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Check out all our 50 lessons learnt from travelling after more than 3 years of adventures around the world.

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After more than 3 years on the road we have had more “that was the best day of my life” days than we can count. And more “I am NEVER going to do that ever again” days than we care to remember.

Over 30 countries through more than 5 continents has tested us to our absolute limits. Physically and emotionally. Individually and as a travelling couple.

Four Jandals Egypt Pyramids

After so long on the road, we have learnt a thing or two about travelling and about ourselves. These are our 50 lessons learnt from travelling the world. And while they may not relate to everyone, you may just learn something to help you on your next adventure.

50 lessons learnt from travelling the world

  1. Jandals are the only travel necessity you need.
  2. Lack of food while travelling makes for a very angry Cole.
  3. Lack of sleep while travelling make for a very angry Adela.
  4. War and politics may divide countries and people. Yet somehow travelling makes these problems disappear.
  5. Travelling as a couple has made our relationship stronger.
  6. It is okay to say no to things that you don’t want to do.
  7. Jasper National Park is nearly more beautiful than New Zealand.

    A Guide to Visiting Jasper National Park

  8. Anyone can do adventurous travel activities. You just need the willpower.
  9. Travel should be done as slowly as possible. Where feasible.
  10. As we get older, we appreciate a little more luxury.
  11. Adela definitely doesn’t like caving.

    Four Jandals Caving in Budapest

  12. Flights at the crack of dawn are always the cheapest. Because they suck.
  13. Overland travel is so much easier than flying.
  14. You should NEVER kiss a snake in Marrakech.
    Wash your hands after handling snakes in Marrakech
  15. And travelling sick sucks. You need to stay healthy at all costs.
  16. Airport currency exchange counters give you terrible rates.
  17. Australians are everywhere. And contrary to popular belief, New Zealand is NOT a part of Australia.
  18. Hindsight when travelling is a wonderful idea.
  19. Sunrises are worth waking up early for. Always.
    La Notte Rosa sunrise in Rimini
  20. You should travel for a reason. Not just so say that you can say that you have travelled to the next “popular” destination.
  21. You should change your plans just so you can eat a local food delicacy.
  22. Working overseas while you are travelling allows you to travel longer.
  23. It is okay to request timeouts while travelling as a couple. Timeouts even work when stuck beside each other in a car driving across Canada and USA.
  24. Las Vegas really is an adults version of Disneyland.
  25. Get naked if the locals are naked so that you fit in with them.
  26. Skype is the worlds best invention for keeping in touch with family and friends.
  27. McDonald’s are everywhere. But we will only enter one to use their bathroom.
  28. Peeing in squat toilets is really hard. Prepare to get your feet wet the first few times.
  29. Street food is tastier and so much cheaper compared to touristy restaurants.
    Street food in Egypt Falafel
  30. Learning a tiny bit of the local language can get you so much respect in a new culture.
  31. It is not okay to stereotype people based on their race, religion, accent or the way they dress, before you get to know them. No matter how many times the stereotype turns out to be right.
  32. Cute Highland Cows will make the toughest or grumpiest person in the world smile.
    Cute Highland Cow pictures
  33. International media are often wrong. Most places they deem “unsafe” are, in fact, very safe.
  34. Amsterdam is a crazy place. But there is more to it than smoking weed and visiting peep shows.
  35. If travelling as a couple, make time for “date nights”.
  36. You need to have travel insurance. Especially if you are Adela.
    Snowboarding Broken Collarbone
  37. Exercise and routine can be important while travelling.
  38. So is sitting back on a beach and relaxing for the day.
  39. Travelling should make you open your eyes to change.
  40. When you are not looking for a toilet, they are everywhere. When you are busting, you will never find one.
  41. And paying for toilets will never become less annoying.
  42. No matter how much you have learnt about the Pyramids in Egypt, they will blow your mind in person.
  43. The more you travel, the more places and adventures we continue to add to our dream list.
  44. You should tear up your bucket list. Instead, live in the here and now.
  45. The Roman Colosseum is probably the coolest structure in the world.
    Colisseum Pictures, Rome Pictures
  46. Couples should have to travel together before they get married.
  47.  We prefer exploring adventures by ourselves, rather than on group tours.
  48. Jumping photos make pictures so much cooler.
    Cole jumping photo Eiffel Tower
  49. Nowhere is quite like home. But that is why you should travel the world.
  50. If something is holding you back from seeing the world. Quit doing that thing. Nothing should stop you from travelling.

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Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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102 Comments

  1. Memographer

    September 19, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Nice list! A pic of a cute highland cow made my day. And, YES, Australians are everywhere! 🙂

  2. Andrew

    September 20, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    Great post! I can definitely relate to most of those points (and if Jasper Park really is *nearly* more beautiful than NZ, I’ll definitely have to put it on my list!)

    • Cole Burmester

      September 28, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      Jasper is really that beautiful Andrew! Put it up on your list 🙂

  3. Jeremy Branham

    September 20, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    Good lessons. Agree with #4 completely. Disagree with #1 completely (I rarely wear them and hate feet)! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      September 28, 2012 at 6:19 PM

      Not sure that we can be friends if you dislike jandals 😉

  4. Ashley

    September 20, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    This is so true and made me laugh- Flights at the crack of dawn are always the cheapest. Because they suck.

    Also I loved the picture of the highland calf. So adorable.

    • Cole Burmester

      September 28, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      I just had to catch another dawn flight this week. Ewwww such a nightmare. Even slept at the airport for it!

  5. Jess | GlobetrotterGirls

    September 20, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Number 12 really hits home! Cheap flights save you so much money, but the ungodly hour makes you lose your sanity, sometimes. And, they just suck! 🙂

  6. Pretraveller

    September 21, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Thanks for the tips. I am hoping to make the comparison between New Zealand and Jasper myself before too much longer!!

    While I have not taken the long term trip like you have I have tried to have a ‘travelling spirit’ as we go through life. This means that where possible we try to get out of the house and explore our local area. And we have hopefully set up a child free date night in the next week where we intend to go and explore our hometown of Brisbane!

  7. Amanda

    September 22, 2012 at 12:03 AM

    Great lessons! Totally agree with almost all of them – especially #46!

  8. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    September 22, 2012 at 6:32 PM

    Great life lessons. I definitely agree that every couple should travel together before they get married. You’ll learn all you need to know in a very short period of time. Recently, we found ourselves getting up way before dawn because of a time change. Each time we saw the sunrise I was reminded why it’s worth waking up for. Beautiful photos!

  9. D.J. - The World of Deej

    September 24, 2012 at 1:30 PM

    Awesome stuff…so many of these made me chuckle either from experience, or from reading the story behind the lesson here:)

  10. Lee Carter @ Global Goose

    September 24, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    Very good tips, I can defiantly relate to most of them, apart from the jandals of course as I don’t lift my feet.

  11. Callie

    September 24, 2012 at 8:58 PM

    Good list (especially the part about the cow. Freaking adorable.)! Also, good meeting you at TBEX!

  12. Angie Away

    September 24, 2012 at 11:50 PM

    That cow is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! And your list is great – No. 50 sums it up nicely!

  13. Angela

    September 25, 2012 at 6:00 PM

    I totally relate with #9 and 32! I travel slowly and those cutest things ever do make smile (and I’m also grumpy sometimes :P)

    • Cole Burmester

      September 30, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      Haha we are all grumpy from time to time. At least you know where to come if you need cheering up 😉

  14. EurotripTips

    September 26, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Very true about toilets. And very true about street food.

    And even truer about traveling as a couple. So many people underestimate how hard it is to travel as a couple, sometimes – and I mean travel, not a week vacation to an all-inclusive resort. Long term travel with a significant other can be both wonderful and exhausting, romantic and aggravating. It really is a good test before marriage. And it worked wonderfully in my case, going on 6 years now 🙂

    Our first test? Living together abroad for one year, in a 18m2 apartment in Camden. When we were done, I said that if we had gotten through this, we could get through anything!

    • Cole Burmester

      September 30, 2012 at 5:20 PM

      Totally agree with you. Living together and travelling together are totally different things. Living together in a foreign country, just as tough 🙂

  15. Andrea

    September 26, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    So true! The best lessons are learned when you step out of your comfort zone and go explore the world! Some of the lessons I have learned have proven to be invaluable in my daily life and I am more adaptable to difficult situations now.

    • Cole Burmester

      September 30, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Travelling totally changes your perceptions on life (in a good way). I wish everyone had the means and desire to want to travel. I think we would all be better off.

  16. Caroline @ Traveling 9 to 5

    September 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    I agree sunrises are worth it and early morning flights truly are the worst!

    Great list!

    • Cole Burmester

      September 30, 2012 at 5:32 PM

      We have caught too many cheap flights at ridiculous hours of the morning. Wish we were not cheap asses haha.

  17. karin@personaltravel

    September 26, 2012 at 6:24 PM

    Great list!! Keep safe while traveling and enjoy your adventures!

    • Cole Burmester

      September 30, 2012 at 5:34 PM

      Cheers Karin! Hope you have safe travels too 🙂

  18. ANGLO/Dale

    September 26, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Too many points to comment on, but the one that I can’t ‘completely’ agree with is number 42 ‘The Roman Colosseum is probably the coolest structure in the world’.

    Personally, I don’t even think it’s the best building in Rome.
    For me it’s got to be the ‘Square’ Colosseum : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palazzo_della_Civilt%C3%A0_Italiana

    Check it out 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      September 30, 2012 at 5:35 PM

      Everyone has personal opinions Dale 😉 I just like the way the sunlight reflected off the Colosseum in the mornings and evenings.

      • ANGLO/Dale

        October 1, 2012 at 7:34 AM

        Completely agree. Personal opinions make me me & you you.

        Sounds like a comedy double act: ‘MeMe & YouYou’.

        We need a theme tune…

        • Cole Burmester

          October 1, 2012 at 2:37 PM

          Hahaha brilliant. Is it weird that the Sound of Music popped into my head straight away?

          • ANGLO/Dale

            October 1, 2012 at 6:59 PM

            You too?

            Spooky!

  19. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    September 26, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Fun list–here, here for # 19, 21 and 33!

  20. Laurence

    September 27, 2012 at 9:51 AM

    Wait a second – I spent a year in NZ under the impression it was just another Ozzie state!

    Seriously though, have to agree on the travelling as a couple. I reckon if you can survive long term 24/7 living, you can do anything!

  21. Meeah

    September 28, 2012 at 8:18 PM

    Love the post!!! The cow is so adorable!!! 🙂 and yes, jandals rock 😉
    I could relate with many points – keep safe while traveling and especially snowboarding!!

    • Cole Burmester

      September 30, 2012 at 5:42 PM

      So glad you call them jandals too! Maybe see you on the ski slopes sometime soon 🙂

  22. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    September 29, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Yes! to number 9.

  23. Ava Apollo

    September 30, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    Noted, I won’t kiss any snakes. Agree, sun rises are always worth waking up for. Great post 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      September 30, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      Just make sure they have a clean bill of health if you want to kiss any snakes 😉

  24. Just One Boomer (Suzanne)

    October 1, 2012 at 7:20 AM

    I’m probably a tad older than most of your followers, but most of your assertions resonated for me, but I’ll comment on just a few
    #17: I’ve known for a long time that New Zealand is not part of Australia, but I am embarrassingly bad at differentiating the accents of NZ, Oz, Britain, Ireland, and South Africa. Before I assume an English speaker who sounds American is from the US, I trick them into saying the words “out” or “about”, so I won’t tick off any Canadians.
    #10: we do prefer “a little more luxury” as we age–like only sharing a room (and preferably a bathroom) with people we love–or at least are fond of
    #13: can’t say I agree that overland travel is always easier than flying—the Andes in Peru come immediately to mind
    #19: I wouldn’t get doctrinaire about ALWAYS waking up for sunrises. Sunsets are very nice too and are so much more conveniently timed.
    #28: squat toilets–something you can figure out how to use eventually (even ladies), but they are also something you are happy to avoid when possible. Travelers spend more time on average thinking about toilets than the general population. I was moved (pun intended) to write a blog post about the toilets in Japan.
    #32: Please tell me they don’t eat those incredibly cute highland cows.
    #45: I’m with Anglo Dale on this one. The Colosseum is kind of amazing in historical context and certainly a must see, but I’d have to think about this for awhile before anointing it the “coolest structure” in the world.
    #46: If you like to travel, you should definitely take your beloved out for a test trip before saying “I do”. My man passed with flying colors 31 years ago.
    #51: Q.: What’s the 8th wonder of the world? A. A Kiwi with a return ticket. (Told to us by a Kiwi theology student who gave us a tour of the Vatican.)

    • Cole Burmester

      October 1, 2012 at 2:35 PM

      Thanks for stopping by Suzanne 🙂 Always love having new commenters!

      Agree with lots of your points there. I do love the Colosseum (just not the crowds). And love your #51. Definitely using that at a later date 🙂

  25. Alana - Gen Y Wanderer

    October 1, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Totally agree with #43…my list is never-ending and ever-growing…

    • Cole Burmester

      October 1, 2012 at 2:37 PM

      Damn the world being such an exciting place to explore aye Alana!

  26. Audrey | That Backpacker

    October 3, 2012 at 2:46 PM

    I too get cranky if I don’t eat, hehe. I’ve learned to either carry food with me, or take lots of cafe breaks. p.s. Those highland cows are pretty cute!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM

      We have slowly figured it out too. Lack of sleep and lack of food = not a good relationship hahaha. Simple things to keep us happy 🙂

  27. Addison S. @ Visa Hunter

    October 3, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    You’ve hit the nail on the head here. Numbers 2 and 3 particularly bring back traveling memories of my own: the man must eat and the women must sleep. Whereas nowhere is quite like home, I am of the belief that it is definitely possible to find somewhere that matches up and I have fortunately found this place more than once.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 4, 2012 at 5:05 PM

      Haha love that you agree with our eating and sleeping rules 😉

      Glad you have found a few places that match home. It is always just nice to return to that special place, and NZ is quite hard to beat really 😉

  28. Agness (@Agnesstramp)

    October 7, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    You are right saying Australian people are everywhere. What I pitty I don’t see any Polish backpackers. Great tips. Travelling is a life lesson 😉 and I have learnt that Karma always gets back around 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      October 7, 2012 at 2:45 PM

      Thanks for stopping by Agness! Adela is actually part Polish as her Grandma moved to New Zealand as a child. Would be great to meet some more Polish backpackers 🙂

  29. Turtle

    October 9, 2012 at 1:13 PM

    Great lessons – love ’em. Although I don’t know why you bothered going past number 1 🙂
    Oh yeah, because you wanted to have a dig at the Aussies. Fair ‘nuf.

  30. Agness (@Agnesstramp)

    October 10, 2012 at 8:53 AM

    Yeah, that’s cool. I am hoping to meet you guys on our travels in the future 🙂 Happy travels!

  31. Raymond @ Man On The Lam

    October 13, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    I’m having a hard time with #37 — I need more exercise! Great list!!

    • Cole Burmester

      October 14, 2012 at 11:21 AM

      I struggle with it when I am not travelling! Luckily we spend most of our time wandering cities or on crazy adventures. So it definitely helps.

  32. Laurie

    October 14, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    Great post The Roman Colosseum is probably the most amazing structure you could see. Love the history

  33. Jeremy (TheTravelApprentice)

    October 15, 2012 at 4:23 AM

    Awesome list you two, I feel like I could have written in myself… 🙂 I especially like the one about Egypt, I’ve never been, I know tons about it and actually wondered the other day if Egypt would live up to my extremely high expectations of it… I want to believe it’ll blow me away when I finally get there.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 15, 2012 at 8:51 AM

      It blew us away (Egypt). Definitely try and get there sometime soon. Such an amazing and diverse country!

  34. Shamis @ Gawaya Travel Blog

    October 17, 2012 at 3:05 PM

    Nice (and some funny) tips 🙂 Especially the cute cow and street food. I totally agree with the #49 and #50.

    • Cole Burmester

      October 17, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      He is really cute! Thanks for dropping by Shamis 🙂

  35. Matt Gomio

    October 17, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    I love those pictures, especially the one jumping “against” the Eifel Tower – that’s more creative than just “picking it up”!

    Let’s stay connected and check out our Blog as well.
    I bookmarked this one 🙂

    Take care you both,
    Matt

    • Cole Burmester

      October 17, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      It was a shame the picture was a bit blurry but oh well! Thanks for dropping by Matt, will definitely check out Gomio!

  36. Tom

    October 30, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    Awesome list, Cole!

    I loved number 46 and wow, that highland cow was REALLY cute 😀

    • Cole Burmester

      October 31, 2012 at 10:45 AM

      46 should be made into some law that everyone signs when they get into a relationship haha.

  37. Trudy Florence

    October 30, 2012 at 11:18 AM

    Agree with so many of these! Particularly 46 haha. Love all your travel lessons, we have learnt so much in the past year and a bit. I think the big one is that our relationship is the best tool we have when travelling the world. Travelling together long term is such an amazing experience that we will remember forever.

  38. Laurie

    November 2, 2012 at 2:01 AM

    Your are right on the mark. Love 49

    • Cole Burmester

      November 2, 2012 at 8:48 AM

      Thanks Laurie! Hopefully everyone can agree on at least one point 😉

  39. Cho

    November 19, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Love the little moo in the middle of the post!! I would definitely travel!!

  40. Alexandra

    December 6, 2012 at 1:02 PM

    I have to revist Amsterdam as apparently I didn’t see everything the city had to offer 🙂

    Seriously though, great list! I’m in the process of booking my second RTW flight in less than two years. I can’t even begin to fathom the lessons I will learn traveling overland through Africa and India

    BTW: We Hawaiian call them Slippahs and I really don’t understand why I ever bring any other type of footwear with me

    • Cole Burmester

      December 11, 2012 at 11:31 AM

      Totally agree with you about not needing any other footwear! Our jandals (slippahs) are the best travel accessories 🙂 You will love Africa and India I am sure.

  41. Ian [EagerExistence]

    December 11, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Australians are everywhere! …and YOU love it

    • Cole Burmester

      December 12, 2012 at 1:04 AM

      Hahaha they are good value… most of the time.

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  43. Kay Rodriguez

    December 26, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Cute and entertaining list! 🙂 I love travel because it teaches me things I would have never learned reading a book or sitting in a classroom. And the best lesson from traveling is that there’s always more to learn!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      Whole heartedly agree 100% Kay! Those 50 lessons are only the tip of the iceberg of what we have learnt. More importantly we have discovered food, cultures and friendships that will remain with us forever.

  44. Eartha

    February 1, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    I LOVE… absolutely LOVE this list!!! (And yes I did smile at that highland cow photo!) I’m about to do an RTW that starts in a couple months, and I will live and breathe this list.
    You guys are awesome! Keep traveling!

    Xo

    • Cole Burmester

      February 2, 2013 at 3:08 PM

      Thanks Xo! Hope you enjoy your RTW trip and we might see you somewhere along the way 😀

  45. Anita

    February 2, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Some great advice, Jandals! I especially like #44. Living in the here and now is not easy to do…but it’s so satisfying!

    • Cole Burmester

      February 2, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Definitely Anita! So easy to get caught up in other things and problems that can pull you out of the here and now.

  46. Wally

    April 6, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    I thought only Canadians had to blog about simple travel experiences.

  47. Wally

    April 6, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    Although I do agree with #9

  48. david fountain

    April 9, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    Great info…also…wear sunscreen!

  49. Matt

    April 20, 2013 at 4:13 AM

    As someone who is about to embark on a 6 month+ round the world journey with his wife and two best friends, its posts like this that make me smile (75% because of that ADORABLE cow). You have reminded me that I have no reason to be scared, I can’t WAIT to see all the sights, the pyramids, the food….the list is endless. I agree that if anything is holding you back just do it! I’m scared, excited, nervous, happy and sad that I’m leaving everything behind all at once…and I wouldn’t change a thing! Thank for for the inspiration!

    • Cole Burmester

      April 21, 2013 at 10:49 AM

      Good luck on your trip Matt and I hope you find a way to keep travelling after the 6 months is up 😉 All I can say is to enjoy every moment and take each day as it comes.

  50. Dream Holidays Guide

    April 23, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    I agree with the lessons you wrote here,i kept smiling while reading each lines. When I was just starting out traveling overseas, I always get ripped off by airport money changers, now I learned it’s cheaper to take money out from the ATM when abroad.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 23, 2013 at 11:33 AM

      Either from the ATM or at least find a really good rate online before the airport. So many places allow you to buy currency online and delivered to you as well.

  51. cathie

    June 23, 2013 at 2:31 AM

    No. 47. Enter Micky d’s for one other reason…ice!

  52. Mj

    July 3, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Hmm I definitely agree ! I am Asian and first time to travel out of my country. When you start to travel and get out from your comfort zone you will realize that there is much more fun in the neighborhood 🙂 travelling tells you a lot , learned a lot of things and the questions you have in mind were answered by your foot steps :). Thanks a lot for Sharing your travel tips and learnings 🙂

  53. rrenny

    July 19, 2013 at 6:11 AM

    Jumping does make pictures look so much better.. Especially at parks, lakes and on hills. It kind of emits the joy and exuberance.

    • Cole Burmester

      July 31, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      You look ridiculous doing it but when you see the pictures you are always stoked!

  54. cham (volunteertravel)

    September 16, 2013 at 4:26 AM

    Great list and so true! I think routine and doing something you feel is beneficial are some of the most important things while traveling.

    • Cole Burmester

      September 17, 2013 at 7:18 AM

      Totally agree with you Cham 🙂 Especially for long term travel!

  55. Charles Rahm (@DWJustTravel)

    October 15, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Great post. I agree that adventurous activities certainly take a certain amount of willpower which I am sadly lacking in! Well done to have gone caving- Must have been an unforgettable experience. Definitely paying to use the toilet is still one of my greatest peeves.

  56. Jaryd

    February 1, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Awesome list number 8 sums it all up – Anyone can do adventurous travel activities, you just need the willpower. Love it! The greatest thing I have learned whilst traveling over 6 continents is that endorsing yourself in the culture of each country truly helps you to understand their way of life.

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  58. Eric

    September 24, 2014 at 2:01 AM

    You did not need to tell you that ” travelling sick sucks” after number 14 which is you should not kiss a snake in Marrakech.Made me smile.
    Healthy travelling.
    Cheers

  59. Zulian

    April 16, 2015 at 1:42 AM

    You are really full of Experience, All about travelling have you felt. Now you have the way to avoid a saturation Buddy

  60. hanoi food tour

    June 14, 2015 at 4:21 PM

    I am going to Thailand next week and this is the first time i travel to oversea. Useful information. Thanks

  61. Susan

    October 31, 2016 at 4:02 PM

    Couldn’t more agree on point 46 and 49 haha! I’ve been learning a lot from your blog and the more i read it, the more i want to explore more, you are my inspiration. Keep up writing and share for people 🙂

  62. Shane Dayton

    January 7, 2017 at 7:49 AM

    Great advice all the way through, though maybe none so good as “Tear up the bucket list and live in the hear and now.” Granted, I have the long bucket list of places I want to see and experiences I intend to have, but those are guide posts to get started and motivation when life forces me down for a while. Being able to embrace the moment, where you are, what possibilities open up – that really is the essence of travel, IMO.

  63. Alex S

    March 7, 2017 at 1:11 PM

    Awesome list… I agree those cute Highland Cows are soooo cute!

    I would just add one more on the list. 51. Always wake up early on a powder day & get 1st chair… ALWAYS. 🙂

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Why you Should book Zimbabwe as your Next African Safari Holiday

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Following years of planning and a supposed £120 million loan from China, Zimbabwe finally opened its landmark Victoria Falls International Airport back in 2016.

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2. The Diverse Range of Available Lodges and Accommodation

Whether you want to stay in town or enjoy a more rustic travel experience on the outskirts, you’ll find that Africa, and particularly Zimbabwe, has an incredible range of options on offer.

The Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is particularly beguiling, as it offers tremendous luxury and is in close proximity to the iconic water fall. It also enables you to see of the so-called ‘Big five’ game in their natural habitat, which is the whole point of booking on a safari in the first place!

If you’re in search of a more intimate experience and wish to stay on the outskirts of town, the Zambezi Sands bush camp offers the ideal getaway. Located on a remote and unspoiled stretch of the Zambezi river, it was created by conservationist Mark Butcher and provides a unique insight into Zimbabwe’s beautiful wilderness.

In addition to heading out on safari, you can also arrange a host of activities here, including fly-fishing and photographing the lunar rainbows that are cast over the falls at night.

3. Enjoy Several Different Species of Wildlife at the Hwange National Park

Another iconic location in Zimbabwe is the Hwange National Park, which covers an incredible 5,625 square miles and is approximately nine times the size of Greater London.

In addition to its vast expanse, this location is also home to a wider variety of wildlife than anywhere else in the world. More specifically, there are an estimated 50,000 elephants in the region (who often roam in herds as large as 400), along with more than 100 species of mammal and 400 different types of bird.

The type of game that you see depends on the precise area that you visit, with the hilly, north-west region home to several species of wild dog. In the central area, lions are frequently spotted, including select prides that have perfected the art of elephant hunting.

Regardless, the Hwange National Park is a great location for any true wildlife lover, particularly if you want observe species’ in their natural habitat.

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How to Pack for A Walking Holiday in the UK

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A sense of real-life adventure, the great outdoors, and the fresh air are all the things you can expect from a walking holiday. Indeed, one main reason that a walking holiday is so rewarding is that it’s challenging, therefore, you get a sense of having really achieved something.

Of course, to make the challenging aspect of a walking holiday enjoyable as opposed to uncomfortable, you’ll need to pack adequately.

Packing 

You’re really excited about your South Downs Way walking holiday; a well-deserved break rumbling through the serene countryside, exploring the local villages, and taking in the beautiful woodlands. But, you’ll first have to pack. This checklist will ensure that you’ve got everything you need for that perfect walking holiday.

Medical Kit

A small medical kit which can fit in your rucksack might be very useful if you or anyone you’re with encounters minor health issues which can be easily addressed especially when you’re far away from the nearest pharmacy. For instance, you can pack painkillers for strained muscles and headaches, wet wipes, diarrhea treatment, and plasters for blisters. If you suffer from altitude sickness, you can request your doctor to prescribe some medication.

Comfortable Boots

The foundation for a perfectly enjoyable and unforgettable walking holiday is comfortable boots. Your legs and feet take a lot of strain from walking, and getting the right boots will significantly reduce the chances of blisters and sore feet. The best walking boots have great ankle support to cope with uneven or slippery paths. Where the route is less arduous, trail shoes or lower cut boots would be a good choice, particularly if your feet get really hot during summer.

The ideal boots are lightweight, solid, waterproof, and have a breathable membrane to keep your feet comfortable and dry. Planning on buying new boots for your trip? Try on several pairs before settling on one. And then, before you go on holiday, wear them as often as you can to avoid getting blisters. Also, buy socks that are specially designed for hiking. The socks usually have extra cushioned soles to protect your feet.

Quick-Dry Shorts or Trousers

Heavy cotton and jeans trousers or shorts are okay for wearing at the hotel, but not a great choice for your day’s walk. They’ll fast get soggy in case it pours. You should pack at least a pair of walking shorts or trousers made from lightweight and quick-drying material. Or, instead of carrying shorts and trousers, you can find trousers that double up as shorts. Alternatively, you can use sports shorts or tracksuit bottoms which are also made from quick-drying and lightweight fabric.

Shorts or trousers with plenty of pockets are very useful for keeping your items, including phone and maps, safely.

Waterproof Jacket

Summer in the UK is characterized by occasional cooler mornings or showers. You’ll need a waterproof jacket for these types of weather changes. Get a jacket that’s substantial enough to keep you warm in the morning or evening yet small enough to fit in your rucksack.

Consider buying a jacket with the following: adequate pockets to put all your small items, a breathable membrane to ensure you don’t sweat excessively, and zips for your under-arm ventilation.

Walking T-Shirts

Choose a variety of lightweight T-shirts, and a few vest tops. Vest-tops are great if you want to get a tan, but you should alternate them with sleeved T-shirts. This will help avoid the discomfort and irritation of sunburned shoulders. T-shirts that are made from treated merino wool or technical fabric are designed for walking, and they’ll keep you cool as well as wick away excess sweat.

A Bandana or Hat

Summers can get extremely hot, and a sunhat will definitely come in handy. You don’t want to risk getting unsightly sunburns or worse, sunstroke. A cotton bandana will help keep hair away from your face. It can also prevent your neck from getting sunburns and be used to wipe off sweat as well.

A Fleece

Pack a fleece in case you encounter chilly moments in the evening or even in the early morning. Your T-shirt, when layered with a mid-weight fleece, should give you adequate warmth. If you can get a waterproof fleece, the better.

Day Sack

Since most walking holidays entail walks from your hotel, you’ll only need a sizeable rucksack to carry what you need for the day. A sack of about 20 to 30 liters with mesh pockets for holding your water bottles, lots of zipped compartments, and loops should be ideal.

It’s also advisable to carry a few plastic bags to store items such as your phone, clothes, maps, and anything else that can get wet in case of a sudden downpour.

Walking Pole

For gentle and flat walking routes, you’ll not need a walking pole. However, for arduous routes or paths that have steep climbs, you might require a walking pole. If you’re walking on a mountainous terrain, a walking pole will help ease the strain off your legs and knees. The walking pole will give you some much-needed support on steep, slippery, and uneven paths.

Foldable or telescopic poles are recommended since they are easy to pack and carry in your rucksack.

A Reusable Water Bottle

The most important part of your walk is to always stay hydrated. When you’re taking a walk in the rural areas, you’ll need plenty of fresh water supply. To avoid wastage as well as conserve the environment, get a refillable bottle to carry your water.

Underwear

Supportive and comfortable underwear is definitely a must for walking. Pack only a few lightweight and wicking underwear including sports bras. You can wash them as you travel.

Evening Wear

At the end of a long and adventurous day of walking, and after a shower, you’ll want to put on an outfit that’s suitable for relaxing or dining out. Lightweight clothes, shoes, flip-flops, or trainers will fit the bill perfectly for your post-hiking wear.

Toiletries

Pack all the necessary toiletries and keep in mind how long they’ll last. Some hotels provide small containers of shampoo, soap, and lotion. However, it’s best to bring your own, as well.

Extra Essentials

Remember to carry sun cream or sunscreen, sunglasses, camera phone or camera, insect repellent, universal plug, washing detergent, antiseptic gel, and camera and phone charger.

Food

Many lodges or B&Bs will pack a small lunch for you. You can also stock up on heavy snacks such as trail mix, protein bars, cheese, bread, or crackers. You’ll need plenty of protein on your walk. And don’t forget to carry candy. You’ll relish a sweet treat while you’re burning those calories.

Ultimately, the right equipment and packing right will make your walk trouble free, relaxed, and more enjoyable.

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Camping with Your Guitar: Things to Consider

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Going on a camping trip with an acoustic guitar is always a fun and exciting idea that’s definitely possible with proper planning. Going anywhere with an instrument can be a complicated affair, with factors to consider such as the weather, handling, storage and even if your guitar can survive the trip to and from your destination unscathed.

If you don’t want to risk your primary acoustic getting damaged during your camping trip, consider investing in a guitar that’s designed for traveling. A travel acoustic guitars are small and lightweight, yet produce a sound that’s good enough for jamming around a campfire or at the back of a van. Some travel guitars are even equipped with a pickup, allowing you to plug them in a small battery-powered amp. Getting a travel-friendly guitar is actually the best way to protect a more valuable instrument from the risks of transit.

Let’s say you haven’t gotten around to acquiring a travel acoustic yet. What can you do to keep your beloved guitar in top condition during your outdoor adventure? Consider the following and prepare accordingly!

Storage

Is your guitar case suitable for a camping trip? If you have a hardshell case and you’re going to the camping grounds by car, storage shouldn’t be a problem. If you’re backpacking however, a hard case probably isn’t the best idea. Choose a sturdy padded gig bag that’s lightweight and has straps to make it easier to carry.

Make sure your guitar fits snugly in its case and it doesn’t move around in it. Put soft shirts (without buttons) around the headstock, lower bout and other places where there’s extra space. You want to make sure your guitar doesn’t get jostled around in its case so it doesn’t get damaged.

Loosen the strings a bit to prevent warping if the wood on the guitar expands or shrinks. Put masking tape or better yet, duct tape along the seams and clasps to prevent water from coming in and to keep the case tightly closed.

At camp, find a spot where you can place your guitar without it tipping over or getting trampled on. Inside a car in the shade (with windows slightly open) and inside the tent are your best options. Avoid keeping it close to the campfire or leaving it in a hot car.

Humidity

Acoustic guitars are made of wood, which needs just the right amount of moisture to keep it from cracking or expanding. Your guitar should be kept in an environment with a relative humidity of 35 to 50 percent.

While you can’t control the humidity outdoors, you can control the humidity in your guitar case. Get a humidifier-dehumidifier, which absorbs moisture from the guitar when it’s too humid and humidifies the guitar when it’s too dry. Remember to keep your guitar in its case when you’re not playing it, and make sure to lock or zip the case properly.

The weather

We’re assuming you have the good sense to plan your trip during the summer or when you know there isn’t a storm coming. However, the weather can be really unpredictable, which means you can get drenched in an unexpected shower. In such event, it’s important to keep your guitar dry. If your guitar case isn’t waterproof, make sure you bring along a plastic sheet or an extra bin liner/trash bag where you can place your guitar case if it begins to rain.

We hope you keep these considerations in mind when planning your camping trip. If you still have time, it would be really wise to invest in a lighter, more compact travel guitar than to expose your favorite and probably more expensive guitar to the elements.

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