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Flying for Less: Don’t Blow Your Vacation Budget Before You Arrive2 min read

Someone once told me the best money you can spend is money spent on traveling. While it’s true that there is nothing quite like the indescribable experience of traveling and seeing the world, it usually comes with a hefty price tag. It’s not hard to decide where you want to visit—the difficult part is not emptying your bank account on the way there!

Here are some tips for making your dollars stretch as far as possible as you circle the globe.

Book Well in Advance and Shop Around

The biggest expense of any trip is usually the plane ticket. And as I’m sure you already know, the closer to your departure date, the more expensive the plane ticket. So it almost goes without saying that it is best to book your tickets weeks, if not months in advance. While it might seem like less of a hassle to just buy the first tickets you like, don’t forgo websites like Expedia—it’s worth the extra research to save a little money.

Avoid the Busiest Travel Days

Don’t forget that flying on busy travel days, like weekends and Mondays, are usually more expensive as well. If you can work it with your travel plans, flying midweek is always a cheaper alternative. And if you have the extra time, flying with a connection is also another less expensive option to booking a direct flight.

Airports Selection and Parking Matter, Too

On the same note, flights out of bigger airports are cheaper but if you don’t live near one, the long drive and ridiculous charges for parking your car can add up, making your travel more expensive from the get-go. Airlines like United usually offer a free shuttle from local airports to larger hubs if you purchase their airfare.

But if you absolutely must drive to the airport and leave your car there, make sure you do a web search for satellite parking lots. Hotels around the airport usually offer extended stay parking for a third of the cost of leaving your car at the airport—AND have a free shuttle to the airport.

Carry-on Your Way to Cheaper Flights

Another unnecessary expense is checking a bag. Most international flights come with one free checked bag; most domestic flights do not. If you can avoid checking a bag, you can save yourself around $ 50. The carry-on allowance is no more than 9 inches by 14 inches by 22 inches. Those numbers may have no meaning to you, so in simple terms: that is a decent size suitcase! In fact, I’ve traveled to Europe TWICE with that size suitcase (once for 15 days and once for 10). You can maximize this space by finding a suitcase with many compartments, rolling up your clothes instead of folding them, and using space bags! PLUS, you can still bring a “personal item,” which can actually be a decently sized tote bag (more storage!).

Lastly, do your research on inexpensive flights. Some airlines offer ridiculously cheap airfare to lure you in but then add so many fees that your final cost ends up being just as much as all the other airlines. Always read policies about additional fees when booking a flight.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - September 27, 2017 at 14:14

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Vacation Gut: Don’t Ruin Your Hard-Earned Fitness with the “Vacation 5”2 min read

Avoid Weight Gain on Vacation

Treat yourself on vacation, but don’t let it get out of hand. The last souvenir you want to bring home is 5 extra pounds. Throwing diet and exercise out the window on vacation can ruin all of your hard-earned progress. But here’s the good news – avoiding the “vacation 5” is easier than you think, just follow these tips!

Find accommodations with a kitchen

Skip the buffet and make your own protein-packed breakfast. This will help at least part of your diet stay intact. You can also save money and calories by filling your fridge with an abundance of healthy snack and lunch food options, too.

Eat out once a day

With a kitchen at the ready, there’s no reason not to limit your meals out to once a day. After you have decided on where and when to eat out, look up the menu beforehand. Picking out your order ahead of time will keep you from ordering specials and/or appetizers when you arrive. Remember to split large portions and eat your protein first. Protein will satiate you, whereas bread and appetizers will fill you up quickly but leave you looking for a snack later.

Incorporate fun activities to keep you moving

Set a goal to add healthy activities into your agenda for at least one hour a day. Instead of tanning on the beach all day, walk or run on the beach. Schedule active excursions like hiking, swimming, surfing, snorkeling, or windsurfing. Opt for walking as much as possible. Pick a hotel that is close to main attractions; this way you can cancel that Uber and walk there instead.

Hydrate

The active excursions mentioned above will leave you dehydrated. Guzzle water, not booze. Drinking a glass of water before each alcoholic beverage you drink will help you avoid gulping high calorie beverages just because you’re thirsty.

Find a gym

Obviously, your best bet for staying on track is having access to a fitness facility onsite. Wake up early and try zumba or a fun new workout class before you hit the beach. It will erase the guilt of eating that big dessert the night before.

Stay away from sugary alcoholic beverages

Vacation is often closely associated with drinking more than usual. When calculating your daily totals, remember to include those liquid calories. Cut back on carbs to make room for the wine and cocktails and avoid the sugary mixers in your alcoholic beverages.

Moderation is key

Don’t deprive yourself of trying enjoyable new cuisines. The trick is moderation. Sample all of the mouthwatering treats you want instead of bingeing on them.

You are on vacation after all, so use this time to relax and unwind. You don’t need to go overboard with diet and exercise. However, just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean you have to ruin all your fitness progress. Remember these simple tips on your next trip and come home feeling relaxed and refreshed!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - August 29, 2017 at 03:22

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Exotic Animals on Vacation: Seeing Wildlife the Ethical Way2 min read

Ethical Ways to See Exotic Animals

Swimming with dolphins, cuddling with a lion cub, riding an elephant.

While these are all great opportunities for an Instagram-worthy picture, they aren’t always fair to the animals involved.

The ethical treatment of wildlife has been the subject of debate for quite some time now, and rightfully so. Many tourist attractions around the world mistreat animals to make money, often by abusing or neglecting them. If you’d like to experience wildlife up-close without contributing to this nasty cycle of inhumane treatment, keep these things in mind.

Steer clear of attractions where animals perform unnatural tricks.  

If a wild animal is riding a bike, dancing, or performing any other sort of human trick, it probably went through a lot of harsh training first. Bullhooks, whips, chains, electric prods, and even starvation are all common methods used to train animals to perform. Before you buy a ticket to the circus, keep in mind what your purchase is costing the animals.

Keep a respectful distance.  

While you may be eager to get as close as possible to the animals for a good picture or a chance to touch them, it’s important to keep a respectful distance at all times. Getting too close poses a risk for both you and the animal. They may see you as a threat and react negatively to your presence, and you could risk their wellbeing. There are many animals, ranging from birds to mammals, that could be rejected by their parents after being touched by a human.

Skip the selfies.

In an age where Facebook likes trump all else, it’s tempting to pose for a selfie with a monkey or have your photo taken while cuddling a tiger cub. Unfortunately, the picture isn’t always worth what the animal has to go through. Many wild animals that are used for photos are bred in captivity or bought illegally. When they grow and are no longer small or cute enough to pose for pictures, they’re often auctioned off or killed. Skip the selfie to avoid supporting these methods.

Only visit animal sanctuaries that are actually sanctuaries.

After the scandal surrounding Thailand’s Tiger Temple—a popular tourist attraction cited for animal abuse—it became evident that not all animal sanctuaries are actually places of safety and refugee. Before you plan a trip to one, make sure you do your research. WASP International (short for World Animal Sanctuary Protections) provides a comprehensive list of sanctuaries they deem to be ethical. Those on the list enforce certain sets of rules that prohibit things like captive breeding, physical contact from visitors, and removal of animals from the wild that aren’t in need of rescue. At these ethical sanctuaries around the world, you can see a range of wild animals up-close without compromising their welfare.

Ultimately, seeing wildlife the ethical way comes down to proper research. If you’re unsure of whether or not the reserve you want to visit or the tour you want to take is ethical, look for their animal welfare policy. If you can’t find it or it isn’t clear, this could likely mean they mistreat the animals. Search for another opportunity where it’s easy to see that the animals’ wellbeing comes above all else.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - July 5, 2017 at 00:17

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Don’t Get Scammed on Vacation This Summer3 min read

Avoid Vacation Scams

Nothing can ruin a vacation quicker than falling for a scam. Whether it happens during the planning stages or while you’re at your destination, it can leave you feeling cheated, gullible, and ripped off. In the worst case scenario, it can put your finances in jeopardy and force you to cut your trip short – or cancel it all together.

Scammers use variations on several common themes, so knowing what to look out for can help you avoid a costly mistake. Don’t let your kind heart and lack of travel experience part you from your hard-earned salary.

Airline Points Phone Call Scam

The scam: You receive a phone call claiming you’ve won airline or frequent flyer miles. They ask for information to process your winnings, such as a credit card number or frequent flyer number. In reality, they steal your identity and your money.

How to avoid it: Never give out your information to someone on the phone. No legitimate company will call to ask for account numbers or social security numbers. If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

 Vacation Rental Scams 

The scam: You find a beautiful rental property online at a rock-bottom price. When you show up for your vacation, the property looks nothing like its listing – or doesn’t exist at all. Fake booking sites pull a bait and switch, or simply steal your credit card number when you book.

How to avoid it: Never book a vacation through a website you don’t recognize. You should typically book through the hotel itself, with a local realtor at your destination, or through a reputable rental aggregator like AirBnB.

“Free” Vacation Scams 

The scam: You’re told you’ve won a free vacation, but in reality it’s not free at all. You’re asked to attend a live presentation, where you’re informed about upfront fees, a travel club you have to join, or a timeshare you must buy.

How to avoid it: There are always hidden fees in these scams. If you receive a call, hang up. Also, do not follow any directions when prompted to “press 1 to be removed from our call list” – this is simply the scammers way to verify your phone number.

The Short Change Scam

The scam: A vendor or cab driver takes your money and then shows you a smaller denomination bill, claiming you underpaid or shortchanged them. In reality, they switched bills when you weren’t paying attention.

How to avoid it: Count your money out loud when handing it to the cashier. That way there is no room for questions or switches when your back is turned.

The Fake Limo Service Scam 

The scam: You arrive at the airport and get offered a ride to your hotel from an unlicensed cab or limo driver. They charge you extra by taking a longer route, or hold your luggage in the trunk until you pay more than what was agreed.

How to avoid it: Arrange for transportation to the hotel before your trip if possible. Or, use only licensed cab companies at the airport and follow these safety tips when traveling.

The “Need Money for the Train” Scam

The scam: Popular in big cities, this scam involves a sob story from someone who has lost their wallet and needs money to get home. There are many variations, but typically the person will say they have had some bad luck. They may even offer to send you the money if you give them your address.

How to avoid it: Don’t get sucked into the story they tell. It’s best to keep walking, or offer to help them find a police officer who can help. This will quickly put an end to their request. It’s also never a good idea to give your personal information, such as your home address, to a stranger.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - June 9, 2017 at 22:04

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Get in Shape on Vacation: The Best Destination Fitness Boot Camps and Retreats

Fitness Boot Camp in Hawaii

Some people try to whip themselves into shape in the weeks leading up to a beach vacation. Others live a healthy lifestyle year round and look for vacation destinations that offer a chance to work out and put their athleticism to good use. Whether you’re the last-minute crammer, the dedicated athlete or somewhere in between, an exercise-focused holiday may be an interesting change of pace from your typical lazy vacation. Fitness boot camps are popping up around the globe in exotic destinations. They blend fitness and fun, with a chance to explore and immerse yourself in a different culture. Here are some of our favorites.

Yoga for Bad People, Worldwide

Katelin Sisson and Heather Lilleston started Yoga for Bad People. “Bad” meaning “good,” in that the instructors, their approach and the clientele they serve are unconventional and eccentric. They take pride in helping yogis remove one of the most common obstacles to yoga success – adhering too strictly to the rules – by injecting fun into the practice. The retreat locations they select blend opportunities for quiet time and reflection, as well as physical activities, athleticism, and nightlife. Upcoming retreats will have you jetting off to far-flung destinations such as Uruguay, Brazil, Jamaica, Cuba, Ireland, Portugal and Sicily.

Mountain Trek, British Columbia, Canada

The Mountain Trek program in British Columbia, Canada is designed to help you feel like an athlete again. They’ve been helping guests regain functional fitness and health over the past 16 years through a program that blends fitness activities with healthy eating and lifestyle advice. A typical day will have you waking up with a sunrise yoga session, hitting the trails for a full-day hike including a lunchtime picnic, and ending your day with a fitness class and educational lecture about diet and exercise. Mountain Trek also hosts twice-yearly retreats in Baja, Mexico if you prefer to get in shape in the hot Mexican sun.

Camp Biche, Southern France

Get fit while surrounded by the luxury of an 800-year-old medieval mansion in the picturesque village of Lauzerte in southern France. At Camp Biche, you’ll enjoy indulgent-but-healthy locally sourced vegan meals and wine (in moderation, of course) while taking part in a fitness routine designed to melt away the excess pounds. Your program will be customized for you, ensuring that you’ll successfully take the next step in your fitness journey, whether you’re a marathon runner or a couch potato.

Sonki Fitness Vacation, Oahu and Maui, Hawaii

Most people come back from vacation a few pounds heavier. This won’t be the case if you take a Sonki Fitness vacation with West Point graduate and international fitness champ Sonki Hong. These fitness boot camps take place in Hawaii on the islands of Oahu and Maui. Hong will have you running on the beach, snorkeling, kayaking, swimming and surfing your way to fitness, all while enjoying healthy foods and some of the freshest sashimi in the world.

This year, you might want to skip sipping tropical drinks on the beach and take a vacation to a fitness boot camp. Instead of feeling like you need a vacation from your vacation, you’ll return home feeling refreshed, fit and ready to take on the rest of the year.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - February 13, 2017 at 20:32

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Preparing for a Cycling Vacation: How to See Europe on Your Bicycle

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The road less traveled sometimes truly does make all the difference. If you’re searching for a unique vacation that takes you off the beaten path so you can explore sights and sounds you would have missed otherwise, a European cycling vacation may be exactly what you’re looking for. While rewarding, it’s not quite as easy as simply packing your bags and hopping on the next flight to your destination.

You have to prepare well in advance, typically for as long as six months before you plan to depart. You’ll need to be physically fit and have a well-planned itinerary (or the right guide to get you where you want to go). The time spent in preparation will be well worth it once you’re on two wheels and exploring the countryside, villages and culture of your favorite European countries.

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

No two trips are exactly alike when it comes to cycling tours, even tours within the same country. This diversity of experience is part of the beauty and charm of cycling vacations, and what keeps some visitors coming back to re-explore the same countries by bike more than once.

Jace Gifford of In Situ Travel appreciates that from the saddle of a bike he experienced far more of the sights and interaction with the locals than he would have from a car, bus, or train. “In particular, I fondly remember stopping at a crossroads to look at the map, when an elderly woman came out of her house to see if we needed any assistance,” he said. “We had a nice little conversation in very broken English/Italian. She was surprised that we had come all the way from the States to ride through her village and the surrounding countryside.”

As Gifford’s interest in cycling grew, so did the challenges he sought out on cycling tours: “I was intent on riding the some of the same routes as the Tour de France and other pro races,” he said. “As the routes became more challenging, so too did the logistics and my training.”cycling-france_norland

Carly Fauth, head of marketing at MoneyCrashers.com, said her cycling trip through Germany got her off the beaten path. “We were able to see a lot of sites that were located on the riverside that you probably couldn’t see from other vantage points,” she said. “We were also able to experience the sights and sounds of a lot of local farmlands, and lesser known hotels that probably wouldn’t be on the standard itinerary of a traditional trip to Germany.”

Avoiding throngs of tourists in Italy was the best part about a cycling vacation for Collette and Scott Stohler, who own Roamaroom.com. “Along the journey, we rode through olive groves, coasted around the seashore of the Adriatic Sea, biked through the trulli houses of Alberobello and rode into the white city of Ostuni, Italy,” she said. “If we weren’t on a bicycle, we would have never been able to take in the beauty, simplicity and intricacies of Puglia.”

Travel with a Tour Company

Working with a cycling tour company is the most convenient and safest way to explore the country you’ll be traveling to. While it’s possible to plan your own itinerary, a local tour company will know which roads are safe to travel, where to stop to recover during individual rides and where to find overnight lodging that fits your group’s expectations for comfort level and amenities. Some tour operators arrange for luxury accommodations so you can relax and recuperate in style, while others offer more bare-bones housing that is little more than a place to sleep.

Ken Norland, an avid cyclist and founder of Tech Strategies LLC, took two cycling trips to France eight years apart. The two trips followed much of the same route, but Norland says the second one was a better fit for their group because they used a knowledgeable tour group. “It was much better and more relaxed,” he says. “The first trip included about 50,000 feet of climbing in 12 days, and included the Pyrenees – more than we wanted to undertake with non-riders in the group.”

Customizing your trip through a cycling-specific tour company can help you head off potential problems like thousands of feet of climbing in the Pyrenees that you weren’t expecting. It can also help to ensure that you don’t speed past any of the “can’t-miss” sights on your itinerary. Margaret Hall and Moss Patashnik from Seattle used a tour company to customize their tour of Puglia, Italy. Moss says the biggest benefit of using a tour company is that it allowed him to tailor his trip to his personal preferences. “We love archeology and history, so they arranged for us to tour ancient Roman archeological ruins with a professional archeologist,” he said. “We also made cheese with a cheesemaker, spent a day cooking with a Pugliese chef, and visited an olive estate for a tour and tasting.”

Increasing Your Fitness Before Your Trip

Cycling through Europe can be rewarding and even relaxing, but it’s definitely not something to consider unless you have basic physical fitness. Most travelers who have completed – and enjoyed – their cycling trips either were already athletes or spent time before the trip building their physical fitness. Typical tours averaged 30 to 50 miles of riding per day; not impossible to do in one day, but repeating it five to seven days in a row can be exhausting if you’re not ready for it.

Collette Stohler and her husband Scott fall solidly in the “already fit” category. While Collette admits to never having ridden a road bike before the trip, the they’re both lifelong athletes and former CrossFit competitors. Scott had completed several half Ironman races (a triathlon consisting of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, and 13.1-mile run). Even with this phenomenal fitness base, they still took their pre-trip training seriously. “To train, we ran, performed hill sprints, and lifted weights,” said Collette.

Carly Fauth also warns that conditioning is key. “You should be in very good shape if you’re going to attempt something of this magnitude,” she said. “The last thing you want to do is to travel internationally for a cross-country biking trip, only to find that you’re not able to do so from a physical standpoint.” For her trip on the Romantic Road in Germany during 2007 she trained for roughly six months before the trip, both at home and in the gym. Her key to success was setting up an exercise regimen that she could stick with, and improving her diet.cycling_roamaroo

Kim Prickett, who completed a cycling tour of Italy in September 2016, describes herself as in “moderately good shape” and relied on technology – specifically an e-bike – to help her get through the 20 to 30 miles per day her group averaged on the trip. An e-bike, or electric bike, looks and rides just like a standard bicycle. However, it has several additional components, including an electric motor that helps the rider negotiate challenges such as hills and headwinds. This makes it possible to travel longer distances without getting quite as tired as you would if you rode solely under your own power.

Should You Bring Your Bike?

The majority of people who take a cycling tour decide to rent their bikes from a tour operator or a local bike shop. This cuts down on the logistical overhead, since not only will you be required to pack and ship your bike to get it there, but traveling around the countries you visit is sometimes more difficult with your own bike. For instance, some trains will allow you to take a disassembled bike on board, but not an assembled bike. If you’re traveling with a tour operator, they will take care of transporting your rented bike between ride destinations if need be.

Ken Norland agrees and advises travelers to rent bikes for their trip. “On our first trip, one of the guys brought his own bike, and it was a great hassle,” he said. “But when we rented our bikes on the second trip, the normal, minor problems were solved quickly and the bikes were custom fitted to the riders.”

Knowing your measurements before you go can help you save time and find the correctly sized bicycle easily. You should know your height and inseam in inches and centimeters. If you already have a bike at home and know the frame size, that will help the tour operator select the right bike for you. Renting has the added advantage of opening up a world of different bicycle configurations as well, include electronic bikes, lighter carbon fiber frames and disc brakes for more consistent stopping power – all amenities your bike at home may not have.

However, if you’re an avid cyclist and this is the cycling trip you’ve always dreamed of, it’s understandable that you’ll want to travel with your own bike. Shanny Hill of TDA Global Cycling breaks down the process of making sure your bike travels well into three basic steps: disassemble, pack and protect. You’ll need a cardboard box big enough to fit your bike parts, a pedal tool, multi-tool and packing materials.

  • Disassemble: Remove the pedals using the pedal wrench, turning the wrench toward the back of the bike. Remove the post seat and post from the bike, and tighten the seat clamp so it doesn’t fall off during travel. Take off the handlebars by removing the four bolts on the stem faceplate. Remove the front wheel by loosening the quick-release lever. 
  • Protect: Wrap a piece of foam or cardboard around the frame and forks to protect them from scratches, using tape to keep them in place. Use zip ties to secure the handlebars to the frame and the crank to the downtube. Place the pedals, quick release skewer and any other small parts in a separate small box. Cover the hubs and disk brakes with cardboard to prevent them from puncturing the bike box. 
  • Pack: Carefully lower your bike into the box. Add the front wheel to the box on the left side of your bike. Put in your seat and box of small parts. Add extra gear and additional materials like foam for extra padding. Tape the box closed, doubling up along the seams. Make sure you bring an extra roll of tape to the airport in case security opens your box for inspection.

For more on how to disassemble, pack and protect you bike for travel, view these detailed instructions from Shanny Hill:

Other Gear You’ll Need

You don’t just need to bring your bike or rent one, of course. Part of the planning is figuring out how you will travel on two wheels with everything else you need. While it would be ideal if every day on your trip was sunny and 70°F, inevitably you will hit some patches of bad weather. This is the one factor that Carly Fauth failed to anticipate:

“We didn’t plan for so much wind and rain during the days we were biking. It would have been helpful to have better rain gear as well as protective covering for all our gear,” she said. “We will definitely remember that for next time.”

Adventure Cycling suggests that you think of what you’ll need in terms of on-the-bike and off-the-bike:

On-the-bike

  • Cycling helmet — ANSI and/or Snell approved
  • Touring shoes — good for walking as well as riding, i.e. some flex in the sole
  • Cycling gloves
  • Cycling shorts (1 to 3 pair)
  • Socks — wool or synthetic (2 or 3 pair)
  • Leg warmers or tights for riding (rain pants could substitute)
  • Short-sleeved shirts (2)
  • Light, long-sleeved shirt for layering and sun protection
  • Rain gear, jacket and pants
  • Waterproof shoe covers

Off-the-bike

  • Comfortable shorts
  • Comfortable pants (zip-off legs or rain pants could substitute)
  • Underwear (1 to 3 pair)
  • Sandals, flip-flops, or lightweight shoes
  • Wool or fleece hat
  • Wool sweater or fleece jacket
  • Gloves — wool or fleece
  • Swimsuit (optional)
  • Toiletries

You’ll most likely be packing your gear in panniers, or saddle bags, unless your tour operator will be transporting the majority of your luggage from destination to destination. If you’re packing your own saddle bags, keep the total weight to 45 pounds or less split over two bags. Place more weight at the front of the bike, or evenly distribute it on each side. Don’t forget to leave room in your bags for souvenirs and other things you’ll buy along the way.snowy-hill-climb_insitu

Taking the First Step

If a cycling tour of Europe sounds like your dream vacation, it’s time to take the first step. For most travelers, it starts with online research and contacting a cycling tour operator to learn about vacation packages and customized trip options. Allow yourself about six months of preparation time before your trip to fine tune the logistics and build your fitness. With a little planning and hard work, you’ll be well on your way the trip of a lifetime.

Images:

  1. Courtesy of In Situ Travel
  2. Courtesy of Ken Norland
  3. Courtesy of Roamaroo.com
  4. Courtesy of In Situ Travel

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 3, 2017 at 21:17

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5 Unique Vacation Ideas for Athletes

Group of hikers on trail passing before Cuernos del Paine mountains, Torres del Paine National Park Chile

Sipping drinks on a tropical beach is not a bad way to spend a week’s vacation. However, if you’re an athlete looking to stay active while on holiday, there’s no shortage of international destinations that will cater to your love for fitness. Whether you want an entire trip dedicated to the pursuit of your favorite sport, or if you’re simply looking for a few options for athletic activities interspersed with your beach time, consider these 5 unique vacation ideas.

Hiking in Tierra Del Fuego

Group of hikers on trail passing before Cuernos del Paine mountains, Torres del Paine National Park Chile

Tierra Del Fuego is an archipelago off the southern tip of mainland South America – Chile controls the western half of the main island, and Argentina controls the east. Tierra del Fuego National Park in Argentina is a hiker’s dream destination, boasting lush forests, the snow-capped peaks of the Andes mountains, miles of beautiful coastline and lots of wildlife. If you go, you can hire a car or taxi to drive the 10 kilometers from Ushuaia, which is the closest city. Or, take the End of the World train and be treated to stories about local history and sites along the way.

Guided Swimming Tours of Crete

crete-swim-tourIf the thought of 5 kilometers of open-water swimming per day gets your blood pumping in a good way, try a guided swimming tour of the Greek island of Crete. You’ll explore the impressive coastline and dramatic cliffs along one of Europe’s southernmost destinations. The waters are crystal clear and the surrounding area is chock-full of history – Crete has been occupied as far back as 3650 B.C. Swim tour operators like SwimTrek will provide tour guides and ensure your safety during your daily swims.

Running in Iceland

Iceland is a country of extremes running-in-icelandand truly is “The Land of Fire and Ice.” You’ll find glaciers right next to volcanic hot springs, powerful waterfalls and black sand landscapes. Running vacations are designed to help you explore Iceland on foot, take you off the beaten path and push you beyond the guidebooks. Companies like Run The World Adventures organize noncompetitive running adventures that challenge and reward you with well-earned experiences and sightseeing not available during the average vacation.

Cycling Alpe D’Huez

alpe-dhuezIf you’ve ever dreamed of riding in the peloton among your heroes of the Tour de France, a cycling tour of the classic climbs of the Alps is right up your alley. Cycling tour operators like Trek Travel have expert guides to take you over the climbs that will make you feel like a pro rider. Climbing Alpe D’Huez is on the tougher end of cycling tours of France, but you can also find more laid back trips that will take you cycling through French wine country in relative luxury.

Climbing the Dolomites

dolomitesThe Dolomites are part of the Southern Limestone Alps located in northeastern Italy. The Dolomites are dominated by big wall climbing, but you’ll find something for all skill levels represented in your group. Many of the classic routes in the area are easily accessible by a short walk from the closest road, which makes it easy to get your gear to the mountain. You’ll also be able to summit most climbs within the same day, which means camping is not required.

 

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 5, 2016 at 16:26

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