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Travel Trends: How Health Is Taking Over

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There have been a lot of different trends in travel from budget trips to eco-tourism, but one of the most powerful ones that is around at the moment is the idea that you can integrate some health and wellbeing aspects into your trip. A trend that you can find out all about below, along with a few suggestions on how to achieve this type of travel yourself.


Hiking break


One break that fits this model perfectly is hiking. Of course, we're not just asking about a gentle stroll in a local park here, but challenging yourself to walk some of the most famous and challenging trails in the world.


The number one hike that is on everyone's list is the Inca Trail in Peru, a challenging high altitude hike that passes through the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu.




However, before you attempt such a feat, you will need to do a decent amount of training. After all, you won't enjoy yourself at all if you are struggling with the trail, exhausted, and covered in blisters. Also, remember that the altitude difference can affect your physical performance, and for some people, it can even make them sick. Something to bear in mind before choosing this option, if you want to end your break as healthy as you started.  


Golf


Another possible healthy holiday that you can choose and one that is a little less strenuous is a golf tour. Such breaks are often organised by specialists agents like Teed Up and allow you to play on some of the best and most famous courses in the world, something that can be genuinely thrilling to the serious golfer.




Of course, such brakes aren't all about the action on the green, as they also include other tours, food, drink, and accommodation too. Something that makes then a great combination of healthy physical activity and also relaxing and enjoying yourself as well.


Marathon mini break


Another option for a break that includes some physical exercise is to sign up for a marathon or half marathon in one of the many cities around the world that offer them during the summer season. Yes, you will usually have to go in for the ballot, unless you wish to run for a charity as they typically have a certain amount of reserved places available.





Of course, your marathon should only take up a day, which means you are free to explore the city that you are in for the rest of your stay. Although, you will want to take it a little easy after running 27 miles, so don't overfill your schedule!


Yoga retreat


If marathon running just doesn't float your boat, you may enjoy a break that includes a more gentle form of physical exercise like yoga. In fact, the popularity of yoga retreats has risen over the last 10 years, and many people swear by them to get away from the grind of everyday day life and recenter and recharge.


A typical retreat can last around 7 days and will include accommodation, vegetarian food, and morning and evening yoga classes. You will have to be open to getting up nice and early for the am classes though, as these can start anytime from 5-7am depending on how hot the weather gets where you are staying.



However, in between classes you will have plenty of free time to explore the surrounding area, relax by the pool, or even engage in some creative activities such as painting or drawing. Something that can make this choice an excellent one of those looking for a healthy break that is relaxing as well.


Spa holiday


Now, you may be one of those folks that find any of the above suggestions a little much, but don't worry because there is still a choice open to you. This option is to go on a spa break, something you can do in either a hotel that offers spa facilities or by visiting places like Budapest and the Blue Lagoon in Iceland where you can access natural spas.






On such a break you can expect luxe accommodation and food, as well as treatments such as massages, facials, and manicures. Although, the latter will come at an additional cost.


Of course, there are usually active options such as swimming or working out in the gym available if you choose to make use of them. However, the relaxing and therapeutic nature of a spa and the treatments within them may be all you need to improve your wellbeing and return to your normal life as healthy and refreshed as possible.

A Crash Course For Staying Safe On Foreign Roads

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Navigating public transport in a different country can be a nightmare. You need to deal with language barriers and ignorance about where you are. In time, you'll be stressed and spending fortune on tickets for the wrong bus. When you think about it that way, it’s a no-brainer to get a car rental and avoid the issue altogether. With a car parked outside your hotel, you can hop in and head off without needing to think twice. Can’t you?

Sorry to break it to you, but maybe not. Though getting a rental can, undeniably, save a lot of stress, it comes with obstacles. If you don’t prepare, you could find yourself in trouble. In extreme cases, you can even put your lives and those of other drivers at risk. Does that mean renting should be off your cards? Of course not. But, there are crucial steps you should take to keep safe. Read on to find out what they are.


Research the rules

Before you get on that plane, research the rules of the road in your country of choice. Failure to inform yourself here could be your undoing straight off. Make sure that you look at everything from speed limitations, to which side of the road you’ll be driving on. Check, too, small quirks which are specific to the roads of your country. If you know your facts, you’ll be able to drive legally, thus freeing yourself up to contact a lawyer to clear up any car accident issues you do face. Not to mention that you won’t need to put your life at risk each time you head out.




Get used to wrong-side driving


Driving on the wrong side of the road will likely be the most extreme difference you have to face. This is where a lot of drivers go wrong. Worse, mistakes here can get pretty dangerous. Driving on what is, to you, the right side of the road is dangerous for obvious reasons. Even if you know to drive on the wrong side, you could wobble and falter, and cause a crash that way. Make sure neither happens by adjusting to wrong-side driving before embarking on a trip. Your hotel car park is an excellent place to start. Once you’ve adjusted to your new controls, you could drive around the block a few times to make sure. Only then should you attempt a longer trip.

Google map your routes

It’s also worth noting that roads in foreign countries aren’t always what we expect. In some areas, a dirt track is the best you can hope for. And, if you aren’t prepared, that could fast become dangerous. Make sure it doesn’t happen by Google mapping your route for the day ahead of time. This way, you’ll be able to see which roads you’ll be driving on, and get a feel for how fast you should drive before you’re there. It’s a small step for you, but it could be a giant leap for your road safety.

Reasons to Consider Visiting The Great Barrier Reef - Sooner Rather Than Later

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Many people feature a visit to the Great Barrier Reef high on their travel bucket lists. This is unsurprising when it is considered to be one of the world’s natural wonders. The Great Barrier Reef is huge and spans the east coast of Australia. The reef consists of 940 islands, 2,900 individual reefs and covers 344,400 kilometers. The reef teems with marine life, which is incredibly diverse. Snorkelling and diving in these areas is a fantastic experience.




The Great Barrier Reef is protected by the Australian government, however the reef has suffered immense damage between 1985 and the current day. The decline in the coral reef quality and marine life can be attributed to many causes, mainly manmade. If you wish to visit the Great Barrier Reef, whilst it still offers areas that remain complete, now is the time to do so. The Cairns is famous for being “the gateway” to the barrier reef which offers fantastic opportunities for the tourist to see complete areas of the reef. There are many tours, diving, snorkeling and flight opportunities to enable you to see the reef up close.

So, why are the coral reefs in a state of decline?  


Climate change

Climate change is considered to be the main threat to the future of The Great Barrier Reef. The recent phenomena of the coral becoming bleached can be attributed to the rise in sea temperatures caused by global warming. The coral is sensitive to even the tiniest of fluctuations in temperature and it’s potentially devastating to the coral ecosystem. Climate change also increases the frequency of severe weather, which in turn causes damage. The acidity levels of our oceans have also increased caused by the CO2 levels produced by humans being increased. The oceans have absorbed at least 30% of the CO2 produced by man, which has led to an increase in PH levels of the seas. Fluctuations in acidity levels affects the corals ability to form skeletons as well as affects marine life.

Poor water quality

The water quality around the coral reef areas has declined due to water running off the land. Often the water runs off land which is rich in agricultural nutrients which in turn increases algae production as well as causes the water to become contaminated.

Fishing

Fishing in coral reef areas is strictly regulated in order to preserve the delicate ecosystems. However illegal fishing has caused a negative impact on the marine life balance.

Coastal development

Another cause of the decline in the Great Barrier Reef is tourism and coastal development. Litter, waste and building debris all contributes to a negative impact on the health of the coral reef.

Thankfully there are now actions being put into place in order to preserve the future of the coral reef. If everyone works together in seeking solutions the future of the reef should be protected for further generations. Climate change has appeared on agendas around the world, cooperation on a worldwide level is required to achieve the goal of preserving the reef.  

5 Ways to Experience Real Luxury When You Travel

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Every now and then, you simply have to let yourself enjoy things to the max, and what better time than when you’re away from work and your everyday concerns and able to travel. There are so many ways, both big and small, to experience luxury when you travel. Here are 5 of the ideas that you should definitely keep in mind for the next time that you’re thinking of travelling somewhere new.


  1. Fly First Class

First of all, you need to make sure that you travel to your destination in style. Flying first class is a world away from the economy option. You’re able to enjoy the comfort and luxury that comes with the first class area, and you’ll have all that extra space in which to put your feet up and take things easy. It takes all the hassle out of air travel.


  1. Hire a Convertible and Let Someone Else Drive It

When the weather’s good and your enjoying your vacation away from day to day life, going for a drive in a convertible sports car is the perfect blend of fun and luxury. If you really want to enjoy it though, you should let someone else do the driving for you while you relax in the back seats. It takes all the stress out of getting around when you have your own driver.

  1. Take a Private Tour

Private tours are fantastic when you have a tour guide who knows the location, its secrets and its history like the back of their hand. You should see if you can find a high calibre private tour guide in the place you’re heading to. It’s great being shown around on a one to one basis, rather than simply being part of a large crowd of tourists. You won’t regret trying it.



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  1. Take to the Sea on a Yacht

One of the best ways to experience real luxury when you’re travelling is to take to the seas. Having your own yacht to make the most of can be luxury at its finest. You can enjoy the weather, the sea and the comfort and luxury offered by the yacht. The Seabreeze Brisbane is one to consider hiring if you’re heading to that part of the world.


  1. Dine in a Michelin Star Restaurant

If you’re heading to a city, the chances are there will be some fine dining restaurants there. In particular, you should find out of there are any Michelin Star restaurants there. These are classified as the best restaurants on the planet, and if you want to really splash out and enjoy an evening, these are the kinds of places you will want to head to, so give it a try.


As you can see, there are plenty of ways to experience luxury when you’re travelling, so don’t feel like you should take the middle of the road option every time. There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself and enjoying some of the finer things in life; that’s what travel should be all about.

Why Holidaymakers Keep Flocking To The Gold Coast

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The metropolitan region, that sits south of Brisbane, also known as the Gold Coast, is a destination that keeps attracting new and returning visitors year on year. Unlike Sydney and Melbourne, it’s not the first place that pops up when potential holidaymakers are searching for their next getaway online. However, with its popular, sandy beaches, attractive surfing spots, and beautiful waterways further inland; it’s a destination that’s constantly growing in popularity. And, it’s not just one for the young, adrenaline-junkies; a mature crowd keep migrating to the Gold Coast to relax, soak up the atmosphere, and enjoy a beautiful part of the Australian coastline. There are a variety of things to see and do, no matter what age or fitness level, visitors and holidaymakers are; ensuring it’s a location not to be dismissed.




The Laid Back Coastal Atmosphere


Whether you book a hotel room, decide to use a company like Elite Holiday Homes, or are in favour of backpacking your way around the array of hostels; the Gold Coast will offer each visitor an array of accommodation options. It’s no wonder people keep flocking to enjoy a coastal city escape, as there is something to suit every budget. There is a typical laid-back coastal appeal to the region, and, no matter how basic or luxury you need your escape to be; holidaymakers will leave feeling truly relaxed, as there seems to be a complete no-stress attitude with residents, workers, and visitors alike.


The Beautiful Scenery And Abundance Of Nature


There’s the obvious, incredible coastline to enjoy; providing surfers, sunbathers, and snorkelers; long sandy beaches and crystal waters will greet each visitor. However. There’s also the hiking trails, Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges and valleys, and inland canals and waterways to explore. There is an abundance of wildlife, including rare birds, and, if they’re not enough; many head towards the rainforest to experience more nature in all its glory.


The Fun And Action For Kids Of Every Age


Whether you’re 6 or 66, if you enjoy funfairs and theme parks; there’s plenty for you to experience along the Gold Coast. There the aquatic playground of Wet’n’Wild; the perfect place to slide your way through the day, or float about on something inflatable, as the rest of the family enjoy a more high-octane waterpark experience. For thrill seekers, addicted to the buzz that only a rollercoaster can bring; there’s Dreamworld. Australia's biggest theme park boasts over 40 different rides, and isn’t one for the faint of heart. For a more of a relaxing day out, holidaymakers often head to Seaworld, for some animal attractions, and a little education on the local wildlife. If you prefer learning about sea life from the safety of solid ground; it’s a great option for you. Again, the array of choice regarding the Gold Coast and its entertainment options, is why so many choose to take themselves, their partners, and their families to the region.


It’s not surprising that this coastal city keeps attracting more visitors each year, and will continue to grow in popularity with holidaymakers in the years ahead.


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