Smart Ways to Brighten Up a Solo Trip

Travelling around the world is something that most people view as being a thrilling but pretty terrifying idea, especially alone.

While you might have worries about your safety and other practical matters, many hardcore travellers often find that between the many wonderful venues to visit it can be a little dull. It might sound weird, but eating every meal alone and spending every night on your own in a hotel room can take a lot of joy out of your trips.

Yet, there are some simple and hugely effective ways of making solo trips more fun with very little effort. The following are a few of the best ideas that you might be interested in.

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Stay in Hostels Instead of Hotels

You might think that hostels are only a good idea for a certain type of traveller. After all, they tend to be associated with young, shoestring travellers looking to save money on their accommodation costs. However, these places are normally available for anyone to stay in and offer you the best possible way of meeting some new friends.

The best hostels are typically filled with people who are keen to share their experiences with others, so finding someone to join you for a meal, go to a tourist attraction with, or just chat to, is easy and a whole lot of fun. Even just sitting in the communal lounge to watch television or read a book is an entertaining way of passing a few hours in the evenings, with like-minded folk passing to and fro all the time.

Take Your Laptop with You

Is getting away from work and computers one of your main reasons for travelling in the first place? If it is then you might think that you would be happy to leave your laptop at home. Having said that, taking it with you not only makes it that bit easier to keep in touch with everyone at home, but it gives you an extra option in terms of finding things to do in quieter moments.

For instance, you could play games on your computer while you are in your room at night or eating alone in a restaurant. This can be an old favourite you’ve brought with you or downloaded, or for searching online to find iGames that give you a big welcome bonus and free spins, essentially letting you play for free while you travel. This will let you relax in a way that suits whenever you have some time on your own.


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Learn the Language

If you travel to a country where you can’t speak the language then you will find it very difficult to enjoy decent conversations with the locals. On the other hand, by putting some effort into this subject you can open up a whole new world of possibilities.

As well as the time that you pass practising by speaking to people, it is also terrific fun to learn a new language by reading store signs and watching television while you are abroad. This is a hugely rewarding way of immersing yourself in a new culture and finding out something new.

By trying out any of these approaches you will find that the world is a more exciting place to explore on your own. In fact, solo travelling can turn out to be a truly wonderful experience if you are prepared for it and you are able to make the best possible use of your time.

Traveling Southeast Asia

A first-timer’s guide on what to take

Before traveling anywhere, you’ll need to do some research on what to pack. Chances are the climate, culture and amenities are all going to be completely different to what you’re used to at home. If you’re heading to Southeast Asia, here’s a basic guide to what you’ll need as a Westerner.

Medication

A couple weeks before you leave, you’ll almost certainly need to start a course of anti-malaria tablets, which you’ll also take throughout your stay.

You’ll also want diarrhea medication – tap water might be ok depending on where you are, but your body will take a while to adjust. Even if you don’t drink tap water at all, a bad curry could have you man-down for a couple days. Pack the meds and hope you don’t need them.

Clothes

Most of Southeast Asia is hot and humid. Pack loose, comfortable clothes – shorts and t-shirts are probably best, a swimsuit is essential. Take your sneakers for the days when you’re doing a lot of walking, as you definitely will. Flip-flops and comfortable sandals are also on the must-pack list.

Also bring a raincoat or poncho – at some point you will get caught in the rain. When it rains there, you don’t always get much warning. This is another reason why you should pack lightweight, quick drying clothes so that you won’t run out if a couple pairs get wet. The same goes for shoes.

Toiletries

Tissues, tissues and more tissues – you’ll be hard pressed to find a public restroom with toilet paper. You can pack tissues or toilet paper beforehand or buy on arrival, but they’re likely to become one of your most prized possessions, at least after your first encounter with the bum-gun.

Bug repellant. Mosquitoes are pretty prolific and probably bigger than the tiny nuisances you’re used to. Take bug-spray or a stick of repellant and don’t forget to use it.

Deodorant, preferably an antiperspirant. You’ll still sweat but you’ll feel a little more comfortable and you won’t smell quite so bad.

Planning

Hang onto your notebook, phone – whatever has your trip plan in it. If you need to contact places you’re staying or people you’ve made travel arrangements with, it’s your go-to method for planning. If your accommodation falls through, or you’d just rather not have to worry about it, consider renting an RV from a reputable website.

What not to take

Valuables – camera, ok, diamond necklace, not ok. Anything you can’t replace, don’t take with, you’ll survive without it.

Don’t take anything across the border that you didn’t pack yourself. I recently heard a horror story of a woman whose ‘friend’ asked her to collect some books while she was in Taiwan. The books were a ploy to smuggle heroin out of the country and she spent 16 years in jail – in Taiwan.

Even if you don’t speak the language, struggle with the currency and can’t sleep because of the heat or the bugs, it’ll be an amazing experience. Take lots of pictures, eat strange food, meet new people. Dive into the culture and come home with some amazing stories.

6 Self-improvement Lessons I’ve Learnt From Traveling

We have all seen article after article on the internet with tips on how to improve yourself. Within the self-help industry, the Self-Improvement category, although highly helpful, has somewhat been neglected as what we see as a great source of enlightenment: Traveling. Just think about it for one second and I am sure you have more than one traveling experience that left you with so much more than just a souvenir. From memories we share to knowledge we have obtained, traveling is the ultimate way to help you grow and improve your life. We have decided to put together a short article featuring the “6 Self-improvement Lessons I’ve Learnt From Traveling”. I hope you enjoy this article and either have learned or will learn some of these lessons on your next trip. Without further ado, here are 6 self-improvement lessons I’ve learnt during my trips:

#1. Knowledge is everywhere

Although we may stick to books or podcasts and live events when it comes to enlightenment and goal orientation, we tend to forget that knowledge is all around us. And a trip abroad is exactly what I needed when I first felt stressed out and directionless due to my career path. The destination was Paris. A couple weeks filled with nothing but “joie de vivre” (the joy of living), was enough to help me see that I was focusing too much on my professional life and not on my personal life.

#2. Be flexible

Especially seasoned travelers are used to having to go through a couple roadblocks while traveling. Whenever your flight is delayed, your hotel overbooked, or even when you find yourself lost, one thing becomes clear: flexibility is key. By being flexible and learning how to adapt yourself to different situations and scenarios, you develop the required skills to make the best out of any situation. Don’t dwell too much on the negatives, just accept the reality, and do your best to get out of a sticky situation. When it comes to achieving your goals, being flexible is very important. I remember the lesson I learned from Tony Robbins at Date With Destiny event was that you need to be committed to your goals but be flexible with your approach.

#3. Organize yourself for better results

Traveling also requires a tremendous amount of organization. From packing to following schedules, from finding the best flights to the cheapest hotels, it can take a lot to organize the perfect trip. But, at the end of the day, you will find the best possible options that best fit you and your tastes. By organizing your time and money in order to make sure you are getting the most out of your vacation, you will learn how to apply this knowledge to your day-to-day life.

#4. An open mind equals a better experience

Don’t let a previous negative experience or a bad review ruin your vacation. Keep your mind open and ready to take in a new culture. By going about your day already feeling like you will have a bad experience, you are more likely to find all the flaws in your day. And this line of thinking can be applied to both traveling and life. Keep a positive attitude, and a positive experience will follow.

#5. Just because it’s different, it doesn’t mean it’s bad

Once again, keep an eye out for letting negativity ruin your day. Simply enjoy the small (or big) differences that differentiate us and celebrate them, rather than perceiving them as negative. By celebrating differences between yourself and others, you are more likely to value them, and thus learn or experience something new and explore your self-discovery journey.

#6. Respect others

This was perhaps the most important lesson I’ve learned while traveling. While in another country, much like in your daily life, respecting others is key. What you may find odd, can be seen as fully normal for someone of a different culture or religion. Adapt and educate yourself before making possibly rude assumptions and passing as someone intolerant. Once you have accepted the small cultural differences, you are ready to embrace another culture and fully enjoy it.

4 Travelling Benefits for Self Discovery

As humans, we have all felt at one point in our lives like we were just not going in the right direction. From unexpected turns in our personal lives to unsatisfactory advancements in our professional lives, it may seem like the risk of failure is always lurking.

For me, a disappointing career choice was what left me directionless and unmotivated. After a couple months trying to figure out how to rediscover myself in order to redirection my life, I ended up finding an exciting idea: travelling.

Although I had traveled before, I had never done so alone, nor with the sole purpose of self-discovery. Slightly terrified, yet anxious to get the process started, I booked my flight to Brazil and left a couple weeks later. And believe me, the person I was when I left, was 100% different from the person I was when I came back. This truly amazing experience has definitely put be back on track to self-discovery, motivation, and, ultimately, a happier life. So, in order to share my experience with as many people as possible, I have decided to write about the “Traveling Benefits For Self-discovery”. So, with no more delays or back stories, here are some of the benefits of traveling with the sole purpose of self-discovery:

#1. You are the sole tracer of your destiny

While traveling alone with the sole purpose being self-discovery, you are the only person in charge. By that, I mean, you are the one who can decide what you will do next, where you will go next, or who you will meet next. This can be a great way to rediscover some of your deepest desires and tastes. At the same time, some people may see this new-found “power” quite overwhelming. If you are struggling to find what your next step is, just follow your intuition. I learned this lesson from Tony Robbins’ event in Florida. I realized that I can create and design my own destiny.

#2. You are solely accountable for your mistakes

Just as you are the only person in charge of your destiny, you are also the one accountable for the mistakes that may happen along the way. This is a great tool especially for those who tend to be more stubborn (as me) and tend to believe that their decision is always the best decision. Once a mistake happens, own up to it and try to quickly find a new alternative. A little story: while in Brazil I thought it was a great idea to go into a favela ( a type of dangerous neighborhood) alone. Long story short, it did not go well. Anyway, I treated that experience as a date with destiny.

#3. A chance to get to know yourself outside of your normal routine

Traveling as a tool to self-discovery also gives you the unique opportunity to help you figure out who you are when there’s no routine. With no mandatory job, family, and social gatherings to attend, what do you do? Ultimately speaking, who are you when you are not defined by your job, family, or social status? This can be quite a tricky question, even taking years and years to answer. The goal here is to follow your innermost desires and truly invest the time needed to find your true self.

#4. Plenty of alone time to meditate

The last benefit in our list is the amount of alone time! Meditation is a great tool to help you redefine who you are and, quite luckily, you can pretty much meditate anywhere! If meditation is not really up your alley, try to take some time after a day of traveling to think about yourself, who you are, and what you want. Try to think about your choices throughout the day and how they mirrored you and your personality.

These are all the tips we have for you guys today! Hope you enjoyed the article, and will soon begin your journey to self-discovery!

How Travelling Improved My Life

I have always loved traveling. From the planning stages, all the way to the plane ride back home, when it comes to traveling it is as clear as day: I’m addicted.

As a student and part-time employee, I often think about the importance of traveling and the impact it has in my life. By focusing on the “cons”, I can quickly see that my monthly trips not only come with a hefty monetary price tag, but also involve quite a big time investment. On the other hand, as soon as I start thinking about this topic, I can’t help but be overwhelmed by the huge “pros” list. Instead of focusing on this endless list (and inevitably writing a monstrous article), I have decided to sum up how traveling has improved my life. Hope you enjoy this article, and in it find all the right reasons you need to start planning your next adventure!

#1. Better organization skills

Without a single doubt, traveling demands some prior planning! If you, just like me, are a traveler on a budget, you will soon realize (or already have come to the conclusion) that organization can lead to huge discounts! On the other hand, by keeping a tight schedule and organizing your time to your liking, you will make sure you can visit and explore the city you are in.

By coming up with an organized way to look for flights, hotels, and the cheapest dates, you will save up money, time, and energy.

#2. Increased social skills

Growing up in Europe, I was never the most sociable kid. Unfortunately, my dislike for small talk followed me well into adulthood.

But guess what, being stranded in a foreign country, lost, hungry, and tired, was exactly what I needed to break this spell. For example, by opting to stay in hostels or through Airbnb, you have the priceless chance to meet the city you are in from a completely different perspective. Strike a conversation and you will soon have all the necessary tips to have the trip of a lifetime. Interpersonal skill is one of the most important self-improvement skills I need to learn.

#3. More positive outlook on life

Whenever I am out of the country, I can’t help but feel absolutely content with my current life. Traveling is an absolutely priceless educational experience, and definitely, one that I will forever cherish. By seeing how others live, what their history and culture is like, and even how they party, I learn more than I could ever learn from a simple book or tv show. To anyone reading this and thinking about traveling, my absolute recommendation is “do it”. Although it may seem like a lot of work and a lot of money for a couple days in a different city, the memories and the knowledge will stay with you forever.

#4. A motivation source

As previously mentioned, being a student and holding a part-time job is no easy task. Traveling helps me to fully focus on University and at work since I know that with a week/month/… I will be in a different city enjoying myself. While for University I try to finish up as many exams before Summer as possible, at work I try to do my best in order to have more money to spend on each trip. At the end of the day, traveling means I have an escape from a chaotic routine. I remmeber when I decided to join and purchase my UPW ticket, it was one of the best decision in my life. The event gave me heaps of motivation and positive outlook in life.

#5. A way to keep in touch with friends and family

As I get older, I have noticed it’s getting harder and harder to meet up with some childhood friends. And traveling together is a great way to keep in touch! Every year one person of the group is in charge of picking the destination and to plan out the whole trip. Then, for a full week, we can just enjoy each other’s company and let the conversation flow with no interruptions! And this does not have to be an expensive way to keep in touch, as you may choose to travel within your country rather than going abroad.

5 Ways a Travel Backpack Isn’t Just for Travellers

You don’t need to travel to get the full benefits from a travel backpack. Anyone in any profession can take advantage of its versatility and functionality. This is very suitable for business people who need to get around the city or go to important meetings. The bag is spacious, versatile, and easy to move around. This article shows you five ways how a travel backpack can benefit everyone.

1# It’s Convenient to Carry Everything:

This is a major advantage. The insides are compartmentalised, which makes it easier for you to store your things and to get them out when you need them. Another section is designed to keep your electronics and accessories. You can also find a compartment that is perfect to keep documents flat and gives easy access.

2# A Travel Backpack is Versatile:

The Carry-on Backpack is versatile. You can wear it on your back, carry it in your hands or attach a removable shoulder strap to make you look professional. This means you have the ease and convenience of moving around and carrying it however you please. And when you need to change the look, attach the shoulder strap to give good first impressions.

3# It’s Easy to Move Around:

Picture this: You have several files and documents that you need to bring to the meeting. And not to mention a laptop, tablet, chargers and your phone. It’s raining outside so you need your coat and it’s a long day so you’ve got lunch. That’s a lot of things to put inside your bag. You may even need to carry two or three.

This never happens with a spacious carry-on travel bag.

Everything fits inside. This means it’s easier to bring around with you and more convenient when you have to rely on trains. You can also fly through the airport too without having to worry about dropping your luggage and delays at security.

4# Everything is Organised:

One of the major advantages is that everything is organised. The compartments let me arrange the things the way I want. This makes it easier to access them later and has saved me a few times in a meeting. Rather than searching around for something, I can take it out in a second. You will look much more professional.

Compare this to a briefcase where you may need to empty everything to find what you’re looking for. And to make things worse, it’s small and won’t fit all your personal belongings inside.

5# A Travel Backpack is Multifunctional:

If you use this bag for work, you can also use it for other things too. What about if you do want to go travelling or to take a short vacation? You have everything you need with you ready to go.

The Takeaway Message:

I hope this article has convinced you that you can benefit from buying one of these bags to help you at work. You don’t necessarily need to use this versatile and multifunctional bag just for travelling. It also works great as a professional and organised shoulder bag too.

5 Less Obvious Ways to Save Money When You’re Travelling

One of the biggest concerns for anyone who’s travelling is watching their savings get less and less over time. What happens if you suddenly find yourself out of money and don’t have enough to pay for the next hotel? Fortunately, the trick is to change your mentality and the way you view spending. The Internet is full of tips on how to save when you’re travelling. But most are generic and not very practical. So, here are five less obvious ways to save money on the road. Some may work great for you, others not so much. Experiment and see what does.

1# Plan Ahead and Be Strategic:

You’re travelling around different cities and countries. An often forgotten fact is that the cost of things varies from one place to another. You may be able to get a 500-gram jar of coffee in one country for $2, but over the border, the price is $10. Check the cost of living and stock up on essentials in the cheaper places.

2# Take Advantage of Groupon:

You can find lots of discounts and offers on Groupon for travel including hotels, meals, and entrance fees. It’s always a good idea to check what’s available when you’re going to be there and if it suits your travelling needs.

3# Use Saivian to Get Cashback:

Saivian is a mobile app that allows you to get 20% cashback on all the things you buy. The company collects receipts and gives this information onto larger marketing companies. You have to pay a $120-month membership fee, which means you have to spend at least $600 a month to start making savings on the cashback.

And you can only select certain places to use it both online and offline during that particular month.

But, you can use it for some hotels and flights. And it may be great to sign up before you set off on your travels when the costs are initially high. Another great way to take advantage of this is if you’re travelling across Europe with a group of friends. The collective price of things will make savings.

4# Check Out the Free Events:

There are lots of free events in every city around the world. You don’t have to pay a fortune for an authentic experience. Check online and see what free things are on when you’re in the city. This is a great way to enjoy the city with the locals.

5# Go on a Free Tour:

Free Walking tours are becoming popular around the world. You turn up at the meeting point and they’ll take you to all of the important sites in the city. This a great way to learn about the place and not have to pay for a guide. Tours are tip based and so it’s up to you how much, if anything, you give.

The Takeaway Message:

We all love to travel and we all want to make our money last longer when we’re on the road. Take advantage of these five ways to save money and see which ones work for you. The less we spend now, the longer we can travel.

Best Ways to Earn While Travelling with Online Investing

Traveling around the world can be a very exciting experience. However, these joyous moments can be short-lived when you realise how quick your savings are being consumed. The only way to secure your comfort while on a trip is to save as much money as possible and work within a set budget. Even this might not work well; a backup source of money is the only way to avoid compromising enjoyment due to budgetary constraints. With the advent of the internet, there are many opportunities which can earn you money while travelling. Here are some of the best ways to make money while traveling.

Day trading

With the internet, you can earn whilst you travel with online investing. It has greatly revolutionised the way of doing business. It has made it possible to trade stocks from any location. Since internet connectivity is almost available anywhere in the world, day trading can be a very convenient way to make money while on a trip. Using online trading platforms like CMC Markets, you can easily track stock price and make trades which can easily earn some money while you enjoy your trip. This is suitable for those willing to spend most of their time on the computer tracking various stocks in order to strike the correct timing that will earn more returns. It also does not need a lot of expertise so it is open to anyone willing to try it. With time, you could make more money from this thus turning it from a side hustle to a career.

Freelance writing for Travel sites

The easiest way to make money while travelling is to write attractive content for travel websites like travel guides or blog articles. This will enhance your writing abilities as well as help you to understand your travel destination even better. You can also try other freelance writing websites that offer excellent payment for a specific number of words. This gets more interesting especially if the journey is long. This is because you get to write more content and also earn more before reaching your destination. You could also start your own blog for people to subscribe and read what you have to share. Even though it is a long shot, it helps to pay the bills eventually.

Start an online store

Before hitting the road to your destination, open an online store. This is an easy online investment technique. It’s not necessary to establish your own website in order to sell your items. There are many websites available, you can use to open and sell your items online. You can also serve as a middleman in the various transactions that take place. This is by finding buyers who will purchase the goods at a higher price than the one set by the seller.

Affiliate Marketing

If you own a website or able to establish one before traveling and have sound knowledge on SEO, then this will be a good source of income. Using your website, you can earn a commission by directing customers to a specific product or service. Selling affiliate products on your site can also earn some commission.

Teach English

People from every part of the world are eager to learn English especially in non-English speaking countries. While you are on tour, take advantage of your fluency in English to become a tutor. You need to check out the specific accreditations required for one to teach in your travel destination.

Rent your home

No need to hurriedly sale your house and all other stuff when travelling. Rent out the house and hire a company to take care of rent collection, cleanliness, and maintenance while you enjoy your trip. Cash flow from rent can greatly boost your stay overseas. You can do this by renting it as a vacation home for seasons or for people to stay full time.

Sale travel Photos and Videos

Take as many photos and videos as you tour your destination. Build an online library where people pay to download pictures and clips. This can generate a good amount of money, if you put more effort in marketing and learning SEO tricks. Offering your services to fellow travellers can also be a good way of earning money while exploring the world.

Five of the World’s Most Glamorous Nighttime Adventures

Travel is all about making new discoveries. The setting of the sun does not imply the end of adventurous trips. In fact, some breathtaking adventures around the world occur best at night. Here are five of the best night tours that are worth losing sleep for.

A Night Walk through the Australian rainforest using torches.

Human beings love to discover, and they do not stop unravelling the beauty of nature. A night tour of the Australian rainforest offers one of the best opportunities to learn more about forest life at night.

Through the guidance of expert tour guides, participants take a torch-lit hike through the Daintree Rainforest. Most small animals emerge at night. Consequently, participants come across active nocturnal snakes, possums and rare birds among other wild animals. Daintree rainforest, being the world’s oldest rainforest, is a great venue to learn and discover some of the ancient plant species. Visitors also discover poisonous plants and herbs.

Intramuros Ghost Walk of the Philippines

Take a historical three-hour tour of the Intramuros district situated at the center of Manila to experience paranormal activities and sights. During the ghost walk tour, be on the lookout for spirits, demons, imprints and elementals. However, it is not a guarantee that every participant would experience otherworldly auras. For tourists who would love to stay for good, Manila offers great properties near Intramuros, you can research and find the best ranking condos at Zipmatch by looking at their affordability, neighborhood, amenities, investment potential and other factors
The tour entails a visit to various places, including abandoned buildings, dungeons, and bridges. Since the trip occurs at night and involves marching within the walls, you can expect poor lighting. Carry along high-powered cameras to capture excellent photos. The tour is quite lengthy and tiring. As a result, most visitors take along essentials such as food, drinks, and wear comfortable clothing.

Stargazing at Pico Mountain (Portugal’s highest peak)

Enjoy an incredible view of the stars in Europe at one of Portugal’s highest peaks (7713 feet). Travelers take an overnight hike to the summit of Pico Mountain for stargazing that is one for the books.

The participants reach the peak of the mountain at dawn. Just an opportune moment to watch the rising of the sun over the Pico Island.

Watch hatching of Hawksbill turtles in Antigua

Reptiles constitute one of the incredible creatures in the universe. Therefore, it is worth the hustle to stay up through the night gazing at the hatching of turtles. In Antigua, tourists are offered the opportunity to experience this amazing process during the nesting season that typically begins on June throughout November.

Through the ‘turtle watch’ program, guests are woken up at night once the turtles are spotted. It is quite an amazing experience whereby guests get to enjoy watching the Hawksbill turtles laying their eggs and hatching its young ones at the beach.

Horse riding under the moonlight in Tuscany

Are you planning a romantic outing? A night horseback ride in the Italian countryside is the ultimate tour experience for any couple. It entails exploring the rolling Tuscan hills at night. Horse-riders take a look at the most authentic sceneries such as cypress-dotted trails and historic villas. Guests also come across various local animals, including wild boars and deers.

For lovers of Tuscan delicacies, you can opt to stop by at the farmhouse or local Osteria and enjoy the sumptuous meals.

Prepping Your Body for That Dream Hiking Trip

So, what is it about hiking trips that so many people set out each spring with backpacks and hiking boots? Ask some of the over 44 million Americans who went hiking in the spring of 2016, and they will give you different reasons. Some of them enjoy the outdoors with the feel of the sun on their faces and the wind in their hair. Others love the opportunity to lay down the stress of their everyday lives and spend time alone with only their thoughts for company. And, then, there are the nature lovers who like to immerse themselves in the beauty of their surroundings. Of course, hiking trips are great for your health too.

Begin Preparing Your Body Well Before the Trip

Whatever may be your reasons (or, well, excuses) for planning a hiking trip this spring, know that the essential element you must have in top working order is your body. You’ll need to begin conditioning your muscles at least a month before you plan to leave. This factor is especially important if you’ve spent most of the past months indoors indulging in almost no physical activity. Once you have your hiking holiday planned, begin preparing your body accordingly.

Check with Your Doctor for a Clean Bill of Health

Meet with your doctor and talk to her about your plans. She’ll probably run a few tests to assess your cardiovascular health. Hiking lays a lot of stress on your heart and lungs, so she’ll want to ascertain if you’re strong enough to bear the rigor and strain. She might advise you to take up aerobic exercises like jogging, climbing stairs, brisk walking, and running. Of course, you can always use the treadmill, stationary bike, or stair machine to begin preparing for your hiking trip indoors while the weather’s still cold.

Build Your Strength, Stamina, and Endurance Levels

When planning for your hiking trip, make it a point to go on a long walk every single day. A good tip is to buy the hiking boots in advance and train your feet to walk in them. Begin with short-distance walks and build up to longer ones gradually. You’ll find that as your legs become stronger and muscles get toned, walking becomes easier and easier. Covering longer distances each day will seem like a breeze. Don’t rush yourself but let your body set the pace. It’s okay to push yourself just a little, but don’t overdo it.

Plan for the Terrain You Want to Navigate

Having worked out the destination for your hiking trip, train your body to deal with it. Will you be walking on even terrain or are you going to be going uphill and downhill? For instance, if you’re planning to hike in the Swiss Alps, you’ll need to walk on inclines to prepare your upper and lower leg muscles, and also, the gluteal tissues in your buttocks. Most important, since you’ll be carrying a heavy backpack, you need to strengthen your back. Also, plan in advance if you’re going to be walking on paved roads or in the woods on uneven terrain.

Assess the Weight of the Gear You’ll be Carrying

Having conditioned your body for the long walks of your hiking trip, you need to prepare for the weight you’ll carry also. Buy your backpack and assess the weight of the gear you’ll have along. You could also exercise under a professional trainer who can guide you on how to handle the shifting center of gravity when you walk on inclines with a heavy backpack. Load up the stuff you intend to carry and try walking with it. You can make adjustments so that the backpack sits securely and you’re comfortable bearing the weight.

Fuel Your Body with the Right Kind of Foods to Build Stamina

While you train for your hiking trip, you’ll be raising the levels of activity you undergo in a day. To build up muscle mass, you’ll need to eat the right types of food. Your body tends to use carbs and proteins to rebuild the stressed muscles when you rest after a long walk. So, eat more of those. You’re also going to need more of fat so your body can burn it when you exert. Check with a nutrition expert who can guide you on the right foods that are high in carbs and fats and can give you the energy you need. If you intend to introduce any new foods into your diet for the hike, now would be a good time to begin. Condition your digestive system to tolerate these foods, so it doesn’t react to surprises.

Prepare Your Hair and Skin for the Road

Your hair and skin will endure some amount of damage since you’re exposing them to the elements of the sun and wind. Get your hair trimmed and remove all the split ends. Consider having it cut short, so it accumulates less dust, grime, and sweat on the road. Of course, you’ll need to use bandanas and caps for minimum exposure to the sun and dirt.

If your skin is prone to acne, all that sun exposure is going to cause it to break out. You could also notice more of wrinkles and fine lines. Before leaving for your hiking trip, go for deep cleansing treatments, so your pores remain unclogged for the duration of your tour. You could also consider getting dermabrasion facials to clean off all the dead cells.

Maintaining hygiene is another essential. In place of carrying epilators or hair removing creams, think along the lines of a more permanent solution. And, the best solution is to get laser treatments. According to the experts at BHRC, one of the leading aesthetic centers for laser hair removal in Los Angeles, lasers remove the hair at the roots so it cannot grow back. Once the treatment is complete, you can have hair-free skin all through your hiking trip without the need for unnecessary baggage.

Enjoy Every Moment of Your Hiking Trip

Once you prepare and condition your body for your hiking trip, you can only look forward to beautiful environs, the warmth of the sun, the excitement of exploring new places, meeting new people, and a whole lot of memorable experiences. The better prepared you are, the more rewarding will be every moment of your tour.