Tuesday, 24 September 2019

A TRAVEL BLOGGER'S GUIDE TO THE MOUNTAINS

A TRAVEL BLOGGER'S GUIDE TO THE MOUNTAINS


After the buzz of our last travel blogger post I've decided to make this a monthly series. This month we'll be featuring the mountains (fall edition). I don't know about you but my fingers are itching to grab a mug of hot seasonal beverage (pumpkin spice, anyone?) and head out into the great outdoors. With the heat waves subsided and the tourists mostly departed until winter break now is the perfect time to tour the mountains.

Index:

STEP 1 THE BASICS



STEP 2 TRANSPORTATION / ACCOMMODATION


  • CAMPING VERSUS LODGING
  • VEHICLES AND TRANSPORTATION


STEP 3 WHAT YOU'LL NEED TO BRING (NON-HIKING)

  • ITEM CHECKLIST

STEP 4 PLANNING YOUR ACTIVITIES

  • LIST OF FUN THINGS TO DO WHEN AT THE MOUNTAINS (ZIP LINING, HIKING, BUNGEE JUMPING, ETC.)



STEP 1: INTRODUCTION (THE BASICS)

Before you hop into your vehicle with your friends, family and/or dog. We need to make sure we're prepared for the mountain weather. September is one of my favourite months to visit the mountains because it's not freezing yet, the roads are clear and the weather sunny. Consider this your last weekend hurrah before school, work, weather and commitments get in the way.


STEP 2: TRANSPORTATION AND ACCOMMODATION 

CAMPING VERSUS LODGING

I won't go too deep into this as this topic alone deserves it's own blog post but I will mention some of the things to think about before you head on out.

CAMPING

Camping is a great way to experience the mountains. Best done during the warmer months, please make sure you always make a reservation ahead to not be disappointed. Some campgrounds book up their first day opened (months before they open) while others, specifically winter campgrounds, are slower to fill. Not every campground is open all season so make sure you CHECK YOUR DATES to know when and where you can camp.

LODGING

Lodging can get expensive and I mean 200.00 - 3,000.00 dollars a night. Make sure you book your accommodations beforehand as not to be stuck in a presidential suite, or worse, no lodgings at all. If you plan your trip right you could save some money and find an affordable accommodation. A great option is renting a cabin or a room at a lower priced hotel. You don't need to book the most expensive location in order to enjoy the mountains. You probably won't spend much time in your accommodations anyways.


VEHICLES AND TRANSPORTATION

There are so many great options when going to the mountains. Ultimately you need to decide this one for yourself based on your starting location, financial situation and decision on accommodations.

    YOUR VEHICLE (SMALL CAR, TRUCK, SUV)

    RENTING (SMALL CAR, TRUCK, SUV)

    YOUR VEHICLE (LARGE SUV, CAR)

    RENTING (LARGE SUV, CAR)

    YOUR (CAMPER, TRAILER)

    RENTING (CAMPING, TRAILER)

    TRAINS

    PLANES

    SHUTTLES

    UBERS, CABS, MISC.

    CARPOOLING


STEP 3: WHAT YOU'LL NEED PACKING FOR YOUR TRIP (***NON-HIKING SPECIFIC***)

Whether you're planning to stay a week or only a day these are the ten essential items you need to pack. 

The must-haves:








  1. Food - Snacks, Meals, other food. 


  2. I can't say this enough. Location, location, location. Check what accommodations are near you. Is there a grocery store? Is there restaurants nearby, how much money for a meal, do they cater to allergies? Did you drive yourself (then how far) and if you took a bus or shuttle can they get there? Also, if you're camping please keep your campground clear of food and smelly substances as you don't want to attract the wildlife. Leave your snacks in the car when not eating them and never, never leave food in a tent.








  3. Pillows and blankets


  4. At least one pillow and blanket will make your trip infinitely better. This goes for staying in accommodations, camping and vehicle travel.








  5. Cold weather clothes.


  6. Checking the forecast is incredibly important however the mountains can often have patches of condensation and rain, and the weather changes very quickly. Make sure you're packing some cold weather clothes for those moments of cold or for hiking. The higher up the mountain you get, the chillier you'll feel.








  7. Lip balm


  8. Cold weather, chapped lips, camping. That pretty much sums up this item.








  9. Portable phone charger


  10. Depending on your location you might have no wi-fi or phone service. However, it's always good to keep your phone charged for emergencies and to use as the GPS in a pinch.








  11. Water Bottle


  12. Hydration is key.








  13. GPS and a map.


  14. I know I touched on this briefly when talking about portable phone chargers but I cannot stress the importance of a GPS and a map.








  15. Comfortable shoes.


  16. Your cutest pair of pumps might be perfect for a romantic instagram post but, make no mistake, you'll want to swap them out for something you can walk in when not taking cute photos.








  17. Wet-wipes


  18. Most likely you won't have running water when out and about and, if you do, there probably won't be any soap. Use wet-wipes to keep clean and sanitary.








  19. Flashlight, Phone, Camera and First Aid Kit.



STEP 4: PLAN YOUR ACTIVITIES

GUYS, I HOPE YOU'RE SERIOUSLY READY FOR THIS SECTION. Grab your gear, snacks and buckle up because we're got some amazing ideas to expand on your mountain trip! There's nothing better than simply enjoying the mountains but if you're also looking to have even more fun than this is the list for you. Here are some items to spice up your mountain trip! (Your mountain area might have these or maybe even something better! Make sure to check ahead to plan some fun activities.)

The A-TEAM:






    1. Camping







    2. Canoeing / Kayaking / Paddle-boarding 







    3. Hiking







    4. Zip-climbing







    5. Skydiving / Bungee-Jumping







    6. Scheduled group nature walks / trails







    7. Parachuting







    8. Fishing (Check ahead for rules, regulations and safe areas.)







    9. Horseback riding







    10. Whitewater Rafting

BONUS:






  1. Helicopter tours.







  2. Sightseeing Lifts (Chair lifts, SkyTrams)







  3. Horseback riding







  4. Tours (Glacier Adventures, Wildlife tours, specific to your area tours, etc.)






  5. Hot Air Ballooning







  6. MBT and cycle touring







  7. Rock climbing / Canyoning / Caving







  8. ATV and UTV tours







  9. Golfing







  10. Mountaineering







  11. Tours (Glacier Adventures, specific to your area tours, etc.)






  12. Paragliding / Hang-gliding 


        THAT'S A WRAP ON THESE AMAZING ACTIVITIES! I CAN'T WAIT TO HERE WHAT YOU DID ON YOUR TRIP TO THE MOUNTAINS.




SO WHAT ARE YOUR MOUNTAIN TRIP MUST HAVES? COMMENT BELOW YOUR FAVOURITE ACTIVITIES TO DO FOR THE MOUNTAINS?


XOXO, 

Susan
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