5 things about Camping that are NOT fun at all

Nowadays camping has become a quite popular social activity. People drive out to nature, have fun and play some games, make picnics and barbeques and post their photos online immediately. This has led to a wrong idea about the real camping, that it is fun and simple as any other weekend activity. Nevertheless, people keep forgetting that simple does not always equal easy. We tend to believe that camping is fun and great......well, it is indeed great but.......it is not always fun. Camping / trekking / hiking and other similar activities have quite a few "b-sides" (I am trying to avoid the "dark side" term here) that you may not think of at the first glance. It is not always fun, and believe me sometimes there's lots of pain, fatigue and regrets behind those smiles on the photos we see from these events. So, long story short, what is there that we should definitely know and think of, before joining a team of campers (or hikers) or before we decide to start a solo camping trip?! Here are the 5 main "b-sides" of this story:

Museums in Baku with free admission

Visiting museums and galleries is always a part of travelling through a new country. Whether you are a history and culture freak or not, you wouldn't mind at least a short tour in a local museum. At the end of the day, travelling is not only about hiking, eating and laying on a sandy beach. It is always a good idea to have some basic information about the history and culture of the country you are visiting. Thus, in case you are not a big fan of museums but wouldn't mind a free tour in one or two, here is a list of museums in the old town of Baku which have free admissions:

10 Tourists Lifehacks for Azerbaijan

In this post I am going to share my experience and knowledge with who those are planning to visit Baku and maybe other parts of Azerbaijan. I've been working as a tour guide for quite a long time now and what can better than learning some tourism secrets and lifehacks from a local? These advices will help you plan your trip more effectively, save more time and money and depart with good memories. The main hacks I am going to cover in a series of articles will be:

How to use the Airport Shuttle Bus in Baku

Due to my daily work (tour guide) I happen to be in the airport at least once a week. Lately I've noticed that still a lot of visitors of our city have no clue about the airport shuttle bus. The airport shuttle leaves its spot nearby the exit of the International Terminal every half hour reaching the 28 May subway station. 28 May is the busiest subway station and an "intersection" of other subway lines. It is almost in downtown and walking distance to the fountain square and the old town is 20 minutes. Besides, it is just next to Baku's railroad station, several bus stops and 28 Shopping Mall which offers its customers a big supermarket (Bazarstore), a number of fashion stores, a huge electronics and home appliances shop (Music Gallery), restaurants and a cinema hall. Basically, 28 May station is a convenient place to start your journey. I can't think of many places around the world to compare because I haven't travelled that much. Though let me put it this way: it is the Paddington of Baku.