A travel journal can become a treasured possession as you look back on your adventures and share with friends and family details of your trip. Keeping a travel journal for the length of your holiday can be a daunting prospect if you aren’t used to journalling but here are some tips and ideas to keep you going.
It is thought that the Vikings were able to navigate their way around the globe discovering Iceland, Greenland and America by using the stars, possibly the oldest use of astronomy. The Vikings then used polarisation and the mineral sunstone to navigate in completely overcast skies. By the end of the 13th century, nautical charts were being drawn and the skies were no longer the only means of navigation. In the modern world, we have the compass and GPS technology but if these ever fail you, there’s always the night sky for leading the way just as the Vikings did thousands of years ago.
I propose to construct a new chart for navigating, on which I shall delineate all the sea and lands of the Ocean in their proper positions under their bearings…
Christopher Columbus, Explorer, 1451 – 1506
Nothing stays the same; certainly not the oceans of the world. Every change on the water needs to be reflected on its nautical chart. These charts are navigational tools vital for all watercraft providing concise information about ocean depths and coastal features plus information about lights, beacons, piles, nautical limits and all navigational hazards.
Every map supplied by The Chart & Map Shop is fully corrected on the day you buy it but how do you keep it up to date as the day you bought it?
With the right know-how and skills, you can survive some of the harshest environments in the world – the Australian bush. Protect yourself and fellow travellers with the information you will need if you become lost on a bush walk or your vehicle breaks down off the beaten track.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American Poet, 1807-1882
International marine signal flags are used by ships to spell out short messages, used individually or as part of a combination for a special meaning. For ceremonial and festive occasions ships can be dressed in marine signal flags with the flags strung from the rigging either end to end or bow to stern.
Loads of people ask what the differences between the Hema HX-1 and HN7 are. In the interests of brevity, here’s a chart that outlines all the key differences. Which model is right for you depends a little bit on your needs. To be honest, there are only really two key things that, if you need, would lean you towards the old model – the ability to connect a reversing camera and the option to load your own maps on to it. If neither of those things are important to you, the new model is better in pretty much every other way.
Whether you are just starting out or you’re an experienced sailor, there are plenty of materials to expand your knowledge about travelling on the high seas. You will find the perfect book, map or guide to learn how to rig, chart, read symbols, race, teach your kids sailing and even speak like a true sailor.
If you go camping a bit, chances are you either have, or have heard of, this book. Regarded as Australia’s camping bible, Camps Australia Wide guide is pretty much indispensable for the traveller. The new edition, Camps 9, has been 100% researched and updated and now contains over 4,000 campsites, with more 3,000 of those being pet friendly.
Have you been camping since you were a toddler or starting out a little later in life? It doesn’t matter, there’s always something new to learn. Before you set off on the road you’ll need to consider everything from your vehicle to accommodation, meals and sights. Here are a few tips and resources to get you started.
Western Australia boasts one of the longest walking trails in the world. The Bibbulmun Track stretches 1,000 km from Kalamunda in Perth to Albany in the south-west. The Track is popular with locals, interstate and overseas visitors alike. Choose a section of the Track for a day of amazing scenery or challenging walks or, if you’re game, tackle the whole Track. Due to its size, the Track is divided into nine sections.