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2012 Mayan Prophecy – Do you live life to the full?

If the 2012 Mayan Prophecy does end on 21 December then will you look back on your life and think that you lived it to the full?

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World Ending 2012

The end is nigh!

That is if you decide to believe in the 2012 Mayan prophecy that was recorded 5,125 years ago basically outlining that on the 21 December 2012 it is the end of civilization as we know it.

World Ending 2012

Quite frankly I think it’s a load of hogwash and the dude that was writing down the dates got sick of recording all those years on a stone tablet.

However, let’s entertain that thought for a minute…

From today (Friday 20 January 2012) you have exactly 336 days remaining for the rest of your life. That is just 11 months and 2 days. More precisely it is 485,000 minutes and counting…

It’s one helluva scary thought.

I have been asked before whether I would want to know the day I die. I can honestly not answer that question. If you had the chance, would you want to know?

On one hand, it would be fantastic because you could tick off everything on your bucket list. However, on the other hand, knowing what was inevitable wouldn’t that just make you to want to wrap yourself in cotton wool and hide from everything?

If you knew exactly how many minutes you had left in your lifetime would you waste them?

Would you sit in that same traffic jam every morning and night to get to and from that dead-end job that you hate to go to EVERY. SINGLE. DAY?

Would you sit in front of the television pushing your microwave meal around your plate wondering “what might have been“?

Would you watch your life slip out of your hands with regrets knowing that you had never experienced so many things that travel could have provided like White Water rafting in Canada, Ice Climbing in Scotland, kissing snakes in Marrakech, Snorkeling with Turtles in Samoa or touching the Great Pyramids of Egypt.

Or would you turn the throttle on your life and hurtle towards the end so that when the day does come you are content with your life knowing that you lived it to the full?

So whether or not you are like us and you don’t believe that we are all going to perish on 21 December 2012 then excellent! BUT, that is no excuse for not grabbing 2012 by the balls and making this your best year ever!

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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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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Sebastian @ Off-The-Path.com

    January 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Great post cole!!! Last year was wicked when it comes to travel and I want to make this year legendary! I don’t believe in that the world is going to end this year anyways I always try to make every year the best year of my life 🙂

    • Cole

      January 20, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      Thanks Sebastian. I hope it proves to be a fantastic year of travel for you and make sure you keep sharing your stories with us 😉

  2. Steve Collins

    January 20, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    I never believed that the 2012 date meant an “end of time”. What I DO believe is that it’s a marker for those who will be aware of a transition from one era to another. It can be seen as a 52,000 year calendar marking the passage of our solar system around the hub of our galaxy. What are the opportunities involved in waking up to our intuitive awareness? So I don’t believe my life is ending but I do believe that new awarenesses of how to appreciate and live life are available. So, thanks for the food for thought. The question for me is how can I more fully expand my ways to learn and know? Happy 2012!

    • Cole

      January 20, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      Great points Steve and we agree it is not going to be the end of time! Happy to eat my hat if it is though 🙂 Just wanted everyone to take the opportunity that this may present to live life to the maximum this year and do something new with their lives!

  3. Amanda

    January 21, 2012 at 5:36 AM

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m going to live this year – and every year – as if it were going to end tomorrow. Life is far too short for regrets! 2012 is absolutely going to be “the year of travel” for me, too!

    • Cole

      January 21, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      That is a good way to live life Amanda and totally agree with you. Hopefully see you somewhere on your travels 🙂

  4. Cal

    January 21, 2012 at 5:39 AM

    I’m not sure about the world ending in 2012, it may it may not. I don’t know. Regardless, I always try to live my life like every day might be the last.

    We are all walking on eggshells. There is a very fine line between life and death. We are all very lucky to even be here.

    • Cole

      January 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      Good to hear Cal! It is the right attitude in our opinion and completely agree with you 😉

  5. dtravelsround

    January 21, 2012 at 6:04 AM

    Regardless of whether or not the world is ending, I will always choose to live life to the fullest. Related: can’t wait to get out and travel!!!

    • Cole

      January 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      Nice work! And can’t wait to read about more of your travels soon 🙂

  6. Angela

    January 21, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    2012 won’t bring the end of the world, but I do hope it will bring a big change..

    • Cole

      January 22, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      We definitely need a new way to look at things. Fingers crossed we see a big movement around the world.

  7. Justin@GreatFamilyEscape

    January 22, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Well, I’m set to depart for a life of travel on December 1st. So I am going to be really, really pissed if my adventures are limited to 21 days!

    I have kids and all that, and nothing is stopping me. You get one chance – use it! Great post!

    • Cole

      January 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      Hahahaha brilliant Justin! We wish you all the best on your upcoming travels and what a great way to live your life.

  8. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    January 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    If it does, at least I will have already lived out one of my dreams of taking a travel sabbatical in Latin America 🙂

    • Cole

      January 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Wish they had a “like” button on here Stephanie! Not sure when we will make it South America but hopefully sometime soon 🙂

  9. Judge

    February 5, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    The end is nigh! Thanks for sharing the word. 😉

    • Cole

      February 6, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      Haha no problem.

  10. Natalie

    February 9, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    I wish I knew if it was true – I would finally tell some home truths that I refrain from saying to some certain horrible people 🙂

    • Cole

      February 9, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      Haha well that is definitely a different way to go about your last few days Natalie haha

  11. Peter Argent

    February 23, 2012 at 3:32 PM

    Clee is the only accurate 2012 prophet, forget the Mayans, and Zombie Logic Press has her exclusively http://zombielogicblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/mayans-were-chumps-compared-to-clee.html.

  12. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    April 11, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Great motivational post! It’s hard to listen to people who complain about their lives and never do anything to change it. Change and the unknown is terrifying, however I feel that the alternative is much worse- a boring, un-challenging, predictable existence. My goal is to live a life worth living and not miss a single opportunity. Glad you’re traveling and following your dreams 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      April 11, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      Thanks Mary 🙂 You guys are definitely living life to the full and we follow your travels and dreams as well! Keep it up.

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Explore Auckland’s Coasts With One Exquisite Walking Hike

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There is a wonderful place found in the far southwest of the Pacific Ocean. It is a place called Auckland, and it is found in the amazing terrain of New Zealand. It is a place that commands the attention of over 1 million people who prefer to live and reside in this majestic city.

Did you know that Auckland claims the top spot in New Zealand with its wide range of people and the most concentrated number of people within a city in New Zealand?

But why do so many people come to Auckland, New Zealand, and live there? What do they appreciate the most?

The truth is that the answer may vary, and it may differ from person to person, but it is hard to deny that nature is not a crucial part of their decision making. The beautiful city has fantastic places that offer great adventure and recreational activity.

You can take advantage of the diverse coasts, hidden coves, and more of the northern area in the North Island. It is known for its various boats, and some believe that it has more ships than any other city in the entire world.

It is a city that resides between two large fantastic natural harbors.

Let us find out more about how you can explore this majestic city with one fantastic walking hike.

The Auckland Coast

For those who want to stay near to Auckland’s city and travel well, it is necessary to start your journey with the Auckland Coast’s breathtaking area.

Did you know that Auckland’s coast ranges over 15km, will take over four hours to traverse, and is somewhat challenging to navigate? But the truth is that it is worth it. Why is it worth it? Well, you can seemingly walk the length of an entire nation within the span of a few hours. If you wake up early in the morning and go on this journey, you can finish your hike by noon or an hour past noon.

But in that brief timeframe, you can experience several oceans, notice a slew of volcanoes, and have a glimpse into people’s regular lives in the New Zealand area.

This fantastic walk is excellent because of its duration and because you are able to experience lush greenery and park settings over 30% of the time. It is a great way to clear your head, get to know more about the people you are traveling with, and experience the refreshing Auckland air.

Experts suggest beginning your journey at the less intriguing Onehunga area and then moving forward with public transportation at the Britomart stop. You will find that you can travel east to take in the water sights with a bit of work.

When your walk is over, you can grab a fresh beverage at the Waitemata Harbour, a premium harbor.

You will want to make sure to bring some healthy snacks along for the walk because you may not notice different places to eat as you go on this part of the hike.

It is best to ensure that you understand that you must input the Ferry Building into your mobile device or ensure to use the local municipal iSITE for further guidance.

If you are limited on time, I would suggest that you go on this route because it lets you take in the entire area and understand this excellent place.

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Hammock vs Tent Camping

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Camping with a hammock is slowly but surely becoming more popular in recent years with new and improved hammock designs being preferred by some campers, compared to the traditional tent.

In this article we will discuss some of the key benefits and drawbacks of sleeping without a tent, and analyze key criteria so that you can choose your preferred shelter choice!

Weatherproof

Most tents work well in the rain; however, you’ll need to bring a tarp if you’re using a hammock. Traditional hammocks are not waterproof, and are generally open at the top, allowing water to find itself inside if you don’t have an adequate tarp. Moreover, a decent under quilt is also a good idea so that you can stay warm and cozy during cold and stormy nights.

Packing up your hammock after a long night of rain isn’t too bad, whereas packing up a soaking wet tent is always annoying. You almost always get wet in the process.

Setup

For first time campers, pop-up tents are the simplest to setup. All you need to do is find flat ground, and bam, your setup is complete! The beauty of pop-up tents is that you don’t need to worry about figuring out where to insert the poles and erect the tent. Although, traditional tents are usually more robust, and have a longer life span.

Essentially, a tent is simple, but a hammock can become a little more complicated for first timers. You’ll need to find 2 trees facing a good direction and tie each end of the hammock to them. If your hammock setup is too tight, you will generally wake up with sore ancles, but if it’s too loose, you run the risk of the hammock touching the floor, and insects crawling in with you.

If your campground doesn’t have many trees, or if the trees are dead (they could break and injure you), hammock stands come to the rescue! Basically, hammock stands allow you to pitch a hammock if there are no trees nearby. They are portable, adjustable, and are easy to setup. The only drawback is that the ground should be relatively flat, whereas if you were to hang a hammock between 2 trees, there won’t be any stands touching the ground, so a rocky floor wouldn’t be a problem.

Comfort

One of the main reasons for choosing a hammock is the comfort that it provides you! It has a basically has in-built seat which is arguably more comfortable than a standard blow up mattress. You need to pick your tree’s wisely though! You don’t want a pinecone falling on your face mid-sleep.

If you have constant back pain and find it hard to sleep inside tents, you should give hammocks a try as they cause you to sleep sideways, similar to a banana shape, which a lot people find much more comfortable.

Price

Hammocks are usually lighter and don’t include a wealth of poles and gear that tents do. Depending on the type of hammock that you purchase, they are usually quite similar to tents. You can however, find very cheap tents <$60, but they most likely won’t last long.

A good tent or hammock can cost between $200-500 without accessories. If you need a hammock stand, that will add to your cost, just like a mattress and other tent necessities will to its cost.

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Yacht Charter Destination Of The Month: The Middle East

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Mysterious and exotic, the Middle East is full of surprises, blending fascinating cultural heritage with stunning contemporary architecture. What’s more, with guaranteed sunshine and warmth, the winter months of November and April are the perfect time to visit. That’s why we’ve made the Middle East our yacht charter destination of the month.

What makes the Middle East such an exciting yacht charter destination?

Dubai: Glamour and shopping

An ideal starting point for your luxury yacht charter, Dubai is famous for its tax-free designer shopping, five-star resorts and world-class gastronomy. Thrill seekers can head into its vast desert for four-wheel-drive adventures across the dunes, while families will love the Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, Legoland, or the magnificent water park at Atlantis on The Palm.

Abu Dhabi: Art and architecture

Neighbouring Abu Dhabi offers a more relaxed yacht charter destination – here, lovers of art and architecture will appreciate the iconic Louvre Abu Dhabi, which boasts some 9,200 m2 of galleries within its striking contemporary design.

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is one of the world’s largest, and its open-door policy encourages visitors from around the world. The elegant Qasr Al Hosn museum, former home of the ruling family, is Abu Dhabi’s oldest standing structure, and displays artefacts dating back to 6000BC.

Oman: An understated gem

The understated, hidden gem of the Middle East, yacht charter destination Oman has an abundance of natural beauty, from spectacular mountains and wind-blown deserts to a pristine coastline.

At its northernmost tip, visit the red-hued fjords of the Musandam Peninsula. Action-seekers can admire the rugged Al Hajar mountain range by microlight, while land-based activities include desert sand-boarding, jeep rides and quad biking.

Capital city Muscat is steeped in history, with centuries-old souks where you can pick up fine pashminas, spices and frankincense, or even dazzling jewellery in the Gold Souk.

The Kingdom of Bahrain: Home of diving

It is said that diving was invented in Bahrain, and pearl diving is considered the quintessential Bahraini experience. Expect to find up to 30 types of coral and over 200 species of fish, too, making this yacht charter destination ideal for underwater enthusiasts.

Bahrain’s rich trading history is palpable in the Qalat al-Bahrain fort and museum, a registered UNESCO world heritage site. The Bahrain National Museum, found next to the Art and Cultural Centres, blends cultural heritage with contemporary ambience. Or, to indulge in some retail therapy, enjoy a traditional shopping experience at the Manama Souk, selling natural-oil perfumes and incense, fabrics and handicrafts.

The Red Sea: Reefs, diving and beaches

The Red Sea is another popular Middle Eastern yacht charter destination due to its year-round sunshine, warm water, coral reefs and incredible dive sites, including one of the world’s best wreck dives, the WWII British cargo ship SS Thistlegorm. In the south, the relatively undiscovered Marsa’ Alam promises incredible shore or beach diving around its natural fringing reef.

Mysterious, timeless and alluring, the Middle East is a yacht charter destination full of contrasts and surprises. Better still, it’s best visited in winter. What are you waiting for?

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