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When it comes to natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls is right up there. World famous for its unstoppable flow of water and ‘great plumes of icy mist’, witnessing the falls is a hypnotic experience.
But, before you even get there, you’ll have to tackle the logistics.
Whether you’re planning on visiting Niagara for a day, overnight night, or a long weekend, the following information will help you with your planning.
How do you remember past adventures? Do you log them on social media? Do you keep a blog? Maybe you have a photographic memory and can recall every second of past travels perfectly (though for most people that’s not an option!)
Personally, my favorite way to preserve travel moments is by journaling.
Not to be confused with blogging, journaling is much more than just writing your crush’s name over and over again like you did in middle school (at least I did!). It’s actually a very therapeutic practice that allows you to reflect on your experiences, and record observations of things happening in the present.
It is in a way, very similar to blogging, though the main difference is that with journaling, you use a pen and paper (yes I know – what are those?!).
Keeping a journal in your daily life can be an arduous task, but it’s a great habit to get into when you travel. Here are a few reasons you should consider keeping a travel journal with you during your next adventure.
From playing on cruise ships, to enjoying a slice of Italian pizza while the balls are called, bingo is one of the world’s favorite games. To put it in perspective, more money is spent every year in the UK on bingo tickets than it is on football!
Depending on which part of the world you’re in, Bingo is used as an education tool, played in pubs as a drinking game, and is a really fun way to practice your language / number skills if you’re traveling in another country.
And bingo players are a lot younger than you might think; this isn’t your grandmothers sport anymore! The average age of a bingo player is 35 years old.
The game itself comes from Italy, dating back to 1530 when it was known as ‘Lo Giuoco del Lotto D’Italia’ (and it’s still played over pizza every Saturday). Though nearly 500 years later, the rest of the world has well and truly caught on!
There are over 1,100 UNESCO World Heritage Sites scattered across the globe, though Italy ranks number one when it comes to countries with the most (technically, it shares this top spot with China, but does hold the record when it comes to cultural sites ).
Whether you plan on visiting the historic center of Naples, Florence, Rome, or Siena (all of which are UNESCO sites themselves), there are an impressive 55 Italian UNESCO World Heritage sites.
With 55 sites, there’s definitely a lot to choose from, so we’ve put together a list of the best; our top 10 favorites you should start with. So let’s get started!
Camping out in the cold weather can be quite the adventure; whether you’re sleeping under the stars in Antarctica, or surrounded by snow, ice, and sleet in the Arctic, the quiet of this sleepy season can be peaceful for the soul.
That said, it’s absolutely essential that you make sure you have the proper gear and equipment for camping in cold weather, and that you’ve packed based off a reliable camping checklist.
Camping in the cold requires more planning and gear than camping during summer does, and forgetting to pack certain things can not only make a trip mighty miserable, it’s also a health and safety thing (you want to return home with all your fingers and toes!)
So, with that in mind, you’ll find a complete checklist as follows; everything you need for cold weather camping.
We’ve written plenty of posts about the importance of traveling with a VPN; about the dangers of using public WiFi, why your privacy is otherwise at risk, and the best ways to keep your data safe and protect your tech.
But one thing we haven’t yet addressed is exactly what you should look for in a good VPN; what type of features are the most important for international travelers.
A Virtual Private Network is the most important thing to have for internet use while traveling. It encrypts your traffic and sends it through a secure server, which can be in a country of your choosing.
For instance, you could be logging on from Peru, but as far as your browser is concerned, you’re accessing the internet from Australia. This is great for getting around internet censorship in countries such as China, but also means that your connection is totally private.
You’re able to browse the internet securely and anonymously, and no-one can hack you to steal data like they could on an open, public network (think free internet in airports, cafes, and hotels).
But not all VPN services are created equal. So, when evaluating your options, you should make sure you get the following functionality and services.
One of the southern-most points in Australia, Bruny Island lies off the south coast of Tasmania. Though despite being just a short drive and ferry ride from Hobart, less than 10% of travelers to Tasmania visit, choosing instead to head to more famous parts of the State like Cradle Mountain and Freycinet National Park.
While Bruny Island may only be 50 kilometres across, the unassuming island is one of Tasmania’s best kept secrets, and while small in size, it certainly packs a heavy punch; think stunning natural beaches, elusive quolls and white wallabies, and sustainable luxury at its finest.
You’ll need at least 3 days to really do the island justice, and when it comes to accommodation, we can highly recommend Free Spirit Pods; gorgeous, fully self contained eco-pods set on the waterfront, backed by 8 acres of bushland on North Bruny Island.
When it comes to prepping for an emergency disaster, we don’t blame you if it’s the last thing on your mind. After-all, you’re going on vacation to have a good time. You don’t want to think about terrorism, natural disasters, or conflict.
And granted, it’s very rare that you’ll be caught up in an event that qualifies as a disaster, but that doesn’t mean it won’t happen, and they key to survival in any situation is being prepared for anything.
There’s no doubt that worldwide disasters are on the rise; climate change is seeing extreme weather patterns become more normal, and everything from flooding, to earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and devastating bush-fires are ravaging countries around the globe.
And then there’s terrorism, and civil conflict, which seems to be touching everybody. So, what items always come in handy if you find yourself in an emergency situation abroad?
Also known as the Big Apple and the City that Never Sleeps, New York has an incredibly powerful draw; like moths to a flame, millions of travelers visit this iconic city every year, attracted by museums, Broadway, Fifth Avenue shopping, and so much more.
The world’s most famous city has a tourist to-do list longer than the east coast, so instead of listing things to do (which you can find in this post), we’ve decided to try and pin down why the city is so magical.
Sure, it’s easy to say that there’s nowhere else in the world quite like New York, but why? What makes travelers so enamored and fall in love so quickly with this buzzing cultural capital?
Each person’s love of New York will be entirely personal, but we’ve managed to pin down the reasons people commonly visit New York.