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It’s difficult to describe the exhilaration of hurtling down a snowy slope to those that have never experienced the joys of skiing. A huge number of people enjoy taking a well earned break and heading off to the mountains for their holidays but skiing can mean much more to those who have had their lives radically changed by the sport.
For many people, skiing becomes a way of overcoming difficulties in their personal lives, relieving the stress of a hard work schedule or a way of finding time to spend with loved ones. Here we take a look at some of the many ways in which skiing can change your life.
Relief From Work
One of the principal ways in which skiing can have a hugely positive affect on your life and change your perspective is by providing an opportunity to escape the daily pressures of the workplace. The office can be an extremely stressful place to be at times and usually has a great impact on your personal life and relationships.
Finding a way to forget these pressures, let go and enjoy yourself can be difficult but is usually necessary. Many skiers find that hitting the slopes for a short weekend or longer holiday is the perfect way of forgetting all those little things that weigh on your mind during the typical work week.
As opposed to those who look to skiing to escape the reality of their usual working lives, many choose to ski as a way of embracing the way you are and what you can do. Murray Bartram, sometimes known as ‘The Flying Muzz,’ is one such example. Born with cerebral palsy, Bartram was supported by devoted parents who wanted to see his passion for sports realised. After discovering snowboarding and skiing at the age of 14, he fell in love with the sport and became a keen ski racer.
Unfortunately, Murray’s father was diagnosed with terminal cancer and passed away shortly after. Skiing became not just a way of realising Bartram’s sporting ability but also a powerful means of getting through the grief he was feeling at this difficult time.
Like any extreme sport, skiing and snowboarding have elements of danger to them. While this is what makes them exciting and incredibly appealing, it also provides the perfect opportunity to learn an amazing array of life saving skills.
Being able to look after someone that’s been hurt or injured on the slopes and knowing exactly what it is that needs to be done to ensure someone’s safety can be a life changing skill that comes in hand in all walks of life. The same is true of the physical fitness required for a tough day on the slopes.
While it may not seem obvious at first glance, such skills can change lives even once you’ve left the slopes and arrived back home.
More inspiring snowboarding and ski stories over at Mad Dog Ski, happy skiing!
Are you getting fed up with the rainy skies and lack of sunshine? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to jet
down to your villa in Spain and relax by the pool for a week or two? Perhaps you have considered
owning a holiday home so that you have a place where you could escape every now and then.
Many people have decided to buy second properties abroad as a place to spend their holidays as
well as an investment which will earn them a rental income when they are not using them. The most
popular locations for Brits buying holiday homes are France, Spain, the USA, Australia and Thailand,
but there are beautiful properties available in sunny locations all over the world.
If you are considering buying a second home in a sunny holiday locale, there are lot of things to think
about first. Buying property is not something to rush into, especially if you are buying a home in a
different country. It’s important that you take your time and do your research so that you can be
sure you have made the right choice.
Here are some of the main dos and don’ts to keep in mind when you are looking for your second
Do Get the Right Exchange Rate
Exchange rates between different currencies are always changing and this can make a big difference
in your property’s value. If you have found your perfect home and the price fits your budget, if the
pound weakens against that currency before you make the decision to buy then you will find that
your new home is no longer affordable. Try to secure your rate of exchange as soon as possible so
that you can get the best rate.
Don’t Buy More Than You Can Afford
When you are looking at the gorgeous villas in France it can be easy to fall in love and go over your
budget, leaving your finances stretched tightly. Make sure you create a budget before you start
looking for a home so that you will know what to look for.
Do Get to Know the Area
Before you decide to buy a holiday home in a certain location you will want to know the area inside
out and have a good idea of what it is like in every season. Some holiday destinations are very busy
in the high season yet close up and become like ghost towns in the off season. If you want to be able
to make an income from your property you will want a location which is busy all year round.
Don’t Forget About the Government
Do a bit of research on the political stability of the country you are considering buying in. Is there a
chance that the country’s government might become unstable? If this were to happen, what result
would it have on foreign investors and property prices? Is there any chance of a future government
confiscating the land or other assets?
Do Research Your Rental Potential
Many people who own holiday homes abroad will rent them out during the rest of the year
while they are not using them. They can be rented to tourists who will also enjoy spending their
holiday in your beautiful retreat. Renting can be a great way to offset the cost of the property,
but some research needs to be done to determine the rental market. Take a look at the other
similar properties in the area to determine how much they make from rentals and which is the
most popular type of property in that area. Also consider how long the rental season is and what
demographic of tourists often come to the area, for example families, elderly or couples.
Buying a home abroad requires a lot of research and planning ahead, but when you are lounging in
the sun on the terrace of your sun-soaked villa while sipping red wine it will all be worth the hassle.
There are a lot of things to consider when buying a property abroad. Don’t forget to also look into
overseas property insurance so that you can protect your second home.
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Mexico is a wonderful place to take a vacation with it’s sun, sand, warm and friendly people. It’s history, food culture and ambiance make it a wonderful place to visit. However, to fully take advantage of the warm weather found year round in Oaxaca one should have a body to go a long with it. Fortunately there is a clinic in Oaxaca can do liposuction for individuals who might be interested in the procedure.
This procedure is one that is often used for individuals who desire to have a toned body. Liposuction is a procedure that is done by a few different methods, some of which are minimally invasive. It involves sucking excess fat from beneath the skin out of the body, usually involving key areas like the legs, thighs stomach etc.
So it isn’t just liposuction. Invasive procedures like tummy tucks that require general anesthetics is being offered by world-class Mexican clinics. Those who are in the mood for a vacation can take advantage of the expertise of the Mexican surgeons for a fraction of the money, it would cost in the U.S. The site www.TummyTuckCost.com pegs the overall cost of a tummy tuck in excess of $10,000.
Not Just in Los Cabos
If you believe these world-class facilities are only found in world-class resorts like Los Cabos, think also of Tijuana, nearer the US border, or in the capital, Mexico City.
Those who wish to vacation to the area might want to consider medical tourism and have a procedure done at the same time. Doctors in Mexico (Oaxaca)are well versed in the arena and can get the procedure done with the same degree of skill that many U.S. practitioners have. There are plenty of satisfied customers who go south of the border to have these procedures done and are quite satisfied with the results.
Affordable and Customized Packages
Custom packages are available for those who wish to travel to the area and get their plastic surgery as well as take advantage of some tourism in the process. Mexico has a number of board certified plastic surgeons who have credentials to be able to perform the procedure of your desire. Travel arrangements can often be made in conjunction with the clinics so people can rest easily knowing that their arrangements have been made.
In many cases medical tourism in Mexico is a great way to accomplish two different things. An individual can have some R and R and also get a plastic surgery procedure of their choice performed by a board certified surgeon.
In some cases the Mexican surgeons have more experience in the procedures than U.S. doctors. Some of the Mexican clinics are state of the art and offer first rate care to their patients. Those who have been considering a plastic surgery procedure, but are afraid of the costs, should consider what the clinics south of the border have to offer. Read more about the breakdown in prices against US surgeons.
Then Go Relax
Many individuals are pleased and satisfied with their results and would do it again. One can go online to request a quote for the procedure of their choice, and the area of Mexico they would like to have their surgery done. It is an easy thing to do, and a way to make sure that you get the results from liposuction that you have always dreamed of. Take advantage of the low cost options that plastic surgery in Mexico has to offer the consumer.
With its well-established road networks and vast array of landscapes, Spain provides an excellent opportunity to explore at your own pace by car and there are several driving routes that allow you to experience both the traditional culture and modernity of this eclectic country.
The largest of the Canary Islands, Tenerife is popular with tourists and is home to several World Heritage Site landmarks, such as El Teide Volcano and San Cristóbal de La Laguna.
The route from Adeje to Vilaflor will take you past former slave markets and several peaceful and picturesque coastal resorts. The route ends with an ascent through the hillside almond groves to the popular town of Vilaflor, which is known for its spa facilities and views across the archipelago.
With over 100 plant species that are native to the island, you can expect to encounter rare and unusual flora, such as the Teide violet.
Holidays in Majorca remain popular for a great many holidaymakers. Majorca forms part of the Balearic Islands and features mountain ranges, underwater caves to explore and sheltered bays that are perfect for swimming and water sports.
Driving from Andratx, in the southwest of the island, to Esporales you will pass pine woodland, vineyards and olive groves as you make your way to the small, traditional village, where you can enjoy locally grown food and views across the Mediterranean.
Plan your arrival in Esporales to coincide with the Saturday market when all the locals turn out to shop, chat and eat. As you climb past the Majorcan villages, look out for palms, eagles, falcons and geckos.
Lanzarote is a great choice for holidaymakers and a haven for drivers as its road networks are well-maintained and there’s very little traffic outside of the capital.
Take the LZ1 north from Sands Beach Resort to Tahiche and you will pass several attractions, including Cactus Garden, which is home to 1420 species and a carefully restored windmill.
You can also visit the underground lake at Jameos del Agua and the underground caves formed as a result of La Corona volcano erupting 5000 years ago. The Eleanora Falcon only nests in this area and as your drive along the coast, you may spot Osprey nests and vultures around the sheer Alegranza cliffs.
The region of Murcia in south east Spain is known for its Cathedral and Baroque architecture, the local cuisine and it was the home of sculptor Francisco Salzillo. From the capital, travel southeast to the biggest saltwater lake in Europe, El Mar Menor. Separated from the sea by volcanic rock, the lake is home to several islands, with three of them forming part of a nature reserve.
The reserve is home to a number of plant and animal species, including sea lilies, flamingos and seahorses. En route, you will pass several small fishing villages and colourful meadows and orchards before reaching Cabo de Palos e Islas Hormigas, a marine reserve that offers the opportunity to dive.
Known for its football team and cosmopolitan culture, Barcelona makes an excellent gateway to explore the diverse region of Catalonia. The drive from Barcelona to the famous fishing village of Cadaques, which hosted several renowned artists such as Picasso, Matisse and Man Ray, offers the opportunity to absorb the Azure coastline and pass through several quaint coastal towns.
A visit to Cap de Creus National Park, home to a variety of flora and fauna such as rock roses, ash trees, Bonelli’s eagle and the eagle owl, will offer something for everyone.
The route continues along rocky terrain to reveal a picture-perfect panorama before reaching the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Monestir de Sant Pere de Rodes, which offers an excellent viewpoint to watch the sun set across the bay.
The world can be your golfing oyster but finding the perfect golfing holiday can be problematic; after all there are just so many great courses to choose from in so many destinations. If you’re looking for a truly special golfing destination then Club Direct are on hand to help with 5 of the best golfing destinations the world can offer; each featuring brilliant courses in beautiful locations.
While it’s close you really can’t deny that Scotland is one of the most perfect golfing destinations in the world. The course at St. Andrew’s is legendary and one of the most exciting in the world to play. It’s in an absolutely beautiful location with courses, club houses and hotels to die for. Beyond St. Andrews Scotland has some incredible golf courses and some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK. There’s Kinsbarns, Crail and Lundin amongst dozens of great courses throughout the country. Beyond St. Andrews there’s the beautiful city of Edinburgh to explore and further north the Lochs and Highlands which make this a truly perfect golfing holiday.
Florida’s climate lends itself perfectly to golf in the sun and there are dozens of courses throughout the state. Some of the best are around the popular Orlando but you can also find incredible courses from Jacksonville, to Palm Harbour. The scenery of the golf courses is brilliant and the palm trees and sands make this a wonderful place to have a holiday. The towns and cities of the state are perfect for beach holidays and for golfing and there are some incredible courses. Mill Cove Course just outside Jacksonville is probably the best course but there are dozens of perfect places to play including Pembroke Lanes, Mangrove Bay, Calusa Pines and the Players Stadium course just to name a few.
The Algarve is a beautiful summer destination with spectacular countryside, beautiful beaches and incredible towns and villages to explore. It also has some of the best golf courses in Europe and a golfing tour holiday here is a great chance to relax, unwind and enjoy the scenery and the courses. Top of any list should be the courses around Vilamoura with Oceanico Old probably being the highlight. In Vilamoura you’re within easy reach of 8 fantastic courses and can try the most exciting courses like Vale do Lobo and San Lorenzo; if you can drag yourself away from Oceanico of course.
The Costa del Sol
While it’s a haven of cheap budget holidays and sunbathing Brits the Costa del Sol is also one of the best golfing destinations in Europe and perfect if you want a slightly cheaper but no less perfect golfing holiday. Thanks to a lot of development over the last 30 years you can find accommodation everywhere on almost any budget and some of the best courses in Europe. The most popular are probably Santa Clara, Marbella Golf and Country Club and Calanova but there also some great resort courses including Atalaya Park and La Cala. This is a perfect destination for golf and sun, sea and sand and if you want to travel with non-golfers they’ll have plenty to do to.
As our final choice we decided that Hawaii has to be a perfect destination for a golfing holiday. Hawaii is completely spellbinding and beautiful with a tropical laid back atmosphere unlike any other place in the world. The volcanic country is wonderful and the courses are also exceptional. Highlights include Turtle Bay, Kapalua and the Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort but there are plenty of great courses and an atmosphere to fall in love with.
Older age is the best time to travel and to take longer breaks in some of the finest destinations in the world. If you’re retired you have the luxury of being able to take longer breaks and relax and enjoy some of the most picturesque, elegant and exciting destinations in the world. Here Insure for All takes a look at 5 of the very best destinations for the older generations!
The Loire Valley
The wine, the climate, the Châteaux, the food and the scenery make the Loire Valley one of the best destinations for anyone who wants a peaceful, tranquil and relaxing holiday. Touring the wineries and vineyards while you try not to drink too much wine makes for a fantastic holiday experience. Taking a boat ride along the river and tours of all the wineries is essential and you can spend weeks relaxing in beautiful French villas or exploring quiet rural French towns. The Loire Valley is incredibly beautiful and the warm climate makes this a luxurious destination whether you want to take a cruise or stay in a quiet villa retreat.
The Italian Riviera
The Med has dozens of great summer and winter destinations that give you refreshing sea air, beautiful beaches and incredible weather. The Italian Riviera is one of the best Mediterranean destinations as it has a much less frenetic and touristy atmosphere. The fishing towns and seaside villages are so beautiful that you really won’t ever want to leave. The atmosphere is much more local than tourist and the beaches are luxurious, the sea is warm, the food is mouth wateringly delicious and the accommodation on offer is great. For a long summer this is a fantastic place to live!
Florida is America’s answer to Cornwall but with better weather and better beaches. From the Atlantic coast to the Florida Keys the state boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and some of its best scenery. There’s the Everglades National Park, world famous golf courses and weather that will just melt your woes away. It’s a state that’s geared towards older people with plenty of resorts tailored for the over 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. There are golf courses, warm waters, a rich diversity of animal and marine life including dolphins and whales as well as over 100 national parks to visit.
Cyprus is one of the prettiest islands in the Mediterranean. It has beautiful light and warmth that has inspired artists for decades. The island boasts an incredible history and culture as well as fabulous beaches to enjoy. Highlights include the old town of Paphos with its harbour and castle, the sprawling cedar valley, Larnaca salt lakes and Kolossi castle. There are dozens of beautiful small villages along the coast and in the country and you can avoid all the major tourist spots easily if you want to. Cyprus is a very popular winter and summer destination and is only cold for a few months each year.
While it’s slightly unfair to lump the Caribbean into one destination the reality is that cruises are incredibly popular to the region and are the best holidays if you want to see a lot of countries at once and enjoy beautiful weather and all the home comforts. Tailored cruises for over 60’s offer a great fun environment and you get to visit some of the best countries in the world from Cuba to Jamaica and Barbados. The weather and beaches make this a wonderful destination for anyone and a cruise is a great way to see the world.
Australia is home to more than 500 separate areas of parkland that are deemed national parks. The parks are designated areas of national importance and interest, both for their bio-diversity and their outstanding natural beauty. Those are just two of the reasons why the parks are fantastic tourist destinations.
Australia’s national parks are as varied as they are numerous. They are located all across the country, giving many states and territories their own unique national parks. While each park serves to protect its regional flora and fauna, each one is nevertheless unique and has something different to offer visitors.
The following parks are a small sample of the rich heritage that is Australia’s national parks: They are a reminder to those who are already familiar with the parks, and an introduction to those who are unacquainted with them. These natural wonders enrich the landscape, waiting to welcome return visitors, and to astound newcomers.
Royal National Park
On the 26th day of April 1879, The National Park as it was then known was declared the first such park of its kind in Australia. The name of the park was changed to Royal National Park in 1955 to honour the visit by Queen Elizabeth II.
Royal National Park holds the distinction of being one of the world’s oldest national parks, second only to America’s Yellowstone National Park. The park abuts Garawarra State Conservation Area: Together, they hold a place on the National Heritage List.
The park is in close proximity to Sydney, providing easy access to residents and tourists alike. It was initially created for recreational purposes due to its magnificent beaches, woodlands and heaths. The recreational facilities still exist and visitors can enjoy boating and picnics among other activities. Nevertheless, the park’s commitment to conservation and the natural environment makes it even more popular as a tourist destination: It is home to a wide array of plants, flowers and wildlife. The park is awash with blooms between the months of July and November each year, and visitors are treated to spectacular and fragrant displays.
Kosciuszko National Park
This beautiful park is the largest in New South Wales, and a magnet for people looking for adventure holidays. The mountain peaks are covered with snow during the coldest months, and skiing and snowshoeing are popular winter activities.
The park is lush and fresh during the summer months: Fishing, boating, hiking, camping, mountain biking and rock climbing are just some of the activities that can be enjoyed during the warm season. Blue Lake is not to be missed! It is stunning, tranquil and serene – the perfect spot for a picnic and to refresh the soul.
Flinders Ranges National Park
This park is of huge historical interest: Visitors can view examples of Aboriginal rock artistry, relics of earliest European settlements and awe-inspiring fossils.
Wilpena Pound is an astounding site to visit within the park. It has the appearance of a meteor-created crater, but is in fact a massive hollow that was created by the erosion of a mountain range that existed millions of years earlier.
Port Campbell National Park
This national park in Victoria is renowned around the world for its impressive rock formations that were created by ocean waves. Of special interest are the Twelve Apostles, London Bridge, Loch Ard Gorge and Island Archway.
Activities include bushwalking, bird watching, fishing, canoeing and swimming. The picnic area is extremely popular with locals and tourists.
Nature-loving travellers who seek exciting and amazing trips should incorporate visits to Australia’s national parks in their holiday/vacation plans. The parks truly are national gems – and their beauty and grandeur can only be fully appreciated first-hand.
This was a guest post by Brenda Panin, a web content writer for Vanuatu holiday packages. Brenda is a contributor to several blogs and he loves to travel and write about her travel experiences.