Recommended Small Towns You Can Put In Your Bucket List

Travelling to big cities where there are popular attractions that draw millions visitors each year is something many people tend to choose. However, you can also create your own travel plan and choose destinations that are not too popular such as small towns. It may bring another sense of happiness for you because it feels like you find a hidden gem and not always follow the crowd. 

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Small towns you can visit on your next travel plan

Small towns usually have more peaceful vibe where you get to breathe fresh air, enjoy beautiful scenery of the nature at your surroundings, try variety of authentic local cuisine, join local festivals, learn more about the local’s way of living that hasn’t been touched by modernity. If these are what you are seeking of a trip, here are most recommended small towns to visit around the world:

Wanaka, New Zealand

New Zealand itself is a popular travel destination. Instead of going to popular cities, why not visiting its small town that is full of charm like Wanaka. It’s about an hour outside the Queenstown and home to 7,521 Kiwis. It is also home to Lake Wanaka which often used for various sport activities. In addition, you can also visit the most photographed tree in the country. It’s recommended to explore this small town toward sunset to get beautiful view. 

Bayerish Gmain, Bavaria, Germany

Bayerish Gmain is home to only a few thousands Bavarians. This small town is nestled between Salzburg, Bad Reichenhall, and Lake Konigssee. In fact, it sits on the border of Germany and Austria. This small town is often dubbed as the prettiest corner due to its magnificent natural panoramic views. This place is best for having outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, rock-climbing, sledding, snowshoeing, or skiing. 

Lucca, Italy

Lucca is beautiful small town located near the water, as the coast of Versilla is only less than half an hour away. Full of ancient history, this small town is surrounded by walls that were built to keep the enemies out. There’s Lucca main attraction worth to visit called the City of 1000 Churches. You can find an ornate church around almost every corner. 

Annecy, France

Another small town is from Europe named Annecy. This beautiful small town has a string of scenic water canals that flows through it. It’s often dubbed the Venice of France. It’s recommended to scroll through Vieille Ville or Old Town to enjoy its beauty and history through medieval buildings, cozy cafes and restaurants, and ancient cobbled streets. 

Niagara-on-the-Lake

This place is known for and being next door to the infamous Niagara Falls, theater, and wineries. This beautiful small town is home to art galleries, cute cafes, sweet shops, museums, and golf courses. Since it’s the heart of the province’s wine country, it’s a must to visit one of around 100 wineries in the town. Make the most of your visit here by enjoying your time exploring each corner of the town. Explore the town’s food scene as well. 

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Exploring Manta Point on a Komodo Sailing Trip

If you are on a komodo sailing trip, you must visit the manta points surrounding the island; your vacation will be insufficient. Everyone’s dream vacation includes spending time on the open seas while diving or snorkeling and interacting with a manta ray, one of Indonesia’s unique and protected water species. Of course, this does not include irresponsible marine waste donors. Manta Point Labuan Bajo, in Eastern Indonesia, is the location in question.

This exotic tourist destination will showcase not only a diverse marine habitat but also a land ecosystem that is just as fascinating as the look of the Komodo dragons, the king of the lizards. Foreign tourists enjoy diving with manta fish, but watching out for big waves coming from the seafloor is important.

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Exploring Manta Point on a Komodo Sailing Trip

Manta Viewing Point

Manta Point in Komodo is the ideal location to watch manta sting rays in their natural habitat, and it will be a wonderful experience. Manta rays can be seen swimming in a variety of directions while opening their mouths widely to consume a wide variety of plankton in great quantities. Despite being a big animal, the manta ray is not dangerous. So, you can swim beside this fish. You are only allowed to see the mantas; you are not allowed to touch them with your bare hands. Why? It’s because the manta stingrays’ bodies are covered with mucus, which serves as a protective layer. It would hurt the manta stingray if you touched this mucus layer.

Manta Point is in the Labuan Bajo section of Loh Liang. It is only a 25-minute drive from Pantai Jambon or Pink Beach. It will take between four and six hours to travel by ferry boat if you depart from Bali.

Jellyfish Colony

Jellyfish must exist where manta rays do. Because jellyfish are these manta fish’s primary food source, the origin of this term is obvious. Manta fish typically look for food in groups, so if tourists observe swarms of mantas swarming, it implies they have discovered a jellyfish colony that is ready to devour.

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Underwater Panoramas

Manta Point is a popular tourist destination that offers a variety of stunning natural beauty. Additionally, manta fish, which are incredibly calming to the eyes, are swimming in these waters as their signature. With the surrounding natural surroundings, it is more finished.

This place is definitely ideal for capturing priceless moments due to the presence of fascinating photogenic locations. Through your camera pictures, you can capture the scenic beauty that exists in popular tourist destinations. Your vacation will therefore feel more complete with a school of Manta fish and the surrounding environment.

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After Natural Disaster, What the Travellers Need to Do?

Some people might have been prepared their travel plans perfectly and have ever been visited some of the destinations at where they needed to be. But the next morning or hours from now in the middle of the night where people are still sleeping, anything could happen especially the natural disaster that has not been warned us before. Be it the earthquake on Haiti or tsunami in some countries at Asia that have been happened before, etc. If you are in such situation, as a traveller, what do you think you need to do?

Things the travellers can do after the natural disaster

You may won’t make your family in a worry so you are going to call them telling that you’re just fine. You are there for holidays and no more than that. But, the other people are losing their home and even their family members can’t be found, I have never hope you will be in that situation, but seriously, what are you going to do when you are still there after the natural disaster?

Double check that you are fine and ensure that your luggage with all of your important documents are in the right place

If you think that you are fine and all your luggage is always with you all the times because you are only bringing a single backpack, then you are truly fine for now. But when you have left them all at the hotel room where you are staying, you’d better getting back there and check if everything is on their place.

It is just to ensure that all you need to get back to your hometown or country is there so you won’t be questioned by the immigration officers. But we won’t go that far for now, you may are thinking that you don’t need to get back now and decided to help the others.

How can you help?

Keep inside your hotel room may not the choice especially when the natural disaster that just happened was an earthquake but you aren’t also know what to do. If so, get yourself out and do a quick observation about the surrounding, you may will meet the others that need a help or meet the local community are offering their hands to the others.

You can also do the same or find the other ways to help each other. For simple thing you can do, check your wallet and see how much money you still got. They may useful to buy the foods and drinks and you can start sharing them with the others.

You can also ask yourself about volunteering. And if you are really can do that, I think that’s what makes us a better person even though your main purpose is not helping each other but traveling.

If you really don’t know how to help and you have not been met the local community, you can ask around where the school or the hospital is as well as the other public service buildings. Those places are important but also the disaster-prone ones that need more helps.

Have you been in a place where the natural disaster was occurring when you were traveling before? What else you could do in such situation?

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Summertime Surf Camp At The Pleasant Beaches

Summertime is warming both for our body and heart. This is usually a good time for many of us to spend much time and holidays at outside than before even though kids today are preferring to stay inside while playing games on their phone. I think, some kids are just don’t exactly know what to do and what they have been told by their parents aren’t interested to them. And if you are also experiencing the same, I am here to tell you that spending your holidays in a surf camp at summer will be more interesting than your own favourite mobile games.

What a summertime surf camp means to me?

Summertime and beaches are related one another and I do believe that they are the answers for when and where most of the people are spending their holidays. The interesting thing is that, you will not only go there just to swim and sunbathing after, but a summer surf camp is where you are going to learn how to enjoy the waves at the pleasant beaches as a gift from God.

What a summertime surf camp means to me?

Getting wet in the cold water in the cold season is never been my favourite. But when it comes to a summertime, you know that it is a great time to swim around in the warm seawater. Even though the water is quite cold, the sun will keep you warming.

A summertime surf camp is how you are spending your holidays in a surfing course with the other new people you will meet or those who you are invited in the best moment (season). I know that surfing skills may not the things you are interested in for your future career, but it can always be the travel package that can be experienced by whoever you are.

You don’t have to be an adult person first just to learn surfing and you don’t have to feel that you are too young for that. Teenagers and even their parents can be in a surfing course where there will be the professional surf instructor that can teach them how to start.

As this travel idea is perfect for many of us especially for the family in vacation, your family may also need to know this and start deciding when you are going to have more fun while surfing at the pleasant beaches.

Anyway, the summer surf camp will usually be started at one main beach that mostly at where the accommodation is located. But since there are many surf companies are offering that the beginner surfers as you are requiring more than that, then you will not only heading to more pleasant beaches but also there have been an itinerary waiting for you to explore more of your surfing trip.

As the time is passing by, summer surf camp is also changing in positive ways. People can even use surfing as their own self remedy for healing the anxiety and other health issues, a fun thing to do while exercising, a new way to make and build a better friendship with new people, as an alternative lifestyle since surfers have their own ways to enjoy the life and many more benefits you can get.

And it all started with only one decision which is this time or the next summertime holidays, you will see yourself in a surf camp. Not the other travel ideas. That’s how amazing it is means to me and I am sure that many other surfers will also experience the same or even more.

Later, when you have been mastering some of the surfing skills and techniques, the next time you are heading to beaches for a weekend or holidays, you have been knowing what to do to enjoy your time. So, would you like to gives a summertime surf camp a go?

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Why Do Many Travellers Love KITESURFING?

Many people or specially the travellers are saying that surfing is good to have fun and one of the way to challenge yourself. But, the sport itself divided into some activities or other surf sports like windsurf, Stand Up Paddle (SUP), kitesurfing, etc.

Even though that the kitesurfing is a wind powered surf sport, it doesn’t the same with the windsurf because it is used the kite to move the surfboard across the sea and waves. Just imagine about the parachute made kite that will be flew away and will make the surfers following and controlling the kite as well as dealing with the waves.

Top reasons why many travellers are in love with kitesurfing

It can even more challenging than the regular surfing sport itself where I believe that can also be the reasons why the more people are in love with it. There are also the other reasons why travellers are favourite this kind of surf. Some of them will be explained below.

The reasons why many travellers are in love with kitesurfing:

  1. All kind of water sports are always interesting and attracting people. This may the general reason why it is also happening to the kitesurfing. But, pulled forward by the floating kite in the sky is always interesting and so unique even though many of us has an option to be pulled by the boat as well.
  2. Controlling the kite is not easy. You are realising that you are footing on the surfboard above the water surface, that’s why when the kite is moving, the next challenge will begun. Seems like all you need to do is just controlling the kite, but you don’t know where the wind is blowing. Doing that while controlling the surfboard is not an easy thing so there will be more challenges to conquer.
  3. Kitesurfing may help you in making decision faster. Read again the second point to relates it with this one. Controlling the kite as well as the surfboard in the same time can be hard especially for the beginners. But you need to make your own decision about what to do so you are not jump into the water. Time is running faster at that time and it may also helps you in making decision in life as well.
  4. Kitesurfing is a good exercise both for your upper and lower body parts. This benefits are know for surfing benefits in general as well. But, kitesurfing is really maximising your exercise because both of your upper and lower body parts will works together in the same time while controlling the kite and the surfboard. This will also beneficial in exercising for your mid body part since you will also move right and left. This sport will really make you fitter and healthier.
  5. Kitesurfing will encourage you to get your own trip. Travelling is always a good thing for everyone. But, most of us needs the strong reasons in getting it. When you are in love and start to know how to kitesurfing, the spots you keep on visiting can be bored and make you think that you should and need to experience the other spots as well with different sea waves and challenges. There you will decided which beaches or even countries should be visited for kitesurfing.
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Better Web Development Services, Better Site Optimization

To be honest, many SEO specialists don’t know much about what the web developers are doing and so does the otherwise. Web developers themselves are even not realising that what they have been doing so far are contributing in making the site to be better optimized for search engines or worst.

It is one of the main clues for the website owners when finding the best web development services. If the web company or agency will have both the teams for SEO and web developers, that will really be a good investment for the business site if there will be ones hiring the services.

SEO (Search Engine Optimization) itself is a combination of many things and one of its combination is involving in the web design and web development works. To know more about how web development taking the important roles in site optimization, read along the lists below!

1. Structured data and organization

How better web development services will help your site optimization
The marked green box showing the implementation of good Google Search Snippet (the stars) plus the search result is also showing the other links of the site. Can your site be like that?

When it comes to talk about the structured data along with their organization, there will be more times we will need. But for an example, I have got you an above image to show you how can a site with better web development can be seen and identified differently and uniquely on SERP (Search Engine Result Page).

On above image, there are 3 displayed sites and if I will ask you which one will worth your click, I think the one with the stars will also have the good visitors even though it is on the third place among the others. That’s how you should have been developed your site especially for the online shop.

2. Better web development will get a bonus from Google

Better web development services can help your site to get a bonus from Google
This is the sitelinks and not all of the sites get this. What about yours, did you get this bonus?

You can’t get the sitelinks for your site as you want. It is automated by the Google algorithm for the sites that are considered as useful for the users. But, the ways how the site is developed is also affecting this.

The more links or pages of a site will be appeared on Google, don’t you think that it will also be what the SEO campaign is all about? The links that are showed on sitelinks are those who have been considered by Google as the useful ones for the users. So, you can also think that it is a signal of Google trust as well as helping you to build your online brand.

3. Better web development services can even break the rules in better way that can be good for your site’s SEO

I am getting the meta description appearance on SERP for this example. Moz was even saying that the meta tag description is typically up to 160 characters long. But to be honest, you must have been found the sites before that are longer than that, right? If not, see the below image as what I just found just to write this post.

Optimized of meta tag description the better way with better web development services
There are so many sites on internet with longer meta tag description than it should and it doesn’t violate the Google terms and rules.

I won’t talk about the technical stuffs in this. But what you have been reading since the beginning of the post are actually the things that have been the behind of scenes of the site. I have no idea what the codes to be written for the backend of the site and what’s to avoid. But I am sure that the web developers will know them all very well.

One of the services that can help your site to be like the above examples is by talking all the development aspects of your site with the Bali web development company. They must have been known about what to do and they’ve got the SEO team as well to help you get the better developed and optimized site since the first place.

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Popular Outlets for Shopping when Travelling in Bali

Travelling in Bali is not complete without venturing to popular outlets offering special discounts and high-quality products. You see, Bali is a gifted island rich with cultural diversity. It just makes sense that the locals can produce high-quality goods.

popular and recommended best outlets in Bali for shopping souvenirs

Bali is where talented artisans make crafted items. Thus, you can bring high-quality crafted items in reasonable prices and bring them home as souvenirs for your loved ones.

When visiting exotic and distinctive island like Bali, buying hand-made products is more tempting than purchasing global brand ones. Besides, you also support the economics of the locals by doing so.

The best outlets in Bali for shopping

Every outlet in Bali offers various products started from organic body soap, natural scented-perfume, and particular merchandise. Some of them also offer international shopping if you need it. Thus, you don’t have to worry even if you buy many things from the stores.

Now, prepare your cash or credit card and explore these popular shopping outlets while you are in Bali:

  1. Jenggala Ceramics is for ceramic enthusiasts. Here you will find various ceramics in graceful designs and beautiful style. Their products have reached New York and Sydney. Many of their products decorating five stars hotel or restaurant in those countries. You can visit the showroom at Jimbaran to know the process of the making. You can see how the artisans perform their skills. There are also classes you or your kids can sign up to if you are interested in making ceramics yourself.
  2. Khrisna Oleh-Oleh Bali is where you can find clothing products. However, you will also find some souvenirs which are mostly hand-crafted. Not to mention the prices here are reasonable and relatively low. If you need to rest your feet from exploring so many outlets, you can visit the food court in this store.
  3. Geneva Handicraft Supermarket is an outlet where you can buy various handicrafts. This supermarket is a four-floor warehouse. There’s many things you can buy from one place so you don’t even need to go anywhere else. You can buy items for home uses such as toys, tablecloths, carvings, and many more. Since the prices are relatively low, it is easy to get drowned into shopping euphoria. So, prepare your credit card.
  4. Pabrik Kata-Kata Joger is a famous outlet situated in Kuta. This is interesting outlet where you can find clever or hilarious wordplay on the merchandise that you can buy such as T-shirts. You may not understand the wordplay if you don’t speak Indonesia. However, you can also find other fun items such as cups or clocks with unique shapes. You will also find some handicrafts here.
  5. Erlangga is a popular store and there are several chains located in different areas in Bali from Denpasar to Tuban. This outlets offers batik, sarongs, bags, artwork, bangles, wallets, and many more. You can buy the products at relatively low price so you don’t to worry for your wallet when shopping. This outlet also accept credit card for the payment.
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An Uber-Chic Of The Top Hotel Villas In Bali

The first question to start this travel related topic is that, how can’t be this an uber-chic accommodation when you have a chance to stay in a tropical villa while you can also experience the the beauty of the boutique hotel in Bali? And the next one coming with it is that, it that really the possible one?

Travelling is giving you many experiences that you are even have not been got before, and when its comes to talk about the fame of Bali, everything seems to be possible. So does when you want to experience the temporarily living in the top hotel villas in Bali.

Now, it has been cleared that top hotel villas in Bali is your accommodation option you can choose. The only thing you may have in mind is that, does the stay will be a hotel or a villa? Or what?

An uber-chic of the top hotel villas in Bali

The accommodations are actually vary. Top hotel villas is referring to the hotels as well as to the villas. But today, the only thing I need to inform you is that this uber-chic of the top hotel villas in Bali are the tropical villas that lie the oasis amidst in the hustle and bustle of Seminyak village.

Called as the hu’u Seminyak villas, it is one of the considered one of the top hotel villas in Bali for high-end and perfect getaway for personal, couples in honeymoon, group and even company that can be fit for dozens of people.

If you are thinking to makes Bali as your personal or group travelling, you can always choose your very best Seminyak villas type you can rent base on how many bedrooms you’d like to get.

As one of the top hotel villas in Bali, the accommodations are also situated at the best favourable place or location where the guests will take advantage of how close the living is to the beach. If you have been dreaming about getting a topical trip in Bali where staying around the beach surely the best one you will have in mind, then this top hotel villas can be your first stop for that.

An uber-chic of the top hotel villas in Bali

You will even get a chance to choose whether you want to swim around at the beach or as simple as experiencing the available private pool while having your own fresh drink. So do when you are requiring a private place for sunbathing, after a short swimming, you can enjoy the warm of the sun aside of the pool.

Now, those should be sound as an uber-chic travel story, right?

And that’s why you will not only need to find the hotel rooms or the villas as before since you are actually have been got a choice as the combination of both where it is possible for you to get in almost the same price as one of them. Is it possible to be more affordable? Yes, and you can even check the site right away for that since you have been welcomed with a 10% discount. A free airport’s pick up is also available for certain circumstances, honeymoon bedroom’s setup with romantic atmosphere, personalised services, and many other things.

So that, if you are planning to visit Bali for later or if you have not been reserved your accommodation now, what if you gives this one of the top hotel villas in Bali a shot? Who knows that can be the best thing you have ever did in your travelling. Hope to talk to you later about this.

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Best Accommodation for Long Holiday in Bali

It is common for international tourist choosing to stay in Bali for long term. It can be for weeks to months. Well, there are many things about Bali that make you want to keep exploring the places.

That’s why international tourists stay longer than their plan. However, this is not a problem because you can pick accommodation to your liking. For long term vacation in Bali, it is recommended to choose villas. There are many villas you can choose during your stay in Bali. Started from humble to luxurious villas, Bali has it all.

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Accommodations to stay for longer time in Bali

Bali is the island of Gods and everything about it amazing. Spending your time in Bali only for two or three days won’t be enough. That’s why lots of people choose to stay longer to find out more about Bali. The culture, history, and arts in Bali are captivating. Besides, the locals are friendly and welcoming. Here is information about the best accommodation for your long holiday in Bali:

  • As mentioned earlier that villa is better as a place to stay for long holiday. You can stay for months in a villa you rent. The longer you stay, the lower the rent. Thus, you won’t feel like being robbed by spending long holiday in Bali. Choose villa based on your need and financial situation. It is also recommended to choose villa based on the location. If you like venturing around on foot, might as well choose villa based on its walkability. Choose villa that grants you easy access to essential spots such as beaches, restaurants, shopping centre, etc.
  • It is recommended to book villa for long term at least a month before your arrival in Bali. Bali has high demand in tourism. It is common to villa rentals to be unavailable for sudden booking. Thus, make sure to plan everything ahead of time. Therefore, you still have many options left.
  • Choose villa for your long term vacation in safe areas especially if you are travelling solo. Choose a villa around safe neighbourhood. Thus, you will feel safer during your stay in Bali. Popular and safe areas to stay in Bali include Canggu, Ubud, and Seminyak. If you want to be close to the airport and the heart of Bali, you may choose to stay in Denpasar. However, it has different vibe than Kuta, Ubud, or Seminyak because it is the capital of Bali.
  • During your long term vacation in Bali, make sure to make the most of it. Don’t spend your time in your room. Instead, you can venture around Bali because there are many things to find. You can walk around the neighbourhood to interact more with the locals. You can learn more about the culture and how they live. You don’t have to worry about language barrier because most of the locals can speak basic English. Living expense in Bali is affordable as well, so spending long vacation in Bali is totally worth to try.
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Youngsters Should Be Introduced to the Hammock Camping

Hammock camping is no longer the new thing for most of the travellers. But for the youngsters, it can be so strange since they have not been seen and heard many things in life. As it is a fun activity to be executed at the outdoors, I think that hammocking is really representing the joy of the youth.

Using the hammock while camping at somewhere for the youngsters can also bring more advantages. They can be introduced to the ways to survive at the wildlife since earlier, as an exercise at the open nature that can contributing to their growth both physically and mentally, let them know about the environment, encourage the youngsters to travel alone and many more benefits they can get.

Hammock camping is really for many of us, no matter how young or even old are you. As long as you are knowing about it and have some curiosity, you can always enjoy how fun it is to sleep in the hammock while camping in the fresh nature out there.

Do the youngsters are safe to be at outdoor in a hammock camping?

Younfsters while in the hammock camping moment

First thing first, if you have a teenager, it doesn’t mean that you should have permit her to experience the hammock for camping faraway at the land that yourself don’t know where it could be. Camping itself shouldn’t be at the wild like into the deep of forest or when hiking up to the mountain.

That surely will be too much for the youngsters. Let them have fun without have to spend more time and energy in reaching the spots. Hammock camping can be experienced at places as simple as the backyard of your house or at the nearby park in town.

You can also finds a map about the camping ground sites in your area especially when it is not the time for the hunting season to avoid the bullets or the arrows, etc.

If the school will get the camping as one of the extracurricular activity among the others, chance that the students will really have a good memory about the school. I believe that many of them will be enthusiastic about participating in the camping idea where being somewhere else, out of school, with their friends or classmates can be the great thing to do for sometime.

Imagine if there will be one bringing the hammock in bigger size that can be enough for 3 or 5 people inside, that can really be one of the out of control thing that the teachers will be deal with. There will be so much fun to swing around gently together among the trees and at the same time, the bonfire is warming up all of the students.

A night of hammock camping at out there can really be the unforgettable beautiful thing in life of a youngsters while the teachers can still teach them about anything.

Youngsters can also make use of the hammock while traveling like everyone else

Children are using the hammock while camping in a trip to the fresh nature

In case that extracurricular dream activity can’t be happened, you can’t lose anything since using the hammock can be anytime you want, including when you are traveling in a holiday season. Camping can always be experienced when you have reached the destination even if there won’t be any friends with you.

You can always setup the hammock at the beach you are visiting in the weekend and enjoy swinging on it in the morning or when the sun is setting in the west. Even you could always makes it as your own accommodation rather than paying for the hostel at the beach.

But if you can’t really getting yourself anywhere, using a hammock for camping is only has one requirement which is you can find the stands so you can start setting it up. Camping itself shouldn’t be faraway land as I have been told before. It can also be at your house’s garden or even inside your house if you are too lazy to steeping out the door. There won’t be any prohibition on that.

So far, I think that many of us will be agree with me that the youngsters are also deserve to have the unforgettable experiences in a hammock camping, no matter how crazy they will be sometimes. If you are with me in that, share this post to reminds the others.

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