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It has been a while since my last post so I thought I should give you all a quick update on my progress!
I’ve been in Australia for a few weeks now and I am absolutely loving it!
I think I said on one of my original blogs about how I just chose my route by looking at a world map however I’m glad I chose Oz as my first port of call. It gives me the chance to experience a new country, new culture and new surroundings without being completely different from what I have back home. Good way to ease me into the whole backpacking and travelling experience!
OK, to start off this blog I want to tell you why I decided to take a gap year from work.
Let’s get one thing straight first, a gap year isn’t just for students and recent graduates looking to ‘find themselves’ teaching English in a remote orphanage somewhere across the other side of the world. These endeavours are great, there is no doubt about that, but ANYONE can take a gap year from their life. It doesn’t matter if you are 18, 28, 38, 48 or whatever. If you think you can benefit from taking a year out from whatever it is you do then why are you not making plans?
Australia, also commonly known as the “land down under” is a fascinating place to visit because of the various attractions that it has. Below are some of the top reasons why you should experience Australia.
The Great Barrier Reef.
You have not experienced nature in its full glory until you see the Great Barrier Reef. This is the greatest living structure on earth. It covers a stretch of 2300 km on the coast of Queensland and covers an impressive area bigger than the UK and Ireland.
It has more than a thousand species of fish, 86% (6 out of 7) of the threatened turtle species, more than a hundred species of sharks, more than 400 species of hard coral and many other flora and fauna. Do you need further convincing about why you should visit Australia?
Whether it is surfing that you want or just a wonderful sand beach from which you can enjoy a swim and get tanned, Australia has it all. In addition to the well known beaches, there are numerous small islands that you can get to by boat, ferry or by plane and you will have the time of your life!
The vast and varied landscape that makes up Australia has some of the most amazing animal species that you can ever find concentrated in one country.
From millions of kangaroos, koalas, wombats, platypuses, and so many other rare animal species, Australia has it all. Do not worry if you have never heard of some of the animal names; seeing is believing, so get down there!
This was inevitable given the various Aussie cities that keep getting listed as the most habitable on earth. The cream of the crop in the medical profession had to flock here to ply their trade.
Today, more and more people are visiting Australia for medical purposes. A leading Australian plastic surgeon, Dr. Gerarchi, performs a rhinoplasty every other day on a foreign client and he says the numbers have been growing over the years.
Plastic surgery is actually the biggest medical need that brings medical tourists to Australia and they take advantage of being there to sample the beaches, too. Who wouldn’t?
And The Nightlife!
An experience of the Aussie nightlife will leave you wanting to permanently move there so that you never miss a night out with your new-found buddies.
Melbourne has specifically been compared to Miami due to its extremely vibrant nightlife. In all Australian cities you will find a huge variety of nightclubs, bars, casinos and restaurants to choose from.
You just have to decide what kind of nightlife fascinates you and you will surely find it in Australia.
Australia is competing favorably with the leading travel destinations around the world and has cemented its place among the very top places one must visit in their lifetime. The reasons given above are by no means the only reasons that exist for visiting Australia. There are many more reasons such as the amazing cities, the friendliness of the people there, and so many others.
Traveling for cosmetic surgery has become so popular. Millions of people from around the world travel to the United States for medical care, while millions of Americans travel to destinations like India, Turkey and Mexico to undergo cosmetic surgery. While most people come to the United States for serious health problems and world-class doctors, most Americans travel for discount procedures combined with a vacation.
If you’re planning to get a facelift performed overseas, there are several things to keep in mind. While many travelers make arrangements for follow-up care back home, few consider a very real risk: flying after surgery, including a facelift, poses serious health risks. This danger means you should plan on remaining at your destination for two weeks.
Risk of Flying After a Facelift
Flying less than two weeks after a facelift poses a risk because your heart rate and blood pressure may go up unexpectedly. This may cause a hematoma, or a collection a blood outside of a blood vessel in your face. Hematomas are not always dangerous, but they can cause swelling, redness, pain and bruising.
Long flights also carry the risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). If you will receive your facelift and then need to fly more than 6 hours to get home, you need to take precautions to avoid these blood-clotting complications. While more common in surgery below the waist, even facelift patients may experience a blood clot during a long flight.
Be sure to get up and walk around the plane at least once an hour. You should also stretch as much as possible and stay hydrated to reduce the risk of a clot. If you have a history of blood clots or are at high risk, your surgeon may put you on anticoagulants before your flight home.
How Long Should You Wait?
According to an article I found cited on Dr. Mark Hamilton’s Facebook page, patients are advised to wait to fly after a complex procedure like a facelift until all drains and non-absorbable sutures are removed and incisions are fully healed. This may be up to 6 weeks.
According to Dr. Hamilton, he advises patients who come to him for facelift surgery in Indianapolis to wait at least two weeks to fly, assuming there are no complications. At his practice, anyone from out of the country or far out of state who has the procedure is asked to come back within 24-48 hours of the surgery, again at one week and once more at 10 days post-surgery. He recommends patients plan to stay in the area for at least 10 days so their condition can be monitored.
Traveling for Medical Tourism? Plan Carefully
Medical tourism has been a boon to many countries, and it benefits both the tourism industry and patients. Still, there are many concerns with medical tourism, particularly managing any potential complications, the safety of long travel and long-term management of any complications by a surgeon who didn’t perform the procedure.
Plan to stay locally for two weeks after your facelift, and find out if your surgeon has an agreements with colleagues in your home country. Keep in mind many surgeons feel uncomfortable caring for a patient who received surgery from someone else, so have a plan in place to get care when you return home.
Many people remain in one location all their life and never get to see the world outside their state or country. Some even think that traveling abroad is for the wealthy who “have money to waste.”
Let me tell you from personal experience, especially during that year I took off work to go and see the world, there are innumerable benefits of traveling abroad. Look through this list and see whether you can relate to what I am saying.
1. Chance To Disconnect From Our Daily Lives.
International travel gives us a much needed break from our day to day life. This is particularly important given that our lives are full of so many pressures and challenges so when we travel we get to take a breath of air free from the pressures we left at home or the workplace.
That disconnecting can even help you get solutions to the problems you face back home due to getting a different perspective on things.
2. Massive Relaxation.
As already indicated, our normal lives are very stressful. International travel allows us to relax and unwind. This is particularly true if we are traveling for leisure and not work. That relaxation energizes us and gets us motivated to take on the challenges in our lives.
3. Increased Resourcefulness.
Modern life is full of so many sudden changes and when you have the benefit of traveling abroad, that exposure makes you have the ability to easily adjust to new situations and also get better at solving problems. That resourcefulness can even reduce most of the pressures you face on a daily basis.
4. Cheap Medical Services.
You just need to travel in order to realize how expensive medical care is in America. Getting the services of the best plastic surgeon in Sarasota for procedures like a Sarasota blepharoplasty costs up to 80% more than the same procedures performed in other countries like India, Thailand, or Brazil, yet there is no sacrifice in terms of quality.
It is these huge differences that are making medical tourism in different locations around the world grow by leaps and bounds.
5. Increased Knowledge.
When we travel abroad we increase our knowledge of various things and that widens our perspective. The way in which a person that has traveled widely reasons is very superior to the way someone that has never gone beyond national borders looks at issues. Who wouldn’t want that?
6. Unforgettable Memories.
Have you ever wondered why newlyweds go on honeymoon? It is intended to create lasting memories upon which their future lives together should be built!
When you travel abroad with family and friends, you get to share special moments that will remain forever etched in your minds. You get to bond in a way that may not be easy to break and you all get back closer than you were before the trip.
International travel has very many benefits and if you were still in doubt as to its value, try putting a dollar amount on what has been presented above and then compare it with the affordable cost of travel these days. You be the judge!
Traveling for cosmetic surgery has become easier and more desirable than ever. While many people in the U.S. travel to far away countries, many choose to combine plastic surgery with a domestic vacation. There is no better place to do this than Miami, Florida.
Many people figure, why not turn a cosmetic procedure in Miami into an entire vacation? Most surgeons in Miami have experience dealing with patients from across the country — and across the world — and there are several reasons people come to Florida. While some just can’t find a skilled surgeon locally, others long for a mini-vacation in Miami Beach or Bal Harbour.
There’s even a growing industry in Miami, all catering to out-of-towners who come to the Magic City for surgery.
Luxury Suites for Recovery
Vanity Miami offers furnished homes in the city with 3,000 square feet of amenities. You can recover from your procedure in the same conditions as a luxury hotel. Transportation takes you from your suite to the clinic for your preoperative check-ups, and you’ll enjoy private transportation to local destinations beforehand to enjoy the city. On the day of your surgery, you’ll be cared for by a nurse assistant during your post-op recovery, and a registered nurse will check on you daily.
Vanity Miami offers procedures that include liposuction, tummy tucks, Brazilian butt lifts, breast lifts, breast augmentation and rhinoplasty.
Luxury Travel Packages
Many travel agencies are capitalizing on the medical tourism trend in Miami by offering travel packages that include cosmetic surgery. You pay a single price for an all-inclusive vacation and the agency takes care of everything else, including booking your consultation and procedure, arranging for lodging and transportation and taking care of travel needs.
Many Doctors Cater to Out-of-Town Patients
What is most surprising is even surgeons are realizing they can help out-of-town patients have a better experience by offering to take care of the details for them, or make the experience easier.
Because so many people come to Miami for cosmetic surgery, you can find a doctor who will offer a travel package for you, arranging for both accommodations and transportation. Some surgeons, such as Dr. Bustillo of DrBustillo.tumblr.com, help out-of-town patients by providing patient care coordinators. These coordinators will provide patient information forms that may be returned through email. Because the doctor will need your photos beforehand, you can send front and profile pictures, as well as close-up pictures, through email.
If you’re in another state or the other side of the country and want facelift surgery in Miami by Dr. Bustillo, he will provide a virtual consultation and schedule your procedure before you even leave home.
These are just some of the ways cosmetic surgeons in Miami are making the process easier for out-of-towners to travel to the area for cosmetic surgery. If you’re planning a trip to South Florida for plastic surgery, be sure to compare surgeons and consider which route you want to take. Do you prefer to have everything arranged by the surgeon or a travel agency? Do you want to take care of the details before you leave by getting a virtual consultation and pre-paying for the procedure? Do you want luxury accommodations and a nurse assistant while you recover? These are just some of the questions you’ll need to answer before you make your decision.
Last month, I found myself in Scottsdale, Arizona to visit family. I’ve taken such few trips to Arizona at all that I figured I’d stay a little longer and see what Scottsdale has to offer. If you find yourself in the area, here are some things I recommend doing and seeing.
1. Butterfly Wonderland
My sister-in-law took me to Butterfly Wonderland on my second day in town. This attraction just opened last year and it’s the first of several planned restaurants, attractions and venues that will be called OdySea in the Desert. This is the largest butterfly atrium in the country with thousands of butterflies, including a Butterfly Emergence Gallery where you can see the third stage of metamorphosis in action and watch butterflies hatching before your eyes.
2. Hot Air Balloon Rides
Arizona is known for its hot air ballooning, and it’s something I’ve always wanted to try. I ended up going with Rainbow Ryders to get a sunrise balloon ride. It was one of the most exhilarating experiences of my life! It’s definitely the best way to see the city, so I definitely recommend checking them out if you’re going to be in town for a few days.
3. Indian Wash Greenbelt
The Scottsdale greenbelt connects four parts and it’s 12 miles long. It’s popular with cyclists, joggers and skaters. As an avid skater, I decided to rent a pair of skates and hit the park. It’s actually one of the more beautiful areas of Scottsdale, and the Indian School Park alone has 60 acres with tennis courts, bocce courts, playgrounds and more.
Unfortunately, I had a bit of a skating mishap that almost ruined my trip. Embarrassingly enough, I fell flat on my face and broke my nose while skating down the greenbelt. I had to spend the next day consulting with surgeons about what to do with my nose, because it’s not the first time it’s been broken. I ended up speaking with Dr. Shapiro of http://shapiroplastics.tumblr.com/. This Scottsdale surgeon performs facelift procedures primarily but he told me that my nose would be okay and I could wait until I got home to see how it healed, because I might not need surgery. I got really lucky, but the whole experience put a damper on my trip and I had to take it easy after the emergency room visit.
4. Native Trails
After my accident, I had to go easy. On my last night in town, I went with my family to Native Trails, where representatives from tribal nations across the U.S. come together for music and dance and to share their culture. There was hoop dancing, drums, colorful outfits and it was really a beautiful experience. It was also a great way to end my trip, although I only wish it had gone a little better.
Hopefully one day I’ll make it back to Scottsdale and get the opportunity to take in more sights and adventures without anymore embarrassing accidents!
Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced kayaker, exploring South Florida’s extensive waterways is a great way to get away from the stress of city life and get in touch with nature. Here are some of my favorite ways to tour South Florida in a kayak.
Blue Moon Miami
Blue Moon is the best choice for a beginner’s tour. Most of the group’s tours are less than three hours long and take you down the Intracoastal Waterway and Oleta Park. If you want a little more adventure, be sure to try their nighttime Full Moon tour.
Eco-Adventures is offered through Miami-Dade County. The organization offers tons of kayaking adventures, including a sea kayak and snorkel adventure and the Key Biscayne kayak adventure. Depending on the tour you choose, you’ll get a great tour of the county’s waterways, going through Indian Key, Matheson Bay and Key Biscayne at an affordable price.
Everglades Area Tours
The Everglades draw in millions of tourists every year. If you want a unique way to explore these beautiful and very vast marshes, Everglades Area Tours offers guided tours led by naturalists, and their tours are a great way to spot local wildlife. You can even book a multi-day camping tour for up to a week if you’re really adventurous.
Florida Bay Outfitters
Finally, Florida Bay Outfitters has several tours in the Key Largo area, including beginner day tours, full moon tours and paddle boarding tours if you want to try something new. This group is a good choice if you’re a beginner because they offer lessons, too.
Kayaking Safety Tips
Kayaking with a tour group is generally very safe, but you should always understand and use safely precautions when you go out on the water. Always wear a personal floatation device (PFD). Learn the most important kayaking strokes and practice them before going out. If you’ve never gone kayaking before, consider taking a lesson or two before you book your trip.
Be sure to wear suitable clothing and be prepared. You will need protective footwear, sun protection, spare dry clothes, a rescue line, an extra paddle, a first aid kit and anything else needed for your trip. Check ahead and see if the tour group offers any of these.
Finally, always have a safety plan and know what you will do if you encounter a worst-case scenario. I recently read about a man who got injured during a sea kayaking trip he was taking alone. After striking rocks when the weather got rough, he suffered a painful broken nose. He had to consult with three different Melbourne plastic surgeons to get his nose fixed. He ended up going with a good doctor you can visit here. The moral of the story is a lot can go wrong, and very quickly. If you aren’t comfortable in a kayak or don’t know what to do in an emergency, get the training you need and talk to the tour group ahead of time.
Miami Beach is one of the most popular spring break destinations for college students who need a break from exams. Every spring break, thousands of young people converge on Miami for a week of fun on the beach.
If you want a Caribbean vacation but want to stay in the U.S., Miami offers the best of both worlds. South Beach in particular has remained one of the hottest spring break destinations for almost five years, and you’ll find no shortage of things to do all week long. Miami has a thriving night club scene, and its white sand beaches turn into day-long parties filled with beautiful people.
If you’re planning to hop on a plane or take a road trip this year and head to the Sunshine State, here’s a few things you should know.
Should You Get a Package?
If you don’t want to worry about finding accommodations, booking a flight and worrying about all the little details, you can book a spring break package to Miami. The advantage of this method is you can focus entirely on partying, but you will probably pay a bit more. Some travel companies, like StudentCity, BreakNow and Priceline have all-inclusive deals.
Best Spring Break Party Hotels
Ideally, you want a hotel near the beach and all of the hot bars and clubs. Expect prices to be high all through March. If you want a basic, clean room with no frills, the Townhouse Hotel in South Beach is a good choice. You’ll pay somewhere around $230 per night in March, but you’ll be right on the beach next to the best clubs and weekend parties on the rooftop lounges. If you want a break at the end of the night and want to go back to a low-key, quiet room, Congress Hotel South Beach might be more your style.
Ultra Music Festival
If you really want an unforgettable spring break, plan to be in Miami for the Ultra Music Festival, which takes place from March 28 to the 30th this month. Tickets are already selling out, and a 3-day combo ticket is running $400 right now, while they last. This electronic dance music festival boasts the world’s best DJs and it draws in thousands. Miami gets really wild when the festival is running, and you can expect everything to sell out fast. Start booking now if you want to get in on the action.
Start Getting in Shape Now!
Ready to make spring break in Miami happen? Then it’s time to start getting in shape now, because March is quickly approaching. According to Dr. Vitenas of Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery, he gets about a dozen patients wanting to get procedures like this just to prepare for spring break. This doesn’t mean you have to go under the knife, but remember that you’ll be surrounded by thousands of fit, beautiful people in the clubs and on the beaches. Start doing those crunches now to get your body beach ready!
The cost of health care in the United States continues to rise, and millions of Americans are now exploring the idea of medical tourism, or going outside of the country for medical treatment. While many travelers are focused only on obtaining health care, many hope to combine elective procedures with a luxury vacation.
Medical tourism has become so popular because many procedures are up to 80% cheaper in Mexico, India, Brazil and many other countries. The list of procedures Americans are willing to travel to receive is very long, and it includes diskectomy, facelifts, gastric bypass surgery, which costs as little as $6,800 abroad compared to $25,000 in the U.S, and even complex procedures like a spinal fusion operation, which costs $41,000 in the United States but as little as $9,500 in India.
Before you start planning your trip and booking tickets, there are some important things to keep in mind.
Advantages of Traveling Abroad
Traveling to another country can potentially give you access to procedures that are not yet available in the U.S. because the don’t have FDA approval. Some countries also have doctors more familiar with new procedures, including new hip replacement techniques.
Many people who want cosmetic procedures can find a number of luxury spas throughout the world that offer a world-class vacation as well as popular procedures like Botox, facelifts and weight loss surgery. This option is perfect for anyone who wants to get a little work done and then relax on the beach and get pampered.
Of course, the biggest advantage to most people is the ability to save a substantial amount of money, even including the cost of airfare and accommodations. This should not be your only concern, though.
Downsides to Traveling for Medical Care
The biggest concern is the quality of care you will receive. Untested and experimental treatments come with serious risk. This is why procedures in the United States must go through rigorous testing before they are approved by the FDA. The FDA has blocked many drugs in this country that were used by people abroad but later proven as dangerous.
You should also remember that old saying, “you get what you pay for.” You’re not getting a very good deal if you have a serious complication or you need to have the surgery revised later on.
Tips for Success
If you do choose to fly outside of the country for medical care, here are some tips to keep in mind.
1. Do Your Research
This is the most important thing you can do. Start by researching the procedure itself and ask about any follow-up care you will need, physical therapy, recovery time and more. You should also consider the hospital’s accreditation, recognition, facility, equipment, success rates and much more.
While you research the surgeon you will use, check for training, certification and reputation. To choose a destination country, consider quality of medical care, distance and overall cost.
2. Make Sure Your Local Doctor Knows
Don’t make the mistake of keeping your local doctor out of the loop. You may need your doctor’s help getting together health records and for any follow-up care you will need when you get home. If you don’t have a doctor yet who can provide the follow-up care, get this in order before you leave.
Research doctors in your area, preferably doctors who have experience doing the same procedure you plan to get. Keep in mind many doctors are uncomfortable providing this type of care to patients who have received surgery from another doctor, especially a surgeon abroad. You can research doctors online to find someone who will provide the care you need.
For example, if you will be returning home to New York after cosmetic surgery, you may look up cosmetic surgeons in the city. Vitals.com is a good source of reviews, along with RateMDs.com. You can see an example here for Dr. Philip Miller MD reviews. Dr. Miller performs nose surgery in New York and accepts patients who had work done overseas and need follow-up care or even revision surgery.
3. Get Your Documents Ready
Finally, make sure you know which documents you will need for your travel. Make copies of everything and leave one copy at home. You will likely need: medical records, your passport and visa, credit cards and travelers checks, and your driver’s license.
Sure, Miami and Los Angeles steal a lot of the limelight in the United Stats, but the Windy City has a little bit to offer everyone, and its combination of history, culture and art makes it one of the most unique big cities in North America. Here are some of the best reasons to book a flight to Chicago for a domestic getaway.
1. The Outdoors
If you love getting in touch with nature, you may be surprised to learn that Chicago has more than 7,500 acres of parks, two conservatories, 26 miles of lakefront property and more than 600 acres of beautiful nature to enjoy. Downtown Chicago has Millennium Park and Grant Park, also known as The City’s Front Yard, where you will find festivals going on every week. It’s no wonder the city’s motto is “City in a Garden.”
2. The Culture
Chicago has more than 40 museums, including the Art Institute, one of the leading art museums in the world with more than 300,000 pieces. At the Museum of Contemporary Art, you will find art dating from 1945 to present day, including many works by Chicago artists.
3. The Hotels
Most people don’t plan their vacation around a hotel, but it’s interesting to note that 5 Chicago hotels made the Top 500 World’s Best Hotels list by Travel + Leisure. Stay at the W Hotel Lakeshore if you want magnificent views of Lake Michigan from your room.
3. The Food
No matter how long you plan to stay in the city, you will have trouble finding time to pack in all the great eating to enjoy here. Chicago has 23 Michelin star restaurants, 2 former Top Chef contestants and several celebrity chefs. Along with the budget-friendly meals Chicago is known for, like Chicago-style hot dogs, you shouldn’t leave without splurging a bit on a fine meal. From Argentine steaks at Tango Sur to an 18-course meal at Alinea, good luck leaving Chicago without gaining a few pounds.
4. The Beaches
Chicago even has something to offer beach lovers, despite being in the Midwest. The city boasts more than 26 miles of shoreline within the city limits, as well as 15 swimming beaches. Boating is also very popular here, and Chicago has the country’s largest municipal harbor system that rivals Miami and New York.
5. The Architecture
Chicago is often considered the birthplace of the skyscraper, as the world’s first was built right here after a major fire in 1871. If you want to tour the city’s beautiful architecture, go for the Chicago Architecture Foundation River Cruise, which lasts 90 minutes and allows you to take in some of the best views in the city.
6. The Healthcare
Most people plan a trip to relax, take in new sights and connect with family. If you’re one of millions of people who plan to travel for healthcare or a cosmetic procedure this year, there’s good reason to put Chicago on your list. Chicago has some of the most world-renowned doctors in the world, and many people travel from across the globe, and around the United States, to be treated here.
Surprisingly, Chicago has one of the highest numbers of plastic surgeons in the country. If you’re planning to use some vacation time this year for medical tourism, you will find surgeons like Dr. George T. Moynihan, M.D. who can provide the best rhinoplasty in Chicago, or award-winning hospitals like Northwestern Memorial Hospital, which has 12 nationally ranked specialties and two high-performing specialties.
There truly is something for everyone in Chicago. If you ever get the chance, spend at least a week here to take in the culture, beautiful sights, and amazing food.
To have a great surfing experience you need great waves and pleasant climate to enjoy those waves. With that in mind, here is a list of what I consider to be the very best places that you can visit for not only a memorable surfing experience but a great time admiring the toned beach bodies!
The Gold Coast In Australia.
That this place is called the surfers’ paradise is a huge testament to the suitability of the Gold Coast as one of the very best surf destination.
There are about 70km of beaches and fabulous points that are a major tourist attraction that includes a predictably large number of surfers.
Prepare a deep wallet as the services here cost quite a bit of money. Costs aside, what you experience will be worth every penny you spend in the process.
Mentawai Islands In Indonesia.
Just off Sumatra, this is a complex of seventy little islands that can only be accessed by ferry or boat.
The period from March to October is the best for surf hunters in this place. There are waves heading off in all directions since winds vary at any one particular time.
Again, expect to spend in order to be a part of the delight that this surf haven has to offer. This will go towards the charter boat, your meals and other necessities you require.
South Africa (Jeffreys Bay).
Found in the Eastern Cape, Jeffreys Bay is particularly famous for its surf spots in the winter stretching from June to August. It is just an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth.
It has great surf beaches and even hosts a world surfing event every year in the month of July. The beaches include Boneyards, Magna Tubes and so many others.
Fuerteventura In Spain.
This is part of the Canary Islands and it is found on the same latitude as Mexico and Florida. This surf destination is called The Mecca of Surfers with good reason. It has very good weather all year round, with the best being in the months of October through to March.
Surfers are spoiled for choice when it comes to places where to catch the best waves. There are places like The Bubble, Rocky Point, Suicides and so many others to choose from.
The Republic Of El Salvador.
This is a natural tourist magnet and has dozens of very good spots to catch surf waves. Many of these spots can get extremely crowded so savvy surfers head off to places like Suzal, El Zonte and La Libertad in order to escape the crowds.
Getting In Shape Before You Hit the Beach
Before you head on your next surfing trip, take the time to get your body in shape. In many of these destinations, you’ll be hitting the waves alongside competition surfers and models, so it’s a good idea to start hitting the gym well in advance of swimsuit season. You may want to check online, such as on Facebook, for advice on getting a beach body ahead of the surf season.
If you really want to look your best before you hop on a plane, you can even schedule plastic surgery a few months in advance, such as Philadelphia breast augmentation surgery by Dr. Lohner or a tummy tuck.
If you don’t have the time for anything drastic, at least get a last-minute beach workout routine going. Within a few weeks of starting a toning workout, you’ll be ready to hit these hot destinations with a body to match.
There are very many excellent surfing locations from around the world and it can at times be hard to pick the absolute best from such an outstanding collection. The ones featured above are what I consider the very best, but these matters can vary from person to person depending on the total experience they get when they visit different places.
Florida is the biggest vacation destination in the U.S. for a reason. With beautiful weather year-round and activities to suit anyone, here are some reasons to think about heading to the Sunshine State this year.
1. Plenty of Ways to Enjoy the Water
Florida’s white sand beaches are ideal for surfing, swimming and lounging along the water, and the state is also host to some great freshwater and saltwater areas to explore for divers. In fact, many people head to Florida for shipwreck diving, a unique adventure that allows you to take in the underwater beauty while exploring historic wrecks now turned over to nature. You can also take in some boating on Florida’s waterways if you want to enjoy beautiful scenery on the ocean, rivers and lakes.
2. Theme Parks for Family Vacations
If you have kids, there’s no better destination than Florida, home to Busch Gardens, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Legoland, Dinosaur World, Walt Disney World and much more. If you’re going for the theme parks, I recommend basing yourself in Orlando, where most are located. From there, you can easily drive to other theme parks. Walt Disney World, for example, is located in Lake Buena Vista, just 18 miles out of Orlando.
3. Cosmetic Surgery and a Vacation
While it may sound far-fetched to plan a vacation and cosmetic surgery together, that’s what thousands of Americans and foreigners are now doing. Florida is the number one destination in the country for plastic surgery; a lot of people figure they might as well have the surgery done somewhere warm and tropical so they can relax on the beach while they recover. I spoke with one surgeon in Florida, Dr. Andrea Basile, MD, who said a great deal of his patients come from out-of-state.
If you’ve been planning to have work done, why not use it as an excuse to take a relaxing vacation, too? Just be sure to read online reviews and research your options. Look for a surgeon who specializes in serving national patients and helps arrange accommodations in the area. You may even want to consider a resort-like setting where you can get a procedure done in luxury.
4. Visit the Everglades for a Unique Experience
The Everglades receives about 1.2 million visitors every year, and for many, it’s reason enough to visit the state. The Everglades is a beautiful landscape filled with alligators and mangroves that stretches close to 2 million acres from central Florida near Orlando to the Florida Bay. You can take an airboat tour to spot wildlife and take in a landscape that has hardly changed since the last ice age, then complete the trip with a delicious Cuban meal in Miami.
5. Great Art and Culture Scene
Florida is packed with museums and entertainment venues, so you can enjoy everything from ballet and Broadway-style shows to a rock concert. Many cities in South Florida also have a vibrant art scene. If you’re an art lover, you’ll probably want to be in Miami for Art Basel, an international art show displaying work from around the world in Miami Beach, surrounded by the city’s classic Art Deco architecture.
Florida really has something for everyone: art, family-friendly activities, world-class cosmetic surgeons, white sand beaches, year-round sun and a vibrant culture. These are just a few reasons to visit Florida, but I’m sure you’ll find there are dozens more.
Before you set out on that trip to go and see the world, you need to be sure that you have packed all you need. This can range from personal effects, travel papers, contacts, funds and many others. What I would like to focus upon in this discussion are the tech items that you will most likely need on your trip.
Your Cell Phone And Its Charger.
We all need to remain in touch while we are away from home and that is why you must include your cell phone in the items that you must carry with you.
Traveling with it when you forgot the charger at home will render it useless in a day or two, depending on how long your battery can last after it has been charged so keep the charger tucked in your travel bag.
Your Laptop And Its Charger.
Laptops are not only for catching up with your office work so do not moan when I include it on this list. You need it for many functions that it can do for you and I will not enumerate them here. Take it from me that you need it with you, and do not forget its charger.
Whether you have 20/20 eyesight or your colleagues say you have eyes that are as keen as those of a hawk, do not be tempted to leave your prized binoculars behind.
You need them so that you can fully enjoy the sights that your destination will offer you. Carrying them will save you from having to buy a lousy pair at “tourist prices,” a polite way of ripping you off.
Your Camera And Its Charger.
A trip is not a trip if you do not capture images to remind you of what you experienced while away. Put your camera up on the list of the things you will carry, and take it together with its charger. You will then be well equipped to capture every “Kodak moment” that your trip presents you with. While you are at it, remember the film or memory card!
The last trip I took had me in Florida to see an old friend. You can bet I had my camera with me, and I got great shots of us together. She had recovered from surgery at the , where Dr. Agarwal performed the facelift. While my face definitely shows my age, the picture took me back to our high school days and always makes me smile when I see it. Do yourself a favor and remember your camera to capture your own special memories.
Your Music Player.
Whether you are traveling solo or in a group, there will be moments when you will need to listen to some music privately. Pack this one too, together with headphones so that those moments when you want to hear your favorite songs are catered for.
When you have a checklist having the items listed above and then borrow the same concept to take care of items in other categories, you will be sure that you have packed all that you will need. Such a list also helps you to avoid carrying unnecessary things that will only fill your bags and possibly increase the cost of your travel as your bags will be way above the acceptable weight limits.