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Posted on Jun 10, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel |

How to Get Physically Fit Before a High-Altitude Trek

Mountaineers and sports physiologists have different definitions of “high altitude.” Some set limits as low as 6,500 feet (2,000 meters), while others don’t acknowledge altitude until 8,000 feet (2,400 meters). However, everyone agrees that as you go higher into the atmosphere, oxygen becomes less dense. The concentration of oxygen is the same, but the gas is spread out over a larger area. Lower levels of oxygen can have different effects on your body. One of the first effects that people notice is accelerated respiration and heart rate. Sometimes, people experience shortness of breath and coughing. Others notice poor sleep, including vivid dreams, feelings of suffocation and sleep apnea. High altitude conditions expose the body to more ultraviolet radiation, which can cause sunburn and dehydration. You may remember every piece of equipment that you need for a high-altitude trek. You’ve considered satellite phone rentals, you’ve packed plenty of water and you’ve layered clothing for different temperatures. If you don’t prepare your body, however, then none of your equipment will make the trip enjoyable. Instead of enjoying splendid views from high altitudes, you’ll be calling for medical attention. Physical Training You should never embark on a trek if you aren’t in decent physical shape. In high-altitude conditions, treks often ascend to great heights before descending to lower levels within short spans of time. Start a fitness regimen including aerobic exercises like running, swimming, cycling or stair climbing at least two to three months before your trek. Many scientists recommend a regimen of “live high, train low.” In addition to building your fitness before you leave for your trek, try arriving a week or two early if you can. Practice living and sleeping at higher elevations while training at a lower elevation. Living up high will increase your red blood cell count, which will help your cells to process oxygen more efficiently. If you can’t “live high,” you can invest in a high-altitude sleeping chamber, although these tools are costly. If “live high, train low” isn’t practical for you, then do just some of your training at a higher altitude. Doctors at...

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Posted on May 30, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Hit the Beach! Tips for Beachgoers in Chennai

Chennai’s beaches are one of the city’s top attractions. Long expanses of sand, cool waters combined with plentiful food and drink on the shore make them a grand destination for the whole family. Read on for some tips about which beaches to visit and what to do when you go there. Marina Beach Marina Beach is one of Chennai’s gems. A lengthy expanse of sand and sea, it is popular with foreign and domestic tourists, and locals who enjoy dipping their toes in the Bay of Bengal or simply walking beside its waters. While many people enjoy the beach for playing volleyball, beach cricket and other sports, swimming in the sea is prohibited at Marina Beach because of the strong undertow. To cool down, many people choose to visit one of the two swimming pools along Marina Beach instead. While beautiful, the beach is not peaceful — as one of the longest urban beaches in the world, it is often crowded. Even visitors who aren’t looking for beach activities may find themselves at the waterfront while seeking other landmarks: Marina Beach Drive is the location of the Senate House, the Ice House and Anna Square. Because the focus at Marina Beach can swiftly change into long hours of people-watching and making new friends, bring your camera, a beach towel or other cloth for sitting on the sand and chatting, and a hat or umbrella for your personal shade. If you like to keep moving along the beach, stroll in the tideline or walk along the promenade. If you do the latter, enjoy the greenery and keep an eye out for stone statues of local or legendary heroes that dot the sides of the drive. As crowded as they are, Marina Beach and the other beaches of Chennai are not only playgrounds for holidaymakers. Fishermen set off at daybreak to seek their day’s catch in gaily painted boats, a sight worth watching if you’re an early riser. Of the beaches near Chennai, Marina Beach has the most developed attractions for visitors, but it’s not the only option for enjoying sea...

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Posted on May 30, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Best Countries to Retire and Move to Worldwide

What are the best spots for retirement around the world? That greatly depends on your personal preferences, however there are many options and interesting chances to explore different cultures and lands during that time of our lives. Living and retiring abroad can allow you a much more calm and uplifting retirement than it would in your home country if you choose right. The following choices are merely a few of the possibly interesting and captivating locations around the globe. They will offer you their own lifestyle choices and different standards of living, so choose wisely. We begin with the following: Ecuador Offering a chance to live at relatively reasonable prices for rent including other expenses each month is something you could afford here. You can even buy a condo or a house near the ocean to enjoy the local views and it could cost you much less than it would if you wanted to live out the rest of your days in the US or other western countries. Making your move lets you keep and import most of your household goods with a duty-free pass, thanks to a simpler visa process. This, combined with its lovely climate, beaches and proximity to the Andes makes Ecuador one of the most sought-after destinations for retirement worldwide. Panama This country will provide you with all the amenities of a large city, great healthcare, local cuisine and activities you can enjoy on a daily basis. You can allow yourself a pretty good life here based on a middle class salary equivalent, giving you a chance to enjoy eating out on a regular basis, having housekeeping clean and tidy up your place several times a week as well as social entertainment to your tastes as well. The major draw which pulls people toward Panama is the excellent Pensionado visa, which allows the retirees who answer the qualifications to get a relatively quick residence status. This program allows the visa holders medical treatment discounts, as well as such on dining and other aspects of social life. You will experience many interesting things here, ranging from...

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Posted on May 27, 2013 in Australia, Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Make Your Vacation Memorable with a Beach Holiday in Broadbeach

Located by the side of the Pacific, Broadbeach is an ideal destination to spend your holidays in Gold Coast, Australia. The suburb of Broadbeach has plenty of local attractions, something that give travellers a village like feeling during their stay in this place. Along with the scenic beauty, it is the wide range of cafes, restaurants and entertainment venues that have made this place a favourite with travellers all over the globe. The accommodation facilities in this area include an excellent selection of hotels, motels, holiday apartments and resorts to suit every type of budget. Be it the expensive ones or the economy ones, this place has it all. These Broadbeach holiday accommodations will perfectly suit all your needs by providing you with all the basic and luxury facilities. As you stroll along the streets of Broadbeach, you will witness several musicians and buskers performing to entertain the tourists and local people. This is something that definitely gives life to this place. Apart from these, this place also has numerous shopping complexes that are of absolute delight to shopaholics. The Oasis Shopping Centre and Pacific Fair are places that people must not miss out for they have clothes and jewellery of unique designs that you would like to add to your wardrobe. Even if you are looking for art works to decorate your home, these shopping complexes have plenty to offer you. Also you will be able to pick some of the choicest gifts and souvenirs for your close ones. While shopping for all these, you must not forget to pick up some of the quality local foods and produce. In case your family wants to go for a movie in the evening, you can easily go for it as there are plenty of movie complexes that play a mix of commercial and alternative cinematic productions.  The best part about these complexes is that they have plenty of restaurants around them. Most of these restaurants serve multi-cuisine food and therefore, you and your family will have ample choices. From street food, bistros, bars to top class restaurants, Broadbeach has everything....

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Posted on May 22, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

Top 3 Most Relaxing World Destinations

If you are on a holiday and you really want to enjoy a nice, relaxing time away from the craziness of most tourist destinations, but you still don’t want to be too far away from people, you can do something about it. There are quite a few locations of that kind around the world, however we will only cover a few of them here as the possibilities are rather large. It only seems that there are a few places on the planet where one can relax and simply let go of heir troubles and worries, listen to the natural world and simply forget everything. There are still quite a few places like that around the world, covered in mystery or tranquil as a garden. If you feel the need to travel someplace else to let go of your worries, this article will help you make that choice with a few destinations. We begin with the following: St. Vincent And The Grenadines If you want to find peace and calm, combined with all the amenities of a civilized location, then this small island in the Caribbean is a place you will absolutely love. Located not too far away from Barbados and to the south of St. Lucia, the weather there is just wonderful. It is a relatively expensive place though, because of its quiet exterior and that also helps keep the place quiet due to the fact that not many people stay here for extended periods of time. You will experience crystal clear seas, lovely blue sky a and respectful and friendly locals. If you ever decide to visit this place, you will absolutely have a great time. Easter Island Located in Chile, the island is a great place to go as far away from the flocks and large groups of tourists which frequent popular areas. Although the Easter Island monuments are well-known, the island itself sees a relatively reduced amount of foot traffic. The monuments are shaped like huge heads, sparkling a historic debate as well as many theories, some logical and others quite outlandish. In the end very...

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Posted on May 22, 2013 in Australia, Guest Posts, Travel |

Under 21 campervan hire in Australia

A commonly asked question by young travellers taking or considering their first on road holiday trip concerns campervan hire to ‘under age drivers’ due to the varying driving laws across countries. As most countries allow young people to pass their driving test at 17 or 18 years old, it would seem logical that it would also be easy to rent car and drive abroad at this age. Unfortunately that’s not usually the case. Even though some rental companies place a ban on some young drivers because of being more at risk, generally speaking, most rental companies will hire out to “Under 21s” if they cover all the necessary requirements. Travellers Autobarn provides a list of some the legal, road rules and campervan hire requirements to first timers under 21, so that you can make the most of your on road travel holiday in Australia. 1. We all should know the golden rule when driving in Australia: left side, right side – wrong side! In simple terms, the age-old saying of ‘stick to the left’ certainly comes in handy on the long distances around Australia. 2. Most campervan companies will offer different vehicle classes, ranging from basic beds on-the-go, to luxury homes on wheels. Campervans come in a large variety of sizes, vehicle styles and sleeping arrangements. 3. If embarking on an on-road Australian travelling adventure, you can begin checking out the smallest campervan (2 berth) which sleeps 1-2 people, through to the largest (6 berth) which sleeps up to 6 people. Most of the larger campervans as well as some of the ‘2 berths’ will include bathroom and shower facilities. And if you have a baby on board, certain vehicles are equipped with anchor points for baby seats.  So, guys, before choosing a campervan hire in Australia consider the number of passengers travelling, your anticipated sleeping arrangements, and the facilities you believe that are required. 4. Once working out those requirements, your next objective is picking up your vehicle. Once this is done, you will be asked to pay a security bond. A credit card is usually required, so...

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Posted on May 21, 2013 in Guest Posts, Living Abroad, Travel |

Just Over the Line: US-Canada Border Towns That Make Quirky Vacation Destinations

Currently, about 80 percent of Canadian residents live within 80 kilometres of the U.S. border so vacationing in another country is almost literally, a hop, skip and a jump away. Canadians can easily find travel hotel deals and step their toes over the line to enjoy a quirky vacation in a U.S.-Canada border town. Travelling into the U.S. over land requires a passport, NEXUS/FAST card, enhanced driver’s license or Secure Certificate of Indian Status. Most experts recommend that travellers give themselves 30 minutes to cross the border and additional time if they have children. Once you’re in the states, three great border towns to visit include Derby Line, Vermont, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and Eureka, Montana. Derby Line, Vermont Derby Line nestles near the Quebec border directly over the line from Stanstead in Canada. In fact, Derby Line and Stanstead share a number of streets. For example, Canusa Avenue is in Canada, but the houses to the south of the street are in the U.S. On Canusa Avenue, people who pull out of their driveways on the south side have left the U.S. and must report to a border post. The Haskell Free Library and Opera House, a historic building that opened in 1904, straddles the U.S./Canada border. In fact, a thick black line crosses the library’s hardwood floor, marking the strictly enforced border that separates the two countries. Library patrons from either side of the border can use the building without going through security. Visitors who want to travel further into the U.S. can find many things to do in Northern Vermont. Burlington, Vt., is less than 160 kilometres from Montreal, and visitors can enjoy the Echo Aquarium, dine in a restaurant on Lake Champlain or milk a cow at Shelburne Farms. Vermont also has a number of elegant wineries including Shelburne Vineyards and the Grand View Winery, which is in Waterbury. Near St. Johnsbury, visitors can enjoy skiing at Burke Mountain in the winter. For kids or kids at heart, a quick trip across the border to Jefferson, New Hampshire, leads to Santa’s Village, a theme park...

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