Are you looking for a great new hobby that brings you outside, keeps you active, and can bring you to some pretty neat places? My top suggestion would be hiking! But hiking can be intimidating, so I’ve created Hiking For Dummies in a blog post form. In 3 short(ish) points, I’ll have you feeling confident for your first, or next, big hiking trip! This post is all about hiking for beginners.

Why Write About Hiking for Dummies?

A friend of mine recently asked me if I could suggest any ‘Hiking for Dummies’ style books… I was shocked when nothing really came to mind. I was lucky enough to learn the ins and outs of outdoor recreation through a college class – I keep up with the ever-changing information and requirements by joining e-mail lists and following the social media pages of great outdoor organizations in my area. Honestly, I never really thought of what people without my same experience might have to do in order to feel comfortable getting outside. And so, this hiking for dummies post was born! If you’re looking for advice on how to get started, I have you covered. 

Hiking for Dummies and Gregory Packs
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Lake George 12ster

The Lake George 12sters hiking challenge was started by someone searching for technical terrain to train on in preparation for endurance train runs. Along the way, they participated in a number of other Adirondack challenges including the Saranac Lake 6ers, and the Lake Placid 9ers. They met many individuals on the trail who had hiked a few on the Lake George Mountains but hadn’t experienced them all. This inspired the creation of the Lake George 12ster hiking challenge.

Lake George 12ster Trails

The creator saw how as the lesser-known mountains in these other challenges gained popularity, the voices that advocated for them increased as well. This opportunity for stewardship brought about the Lake George 12ster hiking challenge and I’m so glad it did! During mud season in the Adirondacks April-June (ish) I try to stay below 2,500-3,000 feet but I still need to scratch my hiking itch! Challenged like this help to keep me entertained while staying out of the High Peaks.

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Are you looking for an overnight hiking bag? A multi-day trek is at the top of my list for outdoor recreation. I love the challenge it brings as well as the absolutely stunning backcountry views it provides. The Gregory DEVA 70L helps me do it.

Gregory Deva 70L Backpack
Gregory Deva 70L Backpack on the Northville Placid Trail, ADK

My Significant other and I purchased new backpacking bags in an attempt to find extra comfort and better packing ability. After some research, we decided on Gregory Packs and what a great decision it was! Our packs have proven to be durable, comfortable, and able to carry everything we need for an extended overnight trip in the great outdoors.

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Stay at home orders and social distancing can be tough for everybody, but it’s especially hard on your kids! Every learner is different, and it is so important -now more than ever- that students are provided the best opportunity to learn. By designing and providing your student(s) an at-home distance learning schedule for them to follow, you’re only improving their productivity and therefore their success rate. This article will provide you with a few questions you should be asking while creating your child’s digital learning schedule.

The Perfect Distance Learning Schedule
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April is Earth Month! The big themes around this time of year are to reduce, to reuse, and to recycle. In that order precisely. To keep our Mother Earth glistening we have to reduce our waste. A zero-waste life isn’t for most people, so for what we can’t reduce, we must learn to reuse or recycle. Here are 25 money saving sustainability hacks everyone can use.

Money saving sustainabilit hacks help you and the planet!

The best way to reduce is to simply refuse extra ‘things’. Unfortunately, this is a privilege that many people don’t have. However, you can still practice sustainability without privilege, and here are some easy money-saving sustainability hacks for you to try. If you’re not too worried about the sustainability part but still want to save money, check out this post on saving/making money for travel.

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Catamaran to Saona Island

In this post, you will learn the 7 questions to ask before booking your Saona Island Tour. Every tour isn’t created equally and if you’re leaving your gorgeous resort, you want it to be the best day of your trip. With these simple 7 questions, you will figure out which Saona Island tour is best for you! 


A day trip to Saona Island is one of the most popular excursions the Dominican Republic has to offer. La Saona is part of the Cotubanamá National Park and lies off the southeastern tip of the Dominican Republic. The island is known for its mangroves, coral reefs, and palm-fringed beaches. Movies, including Pirates of the Caribbean and The Blue Lagoon, have filmed scenes here because of its pristine condition.

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A few extra dollars can go a long way in planning an adventure of any kind! In this post, I will share with you 9 easy ways to make extra money for travel. By utilizing a few of these strategies, you can save for extra vacation spending money. If you’re looking for inexpensive travel ideas, I have a few for you at the bottom of this post!


Aside from having an amazing career as a teacher, and in return, making decent enough money to enjoy the freedom of traveling every so often, there are also a few other ways that I make/save money. This extra cash might go towards my spending money, the gear I need, or travel expenses for any given trip! Here I will share with you my favorite ways to save and make a few extra dollars throughout the year! 

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This luxury resort in La Romana, Dominican Republic is for adults only and is the ideal spot for soaking up some sun. Relax in the spectacular bay and pamper yourself with superior services. Enjoy a wide variety of cuisine at a number of different restaurants, explore the vibrant culture of the region, or choose between a round of golf or a spa treatment. This Bahia Principe Luxury Bouganville review will cover everything you need to know to decide is this is the best resort for your stay!

Bahia Principe Luxury Resort
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All-inclusive vacations are ideal for when you just really need to relax. During an all-inclusive resort vacation, you don’t have to worry about cooking or planning your meals, you can choose to lay in a lounge chair or partake in any of the daily activities, and you never have to make your bed! Partake in special themed nights, enjoy multiple nightlife scenes, and hit the gym during your stay if you please. It’s a wonderful opportunity to do less thinking and more relaxing. Don’t forget to pack these 21 must-have items for an all-inclusive resort.

A tropical beach sunset
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