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Happy New Year!

Just a quick post to wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR from Taipei, Taiwan!

With thanks to a very generous bride and groom, we spent New Year’s Eve here:
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Now, you may sensibly ask, a roof top bar in 8 degree weather? But it was perfect and allowed us to have this spectacular view of the fireworks!

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It was a wonderful night and I hope that, wherever you are, you had a special night as well.

Here’s to a fantastic 2013. What do you have planned? My next stop is Sydney, followed shortly by London! I can’t wait!

The Healthy Globetrotter

Wine Glass Bay

Yep, you read right: Wine Glass Bay. What’s not to like about that name? Located in Freycinet National Park on the East Coast of Tasmania, Wine Glass Bay is one of the most photographed spots in Tasmania.

I was no exception to the rule, and after a 25 minute climb to the look out I went a little snap happy. We had planned to walk down to the beach as well, but honestly we were ill-prepared water wise (with less than half a litre left) and decided it would probably be irresponsible to take the journey down to the beach (we also weren’t dressed for a hike). Next time. Regardless, the view from the top was pretty spectacular:

Wine Glass Bay

After the climb we probably stayed at the look out for around 20 minutes before heading back down to the car park.

Frecyinet 5(Wow, you can really tell the difference between my iPhone and camera photos can’t you?!)

After our hike we settled into Freycinet Lodge for a drink and a rest before the drive back to Hobart (we only did a day trip, but if I had my time over I would definitely have spent more time on the East Coast). Not a bad spot to refuel:

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The whole east coast is beautiful, and it makes for a gorgeous drive from Hobart. We stopped along the way at Kate’s Berry Farm, and though I was disappointed in the lack of fresh berries for sale, the view was gorgeous, and pretty typical of our drive:

Freycinet 3If you’re heading for Freycinet, do pack appropriate hiking gear so you can do more of the walking tracks than we did. It is a gorgeous area, and I can’t wait to get down on some of those beaches one day!

The Healthy Globetrotter

A busy time of year… and a peek at Tasmania!

Somewhat unintentionally, I’ve had a bit of a break from writing. However, as I’ve just returned from Tasmania and have a whole lot of travel coming up in the next month, I figure that now is as good as time as any to get back on board!

The end of the year has been hectic, as it is for everyone I suppose. Mine has been marred with injury, with back and hip problems keeping me from my regular exercise routine, as well as a pretty hectic work schedule. That said, I’ve had a truly excellent December thus far, and can’t wait to visit my family tomorrow to celebrate the festive season properly!

I’ve spent the last week in Tasmania, in Australia’s south. It wasn’t my first visit, but given the last time I travelled there I was 16, it is fair to say that I appreciated it a whole lot more this time around!

Hobart, Tasmania’s capital, is pretty spectacular. Lonely Planet ranked it as number 7 on its list of top ten cities, best in travel for 2013. I like to think i’m ahead of the curve. Kidding!

We stayed on the harbour at the Hotel Grand Chancellor. I’d highly recommend the hotel, particularly a harbour view room as we had – the views are pretty special:

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The hotel also has a pool, which meant I was able to get in some exercise even though I wasn’t able to run. Not all bad:

Swimming pool

We spent Saturday morning at the Salamanca markets (even though it was raining) and attended a beautiful wedding in the afternoon. Thankfully the weather cleared up in time for the reception in Sandy Bay.

This photo was taken from a private residence, but I’d highly recommend heading to Sandy Bay to check out the views:

Sandy Bay

The Museum of Old and New Art (or, MONA) is a must see in Hobart. The privately held collection is very special. Some of it is a little bit controversial, but I believe there is a route around the gallery you can take to avoid the nudity and more controversial images if you choose.

We just wandered around, reading about all the art work on a handy iPhone/iPod touch (which was part of the admission fee). This was my favourite room:

Hobart 3Hobart was pretty special, and it was just the start of our trip. I can’t wait to show you more of Tassie and show you why it is rated as a such a great place to visit in Australia.

Until then, wishing you and your families a very merry Christmas (if you celebrate it), and a wonderful New Year.

The Healthy Globetrotter

 

 

Running the World: Singapore Style

Staying fit and healthy while travelling isn’t always the easiest task. You’re away from regular routine, around delicious food and if you’re anything like me, switch to a holiday mindset as well. It’s pretty much a recipe for some weight gain (and an amazing time) unless you’re determined to avoid it. While I’m all for the amazing time, I am preferable to avoiding any excess “baggage” on the way home!

As I’ve previously posted, I love to run in new destinations to get the lay of the land and stay healthy while travelling. As an added bonus, with the help of a pocket camera or phone (I normally use an iPhone) you can capture the sights too. Often you’ll be able to see things you’d never have had the opportunity to if not for your run. Just another reason to pack your exercise gear and get moving.

So, without further ado, here’s the latest edition of Running the World. This time, it’s Singapore Style:

Merlion – Iconic Singapore. Taken while running across the esplanade

Singapore Skyline – the big white building is the Fullerton Hotel where I stayed

A word to those keen to join my Running the World fun – Singapore can get pretty warm, I’d definitely recommend taking some water with you for the journey.

Further, make sure you know your destination and assess whether it is safe to head out for a run at the time you plan (and if you’re new to exercise, take advice from a doctor before starting!)

Marina Bay Sands

I followed a path provided to me by my hotel, ending around Marina Bay Sands. As an aside, the shopping here is pretty great. It also has a “canal” at the bottom of the centre and little Venice-style gondolas you can ride on if you feeling up to an ultra-touristy experience.

Coming across the other side of the esplanade, this was taken just near my hotel towards the end of my run

Now you might be thinking what sort of run can I be having if I keep stopping to take photos?! Excellent point. However, a good way to still get a great workout in is by doing interval training. Running as hard as you can for a burst and then slowing down to a jog, taking a picture and then repeating the process!

Having a little fun outside the Asian Civilisations Museum, pretty much where I finished up my run!

Here I am at the end of my run, having a little fun at the Asian Civilisations Museum.

My advice? Exercise doesn’t have to be a boring part of your travels. It can totally add to your experience and is one of my favourite things to do upon arriving at a new destination.

So, where are your travels taking you next? Are you game to join Running the World?

The Healthy Globetrotter

Singapore Zoo

So as you’ve probably realised by now, I’m in Singapore. For me, the best thing about visiting a city more than once is discovering new things. The second has got to be the memories!

My current visit has reminded me just how much I loved visiting the zoo last time I was here!

For those that know me personally, this is probably not much of a surprise. I love the zoo and animals. How can you not? This is the very definition of adorable:

Baby!

Assuming you avoid all the ice-creams and chips that are usually on offer, the zoo (any zoo! In this case, Singapore Zoo) can be a really healthy day out. If you have the desire to see the animals (and the zoo is big enough) you can definitely get in a solid day of walking, all while enjoying the animals! With 2800 animals over 26 hectares, Singapore Zoo definitely meets my criteria. Win.

One of my favourites at Singapore Zoo were the rhinos. This one was beautiful. I loved that he had a little birdy playing on his back… that was until I realised that the little birdy was in fact picking at the poor Rhino’s skin.

Rhino! You might notice the “third love photography” – don’t worry, I’m not stealing photos, these photos have just come straight from my tumblr!

I know, I know, there are better ways to see animals. In the wild. On safari. But as I recently learnt during a Roar and Snore sleepover at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo (post coming soon!) the conditions animals are kept in at zoos worldwide have improved rapidly over the years. Further, many zoos (including Singapore) participate in critical conservation and breeding programs to help save endangered animals from extinction. In my view, that’s a worthy cause. Let’s face it, until such time as I make it to Africa (fingers crossed for 2013!) the zoo will have to do.

African Crowned Crane

Out of all the zoos I’ve visited in the world (and trust me, there has been more than a few) Singapore Zoo sits high on my list as one of the better zoos out there. In my view, it is pretty special.

Clearly designed to allow you to get up and close with the animals, that’s exactly what I did:

Zebra!

Hello little fella!

Pensive

Next time you’re in Singapore, I would definitely recommend the zoo! Though don’t forget to skip the unhealthy snacks that can come with a day out and focus on enjoying the fresh air and walks instead!

Do you have a favourite zoo?

The Healthy Globetrotter

Yes to Turkey. No to bread.

Istanbul is one of those places i’d been dreaming of for a long time until i was lucky enough to make it there recently. Now i just dream of going back. I’d heard nothing but great things about the city and i certainly wasn’t disappointed.

The adventure didn’t start out as planned. Unorganised, i arrived on a flight from Copenhagen that landed around 5am without US dollars to buy a visa. Exhausted i lined up at customs only to be told that without that allusive currency, i wasn’t going anywhere. Fortunately, i was able to track down an ATM that dispensed US dollars and a short while later on my way to meet my friends! Tip: US currency is still powerful pretty much everywhere in the world, carry it with you if you can.

Given some mishaps along the way (a post for another time) by the time i met my friends we were all STARVING and set out for breakfast. Once we’d ordered our breakfasts (fruit and yogurt for some and cooked breakfasts for the rest) a bread basket was brought to the table. Certainly a nice gesture which was readily appreciated given we were all starving. However at lunch later that day, the very same thing happened…again came a side of bread after we ordered our meals. It was the same with EVERY meal we ordered. I’m all for carbohydrates and i’m definitely for bread (yum!) but with literally every meal?! Bread is great, but it is easy to blow out an otherwise healthy meal (or unhealthy meal further) without realising it. Tip: Do not eat all of the (normal) bread. Of course, have some and enjoy it (!) but save yourself for the things you can’t get at home. 

Now i’ve mentioned it before – but i love sampling local cusine and Turkey had plenty. While i said no to the bread i could get at home, here is some that i couldn’t turn down:

Saying yes to some bread!

Turkey had a number of wonderful culinary delights (including Turkish Delight!) and it would be a shame not to try them, but there are also healthy options to be enjoyed!

Corn! This particular cob was disappointing but you can see the excitement all over my face!

A quick swim and a turkish bath followed by all that walking and your day’s turned out not so bad in my view. Especially when the swim comes with a view like this:

Club Suada. Full image credit here goes to a member of our travelling crew, Joshua Barwick.

There will be certainly many posts to come on the wonders of Turkey, but if you’re headed there for a trip, keep the tips above in mind!

The Healthy Globetrotter

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Literally – Hello world. Welcome to the Healthy Globetrotter.

Dedicated to travelling the world the healthy way. And yes, it is possible, even when enjoying fabulous local cusine.

I love travel, adventures, food, wine and a healthy lifestyle. It’s all about the balance. The Healthy Globetrotter isn’t designed to guilt you out of enjoying your holidays, its about loving every minute of the experience and still feeling that way when you get home!