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10 easy steps to plan your own Laugavegur hiking adventure

Frequently cited as the one of the top hikes in the world, Iceland’s Laugavegur trek does not disappoint.  The beauty of this hike is that you can set your own pace as you hike along a well marked trail, surrounded by glaciers, hot springs and all things unpronounceable! My Icelandic adventure took place mid August 2016, hiking from Landmannalaugar to Pórsmörk over 4 days (34 miles total).  I had planned to hike solo, but I met some great people along the way and here are my tips to help you plan your own Laugavegur trek! Overview of my 4 day trip: Day 1:  Landmannalaugar – Hrafntinnusker | Distance: 12 km |  Hrafntinnusker hut Day 2:  Hrafntinnusker – Álftavatn | Distance: 12 km  |  Álftavatn hut Day 3:  Áftavatn – Emstrur (Botnar) | Distance: 15 km  |  Emstrur hut Day 4:  Emstrur (Botnar) – Pórsmörk/Langld | Distance: 15 km  |  Pórsmörk hut 1. Timings – when do you want to go? Fortunately, this decision is largely made for you!  The trail is open from mid June to mid September, with varying weather conditions over the …

Weekend like a local in Stellenbosch, South Africa

Stellenbosch, located 50 km outside of Cape Town, is home to over 140 wine farms and the popular Stellenbosch Wine Route.  The 2nd oldest town in South Africa, Stellenbosch is alive with exciting wine pairings and award winning restaurants, in addition to expansive nature reserves and outdoor markets. I have been a resident of Stellenbosch for over two years and daily life in Stellenbosch is laid-back, outdoorsy and fun.  Here is my pick of a few activities, restaurants and markets that are popular with visitors and locals. To see what other locals say about Stellenbosch, check out #visitstellenbosch. Saturday:  Run, pastry, market and craft beer 8 am – Run 5 km through a vine yard Start the day by joining hundreds of weekly runners, walkers and dogs that participate in the Root 44 parkrun.  Held every Saturday at 8am, it is free to participate, however you are requested to register if you are not already signed up with parkrun.  The course is fairly flat and can be run entirely at your own pace. Where:  Root 44, Audacia Wine Farm  | When:  Every Saturday @ 08:00 |  Website  |  @Root44parkrun …

Explore Monument Valley on foot, horse back or by car!

Driving to Monument Valley Navajo National Park along US Highway 163 has to be one of the most scenic drives in the world.  The drive is simply breath-taking as the iconic formations slowly become visible from miles away. As you start to get closer and closer, you can appreciate why it is one of the most photographed landscapes in the USA. Monument Valley facts Monument Valley is located on the border between Arizona and Utah Flagstaff, Arizona is the closest major city – 175 miles away The breath-taking landscape is made up of the many red sandstone buttes that tower at heights of 400 to 100 hundred feet A must see for any film fanatics, especially westerns, Monument Valley has provided the backdrop for numerous popular motion pictures including Stagecoach, Forest Gump and Thelma and Louise Monument Valley is not part of the US National Park Service as it is completely within and surrounded by the Navajo Indian Reservation Monument Valley Visitor Centre The Visitor Centre is extremely informative and overlooks the valley. You can stroll through the various exhibits of the Navajo Nation and learn …

48 hour guide: Hiking the Grand Canyon’s Rim to Rim trail

If you are willing to plan ahead, there is no better way to experience the Grand Canyon than camping overnight and hiking ‘Rim to Rim’ on the South Kaibab and North Kaibab Trails. One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon attracts nearly 5 million visitors annually, but there are only a limited number of daily camping spots available (backcountry permit required). Checklist: • National Park Services – Backcountry Permit Request Form (PDF) Bright Angel Campground | Cottonwood Campground | Indian Garden Campground • Download National Park Services Trail Planner (PDF) With my backcountry permit in-hand, I began my two day hike at the South Kaibab Trailhead, descending the steep 7.1 miles all the way to the bottom, camping at Bright Angel Campground. The next day I ascended 14 miles, following the North Kaibab Trail where the first 8.5 miles are manageable, however this cannot be said for the last 5.5 miles!  Once at the top, I pitched my tent at the North Rim Campground. Please note that if you are unsuccessful with securing a camping …