How to Choose the Right Backpack for Your Adventure

Hit up the trail and go on the vacation or adventure of a lifetime with the right pack that keeps everything you need in one piece!

Read on to find out all about finding the right backpack for your next venture to the great outdoors.

Choosing the Right Size
Not all backpacks are the right size or the right fit for you, so you can’t just go about choosing any pack – your first criteria for choosing the right one is size and fit.

You can find the right size by asking a friend to measure the length of your torso, which extends from the nape of your neck to the top of your hips. Use this as a baseline for finding the right one for you.

You can also customize the fit by adjusting the hip-belt or pulling back on your straps. For any final tweaks, you can pull any additional stabilizer straps on either side in order to secure the weight to your back.

Carrying
If you’re planning to go on a hike or a long vacation, be sure to buy a backpack with an internal frame. These are the types of backpacks that are designed not just to keep you stable on rugged terrain, but also include load support that transfers the weight to your hips instead of just your back.

Aside from comfort and durability, carrying capacity is also a factor that you need to keep in mind, especially if you need to carry more of your essentials and spare clothes.

Other Features
There are also other features that you should be looking for, such as the following:

• Water-resistance – Many packs are now designed to be water resistant or outright waterproof, which is great for rainy weather. They are also slightly lighter than other types of backpacks.

• Lockable zippers – Lockable zippers are great for added security, and are less likely to pop open when you happen to be carrying a lot.

• Multiple compartments – More compartments are always a good thing – if you need to hold any additional gear that you need to use regularly, you can place them in pockets for easier access.

• Added padding – Padding gives you more support and comfort especially when the weight of your backpack is pushing down on your shoulders.

• Breathability – It can be difficult to avoid a sweaty back, but you can do so by buying a backpack with a suspended mesh panel.

When choosing a backpack, be sure to choose one that’s especially suited for your purpose – for instance, having a hiking backpack in the office will definitely look out of place. Checking on the backpack’s quality and characteristics will help you do this easily.

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5 Most Stunning Secret Marvels on Earth

While popular tourist attractions in the world are always worth-visiting, it’s also nice and fulfilling to discover off-the-beaten-path sites and experiences. The world is not limited to same old spots that have been mentioned in books and guides for many years. So for your next vacation, instead of heading to The Eiffel Tower or The Great Wall of China, target one of these hidden destinations and discover unique sights and experiences all your own.

1. Ha’iku Stairs (Hawaii)
The breathtaking view you will witness from the top of these stairs is the reason why it is named the ‘Stairway to Heaven.’ Built in 1940s and consisting of almost 4,000 steps, the track will lead you to the peak of Oahu’s Ko’olau Mountain Range. That’s a convenient hike right there!

2. Trolltunga (Norway)
Not for the faint-hearted, Trolltunga (troll tongue) is a rock formation seated at about 700 meters (2,296 feet) above the lake Ringedalsvatnet. This tongue of rock can only be accessed by a 12-hour hike from Skjegedal village, but the mesmerizing 360 degree view certainly lends itself for some stunning photo backdrops. Just try not to look down.

3. Garajonay National Park (Canary Islands)
Just like what we often see in fairytales, this park in Canary Islands is almost always cloaked in mists, making this mesmerizing land of delicate flowers, laurisilva trees and carpets of moss seem like straight out of a dream.

4. Jiuzhaigou Valley (China)
Hike through Jiuzhaigou Valley, which is a remote region in the northern part of Sichuan, China. The valley stretches over 180,000 acres, with Tibetan villages, colorful lakes and multi-level waterfalls in it. Waters are so clear that you can perfectly see the bottom of it.

5. Rangiroa (French Polynesia)
See for yourself the fascinating sea life in Rangiroa, a ring-shaped island in French Polynesia. It’s got a gorgeous underwater world that every scuba diver must see. Dolphins, green sea turtles, hammerhead sharks and manta rays are just some of the common sea creatures you’ll find here.

6. Pongong Tso (The Himalayas)
For a less crowded destination, head to Pangong Tso, a saline lake in the Himalayas between Tibet and India. The bright blue waters are beautifully contrasted by the mountains and green shore that provide absolutely mesmerizing view.

These are just a few of the plenty of places that you don’t always see on the front page of tourist magazines and guidebooks. Have you been to some of these places?

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The Best City Skylines in the World  

 

Who says that nature only has the best view? Even if we are in the city, there is still beauty in tall buildings and skyscrapers. In every city, there is a unique skyline and Emporis attempted to seek the best. Emporis released its 2014 list of the best skylines in the world.

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The rank depends on different factors. Emporis looked at the number of high rise buildings (from twelve to thirty nine floors) and skyscrapers (from forty floors or more) in major cities – the taller the buildings, the higher their value. However, bridges, TV towers and other structures are not included in count.

Here’s the list:

  • Hong Kong: Hong Kong has the best skylines in the world with 7,773 high rise buildings nestled in 1, 053 square kilometres of land.
  • New York City: The second best skyline in the world is New York City with 6,041 high rise buildings nestled in 800 square kilometres of land.
  • Singapore: Singapore is the third best skyline in the world with 4,486 high rise buildings nestled in 710 square kilometres of land.
  • Seoul: Seoul is the fourth best skyline in the world with 3, 001 high rise buildings nestled in 616 square kilometres of land.

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  • Dubai: Dubai is the fifth best skyline in the world with 650 high rise buildings nestled in 3, 885 square kilometres of land.
  • Chicago: Chicago is the sixth best skyline in the world with 1, 1153 high rise buildings in 589 square kilometres of land.
  • Sao Paulo: Sao Paulo is included in the list being the seventh best skyline in the world with 5, 706 high rise buildings nestled in 1, 523 square kilometres of land.
  • Shanghai: Shanghai is the eighth best skyline in the world with 1, 010 high rise buildings nestled in 6, 639 square kilometres of land.
  • Bangkok: Bangkok is the ninth best skyline in the world with 913 high rise buildings nestled in 1, 569 kilometres of land.
  • Tokyo: Tokyo is the tenth best skyline in the world with 2, 765 high rise buildings nestled in 621 kilometres of land.
  • Moscow: Moscow is the eleventh best skyline in the world with 4, 391 high rise buildings nestled in 1, 081 square kilometres of land.
  • Guangzhou: Guangzhou is the twelfth best skyline in the world with 521 tall buildings nestled in 7, 434 square kilometres of land.

The list goes on. If we notice, the top five consist more of Asian countries. This goes to show that we are not at par with other regions when it comes to infrastructures.

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5 Ways to Make Travelling as a Couple a Lot More Fun

You’re probably heard of the saying: “You don’t really know someone until you’ve experienced travelling with them.” Well, this is actually true. Going on a long trip with your special someone is a lot different than just spending time together watching Netflix and playing video games. While this is the time where you get the chance to really know your partner on a different level, it’s also the time where you find new reasons that will make you fall in love with him all over again. So, make your trip more memorable by following these tips.

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  1. Dare to Do Extreme Activities. If you’ve watched Chasing Liberty, then you know the scene where Ben (Matthew Goode) and Anna (Mandy Moore) looked so sweet when they bungee jumped off a bridge with their arms around each other. Doing extreme activities is actually a fun way to face your fears together – and it doesn’t necessarily have to be bungee jumping off a bridge or any high place.
  1. Take a Lot of Pictures. It can be candid, cheesy, funny or wacky – taking photos is definitely one of the best ways to capture all your romantic moments. Plus, you can also take a look back at these pictures someday and laugh at all the memories that you’ve created during your trip.
  1. Eat Exotic Foods. Most countries have their own unique dish and trying them can add on the new experiences that you and your significant other have done together. Just be mindful of his food allergies though, if he has one.

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  1. Socialize With Other Travellers. Although you’ve only planned a trip for two, mingling with other travellers is also a good thing to do in your trip. Not only will you be able to meet new friends and expand your network, you may even be able to find some travel buddies!
  1. Communicate With Each Other. Understand that your man isn’t a mind reader and unless you express what you want, he really won’t know. Dropping some hints won’t also help. So, if you want to dine at a particular restaurant, just tell him straight up to save yourselves from a potential lover’s quarrel.

Travelling with your special someone is definitely one of the best things that you may experience. Not only will you be able to spend some quality time together, you’ll also be able to get to know him on a much deeper level. So go ahead and start planning your next trip now, and make the most out of it by following the aforementioned tips.

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The 2015 World Airport Awards

On March 11, 2015, Singapore was claimed the World’s Best Airport. The award was decided by travellers at this year’s World Airport Awards. It was announced at Passenger Terminal EXPO in Barcelona, Spain. For the information of everybody, the World Airport Awards is an annual customer satisfaction survey gathered from thirteen million nominations which included more than five hundred fifty airports in the world.

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Singapore’s Changi Airport lived up to its reputation as the best airport in the world. The airport continues to give total customer experience and satisfaction in the most enjoyable way. At present, Changi Airport is taking momentous development projects like Jewel and the Terminal 4. This is something that we should all look forward to in the coming years.

Here are the top nine best airports in the world:

  • Incheon International Airport: The airport is the largest in South Korea and is the second best airport in the world. Incheon International Airport is also dubbed as one of the busiest airports in the world. It is open from 9am to 11pm.
  • Munich Airport: Air travellers regard Munich Airport as a city centre that offers more than one hundred fifty retail stores. It does not end there because the airport also offers more than fifty restaurants to eat and drink. Indeed the travellers have plenty to do while waiting for their next flight. With this, Munich is considered the third best airport in the world.
  • Hong Kong International Airport: Another airport from Asia is considered one of the best – fourth best airport in the world to be exact. Hong Kong International Airport hosts more than one hundred airlines covering one hundred eighty locations around the world.

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  • Tokyo International Airport: Japan’s Tokyo International Airport Haneda is the fifth best airport in the world. The airport plays a vital role in ushering Japan’s tourism.
  • Zurich Airport: Zurich is the sixth best airport in the world and it is Switzerland’s largest international airport. Zurich Airport is also the main hub of the Swiss International Air Lines.
  • Central Japan International Airport: Central Japan International Airport in Nagoya is the seventh best airport in the world. In 2014 alone, there were about nine million passengers who embarked and disembarked there.
  • London Heathrow Airport: London Heathrow Airport is the eight best airport in the world. It is the busiest airport in United Kingdom and is the busiest airport in Europe. This is based on passenger traffic.
  • Amsterdam Schiphol Airport: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is the ninth best airport in the world. The airport is also one of the busiest in the world because in 2014 alone, the airport catered more than fifty five million passengers.
  • Beijing Capital International Airport: Beijing Capital International Airport is the tenth best airport in the world and is the second busiest airport in the world.

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Spring Sightseeing

If there is something that we should learn from the changing season, it is to accept it and enjoy it while it is there because we might miss it when it is gone. Even if it is fall, we have to witness the changing leaves knowing that in the spring, all the colours will come back. Spring is almost in the corner and not all places experience changing seasons.

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Here in Singapore, we only experience limited seasons. Some Singaporeans dream of experiencing winter or spring therefore they visit other countries. If in this case we want to see the beauty of spring season (specifically the beauty of cherry blossom), we have to look beyond our borders. Here are some beautiful places that we should consider to see the blooms of the ever-magnificent cherry blossoms:

  • Brooklyn: If we are in New York, we should definitely go to Brooklyn Botanic Garden. The garden nestles more than two hundred cherry trees with forty varieties. The trees were gifts of the Japanese subsequently after the World War I. Blooming is early March.
  • Seoul: If we want a place near Singapore, we have to go to Seoul. The best place to witness it is in Olympic Park. The best time to see the blossoms is mid-April.
  • Curitiba: Curitiba is in Brazil. The cherry blossoms were brought by Japanese migrants in Brazil. Good spots for sight-seeing include Tangua Park and the Botanic Garden. The trees bloom fully in the month of July.

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  • Toyonaka: Sakura is a traditional pastime of Japanese to see the cherry blossom leaves fall. The best place to see the cherry blossom is Hattori Ryokuchi Arboretum with more than two thousand five hundred varieties.
  • Bonn: There are also cherry blossoms in Bonn, Germany. We can go to Cherry Blossom Avenue that bursts with flowers for more than two weeks every year.
  • Salem: There is also the blossoming in Salem, Oregon. The State Capitol Park boasts of the blossom even the lining in the Capitol Mall.
  • Osaka: Osaka is the home of more than five thousand varieties lining in Okawa River at the Sakuranomiya Park. The blooms will be witnessed early April every year.
  • Paris: If we are in Paris in spring time, we have to go to Parc du Champs de Mars and marvel over the blossoms and the shadow of the famous Eiffel Tower.

If we consider these places, it will entail cost of course but it will be worth it. If we cannot afford such luxury as of this time, we can always save for this perfect vacation. We can go to the nearest places like Seoul, Osaka and Toyonaka. We have to come there during their cherry blossom festival.

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