A holiday should be viewed as much more than lying in the sun for a week or two. There’s no denying, this aspect of the holiday is very important – especially in relation to replenishing your mind and spirit. However, a little bit of exercise never killed anyone, and a spot of sport can work wonders for revitalizing your body. Holidays in the Algarve and Cyprus are perfect for exactly this, as holidays here are compromised of both sun and sport. The great weather and clear waters and sea conditions make up an incredible place to go snorkeling, windsurfing and sunbathing!Why not book one of the fabulous Algarve hotels as part of your next holiday experience? The good news is that the Algarve has plenty of sporting action, making a holiday to the Algarve a good fit for all kinds of travelers. The sporting year begins in January, with two racing events: the Almond Blossom International Cross Country Race in Albufeira and the Grande Prémio dos Reis em Atletismo in Faro. February marks the move of cycling to the forefront with the Volta ao Algarve em Bicicleta and the RDP/Algarve Trophy Race. One highlight of the region’s sports calendar is the Algarve International Sailing Tournament, which takes place every February in Vilamoura. Tennis aficionados will enjoy the Vale do Lobo Grand Championship and the Portugal Beach Open Tennis tournament in August. Motor sports enthusiasts won’t want to miss the World Motor Boat Championship and World Motocross in May and the Baja Terras d’el Rei all-terrain car rally held in April. September’s Portimão International Horse Jumping Competition offers a dose of old-fashioned sports entertainment. The Algarve is renowned for its phenomenal golfing and there are two golf contests: the TAP Golf Tournament in November and the Vilamoura Grand Golf Trophy held in December make a fitting end to the annual Algarve calendar of sporting events.There are loads of budget Algarve and Cyprus hotels, just waiting to be enjoyed. Cyprus is a small island, but it still offers plenty of thrilling sporting events. The year begins with the Cyprus Sunshine Cup, a grueling 3-day cycling contest, held each year in February Head to the snowy Troodos Mountains in March for the Troodos International Ski Competition. Many runners also flock to Paphos in March for the annual Cyprus Marathon – a daylong race through many of Cyprus’ most beautiful settings. The Larnaca Tennis Club hosts the Cyprus Seniors Tennis Cup in May and to watch small states win big, don’t miss the XIII Games of the Small States of Europe. This sporting event, held biannually each June, features eight different countries participating in mini Olympic-style games. November is an important month for Cyprus sports, with the FIA World Rally Championship, the Cyprus International 4-Day Challenge and Cyprus Aphrodite Half Marathon.
We’ve known of people putting off their dreams of travelling due to the problem of motion sickness. Some people are just more prone to it than others are, but there are ways one can lessen the condition and enjoy travels and holidays to faraway places! Don’t let motion sickness hold you back – there are ways to address the problem so travelling can be a more pleasant experience.Motion sickness can be caused by stress and anxiety over a trip. So it would help to be well prepared so you can relax just before and during travel. Pack way ahead, begin to delegate the tasks you need to pass on while you’re on holiday, settle all bills that have a deadline, and work out everything that will travel – not when you’re already in the car, on a plane or ship. Also avoid alcohol beginning a few days before your trip and eat only a light meal prior to travelling. If you’re taking a long flight or drive, keep your meals light, too, during the entire trip. Eating too heavy a meal will increase your chances of throwing up. Raw vegetables are said to help a lot, and some people will testify to the great effects of celery and carrots.If you’re travelling on a plane, request for the window seat, preferably in the area over the wings since there’s more stability there. It helps a lot to look out the window to prevent motion sickness. Try to take the front seat when travelling on the road, but if you have to seat yourself in the rear portion, the middle seat where you get an unobstructed view of the road ahead is a good spot, while others find that being at the sides with an open window greatly helps. Being seated in the middle also causes less movements and sways. If travelling on a ship, go for the deck more often. Fresh air and the view of the horizon do wonders for those suffering from dizzy spells during travel.Avoid focusing on objects near you while travelling on the road, so never read a book, work on your laptop or play a hand-held game or text while travelling. And if you can drive, offer to take the wheel during the trip. People who drive rarely suffer from motion sickness, probably because they’re concentrating on the outside surroundings during the entire trip.Keep all these travel tips at bay so you lessen your miseries over motion sickness. Using most or all of these tips can turn your travel fears into an enjoyable travel experience and pretty soon, you’ll find yourself on the travel route more often!
Now, more than ever, we travel. We pack our suitcases, make sure we haven’t forgotten the sunscreen, stick our passport in our back pocket and head for the door. But so often we take our own little world with us. Working all year round for those precious couple of weeks in the sun, we barely leave the poolside at the hotel where a scrambled egg breakfast is a must and all the other guests speak with the same “normal” accent as we do. What, I ask you, is the point of crossing continents to live life exactly as we do at home?So what does it mean to really travel? What is the difference between going on holiday and traveling? More than anything it comes down to your state of mind and the reasons you are going in the first place. To travel is to experience, and to have new experiences you must be open to them, invite them. Sometimes this can be difficult, frightening even, as it means stepping out of your comfort zone. It means awkward moments, strange places, strange food and customs and ways of life that seem odd, and often the complete opposite of your own belief system. But isn’t that what makes the world interesting?So why do it? What is the reward for making all this effort? Why do people go out of their way to travel to strange, hot, dusty, freezing or rainy places to taste odd delicacies made from parts of animals they’ve never heard of, put themselves in uncomfortable, sometimes even dangerous, situations, dealing with the jet lag and the culture shock? The reward is education. The reward is life itself. You might decide you like some of those odd delicacies. You might make some new friends. You will no doubt have some stories to tell, and you will definitely learn something. Your reward will be self discovery, growth, and knowledge. It will be the fact that you braved the world and found out it isn’t so scary after all.Lonely Planet estimates that by the year 2020 1.5 billion people will be on the move each year. That is over a 6th of the world’s population. The world has shrunk to the point of being a single global suburb. For the more adventurous, this can make travel more difficult, in that cultures are blending at a rapid rate. Countries import not only goods and services, but customs and beliefs. Therefore the human race might eventually become just that: a single race. Great for tolerance, but it would be a less interesting world. So before this happens explore, learn, experience. As the late author James Michener once said: “If you reject the food, ignore the customs, fear the religion and avoid the people, you might better stay home”.