November 2018 – Fitness Life Style

Month: November 2018

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Why Orchha is an underrated addition to any India itinerary

Orchha might just be the greatest Indian town you’ve never heard of. I can distinctly remember carefully looking over my Delhi to Kathmandu itinerary before departure, and having no discernable idea of where Orchha was, or why it might be worth including on an India itinerary. Of course, I knew Delhi, Agra, Varanasi, Kathmandu, and […]

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How To Spend 24 Hours In Astana, Kazakhstan

Quick geography test. How many of you can place Astana on an Atlas? It’s okay if you’re struggling. Twenty years ago, Kazakhstan’s capital city didn’t even exist. In fact it used to be a small village in the middle of the Asian steppe called Akmola (which translates, rather ominously, to ‘white grave’). Next-door neighbours? A […]

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Why you should visit Yangshuo, China (and what to do there)

The landscape Afterwards I realise that I really had no idea what it would be like. I’d seen pictures, of course, but nothing can prepare you for the real thing. Yangshuo, 2000 kilometres south of Beijing, sits on the banks of the Li River and finally we are here, surrounded by that classic scene of […]

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Everything you need to know about sailing trips with Intrepid Travel

So you want to do a sailing trip? You’ve always dreamed of sailing on picturesque ocean waters, and now you’ve finally made that dream come true by signing up for an Intrepid Travel sailing trip… But after the initial rush of excitement when you clicked submit on your deposit, you are feeling overwhelmed with uncertainty […]

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Everything you need to know about etiquette in Japan

The day before I was flying out from Tokyo for a family Christmas in Mexico, I had stopped to buy souvenirs from the my local supermarket (obligatory Pocky, bonito flakes, furikake); when I arrived home and unpacked, I realised – feeling ill – that my wallet wasn’t in my bag. It contained all my bank […]

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5 awesome things to do in Tulum (that aren’t the cliff-top ruins)

Tulum is well known for its iconic cliff-top Mayan castle and temple overlooking the Caribbean Sea. But delve a little deeper into this coastal Mexican town and discover its incredible underground river system, picturesque swimming holes, known as cenotes, and other local natural wonders. If you are looking for day trips to really digest the magnitude […]

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Top 10 things to do in Luang Prabang

From its richly decorated temples to its quaint French-Indochinese architecture, you’ll soon realise why Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage-listed wonder. Laos’ ancient capital forms the country’s cultural hub, with intriguing history, intense spirituality and inviting cuisine aplenty. To help you make the most of your visit to this charming town, here are 10 […]

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4 must-visit destinations in Turkey, according to a local leader

“There’s no evidence the Trojan Horse ever existed,” Fatih, our local leader tells us, much to the group’s surprise. I’m nearing the end of my Turkey Encompassed tour with Intrepid Travel, and I listen as Fatih, without skipping a beat, proceeds to explain how the symbolic statue that ended the Trojan War is actually a […]

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Guatemala in one week: The ultimate guide

Guatemala is a spellbinding concoction: lava-carved landscapes, hazy cloud forests, crayon-bright chicken buses and the haunting ruins of one of the world’s truly great civilizations. Limited vacation time? That’s okay, a week is a great taster—take a deep-dive into this country for seven days and it’ll be hard to say goodbye. This itinerary is loosely […]

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