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10 Hiking Essentials for Beginners

I have had several questions asking what it is I take with me on my hikes, or what should you pack when you go out on a hike. If you are a beginner, then this is for you. Preparing for a hike, and what you should wear, I will cover in a separate post.

Some people routinely overpack — they’re the ones carrying a sleeping bag and tent on a short dayhike, just in case. (Of course, by the end of the season they’ll be totally buff from hauling around all that extra weight!) Others eschew basic comforts like insoles and the fingertips on their gloves, all in the interest of shaving a bit of weight off their load.

Of course, most of us fall somewhere in between those two extremes. But the one thing we all have in common is that, unless you’re ready to plunge into the wilderness in nothing but your underpants with a knife clenched between your teeth, there’s a core list of essential gear you just can’t do without.

If you’re gearing up for your first hike, these are the items you just can’t do without:

  1. Map
  2. Compass
  3. Sunglasses and sunscreen
  4. Extra clothing
  5. Headlamp/flashlight
  6. First-aid supplies
  7. Firestarter
  8. Matches
  9. Knife
  10. Extra food

Know what these are and be equipped. Make sure you and your fellow backpackers are on the same page when it comes to who is bringing what. Double-check before you leave home. It can be a real downer to discover that no one brought a lighter for the stove or a water filter.


Wander, Hike.

I challenge you to plan a hike for this upcoming weekend – preferably Saturday or Sunday morning before football games start.  Get some great snacks, strap on your shoes, and go explore.  If you have tips to share with other would-be hikers, I’d love to hear what else we can do in the comments. 


Berlin Day 2 – A Backstreet Tour!

So today I decided to have a wander around some parts of Berlin that you may not have had thought about. It was pretty interesting to say the least.

It started off in the neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg. Formerly a working class neighbourhood of cramped tenement housing, during East German times Prenzlauer Berg’s war-damaged buildings were basically abandoned in favour of new, planned-housing blocks to the east of the city centre. It became the home then for many bohemians and dissidents who looked for a different way of life to the socialist norm, and with the fall of the wall they were joined by many artists, squatters, musicians and others who made the neighbourhood a buzzing and lively home during the confusion of the nineties. Although money has flowed into the area over the past decade or so, Prenzlauer Berg is still home to many charming cafes and bars, independent shops, and its leafy streets are great to wander.

So I started off with Weinbergspark – This is the local neighbourhood green space from where I was staying. One of the top spots for summer beers or winter sledging.

Then on to the Fashion House – This is a huge corner byuidling once the home of fashion in East Germany.

The ACUD – A cultural and Arts centre, with bars, cinema and theatre.

Then Zionskirchplatz – Was once the church of anti-Nazi resistance member Dietrich Bonhoffer. Now it’s a pleasant space which hold an Organic market out the front every thursday.

Arkonaplatz – A little tranquil housing area that is home to a flea market every Sunday.

Bernauer Strasse – The Berlin Wall once ran along the street……..It ran the length of the street and its evident in many places. I attended the Berlin wall memorial, and visited the only watch tower that exists. A story is told of some students who dug a tunnel from an old bakery underneath the wall to get to the other side.

Oderbergerstarsse – This is a quirky leafy street that is home to some of the neighbourhoods nicest cafes, restaurants and ice cream shops.

Prater Garten – At the end of Kastanienalle is whats claimed as Berlin’s oldest , and finest beer garden in Berlin.

Which lead on to Husemannstrasse – This street was renovated in East German times to represent a typical workers street, some nice cafes and bars here too.

And then I arrived to probably my favourite place today. Kollwitzplatz – This is a small square with a park in the middle, but surrounded by nice cafes once again, and I experienced a nice organic market, where I had some white wine gluhwein. It may not be Christmas but can always have some gluhwein.


T Minus 4 Days

And so the real countdown begins. It’s only 4 day left till my first trip of 2017. Flights are booked, hostel is booked, train is booked. It’s all good to go. BERLIN HERE I COME!!!!!!

I have been keeping myself busy on Instagram, making various posts, connecting and networking with places and people in Berlin, which has been pretty positive so far. The hostel I am staying at, The Circus Hostel, have been particularly very receptive to my posts and comments, which gives me a positive vibe before I arrive. If you wish to follow my adventure on Instagram, you can do so here instagram.com/thesolotr4veller

The one big thing I look forward to the most on this trip, is the Beer. Yes, the Beer. I miss the good old Weizenbier, and it’s been a long while since I enjoyed a real glass of this.


This is only a short post, but it’s an update keeping my blog alive hahaha. Keep tuned for proper posts of the adventure itself.

It’s nearly time.

Happy New Year.

2017 is now upon us, and the start of my travels edge ever so closer. It’s only 25 days till the first trip, Berlin. I have been wondering whether I should plan what I will do there beforehand, or whether I take it in my stride, and go with the flow. So I decided to go with the flow. I felt it was part of the adventure not knowing, and go where my legs take me on the day when I get there. However, I know the two main places I do want to see and visit are The Brandenburg Gates, and The Berlin Wall.


One thing I am sure of, is where I will be staying. My digs for the trip will be the Circus Hostel in central Berlin https://www.circus-berlin.de/hostel/ It has a very good rating, great reviews, its a central location, and situated immediately by a train station for easy access to everywhere I need to go.


Throughout all my travels, Instagram will be my choice of social media platform to share m travels and memories https://www.instagram.com/thesolotr4veller/

New to solo travelling!

You’ve heard about the world, right? This place called everywhere, where everyone else is. You’ve heard about travelling, right?(And let me tell you, everyone else is having a great time doing it.) And, deeply, truly, honestly I’d love it if you were next to me – in the thick of it. Exploring cultures. Uncovering new worlds. Turning possibilities into realities day in and day out, like some impossible dynamo that never tires and never slows down.

But, and this is the greatest part, it’s not impossible. It’s out there and all I have to do to become enmeshed in it is go. And so do you. And once you start going, just don’t stop. And that’s the easiest thing in the world – it’s so easy, the world was made that way. You’ve heard about that, too? “An object in motion wants to remain in motion.”

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Now I have never been travelling alone before. This is a first. I will become one of those people you hear all about, one of those people that take those risks and who embrace what it is. The Solo Traveller. I am absolutely 100% looking forward to this adventure, and you can be a part of it with me.