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13 Summer Traditions and Festivals You Need to Know About

The summertime not only brings warmer weather and beach days, but also festivals and celebrations held around the world. People gather far and wide within their own countries and internationally to enjoy several summer traditions that cannot be beaten. While this year’s celebrations may look a little different, there is always time to plan to attend these global events next year. From barbecues and bonfires to races and celebrating friendship, these are the 13 summer traditions and festivals you need to know about.

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China’s famous dragon boat racing.

Dragon Boat Festival: June 25

The Chinese calendar is filled with celebrations throughout the year. One of the most exciting traditions held annually in China is the Dragon Boat Festival. This festival has been celebrated for over 2,000 years and was even added to the UNESCO World Intangible Cultural Heritage list in 2009. Also as of 2008, the Dragon Boat Festival is a public holiday in China. The festival commemorates the life and death of Qu Yuan, a famous Chinese scholar. A key part of the festival is the famous dragon boat races. These boats can be anywhere from 40 to 100 feet long and sit 80 rowers. The races symbolize bringing the dragons to life and laying them to rest after the race finishes. While the festival’s date changes yearly it is mainly held between the end of May to the end of June.

Pride Parade: June

For over 50 years in the United States, Pride festivities celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and is one of the most popular summer traditions. The first-ever Pride took place in New York City on June 28, 1970, one year after the Stonewall uprising. Since then, cities throughout the North American country fill the street with rainbow colors, parades, floats, and music to spread love, compassion, and kindness throughout the community. The biggest Pride festival is still in NYC every year and attracts millions of people from all communities to spread love and awareness. Other notable cities with large Pride events include Denver, Colorado, San Francisco, California, and Washington D.C.

March in the Pride parades in the major cities of the United States.

Summer Solstice: June 20

Who doesn’t love to celebrate the longest day of summer? Occurring between June 20 to June 22, the summer solstice marks the day when the sun is at its highest point creating the longest day of sunlight in the Northern Hemisphere. Countries in Scandanavia celebrate the holiday with large bonfires on the beach. In fact, the first largest bonfire record was a result of a summer solstice celebration in Norway in 2016. Many people travel far and wide to visit Stonehenge in Salisbury, England to admire World Heritage Site during the solstice. Celebrants can watch the solstice via a virtual tour on the Stonehenge website.

Bonfires are a major part of summer solstice celebrations.

United States Independence Day: 4th of July

The United State’s Independence Day is the 4th of July. Americans spend the day enjoying barbecues, bonfires, and red, white, and blue colors decorating absolutely everything. This is of course to match the American flag. On July 4, 1776, all thirteen American colonies signed the Declaration of Independence which gave the US freedom from under British rule. Many 4th of July summer traditions include parades throughout the country, a day at the beach, and firework shows in every city. Pro tip! Many coastal cities and lake cities light their fireworks in the water so that spectators can watch them from the beach and shore. It is a spectacular day of celebration and joy.

Looking for tips on how to safely celebrate this year? Watch the fireworks from your home, take a virtual tour of a national monument, and host a small BBQ of close friends and family. You can keep the 4th of July and it’s summer traditions alive, right from home.

Bastille Day: July 14

Otherwise known as Bastille Day the French National Holiday, La Fête Nationale is celebrated every 14th of July. It is very similar to the United State’s 4th of July in tradition and celebration. This holiday marks the turning point in the French Revolution on July 14, 1789, which united the French people after fighting against the monarchy. The streets of France fill with proud French citizens as fireworks illuminate the Eiffel Tower. One of the main parts of the summer event is the military procession that goes down the long Champs-Élysées.

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Enjoy the fireworks at Japan’s Sumidagawa Festival.

Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival: Last Saturday in July

If you are in Tokyo on the last Saturday in July, attend the annual Sumidagawa Fireworks Festival. Traditionally, fireworks a part of festivals for the dead to celebrate and commemorate the lives lost during the crisis during 1732. The festival then began in 1733, however it did not become an annual event until 1978. The firework festival brings the city to life under the shimmering colors. Summertime and fireworks go hand in hand.

Hajj Pilgrimage: July to August

Every year during the last lunar month of the Islamic calendar, Muslim people from all corners of the world make the Hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Mecca is considered to be the holiest place in the Islamic religion. The pilgrimage can last from five to six days and is a mandatory religious duty for all adult Islamic people to do at least once in their lifetime. Between Saudi Arabian residents and international visitors, about 2.5 million people made the Hajj in 2019.

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The beautiful gathering celebration at Mecca.

International Day of Friendship: July 30

Show your friends how much your care by celebrating the International Day of Friendship together on the 30th of July. This summer tradition offers friends the perfect opportunity to celebrate life, happiness, and kindness for their loved ones. Countries around the world celebrate this day on different dates, however, it typically falls sometime in July or the beginning of August. Although the concept of this day originates back to 1919, it officially became a holiday by the United Nations General Assembly in July 2011. Fun fact! Paraguay was the first country to officially celebrate the international day of friendship in 1958. The best way to honor the event is by booking a stay for you and your best pals on CuddlyNest. You can even make new summer traditions during your getaway.

Krishna Janmashtami: August 11

This Hindu holiday celebrates the birth of the eighth avatar of Vishnu, Krishna Janmashtami. It is one of India’s biggest and oldest holidays, due to Hindu tradition and teachings. The summer tradition includes two parts in which the Indian people build swings in their homes and place idols of the gods inside them, to then bathe them in milk, honey, and jewelry. Young boys also form a human pyramid to break a pot from 20-30 feet high. It is common for devotees of the celebration to dress their absolute best during the holiday and observe a day-long fast. While this an important festival in the Hindu religion, it is also a very proud day for all of India.

Enjoy art, culture, and music at Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival.

Edinburgh Fringe Festival: August

Also known as Fringe for short, this annual summer festival in Scotland is one of its most popular events all year. It is the world’s largest art festival and can last as long as a little over three weeks. The whole event features more than 50,000 performances and shows in over 300 venues throughout the city of Edinburgh. They include circuses, cabarets, musicals, exhibitions, and more. Spend next summer soaking in all the art and culture Scotland has to offer at the Fringe Festival in August. Pro tip: If comedy is your thing, check out local bars and pubs for free stand-up comedy shows. You can enjoy the events without purchasing a ticket.

Yi Torch Festival: August

One of China’s largest and grandest events is the Yi Torch Festival in the Yunnan province. The date of the celebration is always in August, as it corresponds with the 24th to 27th of the sixth month in the lunar calendar. While the festival includes wrestling, contests, horse racing, and more, the main event is the lighting of the torch. Each family lights a torch and uses it to illuminate the corners of the room and fields. Tradition says that this drives away all bad luck and brings a successful harvest. Larger torches are also made for the city centers to ward off bad luck for the entire community. It is truly a summer tradition of fire and light.

Explore Burning Man Festival in Nevada, USA.

Burning Man: August

Burning Man is a festival of art, self-expression, and creativity. Originating in 1986, it occurs every year in the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Tens of thousands of people attend this summer festival in the desert to collaborate, create, and share beautiful experiences together. Not only does this summer tradition include music and art, but also the building of an entire city. The art that is built at the event can include anything from sculptures to towers. At the end of every Burning Man festival, a large wood effigy symbolizing “the man” is burnt to the ground, as well as the rest of the event grounds. If you have the opportunity to experience Burning Man once in your lifetime, you will never forget it. 

La Tomatina: Last Wednesday of August

On the last Wednesday of every August, over 20,000 people gather in Buñol, Spain to celebrate La Tomatina. Hundreds of tomatoes are thrown at each other in the street in the Valencian town purely for entertainment and fun. This food fight has been a tradition in the town since 1945. Over the course of its tradition, the fight has been banned off and on, but that has never stopped Spaniards from participating in the event that brings them so much joy.


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Discover the New Seven Wonders of the World

Across the globe, people travel far and wide to visit The New Seven Wonders of the World. But, do you know the history of theses sites and how they came to be so important to the global community?

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For centuries the world has celebrated amazing sculptures and architecture. So much so that seven of these landmarks have the global status of being a “Wonder of the World”. Although there are now several categories with this title, the original list of ancient wonders dates back to a piece of work written in 225 B.C. by Philo of Byzantine called On Seven Wonders. These landmarks are revered because they show the true capability humans have for incredible imagination and creativity. After all, each of these architectural phenomenons is manmade.

The New Seven Wonders

The only ancient wonder that still exists today is the Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt. In order to choose the new seven wonders of the world, a foundation was created in 1999 to vote and choose them. After over 100 million votes, the new sites were revealed in 2007. They are Petra, The Colosseum, The Great Wall of China, Christ the Redeemer, Chichen Itza, Machu Picchu, and the Taj Mahal.

Although these sites are currently closed to the public, travelers can still admire and explore them through virtual tours. Learn about each of the new seven wonders of the world and plan for your future visit.


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Petra, Jordan

Petra, Jordan is one of the most remarkable landmarks on the planet. This ancient city is from the 1st century B.C. and served as the Arabic capital of the Nabateans Empire. The state became very wealthy due to its position in the trading routes between Arabia, India, Africa, and the West. Its moniker is the Rose City and it became a UNESCO Heritage site in 1985. The beautiful sandstone walls are famous for their feature in the 1989 film, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. According to the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (PDTRA), Petra welcomed over one million visitors in 2019.


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Christ the Redeemer, Brazil

The colossal Christ the Redeemer statue looks over Rio de Janeiro from the summit of Mount Corcovado. Construction on the statue took place in April 1922 and it was completed in 1931. The statue is 98 feet tall and its arms span 92 feet wide from fingertip to fingertip. It is the largest Art Deco-style sculpture in the entire world. Christ the Redeemer celebrates and honors the 100th year anniversary of the Brazilian Republic. It is still one of the most visited sites in not only Brazil but the world. There is even a replica of the statue in Lisbon, Portugal.

In March 2020, the statue was illuminated with flags of all the countries heavily affected by COVID-19. An act that showed an outpour of support for the global community.


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Chichen Itza, Mexico

Over 2 million tourists visit Chichen Itza, the second most popular archeological site in Mexico, a year. The ancient city is on the Yucatan Peninsula. The Kukulkan Pyramid, which is located in the center of the site, is one of the only buildings to maintain its original structure. Historians say Chichen Itza was built from 600 A.D. until 1221 during the Mayan empire. Due to its location and size, it stood as one of the most important places in Mayan culture. In December 2019, a new daily visit record was broken, with over 18,000 visitors in just one day. It is a must-visit when planning a trip to Mexico.


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The Great Wall of China, China

One of the most famous structures in the world is the Great Wall of China. Built in the early 7th century B.C. it took over 2,500 years to complete the entire wall. It spanned over more than 10 Chinese dynasties. The wall winds up and down the country in a dragon-like shape and extends over 13,170 miles (21,196 kilometers). Due to both human and natural causes, almost 1/3 of the wall is missing today. Thus, the Chinese government has commissioned many restoration projects to renovate the wall and its missing parts. The Chinese don’t refer to this wonder as “the Great Wall.” They call it Chángchéng, which means Long Wall. Visited by over 10 million people a year, this wonder of the world became a UNESCO Heritage site in 1987.


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The Colosseum, Italy

Located in the heart of Rome, Italy, The Colosseum stands proud as a symbol of power for the country. Construction on the Colosseum started in 70 A.D. However, it did not officially begin until 72 A.D. and finish until 80 A.D. Building the Colosseum was ordered by Emperor Vespasian who wanted to build the largest amphitheater in the world. In fact, it is still the largest in the world. During its time, the Colosseum could seat as many as 50,000 to 70,000 spectators. It was used to host gladiator contests, mock sea battles, and animal hunts. Some of the animals even included big cats and crocodiles. The historical landmark is one of Italy’s most famous tourist attractions and welcomes over 7 million visitors a year.


The Taj Mahal, India

The Taj Mahal is so much more than just a white marble mausoleum located in Agra, India. Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal in 1632 to 1648 for his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The building represents the emperor’s everlasting love for his wife. Today, it stands as a beacon of light and strength for India and the global community. Over 2.5 million visitors come to visit the Taj Mahal every year. As are the other wonders, the Taj Mahal is also a UNESCO Heritage site since 1983. While photos of the building show its beauty, they cannot truly capture the delicacy and attention to detail. It is truly a place one must see in person in order to know its magnificence.


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Machu Picchu, Peru

Last, but not least is Machu Picchu. This site is one of the most breathtaking global landmarks and the true pride of Peru. Machu Picchu belongs to the Incan empire from the mid-15th-century. However, it wasn’t rediscovered until 1911 by archeologist Hiram Bingham.  He was searching for another ancient city when he found the green terraces and remains of the structure. Many historians commonly use the term “ruins” when referring to this wonder, however, that is an incorrect description according to Machupicchu.org. It is best to describe this city as a sanctuary as it was a spiritual and sacred place for the Incans. Machu Picchu became a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1983.


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Pet-Friendly Holidays in Florida

There is a question arising every year when planning a trip with a family, what about your paw friends? If there is anything besides the cost of bringing your four-legged friend with you on a trip, it’s bureaucracy and restrictions. Most of us do not even want to imagine the 2-week-long quarantine when entering South East Asian countries like Indonesia or Thailand, so many choose to go on a domestic trip by car. And where else is it better to enjoy summer than in Florida? Read on to get to know about the best ways to go around with your pet around Florida.


Entering Florida with Pets

There are several requirements to enter Florida with pets. First, you need to take with you an official certificate of veterinary inspection, so-called health certificate. The certificate at the date of the arrival must be issued less than 30 days back. It means that for your Christmas and New year holidays, it is wise not to wait for too long and start preparing now, while everyone is not going on vacation yet and the lines are not too long. You can obtain the health certificate in any vet office within a few hours. Another document you need to enter Florida is the documentation of current rabies vaccine. According to state laws, the vaccine must be renewed every 3 months, although the rules vary state by state. If you need your dog to be vaccinated, do not waste any time and get it done as soon as possible. Regarding rabies tag, it is not necessary for your pet to wear it, although there are some counties in Florida that do require pets to wear a rabies tag.

Flying with Pets

If you are coming a long way to Florida or just prefer to not waste your time in the car, then there are some additional things you should check before going on a holiday. If you are flying in Florida, then please contact the airlines to make appropriate reservations for your pet. Some companies require a certificate of acclimation or health certificate, but it depends on the airline and type of flight. In both cases, these can be provided by the veterinarian. Some airlines only accept health certificates within 10 days of examination, make sure to check it before. 

Transport Your Pet with Shipping Company

If there is a sudden need to ship your pet to another country, there is no much choice other than using shipping service. To meet the requirements of import, you should get the application for import approved by the country of destination’ s  consulate, an international health certificate from Florida and accredited veterinarian, as well as international possible testing and vaccinations. Another requirement is an endorsement of papers by a USDA APHIS Veterinary Services veterinarian. But note that some countries, like UK, require very early applications, having them submitted 6 months ago, and on top of that, also require microchipping, rabies testing and special import application.

Beaches with Dogs

If you are traveling and sunbathing with your whole family, you don’t want to leave your dog locked at the rental. Florida is quite welcoming in that sense. Having both off-leash beaches and beaches your dog need to be leashed up, there is a lot to choose from. In Fort De Soto Park, for example, dog owners are allowed to swim together with their pets, and the beaches are adapted to enjoy picnics, play with your dogs, let your dog socialize with others and have fun. For an added bonus, it was named America’s #1 beach in 2008 and 2009, pushing all records. If you are in Venice, FL, then Brohard Paw Park may be a good choice. Situated in Sarasota, it is the only pet-friendly beach in the county. Other beaches you should definitely consider are Bonita Beach Dog Park and Panama City Park, both very dog-friendly.

Get Around in the Public Transport

Thanks to a bill requiring Amtrak to accept dogs and cats as passengers in the trains, now you can travel around Florida without any problem. Your pet will be welcomed and given a ticket to, and you can carry your best friend as carry-on baggage. However, any dog that is too large to be carried in a bag will not be allowed to ride. To get around by taxi in cities, you can use Uber. There is a special pet taxi service in Florida, in all major cities from Miami to Fort Lauderdale to Orlando, but check properly before booking Uber.

Eat Out with Your Dog or Cat

Although getting around and going swimming with your dogs is not hard anymore, you could also start doing other activities, such as tackling hunger not only in parks or outdoor establishments, but also a high-end restaurant, such as especially price-friendly Voodoo Dog in Tallahassee, or Mad Dogs and Englishmen in Tampa. The best bet, however, if the hunger strikes when you are out with your pet and have not checked the restaurant selection in advance, is to go for beer gardens that are usually outdoor pubs where you can catch some sun, have a sandwich or burger, and have your dog well-rested right beside you. You should mind, though, that restaurants are still more welcoming to small and medium-sized dogs, and so it may be a good idea to always take the leash with you, in case you go for a run with your large four-legged friend.

All in all, Florida is truly pet-friendly and you can find shops, vacation rentals, and restaurants catering not only for your family but also for your pets. Getting into Florida state should not be a problem if you manage your travels well ahead and try to obtain your pets’ health statements and travel cards on time. You should also check out the best places to eat out before going on a vacation with a pet, just you do not miss any of the awesomeness whilst on holiday.

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Why Holidays are so Important for our Health

We can all agree that holidays are the absolute best. They are a time when our body, mind, and soul, can take a break to reset. It0s the perfect time to disconnect from our busy lives and unwanted stress and worry. Holidays have become a basic necessity in our society and there is a good reason for it. Studies have shown that taking a vacation is very important for maintaining our health. Let’s learn how so that when our next vacation rolls around we can enjoy them completely. 

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Health Studies:

Several studies have been done over the years to understand the effects holidays have on our mind and body. In one study, a group of participants was divided into two groups. The first group continued with their everyday routine, while the second group took a two-week trip to various destinations. One of those destinations included  Thailand, which is very well known for offering adventure and relaxation. After these two weeks, the groups were evaluated on how they felt. The results determined that holidays have a direct impact on decreasing blood pressure, improving sleep quality, preventing cardiovascular problems, as well as considerably reducing stress levels.

1. Decreased blood pressure

Following the study, the group that took the vacation had decreased their blood pressure by an average of 6%. Those who continued with their normal routine did not see any difference. Therefore, for people suffering from high blood pressure, a quick fix is to set some time aside for relaxation. Even if you take a staycation or quick weekend trip, the benefits can still help in your everyday life. Creating a habit of relaxing will allow you to add this to your routine and can aid in decreasing your blood pressure over an extended period of time. 

2. Better sleep quality

People can improve sleep quality by up to 17% during vacation. Better sleep leads to less stress, and less stress leads to a healthier lifestyle. This is crucial as the hours of sleep and the quality determines how your body functions. People sleep significantly more during vacations allowing their body to reset.

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3. Healthy heart

In another study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh, researcher Karen Mathews studied approximately 9,000 men between the ages of 35 and 57 who were monitored for 9 years. Each of these men was at high risk for coronary heart disease. The conclusions of this study were very clear. The participants who did not take vacations annually were 32% more likely to die from a heart attack.

In addition, the University of New York confirms that men who take vacations reduce their chance of dying from any cause by 20%, and their risk of death from heart disease up to 30%. Various investigations have also concluded that vacations are even more beneficial for women than for men. According to a study conducted in 2005 by the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin, women who take vacations less than once every two years are more likely to suffer from depression. In addition, those who do not vacation frequently are about eight times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or suffer a heart attack. One could make the argument that vacations save lives. 

4. Reduce stress levels

An investigation done by the Arizona Department of Health Services concluded that women who take vacations frequently are less likely to be tense, depressed, or tired. These psychological benefits lead to a higher quality of life also produce better work performance. By setting time aside to catch up on reading, taking a walk, or even taking a bath will allow your body to be distracted from stress and anxiety. The perfect time to do each of these things is while on a holiday break. Call your girlfriends and organize a wellness getaway that will leave you feeling fresh and rejuvenated. A healthier happier mind leads to more productivity and the ability to achieve.

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In case you need further convincing that vacations and a healthy lifestyle go hand in hand, studies show that long term effects can be an increase in a better mood and even weight loss. Another study determined that vacations can cause a drop in glucose levels, thereby reducing the risk of obesity and diabetes. Check out these tips for healthier holidays before you begin planning. Your vacation may just be the thing that changes your life. You can start making your health a priority, today, by planning a trip with Cuddlynest.


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How to stay in shape during summer holidays

Holidays are a period to unwind and have fun. Forget about everything that generates stress and dedicate time to oneself to be able to reach a state of relaxation and well-being.

It is shown that exercise is widely beneficial both for the mind and for the body. If you usually have an exercise routine, it’s time to break it. But this does not mean that you should spend a few weeks doing absolutely nothing, take advantage to do things that usually do not have time to do in the normal day to day.

General advice

  1. Forget about the clock. Disconnect. Do not put a schedule, take the opportunity to exercise when the body asks you and you want. Learn to listen to your body.
  2. Do group activities. Many times we confuse exercise with having to crush us, remember that it is your vacation and the most important thing is to have a good time with your friends and family.
  3. Do not obsess. As we have noted, neither schedules nor restrictions. Do you fancy an ice cream between hours? Ahead. There is nothing healthier than knowing how to enjoy the pleasures of life (and food), at certain times.

Vacation on the beach

If you have chosen a destination with coast, take advantage of it. You can do millions of outdoor activities that, in general, daily life does not allow us to enjoy. Do you like to swim? There is nothing better than swimming in the sea. Save 20 minutes for it. Are you going with your family? Propose them a challenge: who is able to go and return twice to the buoy faster. This can become a fantastic and fun exercise for the whole family. Swimming has many benefits such as: delays the aging process, helps increase our motor capacity, improves memory, burns many calories, makes our body more resistant and favors the proper functioning of the cardiorespiratory system.

Swimming is not your thing? Nothing happens. You can always spend 40 minutes walking the beach. It is known that walking decreases the risk of being hypertensive, and in patients with high blood pressure reduces pressure values, produces favorable effects on cholesterol, prevents the onset of diabetes, improves your sex life, increases Vitamin D levels and It helps to lose weight. You can take some time just for yourself (sometimes it is necessary to do it), and get lost with your thoughts while leaving your footprints in the sand.

On the other hand, an activity that many people practice on the beach is playing with paddles or football. Although it may not seem like it, it is an excellent exercise in which you involve the whole body. The resistance of the sand makes your legs work twice. You can get to burn 220 calories in an hour. Why not organize a championship?

Other activities that you surely do not have time to do in your day to day are: kayak, beach volleyball, surfing … You may never have tried them, so why not take advantage to do something new that who knows, could become your new hobby of the weekends.

Last thing, use new technologies to return to the origin. Summer is an excellent time to practice outdoor sports and those who are dedicated to it know it perfectly. Many gyms or professionals who work on their own, take the opportunity to form groups of short duration and offer yoga or crossfit classes that you can attend without any commitment. Google it and you will find something around your are.

Holidays in the mountains

In general, people who choose this type of vacation are self-interested in sports. Surely you have already chosen some routes that you would like to do. Well, our advice is that you take the time to take care of yourself. Do not forget that the work period is as important as the recovery period.

Give yourself a prize and reserve yourself a day at a spa or doing activities that go a little out of your mountain routine (like drinking a mojito while enjoying the views).

Holidays in a big city

Maybe this type of vacation is the most complicated to follow a program. You can always access YouTube videos with 15-minute routines that are an excellent way to start the day.

In any case, the best way to discover the most exciting places in a city is to get lost in its streets. This involves walking (sometimes walking a lot), which as we have noted before, is a great exercise. Do you like to ride a bike? Well do not hesitate, hire a bicycle tour of the city. There are companies that are dedicated to this and there are excellent tours with which you can combine culture and exercise at the same time. It sounds good, right?

If you prefer to have a time just for you and your body, do not forget that you are in a big city and that you can always go to a gym. But let’s be honest, you can do that in your city. Find new things. Most cities have a park where people go to exercise, grab your sport shoes and run it, you may even find yourself with some group practicing tai-chi who are always happy to welcome someone else in their family.

Holidays and diet = no holidays

One of the issues that most worries when it comes to staying in shape is food. We will not deny what is widely known: being in shape consists 20% of exercise and 80% of diet. But, what are holidays if you can not give yourself a whim? Well there’s the trick, some whim.

That is, do not take advantage of this time to throw away everything you have achieved. That is the big mistake of the majority (and more when there is a free buffet). Treat yourself from time to time, but do not make it the norm of your vacation. The best way is to follow a balanced diet (at all times of your life).

A balanced diet does not mean that you have to restrict foods from your list, it means that you must learn to eat well. We all know that fried foods are not the most recommended foods, just like sweets. That does not mean we should eliminate those of the list, we should simply reduce their intake. Think that if you stuff yourself with this kind of food it is likely that your energy goes down and that all those things you had planned to do during your vacations remain in thoughts. That’s why it’s important to find the balance.

In conclusion, vacations are not the time to set goals and get an excellent state. You already try that all year. Take the opportunity to do new things and have fun with your ones. It is important that you do it in a healthy and conscious way because it is the way with which you will enjoy more of your relaxing time.

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