Even if you’re categorically opposed to New Year’s Resolutions (like me!), you’ve probably still got beautiful intentions to make health and wellness a priority in 2012. Who couldn’t use a little help and inspiration with their wellness goals, right? So my resolve in the New Year is to bring you ideas for products and services that will help you reach your goals and that make great gifts for anyone, all year long.
Reducing stress is an excellent place to start – it will go a long way towards achieving wellness. While planning and preparing for travel can be stressful, the trip itself is often exactly what one needs to view a change of scenery, become more active, experience new activites, foods and cultures and to relax.
The Resolution: Travel more!
The gift: Travel Channel’s “No Reservations” Collection 6 Part 1 DVD
Where to get it: Amazon.com and other online e-tailers
I enjoyed hours of this collection over the holidays and every episode left me feeling more culturally enlightened and wistful of Tony’s travels to far flung locales. It was this armchair travel experience that resulted in my recommitment to having plenty of travel experiences in 2012. The DVD would make a great gift for a foodie or travel lover!
Timed to the launch of Travel Channel’s “No Reservations” Collection 6 Part 1 DVD and the upcoming busy winter travel season, Anthony Bourdain, the chef, author and host offers his top 5 travel tips on how to survive travel nightmares and make the most of any trip.
- Eat like a local. Wherever you are, eat what the locals are good at or famous for, and eat where those locals like to eat it. Do not rely on your concierge for dining tips. He’s in the business of making tourists happy. You want the places that make locals happy. Seek out places crowded with locals. Avoid places where others of your kind are present.
- Show appreciation. People everywhere like it when you are appreciative of their food. I cannot stress enough how important your initial reactions to offerings of local specialties are to any possible relationships you might make abroad. Smile and try to look happy, even if you don’t like it. If you do like it, let them know through word or gesture of appreciation.
- Visit local markets. Get up early and check out the central food market. It’s a fast way into a culture, where you’ll see the basics of the cuisine. You’ll often find local prepared foods at stands or stalls serving markets’ workers.
- Travel prepared. Be prepared to be stuck in an airport for indeterminate periods of time. Load your mobile device with as many games, songs, apps, and e-books as possible to keep busy during long waits. Also, make sure to pack a battery charger to power up.
- Get comfortable. Remember to bring something scrunchy and long-sleeved, like a sweatshirt. You might need it as a pillow.