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Turning Travel Dreams Into Reality: Making A Wanderlust-Inspired Wishlist

A bucket list is a staple in modern society. If you asked a group of people what they were desperate to do in the coming years, many would mention travel. Today, we have access to flights to all corners of the globe, and we’ve become more inquisitive. The popularity of travel blogs and sites like Instagram have instilled a desire to see the world like never before. If you enjoy roaming, and you dream of discovering the far-flung corners of the world, why not make your own wishlist? Here are some popular bucket list destinations, and some tips to help you plan unforgettable adventures.

 

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Everyone has their own preferences when it comes to destinations they want to visit. But you often find that a handful of places appear much more frequently than others. Sometimes it’s good to be different think outside the box. But there’s a usually a good reason crowds are desperate to flock to hot spots. Here are some you may wish to include in your plans.

 

Seeing the Northern Lights

There’s nothing in the world like the Northern Lights. This natural phenomenon is a visual treat, which will stay with you forever. It’s only possible to see the lights in a small number of countries, and you have to time your visit carefully. The success of Arctic Circle Northern Lights tours is dependent on several factors, so you can never guarantee a dazzling light show. You’ll need a combination of aurora activity, clear dark skies, and insider knowledge to get the best outcome. If you’re desperate to see the Northern Lights, you’ll need to visit Scandinavia, Iceland or Canada.

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Diving the Great Barrier Reef

Australia’s Great Barrier Reef is a stunningly beautiful underwater playground for diving enthusiasts. Home to hundreds of species and vividly colored coral reefs, this has to be seen to be believed. If you can’t dive, it’s worth taking lessons beforehand. If you don’t have time, you can still enjoy a spectacular experience with a snorkel. Cairns is an excellent base to discover the reef and the tropical rainforests of Northern Queensland.

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Discovering Machu Picchu

If you’re searching for a fascinating and intriguing insight into history, look no further than Machu Picchu. This beautifully-preserved Inca settlement stands over 2,000 meters above sea level in Cuzco, Peru. The climb is hard work, but the views are definitely worth the blood, sweat, and tears.

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Planning your trip

If you have ideas in mind, start taking steps to make them a reality. Put money aside, and research trips, costs, and itineraries. Find out the best time of year to visit specific sights or locations. Read up on what to do when you get there and take recommendations from other travelers on board.

If you have grand travel plans, it may work out much cheaper to do a longer trip than several shorter breaks. Round the world tickets, for example, are much better value than single fares.

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Do you spend your days dreaming of trekking up mountains or sailing the seas? If so, why not take steps to make your dreams come true? Draw up a wanderlust-inspired wishlist and start planning your next adventure now!

 

The Odds of Dying From Various Activities

Source: http://www.besthealthdegrees.com/health-risks/

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Going On A Hiking Adventure: Don’t Make These Common Beginner Mistakes

Going on a hike is a fantastic experience that you will never forget. You get to see amazing sights and will be out in the fresh air. You need to decide firstly where you want to go on your hiking adventure. You can check my previous blog about 20 incredible hikes around the world you might want to take. You then need to get ready for your trip. It’s easy to make mistakes when planning your hiking adventure. Here are some common beginner mistakes you should avoid!

 

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Not wearing appropriate clothing and shoes

One common beginner mistake you need to avoid is not taking appropriate clothing along with you on the trip. A lot of people take a cotton top or trousers, but it’s a mistake as it takes ages to dry out if you do get caught in the rain. As this feature explains, you will then be more at risk of hypothermia if your body gets too cold. Therefore, make sure you choose appropriate clothing which will last in all weathers. You should also choose a good pair of comfortable hiking boots. Make sure you wear them at home before you go on your adventure. They will not be comfortable if the first time you wear them is on the hike! And don’t forget a good pair of thermal socks!

 

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Not taking any emergency supplies

Another common beginner mistake you need to avoid when you go on a hiking adventure is not taking along any emergency supplies. You don’t know what could happen while you are out on your hike. You may run into trouble and might not have anyone else around. Therefore, you need to ensure you have emergency supplies with you so you can deal with emergencies. You should buy a military first aid kit so that you can treat yourself if you do come to any harm.

 

Not buying a good quality tent

You should also not make the common beginner mistake of not buying a good quality tent. You need to choose a good solid tent which will allow you to have some rest while you are on your hiking adventure. It’s easy to be tempted by cheaper tents which you can buy at stores like Walmart. But you will regret it when you can hear and feel every chill when you are trying to get some kip

 

Not being prepared for all weather conditions

Another beginner mistake that people make when going on a hiking adventure is they don’t take equipment suitable for all weather conditions. Despite what the weather reports may say, the weather you will encounter is likely to be unpredictable. As this article reveals, when in bad weather without proper equipment you are putting yourself in danger. Therefore, ensure you take a rain jacket and a warm hat and gloves just in case of bad weather during your adventure.

 

You need also to make sure you take a trail map with you during your hiking adventure. You can’t rely on your GPS on your phone as you may lose signal or battle while on your hike. Therefore, take a good trail map with you to easily follow your route!

 

Check out this great article for more: https://adventures.hartleybrody.com/beginner-backpacking-myths/

Important Hiking Items Every Budding Explorer Needs

When you are going on a hike, you always need to be prepared. It doesn’t matter where you are planning on going. Whether hiking in the Alps or just around your local town, there are some key items you always need. They will keep you safe and help to ensure you finish your walk with minimum issues. So next time you head out into the countryside, pack your bag with these important hiking items.

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Phone

You need to let people know where you are going on your hike. That way, if you don’t return within a certain time, they can alert authorities and start searching. You should also keep their phone number saved in your phone. This is to keep you safe in case you have an accident or get lost. Taking your phone with you allows you to contact someone as soon as possible and get help.

 

Food and Water

It is important that you take food with you so that you can keep your strength up. No matter how fit you are, you should always take plenty of high-energy foods with you. Things like protein bars and nuts are especially good. They will help your body keep going. It is also important to take a lot of water with you. Try and take as much as you can carry. Otherwise, your body may become dehydrated, and you could fall ill.

 

Flashlight

If you think you will be out after it gets dark, take a flashlight with you. It can be a good idea to take one even if you are walking through the day just in case you get lost. Once you are lost, you never know how long it may take for you to find your way again! The flashlight can help you see your way and continue to walk in the dark. It is also a great way to attract people’s attention to you. Make sure you choose the highest rated flashlight.

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Map

Even if you have walked a particular route before, you should always take a map with you. Make sure it is the latest addition. The map will help you stick to the right track. And, in the event that you do get lost, you will find it a lot easier to get back on track by following a map. Don’t think that you can rely on road signs. Some rural paths and roads might not even have any signs or markings!

 

Camera

You’ll see some unforgettable views on your hiking trip. Views that you will never want to forget! Make sure you never forget them by catching them on camera. You can then share them on social media and make all your friends back home super jealous of your awesome adventure! Plus, if they are really good, you could even try selling them to make some extra cash to fund future trips.

 

So next time you pack your rucksack, remember these five important items. Even if you think you won’t need one, take it. After all, it’s better to be safe than sorry!

 

Jacobs Ladder: Perth’s Premier Fitness Location

Anyone who follows me on Facebook or Instagram has probably seen me post about Jacobs Ladder before. I tend to do so quite a lot. That’s because over the last 6 months, it has been almost like a second home to me, I have spent a great deal of time there trying to get into climbing shape. For those who don’t know what I’m on about, this post is a quick primer on Perth’s best fitness spot. For those who do know what it is, hopefully you’ll pick up a few tips and motivation from this post anyway.

Jacobs Ladder is  243 step ‘staircase’ located just off Mounts Bay Road, next to the Swan River, leading towards Perth’s world class Botanic Garden, King’s Park. It stretches a total of 43 metres vertically and although it was installed to serve as a means of getting from point A to point B, it now serves thousands of people weekly as a hardcore training circuit.

You’ll find all sorts on Jacobs ladder. From hardcore fitness fanatics, sprinting up and down then pumping out a few pushups and pullups at the bottom right through to those who look like they may not have walked more than 1,000 steps in the past 5 years. Big props to them for choosing such a hard place to cut their teeth. On weekends, early mornings and evenings it can get incredibly busy, frustratingly so. There has also been talk of banning physical activity due to noise complaints from nearby residents. Apparently they don’t like people yelling, spitting and throwing up outside their windows at 6am in the morning.

Although I’ve never seen it happen, it would be pretty easy to take a fall on the way down. The stairs are fairly steep and can get damn slippery after a bit of rain.

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There are some spectacular views to be had from the top, overlooking Perth city and the Swan River, right over the whole Eastern part of Perth.

Flights are booked! Off to Russia on June 30 to tackle #elbrus. Representing the crew at @thecrazydomains. Lot of hard training needed at my old mate Jacobs Ladder. Goal is 10 laps in 30 minutes.  @monicaae12 #pumped

For me, it’s been perfect training for Mt Elbrus, probably the most specific type of workout I can get within the confines of Perth and it’s flat surrounds. I use it for both anaerobic training, increasing the bodies lactate threshold and oxygen efficiency (6-10 laps non-stop as fast as possible) and for endurance training, basically doing as many laps as I can over a few hours, either with or without a weighted pack. My record so far is 50 laps which took me close to 4 and a half hours. Those workouts are also fantastic mental training, there is nothing more tedious and mind numbing than walking up and down the same stairs for hours on end.

If you’ve never tested your mettle on Jacobs ladder before, I strongly advise you get down there and give it a go. If you can’t make it during the day, it’s well lit at night and perfectly safe. Be prepared for a bit of soreness the next few days! If you’re a regular at Jacobs, keep smashing it and say hello if you see me down there. I’ve listed a couple of challenges for you below.

Challenge 1

10 Laps in 30 minutes

This is the gold standard of Jacob’s regulars. If you can pull this off you are one fit mofo.

 

Challenge 2

Mt Kosciusko on Jacobs (52 laps, no time limit)

Something to truly test your mental endurance. Climb the height of Australia’s highest mountain, a total of 2,228m over the course of 4-5 hours.

 

7 Summits Guide: Ebook Coming Soon

While researching my own 7 Summits endevour, I’ve been gathering a great deal of info related to each mountain: guide services, routes, travel, visas etc.. I realised that this might be useful information for a lot of others out there, so I’ve decided to throw it all together into an ebook and pass it on at a very modest price.

All the info is gathered from the best and most experienced sources around the web, in books and through personal conversation. I believe this gives far and away more insight than if someone were to give only their own experiences and point of view.

I’m aiming for a release date of July 31st, so stay tuned. I’ll put up the Kilimanjaro guide on my website for free to give you a taste of what else is going to be included in the ebook.