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Flying Solo: Amusing Yourself On A Long Journey

Travelling is an amazing experience which opens your eyes and broadens horizons. Sadly, before that can happen, you have to board a plane. Usually, to tick a country off a bucket list, it’s a long-haul journey which can take up to half a day. When you have 12 hours to waste and you’re alone, things can get boring. This is what you should know the next time you’re on an international flight.

Small Talk Isn’t Dead
The way people watch films and read books on flights, you’d think it was illegal to speak. Well, it isn’t, and there’s a good chance your neighbour is all alone too. If that is the case, don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation. As always, talking can last for hours and take your mind off the fact your thousands of miles from your destination. Who knows? It may evolve into something magical, like a scene from a romantic comedy. After a couple of few alcoholic beverages, anything can happen! So, take a chance and say “hi.” You may be sitting next to your future partner.

Small talk isn’t just for coffee shops.

Backpacks Are A Godsend
If the seating Gods aren’t on your side, the backpack deities are less cruel. Too many people rely on the in-flight entertainment when they fly, but it’s a gamble. There is a chance everything on the TV screen could be something you have seen before. Even worse, the entertainment may be tedious which means you have to spend hours watching boring movies. With a backpack of goodies from PracticalTravelGear.com, you can read or listen to music. And, because the selection is yours, it should be entertaining. So, settle in and relax.

Snap The Sights
Once the plane is in the air, electrical items are fair game. Some people pull out laptops, but skyscanner.net reports the travel ban is getting worse. So, a mobile device is out of the question. A camera, however, is perfectly acceptable as well as entertaining. Firstly, you can play with the settings if it’s new and learn how to get the best snaps. Then, you can wait for the plane to fly past somewhere exciting and start making memories. “These are the clouds over the Atlantic Ocean and, oh, these are mountains in a desert somewhere!”

Flying over the Andes Mountains in Peru.

Sleep Is The Last Resort
There is an amount of time before it’s acceptable to fall asleep on a plane. First of all, you want to sample the food and entertainment. Also, you don’t want to ruin your body clock by getting your head down too early. But, if you’re bored, sleeping is better than being awake! Not only does it pass the time, but time flies by quicker than ever. Don’t worry about jetlag because it’s bound to happen anyway.

If the above isn’t appealing, you can blog, flick through magazines and play games.

This post is a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I liked the content enough to publish it here on Wife with Baggage. I hope it encourages, educates and entices you to travel more!

Spoilt For Choice! What To Do When You Want To Go Everywhere

For some people, too much choice is a bad thing, but arguably it’s not when there are so many places you want to go and visit in the world. Some people want to go everywhere, but sometimes you’ve got to put your foot down and start to limit your choices, because if you end up going wherever you want to in the world, are you going to be able to afford it? So for those that really want to go somewhere, here are the best ways to try and make it a bit easier for you to limit your travel destinations, especially when you’ve got other life commitments like family.

There are so many places to choose from

Will Cost Help?
Sometimes picking a cheap package can be a bit of a nightmare, especially when you hear about the travel conditions for some long-haul journeys. But it’s always best to have a chat with a reputable travel booking site, there are places like Priceline that you can get some more information on about the best deals, and if there are limited amounts of connecting flights. However, sometimes in picking a cheap travel option, means more connecting flights, but you can have stopovers in these places, so you are able to tick off a few more places off your list.

Make A Proper List!
If you’ve made something like a bucket list of all the places you want to visit in your lifetime, maybe it’s worth limiting it to 10 places. This can be quite a difficult thing to accomplish, especially when there are so many places you want to go, but think hard. Make the list as diverse as possible, that way you can cover so many more bases, and get your fair share of foreign cultures in.

Pick Smaller Destinations
This may sound counterintuitive, but by picking smaller countries, or limiting your choice of destination, you will be able to see more of that area and get a better feel for the place. If you pick a large country and decide you want to see as much of it as possible, surely this is going to be more travelling than anything else rather than enjoying the sights?

Picking a place to travel to

Make The Most Of Constraints
How much time do you actually have to cram in a vacation? Is there something you would need to return for? In which case, is there any point in you picking a large country where you would spend two weeks travelling and not get to see much of the place? By the same token, think about weather constraints, maybe you don’t want to go somewhere that is quite warm at a certain time of year, especially if you need to pick a last minute vacation destination. Sometimes being limited in your choices is a good thing.

Getting the travel bug is one of those illnesses we can’t get rid of, but even if there are places you need to see in the world, sometimes you need to plan ahead and think about where you really want to go. In this case, it’s best to embrace the diversity, there’s no point in being overwhelmed by choice, but there will always be places you want to go, so recognize this, and be more accepting of the fact that you may not get to visit every area of the world. Unless, of course, you’ve won the lottery, in which case, why are you reading this?! Go!

This post is a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I liked the content enough to publish it here on Wife with Baggage. I hope it encourages, educates and entices you to travel more!

How To Survive Your First Long-Haul Flight

I love traveling and discovering new countries all over the world. For me, the further away from home, I get, the more exciting life becomes. Think about it, we could live our entire lives without knowing what’s on the other side of the world, what a waste that would be! So, I encourage as many people as possible to hop on a plane and travel to somewhere far away that you’ve never been before.

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Understandably, some of you may have a few qualms about this. Mainly, you’ve never been on a long-haul flight before and don’t know if you can handle 10+ hours on a plane. Don’t worry, I have some survival advice that will help any long-haul virgins. 

Wear Comfortable Clothing
On long-haul flights, style goes out the window. Don’t bother wearing your nicest clothes, you’re much better off getting relaxed and comfy. I like to wear loose fitting clothes, normally something like joggers and a top – the type of things you’d wear to lounge around the house. When you’re on a plane for a long time, you need to do everything you can to remain comfortable. Sitting down in a pair of tight jeans is not my idea of comfy!

Bring A Decent Sized Carry-On Bag
Normally, if I’ve got luggage going in the hold, I try and limit the size of my carry-on bag to make life easier for myself. However, on these long-haul flights, there’s usually more luggage space overhead, and you need to have a bigger bag. As a result, you have more space in your bag to bring lots of items for the flight. This includes a laptop, tablet, portable chargers, pyjamas, slippers, a hoodie, and so much more. The guys over on Luggage on Tour can point you in the direction of which brands are best for your luggage needs. Personally, I go for quality over everything else as you need to ensure your luggage can withstand a lot of wear and tear. Now that you’ve got a large bag, you ensure you have everything you need for a comfortable flight.

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View Plane Features Before Booking
I highly recommend you understand what plane you’re getting on before you book. Most people assume all long-haul flights are full of entertainment and amazing seats. This isn’t always the case, so you should use websites like SeatGuru to view the plane features before you decide who to fly with. This site will show you the seat map of a plane and tell you where the best and worst seats are. It will also let you know if the plane has wifi, power sockets, and if there are TV’s in the seats, etc. Well worth checking so you ensure you get on a plane that can keep you happy for the whole flight.

I’ve been using these tips for many years, and it’s led me to have many successful long-haul flights. I’d also add that you should try and get up as much as possible for a brief stretch, and always try to sleep for a bit. Now, you can book a flight across the world and explore a completely new country!

This post is a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I liked the content enough to publish it here on Wife with Baggage. I hope it encourages, educates and entices you to travel more!

Pitch Perfect – Don’t Make These Beginner Camping Mistakes

Going camping? It’s proving to be very popular right now as it is a cheap alternative to hotels and gives travelers the chance to get out and experience the best of nature. Some can’t wait to get outside, pitch their tent, and forget everything about their manic professional life back in the big city.

It’s important that you don’t make any common camping mistakes when you are out in your tent, though. If you do, you will find that your stay out under the starry night sky comes with some uncomfortable problems. Many beginners frequently make mistakes, but that’s no reason you should as well. Here are some that you should try not to make.

Taking Faulty Equipment On The Trip
One of the worst mistakes you can make is taking faulty equipment with you. Even if you have bought everything you might need brand new for your trip, it’s important that you test everything before you pack it so that you know that it definitely works. After all, you might have bought something faulty that needs returning. Taking it back or buying a replacement is a better option that only realizing that something doesn’t work once you are out in the wild!

Taking The Wrong Bedding
Don’t fancy being kept awake at night because of the cold? Then it is crucial that you buy the right kind of bedding. You need to figure out whether you are a cold or warm sleeper, and also research what the weather conditions are going to be like while you are away. You can then use this information to pick out the best sleeping bag and bedding for your tent. If you aren’t entirely sure, you can ask the shop assistants at your local camping shop.

Arriving At The Campsite Late
If you arrive at the campsite late, you might struggle to find an unoccupied space for your tent, and you might end up squished in the corner far away from the toilets and other important facilities. Plus, you will have to start putting up your tent in the dark, which can be very tricky, even for seasoned campers. So, it’s a good idea to arrive early. That way, if the site is full, you can drive to the next one and pitch your tent in the daylight.

Leaving Food Accessible To Wildlife
You will no doubt want to take a lot of food with you, even if you do plan on eating out in restaurants some nights. It’s important that you keep all of your food in your tent all the time and sealed in bags or tins. This is so that it doesn’t attract any animals into your tent. Leaving it outside will also attract the local wildlife to it, and all the critters will end up eating all of your snacks.

Hopefully, this guide can help you steer clear of all of these beginner camping mistakes. And your trip will be all the better for it.Have a fun time!

This post is a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I liked the content enough to publish it here on Wife with Baggage. I hope it encourages, educates and entices you to travel more!

King of the Canaries: Why Visit Lanzarote

The Canary Islands have been package holiday central for a long time now, which is something that tends to put ‘real travellers’ off straight away. But there are plenty of reasons why you should visit these intriguing islands, and in this article, we are going to be focusing in more detail on just one of them: Lanzarote. The volcanic landscape may seem bare at first, but there is plenty to see and experience while you are out here.

Year-Round Great Climate
One of the most appealing aspects of the Canary Islands is the fact the temperature is good all year round. As we are fast-approaching winter, now may be the ideal time to start checking out villas on Lanzarote. The average temperature is 22C and even in the height of summer, it doesn’t tend to go much above the mid-twenties. Very few destinations in the world can boast a climate like this.

Lunar Landscapes
We have already mentioned volcanoes, but it is worth talking about them again. Timanfaya National Park is a major tourist hotspot and this may be one of the closest feelings to being on the moon that you can get. It is a fragile landscape made up of roughly 360 volcano cones. While you can’t explore the area unaccompanied, there are plenty of organised tour groups that will take you around.

Art and Architecture
All over the island, you can’t miss the influence of César Manrique, an artist and architect who saved the island from becoming overdeveloped. There are many places around the island which he had a hand in designing which are more than worth paying a visit to. Head over to his home if you are particularly interested about his life and work.

Activities Galore
One of the main things that Lanzarote has become well-known for is its abundance of activity options. Perhaps the most popular is cycling, and a host of professional cyclists actually base themselves here because there are so many trails that you can take on. Alternative options include surfing, paddle boarding and hiking depending on your preferences.

Attractive Beaches
You may expect that because of its volcanic landscape, the island is covered in black sandy beaches. But there are actually plenty of unspoilt golden beaches which are perfect for relaxing or taking on some water sports. On the northwest coast, well away from the resorts, there is Famar which is backed by some stunning coloured cliffs.

Wine Tasting
Another surprise of the island is the opportunity to try out some wine tasting. Wines have been produced in some of the oldest vineyards since the 18th century, so here is your excuse, if you needed one, to sample some of the fine glasses of vino and plates of tapas that are available.

So, if you had a negative impression of the Canary Islands before reading, hopefully this article has gone some way towards changing your mind. On Lanzarote, there really is something for everyone to enjoy.

This post is a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I liked the content enough to publish it here on Wife with Baggage. I hope it encourages, educates and entices you to travel more!

Travelling? Check! The Art Of Ticking Things Off A Bucket List

Having a bucket list is a start, but it’s only the beginning. Unfortunately, too many people have a physical or mental list which they cram with activities. And, that’s right – they are still on there waiting to get discovered. Not to preach, but there is no point in developing a list if the person is not going to tick things off it once in awhile. Come on – live a little!

For the people who want turn pipe dreams into reality, here’s what to consider. These are the tips which help hone the art of bucket listing.

Regular Holidays
One vacation every summer is not enough. Sure, it’s a nice getaway and helps the whole family recharge their batteries. But, and not to judge, is a beach holiday on the list? Of course it isn’t, because it’s an experience an average person can have on a regular basis. To ensure there is ample opportunity to tick dreams off, it is vital to go on as many holidays as possible. That way, it’s a straightforward task to mix adrenaline filled experiences with lying on the sand sipping piña coladas. At least two to three a year should do the job.

Bigger Budget
Of course, to go on three holidays a year, a family needs a big budget. After all, flights and accommodation for five people aren’t cheap. Plus, the activities which are once in a lifetime cost a pretty penny, too. It goes without saying that money makes a bucket list spin, but how does one save enough? It’s simple really: put the holiday first. Things at home always get in the way, from a renovation to a new car. By placing a vacation first, it makes the family put aside cash every month. The kids can get involved as well.

The Science Element
Just because science isn’t an enjoyable subject doesn’t mean it won’t come in handy. If it is preferable, it is okay to call it logistics instead of science. The pertinent things to remember are the small details. For example, the Aurora Borealis is top five in the majority of peoples’ bucket lists. But, trekking into the Arctic Circle in the middle of summer is a sure-fire way to waste money. The science of the Northern Lights means hunters have to go in late autumn to early spring every year. Any earlier and the constant daylight will scupper the plan.

Risk It For A Biscuit
Finally, it doesn’t matter how much money and planning goes into a bucket list. If there isn’t an element of risk taking, the list will stay full forever. Let’s face it – doing the same thing every year is easy. Not only is it simple, but it’s comfortable and cozy. Trekking through the snow in the Arctic Circle is cold, strenuous, and not guaranteed to get results. But, when it pays off, there is no better feeling in the world. The key is to accept it’s a gamble and go anyway. After all, the majority of activities on a bucket list are once in a lifetime.

This post is a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I liked the content enough to publish it here on Wife with Baggage. I hope it encourages, educates and entices you to travel more!

The Privilege Of Spontaneity

We understand why people get the urge to plan out their travels. It is just the most effective way to get the most out of your trip, both in terms of time and money. The days you are away will be precious and your budget is limited, and that is where a bit of planning can do you wonders, especially given planning is easier than ever.

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The problem is, something special is lost when you know what you will be doing and when. Anticipation just has a way of numbing the most wonderful part of traveling, which is that chance to go off script – something most people’s everyday lives don’t allow. Wake up, get dressed, commute to work, do your job, go home, sleep, repeat. Yeah, the perfect antidote to this mundane routine is shooting off on a wildly unpredictable trip, the privilege of spontaneity running rife.

So, without further ado, here are our top tips for enjoying a much more spontaneous adventure:

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Book Somewhere Central And Forget The Rest
The greatest thing about staying somewhere central is you then having a plethora of opportunities to follow your heart. You have all the attractions you could possibly need and all the transport options at your fingertips, which means you are fully prepped for an unplanned adventure. It is all there. Whether you go north, south, east or west, it is all there.

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Drive Without A Destination
It can be much harder to wing it when getting from one place to the next is done on someone else’s time, which is where car rental changes the game completely. You won’t need to know what time the ferry leaves from which port and then plan how you will get there, or know what platform your train to such and such leaves from. Instead, you can just drive. You can follow the sun or just circle somewhere on your map and then drive. That is spontaneity at its best.

Try Not To Have An Unplanned Day
Resisting the urge to plan just one thing every day is even harder than resisting the urge to lick a dripping ice cream. However, it is usually the most spontaneous days that live longest in our memories. Sure, visiting Buckingham Palace – one of the most celebrated tourist spots in the world – will be up there with the best day outs imaginable, but playing a game of tag in Brockwell Park and the back streets of Brixton will make your smile more in hindsight. So, if it is possible, try and enjoy at least one day where you plan nothing and see where the world takes you.

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Use Locals Not Apps
Approaching a bona fide local and asking them what their favorite place nearby is the best way to stumble across hidden gems, and without ruining any of the surprises either. When you use an app or a review site you instantly see pictures of all the things you can do, and that dulls some of the magic. But asking a local and then stumbling around the corner only to have your mind blown by the beauty of something is like nothing else. So, yeah, next time you’re hoping to enjoy a spontaneous trip, just stop a local and ask them what they think.

Camping in the Caucasus Mountains

The South Caucasus is the cradle of the oldest civilizations, the region of high mountain ranges and snow-capped peaks. The Caucasian mountains have long become a popular destination for hikers and camping enthusiasts. So, today we’d like to tell you about the most attractive places for the camping in Armenia and Georgia – two hospitable countries of the South Caucasus.

Camping in Armenia
Your trip to Armenia will be undoubtedly full of new impressions. In the Armenian mountains you will find beautiful valleys and dense forests, mountain rivers and lakes. The palette of the sunset in an isolated place and the mountain air in the morning will be the most unforgettable moments of your camping. The large national parks of Armenia are the best choices for camping, the flora and fauna there are kept pristine and strictly protected.

Camping on Lake Sevan
Lake Sevan is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Armenia. The largest freshwater lake in the CIS is located in the national park with natural and historical sites. Camping at the lake attracts ecotourism lovers. Here you can enjoy the most delicious fish, Ishkhan, stroll through ancient fortresses and monasteries, and of course, enjoy the colors of the sunset on the lake. In the park, you can find wild beaches, where you will be in a complete harmony with nature.

Camping in Dilijan National Park
Dilijan national park is the largest in Armenia with rich in flora and fauna. The national park includes forest landscapes and mountain ranges, the lakes Parz, Gosh, Bachnilich, Zhangotlich, as well as historical monuments of Haghartsin, Goshavank, Matosavank and ancient burial places, which are very important for the country’s history and culture.

Camping in Lastiver
Another popular destination for camping is Lastiver. In a small territory there are several unique natural attractions that should be definitely included in “must visit” list. Here is one of the most interesting caves inhabited in the Mesolithic Age. The entrance and walls of the caves have preserved traces of humans who lived on the territory more than 10,000 years ago. Below the caves, in dense forests, there is a cascade of waterfalls.

Camping in Georgia
Georgia amazes with alpine meadows, boundless forests, gurgling rivers, crystal lakes and celestial peaks of mountain ranges. Caucasian mountains in Georgia offer many popular places for camping with unique natural beauty as well as the mild climate for most of the year. Trips to Georgia are mostly organized in the places listed below.

Camping in Adjara
Do you want to combine two great activities in just one place? Camping in Adjara is an unforgettable experience on the seashore of the Black Sea. There are several places for camping on the shores of the Black Sea. Mtirala Park in Adjara is a small corner of the subtropical forest in a mountainous country. Camping in the area can be combined with trekking about the sights. Leave the tourist centers behind and head to the region of Guria. Here the subtropical climate changes to tropical with dense palm groves. One thing that will capture attention is the black color of historical monuments. Black is not only the color of temples and monasteries but also the color of national clothes and modern buildings. You can organize camping both in the Kolkheti national park and on the beach.

Camping in Borjomi National Park
The Borjomi-Kharagauli National Park is not only the most popular resort region, but also the largest national park in the Caucasus and Europe. This is a great place for trekking, horse riding and camping. Here you can enjoy the clean mountain air and coniferous forests.

Camping in Javakheti
Samtskhe-Javakheti is waiting for those whose hearts are in the mountains. Here are located the largest lakes of Georgia – Parvana, Kartsakhi, Madatapa. Khanchali, Samago and Tabatskuri. Camping in Javakheti will take place along the shores of lakes, through forests and mountain passes. While camping, you can go fishing or take a bike ride.

This post was a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I loved the content enough to publish it here, on Wife with Baggage. I hope you are as inspired, intrigued and interested in this content as I am!

Traveling Around The World On A Budget

Traveling the world is the dream. Of course, it’s easy to tell yourself that it’s a pipe dream when you consider the costs of such a venture, right? Well, maybe you don’t have to make do with lounging around on a sunbed in your back garden next time the summer break swings around. Traveling doesn’t have to be quite as expensive as you might imagine if you do your research. And that doesn’t just include budget vacations to seaside resorts. There are ways to see incredible places around the world without crippling your bank account.

So, next time your friend asks if you’ve been traveling lately, you don’t have to respond with the typical, “I don’t have enough money for that.” If you’ve been dying to see the world for a long time now then here are some pieces of advice that should help you see all the great sights you’ve only ever seen in pictures for a very reasonable price.

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America.

This is one of the most fascinating continents in the world when it comes to diverse and influential cultures. North America boasts a wide variety of culture across its many states (which are essentially miniature countries in their own right). Still, traveling to the Northern part of this continent might set you back a little bit with your bank balance. Of course, if you want to see something different (perhaps you already live in the United States so you’d like to venture further out into the world), then Central America might be a part of the world that you’d much rather visit.

For the explorer who’s on a mission to experience some of the most culture-soaked spots in the world, you’ll definitely find a lot of that in the center of this continent. Smaller Central American countries such as El Salvador and Nicaragua are fantastically low-budget with regards to accommodation and meals. Most importantly, however, you’ll be seeing fantastic sights for these low prices. Jungles, surfs, ancient ruins, and barely any tourists to ruin your sightseeing experience; this is the perfect part of the world to visit on your travels.

Europe.

Europe is one of the most beautiful continents in the world. Again, much like every other continent, its countries are diverse and proud of their individual heritages. Nonetheless, there’s some semblance of a bond and connection between all the countries in this part of the world. If you’re looking for a budget traveling experience, however, then Far Eastern Europe is definitely the part of this continent that you need to visit. Not only do you pay far less in countries such as Ukraine and Bulgaria than you would in western European places such as France or Germany but you get just as much charm. They’re definitely stunning countries with far more to their culture and story than people might assume from the surface of things.

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Asia.

Asia is a vast and sprawling continent boasting many diverse cultures. It’s hard to suggest any single place to begin but Indonesia is definitely a fantastic place to see if you’re on a budget. However, a low cost of living by western standards does not, by any means, detract from the sheer wonder of the country in itself. A full dinner may cost the equivalent of 1 dollar but the meals you can get for such a small amount of money are absolutely delicious. Chili spices, coconut milk, fish, and chicken are just a few of the staples that you’ll find in most Indonesian cuisine and you can’t beat the taste of their local, fresh delicacies. In terms of history and heritage, there are many beautiful and fascinating temples in the heart of Indonesia. The Prambanan and Borobudur temples, Toraja and Bali, are well worth a visit if you want an insight into Hinduism. Most tours come at incredibly reasonable prices too.

You could also look into a cheap room for rent in Singapore if you’re interested in the area of Southeast Asia. This city-state truly is a beautiful combination of modern city landscapes and ancient cultural heritage. If you want to see the world on a budget then this is definitely one of the places you should include on your journey; it’s low-cost and high-reward in terms of the experiences you’ll have. The ‘Lion City’, as it’s often called, is also a very unique place because it’s the only island city-state in the world. Of course, claims to fame such as this aren’t the things that make Singapore such a wonderful place to visit. It has wonderful sights such as Merlion Park to thank for that; home to the Merlion statue, with the head of a lion and the body of a fish, this park is just one of many jaw-dropping sights in this great place. The Macritchie Nature Trail, often notable for its incredible elevated walkway towering above the biodiversity of Singapore below, is another fantastic sight that you need to see.

Africa.

To be more specific, you need to see South Africa. Many Northern African countries are worth visiting if you want an eye-opening experience and have some time or resources available to help people who are struggling in places such as Nigeria and elsewhere. Still, if you’re looking simply to travel and spend as little money as possible whilst still having an enlightening and awe-inspiring experience then South Africa is definitely somewhere you need to visit.

It’s unbelievable that you can have a safari experience here that takes you through some of the most stunning locations in that part of the world at a ridiculously low-budget price. Gems such as Hluhluwe-Imfolozi are the perfect place to see creatures such as the white rhino; it’s a humbling and thought-provoking experience which might just inspire you to do more to protect these endangered species. Of course, you’ll also want to visit famous tourist hotspots such as Cape Town. Yes, some top tourist locations can be infuriatingly crowded but this one is definitely worth the visit.

This post was a collaborative effort. While not written by me, Diane, I loved the content enough to publish it here, on Wife with Baggage. I hope you are as inspired, intrigued and interested in this content as I am!

Top 8 Must-See Places in Colorado

So, you’re planning to take a trip to Colorado and looking for suggestions on the must-see places in the Centennial State? Perhaps you want to visit the National Parks or spend a few days exploring Denver. There are plenty of beautiful cabins for rent in Colorado nestled away to give you comfort and luxury on your trip. Here are some things you should consider when you’re in Colorado.

1# Try the Longest and Fastest Zipline in Colorado:

Located in the Rocky Mountains National Park, challenge yourself to try out this extreme activity. The Zipline is open all year round, so there’s no excuse for missing out on this thrilling experience. Tour packages are available online where you can choose from four to eight rides. Or why not combine them all if you have extra time and feeling more adventurous in this spectacular national park? Take the opportunity and book this fantastic experience.

2# Experience the Durango and Silverton Train Ride:

For a more relaxed trip, head to Durango in the southwest. The Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge and Railroad Museum is an excellent place to visit on a day trip. There are a few packages to choose from depending on what suits your time and budget. Visit the museum and take the train ride from Durango to Silverton and back again while listening to the historical narration to learn about this famous railway.

3# Visit the Garden of Gods:

The Garden of Gods is renowned for its red rocks and geological formations. This is a great place to enjoy with the whole family especially if you have young kids who love the outdoors. A vast park with beautiful views, museums and dinosaur exhibits appeal to the younger ones.

You can also join an open-air jeep or a Segway tour to have a more up-close experience. For the more adventurous, hike the trails or go rock climbing. The park offers a free 20-minute nature talk and a 30-minute guided tour each day at 10.00am or 2.00pm. If this still isn’t enough, they have a 5 km fun run every Thursday evening from 4.00pm to 6.00pm. You can easily spend an entire day here with the whole family without getting bored.

4# Go Mountain Biking in Fruita:

Mountain biking trails in Fruita are probably the best in all of Colorado. This is a haven for bike enthusiasts with the many paths to choose from depending on your time and ability. There are quick and shorter paths on 18 roads, which typically take between one to two hours. For more extended and challenging trails, try the Kokopelli Loops with more obstacles and scenic views. Expect to spend up to four hours to do the harder routes.

5# Visit the Dinosaur National Monument:

Another national park worth visiting in Colorado is the Dinosaur National Monument. You can see Dinosaur fossils from the Deinonychus, Abydosaurus and Allosaurus. With more than 800 paleontological sites, it makes a fun historical day trip. The Monument is near the border with Utah, a few hours from Denver. When you get to the visitor centre, take a scenic drive along the Tour of Tilted Rocks and Harpers Corner. If you’re up for this desert adventure, be sure to bring plenty of water and sun protection.

6# Visit Aspen:

Famous for its mountains and ski resort, Aspen is also home to local breweries, the Silver Queen Gondola, and mesmerising views. Aspen is a great place to relax in the summer where you can find a beautiful spot to have a picnic and just soak up the green and calming view from the top of the mountains. If you want to visit any of the museums or ride the Gondola, it’s a good idea to book tickets online for discounts and priority passes.

7# Walk Over the Royal Gorge Bridge Park:

The Royal Gorge Bridge is the highest suspension bridge in Colorado located an hour away from Colorado Springs. This famous tourist attraction near Cañon City is another thrilling experience for visitors. You can walk the 268-metre bridge from one tower to the next while admiring the view of the gorge below. If the bridge is one of the main highlights of your trip, try the Skycoaster at the nearby theme park. For a more relaxed alternative, ride the gondolas and admire the views from 670 meters in the air. More information is available online, and you can buy tickets from their website at better rates than on the day.

8# Experience the City of Denver:

Most tourists travel to Denver to visit the museums, see the parks and go shopping. Whether you’re here with friends, your partner or the family, Denver has everything you need for a remarkable trip. For shoppers, there are famous malls to choose from on 16th Street, Larimer Square and Cherry Creek. If you prefer a sightseeing trip, sign up for the Free Walking Tour to get a better insight into the city’s famous landmarks and history from a local guide. A range of other paid tours will take you around the city and to nearby attractions.

Have a Fun Trip to Exciting Colorado:

There’s a lot of things to do and see in Colorado, from experiencing the city life to hiking the trails in famous national parks whilst enjoying the surreal views. Whether you’re here for a weekend trip with friends or on an extended vacation with your family, Colorado will have something for everyone. Plan your trip and book your tickets in advance so you can have a much more satisfying and memorable holiday.

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