Backpacking

9 Things You Must Do in Prague

9 Things You Must Do in Prague

Where do you start with Prague?! There’s so many magical experiences to be had! We’ve compiled a quick list of 9 things that must not be missed, to help get you started planning your trip…

Essential Items to Pack in your Carry-on for Long-Haul Flights

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1. A good book

Reading is a great way to help pass the time on a long flight and a great indulgence you probably don’t have time for in your busy day to day life. If you don’t have one to take go and check out the shelves at the airport, you are bound to find something to tickle your fancy…even if it is a puzzle book!

2. Socks

Planes are always cooler when cruising at 72,000 feet in the air, just check your in-flight screen for the ridiculously cold temperatures showing outside, so packing a pair of nice woolly socks will help keep your little toes cozy.

3. Pack a change of clothes

We always run the risk of our luggage getting lost or not making a connecting flight which means we can be left without clothes for a couple of days. Packing 1-2 outfits in your carry-on will ensure you have some clean clothes to get you through a few days if you find yourself in this predicament.

4. Toiletries

To help keep yourself feeling refreshed, taking your plane size toiletries such as toothbrush, toothpaste and deodorant can make all the difference (and the poor person you have been drooling on next to you will thank you).

5. Wet wipes

In the last few hours of what seems like the longest flight you have ever been on, we are all longing for a long hot shower and can sometimes start to feel a little self conscious. A little hack is taking wet wipes with you. Take them to the bathroom and give yourself a little wipe over to feel a little more human.

6. Hand sanitiser

For those times there is no soap left in the bathrooms or you want to have clean hands before eating your meal and you can't get to the bathroom before the trolley comes around.

7. A pen

Remember all those times you went searching through your bag looking for that pen you swore you had in there from the last trip? Always keep it at the top of your list to pack because you will always need one, from filling out landing cards to writing in your travel diary. TIP: Keep the pen with your passport, you will never lose it!

8. Portable charger

Not all planes have the option for you to be able to plug your phone in for charge and if you like using your phone on the flight for games or listening to music/podcasts you don’t want your battery running out mid-flight. Having your favourite song stopped half way through is not cool!

9. Diary

Keeping track of your travels each day, noting down all the things you have seen, want to see, all the feels, the people you met, is such a great way to look back on how much fun you had or even to pass on tips to your friends that are heading to all the places you have now been.

Having a diary with you on the plane can help you get started on your lists of things you want to do or even to write down some goals you want to accomplish from your travels.

Now where is that pen we packed.... oh yes, with our passport!

10. Gum

Hate it when your ears pop on landing? Throw in a piece of gum when the plane is descending as the chewing keeps your jaw moving and helps to keep your ears unblocked. Lifesaver!

11. Headphones

Taking your own headphones is a must, either for listening to music on your phone or even plugging into your seat to watch movies. Your headphones may not fit into all seats but they do for a few.

12. Chap stick

The cabin pressure along with the cool air blowing either on you or your row buddy can really affect your lips and make them sore and chapped. Carry a chap stick with you to keep your lips hydrated and healthy.

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6 TIPS To Help You Stay Fit While Travelling

Before I went travelling, most of my friends who had done similar trips told me “you won’t have the time or desire to exercise”, “you’ll have plenty of time to get fit again when you get back” and/or “just enjoy yourself”. However as someone who is passionate about health and fitness, I knew I didn't have a choice; if I was truly going to enjoy my trip I would have to continue to exercise regularly. 

The trip in question was a five month long backpacking trip around Europe with my girlfriend and a few friends. While all of us were relatively health conscious, it was my girlfriend and I who were really motivated to stay fit over the five months. At times it was far from easy, but in the end we were able to have the time of our lives and still come back in decent shape. I truly believe that regardless of where you travel to in the world there is always a way to exercise - as long as you have the will power to get it done!

1. Walk everywhere

You will end up walking a lot out of necessity anyway, but when you have the choice stick to the pavement. Walking is 9 times out of 10 the best way to explore a new city and enables you to stay active each day. During our trip we went on heaps of ‘free’ guided walking tours, they're a great way to orientate yourself when you arrive somewhere new and for getting the inside scoop on what’s worth doing while you’re in town.

2. Set a plan and stick to it

Besides walking, we set a goal on our trip of exercising every second day - alternating between cardio and strength workouts. The cardio workouts would normally consist of a 40min+ run, while for the strength workouts we would use a mix of resistance bands that I brought with me on the trip  (I would highly recommend this to travellers as they are light weight and easy to stuff into your bag). For these strength workouts we had created three different circuits that we would alternate between, incorporating all muscle groups. This helped us be efficient with our workouts as it prevented us from wasting time worrying about which exercises we would do, and kept us accountable to a certain duration and intensity of workout. As you’ll read below some of our workouts were better than others, but over the five months we managed to miss only two sessions (shit happens!). Before you go away, think about your fitness goals or fitness level you would like to maintain and set out a clear plan of your own to achieve it.

3. Make hay while the sun shines

If you are travelling to multiple places on your trip, when you come across somewhere that is great for exercise make the most of it. It might be a great running/hiking trail, a gym at your accommodation, the opportunity to rent a stand up paddle board, or even just some sunny weather. Whatever it is, enjoy it now because you might not be so lucky at your next stop.

4. Roll with the punches (be flexible and creative)

While some workouts will go according to plan, a lot will not. When these situations arise think on your feet, be resourceful and resist the urge to give up (you’ll feel good when it’s done!).

E.g. 1: We had a big day planned in Dublin so we decided to wake up early and go for a run. We knew it would be cold but from growing up in Melbourne (which can get reasonably cold in winter) we thought we could handle it. We were wrong! We did a few laps around the block before we had to retreat to our hostel; no matter how hard we ran we just couldn’t warm up. Frustrated by our failed run and lack of warmer exercise clothing, we managed to find a mostly unused flight of stairs in our hostel. We used them to do stair run variations and also used the stairwell to do burpies, push ups etc.

E.g. 2: Similarly while in Marrakesh, Morocco, we woke early to do a workout before a boat cruise we had planned. As there wasn’t any suitable public spaces for us to workout, we had decided to make use of our hotel’s rooftop. However, when we woke it was still pitch black outside and to our frustration we found the rooftop to be locked (with a sign informing us it wouldn’t be open until sunrise). We didn’t have time to wait until it was opened, so we were forced to complete our routine in the dark and in silence, on a dusty tiled floor outside rooms filled with guests trying to sleep. At the time it was far from fun, but we felt good once it was done.


5. Be aware of different customs

In some parts of the world it isn’t appropriate or common place to exercise or wear exercise clothing in public, particularly if you are female. For some places this was easy for us to pick up on (e.g. in Morocco) while in others it was not so obvious. 

E.g. 3: In Prague, my girlfriend, another female friend and I decided to do a resistance band circuit at a park near where we were staying. From the beginning we felt out of place. We were getting weird looks and a fair bit of unwanted male attention. This of course made us all uncomfortable, forcing us to move to different areas of the park several times. While we did complete our workout in the end, we were very glad to get out of there.

If unsure ask staff at your accommodation what is appropriate or scout a location yourself to see if other people are exercising before you get to work.

6. Enjoy the process

Exercise does not have to detract from you experiencing a destination, in fact it is one of the best ways to do just that. For instance, going for a run or bike ride is an awesome way to explore a city, you cover more ground than walking and because of the distraction your foreign surroundings provides, you end up running/riding further than you normally would. Furthermore, outdoor workouts (where possible) are a great way to get outside, explore the parks and gardens a city has to offer, and blend in with the locals. 

Get out there!

From personal experience, maintaining a regular exercise routine will help avoid illness, keep morale high, de-stress and boost self confidence while travelling, all of which being necessary ingredients to an amazing travel experience. Not to mention it allows you to party night after night (relatively) guilt free! Good luck and have fun travellers!

Top 8: Must visit destinations in Australia (for under 30’s)

SYDNEY

Sydney

Home to the Opera house, Sydney Harbour Bridge and Bondi Beach, Sydney is an obvious must-see for the young traveller. However, there is more to Australia’s biggest city that just it’s sightseeing opportunities. From the hustle and bustle of the city, to its beautiful beaches and trendy suburbs, there’s certainly something to keep everyone entertained.

MELBOURNE

Melbourne

Melbourne is widely regarded as Australia’s coolest city - renowned for being the nation’s artistic, musical and sporting capital. The city is bustling with live music, laneways, graffiti, great cafes and bars, while it’s outer suburbs have unique and intriguing characters of their own.

BYRON BAY

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Byron is the quintessential Australian beach town, with its chilled out vibe and beautiful beaches. However, it's not all hippies and perfect waves; once the sun sets, the town turns into a party paradise, with revellers hopping between the fun bars and clubs the town has on offer. 

ULURU

Uluru

If you are looking for a uniquely Australian cultural experience, visiting the natural wonder that is Uluru is a must. Situated in the heart of Australia’s outback, Uluru and the surrounding desert is unlike anything you’ll see anywhere else in the world. Furthermore, it provides a great opportunity to learn about Australia’s indigenous people and their culture. While a stark contrast from Australia’s coastal cities, a trip to Uluru is important if you want to begin to understand what Australia is truly about.

AIRLIE BEACH

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Your ticket to the incomprehensible beauty of the Whitsunday Islands. While Airlie Beach is a breathtakingly beautiful place (and party town in its own right), the party cruises around the Whitsundays are the real draw card for young people. The Whitsunday Islands are literally picture perfect - one of its beaches (Whitehaven Beach) is the world’s most photographed.

CAIRNS

Cairns

Cairns has some of the best nightlife in all of Australia, especially for the backpacker or traveller on a budget. But most importantly the town is the gateway to the Great Barrier Reef, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. If you don’t mind the odd scuba dive and snorkel, this is a no brainer.

SURFERS PARADISE

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With it’s high-rise building overlooking long stretches of surf beaches, bars and clubs, Surfers Paradise on Queensland’s Gold Coast is an extremely popular holiday destination with local Australians and tourists alike. During the day people flock to the beaches but, when the sun goes down, they descend on the area’s notorious nightclub district. ‘Surfer’s’ nightlife isn’t the classiest, but if you’re keen to let your hair down, you’ll be in for one of the biggest nights out Australia has to offer.

FRASER ISLAND

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A popular stop for backpackers, Fraser Island is the worlds largest sand island. Most travellers choose to camp and explore this tropical paradise by 4WD. There certainly is plenty to explore, from the island’s eucalyptus forests and walking trails, to it’s hidden freshwater lakes and the infamous Maheno Shipwreck.

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