Don’t Leave Yourself Exhausted… Sleep In!

When on vacation, we tend to think we need to go, go, go and see and do everything, but too much activity can leave you drained  and sluggish. We all know what it feels like to return home from a great trip feeling like you need a vacation after your vacation. This next trip, give yourself the gift of sleeping in. You’ll be glad you did.

The Scientific Debate

Can you catch up on sleep? The jury is still out on this question. However, new studies show there may be a benefit to sleeping in on weekends. So while you may not be able to “catch up” on sleep exactly, there DO seem to be measurable benefits of breaking your workday routine and letting yourself get a couple more hours of sleep on weekends. When on vacation, you have even more opportunity to sleep in and get some much needed rest from your daily grind. 

Sleep More to Do More

Everyone’s vacation style is different. Some travelers have a set plan and agenda of what they want to do and see, while others tend to go with the flow and explore a city more casually. Whatever your style, it’s always best to have enough sleep so you have the energy to enjoy a full day out and about. The hours gained by getting an early start can easily be lost later in the day if you return to your hotel preemptively due to exhaustion.

A Night on the Town

One of the best aspects of traveling to a major city is the active nightlife. Whereas smaller towns may shut down at around 9, major cities have restaurants, theaters, and bars that stay open until well past midnight. After a late night out on the town, you will definitely want to sleep in the next morning. This gives you the added benefit of taking advantage of the hottest brunch spots the next day. 

It’s my vacation and I’ll sleep if I want to!

When you’re on vacation, you don’t need an excuse to sleep in. It’s your vacation, and if you want to sleep in… Do it!

Visit the Montreal Biosphere to Explore Nature, History, and Architecture

The clear dome that forms the Montreal Biosphere is one of the most iconic sights in Quebec. Visitors to Canada’s second-largest province can immerse themselves in history, science, and architectural beauty at this unique attraction.  

History of the Montreal Biosphere

The Montreal Biosphere was originally built as part of the World’s Fair Exhibition in Montreal in 1967. Buckminster Fuller, an American architect, designed the structure, which he originally named the Geodesic Dome. The large dome was originally intended to be taken down at the end of the fair, along with many surrounding structures, but it ultimately became a permanent, highly-recognizable element of the Montreal skyline.

The aesthetic dome is famous for its ability to survive multiple disasters and remain an intact piece of Canadian tourism. Nine years after the fair, the structure caught fire as a result of a welding accident, and it was closed to the public until 1995. The dome was renovated and reopened as an environmental museum in 1995, and it was again damaged by an ice storm only three years later. 

Visiting the Montreal Biosphere

The dome has been repaired for a second time, and its museum remains open. Visitors to Parc Jean-Drapeau, the large park that surrounds the museum, can visit the only North American environmental museum to learn more about the history and importance of protecting the environment. Viewing the biosphere itself can also be breathtaking and inspiring for visitors of all ages. 

Admission to the museum is $15 for adults and $10 for college students, and children under 18 are free. The museum is open daily, except on many holidays, from 10am-5pm, and guests must arrive no later than 4:15pm. 

If you plan to take public transit to view the structure, it is located a short walk from the Jean-Drapeau station on the Yellow Line.

If you’re looking for something to do that combines beauty and education on your next trip to Montreal, look no further than the Montreal Biosphere. From the structure’s intricate architecture to its fascinating history, the biosphere is sure to appeal to a variety of visitors.   

Visit the Glowworm Tunnel for an Illuminated Hike

If you’re searching for something unusual to do on your next trip to the Outback, look no further than the Glowworm Tunnel in Helensburgh. While you probably won’t find this obscure attraction in your Australia travel guide, it just might make you forget the Australian countryside and feel as though you’re in another world. 

History of the Glowworm Tunnel 

Until 1995, the Metropolitan Tunnel, also known as the Glowworm Tunnel, was just like any other abandoned railroad tunnel. It was closed in 1915, filled with water, and was largely ignored for eighty years. During the decades of being untouched by humans, a large number of luminescent glowworms began to call the tunnel home. The glowworms lingered after the tunnel was drained in 1995, and the now brightly-lit tunnel has become a popular tourist attraction for visitors to Australia that enjoy finding things to do that their friends have never heard of. 

Visiting the Glowworm Tunnel 

Although the Glowworm Tunnel can be visited year round, it is a good idea to check the weather before trekking out of town to check out this unique sight. Light rain can make the rocks inside the tunnel slippery and difficult to walk on, and strong rain can flood the tunnel. However, if you enjoy canoeing or kayaking, floating through the flooded tunnel can create the most unforgettable ride you’ve ever been on.

Be sure to pack comfortable shoes with good grips to minimize slipping, and dress in layers, as the interior of the tunnel may be cooler or more humid than the outdoor temperature. Bring plenty of water and snacks if you’re planning to stay for a while. While the tunnel can be a magical sight for children, be sure to instruct them before you arrive to walk carefully, not run, and not touch the glowworms unless instructed to do so. 

While the Metropolitan Tunnel is one of the brightest and best-known places to find glowworms, there are others throughout Australia and New Zealand. If there’s an Australian vacation in your future, be sure to add the Glowworm Tunnel to your list of must-see sights!  

Visit a Real Enchanted Forest in British Columbia

Enchanted forests have existed in childhood imaginations for centuries thanks to a myriad of fairy tales written and passed on from generation-to-generation. Visions of sugar plums aren’t just dancing in Christmas rhymes, hundreds of stationary fairy-folk, magical cottages, babbling brooks and slow-moving streams full of spawning salmon all come alive at The Enchanted Forest in Canada.

This isn’t your ordinary, run-of-the-mill, dime-a-dozen type of a theme park with stereotypical rides and carnival games intentionally designed to deny players a prize. Instead, visitor’s imaginations will go wild soaking in all of the magical sights and sounds at this truly out-of-the-ordinary destination that’s visually stunning found deep in the forests of British Columbia.

Lucious Location

The Enchanted Forest is located around 23 miles west of Revelstoke, another 275 miles west of Calgary or 420 miles northeast from Seattle, Washington. Basically, it’s in the middle of nowhere, but it’s a positively breathtaking, beautiful location that was carefully selected as a remote location by the original creators of this magical dreamland.

The Labor of Love Behind a Dreamland

This wooded wonderland was the brainchild of Ernest and Doris Needham, a real-life fairy-tale couple from the middle of the last century. Doris was an artist local to Revelstoke whose muse was primarily fairy-tale figurines that were all hand-crafted without the use of traditional molds or conventional forms. Along with her loving husband Ernest, the duo searched for over two years to find the perfect, isolated home for hundreds of her one-of-a-kind creations and handiwork. 

The couple would spend their golden years of retirement clearing at least eight of 40 acres of the forest they leased and eventually purchased from the crown. They performed all of the clearings of trails and pathways entirely by hand using only shovels, picks and a crosscut saw. In a labor of love and devotion, Ernest constructed their unique home, the Candy Cane cottage with a gravity-fed water system from a nearby waterfall that’s still in existence today.  

Alluring and Amazing Attractions

The main trail through this fantastic forest is home to over 350 folk art figurines along with British Columbia’s tallest treehouse rising over 50 feet into the lush, green woods. There’s also a giant cedar tree stump-house, a castle complete with dungeons and a dragon. With surprises around almost every corner, this is a magical, must-see destination for adults and children of all ages. 

Why You Should Consider Volunteering at a Race Track

Volunteering at a race track is a great way to give back to your community. Whether you choose to volunteer at a local marathon, half-marathon, 5/10/15/20K, cycling race, or triathlon-style event, you can know that you are giving back to your community and helping change the world around you in a positive way. After all, remember that these races cannot happen without the great volunteers that give their time to the cause.

Most Races Benefit Charities

When you volunteer for a race, not only do you let the people participating in the race do what they love in racing, but many of these events also benefit charities. Race participants often raise money for various charities through pledges or donations. When they run the races of their choice, their charity benefits by getting the money pledged to each participant.

The more volunteers that a running event has, the less people they have to pay to work the race thus cutting expenses and allowing that money to go directly in the pockets of the charities it supports! 

What Charities Are Sponsored?

There are a variety of different charities that are sponsored by different races. Active.com provides a list of upcoming running events that all benefit charities. From donating to cancer research to children’s charities and to everything in between, you can find charity events in your area that allow you to get out and run while raising money or a great cause! The distance you run is irrelevant, whether it’s a 5K or a marathon or something in between, the idea is that you are getting out, volunteering, and helping those who choose to participate give back to a cause that is worthy of the time and effort everyone puts in and is in need of the money raised.

Every charity event helps make the community a better place and benefits those who are less fortunate than we are!

Races Help the Community Businesses

Besides many of these events donating to charity, many of these events also benefit local businesses. For larger events, many runners come from out of town and frequent local hotels, restaurants, stores, and businesses, which brings additional revenue into the city where the event is held. The extra revenue helps boost the city’s local economy and helps keep businesses up and running, especially when 1000s of participants come in for the race!

What Do Volunteers Do at Races?

If you volunteer to work at a race, your job will vary from manning the starting line to passing out water to participants at “hydration checkpoints” throughout the race, working in the realm of event security alongside law enforcement, or even organizing things behind the scenes. Volunteers help ensure that the events go on safely and that the participants are safe while running the races when they choose to participate.

Conclusions

In the end, serving the community by volunteering at a race helps give back to your community while also helping others who are in need.

Going Fishing

Fishing may have started out as a necessary means for finding food, but it has evolved over time into both a leisurely activity and a professional sport. 

Prehistoric Origins

Fishing has been around almost as long as humanity itself. According to Alimentarium, commercial fishing as a business model goes back to early civilizations. Fishing was also a major occupation as documented in the Christian bible. Deep-sea fishing goes back to the 15th century and has evolved into the massive industry that we know today. With industrialization came opportunities to cast larger nets and catch more fish. Even today fishing is a huge industry, bringing in approximately $150 billion in 2017 according to Financial Times

Leisurely Fishing

Beyond the commercial aspects of the fishing industry, there is something very relaxing about getting outdoors and casting a fishing line out into the water. There’s no hurry, no deadlines, and no pressure when you’re out in the peace and quiet of the water. Some prefer to fish on a lake, using a boat or canoe. Others prefer to fish on the flowing stream of rivers. Fly fishing is a specialty form of fishing that is quite popular. The YouTube channel The New Fly Fisher uploaded this video on the basics of fly fishing. 

Professional Fishing as a Sport

Beyond the fishing industry commercially, fishing has become quite a competitive sport. With sponsorships, prize money and television viewership, competitive fishing has found a place in the entertainment industry. Bass fishing is particularly competitive with many loyal fans. This video from the YouTube channel Bassmaster shows how big the fish can get and how seriously the fishermen take the sport. 

Enjoying Fishing

Fishing is a great activity for anyone of any skill level. Whether you catch anything or not, the idea of getting outdoors and enjoying some fresh air, peace, and quiet is very appealing for many. It’s a great activity to teach children about patience and introduce them to the outdoors. Professionals, amateurs and every level in between can enjoy everything fishing has to offer. 

Do You Remember When the Internet and Gadgets Were Not Widespread?

It’s hard for many young people to imagine life without their smartphones, apps, and internet service. But before the mid-20th century, people did just fine without all the excess technology. If you wanted to communicate with loved ones or friends, you called or visited them in person in decades past. Handwritten letters were also popular and even taught as part of proper etiquette. For the kids who were bored back then, they used their creativity to entertain themselves. They played board games, went for long walks, played at the park, or read good books. Here is more information on a time when we didn’t have the Internet and why that was a good thing.

We Used Maps, Phonebooks, and Help From Others to Get Around

It is a little sad that today’s youth may not know how to understand maps, atlases, and phonebooks. But in decades past, this is how people learned how to find places that they were unfamiliar with. Or they may have pulled over at a gas station to ask others how to locate certain places if they got lost. Also in decades past, you had to write addresses, names, and phone numbers in a small book that you kept on hand. This enabled you to use your common sense more and it taught you to follow directions carefully.

Libraries Were The Main Sources of Research

Before you could find out anything on the Internet, there was a time when you had to visit the library to obtain the information you needed. You read encyclopedias, non-fiction books, old newspaper articles, journals, and magazines to gather research. It took more effort to find out facts in those days.

You Learned About The Latest Music From Radio

A long time ago, the only way you learned about the latest happenings in music was by listening to the radio. If you wanted free tickets to a concert, you would have to be the first or second caller to obtain them. When you listened to the radio, you heard fun interviews from your favorite artists and you could even record those interviews with blank cassette tapes.

Relationships Were More Meaningful

Nowadays, you can press some buttons and establish so-called relationships due to social media and online dating sites. But decades ago, people created relationships in more meaningful ways. Maybe you went to church with your neighbors and through real face-to-face interaction, all of you became friends. As a child, you learned proper conflict resolution strategies such as apologizing, extending forgiveness, not putting the other person down during disagreements, and working issues out calmly. Manners went a long way back then, and people exhibited more respect and empathy for each other.

Basic Life Skills Were Commonplace

Before the digital era, everyone possessed important basic life skills. These skills included sewing, how to prepare nutritious meals from scratch, knowing how to make minor home repairs, growing veggies, and fruits, knowing how to repair minor car problems, and how to manage money without relying on apps and finance blogs. Now there is a concern that future generations may not have those same skills or at least with the same capabilities as their grandparents from generations ago.

In conclusion, life was simpler in the days before the Internet and gadgets arrived on the scene. What would happen if we learned a few lessons from the past and incorporate them into our modern world? Maybe we might be happier, more self-sufficient, and even better spouses, friends, parents, and employees.

Visiting the Site of the SS Ayrfield Shipwreck

The SS Ayrfield Shipwreck can get found in Homebush Bay, which is a bay on the southern bank of the Parramatta River. The Parramatta River gets located on the Inner West Bay of Sydney, Australia. The SS Ayrfield has been sitting in the same foliage over 100 years ago and still sits in Homebush Bay to this day.

The catch is: this cargo ship never sank, which is rather miraculous given all the trees and foliage that have become intertwined with the base of the ship in the last century.

History of the SS Ayrfield Shipwreck

The SS Ayrfield shipwreck can be viewed still floating in the water from the nearby lands around Homebush Bay. The same can get said for many other ships that have been stranded in the area or wrecked nearby. Most ships that wrecked here in this area have been there for at least a century since the area was a bustling trading post to Australia back in the late 1800s and into the early 20th century.

Homebush Bay Gets Brought Back to Life

The area was revamped and refurbished by the economic boom that hosting the 2000 Olympics brought to the area. Homebush Bay has now been made into a tourist destination as the funds that were sunk into the area rebuilt it to be similar to the bustling trading post that it was back over a century ago when these types of cargo ships frequented the area to trade supplies with those who lived in the area.

SS Ayrfield a Tourist’s Attraction

The SS Ayrfield’s remains and so many others are seen as tourist attractions today The SS Ayrfield is essentially an amazing, floating platform covered by a small forest. Many tours that come through the area where the SS Ayrfield rests also take people to see other local attractions such as Hyde Park and other tours even take people throughout the entire city of Sydney to see many other great attractions!

Conclusion

If you are in the Sydney area, the SS Ayrfield is an attraction worth stopping to see! Prices are quite affordable, and people who have gone on these tours give it great reviews on sites such as TripAdvisor.

If you are ever in the Sydney area, it’s definitely worth stopping by the SS Ayrfield and witnessing what is now a beautiful floating forest! 

Give Your Room a New Vibe with Redecoration

The way our bedrooms are set up can define a lot of aspects of our lives. They can inspire us to do more, they are integral to a good night’s sleep, and they can also be a place we go to for comfort. Changing up the vibes in your room with redecoration can be a springboard toward bigger and better things. 

Historical Redecoration

The journey of Jackie Kennedy redecorating, restoring, and renovating the White House is awe-inspiring. According to the White House Museum website and the JFK Library’s website, she did a lot more than just changing the aesthetics of the White House. Jackie Kennedy was responsible for creating the White House Historical Association and getting the White House itself named a museum to preserve it and to better record its history. The transformation of the White House was unprecedented, and a beautiful piece of history.

Redecoration Closer to Home

Jackie Kennedy can be an inspiration to us all. While you don’t need to redecorate in as grand of a fashion, you can still transform your space to bring out the best version of yourself. The first place to start would be to declutter. The Spruce lists seven reasons why you should declutter sooner rather than later. Among them is prioritizing what stuff is important to you, and what matches your tastes. Another good reason to redecorate your room is your sleep health. Verywell Health writes about the importance of your sleep space. Whenever you use your bedroom for other activities it detracts from its role as a sleep space in your mind’s eye; which can make it harder to fall asleep at night. 

Anyone that has ever redecorated a room can attest to how different it will feel. Somehow the space feels like a completely new place where bigger and better things can happen. The sense of accomplishment that comes along with it will also inspire you to accomplish more. It’s a way to reinvent yourself. Getting started is easier than you think. After you’ve removed the clutter, sorted out what can be donated or sold, you can start moving furniture around. Once you get started it will be fun to see the room change right in front of you. 

Cooking at Home: A Taste of Wellness

Cooking at home can be a great way to monitor exactly what you are eating. It can also be fun! You can experiment with flavors, prefect an old family favorite, or just make up something of your own. There are health benefits to cooking at home as well. You can turn cooking at home into a family activity that will help promote bonding. 

And Then There Was Fire

According to anthropologist Richard Wrangham, early cooking most likely consisted of throwing meat into a fire. Even after we progressed beyond that particular method, cooking still looked a lot different than what we think of today. Families had to keep a fire burning at all times because if it went out, there was a chance they wouldn’t get it going again. Mesopotamia, according to Did You Know Homes, brought a major advancement to cooking; caring for plants and animals. This would help increase the variety of foods eaten and also the availability of food. However, the lower classes still did not eat nearly as well as the wealthy. 

Become a Healthier You

Cooking at home increases your awareness of what you are eating. People that cook at home more often consume fewer calories even when they do decide to eat out, according to Harvard Health Publishing. An article published by Johns Hopkins corroborates that information and goes on to add that unhealthy eating habits can lead to heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure. Learning to cook meals at home is a big first step to living a much happier and healthier life.  

The Basics

When it comes to cooking you don’t have to jump into anything fancy. Start with the basics and move on from there. The Spruce Eats has a wonderful A-Z guide for cooking terms that can help you get started, and Morsel by Plated has a guide to basic cooking methods. The most important thing to remember about cooking is to have fun with it. Everyone learns at a different pace, and everyone has different tastes. If jumping right in makes you nervous, you can look for cooking classes in your area that can help you get started. You can even invite a friend over to enjoy a glass of wine (or a beer) while you learn to cook together.