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Top Travel Movies and TV Shows


As we really enjoy our Netflix nights where we can throw anything on to help inspire us to travel, we thought it would be appropriate to rate and review those movies that we have watched that give us wanderlust.

This is an ongoing post that we will be using to showcase the top travel movies and TV shows that we have watched and would recommend you to watch. These are TV shows and movies that inspire you to travel.

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Top Travel Movies and TV Shows

Departures

Departures is a Canadian television travel show that documents the travels of Scott Wilson and Justin Lukach as they drop everything for one year and travel the world. The show shows the treasures, friendships, and beautiful moments that travel provides people, but also the trials and tribulations of traveling the world. The show displays a real experience of friends that decide they want to travel for a year that just is not present in most travel shows.

The episode discussed here is the very first episode of the series. Season 1, Episode 1 Canada: Ocean to Ocean.

In this episode, they travel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean in 10 days, crossing 5 timeszones, and thousands of kilometers in an RV. They start in Halifax, driving through New Brunswick and seeing Hopewell Rocks. They pass through Quebec, unfortunately missing what the province has to offer. After spending a night in Ottawa, they film the Parliament buildings and hit the road again to White Lake in Northern Ontario to do some fishing. They then move on to Grand Beach in Manitoba, pass through the flat lands of the prairies and take a short stop at the Hoodoos in Alberta. Following this, they spend a night in Fernie, B.C. where they go white water rafting. Before moving to the Pacific Ocean, they slightly back track to get a great view of the Rocky Mountains by helicopter in Alberta. Finally, they arrive in Vancouver, B.C. to the Pacific Ocean.

Packing everything that Canada, the second largest country in the world by land mass, has to offer to a traveler into one episode is impossible. However, Departures does an excellent job of showing a road trip by RV from ocean to ocean. The show is an excellent portrayal of a pair of friends beginning a year long journey. We would recommend you to give this series a watch this Friday as they travel around the world.

 

Parts Unknown

We are featuring Season 5, Episode 1 Korea in Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown television series.

Travel Photo Gyeongbokgung Versus Modernization, Seoul, South Korea
Gyeongbokgung Versus Modernization, Seoul, South Korea

Anthony Bourdain is an excellent travel host with lots of experience and credentials to back his reputation. As a chef, he focuses a lot on the food of the country, in addition to a politically fueled story about each country he visits, which creates an interesting and flavorful show that opens a discussion about the difficulties in countries around the world. Food is an interesting topic in the show as food is often the result of not only the country or region’s vegetation and wildlife, but also largely due to the history of that country.

We see these aspects of Anthony Bourdain’s show in this episode of Korea. He works his way back in reverse chronology of his trip in Korea, recounting his steps through the haze of Soju (Korean rice-based alcohol). Bourdain visits the seafood stalls of Garak Market, a massive fish and assorted farmed foods market. He goes out for some Korean barbecue and he gets involved with a Korean online eating celebrity, making a Korean dish using Spam (a widely used ingredient due to the influence of the American army since the Korean War).

Travel Photo Views of Gyeongbokgung, Seoul, South Korea
Views of Gyeongbokgung, Seoul, South Korea

The alcohol-induced episode is an interesting look into the food culture and lifestyles of Korea today, a country that has rapidly advanced in recent history and continues to develop. Unfortunately, the alcohol is played a bit too much and I feel could have been put to the side to tackle more cultural issues in Korean society. Otherwise, Anthony Bourdain and crew do a fine job of documenting their travels in Korea, as usual.

Travel Photo Bugak Skyway Palgakjeong Pavilion, Seoul, South Korea
Bugak Skyway Palgakjeong Pavilion, Seoul, South Korea

 

In Bruges

This week we feature a movie based in the Belgium town of Bruges. In Bruges stars Colin Farrel, Brendan Gleeson, and Ralph Fiennes, among others, and is directed by Martin McDonagh.

Though it is not your traditional travel film, the plot of this movie takes the viewer around the Belgium town of Bruges. The two main characters travel from one attraction to the other in Bruges, one enjoying every moment of their tour and the other hating every second he endures of the town.

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After two hit men, Ray and Ken, had an assignment go wrong, where Ray shot and killed a child, they are sent away to the town of Bruges to lay low. However, their boss, Harry, has a code and plans to stick to it. If you kill a child, you need to be killed in return. Before he goes through with it, he wants Ray to have one last great time in the medieval city of Bruges, a city he loved as a child. Unfortunately, Ray doesn’t share the same feelings about the town that Ken and Harry do. When it comes time, Harry arrives in Bruges to take Ken’s life after Ken refuses to go through with it. The plot is original, the dialogue among characters is witty and filled with quotable lines, and the beautiful setting of Bruges is an excellent backdrop for this movie. The sightseeing during the movie highlights the beauty of Bruges. It makes this movie an entertaining film to watch and to see the wonderful sights of Bruges.

We recommend giving this one a watch tonight if you are in the mood for a few laughs, a drama that tackles strong themes about life, and a movie with the beautiful setting of Bruges, Belgium. In Bruges is a must watch.

 

An Idiot Abroad

Here we are discussing An Idiot Abroad, Season 1 Episode 1 titled China that originally aired on September 23, 2010.

Karl Pilkington’s An Idiot Abroad is a comedic travel show that highlights his travels around the world. For those who do not know him, he is friends of Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant (creators of The Office in the UK) and has been involved in their podcasts, The Ricky Gervais Show, Derek, and various other projects. Karl is generally made into the joke of their material, as everything he says seems to be hilarious and quotable. His knowledge of the world is “interesting” to say the least. Karl travels from country to country, as Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant send him on adventures to try to make his travels as eventful as possible. This leads to Karl becoming increasingly irritated, which only increases the laugh factor as the show progresses.

In this episode, titled China, Karl is sent to China to see the Great Wall. In this episode, the first in the series, Karl learns Kung Fu, eats toad, gets his fortune told, and sees much of the Great Wall. He describes the Great Wall as the alright wall of China.

Kunming, China

Not only does this show provide laughs, but it also shows a side of travel that has not been explored by others. Most travel shows show the majestic beauty of a country when they turn on their cameras. The people involved in the show love to travel and that is their true passion. The show they create is evident of these elements. However, with An Idiot Abroad, viewers get to see a man who is reluctant to step outside of his comfort zone experience the difficulties of travel. Travel is not as easy as most films make it seem. Most of the times, these parts of life get excluded in the creation process of a travel film. With An Idiot Abroad, it is the highlight. Viewers get to see Karl suffer through these trials and tribulations, as Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant work to make his life as difficult as possible while on the road. The series is highly recommended and a must watch for comedy and travel lovers.

The Stone Forest, Yunnan, China

 

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Best Age to Travel

What is the best age to travel? Old or Young? There are pros and cons to each side of the argument. We will try to break down these arguments and choose which we think is the best time in your life to pack your bags and hit the road.

We will start the argument by talking about old versus young for broad titles as to which one is a better time to go traveling. We will then continue on by breaking down four major age groups and crossroads in one’s life where they need to make a decision on whether or not to travel or something else in their life.

How old is “old” and how young is “young”? For the sake of this article, we will say that “young” is someone who has graduated high school, they are in university, or just graduated from university. For “old”, we will say they are the people who are prepared to retire and want to travel.

The reason for this is because in that rather large middle area between the two is when most people begin their careers, buy a house, or start a family. All of which makes them give up the traveling they may want to do. Sure they can go away on two week vacations, but they don’t have the freedom of a “young” or “old” person.


The Best age to travel

Best Age to Travel

Young

It is extremely valuable to experience as much as you can at a younger age. The older you become, the more responsibilities you have that make it harder to go traveling for as long as you want. When you are young, you may not have these responsibilities yet and this is the best chance you have to take advantage and experience the world. Go out and make mistakes (but not serious mistakes that you will regret), but learn from those mistakes. Your life is shaped by your memories, so go out there and make some good ones. See cultures first-hand and do it without having to worry about making your next mortgage payment or moving on in your career.

Hiking Yongmasan in Seoul, South Korea

Being young could possibly be the best time to travel, if it wasn’t for the lack of money most young people have to spend on traveling. Often times in university you hear people say they are going to travel the world when they are finished with school before moving on in life and beginning their career. Some of them follow through with what they say, but most do not.

This happens because they find a great 9 to 5 job out of university and they take it. They think they will still have the chance to travel the world in the near future. However, this generally isn’t the case because then they buy a house which gives them more responsibility. These choices add up and it doesn’t allow people the freedom they would like to travel for an extended period of time. These decisions all come down to one thing if you think being young is the best age to travel – money.

Old

The older you become, the more financially stable you will be (for some). This allows you to have the financial freedom to go on a lengthy trip in comparison to when you were young. Unfortunately the older you become, the more likely you are to have health problems. This makes it extremely difficult for people to travel.

If you can stay healthy, then when you retire is a great time to go on a long vacation. You may be less willing to do the things you wanted to do when you were young like hiking Mount Everest, but it is a good time to relax on the beach at your favorite resort. Depending on your traveling style, traveling when you are old may not be the best age to travel.

Best Age to Travel
Sitting on a beach on Geoje Island, South Korea

So what is the argument for different age groups…

We are going to start this list from when you are likely first able to travel independently both because you are able to afford to travel by yourself financially and safely.

  • 18 to 22 years old

  • This is such a great age to travel. Take a year off school after high school to really unwind before you take things a little bit more seriously in university. It is an awesome idea in perhaps another lifetime.

    I was not able to do this because I had a goal in mind already that I wanted to accomplish. Doing this would have gotten in the way of that goal and I knew I would be able to travel at that point. That goal was to finish university as quickly as possible to teach abroad. That is when I was going to travel.

    Though I think it is a great idea to travel during these years, it is also extremely difficult to make it happen financially. You would have to be working a part time job during your high school years and being really smart with that money to bank it for a trip like this. I do not know about you, but I was not smart with my money during my high school years. I spent that money as soon as it landed in my bank account.

    Traveling while going to school is even more unrealistic with all of the tuition bills coming in that need to be paid. It is hard enough to keep up with that let alone booking your plane ticket for your next trip. I did travel once during my university years, but it was the cheapest deal that I could find. I went to Cuba with a couple of buddies for one week at a three star all inclusive resort for a whopping $425 everything included. Best money spent of my university years.

    As far as experiencing the world during these years, this is the greatest time to try new things and experience a new culture. Speaking for myself, I was much more willing to try new things during this time in my life than I am now. I think what I am more so trying to say is that I was much more dumber and immature back then and would have been much more willing to make a fool of myself. These days I am a little bit better.

    So, 18 to 22 years of age is the best time to travel as far as experiencing the world and having it make an impact on your life, but the worst financially.


  • 23 to 30 years old

  • Now this is when you truly need to make a decision on what you want out of life. Are you going to go for your round the world trip right after school or try to make it in your desired career. This is where the real decision happens I feel. It is so easy to get stuck in a career that you feel you need to continue in so that you progress your way up the ladder.

    Believe me, I have talked to more than enough people that have had it happen to them. They wanted to travel right after school. But, a really good offer came their way, they took it thinking that they would work there for a bit to save up the money to go traveling later, but something happened. They got that first promotion and it felt so good to be acknowledged for something you did.

    Not only that, but you were promised another promotion a year or two down the road which would really take you to the next level in your career. This is where things really start to get difficult and you find yourself stuck at this job for the unforeseen future. I mean, how can you turn down that pension? All it takes is twenty-five years at the same company.

    No thanks. Not for me. Not the route I took. Instead, after university I went to South Korea to teach English. Best decision of my life. Not only did I get to see another part of the world, I got paid to do so, and I met Natalie.

    This is the crossroads time in your life. The decision as to whether or not to make travel part of your lifestyle now. Or, you can always plan for a travel filled retirement while taking advantage of your two week vacations during the year.


  • 31 to 60 years old

  • Now it is time to stick with the decision you made during the last five years of your life and see it through to the end. Or, make a major change in your life towards the path you think you were supposed to be on. Either way, another crossroad that you must face. An even more difficult crossroad that you need to face.

    Why?

    Because now you really need to start getting serious about saving for retirement. Being able to save that kind of money means having and keeping a serious big boy or girl job with a steady income. This age also means the possibility of kids. Having kids also means a lesser chance to travel unless you have someone that you can leave them at home with or take them with you for an even heftier price tag.

    This is the time in your life where life gets real. It is a difficult decision you need to make, which makes this age range an extremely difficult time to travel.

  • 61+ years old

  • The greatest time to travel. As long as your cards were played right in the past 60 years of your life. If you saved enough for retirement and to have the type of life that you want to have in retirement, including the travel lifestyle, then you are laughing. Book those trips and have the care-free time of your life.

    As long as your health is good. As long as the health of your partner is good. As long as the health of your kids are good. As long as you do not have to help take care of the grandchildren. Still so many factors to consider. And these ones are even more out of your control.

    Yes, you can take the steps to properly prepare for your retirement. Saving the right amounts of money each pay period. But you never know what could happen to your investments.

    Yes, you could take really good care of your health each and every day. But there are some illnesses that do not care about this.

    Yes, you could have had the best children in the world and raised them properly. But even they may need help with their kids.

    So much time to travel in your retirement, yet so many factors that could be against you.

Conclusion

When I first sat down to start this article, I did not quite know when is the best age to travel. I always thought that the earlier the better and I made choices in my life to reflect that. However, I have also always envied people who are retired and get to see the world on their own time as much as they want.

Still, we believe the best age to travel is early on in your life. Before, after, or during university is the best time in your life to make memories that will last the rest of your life. It is the perfect time to make mistakes and experience the world. Your travels and how you deal with adversity will help shape you into the person you will become.

What do you think is the best age to travel? Leave a comment below to tell us what you think and what decisions you have made in your life to plan for that travel.

 

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How to Survive Long Haul Flights in Economy

Flights can easily become the worst experience for any traveler. Not only can the cost of booking a flight quickly eat up a lot of your travel budget, but a flight is usually not the part of the trip that someone looks forward to. No one says, “I cannot wait to sit in a cramped cabin surrounded by strangers and a crying baby.”

Almost everyone who has stepped on a plane for a long haul flight has wished for the flight to be over so they can be at their destination and enjoying their vacation. Experienced travelers know how to survive long haul flights in economy.

It is difficult to enjoy the duration of a flight, but it is possible to make your situation better. Knowing how to survive long haul flights in economy will help make your experience better. There are some tips you can follow to help you through the hours soaring through the air.

In our experience, we have done quite a few of these. Natalie was raised in South Korea and I am from Canada. We got married in Canada and visited Canada another time while living in South Korea, and then finally in 2017 we flew back to Canada to settle down. So, if you count those up you get five or six flights each that are fourteen hours long without stop. That is a lot of long haul flights within the past few years.

We have worked hard to think of the best ways to remain comfortable when taking these long haul flights, especially since we travel economy class every time. Though this list is generally targeted for the long haul flight, but some can be considered for shorter flights as well.


How to Survive Long Haul Flights in Economy

How to Survive Long Haul Flights in Economy Class

  • Pay for the Upgrade
  • Lets just get this out of the way right away. If you can afford to pay for the upgrade to business class, go ahead and do it and leave this page because you do not need anymore of the points listed below. You have likely already won in life and are able to sip champagne in luxury while the rest of us behind the curtain that separates us must live in confined spaces for half of a day while we are served our luncheon meats.

    I digress. Good for you for being able to afford these seats. These long haul flights would be the type of flights that you would want to splurge on anyways. So splurge away.

  • Collect Points and Upgrade
  • Every airline has its own rewards system. Collect the points you earn from each flight. It is worth it and they will add up quickly. You can use your points towards many things, including upgrading your seat from economy to business class. This can make a major difference, especially with your comfort levels while flying a long haul flight. For some this can be well worth the points you spend, which were free in the first place.

    Collecting credit card points is also a great way to go about getting that upgrade without having to pay. I know some people that are in to churning their credit cards to rack up as many points as they can in order to use them on travel. This is a great way to gain those points fast by applying for credit cards with bonuses, meeting those minimum spends, gaining those points, cancelling the card, and repeating when the card allows you to re-apply.

    This is a more difficult process that requires some more research, finding the right cards, and not getting stuck in paying annual fees to keep the card. Otherwise you can quickly lose money on this and lower your credit score at the same time.

  • Ask for the Upgrade
  • If you cannot afford the upgrade or you do not have enough points for the upgrade, why not ask? It does not hurt and what is the worst that can happen? The person checking you in says no. That is about it. Then you are most likely never going to see that person again in your entire life.

    Somethings to know about asking. If you come up to the check in counter and do not have everything ready like your passport and your ticket, you are off to a bad start. If you are rude to the person, you are not going to get the upgrade even if they were willing to give it away to someone on that day. Be nice. Be polite. Have everything ready that is needed to check in. Then, and only then, can you ask to see if they would be willing to provide you with an upgrade because you are such a loyal customer and would really appreciate it. Especially if you happen to be traveling with your wife for your honeymoon. For the tenth time.

  • Request the Emergency Exit Seat
  • No upgrade? No problem. The next best thing is the emergency exit seat. When you check in, ask for it. If you are uncomfortable with asking for the upgraded seats, this one is not asking much. Simply ask if the emergency seat rows are available and if you would be able to grab that seat.

    They offer more leg room for stretching out which can be extremely vital on long haul flights. The trade-off with the exit seat is that you cannot place your carry-on below your seat. So if you are okay with getting out of your seat to go into the overhead compartment whenever you need something from your carry-on, then this seat is for you.

    How to Survive Long Haul Flights in Economy

  • Using Your Carry-On
  • Always check the regulations on carry-on sizes. This will save you some headaches while checking in. Generally, airlines allow a small bag or purse that can carry a laptop or camera and a slightly larger bag. Use these bags to pack whatever will help you be comfortable on that flight. Pack your music playing device, your tablet with your favorite shows, or your teddy bear that helps you sleep at night. Be careful not to pack too much and go over the weight requirements.

    We always bring snacks in our carry-on. It never hurts to have some extra finger food that you love should you really hate the food that the airplane is serving. Ugh airplane food. It can really be a big let down.

    Slippers are a good thing to have with you. Getting those shoes off right when you get on that plane can really help your feet breath and can give you a satisfying feeling of being ready to fall asleep at any moment as if it is your own bed thousands of feet in the air with lots of people around you. Slippers are great to have should you want to walk to the bathroom or just to have on at all times.

    I always have my laptop on me to get some work done while in the air, but be sure to pack whatever else you want with you for that long plane ride.

  • Entertain Yourself
  • There are usually a couple of movies I find myself watching during these long haul flights. It is a great way to pass the time and to focus on something other than being uncomfortable. Use what is in your carry-on to pass the time or get work done like I do.

    Not much of a technology person? Talk to the person next to you and get to know more about them. Open with the, “so are you living in insert destination here or just visiting,” line and let the conversation flow from here. If the person beside you does not seem like much of a talker then maybe you can get up during one of your stretches to talk to people that may be more entertaining. Have not done this myself, but you can let me know how it goes.

    Get that window seat and watch the clouds, daydream about life, and take inspiring videos of the flight taking off and landing. These are all great ways to pass the time on a long haul flight.

  • Request Pillows or Blankets
  • Likely when you sat down you already had a pillow and a blanket waiting for you. Ask for another pillow or a blanket if it will make you more comfortable. Most airlines should have these available especially if the plane was not fully booked.

  • Get Up and Walk Around
  • When flying for a long period of time, make sure you get up and walk around to stretch out your legs. This is very important for your blood circulation. Anytime you feel you need to, get up and move around. You should really be doing this every hour. Do not underestimate a good stretch every hour after sitting in that chair in the same position for more than an hour. It can really do wonders for your body.

  • Sleep Aid or Anxiety Medication
  • If you know you have difficulty sleeping on airplanes, talk to your doctor about a sleep aid. It can be torture to have to stay awake for the duration of a long flight. Not being able to sleep can be a problem for some, so prepare in advance and talk to your doctor.

    Do you think or know that you get anxious about flying? Then do the same before you get on the airplane. Your doctor should be able to prescribe you some medication that will help alleviate these feelings and make your long haul flight more of a relaxing activity rather than a flying death trap.

  • Free Alcohol
  • Yeah, most international flights serve free alcohol. FREE alcohol. Let me say that one more time, FREE alcohol! Take advantage of this early in the flight, pass out, and wake up at the end. That fourteen hour flight quickly fades away into oblivion.

    Now this really is not good for you to do and we do not condone it, but if this is your thing then it is a good way to pass through that long haul flight right quick.

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Conclusion

We have picked up a few tricks of the trade throughout our time traveling back and forth from South Korea to Canada. Those fourteen hour flights are now something we have learned to enjoy rather than despise. We have used many of these tactics to help pass the time, as well as entertaining ourselves and enjoying each other’s company.

Understanding ways you can make your flight more enjoyable will help start your trip on a happier note. Learning how to survive long haul flights in economy is your first step.

We would love to hear what you do on long haul flights to pass the time. Leave a comment below to let us know how your long haul flights go.

 

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Traditional Canadian Food Dishes

Canada is still a relatively new country. Settled and colonized by the French and British who met the indigenous peoples and lots of fighting later created Upper and Lower Canada now known as Ontario and Quebec, then lots of more fighting, and fighting with the United States, and settling the west, and finally in 1867 after asking again and again and being too polite to fight for our freedom like our neighbors to the south, Britain finally gave us our independence.

This is the history of Canada in a nutshell. So with not as long of a history as other countries, we have not really established our own traditional Canadian food dishes. There is still a long way to go to be able to claim different things as our own. A lot of things are borrowed from our neighbors who in turn borrowed from other cultures.

Though there still are some typically Canadian foods that we are known for and you need to try.

This post serves as a list of different traditional Canadian food dishes. Because everybody loves to try new foods when you are traveling. So when you are traveling to Canada, you may want to make sure these foods are on your list of things to try. Otherwise, did you really even visit Canada?


Traditional Canadian Food Dishes

List of Traditional Canadian Food Dishes

  • Poutine


  • Poutine

    In my opinion, the best Canadian food you can try. The french make the best food it seems. Traditionally, poutine is a side dish that consists of french fries, cheese curds (chunks of cheese), and gravy. The gravy melts the cheese, fusing them to the french fries creating a stringy sensation. Poutine has become a delicious, but greasy, fast food menu item throughout Canada.

    Poutine originated in the majorly french populated province of Quebec, Canada. Today poutine has developed from the traditional recipe into a main dish all by itself. Throughout Canada, there are many chains that have their own poutine menu that include additional ingredients like pulled pork (pictured above), bacon, peppers (pictured above), beef, and much more. Poutine has spread into the United States and can be found in some other restaurants around the world that serve Canadian cuisine.

  • Canadian Bacon


  • Peameal Bacon or Back Bacon or Canadian Bacon

    Canadian bacon, or peameal bacon, or pork loin rolled in peameal and cured, is THE best thing to throw on a sandwich or just to have for breakfast as an alternative to bacon. I do not know what is quintessentially Canadian about it other than the name that was coined for it. In Canada, it is just peameal bacon or back bacon.

  • Montreal Style Smoked Meat

  • This one gets me every time. Just seeing the photo of it makes my mouth start to water. It seems everything good comes from Quebec. Food wise. Anyways, this is an amazing deli-styled meat that is smoked and shaved and usually served as a sandwich. Schwartz is the place you need to go to try this if you ever find yourself in Montreal. Do not miss this opportunity.


    Montreal Style Smoked Meat

  • Maple Syrup

  • Not really a dish per say, but maple syrup is our thing. This sugary syrup can be literally put on anything. Typically you will find it on pancakes and waffles for breakfast, but do not be surprised if you see someone throwing it on top of some bacon too.


    maple syrup

    It comes from the tapping of maple trees. See our flag for an example of a maple tree leaf. The nectar of the tree then pours out into a container where it is taken to be refined and cooked to later become maple syrup.

  • Nanaimo Bars

  • Originated from the town of the same name in British Columbia, Nanaimo bars are the perfect Canadian dessert to have with any meal. They consist of three layers that form the perfect blend of sweet, creamy, and chewy. The bottom layer is wafer and coconut, then on top of that is a custard butter icing, followed by a topping of chocolate.


    nanaimo bars

  • Beaver Tails


  • beaver tails

    Perhaps you are in the mood for something a little bit more sugary for dessert. Then a beaver tail is what you are looking for. No, not a real beaver’s tail, but a long, thin, and flat piece of dough like that of a real beaver’s tail that has been fried, sugared, and finally lathered with whatever sugary toppings you so choose.

  • Beer


  • beer

    Once again, not really a dish, but something that could not be left off of a list of Canadian things to try. We are known for our beer. So make sure if you are visiting that you try one of the many local craft breweries you are likely to find in any city to wash down those greasy meals.

Conclusion

Canada is still relatively a new country. We are still trying to carve our path of Canadian cuisine and defining that for ourselves. However, do not think for a second that we do not have our own traditions created from years of manipulating dishes from our different ancestors and claiming them for ourselves.

Keep note of the list above for when you visit and make sure you try all of these things. Or at the very least do yourself a big favor and definitely get a steaming hot plate of poutine down your throat. Then, thank us later.

 

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What is a Traveler

Yes, I know I know. It is a pretty pretentious thing to ask. But really. What is a traveler? What makes a traveler a traveler? Who are travelers and what makes them tick?

Anyone can be a traveler, but not everyone can afford to be a traveler. Traveling is expensive in many ways. It costs time, money, and many more things for people to travel. That is why not everyone is a traveler. So who can be a traveler?

I think, deep down, everyone has had a feeling of wanting to drop everything, pack their bags, and hit the road. This is just a matter of how willing that person is to do what they feel. It is easier for some, more difficult to others. Some people are tied down with a family, job, or other important commitments. For others, the timing is perfect to leave for a journey. Everyone has a little travel bug inside of them, it just depends on whether or not you choose to let it take over you.

With that being said, travelers have a few qualities that make them who they are. Those who travel have their own reasons for traveling, but they also have reasons that are common among other travelers. They want to learn more about the world around them and not just in front of them, they want to take a hands-on approach to learning, and they are willing to do whatever it takes to achieve their goals.

I believe that travelers have three characteristics that make them exactly that. Travelers by their very nature are: curious, adventurous, and ambitious.


What is a Traveler

What is a Traveler

  1. Curious
  2. Travelers are curious about the world around them. There is a reason why people travel, and this is the number one reason. When choosing their next destination, people choose according to which country they are interested in. They may be educated about the country, but they want to travel to the country to further quench their thirst for more answers.

    Travelers want to learn more about the world. They have an open mind about obtaining that knowledge and they want it first-hand. Reading a textbook or watching a documentary is not good enough for them. They want to get out there in the field and touch it. Feel it. Play with it.

    They want those experiences that make them feel the way others do. To get that adrenaline rush when they first visit somewhere and do not have any plans other than to learn as much as they can.

    Travelers have this undying lust of knowing as much as they can about the world around them. Unfortunately this thirst can never be quenched. It can never be satisfied. The more you travel the more you need it. The more you desire for this lifestyle. But it never goes away. In fact, the more you try to get rid of it, the more it comes back.

    The more you travel, the more curious you become and thus the more you become a traveler in this regard.

    Taking Flight Going Traveling

  3. Adventurous
  4. Travelers are adventurous. This is a given as traveling to another country, or sometimes within your country, is an adventure. You can argue that as soon as you leave your house, you could find yourself on a new adventure. However, travelers choose their adventures. They are willing to seek new thrills and new challenges that the road ahead has for them.

    For anyone that is willing to pack a bag and visit somewhere where you do not speak the local language, have never tasted the local food, and never seen for yourself, you need to be a little adventurous. Maybe that means a little crazy too.

    Being adventurous is the very desire to adventure across the world to fulfill your curiosity. If you are curious without being adventurous, then you are likely just a scholar that is more than content to read textbooks and primary documents to get your knowledge.

    However, if you are curious and adventurous then you are likely willing to get a little dirty and get out into the world to get the answers to the questions that you have.

    Hiking Yongmasan in Seoul, South Korea

  5. Ambitious
  6. It is good to have curiosity for the world around you and the adventurous attitude inside of you. However, without the ambition to go ahead and take action, you may not be a traveler. You can have the craving to go to a new place in the world, but you need that ambition to actually take action.

    Ambition is what makes you want to save that money for the trip. It is the dedication that makes you work on whatever you need to get those pennies into the piggy bank to one day smash it open and splurge on that trip that will take you overseas. It is the ambition that keeps you away from those money sucking activities like going out to the bar or other events and keeps you at home saving for that adventure that may be months or years down the road.

    This ambition is what drives a traveler to know their ultimate goal and to steer in that direction without getting to far off the road at any given time. It is a difficult road to follow at times, but is it ever worth it in the end.

What is a Traveler

Conclusion

If you possess these three qualities, you are most likely what we would define as a traveler. Though you also have to travel to be a traveler. Getting out there into the world to fulfill your curiosity is one of the best ways to gain that first-hand knowledge of the places around you. To adventure into a world that is not yours is necessary to understand more about the world around you. And having that ambition to be a traveler is required in order to in fact be considered a traveler.

Oh travel. How we love you so much.

 

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Planning a Vacation Checklist

You have worked hard to save up the money and you have time to go on a vacation. Whether it is a short trip or long trip, you need to prepare for it. Making sure you are well-prepared for your vacation will make your trip more enjoyable rather than full of stress and panic.

To make sure you have all of your bases covered, you need a checklist! Having a checklist will make sure you have not forgot anything in the preparation process. They help us through certain things and I am sure this one will help you if you found this article.

This is our list of things you need to do BEFORE leaving for your vacation. Things that are absolutely necessary to planning your vacation, preparing for your departure, and even leading up to getting on the airplane.


Planning a Vacation Checklist

The Planning a Vacation Checklist

  1. Set a Budget

  2. Knowing how to plan a trip begins with knowing much you are willing to spend. This is the first step to your trip. This allows you to then choose a destination based on how much you are willing to spend. You could spend more on a flight to get somewhere that has less expensive day-to-day expenses like food and accommodation. This would be good for a longer trip. Or if you have a shorter trip then maybe you should spend less on the flight for a place that may have moderate day-to-day expenses.

    Or if you just want a resort and to relax during your vacation, be on the lookout for packages in advance or find a last minute deal if you have a flexible departure date. See more about creating a travel budget here.

  3. Set a Time and Pick a Location

  4. The first thing you need to do is to choose a time you are going to travel. Is it a flexible time? Begin with your chosen destination and start your research. Is this a good time of the year to visit this area? If it is the rain season, you may want to move on to the next destination on your list or see if you can change the time you are traveling. See The Weather Network website to look at the weather of a city during a certain period of time.

    You never want to go somewhere because it was cheap and find that you are going during their rainy or hurricane season. You want the good weather to make the most of your time while you are there. Once you have the time of year and location that you want to visit, you are ready to find the right deal on the flight.

    How to Plan a Trip

  5. Book a Flight

  6. Now that you know how much you are willing to spend, you are ready to book the flight. Generally, booking three months in advance and on a Tuesday or Wednesday is when you are going to get the best deal on a flight. There are many good websites to search for deals for your flight. We use Skyscanner.net to book our flights. It searches for the cheapest deal on competing websites and it allows us to watch the prices as they change over time.

    There are however great websites based on where you are flying from to find great deals. A lot of times you can sign up for alerts to get deals sent right to your email. Find the resource that is most relevant to you or ask around on online groups that will help you find the best deals.

  7. Book a Hotel

  8. After getting your flight booked, your next step is to look for where you will rest your head at night. Depending on how late you are waiting to book your flight, you may need to search to make sure you can get the accommodation that you want. We have had an emergency landing before where we landed in an airport at night and tried to find a hotel only to find that all of them were booked up in the area. That night we had to spend sleeping in the airport. This is a drastic example, but you do not want to book a flight only to find that the accommodation left to book is unavailable or not ideal.

    Depending on your budget, you can look at different options. If your looking for something cheap, check out Airbnb or Couch Surfing for options. We like using AirBnB or finding a place on Booking where you can search below.




    Booking.com


  9. Create an Itinerary

  10. Now that you have your flight and hotel, your trip is set in stone. Let’s move on to creating your itinerary. Here is where you are going to plan the remainder of your trip. Researching what others have done where you are traveling to will help you decide what you should and should not do. Consider your budget, consider your timeline, and consider your personality.

    Are you a beach-goer, an adventurer, or an adrenaline seeker? Make a list of what you would like to do and narrow done your list. You should know where you are traveling around and how you are going to get from place to place. Will you rent a car, use public transportation, or will you be booking shorter flights? Think about all of these questions and write down your itinerary so you have a hard copy of it.

  11. Get Your Immunizations

  12. See what immunizations you may need before going on your vacation. Some immunizations are even required to get into the country. Make sure you plan in advance as you will need time for the vaccination to become activated. Give yourself at least 6 weeks before going to your doctor to ask about the immunizations that are required and recommended.

  13. Make Sure Your Passport is Valid

  14. This is very important. Most countries require your passport to be valid at least 6 months from the point you enter the country. Make sure your passport is updated. You don’t want your trip being cut short at the airport when you are about to board the plane. Also, scan your passport and other forms of government ID. Send yourself an email with these photos attached. This will help you in the rare case that you lose your passport while traveling. Do not leave anywhere without doing this!

  15. Get a Visa or Any Other Necessary Travel Documents

  16. Check to see if you need a tourist visa to enter the country. Some countries don’t require one. Other countries do, but exempt specific countries from needing one. Search online to see whether or not you will need a visa and make sure you have yours well in advance.

  17. Get Insurance

  18. This one should be a must, no matter where you are going or for how long. There was one time that we decided to not get any insurance while traveling. It was a stupid decision. Maybe it was a false sense of security or maybe it just never crossed our minds for a short four day trip to Hawaii. But, my ear drum ruptured after it never popped on the airplane. I was taken in an ambulance to the hospital and received a $3,000 USD bill months later.

    All of this would have been covered should we have paid the little bit of money to get travel insurance beforehand. You can read more about this story and what we recommend for travel insurance here.

  19. Pack Appropriately

  20. When your ready to, start your packing. Having a list of things that you know you will need will help you stay organized. See our list of forgotten travel essentials to bring on a trip to help you with packing.

    At the Airport Going Traveling

  21. Get to the Airport on Time

  22. This is obvious, but you should double-check the time of your flight, especially leading up to the departure time to make sure it has not changed. Have everything you need printed. Have a hard copy of your flight ticket, hotel reservation, itinerary, and anything else you think you may need. Take pictures of your important documents and send them to yourself in an email. This will help if you ever lose one of these documents while traveling.

    Plan your parking in advance or if you are taking a shuttle to the airport. All of this will help you have a smooth and care-free ride to the airport.

Conclusion

With this how to plan a trip list, you will be well-prepared and avoid the stress leading up to and while you are on your trip. Preparation is the key to any great trip, and this list allows you to be organized and ready for your travels. The last thing you want is to be turned away at the airport after having planned this trip for months. Enjoy your adventure!

 

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Traveling Alone for the First Time

Yes we now never need to travel alone anymore, as this is myself and Natalie’s couples travel blog. But there was once a time when I was traveling alone for the first time. A time when nobody else in my inner circle was willing to go traveling with me whether it was because of financial or personal reasons.

This was a time when I needed to make the decision for myself that I wanted to travel and I needed to do it alone. Solo. It was the best decision of my life.

If you have ever been traveling before, you know the many rewards from packing your bags and hitting the road. You know the memories and experiences, but you also know the challenges you have faced from your travels, and how they have benefited your life.

If you have not traveled before, it is never too late to start. And we have some tips for first time travelers. These are not travel hacks or advice based on saving money or traveling more often. These are tips that I wish I would have got from someone with experience when I first went traveling.

These are meant to inspire you to take risks and to not be afraid on your first adventure. Take some time off work, use some of that saved up money, dust off that passport, and pack your bags. Open your life to the world, experience new cultures, meet new people, and make memories.


Traveling Alone for the First Time

Tips for Traveling Alone for the First Time

  1. Preparation is Key

  2. Do your research in advance. Do you need a tourist visa? Do you need to get any immunizations? Planning your trip in advance will make the most out of the time you have available to you.

    Now there is something to say about going somewhere with very little booked and spontaneously traveling through the country. However, if it is your first time traveling and first time traveling solo, then perhaps it would be better to have a planned route and booked accommodation. That way you are not overwhelmed to start you first travel experience which can quickly ruin your adventure.

    Ask yourself why you are traveling and what you want to see. Plan your route and how you will travel from place to place. This starting step is important to your travels. However, don’t think that you need to stick to this plan. Opportunities will arise while you are traveling. Try to be as flexible as possible with your schedule.

  3. Know your budget.

  4. You should know your budget before booking your plane and hotel. Actually you should really know your budget before you even choose your destination. It is extremely important to choosing the right destination that fits your budget.

    You could decide to pack your bags and travel your own country because you may feel that this is the cheapest option. Or you could choose a destination like South East Asia where the day-to-day expenses are inexpensive, so the plane ticket is the most expensive thing. Or Iceland where the plane ticket is inexpensive, but the day-to-day expenses are what eats up your budget. Whatever the destination, make sure that you know your budget and try your best to stick to it so that you have money to come back home.

    Set an amount that you are willing to spend, then look for your flight and hotel within that budget. You should understand how much it will cost you to eat each day where you will be staying, how much entertainment will cost you, transportation between places you want to visit, and any other expenses like souvenirs. See more about creating a travel budget here.

    Tips For First Time Travelers
    Hiking Yongmasan, Seoul, South Korea
  5. Meet and Talk to People

  6. This is the best part of travel. The people you meet while on the road. Whether it is a local that you befriend or other travelers from your hostel, travel really is the greatest way to bring people together.

    If you are an introvert, like me, this is a little bit difficult to do. Putting yourself out there to just talk to people you have never met before is hard. What do you talk about? Well, in this case you have a lot to talk about. First off, you both likely love to travel otherwise you would not be traveling. So, talk about travel! Talk about where you are and what to do, where they are from, and where they have traveled to.

    Just like that you have a perfect way to open a conversation and you have likely made a new friend. Traveling really is the easiest way to meet new people.

  7. Say Yes…

  8. Unique opportunities that you did not plan for will arise while you travel. Say yes if it feels right. Be prepared to rearrange your schedule to allow for these opportunities.

    This was the first piece of advice I got from someone when I first went traveling solo. And I stuck to it. I said yes to everything that came my way. And I had the greatest time.

    This is when traveling spontaneously really helps with flexibility. Sometimes something will come up and if you do not have your entire trip planned then you can fit it in and say yes to whatever comes your way. However, if you have your entire route planned and booked it will be more difficult to fit things in.

    There are pros and cons to each method, but I still feel that if you are traveling by yourself for the first time it is better to have a plan.

    There will be times when things come up that just do not feel right. For example, following a stranger to their house or getting into someone’s car you just do not know is likely a big no. So…

  9. …Don’t Be Afraid to Say No

  10. There will be some other opportunities that just don’t fit into your schedule. Don’t try to force it. Other times, it may be a scam. Just say no and walk away.

    The last thing you want is to be robbed or have something even worse happen to you while you are on the road. Be smart, use your gut, and make wise decisions based on this.

    There is not much more to say about this other than to just follow your instinct. If something feels wrong, it likely is wrong.

    Oedo Island, off of Geoje Island, South Korea
    Oedo Island, off of Geoje Island, South Korea
  11. Be safe.

  12. Continuing from our previous point, the most important thing about travel is being safe. You should know the areas where you will be visiting. No matter where you are in the world, there are bad people. When you are traveling, you will be surprised about how many amazing people you will meet. However, you should know the different scams in the area you are traveling to and take measures to prevent them. Having your wallet stolen can make a great trip turn horrible fast.

    Know your surroundings, keep your valuables and personal items in a safe in your room or hold them tight to you where they cannot be stolen from you, and be aware of where you are at all times. I have heard many stories of stolen items because people were just unaware of what was happening around them.

    Every country has scams that you need to look out for, so make sure to do some research on these scams specific to the place you are traveling to. Your trip can become quickly ruined if you have something stolen from you or even worse.

    With that being said, make sure to copy your personal identification cards and passport and have them sent to your email. That way if these get stolen, you have a copy that will help you expedite getting you a new passport in your hands to get home safely.

  13. Travel with an Open Mind.

  14. When you travel, you become the foreigner. It is important that you travel with an open mind. Absorb the culture of the country you are traveling to. Open your mind and let it all in.

    Try the local food and drink, talk to as many people as you can, take photos, take videos, make memories, and just enjoy yourself. Never take for granted that you are traveling the world. Something that many people never get the chance to do in their entire lives.

Conclusion

Taking your first step into the world of traveling can be daunting. Traveling solo for the first time can be extremely rewarding, but at the same time stressful if you are not prepared. We hope that these tips will allow you to mentally prepare yourself for your next adventure around the world. Preparation is the key for a first time traveler. Be prepared and take advantage of your trip. Enjoy your travels!

 

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How To Make Money While Traveling

Traveling opens our eyes to the world around us. It helps us understand and experience different cultures. Traveling opens our mind and our heart to new experiences. It provides us with many memories that will shape us as a person. Traveling is priceless…

Except for the fact that traveling can be extremely pricey. So, how to make money while traveling? You can get away with saving some money here and there on different aspects of your travel. Maybe you saved a lot on your flight and you found a cheap hostel to stay at. That is money saved, but it still does not make your travel cheap. Remember, it is not just the money you spend while traveling, but also the money you could have been earning during that time that is the cost of your traveling.

Travel Photo Gyeongbokgung Versus Modernization, Seoul, South Korea
Gyeongbokgung Versus Modernization, Seoul, South Korea

This brings me to the topic of working abroad and my experience with it. Now, let me preface this by saying that working abroad may not work for everyone. Firstly, you need to be eligible to work abroad. Also, much like the opportunity to travel, working abroad may just not be a viable option for some. However, in my biased opinion, I truly believe that this is the best way to see the world.

It is however not the only way to get paid and travel the world. Though, in my case it was teaching English abroad, there are some requirements like having a post-secondary education and coming from an English speaking country, the requirements are minimal compared to other ways to travel the world and get paid.

Some ways are more free than others. Some require you to still work a 9 to 5 in a physical location, but at least you are in a new country and can still explore the new country during the weekends and holidays. Other ways are a bit more free as they allow you to work your own hours, though these are likely the most difficult to establish.

Anyways, here are the ways we have found how to make money while traveling.


How To Make Money While Traveling

How To Make Money While Traveling the World

  1. Teach Abroad

  2. This is an obvious one. I took a job in a country that I knew I wanted to travel to. This allowed me to travel the country on weekends, while I worked during the weekdays to make money. I can truly say that I have experienced the culture of this country as much as I can as a foreigner here.

    In addition to being able to explore the country I moved to, I chose the area of the world that I was interested in exploring. This allowed me to go on trips during vacations and holidays to neighboring countries cheaper than I would be able to if I was continually flying from my home country.

    In my situation, I was able to find a fairly well-paid job with good vacation time in comparison to that of my home country. This allowed me to not only save up the money I needed to go on trips faster than I would back home, but also to have the time to go on these trips.

    The requirements include having a post-secondary education, coming from an English-speaking country, and having a clean criminal record. These are just the major requirements, but provide a glimpse at what you would be getting yourself in to should you choose to pursue teaching abroad.

    If you are looking where you can teach abroad, you can find the best places to teach English abroad here. We would love to hear your teaching abroad experiences including where you taught and how it went in the comment section below!

    How To Make Money While Traveling
    View from Achasan, Seoul, South Korea
  3. Work Remotely

  4. This is such a great way to travel the world. You can at the very least move to a country with less living expenses than where you are living at the moment and take a job that pays less than you make right now. In that sense you are still likely saving the same amount and yet you get to be in a whole different country able to travel and work flexible hours.

    One way you can do this is you can ask your current employer if they would allow you to work remotely. We interviewed one couple on the Travel Couple Podcast that did just this and succeeded in convincing their boss to allow them to do this. They did take a pay cut, but they had no problem with this if it meant working flexible hours remotely.

    Another way would be to seek employment on a job board like We Work Remotely or joining an online group that would help you find a remote job. Expanding your network really helps you in finding the right employer that will let you work remotely.

    Also, you can expand you skill sets to include online tasks like marketing and content creation which brings me to the next way you can travel the world and make money.

  5. Start a Business

  6. This is likely the most difficult of the three, but if you set up the right business that brings you money while you sleep, you can travel the world while working when you want. This takes a lot of work and time to set up though so you may want to play around with this before you set out on your adventure.

    If you are interested in content creation, get started on a niche website that interests you and begin making content that drives traffic to your website. Then you can work to monetize that traffic through affiliate marketing, advertising, brand deals, and so much more.

    Or, if you have a specific set of skills, perhaps you want to pick up clients that are willing to work with you on a remote basis as a freelancer. This requires a little more of your time to work with them and to be flexible with their hours, but this can be extremely rewarding.

  7. Invest

  8. This one takes a lot of time and having capital tied up while you travel. However, whether you are investing in a business, stocks, real estate, or whatever you have going on back home, you can keep those investments and travel while they appreciate.

    If you have a business at home and have the right people and systems in place to run the business while you take off, this could be a good way to make money without having to worry to much about your business and to feel comfortable that you are still bringing in money while on the road.

    I know a few couples who own some property and rent it out while they travel the world together and others that have accumulated enough wealth that they have their investments in order to retire and are able to travel.

    Though this takes some time to accomplish, there is no time like the present to begin investing into your future.

Conclusion

Many people can’t find the time and/or money to travel. How to make money while traveling can help provide the time and the money when traveling. Working abroad is your best solution to fulfilling the travel bone in your body. If you are fresh out of university and are looking to travel, but you are struggling paying off those student debts, look for a job teaching abroad. Generally all you need is an bachelor’s degree in any field. Work for a year, while going on trips during vacation and holiday time, and then take the next year to travel the world. It can be done!

Alternatively, there are many other great solutions to finding a way to travel the world and make money at the same time. Follow the one that suits you or work on all of them at the same time to create the lifestyle that you want.

If you want more information or help on any of these, please feel free to reach out to us and we would be happy to get you started on the right foot.

 

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The Story Behind the Photo


Welcome to The Story Behind the Photo where we post a photo on an ongoing basis with a story that goes along with the photo.

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The Story Behind the Photo

The Story Behind the Photo: An Ongoing Post

Background Information:

After waking up and leaving our hostel at six in the morning, my wife and I went to the top of Sarangkot in Pokhara, Nepal to view the magnificent sunrise. As the sun rises, the Annapurna mountain range lights up a bright orange. It is an incredible view above the clouds. After taking in the sunrise, we went on a short hike towards the Australian Base Camp. We arrived around noon at the camp and sat down for a banana pancake and Nepalese tea brunch. At this moment, I put the Nepalese tea in front of my camera on the rock table, set up my camera, and snapped a shot of the Annapurna mountain range.

Traveling and having Nepalese tea while looking at the Annapurna mountain range.
Having Nepalese tea while looking at the Annapurna mountain range.

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The remainder of the day was spent hiking through small mountain-side villages, having lunch after taking a break at a farm, and enjoying the nature that the mountains had to offer. It was a pleasant day spent in Pokhara, Nepal.

 

Background Information:

My wife and I took a long weekend opportunity at the end of July to escape the busy big city of Seoul, South Korea. We traveled down south to stay in the city of Gwangju. Taking a half day trip out of the city, we hoped on a bus and went to the bamboo forest (Juknokwon) in Damyang. It was a beautiful walk around the forest, though it was busy because it was a long weekend. We escaped the crouds to snap a photograph of a hanok on the outskirts of the forest. This was the result.

Hanok in the Bamboo Forest, Juknokwon, Damyang, South Korea
Hanok in the Bamboo Forest, Juknokwon, Damyang, South Korea

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The stroll through Juknokwon was a welcoming escape from the big city.

 

Background Information:

For my first time back in Canada since I left in 2014, I took my wife to Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada to see the majestic Niagara Falls. We rented a car and drove there from Toronto, parking near the Skylon Tower. After purchasing tickets up the tower that overlooks the falls, we were presented with a commanding 360 degree view of Niagara Falls. This allowed us to snap this picture of the falls, and many others of the city while experiencing the crisp autumn breeze of Canada. Enjoy!

A view of the falls from the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada
A view of the falls from the Skylon Tower in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada

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We finished the day by walking towards Clifton Hill to see more of what Niagara Falls, Ontario has to offer. View more about what you can do in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.

 

Background Information:

My wife and I took a three day trip to Kunming, China. This trip was not a planned one. It was the result of a flight being cancelled, so we decided to take advantage of our time there and take a day to check out the Stone Forest. Though it was an expensive excursion and the sky was not the most attractive, the Stone Forest was full of incredible views and paths to hike around for a few hours. If you ever find yourself in Kunming, take the opportunity to see this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Be prepared to spend lots of money to see it though. Here is one of the pictures from our trip:

The Stone Forest, Kunming, China
The Stone Forest, Kunming, China

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We spent about three hours wandering the Stone Forest. If it wasn’t for the lack of time we had before the last bus was going to leave, we would have spent another hour to take our time walking around.

 

Background Information:

This photo was taken during the Lantern Festival in Seoul, South Korea. This is one of many carefully constructed lanterns along Chyeonggyecheon Stream.

Lantern Festival, Seoul, South Korea

The Lantern Festival in Seoul, South Korea is a great way to spend an evening walking along Cheonggyecheon Stream. The Lantern Festival happens every November for two weeks. It is an hour or two of free entertainment to walk along the stream and see international and local artist’s work. Check it out the next time you are in Seoul!

 

Background Information:

Diamond Head State Monument is a crater just a 30 minute walk from Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii. The hike from the trail head to the summit lasts 45 minutes. Though it is a short hike, it is a steep trek that sees lots of steps, uneven ground, and a long tunnel. On a hot day, be prepared with lots of water and your camera for the view at the summit. The view from the top is a beautiful panoramic view of the city below.

The View from Diamond Head, Honolulu, Hawaii

This is a recommendable hike in Honolulu. Not only is it in the vicinity of the beaches, but it also wont take much time from your day at the beach. Plan to go as early as possible to beat the larger crowds later in the day. The park opens at 6 in the morning and closes at 6 in the evening.

 

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The less-traveled Yunnan province of China has a lot to offer the nature-loving traveler. One of which is the Stone Forest. This place is filled with amazing photo opportunities from the foot of massive limestone formations to the panoramic views of rolling hills littered with the eroded limestone. Getting there from Kunming takes about 1 to 1.5 hours. You know when you are getting close as you begin to see more and more of these limestone formations on the hills. I saw an opportunity to capture a couple of people climbing while on the bus.

The result was this photo:

The Stone Forest, Yunnan, China

Kunming was a nice city to visit for a few days. Though our trip there was not planned, we were happy with our stay. The highlight was the Stone Forest. It was worth the day trip and it is recommendable if you ever find yourself to be in the Yunnan province of China. Be prepared to spend some money upon arrival on the expensive admission.

 

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Hawaii provides a lot of amazing sunset opportunities. Capturing those final seconds while the sun descends towards the horizon is an important time for any photographer. Getting the right composition in those closing seconds, waiting for the right moment, and capturing that moment is all part of the photographing process. On this particular day while I was in Honolulu, Hawaii, I went down to Waikiki Beach to capture the sunset. Unfortunately, Waikiki Beach is an extremely busy area packed with tourists hoping to record or photograph the same moment. Fortunately, I found a good position away from others, prepared for the right moment, and waited. The result was this photo:

Sunset at Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu was a very busy city. Prior to our stay in Honolulu, we visited Kauai for three days. There was a big contrast in how many people crowded the streets and beaches. Driving around Kauai showed us the peaceful island life, with very few people on the beaches and roads. When we arrived in Honolulu, it was the exact opposite of what we had experienced in Kauai. Though we were prepared for this, as Waikiki Beach in Honolulu is a popular travel destination among tourists. Nonetheless, Honolulu is a great city in Hawaii to visit. There are lots of things to do and see while visiting.

 

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Kauai, the Garden Isle, is a beautiful green island used for sets during filming of movies like Jurassic Park. Kauai is for the nature-loving traveler. There are great hiking trails, gorgeous beaches, canyons, and several waterfalls scattered throughout the island. Though we did not take advantage of the hiking trails due to health concerns after landing, we did rent a car and drive the roads to see as much of the island we could see. There is no way to drive around the entire island, but we drove from end to end. Along the way are numerous marked viewpoints of scenic areas. Among these was a view of Opeakka Falls. We got out of the car, I set up the camera, and got beautiful pictures of the falls.

The result was this photo:

Kauai Waterfall, Kauai, Hawaii

Kauai is called the Garden Isle for a good reason. It is a great place to go for people who love the natural beauty of the world while traveling. The beaches are exquisite and not packed with people, the hiking trails (though we did not get the opportunity to hike them) are excellent, and the numerous waterfalls make for great photo opportunities.

 

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There is something about lighthouses that make for a great picture. Maybe it is the secluded and coastal feeling one gets when thinking of the idea of a lighthouse. While on the hike up Diamond Head State Monument in Honolulu, Hawaii, I was presented with many amazing views of the city. Finally when reaching the summit, I was rewarded with a panoramic view of Honolulu. Down by the ocean rests a lighthouse, which made for a great aerial shot of the lighthouse.

The result was this photo:

The Lighthouse at Diamond Head, Honolulu, Hawaii

The hike up Diamond Head State Monument is a rewarding one. It provides visitors with a nice break away from the nearby crowded beaches. The hike does not last long, which makes for a great early morning activity. The view at the summit, and along the way, is well worth the short journey. Bring a camera and lots of water because on a hot day, the steep hike can make you easily dehydrated.

 

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Seoul is an amazing city. It is densely populated with some 14 million people. The city is constantly in a state of rush, the metro system is incredibly efficient and so many people rely on it to get to and from work everyday, the streets are packed with cars during rush hour, and yet there are some peaceful places throughout Seoul that just make you forget you were ever in one of the most populated cities in the world. Olympic Park is one of those places. The park is massive, and it is a great place to go on a long walk. At the south west corner of the park is an impressive Olympic monument that was built for the 1988 Olympics that were held in the city. Resting below the monument is the eternal flame. If you are looking towards the monument, outside of the park, you can see in the background a tower being built. One of my sunny walks through the park, I brought along my camera.

The result was this photo:

1988 Olympic Monument, Olympic Park, Seoul, South Korea

The tower being built is the Lotte World Tower in Jamsil. It will stand 555 meters tall when completed.

 

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Pokhara is a beautiful lake-side city in Nepal. It is accessible by airplane or a seven hour bus ride through the mountainous country. The city has a lot to offer visitors including hikes, canoeing, safaris, and paragliding. We chose to take advantage of the paragliding while we were there. The paragliding began at the top of Sarangkot mountain. The thirty minute descent ended in the city of Pokhara, at the side of lake Phewa Tal. There were many amazing aerial photography chances while paragliding, including photos of the Annapurna Mountain Range, Pokhara, Phewa Tal, and the surrounding hillside communities. I took advantage of the situation and brought my camera.

The result was this photo:

Paragliding, Pokhara, Nepal

 

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In celebration of Canada Day, we have chosen a photo from our library with the Canadian flag in it. The choice is a photo taken from our trip to Niagara Falls with the Skylon Tower to the right of the photo. On our trip, we went up the Skylon Tower to view the falls from above. The tower provides the best view of the falls that there is to offer. In addition to the Skylon Tower’s view of the falls is the Ferris Wheel in Niagara Falls. Both of these experiences are worth while for their views of the falls from above. Take a look at our trip and more information about traveling to Niagara Falls on our previous post about what we did in Niagara Falls. While walking around the city, I was able to get a good view of a Canadian flag and the Skylon Tower together.

The result was this photo:

Skylon Tower, Niagara Falls, Canada

 

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During our trip to Nepal, we made it a priority to get to the lake-side city of Pokhara as we had been told it was a beautiful place to visit and relax. The 7 hour bus ride to get there was an experience in itself, but once we got to the city we were rewarded with endless possibilities to fill our days. One such thing we did was to see the sunrise from the top of Sarangkot Mountain. Everything we had read told us this was a must when in Pokhara, and having done it ourselves we agree. While at the top of the mountain, we had the opportunity to purchase some pashmina products and witness the delicate weaving process. I captured this process in the moment.

The result was this photo:

Travel Photo Weaving Atop Sarangkot, Pokhara, Nepal
Weaving Atop Sarangkot, Pokhara, Nepal

We left with two shawls and a rug. The experience of seeing the sunrise from Sarangkot Mountain is a must when you are in Pokhara. Getting to see the intricate process of weaving pashmina is an added bonus to that experience.

 

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Our day hike began early in the morning before the sun was out. We were fortunate enough to make it to the top of Sarangkot Mountain in time for the sunrise, and then to travel to the beginning of our day long trek. Our destination by lunch time was the Australian Base Camp. It was about a three hour trek up sometimes step steps, but it passed through many different small farming homes that scaled the mountain. We passed cows, goats, dogs, and families on our way to the base camp. As the sun ascended into the sky, the time was perfect for pictures of these families waking up or getting their day underway. In the moment, I captured a man staring off into the distance as the sun illuminated his crouching body and casting his shadow into his home.

The result was this photo:

Waking up in Pokhara, Nepal

The day trek provided us with a look into the mornings of these hillside communities near Pokhara, Nepal. It was an interesting day filled with magnificent photo-taking opportunities along the way thanks to the beautiful scenery.

 

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We arrived in Pokhara, Nepal and booked a guided hike for the day on our last full day in the lake-side city. We began the hike by seeing the sunrise from Sarangkot Mountain, and continued on to our day full of hiking towards the Australian Base Camp. Following our brunch at the base camp, we began our descent down the hill. On our way we ran into a small party of children dancing to Nepali music in the hills. The kids were dancing in the mountains and enjoying their time above the clouds. Before joining in with the dancing and taking photos with them, we took some photos looking down from above with the clouds surrounding the mountains.

The result was this photo:

Dancing Above the Clouds in Pokhara, Nepal

The day of hiking was an amazing experience, and though we did so many different things while in Pokhara, the hiking was the highlight because of the many aspects of life in the hillside it offered us and the incredible views of the Annapurna Mountain Range. See more from our day hike in Pokhara, Nepal.

 

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We have written about our day hike in Pokhara, Nepal at great length, but there is so much to share from our experiences. The day hike was a long day, but it was highlighted with many incredible views of the Annapurna Mountain Range, the city below us, and the clouds surrounding the mountains. When we finally made it to the Australian Base Camp before noon, we were greeted with an incredible view of the mountains. We came across a set of tents with the mountains in the background, making it one of the best places to set up camp. Imagine waking up in the mornings and opening up your tent to see the incredible mountains at sunrise. I grabbed my camera to capture the scene.

The result was this photo:

Australian Base Camp, Pokhara, Nepal

Once we made it to the Australian Base Camp, the view of the Annapurna Mountain Range was amazing. Our guide wanted us to get there sooner than we did to have better lighting of the mountains. Nonetheless, we sat down and relaxed for about an hour just looking at the mountains in awe.

 

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Our journey to Pokhara, Nepal from Kathmandu was an interesting one. You can see more from our treacherous bus ride through the mountains from Kathmandu to Pokhara. During this seven hour ride through the mountainous rural areas from city to city, we were able to take a few breaks, get out of the bus, and see the small towns for ourselves, and not through a bus window. Taking full advantage of these times, we shopped at a local market, at a small meal, had Nepali tea, and interacted with the locals. At one of these stops, we took a break near an old gas station. While snapping photos of the community, I saw a group of younger Nepali men walking through the gas station and I took the opportunity to frame an interesting photograph.

The result was this photo:

Travel Photo Nepal Gas Station

The bus ride from Pokhara to Kathmandu provided us with an opportunity to see the country from city to city and it’s rural regions. It was also a chance to get out and taste the food and drink within these small towns, interact with the local populations, and take photos along the way. Though the bus ride is long, seven to eight hours, it was well worth the money spent, less than $8 USD, for the memories we made during it.

 

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After our trip to Pokhara, Nepal, we moved from Pokhara back to Kathmandu for one last night in Nepal. We left Pokhara at 7 AM, taking the seven hour bus ride back to the capital of the country. By the time we arrived and checked into our hostel, it was already close to 4 PM. Time was not on our side, but I definitely knew that I wanted to visit Swayambhunath, or the Monkey Temple. We caught a taxi and made our way towards the temple. Upon our arrival, we ventured up the stairs to the top. While ascending the stairs to the lookout, there are several statues and structures to take photos of. I saw this photo opportunity, grabbed my camera, and…

The result was this photo:

Monkey Temple in Kathmandu, Nepal

At the Monkey Temple, we never made it to the top of the temple. It is a short ascent to the top, but it does cost a small entrance fee to see the lookout from the top. Unfortunately, we were short on cash as it was our last night in Kathmandu and we could not afford the fee for the two of us. We did get to see why it was called the Monkey Temple. Monkeys everywhere! Monkeys stealing snacks from people, monkeys jumping and walking around, monkeys doing things you would not want your kids seeing… It was monkey mayhem.

 

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In the winter, we found ourselves in Kunming, China for a few days. It was an unplanned visit that came because a change in our flight schedule from South Korea to Nepal. We took advantage of the time we had in the city, beginning in the early morning hours after we landed. The next day, we walked from our hostel to the Green Lake Park. The weather in December was a little bit chilly, but still enjoyable to be outside in. The park was overrun with seagulls that we later learned had migrated from Siberia during the winter. The park was a beautiful place to take a walk around, with multiple gates to enter the park and good eating places around the lake area. As usual, I brought my camera and snapped some pictures of the action at the lake.

The result was this photo:

Green Lake, Kunming, China

Green Lake Park in Kunming is a beautiful place to see during the winter and a great place to walk around. Afterwards, grab a bite to eat or go shopping in the same area. Check it out for something relaxing to do whenever you find yourself in Kunming, China.

 

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Our trip to Kunming was short-lived. We did get to do some amazing things while there for a few days, but there still remains many things we wish we could have seen within the city and the surrounding area. One of the best things about traveling is walking around the city and getting a feel for the day-to-day exercises of the people. Our time to walk around Kunming was limited, but we were able to spend a few hours to wander around our hostel area which was located near Green Lake Park. While wandering the streets we saw busy main streets crowded with buses, cars, and motorbikes. We saw crowded sidewalks, traditional Chinese architecture, and many people. During our walk, we saw a man working on painting a long piece of wood. The red wood had Chinese characters carved onto the surface of the board. At the time, the man was working to pain the characters a gold color. I got my camera ready to capture the moment.

The result was this photo:

Painting in Kunming, Yunnan, China

Though we had little time in Kunming, we made the most of our trip to the city. We saw some amazing things and enjoyed the environment of the city while we were there.

 

Background Information:

Our trip to Kunming, though not planned, was an enjoyable one. It is a naturally beautiful place to see, in a place in China that is not as big of a tourist attraction than other cities in China. There are plenty of attractions that will keep you entertained, whether it is a place within the city or a day trip outside of the city. One place we visited was the Yunnan Ethnic Village. Though we did not make it past the admission gate due to time and money restrictions, there is still a lot to see before the entrance gate. The area is filled with Chinese architecture, tea shops, some places to get food, and souvenir shops. It is definitely a place to check out if you are in Kunming. Surrounded by mountains and bodies of water, and filled with traditional Chinese sculptures and architecture, this is a great place to bring your camera. There was one opportunity for a picture with a lion sculpture with a tower in the background, so I snapped the picture.

The result was this photo:
Yunnan Ethnic Village, Kunming, China

 

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Kauai is nicknamed “The Garden Isle” for a good reason. The island is covered in lush forest and a variety of landscapes that would please anyone looking to reconnect with nature. Hikers, adventurers, and travelers alike would enjoy a week or more on this island. For our short visit to this island, we rented a car and took a day to see as much as we could of the island. It isn’t possible to drive around the whole island, but we were committed to seeing as much of the island as we could by car. The best part about driving around the island is the numerous scenic viewpoints marked for everyone to come and see. Included in these are waterfalls that are accessible by the road. One such waterfall we saw was Wailua Falls. We were driving down south from our hotel in Wailua when we saw the sign for the falls. After making a sharp right onto the road, we followed it for another 10-15 minutes of beautiful forest and flat land before winding our way towards a dead end. Here there were a few other cars parked and some vendors selling some fruit. Just a few steps from the parking lot is a railing where you can look out to the waterfall and the pool below it. This is where I took out my camera and snapped a picture.

The result was this photo:
Scenic Viewpoint of Wailua Falls, Kauai, Hawaii

Wailua Falls was the closest falls we saw from the road while in Kauai. From the railing, the falls were about 30 feet away from us. Driving around Kauai to see these scenic viewpoints allowed us to see the different landscapes that the island has to offer.

 

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Our four hour tour in Narita, Japan was a chance opportunity. What began as a horrible situation, having to sleep in the airport, ended with an incredible opportunity to experience the city. Guided by two volunteer tour guides, we went on a tour just two subway stops from the airport. Our tour took us down a winding road lined with restaurants and shops, and took us to the Naritisan Shinshoji Temple. Here we walked around for thirty minutes, a short amount of time to see the entire grounds of the temple, but we were short for time. Nonetheless, the tour showed us a large amount of the grounds and the rituals involved. As soon as we walked into the entrance gate from the road, we walked up a staircase to Ni-o-mon Gate. From here you can see the Great Main Hall. To the right of this is the Three-storied Pagoda. While others were bathing cleansing themselves with the smoke, I picked up my camera to capture both structures.

The result was this photo:
Naritisan Shinshoji Temple in Narita, Japan

 

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Touring Narita, Japan was an interesting and opportunistic time that we had during our short stay in the city. Thanks to the Narita Transit Program, we were able to make light of a bad situation. From sleeping in the airport to going on a three to four hour tour for free. The time we spent in the city was eventful to say the least. During our tour with the Narita Transit Program, we saw the cultural side of the city. From trying on a Japanese kimono to partaking in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony, we moved on to the Naritisan Shinshoji Temple. Here we saw more of the cultural, but also the religious and cultural side of the city. The temple provided us with many photo taking opportunities and our tour guides were more than willing to answer all of the questions we had for them about the temple and its surroundings. With my camera out, I snapped as many photos of the temple as I could.

The result was this photo:
So-mon, The Main Gate to Naritisan Shinshoji Temple in Narita, Japan

The temple was the last stop before lunch and saying goodbye to our tour guides to catch our flight out of the city. The time spent in Narita was positive. We would recommend anyone that is in Japan to check out this airport city for free with the Narita Transit Program. They made our trip well worth it.

 

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The afternoon we arrived on the Big Island of Hawaii, we set out to capture the perfect sunset shot. After dropping our bags at our hotel and refreshing ourselves after the flight, we left to find the scenic viewpoint we saw on our drive from the airport. From my memory, it served as a great overlook of a bay and the sun would set at a perfect location from the lookout. We arrived just before sunset to an incredible view with no one around. Unfortunately because Kona is on the windward side of the island, it is difficult to set up the tripod and hope it holds in the wind long enough to get a shot that is not shaky, but also hoping that the camera does not fall from the height I had my tripod at. The solution: place my tripod next to the car about 15 feet away from us (the subjects of the shot) so that the car stops the camera from falling over, click the timer, make a mad dash to the wall, and get into position for the shot. It was a success, after multiple attempts and panic over the tripod blowing in the wind.

The result was this photo:
Sunset in Kona, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii

Kona has an interesting volcanic rock landscape. The beauty of the land is undeniable. During sunset, it is immaculate. For photographers, it is a wonderful place to spend countless hours waiting for that moment to capture the perfect photograph.

 

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Things People Forget to Pack for Their Trip

Do you ever get that feeling when you are finished packing that there is something you have forgotten? It happens to me every time. That sense of worry that there must be something small that I forgot to throw into my bag that could derail my entire trip.

Once you hop in your car for the airport or to your destination, there is no turning back. Unless it is for something crucial like a passport. But even still in that drive to the airport and once I arrive at my destination, the thought of forgetting something still lingers.

It is not as bad anymore as I have learned to just let go and accept that whatever I have forgotten is forgotten. Luckily I do not have any medication to forget or anything serious that I would not be able to buy at my destination. However, with all of my camera gear and accessories my biggest thought is that I have forgotten something to help me charge my gear or take that photo.

Preparing for your trip is essential to having a smooth vacation. Sometimes we can get so caught up in the moment that we forget to bring a few items with us. That is why we created a list of things not to forget when packing. This is not a list of the simple things you should bring like clean underwear and your passport, but a list of things that may skip your mind while packing for your trip. They may come in handy at some point during your trip.


Things People Forget to Pack for Their Trip

Common Things People Forget to Pack

Note: This is an all encompassing list of things people forget to pack on any trip. This includes overseas trips, road trips, and camping trips.

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  • Passport / Visas
  • First thing is first. The thing you need if you are going to another country. Do not forget that passport or visa. Do your research in advance to know what visa you are required to get. This has happened to one of us in the past.

  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Sanitation levels in other countries may not be equal to the levels you are use to on a daily basis. This can be quite a shock to your system. Bring a small bottle of hand sanitizer with you to use when needed.



  • Ibuprofen
  • If you plan on going on a long hike or a night out with alcoholic beverages on your trip, bring some ibuprofen. You will thank yourself the next day.

  • Sunscreen
  • Do not forget that bottle of sunscreen. Sun damage is serious and sunscreen can get expensive. Pack a bottle so your prepared if you are planning to soak up the sun.



  • Aloe Gel
  • Did you still get a burn in the sun or did you just forget to pack the sunscreen? Bring a bottle of this along to help soothe your skin from your burn. It will help.



  • Insect Repellent
  • If you are going to a place where mosquitoes or other insect pests live, do not forget this. Bugs can carry very serious viruses. You do not want your trip to be cut short because you are showing symptoms of an infection or pay for something in the future. Be cautious and do not forget the bug spray.



  • Toilet Paper / Tissues / Wet Naps
  • You never know when you are going to need to clean up a mess you have made. A small container of disinfectant wipes is always a great thing to have. On more than a couple of occasions I have wished they were packed.




  • Traveler’s Diarrhea Medication
  • Yeah it made the list. You don’t want to waste some of your time on your vacation because of this. So plan ahead and ask your doctor about it. It hurts more to be unprepared for the worst.

  • Sleeping / Anxiety Medication
  • If you have a long flight ahead of you and you are not able to sleep on airplanes or get anxiety, talk to your doctor about some medication ahead of time.

  • Other Medication
  • If you have personal medication that you need to take, do not forget to pack this. If you are traveling with medication you should make sure that you include the prescription or doctors note with you and that the medication is clearly marked. That means not putting your medication into bags or containers but actually carrying the prescribed bottle.

  • Universal Power Adapter
  • This is so easy to forget. Other countries use different outlets and power supplies. Make sure that you pack a universal power adapter with you on your next trip if you need to charge anything.



  • Charging Cords
  • Especially if you have a lot of electronics to charge, make sure that you go through the list of things you have to know that you have packed all of the charging cords necessary.

  • Packing Cubes
  • Likely you did not forget your packing cubes if you have already packed, but it is something useful to separate your clean clothes from dirty clothes. If you do not want to use your packing cubes for this, then make sure you have packed some extra bags.



  • Toiletries
  • Everybody has different needs for toiletries when traveling. But it is necessary to always bring your tooth brush wherever you travel to. Do not ask to borrow somebody else’s…

  • Snacks
  • It never hurts to throw some snacks into your bag for those times when you might get a little hangry on a trip. Especially if you are doing a road trip or camping trip, you want to make sure you pack some snacks and water.

  • Journal
  • Especially if you are a blogger you want to have something handy that you can take notes on wherever you travel to.



  • Appropriate Attire
  • It may be warm and sunny where you are, but where you are going may be cold and wet. Make sure to do your research in advance and pack the appropriate attire for the destination and season to which you are traveling to.

  • Activity-Specific Equipment
  • Whether you are going snorkeling, fishing, climbing, or whatever it is that you do on your trips, it is always good to double check whether you have packed everything you need for these activities.

  • Sunglasses
  • Not just for style, but also for protection against the sun. Your eyes are precious and you should protect them especially if you are going to be in the sun chilling on a beach all day or even walking through town every day.



  • Travel Insurance
  • We forgot this once. Never will we ever go somewhere without it again. You can read more about our travel insurance experience here and why you should get it.

  • Guide Books
  • If you are a guide book type person, it never hurts to bring it along with you for your trip.

  • Itinerary
  • Having your itinerary planned and organized with the different stops and accommodations booked plotted out is great. But it is not so great if you leave it at home. Or if you have it on your phone and you lose it. Make sure to have a physical copy of this itinerary on you.

  • Positive Attitude
  • This is really an understatement. Things can and will go wrong during your travels. Make sure that you have a positive attitude to battle negative things that come up otherwise your trip will not be worth it.

  • Open Mind
  • It never hurts to have an open mind especially if you are visiting a place that has a completely different culture than the one that you are used to. Understanding that not everyone is the same as you or practices the same beliefs will take you a long way into your travels.


Things You Forget To Pack

Conclusion

We hope this list helps you when preparing for your trip. Whether it is a camping trip, road trip, or overseas trip, we hope that this helps alleviate that fear of forgetting something after you are finished packing and helps you relax during that ride to the airport.

If you have anything you have forgotten in the past or something you think would be commonly forgotten, we would love to hear from you in the comment section below.

 

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