Return of the World – Bardenas Reales, the Wild West in the Basque Country

Sep Bardenas Reales, the Wild West in the Basque Country

A few kilometers from the foggy hills, there is in the depths of the Basque Country, on the border of Navarre and Aragon, an unsuspected and surprising landscape. A desert carved for millennia by water and wind, a paradise for the curious in need of landscape, the Bardenas Reales.

We then left the humidity of the mountains of the Country Quint and Aldudes valley to sink a little more in the heart of the Spanish Basque Country, driven by a desire to discover more and more. After leaving the mist of the Urkiaga Pass, we took the N-135 road, which descends gently from the mountains. We are still in the middle of the countryside, crossing the road to many rivers and lakes, often stopped by dams, such as the small village of Eugi .

It was about that time that a question arose. Are we going through Pamplona or not? Still in our bubble, we are not super motivated to fetch the hustle and bustle of the city, which is just recovering from the season of feria. Plus, we look at the map, the more we realize that the Bardenas Reales Park is not so far. We have often heard about them, these photos have always made me dream, and moreover just before leaving, a friend has mentioned the idea: “Are you going to Pamplona ? I hope ou will push to the Bardenas ! “.

Well it is true that we did not really think long, we swallowed our sandwiches and we took the road to swallow the miles. When we arrived on Valtierra and Arguedas we went through a road lined with forest without really suspecting that just behind was hiding dry lands.

Well as you say, arrived to the Bardenas , we were a little lost, we landed in the almost deserted village of Arguedas . And no doubt, it feels like lost in the depths of New Mexico . A rocky village, a restaurant with Mexican haciendas architecture, a wind to decorate a buffalo, sand that crosses the road … in short, a true western landscape.

We tried to take a road, and we reached the foot of the Ermita Nuestra Senora del Yugo , a church placed on a hill, erected after a shepherd saw an apparition and which dominates the vastness of the 42,000 hectares of Bardenas. In the distance, the clouds seemed to announce the rain, so we resumed the road to get to the real entrance of the Bardenas, Aguilares .

Before returning to the heart of the park, an answer to the question you ask is needed, the Bardenas Reale s, kezaco? To put it simply, it’s an American desert in the heart of Europe. To be more technical, it is a semi-desert landscape, composed of clay and sandstone that as time has worked. Landscapes are quickly thought Monument Valley (a good few kilometers separate them, but both have about the same geological composition), but also the plain of Montana , and then to Iceland and then … In short you’ll understand , the Bardenas Reales , it is several landscapes gathered in 42 000 hectares.

After a visit to the information center, we took the track (only 4 reserved for cars, a dozen for bicycles, and a multitude for hikers) pebbles, rolled at 30 km / h (maximum speed) and we began to take our first visual slaps. The landscapes are grandiose, from a promontory we are facing the immensity of the landscapes, we feel small, elsewhere, without really knowing where.

It is even hard to say that until the middle of the 17 th century , the Bardena Blanca (located in the north and composed of dry landscapes) was covered with vegetation. It was in 1675 that a fire destroyed 3000 pines , and in 1752 , 6000 pines were cut, which made the Bardena Bianca definitely white.

The road takes us past a small mountain surrounded by barbed wire, overlooking a white building and antennas of all kinds. In the middle of the Bardenas , is a huge military ground reserved for the Spanish army since the 50s . A shooting range exactly, regularly flown over by fighter planes. In short a boil in the middle of the park, which is subject to various protests.

The road advances, sinks in the landscapes, makes us pass in front of mountains with ocher and salmon reflections, and one arrives in front of the Castildetierra , the emblem of the Bardenas and the logo of this article. It’s a fairy chimney . A poetic name for a column of rock. At its summit, a harder rock (like sandstone), more resistant to erosion, protects the more friable layers below.

At its foot, a pedestrian path sinks into the bed of an old river and winds towards the horizon. We cross a small sheepfold, empty, with the name of the owners engraved on the lintel, which awaits the period of transhumance to be able to see there reign the agitation. There are also tourists who seem to be bogging down danger signs and bans on approaching ravines or climbing fairy chimneys. A fragile landscape.

All the more fragile, it must be known that the Natural Park was created in 1999 before that, there have been major disturbances of wildlife, a disrespect for flora, and a large number of fools from all over Europe having fun playing Paris-Dakar in the desert landscapes.

While the road runs, we like to imagine the many stories of the Bardenas. Bandits, smugglers, great characters having crossed or hiding here, a jailed queen, a chase between the villain Sancho Errota , self-proclaimed “King of the Bardenas” (or Prince of the Bardenas), and the King of Spain Don Juan . The bandit who can not bear to lose the battle will commit suicide in the Bardenas, in his territory.

The history, the passages, the hiding places, we see them, we imagine them rather well while passing by the stony roads. This dry and dry land is not devoid of fauna. In winter you can see foxes and wild cats. All year round, you can see adventurers, vultures and golden eagles flying overhead. We will only see little birds.

We still cross other sheepfolds , reminding us then the first use of Bardenas: they are for the shepherds valleys, a wonderful winter pasture. And every year the Sanmiguelada takes place, the third weekend of September. Immutable ritual dating from the Middle Ages , where the ewes of the Pyrenees arrive to the Bardenas after several days of transhumance.

Each hole , valley , mountain , makes you want to venture and discover a little more this magnificent park classified since 2000 at UNESCO as “Biosphere Reserve” . This “label” obliges countries to reserve part of the park for the sole development of species, without any presence of humans, so that animals can reproduce quietly.

We then moved away from the loop, we took another path reserved for cars that go up north of the park, arms tired of rolling on the rocks, dust full mouth, but landscapes in the eyes.

In the distance, like a lighthouse, we saw the statue of a shepherd several meters high, indicating that the Bardenas Reales road ended here, or began for others.
The Bardenas for sure, we will return, just to enjoy a sunset or a sunrise on these breathtaking landscapes, but also to discover the south, Bardena Negra greener and with more vegetation. In short we can only advise you to go see this unique place in Europe, now well maintained, and well preserved. In the Bardenas, to immerse yourself in the landscape, all means are possible: on foot, on horseback, by bike or by car.

As a bonus , and history to impregnate the best of these landscapes, we leave you with a small video, our first, tour only with a Go Pro, on a music bluesmen T-Bone Walker . Because yes, let it be confessed, when we crossed the Bardenas, we listened to blues, open windows, landscapes scrolling, and fucking what was good.

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Bees’ Honey

Afternoon with the bees and the whole team

A very nice afternoon of immersion in the Apiary with the whole team A roof for the bees … A real moment of sharing, and in a good mood, against the backdrop of our precious little bees …  Small improvised picnic to start. Then visit the apiary and the bee hut.


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How a travel assistance insurance works

How a travel assistance insurance works

Know in this article how to cover your back to an unforeseen event and what to do if something happens to you abroad

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If you plan a trip abroad , it may be interesting that you should hire travel insurance for this purpose. With this type of policy, not only will you have unforeseen health coverage, but also, you can receive financial compensation for loss of luggage or delays in your flights.

Learn from BBVA in this article what it offers you and how a travel assistance insurance works. So, in your next getaway, you can focus only on what is really important: enjoy the trip.

The profile of a travel assistance insurance

Whether one travels a lot or sporadically, travel assistance insurance can be a great help, if necessary, to get out of an unexpected mishap without major hassles. An unforeseen health and a travel delay can make you have a hard time, and in some cases, become an economic impairment.

First of all, the most important thing is health and, therefore, travel insurance will help you to meet medical expenses arising from an emergency. In many parts of the world, the health system is governed privately, so naturally you will be taken care of if something happens to you, but once the treatment is finished you will have to face an invoice. If you have travel insurance, however, coverage will cover medical fees or hospitalization expenses , as well as, if necessary, the costs of transporting the patient. An assistance insurance, in addition, will provide you by telephone the necessary guidelines to act correctly if something happens.

In addition, there are other contingencies when traveling merely logistics, for example, related to luggage . If you lose a suitcase, but you have travel insurance, this will refund an amount in case of loss, damage or theft during the trip, which is an important help in these situations. In many policies, in addition, the possibility of compensating the traveler economically in case of a delay in the trip is contemplated.

Therefore, without a doubt, travel insurance is a practical and simple way to deal with any unforeseen situation abroad.

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The operation of a travel assistance insurance

Travel insurance can be accessed through two main routes: hiring a travel insurance policy or registering a credit card.

  • The travel insurance policy . With this type of policy, the traveler pays the insurance premium in exchange for the coverages offered by the insurance. During the term of the contract, unless certain deficiencies are set there, the protection is activated from the first moment and coverage takes place whenever the policyholder is outside the habitual residence. Given that the coverage is global, there are different ways in which the insured can contact their insurer if needed. So, either by phone, email or through an app, it is advisable to contact immediately, because, if necessary, the insurance operator will tell the insured what to do in the event of an accident.
  • The insurance of the credit card . The most prestigious credit cards, for example a Gold Visa, offer their clients a travel assistance insurance of similar characteristics to the policies of use. In these cases, however, their operation is a bit different. The activation of the insurance here is punctual and takes effect only in the case that the trip in question is paid in full with this credit card. In other words, you do not pay a premium for insurance here, but on the contrary, you agree to pay for all your travel (flights, hotels, etc.) with the card you own. So, if you need help, the first thing you have to do is contact an operator of your credit card that will tell you how to act. In most cases, if for example you have to go to the doctor or you need an ambulance, you must first make the corresponding payment and, afterwards, the insurance company that collaborates with your credit card will reimburse you ( according to the conditions set in the insurance of your card).

Whatever happens, therefore, the important thing in case of unforeseen event is to contact the insurer in question immediately, as this will tell you what to do and provide you with timely help to solve your problem.

When do I need travel assistance insurance?

The question of the operation of travel insurance goes hand in hand with the question of when this insurance is really needed. The answer is ambiguous: it depends.

On the one hand, every beneficiary of Social Security can have the European Health Card (TSE), which will be served in any public institution of the Union. This card, however, will not cover the expenses derived from private assistance, which is widespread in many member countries, nor will it cover certain aspects such as salvage or repatriation expenses. Therefore, if skiing in the Alps you have to rescue a helicopter, you must pay that invoice.

The TSE, likewise, does not have validity outside Europe either, so if you travel to a country outside the Union, you will be without coverage. On the other hand, however, if your trip is paid in full with a credit card and this card is a Gold or Platinum card , then with that payment you may have activated an attendance insurance immediately. Therefore, in that case, you would not need to take out an extra travel policy. The question is: Where do you travel? What service do you want to obtain? What card do you have?

Maybe take a look at help you clarify in this regard. Firstly, because you will find the insurance you need, such as the BBVA Travel Insurance, with which, in addition to unforeseen health problems, you will also ensure possible delays or loss of luggage for only € 1 a week. This policy, however, although it does not limit the number of trips and destinations, it does work with economic limits. Therefore, in case you travel a lot, you may be interested in hiring a first card, such as the BBVA After Gold Card, with which, in addition to the best financial benefits, you will always hire an Accident Insurance whenever you use it. in Travel of up to € 760,000 and Travel Assistance Insurance.

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Thierry Colin

Thierry Colin’s apiary

Hives A roof for Thierry’s bees.

In Alsace, Thierry works with Zander hives for which he supplies himself in Germany.
Indeed, there are several types of hives allowing beekeepers to choose the one that suits him best in terms of practicality but also the most adapted to its constraints.
Thus, the Zander is rather small format but allows during the harsh winters to have a smaller volume and is thus easier to heat than a large volume.

Also, Thierry has renovated a covered apiary , a real house that will soon welcome new residents.

In regions with large temperature differences (continental climate), it is widely used because hives are more sheltered in the open air and have less to suffer from cold weather; This is how it is found in eastern France, Switzerland and Germany.

For the beekeeper, it facilitates the work, not being bothered by bees coming and going outside.
He can visit his beehives in all weather conditions, which is interesting in the spring, for the supply of provisions and in autumn for wintering.

Hives being closer and without a roof, the operations, gesture are generally faster, knowing that the number of hives is more important in this type of restricted space.

The protective suit is less useful than in the open air, the bees coming out of the open hive going directly to the openings and the light.

In addition, colonies sheltered from the weather, are also undesirable visitors, which is not negligible for isolated apiaries, thefts being more and more widespread.

It can also be said that the hives, sheltered from the weather: rain, wind, sun, will be less strained and will continue unparalleled with those established in the open air.


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Holliday Season

The life of the hive in December

News bees
For those of you who followed the news about bees, a sad news fell on November 27th …
Glyphosate, Monsanto’s herbicide, otherwise known as Roundup, has been re-authorized in Europe for 5 years. France, under the aegis of Nicolas HULOT, Minister of the Ecological Transition voted “no” to this authorization, thus rallying with 8 other member countries to ban this herbicide, killer of bees. But 18 other countries, including Germany, tipped the decision in favor of the extension. The European Commission thus announced, at the end of the vote, that the controversial pesticide would finally be allowed until 2022 in the EU, a decision criticized by the NGOs.
For its part, France has decided to go it alone and reduce the period to 3 years, the time for the various sectors involved to consider transition solutions. We deplore a decision that has once again hit hard the French beekeeping industry already hard hit. But we welcome France’s desire to quickly ban this deadly herbicide for our foragers!

Your honeypots arrive …
Let’s move on to more cheerful news, your honey is coming *. You will be able to enjoy the festivities to taste this precious nectar and share it around you … It is also the occasion to exchange with your relatives and to sensitize them on the worrying situation around the bees. You will also be able to share your experience as hive sponsors. This may allow you to “pass the relay” around you and see the big One roof for bees grow bigger!
And since the end of year celebrations are just around the corner, the Team A Roof for Bees and Beekeepers wish you a Merry Christmas!


What’s going on in the hive?
No more doubt possible, the winter settles (I will add “softly in the night” for the amateurs of “Frozen”)! The cold is now well and truly there. In some parts of France it is already snowing. It is the flat calm with apiaries.

More a bee on the horizon, no buzzing or activity at the doors of hives. The bees will stay warm in the hive and gently wait for the return of good weather. Because bees do not like the cold! Below 5 to 6 ° C they would literally fall into a “comatose” state which would spell the end of the swarm. They will therefore keep warm, all together, forming what is commonly called “the cluster”. Their activity will be almost zero and the provisions will be consumed sparingly to spend the winter …

Here is a map of weather forecasts for this first week of December. No more double digit temperatures. The freezing cold of winter is approaching.

Focus on … The winter cluster
Did you know that to stay warm during the winter, bees will snuggle up against each other in the hive, forming a “bunch” like bunches of grapes. In the center, where the temperature will be highest, we find of course the Queen. This is the “heart” of the cluster and the temperature is around 15 to 37 ° C.
The heart is protected by a bee crown that regulate this temperature. It forms the “coat” around the center. Finally, on the outskirts, we find the most exposed bees. Those at the end of the bunch. The temperature is much colder, between 7 and 13 ° C. Here is the infrared photo of a cluster in winter.


On his side, the beekeeper …
The beekeeper takes advantage of this period to send the honeypots to the sponsors concerned. He also takes the opportunity to sell his honey during Christmas markets for example. He proposes various products of the hive: honey, candles with wax, candies with honey, pollen, propolis, gingerbread, vinegar of honey, soap with honey …
Interventions in apiaries are limited to avoid disturbing colonies. Mainly visual checks or weighings to estimate hive reserves.


Did you know ?
During the winter, it is the bees inside the bunch that play the role of heating. They vibrate the muscles of their chest, without activating the movement of wings, which allows to ventilate the heat in the heart of the bunch.

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Bees’ Trunk

Review “The Creative Link” – Bee Baskets

For all ruche en bois tressé / panier à abeilles In love with the beekeeper of yesteryear, the magazine Creative Link dedicated a number to straw hives or woven wood. The photos and articles are beautiful and emphasize soft and natural beekeeping. Page 30, you will also have the pleasure of discovering the approach of Régis (director of A Roof for Bees) and his daughter Camille.

For more information or to obtain the magazine: 05 61 94 36 33

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Travel by electric car

Travel by electric car

‘Road movie’ failed or the impossible dream of jumping from San Francisco to Los Angeles on a Nissan Leaf

A Tesla Model S pursued by a Roadster. With the first (480 km per load) it would be easier to get to Los Angeles, but it costs $ 57,400 (Own) Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Whatsapp 0 > 03/11/2012 02:36 | Updated 11/03/2012 12:03

The anxiety attacks that are known in the world of electric vehicles in San Francisco as range anxiety seemed another exaggerated Californian neurosis. Until, in the middle of the overtaking lane of the Freeway 101, three blinking messages appeared simultaneously on the dashboard of the Nissan Leaf : Battery charge low !

According to our plan, devised in a bar in Manhattan, the trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles, was going to be for the electric car, what the Easy Rider movie, for the Harley Davidson and the Ray-Ban sunglasses. We would take advantage of the 1,000 kilometer trip to maintain interviews with specialists in sustainable technologies at the University of Berkeley. We would stop at the Tesla factory in Silicon Valley, whose sporty Roadster, with acceleration from 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in 3.7 seconds, has transformed the image of the electric vehicle from kumbayá to fittipaldi. There would even be opportunities to talk to venture capital fund managers who have invested nearly $ 1 billion in zero-emission technologies in 2011.

California seemed the perfect place for the trip to the future. More than any other state, its physiognomy of freeways in permanent traffic jam, endless urbanizations without public transport, and McDonald’s drive-in, symbolizes the insanity of the oil age. Moreover, it is the most advanced state in encouraging the adoption of low emission vehicles since the famous 1990 mandate that created quotas. California – as well as the federal state – offers tax discounts for buyers and subsidies for manufacturers.

Although in the USA only 17,000 electric cars have been sold, optimism grows. “The transition goes much faster than we think,” insists James Billmaier in his book Jolt. It may be true. But – as we would soon discover on Freeway 101 – it does not move fast enough to be able to take a Nissan Leaf trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles without suffering severe range anxiety attacks.

FIRST STOP: University of Berkeley
Just start the interview with Mark Huberty, specialist in sustainable economics Berkeley, it is clear that the trip will not be easy. Despite the commitment of the California government to facilitate the creation of 4,500 recharge stations before 2013, there are currently only 1,000 and almost all are grouped in large cities. Moreover, there is still no standardization of plugs. “There are many doubts about the viability of a charging infrastructure throughout the US,” says Huberty. “Many believe that the electric car is going to be a city vehicle, low-range that is charged at home, or a second car.”

SECOND STOP: City Lights Bookstore
To recover some of the utopian spirit of the project, we had dinner with Paul Yamazaki, owner of the legendary City Lights bookstore, mecca for beatniks fans like Jack Kerouak or Neil Cassady, who toured California in the 50s and 60s hitchhiking under the influence of huge amounts of hallucinogenic drugs. Paul seems the right person to restore our confidence in the sustainable future. But he also warns that we could end up hitchhiking like beatniks. “Why do not you forget the electric car and rent a Mustang?” Suggested a book merchant during dinner.

THIRD STOP: Enterprise car rental
Despite the doubts, Blake, the representative of Enterprise (Masson Stret), rents us a Nissan Leaf with a range of about 160 kilometers per charge and encourages us to try to get to Los Angeles. “There are not enough recharging stations but you can recharge at the hotels,” he explains, “the only problem is that with normal plugs, each charge will take 24 hours so that you’ll still need a couple of weeks.” Two weeks to go from San Francisco to Los Angeles! I thought. If the beatniks traveled faster! However, impressed by the silence of the Leaf engine, by the rapid acceleration without gears and by the option of driving on the “sustainable” lane (normally reserved for cars with at least two passengers) we went through the first 100 km of euphoria. 101 to Palo Alto, the nerve center of Silicon Valley.

FOURTH STOP: Tesla headquarters (Palo Alto)
After the success of the Roadster, Tesla already manufactures the Model S, a family car that, thanks to 6,800 lithium ion cells installed in a panel embedded in the chassis, can travel 480 kilometers per charge. It costs $ 57,400 but Tesla aims to increase the production scale to 20,000 from 2013 and lower the price. Thanks to investments by Daimler and Panasonic, a $ 450 million credit from the Department of Energy in Washington, and a spectacular outing in the Nasdaq stock market, Tesla has recovered from the rush that was about to destroy the fortune of its young founder , the Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Elon Musk. “It is a pity that you had not tried to make the trip in three months, that we would have left you an Model S,” said Vice President of Communications, Richard Reyes.

FIFTH STOP: R. 101. Leaving Palo Alto
First attack of “anguish of reach”. The GPS, integrated into the Leaf’s dashboard, indicates that the nearest Nissan charging station is 50 miles (80 kilometers) away. Another screen indicates that there are 24 miles of battery left (38 kilometers). We consulted the bulky instruction manual. “As soon as the battery charge low message appears, immediately go to a station to recharge,” he advises.

SIXTH STOP: R. 101. Outskirts of San José
We have resorted to plan B: leaving the Leaf at the San Jose airport and renting a gasoline car. But stuck on Route 101, we did not reach the most economical speed to conserve battery. San José Airport is 24 km away and we only have 30 km on the battery. It is a very narrow margin of error. Already victims of acute attacks of range anxiety (tachycardia, hot flushes, tremors), we arrived at the office of Enterprise at the airport with 5 km of surplus cargo. What a disappointment to end the trip to the future so quickly! And what a relief to rent a Toyota Camry internal combustion engine to continue to Los Angeles!

SEVENTH STOP: Port of Los Angeles: technology company Balqon
The Indian engineer Balwinder Samra, designer of the first model of electric truck of great weight, insists that we should not lose hope. “The tipping point will be a sodium or magnesium lithium battery equivalent to a 23-liter diesel tank, that will give you 300 km per charge, we will have it in 18 months and there will be more possibilities to recharge”, he explains. .

Until next year.

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A user of Rankia wins the TMS Trading contest and travels to the World Cup

A user of Rankia wins the TMS Trading contest and travels to the World Cup

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The tournament was held while there was good humor in the global economic exchanges. The aversion to risk was very low, which translated into increasing valuations of companies and, at the same time, in stock indices. This period was also characterized by the high sale of safe currencies, such as the Japanese yen and the Swiss franc. The US dollar gained strength, which is a consequence of the increasing returns on US 10-year bonds, the discount on future increases in interest rates in the US. And the rising expectations of inflation due to the rising prices of oil and fuels.

In general terms, the market has seen unequivocal trends in the last 3 weeks and it did not take long to look for trend markets. This type of environment is perfect for traders. Choosing the right market and a good investment direction brings tangible benefits.

The winner of the “Trading Start” competition showed a strong attachment to the stock market in his own country. His choice fell on the Spanish IBEX index, which is marked ES35 on the TMS Trader platform. The investor started the competition with a delay of one week. He made the first transactions only on April 30. However, this did not prevent him from obtaining a fantastic result.

The rate of return achieved by the winner of the competition is 284.59%. It is worth noting that among 215 transactions that appeared in the leader’s account, none was at a loss, it means 100% efficiency. All the transactions took place in an instrument (ES35) and had an address: “buy”.

The strategy was relatively simple: buy and maintain. The investor opened the first set of transactions on April 30, the following ones were added on May 2, 4, 7 and 8. They all closed on the last day of the tournament at the same time. The average duration of the transaction was 6 days, 2 hours and 31 minutes. The success in this case was in the simplicity of the strategy.

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6 Tips for traveling cheap

The travelers secrets that you did not know

Image result for traveling on a budgetTraveling can be synonymous with experiencing new things, immersing yourself in another culture, exploring, living adventures, rest and social coexistence, depending on what you are looking for.

Surely the sea, the sand and you sitting with a coconut have passed through your mind: the good life without worry or stress.

However, your pocket may sometimes not be as good to materialize that sun and beach thinking and combat stress.

That scenario may be discouraging, but you should know that it is possible to conquer that dream if you learn to travel on a budget.

In the following blog we tell you 6 tips to travel cheap and that your portfolio is not an impediment to give you a vacation.

1. Use applications to rent houses

Accommodation is undoubtedly one of the strongest expenses when you want to travel, because although there are many hotels, it is expensive to pay a room per person and if you have children you must rent an additional one.

When the family is large, the best option is to enter the technology and make use of the applications that exist in the cyber world to search for offers for house rentals.

So is! Renting a house has many advantages, besides not paying extra for the number of people, it is much more comfortable and, when doing the account, you will see that it is cheaper to travel in this way.

You will also save on food, as you will not have to buy at the hotel where you regularly stay when you go to the beach.

You can compare the food in the place where you are and cook in the house you are occupying. The food will yield much more and you will not be so pressured by these expenses.

In this way, you can use the budget in other activities and know much better your travel destination.

Airbnb , for example, helps you get accommodation in different parts of the world, including Mexico.

2. Buy in advance

The key to getting plane, truck or lodging tickets is to buy in advance, even if you are thinking of buying a vacation package that includes everything.

The secret to catching tickets at low cost is to constantly monitor offers on some websites such as or Buy when you find the lowest prices.

Now that if you do not want to get everything separately, go to travel agencies, believe it or not, often have packages with incredible discounts and some can be paid before the scheduled date for your trip.

In this way, the expense will not be one stroke, and perhaps, even time will give you to save a little more and use it in activities for your trip.

Anticipate, but to everything: look for the activities that you can do for free in the destination you have chosen for your trip.

In Mexico, many museums are free or have a very low cost, especially to your student children.

You can also pay in advance for tourist activities, almost all the agencies that offer tours have discounts if you look in advance.

Search before the holiday date, period in which prices rise to the skies, it is advisable to buy tickets and book your stay at least 4 months in advance.

3. Travel in low season

You may have noticed that during the holiday season (July-August), tourist destinations get cramped worse than the subway at peak hours and, in addition, everything is very expensive.

On the other hand, when you travel in low season prices are much more friendly with the portfolio and by far.

As in this period the tourist activity is very low, hotels and tourist transport companies offer great discounts. A unique opportunity to travel.

In low season you can find offers of up to 40 percent compared to the costs of the high season, which are usually very high.

In addition, vacationing in this season has a great advantage: you will enjoy the place much more and the possibility of avoiding huge concentrations of tourists is less, the attractions will be practically for you.

If you have children, ask permission at school, a couple of days away will not affect them much and they will return with the recharged batteries.

Travel in the low season and you will be surprised how easy and cheap it is to get away from the routine, get to know other places and live new experiences.

4. Buy at the Good End

If there is an ideal time to buy plane tickets, a truck or a travel package, it is in good order.

That’s right, do not just take advantage of this period of offers to buy TV screens that do not fit in your living room or devices that you will eventually throw away, you can also find offers to travel.

Travel agencies usually have promotions for many destinations with discounts of up to 50 percent.

Airlines and hotels also enter promotions and you can get transportation and lodging at very low prices.

Take advantage of the discounts for the good weekend to vacation and better buy the plasma screen on another occasion.

5. Eat the same as the locals

Food is also a fundamental part of your travel budget and if you are not careful you can end up very tight and even starving for the end of your paradisiacal stay.

However, many restaurants located in the main or most popular avenues are very expensive, and sometimes they are a tourist trap, where food is bad and expensive.

The best way to experience local food at a low price is to frequent the same places as the local people, such as markets or food bazaars.

Besides saving a good part of the budget you can feel the atmosphere of the locals and immerse yourself much more in their culture.

As you can see, everything is a matter of applying a little and taking advantage of the opportunities that few see to make your trip cheap.

The money that you save on food can be used for other things, perhaps an excursion or ecotourism activity.

6. Travel Outlet

Another potion to have a vacation without costing too much, is to buy in the travel outlet that takes place in the month of May in Mexico City.

It is a fair where various travel agencies, airlines and even hotels with packages for the whole family and very cheap are presented.

It also includes a variety of destinations for you to enjoy beach, ecotourism and others, all with immense offer of activities to do during your stay.

Start planning your vacations visiting this outlet of travel and that money is not a problem, you will be surprised how cheap it is to visit other corners of the earth.

Using your savings and taking advantage of a credit in traveling is investing in your well-being, since it is about pampering mind and body.

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Backpack Packing List for Long Distance Travel (Tropics)

Backpack Packing List for Long Distance Travel (Tropics)

I pack my backpack and take with me … Yes, what’s the best? And what, above all, not? Here you can find out what is on my backpack packing list for a long trip to the tropics or in warm areas, when it finally means: paradise I come!

This is my packing list for my Zanzibar travel has done great services. Overall, I came to 11 kg of luggage. I did not take much more with me on my trip around the world . This packing list fits so well for all tropical travel!

The first time I flew to Thailand , I still had 18 kg on my back, which was clearly too much. My tip: Take clothes for about one to a maximum of two weeks and wash rather locally – is for small money almost everywhere possible (eg in Laos , Bali or Thailand ).

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Backpack-Packliste für Fernreisen wie Thailand oder Sansibar

Backpack Packing List: 1. The Traveling Facilities

  • My recommendation for a backpack backpack: For two years I had a ladies trekking backpack Deuter (60 + 10 liters), which I   for the world trip against a 40 + 10 liter Deuter backpack for ladies * exchanged. (Note: at the moment, you can only buy it in red in Amazon – see here). The place is enough for me completely, the larger backpack was always filled only to 2/3. My friend travels with his trekking backpack from McKinley (65 + 10 liters) . The last major trip (2 months) we started only with carry-on luggage and have used our well-tried 28-liter backpack .
  • Clothes Bag Set : So you can find everything quickly. I have a copy of Hopeville. There are 3 clothes bags in different sizes + a shoe bag + a dirt bag with it. Practically, because I z. For example, when packing underwear in a bag, they do not always fly criss-cross through the backpack.
  • Day backpack for tours , beach trips , etc. Pay attention to the width of the straps, so they do not cut during long walks. I’m on gym bags, but they hurt pretty much sometime.
  • if necessary water-resistant bag (“dry bag”) for snorkeling trips, so camera & Co. do not get wet (you can buy in Thailand, for example, locally.) We have our from Ao Nang .).
  • Micro fiber towel – saves a lot of space and dries super fast.
  • Inflatable neck pillow – perfect for at least a little sleep on the flight while not giving away much space in the backpack.
  • snorkel equipment if necessary – you usually get that with every snorkel excursion, but if you want to snorkel alone, I recommend you take a small equipment with you.
  • Sunglasses 😉

Backpack Packing List: 2. Technical Equipment

  • possibly notebook
  • SLR camera, z. Our Canon model 700d with a 17-70mm lens . Alternative: 50mm lens (fixed focal length + aperture 1: 1.8 – is relatively cheap at just under 100 euros, light and handy, ideal for traveling.) And really makes really great pictures (but you can not zoom): → More photography tips
  • 2 memory cards
  • IPhone – with the newer versions you can take beautiful photos. Already enough for the hobby holiday photography, if you can do without mirror reflex. Elisa also recommends this water protection for the smartphone to take pictures while snorkeling.
  • If necessary, adapter or travel plug (eg for Zanzibar – ( type G + D ) and Mexico ( type A ). Also check out beforehand if your laptop charging stack fits into the plug device.

Backpack Packing List: 3. The right clothes for traveling to Thailand & Co.

Long clothes for the flight, in the evening and for religious reasons:

  • 2x leggings / slumber pants (I take two with me, because I do a lot of yoga)
  • 2x long sleeved shirt / thin sweaters
  • 1x thin cardigan
  • 1x sarong / big cloth – usable as beach towel, scarf and skirt
  • 1x long skirt (more airy than a pair of jeans))
  • 1x thicker cardigan for the flight
  • 2x shorts
  • if necessary short skirt and / or airy dress
  • 3x T-shirts (loose fitting)
  • 6x tops (loose, wide)
  • Underwear , 2 pairs of socks ( possibly also thick socks) for the flight, 2 pairs of booties for the sneakers, underpants
  • 2x bikinis / swimsuits
  • 1x comfortable sneakers / fabric shoes (depending on what kind of holiday you are doing and whether you are walking / hiking a lot).
  • 1x flipflops / birch sticks
  • swimming shoes (eg for Zanzibar and Croatia , where there are sea urchins, stones and corals on the beach, but there is hardly any protection for a kick on a sea urchin, so always keep your eyes open despite swimming shoes!)

And that’s not on my backpack pack list for a tropical trip or summer vacation:

An extra pair of shoes that I’m just taking with me because it looks nice. I threw away a pair of sandals on my Thailand tour on the second day because they were scrubbing.

For me: Less is more, farther / airier is better and white is beautiful, but also unwise (stains from the sunscreen, sweat, etc. – you get out bad).

Backpack Packing List: 4. Travel Safety

We got this safety box, disguised as a sunscreen , to stash money and credit cards on the beach. Looks really deceptively real. Unfortunately, the phone does not fit in. That’s a disadvantage.

Also included: Belly bag for the valuables.

Backpack Packing List: 5th Travel First Aid Kit

  • Mosquito Repellent (for tropics, eg No Hum ! ) – is available in every pharmacy. For two we consumed in Zanzibar in 2 weeks 1.5 bottles.
  • Malaria prophylaxis for areas in which malaria risk exists. In any case, go to the doctor first and inform you about necessary vaccinations. We have had worse experiences with the family doctor and would definitely recommend to go to Impfcentrum or tropical institute. They know exactly what vaccinations you need and have every vaccine in stock.
  • Paracetamol against fever and pain (Aspirin and Iboprofen I do not take anymore, because the intake can be dangerous, for example, in dengue fever)
  • Iberogast for the stomach (bloated stomach, discomfort), as well as diarrhea and anti-inflammatory tablets
  • Disinfectant spray and plaster
  • Oropax
  • I always have bladder tea and stomach tea with me
  • Nasal spray (if you have a cold, especially important for the flight, so that the eardrum remains intact)

You can order over-the-counter medicines also easy online. On you will find a good overview of online pharmacies (including comparison and rating).

Backpack Packing List: 6. Cosmetics / Skin Care

  • 2 x natural cosmetics sunscreen (for 2 people and a two-week trip, often comparatively expensive abroad)
  • smaller tube of après cream
  • small organic shampoo and small shower gel (usually you get everything in the bungalows / guesthouses and otherwise there are also supermarkets, where you can buy the most necessary). ADDENDUM: In Thailand we got free toiletries in every accommodation, in Zanzibar nowhere. So it always depends on where you go.
  • For women: make-up, base make-up (for me: mascara, powder, rouge, concealer)
  • Hand mirror, tweezers, nail file
  • contraceptive
  • scrunchy
  • hairbrush
  • razor
  • Deocréme without aluminum
  • Electric toothbrush and small toothpaste

And that does not belong on my backpack packing list for a tropical trip or summer vacation: liquid make-up, face cream (I shine enough already!), Hair dryer / straightener / curling iron & Co. (Zopfgummi is much more important!), Nail polish (liquefies in the heat).

Tip: In Bali and Thailand , I always buy coconut oil and use it for all sorts of things: make-up removal, lipbalm, lotion.

Backpack Packing List: 7. Important Documents

  • if necessary visa ( for Zanzibar see here )
  • vaccination certificate
  • if necessary (international) driver’s license
  • Passport (should be valid for 6 months upon arrival, min.)
  • Credit card – Elisa and I can recommend our DKB credit card , with which you as a new and active customer can withdraw cash anywhere for free . It works like a prepaid card (you have to transfer money before), so nobody can clear your whole account. Here you can open a free DKB account * . Note: Fees, which are due by the governments at the machine, refunded the DKB since 01.06.2016 unfortunately no more (eg in Thailand). More information in our credit card comparison.
  • Bank card (if you lose your credit card) and bank documents (tan lists etc.)
  • International health insurance (I can highly recommend the HUK-COBURG * as an insurer: In Mexico , I got fever and stomach problems, so a doctor had to come to our accommodation.The doctor and drug costs were reimbursed me immediately after the documents were submitted by the HUK-COBURG. Cost: about 10 euros per year for one person.)
  • Copy / scans of all documents (best on USB stick )

By the way: All the tips that helped us scrape together enough money for a trip around the world are revealed in our free e-book: 52 savings tips for travelers 52 saving tips - save money for a trip around the world

Backpack Packing List: 8. Books, Pastime and Useful

So far I have not brought a Kindle (although the Kindle Paperwhite has been recommended to me from many places), because I love books so much. But since I devour at least three books on a two-week trip, I’m really thinking hard about buying an eReader soon.

Update 2017: I have a Kindle now and I do not want to miss it anymore. Still, I still take books with me on trips, but when they are read out, I buy now and then a new piece of jewelry on the shop. There are always cheap offers from 1.99 euros.

In addition, I find the small-format books of the Fischer Taschenbibliothek super. Although there are not all the pamphlets in this travel-friendly version, but I think that’s not bad. Because I often read novels that I would not otherwise have had on the screen.

Personal tip: I take at least 1 novel on each trip, which plays on site and thus brings me closer to the history, nature and culture of the place.

Here are a few of my favorite books to travel:

  • Sightseeing , Narratives of Rattawut Lapcharoensap (Thailand)
  • The big deal, Meike Winnemuth (trip around the world, beautifully written, makes you want to start immediately)
  • The cafe on the edge of the world , John Strelecky (Live your own dreams, makes you think)
  • Something from there , Tino Hanenkamp ( Hamburg , festivals)
  • Veronika decides to die , Paulo Coelho (Ljubljana, makes positive thoughts)
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry , Rachel Joyce (England, Hiking, My Favorite Book!)
  • Do you want to be normal or happy? Robert Betz (Positive Psychology)
  • San Miguel , TC Boyle (San Miguel, California – Attention: Moody but wonderfully written)
  • All books by Carlos Ruiz Zafon ( Barcelona )
  • 111 reasons to love Portugal , Annegret Heinold (more of a tour guide, but makes such cravings in Portuga l)
  • Tschick , Wolfgang Herrndorf (Road Trip)

Also on every trip:

  • Small, light notebook for all the thoughts and ideas that come to my mind.
  • Head lamp – it is always good to have a little light for the night-time way home. 🙂 And now I use the lamp as my bedside lamp …
  • Life Straw bottle plus filter – we got worried in the fall of 2017 for our trip to Bali and Lombok , but ultimately only took the bottle and not the filter. Because the support could not tell us if we should pay attention in Bali because of volcanic deposits in the water. In Thailand z. For example, we have met travelers who have been filtering the tap water for several weeks, and then drinking it. Alternatively great to save plastic: BPA-free foldable bottle – I have not yet, but I will definitely plug in for the next trip. More: Sustainable travel – my tips

Packing list for hand luggage

The leggings, a thin sweater, cardigan, cloth and fabric shoes from my backpack packing list, I already pull on the plane. In addition, I take in hand luggage:

  • Nackenhörnchen
  • Notebook + guidebook + novel (and pens)
  • All important documents + credit card
  • Microfibre towel + small Shower gel + toothbrush and toothpaste
  • 1 thick pair of socks
  • Camera / Smartphone

I hope I could give you some suggestions for your backpack packing list. Have fun on your journey!

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