Travel Motivation: Be like a kid at a Theme park.

Picture taken by 13weekstravel @ Holidayworldmaspalomas

Be like a kid at a Theme park.

Enjoy the rides.

Try everything at least once.

Do the rides you love AGAIN and AGAIN.

Be like a kid at a Theme Park

When was the last time you looked at new things in your life like it was an exciting ride to take?

Yes, it might be a bit scary, but fun and exciting for sure, and definitely worth standing in a line that feels like forever just to take the ride.

Start opening up to new possibilities in life by thinking of them as an exciting ride in an amusement park – give it a try, step out of your comfort zone, let it go.

Enjoy the rides

Picture taken by 13weekstravel @ Atlantis water park

Do you think kids worry about school when they are enjoying a ride in the park? No! They take every minute of it in, and absorb every detail of the moment. It always amazes me how my kids can remember little details from our travels; it’s because they truly live in the moment and enjoy every bit of it. Live the moment! Don’t multitask your life away, but make every day chores more enjoyable so you will love the routine.

Try everything at least once

Without trying you’ll never know how something is like. It’s about time that YOU start giving new things a try! And I don’t mean you have to change your life in this moment, but try new hobby, anything you might say a straight no to before.

Do the rides you love AGAIN and AGAIN.

Make enjoying life a habit, not a once in a blue moon type of thing. Who says you can’t have fun everyday and who says that even work has to actually feel like work? Yes, it requires a lot of smart planning, but you can make your everyday life to feel like a day at the Theme park, all the time, by choosing to do things you love or finding love out of the things you do.

Would you look at life from the perspective of a kid at a Theme Park?

Let me know in the comments.

5 steps to achieving Wellness during a luxurious holiday.

I have been more interested in my wellness ever since I turned 30 years old, a few years ago. Does wellness have anything to do with age?

Am I the only one who felt this way in my thirties?

Disclaimer: High level of responsibilities can be experienced at different stages for different people and while some might feel a high stake of responsibilities at an earlier age, others might feel more responsible at a later age.

Certainly, there is no age set in stone for people to start taking their wellness seriously.

In my case, I felt this overwhelming level of responsibility at this age as I was responsible for the well-being and nurturing of three young children, as well as juggling a full-time teaching role, running a design business and volunteering my skills and other random acts of kindness I get involved in at my local community centre.

My desire to blend wellness into my travels led to an extensive research into wellness and travel.

In as much as I love to delve into adventures on holidays, I also sometimes love to just chill and relax and indulge in health and wellness.

Here are my 5 steps to achieving wellness during a luxurious holiday.

Start with a healthy breakfast

A healthy breakfast will set the tone for a healthy day however, in a luxury hotel setting where you’re spoilt for choice on the food front, establishing a strict approach to food will help you achieve your health goal.

Are you more plant based or paleo or do you prefer sweet and savoury food? Regardless of your food desires, remember to keep things simple and go for the healthier version. I love to be flexible about my choice and I sometimes cross between the plant based and paleo diet.

Take a walk

How would you feel strolling down the promenade after breakfast and glazing into the clear blue skies and endless sea water? What about Yoga on the beach?

Do you wear a pedometer/step counter? Does your watch or phone help record the number of steps you have taken in a day? Well, this is surely a step in the right direction when it comes to your well being. A pedometer is a great motivational tool that helps you see an instant result. I have frequently recorded the highest number of steps taken in a day whilst on holiday.

It is no surprise that I always feel healthier on holiday than when I’m not on holiday. Do you feel the same?

Taking your wellness seriously on holiday by walking either first thing in the morning or at sunset will give you a clarity of thoughts and rejuvenate your wellbeing.

Spa is a must

Luxurious holidays are the best time to indulge in spa experiences. Most luxurious hotels would give you discounted spa sessions or you can look around your location for more affordable spa sessions.

The essentials for a good spa experience on holiday are:

  1. Arriving early – ensure you arrive early to take in all you have paid for. Spend a good time relaxing in the saunas and Jacuzzi, before your treatment starts.
  2. Taking your swim wear – this is an essential especially if you’re having a traditional bath. I remember forgetting to take my swim wear to the traditional Turkish bath – Hammam. It was such an awkward experience to say the least.
  3. Hair essentials – this includes hair clips, hair pins, swim cap, shower cap, hair brush, hair de-tangler and hair oil. The last thing you want to deal with is the battle with your hair which might constantly be falling on your face.

Spa treatments during luxurious holidays gives you the time to go that extra mile while on holiday.

Pampered evenings

I like the idea of dancing all night in a club while on holiday however, I have long decided to use that time for a pampered evening.

How do I achieve a pampered evening in a hotel?

Well, this is what I do.

  1. I put on my battery powered candles
  2. I run a bubble bath with scented bath salts
  3. I put on my tranquil playlist
  4. I make my favourite drink
  5. I wrap up warm in a cosy dressing gown.

Seek advice

Some hotel resorts employ a wellness specialist who will discuss, calculate and refine a personalised program that can be continued after your travels are over.

Medical travel tourism is a big industry and while it’s best to seek advice with your private doctor in your country, some wellness resort destinations covers more than you might get in your country.

It is worth enquiring and gaining more information.

I hope you start taking your wellness more seriously and you use my five steps to achieving wellness during a luxurious holiday.

Cambridge is the best kept secret destination.

Cambridge is the best kept secret location to reside in. If you’re looking to escape the hustling and bustling of London then, Cambridge might be the city for you. On the train, it’s only 45 minutes away from London and one and half hours to Central London on through M11 motorway. It is a beautiful city and I’m proud I call it home.

We visited Cambridge for the first time about eight years ago, we were looking at the possibility of settling outside London with my growing family.

I was fascinated by five key features the first time I visited.

1. Its greenery parks – Jesus Green was full of picnic seekers on the day I visited.

2. The river – River Cam was full of punts.

3. Bicycles – Cycling is a core part of Cambridge culture and it felt safe to cycle around with dedicated cycle lanes all around the city.

4. Park and Ride parks signs – I didn’t understand what Park and Ride meant. They are dedicated car parks where you can take the buses into the city.

5. Historic buildings – as we drove around, I saw beautiful historic buildings and I was eager to find out their names and history.

It took us another four years to finally settle here and I’m still discovering Cambridge.

Why you should move to Cambridge:

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Punting in Cambridge

Punting is a lovely activity you can do all year round although it’s more popular in the Spring and Summer. It simply means exploring Cambridge City in a traditional boat/punt, Kayak or a canoe. My favourite is the Scudamores.

Museums

There are tons of museums in Cambridge to educate families of all ages. It doesn’t matter if you like hands – on experience or wanderlust experience. Cambridge has a museum for you.

The museums include:

  1. The Fitzwilliam Museum – Entry to this museum is free and it holds a significant amount of paintings, arts and historic artefacts that can be compared to what you might see at the British Museum London.
  2. The Polar Museum – This museum holds a fantastic collection of Antarctica and Arctic artefact as well as active research collections into polar regions.
  3. Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology – This museum (also free) offers both local and international artefacts made by people including the Mayan Civilisation artefacts.
  4. Sedgwick Museum – This museum (also free) will take you on a journey of life through time and it will guide you to understand the evolution of life on earth, water and air. Its Dinosaur structures are worth seeing.
  5. Museum of Zoology – This museum displays specimens that spans the entire animal kingdom. It is such an interesting museum.
  6. Whipple Museum – This museum is all about scientific instruments, apparatus, models and the history of science. If you’re interested in science, this is the place for you.
  7. Kettle’s Yard – This gallery holds the most beautiful collection of modern and contemporary art. It is comparable to Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.
  8. Imperial War Museum, Duxford – This museum is dedicated solely for all things flying. You will discover the history of Duxford, Famous aeroplanes such as Concorde, Lancaster and Spitfire. You can explore how they are made and where they have been.
  9. Cambridge Science Centre – This centre offers a place for hands on adventures in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) for budding STEM adventurers.

Colleges

Cambridge has thirty- one colleges that make up the University of Cambridge. Each college is unique in its customs and rites. My favourite is King’s College.

Churches

Cambridge is home to some beautiful architectural designed churches.

My favourites are:

  1. Our Lady and The English Martyrs Church: This church was designed in the Gothic revival style and was completed in 1890.
  2. Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Cambridge: Popularly known as The Round Church, is one of the most photographed churches in Cambridge. It was designed in Gothic revival and Norman architectural styles and was completed in 1842.
  3. Church of St Mary the Great, Cambridge: Popularly known as GSM, is designed in the Late Perpendicular Gothic style and it was completed in 1519.
  4. King’s College Chapel – this is a beauty to behold with a design in the perpendicular Gothic style. It was completed in 1515. It has the world’s largest fan vault and you would often find The King’s College’s picture on postcards from Cambridge.
  5. St Bene’t’s Church – This church is the oldest building and church in Cambridge. It is believed that the church was built during the Anglo-Saxon era with the date AD 1000 – 1050 has the time it was built.

Schools

Cambridge is home to some of the best schools in the country. Its education is world- class at the University stage, secondary and primary stages. There are an abundance of choice regarding your taste in either independent/private education or state education.

Independent schools in Cambridge are affordable when compared with similar in London.

Cambridge is a beautiful place to live in and nurture children to adulthood. You can get the best of lifestyle here.