Travel is very inspirational, it forces you to grow individually and as a couple. It's fun, an adventure with learning experiences at every turn. Sometimes it can be hard to put these adventures into words, but a quick search of the Internet provides quotes which resonate personally with your journey. Here are 101 of the best couple travel quotes we found that resonated up us and made use want to get out on the road. I hope they bring back great memories of travel like they did for us.
Credit is due to each of the authors for the above couple travel quotes and Pixabay for the awesome photos, none of which are our own work.
Like many travelers I have been caught in the rain, not just a light drizzle, but the downpour which makes you look like you fell into a swimming pool rain! The right gear can make these experiences, which are part of travel, a happy memory, rather than, an expensive sad one. I'm here to help you choose the Best Waterproof Backpacks of 2018.
Whilst traveling I opted for a Tortuga backpack with a rain cover, and a dry bag for important items such as my passport, phone and camera. This ensured that my important gear was kept dry when I was caught in a downpour or when traveling from island to island in a small boat. Although this combination was fine for me, you will need to decide whether you require a fully waterproof backpack or if a water resistant backpack will do the trick.
Depending on your activity you need to decide on whether to invest in a waterproof backpack, a water resistant backpack or some combination of both.
A waterproof backup is as described, it offers a watertight area for you to keep your gear safe. They offer the ability to be submerged and are perfect for trips where you are on the water for extended periods of time. Think Kayaking trip or dive exhibition (where accidents happen) and can withstand extended periods in the rain. They are constructed with waterproof material and taped seems, making them completely waterproof.
Water resistant backpacks offer you some protection from rain and splashes of water, but are not waterproof and should not be left in the rain for extended periods of time. They do however offer better storage options and are great for everyday use and travel.
Do I need a waterproof backpack?
Do I need a water resistant backpack?
Both water resistant and waterproof backpacks come in a variety of storage options depending on your needs. In my situation I had a 5L waterproof day pack and a 40L water resistant backpack which suited my travel style. You will find bags ranging from 20L up to 100L based on your requirements.
We are happy to endorse packing light and have traveled extensively using only carry-on baggage. I carry a 44L Tortuga backpack and my wife has a 40L Osprey Fairpoint backpack. To see exactly what we carried on our trip be sure to check out our article here.
The materials used and the construction of your backpack are very important, especially so if you are investing your money in a waterproof backpack. You want to ensure that you are getting what you pay for, so be wary of knock offs.
With waterproof backpacks the materials and construction in use are very specialized and come with an added cost, so it should be easy to distinguish the real thing. One of the main processes used for manufacturing waterproof backpacks is ultrasonic welding. This process is used to bond together material used in construction of a waterproof backpack, doing away with the need for sewing seams and at the same time creating the waterproof seal.
The construction also includes waterproof zippers which again are constructed with a specialized process by highly skilled manufacturers. Finally you may notice that a lot of waterproof backpacks contain a roll down opening which allows for the backpack to be sealed at the top to ensure an air tight fit which allows no water into the bag.
With water resistant backpacks the construction is usually with either nylon or polyester and you will find a myriad of manufacturers. The material used will usually be coated with some form of waterproofing prior to the bag being formed. Water resistant backpacks will usually keep your items dry, though they cannot be submerged and shouldn't be left in the rain for extended periods.
If you think of yourself as an extreme traveler, this is where you'll want to explore. From fly fishing through to extreme treks passing through waterfalls, these waterproof backpacks have you covered.
Sealine Boundary Pack
Scrambler Outdry Pack
Baksak Waterproof Pack
Ultra-Sil Dry Pack
PVC-free PU-coated polyester
Nylon Plain Weave
Vinyl-coated woven polyester
Siliconized CORDURA® fabric
35, 75 & 115
Black, Green, Blue, Yellow
Grey, Green, Blue, Black
Black, Grey, Blue, Pink, White, Yellow
Black, Orange, Grey
As a traveler I would expect to have a backpack with some form of water resistance, I wouldn't purchase the backpack otherwise. There are so many times when I was traveling that I needed to ensure my rain cover was fitted correctly, in the end the combination of rain cover and smaller dry bag worked best for me. Below are five backpacks which offer flexibility in capacity and all offer water resistance which may be just what you need.
Timbuk2 Spire Backpack
Hikpro Packable Backpack
Patagonia Black Hole Backpack
The Outbreaker by Tortuga
TPU and canvas fabric
Lightweight & strong polyester
X-pac Waterproof Sailcloth
Army, Merlot, Grey & Black
Black, Orange, Purple, Green, Blue & Red
Black, Blue, Red & White
Finding the right backpack is a huge part of traveling, you need to make sure that the pack meets your needs. These packs have you covered for those water adventures or the daily grind of commuting to work. Which one do you think is the best waterproof backpack?
If you would like to check out what we carried in our backpacks for 12 months through Asia check out our carry-on packing list.
Give me some love by either sharing this article or letting me know what your favorite waterproof backpacks are in the comments below.
Asheville is known for its art and eclectic nature, nestled in the blue ridge mountains of North Carolina. This town is the perfect weekend getaway destination for couples and families alike. Follow us as we head out on an unofficial Asheville Beer Tour!
Downtown Asheville still has a small town feel, and the highlights we visited were all easy walking distance to each other. As you walk the streets you take in the history on offer, the architecture and old brick buildings add to the town's charm. There are small eateries and gift art shops on every corner and you can see that the people visiting are having just as much fun as you are.
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better
Although relatively small Asheville still has lots to see, and downtown Asheville is perfect for foodies and craft beer lovers! There are the beautiful blue ridge mountains which offer many hiking trips for all levels. And then there is the Biltmore.
We have actually visited Asheville three times in the last 6 months once to visit Biltmore Estate and two times to explore downtown Asheville. We’ll no doubt head back and I’d love to spend more time exploring the hiking trails on offer.
Biltmore Estate is the largest privately owned home in America, built between 1889 and 1895. It has 35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms and is set on roughly 8,000 acres of land. It is set in well-manicured gardens and has a fantastic outlook. Although we didn't undertake the audio tour, I'd highly recommend it, as you are walking around for roughly two hours, winding through different rooms and wings. There is so much history and information to take in, it's amazing to think that people lived this way. Let alone in the 18th century, I mean, they had a heated pool, a bowling lane, and an intercom.
If you are a fan of wine you should definitely stop by the Biltmore Estate winery. It is located on the Biltmore Estate property and offers complimentary tastings from among 20 varieties. A winery tour and gift items can be purchased separately. We found the help-staff to be professional, friendly and generous with the pours!
There is even onsite accommodation available if you want to really take your time experiencing everything the Biltmore estate has to offer.
To say that this place is impressive is an understatement, and I'd definitely suggest visiting if you have the chance. You can find all the information you need on their site.
If you are a lover of craft beer, you will find yourself in luck whilst visiting Asheville. We visited multiple breweries during our most recent visit (on our unofficial Asheville Beer Tour), and there were many we didn't get to see. If you are fortunate to visit during good weather you can enjoy the sunshine whilst sampling some delicious beer.
On this visit, we discovered the New Belgium Brewing Company which has a great large outdoor area and a number of fine craft beers on tap. This brewery is both pet and family friendly, there were many dogs sitting around with owners during our visit.
Sierra Nevada is such an experience, this place is huge, the restaurant has fantastic food (Vegetarian-friendly) and it has heaps of beer on tap. They offer multiple brewery tours including a free one, but you need to book in advance as they fill up fast. If you miss out on the official tour you can take a self-guided tour and still see this place in all its glory.
Greenman offers great beer with a friendly relaxed atmosphere. It has both a ground floor and a third floor with seating and taps. You can oversee the brewing and production equipment in the large open area. This place is the perfect hang out on a cold fall day, fitted with an outdoor bar and heaters to keep you warm
Burial is best described as a strange unit, it has random pictures of Magnum Pi and sloth dotted around the establishment, but it has delicious beer (try the coffee saison). This place gets busy, so if you are set for an afternoon of drinking be prepared to line up for both beer and a seat alike, but you won't be disappointed if you do.
Hi-Wire Brewing is a cool place, there concept and marketing are fun and their beer is tasty. Their brewery is well sized with plenty of cover and an outdoor beer garden. It’s a great place to sit back, relax whilst playing your favorite board game, check out the huge Jenga!
EAT: Salsas: Mexican & Caribbean staples with tequila & rum cocktails in a simple storefront setting. Caters for all spice levels, our food was delicious and spicy!
Tupelo Honey: An all-day menu of Southern comfort food with a creative twist, plus craft beers & cocktails. The biscuits and jam are amazing! Expect to wait for a table, especially during peak times. Our wait was 30 minutes for breakfast on a Sunday morning.
TIPS: Visit the drum circle located in downtown Pritchard Park. This cool gathering of free-spirited souls occurs every Friday night (April-October). Lose yourself to the beat of the drum and dance like nobody's watching or bring along your own drum and play into the night.
When planning my trip to Yogyakarta, one of my first questions was whether to do a Borobudur tour, a Prambanan tour or try and see these temples independently. I knew I definitely wanted to visit them, but I wasn't sure how hard it would be to see them on my own.
If you're anything like me, when you fly into Jakarta, Indonesia you're already counting the hours before you can leave again. Luckily this visit was only a stopover, before continuing east on the island of Java. My first stop Yogyakarta was arguably the cultural heart of this island with many temples to explore.
After some research and speaking with the hostel staff at Ostic House, I decided that I didn't need to purchase a Borobudur tour package, rather, I could save some money and experience these temples on my own terms. I like the idea of having as long or as little time available to view significant sites and not have to be rushed by a busy tour group.
By opting to not join a Borobudur tour it allowed me to save some money, travel slower and experience the beauty of these sites. If however you like schedules and meeting other travelers, a tour may be right for you.
I have outlined below the details I needed to complete an independent tour of both Borobudur and Prambanan.
OUR HAPPIEST MOMENTS AS TOURISTS ALWAYS SEEM TO COME WHEN WE STUMBLE UPON ONE THING WHILE IN PURSUIT OF SOMETHING ELSE. — LAWRENCE BLOCK
Borobudur is the single largest Buddhist structure anywhere on earth, a magnificent temple complex with great attention to detail. I was taken back by the sheer size of this temple, which was much larger than expected, and the story etched into the stone of the temple is fascinating.
The combined ticket for both Borobudur and Prambanan is 432,000RP ($32 USD) which saves roughly $9USD compared to purchasing the entry tickets separately.
6:00AM - 5:00PM. Although there is a special sunrise package available for 400,000RP ($30 USD) which lets you explore the complex from 4:30AM.
If you are staying around the Yogyakarta city then Borobudur temple complex or Barede Hill are located about 1.5 hours ride or about 50KM away. There are guest houses closer to Borobudur if you prefer to stay closer and have more of a sleep in.
I set off from my hostel at 3:30AM to make it in time to view sunrise over Borobudur. Initially I was riding through city roads, but eventually there was some significant highway riding. I was able to reach the Barede Hill overlooking Borobudur 95% of the way using Google maps and once I was within a 5 minute ride to parking I was approached by a local offering to guide me the last part of the trip. I initially declined the offer, though after being rerouted a couple of times and the sun rising quickly, I took up the second offer for assistance, and at 10,000RP ($.075 USD) including parking it was well worth it.
I arrived to the top of the hill as the last darkness escaped the rising sun. The valley below me was blanketed with a thick fog, so it was hard to see the Borobudur temple. Though the view was still fantastic and I stayed there to take it all in while the sun was rising. There were about a dozen other people viewing the sunrise, but there was plenty of room for good photos.
It took about 10 minutes to get from Barede Hill to Borobudur temple complex. I entered just after 6:00AM and found that it was nice and quiet. I made my way down to the temple and started ascending the stairs.
I was blown away by the detail etched into the side of the temple! I continued to make my way around the temple and up the stairs to each level and finally to the top.
In hindsight, I should have made my way directly to the top as it was busier by the time I reached it. There are great photo opportunities at the top of Borobudur of the stupas.
It is a large site and you can easily spend a couple of hours exploring it, though keep in mind that there are often school groups arriving at around 8:30 am. It's best to be finished prior to this time if you like a bit more space whilst exploring. I saw a number of tourists arriving just after 8:00AM when I was leaving, by this time it was definitely busier, so I'd highly recommend getting up early.
I made my way from Borobudur back towards Prambanan with a stop at a Mendut Buddhist Monastery. This was a great addition to the day. It was free, very serene, had some nice sculptures and was just a really cool place to visit. In my opinion, you won't miss much if you skip the Candi Pawon Temple next to the monastery, especially if you have just visited Borobudur.
A collection of massive Hindu temples rise into the sky. Many different structures to see with great detail etched into stone.
The combined ticket for both Borobudur and Prambanan is 432,000RP ($32 USD) which saves roughly $9USD compared to purchasing the entry tickets separately.
6:00AM - 6:00PM. The ticket counter closes at 5:15PM
The ride from Borobudur towards Prambanan will take about 1 hour, but you do get to experience some beautiful countryside on your way.
If you are coming from Yogyakarta city area the distance is about 30 minutes or 20KM.
I arrived at Prambanan in the late afternoon, it was busier than Borobudur and a large tour bus had just arrived, if you are splitting this over two days, I would suggest visiting Prambanan first thing in the morning.
I appreciated the temples for how amazing they were, though after visiting Angkor Wat and Borobudur, I felt a little uninspired. The temples were very busy and it was hard to take a photo without capturing a person taking a selfie which I think took away from the historical beauty of the site.
Make sure to visit the Sewu Temple which I found to be empty of tourists and just as good as the main temple. It is a decent walk from the main complex, though you might be able to hitch a ride with a worker on a forklift like I did.
If you have visited a number of other temples in South East Asia, I would probably suggest just visiting Borobudur (including Mendut Buddhist Monastery). However, if you are starting your journey in Yogyakarta or you are especially fond of temples visit both. For me Borobudur was by far the more amazing temple experience!
STAY: Ostic House Hostel - This hostel is in a good location, close to restaurants and within a medium walk to most tourist attractions around Yogyakarta city centre. If a hostel is not your thing, be sure to check out the other Yogyakarta accommodation options available.
EAT: Breakfast - before you go or take snacks with you to enjoy while you're taking in the sunrise.
PLAY: Hire a bicycle - Ride around the city and take in a number of free tourist attractions
TIPS: Allow yourself a minimum of 2 hours for Borobudur and another 2 hours for Prambanan.
If you've never been to Huntsville, you may have preconceived notions of what Alabama is all about. I'll be honest, being from the south, I grew up thinking Alabama was just full of backwater rednecks. However, during my recent trip, I was pleasantly surprised to find there was MUCH more to 'Bama!
ONCE IN A WHILE IT REALLY HITS PEOPLE THAT THEY DON’T HAVE TO EXPERIENCE THE WORLD IN THE WAY THEY HAVE BEEN TOLD TO. – ALAN KEIGHTLEY
Huntsville, the third largest city in Alabama, is full of culture. The food, music and sites make it the perfect introduction to the state and a great place to explore! Follow our tips below on how to make the most out of your experience.
Holiday Inn Research Park - Situated in a central area, the Holiday Inn makes you feel right at home. With a selection of reasonably priced rooms available, an in/outdoor pool and a fitness center, you're sure to enjoy your time here. They offer a complimentary shuttle which makes seeing the sites a breeze! Also home to the infamous Hopper's Bar and Grill, you can eat breakfast, lunch or dinner here and take in the action happening at the bar every weekend. Everyone is welcome!
Before traveling for 12 months I was determined to find the best underwear for backpacking. I was used to wearing standard cotton briefs, though I knew these would not cut it for the day-to-day activities of a somewhat adventurous backpacker.
I wanted to find something I could rely on, day in, day out. I wanted something which would be comfortable, dry fast, pack light and be resistant to odors. All which are a natural part of touring new sites, hiking or going on a morning run.
Below are the top choices for the Best Underwear For Backpacking. This list also includes the pair I chose for my 12-month backpacking trip and still love to this day.
I have also included a section covering the best long underwear for backpacking and the best thermal underwear for backpacking as I felt this category of underwear deserved their own reviews.
When looking for any travel underwear I believe you need to satisfy these 4 requirements. Comfort, durability, drying ability and resistance to odors. These requirements are satisfied with well-constructed underwear using quality materials and innovative technology.
Often the comfort of your travel underwear will come down to personal preference; some people like a snug fit, whilst others like something a little more loose fitting. It also depends on the activity you are performing. For example a snug pair of underwear will offer you the support you need if you are completing a physical activity like running.
The material used to construct the underwear is also important and our top choices are made from a range of quality materials including wool, polyester, and nylon.
Finally, each brand has their own recipe for the most comfortable pair of underwear with their own special features. This is great for us as a consumer as they're innovating their products to get into your underwear drawer.
Whether you are traveling long term, taking a short trip or just looking for everyday use, you'll appreciate a pair of underwear that is built to last. They need to be able to be easily washed, be it in a washing machine, sink, river or whatever body of water you have available. They may also get squished and stuffed into small pockets or any free space in your backpack.
Dried in a dryer, under the sun or next to an open fire, as travelers we put our clothes to the test. The last thing you want is to have to buy more underwear whilst on the road or even worse go commando.
Luckily each of the underwear we reviewed below has stood the test of time and get a tick for the durability requirement.
There is nothing worse than getting stuck wearing wet underwear. If you've ever woken up early and had to put on cold, wet underwear for a long day ahead, you know what I am talking about.
Fortunately, each of the products under review contains moisture wicking technology to help pull moisture away from the body and also help reduce the drying time.
When on the road you don't always have access to the Western comforts like a dryer, so it comes in handy when your underwear is super quick to dry.
Each of our recommended underwear choices offers the all-important odor resistance feature. This is definitely a must have when you are traveling. Whether you find yourself traveling in a humid Asian country or somewhere a little more brisk like Nepal, you can be sure that you will still appreciate the odor resistance, especially if you enjoy being active.
Some materials like wool are naturally odor resistant, whilst other materials like polyester and nylon are specially treated in the fabrication process.
There are numerous materials that can be used in the construction of underwear. I have decided to list only those materials used in the underwear under review. Often with underwear construction, you will find the manufacturers combine multiple materials to offer a superior end product for the consumer. Taking the best 'benefits' of different materials and combining them into one blend means we are the winners at the end of the day. Like most choices with underwear, the 'best' material depends on your personal preference.
A natural fiber approximately 3/8 to 2 inches long, cotton is perhaps the most popular fiber for fabric in the world. It is soft, comfortable and breathes well.
It's as natural as they come, obviously the sheep think so! It is known to keep you warm when needed, allow moisture to wick away from the body. It's naturally odor free and comfortable to wear.
A synthetic fabric made from petroleum product, nylon was first developed as an alternative to silk. It’s lightweight, durable, resistant to damage, and has low moisture absorbency.
An extremely durable synthetic fiber, polyester has superb strength, resilience and generally does not wrinkle. It is quick drying, maintains shape and is known for its ability to hold color well.
A synthetic material with durability benefits, colorfast properties with a wool like feel.
Spandex, also known as elastane, is a synthetic fiber made from polyurethane. An alternative to latex, it is lightweight, elastic, durable, and resistant to moisture.
I have sourced the above material information from The Underwear Expert which is a great resource for those people who want to delve deeper into their underwear buying choices.
Whilst all of the underwear under review above are the standard 6" variety, there are times when a longer underwear is preferable. I admit it took me some time to get used to the longer 9" variety after always wearing 6", but I did enjoy the longer cut when starting early on day hikes. The extra length provided me with more coverage and warmth. Although I'm not prone to chafing, some users report that the longer underwear offer better protection against the uncomfortable rubbing.
Boxer Brief 9"
Boxer Brief 9"
Boxer Brief 9"
If you've ever been exploring a new destination and wished you'd packed some thermal underwear I know how you feel. I recently completed the climb up Mount Kinabalu in Borneo and was very uncomfortable when I reached the peak. I arrived sooner than expected and had to wait over an hour to see the sunrise. Now when traveling I make sure to carry a pair of thermal underwear, just in case.
Polyester / Spandex
As you can see, there are so many good choices out there for travel underwear. In the end, I decided on Exofficio Men's Give-N-Go Sport 6" Boxer Briefs for my travels. I found that these boxers exceeded my expectations and were great whether I was traveling through the Philippines or trekking the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal.
Underwear is such a personal choice, though I feel that if you choose one of the pairs above for your trip or for everyday use you will not be disappointed. If you would like to see what else I packed on my trip be sure to check out our carry-on packing list.
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With so much to see and so little time, follow our guide on how to maximize your long weekend finding fun things to do in North Alabama!
Experience the artistic side of Alabama and see where art and culture meet!
THE WHOLE OBJECT OF TRAVEL IS NOT TO SET FOOT ON FOREIGN LAND, IT IS AT LAST TO SET FOOT ON ONE'S OWN COUNTRY AS A FOREIGN LAND - G. K. CHESTERTON
Get outdoors and enjoy the natural beauty Northern Alabama has to offer. Soak in the greenest of the greens, the bluest of the blues, and the best nature has. And then, with so much to see, you’re bound to work up an appetite. So make sure you treat yourself along the way!
If you like art, history and the cutest couple going around, this is the place for you. Meet Sandra and Ray, gallery owners and operators. Locals of Mentone and married for over 50 years, they have a wealth of stories and experiences to share. Kamama is the Cherokee word for "butterfly" so come spread your wings and enjoy your time at one of Metone's classics! Grab a cup of coffee from the café and take your time exploring the gallery. Reservations are appreciated, but not required.
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Meet Belinda Miracle, potter extraordinaire. When life threw her lemons, she decided to throw pots. Explore the magic of Miracle Pottery and hear about Belinda’s story. Be sure to ask about “Breaking Free.” A true inspiration, it is absolutely worth your time to stop by and check it out! And while you’re there, why not pick something up as a gift for someone back home.
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Depending on the amount of time you have on your hands to explore this 3,500-acre State Park, prepare yourself for an adventure. Stop by the visitors center to get an overview of the Park, pick up a map and watch a video showing the highlights the Park has to offer. The rest is up to you! Explore the waterfall, take it all in by the canyon, or see what kind of plant and wildlife you discover in the area. Camp, hike, fish, golf, eat and stay – they have it all! We loved our time exploring!
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Park at the top and enjoy a short stroll down to the falls. Soak up the serenity of the falls. Listen to the crashing waters and witness the beauty of the area. Restrooms and picnic areas available, so plan some time to really experience it. If you’re feeling more adventurous, check out the trail that’s leads you to Martha’s Falls.
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With a sign out front saying, “All you need is love,” you know you’re in for a treat! Voted the best restaurant in Alabama and one of the 100 places you have to eat before you die, Wildflower Café is not to be missed. The food is fresh and made with lots of love. Something to suit everyone at a price you can not beat. After you’ve finished eating, browse throughout the store. Find a mixture of handmade jewelry to soy candles to original souvenirs from the area. Reservations are appreciated, but not required, though be prepared to wait if you are not booked in.
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Stop in for some good Southern home style cooking! Take advantage of the Friday night seafood buffet April-November. Saturday & Sunday, load up on the breakfast buffet or stick around for the lunch buffet offered each Sunday.
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Have you ever lost your baggage? Wondering what happens to it if it goes unclaimed? Well, come explore the only place of its kind – the Unclaimed Baggage Center. Welcoming over a million visitors a year from all 50 states and over 40 countries, this is truly a once in a lifetime experience. Be prepared to hunt to find the best deals. However, unlike thrift stores, remember, these are things people wanted but lost, not things they freely gave away! They make giving back and important part of their culture, so come experience it for yourself. Plan to be around at 2pm daily when they do the Baggage Experience. Get involved for your chance to win a gift card for your shopping pleasure. Stop by Cups Café and grab a coffee to sip on while you shop, or take a break from the deals and enjoy a delicious bite to eat. This was THE most fun thing to do in North Alabama! Get ready to shop til you drop!
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Take in the sounds of Mother Nature as you wake up on the Tennessee River. Stay in either a 4-bedroom private cottage, or set yourself up in a room in the lodge. Come play golf at one of their two 18-hole courses, go fishing, or just enjoy some quality time away from it all, soaking up nature. Enjoy a restful nights sleep before you prepare for the next leg of your journey!
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To extend your fun, head on over to Huntsville to experience more fun only an hour away!
Tell us, have we missed something – what’s your favorite thing about Northern Alabama?
Looking to maximise your short vacation? Busy Americans need to make the most of every second of their vacation time – which is already much less time than the rest of the world. On average, Americans only have two weeks of holiday time, and let’s face it; most of us spend that amount of time just on Christmas. This means we are forced to have shorter vacations than we would like. However, in a few short days, you can still have an incredible vacation.
Here are our top USA travel tips for making the absolute most of a short trip away!
Of course, traveling to far off places is fantastic, and experiencing different cultures and places is recommended. However, for a long weekend away, you don’t want to spend more time on a plane than off it, plus jet-lag can take a day or so to shake and if you spend your weekend in a sleep deprived daze you are unlikely to have the time of your life.
Scientific studies have actually found that holidaymakers are the happiest when planning and anticipating their upcoming holiday! Take pleasure in planning your trip in advance and take advantage of companies such as Musement, which allows you to find every type of activity you can imagine in the area you are visiting, even if you are after something off the beaten track! It is also helpful to get tickets in advance!
It is very easy to overbook your trip with loads of fun activities. However, if you want to make the most of your time, you don’t want to be burnt out from going from one exhausting event to another. Make sure to schedule time to relax and enjoy your vacation, and don’t sweat too much if you don’t see every minuscule detail of your destination.
If you want to see the most in the short amount of time that you have on your trip, it can be wise to hire a tour guide. That way, you will have expert wisdom at the palm of your hands, and won’t have to waste any time on insignificant details. That is their job.
People often struggle to get the most from their holidays simply because there are just too many people who’ve had the same idea. This is why it is advised to try and plan your vacation around low seasons or even going to less well known destinations less well-known destinations. This way you won’t be miserable in lines around the block.
The most common way to make sure that your vacation isn’t all that it should be is if you are constantly working or worrying about things at home that you can’t control. Make sure you know when to turn your phone off and let someone in charge on the other end deal with that stuff.
Make sure you save the best for last. Plan the best food, the most exciting excursions, and the most entertaining shows on your last day. This way you have something to look forward to for the end of the trip, and the last memory of your trip is the best and the strongest.
It is a good idea to factor in a relaxing evening or two after long days exploring where you can enjoy a dinner and relax a little. That way you can get the absolute most from your vacation, and enjoy a wide range of different activities.
What are your favorite USA Travel Tips? Share them in the comments below.
Emily Jones is a creative writing graduate originally from the North of England but now living and working as a freelance writer in Rome. She is passionate about traveling and sharing her experiences through her writing.
With so much to see and so little time, here’s how to make the most of your 3-weeks taking in the best Myanmar has to offer! Everything from obtaining your visa to the best time to visit based on weather patterns. Find out where to go, what to see and eat and where to stay. Work out your budget and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime!
STOP WORRYING ABOUT THE POTHOLES IN THE ROAD AND CELEBRATE THE JOURNEY. – FITZHUGH MULLAN
As Myanmar has only been open to the public since late-2011, a pre-arranged visa is required for all visitors. Apply online at http://evisa.moip.gov.mm/.
Myanmar has a tropical monsoon climate with 3 distinct seasons, so plan your trip accordingly.
Here’s an overview of the places we visited and would recommend:
CHAUNG THA BEACH
We budgeted for $71.63 USD/day (for 2 people). Actual was $57.66/day x 18 days = $1,038 total.
*excludes flight from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to Mandalay, Myanmar & flights from Yangon, Myanmar to Bangkok, Thailand
**includes bank fees, bug spray, laundry & ATM fees
Yes, Myanmar has beaches! Sure, they may not receive all the hype that Thailand does, but if you have the time you should definitely visit Ngwe Saung beach.
THE GREATEST REWARD AND LUXURY OF TRAVEL IS TO BE ABLE TO EXPERIENCE EVERYDAY THINGS AS IF FOR THE FIRST TIME, TO BE IN A POSITION IN WHICH ALMOST NOTHING IS SO FAMILIAR IT IS TAKEN FOR GRANTED. — BILL BRYSON
There are several beaches to choose from depending what you are looking for. Here’s a quick overview:
If visiting either Chaung Tha or Ngwe Saung beach, definitely consider taking the adventurous journey to travel across land and water to visit the alternate beach as well.
It is important to take your sense of adventure with you on this journey! You will likely be waiting in the hot sun, have little guidance about where to go next, and get a bit wet on your trip. Be prepared to wade in water up to knee deep, sit on a crowded boat full of people, chickens and motorbikes, and laugh at the situation.
If you take your own motorbike, expect to push it up a wooden ramp to load it onto the boat. Burmese people are super helpful, so you’ll likely have a helping hand if you get stuck. Chances are you’ll be one of few foreigners on the trip, so it’s a good opportunity to be exposed to the life of the locals. In fact, try to identify some of the locals going the whole distance and then follow them from point A to point B to make your trip go a lot smoother.
Don’t take yourself too seriously, and just sit back and enjoy the ride. Getting from Chaung Tha to Ngwe Saung can be a bit tricky, so ensure you follow these guidelines for a smooth trip:
Where else in the world could you cruise down a beautiful barren beach?