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Fun Facts on Exercising

08/17/2011
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I, admittedly take it for granted that my health is great and that’s the main reason I can travel the world carefree. You can always find money, but your health must come along with it to enjoy countries around the world. To increase my chances of staying healthy as I travel from country to country, I invest quite some time in exercising. That’s why I’m dedicating this post to interesting facts about exercising.

Did you know that it’s not about how long your exercise but at what intensity?

I sometimes see people working out while texting or talking on the phone. Or they’ll have conversations between every rep. And those people are most often those who complain about their weight. Being present at the gym doesn’t clear you from working out unfortunately. It’s not about how long you workout but at what intensity you’re working out. If you only have 20 mins but workout to your max, it will be as  good of a workout than someone who worked out for an hour at medium intensity. To achieve intensity, you need to give it all you’ve got during the time you’ve got! Interval training is a great way of achieving this.

Did you know that the worst exercise are sit-ups and the best are lunges?

Sit-ups was voted the worst exercise because most people don’t do them properly. They run into more chances of hurting their neck than getting the right results in the abdominal area. The best is by far the lunge because you’re working multiple muscles of your body.

Did you know that if you don’t exercise regularly, you’ll lose close to 80% of your muscle mass by the time your 65?

Yup… it gets increasingly difficult to keep your muscle mass as you get older. That explains why older people are thinner and weaker. What you do today will definitely help you as you get older. So for those of you who have plans to travel when you retire, make sure to stay healthy until you get there 🙂

Did you know that you can always find time to exercise during the day?

Most people complain how they don’t have enough time to workout because of the long work schedule, the kids, etc. But there’s always time to workout during the day. You need to find it for yourself. For example, take the stairs instead of the elevator or escalator. If you drop something on the floor, pick it up while doing a squat instead of bending down and adding strain to your back. Take a walk or a jog during your lunch hour.

All in all, it’s important to learn to love exercising. It will take some time. But it’s a matter of trying different programs or classes until you find the right one for you. Once you start, you’ll enjoy the benefits of it and you’ll want to continue training and pushing yourself to the next level. And this will give you the energy to travel around the world and keep your body strong when you visit countries with less facilities. It’s a win-win situation!

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IT’S ALL BOOKED! … part two.

08/16/2011

After booking the train and the hostel to Machu Picchu, we decided our next stop would be taking the journey to Puno and exploring Lake Titicaca. The journey from Cuzco to Puno is only 8 hours by bus, so leaving early morning would be ideal. We planned to stay in Puno for two nights and see the top three main attractions in the region.

The Floating Reed Islands of Uros, Isla Taquile, and Sillustani Burial Towers.

There are over 41 islands that are all man-made and each of them has their own fascinating history behind them. We plan to take a boat tour, like what many other tourists do to experience the Peruvian and Bolivian Cultures. A great place to see the wonderful Peruvian culture is Isla Taquile. The next big sight will be the Sillustani Burial Towers . Over hundreds of years ago the ancient people from Altiplano built series of funeral towers. These towers were built to bury their kings and many other important people. It will be very interesting to see how these towers were constructed and how these people lived.

photo credit: armchairtravelingwithnikki.blogspot.com

After two days of exploring Lake Titicaca, we plan to head back to Cuzco to catch our flight to Puerto Maldonado. Our plan is to emerge our selves in the jungle for two full days, and see lots of wildlife. We haven’t booked any tours yet, since the search for the best ones is still on. So if anyone knows of some great jungle tours, please let me know! Since I haven’t finished all my research for the best jungle tours in Puerto Maldonado. It would be great if anyone who has advice for any jungle tours to pass it along to me! Thanks!

IT’S ALL BOOKED!…. part one.

08/15/2011

During the last few weeks, I have been busy making Peru plans. Each day was a day of researching of what to see and where to stay. Finally yesterday, I finished all the booking and planning!

My boyfriend and I are going on an 11 days adventure to Peru! We are going from Oct 5th to Oct 15th. Since my time off work is limited, we had to make our trip a fast pace backpacking adventure. I first started planning our trip by researching the best and most inexpensive way to arrive in Cuzco. I had no plans to see Lima, since we are time limited. I thought it would be best to fly directly to Cuzco. Although, all flights from Toronto to Cuzco do connect in Lima. After a few days of hunting for the best flight times and pricing I finally came across a great deal. With only two connections, one in JFK and another in Lima our flights came out to $1100 each. We leave mid-afternoon on the 5th and arrive in Cuzco at 9am the following day. The way back is an over night flight with the same connections. The booking took some time to find, but after going back and forth between many websites, we finally found the best flight. On average a flight from Toronto to Lima is usually over $1100 CAD, so I thought the price we got to Cuzco was amazing! After booking the flights, I started to get even more excited, and that’s when all the other bookings came into place.

I knew our first stop would be seeing Machu Picchu. Due to our time we aren’t planning to hike up to Machu Picchu, so the train and booking the hostel in Aguas Calientes was the next booking step. With a bit of searching I came upon the best price for the train from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu). Booking the train was a bit tricky and surprising too. I had no idea how many tourists see Machu Picchu daily. The train for October 7th – 8th was almost fully booked and the hostels in Aguas Calientes were already starting to book up fairly quickly. So we were lucky we started to book now, rather than later.

The transportation route to Aguas Calientes (Machu Picchu) is a little confusing due to the many train options you can take. We moved forwarded with deciding to book the train in the later evening on Oct 7th to Machu Picchu, so we could spend the day at the Sacred Valley. And arriving in Machu Picchu for around 9pm. Once we arrive in Machu Picchu it will time for bed. Only reason for that is because we will be waking up at 4:30 am to get on that bus to climb Huayna Picchu and watch the sunrise at 7:30am. I was told over 400 people try to make it for sunrise, so the line ups will be incredibly long and there is only one bus that leaves on time to make it for sunrise. It will be a mission to wake up that early, but how often will I have the chance to see the sunrise in one of the most beautiful sceneries in the world. The entire day will be spent seeing the historic village.

Spending Happy Hour on a Boat

08/11/2011

It’s Thursday and most of us are getting excited for the weekend. So why not go out with friends and enjoy a few drinks before the weekend chores start? If you’re looking for the perfect Happy Hour place in Montreal on a sunny day, consider the Belvu in the Old Port for an urban outing on the river. You’ll quickly notice how Belvu is not your typical happy hour place in the city. This one floats on water!

Given that Montreal is an island, there are a few high-end boat operators that offer a nice meal on a boat while it does the turn of the island. Sometimes, event organizers will throw a party on a boat for a few hours. But just recently, I discovered Belvu boat/catamaran. It’s another tour operator that offers a nice meal on a boat but they also have happy hour every Thursday and Friday nights. While the boat takes off at 5:30pm, you can enjoy a few drinks on the boat before. By 5:30, the boat leaves the port and sails for about an hour until it comes back. During that time, you can enjoy a fantastic sangria (among many other drinks) and enjoy the view of the surrounding areas. such as Parc Jean- Drapeau and Ile Sainte- Helene. You can enjoy a nice view of the port while it sails away, or of  the amusement park on Parc Jean Drapeau. If you’re lucky, they’ll have a guest band playing on the boat which is always a nice little extra.

Band or no band, it’s a great way to spend any Thursday or Friday summer night with friends in the summer. They also offer boat rides during the fireworks (every Wednesday and Saturday). That’s definitely on my list of things to do for next summer! If you’re interested in a romantic evening, they serve dinner on the boat as of 7pm. Prices vary according to the menu you choose but it’s somewhere between 115$-175$. A little pricy but surely once in a lifetime experience. Enjoy!

The Bruce Peninsula…what you haven’t heard.

08/10/2011

Only a few months ago, I took a mini four-hour drive with my boyfriend to hike a trail that I found out today is one of Canada’s longest trails. The Bruce Peninsula.

Photo Credit: globaltourism.com

It is located in Southern Ontario and about 400km away from Toronto. It is the tip between Lake Huron and Georgian Bay. With over 150 km’s of hiking trails, The Bruce Peninsula is the perfect place to start a hiking adventure. The closest township to the National park is Tobermory. More known as the Georgian Bay Gem. It is one of those places were travel experts, birder watchers, expeditions, rock climbers, and photographers worship due to it’s natural settings. There are miles of breath taking cliffs that are apart of the Niagara Escarpment to explore. But, what is so amazing about this National Park in Canada, is that it contains some of Eastern-North American’s Oldest living trees. More known as the “cliff dwelling” white cedar. There are many of these trees along the side of trails.

photo credit: 45thparallelbb.com


Many people aren’t aware in how close a great hiking trail is. To just get away from the city for one day, and be surrounded by wildlife is sometimes what we all need. So for those days, when you are “people out” and need some quiet time, I would definitely recommend hiking these trails. The coast line of Georgian Bay is majestic and during the summer months you will notice sea green waters and hidden caves. It’s a great place to start an mini adventure.

Finding Time for a Travel Blog

08/09/2011

I’m often asked how I juggle a full-time job, a travel blog, time to workout and time to see my family, boyfriend and friends. And honestly, I’m exhausted by reading that sentence! Ask me what shows do I watch or how many book I’ve read this year? The answer is not many. There is unfortunately not enough time to do everything. That’s why it all comes down to prioritizing. Figuring out what YOU want to do with your time, who YOU want to see or where YOU want to go. It’s not always easy, that’s for sure. But after a day at the office, do I always feel like writing a post? The answer for most of us would most probably not! It’s sometimes easier for me to drive myself to my cross-fit training class (which requires so much more work!) than to sit in front of my computer to write a post. And so, I plan ahead. I try to write my posts on weekends when I have more free time. This way, I don’t see it as a chore but something I want to do. In the winter, I make it an enjoyable routine. On Sunday’s, I like to wake up, prepare myself a latte and then spend a few hours writing. It’s soothing and relaxing. The routine is a little different in summer because  I rather be enjoying the nice weather. But some other times, I’ll maximize my time by writing a post in the subway. Believe it or not, I get inspired a lot there. Let me be through an article I just read in the newspaper or by simply watching people.

But all in all, it comes down to two things:

1. Passion! I enjoy writing about travel. When I’m going to work every day, having a travel blog allows me to disconnect from my work/training routine. It allows me to travel through the blog.

2. Fun! A travel blog is not a chore: As soon as writing for the blog is considered a chore, it’s the beginning of the end. The quality of the posts decline and the topics aren’t as interesting. Need to find creative ways of writing even when time is not on your side.

A Hidden Gem in the Vietnamese Jungle

08/08/2011

Only a few years ago, hidden in the Vietnamese jungle a British caver found breathtaking cave passages. These cave passages are hidden within The Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park. They are about 2.5 miles long and over 900 ft high, so large that not even these pictures below can justify how large they are. They are now known as the world’s biggest cave passages in the world. Over 150 of these caves carry hidden passageways of waterfalls and are looked upon as the most unique and unusual.




Source: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2019775/Inside-worlds-biggest-cave–large-end-found.html

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