not always there are blankets. Thus, it is better to take something warm with you to cover both of you.

Take-off and landing can be uncomfortable for a baby. Give him the breast or bottle, and it will help to overcome the pressure.

Of course, you should have baby food and drinks, a bib, spare clothes for the child in case of getting dirty. You can also take a spare T-shirt for you in case you cannot prevent smearing your lunch on all available surfaces. You can ask the stewardess for hot water for the dilution of the mixture.

Take several toys to entertain your baby. For a three-month baby a rattle will be enough, but if the child is older than six months, you should grab a few favorite toys. And even if do not support the idea to show the cartoons, we recommend uploading them to your tablet. Sometimes, it is the only thing that can make a baby sit quietly.

But the most important thing is to keep calm in different situations. Have a nice flight!