Artikelen getagd met traveling
For a lot of people the perfect vacation is: beach, sea, cocktails and doing absolutely nothing. But nowadays people on holiday are increasingly looking for things to do that allow them to exercise.
Fitness travel is a trend that’s sweeping the globe and it’s hotting up on Australian shores. One of the main reasons is that general health messages are getting through the people. So for a lot of people their holiday is a way to put some healthy living together.
Jayson Westbury, chief executive of the Australian Federation of Travel Agents says: ‘service providers are catching onto the trend with new businesses springing up to offer a variety of health and fitness holiday options.
Samantha Lippiat is the Australian head of Health and Fitness Travel and she says ‘’ People are nowadays juggling everything on our platers. When they go on holiday they want to maximise that time, and they want to come back feeling better.’’ In the short-term this trend is about multi-tasking, and in the long-term it’s about taking responsibility.
People are becoming more responsible for their own long term health. They want a better quality of life, even on their holidays the choose to have a healthy lifestyle.
So, how do we exercise while traveling? A lot of people choose tours by bicycle. They are seeking the grassroots experience of travel, alongside the adventure. Nowadays diving and snorkling is a popular way to get exercise during your holiday, or surfing and kayaking.
(with my sister traveling through Bangkok by bike)
Do you like to exercise while you are traveling or on your holiday?
Learn more about this trend on: http://www.smh.com.au/small-business/trends/fitness-travel-the-new-vacation-trend-20140501-37kil.html
As a traveler you probably took a nap on the weirdest places. I remember when I went to Budapest, I took the train from The Netherlands to Budapest, didn’t sleep at all, arrived very early in the morning and I wasn’t allowed to check in earlier then 2PM. So, I was walking in the neighborhood from my hostel and saw a park with a few benches and I decided to take a nap on one of them. It wasn’t really comfortable, but I was so tired that I could sleep anywhere.
I guess the two guys from The Netherlands that designed Google Naps have experienced this as well. They made a parody from Google Maps. With the Google Naps you can find the best places to sleep. This could be on somebody’s couch, somewhere in a park, on a bench etcetera. When you found a good spot to sleep, you can add it to the Google Naps as well. You can find places to sleep all over the world via Google Naps: Portugal, China, Indonesia, South-Africa and America. Ofcourse the most places to sleep on Google Naps you’ll find in the big cities in The Netherlands.
I guess the two designers where a little bit afraid that Google wouldn’t appreciate Google Naps so they added a note on the Google Naps tool for the founders of Google.
“Hello, please don’t be mad this is just a joke, a parody. We don’t mean to damage your brand or anything, we just want to bring a smile on the faces of Google fans. So please don’t take this to court, we only have a few hundred Euros in the bank. And we also don’t want to go to jail because we’re too busy with other things at the moment. But whenever you are in the Netherlands you can have a nap on our couch if you want, just e-mail us: email@example.com. We can also make coffee and bake eggs if you like that (for a small price).”
Do you want to search for a nice bench to sleep on? Go to http://www.googlenaps.info/ to find a perfect spot.
When I was surfing on the internet, I ran into this quote, it made me think about it and I made the conclusion that I agree with this quote. Last semester I studies in Bangkok. The university wasn’t that good and I didn’t learn that much from it. But from living in Bangkok, Thailand, experiencing their daily lives, living in a other culture I learned so much. I learned things I cannot learn in school, I have to experience it myself.
What do you think? Do you think exploring the world is important?
As a traveler you are probably familiar with hours and hours waiting at the airport. Sometimes you meet people to hang out with, but sometimes you are all alone. Like this guy in the video. He had to wait at the airport in Las Vegas for a few hours all alone and made this hilarious video. Check it out!
Do you know the feeling when you have your flight back home and you are not sure if your luggage is too heavy? I had it last time when I came back from Bangkok, I thought it wasn’t too heavy… but it was 6kg too heavy!! So, you can choose to pay a lot of money, or to open your suitcase in front of all the people that are waiting and get some thing out. I decided to pay, and trust me, it’s a lot of money per kilogram (the exact amount depends on your travel agency ofcourse).
Designer Selma Durand probably experienced this as well, because she invented something for this problem as her final project. She integrated a scale in the handgrip of the suitcase. It doesn’t measure how heavy your suitcase is, but it will say when it is too heavy. So you can install how heavy your suitcase is allowed to be, and then it will know if it is too heavy or not.
I think it is a great idea! Never the uncertainty anymore any paying a lot of money.
When you are traveling or you traveled through Asia, you are probably familiar with the big amount of tours that agency’s offer you. You will go sightseeing or diving with a group of tourists and see all the touristy places. But wouldn’t it be more fun and interesting to see the real culture or way of living in that country? The best way to do this is to go on adventure with a local and see the beauty of the country with a citizen. Nowadays we are all familiar with ‘couch surfing’ or Airbnb. The next cool hunt has the same concept, but a different execution.
Sanne Meijboom (Dutch) invented the social platform ‘I Like Local’ .Her passion is to explore other countries and cultures and together with a principle she believes in, the Sharing Economy, she designed this website. On this website you can find about 180 activities in the 8 countries of Asia: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia, Cambodja, Laos and Vietnam. These activities can be anything. Fishing with a local in Sri Lanka or volunteering in Cambodja. Everything in the categories Homestay, Farmstay, Art & Culture, Trek & Tour, Food Experience and Volunteering.
Are you traveling through Asia, or you will in the future? Sign up at http://www.i-likelocal.com/ and experience the beautiful countries with locals. The prices for the activities are low and the money you pay goes directly to the citizen (10 or 20% goes to the organization of I Like Locals). So you help yourself by giving yourself a better experience and you help the locals.
In my last post I talked about comfort during traveling. This post will also be about comfort, but a different kind of comfort. This time it’s about the comfort of speaking the language of the country you’re visiting.
Almost everybody is kinda familiar with English, German or French. But Polish, Norwegian or Portuguese will be more difficult. When you’re traveling to different kind of countries, you will also experience different kind of languages. Some you may understand, but you’re probably not able to understand and talk all the languages you will be confronted with. In some countries you will be able to communicate English, but in some countries not.
When I was in Thailand I had a lot of problems communicating with local people. A lot of Thai people don’t speak English, and unfortunately I didn’t speak Thai. It was really frustrating sometimes that I was not able to communicate with these people, because I wanted to learn things from them and experience Thailand like they do. Reading the next paragraphs you’ll understand why I would love this innovative device.
People from SIGMO developed a real-time translater of 25 languages. ‘SIGMO
is a voice translating device that will revolutionise the way you are able to communicate and understand other languages.’
How it works? SIGMO has two modes of voice translation. You set your native language and the language to translate to. When you press the first button and speak your phrase, SIGMO will turn it immediately into the language you selected and will pronounce it for you. If you press the second button, it will translate speech from the foreign speaker and turn it into your native language.
Because of the small, light size SIGMO is really easy to bring with you. You can hang it around your neck, attach it to your clothes, belt or strap on your arm with its own special attachment.
For 40 Euros you can order your Sigmo and talk to everybody wordwide in your own language!