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Preparing for and walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain: a guide

Once a pilgrimage made by Middle Age Catholics, the Camino de Santiago has become one of the most popular thru-hikes in recent memory. Comprising seven main routes, this multi-week walk takes trekkers across Spain to the humble town of Santiago de Compostela. What is the story behind this long hike? How should you prepare? Which route should you take? We’ll tackle the answers to all these questions below. What is the Camino de Santiago? The Camino de Santiago refers to a series of paths created by pilgrims in the Middle Ages. They led to a chapel that would later become…

Must Have Gear for Family Hiking & Tips for Trekking with Kids

When setting off for a day or two of hiking with the family, there is some gear which is essential, especially if you’ll be doing any amount of trekking. While most of the gear you’ll bring along would be the same as if there were no kids in the hiking party, there are a few things you’ll want to have handy for the younger folks. If you are simply going to hike, the basic list will suffice, but if you will be trekking, don’t forget to search out the best hiking poles in appropriate sizes because you will really need…

One of The Coolest Places I’ve Ever Been: The Adrspach Rocks!

It’s not often that I get to say this, but I am happy to do it any chance I get. Today I went to one of the coolest places I’ve ever been, the Adrspach-Teplice Rocks in the middle of nowhere in the Czech Republic. They are located in the extreme north of the country, just a few miles from the Polish border. What’s so cool about these so called, “rocks”. I’m just going to let the pictures speak for themselves… Occupying just a tiny area in between the even smaller towns of Ardspach and Teplice, these unique sandstone karst deposits…

Top Reasons To Visit Tanzania

mt. kilimanjaro

Africa is a continent that is often misunderstood. In all continents inhabited by human civilization, Africa proves to be the most exotic and mysterious due to its ironies. It is the cradle of human civilization, yet as far as today’s civilization is concerned, Africa is continent rife with poverty and hardship. The song written and recorded by a famous 80’s band Toto titled Africa describes the beautiful geographic locations of Tanzania (ex. “Kilimanjaro rises like Olympus above the Serengeti”). One can safely conclude that Tanzania was the African paradise that most people in the previous generations recognized. Tanzania is a…

Top Reasons To Visit Canada

One of the top reasons to visit Canada is its striking similarities with the United States. Both countries have a massive land space and extremely diverse landscapes; from wave-beaten beaches to craggy ambitious peaks. Unlike its North American counterpart, Canada is made unique by its European architecture and culture, having been under the rule of British and French colonials. Canada is the largest country in North America and second largest in the world so it shouldn’t be hard to find more reasons to go there. Reason #1: Natural attractions Canada has a wide range of natural tourist spots and sceneries.…

Top Destinations in Greece

The top destinations in Greece are among the best places one can spend a vacation in the Mediterranean region. One of the obvious reasons for people being attracted to Greece has a lot to do with history. This country is considered to be the progenitor of the entire western civilization. Greece was already the pinnacle culture back in the earliest ancient times, when the Roman Empire was just at its infancy. History is considered to be the highlight of tourism in Greece. Even though most of its mainstream itinerary is fueled by one of the most unpopular academic subjects in…

A guide to walking coast to coast

Nine Standards Rigg on a sunny day

When temperatures take a downward spiral, it’s tempting to send your walking boots to the back of the cupboard and spend the next few months hibernating in front of the fire. It doesn’t make sense to let the weather stop you from engaging in a favourite pastime. Providing you bundle up to beat the chills, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t spend the winter exploring magical landscapes, when nature undergoes a wonderful transformation of ice and frost. If you’re based in the UK, or you happen to be visiting during the winter, a fantastic choice of route is walking coast…

Alternative trekking in Nepal: The Forbidden Land of Mustang

When you hear the words ‘trekking in Nepal’ the first thing that springs to mind is probably Mount Everest, possibly followed by the Annapurna region. While these might be the most famous of the country’s hiking destinations, they’re certainly not the only ones and I think the Forbidden Land of Mustang deserves to be considered. Its name alone conjures up images of a bygone age, but although its title sounds imposing, it is an incredibly peaceful and beautiful region of Nepal to visit. In fact, it borders Tibet and one of the things that makes it so appealing is that…

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