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7 Best Breweries in Bozeman Montana

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Sweet mountain air, the allure of mother nature, and phenomenal beer. Ok, maybe Bozeman Montana isn’t mainly known for phenomenal beer, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t be. But it’s difficult to be known for anything other than the great outdoors when Montana is such an amazing place to experience nature.

What’s a great end to a day of exploring? A cool beer!

While Yellowstone, Hyalite Canyon, and other prominent attractions bring people through Bozeman, some of their breweries are perfect reasons to stay a little bit longer.

But where do we start? What kinds of beers are there? We’ll get to those questions now!

Best Breweries in Bozeman!

Mountains Walking

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The first brewery that stands out in Bozeman is Mountains Walking.

Mountains Walking has a deep respect for brewing and always ensure quality. Offering Ales, IPAs, Lagers, and more, you’ll find anything to match your taste here.

If you’re like me and have a sweet tooth, try out their Nitro Vanilla Cream Ale. Sure, many people may have reserves about a vanilla beer, but trust me, when done right it’s magical.

Nordic Brew Works

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I know we’re looking for breweries and unique drinks, but if you’re going to have a great drink you should have it with a great meal.

Nordic Brew Work is just the place for that, having some very unique menu options that perfectly accent many of their brews. If you’re not looking for a unique meal though, they offer the classic beer brat. To me, there’s nothing that matches better with a beer than a bratwurst.

Map Brewing

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Map Brewing has a similar passion for brewing as all of the breweries on this list. But Map Brewing has some interesting beers to select from.

They don’t have the longest menu compared to others on this list, but I think they are worth the try for what they have. Honestly, I always heard that the smaller the menu, the better the selection. While it may not always be true, those who specialize in a few beers (or dishes), tend to do them right.

Lockhorn Hard Cider

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Maybe you’re not a pale ale or IPA kind of person. There are other options in Bozeman like Cider!

Lockhorn has a great collection of hard ciders to choose from with some interesting flavors. As an add on, the ciders are gluten free!

Bozeman Brewing

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Bozeman Brewing has one of the widest menus we’ve found and offers a lot of tasty opportunities.

They also do a great job of giving back and offer a Sunday FUNday where 50 cents of every pint sold goes to a non-profit of the day.

They have year-round options for beer, but some seasonal, so make sure you check online before you go to see what will be available during your visit.

Bunkhouse Brewery

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Bunkhouse is similar Map Brewing in having a slightly smaller menu, but still being astounding.

Personally, I lived in Germany for 3 years so their Bavarian Hefeweizen is made for me! If you have a sweet tooth, they also have the Bozar the Bozarian, essentially a banana beer!

406 Brewing

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406 Brewing has an interesting selection that will cover every craving.

Most of their choices listed at time of writing are ales, so if you’re not into ciders and other options listed prior, this may be a good choice!

Enjoy Bozeman!

There’s a lot to do in Montana and Bozeman is a great place to be. The breweries above are a great thing to try when you’re there, but make sure you experience some of their rich culture and outdoor experiences!

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Campingplatz Tegernsee – Where to Camp at Lake Tegernsee

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What and Where is Tegernsee?

Tegernsee is a tourist town located in the Bavarian Alps with a very popular lake unsurprisingly known as Lake Tegernsee. It’s roughly an hour drive south of Munich, so if you’re flying in that may be the best airport.

There are a few attractions around the town such as a monastery and other historical sites. Honestly, there is a lot of history to this town, but that’s no surprise as it’s been around since the 6th century AD.

For outdoors enthusiasts, the lake offers a base camp to plenty of relaxing hikes in the area. For beer lovers, some of the best breweries in Germany!

Despite all the history to experience and beer to drink in Tegernsee, the main destination for visitors is the lake!

All of these attractions are great, but where do you camp in Tegernsee?

Campingplatz Tegernsee? Where to camp?

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While you can theoretically plop a tent anywhere, I only include ASCI surveyed sites to ensure the things recommended met safety standards.

Because of this, there is only one ASCI listed campsite in Lake Tegernsee, and that it Campingplatz Wallberg. The campsite has many of modern-day amenities, including wifi coverage, an on-site restaurant, and allows dogs (on leads)!

What to Bring Camping at Lake Tegernsee

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While Campingplatz Wallberg offers many amenities, there are still a few things to bring with you.

To camp on the site, you’ll need some form of ID, an ASCI ID card would suffice.

Additionally, having a tent should go without saying, unless you’ll be in a camper. After that, some on hand cash (euros) will help in case of emergencies and the main necessities like bottled water and food. Sure, there’s a restaurant, but the campsite also allows grilling!

Enjoy Tegernsee!

Whether you’re going for hiking or sightseeing in Tegernsee, be safe and enjoy your time!

The entire area has so much to offer that it’s sure to be a memorable time.

If you’re looking for other outdoors opportunities in the Alps, check out our guide to visiting Zugspitze!

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3 Days in Wadi Rum Jordan

3 Days in Wadi Rum Jordan

Traveling to Jordan is one of the most amazing travel experiences I’ve had. There is so much history and archaeological sites that are beyond astonishing and if you have only 3 days to spend in Jordan, I highly recommend you spend time planning in advance.

Also, be sure to learn some of the basic Arabic greetings and phrases, it will definitely set you ahead!

What is Wadi Rum?

Wadi Rum is a gorgeous desert set in southern Jordan, filled with rolling sands, massive rock structures, and a breathtaking night sky. Also, known as “Valley of the Moon”, Wadi Rum is a 720 square kilometer UNESCO World Heritage site with an interesting history.

It was inhabited by humans as early as 12,000 years ago as shown by the ancient petroglyphs and inscriptions from around the desert. It was even once home (temporarily) to the Nabateans, the builders of Petra.

Today the desert still plays a role in housing Bedouins who live in the desert and acting as a stage for numerous Hollywood productions such as The Martian, Lawrence of Arabia, two Star Wars movies, Dune, and even the live action remake of Aladdin.

How to Get to Wadi Rum

How to get to Wadi Rum

There are a few ways to get to Wadi Rum depending on your preferred type of transportation and where you’re coming from.

The choices you’ll find in getting to Wadi Rum are to rent a car, take a taxi, or take a bus from a nearby city/tourist destination. If you’re renting a car, I simply recommend getting GPS or a map, as that’s the easiest way to get there. Also, if you’re camping in the desert, no tourist is allowed to drive through the desert.

So, you’ll either be parking at the visitor center (which costs 5JD to enter or free with the Jordan Pass) or Rum village and will be picked up by your host and taken into the desert.

If you’re coming from Aqaba there are buses/minibuses that can take you to the Wadi Rum turn off. If decide to take a taxi from Aqaba, it should be around 35 JD to get to the visitor’s center.

Coming from Petra a taxi will cost the similar 35 JD but a bus costs 7 JD and will take you to the Visitors Center or Rum Village. The bus can also be scheduled to pick you up from your hotel in Petra.

Where to stay in Wadi Rum

Where to Stay in Wadi Rum

Wadi Rum has quite a few comfortable camping spots in the desert, some surprisingly luxurious considering the location. Self-camping is an option, but you’ll still need to find a way into the desert, pack food and water accordingly, and be fully prepared for any emergencies.

Honestly, self-camping is not going to be a relaxing time in Wadi Rum unless you have a vehicle to take you around.

The option we chose and recommend was staying at one of the camps with shelter, food, and transportation provided.

A luxurious option of these is the Wadi Rum Bubble Luxotel. I know you’ve probably seen the see-through bubble tents being advertised and these are those tents. Take in the Wadi Rum sunset and night sky from the comfort of your tent and enjoy all amenities necessary for a relaxing time.

Another cheaper option would be the Wadi Rum Green Desert campground.

They offer similar amenities such as food and showers, but the washrooms are public and there’s no see-through roof in your tent. By no means should the discount option be assumed “cheap”. The hosts of the camp were incredibly nice and very helpful on anything we needed.

We went with the cheaper option to save money as we were there to see the sites around Wadi Rum as exploring was our focus.

3 Days in Wadi Rum

3 Days in Wadi Rum Jordan

All of this rich history and only so many days to see it. Let’s see how to separate some of Wadi Rum’s most iconic sites to fit into a 3-day schedule.

Day 1 in Wadi Rum 

Every day will have breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so be sure to plan around those as well.

To start with which sites to see, coming into the visitor’s center will be the start of the adventure. Upon reaching the desert gates, you’ll see the first site.

Seven Pillars of Wisdom

Seven Pillars of Wisdom Wadi Rum

Viewable left of the visitor’s center is the first notable landmark of Wadi Rum, the Seven Pillars of Wisdom. Named after the famous book of T. E. Lawrence “Seven Pillars of Wisdom”, is a massive rock formation with the base of the rock dating back to 4.6 billion years ago!

Lawrences Spring

Lawrence’s Spring is next on the list since it’s not far after leaving Rum Village to get toward your camp.

Also named after T. E. Lawrence and his influence during World War 1, helping to fight against the Ottoman Empire. Visiting the site won’t take long but will be a nice place to experience some history and prepare for your time in Wadi Rum.

Khazali Canyon

Khazali Canyon Wadi Rum

Khazali Canyon can be seen shortly after Lawrence spring.

All of these sites on the first day are relatively easy to see and won’t take up a load of time. I think it’s best that way since you’ll spend some of the day arriving to Wadi Rum, getting a ride ready to go into the desert, and need time to settle into your camp.

Khazali Canyon will take maybe 30-45 minutes to explore and is worth the visit! It may be a little crowded depending on when you go, but it didn’t make it harder to see any of the canyon writings or navigate the area.

Day 2 in Wadi Rum

Obviously, these sites don’t have to be seen in this order, because the best route for the day will depend on where your camp is. But all are close compared to the rest of the sites.

Um Frouth Rock Bridge

Um Frouth Bridge Wadi Rum

The Um Frouth Rock Bridge offers a very interesting sight and some sweaty heights to experience. It’s not a frightening experience, but if you’re very wary of heights, I wouldn’t recommend walking across the bridge itself.

Although, access to the bridge isn’t a hazard and can be accessed fairly easy. So even if you don’t want to cross the bridge, there is still a wonderful view from the top.

Abu Khashaba Canyon

An interesting walk through time in the Wadi Rum, Abu Khashaba Canyon houses shrubbery and life despite being in the middle of a desert.

The hike through the canyon may take 30-45 minutes and will be a nice reprieve from any sun that has been beating down on you throughout the day.

Burdah Rock Bridge

Burdah Rock Bridge

NOTE: If the Frouth Rock Bridge was too high for you, this one will be too. This one is significantly higher and will trigger those little belly rumbles you get from being up to high.  

If you’re fine with the heights, then the Burdah Rock Bridge will be an incredible hike. I would set aside roughly 3 hours to hike up and back as it’s a time-consuming hike. Because of the time, heat, and severity of the hike, it’s also not a trip for anyone who isn’t physically able to hike for prolonged periods of time.

Sunset at Um Sabatah

Overlooking the Wadi Rum desert is a tall mountainous structure known as Um Sabatah, a landmark to native Bedouins. It also offers a wonderful spot to end the day.

Um Sabatah offers a unique view over Wadi Rum from its cliff side and is a common spot for tourist to view the sunset. While it may get a little crowded, it will come as no surprise once the sun begins to set. Just make sure you have safe transport back to whatever camp you’re staying at.

Day 3 in Wadi Rum

Day 3 in Wadi Rum Jordan

The final day!

Hopefully the first two days are as rewarding as they were for me, but it’s not over yet!

Little Rock Bridge

Little Rock Bridge Wadi Rum

If the two rock bridges mentioned earlier in our list were too high, then this one is more relaxing and much less stressful in terms of height. There is still a little hiking to get to it, but it was not very exhaustive.

It did offer an awesome sight over Wadi Rum and was a nice place to spend some time and really take in all that the desert has to offer.

Al Ramal Red Sand Dune

Al Ramal Red Sand Dune Wadi Rum

This was an unexpected stop for us that our guide surprised us with. We were heading back to camp to stop here and take a short hike to the top.

If you’re looking for a little rush, they have sand boards available and can ride the sand dune like snowboarding down a mountain! Just be sure to let your guide know ahead of time so they know to have boards ready.

Make sure before you ride down, you take time to appreciate the peak. At the top of the Al Ramal Sand Dune is hard rock to stand on and take in Wadi Rum. It also offers a magnificent view of Khazali Canyon.

Lawrence House

Rumored to be a place where Lawrence stayed during his time in Wadi Rum, Lawrence’s house is in ruins but still a historical spot.

It’s also very popular for its unique views over the desert.

Enjoy Jordan!

Wadi Rum Jordan

If you’re going to Jordan for Wadi Rum, it’s worth staying longer to see the rest of the country. All of Jordan is rich in history and there is so much to see. Which means that if you’re spending 3 days in Wadi Rum, you may need to plan plenty of more time for the rest of the country!

If you’re interested in other places to see in Jordan, check out our Best Places to Visit in Jordan list!

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Waterproofing a backpack – how to make your backpack waterproof

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How to Waterproof a Backpack

Any hiker, camper, or outdoor enthusiast will tell you there’s nothing worse than an unexpected downpour. Sadly, I’ve been in a few situations where I’ve been three hours into a hike that was expected to have clear skies, just to have rain suddenly ruining my backpack.

A little preparation and a few supplies can save you (and me) from the headache of having a soaked backpack.

Rain isn’t the only reason to waterproof a hiking backpack, there are plenty of other reasons! If you’re planning on kayaking, boating, or even hiking through waterfalls, a waterproof backpack is a must.

Thankfully there are a few ways to waterproof your backpack to prepare for any of the previously mentioned activities. So, let’s get to learning how to waterproof any backpack.

Method 1: Waterproof Spray and a Seam Sealer

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A waterproofing spray is must have for multiple reasons other than a backpack, so keep it handy even after you have your backpack waterproofed.

The function of a waterproof spray is to coat or re-coat a materials already natural ability to resist water. Some backpacks are already water resistant, so adding a waterproofing spray will just improve its ability to avoiding leaking.

There are a few steps to take before you waterproof your bag. First, properly clean the bag and all surfaces that are going to be sprayed. This way all dirt and grime won’t be stuck to the bag after applying the spray. After the backpack dries it’s ready to be waterproofed. Apply a single coat to the backpack and allow the coat to settle, more coats can be applied if necessary.

After the spray is dried, a seam sealer can then be put over any seams of the backpack. Note that a waterproof spray will only make the fabric waterproof and that liquids can still get through any open zippers or holes in the bag.

Method 2: Using a Backpack Rain Cover

A waterproofing spray will help immensely when keeping the contents of your backpack safe. But there are other options to maintain the integrity of your backpack. Another option is to have a dedicated backpack rain cover to seal your backpack in.

Some hiking backpacks come with a dedicated rain cover when they are bought, but that’s not always the case. If not, there are a few that can be found on Amazon to fit whatever backpack you may have.

Method 3: Using a Dry Bag to Secure Your Backpack

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A dry bag is essentially a bag to keep the contents of your backpack or whatever else you put inside of it, dry. Big surprise I know, but this is a very secure and safe way to keep all your goods dry.

These bags come in a variety of sizes, so there should be one for whatever backpack size you have. It’s important to ensure the bag is properly closed though, because it not it defeats the purpose of using the bag at all.

Extra: Using Plastic Bags to Secure Your Items

This isn’t necessarily a way to waterproof your backpack, so it’s not being listed as an actual number. Instead, this idea is to help protect your items in case your backpack hasn’t been waterproofed.

Fairly often I’ll carry some plastic shopping bags when I hike or camp to keep food in. If you expect your backpack to get wet enough that water may seep through, placing your valuables in a plastic shopping bag will easily keep them dry. The important part here is to tie the bag properly and ensure that no water can get through the opening.

If you have more than one shopping bag, it would be even better to wrap the first one into the second. Having the second bag covering the opening of the first bag means no water will drop through it and the second bag can be tied underneath the first.

Stay Dry!

Hopefully this guide helped and gives some idea on how to ensure your backpack stays water free. If there are any further questions on waterproofing a backpack, then please leave a comment below!

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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

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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]

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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!

Enjoy the Castles!

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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Amazing Castles in Germany

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Best Castles in Germany