Travel Guide: What the heck is YURT camping?

Camping in a Yurt

What is a yurt anyway? Humans have been camping for eons, and yurt camping is no different.  A yurt is a traditional round tent. Historically the homes of nomadic peoples in the Central Asian steppes. Furthermore, the latticework makes up the walls of the tent. This latticework is made out of pieces of wood or bamboo for walls, a door frame, ribs, and a wheel. The roof structure is often self-supporting, but large yurts may have interior posts supporting the crown. Notably, the top of all self-supporting yurts will not fall. The use of a tension band makes this possible. This band opposes the force of the roof. Modern yurts may be less portable as they remain stationary due to their wooden platforms. Additionally, the use of modern materials such as steam-bent wooden framing or metal framing, canvas or tarpaulin, give modern yurts a more contemporary feeling.

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Travel Guide: Real Life Wild West Towns!

Cowboys

More than 150 years ago these real life wild west towns were thriving centers of The American Dream. Even today these words are synonymous with the entrepreneurial heart and soul of hardcore Americana.  Disenchanted Europeans were on a mission to claim a life free from the tyranny and the crown, and so they braved the dangerous travel conditions, earth shattering mountain peaks and starvation or even death at the hands of savages*.

As harsh as the wild west was, it remains one of America’s most romanticized periods of time. A time when the possibilities truly were boundless, and anyone with a brave soul could stand up and claim a piece of history for themselves.  So saddle up cowboy so we can ride off into the sunset of America’s real life wild west towns.

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Travel Guide: Europe’s Medieval Cities

Medieval City Mdina

The 10 Most Beautiful Medieval Cities In Europe

Life in the ancient world was much different than life today. As humans began to develop agriculture, towns began to pop up around the countryside. Soon, we developed skills for building with stone masonry.  It was at this point the first medieval cities began to show themselves around Europe. These massive defensive walled cities were intended to keep the enemy out, and the villagers in. Those who dare to travel outside the city walls were left to face the perils of a lawless countryside on their own.

Medieval builders were so skilled, that even now, hundreds of years later the city walls still stand. A testament to the dedication and heart of a robust civilization. So let’s take a trip from Spain to Poland and even Croatia and get a glimpse of ten of the most beautifully preserved medieval cities in Europe.

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Travel Guide: Europe’s Bone Churches

Ossuary at Kutna Hora

Europe’s Most Extraordinary Bone Churches, All 10 Of Them!

They are popularly known as “bone churches” or “bone houses” when in fact they are ossuaries. Incidentally, an Ossuary is a container or a room in which the bones of deceased are stored. Medieval Europeans had no qualms about placing the bones of the dead inside a chapel for all to see. In fact, it was such a standard practice that these bone churches dot the European countryside in a macabre dance between the living and the history of the dead that went before us. Almost 20 years ago, I saw a special on television about the bone church at Kutna Hora. Notably, I finally had the opportunity to travel there two years ago.  It was precisely that moment when I realized I need to know more about Europe’s Bone Church. So, let us take a short journey together and view 10 of Europe’s most extraordinary bone churches.

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Travel Guide: Europe’s Haunted Castles

Bodiam Castle UK

The 10 Creepiest Haunted Castles in Europe

It is inevitable; every year summer fades into autumn, and the leaves fall from the trees. As fall arrives, the nights get longer, and so the bonfires become brighter. It is the time of year the dead come out to play, or so the stories go. There is nothing quite like the story of a haunted castle, high up on a hill. Or of the lady who fell to her death while mourning the loss of her one true love. There is a particular kind of romance to any good ghost story, and all good stories are rooted in truth. If you think these spirits roam the castle grounds, or even if you don’t believe; these ten terrifying haunted castles are sure to get your spine tingling!

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