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Best Companions

Every trip depends on the company. Yes, company of yourself is the most important, but you will always meet more wandering souls on the road.

Wildlife Park on the Great Ocean Walk

Wildlife Park on the Great Ocean Walk

This time I’m not talking about fellow hikers… You will not be able to avoid insects and animals on any hike. Some mosquitos (don’t forget the repellent), “friendly” flies, and village dogs are everywhere. But how many times better is your day going to be after seeing deer, sheep, wild horses, or even gorillas? Mine would be like a million times better, but the actual number depends on you.

And all you need to do is just go and explore. Choose the path you’ve never taken, check all the attractions there are, and go see them.

Bunch of sheep on the Camino de Santiago.

Bunch of sheep on the Camino de Santiago.

Find the great pictures right here:

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You and the real you

You think you know yourself. The serious one, who always wakes up at the same time and snoozes that alarm clock only once. The one that doesn’t like to be alone for too long, but hates being surrounded by too many people.

The truth is that you know nothing until you go on a trip alone. You can meet the real you then. Deal with the problems on your own, go where you want to go and figure that out alone.

And only after you come back you realise that even though everything is still the same, you are different. You are more now.

Great Glen Way: forest and reflection. You: the one you know and the one inside.

Great Glen Way: forest and reflection. You: the one you know and the one inside.

P.S. Thanks for the pic, Cristiano: http://bit.ly/2rOyvLC

Best place to stay

Everyone has different requirements for the housing while travelling. People look for queen size beds, fancy restaurants, picturesque settings, hostel vibes and many other things. Let’s not forget the group that only needs the lowest possible price (and that is completely normal!).

However, on some trails you can’t choose. There will be times when a tent, hostel (or albergue) or the closest B&B is going to be your only option. But it surely does not mean you’re not going to enjoy it.

Have you ever stayed in a hostel inside a huge church? This surely does not sound bad, does it?

If you ever decide to stop in Roncesvalles (on Camino de Santiago), this albergue is THE place to stay.

If you ever decide to stop in Roncesvalles (on Camino de Santiago), this albergue is THE place to stay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What about a tent in the middle of the beach in Turkey with the most amazing sky you have ever seen?

Turkish night sky full of stars. Probably the best roof one could have over his head.

Turkish night sky full of stars. Probably the best roof one could have over his head.

 

 

 

 

 

Old authentic B&B with English breakfast is also going to make you wish you could stay longer.

You have stay in a British B&B at least once in your life. If you don't know why then you just MUST.

You have to stay in a British B&B at least once in your life. If you don’t know why then you just MUST.

So, whatever are your housing preferences, some of them will have to go. But is the housing really the most important part of the hike? As long as you have the roof over your head, you will be just fine!

P.S. If you need help with housing, download our TrailSmart app. We have plenty of housing options listed for every trail.

P.P.S Check out those beautiful pictures here:

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When is the right time to go?

Of course you have been wondering: when is the right time to go on a hike? And really, when is it?

Is it during spring? Everything is green, you need to lose those few extra pounds and wake up from that long winter sleep. No?

Maybe Summer? Sun will (most likely) be shining, everyone around will be hyped and the vacation feeling will just be there in the air, so why not to use it. Don’t feel like it?

Fall will strike you with amazing colors, weather will not be too hot and the adventurous summer vibes will still be there to make your trip even more memorable. Something’s not right?

Nothing can beat the colors of fall.

Nothing can beat the colors of fall in Cotswold.

Well there’s always winter waiting. Snowy sceneries, chilly weather and slowed down pace can help you run away from everyday routine.

Wintry Camino de Santiago will leave you breathless.

Wintry Camino de Santiago will leave you breathless.

I think there’s no right answer to the question. The main thing to remember is that the fear of wrong decision cannot hold you down. Don’t look for reasons not to go, it is going to be amazing anyways.

 

P.S. Find these great pictures here:

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How to remember the adventures?

You know those people, who go somewhere and always walk with their cameras hanging on their necks. It usually has to be semi-professional camera, but can be set on auto regime. It just has to look professional. Everybody knows those people.

Some of them just enjoy taking few pictures of some breathtaking sceneries and objects. But there’s another type – photographer-tourists that take pictures of everything.

Imagine going to a restaurant and taking picture of your food before eating (oh, wait, half of the population now does that). Imagine going to a museum and taking picture of absolutely every piece there. Or going to the zoo and taking picture of every animal (even of the snake which you hate). In general – imagine seeing your trip only through the camera.

You come back home after an amazing trip, but have no idea if it really was amazing, you just have million pictures of stuff (yes, in million pictures those amazing objects just become “stuff”) that you saw there.

I once went to the most amazing adventure ever. Long story short – I was sitting on the boat with my friend, jaws open, holding my friend’s hand and being afraid to close my eyes, because I could miss something. In front of me there was one of those photographer-tourists sitting. I doubt if he saw anything with his own eyes since he’s never put down the camera. At the end one thing is clear – I don’t have any material for my Instagram to make my friends jealous (oh no!), but I have memories.

That guy, on the other hand, has million of same pictures to show to his friends (about this – next time), but I think he will only remember taking pictures of the whales, not actually seeing the whales. If that is enough for him – that’s great.

But if you go on a trip, enjoy it as much as you can while you are there. Because you will definitely remember the best moments. The best pictures on the other hand – you might forget.

P.S. Thank you, Ben, for this amazing picture of people taking pictures: http://bit.ly/2skULAS

Picture of people taking pictures. I will just leave it here.

Picture of people taking pictures. I will just leave it here.

 

P.P.S. If your pictures look like this amazing shot taken on Lycian Way – nevermind this blog post and take pictures. Actually, take more pictures, because this one is amazing. Great job, Joanne: http://bit.ly/2rXaSnq

Take more amazing pictures like this and less pictures you will not remember.

Take more amazing pictures like this and less pictures you will not remember.

Stop yawning, start planning

That old boring work email will not answer itself, you know. Open it, answer, do the tasks that are due. Have a lunch break, but don’t waste time for office chitchat. You can discuss the weather or the new local coffee shop later. Now go and plan your next trip. If you need some inspiration, download our TrailSmart app. It is free and you can find it on Google Play and Apple Store.

Read about the trails and trust us – we have everything covered.

If you don’t feel like going on any of the trails, it’s not a problem. At least you started to look for something. Keep looking and you will find your next adventure destination.

Just every time you yawn on your way to work remember the joy that is waiting for you the moment you land in a different land/country/continent.

Some means of transportation are more interesting than others. Even when they are bored.

Some means of transportation are more interesting than others. Even when they are bored.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check this great pic here: http://bit.ly/2sIZ4DF

 

Local cuisine

Everybody goes on an adventure for different reasons. If your Facebook bio says you’re a “foodie” you will probably go on a hike to explore what local markets, restaurants and canteens have to offer. And you will be 100% right to do that (except for using the word “foodie” anywhere in public).

Spanish sea food paella after a long day - can there be anything better?

Spanish sea food after a long day – can there be anything better?

Whichever trail you choose, you are going to meet more local people and find more unexplored restaurants than you’ve ever expected. And go ahead, try everything. Order full table of local soups, salads, desserts and anything else you want. Find your favorites, find the dish you will never ever try again.

Just remember that hiking is not only about the hike. It’s about feeling the local way of living as well.

Don't expect a cake for the dessert in Turkey.

Don’t expect a cake for the dessert in Turkey.

 

P.S. Thanks for the pictures, Or and Stijn:

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What to expect from the weather forecast?

Are you one of those people that spend hours worrying about what will the weather be during your trip? Is it going to be warm enough? Is it going to be raining? Will it snow? Will I sweat to death?

Spending the time checking all the different apps expecting for the perfect weather forecast and waiting until it changes probably will not have any effect on the forecast. So you shouldn’t expect the best from it. In fact, expect nothing from it.

What to do then?

People say that you should always prepare for the worst. Prepare for the weather getting as cold as you do not want it to, prepare for the rain or snow, prepare for extremely hot days. Just don’t think about it as the worst. You will always remember your trip as “that one” anyways.

The Scottish Highlands look mesmerizing on The Great Glen Way. And the clouds cannot change that.

The Scottish Highlands look mesmerizing on The Great Glen Way. And the clouds can never change that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

P.S. Thank you, Dave, for the amazing picture, which you can find here: http://bit.ly/2shZLqp

 

 

 

 

 

What are the right boots for the big hike?

One of the main concerns before going on either a short hike or the hike of your life is how to choose the right footwear.

Google search for “hike footwear” will show you more than 5.5 million results with all the best boots you can choose from. Some sources will say that you must consider Vibram sole, Gore-Tex upper, all types of leather uppers, one or another brand, etc. But the truth is that even the perfect shoes will not hike themselves.

My 14-year-old friend once finished a 150km hike wearing the basic Converse All Stars sneakers. And trust me, her face in the end was just as happy as mine.

Crocs can be the perfect footwear for your hike.

Walking in Crocs between Arcade y Pontesampaio on the Camino Portugués

So, if you feel that Crocs is your best choice – got for it. Go even if you feel that your flip-flops will be enough. You will have enough time to contemplate about your footwear while you walk.

Just go.

 

P.S. Thanks for the picture, José: http://bit.ly/2rv9h8e