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The 7 Most Scenic National Parks To Go Camping in the U.S

It has been a rough time for travel lovers due to COVID-19. Most places have been closed, a lot of travel restrictions which make traveling a little bit complicated. 

Yes, travel might be complicated, but you know what? You can still find a way to move around and create different experiences like taking coast to coast road trip exploring beautiful sights in the U.S and camping in some amazing National Parks in the country.

Even though you have been the U.S, or live in the U.S  there is a big chance you have not been in every place. You will be amazed by how many places you didn’t know they exist, so this will be a good time to buckle up and grab your camping gear and explore some of the beautiful places that we think are must-see and camping in the U.S, keep in mind some of this places might be closed or have restrictions due to COVID-19.

Big Bend National Park, Texas

green and brown mountains under white clouds during daytime

Big Bend  National Park has four camping grounds that provide drinking water access, restroom facilities, and full RV hookup.

In addition to that, there are a lot of activities you can do in the park such as canoeing, kayaking, and rafting.  If you are a nature lover this is the place for you there are trails, mountains, and river landscapes. 

Acadia National Park, Maine

green trees near body of water during daytime

The Acadia Park has three campgrounds, two are located on Mount Desert Island, and another one is located on the Schoodic Peninsula.

The campgrounds are very busy, so the reservations are highly recommended. The park has 32,000 miles of rivers and streams, 6,000 lakes and ponds, and 17 million acres of forest.

While you are there you can enjoy a beautiful view of natural beauty.

Ozark National Forest, Arkansas

forest with tall and green trees during daytime

Ozark National Forest has many campgrounds choices, you can choose to camp along the lake or river or even on the mountain.

Some of the campgrounds provide hot shower and there are tons of developed campgrounds. At Ozark National, Forests you will find beaches, acres of lakes, streams, and hiking trails. 

There is also a fee for camping, the fees vary from $4- $10 per night. But if you are camping at the developed campground there is no fee for day use.

 

Glacier National Park, Montana

white and blue boat on water near green trees and mountain during daytime

 

There are 13 campgrounds in this beautiful park, but there is the only one called Fish Creek is open due to  COVID-19. There are camping fees that vary between $10-$23 dollars per night during the summer season.

Camping is not the only thing you can do at Glacier National Park, there is a lot to experience such as alpine meadows, spectacular lakes, Glacier’s pristine forests, and rugged mountains.

Don’t forget the amazing scenic mountain road  Going to the sun road in the Rocky Mountains. This park is hiker’s paradise with over 700 miles of trails for adventurous visitors seeking wilderness and solitude the famous Going-to-the-Sun Road.

Carlsbad Caverns  National Park,  New Mexico

green grass on brown stone formation

Carlsbad Cavern National Park is one of the kind, there are a lot of things to do, such as guided and unguided cave tours where you can have different experiences like bat flight viewing. Also, there are some surface ranger programs, wildlife observations, and Educational Seminars.

Camping is allowed but there are more restrictions compare to other parks. First is permitted only in some parts of the backcountry area. All backcountry users are required to obtain a free backcountry use permit at the Visitor Center. Vehicle or RV camping is prohibited and no open fire is allowed 

 

Crater Lake National Park, Oregon

green pine trees near snow covered mountain during daytime

A hike and camping at Crater Lake National Park will be an experience of a lifetime. You’ll see the water so blue that reveals new wonders of the deepest lake in America. 

The park is surrounded by cliffs that are almost 2,000 feet high and boasting a picturesque island a violent volcanic past.

Crater lake National Park has two developed campgrounds, Mazama Campground, which has 214 sites for tents and RVs. The second one is  Lost Creek Campground which has  16 sites for tents no RVs. Both are open only in the summer.

Haleakala National Park, Hawaii

waterfalls surrounded with tall and green trees during daytime

At the  Haleakala National Park, there are a lot of experiences to explore. You can choose to see a glimpse of a rare native bird, enjoy breezes through the bamboo forest, hiking on a volcanic landscape, or have a hands-on experience with Hawaiian culture.

Haleakala National Park offers two car-accessible campgrounds  Kīpahulu and Hosmer Grove and no permits or reservations are required. The park is home to a large Wilderness Area with a variety of backpacking experiences available.

 

 

 

 

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How to sustain a healthy lifestyle even during business trips.

Business travel can be a productive, enjoyable, and even exciting experience. The time

you spend doing business in other locations expands your business reach and scope and

broadens you as a person as well.

 

Getting skilled at business travel is a solid business

goal because there are skills related to business travel and being productive on the road

that is impossible to learn if you don’t get out there and travel.

 

Many of the skills associated with business travel have to do with how to live

productively on the road. This is especially important if you find yourself on a lengthy

business trip.

 

The life of moving in and out of hotels, traveling by car or airplane, and the

stresses of the work can wear down even the most robust and experienced business

traveler.  Maintaining a healthy diet while traveling for business is a serious challenge and one that really can only be accomplished with some serious planning.

You will inevitably find yourself eating in a lot of restaurants on the road and that kind of food does not lend itself

to a diet that is designed for weight loss or for a diet, you must maintain for Health

Reasons. Here are the simple steps you can sustain a healthy lifestyle

Communicate your desires

people seated on table in room

The first but biggest step forward to achieving diet goals while traveling is to

communicate your desires to your traveling companions. In a business setting, there is

often a lot of encouragement to eat and drink well.

 

Everybody is on the expense account so it is easy to overdo it. But if you let your coworkers and clients know you

have compelling reasons to maintain a disciplined diet, most of the time they will respect that and find ways to help

you be successful.

Don’t depend on restaurants for your meal

people sitting on chair during daytime

Another trick of business travel is not to depend on restaurants for your meals entirely. If

you can get out to a market early in the trip and purchase some fresh fruit and vegetables,

you can prepare some healthy food in your room to fill you up and keep you on track.

 

Then if you find that you must eat in a restaurant to discuss business with coworkers or

build relationships with the client, your appetite will be low so you can get by on much

less.

 

You can also be a voice for moderation in the selection of eating establishments for your

meals. Obviously, fast food is not going to be a good choice for you. So if there is

A discussion about where to stop, you can vote for a place that serves a good variety of

meal choices including some healthy choice menu options. In that way, if you must eat in

a restaurant, you can find items to order that can be prepared in accordance with your diet

needs.

By doing this, you will be surprised how many allies you will find both in your travel associates and with those you

are doing business with at your destination who have diet goals but have not been successful because of the

temptations of life on the road.

Your open statement of intent to stick to your diet in spite of the rigors of business travel can be a

tremendous inspiration to them. Moreover, by building partnerships in your intent to live healthy, it is entirely

possible to take your business to a healthy restaurant or deli and allow the rest of the party to go to a place of their

liking. As long as this is done without animosity, everybody wins.

Avoid Alcohol and Snacks

people toasting wine glasses

Avoiding alcohol and snacks can be a huge challenge on the road as well. Very often in a

seminar setting or during a long day of discussions, the host company or office will

provide cookies or other snacks to help the meeting go well by keeping everybody’s

blood sugar up.

These snacks are going to be hard to resist. One way to help yourself in

that situation is to be prepared with your own snacks in your handbag to bring out to

substitute for the unhealthy food being provided.

 

Be Active

man running during daytime

While on a business trip you don’t want to go to your business meeting, eat, sleep. You can do some moderate

exercise like walking, yoga, etc. Nowadays most hotels have fitness facilities/gym, swimming pool, etc. You can

spend  15-30 minutes doing some exercise. If you are not a gym person you can swim or take a little walk to keep you

active and fit.

By thinking ahead about your diet needs and how you will provide for yourself while traveling, it is possible to

sustain a healthy lifestyle even during business trips.

By supplementing these steps with exercise and rest, you may find that your weather the trip much better than those

who abuse their bodies and find yourself more productive as a business person as well because you made the effort to

eat well on the road.

 

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Best Places for Nature Lovers

According to research, it reveals that environments can play a huge role in increasing or reducing our stress. What we are seeing, hearing, experiencing at any moment it impacts our moods.

That’s why being in nature, or even viewing scenes of nature, reduces anger, fear, and stress and keep us calm. Exposure to nature not only makes you feel better emotionally, but it also contributes to your physical wellbeing.  All in all, nature heals,   restores, and soothes.

If you are ready to experience the beauty of nature or to relieve some stress especially during this time, we found some of the best places for the nature lover you might want to visit sometime. 

1. Vatnajökull, Iceland

waterfalls surrounded with rocky mountains

Vatnajökull is the largest glacier in Iceland and it’s also the largest glacier mass in Europe. It covers an area of roughly 3127 sq. miles and 32014.7 sq. miles.

Vatnajökull is home to the largest national park in Europe which covers 13% of Iceland.  It has magnificent surroundings with a stunning variety of landscape features, shaped by nature’s mightiest forces.

2. Kenai Fjords, Alaska

snow covered mountain under white clouds

The best place to enjoy nature in Alaska is  Kenai Fjords, National Park. This is a national park located in the state of  Alaska in the United States.

The park covers an area of 1,046.9 sq miles on the Kenai Peninsula in south-central Alaska, near the town of Seward. This glacial wonderland features stunning scenery, incredible wildlife, and aquatic adventures.

3. Serengeti, Tanzania

brown and black giraffe standing on brown sand during daytime

The Serengeti National Park is located in the Serengeti ecosystem in Tanzania.  The park is famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million wildebeest and 250,000 zebra. Serengeti National Park is one of those rare destinations that allow you to enter and enjoy truly wild landscapes. 

4. Iguazú, Brazil/Argentina

waterfalls under blue sky during daytime

Located on the border of  Argentina and Brazil, Iguazú falls is considered to be the most beautiful waterfall in the world. The falls are also shared by the Iguazú National Park on Argentina side and Iguaçu National Park in Brazil side.

These two parks were designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the 1980s. The Iguazu National Park is also the home to many species of animals and flora that create an important natural ecosystem in Latin America.

5.  Fuji Hakone Izu, Japan

orange and gray pagoda

The home to the iconic Mount Fuji,  Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park is an isolated and majestic volcanic peak. While visiting here you can explore timeless forests,  lava caves, and bathe in hot springs.

Another amazing thing you can do is swimming with dolphins. Fuji-Hakone -Izu is a nature lovers paradise that has a lot to offer such as a stunning view of Mount Fuji,   Owakudani, also known as the great boiling valley of sulfurous vents.

The rugged cliffs of the Jogasaki Coast, the striking waters of Shiraito Falls, and numerous natural charms of the Izu Islands.

6. Triglav, Slovenia

woman in red shirt walking in forest

Triglav  National Park is the best place to explore unspoiled nature in Slovenia, this place is well known for its natural attractions.

The park is named after   Slovenia’s tallest mountain. Triglav National Park has magnificent views from green Alpine valleys, babbling brooks, the tall peaks and lakes that reflect the blue sky, don’t forget a huge diversity of flora and fauna.

This is Slovenia’s largest protected area and only national park.  

7. Sarek, Sweden

scenry of mountain

The best place to enjoy the beauty of nature in this part of Sweden is Sarek National Park. Home of the six of Sweden’s thirteen highest mountains and also has 100 glaciers.

Here you can enjoy the views of torturous delta landscape, and high alpine area while walking in deep, long narrow valleys passing wild turbulent waters. 

8. Khao Sok, Thailand

green trees near brown huts

When you are in South Thailand the best place to experience the beauty of nature is Khao Sok National Park. Khao Sok, it’s well known for its rainforest with a great diversity of plants and wildlife.

It is one of the few national parks in  Thailand that be easily accessible by public transportation. You can see the amazing  Cheow Lan Lake and beautiful raft houses spread over it. Also, don’t forget the iconic limestone hills, waterfalls, trails, caves, and rivers.

9. Gran Paradiso, Italy

green trees near river under blue sky during daytime

Do you want to see the beauty of nature in Italy? the Gran Paradiso National Park is the place to be. Located in the south-west of the Valle d’Aosta region of north-west Italy.

The Gran Paradiso National Park has magnificent landscapes and woodlands, stunning mountain, valley scenery that are interrupted by glaciers.

10. Oulanka, Finland

 

The best place to experience nature in Finland is Oulanka National Park. The Oulanka National Park is located in the Northern Ostrobothnia and Lapland regions of Finland, It borders the Paanajärvi National Park in Russia.

Oualnka is known for its rich natural diversity and high cliffs that give way to mires and soft sandy beaches to lush forests.

 

 

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Packing Tips For Overseas Hiking Trip

So you’ve arranged your overseas hiking trip, you got your itinerary, booked your accommodation you are excited and ready to go right?

Well, before you leave, there are still a lot of things to check, and one of those is the valuables you packed. Most professional adventure hikers often pay great attention to the things they brought on the trip.

This consideration perhaps stems from the fact that the things you have in hand can affect the outcome of your adventure trip.

For instance, the absence of a very important document will determine not only the degree of your excitement but more on the way you prepare.

It will even determine how ready you are for the trip and in turn, will show how successful your trip is. Since you are considering the overseas adventure the more that you need to pay attention to your personal possessions.

So what’s the solution for this? Simple! Learn how to pack your things properly  and  here are some packing tips:

 

Limit Your Luggage

gray and black backpack on top of cliff

It’s very necessary to limit your luggage as much as possible. Note that you will be traveling overseas and attending to your valuables all the time will not be an easy task.

So before you leave from home for your overseas adventure, try to limit your luggage to one-two medium-sized pieces. Use a medium-sized suitcase or a backpack for convenience.

Also, combine containers if possible, but make sure that things you packed will be useful for your overseas adventure trip.

Finally, make sure that you pack light. It is important to keep in mind that on your trip, you will need to keep an eye and carry your luggage at different times.

So to make everything easy for you, make sure that you can carry your valuables if certain situations call for it.

 

What to Bring

flat lay photography of person holding pen in front of world map

One very important thing that every overseas adventure traveler should not miss is the passport. Passport is required, so check it and make sure that you have it.

Also, bring shoes that are sturdy enough to carry possible foot challenges you might encounter. Experts often suggest heavy-duty walking shoes or light-weight hiking shoes for walkers.

For those who love to cycle, you should bring good trail running shoes and cycling shoes, but make sure that you are comfortable with it.

Pack the clothes you need. Note that you will be spending days and nights on your overseas trip so don’t forget to bring a wind jacket, sweatshirt, or a cotton sweater as you might be spending nights outdoors.

Also bring lightweight and fast-drying clothes as although you hope you for great weather, certain periods of the month don’t always cooperate.

There are some places out there that run the chance of cooler weather and even occasional shower, so be ready for that.

You can also pack other miscellaneous items such as safety gear, like helmets for cyclists, first aid kit, a camera, a small pocket knife, flashlight, sunglasses, reading, and writing materials, portable chargers for your electronic gadgets and other valuable items. 

Don’t forget, one more important thing to fully enjoy your overseas adventure trip is to leave your worries at home.

 

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The 12 Best Hiking Places Around the World

Where are the best hiking places around the world?

That’s the question and this article has the answers you have been waiting for. If you prefer adventurous long walks or being on the mountain’s edge buckle and get your walking gear ready because we are giving you the list of the best hiking places around the world from the Americas to Australia its a guarantee one of these places will be on your bucket list if not all of them.

1. Hiking Tour du Mont Blanc in Switzerland, Italy, and France.

Cable Lines On The Mountain

 

The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the most popular hiking places, long-distance walks in Europe. It goes around  Mont Blanc massif, covering   110 miles and passes through parts of Switzerland, Italy, and France.

The  TMB route goes the counter-clockwise direction that means it is a circular route and it normally walks in 11 days. TMB is one of the best hiking experiences one can get because there’s a lot to enjoy when you are hiking here.

You will travel through three different countries, pass through several mountains, and enjoy the most dramatic views of nature and glaciers of these three countries of Switzerland, Italy, and France.

It is also the route of an annual mountain marathon, which is something else you can enjoy.

2. Hiking Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

group of people walking on street

Located in  Tanzania, Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world.

There are 10 different routes in the Mt Kilimanjaro trail. Those routes are Machame, Rongai, Lemosho, Marangu, Shira, Umbwe, Northern Circuit, Crater camp, Western breach, and  Mount Meru. 

The distance on hiking depends on which route you take and usually takes 5-9 days to complete the trail. For instance, if you take the Lemosho route the minimum days to finish are 6 days.

The good thing about this route is it is considered to be the most beautiful route due to its amazing scenery on various sides of the mountain.

Lemosho route has been many people’s favorite routes because of its low traffic, and scenic views.  If you take the classic oldest Marang route it will take you a minimum of 5 days.

Most people like this route because it is considered to be the easiest,  because of its gradual slope. It is also the only route that offers sleeping huts in dormitory-style accommodations, compared to other routes you have to make tents or camping.

3. Hiking Trolltunga in Norway

aerial photography of river under white sky

Trolltunga hike located in Norway is one of the best hikes in the world and one of the most magnificent cliffs in Norway, situated about 1,100 meters above sea level.

The hike in  Trolltunga can take  8-12 hours return trip with a total distance of  17.40 miles. While there you need to take safety precautions because Trolltunga is surrounded by steep cliffs and there are no fences.

Trolltunga has hiking season which is June 1st to  September 30th starting before 8 A.M and guided hiking is recommended. The next season is October 1st to May 30th  this is for guided hiking only.

4. Hiking Preikestolen in Norway

group of people on mountain cliff

If you did watch Mission Impossible -Fall out, you will have a little bit of an idea on how this place looks like, most of the scenes of this movie was shot in this area.

Preikestolen is a steep cliff tourist attraction located in Norway.  The 3.7 miles hike starts at the mountain lodge Preikestolen Fjellstue and takes 4 hours. Hiking in Preikelston is an experience of a lifetime.

There is an option to combine the hike with a fjord cruise or join a guided tour at night or off the beaten track.

5. Hiking The Appalachian Trail in U.S.A

green and brown trees

The Appalachian Trail is the longest hiking-only footpath in the world, measuring roughly 2,190 miles in length. The Trail travels through fourteen states along the crests and valleys of the Appalachian Mountain Range.

The trail starts from  Springer Mountain, Georgia, to  Katahdin, Maine.  This long journey will pass through these states  Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Completing the entire trail needs time and commitment because it can take 5-7 months. You can choose where to start, from Georgia(Northbound) which is very popular and crowded or you can start from Maine(southbound) which is known to be most challenging. Another option you can start from somewhere in the middle is known as flip flops.

6. Hiking Tongariro Alpine Crossings in New Zealand

two man climbing mountain

Tongariro  Alpine  Crossing is located in New Zealand’s oldest national park called The Tongariro National Park. Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered to be a world-renowned trek.

The trail is  12 miles long and it takes 6 to 8 hours to complete.  Tongariro  Alpine Crossing has dramatic awe-inspiring natural scenery,  unique landforms, including the volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro, and Ruapehu.

The best time to complete the trail will be summertime in   New Zealand which is  December to March. If you want to go during winter around  June to October you will need special skills and a lot of preparation to complete the trail.

This is due to increased risks from snow, ice, avalanche terrain, and sub-zero temperatures.

7. Hiking Indus Valley Trek in India

tents near mountain under white sky

Located in the Himalaya Ladakh region, close to the borders of Pakistan, Afghanistan, and China, the Indus Valley trek is one of the most popular hiking routes in India.

This place incorporates the regions of Skardu, Leh,  and vast glacial icefields that reach into China. The length of this trek depends on the route you take, but on average, you can expect to hike around 42 miles and can take around 10-11 days to complete.

You will be able to enjoy the existence of the spectacular natural vista and steep valleys. The best time to go hike in the Indus Valley is between June to mid-October.

This is when the region has a stable temperature of 68-86°F during the daytime. If you go after October you will experience cold winds and snow that may block some of the higher routes and during that time most tour operators do not offer guided hikes.

8. Hiking Lares Trek in Peru

brown horse on brown field during daytime

The Lares Trek is a 2-3  high-altitude hike in Cusco, Peru, the trek starts near the village Lares, approximately 40 miles north of Cusco and 35 miles east of Machu Picchu.

The trail can be completed as a standalone or be incorporated with a visit to Machu Picchu. This trail is considered to be an alternative to the classic Inca Trail because it is a lot quieter than Inca Trail. 

The route is also known for being easier than the Inca Trail in that one doesn’t need to deal with as many steps.

9. Hiking Inca Trail in Peru

machu picchu Peru

 

Hiking in the Inca trail is one of the most popular things to do in South America. It’s also one of the world’s most famous hikes.

The hike itself is one of the life experiences that allows you to see ancient narrow paths,  explore the Peruvian countryside, and reach the top of the Andean mountains. 

You will also see perfect Incan ruins, cloud forest, and majestic valley views, and don’t forget in the end you will get to the iconic Machu Picchu. The Inca trail is  26 miles and it takes 3-4 days to complete.

10. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Hiking Trails in Uganda

people taking photo in middle of woods during daytimr

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Hiking Trails is a totally different hiking experience. Located in Uganda, Bwindi  Impenetrable Forest it’s known for its mountain gorillas.

There are five different day-trails that take  5 to 8 hours to complete. This means the  Hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest can take one day or can stay overnight and continue the next day down to scenic Lake Mutanda. There is a lot to see while in these trails such as gorillas, different birds, and animal species.  

11. Hiking Schynige Platte Panorama in Switzerland

green mountain at daytime

Schynige Platte Panorama Trail is a 4 miles heavily trafficked loop trail located near Interlaken, Bern, Switzerland that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. 

When hiking at Schynige Platte you get a chance to enjoy the amazing scenery, diverse landscape that offers stunning panoramic views of the Bernese Alps.

12. Hiking Lake Sorapis(Lago di Sorapis) in Italy

pine trees beside calm body of water

Lake Sorapis is one of the most beautiful excursions in the Dolomites Italy.   The lake is famous for its intense color, in hues ranging from light blue to turquoise. 

Lake Sorapis trail is 8.7 miles long and takes 4 hours to complete.  You will enjoy the beautiful Dolomite’s views while walking in the amazing forest path and a few narrow ledges. 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Best Train Rides Around the World

Have you been thinking about the best train vacations lately?

See, when making a traveling arrangement, we often use flights or cars. We usually jump on the internet and look for flight deals or check if we can rent a car and drive to our destination and sometimes we check if we can catch a bus. But there is one type of transportation that we don’t pay attention to, which is trains! 

There are many people who have not to catch a train due to different reasons. Some people think the train takes too long to get to its destination. 

Some people live where there are no railway stations. One thing I know for sure is,  taking a trip by train is a great way to get an intimate view of a place.

Railways usually pass where roads cannot pass. Trains can take you over bridges, along the base of the mountains, or next to the ocean without being distracted with traffic jams, etc.

Are you wondering what are the best train rides in the world? There are a lot of them, but depending on your liking you might find one is better than the other one.

All in all, many of the train trips will provide you with breathtaking views, scenery, and cultural landmarks. After doing some little research, we were able to find the best train rides in the world. 

Some of these rides can take a day and some can take more than two days.  But one thing is certain, you will enjoy the ride.

1. The Trans-Siberian Railway

The Trans-Siberian railway is the world’s longest train ride at 6,850 miles. Its route starts from Moscow, the capital of Russia to the city of  Vladivostok, a Russian city that borders China and North Korea.

In other words, we can say the route starts from the western end of Russia to its eastern coast. This is a fascinating trip that will make you cross 2 continents and 8 timezones. 

Trans-Siberian route crosses over the Ural Mountains and through the Siberian forest.  This eight days trip takes you to different landmarks including the magnificent 3227-foot-long bridge that crosses the River Ob at Novosibirsk, the Kremlin Fortress in Kazan, and the breathtaking blue waters of Lake Baikal. Lake Baikal is the world’s largest freshwater lake by volume.

2. TranzAlpine Train – New Zealand

TranzAlpine is one of the world’s great train journeys for scenery. The train operates on the South Island of New Zealand and gives you the most dramatic landscape.  

This train trip is 139 miles one-way and takes almost five hours. There are 16 tunnels and four viaducts, with the Staircase Viaduct being 75  246 ft high.  The trip starts in Christchurch and ends in Greymouth.

The TranzAlpine travels northwest through the fertile fields of the Canterbury Plains alongside the Waimakariri River. Then it goes up into the mountains, where it crosses the mighty Staircase Viaduct.

While on the trip you will be able to see the snow-capped mountains of Arthur’s Pass National Park and pass through the west coast’s subtropical rainforests.

When you reach  Greymouth which is the destination,  you will be able to explore this historic former gold mining town.

3. Glacier Express Train – Switzerland

red train on focus photography

The Glacier Express train connects railway stations of the two major mountain resorts of Zermatt and St. Moritz via Andermatt in the central Swiss Alps. 

The term “express” does not mean it’s a high-speed train, actually, the Glacier Express is known as the slowest express train in the world.  A trip with the  Glacier is the most relaxing way to enjoy the stunning scenery of the Swiss Alps.

Starting from Zermatt, this day-long trip covers a staggering 91 tunnels and 291 bridges as it rolls past southern Switzerland’s alpine meadows, pristine mountain lakes, and picture-perfect hamlets.

While on this trip you will reach  Oberalp Pass, the highest point on the ride at 6706 feet. Also, you can see the famous Landwasser Viaduct, a magnificent six-arch structure standing 200 feet and plunging into a tunnel cut straight into the mountainside.

4.Rovos Rail’s Namibia Safari Train – South Africa

The Rovos rail’s Namibia safari is a train ride to die for. This luxury train safari starts at the Capital Park Station in Pretoria and travels via the historically interesting town of Kimberley, the home to the Big Hole and the site of one of the World’s greatest diamond rushes.

The trip takes 9 days and it is 2112 miles long. In this trip, you will be able to see the open lands of South Africa’s Highveld, to the cool Atlantic Ocean in Namibia. You will come across the arid yet starkly beautiful Northern Cape and on to the border post of Ariamsvlei, which takes you into Namibia.

Enjoy an excursion to the famed Fish River Canyon the second only in size to the Grand Canyon. The train then continues to the north, through the edge of the Kalahari, to Namibia’s capital, Windhoek. Here you get the chance to go on a short tour of this small, yet charming city, with its German colonial history. 

5.The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express -Italy

brown and black train on rail

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is a privately-run train. The train has a 24 hours long trip from  Venice, Italy to  London, UK. The trip passes through other European cities such as Paris, France, and  Verona, Italy, and runs roughly once a week from March to November.

While on this trip you will enjoy the wonderful and amazing scenery of Italy, This journey on Venice Simplon-Orient Express travels north from Verona, up through Lichtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and then to England.

During the day the scenery is spectacular, passing through valleys dotted with chalets leading to the soaring mountains of the breath-taking Italian Dolomites, going through the Brenner Pass, and then the Austrian valleys again dotted with chalets against the amazing mountain back-drop.

6. The Flåm Railway – Norway

green train on rail tracks during daytime

The Flåm Railway is one of the most beautiful train rides in the world, one of the leading tourist attractions in Norway and one of Europe’s steepest rail routes.

The train runs from the end of Aurlandsfjord, a tributary of the Sognefjord, up to the high mountains at Myrdal station. The trip shows the finest aspects of the stunning scenery of Western Norway.

This is an hour-long trip, the railway rises 2831 feet from its starting point in the tiny village of Flåm in the Sognefjord.

While you are on this trip you will pass by deep ravines, cascading waterfalls, and towering peaks to the mountaintop station of Myrdal.

The Flåm Railway is gorgeous in the summertime but it’s magical during wintertime when a blanket of snow turns the trip into a winter wonderland.

7. Golden Eagle Danube Express – Central Europe and Transylvania

The Golden Eagle Danube starts from  Istanbul, Turkey to  Prague, Czech Republic. It’s an epic 2000 mile which takes a 14-day long.

With this trip you will cross an incredible eight countries, the Golden Eagle Danube Express is the best way to see Europe in style and includes stops in some of the continent’s most beautiful cities.

The train starts in Istanbul and travels north via the Carpathian Mountains and into Transylvania, past Bran Castle also known as ‘Dracula’s Castle’. Continues travels through Hungary, Slovakia, Austria, and Poland before arriving in beautiful Prague.

8.The Ghan – Australia

The Ghan trip starts from   Adelaide to Darwin a total distance of almost 1851 miles. The trip takes 54 hours and has a four-hour stopover in Alice Springs.

The Ghan offers travelers the opportunity to experience the vast landscape in pure luxury, it passes directly through Australia’s fiery red center.

In this trip, you will see the tropical coast of the Northern Territory via the red-hued rocks of the MacDonnell Ranges and onto the fertile plains of South Australia.

A trip on The Ghan also features off-train excursions, including a leisurely boat tour of Nitmiluk Gorge and a trip to the quirky desert town of Alice Springs.

9. Rocky Mountaineer’s First Passage to the West – Canada

If you want adventure in the Canadian Rockies this train will give you just that.  This trip takes you to stunning mountain towns with stays in Banff and Lake Louise.

The train trips start in Vancouver and end in  Banff, covering the beautiful scenery of southern British Columbia. The  Rocky Mountaineer’s First Passage to the West is one of the most scenic train rides in the world.

While on the trip you will be able to see breathtaking sights such as the wild waters of Fraser Canyon’s Hell’s Gate and steep tracks running alongside the Thompson River on top of that enjoying the comfort of luxurious carriages.

You will stay overnight in the lakeside city of Kamloops before they rise over the stunning, snow-capped peaks of the Canadian Rockies and arrive at beautiful Banff.

10. West Highland Line, Glasgow to Mallaig – Scotland

The West Highland Line starts from Glasgow to Fort William, the largest town in the West Highlands of Scotland, and onwards to Mallaig, a tiny fishing port and terminal for the ferry to Armadale on the Isle of Skye.

This train is an excellent way to experience the country’s wild, western coast. The West Highland line takes you through  Scotland’s most diverse scenery. 

The urban landscape quickly succumbs to verdant glens and tranquil lochs once the train leaves  Glasgow.  The train will pass through the remote wilderness of Rannoch Moor before skirting the towering Ben Nevis and touching down in Fort William. 

If you are a Harry Potter fan you will like this trip more because while you are on, it switches direction and moves westward, and passes along the Glenfinnan Viaduct that featured in the Harry Potter film series. Then after that, it will arrive in  Mallaig. 

11. Belmond Hiram Bingham – Peru

Belmond Hiram Bingham is a luxury train operating day return trip from  Cuzco to  Machu Picchu, Peru. The train travels through some of Peru’s most romantic scenery and ends at the amazing  Machu Picchu and is a once-in-a-lifetime luxury train trip.

The Belmond Hiram Bingham crosses over the Sacred Valley of the Incas, a stunning valley formed by the winding Urubamba River. It also passes through the tiny village of Ollantaytambo.

The best part of this trip it’s where it ends, Machu Picchu. Machu Picchu is a famous landmark, an ancient Inca citadel and UNESCO World Heritage Site set high in the Andes Mountains.

Beaches, Culture, Gateway, Lifestyle, Travel, Travel Adventures, Vacation,

15 Secluded Beaches In The U.S

Have you been searching for secluded beaches near me lately?

For more than two months people have been on stay home orders. During this time most businesses were close except essential businesses and some people are working from home. Recently many states and countries have lifted the stay hame order and some businesses starting to operate as usual.

 As we all know summer is almost here and one of the things people like to do is to go to the beach. Most beaches are open too, we saw a crowded beach in Daytona during the memorial weekend, for some people it was scary because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

So what can you do if you want to take a little beach vacation but you still want to practice social distancing? Luckily, there are many secret beaches to be found in the  U.S, places that you might never hear about it or you don’t even know exists. These beaches are affordable and do not require staying at an exclusive private resort etc.

Some of these destinations may not be easy to reach, but gives you a peaceful and pristine beach experience, far from the crowds. Here are some best-secluded and quiet  beaches in the U.S

Carova Beach, North Carolina

Close-up Photo of Shore

Carova Beach is the northernmost Outer Banks community and is only accessible by the unpaved beach. You will not find paved roads, you will drive mostly in sand dunes which will give you a wonderful experience. 

A four-wheel-drive vehicle is highly recommended when visiting Carova beach. Carova beach requires a  parking permit from the Friday before Memorial Day until  Labor Day. 

Covert Park Beach, Michigan

foot prints on the beach during daytime

 

Covert Park Beach located farther north of lake Michigan shorelines. The beach has placid waters and an undisturbed sandy strip. There is a campground at the park which adds value to the area.  A parking permit is required for visitors.

Cumberland Island Beach, Georgia

photography of seashore during sunset

 

You will need to catch a ferry to get to this  Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island.  You can enjoy your day rest on the sand dunes watching wild horses roaming or explore old Spanish mission ruins and 19th-century homes. Or, just relax by the surf. It’s a paradise for a beachgoer who just wants to connect with nature.

Duck Beach, North Carolina

brown rock formation beside body of water during daytime

This North Carolina gem can be found in the Outer Banks between Currituck Sound and the Atlantic Ocean. An unspoiled beach destination, Duck offers adventure and relaxation. Visitors will find clean waters and beaches, maritime forests, wetlands, and dunescapes.

Dry Tortugas, Florida

gray lighthouse near trees and sea

Dry Tortugas National Park is actually one of the country’s least-visited national parks. One can argue maybe because its difficult to get there.

The Dry Tortugas beach is only accessible by boat or plane. Its magnificent pristine, blue waters, and white sands it’s all worth the hustle of getting there.

There is a lot to enjoy when you get there such as its picturesque blue waters, superlative coral reefs, and marine life, the vast assortment of birdlife that frequents the area. It’s also the home of magnificent Fort Jefferson.

Dyer Prince Beach, Massachusetts

photo of sea waves

This beach with hidden pathways in Eastham shores small with calm waters,  but tidal flats stretch out quite far during low tide.

Dyer Prince is perfect for quality time with family and friends or when you need a break from a busy life and you just want to strategize yourself.

When you are looking for secluded, uncrowded beaches   Dyer Prince Beach is your best-hidden beach. Parking is limited but I’m sure there are some alternatives.

Fort Morgan Beach, Alabama

guard house near body of water

 

Fort Morgan is a relaxing getaway to a beautiful beach on the Gulf Coast. It’s a very secluded and charming best beach vacations surrounded by the Fort Morgan stone fortress on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

It has a peaceful environment, which is void of commercial property and beach rentals, serves up a view of the Sand Island Lighthouse and ships cruising over to Mobile.

Lovers Key State Park, Florida

Couple Kissing on Beach during Golden Hour

If you are in search of secluded beaches in Florida this secluded barrier islands were once reachable only by boat. According to local stories this beach was so isolated that only lovers made the effort to seek out the hideaway.

Today the island strip is more easily accessible, but it still retains a secret feel and has become a  popular romantic destination for spectacular, beachside weddings and frequently hosts picturesque gulf-side weddings.

There are a lot of things to do in Lovers Key State Park, such as kayaking, explore the canals and lagoons.

You may also see the calm, turquoise waters broken by a dolphin’s dorsal fin or by the strike of an osprey’s talons.

Montaña de Oro State Park, California

yellow petaled flowers near body of water at daytime

The park features secluded sandy beaches, coastal plains, streams, canyons, and hills, including 1,347-foot Valencia Peak. Good for nature lovers, they will enjoy the solitude and freedom found along the park’s trails.

There are also mountain biking and equestrian trails. The best-known beach is Spooner’s Cove, across from the campground. 

There’s wildlife in the park that includes black-tailed deer and the black oystercatcher. The park also includes primitive and equestrian campsites.

It’s a nice place when you want to leave crowds and noise behind, and enjoy the quiet coastal trails that lead down to the water.

Point Sal State Beach, California

palm tree leaf near at body of water

Located in the northwestern part of Santa Barbara County, near the city of Guadalupe it’s one of the state’s most beautiful beaches, and one of the most scenic and least-visited. 

The  Point Sal includes about 80 acres and just over 1½ miles of ocean frontage. The Point Sal views will take your breath away. Lion Rock, located offshore, is an important bird-roosting site and is also used by sea lions and other marine mammals.

There are some activities that can be done while you are there such as fishing, beachcombing, hiking, nature study, photography, picnicking, and sunbathing. 

Swimming is not recommended due to extremely dangerous rip currents, occasional shark sightings, and the absence of Lifeguard service.

Roque Bluffs Beach, Maine

dock with railing near boats during day

This is one of the most secluded beaches in the U.S. It Is not well known by many people that’s why it offers you a private utopia to watch the sunrise. It’s a perfect gateway from a busy life. 

You can enjoy chilly water laps on the shores of Roque Bluffs, a half-mile stretch that shoulders Englishman Bay. There is a lot to do while you are there such as bird watching, enjoy interesting sightings at all seasons.

Bald eagles frequent the area year-round and many migrant species stopovers during spring and fall.  Also, you can be kayaking to explore both Englishman Bay and Simpson Pond.

The  Simpson pond is stocked so anglers you can fish for brook trout in the spring and brown trout through much of the summer. 

Rockport Beach, Texas

brown wooden bridge near beach

This small-town of  Rockport, Texas might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of beaches but you might change your mind when you get tome to explore Rockport beach

Rockport beach is the first Blue Wave Beach in Texas, it offers a healthy, safe, and clean environment and a lot to do activities. 

It offers clean play areas for the kids and a saltwater lagoon for swimming. There are several neighboring piers that offer fishing opportunities. 

Salt Creek Beach, California

five birds flying on the sea

The popular beach park located in Dana Point, California, it features amenities such as a half-court basketball court, beach volleyball,  and offers opportunities for surfing, swimming, and fishing.

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean, the beach serves up brag-worthy views, and the sandy strip is large enough space not to worry about sharing elbow space.

Sandbridge Beach, Virginia

brown wooden dock on body of water during daytime

Sandbridge Beach is a short drive south of the Oceanfront District, It is a secluded beach hideaway of pristine sand dunes and dancing sea oats.

It is a relaxing and peaceful community where you can truly slow down and unwind on your vacation. You can enjoy the view of the Atlantic which never fails to entertain. 

Also, it is a good place for outdoor lovers, they can enjoy kayaking, hiking, fishing and many more. 

Sunset Beach,  North Carolina

birds in flight from pier over cean

Located in the southern-most Brunswick Islands beach, its the best place when you want to gateway from the crowd. Sunset Beach was recently included on National Geographic’s list of 21 Best Beaches In The World, It has beautiful nature and offers amazing breathtaking views.

While there you can also enjoy the stunning  Bird Island Reserve, which features pristine sandy white beaches, high natural dunes, and tidal creeks. 

You can take uninterrupted evening walks by boardwalks or biking and surfing in the waters. If you are not into those kinds of activities you can collect shells while reconnecting with the natural world and enjoying nature.

 

 

 

 

 

Business, Lifestyle,

What to Consider Before You Book Your Next Flight or Hotel

As things are trying to get back to normal, many people are considering to resume the plans they have for  2020.  Before the COVI-19 Pandemic, people had vacation plans, wedding plans, honeymoons, etc all have been postponed. Not only that we have seen the been seen the cancellation of big events such as the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, UEFA finals in Istanbul, Essence Festival in New Orleans, and many more. Everybody is looking forward to returning to their normal life. 

travel is good for the soul

Businesses have been eager to get back to business, finally, some businesses have are starting to operate with some restrictions hopefully everything will go back to normal and we will not have to worry about the pandemic any more.

Since businesses are starting to reopen, the questions travelers ask themselves is this the right time to make vacation plans, or is it the right time to book flights, hotels, or cruises. As we can see right now, flight fares are at an all-time low. There have been several good deals on flights which are very tempting.

But one can still ask themselves will I be able to travel this is due to safety reasons and people are expecting the second wave of COVID-19. Another question is if I buy my ticket and I can’t go will I get a full refund, partial or I will lose my money.  Here are some precautions you need to take before you make any travel arrangements.

Read Cancellation Policy.

Before you start booking that flight or hotel you need to look at airline and hotel websites to check out their current change and cancellation policies.

The good thing is many airlines have created temporary policies that allow you to book new flights now through certain dates, with the ability to change and cancel them for a full refund for the next year or even more.

Also, some of them introduced new cancellation and rebooking policies to accommodate customers at this time. Keep in mind these policies are different depends on the airline.

For instance, Delta airlines are now waiving change fees and providing greater flexibility to travel using eCredits through September 30, 2022, and If you’re uncertain of future travel plans, they are recommending canceling and then rebooking once your new travel plans are confirmed.

The value of your ticket will become an eCredit for future use. This means the refund will be in terms of eCredits that you can use on Delta airlines.  

Emirates airlines will give cancellation refunds or waive rebooking fees only in these circumstances such as flight cancellation, this is when  Emirates flight is canceled for a specific date or route is suspended for a continuous period.

There is a travel ban, where there is an explicit government notification that prohibits travel from either point of journey origin or destination. The travel advisory, this is a general government advisory against non-essential travel but no travel ban.

Visa process which required visiting an embassy/consulate or mandatory quarantine at origin or destination. A situation where a  passenger is unable to reach the airport, for those countries which have a government lockdown and passengers are unable to reach the airport.

With that being said, it very important to read the policy before you jump into that deal.  As you can see each airline has a different policy one might be good to you and one may not. 

Another thing you need to consider is where are you going to buy your ticket. Are you buying straight from the airline or through a travel agency?  This makes a difference when it comes to changes and cancellation because they both have different policies when it comes to cancellation and refunds.

Airlines will not issue refunds if you bought your ticket through a travel agency, this means the airline policies will not apply to you.

young woman with traveling documents

These also apply when you want to do hotel reservations, it’s important to check their refund and cancellation policies. There have been many cases where people are not to get their full refund when they cancel the hotels or pay fees for changing dates.

For instance, Marriott will allow full changes and cancellations without charges for existing reservations for any future arrival date as long as the change or cancellation is made by June 30, 2020.

For new reservations and any future arrival date,  between now and June 30, 2020, they will allow the reservation to be changed or canceled at no charge up to 24 hours before your scheduled arrival date.

Make sure you check airlines and hotel websites before you jump into their deals so you can make the right decision and also be in control.

Be sure  about the dates

After seeing the deals floating all over the internet it’s still uncertain when can we travel again. Some people think it is not a good idea to jump on those deals or planning a trip.

But many experts are suggesting it will be good your trip dates to around June and up not below that.  According to Scott Keys of  Scott’s Cheap Flights, he advised that you should choose the deals that are at least three months in advance. 

You can still get good deals on later dates, for instance, right now there are good deals which are available until November for both domestic and international flights. 

You can choose later dates that will make you comfortable that things will be back to normal and you will be able to go on your trip, instead of early dates which your trip may not happen and then you will be forced to deal with cancellation and rebooking issues.

 

Lifestyle,

21 Best Father’s Day Gift Ideas | Birthday Gift Ideas for Dads and Grandpas

Like mother’s day, it’s uncertain if some of us will be able to spend quality time with our dads on Father’s Day this year.

It looks like a video call such as Zoom, Facetime, or  Facebook portal accompanied by gift delivery is going to be the best way to celebrate one of the important men in our life.

Since sending gifts somehow will be the important part, we want to make sure the gift is a good one. Here are 21 gifts that we think are beyond great for the dad on this special day.

1.Vetelli Hanging Toiletry Bag for Men

To buy: Amazon
These high-quality durable toiletry travel bags are perfect for dad to keep his items organized for short weekend trips or longer vacations.

They are big enough to store all his essential items and will hold up to the wear and tear of traveling.

It’s the perfect travel accessories that he can use as Toiletry Wash Bag, Travel Storage Organizers, Portable Travel Kit Organizers, Shaving Kit Bags, and much more.

 

2. Cubii Pro – Seated Under-Desk Elliptical

To buy: Amazon

Perfect gift for dads who like to stay fit. Cubii home elliptical machines are ideal for exercising at home, or office, without stressing your joints.

The Cubii Pro syncs steps, distance, and calories burnt with iPhone and Android cellphones, Fitbit smart bands, and Apple Health Kit, so you can set and track your goals and will not have an excuse, not to workout. 

Because this under-desk elliptical can be used on the couch, at your desk, even at the dining table. Unlike big ellipticals, this doesn’t make noises won’t disturb your colleagues or have you struggling to hear the TV.

3. Philips Norelco Shaver 9700

To buy: Amazon

For dads who like to shave and keep it clean, Philips Norelco Shaver 9700 is the most advanced yet. It has unique Contour Detect Technology, each shaving head independently moves in 8 directions to follow the face’s every curve.

The improved contouring helps cut up to 20 percent more hair in a single pass. Dad can choose the speed setting that best fits his skin and hair type that is;  Slow -for an, even more, skin-friendly shave. Medium -for a thorough shave and Fast -for a high powered shave.

It comes with a facial cleansing brush attachment that delivers a thoroughly deep clean while remaining gentle on the skin.  Also,  the SmartClean System allows for easy shaver maintenance.

 

4. Whiskey Etched World Globe Decanter Set with 2 Glasses in Premium Gift-Box

To buy: Amazon

Additional accessory for the home bar,  and it’s a perfect gift for dads who like Whiskey. It’s a  perfect glass container for scotch, brandy, rum, gin, liqueur, wine, juice, or any of your favorite beverages.

5. 10L0L Golf Pens with Golf Bag Holder

To buy: Amazon

Ths Golf Pens is the best choice of novelty desk gift especially golf lovers or enthusiasts dads. Get one of these golf pens and they are sure to love it. 

The golf pen holders are decorative and add a little something extra into their workspace. It is not just attractive but quite functional, holding 3 club-shaped ink pens to use and comes with a little green lawn for it to be placed on.

6. Weber 54060001 Q2200 Liquid Propane Grill

 

To buy: Amazon

For dads who like to grill this small grill will be a perfect gift. Grill a quick afternoon lunch of burgers and hotdogs, or a fish fillet for family dinner.

Preheating and cooking are fast and easy. The large grease catcher with an opening at the bottom keeps the drippings and any droppings easy to clean up. It does not rust and does not have to be seasoned.

7. Coravin Limited Edition II Advanced Wine Preservation System and Bottle Opener

To buy: Amazon

Perfect gift for wine lovers dads, The dads who love and appreciate wine. The Coravin wine system gives wine lovers the freedom to pour any wine, in any amount, without removing the cork.

When you pour wine without removing the cork, you have the freedom to drink what you love, not just the wines you have open. This system is specially designed with Teflon coated wine needle made to be gentle on your wine cork and pour wine both quickly and smoothly.

Made of sturdy zinc and filled with ultra-pure argon gas (99. 99%), Coravin capsules are designed with patented technology to ensure that no argon escapes and that nothing will spoil the taste of your wine, even after many years.

8. Screwdriver Pen Pocket Multi-Tool Kit 6 in 1 – (6 Pack) 

To buy: Amazon

Perfect gifts for handy dads or those who are into cool gadgets.  This screwdriver can function as a ballpoint pen, stylus pen, flathead screwdriver, Phillips screwdriver, level tool (bubble tool), and 4-inch pocket ruler. Yes, it does all that, It combines all your most useful functions for the ideal all in one.

Each 6 in 1 mini tool kit is made of extra strong aluminum so you can use it at home, at the office or on the road. Add it to your hand tools, home improvement supplies, or office gadgets.

The pen set can easily transform into cool tech. The stylus pen feature of these gadgets is compatible with all touch screen devices like smartphones and tablets.

The ergonomic shape allows you to easily use the stylus pen features on all of your touch screen devices comfortably.

9.Waterpik Water Flosser Electric Dental Countertop Professional Oral Irrigator For Teeth

To buy: Amazon

Perfect gift for dads who are struggling with flossing. The Waterpik Aquarius Water Flosser is the easy and most effective way to floss; it removes up to 99.9 percent of plaque and is up to 50 percent more effective than floss for improving gum health; ideal for braces, implants, and dental work.

It is clinically proven and the only Water Flosser brand to earn the American Dental Association (ADA) Seal of Acceptance. Enjoy healthier gums and brighter teeth in just 1 minute a day.

10. Made in USA KettlePizza Deluxe USA Pizza Oven Kit for Kettle Grills – Includes Stone and Metal Peel

To buy: Amazon

For the dads who like the outdoor life, the KettlePizza Deluxe USA is a pizza oven conversion kit for 18.5 and 22.5-inch charcoal kettle grills.

This product installs on top of your kettle grill transforming it into a charcoal or wood-burning pizza oven. It comes with a pizza stone and aluminum pizza peel.

The good thing about the Kettle Pizza is not just for pizza. Using pizza pans and skillets, almost any food can be cooked.

If you purchase an extra grill grate, they can be added to the top standoffs, creating a “double stack”. This will double the cooking surface of your traditional kettle grill.

11. Ring Video Doorbell Pro, with HD Video, Motion Activated Alerts, Easy Installation.

To buy: Amazon

Perfect gift for dads who like to keep the security of their home 24/7  even if they are not there. It’s home security in your hands, you can answer the door from anywhere and watch over your home in 1080HD video with Ring Video Doorbell Pro.

You’ll get mobile alerts when anyone comes to your door, so you can see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet, and PC. There is an option to customize your motion zones to focus on the most important areas of your house or yard. Easily connects to existing doorbell wiring so you’ll never have to charge a battery.

You can choose one of four complimentary faceplates to match your security to your home. Another great feature is, you can link your Ring account to Alexa for hands-free home monitoring so you’ll always know when someone’s there.

Hear announcements on your Echo devices when your doorbell is pressed, and automatically see a live view of your camera on Echo devices with a screen. Talk to visitors through compatible Echo devices, like Echo Dot or Echo Show, by simply saying “Alexa, talk to the front door.”

12. Crosley CR6019D-BR Executive Portable USB Turntable with Bluetooth

To buy: Amazon

Perfect for music lovers’ dad, It has a built-in Bluetooth receiver that lets you stream your music wirelessly to the executive’s dynamic full-range speakers. 

There is Adjustable pitch control and plays 3 speeds: 33 1/3, 45, and 78 RPM records. Built-in Full Range Stereo speakers with auxiliary input and RCA audio output and has USB enabled to connect to Windows PC or Mac.

13. Mixology Bartender Kit: 10-Piece Bar Tool Set with Stylish Mahogany Stand

To buy: Amazon

This is a perfect addition to dad’s home bar.  It has everything you need for a bar tool set with serious quality. It gives the power to whip up impressive cocktails for his guests.

Whether he is an amateur bartender or a professional cocktail mixing guru,  this Mixology&Craft’s cocktail set is a brilliant way to hit the ground running.

It comes with an elegant mahogany wood stand carefully designed to keep barware tools scratch-safe, organized, and accessible at all times. 

14. YETI Hopper Backflip 24 Soft Sided Cooler/Backpack

To buy: Amazon

Another perfect gift for dads who love the outdoor life.  It’s easy to carry because of its design. The Hopper BackFlip 24 fuses the durability of the Hopper Flip with a new, convenient-to-carry design.

Built taller and wider than its Hopper Flip counterparts, Hopper BackFlip is designed to efficiently distribute the weight of your goods, while the ergonomic shoulder straps make the journey more comfortable.

Even more, a removable chest strap and waist belt are included for added stability and security. And like the rest of the Hopper family, it promises superior cold-holding, a 100% leakproof zipper, and a tough DryHide Shell. 

It’s very good for fishing trips, picnics, and all other outdoor activities that dad might have.

15. Traeger Grills TFB57GZEO Pro Series 575 Grill, Smoker

To buy: Amazon

The best grill gift you can give to dad, make outdoor cooking easier and better tasting.  This grill helps you spend less time tending to the grill, and more time bringing family and friends together, creating a more flavorful world.

The Pro Series 575 is the latest in cooking technology utilizing WiFIRE technology that allows you to monitor and adjust your grill anytime, anywhere from the Traeger app on your smartphone.

Plus, with the brand new D2 drivetrain, the Pro Series WiFIRE-enabled pellet grills now start quicker, heat up faster, and put out better smoke quality. 

16. Breville-Nespresso USA BEC250BLK1AUC1 Nespresso Essenza Mini Espresso Machine

 

To buy: Amazon

Dads will surely enjoy this newest and smallest ever single-serve espresso maker from Nespresso by Breville, without compromising on exceptional coffee and espresso moments.

This compact espresso machine is effortlessly portable and features a sleek design and modern smooth lines, allowing it to fit into anywhere saving valuable counter space.

It creates a barista-style coffee or espresso drinks every time, in a one-touch operation and extraction system which delivers up to 19 bars of pressure.

It has an adjustable cup size with two programmable Espresso and Lungo buttons making Essenza Mini a great coffee maker for all you single serve coffee needs. You can also pour over ice to create your favorite iced coffee and iced latte drinks.

17. Kaweco Brass Sport Fountain Pen Brass 

To buy: Amazon

Best addition to dad’s fountain pen collection, this pocket fountain pen is 10.5 cm in length when closed and increases to a normal size of 13 cm with the cap on.

The high-quality brass develops a natural, individual patina over time. Due to the high weight of the model, the writing instrument presses easily on the paper by itself.

This allows for longer writing. It’s easy to carry around because it fits in most places.

18. Cooper Cooler Rapid Beverage & Wine Chiller

To buy: Amazon

This Revolutionary Cooling Systems Cooper Cooler will make a perfect gift for dads. Quickly chills room-temperature beverages for a cold, refreshing drink.

Just pour ice and water into the Cooper Cooler, select the container setting, and the cooler does the rest. A patented process chills by rotating beverages while simultaneously spraying them with ice water.

The appliance will cool a 12-ounce beverage can from 77 degrees to 43 degrees in about 1 minute. An extra chill setting chills beverages to 34 degrees.

The cooling process will not affect a drink’s taste, composition, or cause carbonated beverages to fizz and explode upon opening. 

The Cooper Cooker is great for parties, road trips, dorm rooms, and office break rooms.

19. Portable Charger Jackery Bolt 6000 mAh Power Outdoors 

To buy: Amazon

This portable charger is a perfect gift for dads on the go.  It comes in a small size which makes it easy to carry it anywhere such as a pant pocket, jeans pocket, etc.

Built-in phone cables mean no extra cables to carry or deal with cables getting tangled up.  It multitasks, this means it can charge a phone and get charged at the same time.

It comes with a USB port as well if any device with a different adapter needs charging and also has a flashlight which can be useful at times. The other best part it gets fully charged in real quick time.

20. Titleist Pro V1 Golf Balls (One Dozen)

To buy: Amazon

If dad is a golf pro or golf enthusiast, he will love this gift. These golf balls are very low long game spin and have a penetrating trajectory.  It has short game control and a very soft feel. Extraordinary distance with a consistent flight.

21. Sony MP-CD1 Portable Pico, Pocket-Sized 

To buy: Amazon

This mobile projector makes a perfect gift because it’s an ideal companion for business professionals, gamers, and movie fans.

Despite its pocket-sized design, Sony’s new MP-CD1 Mobile Projector packs a powerful ANSI 105-lumen punch for bright and dynamic pictures.

Use it with media-streaming dongles, smartphones, laptops, and gaming consoles. It’s good for business presentations, weekend parties, or outdoor events, the MP-CD1 is the go-anywhere projector you’ve always wanted.

Very super-convenient portability allows you to put on a show anywhere, anytime it weighs less than a pound. You can carry it anywhere in your briefcase, backpack, or crossbody and you’ll always be ready to make a business pitch during the day or stream a movie at night.

22.  Summit Coffee Kegerator

To buy: Modishtheme

This freestanding coffee kegerator is designed to please all coffee tastes. It includes an NSF-listed tap kit with a dual tower that lets you serve both standard “flat” iced coffee and nitro-infused cold brew from two Cornelius style kegs. It’s good for dads who love their coffee cold and those who like to switch it up sometimes. This kegerator can keep your coffee cold for a long time and the good part is it’s also good for beer. 

 

23. Admiral Kraft Beer Dispenser

To buy: Modishtheme

Perfect gift for dads who like to chill with their cold beer. This beer dispenser is an easy way to offer up cold and refreshing draft beer. Dad can enjoy the game and other activities with friends.  This beer dispenser features a stainless steel tap tower that allows you to fill pint glasses and pitchers straight from the keg.

 

24. Whynter  Elite Touch  Control Cigar Cooler  Humidor

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This  Elite Touch Control  Cigar Cooler Humidor is a perfect gift for dads who are a true cigar aficionado or casual enthusiast. An ideal cigar storage system that can help preserve cigars flavor and also protect them from pests or other harmful conditions.

 

25. Summit Built-In Wine Cellar

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For dads who like to collect wine but don’t have enough space, this Summit Built-in Wine Cellar is a perfect gift for them. This unique 6-inch width will transform the smallest place into convenient wine storage and display. Perfectly sized to complete any extra under-counter space.

 

26. Allavino Beverage Center

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Allavino Beverage Center is a perfect gift for dad’s office, game room, garage, or wherever he feels comfortable to put it. This little unit makes it easy to always have your favorite beers and sodas refreshingly cold and easily accessible. It can store up to 154 standard 12 oz cans and 42 standard beer bottles.

 

27. Studio Rovelyn Rustic Lounge Chair

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The best gift you can give dad to relax on, made with the natural raw material it makes you feel relaxed while sitting on this chair. This chair can be placed anywhere you like and will still look good and blend with the environment.

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7 Best Digital Cameras for Your Needs | 2020 National Camera Day Review

Photography is the art or practice of taking and processing photographs. One can argue that you don’t need a good camera to take a good picture. All you need is a skill or creativity intention and there is no motivation like the upcoming 2020 National Camera Day.

But do you know somehow a good camera that has brilliant functions can enhance those skills and give you an amazing photo that you want? 

Choosing the best camera can also be a hard task. Today cameras have many functions that you might or might not need.  Some people choose the camera based on functions, portability, user friendly, etc. 

So we did a little research and found some best cameras that might be good for you depending on your needs or skill levels. 

1. Best Digital Camera for Beginners: Sony A6100

 

 

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The Sony A6100

It is a  beginner-friendly camera. The functions include a 24 2MP Exmore CMOS image sensor, the latest bionz x image processor, and a front-end LSI as implemented in Sony’s full-frame cameras which combine to deliver all-round enhancements in image quality and performance across all areas of photo and video capture.

This camera has an excellent autofocus system.  The battery can be charged inside the camera, so you can use external battery packs as needed. Great portability which makes it a great all-around camera to use.  

It comes with a great app and built-in  WIFI which is also easy to navigate and make it super easy to transfer photos from the camera to your phone or any gadget you want to.

Another good function is that you can use the app on the phone to control the camera,  I think this is so amazing because it makes it easier to take solo photos, or when you want to include everybody and no one is being left out to control a camera.

With this camera, you will be able to enjoy the high-quality image shots, the superb autofocus speed, and no problems with low resolution.

Sony A6100 is not the fanciest camera but gets a job done especially for beginners.

 

2. Best Digital Camera for Kids: Olympus Tough TG-6

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Olympus Tough TG-6

This camera is not only good for kids it’s also good for adventures and those who need a sturdy point and shoot. It is waterproof, can go 50 feet deep in the water,  can also survive a drop from 7 feet, and will even resist 200 pounds of pressure. That’s why it has been considered the best camera for kids. 

A child can drop it in the bath or swimming pool, throw it down the stairs, or walls, and the TG-6 will keep working as normal. Again  TG-6 is not a toy it’s a real camera but was categorized as best for kids due to its durability, but it does get the job done. 

It’s also good for adventurers,  for those who like hiking steep mountain trails,  skiing in the wilderness. This camera has been built to endure all the extreme environments.

You can drop it, step on it, go deep underwater, or out into a freezing blizzard the  TG-6  will keep rolling shooting awesome stills and video.  

The TG-6 has the following features; High-resolution F2. 0 lens, maximum 8x zoom, true pic VIII, back-illuminated CMOS Image Sensor. 5 underwater shooting modes including underwater microscope, 3 underwater white balance modes.Image File Format: JPEG, RAW.

The variable macro system consisted of 4 macro shooting modes, magnified shooting up to 1 centimeter from the end of the lens. Waterproof (50 feet / 15 meter), dustproof, shockproof (7 feet / 2. 1 meter), crush-proof (100kgf), freezeproof (14 degree Fahrenheit/ -10 degree Celsius), anti-fog. 4K movies and Full HD 120 fps high-speed movies can be recorded.

Overall the TG-6 is a very good compact camera it takes good high-quality images, Pictures are bright and lively.   It performs well in low lights, and underwater photos are very strong.

 

3. Best Digital Camera For Travel: Sony RX100 VII

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Sony RX100 VII

Sony RX100 VII has Impressive performance and image quality. It’s good for photo enthusiasts and pros on the go due to its size and performance.  This camera has the following features; 4 K video with s log3 and Interval Shooting.

Microphone jack and vertical position data recording. Active mode image stabilization in 4K video recording and Movie Edit add on compatible. High-speed Autofocus(AF), 357 points focal plane Phase detection AF, and 425 points contrast-detection AF.

It also has up to 20 fps blackout-free shooting, using up to 60 times/sec. Af/AE calculations.The 20. 1MP 1. 0 Type stacked CMOS sensor, Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* 24 200 millimeter F2. 8 F4. 5 large aperture high magnification zoom lens

Ai is based on real-time tracking for stills and movies, and touch tracking. Real-time eye AF for human (stills and movies), and an animal (stills only)

This is a good camera that provides good images and not so complicated. It’s easy to carry because of its size, that’s why we pick it up as a travel camera or to go camera.

 

4. Best DSLR Camera: Nikon D780

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Nikon D780

 Nikon  D780 has a balanced performance, features, images quality. It’s good for anyone who still needs an optical viewfinder and marathon battery life. His camera is good at capturing fast-moving action subjects and time-lapse sequences plus the best rich 4K videos.

Thanks to  Its 51-point AF system it helps detect and tracks subjects more tenaciously. The AF system brings huge enhancements in live view shooting, with wide 273-point coverage and eye-detection. 

Not only that it offers a rich array of advanced image-making options, from improved time-lapse movies to shutter speeds of 1/8000 to 900 s, and diverse movie functions including 4K UHD/30p with HDR (HLG) support.

Combined with the effortless handling of a touch-operable LCD, the D780 lets you stay nimble, and seize every imaging opportunity. It has great ergonomic, lightweight compared to previous Nikon generations. 

5. Best Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera: Sony A7R IV

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 Sony A7RIV  

Sony A7RIV  is a class-leading resolution and fast performance camera. This camera is good professional photographers and serious enthusiasts. It’s 61 megapixels (MP) is perfect for most demanding photographers.

The evolutionary leap in image processing power and efficiency of the Sony  A7R IV combines a high-resolution 61MP back-illuminated Exmore R CMOS image sensor with impressive shooting speeds of up to 10 fps with full AF/AE tracking, as well as beautiful 4K HDR video, wide 15-stop dynamic range, and high sensitivity with area-specific noise reduction.

Sony A7R IV has the following features;  a stunning resolution from its world’s first 61MP full-frame 35 millimeters back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS Image Sensor. High speed: up to 10Fps continuous shooting at 61MP with AE/AF tracking; 26.2MP in APS C crop mode.

Fast Hybrid Autofocus with  567 Phase detection AF points and 425 contrast AF points to cover more area. Advanced subject recognition, perform real-time tracking and real-time eye AF for humans, animals, and movies. It also provides accurate color reproduction.

Provide full pixel readout without binning in super 35-millimeter mode; S log and HLG recording feature for 4K videos.  It comes with an electronic viewfinder. 

 

6. Best  Digital Camera for  Video: Panasonic Lumix GH5

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Panasonic Lumix GH5

The GH5 is a hybrid camera that can shoot both stills and videos without cutting corners. This camera is for those who put much emphasis on motion content as they do on still photos.

It is the best mirrorless camera for recording video than most camcorders and it shoots stills, too. The Lumix GH5 has the following features; a 20.3 Megapixel micro four-thirds sensor with no low pass filter to capture sharp images with a high dynamic range and artifact.

Freezeproof to 10 degrees the durable magnesium alloy body withstands heavy use in the field; Splash/dustproof construction with weather sealing on every joint, dial and button.5 axis dual image stabilization corrects all lenses, including classic lenses not equipped with O. I. S, to eliminate Blur and nearly eliminate body and lens shake in both photo and 4K video recording.

Records silky smooth 4K 60P/50P (QFHD 4K: 3840 x 2160/ MOV or MP4) video with internal 4: 2: 2 10 bit 4K video recording, Plus exclusive 6K photo and 4K post focus records photos up to 60Fps. 3.5-millimeter audio port, connect to devices with USB 3.0, an external monitor or external Recorder with a full-size HDMI port; Available Twin SD card slots (UHS-II U3 Compatible)

Lumix GH5 It’s great for photos, video, and has cool features. It has a post focus feature which is great. The other best thing you can find in this camera is high frame rate capabilities and the uncompressed video. It can be used for interviews, professional photoshoots, studio work, and music videos.

 

7. Best  Digital Camera Overall: FujiFilm X-T4

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FujiFilm X-T4

The X-T4 is a  high-performance camera. It’s good for enthusiast photographers, or anyone looking for a one-size-fits-all camera. 

This camera is the definition of elegant styling that meets high-tech performance.  X-T4 has a powerful image-making tool that offers professional photo and video functionality that can be quickly and easily accessed at the flick of a switch. X-T4 offers five-axis In-Body Image Stabilization, autofocus sensitivity down to -6EV, and Full HD/240p super slow-motion video recording.

It also provides improved AF tracking performance and enhanced battery life compared to X-T3, along with a new mechanical shutter that is capable of making images at 15 frames per second and 300,000 actuation. High-resolution movie footage can be made at DCI 4K/60p in 10-bit color, while the addition of a newly designed optional.

Vertical Battery Grip uses two extra batteries to provide nearly 2,000 still frames before needing to recharge. X-T4 is the ultimate camera for hybrid image-makers who want the versatility to make the most of their creativity.