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2012 Travel Adventures in Photos

2012 was an epic year for travel adventures. 14 countries and over 10,000 photos. Makes it hard to choose just 12 of our favourites but we have tried!

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Costa Brava Church, Cycling in Costa Brava

2012. What a year it has been.

It’s hard to imagine that the year is nearly over because it feels like only yesterday that we were in Egypts capital city, Cairo, ringing in the New Year.

But since then it has been a whirlwind of travel adventures for us.

2012 Travel Adventures in Photos

This is actually the first time that we have looked back on all the travel adventures we have done this year. We are so fortunate to have been to 14 countries this year. 

So grab a coffee, sit back and take a moment to reflect back on the last 12 months of travel.

January 2012 – Egypt

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Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, Egypt.

Egypt was the perfect start to the year. It had been a dream of mine to visit the Pyramids of Giza for a longtime and I had huge fears that they wouldn’t live up to my exaggerated expectations. Luckily the Pyramids, and Egypt in general blew my mind.

A truly magnificent country.

February 2012 – Amsterdam

Amsterdam at Night, Red Light District

Red Light District Canals, Amsterdam

We wrote a few risqué posts from our 48 hours in Amsterdam. No surprises that our “How to smoke weed in Amsterdam” and “Visiting a Peep Show” posts continue to drive thousands of visitors to our travel blog each month.

What amazed me the most about Amsterdam was the high number (pun intended) of  Tourists that miss out on the highlights of Amsterdam such as the Anne Frank Museum. I guess they are too busy eating waffles, smoking weed and visiting the Red Light District,

March 2012 – 3 Valleys, France

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3 Valleys Panorama, France

We hadn’t skied in over a year when we made the decision to go skiing in the 3 Valleys. The snowcapped French Alps were endless and we quickly fell in love with the area.

It’s also why we are moving there for this winter season. So you can expect lots more picturesque panoramas to come 🙂

April 2012 – Scottish Highlands

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Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

We are so glad that we made the decision to live in Edinburgh rather than London. Scotland continues to grow on us every day with its stunning Scottish Highlands and Castles around every corner.

We did countless drives around Scotland, but the one that stands out the most was our trip to the Isle of Skye. A vast, windswept and rugged Isle that left us wanting more.

If only the weather was a little better.

May 2012 – Turkey

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Sail Turkey with Busabout, Turkey

After shivering in Scotland for the winter we knew we had to escape to somewhere warm. Turkey proved to be one of the best decisions in the last 3 years.

We originally planned to just visit Istanbul and attend the incredibly moving ANZAC ceremony in Gallipoli. As an afterthought we tacked on a Sail Turkey cruise with Busabout. In one week lifelong friendships were forged and it has been one of the best travel adventures we have done.

June 2012 – Italy

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Roman Colosseum, Rome, Italy

I get shivers looking at the Colosseum. While others may not agree with me I think it is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.

But Rome wasn’t the only highlight in Italy. For 4 weeks we toured the northern half. We hiked Cinque Terre, explored Tuscany by scooter, ate copious amounts of Pizza and Pasta, sea kayaked in Naples, visited Ferrari museums and celebrated La Notte Rosa in Rimini.

We could travel around Italy forever.

July 2012 – Running with the Bulls, Spain

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San Fermin Bull Fight, Pamplona, Spain

With the blood pumping in our ears and the vibrations of hooves on the cobbles we ran for our lives during the San Fermin Running with the Bulls festival in Pamplona. Never in my life have I been more terrified, excited and pumped up on adrenaline than for those 2 minutes.

The bullfighting wasn’t the only travel adventure we got involved in though. Surfing in San Sebastian for 2 weeks helped me rediscover that passion that I had forgotten while we have been travelling.

August 2012 – Budapest, Hungary

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Széchenyi Baths, Budapest, Hungary

Budapest turned out to be a real eye opener for us. We hadn’t yet ventured into Eastern Europe on our travels but it had always been in the backs of our minds. It’s funny how one little trip changes everything because now we want to bike around Eastern Europe next summer.

Not only did we get to relax in the local Széchenyi Baths, but we also attended the Sziget Music festival and Adela faced her fears by going caving under Budapest.

September 2012 – Costa Brava, Spain

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Ermita de Sant Elm Church, Costa Brava, Spain

This photos sums up Costa Brava for me. Gorgeous. On my second (out of three) trips to Spain this year I had the opportunity to explore the northeast of Spain in depth like a local.

Costa Brava has all sorts of travel adventures from hot air ballooning, remote Castle villages like Besalu and cycling old rail trails. It really is the perfect place to visit.

October 2012 – Oslo, Norway

Oslo Guide Vigeland Park, Crazy Baby Statue Oslo

Vigeland Park, Oslo, Norway

Living in the UK has been great but unfortunately I could only obtain a two year visa. Before I got booted out of the country for good we did a quick visa run across the North Sea to Oslo.

In hindsight we could have chosen somewhere cheaper (Oslo is the worlds most expensive city) but it turns out that Oslo in Autumn is spectacular. The fall colours and crazy baby statues make it a really fun city to explore.

We are also planning on returning to Norway in summer because we have heard they have some of the best adventure activities in the world.

November 2012 – Whangamata, New Zealand

Clark Island, Whangamata Beach, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Clark Island, Whangamata, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

For the first time in over 3 years I nearly quit travelling when I returned home to New Zealand. See the problem with travelling is that you miss out on so much back home. Especially when your home is one of the most talked about countries in the world.

Being able to go diving or surfing in Whangamata and relax on the beach afterwards with views like this are what I miss the most. After family of course. This is what will pull me home sooner than I thought…

December 2012 – Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

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Wentworth Valley, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

And to top off our travel adventures for the year, another photo from New Zealand. This one was taken on the hike up to Wentworth Falls. I don’t think it needs much explanation as to why it joins the 2012 adventure travels list. Who wouldn’t want to hike here!

Lets hope that 2013 brings just as many, if not more, travel adventures as 2012 did.

Tell us your favourite travel memory from 2012 below.

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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  1. Dusty Soles

    December 17, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    What a round up! Except for NZ and Amsterdam these are locations I’ve dreamed of but not quite made it to.. and I’m supposed to be bloody European! It’s true that when something is on your doorstep, you’re less likely to take advantage of it.

    Cannot wait to hear what adventures 2013 has for you!!

    • Cole Burmester

      December 18, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      Well at least you have made it all the way down to NZ! Not many people can claim that 🙂 We hope for lots of adventures too. Going to be hard to beat 2012 but we will give it a shot!

  2. Stephen S.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Man what a year! Looks like great fun. That is an epic picture of Eilean Donan!I saw you did Busabout sail turkey, and seemed like you enjoyed it. I am sailing Croatia with Busabout and debating doing the sail turkey after Oktoberfest to kill some time before TBEX Dublin

    • Cole Burmester

      December 18, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      Sail Turkey was definitely a highlight of this year. Met loads of people we then became friends with long term and travelled with throughout the year. I think it is a lot more chilled out than Sail Croatia to be honest. Not as many parties although nothing to stop you having a good time too.

  3. Jade - OurOyster.com

    December 18, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    Sounds like an awesome year! Can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2013

  4. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    December 18, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    What an amazing year you guys have had! I’ve certainly enjoyed following along and I look forward to seeing what the coming year holds for you. Enjoy the slopes in France!

    • Cole Burmester

      December 18, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      Cheers Ellen! We have enjoyed sharing our adventures with you and are stoked you follow us 🙂 So much snow falling here in France at the moment too. Looks like a perfect season!

  5. Jennifer

    December 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    What an amazing year you both had! Here’s to hoping 2013 is even more amazing for you.

    • Cole Burmester

      December 18, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      It has been crazy busy but very enjoyable! Mostly because of the people we have met 😉

  6. Salika Jay

    December 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    You guys seem to have had an amazing year. It’s always nice to read your articles. Looking forward to reading about your adventures in the coming year 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      December 18, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      Thank you so much for reading along with us Salika! The adventures are more fun when we share them with people 😉

  7. Jeremy Branham

    December 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    What a great year of travels! I’ve been to many of the countries you’ve visited. However, I am still envious of a few of your adventures. I’ve got a similar photo of the Szechenyi Baths in Budapest. I went there in 2007 when a lot of people didn’t know about them (too bad I didn’t have a blog back then!).

    However, the one I am most envious of is the Scottish Highlands. I’ve covered some Scottish festivals here and have wanted to go there for a few years.

    • Cole Burmester

      December 19, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      Haha I have so many places I still have to write about from when I didn’t have a blog 😉 You definitely need to make your way over to Scotland. Lots of places for you to connect with!

  8. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    December 18, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Another great year. Congratulations you guys! But 14 countries in 12 months makes our heads spin. We managed only three countries in 2012 but BOY do we KNOW Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama by now….

    • Cole Burmester

      December 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      We couldn’t believe we had been to 14 either. We spent two months in Spain and Italy so that was good that we managed to get to know them much better than the others! Would love to travel slower if we could afford to.

  9. Ruth (Tanama Tales)

    December 19, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    What ana amazing year. Hope next years bring more awesome adventures!

  10. Laurence

    December 19, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Well, no idea how you’re going to top that lot in 2013, but I’m sure you’ve got a cunning plan 😉

    • Cole Burmester

      December 19, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      Starting with France and then… mind blank. Nothing planned yet 😉

  11. Steven

    December 20, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Sounds like (or looks like) you’ve had an awesome year! That is a great photo of the Ermita de Sant Elm Church, and what is with that wild statue in Olso..

    • Cole Burmester

      January 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Was a fantastic year even if Vigeland park in Oslo was really confusing with the crazy statues haha.

  12. Laura @Travelocafe

    December 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    What a wonderful year! May 2013 be at least as adventure packed as 2012 for you!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Thanks Laura 🙂 We can’t wait to see what it brings!

  13. Pete

    December 20, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Great photos mate. All the best in 2013 and enjoy the slopes in France 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Thanks Pete. Hopefully this is the year we get to catch up on the road.

  14. Arti

    December 21, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    What a memorable 2012 you had! I was there with you most of the time! My most memorable travel trip of 2012 was my 6 day trip Japan, what a fascinating country.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Thanks for following us in 2012! Hope you enjoy following this year too. We also want to get to Japan towards the end of this year so might have to ask for some travel tips sometime Arti 😉

      • Arti

        January 20, 2013 at 1:55 AM

        I will be glad to help you 🙂

  15. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    December 25, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    What a great way to reflect on the past year. I’m totally stealing your idea 🙂

  16. D.J. - The World of Deej

    December 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    A great year and enjoyed tagging along with you here. Here’s to a great 2013!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 14, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      Cheers D.J. Been a pleasure having you onboard for our travels! Maybe we get to catch up somewhere on the road this year.

  17. Noah

    December 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Love the photos. Costa Brava, Oslo, and the Scottish Highlands are incredible shots. I really enjoyed my ten-week honeymoon, but if I had to narrow down that collection of awesome snapshots to just one, I would have to say hiking Sapa in the rain. The rice paddies were greener than I could have imagined.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      We haven’t experienced much of Asia yet and can’t wait to get there hopefully this year! I bet there are some amazing photos to be taken 🙂

  18. Cheryl

    December 26, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Wow, that’s one heck of a good year! Loved following your adventures, seeing your photos and look forward to following them even more closely in the new year! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Was great having you along for the ride Cheryl! You don’t realise how much we always appreciate your comments 😛

      • Cheryl

        January 17, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        Awww, glad to hear! =)

  19. Suzzane from Travel Universally

    December 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Of all your travel pics , the most attractive is Oslo, though it’s the most expensive city, but the nature of the Autumn city attracts me !

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Did you see our Autumn post with all the photos? Stunning! Although I have heard summer is just (if not more) lovely.

  20. kami

    December 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    it truly loks like you’ve had an amazing year! hope that 2013 will be even better for you!
    and since I’m considering booking a flight to Cairo – would you say it’s safe for a solo femal traveler to go there?

  21. Belle

    December 28, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    What an awesome tribute to 2012, as someone who has only just hit the road, I can’t wait till I can look back at all the places I would have been to over 12 months!!!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Good luck for your travels in 2013 Belle! Look forward to your end of year wrap up post 🙂

  22. Joy

    December 29, 2012 at 4:35 AM

    Great pics! They’re so colorful. You’ve had a great year!

  23. Felicity

    December 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    The photo of Budapest is beautiful. I’ve just recently followed your website and I’m always amazed by your travel. Hope you guys continue to share your travels to us

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      Thanks for your comment Felicity! Hope you enjoy the rest of our posts for 2013 😀

  24. Jeremy Branham

    December 31, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    I am jealous of your trips to Scotland and Budapest. I went to Hungary years ago and loved it. I think it’s one of the most underrated destinations in Europe. As for Scotland, it tops my bucket list. Awesome photo as well! Best wishes in 2013!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      You loved Ireland so you will LOVE Scotland Jeremy! Let us know if you make it here before the end of the year.

  25. Erik

    January 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    WOW! It looks like you’ve lived four years in that past 12 months 🙂

    As incredible as 2012 was for your guys, I’m hoping 2013 is as equally blessed with adventures and safe travels!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Sometimes it feels like we did too much to be honest Erik! We hope 2013 is as great for us (AND YOU) as well. Cheers.

  26. Michael

    January 3, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Wow, wonderful pictures. Can’t wait for your latest traveling in 2013.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      We hope that our travels are just as exciting and picturesque 😉

  27. ANGLO/Dale

    January 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    New Zealand has been on the lips of everyone recently, whether it has anything to do with ‘The Hobbit’ coming out at Christmas I couldn’t say, but, it looks every ounce as amazing & scenically beautiful in your pictures.

    Secretly holding out that we’ll make in there this year 😉

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      I really hope you guys make it out there this year too Dale! We hope to be back sometime towards the end of the year too 😉

  28. Matthew Karsten

    January 5, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    Love the bullfight ring photo. 14 is a lot of countries in one year!! You guys are travel machines! 😀

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      We were exhausted after it all anyway! Totally burnt out by November. Hopefully things will be just as exciting this year, but also a little slower. No one can keep it up for that long.

  29. Jenna

    January 5, 2013 at 5:17 AM

    This is one of my favorite round-ups of 2012 that I have seen. So many amazing travel destinations and photos! The Scotland photo is particularly great. I also have always wanted to see the Great Pyramids, but many other places on here are on my list, including Scotland and New Zealand.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      We were extremely lucky to have the opportunity to see so many wonderful places in 2012! Hopefully this year will top it, or at least equal it 🙂

  30. Red Hunt

    January 8, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Great travels, wow! The Scottish Highlands shot is super, it makes me want to be there….I love those kind of shots. And Egypt….oh Egypt, one day I’ll get there…have fun in 2013!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Hopefully you can make it to Egypt in 2013! It is a fascinating place with SO much history. Totally blew my mind.

  31. Michael Figueiredo

    January 8, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Beautiful photos! It certainly looks like you had a great year of travel. Best wishes for 2013!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Thank you Michael! We hope that your year of travel goes well too 🙂

  32. memographer

    January 10, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    Seems like a great year. Surprised that you went to Egypt. I am afraid it is still not safe to go there.

  33. Kristy

    January 10, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    I am looking forward for your next travel stories this 2013! Hopefully I can also go to Egypt! I super love all the pictures you’ve posted here about your travel escapades.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      Thanks for dropping by Kristy! Appreciate your comments and hope your travels go well in 2013 too. Maybe Egypt will be ticked off for you!

  34. Lady

    January 10, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Wow! Beautiful pics. I can’t wait to see more of your travels!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Cheers Lady! We hope that our photos at the end of this year can live up to the yours (and our) expectations!

  35. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    January 11, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    So many of these are on our Dream Destination List for 2013. Thanks for the great photo wrap up!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Maybe we should swap travel plans for a year or something! You guys are always on trips we want to do haha.

  36. Dana

    January 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Wow! Those are gorgeous places… and gorgeous photos! What a wonderful year of travel!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      We are hoping that 2013 will be just as beautiful! Good luck for all your travels too 🙂

  37. Laurel

    January 19, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    You guys have really had an incredible year! New Zealand is still on my list, can’t believe I haven’t gone yet, considering how I keep hearing how good the hiking is.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 20, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      Put NZ on your list just before Istanbul 😉 Hiking is world class!

  38. ourjourneytothesea

    January 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    What a beautiful collection. I can only imagine what is contained in the other 9,988 photos!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 20, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      It is tough to take good photos sometimes! Thanks for the kind words 🙂

  39. Simon

    February 7, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Great photos of 2012. My favorits are: Scotland, Clark Island and Amsterdam. I am looking forward to reading your travel reports of 2013. Take care of you!

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Most Underrated Travel Destinations

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Everyone knows about Paris and Rome and London but there are so many other beautiful travel destinations that are amazingly underrated and they are cities on our list to visit again once the Coronavirus allows. The fact that so many beautiful countries go unexplored by travelers is a tragedy and we want to change that after Coronavirus. Not only because so many people are missing out on rich cultures and picturesque views, but also because a lot of these destinations tend to be a lot cheaper to travel to than popular cities. 

But what a lot of people don’t know is that there are gorgeous, underrated foreign cities one can visit for a fraction of the price of touristy European cities. Forbes recently published a collection of the ten most underrated destinations you should consider visiting. 

Here are a few of them to learn about while stuck at home due to Coronavirus:

Yerevan, Armenia

Yerevan, the capital of Armenia, is known for its magnificent sights of Mount Ararat, historical monasteries, and its many striking temple ruins. Armenian cuisine is other worldly with classic dishes like rabbit stew, sautéed eggplant rolls, and lamb tartare. 

Telč, Czechia

Telč is a colorful town with Italian influences in Czechia. It boasts of Baroque-Renaissance architecture and has a castle of its own with exciting tunnels and passageways that you can explore underneath the town.

Santiago, Chile

Santiago is the capital of Chile and features gorgeous architecture from the neoclassical era. There are towering cathedrals and, of course, plenty of quality Chilean wine. Plus, the city of Santiago is a great place to kick off your exploration of Chile’s wine country. 

Rotterdam, the Netherlands

Rotterdam is often ignored due to the popular neighboring city of Amsterdam, but it is a bastion of underground music and street art. The architecture is strikingly modern since the city was heavily bombed during World War II and thus had to be rebuilt from the ground up. The city is filled to the brim with amazing cuisine and museums.

Lagos, Nigeria

If you are looking for a big city destination, Lagos is a metropolis that has plenty to see and do so that you’ll never be bored. And whenever you need a break from the urban marketplaces, private beaches are just a short drive away.

Con Dao, Vietnam

Con Dao is a Southeast Asian island that makes an excellent beach destination with two resorts and tons of fascinating history. Once host to a brutal French prison, the island is also home to the tomb of the Vietnamese martyr Vo Thi Sau. 

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

This is one of the oldest cities in Uruguay dating back to the 17th century. The city has a vibrantly decorated historic quarter and a three-century-old convent. It’s also only a short trip away from the bigger city of Montevideo.

A majority of Americans, when asked about traveling abroad, will likely shake their head and say they can’t afford such trips. Many people deal with multiple monthly bills, such as mortgage or rent, student loans, and title loans, which are all stress inducing. 

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3 Tips For A Luxury Camping Experience

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If you are used to travelling in style and staying in high end hotels, camping is probably your idea of hell. Why would you spend a week sitting in a freezing cold tent, hiding from the rain when you could be relaxing around the pool in a nice hotel? But camping gives you a completely different travel experience and if you do it right, it can be very rewarding. If you invest in the right equipment, you can enjoy all of the good things about camping without any of the downsides. If you follow these simple tips, you will have a comfortable experience and fall in love with camping.

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Buy The Right Tent

The tent is the most important thing if you want a comfortable camping experience. All of those horror stories you hear about leaking tents only happen because people buy cheap tents. If you invest in a good quality tent, it should hold up to the weather and keep you dry and warm.

When you are buying a tent, you need to check the hydrostatic head rating. This gives you an indication of how much rain the tent can stand up to before leaking. The higher the rating, the less likely your tent is to leak. It is also important to consider the size of the tent and how easy it is to put up, especially if you are planning a road trip. You need to make sure that it fits into the car easily, and you also want to avoid anything that is too complicated to put up. However, be careful with pop-up tents because most of them will not stand up to the rain.

If you want the ultimate comfortable camping experience, you should consider a camper trailer instead. There are some great camper trailers that come with all of the same facilities that you would find in a basic hotel, so you can camp in comfort. If you really hate the idea of camping, this is the best option.

Get A Good Quality Sleeping Bag

If you are worried about being freezing cold at night while you are camping, you need to get a good quality sleeping bag. A cheap one will not be comfortable and it won’t keep you warm, so you need to make sure that you buy a good thermal one. Sleeping directly on the floor will be uncomfortable as well, so you should invest in a sleeping mat as well. If you are willing to spend a little more on good sleeping equipment, you will be nice and comfortable while camping.

Pack Good Food

The food is another big issue for people when they go camping, but there is no need to live on beans all week. You can get some great dehydrated camping food packs so, as long as you take a small camping stove, you can still eat proper meals. If you pack a coolbox and freeze some food before you go, it should last a while so you can have barbecues as well. As long as you plan ahead, there’s no reason why you can’t eat well while you are camping.

Camping doesn’t have to be the nightmare experience that you think it does. If you follow these simple tips, you can have a luxury camping experience and enjoy all of the benefits of the great outdoors.

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Tips for Planning Your Uluru Tour

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Located in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, the magnificent sandstone of Ayers Rock or Uluru stands tall at 1,142 feet above ground. The natural formation is widely known for being one of the most sacred places to the indigineous peoples in Australia. At the same time, it is also popular for attracting tourists from all over the world to the land down under.

If you want to visit Uluru in order to pay tribute to this wonder of nature, then doing so through the right tour is in your best interest. It’s not only because Uluru is located at least a few hours from civilization, but it also because such a tour allows you to enjoy the picturesque sights that come along the way within the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

So what sights are there to see along the way and what other general tours suggestions you should keep in mind while visiting Uluru? To help you answer these and some other important questions, here are 5 top tips to keep in mind while visiting Uluru.

Don’t Climb the Monolith

First things first, while it is legal to climb atop Uluru, it is recommended that you do not attempt such an action in order to show your respect to the indigenous peoples.

It is a pretty easy rule to follow when you pay attention to the emotions of the indigenous tribes who have recommended time and again for people to not climb Uluru.

But that doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy the natural beauty that Uluru has to offer. In fact, you are encouraged to visit the sandstone and take in its natural glory by standing right beside the formation. That’s why 4WD tour is highly recommended. The tour guides would be able to tell you what you can and can not do.

Visit During Sunset

Ask anyone who has visited Uluru about the best time to see the formation, and you will instantly get the answer as “sunset.”

It’s because Uluru is not an ordinary monolith, but one that is formed through arkosic sandstone. This allows the rock to actually change its color according to the position of the sun. As a result, you can expect the formation to sport a different color depending upon what time of day you reach it.

At sunset, Uluru projects an amber glow that is surreal to take in, especially when you are seeing the formation in person for the very first time. That’s why, it is recommended that you time your trip in a way that allows you to experience this magnificent sight.

3. Take Your Time to Plan the Trip

Perhaps the best way to visit Uluru is through the nearby town of Alice Springs, which has various amenities and accommodation options for tourists who are making their way to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

The drive from Alice Springs to Uluru can take around 5 hours, which is why it is recommended that you arrive at least a day before you are planning to tour Uluru.

This way, you can reach the national park while feeling fresh and rested. This also gives you time to plan longer trips to the park in order to enjoy all that it has to offer.

4. Take in the Sight of the Rock Art

Uluru is not just a wonder to look at by itself, but it also holds several little pieces of wonderful art within it.

The caves at the bottom of the formation hold several pieces of rock art that can only be found at Uluru. If you love learning about other cultures through their art, then this will be a must visit.

Just make sure that you take the time to learn about this art through a local tour guide or via the information provided within these exhibits. This ensures that you have an immersive and informative experience which you can remember for a long time.

5. Don’t Forget the Natural Attractions Around the Rock

Enjoying the breathtaking sight of Uluru sounds rewarding enough for a trip to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. But it’s not all that you can do during a tour of Uluru.

From seeing the red kangaroos and other marsupials to spending some time with the camels, and from seeing the one of a kind formations of Kata Tjuta to taking a walk by the Valley of the Winds, there’s so much to see and do around Uluru.

That is why, it is recommended that you take your time at the park and put aside at least two days to enjoy all of the unique activities that the area has to offer. It would give you a well-deserved break from the hustle and bustle of daily life while also allowing you to make the most out of your long journey to the sandstone.

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Cole and AdelaWe have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...

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