Adventure Travel Planning Made Easy

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I found myself gazing into the eyes of a gorilla toddler in the heart of Africa. That playful “child” walked right up to me and sat at my feet as I backed up against a wall of sharp nettles with nowhere to go. There were no barriers between us; nothing that separated us.

The toddler’s mother was unconcerned with my presence, and the dominant male let it be known who was boss with his powerful displays. I was right there in the middle of them while on my gorilla trek, and it was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life.

Soon after that trip I started researching new and exciting adventure travel experiences, and before I knew it I had had a wealth of adventure travel planning information at my fingertips. So, I thought I would share it with others.

First, I’ll give you a list of things you need to do, and at the end I’ll tell you where you can find – in one place — the solutions for each and every point. You may want to add some things of your own, but this list will give you a

How to Prepare Yourself For an Adventure Travel

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There are people for whom travelling is a big part of their life. The love to go to places where they can relax and forget everything about their ordinary day life. And there are people who are more of the adventurous type who would rather enjoy the day exploring the forest canopy in Costa Rica or discover the beauty of the wilderness of Siberia. But no matter what adventure you are planning for, it is always best to be prepared, so you do not take any unnecessary risk when travelling to a foreign country and doing risky business.

In the next sections you can read a series of tips for your next adventure; no matter if the trip goes to the wilderness or just a more normal family adventure destination. Most adventurers long to experience the adrenalin rush they get by going to new and unknown territory. They get a huge satisfaction and gratification by the feeling of uncertainty and newness when going to a new place. However, you should always know what you are doing. Travelling involves a risk; especially if you

Travel Planning Tips for Taking a Cruise

When it comes to going on a cruise it is important to ensure that you take all your important information with you as well as all of your necessary times otherwise you will be suffering when you are out to sea! So, consider these travel planning tips before you head off on your cruise and you will more than likely have the time of your life!

First of all, you want to make sure you have the best luggage to take with you and that would of course be Samsonite luggage. When you have outstanding luggage you won’t be concerned with the zippers breaking and all your clothes falling out or anything of the sort. That is a relief in itself and you will know that your clothes and personal effects are all packed away in a safe piece of luggage. Some things you might want to pack in your Samsonite spinner include Dramamine in case you get sea sick and many people do on cruises. That is especially so if there is a bad storm. Don’t forget to pack several different levels of sunscreen either. When you are on the boat you will realize that the sun is reflecting

How to Sleep While Camping

How do you ensure a good night sleep when sleeping in the outdoors? Having the right gear is a good place to start! Make sure your pad, mattress, cot or hammock is sufficiently cushioned to protect you from the cold ground. In addition, there are also many smaller actions you can take before and during the night to help improve your quality of sleep.

> Choosing the Right Sleeping Platform:

Self-Inflating Foam Pads: These pads offer a combination of foam and air. Air fills the pad automatically when you open the pad’s valve.

Air Pads: These pads use air for cushioning and must be manually inflated. Some models include an external pump or integrated hand pump for inflating the pad.

Foam Pads: These pads are a camping basic that feature a dense foam filling.

Air Mattresses: These use air for comfort and are much thicker than the pads used for camping. They are considered the closest to a real bed that you can get and are typically sized to be used with regular sheets.

Cots: For use in campgrounds or other similar long-term uses, cots keep you a comfortable distance from the ground and can typically be set up easily by one person.

Hammocks: These are made

Tips For Flying With Children

An airplane trip is very exciting for kids, especially if they don’t often get to fly. If it’s been a while since you’ve traveled with your children, these tips should help you have a smooth flight.

If you are bringing a stroller along, you’ll have to remove the child and fold it up (the stroller, not the child!) to go through x-ray. Everyone’s shoes will need to come off as well. If you are trying to manage several kids at once, enlist the help of the oldest and let them know in advance what is expected of them. Airport employees are usually happy to help if it gets too much to handle, and often the people in line with you will offer to help.

If you have a baby on formula, take a dry powder form if possible, and add water later. You can buy some water after you go through security.

If you have a very small child that can sit on your lap you won’t need to buy an extra seat. However, it might be worth the extra money just to have your hands free. If it’s a long flight, holding a small child on your lap will get fatiguing.

If your

Important Travel Health Tips To Keep In Mind

While going to different places, is always a fun experience, traveling can also be tiring and stressful at times, especially when there are cases of lost baggage, delayed flights, or accidents along the way. The nature of traveling can sometimes take a toll on a person’s health, weakening his/her immune system, and making him/her susceptible to different kinds of viruses and illnesses. Because this possible risk, it is important that one should prioritize his/her health and safety while traveling. Keep these travel health tips in mind so you can enjoy your vacation without having to worry about your health.

Be fit and healthy

Before the trip, make yourself fit and healthy by getting regular exercise. Even if your work is up to your eyeball, you do not have any excuses not to exercise simply because working out can be done without having to hit the gym. You can incorporate exercise into your daily routine. Instead of riding the car to work, ride a bike or walk. Instead of using the elevator, climb the stairs. Instead of discussing work plans with your officemate over online chat, walk up to him or her. Instead of hitting the showers the first thing in the

10 Top Travel Photography Tips

Whether you’re taking a short day trip or going halfway around the world, there are things besides a destination and a camera that can ensure you return home with a collection of wonderful photographs. Here are 10 travel photo tips to help you do just that.

1. Look For Local Cultural Events because these can make for some great photo opportunities.

2. Carry A Wide-Range Zoom (28-200mm) to reduce weight and still have plenty of focal range. Bringing a lot of lenses can really weigh you down.

3. Previsualize Your Shots at a scene. Walk around while considering light, weather, lens selection and how to frame some unusual and fresh compositions.

4. Get Up Before Dawn At Least Once and photograph a scene as the morning light emerges.

5. Show The Picture On The LCD to people you shoot, especially when there’s a language barrier. It involves them in what you’re doing and builds trust.

6. Use A Portable Reflector To Control Light, fill in shadows or brighten colors in the foreground.

7. Make Sure You Have A Tripod, preferably one that’s strong, lightweight and fairly compact when fully compressed.

8. Back Up Your Images with a portable storage device to free up memory cards and ensure

Overcoming Your Fear of Flying

Many people have a fear of flying, or aviophobia – both those who have flown and still remain uneasy, and also those who have never flown and really don’t know what to expect. At some point in your life you learned to be afraid of flying, since this is a learned response.

This severe anxiety can cause a person to actually suffer a panic attack or even nausea and vomiting. However, airline travel makes it much easier to get where you’re going if it’s a long drive, so here are some tips to help with overcoming your fear of flying.

First, remember that flying is actually a very safe form of travel. You are almost 300% more likely to die in a car accident than in a plane crash.

Another thing to keep in mind is the extensive training which commercial airline pilots must go through. This entails thousands of hours of flight time and many certifications. Quite a few airline pilots are trained in the military, which is even more exacting. You can rest assured you are in good hands when flying on a commercial airline.

Another good thing to do is to do some research about how a plane actually is able

5 Tips to Adventure Travel in Small Groups

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Are you planning your next vocation and thinking of taking an adventure travel tour instead of traditional beach – resort type of vocation? You are not alone, many people these days prefer active, adventurous style of travel. And the best way to have a safe adventure is to go for adventure travel in a small group.

Small group adventures travel is a fast growing industry and for a good reason. There are many definite advantages to having a guided adventure vocation in a small group:

– you can get more attention from the tour guide
– there is a great variety of small group adventures available even to rare and not tourist popular destinations
– if the group is not large the tour can be better customized to your needs
– often traveling in a small group is cheaper than participating in a conventional tour, because only a few people need accommodation, so it doesn’t have to be a big hotel
– tours are less formal and you have more freedom, yet a safety of having a guide, in case you need help

These tips will help

How To Choose The Perfect Camping Tent

Outdoor adventures can be lots of fun, especially when you choose to go on a camping trip with your family. The natural surroundings offer an array of fun activities, even children will enjoy as long as you have selected a campsite that has it all. When thinking about sleeping on the ground most people worry about creepy crawlers and cold, but when you choose the right camp tent, then you will not have to worry about such issues. To get the perfect tent, however, there are several things you must remember to look into.

1. Tent size

Usually tent sizes are based on how many sleepers they can accommodate. But remember that you need space for your luggage. If a tent says it can sleep six people, take that to mean it can sleep 4 people comfortably. The last thing you want is a tent that cramps you and your family in. Think about the real length and width of the tent, especially if you are looking through family tents.

2. Tent comfort

Treat the camp tent as your lodge out in the forest or woods and so it should offer you comfort whether you are taking a

5 Ways To Stretch Your Travel Budget

The economic stimulus package set to reach 130 million households this spring may cause a surge in travelers looking for fun ways to spend their money. If you’re one of them, make the most of your money by considering destinations offering the most bang for your buck. Following are travel tips for those seeking an escape on a tight budget:

1. Think seasonal. An effective strategy for stretching your travel dollar is to keep an eye on high-season versus low-season rates. For example, with warmer weather in the spring and summer, we tend to forget about the popular wintertime vacation spots like Mexico. Traveling to the beach between April and June provides an ideal time to take advantage of the off-season rates.

2. Think quiet. Another travel tip for the budget-minded is to consider destinations that are hot spots in the wintertime yet slow down to an easy going speed as the weather warms up, such as Lake Tahoe and Jackson Hole. These well-known ski areas offer an abundance of outdoor activities once the snow melts. You’ll find hiking, biking, fishing and more without contending with the ski season crowd.

3. Think local. The hefty price per gallon of gas may create a