The Dream Fitness Holiday.

Many of you will know that travelling is a major passion in my life – this blog may have given that away! 😉

What you may not know is that being healthy and general fitness is another huge passion in my life.

It probably stems from my past as a competitive swimmer. Since I ‘retired’ 3 years ago, I try to hit the gym as much as I can to stay in shape and I try to eat healthily along the way.

Compelling Reasons Why You Should Drop Everything & Visit Turkey.

If you are aware of current world events right now, the chances are that Turkey isn’t likely to be on your current ‘must-see’ list. Because of its closeness to the Middle East – in geographical and political terms – a lot of people are thinking twice about visiting.

But while there is an element of risk, the reality is that it is in the same security state as virtually everywhere else in Europe and the western world. And missing out on such a beautiful and welcoming country would be such a shame. With this in mind, here are a few awesome reasons why you should rip up your current travel plans and book a visit to Turkey instead.

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The beaches

The weather and beaches in Turkey are magnificent, and each area has its own distinct appeal. Bodrum and Izmir are well worth a look, and given that the country is located by both the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas, you are almost guaranteed warm, crystal blue water for the vast majority of the year. Whether you are looking for incredible sandy beaches for sun lounging, or rocky coves and craggy shorelines for hiking and adventure, Turkey has everything you need when it comes to beaches – and more.

The baths

You haven’t had a bath until you have experienced a Turkish one. Get yourself down to a hamam – there’s one in almost every town and city – and you will experience a bath like no other. Getting scrubbed, washed and massaged at one of these hamams will result in you walking out cleaner and more relaxed than ever before.

The culture

Turkey is the product of a long and eventful history, and much of it is still there to look at and experience for yourself. Book yourself on one of the Ephesus private tours to explore the incredible ruins of an ancient city. Take in the amazing sights and sounds of the mosques and palaces of Istanbul, which have stood for many centuries. And don’t forget to check out the incredible underground city of Cappadocia, which has to be seen to be believed. There is an amazing array of museums to visit, too: the Ottoman palace museum in Istanbul is a big highlight for tourists all over the world.

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Incredible food

Wherever you are in Turkey, there will be local food traditions that you can’t experience anywhere else on the planet. Don’t assume it’s all about doner kebabs, either – at least, not the ones you buy on the way home from the bar. Seafood is huge over in Turkey, and there are amazing dishes and desserts to try out.

Friendly people

The Turks are a friendly bunch, and hospitality comes as second nature to them. You will be made to feel more than welcome and don’t be surprised if you are asked to hang out and spend time with the locals. Many tourists to Turkey come home with tales of being invited to Turkish homes and being served incredible meals and Turkish tea. There is no better way to find out about a culture and country than experiencing its people’s home lives.

Have you ever visited Turkey? Why not share your thoughts about this remarkable country in the comments section below.

 

Say Hola To Spain: How To Make The Most Of An Extended Trip!

There is something about Spain that makes it a country that it’s easy to spend long amounts of time exploring. Home to some incredibly diverse landscapes, the Spanish Pyrenees are a beautiful mountain range, while Sierra Nevada, a gorgeous snow capped mountain range, rises up above the sunshine of Andalucia. Then there are the country’s incredible cliffs in the Northwest, swaddled by Mediterranean coves and white sand beaches. Throughout the country, there are historic villages featuring traditional Spanish architecture, as well as vibrant towns and cities. There is no doubt about it, Spain is somewhere that has a lot to offer every traveller.

Adventure Begins At The Edge Of Your Comfort Zone

Travelling, in all forms, is a journey of discovery. No matter where you go or how you travel, you’ll be discovering new ways of living, even if you’re not fully conscious at the time. When you’re trying to mumble through your broken French, or seeing whole cities pull down the blinds during siesta hours, you’re adding another layer to your education. If you thrive on this type of learning, then the world is your oyster. If you throw yourself into the deep end, at the end of your comfort zone no less, then you’ll be rewarded by awesome experience after awesome experience. Below, we take a look at five ways you can find the adventure you seek.

Europe Is Great In All Seasons!

Europe offers so many cultures, culinary delights, and climates. No wonder it is such a holiday favourite, no matter where you’re from. There are plenty of choices, and the ease of travel from country to country on the mainland makes it a traveller’s delight too. Best of all, it’s still pretty easy to hop over for a spur-of-the-moment long weekend. Here’s where to head to for each season of the year:

There’s an Awesome Farm in The Middle of London!

I remember going to farms as a youngster; the excitement of seeing all the animals, feeding them, and thinking I could actually talk to them. My favorite were the sheep and goats who nearly took your hand with them when they gobbled up the food you gave them. Now that i’m older I realize, to my disappointment, that I am no Dr Doolittle. However, the memories of visiting farms as a youngster are still very vivid and i’m sure I learnt a thing or to when I visited them!