Flight 101 have yet again caught my eye with this Spacepak Toiletry Bag @ £27 ($42)
LOOK FOR: Fold away, light weight with attached hook to hang up
IN THE BAG
Lip balm – Skin cream – Shampoo – Shower gel – Deodorant – Toothbrush/Paste – Condoms – Razor & Shaving cream – Cotton buds
Nail clippers – Hand sanitizer (think of your location) – Dental Floss – Mouthwash – Alcohol pads – Bandages - Plasters
Miniature travel bottles are available in all supermarkets
and health stores for a compact fit.
Sometimes it’s a big bite situation
One of the many taglines from our trip to New York, just before we inhaled our last breath before devouring the American sized version of bagels – please indulge yourself, too.
* Found in every other diner, along every other street in NY City. Spectacular.
Salmon Bagel Heaven
The Rheinfall waterfall gallops along with two stunning medieval castles poised over it. An array of boat trips circle the lake or you can get-up-close-and-personal to the fall. The ducks are rather lovely, too.
Get in the middle of the Rheinfall
There’s a rock right in the middle of the waterfall which you can ride up to on boat and then climb up (there are steps). It’s very cosy and the top viewing deck is about as big as my little finger.
Time: 30 minutes. Very much recommended.
Price: Sfr8 adult, Sfr4 Children.
Go around the Rheinfall
A tour around the Rhein is an easy-going way of viewing the angles of the fall and at times feeling the aftermath spray.
Time: 20 minutes. Price: Sfr6 adult, Sfr3 Children.
Note: When it rains the boats do have closed roof tops.
The Orange Train
The main reason for taking this little orange number was the rain chucking it down, but it’s worth a little go anyway at Sfr 1.90 it can take you right back to where you began (the car park).
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Fock-Affe: Fock (sail) Affe (monkey), a term given to the person jumping from one side of the boat to the other, who handles the little sail. Guess which one I was, the captain or the monkey?
45 minute setup – 1.5 hours in sail - 10 minute capsized – 20 minute recovery
Costing 7 Euros per hour,
Insurance 30 Euros for season
Although I was given a sincere promise that the boat would not turn over, it was important to know what to do if this eventually happened (which it did) and it really comes down to the simple task of swimming: fast.
My biggest fear with sailing is the boat falling upside down with me trapped in it. It turns out the few things to do during this catastrophe are:
- Ensure your belongings don’t drift far, far away
- Push the big piece of wood back into place…technical term apparently: sword (cool, eh?)
- To maintain a calm composure, naturally, whilst swimming for your life
This year’s next sporting challenge was to sail, and in Lake Constance it’s a mandatory requirement to swim the waters of this enchanting landscape. When they say ‘lake’ it appears to be a small sea, not a little enclave of water.
Highly recommended, involving lots more practical than I anticipated, although you can just sit back and cruise along in the sun once everything is in place; really rather good fun.
Note: Go on a sunny day, leave belongings in-car and take a few beers.
Fun Sailing Words
Captain Douche Bag, Boom, Jib, Fock-Affe: Fock (sail) Affe (monkey)
Burdened with the challenge of mixing a feminine outlook with the practicalities of a good hike? Me too, but this can be simple, you just need to note the basics.
Extra’s: pashmina & hat
Walking trainers. The boots are chunky and hot, the sandals seep in water. Just go with the walking trainer.
TIP: You can wear pop-socks for gentle walks.
You’re probably going to be on varying gradients and weather will turn; with this so can your levels of cloth.
Start with a light base: t-shirt, or a simple strappy top.
Add a long sleeve top – the thickness can be fleecy just note that your temperature will rise as you walk, so a simple cotton sleeve can also work well.
TIP: Carry a light weight waterproof jacket with a hood for when
the rain pours and you get chilly.
HUG THE BITS THAT COUNT AND KEEP THE REST LOOSE
This differs for everyone, but generally tight hiking gear just gets sweaty. I go for trousers that zip at varying levels to alternate between a long leg, quarter length or shorts for different temperatures on route. These hug the bum and that’s about as much hugging needed.
TIP: Alternatively those jogging trousers you don’t mind getting
messy are a comfy and loose way to handle an easy trek.
Note: If you know it’s going to be a snowy mountain top leggings can be a warm under-layer.
Fashion Questions and The Vancouver Sun
So I’m back and that feeling has kicked in, each time is the same, there’s a 24 hour period where I’m really happy to see familiar faces, the fridge is full of goodies and my bed is still the comfiest thing in the world.
Then that question creeps in: what’s next?
Last night I tidied my room, discovering my junk draw had turned plural. Surely I didn’t leave all of this useless stuff? Someone has obviously been using my room as the ‘we’ll just leave it there for now’ storage area. There is such an accumulation of hoarding that being away has clarified one thing for sure: minimal living is the way forward!
Being out of your usual sphere can give you an advantage: an outside perspective. You can change what was before with what you’ve now learnt. But at first your return home can leave you quiet restless. Try not to get too aggravated with how much rubbish has piled up in the house, or how the climate isn’t quiet the same or that horrid reality of getting a job.
Someone has obviously been using my room as the ‘we’ll just leave it there for now’ storage area
Start getting focussed and plan that next project or another adventure, its the only way to step forward and keeping moving.
Another travel blogger who offers some great advice on going home blues is Meanderings Abound: http://meanderingsabound.wordpress.com/ check it out!
People want to know what they’re getting for their copper piece, especially with budgets getting slimmer.
Comfortable accommodation is important, but now you can get affordable comfort. There’s also a rather stigmatized image to the type of clientele each accommodation caters for, this I believe is changing, especially with those slimming budgets. So what are you really getting?
The hotel experience, what you get for £40+
- A made-up bed
- Personal space
- Free shampoo and conditioner – sometimes even a dressing gown
- En suite bathroom
What you pay EXTRA (or leave the hotel) for:
- Social interaction
- Maps of the area
The hostel experience, what you get for £10+
- Social interaction (for what is better known as an organised pub crawl)
- Free maps and vouchers to diners
- Group tour of the city/town
Here’s what you don’t get:
- Personal space
- Quality bathroom amenities
People want to know what they’re getting for their copper piece, especially with budgets getting slimmer. As clientele we may have to reconsider the hostel’s sole reputation for the backpacker. Perhaps hotels should include those welcoming essentials hostels seem to offer: wi-fi, breakfast and a decent pub crawl. As hostels up their game, hotels are looking at some budget busting competition.