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11 Tips To Beat The Heat During Your Summer Travels

Check the forecast and realize that you’re in for a sweltering hot day ahead? It happens to the best of us. Weather’s unpredictability is a serious consideration for travelers hoping to make the most of their time exploring. Today, we’re sharing some simple and effective ways to beat the heat during your summer travels! 

Plan Ahead

Step one, always check the forecast for the day ahead. It’s important to be informed on what to expect in 24 hours. Figuring out your outfits for the day and planning your daily activities based on the weather will help you avoid burning up midday. 

It’s also worth noting that if you are someone who is extremely affected by hotter temperatures, you might want to reconsider your destination of choice if there’s no avoiding it. Destinations all around the world have heat pockets pop up throughout the year, but if you know ahead of time that you’ll be visiting in the peak of summer… research what you’re in for and ask yourself if you’re willing to overlook being uncomfortably hot! 

Pack & Dress Appropriately

Fabrics are key! If you know that you’re in for many hot days ahead – focus on the fabric of your clothing, as some are incredible sticky and inflexible. Linens and cottons are your BFFs during humid travel days. Say no to polyester at all costs! That being said, dress appropriately for the forecast ahead. Don’t sacrifice your health and well being over a piece of clothing or a “look” you want for photos. If you know that there are chances of high humidity and no wind… you can plan an outfit that breathes and won’t weigh you don’t once you start sweating. Hats on a very sunny day can stop a serious sunburn from starting too!

Plan Your Day Around The Temps

If you know to expect extreme heat towards the middle of the day, see if you can coordinate some indoor activities instead of visiting outdoor areas or important sights. Being aware of the temperature as the day rolls by will help you plan a more comfortable itinerary, where you won’t be sweating through your clothes just because you failed to figure out that perhaps sightseeing wasn’t the smartest thing to do at high noon! 

Go To A Museum 

Museums are a go-to fix for sky high temperatures. Because art must be kept at a comfortable temperature to avoid swelling and warping, you’ll be cool while also getting cultured. 

Go Shopping 

Similar to museums, shopping is a great alternative for beating the heat because shops know that their cooler temps draw in customers! Limited budget? It’s okay to just window shop. (P.S. you can check out some of our tips for saving money while abroad here!)

Ice Cream Or A Cold Drink

Don’t doubt the power of a cool beverage when you’re at your wits end with the temperature. There’s something about drinking an ice cold soda or enjoying a frozen ice cream cone on a hot day, isn’t there? Find some shade, rest your body for a few minutes and enjoy. You’ll find your body temperature will lower within seconds. 

Never Go Anywhere Without A Bottle Of Water

Hydration is SO important when exploring in hotter temperatures. Drinking water throughout the day will help you avoid heat exhaustion and will help you power through the day. Dehydration is not something to be messed around with. 

Splash Water On Your Pulse Points

Cool water (or a cold glass) placed on your wrist and necks – also known as your pulse points – will help your body feel cool within seconds. The heat during summer is no joke – but your body can handle it with little tricks like this!

Consider Your Diet – Cold Foods Only

It seems obvious, but be sure to order foods that aren’t hot while on a hot day. Soups, dishes served up hot and spicy meals are no no’s when the temperatures are sky high. Opt inside for cold or room temperature foods that hold a lot of water, like fruits or healthy salads.

Stay Shady

Dodge the sun at all costs if you can! Walk in the shaded areas of pedestrian routes and find alternative routes that will let you stay away from the sun’s rays. Shade is pretty much mother nature’s air conditioning!

Rest Often

You’ll find that heat during summer travels exhaust even the most hardy of adventurers. So embrace it. Rest often during your days exploring. Find an air conditioned cafe or restaurant, sit by a fan, take a breather by a shaded park bench… just rest and listen to your body!

How do you deal with hot temperatures while you explore?


8 Tips For Traveling Abroad With Your Drone

Being obsessed with nature, I adore taking my camera and hitting the road, be it for a road trip in the UK or jetting off to Nordic countries which have stolen my heart, I love travel and being outdoors. I am always intrigued to see places in new seasons, different light and from a new perspective. Whenever I explore new destinations, I always hit satellite maps and pour over the detail of the landscape, so it was only a matter of time before I took to the sky myself and created images of the bird’s eye view myself.

Flying a drone is one of the most liberating experiences, I feel a level of solace as I launch my drone and it climbs in altitude, revealing awe-inspiring scenes the higher and higher it goes! There are lots of drones on the market and I have one that I fly commercially in the UK that is a more substantial but less portable drone and another that I bought as my travel buddy! It is compact, easy to transport and packs the punches when it comes to image quality.

Top Tips For Traveling With Your Drone Abroad

  • Always carry your drone and batteries in your hand luggage – check with your airline about their regulations around the Lipo batteries (check their limits on max Watt-hours and number of batteries) and carry your batteries in Lipo Bags. If one were to malfunction it contains the fire within it!
  • Check what the rules are for flying a drone in the country you are visiting. Every country has a different set of rules on this, so search with terms like ‘Country’ ‘Aviation Authority’ ‘Drone Rules’ and take note of these.
  • Carry a plug convertor so you can charge your drone batteries in your accommodation.
  • If you’re road tripping, get an in car inverter for the cigarette lighter so you can charge your batteries on the move.
  • Use common sense and pre-plan where you’re going to fly based on the countries rules about drone flying.
  • Check the weather forecast and buy a small anemometer so you can measure wind speed to check you’re not flying in conditions beyond what your drone can cope with.
  • Get insurance and check with your insurer that you’re covered in the countries you’re traveling in.
  • Buy spare memory cards, if conditions are on your side and you’re capturing lots of shots and footage, you’ll certainly want to make sure you have enough memory to lay down the memories!

Now that the admin side is done and you’ve got yourself to your destination, conditions are awesome and you’re ready to go, it is time to take to the skies and enjoy every sweet minute of your flight!

I am an advocate of flying drones respectfully, no matter where I am or how epic it would be to fly and shoot some where… if there are signs up that do not permit drone flights, I adhere to them.

I always think that, the more we respect boundaries that are set, the more likely rules are to stay flexible for everyone. We’ve all got a responsibility when we fly to be mindful of others and the nature that we are all enjoying, so I hit it from a place of kindness and community and honoring rules that are laid down.

Once you’ve shot, it is always important if you can to backup your images and footage, the memory cards in most drones are tiny and it would be so devastating to lose a once in a lifetime moment where the stars aligned for the most epic of flights. I travel with my laptop and multiple hard drives, so I can sleep easy and know everything is safe!

So far, I have flown in Iceland, Norway and Sweden which are all away from home destinations for me and extensively along the coastline in Kent in the UK. I have some destinations on my radar this year that I am super excited to be talking my ‘eye in the sky’ to and hope that the weather is on my side to fly and grow that list!

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How To Survive A Red Eye Flight With Ease

Even the most seasoned travelers find themselves on red eye flights. No one look forward to them, everyone resents them – but as travelers sometimes those pesky red eyes are sometimes unavoidable. But truthfully, there are some tried and true tricks to getting through late night flights with ease. Today we’re sharing some simple, yet effective tips to help you survive a red eye flight with grace!

Book As Late As Possible

It seems counter productive, but trust us. Book the last flight out! Departing as late as possible, when you’re extra tired and looking forward to closing your eyes more than anything in the world means that you’re ten times more likely to pass out as soon as you get to your seat.

While some might think arriving earlier to your destination is smart – remember! The easiest sleep comes when your body is following its natural rhythm. Leaving too early from your bedtime will make you less likely to get to sleep.

Know Your Sleep Patterns

Be seat strategic and know thyself! If you’re a side sleeper, book a window seat. You’ll be able to rest your head. If you’re a light sleeper, avoid the back galley at all costs! However, if you know that you’re a frequent bedtime bathroom visitor, save yourself the headache of climbing over strangers.

Be extra vigilant about available seats close to your departure date, or ask if there are any open middle seats for extra leg room when you arrive at the gate.

Bring The Coziest Items You Own

That’s right. Glamour be gone. Bring on the sweaters and hoodies and sweatpants! Be sure to pack a neck pillow and an oversized scarf (just in case the airline runs out of blankets).

Get Drowsy

Sip on Sleepytime tea or take ZzzQuil or melatonin before take off. After getting cozy, these little friends can sometimes give you the extra push into sleep you need. Plus, these sleep aids are light enough to make you feel ready to take on the day when you land.

Just don’t take them before you board the plane! Nothing worse than getting drowsy and waking up to a plane that’s left you behind. And, as always, talk to your doctor if you have serious concerns with sleeping or have anxiety on planes!

Limit Hydration

Yes, you’ve heard it a thousand times – hydration is key for all plane travel. BUT for those needing to survive a red eye, do the opposite.

Limiting your fluid intake a couple hours before takeoff will mean less potty breaks and being woken up. Just remember to start rehydrating towards the end of your flight.

Eye Masks Are Your Friend

They filter out the light and limit interruptions to your REM cycle!

Fly Direct

Avoiding connecting flights means you avoid the headache of having to fall asleep all over again on a new flight. Plus, having to function in a new airport on one a few hours sleep is the worst! Knowing that when you land, you’re at your destination gives you peace of mind.

Prep Yourself

Avoid caffeine and alcohol before flying. Eat light and balanced. Wash your face, brush your teeth and seriously set the mood for sleepy time.

Don’t forget to prepare your landing and customs cards, your passport, travel information, hotel details and charge your phone before getting drowsy!

This sets the mood for your natural sleep habits to kick in and allows you to rest easy.

Buckle Up Over Your Clothing

A little trick that seriously matters! All flight attendants are required to see that your seatbelt is secured before take off. To avoid having to be woken up, buckle up over your layers of clothing. Make it clear that you’re being safe, you’re buckled in and you are serious about your sleep!