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Experience the freeing impression of parasailing as you float over the islands, taking in the magnificence of the Maldives, or get your adrenaline siphoning with wind surfing.

Scuba plunging can be one of the most agreeable recreational games you will ever make. In any case, before you begin getting all amped up for scuba, you must be very much aware that scuba jumping carries its own dangers.

Picture this! A sun-soaked sparkling ocean of green dispersed generously with fascinating islands dotted with powder-white sandy sea shores and harboring disguised tidal ponds and mystery inlets.

On any climb, weight is the adversary. Keeping things light helps continue climbing sheltered and progressively agreeable. Be that as it may, we need great, nutritious food to take care of the expanded vitality needs from climbing.

Everything you Need to Bring for a Camping Holiday

Everyone enjoys a good holiday whether it’s solo, with friends, or with family. There are many different types of holiday from city breaks in busy, beautiful cities, to beach holidays in the sun enjoying the sea to camping holidays. If you’re more of an outdoorsy person then you’ll likely love the adventure that comes from a camping holiday. Camping holidays tend to be cheaper than most other holidays as you can usually find a nice campsite close to home saving on flights or train and you don’t have to pay for accommodation as you’ll have a tent. However, camping trips are sometimes much harder to plan for as you’ll need to bring enough equipment to survive so you’ll need to make sure you’ve packed everything from a do it yourself sleeping bag liner to food for the trip. You’ll be completely responsible for everything and if you forget something like toothpaste there won’t be a local shop you can run to like there would be in a city, so you have to be prepared. To try and help you out before your next camping trip we’ve made a checklist here for you of everything that you need. 

Camping Necessities

Your camping necessities are anything that is going to help you sleep safely and warmly at night. You won’t forget your tent but some people show up to camping without all of the poles needed to set their tent up so make sure you double-check this too. You’ll want to bring stuff to keep you warm at night in case it gets cold in the early hours as you want to enjoy the trip and not get sick. The best things to bring are a really warm sleeping bag, comfortable pajamas, and some nice pillows to make the ground feel comfier. If you want more comfort during the day too then a travel chair is great to pack but it isn’t a necessity. 

Clothes

Taking the right clothing with you is so important to make a camping trip as enjoyable as it can be. You should also always bring spare clothes as the weather can be unpredictable and you could get caught in the rain. As you must carry everything you bring with you on your back then you’ll want to bring lightweight clothing. You should also make sure you pack warm socks as your feet are the most likely part of your body that will get cold and a good quality pair of hiking boots to properly support your feet whilst you are walking lots. You should also bring sunglasses as and a lightweight hat to protect your head and eyes from the sun, these should be worn even if it is not a really high temperature if the suns out at all then wear these.  

Cooking Necessities

Whilst you’re camping, you’ll be responsible for cooking all of your meals yourself, to do this successfully there are a few things that you’ll definitely need. You’ll need a camping stove if you want to cook any food, this is the most important thing to bring with you and it’s important you find one that fits in your backpack. You’ll need to bring cookware to be able to use the stove and you’ll need to bring utensils both for cooking and for eating whatever meal you prepare. You’ll also need to bring food that you find easy to cook as your resources are limited and make sure you bring some bin bags as you shouldn’t leave your rubbish. Finally, you should bring a reusable water bottle as you’ll likely be doing lots of walking so need to stay hydrated. 

3 Apps you Need if You’re Travelling Abroad

Your phone is one of the biggest supports that you can have when you are going on a holiday abroad. You may be someone who doesn’t trust phones and you may be so unfamiliar with how they work that you ask yourself can someone hack my phone by texting me? No matter how much you dislike technology, here are the 3 apps you need if you are traveling abroad.

Uber

These days every single country uses Uber. Sometimes taxis in different countries can be unreliable and even dangerous, and with Uber you are guaranteed a safety check of all your drivers, meaning that you don’t have to worry about potentially being harmed while trying to travel.

Translation App

Unless you are fluent in the language used in the country that you are visiting, then a translation app will be your best friend. There are apps that you can use that will interpret any conversation as it is happening life, which means that you don’t have to worry about having to stop and translate mid-conversation. It will also save you quite a lot of time during your trip, which means you can focus on just having fun.

Active Map app

Though you may think that just using google maps is enough, you will definitely need a couple of active map app options when you head on holiday. If you get an app that specializes in a certain area, then you will also be able to see a lot of the more private locations that aren’t put on the maps. Google maps can also be extremely unreliable and often do not provide an accurate representation of your location, which is obviously the last thing that you want when you are in a country that you are not familiar with.

Road Tripping: How to Prepare your Vehicle for a Cross Country Trip

Going on a road trip offers a more adventurous alternative than going on a normal vacation, rather than sticking in one location yet get to see various amazing places whilst having a taste of a simpler more relaxing lifestyle. Although there is no doubt that the opportunity to go on a road trip does not come often you should be aware that the packing and preparation process can be very hectic.

As you are limited on space depending on your road trip vehicle you will have to pack light, this is only made more difficult by the fact that road trips usually last a couple of weeks and your washing facilities may be a little basic. It can be easy to become overwhelmed by the amount of work to do but you should keep calm in the knowledge that it will all be worth it when you get on the road and into the great outdoors.

 

Maintenance Check

As your holiday is dependent on your vehicle is maintained to a high standard you should take the opportunity to make any changes or replacements before your holiday. If you are for example staying in a caravan or RV  make sure to take it out of storage in advance and make sure the interior and exterior are in the best condition. It would be terrible if you set off on your trip only to find that something is damaged which could affect your holiday, rather than having to cope with damages or having to stop to make repairs you could avoid the stress by checking everything over beforehand.

 

Safety Checks

It cannot be stressed enough that if you haven’t used your road trip vehicle in some time you get it checked over and make sure that the vehicle itself is in good working order. This is paramount for your own and the safety of your loved ones as there is so much that could be wrong with a vehicle that has not been used for a while. Rather than trying to do it yourself, I would highly recommend that you take the vehicle to a professional who will be able to find things that you may have missed.

I think it is safe to say that the condition of your car and its ability to be able to drive over long distances is very important to your roads trip, so it doesn’t seem worth it to avoid these safety checks that could potentially ruin your holiday and cause an accident if an issue was to go unnoticed. If you are struggling with conducting your own checks on making sure the vehicle is in the best working order then I would highly recommend that you look online to find helpful tips with restoring older vehicles or you can find helpful car advice from topgearadvice or another trustworthy source.

 

Cleaning Out Your Vehicle

It is important to remember that you are basically going to be traveling in your home, as your living space is limited you should be very careful when it comes to trying to keep your vehicle as clean as possible throughout your trip. A cleaner environment is going to be much easier to live in than one that is dirty, and the best way to keep clean during your road trip is to give your vehicle a good clean out before you set off. If your vehicle is clean from the offset you should be able to keep on top of the mess by cleaning things as you see them. Although it is important to be in the moment and arguably you shouldn’t be cleaning all the time.

 

Plan Your Trip

Everyone likes to be spontaneous and although turning up in a completely unknown location and seeing what a place has to offer is great, some preparation is required so that you can be sure you are visiting fun places and getting the most out of your trip. Planning your trip also gives you a better idea of the types of clothing and other essentials you will need to pack which can help avoid the nightmare scenario of turning up somewhere completely unprepared.

 

How to Pack Properly

As previously mentioned your space is limited when you are going on a road trip so packing in both an efficient and effective manner is very important. You should limit everyone to one small suitcase each so that everyone has their own place for their clothes, you should pack for all weather but make sure to include smaller items that can be layered in order to maximize your outfits and suitcase space. It is not a disaster if you forget something as the facilities in most areas are well equipped enough that you will be able to buy whatever you need on the road, as long as you have all of the essentials you should be set to have a great time.

Travelling Alone: How to Make the Most of a Solo Vacation

Everyone loves traveling with their friends, planning a trip together, booking flights, finding stunning accommodation with an amazing pool to relax by. It gets even more exciting when you’re at the airport with the girls or there with your lads and you’re all checked in just waiting to board the flight you’ve been waiting so long to get on.

Everyone’s in a good mood and excited and the atmosphere is just great. This can be difficult to plan though, trying to find dates you and all your friends are available at the same time, sometimes it’s not even possible but if you want to travel regardless then a solo vacation would be perfect for you. Traveling solo is a completely different experience from traveling with your friends, but it is something that everyone should experience at least once. It is a liberating experience and a really exciting one too.

Whilst traveling alone you’re able to do whatever it is you feel like doing every day so you have much more freedom than when you travel with friends, it gives you lots of time for self-reflection while you explore and it’s bound to help you grow as a person. We’ve compiled some of the best tips and advice on how to make the most of a solo vacation.

 

Preparing Before You Leave

There is lots of stuff to do to make sure you’re prepared for your solo vacation, as you’re going along it’s best to make a list of all the things you might possibly need while you’re away to make sure you pack them as you can’t depend on other people having the things you’ve forgotten. It’s important you do lots of research into finding a good destination for your first solo vacation as safety is the most important thing, you should always have travel insurance in case something happens, and apps like finding my friend is great to download for additional security.

Different destinations massively vary in cost so you should do some research into the costs of accommodation and the cost of living at your destination to ensure that you can afford it, you don’t want to be caught short of cash whilst you’re away. You also don’t want to come home from a great trip and regret getting into your overdraft for it so make sure you know you can save up enough when you book your vacation. Whilst you’re away on your solo vacation you’ll have to be your own photographer so it’s a good idea to make sure you have some good equipment for top quality photos, I replaced my old quadcopter motor before my first solo vacation and I was so glad I did as I took so many great photos with my drone.

 

Whilst You’re Away

 

Whilst you’re away again safety is the most important thing when you’re traveling alone, make sure you keep all of your important documents either in a safe in your accommodation or keep them close to you in a small bag that you’ll have on you at all times. It’s a good idea to try and adapt and learn some basic words and phrases in the local language so that even though you’re traveling alone you’re not lonely and you’ll be able to ask people for directions, order food and buy train tickets, etc. without struggling with a language barrier. Many people who go on solo vacations don’t spend the whole trip alone, if you’re staying in solo-friendly accommodation or a hostel then it’s likely you’ll meet other solo travelers.

Most other solo travelers will be feeling how you are and would probably love the company for a meal out or drinks, but as you’ve just met you don’t have to commit to spending the whole trip with them. If you’re not staying in an accommodation where you can meet other guests then you can join group tours instead if you want to find people to hang out with. Joining a tour will also allow you to learn much more about your destination, the highlights, the culture, and the history so we can’t recommend doing this enough.

World Culture: Famous Traditional Games from Different Nations

Scrabble

Scrabble is a popular board game that dates back to 1933 where it was created in New York City, the game consists of players making words that can be placed onto the board using their given letter tiles. Each tile is worth a number of points depending on how hard it is to fit it in a word and the player who has the most points when all the tiles have been used are the winner. This game has developed over the years to become the classic game that we all know and love but the concept remains the same as it was originally.

 

One of the main developments to happen with Scrabble would have to be the inclusion of power squares on the board, these spaces give the player the power to double or triple the point value of a single letter tile or even the whole word, however, the way in which the game is played has also changed with many players choosing to use a game walkthrough to generate words electronically which in my opinion takes the fun out of the game.

 

Marbles

Marbles is another very traditional game that has a rather unique origin story, in the mid-1800s mass amounts of marbles were produced in Germany due to the popularity of the game in the local area. Marbles are very simple in concept but the fact that it has stood the test of time as a childhood activity shows how influential it was during the time period. You also have to consider that in the 1800s there wasn’t an abundance of things to do for fun and children often had to resort to making their own fun by coming up with new games they could play with their friends.

 

Dominoes

Much like how marbles were created, dominoes is a very old game that is still enjoyed by many to this day, it is another game that is quite simple and it would be expected that the game was created as a means of passing the time. Dominoes was created in China a very long time ago and uses small toes with a certain number of dots on either side, due to the game’s simplicity when it was first created it is likely that it was played by people who maybe couldn’t afford expensive toys.

 

To play you will need a set of dominoes, the first player is selected by having each player draw a tile and the one with the highest value double starts by putting the first tile down. Players must then build from the first tile by matching the exposed ends with the same value, if the new exposed tiles add up to a multiple of five then the player is awarded that amount of points. The player with the most points when all the tiles have been used is the winner.

 

Snakes and Ladders

The final traditional board game on this list would have to be snakes and ladders, this is definitely a game that you have heard of and you will have probably played it at least once in your life but you may be surprised to know that the game originated in ancient India supposedly as far back as the early second century. Like many on this list the game is very simple having players race across the board to the finish line, with ladders helping players to get further and snakes pushing players back, this game can be very competitive especially after you get forced back by those pesky snakes a couple of times.

The Food and Drink Gear You Need on a Boat

As a crew who will be sailing the boat offshore, you need to be well prepared with all the gears. For convenient survival onboard, you need to have the food and beverage sorted well in advance. If not it can lead to a disastrous trip.

When it comes to food, all the provisioning needs to be done in advance. Last-minute settlements can become very hectic. Load enough raw material, spices, herbs and condiments for your trip. Make a list of the groceries needed beforehand so that you can purchase all of it.

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Apart from the basics make sure you have the following gears onboard:

For Galley:

  • Ice cubes and blocks
  • Drain plugs for coolers
  • Matchbox for stove
  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Disposable dishes
  • Plastic glasses
  • Corkscrew
  • Cooking utensils
    • Spoon
    • Spatulas
    • Wooden spoons
    • Teflon-safe utensils
    • Measuring cups
    • Measuring spoons
  • Utensils for eating
  • Chopping board
  • Small knife
  • Large kitchen knife
  • Extra containers and bags
  • Aluminum foil
  • Dish towels
  • Trash bags
  • Mittens for pots
  • Pot holders
  • Paper napkins
  • Paper towels
  • Soap sponge for dishes
  • Scrubbies
  • Hot cups
  • Cold cups
  • insulated container for beverages
  • Pitches
  • Camp cookware
  • Saucepan
  • Frying Pan
  • Large cooking pot
  • Sink drain plug
  • Colander
  • Extra cookpot

Supplies for Cooking:

  • Cooking oil
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Charcoal
  • Lighter fluid

Food and Beverage:

  • A detailed menu plan for each meal so that you can plan the essentials
  • Vitamins and supplements for a long journey
  • Staple foods
    • Eggs
    • Onions
    • Canned milk
    • Mushrooms
    • Potatoes
    • Mayonnaise
    • Peanut butter
    • Bread
    • Mustard
  • Snacks
    • Pickles
    • Olives
    • Chips
    • Cookies
  • Drinks
    • Water
    • Milk
    • Tea
    • Coffee
    • Hot Chocolate
    • Coke
    • Diet Coke
    • Hot Cider
    • Smoothies
    • Juices
    • Sodas
    • Beer
    • Red Wine
    • White Wine

These are the basic essentials you must have on board when traveling. Any other essential depending on the needs and preferences of your passengers should also be taken care of. All of this must be in sufficient quantity to meet the requirements of each person on board.

Apart from the food and beverage gear you also need to pack these things properly:

  • Clothes: Depending on the weather along the route, keep enough clothing to be safe from extreme heat and cold. A bathing suit and casual clothing are also needed. Since you might not be able to come back to the shore for sometime pack wisely. Any other water gear that you find necessary also needs to be packed.
  • Passports: If you are sailing across a country then the passport is a must-have.
  • Entertainment options: Keep music systems, board games,  and anything that your team finds entertaining onboard.