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Get Fit before You Backpack
November 19, 2014 – 2:16 pm | No Comments yet
Photo from Flickr by Ed Yourdon

Photo from Flickr by Ed Yourdon

Going away on a long backpacking adventure is an exciting endeavour but one you’ll need to be well prepared for if everything’s to run smoothly. Aside from planning where you’re going to trek, camp, what you’ll be eating, need to take and all the other little details, it’s useful to be in great physical shape before you set off.

Being physically fit is more likely to prevent injuries and ensure you feel good throughout your trip. Here are some important fitness areas to work on ahead of your trip.

Strength

Carrying a heavy backpack around for a few weeks or longer requires a lot of strength, especially in your legs and back. It’s advised to start a regular exercise routine at least six weeks before you set off, earlier if you’re going for a longer trip or are less fit.

Squats, step-ups and lunges are all simple leg strength exercises that require little equipment. Add dumbbells over time to increase strength and mix up with back exercises such as side planks, hip bridges and bird dogs. As you get stronger do each exercise for longer and include more exercises such as press-ups and wall-sits.

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Five Backpackers You’ll Meet On Your Travels (That You’ll Want To Avoid).
November 18, 2014 – 5:17 pm | No Comment
Five Backpackers You’ll Meet On Your Travels (That You’ll Want To Avoid).

Ask anyone what the best thing about travelling in and they’ll undoubtedly mention the people they’ve met. at some point you might meet people that you’d rather avoid. Here’s who to look out for..

Essential Fishing Tips for Backpackers
October 28, 2014 – 4:12 pm | No Comment
Essential Fishing Tips for Backpackers

Away from the comforts of home and familiar surroundings presents plenty of challenges. Here are a few tips to overcome them.

Six Must-Pack Pieces of Kit for a Winter Activity Holiday
October 28, 2014 – 4:03 pm | No Comment
Six Must-Pack Pieces of Kit for a Winter Activity Holiday

You can have as much fun in sub-zero temperatures as in summer sunshine as long as you’ve packed the right kit. Here’s our guide to the six pieces of kit you’ll absolutely need to pack.

Three Ways to Survive a Winter Hike
October 16, 2014 – 1:36 pm | No Comment
Three Ways to Survive a Winter Hike

Though this might be true, it’s also the case that walking in the wild outdoors during the winter here in the Great British Isles is not the safest thing to do in the world, and therefore, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to write this short guide…

The Top 5 Souvenirs for Backpackers
October 16, 2014 – 11:00 am | No Comment
The Top 5 Souvenirs for Backpackers

To avoid returning home minus a fully functional back and with shoulders resembling a weightlifters, these are the items you should be buying.

The Ultimate Backpacker’s List of Essentials
September 19, 2014 – 11:52 am | No Comment
The Ultimate Backpacker’s List of Essentials

Traditionally a niche way to travel, backpacking’s popularity has grown exponentially over the last few years, thanks to its exciting mixture of flexibility, economy and freedom.

Scuba Diving In Tenerife
September 15, 2014 – 2:46 pm | No Comment
Scuba Diving In Tenerife

European destinations like Tenerife offer the perfect combination of great weather, budget options for accommodation and lots to see underwater.

Three reasons to fall In Love With San Sebastian
September 15, 2014 – 2:38 pm | No Comment
Three reasons to fall In Love With San Sebastian

At the heart of the Basque region in northern Spain lies the coastal city of San Sebastian. All at once charming, trendy, lively and laidback, San Seb.

Colorado and the battle to legalize pot
July 12, 2014 – 3:14 pm | No Comment
Colorado and the battle to legalize pot

To help clear things up, we explain the main arguments of both legalization activists and prohibition supporters, so you can make up your own mind.

5 Best Hemp Products for Travelers
June 30, 2014 – 6:49 pm | One Comment
5 Best Hemp Products for Travelers

That said there are a few items that come in really handy and are well worth making space for. Here are 5 hemp based products that all travelers should make space for in their backpack:

Keep Your Costs Down: 5 Tips to do Asia on the Cheap
June 30, 2014 – 6:11 pm | No Comment
Keep Your Costs Down: 5 Tips to do Asia on the Cheap

cutting expenses, saving on accommodations and food, and earning money along the way, you’ll be a step ahead and ready to keep your costs down.

To Do, or Not to Do: Drug Use Abroad
June 27, 2014 – 4:44 pm | No Comment
To Do, or Not to Do: Drug Use Abroad

Walking down the street I hear a whisper “weed, weed, coke-a, what you need” There are endless amounts of times I have heard this from taxis tuk tuk’s beach sellers, and randoms of all sorts while out at festivals or traveling.

The many faces of Amsterdam
June 27, 2014 – 2:30 pm | No Comment
The many faces of Amsterdam

Getting the ferry overnight means minimum accommodation costs and maximum time in your destination of choice

Should all us travelers be wearing hemp?
May 2, 2014 – 5:52 pm | No Comment
Should all us travelers be wearing hemp?

For one thing, Hemp as a fiber protects your skin by naturally filtering out UV light, so on days when you forget your sun cream you’re still covered