3 of the Best Places to Visit in Portugal

The country’s historical heritage, impressive architecture, mild temperatures, charming towns, and picturesque wine regions are just a few of the many reasons that make it a popular destination. Whether you are thinking of embarking on a Portugal wine tour and adventure in the UNESCO World Heritage region of the Douro Valley or a self-guided walking tour in Lisbon, here are some of the must-see attractions that should be on your bucket list.

1. Catedral da Sé (Évora)
Catedral da Sé
To reasons to go: The Catedral da Sé or Sé Cathedral in the old town is a popular attraction not only for its awe-inspiring architecture that is a mix of Gothic, Romanesque, and Baroque styles. Some of the things not to be missed when visiting the cathedral include the elegant interior and the breathtaking sweeping view from its rooftop.

2. Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Lisbon)
Mosteiro dos Jerónimos
To reasons to go: The sprawling Mosteiro dos Jerónimos (Jerónimos Monastery) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most popular attraction in the city of Lisbon. It is a splendid and well-preserved piece of Manueline architecture. The monastery was once home to the Order of St Jerome monks. Explore its elaborate and dramatic Manueline cloisters as well as the stunning ornamentations that include beautiful turrets and columns.

3. Palácio Nacional de Sintra (Sintra)
Palácio Nacional de Sintra
To reasons to go: Palácio Nacional de Sintra is a medieval royal palace that dates back to a thousand years. The UNESCO as a World Heritage Site has many outstanding features including its two distinctive cone-shaped chimneys. Some of the top things to explore are the Capela, the Kitchens, Quatro de Dom Afonso VI, Sala da Brasões including its Manueline door frame and Coats of Arms room, Sala das Pegas, Sala dos Árabes, Sala dos Cisnes, and more.

5 TED Talks That Will Inspire You to Travel More

Maybe you are thinking of finally taking your dream trip. Or perhaps you are planning for your next travel adventure. Whether you are looking for inspirations to spark your wanderlust or ideas for your next travel destination, here are some of the best talks that will inspire you to go and travel somewhere you have never been to before.

1. Andrew Evans: Open Road, Open Life

Writer and traveler Andrew Evans is one of National Geographic’s digital nomads and a contributing editor of National Geographic Traveler. He talks about his experiences as he travels across the world and sharing stories of his journeys online in real-time. This talk provides a fascinating insight into a traveler’s life on the road and the wide array of sights and experiences discovered along the way.

2. Aziz Abu Sarah: For more tolerance, we need more … tourism?

Palestinian entrepreneur, educator, and activist Aziz Abu Sarah has an interesting take on peace-building and the role tourism can play to achieve it. He talks about how being a tourist provides opportunities for interactions that create connections among people from diverse cultures that could chip away the stereotypes and hate that divide people.

Francis Tapon: How and Why Travel Transforms You

Travel can be a transformative experience. In this talk, Francis Tapon shares inspiring insights on how traveling can be a life-changing experiences and draws on the stories of travel as depicted in some of the world’s top religions.

Pico Iyer: Where is home?

In today’s world where a growing number of people leave their birthplaces to live in different countries, the concept of home seems to take on a different meaning. Writer Pico Iyer shares takes a look into the meaning of home and draws from his personal experience as someone who lives far from his origins.

Rick Steves: The Value of Travel

In the past three decades, Rick Steves spend months traveling. He talks about how travel has broadened his perspective and the enriching experiences it gives. He also shares some of the lessons learned from traveling in places like Iran, India, and more.

How to Keep a Healthy Diet on the Road

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Maintaining a healthy diet does not have to mean missing out on the delicious tastes and flavors you love. There are ways to enjoy a hearty and nutritious meal or snack without sacrificing taste. And even when you are traveling, there are more nutritious alternatives that are as tasty as the regular foods you like. Here are some of the many ways you can enjoy the best eats that pack more nutrients that are good for you.

Take it as slow as you can. Traveling sometimes make it hard to stick to your regular meal time. But regardless of how hectic your life on the road may get, try to spend at least a decent amount of time for a meal. Take the time to choose the healthiest options available and to enjoy every bite instead of grabbing whatever is available just to put something in your stomach. If you expect to be in transit during mealtimes, bring your own healthy snacks or sandwiches in case you do not have much time to look for nutritious meals.

Avoid eating too much fried foods. Look beyond the fried or deep-fried selections. Study the menu and read the descriptions to see what other options are available to you. Look for anything baked, grilled, or steamed. Be adventurous and creative in trying out high-nutrition food items you find on the menu. You can also ask your server to recommend great tasting and nutritious meals.

Tweak your meal, if you can. You can give special, and reasonable, instructions to customize your order when eating out. Most restaurants provide this extra service to accommodate guests’ dietary restrictions or preferences. Ask if you can replace unhealthy ingredients or sidings with healthier options. For instance, you can ask to substitute a side dish of mashed potato with green salad of fresh fruits.

Know which carbs are best for you. Another great way to eat healthy is to choose your carbohydrates well. Eat whole grains like brown rice and whole oats instead of white bread or rice. You can also get your complex carbs from foods such as multi-grain bread, whole wheat crackers and pasta, baked potatoes, beans, legumes, nuts, seeds, and sweet potatoes.

Eat lean meat and plant-based proteins. Embarking on a healthy diet does not mean giving up meat if you do not want to. You can still relish the taste of meat while maintaining a healthy diet. Just make sure that you choose lean meat, fish, and skinless chicken or other poultry. Enjoy your meat grilled, roasted, or baked using healthy oils. Control portion sizes to make sure that you just eat enough to meet your daily protein requirement.