We’ve all been there. You book the vacation and start preparing for days by the pool by rigorously training in the gym and your body becomes an example of perfect fitness. But something happens while you are on vacation, calorie counters go out the window, food tastes better and your squat routine is sidelined. You don’t need to totally self-sabotage while on a trip, there are a ton of alternative workout routines that you can easily integrate into your jet-setting days.
Indulge Without Overdoing It
First things first, being on vacation isn’t an excuse to eat and drink to excess. We get that you want to sample fine delicacies and fancy cocktails, but you can be smart about portions. Consider that in many European countries dinner is served at much later hour and usually consists of lighter fare. Breakfast and lunch can be heavier, protein rich, and provide you with the nutrition you need to see every museum and art gallery on your list.
Give yourself the freedom to experience local cuisine and treat yourself to something little here and there, just remember that vacations end after all and you don’t want to regret that second slice of Sicilian pizza.
Be active! Hiking in a local park, renting a bicycle, or signing up for a rock climbing course can be an awesome way to experience the place you are visiting and maintain your fitness goals. One of my best memories from a trip are centered around surprise hikes in desert canyons and knowing I really learned to push my physical limits. If that idea scares you, why not try some alternative activities? Tango lessons in Argentina, Muay Thai classes in Thailand, and whitewater rafting in Canada are at the top of our bucket lists.
And when you really feel like you need that yoga break, you can always wake up an extra half hour early and hit the gym in your hotel room. There are a ton of weight exercises available to you without any equipment necessary.
For most travelers, airports are the first place they see of a country or a region. They set the expectations both culturally and economically. Some are all about the shopping experience, others bet on offering ultimate luxury travel, and third like to boast new technologies and innovation. Here are 5 of the world’s most prominent airports worth passing through at least once in your life.
1. Hong Kong International Airport
This airport has won the World Airport Awards not just once or twice in the past, and for good reason. It also carries the Best Airport Dining and Best Airport Immigration Service awards for the year 2019. Hong Kong International operates flights to nearly 180 destinations worldwide that belong to over 100 airlines.
2. Singapore Changi Airport
With over 5,000 departures and arrivals every week, carried by 80 airlines, the Changi Airport was rightfully crowned as the best Asian airport last year. It offers world-class shopping, a wide array of dining options, including both local and global cuisine, and attractions you can’t see at any other airport. There is a Heritage Zone, a Petalclouds area (art, music, and science installments), an arrival garden, a butterfly garden, and much more.
3. Tokyo Haneda International Airport
Formerly awarded as the world’s cleanest airport, Haneda is an important access point for most travelers looking to experience Japan and its rich culture. The airport operates both international and domestic flights, and you will find mouthwatering dining options at each terminal.
4. Zurich Airport
This is the largest international airport in all of Switzerland. It was awarded the best airport for security processing in 2019. You can enjoy a variety of attractions, from the Flight Simulations at Sim Academy, to tracking the path of a suitcase and enjoying a day out with your family through the Observation Deck B, biking through the barbecue points, and enjoy a tasty evening meal.
5. Doha Hamad – The Most Luxurious of Airports
Hamad Airport in Qatar is often described as the world’s most architecturally significant terminal complex. As soon as you set foot in there, you’ll know where that praise comes from. It is a hub of luxury that has something for every traveler. There are art exhibitions, superb lounges, spa and wellness spots, quiet rooms, international and local cuisine, and world-class shopping brands. The Vitality Wellbeing & Fitness Center offers a gym, squash courts, an indoor swimming pool, and a hydrotherapy tub for those with long layovers.