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A journey you’ll never forget: the Camino de Santiago from Sarria

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When you decide to take on your first Camino de Santiago challenge, you will be preparing yourself for a journey that will live with you forever. You will not only challenge yourself physically, but also see many beautiful sights and have so many new experiences.

Traditionally a pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago is now a modern pilgrimage loved by those seeking a spiritual break from our busy world as much as hiking, cycling and cultural enthusiasts.

The Camino de Santiago is a large network of routes from many different starting locations, all of which are spectacular in their own special way. But for those on their first journey, the Camino Frances starting at Sarria with santiago ways is a perfect way for beginners to start.

Sarria, a place full of history and culture

Sarria is around 111km from Santiago, just over the minimum distance that is required for pilgrims to be eligible for the traditional ‘compostela’ certificate that verifies they have completed the Camino de Santiago.

It is a great way to really capture the essence of the Camino. The route takes you through beautiful towns and cities and charming medieval villages and inspiring landscapes.

In the centre of Sarria you have the chance to see beautiful churches,chapels, monasteries and pilgrim hospitals. The main street, rea Maior, is a gorgeous picturesque place and the Church of Santa Marina, the Castle and the Fortress of Sarria are well worth a visit.

From here there is a relaxed hike to Portomarin, 22 km away along country roads past traditional Galician granaries. Highly recommended is a quick stop to the Romanesque church at Barbadelo.

A beautiful green landscape and fantastic local cuisine

One of the best things about this route, is the beautiful forests, farmlands and rustic villages, and stonewall lined trails and paths typical of the Galician landscape.

Leaving Portomarin, the route crosses the Miño River and ascends to the Sierra de Ligonde. Heading through to Palas de Rei, you will see many quaint typical country villages, such as Gonzar and Ventas de Narón.

The next stage from Arzua to Amenal passes through beautiful forests and more quiet villages. You will also be able to see the famous statue of Santiago in the Chapel of St. Irene.

At each overnight stop there are quaint bed and breakfasts to stop at, and many lovely little local restaurants and eateries, so you can not only experience the stunning surroundings, but also get a taste of Northern Spain as well. If you want to split up any of the journeys, so you can take in a little more and ease the day’s hiking that is also possible. The pace and itinerary can be planned to how you like it

A great sense of achievement as you reach Santiago de Compostela

As you reach the final day of your pilgrimage or challenge you will feel a growing sense of achievement, and maybe even share that experience with other travellers on the route. A quick stock at Lavacolla, on the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela, where traditionally pilgrims would wash in the river to prepare for their arrival  in the city. As you approach along the Monte do Gozo hill you will be able to see your final destination, the Cathedral, in the distance.

Arriving at your journey’s end in Santiago

The architecture here is incredible. You will easily find yourself captivated by the historic centre, it is no surprise that it have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You must arrive in time to participate in the Pilgrim’s Mass. Here you can also receive the ‘compostela’ certificate, and take a little time to visit the city and local area.

You may even wish to relax there for a day or two before heading home and really take in the feel of the place.  A day trip to Finisterre or the Cies Islands comes highly recommended.

One thing is for certain, you will never forget the memories you have made, the friends and people met on your journey or the difference you now feel spiritually. In fact you may find yourself hooked and already planning to walk one of the other Camino de Santiago walks.

Hey all! Big thanks to Katy Blevins for handing over the reins to me at the end of 2017 to fulfill my new years resolution to write...often! Based in Miami, you can find me blogging about family life as a mother of two young kids. But i'll also continue the Chaos and Kiddos theme of business, fashion, parenting, product reviews, and...well, I could go on and on.

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Top Benefits of Getting a Beach Tent

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Of late, you may have noticed an increasing number of small tents around the beach. There are good reasons for their increasing popularity.

Why Should I get a Beach Tent?

That’s a valid question. The hassle of carrying one leave alone setting it up can be a bit too much for you. But when you imagine running after your umbrella in case it is blown away by a strong wind and the frustration and embarrassment that comes along with it, then getting a beach tent will not be a bad idea after all. Let us look at some advantages of getting a beach tent.

Comfort

Occasionally, it might rain or suddenly become cold at the beach. A great beach tent will keep you warm and shelter you from the rain.  In addition, the sea might spray water your way. The tent provides you and your family with a convenient and safe place to put your belongings so they do not get damaged by sea water or even get lost.

Shelter You from The Wind

A fun day at the beach can be quickly ruined by sudden winds. Sand can be blown into your eyes, your things can be hurled and tossed all over stopping you from enjoying your beautiful moment. A beach tent offers shelter from the wind.

Protect You from The Scorching Sun

Sunglasses alone are not enough to protect you from the sun. This reliable tent will allow you and your family savor your day at the beach while providing ample protection against the sun.

It can get uncomfortably hot on the beach and so it is natural to want to carry drinks and snacks in a cooler box.  It is important to keep your cooler box under a shade. Most probably you will also take your phone and other accessories with you. These electronics need to be kept away from direct sunlight. A beach tent will give you, your family, friends, pets, and belongings constant shade throughout the day. What’s more, this tent is anti-UV, thus protects your skin.

Increased Privacy

Do you have problems changing into your trunks or swimming suits at the beach? A beach tent gives you some much-needed privacy for you and your family to change clothes or towel off with no worry or hurry.

Easy to Transport and Set-up

The tent is foldable and compact when not in use. It is made using light-weight material. It might also come in a case with handles making it incredibly easy to carry along with your other stuff. The set-up is also easy. The poles attached to the beach tent are light and flexible. They just fold out and pop into the right position. 

Other Uses of Beach Tents

You might be worried that you will only get to use this product when going out to the beach. You’ll be glad to know that it has other uses as well.

Fishing Tent

Do you love going out to fish? If so, then this excellent tent offers protection from sun, rain, and wind. Moreover, it provides space for you to store your fishing gear.

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4 Tips To Make That Family Trip A Fun Trip

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Family vacations can be either exciting events or disastrous events – where everything that could go wrong goes wrong. We have all had trips like that, haven’t we? Both of these options can happen because of where you chose to vacate as well as not doing the proper amount of research before heading out.

To help you and your family have that awesome family vacation you so deserve and desire, we have taken the liberty to outline four tips that will greatly assist you in having a vacation that will be memorable.

Here are 4 tips to keep in mind to have the best family vacation possible.

# 1 Keep Your Hotel or Resort Number Ready

There have been numerous nightmarish vacation stories where families have had to check in to a different hotel because they may, by no choice of their own, had their hotel revoke their stay because of arriving late.  

This is not that rare an experience as it sounds. So before you leave – make sure you have your hotel number handy.

# 2 Leave Early

This may be a no-brainer, but for those who may overlook this option, it is highly beneficial for you to leave to your destination as early as possible. Whether or not you are driving a car, hiring a car or taking a plane – punctuality has never hurt anyone before.

The early bird catches the worm; remember that.

# 3 Bring Games and Activities

Let’s be honest, shall we? Our kids are sweet bundles of joy and preciousness but sometimes they can be living nightmares that spawn from the fiery depths of… hey, family friendly, right?

But traveling for long distance can make kids act out. We have done it, so it’s not so strange to see our own kids act out when bored.

So it is a great idea to bring games and activities when you decide to travel for a long distance vacation. Keep their precious little minds preoccupied.

# 4 Have Fun

This may sound like that is what you tended on doing anyway. But we can sometimes forget this and the later have our minds stray away back to work or back home. The need to enjoy time with the family is a necessity for not only keeping a strong family but also having a healthy lifestyle.

This is not a flare of dramatic but an actual factual truth. The happier you are, the longer you live. So enjoy your vacation and remember to HAVE FUN.

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How Does Travel Affect A Child’s Education?

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There can be little denying that travel broadens the mind and inspires a whole new approach to learning, life, and everything in between. Whether you’ve spent your days relaxing beside the pool or indulging in a cultural tour, the chances are that you’ve learned something during your time away from home. As a parent, you’re no doubt keen for your children to share such adventures with you. Those magical moments are hard to replicate anywhere else in the world, and come complete with an array of educational extras that your child may not realize they are absorbing as you go. Far from disrupting your child’s education, frequent travel can and will support and enhance a variety of subjects that they have begun to engage with. It would appear that travel does a whole lot more than relax and inspire…

Travel enhances life’s lessons

From counting foreign currency and learning the lingo to identifying landmarks, writing a postcard or two, and exploring local history, travel provides numerous opportunities for your child to investigate a few of their favorite lessons while you’re on the move. Travel is engaging and exciting. Before you know it, your child will be grasping and mastering concepts that the classroom may have failed to inspire – and they will be doing so without even realizing it. Whether you are looking for DVC resales in order to take your kid on that must-do Disney vacation, or planning for a more exotic destination, be assured that your child is a natural learner and will never stop learning!

Travel inspires a sense of togetherness

If you’re likely to be traveling for extended periods of time, it’s essential that you find a school that’s going to embrace the joys and challenges associated with world travel – as well as teaching many of the values that your child will learn along the way. International schools inspire an amazing sense of togetherness and community, which can only enhance the things that your child is learning as you travel. As you adventure across Asia, Hong Kong international schools may lead the way for your child; these academic establishments will nurture and support your child’s education, and inspire adoration for world travel.

Travel inspires confidence and social skills

The keys to a successful education are communication and confidence. Whether they’re listening to a teacher or performing a presentation, our children rely on their social skills and confidence in order to navigate school life. There’s a lot of evidence to suggest that well-traveled kids are better placed to do well at school – least of all because world travel has given them the confidence to succeed in social situations, and excel when it matters most.

Travel instills independence

Travel is a wonderful way to inspire individuality and fortitude; as your child navigates new situations in an alien land, they are bound to grow and develop many of the skills needed to succeed in the classroom – and beyond. Travel can do so much more, though. The discovery of new lands and experiences inspires curiosity; children who ask questions and seek knowledge are more likely to excel during their school days.

Travel teaches an appreciation for cultural differences

There’s a chance that your child has studied different cultures and heritages before, but have they come to truly appreciate the things that make us so wonderfully unique? Travel provides wonderful opportunities for meeting and engaging with new cultures. What’s more, it’s a brilliant way of introducing the concept of different religions, culinary delights, and vast landscapes to your child. Forget picture books and classrooms; this is your child’s opportunity to live and breathe every lesson.

Travel has the ability to change your child’s life for the better; there’s nothing quite like journeying the globe when it comes to putting life and goals into perspective. Whether or not your child now has a taste for a global lifestyle, you can rest assured that the sights, sounds, smells, and experiences that you’ve enjoyed will go a long way towards enhancing their education and future prospects.

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