When it comes to travel, two of the top priorities are always going to be safety and efficiency. Depending on where you’re coming from and where you’re going to, you can mix-and-match those two concepts to figure out the ideal way to get from one place to another.
While traveling with your whole family can be a fun adventure, it also means that you’re accepting a certain amount of risk for your family members. Especially for parents, this can cause you to feel a lot of stress about whether or not your children are safe at all times during your travels. Luckily, with a little planning and forethought, you can address a lot of safety issues you might be concerned with before you even start your trip. To help you do this, here are three tips for keeping your family safe while traveling. [Read more…]
When you look out your front window, what do you see? If you look out your window and see your neighbor across the street’s garage door, you are like many Americans. The manic growth of the subdivision has put us in closer and closer contact and yet further from each other. We drive into our neighborhoods, pull into our driveways, open our garage doors and disappear from each other and the world. We snuggle into our Walmart furnished spaces and manage our friend’s list and watch TV shows that purport to be about reality. What are some ways to get free from the cocoon we build for ourselves and experience real, world changing, life?
The cost of isolation
The dangers of isolating ourselves are many and debilitating. The more you separate yourself, the more self-feeding it becomes, creating a vicious circle of loneliness and self-loathing fighting with frustration and disgust with others. Isolation causes serious health issues through overeating or undereating, resulting in significant weight gain or loss. The changes in diet and nutrition put the body through severe hardship and cause serious problems in the self-image of the individual.
Break out of the box
Short of blowing out your windows and leaping out into the harsh world of your ‘hood, maybe baby steps are in order. First off blowing out your windows can get expensive to repair, so that’s probably not a good direction. Maybe it’s as simple as looking for ways to interact with others in safe environments and situations. One of the keys is you have to be willing to be the one who reaches out. Be the one to say hello and start the connection process. The hardest step is the first one, after that, they just get easier and easier!
Hit the highway
Sometimes you’ve just got to get out of Dodge! Pack up the minivan with traveling food and hit the road. Put away that smartphone, pick a direction and drive. As you are driving keep an eye out for historic stops as you go, investigate the culture of the area you live in, meet the people of the towns around you. Ask questions about what you need to see while you are in towns you drive through. Sometimes the best kind of travel you can do is the simplest! These little local trips can help you understand where you live in new and exciting ways. You just have to have the gumption to be the one who takes the first step.
Be willing to seek the unknown
Take the road less traveled. Why? Because you never know what you’ll find on the drive. Whether it is a view or an experience, taking the unknown road will at least fuel your sense of adventure. While on the road, stop and appreciate the views, investigate the surroundings and look for the interesting. Sometimes that road will take you to a dead end, other times it will lead you into some of the most amazing experiences or lead you to sights you never knew of. Either way, you’ll be better off for trying, for getting up off your couch, out of your house and neighborhood and into the great wide open.
Going out hunting can be an incredibly satisfying experience. But, there are details that you can handle in advance to make sure some aspects of your hunting trips go more smoothly, and you can avoid some of the anxiety that comes in certain circumstances, especially if you’re traveling abroad to your hunting destinations.
Five tips, in particular, include making sure your equipment is ready to go, planning trips to your favorite locations, potentially creating a vacation out of the experience, trying to use your prey as food, and taking the opportunity to meet other hunters while you’re out and about as well.
Get Your Equipment Straight
A big part of the satisfaction that comes from hunting will be by the fact that you pay attention to the accessories that you need during your trips. This can include using rangefinders or other equipment that makes your shooting better match your circumstances and skill levels. Even things like gun stands or cleaning equipment will help out your cause to make everything more convenient and efficient.
Travel To Your Ideal Location
Do you know what the best locations for hunting are? Find out what other people say, and then tweak the possibilities to fit your budget, your interests, and your time requirements. There are obviously different seasons that you would prefer, but beyond that, you can find information about what types of environments cater to the type of animal that you want to hunt, or perhaps just the overall type of experience that you’d be interested in having.
Create a Vacation Out of the Experience
And you can combine hunting with the idea of your vacation as well Plan on going to Alaska to soak up some of the tourist attractions up there? Add hunting to your list of activities. Anywhere that you go with wilderness is probably going to have some accessibility to particularly interesting areas if hunting is your priority. And though hunting exotic animals is often frowned upon, you can still go on safaris during vacations as well.
Use Your Prey For Food
To have a great hunting experience, it’s generally a good idea to consider that whatever you’re hunting can work for dining as well. In other words, if you’re going to kill an animal, you might as well eat it too. This prevents some animal activists from getting on your case about killing for sport as well.
Meet Locals When You’re Out and About
And when you travel to hunt, you’re bound to find all sort of interesting people to talk to as well. Though hunting itself may be a largely silent endeavor, you can always toss back a few drinks with the local hunters and pick up some color at your final destinations.
The world is chock full of amazing places to visit if you love fishing. Each corner of the world holds its own odd, mysterious, large, small, poisonous, or downright ugly catches, and each pocket is waiting to be discovered. They call it fishing and not catching for a reason. It’s not always easy to get a fish on the line, in the net, or in your hand. If you’re into catching crab or other monsters of the sea, the task becomes even more toilsome as the labor and destinations get colder and more exotic.
Whether you visit to actually do some fishing, or you visit to see the landscape that is home to some of the best fishing in the world, here are places you absolutely need to visit if you’re into all things fishing:
Alaska is a land that is magical and dangerous in its own right. First of all, it’s huge. It is the biggest state in America, but it’s often hard to believe because when you see a map of the state, it’s usually out of proportion in comparison to other states. Being that it’s so huge and so far up north, the land is pristine as it comes in the United States.
Alaska has 8 national parks, so if you love the outdoors, it’s the first place you need to go. The rivers and lakes don’t end, so you’ll never be in danger of overfishing the waters, and since the state is so big and there’s so much wilderness to go around, you’ll never have to worry about hooking your line to another fisherman’s bait.
Summertime is a time that is full of fishing. The weather is great, the early mornings and evenings provide the perfect weather for catching something good, and you’ve got the time to lure in something good.
However, if you limit your fishing to the summer, you’re cutting yourself short. Fish do live throughout the whole of the entire year, afterall. If you really love fishing, are committed, and want to do something different, head over to Bald Eagle Lake in Minnesota during the wintertime and do some ice fishing. You’ll freeze your tush off, but maybe you can make a little igloo while you’re at it. That’ll be a fun story to tell the grandchildren.
Exotic and scary, perhaps, but if you love fishing, you can’t pass up going to the amazon basin in Brazil. With surrounding jungles and rushing rivers all around you, you’re bound to catch some pretty interesting things. Though there’s a lot of fear around piranhas, you can still catch them and eat them. Imagine having one of those badboys tacked on the wall for display.