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10 Ways To Make Money Biking

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Personally, I believe that, nowadays, ANYBODY can make some extra money on the side pursuing their passion, or even turn it into a profitable business !

So, if you love biking, and looking for a way to support your passion, here I want to share with you my ideas of 10 ways to make money while biking:

What The Hell Is River Bugging ?

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Here, I present you another relatively new, crazy, adrenaline-filled water sport -river bugging.
"What is river bugging?" - you ask. In a nutshell, it's river tubing with a twist.



Instead of a tube, you sit in an ... inflatable armchair, pitting your wits (and other parts of your anatomy) against fast-moving rapids, bouncing off rocks and rafting down eddies into icy pools of water below. Your hands are covered in webbed gloves and you also wear short flippers, to help you manoeuvre around the river currents. You also wear the standard "whitewater outfit"- (full body) wetsuit, PFD and a helmet.

When The Ski Season Is Over : 8 Snow Activities To Do At Your Local Ski Area

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Just because the lifts stopped running, doesn't mean the snow season is over. Well into the spring, there is still plenty of snow in the mountains, crowds are gone, and the weather and the snow conditions are sometimes better than during the winter months.

Below are 8 snow activities that you can do at your local ski area :

10 Amazing Pictures To Inspire You To Try Cross Country Skiing

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Truth to tell, cross country ( also known as  Nordic ) skiing is a bit boring for me. Don't get me wrong, cross country skiing does get my heart rate up and my blood pumping ! ... just not in the same exciting, adrenaline-filled way as alpine/downhill skiing does.

Cross country skiing provides amazing full body work out, builds up your cardio, but what is more important, you'll get more time to enjoy the beautiful scenic views around you.

If you've been thinking about giving cross country a go, check out these beautiful pictures, that will, hopefully, inspire you to get outside, and find your own Winter Paradise !

Indoor Skydiving At iFly In Tukwila, WA

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Indoor skydiving in Tukwila, WABeing ExtraHyperActive, we're always on a lookout for new adventures and experiences ! And in Washington state, there is never shortage of awesome and exciting things to do ! All year round ! Indoors and outdoors !

And recently, we added another epic adventure to our Bucket List - indoor skydiving !

After doing my first tandem skydiving jump, and trying out tandem BASE jumping, I didn't think that indoor skydiving would be that exciting for me. But I thought, for my 9 year old, it would be a great memorable experience !

From Spain To Portugal By Zipline

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As I previously wrote, I'm not a big fan of ziplining ( or as it's also called zip trekking ). But I believe it's an awesome way to have fun at a new destination.

Many people simply love riding something that gives them a thrill, an element of danger. Since ziplines travel high in the air above the ground, it is a favorite adventure of those who are somewhat “daredevils.” Even though ziplines are ideal for those who enjoy an element of danger, riding a zipline is completely safe.

And some of the ziplines around the world are absolutely unique and amazing !
Take for example Limite Zero zipline that connects Spain and Portugal !

Tips On Visiting Crater Lake National Park In Winter

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I've been really looking forward to visiting Crater Lake National Park in Oregon for the past 5 years ! I wanted to see it both : covered under the blanket of snow, and on a nice sunny summer day.

"The Hunt For Red October" And Other Fun Things To Do In Portland, OR

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It's no wonder that our neighbor  - Oregon- is one of the best states in the US for outdoor adventure. When it comes to outdoor activities and adventures, there is always something to do for everybody all year round. Surfing, kite-boarding, skiing/snowboarding, hiking, biking, rock climbing; you name it and you can find it somewhere in or close to Portland, Oregon.

Recently we went on a 5 day road trip around Central Oregon, and our first stop was in downtown Portland. 

Portland has earned the reputation of the most bike-friendly in the U.S., with more than 171 miles (275 kilometers) of bike lanes (and more soon on the way) and a 40-mile (64-kilometer) loop trail system (www.40mileloop.org). It's also home of the beautiful Forest Park, the biggest urban forested area in the country; the 5,100 wooded acres (2,064 wooded hectares) have more than 70 miles (113 kilometers) of hiking trails, including an epic 30-mile (48-kilometer) loop called the Wildwood Trail.

Unfortunately, we only had just a few hours in Portland, and before the trip, I had to find something fun, adventurous, and outdoorsy to do in downtown Portland for my 8 year old and I. 

Lucky for me, it wasn't hard !

Snowshoeing Alpental Backcountry - Snow Lake

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I almost gave up on snowshoeing this year. After my first "backcountry ski" trip to Mt Margaret this winter, I thought it would be boring going back to snowshoeing. I am glad I kept my snowshoes.

It doesn't matter if you prefer snowshoes or touring skis, there is no substitute for getting out in the backcountry when it is snowed over. But keep in mind that backcountry can be a very dangerous place in winter.

Travel & Fitness Blogging Tips From Pros : Hybrid Athlete

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There are tons of fitness and health blogs and websites out there. Many are run by professional personal trainers and coaches as a tool to provide extra value to their existing clients, bring in new ones, establish yourself as an authority in the field, and may be, to generate extra revenue through the sales of fitness related products and information.

But you don't have to be a personal trainer to start your own online business. If you're passionate about fitness and a healthy lifestyle, starting your own blog  is a great way to share your love for fitness with others while making "some money" on the side.

Recently I came across a blog post "Build A Business" by Joe Vennare that offers great advice on how to start your own fitness business.

As a matter of fact, his very first advice is just that - DON'T start a blog, start a BUSINESS !

Think about it ! If you've been "into fitness" for a while ( and hopefully, not planning to stop :)), why not turn it into a long term project ?!

Travel & Fitness Blogging Tips From Pros : Expert Vagabond

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I've been following Matthew from Expert Vagabond for a couple of years now, and because he loves adventure travel as much as I do, his blog is one of my favorite ones.

Besides sharing his adventures, and travel tips with his readers, he also wrote a few great blog posts about how he got started as a travel blogger, how he made money from it, and how he'd become a professional.

How To Become A Travel Blogger Without Traveling

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Back in 2009 when I started "blogging", I had no idea what blogging was. Back then, after being a "concrete jungle monkey" for most of my life, I "discovered "the great outdoors" for the first time.

Suddenly, I wanted to try everything : hiking scenic long-distance trails, descending steep mountain biking tracks, kayaking and scuba diving the cold waters of Puget Sound, surfing mushy waves of the Pacific Ocean, and climbing the second tallest mountain in US ( Mt Rainier ).

Every weekend I spent outdoors traveling around Washington state looking for new adventures, trying out new action sports, and discovering new beautiful places that our diverse state was so famous for.

3 Best Places To Watch Storms ( And Surf ! ) In Washington State

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MSN.com recently came up with "10 best places to watch storms on the West Coast" list.

Guess what ? 3 beaches in Washington made the list !!!

If you don't want to be just a passive observer, grab a board and go surfing !

 Ocean Shores, La Push, and Long Beach are among the best places in Washington to surf almost all year round !



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Travel & Fitness Blogging Tips From Pros : Learn How They Made It Big

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In my post "How To Become A Travel Blogger Without Traveling" I wrote about my personal experience in starting this very blog in 2009. At that time I had no idea what blogging was, and could not even imagine how this "little hobby" would change and shape my life.

Back then there was just a handful of travel bloggers, and even fewer the ones that specialized in adventure travel. Everybody was trying to "crack the code" and "learn the secrets" of how to make money online while traveling the world. But because travel blogging ( and blogging in general ) was relatively new, the learning resources were very limited.

Since then, the dream of getting paid to travel the world has drawn thousands of "wannabe" travel bloggers. There are thousands of travel blogs online, numerous "travel gurus and nomads", and the technology has made "starting a blog" process fast and easy. Since there’s low barrier to entry, anyone can become a travel writer.

The problem is, most people get into "travel blogging" simply because they want to make money. For them, it's not about traveling or blogging, it's about "how to make money online". They don't build their "travel blogging business" around their passion for traveling or writing. They do it because they think it's easy, trendy, and profitable. 

Not a surprise that after making $10-20 in AdSense and Amazon commissions they get disappointed, fail miserably, and call "making money online" a scam. 

They simply don't understand that travel blogging business ( jut like any other online or offline business ) takes time, effort, and, money (!) to build. And I'm not even talking about the amount of dedication one must put in to "make it big" in travel blogging. For many travel bloggers, it takes years to learn how to become a professional travel blogger. 

The real professional travel bloggers didn't become successful  by ripping off others selling them useless ebooks, online courses, webinars or consulting services. They all provided real values by connecting their readers with the destinations they were visiting or activities they tried. The most popular travel blogs combine wonderful storytelling with a service mindset. The sole purpose of ANY business is to SERVE its clients, solve their problems, and provide value. 

To blog like an expert you need to learn from the ones that made it to the top of a big heap. You don't need to COPY them , just to learn and apply to see if it would work for you. 

Besides time, effort, money, and dedication that many successful travel bloggers put into their business, they all have one thing in common - they ALL created their own unique blogging style.

Once again, don't copy others, tell your unique story ! 

My personal mantra is - " Listen To  All. Follow None"

In my new series "Travel & Fitness Tips From Pros" I will be sharing tips from those who made it big, and built their own adventure travel/fitness online businesses.

Subscribe to this blog to follow this series, and learn form the best !

How To Get Your Kid Into Rock Climbing

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Sometimes it's tough to get kids into outdoor activities. Some of them are not age appropriate, while others require skills, patience, and a long learning curve.

That's why rock climbing might be a great fit for kids, especially young ones 5-8 year old. Kids like to climb in general, and indoor rock climbing is a structured and disciplined way to teach them how to move and control their entire body: it's a very brainy versus brawny sport,

Kids tend to be natural climbers. They have a high strength-to-weight ratio — which means they have less body weight to haul up the wall than adults do — and their bodies are more flexible. They’re also not fearful ( but if they are, that’s normal, too ), and they have fewer personal limits than adults do. Adults tend to think they know what their body can and can’t do. Kids are less likely to limit themselves this way.

Kids acquire all kinds of positive skills. Problem solving is a  key component of climbing. Because climbing requires a combination of creative thinking and physical output, less athletic kids often shine, surprising even themselves. Kids also learn problem solving. Climbing is a puzzle to unlock, sometimes requiring the ability to back off, look at the route anew, and start again.

Being A Tourist In Seattle : Seattle Underground Tour.

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Seattle has tons of famous, unique, and quirky things to see : Space Needle and EMP Museum, Boeing plant and Amazon headquarters, "Sleepless in Seattle" houseboat and Bill Gates mansion, Statue of Lenin and the Fremont Troll, Pike Place Market and Gum Wall,  Bruce Lee and Jimmy Hendrix graves, and etc.

But one attraction plays a very important role in the history, and tourism industry of our beloved city. One place you don't want to miss while in Seattle - Seattle Underground.

The Seattle Underground is a network of underground passageways and basements in downtown Seattle that was ground level at the city's origin in the mid-1800s.

In 1889 the Great Seattle Fire destroyed 25 city blocks. Instead of rebuilding the city as it was before, the city leaders made two strategic decisions: that all new buildings must be of stone or brick, insurance against a similar disaster in the future; and to regrade the streets one to two stories higher than the original street grade. After the streets were elevated these spaces below fell into disuse.

My birthday tandem skydiving video

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Remember your birthday parties when you were a kid ? Your parents would come up with a birthday party theme, invite all your friends; there would be a cake, games, gifts...

I still remember many of my birthdays. When I was younger, my birthday was the best day of the year, a full 24 hours of celebration. As we get older ( especially 30 +), for some reason, we don’t look forward to our physical birthdays as much. May be it's because the event is a reminder of years gone by; may be because we realize that childhood cannot be revisited, and the happy times, the mistakes, the departed friends and relatives is a mere memory.

Some people ( including me ) get "a bit " depressed around their birthday. If you ever felt that way, let me quote Hervey Allen
The only time you really live fully is from thirty to sixty. The young are slaves to dreams; the old servants of regrets. Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.
That's true for me. My last three birthdays were very memorable:

my 30s - birthday I went rafting ( and found my true passion - outdoors !)
my 31st - I tried tandem skydiving for the first time
my 32nd - I got my PADI certificate and went to Florida for an awesome mini vocation

My (BIG !) 33 is coming next week, and I have a few ideas in my mind ( but not sure yet ).

Ho do you celebrate your birthdays ? Do you plan anything special, extraordinary, exciting, memorable ? What would be your ideal birthday ?