mugged while backpacking

How to Avoid Getting Mugged While Backpacking

Crimes against backpackers are common. Criminals may steal your entire backpack; riffle through your pack; grab what they can from outside pockets; and use a sharp knife to slit the backpack open. Here we explain how to avoid getting mugged while backpacking. One of the worst things that can happen to you is getting robbed while you’re traveling the globe. The best thing you can do is to be informed on how to prevent being a target of such crimes. We got mugged in Malaysia. We learned a lot from the experience and also talked to other backpackers to learn … Read more

Indiana Dunes

10 Things to Do at Indiana Dunes You Won’t Want to Miss

Planning a quick summer getaway? Sandwiched between two industrial towns and located a short distance from Chicago, Indiana Dunes National Park is a hidden gem. Learn about things to do at Indiana Dunes. While it may not the first place you may think of when you think about a picturesque National Park, Indiana Dunes is the newest National Park in America, established in 2018. It may not be the grandest or biggest park in America, but it’s the ideal place to visit for warm waters, sandy beaches and great hiking. It’s ideal for families and for those who want a … Read more

Top 10 Things To Do Next Time You Visit Switzerland

Top 10 Things to Do In Switzerland

Switzerland is a fascinating country with a lot of history, culture and natural beauty. There were many things we didn’t do and places we never went to, but here are our top 10 favorite things to do in Switzerland out of the dozens of things we did do.  Truth be told, I never had much interest in visiting Switzerland. I never thought I would visit the country because there were so many countries I wanted to explore first. I figured I’d stop by if we happened to pass by, but not more than that really. Well, life is full of … Read more

famous people from Florence

5 Famous People From Florence Italy

Florence is more than just a beautiful Italian city filled with art and architecture. There are many famous people from Florence. Over the years, it has been the birthplace of many very important people in history, from Donatello to Catherine de Medici.  Spanning the centuries, here are 5 personaggi famosi da Firenze Italia. Famous People from Florence There are many famous people from Florence, Italy. Although there are probably as many notable people who have hailed from this city as there are places to stay in Florence, let’s take a look at five you will certainly recognize. Donatello and Michelangelo … Read more

Las Vegas on the Cheap Bellagio Fountians

Las Vegas on the Cheap ~ Family Vacation to Vegas on a Budget

We had a great time on our family vacation to Las Vegas. It was a quick getaway — just two days. Here’s how to enjoy Las Vegas on the cheap. Whether you have a day or a week to spend in Las Vegas, you will find lots to do that’s free. The entertainment here is endless. You can walk down the 4.2 mile Las Vegas Strip, awash in all the activity around you, day or night. The people-watching alone is worth it. You will see everyone here — doing their own thing — enjoying this unique place. As you walk … Read more

staying safe while traveling

Staying Safe When Traveling ~ 4 Tips to Give Yourself Peace of Mind

Sometimes when you mention your desire to go traveling to friends and family, questions about your safety come up. It casts a shadow of doubt over your plans. Staying safe when traveling is essential.  While the worry and concern of friends and family comes from a good place, it’s completely justified to feel like they’re raining on your parade. And sometimes, I am more worried about them worrying about me than I am about the actual safety of my travels. There are many precautions I take to stay safe when I am traveling. Traveling is good for the soul. It opens … Read more

mosquito netting

Mosquito Netting to the Rescue!

Learn about mosquito netting and how it can be helpful in many situations. As I sat with three friends on my porch, mosquitos were feasting on two of us. Our feet, ankles, and legs were getting bit up. I went inside to grab the bug spray. I was shocked when I saw it removed the nail polish on my toes! What was I spraying on myself? I remembered we had mosquito nets from when we went camping. The next time I ventured outside, I draped one on myself — I didn’t even rig it up. My husband thought it was … Read more

Best Places to Visit in the Philippines

8 Best Places to Visit in the Philippines ~ Where to Visit in Philippines

Best Places to Visit in the Philippines – We all heard stories of what Thailand used to be like 20 years ago, before it was spoiled by the hordes of drunk tourists flocking its islands. Just 3 hours flight away, there is still a place who maintains that exotic, virgin charm – the Philippines. To add to that, the beaches and scenery are even more beautiful, and everything is cheaper. The fact most potential tourists of Southeast Asia tend to overlook the Philippines while planning their tropical getaway does come with a price though. The country isn’t a tourist mecca … Read more

Van Life Camper Vans

Best Camper Vans for Living the Van Life

Best Camper Vans – Van life is what society calls the increasingly normal decision to outfit a van into a kind of mini RV and then live in it full time. Very different kinds of people join this movement for myriad reasons. It can be kind of grungy at times, but there are many people who will tell you there is no other way to live. Many people who decide to live like Shaggy and Scooby will tell you that they chose the van life because modern technology empowers them to live free. Californians make up the largest slice of … Read more

Things to do in Sydney Australia

Things to Do in Sydney Australia ~ You Won’t Want to Miss These Places!

Sydney Australia City Guide – Sydney is an amazing place. No matter how much time you spend, make the most of it with these things to do in Sydney Australia. There is something for everyone.  There is an incredible public transport ferry network serving the city of Sydney, New South Wales. The Sydney Ferries are located in Sydney Harbour are a very budget-friendly way to see inner and outer harbour stops. As one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, and the most populated city in Australia, Sydney has a rich history and many fun and interesting sights … Read more

Pinnacles National Park Camping

Pinnacles National Park Camping

Pinnacles National Park Camping – If you’re visiting Pinnacles National Park, you should consider camping – even for just one night. This national park is east of the Salinas Valley in central California. It’s a quick drive from Big Sur, less than a two-hour drive from San Jose, and about a two-hour drive from San Francisco. While it’s possible to stay in one of these larger cities and drive into the park, the best way to experience the hiking trails and some of the most breathtaking sites in North America is to stay in a Pinnacles campground. Camping at Pinnacles … Read more

Pinnacles National Park Camping

Best Hikes in Pinnacles National Park

Best Hikes in Pinnacles National Park – One of the benefits of being the smallest national park in California is that you can see the most important features of the park by hiking just a few of the trails. Pinnacles National Park is home to many unique hiking trails. There is a trail for everyone in Pinnacles National Park and we’re going to shine the spotlight on the best hikes in Pinnacles National Park today in our complete guide. Pinnacles Hiking There are a little more than 30 total miles of trails in Pinnacles National Park, and if you do … Read more

Best Time to Visit Pinnacles National Park

Best Time to Visit Pinnacles National Park

Best Time to Visit Pinnacles National Park is the smallest national park in California. It’s in Central California east of the Salinas Valley, about 80 miles southeast of San Jose. Pinnacles National Park’s location gives it a mild climate you can enjoy year-round, but there are better times than others when you should visit Pinnacles National Park. Today, we discuss the best time to visit Pinnacles National Park and what you should do while you’re there. Best Time to Visit Pinnacles National Park You can visit Pinnacles National Park year-round. It has a mild climate that makes the winter bearable … Read more

Mount Rainier Camping

Mount Rainier Camping – 5 Awesome Camping Spots

Mount Rainier Camping – There are four main campgrounds you can choose from when camping at Mount Rainier in Washington State, and we’re going to highlight all of those today. We tell you what the different campgrounds offer and what time of year you can camp at each of them. Camping at Mount Rainier We highly suggest camping at Mt Rainier so that you can beat the crowds in the park, especially during the late summer months of July and August. The busiest time is in July and August when the temperatures are at their warmest, and the flowers are … Read more

Mount Rainer

Things to Do at Mount Rainier

Things to Do at Mount Rainier National Park is a 369 square-mile state park in Washington state just southeast of Seattle named after Mount Rainier – the highest volcanic peak in the Lower 48 United States. Mount Rainier is always snow-capped. If you want to visit a national park with beautiful scenery and snow-capped mountains, Mount Rainier is where you should go. Mount Rainier National Park – Overview Mount Rainier is both the tallest mountain in Washington and the tallest mountain in the Cascade Mountain Range. Mount Rainier is iconic, so it’s no surprise that the national park system immediately … Read more

Badlands National Park Camping

Best Badlands National Park Camping

Badlands National Park Camping – Situated east of Black Hills National Forest, South Dakota’s Badlands National Park offers an awe-inspiring landscape as you drive through. This park provides you with features such as colorful spires, overlooks, and giant buttes. Badlands National Park can stand out brightly from the surrounding prairies. Badlands National Park Camping To truly experience this rugged environment, just a day’s visit won’t do. Spend a couple of nights tent or RV camping in or near the park. This article provides you with your Badlands National Park camping options. There is something for everyone here, whether at any … Read more

Badlands National Park

Things to Do in Badlands National Park

Things to Do in Badlands National Park – The Badlands National Park is in the southwestern corner of South Dakota. The park is full of sharply eroded pinnacles and buttes covering an area of about 242,756 acres. The North Unit is managed by the National Park Service, while the Oglala Lakota tribe governs the park’s South Unit. Badlands National Park is highly underrated. Its colorful pinnacles, spires, and buttes come together to create one of the most picturesque landscapes in the nation. Bighorn sheep, mule deer, pronghorn, white-tailed deer, and bison roam the biggest mixed-grass prairie in the county. It can … Read more

Crater Lake Hikes

The Best Crater Lake Hikes

Best Crater Lake Hikes – Crater Lake National Park in southern Oregon is a beautiful and monumental place for you and your family to have quality time in the great outdoors. While most visitors go for overlooks along West Rim Drive, there are a lot of other trails to choose from for unique views around the park. These trails lead to unique geological sites, dramatic views, and in some instances, meadows, and wildflowers. In this guide, we explore the fantastic trails, overlooks, and views in and around Crater Lake National Park. Best Crater Lake Hikes 1. Best Crater Lake Hikes … Read more

Redwood National Park

Redwood National Park Things To Do

Planning a vacation to Redwood National Park in the Pacific Northwest and want to know what to see and do there? Well, Redwood National Park is home to the tallest trees in the world and ancient redwood forests with trees over 2,000 years old and 400 feet tall. Even without considering any of the other things to see here, the sequoia trees are reason enough to visit this park. But if you’re looking for more, there are plenty of other adventures to take. For example, this park in Humboldt County in Northern California also offers a diverse range of old-growth … Read more

Lassen Volcanic National Park Things To Do

Lassen Volcanic National Park Things To Do

Lassen Volcanic National Park Things To Do – When you think of Lassen Volcanic National Park, you imagine splattering mud, steaming sulfur vents, and other hydrothermal features that show the earth is alive. Lassen Peak, Lassen Volcanic National Park’s signature volcano, last erupted in 1914, with continued outbursts three years later. Thankfully, it is now dormant, so the overlooks and trails provide you with access to the volcano to learn about it as well as wander around its sparkling lakes and dense woods. There are a variety of things to do at Lassen National Park, whether you’re camping for the … Read more