NuNomad http://www.nunomad.com Location Independent Living Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:33:16 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.2 Unplug and Unwind: How to Clear Your Mind on Vacation http://www.nunomad.com/travel/unplug-unwind-clear-mind-vacation/ http://www.nunomad.com/travel/unplug-unwind-clear-mind-vacation/#respond Fri, 13 Oct 2017 08:18:02 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=5235 Vacation is a time for peace and relaxation. The irony is that some find it hard to unplug and unwind when they’re away. To gain the full benefits, you need to learn how to clear your mind on vacation. DON’T BRING YOUR COMPUTER Some people are comfortable leaving their computer at home. That way, they’re […]

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Vacation is a time for peace and relaxation. The irony is that some find it hard to unplug and unwind when they’re away. To gain the full benefits, you need to learn how to clear your mind on vacation.

DON’T BRING YOUR COMPUTER

Some people are comfortable leaving their computer at home. That way, they’re not expected or tempted to respond to work emails, start doing work when on vacation, or get lost watching hours of YouTube videos when there are sun-kissed beaches to be enjoyed. If you need access to a computer, it’s highly likely you will find one at the resort or can just use your smartphone.

GO ON A CRUISE

A cruise is a unique type of getaway in that the planned activities keep goers so busy that there is little downtime as compared to staying on land at a resort. While some cruises offer WiFi, those who do may have insufficient resources or it’s so expensive that most cruisers opt to stay off of the web.

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STAY OUTSIDE

It’s easy to log-on Facebook, check Instagram several times a minute, and see who is tweeting what when sitting at a desk or inside your hotel room. When engaged in activities, there’s little time to get lost in the internet of things. Therefore, do your best to plan activities before you go on vacation, so you’re less likely to break-out your smartphone.

SLEEP-IN

When you’re at home, you probably have to get-up to go to work or feel anxious to do something. As a result, you don’t sleep-in, which leads to exhaustion, irritability, and stress. You don’t want to repeat that process on vacation. It’s okay to sleep-in for another hour or until you feel ready to rise. When you feel rested, your mind is clear and ready to function at a higher level.

CROSS THINGS OFF A LIST

Type-A personalities may feel as if they’re not accomplishing things on vacation. Don’t think of the vacation as time away from work but as a different kind of assignment. Whether you always wanted to try to surf, see museums in Washington, DC, or visit vineyards in northern California, think of the vacation as an opportunity to cross things off a list. That way, you can unwind and not feel guilty about having fun.

USE YOUR PHONE FOR ONE HOUR

You don’t have to completely go off the grid. Reserve time to stay in-touch with friends and family members for one hour each night. Sit down in your Marriott Renaissance, Downtown Washington DC hotel room and plug-in for a bit. That should give you enough time to text friends, send emails, and briefly chat with a few people throughout your vacation.

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EAT AND DRINK HEALTHY

Some associate vacations with indulgence, and break diets or consume too much alcohol. It’s a great idea to unwind when on vacation but unwise to pollute your body with fatty foods and an excess of alcohol. A healthy body keeps the mind clear and welcome to happier thoughts.

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Tips for an Epic Road Trip in New Zealand http://www.nunomad.com/travel/tips-epic-road-trip-new-zealand/ http://www.nunomad.com/travel/tips-epic-road-trip-new-zealand/#respond Tue, 10 Oct 2017 08:39:38 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=5226 With its pristine landscape of beautiful sandy beaches, active volcanoes, rolling farmlands, and a rich Maori culture, New Zealand has a lot to offer its locals and tourists alike. If you’re planning a trip here, then there’s no better way to explore this majestic faraway land than an epic road trip. Because of its beautiful […]

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With its pristine landscape of beautiful sandy beaches, active volcanoes, rolling farmlands, and a rich Maori culture, New Zealand has a lot to offer its locals and tourists alike. If you’re planning a trip here, then there’s no better way to explore this majestic faraway land than an epic road trip. Because of its beautiful coastline and plethora of never-ending natural sights, a road trip will always keep your occupied and in awe. Renting a car will also give you the freedom to have your traveling pack with you at all times, and you’ll be able to stop at whatever gorgeous sight catches your eye. Before you load up and hit the gas, here are five tips that will increase your odds of enjoying an epic New Zealand road trip.

Choose a Reliable Car

What is a road trip without a car? Road trips mean different things to different people, but there is one thing that everyone agrees on: having a reliable, comfortable, and spacious vehicle is a must. When it comes to securing a reliable rental car, shopping online is the easiest way to go. Are you looking to enjoy the open road with lots of comfort? Or is saving money your first priority? Remember to consider how many people and bags you have with you as well. Knowing what’s available when it comes to your wants, needs, and budget ensures that you will find a great vehicle without compromising your comfort. And remember that booking early can save big bucks on your road trip, whether you choose a North Shore car rental and drive south or vice versa.

Be Backpack Smart

Long drives with kids often lead to squabbling and headaches. Being prepared with a backpack for each child is the best option to keep the peace and your sanity. For your trip, work with your kids to fill a backpack for each child with the things they want to bring. This will range from wet wipes, games, books, and crayons for the young children to cell phone chargers and tablets for the older ones. Remember comfort items as well, such as snuggle blankets and teddy bears. And don’t forget—snacks are your friend and will keep both kids and adults content!

Get the Right Apps

When people think of taking a road trip, they often imagine driving around aimlessly until the perfect location to rests approaches and you stop there for the night. Luckily when it comes to road trips in the modern age, smartphones are your friend! With the right apps, you can improve your trip by finding great deals on accommodations and tours, gas stations and grocery stores, or hidden gems to explore.You should also get a weather app before you get trapped up a mountain in the cold rain.

Have a plan in mind

Having said all of that about the magic of smart technology: in such a remote country like New Zealand, a smartphone might not always be a reliable way to plan your trip minute-by-minute. While it’s perfectly fine to not plan out every detail of your trip, have some idea of what you want to see and do every day, and how many miles you want to travel. Book accommodations at least one night before, or else you might end up paying big bucks for your stay. If you’re staying on a campground, check out a map of the location beforehand so you get a sense of the surroundings, including latrines and fresh water spots. Creating an outline of your trip will keep you organized and will actually lead you to see and do more, rather than arguing about details or making rash decisions on the spot that may lead to problems down the road.

Pack a Paper Map

A paper map is always a valuable thing to have on hand, especially in New Zealand’s far removed countryside. Even if your rental car has GPS or you have a navigation app, dead zones are inevitable, so you should still bring your paper map, especially if this is your first trip. Call it a backup if you must, but driving through an unfamiliar area with a weak signal or spotty cell phone reception can turn your trip into a nightmare. So bring along a detailed map of the areas you will be traveling through.

Pack your bags, roll down the windows, and hop in the car — you’ve got some miles to cover and beautiful attractions to explore in this beautiful country!

 

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Romantic destinations around the world http://www.nunomad.com/travel/romantic-destinations-around-world/ http://www.nunomad.com/travel/romantic-destinations-around-world/#respond Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:09:22 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=5217 We strongly believe that travel is the food of love, not music! Admittedly we’re self confessed travel junkies but to us the most romantic experiences happen when you’re off on an adventure somewhere in the world. Seeking out the ultimate sunset, an epic landscape, a dramatic coastline or a serene idyllic paradise, there’s plenty of […]

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We strongly believe that travel is the food of love, not music! Admittedly we’re self confessed travel junkies but to us the most romantic experiences happen when you’re off on an adventure somewhere in the world. Seeking out the ultimate sunset, an epic landscape, a dramatic coastline or a serene idyllic paradise, there’s plenty of destinations around the world to choose from. So we thought we’d put together a few of our favourites. Some of these are tried and tested, others are unusual and different. So lets jump right in.

Johannesburg

Yup this may sound like a weird choice to start with but hear us out. For a start we love Africa and South Africa is without doubt the easiest of the African nations to get about and jump right in to with daily flights. Check out the best flight deals from London to Johannesburg.

The great Joburg area is filled with hills that create an interesting rolling urban landscape with plenty of awesome places to watch the sun set while you sip a cocktail. There’s a growing number of luxury boutique hotels to escape the high rise chain hotels. The nightlife is varied and easily accessible near to many hotels so you’ll have no problem making the most of your nights. The food here is excellent too so a meal out with your partner is super easy. Plus it’s so easy to scape the urban sprawl and head out in to Africa, maybe split your time between the city and Safari! What could be more romantic?!

Singapore

Maybe another surprising choice but this island nation is really well set up for the ultimate romantic stay. It has some of the most beautiful and epic hotels of anywhere in the world. Whether you stay at the famous Raffles hotel, or the historic Fullerton you’ll feel pampered and constantly in awe of the city skyline too. The centre is dominated by quite possibly the most lavish hotel in the city, the epic Marina Bay Sands casino and resort.

With the world’s highest roof top infinity pool overlooking the city you’ll be sure to impress your partner if you stay here! The cuisine in the city is second to none, whether you’re after award winning chefs from around the world or cheap local dishes, its all available. Singapore is a relatively small city too so getting around is very easy. You can even book a white London Taxi here or a luxury limousine. Flying here is easy from all over the world with plenty of competitively priced seats too.

Paris

How could we write a post about romantic cities without mentioning Paris! Without doubt the city of Love and highly regarded the world over as the most romantic place in the world for travellers. There’s no more romantic place to take stroll at sunset than the  parkland around the Eiffel tower. There’s tonnes of amazing boutique hotels available in the city and as you can imagine the cuisine here is sublime.

Enjoy a glass (or three) of award winning french wine, soak up the Parisian atmosphere and enjoy the world famous museums by day, with epic city views by night. Flights from  London to Paris are only 2 hours long so one of the easiest romantic getaways for Brits.

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Staying Safe In The Outback http://www.nunomad.com/travel/staying-safe-outback/ http://www.nunomad.com/travel/staying-safe-outback/#respond Tue, 03 Oct 2017 12:23:45 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=5211 There are always one or two extreme adventure trips that all travellers want to tick off their bucket list; it could be a safari, swimming with sharks, or scaling dangerous mountains. Other people want to go beyond the beaches and city landmarks of Australia and have an up close encounter with the Outback. It’s definitely […]

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There are always one or two extreme adventure trips that all travellers want to tick off their bucket list; it could be a safari, swimming with sharks, or scaling dangerous mountains. Other people want to go beyond the beaches and city landmarks of Australia and have an up close encounter with the Outback. It’s definitely a great adventure, but like a safari, there are some tips to staying safe out there. Australia does have a reputation for dangerous wildlife and environments, so although many explorers come out unscathed with amazing stories, it still makes sense to follow a few safety precautions while you’re out there.

Wildlife

Before you even think about packing your bag and planning your route to the Outback, you need to make sure you’re up to date on all your vaccinations. Australian bats have rabies, and they are not the most dangerous animal you might encounter. Poisonous spiders and venomous snakes can present a risk to travellers, but they tend to avoid humans for the most part, so as long as you don’t antagonise them, the might not antagonise you. Besides, there have been no recorded deaths from spider bites since 1981 when all the antivenoms for their bites became available.

Most people already know to avoid getting up close with a kangaroo, but you might also want to watch out for cassowaries because they can run 50km/h. If you encounter one, do not run away because this will encourage them to chase after you;  it’s best to just back away slowly.

The one thing everyone should really watch out for is the saltwater crocodile. Unlike their freshwater cousins, who won’t eat you and might even be okay with you swimming next to them, the saltwater crocodiles do want to eat you. Fortunately, they don’t have much muscle to open their mouths so if you wrap your arms around his mouth you can stop him from biting. Bites can be just as dangerous because their mouths are full of bacteria, which can lead to horrible infections even after the skin has healed. They’re usually found in the northern coast, so if you’re in the area make sure you look out for warning signs.

Travelling

The roads are really good between all major attractions in the Outback, but it takes a fairly long time to get from Point A to Point B, so plan your trip and take regular breaks to stop fatigue. It’s also important to note that it’s a long distance between petrol stations, so whether you’re taking your own car, or renting something appropriate from Bayswater Car Rental, make sure your tank is full, and you have each petrol station marked in your map. It’s also worth noting that petrol gets more expensive the closer you get to Uluru, so make sure you’re well stocked before then.

Travellers should also avoid driving anywhere outside towns and cities in the dark. Kangaroos and emus love jumping across the roads, so you won’t see them in time at night to avoid dangerous collisions.

Finally, avoid driving on closed roads; they have been closed for a reason. Sometimes there has been a lot of rainfall, and the roads in the Outback are unsealed, which makes for very dangerous driving conditions. Not to mention you can get fined if you’re caught.

Water and sun safety

Everyone loves the idea of going to an exotic land and coming home with a tan, but there is one big difference between Australia and the rest of the world; the hole in the Ozone layer, is right above Australia and New Zealand. Even on a chilly day in Auckland or Melbourne you can get a serious sunburn. When you’re exploring the Outback make sure you follow some basic sun safety rules, and you bring plenty of water with you for the journey. The hotter it is, the more water you will need, so it’s best you bring around 4 litres of water for each person.

Mobile phone coverage

Do not rely on your mobile as a means of communication; in the Outback there are a lot of patchy areas, and even when you’re a short distance outside of Alice Springs you might not get any signal. Ideally, you should have already given your itinerary to a close friend or relative so they can keep an eye out for your safe return, but in case of a genuine emergency you should think about renting a satellite phone or UHF radio for your trip.

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Your African Staycation http://www.nunomad.com/blog/your-african-staycation/ http://www.nunomad.com/blog/your-african-staycation/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:21:52 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=5203 South Africa should be on everyone’s top five travel destination list, at the very least their top ten. Whether they’ve caught the travel bug or not, South Africa has everything, literally, everything. Did you hear that South Africans? We have everything! Our country is not only rich and diverse in culture, but its landscapes, crystal […]

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South Africa should be on everyone’s top five travel destination list, at the very least their top ten. Whether they’ve caught the travel bug or not, South Africa has everything, literally, everything. Did you hear that South Africans? We have everything! Our country is not only rich and diverse in culture, but its landscapes, crystal blue oceans, rolling mountains, wild life and wide open beaches are truly magnificent! Our people are hospitable, inspiring and friendly; our weather is almost perfect, our foods diverse, — all of these factors and more combine to position South Africa at the very forefront as THE travel destination.

And blazing all travel packages — are our outdoor safari’s ( which are our trump card). There is nothing that truly feeds the mind, body and soul more than a safari. It’s something felt. Reconnecting with Mother Nature in all her splendor and realness is often a deeply spiritual experience. The fresh air in your lungs, the intimate lifestyle you share with the wild — both big and small, the historic cultural diversity of South Africans, the authentic cuisine with its modern twist as well as the big white fluffy robes! Or perhaps you prefer an adrenaline bush trail through the wild with our experienced guides!

This is real!

Yes, there will be animals — no, we will not be riding them to work but you will be able to travel on horseback or walk alongside next to them, to see them live, to walk through their homes and respectfully observe their lives’. It’s exhilarating and romantic, joyful and tragic, raw and real, private and profound, and provides a perfect balance and harmony that can only be experienced with being so close and personal with Nature.

It’s rediscovering your roots, your past. It’s a still, quiet, peaceful time — for YOU – To reconnect, to reflect, to relax — on and in the land, you call home. It’s magic, and it’s ours. It’s the heart Chakra of the world. It should be experienced, not just by those who live abroad. South Africans are so caught up in the idea of a holiday abroad, so easily swayed by tropical Thailand and peaceful Nepal, that they tend to forget that we have a culturally rich, out the box holiday destination of our own, and in our very backyards…Well, some of our backyards. Travelling shouldn’t be about distance; it should be about experience and the opportunity for self-growth. This is what the bush offers you — as well as enough sun rises your Instagram can handle and more than adequate picturesque moments to make your Facebook friends jealous.

‘Safari’ and ‘budget’ are not often found in the same sentence. Safaris can be notoriously expensive holidays, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. It’s not just for the rich and famous or the people with Euro. There are a variety of ways to see the ‘bush’ and have the experience of a lifetime, whether you’re a camper or a glamper there is an affordable option for you. Accommodation ranges from tents, chalets, cabins, lodges and for those big spenders, who live La Vida Loca, there are even villas. To travel is a luxury itself so don’t be afraid to spend money just because it’s your currency. In fact, one should be encouraged — it only does better than it harms.

So, if you’re tired of forgettable over crowded beach holidays, traffic, long queues, hot and sticky, wind and sand in uncomfortable places, hotel pools run over with rowdy kids, poor service, expensive over rated restaurants, sunburn and small starchy towels. Come nurture and indulge yourself and your loved ones. Take a deep breath and look around. Everything you’ve wanted in a holiday is right in front of you. There is a reason why people abroad spending thousands of Rands and many hours trying to get to a Safari. It’s a significant and deeply impressionable holiday, a once in a lifetime experience.

So next time that travels bug bites and your feet begin itching for some adventure, for something new. Don’t be so quick to go abroad, now that’s not to say that the world isn’t your oyster and you shouldn’t explore its wonders but look around you first. You might be surprised just how much there is to see right here at home. Its guaranteed to surpass all five senses because the bush isn’t something you see or hear, but it’s something felt.

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How to Feel Safe on a Safari http://www.nunomad.com/travel/feel-safe-safari/ http://www.nunomad.com/travel/feel-safe-safari/#respond Mon, 18 Sep 2017 14:08:01 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=5199 When you think of a safari, the very first thing that’ll come to mind is wild animals. The next thing that will come to mind, if you’re any bit the ‘Paranoid Patty’, is the fact that you’re in an ‘open’ van, with nothing much protecting you from those deadly beasts. Now, let’s not get started […]

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When you think of a safari, the very first thing that’ll come to mind is wild animals. The next thing that will come to mind, if you’re any bit the ‘Paranoid Patty’, is the fact that you’re in an ‘open’ van, with nothing much protecting you from those deadly beasts.

Now, let’s not get started on the walking safari’s or the canoeing trails that are on offer. You’re probably shaking in your boots at this point!

But, there’s no need to be nervous about this adventure of a lifetime- at the end of the day, you want to experience everything you possibly can, while out in the bush, without having butterflies take over your central nervous system.

One thing is for sure, the animals that roam free in the wild are indeed dangerous, and of course, there are precautions to be adhered to, to ensure you don’t get munched. Luckily, though, most of the precautionary measures will be in the hands of your highly experienced safari guide, but it’s always a great idea to educate yourself on the animals and their behaviour. This way, you will know what’s safe, what isn’t and when it’s time to make yourself camouflage! But seriously, we just want to make you feel at ease.

We have come up with informative points surrounding the most likely wildlife you’ll spot, how close is too close and what you should and shouldn’t do while exploring their territory.

Sounds overwhelming, but we assure you that there’s nothing to be stressed about-remember you’re reading this for peace of mind, and not because there’s a high chance of danger.

How Close is Too Close?

Lions

If you thought Lions were your biggest concern in terms of danger- surprisingly they are the least aggressive when they come into contact with a safari vehicle. So much so, that a van can get as close as half a metre away from a pride of lions, without them even getting up from their shady spot. Crazy, right? What’s more; they don’t mind vehicles coming close to them while feasting on a kill! This means epic photos and up close and personal visits- from the car, only!

Elephants

Elephants, believe it or not, are one of the most territorial animals in the wild. They usually live within a herd, and there is always a leader of the pack, that keeps a close eye on any visitor’s. Luckily, though, they don’t mind you paying a visit, as long as you respect their space and give them enough room to get away, should they feel threatened. They are beautiful, gentle creatures, but respect is key if you want to stay in their good books!

Buffalo

The same goes for Buffalo’s- give them space, and you’ll be on the safe side. Buffalo’s are beautiful animals but should not be underestimated. They too, live in a herd and are very protective of each other. If they feel threatened, they may just decide to sort you out. But, remember, your guide knows all the ins and outs when it comes to these big guys, and you’ll be in safe hands, all the way!

Leopards

Leopards, like lions, are not in the least bit phased with their human friends. Of course, you cannot step outside of the vehicle, because that would make you minced meat, but they have no issues with Safari vans coming past, with eager tourists and photo-snapping fundi’s. Believe it or not, they’re quite the posers, especially because they’re so visually striking when they’re hanging over a branch and glaring at you with those charismatic eyes.

Rhinos

Rhinos will never go out of their way to cause harm unless they feel that they are in a dangerous situation, themselves. It’s more than safe to peer over at them from a safe distance. They usually graze in large open fields and are pretty easy to spot. So, don’t worry about coming into unexpected contact with one of these big boys.

Hippo

Hippo are one of the most dangerous, of all the wildlife species. Hippo feel safer in the water and for this reason feels extra threatened when approached on land. Luckily though, these massive creatures spend most of their days in the water and only come out to graze once the sun goes down. One tip for those that decide to canoe alongside the hippos- stay in shallow water and give them the deep water, all will be peaceful and happy if you allow them to enjoy their afternoon swim, without distractions!

2. Stay Alert

This goes for wherever you are, but more so on a walking safari. It’s important that you are an extra pair of eyes and ears and don’t rely solely on the guide. Guides are often armed, so there’s little to worry about- but it’ll help a great deal if you stay alert to what could potentially be a danger. This will give your guide enough time to make a move, should he need to do so.

3. Trust Your Guide

Safari guides are highly trained and more often than not, have years of experience guiding as well as having an in-depth understanding of the behaviour of the animals. You can trust them wholeheartedly because they have your best interests at heart and their main aim is to keep you safe (and see you have an epic time, of course!) It’s important to listen to what your guide has to say and act upon his/her commands.

I hope those butterflies have rested and that you are more excited than nervous to witness these majestic creatures, in their natural habitat . After all, they too just want to be friends!

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How to Have a Perfect Holiday to Vancouver  http://www.nunomad.com/blog/perfect-holiday-vancouver/ http://www.nunomad.com/blog/perfect-holiday-vancouver/#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 16:26:27 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=5191 Vancouver sits on the western coast of Canada in British Columbia and is known for its natural beauty, mountains, parks, modern architecture, and laid-back lifestyle. Just under 10 million tourists visited in 2016, making it one of the most visited cities in Canada. Here are a few essentials to help you plan your perfect holiday […]

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Vancouver sits on the western coast of Canada in British Columbia and is known for its natural beauty, mountains, parks, modern architecture, and laid-back lifestyle. Just under 10 million tourists visited in 2016, making it one of the most visited cities in Canada. Here are a few essentials to help you plan your perfect holiday to Vancouver.

How to Get to Vancouver:

The easiest way is to fly in to Vancouver on one of the many daily flights from the UK or Europe. Expect a long flight and to suffer from jet lag when you arrive as Canada’s time zone is GMT-8. Many international tourists choose to spend at least a week or two in Canada to factor in the travelling time and readjusting the body clock.

If time isn’t an issue, other options include flying into other parts of Canada such as Ottawa or Toronto and taking the multi-day train to Vancouver. The Canadian Route (Toronto to Vancouver) is a 4500 kilometers, four-day journey from coast to coast. Anticipate some of best landscapes in Canada as you pass through several cities, changing backgrounds and the Canadian Rockies.

A final option is to visit Canada as a part of a larger North American adventure. Daily trains and buses connect Vancouver with Seattle in neighboring Washington State in the US.

What to Do and See in Vancouver:

The city itself sits along the Pacific coastline juxtaposed against mountains that are often snow-capped in the near distance. Tourists can access the mountains and experience the natural beauty of British Columbia in 30 minutes by car from most parts of the city. As such, Vancouver is famed for its natural beauty including the Gulf Islands, Grouse Mountain, Shannon and Whistler Falls, and the steep fjords at Indian Arm.

A number of attractions fill the city center ranging from the famous Stanley Park, the iconic Capilano Suspension Bridge and the historical district of Gastown. Visitors enjoy the local culture by marveling at the largest collection of art in Western Canada at the Vancouver Art Gallery or learn about the First Nation settlers in the Museum of Vancouver. Science World and Vancouver Aquarium also make for a fun day with the family.

For something a little more unique, visit the architectural wonders of the city. Vancouver Convention Center, completed in 2009, hugs the harbor and has a six-acre roof covered in grass. The Evergreen Building, which is a 10 storied building with exterior gardens in the shape of a pyramid.

Vancouver Experiences:

One of the strangest experiences is to watch a movie in a former morgue at the Vancouver Police Museum. Dramas, thrillers, and comedies are played for the public surrounded by the equipment of the morgue. Another unique thing to do is camp overnight at the zoo with their Night in the Wild Package. Guides take you around to see the animals in their nocturnal habitat before you set up camp. And to satisfy your culinary urges, sample the JAPADOG, a Japanese style hotdog, at one of the food stands.

Having the Perfect Holiday in Vancouver:

If natural beauty, a range of cultural and educational activities mixed with modern architectural wonders and historical districts sound fun to you, Vancouver might make the perfect holiday destination.

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Live Like a Londoner – A digital nomad’s guide http://www.nunomad.com/blog/live-like-a-londoner-a-digital-nomads-guide/ http://www.nunomad.com/blog/live-like-a-londoner-a-digital-nomads-guide/#respond Mon, 11 Sep 2017 10:28:03 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=5185 Whether you are going to London on holiday or for a work assignment (or a little of both), you don’t have to go around looking and acting like a tourist. You can be part of the real culture and get to know London better than you ever would as a tourist. Here are a few […]

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Whether you are going to London on holiday or for a work assignment (or a little of both), you don’t have to go around looking and acting like a tourist. You can be part of the real culture and get to know London better than you ever would as a tourist. Here are a few recommendations to get you off on the right foot.

The first thing you can do before you even leave home: Secure your accommodations. Home From Home makes this easy with their portfolio of the crème de la crème of rental properties easily accessible on their website. You can live among the locals in meticulously appointed properties conveniently located and reasonably priced. From a 1-bedroom studio to a 12-bedroom home, Home From Home will find you exactly what fits your needs. A very nice additional touch: The rental includes a chauffeur to fetch you from the airport and see you off when your visit is over.

The Tube

The London Underground (“Tube”) is the way to make your way around London and environs. Pick up the free map at any Tube station. It’s easy to follow with the general directions of the different trains  (north, south, east or westbound) clearly evident as well as the interchanges.

Use the pay-as-you-go Oyster card to travel throughout the Underground’s nine zones. It’s much less expensive than purchasing a single-fare ticket, e.g., a single-fare ticket in Zone 1 is 4.50 pounds while the Oyster fare is 2.40 pounds. Just remember to touch your Oyster card to the yellow readers as you enter the Tube station and as you exit.

A few ways to be good “Tube citizens” (and not act like a tourist):

  • Stand on the right when using escalators.
  • Move down inside the Tube carriages; don’t block the doorways.
  • Stand behind the yellow line whilst waiting for the train on the platform

You can also use the Oyster card on the red double-decker buses. Just remember to keep the card filled up: Buses do not take cash—ever!

Pub

Go to a pub, hang out, get to know the regulars. Of course, there are plenty of brews and just about any mixed drink you might want, but you must have a cider. There are a variety of flavors, such as pear and strawberry, and brands, such as the traditional Magners or Strongbow. Many pubs serve meals, usually for a fraction of the price you’d pay in a restaurant. Don’t miss the delights of the traditional English breakfast and the Sunday roast

Just so you know: Beverages are served at room temperature. Don’t make a scene. Just go with it.

Where to Eat

If you like quirky, visit the brasserie-style Sketch in Mayfair—18th-century tea room by day, cocktail lounge by night. You must use the restrooms while you are there. Instead of the usual stalls, you will step into an egg pod.

For the best restaurant view in all of the United Kingdom, go to the Duck & Waffle on the 40th floor of the Heron Tower. A few of their tasty treats: BBQ-Spiced Crispy Pig Ears, Pulled Goat Doughnut, Foie Gras Crème Brûlée, Nduja Seared Octopus and, of course, the Duck & Waffle.

If you’re on the go and/or low on cash, grab a sandwich at Pret A Manger, M&S or one of the many pasty stands. The food is fresh, flavorful and frugal.

The best advice, however, is to treat people with respect, and you will soon have a network of Londoners to rely on.

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Planning Your 2018 Travel Bucket List! http://www.nunomad.com/blog/planning-2018-travel-bucket-list/ http://www.nunomad.com/blog/planning-2018-travel-bucket-list/#respond Sat, 26 Aug 2017 10:16:13 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=5180 The summer is coming to an end, and before we know it it will be time to put out the Halloween decorations- closely followed by Christmas lights. Most of our travel plans will have been and gone by now, and with things starting to draw to a close now is a good time to start […]

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The summer is coming to an end, and before we know it it will be time to put out the Halloween decorations- closely followed by Christmas lights. Most of our travel plans will have been and gone by now, and with things starting to draw to a close now is a good time to start planning next year’s bucket list. Working out where you’d like to go and the things you would like to do- that way there’s plenty of time to get saving and work out the logistics. Here are some travel ideas for your 2018 bucket list!

Be A Tourist In Your Home Town/ City

Travelling somewhere new is fantastic- it allows us to see how other cultures live, we can meet new people and see new things. But there’s a lot of interesting things to do everywhere in the world, and that includes the place right under your own feet. You probably overlook your own town or city since you’ve grown up around it and become desensitized to it. But go out and see it with fresh eyes, go to the places tourists go. Stay in a hotel, eat at a restaurant and visit the places it has to offer. If you live in the countryside you could go on hikes and bike rides and go camping with friends- chances are these are things you haven’t done in your area in many years. It’s affordable, convenient and you will have much more fun than you realized!

Volunteer Abroad

If you have a roof over your head, clothes on your back and food in your cupboards you’re already much better off than a huge proportion of the world. For this reason, if you’re able to give back in any way then you should. Third world countries especially are crying out for volunteers, people who can help to construct buildings, teach basic numeracy and literacy to children and so much more. You don’t need any particular skills, just being there and providing the extra manpower helps massively. There are often programs you can sign up to which offer free accommodation in return for help and labor, it gives you the chance to travel and know you’re doing your bit for humankind too.

Visit a Natural Wonder

It could be a waterfall like Victoria Falls or Niagara Falls, it could be viewing the Northern Lights, it could be seeing spectacular animals like whales migrating. Either way, aiming to see one of the world’s unusual natural phenomenon will take your breath away and give you fond memories to look back on forever. Sure, man made attractions like the Statue of Liberty or Golden Gate Bridge are breathtaking, but even more so when it’s a naturally occurring wonder.

Go Backpacking

It might not be relaxing in a luxury hotel, but backpacking gives you a whole different way to see the world. When you’re traveling by foot and public transport, you can fully immerse yourself in a culture, and generally get to understand it in a way that just isn’t possible when you’re on a regular or luxury vacation. Pack up your kit, plan your route and enjoy seeing a destination from this perspective.

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Top 5 Reasons To Visit Lithuania http://www.nunomad.com/travel/top-5-reasons-visit-lithuania/ http://www.nunomad.com/travel/top-5-reasons-visit-lithuania/#respond Thu, 24 Aug 2017 13:04:18 +0000 http://www.nunomad.com/?p=5171 Lithuania is one of the most forgotten about countries in Europe, despite being one of the most beautiful there is in the world. This country is slowly making its name as an up and coming FinTech leader, but for tourists, there’s a whole new world to discover in this beautiful country. If you’re looking to […]

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Lithuania is one of the most forgotten about countries in Europe, despite being one of the most beautiful there is in the world. This country is slowly making its name as an up and coming FinTech leader, but for tourists, there’s a whole new world to discover in this beautiful country. If you’re looking to visit Lithuania, then you will need an e111 card before you go to ensure that you are safe at all times. Here, we’re taking a look at the top five reasons for you to visit Lithuania.

Cheap

A major draw to visiting Lithuania is the fact that it is one of the most affordable destinations to travel to in Europe. In fact, the capital of Lithuania, Vilnius, is regularly ranking as one of the most affordable city breaks that you can discover in Europe, and with this, you can enjoy cheap flights, accommodation, food and drink, while still benefiting from quality.

The Centre Of Europe

While a huge number of countries, in particular Hungary and Belarus have claimed to be the centre of Europe, the scientific community have claimed that Lithuania is actually the centre of Europe. This means that almost every country in Europe is able to easily access it, helping to ensure that you can get to any other European country that you please, with ease.

Folklore & Religion

If you’re loking for an interesting destination to head to – and something kind of spooky, then the Hill Of Crosses and the Hill Of Witches are an ideal stop for you to visit. The Hill Of Crosses is located near Siauliai, and is believed to have appeared after a battle in its location in 1831. Since this date, a huge number of Catholic pilgrims have left crosses and crucifixes, statutes of the Virgin Mary and more on the hill. According to sources, the hill now features more than 100,000 crosses. Alongside this, an outdoor sculpture gallery, also known as the Hill Of Witches is ideal for a visit. This features around 80 wooden statutes and carvings of different folklore characters and pagan traditions.

World Heritage Sites

One of the biggest upsides to this beautiful country isn’t just the amazing cobblestone streets that you can find here – but also the charming world heritage sites. Firstly, you have the strip of sand dunes known as the Curonian Spit – a rare natural wonder. On top of this, you also have the Kernave Archaeological Site and the Struve Geodetic Arc. Of course, we couldn’t forget about the historic centre of Vilnius, which itself is a beautiful world heritage site.

It’s History

One of the most incredible things about Lithuania is its tumultuous history, which you can see around the country. Having been occupied by both the Nazis and the Soviets, there’s plenty of statues and relics of both to spot as you head around the city – one of which is the bust of Stalin. In addition to this, there’s a number of exhibitions on life in the country at various times of the year.

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