One of the biggest ‘holidays of a lifetime’ for many people has got to be trekking in the Amazon rainforest. Just the thought of it is enough to send a world of exotic images spiralling into your mind: the verdant green of the trees, the shrieks and calls of the monkeys and birds, the croak of frogs, the trickle of sweat as it glides down your back, the squelch of the soft ground beneath your boots…
The Amazon rainforest traverses a whopping nine countries, over an area one and a half times the size of the European Union, meaning the opportunity to trek terrain that varies enormously. Visitors to the area should prepare to navigate microclimates where it can vary from the very hot to pouring rain, with changing animal species that diversify with their environment – and what animals they are! Jaguars, monkeys, anacondas, frogs, parrots, dolphins, crocodiles and tarantulas are just a few among the thousands of different types of animal life that can be found within the depths of the Amazon’s tropical rainforest. This, combined with the amount of species of plants and trees, makes the area one of the most magnificent in the world. Trekking in the Amazon rainforest is something that challenges tourists, and becomes an experience they will never forget.
Unfortunately, the Amazon rainforest is under growing threat of deforestation caused by logging, cattle ranching, mining and more. Global climate change is also a significant threat to the rainforest. Many people are aware of the types of threats that put the future of the Amazon rainforest in jeopardy, but are we doing enough to help protect this precious land?
During your time spent in University, the subject of wanting to see more of the world often arises. After all, it’s more than likely that you have spent the majority of your life in a confined area and even if you have moved away to University, in global terms you wouldn’t have moved particularly far away. If you do want to see more of the world, travelling shortly after Graduation is a great time to do it. You have the rest of your life ahead of you to work and to do the mundane things such as buy a house. Many employers used to have a negative outlook on those who opted to travel, but that trend is certainly changing.
My career has allowed me to spend a lot of time interviewing graduates in order to asses if they are suitable candidates for graduate jobs. Many of the people who I have spoken to have indeed been travelling for a period of time after attending University. Some people have travelled for a few months and some have even spent years in different countries. Regardless of the amount of time or the amount of countries you visited, employers are now becoming more increasingly interested any experiences that you had when you were away. It is recommended that you keep a record of any worthy incidents.
If you have recently graduated from University, you will not have much at all in terms of work experience. After all you would have spent the last few years of your life studying, so how could you be expected to have the same levels of experience as somebody who has spent the same amount of time in a full time position? If this is the case and it is more than likely to be, then don’t worry as employers will instead be looking at any skills that you possess that can be transferable. Transferable skills are ones that you have that can be adapted to a different situation. Have a think about your experiences, it’s more than likely that you have plenty.
A vital component of adventure backpacking is getting rest when on the road. When backpacking, you hardly get a chance to obtain consistent hours of sleep due to varying itineraries or because fellow travellers’ plans interfere with yours. Whether on a bus, airplane or ferry, compromising on comfort when recovering means compromising on the overall experience you get from your journey. It is wise to take a decent travel pillow to be well rested after a nap on the road. My backpacker guide has reviewed the 3 best travel pillows and will present their advantages and disadvantages below to help you make a profound choice before heading off. Note that this post reviews pillows only and ignores neck pillows.
The Cocoon Air-core Pillow convinces with its soft flannel front, which guarantees the softest rest of the 3 best travel pillows. It also packs into a conveniently small unit (fist size), despite requiring some effort. It is fairly light and comes in numerous colours. The downside of the flannel front is its sensitivity to dirt. Also, it misses a lining that prevents the floating of air inside the pillow. As a result the head is hardly stationary when resting on the pillow. The Cocoon Air-core is very good value for money. The pillow comes in a storage bag and costs about 26$.
The Exped Air Pillow is my favourite because it is superlight (85g), robust and really convenient to inflate (two breaths suffice) as well as compress and pack. Also, the air remains in place because the fabric lining fixes the shape without causing the pillow to be hard as a rock. Because of those advantages it is worth the additional cost which is considerably higher than that of its competitors (39$). I take it on all of my trips and pack it so it is easily reachable.
How time flies! It seems like only yesterday we were ringing in the New Year, yet soon enough we’ll be in the midst of spring. This year, be organised and plan your spring holidays in advance.
Choosing Your Destination
It’s worth scouting the internet to see what destinations have been touted as the must-sees of 2013.
Burbank is famous as the media capital of the world because this city is located nearby Hollywood. Undoubtedly, the city has many options to explore but yes it is possible only if you have a car of your own. Things could become easier and more convenient if you hire a car rental service for your travelling in the city. Hiring a car for travelling is not new, many people today prefer the same but demand for Shuttle Services in Burbank is on a rise because they offer a convenient travelling on the roads of the city. That is why these services are today known as the smartest ways to drive along the busiest distances of Burbank.
Keeping similar things in mind, today many car rental services have started their businesses in the city. They claim to serve their clients with all the luxuries and comforts that they are looking for. A similar genuine name serving in the list is LAX Car Finder, a car rental service that has clients in more than 100 countries and has so far served thousands of clients by travelling them to several different locations and helping them gain new experiences every time they travel with them.
Burbank is a small city located in the Los Angeles County in Southern California. The city has a big number of popular media and entertaining companies, which has made it known as headquarter to all. Some big names establishing their businesses here are The Walt Disney Company, Warner Music Group, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Insomniac Games and Nickelodeon etc. It is very well known by now that Burbank is a city that is rich in cinematic history. This is the reason as why this place is visited by a big population of tourists every year. In such events, regular and comfortable car rentals make the best option for travelling.