Tily Travels is a travel blog by Natalie Marie. Based in Melbourne, Australia, follow Natalie as she gives in to wanderlust and takes off exploring both her homeland and far away cities. A blog infused with photography, street art, wildlife, and travel info.
In the past few decades, there has been an exponential increase in the number of people who are diagnosed with anxiety, as well as those who have started to experience its symptoms. Stress is one of such issues that can take over someone’s life unless appropriately managed. One of the ways in which this anxiety can manifest itself is in the form of travel anxiety, especially travel anxiety that occurs during the actual trip, as opposed to before it.
Researchers at Click Pharmacy believe that anxiety management techniques, especially those that are tailor-made for travel anxiety, should be researched and prepared for, and maybe even practiced beforehand. This makes travel a lot easier. Here are some of the travel anxiety management techniques they recommend:
1. Be prepared
Travel anxiety can make an entire trip go downhill, which is why it is imperative to do one main thing before travelling: analyse and assess symptoms so the person experiencing anxiety can understand what sort of management techniques will work for them. This can be done by looking out for specific triggers, such as certain smells, tastes, noises, weathers, or even lighting conditions. Knowing this can help them plan their trip in a way that best avoids these triggers, and also helps them plan out the management techniques that they will need to be mindful of while travelling. Some of these management techniques include learning basic meditation, breathing exercises that work to calm them down, and other relaxation and self-help techniques.
Distractions are one of the best ways that can help someone deal with and manage travel anxiety. These distractions can vary from the people around them to books and movies. Distractions help by flooding the mind with other images and thoughts which can flush out images and feelings that are triggering. A good distraction is using verbal affirmations such as ‘It is just a thought’, or ‘The thought will pass’. These can help reiterate the fact that the anxiety is just temporary, and that there is no need to worry about it not passing. The good idea is to bring a good book or a device with movies downloaded on it so that it can make the trip a little less boring during travel, and also ensure that the traveller’s attention is fixated on the book/movie.
3. Plans and itineraries
An excellent way to keep the focus away from the anxiety is to focus on the plans that are decided for the trip. This, in particular, is best accomplished with a solid itinerary of bookings and activities over the course of the journey. With a schedule in mind that can be followed, it is easier to let go of anxious thoughts and focus on the trip. In the itinerary, try to include everything from tourist attractions to the different restaurants that can be tried. Any appointments can be added, and even things such as relaxing massages and shopping trips can be scheduled. All of this helps to ensure that the journey is enjoyed thoroughly and that whoever has anxiety also has something to look forward to each day.
Stress free in Bali, Indonesia.
4. Don’t fight it off
Distraction and meditation are great ways to help out with anxiety, but sometimes they don’t work. This is because of people with anxiety, especially those that experience severe symptoms, cannot control their anxiety at times. This anxiety can manifest itself in the form of panic attacks and hyperventilation.
As odd as it may seem, it is okay to let the anxiety turn into a panic attack; at least in these cases. This helps the body take out real anxiety and regain control. It is always best to find a safe environment where there are no sharp objects or other dangerous things. It is good to remember that it is only a panic attack and will pass very soon. This helps bring the body back in its control and also frees the mind to focus on other thoughts apart from the anxiety.
If possible, try to have someone nearby that is trusted and is aware of the condition and how to handle it. Travelling with a friend or a family member who is aware of how anxiety works and how to deal with it can make travel a lot safer for the person who suffers from anxiety.
5. Consult a doctor
Before leaving the country, especially a country where one does not know the language and chances of having anxiety increase manifold, it is best to consult a psychologist or psychiatrist. Depending on the kind of anxiety, the doctor can either recommend medication or help with planning the trip in a way that won’t make the anxiety worse. This can also help the doctor determine what sort of triggers might be responsible for the stress and whether or not any other stimuli are responsible for the anxiety symptoms. It is possible that doctors may prescribe medication for panic attacks. In such a case, the medication should always be taken with the traveller on the trip. It may seem odd, but anxiety is just like any other illness and can be managed very well if the person suffering from it plans accordingly. Travelling with stress, especially to a foreign country where the flight will be long and the area will be new, can be incredibly daunting; even for people who travel abroad regularly. Experts believe that these conditions that can make travelling more difficult, which is why they believe that anxiety management techniques such as those mentioned above should be practised and planned for by the traveller well beforehand.
There is something special about spending time near the water and there is no better way to get to your favorite waterfront destination then by RV. RVs are one of the only modes of travel that allow you to bring many of the comforts of home and park it at the water’s edge. In many cases you can literally stay on the beach. Here we will be looking at some of the top waterfront RV destinations and we will break them down by region.
The Eastern US has many great waterfront locations. Starting in the North is Acadia National Park. To visit this great park and stay on the water try the Bar Harbor/Oceanside KOA. It is a great park and the waterfront location is outstanding both for its views and for its proximity to the park and Bar Harbor.
Heading south to Maryland you will find Assateague Island which is home to the Assateague Island State park and Assateague Island National Seashore. Both parks have RV camping spaces located on or adjacent to the beach facing the Atlantic Ocean. Ocean City, MD is short drive and offers a ton of entertainment options. The RV spots here are pretty basic, no full hookups, but the atmosphere is outstanding and watching the feral horses is a unique experience.
On the Rappahannock River just before it feeds into the Chesapeake Bay, you'll find two great parks for a family getaway. Bethapage and their sister park, Grey's Point, feature river access and on-site waterparks for the kids. These two parks are consistently rated among the best in the country and for good reason.
Myrtle Beach, SC. The Grand Strand is a great destination for waterfront RVing. There are several large RV parks located here with sites that back right up to the dunes. The two largest, Lakewood and Ocean Lakes, are on the north end of town and both offer great access to all the activities the area has to offer.
Gulf Coast USA
No list of great water front RV destinations would be complete without a trip to the Florida Keys. You can call it east coast, or Gulf Coast, we call it fantastic. There are many great RV parks along the 106.5 miles of highway that pass through the islands. Some notable spots include Bahai Honda State Park, Sunshine Key RV Resort and Marina, Curry Hammock State Park, and Blue Water Key RV Resort.
The Gulf Shores, Al area is a great waterfront RV destination. Buena Vista Costal RV Resort is just across from the beach and only a few minutes from town. Gulf State Park has an outstanding campground. It has several sites along a small inland lake, but the main attractions are the gulf fishing pier, a couple miles of pristine ocean beach and 25 miles of paved walking and cycling trails. It truly is a gem of a park that everyone should visit at least once.
Magnolia Beach, TX. While not a destination in and of itself, Magnolia Beach stands out as one of the best free camping beaches around. It is located about ½ way between Galveston and Corpus Christi. What makes this beach unique, aside from being free, is that it is located in an area where the tides are not very dramatic. So, you can park right on the beach with little worry of waking up wet.
South Padre Island, TX. This is beautiful and remote stretch of sand in Southern Texas and perfect for an RV. Isla Blanka RV Park is on the southern tip of the island. While its waterfront location is outstanding, the real joy here is the access to the road leading north along some of the best beaches and waterfront spaces Texas has to offer.
Fort Warden State Park Beachfront Campground in Port Townsend, WA is a fantastic location. Fort Warden itself is a great historical park to visit. Neighboring Port Townsend is a great little seaside town which provides ferry access to Whidbey Island. Olympic National Park is less than an hour away as are Seattle, Sequim and Port Angeles which all make for great day trips.
Fort Stevens State Park, Astoria, OR. Fort Stevens State Park is the west coast Gulf State Park. While you cannot camp right on the waterfront here, the camping areas are first rate and there is a large network of walking/biking trails that lead to a large stretch of beach not far from the campground. Nearby Astoria is a great seaside town rich in history and culture as is much of the surrounding area.
Cape Lookout State Park, OR. This is one of the few locations on the Oregon Coast where you can beachfront camp. Its located just south of Tillamook and offers great access to this beautiful area.
Silver Strand State Beach, CA. This beachfront gem is on the Pacific side of the San Diego Bay. This area has near perfect weather year-round and the RV park is located right on the beach. From here you also have great access to all that San Diego has to offer.
There are many great waterfront RV destinations around the world as well. New Zealand offers great RVing opportunities on both the North and South Islands. Australia has a vibrant RV scene with many great locations to visit around the coast of the island. In Europe, the Mediterranean coast offers many great locations, particularly in Spain.
RVing offers many advantages to traditional travel and that is especially true when it comes to visiting waterfront destinations. RVs will give you greater access and allow you to bring the comforts of home with you. Here we have outlined some great RV waterfront destinations but there are many more out there to explore. Hopefully these ideas will inspire you to get out there and do just that.
Located within the Kabili-Sepilok Forest Reserve, roughly 25 kilometres west of Sandakan in the Malaysian state of Sabah, you will find the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre.
The Sepilok Orangutan Discovery Centre site covers 43 square kilometres of protected land and is home to roughly 80 orangutans. The centre does important work both rescuing and rehabilitating baby orphaned apes, providing medical care and saving them from harmful situations such as illegal hunting, natural habitat destruction, palm oil plantations, as well as being kept as pets. Once the orangutans' have been rehabilitated and become less dependent on the centre, they are able to voluntarily return to the wild
The major features of the rehabilitation centre include an orangutan nursery and feeding platform. Included in this article is a series of photos along with information regarding the centre and the wonderful work they do.
The Orangutan Nursery
The nursery was opened in 2014 and features a large jungle gym for the playful baby orangutans to learn how to climb and socialise. The nursery visitor centre is indoors and provides a large floor-to-ceiling viewing window for visitors to see the activity. The orangutan's in the nursery are very cheeky and provide many laughs.
This beautiful baby orangutan pictured above was so happy and just wanted to play. He reached out to me and when I couldn't return the gesture he got upset and it broke my heart. So adorable.
The Feeding Platform & Buddy System
Twice a day, at 10 am and 3 pm, the orangutans are supplied with fruit and milk at the centre's feeding platform. It was pouring rain on the afternoon I was there and just like humans, orangutans don't necessarily love the rain, so there weren't many in the area. However, I was lucky enough to be treated to the sight of the centre's buddy system; witnessing an adult and babysitting for their nightly meal of papaya and banana's. The adult teaching the baby how to crack open fruit and also handing pieces of the meal to each other. In the wild, a baby orangutan will stay with its mother for 5-6 years. To replicate and replace a mother's teaching, once a baby has graduated from the nursery, the Sepilok centre has a buddy system set in place. Baby orangutans are paired with an older orangutan that will lead the way and continue to teach them important skills as well as offering love and guidance.
ADMISSION TIMES & PRICES
Open Daily: 9 AM - 11 AM & 2 PM - 4 PM Admission Fees: Tourists - Adult RM30 / Child RM15 Malaysians - Adult RM5 / Child RM2 Tickets are valid for the entire day. Visitors can attend both feeding times with the same ticket. Camera Fee: RM10
Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre Sepilok, Sabah, Malaysian Borneo Address: Sabah Wildlife Department, W.D.T. 200 Jalan Sepilok, Sepilok, 90000 Sandakan, Sabah, Malaysia. Phone: +60 89-531 180
ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS INDONESIA Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary. Ubud, Bali.
ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS AUSTRALIA Wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary. Victoria.
This one is pretty basic, but can cause a surprising amount of difficulty for people who haven't done their research.
Ask yourself if you're comfortable driving an automatic car. We have stick shift cars in the states, but they're not as readily available. If you feel more comfortable driving shift, make sure you make a special request for one with your rental car company.
Remember that we drive on the right side of the road. This is another one that sounds easy, but can cause some issues if you're used to driving on the left-hand side of the road.
Familiarize yourself with our traffic laws and driving rules. Rules of the road aren't universal. If you're from a country with particularly lax (or strict!) traffic laws, make sure you thoroughly do your research. This isn't a place where you're going to want to encounter any surprises.
Choose your rental car company carefully
Rental car companies all have different rules and guidelines that they abide by. When renting a car, make sure they rent to non-citizens. Some rental car companies have special rules about crossing city, county, state, or even country lines, so ensure that your road trip falls under their rules. A handful of rental car companies allow it, but charge a significant fee to return your rental car in another city or state. Other companies may need additional types of insurance or may charge an additional fee. Every company will be different, so do your homework on this one to avoid incurring surcharges.
Get your paperwork in order
People driving in the States must have a valid driver's license. Some states will require an International Driving Permit (IDP), in addition to a valid license from your own country. Depending on where you rent your car from, your rental company may also require one, even if the state you're in (or are going to) doesn't require one. Make sure to double check with your rental car company, and to call the Department of Motor Vehicles in each state you're visiting.
Get your IDP before coming to the States. You can only get one in your home country.
Beware of IDP scams. Make sure to go straight to your home country's Department of Motor Vehicles.
Insurance is a requirement to drive in the United States. Your rental car company can help you with this one, but you'll also want to make sure you're not duplicating coverage. Check with your credit card, any motor club affiliations you may have, or your insurance back at home. Some plans offer travel coverage! Don't double pay if you don't have to.
Be prepared for any bumps along the way
Accidents happen, literally! Whether this means getting pulled over, getting a ticket, a fender bender, or worse, you're going to want to make sure you're totally prepared. Always have your passport, IDP, home driver's license, vehicle registration, rental car papers, and any insurance documents handy. If you get into an accident, not leaving your information with the other person is considered a crime. As a foreign national, this can be a huge infraction... and it's not something you want to take a risk on. Here's the information that you're required by law to exchange with the person or peoples you get into an accident with, should that happen:
Name, telephone number, and license ID number
License plate number, model, and year of the car
Registration number and expiration date
Name of the insurance company and policy number
Make sure you get the right phone plan
On a road trip, the last thing you'll want to rely on is free WiFi. Anything can happen on the road, from GPS snafus to more dangerous situations. You will want reliable access to a Maps app or GPS, as well as a phone to call people in case of an emergency. If it's too expensive to get an international plan with your home provider, get a pay-per-use phone in the United States. You won't regret this one.
Be aware of local biases
Not every city, town, or even state has the same culture in the States. What you experience in the Midwest will be different from what you experience in the Deep South. Even more granularly, what you experience in say, Canarsie or East New York will be different from what you experience in Williamsburg (and all three locations are in Brooklyn, NY). Be conscious of your surroundings at all times, even if areas that seem friendly or safe on the surface. Make sure you're aware of the crime rate, and the types of crimes committed. Don't be afraid to refer to forums, either.
When looking for a place to stay, check the Bed Bug Registry first
Bed bugs are one American souvenir you're not going to want to bring home.
Sam Casteris is an avid travel, lifestyle, and millennial finance writer interested in helping her audiences learn more about topics they're interested in. She currently lives in Phoenix and you can find more of her writing at Casteris Content.
When most of us think about travel, we picture getting on a plane and jetting off to another country. However there’s plenty to see and do in the place that you live, and as Australians we are particularly lucky in this respect. We live in an incredibly beautiful and fascinating place in the world that most people dream of visiting. Are you taking advantage of our own 'land down under' that's right underneath your feet?!
See Stunning Natural Sights
The Great Barrier Reef is the biggest living structure on Earth, it's so large it can even be seen from space. It might not be right on your doorstep so to speak, but if you're from Australia then it's never more than a few hours plane ride away- in many cases it will be far less! You can scuba diving or snorkeling, you could even hire a yacht and go boating. You have the chance to see all kinds of amazing looking birds, fish, marine mammals and so much more. Our national parks are another opportunity to see stunning natural sights, presenting you with some of the most spectacular landscapes on the planet. There's loads to do, from camping, fishing, bird watching, orienteering, bike riding and more. You have the bigger parks that are popular with tourists, but there are plenty of others that are mainly used by the locals. As an Aussie, it should be your mission to visit them all!
Visit the Vibrant Cities
The majority of Australian residents live in and around the major cities, so chances are this is where you're from. But how many others have you been to? From Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra on the east coast to Perth right the way over in Western Australia. There are also countless smaller cities and towns that will all have their points of interest. You could enjoy some retail therapy, check out the attractions and enjoy some delicious food. Australia is a melting pot of a unique mix of immigrants from Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa so the food scene is incredible. From popular Thai places (Wokon is now p'nut) to Mornington Peninsula, an impressive foodie scene drawing in people from all over the world there's no shortage of restaurants, eateries, festivals and more all celebrating delicious grub.
Explore The Outback
If you want to do something really challenging then why not go and explore the outback? It’s so far removed from busy daily life that many people even report having a spiritual experience by being out there in a place that's so remote. You could book a tour or go on a camel trek. You can see beautiful wildlife, take in views of mountains, waterfalls, gorges and much more. Most of our country is covered by this incredible yet unforgiving terrain, it's worth going out to explore it at least once in your life. Just bear safety in mind, and go with an experienced tour or group if you're new to this kind of thing.
Dubai is the kind of place that has so much Instagram-worthy potential, you'll run out of camera memory before you run out of subjects.
Author: Neha Singh
âWe know that there are those that hate Instagram, but here's something no one can deny. Only the best shots make their way to Instagram. A great shot is what draws others right into your experiences - whether it's the shot of a natural landscape or a manmade marvel. Capture your journey in Dubai via your lens and tell your story. Here are 12 of the top Instagram-worthy spots in Dubai.
âAl Seef is all about bringing a merging of tradition with contemporary life. Get great shots of the traditional-looking eateries in Al Seef; these are modern places designed to look rustic. Capture the rustic heritage-style buildings with their old-worldly charm. Take pictures of the waterfront promenade and the many relics of Dubai's trading past that are placed around. Take a long shot of an abra boat carrying people across the canal. If you want to depart from the glamour of the main city and capture something more rustic, more laid back and truer to Dubai's roots, then Al Seef is your best bet.
âThe desert allows you to take different kinds of pictures. You can focus on sunrises and sunsets and get some uber-romantic Instagram-worthy shots. Or you can focus on people enjoying dune bashing and camel riding, capturing their efforts against the sun in their backs. The incredibly-rich colours of the blue desert sky when juxtaposed against the red desert dunes makes for a wonderful contrast.
âFocus on the Dubai Fountains in the light of day or in the dark of the evening, when the brilliantly-coloured lights glow bright. Take some pictures from the Burj's observatory deck and some from below. You'll get different perspectives of the fountain, each one contrasting the other and all of them incredibly beautiful. During the day, when the sunlight cuts prisms into the dancing water, your shots take on an otherworldly glow. Focus on each droplet as it expands into a million colours. Get your equipment in place before the fountain show begins so that you're ready for the best shots. The Dubai Fountain shoots up to 150 meters in height. Be sure to capture this beautiful shot from ground level, so that the water looks as though it is traveling to the top of the Burj.
âThe Jumeirah Mosque makes for some great shots, both the outside and the inside of it. At night, when the moon's light is rich, watch as the four domes are lit up and the city lights bathe the mosque in their glow. During the night, the mosque takes on an otherworldly glow. Take a few shots of the mosque during the day when the sun's rays reflect on the white marble as well. During sunset, the mosque is draped in a golden glow that looks beautiful in pictures. Capture the entire mosque in one long shot by adjusting your lens. Simply fantastic!
âThe Dubai Miracle Garden is an extravagant display of 109 million plus flowers. The flowers are crafted to resemble global landmarks. There is a huge Airbus 380 made entirely out of flowers. See if you can get some aerial shots of the entire garden. That'll be fabulous. Take long shots of the pathways and the incredible flowering plants all around. Take shots of the lovely butterfly garden and its amazing flower arrangements.
âMadinat Jumeirah is a reproduction of an old Arabian market. The only difference is that water canals cut through the alleys between the shops, giving Madinat Jumeirah a Venetian look. From here, you can get awesome shots of the incredible Burj al Arab. Focus on the shops and the restaurants and the amazing landscape of Madinat Jumeirah amidst the lovely canals. At the distance, you can see a fringe of palm trees surrounding the entire complex. Focus on the water canals with the Burj al Arab in the background. Alternatively, frame the Burj al Arab amidst the green palm trees for background.
âDuring sunset, take a cruise past the exquisite Dubai Marina and take a series of Instagram-worthy shots. Everything along your cruise will be extremely photogenic. Be sure to immortalize the incredible architecture, and the water canals flowing alongside the buildings and the sunâs rays glinting off of the tall structures. The Dubai Marina is a stunning collection of buildings and water canals that make for lovely shots. Whether you're taking pictures of the Dubai Marina during the day or during the night, youâre guaranteed the best Instagram-worthy spots In Dubai.
âThe entire Palm Jumeirah Island is a photographerâs dream come true. Focus on the Atlantis The Palm with the fronds of the Palm Islands in front for a beautiful shot. If you can, take aerial photos of the Atlantis with the rays of the sun shining on it. Pictures of the sunset against the Atlantis are also great for instagramming, with the sun's rays passing through the Atlantis's palace-doors. Distant pictures of the Atlantis at night, when itâs fully lit up, are worth their weight in gold.
âThe wall art that lines the walls of the Dubai City Walk is something else indeed. Take some amazing pictures of the wall art, and the beautiful canopied cafes along the walk. The beautifully-designed streets of the Walk with their high-end stores and artwork offer endless opportunities to the creative photographer in you.
Riverland Dubai offers a myriad opportunities for photographers. Imagine the recreated boulevards of Paris and New York. Consider taking shots of the most spectacular rollercoasters and other immersive rides. How about taking a shot of a giant LEGO structure at LEGOLAND Dubai? The lazy river with its screening of bushes and trees and the sunlight glinting off the water is a breathtaking photo opp. Browse through all the sections - Riverland, Legoland, Bollywood Parks and Motiongate for Instagram-worthy shots. You'll find millions of them.
La Mer is a stunning beachfront marvel that glitters with innovation. At night, the entire beachfront arena shines with a million twinkling displays of glittering lights strung across everywhere. Take shots of the cute fish motifs and trendy cafes and restaurants. Focus on the beautifully designed restaurants at La Mer, such as Parkers, Salt and Masti. Get some shots of the action at night with the lights and the people and the incredible vibe at La Mer.
When you enter the Dubai Mall, you'll see a huge waterfall that begins somewhere near the building's roof. Several beautifully-crafted sculptures of athletic divers are suspended in the water's path. It looks like they're permanently frozen while making the dive. Be sure to take some pictures from the top and from the sides for varying perspectives. Be sure to capture the shadows behind the sculptures, the ones that make it look as though they're real divers. From a distance, they do look like real divers taking the jump into deep water, until you know better. You'll be happy with your Instagram-worthy shots, yes you will!
âWhether you're focussing on Dubai's natural marvels or manmade marvels, you have plenty to aim your camera at. The city has many appealing aspects, both during day and by night. A shot of the buildings on the shore during the evening makes for an excellent picture, all lit up to welcome the night.
AUTHOR BIO An avid trekker, explorer and a true foodie; Neha Singh finds happiness in small endeavours of life and loves to pen them down as a cherished memory. A firm believer that we have just one life to live and so much to do, Neha lives every moment to the fullest. https://www.facebook.com/DubaiWikia/
If you have already invested in a holiday home and fell in love with the seaside and the countryside, chances are that you might want to eventually settle.
In case you are lucky enough to have a flexible work schedule and you can do your work anywhere, why not improve your lifestyle and permanently relocate? There are several things to consider, however, before you make the final decision. Find a few questions to ask before you move permanently.
You might be used to the buzz, and find it hard to sit quietly. You might have decorated your holiday home to your taste, but what if you are far from civilisation? You just have to try to imagine your life in the holiday home and consider the quiet periods. Would you be happy to not see anyone or have no night entertainment? Would you be able to visit the next town or city regularly, or would you feel lonely? It is crucial that you complete a reality check before you relocate, so you don’t end up disappointed.
The main appeal of living in the country might be the peace and quiet and being off the beaten path. However, what happens if you have to do your banking or visit a local office, maybe need to do your weekly shopping? Are there good transport links that will help you get to where you want to be in under an hour, or would it be a whole day trip to get things done?
Your Social Life
One of the things you should consider before you relocate is your social life. You might be missing your friends and family members, and you can’t expect them to visit you every weekend. You will either need to be outgoing and get involved in the local community, or you should simply keep in touch via the internet, which is not always the same.
In case you are working from home or remotely, you should ensure that you can get the internet connection you need to get things done and live the life you want to. Remote locations might require expensive satellite internet connection, which will increase your monthly outgoings significantly. You might want to wait a few years until getting fast speed internet becomes more affordable.
One of the things you should absolutely check before you move your life to a new place is the cost of getting everything transported. It is recommended that you get different quotes from companies such as 2 Men And A Truck so you can work out your budget for moving home, setting up a new life, and getting your life back on track.
Moving home is never simple. Even if you fell in love with the location and the tranquility of your holiday home, you should always check if you can have the same comfort and convenience, and a quality social life before you make a final decision and retire in the countryside.
Going on a road trip is a flexible holiday option because all need is your car, and it is a type holiday which is always fun to try if you haven’t ever explored your own country
If you are looking to try a new type of holiday this year and you don’t want to head off abroad… a road trip could be the perfect option for you.
Here are some of our quick road trip tips for you this year.
1. Clean your car
When we are living our daily lives, we can often take our car for granted and this can lead to a large pile up of boxes, bottles and other things which we never bother to clean out of the car. If you are planning a road trip though you will have to make sure that you clean your car inside and out to make it as comfortable as possible for your family. You’ll be in the vehicle for a long time so it is important to make sure the car is comfortable and hygienic.
2. Check your vehicle
In the week coming up to leaving for your road trip it is incredibly important that you take some time to check your vehicle and make sure that it is in tip top shape. This will include simple checks such as screenwash, oil, tyre pressure and other regular things. Also think about making your car more efficient for your road trip by bringing in a roof rack and box from DIY Roof Racks to store all of your luggage.
3. Make a ‘sort of’ plan
When you are planning a road trip one thing which is important for you NOT to do is make a detailed itinerary of where you want to go and what you plan to do. Although a plan is a good idea in general, you want your road trip to be flexible in a way and if you see somewhere you fancy visiting you will want to freedom to do this without worrying about your schedule. Make a general list of places you want to go, and beyond that just be open and flexible with your plans, you won’t regret it!
4. Avoid highways
The whole point of going on a road trip is to make the most of the trip as well as the destination. Sure, you want to get from A to B in good time, but there is nothing wrong with enjoying the views along the way and stopping off at small villages as you pass them. Avoid the big roads because you’ll miss out on all of the hidden gems if you stick to them for the whole trip.
5. Plan for trouble
Road works, events, parades… all of these things can cause diversions which cause you to change the route you are taking on the road. Make sure that you take a minute to research the places you plan to go and check if there are road works and events on in the timeframe you plan to visit. This will either help you avoid these places or plan a better time of day to travel there.
After years of diligence at your workplace, your employer has decided to award you with a recharge of a sabbatical. You’re excited that you’ll have three months at your disposal but there is one thing that threatens to dampen the spirit: You’re working on a strict budget!
Well, even when you are worried that you may not afford that dream vacation to Africa or attending holiday festivals around the world, you’ll realize that there are still many activities that can brighten up your three-month sabbatical. Read on to find useful tips!
The following are key activities that you can undertake regardless of your budget:
Reconnect with Yourself
A sabbatical offers you an opportunity for soul-searching and introspection which will enable you to reconnect with your life goals and purpose. You should evaluate your life and determine whether you’ve upheld all the values that you consider crucial in determining the course of your life.
If you realize that you have deviated, then it’s the right time to make amends and steer your life back to its course! The secret to achieving this is to listen to people’s honest feedback about you and aligning it with your goals. Also, try to stay away from electronic gadgets; if possible you can look for a serene environment where you can have your quiet time!
Visit Inexpensive Places
The fact that you’re on a tight budget does not mean that you cannot have adventurous escapades. You just need to visit inexpensive local spots where you’ll enjoy nature and have relaxing walks at affordable prices.
Also, you can tag along with your family for a bike ride, boat riding, bird viewing, mountain climbing or any other activity that you enjoy. While these activities can offer you all the adventure and the joy you’ve been looking for, they are relatively affordable. The best thing about such activities is their flexibility. For example, you may decide to pack your meals without compromising the quality of the trip. This will significantly reduce your budget for the trip thus making it affordable!
You may also consider visiting historical sites to reconnect with history. An afternoon walk to the museum would be fulfilling! Afterward, you may join your family for an evening session of your favorite outdoor sport! Whether its baseball, volleyball, hockey, or golf, just engage your family and enjoy the relaxing experience that will linger for long thereafter.
Look for Cheaper Food and Lodging Options
You need to take several weeks of your sabbatical to travel. This may not necessarily be expensive since you can decide to slash the main expenses by opting for affordable alternatives. For example, packed meals can significantly reduce your travel budget! If you’re not a fan for packed meals, you can exploit other options including intermittent fasting sessions for adults, batch cooking on the grill, or taking advantage of happy hour offers in various restaurants.
For accommodation, you may need to look for affordable lodgings or go for alternatives including camping, glamping, or couch surfing with friends and relatives. You can also check out the Airbnb for affordable house rental. What’s best about this option is the fact that you can cost-share the rent with friends or relatives thus making it very affordable!
We have discussed several methods to enable you to enjoy your sabbatical even when you do not have the cash to splash around. One noble idea that we’ll conclude with is service to humanity. You should consider using your sabbatical to reach underprivileged individuals in society. For example, helping the orphans, the elderly, widows, and those individuals with various disabilities.
You will achieve this either as an individual or by joining established organizations such as Habitat for Humanity. Also, churches take in volunteers to help them in spreading love to the disadvantaged even for a short term. This will be highly noble and you’ll pride in it forever! If you’ve been awarded a sabbatical and you’re not sure how you will spend it, then this article is meant for you. You should go through all the tips that we’ve provided and select that which suits you the best.
It's important to note that these activities do not call for splashing of cash but rather your time and devotion. Now you have no excuse to frown at your sabbatical.
Turkey is one of the top tourist destinations in the world. As of the year 2014, the country was able to record no less than 42 million foreign visitors. This turnout ranked the country as the sixth most visited tourist location in the world at the time.
That number has since dwindled slightly amidst political unrest and travel warnings. Now that the country is starting to rebuild its tourism sector, there is a high chance that you are considering visiting. Here are 3 things to consider before making the trip.
1. Prepare for Internet Censorship
Turkey might not be as tough as China when it comes to internet censorship, but they are not particularly lax on their digital terrain either. When you’re in the country, you might find that you are unable to access certain news content, sports games, and websites. This comes as no surprise given the government’s historical tendency to control the media and what the public sees. Under the country’s restrictions on freedom of speech, freedom of the press and internet use, anything that steers too far from propaganda is likely banned or censored.
If you’re only traveling for leisure, you won't need to look into the troubled side of the country’s internet. But if you are there for work, running into access bans to crucial information can be very frustrating. To get around it, you can hide your IP in Turkey with a VPN to shield your identity and circumvent censorship.
A VPN works by encrypting your traffic and sending it through a private network, changing your virtual location in its course by proxying. You can choose your server location to connect from; with your new virtual location, enjoy the same internet access as a user from that country. This is an easy and risk-free way to enjoy unrestricted internet access whether you’re in Ankara or Istanbul. This feature of a VPN is also popular amongst travelers who like to stream Netflix, Hulu or other geo-restricted streaming services on the go.
2. avoid problem areas
Turkey is in a state of rebuilding as we speak. That means anything can happen at any time, and it would be in your best interest to stay informed. There are a few regions in the country that are considered unsafe for travels, so make sure to stay away from those places. The government of Turkey has listed some regions that are still in a state of high unrest, in particular the area bordering Syria. You should also stay up to date with current travel advice issued by the country regarding natural disasters. A good number of places in Turkey are also known to be home to earthquakes, so always do your geographical research beforehand. To keep yourself safe, restrict your movements to the safe zones only.
3. Educate yourself
What goes in your country might not apply to Turkey. There is a cultural gulf, as is to be expected, between the customs in that part of the world and every other region. Before leaving for the trip, take a while to educate yourself on the customs, laws, and people of the region you will be going to. Know their dos and don’ts. Look out for the cultural differences and start acting accordingly the moment you land. For example, always cover up and wear sleeved tops as a sign of respect.
Turkey has a good deal of tourist destinations to offer that you can scour. It is an incredible country and not to be missed. When you go, don’t forget to keep all we have said in mind. We wish you the best travels and do let us know how it went when you get back.