The Adventuress is a blog for women with adventurous spirits. It's a source of inspiration, planning, tips, and advice from experienced travelers and outdoor adventurers with the extra flair of being for women and by women only.
2013 is underway – and for some, starting an exercise program may be among your New Year resolutions. We all know the many benefits of exercise – from improving our mood to decreasing the risk of heart disease- even preventing Alzheimer’s! And if you have registered for or are considering one of our active vacations in 2013, physical preparation for that trip may also be among your goals.
Physical preparation for an adventure travel paddling trip is a great way to kick start or enhance your upper body resistance training routine. Many of us are comfortable on treadmills, elliptical machines, or walking/running outside, but fewer women regularly incorporate resistance training into workout routines. Kayaking and canoeing are great oppotunities to exercise the upper body and preparing for such activities can help create a more functional and healthy upper body. Toning your upper body can be simple; there are actually a lot of upper body exercises you can do in your home or without any fancy equipment. Below are five efficient, (and if you choose) equipment-less exercises that can help you maintain arm and core strength between paddles, or when preparing for your next adventure travel paddling vacation. Each of the exercises incorporates both the upper body (mostly shoulders and back) and core (abdominals and obliques) simultaneously. These exercises can be done with or without hand weights. Performing them 2-3 times a week in conjunction with cardio 3-5 times per week can create a great fitness base and a paddle-ready adventure traveler.
'Ten Tips' is the perfect companion for every female hiker. It offers well-crafted, not-so-obvious tools that hikers of all experience levels can use. From lacing up your boots the first time to thru-hiking a major trail, this piece will make hiking even more enjoyable.
One of the most confusing issues travelers face on international adventure trips is how to stay in touch with people back home. There are so many options and so many variables, and it all changes so quickly! Sometimes it seems the best idea is to give up trying to figure it out, and just give folks a list of the hotels where you're saying or the number of the tour company you're going with.
So you want your hikes, bikes, and paddles to be breathtakingly beautiful not breath-taking, right? We do to! At AGC we aim to find a trip that 'fits' you. But if you don't feel that you are 'fit' enough for a trip – let's not use that as an excuse to delay signing-up; instead lets use it as motivational tool to train for a trip. Below are three keys components to help you improve your fitness level and train for an adventure travel vacation.
Buying a pair of boots for a backpacking trip or a hiking vacation should be done with careful consideration. Pick the wrong pair of boots and you could end up with feet ranging from uncomfortable to physically harmed with blisters or even tendon problems. It is a task that takes an investment of time and money. But hopefully, you will have this pair of boots for many years and it is worth putting a little investment in on the front end to get the best thing for you.
If you're new to adventure travel or an outdoor activity, sometimes you might wonder if you have to make a choice between getting what you need and putting your child through college or retiring before the age of 80. Unless you decide to become a dog musher with a kennel of 40 dogs or to climb Mt Everest on a guided climb, usually the answer is no. Here are some suggestions to help keep you solvent.
Mary Beth Bond has an excellent blog post in today's Vibrant Nation called check list: day before travel overseas. In it she lists several things that we often forget to do that can make a trip go more smoothly, such as notifying your credit card company and bank that you will be traveling, adding an international calling plan to your cwll phone plan, buying travel insurance, remembering to pack certain items. But this approach isn't just useful when women travel overseas. I always say that the worst part of any travel is the day before, when I am stressed, running around, and wondering if its worth it. But once on the plane or in the car, I never ask myself that again.So for any woman who travels at all frequently, I have two major pieces of advice: