5 Best Compact Binoculars For Travel, Bird Watching or Everyday Use

Best Compact Binoculars

Binoculars are such an underrated travel accessory. They’re small enough to fit in your pocket but add so much value to a sporting event or sightseeing when traveling.

I remember using a pair binoculars at a Red Sox game and it totally changed my experience of seeing aspects of the game I love so much. I would have never thought to bring binoculars either; it was my old girlfriend at the time that had them. I love Fenway Park and had always wanted to see a game there. We scored tickets last minute when we were in Boston, and I was ecstatic soaking up the smells and sounds of the stadium. It was an iconic event for me. We didn’t get great seats, but I didn’t care, I was just happy to be there. I remember just as we were starting to get comfortable in our seats, my girlfriend whipped out a pair of compact binoculars. I actually didn’t even know she had them on her. For the next hour, I hogged these mini binoculars as I peered around the stadium watching everything from the players on the field to the details all around the stadium at far distances.

Best Compact Binoculars

Years later, I got roped into spending the day with these photography students trying to capture photos of birds in the wild. My friend was the teacher of the class, and I owed him a favor after he helped me move into my apartment across town. He needed an extra set of hands hauling equipment, and I had nothing to do that weekend. Because the kids were using their cameras, I was asked to help spot birds using binoculars. I had no idea what I was doing, I didn’t know what I was supposed to look for, and would just randomly say “bird” and point to a direction which followed with a dozen or so clicks from these young students. I kept joking I was the dog in that Pixar Movie “UP” that would stop mid-sentence to yell “Squirrel.”

Anyways, that day I got to test about a dozen pairs of binoculars. The students would hand them to me to use to spot birds, and by the end of the day, I really noticed a difference between the different brands, weights, and distances. From what I found, the best compact binoculars have a few common traits, but design can be misleading. After that day, and knowing how great my experience was at Fenway, I heavily researched the best compact binoculars online as I wanted to get a pair for myself.

Here are a few quick yet essential takeaways when researching or shopping for binoculars:

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15 Best Travel Tips To Ensure Your Safe and Having Fun

Best Travel Tips

You never know what you’ll need until you need it. People who travel often usually know what to pack and what to avoid. Regular travelers also have a more calm sense of being throughout their trip, know tricks about airports or traveling in general and are even more natural when socializing and meeting new people. Practice makes perfect, and the more experience you get, the better you become. But a great tip or piece of advice can go a long way.

The following is a collection of the best travel tips I could find while searching the web. I included a link to the article and website to help you find other awesome travel sites and blogs and to get more info. I plan to update this article as time passes, so if you have suggestions to add to the article or know of a link to a great article, please leave a comment below!

1. Learn Common Phrases of the Local Language: A simple “Please,” “Thank you,” or “I’m sorry” in the local language goes a long way. I also like to learn the word for beer, but that’s just me. Read more: OrdinaryTraveler.com

2. Meet Local People:  Make it a point to avoid other travelers from time to time and start conversations with local people. Basic English is spoken widely all over the world, so it’s easier to communicate than you might think, especially when you combine hand gestures and body language. Read more:  ExpertVagabond.com

3. Spend More Time in Fewer Places: When you’re planning a trip, don’t try and go everywhere and do everything – that’s a recipe for burnout and blowing your budget! Instead of racing from one end of a country to another, or tearing through 6 countries in 6 weeks, get to know a region well.  Read more: YTravelBlog.com

4. Protect Yourself Against Petty Crime – Petty crime is, unfortunately, rife in most large cities around the world. Many thieves target tourist attractions and hotels, as they believe vacationers are easy targets. Handy tips include leaving your passport in the hotel safe and carrying a photocopy with you. It’s also helpful to try and keep luggage out of sight in cars and not to leave any valuables behind, even in a locked vehicle. Read more: TheCultureTrip.com

5. Make Extra Copies of your Passport and Important Documents – Don’t forget to e-mail a copy to yourself so you’ll almost always have access to them, one way or another. Read more: NomadicMatt.com

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8 Awesome Outdoor Activities To Try When Visiting Colorado

Colorado Travel Tips

Whether you’re a nature lover or culture aficionado, there is always something to do in Colorado. The city boasts the most stunning views in America as it’s nestled up to the cliffs and mountains. Colorado is a beautiful state filled with numerous sights and adventures. There are a number of city parks, some of which are very different from the types of parks you are used too. You would be forgiven for thinking you’re in a reserve of some sort. With all the beauty that beckons outside, you really can’t afford to stay indoors. Not even for a minute!

When is the Best Time of the Year to Visit Colorado?

Typically, the Winter is when most tourists plan trips to Colorado; during ski season. Prices are at a premium, but snowboarders and skiers love the fresh power during the day and a thriving nightlife scene in the evening. Winter in Colorado means cold weather, so bundle up accordingly and prepare for the occasional snowstorm. However, Colorado is still a great travel destination during summer too. In fact, tourists who visit Colorado outside of ski season will find lower hotel and flight rates. The summers in Colorado are beautiful, the weather is warm and dry and in the fall, and you can watch the leaves change.

Pikes Peak

Here are eight outdoor activities you must not miss on your visit to Colorado.

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5 Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under 100 Bucks

5 Best Wireless Noise Cancelling Headphones Under 100

In this article, I talk about 5 of the best noise cancelling headphones under 100 bucks that I’ve bought and used over the years. Most of my life is riding the bus, train or being on a plane. So I like the zone out with my music and listen to everything from music with heavy bass to live music and podcasts.

Best Noise Cancelling Headphones Under 100 Bucks

I have a confession to make; I go through more wireless headphones than anyone I know. It’s not entirely my fault. I travel a lot, and for whatever reason, wireless noise cancelling headphones are always an item I have to re-buy. I had a pair stolen from me when traveling to Costa Rica and then again when I went to Europe. I lost a pair once when I was in Mexico after I had too much to drink and then had two more pairs break on me from random miss fortune. The glass half full outlook on these bad luck experiences is that I have tested out a large number of noise-cancelling headphones, and I now know what I’m looking for.

Naturally, after having to rebuy a few pairs, I now only target the best noise cancelling headphones under 100 bucks I can find, and I have a few brands I know and trust. Those looking to pickup up a pair for a flight or vacation, or simply looking to wear them in a noisy environment like the gym, will want to make sure you find noise cancelling headphones specifically. The main reason being is you don’t want your music to have to compete with the sounds around you. Noise cancellation makes it possible to listen to music without raising the volume excessively. The theory is, to cancel the lower-frequency portions of noise. However, there is a slight drawback. Noise cancelling usually costs more and it’s also been known to reduce audio quality and add high-frequency hiss. So the goal is to find the best wireless noise cancelling headphones that will sound great and will also last.

The following are the five best wireless noise cancelling headphones under 100 bucks I would recommend.

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Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Pack Review: Built For Travel

osprey farpoint 40 review

The following article is a review of the Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Pack. In this article, you’ll get a personal take on the pros and cons of this model along with some tips and advice if you’re looking at Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack or a similar backpack design. 

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Osprey Farpoint 40 Travel Pack Review

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Just recently our very own staff writer Julie Buckingham wrote an amazing article on Laptop Backpacks for Women, which made me think of one of my last trip to Germany. I bought the Osprey Farpoint 40 travel pack specifically for the trip, which was half business, half pleasure. We went for just over two weeks and because I had to fit in a Laptop and a small camera into the bag, I was concerned about the space. I was very close to getting the Osprey Farpoint 55 Travel Backpack, which is bigger, but I’m glad I didn’t.

One of the reason’s why I decided to stick with Osprey Farpoint 40 travel pack was that I was trying my hardest pack less. I was inspired by the documentary “Minimalism” which I had watched on Netflix leading up to the trip. Minimalism, in a nutshell, is the goal to just use your most essential items and not to carry around extra clutter in life. So for this trip, I figured I would force myself to do so by only carrying around a smaller backpack. To my surprise this the Osprey Farpoint 40 held a large amount of stuff, way more than I was expecting. My minimalism is goal remains on track in life, but looking back on that trip, I could have easily packed more items in the Osprey Farpoint 40 backpack.

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