Outdoor Activities

Popular Outdoor Activities in Las Vegas

 

Las Vegas is so much more than just a gambling capital. It is also a popular tourist destination that has a lot of attractions for tourists and visitors.

You can go on a bus tour of the city, visit Tussaud’s museum of wax figures, or see the Stratosphere observatory. Recreations of famous Ancient Egyptian monuments can be seen all over Las Vegas. Museums of all sorts are waiting for you. You can see the Hoover Dam. And, of course, you can experience the atmosphere of a big American city.

In fact, you can go to Las Vegas and have an amazing experience without ever setting foot in a casino. And you wouldn’t be missing much, either. After all, you can play gambling games on online sites like the betting site 22bet, whereas a lot of the special outdoor activities experiences offered by Las Vegas cannot be found anywhere else in the world.

Not all people enjoy the bustle of a city – some go for the calmer and cleaner environment of the suburbs. For them, there is a whole other set of interesting attractions around the city. National Parks, nature sanctuaries, and monuments await you.

Read this article to learn more about…

All the different outdoor activities you can do in Las Vegas

Nature

Cathedral Rock

One of the more interesting places you can visit in Las Vegas is Cathedral Rock. It is a huge towering mountain, which will overawe you with its size and form. And if you come here at night, you will be able to see the stars through the pure mountain air. This will be a whole new experience for you. Stargazing is especially scenic here.

Valley of Fire

If you go to the Valley of Fire, you will find thousands of ancient petroglyphs there. You can spend countless hours strolling through the endless valley. Many try to find a glyph everyone else has missed. There are lots of interesting cliffs and rocks to climb, and everyone will find it exciting.

Mount Charleston

It is hard to believe, but in the winter the mountain tops get a lot of snow. Mount Charleston even has a small ski resort that you may also visit. You will get excellent views of the surrounding areas from the mountain.

Mojave Desert

Walking in Nevada’s arid desert is another pastime that is popular. Everyone who has been to Las Vegas has heard about it, and many people have done it as well. Prepare to get cold, since the desert gets much cooler at night, which is when most people visit it.

Red Rock Canyon

Hiking in the Red Rock Canyon is also interesting. Don’t miss this opportunity. Visit Red Rock in the day and the desert at night for a full experience.

Ranches

Bonnie Springs Ranch is a facsimile copy of an old Nevada city, and it lets visitors travel back in time. The place mimics an 1800s town, and it has everything correct, down to the smallest details.

Note for visitors: the Red Rock Hotel is there. It is the only hotel for miles around. If you want to stay for the night, this is the only place.

Spring Mountain Ranch

The Spring Mountain Ranch is another place you must visit. It has a yoga class held on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays. It involves the local goats, which take yoga to a new level. The curious goat kids come to investigate new people. They make regular yoga much more exciting.  You also get to play with them and feed them. Goat Yoga is a unique experience, and many visitors have warm memories of it.

Sports and Other Outdoor Activities

Spear-Chucking

Spear-chucking is a sport that visitors find very interesting. It is more than entertainment – it is a way to cool off and fight stress. If you have been feeling pent-up anger or stress, then go to the spear range and let off some steam. You may throw spears at a target for accuracy, or you may do it for distance too.

Bike Riding

Riding on bikes is no less popular than hiking in the desert. Many people come to this area for the ride and scenery, without visiting the city. There are long routes for bike rides in the area, and the extreme one is 100 miles long. But most go for the easier 40-mile ride instead. The 35-mile long route around Lake Mead is the best for new riders.

Horse Riding

Horse riding is popular, and people visit the Red Rock canyon, where the stables are located. The stables are home to many fine horses, and there are five different horse trails for you to ride on.

 

Create and Edit Videos

How to Create and Edit Travel Videos

 

Have no experience with creating and editing Travel videos? Don’t worry! Just like anything else, it’s a learning process in itself – much like photography. No matter what experience level your filming / editing currently lays, everyone has to start somewhere.  Here are some tips to get started with.

Before you go…

Before departing on your trip, come up with a concept that you want to capture and outline it. Depending on the amount of research you conduct on your destination, you will more than likely arrive with a good sense of what to expect. This will help you in creating a skeleton outline as to what you want to capture, specifics you want to focus on, and an overall vibe you want to create.

If you use music: One thing I find specifically helpful is to put together a good playlist before heading out on my travels. Personally, music is one of my core influences in my videos.  A lot of times, however, the music selection will be decided after the trip itself during the editing process. You can find more about music selection in the Editing Process  section below.

Filming on location

While there will be many things you will spontaneously film, you should have that skeleton outline we discussed earlier. Plan your shots accordingly so you can capture and tell your story. Think about the angle you want the shot from, the sentiment you want to convey (is it humor? Euphoria? Melancholy? Awe-inspiring?). Take candid shots of your surroundings that give your audience of what day-to-day life is like. If you are going to use voice overs, think about some of the things you will want to mention as you observe and take part in your travels. Keep in mind that this is a “minute tour,” so the more shots you take and the more angles you include, the more well-rounded your video will feel. You will also have much more editing power with additional footage. Throughout the filming process, try to plan your shots in sequence. This will help substantially when you are editing your video, as it will be much easier to piece your footage together.

  • Keep the Camera as Steady as Possible

Many people do not recognize this until they get back from their trip, but the slightest bump or sway on camera can give people motion sickness on a big screen. Instead of shooting while walking, try to take still shots with a steady hand and use slow zoom capabilities to focus in on your subject. For instance, if you are taking the footage of someone else, run ahead of them and let them walk passed you as you steadily pan the shot. That having been said, don’t over do it. There is nothing more visually nauseating than overly zooming in and quickly panning. When you take your footage, come up with a consistent means of filming and stick to it.

  • Get Over Being Camera Shy!

If you are putting together touring footage with a friend or of yourself, get over that shyness! This is a tour! Being awkward on camera is your psyche’s reaction to doing something unfamiliar – which makes it uncomfortable. I tend to think of camera-shyness as a sheet of ice that’s blocking my way. So what do we do with this obstacle? We break that ice with a sledgehammer called ‘your personality.’

Firstly, RELAX.  If this is your first video in front of the camera, you will need a few takes – especially as you get comfortable in front of the lens. If you are talking to the camera, pretend you are describing something to someone you are very comfortable with. Use an appropriate amount of body language to help convey your message and your enthusiasm, and do NOT stick your hands in your pockets. That’s the clear-tell sign that you are uncomfortable. Most importantly, above all else, just be yourself.

The editing process

At this point, you have the skeleton outline of your movie along with the footage. Now comes the fun part: the editing!

Trim the Fat

The first thing you will want to do it sit down, watch all of your footage and ‘trim the fat’ – cut the unwanted, unnecessary, and poorly shot footage from your video reel. The more you can trim the easier your video will be for editing purposes.

(Re)Consider Music Selection

After your trip, you may now have a different ideas to what kind of experience you would like to convey.  Music can help a great deal with that. You may have some ideas from that playlist we discussed earlier. If not, no worries. The easiest way to choose your music is to narrow your selection down to 5 choices, and listen/watch the footage simultaneously. I work through my footage while paying attention to the attitude and emotion the music conveys (IE you are going to have a very different video if you use Andrea Bocelli vs. Lady Gaga).  I tend to find myself singing the song I want to use in my video the entire time in a location.

Tell Your Story

You have everything you need to now turn your footage into a stellar travel video. Consider things like transitions in between scenes, use of pictures, special effects, and voice overs to help you tell your story. While you have that skeleton outline and overall concept, there is no said outline to this – so do what feels right to you. After all, this is your Minute Tour.

Camera / Software recommendations

“What Kind of Camera Should I Use?”

While it would be nice if we could all afford one of these, it’s quite unrealistic. Believe it or not, point-and-shoot cameras (I stick with Canon and Nikon) and smart phones (iPhone, Android, Samsung) take fine quality HD footage that is just right for this kind of tour. SLR cameras are also excellent, as GoPro cameras are for action and adventure. Try to make sure you are shooting your videos at a frame rate of about 30 fps (the higher the better for effects like slow motion, etc).  As you make your way up the in the world of videography and your editing skills improve, you may want to consider investing in a camcorder or an SLR Camera (Canon or Nikon are always winners) with video capabilities.

“What Video Editing Software Do You Recommend?”

Unfortunately, I have not had great experience with free video editing software. The majority of these are typically linked to trial periods, missing features you have to buy, and leave distracting watermarks on the footage you’ve just put your sweat and blood into editing. The good news is that you can afford two excellent (if not two of the best) video editing programs for under $100.

For diehard Mac converts (including yours truly), iMovie is a great place to start. iMovie is part of the iLife package software. The majority of my videos that I create are edited on iMovie. The editing process on iMovie becomes familiar fairly quickly, and the features are excellent. iMovie gives you the ability to create those awesome transitions, an easy way to monitor and create a story board, one click special effects and transitions, etc. I highly recommend iMovie ’11 to anyone with a Mac and brand new to this process.

Available for both Mac and PCs, Adobe Premier Elements offers a robust platform to organize and edit your photos and video into remarkable travel footage.  While Apple provides some excellent tools for both photo and video, Adobe Premiere is the next step up – providing you with much more technical editing ability than iMovie with a quick learning curve.

 

Tips for travelling

Tips for Working Remotely While Traveling the World

 

Being able to work wherever you want and travel the world sounds like a dream to most people.

Usually, you’re either able to do one or the other – rarely both. However, it has become an increasingly attractive concept that many people wish to make a reality.

Whether you are a novice at remote working on-the-go, or you’re a seasoned traveler who still makes a living while traveling, we’ve compiled expert advice for all those who wish to be successful in this arena. 5 Tips for traveling.

5 Tips for Working Remotely While Traveling the World

1. Figure Out Your Working Style

Knowing how, when, and where you’re most productive is essential in making the most of your time. Although traveling can offer a stunning atmosphere, it can also be a distraction.

If you know you work best indoors, without the buzz of others around you, during daylight hours, work then. Are you more of a night owl but prefer to have your toes in the sand while working? Fantastic. There is no right or wrong work environment, only an environment that works for you. Find it, and you’re golden.

2. Plan for Your Internet Connection

Working remotely can be challenging while traveling, especially when your most important tool to work is removed. These days, an internet connection is vital to any freelancer or company-employed individual. It is simply the only way to get any work done, period.

If you know your destination ahead of time, check out the Wi-Fi situation in your nearby hotel or café. Many countries now offer internet cafes specifically for the purpose of working individuals. Also consider going to the local library for computer and internet services. Depending on your work situation and travel destination, it might be better for you to purchase a pre-paid reliable hotspot (like skyroam) for a quality internet connection.

These options might be foreign and cost a little money, but it’ll be well worth it to afford your traveling lifestyle.

3. Invest in Quality Travel Electronics

Research the countries where you’re traveling to know what specific travel adapters you need for the outlets. As a rule of thumb, most European outlets are the same (excluding Great Britain), and a lot of Asian countries have similar outlets. Take at least one spare adapter with you before you leave, and it wouldn’t hurt for you to buy a portable charging bank as well.

If you would like to create better ambiance for your travels, purchase some quality headphones or earbuds – they not only drown out excess noise, but they also upgrade your entertainment experiences.

4. Communication Skills Are Key

Although you will be on-the-go (or on an island) most days, it’s still very important to stay in touch with your coworkers and managers. Prepare your communication methods ahead of time so that you can avoid technical mishaps or general misunderstandings when you arrive to your travel destination. Most companies employ the use of video chats and conference calls at least once per week in order for everyone to stay updated on important information.

Some employers may want to err on the side of caution and enforce strict procedures for communication, or they might mandate you make physical appearances at least a few times per year. If you are bound by constricting rules, it might take away the joy of your scenic view. However, your best response is to be flexible and available whenever possible since they are being flexible with your location as well.

5. Always Have a Backup Plan

There will be a day where it’s impossible to find an internet connection, you miss your taxi, you lose an import work file, or your electronic accessories stop working altogether. Count on it.

“Have a backup plan for your backup plan,” HR Director Charlene J. Robinson of Resumes Planet. “When you’re traveling, anything can go wrong. It’s critical to have options when something does happen, such as technical issues during a conference video chat.”

These experiences are tough to swallow, but they sting much less if you prepare for the worst. If you can’t connect to the internet, carry a notebook and pen with you; jot down your most pressing concerns and ideas for the next time you communicate with your staff. If other technical issues arise, plan for an alternative way to chat online – email, Skype, or another messaging platform.

6. House Sitting – Consider different accommodation options

Why not to try to reduce costs and still enjoy a different culture? There are house owners who are looking for reliable house sitters. Like that you can work remotely and explore the world. We have a complete article about house sitting for you here.

It’s a great alternative, which not many have on their radar when they want to travel and see the world. Like that you have a proper base and all the conveniences of “home”. You can explore a region in more detail, as you stay longer in one destination, before heading to the next spot.

Some Final Thoughts

Working remotely while traveling can be an enriching experience for many people. Keep in mind these main concerns before you begin your travel journeys indefinitely in order to best prepare yourself for any obstacles that can occur on the road.

With the quality products mentioned, along with the highlighted personality traits, you will undoubtedly be successful during your remote working endeavors.