Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Best Place to Travel When You’re Training for a Marathon

Going on holidays is no excuse to leave your running shoes behind with our active holidays offering a change of scenery and culture, whilst improving your health and fitness, whether an athlete or just looking to keep up with our running routine. Make most of the opportunity to explore your beautiful surroundings by foot right from scenic coastline trails in Portugal to sprinting up mountain paths in St. Lucia.

Preparing for a Marathon is something that takes months and months, especially for the beginners and training for your first, second or third race. To be successful, practise is a must every day. No matter how dedicated your marathon training schedule is, even the most committed runners need a break every now and then. Once you are dedicated to a set schedule, your friends might propose a trip and suddenly you’re torn. It becomes more difficult for those who like to travel. Travelling are bound to mess with your training schedule.

But there is no need to fall behind as we’ve collected the best destinations to travel when you’re training for a marathon.

The secret to keeping your marathon training intact can be simple as picking the right hotel. The hospitality industry is getting smarter about how they cater for travellers in training.

Buenos Aires in Argentina: It is not just hotels that are getting more Marathon friendly. Cities like Buenos Aires have started offering running tours for travellers who want to keep up their training and get in plenty of sightseeing. The urban running tours take place daily and offer a variety of experiences from park through Buenos Aires vibrant Palermo Lake to art and culture tours of the city centre.

Nevis in Saint Kitts and Nevis: Travel can disrupt even the most ironclad training routine. But a week on the small Caribbean island of Nevis will help you keep the momentum. Nevis high temperature means that all the local runners train at the same time, first thing in the morning and at sunset. This provides visitors with both a ready made running community while also making the most of the island for snorkeling, sunbathing and swimming.

Tuscany: It is one of the most beautiful place in Italy and also one of the main destinations of world tourism, the ideal place for a sporting holiday. Train in Tuscan countryside by running through the vineyards of Chianti. The climate is mild and perfect for outdoor sports.

Adventures in the Alps running retreats: one will be hill training in the Alps. Adventure in the Alps offers a variety of running retreats catering for beginners to serious speedsters looking forward to increase their race time.

Run in the sun: Most of the guests come here during January and February to gear up for the spring MARATHON session in the welcoming climate. It is located just 800 m from the seaside town of Moraira on the Costa Blanca in Spain. The company hosts small groups in a private apartment or adjacent villa. U.K. Athletics coach Paul Fletcher guides the guests on scenic runs through the spectacular surrounding mountains and the nearby beach.

St Lucia: Is a fantastic getaway for running enthusiasts, thus healthy holiday on the Caribbean island of St Lucia offering all the luxuries of an all inclusive holiday. Take in the sunrise on your morning beach run, or join the running club for a choice of more challenging routes. Combine your running routine with some quality down time as you choose from a range of recovery options, including reviving spa treatments and restorative group classes such as yoga and stretching.

Algarve spring training: this training is held in Falesia in Portugal. This region has a variety of sandy trails, forests, beaches and hilly cliff tops. So there’s a wealth of different terrain to test you. There is a welcome pizza night, a celebration BBQ night and a karaoke night, as you can be carbo load and bang out a tune with your new found running rivals and friends.

So decide your location. Pack your trainers and simultaneously enjoy you dream holiday.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Dresden the Florence of the North

Dresden is one of the most beautiful German cities. It is also one of Europe’s greatest baroque cities, about 30 km north of the border with the Czech Republic. It stands majestically along the Elbe River. It has gained its importance in 1485 when it became the seat of The Wettin Dynasty.

It is hard to believe that Dresden has been raised from the ashes and bears a few scars from its late 20th century trauma. Palaces glitter, garden bloom and the dome of the magnificently restored Frauenkirche again stands out above the skyline. With its wealth of museum, palaces and other tourist attraction, there are plenty of things to do in Dresden. Dresden is surrounded by a trio of fabulous castle as well as the porcelain town of Meissen. If you only have time for one castle, then Schloss Pillnitz has the best garden, Schloss Moritzburg has the most interesting interiors and Schloss Weesenstein the most romantic location.

Riding bike or Seaway: there are so many people moving around on bicycle. It can be quite a handy way of transportation once you get familiar with the streets. If you are bit comfortable moving around the city then one must go in for the cycling ride along the Elbe.

Saxon Food and Beer: there is a huge beer tradition in Saxony. Famous brands are Radeberger and Wernesgruner. Try some of the local dishes that are Pulverturm, a juicy suckling pig from the grill. Their side dish Potato dumpling is actually one of the regions specialties.

Neustadt Nightlife: Dresden is a college town and this is the place where they all go out. If you are late after drinking beer you might enter the so-called Bermuda Triangle. But don’t worry there are restaurants which serve breakfast until 4 p.m. There are at least 150 pubs, bars and restaurants.

Frauenkirche Observation deck: It is Dresden’s most famous landmark. It is a great place to see the city from above. The views are just breathtaking.

Cruise to Konigstein fortress: Dresden’s surroundings can be enjoyed from the waters, while cruising with a paddle steamer in the direction of Saxon Switzerland. Drive along the banks of the Elbe and see the three famous Elbe castle.

Boat trip during the soft evening light: have a ride in the direction of Pillnitz and enjoy the sunset on board. Take a look at the imposing Elbe castle and admire the evening glow of Dresden’s old town.

Experiences on water: there is a small range of great water based activities available in Saxon Switzerland. Several boat hire stations and tour operators are found along the river Elbe. A panoramic view of the majestic rock formations is a beautiful sight.

Guided day trips in rubber dinghies: raft or Canadian canoes offer a lot of fun and space for comrades in arms. Impressive rock formation is a constant companion on tour as a guide in the accompanying motor boat. There is even a stop for a barbeque to recharge your batteries.

Power boat trips are less tiring but just exciting: Up to 26 people can enjoy the exhilaration speed on a stretch between Meiben and Decin and experience the Elbe Sandstone Mountains at top speed.

Saxon Switzerland National Park: Travel to Saxon Switzerland National park, only 30 kilometres southeast of Dresden. It is a wild landscape of soaring limestone pillars with views straight down to the Elbe. The most famous sight is the Bastei Bridge, a 76 meter high stone arched bridge that connects the rock formation and you can hike there or reach there by public transportation. One can travel to Saxon Switzerland by one of the world’s oldest paddle wheel steamboats in a most romantic way.

The peak of happiness: Climbing the Elbe Sandstone Mountains is an indescribable experience. Besides the unique need of climbing in the heart of the Saxon Switzerland national park, it has distinct climbing rules and difficult scale that makes the summit experience so special for each climber. No one who has scaled a peak here will want to leave the magic of this climbing region.

Do visit Dresden, a gracious and beautiful city to simply enjoy its many sights.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

BABYMOON: Destination for Pregnant Women

Most women opt for a holiday usually in the second trimester of a pregnancy before the baby arrives. Honeymoon is for newlyweds, the same way babymoon is for parents to be. But a question arises as to where to go where one can get utmost relaxation and rest and also navigate a new city. Yes, there are cities where one can spend their holidays that require minimum effort and deliver maximum relaxation.

It is said that babies actually need a lot of time and attention. So a BABYMOON is the ideal Opportunity to spend some quality time with your partner and a romantic mini break will help you to leave those endless pre-baby-to-do lists behind.

Good BABYMOON holiday destination in India: If you want to escape the summer heat then visiting a hill station is a better choice. There are plenty of options in any direction in India. Ooty, Coorg, Mount Abu, Deolali, Kasauli, Manalim, Mussoorie, Nainital, Dalhousie, Shimla, Kashmir and Shilling are popular tourist spots.

For a winter holiday you may go to Rajasthan, Agra, Varanasi, Goa, and Pondicherry or to Kerala.
These tourist destinations offer lodging to suit most budgets and also equipped with adequate medical care that is relatively easy to access.

Good BABYMOON destination abroad: 

Omni Amelia Island Plantation resort- Savannah GA: it is located just south of savannah Georgia; Amelia Island is full of sweet southern charm where you can have a relaxing and fun filled baby moon. Spend your day at the spa. Dine at the Verandah Seafood restaurant where you can enjoy fresh caught fish of the day and end your meal with a decadent slice of pecan pie. Then finish off your night with smores on the beach before turning in to your ocean side room while the sounds of the surf lulls you to sleep.

Post ranch Inn Big Sur California: it lies 1200 soaring feet above the Pacific. The hotel rooms have a fireplace perfect for romance, huge soaking tub and a mini bar. Activities like the spa treatment, natural hike, morning yoga classes and late night stargazing with the ocean as your backdrop are available.

Forest escapism in Estonia: Leave the stresses of everyday life behind with a trio to the remote and beautiful MUHU Island off the coast of Estonia. Padastr Manir hotel can only be accessed by ferry and is surrounded by idyllic parkland, forest and meadows. The traditional Estonia design such as thick woven rugs are displayed along with rustic fireplace .Tourist can hire a boat to explore the nearby nature trails.

Chamomile massages in Cyprus are especially for pregnant women. After massage they feel refreshed. It is Cyprus first boutique hotel located on the Mediterranean coast of Limassol. This organic oil is good for body massage .This oil is a combination of calendula and chamomile. It is specially designed for women in their 2nd and 3rd trimesters of pregnancy.

Port Vila, Vanuatu is a pacific paradise island. It is made up of more than 80 islands. It’s known for its beautiful beaches, low key tourism and authentic cultural experiences. It is often called the land of smiles. This idyllic Havannah Vanuatu is a great spot for babymooners expecting their first child. The place is designed for couples. The villas are built for two along with a quiet private beach and secluded spots for contemplative dinners. The pregnant mother is given a hamper containing handmade basket filled with organic locally made body products, daily canapés and freshly squeezed juice along with a head and shoulder massage for the mum to be.

Coconut Bay St. Lucia Caribbean: If you are looking for lots of romance and relaxation, then one must stay at St Lucia with its lush emerald green mountains, golden beaches and dazzling clear water. Despite its incredible natural beauty it remains one of the lesser visited island, stay in the adults only harmony wing and choose the baby moon package like a prenatal massage at Kai Metr Spa, a private half an hour Photo shoot and a poolside romantic dinner for two. You’ll also have a chance to snorkel the sapphire blue waters and enjoy nightly entertainment too.

So why not strengthen your bond along with your better half and take a well deserved break before the baby arrives at one of these dreamy babymoon vacation spots.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Unique Wildlife Encounters at New Zealand

New Zealand being was an isolated country for millions of years. The wildlife is quite unique. Before there was no land mammals in New Zealand .But now a few unusual species of animals and birds have evolved that are well worth looking out whenever you are backpacking in New Zealand.

There is no shortage of amazing animals to see in New Zealand’s ancient wilderness. With many of them native to the country, from the alpine parrots to living dinosaurs there are quite a few surprises to be found on land. Not forgetting the marine life living it up in New zeal and waters like the world’s smallest dolphins or super cute fur seals.

A holiday here is your chance to see wildlife that you won’t find anywhere else in the world. Wildlife encounters is one of the most rewarding backpacking experiences in New Zealand.

New Zealand national symbol is a nocturnal flightless bird with nostrils on the end of its large beak. The trip to New Zealand would not be complete without taking a look at New Zealand’s National bird- the kiwi. They are nocturnal, tiny and extremely fast runners. They are also on the verge of extinction. You can make a camp and set out through the ferns after dark to try and spot one but it is a lot easier to visit one of the many kiwi houses on the south island.

Some well known birds are: Kea, Weks, Tui, Morpork Owl and Blue Penguins.

Sea life: New Zealand has abundant and diverse marine life. Whale watching and swimming with dolphins are the two of our most highly recommended experiences. The small Hector’s dolphin is the world rarest dolphin .The greatest thing in New Zealand is that you can swim with the dolphins in their natural environment. Dolphins are also curious of us as we are of them. Swimming with wild dolphins in their natural habitat can be a dream comes true here, while others will be amazed by Penguins, seals, or gannets colonies.

Few parts of New Zealand are covered with national parks, forest areas and reserves. Out of which few national parks contain an incredible variety of unspoiled landscape vegetation. These parks are administered and maintained by the department of conservation. They also provide opportunity for a wide variety of activities including hiking, mountain, biking, skiing and snowboarding, kayaking and trout fishing.

There are no dangerous animals in New Zealand: Unlike New Zealand neighbours Australia there are no animals out here that are out to kill you. There is however three types of spider that can hurt if they bite, the white tailed spider, red back spider and the kapito spider.

Wildlife activities in New Zealand: Activities involving Wildlife are like going to see the animals or birds in their natural environment, a truly rewarding experience especially because you get to see how they naturally behave.

Spending hours watching the spectacle of nature takes place right in front of your eyes will make your trip simply unforgettable.

Friday, March 2, 2018

The City Of Parks Bucaramanga, Colombia

Bucaramanga, Colombia
Bucaramanga is known as the pretty city of Colombia. It is the capital city of the country’s Santander department and has pleasant weather, a city of parks, universities, clean and relaxed .Yet it remains an untouristic Colombian city with just a few hostels to its name. Bucaramanga is a good for a stopover for a few days on a Colombian trip and therefore deserves more attention from travellers. It is fast becoming a tourist hotspot due to its beauty and wide range of extreme sports available in the surrounding areas. It comes to life at night, when dozens of clubs, hundreds of bars and 10 universities do their party hats.

These are few things what to do on a visit to the pretty city.

Park life: Bucaramanga is famous for its parks. The centre of the city is full of green spaces ranging from a city block in size to lush green valleys hidden from the hustle and bustle of urban life. Parque ecological flora is a famous park set in a long valley and filled with birds. It has nearly two dozen parks.

Paragliding:  Santander is one of the best places in Colombia to experience one of man’s oldest dream flights. There are daily flights from 2pm with stunning panoramic views over the city and the Santander countryside. It’s a magnificent way to experience the city from a different angle.

Parque Nacional Chicmocha also called as Panachi. It is famous for its canyon cable car system that links to a number of adventure activities. Sangil on the Fonce River is Colombia’s unofficial adventure sports capital. You can hike to the Jean Curi waterfall or take part in any number of exciting guided tours.

Cuisine: The hormigas culonas are a gastronomically tradition in Bucaramanga and Santander. Santander is rightly famous for its gastronomy within Colombia and the departments capital is a great place to try out Carne Oreada, Cabrito con Pepitoria, Santander Style Arepas and much more. There are other dishes such as mule, goat and Corn Arepas .Mercagan is a famous steak house.

Best time to visit Bucaramanga: this country hosts an annual world’s festival usually at the end of September to the beginning of October. During the ten days event the city arranges for national and international participants to perform dances, comedy and tell stories in the various theatres and halls.

Unique experience on the outskirt of Bucaramanga: one can appreciate plantation of tobacco, coca, and pineapple .It is also possible to enjoy adventure sports. Those who arrive to this city set deep affection between mountains and has the possibility to visit places where intense emotion are plentiful derived from practising activities such as paragliding rafting and rappel.

Bucaramanga is the shoe capital of Colombia, with many family factories passing down the craft from generation to generation. Shop brim with all kinds of footwear at affordable prices, but the most eye catching are the stilettos- brightly coloured and glittering with diamante accents. And with Bucaramanga’s lively nightlife scene you’re in the right place to test out you new dancing shoes. Kick them off at the end of the night at hotel tryp or club campestre de Bucaramanga.

So do come and visit this upcoming tourist destination.

Why You Must Take a Train from Budapest to Vienna

Budapest, of the Carpathian Basin, is located rather strategically, lies on an ancient route linking the hills of Transdanubia with the Great Plain. It is situated in the south-east of Vienna, which is also as beautiful and breathtaking as Budapest. Vienna is situated in Austria and is the largest and most populous city of the state, Vienna is home to various stunning locales and famous spots like the Schonbrunn Palace, the Hofburg, The Belvedere as well as St. Stephens Cathedral. There are various ways to traverse to Vienna is your stoppage is Budapest. The best way though is to take a train from Budapest to Vienna, as it offers a very scenic ride. Flight tickets are high priced and while there are buses and other means of transport easily available, travelling by train, enjoying the views of the countryside is unarguably the best choice you can make.

The trains are comfortable and are reasonably priced and there are various facilities that are available on them. The best would be to take the rail Ninja route while travelling from Budapest to Vienna and it takes around two and a half hours to travel from Budapest To Vienna. Vienna hosts the most stunning imperial palaces from Schonbrunn Palace which is a baroque palace with opulent interior, The Hofburg , which is a baroque palace complex with museums, The Beldevre, which is again a complex of palaces with an extremely impressive , St Stephen’s Cathedral which is a city icon and many other such notable spots. You can do a various number of activities as well why you are in Vienna, from walking, cycling, biking and other activities. Vienna, with its rich cultural heritage, is a must visit place on your Europe tour.

The route from Budapest to Vienna is laden with scenic beauty and various iconic places. Peppered with castles and hilly slopes, the rail route is unarguably the best choice to traverse through this part of Europe. Most importantly, it is a short ride and on the train, you get to meet people all over the world. The rail route by rail Ninja offers the most on the facilities and view sections as it covers the most picturesque route from Budapest to Vienna.

From flea markets to musical parks, from imperial palaces to exciting adventure spots, Vienna does not lack anything when it comes to touring through it. The thing about Europe is that with so many charming states on display, one always tends to miss something for the other. However, Vienna is an extremely popular tourist attraction and a great way to begin or end a trip. And while you are touring through this section of Europe Budapest is a must visit stoppage. It is only advisable to take rail routes as it is only through rail routes that you can feel and live the true essence of this part of Europe, the essence that is sure to stay with you for life.