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Take A Healthy Walk Through Paris

Here’s a suggestion to keep in mind for your next trip to Paris.  If you plan to go somewhere or do things that are full of outdoor activity and exercise, then you might want to have some of Garmin’s best electronic and outdoor accessories on hand to help make your trip enjoyable.

Garmin offers a selection of activewear and outdoor equipment that is perfect when going on trips which require a great deal of physical activity, like skiing, cycling, hiking or similar sports and recreation.  And you can find the best Garmin deals and sales available on Groupon coupons.

For example, there are Groupon coupons a buyer can use to purchase personal navigation devices and equipment to use in the car, on a motorcycle, or even on yourself.  So you can go for extended bicycle rides – even your own personal Tour de France – using the GPS system and mileage counter you get from Garmin with your Groupon coupon.  You can also obtain the weatherproof and shock-resistant timepieces and exercise monitoring equipment you need to keep track of your new cardio-vascular exercise program.  And Garmin can also provide you with equipment that monitors your health performance as you exercise, including counting steps, mileage, and heartbeats.

Such products can be a godsend when you visit a walkable city like Paris.  One can spend days wandering through Paris neighborhoods, climbing the steps to the cafes and bistros in Montmartre, strolling through the diverse clubs and sights along the Left Bank, or walking through the historic palace at Versailles.  Indeed, a visit to Paris almost demands that the traveler be prepared to walk for miles, since nearly every neighborhood brings new and fascinating experiences and encounters with history, art and culture.  Put on an ankle monitor from Garmin, your most comfortable walking shoes, grab a pair of sunglasses, a small wallet with some euros handy in case you need them, and go for a stroll through the diverse communities that comprise the City of Light.  Your walks will be so enjoyable that you will completely forget the exercise you are getting – at least until you check your monitor.  Nor do you need to worry about getting lost; you can rely upon your portable GPS from Garmin to keep you pointed in the right direction.  So just get out and start walking!

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Saving Up In New York Staying In Affordable Hotels

New York is one of the cities in the world that frequently gets visitors. Not only because it is the center of business and fashion but it also houses the John F. Kennedy International Airport; known for being the 17th busiest airports in the world.

One day visit is for sure not enough but don’t worry because you would be scheduling up another visit anytime soon. Bear in mind that in order to fully explore its beauty, make sure you know how to budget your time and most importantly your money.

New York, Skyline, New York City, City, Manhattan

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Staying in New York might be costly but if you just know where to look, they also have several affordable hotels located near major establishments. Staying here would also mean learning to reach some of the destinations on your feet. Full-blooded New Yorkers know how to do the subway and can walk from several minutes without losing their poise.

Another way of keeping your New York visit at a lower cost would be booking your flights few months before your planned visit. It would also include booking at the affordable hotels in advance because in New York anytime can get busy thus anytime can become a peak season and you might end up having a hard time to look for a place to stay.

Since you’ve already saved up on staying in affordable hotels and booking your flights in advance, you will have enough budget to try out their sumptuous dishes. The city is known to be the melting pot of various international cuisines and this is something that you shouldn’t miss. Invest on their food and don’t forget to take pictures.

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How to Beat the Solo Travel Blues in South East Asia

South East Asia is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and for good reason. Prices are relatively cheap, the locals are friendly and both the natural landscape and man-made attractions are breathtaking.

The area is also well-known for its solo travellers and although these individuals are looking forward to a truly independent trip, they still experience feelings of anxiety and loneliness from time to time. For those of you planning an extended trip around South East Asia, here are some tips to keep the blues away.

Help the locals

South East Asia is full of opportunities for you to help the local population and these provide a great opportunity to keep busy, meet new people and give something back to the community. Sustainable tourism is hugely important to the area and one of the ways you can contribute to this is by getting involved with local education and community schemes.

Angkor, Wat, Cambodia, Old, Asia, Architecture, Ruin

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If this sounds like the ideal way for you to keep busy on your travels, why not volunteer in Thailand, teach English in Cambodia, or become a football coach in Vietnam?

Be outgoing

Make the most of any opportunity you have to meet new people. If you’re staying in a hostel, for example, don’t spend all evening in a dark corner of your room, head to the common area and make some new friends.

Backpackers and solo travellers are often easy to spot and many of them, while enjoying their independence, are grateful for some company on their travels. There are many great sites to choose from filled with like-minded tourists, from the bustling Kaoh San Road in Bangkok to the smaller town of Phong Nha Ke Bang in Vietnam. If you put yourself out there you’ll surely make a friend on your travels and you may just make one for life.

[Amarapura, Myanmar]

Regional tours

Another sure-fire way of meeting fellow travellers is to take part in a regional tour. Fortunately, there are a wide range of established schemes all over South East Asia. Hanoikids is just one example of a student-run organisation that helps English speaking travellers find their way around.

As well as gaining a genuine insight into the culture and traditions of your travel destination, a regional tour brings together large groups of English speakers, so it’s the perfect opportunity to meet people.

Get away from the crowds

Although you’ll want to visit the must-see attractions like Angkor Wat in Cambodia, there are many sights that haven’t yet become fully-fledged tourist hotspots, but are still definitely worth seeing.

[Palawan, Philippines]

The beautiful south coast of Myanmar remains barely touched by tourism, for example, and gives you the chance to explore the local fishing community in peace. Sumatra in Indonesia, El Nido in the Philippines and Don Khong Island in Laos offer similar respite from tourists, but the good thing is these places aren’t completely cut off – far from it. Plus, these quieter environments usually give you more time to get to know those around you – both tourists and locals alike.

So, if you’re planning a solo trip to South East Asia, remember that “solo” doesn’t have to mean “lonely.” By visiting the right places and having the right attitude you’ll not only find plenty of sights to see, but also many new people to meet.

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