If you are planning to travel overseas on your ‘OE’, you will most likely be sticking to a budget. A good way to save money on accommodation is to invest in a backpacking tent and pay the comparatively cheaper fee of booking a campsite, rather than motel or hotel rooms.You will want a tent that supplies you with all the protection, space and features you need, without taking up all your carrying space or weighing you down, preventing you from travelling light.Thankfully, with today’s technology, it’s relatively easy to find fabrics that are both strong and feather light, providing solid protection from the elements, without the negative attributes often associated with older styles of backpacking tents. There are several things you need to consider before making a purchase. The size and weight are of course major factors for anyone planning to carry it around with them, as you visit several countries over the space of a number of weeks, jumping aboard buses, trains and ferries.If you only plan to use your tent for sleeping, then small is best. A tunnel type tent has little room inside it for anything but you and your sleeping bag. This is great for those individuals travelling solo, who want a small and compact backpacking tent. However, if you are travelling with a friend or partner, you are better suited to a dome style backpacking tent that gives you a little more room.It’s a good idea to find backpacking tents that have enough room for both you and your backpack. While you may be tempted to leave it outside, this is only a good idea if it is going to be safe from theft or animals during the night. You certainly don’t want to risk having your clothing and possessions stolen while in a foreign country.When taking weight into consideration, make sure you select a backpacking tent model that has aluminum instead of steel, as this is easier to pack up and carry. Even one kilo more can feel like a lot if you’re walking during the day with it on your back.The most important feature is how easy it is to put up and then pack away again. You may also look at windows, or pockets that you can store things in during the night such as your mobile phone, passport and wallet.Take your time selecting the right backpacking tent, it’s going to be your home while travelling overseas, so it’s a good idea to choose the best one.
Out of the two words, health seems to suffer the most dissent, followed closely by fitness. There is something innate in most people that makes them chafe at the very thought of improving their health, as if improved heart and lung function, ease of movement, and feeling energized were negative things and any suggestion of maybe striving to reach a level beyond average general fitness is met with open hostility.I told myself I wouldn’t write any more articles of this nature, but I can’t help myself, because even though for the most part they fall on blind eyes, I feel compelled to reach at least one person who needs this and save them from a later life of needless sickness and infirmity, a victim of their neglect and abuse, trapped in a body that no longer functions, only existing instead of actively living in the rest of their lives.Pick anything else in your life that if you could afford it you would decide against having the best. We want the nicest car we can get, the biggest, most beautiful house, the most powerful home entertainment system, the highest level of social status, the largest salary, the highest degree of financial security, the lists can go on forever.There is no one that wouldn’t freak out if they came out to get in their lamborghini and found a dent or neglected its upkeep so that it ran poorly, lacking power and was pitted with rust holes. Neither would we ignore the bottom of our luxury yacht and just keep cruising as the hull slowly rotted away, unconcerned that one day we would sink in deep water from neglect and lose everything, even our lives.You might say “I would never neglect or abuse something so valuable, that would be foolish.” Well guess what, you do neglect and abuse something so valuable, more valuable than the biggest mansion, the most expensive car, or any other material possession you place on a pedestal. Possessions, wealth, and social status are worthless compared to your health because without good health you cannot enjoy anything, all your attention is turned to how crummy you feel and how limited you are by your own body in its ability to accomplish even the most basic function without pain, fatigue, and infirmity.If you were to pull away at a traffic light in a highly populated area of town and your high dollar sports car lurched, sputtered, and stalled you would be embarrassed and seek out a mechanic promptly, yet as your level of fitness becomes detuned you ignore it, readily letting it slide not realizing that even though you are only a little more tired or a little less able to move easily that with time all those little losses will add up to one big loss.Just as letting the maintenance lapse on a car capable of near two hundred miles per hour will eventually reduce it to a belching, coughing, under powered jalopy performing well under its designed capabilities that will some day fail to start and be unreasonably expensive to repair, so to your body.As most people cruise over deep water, even though for the time being everything seems to be functioning adequately, their hull is rotting. The hull is your health, the motor, rudder, and other functions that empower the crafts mobility, maneuverability, and speed are your fitness, and the water is the corrosive toxins of bad diet and wear and tear of abuse and neglect.So as your hull rots, water enters inside, lowering your level above the waterline, causing more drag, slowing you down while destroying everything it touches until it finally enters the inboard motor, flooding it with water that corrodes the internal moving parts causing friction and engine failure and there you sit miles from shore as you quickly fill with water and are pulled to the bottom.It seems people are programed for self destruction, they will willingly hand over fists full of money to swallow death dealing amounts of fast food, to ingest or inject dangerous illegal hard drugs, to drink high levels of alcohol but balk over spending even the most meager amount on improving their health and fitness, putting absolutely no value in the investment of bettering their quality of life.Probably no one will read this article, most of all those who need it the most and even those interested in bodybuilding, skipping over it for tips on bigger arms or more muscle size, thinking only in the shallow surface realm of appearance, not realizing you need good health to have a high level of fitness to attain and keep bigger arms and more muscle size.Try to think in the future tense of the big picture, you start out building a high level of health and fitness along with size and strength, because as the years go by your size and strength will diminish, but your health and fitness level will remain.Don’t get me wrong, strive for the highest level of size, strength, and complete physique development you can attain and hold it for as long as you can, but when it starts to slide a little in old age you will still be active, agile, mobile, flexible, alert, vigorous, fit, and healthy. Buy into health and fitness, you won’t regret it.