Why is it that wherever you go in the world the first topic of conversation always seems to be about the weather? “Hot today isn’t it?”. “Looks like rain again”. Back in the day people always used to rely on television weather presenters or the radio for predictions about that particular days or weeks weather but nowadays things have changed. As we know it is impossible to carry a television around with you to keep up to date with the weather, but what we can certainly carry around with us that fits snugly in our pockets is a smartphone, and the best way to get up to the minute information is through a weather app. But how is the weather actually forecast?
The science behind predicting the weather has improved drastically over the years. During the Second World War, planners found it very difficult to identify enemy positions because the weather would affect the conventional weather radar systems that were available to them. To solve this problem, scientists developed what is called a Doppler weather radar. Doppler systems work by sending radar pulses that detect precipitation, the density of rainfall and how intense that may be, whether it will fall as snow, or hailstones. The pulses can also detect the speed that the precipitation is moving which in turn allows them to calculate how fast a particular storm might be moving and also the height of a particular storm.
The importance of scientists and meteorologists making accurate weather predictions cannot be stressed enough and without doubt has saved many lives in recent years. If mobile applications had been available in 1987 when British weatherman Michael Fish famously (or infamously) predicted there was nothing to worry about an approaching storm, then people would have been able to keep up to date with what became known as the Great Storm of 1987 and prevented many casualties and some fatalities, secured their buildings and saved millions of dollars in damage.
For sure, keeping informed about the weather these days is important and by far the best way to do that is through a smartphone app. So, the next time your friend says to you “Hot today isn’t it?”, or “Looks like rain again”, activate your phone app and you can tell them exactly how hot it is or whether it will rain again!
Even though summer 2016 is coming to a close, you may be looking forward to summer 2017 already, and if you’re planning on hitting the road for a long distance trip to places that you’ve never seen before, planning in advance will be necessary. Check out the helpful tips below to plan next summer’s trip with ease.
First of all, if you don’t yet have a driving licence, there’s no better time than now to prepare to get one for your upcoming road trip next summer. After all, if you’re planning on going on your road trip alone, you’ll need to know how to drive, and if you’re travelling with friends or family, you should get your licence so that you won’t have to be a passenger the entire time and you can contribute some driving time to get to your destination faster. When preparing to get your driving license, take mock driving theory tests to practice, as that will increase your odds of passing the test the first time you take it.
Next, you’ll need to determine where you want to go. Do you want to take a cross-country trip, or would you rather stay a little more local and make your trip a shorter one? Regardless of where you’re planning on going, you’ll need some great Car Batteries and you’ll need to make repairs in advance to your vehicle and be certain that you give your car a thorough inspection to ensure it will run properly throughout your journey. Get the oil changed, top off the fluids, make sure your air conditioner and wiper blades work, and fill up the tyres.
You should also plan all of your stops in advance so that you’ll know exactly where you need to go and when you need to stop after you hit the road. For example, if you’re planning on being on the road for 24 hours or longer to get to your destination, you may decide to stop at a rest area and sleep in the car or you may decide to stop at a hotel. Either way, knowing where you can stop will ease the anxiety and eliminate the fear of finding a place to go once you’re on the road in an unfamiliar place.
Finally, setting your budget for your road trip is necessary to ensure you’ll be able to do everything that you want to do without breaking the bank. Calculate how much you can spend on food and accommodation along the way, as well as once you arrive at your destination, and give yourself a little extra money, just in case you end up going over your budget. After all, when travelling to new places, you don’t know what local prices will be like.
Once you factor in your costs, route, and car, all you have to do is hit the open road, follow your GPS, and enjoy the scenery as you make your way towards your holiday destination.
It seems like a new craze, but starting a travel blog is something that everyone that goes on holiday should do. Of course everyone does it for different reasons, but the point is that it can be a very rewarding thing to have and something of a hobby, that has a lot of other potential avenues. Here are all the answers to the questions that you have about how to start a travel blog.
The first and main reason for thinking about how to start a travel blog is naturally to document your travels for your friends, family, colleagues and anybody else. It usually starts with this kind of audience and as a way to document a trip. Perhaps you are going to Europe for a few months and you want to keep everyone in the loop about where you are and what you are doing. For me personally, I find it very difficult to go over everything with my family after a long holiday. Of course we talk about it, but it is a great opportunity for them to read it and it gives you something to talk about.
Writing and blogging is also a really great way to preserve your memories of your trip, just like you would with a journal. I have found that in the past I had forgotten some very small details about my trips that I found again when reading over my previous blogs.
Lastly, the opportunities that come with blogging are amazing. There are opportunities for you to make some money as a guest poster on other sites, test new and exciting products and perhaps even get some free accommodation and flights to places around the world. The possibilities are almost endless!
The best time to start a travel blog is right now. You don’t even need to be traveling right now to do it, but it is always a useful thing to have regardless. You can talk about anything you want, it doesn’t even have to be travel. Starting a travel blog is one of those things that many people put off, but they should just take the plunge, it really isn’t expensive at all.
Honestly, you don’t need anything fancy to begin with. I would highly recommend finding a hosting website and getting a domain name and then installing WordPress. It is undoubtedly the best blogging platform around and it is something I use for this blog. The next step is to blog about any and everything you experience. Enjoy!