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New to Camping? Research Where You’re Going Before you Leave

Can you guess what John Madden, Oprah Winfrey, and Dolly Parton have in common? They all love camping! And while the three of them may have tons of experience under their belts right now, they, like everyone else, were beginners once, and have made their share of mistakes. What’s the Biggest Mistake of Novice Campers? One of the great things about camping is that it’s both fun and uncomplicated. That being said, you still need to think things through before you decide to head out; especially when it comes to researching where you’re going. If there’s any advice a seasoned camper can give to a newbie, it’s to always research your destination if you haven’t been there before. What Should...

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Cheap Hostels vs. Expensive Hostels – Which are Best?

One of the most important decisions you’ll make when backpacking is deciding where to stay. Hostels are usually a backpacker’s best friend since they offer low-cost lodgings, but if you’ve never stayed at one before, you should know that not all hostels are alike, and more expensive does not always equal better. The most important thing to determine when deciding on a hostel is that it suits your needs and caters to your interests. Below are a few tips from Kyndley on how to discern which hostels will meet your needs while on your trip. Cheap Hostels – How Bad Can They Be? Let’s face it: if you had Jay Z money, you’d be staying in Jay Z lodgings. Instead,...

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Location, Location, Location: Choosing a Beginner’s Backpacking Destination

When asked by Backpacking Magazine about his views on the importance of taking care of the environment, then Presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama, stated: “My connection to the earth was formed during my time in Hawaii, my birthplace. I think those of us who grew up in Hawaii have a particular attachment to the land and understand how fragile it is. When you are snorkeling through the coral reefs, you can see firsthand that a slight change in temperature or increase in sediment and runoff or change in acidification could end up destroying it all and making it unavailable for your children.” Backpacker or not, wouldn’t you agree? Backpacking is an adventure. It’s part hiking, part camping, and lets you...

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