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Maintain Good Health while waiting through Airport Gyms

Maintain Good Health while waiting through Airport Gyms

Airports have long been a sanctuary for inactivity, which has created the perfect space for airport gyms to flourish. Just think of the hours you have spent waiting in an airport terminal – valuable time that will never return. Bored and tired passengers have had plenty of options to eat fast food and wait in chairs before their flight leaves.Who says that you cannot maintain good health by going to the airport? Yes you can, and considering that Roam Fitness is opening their first location at the BWI airport on November 22, 2016, your chance is closer than you think.

 

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Time-Strapped Travelers Receive More Options to Exercise. Fortunately, many businesses have decided to fill the empty void that is all too familiar for anyone who has spent time in an airport. Of course, you might perform a few stretches, take the stairs or even run through the terminal with your luggage. However, most people sit in uncomfortable chairs or lean against walls while reading their smart phone or tablet.Now that the winds are changing for travelers, airports worldwide are joining the craze to offer free or paid spaces to exercises while you wait.

There are options ranging from walking to gyms with every piece of equipment imaginable. Sedentary passengers are now without excuses to do anything other than sit. However, just because more options are appearing, will people catch on and take advantage of moments to improve their health? Or, will they continue to be so preoccupied with their departure time that they miss the opportunity to do something good for their health?

Some travelers who are strapped for time may consider it a waste of time to go into a gym before their flight departs. Others will dismiss the unhealthy snacks and do what they never seem to have enough time for away from the airport. Get Fit While You Wait a rescheduled or delayed flight can offer the perfect amount of time for you to work off that frustration in a gym facility.

Nearby hotels were previous options for passengers caught in the delay. Now, they do not have to leave the terminal and instead, can get their workout in at the airport. For those who are hesitant to begin with a gym membership, there is still ways to make use of your time in the airport. Walking, which is one of the best things you can do for your heart, is a free and simple way to stay fit. With the American Heart Association installing walking tracks in U.S. airports, your path to healthy has gotten a little easier.The good thing about this option is you do more than walk to the food court. Various routes are mapped throughout the airport that highlights the number of steps you have taken.

Yoga is another option for travelers who feel cramped up. Studio spaces offer props and mats where you can stretch and meditate during a layover. Some airports even offer classes in which you can participate.Whether you decide to walk around the airport, stretch in a yoga class or go into a gym, the point is you have options to do something good for your health. Unless you want to cancel your flight, you have nothing else to do but wait. Why not invest that time into yourself? Movement Kills Time and Keeps You Healthy A sedentary lifestyle could lead to health challenges, but 10 or 15 minutes of exercise can make a difference in whether you can even continue to travel.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, every adult should accumulate a minimum of 150 minute in some type of physical activity each week. That is two hours and 30 minutes. How many times has your flight been delayed for half that amount of time? If you went to the gym or walked around the airport for 75 minutes, you are already halfway there.If you travel with your children and/or teens, you might as well get them involved as well. They also need moderate or vigorous aerobic activity. Give them at least one hour a day and they are establishing good healthy habits that can last a lifetime.

The next time you see “delayed” next to your departing flight, do not despair. Even if that is your initial reaction, hopefully you are in an airport with a gym so you can work off the stress. If not, begin a healthy trek around the airport. Just keep moving. Going to the nearest sports bar or restaurant is easy. Decompressing in the terminal fitness center is a better, healthier choice.

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Planning Ahead For a Long Distance Flight

Planning Ahead For a Long Distance Flight

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Getting on a long distance flight is an exciting moment for anyone, as it means that you are about to head off to somewhere exotic far from home. However, you do need to do some planning for this sort of trip.

The following points are among the best ways of getting there safely and feeling on top of the world.

 

Adjust Your Body Clock

One of the strange things about travelling a long distance by plane is that your body clock can get really messed up. This is when jet lag can kick in and really make you feel awful for a couple of day once you arrive.

While there are different opinions on how to best fight jet lag, one of the most popular suggestions is to try and adjust your body clock before you fly. See your phone and your watch to the local time in your destination and see if that helps you.

This is especially important if you are travelling from West to East, as flying in this direction makes jet lag more likely. If you don’t cross any time zones then you should be safe from jet lag, so flying from North to South shouldn’t be a problem.

 

Use an Eye Mask

The bright lights in the plane cabin can be really distracting, while bright lights are also classed one of the contributing factors to jet lag. You will want to sleep at some point on the flight and the lights might make this extremely difficult to do.

By slipping on an eye mask you can enter into a calmer and peaceful state of mind with no visual distractions. This is a good idea even when the interior cabin lights are turned, off as there is always going to be some sort of distraction for you to avoid.

 

Wear Good Headphones

The noise on a flight can also get extremely annoying after a while. Whether you want to sleep or concentrate on reading, you will find it a lot more difficult to do if you don’t use headphones to cut out the chatter from around you.

A good pair of high quality headphones will ensure that you can enjoy some peace and quiet whenever you need it. If you listen to some of the music that you love then it could help the flight to pass a lot more quickly as well.

 

Stay Hydrated

Staying hydrated is vital for your health on a long flight. The dry air of the cabin and the recycling of this air can be bad for you if you don’t manage to stay hydrated.

The smartest thing to do in this respect is to drink lots of water before and during the flight. Stay away from alcohol, coffee and tea in order to avoid feeling dehydrated on this long trip.

If you are travelling to a hot place such as South Africa then you will want to arrive feeling well hydrated and ready to cope with the climate. By going on the likes of connecting Kulula and Mango flights you can then get around the country easily and comfortably without any problems.

 

Take Some Reading Material

Even when you fly with an airline that offers numerous films and radio channels, you could find that you run out of entertainment options before too long. Reading is a brilliant way of passing the time and it may also cause you to drift off to sleep after a while.

If you find it hard to concentrate a lot on long flights then it might make more sense to take along a couple of magazines rather than a book. Either way, you will be glad to have something to read at some point in your trip.

Going on a long flight should be a pleasure rather than something to fear. By making some sensible decisions beforehand you can make it an adventure that you remember for all the right reasons.

 

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The Little And Large Issues You Should Prepare For When Heading To Europe

The Little And Large Issues You Should Prepare For When Heading To Europe

For a lot of people, Europe contains some of the top items on any travel bucket list. We all know about the art and glamour of Paris. The history and majesty of Rome. The sunny islands of the Mediterranean. But traveling to Europe can be a disaster if you’re not prepared right. It’s something that needs to be prepared for well in advance. There are a few reasons why.

 

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Being flight smart

Most importantly, you have to know that flying to Europe isn’t something that you can do on just any day. In the two months leading up to a flight, prices will double for most airline seats. It’s recommended you book from 21-22 weeks in advance. If you want to cut prices even more, consider flying at awkward times. Most people start their holidays on a weekend. Start yours in mid-week instead.

 

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Finding the best places to stay

With any European destination, you really don’t want to go to the first hotel you find. You need to do your research, particularly from the side of an English-speaking perspective. Beyond worse service in an area you don’t know, you have a language barrier to deal with. To save yourself a lot of hassle with accommodation, you want to find a place that’s well known for accommodating English speakers. That is if you don’t speak their language of course.

 

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The culture jump

For people outside of Europe, there are a few more culture shocks than you might expect. You might live with different food and different customs. But being unable to charge your phone? That’s just unacceptable. Yet you will need an adapter that can help you fit your native plugs into European sockets. Similarly, you want to do your research on where you switch your currency to Euros. Make sure you know the exchange rate so you’re not getting duped into a terrible deal. You should also consider getting a hold on a travel app that can help you translate the most important exchanges.

 

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Regulations & rules

As you might expect, a lot of European destinations have their own rules and regulations for how you travel there. You should keep an eye on the news for this. Especially as sites like http://etias.com are forecasting a whole new restriction. Previously, traveling without a Visa in the Schengen zone was no problem. However, depending on where you come from, you might now have to start filling in applications well before your journey.

 

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Some personal safety advice

The reasons for the travel restrictions in Europe are the same as those in the USA. Domestic terrorism. With that in mind, you may be concerned about how safe some areas in Europe are. Rest assured, normally, there’s nothing to worry about. If you’re truly concerned, however, you should do your homework. Keep updated with helpful pages like https://travel.state.gov. These can help you see all the latest travel warnings and give tips on how to travel safer.

Because of the sheer travel distance and popularity of European travel spots, you need to be forward thinking. But you should also think about the current global climate and how it might affect areas you want to go to. Hopefully, the tips above can help you make your trip a little easier.

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Investments You’ll Never Regret If You’re A Seasoned Traveler

Investments You’ll Never Regret If You’re A Seasoned Traveler

Traveling is addictive. The more you travel, the more intense the wanderlust. Are you constantly jetting off to exotic climes, or packing up the car for a spontaneous road trip? If so, here are some investments you’ll never regret.

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A decent camera

You can hold memories forever, but there’s nothing like flicking through albums of old photographs. In an instant, a shot can take you back and bring all kinds of weird and wonderful memories flooding back. When you’ve got staggeringly beautiful scenery in front of you, it’s only natural to want to capture it on film. Taking photographs is also an excellent way of celebrating achievements or recording unique experiences. Who wouldn’t want photographic proof that they’ve reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro or held a giant python? If you’re looking for a new camera to take on your travels, the Internet is a good place to start. It may also be worth popping into a specialist store and asking for advice. If you’re an intrepid adventurer, it’s a good idea to invest in some gadgets. A tripod is particularly useful if you often embark on solo trips. It’s always useful to have spare batteries with you too.

 

A road trip wagon

Are you a road trip veteran? Have you driven on every continent? Do you take every opportunity to get out onto the open roads? If so, it may be time to invest in a suitable road trip wagon. If you like to travel with friends, or you have kids, buying an RV may make financial sense. You could also consider looking into buying a new or used fifth wheel trailer. If you’re always on the road, this investment will cover the cost of both your transport and accommodation, saving you money in the long-run. You can read reviews online and in magazines. It’s also beneficial to visit a showroom to get a feel for the vehicles and see which models suit you best. Arrange a test drive, and see how you feel when you’re behind the wheel.

 

A good quality backpack

If you’re always on the go, a good quality backpack is essential. Are you used to camping, moving around or visiting remote places? If so, you’ll know that a rucksack is much easier to transport than a traditional suitcase. You can buy backpacks relatively cheaply. But you tend to get what you pay for. If you’re looking for something that will stand the test of time, it’s worth paying more. Go for a recognized brand, and look out for useful features. Internal pockets and drinks holders are handy additions, for example.

 

If you’re a self-confessed globetrotter, it’s always worth planning ahead. Investing in useful items now could save you time and money later on. Think about the kinds of trips you like to take, and how you like to pass time. What do you spend money on when you’re away? Once you’ve decided what you want to buy, use the Internet to find out more, compare prices, and get some expert tips and recommendations.

 

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Make Your Road Trip A Dream, Not A Nightmare

Make Your Road Trip A Dream, Not A Nightmare

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A surprising number of people don’t realize that it’s not essential to get on a plane to take a worthwhile trip. We get used to living in a place and forget that on the same landmass, there are so many different views. If you live in an urban setting, you might never see much of the countryside. Rolling hills, picturesque small towns, and hidden gems await you. What’s more, it’s all without having to put up with your ears popping and screaming toddlers.

With that in mind, it can be pleasant to just get in a car and take in the sights from the road. Whether you’re taking a trip on home soil or have got some free time on a holiday, a road trip can be the best way to take in the diverse delights of a country. It pays to be prepared, though, because a road trip can quickly become a nightmare if you’re not.

Staging Points Are Your Friend

A long drive can be a smooth process if you plan it right. An essential part of this planning is knowing that if you’re going to be on the road all day, there need to be stops. Planning in some staging points – to get something to eat, stretch your legs and use the facilities – is a must. Otherwise “serene road trip” becomes “moving metal prison”.

Make Sure You’re Gassed Up

With any road trip – even if you’ve got a Sat Nav and a map – comes the risk of unfamiliar territory. This isn’t a bad thing, but it does mean you need to be careful of running into car trouble. Run out of gas miles from nowhere, and your road trip just became a walking trip. Use a fuel calculator to ensure you put enough in before you go and top up when the tank’s running low.

Bring Your Entertainment

To make sure that you don’t get bored while en route, some entertainment may be necessary. If there’s a few of you, then talking will probably cover most of it, but it’s also worth putting together a playlist that everyone can agree on. For quieter entertainment, an audiobook or a few podcasts downloaded can make a big difference.

If You Need To Sleep, Sleep

 

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The importance of a good night’s sleep before you spend a long day on the road cannot be overstated. Driving tired can be highly dangerous; it slows your reactions and affects your judgment. Studies have shown that driving tired is almost as bad as driving drunk. So if you’re flagging, and you’re the only driver in the car, pull over and sleep. If you’re on a tight schedule, still do it. It’s better to run behind than run off the road.

With the right prior planning – and a goodie bag full of snacks to keep up your blood sugar – a road trip can be amazing. Have a firm idea of where you want to go, what you want to see and do. The pleasures of a world you might not have known existed await. You’ll find that you’re bitten by the bug and be planning another one before you know it.

 

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