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10 Travel Destinations That Test Your Physical Strength And Courage

10 Travel Destinations That Test Your Physical Strength And Courage

When we consider traveling some of us dream of a blissfully relaxing break. Whereas for others, traveling is an addictive adventure. The feeling of exploring new lands by pushing our strength and courage to the limit is hard to match. For us, the most memorable sites are the ones that we risked life and limb to reach! For us younger travelers, adventure travel holidays build character, confidence and broaden the mind. Breaking out of the comfort zone and pushing our boundaries is highly rewarding. The only question is, are you feeling up to the challenge?

1. Exploring Venezuela’s Lost World and Angel Falls

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    Where better to start that the source of inspiration for Conan Doyle’s iconic adventure novel “Lost World”. The natural beauty is breathtaking, thick lush jungle stretches for miles with massive sandstone mountain tables peeking through.

    To reach Mount Roraima’s summit you’ll need to trek through the rocky maze and transverse raging streams. It will test both your endurance and strength of will. If you manage to make it to Auyán-tepui, you’ll be blessed to see the wold’s tallest waterfall at 3,200ft!

    2. Taking a Motorbike Trip Through the Siberian Wilderness

    Adrenaline junkers and avid bikers need not look further. Skilled riders are in for a grueling ride, but the rewards worth it ten-fold. Blazing around Baikal, the world’s deepest lake, is a site to behold and the wilderness of rolling valleys is astonishing.

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    You’ll need to rough it and camp out along the way, but the Buryat culture, thermal hot springs, and sprawling wildlife is breathtaking.

    3. Sailing Between Remote Islands of Indonesia

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      Ever wonder what it felt like to be one of the original explorers of the Far East Orient? Glide between tropical paradise islands in a traditional 110ft Phinisi wooden yacht. Explore remote conservation parks that are overflowing with both marine and island inhabitants. Highlights include mighty Komodo dragons, graceful birds of paradise and deadly manta rays.

      Once you’ve found the perfect hidden cove for exploration, why not moor up for BBQ and cocktails on the beach. Snorkeling or diving is a divine way to experience the untouched coral reefs.

      4. Fighting on Behalf of Turtle Conservation in the Bahamas

      Do your part for the planet’s wildlife while enjoying some of the world’s most pristine beaches and deep blue waters. Join a team of marine biologists and help save the sea turtles that inhabit the glistening waters of the Bahamas. Climate change and coastal developments have placed the green and hawksbill turtles in grave danger.

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      Climate change and coastal developments have placed the green and hawksbill turtles in grave danger. You’ll need to don your snorkeling gear and swim alongside their majestic creatures to check up on their natural habits.

      5. Scaling The Mighty Mont Blanc

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        Fancy a challenge? Climbing the third highest mountain in Europe is a once in a lifetime experience! You’ll certainly need to be physically fit to pull this off, plus handy with crampons and ice axes. You fitness and fortitude will be pushed to the limit during this journey but the bragging rights will last a lifetime.

        Get acclimatized and revise basic training in Chamonix before taking on this incredible three-day trek to the top.

        6. Sailing Across Turkey’s Dorian Coast

        Keen sailors with an adventurous spirit should head to the marvelous Dorian Coast of Turkey. If you’re experienced and brave enough, you might consider chartering a yacht and hitting the waves. Otherwise, you can always learn to sail alongside a competent skipper and receive a Level 2 RYA Sailing certification.

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        After a long day pulling the rigging and steering the yacht there’s plenty of quiet marinas and beautiful remote areas to anchor up for a night on the coast.

        7. Paddling Through Think Jungles Rivers of Costa Rica

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          What better way to explore Cost Rica’s lush tropical jungles than by the river ways of Tortuguero. Some may opt for a boat, but taking to your paddle boards is without a doubt the best way to experience the wildlife. Seek out monkeys, exotic birds and toucans before checking out the local Sloth sanctuary.

          When night falls, take a stroll through the rain forest as it buzzes with nocturnal activity. Or consider a quiet dip in the Arenal Volcano’s thermal pools before leading to the pristine beaches nearby.

          8. Walking The Great Wall of China

          If you’re interested in historic sites and your legs feel up to the challenge, try walking (some of) the Great Wall of China. The architecture is as astonishing as the natural landscape. Marvel as the might wall zigzags off into the distance and across the ridges of the mountains.

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          From Beijing, you must embark on a 6-day trek to get there, a tribute of sweat! You’ll also want to check out the burial site of the Qing Dynasty Emperors

          9. Paddling By Day Wild Camping By Night in West Sweden

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            The western coastal waters of Sweden offers over a remarkable 8,000 islands ripe for kayaking between and setting up for the night. Your arms will be bulging and burning after padding off to find your own private island. You’ll be provided with maps and all the essentials for navigating and setting up wild camps.

            10. Exploring the Snowy Shiretoko Wilderness in Japan

            There’s no better time to trek across the Shiretoko Wilderness than during the snowy winter months. You may choose to trek by foot and spot Eagles or paddle across the Lake Kussharo and try your luck at fishing. After a tiring hike up Mt. Asahi, you’ll want to take to the relaxing hot springs of Toya Onsen.

            Featured photo credit: Voyage Nation via voyagenation.com

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            7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

            7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

            Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

            Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

            1. Exercise Daily

            It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

            If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

            Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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            2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

            Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

            One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

            This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

            3. Acknowledge Your Limits

            Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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            Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

            Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

            4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

            Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

            The basic nutritional advice includes:

            • Eat unprocessed foods
            • Eat more veggies
            • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
            • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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            Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

              5. Watch Out for Travel

              Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

              This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

              If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

              6. Start Slow

              Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

              If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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              7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

              Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

              My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

              If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

              I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

              Final Thoughts

              Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

              Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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