Choosing the right backpack is an important and often confusing decision. It's a piece of luggage that you will likely have with you at all times, and it's what will hold all your necessities.  Like many things travel related, picking the right backpack requires balance between two extremes: Cheap vs. expensive, solid frame vs. fabric, big vs. small.

After a while apples and bananas begin to seem boring. If you are over the typical fruits there are a few international options to try. Check them out.

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You have the flights booked, the hotel room reserved, and you are packed for travelling. But being prepared for your holiday starts before you depart on your travels. Cover-More's ultimate checklist will prepare you and your home before you leave town and will help ensure you return to your home just as you left it.

Dan Moore

There is something about watching the sun dip below the horizon as the skies turn all shades of red, orange, yellow, purple, blue and more. It’s mesmerizing, memorable, inspiring and as it is often said, no two sunsets are ever the same. Whether it’s the colours, clouds, scenery or who you are with, each sunset has something unique about it.

If you choose fresh fruit, choose something firm like an apple or an orange. They are protected by the peel and instantly refreshing.  Pack them in a Ziploc bag with paper towels for a quick clean-up and place to store the peels/core. For dried fruits, opt for something with a lot of flavour, like dried cherries, so you get the nutrients but don't skimp on taste.

For countries that have only been around since 1993, the Czech Republic and Slovakia do a great job of showcasing their exciting histories. These European countries transport you to a time of medieval villages and powerful royal families. Unravel the history of the Czech Republic and Slovakia by visiting some of the most impressive castles Europe has to offer.

For years, pickpockets have honed their skills on countless victims so they don't need to change their methods much; they just practice them until they are perfect. Be aware of your surroundings and follow these tips to prepare before you leave, make yourself a difficult target and to protect your valuables from prying hands and eyes. If you can recognize that there are some people who make a living off of tourists like you, it should be enough to encourage healthy suspicion in certain scenarios to keep a step ahead. All you can do is be prepared, be alert and be practical.

By Julie Jones

Julie Jones  is a travel writer with a difference. Julie writes all about travelling with a disability and has built an amazing community on her Have Wheelchair Will Travel website Facebook page. Today Julie provides us with a fantastic guest blog about finding unique wheelchair accessible adventures

There are currently 7,000 languages spoken around the world, but it's estimated that up to 90% of those languages will be extinct by 2050. It's impressive to learn a new language, and even more impressive to learn more than one, but should you find yourself short on time, there are few words and phrases to keep on hand to make the conversation flow.

By Dan Moore

The earlier you can check-in for your flight, the better your chances are of finding the perfect seat. Check in online as early as possible to swap your seats or confirm the seats you chose when you snagged your tickets. When choosing your seat, keep away from galleys and bathrooms and opt for window seats as close to the front of the aircraft as possible. Think of it this way—the fewer people you see in front of you, the easier it is to ignore the other passengers and the more important you will feel. Avoid bulkheads though, as they often cater to the young-family set where all things baby and toddler will be stored.

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