Outdoor Holiday Travel Blog http://outdoorholiday.com Everything about outdoor travel Wed, 21 Jun 2017 11:37:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 83927818 7 Tips for Visiting Jackson Hole on a Budget http://outdoorholiday.com/2017/04/7-tips-visiting-jackson-hole-budget/ Thu, 27 Apr 2017 18:47:13 +0000 http://outdoorholiday.com/?p=1170 Is it really possible to visit a place like Jackson Hole, Wyoming on a budget? A lot of people don’t think so, and that is a shame. The truth is with a little planning, research, and self-discipline it is possible to enjoy this wonderful city and not go into debt while doing it. So sit back, relax, and let me gives you some tips on how to afford those Jackson Hole vacation rentals you dream about.

1) Visit During the Summer

Right off the bat, you should know the most inexpensive time to visit Jackson Hole is during the summer. The winter months attract a very specific crowd, and this inevitably pushes the prices up on everything in the area. While it’s not impossible to enjoy yourself there during the winter on a budget, you are always going to get a better bang for your buck in the summer.

2) Bring Your Own Equipment and Supplies

There are a lot of different activities that you can do in Jackson Hole. Everything from hiking, hunting, skiing, and mountain climbing to name a few. Whatever you plan on doing it’s always going to be cheaper to bring your own equipment then it would be to rent it. Depending upon your activity, renting equipment can take a real bite out of your travel budget. With that said don’t feel like your compelled to bring every piece of equipment for every activity you intend to enjoy. It’s often easy enough to just bring a few key pieces, and rent the rest. This will preserve your budget and sanity.

3) Set A Daily Budget

Traveling on a budget means actually having a budget. You need to know exactly how much you can afford to spend on a daily basis, and where your money is going. Keep track all of your travel expenses, and always make sure to have some money set aside for an emergency. Having a daily spending limit isn’t actually as bad as it sounds. By knowing your limits it’s easier for your brain to get creative, and this can lead to some really interesting solutions you might never have considered.

4) Always Research The Price of Any Activity Ahead of Time

It doesn’t matter if your going for a horseback ride, or just looking to do a little fishing. You need to take the time to properly research all the potential costs involved. This kind of information is essential for making a realistic budget, and planning your trip. It also can reveal potential opportunities you might have otherwise missed. Don’t be afraid to ask about specials or discounts that you could take advantage of.

5) Take Advantage of All The Free Activities

This might come as a surprise, but not every activity in Jackson Hole requires you to fork over some cash. There are plenty of free activities you can indulge in for example hiking or bird watching. You don’t need to spend a lot of money to enjoy nature, and by doing this you can have the money available for the stuff you really want to spend it on.

6) Purchase Airplane Tickets and Hotel Reservations in Advance

It’s no doubt that some of the most expensive aspects of a trip to Jackson Hole are the cost of getting here and having a place to stay. One of the easiest ways to get the best prices for either of these things is to plan ahead. If you can buy your tickets at least 6 months in advance you can be assured of getting some of the lowest prices possible. People who book trips at the last minute have to pay for the privilege, and they pay a lot.

7) Know What You Want

This might seem kind of zen-like, but knowing what you want is the absolute best way to save money. There is a lot of different stuff to do in Jackson Hole, and trying to do everything is the quickest way to break the bank. You really need to sit down and consider just what kind of experience you want to have here.

If you’re interested in spending most of your time in nature, then do you really need to visit a spa? If on the other hand, you know for a fact you want a spa day it becomes easier to set enough money aside. Knowing what you want doesn’t mean your not open to new experiences, and I encourage you to at least try a few things you’ve never done befoe for the sheer experience of it. When you get right down to it, it;’s entirely possible to enjoy a vacation to Jackson Hole on a budget. All it takes is a little planning, and forethought.

So don’t let your fear of going broke blind you to the wonderful opportunity here for a truly great vacation.

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Unique Camping Locations in Australia http://outdoorholiday.com/2017/04/unique-camping-locations-australia/ Sun, 02 Apr 2017 13:22:31 +0000 http://outdoorholiday.com/?p=1163 If you are planning to travel through Australia on road trips or to do some bushwalking in some of the more remote areas, chances are you are going to have to camp out overnight during your adventure. It is part of the fun and doesn’t necessarily have to be bush camping in tents. There are other tented camping accommodations available all over Australia. When you are heading out on the road, it helps to have your own car rather than relying on tour buses.

Of course, if you are visiting Australia or traveling, you likely don’t have your own car, but you can hire one at any of Budget Australia’s convenient and friendly locations all over in every state and territory. Here are 3 unique camping locations you might choose to stay while exploring all over Australia. Today we will be featuring the Bamurru Plains near Kakadu National Park in the Top End of the Northern Territory, Spicers Canopy near Main Range National Park in the Scenic Rim of Queensland, and Karijini Eco Retreat near Karijini National Park in Exmouth, Western Australia.

  1. Bamurru Plains

The Bamurru Plains allows you to stay right in the heart of Kakadu National Park on the Mary River floodplains sections of the park. Kakadu is Australia’s largest national park, so vast, it is larger than some European countries! This is the tropical north which is hot and humid year round, but is much more temperate in the dry season, which is winter and the only time most of the park is accessible. Bamurru Plains is an eco-friendly retreat mostly run on solar power.

There are 10 spacious safari bungalows with plush beds, large ensuite bathrooms, high pressure showers, and great decor that focuses on the Aboriginal history, heritage, and artwork of the original landowners who are celebrated and honoured here. Tour packages are available with your stay, you should definitely try an airboat ride or riverboat cruist where you can explore the wetlands and see buffalos, crocodiles, and do some birdwatching for the 200+ species of birds that live here.

  1. Spicers Canopy

Spicers Canopy is a unique place to stay because it is located on a working Australian cattle station. It is located on Spicers Peak in Main Range National Park, which is part of the spectacular Scenic Rim of Queensland. Amenities in your tents include raised hardwood flooring, king size beds, window flaps, and hot showers in solar-powered bathrooms. The entire retreat is eco-friendly too with a worm farm for processing waste and steps taken all the time to reduce the impact on the environment.

In addition to being able to watch the activities of the cattle ranch, there is the amazing scenery of the Scenic Rim, the three peaks: Mount Mitchell, Spicers Peak, and Mount Cordeaux were all once active volcanoes. They now lie dormant and the surroundings are beautiful. You can visit the national park, explore caves, do bird watching, and find local swimming holes.

  1. Karijini Eco-Retreat

amazing and varied landscapes in Western Australia. It is located in Karijini National Park, which is where you will find amazing landscapes including Fortescue Falls, Dales Gorge, Oxer Lookout, Weano Gorge, Hamersley Gorge and more. The scenery there is in sharp contrast to the nearby coast where you will find Exmouth, Ningaloo Reef, and Coral Bay. The snorkeling and SCUBA diving here is nothing short of amazing. Ningaloo Reef is the largest fringing reef in Australia, which means you can go from the beach directly into the reef without needing to take a charter boat to a reef. It is also one of the only places in the world where you can seasonally swim with the giant whale sharks that grow up to 18 metres long.

Karijini is an eco-retreat, so it is making a very little impact on the gorgeous nature that surrounds it. It is owned by the Gumala Aboriginal Coporation, they are one of the founding members of Ecolodges of Australia, an organisation that ensures that the land, its resources and wildlife are all protected and the proceeds from your stay there are put towards conservation efforts. The facility is all run on solar power, uses rechargeable lanterns, and has a gray water treatment facility. In addition, the eco-tents are semi-permanent so they are moved in rotations to ensure that they make a very minimal impact on the environment. You can choose to stay in the deluxe eco-tents or campout.

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Related post:  5 Beaches That Will Blow Your Mind

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Where to Holiday This Summer? http://outdoorholiday.com/2017/03/holiday-summer/ Tue, 28 Mar 2017 12:39:58 +0000 http://outdoorholiday.com/?p=1159 As India gears up for the long scorching summer, travellers might be planning to take some time off. Yes! Summers are the best time to open up your horizons and look forward to an exciting, fun-filled trip to some of the most amazing destinations around the world. As the temperatures go high in India, it is time for one to explore those nations which offer a retreat from the hot and humid weather.

As a traveller, you might have different preferences if asked about the kind of holiday you would love to go on! Your travel plans might also be based on whether you are just a group of friends, a couple, or a family. While some like beaches, others are more bent towards adventure sports and yet others love to spend time amidst a completely different culture and history of people, preferring to visit museums or historical sites. And while you travel, you can relish on specialised cuisines that form an incredible part of your trip to any place.

Come summer, do not sit at home, but explore different places and make best use of the summer holidays and long weekends that will welcome you this year!

Best summer travel destinations you just cannot miss!

Paris, France

France’s capital city offers a good amalgamation of history, culture, and adventure for travellers. At the outset, the Eiffel Tower, the Museum of Louvre and the Arc de Triomphe will be on your priority list when you decide to visit this place.

However, apart from these, consider an amazing view of the city from the highest point in Paris on the Roman Catholic Church, Basilica du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre! Is it not mesmerizing to even think of it? And how can one forget to visit the place of the last stage of the popular Tour de France: The Champs Elysees? The wonderful avenue is full of bars and bistros on both sides giving one’s taste buds the most relishing experience of a lifetime! Just for your information, most of the Parisian museums offer free entry on the First Sunday of every month. So, if you are an artwork freak, plan your holiday accordingly!

Best time to visit: In June

London, United Kingdom

London can be a dream destination for numerous people across the world. The place offers a mix of retreats for a variety of people. For those who are more interested in what royalty can look like must pay a visit to the Buckingham Palace consisting of the Queen’s gallery that is home to the best art collections in the world!

Shakespeare’s fans can have a gala time visiting the Globe theatre which is constructed in a manner that it reminds you of the setting in which the band used to stage his plays! Apart from this, the London Eye presents a beautiful view of the lighted city especially at sunsets. Oxford Street, Harrods and Portobello Road Market are the best for indulging in shopping and spending time at cafes.

Best time to visit: March to May (Enjoy Easter celebrations also)

Mauritius

The wonderful island in the Indian Ocean has a history of colonisation and thus, you will find a mix of languages being spoken in different parts of it. Do not forget to try out as much as street food as possible. You will find a wide variety in this too including Indian, Chinese, African and Creole cuisines which are completely worth the money.

Couples can spend quiet time at a variety of beaches like Flic en Flac and the Mont Choisy beach. The latter is the longest one on the island. Get a chance to explore the coral reefs at the Trou aux Biches even if you are a non-swimmer! Scuba Dive or hire a bike for some time to explore the island on your terms!

Best time to visit: In May

Bangkok, Thailand

If you are visiting Bangkok, you cannot miss visiting the Siam Square, which is the best shopping hub at the heart of the city. Apart from that, the religious temples like the Temple of Dawn, the Temple of the Emerald Buddha located at the most wonderful places give solace to your heart!

Combine the religious retreat with the most amazing dinner while on a cruise on the Chao Phraya Princess Dinner Cruise! And your trip will become way beyond what you had thought!

Best time to Visit: May to August

When in doubt, travel…..

Do your research on whichever place you want to visit as a refuge from the scorching summer heat in India and make the best of your vacations. But wait! While you do all the planning, do not forget to ensure your safety!

Consult the best travel insurance companies to avail a suitable travel insurance plan.

Need for Travel Insurance:

  • Travel insurance must form an important part of your trip portfolio in case you need a cover for:
  • Baggage loss
  • Immediate Travel assistance in case you lose essentials like passport or wallet
  • Medical evacuation facility due to an accident or some emergency
  • Missing or delay of flight

In special cases, for example, travelling to the Schengen area (which includes 26 European nations, including France) makes it compulsory for you to avail a travel medical insurance policy for your medical evacuation and expenses in case of any emergency

It is better to avail a comprehensive travel insurance plan to get suitable help in a foreign nation rather than being clueless on what to do there. The good thing is, you can buy the insurance online at a click of the mouse! So, before you plan your holiday this time, spend a little extra on your safety and have a time of a lifetime at some foreign destinations of your choice!

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Related post:  8 Exciting Outdoor Nature Trails in France

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Ski Your Stress Away in Les Arcs http://outdoorholiday.com/2017/02/ski-stress-les-arcs/ Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:42:19 +0000 http://outdoorholiday.com/?p=1154 Stress is that feeling that arises when you perceive the physical or psychological demands on you are too great for you to be able to achieve the desired result. The bar seems to be set way too high. This stress could be coming from one or many factors of your life – from study, from work or from social and family situations.

Everybody is subject to some level of stress in their life. Some stress can actually be a positive factor to motivate you to improve a situation that you find disagreeable or to complete some task that will benefit you in the future. The drive and energy to make changes and deadlines under a little stress will do you no harm. However, if you are stressed for too long and by too many factors then your physical and psychological state may suffer.

If you find yourself in this state of being under too much stress and not able to cope consider finding some time and way to give yourself a much needed break to reassess what is triggering your stress. Time out will give you a number of benefits and perhaps some revelations as to what is triggering your stress and what you might be able to do about it. A great place to take as short break over the winter is in Les Arcs in the French Alps. Brisk mountain air is sure to do you some good and Les Arcs has a lot of unique facilities that will be restorative to mind and body. You could even check right now for holiday options at AlpineElements and get your life back on track.

There are a number of steps you can take to alleviate your stress. Without solving the issue that is causing you stress, of course, it will not disappear. However these steps may you cope and also take steps to removing the issue that is causing the stress.

  1. Take a break from what is stressing you. This will give you some distance in time and space to maybe give you some new perspective on your situation.
  2. Take some exercise. Research continues to support that any regular exercise will help not only your physical shape but also your mental state.
  3. Have some fun – enough to make you smile and laugh. Positive emotions and the physical act of smiling and laughing do lift our spirits.
  4. Find someone to support you whom you trust. If your stress is family or socially related it might be best to seek professional help or counseling.
  5. Take time to meditate. Learn to quiet your mind and relax as best you can on a regular basis.
  6. Relax your muscles. Exercise will help but so will doing yoga, taking a massage, having a warm bath, and deep breathing techniques
  7. Get a good night’s sleep.
  8. Eat good food regularly.

Take a Break at Les Arcs

With one short break to Les Arcs you can accomplish many of the aspects to help you deal with and overcome some of the stress in your life. Going to Les Arcs, either by yourself or with someone you trust will give you some distance from your stressors. You will get a different perspective from what has been leading to your problems.

Actually taking a short skiing break anytime is good for the soul – even when you are not super stressed. Here are five good reasons why you should consider a mid week break in Outdoor Holidays.

Get Exercise in more ways than One

Les Arcs in the French Alps is a great place to get some fresh air and exercise. Obviously skiing and snowboarding are the main focus of the resort but there are other ways to enjoy the alpine air. The resorts themselves are all vehicle free so you can walk everywhere in peace and quiet.

Choose to stay in one of the many places where you can ski in, ski out for maximum access to the lifts and to the pistes. The modern chalets at Arc 1950 are specifically designed so you can do this with ease. However the apartments for the other Les Arcs resorts usually have easy access as well. Check on that detail before you book.

The groomed pistes are far and vast with many suitable for all levels of skier. Les Arcs ski area is a wide high hanging valley between two ridges with Les Arcs 1600 and LesArcs 1800 on one side, Les Arcs 1950 and Les Arcs 2000 on the other. They are all part of the aptly named Paradiski area with stunning scenery looking out to Mont Blanc, all part of the High Savoy area of the French Alps

The Mille8 Recreation Centre was completed in 2016 to offer extra après ski activities with fun and games for individuals and groups. It has services for a restaurant, snack bar, dance floor, facility centre golf simulator among other things.

There are plenty of paths though the nearby forest and you can enjoy the wilderness and quiet with sturdy footwear or snow shoes. You might even spend a night in the Les Arcs Igloo with a 400m2 ice cave for you to chill out. There is an ice cave, igloo bar, dance floor and you can even spend the night on an ice bed after a sumptuous meal. The views from the terrace offer an uninterrupted view of the Aiguille Rouge.

Rest well and often

Les Arcs was built for skier and nature lovers from a concept that began in the late 1960’s. They were innovative in their original conception. The original apartments are currently undergoing renovation to ensure the original ethic of working with nature and what skiers need to enjoy the mountains are kept to the forefront of any designs. One feature that won’t change are the raised balconies that allow light to flood inside and give expansive views of the mountains.

Originally designed for sleeping and essentially eating breakfast, people now expect to spend more time in their accommodation. It is common to self cater or at least return for lunch on certain days of your ski trip so kitchens and living areas are being redesigned for convenience. If you only feel like skiing for half a day, it is very easy to return to you lodging for some extra rest and snooze on the balcony with a book.

However there are plenty of restaurants serving authentic High Savoy food which is definitely more “comfort” style than “rabbit salad”. Indulge in rich cheese fondue, raclette washed down with good local white wine.

Spa facilities are available at various complexes and at the swimming pool so you can go for a swim to stretch tired muscles and follow it up with a relaxing massage to soothe away aches and anxiety.

Go home Refreshed and Reinvigorated

At the end of you short break to Les Arcs you will have that mountain tan across you face and walk with a lighter step. Perhaps you will have had some time for introspection and contemplation on your stress and its causes. Even if the stress has not disappeared you may have found new ways to cope and have made plans to reduce its influence. Les Arcs will be waiting for your next visit.

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Related post:  Learning To Ski In Tyrol

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Untraditional Ways to Make Money for Your Slow Travel http://outdoorholiday.com/2017/02/untraditional-ways-money-slow-travel/ Wed, 15 Feb 2017 07:49:29 +0000 http://outdoorholiday.com/?p=1147 Travel frees the spirit. It can bring you and your family closer together. It educates in ways that schools just can’t. However, making the decision to just pack up your family (or even just yourself) and go with the winds can be a big and intimidating one to make. It’s scary to quit or take long periods of time off of a standard job. But traveling smart doesn’t have to be scary or mean that you’re broke. All you have to do is find a way to make money while you travel. Having a portable trade is one of the most freeing things you can do in life. It allows you to earn the money you need while you live a life that suits you.

Writing

Using websites such as iWriter and Textbroker can be a great way to earn cash online. With low minimum weekly payouts and a star rating system that allows you to earn the money that you deserve from the articles you write. Both weekly payout content creation sites are a great and easy way to earn a steady, mobile income.

There are several websites that you can sign up for, almost uniformly for free and with standard grammar tests for admittance. You can also use free toolbar add-ons such as ‘Grammarly’ to help improve your grammar and cut down on edits.

Party and Event Entertainment

It may be surprising to consider, but those magic tricks you learned as a kid and the balloon animals that you enjoyed whenever the carnivals would come to town are great mobile ways to earn cash while you travel. With rates that start on the very cheap end of $50 (USD)/hour, and expected rates of $100 – $150 per hour, you can easily fund not only your travel expenses but your vacation fun as well.

 

Though getting certifications in these fields is optional, it is in no way required, and oftentimes a simple DIY website or ad on CraigsList can get you booked through the weekend.

Fiverr

If you don’t feel you have any sort of specific talent, you can try your hand at Fiverr. On Fiverr, you can sell a variety of items and services. You can even offer tiers or upgrades. Typically, your basic service or product will be (as the name suggests) five dollars.

You can sell anything from random trinkets to workout instructional videos, custom artwork to rare items. There is almost nothing you can’t find or offer on Fiverr.

Kickstarter

Though maybe not the most guaranteed source of income, some people have found success in funding their vacations and travels with Kick Starter. All you have to do is find a great gimmick to go along with what you’re already wanting to do. If you’re willing to put in the work to do daily or weekly updates and come up with reward tiers, this can be a great way to make money while you travel.

Whatever way you choose to make money throughout your travels, you might want to start off using a title loan. You can get a decent amount of cash using a title loan, and they’re easy to pay back. You can use the money you receive as either a nut to get you started on your travels or as an emergency fund in case anything undesirable happens during your journey. Traveling on a budget is an amazing experience and it’s worth every moment you spend working freelance to achieve it.

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Related post:  Budget Ski Holiday Tips

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Top Hidden Gold Coast Destinations for Your Bucket List http://outdoorholiday.com/2017/01/top-hidden-gold-coast-destinations-bucket-list/ Wed, 18 Jan 2017 09:50:54 +0000 http://outdoorholiday.com/?p=1142 Every year, thousands of tourists flock the Gold Coast’s great weather. Most visitors choose to stay where the action is – the beaten road as some might say. While every location in Gold Coast is a gem on its own, in this article we’ll line up some lesser-known (yet wonderful) locations to visit across the city.

What’s even better, these spots are rarely packed with tourists and provide a unique day out from the typical theme park experience everyone loves doing. Book a car hire in Gold Coast and go behind the wheel for some brand new, less travelled by parts of Gold Coast.

Coombabah Lakelands Conservation Area

This area is home to more than 1200 hectares of protected wetland, salt marsh, Eucalypt forest, and mangrove swamp habitat- a perfect destination for nature lovers! An awesome spot for short walks, animal spotting, bird watching, and plant identification. You can appreciate an ecologically significant area since Lake Coombabah and its estuarine system are vital coastal wetlands as well as migratory water bird habitats for the Gold Coast. You can get here through Shelter Road in the southern access and Rain Tree Glen in the western access.

Tallebudgera Creek

This fantastic swimming spot is just right for everyone looking to swim in peace. There are secret coves around the creek as well as Burleigh headland.

Found on the eastern side of the Gold Coast Highway bridge is a cove that can be easily accessed from the headland. It offers a perfect spot for swimming, sunbaking or a picnic. It’s mostly calm enough to take a pool floaty or even do some paddle boarding. The surf is never far away for those who want to be more adventurous.

Tallebudgera Creek

Picnic Rock

Nestled in the Green Mountains of Lamington National Park. This park is awesome not only because it is located in the world heritage listed rainforests, it also has magnificent views that few can match. Masses seldom go here since it requires a short 3.5k scenic walk through the rainforest. The Picnic Rock itself provides the only seating. Drive to O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat and take the Border Track, which is opposite the Retreat until you see the turn off to Elabana Falls and Picnic Rock. Now walk until you arrive at the Picnic Rock.

Creek Falls and Rock Pools

This haven is discreetly tucked away behind a vanguard of natural greenery. The falls are often missed by people who head to the hinterland for day trips and main attractions. There are two main picnic areas with plenty of room as well as waterfalls that are just 10 minutes away. The waterfalls are spectacular throughout the year and the gorge scenery is mind-blowing. Get here by taking Mt. Tamborine Road, turn off onto Cedar Creek Falls Road. This ends at the parking area.

Natural Bridge

Believe me, this will be one of the highlights of your Gold Coast travel. You can find your own secret spots away from the tourist by visiting the Natural Bridge, a most unusual geological feature which is created over millions of years by water tumbling down the roof of a basalt cave. The cave is also a home to an amazing colony of glow-worms, whose lights only shine after sunset. You can go swimming, but some restrictions are in place. Take a leisurely walk track afterward and eat a wholesome picnic at the end.

There you have it! A couple of hidden Gold Coast destinations to add to your bucket list! Jot it down now and start planning your trip with your travel buddies. Have fun!

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Related post:   5 Beaches That Will Blow Your Mind

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Why Skydiving Should be on Your Bucket List http://outdoorholiday.com/2017/01/skydiving-bucket-list/ Sun, 15 Jan 2017 18:09:35 +0000 http://outdoorholiday.com/?p=1138 This article explains why you should definitely put skydiving on your bucket list.

Do you have a bucket list? If not then you should – it will make you braver, bolder and more likely to achieve those goals and focus on getting the most out of your life. Go on – dare to dream!

Many of us have a secret wish to do something really bold and brave, but put it to the back of our minds because we tell ourselves its out of our reach. For example, did you ever think you could go skydiving? Maybe it seems like an unattainable wish that only Bear Grylls type characters can do. In fact, you can easily achieve all the thrills of this fantastic experience by visiting the centre for indoor skydiving in Milton Keynes

So, why should skydiving be on your bucket list? Here are 4 essential reasons to give it a go:

1. Resist Gravity

You’ll experience the awesome feeling of weightlessness, defying gravity as your body learns to maneuver in the air-stream. Coached and supported by fully trained and experienced staff, you’ll learn to carry out a range of maneuvers in the wind tunnel, moving up and down, forwards, backwards, sideways and turning. The experience is equal to that of true skydiving, without the need to jump from a plane! Indoor skydiving is floating on air without a parachute or anything to hold you in place, using your own weight and body movements to steer and soar like a superhero.

2. Enjoy the Thrill

Skydiving gives you a uniquely exhilarating thrill, a sensation that will creep back into your mind during more down to earth days reminding you of your achievement of a life goal. You may well find that you become a rather braver, bolder person when your feet touch the ground and are less nervous about tackling new adventures and experiences.

3. Overcome the Impossible

It’s fun. You’ll find it’s impossible not to smile while you’re in the air, even though the wind may give you something of a ‘G-force’ expression! Research has shown that stress is bad for our health, so anything that lifts your spirits is definitely good for you. Go on – unwind and let yourself live a little. The flight chamber is fully equipped with cameras, so you can have photographs and video to remind you of the great time you had.

4. Challenge Yourself

Suitable for children from 4 up and open to those with injuries or disabilities, indoor skydiving gives those of all ages and abilities a unique thrill and the possibility of doing something active and exciting in a safe and controlled environment. You’ll be supported throughout, with pre-flight training and the opportunity to watch others from the viewing gallery. The instructors love what they do and take great pride in ensuring everyone’s experience is memorable and fun. Indoor skydiving Milton Keynes makes a great present for young and old alike.

So add skydiving to your bucket list: you’ll find it’s an achievable goal that will give you fun, laughter, pride and take your breath away all at the same time.

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Related post: Outdoor Travel News: Top Outdoor Activities in Portugal

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Outdoor Travel News: Top Outdoor Activities in Portugal http://outdoorholiday.com/2017/01/outdoor-travel-news-top-outdoor-activities-in-portugal/ Wed, 04 Jan 2017 14:29:41 +0000 http://outdoorholiday.com/?p=1133 Portugal is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire world. This nation boasts of temperate Mediterranean climate, rich heritage as well as bounty of beautiful beaches that will impress you on the first date. You can experience the culture of the people of Lisbon and well as relax on the beaches during your free time. This part of the world has so many outdoor activities that will keep you entertained and occupied throughout your stay there. Here are the Top six outdoor activities in Portugal:

1. Play golf

If you enjoy golf then Portugal is the first destination you should tour during the vacation. This country has some many golf courses where you can take part in the game with other travelers with great love of this game. San Lorenzo, Oport Golf Club, Monte Rio, Oitavos Dunes Oceanico (old) and Troia are among the leading golf courses that will make the vacation worth your money. A golf holiday in Portugal is definitely a must.

2. 4X4 adventure in Albufeira

This special adventure presents you with an amazing opportunity to explore different parts of Portugal with other travelers from various corners of the world. The freedom of riding in a superb 4×4 automobile will leave you with memories that will last for a lifetime. Discover the beauty of Portugal by taking a ride on a guided expedition with world class vehicle alongside some of your friends or family members during the holiday season.

3. Scuba Dive in Azores

There is no better you can make your holiday fulfilling and uniting than taking your family for scuba diving in Azores. You can dive and night on the rocky, sandy and mixed seabeds. The potential of this region can be defined as endless. It has different spots to take care of the needs of different levels of experiences. Whether you have ever taken part in scuba diving or not, Azores has something that will impress you in the long run. The next time you think about scuba diving ensure that you do not ignore Azores.

4. Kayak and Snorkel trip in Lagos

Thousands of travelers are ever heading to Lagos town because of the endless list of outdoor activities there. Kayaking and snorkeling allows you to explore different areas including caves as well as deserted beaches. You can use this opportunity to discover the hidden cliffs and other physical features in this area.

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5. Shark Fishing from Vilamoura

You have been seeing people fishing sharks in movies. Now it is time to do it. Vilamoura provides travelers with endless spots for shark fishing. Make this holiday memorable by going fishing with your family.

6. Caves and Dolphin watching cruise in Albufeira

Dolphins are among the most attractive sea creatures. Albufeira has thousands of dolphins. Cave and dolphin watching are among the activities that have kept attracting tourists to Albufeira over years.

In conclusion, Portugal is a leading tourist destination. There are various outdoor as well as indoor activities that travelers can take part in while there. Some of the leading outdoor activities that will make your vacation one of a kind include shark fishing, snorkeling, cave and dolphin watching among others.

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Great Reasons Why ESTA is Your Best choice for a USA Visa Application http://outdoorholiday.com/2016/11/great-reasons-why-esta-is-your-best-choice-for-a-usa-visa-application/ Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:19:02 +0000 http://outdoorholiday.com/?p=1126 Traveling to or through the USA is  a great holiday option but some people are put off by the US visa system. There is no need to be, although the USA does have some visa options that require lengthy forms and embassy contacts, they also have The Visa Waiver Program (VWP) for 38 countries including most of Europe, Australasia, and Canada. This visa waiver is valid for two years and is for stays in the US of up to 90 days. The good news is that the application process is online and very simple. It is implemented through the ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorization) automated system. The best way to set up your visa waiver is through ESTA, which offers great service and support for a number of reasons. We listed five of these reasons below:


Personal Information Security

Many of us still worry about sharing personal and confidential information online and we should all be aware of the possibilities of online fraud. By using the ESTA-ONLINE secure system to make your application, you can guarantee that your data will be stored on a secure server, only used to complete your application and never shared with outside agencies as far as it is well known ever.

ESTA USA Applications from Home 

One of the best things about the ESTA visa waiver system is that you don’t have to leave home to complete any part of your application. The ESTA-ONLINE’s helpful and professional team will guide you easily through your online application with no visits or phone calls to embassies or other agencies necessary. The streamlined process is easy and involves completing an online form and answering a set of questions. Any technical terms are explained clearly with examples on the esta-online website and the team is available online to guide you.

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Professional Help and Support

Completing online forms for something as important as a visa might seem a bit daunting. With ESTA-ONLINE, there is no need to worry,all of their staff are professionally trained experts and will be on hand to help you through the application process should you need them.They also have a wide range of explanations and information available on their website including ‘ESTA Basics’, ‘Common ESTA Questions’ and ‘The ESTA Application Form’.  

Expedited ESTA Application Options

Even if you are in a hurry to travel, you will still need an ESTA or visa waiver if you are traveling through or to the USA. Agents from ESTA-ONLINE start work on your application in a time-saving manner as soon as it has been made but usually recommend applying at least three working days before you intend to travel. You don’t need to know your travel dates to make your application so apply well in advance if you can. If you have extreme circumstances and need to travel immediately, ESTA-ONLINE offer an expedited application service.

High ESTA Application Approval Rate

One of the biggest worries about any  visa application is whether or not it will be approved. If your ESTA visa waiver application is not approved, you may still be able to travel but you will need to contact an embassy to sort out a different type of visa. If you are in doubt about your eligibility it is recommended that you allow enough additional time for an embassy based visa application. Our agents take the bulk of the approval worry for you and will monitor the progress of your application. Once there is a result, they will feed this back to you. Your visa waiver will either be ‘Authorization Approved’, Authorization Pending’ or ‘Authorization Not Approved’. Applications from ESTA-ONLINE have an approval rate of over 95%. They are so confident about their advice and processes that they offer a 100% refund if your application is not approved.

We hope that these answers have allayed some of your worries about the USA visa waiver program. The ESTA process is a quick and simple one for those of you who are traveling for pleasure or business. Before you apply, check that your country of residence is eligible for the visa waiver program and remember that certain categories of travel such as press, visa or residency applications cannot be processed online in this way. For these applications you should apply directly to the US government office.  If you are still not sure how this all work after reading this, go into the  descriptive site which brings the latest information available.

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8 Exciting Outdoor Nature Trails in France http://outdoorholiday.com/2016/10/8-exciting-outdoor-nature-trails-in-france/ Sun, 09 Oct 2016 10:00:41 +0000 http://outdoorholiday.com/?p=1118 There is a whole lot of exciting things to do and see in France when it comes to great outdoor adventures. France is a country of natural beauty and has a large variety of outdoor sites, which are worth exploring. The country has numerous attractive lakes, amazing natural beaches and a plethora of waterways and rivers. France has taken immense measures to conserve a lot of its natural beauty and it has a lot of natural parks and reserves, from the valleys and peaks of the Pyrenees to the wetlands of the Camargue. Besides the lovely nature, side of this country is also very romantic and is an ideal gateway for couples wishing to spend some time together. Affordable flights to the country such as flights from London to Paris make it even easier to travel to the country and enjoy the lovely natural beauty the country has to offer. Here is a list of eight exciting nature trails in the country:

  1. The great nature walk at the Cirque de Gavarnie

The Cirque de Gavarnie is located in the amazing National Park of the Pyrenees Mountains and is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site. The great nature walk has incredible scenery, with a magnificent 3,000-meter tall glacier encompassing the valley, making it appear as a cathedral in nature. In addition, there are many rushing waterfalls, which add to the splendor of the valley

  1. Tour Du Mount Blanc

At an altitude of 4,810 meters, Mount Blanc is among the world’s most stunning nature sites and is the highest peak in Europe. The Tour du Mont Blanc is a hiking system trail that covers 170 kilometers of the legendary mountain, with various different commencing points including Chamonix, Les Houches and Courmayeur. All trails have mountain huts along the route where hikers can break to rest and obtain refreshments.

Mount Blanc

Mount Blanc

  1. GR20 Trail in Corsica

The famous GR20 hiking trail in Corsica is among the toughest most legendary and long-distance hikes in Europe. The sun-drenched route passes through the beautiful island of Corsica from northern side to the south, covering wild gorges and a landscape of rugged hillsides. The famous path is popular with experienced hikers and it is recommended that only those that have been well trained should attempt the hike. However, the effort is satisfied with fantastic scenery and panoramic views.

  1. Hikes in the Luberon Mountains

The Luberon national park has numerous walking paths and walking trails in between its medieval historic towns and hilltop villages. A superb short hike is from Gordes to Rousilion. Start by exploring the ancient hilltop village of Gordes, regarded as among the loveliest villages in France and then walk a ten-kilometer hike along picturesque roads to get to Roussillon.

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Luberon Mountains

  1. The Nietzsche path from Eze Village to Eze beach

The Nietzsche path is among the most attractive trails in France and offers a challenging hillside hike alongside impressive seaside panoramas. Shaded by olive trails and oaks, the path overlooks the Saint-Jean Cap Ferrat peninsula and the Mediterranean coastline in the distance. On a clear day, you can even see all the way to the island of Corsica and the coastline of Italy. The hike takes approximately one and a half hours and winds up at the shores of Eze-sur-Mer, a lovely seaside area with hotels, restaurants, beaches and cafés.

  1. Hikes through Farmlands and forests in the Bearn mountains

The ancient Béarn region is a peaceful rural area of rolling mountains and hills approximately 40 kilometers from Lourdes. It is a lush mountainous region of ravines, deeply wooded groves, rushing waterfalls and crystal-clear rivers. Lovely hiking trails wind around across the valleys and forests.

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Bearn mountains

  1. Baie de Somme

Situated in Normandy, Baie De Somme is a lovely seaside landscape which has marshes, logoons and sand dunes. History buffs will love following the ‘Circuit of Remberance’ which locates sites of the WWI wars and nature lovers will be grateful for the refreshing coastal scenery. People take a commemorative tour known as circuit of Remberance.

  1. Coastal walk in Bassin d’Archachon

The Bassin d’Arcachon is an unspoiled nature spot in southwest France. The Arcachon Bay is a tranquil seaside retreat, which has 7 kilometers of lovely sandy beaches, the biggest marina on the Atlantic Ocean and fishing piers. You get to enjoy a rejuvenating coastal walk. The region is also a marshland nature which has a 7.5-mile trail. This picturesque pedestrian path is an ideal place for bird watching.

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Bassin d’Archachon

There are affordable flights from Edinburgh to Paris and from other destinations making it easier to travel and enjoy the great outdoor in France.

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