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There is nothing as exciting as the thrill of going away on a long journey, but it also leaves you with the responsibility of planning for the entire trip in advance. You are done with booking your travel and accommodation but that is not all, there are many more to-do-list you need to tick before you embark on your long vacation. From paying all your bills to planning what to do with your pets, the list is long but one of the most important things is how to protect your belongings when you are away. Yes, you have a home where you can lock everything but if you are away for months, what about the security of all the unsupervised belongings?

A self-storage facility can be an affordable solution to storing your belongings securely in a climate-controlled condition which is under surveillance 24/7. Here are some tips that would be helpful in renting and storing your belonging in the self-storage unit before your long-term travel.

Make a List of Things You Need to Store:

The first step is to consider the items you need to store. Do you want to just store the outdoor unsecured items such as vehicles and bicycles or do you want to store away your entire belonging to avoid unnecessary rent payment of the house? It is better to make an itinerary of the things you plan on storing in the unit.

If you decide upon storing only a few items from the house, then focus on storing valuable items first. Do not pack the unit with a lot of unwanted items which will lead you to rent a bigger unit unnecessarily.

Decide Upon the Size of the Storage Unit You Need:

Once you are aware of the number of belongings you need to store, you can decide the size of the storage unit you need to rent. Self-storage units come in several sizes, you have the freedom to rent a small unit which stores few items to renting a unit which can store your entire house belongings. You can further take the help of the storage sizing guide self storage Danville.

Choose the Right Storage Facility:

Once you have made a list of items you need to store, the next step is to find a storage unit that fits all your needs. Do not make this decision in a hurry as you will be trusting this company with all your belongings. Do some research, get references, visit the unit and inspect thoroughly to make sure it is clean and well secured before you finalize a storage unit.

Use Climate Controlled Storage Unit If Required:

If you plan on storing climate sensitive items such as paintings, electronics, wood furniture, you need to rent a climate-controlled unit. The cost of this unit will obviously be higher, but you can be assured that your belongings are safe and won’t be subjected to extreme climate changes.

Pack Your Items Properly:

You need to properly pack your belongings and make sure they are secure. You can use boxes to stack breakable items and make sure boxes are off the floor. If you are not careful about how you pack and stack your items, there is a possibility your items will get damaged in a long term.

Organize Your Unit:

Store the boxes in a systematic manner with bigger boxes in the bottom. Store fragile items separately and make sure you leave an aisle to walk. All boxes and container need to be labelled on all sides.

Pay Rent in Advance:

If you are going away for many months, either set up an auto debit option every month or prepay in advance for the number of months you plan on being away. When you are traveling, you might forget to pay the rent sometime. You don’t want to come back to see your unit locked by the company.

Purchase Insurance for Items in Storage Unit:

It is a good idea to be covered in all senses when it comes to the security of your belongings. Adding insurance will make sure to add another layer of security to your items while you are away.

Make Your Friends Visit the Unit Now and Then:

If you are away for many months, you can request a friend to access the unit for you on a monthly basis to check if everything is in order. If there is an issue, they can respond to it immediately rather than you finding about it after many months.

Keeping a note of these easy steps will take off your mind from worrying about your valuables and make your travel just a bit more exciting.

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Hill Stations Flooded with Tourists Get Overcrowded Leading Them to Return

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Hill Stations Flooded with Tourists Get Overcrowded

In India, summer vacation means a family trip to Shimla or Nainital or Mussoorie or Manali or anywhere cold. People from all over India visit hill stations especially in May and June. Not just because of the kids’ vacation but also because scorching heat and humid weather (special northern region) make everyone want to leave the city and find some relief in the hilly areas. In Delhi NCR, recently maximum temperature recorded reached 50 degrees. Where will the man hide from the Sun?

Who would not wish to spend some calm days amidst the high hills and cold weather in the month of June?

And why not? –with such escalating heat and torturing the Sun everyone wants to hide from the sun. And this is why tourists have flooded the colder regions like never before. But this has caused problem not just to the locals but also for themselves.

This is no surprise that places like Shimla have become overcrowded that even hotels are forced to put up banners to plead tourist to not to come to Shimla for a while. Shimla is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the summer season.

Every year thousands of people come to Shimla and Nainital daily to have a splendid vacation. But this time, the maximum number of tourists swarmed to Shimla and Nainital that they had to return because of overcrowding in the Hill station. How often do we get to hear that?

Overcrowding resulted in so many problems to so many levels.

Hill Stations Flooded with Tourists Get Overcrowded

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It left the roads jammed with too much traffic, most of the hotels are fully booked and ceased to take any further booking. Parking places are full in a way that any vehicle entering Shimla has to go back to the respective city. Now, at these consequences who would wish to respite in such an overcrowded place.

To reduce the congestion in the peal season, Nainital tourist administration has decided to stop the entry of the tourists till the parking is full. Only that can help them manage traffic problems.

It is not only this year, but this is also the story of the hill station every year.

People flood in a huge number that locals find it hard to manage the day to day life. Last year this time Shimla faced severe water crises. It causes inconvenience to both the tourists and the locals. There was no water in the entire Shimla for eight straight days. Seems like there is a thing called too much tourism.

This is not just the case with the most popular destination like Shimla, Nainital or Manali. The congestion, non-availability, and overcrowding have become major issues even in the remote hamlets like Kasol.

People used to go to Kasol to find solace for the hustle-bustle of city life.

People used to go to Kasol to find solace

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To find oneself amidst the lush green trees and dense forests. But now, maximum people flood in all the time in order to party. Roads of such quiet places are no more remained quiet. We can spot SUVs honking and congesting roads. People making a mess and throwing trash almost everywhere.

We believe remote places like Manali, Kasol, and other hamlets should be left for trips that bring peace and not “fun” and stuff. Let some roads be less traveled, let some paths be unpaved.

Well, seems like how to manage too much tourism is yet a question or maybe a new challenge for the governments.

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10 Trek Worthy Mountains of New Zealand Should Be in Any Adventurer’s Wish-list

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Residing in the southwest region of the Pacific Ocean and near the center of the water hemisphere, New Zealand is one of the most beautiful places on the earth. Other than picturesque landscape, a few valleys, and some dense woods, it is also home to over 100 mountains. Every year tourist and inland adventurers love to explore scenic mountain ranges of the region. Be it cold weather or harsh snow storms, for adventure lovers, all that matters is an adventure.

Once they step their foot out there is no turning back, mainly because after climbing beautiful mountains only thing that eyes behold is breath-taking picturesque view. So pack your bags and check out these best mountain ranges to conquer on your next expedition.

In the same light, we have come up with 10 best and highest mountains ranges of New Zealand that should be in every adventure lover’s wish list for sure.

1. Mount Cook

Located in Aoraki National Park, Canterbury Region, Mount Cook is named to be the highest mountain standing at the height of 12,218 ft. it is one of the favorite destinations for most of the adventure lovers. Climbing season said to be from November to February.

This is also be noted that Mount Cook is also notorious as one of the deadliest peak.  Some fatal accidents have been recorded while completing the summit. Well, no risk has ever stopped an adventurer as every challenging thing sure comes with a challenge.

2. Mount Tasman

Rising as the height of 11,473 ft. Mt Tasman is known to be the second highest mountain in New Zealand. It is also the nearest neighbor of Mt Cook. View from the peaks of this mountain is equally breath-taking.

3. Mount Dampier

Located in the Southern Alps, Mount Dampier is another neighbor of the highest mountain, Mt. Cook. Standing 11,290 ft. high it is undoubtedly the third highest mountain of New Zealand. Mount Dampier also means ‘long sky’, well it seems to define the view from its peak by itself.

4. Mount Sefton

Located about 12 kilometers from south of Mount Cook, in the Southern Alps, Mt Sefton is 10,338 ft. tall. There serenity and beauty of the Mount Sefton is indescribable during the sunset. With Tuckett Glacier flowing in the below valley Mt Sefton is the 4th highest mountain in New Zealand.

5. Mount Aspiring

Mount Aspiring

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Well, this is one is out of the Aoraki ranges. It is known to be the second highest mountain (outside of Aoraki, Southern Alps). Adventure lovers like to trek its peak to have a serene view of the glacier the foothills.

6. Mount Earnlaw

Also known as Pikirakatahi, Mount Earnlaw is located in New Zealand’s South Island. Afar view of this mountain looks so splendid that one would not believe its eyes. It is hard to tell whether we behold a superficial, painted landscape or an original first-hand view of this antediluvian mountain.

7. Mount Tapuaenuku

Mount Tapuaenuku

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Calling its name sure twists the tongue, Tapuaenuku translates as “footprints of the rainbow”. Believe it or not, the view around the mountain is as rare as a rainbow. Situated in the northeast of New Zealand’s South Island this mountain provides vivid natural view and total satisfaction to the adventurers.

8. Mount Tutoko

Mount Tutoko is the highest peak in the Fiordland National Park, New Zealand. The beauty of this mountain is hard to describe in words, standing at the height of 8934 ft., covered in glacier this mountain range looks scenic in all its glory.

9. Mount Maunganui

Located in the eastern side of Tauranga harbors Mount Maunganui is visitors’ favorite during the sunrise or sunset. Maunganui means “caught by the sun” and we can say that the mountain so stands true to its name. Rays of the sun glisten on the icy waters and give a breath-taking view from the peak of the mountain.

10. Mount Alfred

Hikers like to trek this mountain the most, mainly because of the view it provides. You can stand at the top of this mountain and aim to conquer the next one in the sight. This is the beauty of the mountain, it encourages you to never stop the adventure in life.

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8 Reasons Why Bhutan is Remarkably Distinct From Rest of The World

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Located in the eastern part of the Himalayas, Bhutan is undoubtedly a remarkable place on the earth. Surrounded by exquisite environmental beauty; amidst of lustrous greens, this Buddhist country has a lot to inspire the other countries. Not just it’s distinctive on the terms of beautiful, scenic natural habitation, Bhutan holds too much to stand apart and above when it is compared to the rest of the world.

After all, it is the only country that measures its success by not the “national production” per se, but by the “national happiness”. No wonder why this country makes a difference!

Here we untold a few fun facts about this mesmerizing country that tell us how it is distinct than the rest of the world and might entice you to pick it as your next travel destination.

1. No Traffic Lights

Well, it may leave you stunned but the country has almost no traffic lights. The capital city Thimpu still has manual traffic police that regulates the traffic. And to be precise, neither the country has any heavy traffic jam problem nor the people are willing to break traffic rules. A smooth and safe road culture prevails the paths of this nation.

2. The country measures Gross National Happiness, indeed

Bhutan is the Happiest Country in the world

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In 1974 the King of Bhutan introduced the notion that this Buddhist country should measure its wealth with the happiness of its people. We know that the country is dedicated to its people when it replaces GDP (Gross Domestic Production) with GNH (Gross National Happiness).

It clearly shows that Bhutan has a very egalitarian approach to build up the society where every individual is given equal rights and opportunities.

3. It is the first or the only carbon negative country in the world

Bhutan is carbon negative country in the world

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Another wonderful factor about picturesque Bhutan is that it is the one and the only country that is ‘carbon negative’. The country’s law makes it mandatory that at least 60% of the area must be covered with forests. And to no one’s surprise, Bhutan manages to have about 71% of its area covered with forests.

Where the counties like Canada introduced “Carbon Tax” on its citizens due to the increase of global warming, Bhutan rather absorbs more Carbon dioxide than producing it. Sure this nation has better goals than others!

4. Bhutan has the highest number of unclimbed mountains

Bhutan has the highest number of unclimbed mountains

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Where in the other part of the world countries, let’s say counties like Nepal, welcome tourists to conquer high mountains. Bhutan doesn’t really encourage the Mountaineers, and this is why it has the most unclimbed mountains and perhaps unpaved paths, too.

It won’t be entirely incorrect to say that Bhutan is a place that really doesn’t seek much interest in national tourism. People there rather pay more heave to conserve their lands and mountains to maintain the true beauty of the country.

5. The Phallus concept of Drukpa Kunley (The Devine Mad Man)

Tibetan monk Drukpa Kunley came with his own unique techniques to preach Buddhism to the people of Bhutan. He is the sole reason behind the pictures of Tiger and Phallus found on the walls of the temples or shrine or houses all over Bhutan. Drukpa Kunley convinced the people of Bhutan that drawing Phallus or male genital on the walls help fight evil. It keeps evil away and people safe. Drukpa Kunley is commonly known as The Devine Mad Man.

6. Plastic Bags are banned since the 1990s

This is one of the very inspiring rules that Bhutan adheres by. Where the entire world is gaining its conscious now for banning the use of plastic bags, Bhutan took the initiative as early as in the ’90s. People in Bhutan used to wash their few possessions of plastic bags in order to reuse them. This environmental friendly act sure contributes to the entire world a lot.

7. Bhutan’s work uniform is its nation dress

Another truly inspiring fact about people of Bhutan is they wear their traditional national dress while they are on work. I am sure there is no other country on the earth that does the same. Isn’t it a great way to showcase respect and dedication towards both nation and work?

8. Smoking is prohibited in public areas

Though we all see no smoking signs boards every now and then around us but do we follow? -Well, people in Bhutan do. Smoking in public is a punishable offense in Bhutan and one can be jailed if found having a puff out in the public.

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