Monthly Archives: April 2016
Having a close encounter with wild animals is a common feature on a traveler’s bucket list. And there’s really nothing more extraordinary (or exotic) than swimming with giant green sea turtles, rare marine iguanas, and even sharks.
Swimming with animals doesn’t have to mean entering a tiny tank or man-made enclosure. In Egypt, divers can swim with wild Red Sea dolphins and in the Bahamas, wild pigs come out to splash in the surf. You can ride a horse through the shallow Caribbean waters around Jamaica, or dive with hundreds of thousands of tiny, golden jellyfish in Palau. You don’t have to be a fearless (or reckless) adventurer to get up close and personal. All you really need is an excellent pair of flippers and an underwater camera. Read on for our top 12 ways to swim with animals.
General admission and parking is free, and ride tickets are 25 cents each. Most rides are a couple tickets per rider, but the larger attractions, like the bumper cars and rollercoaster, cost up to four tickets. Ride tickets can be purchased in advance online, but it’s just as easy to buy them at the ticket office at the front gate.
Jet lag can be a real downer, especially when you find yourself groggy and out-of-sync with the local culture. With a little preparation and self-discipline, you can ensure you arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and ready for your new adventure.
This post is written in partnership with REBBL, a company with variety of creamy and indulgent super herb elixirs, that are plant-powered, satiating and replenishing. We’ve shared our suggestions below on how REBBL drinks may help fight jet lag during your travels.
Lack of sleep in addition to time zone changes will almost always result in a lethargic first couple of days in your new travel destination. Don’t make the mistake of thinking you will sleep on the plane — it rarely ever happens! Skip any departure parties the night before so you can put your best foot forward right off the plane.
EAT & DRINK HEALTHY
Rule #1: Refrain from in-flight drinks. These may be tempting – especially if you’re trying to wind down and rest – but high altitudes can increase the effects of alcohol by 2-3 times. There’s no need to throw your body more off-balance than it already will be after you land.
Rule #2: Only drink caffeine on or before a flight if you are traveling west. Scientists have found that espresso before a flight traveling westward may actually combat jet lag, but will have the opposite effect when traveling east.
Maca Mocha is a great alternative to coffee during the days leading up to your trip as you run around picking up last minute items and prepare for your trip. It contains Maca root, which may help support healthy energy levels, stamina and endurance.
REBBL’s Reishi Chocolate might be a good option during your drive to the airport. Reishi is known to support and promote healthy immune function, liver detoxification and cardiovascular health. Knowing that the recirculated air in planes may facilitate the spread of viruses in an enclosed space, give your immune system a boost before your flight. Also, with longer flights resulting in more sedentary time in your seat, it may help support your body’s detoxification and circulation processes prior to take-off.
Rule #3: Do your best to eat healthy before and during your flight. You may not be offered the best selection of food on the plane, so pack a large meal to bring with you (just forgo any liquids or sauces!). Keep some homemade or healthy snacks on your carry-on as well – you don’t want to be tempted by airport fast food during layovers.
Rule #4: Make a small grocery store run once you arrive at your new destination to stock up on water and healthy snacks. Keeping healthy snacks and water on hand limits unhealthy food choices that inevitably occur when you’re body is starving.
Everyone knows about Portland and Bend, but have you ever checked out Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory? This is definitely one place that shouldn’t be overlooked. Here’s what you didn’t know about Oregon’s Mt. Hood Territory — and why you need to plan a visit!
YOU CAN TAKE A HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE
Portland Rose Hot Air Balloons offers the best sunrise views of Oregon – from 2,000 feet above the ground. We can confidently say this may be the coolest way to take in all of Mt. Hood Territory’s gorgeous scenery and countryside.
Be warned – hot air balloon flights are dependent on the weather, so opportunities to ride may be limited during windy or rainy seasons. And, if you plan your visit for March or April, you may even take off from a field of tulips!
THE CRAFT BEER SCENE IS PHENOMENAL
Oregon’s reputation of being beer ‘nirvana’ is not exaggerated, so it should come as no surprise that Mt. Hood Territory offers up some of the best craft beer on the west coast. Tour the Tap Trail – one of Oregon’s many beer trails – that includes eight microbreweries and one cidery located throughout Clackamas County. Make sure to buy the Tap Trail Craft Pass (a mere $20), as it provides discounts at several breweries in the area.
Drinking Horse and Oregon City Brewing are favorites within the Tap Trail, but make sure you don’t miss Breakside Brewery – one of the most awarded and recognized breweries in Oregon. Can’t make it to all of them? BigFoot Growlers is a one-stop shop for all local craft brews, and you can even enjoy some live music and Frisbee golf while you sample!
IT’S HOME TO THE SECOND LARGEST WATERFALL IN THE U.S.
Although northern Oregon’s Columbia River is scattered with numerous dazzling waterfalls, you don’t need to trek all the way up to the state border to go waterfall-chasing. Willamette Falls, which sits just 30 minutes south of Portland, is the largest waterfall (by volume) in the Northwest and the second most powerful in North America.
This beauty may not be as well-known as Multnomah Falls, but Willamette’s natural horseshoe-shape cascade is not something to be missed. You can take in the sights from viewpoints around the falls, or experience the rapids on a kayak or paddleboard tour.
YOU CAN SKI YEAR-ROUND
That’s right, Mt. Hood has the longest ski season in North America! Timberline Lodge’s Palmer Snowfield remains up and running all summer long, providing refuge for those of you looking to escape the heat and hit the slopes during warmer months.
Ski and snowboard camps are available for novice’s, but intermediate and advanced skiers have their fun here year round as well. Oh, and did we mention that professionals and Olympic ski teams come here to train in summer?! Time to pack your snow gear.
IT’S AN ADVENTURE-LOVER’S PLAYGROUND
There are so many activities to partake in you almost need to plan a second trip. During winter, you have to opportunity to snowmobile and snowshoe, explore the Sandy Glacier ice caves — all in addition to skiing and snowboarding, of course.
In summer you can rock climb, hike the Salmon River Trails, try horseback riding, and dive into ENDLESS water play; kayaking, whitewater rafting, and paddle boarding the lakes and rivers are just the beginning. The limitless amounts of awesome outdoor activities will keep you up from dawn till dusk. Needless to say, when it comes to adventure, Mt. Hood Territory is incomparable.