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5 ways to make travel transformational

It’s a truism that travelling broadens the horizons — but nevertheless, expanding your mind and altering your perceptions remain some of the most powerful motivations for taking off on a trip that’s out of the ordinary.

And if you’re not satisfied absorbing new experiences as they arise and hoping that they become catalysts for changing your outlook in life, thankfully there are more instructive ways of ensuring that your next adventure is as inspirational as you hope.

With that in mind, here are five ways to make travel transformational.

  1. Languages

If you’re a bit of a linguist, living in another nation for a year will endow you with near-native fluency.

But you can polish your skills before you leave by downloading language apps like Duolingo to listen to on your phone before testing yourself in your favourite overseas spot.

And with many months of communicating exclusively in a foreign tongue under your belt, your new capability might even lead to a job as an interpreter or translator when you return home.

2. Diet

Switching to a new diet and having the discipline to treat it as a permanent lifestyle change can be extremely cathartic.

It might help you lose weight, combat a medical condition or simply exist in a way which chimes more easily with your conscience.

A specialist holiday is one of the best ways to start a new diet away from everyday distractions — the vegan retreats available at responsibletravel.com are an excellent example.

3. Yoga and meditation

Jetting off into the sunset might clear your mind for a couple of weeks but making time daily for yoga and meditation can ensure that you’re calm and collected for life.

If achieving a Zen-like state is one of your lifetime aims, attending a yoga retreat run by Shamballah in stunning Sintra, Portugal sounds about perfect.

Whether you can spare three days or a full week, it’s a wonderfully fulfilling holiday.

4. Keeping fit

If your preferred fitness regime is a little more energetic than pulling the cow/cat pose, there are ways to go for the burn on holiday even if you’re miles from a gym or sports facilities.

Bodyweight exercises like push-ups and sit-ups can be completed even in cramped accommodation, so there’s no excuse not to bash out a few after waking in the morning.

Plus, drinking plenty of water, taking stairs rather than elevators and exploring on foot rather than by public transport all contribute to staying lean and mean on your adventure.

5. Studying

Unless you spend your sabbatical stuffed under a blanket, your vacation is bound to be a learning experience in one form or another.

But you can also use a long-term break to earn a formal qualification which helps you switch careers when you return.

For example, studying for an MBA with a provider like Anglia Ruskin Distance Learning might help you set up your own business based on travel or any other industry.

That’s our list! Share your own transformational travel tips in the comments section.

5 reasons Melbourne’s great for gap year travellers

With its sunshine, beaches, mountains, diverse culture and dynamic wildlife, Australia’s a honeytrap millions of travellers make a bee-line for.

And it’s a popular base for adventurers on an extended sabbatical break, but those who overlook Melbourne for better-known Sydney might be missing a trick.

Melburnians will tell you that their city is Down Under’s cultural capital and an all-round brilliant place to live — decide for yourself with these five reasons Melbourne’s great for gap year travellers.

  1. Sports

Melbourne’s a mecca for sports fans — attending the Melbourne Cup Carnival is a must for horse racing fans, but this year, the city and its state Victoria are also hosting the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Australian Open tennis, The Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne Golf Club and Australian Boomers V USA basketball.

  1. Beaches

Melbourne’s a paradise for beach bums of all varieties, so you’re sure to find a sweet spot to chill out, surf and people watch while you’re in residence. For starters, Brighton beach has beautiful Victorian-era bathing boxes and genteel swimming, Mentone has a brilliant boardwalk and laid-back vibe, while Blairgowrie Back Beach boasts delicious fish and chips.

  1. Restaurants

Foodies spending an extended break in Melbourne can feat their eyes and fill their bellies with a huge variety of culinary treats in the city’s world-class restaurants. There are many mouth-watering eateries to engage with, but with dishes like sea corn tacos filled with crab custard, and signature sumptuous scampi, eating at South Melbourne’s Lume might be the most inspirational introduction.

  1. Accommodation

If money’s no object, Melbourne hosts some of Australia’s finest hotels. You can lounge at high-end apartment hotels like United Places, live in the lap of old school luxury at The Hotel Windsor or mix with the beautiful people at trendy QT Melbourne. Alternatively, find a clean and central backpacker’s hostel at urbancentral.com.au — the cash you save on more spartan lodgings can be spent on socialising.

  1. Transportation

Getting around Melbourne is easy thanks to its reasonably modern and punctual public transport system, which features buses, trains and trams. Whatever your preference, buying a myki card lets you hop between different modes to maximise efficiency and savings. And if you’re catching a domestic or international flight, the city’s air hub has awesome facilities and amenities — for instance, finding Melbourne airport parking with Looking4.com is easy and, once you’re inside, eateries like Baxa and Billie Chu will make your taste buds tingle with Asian treats.

These five reasons Melbourne’s great for gap year adventurers are only the tip of a terrific travel iceberg but they should whet your appetite enough to ensure it claims a space on your next global trip.

Australia’s blessed with a clutch of cool cities, but for our money, Melbourne might be the pick of the bunch.

Do you have any Melbourne travel tips? Share them in the comments section.

Guest feature: 10 Travel Bloggers Eat Their Way Around Asia

Food in Asia is amazing! In a collaboration with other travel bloggers Uncensored Travel briefly describes our favorite food from Bangladesh: Biryani!

Read our contribution at Digital Travel Guru’s blog: 10 Travel Bloggers Eat Their Way Around Asia

10 Travel Bloggers Eat Their Way Around Asia

How Apps Can Help You Plan A Trip

We believe that trip planning is the most important aspect of a trip plan, and it’s fun too. Going through various destinations, checking flight timings, reading train timetables and comparing car rental prices, searching for bargained hotel prices, deciding where to shop and eat; this all this seems very exciting, isn’t it? Now whether you are planning a business trip or a family holiday, you need to plan your itinerary in such a way that you have plenty of time to do everything you want, and not miss out on anything.

With today’s technological boom, it’s easy to plan your trip sitting on your couch with a phone in your hand. Let’s look at them one by one:

TripIt:  A great app that helps you combine all your travel bookings and confirmations at one place. It will send you timely reminder about the flight you are going take and what time will your car rental service arrive. The only drawback on this app is that it won’t suggest your various travel destinations, or help you search hotels.

Guides by Lonely Planet: Now what this app does is that it will help you create your travel wishlist. Now this may include travel destinations like Paris Disneyland with the family, or going on a Solo trip to Bali; or travel experiences like bungee jumping off the Bloukrans Bridge. Again, as you can see, this app will not help you make the booking for that particular trip. TripCase is another such app that helps you arrange all your flight, train, hotel, car rental confirmation in one place. One more example in this list is the quintessential, TripAdvisor.  

TripAdvisor: TripAdvisor will help you plan your trip from start to the end, compare reviews and help you arrive at a right decision. The only drawback of this app is that it will not centralize your travel documentation.

TripHobo: It  is a unique trip planning tool that will let you choose your travel destination, make wishlists and compare hotels, while also letting you book tours and experiences. The two most striking features we found in this trip planning app are group planning and budget calculator. Group planning helps you invite your travel buddies to share ideas, chat and custom-create your travel itinerary, which is then made available on everyone’s dashboard for a ready reference; while the budget calculator gives you a unified budget by taking into consideration your flight, hotel, sightseeing costs, plus lets you add expected costs for food, shopping, tips, and other miscellaneous items. This itinerary planner will also suggest you readymade trip plans that have been created by millions of travellers from all around the world.

 

Things to Do Outside of Las Vegas: Nevada’s Best Attractions

Las Vegas, namely the Vegas strip, is the most popular attraction in the State of Nevada. However, the state offers a number of other attractions beyond the general entertainment and gambling in Vegas. Outside of the city, many relaxing sites and interesting attractions are available for families, couples and individuals. The state features a number of natural sites such as lakes, hot springs and mountains. In addition, small towns and cities feature interesting attractions not found in Las Vegas.

Picture from https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/6/6/15731622/nevada-medicaid-for-all

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