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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:

Hobart 1

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

Running the world

Ask anyone who knows me personally and they’ll tell you, I’m not the best runner. However, that doesn’t stop me from trying. It’s one of the easiest ways to exercise on the road, you don’t need equipment and best of all? It’s free.

Right now, I’m in Singapore. I’m only here for a short time – 5 days – but I’ve packed my running gear. Here’s why: You never know what you might see.

To prove this, I wanted to share some of the photos I’ve taken running during my most recent world travels. All of the photos in this post were shot with my iPhone4, taken with me when I run.

Starting with a run in Lund, Sweden. After a gorgeous afternoon visiting friends, I went for a run before settling in for the evening. If not for that decision, I would never have seen this view.

Just another reason why no-one regrets exercise:

Taken on a run in Lund, Sweden

Visiting family in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, I went for a run just prior to a storm and ended up with taking some shots along the way. Here are two of my favourites:

When sailing in the Ionian Islands in Greece, I woke up earlier than most of my travelling companions and would head out for a run to see the port first thing and get my bearings:

I also hit the footpath when in Oxford, United Kingdom:

Even when I’m at home, I’m surprised by the beauty that constantly surrounds us. I might be biased, but you just have to look for it. Can you really argue with me?

Rushcutter’s Bay, SydneyBondi Beach, Sydney

Ok, so it probably helps that my exercise in Sydney always occurs around sunrise. That said, it remains gorgeous in the afternoons:

Hyde Park, Sydney

I can’t wait to head out for a run and see what I might find in Singapore. Stay tuned!

What is the best thing you’ve seen when out exercising?

The Healthy Globetrotter

Why it pays to have smart friends…

As it happens, I have some pretty clever friends. Quite fortunately, two of them were accepted into Oxford University in the same year. This was perfect as it meant I could visit Oxford and get an insider’s tour of the University at the same time.

Life has turned out pretty well since then. Because of this, I thought it was fitting to dedicate a post to what is a remarkably beautiful city – I loved it there.

The Radcliff Camera and All Souls

Can you see why? It is so beautiful. Ok, it probably helps that I had absolutely stunning weather when I visited and two behind-the-scenes tour guides. But even without these things it is worthy of such a description. If my photos don’t do it justice, trust me, it is gorgeous.

The photo above shows the Radcliff Camera and All Souls College (to the right). This was my view when eating breakfast on day one. Amazing.

Shortly after our breakfast we headed to St Mary’s to climb up the church tower (a bargain at only 3 pound each for entry). Well worth it for the view:

Yup, pretty spectacular from up here.

Absolutely gorgeous day!

There was a bit of climb to get up there, so it is fair to say we worked for the view, but it was totally worth these stairs:

Working for the view!

By the time I arrived in Oxford I’d actually been in transit (through Hong Kong) for a couple of days without any real sleep. This didn’t improve over the next few days, so I decided to go for a little bit of a run each morning before my friends woke up. I say “a little bit of a run” because it was kind of ridiculous… I had to stop approximately every one hundred metres or so to take a photo:

You can see why I got distracted. In fact, it was like this everywhere I went. The colleges are amazing, and to think that some of my friends were lucky enough to live in these types of places!

Maybe it was the time of the year and the flowers, but my absolute favourite was Magdalen College.

And let’s not forget Christ Church, as featured in none other than Harry Potter (yes, I’m a fan):

The gardens around all of the colleges are absolutely beautiful (so there’s no excuse not to go out and do some exercise)! The photo below was snapped by my friend and Oxford graduate, Louisa (thanks Lou!) and taken of my friend Anurag and I (another Oxford graduate who also put me up for the duration of my stay – thank you!). A different perspective on things but I love this shot:

For a little light exercise, I recommend punting. You can rent a punt for around 10 pound an hour (another bargain, particularly if you go in a group). For the uninitiated, (I certainly was when I arrived) a punt is a long narrow boat that you effectively push along with a big long pole (perhaps there is a technical term for this?!). I would show you a photo of me attempting to punt, but then I’d never be able to show my face again. So instead, you can see the boats/punts:

Punting is very fun, however if you get the chance I recommend going with some experts like I did!  We had five of us in a punt and it was well-balanced the whole way.

Oxford is a wonderful little city that I enjoyed so much. A big shout out in thank you to all the friends – both new and old (and a very special someone) – who I was fortunate enough to meet along the way and share this experience with.

I wholeheartedly recommend a visit for a couple of days and do remember to get out to enjoy the parks and the water as well as all of the colleges and food!

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!