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Liebster Blog Award

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What is the Liebster award?

A massive thanks to The Roverette for nominating me for the Blogger’s Liebster Award! She can be found over at the www.theroverette.com

What is the Liebster Award, I here you ask. The Liebster Award is, is an award that is given from bloggers, to bloggers, with the purpose of shining light on upcoming, new blogs that have potential to do well based on their posts, and is usually given to blogs with less than 200 followers. The concept of the award is very similar to that of a chain letter, although there are some who refuse to accept the award, therefore breaking the chain. It is not required of you to continue this chain, but by doing so, you miss out on the chance of getting your blog more views. Mahesh choose me, along with four other blogs that he believed are likely to do well in the future. In return, I will:

  • Link this post back to my nominator, in this case The Rouvette and her blog
  • Answer 11 questions about myself, that The Rouvette has asked.
  • Name 11 random facts about myself
  • Nominate 10 other blogs with less than 200 followers that I feel deserve the reward
  • Ask 11 new questions to the bloggers I nominate

Hear are the question that The Rouvette asked me:

  1. Are you a morning bird or night owl?I am defiantly a morning bird, I regularly  wake up between 06:30 – 07:00 every day.
  2. What is your favourite food?Now this is a tough one, I enjoy so many different types food from so many places. Hmm I think that my favourite by a very small margin is a parsnip.
  3. What is your favourite quote to live your life by?Determination: the will to succeed will overcome the greatest adversity!
  4. Pick 3 words that describe you.Determined
    Enthusiastic
    Energetic
  5. Do you have an all time favourite classic old movie or song?My classic song for this would have to be The Police – King of pain.
  6. What would you be doing if Facebook, Twitter, or Tumblr didn’t
    exist?
    Hmm, who knows is the real answer, although I would like to think that, even without those amazing tools I would still have travelled, but it would have been very hard if not impossible to keep in contact with all the amazing people I would have met.
  7. What country would you always like to visit and why? Or to travel bloggers, what was your favourite country you have been to and why?There are so many countries and people that are amazing. My favourite country as it stands is Iran. The people are some of friendliest people I have ever met, the country has immense history and culture.  You can  I highly recommend Iran.
  8. Would you rather travel to the past or future? How far would you go and why?I would like to head in to the past 500 years and be at the for front of exploration in 16th Century The Age of Discovery. Going on long dangerous voyages to discovery the Americas and other unknown lands across the world really was a impressive time in exploration.
  9. If you could have any superpower, what would it be?The ability to fly!
  10. How do you pick your friends?I believe that everyone can be friends, no matter where they are and who they are. I keep my book open to let anyone be my friend. Most of the people I meet on my travels are of a similar mindset as well. We can all be friends!
  11. You find a glass cube in the middle of the desert, that is meant just for you. How big is it? Your answer refers to how big your ego is. Do you think that is a good way of testing someone’s personality?Wow, this is a very thoughtful question! When I first read this I instantly had an idea in my head of a cud 1 foot square, not exactly huge. I don’t think that this can reflect  someone’s personality, for example I think that my cube is small not due to a small ego. I would like to say now that I don’t think I have a massive ego. It being just for me makes me want to instantly share it with the world, I don’t want to take burden and take anyway some else’s cube. Thoughts?

11 random facts about me:

  1. I could fly a motor glider solo before I could drive a car!
  2. My second toe is longer than my big toe
  3. Slept in crypt for 4 years (bedroom was painted in the style of an Egyptian crypt).
  4. I am currently trying to learn Russian and Spanish. It’s somewhat of a struggle at the minute.
  5. My favourite colour is Orange.
  6. For my work experience at school I worked at The Royal International Air Tattoo.
  7. I prefer to sleep; on the floor, under the stars, in a hammock, in a car, standing up rather than sleeping in a bed.
  8. I have completed my Gold duke of Edinburgh.
  9. I love just randomly walking with no particular direction or reason and just see what happens.
  10. I live in the outdoors world, climbing, hiking and camping.
  11. I have a huge appetite usually eating in 6 main meals plus snacks a day.

I have now nominated the following 5 blogs, take some time to check them out!

My 11 questions, to my nominees

  1. What is the most bizarre breakfast you have had and where was it?
  2. Who would you like to have afternoon tea with?
  3. If you could start a new life with all the knowledge of this life, would you take it?
  4. What is your favourite way to travel?
  5. Who is your favourite superhero?
  6. One thing that inspired you to start your blog/website.
  7. If you could travel to any place where would you go? and why would you travel to this place?
  8. What is your favourite colour?
  9. One thing that really annoys you.
  10. Are you usually late, early or right on time?
  11. What is the hardest thing you done?
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Travelling Cheap: Accommodation

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Accommodation

Accommodation, transport and visas, are some of the most expensive costs when travelling, as travellers we are always counting money to try and get the cheapest deals on all of the above. In this section we are looking in to cheap accommodation around Europe in particular but generally at ways of finding cheap places to stay where ever in the world you may be travelling.

Camping

Camping is by far one of the cheapest accommodation options as it’s usually FREE if you are wild camping or there may be a small charge which can differ depending where you are. Wild camping in Europe in particular is a grey area as in many countries there is no set law as to where you can wild camp.

Here is a little more information:
http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2010/may/15/wild-camping-europe-uk-legalities
http://www.worldofwildcamping.com/
http://www.wildcamping.co.uk/

Hostels

Hostels are a great place to meet people and explore the city. The advantage of having a bed, either in a dorm, whether it’s mixed or same sex, or in many hostels there is an option to have a private room if you are willing to pay a little extra.  It really does depend on what you are looking for in Hostel. There are hostels such as the The Tent in Munich, where you are given a foam mat, blankets and a bit of floor space costing around 8 Euros a night. At the other end of the scale a stay in the Generator Hostel Hamburg you would be looking at 36.80 Euros per night (both in June for 1 person), however you also have access to every kind of facilities like, wifi, a bar, travel shop  and food available throughout the day.

These are some of the best sites available for looking up hostels:
Hostel World
Booking.com
Hostelbookers

Couchsurfing

Another option for those who want to get to know the locals and sleep very cheaply, is couchsurfing. This is a platform where hosts offer up there, couch, settees, spare rooms or whatever they have really this is usually free although is varies and if there is a charge its usually nominal. The great thing about couch surfing is staying with locals they know all the ‘cool’ spots to hang out and see in there town or city.

www.couchsurfing.com

If anybody has any of there own suggestions please leave a comment below.

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Adventure Travel is good for your Mental Health

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So I found this interesting article on mental health whilst searching in the bottomless pit that is the internet. This article was found and written on Getupandgo’s blog, an Adventure Travel company based in India. Most of the things that mention in this post I know can relate to especially on the Mongol Rally.

What do you think? Leave a comment below.

  1. LEAVE IT ALL BEHIND
    It doesn’t happen when you start packing, or when you stay up half the night before your trip trying to answer emails and take out the trash. But once you board the plane, train or get in your car, you breathe a little more deeply as the daily grind gets smaller and smaller and then disappears in the rear view mirror.
  2. POSSIBILITIES FOR NEW INSIGHTS
    When you encounter new sites, something opens up in your mind and heart and you can have new insights about old problems. A change of scene can make things back home look very different.
  3. THE ZEN STATE
    To be really well, one has to be in the moment, the now. When you travel, there is so much new stimulation that it forces you to respond in the present. You slip effortlessly into the zone.
  4. EXERCISE AND MENTAL HEALTH
    When you hit the road, there are infinite options for active engagement with your environment. You can walk, bike, hike, climb, paddle, skate, ski, dance. When you are at home, it’s sometimes hard to get motivated for physical exercise. When you are away, it all seems so much more appealing. And you certainly know that an RX for depression and anxiety is move your muscles.
  5. NEW CONNECTIONS
    If there is a certain ennui associated with the same people and the same stories back home, then the remedy is meeting people on the road. Haven’t you made friends in faraway places when you travelled? If you haven’t, it’s time to start. They can be part of your travel group, or people you connect to who live in your chosen destination.
  6. SELF-SOOTHING
    An antidote to self-medicating can be self-soothing. When you go for adventure tour, you do things you love, you buy treasured souvenirs, you pamper yourself with small pleasures. These actions make you feel good about yourself. They don’t rile you up. They don’t perturb or upset you. You replace a desire to escape with a real escape that is much better for you.
  7. PRIDE IN SELF
    Maybe you’ve had a rough spell at work or with relationships. You feel a little worthless or useless. When you travel, you exercise your high school Spanish or French, you successfully navigate your way around an unknown environment, you excel at hiking tours or cooking or yoga. You do things that make you feel proud of yourself and that help to build back your selfesteem.
  8. PAIN RELIEF
    There are different kinds of pain: physical, emotional, psychic or spiritual. They are all quite real. Somehow, by some mysterious alchemy, travel can alleviate pain. You just feel better. The sprained ankle carries you up a mountain. The wrecked love affair seems more remote and you can foresee a life beyond it. Your relationship to the Divine is renewed through nature.
  9. CHANGING HABITS
    Worry and the blues can sometimes be attributed to habits of thinking. You get in a mental loop you can’t get out of. You fret about the past and are anxious about the present. It is hard to change your thoughts, but adventure holidays facilitates that change. You literally walk new paths, eat different foods, speak to different people, hear exotic languages. These changes can help to yank you out of habitual patterns that sap energy from your life.
  10. LAUGHTER
    A good yuk can go a long way towards brightening a day. Have you noticed how much you laugh when you are travelling? You see a funny sign, an odd translation, a street performer, you meet a friend from junior high school on top of a mountain. And you let it rip with a belly laugh. Aaaah

 

Outdoors

Dartmoor Walking Festival

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As a Walking Group Leader and Dartmoor Guide I’ve been out on Dartmoor quite a lot along with hundreds of thousands of others, it’s a big place after all. It occurred to me earlier this year that Dartmoor has no walking festival which is a shame, considering the vast treks and paths, history and archaeology. Well for 2016 that’s changed: introducing the first Dartmoor Walking Festival!

The festival is being organised by myself and Simon Dell the owner of Moorland Guides. We have had a pretty busy leading up this point, but we nearly have everything covered. I say everything we are limiting the festival
, as we don’t want to over cook it on our first go. There are several rather large organisations involved such as the National Trust, The Dartmoor Rescue Group and Woodland Trust along the National Park and a plethora of local companies and people.

The most up to date information about programmes and involvement can be found on the website, watch this space as it’s always changing we are hoping to have the  full programme up in the coming months. Watch this space for now.Dartmoor Walking Festival

“The festival will run from Saturday 27th August until Sunday 4th September 2016 inclusive and will cover all areas of Dartmoor and open to everybody of all ages and abilities.

We will be putting on several events each day during the nine-day festival ranging from modest guided strolls and children’s rambles to full day walks and ambitious challenges! There really will be something for everyone.

The Dartmoor National Park are fully supporting the week with Ranger-led walks as well as archaeological visits and events and we are delighted to also have the support of those who live and work on Dartmoor within the Dartmoor Commoner’s Council. We have also tied-up in partnership with the British Heart Foundation, a wonderful charity; to support their 25th annual moor walk on the final day of the festival on Sunday 4th September when all of our week’s efforts will be targeted on raising much needed sponsorship for their work.

The end of the week will culminate in a celebration event with the British Heart Foundation at a local Princetown venue with food and entertainment being planned. Our exciting programme will also include climbing, Nordic walking, cycling and much much more. Making use of the local cycle trails will also mean that those who use mobility scooters and ‘Trampers’ can also come along and enjoy what Dartmoor has to offer.

Our aim is to have four events each day during the nine-day festival, so there really is something for everybody, with evening talks and walks included. The Dartmoor Search and Rescue Team is also supporting the week and if you have ever wondered what they do out in the dark when searching for missing walkers then come and join them on an evening exercise to find out more!”

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On a biking adventure… from scratch

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Motorcycle Adventure

There is no better feeling of freedom than taking a motorcycle and just riding, it doesn’t matter were you are going, it’s exhilarating. It’s the dream of many people to travel the world on 2 wheels, I am one of  those people.

To take on such an adventure the general consensus is that of a bike like Euan Mcgregor’s BMW 1200 GS, with all it’s gizmo’s and gadgets. A quick search shows that a second hand one is going to set you back £3,000, plus visas, insurance, gear. Now for many students this way out of their budget let alone having a license to ride a 1200cc motorcycle. For this reason I have teamed up with Max from Conquer Earth, to prove to it can be done a lot cheaper, but, also anyone can go on a motorcycle adventure without having to even have a full license.

I have ridden a variety of different bikes in all conditions for several years now, unlike Max… who has never ridden a motorbike, so we will be literally showing you from scratch, from what gear to take, to our bikes and even to learning how to ride!

Of course we will be documenting our adventure, from finding our trusty steads to us being stuck in the middle of some strange places!

Stay tuned, this is going to be one hell of a ride.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela

Outdoors

Coast to the Moor

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The Mongol Rally is finished, I spent 10 weeks sat in a car driving 17,000 miles across the world and what a trip it was, but, now it is time to look to other adventures and for some things that I have in mind I need to be fit… So being an adventurer what better why than to say walk from the Coast to the most isolated town on Dartmoor, Princetown. Map

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Tips for inter railing from the UK

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Tips for inter-railing
Inter Railing a great way to travel around Europe, it is also a great as a first time medium term travelling option. Ideal for students and young people under the age of 25 after that well I would recommend another type of transport maybe horseback would be good.
I would like to explain first of all that is just an account of what I discovered in the cities that I visited on my Inter Rail. There are many other ways to get cheaper to places.
Travelling out of the UK:
Ok, first and foremost after you have decided on which Inter-Rail pass to go for and pay for it. There a few things that should know; your Inter-Rail does not work in the country that you live in so you will need to need to get to Europe under your own steam. Depending on where you want to visit will depend on how you want to do this, on another note, going outside of school holidays makes a massive difference as does avoiding national bank holidays. It also depends on where you want to start from. We went for the Eurostar in August to September, our out journey cost us £75.00 and the return fare was £34.50. On our travels we have spoken to a lot of people who have flown out to places like Nice and have gone on from there.
Tips for inter-railing trains:
With the Inter-Rail it is not as simple as getting on a train and going off at any station. Every country is different, for instance in Spain a reservation has to be made for every train even local ones, where as in Germany there are no reservations apart from the high speed overnight trains, which can be expensive in some cases. Italy well it seems to be like France in that reservations are only made on the high speed trains. I believe Portugal is the same. Your best bet is to ask at the ticket office, I am not sure if this is a thing else where in Europe, but, in Italy you can reserve seats on the fast track machines this is only for trains the country though. To do this:
1) Go it to buy tickets in your chosen language.
2) Select the where you want to go, time of departure.
3) Forward to the payment page.
4) Next on the left hand side there should be an option for ‘global pass’ (if not skip to no. 5), go on this to find how much your reservation is for your train.
5) The train you have selected does not require a seat reservation, so just use your Inter-Rail pass as normal.
Tips for inter-railing: Night Trains:
They can be expensive, then again they can be really cheap. But be prepared to not get much sleep, unless you can sleep anywhere even with some annoying person sat next to you talking all night. Not all of the direct night trains are the cheapest though, look around for connections they can save you a lot of money and you can get to see more. As an example, we had a night train from Innsbruck to Rome for €6 each, instead of the €36 each at the time This is just an example but it pays to look around.
Tips for inter-railing in Paris:
Ok so, the metro system is not great in Paris, it is not too bad but it could be a lot better. The trains are really good, but that was the same everywhere, well apart Italy which I will get to later. The Major attractions like The Eiffel Tower are very expensive, unless you research and book before you go. More or less all the museums, art galleries and exhibitions are free for under 26’s who live in the EU. It is great having nearly everything free, as the Hostels and Hotels are really expensive, I suggest you look into Hotels rather than hostels they appear to cheaper.(yes this is the right way around).
Tips for inter-railing in Munich:
Trams are probably the best way to get around, you can buy a 3 day pass for up to 5 people to go anywhere for €25.90. The best place to stay is the Tent which has an amazing atmosphere it is also very cheap at €5.50 a night as long as you don’t mind sleeping on the floor. The only issue is that it is open in July and August. As for the rest of Munich well that would be telling but a few places that are worth a visit are the Deutsche’s Museum and the English Garden, the Old Town Hall and the Markets.
Enjoy it, meet new people, experience new food, cultures and languages for travelling opens the mind. There are no limits when travelling experiences are free. And being rich doesn’t mean anything, richness come in many forms, as a traveller we are rich in experiences, which cannot be brought. Enjoy your Inter-Rail I hope I have helped in some way or another even if it waffling.
Happy exploring, whatever it is you are doing, where ever it is, enjoy it!
To get your Inter rail ticket check this out the Inter Rail website