Mountain climbing is becoming an increasingly popular sport. Aside from the usual perils of climbing, there is another thing that both beginners and seasoned professional climbers should watch out for. Altitude sickness is a physical disorder that happens when the human body is deprived of oxygen at higher altitude levels. This is especially prone to happen if the human body ascends too quickly without giving themselves time to properly adjust to the change in the air, whether it be through self-propulsion or being lifted mechanically.
There are ways to determine if you are starting to feel the effects of altitude sickness. Some symptoms to watch out for include difficulty sleeping, headache, increased heart rate, dizziness, light-headedness, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea or vomiting, or even shortness of breath. At this stage, altitude sickness is still in its mild to moderate stage, which means intervention is necessary to prevent it from worsening.
The slower the ascent, the more time your body has to adjust. This will translate immediately into your body’s physical response to the air changes. On average, it takes a person 2-3 days to properly adjust to a major height difference. If you are traveling by plane or by motorized vehicle, you shouldn’t try to reach your destination in one day. It’s important to travel no more than a few thousand feet per day and take frequent rest breaks. If you are traveling on foot, it’s even more crucial to listen to signs of exertion. You should travel no more than 1,000 feet per day and rest a full day after an incline of 3,000 feet.
Calories count when you’re up high, so ignore the usual advice to avoid carbohydrates because you need the extra caloric intake. Bring along plenty of snacks like dried fruit, chocolate, string cheese, bananas, and granola bars. Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration, a major contributor to altitude sickness vulnerability. In addition to doing certain things in excess, there are also things it is highly recommended you should avoid, including anything that can aggravate altitude sickness. Some examples of things to stay away from include smoking, drinking, and taking any type of sleeping pills.
Go at your own comfortable pace. You aren’t in a competition with anyone other than yourself. Don’t overdo it beyond what you can sense you’re capable of. When sleeping at night, be aware that altitude sickness can creep up on you while sleeping and it tends to accelerate at night. For this reason, it’s wise to climb to a slightly lower altitude to sleep.
Freeport is the largest city on the Grand Bahama island, located in the northwestern side of the Bahamas. The city is a popular place to visit whether you’re planning your own visit to the Bahamas or stopping by on a cruise. Either way, the following activities are a great way to spend time in Freeport!
If you visit on a cruise, start with a walk around the Lucayan harbor. You’ll see rows of brightly colored houses and charming shops and restaurants. Then head to Port Lucaya, just a short drive away. This area features everything from incredible architecture to some of the world’s most beautiful golf courses. Port Lucaya is also the perfect place to go shopping and sample delicious cuisine. The marketplace is the best area to find shopping stalls and try your hand at bargaining. There are also plenty of beaches located nearby.
Lucayan National Park
The Lucayan National park is another must-see! The park features forty acres and three different eco-systems. Here you’ll find great walking trails. One of them will take you to the largest underwater cave system in the world. While you’re not allowed to swim in the caves, it’s still a great place to take in some natural beauty and snap some photos.
On the other side of the park, you can visit Gold Rock Beach, one of the nicest beaches in Freeport. The beach offers soft, fine sand and brilliant blue waters. Some scenes from the hit Pirates of the Caribbean movie were shot at this location.
Garden of the Groves
Another popular activity is to tour the Garden of the Groves. You can walk, bike, or even take a jeep tour. The gardens feature a wide variety of tropical flowers, ponds, and fountains. They’re also famous for their beautiful cascading waterfalls. It’s a great place to go for a stroll and listen to the many tropical birds. As an added bonus, it’s located near the International Bazaar, a great place to do some souvenir shopping.
Unexso Marine Sanctuary
Consider visiting the Unexso Marine Sanctuary. This sanctuary features nineteen acres of marine reserve, complete with a dolphin lagoon. Here you can learn to dive or swim and play with dolphins. You can also snorkel or dive in the lagoon, home to turtles, stingrays, nurse sharks, and other sea life.
You’ve finally chosen the dream destination for your international trip, but you’re still confused about the cost of travel. International travel expenses can vary a great deal, depending on several factors. You need to decide how you like to travel, and take the international currency exchange rates into consideration. So let’s take a look at how to budget for international travel and make that dream vacation a reality.
Budget for International Transportation
International airfare can take up almost half of your travel budget. If you’re traveling to a different continent, you need to compare prices for airfare to your destination. If you’re traveling on your home continent, consider other types of transportation, such as a scenic train ride.
Budget for Local Transportation
You’ll need to get around once you arrive. Public transportation is an inexpensive option, and it will let you see the city like a local. Do an internet search for public transportation in the city you plan on visiting. This will give you an idea of the cost. You may also need an Uber or a taxi at times, so research that too.
If you plan on traveling to more than one town or city, research the options for traveling from one city to the next. Local prices for buses, trains, and boats should be easy to find online. Add up all these costs and add them to your trip budget.
Budget Your Accommodations
Hotels and B&Bs can be an expensive part of your travel budget. First, determine what type of accommodations you want. This could be a hotel, apartment or house rental, a hostel or Airbnb. Multiply the number of nights you plan to stay at each location.
Budget for Meals
Food prices can vary a lot, depending on the location. If your travel plans include Europe, New Zealand or Australia eating out may cost you about the same as in the United States or Canada, but probably more. If you’re traveling to Africa, South America, or Asia, food is usually cheaper. If your accommodations include a kitchen, that can save you on breakfast.
Budget for Activities
You will probably take a few tours, visit a few museums or ancient ruins, or participate in other activities. Research what you want to do on your vacation, and factor these costs into your budget. Also, budget in money to do some local shopping. Finally, keep a close eye on your spending while you travel, so you don’t go over budget.
Now retired from the construction industry, Sebastian Corbo enjoys focusing on his music and traveling with his family. Check back for more of his travel guides on places that he has visited!
With more than 40 years in the industry, Sebastian Corbo more than established himself as of the best of the best within the construction sector prior to his retirement.
Growing up in a family centered around the construction industry, Sebastian Corbo remembers spending time working with his father as a child to learn the basics of construction. The work was often challenging, but even from a young age Sebastian was committed to aiming high and working to overcome any obstacles in his way. As he grew older, he decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and begin a career in the field which developed into a lifelong passion. After several years spent completing arduous manual labor, Sebastian obtained his license and started operating the truck for the company.
Ever the over-achiever, Sebastian Corbo never settles for less than the best and knew he needed to pursue a degree to provide clients with the top-notch services the company was known to provide. He enrolled in Seneca College and soon after earned his diploma in Business Administration. After graduating, education remained an essential aspect of his career. Sebastian has since furthered his academic career by learning about CLI Estimating Software at The Construction Link as well as Quantity Surveying at the Institutions of Quality Surveyors. He then learned Construction Cost Control as well as Construction Blueprint Reading from the Toronto Construction Association. Most recently, at IHSA (Infrastructure Health & Safety Association) Ontario, Sebastian completed a course to become a Cor Health and Safety Internal Auditor.
After finishing his schooling and spending a decade working with his father and uncle in their respective companies, In 1985, Sebastian Corbo founded his own construction firm, International Paving and Construction Company, which later became IPAC Paving Limited in 2000. Under his leadership, IPAC has seen incredible growth and has maintained profitability to this day. While Sebastian Corbo’s business primarily focuses on paving, he’s recently built out a new branch that will incorporate complete site services as well.
Throughout his career, Sebastian Corbo began working at the bottom of the company ladder and skillfully advanced his career to his current position where he can provide a vast number of services to clients. He has achieved such a high level of success that all of his accomplishments are too numerous to name completely. Some of the most notable are the management/completion of projects ranging from $100,000 to $5,000,000, his completion of certifications in fall protection and confined spaces from health and safety organizations, and remaining focused while managing multiple projects and employees in several sub-trades at one time.
Outside of his professional responsibilities, Sebastian spends as much time as possible with his wife and children. They love to travel together and enjoy the adventure of exploring a new place together. Sebastian is also a talented musician who has performed internationally for audiences as large as 20,000 people.