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The Great Outdoors: Why Camping Really Is The Perfect Holiday

Everyone likes a different kind of vacation, and that’s great! After all, if everyone liked the same things all the time, then life would get very boring indeed. But sometimes people have a tendency to get stuck in a rut when it comes to picking a vacation spot. This usually happens when you find yourself picking the same places and types of vacations over and over again. The very best thing that you can do is to try to find ways to break that monotony with a little bit of variation. Why not try something completely new? Take yourself and your family away on a vacation that you may have never considered. An ideal vacation idea to really sweep the cobwebs out it camping. While it’s not everyone’s first choice for the perfect getaway, there are actually a lot of things to recommend camping. Here are just a few things that might actually make it the perfect vacation.

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Freedom

One of the great things about camping is that it lacks a lot of the rigid structures that can often come with many different types of vacation. After all, if you’ve got a seriously strict itinerary for every day then you might get a lot done, but there’s a much greater chance of people feeling seriously stressed out. When you’re camping, you get to be in charge of your own schedule and itinerary. Do you want to get up at the crack of dawn to go exploring? Then you can. Or would you and your family rather huddle together in a bear butt hammock and spend your day lounging around reading and talking? Then that’s a perfect option as well. There are few vacations that offer the sense of freedom that camping does.

Reconnecting with family

Despite the fact that you probably spend every single day with each other, it’s surprisingly easy to feel like you’ve lost touch with your family. A lot of this can be chalked up to the fact that so many of us spend so much time staring at screens. Whether it’s watching TV, sitting on the computer, or just checking your phone every few minutes, the constant presence of technology makes it incredibly easy to lose that all important connection with those around you. Camping is a fantastic way to get that connection back. By getting away from technology, you can spend some quality time with your family with no distractions. You may even find that the renewed connection has a big impact on your lives once you get home.

Getting back to nature

It’s a sad fact that so many of us seem to have lost that sense of connection with the world on which we live. Even if you’re not into the whole “flower power” thing, there’s something to be said for getting out into nature and really being able to appreciate it. Free from the constant barrage of noise that often accompanies most of our daily lives, you learn to really appreciate the simplicity and beauty of the natural world around you.

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How To Experience Your First Great European Adventure

Traveling to a new continent is always exciting. Expanding your perspective of the world by venturing to an entirely different landmass with its own customs, laws, and history is arguably one of the most humbling experiences you can embark on. It takes you far away from your comfort zone and thrusts you into a new mode of life. You’re sure to learn a lot.

If the continent in question is Europe though, all of this goes tenfold. Nowhere else in the world will you find a continent so varied in cultures, so historically and artistically rich, and home to some of the greatest inventions human beings have produced.

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If you’re either traveling alone or with a group of friends, it’s responsible for taking the time now to plan how you’re going to explore. It would take you several lifetimes to correctly explore Europe to it’s fullest potential, but you can get pretty close to some of the best methods of doing so.

Identify Your Culture Of Most Interest

If you’re not a fan of the scatter-gun approach to traveling, and instead prefer to settle in a culture to explore it fully and in-depth, you should first spend time assessing what culture you’d most enjoy being part of. Is great food your passion? Consider heading to Italy or France. Is nail-biting sport your preference? Consider England or Spain. Enjoy an amazing house clubbing scene? Germany is your best bet.

Taking a targeted approach in this way will help you best acclimate to traveling to Europe, getting in the country and finding the best ways to travel when within it. Just remember that despite being part of the EU, all the cultures are vastly different and will have varied interpersonal customs to keep in mind.

Interrailing

Interrailing has dramatically grown in popularity over the last ten years, and for good reason. For a low price, you can travel throughout 30 EU countries on the interlinked train system. That’s right, for the price of one ticket, you can do up to 30 countries.

If you enjoy traveling by train, that’s an amazing offer. It’s also a great way to do the ‘backpacking’ experience because staying in hostels around the area is a cheap and efficient way to take care of your washing, sleeping and resting needs. This lends itself well to solo travelers, but is also very popular among groups.

Driving

If you prefer traveling and a little more freedom of movement, driving the EU could be your best bet. This is an excellent way to experience varying road systems and the gorgeous landscapes thereof. Just be very mindful that you study what side of the road you drive on, as different EU countries have different rules.

Things To Keep In Mind

If traveling in or after 2020, ensure your ETIAS authorization applications are up-to-date and correct. For more information, check their website.

Also, if you’re traveling to the United Kingdom after the Brexit negotiations have been concluded and implemented, then be sure you do your research. Your initial traveling permissions might not be as valid as they once were.

To summarize, make the most of it! Europe is truly one of the most fascinating areas in the world, and a study of its cultures, geographies, and tourist offerings will surely keep you coming back time and time again.

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The Biggest Mistakes People Make When Travelling

Travelling can be so exciting, and full of opportunities. If you want to grow as a person while you experience the word, travelling is the best way to do it. However, people tend to make some pretty big mistakes when they travel. Here are some of the biggest:

Letting Somebody Else Pack Your Bag

Letting somebody else pack your bag could be a mistake that costs you a lot of money. Even if this person is looking out for you, they might forget something important, or worse, pack something that isn’t supposed to be there. Write a list of everything you need and use it to pack your own bag.

Packing Too Much

Again, packing too much is a big mistake. Do you really want to end up with 3 different suitcases, with things you probably won’t use inside? Only take the essentials. This doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice anything; just be smart about what you take with you. Taking too many ‘just in case’ items will be annoying and possibly even more expensive.

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Failing To Invest In Comfort Items

Investing in comfort items for the flight help you to have a better time. Get a travel pillow, along with an eye mask and ear buds if you want them. It can be difficult to sleep on a flight, so if you want the best shut eye you can get, make sure you treat yourself.

Failing To Plan Enough Time In between Flights

Sometimes, if you have to get connecting flights, you can look online and you’ll be shown your options. However, you need to make absolutely sure you have enough time to get off one flight and onto another. It might seem as if you do, but you’ll need to factor in collecting your things and getting through security. You’ll also need to factor in any delays. Missing connecting flights could be very expensive! Just because it’s shown on a comparison site, doesn’t mean you’ll definitely make it.

Not Having Cash For Your Arrival

You’re going to need some foreign currency for your arrival. Think about it; you’ll likely hop in a taxi, or at least want a snack. You can pick some up at the airport if you didn’t get any before you left your home town.

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Forgetting To Inform Banks

You might want to inform your bank that you’re travelling if you plan on using cards. If they suspect suspicious activity, they could freeze your cards. This could leave you in the lurch!

Not Having The Right Documentation

Having the right documentation is absolutely essential. If you’re travelling to America, for instance, you’ll need to make sure you look at the American ESTA website to ensure you have what you need. There are a number of other documents you may need too, from insurance documents to tickets. Have it all safe in one place.

Packing Your Itinerary Too Much

Make sure you leave yourself some free time so you don’t feel stressed out trying to cram everything in. Having an itinerary can be a great guide, but don’t be rigid with it!

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