Category: Travel

What It’s Like to Travel in Belgium as a Handyman

Being a handyman has no rest. Wherever you go, you might feel like you are on-call for an emergency repairing or urgent building. Don’t get me wrong, Belgium is an excellent place to be inspired as a handyman and DIY lover, but wherever you are in the world, if you love your job as a handyman, you will still feel the spirit of your work.

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Seeing an open garage with all the DIY tools except a sawing machine might trigger you as a handyman or carpenter. You might wonder why that garage has all the necessary tools stated in Garage Buildings except a single saw–not even a handsaw. You might notice the broken tiles in the hotel room you’ve been staying at and be frustrated. You might also be tempted to fix a leaky faucet yourself instead of calling the handyman. You know it’s not your house, and you’re on vacation, but the urge to repair stuff is just too much for you to handle. I get it. But what you should realize is this:

Even handymen need to rest.

Just because you know you can fix every broken door, tile, or faucet inside your hotel room doesn’t mean you should. Inform the front desk, and they’ll send someone to fix it if you’re being bothered by it. Who knows? You might even learn a thing or two from that someone who will repair for you! You could learn new tricks or techniques by watching others too, you know. So be open to the idea of observing other handymen do their jobs. You’re not the only one with skills.

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The ultimate tip is: When you’re traveling, avoid looking for stuff to fix. Enjoy your time. Spend your vacay with the ones you love, and be actually present at the moment. Don’t think about your tools or the tools that others don’t have in their garage. The significant thing is you have complete tools and you know you can go back to them after your trip. Take the time to meditate if you can. Avoid thinking or using tools unless necessary. This is your chance to be in a new environment, take it with open arms.

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Advantages of Using a Kerosene Heater

About to travel to a cold region soon? Take one or two kerosene heaters with you to keep you safe and warm!

Here are the benefits of using this type of heater:

Convenience

Kerosene is similar to any other fuel and oil—it’s quick to ignite. This makes it an excellent travel companion and a useful source of energy, heat, and light, especially during blackouts and in cold areas.

Kerosene heaters don’t need to be plugged in to be used, as they only require fuel. This is the very reason why kerosene heaters are portable and practical to bring in road trips, camping, hiking, and so on. They eliminate the need to look for a power outlet. Everything about it says convenience.

Heat Power

The University of Alaska-Fairbanks says kerosene is a potent fuel source. It can supply 135,000 BTU (British Thermal Units) per gallon of fuel. Compared to propane, which only creates 91,800 BTU for every gallon, that’s a lot more heat. Because of this benefit, you’ll be able to sleep soundly even in a cold room or place. You’ll be kept warm all throughout your rest, and you won’t be woken up in the middle of the night because of your chilly surroundings. Wherever you’ll be staying for the night, a kerosene heater can help you stay comfortable.

Fuel Cost

sengoku kerosene heaterKerosene only costs $2.25 for every gallon, which is $0.75 lower than propane. If you’ll be traveling to somewhere far and will be staying in a cold place for a while, getting a kerosene heater would be much practical for you as it can save more money. Kerosene also costs only $16.65 when we talk about producing one million BTUs. And that’s half as low as what electricity costs when you use propane.

Shelf Life

Moreover, kerosene can last long especially when stored properly. Placing them in a plastic container can make them last for a year, but storing them in metal containers allow them to last for up to 10 years. Speaking of storage, whatever container you’ll be putting them, remember that it should be kept in a dry place. Also, store them only in a container that’s intended for kerosene, and never in gasoline can or a can that once contained gasoline.

Safety

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Kerosene heaters are also safe sources of power. A lot of models nowadays even come with many safety features, ensuring that you and your family would be safe as it operates. However, you should be reminded that regardless of the number of safety features in a kerosene heater, they could still be dangerous if you don’t know how to handle them the right way. To be safe, do the following tips:

  • Read the manual and follow the instructions.
  • Run it in a room with an open door.
  • If you need to operate it with closed doors, then open a window about an inch to let the fresh air dilute the pollutants.
  • Maintain and clean the wick as recommended by your manufacturer.
  • Don’t refuel the kerosene heater inside your house. Do it outdoors.

7 of the Best Places to Visit in Belgium

Awe-inspiring architecture, beautiful scenery, the finest chocolates, and delicious beers are just some of the many reasons to visit Belgium. But with so many possible destinations to choose from, a short visit to the country would not be enough to explore and experience what it has to offer. It may be difficult to narrow down your choices, but here is a list of some of the best places to see when in Belgium.

Antwerp
Antwerp
Top reasons to visit: A good mix of old and new, known as the “Diamond District”, culinary attractions including scrumptious food and great-tasting beers, vibrant art scene, architectural wonders; top attractions include the Beguinage, Cathedral of Our Lady, Fotomuseum Antwerp, ModeMuseum Provincie Antwerpen, Museum aan de Stroom, Museum of Modern Art, Plantin-Moretus Museum, Royal Museum of Fine Arts, and the Rubenshuis

Ardennes
Ardennes
Top reasons to visit: Scenic locations for active adventures like biking, camping, and trekking; breathtaking views of caves, forests, rugged hills, and nature destinations; wildlife sightings, picturesque castles, and quaint villages among many other interesting sights and things to do

Bruges
Bruges
Top reasons to visit: Venice of the North with its beautiful and dramatic canals, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, stunning medieval architecture, home to some of the country’s best chocolate shops, delicious food, and several attractions like the Basilica of the Holy Blood, Belfry of Bruges, Béguinage, Church of Our Lady, Dijver Mansions, Groeninge Museum, Jeruzalemkerk, the Kruispoort, Markt, Memling Museum, Provinciaal Hof, Schepenzaal (lay magistrates’ court), Sint-Jansspitaal, St. Salvator’s Cathedral, and more

Brussels
Brussels
Top reasons to visit: Belgium’s capital city; food, chocolates, and beers; points of interest like the Abbaye de la Cambre, Atomium, AutoWorld, Basilique Nationale du Sacré Coeur, Belgian Comic Strip Center, Cantillon Brewery, Cathedral of St. Michael and St. Gudula, Château Royal, Coudenberg, Grand Place, Horta Museum, Manneken Pis, Mini-Europe, Mont des Arts, Musical Instrument Museum, Notre-Dame du Sablon, Palais de Justice, Parc du Cinquantenaire, Parlamentarium, Place Royale, and the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium

Ghent
Ghent
Top reasons to visit: Historic city and one of the country’s hidden gems, impressive architecture, scenic views; attractions that include Belfry of Ghent, Dulle Griet, Graslei, Gravensteen, Groentenmarkt, Korenlei, Museum of Fine Arts, Saint Michael’s Church, Saint Nicholas’ Church, St Bavo’s Cathedral, and the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst

Liege
Liege
Top reasons to visit: Historical sites, cultural treasures, medieval era landmarks, and many points of interest such as the Basilique Saint-Martin, Church of Saint-Barthélemy, Féronstrée, Convent Church of Saint-Paul, the banks of the Meuse River, Musée d’Armes, Musée d’Art Moderne, Musée de la Vie Wallonne, Palais des Princes-Evêques, Place de la République, and Quai de Maestricht

Mechelen
Top reasons to visit: Under the radar destination that boasts of beautiful architecture and picturesque scenery, among the many things to explore include the 8 historical churches, Begijnhofkerk, Grote Markt, Het Anker Brewery, Kazerne Dossin, Large Beguinage, the Palace of Margaret of Austria, Planckendael, Royal Manufacturers De Wit, St Rumbold’s Cathedral, St Rumbold’s Tower, and Toy Museum…