Monday 24 October 2016

The global village: Miranda goes to Mexico

Published 29/02/2016 | 02:30

Miranda Kerr who enjoyed a trip to Cancun.
Miranda Kerr who enjoyed a trip to Cancun.
The Geography of Genius.
Couples should maintain realistic expectations while on holiday.

Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr (pictured) recently enjoyed a sunshine break in Cancun in Mexico. Many Irish people are also fans of this tourist resort - a destination that has experienced a tremendous boom in tourism over the past 20 years

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Cancún, a Mexican city on the Yucatán Peninsula, and which borders the Caribbean Sea, has numerous white sandy beaches, affordable resorts and a lively nightlife.

Yet if you fancy something different, like getting back to nature, then maybe venture to the Nichupte Lagoon.

The Yucatan Peninsula provides a nurturing habitat for the thousands of plant and animal species that live in this area. From exotic birds, to reptiles, to monkeys, to leopards and jaguars - nature's beauty abounds.

It's why ecotourists head to Laguna Nichupte which borders the Cancun resort zone, and is rich with waterfowl, fish, crocodiles and shellfish.

A "jungle tour" allows visitors to navigate the Lagoon.

Sleep soundly in a strange land


Sometimes sleeping in hotel rooms can be difficult, as you adapt to a different environment, strange noises, and possibly even feeling out of your comfort zone.

So SleepPhones could be ideal if you find listening to soothing sounds helps you drift off. They're comprised of a soft headband containing traditional speakers which are cord-free, and so allow you roll around under the duvet. They're pre-loaded with 17 audio tracks featuring binaural beat technology - believed to increase feelings of relaxation.

Indeed they could be the answer to travelling with a companion who snores!

The headband is made from cool, soft, lightweight stretchy material and is washable.

They cost in the region of €90.

Where do we do our best thinking?


Have you ever wondered about the connection between what surrounds us and our most innovative ideas?

Travel writer Eric Weiner examines this premise in his recently published book, The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley.

He explores the history of places like Vienna of 1900, Renaissance Florence, and the Song Dynasty Hangzhou. He questions if Darwin's theory of evolution gelled while he was riding in a carriage; if Freud did his best thinking at his favourite coffee house; and why Beethoven, like many geniuses, liked long walks in the woods.

The book costs approximately €15.

Keep the love alive on holidays has some ideas on how to keep romance alive while holidaying with your other half.

Maintain realistic expectations. Hiking through snowy woods and going back to a romantic cabin with a roaring fire is probably more fun in your imagination.

Give your partner some space. If your significant other excuses themselves for a bit, give them some alone time.

Be open to ideas and balance what you want. A surprise trip is a treat - but only if your partner wants to go to Disneyland.

Split the work. Leaving all organising, navigating, packing, and driving to one person will lead to a row.

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