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Dying to go somewhere warm?
Cold winter months got you feeling gloomy? Today we have a list of the best tropical travel destinations to soak up the sun, explore, marvel at astonishing views and relax during winter!
Check them out!
Trinidad e Tobago
The capital of Trinidad, Port of Spain, is buzzing with markets and shops, and about 30 minutes down the North Coast Road is the world-famous Maracas Bay. This northern bay protects a fine white beach with lush palm trees and is considered one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. It is here that you can taste Trinidad’s local dishes.
Tobago is well-known for its breathtaking beaches. Here tourists can go bird-watching or ocean diving in absolute tranquility. A popular destination point is Nylon Pool, an oceanic pool with a coral bottom and clear water, located off Pigeon Point and only reachable by boat. Nylon Pool is near the Buccoo Reef, an area rich in coral reef, declared a protected area since 1962 by Princess Margareth of England.
The largest island of the Netherlands Antilles, known for its hilly landscapes, is an island called Curacao. This island is located right off the Venezuelan coast, between Aruba and Bonaire, and, on a clear day, can be seen with the naked eye. Its vegetation is rather poor, given the little rainy weather; there are many cacti that reach up to 6 meters in height and trees, called Divi-Divi. The waters of this island are rich in fish and the coral reef is spectacular. Particularly renowned is the south-east coast, where coral reef rises from the seabed.
Cas Abou is a beach layered with fine white sand and a calm, clean sea. Grote Knip is considered the most beautiful beach on the entire island, with a large white sandy shore, surrounded by cliffs.
Waya, with vast white beaches, is perfect for diving, Ghost Hill, an imposing rock with many caves inside, a destination for unmissable excursions if you are in Fiji, and Likuliku Bay, also called the sunset beach, where at sunset the crystals of sand change colors. If you are interested in wild nature, you can choose Turtle Island or the Mamanuca Islands.
Moving away, we arrive in Polynesia, the land where Tahiti stands out for its nature and its beautiful women. The largest island in French Polynesia has been represented in a thousand different ways by Paul Gauguin, who lived here in the last part of his life. Even Tahiti is a volcanic island like Fiji, but its beaches are, on the contrary, mostly black and it is not completely flat.
Its main peaks, Orohena and Aroai, easily exceed 2000 meters, allowing excursions in the mountains and giving enchanting landscapes, although many claims that the most beautiful islands are Moorea and Bora Bora. Although not being considered as the most beautiful island, Tahiti still has many beaches that deserve to be visited, both for snorkeling and relaxing in the sun, like that of Point Venus, part of the Bay of Matavai or Mahana Park, where you can snorkel and admire the coral reef.
Hopefully this has given you an idea of where to vacation the next time you find yourself stuck in winter gloom. There are numerous tropical islands that offer plenty of tourist attractions and activities, whether you’re the adventurous type looking
Stay Healthy & Happy On The Go
Whether traveling for business or pleasure, it can be exhilarating to see the world outside of the comfort zone of home. Yet between jetlag, foreign microbes, airplane food, and limited workout opportunities, travel can also take a toll on our bodies. Here are four go-to tips to stay healthy and in-shape while on the go.
Pack Light ~ Travel Light
Being weighed down by an oversized suitcase and heavy carry-on luggage can slow down even the most skilled of travelers and lead to all kinds of aches, pains, and even injuries.
Make your workout portable
One of the greatest travel stressors to athletes, gym-buffs, or anyone who has a dedicated fitness routine is becoming out of shape while away from home. Travel may make it challenging to control when, how, and for how long we can exercise, but developing a portable workout routine can help.
For example, running or walking can be an easy exercise to take on the road if you are staying in a location with access to a park, a river, a quiet neighborhood, a treadmill, or even a stairwell.
Eat your veggies to stay healthy
Often when we travel, we are surrounded by food temptations that may be less than healthy. While there is no harm in indulging every now and then, our bodies may feel out of whack from a diet that is composed of 100% junk food. It can help to do your homework ahead in mapping out healthy food options, using HappyCow or TripAdvisor as a starting point. Especially for travelers with allergies or strict dietary requirements, packing along a few healthy snacks can be helpful when hunger strikes and sugary snacks are the only choice around.
Travel on your own schedule
Rather than scheduling out a packed agenda of tourist attractions to see, people to meet, and recommended restaurants to try, make space for the activities that you truly enjoy – whether that means going for a hike, visiting a lesser-known modern art museum, or simply sitting in a coffee shop.
Sometimes making “me time” may mean forfeiting five-hour lines to the top of the Eiffel Tower just to say you’ve seen it, but that’s five hours of precious time that you could be spending on something you truly value. If you have the opportunity, take at least a day to yourself to travel on your own schedule, making room for wellness along the way.
Perfect time hit the road and spend some quality time with family. Camping is the perfect activity! But wait .... you've never camped in your life?
No fear, we got the perfect beginner's guide to camping.
There is a first time for everything. We are all beginners when we try a new hobby, and camping happens to be such a hobby that requires a fair deal of preparation. Because camping also involves specialized tools and equipment, you’ll really need to know what to bring and how to use it before heading into the wilderness. Fear not as we will give you a great starter list of the things you should consider before you pack up and hit the open road.
Do Your Research On Where To Go
Sure, it may be a lot of fun to just throw a dart at a map and determine your camping destination based on luck, but to us, that’s not really a good idea.
Designated campgrounds offer the resources that make camping easier and safer. Yes, you could get away with just pitching a tent on the side of the road, but if this is your first venture into the woods, it’s better to stick to the well-known trail.
The most important thing to look for online is where the campgrounds are in and around your destination. Once you find that information, you will want to know fees and what all is included, and if reservations are required.
Test Drive Your Gear Before Your Outdoor Adventure
Even if all you have are the basics, you need to know how to use them.
Before your first camping trip, why not host a rehearsal in your backyard? It will simulate the approximate conditions you will face on the campsite and give you a safe place, near home, to work out the kinks in your tent set up and anything else you intend to pack on your adventure. If there happens to be a problem with your gear you’ll have the time to fix it before your campout. Having tent trouble on your camping trip may mean sleeping in your car.
Don’t Rely On A Campfire For Everything
Buy Quality Supplies
Yes, you can probably save a few bucks hitting yard sales and picking up some of the camping basics. However, for the items that you will rely on most – like your tent – it is always wise to buy good quality. You won’t truly understand the reasons until you find yourself in a downpour of rain or in the midst of a snow storm. A good quality tent will withstand most any weather conditions and stay put.
Also, although it may be tempting to save money by picking up boxes of plastic utensils, seek camping style gear that is made from materials that can take the abuse they may be subjected to on an average camping trip.
Resist Buying Too Many Gizmos
Your local hardware/outdoor supply store will be a good place to visit when it comes time to stock up on tools and supplies for your camping trip. However, try to avoid buying everything in sight. There are tons of new gimmicks on the market designed to make your experience “trouble-free”. Sure, you may find one or two time-saving devices but if your goal of camping is to ‘rough it’; you probably don’t need a foldable satellite dish for wifi. However, you may need some form of technology to fight off mosquitoes.
Stay Warm Day to Night
Plan Enough Time For Travel
No matter how prepared you may be for your first camping trip, you still need to get to your campsite with enough time to unload, set up camp, and get a fire going. If the site you have chosen is for just one night, you really want to get there early enough to soak up as much of the experience as possible. Plus, arriving late may cost you extra or you may even lose your chosen site, so being time conscious is an important trait to have. If you are trying to squeeze a camping trip into a single day, load your vehicle the day before so that all you need to do after work is grab some essentials and hit the road. This will save you time and allow you to pack anything extra you may have forgotten.
Don’t Forget To Bring Proper Lighting
The point here is that unless you plan to camp with the headlights of your vehicle keeping your campsite lit, you can remedy this situation in many different – and better – ways so you can enjoy your getaway.
Secure Your Food And Garbage
This is probably the second most important thing to remember next to knowing how to set up your tent. The last thing you need on your first camping trip is to have an uninvited guest in your campsite.
We’re not talking about the noisy guy two stalls over with the loud music and howling dog. We are talking about the critters that come out of the woods when they can smell your food and garbage. That means raccoons, skunks, and in some cases, bears. If you thought ants were a problem at a picnic, you don’t want to have the experience of a bear or two rooting through your campsite just because you neglected to stash away your food and dispose of garbage properly.
Don’t Forget To Have Fun
Remember when you wanted to try camping because it sounded like such a fun hobby? Well, it is, and once you get past all of the tedious preparation and you fall into a routine where packing and unpacking becomes second nature, you’ll actually enjoy it.
The whole idea behind getting away for a weekend with a tent and additional camping gear is to enjoy being somewhere relaxing. It is a great hobby and you will meet some incredibly nice people wherever you pitch your tent. However, roughing it is not for everyone. If you have family members who do not enjoy the experience try finding friends who share similar interests.
Despite all of the preparation, getting outdoors and sleeping under a blanket of stars may be just what you need to recharge. Just remember to be prepared with the proper tools and enough time to enjoy each and every moment spent in the great outdoors. Hopefully this article has provided you with an outline of what to do to truly enjoy camping.
Whether you are the dare-devil eager for adventure, or the mother/ father searching for your next family trip, everyone enjoys a great walk through nature. This list of hikes will have something for everyone. So grab a water bottle and your favorite hiking shoes, and find the trail that’s perfect for you. Here are the top 10 best hikes in the United States:
10. Tallulah Gorge Hurricane Falls Trail – Tallulah Falls, Georgia (RT 2.25 miles)
Of all the trails in the United States, number 10 goes to the incredible and breath-taking Tallulah Gorge Hurricane Falls Trail. Not only will you tread above the astonishing 1,000 ft walls of this enormous gorge, you’ll also descend to the bottom and hike for two miles along the Tallulah River, cross a suspension bridge and find yourself face to face with the cascading Hurricane Falls. The trail is 2.25 miles in total and offers a short, fairly easy hike for family and friends.*1
9. The Great Sand Dunes – Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve, Colorado (RT 2.5 miles)
Ever wanted to pretend you were lost, roaming the desert on an Arabian adventure? If you have the imagination, this hike may be perfect for you. The Great Sand Dunes feature rolling hills of sand that resemble the Arabian Desert. This national park rests at the bottom of the 13,000 ft Sangre de Cristo Mountains, full of conifer and aspen forests, alpine lakes and tundra. When the family is done sand sledding, the Medano Creek flows from April to June and is a great wade pool for children and family to cool off. This hike is not recommended in the summertime, as the sand surface can reach up to 150 degree mid-day in the summer. The best time to hike is in the springtime. Be sure to bring plenty of water so the Arabian sun doesn't get to you! *2
8. Highline Trail – Glacier National Park, Montana (RT 11.9 miles)
The Highline Trail in Glacier National Park is famous for its incredible snow-capped, mountainous scenery along the Continental Divide. Wild mountain goats roam the ridges of the Garden Wall and exotic flowers cover the vast terrain surrounding the trail. This epic adventure begins at Logan Pass and ends at Granite Park Chalet. A quarter of a mile in you’ll reach the ledge, which hangs across the Garden Wall. This ledge is a narrow path, and at certain points is a mere 6 feet in width Thankfully, there is a built-in hand cable that wraps along the wall, plus this part of the trail is less than a quarter-mile so you don't have to walk this slender trail for long.*3
7. Hoh River Trail – Forks, Washington (RT 17.4 miles)
If you happen to be traveling through Forks, Washington, be sure to check this trail off your To-Do List. With temperate rainforests, subalpine meadows, and fir forests, this is sure to be one unforgettable hike. The entire forest eludes a mystical, almost enchanted, atmosphere, with its 100 year old cedars, spruce and fir trees and an old worn down bridge that crosses the Hoh River; you’ll feel as though you’ve actually stepped into a fairytale. This trail is approximately 17.4 miles to Glacier Meadows, then, if you wish to continue, about another mile to Blue Glacier Overlook. Although this hike is fairly easy, it’s also long, which means fresh water may not be readily available. Bring a water filter and at least a 1L water bottle that you can refill along the way.*4
6. The Narrows - Zion National Park, Utah (RT 16 miles)
Number 6 on this list is a personal favorite of mine. While the initial trail is a paved pathway, level and easy, the trudge through the cold waters of the Virgin River makes for an exciting adventure. This trail lies at the bottom of a narrow gorge in Zion National Park with walls that reach over 1,000 feet high. After about a mile walk from the Temple of Sinawava, you’ll enter into the river and wade upstream. Be sure to bring shoes and clothes that you don’t mind getting wet, hike in the spring or summer time when the water is warmer, and check for flash flood warnings.*5
5. South Kaibab Trail – Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona (RT 7.1 miles)
The South Kaibab Trail is for those who don’t believe that standing over the Grand Canyon is enough of a worth-while experience; this hike is for those who need to descend to the bottom of the canyon to stare upward at the rugged red rock that ages back millions of years in time. If this sounds like you, then pack your sunscreen and plenty of water! This 7.1 mile trail is steep with almost no shade, and while going down might be fun and relaxing, going up can take twice as long and will give you a real workout. The best time to hike this trail is in the fall or spring, because the trail gets icy in the winter and the summer sun can quickly induce heat stroke. To prevent dehydration, drink plenty of water before beginning your descent and carry at least a 1 gallon water bottle with you while trekking down the dirt path.*6
4. Harding Icefield Trail – Kenai Fjords National Park, Alaska (RT 8.2 miles)
Dying for a trip back in time to the Ice Ages? If you are, the Harding Icefield Trail is the right hike for you. This 8.2 mile hike leads you across a valley floor, through a forest, and ends with enchanting views of the historic ice burgs that once covered enormous parts of the Earth’s surface. With every mile hikers gain 1,000 feet of elevation. In total, the average hiker may take approximately 6-8 hours to complete this hike. It’s important to wear sun protection on this trail, as there is little to no shade, but also bring waterproof shoes and rain gear to protect yourself from the melting snow. The best part: If you really want to live like an Eskimo, camping is permitted, so feel free to spend a night on the land where Mammoths and Saber Tooth Tigers once roamed.*7
3. Half Dome – Yosemite National Park, California (RT 14-16 miles)
5,000 feet above Yosemite Valley and 8,000 feet above sea level stands the iconic and daunting Half Dome of Yosemite National Park. In total, this hike can take up to 12 hours, but that depends on how long it takes you to work out the courage to ascend to the top of the dome while holding onto mere cables to keep you steady. For this hike you may want to bring gloves and a flashlight. The gloves will help you grip the cables while climbing, and the flashlight will be just in case the hike takes you longer than expected and the sun begins to set while trailing back. The suggested minimum amount of water per person should be about 1 gallon, but I suggest bringing a water filter also just in case you need to fill up along the way.*8
2. Knife Edge Trail – Baxter State Park, Maine (RT 8-9 miles)
Number 2 on my list is for the dare devils who love to live life on the edge (literally). At the very top of Mount Katahdin rests a serrated “trail” of jagged rocks which at times are only a few feet wide. The actual Knife Edge Trail is a little over 1 mile long, but the entire hike is roughly 8-9 miles depending on which connecting trail you use to get to Baxter Peak; this can take up to 10 hours for the average hiker. Please note: It is very important to be in excellent physical condition when attempting this hike; since they started keeping record in 1926, 44 lives have been lost due to failed attempts at hiking this trail.*9
1. Kalalau Trail to Hanakapi’ai Falls Trail – Kauai, Hawaii (RT 4.6 miles)
I will admit my number one choice is very biased. I’ve completed this hike several times and no trail can ever compare to the magic of this one. Not only does the 2 mile Kalalau Trail feature breath-taking views of the Napali Coast and tropical beaches like Kee Beach, but the Hanakapi’ai Falls Trail includes a winding path that will have you climbing over wet, muddy rocks, trodding through bamboo forests, breathing in the scents of freshly grown vegetation like guavas and ginger, and if you tough out an extra 2 miles all the way to the end, this trail will take you to the bottom of a 300ft cascading waterfall (hint: if you swim all the way across the plunge pool to the waterfall, there is a rock underwater that lets you stand right behind the waterfall. Check that off your bucket list!)*10
Now that you know the top 10 hikes in the U.S., pick one and go for it! Just be sure to stay hydrated! Check out our water bottles and find the one that's right for you!
1. Tallulah Gorge State Park: hiking the Hurricane Falls Loop Trail - Atlanta Trails | Tallulah Falls Trail
2. The Great Sand Dunes - National Park Service | Great Sand Dunes
3. The Highline Trail - Highline Trail | Highline Trail Ledge
4. Hoh River Trail - Olympic Wilderness - National Park Service | Hoh River Trail
5. The Narrows - National Park Service | The Narrows
6. Day Hike- South Kaibab Trail Grand Canyon National Park | South Kaibab Trail
7. Harding Icefield Trail - National Park Service | Harding Icefield Trail
8. Half Dome Day Hike - National Park Service | Half Dome Cables
9. Hike The Katahdin Knife Edge Trail In Baxter State Park, Maine - Northeast Hikes | Knife Edge
10. Hanakapiai Trail - Kauai | Kalalau Trail to Hanakapiai Falls
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