There is one thing that mountain climbers from all over the world often come face to face with, and that thing is called mountain sickness. Mountain sickness can slow down your trip significantly, and on top of that it can also be pretty dangerous for your physical health. So, what is actually a mountain sickness?

Apart from calling it the mountain sickness, many people also call it the altitude sickness. One of its professional names is the Acute Mountain Sickness. Okay, now that we got the basics out of the way, let’s focus on some more advanced stuff, shall we?

What You Need To Know About This Sickness
Mountain sickness is usually a pretty dangerous sickness, and because of that, it is in your best interest to always do your best to avoid it. That being said, a little bit of knowledge on this sickness prior to climbing a mountain can mean the difference between a great mountain-climbing adventure and a nasty experience that you want to forget about as soon as possible. When it comes to mountain sickness, one of the most important things that you need to know is that sickness and headache at high altitude levels should be considered the altitude sickness until proven otherwise by medical professionals.

Different Levels of Altitude
There are three different altitude levels out there – high altitude, very high altitude, and extreme altitude. We are now going to briefly explain each one of these three altitude levels to you. High altitude is anything from 4,950ft to 11,500ft. Climbing up to these heights could result in increased breathing rates, as well as decreased exercising performance.

Very high altitude is anything from 11,500ft to 18,050ft. If you are dealing with any major health issues, then you should never climb this high. Remember, your health is your biggest priority when it comes to traveling. And when it comes to extreme altitude, it is anything that is above 18,050ft. It is pretty much impossible for your body to get used to these heights, which is why you shouldn’t stay up there for too long.

The Best Way To Treat Mountain Sickness
The best way to treat this nasty sickness is to start climbing down as soon as you notice the symptoms. If you ever happen to be climbing up a mountain, and you start feeling dizzy mid-way, you should start climbing down right away. After all, you want to be closer to civilization in case anything bad happens to you on the mountain, don’t you?

It is my belief that no matter where you live in America there is plenty to see right in your backyard. With this in mind, I decided to drop a pin on the map at random and plan a sightseeing trip within an hour’s drive from this pin. This pin-drop experiment will start in Barnhart, Texas.

Now, if you’re one of the 105 residents of Barnhart you likely know the history of the town, but for the rest of us, here’s a quick review. Barnhart was named for the agent of the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway, William F. Barnhart, that obtained the right to build the railway through the town in 1911. Barnhart was once a major shipping point for cattle and sheep in West Texas. Now the town is home to a couple of gas stations, a post office, and Signor Lodging Hotel. If you’re hungry while in Barnhart you can grab a bite at The Oil Can Sports Bar and Grill, a family friendly restaurant offering breakfast, burgers, pool, and the cozy atmosphere you’d expect from a small town in West Texas.

Experiment-Barnhart, TX

After your meal at The Oil Can, you may want to head out of town for some activities. One great thing about Barnhart is the town is build around a four way intersection. So whether you head north, south, east, or west you are going to find something to do less than an hour away.

Traveling east the big towns you’ll find include Big Lake, Rankin, and McCamey. If you’re looking to get out of Barnhart but not go too far, head to The Shop Food Park in Big Lake. Here you can take in a comedy show or enjoy open mic night. However if you’re looking for something a little more reflective, try the Rankin Museum or the McCamey Veterans Memorial. Finally if you’re looking for more food and nightlife in McCamey check out The Hut for music, pizza, and pool.

Now when you head south from Barnhart your first stop should be Ozona. This town has everything from history to off-roading. The town square offers great photo opportunities of the stunning Crockett County Courthouse, boutique shopping, and the Crockett County Museum. If the museum doesn’t satiate your craving for local history, you can take a quick drive over to the Fort Lancaster Historic Site and hopefully catch a live reenactment of life in the frontier days. From here, you can continue to travel south to the ghost town of Juno. There’s not much left to see but the remains of the old country store, post office, and farms. The most interesting piece of Juno is the origin of the town’s name. When there were still residents in Juno, there was a simple restaurant the served two things, beans and beer. According to legend when customers would ask what was on the menu the barman replied, “Ju know.” The joke was so popular the name stuck when it was time to apply at the postal authorities. Last but not least of attractions south of Barnhart, we have Sonora. The most popular attraction must be the Caverns of Sonora. With regular tours and many options, it would be easy to spend a day exploring the depths and wonder of these caves. However if you’re looking for something more active you can try golfing, swimming, or go for a nature walk on Eaton Hill.

No trip to Texas would be complete without BBQ, and for this you want to go north from Barnhart and stop in to The Dark Horse BBQ & Grill in Sterling City. With daily specials including BBQ stuffed potatoes, Cajun meatloaf, and shrimp etouffee this place will not disappoint.

Finally, less than an hour west of Barnhart, you can visit San Angelo. This city has something for everyone. There are several museums and art galleries, a planetarium, the International Waterlily Collection, historic forts, and a lake for relaxing, fishing and watersports. If the barbeque scene wasn’t enough for you a The Dark Horse there are more than enough options here to meet that need. I suggest The Concho Pearl Icehouse for brisket stuffed avocados or  Miss Hattie’s Restaurant and Cathouse Lounge for fried oysters.

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Do you speak English? If you do, then we have got some great news for you! Today, English is one of the most popular languages in the world. It is pretty much safe to say that English is spoken in every single country that there is, and rest assured that Europe is no exception to this. As you can see, English is spoken in pretty much every European country, which is great news for anyone who is planning to visit Europe soon. Don’t get us wrong, there are some very patriotic countries in Europe (such as France), but even they are friendly enough to welcome you in English.

Okay, now that we got that out of the way, here is a piece of advice for you. Even if you are a native English speaker, it is always nice to greet people in their native language. Regardless of whether or not you actually speak a certain language, you can always go online and learn some basic words and phrases. For example, by greeting someone with a simple ”Hello!” in their native language, you show them that you respect their culture and language, and because of that, they will respect and love you even more.

No Borders
One thing that makes Europe so good is the fact that you don’t have to cross any borders. Although getting new stamps for your passport is always a fun experience, it just cannot be compared to the feeling of freedom that you get when you don’t have to show your passport at all. That being said, welcome to the United States of Europe! See what we did there?

Europe Is a Pretty Safe Place
If you are going to visit Europe soon, you are a very lucky person. Not only are you going to experience some beautiful places, but you are going to feel safe throughout the entire trip as well. This is because the crime level in Europe is pretty low. Of course, you still need to be careful, but generally speaking, you should be okay.

People Are Very Friendly
The people of Europe are usually very friendly. They are more than willing to welcome you to their country, regardless of your religion, skin color, or gender. Be nice to them, and they will do their best to ensure that you feel good during your visit.

Although a road trip is not as big of an investment as your home or car is, it can still cost a lot of money every now and then. The reason for this is because you have to pay for airfare and all the accommodations, as well as for any extracurricular activities that you may want to participate in. Perhaps the most important thing that you need to keep in mind here is the fact that most of these things require to be paid in advance, which can be quite troublesome for some people.

When you think about it, all that money is worth insuring, isn’t it? Of course it is! It is always good to have some sort of a backup plan, just in case things don’t work out the way you expected them to. That being said, we just can’t stress enough how important having a good travel insurance is. There are many different things that a good travel insurance can do for you during a road trip, and here are some of them!

Lost Luggage
Has your luggage ever been lost, stolen, damaged, or – worst case scenario – all three of these things? If it has, then you already know that getting new stuff can be a pretty expensive task sometimes. Having a good travel insurance is very important because it can help you cover most of these costs, which means that not only do you have the ability to get new stuff in a short amount of time, but you get to save a lot of money as well.

Do You Need To Cut Your Trip Short?
Has something big happened at your home while you were away? Do you need to cut your trip short and return to your home immediately? No problem, because your travel insurance is here to save the day! Your travel insurance can help you pay off most of the travel fees, which tend to be higher when you change plans on the road.

Is Your Job Getting in the Way?
So, you are on a vacation, and you just found out that your backup left the company. As a result, you need to cut your trip short, or you need to cancel your plans altogether. What do you do? That’s right – you contact your travel insurance company! This was a saving grace for the owners of Albatross Roofing in Edmonton. With only one day to go before a big European vacation, they picked up a big project that needed to start right away and had to postpone their trip. As you can see, those insurance guys can really get you out of some nasty situations when it comes to traveling.

If you are planning to travel, then you need to know how to save money. Usually traveling will cost you thousands of dollars if you do not have a proper plan for spending money and traveling. Everyone likes to travel, but there is always a huge cost for traveling. You may save some money and travel on a budget if you follow these tips.

1. Come up with a plan

Making spontaneous travel plans is good for those who have money to spare. If you need to travel on a budget, then you need to plan. Make sure that you plan your trip before you leave and know all the expenses that will occur.

2. Travel out of season

During the season the cost of traveling is more than the off-season. If you are on a budget and want to save money on your flights, then travel off-season. You may book your flights a week before the holidays start or so.

3. Be accommodation-savvy

Accommodation is one of the things that can save you money. Instead of booking a five-star hotel you can book a local hotel. Before you travel, look for local listings and hotels of the place you are visiting and then book the one that suits your budget. There are many websites which allow you to look for and book a local person’s home.

Another great way to save money on accommodation is that you can stay with your family or friends house living in that city or country.

4. Pack properly

Pack everything that you need. It will make your trip even more expensive if you buy things that are necessary. Also, pack all kinds of clothes based on the place you are traveling so that you do not have to buy it from there.

5. Book flights in advance

Always book your flights in advance and always travel on weekdays instead of holidays or weekends. Booking a flight in advance will ensure that you save more money as compared for booking on time.

6. Embrace public transport

It is always a great idea to use public transport for traveling around the city. You may see a lot online limo services and other car services for traveling around and taking you from one place to another. These are all expensive. It is why you should travel on buses or local taxis if you want to travel on a budget.