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Things you should know about Central Park

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You can’t say New York without thinking of Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, and Central Park. Central Park is a large urban park located in the Manhattan area of New York, between the Upper East side and the Upper West Side, the two poshest areas to live in.

The park counts for approximately 843 acres and is the most visited urban park in the US, with approximately 42 million visitors per year. However, there are plenty of interesting facts you didn’t know about it, and we’re here to send the mystery away in some cases.

The land of concerts

One of the most interesting things you should know about Central Park is that it used to be one of the greatest and largest outdoor venues for concerts.

Believe it or not, back in 1997, the park was able to host around 1 million people who attended the Garth Brooks concert. And, even though such huge events are not hosted anymore, the park still counts for plenty of leisure activities during the summer, including the SummerStage Festival, Good Morning America Summer Concert Series or the Metropolitan Opera Summer Recital Series.


Flora and fauna

Another cool fact about Central Park is that it is the home of over 25,000 trees, 235 species of birds, mammals, beetles, and arthropods. There are at least 1,700 American elms and there are also varieties of maples, birches, oaks, and pines.

The Central Park also permanently hosts plenty of chipmunks, raccoons, squirrels, opossums, and numerous species of birds, including ducks, blue jays, cardinals, falcons, woodpeckers, hawks, owls, and pigeons. Most of these birds live around the seven man-made lakes and ponds of Central Park.



This amazing natural park also counts for 7 ornamental fountains and 125 drinking fountains,  no fewer than 51 sculptures, and 36 arches and bridges. Most of the architectural pieces were later added to the park, when it was extended to its current size, back in 1873.

The Bethesda Terrace arcade is around 150 years old and was created as one of the central pieces of architecture displayed in the park. The remarkable Minton Tile ceiling is a true masterpiece you should see.



One of the coolest facts about Central Park is that hundreds of movies and TV shows were partially filmed or contain scenes filmed in New York’s most famous park. From the classic “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”,”Home Alone” and “Serendipity” to real masterpieces such as “When in Rome”, “August Rush”, “Eat Pray Love”, and ”Remember Me”. There are over 200 movies and TV shows in which you can gaze at the beauty of the park.


Bonus: Successful TV shows such as “Sex and The City” or “Gossip Girl” feature numerous scenes filmed here.


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The so-called Airbnb for campers and RVs

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If traveling is your passion but you don’t afford to book five-star resorts and ultimate experiences across the globe, there are plenty of additional ways to see what you want. Regardless if you’re in for a weekend getaway, some prolonged holidays or just a simple vacation somewhere far away from the city hustle, you can travel where you want with as little cash and worries as possible.

So, if you’re looking for new experiences such as spending a few days in an RV but don’t really have the money or want the commitment of buying one yourself, there is a new online platform there that reunites all RV enthusiasts and owners looking for some extra cash.

What is Campanda?

If you always wanted to spend some time alone just traveling around the country and sleep in an RV, now is your chance. Campanda is the equivalent of the popular renting platform Airbnb, but only for RVs, folding trailers, fifth wheels, and spacious vans. This online platform gives you the opportunity to rent an RV anywhere in the world and enjoy road experiences regardless of the country you are.

I am an RV lover myself so when I first heard of this platform I thought it wasn’t going to be a big hit. But I was wrong, as more and more people are willing to go carefree in the world and trying new experiences such as driving an RV.


How does it work?

Just like on Airbnb, Campanda has two different sides, for owners and clients. You can register your RV as an owner, set up a profile, and wait for people who are interested in renting your vehicle to message you. Similar to the aforementioned platform, you choose your own prices on Campanda, as well as the number of days per year you are willing to rent it out.

However, unlike apartments, people who rent your RV not only get to live on it for a few days, but also drive it around the country and discover some breathtaking landscapes or just having some free time, away from polluted cities and daily worries. The company recently started a partnership with Allianz to ensure the vans and RVs against damage, so you can rent and drive an RV safe anywhere in the world.

How to make money out of this?

If you own an RV you can place a renting ad on the platform, provided you set up an account first. After you finished writing down some personal information, you will need to post meaningful and real pictures of both the interior and exterior of your RV, as well as to give as much information as possible about the facilities and utilities provided.

Depending on how well-kept your RV has and what facilities it offers, you can earn up to several thousand dollars a month by just renting it.



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5 great campfire meals

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I really enjoy camping and spending time outside while connecting with the beauties that nature has to offer. It’s so easy to just pack a few things, get in your vehicle, and wonder until you’ve reached a nice spot where you can spend some peaceful moments.

The majority of people that feel skeptical about camping actually fear about the limited possibilities they have in the food department. Because I want to show you that eating outdoors is far more beneficial for your health, I’ve made a list of interesting recipes that you can do in a short amount of time using only a few ingredients.

  1. Pan-seared steak and mushrooms

The rule of thumb is you must serve at least one special dinner during your camping trip. It’s important to have a family or a group tradition and you can easily start with this simple-to-make recipe. Totally doable, the total time of the meal takes no more than 40 minutes. Even if you’re new to camping cooking, you can make this meal using a simple camp stove. The pan-seared steaks go wonderfully with sauteed mushrooms accompanied by a red wine sauce. Because everything is cooked in the same pan, the mushrooms, the sauce, and the steak, you won’t have much cleaning to do afterward. In addition to these three ingredients, you only need salt, pepper, thyme leaves, olive oil, and unsalted butter to complete the dish.


  1. Turkey black bean chili

The advantage of this turkey black bean chili recipe is that you can actually cook it at home and only use the campfire in order to warm the food and add some extra spices if you prefer. However, the preparation time takes only 5 minutes and you only need to cook it for 20 minutes.

The food is divine and is an excellent choice especially when you travel with a large group of people and you need to have more servings. Just saute the onion and the garlic, add some ground turkey, followed by black bean, tomato paste, canned diced tomatoes, and chili powder.


  1. Cowboy hot dog

There’s nothing more pleasant than a nice hot dog served with several delicious toppings, according to your personal choice. You can grill onions and some bacon, let them caramelized and put them on top of the hot dog bun. Add barbecue sauce, mayonnaise or spicy brown mustard.

  1. Classic burgers

You can’t go wrong with classic burgers because everyone enjoys them. However, they are tastier thanks to the camp stove smoke. Just make sure you use a mix of onion, Worchester sauce, eggs, and garlic to make the patties. As a safety note, cook the burgers at a higher temperature of 160 F degrees and you’ll make them not only healthy but also moist.


  1. Barbecued Salmon

Fish lovers will enjoy this divine dish made with a glaze of mustard, thyme, and brown sugar. Don’t forget to pack some tin foil, otherwise, you risk overcooking the salmon and making it dry.


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3 motorhome accessories I couldn’t live without

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Ever since I bought a motorhome, the kids and my girlfriend have been nagging me to go on an RV trip. However, since I like hiking and camping a lot, I know very well the importance of being well prepared. That is why I always invest in accessories that will help me during such trips. You must keep in mind that I also have to keep a budget in mind, so, if you take after me, you know that you won’t be spending on trifle things.



A backup camera for my motorhome

An RV backup camera is one of those things that can keep you out of trouble. Do you know that many of the accidents involving RVs happen because of poor visibility in the back of the vehicle? By no means do I want me and my family to suffer through a terrible accident, because I didn’t care to invest in proper safety.

So the first thing I decided to invest in was a backup camera for my motorhome. I have always trusted my rear view mirror, but now I can say, hand on heart, that you cannot get any better than such a camera. It feeds the infotainment screen in front of you, so you don’t have to take your eyes off what you are doing too much. I find it much more convenient, and I don’t think I could live without it.


Leisure batteries

Yes, I know, I must be one of the few people who hadn’t heard about such things until purchasing one. If you’re in the same boat with me, and you don’t know what such batteries are, I can tell you that they are the type of accessory you don’t want to leave home without.

These are smaller than car batteries, and they serve for low watt appliances you may have in your caravan. You can pick only one or more. I have two because this was the number we all agreed on that it would serve for all our needs.



A head torch

I don’t know if you noticed, but when you are caravaning, there are many things you need to take care of, and most of these things, such as changing the gas bottle, or emptying the toilet, require your both hands. That was when I realized that I needed a head torch. There is nothing more convenient for keeping your hands free and take care of things.

A model with LED lights is more convenient, because it gives off a brighter light, and it is more durable and dependable. Also, mine comes with adjustable brightness so that I can use the head torch in any conditions.




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