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7 Awesome Hiking Games For Kids

7 Awesome Hiking Games For Kids

You’ve convinced the kids that you’re going to have a great day hiking, but then the reality of a long, hot day starts to sink in. Having a selection of hiking games at your disposal is the perfect way of keeping the young ones both entertained and motivated, but where to start? Do you know which are the best hiking games for kids?

Here at The Adventure Junkies, we know how much it matters to instill a love of hiking in your children. We’ve dug deep into our own experiences and that of other hikers around the world to put together this list of seven hiking games for kids. Some of them are goofy, others are educational and together they will take your hiking experience to the next level!

How To Stand Up Paddle Board – FAQ

How To Stand Up Paddle Board – FAQ

Did you know that stand up paddle boarding is one of the fastest growing sport in the world? Today, thousands of people around the globe explore waterways and the sea from their board and paddle. In this guide, we’ll teach you how to stand up paddle board and include some more advanced tips for beginners.

Stand up paddle boarding is a great way to build muscle, improve your balance, and see things that are only accessible to swimmers or paddlers. One of our goals here at The Adventure Junkies is to share our favorite activities with our readers.

Our guide to stand up paddle boarding will include how to find the right board, how to stand and hold the paddle, proper paddling technique and more.

Sipadan diving season, dive sites, permits and accommodation

Sipadan diving season, dive sites, permits and accommodation

What is it like to dive in Borneo? Sipadan diving season, dive sites, permits.

Ever since the famous Jacques Cousteau visited this small island in the Malaysian Borneo and discovered the marine diversity of the place, Sipadan has been one of the most famous diving destinations in the world. Actually, the island has been voted the best dive site in the world by various magazines and organizations.

I had already dived in many amazing places, like the Red Sea in Egypt, Komodo Park and Pulau Weh in Indonesia and other great dive sites in the Philippines, but I have to say that this was the most amazing underwater show I’ve seen in my life!

Here you will find a marine paradise of crystal-clear water with beautiful coral walls and colorful gorgonian visited by sharks, bumphead parrotfish, Napoleon wrasse, huge turtles, stingrays and many more sea creatures.

The highlight was undoubtedly my encounter with a great school of barracuda!

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The great School of Barracuda. Photo by Barry Peters. Creative Commons

What are the most famous dive sites in Sipadan?

There is a great array of dive sites around the small island of Sipadan. Some of the best spots are:

Barracuda Point: As the name suggests, this popular site is where you’ll find a great school of barracudas. Simply spectacular!

Coral Garden: An amazing place where you’ll see a great diversity of coral and marine life.

The drop-off: Another classic dive site in Sipadan, where a huge 600 meter drop creates a unique underwater world.

South Point: This is one of the best points in Sipadan to find Hammerhead sharks and Thresher sharks. However, this is a site for experienced divers because the dive tends to be at a depth of about 40 meters.

Mid-reef: This is a beautiful dive focused more on the diversity of coral and small fish rather than on large pelagics.

What is the best season for diving in Sipadan?

It is possible to dive in Sipadan with good visibility at any time throughout the year. However, for the most stunning experiences, the best time is from March to October, during the dry season.

During those months, the visibility can reach up to 50 meters!

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A beautiful Whale Shark. Photo by Scuba Junkie

What permits do I need to dive in Sipadan?

The government of Sabah has developed a plan to protect this marine paradise, so there is a maximum of 120 divers allowed per day.

Just book your dives in advance and your dive center will prepare all the paperwork to get you permission to dive on the available dates.

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You can find a lot of sharks in Sipadan. Photo by Scuba Junkie

Where can I stay? Which dive center should I go with to dive in Sipadan?

There are several dive centers in Semporna offering diving packages for Sipadan. As always, some of them are more professional, others less. Some have better gear, some are more expensive, some are cheaper, etc.

I dived with Scuba Junkie and it was a very good experience. They have several packages, so you can book your dives in Sipadan and also other dives on islands like Mabul, Mantuabuan, Sinuan, etc.

Accommodation can be either in Semporna at their backpacker hostel or at the resort on the island of Mabul, which is really worth it.

Tips for Diving Sipadan. Diving season, dive sites, permits.

1. Book your dives way in advance because the 120 permits a day go really fast!

2. If you have not been able to book in advance and you get there without a permit, some companies may have space, but they might charge you more. It depends on the dive center.

3. Take the opportunity to dive into other nearby islands like Mabul, Kapalai or Mantabuan, where the diving is also very good.


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Published at Sat, 22 Jul 2017 18:12:32 +0000

Torres del Paine W Trek: Best hikes in Patagonia

Torres del Paine W Trek: Best hikes in Patagonia

Explore one of the most impressive regions of the Chilean Patagonia and hike the famous Torres del Paine W trek!

The truth is that Patagonia is a unique place in the world! Its nature is just amazing, wild and hostile with very strong winds and cold rains. You can be walking through a barren “pampa” and suddenly find yourself in front of great mountains rising to the sky.

Huge cliffs dominate the landscape among rivers and lakes, while legendary glaciers keep eroding this precious land of fire colors. Patagonia is just that amazing!

After hiking a few routes in El Chalten (Argentina) we wanted to visit the other classic spot of the southern trekking: the Torres del Paine W circuit!

Here I will explain how we hiked the Torres del Paine W trek on a budget!

Important note: We went there at the end of the season, when some camping areas were already closed and other parts of the hike were difficult to reach due to the heavy snow. Therefore, we could not complete the entire W.  Under other circumstances, though, there would be no problem hiking the entire W circuit.

Details of the W route

Total distance: 70 km
Time: 6-7 days
Difficulty: Moderate
Maximum Elevation: 1,100 meters

Our route:

Day 1: Laguna Amarga – Camping Torres
Day 2: Camping Torres – Camping Italiano
Day 3: Camping Italiano – Camping Paine Grande
Day 4: Camping Paine Grande – Camping Las Carretas
Day 5: Camping Las Carretas – CONAF Administrative Headquarters

Map. Torres del Paine W Trek

Day 1: Laguna Amarga – Camping Torres

The first day of hiking you will quickly feel the magic of the place you are visiting. This was a path without technical difficulty along a beautiful valley, decorated with autumn colors and great condors flying over the place.

At the end of the valley we reached Camping Torres, where you can camp without paying. The famous towers were not far from the campsite but the sky was pretty cloudy, so we decided to sleep and wake up early the next day to enjoy the sunrise over the towers.

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Published at Sat, 22 Jul 2017 19:53:32 +0000

The 8 Best Things to do in Pokhara, Nepal

The 8 Best Things to do in Pokhara, Nepal

Pokhara is one of those charming cities that always attracts travelers where you can easily stay longer than you planned. Located on the banks of Lake Phewa, the city is surrounded by impressive mountains and peaks, with some of the best trekking routes in the world.

In addition to stunning hikes and lakes, this popular destination has a wide range of culture and leisure activities, such as markets, pagodas, cafés and restaurants offering delicious Nepalese food.

Just the perfect stop before starting your adventure in the mountains!

The 8 best things to do in Pokhara

1. Mountain Gear

Pokhara is a great bazaar for mountaineering. Hiking is the main tourist activity in the region, so it’s not surprising that the city has lots of these stores. Although most of the items for sale are counterfeit, there are some real bargains. You’ll find different qualities among these fake items depending on the price, and some of them are really good. That’s the place to buy your “North Fake” jacket!

2. Walk around the lake

Take a day to just walk around the lake, relax and see how local women wash their clothes on the shore. You can hire a boat trip to admire the mountains from beautiful Lake Phewa.

Lake Phewa in Pokhara. photo by Allie_Caulfield.flickr
Lake Phewa in Pokhara. photo by Allie_Caulfield.flickr
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People around the lake

3. World peace pagoda

Come to the beautiful world peace pagoda to enjoy its architecture and landscapes. Located at the top of a hill, the pagoda offers nice views of the Annapurna range and other nearby mountains.

World Peace Pagoda, Pokhara. photo by ngotoh. flickr
World Peace Pagoda, Pokhara. photo by ngotoh. flickr

4. Adventure activities

The adventure capital of Nepal lives up to its name with activities such as paragliding, bungee jumping and zip-lining. Paragliding in Pokhara is by far the most popular of these options and allows you to fly over the lake with spectacular views of the Himalayas. Prices start from about $70 US.

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5. Sarangkot viewpoint

If you are not fond of extreme activities, you can hike up to Sarangkot viewpoint to get some nice bird’s-eye views. Although it was a bit cloudy when I visited the place, you can enjoy incredible views of the Himalayas on a good day.

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On the way back to Pokhara

6. Trekking the Himalayas

Trekking is the main reason most people visit Pokhara. The most popular routes are the Annapurna circuit, which can be completed in about 21 days, and the hike to the Annapurna base camp, which can be completed in about 8 days.

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At the Annapurna base camp

7. Relax, get a massage or go out

After several days or even weeks spent hiking the mountains, what could be better than some relaxation or a massage? The city is full of bars, massage centers and restaurants that get quite animated at night. In Pokhara, it’s impossible to get bored!

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Having fun with DJ Lucas

8. Try local food

Nepalese food is delicious, so do not miss the momos (flour dough filled with meat and spices), the sekuwa lamb (roasted in a wood-fired oven with natural herbs and other spices) or the simple dal bhat (a lentil soup accompanied by rice, vegetables and chapati).

How to get to Pokhara

Buses from Kathmandu cost between $10 – $25 US depending on the bus and the service. The local minibus is the cheapest option ($10 US), while companies like Greenline are more expensive but more comfortable.

If you decide to take the minibus, like I did, don’t let the speed and recklessness of the driver scare you: they are all just crazy!

Weather. When to go to Pokhara

Although you can visit the city at any time, the best seasons are spring (March to May) and autumn (September to November). This way, you avoid the cold winter and the rainy season.


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Published at Thu, 03 Aug 2017 09:09:05 +0000

31 INSANELY AFFORDABLE Budget Travel Destinations to VISIT NOW

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Are you spending your time on the right stuff?

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Four water activities to do on the beaches of Florida

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Florida is full of lovely sandy beaches. It is a favorite place for tourists. There are many exciting things to do in Florida. The beaches make it an attractive destination for water sports. Here are some water sports that you can enjoy in Florida.

Diving

Miami Beach is composed of coral rock and ancient limestone. There are some ideal dive spots in this region. The uppermost stretches of the Florida Straits are the third largest barrier reef in the world. The waters of Miami are suitable for underwater discovery. You will find many certification courses where you can learn diving. There are also many dive boats and shops where you can buy diving gears.

Kayaking and Canoeing

Miami has flat, shallow and calm waters. It has a distinct marine ecosystem. You can enjoy the nature by kayaking and canoeing. There are some regions like Key Biscayne, which are ideal for water sports. You can rent canoes and kayaks to discover the lovely Biscayne Bay. You will be offered brief lesson before you start your adventure.

Snorkeling

Miami has miles of sandy beaches which attract thousands of visitors every year. There are important ecosystems that surround the area. So, it is a perfect place for snorkeling. It is a fun activity that lets you discover the beautiful coral reef and the vast marine life. You only need to be a good swimmer to experience it.

Fishing

Miami is a favorite place for the anglers. As the ecosystem is very diverse, it gives a lot of choice for the anglers. You will find various kinds of fishes and get the opportunity to catch a few of them. There are many good places for fishing in Miami.

If you want to enjoy water sports, then you must head to Florida. With so many choices, you will have a very enjoyable and adventurous time here.

Four reasons why you should think of investing in Florida real estate

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Florida is a proper place to invest in real estates. It is the right time to buy a house in Florida as the prices will be high for the next few years. Here are the reasons why you should think of investing in this region.

1. The rental market is strong here. There are many universities in Florida. So, investing in middle sized homes which an accommodate four to five roommates are good options. Even single accommodation for students is a good choice. There is high demand for these properties from September to June of each year. During the summer, you can rent these properties to tourists.

2. Florida is a beautiful place. There are some fantastic houses and condos with seafront views. These accommodations are attractive, and people want to buy or rent them. So, it’s a good thing to invest in the real estate sector in Florida.

3. The mortgage rates are affordable now in Florida. So, it’s a perfect time to buy property in Florida. Before buying property, you should check out the mortgage rate and make sure that you don’t end up paying more over the years.

4. The climate of South Florida is suitable for investments in retail business and restaurants. Over the last few years, demand for restaurants and retails have grown, especially in the Palm Beach County. Office spaces are ‘on demand’ for providing accommodation for health workers.

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There is very good potential in the real estate market. Besides the renting and retail opportunities, the number of second homes in Florida is also increasing. So, it is a wise step to invest in Florida now.

Top 5 tourist attractions in Florida

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Florida is known as ‘The Sunshine State.’ It is one place where thousands of people will flock around to spend their vacation. Most people come here to enjoy the beach and the sunny weather. If you are thinking of visiting Florida for your next vacation, then you must see these places.

1. Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World

Your family with love this place, especially, if there are children with you. It is a popular attraction for both adults and children. You can enjoy the Magic Kingdom and other attractions in this world class amusement park in Orlando, Florida.

2. Universal Studios

Universal Studios

It is a huge theme park. There are working film and TV production studios. You will love the rides and experiences based on movies and shows. There is something to enjoy for people of all ages. Shows, live music, and displays take place throughout the year.

3. Everglades National Park

Everglades National Park

It is the second largest subtropical wilderness in the USA. It has 1.5 million acres of marshy land and an ecosystem which supports alligators, Florida panthers, turtles, deer and other species. If you love the wilderness, it is a great place to visit.

4. Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral

Kennedy Space Center and Cape Canaveral

It is near the Cocoa Beach on the Atlantic Coast. It is a 140,000-acre complex and has been a site of many space shuttle launches. You can explore the various displays at this famous space center. Your kids will surely enjoy it.

5. Miami Beach

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It is the main attraction for most people visiting Florida. The beach features the historic Art Deco District. It has long stretches of sand. There are hotels and restaurants nearby from where you can get a good look at the beach.

Florida has plenty to offer for its visitors. Planning a long holiday in Florida is wise. This way, you will be able to see most of the attractions here.