When I was a boy we used to go camping by the seaside, it wasn't wild camping because we stayed on a campsite. My parents considered camping to be a cheap holiday or weekend break sometimes, campsites are cheaper than hotels or even B&B's so if you don't mind roughing it a bit you can enjoy a break very economically but you will still have access to showers and toilets. Wild camping is a bit different, with wild camping you probably won't have access to shops, toilet blocks or showers.Why Wild CampingI enjoyed my first wild camping trip and I think you should give it a go too. You maybe asking yourself why you should leave all the comforts you are used to. You should leave your creature comforts and go camping in the wild because; camping in the great outdoors is a great way to lose the stresses of everyday life, get away from pollution, connect with nature and find your inner self. The thing I like about camping is that once you have all your stuff together you can just go, no need to book flights or hotels. Camping can be done at the drop of a hat.Preparation If you are camping on a site or at a festival and find you have forgotten your torch or something you will probably be able to find a shop that sells it, if you have forgotten your stove or teabags you will probably find a pub or cafe nearby. Camping in the wild is a little different from camping on a site, before leaving on a wild camping trip you need to ensure you have everything required to survive in the wild. Even survival experts prepare before their wild camping trips.In the army they have a saying, “proper preparation prevents poor performance” they call it the “five P rule” and the army know a thing or two about camping out in the wild. In the scouts they say, “be prepared” and the scouts know a bit about wild camping too. In this post we are going to tell you the basics that you will need on your first wild camping trip, we will give you some advice on what to look for when shopping for it too.A TentYou may think this an obvious requirement but not all tents are created equally. The right tent can make all the difference between a peaceful nights sleep away from the hussle and bussle of urban life or a wet, cold and restless night wishing you had never left the comforts of home. When choosing a tent ensure it is wind, water and insect proof. The waterproof rating of tents is called the hydrostatic head, in the U.K it is illegal to call something a tent if it does not have a hydrostatic head of 1000mm or more. The bigger the number the more waterproof the tent, I looked for a hydrostatic head of at least 3000mm when choosing my tent.The NatureHike Cloud Up is a good choice for lone campers like me. On a par with far more expensive brands, this tent has a waterproof rating which starts at 3000mm, silicone taped seams, it's lightweight and insect proof. The tent boasts a mesh lining and sewn in groundsheet which will prevent anything crawling in. The below video helped me to choose my tent.
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The only August travel was a long weekend of partying in Bristol (one of my favourite UK cities) with friends.This blog was finally launched after 5 months of hard work and teaching myself how to use word press from scratch. Sh*t Just Got Real was my first post, which reflected that suddenly our upcoming adventure was becoming a realityAndy handed in his notice at work and we finished selling, giving away and storing our belongings, and put our Norwich house up for rent. We also spent hours working through our exit plan to ensure we had all loose ends tied up in The UK, a rough idea of our route to Cambodia and that we had the relevant visas sorted out.Selling belongings for long term travelI also spent much of the month caring for my Mum after she’d badly broken her arm falling off her bicycle. All in all it was quite a very busy and quite stressful month. At the end of August it was time to start saying farewell to our friends and family over a string of goodbye catch-ups and one final big leaving party. All great fun but also tinged with sadness!SeptemberAt long last we left the UK to travel, and to live and work abroad in early September.It started with a weeks villa holiday near Santanyi in Mallorca with my family, including my two little nephews. It was a gorgeous villa with a pool in a picturesque setting a bit bit out in the sticks. We had some time relaxing at the villa and a couple of day trips out to nearby beaches and towns. It was lovely to have that week with my family before we left Europe for the foreseeable future
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Since we had a comfortable overnight journey, today we were all fresh and ready to have an exciting day ahead. Today, we are supposed to go to Oxford city in south east of London. It is a 2 hour train journey from London and we reach Oxford by 10 am. There was a city bus tour here again, but since we had the entire day to spend in Oxford our preferred choice of exploring the place was by walking around. We took a map of the city from the train station and we labeled the route we had to take, it was a circular walk around the city.The buildings in Oxford demonstrate an example of every English architectural period and its known as the "city of dreaming spires", a term coined in reference to the harmonious architecture of Oxford's university buildings. The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English speaking world. Our walk leads us through the heart of the historic city centre illustrating in itself the history of Oxford and its university and the map in our hand gave us the description of the architecture and traditions of its most famous buildings and institutions. Even though I was not a good student myself or much of a book reader, I felt it was a prolific day spent in Oxford, a city also prominent for its medieval university. Our day ended with some good coffee and we reached back home in London at around 8 in the evening.
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For example, from London (Marylebone), a journey can be as low as £6 one way if you choose the right time. If nothing looks cheap, try looking up the price from your destination to Birmingham - strangely, it will sometimes me much cheaper to buy a ticket to Birmingham and then a separate one to Stratford-upon-Avon, rather than buying one ticket. This, of course, makes no sense, but there we go - I paid £17 + 7 from Pwllheli, rather than the £56 I was quoted when I searched for Pwllheli-Stratford.
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With my brother’s help we formulated a list of places in and around England which were unique and were rich in nature’s bounty. Staring from the smallest village of England to a Birdland with the most unique species of birds, to the City of Bath which has been declared a World Heritage site, we had our itinerary all set up. Our base was in Bath and we used to hire a cab every alternate day and go and explore a particular district.