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The Greatest Walk of Your Life

Have you been feeling you need a change recently? A new job, apartment, country? I’d say go for a different continent! At least for a short while. And is there a better way to do that than going for a walk there? Let’s say a very long 104 km long walk on the Great Ocean Walk in Australia.

A new trip is the most helpful way to brighten your life.

A new trip is the most helpful way to brighten your life.

Australia is usually on everyone’s list of places they want to visit. If you already live there – cheers and congrats, haha. But if you don’t, you may have been looking for a reason or the right time to go there. There are a lot of reasons – nature, cultural life, ocean, animals, etc. I bet you can easily think of more. And the right time is always the same – it is now.

One of the most popular and most stunning walking trails in this far away country is the Great Ocean Walk. Joining two Victorian cities of Torquay and Allansford it is suitable for both, hikers and runners. And most surely for everyone who wants to enjoy the picturesque Australian nature.

Since the distance is not very long, this walk may not take too many days, so you can spend the rest exploring other parts of Australia. But anyways you need to plan this walk in advance. The best way to do that is downloading TrailSmart app. Most useful maps (which are also available offline), detailed descriptions of places, things to do, accommodations and tips are all there as well as all the tools to plan your trip.

It's called the great for a reason.

It’s called the great for a reason.

P.S. Thanks for the pictures, Mike:

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When to save for the trip?

You’ve probably been wondering how much money do you need for this amazing trip you were planning for the next winter/spring/summer/fall. There’s always the pricey part of plane tickets and transportation, which is especially relevant if you don’t enjoy looking for the best flight deals. There’s also accommodation, which you surely want to be cute. And who could travel without exploring local cuisine, so you also have to add money for restaurants and bars to your future expenses’ list.

Once you add everything up, depending on your needs and country you plan to visit, you will end up with either average, high or very high amount of money you need for your next trip. Then you start saving money for this adventure and wait until the right time comes.

Plane tickets might cost a lot. But you can find amazing deals - just check.

Plane tickets might cost a lot. But you can find amazing deals – just check.

But what if you saved before and during the trip? Spend some time analyzing the plane tickets you need and buy the best one. You may even have to consider a longer layover, which could help you save another hundred of dollars. And what about saving on the accommodation? Instead of 5 star hotel, choose 4 star with the best review score. Instead of the private dorm room, choose the nicest dorm in the hostel. And of course food. Why should you go to the overpriced restaurants and bars on the main tourist streets? Ask tips for your new local friends – they will be glad to help you find the best and not overpriced restaurant.

Look for the best reviews, not the highest number of stars of the hotel.

Look for the best reviews, not the highest number of stars of the hotel.

So if you start saving now and keep on doing while you travel, I’m sure you will leave way earlier and will enjoy the same amazing adventures.

 

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Pleasure of West Highland

You know the small cute white puppies called Westies, right? Well West Highland White Terrier is their actual name to be precise. And as a matter of fact, they really come from West Highland in Scotland.

The cute Westies come from West Highland, which you can explore on the West Highland Way

The cute Westies come from West Highland, which you can explore on the West Highland Way

And not only they come from Scotland’s West Highlands. Among with the number of things coming from West Highlands, the most popular trail in Scotland is in the same area. West Highland Way, 151 km long historical route attracts the most lovers of active leisure in Scotland. Starting at Milngavie, close to Glasgow, it finishes in Fort William and offers best introduction to the beautiful Highlands of Scotland.

West Highland Way is the best introduction to Scottish Highlands

West Highland Way is the best introduction to Scottish Highlands

This route is perfect for your spring or summertime adventure – it can be taken anytime since March until October and should take you 5-9 days to hike all the distance. But wouldn’t it be fun to challenge yourself to do that faster? Or see more?

From March to October - choose the time and enjoy the authentic historical walk.

From March to October – choose the time and enjoy the authentic historical walk.

You still have time to go on this beautiful trail this year and even more time to plan your trip for the next year!

P.S. Pictures are here:

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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!

 

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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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