Tired of Regular Holidays? Consider a Modern Camping Trip

For a long time, camping has been associated with setting up a tent in the woods, cooking canned food over an open fire and sleeping in bags. However adventurous it might seem, it does come with its fair share of frustrations and annoyances. For instance, there are bugs and animals to avoid or deal with, the food you cook isn’t exactly amazing (it’s just canned!) and you might wake up sore or hurting for a number of different reasons.

However much you love to travel, there’s nothing quite like the peace and tranquillity of a camping trip. Just don’t forget that you live in a world where cars can drive themselves and people fly into space. Using the power of technology, we can upgrade the classic camping experience and bring some creature comforts that set it apart from what we used to do a decade ago. So grab your bag and open up your shopping list, because these are the essential components that you will need to have a modern camping trip.

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Hammocks

Although you should still have a tent, if you really want to experience the sun and have a relaxing position to rest in, then learn more about hammocks and consider getting one to sleep or lounge in at your camping destination. They are inexpensive, they’re easy to set up and they’re much more comfortable than sleeping on the ground. Of course, you might need nets to prevent bugs and other creatures from disrupting you while you sleep.

Smart Phones

Mobile internet connections are easy to get nowadays and your camping location might even get a signal. This means you can always access the internet and do things such as watch movies, keep up with social media and stream music live to your phone. Many people say that camping should be a disconnect from real life and that you should never bring too much technology in case it gets overwhelming.

However, technology always has a use in camping and it can even help you get out of bad situations. For instance, if you get lost, you have a GPS on your phone to help lead you to safety. If you’re bitten by something or end up hurting yourself, then you can browse the internet in order to look for remedies or check if it’s something that requires immediate attention. Of course, let’s not forget the ever-useful torch app as well! Just remember to bring a couple of spare batteries or portable battery banks along with your smartphone.

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Portable Grills

If you’re worried about fires spreading or getting out of control when you’re ready to cook or heat up the campsite, then consider investing in a portable grill. Not only do these make cooking food much easier and open you up to more recipes, it’s safer because they can easily be turned off and you won’t risk burning down your campsite because you didn’t watch the fire. They’re easy to lug around, lightweight, and extremely versatile. You also might want to pair it with a portable cooler or freezer device so that you can keep meats and vegetables fresh and cool before you grill them.

Travel Will Help You Beat These Problems

Travel is often spoken of as though it’s a magical cure for everything. I don’t know if it’s quite that, but an adventurous vacation can certainly help with a lot of personal problems…

Shyness

More people have problems with shyness than you’d think. They’re afraid of making a fool of themselves, of going up to new people and interacting, of making themselves noticed. One of the reasons that travel be great at combating shyness is that it often puts you in positions where you have to stop being shy!

The fact is that traveling does often make it necessary for you to come out your shell a little. Not a lot of people can get by in a new place without striking up a brief conversation with a local when they need some help. If you’re staying in a hostel or a small bed and breakfast in order to save some money, then not interacting with other people just makes everything feel more awkward.

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Depression

Depression, like shyness, affects a surprisingly large number of people. While there’s no such thing as a simple cure for a depressive disorder – even pills and counseling can only go so far for most people! – there are loads of ways in which you can lift your spirits in the long-term. Exercising, eating right, being creative – and traveling.

Travel helps you combat depression because it gives you a sense of actually doing something – and a lot of people who struggle with depression often feel that they’re stuck in a rut, not doing anything particularly interesting. Going somewhere new, experiencing different weather, meeting new people – it all helps you feel better. At the very least, it will help distract you!

Fear

There are a lot of words you could use to describe the world right now. Confusing. Strange. Absurd. Many would probably choose the word ‘scary’ above all others. Sure, the world has always been a scary place – but there’s something distinctly grotesque about the world right now, surely?

Traveling helps you put those worries to bed. Yes, there are horrible and baffling things going on all over the world. Maybe that puts you in a bit of a funk sometimes. Maybe it prevents you from even wanting to travel for fears of your own safety. But trust me – when you visit more places and see a lot more of other people’s everyday lives, you’ll start to fear the world a little less. It’s no Disney movie, but it’s no horror show, either.

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Flying

One of the most common phobias in the world is that of flying. (And, to be honest, part of me still feels that you have to be just a little bit insane not to be a tiny bit scared of being in a metal can tens of thousands of feet in the air going at hundreds of miles per hour.) While it would be a lie to say that traveling more often will definitely make you fear it less, it certainly helps for most people.

A fear of flying is often tied to fears of the unknown. It often seems to beggar belief that we can fly so safely. Understanding the deceptively simple physics behind it can certainly help, but actually getting on a plane is probably the best way to do it. Why not try taking a plane to a closer destination instead of an international train? (It’s often cheaper, anyway!)

Being alone

I’m not talking about the fear of being alone in the long term. I’m referring to people’s often-irrational desire to not be in their own company. It can stem from a lack of confidence, or too big a reliance on others. To some, traveling alone would seem to be the worst possible thing you could do in this situation. But it may actually be the best.

Traveling alone can help you overcome the worries of, well, being alone. It boosts your confidence – everything I mentioned in the ‘shyness’ section goes double when you’re by yourself! It also helps you get a stronger sense of yourself. By taking a solo holiday, you may surprise yourself by how un-lonely you end up feeling when there’s so much around you to discover. It may help you rethink ‘being alone’ when you’re back at home.

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Homesickness

Even when people go away for a relatively short time, they often feel a little homesick quite quickly. It’s often thought of as a mild, nagging sensation that can be easily dismissed – and it probably is that way for most people. But for others, homesickness can be so overwhelming that it dampens the entire trip.

The more you travel, the more you learn to get over these feelings. In the meantime, you can do this by ensuring you’re always doing something to distract yourself, even if it’s simply wandering around and taking in the sights. Check out these tips for beating homesickness on the road.

Travel hacks for a Luxurious Break

To begin with, the word luxury can have different meanings for different people. For some it could be dining in a Michelin Star restaurant; for others it could be staying in the most popular and top luxury hotel without having an iota of worry about the expenses. One thing is quite clear in any luxury experience; it equates to shelling a lot of money. In fact, luxury and budget are oxymoron and it can be quite challenging to enjoy the best of both the worlds.

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With a hectic routine round the year, you surely deserve a luxury break. Your heart wants it but your brain won’t allow you since it might mean breaking your bank to afford the hefty price for the trip. Even while planning a romantic honeymoon, a celebratory vacation or a trip to propose, you wouldn’t want to settle for something ordinary; rather you will want to go for something which is a cut above the standard. This doesn’t mean that you have to win a lottery to get such a lifetime experience but you can certainly get luxury vacation on a budget. Here are a few tips which can help you transform your budget trip to a luxury trip:

  • Be flexible with the dates: This is a no-brainer. If you don’t have any constraints, then it is best to go for end of the season breaks. You can easily get cheaper flights at that time of the year which can be channelized towards the rest of the trip.
  • Choosing the place of stay: Often your accommodation costs sizable chunk of the trip and this is where you would want to save a few bucks. One way is to pick the smallest room in the best hotel rather than opting for a bigger room in a budget hotel. As we mentioned above that for some people a luxury vacation might mean staying in the best hotel during the vacation. You won’t regret spending the amount at your place of stay as the quality service and facilities will leave you delighted during the trip. You can also check for coupons and promo codes which are generally available on certain booking websites.

If you are still not convinced to stay at a luxury hotel, then luxury B&Bs are a great option that you may consider. Beautiful and chic bed and breakfasts are coming up and have impressive facilities to offer in addition to the great surroundings they offer you. Since the concept is gaining popularity, you can rest assured that your stay will be a comfortable one since the staff offers you a more personal and attentive experience. With the only exceptions of being homes and available at cheaper prices, B&Bs are similar to hotels and resorts and apparently much better.

  • Quality over quantity: Go for a shorter stay since it is better to compromise the time as compared to the quality of the stay. In the end, you want to keep your trip memorable; so staying at an uncomfortable place just to stay for a bit longer will not make you happy. After all, luxury is all about the experience you get at a place.
  • Purchase lounge passes: There is often a misconception that you need to travel first class to avail the lounge facilities. Availing lounge facilities is a good idea to get a hassle free experience; after all who wants to miss free wi-fi, delicious snacks or drinks! But you can avail these facilities even without a first class pass. You simply have to purchase lounge passes which are way much cheaper than going for a first class ticket. Even better if you are travelling long haul; you can even enjoy a warm shower in the lounge.

There are certain websites which will make your task much simpler while you are researching for all the information. The Luxury for Less product by Travelex is one such platform where you can get details such as flight cost, hotel expenditure and other suggestions about travelling smart and the recommended dates. The results are customized based on your inputs such as the budget and other travelling details. This travel inspiration engine is something you should surely try if you want to plan a luxury travel in the near future.

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Besides, the platform which promotes Luxury for Less i.e. Travelex solves all your travel related problems whether its currency exchange or money transfer. It doesn’t cost you a bomb as there are numerous deals and vouchers which can be availed for the Travelex services. So before you plan your travel, make sure that you have researched long before so that you get incredibly low prices on a range of services.

Planning a luxury holiday is possible at a low budget. All you need to do is smart planning and smart travel.

Staying Safe On The Road

There’s nothing more important than your own safety. When you’re at home, you always make sure that you lock all your doors and windows, that you get taxis home from parties, and that you don’t make too much small talk with strangers. But for some reason, the second we start travelling, all that caution often tends to fly out of the window. Here are some tips on how to stay safe when you’re travelling…

Budget Carefully

It’s important to make sure that you don’t blow all of your money too quickly. It can be tempting to buy tons of souvenirs and to splash out on exciting new food, but the fact is that you need to make a daily budget and stick to it. The best thing about money isn’t what you can buy with it – it’s the freedom that it gives you. If you have spare money then you can leave that bed bug infested hostel with the scary hulking guy in the corner of the shared room, and stay in a nicer hotel for the night while you regroup. Money means that you can get a taxi home instead of waiting on a street corner for a night bus for an hour. Make sure that you budget for things like that as well as fun treats.

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Know The Area

Obviously it’s impossible to know absolutely everything about a city that you’re travelling to, but you should get to know the local public transport system to some extent so that you know how you’re going to get home whenever you go out, and you should also make sure that you have a local taxi company number in your phone in case you want to get home quickly. Google around on sites like www.travelsphere.co.uk to find out where you should go in the local area, and make sure that you talk to fellow travellers to figure out where you shouldn’t go by yourself, particularly at night.

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Don’t Carry Too Much

You should make sure that you’re as mobile as possible at all times – wear comfortable shoes and make sure that you haven’t over packed. Not being able to carry your backpack and move properly really isn’t a particularly safe way to be. When you go out in the evenings, make sure that your passport is in the money belt around your waist instead of in your bag, and that you aren’t carrying too much money. You should also ensure that all your expensive things are locked away at your hostel in a safe.

 

Trust Your Instincts

Your instincts are the most important things that you’ll travel with. If you feel uncomfortable in a situation, don’t feel any shame or embarrassment about getting out of there immediately. Your own safety should be your priority at all times, and your instincts might have picked up on something that the rest of your brain hasn’t quite caught up with, like someone sitting too close to you or looking at you in a threatening way. Make sure you use the cab number in your phone or hail a licensed taxi to get back to wherever you’re staying.

 

4 Reasons Why You Should Take A Sabbatical From Work!

Sometimes life can get on top of us and we think about having a break. Work can become mundane and boring, and we long for the open road. And people are following their dreams by having a sabbatical from work. It is where they are allowed to take anything from a couple of days to a year off work. It’s typically recognized if you have been there for a long period of time. Here are four reasons why you should take a sabbatical from your job role.

Travel

If you went straight to work after university or school, you likely didn’t get a chance to go travelling. And as much as we enjoy going on vacation every year, you don’t ever get to spend a lot of time exploring. A week or two is not long enough to see everything in the country. If you are yearning for longer than a two-week break, you could take a sabbatical to go travelling around the world. You will need to save money before you go so that you have enough to last you the whole trip. Search online for countries you wouldn’t mind visiting, and what you need to see while you are there.  There are often tours you can go on while you are travelling which will mean you get to see more of the highlights. Research companies to find trips such as a tour of the great ocean road which you will love.

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Rethink career

We often start to feel like we are not enjoying the role we are currently in. Especially if you have been there a while. It’s okay to have the odd day here and there not loving your job. But if it starts to become every day, you should consider whether or not it’s right for you. An excellent way to decide if the job is right for you is to take a break from work. A sabbatical will give you a chance to decide whether or not to change your career. As this article says, an employer often agrees to it as it can be in their favour if you return happy.

Spend more time with kids

If you have had a child, everyone knows how hard it can be to have to work around their life. You feel guilty about leaving them. It’s especially difficult if you barely get a chance to see them. If you want more time to spend with your kids, you could consider taking a sabbatical from work. You can then look after your children more, especially if they are going through a hard time at school.

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Study

You may want to have a break from work if you want to learn some new skills. You may not have had the chance to go to college or university when you were younger. Or you may feel going back to college or University will help you with your current job path. Employers tend to like it, as you will come back with new skills you can use at work. It can be daunting going back to college, but can be a pleasant experience.

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It’s worth checking your contract, or speak to your boss, to see if you are allowed to take time off.

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