Three Apps For Working Out When Traveling

A business trip or a family holiday are all too often the perfect situations to slack on workouts and take a vacation from fitness. Fortunately those excuses don’t make any sense nowadays, as you simply need a device to continue moving your bones with your everyday routine. Sure, if you think that Pokémon Go counts as exercise and helps you burn off calories, then that counts as well. Otherwise, check out these three apps for working out when traveling.

Map My Run

Going for a run is easy when traveling. You just need to have packed a pair of sneakers and workout clothes, and then you are ready to jog anywhere. However, not knowing the details of your vacation local, where to go and how to come back to the hotel, is sometimes the perfect excuse for not exercising. MapMyRun is a must-have app that helps you plan a workout totally based on the best things to see in the city and allows you to check out local tourists attractions. It’s all about tracking your route, plus calories burned, elevation and your nutrition for the day.

With this app, you can instantaneously get your running maps and view them in Google or Google Earth. Then, you can post them to your social media accounts, blog or website, email them to friends or print them out. Routes can be saved automatically, and the app will keep track of past stats and compare it with future workouts on the same route. Download this app for iPhone or Android.

Pact

If you need a little extra incentive to stick to your workout routine, you can find the perfect one with Pact. This smartphone app pays you to exercise and eat right. Yes, we’re talking about having a more healthy life and earning money to do it. It offers three different  kinds of pacts – food, veggie and gym.

Related: 6 Life-Savers You Should Always Carry When Traveling

The food pact requires you to log your daily intake using MyFitnessPal and it syncs directly with Pact while the veggie pact makes you set a goal to eat a certain amount of fruits and vegetables per week and, to verify that, you need to snap a photo with your phone before eating. For the gym pact you are given credit for trips to the gym, bike rides of at least 30 minutes, a daily step count of at least 10.000, and so on. So you know, you don’t pay anything up front. When you sign up for a pact, you select a certain amount that is deducted from your credit card or PayPal account for each day you miss. If you hit your goal, then you get paid a reward ranging from 30 cents to $5 per week and the reward money comes from people who fail to honor their pacts. Download this app for iPhone and Android.

Sworkit

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Maybe you’re one of those people who doesn’t like training the same way each day. Sworkit is a randomized circuit-training app that allows people to choose what muscle they want to work out, and for how long. Each individual exercise lasts for 30 seconds and is accompanied by an in-app illustration in case the move is not familiar (includes high quality video content with audio guidance recorded in 13 different languages). You can take your exercise routines anywhere and anytime and they can go from 5 minutes to one hour. Just touch the screen to start up a circuit (there’s also a yoga/stretching option) and you’re ready to go. You can choose between full body, upper body, lower body, core strength, lower body and more. Select the time, press “start” and your workout begins. Download for iPhone and Android.

Related: 5 Signs You’re A Travel Addict

In a 2.0 world full of hundreds of fitness apps, you now have three more to try when traveling to get in shape in no time. Too busy to workout? Too tired to get out and move? Think again. These apps will get you going in just a few minutes a day.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Getting personal with your luggage

Luggage can say a lot about a person. Sure, you can buy a generic suitcase that anyone could walk around with, but a lot of people express themselves with their bags. Is a suitcase intended for a family vacation, or is it all about getting down to business? You might be a world traveler with a suitcase covered with stickers from all the places you’ve visited. Or, you might have a bag themed around your favorite sports team or band.

Using luggage with a personal touch can make traveling a little more fun. It also helps make bags stand out at the luggage claim, and you might even strike up an interesting conversation with someone at the airport with whom you share a common interest.

Catherine Ryan, of Cedar Rock Investment Advisors, in Massachusetts, says she has a bag that tells everyone, “This girl travels light.”

“I use a kid-sized rolling cabin bag from a discount chain,” she says. “It’s light, comes in fun colors, and can always fit overhead. It also keeps me from over-packing.”

But it’s not for everyone. She recently offered to lend it to a friend who was going away for a weekend.

“She said she could not use it because it was too small,” Ryan says. “I laughed and said, ‘I’ve gone overseas for a week with that bag.’”

Dan Nainan is a comedian whose work has him traveling a lot, enough to be an elite flyer with Delta with a Diamond Medallion with million-miler status. It’s pretty cool, and he’s earned it, but it doesn’t impress everyone.

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“I have luggage tags which indicate my Diamond status which I have on the outside of my bag,” he says. “I got into an argument with a fellow passenger who said that it was ostentatious and obnoxious to have the tag on my bag. It almost came to blows.

Danny Bamboat, a travel developer with his own startup, Building Adventure Minds Travels (www.bamtravels.com), says he always travels with his backpack—an Osprey Farpoint 70.

“It’s a great size, big enough to carry everything I need, but small enough to take as a carry-on,” Bamboat says. “I’ve fit gifts, sweaters, blankets, hammocks, equipment, and more in it. It comes with a day-pack that you can detach that I find so useful.”

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One day, while in a tuk-tuk in Cambodia late one night, his day-pack was stolen.

“Two guys on a motorbike drove up and swiped it,” he says. “It happened so quickly. My passport, business laptop, hard-drive, and a bit of cash were in it. That bag had been with me up in the Himalayas, exploring jungles, visiting Komodo dragons, at the beach…It was weird how attached you can get to a material object.”

When he went back home to Canada, he tried to order a replacement, but could only get a red one (his original is gray).

“I ordered it and now I travel with a two-toned backpack,” he says. “It always reminds me of the experiences, good and bad, that you encounter when you travel. I have my company patch on it as well and anyone who knows me, knows how much I love that piece of luggage. I’ve lived out of it for months at a time and it’s basically carried my life on my back—comfortably.”

Sheridan Becker is a world traveler, blogger, and claims to be the “most-traveled mom.”

She describes herself as a “self-confessed” luggage lover, and she even gives each of her suitcases a first name.

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“Sometimes I will buy a piece of luggage to match the type of travel journey that I will go on,” she says. “Luggage and good, practical pieces are essential for any form of travel. Trust me, my back depends on comfortable travel suitcase.”

Channon Dade is a travel host and actress, with her own website, www.channondade.com. She has traveled the world during her nearly 17 years working for airlines.

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“I have traveled to countless destinations, five continents, 32 countries (and still counting) and my luggage is my prize possession everywhere I go,” she says.

She owns a pink-and-brown snazzy Tommy Hilfiger bag, which she says is very feminine. She protects it with a black luggage cover, which proudly sports an emblem of her alma mater, Stanford University.

One reason for the emblem is to keep her “pretty luggage” safe when she checks it, which she has to do often because she flies stand-by a lot, and by the time she gets on, there’s no bin space.

“The second reason is due to the fact it makes for a great conversation starter piece while traveling,” she says. “The third reason I use it, and the most important reason, is due to the fact that Stanford has enabled me through my connections and education, to help create more conscious travelers by creatively sharing my travel life lessons. So, I like to represent them every chance I get.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Airlines, Trackers Aim to Prevent a Travel Nightmare: Lost Luggage

Entire industries wiped out or transformed by the internet (author looks fondly at antique Encarta CD on the windowsill), a trend that appears set to continue as the internet’s baby brother, the aptly named ‘Internet of Things,’ grows to maturity and more of the items we use daily become connected.
That’s beginning to change, however, with a host of start-ups recently starting to push the boundaries of what is achievable with a suitcase, and the tech getting cheap enough for dominant players like Samsonite to start jumping on board. RFID, Bluetooth, and GPS are not new by today’s standards, but this suite of technologies is finally starting to play an active role in an industry that is ripe for disrupting. The humble suitcase.
The latest generation of smart luggage, baggage tags, and the apps used to track and control them, signal the beginnings of rapid change for the way we interact with our bags and the way airlines use technologies like RFID to handle and track luggage. Below are a few of the current standouts.

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5 Signs You’re a Travel Addict

 

Once you’ve started, it can be difficult to stop. Traveling is like a drug. If you haven’t been able to see the entire world with your own eyes, it won’t ruin your life. But, from the moment you start your first journey, if you are a real travel addict, you’ll never be the same again. Deep down you’ll know that you will never ever be free of travel-induced wanderlust. Traveling is now part of you and, you know what? You gotta do what you gotta do 😉

Not sure if you just enjoy traveling once in awhile, or you’re a travel addict? Here’s five signs that will help you discover your travel addict tendencies, and if in fact you are one or not.

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  1. Working To Fund Your Next Adventure.

It can occur that one day you find yourself saving your paychecks for a new experience abroad, not buying new clothes for several months and inviting your friends home instead of going out for a bite. It’s fine, you’re saving money for what’s more important to you. Not material things, but real trips that make you feel butterflies in your stomach.

  1. Constantly Dreaming of Your Next Trip.

You dream about traveling when asleep and when awake. You think about what to take in your backpack, who you should ask about a certain destination, and how to live with the anxiety until the moment you start this new unbelievable journey. You wonder where to stay and whether you should be vaccinated if you’re visiting a given city?

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  1. Spending Hours Browsing Travel Blogs.

Instead of going out, chilling, reading a book or shopping with friends and having fun outdoors, you spend countless hours browsing travel websites and blogs your next adventure. Of course, it’s the most wonderful thing for you, and your very best plan, not a disease or something. You need to know about others who have travelled to your next destination, what the place looks like, what to take with you, what places you can’t miss, the most wonderful spots and so on. Suddenly your phone is loaded with travel apps: Booking and AirBNB for the right hotels and apartments, Turo for renting a car, LugLoc for tracking your luggage anytime and anywhere in case the airline misses it, and a couple of others for buying the cheapest flights and the list continues. You are what people call a master researcher

  1. Planning Your Next Trip While on Your Current Trip.

You can’t help that with a single step on new soil you’re already making plans for the next destination. Some will see this in the wrong way and will say that you are never living in the present or loving what you are doing. Let them think what they want to think. This is your passion, your hobby, sometimes even your job (lucky you!) and your thirst of getting to know new places, people from different points of the planet, diverse cultures and more needs to be satisfied. It’s your way of re-energizing.

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  1. Every day brings a new destination idea.

Films make you want to travel. So do books and music. Whether it’s your best friend who tells you about his dream trip, or a stranger who has just got off a plane from a distant island, you are always thinking about the next stop ahead. Staying in one place for more than 3 months makes you anxious. With your magnificent ability to pack your bags in five minutes flat you consider almost any place as a must on your list.

Recognize yourself in any of these? Congrats, you’re an official travel addict. Enjoy the ride!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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