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5 Reasons To Travel Alone At Least Once In Your Life

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5 Reasons To Travel Alone At Least Once In Your Life

It’s fun to travel with other people, and spending time away from home with family and friends can be good for both the soul and the body (both mental and physical). However, it can also be good to go on a trip by yourself. In fact, there are some great things about traveling alone that you can’t get any other way. Just getting away from everything, trying new things, and enjoying the benefits of being alone can be a very positive experience that can change your life. Some of the reasons for this are listed below, so keep reading to find out more. 

  • You’ll Have Freedom

To put it simply, traveling alone is the epitome of freedom. When you’re on a trip by yourself, you only have to think about what you want to do. You don’t have to answer to anyone, so you can pretty much do what you want. If you want to go and see the Burj Khalifa, that’s exactly what you can go and do, and you don’t have to check in with anyone else to make sure it fits with their plans. 

This is why a lot of people go on trips by themselves when they need a break from having to please other people. When you travel alone, you realize that you only have to answer to yourself, and you don’t have to do anything for anyone else if you don’t want to.

  • You Can Connect With Yourself 

The most important relationship you can have in life is with yourself. When you travel alone, you have the time to slow down, think, and spend quality time with yourself, which you could miss when you’re busy with your daily life at home.

  • You’ll Focus More On Where You Are

If you’re taking a solo trip, you’ll have more time to focus on the sights and sounds around you and less time worrying about what others are doing or saying. Many people say they have the best memories from their journeys when they travel alone because they are able to pay undivided attention to what is going on around them.

  • You’ll Gain More Confidence 

Those who feel insecure might not feel ready to travel alone, but this is actually one of the best ways to build more confidence. Most of the time, you learn life skills by doing them, and when you’re traveling alone, you won’t have a choice but to do them.

If you want to order a coffee in a foreign language, you’ll have to do it on your own. You’ll be the one to bargain in a street market. When you get lost, you will be the one to find your way back. Even though these things are scary, they will help you feel better about yourself and show you what you can do.

  • You Only Have To Think About Yourself 

For a variety of reasons, traveling alone can be stressful, but so can traveling with others. Yet when you think about the positives, when you are alone, you may not have anyone watching out for you, but you also are by yourself and only have yourself to worry about.

It can be exhausting to look out for other people when you’re traveling, but if you go it alone, you won’t have to. You’ll have more time to enjoy your trip because all of your decisions will be based on your own needs and goals.

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Winter Camping Tips for Staying Warm

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Winter Camping Tips for Staying Warm

You’re either a person that loves camping, or you’re not. A good way to tell you’re an avid outdoors fanatic is whether you’re up for a camping trip in the dead of winter. This is a surefire sign that you’re a die-hard fan.

There’s no other way to put it, winter camping is cold. It comes with the territory, but it doesn’t have to be unpleasant and miserable.

Whether you’re new to camping, or a seasoned pro, here are a few tips to help you keep toasty while enjoying the great outdoors this winter.

1. Winter Camping Is All About Layers

You probably wear a few layers around the house during winter, so it’s important to do the same when camping. In fact, it’s even more important because you don’t have the same type of insulation around you.

In short, you need to dress to impress when you’re camping in the cold. This includes a base layer, mid-layer, and a thick, winter-friendly puffer or shell jacket over the top.

Opt for moisture-wicking base layer materials, such as wool, bamboo, polyester, or nylon. Don’t forget to protect your head with a hat, gloves, and hiking boots suited to the snow. 

2. Always Change Out of Sweaty Clothes

It’s tempting to avoid changing out of your clothes at the end of the day, especially if you’ve tackled a few hiking trails. But sweat is the enemy when you’re out in the cold.

When you’re getting ready to settle for the evening, make sure to change out of sweaty base layer clothing and get into something dry and warm.

The same type of layering applies when you hit the hay- a base layer, mid layer, and puffer jacket over the top. Take it from the experts at Gear Assistant, this is the best way to get a solid night’s sleep.

3. Pack a Double-Insulated Sleeping Bag

If you’re new to winter camping, it’s worth investing in a double-pad sleeping bag, as well as a camping mattress. Essentially, your mattress keeps you off the ground and adds a layer between you and the cold ground.

A two-pad sleeping bag offers thermal resistance (look for a high R-value), as well as a reflective fabric that deflects the cold. These two-pad combination sleeping bags are the only winter-grade option to go for!

4. Keep Your Tent Ventilated

We get it, it sounds counter-productive to let air into your tent when you’re camping in the snow. But trust us, it’s super important for a warm night’s sleep.

This is because your warm breath releases CO2 vapor into your tent. This vapor eventually becomes water droplets that accumulate on the inside of the tent, which will then freeze. The result is ice on the inside of your tent, i.e. you’ll be sleeping inside an igloo!

Open up one or two vents to allow for good airflow and avoid freezing overnight. 

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Winter camping has the potential to be a beautiful, rewarding, and fun experience — but only if you’re equipped with the right kit and know-how. We hope this blog helps you to prepare! If you’re a big fan of sports and the great outdoors, don’t miss the rest of this site for your fix of sports news, updates, and more.

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