Backpacking

Best Preparation on Backpacking Travel

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There is an outstanding experience when it comes to backpacking travel as a backpacker is merely enjoying the beauty of panoramas on his destination without any limitation on visiting certain places. Surely, the concept of backpacking travel is different with package deals when tourists only visit some destinations, which are already planned by the travel agents. It means, backpacking travel is much more challenging.

Though backpackers only have to bring their ‘backpacks’, it does not mean that they should not bring important stuff. On the other hand, backpackers have to prepare for almost everything that they need, just like what they need when they feel the convenient of their homes.  There are some basic stuff that they have to bring to survive as they will spend most of the time outdoors.

It is best to make proper preparation before deciding to enjoy backpacking. What backpackers need include:

  • Tent
  • Eating utensils
  • Stove
  • Water purifier
  • First Aid Kit
  • Proper clothes depending on the destination’s weather
  • Adequate amount of meals based on the time period of traveling
  • Pocket knife
  • Compass
  • Headlamp

And so forth

For those who decide to have solo backpacking, they have to make better preparation because there are no companionship around. This is even more challenging because it is hard to find help, especially when a backpacker decides to go to a place where there are rarely public places. It is recommended to have good knowledge about the destinations before deciding to go backpacking—whether it is a solo backpacking or traveling within a group. Backpackers should make sure that they know what to explore so that there will be no difficulty later on. The most important aspect is safety and backpackers should really make their hiking adventure less risky with proper preparation.

Backpacking Destinations Miscellaneous

How to Plan an Unforgettable Out of the Country Vacation Part 2

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In the first part of this series, we discussed the first steps that need to be taken when planning an unforgettable destination vacation. Here, you will find a list of important tips that can help make your trip memorable.

  • Don’t sweat the small stuff. There is no such thing as a perfect plan. No matter how long you plan and even if you’ve planned everything out to the last detail, a few bumps in the road are sure to appear. For a stress-free vacation, don’t worry about them too much and just enjoy the ride.
  • Make sure all your documents are ready. There are countries that require additional documents such as visa, permits, and so on to be presented by tourists. Research on the documentation requirements of your destination before leaving for your trip.
  • Don’t forget your camera. While memories do last forever, it is still important to have a few snapshots of your vacation so you can show them to your future grandchildren. Along with a camera, make sure you have extra batteries and memory cards in your bag at all times.
  • Don’t hole up in your hotel room. While it may be tempting to just laze around in your hotel bed all day, you didn’t travel endless miles just to sleep. Make sure to explore the city, see the sights, and get to know the culture that your destination has to offer.
  • Be an adventurous eater. One of the first things your friends back home will be asking you about is the food. Saying you ate nothing but burgers and fries is not the best way to convince them that you had the time of your life. Step out of your comfort zone and try out the local cuisine.

 

Air Travel Miscellaneous

How to Plan an Unforgettable Out of the Country Vacation Part 1

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If this is your first time to take an out of the country vacation, it is important that you plan your trip carefully so you won’t experience too many hiccups. First however, you need to decide where you want to go and take a look at your finances to see if it can sustain a vacation in your desired destination. You can easily do this by reading through travel reviews that can be found online. More often than not, these reviews include prices and pieces of advice for future travelers.

When you’ve already decided where you want to go, the next thing to do is to book your plane ticket. Yes, book your plane ticket before you start shopping around for a hotel. Having a plane ticket ready will make you even more eager to embark on your vacation.

Booking your hotel is the next thing that you should do after you’ve purchased your ticket. Never think that it’s too early to book your accommodations because you can enjoy a lot of savings by booking early. Also, this will ensure that you would be able to get a room in your first choice of hotel.

Lastly, make a list of the places you want to see and the things you want to do while you’re there. This will allow you to maximize your vacation time. Furthermore, it will ensure that you won’t be missing out on the things that you’ve been most excited to do.

Travel Deals

Last – Minute Travel Deals

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Today there are many interesting travel deals; you can go on cruises with great discount, very cheap flights, even luxurious really cheap deals etc. Among the most exceptional travel deals are those that come in the last minute, and if you try and look harder on the internet you can find really cheap last minute deals. Last minute travel deals can be really cheap and are more for those that are more adventurous and open – minded.

When you are looking for last minute travel deals, if you have a certain destination in mind, you should focus on it and do research about the deals in that region, look for places that are near the location you want to visit, because some less commercialized and less popular places are much cheaper than top tourist attractions, and you can move from your staying place to your goal destination by public transport or rented bike, motorbike or car.

It is advised that you look for last minute deals in organized vacations in package tours, it can be cruises or group trips and when someone cancels the agents are looking for someone to quickly fill the place and prices are getting really low in this case. You can also visit travel agencies and notify them that you can attend such trips so they can offer you the deal first. Another way to find last minute deals is to look for online communities for this sort of deals, when it comes to last minute travel deals you should be more open and grab the opportunities. Be sure to have all that you need for a trip at your home, so you can get ready fast and be able to leave as soon as possible.

Business Travel

Business travel to Brazil

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As the economy of the South American continent is getting stronger and stronger, there are more and more business travelers that are on a visit in one of the countries, and most of the visits are in one of the largest by population countries in the world, Brazil. Brazil is now becoming one of the largest economies in the world and it is a market that should be seriously be considered as one of the most important in the world, and this is the main reason why many business travelers are visiting the country.

When a business traveler arrives in Brazil his mission is either a visit on the trade shows and fairs, which are very common to cities like Sao Paolo, but also a visit in the Brazilian companies, where foreign businessmen are appreciated and well received. If you plan a business trip to Brazil you should only care not to visit during the big holidays, such as the Carnaval. Beside the above mentioned Sao Paolo, another famous but also good business destination is Rio de Janeiro, there are 2 airports in each of the cities so flying to these cities will not be a problem.

The biggest and most important business center in Brazil is Sao Paolo; it is where most of the business travelers head to. Business meetings in Brazil are not much different from most of the modern countries, such as USA, business attire is suit and it is becoming even more informal, expect the meeting to be over lunch or dinner. If you go in the medium or the smaller cities expect to be invited for lunch or dinner in the host’s homes and with their families, this is where the real bonds are made.

Business Travel

Business travel – tips

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When you are doing business, traveling for conducting business it is a common and it may happen very often, so there are many tips on how to ease your business trip and make it more pleasurable and interesting adventure.  So here are few tips that may help you when organizing and during the trip.

When packing your bag be sure to take the necessary clothes, you can check the weather conditions of your destination and take appropriate clothes, do not take clothes or accessories that you might not use, because of the extra luggage fees flying companies are charging.  When packing you should be sure to place your documents in an envelope that you can easily spot, so when you need them you can get them out quickly, having a copy of all your documents is very good option.

Business trip can be organized online, there are rental car companies and you can find them on the internet, whether you are looking for regular car or you need to impress your business partner and rent more luxurious cars all can be easily arranged on the internet.

When going abroad or in locations that are far from your home, check the health conditions in the country you are visiting, take necessary vaccinations, insect repellents or any other medicaments. If you are traveling for longer periods and your travels are frequent be sure to wear comfortable clothes and you can buy travel socks. There are studies that show that around 20 % of the business travelers catch cold, so take some vitamins and minerals too, and pack some healthy snacks such as granola bars and fruits like apples, enough for the flight. Take some reading material with you, so you can relax before sleeping.

Backpacking

Backpackers in New Zealand

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New Zealand is one of the most famous countries for filming locations, and on the islands of New Zealand several blockbusters were filmed including the three parts of The Lord of the Rings, the Star Wars series, and the Hobbit who was entirely filmed on the island, the North and the South islands. In these movies you can see the majestic scenery of the country, great mountains with snowy peaks and beautiful green hills, and beneath them plains of green and the sight of the sea.

If these were enough reasons to visit New Zealand, grab you backpack and start to explore the islands, you will experience beautiful nature untouched by human hand, hiking and tracking on the numerous trails and tracks in the mountains, there are also tours that offer visits to the filming locations of the lord of the rings. While you are in the mountains and in nature you can see the abundant and unique flora and fauna of these most remote regions of the world. If you are more into walking and sightseeing head to the capital city of Wellington which quite cheap, yet beautiful, there are several museums that deserve to be seen in the city.

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Although New Zealand’s tourism is on the rise, prices are not that expensive and this is especially good for backpackers and those travelling on a low budget.  There are many bus lines on the islands that are cheap and perfect for backpackers, trains are also good option for moving around the island. When it comes to accommodation, hostels are the first choice of backpackers, it is cheap and it is a great way to make new friends from all around the world, and hostels in New Zealand offer many extras. There are many possibilities and things to be done in New Zealand for everyone.

Backpacking

Backpackers in New Zealand

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New Zealand is one of the most famous countries for filming locations, and on the islands of New Zealand several blockbusters were filmed including the three parts of The Lord of the Rings, the Star Wars series, and the Hobbit who was entirely filmed on the island, the North and the South islands. In these movies you can see the majestic scenery of the country, great mountains with snowy peaks and beautiful green hills, and beneath them plains of green and the sight of the sea.

If these were enough reasons to visit New Zealand, grab you backpack and start to explore the islands, you will experience beautiful nature untouched by human hand, hiking and tracking on the numerous trails and tracks in the mountains, there are also tours that offer visits to the filming locations of the lord of the rings. While you are in the mountains and in nature you can see the abundant and unique flora and fauna of these most remote regions of the world. If you are more into walking and sightseeing head to the capital city of Wellington which quite cheap, yet beautiful, there are several museums that deserve to be seen in the city.

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Although New Zealand’s tourism is on the rise, prices are not that expensive and this is especially good for backpackers and those travelling on a low budget.  There are many bus lines on the islands that are cheap and perfect for backpackers, trains are also good option for moving around the island. When it comes to accommodation, hostels are the first choice of backpackers, it is cheap and it is a great way to make new friends from all around the world, and hostels in New Zealand offer many extras. There are many possibilities and things to be done in New Zealand for everyone.

Air Travel

Fly to Paris

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The hometown of many French writers and historically important characters, of many movie actors and singers, the city of great architecture and some of the greatest and majestic museums is Paris. The capital city of France is one of the most famous cities in the whole world, but it is also one of the most expensive cities. This is why, especially when you travel on a tight budget, you should try to lower your expenses when it comes to travel costs, cutting on costs for air tickets to Paris is important because Paris is one of the most expensive cities in the world.

So if you plan to visit Paris be sure to explore more and find yourself an air ticket on acceptable price. If you plan to visit during winter or autumn you can find much cheaper flights, almost any flying company includes flying to Paris and many low – cost companies are travelling to Paris also. In order to have a much cheaper flight, the best solution always is to book the flight as early as possible, because of the discounts offered on an early booking.

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There are three international airports in or near Paris, Charles de Gaulle International Airport is the major airport of the city, Orly and Beauvais are the other two. Once you have arrived on the airport, you can take a bus to the center of the city and it takes half an hour to hour, there are frequent traffic jams on the roads. The train takes you to the center of the city for a little more than half an hour and it is one of the cheaper transports, although everything in Paris is expensive and prices in the airport are really high.

 

Travel Deals

La Tomatina – Valencia

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La Tomatina is a festival held in the town of Bunol, Valencia in the country of Spain. The date of the festival differs as it is held at the last Wednesday of August each year, and the festival is also known as the biggest food fight in the world. The festival has its origins back from the 1945 and it has been held ever since, it began with a tomato fight amongst little children.

Although the fight last for one day, the festival itself goes for a week and it features many activities and events, such as dancing and music, parades, fireworks, cooking competitions etc. Because the town of Bunol is small and because of the fact that many locals, but now also many tourists from all around the world, come to visit the festival, accommodation is hard to be found during the festival, this is why many tourists stay in Valencia and travel to Bunol, which is less than 40 km distance.

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The main event happens at the last Wednesday of August and it begins in 9 o’clock at the center of the town, where pastries and delicacies are given to the visitors as breakfast. At 11 o’clock trucks with tomatoes arrive at the center of the town, a soap greased pole is erected where a leg of ham is hanged, when someone is brave and strong enough to climb and take the ham, the festival is ready to start. The start is announced with water cannons and the battle begins. It is allowed to throw only tomatoes and smash them a before throwing them, participants are also advised to wear goggles. After one hour of tomato projectiles the festival fight ends again with the signal of the water cannons. After this participants go to wash themselves in the river or where they are accommodated and authorities immediately start the cleaning of the town.

Destinations

Vietnam – new tourist destination

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Vietnam is an eastern Asian country, and it is among the most populated countries in the world. When it comes to the name of Vietnam, everyone connects it with the Vietnam War and the American intervention in this war. But this country has much more to offer than history connected to the war, and this is why Vietnam is now one of the most visited countries in Asia. Aside from places that are connected with the war, there are many architectural building to visit in the country, spectacular natural beaches and beautiful natural sites such as rice field and rivers.

If you are in Vietnam one place that you should surely visit is the descending dragon, this is the meaning of the Ha Long Bay, there are over 3000 islands here that promise wonderful time and many activities such as swimming and water sports, exploring beautiful nature etc. If you are interested solely in beaches than you should visit the Danang beach; with nine resorts of beaches and many establishments that serve typical Vietnam cuisine.

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Hanoi is the capital city of the county, although it is not the biggest. Hanoi is the cultural and historical center in Vietnam, there are many French colonial buildings to see, especially in the French Quarter, where the old building are well preserved and with the many small streets  it reminds of a typical French suburb. There is a beautiful lake in the center of the city where you can stop to relax and enjoy. If you are interested into royal history of the country you should visit the Hoa Lu, the ancient royal complex, dedicated to the King Dihn and Le, who lived in the 10th century. In the southern part of the country is the Mekong Delta, where you can see diverse flora and fauna and engage in many activities.