You’re certifiable

When it comes to your time and money, signing up for an in-depth skills course shouldn’t preclude going on a dream trip. By traveling to one of the countries below, you can get world-class certification in anything from scuba diving to mountaineering. Plus, these classes offer the opportunity to connect with a destination on a much deeper level by interacting…

Take a deep breath in, then slowly exhale it out. Feel better?

Yoga has such a calming effect, doesn’t it? When you can’t get to your studio, you can still get the benefits of yoga at home by following along to these videos. Whether you have 10 minutes or 30, stretching and strengthening your muscles will make your body and mind feel grounded and relaxed. Read more courtesy of PopSugar.com  

Somewhere in Montana

Need a change of scenery? We thought so. How about Montana, USA? Life in the Treasure State certainly has its benefits, one of which being the ability to enjoy an amazing vacation without leaving the state. And if the idea of a secluded cabin in nature sounds ideal right now, look no further than this cozy little place. Read more…

You’re virtually in Winnipeg.

You may not be here physically, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit Winnipeg…virtually. Exhibits and attractions are now providing virtual tours of their facilities, while we also have some enticing sneak-previews of blockbuster attractions set to open once things return to (the new) normal. So without further ado, welcome to (virtual) Winnipeg. We know you’ll enjoy your visit (remotely),…

Warm regards

The Telegraph (UK) was the first foreign media outlet to visit the Chernobyl control room, a few dozen feet away from the reactor that blew up and would become one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. Read more courtesy of The Telegraph.co.uk   https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=wpqet3HCIlI

Micro wave

‘READY meals’ have never really been a ‘thing’ in Spain, with supermarket produce historically focusing largely on raw ingredients and very geared up to home cooking – but now, with the two newest generations of adults who, unless they are in the catering industry, admit they can just about cope with microwaving a tortilla without their mum’s supervision, pre-packed dinners…

The Route of Faces

Intricate faces sculpted into the natural facade of the environment merge with the already-beautiful and symbolic landscape of the swamps of Buendia in a place known as the Ruta de las Caras. The name translates to “Route of the Faces,” where a series of hiking trails or “routes” take visitors along a cultural and artistic journey of spiritual discovery. Read…

Las Grutas de Tolantongo

While the Spanish word grutas literally translates to “grottos,” in Mexico it’s often used to describe various cave systems, from Cacahuamilpa, to García and Tolantongo. The latter, located in the northern Hidalgo state, is known as a tourist destination for its combination of caves and thermal rivers. Read more courtesy of AtlasObscura.com  

Anguilla? Tranquilla!

There are many stunning islands in the Caribbean. St Kitts and Nevis, St Maarten, St Barts, and the British Virgin Islands all draw thousands of tourists every year in search of sun, sand, and tropical relaxation. Anguilla may not be on the top of your must-visit list, and that may be because many of its attractions are largely kept under…

Dieting is not a piece of cake

Diet culture lurks everywhere—from J.Lo and her no-carb, no-sugar diet on the Today Show to friends on Facebook selling supplements and diet plans. Diets, and especially chronic dieting, can be physically and mentally exhausting, not to mention expensive (the U.S. diet industry is currently worth $66 billion). Most diets don’t work. If they did, the diet industry would cease to…

We’re talking about walking

One of the most powerful ways to lose weight, stay healthy, and live longer is so shockingly simple, even a toddler can do it. All you have to do is put one foot in front of the other… and then keep going, preferably for at least 30 minutes a day, says Melina B. Jampolis, M.D., author of The Doctor on…

Journeywomen

In 1984 when I first started traveling solo I had no one to mentor me. If there were other women around my age doing what I was doing I had no way of finding them. After all, we hadn’t yet gotten to a point in cyber history where most people had computers in their homes. The terms ‘blog’ and ‘bloggers’…

Treehotel

Living up among the tall trees in the pine forest of northern Sweden has never been so easy. Gaze out at Sweden’s spectacular nature from up in the Mirrorcube or the UFO. Watch the Northern Lights illuminate the sky above you and your snowmobile, or take a family fishing trip and learn all about the berries you pick up along…

Train your heart

In the six years since I was diagnosed with both generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder—what can I say, I’m an overachiever—I’ve tried just about everything to manage my symptoms. I’ve been in and out of therapy and took medication for a year, but ultimately decided to taper off the medication because I didn’t like the side effects. I’ve tested just about…

Get going!

This may seem obvious, but . . . Everyone wants the key to eternal youth. Until scientists can find that proverbial key, we do know that physical activity can improve longevity in older adults. Studies show that moderate-to-vigorous physical activity (MVPA) in older adults may reduce risk of death from all causes. There are numerous studies to reaffirm the incredible…

Monster appetite

Renowned for its boutique alpine dining scene, Panorama Mountain Resort is kicking things up a notch with the addition of the first snowcat food truck in Canada. The Snowlicious Mobile Kitchen, a Prinoth snow groomer equipped with professional kitchen, will roam between licensed locations on the mountain and offer a casual alfresco experience right on the slopes. Read more courtesy…

Gourmet cooking in the wild

I’ve tried to be a lightweight backpacker, packing my bag with energy bars that look like they came out of a toilet and dehydrated meals that have the consistency of plaster. It didn’t last. When packing, I think of what J.R.R. Tolken wrote in The Hobbit: “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would…

Energy conservation

Losing chunks of time down internet rabbit holes is a natural consequence of waning energy. After intense work, you need a break. If you don’t take a real break, your brain will take a fake one — which explains why you wind up at Pottery Barn’s website even though you don’t need a sofa. But, sadly, finding a great deal…

The clock is ticking

One of the most difficult aspects of retirement planning is that you don’t know how long you will live and therefore how many years of retirement you need to save up for. Most people plan for retirement using an estimate of their life expectancy. However, if you guess too young an age, you risk spending down your savings too quickly and coming to…

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