Category Archives: Outdoors
There’s a real difference between traveling and vacationing, as pretentious as that may sound. Both terms can be interpreted rather vaguely, I suppose, but whilst a vacation is usually intended for relaxation, traveling is more of an experience which keeps you on the move. Some travelers may see themselves more as sightseers, whilst others may view themselves more as adventurers. Whatever the case may be for you, it all means nothing if you don’t have the funds to feed your traveling addiction.
If you’re traveling, really traveling – what will help you get the most out of your adventure? Your skills will come into play as you tie knots, create fire and chop wood. Your knowledge will be used for everything, including setting up camp and your physical abilities. Your body and physical talents? They will be used for climbing and transport – for the most part. Preparation of course will be used to plan and prepare for your adventure and travel.
Every so often a man needs to go away for a weekend with his man-friends to do manly things. It is a bonding exercise. It is that release valve that we all need to open once in a while to let out that adolescent yearning to do stupid things. It is a way of hanging out with the boys like you used to back in school or college or your early days of semi-professionalism. But knowing what to do for a weekend away can be a challenge.
Wild camping is about as manly as it gets. The idea of being stuck in the middle of nowhere, living off the land to survive, the harsh but beautiful wilderness playing backdrop to our adventure. It is something every dude has to experience at least one in their life, but hopefully once a year. Camping isn’t about parking up at a site and finding your peg number. Camping is about waking up to birdsong, your breath freezing in front of your face, your water supplies running low and that grumble in your gut telling you it’s time to find more food.
We all get to a stage in our lives where we suddenly accept that we need to get our hands on a hobby or swap out our current hobby. It is part and parcel of being a guy. We need something we can do to while away our Tuesday afternoon’s, that place we can escape to on a Thursday evening, or that one weekend out of every month where we can indulge in our obsession.