For a nature lover, there is no better place than visiting a national park. The flora, fauna, wildlife, and natural beauty of a national park are almost a treat for people living in urban cities and anyone who loves adventure.
Well, it is great news that India is one of the top countries in the world known for its biodiversity.
India has 101 national parks that include wildlife, sanctuaries, marine life, and much more. Boasting some of the rarest animals like One-horned Rhinoceros, White Tigers, Asiatic Lions, and many others, Indian National Parks are a favorite spot for nature enthusiasts and photographers.
People from across the world appreciate this natural beauty. However, one must realize that these are wild predators, and it is a privilege to watch these glorious and magnificent creatures. The least we can do is follow the rules when visiting these parks and taking a safari.
Indian National Park Safari Tips
Every national park in India has its rules and guidelines for visitors. This helps them see the animals but also keep both the animals and people safe.
Please ensure you know about these rules thoroughly and take time to follow them when taking a safari in these parks. Below are 10 common things you should know before taking a safari in Indian National Parks.
Maintain Distance with Animals
Remember that they are in their space. You are just a visitor. You are invading their private space. That is why you must always remember to let the animals be and not try and engage with them. As they walk around in their area, do not disturb them in any way or try and make them afraid or infiltrated on.
Do Not Litter
This is an actual rule of any place across the world. However, more so, in the different Indian National Parks, you may visit. Do not be irresponsible. Do not throw plastic covers or glass bottles around as you travel through the national parks.
Unlike us, animals that inhabit the area do not understand the difference between stepping on different textures. It is your responsibility to ensure that you protect them.
Do Not Smoke or Start Fires
Creating fires or throwing cigarette buds that are not turned off in the national park is dangerous. Fire is a real issue. Often, if you are in an Indian National Park, there are usually designated areas where you can start a campfire, a barbeque, or even smoke. Follow the rule.
One mistake could lead to drastic displacement and a lot of heartache for the inhabitants.
Avoid Feeding Animals
The experts know what they need. By that, it is the people who are handling the national park and the animals themselves. You are not helping by trying to throw food on the road. As much as you think you are helping the animals.
If you do not know what they must or can eat, you have to ensure that you stay away from the idea of feeding animals to satisfy yourself.
Spotted Deer (Chital)
Follow the guide’s instructions
Guides that take you through safaris in Indian National Parks are experts for a reason. They come with years of experience and know what they are talking about.
It is pivotal that you follow their instructions to the tee. Do not try or think you know better than those who have got it and done it for years.
Stay Inside the Vehicle
Safaris have select vehicles that can stand the route and is designed to protect you during animal encounters. So, unless you are advised to get out and walk around the national parks, do not step out of the vehicles. Trust the experts.
A Tiger in Ranthambore National Park
If you are taking a tour without a guide, make sure you stick to the route and don’t go off the way searching for more creatures. Such adventure can put you in a lot of trouble like losing the trail, animal attacks, and more.
Do Not Disturb Their Habitat
Again, you are in the animal zone. Keep it quiet. Parties can be taken elsewhere. When you are in their habitat, respect it. In all likelihood, animals do not like loud noises. Therefore, respect their space.
Avoid playing music or making noises to get a reaction from an animal. It is not just unnecessary; it is also cruel.
Indian Gharial in Chambal River
Stay Silent and Calm
When you are going on a Safari in Indian National Parks, there is every chance that you will have a trip of your lifetime.
Baby Elephants taking a bath
However, the best way to go through the safari is to not disrupt wildlife. They will come and showcase themselves. But if you gasp a little too loudly, you might scare or annoy them away and not get the complete experience of the safari. So, stay calm and be patient.
Wear Light Coloured Clothes
Jarring colors can throw animals away from trying to get closer to the people that are coming to meet the visitors. They usually do not respond well to bright colors. Doing the best to be one with and blend in with flora and fauna is part of the things we do.
This will help us be one with the surroundings making us as travelers more accessible to the animals.
Earthy colored clothes are the best for Safari
Safaris usually last a while. So, always carry supplies. This includes ensuring you are prepared for a long ride as the guides take you through different parts of the national parks. You should try and carry supplies like water, basic food, and a garbage bag, so you do not litter.
Additionally, make sure you have the right equipment to make all the memories. However, ensure you do not scare them with flashes.
Never in your safari trip, you should forget that you are venturing into the wildlife’s space and somehow disturbing their habitats. So, by abiding by the rules of the park you are not only respecting the animals but also helping yourself and the animals.
Gulshan Bafna is a wildlife enthusiast and a brilliant photographer. His love for natural beauty can be found on his blog, where he shares all his travel experiences in a beautiful way that most of his followers love to read.
We have been on this Earth for a long time, but we have always been intrigued by tales of another world. We don’t know if we are the only ones living here or if Earth is occupied by otherworldly creatures.
Many places in the world are shrouded in mystery. These are said to be portals to another realm. They are also believed to be homes to these realms. Travelers can feel the lure of these places in their hearts.
It’s about time we dare to visit some of the most exciting destinations in the world.
A walk around this dark forest will pique your interest, You will wander around it. This piece of beauty, which is located in western Ireland is full of unsolved puzzles. Legends say that it is the home to the tomb of warrior queen Maeve. The hill on which Knockma woods rest is also thought to be the entrance to a fairy kingdom.
A traditional story says that once, the king of fairies Finnvara abducted the bride of a lord on the hill. He took her to his kingdom. The Lord followed his bride and started digging his way, but fairies would always repair the work.
This location even contains cairns which date back to 6,000 BC. Imagine fairies living there, all those centuries back! Many stories hide behind this moss covered hills. Want to unlock the gate to the fairy kingdom? This is your chance.
Achilles in Water of River Styx
The black waters of Styx are said to bring a painful death to whosoever drinks from them. Flowing through Greece, it’s thought that this river is a way to the most popular Greek netherworld. A sea nymph guards Styx. It runs down between two massive silver pillars.
Zeus used to set this as a test. If any Gods were lying to him then drinking the water from Styx would lead to a loss of their voice. This way of atonement was hard for Gods. When a human drank it, he met death, no matter how great he was. It’s rumored that this is the way Alexander the Great died.
Wouldn’t you want to have a glimpse of lethal waters of Styx? Maybe, we can find a path to Greek otherworld.
Gates Of Guinee
In voodoo language, Guinee is the place of dead. It’s where souls travel above the waters to meet their ancestors. After a person dies, his soul is to pass through seven gates of Guinee. Passage to Guinee is possible only then. It’s believed that the seven gates are present in the French Quarter of New Orleans.
The cemeteries form a circle canal street. The crossroad at Canal Street is the final gateway to Guinee. It’s perilous to open the portals because when you make one mistake, evil spirits could enter this world to possess humans. So you need to open it in the right sequence and also pay tribute to the guardians of gates.
Mardi Gras is the perfect time for you to travel to New Orleans and visit these spooky cemeteries. Good luck if you end up finding a zombie behind you.
Ales stenar, which simply means “stones”, is also known as Swedish Stonehenge. It is a megalithic monument in Scania in southern Sweden made up of gigantic stones in the shape of a ship.
You can’t quite tell the formation if you are standing at the ground but if you look at it from above, you can see the oval outline and the stones at each end markedly larger than the rest.
No one knows for certain what function the stones have had through the ages, or what the ship setting symbolized for the people who created it. Plus, the stones and materials used are roughly between 5,500 to 1,400 years old.
Now, go figure that out that how these early civilization managed to create this in the first place? Perhaps it was a sacred viking site with magical powers!
The Lost City Of Z
Nobody knows what haunts the dense forests of South America. Not a single soul was brave enough to venture into this thick woods. The mystery inside them tempted many, but only one person was brave to follow it.
Colonel Percy Fawcett explored the deep forests of South America when he went looking for a mythical city. Many of his speculations were misleading to other explorers. But Fawcett soon disappeared in the jungle.
What waits inside those trees is still a mystery. Satellite images have spotted an establishment around where Fawcett was last seen , dating back to AD 200. Legends tell that there is an entrance to The Lost City of Z between Xingu and Tapajos tributaries.
Are you brave enough to discover the unseen or would you want to just walk on fringes of this lost city?
The Sahara Desert has always been a center of attraction for the tourist who visits Morocco. It is impossible to resist the beauty of orange sand around you.
You could feel the ancient culture of Morocco by riding the Camel in the Sahara. I bet when you ride camel you would feel like Aladdin searching for Jasmine!
Note: You may think (based on the movies or books) that Sahara is just about riding a camel or walking barefoot in the sand. Let me tell you, it’s much more than that. Also, I will share some really interesting ideas which you can do in Sahara and make your trip more memorable.
Must-Do Things In The Sahara Desert
The beauty of Sahara is very unique and it is different from many pieces of nature that you have ever seen in your life.
To experience the place where there is no civilization, no buildings and no signs of footprints because the sand will cover your footprint is a treat in itself. In this short guide, I will give you some tips to enjoy your Sahara tour to the fullest.
A native desert girl
Many people think that camel riding is a very tiring and uncomfortable thing but most of them do not know that in the evenings they are padded with blankets and supplies. You could easily ride and enjoy the journey in the evening.
Have fun with Sand boards
Sand boards will be provided by your hotel. Ask the staff they will give you the sand boards to enjoy. If you are with family, they will give separate boards to kids. What you can do is slide down the dune.
Look for highest dunes with good slopes and you will have a time of your life. Trust me!
Enjoy the beauty of Sahara
Most people waste a lot of time taking pictures of different places. I recommend enjoying the tour fully. See the beauty around you with your own eyes, not by the eyes of the camera.
Sitting alone outside of your camp and gazing the sky full of stars is an experience which you will never forget.
Watch Sunrise & Sunsets from the sand dunes
Wake up early and see the sunrise. See how the sun rays turn the sand into Golden. You could find orange sand dunes in the western part of the Sahara near Morocco.
Similar to camel tours and walking tours, you can also do a desert safari. These desert safari drivers (a 4×4 jeep or other SUVs) are experienced and you’ll have one thrilling experience of a lifetime. It’s a ‘must try’.
Set up a desert tent
No trip to the Sahara is complete without having spent a night in the desert in an open (or covered) tent while laying down directly under the night sky and cold sand.
All of the above can be either self-organized or booked as a tour.
Do not rush
Enjoy the trip in its deepest sense. A lot of people try to explore the Sahara Desert very quickly and when their time gets over, they usually said they did not explore even half of the desert. You must plan your desert tour for at least 3 days.
8 Pro Tips Before You Embark on the Sahara Adventure
Before you go to Sahara make sure you should know what to pack and I will show you the necessary item which you should not leave behind. Leaving these would cause unnecessary pain in the Sahara. So, without further ado here is the list.
Don’t forget sunglasses
This is the most obvious thing to pack because there would be strong UV rays which can damage and may even burn your eye’s soft tissues. According to the American Optometric Association if you do not wear sunglasses in that kind of area where the sun is at its peak then you risk of macular degeneration.
As a bonus, glasses will also protect your eyes from any sand that might get into your eyes with the breeze.
Speaking of strong and hot sun, do not forget to bring sunscreen. Moreover, wear full sleeve shirts to protect your arm and wear a hat is also highly advised to protect you from sunstroke.
Carrying a water bottle is also highly recommended because when you ride the camel you will dehydrate very quickly.
Wear comfortable shoes
You might watch in the old movies like in Aladdin in Lawrence of Arabia where the main protagonist walks in Sahara with no shoes or in sandals. But please do not make this stupid mistake in the afternoon when the sun heats up the sand becomes very hot.
Believe me, you do not want to be out in the dunes without proper protection for your feet. If you are with some good travel company, they may provide you with some extra pair of shoes which you can use in your desert excursion.
Pro Tip: You will get a chance to walk bare feet on the sand in the morning and evenings when the sand is cool.
Magnificent desert sunset in the Sahara
Carry a light scarf
You should buy a scarf before going to Sahara. It will help you when you are going to sleep outside of your camp at night.
Although most of the times you should not have to worry about the sandstorms if there is a little wind, you could cover your face with the scarf
Pack a jacket
Many people thought that Sahara would be very hot then why should we buy jackets? You should know that Sahara will not be hot every time. It would be cold in the mornings and evenings.
If you are coming in winter then you should definitely pack a pair of jackets with you.
Carry a chapstick
The air in the Sahara is very dry and will take a toll on your lips for sure. Couple of time I have seen men wearing their wife’s lipstick to keep their lips from peeling.
So, protect yourself from this kind of embarrassing situation and keep lip balm or Chapstick with you.
Pack a great camera
Sahara is considered as a heaven for photographers. There is an unlimited number of interesting photos in Sahara like sunrise, changing colors of sand dunes in the morning, sunset, Camel riding, Clear sky with thousands of stars, etc.
If you bring digital Camera then I recommend bringing its bag to protect it from dust also do not forget to bring its batteries or charger.
Book your tour with a credible travel agency
My final tip would be to book your Sahara Tour with some credible travel agency. Last year before going to the Sahara Desert, I have found that there are a plethora of travel companies out there making false claims.
You should book your extrusion with some specialists and with locals who knew the place very well.
I booked my Sahara trip with Marrakech Desert Trips. I have found them very professional and they guided me very professionally throughout my trip. They told me the accurate expenses before and did not charge me with any extra dime.
Best Time To Visit The Sahara Desert
A morning walking tour exploring the sand dunes
Sahara is open for almost all year. You could plan the tour any time any day. But according to me, the best time is from October to early May. During these months’ temperatures would be not that much as in June to September.
You may encounter some sandstorms in January to April but they are just mild sandstorms and you could easily get away with them by putting the light scarf as I mentioned above and you would be fine.
Sheraz Shahzad is a part-time travel blogger, part-time digital marketing specialist, and full-time dreamer. He loves the photographic medium for expressing what he loves about life. He always finds himself lost during travel.
Aside from his taste for adventure, he loves doing two things while traveling: meeting new friends and trying new food. You can contact him on LinkedIn to work on your travel website.
Oh! when the summer arrives, Antarctica sounds divine, doesn’t it? The summer months and early winter months mark as a travel season for most of the North Americans and Europeans. Many fly halfway across the globe to visit their dream destinations.
If you are planning to visit Antarctica, why fly and spend big bucks when you can immerse yourself in the excitement of an Antartica cruise! Antarctica might be the coldest and the driest, but it is also the queen of polar expeditions.
So, when you get a chance to ditch all the regular tour packages and embark on a polar voyage, why not take it?
Visit in November
Golden sunset in Antarctica
Traveling to Antarctica is not all flowers and the sunshine. That is why most of the travelers tend to visit during the summer months.
But we recommend that you travel in winter. Since Antartica is in the southern hemisphere, it means the months of November and December are warmer while the northern hemis[here begins to get chilly.
The Austral Spring is already on the go and you can see the sights that you will seldom see if you take the cruise at any other time of the year.
You see the cute penguins following the courtship rituals, humpback whales feeding on the zooplankton, Crab-eating Seals guarding their younger ones and Southern Elephants on the watchdog duty.
It is only at this time of the year that the entire Antarctic habitat decides to unveil itself.
It is not just the animal habitat that is in its ultimate glory. The white sheet of icebergs shine and glow with the nests of various animals. It is the best time to capture the unadulterated magic of the Southern Pole.
The Hurtigruten Way
Hurtigruten is an age-old cruising company, based in Norway. Instead of flying, you can cruise along in the expertly designed ships and see the frozen beauty of Antarctica up close.
There are many cruise packages that Hurtigruten offers. And that includes three of its leading ships – MS Fram, MS Roald Amundsen, and MS Midnatsol.
No of Cruises available – 8
Short trips – 5
MS Fram is a trendsetter in the line of adventure travel ships. It offers five short voyages to Antarctica. It’s usually a two-week voyage from Ushuaia. Argentina through the mysterious Drake Passage.
They also have tours in January-February, but it’s more expensive than November. We recommend traveling in November when the price is lower, and the sights are gorgeous.
But the golden deal is in October. It is just the time when the Antarctic ice starts melting and you can see the polar wildlife come out of their hiding. MS Fram departs from Montevideo, Uruguay in South America.
Another season package is available in February, where you get to see the beautiful Chile Coast. As we said earlier the price tag during January – February goes a notch higher.
A golden sunset in Antarctica
No of Cruises available – 9
Short trips – 9
MS Midnatsol offers shorter voyages than the other two ships. And it gives a luxurious experience even in the remotest of locations. You get a Jacuzzi and a sun deck in the freezing poles, isn’t that exciting?
All the itineraries of MS Midnatsol are short and swanky. The ship offers a two week trip in November and a few trips in February.
If you really want to celebrate White Christmas, then MS Midnatsol does offer a Christmas voyage each year. A two-week adventure trip to Antarctica is the best way to finish strong and start your new year!
If you are interested in seeing the Chilean Fjords or touching the icebergs or if you want to enjoy the views of the Patagonian Coast- then check out MS Midnatsol tours.
Hiking on the slippery ice might sound tempting and MS Midnatsol makes it possible. You can go on circling and enjoying the beauty of the South American coast and may even visit the Falkland Islands.
Light reflecting through frozen polar ice
MS Roald Amundsen
No of Cruises available – 3
Short trips – 2
This brand new addition to the fleet of Hurtigruten is MS Roald Amundsen. It defines sustainable travel to perfection. It uses modern technology in an environment-friendly design which is commendable.
There are number voyages of MS Roald Amundsen to Antarctica each year. Usually, the tours span to 18- 19 days and are far pricier than the other ships. But as we mentioned earlier, you can’t go wrong on any of these ships!
Explorers are those who dare to tread on the unholy ground. Daniel Boone – started a trade which gained popularity.
He went game hunting, then he sold the pelts in the fur market. Boone became the first American to settle west of Appalachian Mountains.
The route which he marked became the Wilderness Road- filled with attacks from Shawnee Tribes. Where Boone settled later became home to 20,0000 Americans, and it was Kentucky.
Boone had guts to trail through the paths that nobody ever touched, and in doing so, he discovered something worthy. He also founded the village Boonesborough in Kentucky after himself.
Born in Washington D.C, Mohun became a commercial agent for U. S in Congo and Angola. During his work as a commercial agent, he led a campaign against the Arabian slaves. He subsequently became counsel to Zanzibar.
His three-year posting here made him middle-man between rivals in the Anglo- Zanzibar war. Seeing his dedication, the Belgian Government gave him an assignment which he happily accepted.
He had to layout a telegraph line from Lake Tanganyika to Wadelai on the White Nile. His ship- Sir Harry Johnson took him from Zanzibar to Africa.
On their way, his crew faced a lot of problems- from cannibals to laying the long transmission lines. It took him three years to do so, and he was the only one standing alive at the end of the expedition.
Despite the reputation of a Failed Explorer Frederick Cook has some wins under his belts. His clash with Robert Peary did not help his image. And whatever he claimed to achieve, got denied by Peary.
When Cook claimed that he reached the North Pole on April 21, 1908, a year before Robert Peary, his accounts were not trustworthy. His claim of climbing the Mt. Denali is also denied, the picture which portrays the Fake Peak- is the photo of a small peak 19 miles away from Mt. Denali.
But after all the denials there is one truth that proves Frederick Cook did go in an expedition to the North Pole but whether he reached is a big question mark. He discovered the first and only American Arctic Island- Meighen Island.
Clark- a native of Virginia joined Military and took part in the Northwest Indian War. But at the age of 26, he retired because of his poor health. After six years in Mulberry Hill, Louisville he, Meriwether Lewis recruited William for Corps of Discovery.
The mission of this expedition was to establish trade with Native Americans, explore the territory of Louisiana, find a waterway from the US to the Pacific Ocean. In the Pacific, Coast Clark became the tough slave owner, but the indigenous people respected him.
Sacagawea was the lone woman in the team of Lewis and Clark Expedition. Born as Shoshone, she got kidnapped at the age of 12. She was the slave wife of the Toussaint Charbonneau who accompanied Lewis and Clark. Sacagawea knew how to speak Shoshone. Hence Lewis and Clark thought it was a good idea to hire Charbonneau as his wife speaks Shoshone.
When they headed for the expedition from the port, Sacagawea was pregnant. Both Clark and Lewis nick-named her baby Pompy. She was the lady who guided Lewis and Clark through every basin, mountain pass and gave them the optimal route.
A vagabond in nature, he truly outdid any other explorer of his time. Carson came from a humble family in rural Missouri. At the age of 16, he went to become a mountain man.
Later, after accompanying Ewin Young in his Mexican California Expedition, he became a fur trapper.
His marriage in the Rocky Mountains was to Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes.The next ten years passed in a flash when he guided John C. Fremont through California, Oregon, and Great Basin area, giving us the Oregon Trail.
ROBERT EDWIN PEARY
While Cook’s claim of reaching the North Pole is fraud, Peary’s claim became null in 1913. After careful evaluation of his accounts, we know that he never really reached the North Pole. He was just 60 miles away from it.
Though his desire remained unfulfilled, he took eight expeditions to the North Pole. His every attempt was to get closer to the North Pole.
His first expedition in 1886 was to Greenland, he decided to travel solo using a sled, but a Danish Official Maigaard convinced that it is suicide to visit the North Pole alone. 1891 to 1909 – he took four expeditions, of which last two were solely to reach the North Pole.
GEORGE ROGERS CLARK
He worked for the militia in the American Revolutionary War and made valuable contributions by capturing – Vincennes and Kaskaskia.
This led to the British ceding the power of North West. He also led the opening engagements of Northwest Indian War.
There were accusations against him drinking while on duty, which forced him to resign. In later years he led the Lewis and Clark expedition through the Pacific Coast.
His knowledge of the west’s natural history gained him many students like John Pope and John James Audurbon.
DONALD BAXTER MACMILLAN
Born in Massachusetts, Macmillan became a world-class explorer of the Arctic. He studied geology at Bowdoin College. And he went on his first expedition with none other than Robert Peary. After than explorations became a daily thing for him.
In his 46 year career, he went on 30 expeditions. He was the first to introduce the use of radios, electricity, and plane in Arctic.
And he also studied flora and fauna of the Arctic, bringing back with him samples and photos of the Arctic scenery. He took his last expedition when he was 82, and he died thirteen years after that.
Life underwater is an entirely different realm of exquisite and out-of-this-world beauty. If you are fascinated by the vigor that colors bring, then underwater adventures should be on your bucket list.
I mean on top of everything on your bucket list! There is just no way you should miss an underwater adventure; it’s going to be like missing half your life for crying out loud!
Okay, I don’t mean to sound overly dramatic but it’s true. An underwater experience will change your perception of marine creatures and you may never be the same again.
The ocean is the topmost element we take for granted day by day but it’s funny that humans act this way because our Planet Earth is composed of 70% water.
Can you imagine an entirely different world living underneath us?
If you want to open your eyes to a magnificent underwater empire, check out these top 5 best underwater adventures in the world.
1. Swimming with Whale sharks in Cancun, Mexico
The whale sharks are one of the largest and most docile marine inhabitants that feed on planktons, krill, or anchovies. So there’s no need to fear these gentle giants.
Cancun is one of the best places to see free-roaming whale sharks because it’s known for the world’s second largest barrier reef. The best time to visit is between mid-June and August where the whale sharks elegantly glide in the water.
But please, keep your hands to yourself because they have a strict “NO TOUCHING” rule.
2. Scuba Dive at the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Do you want to know an interesting fact? The Great Barrier Reef is the largest and healthiest coral reef in the world.
Because of its size, it’s can be seen in outer space! I don’t even have to mention all the various underwater creatures you’ll see, the abundance of 2,900 individual reefs and 300 coral cays says it all. You can expect a bio-diversified diving experience!
3. Cage Diving with Great White Sharks in Shark Alley, South Africa
South Africa is home to a number of great white sharks and ‘Shark Alley’ is one of the popular choices to encounter these ferocious creatures up-close through cage diving.
Take note that you don’t need scuba diving skills but the cage is submerged in the open sea with the great whites circling with curiosity, and It will seem like you can rub elbows (or fins) with these creatures because of the proximity!
The experience is just overwhelming!
4. Diving at the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park, Caribbean Sea
If you want a totally natural underwater experience with a touch of human creativity, then this is definitely for you. The park has 65 concrete sculptures that are bizarrely beautiful.
There are the ‘Vicissitudes’ where it features children holding hands, ‘The Lost Correspondent’ where a man is working on his typewriter, and so much more!
5. Atlantis Submarine Tour in Oahu, Hawaii
If you like to experience underwater adventure in the comfort of a submarine, tick this off your list! All you need to do is pick a spot near the windows and immerse in the beauty of Oahu’s brilliant underwater life!
Susan Brooks is a passionate blogger who loves to write about home designs, renewable energy innovations and more. She spends her free time hiking, swimming, camping and spending time with her family. She also blogs at GeneratorLab which is a site filled with home energy tips and guides.
This is the story of how a distance of 480 km took us three days on a motorbike on one of the toughest terrains in the world. Yes, you read it right, the Manali–Leh highway in Northern Himalayan region of India is one of the toughest terrains.
Biking Manali Leh Highway
Four of us started with two Royal Enfields. Three of us could ride and we all took turns. The only traffic here is the occasional Indian Army trucks and other soul-searching wanderers who are also willing to test their will.
We started this adventure to ride what is claimed as the highest motorable road in the world. In this remote region, the phone connectivity is unheard of and you have to enter your details at every check post to let them know you’ve survived, to tell the tale. To live another day.
It was around 1 in the noon, when we had to stop riding. The tire was now wobbling beyond control. We couldn’t prolong it anymore. 12 spokes were broken. And we were in the middle of nowhere.
Our friend’s bike had gone ahead. We were wondering what to do next when we saw a bike coming from the opposite direction. Delighted we stopped him, asking him if he had seen our other rider somewhere ahead. He had, but almost an hour earlier.
No way of contacting the other bike, no towns spotted in the vicinity, and with no other riders for as far as we could see. This was not looking good. This was not how I had planned my bike trip to go when we started 3 days ago.
They said it would take us three days to do it. We had rented our bikes in Manali, filled them up with fuel, carried extra fuel in cans and off we went.
We knew the roads could get brutal, the climate could turn any moment without notice from warm sunny mornings to mild showers. At noon time we were enveloped in clouds and in the evenings we were greeted by the chilly winds.
Let’s recollect the journey. Let’s start at the beginning.
With all our gears on we slowly rode out of Manali towards Rohtang pass. Our journey had begun. Rohtang is the first high altitude pass (3987 M) you encounter when you set off towards this Himalayan journey.
We were initially cruising at a decent speed wondering why people take two-three days, as the roads though mountainous were well maintained. Soon we reached the beginning of the pass and it was here we encountered how brutal the mountains can actually get.
As we started ascending the pass, the roads started deteriorating. Pretty soon they became non-existent. All there was, was mud sloshed due to the slight rain which made it almost impossible to ride on, especially with a pillion.
Biking in the Mud
So two of us had to get off and walk down the road while the other two struggled to keep the bikes steady. The adventure had just begun. The muck which was almost 10 cm deep and your feet would go right in till the ankle.
The only people who were actually still cruising at their original speed were the truck drivers. At one point hitchhiked in the truck till a point where the roads got decent again which was after an easy half an hour.
We made it past the pass and down to a nominal altitude by 4 pm. Which was where we realized we had only covered 80 km in 5 hours!
Rest in Keylong
The other 40 KM of the day took us another 4 hours and by the time we reached Keylong it was pitch dark. We could hear the sound of a river flowing right next to us while the only source of light was from our bikes headlight.
One wrong turn could leave us going down the cliff into the icy cold water or right into the rocky mountain on the other side.
Dirty, exhausted we made it to the end of day one. After a quick dinner we went to our beds. Dreaming of how tomorrow would be.
DAY 2. KEYLONG-PANG (180 KM)
The next morning we were mentally prepared for what was ahead. We set out after a hot breakfast, cruising through the road for about an hour thinking we had gotten better after the previous day’s experience.
Of course, it wasn’t going to be that easy, we soon stopped at what was a waterfall flowing on the road. Rocks below, water flowing from the top. Even if the pillion got off, we still had to walk across the water and since we were not wearing gumboots the water went through our shoes. And our feet froze.
We rode past many such streams/waterfalls which flowed right through the road, the occasional rocks which fell from a landslide here and there, the muddy slush, the sandy road, and rocky terrain that day.
The Beauty of Pang
After riding through one of the most beautiful landscapes with natural rock formation, clean blue skies, and yellow-brown rocky cliffs, we reached Pang by evening.
Pang is just simply mesmerizing. It is a village with no phone connectivity at all. It did have an army base however which had a landline connection. Pang is a high altitude village located at almost 4200 m above sea level. And at that attitude sleep was hard to come.
The stars you see during the night from this village are mind-blowing. We saw almost one shooting star every ten minutes and the mesmerizing view of our milky way galaxy to make up for the lack of sleep.
We started our final stretch riding through another high altitude pass where the lack of oxygen and us being tired due to lack of sleep made it hard for us to continue.
The other bike went further ahead while we were cruising at a slower pace. As we crossed around 40 KM, we came past an amazingly rare straight stretch with well-maintained road our spirit rose.
All was well when suddenly our tire started wobbling. It was here we stopped to find out 12 spokes were broken. And there was no mechanic or civilization there. We then somehow pushed the bike and walked for about a Kilometer when luckily we found a small village with 10 houses.
A Kind Stranger
A small shop owner told us we could stay there while waiting for vehicles which could give us a lift. After an hour of sitting by the road hoping for a vehicle to pass by we finally saw a minivan. The villager stopped the van, spoke to the driver, explained our problem and he finally agreed to haul our bike on the back and take us to Upshi, the next town 30 KM away with a mechanic.
We were saved. While we hopped on the van, the other bike which had gone ahead came back as they heard about us stuck here through another rider. Now all four of us were together and we were finally heading towards Leh.
When we reached the mechanic, he did not have the needed bike spokes and asked us to go look for the spare spokes in Leh and to get it repaired there. (Sigh!)
Upshi to Leh
Now, Leh was another 15 KM away from Upshi. So one bike entered Leh carrying the tire of the other bike, going from one shop to the other for almost 2 hours trying to find the spare parts. By 5 PM in the evening, we finally got them and by 6 PM, we were back to the mechanic who told us to come back the next morning for the bike.
So this was how we finally made it to the city of Leh at 7 PM in the night after 3 full days of the journey.
Conclusion: Himalayan Wisdom
We started off with 2 bikes but reached the city with one! The mighty Himalayas can change all your plans and teach us how insignificant we truly are in the big picture.
If anything, this trip taught us the valuable lesson of humility and how everything is connected in the big picture. Strangers can be nice and helpful. Things can go wrong when you least anticipate them. After all, all things are connected and there is a reason behind it all. We must find our place in this world.
Travel on its own can be boring if you aren’t mentally equipped to take on a new experience. The extravagance of travel has no limits like your imagination.
You must never be afraid to dream big while traveling and never back down from an opportunity. Whether it’s skydiving off the coast of Dubai or surfing the gnarly waves off the Gulf of Alaska, You should never be afraid to try new things.
What type of Traveler are you?
Of course, there are people who don’t enjoy the adrenaline filled experience, which is totally fine for you can still have a breathtaking experience as there are always places like the Maroon Bells, USA or Plitvice Lakes, Croatia which offer a different definition of breathtaking. Trust me! When I say these places are just astounding.
However, to fully take in the experience of places like these I recommend actually just taking your time. Take in the scenery and beauty maybe eat out once in a while or just go to the beach.
Traveling is fun when you do it right, here are some do’s and don’ts of traveling.
1. Always pack appropriately
Never over pack, I cannot stress this enough choose the type of travel you want to go ahead with, whether it be enjoying a breathtaking scenery or actually experiencing a breathtaking moment.
Traveling light is the best choice that you can make because the lighter your luggage is the more easily you can walk and commute during your vacation. You don’t have to stuff a lot of things in your travel bag, just keep the essentials.
One issue, people always tend to over think their travel destination. Don’t stress yourself out doing that just go with the flow, lay down a world map on your floor, close your eyes and just randomly pick a place it doesn’t matter where.
Explore a new world of beautiful landscape, remarkable places and much more. Seeing new things for the first time is always a joy whether it’s a small island of Bali or a luxurious trip to Paris or somewhere else that you love.
3. Do a bit research
Once you have decided the place you want to see, there is no harm in asking other people about the places & people like where you can find historic buildings or great monuments? Or, you can even do a quick Google search, what are the most amazing things you can do in Greece or Maldives or any other destination that you are visiting.
If you are having second doubts just because of your travel expenses then find a better way instead of canceling your trip such as choosing different travel deals and packages from many excellent discount websites to make it a budget-friendly trip.
4. Keep your Travel Money Aside
Don’t spend any of your travel money before your trip in useless things like a new t-shirt or a fancy pair of shoes, or any other irrelevant thing for the trip. People buy a lot of stuff before going somewhere may be in the excitement of their journey, but save yourself from this big mistake.
5. Take Good Care of your Skin
Always wear a good & effective sunscreen while traveling because none of us wants to burn our skin with the direct heat of the sun. So, protect your skin and body by evenly applying a good sunscreen from a reliable company that suits your skin type. You can also wear a hat or scarf to cover yourself from heat.
If you ever feel unsafe in a new country alone try traveling with a friend or someone who you feel comfortable with, of course always be wary, but try to enjoy as much as you can. Many countries are completely safe and people are always friendly & welcoming to tourists. In short, don’t let fear overpower your fun!
Hi, I am Catriona Jasica. I love to analyze things and to write about them. Just love reading books, traveling and movies which is basically my ultimate inspiration for writing different kinds of blogs. I find all these things very interesting and always eager to share my views with other people. You can find my other blogs at Top Vouchers Code.
In central Vietnam lies a beautiful and ornate city named Hue. With its traditional Citadel comprised of beautiful architecture bathed in artistic craftsmanship, which is reflected in the Royal Tombs and Thien Mu Pagoda.
But, there are also the modern-age ruins which offer an alternative to those which are encompassed by the city dripping in historical value. Welcome to a sight that looks like Post-apocalyptic Vietnam.
Gargantuan concrete building carved in the shape of a Dragon
I had heard rumors of a post-apocalyptic scene roughly 8 km outside of the city and after talking to my two traveling companions, decided it was worth the journey to see. We put the idea to several people sharing our dorm in the tourist area of central Hue, and six of us mounted our motorbikes to begin our ride to the entrance of the park.
Upon researching the water-park I discovered it had closed down in 2004 for reasons unknown to me, and that there were tales of the aquarium tanks – still full of water – that still housed crocodiles left behind!
Our Adventurous Journey
The ride took around 20 minutes and our satnav escorted us to the entrance successfully. As we pulled up to the derelict gateway, a sign read Ho T uy T en after the letters a, h, and I decided to abandon the place similar to the customers and staff. At the gateway also sat a man on a plastic chair beside a barrier, charging entrance to the park albeit a clear illegitimate scheme.
There is a way to gain entry to the park without the admission fee however. Keen to add a little extra excitement and exploration in to our adventure we decided to explore the surrounding roads to discover this somewhat secret passageway.
We discovered that there is indeed an entrance through a field on the east-side of the lake. Accessible by way of turning right at the fork in the road (where the official entrance is down the road to the left), and then taking the first left.
Maps say the road is a dead end, but in reality, the road gives way to a dirt track leading through field and into the park. There are no barriers, fences or signs to say you cannot do this (if you’re concerned).
Descending a small hill onto the lakeside, we first discovered a small performance amphitheater with a pool inside – now green and dark with algae and vegetation. We spent some time here inspecting the rooms and seating areas. All the while being stared upon by the cows grazing outside the fenced arena.
The structure had various rooms displaying a tonne of graffiti – some artistic, some not – and you can definitely tell where the kitchen used to be as well as the toilets – not such a pleasant discovery.
The next structure which drew our attention was further around the lake, following the path on our bikes. We came across a small child’s area inclusive of a water-play-area along with slides, fountains (long since broken), and larger spiral slides which finished in a larger pool of dark green, stagnant water.
Scaling the larger slides from the bottom to the top was pretty fun. The view at the top certainly gives the impression of nature taking over what was once hers.
The abandoned children’s pool
Nature taking-over the creations of man
A short ride through the treeline then took us to the main attraction; a giant concrete building carved in the form of a dragon! Within the dragon sat a dark, damp aquarium littered with the shattered glass of the water tanks, used previously to house a variety of sea-life.
This eerily quiet and unnerving place is the rumored home of the crocodiles (ill leave you to discover the truth for yourself), and as at this point I was alone – the others had progressed without me as I had ridden my bike around the dragon a few times – I decided I best catch up with the others.
Exit from the over-grown aquarium
I found my friends at the top of a stairwell (designed to convey the inside of the dragons carkus) and looking out high above the lake as they stood within the mouth of the inanimate mythical beast. The view from here is spectacular and you can really spend some time taking it in.
Descending through the dark skeleton of the Dragon
We made it in to the mouth of the beast!
This little excursion for the day is definitely recommended as it gives a surreal feeling and a look into what the future our planet could look like. Providing great prompts for your imagination to run away with itself, as well as a sense of bewilderment and curiosity.
The current lack of a crowd also makes you feel as if you could be amongst the first people to wander into this mysterious place, often only known through word of mouth.
Jack Graves is a keen, enthusiastic traveler who enjoys discovering places and experiences a little different than the norm. He aims to provide entertaining and inspiring stories as well as informative advice in order to encourage people to take-on their own adventures which always encompass the experiences-of-a-lifetime.
Road trips are a great way to have fun, adventure, and enhanced experiences of a life. Just to think that you are going on a road trip gives sensational feelings inside your head because you know you will be exploring amazing cultures, people, and new regions. Road trips can be amazing and at the same time, these trips can be dangerous as well.
Therefore road trips require you to pay attention to those who have experienced them before. There are things you must be doing on a road trip and also there are things which should not be doing at all. These considerations will make sure you are having a safe and enjoyable road trip.
Planning for a Road Trip
You should be planning on going on a road trip. First, decide where you want to go and what things you would like to do there. Additionally, make it sure that you have all the information about that particular area. Gather information on all the roads which are going towards that area. Have information also like terrain of the area, touring points in that area and hotels of the area.
The problem of too much planning is that you would miss many great sights which that area offers unexpectedly. Therefore when you are planning a road trip then create a space for these unexpected great things. Additionally, unexpected traffic problems can also lead you to delays.
You must keep enough water bottles with you. Dehydration is a serious thing and you don’t want to ruin your trip due to dehydration issues along the way. Fill your bottles or water cooler whenever you get a chance. You can need extra water when planning for hiking is some area.
Don’t drink tap water
Try to drink mineral water as much as possible. Don’t store tap water or water from unhygienic sources. This can cause serious stomach and liver problems which you never want to face on a road trip.
Packing of home-baked items will keep you filled in unexpected delays etc. These items are also expensive in touring places. If you are traveling with kids then you must have these food items with you.
Don’t eat too much
Touring places often offer delicious foods and if you are a foodie, you can’t resist them straight away. Remember, you don’t want to visit hospital due to excessive eating. Try to have some salads and sauce with your meal. These will help your digestion system. Grilled food items are more preferred during road trips.
Carry physical maps
There can be a signal problem in some touring areas, therefore, buy physical maps of the area. Purchase those maps which are clearly showing the roads and terrain of the area. These maps will also help you navigate more efficiently between the places.
Don’t drive much at night times
Try to avoid driving during night time. You should be resting much at night time as this will also help you come fresh during next morning when you are going to restart journey. Moreover, you can use light bars for extra light. You can read here for further information.
Book hotels in advance
Touring places are found occupied with visitors; therefore, book your favorite hotels in advance to avoid any kind of staying problems. Book those hotels which have good reviews and reputation. TripAdvisor can help you in finding the perfect hotel.
Don’t forget to pack extra clothes
Pack extra clothes because you will need them anyway. For a kid, pack his extra clothes (you know their extra needs as). For hiking or other walk related activities, you must be packing loose trousers and loose shirts. Anyway, you are not going to a business meeting. Loose clothes will not cause pain in your muscles and will keep you active.
Jeff lives in New York with his wife and 2 kids. He is obsessed with LED light bars ever since they came out and over the last couple of years he has been testing and reviewing LED light bars. He regularly blogs at Cabulous.com
We all find reasons to visit exotic places around the world. There are some places though that may strike your wanderlust despite being opposite of a dream-vacation-land.
In this blog post, I want to take you on a tour of the world’s top 5 harshest places that are impossible to explore for long because of the natural conditions.
Mother Nature births beautiful places in the different environment. Some of them are in the harshest environment. These sites are not only impossible but fatal to live in. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, venture out on your own free will.
Many times we think of shoving someone’s head in burning sulfur. Our anger is wrong! But did you know there is a place where you can do so? Dallol in Ethiopia is a volcanic site. The rugged terrain has sprawling volcanic lakes.
These hell-like lakes are not just any lakes; they are full of acid and sulfur.
So, if you want to go near it, then go at your own risk. The temperatures here reach an average of 35 degrees Celcius all the year round.
It is unfortunate to say that, Dallol is the hottest inhabited place on Earth! Yes, you read that right, it is inhabited. People who live here have no means of transportation, not even roads. You can travel on the hot volcanic terrain on a camelback.
Le Rinconada, Peru
After reading about the hottest inhabited place, let us move on to the highest inhabited place. Le Rinconada is in Peru. You can say it is a quaint town in the Peruvian Andes.
This little town is not so small after all. It has people flocking to it, because of the gold rush. Even at the height of 16,700 feet where people should suffocate for oxygen, people settle here. Talk about gold motivation! The highest spot on earth, where people live offers gold as bribe in place of oxygen.
The wide expanse of wilderness spans across four countries, making it the largest non-polar desert. Atacama desert might cover Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina but it’s the part of Chile that is the harshest to live in.
The temperature here rises to 50 degree Celsius. And it hardly receives an annual rainfall of 0.51 Inches. With little to no water for hundreds and thousands of miles in Chilean Antofagasta, how is a man gonna survive? That remains the biggest question.
When we talk about extreme places, we see they are either bone-freezing cold or brain-melting hot! But there is a place in Russia that happens to experience both types of climates. Now, this is what extreme tourism is all about. Whether you believe it or not Oymakon is the coldest inhabited place on earth.
Temperature drops to a deathly low of -67.7 degrees Celsius. But after the tiring cold weather, residents of Oymakon are set to deal with the scorching hot summer. Two sides of the coin are just the same in Oymakon; the only difference is one is hot and another cold.
Death Valley, USA
The name assigned to this national park in California suits it perfectly. While we talked about the hottest, driest, and highest places on earth; Death Valley somehow must have smirked behind our back. It is a must-mention in the list of harshest places.
Where the Atacama Desert receives the lowest rainfall, Death Valley witnesses the hottest of temperatures. It is hard to live here for more than the twelve hours; you may die of dehydration.
Temperatures reach a high of 51 degrees Celsius, then how is any human supposed to survive here? Yes, Death Valley is a National Park in the US and hundreds of thousands of tourists do visit the park (only if for few hours).
Five centuries after the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, a new trend started to dominate people’s imagination. Pilgrimages in ancient history were about seeking repentance, healing, or self-transformation.
Be it Christian, Hajj, or visit to the Ganges. In our modern world, pilgrimages have a whole new meaning.
Adventurers of our time, in the twenty-first century, continuously try to explore new horizons. A pilgrimage is a journey inward. Be it a long hiking trail or climbing the tallest mountain or walking an ancient path…it is a journey that has a power to transform lives.
Here are five of my favorite modern pilgrimages which will change your heart and instill courage in your soul. From the holy cleansing of the soul to an adventure like none other. Let’s begin.
Inca Trail, Peru
The old remnants in Machu Picchu hold significance in history as well as religion. Every year from July to September thousands of pilgrims walk on the Inca trail in Peru. If you want to test the waters but don’t want to take risks, then book with a travel guide company.
Only 200 tourist pilgrims can have the visiting pass to Machu Picchu. The trail is only 43 kilometers long; but due to the elevation, it will put you through pain (you might curse the gods). But finally, when you reach the ruins, you will feel like you are blessed to be here.
Camino De Santiago, Spain
Santiago de Compostela is the cathedral that houses the body of Saint James in Northern Spain. There are many roads that lead to the cathedral. But the most preferred and UNESCO heritage site is Camino de Santiago.
The onset of pilgrimage is from St Jean Pied de Port. You can trek this 780 kilometers long trail through an entire month. Your legs will get stronger, and you can have an insight of Spanish culture.
Mount Kailash, Tibet
Tibetan culture welcomes any pilgrim who is ready to attain Nirvana. The lofty Mount Kailash is an intriguing chunk of landmass, with mystical powers. If you are successful in making 108 rounds of it, then you can achieve Nirvana (a Hindu religious belief).
Keeping that aside, let us pay attention to the 52 Kilometer long hike, that takes you around the mountain. Avoid winter months, particularly November-January, which is cold and uncomfortable, to say the least.
This one is called the Pilgrim’s Way to Canterbury. History and Canterbury are woven together. The Saint Thomas Beckett did not receive the honor when he was alive. He died on this trail from London to Canterbury.
Beckett performed miracles and attracted a lot of followers, which was the reason behind his death. (Silly kings of olden days.)
Now the trail from Winchester to Canterbury is not available for pedestrians. But there is another trail North Downs way, which will lead you to Canterbury. Walking through the 180 kilometers, you can have a glimpse of the beauty of rustic England.
Kumano Trail, Japan
In the Kii Mountains in Japan, there are three shrines which lead to Kumano. These ancient trails winds through the south of Osaka. It is the next UNESCO pilgrimage walk after the Camino de Santiago (in northern Spain).
Unlike other pilgrimages that tax your body and challenges your fitness, Kumano trail has classy hotels and hot springs on the way to relax your aching body. But please keep in mind though, this 6 weeks long pilgrimage can get monotonous at times.
To fight the boring vibes, you can visit the many shrines, nature, and nearby tea plantations.
So are you ready embark on a pilgrimage? If yes, which one are you planning for? Let me know in the comments.
The fastest record of completing all 50 US States Highpoints is a little over 44 days. Yes, I agree, that’s insane AND expensive AND definitely not for everyone. So, you may ask, what is the most practical way to do highpointing? Well, there is a smart way to tackle all fifty state highpoints.
First, if you are not a rock climber, then I would suggest following a progressive order where you do easier highpoints (hikes) before attempting the harder ones. Second, if you also happen to have limited vacation days, then you also should try to attempt multiple highpoints in a single trip. You can make a loop of neighboring state highpoints and do them together.
State Highpoints By Difficulty
1. Alabama (Cheaha Mountain, 2407) – Drive up 2. Delaware (Ebright Azimuth, 448) – Drive up 3. West Virginia (Spruce Knob, 4863) – Drive up 4. Florida (Britton Hill, 345) – Drive up 5. Kansas (Mt. Sunflower, 4039) – Drive up 6. Kentucky (Black Mountain, 4145) – Drive up 7. Massachusetts (Mt. Greylock, 3491) – Drive up 8. Michigan (Mt. Arvon, 1979) – Drive up (4 Wheel Drive) 9. Mississippi (Woodall Mountain, 806) – Drive up 10. Nebraska (Panorama Point, 5424) – Drive up 11. New Hampshire (Mt.Washinton, 6288) – Drive up 12. New Jersey (High Point, 1803) – Drive up 13. Ohio (Campbell Hill, 1550) – Drive up 14. Pennsylvania (Mt. Davis, 3213) – Drive up
15. Louisiana (Driskill Mountain, 535) – Class 1 – Easy 16. Rhode Island (Jerimoth Hill, 812) – Class 1 – Easy (Private property) 17. Illinois (Charles Mound, 1235) – Class 1 – Easy (Private property) 18. Wisconsin (Timms Hill, 1951) – Class 1 – Easy 19. Indiana (Hoosier High Point, 1257) – Class 1 – Easy 20. Iowa (Hawkeye Point, 1670) – Class 1 – Easy 21. Missouri (Taum Sauk Mountain, 1772) – Class 1- Easy 22. Arkansas (Mount Magazine, 2753) – Class 1 – Easy 23. Maryland (Backbone Mountain, 3360) – Class 1 – Easy 24. Georgia (Brasstown Bald, 4784) – Class 1 – Easy 25. North Dakota (White Butte, 3506) – Class 1 – Easy (Private Property) 26. South Carolina (Sassafras Mountain, 3560) – Class 1 – Easy 27. North Carolina (Mt. Mitchell, 6684) – Class 1 – Easy 28. Tennessee (Clingmans Dome, 6643) – Class 1 – Easy 29. Vermont (Mt. Mansfield, 4393) – Class 1 – Easy 30. Hawaii (Mauna Kea, 13,796) – Class 1 – Easy (4 Wheel Drive)
31. Minnesota (Eagle Mountain, 2301) – Class 1 – Moderate 32. Oklahoma (Black Mesa, 4973) – Class 1 – Moderate 33. South Dakota (Black Elk Peak, 7242) – Class 1 – Moderate 34. Virginia (Mt. Rogers, 5729) – Class 1 – Moderate 35. Connecticut (Mt. Frissell, South Slope, 2380) – Class 2 – Moderate
36. New York (Mt. Marcy, 5344) – Class 1 – Strenuous 37. Maine (Mt. Katahdin, 5268) – Class 2 – Strenuous 38. Texas (Guadalupe Peak, 8749) – Class 1 – Strenuous 39. New Mexico (Wheeler Peak, 13,161) – Class 1 – Strenuous 40. Arizona (Humphreys Peak, 12,633) – Class 1 – Strenuous 41. Colorado (Mt. Elbert, 14,433) – Class 2 – Strenuous – higher elevation (lightning risk) 42. California (Mt. Whitney, 14,494) – Class 1 – Strenuous – higher elevation (camping) 43. Utah (Kings Peak, 13,528) – Class 2 – Strenuous 44. Nevada (Boundary Peak, 13,140) – Class 2 – Strenuous
45. Idaho (Borah Peak, 12,662) – Class 3 – Strenuous – Technical 46. Montana (Granite Peak, 12,799) – Class 4 – Strenuous – Technical 47. Oregon (Mt. Hood, 11,239) – Class 4 – Strenuous – Technical 48. Washington (Mt. Rainier, 14,411) – Class 4 – Strenuous – Technical 49. Wyoming (Gannett Peak, 13,804) – Class 4 – Strenuous – Too long & Technical 50. Alaska (Mount Denali, 20,320) – Class 4 – Strenuous – Too long & Technical
Here is the climbing schedule for our first 29 high points that we have finished as of November 2017. As you can notice, most of our hikes are clustered around long weekends such as Thanksgiving, Labor Day, July 4th, and summertime in general.
October is our birthday month so we take some time off and travel. You can make your own custom schedule which fits your need. But keep in mind, weather conditions matters (especially for the taller highpoints). Some highpoints such as Mt. Hood, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Denali has snow year round.
Also, you do not want to be hiking at a higher altitude during rainy months of June and July when thunderstorms and lightning are more common. You do not want to climb in the middle of winter as well. So, find your own balance as per your preference and risk tolerance level.
Indiana – Class 1 – Drive up and walk (Private Property)
Ohio – Class 1 – Drive up and walk (Private property)
Summer (Jul – Aug) Loop from Minneapolis, MN Minnesota – Class 1 – Moderate Michigan – Class 1 – Drive up Wisconsin – Class 1 – Easy Iowa – Class 1 – Easy Illinois – Class 1 – Drive up and walk (Private property)
You can choose to hike the below 11 highpoints instead of driving up to the summit or taking the cog rail to Mount Washinton (New Hampshire). Something to consider if you want to up your game or you are a 50 finisher and need something fun to keep climbing and highpointing.
1. Mississippi (Woodall Mountain) – Easy 0.1 mile walk 2. Kansas (Mt. Sunflower) – Easy 0.5 mile hike 3. West Virginia (Spruce Knob) – Easy 0.7 mile hike
4. Nebraska (Panorama Point) – Easy 2.5 miles hike 5. Kentucky (Black Mountain) – Easy 4.6 miles hike 6. Pennsylvania (Mt. Davis) – Easy 5.4 miles hike 7. Alabama (Cheaha Mountain) – Easy 7.6 miles hike
8. New Jersey (High Point) – Moderate 3.6 miles hike on the AT 9. Massachusetts (Mt. Greylock) – Difficult 10.4 miles long hike 10. Michigan (Mt. Arvon) – Difficult 12.4 miles long hike 11. New Hampshire (Mt. Washington) – Difficult 8 miles long hike
US Territories HighPoints
There are 6 more highpoints that you can consider to be the Ultimate United States Highpoint finisher. Five of these are US territories and D.C. is a federal district.
Millennials put more value on a meaningful life than on material possessions and career goals, and one of the ways they do so is by traveling.
As with everything else, millennials have unique expectations when it comes to traveling. They want to get to know new cultures, new people and relax.
With that in mind, here are six unconventional travel destinations that will satisfy every curious millennial’s expectations.
This beautiful seaside city is the capital of Finland. It’s known for its laid-back atmosphere and natural treasures. Helsinki has a lot to offer: large parks, beautiful islands, lakes, and forests spread across and around the city.
The city is a perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of modern life.
Helsinki is not a big city, and it’s easily explored on foot. Walking down the streets of Helsinki will help you get the feel of it, as well as offer a chance to enjoy its beautiful architecture.
When in Helsinki, you shouldn’t miss out on getting to know the greener side of it, since there are many natural sights that are definitely worth seeing.
Tahiti, French Polynesia
One of the most beautiful islands of the Polynesian Triangle is a great travel destination for art lovers and curious people alike who want to relax and try something new.
The name of the island will be familiar to many, as it was popularized by the French painter Paul Gauguin. He painted the way of life on the island that continues to capture the eye and imagination of many.
Picturesque beaches, clear seas, and exotic vegetation will welcome you to this beautiful place. Enjoying nature is just one part of the Tahiti experience; you will also get to know a different way of life, and learn how to relax and be in the moment.
The interaction of radiation from the sun with the Earth’s magnetic field causes the natural phenomenon known as the Aurora Borealis. The result of which is a spectacular and colorful light show in the sky.
Seeing Aurora Borealis should be on everyone’s bucket list, and if you can, you should definitely see it from Yellowknife.
Saint Petersburg, Russia
Russia has long been a mystery to the western part of the world, but the time to discover it has finally come. If you’re interested in discovering Russia, Saint Petersburg is the perfect place to start your journey.
This city is the cultural center of its country, and its architectural backbone is like no other in the world.
The Winter Palace and the Kazan Cathedral are a must-see for every visitor. They display the power of the old empire and the unique building style of this part of the world.
Saint Petersburg is also home to the Hermitage, the biggest museum of art and culture in Russia, and one of the biggest in the world.
Moving down under, Sydney is the most versatile city you can visit! This is the place for you if you want to both relax and have an adventure. If you love nature, start your visit by going to the Royal National Park and soaking in the scenery.
The Sydney Opera House is one of its best-known landmarks. It definitely deserves a visit and a good look at! After all, you haven’t really traveled the world if you haven’t visited Australia.
Sydney has many other beautiful places and sights and walking around the city, you are sure to find them. But Sydney is also famous for its party side!
After a great day of exploring, the best way to relax is during happy hour at a Manly restaurant by the beach. Grab a drink and get to know the locals.
This colorful city in Colombia is becoming a tourist favorite. The cobblestone streets and colonial-era buildings located within the stone walls of the city center are a sight worth exploring.
Strolling around the old city brings its history to life. However, modern life is just around the corner.
In the modern part of Cartagena, you will find many amazing restaurants and cafes. The modern part of the city is every bit as worth exploring as its historical part.
Peter is a travel writer at Voice Boks magazine. Besides writing, he worked as a travel journalist for many publications around UK & AU. Follow Peter on Twitter for more travel tips.
The Darjeeling hill station story continues in this next chapter of Darjeeling travel diary. The City of Hills is a hidden paradise full of natural beauty and serenity all around.
I could not sleep the first night because I had luggage to look after. But still, I was refreshed and all set to hit the road. Taxis were waiting in the parking lot of the station. You can simply go up to the drivers and ask around for one who is going to your location.
SILIGURI TO DARJEELING
I choose a guy who was decent looking but Ohh Boy! It took him about an hour to fill up the taxi. Then we finally started the long awaited journey. We drove through Military bases and it was unlike any experience I ever had.
“On my way to the Military Base near Darjeeling “
ROADS OF THE HILLS
After driving through the military base, we started our ascent. I had never seen how a city on the hill looks. But once we started ascending, the sight was just “wow.” In the picture below you can see the road that we used to climb higher and higher into the hills.
“Roads cut on Hills”
Just at the middle of the mountain we stopped and had breakfast. This was the first time I got a look at the wooden houses which are popular in Hill stations. The little Dhaba (hotel) where we had our breakfast in is in the picture below. Isn’t it cute?
“A Cute Little Dhaba“
After breakfast, we ascended again, and reached, 6,700 ft above the ground level. The town of Darjeeling is dolled up for everyone to see, there are flower pots decorated in each and every house. Nothing looks prettier than the wooden houses adorned with varieties of flowers.I had kept my GPS on, so when I reached my hotel, I asked my driver to drop me there.
All the taxis head to the Chowrastha or the Market area. But you can ask the driver to drop you at your hotel if it is on the way.After hours of sitting in a jam-packed car, it was hard for me to carry my luggage and climb to my hotel. That is when I learned the first lesson of Hill Station tourism: you have to climb a lot.
Climbing is like walking here. And those who don’t have strong legs will get toned legs if they live here for a month.
I stayed at a homestay which I booked online. It was only my second online booking, so I had some doubts. But once I took a look at the hotel my hopes sunk. It wasn’t like I was expecting a 5-star, but I thought at least, no harm in looking for a hotel, right?
I was told to wait, as my room wasn’t ready yet. Then walked in the owner, and I was struck by her beauty. Shoyeta introduced herself and asked if I would care for some coffee. My hopes were dashed, but a coffee sounded heavenly.
“A Hot Cup of Darjeeling Coffee“
As soon as I said yes to the coffee, the receptionist showed me to my room. And Oh-boy! I was totally wrong. My room gave me a spectacular view of the mountain ranges, and it was more than comfy. The tiny coffee mugs, with all the Sikkimese prints, looked beautiful.
SPINNING CYLINDERS AT DALI
Day one in Darjeeling was uneventful by far, except the lucky room I got. In the afternoon though, I couldn’t sit still. I headed to the nearby Monastery – Dali. It was just a 5-minute walk from my hotel. At the time I visited, about 3:30 pm, there were no tourists around to block the views or photo bomb my pictures.
“The High Flag of Dali“
Dali was empty, except for the massive furry giants moving everywhere. The dogs here may look scary, but they are harmless. I roamed free in the monastery, and also went to the prayer room. There was an old lady there who was adorable; she let me spin the giant cylinders in the room.
On my way back, I sat in the coffee shop at the monastery. The coffee was from a coffee machine- nothing fancy. However, you get to sit in the open and have a stunning view of the Darjeeling town. After my coffee, I headed back from the Monastery.
My next stop was the Chowrastha market. Even though it is summer in India, Darjeeling is unpredictable. One moment it will be all sunny and the next you see clouds rolling in.If you are a tourist, you can get confused on where to go. I followed a girl, who shared a taxi with me. She led me to the old market, where you can get cheap woolens, cheaper outfits, and the cheapest umbrellas.
Quick tip: If you are traveling to this part of India, do buy one of these because, in Darjeeling, you can get very cold at night. Plus, your clothes won’t dry easily in a cold weather, and it rains here frequently.
JAMMING WITH A STRANGER
After a whole lot of buying, haggling, and burning a hole in my pocket, I got back to my Homestay. Once I cozied myself up with an oversized sweater (which I had bought that day for my Paa), I flipped through a book of mine – “Mrs. Funnybones.”
I couldn’t concentrate because I heard someone playing guitar. I tiptoed to the reception desk, and there he was the receptionist Amrit. He asked me to join him, and then when I made myself comfortable on the sofa, we both started hitting notes together.
I felt over-the-top happy because it was the first time in my life where I was in a strange place, with a complete stranger. Still, never in my life had I felt so free.Our jamming session came to an end when his little angel daughter popped in and asked to go to bed. That was when we bade our goodbyes. But we promised to make a video of us jamming the next day.
“The Jamming Session with Amrit“
I had to sleep early because the next day was going to be interesting. I was going to see the best scenery of Darjeeling, the sunrise at the Tiger Hills! I quickly filled my stomach with chicken and rice and turned off my bed lamp. The next day was going to be epic….wait for it… Dear Dairy!
Getting your pants dusty, wandering in the beautiful woods with nature all around, star-gazing, enjoying the warmth of a campfire and returning to your tent in the end for a peaceful sleep, that is what camping is all about.
It is about waking up to the sounds of the birds chirping around and the morning breeze. Camping helps the mind and body to relax and breathe in the fresh air.
I have made a list of a few places that are the best spots for pitching your tents and having the camping experience of your life. You will get to know the most amazing features of each natural utopia, the cost of the trip and the perfect time to visit. So, what are you waiting for?
Continue reading to discover the campsite of your dreams, then gear up and take a few friends for a perfect escape from the busiest routine life.
White Mountain National Forest
If a rustic trip in the Northeast is what you are looking for, you must head towards the White Mountains in New Hampshire. It can be ultimately exciting for hiking enthusiasts because these mountains give a real rugged challenge. The best time to visit is in the fall because the sight of the red, yellow and coral shades that spread all around is utterly stunning to the eyes.
The forest has 24 campgrounds in total with developed campsites that require reservations. There are also places for setting up tents and some log lean-tos spread throughout the place that may require a small fee as well.
You can get the per day pass to the park for about $3 whereas the passes for a week are $5. Rates for campsites vary from $18 to $24 for a night, while tent camping is free.
Shenandoah National Park, Virginia
If you are a reader who resides in the D.C. area, get ready for the most beautiful experience of your life. A lush green destiny that is just a few miles away waits for you. The park has the most splendid waterfalls and peaceful backwoods with trails that extend 500 miles. Shenandoah (in Virginia) also offers a great hike to Old Rag Mountain, which is the toughest, yet worth it because of the unforgettably remarkable view you get from its peak.
The best part is it welcomes you all year around. However, there are a few sections of the road that are closed due to rough weather conditions and deer hunting season. In particular, March to November are the best times of the year to visit this park.
Minnewaska State Park Preserve, New York
If you love nature and outdoor sports, the Minnewaska Park Preserve in Upstate New York is a perfect spot for you. The park is surrounded by magnificent rocky terrain that offers a great deal of adventures. The footpaths extend 50 miles where you can bike, explore, hike or just enjoy every bit of nature. This park is filled with waterfalls, beautiful rock formations, crystal clear lakes, thick backwoods, sharp cliffs and breathtakingly stunning sights. Plus, it makes a perfect spot for rock climbing for the pros. In a nutshell, the list of the activities it offers is just about endless.
You can pack and go camping there anytime between May and November if the weather allows. If you become a member, you only need to pay $24, whereas, everyone else must pay around $38.
Assateague Island National Seashore, Maryland
Those who love to spend quality time at beaches, living in tents and having bonfires on the sand, Assateague Island in Maryland makes their dream come true. It is an island with not only beaches but also thick forests and coastal harbors. You can even find a community of horses there which makes the whole experience a more exotic one. It is open all year round with a $30/night campsite fee.
Shawn Michaels is a blogger who loves to write about his outdoor experiences. He is also a passionate rock climber and loves traveling. Currently, he is studying and spends his free time reading reviews and gear shopping! He regularly blogs at Thesmartlad.com. Also, check out his article on the best waterproof boots that can assist you in your outdoor adventures.
If you are an adventurous soul in the mood to travel off the beaten path, check out our top 40 exotic places to visit in the world. These 40 unique or unusual places have made it to the top of our adventure travel destinations list.
Bay of Kotor, Montenegro
Also known as Boka, this marvelous bay attracts numerous travelers with its emerald waters and picturesque mountains.
The shore is spotted with beautiful medieval towns, such as Perast, where you can stop for a meal and interact with locals.
The lost city of Petra, which rises out of the cliff between the Red and the Dead Seas, still holds many secrets.
It has several tombs and carved structures, which spread across its sandy landscape. The big blockbuster “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” was filmed here.
The enchanting Gozo Island is a part of the Maltese archipelago. It is one of the top diving destinations in the Mediterranean region. Gozo also boasts of mystical backwaters, historic forts, and amazing panoramas.
Great Blue Hole, Belize
This submarine sinkhole is present on every diver’s bucket list. Even if you are not a diving enthusiast, it is still worth visiting for a breathtaking view.
Amer Fort, India
Because of its majestic structure and architecture, Amer Fort is a prime example of Mughal and Hindu cultural influences.
The fort is constructed of red sandstone and white marble. It consists of courtyards, palaces, halls, and gardens.
The razor sharp vertical rocks provide a truly magnificent view. It is surprising that wildlife can even exist in this place.
You can hike around the bizarre pinnacles of limestones and observe different kinds of birds and lemurs.
This place has no roads, and the only way to get to the Nepalese village is through a series of footpaths. On the way, you can admire the views of Mount Makalu, the world’s fifth-tallest peak.
Pisco Elqui Valley, Chile
Surrounded by fabulous Andean mountains, this village has perfect weather all year round. It is wonderful to camp here and gaze at the stars in the night sky.
This region offers caves, clefts, pinnacles and pointed rock formations, known as “fairy chimneys.” Numerous volcanic eruptions formed a surreal moonscape. This area is Turkey’s most visually striking region.
Con Dao, Vietnam
The Islands of Con Dao offers fascinating hiking and exploring opportunities, as well as empty coastal roads, deserted beaches, and a chance for observing the wildlife.
Con Dao National Park, which protects Vietnam’s most important sea turtle nesting grounds, occupies most of the area.
The Cook Islands
There is a popular opinion that the Cook Islands are the best-kept secret in the Pacific Ocean. The 15 islands boast perfect climate and exotic beauty all-year-round.
Isle of Skye, Scotland
The misty Cuillin Hills offer stunning sceneries, beautiful hikes, and spectacular photo opportunities. From the Isle of Skye, you can enjoy these beautiful rolling hills.
Mount Rainier, Washington
This is one of the world’s most dangerous volcanoes. On a clear day, you can watch the mountain from many points in the area.
However, for a more up-close experience, you can walk through the alpine fields, hike the massive glaciers and see waterfalls cascading around nearly every bend.
Mount Roraima, Venezuela
This place serves as the natural border between Venezuela, Brazil, and Guyana. It is a truly extraordinary natural geologic formation. The area inspired Conan Doyle’s “Lost World” and “Avatar.”
Cano Cristales, Colombia
Called the “Liquid Rainbow,” this Colombian wonder is a must-visit place if you travel to South America. It is probably the most beautiful river in the world.
The best time to visit is from July to November. During these months, the river is full of colors: green, blue, black and red.
Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia
It is the world’s largest salt flat, and it is utterly breathtaking, especially after a rain when they create a mirror effect. In the center, the salt is about 10 meters thick.
It is a scenic natural wonder, which consists of sedimentary rock and water flowing from two distinct mineral springs.
This destination is full of picturesque sand dunes, surrounded by clay pans. The most surreal attraction in the region is the Deadvlei, where the dead acacia trees contrast the white shiny salty floor of the pan.
Would you like to stand at the “Hell’s Door”? Derweze is a giant illuminated hole, rich in natural gas, in the middle of the Karakum Desert. The crater has existed for over 40 years now, and the flames have been burning ever since. There is no plans to put this fire off.
Icehotel, Jukkasjarvi, Sweden
Are you afraid of the cold weather? Jukkasjarvi lies approximately 124 miles above the Arctic Circle and hosts the Icehotel, though only during the winter months.
The hotel is almost entirely made of ice, including beds. There is also a church, a hall, and a bar, where glasses are carved from ice.
Great Sand Dunes, Colorado
This destination offers the most exotic hike in the United States. These unique landforms are the tallest dunes in the country and rise to over 700 feet in height. However, if you hike up to the top, you will get the reward of panoramic views of endless dunes.
Dean’s Blue Hole, Bahamas
The name “blue hole” comes from the bright blue color, which you can see from above the hole. Dean’s Blue Hole is the deepest in the world. Its depth is around 600 feet.
Ithaa Undersea Restaurant, Maldives
The restaurant is located 16 feet below sea level. The sides and the roof are made of clear glass, which allows guests to observe the sea life, while they dine.
Pamukkale Thermal Pools, Turkey
Multiple natural hot springs cascade down and fill these thermal pools with water. The place is not just great for relaxation, but also offers a breathtaking view. So, don’t forget your camera!
Aleutian Islands, Alaska
The Aleutian Islands are not a destination for beach-lovers and sunbathing enthusiasts. This is a place for exploring nature, and it is a real paradise for adventure lovers!
One of the most remote places in Alaska, these islands boast of abundant wildlife, harsh climate, stormy seas, and active volcanoes. While there are a few settlements on larger islands, you’ll probably still meet more animals than people here.
Arashimaya Bamboo Forest, Japan
This place is just filled with famous tombs and temples. Close to the “Moon Crossing Bridge,” the forest is definitely worth exploring.
Tanzania is one of the best places to go on a safari. It is also home to Mount Kilimanjaro. Make sure to visit the Tarangire National Park, one of the last undiscovered jewels of Africa.
There are very few people in the world who haven’t heard of this place. Now abandoned, the city of Pripyat once housed thousands of families. The families of the plant workers were forced to leave after the 1986 disaster.
There are numerous striking photos of the ghost town on the Internet. Besides the crumbling houses and rusty machinery, there is a new side of the city.
In 30 years, Pripyat has been overtaken by lush greenery and transformed into a forest. The area is open for tours nowadays, though only with authorized guides. It is almost entirely radiation-safe.
Castle Stalker, Scotland
Castle Stalker is one of the most intriguing tourist spots in Scotland. The strange mountainous setting and historical design make the destination very attractive to travelers.
Today, Castle Stalker remains under private ownership, but visitors can visit during the summer season. Even though it may be difficult to get to the island, the area is definitely worth visiting.
Road to Tusheti, Georgia
Tusheti is a region in northeast Georgia, located at 5,413-14,740 ft above sea level. Such altitudes gave rise to captivating scenery. Because Tusheti is on the northern slopes of the Caucasian Mountains, it is challenging to arrive there.
The road to Tusheti is one of the most dangerous roads in the world. It lies on mountain slopes and goes up 9,842 ft over the gorges of Tusheti. So, if you are up for a little adrenaline rush, you should take a drive up to this road.
Holy Meteora, Greece
Although most tourists visit Greece in search of the sea and beach relaxation, somewhere above 400 meters lies an unforgettable sightseeing opportunity.
The UNESCO World Heritage Site, Meteora, is situated on a 60-million-year-old rock formation. In Greek, Meteora means “suspended in the air,” a fitting name for this destination. Even if you are not into pilgrimage sites, hiking to the Meteora would be an unforgettable travel experience.
As an easier plan, you can take a bus or a rental car up to the top, and enjoy the spectacular sunset from the specially designed viewing point.
When you hear Peru, you probably immediately think of Machu Picchu. However, not many people know about the breathtaking natural setting of Vinicunca. It is a haven for hikers, although you should be in good physical condition, as the trek is rather challenging.
Getting to the location takes at least six days depending on your speed, but it is totally worth it! Each of the mountain peaks in this area is covered in wide lines of pastel blue, intense red, green, pink and yellow.
Thanks to the bright coloration they are known as the Rainbow mountains.
Lake Kaindy, Kazakhstan
Being almost a century old, the deep blue Lake Kaindy is not easy to find in the Kungey Alatau Mountains. Even though getting there is not easy, it is certainly worth visiting. When you arrive at the lake, you will see dozens of dark brown trunks rising from the water.
Also, the color of the water varies from glimmering blue to alpine green. These features make the place a genuinely surreal wonder hidden in the deep forests.
When you arrive at Alberobello, a small town in Southern Italy, and see the long series of small dimensional houses, you will surely think you are in a fairytale hobbit’s world.
Looking rather fragile, Trulli (specifically-built tiny roundhouses), is surprisingly over five centuries old. Locals, as well as tourists, still live there.
Nyaung Ohak, Myanmar
Another fairytale destination lies right next to Lake Inle in Myanmar. It is an impressive series of history sightseeing objectives, which won’t leave anyone indifferent.
Nyaung Ohak offers a unique combination of history, complex architecture, and nature, and it is surely worth the effort.
Uluru Waterfalls, Australia
The Uluru rock formation is over 600 million years old, which makes it one of the oldest in the world. Due to the climate conditions of the region, it only rains a few times during the year.
However, those who are lucky to visit after the rain, are amazed by the beauty of the water show. The large quantities of water run from the top of the rock, creating an illusion of numerous small waterfalls.
Also, the wet rocks change their color and turn from gray into various shades of red, dark red, and brown.
California is a hotspot for all sorts of travelers, but most especially for adventure seekers and outdoor lovers. Why wouldn’t it be when you have access to so many National Parks and the Pacific Ocean?
It offers hundreds of hiking trails, loads of camping sites, and a wide range of activities just for your adventurous spirit. To get the most out of California, you’re going to need at least a few months. Otherwise, you can just make several visits to the state.
Here’s a list of activities not to miss when you’re in California:
Roadtrips and Camping
One of the best ways you can enjoy the nature that California offers is by camping. It’s also one way to keep you close to the main activity such as hiking or surfing. Whether you are a hammock camper, a tent camper or an RV camper, there is a place for you.
Going on a road trip and a camping trip in California is in itself a great adventure. You only need to pack your bags, drive and find a spot you to camp. Then you can move on and find another beautiful spot to enjoy.
If you have a storage room in your car or RV, make sure to bring a camping grill so you can enjoy great food outdoors. One of the best things about camping is cooking the food outdoors. It’s ideal for long trips for couples, families or friends.
If you start from the south of California, you can begin with the Joshua Tree National Park. Then continue to make your way north, stopping at Sequoia National Park, Yosemite National Park, until you get to Redwood National Park.
Some of the parks offer ultimate adventures. Backpack through the towering trees, hike to amazing waterfalls, rock climbing in Saddle Peak, paddle in rivers and lakes, etc.
If you feel like you want to go to the beach, go for it! Drive to the coast and enjoy the Pacific.
While it’s possible to go on day trips, there’s nothing like camping to soak it all in. There are many routes you can go so it’s up to you where you want to start or stop.
Like we said, you’re going to need months, if not a whole lifetime to enjoy all of California. Otherwise, just make lots and lots of visits until you see it all.
Southern California has one of the best surf breaks in all of the US so get ready to get high on waves. Don’t worry if you’re not a pro because there are spots just for you! There are loads of surf schools around so you can get the lessons you need to become better.
Windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, stand up paddling, and other water sports are just some of the other watersports you can do.
During winter, you can go skiing in Bear Mountain or Lake Tahoe.
California is one of the best places to go bungee jumping and skydiving
California also has hundreds of biking trails fit for different levels of trail bikers. There are friendly trails for families and more difficult ones for extreme bikers.
Adventure doesn’t just mean being in the woods. You can get a lot of adventure in the concrete jungles of California. Experience the hustle and bustle of the large cities in California such as Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Long Beach, and Sacramento.
California is a very diverse state. It’s also the most populous state, and the people are from all backgrounds and cultures. Even as you walk on the street, you’ll see the diversity. Also, try to keep it interesting when you see a celebrity. You’ll see lots of them walking around.
You’ll also be able to enjoy the splendid food. There are so many food establishments and even food trucks that offer different meals.
Amusement Park Adventures
Another fun adventure you can do in California is going to amusement parks. Have the time of your life on the crazy rides that will certainly give you an adrenaline rush you’re searching.
Six Flags Amusement Park
Knotts Berry Farm
Whether you are going solo, as a couple, with your family or with friends, you will find something perfect specifically for you. California is a place where you can quench your thirst for adventure. It’s also a place you are going to want to visit over and over because there’s also something new to do.
While it is a hub for thrill seekers, it’s also a place where you can wind down. Go for long walks on miles of sandy beach, drink a glass of wine by a vineyard, or visit art museums. You can take it easy, or you can go full throttle; California has it all.
Warren Kuhn is an outdoor and camping enthusiast, always out to seek for the thrill and adrenaline that only nature gives. He even took up survival training to prepare him for the worst-case scenarios while outdoors.
With his background, you can learn a lot from him so you can get the most out of your camping trip at TheCampingTrips.
Solo female travel has become popular in the past decade. With the rise in internet, smartphones, and global wifi availability, this trend is going to continue. There has been a tremendous growth in the women-only travel companies. Women have embraced the wildness. They are proving that women have guts to explore the world on their own. Cheers everyone!
A woman can enjoy herself without having a male travel companion. That is what women have effectively proved. Women are contributing more to the global travel economy than men. They are expected to reach $125 billion by 2016. Traveling solo has a lot of reasons. The above infographic will give you information on the increase in solo female travel, reasons, and popular travel destinations.
Women can face a lot of problems while traveling alone. That is why it is important that they choose safe destinations when starting solo. Europe is a good first choice, although, it goes without saying that every foreign destination is a little risky.
Another interesting thing to note is that the majority of solo female travelers are from European countries. Asia and Africa are not popular destinations with women traveling alone. For now, these are considered less safe. Most women can face a lot of problems when traveling alone.
When asked about major concerns when traveling solo, most women responded with “being in a dangerous situation”. But today, many women are visiting extreme, remote, and previously unexplored locations. They are participating in all kinds of adventurous activities. In short, women know how to have fun one their own.
SOLO FEMALE TRAVEL
Many such solo travelers say the freedom that they feel when traveling alone is priceless. You might think that women are only good at shopping on a trip. Think again. It is reported by the travel booking companies that 17% of solo female travel are related to history & education.
Women can also be adrenaline junkies. They love adventure sports. 15% of women travel for adventure sports. Solo female travelers are from every age group. The women who travel most are widowed or divorced. Modern women have become sophisticated and self-reliant. That is the reason they are unafraid of traveling alone.
The age group 45 and above makes 55% of the solo female travel population. This age group might also hint at the time when most people think they need a break from their monotonous life. The biggest myth that most solo travelers are a 26-year-old dude with no money is a total lie!
Various travel reports* show that 73% of females prefer to travel alone than their male partners. It is a 45-year-old female traveling solo rather than a virile young male. Wanderlust does not discriminate based on gender. This new trend has been already observed for a few years now.
With the rise of social media, everybody now wants to posts pictures from their heroic journey. The rise in solo female travel is a boon for the travel industry and is a good thing for the entire travel loving community!
There are various sources that confirm these facts and figures. For more in-depth study, please refer to Harvard Business Review (women spending power), Forbes (on spending power and influence on purchasing decision), Travel stats from market researching firms such as Yesawich, Pepperdine, and Brown & Russell, Travel Industry Association (USA), Travel Guard polls (Travel insurance company) and other big online travel booking companies.
Haunted places hold a lot of interest for travelers. Different questions arise in our hearts that why strange happenings take place in these destinations. You even want to visit the spooky spirits of the place. Today’s travelers aren’t scared anymore. They are curious to discover the unknown. That is why we bring to you a list haunted places in India.
AGRASAN KI BAOLI
You will be surprised that even though being at the center of the city it is eerily quiet and deserted here. It was a baoli made to store water by Maharaja Agrasan. But in ancient times also the water here was black and tempted people to sacrifice their lives. Now also you can hear voices in this structure of the fourteenth century. You want to feel the spook. Then you can visit this haunted place.
Being located in a busy zone you might think that this place could be nothing but ruins. But don’t presume such, this place is a notorious place for ghosts. There is a house in this block which is said to be haunted by a group of ghosts.
Locals say that they see four male figures drinking alcohol in light of a single candle. It can be an illusion too but what about the screams and strange sightings of girls. Traveling here is going to be immensely exciting if you are not a weakling.
DUMAS BEACH, GUJARAT
The beach itself has got an evil vibe coming from itself. The black sands here say that it was once a burning ground. Then how can it not be a haunted place? Night watchers and morning walkers seem to report that they see spirits walking towards the beach. It has a strange lure that many people have died here. Hope the eerie whispers don’t scare you off from the next destination.
You can visit this dream of every filmmaker. It contains everything that is required in a good scenic movie. But the hotels here are said to house evil spirits. Watchmen, who guard lights at the top, have been pushed by a dark force many times.
Even though you ignore this, there have been complaints by girls that there is an invisible spirit that rips off their clothes and even knocks on the washroom doors and locks them inside. The mystery behind this haunted place is, this film city is built on a ground where a brutal battle had taken place.so may be dead still live here.
Built by the Peshwas in the 1700s this port is full of architectural brilliance. You wouldn’t want to leave the opulence of it but wait until you hear the screams. Tales say that ghost of the prince haunts the palace. He was said to have died brutally. So since then on during the darkness of midnight, you hear his screams. During full moons, the screaming is scarier and louder. You can feel the chill in the air after reading this.