7th Annual Nomadic Journey: Trekking the Incan Citadel of Machu Picchu

Experienced by Kimatni D Rawlins

For my 7th Annual Nomadic Journey to enlighten the mind, body, and soul, I adventurously explored the remote citadel of Machu Picchu by way of trekking the awe-inspiring Inca Trail. Consisting of continuous miles of stone paths and thousands of original rock-strewn Incan steps carved from the Andes Mountains centuries ago, the short expedition was spiritually uplifting and full of awakening sustenance.

The Journey

 

You will fly into Jorge Chavez International Airport outside of Lima from your home destination and then take a short flight into Cusco to prepare for the adventure to Machu Picchu. In my case, United Airlines routed me on a direct Business Class flight from Newark. It is advised to enjoy Cusco for at least two days to acclimate to the altitude before hiking. But please make sure to visit Green Point while in Cusco for some of the most delicious and purest vegan food the city has to offer.

Whether you decide to engage in an extended 4-day hike to Peru’s 7th Wonder, or ride lavishly aboard the 1920s-styled carriages of the luxurious Belmond Hiram Bingham train through the Sacred Valley, the enchanting experience will replenish your temple with restorative Andean wisdom and vitality. More affordable options include either IncaRail or PeruRail from San Pedro station in Cusco. I chose the 1-day Inca Trail trek with Sam Travel Peru, which required me to train it to stop 104 (common hiker’s drop-off point) for a deeper understanding of the archeological site. This option was about $400 from the experienced Peruvian tour group. My guide Miguel educated me on the history of the Incas and vicariously showcased the ways of the ancient world.  I also met some new friends from London, Marta and Nuno, who were just as adventurous.

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Fit Fathers 6th Annual Nomadic Journey: Kenya’s Maasai Mara & the Balance of Nature

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Jambo! It’s the Swahili greeting I heard and repeated regularly throughout my 2-week journey in the Motherland to experience the beauty of nature in its purest and most divine form. The 6th Nomadic Journey — where I venture solo like a rover to rediscover life, disconnect from addictive American culture and explore deeper consciousness and spiritual freedom — brought me to the lands of Africa to spend time with the wild in their natural habitat within the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Southwest Kenya.

Majestic, serene and spiritual scenes left me in awe for the entirety of the trip and ultimately fulfilled some of my profoundest, transcendental aspirations. I began the long excursion from Washington, DC and traveled on United Airlines to Frankfurt and then Lufthansa to Nairobi. As a frequent traveler I always fly with the same airline alliance to earn miles, upgrades, respectable customer services, etc. After traveling almost 3-million miles with the Star Alliance I’ve earned a prestigious position for exceptional treatment. Arrival to Nairobi took place on Jamhuri Day which is a national holiday celebrated December 12th to commemorate Kenya’s attaining of independence. As you can imagine people were rejoicing with adulation across the country. [Read more…]

Free Your Mind at Shenandoah National Park

Experienced by Kimatni D. Rawlins

Interestingly enough I stumbled upon Shenandoah National Park after the need for an immediate getaway in the woods to free my mind. A nice rustic cabin, trails for hiking, running and epic scenery was my intention. Of course, I’ve always heard of Shenandoah but never had a chance to visit until now. Suffice it to say I enjoyed the solo yet peaceful few days in Virginia which also included meditation atop the mountains, conscious reading and poetic writing. It was the most enlightening and energetic methodology to kick off the new season. [Read more…]

Acclaimed Journalist Lisa Ling in Vietnam with Globe Aware

I have been wanting to find the right volunteer tour company for a while and Globe Aware did not disappoint. They customized a program that suited the ages of our kids (there were 6 in all between 4 1/2 and 10). We worked on a couple of different projects that really allowed the kids to learn about the culture and needs of people living in challenged circumstances. We worked very hard but the best part was that we all had so much fun. That’s the motto of Globe Aware: Have fun. Help People. And that’s exactly what we did. I highly recommend using them if you’re looking to do something similar. I suggest going with a couple of families because it makes the experience so much more fun. It’s been worth every penny. I’m hoping to be able to do this every year.

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Jamaica: Summer of 2014

Jamaica_Reggae_Sumfest_Fit_Fathers..... 061I’m a nomad by nature. The simple things in life ignite my passion. Water, sun, plant food, family, friends, reggae music, nature and animals — in no particular order — are the key ingredients to my happiness. This is the reason I travel to Jamaica a few times a year, especially in July for Reggae Sumfest. The purity of the land, the positive vibrations of the music and the enthusiastic spirits of the people enlightens me to the fullest while running the hills with the locals or swimming in the Caribbean keeps my soul and mind connected with the energetic movements of my body. [Read more…]

Costa Rica’s Cayuga Collection

Costa_Rica_Lapa_Rios_Cayuga_Collection.....01Costa Rica’s Cayuga Collection Asks Newlyweds To Perfect The Eco-Honeymoon

The Cayuga Collection, a sustainable tourism resort and eco-lodge operator based in Central America,  is extending a  challenge to the right newlyweds as the award winning company continues its quest to perfect the marriage of luxury and sustainability while creating  eco-honeymoon experiences.

Selected honeymooners will be asked to test the mattresses and bamboo bed linens, sample the food and service, review what each property considers its most romantic locations and activities, help identify the right amount of engagement with local communities and local initiatives sponsored by Cayuga as part of its sustainable operations, and define what environmentally and community conscious honeymooners consider too much or too little luxury, when it may come with a touch of “roughing it” for the sake of a smaller footprint.

“Our properties attract hundreds of honeymooners every year, and while we receive great feedback, we think we can do even better – especially for those discerning couples who care about reducing their impact while travelling,” says Hans Pfister, president and co-owner of Cayuga. “Chosen couples will become eco-honeymoon designers. They will decide where to go and what to do; they will experience romantic meals in what we think are spectacular settings – but do they? And in exchange for their time and feedback, we will cover their accommodation, meals and activities. They just have to get themselves to Costa Rica and take care of their own transportation to and from the properties.” [Read more…]

The Westin at the Detroit Airport presents the WestinWORKOUT Room

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There is nothing like fitness on the go! As part of their commitment to healthy travel, the Westin at the Detroit Airport offers fitness-conscious guests the option of reserving a WestinWORKOUT Room. These rooms include a stationary bike or treadmill and an array of exercise amenities to enhance your workout, from a medicine ball and weights to a fitness mat, resistance bands, a Pilates DVD, books, wipes, and towels. Elevate your heart rate and strengthen your body in complete privacy, at any hour of the day. WestinWORKOUT Rooms also include their iconic king-size Westin Heavenly Bed, Heavenly Bath, High Speed Internet Access (for a fee) and an array of standard amenities that promote comfort, relaxation, and productivity during your stay. [Read more…]