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A to Z or Z to A?

Just as every stick has two ends, every trail has two as well. And still there’s usually a most common way to go on a hike on a well known trail. For example Cotswold Way, England’s national trail, is usually done North to South, but this does not mean that’s the right way to do it.

Chippin Campden is perfect for a day, weekend or week runaway.

Chippin Campden is perfect for a day, weekend or week runaway.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chipping Campden in the North is a small market town where most of the people start their Cotswold Way journey. This elegant and picturesque small city is perfect for a short runaway from reality. Oh but Bath in the South is a famous historical town with stunning architectural heritage incorporated into everyday western culture life.

The small green town is the place to have rest from big cities.

The small green town is the place to have rest from big cities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s the place where you need to choose what’s better for you. Weather you want to enjoy the beautiful old town of Bath full of energy before you start hiking, or to runaway from bigger towns for a while and have an easy lazy day or two in Chipping Campden before you start the Cotswold adventure.

You must spend time in Bath to admire its' architectural heritage.

You must spend time in Bath to admire its’ architectural heritage.

So do not trust the opinion online saying you must start it in the North. Do your research and decide on your own.

And don’t forget TrailSmart app is here to help you wherever you decide you start the hike!

P.S. Thank you for the pictures, Sarah and Dave:

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Paradise for two

People say you only get to know a person after you travel together. Dealing with stress, different environment, enjoying each other’s company is when you actually realise you may want to enjoy this for the rest of your life.

If you prefer active leisure and want to skip the resorts, but enjoy romantic time together in an unknown place, you should think about Cappadocia in Turkey. Ancient mountain city with actual buildings in caves, stunning nature and a lot of things to do is just what you need in order to explore one another.  And you will also have a perfect opportunity to be active and meet the locals and see the culture on number of different walking routes.

However, words can’t really describe the beauty of the place. Just see this magical video about couple’s experience in Cappadocia.

Donde es un cajero?

That pretty and heavy backpack of yours can carry a lot. But I doubt you will have all the money there. But not because you couldn’t carry it.

You can fit everything to that nice backpack, but are you gonna put all your money there?

You can put everything to that nice backpack, but are you gonna put all your money there?

It’s the XXI century, everyone is using credit or debit cards, PayPal and all the smart payment tools. However,  while hiking in the rural areas and exploring new cities you may have to have some cash on you. Of course, having all the money in your wallet does not sound as the smartest plan. So you will most likely look for an ATM. You’re lucky if you have internet on your phone, explore an English speaking country or know the local language. But otherwise you’ll have to wander around and use your sign language skills to find an ATM.

Wondering where's the closest ATM?

Wondering where’s the closest ATM?

Hey but that’s not your only option. Download the TrailSmart app and check where should you go to finally get some cash. Actually, you can find information about all the services on the app – bus stations, post offices, markets, supermarkets and many other important places. And everything is there for you free of charge!

 

P.S. these pictures are taken from:

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Perks of Having a Turkish Layover

I haven’t heard of anyone who would enjoy long layovers in the airport. They are usually too far to properly visit the city centre, you can never trust food supply, prices and quality, wi-fi is also something that might be working or might not. And just in general, it gets boring after few hours of trying all your favorite perfumes in duty-free stores and reading all the journals you’ve had.

This may have been the reason you decided to skip on visiting Turkey, be it Cappadocia, Lycian Way or any other amazing place. But this is where you went wrong. Turkish Airlines, which can take you pretty much anywhere, is the national carrier in Turkey (surprise!) and probably is the flight company you would fly with in order to get to the middle of the country. And the best part about it is that they offer some nice services if you have a connecting flight with Turkish Airlines in Istanbul.

First of all, if you can join the free excursion in Istanbul (meals’ and museums’ costs are paid for you!). After walking for 3 hours or more, your next flight will be a quick beautiful dream.

But that’s not it. If you have to wait longer and feel tired, airlines give you free accommodation in a nice and clean hotel. A shuttle takes you there and back, you don’t have to worry about anything, just relax.

So now you should stop worrying about how to get to your final destination in Turkey cause Turkish Airlines have thought about it for you. It sounds as a long, long advertisement, but it is just a sincere recommendation from recent personal experience. If you don’t trust me just read more on Turkish Airlines webpage.

And so the next step is to start planning the trip. As always, here’s a short reminder that TrailSmart app is here to help you plan your Turkish hikes.

Tiring flights cannot be just another reason to skip Turkish adventures. Now you have to look for new ones.

Tiring flights cannot be just another reason to skip Turkish adventures. Now you have to look for new ones.

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Cappadocia + Vacations = ?

Cappadocia, area full of mountains in the middle of Turkey. The land where the weather is hot and dry all year round, but way hotter in the summer. Place known for beautiful trails, stunning buildings in the mountains, amazing vacation opportunities and of course hot air balloons.

Whichever attraction you’re most drawn to, you have to plan: nice hotels if you’re looking for a slow and calm vacation, comfy accommodation and trails to walk on if you’re up for active leisure, transportation, things to do and many other details.

Hot air balloons are #1 tourist activity in Cappadocia

Hot air balloons are #1 tourist activity in Cappadocia

All of this is way easier with the TrailSmart app. Download offline maps, turn the connection off and just go for a long long walk without fear of getting lost. Everything is there for you on your smartphone – all the information you may need in order to plan and enjoy.

So whatever kind of vacation you are looking for, Cappadocia is the versatile place that can help you have everything in one place.

P.S. Check more pictures from Cappadocia while you’re waiting for the trip: http://bit.ly/2f5yD8P

Mountain city or city in the mountains - it's your call.

Mountain city or city in the mountains – it’s your call.

Morning routine

Depending on a trail you’re taking, time of the year, place you’re staying at and many other things, your morning routine might have to change a lot from what you’re used to. Waking up really early or having a long slow morning; waking up from the bright morning sky or the others walking and talking; cooking yourself or stopping for that fresh croissant – there are so many details that might differ.

However, since you’re the one going on a hike, you’re the one making the rules. If you don’t like to wake up early, go on a hike in late spring or early autumn – this way you will avoid summer middays’ heat and will be able to walk all day long. If you hate cooking breakfast, order bigger dinner and take the rest for take out. Or just stay in a hostel which offers breakfast. If you hate being woken up by others, buy earplugs or get a private room. Even better – camp if it’s possible. But I cannot promise you won’t be woken up by fauna, haha.

You are always in risk of being woken up by animals if you're staying in a tent.

You are always in risk of being woken up by animals if you’re staying in a tent.

Adjusting to the new environment is difficult to everyone. Especially if it’s unusual, irritating and you’re not a morning person.

But there’s only one cure to this – planning. Check the weather, popularity, accommodation, cuisine and plan accordingly.

You might have to wake up early and stop in the middle of the day due to the heat.

You might have to wake up early and stop in the middle of the day due to the heat.

Oh and also, forget the inner grumpy cat at home.

 

P.S. Find the pictures here:

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Take your dog for a long, long walk

Perfect couple for an adventure.

Perfect couple for an adventure.

Have you been wondering where to leave your dog once you leave for your big adventures? Dog hotels, friends, parents. Ask for a favor, hope for the positive answer, buy the food and take care of your pet in advance. And just imagine that dog face when you’re saying goodbye.

The cutest companion one could expect for.

The cutest companion one could expect for.

There’s a way you can avoid all of that. Well almost all of that – you would still have to take care of the dog. But have you thought about taking the pet with you? If you can’t wait for the adventure, just think how happy your dog would be surrounded by nature, highlands or mountains, never ending fields of grass and unseen fauna.

Who will be happier about your trip - you or your dog?

Who will be happier about your trip – you or your dog?

And the best part about this – you wouldn’t even have to carry the stuff of the dog – just buy the cute backpack for the dog!

Some dogs can carry more than others though.

Some dogs can carry more than others though.

P.S. Find all the great pictures here:

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Solo adventure

Have you been planning your trip? Looking for the right backpack, comfy boots, nice accommodation, cheap tickets, perfect trail. And also looking for the perfect companion – the person you’ll be sharing the adventure with. And sometimes the person is only you. Just think about it – nobody to adjust to, to talk to, no complaints to listen to. Just pure alone time with your thoughts.

And now you may think it is scary. But I bet you’re brave enough. It is the perfect way to get to know yourself better.

Just check few videos of solo hikers for inspiration.

 

 

Communication is the key?

Everything around you is based on communication – it is the key, right? Constant emails at work, number of group chats on Facebook, Whatsapp, Viber – you name it. It seems that if you turned your phone off for a day, you’d be lost. Not following the current events, gossip and work matters – this might sound frightening, but if you need rest from your duties, maybe you need rest from communication as well?

It’s harder than you think: wi-fi zones are everywhere around you, mobile carriers offer the best roaming deals and hiking without Google Maps is just scary. But it shouldn’t be.  You just need to download TrailSmart app and an offline map of the trail you’re going to hike on. And it’s done – you’re ready for a refreshing offline hike.

Oh, but with your connection off the communication is not. You’d be surprised how many topics there are to discuss with your companions and with yourself!

Telephone. Do you really need it every minute? Try turning it off.

Telephone. Do you really need it every minute? Try turning it off.

Thank you for the picture, Ruth.

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How to trick your girl into going to the United Kingdom

The football season is starting soon. And if you actually call the game football, you probably follow the Premier League (English football league) as well. Wanted to go see a game but your wife/girlfriend/lover did not think so? I know the perfect way how to trick her into that!

Plan your amazing hike on the Cotswold way. Describe it as: our romantic getaway from the city to have new adventures and get to spend more time together and know more about each other. Show her some pictures of villages that look like Downton Abbey scenery. Book the nice B&B. And coincidently find the flight to the city your team plays at to be the cheapest one. Oh, and there’s a game happening just the day you land. It would be such a shame to miss it.

"Baby, doesn't it remind you of the series you were watching? Downton Abbey? Wouldn't it be cool to see something like that?"

“Baby, doesn’t it remind you of the series you were watching? Downton Abbey? Wouldn’t it be cool to see something like that?”

Don’t thank me, go plan the trip.

Check TrailSmart app if you need some help – we have it covered.

"Honey, I can't wait. It's going to be sooo romantic!"

“Honey, I can’t wait. It’s going to be sooo romantic!”

 

P.S. More pictures to show to your girl can be found here: http://bit.ly/2sjvjeE and http://bit.ly/2uH9Sm3