Staying Fit While Traveling

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Traveling, while exciting and always an adventure, can set us off our regular routines. This break in routine can lead to poor eating habits, weight gain, and sleep loss. To maintain healthy ways to lose weight and to be sure that enough rest is met while on the road, follow these great tips.

1.       Watch what you eat: Travelling, especially when associated with works finds many travelers at the mercy of eating out constantly. With this being the case, try avoiding fast food restaurants, which offer mostly unhealthy meal options. If you must eat at a fast food establishment, look for options that have lower calories and fat content. Choose salads when possible, paying extra attention to using light salad dressings. Grilled chicken sandwiches are also a better alternative. Substitute fries with a side salad when possible, opt for diet beverages or water and do Not supersize.

Fortunately, all eating experiences when traveling, especially for work, are not behind the wheel of the car. When eating at a sit-down restaurant, the same rules apply. Look for entrées that are broiled or grilled. When selecting a side opt for fresh vegetables and choose your beverages wisely avoiding alcoholic and high calorie choices.

2.       Get enough sleep: While this may be easier said than done, getting enough sleep will keep you alter and less irritable. If attempting to sleep in a strange environment is difficult for you, you can try some non-habit forming natural sleep aids.

3.       Exercise: This is the most important of the weight loss tips for staying fit while traveling. Packing a pair of workout clothes and some sneakers take up very little room in your suitcase, but the benefits that you will feel for packing them will be a good decision. An additional benefit to packing the sneakers is that you will be able to get out and walk and explore the local culture.

Tips And Guides To Backpacking And Hiking In Uganda

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Come and try backpacking in Africa. Have you ever thought of having a vacation in Uganda? If not, this is the time to think of it. Backpacking is probably the best way to really experience Uganda’s place of interest. You interact directly with Ugandan local people, take part in a Ugandan cultural celebration, visit interesting both traditional and Christian religious sites and become a part of the current Ugandan community.

Uganda tourism provide many types of hiking

1. Guided Hiking Tour

I know you would like to know what a guided tour is all about. A guided hiking tour can range from a simple trip to a huge expedition depending on how you want your journey to be. In such a hiking journey, there is a provision of porters that show the way and carry your camping gear and other camping materials. The number of porters is depends on availability and the size of the group. Remember, these organized hiking treks can be arranged when you’re at home anywhere in this world or when you arrive in Uganda. Begging is not good for a man but if one helps in hiking, you should consider giving out something in appreciation. Deciding to use the porters may cost a little bit extra but it will help a lot in supporting the local economy and encourage locals to preserve the surrounding natural beauty.

2. Unguided Hiking in Uganda

Never undermine the importance of a porter in your hiking in Uganda. The best thing about the guided tour is that if you have a porter you have to carry your own backpack. The most you’ll carry will probably be no more than what your fanny pack can hold. The rest is carried by the porter which gives you the chance to have a look at the surroundings. But there are those hikers who prefer to hike independently in Uganda and Africa in general. You have to carry your own pack but the experience is so much better at least for most people, me included. Many guidebooks are available for who prefer the unguided trek. It will include details on backpacking hostels, landmarks, places to visit, lodges, shops for camping supplies and some will include a little bit of history.

3. Ugandan Safety and Security for Hikers

Remember, Uganda is a third world country and for that matter camping gear is expensive. In Uganda the cost of your hiking gear alone can feed a family for a year. In Uganda the gap between the rich and the poor is very high and for that hikers are sometimes targets for thieves. Be safe and never show any expensive electronic equipment or large sums of cash. You can take further precautions with hiking accessories such as cable-reinforced money belts, padlocks, secret compartments and steel nets to encase your backpack. Don’t forget that these are just secondary measure, when it comes to keeping you health and safe it, involves a little bit of common sense and logic.

Deccan Airlines is Now Kingfisher Deccan Airlines

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Air Deccan or Deccan Airlines, the first low or cheap cost carrier of India has really changed the face of Indian Aviation Industry. The airline gave wings to the dream of flying of every common Indian to travel. Endorsed by three aviation enthusiasts, Capt Gopinath, Capt KJ Samuel and Vishnu Raval, Deccan Airlines started its journey on 23rd August 2003. The airline has its main base in Bangalore with its secondary core at Meenambakkam International Airport, Chennai. The Airline was first taken off his flight from Bangalore to hubli.Deccan Airlines offers great contracts at beyond compare prices. Being India’s first low fare airline, Deccan Airline awards remarkable airfares on domestic air tickets and international Air tickets. With its marvelous growth in the past few years, it currently operates flights from all important cities & towns including regional destinations. It offers flights to New Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune, Chennai, Goa, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Lucknow, also covering Ahmedabad, Vadodra, Madurai, Coimbatore, Dehradun, Hubli and many more.

Recently, Deccan Airlines being now merged in Kingfisher Airlines. And now it has sports with a vibrant Kingfisher logo emblazoned on its all aircrafts, Deccan Airlines 26 percent stake has been acquired by the flashy kingfisher airlines, owned by liquor tycoon, Mr Vijay Mallya. To put in value to its passengers travel experience, it offers facilities like; online ticket booking, free travel for infants, greater ticketing flexibility, new airport coaches, plush aircraft interiors, ticketing counters and flattering water & groceries in aircrafts. The tickets book for Kingfisher Deccan Airlines flights can be purchased from anywhere anytime through its inclusive website that gives the facility to book ticket online through its user-friendly booking engine. It has certainly, the first airlines to have brought the concept of e ticketing in India Offers Air Deccan. The multi call center of Air Deccan flight is devoted to provide all kind of information related to air booking, cancellation, rescheduling to passengers encircling the clock.

Airline Miles Credit Cards Comparison

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At one time, there were not many airline credit cards available for you to choose from. The first of the airline miles credit cards was the Citi AAdvantage MasterCard, which is still available today. Though this card had plenty to offer, it wasn’t necessarily the best airline credit card for everyone.The Evolution of Airline Credit Cards

Over time, airline miles credit cards began to evolve. Soon after the Citi AAdvantage MasterCard hit the market, the United Airlines Mileage Plus card was offered through a partnership with United Airlines. Shortly after, Continental Airlines followed suit with the Continental Airlines World MasterCard. These leaders in the airline miles credit card industry started what has become a widespread credit card option for frequent travelers.

Partnering with Airlines

The partnerships formed between credit card companies and airlines put a new face on airline credit cards. Today, there are just as many airline credit cards to choose from as there are airlines. The majority of these airline credit cards are pretty much the same, though the subtle nuances can vary from card to card. With all of these cards, the miles you earn are good for use with just the airline named on the card. The only exception to this is if the airline has sister companies. In this case, the miles may be good with the sister airlines as well.

Generic Airline Credit Cards

In addition to the vast number of airline credit cards that are formed in partnership with airlines, there are many generic credit cards. In this case, the word “generic” doesn’t stand for off brand or low quality. Rather, these cards allow you to earn airline miles that you can use with any airline of your choice. Usually, these cards work by assigning each airline mile a monetary value, usually 1 or 2 cents per mile. You can then use these miles to purchase a ticket through the credit card company that the company has acquired from the airline at a discounted price.

With generic airline credit cards, you are provided far more freedom in deciding which airline to use. This allows you to select the airline that is running a flight at the time and location that is best for you. It also allows you to take advantage of market fluctuations in ticket prices from one airline to the next.

Additional Perks

In addition to the number of miles it takes to earn free travel with airline credit cards, you should consider the additional perks offered. For example, so airline credit cards only provide special discounts for air travel. On the other hand, some cards allow you to redeem your points for other travel related necessities, such as car rentals, cruises, hotel stays, and vacation packages.

You should also pay attention to the special incentives offered by airline miles credit cards. Some allow you to earn bonus miles through certain purchases. For example, you might be able to earn bonus miles with a credit card that has partnered with a specific airline if you make purchases from that airline on the credit card.

In addition to incentives, some airline credit cards provide sign up bonuses. It is fairly common for an airline credit card to offer 5,000 bonus miles after using the card for the first time. The Gold Delta Skymiles Credit Card and American Express Credit Cards offer 10,000 bonus miles. Of course, you need to look out for how many miles it takes to earn a free ticket. The average number of miles needed with airline credit cards is 25,000, but you should always read all of the fine print first before making a decision.

Want to Avoid Crowds? Try Skiing at Bear Valley

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You’ve heard about the skiing at Lake Tahoe or Mammoth, but one of the best ski or snowboard experiences you’ll ever have awaits you at Bear Valley, where the crowds are few, but the thrills are many.While not on a par with Squaw Valley or Heavenly or other major California ski resorts, the Bear Valley ski area is still a prime candidate for a weekend or even an extended skiing vacation. As we discovered in early February, Bear Valley offers a surprisingly complete ski vacation experience – no frills, to be sure, but still rewarding and well worth the trip deep into the Sierra Nevada range.

If designer clothing stores, zillion-dollar condos, and Hollywood-style glitz are part of your criteria for a ski vacation, this ski area might not be the best choice. If wide-open ski runs, no lift lines and plenty of groomed snow are more important to you, then by all means give Bear Valley a try.

Coming originally from the Pacific Northwest, we could not help but compare Bear Valley to one of our favorite ski areas in Washington state – a place called Mission Ridge in a town named Wenatchee. The population in that part of the state is sparse compared with the big ski areas near Seattle, so Mission Ridge is able to offer wide-open skiing runs most days of the week.

Similarly, Bear Valley is less accessible than the many larger ski areas in the Lake Tahoe area. Bay area and Sacramento residents can drive Interstate 80 to the Tahoe area and find a selection of ski resorts a short distance off the interstate. To reach this ski area, you have to drive two-lane roads through the foothills and mountains for close to 100 miles.

But when you get there, most skiers and snowboarders will find it’s worth it. Our mid-week skiing was some of the best we’ve experienced – plenty of wide-open, groomed terrain perfect for intermediates and serviced by a number of lifts where there seemed to never be lines. It was ski down the run, get right on the chair and do it all again and again until just a few hours into our day we were growing exhausted. We probably skied in four hours what it would take us a full day to do at a resort with moderate lift lines.

There are no gondolas or high-speed quad chairlifts at Bear Valley, although there are 10 lifts altogether, mostly doubles and triples. About 1280 acres are available for skiing and snowboarding; some 100 acres are in an area where they can make snow – although at 7,750 feet, it’s likely Mother Nature will supply all the snow you need.

We mentioned the intermediate skiing because that’s our favorite – but rest assured this ski area has many black diamond or expert ski runs for those looking for more of a challenge. The day lodge is situated mid-mountain with lifts going both up the mountain to 8495 feet, and coming to the lodge from the lower part of the mountain. Most of the expert runs are located on the lower mountain.

The area’s day lodge also was wide open and easy to navigate. Instead of masses of people waiting in line to get their food and find a place to sit, we stepped right up and got our cooked-to-order Philly cheesesteak sandwiches in just a few minutes. And there was no shortage of menu options – lots of different types of food from sandwiches to Asian cuisine, from soups and salads to major meals.

But the Bear Valley experience is much more than a daytrip – or at least it should be given the time it takes to get to the ski area. For our trip we booked lodging at the Bear Valley Lodge, one of just a few hotel-type facilities near the mountain. Located about three miles from the mountain, the Bear Valley Lodge seems to be the hub of activity in the area and proved to be a good choice for accommodations. While showing some of its age – it was built in the 60′s – the lodge proved to be a comfortable, convenient base of operations. A ski shuttle bus will take you to the mountain, and you can even ski all the way back to the lodge.

When we say comfortable, we are not comparing the lodge to the high-end condos you find at most major ski resorts. The rooms at Bear Valley Lodge are more like a motel unit with two double beds a bath area and a TV/entertainment area that included HBO. But small touches – such as the bay window looking out onto the snowy landscape or the pine furniture – helped to make this feel much cozier than a motel room.

The four floors of rooms at the Bear Valley Lodge look out onto the Cathedral Lounge, a large open space in the middle of the lodge that offers guests a place to sit and read and enjoy the fire in the massive stone fireplace. Photos are mounted along the walls depicting the history of the lodge and Bear Valley ski area. Celebrities such as Spider Savich, Claudine Longet, Merv Griffin and several others are shown skiing or otherwise enjoying Bear Valley.

Adjacent to the lounge are several shops including an old-fashioned general store – with a deli to get quick sandwiches and soups – and a surprisingly complete ski shop with all of the latest ski equipment, clothing and accessories. But keep in mind this is not the type of resort where you can spend hours shopping when you’re not on the slopes; your down time here most likely will be spent in front of the fire reading a good book.

During our brief stay we dined in the lodge’s Grizzly Lounge – mainly because the other lodge restaurant, the Creekside Dining Room, was closed Mondays and Tuesdays. The lounge food was good and included a few menu items from the Creekside. We did learn that the Creekside has recently employed a well-educated and accomplished chef that has proven both creative and popular with guests – so we were disappointed we didn’t get a chance to sample the Creekside cuisine.

We also enjoyed a meal down at BaseCamp, a lodge that is just a short walk from the Bear Valley Lodge and the only other hotel-style lodging this close to the ski area. We enjoyed our meal at BaseCamp where we got to know an English waitress who had come to Bear Valley simply because the skiing is so good. The BaseCamp, incidentally, offers the lowest cost rooms in the area with “bathroom down the hall.”

There are also condo and cabin rentals available in the Bear Valley area, as well as the Tamarack Lodge further west on Highway 4. Prices in general will be less at BaseCamp, moderate at the Bear Valley Lodge and Tamarack, and more when you rent an entire vacation home.

While in the area, there are several small towns and attractions that are worth a stop if you have the time. To reach Bear Valley in winter, you’ll be traveling through the historical town of Angel’s Camp and then a similar but smaller Gold Rush town called Murphys.

But our suggestion would be to allow plenty of time for skiing. You’ll want to ski or board Bear Valley just as long as the weather – and your legs – will hold out.

AT A GLANCE

WHERE: Bear Valley Ski Resort is on Highway 4, about 52 miles from the foothills town of Angel’s Camp, and 130 miles from Sacramento.

WHAT: Bear Valley is a throwback to skiing in the ’60′s and ’70′s – no high-speed quads or gondolas but lots of wide open groomed terrain in a gorgeous setting.

WHEN: Winter always means where is lots of snow for skiing as well as many other snow sports; the area also is a popular summer recreation area with numerous lakes, hiking trails and a pristine forest.

WHY: It’s refreshing to ski where there are no lift lines and little pretense – most of the “beautiful people” went to Colorado; the home-growns stayed here. Economically, this ski vacation is quite affordable.

HOW: For more information on Bear Valley Ski Resort, phone (209) 753-2301 or visit www.bearvalley.com. For more information on Bear Valley Lodge, phone (209) 753-2325 or visit www.bearvalleylodge.com.