Nomad Rick Profile and Articles
1). A Basic Overview of Kayaks and Kayaking
Kayaking is growing in popularity. It is a sport with a lot of variations, which are covered below in this article.
A Basic Overview of Kayaks and Kayaking
At its core, kayaking is simply a method of propelling oneself through a body of water by using ones own power. A paddle is used to do this with the paddle usually hav...
2). A Day at the Summer Palace of Peter the Great
For elegance and old world feel, St. Petersburg is by far the best Russian city. If you go, a visit to Peterhof, the summer palace of Peter the Great is a must.
As Tanya and I left St. Petersburg for Peterhof, I was in a foul mood. A pickpocket had cut through the bottom of my backpack and swiped my camera. The f...
3). Adrenaline Rafting Basics
Rafting down rapids is a good way to get the old ticker clicking over at a high rate. Here is an overview of the basics of rafting down the rapids.
Adrenaline Rafting Basics
In the last 30 years, rapids rafting has gained massive popularity. People tend to go in groups for a family gathering, friends reuniting and even co...
4). Albania – Tirana, Korca, and Petrela Castle
Located in Southeastern Europe, Albania is a country off of the beaten travel road. Of course, this makes Albania a great place to visit.
Albania – History
Albania is a Mediterranean country sitting on the coast of the Adriatic and Ionian seas. The country is bordered to the north by Serbia and Montenegro, Greece to the s...
5). Antietam National Battlefield
If you’re a history buff, Antietam National Battlefield is a national park you have to see. Antietam, of course, is a major civil war site.
Antietam National Battlefield is simply huge. Located in the middle of Maryland, the national park is made up of over 3,255 acres of land. The geography of the area evolves from flat lands used for...
6). Argentina Travel - Buenos Aires, Mar del Plata, Iguazú Falls, Tierra del Fuego, and Patagonia
Argentina is on the way back from the economic crisis of the last few years. If you are looking for a travel destination, Argentina is amazing and cheap.
While Argentina has unlimited beauty, it also has unlimited corruption. The massive corruption finally lead to an economic crisis at the turn of the century...
7). Athens Taxi Ride – Extreme Sports
Athens is a huge, congested city and the local taxis are your main means of getting around. The average Athens tax ride is inexpensive, just bring your helmet.
Living on the Edge
I had just arrived in Athens with a couple who’ll remain nameless. [He’s now a respectable doctor and married to someone else.] My buddy, “John”...
8). Athens – A Walk On The Wild Side
Athens is known for archeological sites and history. If you want a break from history, Athens has much more to offer travelers.
You’ve seen the Acropolis, you’ve hit the museums and you’re trying to figure out if it is time to head to the islands. Wait! You’re missing much of the modern charm of Athens.
9). Athens, Greece – A Whirlwind of History
Athens is the pre-eminent city of Greece and the main arrival destination. No city mixes history and a chaotic energy better than Athens.
Athens is city with stunning archeological sites, colorful neighbors, overcrowding and smog like you’ve never seen it. For many travelers, the general impression is one of a poet...
10). Austria Off The Beaten Path – Zell am See, Innsbruck and Bad Gastein
Mention Austria and everyone thinks of Vienna and Salzburg. In addition to great names, Zell am See, Innsbruck and Bad Gastein are great locations off the beaten path.
Zell am See
Zell…am…See. The name just rolls off the tongue, but it pails in comparison to the place. Often described as heaven on earth, Zell am See is a ...
11). Austria – Vienna, Salzburg, Halstatt and Sound of Music
Austria simply can’t be beat when it comes to beauty. You’ve seen the country in the Sound of Music, but the cities of Vienna, Salzburg and the alpine town of Halstatt are just as nice.
Vienna is a city with a ridiculous amount of history. The home of the waltz, Habsburg Palaces and an unrivaled musical past. Walk f...
12). Avila, Spain
Madrid is a city almost without equal in Europe. If you need a break from it, you can take a day trip to Avila to catch a bit of fresh air and see some amazing sites.
Madrid has so much going on it is often hard to drag yourself away from. You will, however, eventually need a break. A day trip to Avila, a town...
13). Benefits of Journal Writing
The benefits of journal writing are fairly well established due to the long history of journal writing. From Anne Frank to Di Vinci, journal writing has proven itself.
Benefits of Journal Writing
When considering the benefits of journal writing, it is important to set a few parameters. First, there is no age limit to usin...
14). Bird Watching Binoculars – Critical Bird Watching Equipment
Avid bird watching enthusiasts often look like pack mules hiking to a gold rush in the west. Bird watching binoculars are one of the critical pieces of equipment they carry.
There are a lot of issues when it comes to choosing binoculars for bird watching. Optics and personal preference seem to be the foremost, ...
15). Bird Watching Competitions – I Spy With My Little Eye
Bird watching typically conjures up images of people pursuing a relaxing day of staring into the sky with binoculars. Ah, but then there is the competitive side of birding.
Flying Emus…err, Elbows
For many people, something is only worth undertaking if there is an element of competitiveness. With bird watching, no such el...
16). Bird Watching Gifts - Holiday Gift Ideas
Bird watching is one of the fastest growing interests in the world. If you’re buying for a bird watcher, here’s a primer on ideas for bird watching gifts.
Bird Watching Gifts
Bird watching may seem the simplest of tasks. In truth, there are lots of gadgets, which gives you an opportunity to find great bird watching gifts
17). Bird Watching Journals – Preserve Your Bird Watching Experiences
Bird Watching is a great way to escape the rat race and be one with nature. Alas, your bird watching experiences can fade with time. The best way to prevent this is to keep a bird watching journal for your sightings and trips.
Bird Watching Journals
Take a minute to give some consideration to your most recent bird watching...
18). Bird Watching Life Lists – Keeping A Record
If you’re a birder, you want to keep a list of sightings when you bird watch. Your life lists should be kept in a bird watching journal.
A life list is a record of the species of birds you’ve sighted over time. Typically, the list is kept in a journal. Each entry notes the bird species, the date, location and any...
19). Bird Watching Mecca – 338 Species At Acadia National Park
When it comes to birding, Acadia National Park is a mecca for sightings. The Park has 338 bird species, which is a record for any national park in the United States. The list of species includes such rare birds as the bald eagle, 23 warbler variations and falcons by the bushel load. If you’re looking to fill out your life list, Acadia is the place ...
20). Bird Watching Presents – Christmas Gift Ideas
Bird watchers are rabid about bird watching, and rightfully so. If you are looking for Christmas gift ideas for bird watching presents, here are a few keepers.
Bird Watching Presents
As with practically anything in our modern society, there are all kinds of gadgets and unique gifts that make great Christmas gift ideas for ...
21). Bird Watching – Writing What You See
No bird watcher is complete without his or her bird watching journals. When you go bird watching, you need to keep your life list.
The Life List
If you are or become an avid bird watching enthusiast, you’re going to need to keep records. The reason for this is you want to keep a running list of the various bird species yo...
22). Birding Trails – Florida
If you’re into birding, finding new trails is always an enjoyable task. Here’s a primer on birding trails in Florida.
Birding Trails – Florida
It goes without saying that Florida is a rather large state. The following birding trails represent a mere sample of what is out there, but are proven birding spots. With that bein...
23). Budapest – Health Resort Spas
Budapest is an amazing city with so many attractions that it is hard to know where to start. The health resort spas seem as good a place as any.
Budapest sits on a tectonic plate fault line in Eastern Europe. While earthquakes seem inevitable, one advantage to the location is the proliferation of mineral wate...
24). Budapest, Hungary – An Incredible City
Located in Eastern Europe, Hungary is diverse and beautiful country. The undisputed treasure of the country is Budapest.
Budapest – A Tale of Three Cities
Over 2,000 years old, Budapest is a large city containing traces of the various forces that have ruled it over time. Romans, Turks, Goths and many others have conquered ...
25). Budapest, Hungary – The Castle District
Towering a couple hundred feet above the Danube River, the Castle District in Budapest is a special place. Surrounded by gothic churches with stain glass, a visit to the Castle District is like stepping back into the renaissance.
Situated in the Buda section of Budapest, the Castle District sits on the east...
26). Calcutta, India – More Than You’ve Heard
Calcutta, India is a city known for having a serious poverty problem. While this is true, there is much more to the place.
Calcutta is a colonial city organized during the period of British rule, which means a great majority of it is only one to two hundred years old. Unfortunately, the upkeep in the city has bee...
27). Cambodia Taxi Chaos – a Leaf, a Radiator and a MacGyver Moment
The roads in Cambodia are vicious, angry slabs of asphalt filled with potholes that would qualify as valleys in some countries. Fortunately, I had it made traveling from Sihanoukville to Phnom Penh. Or so I thought.
Having spent two weeks in the relaxing beach town of Sihanoukville, I was getting bored and ...
28). Cambodia – The Blind Masseuses
Cambodia has seen far more than its fair share of tragedy and misery. The blind masseuses offer a glimpse of the true Cambodian heart and will to carry on.
Seeing Hands Massage
With the onset of the genocidal rule of the Khmer Rouge, Cambodia took a serious turn for the worse from the late 1970s through the early eighties...
29). Camping Journals – Preserve Your Camping Experiences
Camping is a great way to escape the rat race and be one with nature. Alas, your camping experiences can fade with time. The best way to prevent this is to keep a camping journal for your adventures.
Take a minute to give some consideration to your most recent camping experience. What sticks out in your mi...
30). Cancun, Mexico – A Little Something For Everyone
A sleepy island area in the 1970s, Cancun has been transformed into a mega tourist destination. Located on the Caribbean side of Mexico, this resort area has something for everyone.
Make no mistake, Cancun is a very tourist friendly destination. Located on the Yucatan peninsula, Cancun is populated with mega resorts...
31). Cheap Gift Ideas
Regardless of whether you don’t want to spend a bundle or simply can’t, there are plenty of cheap gifts that will make people smile. Here’s a list of cheap gift ideas.
Cheap Gift Ideas
You can find all of the following cheap gift ideas online. Just search for the words in parentheses and you should find them.
32). Chita, Siberia – A Little History
In 1999, I decided to live a year in the city of Chita, Russia. For those not in the know, Chita is a city in Siberia.
The City of Chita is a the administrative center of the Chita Oblast, which is similar to a state. It is located smack dab in the middle of Siberia and is about 500 miles east of Lake Baikal....
33). Christmas Gift Ideas for Hikers
Christmas gift ideas can be hard to come by. If you’re buying for a hiker, here are a few hiking gift ideas to consider.
Okay, I’ll be the first one to admit publicly that buying gifts for the holidays can be a pain in derriere. When it comes right down to it, how well do you know someone and how do you know what he or she likes? Buyi...
34). Christmas Gifts for Her – A Unique Approach
The holidays are quickly approaching and that means you need to come up with Christmas gifts for her. Instead of stressing out, consider the following approach.
Christmas Gifts for Her – Gift Ideas
As the holidays approach, we are all subjected to a frustrating phenomenon. What the heck should I get for my wife, sister, m...
35). Christmas Gifts for Him – It’s That Time Again
With the holidays quickly approaching, it is time to start trying to think of creative gift ideas. If you are looking for Christmas gifts for him, here’s the right approach.
Christmas Gifts – What to Get
As the holidays approach, we are all subjected to a frustrating phenomenon. What the heck should I get for my brother, ...
36). Copenhagen – Ice Rinks and Danish Elephants
On my first visit to Denmark, I fell in love with the country and the city of Copenhagen. Contrary to my guidebook, you could see elephants and experience ice hockey in the dead of summer.
The Hanson Brothers
Upon arriving in Copenhagen, I was burned out from backpacking and looking forward to a good nap. I was traveling w...
37). Costa Rica – San Jose and Tamarindo
Over the last ten years, the reputation of Costa Rica as a travel destination has grown leaps and bounds. Good places to visit include San Jose and Tamarindo.
Located in Central America, Costa Rica is a country with a lot to offer. The country is unique because the costal areas present some of the nicest beache...
38). Costa Rica – Tales of the Guaro
Every country has a unique beverage it claims as its own. In Costa Rica, the beverage of choice is Guaro.
There is a certain national pride associated with claiming an alcoholic beverage. Think of Mexico and tequila immediately comes to mind. Vodka, of course, goes with Russia. Visit Greece and an ouzo headache c...
39). Costa Rica – VW Vans and Crawling Things
For better or worse, man has tamed Mother Nature in many countries. My general impression is this isn’t the case in Costa Rica.
San Jose to Carrillo
Roughly ten of us had decided to head to Costa Rica for a week to stay at a friend’s place just outside the beach town of Carrillo on the west coast. We flew into San Jose an...
40). Delhi, India – A Mix of Old and New
Like many cities in India, Delhi is packed to the gills with people. Delhi is unique, however, because it mixes the old with the new.
If you fly into Delhi, you will inevitably end up in New Delhi. This section of the city is very modern in relation to the rest of the country. Roads are wide and organized with s...
41). Denmark – Copenhagen, Helsingor and Beverages
Denmark is one of the hippest countries in Europe. Copenhagen is the center of activity with a lively evening scene, palaces and castles.
If you’ve traveled to Denmark, you’ll understand when I immediately bring up the subject of bars. The Danish like to toss back a few when time permits. Time seems to permit a lot and a few beers oft...
42). Eastern Russia – Vladivostok, Khabarovsk and Magadan
With an incredibly large land mass, Russia is really many countries in one. In this article, we take a look at travel destinations in the Far East.
A naval port city on the Pacific Ocean, Vladivostok has a passing resemblance to a run down San Francisco. Home to the Pacific Fleet of the Russian Navy, the city h...
43). Eclectic Barcelona – What a Blast
Barcelona is one of my favorite cities in Europe. From a general liveliness to museums to attractions, Barcelona has it all and definite eclectic flare.
Eclectic Barcelona – What a Blast
Barcelona is the capital of Catalonia, an autonomous area in the south east of Spain. The city sits directly on the Mediterranean coast a...
44). Female Gift Ideas
The holidays are quickly approaching which means you need to start thinking of gift ideas for the females in your life. Here are a few female gift ideas.
Female Gift Ideas
Female sounds like a strange word to use in this article, but there really isn’t any other way to group moms, wives, girlfriends, sisters, daughters an...
45). Finding Places to Stay When Visiting Hong Kong
Hong Kong is an eclectic mix of Chinese and British influences mixed with a massive amount of adrenaline. Fortunately, you can find places to stay when visiting Hong Kong without much problem.
Finding Places to Stay When Visiting Hong Kong
Hong Kong is both a modern and ancient city. First appearances reveal a modern metro...
46). Florence, Italy – Of David and Such
Often consider “Rome Light”, Florence is the city of the Medici and art galore. Despite this, there is an odd modern influence in this hallowed city.
When it came to the Renaissance, Florence was definitely one of the places to be. The city is full of examples of the past whether from great artist, architecture o...
47). Fly Fishing - In Search of the Chase
With fly fishing, sometimes it is all about the chase. Here’s a day trip that looked unfruitful, but turned out alright in the end.
Colorado Fly Fishing
We put the raft in on a warm morning in Sept. without a cloud in sight. My expectations were not high, since a warm sunny day tends to put the fish down, at least on this ...
48). Fly Fishing Accessories – Hanging Stuff Around Your Chest
If you are going fly fishing, you need to have your critical gear with you while wading and casting. One of the critical pieces of equipment is your vest.
Fly Fishing Accessories – Hanging Stuff Around Your Chest
Construction workers have tool belts to hold everything they need while working. Fly fishing anglers have the ...
49). Fly Fishing Gift Ideas – Christmas Presents
Coming up with fly fishing gift ideas is a surprisingly simple task. Here are a few fly fishing gift ideas that will make great Christmas presents.
Fly Fishing Gift Ideas
Fly fishing is much more than just a rod, fly, water and fish. Don’t scoff. This is true and gives you plenty of fly fishing gift ideas for Christmas pr...
50). Fly Fishing Gifts for Christmas
Christmas is a wonderful time of the year unless you’re having problems coming up with gift ideas. Here are a few fly fishing gift ideas.
Okay, I’ll be the first one to admit publicly that buying gifts for the holidays can be a pain in derriere. When it comes right down to it, how well do you know someone and how do you know what he o...
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