Roaming Around A Pure Planet
I’m All About Healthy Eating, Exercise, Green Living & Responsible Travel
If you’re into one or all of the above, we’re going to get along real well.
I’ve been roaming our planet for just over 28 years and whilst I’ve seen some amazing things, had some incredible experiences and made lots of special friends, my bucket list is forever getting longer.
When I’m not doing yoga, meditating on the beach, in transit or hunting out the healthiest places to eat in far-flung destinations like Thailand, Peru and India, you can find me writing about all of the above.
I do hope you can take something positive away from my blog and my hope is to connect with you all at some point should our paths cross.
It can be hard to know what you should do first when arriving in to a foreign country (other than finding your accommodation of course). Now, I have been in many different countries on my travels across the globe, so I have devised some tips that you may find useful, that definitely helped me out. Below listed are some things for you to consider when you first arrive into a new location.
Avoid the Currency Exchange at Airports:
If you have not stocked up on local currency, or simply need additional funds, avoid Currency Exchange services at all costs. As long as you have informed your bank of your intentions to travel to the location you are in, you should be able to use ATMs, which will allow you access to local currency at much better rates.
Get a Feel For the Area Around Your Accommodation:
Try and spend a few hours exploring the streets and side roads around your accommodation to get a feel for things. You will be spending a lot of time walking around here, from heading out to get food, to just simple things like shopping or hitting up the beach. Try and find out if your accommodation is served by public transport, or is at least near a public transport stop. You will also be able to avoid less desirable areas far easier.
How Long Do You Intend to Stay In Your Location?
If you intend on staying in a location for a considerable period of time, it may be worthwhile to open a bank account in the country you have chosen to visit. Similarly, it may make better financial sense to start hunting for reasonable rental accommodation, rather than paying for hotels and hostels.
Intending to Drive Abroad?
If you intend on driving in the location of your choosing, check the local traffic regulations first. I learned the hard way that my home licence was not valid in some locations, or needed to be exchanged for local licences in others. Making this mistake – driving under the assumption you have the right to do so, could lead you into considerable trouble with local law enforcement. You will also need to ensure that your level of cover for insurance is sufficient for that country (and indeed valid in the first place).
Try & Obtain Internet Access:
One of the first things I do when getting into a foreign country is getting access to the internet. Even just to let loved ones know that you have arrived safely into the country, having internet access is very important. It will also allow you to research local sights, order food and plot paths with Street View. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how useful the internet is however, so I’ll drop it!
Armed with these ideas, you will be able to settle into your new location with ease. Best of luck with your travels!
Hi again! As you know, I love to eat healthily. However, sometimes this is more challenging to achieve.
And when heading out on a backpacking adventure, it is very easy to simply through some very unhealthy food options into your bag and continue on.
It does not have to be like this however! There are some ways you can ensure that you get a wholesome, and importantly, filling meal, while out on your expedition.
Don’t Skip Out On Breakfast!
This might seem like a no brainer to some of you reading this, but you would be surprised at the amount of people who just skip breakfast. It has been said a billion times that breakfast is the most important part of the day when it comes to eating, so make sure to eat well!
I like to choose slow burning carbs, things like oatmeal, so that I will feel fuller for longer, and will have more energy throughout the day.
Add in a little fruit or yogurt if you are not a big fan of the bland taste of porridge. Even small additions such as honey can make a huge improvement to the taste, and energy levels you will benefit from.
Visit Local Grocers for the Freshest Produce:
If you are intending on bringing along some items to eat while out and about, make sure they are the freshest. Avoid big chain stores where possible, and visit local grocers.
They will not only really appreciate your business, but can provide you with the freshest produce possible. That can’t always be said from the faceless chain stores!
Packing things like bananas & nuts in your bag are both healthy and very tasty, providing you with essential vitamins, oils and nutrients.
Don’t Forget Water!
Something that may also seem like a no brainer is, packing water. And I mean water, not sodas or fruit juices!
Nothing can hydrate you better, despite marketing slogans and advertisements. A water bottle is reusable, so make sure to pack some water purification tablets with you too.
They take up next to no room hardly in your pack, and can be a literal life saver. They are also inexpensive, and you will be doing your little bit for the planet, by reusing your bottle.
Avoid Junk Food:
Where ever possible, try and eat real food. Junk food will fill you up temporarily, but will leave you feeling sluggish, with a literal nasty taste in your mouth. Try and pack things that have plenty of fibre to help keep you full.
If you want to bring snacks, dried fruits, nuts or even protein bars (if you want something sweet) are great choices, and again, will not take up your entire bag.
There we have it – simple huh? By using a little common sense in your packing choices, you too can eat healthily while backpacking. You will feel much better as a result, without the sugar hangover.
If you are anything like me, knowing what to pack when heading off on the latest adventure can be a real challenge. In my case, only with experience came the answers to what are essential items, and what can be left behind. Strategically speaking, packing the right things in your bag or backpack can mean all the difference to your journey. I have listed below some items I have found essential on my travels, and hopefully will be of assistance to you also on your journeys around our incredible planet.
First Aid Kit:
Something you should always have in your bag or backpack is a first aid kit. Now, I’m not talking about something huge here. A few basic items can make an adequate first aid kit, should you be unlucky enough to require it. Band aids, burn, bite and antiseptic creams, small bandage wraps – these kinds of things can be put together into a small kit that will not take up much room in your precious storage area.
A small kit will be sufficient should you get caught short in the wilds (in the main anyhow, unless you have a serious accident!), and more comprehensive kits can usually be found on site in hotels / hostels etc.
An LED Torch:
LED torches are inexpensive and cast much better light, ideal for when daylight begins to dwindle. A lot of foreign countries are not as well serviced with public lighting as you may be used to, so a small LED torch is something that is essential to me.
Needing no explanation really, earplugs should be in everyone’s travel kit, even for the flight over!
A Clothes Line:
You will find that you need to wash your clothing quite regularly, and trying to dry your clothes by draping them over towel rails is very ineffective (as I have learned the hard way!). A small, elasticated clothes line, with hooks either end, will be far more effective. You can use these anywhere you can find anchor points to attach the line to, from balconies to over the bath tub.
Swizz Army Knife:
Even the Astronauts carry these, and I’ve found that a Swizz Army knife can be an essential tool, especially when heading out into remote areas of exploration. You’ll never know what you might encounter, so having one of these gives you a better chance (by far) of overcoming any obstacle that may be in your path.
Zip Lock Bags:
Another item that won’t take up much room, but can be a real god send in certain predicaments, is zip lock bags. From leaky items, to separating dry and wet items of clothing, you’ll be glad you’ve got these in the bag!
You’ll be surprised just how useful super glue can be when travelling. From fixing broken shoe soles to fixing issues with your bag, super glue has a thousand uses.
That’s just a small few examples of my essential travel items.
On occasion while on my travels across the world, I have visited locations that warranted longer stays, and not wanting to miss sunsets and other visual delights, I would choose to camp out overnight.
It is hard to beat seeing an epic sunset before settling down to a campfire, under a blanket of twinkling stars. I’ve learned however, that there are some things you can do to make the overnight adventure a bit easier.
Hopefully these will be of some help to you too.
Pack a LifeStraw:
There is only so much water one can bring on a trip, and if you run out, you are in for some bad times! And if your camping decision is an impromptu one, then it is easy to get caught short.
It is for this reason that I always pack a LifeStraw in my backpack. Inexpensive and compact, a LifeStraw (or any other brand of similar device) will allow you to get a nice drink of water from sources that you may not be sure of, quality wise.
While LifeStraw will remove impurities and bacteria, keep in mind, you still will be unable to drink salt water through this – an easy mistake to make!
Create Ambient Light Easy:
Lights from torches can be sufficient, but these are designed to be directed beams of light, and sometimes, you need a more ambient source of light.
All you need is a clear water jug and a light source (even the camera flash on your mobile device will suffice). Attach the light source to the side of the water jug and voila! You now have ambient light!
Keeping Bugs Away:
Bug repellent can be very effective to keep unwanted nasties away from your camp area, but often times, these sprays are far from ideal to carry about with you.
The solution? Carry a little Sage with you. Toss this into your campfire, and bugs will stay away!
Coffee Drinker? Here’s how you can Enjoy Coffee Easily!
If you are like me, a nice hot coffee at the end of a long day is the perfect way to relax. But brewing coffee at a campfire is not very easily done.
Luckily, there is a way! Simply take enough grounds to make a single cup, and place them into a coffee filter. Tie the top of with some unflavoured dental floss.
Now all you have to do is place the filter into a cup, as you would with a teabag, and leave to brew to your desired strength.
Use Cotton Pads As Fire Starters:
Nothing can be as frustrating while out camping, then trying to get a fire going. Especially as the light starts to dwindle, and your tummy begins to rumble.
However, soak cotton pads in a little wax, and these will burn for ages, enabling you to get your fire started with ease.
Armed with these ideas, you will be able to just get on with enjoying that sunset!