2011 was a HUGE year for us.
We had planned to summarize it but before we knew it the year was at an end! Luckily that basically sums up 2011 for us as we seemed to be in constant travel mode with little time for anything else. No complaints of course and we certainly count ourselves lucky to be able to do it.
So with 2012 just 6 days old and our return to semi-normalcy after our amazing trip through Egypt we thought we better turn our attention to our Dreams, Goals and the Realities for 2012.
I for one have actually never made a New Years Resolution. EVER.
Nor am I very good at planning my goals and aspirations. Ultimately I know what I want from life but writing it down, reviewing them, ticking the boxes and achieving those goals is the part I struggle with. So by sharing them with you hopefully it will give us a kick in the backside to make these dreams a reality.
- Keep in contact with the family on a regular basis. Long term travel is hard on family relationships. When you are tired you don’t want to email or Skype but we know those five minutes make a world of difference to our loved ones back home.
- Be a better friend. As stupid as it sounds I know that I let my mates down from time to time when I am exhausted. So for 2012 if someone wants to catch up for a beer then I will become a YES man rather than a maybe man.
- Health and fitness. Being a yes man is probably going to relate to some later nights and unhealthy eating/drinking habits. Therefore we will need to make sure we are hitting the gym when not travelling and work out a fitness routine when on the road which is something we never do unless on an adventure holiday.
- Learn a second language. This has been bugging me for 2 years now and it is time we got off our butts and did something about it. We are going to enroll in a night-course over a few weeks and just need to decide on the language. Any advice on which to choose? Thinking maybe French or Spanish.
Travel Blog Goals:
- If I could achieve just one goal this year then it would be become a full time travel blogger by the end of 2012. Still working out how exactly this will become a reality but just by writing it down hopefully it will get the creative juices flowing.
- Travel, Travel, Travel. We want to broaden our horizons on this blog by creating interesting and relevant articles for you. And the best way to achieve that is through travelling. With trips like our 37 days overland from Turkey through Syria, Jordan and Egypt we will have loads of fresh content for you. Just tell us what you want and we will happily oblige.
- Blogging has led us to find a passion in photography. They go hand in hand. No one wants to just read words. Everyone wants visuals! I am going to try a photography course and use that to create a new site for our photographs. Will keep you informed.
- Create an interactive and engaging Travel Community for YOU by building up our subscribers on all media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and through our weekly Newsletter. This will include prizes, giveaways, hidden tips and advice.
- We are going to start creating our first travel videos over the next few months as we think they provide so much insight into a destination in such a short time frame.
Ultimately we want to keep you happy so please let us know what you would like to see in the comments section below.
Keyword for 2012
To tie it all together we really need to have a focus. By creating a keyword we can quickly assess everything we do by relating it back to this. 2012 is going to be the year of GROWTH.
To create your own Dreams and Goals follow our simple steps below and then share them with us if you want:
Goals always start with a Question and then a Dream usually followed by Reality.
- The Question: What is the number one thing you want to achieve over the next 12 months?
- The Dream: Make this as far fetched as you could possibly imagine!
- The Realities: That dream must then be broken down into achievable goals. You can’t hope to achieve your dream by leaping across the river of aspirations. Instead use your goals as safe stepping stones.
If your dream, like mine, is to be the world’s greatest travel blogger then your Goals could be as simple as planning to write 100 words per day EVERY day for the first month. Then 250 words, then 500 etc…
By creating these small but achievable steps over realistic timeframes you can’t fail.
Good Luck and Share them with us below!
Explore Auckland’s Coasts With One Exquisite Walking Hike
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.
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.
Hammock vs Tent Camping
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yacht Charter Destination Of The Month: The Middle East
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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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