There is always new technology popping up in the blogging world and travel communities in general, or should I say, it is usually technology that has been around for awhile but has recently been developed for the average user.
One hot ticket item these days is the use of personal drones to take professional looking videos and photos from high up. It’s crazy how good a picture can look with a lofty perspective.
However, as with any new technology, there are a lot of questions and concerns around the new drone mania. Many don’t even know where to start when it comes to deciding if this is something to invest in either for travel memories or for a professional blog.
2016 was a lot of things. I became serious about my business and brand partnerships, and it was the year that I got back into reading.
Okay, to be fair, I’ve never not been into reading since I first learned how to read. As you may have noticed by the amount of 2000+ word posts on this blog (this one included, eek!), I love words.
English was always my favorite class growing up, because you got to read books for homework and you were able to discuss it with the class, even by the chapter sometimes.
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This last year I had the chance to do a lot of day hikes around the Pacific Northwest. I found myself chasing waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, exploring mountainous landscapes at Mt. Rainier National Park, and even adventuring around the epic scenery to be found on Vancouver Island.
Although a lot of these hikes were during spring and summer, the great majority of the hikes I did in Oregon were in the midst of winter. I used the beautiful nature that was anywhere from 1-3 hours outside of Portland to get rid of any lingering winter blues.
The Pacific Northwest is notorious for gloomy, rainy, and wet weather. It does snow occasionally too. Basically, if you’re hiking during the winter, you should be prepared for any kind of weather. The weather can also change multiple times throughout the course of a day.
I’ve had a few of you ask me to write a little more about my favorite travel products and gear this year, so I figured now is as good a time as any to start. Throughout my 8 years of on-and-off travel I’ve picked up a few recommendations and pieces of gear that have particularly stood out to me.
Are you lost for what to get that avid traveler in your life this holiday season? It may seem like a funny concept – a gift guide for the wanderlust soul – since many of us value experiences over products. Rest assured; however, these gift ideas are either practical or way too fun to pass up, even for the most ascetic of us travelers.
I don’t know about you guys, but for me there’s something special about grabbing a good book and curling up under the blankets with hot tea as you’re taken to another time and place. I love reading at anytime of the year, but the colder seasons have a special kind of charm.