I Was Able to Go to New York City

When my husband asked me if I would like to go to New York City, I thought he was joking at first. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to go there for several days to watch a couple of Broadway shows and to go shopping. My aunt used to go there when she was still alive, and I fell in love with the stories she had told me about this gorgeous city. My husband told me that he had looked up some information and found out that all we needed was an ESTA USA application to travel to America.

I did not even know what ESTA meant, and he told me it just means Electronic System for Travel Authorization.… Read More

Equipment For Backpacking or Hillwalking

Equipment For Backpacking or Hillwalking

A backpacking load does not need to be a back-breaking load even though you have to carry everything you need for camping as well as walking. Keeping the weight down can be done in two ways.

The Weight Of Each Part Of The Equipment Is Very Important

The weight of each part of your equipment, from the tent to your spoon, is important. For days of walking the weight difference between, say, one jacket and the other doesn’t matter much. For backpackers, on the other hand, a little extra weight on each tooth bit can add a sizable amount on the back. If you can’t decide between two dental items, always choose the lighter one. Most stores can tell you how heavy a tent is (though not always accurate) but few know the weight of the clothes they stock.

Taking along a small spring balance for weighing gear when you shop is well worthwhile. Those who intend backpacking in the future would do well to pay careful attention to the weight of any items like waterproofs they buy for day walking. Those who camp at roadside locations must do the same. It might not matter how heavy your tent or sleeping bag is if you arrive at the location by car but if you plan to use the same equipment for backpacking, the weight will be very important.

Everything You Take Is Really Needed

Ask yourself if everything you take is really needed. Be cruel. If you are not sure leave it at home. Then after each trip, check your equipment and see what you don’t need and decide to leave it at home next time other than emergency items such as a first-aid kit (and even the weight here can be saved if you cut a few extra pieces – blister cover or plaster).

As a guide, a summer backpacking load for a solo walker should weigh no more than 251b (11kg) without food or non-essential accessories such as books or camera gear. Adding food at around 21b (900g) a day gives a total of 301b (14kg) for a weekend and 401b (18kg) for a week. Sharing gear can bring this down a little. Very careful attention to weight can do so too; it is possible to get down to around 201b (9kg) for a weekend or 301b (14kg) for a week.

Paying such attention to weight may seem almost obsessive, but the time spent will be welcomed when out on the hill. The difference between a 251b (11kg) and 351b (16kg) rucksack is very noticeable. I have carried some extremely heavy loads over the years, mostly in remote wildernesses where extra gear and many days’ worth of food have to be carried, but I still check the weight of everything carefully. I also know from carrying that burden – some more than 701b (32kg) – that there is a direct connection between how far you can walk and how much you carry.

The Heavier Your Load Is The

Read More
Camping Equipment for Your Next Adventure

Camping Equipment for Your Next Adventure

So you have finally decided on your next hiking trip. That’s going to be fun, indeed. But you need to make sure that you are careful when deciding on the camping equipment you will select for your trip. You should take time and think about what outdoor equipment was missing from your last camping experience. If you want your next hiking adventure to be more exciting and comfortable, you should make sure that you have all the necessary camping equipment with you on your trip.

Carrying a Stove is An Important Thing For Hikers

Did you carry a stove for camping on your last adventure? If not, then you may understand quite clearly how difficult it is to enjoy the hike without an outdoor kitchen. You probably found it difficult to cook your meals or even prepare a cup of coffee. If you are successful at catching some fish from a nearby stream, it will be difficult and time consuming to cook them. This can create problems that could spoil your trip completely.

Outdoor Stove is The Option

Unlike the common perception, an outdoor kitchen is not a luxury. It is one of the most basic camping requirements and is as important as blankets or flashlights. If you have a stove for camping, your life in the backwoods will be a lot easier. When you are hiking, it’s not necessarily about one or two days. The camping trip may last for several days and it’s difficult to survive all these days without a good outdoor stove. The amount and type of food that you bring with you is always limited and it’s important to find a good way to cook your meals while you are in the backwoods.

An outdoor kitchen is much more than convenience. If you are one of those people who are passionate about cooking, you won’t want to be without a stove for camping. These stoves will not only simplify cooking, they’ll make it a lot more enjoyable. While you are in the backwoods, you can try new recipes and improvise with available ingredients. With outdoor stoves, you can rest assured that you won’t have to say no to a recipe just because you don’t have the proper equipment.

Many Model’s Of Stove Will Work For You Just Fine

People often ask which camping stove is appropriate for hiking. Well, a lot of outdoor equipment is tailored to the needs of a hiker, many model’s of stove will work for you just fine. There is a single burner stove, canister stove and liquid fuel stove to choose from. Canister stoves are powered by propane gas, which is stored in canisters. These outdoor stoves are easy to carry on your back and a wide range of hikers choose them for their adventure.

Fuel of Stove

Liquid fuel stoves can use a variety of different fuels such as white gas, kerosene or diesel, and the newer designs are much more compact, lightweight and are specially designed for hikers. … Read More

ETA Application to Travel in Canada

ETA Application to Travel in Canada

Do you plan to go to Canada and discover its wonders for the next holidays? You will certainly have to book a flight, an accommodation and get a visa. There are different types of visas to enter the Canadian territory but today, we are going focus on the ETA or Electronic Travel Authorization. How to apply for it? How much does it cost? Here are the answers!

ETA Application to Travel in Canada

What Is ETA Canada?

Whatever the purpose of your trip is: business, tourism or even a transit to another country via a Canadian airport, an electronic travel authorization is mandatory. It is supposedly the same as the Canada Visa. All foreigners wishing to stay in Canada must withdraw their ETA except Canadians with dual nationality or American citizens.

As far as the validity is concerned, like when your passport has expired and you have to renew it, the same applies to your electronic travel authorization. In the meantime, you can travel freely across Canada as often as you like. However, each stay must not exceed one semester. But it is good to know that the authorization validity can go up to 5 years. You can find more about it on https://www.travel-authorization.co.uk/eta-visa-application-canada.htm.

How to Apply for an ETA Canada?

As it is an electronic travel document, an ETA Canada can be requested online. Thanks to technology, the application can be made in just a few clicks on the Internet. Plus, you can receive a positive response in your mailbox after only a few moments once your ETA form has been completed. The latter is only available in French and English. But in order to let everyone fill it properly and easily, the descriptions of the fields are translated into eleven languages such as Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese, Italian and so many others.

To proceed with the ETA application, you must first have your passport under your eyes. Use a valid email address that you frequently use since the communication is only made through emails. You can download the application form on a specialized site. Please note that a form is only valid for one person. For families or couples, each traveler must fill one ETA application form.

Immediately after the form is filled, you must pay the processing fee. In fact, an ETA Canada costs only 7 $CAN. Of course, the payment process is made online with a credit card such as American Express, MasterCard, Visa Card, etc. Once all these procedures are completed, you will only have to wait for the response.… Read More

Holiday & Travel Guide For Hong Kong

Holiday & Travel Guide For Hong Kong

Look around

With its extraordinary history and culture, there are plenty of tours to help you discover all that Hong Kong has to offer. Stunning views of the area to see new luxury buildings among the traditional ones and visit St John’s Cathedral which is said to be the oldest Christian church in the Far East. There are more than 20 museums including those for space, railroad and science, along with culture and history for you to get around and see artifacts from its colorful history: Hong Kong truly serves everyone. Hong Kong has its own Madame Tussaud track and horse racing for an exciting day.

The Chin Lin Nunnery is a stunning elegant complex, with beautiful lotus ponds and rooms full of religious relics and treasures, this place must not be missed. Nian Lin garden is a magnificent park to visit, built in Tang Dynasty style, the building is stunning and the landscape is beautiful. After a day’s excursions take tea in the magnificent and elegant hotel called the Peninsular, or locally known as “The Pen”. This historic hotel will serve you cucumber sandwiches and afternoon tea in its beautiful surroundings. After a long day visiting the sights visit Victoria Harbour and watch the nightly show of lights and sound. This truly amazing show brings tourists flocking to it from around the world and has themes of Awakening, Energy, Heritage, Partnership and the finale Celebration, it truly is a sight to be seen.

Shopping

Shopping in Hong Kong is glitzy, trendy and traditional, with hundreds of stores to visit. There are massive shopping districts which can take up days to scour. There is nothing you can’t find in the stores, from designer clothing to the latest electronic technology items. The shops are extravagant, but there are plenty of bargains to be had, this city is shopping paradise. There are also many open markets to visit from bird garden market selling everything from grasshoppers, to fancy birdcages, or visit the open air flower market with its exotic flowers and colourful displays. There are markets for everything, but a great place to spend time in is the Jade markets with their diverse mix of rare and valuable items to inexpensive tourist items and souvenirs. The atmosphere and colourful market stalls are very enticing, but be sure you are buying genuine jade if your purchase is going to be an expensive one. There is even a themed market for the kids and toy lovers; there is so much shopping here in Hong Kong, it’s a brilliant experience.

EatingFrom delicious Chinese food served in wicker baskets to tasty sea food dishes in Japanese Sushi restaurants and fast food outlets serving tasty snacks, you will find something to take your fancy here. There are gourmet dishes in a variety of Mexican, Filipino and many other international cuisines for you to try in restaurants all around the city, from the very expensive to the inexpensive family budget meals.

Nightlife

With movies to watch, ballet performances … Read More

A Guide to the Best Christmas Markets in Europe

A Guide to the Best Christmas Markets in Europe

If you are yearning for all things festive then take a look at our guide. Whether you are hankering after the ultimate Christmas tree topper or have just developed a strong liking for mulled wine and Christmas cake you are sure to find something here to your taste. Many markets offer many goods at discounted prices in December so shop around for the best price.

Best for atmosphere

Cologne’s market is actually six markets in one town, the four largest and the most impressive are located right outside the town’s beautiful Gothic cathedral. The markets are a huge event and every year they regularly attract 2 million visitors. The half-timber stalls, the temporary ice-rink, the floating market and the Medieval market outside the Chocolate museum are particularly attractive to visitors and are just a few of the reasons why this market has charmed so many to keep returning in huge numbers year after year. In fact nobody does a Christmas market quite like Germany and Nuremberg, Dresden and Munich are also considered some of the most beautiful and atmospheric.

* Cologne market – 27th November – 23rd December 2009

* Nuremberg market – 27th November – 24th December 2009

* Dresden market – 26th November-24th December 2009

* Munich market – 27th November – 24th December 2009

Best for Children

There is a strong emphasis on fairy tales and folk-lore at the The Prague market and the organisers really go that extra mile in creating a true “Winter Wonderland” setting. There is even a nativity style petting zoo, a very large (and extremely well lit!) Christmas tree, dance and singing concerts and horse carriage rides as well as traditional seasonal foods and decoration/gifts.

* Prague Market – 28th November 2009 – 01st January 2010

Best for Budget

It might not be the most famous market but this traditional but less commercial market in Bratislava, Slovakia might be the perfect choice for a more budget-conscious traveller. Popular with tourists and locals alike this market offers everything from locally crafted gifts, winter clothing and ceramics as well as everything in between. Watch live entertainment as you scoff bread with dripping and onion and potato pancakes filled with goose liver (or just fruit-filled pancakes and apple pies..)

* Bratislava Market-1st November 2009 – 1st January 2010

Most Unique Shopping Experience

If you’re after something a little bit different then perhaps the Christmas market in Valkenburg, Holland would appeal, the whole market takes place in a cave underneath the city. Trawl the candle-lit labyrinth of passageways and caverns for gifts and decorations and marvel at the impressive mural carvings and sculptures also located there.

* Valkenburg – 28th November – 14th December 2009

Best for Chocolate Lovers

If you or your family had a particular addiction to all things chocolate then the popular Christmas fair in Brussels, Belgium should be right up your street. The “Winter Wonderland” takes place on the Place Sainte Catherine and as well as culinary delights such as steamed snails, … Read More

Page 1 of 133

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén