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15 Travel Blogs Every Travel Lover Needs To Know

15 Travel Blogs Every Travel Lover Needs To Know

Many people get bitten by the travel bug — I know I have been! I have visited a good number of places, but nowhere near as many as these 15 awesome travel blogs.

If you are looking for a fun place to vacation and want to read plenty of tips, or if you are thinking about traveling the world, below are my top tips for great travel blogs that you should be reading.

We Took the Road Less Traveled: Information on traveling in Europe.

This travel blog has plenty of awesome pictures and engaging posts. They travel a lot in Europe and their articles would be very helpful for someone wanting to do extensive travel there.

Twenty-Something Travel: A great website for young travelers.

This site is great for those who are wanting to start traveling. There are plenty of articles about planning, and good advice. You would never even think about some of the things that you have to plan, and it can be intimidating at first. This travel blog helps you get through it.

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Triposs: Great for U.S. travel.

Have you ever wanted to explore the United States? Triposs goes through all of the major cities and has articles on many attractions. For example, if you click on Los Angeles, then you will find many different attractions on the right-hand bar.

Windtraveler: Great for those with dreams of sailing.

Windtraveler is one of my favorite travel blogs. It involves a cute little family who have embarked on the most awesome sailing journey ever.

Postcards from Rachel: Great for those who live wherever she travels.

Rachel spent a year abroad, and then seemed to move all over the U.S. afterwards. She has great pictures and her posts are fun to read.

Nomadic Matt: Great for the long-term traveler.

This is probably one of the largest (if not the largest) travel websites. He has been traveling the world since 2006 and has been to many great places.

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Adventurous Kate: Great for the female traveler.

Are you a female who wishes to travel? Kate talks a lot about how to travel safely and what you should know to travel long-term.

Brooke Vs. The World: Traveling and falling in love (with a country).

Brooke started traveling in 2007 by herself, then fell in love and moved to Australia, where she currently lives. I love her story!

NZ Muse: Great for those taking time off work to travel.

These two took time off work and are traveling the world, all in six months. It’s a great journey to follow. This blog talks about budgets, what to do, what not to do, and so on.

Art of Adventuring: He left his job and is now a nomad.

The author of this blog has traveled to over 30 countries. Have you ever thought about leaving your job so that you can do extensive travel? If so, then this blog is for you.

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My Beautiful Adventures: Great for pictures and itineraries.

This blog author travels a lot, and to some of the most beautiful places.

Y Travel Blog: Great for traveling families.

Are you traveling with a family? This blog has a family, too, and publishes plenty of articles on this topic.

Traveling Canucks: A blog about Canadians traveling the world.

This couple has traveled to over 65 countries, and met or surpassed many of their hopes and dreams. They give plenty of tips. They also built a family and their careers while traveling.

Lost in Travels: Great for ex-pats.

This is a great blog for traveling couples who love to try new things. They recently stayed at a capsule hotel in Japan, which proves that!

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Living in Another Language: Another great blog for ex-pats.

This couple packed up their belongings and moved abroad. She supplies many awesome pictures and is pretty funny, too!

 

Any other recommendations? Please share in the comments below.

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Last Updated on May 22, 2019

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

1. Cat Camel Stretch

Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

Here’s a video to guide you through:

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2. Go for a Walk or a Run

This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

3. Jumping Jacks

Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

4. Abductor Side Lifts

Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

5. Balancing Table Pose

This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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    6. Leg Squats

    Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

    Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

    The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

    7. Push Ups

    You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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    An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

    Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

    This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

    8. Bicycle Crunches

    There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

    Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

    9. Lunges

    Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

    Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

    This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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    10. Bicep Curls

    You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

    Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

    Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

    Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

    Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

    These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

    You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

    Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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