Archive for November, 2011

How to Sculpt Killer Beach Abs

Posted on: November 30th, 2011 by paul

The end of summer (ie: the end of bathing suit season) also brings cooler weather. This means that we dress in layers and usually don’t mind having that extra mocha latte and piece of chocolate cake. After all, it’s not like you have to slip into a bathing suit at this time of the year. However, if your vacation is just around the bend and you need to buckle down and get your beach body back, here are a few exercises that will sculpt your core and give you the confidence to wear next to nothing.


How to Plan for Your Vacation

Posted on: November 27th, 2011 by paul

Planning for your next vacation doesn’t have to be difficult. If you take it a single step at a time and you start early, it is actually quite simple. Let these following tips help you when you are planning your next trip.


Determine where you are going to go on your vacation. This might seem a simple enough task but if you are trying to plan with your family or friends, it can take longer than you think. Everyone is going to have his or her own opinion of the best place to go. You can consider everyone’s opinion, but it is going to be your budget that ultimately determines where you are going to travel!


Beach Workouts 101: The Skinny on Swimming

Posted on: November 25th, 2011 by paul

While on vacation many of us go for a walk, jog, or hit the hotel gym for a morning workout. In our minds, the pool is reserved for the  swim-up bar, kids playing Marco-Polo, or a cool retreat from the heated pool deck. Ever thought about switching up your workout and moving it from the land to the water? Here is some information about different water activities. The number of calories burned will be based on a 150lb individual.


Canadian Customs Limits: Tobacco, Alcohol, and Goods

Posted on: November 22nd, 2011 by paul

Have you ever wondered how many bottles of rum you are allowed to bring back from the Caribbean? Or how many cigars you are allowed to bring back from Cuba? Or even how much clothing you are allowed to buy while you are travelling in the United States?


Look no further, consult this list before bringing goods back into Canada based on the length of your absence:


Language Tips: German, Italian, French, Spanish, and Portuguese

Posted on: November 20th, 2011 by paul

Getting by with Basic Greetings

Being from North America definitely has its benefits, in that English is a common language throughout the world. North American’s can go pretty well anywhere in the world and get by, or in some cases barely squeak by (like northern Italy or some parts of Asia and the Middle East) with our mother tongue.


Exploring Lake Como, Italy

Posted on: November 18th, 2011 by paul

Located in the region of Lombardy, Lake Como is Italy’s 3rd largest Lake. This beautiful Lake is tucked into the northern Italian mountains, is only a few minutes drive to the Switzerland boarder, and a mere 40km from Milan. A popular travel destination since Roman times, this gorgeous Lake is the perfect vacation for sightseers, honeymooners, photographers and families.


A Historical Tour of Havana

Posted on: November 16th, 2011 by paul

If your resort is close enough to Havana, it is worth while breaking away from the beach for a day to check out the historical center of the capital city. Not only is it the capital of the country, but it is a major port and leading commercial center of Cuba.

Historical Background:

Havana was founded by the Spanish in the 16th century and due to its strategic location it served as a springboard for the Spanish conquest. In 1592, the Spaniards began building fortifications in the capital. Before long, the port had become the most important in the Spanish colonial empire. The 17th and 18th centuries saw Havana grow steadily in wealth and size.


Core Training in Your Hotel Room

Posted on: November 14th, 2011 by paul

Let’s face it, sometimes instead of suiting up and locating your hotel’s fitness facility, it is much easier to put yourself through a quick workout right there in your room. All you need is a couple square feet of space and your body weight to carry out this 20 minute core blasting workout.

After warming up, do 2-3 sets of the following 6 exercises. Two of the exercises focus on the frontal abdominals, two focus on the obliques or ‘sides’, and two exercises focus on the backside of your torso (dorsal).


Interesting Places to Visit in New Zealand

Posted on: November 12th, 2011 by paul

New Zealand is an interesting place, filled with national parks and some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. The area is so lovely that it was the setting for film version of The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien’s epic tale turned movie by Peter Jackson. The famed director, and New Zealand native, is filming The Hobbit there as well. It is possible to see some of the sites where the original films were shot.


Is Your Car Ready for Your Road Trip?

Posted on: November 10th, 2011 by paul

The thought of a road trip is always fun and exciting no matter if it is your first or it is your one hundred and first. You have a few things that you need to consider before you take your car out onto the open road though for your vacation.