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Choose the Right Campground

When it comes to choosing a site to camp at, there are a number of different approaches that can be taken. Most campers choose one of the grounds that are located closest to them, and others just pick one out of the phone book. While these approaches do work, it is important to remember that you do not necessarily know what you are getting. If you are looking to have one of the best camping trips ever, you will need to take the time to find the camp-ground that is perfect for you and your needs.

What you need to remember is that not all camp-grounds and camp-parks are the same. This it is something that can have a huge impact on the success of your camping trip. If you are not careful, your camping trip can seem more like a nightmare than a vacation.

Costs

Camp sites and parks charge varied admission fees. If you are not careful, you will end up paying more than you need to. When examining the cost, it is also important to keep the onsite services, facilities, and activities in mind. The more you have access to, the higher the cost will likely be, but it may be worth the extra cost.

Your choice impacts what you can do. The services, facilities, and activities that you have access to are important. You may want to look for a camp that is filled with activities. For example, you may be looking for ones that may have playgrounds for children, swimming pools, fishing, boat rentals, or you may be looking for peace and quiet and hiking trails. The more the activities that you have access to that match your requirements the more likely you are to enjoy your camping trip.

Equipment

Your camp will also impact what you have to bring along with you. If the site that you choose to camp at does not have an onsite laundry room or a laundry facility, you would likely have to pack more clothes. Similarly with the activities that you can participate in. If your camp has a swimming pool or a hiking trail, you may want to bring along a bathing suit and walking boots.

Provisioning

The site that you choose may also have an impact on how many outside trips you have to make. In the United States, you can find a relatively large number of camping parks that have onsite general stores and even first aid centres or kits available. Should you forget to bring anything on your trip or suffer a small injury, you may need to leave your camp-ground if they do not have what you need onsite. While this may not seem like a huge deal, it may put a damper on your camping trip and impact its success.

These are just a few of the many ways that your camp site selection may impact your next camping trip, both in positive and in negative ways. Ensure your next trip is all that you had hoped it would be, take the time to find the camping ground or park that best fits you, your needs, as well as your wants.

A Survivor’s Guide To Long-Haul Flights

Long-haul flights are exhausting, and not only because of the amount of time they take! Added to that the additional travel time to and from the airport and waiting times for boarding and connecting flights, it’s no wonder that many people shy away from long-haul flights altogether. There are, however, a number of ways to ease the hassle of flying for longer than six hours at a time, to make the journey as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.

Choose a direct flight

First of all, look for the most direct flight available to your destination. Not only does this ensure that you get there as quickly as possible, it also reduces the amount of time you have to wait in the airport for one or more connecting flights, not to mention the cumbersome process of boarding and disembarking multiple times! Finding a direct flight will also allow you to make the most of your time in the sky, whether you choose to catch up on sleep, reading a book or getting some work done.

First class or coach

Consider whether your budget will allow you to fly as comfortably as you can. Upgrading to business or first class can make a world of difference, offering you more leg room and personal space, as well as a wider range of options for food, drink and entertainment. More space will minimize the disturbances one can experience due to movement from other passengers. It will allow you to sleep better as well, which is important especially if the flight is overnight.

Where to seat

If budget or seat availability doesn’t allow for the luxury of upgrading, then take into careful consideration where you choose to sit. If movement is important to you, as well as easy access to toilet facilities, then you need to choose an aisle seat. However, if sleep and being disturbed as little as possible rate higher on the list, a window seat is what you need. This is especially the case if you are traveling by yourself.

Sit together

When traveling with family, and particularly young children, contact the airline to see if you can all sit together at the front of the cabin. Most airlines will do their best to accommodate families with young children so that they have as much room as possible, especially for infants. If you travel with your own carrier or car seat for the infant, you can easily use the fold down tray at the front of the cabin to secure your baby. Sometimes, an infant seat is provided, which eliminates the need to walk with any bulky items.

What to wear

Walk with a change of clothes to help you feel clean and refreshed when you arrive. Make sure that you wear clothing that is roomy and comfortable. Tight clothing can be irritating, and cabin pressure when flying can cause swelling of the legs and feet. Wear the most comfortable shoes for long walks to the boarding gate and when on the plane. Better yet, walk with a pair of long, fuzzy socks to keep your feet warm and comfortable during the flight, but still able to breathe.

Chasing the Best View of the Northern Lights – Iceland

One of the main attractions for visitors to Iceland is the opportunity for a sighting of the magnificent Northern Lights. Iceland is perfectly situated in the northern hemisphere to be able to offer excellent views and frequent sightings of this phenomenon. There are many ways to find the best locations, however, and this is key for an optimal experience.

Timing Is Everything

The best times of the year to see the Northern Lights, Iceland’s greatest light show, is between the months of October to March. It is especially important to select a location with consistently clear skies and one that is well away from any artificial city lights. Consequently, it is not unusual to be led to quite remotely located hotels if viewing the Aurora Borealis is your goal. As timing and location are everything, it is strongly advised to travel with expert specialised companies, who are skilled in creating the best possible experience for their guests.

Expert Guides

The lights may not be immediately apparent or visible to first time viewers, so it is a much more rewarding experience if you allow a local expert to guide you to the best known sighting locations at the most appropriate times. These guides are also very knowledgeable about the fascinating science behind the Northern Lights. Iceland also has a rich culture and history full of folklore and superstitions surrounding the lights, which many guides love to talk about. They will also be able to assist visitors in finding the best photography locations and opportunities to capture images of the lights.

Best Methods of Transportation

The country has a fairly rugged terrain that is best navigated by an expert. Most of the excursions will be via off-road trails in a four-wheel drive ‘super jeep’. These vehicles are equipped to handle the rough terrain and flexible enough to access some of the more remote areas, which provide the best viewing opportunities of the lights away from artificial lighting. Obviously, weather conditions will also affect viewing opportunities.

A Unique Experience

For many, the opportunity to view the mesmerising Aurora Borealis is a once in lifetime experience. However, for the best view of the Northern Lights, Iceland provides more than just an ideal location. From the stunning volcanic landscape and geographical spectacles, such as glaciers and geysers, to the exquisite cuisine, a visit to this incredible country is truly awe-inspiring. The slightly milder temperatures of the country (compared to other sighting locations), also makes the experience somewhat more comfortable and accessible for many.