A quality pair of sunglasses is a must have for any traveler and every trip. The problem that I run into is the dilemma between packing a really nice pair that I’d worry of dropping, losing or getting stolen, versus packing a throwaway five dollar pair from one of those shopping mall kiosks. Sure, the nice pair looks great, accentuates my style and properly cares for my eyes, but the other pair can go through hell and I wouldn’t bat an eyelash. Over my nine month trip through Europe and Northern Africa, I went through four or five pairs of sunglasses, and went a few months of that time without, because I refused to ruin another set.
As with any style of travel, weight and volume matter a great deal when you’re packing your bags, especially if you’re a backpacker like me. One of the most popular items that travelers struggle with during travel is taking along a pair of quality headphones. One time, on my third trip to Europe, I thought I could get away with a big, bulky over-ear set of headphones, but after the first day of venturing around Barcelona, I had to mail them back home, because they took up way too much space, and I had to make a choice between my clothes and the headphones. So, throughout that trip I stuck with a cheap in-ear, wired set of earbuds. I prefer to be surrounded by sound and oozing bass, and no earbuds have ever truly pulled that off, until I heard the Byron BTA Wireless model by Beyerdynamic.
Travel around ancient historical architectural monuments excites the imagination and is always an unforgettable experience. Today we want to offer you a short tour to the most important medieval fortresses of Armenia, which at one time played a huge role in the defense of the country and were important strategic objects of the royal dynasties:
Most readers believe my favorite travel activity is taking photographs, and while that’s true to a point, it’s not my optimum experience; Photography is a close second, however. Though, I also thoroughly enjoy roaming aimlessly around the ancient cities of Europe; which is likely my third, but still close favorite. Photography will always be a passion of mine, but there’s something special about spending time with beloved friends and family, deep in the forest, far away from civilization, passing the time around a fire while telling stories and jokes, and playing games. There is a real connection to be found in Nature, and maybe it’s as simple for some as feeling at peace for awhile. Or perhaps, it’s something so much more.
For most travelers, especially backpackers, carrying a pair of headphones can become cumbersome, or risky, because most modern headphones aren’t built to withstand the rigors of travel. I’ve spent most of my travel experience as a backpacker, where each ounce matters a great deal, so I’ve never had the pleasure of taking a full set of headphones with me abroad. And since everything I have with me must fit in a rucksack and be held up by my back and shoulders, I am always forced to choose a small, rollup pack of cheap earbuds, which, let’s be honest, are awful sounding and do nothing to keep the external noise at bay.
I love camping, more than almost anything in the world. While my fiancé prefers the beach, I prefer the mountains and the forest; it’s where I feel at home, and at total peace in this crazy world. The birds awake with the faintest bit of light coming through the trees, and not long after, the natural world is alive and buzzing with activity. I don’t know if it’s due to a connection, our connection to the earth, or if it’s because I’m finally away from the hustle and bustle of modern civilization, but I feel better, almost instantly; I prefer the former.
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