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Forget Vacation, Go For A Relax-cation!

While a lot of people want their vacations to be adventurous, full of danger and excitement, or some people prefer to go on a backpacking vacation to explore themselves. Yet, some people are too busy in life to be running around in another country, and would much rather live by the pool, with a pile of books, in the glistening sunshine. Many people would much rather this, so here is a little guide to the most relaxing vacation destinations you can try right now.

 

Budapest, Hungary

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While Budapest is one of the grandest of capital cities, rife for adventure, there are plenty of opportunities to relax. There are many spars, which has water flowing from the subterranean springs. But if you are looking for a more cultured way of relaxing, you should go to one of the Art Nouveau Gellért Baths, which boasts stained glass as well as beautiful mosaics.

 

The Galapagos Islands

While you can venture on Santa Cruz Galapagos cruises, there are so many quiet beaches, as well as the island of Isabela. It’s a nice small town, it is very quiet, but there are plenty of things for you to relax and unwind if you find that you are spending too much time relaxing on the beach! Isabela also has authentic Ecuadorian food, plus lots cater for all types of dietary requirements, from gluten-free, to even vegan. However, if you are not fussy, you may want to just chow down with the seafood! The freshly caught lobster is to die for!

 

Portugal

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Apart from the beaches, there are some fantastic tranquillity spas, such as the Vilalara Longevity Thalassa and Medical Spa, which is located in a beautiful botanical garden, with fantastic views across the Atlantic. If you are looking for a way to rejuvenate, you can reap the benefits of the natural saltwater in the Thalassa therapy package. In addition to this, there are workshops in mindfulness, methods to reduce stress, as well as yoga, arguably the most restorative technique you can practice.

 

The Seychelles

If you are looking for somewhere that is going to instantly unwind you in a tropical paradise, you cannot go far wrong with the Seychelles. There is silky soft sand, clear water, as well as restorative sunshine. You may be forgiven for thinking that it is extremely expensive, but you can actually stay in the Seychelles on a small budget. It all depends on what you intend on doing, but if you plan on relaxing, that luckily doesn’t cost that much!

 

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If you’re looking for a spa destination, in 2016 The Bodyholiday Destress was voted the world’s number 4 best destination spa. This spa implements a lot of ancient techniques as well as more modern therapies. In addition to this, you will be guided through tai chi, qi gong, as well as yoga to help de-stress yourself inside and out.

 

We all want something different out of our vacation destinations, but if you are looking to relax, you should try a few of these places. Not only will your body benefit from the break, but your mind will too!

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough, But Plenty To Prepare For!

Posted in fun activities, lifestyle, outdoor activities, travel, travel tips
on November 14, 2017

Whether you are a beginner or an expert, there’s nothing quite like the rush of climbing a mountain. There isn’t a mountain out there that someone hasn’t wanted to conquer, and that’s for a good reason. The achievement of scaling the peaks of a mountain is one that is often unrepeated – unless of course you get the climbing bug!

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There are plenty of mountains to explore across the planet, with plenty of companies offering experiences and expeditions to get to their summits. The thing is, you can’t just pack up and head to Kilimanjaro for your latest adventure. Preparing for a climb takes a lot of time and not just in terms of what you need to pack: think water and Oxygen Plus just for starters! You need to think about conditioning yourself ready for you embark on your mountain climb. Experienced mountaineers are already aware of what they need to be totally ready for a new challenge, and it’s not a short process, either!

 

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Timing. When you’re going ahead with a mountain climb, you need to think about how early you should be starting with your training. Of course, it’s never too soon to start preparing yourself, but you should be conditioning your body for around a year before you actually head off on your expedition. The serious training should begin around four or five months before you plan to set off.

Outdoor. Your training – whether you live in a city or not – should be all outside! Your plan should be done in all terrains if possible and should be enough to literally kick your butt into shape. It’s all about pushing your own boundaries, because you’re soon going to be pushing them past your limits when you get climbing. Hiking with a pack on your back. Stairs should be taken as much as possible to train your legs. Mountain biking is another great option for outdoor training!

Indoor. While you would push your endurance levels outside, you should weight train inside. Bench pressing, leg and calf raises, and arm work can all help you to build your strength and get you used to pulling your own weight.

Diet. Swapping to a diet that is mainly protein based is going to get you where you need to go to pack on some muscle before you head off to an expedition. You should also – in the weeks prior to your trip – stock up on fatty and rich foods to build up some of the stores you’ll be burning mountainside.

Climbers go through a rigorous plan and training session before actually beginning their climb. Mountain climbing is about endurance, focus and hitting goals that you would never have anticipated hitting elsewhere. It’s a different kind of break from everyday life, but it is one that you absolutely should consider if you are wanting to find something different from the norm! Challenge yourself to climb to the highest peak – just make sure you’re physically and mentally ready to go!

 

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Australia’s Best Diving Sites

Australia is a country renowned for many things – great food and drink, friendly locals, the Sydney Opera House and of course, some of the world’s most amazing beaches.
But for those who love the outdoors, a trip to Australia is on most people’s travel bucket lists, especially if you enjoy diving. The very second you think of underwater fun in this area of the world, the famous Great Barrier Reef springs instantly to mind, which is understandable.
However, Australia has a number of great diving spots that offer just as much of a reward as diving around the Great Barrier Reef itself.
Let’s start just off Queensland, where the protected waters of the Lizard Island National Park offer divers a vast selection of underwater life to view during every session. From the stunning corals to the elegant manta rays and giant clams, the warm waters found here attract a number of species. The island is a popular diving site for beginners to try their hand at diving, although due to the stunning underwater views, divers of all abilities tend to come back here again and again.
It isn’t just the reefs that are popular For a dive with a difference, head out to the shipwreck site of the Yongala passenger ship that sank back in 1911 on a routine journey from Melbourne to Cairns. Now, the wreck teems with wildlife, offering the chance to see potato cod, clown fish and sea snakes. In winter you might meet a humpback whale or two, whilst in the summer months, you will be greeted by hundreds of tiny colourful fish. Beware though, as the wreck is very popular and is visited by around 10,000 divers each year.
Another popular spot is the World Heritage Site at Heron Island. Again, it is popular with beginners as it is easy to access by a quick boat ride out to a number of terrific dive spots. Try Heron Bommie, the Coral Cascades or Blue Pools where you might just see loggerhead turtles, wobbegong sharks or moray eels, among others.
Head to Byron Bay for plenty of action
Our last two suggestions take us to the well-known area of Byron Bay, which is the perfect destination if you want to mix relaxing days on the beach with a spot of diving. The Bay offers a different climate to other Australian diving sites, mixing the warm waters of the north with the cool waters of the south. Because of this, you will find an amazing selection of underwater wildlife all attracted by the unique water system.
First try Julian Rocks, two small islands that sit within their own Marine Park and a great place for seeing larger species such as humpback whales and leopard sharks. Alternatively, head out to the Whitsunday Islands where the corals flicker with colourful underwater life. The islands are perfect for beginners as they house a dedicated diving centre and just a short boat ride will take you to some fantastic spots just outside the Great Barrier Reef.

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4 Great Reasons To Choose Europe As Your Next Holiday Destination

 

If you have grown tired of the same type of vacation year after year, it is time to consider something different. As a continent, Europe has a great deal to offer. With each country having its own distinct culture and personality, there is literally no shortage of exciting adventures to take part in. From the Baltic nations to the Mediterranean, and from Eastern to Western Europe, your next holiday can shape up to a most memorable one. European excursions are plentiful, and they are a great way to unwind from the daily stress of life and experience something new. As you begin the planning process, consider the following four great reasons to choose Europe as your next holiday destination.

 

Every Country is Unique

Visiting Europe allows you the opportunity to visit several countries all in the same vacation. With each nation having its own distinct culture and history, you will be amazed at the possibilities. Consider the United Kingdom as an example. You will have the opportunity to travel to several different countries in a seamless manner and partake in a variety of national activities in each. Few other regions of the world make this type of experience possible. Your holiday will be enriching, educational, and fun. The only limit is your imagination and your willingness to embrace new cultures, ways of thinking, and experiences. Just remember to leave plenty of space on you camera, as you will almost certainly need it.

 

Exceptional Value

Another appealing aspect of traveling to Europe is the exceptional value that you will receive. Because you can accomplish so much is such a limited timeframe, you can do much more than would ordinarily be possible on a normal holiday. This means that you can go fishing in one country, horseback riding in another, and partake in a pub crawl in a major capital city. The possibilities exist for every member of your traveling party to take part in exactly the type of activities that they enjoy the most, while still having plenty of time left over for a bit of rest and relaxation. You will find a range of accommodation types throughout Europe as well. If you are young and adventurous, you might opt for hostels as you hop from place to place. There are also family oriented bed and breakfast inns, quaint guesthouses, and five star resorts. Whatever your comfort level and budget might be, you find more than an option or two throughout Europe.

 

Extensive Transportation Network

If you think that your only option for transport in Europe is to fly from one place to the other, you will once again be pleased with this next bit of news. It is incredibly easy to get around virtually the entire continent. There is an extensive network of roads, trains, busses, and ferries to get travelers and residents alike where they need to go. Once again, fares are incredibly affordable. You can even take a river cruise throughout the region, stopping in major cities along the way. Going from one city to another is easy with the extensive train network. The list of benefits in this regard can go on and on.

 

No Shortage of Activities

Another notable advantage of traveling to Europe is the wide range of activities that you can take part in. While some people might enjoy a beach holiday, others might enjoy a relaxing week in a countryside village. You can actually do both in Europe within the same trip. The only real limitation will be the amount of time that you have spend on the continent, so take time and plan your activities accordingly.

While these are four great reasons to go to Europe, there are many more that could be mentioned. The fact is that this one continent has just about everything that one could expect to get out of a holiday. Take your time and work with a travel planner to ensure that everything comes off just right. Let them know what you want and then allow them to go out and find just the right excursion for you. Then, sit back and pack your bags as the adventure awaits.

 

 

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My Bucket List of Things To Do In Colorado

 

I have been to several parts of the US but I have not visited Colorado yet. Colorado is one of the places I want to visit someday. If there is one thing in my  travel bucket list that I am most excited about, that is to have the opportunity to stay in any of the Colorado vacation rentals like those fancy chalets or log cabins in any of the famous ski resorts in Colorado. I will tell you why. Read on.

The state of Colorado is a mountainous region. It is part of the Western and Southern United States, and the Mountain States.

Colorado boasts so many majestic slopes that are perfect for winter activities. It is home to many rich and famous celebrities and prominent figures in society. And I am not surprised why. Colorado just screams opulent living, scenic winter vistas, beautiful ski resorts, and winter activities that will tingle your spine! And because of that, I created my own bucket list of things to do in Colorado.

 

Do Ice-climbing in Ouray Ice Park

The Ouray Ice Park is a man-made climbing attraction in a natural gorge in Ouray, Colorado.  If you are an avid ice climber then this place is a great recreational destination for you. I have not tried any ice climbing in my life, let alone rock-climbing but I added this place in my bucket list because I want the challenge. Maybe you need that kind of challenge too!

 

Check out the rock formations in the Garden of the Gods

A lot may not know this (unless you live in Colorado) but Colorado has an interesting and diverse geography.  Some parts are mountainous, while others have arid plains and deserts, big sand dunes, plenty of lakes and rivers, lush forests, and interesting rock formations like the ones you will find in the Garden of the Gods.

I enjoy looking at nature. While I may not be the best camper out there, I am willing to let go of my fussiness to be able to view this natural beauty with my own eyes. I have seen numerous photos of this natural park but I know, seeing the rock formation in person will still be a good choice than settling for photos in the magazines or travel sites.

The rock formations in the Garden of the Gods are sedimentary red, pink, and white sandstones, limestones, and conglomerate formations left in the park by the natural uplift of the Rocky Mountains, and Pike Peaks massif movements.

There is one very famous rock formation in the park that is worthy of a great photo-op – the Balanced Rock which is a fountain formation.

I want to see this particular one and a photo-op standing next to it will be the cherry on top of the icing in my Gardens of the Gods visit.

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Experience a weekend in any of the luxurious villas, log cabins or chalets in any ski resort

I am a budget traveler. I try to stick to a rigid budget as much as I can but once in a while, I do splurge. Staying in any of the luxurious villas, log cabins or chalets in any of the ski resort in Colorado is definitely in my bucket list.

I would prefer a lodging for us with a panoramic window so I can see the view outside right away. Nothing beats the beauty of nature’s charm.

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I have seen plenty of photos of vacation rentals in Colorado, especially the ones at the mountain areas. I just love the idea of waking up in the middle of a lush vegetation with a view of the snow-capped mountain to complete my morning.

I also love winter time. I want to feel how it is to sit by the fireplace and sip a hot chocolate to cap my relaxation. And of course, a weekend in any of these types of accommodation with my family will be a perfect getaway for us.

 

Learn how to ski

I am not an extreme sports kind of person but every now and then, there is a dream that I want to fulfill and that is to learn how to ski. I am terrified of speed so a beginner’s lesson will suffice. I just want to be able to enjoy the snow’s powdery texture against my ski while I glide on a less challenging terrain in one of the many ski resorts in Colorado.

Colorado has plenty of ski resorts for the family to visit and enjoy. Vail is one of the famous ski resorts in the whole of Colorado. Many famous celebrities spend some of their quality time here to be away from the hustle and bustle of city life. Aside from being the magnet of the rich and famous, it is also known as the biggest mountain resort in the world. It is not as high as other mountain resorts but it boasts of good snowfall that will never disappoint the avid skier. It is also home to some of the best terrains in Colorado so you can expect an exhilarating ski experience whether you are a beginner or a skiing pro.

Another famous ski resort worthy of your time is the Breckenridge . It has well-groomed runs through the trees. It also has high alpine bowls that you can access with a ski lift. This place will make the advanced skier thrilled because of its elevation. There are also nice restaurants at the base of Peak 7 where you can dine after a long ski adventure.

 

Visit the Mesa Verde National Park

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I have a thing for history. I like checking out ruins, and the Mesa Verde National Park is teeming with interesting finds like the Cliff Palace, the Balcony, Spruce Dwelling, and the Long House. All these are just few of the more than hundreds of cliff dwellings in the Mesa Verde National Park in Montezuma County, Colorado.

The Mesa Verde National Park has been named as one of the UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites due to its exceptional archaeological finds. You can drive through the park on certain period too.

 

There are many more things to do in my bucket list for Colorado. These are the top of the activities I want to fulfill while I am able. Do you have a bucket list too?

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Things To Check Before Going On A Road Trip

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The Fall season is a good time to travel because of the beautiful foliage, the colorful sceneries, and the cool weather. It is a nice way to take a vacation, even if it just a weekender in a nearby county or a drive across a state to unwind. And in doing so, we need to also consider many things before we take the road trip.

Whether you are traveling nearby or taking a long road trip for your vacation or have been taking road trips regularly, it is still wise to check these things for your safety, security, and ensure your car’s road-worthiness to enjoy a fun time with your family or friends.

 

Schedule for a car check-up

Even if you are a pro in taking regular road trips near and far, it is imperative and smart to have your vehicle checked before the drive. Go to a reliable motor vehicle inspector and service unit to ensure everything in your car is in good condition, like the battery, tires, lights, and the brake is working properly.

 

Make it comfortable

Bringing small stuff toys and pillows for your kids can make a big difference in giving them comfort especially on a long drive. And as for the driver, a good back seat accessory to provide lumbar support is a perfect addition to keep you comfortable. And if you have toddlers traveling along, you may want to ensure they have proper car seats that is not only high-quality made but has met the highest standard in quality and safety.

 

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Bring your supplies

There is nothing wrong with being prepared. It is wise to carry first aid kit and some medications in case someone else falls ill and no immediate medical attention is at hand.  While it is understandable that a road trip will make people hungry, bring snacks like cut fruits, biscuits, and lots of water.

Also stock your vehicle with another kit that will be very useful in case emergency arises like a bag filled with spare batteries, flashlight, gloves, socks, blankets, and spare basic clothes.

 

Update your GPS

Make sure that your GPS system has been updated properly so you are on the right track. Set your GPS to pick up information on traffic congestions, road blocks/work/constructions, and even pit stops for those necessary potty breaks.

 

Insurance

It may just be a weekend getaway or maybe a longer one, no matter what the trip is and how long it will be, if you have the extra budget to cover yourself and family, do purchase an insurance coverage that will give you a piece of mind while on the road, and on your vacation.

 

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Luxurio-US: An Incredible All-American Vacation on a Budget

Vacations are a perfect time to get away from it all, and live a snapshot of a life we wouldn’t normally have. They interrupt the humdrum of the 9-5 and let us experience the freedoms and interests we can only otherwise day-dream of. The US, symbolic home of Hollywood lifestyles and sun-soaked inter-state travel, can help you live out this fantasy, whilst also seeing so much of the country. Sadly, the cost of luxury can soon pile up! Below are some more budget-friendly ways to explore and enjoy the US.

 

Stick with the Classic – the Great American Roadtrip!

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Long the stalwart of American cinema, folk-songs, and international envy, the great American roadtrip remains as viable in 2017 as it has ever been. You, some friends, a lovely cruiser and miles and miles of road. It’s what dreams, and great memories, are made of. Nowadays you can work with companies to arrange your roadtrip if you don’t fancy the planning yourself, but there’s nothing to stop you buying a map, hiring a car, and driving off into the sunset. If you plan your route strategically, you can tick off so many states whilst experiencing little snippets of their varied and intriguing histories!

 

(Just before you go, be sure to sort your epic soundtrack out, to really capture the moment!)

 

Twist it Up A Little – Travel by Train!

Trains, and public transport in general, in the US might not have the greatest reputation but this doesn’t mean you can’t use it to travel the States in comfort and style. The greatest complaint about roadtrips is the wearing nature of driving mile after mile, so why not have someone else cover that for you? You can use tricks to accomplish inter-state travel on a dirt cheap budget, so there’s nothing stopping you from emulating the Trans-Siberian whilst taking in so much of the US’s history and culture! You’re just a haversack, moonlit night and swelling soundtrack away from your own silver-screen experience.

 

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Really Go For It – Take Over the Seas!

Boats are one of the best symbols of living in the lap of luxury. By now we’ve all seen the iconic scene from Wolf of Wall Street (or similar films) where the boat is the ultimate status symbol. If you’re already planning on hitting up some of the US’s best beaches, why not go the whole-hog and hire yourself a boat? You can find out more here about one of the best ways to snare yourself that glam lifestyle on your break. Of course, if you’ve got a little more cash to splash with this (and the other tips) you can always escalate your expenditure to really get that VIP experience!

 

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Together these are three of the best ways to see the famous US of A, whilst keeping costs a little lower than they could be. As all of them involve travel themselves, you’re never stationary and are always finding new places, people and passions to indulge in!

 

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