What Makes Going Camping for The First Time a Truly Great Experience

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Have you always wanted to go camping? Are you finally ready for something more adventurous outside of your comfort zone?

Even if you are, the fact that it’s something you haven’t done before and which requires some preparation might scare you.

Too many people plan going camping for some time, until they end up deciding it’s too risky and it’s an option they might explore in the future.

So, if you’re having any doubts, are overwhelmed with all the camping tips that are out there, and think it will take too much work and time, this article will help you understand why it’s worth the adventure.

The Benefits of Going Camping

1. Getting back to the simple life.

Our lives are too complicated, but we’re the ones who’ve made them so. Technology is such a huge part of our lives, that the need to unplug on a regular basis is getting bigger and bigger.

Camping is the ultimate escape from reality. It’s easier to clear your mind when you’re far away from the corporate world and the materialistic society we live in.

You refind yourself because you realize you aren’t that dependent on the comforts of daily life you’re used to. We’re talking about all the gadgets you use at home that make life easier. When going camping, you just see how unnecessary they are.

Excess possessions, wearing fancy clothes, caring too much stuff, money – all these have nothing to do with camping. Instead, you’re out in the nature, with good company, enjoying life for what it really is.

2. It’s cheap.

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That’s a great advantage compared to the standard holidays people go to, where too much money is being spent in advance and during the trip, and that’s why it’s not something people can afford as often as they’d like.

Camping isn’t luxury travel, but it’s fun, it’s a challenge, you learn and grow during it, can connect with your friends on a deeper level, unplug and relax completely.

What’s more, there’s no upfront cost, and anything you need is basic and pretty inexpensive.

As long as you do your research, you can be sure you’ll find the most effective and affordable gear and will have a great time when camping. Here’s one such resource with practical tips and tricks.

3. There are health benefits too.

First, you’re spending time outside and breathing the fresh air.

Next, you’re staying active. Be it by hiking, simply taking long walks in nature or any other outdoor activity, you’re burning calories, strengthening your muscles, and – if done regularly – keeping your heart healthy and promoting longevity.

All this boosts your immune system, makes you more energized than ever, and is actually a natural stress reliever and a cure for depression.

You also get enough vitamin D from direct exposure to sunlight.

If you make good food choices before you go, your healthy menu will be sorted too. For a snack, for instance, you can try a homemade trail mix.

To stay safe at the same time, though, make sure you have the right camping equipment.

4. You’ll finally sleep like a baby.

Sleep deprivation is a common thing.

We can’t turn our minds off at night, and together with the devices around us and the engaging things we do in the evening, we can’t fall asleep for hours when in bed. What’s more, our sleep isn’t quality and we wake up drained and in a bad mood.

Well, going camping might be a game-changer for you.

You’ll sleep better at night in the fresh air and after getting exhausted from anything you did during the day. There won’t be any technology to disturb you, and being in nature is relaxing.

As long as you’ve chosen the right gear for camping, you’re good to go. We’re talking about a tent, backpacking pillow, and anything else that will make your stay in the outdoors comfortable.

5. Peace of mind.

You may have tried to start meditating, to wake up earlier and spend some quiet time that’s only for yourself, to find an isolated place in the evening to do some creative work, or else.

But in the city, that’s rarely possible. There’s too much noise, there’s always someone calling or texting us, we feel the need to check email and social media too often, family members or roommates come in the room, and we just can’t let go and empty our mind. Peace of mind is almost impossible in daily life.

But when going camping, prepare to be at ease all the time, to get used to the sounds of nature that will boost your creativity and productivity when you come back.

Camping is a spiritual experience, together with everything else we talked about.

The view, the silence, the solitude, the simplicity – all this makes you come back to the present moment and leave behind all pressure, expectations and anything that’s bothering you.

6. Improving relationships.

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Going camping for the first time is a great way to spend some quality time with your family, do something new and exciting, and do all kinds of activities together, like cooking camping meals, hiking, setting up a tent, building a campfire, exploring an area, and more.

It’s also an awesome thing to do with friends as you make your relationship stronger by sharing such an adventure.

7. You become adaptive.

We need new, challenging experiences so that we can evolve. Going camping helps us with our personal development process as we put ourselves in an uncomfortable environment and have no other choice but to adapt and find a way to have fun and enjoy every moment.

What’s more, we become resourceful and creative. Many unexpected things come up and you can never really be that prepared about your first camping trip. But that’s fine, because you learn to work with what you’ve got and make things work anyways.

You’ll stop relying on others or outer factors, and will start planning in advance and providing. That’s a good chance to give fishing a try. Make sure you got the right tools for this activity too. Here are some fly fishing flies for every angler.

You learn new skills too while doing any of the activities we mentioned above. It’s not like you can have experience with them, so you just go for it and learn as you go. But that improves your thinking skills too and you can later apply the new knowledge in a creative way to things from daily life, like your business, how you work, your fitness program, etc.

So these benefits should be enough to convince you to go camping for the first time and feel positive about it.


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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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