Category Archives: Travel Hacks/ Tips and Stories

“Some roads aren’t meant to be traveled alone”

Blue

BLUE

After reading through a lot of travel sites and talking to other travelers, I’ve heard a lot about the advantages of traveling solo. You build independence, more freedom and so forth. Personally I’ve had a really good friend that I’ve traveled with most of the time and with out him it’s still fun, but it’s just not the same. I’m sure we all know how that is.

It’s fun traveling with others, but my one friend, is the perfect traveling companion. We both are up at the crack of dawn, ready to check out some new town, or go on some new hike, no grumbling about wanting to sleep in or about not liking the food somewhere. We’re both flexible and love adventure even if it’s a new place, or something we wouldn’t normally do. We always look back and have a good laugh about the crazy times, i.e getting lost and accidentally walking down the back alleys in Barcelona in the not so good part of town (thank God he’s 6’5 Croatian), snorkeling and the time we found an octopus that put up a really good fight and almost took the diving knife out of his hand, or the time I ran our borrowed car off a dirt road into a dumpster.. and many more! Bottom line is, there is definitely something to be said for traveling with a good friend as well.

After thinking of all those good times, it really struck a cord with me after I read this memorial to Blue, the dog of the owner of Saddleback leather. For any travelers, or dog owners out there, make sure to check it out. http://www.saddlebackleather.com/In-Memory-of-Blue

Now I want to go out and get a dog

Staying fit while traveling

Working out while traveling

http://www.cnn.com/2013/10/18/health/arnold-schwarzenegger-travel-workout/

— Some great info from Arnold on staying fit while traveling that I found on CNN.

“I walk in and my only rule is to keep moving, for a pump and cardio at the same time. Rest as little as possible. After an hour, you will feel fantastic and your muscles won’t know what hit them.”

“Someone on Reddit asked what it was like for me to train in hotel gyms or other unfamiliar gyms on the road,” Schwarzenegger posted. “The answer is: just like it is for you. There is no waiting to train until you have perfect circumstances. I improvise with whatever is available.

“The point isn’t the machines or the exercises,” he wrote. “The point is that you can create a workout for your goals anywhere. Even if you just use a chair for dips, a table for rows and the floor for pushups.”

 

Packing light – one bag one world

Packing light

Here’s another great article I recently ran across. Thanks to my Mom for finding it!! This guy has some great info on packing light. Check out the full article at spartantraveler.com.

He mentions that he uses the Black Diamond Sonar Pack, and I looked into it, and really like it. I found a cool review for it here http://thebigoutside.com/gear-review-black-diamond-sonar-daypack/ I would say after traveling with my Oakley bag that I love the smaller bags. I would also say one of the key things to look for in any backpack for travel, is a full access zip panel like the one mentioned that gives you access to almost the whole main compartment. Nothing worse then needing something at the bottom of your bag if it’s a top loading only bag.

For the whole packing light movement, make sure to check out http://1bag1world.com/  which also has some great resources.

Also here’s a link to a previous post of a youtube video for a guy that uses only one bag for a 6 month trip to Europe

http://sherlockroams.com/travel-hacks/one-bag-6-months-europe/

Packing light for women

Great info for packing light for women. I can completely vouch that it’s the best way to go.  Personally I’ve traveled to Europe, starting when I was 21. I still remember the first time when I was a total noob, it was a 2 month trip, and I took two full suitcases and a backpack.  6 years later I now go with one smaller backpack that I can carry everywhere I go without checking any luggage. I can definitely say that not lugging a bunch of bags makes traveling way easier and more fun, plus it opens up more opportunities for spontaneous activities since you never really have to worry about what to do with all the bags.

Travel tip for Italy

Travel tip for Italy. Don’t leave your wallet on the table in front of you! I did that for a second and a gypsy stopped by my table to sell me flowers by stuffing them in my face.. Only for me to realize later that my wallet was gone, never to be seen again. Moral of the story? Dont stop to smell the roses in Italy!

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KnowRoaming

Knowroaming – Knowroaming is supposed to take the guess work and trouble out of traveling with a smartphone and having to deal with roaming charges. I’m sure we have all heard the horror stories of roaming charges such as the $10,000.00 in charges as reported in the WSJ. Well I haven’t tried it yet, but I was thinking about buying an unlocked gold iPhone5s, and I have a feeling that this may be one of the 1st apps I’ll add.

http://www.knowroaming.com/

Trip of the day – Phoksundo Lake

Phoksundo Lake

Phoksundo Lake – The other day I was eating at Sherpa House in Golden CO with my favorite Nepalese girl in the world.. and she pointed out a poster with this place on the wall.  This lake is located in the Shey Phoksundo National Park, in the district of Dolpo which is the largest district in Nepal. Phoksundo Lake is not only beautiful but also happens to be the deepest lake in Nepal and is classified as an oligotrophic lake (click here for the definition of Oligotrophic). If you’re interested in seeing more of the Dolpo area you can check out the movie “Himalaya” over at netflix.

Best travel backpack in the world?

Berghaus Jalan II

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Oakley Backpack

What is the best travel backpack in the world in your opinion for traveling? I just read this article talking about the Berghaus Jalan II at http://gapyearescape.com/top-10-gap-year-travel-backpacks/ . Personally I just came back from a month in Spain where all I used was an old medium sized Oakley bag and it worked pretty good. The main thing I loved about it, is that it doesn’t have a frame so it’s easy to fold up and squish into the overhead compartment in planes.. speaking of that, on this last trip I didn’t have to check my bag once, and it was by far the best experience I’ve had travel wise, not having to wait or wonder if my bag was going to show up in the baggage claim. My friend took a larger bag and did have to check his, so technically I guess I did have to wait, but even he said after watching me just breeze through all the gates and terminals and no waiting that he would go that route next time as well if he could manage to pack light enough.

So if you happen to have a favorite bag or know of a better one that you have your eye on be sure and let me know!

 

 

Jungle Juice Bug Repellent

Jungle Juice Bug Repellent

Jungle Juice Bug Repellent

Sting Eze

 

 

Jungle Juice Bug Repellent – If you’re going to be planning a summer vacation to an exotic location this year don’t forget that if it’s beautiful, near water, and has a warm climate, then you probably have to fight the mosquitoes off at night. One of my favorite spots to vacation is the island of Sardinia in the Mediterranean, and I know that the difference between a good trip and a bad one is bug repellent. The island has such a bad problem at night that I recall seeing a flyer at one of the resorts for a citronella pajama party. After doing some research before my last trip in 2012, I read the reviews on this brand, it was kind of scary to hear about it melting watch bands and plastic water bottles. But hey, if it’ll take out a water bottle it’ll keep off the bugs, and with it being 98% Deet, how could it not? Well I can definitely vouch for its effectiveness, at night I could hear the mosquitoes doing laps around my head but no bites. Definitely a good thing if you don’t want to look like a pin cushion at the beach… I’m pretty sure I could make a living selling this bug repellent at the beach based on how many pasty English, German and the occasional American tourist I saw, for some reason red mosquito bites really stand out on skin that’s been hiding from the sun for the last 9 months. Another interesting fact was that the locals seem to never get bit and when they did, it was only a lil tiny dot.. me on the other hand, it was practically a mountain.. non va bene! Oh and one last thing, apparently prolonged exposure to Deet isn’t a great thing. One of the side effects that I read about on the reviews was crazy dreams. I didn’t believe it till one morning I woke up after having a dream of a drunk Tom Cruise trying to break down my door and claiming to breath fire.. When I told my friend, he couldn’t stop laughing and said that he never dreams but it must have been working because he was having some crazy dream too. Moral of the story is, don’t forget the bug spray, some anti histamines and maybe even an after bite pen  just in case you miss a spot.