7 good reasons to go camping in autumn.

We’ve put together 7 good reasons to go camping in autumn so whether you normally camp in summer or have never camped before, read on. Autumn camping has a lot to recommend it. See places in a different light – literally! Autumn landscapes can be stunningly beautiful. Gold, orange, red and brown replace the green of summer and create a colourful backdrop when camping in the great outdoors. Morning mists,…

Tent under starry night sky with glow from light outside the tent.

How to ‘seize the day’ in the 21st century.

The notion of seizing the day comes from the ancient latin phrase, Carpe Diem, but is it still relevant in 2023? Perhaps mindfulness and ‘You Only Live Once’ (YOLO) offer more modern interpretations of living in the moment? ‘Carpe Diem, quam minimum credula postero.’ is the full saying and translates to, ‘Pluck (seize) the day, place little trust in tomorrow.’ It’s about making the most of what’s around us while…

Sun emerging from cloud representing the opportunity to seize the day

How you can benefit from the sounds of nature.

I’ve always thought that wildlife encounters are all about what you see. We’ve been lucky enough to have sightings of animals in their natural habitat which have been truly wonderful and awe-inspiring. However I’m appreciating more and more the value of what I can hear (and can’t hear) when I’m outside in nature. So I started looking into whether any clinical research has been done into the benefits of listening…

Girl listening to the sounds of nature whilst sitting on a hill overlooking sea

Cold weather camping tips – how to stay warm.

Anyone considering camping in cold weather needs to spend some time planning for warmth. It’s key to comfort, enjoyment and safety so here are some tips on how to stay warm. Start with your body, from the inside. The average optimal body temperature is 37ºC. Maintaining it will take more energy in very cold conditions and if you’re burning more calories, you need to eat more. Foods that take longer…

Cold weather camping setting with tent in woodland with snow on the ground and sun shining through the trees

Gap year ideas – choose your own road.

There are lots of gap year ideas out there and organised programmes that combine work or study and travel. But maybe you’re considering a more independent approach? If so, read on –  I’ve put together some information to get you started. In our 20s, we spent a year in Australia. We organised our own travel and found work. It may need more planning but that approach definitely is still possible…

road stretches ahead towards forest and mountains

Gap Year travel 1980s style.

Back in the day and way before LayBakPak, we had a Gap Year! It wasn’t an organised volunteering, studying or working program. We simply bought plane tickets to Australia and took off – literally. We had some idea of where we would be staying but no idea of where we would be working. It felt like a huge adventure. The first 4 months in Sydney were spent working (3 jobs…

Car driving through stream towards thick forest.

Our beautiful planet and our place on it.

For us at LayBakPak, it’s all about getting out to appreciate the beautiful world we live in. So, in our blogs, we’d like to share tips on practical ways to enjoy being in wild places and to tell you about great places to spend time outdoors. But as Sir David Attenborough expresses so clearly in these words, “No one will protect what they don’t care about, and no one will…

View of beautiful planet earth from space showing Asia ann Australia with surrounding seas

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