How to Stay Fit on Your Vacation

Today’s post is a guest post by Kardena Pauza, an adventurous traveler and personal trainer

Getting in some push ups on a vacation to Thailand and Vietnam

Have you gone on vacation only to come back feeling more flabby and out of shape than when you left? It’s a disappointing feeling and a frustration because now you have taken two steps back and have to work hard to get back to your physically strong self again and maybe drop those couple lbs. you gained during your vacation.

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Fan Photo of the Week: Munich, Germany

Photo courtesy of Stephanie Mennella

Contiki traveler Stephanie Mennella, hailing from Schererville, Indiana, sent in this photo of her and four friends that she met while on Contiki’s European Discovery tour!  Here’s her description of the photo:

“This picture was taken by the beer garden in Munich, Germany. We were on a bike tour, “Mike’s Bike Tours”, which was included in our Contiki package. We had such a good time! We hung out for about an hour at the beer garden before eventually heading over to the Hofbräuhaus. It was tough to choose a picture because the entire trip was AMAZING!”

Thanks for the great photo Stephanie!

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Having Your Cake and Eating it Too While Abroad

After guest blogger Kelley Last took us on a Round-the-World Chocolate tour, we decided to do a round-up of some of the delicious non-chocolate treats that you can find around the world.  The U.S. has seen a surge in the gourmet cupcake trend, but the world is filled with sugary confections just waiting to be devoured.  Our palates seem to be open to so many different types of cakes, cookies, and confections while we’re traveling.  Feast your eyes on five of the following sweet treats from around the world and let us know if we missed your favorites!


Ahh, the egg custard tart.  With a flaky crust, and a sweet custard filling that is burnt a la creme brulee, these Portuguese delights can be found not only in Europe, but also flooding the streets in China!

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Contiki Unveils New USA/Canada/Mexico Brochure today!

Looking for a nearcation that makes your wallet happy? Today, Contiki is proud to launch our new USA/Canada/Mexico brochure, chock full of 23 packed itineraries that explore North America.  We’ve brought back fan favorites LA to the Bay, Canada and the Rockies, and Mexican Fiesta, so you can still take advantage of a great vacation without having to venture too far from home.

We’re excited to announce that we’re adding Miami to our lineup of fantastic New Year’s Eve packages, a great way to heat up the festivities for ringing in the New Year, so if you haven’t already booked your plans, celebrate 2012 in a dynamic city away from home.

Check out our brochures or order one for yourself at  If you’ve got three friends and you want to book your vacation today, we’ve got an awesome deal for you to take advantage of!  Head over to our Cool Deals page for more details!  We’ll see you on the road – USA, Canada, and Mexico await!