Archive for December, 2011

Working Off Holiday Indulgences

Posted on: December 29th, 2011 by paul

The holidays are here, and so are the bottomless jars of Christmas cookies, glasses of egg nog, and the endless supply of gravy soaked turkey leftovers. Like every year, there is no shortage of calorie consumption.

As we know, it is much easier to pack on the pounds than it is to shed them. This poses even more of a problem when you plan your family vacation down south during, or directly after, the holidays! Here are some ways to burn off some of those holiday calories:


Controlling Your Travel Stress

Posted on: December 27th, 2011 by paul

Somewhere amongst your travel experiences you’ve probably run into a delayed/cancelled flight or a hotel that has had no record of your reservation. Immediately, your nervous system kicks in by releasing a flood of stress hormones including adrenaline and cortisol. Your heart pounds faster, muscles tighten, blood pressure rises and your breath quickens. These are physical responses to a stressful situation. These are responses that you do not want to be burdened by while on vacation.


Merry Christmas!

Posted on: December 25th, 2011 by paul would like to wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season.



Holiday Travel Tips

Posted on: December 23rd, 2011 by paul

The holidays are a time for fun, family, friends, and of course, travel. To ensure you are prepared for the inevitable travel delays, take note of the following reminders on safe holiday travel:


Tips for Choosing your All-Inclusive Vacation

Posted on: December 20th, 2011 by paul

With so many all-inclusive resorts in so many countries, how can you be sure you’re choosing the right one? Much time and money goes into the selection of your holiday destination, so if you are thinking about a cruise or all-inclusive for your next vacation, here are a few things to consider before you book:


Belly Off Foods

Posted on: December 18th, 2011 by paul

As travelers, we have a list of mandatory ‘things to do’ before we depart on our trip. The list goes something like this:

1)      Make sure passport is up to date.

2)      Get caught up on work before leaving.

3)      Reserve spot at the kennel for the dog.

4)      Get appropriate clothes for trip.

5)      Make sure I fit into my bathing suit!!!!!


Caribbean Fun for the Kids

Posted on: December 15th, 2011 by paul

After spending money on your Caribbean holiday, there’s no doubt that you want your kids to have fun and stay busy during those vacation days. Although the beach and the surf seem like intriguing enough focal points for the duration of the trip, it may keep their attention for less time than you think.


Getting Around While on Vacation

Posted on: December 12th, 2011 by paul

When booking an all inclusive vacation, it is most of the time fairly easy to get around the town you are in as you hotel concierge service is up to par on the fastest, easiest, and cheapest ways to get around. However, what if they aren’t? Or, what if you plan to do more exploring than the average all inclusive traveler? Or, what if you’re not on an all inclusive and you need to get around from the airport to your hotel to your sightseeing destinations?

Here are some things to consider with each mode of transportation that may apply to you.


Travel Fitness 101: The ‘No Equipment’ Workout

Posted on: December 10th, 2011 by paul

The perfect workout to do while traveling uses little equipment and allows you to exercise in your new surroundings. In this workout, no equipment is involved and you will need somewhere to jog (or substitute with jumping rope if you are not outdoors).

For intermediate – advanced exercisers, do the following exercises 3x with 20 repetitions of each.
For beginner exercisers, do the following exercises 2x with 15-20 repetitions of each.


Out for Tapas in Spain

Posted on: December 7th, 2011 by paul

One characteristic of Spain that sets it apart from other European countries is its late start on the night and its unique, small appetizer size meals called ‘Tapas’.

Typically, Spaniards have a light breakfast of bread, ham, cheese, and coffee. Lunch is the largest meal of the day which is always followed by an afternoon siesta. The Spaniards take this chunk of the day very seriously. When it is time for siesta, the town shuts down. The siesta time for shops and businesses is from approximately 2pm-5pm while bars and restaurants close from about 4pm-8pm or 9pm.