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Solo Travel  Traveling alone is a wonderful thing that everyone should experience at least once in his or her lives. It allows you to connect with your inner self and the environment around you. Far too often, we become so involved with outside forces that we neglect our intimate self. Traveling solo breaks you from […]

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Traveling alone is a wonderful thing that everyone should experience at least once in his or her lives. It allows you to connect with your inner self and the environment around you. Far too often, we become so involved with outside forces that we neglect our intimate self. Traveling solo breaks you from many of the bonds that tie us down and frees your mind to be alone. Connecting with nature and distant cultures opens up one’s self to an interesting perspective on life. I enjoy quiet time as it is so rare nowadays, that is why I wrote this blog.

Solo travel was my key to finding my true self and opening up my mind to new, exciting experiences.

These are my solo travel tips that can help you survive being alone when on our modern world, no one it really alone.

Off Season

Who likes busy, overcrowded resorts and vacation spots? Not me, or anyone traveling solo. The whole idea of traveling solo is to get away and have some peace and quiet, that’s why traveling during off seasons is preferred. This is effective for multiple reasons, first it’s cheaper and second it’s less populated. I love saving money and I love being alone, win-win. I also advise traveling to the opposite season from your own. Meaning, during summer in the Northern Hemisphere, travel south into the Southern Hemisphere, for their winter.   This will help you isolate yourself from the crowds and high prices.

Single room/ticket deals

Many hotels and resorts have vacancies that they need to fill last minute and these are always great deals. Check ahead so you aren’t left homeless, and keep an open mind, some last minute vacancies are less desirable.

Along these same lines, many attractions and shows will have single tickets available for a huge discount. Theatres and concerts often have single tickets and groups tend to not want to be split up, so another deal for the solo traveler. I find this especially true in places like Las Vegas, Branson and Macau, where there are just so many shows.

Exchange rates

Let the world markets decide where you travel, if you want to maximize your money. Exchange rates can swing up and down and depending on where you are traveling to, and where you are coming from the savings can be huge. It benefits you and your wallet to check these exchange rates before you book your travel. Currently the US dollar to Euro favors the American dollar, so it’s cheaper to travel to Europe from the US instead of vice versa. Save yourself the trouble and do a little due diligence before you pack your bags.

Split rides

New city new adventure: grab an Uber or Taxi and split the fair with someone. This is a great way to save money and maybe make a new friend. The less we are shut off from people the more we will internalize everything, so on occasion, a new friend helps.

Free Museums

Museums and Zoos can be expensive attractions to visit, so look out for cities that offer free admissions. Last time I was in New York City, my wife and I went to the Guggenheim, a wonderful museum that cost us $30 per ticket. That may not seem like a small fee but these little expenses really add up. Check out Washington DC or London, both cities offer free museums and zoos and both are world class. Check out the world-renowned Smithsonian Museum collection in Washington, DC or the British Museum in London.

Solo Travel Organizations

Check out solo travel organization like TravBuddy or TravelChum, which link up solo travelers who want an accomplice to adventure with. These services find potential roommates or travel buddies for you to go on excursions with or just save money on accommodations.

Hostels

Don’t overlook hostels and their guests’ general way of life. Backpackers from all over the world have been utilizing hostels for decades as cheap accommodations but more than that, they represent a way of life. Hostels are home to free spirits, vagabonds and nomads from all walks of life. You are guaranteed to make new lifelong friends staying at hostels and you will really open up your mind to the way other people think and live.

Enjoy your solo travel adventures and I hope you find whatever you are looking for, all your answers are out there, and you just have to find them. When travelling alone, try to use the time to self reflect, meditate and focus on your own spiritual growth.

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Guide to Self-Quarantine After Travel

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Self-quarantine after travel is a significant way to stop the possible transmission of COVID-19, be it to your loved ones or your colleagues at work.

Admit it. It’s a tad difficult to stop yourself from traveling especially when you’re so used to going places way before the onset of this nasty pandemic. Experts, however, stress that it’s important for you to follow protocols. So, even when you can get away with it, you need to remember to self-quarantine after travel.

If you’ve been out of state during Thanksgiving, it’s crucial to self-quarantine after travel. California announced that traveling residents must do a 14-day quarantine right after arrival. Moreover, if you’ve been lengthyly exposed to someone who isn’t part of your household, it’s imperative for you to quarantine yourself, as well.

Dr. Robert Kim-Farley, former director of the division of communicable disease control and prevention at the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and a current professor at UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, asserts that people must do self-quarantine after travel, an automatic new normal response as opposed to doing complete isolation when you know that you have the COVID-19 virus. Self-quarantining, he says, is a kind of middle ground between full isolation and outdoor mask-wearing.

The term, “quarantine,” has seemingly lost its gravity as we typically have been hearing it since the onset of this deadly pandemic. Nevertheless, it is crucial to take heed of the different warnings provided by authorities as to the significance of this word. More so, doing self-quarantine after travel allows us to protect others especially if we have been unknowingly exposed to the virus while traveling.

Below are several tips that we should remember as regards the importance of voluntary self-quarantine after travel.

What is self-quarantine? Self-quarantine is the act of staying isolated from others for 14 days after we arrive from a prolonged travel to another area besides our own. This means, then, that you voluntarily stay away from people, even from your housemates, for a period of two weeks to eradicate the possibility of COVID-19 transmission if, for instance, you’ve been unfortunately infected with it. The 14-day rule also allows you to check yourself for the symptoms of the virus as they typically manifest themselves during the said duration.

Aside from staying away from your family and housemates, it is also crucial to stay home from work. This means that you can apply for a work from home arrangement, as well. Doing a self-quarantine after travel includes isolating yourself from work colleagues, preferring to do WFH for the time being. As with the possibility of transmitting COVID-19 to your family, you might transfer the virus to your workmates, as well. A responsible traveler, of course, must aim to halt infection and the two-week isolation is an effective safety measure.

Finally, Kim-Farley shares that, as regards food and other essentials, you may want to adopt a temporary no-contact basis of procuring these things. For example, you can ask your loved ones to leave these implements outside your room or, if you live alone, you can request deliveries to be left on your doorstep. Paying for these goods may be done through digital means, as well. Self-quarantine after travel is your way of helping halt the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus as more and more cases are still being reported daily.

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7 Day Trip Ideas to Make at Least Once in Your Life

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Are you trying to plan a great day out? A day trip with friends, family, and loved ones is a great way to make lasting memories. But how can you plan a trip that everyone will enjoy?

Wherever you are, some outings will always work a treat. To help you, we have collected 7 amazing day trip ideas that you must consider before your next outing. 

1. Take a Rafting Trip

Rafting is a great activity, either as a family, with friends or as a couple. It is wet, wild, and a lot of fun as you cruise down a rapid river, working as a team to avoid those wet ravines. Yes, you will get soaked, but that is all part of the fun. 

Many companies have different levels of challenge, often including a beginners course. This means you don’t have to worry about going overboard and enjoying the scenery a little more, instead of strapping in for an extreme ride. Some can even include children aged four and upwards.

Most companies can offer full or half-day trips. You can find out more about service providers by clicking here.

2. Visit a Zoo

The Zoo is fun for all ages, from families with young children to couples on dates. Who would not want to spend a day trip looking at animals and the wonders of nature? Luckily, most places have a zoo within driving distance of their home, though sizes and the animals they have may vary.

If you don’t have a zoo close by, try to find other nature centers. You may have an aquatic life or ocean center you can visit. Many places have botanical gardens that can be used, so you can look at the flora and fauna from around the world. 

3. Visit a Local Farm

Once you get out of the city and into the countryside, the rolling farmland is something that can really be enjoyed by you and your family. While many farmers may be mad if you start trampling over their land unannounced, many farmers have side businesses and schemes that are inviting you for fun on their land. 

Try to find a farm that has fruit picking schemes. You could be selecting strawberries and cherries, which you can later use to cook delicious meals in the evening. 

Other farms offer camping and accommodation. You could stay on the farm and watch the daily goings-on, or head off to a local town for lunch. 

4. Day Trip Ideas at the Beach

This is a classic day trip that never gets old. Sun, sea, and sand are a winning combination, even if you do not go into the waves. Get set up with a beach towel and some beach activities likes football or volleyball, for fun and games. 

If you are brave and venture into the waves, then you can try surfing or bodyboarding. If you are looking for something a bit more relaxing, hire some fishing equipment. A day at the beach really does have something for everyone. 

Even if you avoid the promenade entirely, you can indulge in the ocean scene. Book a restaurant looking out into the ocean for an evening meal, so you can dine as the sunsets. 

5. Visit a Sports Game

Many people love to visit sporting events. Everyone has their favorite, from a classic ball game to a football showdown. But have you ever taken your family, or gone to see a sport you know nothing about?

If you look, you will see hundreds of sports you have never watched, going on live in your area. From pro wrestling to water polo, something weird and wonderful will be happening. Give it a go, push yourself, and you may even end the day with a favorite new sport.

6. The Fun of the Fairground

When the fairground comes to town, you should definitely take up the call. The lights, attractions, rides, and of course the mountains of sugar, can always make for a great day trip out. If going with children, you could provide them with some spending money so they can learn how to regulate their spending. 

If the fair is not in town, then try to locate your nearest theme park. Although many can be pricy if you turn up on the day, you can often see offers and coupons offering discounts if you plan in advance. It is standard that you must push yourself to go on the biggest ride possible. 

If the fairground and theme parks are not your thing, then consider the circus. Many circuses are modern affairs that treat animals well or don’t use them at all. You can experience acrobatics, magic, and gymnastics all under one roof.  

7. Find an Arcade

It is becoming increasingly popular to visit an old school, video games arcade. Many have started to appear in towns and cities, and they often have bars, cafes, and restaurants attached. They often have lots of classic games ready for you to play in really cool looking old arcade cabinets. 

If you take your family, you can challenge your children to games you used to play when you were younger. It is a great halfway house because it gets them away from gaming on the home console, yet combines their favorite activity with the interactions and socializing you want. Just be very careful they don’t beat you.

Do It All Again

Once you have the perfect day trip ideas and you find one you love, don’t be afraid to do it again. You may find a new hobby, or have an even greater day the second time around. Don’t be afraid to try something new!

If you enjoyed our handy article, then visit the rest of our blog. We can help you with everything, from planning your next holiday to saving money when you were there. Let us help you get the most from your travels, starting today!

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Don’t Be The Only Thing That’s Focused, Make That Camera Work For You

Here are the most common sense ideas you can use to help make sure you’re getting the most out of that new camera you bought especially for your next trip.

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So you got a new camera and you’re about to go on a trip. The last thing you want to do when you travel is to take a bunch of fuzzy pictures with your fingers on the lens. That is a terrible way to remember your trip unless you were drunk the entire time, then it’s actually a pretty accurate memory. If your plan is to be somewhat sober and remember all the amazing travels that you have embarked on, then you will want your photos to reflect those memories.

Capturing a photo is about seeing what you see and when you get a new camera you usually just expect it to work well and it should be so user-friendly that all you have to do is point and click, right? Well, that’s not always the case. Here are the most common sense ideas you can use to help make sure you’re getting the most out of that new camera you bought especially for your next trip.

 

Read The Manual

Just do it, dude. Read the whole manual front to back. A new camera is actually a pretty serious piece of equipment and it is hard to know what everything does unless you read the whole manual. Come on, you can do it. It’s not like it’s a software agreement that you have to read.

You want to know what all the buttons on your camera do if only for the fact that you don’t look dumb when someone asks you. Your new camera is supposed to make you look cool and artistic, not clueless.

 

Taking Nice Pics Means Knowing Composition

Now that you know all the buttons on your camera and you’ve got your fedora on to look artsy it’s time to actually take some good pictures.

We haven’t invented the camera that takes beautiful pictures on its own yet, so you’re the one in charge of composing your pictures before you snap them.

You can find easy rules to follow all over the place and once you get a few basic ones down just keep them in mind every time you pick up the camera. For instance, one easy composition tip I can give you is to make sure your finger is not on the lens. Once you remove your finger from the lens of your camera your pictures will make a drastic jump in the right direction.

 

The Exposure Triangle Rocks

Capturing light is a major factor in turning your pictures from trash to wall-hangers.

This is where knowing your buttons on the camera comes in. If you know how to use the shutter speed, ISO rating, and aperture then your pics will look so good you’ll be all “dang is that a picture I took or a screensaver?”

 

All Your Photos Don’t Rock

The most important thing you can do to make your slideshow bearable for your friends to look through is to edit your dang photos before you show them to people. No one wants to see eight pictures of the same out of focus tree you took unless those are the only photos you took then I guess that’s okay. But if you have duplicates or some pics that just didn’t really turn out then get rid of them so people aren’t laughing about how terrible of a photographer you are. Some quick editing can leave your friends and family in awe instead of in disgust.

 

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