The Best Hiking Trails in Balkans

The Best Hiking Trails in Balkans

The Balkan countries are the new hot destination for many travelers. Historical sites, famous places seen in trending movies or TV shows, a wide range of entertainment, good prices, delicious cuisine, and incredible nature attract all kinds of travelers. Rumor has it that the Balkans offer the best hikes in Europe, so let us find out what are the best trails and most adventurous peaks of this peninsula. Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia Plitvice might be called one of the most beautiful places in Croatia as this huge national park has old woods, waterfalls, and the well-known colored lakes. Here you can choose the different hiking trails according to your skills, equipment, or amount of time you have available. Also, you can choose to hike alone, with a group or with a guide, as a result, do not be...

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Why You Should Visit Utah

America has many tourist friendly destinations thanks to its many big cities, man made monuments and theme parks so it makes sense that Utah isn’t on everyone’s bucket list as a top US destination. Known for being lots of barren land and being home to the polite yet widely disregarded Mormons, it not hard to see why people have a skewed view of this region. In reality Utah is home to some of the most impressive views around thanks to desert, sandstone and years of erosion what is left is an outdoor haven of spots to visit. These are just a handful of the multitude of wonders in this huge state. Goblin Valley Probably most famous for being the location of climbing film 127 Hours this state park in Green River Utah has some of the strangest rocks you may...

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5 Things You May Not Know About Parkour

Facts About the Perpetual Movement Practice You may have heard of parkour thanks to popular TV shows or the use of it in many action films especially those made around the early 2000’s. This practice of continued movement has grown to become a stylised method of getting from A to B that is often seen as something reserved for super athletic youths. The truth is however that parkour is substantially different from the cool and slick showmanship of the movies and instead comes from a background that many may not have suspected. Whether you have a foundational knowledge of parkour or not, you may still be intrigued by its fun and outdoor recreational charm. Here are a handful facts you may have overlooked about the movement-movement. It’s Very French The very name parkour comes from the French name for obstacle...

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5 Ways to Take to Enjoy The Skies

Being in the outdoors can be a breathtaking experience especially when you are faced with the infinite blue of the sky. The blue bubble that surrounds us is captivating at day or night and is constantly featured in photographs and paintings. Add this to the wonderful landscapes below whether natural or intricately man made and you have yourself a stellar viewpoint that you can’t help but stare at. In order to get a really unforgettable view however you will need to be at the highest altitude possible, which is one reason why so many air-based activities draw huge numbers. Here are several ways in which you can sit amongst the clouds for a moment while also enjoying a varied adrenaline rush. Hot Air Ballooning One of the most laid back forms of flight available. This relaxed and steady climb into...

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Taking Tech Outside

It may come as no surprise to you that today less and less people are spending their time outdoors. From the rise of coach entertainment to the ever-expanding era of the smartphone, people have more reason to stay inside and stay inactive than ever before. Though certain TV shows may try and motivate you to get up and amongst nature, few people actually take this upon themselves and thus a sedentary life befalls millions especially in the west. The smartphone is a different creature however, and although in the long run it may negatively affect our ability to interact with one another, and give our necks and shoulders some undue stress from looking down at them permanently, there are ways in which these devices can lead us through the front door and back into the world outside. Thanks to the...

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California – An Outdoor Haven

Everything You Need in One State California is one of America’s most famous states for many reasons. From its destination as a hub for those allured by a bohemian lifestyle to the glitz and glamour of tinsel town, the state is well known for its many subcultures both good and bad. Another fantastic thing about the state is that it has seemingly every form of climate within its borders. What this means is that unlike many states or even countries that have very general weather conditions (such as Australia’s heat and England’s grey dreariness) this place is unique in that an entirely different environment is accessible by a simple drive. This makes it an absolutely perfect place for outdoor sports of all kinds. The Desert Heat To the southeast of California are vast amounts of desert. Sands stretch far and...

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4 Extreme Outdoor Sports

Many of us may be apprehensive to start up a new sport of any kind, knowing that you have a new set of skills to master and that you have to be in a state of at least reasonable physical fitness is often enough to make most shy away. However the adrenaline junkies out there feel the complete opposite, they prefer not only to take on a brand new hobby, but one that dangles the risk of intense injury or often death right at them. Regular members of society cant understand the logic behind these extreme sports that pose more danger than satisfaction to most, but the extremists don’t hear them because they are too busy jumping of buildings and surfing the big waves. If you are intrigued about stepping up your current weekend activity, check out the following hair-raising...

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Outdoor Pursuits and Government Protected Areas in the UK – Part 2

The creation of huge areas of land in the United Kingdom has enabled large numbers of the population to use their free time to explore the wilderness that is available on their door step. This has provided a great variety of holidays for both domestic and international visitors, who make up the 110 million tourists that these areas receive each year. Many of the people who visit these areas are day visitors and this is especially true of the domestic market. Compared to other countries in the world the United Kingdom is small so many of its parks are accessible to a large percent of its population on a day visit. [caption id="attachment_143" align="alignright" width="297"] Cyclists enjoying Dartmoor[/caption] Also, many people will take holidays to certain areas of the country and make a visit to a park just for maybe...

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Outdoor Pursuits and Government Protected Areas in the UK – Part 1

People who enjoy outdoor pursuits have been indebted to various governments around the world who have created vast areas of land that are protected from the population form building on. These regions have, for a variety of different reasons, been designated as protected areas and they have provided those who enjoys the great outdoors huge play grounds in which to explore. [caption id="attachment_138" align="alignright" width="221"] The different protected land in the UK[/caption] The United Kingdom has attempted to protect large swathes of countryside since the end of the Second World War. In 1949 the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act as was passed in parliament and this created the first ten National Parks that were established through England and Wales. Today there are thirteen parks all funded from central Government. They all have their own separate managing authority...

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Outdoor Pursuits and the Retail Trade

There is a strong relationship between the retail trade and outdoor pursuits. This relationship however, is not a straight forward one preparing for a trip to the outside world will depend on many variables and these will influence the type of purchasing the customer will make. [caption id="attachment_131" align="alignright" width="300"] Snow and Rock store for outdoor activities[/caption] The first thing about outdoor pursuits is that not everyone loves them, but most people give the activities a try. So many people who may be preparing for their first camping expedition or walk or skiing holiday are doing it with the knowledge that it may be the first and last time they take this type of adventure. With this mind it is hardly surprising that there is a huge market for renting and hiring all clothing and equipment needs for these activities,...

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