CLIA’S 12-HEALTHY REASONS TO TAKE A CRUISE VACATION

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According to a recent study, cruise travelers rank an ocean cruise as the best overall vacation experience. In addition to being fun, a cruise vacation provides a number of health benefits which are supported by third party research.  This week, Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) revealed 12 reasons why taking a cruise is a great choice for vacationing and the overall health of the cruise traveler.
 
“People today are more stressed and overbooked than ever before. Vacations are important to allow the mind and body to re-energize and relax,” said Susan Krauss Whitbourne, Ph.D., professor of psychological and brain sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. “A cruise vacation in particular provides a variety of places to see as well as the chance to take part in on-board activities in a safe and healthy environment.”
 
“The great thing about a cruise is that you can do as much or as little as you want, and you’ll still have a nice break from your daily routines at home,” Whitbourne continued. “If you do decide to explore the sights and many opportunities a cruise can provide, you’ll come back from your trip with a set of new memories, experiences and even friends.”
sunshine1. Sunshine: There’s no better place to enjoy the morning sunshine than a cruise ship deck. Studies have found that getting an hour of natural sunlight in the morning can help fine-tune your internal clock, allowing you to get more (and better!) sleep. Sunshine also has long-term benefits since it helps the body produce the important Vitamin D which has been found to help fight off heart disease and cancer. Moderate amounts of sunshine will also boost serotonin levels that fight off depression. So apply sunscreen and enjoy the rays!
 relaxation2. Relaxation: Finding time to relax plays a vital role in overall health. Chronic stress can lead to a myriad of problems, including impaired memory, inflammation, high blood pressure and heart disease. Skip the stress by lounging at the pool, enjoying spa treatments and relaxing in comfortable accommodations. Best of all, cruising allows for a stress-free vacation experience where vacationers can just “go with the flow” of the itinerary.
clenliness3. Cleanliness: Cruise line cleanliness is highly regulated. Each room and common area is kept clean, presentable and disinfected. From door handles to poker chips, cruise ships are regularly sanitized for the well-being of everyone on board. Clean hands also guide a steady ship, as those on-board are urged to wash hands frequently.
ocean4. Ocean Air: The benefits of fresh, ocean air are seemingly limitless and cruisers can take full advantage day and night.  Between daytime excursions and nights spent relaxing on the ship deck, there is plenty of time to breathe deeply! Fresh air is known to help keep lungs clean; aid in digestion; improve heart rate; strengthen the immune system; and provide an energy boost.
salt water5. Salt Water: Isak Dinesen knew what she was talking about when she said, “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.” Cruisers can take full advantage of the amazing benefits of the ocean. Aside from the stress relief a day at the beach provides, swimming in salt water can also help improve circulation by restoring vital minerals to your body. Ocean water and on-ship salt water swimming pools are also a natural beauty treatment, as the magnesium has been found to help hydrate skin and improve inflamed or red complexions.
camaraderie6. Camaraderie: Humans are wired to connect with one another and in our hyper-digital age, this isn’t always a daily reality. Cruising allows for high amounts of quality bonding time with your vacation partners while also allowing you to socialize with new people. Whether over a gourmet dinner in the dining room or during a comedy routine in the ship theater, cruise ships offer time to connect with others free of work emails, smart phones and hand-held gaming systems.

exploration7. Exploration: There’s something to be said about the benefits of exploration and having an adventure (not to mention the stories to tell!). Pre-planned cruise shore excursions allow cruisers to scuba dive, parasail, check out local sites in exotic locations and more, without the stress of making planning every detail or reading millions of reviews to find the right activities. Cruisers can see the world without spending months planning.

dining8. Healthy Dining Options: Though many people think it is impossible to eat well while on vacation, cruise ships around the world offer healthy dining fare and lighter meal options to accommodate every diet. Gluten-free? Vegan? Low-carb diet? Cruise ship chefs are happy to accommodate. Additionally, cruise ships offer buffets filled with fresh fruits, vegetables and lean proteins to help you build a better plate.

active9. Staying Active: Cruise vacations offer vacationers a chance to stay active. There are plenty of onboard activities, like rock climbing, basketball or table tennis. In addition, many cruise ships offer full-service gyms and fun fitness classes like yoga in the morning or nighttime tai chi. It’s easy to stay active with options abound on each ship.

medidation10. Meditation: Whether packing a dance card with endless excursions or taking a leisurely stroll around the port, “think time” on a cruise can help clear the mind. Meditation has been found to help reduce stress, negative emotions, recharge the mind and increase self-awareness. Nothing takes the mind to a peaceful place like gazing into open waters or meditating in a beach chair.

stress11. Stress-Free Vacation Planning: Vacations are important in terms of “getting away” and bonding with loved ones but the stress of planning every detail can be daunting. Cruising allows for stress-free vacation planning with pre-planned excursions, inclusive meals and endless on-ship entertainment. More importantly, a cruise vacation allows you to unpack and get settled in your cabin without the hassle of having to move your belongings, while you visit multiple destinations.

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12. Better Budget Value: Nothing can bring down a vacation high quite like returning to a pile of credit card bills. Cruise vacations are a great all-inclusive way to enjoy a variety of vacation experiences without a variety of hidden costs. Cruise travel agents are also available to help budget and pre-plan trips for the most budget-friendly experiences.

For more Travel Tips or to “See The World Through Our Eyes” contact Binta S. Yero, ECC, LCS, DS, an Elite Cruise Counsellor, Luxury Cruise Specialist & Owner of Yero Travels, LLC, Specializing in Cruises, Land Vacations, Disney Packages, Disney Cruises & Cooperate Travel.

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10 Healthy Eating Tips for Travelers

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Whether you’re jetting around the country or traveling across the globe, it can be difficult to make healthy eating choices. You’re off your usual routine, and away from the familiar. In this traveling mindset, it’s tempting to forget about your eating goals and indulge in unhealthy foods for the sake of convenience and comfort. But with a little planning, you can set yourself up for success by following these 10 healthy eating tips.

1. Bring your own snacks. Carry your own healthy, high-protein snacks with you so that you don’t have to resort to convenience foods like chips and candy bars. Many food manufacturers are starting to make single-serving portions of their snacks, which are perfect for travel. Choose a mix of high-protein items and carbs for fuel:

  • Nuts & Nut Bars
  • Protein Bars
  • Beef Jerky
  • Dried Fruit
  • Granola Bars

2. Flying? Pack your own lunch. Airports are notorious for lackluster eating options, and it’s easy to resort to fast food for the sake of convenience. Brown bag your own food instead, and you’ll start the trip with a healthy meal.

3. Don’t get too hungry. The #1 cause of overeating is under-eating. When you’re famished, it’s hard to resist that cheeseburger with fries. Make plans for your next meal before you get too hungry, and munch on a high-protein snack if mealtime is too far away.

4. Cruise the hotel breakfast buffet before you pick up a plate. Scan all the offerings on hand before you dive in, and you’ll make better decisions. Pass up the frosted pastries and greasy hash browns for an egg-white omelet, unsweetened oatmeal, or yogurt with fresh fruit. Pick a seat far away from the food, and sit with your back to the buffet – this will reduce your desire for seconds.

5. No time for breakfast? Have protein on the fly. If you’re a regular breakfast skipper (you know who you are), you know it’s not a great idea. If you do skip, pack along some vanilla whey protein powder, and toss a scoop into your morning coffee.

6. Single-serve containers of peanut butter are ideal for international travel. No matter where you are in the world, you can always find some sort of plain bread – pita, tortillas, baguettes or naan. Slather your slices with peanut butter, and you have a comfort food sandwich with a twist.

7. Order first at the table. Entertaining clients at dinner? Pick a healthy meal from the menu, and order first. You’ll be less likely to change your mind if everyone else at the table orders steak and fries.

8. Hit the salad bar. When traveling by car (even a rental car), it’s easy to swing by a grocery store with an overflowing salad bar to pick up lunch or dinner (Whole Foods is a good option). Stock up on some extra fruit and snacks for your hotel room.

9. Avoid fast food as a rule. It tastes so good – but you know that it will make you feel horrible later. With neon lighting and bright colors, fast food joints are designed to grab your attention. Do a quick search on your mobile phone instead to find deli counters, sandwich shops, and healthier chains like Panera, Chipotle, Jason’s Deli or Sweet Tomatoes.

10. Drink up. Staying well hydrated while traveling is crucial to counteract the dry airplane environment and extra alcohol you might be consuming. Carry a refillable bottle for the plane, so that you don’t have to rely on the tiny cups of water that the flight attendants distribute.

Courtesy of Trip Case.

For more Travel Tips or to “See The World Through Our Eyes” contact Binta S. Yero, ECC, LCS, DS, an Elite Cruise Counsellor, Luxury Cruise Specialist & Owner of Yero Travels, LLC, Specializing in Cruises, Land Vacations, Disney Packages, Disney Cruises & Cooperate Travel.

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5 MUST-HAVE CELL PHONE ACCESSORIES FOR TRAVELERS

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In these days of Wi-Fi on flights and cell phones that can handle more than a 5-year-old desktop, the business traveler is as ‘on the grid’ as their colleague in an office cubicle. And just like your colleague back at their work station, the traveling professional has all sorts of accessories available to help you streamline your work via your phone.

1. Portable Power Bank

With almost every place on earth now home to an internet connection, there is just one other main factor that can come between you and getting your work done – the dreaded dead battery. First on every traveler’s accessory must-have list is then a portable recharger. These are a lifesaver on international trips.

These smartphone-sized devices are good for 3-4 phone charges or (depending on the model) 1-2 tablet charges. Go big with a 10,000 mAh charger to last you for days or sacrifice some milliamp hours for a credit card sized power bank that can fit seamlessly in your front pocket. Pre-load before your trip and dust off when your red light starts blinking.

AmazonBasics 3,000 mAh Ultra-Slim Charger – available from Amazon

2. Noise-Cancelling Headphones

A traveler can control many things on the road, but ambient noise isn’t one of them. You can, however, cut out the chatty flight passengers by creating your own acoustic environment with a good pair of noise-cancelling headphones. Perfect for calling on the move or listening to some motivating tunes, treat yourself to a private suite wherever you may be.

Bose QuietComfort® 20 Earbuds – available from Bose

3. Portable Hard Drive

Is your phone starting to slow from the weight of Powerpoint presentations/HD cat videos on your hard drive? Ease the strain and expand your memory almost infinitely with an external hard drive. Up to 2 terabytes of extra space is just an online purchase away. Most current portable hard drives come with built-in encryption technology to give you an extra layer of security for important business documents. Eliminate cables by purchasing an external hard drive with built-in Wi-Fi to transfer documents from your phone or tablet wirelessly. If you’re an iPhone user, consider an iCloud Storage Plan starting at only $0.99/month.

WD My Passport Ultra 1 TB Portable External Hard Drive – available from Amazon

4. Protective Phone Case

The one better option than a good phone insurance plan is to not break the thing in the first place. And as anyone who has fumbled their phone over tiles will tell you, working through a spider web cracked screen can be about as easy as sending an email on a late-90s Nokia. For a traveling professional, a sturdy phone case is a must. Wrapping up your prized handset in something shock-proof and waterproof can save you hundreds of dollars when that inevitable drop occurs.

Speck MightyShell + Faceplate – Available from Speck

5. Portable Hotspot

What traveler wouldn’t like to get back the time spent trying to find the prized free Wi-Fi connection in unfamiliar territory? Or save the money from an hour of pedestrian internet? In these cases, a personal portable Wi-Fi hotspot (or MiFi) can be a great investment. For frequent travelers, what may initially seem like a luxury can turn into a massive time and money saver for domestic travel. Start with a pay-as-you-go plan to gauge your use, and switch to a contract if you feel it’s warranted. Make sure that device you purchase is compatible with your carrier.

Best Mobile Hotspots of 2015 – PCMag

Not forgetting to pack the essentials like your charger and USB cords, with this small selection you can treat anywhere – from a tropical beach to a downtown hotel suite – as your own personal office. Working on the road doesn’t have to be a chore. In fact, it should be just the opposite. And if you surround yourself these and other essential travel gadgets, it can be just that

Courtesy of Trip Case.

For more Travel Tips or to “See The World Through Our Eyes” contact Binta S. Yero, ECC, LCS, DS, an Elite Cruise Counsellor, Luxury Cruise Specialist & Owner of Yero Travels, LLC, Specializing in Cruises, Land Vacations, Disney Packages, Disney Cruises & Cooperate Travel.

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