Shhhh, Secret Beach in Hawaii

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We’re about to let you in on a little Hawaiian secret, but you have to promise to not tell anyone about this. Deal? Okay.

Welcome to Kauapea Beach. It is popularly known as Secret Beach. In fact, the name Kauapea Beach directly translates to Secret Beach. It is located on the northern shore of the island of Kauai. It’s big, beautiful and secluded.

The beach has remained a local secret because of it’s location. There aren’t any roads leading to the beach. In fact, you have to hike to get there.

If you want to visit this beach you’ll have to travel on the Kuhio Highway past Kilauea and make a right on Kalihiwai Road. You’ll follow that road for about 50 yards before making a right turn into an unmarked, unpaved road. Drive on that road until you can’t drive your car anymore. You’ll have to park and continue on foot via a foot path that takes you to the west end of the beach.

Here are some travelers who’ve been there and Instagrammed about it.

Kauapea Beach (AKA Secret Beach) in Kauai #timelapse #beach #hawaii #kauapeabeach #secretbeach

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Mood swings 🌑 Kauapea "Secret" Beach, Kauai

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#fellinlovewith #hawaii #kauai #kauapeabeach #amazingplace #nofilter

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Get Close & Personal with a Mermaid in Denmark

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There are cities around the world with statues so iconic they define the city itself. New York has the Statue of Liberty, Rio de Janeiro has Christ the Redeemer, Brussels has Manneken Pls. Similarly, the city of Copenhagen in Denmark has The Little Mermaid statue ( Danish: Den Lille Havfrue). The bronze statue sits on a rock right on the water at the Langelinie promenade. And, yes it’s based on the famous fairy tale.

So how did this statue come to be? Right around 1909, a man named Carl Jacobsen (son of the founder of Carlsberg) went to see a ballet performance in Copenhagen’s Royal Theatre themed around the little mermaid fairy tale. He was so fascinated by it, that he asked ballerina Ellen Price (played the mermaid) to model for a statue.

The statue was created by sculptor Edvard Eriksen and unveiled on August 23, 1913. A fun fact about the statue itself is that even though the statue resembles the ballerina’s face, the nude body was modeled after Eline Eriksen (the sculptor’s wife) because the ballerina didn’t want to pose nude.

Due to the threat of vandalism, the current statue on display is actually a replica of the original. If you can’t make it to Denmark to see the statue, you might be in luck because there are more than thirteen copies of the statue around the world known as Mermaids of Earth. Locations include Slovang, California; Kimballton, Iowa; Piatra Neamt, Romania; Torrejon de Ardoz, Spain; Seoul, South Korea; and a few other half sized versions.

Below are some photos posted by people who have visited the original location of the Little Mermaid Statue.

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The Little Mermaid. #denmark🇩🇰❤️

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mermaid competition #iwon #thelittlemermaid #twolittlemermaids #copenhagen

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Where to See Sabre-Toothed Tiger Fossils in Brazil

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Near the town of Bonito, Brazil is where you’ll find the “Gruta do Lago Azul”. It is a subterranean lake. The lake has a circular opening above it with a diameter of about 40 meters (that’s 130 ft). The opening allows for sunshine to come in and illuminate the waters of the underground lake. The months between September and February is when you’ll find the best lighting. During those months, the lake takes on an incredibly intense blue color (hence the name).

On top of witnessing its beauty, visitors who look closely through the water might be able to spot fossilized bones of mammals that lived in this region in the Pleistocene period that began about 1.8 million years ago and lasted to just about 11,700 years ago!

Imagine this. You’re standing above an opening on the surface of the earth looking down to a deep-blue underwater lake. You look through the water only to see the bones belonging to giant sloths, armadillos and sabre-toothed tigers!

Sounds like a trip of a lifetime, right? Below are some people who visited the location and Instagrammed about it.

Finalizando o nosso passeio na belíssima Gruta do Lagoa Azul. #matogrossodosul #bonito #grutadolagoazul #💚💙

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10 Recent Instagram Posts That’ll Make You Wish You Were In Puerto Rico

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Ahhhhh, Puerto Rico. If you haven’t been there yet, perhaps these ten recent Instagram posts from people who are currently there will inspire you. Remember, it’s easy to get to Puerto Rico from the U.S. because there isn’t even a passport requirement.

Beatryz looking all pretty. 🚣 #photooftheday #photography #puertorico #vacation #travel

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5 Classic Exercises You Can Do While Traveling

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It’s easy to let exercises fall by the wayside while traveling. There are many excuses for this. Maybe you don’t have access to workout equipment or a gym. If you’re a weight lifter, your options can be particularly limited by the lack of equipment. 

But, those who are determined will always find a way. Below is a list of five classic/old school type exercises you can do from anywhere. No excuses.

 

Push-Up – Whо соuld fоrgеt the timе honored рuѕh uр? Thiѕ ѕimрlе еxеrсiѕе will givе уоur сhеѕt, аrmѕ, аnd соrе a grеаt wоrkоut. For grеаtеr vаriеtу, trу сhаnging the position оf your hаndѕ оr fееt. Switching up reps or timed circuits can give you a complete workout. All you need is a floor. 

 

Bоdу Weight Sԛuаtѕ – The ѕԛuаt iѕ one of thе mоѕt bаѕiс bоdу building mоvеѕ. It iѕ a compound еxеrсiѕе whiсh works muscle groups from the bасk down tо thе fееt. With a barbell it iѕ a trеmеndоuѕ еxеrсiѕе, but do not let the fасt that уоu will be dоing thеm withоut аddеd weight make you think thеу аrе еаѕу. Likе thе push-ups, set a numbеr of rереtitiоnѕ for уоur goal аnd trу tо achieve thеm in the ѕhоrtеѕt timе period whilе kеерing gооd fоrm. Fоr extra resistance, уоu соuld рiсk uр a piece оf your luggage аnd hold it while you do уоur squats! 

Below is @emilycampbellofficial performing pistol squats

 

Lungеѕ – Thе lungе will wоrk уоur quadriceps, glutеѕ аnd hamstrings. Dереnding on hоw much space in your hоtеl rооm, you mау hаvе thе ѕрасе tо dо a vаriеtу оf different tуреѕ оf lungеѕ. If уоu оnlу hаvе a small ѕрасе, уоu саn do ѕimрlе lunges. With a bit mоrе ѕрасе, уоu can do walking lungеѕ оr ѕidе lungеѕ. Mix it uр аnd fееl thе burn!

Below is @larryokalel showing us some lunges. Remember, you can use anything as a weight. 

 

Crunches – Sоmе people hаtе сrunсhеѕ, but they are a proven classic. Fоr аddеd resistance, уоu could hоld thе hоtеl rооm phone bооk above уоur hеаd. Hotels still have phone books, right?

Below is @therealjungle doing some crunches. 

 

Chair Diрѕ – Tо givе your triceps аnd ѕhоuldеrѕ a wоrkоut, use thе hotel room chair as a tооl fоr сhаir dips. You can also use a coffee tаblе оr even thе bеd. Be сrеаtivе, but safe while imрrоviѕing.

Below is @erinnbacchus doing some chair dips. As you can see, they can be done almost anywhere. 

 

Aѕ mеntiоnеd, intеnѕitу аnd thе numbеr of reps аrе whаt can make a workout effective. If you’re in grеаt shape, уоu might hаvе tо do more reps. Just make sure you’re being honest with yourself to max out. 

Traveling usually comes togehter with eating out and nights drinking. So, getting a workout in can be challenging. Just remember, there’s always a way to get it done. 

 

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10 Flying Superstitions People Actually Do

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If you travel enough, you’ll start to develop routines or quirks. Some might be as mild as having to arrive to the airport thirty minutes prior to the recommended two hour before departure rule. Others can be a bit more wild like having to wear your hat backwards while you board the plane.

Our curiosity was sparked, so we asked people to share their flying superstitions. Below is a list of quotes people from people who shared their flying superstions.

1: Hold hands – even when traveling alone

“While growing up, flying always scared me so my mother would hold my hand during take-off. Now that I travel alone 95% of the time, I always hold my hands together and pretend I am still holding my mother’s hand. Weird, but it makes me think she is with me, even at 29 years old.”

2: Repeat a special saying

“I must say ‘Happy Landings’ if I’m flying with someone, as well as have someone say it to me before I fly. It can be before I get to the airport, or said via text… My grandparents always said this before they flew and passed it along.”

3: Be safety conscious

“I have to watch the safety informational video and read the entire safety information card before the plane takes off. It’s become second nature to me and barely registers in my head because I’ve been doing it my entire life. And the few times where there wasn’t an informational card in my seat pocket, I’ve requested one from the flight attendant.”

4: Stay seated

“I always arrive 2 hours early and pace the entire airport back and forth. I find this keeps me relaxed and able to sit in the tiny airplane seat for hours without having to get up during the flight.”

5: Count to 100 and then keep on going

“I’m not a particular fan of take-off, so the way I get through it on every flight is to count. Usually I know that, by the time I get to 800 or so, I will hear the happy little ping that lets you know that cruising altitude has been reached. I figure if the captain is casually telling us we can walk around, all is going well in the cockpit.”

6: Take a picture of the airplane and send it to a loved one

“Capturing it in a photo and sharing it with them makes me feel like the flight I’m about to take will be safe, comfortable and quick.”

7: Order a special drink, just for air travel

“The only time I ever order a Bloody Mary mix or a tomato juice is when my butt is planted on a plane seat.”

8: Rub the rivets

“As I board the plane, I always reach out with my right hand and touch the rivets around the door. If they are smooth, I take it as an indication that the flight will be smooth and safe. But, if they are rough, I spend the whole flight fretting.”

9: Get organized…with the laundry

“Before flying anywhere, I MUST do all of my laundry – even if it means staying up all night to do it. Bottom line, my laundry hamper must be empty before I take off. I guess this is to avoid other people having to deal with it if something were to happen to me.”

Photo by @markgiordono wearing his lucky socks while traveling.

10: Wear your socks inside out

“I always wear my socks inside out when I need a bit of good luck. This includes every time I fly. It is a ritual that started after a particularly amazing basketball game that I had back in high school. After the game I discovered that my socks had been inside out.”

Now we want to hear from you. Do you have any flying superstitions that you swear by? If so, comment on this post and let us know what that is.

 

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When’s the Ideal Time to Visit Venice, Italy?

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Venice, Italy

Before you booking travel to a specific place in the world, a good traveler will take a look at several things like before booking. Things like weather, number of tourists and hotel availability can make a huge impact in the type of experience you have while traveling.

If you’re planning on visiting Venice, Italy then we’ve got you covered. Below is what you can expect during the different seasons.

Venice is the most popular during April, May, June, September and October, which means airfares and accommodations will be at their peak, and lines to visit museums and attractions will be long. But the weather is warm and beautiful during this time. Tourists still pack the city in late summer, but the weather can get oppressively hot and the canals don’t smell too pleasant during this time.

Fall is also a good time to visit with the cooler weather and fewer tourists, but it is also more likely to flood (Venice floods about 60 times a year), which could disrupt your trip. The floods occur during high tides and can bring water into many of the lower level shops and houses. (Venice is currently building a high tide suppressor that’ll combat this)

Photo by @realalixstark during her honeymoon trip in Venice, Italy. She didn’t mind the flood.

Winter time is when you can get good bargains and not encounter as many tourists, but Venice’s location in the north on the Adriatic Sea means that winter can be harsh with teeth chattering winds blowing through the alleyways. But winter is when the Carnival of Venice takes place, usually between last February and early March.

So, there you have it. This information should give you a better idea of when you’d like travel to Venice.

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Today in Puebla, Mexico

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Welcome to Puebla, Mexico. The site famous for the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza. Also the same reason why “Cinco De Mayo” is celebrated, but you knew that already, right?

Here is some Instagram footage to show you how the town of Puebla, Mexico is celebrating today.

Photo by @pegasos_mb_cepmac from Puebla, Mexico

 

Eight Things To Do In Beijing

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When you visit a place for the first time the last thing you want to do is be stuck researching what to see and do while you’re there. Experienced travelers know it’s helpful to see tips and recommendations from fellow travelers. Below you’ll find a list of 8 things to do while visiting Beijing along with an Instagram shot by someone who actually did them. Let us know what you think of this list.

Top eight things to do in Beijing according to a traveler who’s been there.

  1. Spend a day at the “Great Wall” of China at Badaling, or try the older “Simatai” part of the great wall.

    Photo by @jonnietruelove from the Great Wall
  2. Visit the magnificent Xiang Shan Gong Yuan and the Beijing Botanical Gardens, located to the west of the city- a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre.

    Photo by @mehyoga from Beijing Botanical Garden
  3. Visit the Summer Palace (Yi He Yuan) located in the south-east of the city centre and also the Old Palace (Yuan Ming Yuan).

    Photo by @i.m.aishe from the Summer Palace
  4. Visit the beautiful and fabulous Yong He Gong (Lama Temple) in the north of the city centre. Mostly renowned as Beijing’s largest Buddhist temple.

    Photo by @chengmu_zang from Yonghe Temple
  5. Why not take an early morning or an evening stroll in Tiananmen Square, and to make it more special, you can watch the daily flag hoisting and lowering ceremonies at sunrise and sunset respectively.

    Photo by @tinaazura from Tiananmen Square
  6. No trip to Beijing is complete with a visit to the famous “Quan Ju De” Roast Duck restaurant where you can indulge in eating fine roast duck meat. The restaurant on 32 Qianmen Avenue is famous for entertaining many foreign dignitaries and VIPs who come to this restaurant for its scrumptious roasted duck.

    Photo by @lacorasaniti from Quan Ju De
  7. Take a relaxing rickshaw ride or walk around the many Hutongs that surround the Forbidden City. It’s best to ask before you take photographs of the locals and make sure you don’t get lost as the Hutongs are famous for having many turns.

    Photo by @pamhule from Hutongs, Beijing
  8. Xidan and Wangfujing are two of Beijing’s biggest shopping areas, attracting many local and foreign tourists alike. Both of these shopping malls are respectively located at either side of the centre of Beijing.
    Photo by @marco_f89 from Wangfujing

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The Seven Natural Wonders Of The World

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There are many lists from different sources and different eras about the seven wonders of the world. It seems like everyone has their own list. Today we’re going to talk about this list for The Seven Natural Wonders Of The World put together by CNN.

1.  Grand Canyon – “The Grand Canyon in Arizona is a natural formation distinguished by layered bands of red rock, revealing millions of years of geological history in cross-section. Vast in scale, the canyon averages 10 miles across and a mile deep along its 277-mile length. Much of the area is a national park, with Colorado River white-water rapids and sweeping vistas.”

2.  Great Barrier Reef – “The Great Barrier Reef, off the coast of Queensland in northeastern Australia, is the largest living thing on Earth, and even visible from outer space.”

3.  Harbor of Rio de Janeiro – “The Harbor of Rio de Janeiro is located in Brazil and was created by erosion from the Atlantic Ocean and is also known as Guanabara Bay.”

4.  Mount Everest – “Mount Everest, also known in Nepal as Sagarmāthā and in China as Chomolungma, is Earth’s highest mountain.”

5.  Aurora – “An aurora, sometimes referred to as a polar lights or northern lights, is a natural light display in the sky, predominantly seen in the high latitude regions.”

6.  Parícutin Volcano – “Parícutin is a scoria-cone volcano located in the Mexican state of Michoacán, near the city of Uruapan and about 322 kilometres west of Mexico City.”

7.  Victoria Falls – “Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya, is a waterfall in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.”

So there you have it. A great list of 7 incredible spots on this planet we call earth. Do you agree with this list? Have you seen any of these in person? Is there a place on earth you think deserves to be on this list of Natural Wonders?

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