Jeremy

I am a world traveler, with interests ranging from outdoors, music, adventure, extreme sports, and beyond. I love seeing the world and all it has to offer, and living my life as if every day is my last.

How to Go Camping

Winter is over. Snow is melting away. This will be the great time to catch up with your friends or spend some time with your family and have some activities for this spring. One of those activities is camping. Camping is great way for bonding. It is also a great way for you to connect with nature. But there are a lot of things you need to do before and during camping. Here are they:

Preparation 

1. Find and know your campsite

First things first. You will need to know about your campsite, and there are a lot of them nowadays. It could be near or require a longer drive. You should know how the place would like, so preparing other things will be easier. It will not hurt to have some expectations about the place too and also to know the rules. Be aware also if animals like a bear lurk around your campsite. You may want to avoid those places.

2. Prepare your gear and essentials

Camping will require a lot of things. First will be the tent where you will stay and sleep. You need one that is comfortable and roomy for enough the people and the kind of bed you will use. Keep in mind how you will prepare your meal because you might need to bring small stoves. Other essentials such as clothes and toiletries are also important for how you will pack. Know which items are important and which are not because keeping it light and simple is a must. Having a source of light like a flashlight is also important because the site may not provide them and there will be a tendency to get dark at night.

3. Plan your meal

Food is essential to this activity but it will come down to limited resources. It is important to plan ahead to know which ingredients to bring and how to prepare them. Another thing to keep in mind is for how many days you will stay at the camp and how much you will need.

At the campsite

1. Set up your tent

The first thing you would need to do when you arrive is setting up and organizing the tent. After setting it up, it is important to know how the arrangement will be. Always clean your tent also and maintain it that way because it is where you will stay and sleep.

2. Set up your meal

There are campsites that offer a place to cook but more often, you will need to bring your own. Be sure to know about the conditions because it will affect how you will set up your stove. Be sure to collect your wastes also and secure them in a bag.

3. Make arrangements with routine

Campsites offer shower rooms and comfort rooms so you should be sure how it is operated. It is also important to make arrangements with your companions on who will go first and so forth. Take note that there might be other campers too so be mindful of it and also take it into consideration.

4. Activities

Camping would not be complete without activities. It will be a nice chance to relax and spend some quality time with your friends or family. Setting up a campfire will be a great way to connect via games and food. You can also play and sing some songs. It could also be simply exchanging stories. In the morning, you can have your own activities or explore what the campsite has to offer.

Are Motorcycles Worth The Risk?

There is this phrase that said “you only live once,” so that is why people live and make the most of it. What it means to make most of it is to not make their life boring and try things that are exciting. It does not limit to trying new food or traveling but also doing dangerous activities that will make their adrenaline pump. Are you one of those people? 

Motorcycles are one of those things that you will see on the regular. Some people have them as their means of transportation then there are some who have them as a hobby. Many said that motorcycles are dangerous and should be avoided but is that all to it?

What are the cons of motorcycle?

The first one would definitely be is that motorcycles are dangerous. There are many speed accidents involving motorcycles because of its size and unstable fronts. In addition to that, there are road hazards such as slippery roads, potholes, oil slicks, etc. Those are minor inconvenience for cars but dangerous for motorcycles. Aside from safety, you would need a different license for motorcycles. It would be a hassle to get one especially if you already have a driver’s license. Another con for motorcycles is that it is not an all-weather vehicle, unlike cars. You will not be able to ride them in the rain or snow for it not only it is not safe, but you will also get wet too. It also has a shorter life span than of cars.

What are the pros of a motorcycle?

Motorcycles always have a negative connotation for most people, but it also has its positive aspects. For most, riding a motorcycle will make you look cool, but it does not end there. Motorcycles are more economical than cars. Because they are smaller, you will be saving gas because it has better gas mileage. Not only that, they are easier to maintain than a car and their insurance costs less. If you are one of those people who gets frustrated with a lack of parking spaces, motorcycles have more and they are easier to park too.

What to do when you decide on having a motorcycle?

Now that you know that having a motorcycle has both its pros and cons, you may decide to have one. Sure, it is dangerous and risky, but being on a car does not guarantee safety too. It is all about how cautious you would be. You know about the risk factors and should keep that in mind. And because safety is always first, remember to always wear a helmet when riding. The attire for riding a motorcycle is not just about looking cool. They are worn for maximum protection. It includes a well-made jacket designed specifically for motorcycling, gloves, pants that cover the entire length of your legs, and closed-toed shoes or boots. You should also enhance your skills in riding. When you are traveling with one, always be alert with the vehicles and people around you. Be aware of the road hazards too. As said earlier, road hazards are dangerous for motorcycles. Another factor is the weather. If you know that it will be bad, avoid it and just have another mode of transportation.

Exciting Things to Do In Life

In our life, we have our own routines. You might have to go to work then head home during weekdays and then some activities on weekends. It goes on and on and it does get tiring at times. But it does not have to be like that always, and you do not have to wait for vacation or weekends to try and make your life more enjoyable. Life is short but that does not mean it has to be boring. There are simple things you could do but can add a twist in your life.

1. Learn Something New

No matter how old we are, we will always learn something that we do not know before. Whether be it knowledge or skill, there are a lot out there that we can acquire. There are many things you could try like learning a new language. Who knows, it might get handy in the future.  You may even acquire various facts and trivia that suddenly make sense to you how some things work. Maybe you still do not know how to ride a bike or to swim. It is never too late. You can have lessons right now. You can also cook and learn new recipes or ingredients you could try.

2. Make Some Changes in Your Routine

You might have a routine every morning after waking up or in the evening before going to bed. Sometimes it gets tiring and boring. Why not change it up on occasion. You can eat breakfast on your patio instead of your dining room. How about waking up early and make some detour before going to work like having a short walk in a park or have some quiet time at a cafe. You could also have them at night like instead of your normal routine before bed, you could take a bath and relax. There are many possibilities, you just have to be creative and relax while you are at it.

3. Travel

Traveling is one of those activities that are not only good for the mind but also for the physical body. It is said that because it relieves stress, it also lowers the chance of developing heart disease. If you have the chance, go to another country and learn about their culture and place. It will surely be a different atmosphere than you used to. Of course, some will not have the time or even money, but it does not have to be extravagant. You could just go to a place near like at the next town just for some new atmosphere. You could also have some short road trips involving some of your parents or family. 

4. Try Something You’ve Never Done Before

As many people say, you only live once. Which means, we have to live it to the fullest, so if you have the chance and opportunity, why not do something you have not done before or maybe you have the opportunity to do something once in your life. It could be something simple such as trying a new food you have not tasted before or ride transportation you have not taken. It could also be extreme like going skydiving or bungee jumping. Have a bucket list to list these things, so you can try many things you can do with your life.

Preparing Outdoor Gear For The Spring Season

I don’t know about you, but when I pack up my outdoor gear at the end of the fall season it’s, ehh, not the cleanest should we say. Maybe I’m lazy, but usually at that point it just doesn’t seem so important to me that everything is nice and clean. What’s important is that it’s put away and I’ve moved on to the next thing in life. Hopefully I’m not the only one that thinks this way, and either I’m not lazy or we’re all lazy. Whatever works.

The thing is, almost every year on the last few trips things are just muddy and wet. Naturally everything picks up a ton of dirt. Are you really going to hose and brush everything down? How are you going to get it dry without bringing all of that into your house when it’s cold and wet outside? Maybe someone else out there has a practical solution, but I just pack everything up and wait to deal with it when the sun and the warm weather are back.

Well, spring has certainly sprung, and with it has come the sunshine, warm weather, and drier conditions that allow me to once again bust out my dirty outdoor gear and get it clean for the upcoming season. Here are a few things I do to get myself ready:

Clean Off and Out The Boots

At the end of a busy outdoors season my super high quality pair of boots often look like they’re destined for the trash can. They’re covered in leaves and pine needles, caked on with layers of dirt and soaked through with muddy water from the many puddles I had the misfortune of stepping in. I know what’s underneath though, and that’s my good old trusty pair of boots. I just have to bring them back to life.

So, first things first I’ll smack the living crap out of the to knock off as much of the dried and crusty debris as I can. You might want to cover your face when you do this, because so much dust and dirt flies up in the air you’ll be wondering if there’s a sandstorm. Then I’ll take a firm brush and while the soles are still dry I’ll continue knocking debris out of the tread. Once that’s all said and done it’s time for the garden hose, and I’ll hose those suckers down until the water starts to run clean. Then I’ll hang them out in the sun until they’re as good as new.

Getting The Tent Ready

On any given year my tent has likely seen some serious action. The first thing I’ll do is find a dry patch of land and get it set up so that I can do a basic damage assessment. While the tent is relatively dry – albeit awful musty – I’ll remove any leftover goods (train tickets, napkins, receipts, etc.) and take the opportunity to vacuum out all of the debris that had accumulated over the year of use.

Once the tent is clean on a dry basis, it’s time to actually get the material back in top shape. Usually my neglect has led to some mold forming on the outer and potentially inner walls, and once again there’s usually mud everywhere. I usually find a pressure washer works best for getting rid of both of these, as a gentle stream of high-pressure water loaded with detergent seems to be quite effective. If you don’t have one already, I’d recommend reading through some electric power washer reviews. They are quite affordable and even more useful.

Once I’m done washing I’ll give the tent a chance to dry, then I’ll treat all of the outer surfaces with a good water repellent to keep the coating in good shape to hold up through the upcoming season.

Tending To The Rain Gear

No, not reign deer. Rain gear. You know, like my rain jacket and rain paints. Duh.

I treat my rain gear very similarly as I do to the tent, with the exception of the fact that it is not resilient enough to stand up to the high-pressure stream from a pressure washer. Instead, I’ll hang them all on hangers, empty and invert the pockets, and wipe away any debris. Many people will put their rain gear in the washing machine but I find that this seems to have a hugely negative impact on the fabrics, seriously reducing their usable life. Instead what I’ll do is hose them down and use a sponge to gently lift any dirt and grime that has built up on them. Then I’ll let them air dry in the sun thoroughly.

Again, once they are dry I’ll use waterproofing spray to preserve the resistant properties of the Gortex. This will help them stay in good shape for years to come. If necessary, I’ll mend any minor tears or split seams with a needle thread, and I’ll put extra sealant on any of those repairs because I know from experience that my craftsmanship is a bit lacking and they’re prone to leakage.

With all of that behind me, I’m ready for the next outdoor season. This year I’m going to try to do quite a bit more hiking, as I feel I was spending a lot of time on flat ground last year. It was great fun, but you have to change it up from time to time.

Looking for an Adrenaline Boost? Try Paintball.

Paintball played by the speedball method can provide a good rush of adrenaline. It is a fast-paced game, as the field of play is small. The strategy and equipment will be a bit different when playing the speedball version of paintball. The rules for speedball are different than traditional woodball version of paintball as well. Paintball can be expensive, but it is really determined by how much the player is willing to spend on equipment and how often they might play.

If you’re looking for another way to get a burst of adrenaline, you need to try paintball – especially speedball. The field of play for speedball is usually more like an athletic field. The field size will generally be about the half the size of a football field. There are not many places to hide during a game of speedball, and mostly you’ll be working with man-made bunkers. The bunkers can be any shape and they are normally inflatable. The games can be held either indoors or outdoors.

A game of speedball is short and it can be quite intense. The teams typically consist of three to seven players. Speedball is the version of paintball that is played professionally, and it does require some strategy to win. Your strategy will be influenced by the setup of the bunkers, the number of players in the game, and purpose of the game There are games that last about 20 minutes, but often the duration will be quite a bit less. Since the games go by quickly, you are able to play several games in a day. Many people consider speedball very addicting. You can play the game just once, and before you know it you will want play it again and again. People are addicted to the fast pace, rapid firing of the marker, and fun you will have with your friends.

There is definitely some equipment required to get total enjoyment out of speedball. The most important piece of equipment is your mask. You want a mask that is not going to fog up too quickly on you. A less expensive mask may fog up little more easily than other, more professionally designed masks. Mask with thermal lenses will reduce fogging, but this type of mask may be the most expensive.

A paintball gun is often referred to as a “marker”, as this tends to dissociate the sport with violence. For speedball, you want a marker that will fire rapidly. You want check how many paintballs the marker can fire per second – the best speedball guns can fire upwards of 15 balls per second! By having fast-firing marker, you may sacrifice some reliability though, so be aware.

The rush of playing speedball comes from the rapid fire of the markers and dodging behind the bunkers to avoid being hit. Strategy changes as the game moves along and players are eliminated. Because the game is so fast-paced, you need constant communication with your team to have a solid chance at winning the game.

While speedball can be addicting and fast-paced, it can also be expensive. A good marker can easily cost over $1,000. The use of CO2 or compressed air to power the markers is another ongoing cost, not to mention the seemingly outrageous price of paintballs themselves. Overall, the price of playing paintball will be driven by the players’ preference as to how much they want to spend. A player who wants to play with great equipment and who is very involved with paintball will spend more. The beginner may look at the sport as casual and spend small amount for games on the weekends.

Finding A Place To Stay When You’re Abroad

The task of finding a place to stay when you’re traveling can be extremely daunting. Not only are you visiting somewhere that you’ve never been, but in many cases your native language won’t be the norm in your destination. Don’t let this turn you away! Here are some tips to make it easier on you.

Plan Ahead

Make every effort to get your ducks in a row well before your intended travel dates. Six months or more is preferable. This not only allows you to get the most affordable prices, but it also puts your mind at ease knowing that you have a plan in place and will not be left on the streets. Without a doubt, when making reservations choose the refundable option. Plans change – just take my word for it. You’ll end up kicking yourself when the day comes that your flight gets rescheduled, you get sick, or you simply have a change of heart while you’re on vacation.

Talk To People

This may seem obvious, but if you have friends or family that have been to the area, let them know that you’re going and see what they have to say. They may be able to recommend a particular hotel, or even tell you to stay away from one, which can be just as helpful. In the best of cases, you can even have friends that live in your destination. This can be enormously helpful for many reasons. They can show you around the town, point out places to visit and places to avoid, and generally act as a tour guide (heck, they might even give you a place to sleep for free!). Plus it’s nice to have a friend to enjoy your stay with.

Most relevant to this post however is that they may even offer to put you up in their guest bedroom, which can save you a fortune and get you off of the beaten tourist path. As you get older, this advantage gets better and better. On my recent trip to Spain I stayed in my friend’s beautiful guest bedroom for a few nights, and I slept on the most comfortable futon I’ve ever used. Just remember, if your friends were traveling to your home town, wouldn’t you be happy to put them up and show them around the city?

Pay Attention to Detail

The last piece of advice is to think of the little things. You’d be surprised what items a hotel may or may not include, especially when you are paying quite a bit of money. Here are a few things you should check to see if they are included:

  • Internet Access (WiFi)
  • Air conditioning
  • Breakfast
  • Refrigerator
  • Beach towels

Make sure you know what you are getting into. Maybe you can’t afford hotels that have all of these amenities, and maybe it’s not important to you if they do. The most important thing is that you don’t want to get surprised when you show up to your destination and be left without a key accommodation that you were depending on.

Spain – A Bounty of Seaside Travel Destinations

Spain is a fantastic place to visit. Delicious food, fantastic wine, and beautiful coastlines are just a few of the attractions the country has to offer, and in general it is quite affordable. In particular, from the Straight of Gibraltar to the Costa Brava there are countless coastal towns that have plenty to offer.

When you get to Spain, you should waste no time getting to the infamous Jamón. If you can afford it, the best you can find is Jamón Iberico de Belota. This is a product from a highly controlled region, where the pigs are raised eating only acorns, and only the finest acorn at that. It is available all throughout the country, but can even be found quite plentifully in the airport.

If your trip to Spain consists of nothing more than a layover in Madrid or Barcelona international airports, you’d be foolish to pass up on the opportunity. With no preservatives other than the salt used to cure, the finest of this dark meat will melt in your mouth. It certainly pairs well with a glass of cava, or a staple beer such as Estrella – if, of course, this is up your alley.

There are many towns along the coast worth seeing. The major places of interest are Seville, Valencia, and Barcelona, each offering a unique subculture. There are also smaller sea towns interspersed between these major cities, such as Cordoba, Javea, and Alicante, or the island destinations such as Ibiza, Formentura, and Palma. It is hard to go wrong with any of these options.

The island of Ibiza in particular, while prominently known for parties and late night DJ concerts in the numerous nightclubs, is also a wonderful place for swimming, relaxing, and enjoying life. In Ibiza Puebla, the downtown area, there is a marvelous castle and medieval area. If you are indeed in search of eternal nightlife, the place to be is Playa d’en Bossa, which is like Las Vegas for nightclubs, without any rules (and there are very few rules in Las Vegas, if this helps to put the scene in perspective. Between these two towns is the beautiful town of Figueridos. Here you will find nice sand beaches, beautifully calm and warm seas, and if you look in the right places you will also find some excellent food. Worth noting is the French restaurant Soleada, which offers not only a gorgeous view of the sea, but also some of the best cuisine on the island. If you are in the are you will not want to miss it, but make sure to secure a reservation if you are going during the busy times as it can be quite popular.

If you are seeking a taste of Spanish culture, but you also want to relax and enjoy beaches in style then the Spanish Mediterranean coast is an excellent choice. With a wide variety of options you really cannot go wrong. Start making plans for your next vacation today!

5 Essential Home Upgrades for the Frequent Traveler

Living life on the road (yes, this is indeed a nod to the classic book by Jack Kerouac) lends itself to a lifestyle with minimal belongings. However, there are some things that you absolutely need and others that you don’t necessarily need, but make your life much more convenient or comfortable. Here are a few of my favorite recent purchases:

Safe

This is truly a must. Having your home broken into and your valuables stolen will really hit you hard, especially if you lose a family heirloom. A safe can keep your valuables such as jewelry, cash, and expensive electronics from being stolen while you are away. Just make sure that you get a quality product, and that you properly mount it upon installation.

Firebox

Along similar lines, a firebox is a great place to store important documents and other heat-sensitive materials while you are away. God forbid anything happens, but even a safe wouldn’t save your birth certificate from perishing if a fire were to break out while you are out of the country. There are plenty of models to buy, just make sure you get something that is big enough for all of your sensitive belongings, has sufficient insulation, and is capable of locking. You wouldn’t want the firebox to tumble over and spill its contents in the worst case scenario.

Vacuum Robot

The next couple of items are definitely not required, but are certainly a luxury. 

Since I’m on the road so often, I don’t have a lot of time to spare. One way to free up some extra time is to outsource your daily tasks to others capable of doing the job. Luckily, these days you can buy robots that do some of your household chores for you. Notably, a vacuum robot has really been a huge time saver. While it doesn’t get all the nooks and crannies in the room, I’d say it gets 80-90% of the floor cleaning done, meaning my work in that particular area is cut down by to at most 20% of what I normally have to do to keep my home looking presentable. Popular brands include the iRobot, or my choice the Eufy Robovac.

Electric Fireplace

OK, I’ll be the first to admit that this one is a bit extreme. However, I’ve been so thrilled with my recent upgrade that I have to share. Growing up I always loved spending time by the fireplace reading with my parents to wind the day down. Obviously, it’s downright impractical to have a fireplace when you’re renting, but fortunately these days there are sleek and hip alternatives in electric fireplaces. While they aren’t quite the same as the real thing, they do have a number of benefits that you don’t come across with a real fireplace – namely there is no mess, the air doesn’t get heavy from the smoke, and you don’t need to buy wood. They are also arguably a lot safer than real fireplaces to boot. I find that they look really cool, and can make your home look very modern. If you’re in the market for an electric fireplace head on over to bestelectricfireplace.review, they have some helpful resources in making your next purchase. If you’re looking to impress your guests, this is one simple addition that can really up your wow factor

Web Security Camera

Nothing puts you at ease when you’re on the road more than knowing your life back home is secure. These days you can buy web cameras for seemingly pennies compared to prices of earlier years. Better yet, most come with apps that you can use to log in and check on your house from the comfort of your mobile phone. Just make sure to have the camera pointed at the most important parts of your home and you’ll be good to go. You don’t have to worry about logging in all the time either, as many web security cameras keep archives hour by hour, at least for some period of time. Make sure to get a wide angle lens for the most coverage for each camera purchased.

Well, there you have it. I’m about to head out on my trip to Spain, and I’m sure I’ll have some fun stuff along the way. Stay tuned and as always, thank you for reading!

Spain On The Horizon

It’s getting to be that time again. Soon enough I’ll be off and on my way to Spain to see a number of new cities in such a beautiful country. I’ve only been once before, and did a quick stint in Barcelona and a longer stay in a more remote town in the Costa Brava. This time I’ll be seeing a much larger variety of cities, and I’m eager like a child on his first vacation. In addition to sorting out last-minute logistics and planning my packing, I sat down for one of my favorite pre-travel rituals – watching some informational footage by Rick Steves.

Rick does an excellent job on his travel shows, and they served as formational videos for my childhood. I even crossed paths with him once in Athens – I didn’t have the opportunity to introduce myself unfortunately, but just being in his presence made my spine tingle and filled me with joy. It brought me back to my early childhood.

I particularly like this video, as it is a bit of a shift from the normal travel videos and, I find, a bit more candid. It’s pretty cool to think about the history of the country, and how much influence the Moors had in forming the country. Naturally, they have a bit of a bad reputation in terms of the history books, but their impression on the country’s culture brought a unique flare. This comes through particularly in the architecture of the south of the country, and hopefully I’ll be seeing some of that along the way.

I will be spending some time along the south eastern coast, seeing a few of spots that are high on my list for relaxation purposes. However, I’m really looking forward to seeing some of the other cities – Madrid in particular. I have only been to the Catalonian region of Spain before, yet I don’t speak any Catalan. My background, like most people who learn Spanish language in high school in the US, is in the Castilian language. Castilian is spoken in Madrid, and basically anywhere that more to the north and/or west of the country. I always enjoy a city more when I am able to immerse myself at a deeper level so I’m quite excited.

So, what’s on the schedule for me?

Well, I’ll be staying a nights in Valencia, just to get a quick feel for the place. Then I’ll be off to Alicante, which is a beautiful seacoast town. I’ll be there for a while so perhaps I’ll be making some day trips when I have a chance. Then I’ll be off to Seville, passing through Madrid as the train system necessitates. This has been on my bucket list since learning about it over a decade ago, and I am very excited to see what this quaint and romantic village has in store. Finally, I’ll post up in Madrid for a while before my trip comes to a close – it will be a sad day indeed, but unfortunately it is inevitable.

Well, back to travel prep for me. I’ll make sure to stay up to date!

Welcome! (and some photos!)

Welcome to Adventure Sauce! My name is Jeremy and I will be using this site to document my travels – past and future – so that I can share my favorite experiences with the world.

I want to thank my friends and family for encouraging me to take this step, your support (and sometime relentless nagging – you know who you are :)) has made it happen. Normally I’m not much of a writer, but hopefully this is a helpful way to get my foot in the door.

In the interest of getting started, here are a few pictures of my trip to Paris back in 2014.

First and foremost is the Notre-Dame cathedral in Paris. This was my first stop in the trip, and as my first impression it is certainly one of my stronger memories. It was built in the medieval times, and (as you can clearly see) is considered a prime example of gothic architecture. Bejeweled with gargoyles and pointed structures, it was not only quite impressive but also invoked a strange, eery feeling just being in it’s presence. If it weren’t in the middle of the city and thoroughly populated with people, I’m sure it would be actually quite creepy. Pretty cool though, and definitely some of the more complex architecture I have come across.

Next up is the Louvre, which obviously speaks for itself. I really liked this night photo capturing the reflection off the water, but it doesn’t quite capture the sheer impressive size of the structure that you see in the daytime photos. Standing in the building’s presence it was hard to imagine how humans could have possibly built something so huge without all of the construction technology available today. How did they even get that many huge rocks to the center of France, let alone make such beautiful buildings out of them? I’m sure historians know how it all worked, but being there and trying to imagine it was simply stunning. I didn’t make it inside during my short stay, but I’m told there are tons of museums and artifacts that may be worth a trip.

Then, of course, there is the Arc de Triomph, with the hectic rotary circling it. In order to actually get up to the arc you have to go into an underground tunnel and come up through the stairs. Also a very impressive structure, as with seemingly all things Paris.

The last two photos for today are of the opera house, called the Palais Garnier. What’s really cool about this photo is that the green hue reflecting off the the face of the building is not from a photo filter, but it was actually happening as the sun was starting to set. I was so proud that I could actually capture it, because it was truly an amazing site.

We actually went in and saw an opera showing. While I don’t speak French very well, I’m pretty sure the show was terrible. We left after the first act. It was a nice experience nonetheless, the opera house was pretty impressive. Plus, it was my first time in an opera house.

Well, that’s enough for today. I didn’t get to the point of talking about the wonderful food, or the time spent at the notorious cafes, but perhaps that’s for another day. Thanks for stopping by, and please come back soon!