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How to Pack the Perfect Suitcase

Packing for your next vacation may seem like a simple task, but there is more strategy that goes into packing than just throwing in a few random shirts and pants. Packing can actually turn into a stressful ordeal if not thought out thoroughly. To maximize the fun on your next vacation, try out a few of these tips to pack the perfect suitcase.

Don’t use a big suitcase if you don’t have to 

While it can be tempting to bring your entire wardrobe, it is not necessary. If you are only traveling for a few days, you only need a few outfits. To avoid packing too much and excess luggage fees, limit yourself to a smaller suitcase. If you have extra room in your suitcase you will find yourself packing more than you need just to fill the extra space. Try packing your essentials into a suitcase no bigger than 22 inches tall. Limiting your suitcase to this size will not only limit what you are you are bringing, but you won’t have to check your bag.

Follow the 5,4,3,2,1 Rule 

Something that will help you to travel light is embracing the 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 rule. This rule is perfect for a weeklong trip. Limit yourself to:

  • 5 Tops
  • 4 Bottoms
  • 3 “nice” pieces (dresses or button-downs for more formal occasions)
  • 2 pairs of shoes (one practical pair and one formal pair)
  • 1 hat, watch, and sunglasses

Depending on where you plan on traveling or your needs, you can easily adapt the rule. If you are going to the beach, make sure to throw in a swimsuit. If you going to a colder climate, bring a heavier jacket. The rule is there to act as a guide.

Put your Tetris skills to the test 

Utilize every inch of space that your suitcase has to offer. Put your sock in your shoes, use any side pockets, and roll your clothes. Rolling helps keep your clothes wrinkle-free and allows you to see everything you packed more easily. While packing you can also try out different strategies like packing cubes or the bundle technique.

Pack your toiletries wisely 

To avoid spills, keep your toiletries secured in a separate bag. If you plan on air traveling, use a clear plastic bag so T.S.A. can easily see the contents of the bag. Your toiletries should be the last thing you pack in your bag and located on top of your clothes. Keeping your toiletries separate from the rest of your luggage will help to ensure that you aren’t forgetting anything.

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Food & Travel, Vincent Granville

5 Destinations for Adventure Seekers

For an adventure seeker, the world has plenty of exciting destinations to offer. From the highest bungee jump to swinging at the edge of the world, there are many locations that offer adrenaline-inducing activities. If you are in the need of a liberating adventure, travel to one (or all!) of the destinations below.

Take a hike in Torres del Paine, Chilean Patagonia

From mountain peaks to blue glaciers, the Torres del Paine offers a landscape that is truly breathtaking. The Base of the Towers (Torres) hike is one of the most famous hikes. This hike, however, is not for the faint of heart. In total it will take 7 to 8 hours to hike over 18 kms of mountains and forests.

Scuba Dive the Great Barrier Reef

One of the most amazing sights under the sea is the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. The reef is a jaw-dropping and colorful destination that is home to many fish and other marine life. Take a guided scuba dive tour to fully experience the wonder.

Swing at the End of the World in Baños, Ecuador

If you venture deep into the Ecuadorian wilderness you will find a treehouse known as Casa del Arbol. Located 8530.184 feet above sea level, the perch overlooks the active volcano, Mt. Tungurahua. Hanging from the branches of the tree house is a single swing that attracts visitors from all over the world. The swing hangs over the cliff and as you push yourself into the air, it will seem like you are in the edge of the world.

Swim with Sharks in Cape Town, South Africa 

The waters surrounding Cape Town are known to have the largest population of sharks in the entire world. Those who are feeling brave enough can swim alongside these beasts in a steel cage. For those who aren’t quite ready to get up close and personal with one of the deadliest sea creatures, you can trade in your cage for a surfboard. Along with Great Whites, Cape Town is known for its massive waves giving you the perfect excuse to work on your surfing skills.

Sandboard in the Atacama Desert in Northern Chile

Sandboarding is similar to snowboarding, but instead of riding a wave on a board you ride down a dune. San Pedro de Atacama is a popular destination for both sandboarding fands and adrenaline enthusiasts. The real workout is not in the activity itself but rather scaling the hill to get back to the top.

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Food & Travel, Vincent Granville

4 Mouthwatering Cusines From Around The World

One of the best parts about traveling is exploring a cuisine that is unlike your own. Wherever your travel, take the opportunity to try something new. If you consider yourself a food connoisseur and are looking to expand your palate, try visiting one of the following counties.

 

France

 

The people of France recognize the importance of good food. From two-hour lunch breaks to three-course meals, the French care about food. Often people travel from all over the world to experience the different combinations of wine and cheese. Although French cuisine may seem fancy, the French often take a down-to-earth approach to cooking. In many French bistros, you will find cassoulet, steak frites and pot au feu dominating the menu.

 

Thailand

 

Thailand is most known for their street food. If you find yourself walking down the streets of Bangkok, you are bound to smell something wonderful in the air. In Thai cuisine, you will find a combination of many different herbs and spices that help to develop complex flavors. Thai food can range from salty to sweet, to anywhere in between. Some of the most popular street dishes include Pad See Eiw, Pad Kra Pao, and Som Tam.

 

Italy

 

One of the most beloved cuisines is Italian. The base of many Italian dishes is tomato, bread, and olive oil. Italian chefs swear that their secret to amazing food is not the procedure but the quality of ingredients. Of the best and freshest ingredients are used in the preparation of Italian dishes. You haven’t had great pizza until you have had pizza in Italy.

 

Spain

 

In Spain, you will find a wide variety of cuisine. Across time, various countries conquered Spain, which explains why the cuisine is so vast. Across the country, each region brings their own twist on Spanish cuisine. While in Spain, the number one thing you must try is a croquette. Croquettes are found at almost every bar or restaurant. They can be breaded fried balls that are filled with some type of meat like cured ham sausage or fish. Often you can judge the quality of a restaurant on their ability to make a good croquette.

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