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This historic town is a peaceful getaway for those wanting to relax and get in touch with nature. Paro is home to many sacred sites including that of the unofficial symbol of Bhutan: Taktsang Monastery located right on the edge of a 1,200 meter cliff. The Monastery was first established as a place of meditation in 747 CE by Guru Taktsang, and now restored as an impressive site of glory. The trek is strenuous and long, it can take up to 3 hours completely uphill, though all worth it in the end. If that doesn’t sound achievable, there is a horse ride for a small price of USD $10 for a one-way trip up the mountain.
Blue Lagoon, Iceland
This wonder was formed in 1976 as a power plant when employees began to notice the amazing effects on their skin from bathing in the lagoon, it was then in 1987 the facility was opened to the public as a bath and sold skin care products for psoriasis patients. Now Blue Lagoon is one of the most visited spots in Southwestern Iceland, the geothermal spa is situated in a lava field in Grindavík on top of the Mid Atlantic Ridge, meaning technically you are also swimming over two continents. The mineral-rich waters of the lagoon have an average temperature of fourty degrees Celsius and are still rumoured to have remedial powers.
This town is located in the Interlaken-Oberhalsi administrative district in the Swiss canton of Bern, the mountain getaway is a well-known beauty full of adventure. The popular resort destination is the perfect winter sport holiday, you will find yourself constantly entertained with the many activities including skydiving, and toboggan rides, sledding, and of course snowboarding or skiing down the amazing snow covered mountains. There is also things to do when you are in need of some down time, a leisurely hike or boutique shopping will keep you occupied until you are refreshed and ready to head back out to explore and get the adrenalin pumping.
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Fitness, as the experts like to remind us, is not a one-off effort but should be a part of everyday life. While we all deserve a break now and then, there is no reason why your holiday should be an excuse to slack off.
Fiona Hunt, managing director of soft adventure specialists, Adventure World says, “Whether you are a fitness fanatic or prefer incidental exercise, there are plenty of options for healthy, active and memorable holidays in some of the world’s most extraordinary destinations.”
Here are Fiona Hunt’s top 5 fitness experiences from around the world:
1. Trek to Machu Picchu
Potentially one of the world’s biggest bucket list items, Machu Picchu, provides an incredible once in a lifetime experience with plenty of fitness kudos. Travellers can choose to catch the train all or part of the way, otherwise undertake a four to five day trek over 46 kms. While the trail is not technically difficult, the challenges lie in the number of ancient Inca staircases along the way plus the high altitude which can cause shortness of breath. Regular stops and plenty of water will remedy this and when you reach Machu Picchu at the end, it is more than worth the walk.
2. Cycling in Indochina
Travelling by bike is one of the best ways to get around and really see South East Asia. You’ll get a great work out along the way and will be so distracted the diversity of sights and experiences, you’ll hardly notice! When travelling a reputable soft adventure company, you’ll find it easy to traverse Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam by bike, capturing must see sights of the big cities and local rural life along the way.
3. Mountain climbing
These holidays are certainly not for the fitness faint-hearted. You’ll train for months but reap the rewards for years to come. Many who get into mountain climbing find it addictive and are always look for the next peak to conquer. Lucky for them, there are plenty of incredible summits situated around the world. The most popular with Australian adventurists are Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa and the Himalayas in Nepal; the biggest of which is Mount Everest. Most mountains offer a range of routes to suit a variety of experience levels so you don’t need to be a triathlete to achieve this.
4. Yoga in India
Fitness isn’t all about cardio. Yoga has long been proven to provide an all-encompassing workout for the body, mind and spirit. What better way to connect to the ancient practice than in its birthplace of India. For a holistically healthy holiday, choose a trip that includes daily yoga, meditation and spirituality classes with local scholars.
5. Skiing in Canada
Dedicated snow bunnies know that the best slopes in the world are located in Canada. The hardest part is choosing where to go! For those that don’t mind swapping the Australian summer for a snow-topped break the Canadian Ski Season kicks off in November and last until early April.
For more information about these and other holidays incorporating fitness and adventure visit www.adventureworld.com.au.
Why not get lost in the romantic city of Verona, Italy? Not many destinations can compete with Shakespeare’s setting of the most famous love story of all time, Romeo and Juliet. Though close in distance to busy and happening Venice, Verona is a quiet and relaxing place to travel alone or with others.
The city’s beauty is memorising, filled with history dating back from the 3rd Century Romans, everywhere you look there is a treasure including medieval palaces, ancient ruins and gates, churches, and pebbled roads.
There are endless sites, yet one of the main reasons that travellers visit Verona is to declare their love just as the star-crossed lovers did so many years ago at Juliet’s balcony. Here they can write a secret letter with any romantic questions for advice from Juliet herself, as well as attach a lovelock to the adjacent wall to ensure a lifetime of happiness with their current partner.
Amongst this love filled city there is also a trendy shopping street called Via Mazzini just a few minutes walk from literacy’s most renowned balcony, on this charming cobbled street you can purchase apparel, shoes, accessories from high labels and fast fashion brands. This area is considered the commercial area of Verona, with something for everyone, though narrow there are also wonderful cafes for a well-deserved coffee and lunch after a few hours of shopping.
A great way to get around is the hop on hop off bus; there are two routes to ensure you don’t miss any part of this Italian gem, at a decent price of twenty Euro, and audio from seven languages it is well worth the money and experience.
If you were considering a trip to Italy, then this city would be a superb weekend getaway from the crowded tourist popular cities of Rome and Venice.
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By Amy Miller
Now more than ever people are acknowledging the benefits and power of positive thinking – taking on new challenges that have the ability to change ones direction and step out of the comfort zone. Life is an adventure and it should be grasped with both hands as there are no real limits, only the ones you created within. Not sure where to start on your journey? Why not consider the following 5 adventure ideas to get you started on your adventure and new way of thinking:
Swimming with gentle giants
At this time of year people are flocking in droves to see and swim with the biggest shark in the world – whalesharks. Found at the heritage- listed Ningaloo reef in Exmouth, these gentle giants will have you in awe at their sheer size and majestic beauty. Whalesharks won’t be the only animal you’ll see. Expect to share the water with migrating whales, manta rays, dolphins, dugongs, turtles, colourful corals, an assortment of fish and much, much more. Get up close to nature and create a memory that will last a life time.
Climb up or abseil down
From the seas to the trees, abseiling and rock-climbing provide an unforgettable experience with breathtaking views. Whether you choose the quick way down or the long way up, you will feel exhilarated! There are many amazing places to indulge in this adventure.
The Glasshouse Mountains National Park in Queensland offers wonderful scenery and the greenery is breathtaking. Climb to the top of Mt Ngungun and abseil down 20m or 40m of sheer cliff face or spend the day climbing to the top. The mountain range offers an unusual array of domes, cones and spires due to the volcanic activity from millions of years ago. Indulge all your senses at once here in this picturesque National Park.
Strap yourself in and put the pedal to the metal! Drive a V8 race car at Eastern Creek in Sydney for a seriously fun and fast time. But don’t worry, you’ll be instructed by a real race car driver who will teach you how to drive a V8 just like the professionals! Expect to be challenged by the circuit which is home to the V8 Supercars and A1 Grand Prix. Feel the excitement and the g-force as you set your own personal track record, tackling long straights, tight and tricky corners, rising curves, hills and flats. This will be one experience to tick off the list!
Why not add to your adventure list jumping out of a perfectly good airplane and enjoy a heart racing 200kms before landing safely and feeling the sand beneath your feet! There are a variety of locations all over Australia, but why not consider Southern Skydivers, located in the Margaret River region of Western Australia, offering skydiving for the adrenaline junkie! Want to relieve the experience? Ensure you book to have the entire skydive filmed from boarding the plane, jumping and the free fall that follows. For a lucky few, a Whale or a Dolphin may be spotted as you descend from the great height making the experience even more special.
Tackle the rapids
What better way to spend a week than by rafting the World Heritage listed Franklin River in picturesque Tasmania! Experience surging rapids, caps of white water, tranquil gorges and rare pristine temperate rainforests as you make your way down stream. Expect to see a range of native wildlife in the water, on the ground and in the air. Enjoy the exotic tastes and traditional Tasmanian cuisines in a unique setting. At this time of year you can expect the water levels to be high, but whatever the water level, rafting offers an exciting way to explore the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
So, go on. Get out. Pick an adventure and begin living your life, your way! Life is meant to be cherished and enjoyed, so why not make the most of it?
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By Glenn Stutt of Southern Skydivers, which offers tandem skydiving experiences off the pristine Busselton coastline, just 2 hours south of Perth. Enjoy the best and most memorable skydiving experience over the spectacular Margaret River wine region with magnificent views of the West Australian coastline. Connect with Glenn on Google+