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Wash Away Those Festive Sins in Thailand

Posted in lifestyle, places of interest, resort, retreat, spa, Thailand, travel, travel tips
on January 11, 2018

From a picturesque yoga retreat perched in the sweeping mountains of Chiang Mai to a hard-core fitness boot camp in Phuket, here’s why Thailand is your go-to destination if you’re looking for a fresh, healthy start to 2018!

 

Detox

Cleanse away your festive sins at one of Thailand’s many detox retreats. With budget and luxury options available, as well as bespoke programs tailored to any request, forget the gym, grab your bikini and work off those holiday indulgences on one of Thailand’s famous palm-fringed beaches. Choose from a rejuvenating 1 – 7-day gentle cleanse, or for the more hardcore, try a month-long cleanse! Retreats also include activities such as hikes, yoga, meditation, massages and much more.

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http://phuketcleanse.com/

Phuket Cleanse offers pre- cleanse and post-cleanse programs, detox therapies, and include activities such as guided meditation to help detox the mind while detoxing the body.

Location: Phuket

https://www.thesanctuarythailand.com/detox.html

The Sanctuary Thailand is famous for their detox programs, yoga in paradise, healthy food options and world-class teachers, workshops and teacher trainings. Detox programs include the one-day quick detox, two-day liver cleanse, three – seven-day raw cleanse, 7.5 day candida detox, or a 10.5 day complete cleanse.

Location: Koh Pha Ngan Island

http://www.samuidetox.com/

Samui Detox offers a variety of programs including; fasting and detox, weight loss, rejuvenation, as well as activities including yoga and meditation, Thai massage, herbal steam baths, workshops and excursions.

Location: Koh Samui

Fitness Boot Camps

Planning to overindulge this Festive season? Forget crash diets, dig out your passport and get to Thailand – the ultimate fitness holiday destination. Fitness boot-camps can be found all throughout the stretches of sandy white beaches or in the lush rainforests of Thailand, promising to whip you into shape, teach you healthy habits and set you on the right track in 2018.

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Phuket Fit

www.phuketfit.com/

Phuket Fit’s team of specialized fitness and wellness professionals will give you the support needed in your journey to body transformation. Offering a healthy environment and personalised services and support, helping guests achieve specific health and fitness goals and make lasting positive changes in their lives. Phuket Cleanse offers three programs, including the ‘Detox & Cleanse Program’, the ‘Weight Loss Program’ and the ‘Complete Fitness Program’.

Location: Rawai, Phuket.

www.thailandfitnessbootcamp.com/

Thailand Fitness Boot Camp have devised a challenging but do-able week-long program, packed full of outdoor activities to help you achieve your fitness, health and weight loss goals. Their boot camp fitness vacations take a holistic approach to health and fitness, tying in a combination of work outs, clean diets and pampering spa treatments.

Location: Chiang Mai.

www.ultimatefitnessholiday.com/thailand-fitness-boot-camp/

Ultimate Fitness Holiday provide advanced training techniques and all the tools necessary to achieve your fitness goals. Tailoring training to every individual and experienced instructors there to teach you all of the techniques to become a fitter and healthier version of you. Activities include: boot camps, open matt sessions, Olympic weightlifting, beach training, assault course training, and spinning.

Location: Phuket

Muay Tuay

Eager to get fit FAST and prepare for the ultimate challenge? Pack your bags and head to Thailand to experience their national sport, Muay Tuay. This combat sport, also known as ‘the art of eight limbs’ combines punching, kicking, kneeing, elbowing and clinching. Originally developed by Thai soldiers in the 16th century, it’s no surprise that this will likely be one of the toughest workouts you’ve ever experienced. Muay Thai camps can be found all over Thailand, each catering to different experience levels and different budgets. Known as one of the most grueling and exhausting, yet rewarding and most memorable experiences you’ll ever have, are you up for the Muay Thai challenge?

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http://www.junmuaythai.com/

Jun Muay Thai Camp is a traditional Thai gym that caters to all levels of students, from absolute beginners through to advanced stadium fighters. It offers general fitness and conditioning training, or more intensive technique and fight preparation training. It is also quickly becoming known as the place to train in Koh Samui.

Location: Koh Samui

http://www.tigermuaythai.com/

Tiger Muay Thai accept all levels of fitness and fight experience and has fast become a training ground for the world’s most elite athletes. The camp has gained a well-deserved reputation as the premier destination for Muay Thai, MMA & Fitness training in Thailand, offering packages including beginner, intermediate and advanced programs, coached by some of the best trainers in the world.

Location: Phuket

http://superprosamui.com/

Super Pro Samui will help you accomplish your personal goals, focusing on Muay Thai and MMA, with classes designed for all ages and levels. In addition, they also offer CrossFit, yoga and fitness, as well as kids classes.

Location: Koh Samui

Yoga Retreats

Escape from the Dubai hustle and bustle to the tranquility of Thailand to experience one of their world-famous yoga retreats. Reconnect with nature as you let go of all your worries in the ideal surroundings. Whether you’re after a budget, luxury, beach or jungle escape, Thailand offers something for everyone. There’s no better way to switch off, get bendy and reboot with a positive mindset for the new year.

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http://www.absolutesanctuary.com/

Absolute Sanctuary is your go-to, if you’re looking for a true Island escape and is Asia’s top wellness resort for fitness, health, lifestyle and weight management. A range of crafted programs are available, including yoga, pilates, core programs and healthy food programs promising to help you reconnect with yourself, recharge, revitalize and re-energise.

Location: Koh Samui

https://www.kamalaya.com/wellness-retreats.htm

Kamalaya Koh Samui is a personal yoga and wellness retreat offering all-inclusive yoga and meditation packages suitable for beginners and experiences yogis alike. They offer private one-to-one yoga sessions with customized instruction along with complementary treatments, including Ayurveda therapies from experiences Indian therapists. 3, 5 and 7 night programs available.

Location: Koh Samui

http://www.chivasom.com/retreats-and-prices/yoga/

Chiva-Som International Health Resort in Hua Hin offers a ‘Yoga for Life’ package that will rejuvenate the body, calm the mind and help heal the spirit. Group classes or one-on-one tutorials available, as well as mediation, Pranayama and Ayuryedic cleansing techniques. Choose from a variety of packages, ranging from 3 nights, to 14 nights.

Location: Hua Hin

Grab your passport and start the year off right, destination: Thailand!

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How traveling can make you want to live abroad

Posted in lifestyle, travel
on January 10, 2018

It was just a week’s vacation, but you can’t stop thinking about the beautiful place you stayed. Wouldn’t it be great to live a life of freedom, traveling to foreign countries as and when the mood takes you? Your career would probably benefit if you relocated to another country. You could do your job from the beach, and just imagine all the money you’d save at those exchange rates! You spent all that time in college learning that language, and you’ll just forget it all unless you go and immerse yourself. That culture! That food! The music! The history!

We’ve all had those thoughts. Those last couple days of vacation, when you just long to skip the airport lineups and play hooky from the drabness of home a little longer. Or a lot longer. That business trip where your networking just took off and every meeting was a tantalizing taste of what your life could be like if you didn’t have to go back. That stopover, where you looked out the window and the landscape just called to you.

It is easier as a young, free, unattached adult to make that jump; harder if you’re established in your career and have a family. Once the kids come along, there’s just so much more to consider. It is harder, but not impossible to do.

So you want to live abroad. By extension, that means you want to work abroad. Great! There’s never been a better time to make the jump. Work can be completed from anywhere in the world and sent quickly, easily, and inexpensively to clients across the globe. For freelancers, independent contractors, remote workers, entrepreneurs and startup founders, relocating abroad can mean a better lifestyle, more favorable business circumstances, and a lower cost of living, making launching a new venture more feasible or more quickly successful and sustainable than it might have been back home.

International companies provide opportunities for advancement and in-house transfers. Emerging economies are looking for leaders and teachers. Growing economies need experts to fuel corporations and innovative startups alike. If you’re established in your career, check your network for opportunities, polish up your LinkedIn and start putting out feelers. If you’re young (under 30 or 35, depending on the program) and getting established, work-travel and work-study visas are surprisingly easy to access.

But what about the family? You got married. You had kids. Years ago, even. What about them? You have a responsibility to meet their needs. Luckily, family travel is getting increasingly accessible as well, and the opportunities for your children may very well outweigh the costs. Children with exposure to more people and cultures demonstrate better empathy, a deeper understanding of world events, geography and cultural differences, and greater acceptance and understanding of others, and often experience improved future career and network benefits.

Depending on where you’re heading and for how long, your kids, and your preferences, you could bring them along, take responsibility for their education, and make it a learning experience, or get them settled in an international school, either in your location, or in a city that you’ll have easy and frequent access to. Traveling around Asia or working in one of the biggest international business hubs in the area? Try a Hong Kong school for American kids. International schools provide high-quality English-language education, added stability, and a diverse, well-traveled community of peers. They also create friendships that become future networking contacts around the world.

One thing that’s important when it comes to planning a move abroad is examining your expectations. There’s probably something you fell in love with, or that you dream of as being better about your destination. But being at a location for a brief amount of time or while on vacation can give you a limited and false sense of what that place would be like long term. To avoid disappointment, be sure to do your research ahead of time and be honest with yourself about what you want out of your experience. List and define your goals. Do you want to develop your language skills? Have a better lifestyle? Make career advances? Enjoy beautiful scenery? Connect with other people who have relocated there to hear their stories and then make the move with your eyes wide open.

Living abroad could be the most incredible experience of your life. If you’ve traveled to a place you love and can’t wait to go back, it might be time to start seriously looking into the opportunities it offers. It could be easier than you think to have the life you dream of, the opportunities you crave, and the adventure of a lifetime.

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How To Pack For Vacation

Planning a vacation can be stressful. From asking for time off of work to finding where to swim with manatees, getting your affairs in order to go on a special trip can be exhausting. However, it’s completely worth it when you are finally getting ready to depart for your dream vacation. The final step in planning your vacation is packing your suitcase the right way. Here’s the best way to pack for vacation.

Decide What Size Suitcase You Need

A large suitcase doesn’t make sense for a short trip, nor does a small backpack make sense for a long vacation. The first step is determining how long you will be gone and how much you will need. You should also determine whether or not you are checking your bag for an additional fee or if you will be taking your bag onto the plane with you.

Handle Your Liquids

If you are going to be bringing your bag on the plane with you, make sure that your liquid products are in small containers to meet federal guidelines. However, if you’re checking your bag, you still have to take some special precautions with your liquids. Too many vacations have been ruined because a bottle of shampoo spilled everywhere and ruined all of the clothes that the traveler had brought with them. This is why it’s best to always store liquids in plastic bags in the event of a spill.

Plan Your Exact Outfits

Don’t just throw garments into your suitcase and plan to coordinate your outfits once you arrive at your destination. If you do it this way, odds favor that you won’t have the right pieces to coordinate a fashionable outfit. Instead, plan your exact outfits ahead of time. This is an easier way of ensuring that you have everything you need to look your best.

Packing for a vacation doesn’t have to be hard. If you follow this guide, you can ensure that you have everything you need and that all of your belongings arrive at your destination intact. After you finish packing, all that’s left to do is depart and enjoy your trip.

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Travel Goals for 2018

Posted in family trip, lifestyle, personal, travel, vacation
on January 6, 2018

It’s quite ironic that even if there’s a VAT here in the UAE, I am still thinking of more travels to have this 2018 with my family.  2018 will be a year of new beginnings, new hopes, new chances, new plans, new goal-settings, and more memory-making, and definitely more travel.

I have been through a lot of painful stuff the past 2 years. I am more than happy to leave them in the past and focus on more important things that money can’t put a price tag, like spending more time with my family, learning new skills, be better in my blog posting, delve in my creativity, and definitely include more travels this year and onwards.

I know it will take a lot of money to be able to do all those travels but I believe in this quote and this year, it’s probably the one I am going to live by whether I have enough money or none. There are always opportunities to travel even locally.

(photo not mine, due credit to the owner/from http://www.picturequotes.com/)

Happy Traveling folks!

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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!

 

St Lucia

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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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Packing Checklist For A Lady Of Leisure

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There is no greater way to spend your time than visiting other countries and seeing the world. However, your holiday can be less than relaxing if you get to the airport or even your accommodation and realise that you’ve forgotten something really important. The easiest way to avoid this is to write a checklist of everything that you need to take with you and tick it off as you go along. Luckily for you, I’ve already written down the basics, so you just need to remember the small stuff.

Passport & Boarding PassYou’re not going to go anywhere if you’ve forgotten your passport or boarding pass, so you need to be sure to check and double check that you’ve got it in your bag. These days you can often have your boarding pass saved on your phone, so be sure you do this and have a paper copy, just to be safe.

Large Handbag or BackpackAs well as a big suitcase, it’s likely that you’re going to want to take a large bag with you as carry on luggage. This bag should be filled with essentials for the plane, such as snacks, water, a book or kindle, your phone, your purse, and anything else you need. This bag can then be used during your holiday for days out and store snacks and essentials or can be doubled as a beach bag and look after your towel.

Phone & ChargerSome people use a holiday as a way to escape the stresses of everyday life, but this doesn’t mean that you have to leave your phone behind. Your phone can be used for a range of different things on your trip, such as for maps and directions, for music, as a translator, and to call the home or emergency services, just in case there is an emergency.

MoneyDon’t forget to exchange your currency before you go away. If you do it at the airport or when you get to your destination, it’s likely to cost you a lot more for the same amount of money. Shop around for the best rates a couple of weeks before you leave, and make sure you have this cash with you when you leave.

ClothesYour destination and the length of your trip is going to determine the type and number of clothing articles that you need to take with you. For example, if you’re going to The Caribbean for a week, then you’re going to need a floral dress or two, shorts, a swimming costume, and at least three t-shirts, whereas a weekend in Paris would require jeans and a comfortable jacket.

ToiletriesIf you’re only going away for a short while, then you should only need travel sized bottles of shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner. If you’re going away for a couple of weeks, it might make more sense to buy these things while you’re out there. You should also remember deodorant, sunblock, your toothbrush and toothpaste, razors, insect repellant, sanitary products, and plasters for blisters.

Travel AdaptorAs already mentioned, your phone is incredibly important, but it will be absolutely no use to you if you’ve forgotten that your travel adaptor. Not every country has the same plug type, so you need to ensure that you have an adaptor to be able to charge your phone (and any other electricals you decide to take with you). If you like to travel a lot, then a worldwide travel adapter may be the best option for you, as you then don’t have to buy new adapters whenever you go somewhere new.

EntertainmentYou may have chosen a destination specifically because of its amazing weather, but there’s always a chance that the weather is going to turn, and that you are going to get stuck in your hotel room with absolutely nothing to do. To avoid this, make sure that you pack something that can entertain you. If you’re going with your family or friends, then board games and card games are a great option. You could also download films, tv shows, and books onto a tablet, which is perfect for during your flight.

Remembering to pack everything you need for when you go away can be a difficult task, so there is always going to be something that you leave behind. If this happens, try not to stress; I’m sure you’ll be able to find somewhere that sells what you need. Regardless, this list should reduce your chances of forgetting anything, leaving you to relax.

 

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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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