Category: General Travel Advice

Ten Easy Backpacking Safety Steps to Make Backcountry Hiking Safer and More Enjoyable

When I first started to get into backcountry hiking and backpacking, my family thought I was absolutely crazy. Actually, some of them still do. Each year, there are media reports of unfortunate hikers who run into trouble in the backcountry and are either lost, injured, or tragically perish. I have explained to my family that, while even seasoned and prepared hikers do sometimes have accidents in the backcountry, a majority of the tragic stories you read about concern hikers who enter the backcountry unprepared.

While it is true that no amount of preparation can completely eliminate the risks an dangers of backcountry hiking, the same can be said about virtually everything in life. No matter how vigilant we are, accidents can happen. Even with something as routine as driving a car, taking safety precautions such as wearing a seatbelt, driving the speed limit, and paying attention to the road isn’t always enough to keep us safe. However, like with driving, taking certain safety precautions while hiking in the backcountry can significantly increase the likelihood that you will complete your hike safe and sound.

The Complete Backpackers Packing Guide and Checklist for Backcountry Backpackers

For those who like to hike, back country backpacking can be such an exciting and awe-inspiring endeavor. There is something about being alone in the wilderness that can really help you get to know yourself and this beautiful world that we live in. However, as incredible and moving as backcountry backpacking can be, it can also be a very challenging proposition for those who are unprepared.

That’s why I am a very firm believer in making sure you are prepared before taking any hike. This is especially true for back country hikes where you will be staying overnight for one or more nights. Before you hit the trails on your big back country adventure, I would strongly suggest that you closely read my backpackers packing guide to make sure that you have all of the gear that you will need to make sure your hike is both safe and fun.

Change of Travel Plans – The COVID Curse Strikes Again!

I apologize that I haven’t posted for a few weeks, but after reading this post you will understand why. Just when I thought things might be opening back up, I have once again been struck by the COVID travel curse. If you follow my blog closely, you are probably aware of my plans to visit Egypt, Jordan, and Israel this autumn. Needless to say, the Delta Variant has thrown me a curve ball, and once again I have a change of travel plans for this year. For the past several weeks I have been busy changing my current plans and making new ones.

Great Tips to Sit Next to Family on Flights for Frequent Travelers Who Fly Economy Class

I think every frequent traveler has been in a situation where you find a great deal on a flight, only to get buried by fees on the day of your flight when you try to carry on bags or choose seats for your family that are next to each other. While it would be easy to suggest that you be wary of basic economy fares and budget airlines because of these fees, there are some really, really great fares out there that are just too good to pass up. Instead of passing on these fares in the future, there are some tips that I can provide you to help ensure that you sit next to family on flights.

Rabies Vaccination for Travel – Why I think All Travelers Should Consider It

In this article, I am going to explain what Rabies is, how it can be spread to humans, where in this world you are at most at risk for contracting the virus, and why I think it is so important to understand how to protect yourself from this brutal and unforgiving disease. In doing so, I am going to explain why I have decided to get the Rabies pre-exposure vaccination and why I think more travelers who are thinking about visiting high-risk areas in the world should consider getting the Rabies vaccination for travel so that they are protected.

Have a Back-up Plan for your Travel Plan

Expect the unexpected. Rarely is that old adage proven true as often as it is in the context of traveling. But some surprises aren’t as cool as seeing the Taj Mahal or visiting the golden city of Jaisalmer. With that in mind, it is important now more than ever to have the necessary coverage for your trip in the event that any delays or cancellations occur.

If you are looking to get back out and explore, here is a list of the 30 best places to travel in 2021

Let’s face it, in many aspects the year 2020 was an absolutely miserable year. Tens of millions of people around the world were infected with the Coronavirus and millions of people lost their lives. Even for those who managed to avoid getting sick, our lives were thrown into turmoil as countries shut down, quarantines were put into place, and our daily routines were largely effected. Many industries have been critically effected by the shutdowns, quarantines, and restrictions, and one of those that was hardest hit was the travel and tourism industry. With most countries closing their borders, airlines, hotels, restaurants, and tourism-centered businesses have really struggled to stay afloat. However, now that the calendar has turned and vaccinations are starting to get rolled out, it seems like the long nightmare of 2020 may soon finally be behind us. In anticipation of international travel opening back up, I have outlined some of my Top 2021 Travel Destinations to start inspiring you to travel again.

COVID-19 and Travel: A Comprehensive List of Countries Open to American Tourists

What started out as a project to determine which countries I could visit internationally and what safety protocols were in place for those countries quickly turned into an exercise to inform you, my beloved readers, on what international travel options are available for Americans at this time and what health and safety protocols are in place throughout the world. I am hopeful that this information is helpful as you start to look at making plans to travel internationally again.

The 20 Best Travel Accessories for 2020

Traveling can be one of the most amazing experiences of your life.  Few other things in this world help to broaden your perspective and teach you about yourself.  However, travel can also be extremely stressful.  One way that you can help reduce the amount of stress that you feel when you travel and allow yourself more time to enjoy the experience is to have the right travel accessories with you on your trip.  Having the right accessories can make you more comfortable, keep your belongings safe, and help you capture the special moments of your journey.

This New Feature of Google Translate Will Make International Travel the Easiest it Has Ever Been

While the functionality in Google Translate has always made it very easy for travelers to translate both text and recorded voices from one language to another, there is some new functionality in Google Translate that will take the app’s travel translation game to a whole new level.  I am very excited about this new functionality, which is why I want to share it with you in this post.