Month: December 2016

Exploring Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Day Two

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Exploring Gatlinburg, Tennessee: Day Two

After a busy first day in Gatlinburg, I was very eager for my second day of exploring this beautiful little city before heading back home the next morning. Here’s what day two consisted of:

Hiking Great smoky mountains national park

The most popular attraction in Gatlinburg is, without a doubt, the Great Smoky Mountains that surround the city. It also happens to be a beautiful hiking spot, especially during the fall. The Smokies are something that I saw in some way or another my entire time over there, but I never got tired of looking at them.  My family and I decided to actually go into the national park and hike the Baskins Creek Trail, which led to us to a waterfall called Baskin Falls. I believe that this trail was 3 miles each way and there were a few rough, steep areas. I’m not much of a hiker personally, so for me the walk was kind of difficult (I actually fell). It was a good workout though, I have to admit. Be prepared to keep your balance if this is something you want to do!

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 sNOW TUBING at ober gatlinburg

Ober Gatlinburg is a small amusement park and ski area located in the mountains of the city. You have to take an aerial tramway (or cable car) to get here, which was an adventure on its own. An aerial tramway is pretty much a huge, enclosed skylift and also happens to be the safest method on transportation in the world. It’s hard to believe it when it starts rocking back and forth thousands of feet from the ground while it’s pitch black out, but it’s definitely true.

Even though it wasn’t actually snowing in Gatlinburg, I still got to experience the fun of going snow tubing (thanks to snow making machines)!  Snow tubing is basically getting to race down a hill of snow on something that resembles a pool floatie. You go down super fast along with the people next to you and it’s so much fun! For 25 dollars I was able to go down the hill as many times as I wanted for an hour. Even though I’m definitely not a little kid anymore, I had a great time doing this and think that people of all ages would have a blast snow tubing in Gatlinburg.

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baymont inn and suites

Okay, this isn’t really an “activity”, but I thought I would mention what hotel I stayed in. Baymont Inn and Suites is a pretty well-known hotel chain and the rooms themselves weren’t anything out of this world, pretty much what you’d expect from your standard hotel room. Decent amount of space, two king sized beds, bathroom, Wi-Fi, TV, etc. What I really enjoyed about staying here were the little Gatlinburg touches. The view from the hotel balcony was so charming, it was right over a little creek that ran next to the mountains and in front of the cabins. It was a perfect little mountainside country scene. I’m also the kind of person who really enjoys the little things, so the fact that the continental breakfast included bear shaped waffles really won me over. Bears are pretty much the mascot Gatlinburg and there were bear statues in various areas of the hotel. The location of the hotel was also pretty good, since it was easy to get everywhere we planned to go. When I do return to Gatlinburg, I wouldn’t mind staying here again at all (but the goal is to stay in an actual cabin next time).

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Need A Change of Scenery? The Countless Benefits of Traveling

Are you bored of the daily grind? Desperate for a change of scenery and a shakeup in your routine? If so, traveling is always a good idea. Here are just some of the many benefits of spreading your wings:

 

Unique experiences

 

When you travel, there are often things you want to see and do. Perhaps you’ve planned an itinerary around all the sights or maybe you’re hoping for spontaneous adventures on arrival. Wherever you go, it’s highly likely that you’ll do things you’ve never done before and you may possibly never do again. The world is such a vast and diverse place. It’s a shame not to get out there and see its wonders for yourself.

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Self-development

 

There are few things in life that can teach you more about yourself than traveling. Jetting off on a plane is not just about visiting famous monuments and reclining on palm-lined beaches. It’s also a voyage of self-discovery. According to this article listing these nine ways to be more positive, taking time out gives you a chance to think about your life, assess where you want to go and what you want to do, and learn more about yourself. Doing new things and meeting new people can give you clarity and inspiration. Perhaps you’ll decide that you want to change career or you’ll make a concerted effort to do more to help others when you get home. Traveling can also give you a new lease of life if you’ve been struggling. It can make you stronger and more independent, and you may find that you’re better equipped to deal with obstacles after your trip.

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New skills

 

When you travel, you’ll undoubtedly learn new things. This may include lighting a fire or catching fish if you’re out in the wilds or speaking a new language if you’re working abroad. It always good to strive for development and to try and improve yourself continually. Nobody will ever get to a point where they know too much, or they have too many skills. The things you learn will set you up for life and make you a more well-rounded person.

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Learning to prioritize

 

When you’re away from home, it can make you understand and appreciate what’s important. There’s often an assumption that success is defined by money and possessions. But when you’re camping out in a hut in the middle of nowhere, you get a sense of what really matters. You’ll probably be more grateful for everything your parents do for you and the bonds you have with your best friends when you get home.

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You often hear people enthusiastically prasising the virtues of traveling. If you haven’t traveled much before, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. The truth is that it’s very easy to get bitten by the travel bug. Once you start, it’s hard to stop. The world is such a fascinating place, and there’s so much to see, do, and learn. If you’re after a change of scenery or you’ve reached a crossroads in your life, why not consider embarking on an adventure? You won’t regret it!