15 Ways to prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

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I have read several articles written about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). As an organiser with Adventures Unlimited (AU), I have conducted numerous high altitude treks to Nepal and India. This post originally appeared in 健行筆記, resonates with me as an adventurer as well as organizer.

I have translated this article from its original form written in Chinese for the hope that it will widen hiker’s education and knowledge on the subject. You can read the original article here[Read more…]

The Importance of Being an Environment Conscious Traveller

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I once read a quote that goes “we are all travellers”. It resonated to me more than I expected it to be. With the advent of cheap air tickets and house sharing services such as AirBnB and couch surfing, travelling these days is relatively cheap as compared to before. Once a luxury to many, going abroad or exploring local destinations is now easier. With that, mass hoards of people from all walks of life travel.

Don’t get me wrong; I think travelling educates one more than academic institution does. It expands your horizons and teaches you life’s greatest lessons. But with this advent to mass travelling, the environment takes the toll, in an irreversible way.  [Read more…]

The Worst Advice I’ve Ever Received About Travel

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By Emily Yerman

“It is too expensive!”

Yes, I hear that all the time. If I were to have a dollar every time a person tells it to my face, I would have been rich by now.

I have been travelling for quite some time now, both internationally and locally. Going as far as Europe, North America and Asia, I have proven that the single worst travel advice I have received is to save up rather than travel, because travelling is supposedly expensive. “Save up for rainy days, invest in real estate and stocks, you can travel when you are rich.”

This is so wrong in many levels. For life is not black and white. There is no completely choosing one option and foregoing the other. Trust me, you can travel and save at the same time. It is just a matter of balance. [Read more…]

16 Reasons Why Hiking Is Better Than Sex (by The Adventure Village)

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Why Hiking Is Better Than Sex

a collaborative blog post by The Adventure Village

There are some essential hiking trails that must be experienced if you are staying in Singapore. Be it Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, the Southern Ridges, Fort Canning Park… each deserves some time with your boots on and cameras out.

Remember to bring some “protection” for your gears so it doesn’t pick up something that requires a good cleaning.

So even though local trails may seem familiar and almost boring, hiking on them can still better than sex in some days – or most days, depending on who you might ask.

Here are 16 reasons that were offered to why hiking is better than sex within the Adventure Village community.

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Blog Release: Bus Rides to Malaysia

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We are saddened to hear of the tragic events which occurred early on Christmas Eve morning. There were 14 people who were unfortunately killed in an accident at Km 137.3 of the highway at Kampung Jayor in Muar, Johor.

According to media reports, the driver of the bus lost control of the vehicle and this caused it to skid off the road, plunging into a 10-metre deep ravine around 3:40am.

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/christmas-eve-crash-kills-13-after-bus-plunges-off-cliff-in-muar

This accident follows one which occurred in July of 2016, where the driver of a tour bus was killed and 25 passengers, all tourists from China, were able to survive after the vehicle skidded and overturned at KM17.2 on Jalan Genting Highlands – Kuala Lumpur in the westbound direction. [Read more…]

The 7 Mantras of Travel

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One of the things we review as a group before setting off on a journey together are the 7 mantras of travel. Some may call these mantras “rules” or “expectations,” but they are offered more as an opportunity for personal reflection. The goal is to have each person enjoy the journey, experience something new and meaningful, while finding out something about themselves along the way.

Yet these 7 mantras aren’t just for the days when we set foot on Earth that is new. Each step we take through our daily routines is also an opportunity to see and experience something new. We travel each day to work, to run errands, or have a family meal together.

If we approach each journey in life, whether to a summit or just down the street, these mantras can help every one of us find the perfect moments of life that are just waiting for us right now. [Read more…]

Mall Walking As a Form of Exercise In Singapore

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That’s right, shop until you drop can now take on a whole new meaning. Altering our perspectives can change everything, even the view of a mall as a place to rack up the credit card bills to a place where you can rack up burned calories. Since they are covered from the elements, have plenty of stairs, reach extensive lengths and have interesting scenery, malls can make an alternate exercise venue to the gym. [Read more…]

To My Significant Other: I Am An Adventurer

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Being an adventurer can sometimes be a lonely existence. Sure – you throw on your gear, hit the trail, and meet others who are on a quest to find something new just like you. Yet, at the end of the day, even in the midst of good friends, you wind up feeling all alone.

Finding a significant other while following the dreams of being an adventurer is difficult. Difficult, however, does not mean it is impossible. You have some wonderful traits that are incredibly attractive to others. Instead of feeling despair, consider these reasons why someone may just fall in love with your adventurous spirit one day. [Read more…]

8 Things I learnt about Sri Lanka from an In-flight magazine

artisan confectionsIt must have been a moment of impulse but when I first checked the calendar, my eyes were fixated on the series of blank entries over the Deepavali holiday. The words “Public Holiday” appeared in a way similar to how the words jumped out to Robert Langdon when searching for puzzles in the Da Vinci code. I finally decided to do what I had been putting off for the past 2 years – visiting Sri Lanka. The desire to climb the sacred mountain, Adam’s Peak (Sri Pada) had been one of the earliest inspirations in my pursuit of hiking.

Jump forward 2 months later, seated on the pristine leather of Sri Lankan airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka, I was thankful for this moment. It was a full flight and it was an interesting mix of Sri Lankan, European and Asian passengers. It is always a special moment to visit a country for the first time. Though it was a tempting notion to check out the in-flight entertainment system and see what they were offering to help me get over the 4-hour flight, I resisted. I was instead drawn to the picture of Sigiriya Rock (one of the attractions I planned to visit) which was displayed on the cover for Serendib, the official magazine of the Sri Lankan airline. [Read more…]

Dear Boss, I am an Adventurer

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Being a traveler and taking time off of work can sometimes reflect poorly on your future employment applications. Yet, it can also be one of the most important attributes an employer is seeking to find. People with an inner need to constantly explore are often some of the best employees. They have international experiences, a thirst to improve that is never really satisfied, and the outcome is a happy boss because your sense of adventure has made the company become better today than it was yesterday.

Here are 5 more reasons why being an adventurer in practice and at heart can make you more competitive for any job application.  [Read more…]