samedi 24 août 2019

12 Best New Cars for 2019



you're shopping for a new SUV, sedan or truck, there are a few new cars for 2019 that really stand out as something special. Our staff has spent the last year driving just about every new car available and we've narrowed them all down to the 12 best new cars of 2019. Every car on this list is completely redesigned or an all-new model for this year. They all bring something fresh and innovative compared to their competitors and all have some combination of impressive tech, surprisingly good driving dynamics, strong value or just getting the details exactly right.

Our 12 best new vehicles of 2019 were carefully evaluated by our editorial staff, which includes executive editor Brian Moody, associate editor Rob Nestora, content specialist Tommy Flanagan, manager of content strategy, Ben Cheney and senior data specialist Dwight Cunningham. They've unanimously agreed that all 12 of these cars, trucks and SUVs belong on this list and are worth buying because of the way they shake up their respective segments all in their own unique way.



Without further ado, here are Autotrader's 12 best new cars for 2019.




2019 Acura RDX

If anyone has accused Acura Opens a New Window.  of getting boring and forgetting its roots, the RDX Opens a New Window.  is here to silence them. No longer just a luxury Honda CR-V Opens a New Window. , the all-new third-generation Acura RDX now has its own dedicated platform and engine, not to mention a great new look. Dwight calls the RDX "one of the best-looking SUVs of the year" and says that it "stands out in a crowded field sameness, especially with the A-Spec model." Brian gives this Acura high praise saying that "the new RDX is a full-fledged luxury/sport utility vehicle that runs with Europe's best" and echoed Dwight's admiration of the A-Spec trim. Brian also noted "You don't need the flashy A-Spec version to get a great luxury SUV. No matter which one you get, the turbocharged engine is quick, responsive and efficient with an estimated 28 miles per gallon on the highway." Rob summed up the new RDX nicely by saying that "if this is what Acura has in store for the future, I'm buying." The 2019 Acura RDX Opens a New Window.  starts at $37,400. Find





2019 Ford Ranger

After a long hiatus that enraged Ford Opens a New Window.  truck fanboys and confused everyone else, the Ford Ranger Opens a New Window. has finally returned to the U.S. as a 2019 model and we're happy to have it back. The midsize pickup segment has been heating up over the last few years with attractive offerings like the Chevrolet Colorado Opens a New Window.  and the Toyota Tacoma Opens a New Window.  with Ford mysteriously absent until now. "The new Ranger is a competent and agile little brother to the well-established Ford F-150 Opens a New Window. ," Brian said of the Ranger. "Ultimately, the Ranger is the right amount of work-ready and everyday usefulness for the needs of most Americans." The Ranger isn't meant to be the toughest or most capable pickup on the road or even at the Ford dealer. It's just for anyone who wants a truck but doesn't need all of the capability of an F-150. The Ranger hits that sweet spot just right. The 2019 Ford Ranger Opens a New Window.  starts at $24,300




2019 Genesis G70

Many have failed and few have survived in challenging the Germans in compact luxury sport sedan supremacy. A newcomer to this competitive segment comes from an unlikely corner of the automotive world, Hyundai's Opens a New Window.  luxury brand Genesis Opens a New Window. . The all-new G70 Opens a New Window.  is the rookie of the year in a segment dominated by the likes of the BMW 3 Series Opens a New Window. , the Mercedes-Benz C-Class Opens a New Window.  and the Audi A4 Opens a New Window. . Brian called the G70 "shockingly good" and goes on to say that "the G70 packs a lot of fun into a tidy package and does it for a reasonable price." "It's got style, substance, tech, and a version with the Stinger's Opens a New Window.  turbocharged V6 engine," Rob said of the G70. Tommy was impressed by the car's interior quality and performance even from the base 4-cylinder, noting that "you really don't need the 6-cylinder if you want a fun and quick sedan." Dwight said he "expected a gussied-up sedan with no real power or finesse" and was delighted to be proven so wrong calling the G70 "the surprise vehicle of the year." This unanimous level of enthusiasm among our staff is a sign that the Genesis G70 is really something special. The 2019 Genesis G70 Opens a New Window.  starts at $34,900




2019 GMC Sierra 1500

Both of the full-size trucks from General Motors were updated for 2019, but we found the new GMC Sierra 1500 Opens a New Window.  to be especially compelling. This new generation of the Sierra isn't just a different looking Silverado Opens a New Window. . Yes, it has a much different look but also includes a few exclusive features. The most notable of which is the trick MultiPro tailgate, which we found to be more than just a gimmick. Brian says the new multi-function tailgate "adds several new levels of usefulness and 'wow' to something we've taken for granted for 100 years." Dwight says that this tailgate along with the running boards are features that "are great for the small business owner to the weekend DIY warriors." Even Rob, who is self-proclaimed as not being a truck guy, was impressed saying that "the Sierra feels way too nice to be as capable as it is." The 2019 GMC Sierra 1500 Opens a New Window.  starts at $29,600.




2019 Honda Passport

On its face, it might appear to just be a Honda Pilot Opens a New Window.  with a new skin, but there's more to the all-new Honda Passport Opens a New Window.  than that. It does share the Pilot's strong V6, which is a good thing, and on top of that, it offers a new level of off-road ruggedness that's uncommon for Honda Opens a New Window. . However, it doesn't sacrifice its road-friendliness as it still has roomy seats, a handsome interior and lots of advanced safety tech available. Something it doesn't have is a third row of seating. "This is one of the few SUVs where the 'sport' and 'utility' totally and tangibly make sense in the same vehicle," Brian said of the Passport. "We like the Passport because of its rugged look and just the way it comes off like a younger, feistier version of the Honda Pilot." If you're shopping for a Passport, we recommend springing for the optional AWD to give it the off-road chops that its adventurous attitude implies. The 2019 Honda Passport Opens a New Window.  starts at $31,990.



2019 Jaguar I-Pace

Even if it had a regular gas engine, the Jaguar I-PACE Opens a New Window.  would be an impressive luxury compact SUV for its spacious, elegant cabin and its edgy exterior. However, its amazing electric drivetrain with an impressive 240 miles of range, 394 horsepower, 512 lb-ft of torque and tremendous acceleration make it not only good but arguably revolutionary. No, it's not the first all-electric luxury SUV, but it takes the growing segment to new heights by combining thrilling driving dynamics with a quiet ride plus all the luxury we expect from a Jaguar Opens a New Window. . "If people are going suddenly start buying electric cars based on things like attractiveness, fun and rewarding driving experience, the I-PACE is the EV to get them there," Brian said of the I-Pace. "Tesla Opens a New Window.  started the luxury electric car revolution, but Jaguar takes it to a whole new level." Oh, and did we mention it's quite a bit more affordable than a Tesla Model X Opens a New Window. ? The 2019 Jaguar I-Pace Opens a New Window.  starts at $69,500.




2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450

The luxury crossover has been around for quite some time now with Mercedes-Benz Opens a New Window.  being one of the original pioneers of the idea, but the 2020 GLE 450 Opens a New Window.  just might have perfected the art of combining luxury car class with SUV versatility. Brian went so far as to call the new GLE-Class Opens a New Window.  "likely the world's perfect car" going on to say that it's "a luxury SUV that pulls no punches -- filled with useful but forward-thinking technology, the GLE is also capable off-road and serene on-road." Lots of SUVs claim to do it all and the new GLE actually does, and it does it all very well. It's also notable for being the first midsize Mercedes-Benz SUV available with three rows of seats, which is surprising considering the brand's expansive portfolio of SUVs. The midsize luxury SUV segment is undoubtedly crowded and it doesn't look like it will thin out any time soon, but this fresh offering from Mercedes-Benz is a clear leader in a class where it's hard to stand out. The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE 450 starts at $61,150.




2019 Nissan Altima

From the outside, the new Nissan Altima Opens a New Window.  might look like little more than the next step in the life of an average midsize sedan. But as soon as you dig deeper, it gets more interesting. "Nissan Opens a New Window.  has moved to improve the Altima by adding some innovative features, while keeping the shell of the car very familiar," Brian said. The new Altima impresses us with a premium interior that makes you feel like you're in a much more expensive car, especially in the higher trims. It also has available all-wheel drive, making it stand out compared to the Toyota Camry Opens a New Window.  and the Honda Accord Opens a New Window. . Another thing that makes the new Altima special is the available VC-Turbo variable compression engine, which delivers more power when you need it and more efficiency at cruising speeds. "A new high-tech turbo engine, the option of all-wheel drive and a host of driver assist are part of the reason we added the updated Altima to our list this year," Brian said of the Altima. The 2019 Nissan Altima Opens a New Window.  starts at $23,900.



2019 Ram 1500

Have you noticed that 2019 was a big year for trucks? Replacing the old Ram 1500 Opens a New Window.  that was a decade old and even predated the Ram brand itself, the all-new 2019 model was worth the wait. "I can't say enough good things about this truck. It has to be the most well thought out truck ever created," Tommy said of the thoroughly updated Ram. "With a 12-inch infotainment screen, reclining rear seats and a multi-function tailgate [referring to the available barn-door tailgate], this truck is the new standard of what a pickup should be," Tommy went on. Dwight commented on the truck's versatility saying that the Ram 1500 is "a true luxury truck that likes to play in the dirt." "Plush, capable and smooth-riding, the Ram 1500 is a worthy alternative to some better-known pickups," Brian said. A couple of things that stood out with unanimous praise were the fantastic interior both in terms of comfort and features and the massive 12-in infotainment system that's available on the higher trims. The 2019 Ram 1500 Opens a New Window.  starts at $31,795.



2019 Subaru Ascent

Subaru Opens a New Window.  never got the 3-row crossover quite right until now. Forget the old Tribeca Opens a New Window.  and say hello to the new Ascent Opens a New Window. , which is full of super-sized Subaru charm. In a way, the Subaru Ascent is great because of its lack of surprises. "The Ascent takes what's great about smaller SUVs like the Forester Opens a New Window. and the Outback Opens a New Window.  and just makes it bigger," Tommy said. "It's a no-nonsense SUV, with plenty of great features, excellent build quality and road manners. I would have no problem recommending the Ascent to anyone looking for a midsize to large SUV." Brian also praised the Ascent for being exactly what we hoped for calling it "a 3-row SUV that allows growing families to stay in the Subaru family." Rob is a big fan of the Ascent as well praising its functionality as a big family crossover while strongly maintaining the Subaru brand identity. "The turbocharged engine is punchy and stout, and the EyeSight suite of safety features is a must-have for any family vehicle. Plus AWD, three rows and cup holders out the wazoo. This one's a no-brainer," Rob said. The 2019 Subaru Ascent Opens a New Window.  starts at $31,995.




2019 Toyota RAV4

The Toyota RAV4 Opens a New Window.  is one of the vehicles that helped invent and popularize compact SUVs and it's been a class leader ever since its introduction. The new RAV4 manages to take everything that people loved about it like its practicality, efficiency and value and take it all a step further. "The RAV4 isn't just redesigned, it's reinvented," Brian said of the new Toyota Opens a New Window. , which has much more than just a new aesthetic. "Not only is the look more dramatic and maybe even a little more masculine, the RAV's character has changed as well. Take it off-road and you feel how engineers intentionally fused fun into the RAV4 formula. Roomy inside and reasonably priced, the RAV4 is an excellent compact SUV." The RAV4 has gone a little bit back to its roots as a pint-size off-roader without losing any of the excellent road manners that have helped make it such a hit. With a wide variety of trims within the new model range, there's a RAV4 for everyone whether you're looking for luxury, off-road character, value or just about anything in-between. The 2019 Toyota RAV4 Opens a New Window.  starts at $25,500.



2019 Volvo XC40

We've seen some pretty mixed results any time a luxury brand moves down market. Volvo Opens a New Window.  has been impressing us with its latest SUV offerings in recent years and the new compact XC40 Opens a New Window.  is one of the best among them, which is saying a lot. "The interior and driving dynamics are unique to the XC40 and it feels far more premium than the under $40,000 price suggests," Brian said. "We also like Volvo's forward-thinking subscription plan that extends the Volvo vibe to the entire purchasing, ownership and exchange experience." Value is the name of the game with the XC40 with a luxurious look and feel while undercutting many of its rivals in price. "It's got tons of great features, technology and smart storage," Rob said of this Volvo. "Even better is that it's easy and fun to drive around and looks great too." Dwight likes the many ways the XC40 stands out in a crowded segment. "This is a true entry luxury vehicle that doesn't feel like a slightly upgraded base economy car," Dwight said. "This vehicle stands out with the optional two-tone paint scheme, 9-inch touchscreen, and comfortable seats." The 2019 Volvo XC40 Opens a New Window.  starts at $33,700.



source : autotrader

vendredi 16 août 2019

30 things to consider when choosing a vacation destination


here is an unsaid wish in every mind to travel the whole world without limits. It becomes difficult to control the crazy feet, who want to explore the world to live a new life. Well, it has been said, that a person without traveling goals, is just a body without a soul. Yes, traveling is very much important in order to discover the bright soul within yourself. Pack your bags, leave all the things behind and come out to explore the world.
But wait, guess what? It is really very difficult when it comes to pick the place to travel, and that too in the month of December, when your heart becomes too much stubborn to leave soft and comfortable blankets. But why worry? Here is the list of countries which will welcome you in the cold days of December, to give you the warmth and pleasures of your wanderlust.

1 Spain



Nobody can get over from the excitement of the celebration of the Christmas month in Spain. Whether it be colourful lights, shopping market, decorative streets, anything, Spain is all-in-one destination for this December.
Weather
Spain is among one of the warmest countries in Europe. The winters here are milder but still keep some warm clothes and one jacket.
Get lost in the streets of Madrid
Enjoy the long walk in the streets of Gran Via, to appreciate the good light decoration. Don’t forget to stuff your tummy with exclusive wines and Tapas at Mercado de San Antón.
Go for Gaudi’s architecture in Barcelona
The masterpiece work of talented Spanish architect Gaudi is way more appreciable. He embellished the city, Barcelona with many beautiful buildings, including La Sagrada Familia, which is a large Roman Catholic Church.

2 Mexico



Mexico is a place full of bright sunshine, mesmerizing scenic beauty, stunning sandy beaches and of course, rich culture heritage.
Weather
The temperature in Mexico depends on the location, with warmer weather in the coastal areas to cooler temperature inland. This mild and dry nature of weather makes it a perfect place to enjoy the cold month of December.
Fun in Mexico City
Mexico City, the capital of Mexico is one of the best tourist attractions. If you go to this place, you cannot count on fingers what all places you can visit. The Metropolitan Cathedral, The National Palace and Chapultepec Park are the eye candies and must visit for everyone.
Cancun-Paradise on Earth
The place is of 14 miles of beaches in the shape of the number “7” that gets the place more importance to tourism.


3) Dominican Republic



Dominican Republic, the Caribbean country is known for the most fantastic and affordable beach destination. The enticing beauty of the country and the stunning natural beauty make it eye soothing for all.
Weather
The weather of the Country varies in different places. The weather here is neither too hot, nor too cold, hence making it a good pick for December.
The Enchanting Beauty of the Place
Santo Domingo, the oldest city in the New World, is a jewel of the country for the beauty and culture it has. The lovers of the arts find peace coming to this place as it has Museum of Modern Art, Palace of Fine Arts and National Palace.
Shop in La Romana
The place is the island’s best place to buy the crafts and other fascinating things to satisfy your shopping bags.



4) Egypt



The country is known for Pharaohs. The sizzling beauty of temples and tombs is a must watch too all. People visit this place for the fascinating deserts, and for Scuba Diving, the adventurous sport.
Weather
The weather in the country stays dry, sunny and rather warm because of the desert area.
The Ancient Pyramids
The pyramids that all of you must have seen only in the books of history are actually worth visiting. It awes people since ages and is also amongst the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.
Visit Aswan
The most peaceful town of the country is Aswan, which is made on the curves of river Nile. Take a ferry and get lost in the serenity of beauty, touching your very soul.


5 Jamaica



Jamaica is a Caribbean country. The place is well known for the nightlife, adventure and the beautiful island it is. The beaches, the beautiful mountains, coral reefs and rainforests are the best tourist attractions.
Weather:
The weather in December is warm and sunny and sometimes it rains too. It is a little humid too, but eventually you will love being there.
Visit the Unanimous Nergil Beach
It is the Jewel of Jamaica stretching 7 miles long. The clear water mesmerizes you to try some water sports as well as taking a deep dive into it.
Enjoy the Serenity of Martha Brae River
You can take a tour of the river on the Bamboo rafts and enjoy the flora and fauna of the place.


6 Goa, India



You can feel the ultimate fun in Goa, where you can enjoy the late night parties, water rafting and many more water sports that drive tourists crazy. This is a must visit place for the beauty and fun it embraces.
Weather
The weather in Goa in December is moderate, neither towards the hot side, nor cool. The temperature on an average lies between 22-33 degrees, which is great to unlock the chilling place.
Calangute Beach
This is the largest and beautiful beach, which is called the “Queens of Beaches” that stretches up to 15 km in Panaji. The site is a beautiful and enchanting place to visit and try some rafts.
The Engrossing Palelom Beach
The beach is often visited by the foreign tourists for the mesmerizing beauty it captivates.


7 Philippines


This Asian country is attracted by millions of foreign tourist rounds the globe per year storing 7100 beautiful islands in its lump. From the beautiful sandy beaches to the lovely thrilling waves, the country has lots of things to explore.
Weather
The weather is generally dry in Philippines in December but still, it will never be a hindrance towards exploring the beautiful islands.
Visit the beautiful Borocay Island, Aklan
The beautiful beach island in the province of Aklan has golden sand and mesmerizing beautiful sunset view that will keep you engrossed in the purity of beauty of the place.
Siargao Island
It is the best plac
e for surfers as it has the well-known surfing wave called “cloud 9”. This makes this place a remarkable experience for surfers.

8 Colombia



The country is known for its cultural and historical heritage. The beautiful landscapes and vibrant culture make the country a must visit for all. The country is known to be one of the most visited tourist destinations of the America.
Weather:
December is Colombia’s high season days and most of the travellers visit in this season only. The days are sunny that gets you no trouble in any way.
Visit Bogota
Bogota, being the capital city of the country, is one of the most explored tourist destinations because of its vibrant culture and amazing nightlife.
Beaches
Colombia has a coastline stretching more than 990 miles that has more than 300 beaches that makes the place no less than a paradise on earth to visit. Make sure your Kid doesn’t get lost here using gps phone tracker.



9 Peru



The country is a place where you can find entertainment, pleasure and tranquillity at its best. The scenic beauty of flora and fauna makes many tourists get attracted towards its beauty.
Weather
The December season is the wet season that encounters many rainfalls during the month that adds to the mesmerizing beauty of the place, especially coast areas.
Visit Machu Picchu
The city has spectacular views and scenic beauty that makes it special and must visit for all.
Cusco’s Architectural Treasures
The streets of Cusco are no less than a museum itself and are also one of the UNESCO’s world heritage sites. The city has many museums and buildings that are worth visiting and the city itself is a treasure of beauty and hence one can start a walking tour from this place.


10 Mauritius



Mauritius is a boon of God. It has lush greenery, wild waterfalls, beautiful mountains and breath-taking beaches that simply tell us that God has been really bounty while creating this marvellous place. This is one most beautiful and attractive tourist destination in the world.
Weather
You will find summers in Mauritius during December and rainfall after that. The weather is pleasant these days having a temperature between 23-25 degrees.
Mauritius Botanical Garden
The beautiful garden, located near Port Louis is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mauritius, covering an area of 37 hectares.
Ile Aux Cerfs Island
The island is known for the sandy beaches and beautiful lagoons. It is one of the most beautiful world beaches and hence is worth going at least once.


11 Costa Rica



There are a number of destinations you can travel in Costa Rica that may not be counted on the fingers. The American country is a Jewel of America, and is one of the hottest tourist destinations. The beaches, surfing and wildlife spotting makes this destination special.
Weather
This season is usually unpredictable. Sometimes it offers rainfall and sometimes it is dry. But it is said that December is the best time to visit this exotic place.
Manuel Antonio National Park
The stunning tropical beaches, the rich wildlife you encounter in this place will get you immense pleasure.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve
It is a home to more than 3000 species of plants and animals that makes the place fascinating and exciting to visit.


12 Chile



Chile is a country of immense beauty. From beaches to landscapes, it has a lot to offer. The spectacular scenery of glaciers makes the country more scenic. It is one of the most diverse landscapes on Earth.
Weather
There are dry, warm summers in this season in Chile, but this doesn’t create any hindrance in exploring the beautiful place.
Lake District
There are twelve lakes in the Lake District where you can see the beautiful creation of nature. One can go for rafting and many other adventurous water sports to make the trip a memorable one.
Valparaiso
The beautiful seaport city is unique in itself due to the enchanting and mesmerizing beauty of the place as well as buildings. This is the nature’s bounty and hence deserves to be visited.


13 South Africa



Now, South Africa is one traveller’s choice country. It’s basically like visiting the majestic world of Ivalice from Final Fantasy 12, especially if you are coming from too much uptown places. Come here once any time and you will fall in a dangerous love for its beautiful “right before your very eyes” natural awesomeness.
Weather:
The weather in S. Africa is mild, around 30 degrees in December, but wet as water. It rains like crazy sometimes and the humidity remains around “High”.
Go wild with some animals
If you want to see some raw big pants wild animals like lions, rhinos and elephants, then Kruger National Park will welcome you.
Connect with Nature
Go to The Cape of Good Hope to see Mother Nature face to face. KwaZulu-Natal, Johannesburg and the Town of Soweto are some really testosterone filled places to be at.


14 Laos



Laos, the land where nature sleeps in peace and dreams some very sweet dreams and shares it with every one of us. More accurately called the sleeping beauty of the east in countries, it’s a place that perhaps had been forgotten by the time itself.
Weather
Weather in December in Laos is simply fine. So don’t worry and start making your preparations now.
Waterfalls and Caves
Pakse and Phonsavan are two good places to see some humongous waterfall scenes along with some holy Shaolin like temples as seen in those Jackie Chan movies.
Backpack and Night Outs
But if you are looking to trek yourself, then Vang Nieng is the place to go and Savannakhet is another such place where nightlife speaks aloud too!


15 Argentina



Okay, so, now Argentina is where only the daring ones go. And for all the legit reasons! The huge nation of South America has Glacial lakes, Jungles, not forests, but jungles! And then there is the mighty Andes Mountain, the place will revive your dormant adventurer for sure.
Weather
The weather in Argentina is amazingly very high in December, but do have some warm clothes, especially if you are an outdoor traveller.
Cemetery walking, Zen Walking and Snow Lands!
La Recoleta Cemetery is where you can have some time off and walk among the dead. Iguazu Falls and Buenos Aires are where you will get that personal walk of clairvoyance as seen in movies! Los Glaciares National Park is the place to see some serious snow and ice related nature masterpieces.
Dance, Wines and National Arts!
But if you are an indoor sort traveller, then totally visit La Boca and then thank us later.


16 Thailand



Thailand is very beautiful in many aspects, for starters, there are many mixes of natural goodness, soul touching phenomenal scenes and ancient history staring at you.
Weather
The weather in this place is cool with 30 degrees most of the time at daylight in December.
Bangkok the ultimate relax point
Go Bangkok, the capital of Thailand and enjoy the ultra-modern night city lights and billions of food styles. Enjoy the temples of Wat Arun, Wat Pho and the emerald temples for Buddha – the Wat Phra Laew temples. And don’t forget to go to Pattaya and Hua Hin nearby as well.
Enjoy the exotic beaches
Go to beaches, the amazing exotic movie-like beaches of Ko Samui and Phuket there you will have palm beaches and scuba diving experiences.
The Night Life
If you want to tap your feet, then go to Ko Pha Ngan which is famous for raunchy full night parties.
The Mountain and the History!
If you want to see the amazing mountain range of Phang Nga Bay, and some edgy history alive at your face, then go to Chian Mai.

17 Cambodia



The place where one of the lost world’s excellence resides, the temples of Angkor-Vat, is the place where you will be overwhelmed by divine beauty.
Weather
Relax, its cool, windy, low humidity and sunny days are great to make it work for your best travelling experiences. The weather usually stays somewhere at 25 degrees in December.
Raw Routes and Night Outers
Tonle Sap, Battambang and Kampot are three wild places where your inner walker will be free and crazy ogling at everything. Lakes, Ancient Temples, Rivers, Fishing, Circuses, Bats, nightlife, caves, and zoos are some of the much stuff to do here.
City and Beaches
If you are looking for some magnificent city lights at night and unending amounts of foods and culture, then go to Siem Reap. If beaches are your stuff, then Sihanoukville Province is one sophisticated amalgam of beaches, islands and a national park.
Dolphins, Architecture and Casinos
Kratie, Bantey Chmmar and Smacch are the places where you can get to experience the dolphins, super ancient majestic architecture and casinos, respectively.

18 Brazil


Yes, this is a famous place among people for parties, beautiful women, beaches, drinks, everything. Brazil would be the best location for all of your fantasies and desires.
Weather
You will find the wetness here in December, so don’t worry, you can play in the sand and water on beaches.
No count on Beaches
Seriously, no count on the amazing beaches. Porto De Galinhas, Island of Fernando de Noronha, Taipus De Fora, Lagoinha do Leste, and keep counting, but trust us, you will never get over this.
Rio De Janeiro
This is the former capital of Brazil and it will make you crazy to another level. The newly renovated streets of Cinelandia district will be your favorite place. Get your tummy stuffed with street food and drinks.

19 Vietnam



The land of the ascending Dragon is the place where you can literally find ancient “sparks”. It’s an amalgam of both, the unfound places and things of the lost world and it also has luxurious accommodations.
Weather
The weather is normal for most of the time, but if you are a beach person, then Southern Vietnam is cool for beach walking.
The Capital City
Hanoi, where the mighty Bach Ma temple resides, along with the impossible loud and cool Dong Xuan Market and the neoclassic Hanoi opera house!
Mountain Climbing, Floating Villages and Ancient Cities
Sa Pa, Ha Long Bay and Hoi An, are three places to go to, in that order, for some huge amounts of trekking/waterfalls/mountain climbing, island visiting made of limestone/caves/floating villages .
Turtles, Rare Animals and Seafood
Con Dao is where you will see some great mighty turtles. The Cat Tien National park is where you will likely experience some amazing and probably never before seen creatures and Co-To District is an awesome seafood place!


20 Belize



Welcome to this ravishing Caribbean getaway, where you can laze away on white sandy beaches, dive in the Western Hemisphere’s major barrier reef, trek through lush jungle, and explore ancient Mayan ruins all in one vacation.
Weather
Yes, go for it as December is the best month to visit this place. The bright sunshine will melt your heart with joy.
Try Hopkins
Hopkins village is quaint and traditional fishing village. Hopkins is surrounded by blue Caribbean Sea shore and misty green mountains. You can enjoy the company of residents here, as they are friendly and will treat you like a guest.
Placencia
Of course, you must be looking for sandy beaches, so Placencia beaches are ready to welcome you. Go to Maya Beach and Seine Bight.


21 Dubai, UAE



Why not spending some time with the Sheikh of Dubai? Well, believe us, your heart won’t leave this place easily.
Weather
The temperature here in December is around 26 °C, which is neither too hot nor too cold.
Get lost in the beauty of Burj Khalifa
No words for this place, the name is enough. The beauty of this building is heaven in itself. Why any eye will leave the view of this building? And decoration at Christmas adds five stars to its beauty.
Explore Bastakia
This is one of the best examples of the goodness of ancient architecture. This place is known as Old Dubai. The buildings here are structured in such a way that they trap air and work like central air conditioners.


22 Indonesia



A pack of over 17,000 tropical islands, multicultural diversity and super assembly of crazy tasty foods, Indonesia is one awesome spot in the world to relax your inner emotion making machine.
Weather
Welcome the rainy days that is the whole weather gist of December in Indonesia!
The Capital City
Jakarta is where all the posh lies largely, with it being the capital of Indonesia, its markets are big, some huge museums and an old town that will make you feel like nostalgia.
Sultan’s Supremacy
Go to Yogyakarta and get caught in the 18th-century environment and freak out in pure awe. Komodo and Flores are where you will see the dragons!
Monkey forest and Royal Palaces
Ubud is the place where you will see the monkey forests, some amazing and huge Hindu temples, and lush countryside. Surakarta is where you will see the royal ancestry still present in the air, the palaces and the famous batik fabrics.

23 Guatemala



For all those who want to see the beauty of heaven on earth, Guatemala is the perfect pick for you. Just pamper your feet for upcoming adventures in this country.
Weather
December is considered as the best time to visit this place, as there is a normal temperature here at this time.
Mayan Ruins of Tikal
Mayan Ruins of Tikal is one of the substantial archaeological sites in Central America. The wisdom of visiting Tikal is escalated by the surroundings. Jungle’s lush green canopy and birds, monkeys and other wildlife have extensively added the beauty to composite.
Antigua Guatemala
Here, the cobbled streets are lined with lovely old colonial buildings, some of which show indications of the earthquakes that have contributed to the city’s history.


24 Fiji



Fiji is blessed with 333 magnificent islands, some are inhabited and some are not. Fiji islands are a dream of tropical island bliss. If you want some taste of a city, then check out Nadi and Jet Town.
Weather
The weather is pleasant and calm in Fiji during December. This is considered as the best time to spend some time in Fiji.
Vanua Levu
Vanua Levu is the second largest island in Fiji. There are many adventures to do for the people who live for some thrill and excitement. So, have your seat belt, you are going to enjoy this place a lot.
Taveuni
Taveuni is known as the Garden Island and is an eco-tourists’ daydream with nature reserves harboring a profusion of native plants and wildlife.


25 New Zealand



Nature crafted New Zealand with the bizarre beauty of a movie set. Few destinations are full of natural wonders Snow-capped peaks, sparkling coves, coastal glaciers, rainforests, fjords, and fish-filled rivers are some of the treasures travelers can reconnoiter.
Weather:
December is considered as the warmest month in the calendar of New Zealand.
Bay of Islands
A beautiful Bay of Islands is the most loved destinations among travelers. This bay is heaven for sailing and yachting. This picturesque bay is prinked with a hole in a rock and Kerikeri.
Aoraki
Aoraki is the most stunning destination for mountaineering, having 300 species of Flora and Fauna. Eco-tourist will fall in love with hiking, Heli-skiing, sea touring and hunting.
There are few more places to visit in New Zealand that will make your trip more exciting.


26 Maldives



The Maldives is a set of islands in South East Asia, right amid the Indian Ocean. It is smooth, sandy and comfortable, finally a great choice of topmost holiday destinations.
Weather:
Try to go there around the end of December, that is when the raindrops start to go slower and slower and a great sunny view emerges.
The capital city
Male (Maa-Lay) is the capital of Maldives, is a big skyscraper light blue city and is surrounded by coral.
Play with sharks
Vilamendhoo is where you are going to find whale sharks, scuba diving and reefs after reefs.
Love for Beaches
Maamingili, Hithadhoo, Gan, Guraidhoo, Huraa are some extreme beach places where you will have the heavens thrown at you.


27 Australia



If you are the owner of one or two weeks of holiday, you will find many places to visit and much time explore yourself in the heaven of Australia.
Weather:
December is a good month to visit this place as the temperature here is neither too high, nor too low.
Swim in Perth
30 minutes’ drive colonial town eerie tour is enough to make your trip a lifelong moment. Taking selfie stick alone is the best option to grab your picture in sceneries.
Wines’ home Swan Valley
Swan valley possesses 40 vineyards. The Swan Valley Visitor Centre in Guildford will make your trip loveable and remarkable that you will not forget till your last breath.

28 Ivory Coast



The most stunning place on the mother earth trinket with rain forest, sidestep and beaches. Local art and fresh air attract tourist to spend time here. Ivory Coast is the most popular place among French citizen.
Weather:
It is dry on the lands of Ivory Coast in the month of December.
Tiagba stilts homes
Tourist loves this place because homes are built on stilts. Staying in such homes would be an incredible experience on your holiday. Seaside restaurants are like the cherry on a cake as it makes dates and functions grand and memorable.
National Museum in Abidjan
One more must-see attraction in Ivory Coast will lead your eyes open with an extraordinary collection of artifacts from stone time till present. The museum is garnished with coins, instruments, paintings, and pictures.


29 Cuba



Welcome to this amazing country Cuba, which is known as the land of islands. Appreciate this place for its beautiful architecture, museums, and statues.
Weather:
Expect some bright sunny days in the month of December.
Enjoy Green Las Terrazas
This porched green area is full of mountains and garden, which enhance the elegance of this place. Heart melting waterfalls and resorts will make you fall in love for this place.
Valley of the Sugar Mills
Home of sugarcane plants is located in Cuban city, Trinidad. It is a group of three valleys having the aroma of sugar cane which leaks your mouth. Towers are built in a way that it reflects the Cuban culture that makes this place a popular tourist spot.


30 Malaysia



The beautiful country has a rich cultural heritage. The place is enriched with the best of nature’s sights and venues that make the country being visited by many people from all around the world.
Weather:
December is high time for this marvelous country to be visited as it is Christmas time and the average temperature is approximately 27 degrees, which is pleasant enough to be enjoyed the most.
Langkawi
It is an island from the group of 99 islands that has breathtakingly beautiful beaches, crystal clear water, and coastal areas. The place is also rich in fauna and hence attracts those who love nature.
Cameron Highlands
It is a hill station that has beautiful green hills and has the largest tea plantations in Malaysia. It is the coolest region of Malaysia and hence it is also called “truly Asia” as it depicts the beautiful Asian culture and diversity.
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jeudi 16 mai 2019

Yoga Burn Review – Overview

Are you putting on weight? Do you want to lose your weight with yoga or you are sick of going to Yoga center. Where you find yourself uncomfortable? Yoga burn program has come up with the solution for all your problems.

Yoga is a path of becoming strong in every limb, flexible having a concentrated mind owing to increase body strength. One of the undeniable benefits of yoga is that it makes you stress-free. Basically in our routine life majority of people bear a lot of stress. As mentioned earlier, you can lose your weight with the help of yoga. As a matter of fact, yoga balances your body, mind, and spirit and with that achieved you’re strengthened. Overall, yoga is an approach to becoming healthier with a focused mind.


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“Yoga Burn” aka “Her Yoga Secrets” is the follow-along video yoga sessions.It can digitally train women for the right yoga moves to strength to shape it in desired figure. The videos provide accurate guidance regarding stretches and poses without hurting any of your muscle. Moreover, the program is structured to reduce stress caused by workout.That person has to focus on the outcome. Yoga Burn review suggests that is the right choice to get started.


Yoga Burn Program is a body shaping a digital program that will solve problems with ease. This program provides an easy access to all the yoga poses with 45 min. video guide. You can perform all the yoga poses with the help of this program to achieve the above-enlisted goals. If you are having problems regarding access to yoga gyms, we strongly recommend you to try Yoga Burn Program.

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The yogis all around the globe are busy ladies who manage to perform yoga amidst their jam-packed routine. They are always in search of yoga guides and videos to perform yoga anytime anywhere. The yoga burn is a guide for yogis with step wise interactive videos which focuses on breathing and stretching.

What is Yoga Burn?

Yoga Burn is digital body shaping program for women that you need and is available at your fingertips. Yoga Burn is unique and effective in its 3 phase approach to natural and healthy weight loss.

About the Author

It’s author Zoe Bray-Cotton is a certified yoga instructor, trainer and has expertise in female fitness. Zoe has been teaching all styles of yoga for over a decade in world renowned gyms of North America.



Yoga Burn program Content- 3 Phases:


  • Foundational Flow: This is 1st phase of the Yoga Burn program which focuses on introductory poses and helps to build your Stamina.
  • Transitional Flow:This phase takes a yogi to the next level where one can perform the poses in a smooth flow.
  • Mastery Flow:This is the fruitful phase in which you will feel the efforts of the 1st and 2nd This can help you to instill good mental focus and results in a shaped body with considerable weight loss.

Does Yoga Burn work?

Yes, it will definitely work for you as it takes you from the introductory poses to the advanced levels. This can easily build your stamina if you follow the instructions strictly.


Conclusion

All in all, the digital solution provided By Zoe as Yoga Burn is an effective means to reduce the negative impacts. The digital era has endowed us and the benefits are just amazing.With the great benefits of yoga burn i-e., toned body, and muscles, stress-free and relaxed mind. It’s a perfect way to stay in an up-to-date shape.




mercredi 15 mai 2019

What Exactly Is CrossFit—and Is It Actually Good for You?

The high-intensity workout isn't just for the professional CrossFit athletes you see on TV.



CrossFit is like period sex. And not because they both have some serious—though admittedly different—health benefits. Rather, people typically fall into an “I love it” or “I hate it” camp for each.

Devotees of the “sport of functional fitness” (as CrossFit is known) claim it’s the best and fastest route to health, while skeptics point toward the risk of injury. As with most polarized subjects, that’s in part due to the fact that many people are a little bit fuzzy on the details of what CrossFit actually entails.

“There’s a lot of misconceptions around what CrossFit is,” says Dave Lipson, CrossFit Level Four Trainer and founder of Thundr Bro, an educational fitness platform. “People think it’s all what you see on TV, that it’s just the professional CrossFit Games athletes you see on ESPN, but it’s not.”

With that in mind, Health spoke to CrossFit experts to find out exactly what CrossFit training is, the benefits of CrossFit, and how to know whether or not CrossFit is for you.


What is CrossFit training?

Chances are you’ve heard the generic yet succinct CrossFit definition: “constantly varied, functional movements, executed at high intensity.”

But what does that actually mean? “From an exercise perspective, CrossFit takes all aspects of fitness and sports, cherry picks the best, most effective, and most applicable to everyday life, and combines them together," says four-time CrossFit Games champion Rich Froning, founder of CrossFit Mayhem, a box—CrossFit speak for gym—in Cookeville, Tennessee.

In short, functional movements are those that mimic the things you do outside the gym: carry groceries from the car to the kitchen, pick up a baby or chair off the ground, climb stairs, get out of bed. “These functional movements reflect the best aspects of gymnastics, weightlifting, and monostructural [or cardio] exercise,” says Tony Carvajal, a CrossFit Level One Trainer and RSP Nutrition athlete.

Cardio? Check. Heavy lifts? Check. Mobility work, flexibility training, and body control? Check, check, and check. “It’s a workout program that integrates multiple sports and training regimens all in one,” Carvajal says.

What a CrossFit class is like

CrossFit isn't a franchise (like your local Pizza Hut); instead, it’s an affiliate, explains CrossFit Games commentator Tanya Wagner, a CrossFit Level Two Trainer at CrossFit Apex in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. “That means every box has its own individual programming and style. It’s not one-size-fits-all.” There are over 15,000 CrossFit boxes worldwide.

That said, generally, CrossFit classes last an hour, broken down into four different components: a warm-up, strength or skill, workout of the day or WOD, and cooldown or mobility session.

The warm-up is basically foreplay to the WOD. It’s meant to prepare your joints for the movements ahead. The strength component has one goal—you guessed it—to make you stronger, but it can take different forms. For example, you might be tasked with sets of one repitition of the maximum you can deadlift or six sets of three power snatches. A skill workout is intended to help you improve your ability to do a specific exercise, like double unders, toes to bars, or handstand walking. Typically, the skill that you work on will make an appearance in the WOD.

The WOD, which is also sometimes called a metcon (short for metabolic conditioning), is the meat and potatoes of CrossFit training. You'll perform a certain combination of exercises either for a set amount of time or until you've completed a specific number of reps. If you’re accustomed to 60 minutes of nonstop movement in your favorite bootcamp, you might be surprised to learn that most CrossFit workouts only last five to 15 minutes (and that anything longer is considered an endurance WOD).

There are so many possibilities for a WOD that you won't see many CrossFit workouts more than once at a gym. But there are a few benchmark workouts (which are usually named after women: Fran, Grace, Diane) and hero workouts (which are done in honor of fallen servicemen—the most famous is Murph), which can be used to track your progress over time and qualitatively show you that you’re improving, says Anthony Gustin, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and co-founder of Perfect Keto.

CrossFit training usually wraps up with a stretching and mobility session—or athletes will stretch on their own after a workout. For instance, after a “grippy” workout (think: pull-ups or jump rope), you might do a series of forearm stretches.


The benefits of CrossFit

“Whether your fitness goal is to help you maintain your current fitness level, get just 1% fitter, lose weight, do a pull-up, or be able to lift a certain weight, CrossFit can help you reach it,” says Kyra Williams, a certified personal trainer and CrossFit Level One Trainer.

In fact, research backs up just how effective it really is. For example, a team of exercise physiologists out of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse found that women who performed two different CrossFit workouts burned over 12 calories per minute and maintained an elevated heart rate throughout the entire session.

CrossFit can also have positive mental and emotional effects, Gustin says. “It teaches people that they are capable of more than they think. Gaining mental toughness and pushing yourself to new heights in a CrossFit class can trickle down to other parts of your life and give you confidence to tackle the unknown.”

There's also the community aspect of CrossFit. Sure, you could do a CrossFit workout by yourself, but part of the magic happens in the box, says Clint Fisher, CrossFit Level One Trainer and co-owner of CrossFit Charleston. “There is just something that happens when you get like-minded people in the same room. You lift each other up. You become a family.”

Will I get injured if I try CrossFit?

Despite gruesome stories you may have heard, probably not. A 2018 study deemed CrossFit training "relatively safe compared with more traditional training modalities." The researchers wrote: “Over the past several years, CrossFit training has been scrutinized in the mainstream media because of the supposed high incidence of injuries; however, these statements seem not to be supported by empirical evidence.”

What about rhabdo? While rhabdomyolysis—a condition where the muscle tissue breaks down so severely that it can mess up the kidneys—is a real risk of any high-intensity workouts, it's no more common in CrossFit than any other workout, Lipson says. Plus, it's avoidable with smart coaching and thoughtful programming, he adds, not to mention listening to your body and building up workout intensity gradually.

How do I know if CrossFit is for me?

Maybe you’ve heard CrossFit addicts swear the sport's for anyone. Or maybe you’ve noticed the age diversity on the official CrossFit Instagram. But CrossFit really is for anyone. “We have former football players working out with people in their 70s and 80s and new moms,” Lipson says.

How is that possible? While every workout will have suggested weights and movements, the majority of people at most CrossFit boxes do something called scaling. “Scaling allows anyone to complete the same workout simply by altering the weights and movements based on the athlete's ability in order to produce the same level of intensity,” explains Carvajal.

For example, if a workout calls for 50 reps of toes to bar, the coach might have one person scale it down to just 25 or another person just touch their knees to their elbows.



How to get started with CrossFit training

First, check the official CrossFit affiliate map to find box locations near you. Then do some research.

“The longer the gym has been around, the better," Carvajal says. "If a gym has been around at least five to six years, that’s always a good sign.” He also recommends looking up how educated the trainers are. “Most gyms will have the coaches' credentials on their website. The more certifications and accolades the better.”

But credentials aren’t everything. A coach's actual leadership style, communication skills, and emphasis on form and safety in class are what Wagner says matter most. “You should find a place that you personally feel comfortable getting all your questions answered.”

Don’t be afraid to box shop either. “Every box has a different community and vibe,” says Lipson. “Some are younger, some are older. Some are more competitive, while others have a more community vibe.” If you’re not vibing with one particular CrossFit space, try another.

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10 Most Popular CrossFit Workouts

The hallmark of CrossFit is its “workout of the days” or WODs. WODs are a series of exercises that are scored for time or the number of reps completed over a given interval. There are too many WODs to count, but there are some that you see and hear about over and over. If ever wondered which are the most popular, here are the top 10 most popular CrossFit workouts as determined by Google search queries:



The 10 Most Popular CrossFit Workouts:

1. Fran: 



Fran is the most popular CrossFit workout. It’s commonly used to test progress among CrossFitters. You do 21, 15 and 9 reps of thrusters (front squats into push presses) and pull-ups, for time. The standard weight for the thrusters is 95 pounds for men and 65 pounds for women.


2. Cindy:


Cindy involves doing 5 pull-ups, 10 push-ups and 15 squats as many times as possible in 20 minutes. It’s a great beginner workout because it involves only bodyweight movements.

3. Murph:


Murph was named in honor of Lieutenant Michael Murphy of Patchogue, N.Y., who was killed in Afghanistan June 28th, 2005. It involves doing a mile run, 100 pull-ups, 200 push-ups, 300 squats and another mile run, for time.


4. Grace: 





Grace isn’t straightforward. It involves doing 30 reps of clean and jerks, for time. The standard weight is 135 pounds for men and 95 pounds for women.


5. Helen:



Helen involves doing 3 rounds of a 400 meter run, 21 kettlebell swings and 12 pull-ups, for time.


6. Annie:




Annie is 50, 40, 30, 20, 10 reps of double-unders (when a jump rope passes under your feet twice in one jump) and sit-ups, for time.


7. Angie: 


Angie is 100 pull-ups, 100 push-ups, 100 sit-ups and 100 squats, for time. Like Cindy, it’s all bodyweight, but not many beginners could finish Angie!


8. Jackie: 



Jackie involves a 1000 meter row, 50 and 30 pull-ups, for time. The standard weight for the thrusters is 45 pounds

9. Linda: 


Linda, also known as “the three bars of death” is 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2 and 1 reps of deadlifts (1.5x your bodyweight), bench presses (your bodyweight) and cleans (.75x your bodyweight), for time.


10. Diane:




Diane is 21, 15 and 9 reps of deadlifts and handstand push-ups, for time. The standard weight for the deadlifts is 225 pounds for men and 155 pounds for women.



Conclusion:
If you’re a CrossFit veteran, these probably brought back some good, or bad, memories. If you’re thinking about starting CrossFit, this might give you an idea of what you’re getting yourself into. Either way, make it to your nearest CrossFit gym if you think you can handle the some or all of the most popular CrossFit workouts.