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3 Hammock Camping Tips for a Safe and Comfortable Experience

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Did you know that over 78 million households go camping every year in the USA?

Camping is a great way to sleep out under the stars and enjoy a vacation while safely socially distancing. 

If you find traditional camping uncomfortable, have you tried hammock camping? Hammock camping is a great way to enjoy a comfortable trip to the great outdoors.

Do you want to know how to do it successfully? Why not read on to find out?

1. Use an Under-Quilt

You might think that if you are sleeping in the air in a hammock, you will not need an under-quilt. While it is true that a hammock allows you to sleep away from the cold hard earth, an under-quilt is still a good idea. 

It is good to plan to have some insulation below your body. Otherwise, you will lose significant heat to the cool air that is passing beneath you. 

You might worry that a quilt or sleeping pad will shift during the night and possibly exit the hammock. If you find this to be true, try finding one that is small enough to fit inside your sleeping bag.

2. Hang Your Hammock Loosely

If you are a first-time hammock-camper, you could be tempted to hang your hammock as tightly as possible. After all, a taught hammock resembles a traditional bed right?

Actually, this may not be the most comfortable way to lie. This can cause your shoulders and back to squeeze together. It could cause you to wake in the morning with a stiff neck or back.

One of the most comfortable ways to hang your hammock is to allow it to sag or hang loosely. This is one of the most important things you can do to make your stay comfortable.

If you want to be able to create a comfortable hammock experience, you will need the right equipment. Why not try out these straps to see how you can create the ultimate comfortable hammock.

3. Don’t Forget Your Bug Net

In some locations, a simple hammock setup will not be enough to guarantee a good night’s rest. You will need to equip yourself with bug spray and a bug net to fend off the many curious little insects that come to visit. 

If you set it up correctly, you will not even notice that the bug net is there during the night. You will be able to sleep, read and relax without swatting mosquitos every 30 seconds.

Everything You Needed to Know About Hammock Camping and More

Hammock camping is a great way to sleep out under the stars and enjoy nature at its best. However, if you are considering getting away from it all and camping in the wilds, you need to be prepared. By applying the principles we have discussed today, you will be able to do so safely and comfortably. 

If you would like to learn more about these types of subjects, why not check out our blog page? We publish articles every week that we know you will enjoy. 

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The Most Improper Etiquette Practiced In-Flight

Packed in like sardines, airplane travelers are subject to their neighbors unruly behavior. Let’s face it some people just don’t seem to understand simple airplane etiquette. We all have our particular pet peeves when it comes to traveling and according to Expedia’s most recent etiquette survey the biggest annoyance is the rear seat kicker.  Surveying […]

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Packed in like sardines, airplane travelers are subject to their neighbors unruly behavior. Let’s face it some people just don’t seem to understand simple airplane etiquette. We all have our particular pet peeves when it comes to traveling and according to Expedia’s most recent etiquette survey the biggest annoyance is the rear seat kicker. 

Surveying over 1000 people Expedia found the biggest in-flight pet peeves that every traveler can relate to. Here are the results:

  1. The rear seat kicker
  2. Inattentive parents
  3. The aromatic passenger
  4. The audio insensitive
  5. The boozer
  6. Chatty Cathy
  7. The queue jumper
  8. Seat-back guy
  9. The armrest hog
  10. Pungent foodies
  11. The undersser
  12. The amorous
  13. The mad bladder
  14. The single and ready to mingle

 

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Things You Should Never Say To A Flight Attendant

Traveling can be a troublesome experience so we need to do everything we can to help make the trip more pleasant and comfortable for ourselves. On a long plane trip the Flight Attendant can be your ally in this endeavor. Flight Attendants are generally helpful and pleasant but if treated with disrespect may be disinclined to […]

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Traveling can be a troublesome experience so we need to do everything we can to help make the trip more pleasant and comfortable for ourselves. On a long plane trip the Flight Attendant can be your ally in this endeavor. Flight Attendants are generally helpful and pleasant but if treated with disrespect may be disinclined to help. 

The job of a Flight Attendant is to keep you safe and comfortable and can be stressful on the best of days, but unruly and rude passengers just make the job so much harder.  From rude statements to questions that they have no way of knowing the answer to, here are some things that you never want to say to a Flight Attendant.

“I need to use the toilet before we take off.” This is against regulations, once the seatbelt light is on you must stay put. 

“Can you lift my bag for me?” This is not the Flight Attendant’s job, when packing you should make sure your bag is not too heavy for you to lift. 

“I’ll put my phone on airplane mode in a minute.” This is a requirement and Flight Attendants must ask you to do this. Be nice and comply

“They let me the last time I flew.” Whether or not this is true your Flight Attendant won’t appreciate this ploy. Their job is to enforce the rules, and most do.

“Can you watch my kids for me?” Flight Attendants are not babysitters and you shouldn’t expect them to be. 

“Why are we delayed?” “Will I make my connection?” These are the types of questions that the Flight Attendant has no way of having the answer to. If you have a cell phone you can find those answers yourself with a handy app.

A few more handy tips on the proper treatment of your Flight Attendant. Don’t treat her like a waitress because she isn’t. Her job is to keep you safe, not to cater to your needs. And don’t call your Flight Attendant a “Stewardess”, this term is outdated and sexist. And don’t hit on her, you aren’t in a bar.

 

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Ecotourism is NOT Environmentally Friendly

There is a trend in travel that has picked up a lot of steam over the last few years. That trend is called Eco-Tourism. As the environment has become more important to people over the last decade – and especially so in the last couple…

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Ecotourism is a new term; something created in the last 10 years, so what does it really mean? Eco-tourism is basically capitalism’s answer to the environment and people’s growing concerns. Companies are cashing in and its becoming big business. Although the initial intent was probably good-natured, the results are usually less than favorable. The costs don’t always outweigh the means, so is ecotourism actually a good thing? Let’s find out.

Time to investigate what companies are actually trying to accomplish with their eco-tourism. The term greenwashing keeps coming up in my research and it’s a pretty interesting phenomenon. Apparently, greenwashing is an attempt to appear as being eco friendly. Seems like a pretty lame thing to be involved with, but you’d be surprised at how many large corporations actually are involved in greenwashing.

Many if not all of the major hotel chains are now putting placards in their rooms that inform guests that they respect mother nature and because of this they don’t wash the linens every night. This comes off as a great thing that a large corporation is doing. But in reality they are greenwashing us all by using the environment to service their own needs. It’s obvious to me that these companies are only doing this because it saves them an enormous amount of money and they look good in the process.

Cultures are destroyed by tourism and they can’t even profit because the major corporations suck all the money from them. Tourism only feeds off the stereotypes of a culture and the actual culture suffers and often slowly disappears. What’s left is a washed out shell of the culture and the true spirit is lost forever.  

Eco-tours are usually an environmental nightmare, by bringing in people by the busload or boatload; these eco-tours are actually harming the local surroundings.   These tourists don’t come alone, they eat, drink and consume anything in their way and what’s left is the garbage and used up Mother Nature.

Eco-tours profit from large disasters, allowing the general public to feel like they helped, when in reality all they do is scratch the surface. The tourists come to a disaster for a few days, pick up some garbage, help with some injured and then go home feeling like they made a difference. The problem is that if they really wanted to help, they would’ve just sent aid in the form of money, food or medicine,

If a company truly wanted to be involved in eco tourism responsibly, they would do these things.

Only using local products would actually benefit the environment and would help the community profit.   If ecotourism companies cared, they would limit the number of visitors to limit the impact on the environment. Educating tourists on their impact on the environment would help the cause. Allowing the local culture to be in charge and to protect their interests is the best way to help the environment.

 

Hopefully by educating people about ecotourism eventually leads to more conscious travelers and compassionate people in general.

 

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Photos courtesy of HoiAnEcoTour and GetYourGuide

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