Why Electric Scooters are Perfect for Backpackers

Backpacking is a rewarding test of endurance and character. It requires a level of fortitude that most travelers aren’t capable of. You get to see more of the world and take the roads less traveled. See sights most people would miss and enrich yourself in the real culture of your destination. But there is no reason you should have to trek on foot the whole trip. Sure, public transport will assist you, but there are other options that will ease the burden on your feet and allow you to cover more ground faster, while still providing you with the freedom to go wherever you like.

Electric Scooters

There are two types of electric scooters. The motorbike-like scooters designed for road use. Or the classic stand on scooter powered by a motor. It is these scooters we recommend to you when backpacking. There are a number of reasons an electric scooter is preferable over, say, a bike, or moped.

Firstly, security. As a backpacker, your possessions won’t always be as secure as you might like. This is one of the biggest risks. But electric scooters are unique in that you can fold them up and carry them around or store them by your side. No need to chain them up outside and risk them being stolen.

Secondly, they are easy to use. The Xiaomi m365 scooter from escootersdirect.ie is a perfect example of how user-friendly these scooters can be. Charge it up and you are on your way exploring the streets of wherever you have found yourself in the world.

Lastly, they are extremely customizable. You can add attachments to meet your specific travel needs. GPS systems, storage attachments, security functions. The list is endless as to what you can add. Electric scooters are the perfect travel tool. So it is very much worth investing in one if you are planning a large backpacking trip.

The Best Adventure Holidays in South America

Peru – hike the Salkantay trail to Machu picchu.

A very popular adventure holiday destination can be found in Peru and the breathtaking trek that provides amazing views over the busy Inca Trail but in a much more peaceful and calm environment. There’s no denying that the Inca Trail is amazing but, thanks to over popularity and social media coverage the views are sometimes spoiled by the touristy atmosphere. At the Machu Picchu it is considered more of a hidden gem and there are just as many sights to be seen from thick forest rich in wildlife to historical ruins that portray the tale of time. This is definitely designed for the adventurous and not for the faint of heart. Someone who is going to pay a visit to Peru would have to be a really enthusiastic person, someone who isn’t afraid to get stuck in with the physical parts like hiking through the jungle. In terms of recommended duration, I would say that you can see what you need in 7 days, accommodation would be things like wild camping dead in the centre of the jungle. This trip was rated to be one of the top 25 treks by National Geographic, it can be a very exclusive trip to partake in but should you ever have the opportunity, I would take it!

 

Columbia – 100km Jungle Expedition.

Columbia is another Jungle type adventure holiday that isn’t one to miss, travelling through the heart of an untouched Columbian jungle that is filled with amazing visuals and a variety of rare and unique wildlife. The jungle is packed with a range of animal life including aquatic creatures like fish and eels, jungle dwellers like a range of monkey species and brightly colored birds that dwell in the upper treeline. The animal kingdom is reason alone to go but with breathtaking depths of water and waterfalls, the strong cave line that for those of you who are brave enough may want to climb up to see even more amazing views and the fact that this is all protected under a national reserve, meaning that this is all untouched really does add to the uniqueness of the expedition.

A piece of advice I would give to those of you that are interested in giving this adventure a go would have to be to remember to be well equipped, although a skilled tour guide will be there to ensure you are safe, you must be self-sufficient in remembering to pack the essentials and a well-stocked survival kit can be the difference between an enjoyable trip and a bad one and even life and death in some serious scenarios. Tools to remember that are vital would have to be waterproofs, tents, range of clothes, medicines, first aid kits, whittling knife and rope. It is important that you take time to look at the specifics of what you are buying, with a little research you may choose to do things like, compare the specifications of your chosen tent to ensure it is suitable, or pursuingoutdoors reviews of whittling knives so that you can be sure the tools can deal with the type of foliage, or sourcing a variety of different clothes that are suitable for a range of weather conditions – remember to layer!

 

Caribbean – Delve into the Belize Barrier Reef.

A bucket list staple for some many of us budding adventurers is snorkeling amongst stunning water life if being underwater marveling at the amazing sea life sounds like something you would enjoy then the Caribbean would definitely be a great choice for you. Belize is hidden within a remote island and just to make the island experience even greater only a select amount of visitors are allowed on the island at a time, so you expect to see a very tranquil setting so you can really take the time to enjoy this unique location in peace and solitude. The sea life alone is worth a mention as it really is something that you won’t find anywhere else, visit the Carribeans crystal clear waters and take some time to get away from everything you hate about industrial life, getting away from the hustle and bustle is a great opportunity to truly relax.

Red Flags to Watch for when Staying at a New Hotel

Staying at a new hotel is always risky. Whether it’s a 5-star hotel in the Bahamas or just a nearby B&B, it can be uncertain as to whether you will get your money’s worth. This is why you should always look out for certain things that point to the hotel being a bit iffy, as often they can be seen when you’re booking the hotel online and this will save you from wasting money on a crap hotel. Here are some of the biggest red flags to look out for when booking.

Bad or Old Reviews

The most obvious thing to look for is bad reviews, they will, of course, tell you in the clearest possible way if the hotel is good or bad. However, another thing to look out for is old reviews, as the date of reviews is really just as important as they review themselves. This is because there’s usually a reason for a hotel not receiving a bulk of good reviews within the past month, for example. When it comes to the hotel industry, management turn over is quite frequent and a recent change in personnel may be the reason for a recent dip in the reviews.

Blurry Photos or Unclear Photos

You should always be as critical as possible when going over hotels photos. For instance, a big red flag is when the photos available are only of close-ups in which you can’t see the full room. For example, it might show that they got really nice chairs at theotheo but hide that the room they are placed in is actually really small. On the other hand, if the photos only show the hotels exterior, it is probably because the inside doesn’t look very appealing. A common thing hotels do is show generic pictures of a skyline or a plate of fruit. These hotels should always be avoided as it usually means the hotel doesn’t have anything exciting to highlight. Blurry photos are another red flag in this regard, as poor quality photos usually equate to a poor quality hotel.

It’s Difficult to Get in Contact with People at the Hotel

While most people assume that you have to actually go to the hotel in person to evaluate the quality of customer service, there are ways to do it from home. For instance, on the way to do it is by giving the hotel a call and seeing how easy it is to get in contact with certain people. If everyone is readily accessible and hospitable before you even arrive, chances are they will be even better when you do check-in. If they are hard to reach or are rude on the phone, it will be all the more infuriating if you are already at the hotel. With that in mind, always give the hotel a ring before booking anything, especially if it’s an expensive place.

 

Top Tips for Taking your Dog Abroad

Whether you’re going on a long road trip or traveling to an entirely different country with your dog, you must know exactly how to care for them and what needs to be done before starting your holiday. It is important to check before anything else that you are allowed to bring your pet into the country that you are going to, as each country has different rules for this matter. Aside from this, there is a multitude of other steps that must be taken to ensure smooth travels for both you and your dog. If this is something that applies to you, here are some top tips for taking your dog abroad. 

Meet with your vet

Before traveling abroad with your dog, it is good to check first that your dog is healthy and safe to travel. This is helpful, as not only can your pet’s overall health be checked and discussed, but the vet might also be experienced in taking pets oversea and they might have some extra tips for what needs to be done. 

Ask airlines

Every airline has different rules and regulations for taking pets on their aircraft, especially on international flights. Therefore, it is important to first contact the airline before booking anything. Checking first will cut out any unnecessary issues at the airport. 

Invest in a pet carrier

Again, many airlines have different regulations for the kind of pet carrier that can be used on their flights. Do some research before purchasing one to ensure that you will be able to use it. For good recommendations and reviews on every pet product, there are websites such as Dog Wish that will help and if you follow their tips, you’re guaranteed to have a happy dog with dogwish.

Pet Insurance

In case of anything, unfortunately, that may go wrong or in case your dog gets ill whilst in another country, it is important to have pet insurance so that you don’t lose a lot of money on what is meant to be a fun holiday. 

Double-check everything

It is important that you don’t bump into any issues when already traveling or when landed in another country. Checking documents before leaving to ensure that everything is in order can help reduce this risk of something going wrong. 

 Keep your dog happy

Just as important as everything else on the list, keeping your dog happy whilst traveling is vital, whether that’s while they’re on the plane, on a ferry or in the car. Having a plentiful water supply is one of the most important things as it means your dog can stay hydrated and happy on the journey. If it is a long journey, your dog will need comfortable bedding and maybe a toy or two to keep them occupied and comfortable. Lastly, make sure that your dog has a strong collar on with a phone number that is up to date in case anything happens whilst on holiday. This means that if your dog wanders off, you can easily be contacted. 

Why You Must Tour Amsterdam on a Bike

When it comes to traveling across Europe, there are few places as popular as Amsterdam. One of the cheapest destinations, its perfect for students and couples looking for a quick getaway on a budget. The city has more culture per capita than anywhere else. With so many beautiful sights to see across the city, you might be wondering how on earth you’ll manage to fit it all in on your trip.

Well, you’re in luck, because one of the most well-known aspects of Amsterdam’s culture also happens to be one of the most useful ways to get around.

Cycling is a prominent part of the city’s identity, with numerous bike paths designed to connect the city. When you’ve so much to do and see, why spend a considerable amount of your budget on countless Ubers when you could rent a bike for a fraction of the price and use it as often as you like. It’s the easiest way to enjoy the beauty of the city in your own time. The gentle cardio will also help to work off all those Stroopwafels you’ll be scoffing down but let’s be honest, you’ll be far too busy taking in the awesome sights to even notice the exercise. You’re also far more likely to discover hidden gems across Amsterdam you would often otherwise just drive past, not to mention you’ll still be able to see more and go further than you would on foot.

So, What Now?

Well, if you plan on doing yourself and the environment a favor on your next trip, explore Amsterdam the way you know you should – on a bike.

If you’re planning on taking our advice to explore Amsterdam on two wheels, there are plenty of places to organise bike rental in the Netherlands online – be sure to check them out before your trip!