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Staying Safe During Spain’s Listeria Outbreak

Bacteria

If you’ll be traveling to Spain in the near future, this is what you need to know about the country’s biggest-ever listeria outbreak.

Spain is currently in the throes of its biggest listeria outbreak to date and holidaymakers are being warned to stay safe and keep an eye out for symptoms.

Over 150 people have already been affected by the outbreak and over 500 patients are currently being tested for the infection. Andalusia currently has the largest number of listeria patients but there have been other reported cases in regions such as Madrid, Catalonia and Extremadura.

What is Listeria?

Listeria is an infection that is caught from eating foods that contain a specific type of bacteria (Listeria monocytogenes). Deli meats and unpasteurized cheeses are the most common carriers of the bacteria.

Listeria is an infection that is caught from eating foods that contain a specific type of bacteria

 In most instances, the infection only results in mild illness but it can be much more dangerous to those with compromised immune systems, including pregnant women and patients over the age of 65. Well over a thousand people contract listeriosis every year, a hundred of which succumb to their symptoms.

Listeria is a food-borne disease. The only exception is in the case of pregnant women, who can transfer the infection to their baby. Listeria is not contagious.

If you’ll be traveling to Spain in the near future, this is what you need to know about the country’s biggest-ever listeria outbreak.
Listeria

Keep an Eye Out for These Symptoms

Symptoms of listeria last for several days and include a lot of flu-like symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, nausea and diarrhoea.

In some severe cases, the bacteria can cause brain-related conditions such as abscesses and meningitis.

Symptoms will generally show up a few days after you’ve eaten contaminated food but in some cases, symptoms only show up a month after infection.

Listeria infections can last anywhere from one to six weeks, depending on how severe each case is.

Protecting Yourself from Listeriosis While on Vacation in Spain

Here are a few tips that can reduce your risks of contracting listeria.

  • If you will be purchasing and eating any fresh produce, make sure that you run it underwater for at least a minute and dry it before consuming it.
  • Thoroughly cook any raw meat
  • Think twice about eating soft cheeses, sprouts, deli meats and hot dogs
  • Ensure your hands are clean before handling any food
  • Since listeria can still grow in a refrigerator, it’s best to clean the shelves and walls with soap and water before storing any food in it
  • Avoid restaurants with buffets, salad bars and unclean surfaces
  • Always place food in a closed plastic bag before throwing it away
  • Keep all cooking surfaces clean before and after food preparation

Listeria is not necessarily a serious infection but it’s not something you want to deal with while you’re on vacation, which is why it’s best to know what to look out for. If you notice any symptoms, contact a doctor in your area using the Air Doctor app.

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Galapagos Islands – pictures of a heavenly destination

Galapagos Islands – pictures of a heavenly destination

The Galapagos Islands is a top travel destination for good reason. This is why you should plan a trip of your own.

The Galapagos Islands is a destination unlike any other. Many travelers say that it has a unique aura and once you arrive, you soon forget about the rest of the world.

If you have an interest in Charles Darwin, evolution, history and adventure, you’re going to love this travel destination even more.

The Galapagos Islands are located just over 900km west of Ecuador and are a mecca for those who want to spend time in nature amongst unique wildlife. It’s also one of the few places in the world where the animals don’t have a problem being around humans, which means you can get up close to a lot of beautiful wildlife.

The Galapagos isn’t the most affordable destination though, purely because it’s not easily accessible but there are ways to plan a vacation that won’t break the bank. There is a limit on how many people are allowed to arrive on the islands, which is why the landscape still looks so pristine.  

Credit: Hurtigruten

Why the Galapagos Islands Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

If you like the idea of going a little off the beaten track for your next vacation, here’s why you should consider the Galapagos Islands.

  • Beautiful white-sand beaches. While the wildlife is one of the main attractions, travelers can also look forward to spending quiet time on the beaches filled with fine, white sand. Simply walking along the beaches is an experience all its own.
  • See what Darwin saw. In 1835, Charles Darwin sailed to the Galapagos Islands for the volcanoes but ended up collecting several Galapagos species for use in his research and to illustrate his controversial theories, which now have a place in natural history.
  • Take a small cruise. The island destination is well known for its small cruises, which can take you to see most of the archipelago’s 18 islands. The best hiking routes are also only accessible by boat.
  • Unique wildlife. The wildlife on the Galapagos Islands is just spectacular. In fact, the islands are home to species that can’t be found anywhere else in the world. From 200-year old tortoises and an abundance of fish to huge iguanas and sea lions, travelers can look forward to a unique wildlife experience.
Sea lion underwater San Cristobal Island
  • Stunning views. If photography is your thing, you’re going to love this destination. The stunning views are enough of a reason to visit the Galapagos. The views from the top of the volcanic cone are something else.
  • Snorkeling and diving. Explore some of the most untouched reefs in the world and get up close and personal with the marine life that calls the waters home, including sharks and manta rays.
  • Scenic hikes. Take a hike through a unique landscape that’s filled with beautiful fauna and flora. While you can’t walk on your own, it’s easy to arrange a guided hike with a local.

Galapagos Islands: Quick Travel Tips

Here are a few tips that will help you plan your trip to the Galapagos Islands:

  • Avoid the busy seasons. Summer and the winter holidays are the busiest and most expensive times to travel to the islands.
  • Resources are limited. You are heading to a remote destination so be prepared for certain types of food to run out and for there to be little to no internet access.
  • Do some reading. To really appreciate the wildlife, fauna and flora, do a bit of research on your way to the islands or while you’re there. Otherwise, hire a tour guide if you can.
  • Don’t touch the wildlife. The primary rule in Galapagos is to leave everything as you found it. You also can’t touch the animals.
  • Take a cruise. If your budget allows for it, take a cruise as this is the best way to see as much of the islands as possible during your trip. Some of the best activities are also only accessible via boat.
  • Choose your season. The islands only have two seasons: hot/wet and dry. Hot/wet is from December to May and is ideal for swimming and snorkeling. The Dry season is from June to December, is slightly cooler and the marine life is bountiful.
  • Pack strategically. Some of the must-pack items for travelers heading to the islands are reef-safe sunscreen, comfortable walking shoes, appropriate clothing for warm/wet weather and an underwater camera.
Christmas Iguana on Espanola Island in Galapagos Islands. Male Marine Iguana with Sally Lightfoot Crabs in background. Amazing animals wildlife and nature on Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, South America.
Animal wildlife nature photographer tourist on Galapagos looking at Galapagos Sea Lion taking photos on Galapagos cruise ship adventure travel holidays vacation, Espanola Island, Ecuador South America
Galapagos prickly pear on Rabida Island in Galapagos National Park, Ecuador. It is endemic to the Galapagos Islands.

The Galapagos Islands are spectacular and everyone should experience it at least once in their lives. With a little planning and maybe some extra budgeting, this will definitely be one of your most memorable vacations.

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World’s Largest Indoor Waterfall Opens in Singapore’s Changi Airport

in Singapore’s Changi Airport

After four long years of construction, the Jewel Changi Airport is open for all to enjoy.

Even though Singapore’s Changi Airport has been dubbed the world’s best airport for several years now, this hasn’t stopped them from making this space bigger, better and more beautiful.

Jewel Changi Airport is officially open and the new features have taken this space to a whole new level that both locals and travellers can enjoy. Along with helping travellers reach their destinations, the airport now also offers an array of dining, shopping and entertaining experiences in an almost surreal setting.

The scenes that you encounter when entering the new Jewel complex makes it feel like you’re experiencing a whole different world. Changi Airport is now home to the world’s tallest indoor waterfall, which drops 130 feet from an oculus.

The Vortex waterfall is surrounded by a four-story garden called the Shiseido Forest Valley, which is made up of over a thousand trees, providing visitors and travellers with a breath taking indoor forest experience. There is also a 165-foot sky bridge, giant slide and two mazes.

The flow of the waterfall is controlled using rainwater collection tanks, with the excess rainwater being used to irrigate the forest.

Because the 10-story building was constructed using glass and an aluminium and steel framework, it lets in a lot of natural light, which just adds to the beauty of the natural features within.

At night, a sound and light show lights up the tumbling waterfall, providing visitors with a whole new eye-catching experience. Travellers and locals can also enjoy an 11-cinema IMAX theatre, art installations, a number of restaurants and bars and the Changi Studio Experience, which includes interactive games and immersive shows.

Some of the additional offerings that have been added at the airport include:

  • Early check-in services
  • Baggage storage facilities
  • YOTELAIR hotel with over 100 rooms
  • Changi lounge for cruise passengers
  • Power bank loans

Airports aren’t generally seen as fun but Changi Airport is changing the game. The Jewel is only 30 minutes away from Singapore’s central business district, so locals can enjoy this new complex just as much as international travellers can. In fact, the airport is already attracting thousands of local visitors, especially because Singapore isn’t a big place to begin with, so having an attraction such as this is a big deal.

Changi Airport currently connects to over 400 cities globally and is the seventh busiest airport in terms of international traffic. If you’re planning to visit Singapore in the near future, you may want to take some time out to experience all that the Jewel has to offer.

9 Products that Will Change the Way You Travel Internationally

Products that Will Change the Way You Travel Internationally

If you love the idea of an international destination but find the idea of traveling far from home a little intimidating, these products might change your mind.

Planning an international trip is exciting but the saying ‘getting there is half the fun’ doesn’t ring true for everyone.

Getting on an international flight usually means leaving all of your usual creature comforts behind but thanks to a few forward thinkers, international travel can be more convenient and comfortable than you think.

We rounded up some of our favorite products that we know will make your next international trip even more enjoyable.

Life-Changing International Travel Products

Trtl Pillow Plus

Imagine arriving at your destination feeling refreshed because you actually managed to get some sleep? The Trtl Pillow Plus is a travel pillow unlike anything else we’ve used so far. Not only can you adjust the neck support but the fabric is both warm and breathable.

Trtl Pillow Plus

Bose Noise-Masking Sleepbuds

If you’re a light sleeper, you’re going to love Bose’s Noise-Masking Sleepbuds. These buds are so comfortable that you’ll forget you’re wearing them, even if you lie on your side. They don’t stream music but they do connect to an app that plays several pre-loaded sleep-inducing tracks. Whether you play the tracks or not, these buds will drown out those plane noises and the snoring of your neighbouring passengers.

Bose Noise-Masking Sleepbuds

Dynotag Luggage Tags

These innovative luggage tags make it incredibly easy to keep track of your backpacks and suitcases. Nobody wants to have to deal with the nightmare of lost luggage, especially when you just want to get your vacation started, but these tags ensure you always have eyes on your personal property.

Dynotag Luggage Tags

Pocketalk Voice Translator

If you’ve ever had to try and explain yourself to someone who doesn’t speak your native language, you’ll know how frustrating it can be. This device is changing the game though. The Pocketalk Voice Translator keeps the conversation flowing in 74 languages provided there is Wi-Fi or you have a data plan.

Pocketalk Voice Translator

Anker PowerCore Battery

This impressive external battery will ensure your phone has more than enough power between home and your vacation or business destination. The Anker PowerCore battery is capable of charging your phone up to three times before you’ll need to plug your charger into a wall.

Anker PowerCore Battery

Peak Gear RFID Neck Wallet

If theft is one of your biggest concerns, this is one wallet that comes highly recommended. It’s lightweight, durable and the liner ensures that criminals can’t skim your credit card information when you’re not paying attention.

Peak Gear RFID Neck Wallet

UPPEL Travel Adapter

This really is the only travel adapter you’ll ever need. This handy travel adaptor has dual USB ports and works in over 150 countries. It also has an FCC, CE and RoHS certified safety system, which means your devices will always be safe.

UPPEL Travel Adapter

ASOBU Pill Box Organiser

When you need to take medication or supplements along with you on your travels, the ASOBU pill box not only ensures you’re organised but that you can easily drink your medication wherever you may be. This is because it has a built-in water bottle that can hold 590ml of liquid.

ASOBU Pill Box Organiser

Shacke Pak Packing Cubes

If you want to take your packing to the next level, these packing cubes from Shacke Pak are a must-have. The cubes come in a set of four and allow you to organise your clothing in a way that makes it easier for you to find exactly what you need.

Shacke Pak Packing Cubes

Now that you have a better idea of the products that are available to you as an international traveler, you’re bound to have a little more peace of mind as you plan your next trip.

If you feel that there are other must-have items worth mentioning, please let us know in the comments section.

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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.

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Where to Travel in Tenerife: Top Destinations to Look Out For

Tenerife islands

Over the years, Tenerife, the biggest one out of all the Canary islands, has consolidated its position as one of Europe’s most significant holiday destinations. Whether you’re looking for absolute relaxation on perfect beaches, vibrant nightlife, or taking soul-cleansing hikes in unusual locations, Tenerife has got them all.

If you’ve decided to go to Tenerife, here’s our list of top destinations and points of interest on the magnificent island.

El Teide and Mount Teide National Park

When most of us think about Tenerife, we usually associate it with fashionable Instagramable pictures of perfect blue waters and exquisite beaches. However, no visit to Tenerife would be complete without visiting “El Teide,” the third highest island volcano in the world. At 3718 meters, Mt. Teide is also considered the highest mountain peak in Spain.

The views from atop the volcano are simply blissful and breathtaking at the same time. On clear days, you can view over the neighboring islands of Tenerife. You can either hike or take a cable card to the base of the final cone summit. However, reaching the very top requires getting a permit in advance.

Teide volcano in Tenerife in the light of the rising sun.
Teide volcano

Los Gigantes

Los Gigantes is unique, natural, rock structures that only exist in the Tenerife. Lost Alcantilados de Los Gigantes is the second highest cliffs. The aforementioned cliffs surround the town of Los Gigantes, and this offers one of the best views anywhere in Tenerife. From the town’s harbor, you can hop on various boats and pay to go whale and dolphin watching.

Lost Alcantilados de Los Gigantes is the second highest cliffs.

Masca

Masca is one of Tenerife’s most exciting and gorgeous small villages. Located above a gorge which shares its name (“Barranco de Masca”), it is an isolated place in the mountains of Teno and can only be reached through a very narrow street. To access it, you’ll have to hike all the way there. Even though the hike takes somewhere between 3 to 5 hours, trust us, it’s definitely worth it, as its often regarded the most beautiful hiking path on the island.

La Orotava

A visit to Tenerife should not be all about beaches and exotic places. La Orotava is the perfect place to get a fresh infusion of culture thanks to its unique Reinassance mansions, beautiful churches, chic boutiques, beautiful gardens, as well as chic and romantic restaurants.

La Orotava
Many believe that La Orotava is one of the most beautiful areas in Tenerife. Located in the Valley of La Orotava, the town is made up of wonderfully kept traditional houses, leading the town centre to be declared a Historic-Artistic Site. The atmosphere is full of that stately air that settled after the conquest and has pervaded ever since. ​

Taganana

Situated on the most northern point of Tenerife, Taganana is a place that has the potential to open your soul and make you forget all about daily routine. Founded in 1501, this is one of the island’s oldest cities.

It’s a wild, rugged, yet romantic place where you can enjoy some of the best views of the ocean, some of the most beautiful beaches, and all sorts of architectural Canary delights. Since the city is surrounded by lush, green mountains, it’s the perfect place for those who love hiking.

Other destinations worthy of your time and attention include Garachico, Cueva del Viento, and Piramides de Guimar Ethnographic Park. We hope you have a wonderful time during your stay in Tenerife.

Taganana
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Easy Ways to Keep Eating Healthy While on Vacation

EASY WAYS TO KEEP EATING HEALTHY WHILE ON VACATION

Your upcoming vacation doesn’t need to destroy your healthy eating habits. This is how you can stick to foods that are more nutritious.

You’ve worked hard and spent countless hours planning the perfect vacation – now it’s time to kick back and enjoy yourself.

It’s so easy to let your usual healthy habits fall by the wayside once you’re having a good time on vacation but the last thing you want is to come back home feeling guilty about the food choices you made.

This is not to suggest that you shouldn’t use this as an opportunity to try out the local cuisine and eat food that brings you joy, it simply means being more aware of what you are putting on your plate.

A Basic Guide to Eating Healthy While on Vacation

Staying healthy on vacation is easier than you might imagine. Here are a few guidelines that will make it easy to stay on track.

Plan for the Day Ahead

If you’re planning to spend the day sightseeing, pack a few healthy snack options in your backpack so that you aren’t forced to purchase salty or sugary snacks once hunger strikes. It’s usually easy to find fresh and dried fruit, nuts and healthy snack bars at the local grocery store, so make a point of doing some shopping before you start relaxing. Don’t forget to stock up on bottled water so that you can stay hydrated during your outings.

Eat One Meal at Home

When you eat at least one meal at your self-catering accommodation, you’re always eating at least one healthy meal a day because you’re in control of the ingredients as well as the portions. Most travelers choose to eat breakfast at home but you can make this call based on your itinerary for the day.

Keep the Local Cuisine for Lunchtime

If you want to indulge in the local cuisine, lunch is the perfect opportunity to do just this. Instead of eating a heavy dinner and then possibly going to bed soon after, try a delicious local dish over lunch so that you have the rest of the day to burn it off.

Stick to One Plate

When you stay at a hotel, there is usually an abundance of food options available in the form of a buffet, which means it’s easier than ever to overindulge. It may be tempting to go back for seconds but sticking to one plate will ensure that you can keep eating healthy while on vacation.

Eating healthy on vacation is not something that should make you panic, it’s actually quite simple. Now all that’s left to do is focus on the amazing local dishes you’re going to experience.

Must-Try Foods around the World

Here are a few of the dishes that come highly recommended around the globe. Enjoy!

  • Czech Republic: Goulash and bread dumplings are a must. The goulash is made with vegetables and potatoes, which is perfect for dipping your light and fluffy dumplings in. Ferdinanda is one of the best-rated restaurants for this dish.
Goulash soup with pork and mushrooms.
  • Spain: You just can’t miss out on paella while you’re in Spain – they know what they’re doing. If you find yourself in Barcelona, head to Bodega Joan for a great experience.
Traditional Spanish paella with seafood and chicken. Prepared in wook. Top view.
  • Germany: Jägerbraten mit Spätzle is slow-roasted pork served with a dark sauce and mushrooms, and is a must-try while you’re enjoying the beer in Germany. Prater Garten offers a truly authentic experience in Berlin.
  • Hong Kong: You won’t find better dim sum anywhere else. You simply can’t leave Hong Kong without trying it. Seventh Son comes highly recommended.
Top view of people eating dim sum
  • Indonesia: If you are heading to Indonesia, don’t miss the chance to try soto, which is a meat, veggie and noodle soup. Soto Kadipiro is one restaurant that you can try for a good bowl of soto.
  • Italy: Cicchetti is a type of anti-pasta that can be found throughout Italy and is the perfect snack after a long day of sightseeing. Head to Cantina do Spade in Venice for some delicious Cicchetti.
  • Switzerland: If there is one dish you should try while in Switzerland, it’s cheese fondue, and Chäsalp is said to be one of the best places to try it.
  • Vietnam: If you want a fresh and authentic dish while visiting Vietnam, mi Quang is definitely the one to try. Pho Xua is one restaurant that is said to serve some of the best mi Quang.

There is definitely no shortage of tantalizing dishes around the world but it definitely is still possible to work in healthier meals around all of the delicious local cuisine.