Budget Travel Tips
11 August 2020 TravelThere are many countries which are reopening after a long lockdown, but one of the main questions remains it safe Read More
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There are many countries which are reopening after a long lockdown, but one of the main questions remains it safe to travel. There are many airlines beefing up with summer schedules with a number of flights which will be a fraction of the pre-pandemic frequency. We can positively say that long-distance travel is almost dead. This is one of the main reasons we see the collapse of the tourist economy, which has become bankrupt like hotels, bus operators, car rentals, etc. There is still a huge fear of hanging over travelling as everyone fears the uncertainty. If you are looking towards the end of the year, the travelling industry might change.
The Long term changes
The fall of the travelling industry has led many to be unemployed, which will have an impact on the international movement for both business and pleasure. Even the airlines and the hoteliers have their travel bubbles which include travelling in green lanes for pre-screened travellers which show the antibodies towards the immunity of COVID-19. Travel will be normalised in the safe zones and will be coped with COVID-19 and will avoid any country which is poorly managing the pandemic.
The future of global travel will change as many will opt not to move around, especially with the elderly. There are many tourists who will find new locations in safe zones to help the home country stick to many new habits.
The pandemic has fast-forwarded us into the future
We have seen that many CEO is trying to more active on social media where they sit and brainstorm ideas to help reinvent themselves without gatekeeping. The pandemic caused us to fast forward ten years in the future. We are using videoconferencing technology which is right out of science fiction, which allows people to understand and learn the virtual reality will take us by surprise.
Travel can become unaffordable for many
After the coronavirus pandemic, we have seen that our lives have improved where there is a huge reduction in insane crowds, reduction of litter waste, cleaner shorelines, wildlife, etc. The economic devastation will mean that there are far fewer people who can afford to travel. The income levels are dwindling, and far fewer people can afford to travel with higher disposable income.
There are many national and local governments which can be redesigned to help with the tourism strategies to keep the crowd down. There are governments who are redesigning their tourism strategies to help keep down the crowds for more local economic growth where people are enforcing regulations which can help one protect the environment and shrinking the tourist dollar into regulating themselves and later reviving the tourism.
Packing light is one of the best ways to travel as it allows you to move the light. If you are a hiker, you know the value of carrying light but also bring in things which can help with the trip. If you are beginners, there are few problems that may arise when you are trying to pack, but e have few tips which will help you travel light.
Use a small suitcase
When you are starting, make sure that the suitcase that you carry is light. This is one of the best tips. If you want to travel light, make sure that you are carrying a light suitcase as this will make sure that you instantly lose 2-3 kgs of weight almost instantly. Check and compare the suitcases when you are buying for new luggage. There are many great deals, and you can look into the weight of the bag itself to decide the one which works well for you.
Use a packing list
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not overpack a packing list will help you see the number of things that you are carrying and also helps you effectively cut down on the things that you are taking with you.
Use compression packing cubes
Compression packing cubes put a natural limit to your clothes which can take the compression element and turn it into the amount of space that you have. This is one of the many saving tips which will help you weight properly and greater the compression the heavier the packing cube. Also, travelling with the compression cubes will allow your clothes to stay crease-free and also give some space for souvenirs.
3 Pairs of shoes
Shoes are important no matter where you go, and it is up to you to make sure that you carry the right shoes which match all your clothes. This is one of the best ways to make sure that you have access to all your favourite pairs which is coordinated with your clothes.
Use shower caps
Nobody wants the shoes to rub off against the white shirt, but showcases can be bulky one of the best ways to make sure that you have access to the best of both worlds is to use shower caps. Try to buy cheap sling shower caps which will help ensure that your shoes and clothes are kept safe.
Use a drawstring wash bag
There are many travel wash bags and makeup bags, but nothing can beat the cheap drawstring bags which you can pick up at the supermarket. This adds no weight and also washes well without you having to scrub on it.
Of all the adventure travel destinations we have seen, everybody always wants to know the most beautiful, impressive, nice, or in short the best ones. Well, it depends…
Going on an adventure travel activity, vacation, or long trip means you get to see, do, or experience things you would normally not see, do, or experience at home. There are many aspects that can make a destination worthwhile. Ranking them just isn’t fair, since most cannot compared to each other.
Having said that, we recognize everybody’s wish to rank the best adventure travel destinations. When we plan a new vacation or trip, we also like to see the next ranked destination we haven’t seen yet. So, we just have to provide you with some lists…
Best overall adventure travel destinations
An overall adventure travel destination needs to be relaxing, interesting, it has to have nice and enough activities to do, and also good food and lodging.
Best adventure travel cities
Same thing, but now for cities. Cities tend to be less relaxing, but more interesting. There are some other criteria to rank cities then other places.
Best adventure travel countries
For longer vacations, you will consider countries instead of cities or single destinations. An ideal adventure travel country needs to have different places with different types of activities and sights.
Best Unusual Travel Destinations
Going off the beaten track. What are the best destinations visited by little tourists.
Where can you have the best Experiences?
Now, for the specific experiences found in the different adventure travel destinations, we have made some other categories.
Most interesting people or tribes
On our travels, we met people of different origins. Most of them are slowly but surely changing their way of life. But some of them are still keeping their traditions, and they are the most interesting.
Public transport experiences
Our quest was to travel the world without using airplanes. It forces us to make use of public transport in areas not frequented by tourists. Our most special public transport experiences.
For many, adventure travel activities are what makes their travels adventurous. Although we think traveling in itself can be adventurous, there are many kinds of outdoor activities that can give your travels an extra impulse. Exiting activities are experiences you will never forget.
White water Rafting
In order to give an overview of what kind of adventure travel activities are possible, we will make a distinction into several groups of activities. This will make it easier for everybody to choose the activities that suit them the most.
We have experience in many of the activities mentioned below, and we will add articles about those in due time. If you have questions about them, if you have information about one them, or if you have an activity not mentioned here, please Contact Us.
Adventure Travel Activities that will give you a boost, a rush of adrenaline through your body. They may be dangerous, although in most cases enough precautions are taken. Note that the activities in the other categories can also give you an adrenaline rush, but here, the more extreme ones are given.
To be able to fly has always been peoples wish. For some, getting in an airplane is already too much, other people want to explore all kinds of flying. Here are the ones we can think of:
A World Journey is something we never thought about. Until our travels became more adventurous, and longer. And we still didn’t want to go home after 5 weeks of traveling. On our vacation in Africa we first met long-time travelers. And over time, we started thinking, can we do that as well?
And then, we started investigating. What about our house? Who will pay the mortgage? And our jobs, do we loose them? What will it cost, and can we save such an amount of money? Finally, we gave ourselves a deadline to make a decision.
Once we made the decision, the preparation started. We took one and a half year to save money, plan our finances, take care of the insurance, and figure out everything that has to do with what we leave behind, the homefront. Then we had to think about our health, what pills and vacins to take. And last, but not least, what will be our itinerary?
Preparation is all about gathering information, preferably from other travellers. But in the end, you will have to figure out for yourself which are helpful tips and which are not.
There are many different means of transport to get around. Nevertheless, most people take the plane to reach their destinations. And when they set out for longer journeys, they also take the airplane to move between destinations, even if they are not far apart.
According to us, taking the airplane is not the most adventurous way of travelling. It will only bring you to big cities or the most popular places, skipping the interesting countryside. And it will not bring you in contact with the locals, who are not using airplanes to get around.
And what about those of us who are afraid of flying? And what about the air travel’s contribution to global warming? So, lets find out about some alternative means of transport for adventure travel.
Do you travel with the locals?
For us, adventure travel includes finding your way around by public transport. This is what is often meant by independent travel (or individual travel) as well. A drawback may be that it takes some more time to get around, but on the other hand it is a great way to meet local people, and that’s also what travelling is about, isn’t it?
In general, two types of public transport systems can be identified: the systems that take you from destination to destination, and local systems that help you get around.
Should you use the train or the bus?
To travel from one destination to another, we prefer to travel by train. Trains are comfortable, without sudden movements, and mostly you can move around in them. More information can be found on our page about Train Travel.
In some continents or countries, however, there are little or no rail tracks. To move between destinations there, you will have to take the bus.
But buses have their advantages, too. For one, they are often cheaper than trains. So check our page about Bus Travel to know when and where you can take the bus.
There are many possibilities for family adventure travel with kids of every age. Yet, for many people their adventure travels are over once they start having children. But that’s not necessary. Young children are flexible enough for Adventure Travel. All that is required is a different mindset, and the right preparation.
Can you still enjoy Adventure Travel now you have a Family?
I know, now you have small children, your life is changed. You have to adjust everything you do, including traveling.
But that doesn’t mean you just have to spend your vacations at home or in a resort. Children like adventures, and there are many adventurous things you can do with kids in every age.
Ever since we have children (two young boys), we are looking for ways to have a family adventure travel vacation every now and then. And we found different countries to visit, activities to do, things to see, that are of interest to both our children and us.
True, children do not have to travel to far away places to have a good time. And many parents translate that into the phrase “if the children enjoy themselves, so do we”.
But isn’t that born from a feeling that you at least have some rest while the children are playing?
Fact is, with young children you will be kept busy anyway. Whether they are playing in a playground, or watching animals on a safari hardly make a difference. So why should you refrain from doing things you like? Chances are your kids will like them too.
The best cities for adventure travel score well amongst the criteria for other destinations. But for cities, other criteria hold as well. They need to have a, preferably old, city center with a good feel to it. The attractions need to be easily reached, either by foot, by bike, or by public transport. And an important one: they need to have good and cheap accommodation.
Here’s our list of great big cities
Number 1: Prague
Nice city square, cheap eating and drinking when you go off the square. And many sights in the city center. It is a very good place to be.
Number 2: Vilnius
The capital of Lithuania is actually too small for a big city. Yet, we liked it so much we had to list it here. It has a great historic center, a nice hostel near the train stations, where they also offer exciting activities.
Number 3: St. Petersburg
This majestic city in Russia is amazing. Cheap lodging can be found at the youth hostel. Most of the sights are in walking distance, and there is a good metro network. On top of this, everybody should have visited the hermitage once in their lives.
Number 4: Beijing
The capital of China is an experience. It is quickly changing, but the important sights will remain. And it is cleaner than most of the other big Chinese cities.
Number 5: Florence
We are no art lovers, but liked Florence very much. You do not have to visit all the museums to have a good time. Not many adventure activities, though. And it might be very crowded in summer. We might have mentioned Rome and Venice as well, by the way.
If you set out on a road trip with adventurous intention then road trip adventure you’ll find.
Our road trips are as adventurous as we want them to be (and sometimes more so). I have experienced this truth many times.
My most adventurous road trips did not have adventure planned in. They were gifted to me.
I knew as I set out, that I desired an awe-inspiring road trip adventure. I prayed for it, and then I paid close attention to my journey. Things happened.
I was drawn to certain places. My Rand McNally road atlas spoke to me (not literally), and I was guided. The feeling of being guided is exhilarating and I will always be grateful for it.
How do we find adventure? Do we find adventure? Or does adventure find us… and usually when we’re not expecting it? Either way, we can make it easy for road trip adventure to find us.
Meet Fascinating People
One of the many blessings of the road trip is the people we meet. The connections I make on road trips always seem so very serendipitous.
Pay close attention to those whose paths intersect yours. Connect with them. They will likely have something amazing to offer (maybe guidance to a special spot off the beaten path).
They are the people we sit beside while riding on a ferry boat, the person pumping fuel beside you, or the people camping in the next site over.
My cousin and I, while on our cross-country road trip together, woke up one morning in a campground somewhere in southeast South Dakota. As we were breaking camp to leave, we were approached by a guy who had camped in the site next to ours. He needed water, and we were happy to oblige.
One thing lead to another, and soon we had met his travel companion. So, my cousin and I, we’re on a road trip from New York City to San Francisco. As it turns out, these guys are driving from San Francisco to New York City. And here we all were in the middle of the country. We found a lot in common and had an amazing day together.
Go Off the Beaten Path
Being in the flow is like being fluid, not rigid. So when you feel the urge to take an unexpected detour, take it.
Don’t be afraid of screwing up your well-planned itinerary. As we travel, we can’t know on our own where all the special spots are.
We must rely on our intuition and guidance from others along the way to find where all the special spots are. Neither of those can be planned. But, try to be selective. If we took every detour we came across, we’d be driving for decades.
See, in that picture above, the road down in that valley. My cousin and I found that road while traveling on Interstate 90 westbound through Wyoming.
I felt the strong urge to look at my Rand McNally road atlas, and there I saw the detour through the Big Horn Mountains (said detour is the road down in that valley). I believe it was the phrase “closed in winter” that drew me in.
The unexpected side-track was really great. We got to leave the beaten path, do some wilderness camping, and hike some rugged and stunningly beautiful trails.
The Omo Valley is undoubtedly one of the most unique places on earth. It has the most wide variety of people and animals that inhabit it.
The tribes that live in the lower Omo Valley are believed to be among the most fascinating on the continent of Africa and around the world.
It is estimated over 200,000 tribal people live in the Omo Valley. Among the ancient tribes that live there, you will find a wide variety of wildlife.
The earliest known discovery of Homo Sapien (Human) fossil fragments were found in the lower Omo Valley.
In thev valley are also the Omo National Park and the Mago National Park. These parks are home to elephants, giraffes, lions, zebras, exotic birds and many more wild animals.
Tours are offered through the valley and it is often you come into contact with at least 15 different ancient African tribes that live in the lower Omo Valley.
Some of the different tribes are the Arbore, Ari, Bena, Bodi, Bumi, Daasanech, Dorze, Hamer (Hamar), Kara (or Karo), Konso, Kwegu, Mursi, Tsemay, and the Turkana. You meet many of them when you tour the valley.