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Family Adventure Travel on the Cheap

Searching for more budget family vacations? Camping can be the right fit for low cost family vacation. No matter what, whether you choose national forests or camping grounds in state parks camping will be a memorable family getaway. One may choose several methods and way while planning camping outing, but most families prefer the free style camping. When I say free style camping that means just get a tent and let the fun ball rolling.

Comparing the cost of RV parks or camp site with bunch of amenities against the expense of free style camping accessories shopping; the expense is less with free style camping. Free style camping needs accessories such as tents, sleeping bags and other camping travel gear for your vacation; the cost is minimal. Also, amenities at camp site will not let you enjoy the real camping experience.

Camping free style gives you an opportunity to spend time together with family and friends. You can have fun talk & singing around the campfire, enjoy the nature in wide open and these all activities you can do staying away from usual routine daily life. Camping combines fun, excitement, adventure including a rare experience of getting close to each other while you are on family vacation.

As described earlier, you’ll need to buy the basic camp equipment such as a tent, preferably one that will house the entire family, food, a cooler, ice, sleeping bags, camping stove, as well as the following items: pillows, cleaning supplies, folding table, cookware, utensils, cups, and toilet paper (especially if there are no restrooms around), first aid kit, and board games, fishing gear, flashlights, and extra batteries.

Going back to the shopping area for camping, you will need to get the basic camping equipment such as tents which can house entire family, sleeping bags, pillows, camping stove, frozen food, beverage cooler, cleaning supplies, cookware, utensils, cups and toilet paper if needed. Do not forget to carry first aid kit, games, flashlights, battery lamp and extra batteries. Considering your own preferences do not forget to carry fishing gears and bikes. Regular campers suggest keeping tarp under the tent. Generally tarp prevents water entering into the tent. You can say that tarp serves as a tent floor. These items can be purchased online from Amazon.com or any local store. These purchases are one time investment for all future similar family vacation trips.

In addition, now that you have the basic supplies, you can always supplement your gear with additional items, which you might need for the next camping vacation. You can easily check online websites to find a campsite in your state, as well as the low cost for staying in a national park or forest reserve.

Today’s busy life has made hard to have some quality time with family together. Camping vacation gives an opportunity to bring family together without any distraction to tighten the love bond unique way. Whether mom or dad takes kids for fishing or hiking and one of them can have their leisure time alone. Or may be everyone goes together for adventure activities. Trust me; camping reunites the family unique way than any other type of vacation.

Last but not the least; do not forget to carry your camera along with extra batteries to capture all those laughter and memories which you will be able to share over the coming years. I strongly recommend camping for family vacation if you are looking for affordable vacation all together.

Travel Tips For Adventure Travel

You’re not ready for adventure travel tours of any kind until you’ve read these five tips.

Pack fewer clothes and more money than you think you need. There are two things you don’t want to happen during your overseas trip. First, you don’t want too much stuff to lug around the world. Travel light, but smart. Second, you don’t want to run out of money. Your money will flee fast as you purchase beverages, distribute tips, and take taxis during your adventure tour. Make sure you have plenty of cash on hand. Remote Himalayan base camps don’t have ATMs. Before departing, be sure you know your credit card company’s policy on overseas travel and cash withdrawal ability.

Read about and research your destination maniacally. You are about to become the guest of another country and culture. Try to understand all you can about your destination. Purchase a Lonely Planet guidebook, explore photos online, and imbibe the experience of the country before you even get on the plane.

Make sure you’re secure. Overseas safety should be on your mind. To ensure the security of your belongings, make sure you have a sturdy and reliable suitcase or backpack. Bring along a padlock for in-country travel. Remember not to lock the suitcase before checking your baggage on your overseas flight. If you do, you may end up with a broken suitcase or a smashed lock. Keeping tabs on your money, passport, and other documents once you’re in your destination is another concern. Some travelers prefer a neck lanyard or close-fitting shoulder bag. Wearing a fanny pack in the front or a travel waist wallet are other good options.

Have a thorough plan, but be flexible. “Schedule” means something entirely different in other cultures and countries. Your well-planned itinerary may disintegrate into insignificance once you’re on foreign soil. Yes, you should plan well in advance, but put some flexibility into your planning. You’ll never know if a train ride will be cancelled, a mudslide will wipe out a road, or traveler’s diarrhea will strike.

Do some language prep. Along with knowing your destination, understanding the geography, being aware of the culture, and knowing a few facts, you’ll need to know some language. Memorize a few key phrases, and become familiar with local language greetings. You probably won’t become fluent in Dzongkha during a ten-day adventure tour to Bhutan, but you should be able to at least understand a word or two.

You’re about to face the unexpected, brave the unknown, and conquer the world like never before. It’s worth your while to have these few tips in mind. Now, you’re finally ready for adventure travel tours.

How to Become a Smart Traveler

The eyes are worthless which haven’t seen the awesome beauty of the nature. As individuals we have many hobbies, some are easy and can be performed indoors while others are somewhat difficult and require one to go outdoors. One such extremely interesting and exciting activity is traveling. Traveling, as hobby, can give a lot of fun and adventure. However, to become a smart traveler, there are few things that you must always keep in mind while starting on a journey.

Decide Where You Want to Go

Before starting on a journey, you must know what places you are planning to visit. If you are looking for serenity, a lonely beach or country side may be good for you. In case you are a wildlife enthusiast, visiting a forest reserve may be a great idea. However, wherever you are going, you must prepare and equip yourself according to the demands of the place.

Decide What You Want to Carry

Once, you have decided on your destination, you must give it a deep thinking on what things you would be carrying with you. For convenience, you must aim to carry the minimum load but at the same time should not miss on anything important. Without planning, you may forget even the most necessary items or sometimes carry things, which are useless.

Prioritize Things as Per Their Importance

You must categorize the items you want to carry as per their priority. Give highest priority to things like clothes, shoes, bag, communication device, a compass etc. Least priority should be given to things like perfumes, fancy clothing etc. Classifying things like this will help you in picking up the most important items while not exceeding the limit of luggage that you plan to carry with you. Also, you must avoid carrying valuable things with you.

Food

If you are going for places, where food is not available readily, you must also take some eatables with you. Ask people who have visited the place about the availability of food, hotels etc. If the location of your visit is isolated, do not forget to take dry rations and beverages with you.

Basic Medicines

When you visit a new place, there can be a lot of uncertainties. Hence, you must be prepared with some basic medicines and a first aid kit. You must take medicines for fever, dehydration, aches and pains etc. You should also not forget to take some plasters and antiseptic powder. Although, it is not a medicine, taking mosquito repellent is also a good idea.

Top Outdoor Adventures In Alabama

Alabama is a state full of all types of adventures for outdoor lovers – from fishing to hiking, camping and biking.

Among the activities are: rock climbing, water sports,ballooning, caving, horseback riding, cycling, skiing, golf, hiking, birding, hunting, camping, fishing and enjoying the varied scenery the state has to offer.

(1) Perhaps the number one outdoor adventure in the state is hiking/backpacking/walking. There are many areas across the state, including rough outdoor trails to paved walking tracks that enable most everyone to get outdoors and get some exercise.

Some of the key areas that make this activity tops is hikes into Little River Canyon along the Eberhart Trail in northeast Alabama where this canyon is actually the deepest east of the Mississippi. Hikers can also check out the nearby Lost Falls Trail in DeSoto State Park. For beginners there is a “starter” 20- mile long Conecuh Trail in the Conecuh National Forest near Andalusia and visitors to Historic Blakely State Park will enjoy the leisure paths there.

The most famous of the trails in Alabama is the 100 miles long Pinhoti Trail that runs from the southern end of the Talladega National Forest northward to Georgia. In highly populated areas there are scenic trails on Ruffner Mountain in Birmingham, 20 miles of trails near Huntsville in Monte Sano State Park and scenic trails in the Wade Mountain Preserve near Huntsville.

Packpackers will enjoy the 14- miles long Sipsey Fork Loop in the Sipsey Wilderness which is part of the Bankhead National Forest and there are spectacular views in the Walls of Jericho area near Hytop.

Just plain ole walkers will find hundreds of places around the state including tracks in their own towns or cities. Other areas include Moundville Archeological Park south of Tuscaloosa, Vulcan Park in Birmingham, Horseshoe Bend National Military Park in Dadeville, Noccalula Falls Park in Gadsden, Natural Bridge of Alabama at Natural Bridge, Shark Tooth Creek near Aliceville, Dismals Canyon at Phil Campbell, Old Cahawba Archeological Park near Selma, the beautiful beaches at Gulf Shores and the 2.5 mile hiking trail at the University of Alabama Arboretum.

(2) Birding has quickly become the number two outdoor activity as more and more birding trails open up around the state. Locations offering birding include the Mobile Bay where there are 50 sites and southward on Dauphin Island are several sites including the 164 – acre Audubon Bird Sanctuary. A variety of migratory birds can also be viewed at Fort Morgan on Mobile Bay. The Upper Cahaba River Birding Trail is located in the Hoover area. The North Alabama Birding Trail extends along the Tennessee River.

On the eastern side of the state birdwatchers will find the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge which is home to the American Bald Eagle. The Bon Secour National Wildlilfe Refuge in Gulf Shores offers a variety of migratory birds. In the upper part of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta are many locations to observe over 250 species of birds. Tour operators use pontoon boats, air boats and pirogue canoes.

West of Gulf Shores on the shores of Mobile Bay is the town of Fairhope which offers birders elevated boardwalks to view hummingbirds at the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Preserve.

Other sites include the Perry Lakes Park in Marion County which provides birders the nation’s first birding tower rising above the canopy of trees along the Cahaba River. During the peak summer viewing season, some 200,000 grey bats can be watched as they emerge from Sauta Cave in north Alabama near Scottsboro at the Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge.

Outside Birmingham, in central Alabama, is Oak Mountain State Park which offers an elevated Treetop Nature Trail providing views of barred owls, black vultures, red-tailed hawks, great horned owls and rare white turkey vultures.

(3) Skydiving, air rides and ballooning are also among the top adventures with top sites including Cullman at the airport, Elberta at the Horak Airport, Pell City at the Pell City Airport, Tuskegee at Moton Field and hot air balloon rides in Birmingham, Decatur, Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, Huntsville, Montgomery and historic plane rides in Gulf Shores/Orange Beach.

(4) With thousands of lakes, rivers, creeks and Gulf beaches, the sports ofcanoeing, kayaking and sailing are enjoyed year around across the state.

River cruises are offered on the Alabama River in Montgomery, Black Warrior in Tuscaloosa, Tennessee River at Joe Wheeler State Park and around Mobile Bay.

Canoeists will enjoy the trip up Bottle Creek to Mound Island in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta which is the nation’s largest delta. Whitewater paddlers can experience Class II and Class III novice – intermediate water on the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River near Blountsville.

Kayakers find the trip down the Cahaba River near Birmingham to be an exciting journey. The Cahaba is considered to be the longest free-flowing river in the state and is home to rare two-foot-tall Cahaba Lilies. Sea kayaking is a popular sport around Dauphin Island and nearby Barrier Islands south of Mobile. The best kayak training river in the Southeast is the Coosa River near Wetumpka with Class II rapids and the challenging Moccasin Gap.

At the bottom of the largest canyon east of the Mississippi flows Little River Canyon which offers advanced – to expert whitewater Class IV and Class V rapids along Johnnies Creek and you will also find Class II rapids on the East Fork of the Little River. Other whitewater adventures can be found near Section on South Sauty Creek that offers Class III and IV rapids.

For a more leisurely paddle, you can take the 44-mile long Loyd Owens Canoe Trail near Heflin on a section of one of the cleanest rivers in the eastern USA – the Tallapoosa River. A second route is along the beautiful Escatawpa River near Wilmer.

The less adventurous may rather take a boat ride on Mobile Bay to see the 1885 Middle Bay Lighthouse, take a sailing adventure in the Bay or have fun making the Bay crossing on the Mobile Bay Ferry that moves vehicles between the Civil War fortifications of Fort Morgan and Fort Gaines.

(5) With a variety of terrain the state offers many places for cycling and mountain biking. Oak Mountain State Park has a three-hour long, 17 mile mountain bike loop. A 12 miles of routes can be found on the Swayback Bridge Trail near Wetumpka and for those wishing to peddle a long trip there is the 56-miles Auburn-Tuskegee-Loachapoka Loop. There is also a 40-mile scenic route between historic Wetumpka and Tallassee.

A tougher route might be the scenic Horseblock/Cheaha Mountain Ride covering 40 miles from Anniston up Cheaha Mountain to the highest point in Alabama. A more leisurely route in the converted rails-to-trails route from Anniston eastward to the Alabama/Georgia line along the Chief Ladia Trail which extends on 27 miles of a paved former rail bed.

Adventure Travel Without Nausea

It is all well and good to talk about adventure travel on a budget, but no one wants the “adventure” part of adventure travel to be losing your last meal far from home.
As an added resource, I have found several sites with helpful tips on how to stay healthy when you travel.

  • Familydoctor.org has a list of vaccines you might get before you travel, precautions against food that could make you sick and what to put in a first aid kit.
  • Govexec.com has a number of tips for business travelers, including how to keep up with your exercise schedule while on the road, how to deal with
  • There is a good article for cruise travelers on how to avoid getting sick when you go ashore in findarticles.com . The article, which you can find at findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0FCP/is_5_23/ai_83582782, offers some very good advice on how to keep your long-dreamed-of cruise vacation a happy and healthy experience.
  • Gorp.away.com has a whole section of great articles on this subject at gorp.away.com/gorp/health/main.htm Since Gorp is particularly focused on outdoor adventure travel and tours, their site emphasizes staying healthy outdoors. Among the topics they cover are, avoiding acute mountain sickness, avoiding poison ivy and other pesky plants, preventing heat exhaustion and how to protect yourself from tick-borne diseases.

I certainly hope these references will go a long way toward keeping you safe and healthy when you travel. By all means, make sure your “adventure” travel is the right kind of adventure and stay healthy.