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Top 3 Benefits of Traveling the World

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One of the best examples of why to travel I found, was the description on Quora’s travel section. It reads

“To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from one’s self; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.”

As modern men and women, we find ourselves complacent and sometimes afraid of change. The average person has a 9–5 and although may claim to be comfortable, always feels just a little bit off when the silence sets in. Usually set in front of a television or computer with no other purpose in it other than entertainment, never for a sense of self fulfillment.

Granted traveling isn’t for everyone. There are many people who do in fact enjoy the common hum drum beat of everyday life. However, if you’ve found yourself to this article and have stayed in even this far, I can only assume that might not be you.

So here are the benefits of travel and how it can make you a better person!

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LEARNING.

There is no better way to improve your knowledge of the world than going out and experiencing it first-hand. A book or show on the travel channel will never compare to feeling the breeze hit you when climbing through the Alps mid-summer.

Nor is there a course at your college that can truly engrave the emotional impact of tasting the foods of a foreign culture and meeting their native community. Your ignorance will evaporate with every step forward as you navigate your way around the globe.

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CONFIDENCE.

Traveling, regardless of where you go, takes you out of your comfort zone. The first trip may be incredibly stressful trying to navigate the airport terminals and unfamiliar bus stations. But after you’ve completed your journey, there are few more satisfying actions than solving a problem through the process of adventure.

The first few trips I’ve taken we’re so surprising on how different things were, that it was definitely a perfect test for self-sufficiency. After all was said and done though, there is no greater confidence boost than knowing you’ve taken on a piece of the world and came out triumphant.

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SOCIAL.

Through improving your knowledge of the world and gaining confidence through your problems in navigation (like the GPS you know is going to die and you still don’t bring a map), you will meet people with a view on life that you would’ve never considered. These people will test your ideas and beliefs and may become foes in your journey. But they can’t take away the joy you’ll gain from those who become friends.

Drive Thru Take Out:

You’ll be nervous undoubtedly, but don’t let it deter you from traveling. Travel to learn, gain confidence, and meet people who may become the best friends you’ve ever had.

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Skydiving in Spa Belgium

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Skydiving in Spa Belgium

I wanted to write a post for anyone considering skydiving as an excursion idea, especially if you’re going to skydive in Belgium. It was an anxiety induced ride of fear, adrenaline, and absolute fun!

The idea to go skydiving came up how I imagine it does most of the time, as a ‘why not?’ type conversation. I was stationed in Germany and one of my close friends was stationed in Belgium. Being so close, we figured we’d meet up and were trying to figure out what we could do. He was fairly quick to suggest skydiving and I for some reason said yes without hesitation.

We had another friend that was supposed to join us but backed out, I don’t blame him, my nerves were on edge.

After some debate, I decided to just drive up to Belgium and meet him since I just bought a car and it was cheaper for me to travel.

Getting to Belgium

The whole drive to Belgium it never really hit me I was about to jump out of a perfectly good airplane. I was just excited to travel a little and experience Belgium.

But, after a long mindless drive, I made it to Belgium safely.

Side note: Belgium has some of the best food I’ve ever had in my life. The gas station burgers there tasted like gourmet food and I loved everything I ate!

I didn’t meet up with my friend until later in the evening and called it an early night as we planned on going straight to skydiving the next day. Looking back, that was the best idea since I probably would’ve changed my mind.

The day of… Time to Skydive!

The morning of, I woke up and the first thought the went through my head was, “s&%t”. The first thing I thought was that I hadn’t backed out and it was too late now, I couldn’t abandon the idea and let my friend go alone.

I slowly went about my morning routine, acting like what I was about to do hadn’t been done successfully by so many before me. I really was over-stressing a bit.

We decided to get something in our stomachs beforehand (neither of us were the throw up during stress type). We didn’t want to be worried and hungry, so we figured just worried was best. Looking back, it was the funniest meal I’d ever had, because neither of us said a word to each other.

It was clear we were both to wrapped up in our thoughts of hopping out a plane to even speak (food was great though).

Arriving at Skydive Spa

I didn’t realize I was able to get more anxious, but when we parked and began walking to the entrance my palms became waterfalls. I’ve heard other people’s stories of when they skydived for the first time and never truly understood what they meant, at that moment I did.

Walking through the front door, we were greeted by incredibly nice staff and a large open floor of people folding parachute packs. That’s it, that’s the moment it hit me the hardest. Just kidding, it got worse.

The staff were very accommodating and spoke far better English than I spoke French, so I am by no means complaining when I say there was a slight communication barrier. We had picked a random skydiving place with no regard to their accommodations and just kind of hoped for the best.

Despite us being the only two people there that ONLY spoke English, they were very reassuring and helpful! We ended up getting a safety brief to just the two of us while the other people we’d jump with got an in-depth brief in French.

I really felt like we missed some info since our briefing took about 3 minutes while their briefing took a solid 10-13 minutes. That made me a little nervous, but with a language barrier, there’s only so many ways someone can tell you “Don’t be dumb and do what your tandem tells you”.

The waiting game

After all the paperwork signing and safety brief, we were given some fancy jumpsuits with little straps on the thighs. Those straps were unsurprisingly used to pull your legs up when landing so you can literally scoot your butt across the ground to slow down. Cool, as a guy, sounds fun (sarcasm).

As we were partnering up with who we’d be jumping with (obviously I was jumping tandem since it was my first time), I was the only one without a partner. Remember how I said it got scarier, this is that moment. As I looked around, I began to worry, “Was there a misunderstanding? Did they think I was jumping solo?! What’s happening, is my guy late because he got really drunk last night and won’t be able to function a parachute?!”. Yes, the ideas got dumber and more ridiculous with time.

Eventually, I talked to someone with a clipboard (she seemed official) and asked who I was jumping with. She said a name I couldn’t pronounce, and I asked where he was. After a second of looking around, then down at the clipboard, she stops and goes “oh”, and points directly up to a group of people falling out of the sky to point out the only guy wearing what looked like shorts. My jump partner was currently falling to Earth with someone else.

He was going to do two consecutive jumps and at first, I was relieved there wasn’t a mix up. That was until I heard screaming and looked up to see my partner spinning in circles (voluntarily) and scaring the hell out of the person he was with. “Great, I’m going to die of a heart attack at 21” was my only thought.

Boarding the plane!

Eventually my guy lands, unclips, and rushes over to me before introducing himself. He was the last person we were waiting on, so we all begin to board the plane.

The plane wasn’t large and is something you see on movies being used to smuggle small amounts of drugs. Not the friendliest comparison but it’s all I got. We all line up on the seats so we can easily be strapped to our partner before hopping out, my heart is now beating fast enough to dance to.

Before I know it, we’re off speeding down the runway. As we get enough lift to get off the ground, I notice a little turbulence. “Ok, I’ve flown before, a little turbulence isn’t bad”, I think. Then there’s more turbulence, worst than before.

Eventually, the plane is shaking around like it’s a saltshaker and a chef is trying to get the last specks of salt out. I thought the plane was broken and we were about to skydive before we even got out of the plane. Nope, it was business as usual.

I guess it’s normal for smaller planes to have a level of turbulence that causes you to rethink your entire life.

TIME TO JUMP!

I look out the window and people are ants, the plane is still rocking, and then a little light comes on at the front of the plane. My mind stops, time stops, and I strongly considering showing everyone on this plane what it looks like for a grown man to dehydrate from crying.

No time for nonsense, the door slides open and the solo jumpers are already on their feet approaching the gaping hole in the plane. They plan on jumping together and two straddle a pole on the outside of the plane. Then I realize, “That guy is on the outside of a plane, in the sky” and that thought took away a lot of the fear. The fear wasn’t gone because he was being brave or anything, it was because my brain couldn’t process how absolutely ridiculous the sight was.

Eventually the tandem jumpers (me included) begin scooting ourselves down the bench to get out, I’m the second one jumping. I watch the first two guys sit on the ledge of the door with their feet hanging out and just like that, they’re gone.

“S#!t, it’s my turn.”

Before I realize what’s happening, my feet are dangling out of this plane (that’s still shaking) and the guy I have entrusted my life asks me to move my head to the side so he can see.

“You got it! I’ll move my head if it helps, hell, I’ll give you my bank info if you need it to get me out of this alive!”

And just like in other stories of skydiving, he counted down from three before jumping, and jumped on two… asshole.

The first few seconds of falling, my stomach became one with my throat and I could taste the lunch from earlier. Just kidding, I couldn’t taste anything because my mind was fully focused on screaming internally.

But that was it, that was the worst of it. Honestly, after my stomach hit my throat and returned to its normal position, every single fear and worry of jumping was just gone. I can’t explain it and it doesn’t make any sense, but I opened my eyes (we had goggles on for the wind) and felt absolutely zero fear.

We were just peacefully falling, and the ground didn’t seem to even be coming at us that fast. Sadly, we were only able to freefall for so long, because you know, the ground is coming. But I loved every minute of it and even parachuting was so calming that I could’ve floated down for hours and never gotten sick of the view.

After a few minutes, we came down to land and as expected scooted to a stop. I got up, felt an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment (even though I did nothing whatsoever) and walked to greet my friend.

Just like that, all that anxious anticipation and fear was replaced with a feeling a tranquility. What a rollercoaster of emotions.

Would you do it again?

Skydiving truly is a one of a kind experience. I highly recommend for everyone to try it once and I may do it again someday. I don’t feel the need to do it anymore as it’s marked off my bucket list. But overall it was a moment I’ll always remember and am so glad I didn’t back out.

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Travel Guide to Santorini Greece

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Visiting the Beautiful Island of Santorini

Honestly, when Linn first suggested going to Santorini, I had no clue what she was talking about. Most of the destinations I was aware of/wanted to go to, were places I saw in Indiana Jones films. Yes, the majority of my bucket list came from 80’s and 90’s cinema.

After looking up the island of Santorini, I realized that I had seen the famous blue domes before. So, roughly 30 minutes of google searching later I was also hooked on the idea of visiting Santorini.

Don’t make the mistake I made in assuming it’s a small island. There is plenty to see on Santorini and you’ll need a few days to hit the hot spots.

How do you get to Santorini Greece?

Considering Santorini is an island, it’s no surprise that there are two ways to get there, flying or taking a boat!

We chose to fly as it was expedient and there were affordable flights coming straight from Athens. There are direct flights from other locations, so don’t feel the need to stop in Athens unless it’s a budgeting option.

If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper option (or more costly depending on the one you pick), ferry’s leave to and from Santorini every day. The trip can take between 5 and 8 hours, so you can save a little money, but at the cost of time.  

Things to do in Santorini Greece

Santorini Greece

Santorini offers plenty of different experiences! If you’re into relaxing, sightseeing, or outdoor adventures, it doesn’t matter as you’ll find something for you. Because there are so many options, I wanted to separate the places based off what you might prefer. So there’s going to be a outdoors section, food, sightseeing, and extras.

Nature and Outdoors Things to do in Santorini

Exploring Amoudi Bay

We discovered Amoudi Bay on accident after exploring Oia. As you reach one side of Oia, you’ll notice down the cliff filled with homes a small cove. Obviously we decided to check it out and walk around the bay past the shops and restaurants. We eventually reached what turned out to be a popular diving spot. Neither of us expected it so we didn’t have swim attire, but we still enjoyed hiking along the coast below Oia.

Hiking Trail – Fira to Oia

I love hiking and spending time outside in nature. If you’re the same, then hiking around Santorini is something you won’t want to miss. If you add in some nice weather and a full breakfast, hiking the Fira trail will make the day perfect!

The trail obviously goes from Fira to Oia and can take up to 5 hours. You can take a side trip to Skaros Rock and add maybe an extra hour for some better views!

Kamari Beach

Some outdoors fun in the sun and a place to relax. The beach isn’t on a “10 must see beaches before you die” list or anything, but it is a nice spot to grab a drink by the sea and enjoy some peaceful time.

If you were planning on going, I’d go with an empty stomach. Most of the restaurants have free beach sun beds for patrons, meaning you can have a comfy place to sit and eat. Also, the beach is pebbly and may not feel the best to walk on so bring some shoes for pebble beaches.

Jet ski in Santorini

While relaxing on a beach is fun, so is riding jet ski’s! If you’re more of a thrill seeker, then there are some exciting things to do in Santorini to get your blood pumping.

There are plenty of rentals on the island and a tour is even offered around the island!

Sunset in Oia

While not as thrilling as taking a jet ski tour around the island, this is a great way to end the day. We spent a whole day exploring Oia and it was suggested by a local to watch the sunset. We just figured it was something they personally liked, we didn’t realize there would be crowds on the hills watching it as well. It was peaceful and serene despite being crowded, and I highly recommend ending one day with an Oia sunset.

Food & Drink in Santorini

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Seafood in Amoudi bay

I already mentioned exploring Amoudi Bay for an outdoor adventure, but there are other things to do in the bay. There are a few options for restaurants with seating roughly 1 foot from the water. In fact, if you do plan on going to the diving spot in Amoudi Bay and come from the top of Oia, you’ll end up walking through a few restaurants to get there. These restaurants have some amazing options for seafood and other types of Greek dishes.

Venetsanos Winery

I love good food and good wine, and there isn’t any wine like what you’ll find in Santorini. You’ll have options for booking a wine tasting here as well as visiting their café. Their café offers some interesting foods (not like any café food I’ve had in America) and it’s definitely worth checking out if you plan on doing a wine tasting anyway.

Santorini Wine Museum

If you fell in love with Santorini wine from other places and want more, then you’ll be happy to hear that Santorini has a whole museum dedicated to its wines. Take some time to learn about how wine is made here and get some tastings in. If that’s not enough, they also offer the very unique experience of grape stomping!

Sights and Landmarks in Santorini

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Akrotiri Archaeological Site

I personally love archaeology type travel and learning about the long-forgotten history of the places we visit. Akrotiri is a perfect example of a site that we love! While Santorini was inhabited as early as 6,000 years ago, it wasn’t until 4,000 years ago that it became an official urban center. Having evidence of multi-story buildings and remnants of local art, Akrotiri gives a glimpse into the distant past and lives of those who lived there.

A Day in Oia

One of my favorite experiences of Santorini was just walking the alleys and streets of Oia. Exploring around is an experience in itself, everywhere are whitewashed walls with scattered blue domes, making the cliffside city shine. We ended up gathering all of our souvenirs from Oia as there were multiple shops everywhere we went. There’s also some of the best bites of Greek food I’ve ever had, so make sure to stop at as many restaurants as you can.

Ancient Thera

Moving forward in time past the Akrotiri settlement, you’ll eventually get to the city of Thera. With a history ranging from the 9th century BC to the 8th century AD, Thera had a long history in the Greek timeline. Thera’s history is far too much to write about in a short paragraph, but I strongly encourage anyone visiting Santorini to stop by and experience it firsthand.

Megalochori

A small city located on Santorini with picturesque neo-classic architecture and phenomenal sights, Megalochori offers a similar walkthrough experience to a day in Oia. Obviously, they are different though and exploring both are worth the effort. This is also located around the “vineyard areas” and offer some unique tastes for wines!

Places to stay in Santorini

With all these great things to do in Santorini and wonderful sights to see, it can distract you from planning the rest of the trip! So, here’s a reminder to book a comfy place to stay during your time there.

There are a lot of hotels in Santorini such as the El Greco and the Santorini Princess Spa, but those are the only accommodations on the island. We ended up staying at an AirBnb for a very affordable price per night and the host was incredibly welcoming!

Is Santorini Worth Visiting?

Overall, Santorini was an unforgettable experience that I’m glad Linn talked me into. I thought it might just be another destination in Greece, but it was a beautiful island with phenomenal people.

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7 Amazing Things to do in Cusco peru

Places to see in Cusco

7 Must See Sites in Cusco

Cusco Peru, nestled roughly 11,000 feet in the Andes mountain range, is a large city with plenty of culture to experience! While many people go through Cusco on their way to Machu Picchu, there’s also some interesting things to see there before you leave.

It’s even one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with its rich history from the Inca’s to the Spanish Conquistadors, there’s no shortage of things to do and see in Cusco.

The following 7 places are in my opinion, some of the best places Cusco has to offer.

  1. Saqsaywaman
  2. Qorikancha
  3. Plaza De Armas
  4. San Blas
  5. San Pedro Market
  6. Sacred Valley
  7. Tambomachay

Saqsaywaman

Saqsaywaman

On the outskirts of Cusco (a tiring hike up the hillside) lay the Saqsaywaman citadel ruins. Originally built around 1,100 AD, the ruins were built by the Killke people and have the obvious architectural traits of the Inca where the rocks are placed together without mortar.

An important note when visiting the site is to have cash (sols) on hand and it costs around 70 sols per person depending on if you’re a student, local, etc. Don’t be like me and forget to bring money and assuming they’ll take card.

I personally loved walking the ruins and there is also an overlook so you can view the city of Cusco below. It’ll be easy to see the view and take it in if you leave in the morning, as there wasn’t much foot traffic around while we were there. By the afternoon the ruins did start to get a little crowded.

Qorikancha

Qorikancha

Noticeable from the Avenida El Sol (the main road cutting through Cusco), Qorikancha is another well preserved ruin from the Incan empire. While it was used for other reasons by the Inca, the Spanish Conquistadors built a church in its location during their conquest. While there is a lot of religious history surrounding the site, there are remains of the original Inca masonry.

To get into Qorikancha will cost roughly 15 sols so it’s very affordable and if you’re a history buff it’s well worth it!

Plaza De Armas

Places to see in Cusco

As you may have guessed from the name, this site is a plaza in Cusco. It’s the main square in Cusco where they have numerous shops, famous churches, and amazing restaurants.

The week we spent there had us stumbling through the square multiple times, whether it was to eat or as a meeting spot for guides. Each time we found our way to the square, there was some celebration or parade going on. If you’re there for a few days you’ll notice the same, the Cusco natives love to have festivals!

I strongly recommend checking out the churches in the square and trying the restaurants as the cuisine was one of my favorite parts of the trip. Our favorite was the Inca Grill, as it offered a small menu with nothing but great choices.

San Blas

Hiking San Blas

After visiting Plaza De Armas, why not make your way to San Blas? San Blas is north and northeast of Plaza De Armas and is up quite a few staircases.

One of my favorite parts of going to San Blas wasn’t just seeing the area, but the walk up to San Blas from Plaza de Armas. Taking the ancient Incan road to San Blas, you’ll see the infamous 12-angled stone wall and numerous shops along the way.

There is a lot of information on San Blas and depending on your interests there are a few possibilities on what to see, so I recommend checking this guide for Peru to help learn more about it!

San Pedro Market

You’ll eventually want some souvenirs and maybe some native cuisine, right? The San Pedro Market is the perfect place to pick up any neat gifts and souvenirs you may have noticed around (just make sure to bring cash, as not everyone takes cards).

They also have some very interesting choices for food, from meats to numerous kinds of potatoes. Be wary if you’re a vegan, as we were walking into the market in the morning, a man was carrying an entire pig through the walkway and most of the meat hasn’t been fully chopped on display.

The Sacred Valley

Sacred Valley

This was one of my favorite parts of the trip to Peru. Some of the Inca Trail passes through the valley, so you get to experience the history of the trail and see the gorgeous mountain ranges! When I say gorgeous, the views aren’t hard to be impressed by.

Although I can’t say for certain if I was impressed by the view, or delirious from the high altitude, either way it was an experience I’d gladly do again!

If you are as concerned for safety as I was, most of the hike we took was safe and even the parts that “seemed” like a drop off, were very secure, and on reaching them weren’t scary at all.

Tambomachay

Another Inca site but it isn’t certain exactly what the purpose of it was. Whether it was a military outpost, or a spa house is still up for debate. It is a multi-terraced structure with numerous aqueducts and canals that run through the rocks.

There are tours to view the site as it’s on the border of Cusco and is usually best with a local explaining the history. If you’re looking for more information, I highly recommend this site.

FAQ’s and Tips about Cusco

What is the currency in Cusco Peru?

The officially currency of Peru is the Sol, also denoted as PEN.

How do I deal with altitude sickness?

Many people experience altitude sickness when they first travel to Cusco. It’s not much of a surprise that it may cause people some issue when the city itself is 3,400m (11,000ft) above sea level. So, to help cope, most places sell small tablets to conquer the altitude. Also make sure to stay very well hydrated as your body will be working a little harder to get oxygen. Finally, try some of the coca leaves! They aren’t bad for you and you will notice a slight difference and it will help the headaches.

What is the local language?

Spanish is the local language in Peru and if you’ve taken any formal general Spanish courses, you’ll notice it’s similar. While there are dialects depending on where you go, most of the Spanish in Cusco is easy to understand if you know the basics of formal Spanish.

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250 UNIQUE Blog Post Ideas for Travel Bloggers

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250 Blog Post Ideas for Travel Bloggers

blog post ideas for travel bloggers

I notice a lot of lists for travel blog topics organize them by type of post (listicles, stories, inspirational, etc). I wanted to make it a little different and organize it based off the type of travel blogger YOU are.

So, the lists below are categorized by things like general travel, solo travel, couples, and others. There will also be a little overlap with article ideas since some apply to solo and couples travel, and I wanted this to be an easily navigable list where you can go right to the section that applies to you for relevant inspiration!

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General Travel & Destinations

These are some ideas that fit into a lot of categories and will hopefully spur some ideas! 

  1. Planning a trip around the world
  2. Planning travel with a group of friends
  3. Saving money for traveling
  4. Destinations for a Winter holiday
  5. Best Beaches to visit in summer
  6. Best backpacking destinations in Europe
  7. Backpacking through Asia
  8. Most underrated cities in the world
  9. Most overrated cities in the world
  10. Weekend getaways near [location]
  11. Best attractions in [major city]
  12. Top 5/10 favorite destinations
  13. Hotels vs Airbnb
  14. Hotels vs Hostels
  15. Life as a digital nomad
  16. Health concerns when traveling
  17. Travel highlights of your trip
  18. Worst travel moments
  19. How to make friends while traveling
  20. Trip itinerary for [city/country/]
  21. Safety travel tips
  22. Best Smartphone apps for traveling
  23. Smartphone apps for editing travel pictures
  24. Resources for planning a trip abroad
  25. Resources for planning a road trip
  26. Gift guide for travelers
  27. How to take amazing travel pictures
  28. How to get sponsored trips
  29. How to start a travel blog
  30. How to monetize a travel blog
  31. Packing list for [city/country]
  32. List of games to play on a road trip
  33. Teaching English abroad
  34. Unexpected travel expenses to lookout for
  35. Best travel credit cards
  36. Guide to travel insurance
  37. Best photo spots in [destination]
  38. Guide to cell phone service abroad
  39. List of international cell phone services
  40. Types of jobs for digital nomads
  41. What have you learned from travel
  42. Your funniest moments while traveling
  43. Your most embarrassing travel story
  44. Free activities in [city]
  45. Best theme parks in [country]
  46. Theme park guide (for an individual theme park)
  47. Finding cheap cruises
  48. Guide to taking your first cruise
  49. Best books to read on a long flight
  50. Airline reviews
  51. Most affordable airlines
  52. What to pack for winter travel
  53. What to pack for summer travel
  54. How to dress like a local in [destination]
  55. My scariest travel experience
  56. How to volunteer abroad
  57. List of travel quotes
  58. Best road trip routes in [country]
  59. Best budget travel destinations
  60. Best luxury destinations
  61. Vaccination list for traveling in [destination]
  62. Staying fit while traveling
  63. What to do if you get sick traveling
  64. Eco-friendly travel in [destination]
  65. How to pack medications for a trip
  66. How to pick a name for your travel blog
  67. Guide to couch surfing
  68. Guide to Van-dwelling
  69. How to overcome feeling homesick
  70. How to travel with a pet
  71. How to fly international with a pet
  72. How to learn a foreign language before traveling
  73. How to make money while traveling
  74. Top gay-friendly destinations
  75. Subway/Metro guides in [destination]
  76. Getting around in [destination]
  77. Places to avoid traveling to
  78. Cheapest countries to live in
  79. How Not to see [destination]
  80. Unknown sites in [destination]
  81. A locals guide to [destination]
  82. Inspiring videos about travel
  83. A photo diary of [destination]
  84. Pros and cons of traveling to [destination]
  85. Interesting facts about [destination]
  86. Myths about traveling to [destination]
  87. Hotel reviews
  88. Hostel reviews
  89. Travel diary
  90. Funny travel moments
  91. Travel memes!
  92. How far in advance to book a flight
  93. Overcoming jetlag
  94. Understanding foreign currencies
  95. Overcoming travel anxiety
  96. Snacks to pack for a road trip
  97. Guide to Glamping
  98. Most remote destinations to visit
  99. How to work abroad
  100. How to study abroad
  101. Best UNESCO World Heritage sites to visit
  102. How to get a passport
  103. [country] visa requirements and how to get one
  104. Snacks to pack for a long flight
  105. Visiting hospitals aboard [for specific country]

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Travel hacks

Some of the most interesting articles I come across are travel hacks and travel tips. There are obviously more ideas than these, but I think they’re a great start to get the creative juices flowing!

  1. How to pack a suitcase
  2. How to travel with a carry on only
  3. What to wear when traveling
  4. Beauty tips while traveling
  5. Must haves during long flights
  6. How to book the cheapest flights
  7. How to find deals on hotels
  8. Travel hacking with credit card rewards
  9. Money saving tips while traveling
  10. Avoid pickpocketing while traveling
  11. Ultimate list of travel hacks
  12. Finding affordable cell service while abroad
  13. Best times of the year to book a flight
  14. Saving money when exchanging currencies
  15. Hygiene packing tips for flights
  16. Setting up price alerts for flights
  17. Getting the best seats on flights
  18. How to reduce wait time at airports
  19. Best places to get wifi when traveling
  20. Finding the cheapest ways around in a new city

family travel

Family Travel

There are a TON of family blogs around and while I haven’t gone on full family vacations, I can see the struggles. It only makes sense that there would be help specifically for some of those struggles.  

If you’re a family travel blogger, then here are some ideas for you!

  1. Family vacation on a budget
  2. How to fly with kids
  3. Family travel bucket list
  4. Cheapest destinations for family travel
  5. Worst family travel moments
  6. Travel itinerary’s for families
  7. Best gadgets for family travel
  8. Travel planning resources for a family trip
  9. Packing list for family travel to [country]
  10. Advice for traveling with children
  11. Games to play on a road trip with kids
  12. What have you learned from traveling as a family
  13. Free activities for families in [destination]
  14. Best theme parks for families
  15. Snacks to pack for a family road trip
  16. Best cruises for families
  17. Best airlines for family travel
  18. Best budget destinations for family travel
  19. Eco-friendly family travel
  20. How to travel with a baby

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Solo Travel

This is an area of travel I’ve got experience in and there are a lot of stresses with traveling solo. So to start, if you’re mainly a solo traveler, I applaud you and hope these blog post ideas give you some topics to write on!

  1. Solo travel bucket list
  2. Safe accommodations for solo travelers
  3. Ultimate Guide to Solo Travel
  4. Solo traveler itineraries
  5. Personal experience of solo travel
  6. Guide to being a solo digital nomad
  7. Worst solo travel moments
  8. Making friends as a solo traveler
  9. Travel planning resources for solo travelers
  10. Safety travel tips for solo travelers
  11. Best Gadgets for solo travelers
  12. Gift guide for solo travelers
  13. Selfie guide for solo travelers
  14. Packing list for solo travelers to [country/city]
  15. Best travel credit cards for solo travelers
  16. What have you learned from solo travel
  17. Your most embarrassing solo travel experience
  18. Free activities for solo travelers in [destination]
  19. My scariest travel experience as a solo traveler
  20. Volunteering abroad as a solo traveler
  21. Best budget destinations for solo travelers
  22. Luxury destinations for solo travelers
  23. Eco-friendly solo travel tips
  24. Couch surfing as a solo traveler
  25. House sitting for solo travelers
  26. Vandwelling as a solo traveler
  27. Advantages of traveling solo
  28. Pros and cons of solo travel
  29. Myths about solo travel
  30. Activities to do as a solo traveler

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Couples Travel

This topic is essentially what most of this blog is about. I now travel primarily with the love of my life and we face numerous obstacles as a travel couple. A few of the ideas on this list will be on my blog in the future, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use them too!

  1. Saving money for couple’s travel
  2. Affordable things to do in [city/town] for couples
  3. Romantic getaways for [year]
  4. Romantic things to do in [city/country]
  5. Couples travel nightmares
  6. Resources for planning a couples trip
  7. Travel itineraries for couples
  8. How to get couple photos when traveling
  9. Packing list for couples travel to [country/city]
  10. Free activities for couples in [destination]
  11. Best cruises for couples
  12. Best budget destinations for couples
  13. Best honeymoon destinations
  14. Luxury destinations for couples
  15. Snacks to pack for a couples road trip
  16. Best anniversary destinations
  17. Best cities for a picnic
  18. Couples games to play on a road trip
  19. Couples massages in [destination]
  20. Exciting things for couples to do in [destination]

outdoors travel

Outdoors Travel

I love hiking, camping, and anything about the great outdoors! These ideas are only an overview and can be modified to fit so many different situations. 

  1. Outdoors enthusiast bucket list
  2. Cheap hiking destinations
  3. Camping trip nightmares
  4. Hiking trip nightmares
  5. Gift guide for hikers
  6. How to take phenomenal outdoors photos
  7. Packing list for camping anywhere
  8. Packing list for hiking [trail/mountain]
  9. How has camping changed your life
  10. Best boots for hiking
  11. Best pants for hiking
  12. My scariest outdoors experience
  13. Best glamping experiences
  14. List of glamping destinations
  15. Eco-friendly camping tips
  16. Pros and cons of camping
  17. Snacks to pack for camping/hiking
  18. Dangerous hikes around the world
  19. List of beach activities
  20. How to photograph wildlife
  21. Best places to go fishing in [country]
  22. Best golf resorts in [country]
  23. Wildlife tours in [destination]
  24. Hiking through [national park]
  25. Best daypacks for hiking

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Food & Drinks Travel

A major reason for travel for me is the history of the place I’m going. But, tied for that number one spot of why I travel is FOOD! I plan on writing more about food in the coming weeks and can only hope this helps other foodie lovers out there!

  1. Food guide for [city, country, etc]
  2. Cheapest restaurants in [city]
  3. Food delicacies from around the world
  4. Taking amazing food photos
  5. Best drinks to try in [city]
  6. Beer guide for [country]
  7. Best places to go wine tasting
  8. How to start a foodie travel blog
  9. Packing list for solo travel to [city/country]
  10. Vegan restaurants in [city]
  11. Vegetarian restaurants in [city]
  12. Staying on a diet while traveling
  13. Foods to avoid in [destination]
  14. Interesting facts about food in [destination]
  15. Dangerous foods from around the world

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Product Posts

A lot of bloggers make money through writing product posts and reviews, including me. These posts help to inform people interested in the products and support bloggers. That means eventually you’ll begin writing a product post of some kind and these are some ideas for getting you on the right path. 

  1. Best gadgets for traveling
  2. Cool gadgets to take on long flights
  3. Best smartphone apps for traveling
  4. Travel gift ideas
  5. Beauty products you pack for a trip
  6. Best books to read while traveling
  7. Travel essentials for a winter trip
  8. Travel essentials for a summer trip
  9. Best boots for trekking
  10. Best pants for trekking
  11. Best apps to learn a foreign language for travel
  12. Best shoes to wear on long flights
  13. Best travel pillows for flights
  14. Top cameras for travel photography
  15. Best travel backpacks for carry ons

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10 Must See Castles in Germany

Neuschwanstein

Germany’s Best Castles

One of my favorite things about living in Germany was visiting the numerous castles spread throughout the country.

Apparently, there are roughly 20,000 castles in the country, while the count may be off a little because of how castles are defined in different districts. From personal experience, I can attest there are a lot!

I can’t remember a road trip through Germany where I didn’t see at least one small castle on a hill somewhere.

So even if these castles aren’t what you’re looking for, I guarantee you’ll stumble on plenty of others!

Let’s get to it! These are (in my opinion) the best castles to see while you’re in Germany!

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein

This one shouldn’t come as a surprise and will be on every list of “castles in Germany”.

This fairy-tale castle is one of the most visited in Europe, averaging roughly 6,000 visitors a day! A lot of the rooms are open to view and walk through, so you get to experience much more than the outside.

When we first went to Neuschwanstein, it had been on my bucket list for years. Finally seeing it in person made was well worth the wait.

Once you get to the castle, there’s a short hike from a small town below up to the front gate. At first it looks like a normal castle (albeit very well maintained). Once you get inside, the history starts to fill your lungs and the castle only gets better the longer you’re there.

If you have the time, there’s an adjacent mountain to the hill the castle sits on. It can be easily reached with a cross of a bridge and short hike. This hillside gives some of the best views of the Neuschwanstein castle and is where many of the famous pictures come from.

Hohenzollern

Hohenzollern

Hohenzollern was the first castle I ever went to in Germany and it set some pretty high expectations for the rest.

After numerous constructions and rebuilds, the Hohenzollern castle takes up a fair amount of space on top of Hohenzollern Mountain. It can easily be seen from the road leading up to it and almost looks small from a distance. But don’t be fooled, there’s a lot of castle to explore!

Like many castles in Germany, Hohenzollern also has an onsite restaurant that I recommend. There’s nothing better than indulging in German history and food!

Schloss Heidelberg

Heidelberg

The earliest structures of this castle were built in the early 1200s, so it’s been a part of German history for a very long time. Its age is not the only interesting part of Schloss Heidelberg. The castle has been under numerous different rulers and once burned after being struck twice by lightning.

The castle has been reconstructed multiple times because of its unlucky history. But today it still stands strong atop overlooking the city of Heidelberg.

I recommend getting a tour of the grounds as there’s a lot to learn about the castle and the town below. Additionally, there’s a lot more to do in the city of Heidelberg and I loved every minute I spent exploring the city.

Lichtenstein

Lichtenstein

Located on the edge of the Swabian Alps, The Lichtenstein Castle is precariously positioned on the side of a small cliff. Similar to Schloss Heidelberg, this castle has gone through being destroyed and rebuilt multiple times.

Despite its rough history, it still stands strong and is a must-see destination for lovers of history.

Also, make sure you don’t go during December or January when the castle is closed. The first time we went, I made the mistake of assuming they were open during the winter. Surprise, they weren’t.

Mespelbrunn

Mespelbrunn

Remember all of those stories and movies growing up of moated castles with angry alligators in them? This is one of those castles! Ok, maybe there aren’t alligators swimming in the moat, but this castle still has a really cool moat.

Mespelbrunn isn’t the largest castle on the list, so don’t expect this to be an all-day touring event. That being said, there is still plenty to see and enjoy here!

Schwerin Castle

Schwerin

Another fairy-tale castle that will leave you awestruck; the Schwerin Castle is one of the best maintained castles in Germany.

The castle grounds are incredibly well kept, and gardens remind me of the scenery in Alice in Wonderland. Expect to be overwhelmed with the beauty and if you’re a real history buff, make sure you sign up for their guided tour through the castle!

Burg Rheinstein

The longer I go into this list, the more nostalgic I get for the home I had in Germany. This castle brings back even more memories of movie castles overlooking rivers and drawbridges to let in friends. Yes, the drawbridge for this castle is fully functional!

The castle overlooks the Rhine and is known as the Romantic Burg Rheinstein due to it’s amazing views and calming vibe. So, if you’re looking for a place to spend a romantic getaway during your time in Germany, this castle should be at the top of your list!

Burg Eltz

Eltz

A castle pulled directly from the Middle Ages, Burg Eltz holds a historic fantasy of a 1300s Germany.

Burg Eltz has the unique aspect of not being ravaged/damaged by war or disaster. It seemed many of Germany’s castles met unfortunate times, but Burg Eltz remains unscathed. In fact, many of the original furnishings are still in the castle today.

We’re also avid hikers and the Eltz area is full of amazing hiking opportunities, making this castle the perfect destination for outdoors enthusiasts.

Sigmaringen

Sigmaringen

The Sigmaringen Castle dominates the hillside overlooking the town below. While the castle has a lot of similar features to most German castles, the architecture has a strangely different feel, despite being so familiar.

Similar to Heidelberg, this castle sits above a city with a lot of attractions of its own, making it a great weekend destination! If you’re looking for a full German experience, castle, food, and experiencing the local economy, Sigmaringen is a great place to do it!

Lowenburg Castle

Visiting Lowenberg Castle will have you on your toes, as you’ll be expecting a dragon to appear and storm in at any moment. This castle is exactly what I picture in my mind when I think of a medieval castle.

Unlike most of the other castles on the list, Lowenburg isn’t that old. Being built in the late 1700’s (construction finished in early 1800’s), this fairy tale palace is actually younger than the United States of America.

Despite its young age, it still has a lot to see and history to offer. The inside itself is astonishing and I highly recommend the tour!

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Best Castles in Germany

My fondest memories of Germany were exploring castles. If you’re a person who loves to learn about history and walk around fairy-tale structures, then Germany is one of the best destinations to have on your list.

Don’t forget to take a break from the sights and enjoy some genuine German cuisine as well!

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50 UNIQUE Hiking Gifts – 2020

Unique Gifts for Hikers

50 Unique Hiking Gifts For Outdoors Enthusiasts

We love hiking and basically any outdoor activity that we come across. I’d say that roughly 90% of our trips have some camping or aspect of trekking.

That in mind, we also use a lot of supplies and small gadgets to make hiking easier for us since it can be a rough ride sometimes unless you’re glamping

We have things that help keep us comfortable while hiking and some things that hold food (those are my favorite).

Not all hikers are like us, but I guarantee there are numerous similarities in interest for many outdoors enthusiasts. So, I feel confident in recommending unique gifts for hikers, because I know that I would love them!

There’s a lot to choose from as well, so I understand that you may be overwhelmed looking through lists of hiking gear. That’s alright! Hikers love new gear and almost anything will be appreciated if it makes hiking a little bit easier.

Just read some of the suggestions and see what pops out, any of these will probably get a hefty thank you from an avid hiker.

Let’s not waste any more time and get to our list of great gifts for hikers!

Budget Gifts for Hikers

The list of gifts below are going to be separated by budget just in case you’re like us and love to save money!

 

Hiking Gifts Below $25

Thankfully there are plenty of options to save money and still surprise your friends or family with awesome hiking gear! These are not just cheap hiking gifts but are also quality options that will still be loved.

Stanley Classic Flask

Not many hikers expect to receive a gift to carry hooch in while they hike. But I guarantee there are a few people out there (me personally) that would love this gift! It comes in the classic Stanley green design and 3.2 ounces of whatever drink they want to fill it with.

Not everyone drinks though, that’s what the other options on this list are for!

Trekking Poles

I never even knew about trekking poles until I went to Germany and every person I walked by had them.

Have you ever went walking around as a kid and picked up the nearest stick to walk with? These are the grown-up versions that work a bit better than a stick.

We have a pair that we keep in the trunk of our car for local hiking trips and they really come in handy. You obviously still have to exert effort to walk around, but they do help balance and relieve some tension.

GearLight LED Headlamp 

A lot of the hikes we do are day hikes, but sometimes we’ll camp between hikes. There’s nothing quite like being in the outdoors for the night and gazing at the stars. But, a sure-fire way to ruin a night of camping or hiking is to stub your toe on a tree root or trip over a log.

The convenient and easy solution to the problem is a headlamp! I have one for late night hikes and really anything I need done when it’s dark out.

An Adventure Journal! 

We’ve gone on hikes all over the world and sadly there are certain aspects I struggle to remember. Ever have those moments where you know there’s something you forgot, but you just can’t remember what you forgot? I get those moments frequently when reminiscing on a trip and it wasn’t until recently that I got a journal to record our expeditions around the globe.

Pocket Chainsaw 

I don’t expect to be chopping down trees and building a log cabin during a hike. But sometimes during a camping trip it does help to be able to get some logs thicker than a twig for a fire. Having a convenient to carry and useful way to cut down a small tree is something any boy scout would make use of!

Stormproof Matches

So, you’ve cut down a tree with your pocket chainsaw, you’ve collected some kindling, and you’re ready to start a fire to cuddle up near. It sure would be a shame if the matches you brought were wet and useless. No surprise what the next statement is going to be, get waterproof matches! These are made to withstand the wet and cold conditions a hike can bring.

Oceas Outdoor Pocket Blankets

Need a blanket to keep you warm at a rest during your hike? This one isn’t it! But seriously, these blankets are thin and are mainly for laying out on the ground to avoid bugs and any wet areas. I just wanted to clear that up since blanket is in the name, it’s more of a very useful tarp!

UV Arm Sleeves

Hiking for hours on end means being outside, usually in direct sunlight. While I’ve been on plenty of hikes through a forest, there were just as many that were out in the open. If I had a pair of decent sleeves that were cool and could stop the sun, I would’ve avoided a few sunburns.

LifeStraw

A more affordable option to water purification, the Lifestraw cleans water as you drink it. It’s an awesome invention and very portable! This one might not be used every hike as most hikers carry water with them, it is great in an emergency or camping.

Hiking Socks!

I don’t think it’s a surprise to anyone that hiking means a lot of walking. Yes, having a good pair of boots is important, but so is having some solid hiking socks! I made the mistake of doing my first hike in ankle socks and that was a mistake I never made again. So, if you really want an affordable gift for that trekker of yours, get them some hiking socks!

Moleskins For Blisters

A not often talked about hiking amenity are moleskins, which are a life saver! While I was in the Army, they made a world of difference in how well my hooves were taken care of. A blister does more than ruin a hike, it ruins the next two weeks of walking anywhere. Using a moleskin to cover the blister prone areas helps stop the chafing and keeps them blister free!

Hiking Waterproof Raincoats

You can’t plan what the weather will do, and sometimes there’s rainy days. That doesn’t mean the hike has to stop and sometimes the rain doesn’t show up until you’re halfway through anyway. Having a ready to go raincoat is how you prepare for unexpected rain and if you’re getting it for a hiker, they need to be minimal. These raincoats are easy to carry along when folded and won’t weigh someone down!

Compass! 

For the more serious outdoors type, a reliable compass is a very useful gift, especially for someone interested in navigation. While there are a lot of other options for getting around (GPS and all) a compass is a reliable analog device that any hiker should know how to use with a map.

Funny Hiking Shirt

A simple gift for anyone, a funny hiking shirt is sure to get a laugh. Plus, who doesn’t wear clothes?

Tick Removers

Being an avid hiker means a lot of outdoors time. I grew up going hiking, fishing, and camping fairly often, and I had quite a few tick bites along the way. While it’s great if you can avoid them, the sad truth is sometimes people will get them. It helps to have a keychain sized tick remover handy to get rid of those pesky bugs!

Smartphone Gloves

It’s the 21st century and almost everyone has a smartphone, even hikers. At the same time, you want to keep your fingers warm and dry on a hike. So, why shouldn’t you be able to keep your hands comfy and still use your phone? These gloves solve that problem and make for a great gift for any hiker!

Portable Smartphone Tripod 

This goes along with the smartphone gloves. We love to take photos during our hike, and we have a small, moldable tripod just for it. I don’t expect to be able to find a stranger to take our photo (not in the middle of the woods), and this lets us get great photos without a phone balancing act.

Hand Warmers 

I’ve been on some chilly hikes and camping trips. While a fire is nice for camping, you can’t exactly hike with a fire by you. A few hand warmers in your pockets help keep the cold off and any hiker you give them to will be very grateful!

Portable Wine kit

Portable Wine Kit

There are options to get some beer to the end of a hike, why not some wine? If you have friends or family that are outdoors enthusiasts and wine lovers, this is the best possible gift for them! It’s also surprisingly affordable and basically acts as a camelback for wine.

Rite in the Rain Notepads

Obviously not a necessity, but these make a nice “stocking stuffer” type gift. They really come in handy if you know someone that likes to navigate the old-fashioned way, with a compass and map. Taking notes for directions and calculations is important, even if it’s raining.

Youphoria Quick Dry Microfiber Towels

These are easily the most underrated item for hiking. There’s no telling when a water bottle may leak in your bag and you’ll need help cleaning. Even if there isn’t a mess, people sweat hiking and having a quick dry towel (especially one that’s machine washable) is a blessing to have.

Sun Caps

I went hiking in Israel and regret not getting one of these earlier on. I got sunburnt on my neck despite wearing sunscreen, while the people I was hiking with had no hint of sunburn (they remembered their caps). You don’t need to hike in the middle east for these to come in handy though, the sun beats down everywhere and any hiker will love these!

Swiss Army Knife

A classic amongst any adventurer, the Swiss Army Knife is well known to be a notoriously useful multi-purpose tool. This one doesn’t need much explanation and it’s incredibly cheap considering the return value it provides, making it the perfect addon to any gift.

Water Purification Tablets

If you don’t think your friend or family member would like the life straw or think it’s a bit to big, there are plenty of other options for water purification. Thankfully, there are much more portable tablets that can be carried to clean up water to drink! While I would prefer either and they’re both affordable, the only real difference is the preference in portability.

Insect Repellent

I know, not the most exciting gift you could give. But trust me, a few insects can turn a great hike into a terrible one. It’s also one of the more affordable gifts on this list, making it another perfect “stocking stuffer”.

Sunscreen!

While sun caps and sleeves were mentioned, there’s usually more exposed skin despite best efforts. A simple bottle of sunscreen is an unexpected and unique gift. If you were planning on putting together a gift basket for your hiker friend, this is the perfect cheap addition.

Beanies!

Having hiked in all climates, a beanie is a very useful piece of attire for most places (except the desert of course). Depending on the climates your friend prefers for hiking, this may or may not be a good gift. If they often hike in cold and windy places, then this is perfect!

Hiking Gifts Below $50

A little higher on the pricing list are going to be more functional gifts that most hikers will take out on the trails with them. These are less novelty items about hiking, and more usable items that will make their trek more relaxing.

Celestron Monocular

Binoculars can be bulky and add weight when you’re hiking. That doesn’t mean a hiker shouldn’t be able to bird watch or have some way to view distant sights. The best solution is a monocular as it solves the same problem a binocular does but fits in your pocket.

Diamond Grip Traction Cleats

If you know someone who likes winter hikes or really just slips too much on the ice ever holiday season, traction cleats will probably be something they need. These are pretty self-explanatory in the name and they help keep grip in icy situations.

Portable Charger/Power Bank

It’s not the 1800’s anymore and every person I’ve seen on a trail has had some kind of electronics. Whether it’s a smart phone, GPS, or camera, every mountaineer will have a need to keep their devices charged. Sadly, the might oaks in the forest don’t have outlets to recharge, which is why any long hike will need a portable charger!

Outdoor Walkie Talkies

There are tons of uses to having hiking walkie talkies! The obvious safety ones are to communicate if you’re separated with whoever you’re hiking with. A lot of trails also have emergency channels that not many people know about, and you need a walkie talkie to use them. They’re also fun for kids if you know someone who goes camping often with their family. Altogether, these make a great gift for hikers and outdoors enthusiasts!

Portable GPS Tracker

While I always think a hiker should be able to read a map and compass, it doesn’t hurt to have some up to date technology. There are multiple types of GPS trackers, but I recommend one that can be tracked by your phone.

Hiking Jackets

Most people won’t be hiking in subzero weather, so they won’t need an arctic capable parka. However, it can get chilly on a trail and having a thin but breathable jacket can be very useful!

Selkirk Design Ultralight Food Bag Hanging System

This isn’t mainly for hiking, but for people who plan to camp outside during a hike. There are plenty of places around the world where campers may come across bears and like most animals, bears like food. Its essential to have some food storage system to keep food away from scavenging bears at night, hence why this hanging system was made! Let your friends keep their goods safe by having suspend-able bags to hang high enough out of reach of wildlife!

GOOD TO GO Meals

I can’t count the number of times when I was hiking and wanted more than a simple protein bar. I try to pack light and know there’s no restaurants hiding out in the wilderness, so you think I’d prepare better. I will now at least, since there are so many options for meals-to-go that are made for outdoorsy people who want more than crumbs.

Portable Coffee Maker for Camping

Some people are like me and just can’t do the morning without some coffee (espresso for me). It might be a little difficult to find a Starbucks on a night out camping, so you’ll need something to wake you up. The only option I can think of is to bring the coffee with you and make a nice brew right when you wake up!

If you do decide to buy this for someone, make sure they try it out before using it out camping so they can get a feel for how to use it.

YETI Vacuum Thermus

Even if you don’t get the portable coffee machine, chances are there’s a drink your hiker friend will want to keep cool/warm. I have yet to come across a Thermus that I didn’t like more than a YETI and can promise they have a very solid product!

Hiking Gifts Below $100

If you have a bit more to spend and want to get some gadgets with a little more oomph, this is the category for you! These are the budget options for great tech, but ones that still offer value.

Cold Weather Shirts and Under Shirts

The one shown here is a women’s under armour shirt that’s made for cold weather, but under armour also makes similar cold weather shirts. A under shirt is recommended because most trekkers will have a solid cold weather jacket, but some forget to properly dress in layers and this will help.

Sawyer Squeeze Water Filtration System 

This is another great gadget to carry on a hike where you expect to stop and camp. While many hikers will carry plenty of water, sometimes you run out unexpectedly and there’s nothing worse. Having a portable water filtration system eases the stress of running out of drinking water as long as you’ll be near a body of water when you hike.

Wall Maps of Trails

Hiking Wall Map

Being a lover of hiking and the great outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t appreciate when you’re at home. There are plenty of websites that offer prints of some of the most popular trails around the world. If you can find a trail map of one your friends completed hikes, I guarantee it will be loved.

Osprey Daypacks For Hiking

I’m sure you’ve seen the oversized hiking backpacks that aren’t great for storing an entire shopping center in, but not every hike needs the much preparation. Sometimes a simple day hike is nice (the most common we go on) and a smaller compact backpack is all you need for the little goods you’ll have.

So, if you know someone that does plenty of short hikes and might not have the best daypack, I highly recommend the Osrpey Daypack!

Hyperlite Versa Pack 

Versa Fanny Pack

I always carry a backpack during a hike, but a smaller waist pack is perfect for quick grab items. Any other hiker will tell you how inconvenient it is to unpack a bag full of stuff while trying to keep pace. A small waist pack keeps small snacks and items constantly at the ready.

Hiking Gifts ABOVE $100

Have some more money to spend and want to really surprise that special outdoors enthusiast in your life? These gift ideas are the mix of surprise and value that any hiker will love!

Petzl Via Ferrata Lanyard

Not every hike is a smooth walk up a little hill, sometimes there’s rock scrambling and climbing! A few of the more dangerous hikes need the proper equipment to handle and this is something for the thrill seeker who plans on scaling a few high places during their hikes.

The Via Ferrata is essentially a safe clip on to ropes that are usually laid through dangerous trails. This lanyard allows you to always be safe and constantly clipped onto the rope by only ever taking off one clip at a time (the ropes are held into the mountain by certain stakes and the only way to get around is to unclip from the rope and reclip past the stake).

Leatherman Wearable Multi-tool

Slightly more expensive than the usually multi-tool, this one has plenty of problem-solving gadgets on it but with much more portability. No more losing a tool in your bag when you can have it ready to go on your wrist!

VSSL First Aid Kit

There are cheaper options for first aid kits, but I wanted to add this one because of all that it has! If you don’t want to get this one and prefer a cheaper one, just make sure it has the essentials for safety and first aid. The VSSL is very compact and well designed to stand up to a hiking trip and still function.

GoPro Hero 7

While I have the GoPro Hero 7 listed here, any GoPro camera will be loved! We’ve been on some rock scrambling hikes and thankfully we had a GoPro to get some nice pictures on the climbs up. It’s not easy or safe to try and record something while climbing, so if you want to get a gift for that adventurer with a love of storytelling, get them a way to show you their stories!

Any Fitbit!

We got Fitbit trackers when the Charge 2 came out and they provide a lot of insight. My entire career has also been spent in IT and I have a love for data and analytics. So, being able to quantify how long and accomplishing a hike is feels great! If you have a friend or family member who’s an outdoor number cruncher too, then a fitness tracker is a wonderful gift!

Hiking Boots!

I can’t recommend a single pair of boots because everyone’s preference varies. But I can say that I bought a fairly expensive pair in 2014 and have had them for every major hike since then (currently 2020).

Having a reliable pair of boots is one of the most important items for hiking and if you decided to get a pair for a friend, definitely make a day out of it and take them with you! It may seem odd to take the person you’re getting a gift for to get the actual gift, but any hiker will be grateful and understand, as you can’t just grab any boots.

Portable Solar Panels for Hiking

These are more for the hikers that camp through their hiking trips, not the one-day trekkers. Having one of these keep all your electronics ready for use is invaluable. Imagine if your friend was relying on GPS to get them around on their trip and it suddenly died.

Bob Ross had some friendly trees, but you won’t find any friendly enough to provide an outlet. So that friend will need some way to ensure they can get recharged and back to safety. Hopefully, they have a power bank, but for long outdoor adventures you may need more.

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I hope this list was insightful and gave some ideas for gifts to get your outdoorsie friends! Getting a present will always depend on that type of person and only you’ll be able to decide what’s good for them. 

If there’s other ideas you’d like to suggest, please mention them below!

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5 BEST Irish Pubs in Stuttgart – Germany

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Best Irish Pubs & Bars in Stuttgart Germany!

I spent a wonderful three years in Stuttgart and had so many amazing experiences.

Germany as a whole has so much to do with the multiple fests, historical sites, and phenomenal beer! While the best place to flavor test German beer is at a fest, they only come around so often. So, what do you do the rest of the year for good beer? Go to a pub!

You can go to any pub in Germany and probably have a good time, but for English speakers and those with a wide range of tastes for beer, an Irish pub is the perfect place to be.

You get to choose from an assortment of different beers, whiskeys, etc., and all within a comfortable environment at any time of the year.

Also, if you’re like me and were stationed in Stuttgart Germany, then you’ll probably have a weekend spot you frequent. I’ve been to all the pubs on this list, but my weekend go-to was always The Auld Rogue (will mention later) as it was right next to Patch Barracks and only a short walk away.

Anyway, let’s get to the list of the best Irish pubs in Stuttgart!

The Auld Rogue

auld rogue

I probably spent a third of my weekends in Germany at this Irish pub. They offer beer and whiskey tastings throughout the year and I highly recommend getting tickets to both!

The price for the tickets compared to the drinks you get to taste are more than worth it, and they aren’t skimpy on the samples.

The Auld Rogue is also a common bar for local US military due to its proximity to one of the barracks.

So, if you’re also stationed in Stuttgart and looking for a bar that shows American Football and has a well-versed English-speaking staff, then you’ll find a home here.

Biddy Early’s Irish Pub

Biddy Earlys

This pub is another favorite of mine but located closer to downtown Stuttgart. They have live music on scheduled nights and a lot of different options for drinks.

Biddy’s is more than a simple Irish pub though and has very pleasing menu for food! Every time I was here, I also noticed a very young crowd. It seemed like this was a pub for everyone, but a favorite of those who were in their early 20’s.

O’Reillys Irish Pub

OReillys Irish Pub

I think the name gives away that it’s an Irish pub, but it does offer a different atmosphere than some. Like the others I’ve mentioned, this bar offers some great draft beer and a variety of drink options. But what makes this Irish bar a little bit different is their Tuesday night pub quiz!

So, if you like trying to solve difficult trivia while you inebriated, this is the place to be!

Paddy’s Irish Pub

Paddys Bar

A smaller cozy pub, Paddy’s is my place to go for a Kilkenny or Murphy’s Red. Like Biddy Early’s, Paddy’s offers live music on Friday’s and Saturdays.

If you want to wait for a good time to be here, I recommend in the summer when they open their beer garden for extra seating. Some of my favorite times in Germany were sipping on a cool beer in the summer sun!

The Dubliner

The Dubliner

Another great live music Irish pub, the Dubliner has A LOT of space to move around in comparison to the other pubs on the list. They have some of the best food on the list and seating in a comfortable wide-open space.

I don’t mind finding cramped bars every now and then, but it does feel nice to not bump elbows when grabbing a drink. If that’s your pet peeve, then the Dubliner is perfect.

Stuttgart Bars and Pubs!

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After three years in Germany, I still didn’t try all the beers I wanted to at each pub. The vast majority of beers and whiskeys I tried, I loved. So, don’t be concerned about trying something new, it’ll most likely still be amazing.

If you have other pubs or bars to recommend in Stuttgart, please leave a comment below!

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50 Funny Travel Memes – Vacation memes 2020

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I love traveling and experiencing the world. But, I also LOVE some funny memes and pictures. So, if I love both, why not mix them together?!

I came across some of the funniest and most relate-able travel memes on the internet and had to share them.

I mean, not every travel blog post needs to be focused on the “Top 10 Blah Blah Blah’s” and “1-Day Itineraries in [insert obscure location]”. Sometimes it’s nice to sit back and have some laughs over your favorite activity, travel.

There’s one for just about every moment of every trip I’ve taken, but these 50 are my absolute favorite vacation memes!

Funniest Travel Memes – 2020

Feel free to share these vacation memes on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, or anywhere else! We love to share the love of travel!

1. An Adventure?

For starters, this is the fluffiest Alpaca I’ve ever seen in my life. Also, what a pun!

Hilarious Travel Memes

2. No leg room 🙁

Seriously, most airlines act like people don’t have legs. I need at least some space to stretch on a 10 hour flight.

Best Vacation Memes

3. I have to at least grab something for the family

Every trip I go on I find myself grabbing at least two items for every family member, no regrets.

Funniest Vacation Memes

4. Travel Expectation vs Reality

How many times have you seen some amazing photos on instagram of a famous place, only to get there and it be busier than NYC Times Square.

Outrageous Travel memes

5. Still All About Travel

I use the coffee, to enjoy more travel.

Memes About Travel

6. How many times have I seen a drunk guy at 8AM?

I’ve seen it other places traveling, but it’s so normal to see someone drinking at an airport no matter the time. Airports are places where timezones don’t seem to apply in terms of drinking.

Funny Travel Pics

7. Another one, for how often I don’t have leg room.

Just imagine, a budget flight with no layovers and you can extend your legs greater than a 90 degree angle.

Funny Travel Pictures

8. No Better Feeling

It doesn’t happen often, but seeing that door close with no one next to me is the best feeling on a plane. Did someone say “comfortable plane nap”?

Funniest Travel Pictures

9. Sometimes I Don’t Pay Attention

Trying to save money on a flight is stressful and it’s horrible to overlook a two connection flight. But hey, my bank account won’t be hurting!

Best Vacation Memes

10. Sometimes I Think Ahead

Charging ports are somewhat common on the more pricey flights, but it’s so satisfying to have a fully charged phone before take off just in case. 

Hilarious Vacation Pics

11. Like wut?

I get size being an issue trying to fit items into overhead bins and below seats. But, having the same amount of weight just separated seems silly.

Flying Memes

12. Sharing is caring

I need an arm rest too! There’s no reason we can’t come to a compromise where I get all the arm rests and you get nothing.

Funny Airport Memes

13. It could be worse!

I mean, it is expensive sometimes though haha.

Traveling Memes

14. I always pack too much

Going on a trip for 2 days? Well let me just pack my entire closet! Who knows, it might snow in Florida so bring 18 jackets too.

Travel Packing Memes

15. Alright, that’s enough selfies

Let me sip my drink in peace.

Instagram Travel Memes

16. Budget World Explorers

Sometimes I like to just stare out the window and pretend there’s a beach in the yard.

Budget Travel memes

17. Peace out!

Shes got the spirit though, vacation in the backyard!

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18. Every Group Trip

Everyone is always hyped during the planning stage, but so few people are down to go.

Group Travel Memes

19. Traveling to Wal-Mart

I’ll just spend my vacation staring at travel pictures on pinterest instead. 

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20. It’s still a carry on

Apparently the entire closet is “essential”.

Girlfriend Travel Memes

21. Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions

There hasn’t been a worst feeling when traveling than to lose your luggage.

Funniest Airport Memes

22. Awkward moments on flights

I just want extra leg room.

Funniest Flying Memess

23. Browsing Skyscanner is Dangerous

How many times have you gone, “I deserve this”, and didn’t even think.

24. Worst Part of Travel

Most of my travel depends on just being able to get there and how much it costs.

25. Quick!

I’m rushing to leave on vacation!

26. Travel is a Priority

To each their own, but babies are expensive!

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27. Impatience is my worst personality trait

I love everyday, but the days I’m leaving for somewhere new is the best.

28. Never goes according to plan

We had a trip to London and of course, Big Ben was covered in scaffolding and it was foggy. Nothing like having plans for a site fall down.

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29. Ughhhhh

I love traveling, but there’s nothing satisfying about that early flight misery.

30. Pack like you’ll wear 3 pairs a day

I don’t know why I do this, but it’s so relate-able.

31. Too Many Souvenirs 

It’s always a surprise, because I could’ve swore I already packed too much just to get there.

32. It’s more than a passport

I don’t know why, but there’s definitely a nice feeling to seeing tons of different stamps in that little book.

33. Vacation Time!

It’s not the best decision, but I made it.

34. “Independence”

There’s nothing wrong with solo travel! I lived on my own plenty of times, how’s that different than traveling alone?

35. Say it again!

Just chill and let the solo travelers live life.

36. Sometimes I Crave Home

I know, we try local dishes all the time while abroad, but sometimes a classic cheeseburger is needed.

37. I’ve had enough!

I love grabbing a souveneir on a trip! But, I don’t love being harassed constantly to pay for overpriced goods that can be bought from any store in the country!

38. And now I’m stuck in it

The worst part is that now me and everyone near by is stuck smelling those stank feet!

39. Never Gunna Happen

Plane ticket prices dropping? Pfft, only in hindsight do plane ticket prices drop.

40. Challenge Accepted

I’ll get there eventually!

41. Confusing times

I absolutely commend multi-lingual people because my second language abilities are sub-par. 

42. Me Again

I love these travel memes so much!

43. Elite Class

I got upgraded once to first class on an international flight, life changing experience. Every time I woke up from a nap someone was handing me hot food.

44. Be Nice People

It’s not our country or culture, props to the people who respect that!

45. They’re both so enticing!

Backpacking in general is fun activity, no matter where you’re going.

46. It’s the most important part!

Budgeting mostly comes down to how much the plane ticket will cost to get there and back.

47. “I’m busy”

I can’t be bothered with life, I’m busy enjoying some relaxation.

Favorite Vacation Memes

48. Finally some DISTANCE!

Sometimes you just need a break and that’s ok!

49. These Prices Are Ridiculous

It’s insane, the economy of an Airport is like a country where no rules apply.

Best Travel Memes

50. Airport Security Will Always Stress Me

I never bring a single piece of contraband, but I always feel so judged! 

Funniest Travel Memes

Funniest Travel Memes!

I hope you enjoyed these few laughs to make your day a little better. Funny pictures aren’t exactly a remedy for not traveling, but they do give a great chuckle.

If you have any other awesome memes or funny travel moments, please share them below!

Also be sure to check out our 75 Best Travel and Wanderlust Quotes for more travel inspiration!

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5 BEST HOOKAH BARS IN PROVIDENCE RI

Best Hookah Bars in Providence RI

5 Best Hookah Bars in Providence RI

It’s a relaxing evening and you have a craving for some hookah, chill vibes, and good drinks. Providence has a lot to offer and thankfully there are also places that will fill those desires.

Having traveled to numerous places in Europe and the Middle East, we’ve tried hookah in quite a few different places. It tastes a bit different everywhere and a lot of the quality comes from how it’s prepared. So, for the places that we’re reviewing tonight, we’re looking at places that not only had good choices of flavor, but hookah bars that prepared everything just right!

Be sure to read about each one in their descriptions, because some of these are party places and some are a “sit down and eat” type dinner places.

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Nara Hookah Bar

Nara Hookah Lounge Providence

The Nara Lounge is a Middle Eastern café right on Atwells. They offer a full bar and some delicious choices for hookah! While I don’t usually eat when I smoke hookah, this place is the exception for me. They offer a lot of authentic Middle Eastern cuisine like Kibbee and Grape Leaves, food that’s fairly hard to find done right. There’s also plenty of space to move around and so don’t worry about being cramped.

Providence Byblos

Byblos Providence Hookah

This hookah lounge focuses less on food and more on the shisha! If you’re looking for a place just for smoking, having a few drinks, and nice conversation, this is it! Located on Meeting St, Byblos is in the heart of Providence. If you were planning a pub crawl or other festivities in the area, it’s a perfect addition to the list of things to do.

Sky Lounge

This one is near Providence but in Smithfield. I wanted to add it since it’s already close to the area and Twin River Casino. I know plenty of people that frequent the casino for fun and Sky Lounge is a great place to start the fun or end it. The lounge can also be rented for larger events, so if you have a celebration coming up and want hookah, look no further!

Pasha

Pasha Hookah bar Providence

This was actually the first hookah bar I ever went to in Rhode Island. It’s relaxing environment and they have a full bar to go along with some quality shisha. I know it sounds weird, but I’m also a fan of “bar food” and the wings they had here were just right. I had heard rumors that it can get packed occasionally, but the few times I’ve been there we had plenty of room and always found a spot.

Tel Aviv Waterfront

I saved this one for last because it’s much more than a simple hookah lounge. A much more upscale establishment, the Tel Aviv Waterfront has variety of menu options that would appease anyone with a Middle Eastern tongue or cravings of a New Englander. On top of great food and hookah, they offer a selection of cigars as well. While I’m not a cigar fan personally, it does add a little extra to their menu that you might like!

Check out more of Rhode Island!

Providence has a wide variety of things to do and great places to eat. But, Providence is all there is in Rhode Island and Newport offers some amazing eats and sites!