Scotland’s Inveraray Castle Should Not be Missed on Your Travel!

Inveraray Castle is a country house located near the county of Argyll on the Western side of Scotland

Inveraray Castle is a country house located near the county of Argyll on the Western side of Scotland. The Castle is one of the finest examples of Gothic architecture. It has been the seat of Argyll Dukes and chiefs of Clan Campbell since the 18th Century. The construction of the Castle began in 1743, and the architecture replaced the earlier design that was built in the early 15th Century. Later in 1975, fire struck Inveraray severely, and the 12th Duke and his family lived in the basement while restorations were carried out. Today, the Castle is open to visitors. It houses unique collections that include over 1300 swords, pikes, muskets and other weapons. The 13th Duke and his family live in private apartments of the Castle on two floors.

inveraray castle, scotland the garden

The construction of the Castle began in 1743, and the architecture replaced the earlier design that was built in the early 15th Century. Castle, Scotland

Hauntings of the Inveraray Castle 

Many haunting appearances have happened at the Inveraray Castle. Some of the occurrences date back to the previous old structure on the site. In 1644, a young Irish boy who was playing the harp was killed brutally. The Marquis’s men slaughtered the boy in a rage that he was working for their sworn enemy. They left his quartered body on the Duke’s bed. Many legends have reported that the boy’s spirit moves around the bed that is now fixed in the MacArthur room of the current site. In other reports, staff and visitors noticed the bed moving on its own. They have also experienced cold spots and headaches in the room. On several occasions, harp music has been heard with the sound of books being thrown. Sometimes visitors are often seen laughing in the library all of a sudden for no reason.

It is believed that there is a death omen attached with the phantom harpist and the room of MacArthur. It is also reported that harp music can be heard in the room whenever a member of the family is about to pass away. This incident was last reported in 1949 when the 10th duke died. Another death incident happened when the ghost ship claimed the life of the Clan Campbell Chief. Another ghost is a young woman who was murdered by Jacobites. Many have seen the spirit roaming around the Castle in a grey gown and therefore named as “the Grey Lady” though her exact identity is still unknown.

What to See and Do in Inveraray Castle?

Inveraray is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland famous for its history and of course, the hauntings. But there is a lot more to it. Here are a few things to do at the Castle:

The Grounds and Garden

 

Inveraray Castle, Scotland The garden is worth a visit when you are at the Castle.

The garden is worth a visit when you are at the Castle. Spanning across the area of 16 acres, there are formal lawns, stunning flowerbeds, park and woodland. Visit the garden and enjoy a lovely afternoon here.

Tearoom

The traditional tearoom of the Castle offers a wide range of coffee, teas, snacks, ice cream and light meals all made fresh and hot. The tearoom is run by the Duchess and serves mouthwatering menu to the visitors.

Gift Shop

Visit the gift shop to buy a vast array of books and gifts. There are several souvenirs including Scottish gifts, Clan Campbell, Scottish produced scarves and blankets and many other things.

Walking Routes

Walking routes at the Castle are the best way to explore the Argyll Estate dating back to the mid 17th Century. A few of the walking routes have been decorated for the visitors who wish to explore the Inveraray Estate and admire the breathtaking views.

Deer Stalking

You can not only stalk but also shoot on the Isle of Tiree at the Argyll Estates that is covering the area of over 50,000 acres.

To know about tickets and other information about the Castle, visit their website.

How to Preserve the Natural Ecosystem While Hiking or Camping

Hiking and camping are great ways to get out and enjoy nature while getting in some exercise. There are many benefits to be gained by spending time in the outdoors. As you go out and explore, it’s important that you take steps to preserve the ecosystem and minimize any damage you might do.

Practice “No Trace” Cleanup

“Leave No Trace” is a set of principles that guide the actions of outdoor adventurers who wish to minimize their impact on the environment. One of those principles is to dispose of waste properly. If you bring something in with you, you need to bring whatever waste is produced back with you. Food wrappers, broken tent stakes, and empty water bottles are all some of the things that you may be tempted to leave behind. For the sake of the animals and fish that live on the land and in the water you’re hiking and camping in, you need to bring it back home with you where it can be properly disposed of to avoid endangering the animal life.

Use Fish-friendly Insect Repellents

No one wants to spend their hiking or camping trips fending off mosquitos and other biting insects. The bites are uncomfortable and the insects that are biting may spread diseases. This is why insect repellents are a recommended precaution. Not all insect repellents are friendly to other wildlife though. Some pest repellent ingredients like allethrin can be harmful to fish. Essential oil blends with oils such as citronella, lemongrass, thyme, basil, mint, and lemon eucalyptus may be good, fish-friendly alternatives to try.

Watch Where You Walk

If you want to protect the ecosystem you’re visiting from as much wear and tear as possible, camp and travel on durable surfaces. It’s best to stick to the trail when hiking since you won’t be damaging fragile plant life by walking on it. If you do decide to go off the trail, try to stick to terrain covered in rocks, sand, or gravel. These surfaces hold up best to travel. When setting camp, stay at least 200 feet away from water sources to avoid disturbing the wildlife, including those that make their home in the water.

As you hike and camp, take precautions that will help preserve the natural ecosystem you’re in. If you pack it in, pack it out. Use fish-friendly insect repellants. Take care where you step. These practices will help protect the delicate balance of the ecosystem, helping to ensure its survival for years to come.

How to Make It through Airport Security with Ease

Are you in the process of preparing for a trip? If you are, does your trip require that you travel by air? If so, you may be concerned about airport security checkpoints. Even everyday individuals, who mean no harm, experience some nervousness and uncertainty when they think of airport security. The good news, however, is that there are some steps that you can take to help get you through airport security with ease. A few of these tips are highlighted below for your convenience.

The best way to pass through airport security with ease and without experiencing any complications or delays is by knowing all airport security rules and restrictions. Although you will want to use your best judgment, you will also want to take the time to visits the website for the TSA, which is located at www.tsa.gov. There, you will find all that you need to know about airport security rules and restrictions, such as prohibited items, as well as tips to help you.

As for making it through airport security with ease, there are many professionals who recommend purchasing your airline tickets well in advance of your trip. Apparently, you are less likely to be stopped and fully screened by airport security when doing so. For many, last minute travelers send off signals or red flags. Even if this is untrue, there is still no harm that can come from booking your airline reservations in advance.

Next, it is important to make sure that you are carrying proper identification with you. Most airline workers, especially those at the ticket counter, will ask to see a form of identification. For adults, this identification needs to include a picture. State identification cards or driver’s licenses are ideal. For domestic travel, children can often get away without showing identification.

Before you leave for the airport, go through your luggage one more time. This is particularly a good idea with your carry-on luggage. Do you see anything that looks out of the ordinary? If you do, you may want to leave that item at home or else pack it in a checked bag. Anything that looks suspicious, even though it may not be, may hold you up at airport security, resulting in unnecessary delays.

All air travelers, including children, are required to remove their shoes before walking through the metal detectors. For that reason, you will want to remove your shoes ahead of time. You will need to do so anyways, so get started earlier, which can help to keep the security line moving along in a timely fashion. Also, be sure to wear comfortable and easy to remove shoes.

In addition to shoes, all air travelers are required to remove certain clothing pieces, such as belts, jackets, and possibly even bulky sweatshirts. For that reason, you will want to come to the airport dressed simple, yet comfortably. You will want to remove these items ahead of time and have them ready to place in a security bin.

Pleasure of Traveling

Travelling” the word itself makes me feel relaxed and excited at the same time. If you think that traveling is all about moving from one place to another in search of new land, then you have to think once again.

However, for me traveling is about wandering in places without any expectations and even grabbing the aura of the unknown lands. This is what pleasure of traveling means to me. But this is an overall idea whereas deep within there are many simple pleasures that I endure.

Traveling to many places have made me realize that quality is over quantity. You can travel to as many places you desire but if you have not acquired what you want then the traveling is of no mean.

To be more precise, travel in such a manner that whether it is your 10th or 100th journey it should feel like the first one. Whereas, this article is not about tips or tricks and not even about where you should go or things you need to do. It completely about the Pleasure of Travelling.

It is something different than the other topics of mine. But as a traveling changed me into a blogger (hahaha), it now my duty to share what I feel about my traveling. So, grab a cup or a mug of coffee and sit comfortably to spend your upcoming few minutes to know what traveling feels like. Here come some of the pleasures of my travel itinerary.

The moment I get off the plane:
I know right now you might be thinking “how can getting off the plane be a pleasure”? yes, you are partially right. Getting off the plane cannot be a pleasure but feeling the weather of an unknown land can surely be a thing to enhance.
The hot or cold, weather makes me feel that I am far away from my home and everything seems to change. There is a sudden adrenaline surge that is beyond explanation and that is what makes all the difference. From boarding the plane to landing things changes and so does time zone and places.

Walking on the seashore:
Letting the sand move beneath your feet is something that everyone enjoys and this is another pleasure that I endure. I have been to many seashores in different counties and interestingly every seashore catered me with the same feeling of delight.

It really feels great when the heat of the sun touches the skin and the warm water of the ocean immediately compliments it. This feeling is sure of pure heaven. Sometimes I wonder about people who are not fond of seashores but that makes me enhance my pleasure and love for seashores even more.

Scenic beauty from the peak of a mountain:
Have you ever screamed your name after reaching the peak of a mountain? If yes, then you can surely understand the pleasure I am referring to. I have never been a person who loves hiking but traveling to different hilly places have to make me fond of it.

There is an immense pleasure of achievement after you have reaching the top and viewing the scenic beauty of the place. The view is splendid and the calmness is beyond explanation.

Walking side by history:
I am a person who believes in what I see for myself. And this is even true when it comes to history. I have only felt the essence of history when I felt it. Yes, this might sound little weird but it’s true.

My visit to Rome was my first encounter with history in real sense and it is from then I have turned in a history buff. Search and enduring history has become one of the pleasures that I acquire from traveling.

History has never tempted me more before I was a backpacker. But when I see myself now it seems to me that I have changed to a completely different person. However, this is a pleasure that I would love to endure till the last day of my trips.

Being deeply touched by a trip:
This might seem to you as a statement of sorrow rather than a pleasure but it is not. There are trips that made my heart aches as I was boarding my plane for the departure. There were many reasons starting from beautiful landmarks to friendly people that engulfed me with sorrow.

But don’t think of it to be a bad thing as the sorrow was the result of immense pleasure the place has offered me. Some places made me fall in love so deeply that I wanted to stay there forever. One among those journeys were “My Scotland Itinerary”. Sometimes traveling is a pleasure hidden in sorrow.

Knowing new faces:
Being a social person myself I have always loved meeting new people and knowing new things. This is even the same case while I travel. It is surely a pleasure to me when I meet new faces and get to know their stories.

This world is filled with a plethora of people and everyone is different from the other. And meeting new people offers me a new opportunity to learn and analysis life any other angles. However, it’s a pleasure that I love to enhance even a single time I visit a new land to spend some time in a café with some new faces beside me.

Lastly the feeling of returning back home:
There is no place better than home. No matter how far I travel but there is surely a time during my trips when I feel homesick. However, it is mostly after an exhausting trip that makes me crave more for returning back home.

But this does not mean that I hate my journey whereas it’s the opposite. However, tell me who would not like to return to their own bed with clean sheets. Yes, that my point. It is the pleasure of returning to their own place and reminiscing the memories of the past days.

By now you might have got my point that striking out the country names from the bucket list is not the real pleasure of traveling as we all think at the beginning of your travel journeys. But the ultimate pleasure is the emotions and experience that occurs during the journey.

I know that I will be traveling more and more in the upcoming days but more than anything else what excites the most is the new pleasures that I am going to assemble. A journey starts and ends but the only point that we must relish is feeling the aura, aroma, and essence of the itinerary.

So till next time “Bon voyage pals”

A Brief Introduction To The Sundarbans…

The Sundarbans forest has been in existence for about 4,000 years and has been formed by silt from the Himalayas brought down by the Ganges and Brahmaputra rivers. The Sundarbans waterways rise and fall with the Bay of Bengal tide, with high tide reached every 12 hours and 50 minutes. The Sundarbans of Bangladesh and India covers a total of 10,000 km2, 6,000 km2 of which is on the Bangladeshi side. It is classified as a mangrove forest from the collection of tree types that can survive in this highly saline environment. Mangrove forests support a unique mixture of plants and animals, but unfortunately there is little of this forest type remaining in the world.

The Bangladeshi people with wood, neepa, grass, honey, prawns, shrimp and fish.

The Sundarbans is also part of the cultural heritage of Bangladesh. When people from other countries think of Bangladesh, they nearly always associate it with the Sundarbans. In terms of the history of the Bangladeshi people, there are still the remains of the salt factories down in Katka and the 500-600 year old temples at Sheiker Tek. Linked to the future of the forest is the future of wild tigers. A well protected Sundarbans will ensure that future generations will know what it’s like to walk in a forest inhabited by wild tigers, and get the benefits of a healthier environment.

Protecting the tiger means keeping its home intact and functioning in a natural way. This relies on the continued interaction of many different plant and animal species . There are approximately 300 plant, 32 mammal, 35 reptile, 125 fish and 300 bird species so far listed for the Sundarbans. Each organism has an important role to fulfill.

The trees roots secure soil that would otherwise be washed away. Plants provide essential food and shelter to all the animals living in the Sundarbans. The trees also give stalking cover for the tiger. The tree cover is largely dominated by Sundri, Gewa, Goran, and Keora. When trees die and fall over, they provide a home to another set of animals, plants and fungi. The rotting woody material gets recycled and added to the composition and nutrient content of the soil. Tree trunks drifting out to sea are valuable resting places for a number of sea birds.

The tiger helps regulate the populations of deer, wild boar and monkey. When a tiger makes a kill, the valuable food of the carcass is then available to a wide range of different mammals (wild boar, jungle cats, civets, jackal), reptiles (monitor lizards), birds (crows, adjutant stalks, rufus tree pies) and insects.Deer, wild boar and monkey consume a lot of plant material, which in turn affects the general vegetation structure of the Sundarbans.

Their droppings provide nutrition to insects and plants, as well as disperse seeds so that plants can colonize new areas. The Irrawady dolphin, Gangetic dolphin, Finless porpoise and Indo-pacific hump-backed dolphins feed on the various fish species in the river, as do otters. In doing so, they are regulating fish stocks and providing sources of nutrition to other organisms. Fish feed on vegetation, insects, and in some cases, other fish. They are also the main food for many other animals. Bees, beetles, flies, butterflies and other insects all are important pollinators of plants.

They are also a vital component of the natural recycling system that turns dead plant and animal matter into nutrients that can be used by others. Monitor lizards are important scavengers of carcasses. Other types of lizards, such as Gekos, feed on insects. Snakes help keep the rodent population in check, while crocodiles feed on fish, birds and carrion.Birds fill a variety of roles in the Sundarbans, including being predators, prey, pollinators and seed dispersers.

Cities That Every Music Lover Needs to Visit

Streaming services have made music widely available and it’s possible to enjoy all types of music just from your phone. However, there are plenty of cities to travel to if you are a music lover. You can get exposed to new music and enjoy live performances.

Seattle, Washington

Seattle is known for alternative music and the “grunge scene” that was popular in the 1990s. This city was home to bands such as Nirvana and Pearl Jam. In fact, it’s known for launching many alternative and indie artists and bands. Today, it is still a popular spot to attend concerts and hear live performances. You can also visit the Museum of Pop Culture. This museum features exhibits about famous artists as well as other music related exhibits. As you witness live concerts and explore the museum, fit in time to visit other noteworthy spots such as the London Bridge Studio where many famous artists recorded their albums. You can also visit a variety of record shops as well as memorials dedicated to famous artists.

Nashville, Tennessee

Nashville is where many musical artists got their start. These artists include Dolly Parton, Taylor Swift, and Johnny Cash. There are many venues where you can hear live music. While Nashville is often associated with country music, it is also known for jazz, blues, gospel, rock and more. It’s a city where many artists travel to get their start, which makes it a wonderful place to hear new acts. Nashville is also tourist friendly. The city is easy to get around with its various transportation options. There are also great locations for music lovers to visit such as the Ryman Auditorium and the Bluebird Café.

Austin, Texas

Austin is often called the “Live Music Capital of the World.” You can find live music in a variety of places throughout Austin, including the airport. There are a number of bars and restaurants that feature live bands. You can also find a variety of music styles depending on what part of the city you’re in. There’s also the added benefit of enjoying good food while listening to the music. Austin is also home to the Austin City Limits festival which takes place in Zilker Park. This festival is host to hundreds of artists and thousands of patrons.

All these cities are known for their contributions to famous artists as well as live music. Visiting them can give you a chance to step into a richer world of music. You can explore new genres, experience music in new ways, and be surrounded by fellow music lovers.

Has the Tiger a Future in India?

by Peter Jackson

India is suffering its third tiger crisis. Once again there is fear that the largest surviving national tiger population could face decimation, even extinction. Estimates in the late 1960s and early 70s that the tiger population had fallen to about 2,000, or less, was the first crisis, and it prompted Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to launch Project Tiger 1973 and to ban hunting and export of skins.

Project Tiger was a success. It was clear that the tiger population was recovering, and it led to widespread complacency until, in the early 1990s, tigers disappeared in the famous Ranthambhore Tiger Reserve. A raid on a Tibetan house in Delhi uncovered 400 kg of tiger bones (possibly from some 30 tigers) ready for despatch to China for medicinal use. That was the second crisis. Action to control poaching was strengthened, and again the tiger population recovered.

Now the third crisis. Tigers are again missing from Ranthambhore, and have completely disappeared from the nearby Sariska reserve since mid-2004. A research scientist has declared that 30 tigers have disappeared from the Panna reserve, a claim denounced by Project Tiger officials.

The crisis has prompted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to call on the Central Bureau of Investigation to take action and to summon a meeting of the Indian Board for Wild Life.

The tiger bone trade has overshadowed the high toll on leopards; and it is now clear that skins of both big cats are in high demand in China. In October 2003, Chinese customs officers stopped a truck heading for Lhasa with the skins of 31 tigers, 581 leopards and 778 otters. Last year, the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) listed 29 seizures from July 1999 to July 2004 in which 80 tiger skins, 20,000 tiger claws, and 1,200 leopard skins were recovered. Most seizures were in India, four in Nepal, and five in China. (see Cat News 41).

Exactly how many tigers there are in India is not known. Official statistics from tiger pugmark censuses put the number at 3,600 in 2001-02. But Indian tiger experts, including a former Director of Project Tiger, believe there are many fewer, perhaps only about 2,000 –as when Project Tiger was launched in 1973.

The tiger population is fragmented across India like an archipelago. According to official figures, only Corbett, Kanha and the Sundarban, out of the 27 Project Tiger reserves, have over 100 tigers. Nine reserves have 50-100 tigers; and the rest fewer than 50, one in the north-east reporting only four. But these estimates are based on Project Tiger’s pugmark censuses, which scientists have declared unreliable and with exaggerated results.

It is not only poaching that threatens the tiger, leopard and much other wildlife in India. The human population has topped one billion – nearly twice as many people as when Project Tiger was launched. The population continues to increase leading to heavy pressure on protected areas and other wild habitats for living space and development.

In booming India industrialisation rules; the senior official in the Ministry of Environment and Forests has declared that environment legislation and processes are causing risks for investors and need reforming. Senior judges have said that environmental protection is only incidental in industrial development.

Many Indian reserves contain rich mineral deposits and there is pressure to exploit them; mining, often illegal, has already been encroaching on reserves. Central and state governments have a growing interest in promoting “eco-tourism” centres or theme parks at popular reserves. Ranthambhore’s director has complained that he faces constant demands from tourist organisations to increase the already excessive number of vehicles daily entering its small area.

Fortunately the Supreme Court has been supportive of conservation and has even appointed a Central Empowered Committee, including leading conservationists, to advise it; the committee has already issued instructions on protection to state governments.

The future of the tiger looks bleak, but it can be improved by serious action. The tiger can recover quickly from low numbers because it is highly reproductive. To give it that opportunity it is essential that the government of India and all authorities involved, demonstrate political will and take effective action to save the tiger. And not only India; that applies to all other tiger range countries. The tiger is part of their heritage and the flagship of wildlife conservation; its extinction would bode ill for the natural world.

Top COVID Safe Travel Destination around the World

Hello readers, I am sure all of you’re doing good! Hey, I’m too! What’s there to be sad, huh? Is this the COVID-19 pandemic that’s bothering you? Humm, it’s a fact, and there’s no point in saying no to it. Indeed, the entire world is worried because of this. It’d not only affected travel, but there are multiple consequences; are those making you feel sad? Of course, they will.

Well, it’s time to think positive and let’s start talking positively; there’s good news waiting for you then, and what’s that?

You’ll be excited to know that there’re many COVID safe destination around the World; Yes, most of the countries have started or will start welcoming tourists. Isn’t that incredible news, huh? I’m excited after hearing it. I’ve also started listing down the travel destinations where I’ll visit for a memorable holiday.

So, are you delighted to know about the places where I’m planning to visit in 2020? Don’t worry! I’ll not keep it a secret, haha!

But, did you read any of my ebooks? Where to find them? It’s right over here, and only a click away. You’ll learn how to travel the world for free and explore Southeast Asia and a lot about Paradise Island Bali. Don’t you think it’s a good idea to download these original eBooks from my eBook store? If you haven’t done it yet, you must do it and read these stunning books. That’s cool, huh!

Let’s dive in and learn about the list of COVID safe travel destinations and why it’s safe out there.

Switzerland

Switzerland’s Lake Geneva region is like Heaven on Earth

Do you need any introduction to describe the beauty of Switzerland? Hey, certainly not! It’s the world’s most-visited treasure trove tourist destination; for Thrillist and honeymooners. Also, for digital nomads like me, haha. The good news is, Switzerland is a COVID safe destination, why? Well, according to the latest statistics. They’re less than 1500 positive cases. Also, the recovery rate is exceptionally high. That’s good news. You can start your backpacking plan to explore this dream destination and enjoy a grand vacation out there.

Germany

Germany’s Most Beautiful CityScapes Skyscraper City

If you’re exploring treasure-trove destinations around the world, Germany top’s the list. Of course, you’ve to know about the COVID-19 pandemic rates out there. The good news is, there’s a meager number of active cases; an excellent recovery rate too! That’s encouraging. Thus, the moment you’re allowed to travel, pack your bags for a Bone Voyage! Hey, don’t forget me, huh!

Qatar

Doha, Qatar looks like both old world and new. Beautiful

The world knows about Qatar as it’s hosting the prestigious FIFA 2022. Do you see how the country and its government gave a robust soldierly fight against the COVID-19 pandemic? Indeed, it’s a matter of pride to mention that Qatar controlled COVID pandemic is the most scientific way by setting examples to the world. According to the latest statistics, there are less than 3000 positive COVID cases backed by a massive recovery rate. The good news is, nationals from over forty low-risk countries can now travel to Qatar and enjoy this beautiful nation; there’s a lot to see.

These are the top three destinations that I’ll be visiting once this COVID-19 pandemic is over. I’m incredibly excited. What about you? Are you excited too? I’m sure you’re! 

I am Lonely Stone signing off now to come back with another new article soon! Ta-Da! 

How to Save Money on Longer Trips Overseas

Traveling can be an amazing hobby, full of opportunities to learn and experiences to be had. Like everything else in life, traveling comes with a cost. Overseas trips can quickly become quite expensive, especially as the duration of the trip increases. That said, there are some things you can do to save money and make your funds go further on such travels.

Use Travel Credit Cards

Travel credit cards can give you a huge financial advantage when you go on trips. Such cards often offer discounts on hotels and the opportunity to accrue miles that you can put towards flights. You may also have trip cancellation coverage or interruption protection, rental car insurance, or travel insurance, depending on the details on your benefits statement. Of course, depending on the credit card you have, your card could be costing you money in the form of foreign transaction fees. For the best savings, make sure you use travel credit cards that don’t have these types of fees associated with them.

Look for Deals

Everybody loves a bargain. Looking for deals on your travel expenses can be a good way to make your money go further. There’s an entire industry dedicated to finding good deals for travelers, whether they are looking for deals on flights, accommodations, cruises, etc. The hidden city strategy is one way to save money on flights, but be careful if you choose to go this route. Airlines don’t really appreciate it and have been known to take action against those who get caught. Don’t forget to take into account how you’re going to get around once you arrive at your destination. Some options are more affordable than others. Renting is usually cheaper and easier than leasing a car for a month or longer.

Use Cash

Many countries still use cash for many everyday transactions. Some places may not even take cards, so having cash on hand is essential. Having the local currency is preferable, and has the potential to save you money. Better pricing may be available in the local currency, and sometimes the exchange rate works in your favor here too. Be smart about handling cash when traveling to protect yourself from theft.

Traveling can be expensive, especially when traveling internationally overseas. You can save money by using travel credit cards, looking for deals, and using cash, especially the local currency. Protect yourself financially, become more financially savvy, and learn to do more with less when you take steps to save money on longer overseas trips.

New Hobbies You Can Enjoy on Your Next Vacation

Topworldtravels.com – Finding a new hobby can be exciting, but it’s even more exciting to have a fun hobby reserved for vacation time. There are plenty of hobbies to try and many of them can be done in many places. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Skiing

Skiing

Skiing can be a thrilling and exhilarating hobby to try out on your next vacation. If you’ve never skied before, it’s not too late to learn. Most ski resorts offer lessons to help you learn the basics. These lessons are very helpful for teaching you proper form, developing confidence, and stopping bad habits from forming. As you start your skiing journey, you want to think ahead and be prepared. It’s best to buy your own boots and have them properly fitted. Boots that are too large for you may seem comfy at the time, but they can be detrimental to you on the slopes. You also want to make sure you’re dressed appropriately. Know what you’re doing and plan ahead.

Boating

Another exciting hobby to take up is boating. Before you get out there though, make sure you know what you’re doing. Boats are complex and need some training to operate. Have someone teach you the basics before you try anything on your own.

As you begin boating, it’s important that you prepare well. Weather can change on a dime. Something on the boat could malfunction. Be prepared for every situation. When you go out on the boat, make sure you have a first aid kit and a tool box. Of course, you should also be familiar with everything on your boat. Know where everything is and what it does. You need to be the expert on your boat. On a similar note, you should be aware of proper care. Boats can deteriorate when they are left sitting for months at a time in storage. Invest in a boat lift or other storage. Educate yourself on all the ways to care for your boat in order to enjoy it for longer.

Hiking

If you’re looking for a more moderate hobby that can be done virtually anywhere, then hiking is the hobby for you! Hiking can be anything from a jaunty walk through the woods to scaling a mountain over the course of a few days. The best part is, you get to pick your level and go at your own pace. However, this is a hobby that also involves preparedness. Make sure you always have food and water. You may want to consider bringing a first aid kit. Tell someone where you will be beforehand in case there’s an emergency. Plan for the weather. Great planning can make for a great hike!

As you travel, try picking up a hobby you can take with you on nearly every vacation. Some might require an investment, but they’re well worth it. Try out some of these hobbies and see what you enjoy.