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Are you chasing your goals or merely its means?
 Manoj Arora  
 16 March 2018  

Have we got mixed up with our goals and the means to achieve those goals? Most of us have. Wake up before time runs out !...Unhappy and frustrated with recent exam results at school, my elder one was desperately looking forward to something that could soothe her mind. It is not only about kids and exams, it could be you and your career, you and your business, your life, your relations, your passion. Whatever be it, in most cases we seemed to have mixed up with our life's goals and the means to achieve those goals. Don't believe me? Look out for yourself."Dad, now don’t tell me that results do not matter. I know that efforts are more important. But still I am not feeling good...", said a disappointed Arushi."Well, the fact is that results do matter. However, they are not in our control. Our efforts also matter. The beauty of focusing on the efforts is that efforts are always in our control. In any case, let me share with you a story of one of my friends in the United States - that should probably make you feel better...""William Richards was one of my colleagues when we were in the USA. We call him Bill. And you know people there - they are so fond of taking long breaks from the mundane job, and going on for adventures like biking, hiking, boating, flying, and what not.""Ah! Those US days...", remarked Arushi with a glee in her eyes."Yeah...so, this guy – Bill, took a three-week vacation after we signed a new contract with the client. All of us had worked very hard for this, and we all deserved a break. Bill decided to walk up the mountains.""Ok...Is it around the same time we went to Disney World?", inquired Arushi."Yes, exactly, we also took that 3-week break..OK, so when Bill was back after 3 weeks,he explained me about an incident that was strangely disturbing for him.""What was that?""Bill told me that during one of the days when he was climbing one of the toughest peaks. That day was particularly rough for him. He had been climbing since last 6 hours and it was late in the afternoon already. He was literally sweating in the snow, his legs were paining, his shoulders were aching...He was finding it really tough. But of course, he did not have a choice at that time. While all that was happening, he heard a noise of a helicopter quite close to him. When the sound of the whirling helicopter blades increased further, he just looked up and was amazed to see what he saw.""What was there?""It was one of his friends and his neighbor Ronnie on the helicopter...Ronnie was a rich man, also fond of mountains.""Ah ok..""They waived at each other, and then Ronnie shouted that he was going to the M4 peak...Bill said he was too...""OK..."Ronnie then waived Bill to come over to the helicopter and he offered to throw the ladder down to pick him up. Bill was confused whether he should take this offer."C’mon Bill. We have the same goal. We can use his helicopter as a means to achieve this goal faster. What are you thinking? I started just 15 min back and we will be there at the M4 peak in next 5 minutes.""Then, did Bill accept his friends offer?""No, Bill did not. And whether Bill accepted the offer or not is irrelevant. The strange part was this. At that moment, Bill said that he definitely felt very frustrated, sad and hopeless.""That’s obvious Dad...Bill has been climbing for hours together and was in pain. His friend did all that in 15 minutes - just because his friend could afford to rent a helicopter.""It is not obvious my child. It is the core issue.”“Issue, what issue?”“Here is what the issue us. If Bill felt sad seeing his friend go past him and reach the peak in no time with least effort, then I am sorry to say that Bill has got completely messed up with his goals and the means to achieve the goal.""How?""OK. what do you think was Bill’s goal?""To reach the mountaintop.""Again, we always get it wrong here. That is the issue. We get so messed up. Think again why did he take the vacation? At that point when Ronnie was waving at him, Bill thought that reaching the top is the goal and climbing are the means to achieve the goal, while actually, it is exactly the reverse. Think. The climb is the goal and the mountaintop is the means that help him achieve his goal. Did he not take a break to enjoy a few days 'climbing'? The objective was always to climb and enjoy the climb. Now, having said that, remember that the mountaintop is also important, but just as a means. If there was no top, then there would be no climb.""Hmmm....quite interesting.""If he was clear about the goal (climbing), would he be frustrated to see his friend reaching the top faster?""Perhaps, no !""Definitely no. Who reaches the top faster and with how much effort - all this would cease to matter if the goal is to climb. It is just how we look at things. In fact, he should be satisfied that he is already achieving his goal of climbing - which cannot be accomplished in any way via a helicopter.""Interesting Dad....""And now tell me what is your goal when you study - to learn new things and acquire knowledge or to score marks?"Arushi went in thinking mode. It is this self-introspection only that was going to set her perspective right. I let her take her time. After some time, I had to trigger it.."So, let me make it absolutely clear to you. Marks are not the goal at all. Marks are just a means - that help you focus on your main goal - which is to acquire more knowledge, and become wiser. While striving to achieve more marks, your goal is to become knowledgeable and wise – and not the other way round. Let there be no doubt about this. Do not mess up your childhood days in this confusion. Do not do the same mistake that Bill did." "Wow, this does give me a different perspective. But that is not how our teachers and classmates think. They look highly on us only when we get good marks.""Yeah, that is how it is always going to stay - perhaps. They have messed up their lives, and we cannot go and correct everyone around us. It is not feasible. But my advise to you would be not to just follow the herd. The entire herd may be headed to hell."“I get that Dad…I definitely feel better..”Arushi got it. I got it a few years back. Some of you may get it with this post. Some will never get it. Doesn't matter. The end is the same for everyone. But hold....reaching the end of our life is not our goal. Reaching the end is just a means - a reminder - for us to improve, become better, possess more mental strength, exhibit more happiness, elevate someone's life - and these are our goals. Do not get messed up between the goal and the means.On a vacation trip remember that the goal is not to reach the destination, but to enjoy the in-between moments - waiting at the airport, the cab ride with family, the meal at the hotel, the dance party, the scuba dive, the isolated hour at the beach. In a job or a business, the goal is not to reach the next level - but to impact as many people, experience awesome time and relations on the journey. "You always had a goal of financial freedom....", remarked one of my readers."The goal was never to be financially free, Freedom is only a means to reach our goals - of doing what we love doing – writing, planting trees, spending time with children and spouse, taking care of parents, meeting friends - and having an enjoyable life.", I responded.CheersManoj AroraOfficial Website | My Mission

Relationship
 Pallabi Das  
 9 February 2019  
Art

Surrounding is a key factor in everyone. In my surrounding everywhere marriage is going on.When it comes to my marriage, I'm afraid of marriage and started thinking about lots of things.I'm very much clear about my choices and my family choices but still, I'm in dilemma to get marry andmake a new family.I did some research for that.I found some answers from my heart and some from observing my family & friends and some from media.I asked myself some questions so many times- what is marriage, what is good for me,love marriage or arrange marriage and how I know I got the right person, etc?Different people define it in different ways. Not even sociologists are able to agree on a single meaning.According to me, love is God gifted, it's doesn't matter you got love marriage or arrange marriage,in every marriage life love is essential. It does not matter, you love someonebefore or after marriage, the fact is how much you love him/her, how much you sharing and caring.Marriage and family are key structures in most societies.I am going to share some of the important things to make a healthy marriage  -1.TrustJohn Gottman, one of the nation's foremost  researchers of marriages and families, says that "trust is essential to healthy relationships and healthy communities."If you have strong trust then your relationship is healthy nothing will harm your relationship.2.TogethernessSometimes you do what you like, and other times you do...what the other person likes.Maybe people will understand this is a compromise but it's actually the color of love.You spend time together doing things you both enjoy.Whether that's hiking, food tasting,  watching movies or listening to any song, or even working together.If one spouse is passionate about writing and reading then the other person should make time to read and give some tips to improve.3.Time ApartSometimes, giving space for each other is necessary.It is a boring life to spend 24 / 7 together and can't have separate interests and hobbies.you both understand, and respect, that you need time apart doing what you want to do.4. Attentiveness for each otherEven if u get the best chance for going somewhere or your favorite movie ticket,if your partner is not feeling well or he/she has some important work to do thendon't force.understanding each other's situation is the best part of your relationship.5.SharingSharing small things also gives more pleasure.If your situation is bad, don't hide it,since they will be there to comfort you and help you figure out ways to move on from this bad situation.6. Change OvernightDon't expect each other to change overnight.If your spouse is fat or thin or any bad habits they have then that won't make you feel ashamed or even expect you to change overnight.Make them understand that change is a process, and I will support you along the way.7. Do FightsDo some productive fights with him/her.This means listening to each other, understanding and respecting each other's viewpoints,and finding common ground so that you can strengthen your marriage.8. Value and GoalsShare each other's values and goals.I think it would be boring if a couple had the exact interests or personalities.so respect each other's interest and personality.Don't expect the same personality as yours.Let your spouse know how much you are proud of him/her. Celebrate his/her smallachievements.9. Helping each otherHelp each other to become more successful and to maintain a productive work-life balance. I saw in my family, a spouse is also your biggest strength in helping you achieve your goals and will do whatever they can, to help you overcome obstacles blocking your path to success in work and life. And they're genuinely excited when you succeed.10.Laugh“Against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.” – Mark Twain.Make your marriage fun and happy. Tell some words which make your spouse cheer up.When life is stressful this the best way to cheer up.11. ListenListen to him/her rather talking more (vise versa).Your spouse needs the gift of your time and attention.When you listen generously, your spouse will feel secure in coming to you with their concerns, hopes, and fears.Once you’ve identified what your spouse is feeling—whether it’s anger, sadness, frustration,anxiety, or excitement—you can adjust your responses based on their emotional state.When our emotions go into a tailspin, it can be difficult to keep communication healthy.One way to build intimacy in your relationship is by sharing your thoughts and feelingswith each other and then responding to those disclosures in a way that makes you both feel good.12.Seek KnowledgeSeek knowledge from each other.You may don't have the same knowledge.The right person is someone who is interested in learning and growing intellectually by constantly seeking knowledge.13. Ask for helpNever hesitate to ask for help.Asking for help is not your weakness.When you ask your spouse for advice or help you're respecting and admitting the fact that they have more experience or skills in an area that you're not that familiar with.14.Financial goalsYou share the same financial goals.Even the greatest of relationship can end in a break up due to financial differences and concerns.You should both be on the same page when it comes to your financial goals, such as how much moneyyou need to live a happy and stress-free life and how you're going to save for retirement.Strong couples create and share budgets, as well as generate financial challenges for themselvesin order to put their finances in order.15.Physical AffectionThe ways in which we can express physical affection vary and more research is needed.Physical affection is related to lower blood pressure & releases feel-good hormones.One of the reasons why hugging, holding hands, and touching feel good to us is that these behaviors elevate our level of oxytocin, a hormone that reduces pain and causes a calming sensation.How important is physical intimacy in a relationship and what does it really mean?It’s an expression of love.Being physically intimate means more than simply heading to the bedroom with your spouse.Physical intimacy can range from eye-contact, holding hands, cuddling, and of course, sex.Physical intimacy involves a deep emotional connection.Having a deep connection to your spouse on this level helps build trust, boosts morale, and has many health benefits.

About Stok Kangari Trek | Trekveda
 Devesh Bhatt  
 10 March 2019  

A champion among the most hypnotizing goal on earth is Stok Kangri that lies in the superb region of Ladakh.Ladakh is arranged in the northern domain of India and is commended for compassion and support of its occupants. Leh the capital of Ladakh is masterminded at the stature of 3500-3800 m of sea level and the most daring goal for the trekking darlings. Trekking in Leh is the best and it catches the eye of the guest from each edge of the world.Stok Kangri is one such zenith that has increment tremendous noticeable quality over the latest couple of years. Portraying the Himalayan range with an increasingly broad perspective, and offer its trekkers the opportunity to experience the all out agreement. The entire trail has various edges so you can feel the unexpected change in scene. In winter, the whole scene achieves a perfect brilliance. Stok Kangri top gives you the entire point of view on Zanskar and the Indus Valley.Your trek begins from Delhi as you take the flight or the excursion to achieve the goal from where the genuine experience starts.it's 8 days absolute trek with brimming with difficulties and experience, you will observer such huge numbers of eye-satisfying goals on your approach to Stok Kangri trek, and you will so encounter the old culture the Leh local still pursue and the celebrations they celebrate with all the vivid faculties. For more updates visite here TrekvedaDifficulty LevelOne who has an ordeal of trekking are the person who can seek after this trek , this trek isn't for the beginners and even the experience one needs a decent and this could be the most brilliant and unimaginable voyage for the trekkers as the goal is notable for its excellence and trekking.Is it appropriate for children's?No, it isn't at all ideal for youngsters; sympathetically don't seek after this trek with children.Is it a decent alternative out of the blue trekkers/or families?No, we don't suggest this trek for the newbies, families can pick yet in the event that they have a related knowledge as it is a troublesome trek.Most astounding height-:One can achieve a most extreme height of 20,180 Ft. subject to his continuance and different conditions, for example, an atmosphere, temperature. This trek isn't simple at all so one must set themselves up rationally and physiologically before picking Stok Kangri as this trek has such a significant number of confused approaches to cross.Season-:Season! Best season to visit Stok Kangri is between May to mid October as the spot is wonderful and one can get effectively enjoy the temperature, the view remains clear and delightful in May to mid October.Normal temperature-:The normal temperature in the day time will be 20°C to 30°C, and falls in the night.One must bring enough pair of garments and better quality trekking shoes with the goal that a trekker can be secured completely and does not confront any trouble amid the stay at this temperature; there is an immense distinction in the city and mountain temperature so it may be conceivable that one can experience a little trouble amid acclimatization.It is basic to bring enough sufficiently warm, and that may not influence the rucksack to an extreme.What makes this excursion unique?Stok Kangri is a standout amongst the most shocking trekking peaks on earth. It stays at the stature of 20,180 Ft. It beats two of the most important mountains transversely more than two one of a kind terrain's and is, the purpose of actuality, an assigned diamond of India. The best and the primary in the midst of Stok Kangri trek is the summit day, where you have to defeat underneath zero temperatures, trek on an ice sheet for around 6-7 hrs amid the night, and walk around the ridgeline for around 2 hrs to accomplish the summit. The view from the Stok Kangri summit is the magnificent experience and an overwhelming assignment. You can see the Karakoram go from the Stok Summit nearby the Zanskar run. Stok Kangri is a perfect trek and every energetic trekker's dream. In this manner nothing can be contrasted with Stok Kangri; each trek darling can comprehend the fantasy of Stok Kangri summit.Trek Itinerary-:Day 1: Arrival at LehHeight: 11,562 Ft.Time taken: 1 and 1:30 hrsYour adventure to the delightful goal will begin from Leh settled in northern India, Capital of the Leh area in Jammu and Kashmir. Leh is cooked at a height of 11,562 Ft, is most known for its Buddhist embodiment and close-by trekking zones. Prior Leh was the critical exchange course among Tibet and east, Kashmir toward the west and furthermore among India and China, the two wonders Jammu and Kashmir, where lies Ladakh in the middle of, the most appreciated goal for each person over the outskirt even, individuals since ages are going to observe the sparkling precious stone Ladakh.You can pick either street to reach Leh, or you can take a non-stop departure from Delhi to achieve this goal, however by street it will expend a ton of time and vitality, flight will be progressively helpful as it will take approx 1 and a half hrs, fundamentally Leh is most known for its Buddhist embodiment and close-by trekking regions.Day 2: Leh (Acclimation)Day second will be simply the day to adjust to the climate and the elevation itself, and the instructions about the entire trek, focuses you should remember before going futhure, and so forth, and in your extra time you can walk around and adapt yourself.Experience the way of life and visit close-by renowned spots and sanctuaries alongside that can shop in the neighborhood market of Leh whatever you like; Leh is wealthy in culture as it is an amalgamation of Buddhism and Tibetans culture. You can observer a ton of things, for example, Buddhist religious communities worked in antiquated occasions, the stone cutting and the tranquility of cloisters catch the worldwide eye.You can see and experience such a great amount there, yet as it is settled at a higher elevation so it is important to keep yourself enjoy the climate of Leh with the goal that it won't turn into the prevention in your futhure trekking.Day 3:Leh to Mankarmo by means of Stok townElevation: 14,370 Ft.Time taken: 5 hrsTrek Gradient: Moderate to DifficultWater sources: Carry your own water bottlesLeh could be a fantasy trekking goal for some, such huge numbers of among you can experience their fantasy of trekking which will begin from third day, when you will drive from Leh to Stok town it might take approx 30 min coming to Stok town, in the middle of the drive you will observer the astonishing view and colorful places around, and will resemble a paradise to you, drive to Stok town will have an alternate experience, the town is wrapped into the lavish green trees and the bounty of regular magnificence , the city lies in the south of Leh and is notable for the illustrious royal residence, from Stok town you will begin your trek towards Mankarmo which is at an elevation of 13,940 Ft. what's more, may take 4 to 5 hrs to reach there and this will be the goal for third day, trekking is a little hard so one must know about it ahead of time.Day 4: Mankarno to Stok Kangri Base CampElevation: 16,299 Ft.Time taken: 3 hrsTrek Gradient: Moderate to DifficultWater sources: Carry your own water bottlesOn the fourth day, you will trek towards Stok Kangri Base camp which is settled at an elevation of 16,400 Ft.It will take 2 to 3 hrs trekking on fourth day, it would be better on the off chance that you will begin the trek early in light of the fact that the time that is characterized is as per the normal separation, yet it totally relies upon you the amount you can walk and how much time you will take on the grounds that the trek isn't simple.It has a dangerous climb all through the way, and the more you will go towards Stok Kangri, the more elevated amount of height will begin diminishing the dimension of the oxygen, and it might turn out to be small trying for you to walk subsequently it is basic to set yourself up for the trek prior.You will go through the restricted trails in the mountains, where you should trek cautiously, as you will achieve the high height you can confront the issue while taking in ascending.Afterward, when you will cross the murmuring waterway and afterward the trail will turn out to be minimal smooth and more extensive yet at the same time the manner in which will rise en route you will experience various snow capped Lakes and tinny swells, and Mother Nature will surprise you in each progression.This trekking session will over, and you will achieve the Stok Kangri Base Camp, rest and have a decent time after so much endeavors else you can climb little pinnacles close-by to set yourself up for your undertaking further.Day 5: Rest, Acclimatize , Trainingfifth day won't be riotous as you will again take the stop before the summit, this day you will adapt yourself with the climate again as now you are on the diverse dimension of tallness, so it's vital.You will go for an acclimatization stroll 17,700Ft. To get into the climate appropriately and to set yourself up for the further experience that will go to your way.It is fundamental to set yourself up for the coming days your trek guide will tell you about the further difficulties you will confront, and other indispensable majors that one must remember as Stok Kangri isn't a simple trek.You should tune in to your guide cautiously and each point he/she will tell you alongside that you can investigate the zone.Glades floor covering and you may observer the sheep touching there; you can converse with the shepherds and saw increasingly about the spot to clear something up.Later have your supper, rest and rest you get up right on time for confronting the experience.Day 6: Base Camp to Stok Kangri to Back Camp BackHeight: 16,299 Ft.Time taken: 8 to 11 hrsTrek Gradient: DifficultWater sources: Carry your very own water bottlessixth day will be the most difficult just as the undertakings day for the trekkers.It is smarter to begin the trip prior as it will require such a great amount of investment to achieve the summit.The course will experience the icy masses that will make it difficult to climb so be watchful once you will pass the ice shelf, there will be a precarious path with inclines to the summit edge.It will be a long climbing day so you should be rationally and mentally get ready to achieve the summit as it won't be a simple trek, it will take 9 to 10 hrs for the normal climber to achieve the pinnacle, and for the moderate climber, it will resemble 2 or 3 hrs what's more.After this hard trip when you will achieve the icy mass, the genuine ascent will begin from here to the Mount Stok Kangri top now it will take approx 2 hrs to achieve the summit again climb cautiously on the grounds that your one error can drag you into the threat.As you enter the pinnacle, your hold up will be finished, and your endeavors will treat your eyes with the most excellent perspective on the Karakoram Range in the north and the Zanskar mountain extend in the south.It will be a charming perspective from the best; you will get the unhindered image of the summit and the bright Buddha supplication hails that is only a heavenly s treat to the eyes, there you can click pictures and appreciate harder.Later you will return to the base camp and you can commend your triumph over the hardest summit.Day 7: Base Camp to LehHeight: 11,824 Ft.Time taken: 3 to 4 hrsTrek Gradient: Moderate to DifficultAs you will be finished by the seventh day, so now when you will see you path back to the Leh.You will trek back to the Stok town with energy and the sentiment of winning that you have finished such a hard trek, from Stok town you will recover the vehicle to go to the Leh by catching this magnificence in your eyes you will drive back to the Leh from Stok town.Day 8:  Leh DepartureTime taken: 1 to 1:30 hrseighth day will be the farewell day from Leh as you will venture out back to your homes from Leh by means of trip with every one of the recollections you have made in these 8 days and the bonds you influenced will to dependably be with you.So one must trek dependably you gain a superior ordeal and exercises throughout everyday life.

Comparison Between Different Places of Trekking in Nepal
 Manmohan Singh  
 17 May 2019  

The Himalayas, which are a favourite muse for anyone in the world who seek wisdom and peace, hides some of the most fascinating tracks for trekking and hiking. Trekking enthusiasts, flock in large numbers to experience this alpine wilderness and picturesque landscapes. The variety and diversity of terrains, takes Nepal a notch higher than other such adventurous destinations. It is undermining to say that Nepal has areas that provide a once in a lifetime experience, unless you have experienced Nepal for your own self.Nepal is a country that hosts 70% of the entire Himalayan range. It also hosts Mount Everest, (the highest mountain in the world) which maybe but a fraction of what is there to discover in Nepal.There is a little bit of a trekking heaven for everyone. It offers short hiking trips that last for about 5 days, medium treks for about 12 days long and long treks for up to 20 days in the wilderness.Here is a list and statistics for scaling some of the most famous trekking in Nepal:1. Northern Kanchenjunga trek (eastern Nepal):The difficulty level of the Northern Kanchenjunga trek is hard. It is an estimated 18-20 days trek and you reach an elevation of around 5,140 metres. For this trek your starting and finishing points will be from Basantpur to Suketar. You will find warm accommodation in teahouses. There are no permits required to do this trek, instead you have to pay 10 US dollars per week.2. Phoksumdo Lake to Shey Gumba trek (western Nepal):The difficulty level of the trek is medium to Hard. It is an estimated 8-10 days trek and you reach an elevation of around 5,160 metres. For this trek your starting and finishing points will be from Jomsom,Dunai to Tarap. You will find warm accommodation in teahouses. The permits required to do this trek are: Shey Phoksumdo National Park Permit, TIMS card and Restricted Area Permit.3. Kagmara trek (western Nepal):The difficulty level of the Kagmara la trek is medium to Hard. It is an estimated 4 days trek and you reach an elevation of around 5,115 metres. For this trek your starting and finishing points will be from Kaigaon to Sumduwa. You will find warm accommodation in teahouses. The permits required to do this trek are: Shey Phoksumdo National Park Permit and TIMS card.4. Annapurna panorama Poonhill trek (Annapurna region):The difficulty level of the Annapurna Poonhill trek is medium. It is an estimated 06 days trek and you reach an elevation of around 3,210 metres. For this trek your starting and finishing points will be from Birenthanti to Phedi via Poonhill. You will find warm accommodation in teahouses. The permits required to do this trek are: ACAP permit and TIMS card.5. Annapurna circuit (Annapurna region):One of the most enquired routes is the Annapurna circuit trekking in Nepal, which is a little tougher than any other trekking routes.The difficulty level of the Annapurna circuit trek is medium to hard. It is an estimated 12-18 days trek and you reach an elevation of around 5,416 metres. For this trek your starting and finishing points will be from Besi Sahar to Jomsom. You will find warm accommodation in teahouses. The permits required to do this trek are:  ACAP permit and TIMS card.6. Mardi Himal (Annapurna region):The difficulty level of the Madri Himal trek is Hard. It is an estimated 5 days trek and you reach an elevation of around 5,587 metres. For this trek your starting and finishing points will be from Mardi Pul to Mardi Himal to Mardi Pul. You will find warm accommodation in teahouses. The permits required to do this trek are: ACAP permit and TIMS card.7. The mustang trek (mustang region):The difficulty level of the upper Mustang trek is medium. It is an estimated 10 days trek and you reach an elevation of around 4,352 metres. For this trek your starting and finishing point will be from Jomsom to Manthang lo to Jomsom. You will find warm accommodation in teahouses. The permits required to do this trek are: ACAP Permit and TIMS card.8. Everest base camp trek (Everest region):The difficulty level of the Everest base camp trek is medium to hard. It is an estimated 16 days trek and you reach an elevation of around 5,545 metres. For this trek your starting and finishing points will be from Lukla to Lukla. You will find warm accommodation in teahouses. The permits required to do this trek are: Sagarmatha National Park Permit and TIMS card.9. Manaslu trek (Manaslu region):The difficulty level of the Manaslu trek is medium. It is an estimated 16-18 days trek and you reach an elevation of around 5,100 metres. For this trek your starting and finishing point will be Besi Sahar. You will find warm accommodation in teahouses. The permits required to do this trek are:  a restricted area permit, ACAP and MCAP permit and TIMS card.10. Helambu circuit trek (Helambu region):The difficulty level of the Helambu circuit trek is easy to medium. It is an estimated 06 days trek and you reach an elevation of around 3,640 metres. For this trek your starting and finishing point will be Sundarijal. You will find warm accommodation in teahouses. The permits required to do this trek are: Shivapuri National Park Pass and TIMS card.There are so many more treks in Nepal. So whether you’ve come around looking for something easy yet adventurous or you’ve come looking for something hard to challenge your limits, Nepal is the best place to find all these options all under the same roof. Next time you want to visit a place that offers most beautiful spaces to trot on; without burning a large hole in your pockets, you already know where to find all of these....

Best time to visit nepal and tibet
 tu ruiqi  
 15 August 2019  
Art

With the development of tourism in Tibet, more and more tourists regard Tibet as a tourist destination. Today, Tibet has become one of the most popular hiking and adventure destinations in the world.Thousands of people travel to Tibet and Nepal every year to experience a unique culture and visit the most remote and remote areas of the world. Nepal, the Himalayas and the Kingdom of Tibet are the“third poles of the world”, which are popular destinations for travelers from all over the world, with breathtaking scenery and mysterious Buddhism.Due to the impact of topography, landform and atmospheric circulation, the climate of Tibet and Nepal is unique, complicated and diverse. zone, etc. If you want to travel to Nepal and Tibet, it is very important to know the climate of Tibet and Nepal in advance. You must know the best time to visit Nepal and Tibet. In winter and summertime, you could encounter rainfall as well as snow due to the condition of the weather. Tibet is a summer resort compared to various other cities in China due to high altitude.In spring, Lhasa is dry and windy unlike the weather in most cities with strong sunshine and ultraviolet in the daytime. In the earlier spring, the weather is still cold with little rain and gets warmer in May.Autumn, is the peak season for tourists to have a Tibet tour, when the weather is pleasant with clear and blue sky, and yellow leaves. The Tibet in autumn presents a state of vicissitude and magnificence. Therefore, if you want to have a visit in autumn, you'd better plan it in advance to book tickets and hotels.There is no clear answer when is the best time to travel to Tibet. When you want to visit this magnificent place, it depends entirely on your interest, or what you want to see and to do. In fact, Tibet can be visited at any time of the year, but at certain times of the year is better than other time.

Why Should You Go Trekking in Nepal?
 Manmohan Singh  
 5 September 2019  

Nepal is the country that hosts almost 70% of the mighty Himalayan range. The Himalayan ranges are known to be the largest ranges of snow-capped peaks and also the tallest mountain in the entire world.You have certainly heard about the pristine Himalayas and their ranges, as it has served as inspiration to mankind in the past eras and ages.Check List: Nepal Trekking Packages || lndia Trekking Packages || Bhutan Trekking Packages || Peru Trekking Packages || Japan Trekking Packages || Malaysia Trekking Packages || Vietnam Trekking PackagesThe Himalayas have played muse to artists of all kinds, writers, poets, painters, musicians, trekkers, story tellers and film-makers. You must have witnessed the glimpse of the mighty Himalayas in different art forms. Nepal, in her recent years is gathering an exquisite fandom for her trekking trails. An estimated 66,000 trekking enthusiasts from all over the world visit Nepal each year, and the numbers are only increasing. This well-deserved fandom is for the most inclusive reasons; of Nepal having to offer an array and a variety in the kinds of trekking trails for all kinds of trekking enthusiasts. Whether you are a professional at trekking or a beginner, Nepal trekking tour serve the interests of all kinds of trekkers. The best part about trekking in Nepal is not only the crisp and fresh Himalayan air that circulates in your system, but the fact that a trekking tour in Nepal will not burn a hole in your pocket compared to the mesmerizing vistas that you will experience during the tour.Some of the most famous treks are the Everest base camp trekking and the Annapurna base camp trekking. These treks have acquired a growing majority of takers because of their paradoxical experience of performing seemingly dangerous feats with ease and some professional guidance. Here are a few reasons why you should go on a trekking tour in Nepal:It has an array of trekking trails to offer:As mentioned earlier, Nepal offers an array of amazing trekking trails to trekking enthusiasts. It has 20 adventurous and famous trekking trails that are visited by tourists every year along with some more that are not that famous but equally enchanting to the senses. A rich and enriching cultural experience:Nepal is home to a large number of tribes (nearly a hundred and more) and cultures of different kinds, philosophies, ideas and traditions. When trekking in Nepal, one will be lucky to experience the mixture of cultures their traditions and celebrations along with the diversified topography. The enriching experience of being welcomed into these different kinds of ethnicities is worth the hike.An abundance of flora and fauna:The word exotic is not new to Nepal. It hosts a variety of animals, birds, insects and plants of the kinds that are unique to its geography. Trekking in Nepal brings you across a chance to witness in firsthand the exotic flora and fauna of the Himalayan land. Even the crows that you will see here are different than you have known them to be. On some of the trekking routes fall national wildlife parks, some of them being the Chitwan national park and the Bardia national park. These national parks are an excellent opportunity to witness animals such as the musk deer, one horned rhino and the crocodiles. They are also a haven for bird watching with a lot of migratory birds heaving a sigh of relief at these destinations.A haven for adventure sports:Nepal is a famous destination for an adventure sports lover. You can experience different kinds of adventure sports here, such as zip-lining, paragliding, white-water rafting, ultra light flight and bungee jumping. Head on for an adrenaline rush!Safe destination :Trekking in Nepal is also famous because it is the safest country for travelers in south-east Asia. The friendly people of Nepal are very welcoming in nature and are respectful sons and daughters of the Himalayas. Nepalese people are known to go out of their way to provide help and shelter when required. If you are one that is respectful of people’s cultures and traditions, it should be a worthwhile trek for you.Low budget travel:This cannot be emphasized enough, but again, trekking in Nepal WILL NOT burn a hole in your pockets. Even the visa provisions are hassle free. You will be provided with a visa upon arrival itself. Trekking in Nepal indeed saves a lot of money for the mesmerizing vistas it leads you to experience.Trekking in Nepal is an experience of its own and there’s no reason why one should be apprehensive about travelling to this majestic land of the Himalayas. Travel there yourself to experience this beauty called Nepal. 

5 Surprising Things You Are Doing to Sabotage Your Mental Health
 Alex Monroe  
 6 September 2019  

It is flat out amazing just how potent our daily routines and lifestyle habits are in influencing mental wellness. While we might assume that mental health issues are the direct result of experiencing a traumatic event or chronic stress, in reality, it is our self-sabotaging habits that can spark symptoms of anxiety or depression.The mind-body connection is incredibly tight. When either one of these core aspects of our being are out of kilter a cascading litany of negative effects will impact the quality of our mental health. This means that our focus each day must center on ways to bolster each: our physical wellness and our mental health.We may not give a moment’s thought to our habit of falling asleep while scrolling through Instagram at the wee hours each night or of stubbornly resisting forgiving someone who has wronged us. These and other ordinary daily actions can become potholes to trip us up, preventing us from feeling our very best psychologically. Below are some common behaviors that may contribute to a less-than-ideal mental state.5 Mental Health Saboteurs Sleep deprivation. As enticing as Netflix binging is, by shortchanging our sleep hours we are unwittingly undermining our mental health. The circadian rhythm, or the sleep cycle, is hardwired into our biology. Mess with that and suffer the consequences, including a weaker immune system, depression, irritability, anxiety, heart problems, and more. According to an article published in Neurologic Clinics [Andrew Krystal, M.D], there is increasing acknowledged that sleep problems and mental health disorders involve “bi-directional causality.”While true that many mental health disorders include sleep disturbances as a prominent symptom in diagnostic criteria. According to a recent article by Harvard Medical School, a whopping 50%-80% of patients seeking psychiatric treatment have chronic sleep issues. Emerging clinical evidence is now shining a light on the causal nature of sleep issues on mental health.How do we improve our quality of sleep and boost our mental wellness?Establish a regular sleep schedule, an earlier bedtime has a positive effect on mental health. Aim for a minimum of 7 hours of sleep nightly.Shut down electronics for at least one hour before bedtime.Limit caffeine, avoid caffeinated beverages after 3pmAvoid exercise after 7pmPractice relaxation rituals before bed, such as taking a warm bath, meditating, writing in a journal, practicing gratitude, and sipping chamomile tea.Lack of exercise. Too many Americans lead a sedentary lifestyle. Couple that with a poor diet and it is no wonder that depression and anxiety rates are rising. The mind-body connection dictates that to reach a state of positive mental health, the body needs to move. Regular exercise is a key element for improving not only physical health but also for elevating mood and reducing anxiety.Clinical evidence of the connection between getting regular exercise and achieving optimum mental health is well documented. An article published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry sums up these findings nicely, explaining that physical exertion increases blood circulation to the brain, influencing the HPA-axis and the limbic system, affecting mood, reactivity to stress, memory, and motivation.Activities that will help boost mental health include:WalkingRunningSwimmingCyclingDancingGardeningHikingHolding grudges. You know those icky feelings we may harbor towards another that rattle around in our subconscious? Well, those negative emotions are bad for our mental health. While our stubborn pride may prevent us from letting go of a grievance, it is important to wellbeing that we learn how to move forward instead of ruminating on such negativity.Hanging on to negative feelings is stressful. The roiling emotions caused by festering resentment or anger can lead to anxiety disorders, states an article published in the Journal of Psychopathology and Behavior Assessment. Emotion regulation, posit the authors, is an important strategy for diminishing feelings of fear and emotional reactivity.Try these tips for releasing pent up negative feelings:Practice forgiveness toward those who may have inflicted harm on you. This is not the same as reconciling with them or forgetting the incident but refers to letting go of the attached emotions to the slight through the act of forgiveness.Journaling can help diffuse feelings of resentment or frustration. By jotting the feelings down on paper they lose much of their potency.Start a gratitude journal and list three things per day that you are grateful for. This helps override those other negative emotions with new positive ones.Practice deep breathing exercises or meditation to help release the negativity.Excessive drinking. While an occasional alcoholic beverage is no big deal for most people, a tendency to overindulge can have dramatic negative consequences on mental wellbeing. In fact, substance abuse can stealthily tip into a substance use disorder. When addiction or chemical dependency results, negative life consequences ensue. Those can cause someone to spiral into depression or to acquire an anxiety disorder.The Centers for Disease Control have created guidelines for discerning what is moderate and what is heavy alcohol consumption. These guidelines stipulate that moderate alcohol consumption is limited to one alcoholic drink per day for women and two drinks for men. A “drink” is equivalent to a 5-ounce glass of wine, a 12-ounce beer, or 1.5 ounces of hard liquor.Social Media. Increasingly, social media overuse is being associated with depression and anxiety disorders. Something that at one time was hailed as a fun way to stay in touch with friends and family has morphed into a source of distress for many. Social media is a giant time-sucker, erasing hours of productivity each day in exchange for mind-numbing infinite scrolling. This can lead to loss of sleep, eye strain, poor posture, and symptoms of behavioral addiction.Most concerning is the negative impact social media over-consumption has on mental health. Many people find that viewing the seemingly perfect lives, faces, bodies, wardrobes, etc. posted on social media feeds can leave them feeling depressed and inadequate. Body image issues, cyberbullying, social media shaming, and low self-esteem are very serious consequences that can result in social anxiety, depression, and lead to isolating behaviors.Tips for reducing social media exposure:Give yourself a defined time limit on daily social media use, and stick to it.Stop scrolling social media at least an hour before bedtime.Go on a social media fast and just log out for a month to restore sanity.

Trekking Vs. Hiking: How to Choose The Best One For You
 Manmohan Singh  
 9 October 2019  

Hiking and trekking are terms often used interchangeably. If you are an adventurer you might know the difference between the two. Both involve walking but hiking lasts for a much shorter time than trekking. The type of terrain and technical difficulty are where the differences in hiking and trekking lie.The two share few similarities but are different from each other. It is important to understand the differences between hiking and trekking and keep in mind to choose the best one for yourself.  This article brings the answer to your question of how to choose the best one for you between trekking and hiking:HikingHiking includes long hours of walking and is easier as it does not involve climbing skills and anyone will be able to do it. The level of difficulty of hikes varies but it is not too difficult for a person to pursue. If you are thinking to go for an adventure and trekking seems too difficult and time taking, you can start by taking a hike. Hiking does not involve any walking or overnight equipment to carry. If you are looking for hiking, then Nepal hiking tours offers budget friendly packages in the serene mountains with amazing experiences. If you want to experience adventure but are not up for many days that trekking involves and also you are scared, then hiking might be a convenient option for you. Hiking is a wonderful stress buster with minimum risk involved, away from busy life where you can detox yourself and breathe some fresh air and stay in the arms of nature for a while.Much of technical knowledge is not required, if you are physically fit, a hike is waiting for you to explore. TrekkingTrekking lasts for many days and requires physical fitness as it can be more demanding on the body. It involves more challenges than hiking as it lasts for more days. So, if you are an adventure junkie and like the adrenaline rush, then trekking is meant for you.Before planning a trek various factors have to be kept in mind like physical fitness, number of days involved and season. Generally, you will have to camp while trekking so it involves food and equipments.Trekking provides you a wider picture of nature as it involves climbing high altitudes and mountains.If you are a yoga lover, you can choose trekking tours that involves yoga to have a combination of experiences of both yoga and trekking.If you are a trekking enthusiast or want to try out trekking for the first time then Nepal trekking tours offer a range of packages depending upon the number of days and budget. Trekking tours packages are done in groups and as it lasts for a number of days you will be able to make new friends along the way and get to know about the culture and flora and fauna of that specific area. If you want to take the road less traveled then Mustang trekking tours might be right for you. It is a trek in the remote mountains of Nepal. The entire topography of Mustang is different from the other parts of Nepal which makes it a ‘must go to’ place for a trek.   You will have time to interact with the locals on a trekking tour where you can learn about their food, language, tradition and culture. Trekking will transform you physically and mentally. You will learn about your body.Everest Base Camp Trek, Annapurna Base Camp Trek, Inca Trail, etc. are some of the most popular treks.“It’s not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”  - Sir Edmund Hillary

Sun City Grand houses for sale
 Rob Davis  
 15 January 2020  
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These Georgetown buildings are filled up with fun and full adventures which makes the golden time of personal life a similar point in your exciting, life and fun with other people who promote numerous the exact same pursuits. The truth is, these needs extend to a wide range of dance clubs who are component of Sunshine City's family home living. These include far more than 30 organizations, among them carpentry, art, craft and golf and board adventures. Additionally, some sessions are offered to residents of Sunshine Place for subject areas for instance terminology, the past, and a lot more. The reality is, Sunshine Metropolitan area has joined because of the University or college of The state of texas at Austin, tx to present academically delightful training programs taught by college or university teachers. Night clubs can host events and conferences inside of the massive space or room of rally stations in almost any neighborhood places. You can get 3 or more golf sessions local, in addition to the wake pathway platform besides other competitive sports facilities are pastime programs. These the game of golf centres furthermore have a dining room including a communal room or living area as friendly places.Direct sun light Metropolitan area real property comprises of thousands of houses, totaling all-around 7,500 in case the neighborhood is 100 percent created. The real estate throughout this group comprises of comfortable and convenient households developed for downgraded daily routines and requires bit in depth maintenance tasks rates. Property or home sizes and amenities can be different, with remedies like for example a variety of garages, expansion porches, island kitchens, modified appliances, start carpet packages, and extra bed rooms. Residences obtainable at this website typically comprise of two sleeping rooms and two washrooms. The standard price of homes bought in this local community is concerning $ 215,000 and features about 1,800 sq . ft . of living spot.The homes these are a component of the Individuals Association, an extremely organized correlation that holds most of the community room local and finances the many different night clubs provided to many who reside in these real estate . The once a year household owners dues is mostly about $ 1040. Although this fees includes a great number of issues with dealing with this community, some tasks, most notably golf and fitness centers, have divide repayment systems. Sons and daughters under the age of 19 can not be sold for long periods throughout these dwellings. However, there are summer time camps out there for summer season to the grandchildren of those homeowners who stay listed here Sun City Grand.Bald Dollar and Mountain Hill will be varying and offer two different experiences and snow sporting activities. Hairless Hill boasts a scaling capability of 26,780 skiers, is bigger than another snowboarding vicinity in the united states, 3,400 foot extra tall, and huge enough to create 75 goes from amateur to experienced. Dollar Mountain peak, nonetheless, is 628 foot previously seas rate, and on treeless land you can get wonderful carpeting and rugs, pipe hills and surfaces theme parks for snowboarders. Sunlight Valley is among the actual earliest locations in The United States to hold the earth Cup and fuels the location with ski history and tradition. Take off your skis, reduce your board and place on snowshoes or cruise a sled. Quickly skate at the ice or produce a snowman into the home garden within your holiday getaway lease your own home. You can undoubtedly obtain a load of exterior winter time exciting. Through the away season, Sunshine Place continues to be a very good travel vacation spot. Believe that within the mountain tops: mountain / hill fishing, biking and hiking riding horses, heat balloon rides, telling lies in big rose areas. Indeed, you can do it in this case. You will find quite a lot of social, shopping and dining excitement all year round, as well as talent landscape is great. Not surprising Ernest Hemingway authored "For Whom the Bell Tolls" and picked his remain rest as being an imaginative energy that integrates clearly with all the amazing element. The Sun Valley Disciplines Center and Sun Valley Arts Centre will almost allways be attention-grabbing. The Sawtooth Organic Home gardens supplies the only prayer tire in america that received the Dalai Lama's blessings that Dalai Lama visited in 2005. There is not any time from year to year for numerous festivals and events. pleasing. Book a Sun Valley vacation rentalhome and condo. Alternatively, villa and discover why this place is the perfect blend of man-made and natural artistry.

What To Pack for a Family Backpacking Trip
 Paisley Hansen  
 4 February 2020  

Backpacking is a wonderful family activity that allows you to explore outdoor areas with your kids and bond over shared experiences communing with nature. However, it is important to pack carefully and wisely for the trip so that you have everything that you need and can carry it effectively on a long hike without anything getting damaged. Your kids will carry their own backpacks with at least some of what they need. However, depending on your kids' ages, their packs will likely be too small to carry all their supplies, meaning that you may have to take up some of the slack.Which Essentials You Need To BringThe great thing about backpacking is that it requires you to get back to basics. There is little, if any, room in your pack for items that you do not absolutely need. The challenge is that, in your everyday life, you probably take the basic necessities for granted most of the time. You may not think of them while you are packing for your trip and may not realize your need until you do not have the item.To serve as a guide, here is a list some of the essentials to pack according to experienced outdoor adventurers:1. WaterDehydration can lead to illness, so it is important to stay hydrated on the trail.2. FoodChoose nutritious items that are portable. Pick ready-to-eat options and/or those that can be prepared at camp. Be sure to observe leave-no-trace principles when finished eating.3. ShelterThis refers to a place to sleep, such as a tent, but it also refers to outerwear to protect from the weather,such as kids waders and raincoats.4. InsulationNights get cold out on the trail. Be sure you pack sleeping bags appropriate to the temperatures you are likely to face.5. First AidHopefully, you will not have need of it, but if someone in your family does get sick or injured while on the trail, it is best to be prepared with a well-stocked, portable first aid kit.6. FireCampfires are part of the outdoor adventuring experience. They serve practical purposes of providing heat and allowing you to cook your food. Be sure you have the tools and supplies needed to start one.7. LightingIf you'll be hiking after dark, you'll need to see where you are going. You'll also need to see what you're doing once you make camp.8. NavigationIt is easy to lose your way while backpacking, especially if you are traveling off the beaten path. Pack reliable methods of navigating, such as a map and a compass, rather than trying to rely on a GPS.9. Sun ProtectionBe sure your kids have adequate protection because a severe sunburn now could put them at risk for skin cancer later.10. HygieneA bath or shower during your trip may not be feasible. However, you can carry items like disinfecting wipes, hand sanitizer and biodegradable soap. Remember that there will be no toilets available, so be sure to pack toilet paper and a trowel with which to bury any solid waste.How To Pack for the TripThere may also be items that you don't technically need but can make the trip more fun, such as a camera to record your memories of the trip. If you pack the essentials efficiently, you may have more room for items such as these.It is also important to pack carefully so that you can carry the items without injury to yourself or damage to the equipment. As you are packing your backpack, you need to keep two things in mind: how heavy, dense, or bulky the items are and when and how often you will need to access them. The core zone, in the middle of your pack, is best for items that are heavier or denser, while the bottom should be saved for things you will not need until you make camp and the top for things you'll need ready access to.It's never too early to take your kids on a backpacking trip. However, keep their limitations in mind when planning your excursion, as well as your own.

Mount Batur Hiking – Everything that you need to know
 Stephan Fleming  
 9 February 2020  
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Mount Batur is located in the Bengal region on the island of Bali, Indonesia. For many years, tourists roam Mount Battur (Bali volcano) to watch the sunrise over the volcanoes near Aging Hill and Mount Agung, and it's not hard to see why! First of all, how difficult to Mount Batur Trekking? For most of them, this will be the most important question to answer. If you are naturally active and have a good level of heart disease, this height will not be very difficult for you.In most forums you will find useful travel tips and blogging channels and you can play them in practice! Well, that's not entirely true. The journey takes about two hours (mostly faster if you need a shorter rest period). Remember that you briefly encounter a volcano 1717 meters or 5633 feet above sea level. Temperature and climate will change from night to night and it will change throughout the walk. I would recommend wearing comfortable leggings or shorts, which is what you usually wear.The most important thing to wear is the right trainer or hiking, I have seen many girls wear very beautiful, elegant shoes as they try to climb the last part of the walk as they lose their stones and gravel. Pull on a jacket or hood for cold moments on the road, perhaps first and foremost. At the same height, you will most likely remove these outer layers.I also recommend that if you are going in or around the rainy season, you can bring a waterproof jacket where it can get! You need to bring the cameras! The sunrise at the top of Mount Battur is truly amazing, so make sure you bring your camera, GoPros, phone or whatever you like to take with you.Unless you are a professional, I recommend leaving the stand at home. Although you can get a great snapshot of the time, it is extremely busy at its height, and lifting it uphill will be painful. If you really want a tripod, I would recommend it, and it's not great. But I invite you to turn off the cameras after a few shots and enjoy the sunrise!.As I mentioned above, it depends on your speed and the speed of the group you are hiking. It will reach its peak around 5:30 pm and will spend an hour or more at sunrise.You can then continue walking through the crater, with some monkeys playing in the temple over the top and finding some areas where hot smoke hits the volcano. You can spend about an hour or walking around this place before going back.Finally, when driving home, your driver will stop for a light breakfast and tea and coffee before returning to the hotel or villa. You just book your trip for Mount Batur adventure

Thinking of Getting a Dog? Here’s What You Should Think About First
 Finnegan Pierson  
 19 February 2020  

A child needs a dog. How can you go through childhood without a furry, drooly best friend to keep you company for your early years? If you're thinking about adopting a four-legged friend for your young family, you probably have questions. Can you take proper care of a dog? What should you feed it? Are there some breeds that are better than others when you have young children? These are all fantastic, legitimate questions that youshould be asking; the last thing you want is to break your kids' hearts by getting a dog, then being forced to get rid of it because it was not a good fit. Like any big purchase, you need to do your research and understand your options. Which dog breeds work best with families, and what do you need to consider before bringing one into your house?Care and Keeping of Your PetSince you're a parent, you already understand the concept of taking good care of something other than yourself. A pet can be a fantastic way to teach kids this idea early on, but remember that you and the rest of the family need to be adequately prepared to take on the additional responsibility if you're adopting a dog. There is so much to think about beyond who will take Fido for a walk. If the kids are begging you to let them get a dog, sit down with them and list out the duties that taking care of one requires.Vet Visits, Health and GroomingA yearly checkup is essential for humans, and so it goes with pets too. If you're going to own a dog, then you need to be as diligent about keeping it healthy as you would any other member of the family. Research veterinarians in the area and call around to check costs. Don't just ask about things like costs of vaccines, but about other, equally important services as well:Spaying/neutering. It's the responsible thing to do when you're in charge of a dog's health. Avoid accidental litters of puppies by getting your dog fixed, but understand the cost involved. Neutering is usually a little cheaper than spaying; a basic snip-snip operation versus an in-depth surgery can be a significant price difference. Even if you don't know what gender you want to get yet, it's worth asking about pricing and healing time for both. It could impact your decision.Bathing, nail clipping and anything else that is part of grooming. Do you have enough space to install a dog bath in your home, or even a regular bathtub for bathing? Would you know how to clip the many toenails on your dog, or would you feel more comfortable sending them to a groomer?Emergencies happen quickly and they can be expensive. What if Rover gets into lighter fluid without you knowing? Swallows a dish towel that gets stuck in his belly? These are realities that you might or might not think of ahead of time, but they add up quickly. Do you have an emergency fund, and if so, are you willing to spend it on an animal if the time comes?What to Feed ThemIt's no secret that dogs are hungry animals; the word "food" is often enough to get feet tippy-tapping and tails a-wagging. With so many options, especially these days, it's important to pick the right kind of food for your dog. This is another question to ask when you're researching vets: What kind of dog food is best for your potential pet?Grain-free dog food is all the rage right now. There are plenty of benefits to the grain-free variety: A shiny coat and healthy skin, possible reduction of food allergies and more energy, since the grains are supplemented with extra protein sources and other kinds of carbohydrates (like potatoes, for instance). However, some reports are beginning to surface that there may be a link between grain-free food and heart disease in canines, which is another reason why it's important to consult a veterinarian before choosing a dog food.Wet dog food might be considered a luxury, but some people prefer it to dry kibble for their dog. Why? Well, there are many reasons, but one of the most notable includes higher protein levels, which keep Fido fuller for longer. Another great benefit is that canned dog food contains fewer preservatives and is "fresher" than dry dog food.The brand that you choose is another important feature — not all dog foods are created equal, just like not all human foods are. It's individual to what you can afford and what you value in a brand, but please, for the sake of your future dog, do plenty of research on what brands to avoid in dog food. Understand the recalls that have been made recently and educate yourself on why there have been recalls.Where They Will Sleep, Live and Be When You're There and Not ThereYou might think this is a no-brainer: "Well of course Rover will wander the house while we're at work and school, duh!" This is a nice idea and definitely a personal decision, but think about things in terms of how your dog does. Will he be comfortable with an entire house to himself while everyone is out for the day? Will you? Consider the risks of letting your dog roam free inside the house and think about alternatives.Remember: Puppies chew everything. If you're thinking about allowing a pup to go wherever they want while you're out and about, think also about anything their little needle teeth can sink into. Nothing is sacred to a teething puppy, which means that everything from electrical cords, table legs and window shades are at risk for getting shredded in your absence.Crate training is becoming an increasingly popular method for dog owners. Don't assume that it's "mean" to "lock up" your dog while you're not around; dogs are denning creatures by nature and love to have a safe, secure place to call their own. If you're not totally sold on the idea, set up a small area for the dog, like a room with the crate door open. This way you can feel better knowing that he's free to have some space to walk around in, but can hide in his safe spot if he needs to.If all else fails, consider doggie daycare. This is a great option for pet parents and for their dogs: You can rest assured that they're getting socialized in a safe, caring environment, and your dog will love having fun and playing with other dogs.Best Breeds For FamiliesRemember the golden rule before you even start searching for a breed: There is no such thing as an inherently bad dog, only bad owners and bad publicity. As with everything else, educate yourself before deciding to go with a specific breed because all of them — even the most popular ones — have their perks and drawbacks. It all depends on what you are the family are looking for.PitbullsAre you surprised to read that? You shouldn't be. Although they've gotten some negative press in the past, don't be fooled: Pits are super smart and loyal, and are gentle giants when hanging out with little kids. They have enough energy to motivate you to get moving and outside playing, and have you ever seen a pitbull's smile? There's nothing like the happy face of a pit that stretches from ear to ear!RetrieversCome on, you really didn't think you'd make it through this list without seeing that, did you? Labradors, goldens and any of the remaining four types of retrievers are some of the best dogs for the family. They are beautiful, majestic-looking dogs that are easy to train because they're so eager to please their humans. Not only that, but they're energetic and can spend happy hours outside playing fetch, hiking the woods or swimming in any body of water they find (even if it's just a mud puddle on the ground).DoodlesChances are you know at least one person who owns a doodle, which is a term for any kind of dog mixed with a poodle (miniature or standard). The most common types of doodles are usually retriever mixes: Labradoodles (Labrador and standard poodle) or Goldendoodles (golden retriever and poodle). Doodles are increasing in popularity in the United States thanks to their unique mixture: The above-average intelligence of a poodle, but the goofiness and sense of humor as a retriever. Be warned, though: These dogs can often be so smart that you might wonder if their DNA was shipped to a lab in a can of Barbasol.As you already know, it's a labor of love to bring a dog into your home. Sit down with your family and talk about everything that you need to do together to make your future dog's life a happy and healthy one. There is a lot of work that goes into owning a dog, but you know that every ounce of work pays for itself in sloppy kisses and belly rubs.