Roaming Around A Pure Planet
I’m All About Healthy Eating, Exercise, Green Living & Responsible Travel
If you’re into one or all of the above, we’re going to get along real well.
I’ve been roaming our planet for just over 28 years and whilst I’ve seen some amazing things, had some incredible experiences and made lots of special friends, my bucket list is forever getting longer.
When I’m not doing yoga, meditating on the beach, in transit or hunting out the healthiest places to eat in far-flung destinations like Thailand, Peru and India, you can find me writing about all of the above.
I do hope you can take something positive away from my blog and my hope is to connect with you all at some point should our paths cross.
Everyone wants to look great on your vacation. The summer is synonymous with beaches, shorts and tank tops. But when you mistreat your body all-year long, you’re going to have to deal with the aftermath. So the key to making sure your body is right for summer is to improve the lifestyle you lead in the fall, spring and winter.
There are millions of people dealing with being overweight and obese, and the answer is to start with your dinner plate. Everything you eat plays a role in how your body looks and behaves. The good news is you don’t need to pay for an expensive diet or procedure to get your body fit. Of course, you should consult with your doctor before you begin a new diet. Other than that, the choice is yours, so make the right one!
Eat Cleaner Foods
The foods you eat are the main culprit in causing obesity. Something as simple as changing your diet can help you to lose a ton of weight and fast. There are celebrities like Rick Ross, who loss lots of poundage by simply eating pears.
The water from fruits, such as apples, pears, melons and peaches can help flush your body of toxins that are storing in your fat cells. The fiber found in these fruits can also help you keep your colon clean.
Stay Away from Processed Products
This is a tough one, especially since majority of the foods sold in the grocery store is processed. Anything that is precooked or contains preservatives are processed foods and unhealthy. This includes canned foods, frozen TV dinners, snacks, cereals and anything else wrapped in a package. So your best bet is to stick with fresh fruits, veggies, grains and nuts.
Learn to Cook from Scratch
There are ingredients lurking in the food sin the grocery store that are doing your body harm. For instance MSG, which is known to suppress your ability to tell when you’ve eaten enough. This in turn causes you to overeat and gain weight.
The best way to protect yourself from these harmful ingredients is to make your own foods from scratch. Remember, real food is an ingredient, it doesn’t contain ingredients. So if you look at the label and you see a long list of ingredients (especially those you don’t know), then you need to stay away from it.
So in a nutshell, the fewer the ingredients, the better.
Eating right and working out will always be the best ways for losing weight quickly. If you have goals to fit into that bikini by the summer, then you need to begin your weight loss journey as soon as possible. A workout regimen that consists of cardio is essential for losing weight.
However, if you’re trying to sculpt your body at the same time, then you need to engage in weight lifting as well.
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As you know, I love a good adventure. I’m all about thriving in the chaos of a bustling city as well as exploring new lands. But sometimes, we travel aficionados are faced with one major obstacle before we can even embark on a new adventure: getting out of the airport. One of the most relevant examples of that is LAX in Los Angeles. I personally find it to be one of the busiest airports I’ve ever had to navigate. I know a lot of you might be considering hiking the beautiful trails of Northern California soon enough, so I thought I’d give you a quick tip to help you get right on your way when you land in LAX. And, it’s courtesy of Blacklane, the best airport transfer service you’ll ever need to get you out of the airport and into the city easily.
What is Blacklane?
Blacklane now services travellers in over 236 cities worldwide, including those landing in LAX. There are multiple reasons I recommend Blacklane for LAX airport transfer, including no surge pricing, their suite of professionally licensed drivers who are handpicked by the company, the choice of three car classes to suit a variety of budgets and travel styles and, the knowledge that the company puts safety and comfort first. You will never find yourself hitching a ride with multiple passengers with Blacklane, as they really ensure to make this experience as luxurious as possible for each client.
Most importantly, though, you get to choose the service you’re looking for. Meaning, you have three service options at your disposal, depending on what you need at the time, including:
- Classic A to B trips (for set trajectories)
- Hourly hire (when you want to visit multiple destinations)
- Full-service airport transfers (to get you out of the airport quickly and comfortably)
So, How Does it Work?
It’s really very straightforward. Blacklane allows you to book your ride via a user-friendly app. However, unlike Uber, there is absolutely no risk at the driver refusing your request or you having to wait for long periods of time before your ride shows up. Your ride requests are treated as appointments, where you can book a time and vehicle directly via the app. Your driver will be waiting for you at the arrivals gate with a personalized sign, and they will also help you with your luggage.
Further, you have an hour leeway to get to your ride in case security lines or baggage claims take longer than anticipated. Your driver also has a flight tracker which ensures they are notified of any flight delays, so you don’t need to stress about that either. It’s as professional as airport transfer services get.
So really, if you’re landing in LAX, be prepared and get yourself the Blacklane app. Getting yourself to the city centre from the airport can be a real headache but Blacklane has made the process so much easier. LAX seems like much less of a stressful place now that I’ve been using Blacklane.
Los Cabos is a popular destination on the Baja Peninsular in Western Mexico. It has a reputation for being picturesque, safe, and cheap. Some people come here to relax on the beach and others want to experience the water sports. It’s also a popular place for young Americans to come and have a good time. But, before you pack your bags and plan for the holiday of a lifetime, remember that you need to be responsible. Just because you’re going on vacation and have spent a lot of money, you shouldn’t be careless. Here are eight ways to make sure that you’re a responsible traveler when you visit Los Cabos.
1# Don’t Waste Power:
This goes for any traveler whether you’re in some of the luxury vacation rentals in Los Cabos or staying in a hostel. The weather is hot for most of the year and people will always use their fan and air conditioner. This is fine when you’re in the room and want a little respite from the brutal heat outside. But, don’t think that because you’ve paid for it that you suddenly have the right to waste power. Some people will actually leave the air conditioning on almost 24/7, even when they go out. Don’t do this and be careful with the power that you’re using.
2# Clean Up After Yourself
One of the most obvious ways to be a responsible traveler is to clean up after yourself. Most of us don’t throw litter on the floor and will always dispose of it correctly. But, sometimes when you’re on the beach with a few bottles of beer it can be easy to forget. Make sure you pick up all of the bottle tops and stop anything blowing away in the wind.
3# Go the Extra Yard and Recycle:
Recycling in Mexico isn’t as big as back at home and you may find that some of the locals don’t even care. People may come around later to scavenge the recyclables to sell on to make a little money. Even if you do see this when you visit Los Cabos, you should still make the effort to recycle. Developing countries can have major problems with litter and are often unsustainable. Make sure that you don’t contribute to it when you visit.
4# Smoker’s – Be Careful:
Lots of people smoke in Mexico and Los Cabos is no exception. The laws are more relaxed and you’ll probably see many of the locals walking around or sitting with one in their mouths. After they’re finished, they toss it on the floor. Don’t copy them. Just because they do it in their own country, it doesn’t give you the right to do it too. If you do smoke, make sure that you stub it out and dispose of it correctly.
5# Don’t Waste Food:
If we’re on vacation, we like to indulge. Admit it, everyone likes to order large meals and savor them before heading back to reality. You’re going to find a wide selection of restaurants and types of food in Los Cabos and it can be tempting to order as much as you like. But before you do, remember that what you don’t eat will be thrown into the garbage. Poverty is endemic in Mexico and it’s not a responsible thing to waste all the food because of the greediness of some visitors.
6# Volunteer and Give Something Back:
There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer along the Baja Peninsular to some of the more underprivileged people and in the rural communities. Los Cabos is quite wealthy from the tourism though as soon as you leave it starts to get poorer. If you have the time and an opportunity, try to give something back. After all, you’re lucky enough to have the wealth to come and visit their country.
7# Enjoy the Ecotourism:
Ecotourism is quite popular in Los Cabos. There are plenty of chances to go snorkeling and to enjoy the scenery. You can see a whole range of fish swimming underneath you in the water. Or it’s possible to kayak to some of the more secluded areas. Fishing is also another activity that visitors like to get involved in. Whenever you do, be careful not to disrupt the ecosystem and to leave any place exactly the same way that you found it. The locals may not be as careful as you, but it doesn’t give you an excuse to be careless.
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8# Choose the Tour Company Carefully:
You can find lots of tours in Los Cabos that range from riding a quad bike in the desert to going out in the water to look for whales. Inevitably, some have better practices than others and it’s your duty as a responsible traveler to not contribute negatively to the environment. This means that you should do your research into the different companies offering the tours. The best practice is to give your money and join the ones that do care and protect the environment and the places that you’re visiting. Be aware that this probably won’t be the cheapest one available. Though paying a little extra and knowing that you’re doing your part is often far better.
The Takeaway Message:
Los Cabos is a great travel destination to come and unwind or relax. It’s also a great place to get involved in water sports and enjoy the scenery and ecotourism. However, you should always do your best to be a responsible tourist and not do the things you normally wouldn’t back at home.
It can be hard to know what you should do first when arriving in to a foreign country (other than finding your accommodation of course). Now, I have been in many different countries on my travels across the globe, so I have devised some tips that you may find useful, that definitely helped me out. Below listed are some things for you to consider when you first arrive into a new location.
Avoid the Currency Exchange at Airports:
If you have not stocked up on local currency, or simply need additional funds, avoid Currency Exchange services at all costs. As long as you have informed your bank of your intentions to travel to the location you are in, you should be able to use ATMs, which will allow you access to local currency at much better rates.
Get a Feel For the Area Around Your Accommodation:
Try and spend a few hours exploring the streets and side roads around your accommodation to get a feel for things. You will be spending a lot of time walking around here, from heading out to get food, to just simple things like shopping or hitting up the beach. Try and find out if your accommodation is served by public transport, or is at least near a public transport stop. You will also be able to avoid less desirable areas far easier.
How Long Do You Intend to Stay In Your Location?
If you intend on staying in a location for a considerable period of time, it may be worthwhile to open a bank account in the country you have chosen to visit. Similarly, it may make better financial sense to start hunting for reasonable rental accommodation, rather than paying for hotels and hostels.
Intending to Drive Abroad?
If you intend on driving in the location of your choosing, check the local traffic regulations first. I learned the hard way that my home licence was not valid in some locations, or needed to be exchanged for local licences in others. Making this mistake – driving under the assumption you have the right to do so, could lead you into considerable trouble with local law enforcement. You will also need to ensure that your level of cover for insurance is sufficient for that country (and indeed valid in the first place).
Try & Obtain Internet Access:
One of the first things I do when getting into a foreign country is getting access to the internet. Even just to let loved ones know that you have arrived safely into the country, having internet access is very important. It will also allow you to research local sights, order food and plot paths with Street View. I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how useful the internet is however, so I’ll drop it!
Armed with these ideas, you will be able to settle into your new location with ease. Best of luck with your travels!