Posts tagged budget
Unlock a Better Way to Shop for Hiking & Camping Gear: Quick & Easy Gear Shopping Is Here!

Are you tired of wasting hours upon hours browsing through Outdoors stores? Not sure what gear is worth your money?

When you are just starting your Outdoors escapades, the process of outfitting your trips can be confusing and time-consuming. The choices of gear and active attire are overwhelming. However, don't worry - I'm here to help!

Based on my own experience and knowledge collected over the years, as well as reviews from experts in the field, I've created a grouping of all the hiking and camping gear and clothing you need to be safe and comfortable in the wild.

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How to Plan a Hiking Trip. There is No Spontaneity in Hiking!

The moment you decide you would like to go for a hike, the planning begins. Hiking is the kind of activity in which spontaneity is not encouraged much. And by “much” I mean not at all. To have an excellent and safe trip a proper process of preparation is required.

In this post, I will help you to highlight the critical elements of the process you should go through before you hit the trail. When I write this article, I have mostly multiple days and long-term hiking in mind, but many of the key ideas are quite useful also when thinking of a short day hike.

But why can’t I be spontaneous and just go?

I know that some people find it romantic or exciting to just decide on a spot to go somewhere – buy a ticket, grab a bag, and fly for a weekend to a new destination. I can even see some appeal in that idea (if I squint hard and tilt my head a bit to the left) but what might work for a weekend urban escape can be a recipe for a disaster when it comes to nature escapes.

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All You Need to Know About Hiking Solo in Iceland

I am so happy you plan on hiking in Iceland. And a bit jealous – I loved it so much that I wish I can go back as soon as possible! But to make sure your stay on this gorgeous island is all good, I want to you to know a few things.

This is a crucial question. There are so many places in Europe where you can safely hike from very early on (I hiked in Spain in February) all the way till late fall in mountainous areas. In some areas, you can basically hike the whole year. Not so in Iceland.

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The Quest to Lighten Up my Gear Continues!

A few months ago I wrote a guide to gradual upgrading your gear to lighten up the load. I have realized that instead of writing another “edit” in that post, I should just write a post describing where I’m at on this quest to shed weight off my back.

I needed to start with the big items – that’s where you see big differences. If I can shed 1 kg of weight with a different tent, there is really no sense obsessing over a 10g lighter spoon, right?

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Fabulous Budget Christmas Gift Ideas for Hikers, Campers, and Travelers

Are you on a quest to find the perfect Christmas gift for your hiking/camping/traveling loved ones that doesn't drain your bank account? You are in the right place! Below you will find budget Christmas gift ideas for all the outdoorsy types! 

It might feel a bit intimidating at first to pick something from the thousands of possible items, especially if you are not a hiker yourself. But don't worry! Hikers and travelers love practical things to add to their (probably already big) gear collection.

Believe me, there is no such a thing as too much gear! Most of the items below can work also as the perfect Christmas stocking stuffers or the daily Hanukkah "gelt" gifts! Rejoice!

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Why Hiking near Wisła in the Silesian Beskids Should Be High On Your Bucket List!

If you love hiking and seeing new places you should consider hiking near Wisła (pronounce: viswa). This small but charming town in the Beskid Śląski Mountains is the perfect base for many day hikes in the area.

The modest yet beautiful Silesian Beskids Mountains

The Beskids are a long mountain range in the Outer Western Carpathians, comprising of a few smaller parts: Beskid Śląski, Beskid Niski and Beskid Żywiecki. Beskid Śląski (Silesian Beskids) is the most western part and the closest to my heart, as I was born just an hour drive away and used to hike around those hills all childhood.

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Hiking Solo The Great Glen Way: Fort William to Fort Augustus

Changing plans

When my Cape Wrath Trail plans didn’t work out I had to make a decision about where to go next.

I wasn’t planning on doing the Great Glen Way at all – so I had no trail description or any notes.

When I was preparing for my Scottish adventure I copied to my Kindle (US) a lot of trails (planned and potential) descriptions, but somehow I didn’t even think of including the Great Glen Way.

When I was in Glenfinnan I did some hard thinking and decided that taking on a lighter trail before the more challenging Skye Trail would be a good idea.

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10 Awesome Tips for Female Solo Hikers

The wonderful world of women hiking solo

Hello, ladies! Do you dream about getting out of your dusty office and out to the wild?

I am so with you!

Hiking, especially when done alone, can be a life-changing experience. It brings you serenity and peace of mind.

It can give you a great boost of self-confidence and pride. Hiking solo lets you think freely and be tuned in to own needs. 

It makes you focus on yourself, which women rarely have the chance to experience.

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Here's Why You Are a Crappy Hiker: 35 Things to Stop Doing to Decrapify Your Hiking & Camping Skills

So you tried this hiking thing once or twice and you reached the conclusion that you suck at it.

And you are probably right.

But don't worry - there is a cure!

Stop doing those 35 things and you might just become the Hiking Ninja!

So what are the stupid things you do before you even leave the house?

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Read Before You Buy: Vango Blade 200 Tent Gear Review

Vango Blade 200

So, is that tent any good? You bet it is!

I absolutely love it and am really happy with my decision to buy it.

Its weight and ease of use are superb. I tested it in Scottish summer – full of rain, bogs, and heavy winds. I can recommend it for any solo hiker out there - especially one on a budget.

There are lighter backpacking tents, of course, but they tend to cost twice or even thrice the price of Vango Blade 200 at around £100. How can you beat that?

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