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How to Handle the Current Heatwave in Europe

Heatwave in Europe

If you’re heading to Europe for business or a vacation in the next few days, here is how you can prepare for the current heatwave.

Europe is currently in the throes of a record-breaking heatwave that will send temperatures over the 40-degree mark.

Spain will be the first country to be hit by this intense heat but Paris, Prague, Zurich and Munich can also expect to experience at least 41 degrees Celsius over the coming days. The heatwave is the result of a storm over the Atlantic Ocean, which is pulling extremely hot air in from Africa and northward across Europe.

According to Accuweather, the heatwave may last until the beginning of July, which means locals and travelers need to be prepared.

Tips for Handling a Heatwave as a Traveler

Here are a few ways that you can cope with the heat that’s currently sweeping over Europe:

  • Stay Hydrated

The last thing you want on your vacation is heatstroke so make sure that you are as hydrated as possible throughout the day. You should never feel thirsty – if you’re thirsty, you’re already dehydrating, so stock up on bottled water to keep your body and mind hydrated and healthy. Placing your water bottles in the fridge before you head out will also help you to stay cool.

Man is refreshing himself in Public square under summer high temperature with Fire hydrant water
refreshing himself, Heatwave in Europe 2019
  • Time Your Activities

As you can imagine, you don’t want to be outside when the sun is directly above you as this is the hottest time of the day. Plan your activities for the morning or late-afternoon and use the hotter parts of the day to take a nap or do something indoors. Since the sun also sets much later in summer, it’s easier to plan your activities for the early evening. Before you leave your accommodation for the day, close the curtains and open the windows to allow cool air to circulate while you’re out.

 the hotel pool In the hot hours of the day
In the hot hours of the day
  • Plan Your Transportation

Planning how you’re going to get around is another way to combat the heat. Buses should be avoided if you can as you may need to stand and wait in the heat. A taxi or Uber is a much better option, as are trains and monorails if they have air conditioning. There are certain stations where there is no air conditioning though, so this wait will also be close to unbearable. Choose your train trips and stations carefully when the temperatures are this high.

  • Carefully Plan Your Clothing

By regulating your core temperature, it’s easier to cope when temperatures are exceptionally hot. Opt for light colors as well as lightweight, loose-fitting clothing. This will allow the air to circulate against your skin, keeping your body cool. You can wear long pants and shirts if you want to protect your skin from the sun, just make sure they are loose-fitting and that the fabrics are light. Don’t forget to bring a hat, a good pair of sunglasses and sunscreen with you too.

  • Cold Showers Actually Aren’t a Good Idea

Believe it or not, a cold shower isn’t a good idea during a heatwave. The cold water is definitely going to cool your skin but it won’t do anything to alter your core temperature. By jumping in a cold shower during a heatwave, your mind will think your body is feeling cooler but the reality is that the cold water has shocked your skin. This will cause your body to overproduce heat later on to counteract this sudden change in temperature.

While high temperatures can be dangerous, there are still ways to embrace it and enjoy your vacation anyway. If you do need to see a doctor as a result of the heat, simply hop onto the Air Doctor app.

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Best 5 European City Breaks for Summer 2019

Best 5 European City Breaks for Summer 2019

There is nothing like a city break on a weekend. It can be very refreshing to experience a new place’s culture and art.

Break the monotony of your weekends and create memories to last a lifetime by taking a trip this summer to one of the best 5 European city breaks for 2019.

Lausanne, Switzerland

Lausanne is a beautiful city set upon the shores of Lake Geneva. The city is a melange of urban chic with old-timey tranquillity, as the old Gothic buildings of the medieval Old Town blend with the narrow alleys filled with cafés, restaurants and boutiques.

There are many museums which you can explore, including Brut, MUDAC and the Hermitage, with some being free on the first Saturday of the month. Nature lovers can enjoy the lake views by taking a steamboat to cruise around or go for a long trek in the Sauvabelin Forest.

Scenic summer night view of the Old Town of Lausanne, Switzerland
Scenic summer night view of the Old Town of Lausanne, Switzerland

Amsterdam, The Netherlands             

Amsterdam is known for its vibrant nightlife, incredible history and meandering canals. With hundreds of picturesque bridges and waterways, you can always find a way to take a walk, or a bike ride, beside the water. There are many spacious parks, such as Vondelpark, where people come to relax in a green surrounding.

Many hidden bars, galleries and places have fascinating histories, and you can certainly meet interesting people with whom you can chat. 

Amsterdam has an assortment of interesting and unique museums, such as the Anne Frank Museum, the Rijksmuseum, and Ons Lieve Heer op Solder.  

Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Valletta, Malta

The capital of Malta may be small, but the grandeur of its architecture and history more than make up for its size. Valletta features monuments dating back from the times of the Phoenicians and, by just taking a walk, you can admire the vestiges left from thousands of years ago.

The Saint John’s Co-Cathedral and its museum houses the largest painting and the only one that was signed by Caravaggio. Get lost in its many streets and piazzas that display architectures styles from the 16th century Baroque to Modernism.  

View of Valletta, the capital of Malta
View of Valletta, the capital of Malta

Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona has a reputation for being a sunny paradise where you always feel like you are on vacation. With miles of golden beaches, trendy clubs, Catalan cuisine, and amazing sceneries, Barcelona is a place where you can relax and party as well.

The medieval Gothic quarter awaits with ancient alleys and relics, while in Park Guell you can admire the many surrealistic works of Gaudi. While in Barcelona, you must not neglect to visit his greatest work, La Sagrada Familia.

Barcelona, Spain, Park Guell
Barcelona, Spain, Park Guell

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is one of Europe’s most enchanting capital cities, having grandiose centuries-old buildings and beautiful cobbled lanes which seem straight out of a fairy tale book. There are many chic and luxurious bars, shops and cafés hidden in the Baroque style houses.

For a more relaxed pace, you can visit the Mala Strana district or, if you are looking for more excitement, the Vrsovice area is the city’s hotspot for partying, hosting many clubs and bars.

The city is home to an assortment of museums, majestic cathedrals, and castles. The must-see places include the striking Old Town, Charles Bridge, the Prague Castle, Prague Jewish Museum and St. Vitus Cathedral.  

Prague city skyline and Charles Bridge – Prague – Czech Republic

We hope our article has inspired you for your next city break this summer.

How Technology is Completely Changing the Way We Travel

young man traveler He is using mobile phone travel concept

There are a number of apps that make it that much easier to travel and Air Doctor is changing the way people approach medical care while on vacation.

According to the World Tourism Organization, international tourist arrivals are expected to reach 1.8 billion by 2030. People are definitely on the move for both business and pleasure, and thanks to technology, traveling to an international destination is easier than ever before.

Today’s travelers have access to a wide array of tools and apps that make it possible to book a flight, schedule transportation, find a place to stay and order a meal. There has, however, always been one area that’s been a bit fuzzy for travelers, and that’s medical care.

It’s one thing to arrange travel insurance before you embark on a trip but would you know where to start your search for a doctor if you really needed medication after falling ill on vacation? This is where Air Doctor comes in.

Nobody expects to fall ill while they’re on vacation but it does happen. After speaking to a number of travelers about the issues they’ve run into while on an international trip, many agreed that trying to find a reputable doctor that speaks English was a common problem.

The reality for many travelers is that searching for a reputable and qualified doctor means scrolling through countless foreign sites and hoping you will find information you can understand. At the end of the day, most travelers end up waiting for hours at a hospital before they can see a doctor and end up having to communicate with staff that knows little to no English.

The fear of receiving inferior medical care is something that prevents many travelers from seeking any medical assistance at all. Some even choose to end their trips early because they would prefer to see a medical professional in their home country. Fortunately, Air Doctor has changed the way travelers view medical care while they’re on vacation.

Yam and Jenny, the founders of Air Doctor, had a similar experience themselves, which is why they decided to create an app that would provide travelers with the peace of mind they need when they’re far away from home.

Today, Air Doctor is the go-to app for travelers who want to find local doctors who can provide them with quality care in a language they understand. Simply enter your location and the type of assistance you require to find a doctor that suits your needs. Each of the doctors that are listed on the Air Doctor app has been vetted, which means they have the necessary experience and qualifications to provide you with superior medical care and advice.

Almost every traveler has apps such as Airbnb and TripAdvisor on their phones but Air Doctor is definitely one to add to the mix if you want to travel with even more peace of mind than ever before. Air Doctor is absolutely free and available for both Android and iOS devices as well as mobile-friendly webapp.

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How to Manage Stress

Stress

Stress is a common condition that can be experienced from time to time. Recently, the number of stressed individuals has increased to an alarming level all over the world. If this condition is left untreated or unattended, it can lead to other mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. This is why it is important to cope with stress at an early stage. There are many day to day situations that are encountered by people which can lead to stress. They range from household issues to workplace conflicts. Moreover, increased workload and deficiency of recreational activities can also contribute.

Mild stress can be managed by making some lifestyle changes. There are many steps that can be taken to reduce or cure stress, and they are given below.

Exercise Regularly

Exercise is not only good for your physical health, but also unwinds your mind. People who exercise regularly are less likely to suffer from stress. Physical activity of 30 minutes is advised for five times a week. Exercises that increase heart rate are preferred.

Exercise Regularly

Take a Healthy Diet

A balanced diet improves general health and boosts mood. Increase the amount of fresh fruits and vegetables and cut down on junk food and carbonated drinks. Make sure that you are getting all micronutrients too. If there is a deficiency, go for vitamin and mineral supplements.

Healthy food selection: food sources of omega 3 and unsaturated fats, fruits, vegetables, seeds, superfoods with high vitamin e and dietary fiber, cereals on gray background
Healthy food selection: food sources of omega 3 and unsaturated fats, fruits, vegetables, seeds, superfoods with high vitamin e and dietary fiber, cereals on gray background

Give Time to Your Hobbies

Even if you have a busy life, make sure you spare some time for your hobbies too. Figure out what helps relieve your stress and take out some time every day to do that activity. Such activities include gardening, reading, listening to music, watching a movie, playing a game etc.

Share Your Problems

Everyone has friends and loved ones in his life. Make sure that you spend some time with them and share your problems. It helps relieve stress and allows you to find a solution for your problem.

Perform Deep Breathing

Whenever you feel stressed, spare a few minutes and breathe deep for some time. It is a very good way to relieve stress, and it can be done anywhere, even at work.

Relax Your Muscles

Your muscles also get tensed when you are stressed. Doing muscle relaxing activities can improve stress as well. These activities include stretching, massage and a hot shower or bath.

Do Not Overburden Yourself

Life is too fast these days. Everyone is striving for better, and it is consuming peace. Make sure you are not overburdening yourself by setting difficult goals. This situation increases stress. Learn to be contended with what you have got, and set a realistic goal that does not mess with your physical and mental health. Know that you cannot control everything in your life.

Take a Break

Take a break from your work every now and then. Plan a trip, picnic or other activities that boost your energy. This activity allows you to take a new stress-free start every time.

Identify What Triggers Stress

This is a very important point to avoid recurrence of stress. Identify the triggering factors behind your stress, and avoid them. They can be something at your work, home or anywhere else. Closely notice what makes you anxious and stressful.

All the above given points help cope stress. However, if they are not helping and your stress is getting worse, you need to see a doctor before it gets chronic and transforms into more serious illnesses.