Canoeing: 10 Tips for your adventure

Canoeing is a very typical Czech activity. Lots of people go on canoeing trips with their friends and family in the summer, because it is a fun and cheap way to enjoy the warm weather and have a little bit of an adventure. I have gone canoeing several times, so here are some of my tips, if any of you want to try it out!

  1. Water!! Bring lots of bottled water! Hopefully it’s going to be warm and sunny, but this means you need to buy bottled water that you can have with you all the time. I also recommend buying bottled water, rather than using sports bottles, because if you flip the canoe, then you won’t be upset you lost your favorite sports bottle!
  2. FOOD! Bring snacks that you can eat throughout the day, you might be canoeing for several hours at a time before hitting a restaurant or a camp, so it’s a good idea to bring something with you so you don’t get super hungry!
  3. Weirs – weirs can be extremely dangerous, so i recommend you look up the ones on your route so you know which ones are too dangerous to go on. Some you will be able to manage if you are careful and if there is enough water. For those, you should look up which side of the weir is safest to go down.IMG_7582
  4. Camps – find out where different camps are and how far you have to canoe between each of them.
  5. Trash bags – buy a bunch of large trash bags that you can put your things in, to add extra protection against water.
  6. Ziplock bags – small ziplock bags are perfect for phones, wallets and other objects you want to protect from water damage.
  7. Shoes – bring shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, but also shoes that won’t just float away if you fall into the water.
  8. Rain jacket – or anything else that you can put on when its starts raining or pouring.
  9. Sunscreen – you will spend lots of time on the sun, if the weather is nice. So sunscreen, hat and/or sunglasses are a must!
  10. Alcohol – be very careful about drinking alcohol when canoeing. Even though it is a little bit of a tradition to drink a little when camping, by the bonfire, but don’t overdo it, so you aren’t hungover for the next leg of the journey. Don’t drink while you are actually canoeing, that can be very dangerous!

I love canoeing, it’s a lot of fun and I definitely recommend it, if you are looking for a small adventure! I can guarantee you will have stories to tell! Have fun and if you have any questions, feel free to comment!


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5 things I never leave at home

IMG_5758I am usually the person who has everything in their purse – need contact solution? check. Nailpolish? Check. Tissues? Pens of various colors? Extra 50 hair ties? Check, check and check. I’m the person who goes away for a weekend with a suitcase (bigger than those tiny carry-on little things), a giant purse and possibly a laptop bag (due to the large amount of things I have in my purse, the laptop sometimes doesn’t fit). And if I’m flying on a long haul flight, add a travel pillow and refillable water bottle. But what are the five items it all boils down to that I can’t live without? Important documents aside, here’s what I never leave at home:

  1. iPhone and charger. This goes without saying. I make sure to update my apps to include a dictionary from English to the local language of where I’m going, possibly a tour guide or map. I try to have a lot of things prepared on my phone, just in case. There are also times when I don’t bring my laptop, so iPhone has to do all the work.
  2. Extra battery pack. Especially with my iPhone getting older and it’s battery life decreasing all the time, you never know when you’ll need to recharge and won’t have access to an outlet. I originally bought mine when going to a music festival, but bring it everywhere now.FullSizeRender
  3. A book (or two…or three). Ok, I’m not the best at judging the correct amount of reading material. On beach vacations, I read a book a day. If I’m traveling for the sake of exploring, I barely read. So it depends on what you’re doing, but I always have a few books of different genres with me in physical copies. And the rest I have as e-books, but I don’t like to rely on having a power source to read (also, electronics and beaches, pools, rain, sand etc. don’t mix well).
  4. Fluffy/warm socks. These are an essential for flights. I basically use them as in-flight shoes. I don’t want to wear my shoes for long haul flights, but I also don’t want to walk around the cabin barefoot or annoy my fellow passengers. So I opt for fluffy socks, which keep my feet warm and safe from whatever may be on the airplane floor. Tip: a plastic bag to put them in after use is always a great idea.
  5. Notebook and pens. You never know when inspiration will strike. I also like to jot down notes about interesting events or things we encounter. Everytime I forgot to bring a notebook, I ended up buying one at the airport (or train/bus station) on my way to my destination.

And, as we’ve said many times before, do not, under any circumstances, forget earphones. Personally, I use them only for the plane/train/bus parts of my travels because babies cry, people talk loud and it’s nice to be able to drown that out. Once I hit the ground at my destination, though, I rarely wear them so that I can enjoy the sounds of the place I’m visiting as well.

I hope that my tips helped you and let me know in the comments what you can’t leave for a trip without!


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25 flights in One Year – How to survive constant travel

In the year 2015 I flew 25 times. Most of these flights were from Boston to Prague, but there were a couple of awesome new destinations, like Turkey. Spending so much time on airplanes can be difficult, so here are some travel tips that might make traveling a little easier.

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What to bring

  • Travel documents
  • Neck pillow
  • Lotion
  • Chapstick
  • Book/magazines
  • Noise canceling headphones
  • Extra battery/charger or both
  • Adapter
  • Fuzzy socks
  • Warm sweater
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Pens – for immigrations forms
  • Face cream
  • Hairbrush for airplane hair

 

Pack all this in a carry-on bag that won’t break – purses with broken straps are not fun when you’ve got a 10 hour journey ahead of you.

Bonus tip: if you’re going on vacation or traveling with an airline that’s famous for losing luggage, have one complete outfit ready in your carry on, possibly a bathing suit (again, if you’re going on vacation) so that in case your luggage does get lost, you can still enjoy your first day at your destination.

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Airport

  • Get there early! Don’t get too cocky, you never know what can go wrong
  • Have all of your documents ready for check-in and passport control
  • Have all of your belongings ready for security check, so have all of your liquids in a plastic bag and have your laptop out
  • Don’t wear jewelry, so you don’t have to take everything off at security

On flight

  • Watch movies – great time to catch up on what you have missed
  • Be polite! The flight attendants will be even nicer to you if you ask them politely
  • FLUIDS! HYDRATION!
  • Bring a snack in case the airplane food is less than desirable
  • Every once in a while, stretch (but not so that you annoy your co-travelers)

Jet lag

  • Sleep on the plane
  • Hydrate
  • Try not to nap after you get to your destination, it will just make it more difficult to get used to the local time

I hope these tips are useful! Add more of your own tips in the comments!

 


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Bus Rides: How to make the time pass faster

I just went to New York, so I spent 9 hours on a bus over the weekend. Bus rides can get long and boring, so here’s a couple of things you can do :)

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1. Listen to music

My personal recommendation is the Hamilton: An American IMG_6875Musical soundtrack. The whole soundtrack is about 2.5 hours long, so it fills up your time very nicely. Also, you get very invested in the story. If you get too lonely and sad (which might happen), take out a $10 bill and stroke Alexander Hamilton’s face, it will make you feel better (jk, because that would be weird, right?). Any music will do, though. It’s just a great way to spend your time just enjoying your favorite songs and possibly some music you may have forgotten about.

 

2. Watch a movie or a TV show

If you are anything like me, you have a long list of movies and TV shows you want to watch. What’s a better time than a 4 hour trip?

 


3. ReadIMG_6876

Whether it’s a magazines or books, you have a lot of time to catch up with what’s going on in the world or with your favorite characters in a book. I read all of The Martian and I recommend it. It’s short and intriguing and it really helps pass the time. Just hope that it doesn’t get too dark for your to read with 30 pages left of the book, it happened to me and it sucked!

 

4. Take a nap

Everyone needs more sleep, so take advantage of all this extra time and sleep.

 

5. Work or do homework

You can also take this time to do work or catch up on homework. It might not be the most fun way to spend this time, but why not? If you finish your work on the bus, then you can have fun later :)

 

If you’re taking a long bus trip, I hope this is helpful! Have lots of fun!
What do you usually do on a bus ride? Share with us your experience in the comments!


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How to plan your trip (without going crazy)

DSCN2952Originally I was going to write this post while planning my three week trip to the US in September, but because, as usual, life happened and I had to cancel last minute. But even though I didn’t go, I went through the entire process of trip planning, so I decided I would share with you how I do it.

Even though it depends on what sort of a trip you’re planning – weekend getaway, road trip across a foreign country or a beach getaway, you have things to learn and plan, so here are my tips

  1. Flight (alternatively bus or train tickets, or car route). Basically, how are you getting to your destination (or the start point of your road trip) and back? It’s always good to start with this so that you have definite time information about the beginning and end of your trip. Personally, I check on websites that compare multiple airlines, so that I get an idea of the prices and can pick who I want to fly with. But I usually end up buying tickets with the airlines themselves, they are usually ever so slightly cheaper and the terms might be better. So it’s worth it to check out both the airline itself and other websites.
  1. Now that you know how and when you’re getting to your destination, it’s time to decide whether or not you will be in one destination for the entire trip or if you’ll be moving around. If you’re going to be moving around and spending time in different places, the next step is to check out transportation. Will you be renting a car? Taking a bus? Train? Look up arrangements, costs and travel times and possibilities. As was the case with my trip to the US, I looked at a few bus companies and AmTrak. I ended up picking a combination of buses that suited my route and budget the best. Map out your entire journey – if I plan on moving around, I like printing a map and drawing my routes in or looking them up on Google.
  1. Hotels! This is my favorite part. I love looking at places to stay and sleep. And since you have your individual trips planned out, you know where you will be staying. Look up possibilities and make sure to look at customer reviews on websites such as Trip Advisor. Also, don’t trust the amount of stars a hotel has. We’ve seen so many different three star hotels – ranging from nearly luxury suites to tiny moldy rooms.
  1. Now that you know the most important things, it’s time to see what you can do and see when you’re there! Obviously, if all you want to do is lie on a beach, your job is super easy. If you want to see as much as possible, look at things that are reachable by public transport or within a couple hours’ drive.
  1. And, most importantly, HAVE FUN!! Be flexible, don’t freak out when things don’t go exactly according to plan, they rarely do. But that’s what makes life interesting :)

My final tip is – you never know when you’ll have or won’t have access to the internet or a printer. Make sure you have the most important documents printed – plane/bus/train tickets, hotel reservations and possibly a list of places you want to go.

Is there anything you like to do when you plan a trip? Let me know below :) Fun travels!


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