Manchester might be a shopping haven that’s also known for its great music scene and lively nightlife, but if you travel further away from the city center, you’ll notice that it has much more to offer beyond the metropolis. Thrill seekers and outdoorsy people will be happy to know that there are loads of activities in and around Manchester that will quench their thirst for adventure.
Do you ever have to moments where you look back and think “I actually did that?!”
Yeah, me too.
I’m interested in hearing what some of your most breathtaking, thrilling, and stunning moments have been while traveling. Share your stories in the comments below! I’m so excited to read and learn how crazy you all are.
For some inspiration, here are 15 things I still can’t believe I’ve done.
Iceland is like a nature IMAX film on steroids that is also the supermodel of life’s landscapes.
It is simply stunning, almost to a point where I forgot I was actually living. It’s where that 200ft waterfall to your left is suddenly goes unnoticed because it probably doesn’t even have a name on the scale of “Icelandic Coolness”. Where my phone is turned off and even when I had the option of Wi-Fi, I never considered connecting to it…and that’s saying a lot for a blogger, whose job kind of depends on internet.
The Ring Road is a single highway that circles the entire country of Iceland. It spans 830 miles and encompasses fjords, volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers, craters, more waterfalls, black sand beaches, sheep, deep valleys, northern lights, and a couple more waterfalls. Travelers typically spend anywhere from 5-15 days adventuring the route. However, 3 months is not enough time to stop for everything along the way. If you’re considering this journey, prepare for a couple heartbreaks for the stops you wanted to make, but had to dismiss due to time.
For my journey, I spent 6 days on the ring road with my boyfriend and a group of 4 strangers. On a rainy Monday morning, we took off; heading clockwise with one car and one camper van-to begin one hell of an adventure.Continue Reading
This summer I have managed to spend around 150 hours in the car on weekends alone. Gee wiz.
I recently calculated that, and realized I am lucky car sickness doesn’t run in my family.
Just last weekend I went and camped on South Manitou Island, which is located in the middle of Lake Michigan. It was my first time there and damn was it a good trip. My favorite part had to be exploring an old shipwreck from 1960. A piece of the freighter sticks out above the water (pictured above) and if you gaze inside, you’ll see the hundreds of spiders that call it home.
I have had a fantastic summer. I can’t wait to write stories, share them with you, and hear of your epic summer adventures.
Now, summer is not over, but this week I’m leaving it behind to travel to the land of fire & ice…Iceland! The forecast is showing rain (joy) with temperatures well below my summer average (double joy). However, that weather is not at all uncommon in Iceland, and shall not damage the epicness it holds! Bring on the waterfalls, mountains, fjords, glaciers, adventures and horse-meat burgers.
1) Rewards don’t come easily
We hike miles for hours, days, and weeks to summit high points, discover new places, and reach destinations. We choose not to experience the world from the scenic car pull offs, and that is why we remember these moments. A reward is something given in return of effort. Although a backpacker’s reward is normally not physical, it is something far more valuable.
2) Take each day with a stride
For us, it is a literal stride. Thousands of them a day, over creeks and crevasses. We cannot look at the final destination too soon, if we do we will feel nothing but frustration. Taking small steps leads to big places. It allows us to understand that in the natural world, there is no such thing as cars or computers. We simply take one step further to get one step closer.
Yes, it’s true…America’s southwest is full of tour buses, selfie sticks, crowded parking lots and heat strokes. Why would anyone want to visit such a place?
Because it’s really freaking beautiful, duh.
And just like any other destination around the world, tourists can be avoided if you get up, do some research, and leave the car pull-offs for the rest of the crowds.
The southwest is covered in National Parks. My first piece of advice is this: if you plan on visiting, don’t plan on being lazy. Did you know almost 80% of visitors to American National Parks stray no further than 400ft from their vehicle the entire time?…WTF.
If you’re reading my blog, it’s probably because you like adventures and rocks and caterpillars and other outdoorsy things. So please, for the love of all things good, don’t be part of the majority.
You’re my last hope, guys.
I am completely aware that attempting to stay under budget on vacation is a real pain. However, over the years I’ve learned that it is a lot easier than expected. Finding out the most convenient and efficient ways to save money on the road will allow for more future travels and less current vacation regrets. Every time I arrive back home and find out I stayed hundreds of dollars below my budget, I realize that I’m already ahead of the game for my next trip. I think it’s safe to say it’s always a moment of silent internal dancing and an external fist pumping.
Truth is, we all travel differently and we all have to find our saving groove. I’m still perfecting and revamping the art of budget travel every day.
We are normally exposed to travel through magazines and TV shows, which showcase the most luxurious and exotic locations that can cost thousands of dollars per person for a single week. If you follow me regularly, you know I tend to challenge and call extreme bullshit on those vacations. There is always a way to make traveling affordable and still enjoyable.