Backpacking

Basic Backpacking Tip – Packing the Backpack

Not every one will like the idea of backpacking. But if you are the outdoorsy type, this is one holidaying activity that you will surely enjoy. Backpacking simply means going on a holiday without all the luxury of hotels, resorts and shopping spree activities. When you go backpacking, you will have to carry your backpack with you most of the times and that means you need to be physically fit.

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Live on the Edge Cheaply

Backpacking is all about living on edge and living mostly without hot showers. It is the cheap alternative if you want to hop from one destination to another if you do not have the money for luxury cruises. Backpacking is fun as long as you come prepared.

Choose the Right Backpack

Embarking on your backpacking trip starts with preparing your backpack. The first thing that you need to do is to choose the right size of the backpack; choose one that is too big and you may have a hard time storing it on trains and planes, too small and you may not have enough room for your essentials and some take home goodies.

Make sure that your backpack is made of durable material as you will be taking it everywhere you go and it will be your lifeline during the entire trip. Choose one with as many straps as possible; you will need to ensure that the weight of the backpack is evenly distributed in your body.

Pack that Backpack

Next you need to ensure that you will bring enough clothes and of course the right ones. Deciding on the clothes to bring as well as other essentials like medications, toiletries, sandals and your gadgets is an important factor. You do not want to be heavily burdened with a backpack full of unnecessary items, so just what you need and you can purchase the rest on your destinations.

 

Destinations

Backpacking Asia – Laos

Laos is the perfect backpacking destination if you are looking for unspoiled natural and relaxing natural landscapes. This is the place to go if you dig authentic village life. Laos is simply laid back and is one destination that is not competing with the fast changing civilization of its neighbors, Vietnam and Thailand.

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There are many places to go and see in Laos and one of them is Vientiane, the country’s French influenced capital that boasts of sleepy streets, quaint shops and welcoming locals that go about their daily slow and peaceful lives.

Luang Prabang

Go north and you will be treated with Luang Prabang, the picturesque little town with twinkling temples, colorful markets and sparkling streets. This is very ideal for relaxation and some fun. Some great treats you can enjoy here includes; chocolate pancakes, bananas and homemade baguettes.

Luang Nam Tha

From Luang Prabang you can start trekking your way to Luang Nam Tha and experience the amazing Laos outdoors. From this Northern Province you can see great jungle sceneries and the stunning beauty of the mountains. There are hill tribes along the way and this provides good highlights to your backpacking trip.

Vang Vieng

Your Laos backpacking trip will not be complete without a visit to the once sleepy town by the riverside, Vang Vieng. This is the place where the famous Tubing activity happens and the main reason why backpackers flock this town. Among activities you can do here include; rafting, rock climbing, and kayaking.

While in Laos, do not forget to try their local beer. It is best sipped from the cool bottle while watching the sun is setting down in the capital.

 

Destinations

Explore Dortmund the Historical city in Germany

Dortmund is a beautiful city sited at Bundesland, North Rhine Westphalia in Germany. Dortmund is considered as the 8th largest city in Ruhr Area of Germany. Approximately 579,012 inhabitants are living in this area.  The Dortmund is one of the popular tourist spot and globally thousands of people visit this place just to explore the city and get rejuvenated with the beauty of the city.

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Climate at Dortmund

The Climate is wonderful.  It possesses cool summers, mild winters and absolutely gorgeous weather all through the year. If you love rains then plan a vacation in July because you will enjoy Maximum rains in July. But to enjoy Dortmund more than the best time to plan a vacation is in summer or spring time.

Travel Tips

Reach the favorite place by plane, there are plenty of flight services are available to reach Dortmund. There are many internationals airlines like Wizzair, easyJet, Air Berlin offers low rates.  European travels and many other national travels offer special deal to tourists.  No train is available to reach airport but there are plenty of shuttle busses are available from Dortmund airport to Holzwicked station or Central station.

Discover more Tourist Attractions

The best time to visit Dortmund is summer of course. You can easily walk around and discover new adventures in the city. Steinwache Museum and Memorial offers permanent exhibitions of 1933-1945, famously known as Persecution and Resistance in Dortmund, very emotional and deeply touching memorial exhibition.  Explore other attraction like The Museum of Art and Cultural History, Museum am Ostwall and many more. Enjoy your lovely vacation!!

 

Destinations

Enjoy Cozy Vacation at Edinburgh, Scotland

Scotland is the gorgeous country with glorious landscapes, historic castles, and scenic Islands.  Spend a splendid vacation at Scotland and forget all your worries. It captivates you in many ways, you can rent a holiday cottage, or converted barn that gives the country-stay feeling, the new way of spending your quality time. There are many beautiful tourist destinations are there in Scotland but Edinburgh is exceptional among them.

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Journey to opulent Edinburgh

It is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is also considered as the leader in academic excellence and cultural for centuries, the beautiful ever blooming and elegant Edinburgh is worth spending wonderful moments with family.  The stylish city is magnificent and reflects the lavishness and comfort and the tourists get a VIP experience during their stay at Edinburgh the Capital of Scotland. Tourist can enjoy more proclamation benefits as the city offers special treatment and design a guide that can help them to figure out the best and important place to make their trip comfortable and memorable.

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The city proudly represents the annual festivals of comprehensive calendar and other associated events. Also displays rich and vibrant culture and mainly it attracts tourists with its amazing beauty and make them feel comfortable during their stay in the city.

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People from all over the world who visited the city agree that Edinburgh is a must see city in Scotland. By visiting the Edinburgh you will get complete satisfactory vacation that you are longing to have from long time.  The city offers exclusive attraction to the tourists that include 20 paid attractions and 20 free attractions. The Waterfront of Edinburg, Pentland Hills and backdrop of Arthur-Seat make the city as special tourist destination.  Just in a day you can cover all the major places in the city. Explore and enjoy the elegant Edinburgh.

 

Destinations

Zihuatanejo – a must see place in Mexico

Looking for the grand way to spend quality time with family then visit Zihuatanejo the gorgeous city of Mexico.  It is the 4th largest city of Guerrero the state of Mexico.

The majestic city is located at the Pacific Coast, which is 150 miles away from northwest-of-Acapulco, and it belongs to Mexican Pacific-Coast known as Costa Grande. The grand city still maintains its traditional look, and the town is sited on well-secluded bay which is also encumbered with private boat owners during the winter season.

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Miscellaneous

The Rainforest of British Columbia

The rainforest with the greatest biomassper hectare is not, as one might imagine, the Amazon.  It is, in fact, the temperate rainforest of British Columbia.Not only is the Rainforest Coast the largest intact temperate rainforest remainingin the world, it also contains the largest concentrated mass of organisms – plants, animals, insects and microorganisms in the world.  The enormous trees, some hundreds of feet tall with circumferences of over 30 feet, may be 1000 years old.

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The coastal area of British Columbia meets the American definition of a rainforest in that the annual precipitation is over 55 inches and the mean annual temperature is between 39 and 54°F.  Despite being part of notoriously cold Canada, the western coast seldom even sees a frost.

Here you may see – if you are lucky – the Kermode or spirit bear, a rare white variation of the black bear.  Grizzlies are common as well as deer, elk, moose, caribou, big-horn sheep, mountain goats, cougars, marmots, muskrat,beavers, wolves, wolverines, coyotes,badgers and fishers. Bird watchers may see herons,eagles, hawks, owls, ospreys, Canada geese, loons, swans, ravens, Harlequin Ducks, and others.

Trees include the three maple species native to British Columbia: Rocky Mountain maple, vine maple and big-leaf maple, Sitka Spruce, Western Red Cedar and Douglas Firand two species of hemlock.  The undergrowth is lush and many trees wear mossy coats.

There are organized tours of the rainforest all over Vancouver Island, but for the less energetic, it is possible to get a feel for the forest through the realistic dioramas of the natural history section of the Royal BC Museum.  The University of British Columbia in Vancouver has recreated the natural forest in a Rainforest Garden.  One of the outstanding features is ten species of blueberry and close relatives including bog bilberries and ligonberries.

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Miscellaneous

New York’s Wineries

It seems that the slopes above glacial lakes are just what the doctor ordered if you are a grape.  How else to explain the presence of more than 100 wineries around the Finger Lakes area of upstate New York?  Actually, it has nothing to do with the doctor, but a lot to do with the depth of the lakes.  The very deep water has a moderating effect on the climate; summer’s warmth is retained longer into the fall, while the slopes produce an inversion of temperature with cold air flowing down to the lakes and the hillsides remaining just warm enough to avoid killer frosts in the spring.

Frosts, however, are essential to one of the specialties of the area – ice wine, made from grapes which have been left on the vine so long that they do eventually freeze.  This concentrates the sugars and produces a strong, sweet dessert wine.

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The wineries are concentrated around the four major Finger Lakes – Canandaigua, Keuka, Seneca and Cayuga, and vino-tourism (so to speak) is huge and likely to increase unless the area gets fracked, a nightmare possibility for both the wineries and tourism.  In the meantime, limos can regularly be seen circling the lakes with bachelorette parties and other celebrations or small groups needing a designated driver. They may just be doing the rounds of tasting rooms, or they may be headed to one of the excellent restaurants attached to the wineries.  The stunning scenery enhances the enjoyment of a chef-prepared meal of mostly local produce, washed down with a crisp refreshing wine grown just yards away.

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Caithness – Prehistory to paperweights

In the far north-east of the British Isles, lies a flat almost treeless plain; just over 700 square miles of moorland with scattered settlements, a large expanse of peat bog and farms and crofts along the straths, or low river valleys. The coastal areas to the north and east are wild, dramatic and filled with huge colonies of sea birds.

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This is Caithness. In this sometimes bleak area, washed by a glowing light that changes from morning to night, there are hundreds of brochs and chambered cairns attesting to the presence of a significant population as far back as the Iron Age. Brochs are uniquely Scottish dry-stone towers which were probably fortified houses. Chambered cairns date to the Stone Age. They were used for burials. While they are technically underground, in most cases the chamber was first constructed and then covered with earth leaving mounds on the otherwise flat land.

Life in modern Caithnessis concentrated in the towns of Thurso, gateway to the Orkney and Shetland Islands, and Wick home of the world’s shortest street, and original home of Caithness Glass Paperweights. Wick is also a center for walking tours exploring the spectacular coastline or the archaeological treasures of the area, as well as for bird-watching.

A bit further south is the tiny town of Lybster, a former fishing village noted for the 365 Whalligoe Steps cut into the cliff face by means of which the catch would be brought up from the sea. Since 1995 Lybster has been home to North Lands Creative Glass “an international centre of excellence in glass making, encouraging collaboration with other artforms.” The excellent facilities, classes and seminars at North Lands have – as hoped – stimulated an interest in this fascinating part of Scotland, and bring artists working with glass from all over the world to Caithness.

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Tree-top trail in Guadeloupe

Caribbean islands are best known for their palm-tree clad beaches, white sand lapped by brilliant turquoise water, and almost constant sunshine.  Inland there are many surprises: forests, botanical gardens, zoological gardens, zipline adventures, hiking trails, waterfalls, all the wonders that a tropical paradise has to offer.

The French islands of Guadeloupehave all of the above.Situated between Antigua and Dominica in the Leeward Islands, Guadeloupe consists of the almost Siamese twin islands of Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre, plus three smaller isles.  About 20 miles west of the main airport at Basse-Terre one finds the Guadeloupe Zoo and Botanical Garden, known as the Jardin des Mamelles.  The most enchanting of the mammals in the Zoo are the raccoons.

The Guadeloupe Raccoon has been recognized as a separate species, but one would not know it to look at them.  They look and behave exactly as their North American cousins do.  The Zoo has a sizable nursery (the collective name) of raccoons who entertain visitors with their antics.  At feeding time the masked bandits show off the dexterity of their long-clawed hands.  Food is held up for inspection, turned this way and that, and carefully examined before being devoured.

High above the raccoon enclosure is the real reason people stop here.  That’s not really true, because from the road there is little indication that snaking through the tree tops, 60 feet above the ground is an extensive canopy walkway.  Safety is ensured by means of an obligatory harness with two clips so that one can change levels or direction but still be attached to at least one railing.  Nevertheless it can be quite an adrenaline rush.

Back on the ground, possibly with shaky knees, there is still a lot to see.  Insects, birds, a black jaguar, iguanas and other species native to the Antilles are waiting to be inspected by the whole family. There’s something for everyone.

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Molten Magic at the Corning Museum of Glass

Corning Museum of GlassVery few people would be able to name New York State’s third most visited attraction. After Manhattan and Niagara Falls, more people travel to the small upstate town of Corning, than anywhere else in the state.

Corning is certainly a convenient stopping off point between New York City and Buffalo, but that does not explain why this city of 12,000 draws 400,000 visitors a year.

They come to see the Corning Museum of Glass. CMoG, as it is familiarly called, consists of an expanding campus of buildings dedicated to the history, technology, science and art of a single material – glass. In 1951 Corning Glass Works (now Corning Incorporated) chose to mark the company’s 100th anniversary by giving the world a modest museum. Two thousand objects were housed in about as many square feet along with a staff of two and a small reference library.

CMoG suffered serious damage during Hurricane Agnes, which in 1972 caused devastating flooding in New York and Pennsylvania. Every cloud has a silver lining, and this disaster prompted the first major expansion, the silver starfish like building designed by Gunnar Birkerts, where the priceless collection of historical glass is safely housed above the flood plain.

Visitors spend an average of four hours at the Museum. During that time they can explore 3,500 years of glass, including a cut-glass baseball bat, a 100-lb paperweight and a 2,000 year old, 1” high portrait of the Pharaoh Amenhotep.

They can watch demonstrations of working with hot glass at the furnace or the torch. They can make their own piece of glass. They can discover how glass breaks, and how pulses of light can be sent thousands of miles through optical fiber. They can consult every publication known to man related to the topic of glass. They can learn about great technical innovations which use glass: light bulbs, television tubes, windows and heat shields for the Space Shuttle, and Pyrex, all developed by the company that still supports this wonderful museum.

Destinations

Tremblant: A First Time Visitor’s Resort Guide

Tremblant Ski Resort, in the Laurentian Mountains of Quebec, sits in a valley of lush greenery in summer and a blanket of snow in winter. The beautiful lake fronting the resort is a source of boating and fishing activity in summer. It is about 130 kilometres northwest of Montreal, and it has been in operation for over seven decades.

quebec tremblant skiingThe pedestrian village is charming, almost post-card perfect and has plenty of shopping and dining opportunities. All skiing and snowboarding equipment can be found at shops in the village, and the resort has equipment repair, so gear damage will not ruin a trip.

So Much to Do, So Little Time

In winter, the point of a visit would seem to be skiing and snowboarding, and it is, but there are many other activities to capture non-skiers’ attention. Try ice-climbing or dogsledding, and dogsledders can drive the team or just ride. Horseback riding is not just for summer, it turns out, and there are two trips to choose from: a 1.5-hour ride or a back-country ride that is good for young children.

That’s not all; go for a sleigh ride or have a spa day. Snowmobiling and outdoor paintball await the more adventurous. Ride up to the top of the mountain and grab a snack in Le Grand Manitou, skiing or not. The scenic ride is an activity in itself on the tallest of these mountains. Snow-tubing, cross-country skiing, zip-lining, ice skating, ice fishing and snow-shoeing are other alternatives. Helicopter rides are available for a real panoramic view, and dune buggy tours are yet one more daring pursuit.

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How tedious is it to get up to the top? It is not tedious at all with 14 lifts, two of which are gondolas. The cabriolet is an open gondola so visitors can enjoy a brisk winter ride before warming up in the mountain-top chalet. The other lifts consist of triple chairs, quad chairs, high-speed quad chairs and magic carpets, ground-level conveyor belts.

Five Reasons to Ski at Tremblant

1. Choice. There are 95 trails and four mountain faces to ski down: the north side, south side, sunny side and the edge. That last one is difficult; imagine cutting through the trees, which might be thrilling for some extreme sports lovers. Skiing down the north side in the early morning is considered a good “challenge.” In fact, 50% of the trails are expert level, and another 33% are intermediate, leaving the rest of the trail space for beginners.

2. Snow parks galore. There are three snow parks with more than 50 rail and jump modules that range from beginner to expert levels. Skiers and boarders need an Adrenaline Park Pass from Guest Services for these parks, and helmets are mandatory in all of them.

3. Something for everyone. In the nearly 79 kilometres of trails, the maximum slope degree is 42, and the vertical drop elevation is 645 metres with a mountain elevation of 875 metres. Overall, there is something for everyone. Ski school and kids’ programs are also offered, and there are rentals for those who want to try their wings before buying.

4. Tremblant has a snow patrol. If you are concerned about the safety of your group, particularly of your family members who may wish to ski more challenging slopes, you can be reassured that there is a snow patrol.

5. There is a medical clinic. And if things do go wrong, which they hopefully won’t, the resort has its very own clinic to look after any cuts, bruises or breaks.

Reserve, pack and go – it’s fun!