Shopping in london: survival guide

Pass the SHOPPING IN LONDON: SURVIVAL GUIDE to your shopaholic friends or relatives to avoid nightmare shopping trip to London. Must read before you go, reading the blog article will take you minutes and you can save loads of your time when in London.

As a foreigner living in London for several years, I would like to share the places I found in London with some dos and don’ts. Read the SHOPPING IN LONDON: SURVIVAL GUIDE to avoid shopping nightmare and spend quality time in London.

This blog article is written by foreigner living in London for foreigners planning to visit London.

If you are Brit or even Londoner and still keep reading- you are very welcome to share a comment with your recommendations. 

What to avoid when shopping in London


Let’s start with what to avoid- the iconic shopper nightmare Oxford street. Due to condense proximity of major brand flagmanship stores, it might seem a natural and easy choice to go with. You don’t need to plan anything ahead – just go there and buy what you see. What will be the result? You will be tired, exhausted, with empty valet wondering why on earth you have bought all this stuff. If you still go there – target the particular store and get off shortly after. 

Shopping in London: survival guide

Oxford street offers 1,5 miles of 90 shops. There are all top high-street brands such as Topshop, Gap, River Island, Primark, X and the UK’s iconic department stores, including Selfridges, John Lewis & Partners, Debenhams, House of Fraser and Marks & Spencer.

The full online Oxford Street shop map you can find here. It is much quicker and cheaper to browse it through online.

However, one of the stores I regularly visit on Oxford Street is Lush. They recently closed the small stores scattered across London and opened the grand store on Oxford street. You can get there fresh face masks, scrubs, bath bombs and other products to keep you fresh and fragrant during your stay in London. There is nothing better than a fragrant bobble bath after a shopping day.

Shopping in London: survival guide

The smart way of shopping in London


You know what you are looking for, if not the items itself then the brand or you keep in mind the person you are buying for or perhaps you just want a shopping experience in London? Something unique you cannot get elsewhere?

Spend some hours on internet research and plan the trip to London to balance your time. There is much more to see than just shopping.

Advantages of Amazon smart shopping 

If you are a foreigner visiting London from abroad, take advantage of www.amazon.co.uk with many high street brands there along with deals and discounts. You don’t need to have UK address to shop on amazon.co.uk – just enter the postcode of your hotel and select the nearby Amazon Locker places (LINK HERE). It’s easy – simply add an Amazon Locker to your Amazon address book and select the location as the shipping address during checkout. Once a package is ready for pickup, you will receive an e-mail with a unique 6 digit code that they’ll use to remove the package from the designated slot. The locker door will open automatically when you enter the code.

The amazon prime option will get you many items for the next day delivery. Check the delivery time anyway as you do not want the purchase to arrive after you left. The time saved on shopping can be spent on seeing London landmarks and historical places.

Grand iconic places

Shopping in London survival guide: Harrods

Founded as a family shop in East London in 1824, the Knightsbridge department store Harrods has grown into a brand recognised all over the world.  Harrods has been sold by its owner Mohammed Al Fayed to the Qatari royal family for £1.5bn. in 2010. To get there take Piccadilly line to Knightsbridge stop.

Shopping in London: survival guide

Harrods is recognized for its celebrity-endorsed sale and even without an intention to buy anything it is nice to walk through all halls and embrace the huge selection of luxury products. And who knows – perhaps there is a sale …

Before visiting Harrods you can download the app available for both Android and Apple products. Don’t forget to check out the bars and restaurants, there are 19 of them! Reservations recommended.


Shopping in London survival guide: Selfridges

Shopping in London: survival guide

Selfridges, also known as Selfridges & Co., is a chain of high-end department stores in the United Kingdom . The biggest store is on the Oxford Street but there is not much uniqueness in the assortment if you are a tourist. With almost everything on selfridges.com available for International Delivery, you can receive your order to 130 countries or regions around the world.

Shopping in London survival guide: Harvey Nichols

The other store that is considered luxury chic  is Harvey Nichols, down the road from Harrods. Strong on beauty products and gourmet food, it is definitely a lot smaller than Selfridges and tiny compared to Harrods so much easy to get around. Mostly preferred by locals to avoid the crowds in the places above.

The streets to stroll

Stroll along the Regent street connecting Piccadilly Circus and Oxford Street for the high street brands like Apple, Superdry, Timberland, Zara and Zara home, Hobbs, Reiss. For the full shop list click here.

The high end luxury brands can be found on New Bound street which has the most expensive retail rent in the world. It is home for the brands like Louis Vuitton, Cartier, Tiffany & Co, Burberry etc.

New Bound street is parallel street with Regent street, so take one of them up from Piccadilly Circus to Oxford street and another on the way back and you are done with shopping.

Shopping in London: survival guide

Something quirky

Take a break from luxury end shopping by embracing quirkiness of Camden Town. You can spend hours there strolling along the boots and enjoying the street food in the Camden Market located next to Camden locks. There are many alternative shops selling vintage closes, antiques and replicas. You can find there goth style, steampunk stuff, carnival, burlesque accessories and much more. Although the place also attracts 100.000 visitors every weekend, it is definitely worth visiting.

Covent Garden

When it’s time to eat, head towards Covent Garden.

Shopping in London: survival guide

Covent Garden is a world-class shopping and dining destination attracting food-lovers and fashionistas alike.
Buzzing with the excitement of the opera and Theatreland, the area boasts some of the best shopping destinations in London’s West End. From Apple to Tom Ford, Mulberry to Paul Smith and Petersham Nurseries to Benjamin Pollock’s Toy Shop, the area offers a unique blend of global and independent brands, curated to satisfy every shopping need.Whether it’s breakfast or brunch, pre-theatre dining or burgers alfresco, Covent Garden is a foodie’s paradise, filled with a diverse array of gastronomic options to suit all tastebuds, from morning to night. This content has been supplied by Covent Garden London

Brand discount store TK Maxx 

TK Maxx is the best kept secret because nobody ever admits they shop there. Unique Pieces Of Branded & Designer Products Up To 60% Less. The same concept as T J Maxx stores in USA.

Google the one most closely to your location. The assortment can vary in each shop and some of them might have “golden label” corner for the most exclusive stuff.

Getting around in London

Take tube during the peak hours or Uber for comfort. When ordering Uber – know where you are and pick an easy drive, stop location. Do not make Uber wait – the driver will call you and won’t be very happy. You can also schedule Uber for the next day if you wish so.

Where to stay in London 

My advice- don’t go for the local charm, you can get small rooms, sinks with two taps with no mixer and single beds where a grown up person cannot turn around. Go for international mid range chains. As a frequent traveler I can recommend two collections of brands IHG and Hilton. Download the apps and check the price directly.

You cannot get more central than booking Indigo hotel on Leicester square.

For the upscale hotels check Marriott brand: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel London and London Marriott Hotel County Hall.

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My favorite is Rosewood London luxury hotel in Edwardian mansion .

Check out their Scarfes bar with live jazz every evening even if you do not stay there.

On the budget option I can recommend Premier inn with their quality beds. Choose the ones that are newly build or recently renovated. I would not recommend Travel Lodge unless you have no other choice.

If you hate air conditioner, check upfront if the windows can be opened. Call hotel if information is not available on the webpage.

Don’t dress too warm for the inside shopping and stay hydrated! 

London offers so much more than shopping, be smart, be wise, stay safe and enjoy!

Shopping in London: survival guide

The most extraordinary Infinity pool in Dolomites

The most extraordinary, heated outdoors infinity pool in Dolomites belongs to Alpin Panorama Hotel Hubertus in Olang/Valdaora valley, South Tyrol. Hotel Hubertus is a destination of your dreams, it’s not for passing by and stopping over.

I love to roam the world spending every night in a different place. Coming across the offer of five days minimum stay in one place made me pause and think twice. What will I do in such a remote place for five days? Will I be bored to death?

I committed to the booking after a couple of weeks of hesitation and constantly coming back to the pictures of the Sky pool. The beauty of the scenery was haunting me in my sleep. The images of the infinity pool were the deciding point and I must say the reality was breathtaking.

the most extraordinary Infinity pool in Dolomites
 floating between heaven and earth…

The most extraordinary Infinity pool in Dolomites

With its width of 5 meters, length of 25 m and the depth of 1,30 m the Skypool can be seen as completely unique in the water world. Thanks to the glass front, the glazed window on the ground and its height of 12 meters, the swimmer gets the impression to float weightless in the fairytale surroundings. The spectacular Skypool resembles a mountain lake in the middle of the unique mountain scenery of the DOLOMITES. World Heritage Site.

So happy to be wrong

Well, I thought, at the very least I might have some extra time on my hands to publish my book, if there is nothing else to do at Hotel Hubertus destination.

I was so wrong!

I was busy running from one activity to another, sometimes with a difficult choice to make between different hikes or saunas, or swimming or SPA treatments, or  evening stretching classes.

I must confess that even with extending my stay to nine !!! days, I did not manage it all.

One day at a time

Here is a snapshot of just one day to give you a taste of my experience:

In the morning I woke up with the gorgeous view of the mountains and the Sky pool! Each room has a balcony with a view of the mountains.

I then had a choice of Aqua fitness in the inside pool or a leisure swim in the Sky pool before a generous breakfast to kick start the day.

The rest of the morning was dedicated to different hikes that started with a shuttle bus drive from the hotel. The competent guides were available to discuss the difficulty of the hikes and to help decide which is right for you. For a long hike, it was recommended that you take a packed lunch with you. In the bedrooms you had a very comfy backpack waiting for you with a water bottle. The shops in the nearby village had any other hiking gear/clothing supplies that you might need so you can come unprepared.

There is also a well-equipped gym onsite in case it rains heavily, or you are aching from the hike before.

There is a buffet lunch: soup, salads and cakes are served from 12 till 5. You can manage the time regardless of which activities you pick for the day. The cake buffet is amazing: filled with several home-baked cakes that leaves your mouth watering.

Wellness

In the afternoon there were stretching classes in the gym and sauna infusion rituals in the panoramic sauna. At the end of the day you can take a dip in the salt water pool or take selfies in the Sky pool. Apart from the six pools (if you can call a bubble bath a pool) there are seven saunas and four inside areas for relaxing. Of course, you have all at your disposal when the weather is nice.

It’s possible to relax in the sauna world with steam bath, herbal sauna, infrared sauna, Dolomite steam bath in grotto, alpine sauna, the barrel textile sauna and Blockhouse sauna with panoramic view to the mountains.

In the Alpenreych Spa take some time to relax and immerse yourself in a world of relaxing Alpine, Ayurvedic and traditional wellbeing treatments.

The evening highlight

The evening highlight was a dinner: salad buffet, four dishes of a la carte cuisine, cheese selection and dessert. Each evening had a theme with live music very often.

The Wine Cellar is a very special kind of delightful experience: renowned wine labels of regional, national and international classics, cult wines and rarities waiting to be discovered by you as wine lovers and connoisseurs during your holiday in South Tyrol.

The staff were incredibly friendly and competent, the true hospitality of South Tyrol.

The fine weather guarantee

You can find a good weather guarantee on the hotel website. I was kind of hoping for rain but experienced crystal clear days – perfect for taking pictures. I visited Hotel Hubertus in mid October, the last week before they close and prepare for winter season.

At our place, rain never spoils the holiday schedule. Indeed, if during a stay of at least 7 nights at the hotel it should rain for 8 hours in succession between 08:00 and 18:00 (excluding August), every rainy day will be refunded.

There are two low price periods at Hotel Hubertus, October and May. The other times are high season with different price ranges.

the most extraordinary Infinity pool in Dolomites
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the most extraordinary Infinity pool in Dolomites
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Amazing hikes

The hikes I took illustrated with amazing pictures are described in the blog post, click on the pictures for more. The 3 hotel guides accompany you to 15 hikes a week, the different difficulty levels suitable from beginners to experienced hikers.

Hikes in Dolomites
Hikes in Dolomites

The life after

I finally managed to finish my book a couple weeks after returning from Hotel Hubertus. The book is on Amazon now. It’s all about work-life balance and the art of living. Perhaps I need to write another book about the pleasures of life with the Sky pool on the book cover.

Dolomites: the Iconic photography spots as seen on instagram

Are you ready for something extraordinary during your vacation? Do you want to enhance your FB, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram feed with the DOLOMITES: ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS as stunning as professional photography? Dolomites mountain range is the best iconic photography spot combined with hiking and exploration of the amazing nature.

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Dolomites is truly amazing place of outstanding beauty combined with South Tyrol hospitality and traditions! The scenery is earth shattering, even beginner with a phone can make the stunning pro style pictures. It is also educational and recreational journey as you will learn a lot and will need to stretch your legs as some places are difficult to reach. You will witness a showcase of natural evolution and a masterpiece of its creation. DolomitiMountain Range is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and 350,000 acres of pure bliss. Find out why this incredible Dolomites region of Italian Alps is a must-have journey in a lifetime and how to create the long lasting memories. 

The best time for photography

For the best chance of the sunny weather try to avoid August. There is a good chance of clear days end of October, especially if you plan to come over for a week.

All pictures are taken with iPhone, for the cloudy day shoots filters are applied. All apps for used filters are listed at the end of blog.

DOLOMITES: ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS

 Autumn is my most favourite and recommended time to visit the the lakes and take hikes in Dolomites. Although the water might be low in lakes, there are other benefits to consider. The low season hotel prices. Less tourists to share the hiking paths with. The beautiful colours of larch tree needles turning golden yellow. The air is crisp and fresh. The autumn is also a fabulous time for photography to embrace the symphony of colours.

Location & Geology

The breathtaking Dolomites are located in the northeast of Italy. The mountain range shares their beauty with provinces of Belluno, South Tyrol, and Trentino. A trip to the gateway of Dolomites mountain range, the city of Bolzano would take around 3 hours from Milan either by car or train.

The very first connection between the Dolomites and its geologylies in the name. ‘Dolomite’ – the double calcium carbonatemineral was first discovered in these mountains by the French scientist Déodat de Dolomieu (1750-1801). He was the first to describe the mineral.

Lakes beyond glamorous for iconic photography

As glorious as it is from a distance, Dolomite mountain range truly shines once you step inside. It is home to crystal clear and pristine glacier lakes. Nothing but extraordinary, these sparkling and fresh mountain lakes will showcase the beauty of nature like you have never seen before.

Let’s discover some of the most dreamy lakes out there that are favourite locations for most Instagram influencers.

 Lake Sorapis. DOLOMITES ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOT for hiking trail

 – Sorapis just might be the most magical one. Perched at the altitudes of 1,900 meters it is here to steal the show. The calm turquoise waters and mighty cliffs as the backdrop will paint you a picture worth millions. The only way to access the Sorapis lake is to hike. The shortest route is 6 km with 200m elevation.

The “easy”;trail is #215 which is well marked and visible from the road. You can park cars along the road free of charge.

The trail is well maintained with grips and stairs in the most challenging parts of the trail. However it’s not a walk for children. The hike takes an average more than 2 hours for inexperienced hiker. You can take stunning pictures and video along the trail.

The parking address where the trail starts: Near SR48, 6, 32043 Cortina d’Ampezzo BL, Italy

However if you are well fit with excess of the energy when reaching the lake you can take the more challenging route on the way back. I only made the easy trail. The 400 m elevated hike is well described in the blog www.anywhereweroam.com

The colour of water of lake Sorapis is awesome, even when the water level is low. Plan your hike early in the morning to get the sun shining from the best angle. I made it quite late and got the mountain shadow across the lake.

Lago Di Sorapis DOLOMITES: ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS
My best shot of the Sorapis lake with some filters applied to enhance the colours

Lake Braies DOLOMITES ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS for instagram

– Located in Alta Pusteria, the green emerald lake is named the Pearl of the Dolomite Lakes for a reason. Listed as bathing but chilling, the lake invites the bravest to jump in and admire the massive Seekofel mountain at the same. The lake can be very crowded in the summer. The hike around the lake is very easy 5 km long with many picnic places.

Parking for Lake Braies: St.Veit, 27, 39030 Braies BZ, Italy

There are several famous mountain peeks visible from the lake.

You cannot go wrong when taking pictures of this iconic place. There are boats for rent if you wish different perspective of the lake or picnic on the boat. You can even hire professional photographers for €150 to provide you with the instagram shoots.

Lago Di Braies DOLOMITES: ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS

lake Misurina, the iconic stop on the road

Lake Misurina is easy to reach and you can take the stunning pictures literally from your car. No walking required. It is located on the road SP49 leading to the lake Sorapis. Lake Misurina is the largest natural lake of the Cadore and it is 1,754 m above sea level, near Auronzo di Cadore. The lake’s perimeter is 2.6 km long, while the maximum depth is 5 m. Near the lake there are about ten hotels with accommodation for around 500 people. It is very touristy and might be crowded at the high season but the backdrop of the mountains reflecting in the lake is amazing.

Lago Di Misurina DOLOMITES: ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS

Lake Carezza the iconic fairytale lake

 – Located 30 min drive from Bolzano. The lake is true gem reflecting shades of blue and emerald green. It’s easy to reach with large paid parking and the rest stop, just google Lago Di Carezza. The lake is rather small: 300 m long and 140 m wide at an altitude of 1520 m. The stroll around the lake is 2 km with many places to rest and enjoy the amazing games of colours. There are more hiking trails leading to the lake if you are up to the exercise. The lake has beautiful panorama of massive mountain ranges in the background. You can easily catch the mountain reflection in the water.

Lago Di Carezza is the fairytale lake of Dolomites, known in Ladin language as the rainbow lake due to changing colours. There is a myth of beautiful water nymph living here.

Today the lake is one of the classic tourist destinations of the Trentino-Alto Adige. In the winter, it is visited by divers who record documentaries of the colors of the underground waters.

The images above are without filters. Below you can see my best shot for the fairytale lake with filters applied.

Lago Di Carezza DOLOMITES: ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS

Awe inspiring peaks – easy hikes at the iconic places

As impressive as those lakes are, the towering peaks of Dolomites are here to steal the show. The mountain range boasts dozens of peaks that are over 3,000 meters high. Dominating the Alpine skyline, these three peaks will enhance you in a very special way.

The long peak Sassolungo

The SaslonchSassolungo or Langkofel (Ladin: Saslonch; Italian: Sassolungo; German: Langkofel) (3,181m) is the highest mountain of the Langkofel Group in the Dolomites in South Tyrol, Italy. The name translates to “long peak” / “long rock” in all three languages. It stands over the Ladin community of Val Gardena.

You can either get distant panoramic view by taking the cable car from Ortisei or drive closer to the Sella pass at 2218.

The address for Sella pass: Sella Pass, 39048 Sëlva, South Tyrol, Italy.

DOLOMITES: ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS

The drive crossings Sella pass is absolute must when you are in the area. The scenery is breathtaking! You only need the weather to cooperate 😉 to create the best DOLOMITES: ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS in this location. And 30 min later you can reach the fairytale lake Carezza.

DOLOMITES: ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS
The rescue mission in action
DOLOMITES: ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS
DOLOMITES: ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS

Tre Crime di Lavaredo DOLOMITES ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS

– The iconic Three Peaks of Lavaredo are the most recognized peaks in all of Dolomites. Three striking battlement-like peaks once formed a border between Italy and Austria, while today they form an unforgettable memory.

Just when you find the blue sky too boring. The Tre Crime picture is dramatically modified by changing sky to the night time as an example of what’s possible with the right app. The app is called Quickshot.

You can drive to the peaks and park the car very close by but that will cost you €30. The hike around the Tre Crime takes 4 hours, so plan a day trip.

The parking location on google maps: Tre Cime Rifugio Auronzo, 32041, 32041 Auronzo di Cadore BL, Italy.

Prato Piaza DOLOMITES ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS

The great scenery and easy walk at the altitude of 2000 m is at Pratto Piazza. It will cost you €8 to drive the last 5km but the view is worth it. If you follow the trail with further elevation of 400m you can see Tre Crimes from the distance.

The parking address: 39030 Prato Piazza South Tyrol, Italy.

DOLOMITES: ICONIC PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS

Val di Funes – St Maddalena

One more spot which I miss in my travels but definitely worth visiting is Location: Val Di Funes – Santa Maddalena View. The shot below is not from iPhone: the really fairy tale-like picture is taken with zoom lens by Jessica.

Photography in the Dolomites can be challenging as the light changes year round. The hardest part is definitely finding these locations, so we wanted to share a guide to not only capturing these incredible places but how to get to them too. Follow the link to learn more.

picture from www.bontraveler.com

Useful apps for photo editing

👍The most useful and completely free is Snapseed. About 30+ tools available at your fingertip in one single app! I have not used them all yet but my favourite is the perspective change particularly useful when taking building pictures with the phone.

👍The next one is Quickshot, the one where you can change the sky and select many filters, primers and add effects. The “magic” button is very handy just to enhance the colours and the resolution.

👍Retouch I use to remove small imperfections like electric wires for example.

👍FaceApp is really great when you wish to look fresh on the top of mountain after a hard hike: your face is sweaty and hair a mess. That can easily be fixed with FaceApp. You can also apply makeup or add a beard 😉. Click for some examples .

👍And of course the Lightroom which requires more advance learning and you can also purchase filter presets from great photographers.

The fabulous road trip itinerary accros Tuscany

Inspirational road trip itinerary across Tuscany for the scenic drives.

Taking epic pictures right from the car? Scenic drive through the countryside? Vineyards, thermal springs, UNESCO World Heritage? Look no further than Tuscany.

Plan vs reality

I had very precise road trip itinerary planned across Tuscany. How difficult can it be to follow the plan? However I made the plan while I have never been in Tuscany before. Overwhelmed with the beauty of nature I could not resist changing the driving directions. I also learned about new places from fellow travellers. And I spotted signs while driving. Here I am – driving back and forth instead of following the plan.

The main deviation from the plan was. A: I did not drive to Adriatic coast as I was desperate to the iconic beauty of Tuscany. B: skipping thePortoferraio island. C: adding Cinque Terre national park.

For the next time I would go directly to Luxor Chianti Village Camping. It is conveniently located next to Siena offering easy drive to all directions. Is is worth staying longer to explore the villages of Val d’Orca. The picture on the right is the real drive with the green star for Luxor Chianti.

The historical charm

Bassano del Grappa was the starting point where the preserved medieval charm with a striking mountain backdrop simply lures you in to stay.
Dating all the way back to the year of 998 and fast-forward to the 16th century, a small town became known for its flourishing industry, especially ceramic works grappa (the strong Italian aperitif) and today it is most recognizable for its symbol – the old & soulful medieval bridge spanning over the river Brenta.
Whether it’s those little piazzas, that crisp mountain air or lovely churches with ancient castles and intriguing museums, staying in Bassano del Grappa will be your authentic and unforgettable experience and a perfect way to kickstart the around Tuscany road trip exploring vineyards and beaches .

Adriatic coast beach road

Stops 1&2 , (see the map at the end) covering 235 km – just enough for a day’s drive.

From one idyllic coast to the other, in one road trip with no hassle at all. Italy is one of the few of those unique countries that can offer that. We start off by riding along the northernmost arm of the Mediterranean Sea, the turquoise and beautiful Adriatic Sea.
First, we pass through and stop to admire Delta Po for a while, one of the largest wetland areas in the continent. Not only its where nature and people live side by side, but it is also home to more than 400 species of birds. A true paradise for nature lovers!
The road trip continues with driving close to the shore until we reach a lively and vibrant area of Lido di Savio, lined up with restaurants, camping sites, and hotels. A perfect place to finally unpack that tent!

Two days in the fabulous Tuscany vineyards

The next destination is only 200 km from the Adriatic cost. The two days break in itinerary. Absolutely worth of spending two days (stops 3&4) relaxing in the beautiful scenery, flying drone and tasting wine🍷 .

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One cannot claim being in Tuscany without visiting the famous wine tasting venues . It is now becoming a well oiled industry and extra marketing channel for small local vineyards. It is very nice to listen to the history and old legends while sipping wine.

I visited Villa Trasqua which is continently located 400 m from the Luxor Chianti Camping Village offering vine tasting tours. Villa Trasqua is not merely a wine, but a experience that takes root in the heart of Tuscany. Its proximity to the confines of the Chianti Classico, has enabled the Estate to unite the traditions of this ancient territory with the innovation of a more worldly outlook since more than fifty years. Book your tour in advance by calling the winery.

Luxor Chianti Camping Village

Luxor Chianti Village is the solution for your Camping in Tuscany. It is located near the top attractions including Florence, Siena, Chianti and local villages. Easy drive  to Siena. 400 meters till the wine tasting- what else can you wish for.

The 95 pitches, ranging from 60 to 100 square meters, ideal for camping in tents, campers and caravans. The campsite extends over medium-sized grounds bordered by oak trees that characterize the forest. Not all pitches has electricity but you can plug in your devices in the utility building or ask bar/ reception to charge your unit. The WiFi is at the restaurant area but I could not get it working at a reliable download speed. The utilities are in excellent condition, free showers and free access to pool with extra charge for washing machine.

Excellent campsite, enough trees and shade, clean facilities. I loved evenings in the restaurant next to swimming pool. The pool itself was big enough to accommodate all holiday lovers.

Cascate del Mulino

Only 127 km away the thermal springs are waiting, I hope for a cool weather to relax in the naturally warm water …

Just a few kilometers away from a small village Saturnia, natural and heaven-like waters spring to life. The stream rushes down to create thermal waterfalls that are cherished and admired by both locals and visitors.
Rich in Sulphur and other minerals the water comes from an underground source. There is nothing quite like enjoying a truly natural and healing phenomenon that warms your body and soul. To make it even better, the place is accessible at all the times and free of charge!
And to add the cherry on top, how about that Old Mill, perched just above the waters? All surrounded by the green lush with mountainous landscape as a backdrop to all of this? Wow!

The Cascate del Mulino (in the photograph aboveThe composition of the deposits, from the scientific point of view, are composed of “a sulphurous-carbonic, sulphate-bicarbonate-alkaline mineral water, and includes among its peculiarities the presence of two dissolved gases such as hydrogen sulphide and carbon dioxide“. The thermal waters have a temperature of 37.5 °C and therapeutic and relaxing properties.) are probably the most famous natural springs in Tuscany. The waterfalls are made of several natural pools of warm thermal water, as well as a relaxing waterfall. They are open to the public and free throughout the entire year.


Terme di Saturnia SPA & Golf Resort

The Saturnia spring origin is located in the Terme di Saturnia SPA resort. The SPA is absolutely amazing place! The luxury built around the origin of Saturnia thermal spring. The outdoor pool has a natural bottom that is 3,5m deep. There are air bubbles slowly coming to the surface along with the spring water gently tickling you 🤗 
There is also some debris floating around that apparently is good for you as people are rubbing the stuff in the skin🤣

I would highly recommend to indulge yourself with the well being even for the short period of time if the itinerary does not allow to settle. The best time for visiting is late autumn or early spring when one can benefit from cold, crispy air and the warms of the water bubling up from the depth of Earth.

Portoferraio 2 Nights break from the around Tuscany road trip

Here we go – another excitement the stop 6 after 171 km and a shot ferry ride

As vineyards and thermal waterfalls fade away in a rearview mirror the road trip is progressing. As lovely as those places were, something lovely is coming up on the horizon and it is only right that we dedicate 3 beautiful days and 2 peaceful nights in the island of Elbo, and its biggest city – the historic Portoferraio.
The former exile of Napoleon has truly a lot to offer, especially for nature enthusiasts and active travelers. Anything from exploring small picturesque villages, strong fortresses and intriguing museums to hiking up the mountains. Spending time in some of the finest beaches or even diving to discover shipwrecks. You name it!
Founded in 1548, the town of Portoferraio itself offers a diverse choice of accommodations. But there’s nothing quite like those buildings perched on steep slopes while surrounded by mountains and the sea. Island of Elbo is truly a diamond in a rough, just one step off the coast of Tuscany!

Cecina the next road trip itinerary across Tuscany

Can you feel the gentle breeze already? We are closing into the long-awaited coastline of Ligurian Sea.

From the first glance, Cecina might seem like a small and quite simple coastal town. In reality, it’s a treasure chest worth millions, waiting to be discovered!
Where waves rise and fall, you will find golden sand beaches surrounded by a centuries-old pine forest. The beautiful trails that invite for a fantastic outdoor recreation, whether it’s hiking, biking or horseback riding. Take your preference and discover great diversity in vegetation and wildlife together.
And to wrap it all up for nature lovers, there are campsites to pitch your tent and sleep under the stars!
It’s also an ancient land. The history goes so far back, even to the Neolithic period. There are of archeological sites, exhibitions, artefacts and ruins with roots digging deep into our world’s past.

Pizza – cannot plan the road trip itinerary across Tuscany without it

After unlocking as much treasure from Cecina as possible during our stop there, we continue onwards to our next pass-through stop, the city of Pisa. Sounds familiar?
If you have a chance to visit the iconic city and even more legendary leaning tower of Pisa, you take it! The city is must see as it hosts an unmatched sightseeing experience with history and timeless architecture. Charming rivers and mountains are present in the distance providing beautiful views.

To wrap it all up, head up to climb the famous tower that just keeps on leaning to catch some premiere vistas of the city and take the mandatory selfie 😄


Appennino Tosco-Emiliano National Park as the last stop for the road trip itinerary across Tuscany

255 km and two sightseeing stops will be busy day, a quiet evening in with two days of wilderness adventure ahead to conclude my vacation

Nature-lovers rejoice! Another jewel is on the way. A big one, in fact, taking over more than 26,000 hectares together with some of the highest peaks in the region and unique flora and fauna that thrive in these high mountain areas.
The glacier craters are sparkling with pristine lakes and wild rivers run through striking valleys. This UNESCO Biosphere Reserve breathes life with wolves roaming through rare orchids and golden eagles flying above looking down on plants and bushes that date back to the glacial era.
It presents an extraordinary chance to wake your inner adventurer up and venture out, whether it’s hiking or biking! The park is also equipped with an extensive variety of choices for accommodations, including various campgrounds, mountain huts, and even hotels. Find your peace here, in the vastness of pure nature.

As much as the wild and breathing natural surroundings invite and tempts us for wild camping overnight to get even closer to nature, unfortunately, it is illegal in Italy.
The vast area of the park hosts multiple campsites that are just as wild and close to nature as it can be, with some of them providing mountains views of a lifetime.

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Count the stars, reflect on the beautiful trip or maybe even start visualizing the next one.
End of the road trip itinerary across Tuscany

Goodnight!

Quality reads about Tuscany road trip itinerary

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The best infinity pool in Tuscany, look no further

The first impression

The roads are getting smaller and smaller. It is unpaved road now. The clouds of dust does not indicate approaching one of the most exclusive resort in Tuscany. The last turn and the reception building emerges with the car park hidden on the slope of the steep hill. Not long now. The good vibes of tranquility and relaxation takes over and wraps you in the sense of well-being as soon as you enter the reception of Castiglion del Bosco. The village is perhaps the best preserved estate in Tuscany. The best infinity pool in Tuscany certainly belongs here and is striking with the discreet elegance and timeless charm not to mention the view.

Gigantic cypress trees are guarding the entrance and shading the place from the outside world. The peaceful tranquility is by large the result of keeping the cars outside. No engine noise belongs to Castiglion del Bosco.

The size that matters

The 4.000 acres or 16 square kilometres is what makes the place unique. The outdoor space is like extension of your suite or villa providing manicured gardens, golf course and wilderness at your fingertips.

The village is self contained with restaurants, several bars, swimming pools, SPA and garden. The small picturesque villages of Val d’Orcia is in short reach when you just had enough of relaxation

The tranquility of the infinity pool

There are several pools at the disposal of villas. The most fabulous is the main infinity pool which is the most tranquil pool across all Tuscany.
The tranquility and relaxation in the turquoise blue water with the magnificent view over Val d’Orcia. The fence of wild lavenders is guarding the swimming pool. The picture of the pool was what attracted me in the fist place. I had to make the dream reality to stop the tranquil image of the pool hunting me.

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The SPA

The SPA and golf course goes hand in hand as guest entertainment. I am not a golf fan. The SPA however exceeded all my expectations. They have thought of everything. Interior, dressing rooms, toiletries, bathrobe and slippers of was the top quality. The personnel was very attentive, discreet and highly skilled. The massage was heaven on the earth. The rest was offered in the intimate relaxation area with two saunas and day beds after the massage.

The lost hat

I have to prise all Castiglion del Bosco personnel. They went beyond their direct responsibilities. The sudden breeze blowed away my beloved Saks Fifth Avenue straw hat. The hat was brought back to me from the steep slope just when I started to plan the shopping trip to replace it.

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External links

The historical fact: Massimo Ferragamo, who runs the U.S. operations of his family’s fashion empire, and his wife, Chiara, bought the 12th-century hilltop village and surrounding 4,000 acres a decade ago and opened it to guests in 2010. 

 Castiglion del Bosco belongs to Rosewood hotel family and is true masterpiece of the discrete elegance. I barely left and I am looking forward to my next visit already.

Castiglion del Bosco is part of the comune of Montalcino in the province of SienaItaly, within the Val d’Orcia nature reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Wikipedia.

More about jaw dropping pools and thermal springs you can find in my recent blogs:

The best thermal SPA in Switzerland, Italy and Austria Alps

The trip San Pellegrino – Aqua Dome starts from Bergamo airport with the duration of 600 km lasting 8 hours 45min without stops. However life is for living, hence the 4 stops to experience the beauty of nature and indulge in the best thermal SPA retreats in the Switzerland, Italy and Austria Alps.

Stop 1: San Pellegrino thermal water

30 km and 40 min from Bergamo airport and you are in San Pellegrino to enjoy a thermal bath in the world’s most famous water.

An avenue of fragrant lime trees, the ancient mescite room and a designer facade are just some of the highlights of a building that is a true monument to water. TheThe wellness pathway is structured throughout two separate buildings with over thirty spa practices including panoramic tubs, sensorial tubs, waterfalls, Kneipp therapy, Vichy showers, saunas, steam baths and a solarium garden. “Vita” spring gives us thermal waters rich in bicarbonate sulphate, calcium, and magnesium flowing pure and uncontaminated through layers of rock, from which the water erodes precious mineral salts.

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Restored frescoes, colonnades and early twentieth century ceilings merge with modern architecture.

Stop 2: Overnight in Locarno & Thermal SPA Salini in the Switzerland 

Locarno is 141km and 2hr 25 min drive away from San Pellegrino 

Locarno is an Italian-speaking resort city in southern Switzerland, on Lake Maggiore at the base of the Alps. It’s known for its sunny climate. Founded in the 12th century, the old town’s Castello Visconteo houses the Museo Civico, which showcases Roman antiquities. 

Locarno’s historical funicular is your most confortable and romantic option to visit the Sacro Monte Madonna del Sasso and the starting point for mesmerizing excursions into the hilly mountains of Locarno.

Salini & Thermal Spa Locarno Switzerland

An oasis of peace and rest that offers all the rituals for true relaxation. The Termali Salini & Spa wellness centre is one of the best thermal SPA in Switzerland Alps. Adjacent to the Lido of Locarno, the Thermal SPA boasts a remarkably wide offering of saunas and thermal spring water swimming pools.

The building which is home to the “Termali Salini & Spa” centre, designed in the studio of Moro&Moro, is of great architectural quality and its transparency mirrors the beautiful surrounding landscape. It’s the place where architecture and beautiful landscape compliments each other.

Stop 3: Hotel 7132: the masterpiece inspiring senses

After driving 154 km, 2 hr 25 min you arrive at the tiny village Vals in the Swiss Alps. And you don’t come here to ski. You’ll find a wonderland for design buffs. 

The impressive architecture! The ancient beauty of the mountains all around! It all comes together for a total relaxation to switch off from the daily hustle. This design masterpiece is build around thermal spring water offering pools and saunas to treat your soul and body. It is certainly the best designed thermal SPA in the Switzerland Alps.

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The Grisons architect Peter Zumthor didn’t just build the thermal baths – he created a masterpiece out of 60,000 quartzite slabs. A homage to Vals and the archaic natural setting of the 7132 Hotel. An architectural milestone that was classified as a listed building shortly after completion. Having won national and international awards, the thermal baths attract those in search of relaxation as well as architecture enthusiasts from all over the world.

The prices in Hotel 7132 starts from €600 per night. However, there is another architectural pearl – the house of Architects. The four top architects – Thom Mayne (Morphosis), Tadao AndoKengo Kuma and Peter Zumthor – have been tapped to contribute the designs. The House of Architects features a lobby and entrance designed by Morphosis Architects. And 7 different room designs are centered around a single material. The price in the house of Architects starts from €360 with access to SPA (€76) inclusive.

Stop 4: Aqua Dome the thermal SPA water jewel of the Austria Alps

In 3 hours, 239km and lunch in Liechtenstein, you can reach the final destination of the journey Aqua Dome.

As far back as the 16th century, the area was known for its healing springs. Today, the Aqua Dome uses the rediscovered healing thermal spring water for your healthy relaxation. Aqua Dome might compete for the title of the largest thermal SPA in the Alps.

According to chemical analyses, the water that flows from deep inside the earth is a sulfur spring with a divalent sulfur content of 5 mg S–/l. It is legally recognized mineral spring. With the speed of 3 to 4 liters per second, the water bubbles up to the surface. Wonderfully warm and pure, right into our thermal baths. Feel the strength of the springs!

The Aqua Dome 4* hotel offers accommodation from €288 with breakfast and dinner on Sunday nights. The thermal spa & sauna are open until midnight on every Friday ! Enjoy the moonlight buffet and prosecco in the thermal bath restaurant Einkehr from €9.80 pp.

12 pools and 7 saunas will fill your day with tranquility. There are also wide variety of SPA and beauty treatments available.

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The perfect end of the trip: DELUXE SPA EVENING
Treat yourself with the entire offer of the AQUA DOME on the exquisite deluxe spa evening. The exclusive atmosphere in the thermal spa area and sauna area as well invites to relax and regenerate.
The grand journey across the Alps: 600 km Italy, Swiss, Liechtenstein and Austria.

Swiss SPA BREAK: Swimming under the stars

Swimming under the stars with the close proximity of civilisation that’s what Swiss SPA break is about.

Panorama Resort & SPA Feusisberg is conveniently located next to Autostrada #3 overlooking Zürichsee with the dramatic peaks of the Alps fading in the very far distance. It’s on your way, it’s centrally located and it’s easy to incorporate in your route when passing by. I tend to stop there when driving between France and Italy to relax in the pool and saunas. Take the motorway Zürich-Chur, exit Wollerau, direction Schindellegi/Feusisberg (takes 50 minutes from Zurich Airport).

The wellness area is amazing. There are many saunas & steam baths with a whirlpool in the centre surrounded by relaxation areas. The swimming pool is large enough for serious laps either inside or outside. I love the jets and bubbles to give my joints and back an extra underwater massage. The outside part of the pool has an amazing view of Zürichsee.

The generous Akari Spa provides a world of wellbeing with beautiful views of the Lake of Zurich. Spread over two floors with a total area of more than 2000 m2, numerous baths, whirlpools, saunas, steam baths, massage and cosmetic treatments await you.

The pool opening hours are 6am till 10pm giving you the opportunity to relax regardless of your arrival time. There is a snack bar with tea and coffee served next to the SPA reception, and you can head there directly after you check in.

One cannot wish for more when on the road. The aching back and shoulders can be soothed by a professional massage before you hit the road again. The two restaurants give you a fabulous choice of dishes without leaving the hotel.

Breakfast with view and bubbles, what a way to start the day!

The Sky bar is a definite highlight of the evening. Friendly staff, lively music and oriental interior makes you forget the outside world. An oasis to relax for a night or longer stay, the choice is yours.

More about information SPA in Switzerland HERE.

Awesome gadgets to include in the road trip checklist

Nothing gives a stronger sense of freedom than fun and adventurous road trip. I always want things to go as smooth as possible, but for that, preparation is required. The new technology provides awesome gadgets to be included in the road trip checklist so that your adventure can go a long way and be much more enjoyable. Check out this road trip checklist with the essentials items that can help in many ways. Make the trip more comfortable, safe, and enjoyable. Stay ready, stay sharp! For the tent buying guide, check out the link here.

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✅ Traveling after dark with Sun power

Sun powered inflatable light, note – there is no batteries. Will not work without sun charging. Luci is original brand of inflatable solar light, there are many cheaper products but I love the simplicity and reliability of Luci product.

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✅ Coleman 360

How about something really cool: Coleman Led lantern is also a Bluetooth speaker, rechargeable and works with batteries.

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Torch and headlights

Stay sharp after sunset, light up your tent and simply have an ability to move around in the darkness. The flashlight, torch or headlights have an unmatched value as an item during road trips and other activities you might engage during your journey.

You can find the independent research of the best headlamps in the Clever Hiker blog.

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It might seem like a useless item at first, but the more you will travel the more you will realize why flashlight made up this list as the camping survival gadget! Don’t use the phone flashlight – that will drain the battery. Use the phone as communication mean while in wilderness.

While headlamps are becoming more and more popular as time goes, folks are still purchasing flashlights in almost record numbers – taking advantage of advanced LED technology to guarantee that they aren’t ever left alone in the dark.” The most popular torch review on Bright Ideas.

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Taking advantage of C4 LED technology, this model is impervious to shock related damage. The head has an anti-roll mechanism, which prevents the flashlight from rolling away when you put it down. The IPX4 water-resistant rating means it is waterproof up to two meters.

✅ A New Age of Wireless Speakers

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Sand Stone . Finally a portable speaker that offers balanced sound, customisable EQ and a compact enough size. The B&O offers an app which can be used to adjust the sound to your liking. Battery is not that great but decent for the size . I take the speaker everywhere I go (I travel with work a lot) and it keeps me company. It can go loud without distorting. It is loud enough to entertain a group of people in a small living room

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✅ Sunscreen

Young or old, we simply have to take care of our skin at all times. And I’m pretty sure that chances of your road trip to be full of the sun is as high as the sun itself.

Whether you plan to climb high peaks, go sunbathing in beaches, camp under the trees or hike across countryside roads, sunscreen will come in very helpful at all situations. Don’t forget to add to your road trip checklist gadgets.

✅ Power Bank

Today, our phones are just as multi-functional as those swiss army knives. They show us the way, capture the best moments, allows us to stay in touch with people and beyond. With that many aspects, comes great responsibility for your phone’s battery to keep up.

Help the battery out by packing in a portable charger, and stay in the right direction without losing the signal at the most important moments!

800 Hiluckey Solar Charger 25000mAh Portable Charger Waterproof Power Bank with 4 Solar Panels for iphone, ipad, Samsung, Smartphones and More

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✅ Alternative power

How about charging phone while making a cup of tee? BioLite CampStove 2 Wood Burning and USB Charging Camping Stove is awesome invention! . Burning only wood, the CampStove 2’s fan creates a smokeless fire that can cook meals and boil water in minutes while turning its heat into usable electricity. Boils 1L of water in 4.5 minutes

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✅ Washing clothes

With the worlds smallest washing machine I could save €5 for each washing cycle using camping utilities, no queuing, any time, any place.

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✅ Organised campsite

Avoid mess in the campsite and keep belongings organised with this simple helper. Either stretch it outside between the trees or inside the tent.

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✅ Outdoors robe/jacket

Red Paddle changing coat/jacket is my most valuable investment to start and end the day when walking to the campsite communal showers. It’s great to cuddle in at the campfire. Shield yourself from the elements with the jacket, a robe designed with outdoor adventures in mind. The outline is waterproof with super soft moisture wicking fur lining – pulls water away from skin, drying you effectively and keeping you super warm . The definite thing needed for camping trip!

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✅ Portable shower

If you camp in wilderness outside of civilisation and utilities are not available, take with you the portable 20 L solar powered shower bag.

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✅ Privacy shelter

When you travel with tent that is not full height either pop-up tent or stingray, the privacy shelter comes very handy. You can use it to change the clothes, hang and dry the clothes, for improvised shower room or even toilet. Or just an extra storage place.

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✅ For coffee lowers

I never travel without my espresso maker, mornings have a different flavor with hot coffee. Minipresso has been designed to be the smallest, lightest and most versatile handheld espresso machine.  Minipresso is hand operated, no battery, no electric power need

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✅ Cooking gear

I do not cook, but many people do. Make sure you camp with someone who knows how to use the kit. All-in-one 24pc kitchen set includes all utensils needed for any gourmet expedition

✅ Onja Stove – Primus

Thanks to the carrying strap the stove is easy to bring along and functions just as well on the city excursion to the park as on the weekend trip with the kayak. When extended the body becomes a stable cooking unit that also protects the burners from the wind. The top is covered with an oak lid that doubles as a cutting board or as a plate to serve food on. Powered by Primus 100 g, 230 g or 450 g canister gas. There is also a Duo valve version that fits most gas cartridges with a valve on the market, perfect for those who bring the stove with them when travelling.

✅ Inflatable Lounger

Perfect invention, lightweight and easy self-inflatable with swift breeze, no pump needed. Can be used when camping, in a pool or on a beach. Happy lounging!

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✅ Folding washing basin

The basin holds 8,5L and is useful when cooking or cleaning the dishes. Or for washings kids 🙂

✅ Gotenna Mesh antena

Meet the sleek, lightweight device that pairs with your smartphone, and keeps your group connected when venturing off grid.

  • Send text & GPS locations without cell or wifi
  • Works with any iOS or Android smartphone
  • Typically up to 4 miles point-to-point range
  • Mesh-networking enabled to privately relay messages
  • Micro USB charging cables included
  • 1-year limited warranty
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✅ Mosquito repellent

Let’s face it, as much as we love nature, bugs are simply not fun and sometimes borderline annoying! Whether it is that one fly that simply refuses to abandon either your car or a tent or group of hungry mosquitos chasing you down on your hike, bug spray is that one essential you want to not forget during your road trip!

The high tech mosquito repellent is excellent choice. Thermacell uses heat to activate a proven repellent system. A tiny amount of repellent creates a 20-square-meter “Zone of Protection” area around the user. In this way, mosquitoes and midges are stopped in flight instead of on one’s skin, so Thermacell reduces both bites and the annoyance of buzzing mosquitoes and midges. Thermacell products are highly effective and have earned the respect and trust of outdoor experts around the world. More information from producer.

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✅ Sunglasses with HD recorder

HD video sunglasses are perfect to capture a SnapChat moment while you are busy with driving, climbing, rowing, etc… Exporting the footage in different formats to your phone and then the Internet is available. The footage isn’t great but definitely acceptable for a tiny camera on your face.

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✅ Filter Water Bottle

This item removes 99.9% of bacteria and parasites and also softens the water and removes odor. You have to use your mouth to suck the water through the filter as you drink, so you can’t fill a cup, but the bottle holds plenty of volume to fill the equivalent of a cup obviously.  I am not going hiking that often but I do have my water bottle with me every day, and especially when I am Nordic Walking or Jogging. You never know when you can run out of water and you do not want to carry too much. The bottle is essential addition to the road trip checklist gadgets.

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✅ Smartphone Touchscreen Gloves

Isn’t that annoying when you have take off the gloves to operate your phone? There is solution for the outdoor hiking, biking, climbing, gardening etc glows

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✅ The HEAT company Insole Foot Warmers

Self adhesive – Ideal for ski boots. 7 hours life, instant heat. I use them for spending time outdoors with children or dog walking.

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Gopro and accessories

Ever wonder how people get those incredible split shots in the water?  The dome port is required if you want to capture half half images above and under water plus improve your camera underwater shots with wide angle. Take your photography to the next level with this underwater Go Pro accessory. Of course you need to have Gopro Hero 7/6/5/2018 as well.

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✅ Swiss Army Knife

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Once you embark on the journey, be it a quick weekend affair or a summer road trip, you never know what you will encounter. And this is where one of the most essential of the essentials comes in, the unbeatable swiss army knife! The road trip checklist gadgets would not be complete without.

Equipped with 12 functions such as bottle opener, screwdriver and many more, it will aid you at almost any situation you can come across in on your road trip. Swiss Army Knife is simply a must!

✅ All in one pack

Tired of nitpicking essentials? The kit below has most of it, so they claim. Practical survival tools and protective equipment – only practical, personalized customized emergency survival tools, multi-function knife, emergency blanket, silver whistle, compass, keychain light, fire starter, velvet, wire saw, Tactical flashlight (without AA batteries), object buckle, Paracord Bracelet, to meet your outdoor adventure hobbies and needs.

✅ First Aid Kit

Swiss Army knife may give you the functionality and bug spray will keep you comfortable, but safety one of another camping survival gadgets function.

You have to be ready for everything because during the road trip anything can happen. And maybe it is just a little bruise after all, but to avoid infection and stay safe, first aid kit will come in handy for sure as well as for many other instances!

If you go off-trail, take the first aid kit designed for serious outdoor adventures. The Light and Dry Nano is ideal for trail running, cycling, adventure racing or even triathlon. Includes a compact and lightweight waterproof inner bag containing all the essential but basic items so you can keep going fast while remaining safe.

Kelly Kettle

Kelly Kettle is another road trip checklist gadget suggest by our reader and proven in action. Kelly Kettle is aluminium trekker holding 20 fl oz of water that you can boil using sticks and dry grass.

Back to the easy camping road trip checklist.

Can you recommend any other essential road trip checklist gadgets? Do not hesitate to share the links and reviews in the comments below.

10 the most amazing and UNIQUE TENTS

This is not a typical buying guide – I wrote the unique tents guide for myself when my tent broke down and I had to make the choice of what to buy next. But since technology has evolved a lot since my old tent was bought, I now have a difficult choice to make. I have listed the most amazing and unique tents available on (with affiliated links) just one mouse click away and the  tent is yours! Anyway, it can’t hurt to look, scroll down…  

I am truly fascinated by all new technologies when it comes to gadgets or any other object that can enhance our experience and now the time has come to upgrade my camping experience! The discovery of the new camping trends is earth shattering. I was overwhelmed first but by burning midnight oil and reading all available information I discovered some patterns how to make the choice easier.  I am sharing my insights and the new cutting edge technology overview. 

One can also pick up a cheap tent in supermarkets that will be fine for a couple of nights if you are not sure if camping is your “thing”. 

Since the technologies are developing fast – you might be surprised of the functionality and design provided by the modern tents. Not sure if camping is for you? Check the Easy camping road trip checklists LINK

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1️⃣ Classic cabin-like tents

Large family tents accommodating 6-8 people are very popular. Always buy a size bigger to count for the extra storage space . The plus side – you can afford the foldable cot or double high air mattress in the full size tent and you don’t need to crawl in. I am huge fan of Coleman tents and other products striking with quality and affordable price, see below.

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However when it comes to an innovation and jaw dropping technologies – keep scrolling, there is much for you to see.

2️⃣ Inflatable family size unique air beam tent

I am highly recommending a tent that is easy to put up and is also full height – allowing you to stand up inside it. The most practical solution is an inflatable tent with ample storage place.The Vango Odyssey tent is inflatable with the air beams replacing poles as the main difference. They are breeze to put up on your own, you don’t need second hands. The set up speed is very important when you travel with kids or when you have to put up the tent during rain. Inflatable tents holds really well in high winds, much better than pole tents. The downside is the rather high price.

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Find out more information about the advantages of the inflatable tents in the bog www.coolofthewild.com

3️⃣ Geodesic structure unique tents for adventures

The Heimplanet inflatable dome tent is my favorite. Brilliant design using the newest technology advantages and offering a quick set up thanks to a simple inflation procedure. It is very stable and windproof with a geodesic structure. Inflation erects the frame, inner tent and flysheet. Check before buying, you need to pick the right inner tent option for 3 or 4 seasons. The 4 season tent is more expensive.

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4️⃣ Off-ground stingray tents

OFF-GROUND TENT: The tent is far away from the ground and makes the stay more pleasant, so that you no longer feel the rain and the cold on the floor. The down side – you cannot stand up there and you would need a shelter or gazebo to secure comfortable outdoors space.

The most popular is tentsile tent, also called a stingray or tree tent. Tentsiles are suspended off the ground, using 3 trees as anchor points combining the comfort and versatility of a hammock with the security of a tent. Unlike traditional hammocks, our Tentsile Tree Tents and Hammocks are great for front, back and side sleepers as they don’t sag in the middle. You can buy two or three person tentsile tent. Check out www.tentsile.co.uk for more information.

Setting up the tentsile is really easy, if in doubt watch this YouTube video.

5️⃣ Off-ground cot tent

The cot tent is very popular for fishing trips. The downsize – you can hardly sit in there, cannot stand at all. The plus side – it is off the ground and easy to climb in and out. Not suitable for group of people or longer camping duration.

6️⃣ Hub design Gazelle tents

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Gazelle tents have unique Hub design set and comes fully-assembled with sets up and takes down in under 90 seconds. This tent is resistant to water and wind.  You can also use it in the kids play ground when not camping.

7️⃣ Travelling light in the wilderness

Travelling light – the pop-up tent is ideal. For the pop-up tents I am back to Coleman products. The Coleman lightweight tent is for when space really matters and if you are moving from one place to another every day.

I would suggest the bigger pop-up tent even when travelling alone. The pop-up tent unfolds automatically, folding it back takes some practice.

8️⃣ The most lightweight tent

The most lightweight tent for tracking, hiking or biking. Note – You must have a trekking pole to use with the tent. The teepee can resist strong wind if you correctly pitch it

9️⃣ The unique three element tent

I love paddle boarding and canoeing on the rivers but you cannot always find a camping place on the river bank. The floating tent is solution. The most revolutionary is Universe tent by Tentsile.

FROM TENTSILE WEBSITE:
Winner of The Manual & Men’s Journal Best in Show and The Gear Institute’s Gear of the Year, the Tentsile Universe 5-Person Tree Tent is the world’s most unique first Three-Element Tent. Please note – the water element is only for recreational purpose, it is not for sleeping.

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Tentsile Universe 5-Person Tree Tent is the world’s first Three-Element Tent. The tent can be pitched in the air, on the ground or even float on water. Press for the link.

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Oh no – I was so wrong. Apparently you can stand in the stingray tent! Truly amazing concept.

🔟 The unique floating tent

The DAMA floating inflatable tent does not seem so cool anymore after reviewing the Universe. However it is practical and comfortable without cutting edge technologies. It can hold against small waves without getting water inside, important if you wish to spend the night warm and dry.

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🔶 Things needed for camping trip – small essentials

Read the small essentials guide for camping gadgets just to double check if you packed everything before you leave home.

Things needed for camping trip

Red Paddle changing coat/jacket is my most valuable investment to start and end the day when walking to the campsite communal showers. Shield yourself from the elements with the jacket, a robe designed with outdoor adventures in mind. The outline is waterproof with super soft moisture wicking fur lining – pulls water away from skin, drying you effectively and keeping you super warm . The definite thing needed for a camping trip!

🔶 Festival gear for standing out

While searching for tents, I came up with a jazzy selection for festival gear from my favourite Coleman brand. The combination of black and red colours will make you stand out from the crowd. And you can always supplement the collection with other black or red items to maintain the cool look. The Dome tent in the centre is a full-stand tent which is also compact in size. It remains the most comfortable and popular tent in the Coleman range and has many great reviews. Unfortunately the black and red model is sold out.

Read more about Love Supreme Jazz festival in the festival survival guide.

tent Buying guide
Coleman festival collection

I hope the unique tents buying guide is making your tent selection easier and is inspiring you to plan the next trips. For camping trip ideas check out the fabulous road trip itinerary across Tuscany, Italy LINK

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Have a fun camping trip, enjoy!

Camping survival gadgets

Nothing gives stronger sense of freedom than fun and adventurous road trip. I always want things to go as smooth as possible, but for that a preparation is required. Camping survival gadgets can go a long way and make a trip much more enjoyable. Check out this road trip checklist with the essentials items that can help in many ways. Make the trip more comfortable, safe and enjoyable. Stay ready, stay sharp! For the tent buying guide check out the link here.

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✅ Traveling after dark with Sun power

Sun powered inflatable light, note – there is no batteries. Will not work without sun charging. Luci is original brand of inflatable solar light, there are many cheaper products but I love the simplicity and reliability of Luci product.

✅ Coleman 360

How about something really cool: Coleman Led lantern is also a Bluetooth speaker, rechargeable and works with batteries.

Torch and headlights

Stay sharp after sunset, light up your tent and simply have an ability to move around in the darkness. The flashlight, torch or headlights have an unmatched value as an item during road trips and other activities you might engage during your journey.

You can find the independent research of the best headlamps in the Clever Hiker blog.

It might seem like a useless item at first, but the more you will travel the more you will realize why flashlight made up this list as the camping survival gadget! Don’t use the phone flashlight – that will drain the battery. Use the phone as communication mean while in wilderness.

While headlamps are becoming more and more popular as time goes, folks are still purchasing flashlights in almost record numbers – taking advantage of advanced LED technology to guarantee that they aren’t ever left alone in the dark.” The most popular torch review on Bright Ideas.

Taking advantage of C4 LED technology, this model is impervious to shock related damage. The head has an anti-roll mechanism, which prevents the flashlight from rolling away when you put it down. The IPX4 water-resistant rating means it is waterproof up to two meters.

✅ A New Age of Wireless Speakers

Bang & Olufsen Beoplay P2 Portable Bluetooth Speaker with Built-In Microphone – Sand Stone . Finally a portable speaker that offers balanced sound, customisable EQ and a compact enough size. The B&O offers an app which can be used to adjust the sound to your liking. Battery is not that great but decent for the size . I take the speaker everywhere I go (I travel with work a lot) and it keeps me company. It can go loud without distorting. It is loud enough to entertain a group of people in a small living room

✅ Sunscreen

Young or old, we simply have to take care of our skin at all times. And I’m pretty sure that chances of your road trip to be full of the sun is as high as the sun itself.

Whether you plan to climb high peaks, go sunbathing in beaches, camp under the trees or hike across countryside roads, sunscreen will come in very helpful at all situations.

✅ Power Bank

Today, our phones are just as multi-functional as those swiss army knives. They show us the way, capture the best moments, allows us to stay in touch with people and beyond. With that many aspects, comes great responsibility for your phone’s battery to keep up.

Help the battery out by packing in a portable charger, and stay in the right direction without losing the signal at the most important moments!

800 Hiluckey Solar Charger 25000mAh Portable Charger Waterproof Power Bank with 4 Solar Panels for iphone, ipad, Samsung, Smartphones and More

✅ Alternative power

How about charging phone while making a cup of tee? Burning only wood, the CampStove 2’s fan creates a smokeless fire that can cook meals and boil water in minutes while turning its heat into usable electricity. Boils 1L of water in 4.5 minutes

✅ Washing clothes

With the worlds smallest washing machine I could save €5 for each washing cycle using camping utilities, no queuing, any time, any place.

✅ Organised campsite

Avoid mess in the campsite and keep belongings organised with this simple helper. Either stretch it outside between the trees or inside the tent.

✅ Outdoors robe/jacket

Red Paddle changing coat/jacket is my most valuable investment to start and end the day when walking to the campsite communal showers. It’s great to cuddle in at the campfire. Shield yourself from the elements with the jacket, a robe designed with outdoor adventures in mind. The outline is waterproof with super soft moisture wicking fur lining – pulls water away from skin, drying you effectively and keeping you super warm . The definite thing needed for camping trip!

✅ Portable shower

If you camp in wilderness outside of civilisation and utilities are not available, take with you the portable 20 L solar powered shower bag.

✅ Privacy shelter

When you travel with tent that is not full height either pop-up tent or stingray, the privacy shelter comes very handy. You can use it to change the clothes, hang and dry the clothes, for improvised shower room or even toilet. Or just an extra storage place.

✅ For coffee lowers

I never travel without my espresso maker, mornings have a different flavor with hot coffee. Minipresso has been designed to be the smallest, lightest and most versatile handheld espresso machine.  Minipresso is hand operated, no battery, no electric power need

✅ Cooking gear

I do not cook, but many people do. Make sure you camp with someone who knows how to use the kit. All-in-one 24pc kitchen set includes all utensils needed for any gourmet expedition

✅ Onja Stove – Primus

Thanks to the carrying strap the stove is easy to bring along and functions just as well on the city excursion to the park as on the weekend trip with the kayak. When extended the body becomes a stable cooking unit that also protects the burners from the wind. The top is covered with an oak lid that doubles as a cutting board or as a plate to serve food on. Powered by Primus 100 g, 230 g or 450 g canister gas. There is also a Duo valve version that fits most gas cartridges with a valve on the market, perfect for those who bring the stove with them when travelling.

✅ Inflatable Lounger

Perfect invention, lightweight and easy self-inflatable with swift breeze, no pump needed. Can be used when camping, in a pool or on a beach. Happy lounging!

✅ Folding washing basin

The basin holds 8,5L and is useful when cooking or cleaning the dishes. Or for washings kids 🙂

✅ Gotenna Mesh antena

Meet the sleek, lightweight device that pairs with your smartphone, and keeps your group connected when venturing off grid.

  • Send text & GPS locations without cell or wifi
  • Works with any iOS or Android smartphone
  • Typically up to 4 miles point-to-point range
  • Mesh-networking enabled to privately relay messages
  • Micro USB charging cables included
  • 1-year limited warranty

✅ Mosquito repellent

Let’s face it, as much as we love nature, bugs are simply not fun and sometimes borderline annoying! Whether it is that one fly that simply refuses to abandon either your car or a tent or group of hungry mosquitos chasing you down on your hike, bug spray is that one essential you want to not forget during your road trip!

The high tech mosquito repellent is excellent choice. Thermacell uses heat to activate a proven repellent system. A tiny amount of repellent creates a 20-square-meter “Zone of Protection” area around the user. In this way, mosquitoes and midges are stopped in flight instead of on one’s skin, so Thermacell reduces both bites and the annoyance of buzzing mosquitoes and midges. Thermacell products are highly effective and have earned the respect and trust of outdoor experts around the world. More information from producer.

✅ Sunglasses with HD recorder

HD video sunglasses are perfect to capture a SnapChat moment while you are busy with driving, climbing, rowing, etc… Exporting the footage in different formats to your phone and then the Internet is available. The footage isn’t great but definitely acceptable for a tiny camera on your face.

✅ Filter Water Bottle

This item removes 99.9% of bacteria and parasites and also softens the water and removes odor. You have to use your mouth to suck the water through the filter as you drink, so you can’t fill a cup, but the bottle holds plenty of volume to fill the equivalent of a cup obviously.  I am not going hiking that often but I do have my water bottle with me every day, and especially when I am Nordic Walking or Jogging.

✅ Smartphone Touchscreen Gloves

Isn’t that annoying when you have take off the gloves to operate your phone? There is solution for the outdoor hiking, biking, climbing, gardening etc glows

✅ The HEAT company Insole Foot Warmers

Self adhesive – Ideal for ski boots. 7 hours life, instant heat. I use them for spending time outdoors with children or dog walking.

Gopro and accessories

Ever wonder how people get those incredible split shots in the water?  The dome port is required if you want to capture half half images above and under water plus improve your camera underwater shots with wide angle. Take your photography to the next level with this underwater Go Pro accessory. Of course you need to have Gopro Hero 7/6/5/2018 as well.

✅ Swiss Army Knife

Camping survival gadgets

Once you embark on the journey, be it a quick weekend affair or a summer road trip, you never know what you will encounter. And this is where one of the most essential of the essentials comes in, the unbeatable swiss army knife!

Equipped with 12 functions such as bottle opener, screwdriver and many more, it will aid you at almost any situation you can come across in on your road trip. Swiss Army Knife is simply a must!

✅ All in one pack

Tired of nitpicking essentials? The kit below has most of it, so they claim. Practical survival tools and protective equipment – only practical, personalized customized emergency survival tools, multi-function knife, emergency blanket, silver whistle, compass, keychain light, fire starter, velvet, wire saw, Tactical flashlight (without AA batteries), object buckle, Paracord Bracelet, to meet your outdoor adventure hobbies and needs.

✅ First Aid Kit

Swiss Army knife may give you the functionality and bug spray will keep you comfortable, but safety one of another camping survival gadgets function.

You have to be ready for everything because during the road trip anything can happen. And maybe it is just a little bruise after all, but to avoid infection and stay safe, first aid kit will come in handy for sure as well as for many other instances!

If you go off-trail, take the first aid kit designed for serious outdoor adventures. The Light and Dry Nano is ideal for trail running, cycling, adventure racing or even triathlon. Includes a compact and lightweight waterproof inner bag containing all the essential but basic items so you can keep going fast while remaining safe.

Back to the easy camping road trip checklist.

Can you recommend any other essential camping survival gadgets? Do not hesitate to share the links and reviews in the comments below.

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Easy camping road trip checklist

Are you open to adventures while being perfectly safe and comfortable? Keep reading – the easy camping road trip checklist is for you. Camping is not for everyone. Is it for you? Do you need to convince your significant other about the camping benefits? Check out the questionnaire below.

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Why camping? Check the list:

The questionnaire: how many YES do you collect?YesNo
Spending warm nights under the stars? YES/NO🔲🔲
Felling asleep with a quire of cicadas? YES/NO🔲🔲
Waking up with the bird songs? YES/NO🔲🔲
Hitting the road without a definite travel plan? YES/NO🔲🔲
Bounding with your significant other? YES/NO🔲🔲
Exploring the nature with children? Grandchildren perhaps?🔲🔲
Sleeping without air conditioner? YES/NO🔲🔲
Making significant savings? YES/NO🔲🔲
Can you tolerate mosquitos, ants, flys and bugs? YES/NO🔲🔲
Are you ok with communal facilities? YES/NO🔲🔲

Camping is not as challenging as you might think and it’s never too late to start. Pick the country/state with the sunny climate to begin with. I have spent quite a few nights camping as a child and on canoe trips with my children. The camping alone was my first experience recently. I picked Tuscany as the most beautiful destination pure based on epic pictures and some stereotypes. Browse through my Tuscany road trip, it really is as spectacular as the pictures. Needless to say that you don’t have to worry about the rain too much in Tuscany as seeking a shade will be your biggest challenge:)

This article and the items listed are for active people moving around to explore beautiful spots. By no means I am able to cover extreme hikes or camping on a glacier. Campervan equipment or accessories required to settle in one campsite for the whole summer is not part of the article either. Ready for the important stuff?

Before you hit the road

  1. Establish the vision for your dream vacation: beach, mountains, cities, relaxed, active….
  2. Pick the location: read the travel guides, research internet …. 
  3. Open google maps and search for the campsites around your points of interests. Read the comments that people left, it will give you the feel if it’s right for you. Browse the pictures and categorise the campsites, objects, places to visit with labels.
Camping Road trip checklist
This is how my google map looks like. I admit the Internet is one thing that is not great in Italy and you might struggle when travelling remotely in any other countries. You will not be able to research much when on the road and saved places will be handy to pick up on the go.
Good preparation is essential to give you flexibility to adopt to the local circumstances. It is much easier to make the travel itinerary later if you have plenty of collected information handy.

Road trip checklist for bare minimum camping 

The most important item is tent. The tent must be comfortable and reliable. You will get the money back by staying in the campsites instead of hotels. Waterproof quality is the must. Also ventilation plays important role to avoid the dripping condensate right on your face in the mornings.

Below you can see the major variations of tents available on the Amazon. Note: the blog is using Amazon affiliated links providing small commission to the author if you purchase the product through the link. You can buy a cheap tent in supermarkets as well that will last for couple nights if you are not sure if camping is your “thing “. However, I would recommend a tent that is easy to put up and is full heightstand-up height. The most practical solution is inflatable tent with ample storage place.

Inflatable and full size tents

Large family tent will accommodate 6-8 people, always buy a size bigger to count for the extra storage space . The plus side – you can afford the inflatable or foldable bed in the full size tent.

Both tents are very popular for festivals and family camping while the Grand Canyon tent is typically used to set up glamping accommodations at the festivals or you can surprise your guests with glamping offer in your backyard.

Example how to set up glamping in your backyard.

Heimplanet inflatable dome tent is my favourite. It’s perfect for quick set up with one inflation procedure. It is very stable and wind proof with the geodesic structure. The inflatation erects the frame, inner tent and flysheet. Be careful when buying, check the inner tent option choice for 3 or 4 seasons.

Check out the very comprehensive article describing benefits of inflatable tents www.CooloftheWild.com Click here for the link.

Off-ground tent

OFF-GROUND TENT: The tent is far away from the ground and makes the stay more pleasant, so that you no longer feel the rain and the cold on the floor. Down side – you cannot stand up there and you would need a shelter or gazebo to secure comfortable outdoors space.

The tentsile tent is also called a stingray or tree tent. Tentsiles are suspended off the ground, using 3 trees as anchor points combining the comfort and versatility of a hammock with the security of a tent. Unlike traditional hammocks, our Tentsile Tree Tents and Hammocks are great for front, back and side sleepers as they don’t sag in the middle. Check out www.tentsile.co.uk for more information.

Setting up the tentsile is really easy, if in doubt watch this YouTube video.

The cot tent above is slightly unusual concept for Europe while it is very popular for fishing trips in USA. The downsize – you can hardly sit in there, cannot stand at all. The plus side – it is off the ground and easy to climb in and out.

Car roof tents are also classified as off-ground tent where you don’t have to worry about the surface. However there are two cons: those tents are quite expensive and they are not practical if you wish stay in one place for a longer period of time and use your car for a day trips. You will need to remove the tent every morning.

The pickup trunk tent is much cheaper but you would need to remove all your stuff out of the trunk to free up the space for tent.

Travelling light

Travelling light – the pop-up tent is four you. The Coleman lightweight tent is when space matters. For example when you are backpacking, hiking or biking. I would suggest the bigger pop-up tent when travelling alone even for one person. The pop-up tent unfolds automatically, folding back takes some practice.

Other essentials

You don’t have to sleep on the ground unless you want to. Kingsize inflatable bed is at your disposal. Or single foldable bed if you prefer.

Do not forget about the rechargeable pump from Coleman that operates on batteries as well to inflate your tent or mattress. And light led lantern with Bluetooth speaker.

Festival gear for standing out

While searching for the tents, I came up with jazzy selection of festival gear from Coleman. The combination of black and red colours will make you to stand out from the crowd. And you can always supplement the collection with other black or red items maintaining the cool look. The Dome tent in the center is full stand tent while remaining compact. It remains the most comfortable and popular tent among Coleman products with many great reviews. Unfortunately the black and red issue is sold out on Amazon.

Colman festival collection

Pick from the recommended Coleman selection above or search type Coleman or any other search word in the box below to check the items without leaving the page.

I hope this post is making your tent selection easier and is inspiring you for the next trips. Have a fun camping trip, enjoy!

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Coming next:

Road trip checklist – Camping survival gadgets

Road trip checklist – nice to have for an extra camping comfort 

Apps you might use

Hot springs in Tuscany revealed

Tuscany is well known by the beauty of the landscape and wine production. Those qualities are so overwhelming that the hot springs in Tuscany are mostly forgotten. This article will give you insight of the natural hot spring streams and the sleek, upscaled resorts built around them.

Cascate di Saturnia the most famous hot spring in Tuscany

Just a few kilometers away from a small village Saturnia, natural and heaven-like waters spring to life and rushes down to create thermal waterfalls that are cherished and admired by both locals and visitors.
 Rich in Sulphur and other minerals it comes from an underground source, there is nothing quite like enjoying a truly natural and healing phenomenon that warms your body and soul to and is accessible all the time and free of charge! And to add the cherry on top, how about that Old Mill, perched just above the waters and green lush and mountainous landscape as a backdrop to all of this? Wow!

Terme Di Saturnia SPA and golf resort

If the above Cascate di Saturnia is absolutely free, then access to the origin of the spring is rather upscale Terme Di Saturnia. The spring origin itself is absolutely amazing place. The pool has natural bottom and it’s 3,5m deep. There are air bubbles slowly coming to the surface along with the spring water gently tickling you 🤗 

I would recommend visiting the spring outside of the summer months. The warm water is the most enjoyable surrounded by the cold crispy air.

There is also some debris floating around that apparently is good for you as people are rubbing the stuff in the skin🤣

To access the pool, you need to book yourself in the Terme di Saturnia SPA and golf resort.

Adler mediSPA hot spring resort in Tuscany

The thermal waters of Bogno Vignoni is charged with the healing powers from down the earth. At a depth of 1000m the water comes into contact with volcanic material which further warms it till 50 degrees celsius. On the picture you can see the difference between the spring water and pool water in colour. The first picture shows the stream of original 50 degree hot water flowing into the pool. The last picture in the middle shows the whole cycle of how the pool is constructed.

You don’t have to book hotel to visit the hot spring, there is day SPA available. It is not cheap- starts from €50 but absolutely worth it.

The Adler SPA has the most exquisite sauna I have ever been to!!! The glass walls and ceiling makes you feel as part of the nature. The sauna is located behind the main building on the lake with a cold dipping pool invitingly waiting for you near the cliff.

The ADLER Spa Resort THERMAE is both a source of energy and an active point of departure surrounded by the stunning landscape of Tuscany. 

Adler SPA Thermal offers the healing 36° thermal water from the depths of the earth. The great variety of treatments, ranging from specially developed ADLER Treatments to Ayurveda and Vinotherapy.

I will also add Adler Dolomiti SPA on my to visit short list. Stay tuned 🤗

LOVE SUPREME JAZZ FESTIVAL SURVIVAL GUIDE

When the dust of the festival season has settled it’s the best time to read the blog and start preparations for the Love Supreme Jazz Festival next year. Survival guide for the Love Supreme Jazz Festival is for both: first timers and regulars. Essential reading before booking the tickets! I have combined few years experience and illustrated with pictures for unforgettable weekend of music and love 🎶🎵🎶🎵🎵Jazz Festival survival guide will give you inspiration for any other summer festival or perhaps even for a camping trip.

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* the links might change for the next year! Just Google Love Supreme Jazz Festival.

Jazz festival survival guide for camping

Camping is the must to embrace the atmosphere and the vibes of the festival. It is so fabulous feeling to be rocked into sleep with DJ in the background! You have to pick the premium camping to get the best view overlooking the festival grounds complimented with the jazz in the distance while resting under your gazebo. The lineup announcements are loud enough to remind you for the gigs 15 min ahead. Only the premium camping is located on the hill overlooking grounds. Don’t miss it!

Make sure you buy the tickets at least couple weeks ahead.

Which ticket to buy?

Premium Camping tickets give you the access to the Premium Campsite (with premium toilets and showers) and as well as complimentary trolleys to the Premium Campsite. This doesn’t include access to the Supremium Arena Area.

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The view from my tent

Camping can only be booked for the whole weekend, not for a single night. The weekend premium camping in 2019 was £258.50 including the booking fees.

For more follow the link.

👉Arriving early on Friday is essential to get the best spot – not too far from the entrance as you will walk there several times a day. The camping is open from 12, arrival around 3pm is sufficient.

jazz festival survival guide, Love Supreme Jazz Festival
The caravan/ campervan camping is rather far away, you cannot hear what is happening on the grounds. However if you wish to have your own facilities- that’s the solution.

If you want to bring a Live-In Vehicle you will need to click hereto buy a Live-In Vehicle User ticket for each member of your party, as well as a Live-In Vehicle Pitch for your vehicle. You do not need a Camping Ticket.

The facilities were good in the premium campsite, just try to avoid the rush hours.

Supremium camping tickets 

Supremium camping tickets give access to the Premium Campsite and complimentary trolleys PLUS exclusive access to the Supremium Arena Area.

👉 Supremium area means dedicated seating area and while it might seem unnecessary for the festival. I would highly recommend it if you wish to listen the music without an interruption from people moving around and smokers being close by. Also you would not need to carry you chair around the whole day when the dedicated seating area is available . And if you still wish to join the crowd- go ahead 🤣. The price for supremium camping ticket was £275 in 2019 and they sell out fast.

Glamping as the most comfortable and hassle free option 

Glamping can be found under accommodations that needs to be purchased separately from Hotel Bell Tent – meaning the price is on top of everything else. You would be better off investing that money to buy your own camping gear. Check the tent buying guide I created when my tent broke down.

Have not heard about the Glamping? Glamping means when the tent is pre-set for you with an inflatable mattress or real bed inside the tent, no en-suite though. The glamping will add an unforgettable experience combining luxury and outdoors adventure catering everyone’s taste. It’s not the festival survival anymore, it’s truly amazing event!

Pamper tent and phone charging facilities along with reception is handy addition to the glamping area.

Considering the high price for the glamping one can rather invest the money and start building own festival camping gear set. Colman brand has come up with really cool festival camping set. Check it out in my blog along with the tent review.

Standing out

While searching for the tents, I came up with jazzy selection of festival gear from my favorite brand Coleman. The combination of black and red will make you to stand out from the crowd. And you can always supplement the collection with other black or red items maintaining the cool look. The Dome tent in the center is full stand tent while remaining compact. It remains the most comfortable and popular tent among Coleman products with many great reviews. Unfortunately the black and red issue is sold out on Amazon.

Pick from the recommended Coleman selection above or search type Coleman or any other search word in the box below to check the items without leaving the page.

Jazz festival survival guide for parking

For premium camping and glamping, use yellow VIP parking. Parking for the weekend was £15, ticket does not indicate which parking, pick yourself by looking on the site map.

Parking next to the tent is not permitted, you have to carry all your stuff from the parking place. Supremium ticket holders can use free trollies for 40 min.

The app!!!

The app is a must! You can mark your favourite lineup and get reminders before the gig starts. You can also get other notifications if you sign up for.

Jazz festival survival guide for packing

  • Regardless which options you choose – take the picnic blanket with you.
  • Foldable chair if you opted out from supremium ticket.
  • Empty water bottle, you can refill it for free.
  • Power bank to charge your mobile phone, although you can do it on site for £5 one hour charging.
  • Sleeping mask as there is an all night light in the camping.
  • check out the camping essentials checklist for more items

Some inspiration for festival wear

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Anafi 1.5.6

Looking forward to the next festival, see you there! Bye 👋

The Guardian: Love Supreme festival – mindful, vivacious, beguiling: jazz in infinite variety! Europe’s biggest greenfield jazz festival, Love Supreme, has now been blowing those stories across the sleepy South Downs village of Glynde for seven successful years, through the work of almost every kind of contemporary musician. More than 50,000 punters get the message in 2019, a record for the event.

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