Overcoming the intimidation of traveling alone

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Written by: Cassie Bernard

Fear and doubt stands between a life of mediocrity and an extraordinary life. Fear and doubt can prevent change, progress and discovery. Intimidation can be just as limiting. Intimidation is a feeling of inferiority and a natural response to uncomfortable situations andnew surroundings. It’s an emotion manifested from other feelings such as fear, doubt, timidness and insecurity. You can feel intimidated by a stranger on the street, a project for work, a life change — even traveling.

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Mountain climbing in Ecuador: The highs and lows of climbing Cotopaxi

Written by: Tamara Braun

“Is it just me or do you feel high as well?”, “No, I feel the same.”, said my husband when we landed in Quito, Ecuador. Before you ask, we weren’t high on drugs or alcohol, but we’d simply felt the effects of being 2800m above sea level. We both noticed instantly that breathing was a lot harder and that our legs felt oddly wobbly. As these symptoms are normal when acclimatizing to a higher altitude, we didn’t really pay much attention and enjoyed the sights of Quito for a couple of days, before we would start our adventure of climbing Cotopaxi, which is about 28km south of Quito.At 5897m Cotopaxi is one of the highest active volcano in the world. It last erupted in 1942, but scientists regularly measure seismic activities. What could possibly go wrong?

Due to time constraints we actually didn’t climb to the very top, as it involves a night sleepover and a very early morning climb with ice axes and crumpets. The first European who attempted to climb the summit was my fellow countryman Alexander von Humboldt, my personal hero by the way, who managed to get as far as 4500m in 1814. We actually made it further than he did, but not without Cotopaxi claiming its victims…

Flying: Antidote for the Common Layover

Written by: Alison Eckhardt

If you’re like me and are always looking for the best (cheapest) flight deals, you’re often stuck with one or two airport layovers before reaching your international travel destination. Re-calling stories of my travel adventures with family and friends, I’m often stumped when I hear: “Oh I haven’t been to Germany; I’ve only been to the airport in Frankfurt”.

The flight layover can be the most boring, semi-anxious time when traveling. You’ve waited months for this and after hours in an airport even your inner-child is screaming “are we there yet”? Waiting in the terminal for your next departure time may dampen your mood, but it shouldn’t deter your experience in the country you’re in. There are plenty of things to do, whether you are trapped in the terminal or have a half day layover. Get off the chair, disengage from your internet phone and give yourself a brief introduction to what the country has to offer! Continue reading “Flying: Antidote for the Common Layover”