Backpacking provides a lot of freedom to the wanderer, but it requires a special kind of person to live this sort of lifestyle, because if you go on a serious around-the-world trip then you are often alone, in a strange place, where you don’t speak the language. Initially, it can feel scary, since you’re carrying everything on your back. If you can’t find a hostel or place to crash one night, you might need to carry camping gear, tent, sleeping bag, etc. On top of that, you must carry clothing, toiletries, an emergency kit, along with any electronics, guidebooks, paperwork, camera gear, and beyond; even if you’re simply hopping around Europe, moving from one city to the next, hostel to hostel, the amount you must carry can move from life-saving-possibility to the oh-my-back kind of burden. I’ve experienced both, and I’m here to tell you about what to look for and avoid when choosing the right backpack, as well as how to approach the next step: the packing.
So there I was (isn’t that how all the best stories start?), tramping through the Ohio wilderness; what’s left of it, anyway. The first cold front came through the night before, setting a chipper mood over the scene of newly changed trees. Their true colors were revealed, contrasting the greenery in waves of crimson and orange with clever blotches of yellow. After a foggy start, the world came alive with activity. The migrating birds chirp and titter above while the chipmunks play and the groundhogs skitter away, rustling the leaves.
Don’t spend your next paycheck on a stack of professional nature photos. Get outside and take them yourself.
You don’t need to be a seasoned photographer to capture amazing stills at these seven Manitoba sites. All are renowned for their serene landscapes, seasonal contrasts, and abundant wildlife. It’s hard to take a bad photo in any of these places.
Through all my years of wandering, tramping and exploring, I’ve come to realize a great many things about our world. I originally started traveling to find out the truth of this existential crisis we all call life, and after a decade, the mosaic of truth has finally come into focus. The stresses and anxieties of modern life can consume a person, and they may not even know it… But when one finds peace and harmony and balance in their life, everything can fall into place, and then life isn’t so difficult anymore. For me, no medical treatments or therapies compare to the true peace that one discovers while trekking through the untouched wilderness.
I began my trip with a few days in Dublin, Ireland - Dublin is a great city with a lot to offer, but for me, this trip was about unearthing the real soul in the places I was visiting. Dublin has unfortunately succumbed to the like-fate that many other culturally-significant cities of the world have - where the history and the soul have diminished greatly and been replaced with commercial modernization. Dublin wore my mind thin and I felt sadness after my brief stint. I began feeling as though all the time, effort and funding that I invested into this trip was all for waste.
When traveling, it’s not uncommon to run into a variety of situations that can mean the demise of your ever important personal device. There’s a lot to dread in the moments after your phone or tablet befall something awful… Have you ever dropped your iPhone in the toilet, or have you ever seen it fly out of the pocket in obscenely slow motion, only for it to skid across hard pavement. Have you ever shattered your screen? Or doused the thing in water, only to see the electronics burn up in the water? Well, thankfully, someone has set out to create the ultimate case for nearly all situations.
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