Why solo travelling is cool...

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Why solo travelling is cool...

Maldives snorkelling

80% of our guests are solo travellers so we decided to talk about why solo travelling is actually pretty cool. Alright this is going to be a short one, easy to digest while you sit on the loo waiting for something to happen 😂

Here we go;
- You are forced to interact with new people which builds your social skills. More social skills, more new friends 😜
- Less people = More food for yourself on our trips.
- You have no one holding you back with your decisions so you can go wild 🤪
- You get to feel like Dora the explorer and navigate through airports, pretending to know what’s going on 💁🏻‍♀️
- You end up meeting like-minded people who have the same intentions as you, mainly being to have an awesome time 😎
Have you ever been away on your own?

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NEW ESCAPE - The 3 islands adventure escape

A lot of you have been requesting longer escapes, so finally we’ve got some incredible news for you guys. Please welcome our “3 islands active adventure escape”. It’s taken us 3 years and a lot of hard work and sweat to get our Koh Tao and Koh Samui escapes to a level as close to perfection as we think is possible, so this time we decided to take our whole concept to another dimension by adding one more beautiful island to the mix (Koh Phangan) and offer you guys an epic adventure you’ll all rave about for years to come. The 3 islands adventure escape is exactly what you think it is - you’ll get to island hop across all 3 of them (not backpacker style) but at a more chilled out pace and in a more luxurious style.

kayaking in Ang Thong Marine park
Stand up paddle boarding in Koh Samui
Muay Thai camp in Koh Samui
Ang thong marine park day trip

So what’s this escape going to be? What will we be up to? Well……A LOT! Get ready for a crazy ride!

We’ll hiking to waterfalls for a refreshing, morning dip, visiting temples and paddle boarding in the crystal clear waters of Koh Samui, exploring the beauty and remote beaches of Koh Phangan, abseiling and rock climbing high above the island in Koh Tao, as well as getting the adrenaline pumping when we take a plunge into the glassy, turquoise waters on our cliff jumping adventure, or flying through the air with an exhilarating trapeze lesson that will leave you begging for more!

If all of that isn’t enough for you, we’ll also be eating our way through tons of awesome cafes and restaurants, watching epic sunsets on the beach, and of course our escapes wouldn’t be complete without a workout or two; We’ll be checking out the local training spots and getting sweaty daily with Muay Thai, Crossfit, Yoga, or a simple HIIT session at the resort.

If you think the description above gives you epic vibes, just wait and see what it it’s like in real life, because once you experience it all you’ll never be able to go back to a normal holiday ever again! #SorryNotSorry

Mantra Resort Koh Samui
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So how does all of that sound? Pretty boring right?…………😂

This ultimate escape will be live NEXT WEEK and if you wish to be one of the lucky people to escape away to these 3 beautiful islands with us, it would be a really good idea to subscribe to our newsletter so you don’t miss out the announcement day! (don’t worry we’re too busy to spam you). Social media doesn’t always give you live updates and we would hate it if you missed out, as there will be limited spots on this trip. Hopefully see you all in 2020 🙌 NHE team - aka Ina & Adam and all the minions.

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Inside our Bali villa

Hey everyone, thanks for tuning in. So I guess you’re all here because you want to see what our Bali villa looks like? Here we go, we’ve added a few photos for you to scroll through, a short Vlog of us showing you around and if that’s not enough, then I guess you should just drop everything, book an escape with us, hop on a flight and come see it for yourself.

Our villa comes with a beautiful, big pool with sun bends and umbrellas for you to chill on, a huge dining area overlooking the gardens and rice fields, a big and cosy living space for your every day relaxation and a ton of garden space for you to walk and enjoy. If you wish to learn more about our Bali escape - click here.

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A travel guide to Siargao, Philippines

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A travel guide to Siargao, Philippines

Think of this picture… Pristine white beaches, crystal clear water, beautiful palm trees, chilled vibes, great food… The thing is that this place really exists and it’s called Siargao. It took us a while to find this gem, and now that we did, we aren’t going anywhere. We ran our first escape here a few months ago and we loved it so much that we decided to go there one more time before 2019 ends. If you wish to join us on our week long escape on Siargao, hit this link and come join us for a week of fitness and adventure. If you wish to travel solo, here are our favourite spots you don’t want to miss.

Siargao island hopping trips

Where to stay

General Luna is the main area for travellers to stay in. So hit booking.com and find the right accommodation for you. Some of the accommodations we’ve seen on the island that looked pretty decent were;

Harana Surf Resort where you can also get some surf lessons in, enjoy good coffee from Phili Beans and great modern Philippine food from their local restaurant.

Bravo Resort does good rooms too and if you need something more budge, you can stay in their hostel. Enjoy the delicious food on site and the Sunday night parties here.

Nay Palad Hideaway is the most luxurious resort on the island, so you wish to spurge a little and treat yourself, go for it. You know what they say? YOLO.

Secret Spot Hostel / Reef Beach Resort / Buddha’s Surf Resort - these are also all really nice places you should check out. If you’re after something super budget, hit the internet and you’ll find a ton. Please note that all the nice accommodation will be booked in advance. Don’t leave it until the day before to book something or else you’ll be left with all the budget and maybe not very nice places.

Siargao island guide


Surfing

surfing school in siargao

Surfing is huge here. If you’re a beginner or a pro surfer, there’s something for everyone. There are a ton of surf schools on the island, so it’s pretty easy to find someone. Once again, just do your research and look at reviews.

Island hopping

naked island sunrise

Island Hopping is another popular thing to do in Siargao. You can book any of the trips through your local accommodation or they’ll just point you in the right direction. Here are some of the main things you might want to explore.

“Naked Island” and yep you’re absolutely right, the island is empty with nothing other than a metal structure on it. If you’re lucky enough, you may be the only person on the island. Hit the island nice and early and enjoy the whole island to yourself.

Corregidor island is for those who wish to have a little stroll and explore something a little more unique and different to Siargao. There is a short hike all the way to the top of the island where you can enjoy some pretty incredible views. You can end the hike with a nice lunch on the beach in true Pilipino style.

Guyam island is another beautiful island but sadly due to high tourism and easy access it is also one of the most visited islands around Siargao. We would recommend getting an early boat there, or something in the late afternoon. Enjoy the hammocks and the peacefulness of the island.

Sugba Lagoon is perfect for multiple activities like jumping off the diving board into the lagoon, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, chilling or if you dare, there is a really high tree you can jump off into the lagoon. I believe it’s about 15 m high. We didn’t dare, so we can’t really tell you what that was like but if you do it, make sure you’re confident.

naked island at sunrise
naked island sunrise
island hopping in siargao

Rockpools and waterfalls

If you love water but don’t want to surf there are other alternatives on the island like the rock pools and waterfalls. You can splash around in the turquoise waters of Magpupungko Rock Pools or you can go and bathe in Tak Tak waterfalls. Either experience is really nice and will get you nice and refreshed.

Palm View Point

Palm View Point is on the main road from South to North and you really can’t miss it. Take a short break here and enjoy the scenery of Siargao. Other than this stunning view, the whole island has stunning views to offer, so don’t be afraid to hop on a little adventure and get lost driving around the island.

Masin Bridge Swing

maasin bridge swing

The tree swing at Maasin Bridge is worth the long hubble hubble or bike ride. It will take you about 40 minutes from General Luna but it’s an adventure worth doing. Once you get there you’ll get to experience your first palm tree swing and jump into the river. If you want to explore a little further, you can then also pay for a kayak and go deep into the mangroves to see how the locals live and experience a little more peace.

Cliff Jumping

sugba lagoon jumping in the water

Cliff jumping is one of our favourite things to do and where possible we will add it to our escape schedule. The only jump we did here was the one at Sugba Lagoon, but be sure to check out other cliff jumping spots and don’t forget about your safety. Make sure to do your research before diving into such extreme adventures. Always adventure smart. YOLO doesn’t apply here. It could turn into a TLTYDS (the last time you did something) and yeah totally just made this up.

Wakeboarding

wake boarding siargao
wake boarding on siargao
siargao wake boarding

Something for the adrenaline seekers will be wakeboarding. Grab a beer while you’re there, stroke a dog or two and jump into the water for a little adrenaline. This activity is more fun than it looks. Most of our guests couldn’t believe how fun this was. You’ll be sharing your session with other people hopefully, it’s more fun in groups, so embrace it and go make some waves.

Food

Shaka Cafe

Shaka Cafe

The great spread you get on any of the island hopping tours

The great spread you get on any of the island hopping tours

Food is a big thing here, so make sure you have enough time to hit up all the best spots on the island. Some of the ones we loved were the following;

Shaka Cafe, for the best smoothie bowls and banana bread. This gem is located right next to Cloud 9 and has a stunning view of the sea. Once you’ve had your food you can then stroll onto the beach and explore the area or just go and sizzle in the sun.

Fili Beans is for the coffee lovers. This tiny little cafe is located at Harana Resort. Enjoy some of the best coffee on the island here and then maybe hit the surf with Harana Surf School or just grab some food at their awesome restaurant.

Bravo Restaurant is perfect for lunch and dinner. You can enjoy a variety of food here and you can also chill on the beach after. The vibe on the island is so chilled, you should totally embrace it and not make any plans, other than to relax, explore, eat, surf and party or if you come with us, STAY ACTIVE & PARTY.

Harana Surf Resort do the best modern Philippine food. You will try some of the best dishes here and wish to come back over and over again.

Kermit Siargao is also a very very popular place to eat in. In fact it’s so popular that if you go there at dinner you will most likely have to wait for 10-20 minutes to get a table. The food is well worth the wait, so enjoy it.

La Carinderia has the best pizza on the island. So if your body is screaming for carbs, who are you to refuse it?

If you want to simply walk down the main road and have a little browse you will most likely find some really good and cheap local restaurants. Go explore a little and you might be surprised with what you find.

Party

We workout more than we party…

We workout more than we party…

Siargao knows how to party. If you arrive there and meet some of the young locals you will most likely be invited to some of the local parties. Don’t be afraid, Phillipino people are very welcoming and love to live life amongst travellers. Go have a little fun and make sure to ask someone where there’s a party that night or here are some of the places we explored;

Harana Surf Resort is once again a host for one of the best parties on the island. Arrive there early and you may be the only one dancing, but if you get there for about 10pm, the party is in full swing and everyone is having fun. It might be worth just contacting them and asking which day and what time the party usually starts.

Bravo Resort is a host to the Sunday parties and they are pretty wild. Bravo restaurant and beach turns into one of the best parties the islands gets to see. We know it because we’ve been there and danced until the DJ told us to go home.

There isn’t usually a lot of marketing put out on social media when it comes to local parties, so just ask someone and I’m sure you will have some unforgettable memories, or maybe not so unforgettable because you might not remember them in the first place, always drink responsibly kids.

Sunset and beach club

sunsets on siargao

For a great spot to watch the sunset, hit White Banana Beach club and grab yourself a cocktail while you watch the sun go down and the sky turn into various colours. This spot is super chilled and you can spend an afternoon eating, relaxing and waiting for the sun to go down.

Hang out with the locals

Hang out with the locals and get lost from what you think you know. This is the best way to explore new cultures and hear about how others live their lives. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and be inquisitive, the locals around the world love telling you about their country and you should probably tell them a little bit about yours too :)

Siargao Travel Tips - the island is small and due to tourism doubling since 2018 there has been huge development happening around the island. So you will experience things like dirt roads, power cuts and no WiFi, be patient and remember where you are. The locals don’t want the island to turn into Barocay, so there are a lot of environmental programmes to keep things in check and create awareness around keeping the island the paradise it is. Be mindful and respectful wherever you travel and you will be treated the same in return.

Local Transport - hop into a hubble hubble which is the locals way of transport. Sometimes you’ll be the only one in it and other times you will be crammed in with another 3 or 4 locals. Enjoy the ride, specially as it’s super cheap, something like under £1. It’s no different to being on the underground in London and smelling someone else’s armpit #JustSaying. If you already know how to ride a bike, just ask at your local accommodation where you can rent a scooter, which normally goes for about £5 a day and go get lost…

Our group at Shaka cafe

Our group at Shaka cafe

ATMs - it’s best if you turn up with some money already exchanged as there are only a few ATMs on the island which can also be OUT OF ORDER. Don’t be that person that goes begging on Siargao. Be prepared and do a little research to make sure you have enough money just in case. The 2 main ATMs are in General Luna, once again if you ask your accommodation they’ll be able to point you in the right direction. Or if you just escape away with us, all of that info will be given to you on our private Facebook page for the trip which we set up 4 weeks prior to your escape.

Enjoy Siargao and all the little adventures it has to offer. If you love this blog, share it with a friend and go get lost. Don’t have a friend? Hit up our website and come meet a group of like minded travellers that love to stay fit and healthy while travelling the world - www.newhorizonescapes.com. 80-90% of our guests are solo travellers, but our doors are open to everyone, so hit this link and come on a little adventure with us, anywhere in the world.











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Fitness in Sri Lanka - The Lowdown

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Fitness in Sri Lanka - The Lowdown

So I've talked recently (a lot) about all the amazing activities you can do while visiting Sri Lanka, but what I haven't talked much about is what the "Fitness Scene" is like in Sri Lanka and how we found it staying on track while we travelled this interesting country.

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Sri Lanka - 5 Things You MUST Do!

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Sri Lanka - 5 Things You MUST Do!

So, as you may (or may not) know, we recently spent a few weeks in the beautiful Sri Lanka setting up our next fitness retreat in April. Part of the reason we were there (in fact, it was the MAIN reason we were there) was to check out all the amazing activities that this fascinating Country had to offer.

So here is our Top 5 things you MUST do in Sri Lanka:

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Stay in shape when you travel - Our 5 Top Tips

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Stay in shape when you travel - Our 5 Top Tips

Travel - Most of us can't get enough of it! Whether it's a 1 week vacation or a year long, worldwide trip it just keeps calling us back for more. Most of us work our butts off in the gym all year round for that one holiday we've got booked in the summer. We finally get into decent shape and are ready to show off our newly acquired abs on the beach, when disaster strikes!

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Which "Fitness Retreat" is best for you?

What is a "Fitness Retreat", and which is the best option for you?

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10 Changing Room Stereotypes - You Know Who You Are!

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Fitness & Travel - How to keep training on the move

Noooooo! My gains! My beautiful gains!..........

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