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Staying Fit as a Digital Nomad

So you’ve taken the jump and are now living the life of your dreams, good for you!

You don’t have to tie yourself to a desk, you never sit in traffic, and you choose when and where you work. Could there be a sweeter way for a woman to make her way in the world? Well, how about the downsides? Granted, there aren’t all that many, but if you want to get the most out of it, you need to take a few simple steps to stay in shape and feel great.

Ditch the Junk Food

An extra bit of cake in Starbucks or some Thai noodles as a last minute takeout are both fun things to do; no one’s pretending they’re not! But you want to do it in moderation as with all good things. The trick is to remember that if you want to enjoy your newfound nomadic freedom, you need to give your body the energy that it needs to really thrive. You can’t really snooze at your desk because you don’t have one, and if you’re always run down, you’ll just end up working from home. And that’s pretty boring, right?

Cut out the junk food by making a few healthy choices throughout the day and healthy eating will become the one habit you never want to break before you know it. Starting the day with a smoothie is awesome. Have a light lunch with a salad and some lean protein like chicken or raw fish, and then make dinner a real event.

Cooking is Fun. Don’t Forget it!

The great thing about cooking is that the more you get into it, the more fun you’ll have doing it. If you want to be able to stick to your new healthy lifestyle, then making sure that your kitchen is always stocked up is the perfect way to get the ball rolling.
Anyone who’s always out and about or loves a bit of freedom throughout the day will love to come home in the evenings and relax. By having a fridge bursting full of healthy choices like organic meat and fresh fruit and veg, you’ll be the girl that your friends envy in no time as you show how easy it is to stick to a diet when you make it fun.

Try a dozen or so different recipes and tweak your favorites so that you can put your own spin on things. Before you know it, you’ll have a home menu that is to die for. Just make sure you have enough in for the friends you meet along the way as they all make a path to your door.

Stay Active: Embrace the Nomad Life

The great thing about being a nomad is that you don’t have to follow the crowd and sit in traffic at the same time each day. Doing that is just no fun, which is why you decided not to do it! Make sure you never lose sight of that by always making the best use of your time and working up a sweat at least once a day.

You could have a set time you work out in the local park if it’s sunny. Or you could join the gym and get through some work before and after at the nearby juice bar. Life as the nomadic woman everyone else envies is all about making time for everything life offers you. If you put aside half an hour a day to work out, you’ll feel the difference in no time at all.

Make the Most of Your Flexibility

People who are chained to their desks in offices all year round wait for those magical two weeks of summer holiday every year. You’re not like that, so make sure you make the most of your hard earned freedom and flexibility by taking yourself away for plenty of week-long breaks and long weekends when you can.

A great way to chill out and get back in touch with the real you is to take a walking holiday every couple of months. By exploring a new country and culture you’ll be able to meet a whole host of new people, enjoy great food, and see some amazing sights along the way.

The Camino de Santiago is a great candidate for your next trip as it boasts hundreds of miles of intertwining trails that can be walked by people of virtually any fitness levels. Ideal if you want to sample some Spanish delights and stretch your legs without burning yourself out.

Anything Else?

Just remember to enjoy the fruits of your labor. You’re someone who’s taken a chance and shaped the life that you want to lead, rather than following the crowd.
A true digital nomad should be out there in the world, exploring anything and everything that takes her fancy.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Las Vegas Travel and Entertainment Guide

If there is such a thing as the most exciting place on Earth, Las Vegas is surely a serious contender. Known for its thriving gambling and casino industry and theme attractions, Las Vegas is, in fact, much more than that. This heart of American entertainment is home to an incredible number and variety of shows, performances, concerts, events, conventions, and shopping streets.

Vegas is so firmly resolved to entertain you that it stops at nothing to provide you with whatever you find worth your money. From the passionate gambler to the casual sightseer, everyone can have the time of their lives in the Silver City. Here is a brief guide to travel and entertainment in Las Vegas to help you make the most of your visit.

Travel tips

Vegas is a popular destination, and the flights are almost constantly booked. Besides that, the plane tickets can get very expensive if you aren’t careful enough to schedule on time.

There is a number of ways you can score cheap Vegas tickets, though. Most of these rules apply for any kind of plane tickets, except that with Vegas, the challenge is greater due to the huge demand.

First of all, you should organize your trip well ahead, so that you can buy your tickets while the prices are still low. Ticket prices tend to fluctuate a lot, but some say that the best time to buy tickets is 47 days before the flight. There is really no way to know for sure how airlines handle their business, but many have reported success with this method.

Nowadays, no one really goes to an airline office to buy tickets. Instead, people do that online. However, you should be careful with online booking because the website will attempt to trick you. For instance, if you select the same flight more than once, each subsequent time you will get a higher price. You can avoid this by clearing your browser cookies so that the website doesn’t know you’re revisiting.

Most people prefer to fly to Vegas from Friday to Sunday. However, those are also the most expensive days when it comes to flights. Instead, opt for a Saturday to Monday trip if possible, as you can save a lot of money that way.

Nightlife and entertainment tips

Nightlife in Vegas is spectacular and often very expensive. You can find clubs, casinos, and other similar venues all around the Strip. However, unless you bring a decent amount of cash with you, it really pays off to do some research in advance.

Concerts and performances happen all the time in Vegas. If you want to see a particular show, it’s best to find out about it as early as possible. That way, you will be able to purchase a ticket online from a third party. Otherwise, buying the tickets on the spot is much more expensive.

Casinos

Casinos in Vegas are among the best in the world but do not go there if you aren’t prepared to lose money. It’s important to have the right attitude and to be aware that losing money happens all the time. If you are passionate about gambling and have enough money at hand, you will have the time of your life in Vegas.

However, if you live overseas and dream about visiting Vegas, you should check out online casinos instead. That way, you can have a bit of Vegas glamour in your life regardless of your location. You can find some of the world’s best online casinos at New Zealand CasinosBeste Nettcasino, and GemSlots Welcome Bonus.

Clubs

When it comes to Vegas clubs, expect to see much higher prices than in other places. For example, in most clubs, the price of a single drink can be as high as $15. That’s not all you’ll be paying for since you usually have to pay for entry. You can be exempt from that rule if you are a lady because many clubs offer significant discounts for women if you come at a specific time. Men will have to pay more in most cases.

However, you can still save some money by finding a promoter instead of entering on your own. A promoter’s job is to get as many people to the club as possible, and they can let you in with a discount or for free. Keep track of all the fliers and promotional materials you get during your stay. The key to saving money in Vegas is keeping track of happy hours and discounts.

A final tip

Hopefully, you’ve learned something helpful from this guide. However, there is one more thing to keep in mind when visiting Vegas – you should know the rules of conduct.

Some tourists see Vegas as an opportunity to behave rudely and berate the staff in local venues or act as if they owned the place. Avoid acting out and treat others with respect, and you will see a significant difference in how they treat you. The employees in Vegas know the difference between a VIP and a rude guest. Do yourself a favor and leave the best possible impression, and you will have the time of your life.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

Workouts If You’re On The Go

Sometimes time just isn’t on your side, and that’s not your fault, but it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t bother trying to get in a quick workout if you have a spare 30 minutes – you can always make time for that.

30 minutes may not sound like a lot, but it can really improve your health and fitness, and you can always work up to doing more, as time goes on.

Cycling

If you don’t have any time to spare, then cycling may be the answer for you. You can use it as a replacement instead of adding it to your other list of things to do. So if you have some errands to run, like going to the store to grab something, or even making your way to work, instead of driving there in your car, or hopping on a bus or train, get your bike out and ride there!

Running

Similar to cycling, you can use running as a replacement to driving around. But there are many other ways you can incorporate running into your life. If you have kids, then taking them to the park and having a good old run around with them is a great way to keep fit. Or if you have a dog, take them for longer walks to places you’ve never seen before. -If you’re visually interested, it’ll make the workout a whole lot better.

Cleaning

If anyone tells you that cleaning the house isn’t a workout – they’re lying. Vacuuming, sweeping, dusting and polishing are all types of aerobics that work different parts of your body. You will definitely feel the ache the next day. Even things like doing the washing, carrying it outside, and hanging it up, are working your muscles. Just visualize the calories you’re burning, and you may not mind cleaning as much as you once did!

Kettlebell

Kettlebell workouts are great; they’re quick, fun to do, and they work your whole entire body in one go. It may take a bit of time to get used to, but once you get it, you’ll be hooked. Using a kettlebell swing does not only reduce your overall body fat, but they also build up your strength, endurance, and power.

Dancing

Everyone should make time to dance! It feels amazing to do, and your body (and mind) will thank you for it.
Not only are you burning fat, but your body is also releasing all those happy endorphins, which will make you feel oh so good.

Stair-Climber

Stair-climbing doesn’t just have to be done at the gym on a machine – there are stairs everywhere! At work, at home and outside. So if you have an hours lunch break and aren’t sure what to do with it, pack a change of clothes in your bag, and go up and down them stairs. This isn’t just create cardio workout – it tones your body up too, leaving you looking and feeling great.
Don’t be put off if you get people watching you – own it.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

A Blogger’s Guide To Taking More Professional Travel Shots

A big part of running a successful blog is learning how to take high-quality photos for your posts. While you could source your images online, it’s much better to take them yourself, so that you can ensure that your site really is unique. After all, the more unique your site and content, the more likely it is to stand out, and the more it stands out, the higher your chances of success. With that in mind, when it comes to capturing the most incredible travel photos to go with your blog posts, here’s what you need to know:

Capture the most interesting and intriguing locations

Yes, it’s tempting to take snaps of all the most well-known sights, but ask yourself is that what your readers want to see? The fact is that a photo of a sight or feature that they have seen time and time again isn’t going to excite and interest your readers because they’ve seen it a million times before. So what you want to do is find interesting and unique locations to shoot – you can find plenty of ideas online on sites like www.digitalcamcentral.com/best-waterfalls-nashville-tennessee/.

Search the location that you’re visiting, and you should be able to find the most unique and beautiful locations to capture photos of. Of course, if you’re visiting Paris it’s fine to take photos of the Eiffel Tower and the Arc De Triomphe, as long as you also get some more unique snaps. If you’re visiting New York, it’s perfectly fine to shoot the statue of liberty, but you also want to get some more unique shots.

Think about the angle

One way to ensure that any photo you take is unique is to think carefully about the angle that you shoot from. Don’t just take a boring, straight on photo, be a little more creative with the images that you are capturing. Try snapping photos at different distances, take some from further away and some close-up. Take photos from above, below, and the sides. Tip the camera to an angle and see what images you can create – you would be amazed at how different this can make your images look.

Shoot in the best light

Compared to your eyes, your camera is most probably terrible at creating clear images in various lights. When in bright sunlight you will be able to distinguish most features, whereas a camera will create shadows where the sun isn’t as bright. That’s why it’s so important to shoot your photos in the very best light. Otherwise, the quality and clarity won’t be there. You may find that there’s one time of day that it’s best to shoot at, such as midday when the sun is at its highest. Often, it’s just a case of trial and error, working out when the best time of day to shoot at is.

Focus on just one point

To give your images an edge, consider focusing on one area within them. You can change the settings on most cameras to only focus on close objects or far away objects, altering the look of the image. If you’re keen to create some unique shots to share on your blog in a travel post, playing around with the focus of your camera is a good idea. You would be amazed at the beautiful photos you can capture just by editing the focus setting of your camera.

What’re Your Thoughts?

Hopefully, the above tips and ideas will help you with taking more professional travel shots for your next travel blog post.

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

A Guide to Staying Fit and Healthy Whilst Abroad

Our health and fitness can take a backseat whilst we’re abroad. Most of us are too busy sunning ourselves our delving into the local delicacies to worry about workouts or what we should be eating. It’s true that a holiday should be a chance to relax and enjoy yourself. But if you’re conscious of staying fit and healthy whilst abroad, take a look at this guide…

Fitness

Taking a break from work and the monotony at home is great, but taking a break from fitness altogether will make the adjustment harder when you return. Fitness abroad should be about having fun rather than completing a punishing chore. Going on hikes and swimming in the sea are great ways of staying fit, and making the most of your surroundings whilst abroad.

If you prefer some gentler exercise or need a rest from your rigorous regime at home, try some walking. Instead of getting a taxi or driving around, explore on foot. This is a great way to stay fit but also get around like a local. Hiring bikes is another fun idea to keep up your fitness whilst you’re away, without compromising on fun!

Medicine

If you want to enjoy your holiday as much as possible, come prepared with medicines. There’s nothing worse than being stuck abroad and not having the pain relief or treatment you need. https://www.canadapharmacyonline.com has information about some of the common illnesses people can pick up whilst on holiday, and what to take for them. Even if you’re only traveling for a week, it’s best to come prepared and take your health seriously. Problems which aren’t treated might ruin your holiday, or even get worse.

Eating Out

Trying local foods and cuisines is one of the best things about going abroad. It can be difficult to stop yourself from going overboard, especially if you’re eating out every day. If you’re at a hotel and they have a breakfast buffet opt for fruit, toast, and yogurt for breakfast. As a special treat have a larger breakfast once a week to treat yourself. If you’re eating out try ordering side salads to accompany a meal rather than chips or fried vegetables. In fact ordering a number of sides as your lunch is a good way to tailor-make a healthy meal.

Simple Workouts

There are also some simple workouts that you can do anywhere in the world. Indoors, outdoors, a hotel room, or a hostel, these exercises are completely travel-proof and will keep you fit.

Sit-ups, crunches, and planks are all great ab workouts that you can continue to do anywhere in the world. Squats, ski-sits, and leg raises will help to keep your leg limber for all the walking you’ll be doing. Lunges are another no-equipment-needed exercise that will help your overall fitness whilst your away. Stick to these suggestions and you should stay fit and healthy whilst you holiday.

What’re Your Thoughts?

Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.

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