Traveling with Kids - 5 Helpful Tips When Traveling With Kids

5 Helpful Tips When Traveling With Kids

Traveling with kids can be challenging. It’s an entirely different experience than when you’re going alone, or it’s just you and your partner together on a romantic trip. When you have kids on a journey, you’ll have your fair share of meltdowns which adds to the stress that you need to deal with in the entire duration of the trip. But did you know that traveling with your little ones can also be enjoyable? With proper planning and guidance, the whole idea of traveling as a pack can be a beautiful and memorable experience for everyone!

But it doesn’t work like magic. You need to exert some effort in achieving it, and as a parent, you need to always be in control. You’re the captain of the whole journey, and the result of the trip and even the tiny details within will depend on how good you handle every situation. To make your next family travel memorable one, here are some tips that you can follow:

1. Lower Your Expectations

If you’re traveling alone or as a couple, the sky is going to be the limit when it comes to the places that you want to visit and the hours or days you’re going to spend in a particular site. But if you are with kids, you need to plan these things out carefully. Pick at least 2 or 3 locations to visit and be sure to explain to them what every place is all about. Children are curious creatures, and one way to make the journey become a memorable one for them is by feeding their curiosity with facts or bits of trivia you found on Google.

Whether you like it or not, the journey is no longer just about you. It is about the kids as well so lower your expectations and make some ways and means to turn the journey into a ‘kid-centric’ one.

2. Take Your Time

There’s nothing that beat someone who has done all the needed preparations. Someone who’s ready for any challenge that comes along the way. So take the time to plan out what to do when tantrum strikes or for that sudden toilet stop. Be prepared with quick solutions or alternative activities whenever your little ones get bored in the airport while waiting for a delayed flight or somewhere between points A and B during a long trip.

Set aside ample time to plan things out or if you already find yourself dealing with the situation, take a deep breath, compose yourself and think of the best thing to do to calm down the kiddos that are starting on a major meltdown.

3. Book Ahead

When going from place to place which will require the family to spend the night or two at the next location, it is always a good idea to book hotel rooms or any other type of accommodation ahead of time. The last thing you want to do is arrive at the destination only to find out that there are no rooms available and you need to hit the road once again with exhausted toddlers starting to scream in the backseat.

Doing this will not only save you from stress, but you’ll also save time and money which you can then spend on more productive and memorable activities.

4. Install Some Kid-Friendly Apps

Kids want to be busy all the time and if you’re on a long trip, you’ll know that this isn’t a good behavior to bring along with you. You won’t enjoy a journey that’s filled with memories of your kids getting lost or injured. So be sure to arm yourself with some child-friendly apps that are widely available on both Android or iOS platform. This would help keep your kids busy at the backseat while you’re focusing on the road with hubby. Just be sure to set limits on their screen time and think of some physically engaging activities which the family can enjoy together.

5. Don’t Forget the First Aid Kit

It doesn’t have to be a bulky box or something; you can have a particular compartment in your bag that’s dedicated entirely for first aid items. And of course, be sure to bring with you some medicine. The conventional fever medicine like Calpol is essential. Kids tend to get sick more often when traveling so carrying necessary medication would help. Other items that you need to bring are plasters, wipes, antiseptic, thermometer and even sting treatments if you’re going to be at the beach.

The Success of the Trip Depends on You

It is true that traveling with your kids isn’t easy but with the right preparations and some smart solutions and decisions along the way, you’ll be able to ensure that the whole journey is worth it for every member of the pack. It takes a lot of effort but if you do it consistently, it’ll easily become part of your routine whenever the whole family goes on a trip.

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4 Things to Enjoy in Your Niagara Falls Adventure

When thinking of the next adventure you would like to take on, the Niagara Falls in Canada might not make it to the top of your list probably because it doesn’t sound like an adventure at all. It’s more of a tourist attraction to some but did you know that there are fun and exciting things to do on your visit to this majestic wonder of nature? Yes! It’s more than just a border marker between the U.S. and Canada; it’s something that’s more than that! It features the American Falls and Bridal Veil Falls situated on the U.S. side and the Niagara or Horseshoe Falls on the Canadian Side.

And if you want to enjoy everything that these beautiful attractions have to offer, you can do so by crossing over towards the Canadian side! While doing that, here are some fun and exhilarating things to do in your next Niagara Falls adventure.

1. Enjoy the Beautiful Scenery on the Hornblower Niagara Cruise

The Canadian counterpart of the American Maid of the Mist Cruise is called the Hornblower Niagara Cruise. It’s a great way to get close to the base of the falls that pours up to 600,000 gallons (2,271,247 liters) of water. You’ll be able to hear and even feel the power of this beautiful masterpiece of nature, and while doing so, you’ll need to be ready to get wet. Be sure to put on the waterproof ponchos that are given as souvenirs and keep all your gadgets somewhere that’s safe from the mist. Having an extra pair of shoes and socks is also a good idea.

Night time cruises and attractions like the Falls Fireworks Cruise and the Falls Illumination Cruise are also available in case you want to have a unique experience. Schedule of voyages are set every 15 minutes starting April 1 towards November 30.

2. Fly Toward the Falls on a Zipline

Yes! You can enjoy a literal ‘bird’s eye view’ of the majestic Niagara falls through the WildPlay MistRider Zipline to the Falls attraction. There are 4 parallel ziplines which you and your friends or family can enjoy. It is 220 feet (67 meters) high and 2,200 feet (670 meters) long hovering with an excellent vantage point of the American and Niagara falls altogether. Feel the excitement of flying at speeds up to 40 mph when you try this fantastic ride and be amazed by the beauty of the Niagara River Gorge just below.

And if you’re hungry for more, you can try the other adventures and challenges available at WildPlay. There’s the Whirlpool Adventure Course which is a series of climbs, swings, jumps and a zip line that is suspended over the world famous Niagara river gorge and whirlpools. After you’re done with these, you can try the ‘What’s to Fear Jump’ which is certified to make your heart pound even faster. It’s a 40-foot loose-line jump that’s designed to complete your Niagara dare.

3. Explore the Beauty of Nature Around the Falls

Glen Nature Reserve is another attraction which you can enjoy on your trip to the Niagara Falls. It’s just a walking distance from the surrounding hotels at Niagara Falls, Canada. The reserve is one of the best-preserved nature spots along Ontario’s Southern Carolinian forests. You can enjoy the gardens and parks that extend along Niagara River Gorge’s banks which is a beautiful spot to relax while enjoying the beauty of the Niagara gorge and whirlpool. There’s also the hiking trails that take you through the virgin Niagara Escarpment.

Moreover, you will also enjoy 2.5 miles or 4 kilometers of hiking trails with rocky terrain and beautiful rock formations all over making it a perfect spot for bouldering. You will also have the chance of learning even more about flora and fauna around the area as well as history and other geological facts and relevant information through the hiking tours together with a trained and knowledgeable tour guide. Guided Tours are scheduled to leave each day at 11 am and 2 pm all throughout the summer months. Lastly, you can enjoy even more sceneries in the Butterfly Conservatory and the Niagara Glen Nature Center where you can get a permit for your bouldering adventure.

4. Witness the Power of Nature from Within

Journey Behind the Falls is an exciting way to enjoy the beauty and majesty of the Niagara falls as it gives you access through tunnels cut through the rocks behind the falls itself. These tunnels were built 130 years ago situated 125 feet above and are accessible through stairs that travelers and tourists need to climb. You’ll be amazed by the thunderous sound of water falling from above before reaching the end of the journey marked by the observation deck.

You will also enjoy a peek through the observation panels that are carved through the rocks giving you a direct view of the falls from within. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience seeing with your naked eyes such great power of water crashing through the earth below it. And just like the cruises which allow you to observe from the front, you’ll also need your souvenir poncho when you get to the falls from behind. Keep all your gadgets safe and dry and bring an extra pair of shoes and socks which you can use right after the visit.

A Wonderful Adventure You Need to Experience!

As you can see, the Niagara Falls isn’t just an ordinary attraction which tourists can take pictures of. It is full of exciting activities and adventures which you can tick-off of your bucket list. From seeing the falls up-close to enjoying the different facilities and recreational activities available around the site, your trip will undoubtedly be one that’s going to be worth it! There’s much to feel excited about in Niagara than what you already think you know!

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12 Useful Tips for New Travelers

Traveling for the first time can be intimidating. You’ll be getting a wave of mixed and often conflicting emotions and ‘what ifs’ that can only be calmed down and answered once you’re already on the trip. It is wise not to set too many expectations at the start so you can avoid plenty of disappointments later. Traveling is a hobby that’s hard to master. It’s not like the other hobbies out there where you do the same thing over and over again. When you travel, you do different things every time as you visit new places!

Nothing could have prepared me the first time I traveled and now with over seven (7) years under my belt going through long flights, tedious hikes and countless unexpected things happening within each trip I had, here are twelve (12) useful tips I would like to share with all the new travelers out there who are seeking to conquer the world!

1. Leave No Place for Fear

Fear is powerful! It can prevent you from growing and enjoying new things. Dare yourself every time a unique experience is on the way and try it! The places you’re planning to conquer are not uncharted territories so spread those wings and glide through every experience like an eagle! There will always be people who would help and guide you along the way, and there are trails that other people have already trod before you do. If they were able to do it the first time, you can also do the same or achieve even more. You just need to put the fear away and be brave enough to take the first step.

2. Don’t Stick with Your Guidebook

Guidebooks should only serve one purpose; it should just provide general information about the place that you’re going to visit. Don’t travel through a new site using it as your travel Bible because if you do so, you’re up to a dull and tasteless adventure. Take time to get out of your comfort zone and start connecting with locals. Guidebooks will never provide information on new attractions, restaurants or bars which locals can inform you about. Asking for recommendations from other travelers or the hotel staff works and that’s what you need to do.

Remember that people are the best resource if you want a memorable travel experience so don’t stick all the time with that guidebook that you have unless it updates in real-time with all the new stuff available in the place just like what digital devices do.

3. Don’t be in a Hurry, Travel Slow

Now, this does not mean that you travel on foot most of the time, it just means that you don’t need to squeeze-in 10 places to visit in 10 days because you only have that amount of time for your trip. You may have beautiful photos when you get home but what you’ll remember most are the stresses and a whirlwind of uncomfortable situations you’ve experienced along the way! In the end, you will realize that you did not enjoy because you were always in a hurry!

Don’t be in a rush all the time. Take time to spend a day to relax and enjoy a single view or be in a place that you love most. Slow everything down and experience the culture and the people. It helps you find a feeling of fulfillment and sincere appreciation of the time you spent on the trip!

4. Don’t Forget to Get People’s Contact Information

Traveling opens a door for you to meet new friends and a lot of them along the way. Some of them you will get very close to during the trip or on your stay in a particular place which will eventually develop into a lifelong friendship. Well, it will grow into that if you did not forget to get their contact information. Sadly, most of us don’t remember to do this essential thing that helps us connect with the friends we’ve met during the trip, and we end up regretting it for the rest of our lives.

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Collect their email, Facebook information or even add them as a contact on Skype and stay in touch with them even after your trip. Don’t forget your new friends and let them fade into forgetfulness. Remember to get their contact information every time!

5. Don’t Bring Too Much Gear

There’s always much to learn from your first travel. Or if you don’t have the experience yet, you can learn a lot from other people’s first travel experience. Most people fill their bags with tons and tons of stuff. Multiple sets of clothes, hiking boots, fleece jacket and plenty of toiletries. And the result? Most of them just sat in your bag adding too much weight and taking precious space as you carried everything in the entirety of your travel.

So my advice is for you to pack and travel with as little stuff as possible. Acquire a small backpack so you won’t be tempted to bring too many things which you don’t need. And in case you realize that you need something, you can pick it up and put it in your bag as you go. Experience has taught me that when it comes to packing stuff, less is always good.

6. Always Bring a Phone

It doesn’t need to be your pricey thief-magnet iPhone. There are plenty of cheap phones that you’ll find along the way, and for it to work, you can buy a SIM card that works in the country. You will be meeting a lot of new friends and other people whom you need to get in touch with during most of your stay. Facebook may sound like an excellent way to communicate, but you need to remember that not all countries have access to the internet.

And if you’re going to some remote area where GSM is the only available mobile signal, Facebook is never going to work! Invest in a cheap phone which will work anywhere and everywhere in the world so you can use it in every travel that you would have in the future! Trust me; you’ll never regret doing so.

7. Don’t be Afraid to Go With the Flow

Going with the flow means worrying less about every detail of the travel and enjoying everything as they unfold every single day. Sticking with a strict travel plan is like being hard on yourself. And it will just result in being stressed and even exhausted at the end of each day. Don’t rush and taste the bittersweet accidents that can happen in every travel.

So be sure to give place to flexibility when planning your schedule for the day. Put at least two (2) activities to accomplish during the day and let serendipity handle the rest. You’ll notice that it’s going to be less stressful and even more enjoyable!

8. Always Bring Extra Money

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It isn’t costly to travel. If you are in Asia, you will quickly find out that you can spend as low as $15 a day. In Europe, it’ll be a bit higher at $40 a day. But no matter where you go, you will also learn that unexpected expenses can pop-out of nowhere. Always take extra money with you no matter how confident you are with your budgeting skills. Don’t wait for unexpected travel accidents to happen to you and get you off-guard. ‘To be forewarned is to be forearmed’ as they say so now that I’ve warned you about it, take all the necessary steps to be forearmed the next time you go on travel.

9. Leave All the Shyness at Home

There should be no place for shyness when you are traveling. The adage ‘No Man is an Island’ is there because it’s a big fact that all of us need to face. We need other people’s help and companionship to survive, and when it comes to travel, you need to be less concerned about what other people are thinking. Most of them are in the same boat as you are but some have already overcome shyness and are now soaring high making friends with people around them.

You can do the same as well. Practice saying ‘hello’ to people you meet. It’s the first step toward conquering shyness. Put down those headphones, pay attention to the people around you and if you’re sitting beside someone, take time to say ‘hello.’ You will have nothing to lose and a lot to gain! You can make new friends, attend social gatherings or even find your self in a few weddings and the result? You’ll be a better version of your self in terms of picking up a conversation.

10. Take on Even More Adventures

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Challenge yourself! Traveling is a chance for you to break all the barriers and finally step out of your comfort zone. Don’t be afraid to do bungee jumping, climb a cliff or jump off a boat somewhere in the Galápagos. You may scream your heart out because you were not comfortable doing it, but in the end, you’ll find out that scorpions taste good! Take risks and have the courage to try new things. That’s part of growing up and becoming a seasoned traveler.

11. Don’t Think That You’re Stuck

There would be times when you won’t be in the mood for a trip going to someplace during your travel. When you get to this point, don’t force your self to go. Stop and take some rest. Spend a few days in the place where you currently are and take time to recompose your self. If you still feel that you’re not in the mood to travel after doing so then don’t be afraid to pack your things up and take the road going home! There’s no reason at all to feel ashamed with that. At least you tried it and always remember that it’s okay to go home when you’re not having fun at all. Don’t keep yourself stuck in your decision to travel.

12. You’re Not the Only One Traveling

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You may have left your origin country alone, but in the place where you’re going to, there is a big network of travelers who are like you and others are traveling as a group. They are out there waiting to meet you at some point, so you need to make friends with them. They can give you tips, advice and they can even be a big help when you need one. You are not alone as long as you make friends with the people you meet especially those who are just like you. Trust me; you’ll be OK.

Take Time to Breath, Relax and Enjoy

It is part of human nature to feel intimidated or even fear the unknown. But if you let that feeling control you, you’ll be missing much of what this life can offer. So learn to take a deep breath, relax and enjoy every moment as they come so that at the end of every trip you can confidently say these famous words by Julius Caesar- ‘I came, I saw & I Conquered!’

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Planning a Trip to a Place You Know Nothing About

No one wants to go somewhere without knowing some necessary information about the place itself. Doing research is one of the primary things a traveler must do before taking the first step. From the current exchange rate down to the basic courtesy and other essential items to remember while visiting a new territory, learning how to plan a trip to a place you know nothing about is a good thing!

If you’re a new traveler, then it’s safe to say that you know less about the places that you plan to visit. And when you’re blind about something, it is difficult to plan things ahead of time. But thankfully it isn’t impossible. Here are some pointers that you can follow when preparing for a trip to a place that’s new to you:

1. Do Some Research and Acquire Some Guidebooks

In the modern age in which we live in, almost everything can already be searched and learned from the Internet. That’s exactly the first place you would need to go to before starting to plan for your trip. Open Google Search then type in the name of the country or the specific city that you want to visit and read through the sites that provide information about the place.

And if you need a more reliable source of information, the best one you can get are guidebooks. While most of these have some quite outdated information, you will still get some useful information on how to get around in some areas of interest, what attractions are available and the activities that you can do in them. Other guidebooks also provide more advanced information like suggested itineraries and even maps.

Guidebooks are a good foundation for your planning, and it’s better than reading through blogs since it allows you to highlight certain places. Additionally, it also provides quick access to a precious resource of information even without WiFi.

2. Read Through Some Blogs and Travel Websites

Websites like Wikipedia can give some facts and other crucial information that a traveler should know about before visiting a place. But if you need more, your next stop should be travel blogs and websites. These resources can fill in the gaps that are left after you’ve done your homework with guidebooks and other sites that basic information. Most travel blogs provide up-to-date details and even real-life experiences which can help in your planning.

Some even give an overview of new spots to discover and more exciting activities to do while staying you are in the place. Reading through the comments section on every blog content that is relevant to the place that you want to visit also helps since it gives answers to questions that other readers who are planning to visit the same site have asked. Doing these things will provide you with even more sense of your planned destination.

3. Ask Others Who Have Personally Experienced the Place

Third, you need to move deeper into your research and start asking friends or other people you know who have already visited the place. There’s nothing that can beat first-hand information, so if you need more advice and tips or even suggestions on restaurants and hotels, these are your most reliable resources! You may also find someone who has family members residing or having a vacation in the place itself which is a big bonus! Just imagine having people who can show you around after landing on the spot. People you can stay with or even help you get settled on your first few days in the place!

4. Look Into Social Media and Blog Communities

The beauty of reading through blogs is that most of them (especially the popular ones) already have a significant number of followers and readers. This group of people is also a precious resource of information since there could be some of them who have already gone to the place that you’re planning to visit. The social media pages of these travel blogs is also an excellent place to go to as you do your research.

5. Buy a Book That Tells Its History

Lastly, it will also be helpful if you buy a book that tells much about the history of the place. During the planning stage, you can skim through the book itself taking only the useful information that you need and read it in more detail while you’re on travel or during a long flight. It is impossible to know a place without knowing its history so be sure to invest in a piece which you can spend your spare time reading throughout your trip going to the site itself!

Researching is the Key!

Planning for a trip to a place that you know nothing about can sound intimidating, but with proper research, you can shake all the fears and hesitations away easily. Take time to do all the five (5) steps we’ve shown above, and you’re sure to be on the way to a new and exciting adventure that’s going to produce memories all set to last a lifetime!

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7 Reasons To Add a Cruise to Alaska on Your 2018 Bucket List

Are you still looking to fill-in more items to your travel bucket list this year? If you haven’t listed Alaska in it, then you should consider doing so while you still got the chance. A cruise to the ‘Last Frontier State’ will give you a lot of wonderful experiences you never thought was possible. From beautiful sceneries in nature to the host of fun and exhilarating activities that are available, it truly is one of the best cruise destinations you can ever visit. And if you’re still not convinced then here are 7 reasons why a cruise to Alaska is a good item to add to your bucket list.

1. You Can Pick Your Cruise Line of Choice

When planning for your first cruise to Alaska, you’ll immediately realize that most trips are squeezed into 2 specific months and take only 1/3 of the year. They only occur between the middle of May down to the middle of September. There’s a variety of cruise ships for you to choose from. Just be sure to book your trip in advance to get your place in it reserved before the ship is filled-up.

2. It is a Perfect Destination for People of All Ages

When visiting Alaska, you will quickly realize that there are people of different age brackets who are visiting the place. There are those who go as a family and others as a pack of friends. There’s a vast variety of activities for everyone. From the kids up to the most aged member of the family, this place doesn’t lack of stuff to do to make the journey memorable!

3. Access to Wildlife and Icy Sceneries

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Alaska is one of the few destinations in the world that gives tourists the chance to see and interact with wildlife that thrives on ice. It is your best chance to see an iceberg and witness beautiful wildlife in their natural environment. You will see everything from cute otters basking through the waters and bears hunting for fish. Having a chance to experience these relaxing scenes with your own naked eyes makes cruising to Alaska an excellent item to add to your bucket list.

4. Excursions by the Shore

It’s impossible to visit Alaska without experiencing its shores. A trip to the beautiful shorelines of ‘The Last Frontier’ state is a requirement in every trip. There are many exciting activities to try or you can just enjoy wandering around. There are many other fun activities to try when you’re in Alaska and taking a cruise is your best shot at experiencing all these!

5. You Get a Good Excuse to Tour the Land

Reaching Alaska on a cruise ship won’t allow you to see and experience all the other beautiful sites that are found on land. So it is an excellent excuse for you to take a land tour and witness even more before you return home on your cruise ship. When cruising to Alaska, it is definitely worth it to go and step on its land rather than staying aboard the ship all the time. Try embarking on this journey and you will surely enjoy the all the experiences and trips that you’ll have on land and aboard the ship!

6. Embark on a Historic Tour

The 200th anniversary of Alaska’s acquisition by the U.S. has been celebrated not too long ago. A decision that isn’t viewed as a good one to the point that it is even considered as a waste of money. While the anniversary has already passed, visiting the place will still allow you to celebrate that and at least have a view of the beautiful state that’s more of an asset than a waste of resource. Go on a cruise to Alaska and you’ll easily see why it is so.

7. The Alaska You’ll See Today Won’t Remain That Way Forever

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You might have already heard about ‘Global Warming’ and its effects on the planet. No matter what other people say, this phenomenon is affecting and altering Alaska’s landscape at a rapid rate. Melting glaciers and natural habitats are being destroyed resulting in a depleting number of local species. This means that the Alaska you’ll see by the time you visit it on a cruise ship won’t stay as it is forever. So visit the place now while the landscape is still in relatively good shape. Do it soon before it is too late!

A Place Worth Adding to Your Bucket List

As you can see, Alaska isn’t just a mixture of ice, glaciers and white alps. It is a place that’s worthy to be added to your 2018 bucket list. Try it now and don’t wait for a few years more before going on a cruise to this beautiful paradise.

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Should You Get 2 Air Conditioners for Your RV

Imagine this: It’s mid-July, and the weather report calls for another 90-degree scorcher. The moisture is relentless and you have cleared your calendar for a long summer weekend in your motorhome.

But with the heat that sets in, it’s hard not to imagine the worst: trying to sleep in a sweaty, undercooled motorhome with picky kids. Let’s be honest this entire situation sounds pretty miserable.

Should you be concerned about the air conditioning of your motorhome? Will air conditioning be strong enough?

Here you will find everything you need to know to keep your motorhome cool in the summer and whether air conditioning is sufficient.

What is a BTU?

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Distances are measured in miles and feet, electricity is measured in watts and amperes and the air conditioning performance is measured in BTUs.

A BTU (British thermal unit) measures the amount of heat that an air conditioner can take out of the room. Simply put, the more BTUs your air conditioner has, the more powerful it is. In mobile homes, the performance of air conditioning systems ranges from 11,000 BTU to 15,000 BTU, and most RVs come standard with 13,500 BTU air conditioners.

In some cases, BTUs of your AC won’t matter though. Consider humidity in certain locations, an air conditioner will condition the air but humidity will still exist resulting in that sticky feeling. You may want to use a portable evaporative cooler, or what’s better known as a swamp cooler. As long as you have your RV setup with enough airflow with your AC and swamp cooler, this combination may be better depending on your location.

A Rule to Live By

If you are considering buying a motorhome but are concerned about how cool the air temperature is, there is a simple rule of thumb: the length of the RV. Up to 32 feet, most motorhomes with air conditioning are sufficient. More than that, and you’ll probably need two.

There are two reasons for this: size and airflow.

The size of the RV is an obvious factor in the decision to need two air conditioners. The more space you need to cool, the more air conditioning you will need. In addition, larger motorhomes tend to be less cavernous and segmented, including spaces separated by doors that restrict the flow of cold air. If your motorhome has a number of different rooms, you should consider a second air conditioner.


The color of your RV is an often overlooked factor in deciding whether you need a second air conditioner or not. Check with your local motorhome dealer-there is a reason why most motorhomes you see are white, beige or a light brown. They reflect the sun’s rays, which absorb much less heat and result in a cooler RV.

This does not mean that dark-colored mobile homes are rare. In fact, they are becoming more and more popular. Giving an RV a full coat can be expensive, which is why many entry-level motorhomes are white, the color of unpainted fiberglass. But the high-end models have a color that is usually dark.

And the darker your motorhome is, the more likely you will need a second air conditioner.


If your idea of a remote travel trip to the Grand Canyon goes up, you don’t need a location in your decision to consider whether you are buying a second air conditioner.

But if you sell your house and move into a motorhome full-time, you’ll need one. If you’ve ever been to the Southwest in the summer, you know it gets very hot. A second air conditioning unit can be enormously practical if you plan to travel, even if you don’t use it all the time.

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Why Scuba Diving is a Good Activity to Add to Your Travels

It always feels fulfilling when you’re able to tick-off one dream destination from your bucket list. All the thrill, fun and excitement finally gets sealed in photos, captured in videos and logged into a diary that’s ready to last a lifetime. But even if you’ve been on the land of all the 195 countries in the world, you’ve only conquered at least 29% of the planet.

But where is the 71% that’s missing? Well, by now, you should already have a wild guess! Yes! The big chunk that’s missing lies underneath the vast blue oceans and bodies of water that’s found all over the world. So it is safe to say that if you’ve only enjoyed the sceneries, travel spots, and tourist destinations on dry land or the surface of the great rivers and lakes, you are missing much of what this beautiful planet has to offer.

Explore the Remaining 71% with Scuba Diving

Humans are built to explore the dry land. There is not a single part of the human body that can help us thrive underwater. But thankfully, with the help of modern equipment, we can now explore what’s lying below the surface of the great bodies of water that covers most of the planet, and that is through scuba diving.

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Unlike snorkeling, scuba diving allows you to explore the majestic beauty of marine life in different diving spots up close. Remember those high definition National Geographic undersea documentary films that you used to watch from your hotel room? Scuba diving gives you the same feeling of awe and amazement, but this time, it’s for real! You can swim with colorful fishes and see a whole new world that’s entirely different and unique from what you’ve already seen on land!

So if you’ve been doing snorkeling in your previous travels, it is time to consider scuba diving and start on a new set of bucket list exploring a whole new world full of exotic marine life and exhilarating underwater sceneries. But before you can do that, you need a PADI Open Water Certification.

What is PADI?

Scuba Diving is like driving; you first need a license or in scuba diving, a certification before you can be allowed to dive. And you can obtain such merit from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors popularly known as PADI. They’re the world leading diver training organization with 135,000 member professionals and over 6,500 dive training sites located around the world. They are also actively promoting marine wildlife and environmental awareness through actual dive training experiences and education.

Diving Lessons: What to Look For and Where to Find One

Once you have fixed your mind that you want to do scuba diving, you can start searching for diving lessons at your nearest PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) locations and dive shops. And you also have the option to combine your new interest in diving with your passion for traveling. It means that you can train in any PADI dive shop or location around the world and not just stick to the lessons near your home.

Doing this will also open an opportunity for you to save on the actual cost of training since diving courses are cheaper in other locations. For instance, it is expensive in the US but less costly in South East Asian countries like Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and in less developed countries like Mexico or Honduras.

Finding a Perfect Diving Experience

PADI is not just an organization that provides certification for aspiring divers; they also offer rich travel resource through their new travel platform PADI Travel which is global in scope. It is the perfect place to find ideal diving spots depending on your preferences and level of skills. With over 300 diving locations spread all over the world, PADI’s platform can offer information and planning for adventurers and divers seeking to achieve their travel goals.

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Through PADI Travel, you can find spots that allow you to stay on land and dive on a schedule during one of your trips or you can also do liveaboard. Liveaboard is for those who want to stay aboard a boat and experience the best of what diving locations can offer. You will be on the water most of the time training with the knowledgeable crew on topics about ocean conservation, local marine life and environmental conservation efforts in the area.

PADI Travel offers a large selection of dive destinations with a liveaboard option available online, and it’s one of the largest in the market. Finding and booking your first diving destination is a breeze no matter where you are in the world! And with PADI Travel’s ‘search wizard’ feature, you’ll be able to quickly choose the perfect place by selecting the kind of animals that you want to see and the month when you want to travel.

Do I Need to Be an Excellent Swimmer to be Allowed to Dive?

Diving does not require one to be an expert swimmer. But it’s a requirement for one to be able to swim and be in good physical condition. You need to be fit enough to take on the physical challenges of swimming underwater. PADI’s ‘Discover Scuba Diving Program’ is an excellent first step into the world of diving. It offers training by an instructor under relatively open shallow open water. You need to be comfortable to stay underwater, and you must have necessary swimming skills to qualify for this.

In case you want to move to a more advanced level of diving course, you can complete the PADI ‘Open Water Diver Course,’ but for this, you will need to be able to do 10 minutes of swimming or floating on the surface and as well as swim at least 300 meters with fins, snorkel/mask or 200 meters with any stroke.

How About Scuba Diving Gear?

Scuba requires some specialized gear, and it is one of the sport/recreation out there that needs a lot of equipment. But starting with the lessons only requires three things- a mask, snorkel, and fins. Most of the advanced gears that you’ll need like dive computers, BCD or Buoyancy Compensator Devices, and dive computers are available for rent in your nearest dive shop. But as you start to love diving and go through even more advanced courses, investing on your scuba diving gear would be a wise move.

Advanced PADI Scuba Diving Certifications

It is easy to fall in love with scuba diving, and if you think you finally are in love with the sport, you may want to take more advanced Diver Certification Courses. It takes time but all the time you would be spending will all be worth it! The PADI Open Water Diver Course takes four (4) days at most and requires one to practice diving skills both in a pool at first then on open water. Learning the basic manual knowledge of equipment uses, adjustments, and settings is also needed for more advanced courses.

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Most courses are flexible when it comes to learning options and progress is measured based on performance. For instance, if you need more time on a course, your instructor will first ask you to assess if you’re comfortable with it before moving forward. Some courses can even be started at home if that’s what you prefer.

Your dive instructor will be with you to guide and walk you through every step and on all four (4) dive sessions needed for you to graduate. But for your safety, it is recommended that you read and study all the materials provided, and you will even be asked to complete and pass an exam.

Acquiring advanced PADI Scuba Diving certifications would allow you to explore greater depths and go into places like the cenotes in Mexico. And if being a PADI instructor is your target, taking these diving courses is the way to achieve it! Scuba diving may sound complicated, but it isn’t. You only need to invest time taking the courses required and spend money on it as well. Once you get certified, you’ll then be ready to explore a whole new world and finally be able to start off with a new bucket list that’s different from the previous ones you’ve already fulfilled!





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Best Cultural Activities in Barcelona

Barcelona offers a great wealth of culture brimming with art produced by the most influential artists in the history of modern art. Traditional architecture leaves you speechless as you explore and discover all there is in this beautiful city.

The Cathedral Sagrada Familia:

The Sagrada Familia is a landmark that defines the city. The head of œ work of Gaudí started for over 100 years and still under construction. It is visible throughout the city, and close you see one of the most majestic buildings in Barcelona.

Park Güell:

This famous Park is on the list of the world heritage of UNESCO, and it is one of the achievements of the architect Antoni Gaudí. Probably this œ work is one of the most amazing parks in the world. Gaudí used his imagination to create a œ work in curves that integrate with nature. A must see the Hall of 100 columns.

The magic fountains:

The artist Carles Buigas created this ambitious work in a year with the help of more than 3000 workers. The night begins the magic with a show of sound and light in time with jets of water tables. The show is not to be missed!

Casa Battló:

The casa Battló is another achievement of Gaudí which is located at the crossing of Gracia. She is known in Barcelona as the House of bones with balconies that look like fragments of skull. Some people also think that the façade looks like a skeleton. Another piece of Gaudí not to be missed!

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Casa Milà:

The casa mila is another building on the list of the world heritage of UNESCO in Barcelona. This monument is an example of art nouveau. You can visit the courtyard of the building, and it is also possible to see the wavy top terraces.

Royal square:

It is located in the charming old town of Barcelona. The name of the place is a tribute to King Ferdinand VII and the Spanish monarchy. It is the only square in arcades of the city with a fountain in the center called the three graces. It is an exceptional place with a character.

Funicular to Montjuic:

The most comfortable way to climb to the top of Montjuic is the funicular. The top you have incredible views of the city of Barcelona. It is also a perfect place for picnic in the open air. Visit the castle for a spectacular and unforgettable.