NuNomad http://www.nunomad.com Location Independent Living Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:06:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.3 Minimalist Packing for Nomadic Travellers http://www.nunomad.com/blog/minimalist-packing-for-nomadic-travellers/ http://www.nunomad.com/blog/minimalist-packing-for-nomadic-travellers/#respond Thu, 16 Mar 2017 05:06:31 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4969 If you often find yourself gazing jealously at that one guy who can fit all of his stuff into a 30L backpack while you’re straining to contain all your earthly possessions in an 80L behemoth, perhaps you need to rethink what you’re actually counting as essential to your nomadic travels. Becoming more of a minimalist […]

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If you often find yourself gazing jealously at that one guy who can fit all of his stuff into a 30L backpack while you’re straining to contain all your earthly possessions in an 80L behemoth, perhaps you need to rethink what you’re actually counting as essential to your nomadic travels. Becoming more of a minimalist will take the strain off your back and make packing a dream, instead of a horrible nightmare from which you can’t wake.

Check out the following tips to lighten your load and slim down your backpack:

Clothing

Most nomadic travellers think that they are doing pretty well with the small capsule wardrobes they carry, but the fact is that most of us could do better. Travelling with only two of everything essential, so that you can wear one and wash one will help to free up some space in your pack and is ideal for nomadic travellers. You can make this work extra-well by purchasing neutral clothing in a similar style. So that you can mix and match and still look great.

Toiletries

Thanks to social media, lots of travellers are now packing every cosmetic under the sun in an attempt to look ‘Instagram ready’ at all times. This is plain stupid. They’re filling precious backpack space and making their load heavier just out of vanity. If you’re serious about travelling minimally, all you really need is a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo and a hairbrush, along with a small first aid kit.That will keep you clean enough for the most part. You can even minimize that list by replacing soap and toothpaste with Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap!

Shelter

If you plan to spend a lot of time sleeping outdoors, some sort of shelter will be necessary, but ‘standard’ tents just take up too much space. Instead of buying an overly expensive impractical tent, take the time to find all there is about survival shelters online. Many survival shelters are extremely light and in some cases, can be made from your surroundings, to lighten your load. Failing that, asking your local camping retailer to recommend a good backpacking tent should suffice.

Gadgets

If you want to be minimalist, you’re going to have to give up the Apple Mac. If you need regular access to the internet, you can visit an internet café or hostel to get online instead. If you really must, you could pack a tablet, but there really is no need when most places have somewhere you can log on.

Phones can be a real lifeline when you’re travelling, enabling you to get help quickly in an emergency, but instead of carrying a distracting smartphone with you everywhere, why not buy a cheap throwaway at every location you visit? It’ll already be setup to work in your location, and you can donate it or pass it on to another traveller when you move on.

Kindle

If you’re the kind of traveller who can’t go a day without reading a good book, investing in a Kindle might be worthwhile. They’re very small and compact, so although they will take up some space in your pack which might technically be ‘unnecessary’ because they are so small and because they allow you to carry a whole library around with you, they could be a worthwhile addition.

How do you minimize the contents of your backpack when you’re travelling?

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Puerto Rico: Land of Natural Wonders and Adventure http://www.nunomad.com/travel/puerto-rico-land-natural-wonders-adventure/ http://www.nunomad.com/travel/puerto-rico-land-natural-wonders-adventure/#respond Thu, 09 Mar 2017 08:37:59 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4960 One of the great pleasures of a trip to Puerto Rico is its incredible diversity. For thrill-seekers, it offers a variety of white-knuckle adventures. For beach lovers, its white sandy shores rival anywhere in the world. For history buffs, there are plenty of monuments of days gone by. And that’s without even scratching the surface […]

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One of the great pleasures of a trip to Puerto Rico is its incredible diversity. For thrill-seekers, it offers a variety of white-knuckle adventures. For beach lovers, its white sandy shores rival anywhere in the world. For history buffs, there are plenty of monuments of days gone by. And that’s without even scratching the surface of the countless natural wonders that this island has to offer including towering mountains, cascading waterfalls and lush green rainforest. Though there is plenty to do and see while you are here, take a look at this list of some of the top attractions to inspire you if you are planning a visit.

El Yunque National Rainforest

Sometimes referred to as the Caribbean rainforest, El Yunque is a wonderful destination for hikers looking to enjoy a unique natural environment. Don’t forget to pack your raincoat if you’re planning a visit as it tends to get very wet here! There are 13 well marked trails that vary in difficulty so decide which you want to take depending on your fitness and experience. If you are only planning on staying for a short time, La Mina & Big Tree Trail are the most popular trails. If you are planning on staying longer, many people choose to stay overnight either by camping in the park or staying in a guesthouse. Best of all, it’s free to visit if you are on a budget.

El Morro

The capital of the island is the historic town of San Juan. Jutting out from here is the six storey fortress known as El Morro. Built way back in the 16th century, it survived through two World Wars and numerous other minor battles. As well as being a fascinating site for history enthusiasts, is also offers superb views over the Atlantic Ocean. It can take upwards of three hours to explore the entire fortress, so make sure you wear some comfortable shoes.

Flamenco Beach

Located on the island of Culebra, this is a beautiful spot for sun seekers, snorkelers and people searching for some seclusion. The white sand contrasts with the turquoise water, and it really does feel like you’re setting foot on an island paradise. It’s located about 20 miles east of the main island of Puerto Rico, so it may well be worth staying overnight to fully appreciate this picturesque place.

Rincon

This is the number one spot on the island for surfing and whale watching. Many expats have also chosen to make Ricon their home. Although the waves do rise up to enormous heights in certain areas, there are also beaches which are more appropriate for swimming and relaxing. Between January and March is the peak season for whale watching, when people hope to spot a few of the famous humpbacks.

Rio Camuy Caves

Yet another impressive natural wonder, this enormous cave system covers 268 acres – believed to be the third largest in the world. Visitors are whisked 200 feet below the ground’s surface to see the impressive formations on a guided tour that takes in all the natural wonders.

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Can You Really Live Your Travel Dreams? http://www.nunomad.com/blog/can-you-really-live-your-travel-dreams/ http://www.nunomad.com/blog/can-you-really-live-your-travel-dreams/#respond Wed, 01 Mar 2017 01:58:30 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4955 We all dream of having the opportunity to travel at some point in our lives but for many people it can often seem like just that: a dream. There are often thousands of different reasons that people have for why they can’t go out into the world and travel like they’ve always wanted to. These […]

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We all dream of having the opportunity to travel at some point in our lives but for many people it can often seem like just that: a dream. There are often thousands of different reasons that people have for why they can’t go out into the world and travel like they’ve always wanted to. These can range from money to family commitments to simply not feeling as though they have the time to do it. Of course, as with many things in life, there are always going to be roadblocks, but that doesn’t mean that you should just give up on what you want and walk away. After all, nothing worth doing was every easy and life isn’t going just to hand you the things you want. If you want to do something, then it’s your job to go out and get it. Fortunately, if you really do want to travel, then there are plenty of ways that you can do it more easily than you might expect. Here are just a few ways that you can make your dreams of traveling finally come true.

Set a budget

If you feel like you don’t have the kind of money in order to travel, then it’s time you started thinking about saving. Despite what many people think, a lot of us have more money than we might think. Most of the time this comes down to the fact that people are often pretty bad at taking care of their money on a day-to-day basis. This leads to people making small purchases here and there that don’t seem like a big deal on their own but tend to add up over time. This means that by the end of each month you’re left with nothing to put away for later. If you want to set aside the money that you need for your dream trip, then you need to start saving more carefully. This can actually be a lot easier than you might because if you know the kind of traveling that you want to do, then you’re going to have a pretty solid goal in place.

Knowing how much you want to save and hold long you want it to take is a great way to give yourself a clear goal and really will incentivise you to be more careful with your money.

Follow travel blogs

If you want to find the perfect places to travel, then you’re going to want to be plugged into all of the latest information. Where guidebooks used to be the best you could hope for now, thanks to the internet, you can find people who offer the most up-to-date information you could possibly hope for. There are thousands of travel blogs that you can use for information. Some are general blogs which offer great advice on travel in general while others like alaskatravelgram.com are more specific to certain places. Not only are they updated regularly with great content but they often are run by just a single person or a small group meaning that they’re much more likely to offer their honest opinions. That way you don’t have to worry about whether or not the information you’re getting is biased in any way.

Find ways to save money

Even when you’re saving up the money you need to travel, the kind of costs involved can be a little intimidating. Luckily there are plenty of different things that you can do in order to bring the price of travel down. For one thing, you could think about traveling at specific times of the year. The more popular months are almost guaranteed to be more expensive both regarding accommodation and travel, so why not pick a time of year when the prices are lower. This also has the added benefit of reducing the kinds of crowds you’re going to have to deal with. There are plenty of other ways to save money too, check out a whole bunch of them here.

Go in a group

One of the biggest fears that people have when traveling is the idea of the risks involved. If that’s something that worries you then why not think about taking some travel buddies along with you? That way you can give each other the confidence boost that you need to go for it finally. Plus you’ll often find that a trip is made that much better when you have people to share the experiences with. You get to create memories and become closer as friends as you discover some incredible places. Traveling with friends also comes with the added benefit that it can potentially save you money. Traveling alone can sometimes come with a premium on things like accommodation. You often have to pay extra in order to secure a private room and plenty of places actually offer discounts to groups. If you’re dead set on making a trip on your own that that’s great, but taking some friends along might be the perfect way to finally break past whatever it is that’s been stopping you going on that trip that you’ve always dreamed of taking.

Of course, there will sometimes be things stopping you traveling that you simply can’t get past, but these things are almost never permanent, and it’s far more likely that it’s a psychological element that’s preventing you from going after what you really want. Like all great things, traveling can be pretty scary, but that’s part of what makes it so exciting. You’re taking the leap into a fascinating and unknown world, ready to broaden your mind and open yourself up to new experiences. It’s completely understandable that that’s going to make you feel pretty nervous. But you shouldn’t let that stand in your way. Sometimes all you can do is just bite the bullet and go for it even if you’re scared to do so. You’re almost certain to be grateful that you did and after even a single trip you’ll undoubtedly find yourself completely hooked and ready to start planning your next journey straight away.

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Do EU Fancy An Egg-Citing City Break? http://www.nunomad.com/travel/do-eu-fancy-an-egg-citing-city-break/ http://www.nunomad.com/travel/do-eu-fancy-an-egg-citing-city-break/#respond Sat, 25 Feb 2017 02:35:57 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4950 As Easter is approaching, it is still time to plan a getaway holiday that will make the sempiternal egg hunt a lot more exciting, or should we say egg-citing for the sake of an easy pun? Easter is a deeply religious celebration, and you will not find a better way to celebrate it than to […]

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As Easter is approaching, it is still time to plan a getaway holiday that will make the sempiternal egg hunt a lot more exciting, or should we say egg-citing for the sake of an easy pun? Easter is a deeply religious celebration, and you will not find a better way to celebrate it than to discover how the different European cities approach these weekend of chocolate and indulgence, as many people like to think of it. Book your four-day Easter getaway in Europe to experience different Easter celebrations in each country..

 

Barcelona: The Holy Week

In Spain, the period known as the Semana Santa, or Holy Week, is of the utmost importance. This is the Easter week, during which Catholics like to celebrate the period with a variety of ceremonies, masses, and processions. As a result, your time in Barcelona will certainly be marked by some amazing parades. Easter, in Spain, goes above its religious meaning: The streets are filled with people, and you will find that the windows of chocolate shops and patisseries are piled with Easter treats. Easter in Barcelona is a time of celebration and joy.

Berlin: Let’s Burn The Christmas Tree

On the night before Easter Sunday, thousands of German gather around huge bonfires: This marks the end of winter, and traditionally people burn the wood of old Christmas trees to drive away the evil spirits. You will find that in some part of Berlin, the population still refers to the Easter fox or the Easter stork, which used to bring gifts and chocolate to children at Easter, even though now the Easter Bunny has taken over. If you stay around the Berliner zoo, you will even find that a lot of hotels have included in their room fees plenty of child-friendly activities, such as painting the eggs or visiting the Easter family at the zoo.  

Paris: Don’t Be Such A Tourist

Easter in France is often celebrating with a lamb meal and some nougatine eggs from famous patisseries. The Parisian population is used to Easter in town and knows that plenty of shops are shut during the holy weekend, and restaurants tend to be overbooked. So, if you are planning on visiting Paris, don’t fall for the tourist trap, and book your restaurant in advance – see if you can pick one of the old-fashioned French restaurants around the Pere Lachaise cemetery. Additionally, still mentioning tourists in Paris, the EU is planning to roll out by 2020 a visa application called ETIAS for visitors outside of the EU – visit the website for more information. For this year, you don’t need to register for the ETIAS to enjoy French Easter eggs.

 

Copenhagen: Time For An Easter Sandwich

The Danish capital has become of the Europe’s leading city break destination, and there’s no doubt that the Hygge feeling has a lot to do with it. For Easter, there’s still a sense of Hygge in the air, with the typical open sandwiches at lunch, smørrebrød, piled with a variety of toppings and snacks. You won’t find an Easter egg around, but the feeling of fun and relaxation is still there, and that’s all that matters.

 

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SurvivalFest! Packing For Your Best Festival Season Yet! http://www.nunomad.com/travel/survivalfest-packing-best-festival-season-yet/ http://www.nunomad.com/travel/survivalfest-packing-best-festival-season-yet/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:11:58 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4946 Festival season for many is the highlight of their year. It signals the start of summer and, if you have the money and the time, you can go festival hopping for months on end. From Glastonbury to Hurricane to Bestival, you can truly get your fill of great music and sunshine. With all the excitement […]

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Festival season for many is the highlight of their year. It signals the start of summer and, if you have the money and the time, you can go festival hopping for months on end. From Glastonbury to Hurricane to Bestival, you can truly get your fill of great music and sunshine. With all the excitement about the bands, the weather, and the amount of silent disco-dancing you might be doing at 4 in the morning, you may not have thought much about what to pack. Not to fear! Here is your festival essentials starter kit, and some simple advice for what to do when you get there.

Traveling to the festival doesn’t have to be a chore. If you all club together with your friends, you could rent a van or an RV, which actually makes financial sense if you’re going very far away as it would be cheaper than flights, plus you get to chuck all your stuff in the trunk. But there are many other transport options to festivals. Many big cities offer transport to the big name festivals but you will need to book it a few months in advance. The other option is to take a train to the nearest city, and there may be transport links directly to the festival but check on the festival website before you go.

What do you need to pack? Well, you are going camping in a (potentially) muddy festival ground, so make sure you have plenty of clothes for all types of weather. Waterproof clothes like wellies are a must. There’s no point in packing your nicest outfit, as it will probably get wrecked. Pack sensible and warm (the nights will be cold), as well as a few spares in case people are enjoying themselves so much they spill beer on you! You should check your tent before you head off, just to see if there is any damage or if it’s in a bad way. If you are in need of a new tent, you can go onto dedicated camping sites like TentsAndCampGear.com for some ideas on what you need. If you are trying to cram in a few people into one tent, then something like a tunnel tent will give you a lot more space to work with.

Big festivals can be very crowded affairs, so make sure you have a mobile phone handy. If you have a smartphone, it is best to leave it at home in favor of a cheap and old model. The older mobile phones have a battery that will last days instead of hours, so you won’t need to sit by the charging port while your friends are having a good time. Packing cash is always a good idea because cash machines can be hard to find and can charge a lot for its use, just keep it in a place you know is safe. And toiletries are probably the most essential thing to pack, as much toilet roll as you can pack! Sanitizing gel and water are the other things to get you through!

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Becoming a Digital Nomad in Seville, Spain http://www.nunomad.com/featured/becoming-digital-nomad-seville-spain/ http://www.nunomad.com/featured/becoming-digital-nomad-seville-spain/#respond Thu, 23 Feb 2017 14:06:50 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4943 Ah, Seville. The hidden gem sneakily tucked away in a corner of Andalucia. It’s Spain’s fourth largest city, sure, but there is an air of small town goodness about this wholesome, thriving, happy city. If you’re a digital nomad, you’ll find the city well equipped to handle your needs…but let’s be honest, the main drawer […]

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Ah, Seville. The hidden gem sneakily tucked away in a corner of Andalucia. It’s Spain’s fourth largest city, sure, but there is an air of small town goodness about this wholesome, thriving, happy city. If you’re a digital nomad, you’ll find the city well equipped to handle your needs…but let’s be honest, the main drawer is probably the fantastic weather and cheap beers. Here’s all you need to know if you’re thinking about moving to the city for a few months or more.

 

On the Plus Side

There are many advantages to settling in Seville, but the first one that might surprise you is: it’s cheap. The cost of living here is completely agreeable to those accustomed to the costs of the States or places like France and the UK. Not that the low cost of living means a compromise in the standards of living – you’ll have everything you need here. The infrastructure is sound, the food edible and the water potable. And on the plus side…yeah, the weather is pretty great. If anything, it’s too great. You’ll want to have somewhere else to go during July and August, when the temperatures hit uncomfortable peaks. For most of the year, it’s shorts, t-shirts, and good vibes.

And On the Down Side

But we wouldn’t be doing our duty if we didn’t tell you some of the less positive aspects of Seville. To be fair, there aren’t many – and in fact, the negatives are actually kind of positive. For example, there isn’t the working ethics that you would find in London or other big cities, where people exist there because of their work. Seville is about having a good time, and you might find it difficult to knuckle down to work when you’re constantly being offered afternoon beers in the sunshine (isn’t life hard?). Similarly, there aren’t a million places to work remotely there, either. Seville library is generally busy, also. However – buy a coffee in any cafe and they’ll let you stay for hours if you want to!

The First Days

Seville is a small city, but it’s still pretty big, especially when you don’t know your way around. So don’t commit to having too much work when you first arrive, because you’ll want to spend getting your bearings in the city. If the size doesn’t get you (and it probably won’t), then what will confuse you is the mazy, labyrinth passages that make up most of the centre. You’ll be walking to one destination, take a wrong turn, and then struggle to get back to your starting point. It’s worth having a GPS device on you, but don’t worry – time doesn’t really exist in Seville, so whether you’re on time or an hour late is mostly immaterial.

Getting into Swing of Things

You’ll soon be settled into your accommodation and be ready to really throw yourself into life. You’ll learn the routines of the day. For example, rise and shine at 8am, head outside, and you’ll probably be greeted with…nothing. Few people, few places open. The city doesn’t really come awake until about 10. You’ll get into a habit of visiting your favourite cafe around 9:30 and ordering breakfast, which is always inexpensive and mostly good. Sit back and watch the city come alive – there’s no rush here. In the evenings, you’ll learn to have your meals at around 9 or 10, even when you’re not eating out. Seville people ‘live on the street’, so you’ll be out and about all day; meals are so inexpensive that your kitchen might only rarely be used.

Going Deeper

After a while, they’ll come a point when you want to get deeper into Seville life. Learn Spanish, it’ll be a great help – there’s an infographic by Upgraded Points that shows you just how easy it can be. The Spanish are friendly, hospitable people, but you won’t be able to really see just how much until you speak their language. Plus, when you’re outside, having a beer, the experience will be greatly enriched if you can understand what everyone is saying as there are some real characters living in Seville!

Discovering the Gems

Eventually you’ll discover that Seville, alas, isn’t only about having beers and tapas as you sit in the sunshine. There’s two big events on the Seville calendar: Semana Santa and Feria. During Semana Santa, you can expect absolute bedlam. The city is virtually at a standstill as church groups parade through the city to the sound of music. It’s a real sight, not to be missed, though it’s more enjoyable if you have a balcony overlooking the parade. Also, don’t expect to sleep too much during this week, as it’s a non-stop party. Feria takes place usually in April, in the Feria part of the city. This is also a party, where people host pop up homes, eat, drink, and be merry. Fun for a day or two, but after that you might to look at heading to the mountains. Which brings us on neatly to…

Getting Out

Seville is a good base to explore other regions of Spain, and also Portugal. If you travel a couple of hours east, you’ll meet the picturesque city of Granada, and just beyond that you have the Sierra Nevada mountains – a perfect place for skiing, hiking, cycling, camping,  and so on. Around an hour to the south is the coast; many Seville locals head there for the weekend when the weather gets too hot. An hour west is Portugal, specifically the Algarve area.

Other Expats

One last thing: Seville is full of other expats, so you’ll have no problem making friends. Visit foreign specific cafes (there are plenty) and you’ll be greeted by many English and  American accents, as well as those from other nationalities who also speak English. It’s a really social, young city, so you’ll be invited to hang out with people almost instantly. And in the future, when you hear a new English voice, you should invite them to hang out with you too!

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Best Gifts for Travellers 2017  http://www.nunomad.com/blog/best-gifts-travellers-2017/ http://www.nunomad.com/blog/best-gifts-travellers-2017/#respond Mon, 20 Feb 2017 21:00:57 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4938 If you know someone who loves to travel, you know how much he or she would appreciate great travel-related gifts. These gifts make travelling easier and more fun, or help to remind you of the excitement of a new trip or the sweet memories of your previous journeys. Here are a few gift ideas that […]

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If you know someone who loves to travel, you know how much he or she would appreciate great travel-related gifts. These gifts make travelling easier and more fun, or help to remind you of the excitement of a new trip or the sweet memories of your previous journeys. Here are a few gift ideas that fit the description – the best gifts for travellers 2017.

Passport protection

You need to have your travel documents at hand and your passport can see a lot of things, travelling around the world. Keep those documents in pristine condition and safely tucked in your luggage with the help of a cute passport protector. Notonthehighstreet.co.uk has a great selection of passport protectors available, ensuring you get something that suits the style of a female or male traveller.

Stylish backpack

Some travellers have truly learnt the secrets of packing lightly. For these masterminds, a stylish backpack is a great gift – they won’t need much more than that for a good holiday. If you want a backpack that looks good, but also has enough space for those outfits, snacks and travel gadgets, check out the Poketo Weekender bag.

Smart luggage

The first nervous breakdowns usually happen when you go check-in your luggage. The dreaded notice of “Sir/Madam, the bag is overweight” can catch everyone off-guard. But you don’t have to worry about it with smart luggage. A50 Set, available at Raden.com, is a lightweight luggage with a built-in scale. Similar solutions are available with other big brands as well.

Thoughtful travel organisers

Sometimes packing is simply just hard. If you’re going on a long holiday, getting your makeup, toiletries and clothes in a single luggage can seem like mission impossible. Luckily, travel organisers have come to the rescue, turning packing into a more fun, puzzle like activity. For your chic friend, the Pattern Ladies Travel Pouch set from mochithings.com is a must-have. If you’re looking for something for your male friends, the Ted Baker collection has plenty of stylish options from organisers for travel documents to toiletries.

Soothing face mist

Flying can be rather harsh on your skin and it’s often hard to look at your best right after step out of the plane. Luckily, skin technologies are improving the situation and every traveller would love to get their hands on the latest technology: skin-soothing mist. Dewy Skin Mist comes in travel size and the milky softness of the mist will nourish and hydrate your skin during travels.

Sneaky cocktail kit

If your friend appreciates a bit of cheeky behaviour, you should consider buying them a sneaky cocktail kit for one. Old Fashion Carry-On Kit from W & P Design is a fun and tasty gift idea. If you can sneak it into their luggage, it can be a nice surprise when they arrive at the hotel exhausted.

Old-fashioned entertainment

In the era of smartphones and lightweight tablets, we’ve almost forgetting about the trusted book. But books still make great in-flight entertainment and are perfect gifts for travellers. The season’s must-have books include A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara, The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, and Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple. You can, of course, get these as an electronic version as well rather than print.

Proper trainers

Travelling is not easy on the feet. Whether you are going for a city break or a beach holiday, you’ll need to do a bit of walking – you can’t get to your destination without taking a few steps. Now, surprise your loved one this year with football sneakers – the best types of shoes for backpackers and business people who need to have an extra spring in their step.  If you are tired to look around you can jump to lovellsoccer.co.uk which has a great selection of affordable options from Puma to Nike.

Noise-cancelling headphones

Holidays are about relaxation. Unfortunately, the travelling bit is not often the most peaceful of experiences with other passengers ensuring no one on the plane or train sleeps. Give your friend the option to start the holiday in an instant and pick up noise-cancelling headphones. You can pick your favourite from the What Hi-Filist, which has a good selection of options available for different budgets.

Silky sleep aid

Aside from the noise, the lights can keep you up when travelling as well. If you want to ensure your friend has a good night’s sleep, a silky sleep aid, such as an eye mask is a perfect gift idea. You can find these from most department stores and online stores. For example, try the Slip Silk Eye Mask from netaporter.com.

The above gifts are bound to put a smile on a traveller’s face this year. The list also has a lot to choose from depending on your budget. So, pick your favourite and surprise your loved one with a thoughtful and fun gift!

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5 Reasons To Travel To Canada http://www.nunomad.com/travel/5-reasons-travel-canada/ http://www.nunomad.com/travel/5-reasons-travel-canada/#respond Thu, 16 Feb 2017 15:44:36 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4929 Canada has become a hotspot for tourists of all types. Whether you’re a rugged adventurer or looking for luxury, the world’s second largest country has it all. Here are some of the prime reasons to visit Canada this year. Affordability Getting to Canada can involve a few costs. Most people will have to apply for […]

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Canada has become a hotspot for tourists of all types. Whether you’re a rugged adventurer or looking for luxury, the world’s second largest country has it all. Here are some of the prime reasons to visit Canada this year.

Affordability

Getting to Canada can involve a few costs. Most people will have to apply for a Visa, although those travelling from the US may be exempt – you can find out more details here https://official-canada-eta.com/. Flights can also rack up costs. However, once you’re there, living costs can be relatively cheap. Ottawa has been named the most affordable city in North America, and Toronto is relatively cheap compared to cities of its size and status. You can get affordable accommodation on the suburbs of most Canadian cities, and even better deals if you’re staying somewhere rural.   

Natural wonders

Most of Canada’s huge landscape remains untouched. For scenic drives and wild exploration, it’s one of the best places you could go. Some of its biggest sights include Niagara Falls, the rocky mountains, the Cabot trail and Dinosaur Provincial Park. The country also sports some amazing wildlife from grizzly bears in the south to polar bears in the north, moose, reindeer, lynx, mountain lions, bison, beavers, porcupines and prairie dogs. This site http://www.cwf-fcf.org/ offers more in depth information on the wildlife for those that interested. Nature freaks and those that love a taste of the outdoors will be in their element.

 

Cosmopolitan cities

On top of its natural wonders, Canada is full of urban adventures. Vancouver is a popular hotspot, situated on the sea with a mountain backdrop and sporting all kinds of nightlife. For a historically cultural trip, Montreal is the place to go, known for its distinctive European feel and range of festivals. And of course there’s Toronto, one of the most vibrant and multi-cultural cities in the world in which you can climb the CN Tower, once the tallest building in the world.

Outdoor activities

Canada offers a plethora of outdoor activities for the sporty and adventurous types. World-famous ski resorts such as Whistler make it a hotspot for those that are into their snow sports. There are all kinds of hiking trails also suitable for mountain bikers and climbers. Its amazing rivers meanwhile offer multiple kayaking and canoeing opportunities. Golfing and fishing are also big.

 

Diverse climate

Most people may know the country for its cold wintry climate. Indeed, much of the north is very arctic and it has many ski resorts and mountain ranges. However, summers in the south can be relatively warm. Vancouver is known to get fairly warm, as is Toronto. There are even a few beach resorts dotted around the place. Those looking for tropics should probably go elsewhere, but don’t just expect minus figures – unless of course you are venturing to the very north, in which case you know what you’re getting yourself into.

 

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Three Reasons To Take Your Family Camping http://www.nunomad.com/travel/three-reasons-take-family-camping/ http://www.nunomad.com/travel/three-reasons-take-family-camping/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 17:00:23 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4916 As parents, all we really want to do is instil our values in our children. The world seems to be an increasingly technology filled place – and while that’s great in many ways, it’s less great in others. We can contact friends on the other side of the world at the click of a button, […]

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As parents, all we really want to do is instil our values in our children. The world seems to be an increasingly technology filled place – and while that’s great in many ways, it’s less great in others. We can contact friends on the other side of the world at the click of a button, we can learn things that we never used to be able to dream of, but at the same time we need to focus on the simple beauty of the natural world as well so that we can keep living our highflying lives while quietly supported by this green planet that we should love. Introducing your kids to nature at a young age will help them to understand the importance of it, of fighting against climate change, of being kind and gentle towards animals, of respecting natural habitats that they should love, of seeing the miracles contained within the natural world. Going camping with them will help to reinforce this love of nature much more than any book or statistics could ever do.

Get Back To Basics

It’s important to remember that at times we should ditch the affectations of our everyday life and focus on what really matters. A lot of us spend a lot of time considering our appearances, the state of our hair, what exactly to do about our dull and lifeless skin in winter (does your skin really look that bad? I thought not!). We also spend a lot of time worrying about our jobs, about politics, about what our friends think of us and our choices. Going camping helps you to get down with the world, to get your hands dirty and earthy, it helps to show your kids how to do things like make a fire, to rely on themselves in the outdoors – click here for more information on equipment that you should take out camping with you. It reduces your life to how you’re going to make dinner, to the quietness of going fishing and waiting for one to bite, to seeing the brightness of the stars in the night sky away from the city’s light pollution. It helps to remind you of the stillness and quietness at the heart of life.

Encourage Family Bonding Time

A lot of vacations can be frenetic, busy times – city trips, shopping, sightseeing tours – but if you want to relax and spend time together as a family then there’s no better way to do that than camping. Admittedly if you spend a lot of time together in small spaces then there might be a few minor disagreements among your kids (I think we all know that’s an understatement!) but at the same time you’ll have time to talk to each other about what really matters, to play board games at night, to tell stories and to really listen to each other. In the evenings you probably find that you’re so absorbed in chores and getting ready for the next day that you don’t have much time to really talk to your kids about what’s going on in their lives. Going camping together will help you with that.

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Cool Ways To Fund Your Canadian Travel Adventure http://www.nunomad.com/top-story/cool-ways-fund-canadian-travel-adventure/ http://www.nunomad.com/top-story/cool-ways-fund-canadian-travel-adventure/#respond Mon, 13 Feb 2017 16:55:30 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=4915   When you start traveling, you might find that you visit a destination that you want to explore for more than a couple of weeks. Canada is such a place because you can’t discover all this country has to offer in just a couple of weeks. You might want to spend a few months there, […]

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When you start traveling, you might find that you visit a destination that you want to explore for more than a couple of weeks. Canada is such a place because you can’t discover all this country has to offer in just a couple of weeks. You might want to spend a few months there, a whole season or even a year. You can’t witness everything the beautiful city of Montreal has to offer in just a few weeks. It’s impossible to explore the Canadian wilderness when you’re under a time limit. The problem is that this can get expensive rather quickly. You need to think about how you can pay your way while exploring this beautiful country. Here are some of your best options.

Unpaid Environmental Internship

You might be disheartened by that word unpaid but, on a course like this you will get food and accommodation provided for free. This means that you only have to pay for any activities, travel and the initial cost of getting there. So, it might be worth it, particularly, if what you really want to do is explore the Canadian wilderness. On a course like this, you will live in a group and work on conservation projects. You will see gorgeous scenery, incredible wildlife and know that every day, you are making the world a far better place to live. Many students take up this possibility for their gap year.

On The Farms

If you are not afraid of some hard work and good old fashioned elbow grease, you can get a job on a Canadian farm. Have a look into this possibility before you head over there. You might find there are already some options available. Don’t expect luxury accommodation or a stunning five-course meal every night. What you can instead expect is a hard week of work for fair pay and a chance to explore through the weekends. When you’re earning a full wage, make sure you understand how you can be taxed and what level of pay you should be looking for.

Use Your Skills

You might have a number of skills that could lead to an honest wage while traveling in Canada. For instance, it’s possible that you have a solid base of skiing techniques. If that’s the case Canadian ski instructor courses are available for travelers. With one of these courses you can learn the skills you’ll need to take to the slopes and get paid. Who knows, you might even find the basis of a permanent career.

You may also speak french as a second language. You’re sure to find work as a translator or in the customer service industry with this on your resume. Don’t forget 7.3 million people in Canada are native French speakers.

Write It Down

Last but not least, you can make money writing about your experiences. Rather than setting up your own blog, you can sell your writing to different blog owners. You’ll usually find that they will be interested in buying if you have a unique voice and a story worth telling.

 

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