Great Jobs for People Who Like to Travel

Grace Hotel MykonosThere are some people who would never be content staying in one place. Since it is not practical to be moving all the time, these folks fulfill their wanderlust with traveling. Unfortunately, they have to save up money and vacation time to be able to hit the road.

With the economy and the cost of gasoline, it is getting more difficult to do a lot of traveling. Wouldn’t it be great to be able to fly to exotic destinations and get paid for doing it? That is why many people who love to travel have decided to train for aviation jobs. They can travel the world and see the sites of their dreams as a career.

The most obvious aviation job is being either a private or commercial pilot. With the proper training and certifications, people can fly planes, jets, or helicopters to transport supplies or passengers. How exciting to be able to fly all over the globe and not have to worry about buying tickets or using vacation time.

Those who choose to be private pilots are able to set their own schedule and itineraries. They often own their own planes. Commercial pilots usually have set schedules and a routine flying route. Since piloting an aircraft takes a lot of complicated training, excellent health and strong nerves, it is not a profession for everyone.

The good news is that there are several other career opportunities in the aviation field that allows for a lot of travel. People who have experience in the hospitality industry may be interested in training to be a flight attendant. These professionals serve the passengers while helping to maintain order and safety in the cabin. Flight attendants often have layovers between flights and are able to spend some time in the various places they land.

Threats of terrorism have resulted in steep security upgrades in airports, planes, jets. So, being an air marshal is a career that is booming. Air marshals provide security throughout the flight so the passengers arrive safely. They have the same type of training and experience that police officers have, tailored to the inside of a plane. Most of the time, they are just calming down inebriated or obnoxious passengers. Being an air marshal is a good choice for people who are interested in security work and traveling.

True, it can be difficult for people who work in the aviation field and have families at home. Many employers offer their employees steep discounts for traveling families, or even free air travel. There is no worry about waiting for vacation time or saving up for the tickets. For those who enjoy being jet set and seeing the world, having a career in aviation would be a true walk in the clouds.

Backpacking Tips

michael sproul hiking grand daddy lake utahOne of my great joys in life is to be out in nature. I will admit I don’t like sitting at a desk so any chance to be outside I will take it. Backpacking can be very enjoyable as long as you pack right. Here are some tips I follow when I backpack so I don’t feel like dying after only a few miles.

1. Choose the right backpack. This can be hard if you go into a store without any knowledge. First you need to figure out what type of backpacking you will be doing. If you think you are only going to go for a day or two don’t get a huge pack that is meant for a multiple day hike! Most good backpacks are measured by how much they hold and if you are male or female. Make sure the backpack feels comfortable for your body shape. Some will feel better than others. When I am testing out a backpack I always put some weight in. If you are at Walmart, start throwing camping items inside and see how it feels full. If you are at REI sometimes they have weights you can toss in, however if you just put weights in it won’t be as accurate since all the weight will be at the bottom. If you don’t feel confident in your decision read online reviews from others or go to a sporting goods store and have the salesperson help you decide based on your needs.

2. Loading your backpack. I always put all my gear I will need on my floor so I see what I have and if I am missing anything before I start putting it actually into the backpack. A few years ago people thought you should put all your heavy items on the bottom or the top; however recent studies have shown that you should actually center the items closest to your spine. This creates a normal center of gravity. The bottom of your pack should be items that you won’t need until you set up camp like your long underwear, your folded up sleeping pad, and other items like that. Then in the middle put your heaver items like your stove (closest to your spine). Then at the very top make sure you put things like your first aid kit or anything you might want on the trail. REI has a great video and page to help you even more. Check it out here.

3. Pack only what you need. Do you really need a 5 pound camp chair or 5 boxes of fruit snacks. You would be surprised at how quickly the weight adds up especially once you think about adding your tent and sleeping bag.

4. Pace yourself and have fun. Don’t over do it while you backpack. Take your time. Don’t be in such a rush to get to the destination you forget the journey. Look around you, enjoy the beautiful country landscape.

Best Offroading Vehicles

JeepOffroadBeing a girl I am not too into offroading and all that. However I understand that it is a very popular pastime among the male gender in particular and can be a lot of fun. That being said there are some vehicles that are better designed than others for offroading. First of all, there is the Land Rover Range Rover, their MSRP starts at $85,000. It is said that this particular vehicle is among the elite of offroading SUVs. The new 2013 model has shed a lot of weight which helps to improve the fuel economy and helps in making it great for offroading adventures.

Second, there is the Toyota Land Cruiser. Their MSRP starts at $78,000 making them slightly more affordable. Believe it or not, this vehicle has tremendous offroading capabilities. It can literally go anywhere, on any sort of terrain making it a great choice.

Third, there is the Land Rover LR4 which starts with its MSRP at $48,000. This is a much more affordable choice when looking at an SUV. It is great for inclement weather and rugged terrain. The only negative about this vehicle is the very low fuel economy that it receives. Other than that, it is a great choice.

Fourth, there is the Volkswagen Touareg. Their MSRP starts at $43,000. Volkswagen is a great brand and you can never go wrong there. Although it might tend to fly under the radar somewhat when people are looking for offroading vehicles, it has great torque because of its TDI diesel engine. An added benefit is that it gets good fuel economy for an SUV.

Fifth, there is the ever popular Jeep Wrangler. Their MSRP begins at $22,000 so very affordable. I know the few times I have ever been offroading has actually been in a Jeep Wrangler. It did great and we had a good time. It has the ability to go just about anywhere, and I can personally attest to that on some of my adventures with my friend. A great place to look at Wranglers and other Jeep models is at jeep dealer Utah. Not only do they have a great inventory to help select the best vehicle for your needs, but their experience in selling cars will leave you feeling satisfied with your experience with them.

Sixth, something that surprised me was the Nissan Pathfinder. Its MRSP begins at $28,000 making it a very reasonably priced SUV. It is stylish and has good offroad capabilities. The newest model weighs a lot less making it great for offroading.

Seventh, the Ford Explorer has good offroading ability. The Explorer’s MSRP begins at $29,000 so it is just in the middle relating to cost. The newest model has a much improved fuel economy due to the new 4-cylinder eco boost engine. This makes things great for offroading on rocky terrain.

Eighth, we have the Toyota FJ Cruiser. I must admit that this surprised me when I saw it. It’s MSRP begins at $26,000 and is a solid choice for offroading due to its design. Be careful however because visibility lacks. Finally we have the Jeep Grand Cherokee. This jeep begins at $27,000 and is the best choice for offroading. It is designed to virtually handle anything that is thrown in its direction.

Must Haves for a Backpack Trip

backpackingNothing like the great outdoors to strengthen bonds and build character. Think about it, the Boy Scouts do it all the time! Now, thinking like a scout should conjure up a phrase – Be Prepared. Well, when you are on a backpack trip, those two words are as true as ever. Below is a list of some essential and recommended items for your adventure.

Backpack – really, this goes without saying, but it seemed appropriate to start with the basics

Tent – Unless you plan on sleeping in whatever weather may come (remember that the weather man is never 100% accurate) then you should bring a reliable tent. Keep it small enough to carry, but big enough for you and your stuff. If this is a joint adventure, share the tent pieces with your partner. If there is a chance of rain, your tent should also have a rain cover. Make sure the tent can handle both the weather and the chill for the region you’ll be trekking.

Sleeping Bag – Having something to keep you insulated at night is critical. You’ll especially need it to keep warm if you are sleeping anytime other than the hottest part of summer. Even then, nights are always colder than days and you’ll want to keep yourself from getting frostbite. Check to make sure your sleeping bag is rated for the temperatures you’ll be encountering.

Water – It is heavy, awkward, and sometimes bothersome in flavor, but this addition will save your life. You can’t function without water and after three days of moderate movement and no water, you crash. So imagine a vigorous hike. Anyway, pack enough water to take care of you and if there is a water source, get some water purification tablets so you can restock on the trial.

Food – Yep, this is an important one. Unless you’re on some crazy fasting diet with exercise too, this is key. Your body and muscles require the energy supplied by carbohydrates, vitamins, and proteins. Keep your belly full enough to keep the rest of you moving.

Clothing – You’ll need at least one backup pair to wear in case what you are wearing gets soaked or soiled. That way you won’t have to stand and shiver while your clothes dry off. Plus, wearing the same clothes for days on end is stinky (in more ways than one).

Toiletries – This is an “optional” one, but you might want to give it the benefit of the doubt. Having a trowel to dig a hole for going the bathroom, shaving equipment for those who dislike scruff (that will include razor, shaving soap, maybe after shave), combination body soap and shampoo (carry one thing instead of two), and a toothbrush with toothpaste.

Other things can be thrown in as weight, space, and need arises, but these things should keep you going on almost any backpack adventure.

Hiking Safety

With changes in the economy, there are many families and individuals who are looking for fun new ways to enjoy the outdoors and get away from everyday life without having to spend a lot of money in the process. This is one of the reasons why camping and hiking are becoming more and more popular. There are camping sites and hiking trails that can be enjoyed all over the country and people of all ages and fitness levels can find great enjoyment in the outdoors. But no matter what your skill level, it is important to be equipped with the proper gear and tools that you will need to make your camping and hiking adventure a fun and safe experience. This is why hiking safety should be of utmost importance to anyone who is planning a trip in the great outdoors.

While there are many different facets to hiking safety, there are a few things that should always be adhered to when you are on an outdoor adventure. Make sure that you pack a basic first aid kit and know how to use it. Even if you are only taking a short hike, it is better to be prepared than to be left wanting in an emergency. Another important part of camping and hiking safety is to make sure that you have enough water to stay hydrated and take some healthy snacks with you to eat along the way. You may be surprised how far a few hiking safety precautions can go!

Camping Activities

Whether you are new to the world of camping or have been camping all of your life, camping is one of the best ways to have a weekend getaway and to escape from the pressures of everyday life. And with the changing economy, more and more people are turning to camping as a fun and economical way to have fun without breaking the monthly budget. And the great thing about camping is that anyone can do it, no matter what you age or skill level. In fact, there are camping site and camping activities for people of all levels of outdoor knowledge all across the country. But no matter how experienced you are when it comes to camping, it is still important to have the proper camping gear so that your camping activities will be safe, fun, and memorable.

One of the best things about camping activities is that there are so many, each camping trip you take can be a new and exciting adventure. Camping activities can include everything from fishing and hiking to outdoor cooking and card games. No matter what you like to do, camping activities can accommodate any taste. Another important thing to remember, however, is that even though camping activities are fun and enjoyable, you should always take some extra precaution and know what to do in case of an emergency. As part of your camping gear, make sure to include a first aid kit, map, and other emergency essentials. You’ll be glad you did!