February
10

Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Your Outdoor Loving Mermaid

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, we’ve rounded up some great gift options perfect for your love.  If she is an outdoor, adventure loving mermaid like us, then you’ve landed in the right place! Check out our gift picks below:

 

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Is she an avid mountain biker? Does she love to go on day hikes? The LUXE from Camelback is designed to carry everything she’ll need for a full day of mountain biking or exploring the trails while keeping her hydrated with a 3L water bladder. With a women’s-specific, narrow-gauge silhouette, it’s designed to fit comfortably even when it’s fully loaded – – great for holding a spare tube, and a small bike pump.

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Check out our #GetOutThere Guide to biking in the Shawangunks!

 

 

Just because she loves the great outdoors, doesn’t mean she loves sleeping on the ground! Elevate the camping experience with a self-inflating mattress. The Women’s Trail Lite from Thermarest offers an outstanding combination of comfort, compactness and value making it one of the best all-around camping mattresses available.

 

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Check out our #GetOutThere Guides to:
Lake Tahoe
White Mountain
Kalalau
Hike Like a Girl

 

 

Whether she loves backpacking, cycling, or surf trips, make sure she always has access to clean water to stay hydrated with a SteriPEN Water Purifier. In less than one minute, the device’s UV light rays destroy 99.99% of protozoa (including Giardia and Cryptosporidia ), bacteria, and even viruses that are present in water. It also doubles as a flashlight for late-night trips to the river to stock up on water supplies.

 

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Check out our #GetOutThere Guides to:
El Yunque Rainforest
Southern Utah

 

 

A good pair of in-ear headphones can really enhance her workout or even just day-to-day listening. If you’re looking for a gift that won’t break the bank, check out ear buds from FitClip. The Koss from FitClip is sweat-resistant and has a comfy over-the-ear loop to hold them in place. The soft tips create a seal that blocks out external noise, and an inline mic lets her take calls.

 

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Are you two headed on a surf trip? Then she definitely needs a MI OLA suit and rashguard to protect her beautiful skin AND make sure she doesn’t lose her bikini in the waves!

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Check out our Surf Guides from around the world!

 

 

AND because it is Valentine’s Day, how about chocolate that also nourishes her? NibMor’s Extreme Dark Chocolate bar is created using organic, non-GMO, Fair Trade, and gluten-free ingredients and has 80% cacao and raw cacao nibs. Yes, it tastes as good as it is good for you!

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Check out our 10 Tips to Stay Fit while on Vacation!

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

February
4

#GetOutThere Guide: Heaphy Track, New Zealand

Are you ready to get lost in the beauty of New Zealand’s wilderness?

New Zealand is known for its incredible beauty and endless opportunities for adventure. If you are looking for some inspiration, look no further than the Great Walks. New Zealand has nine Great Walks, including the Whanganui River, which we covered in ambassador Leslie’s #GetOutThere Guide to the Whanganui River. This week we are checking out another Great Walk with Leslie, the Heaphy Track. 

 

The Heaphy Track

At 78.4km the Heaphy Track is the longest of the Great Walks. Usually done in 4-5 days, it is a one way track that can be started at either end. Most folks start from the Collingwood side (Brown Hut), since it’s nice to end your journey at the ocean (Heaphy Hut). To get back to your car, you will need to arrange transportation ahead of time and there are car relocation services available, or you can try hitchhiking back to your vehicle. Between May 1st and September 30th, the track can be done on a mountain bike. The New Zealand Department of Conservation has a in-depth brochure – – after reading this insider guide to highlights of the Heaphy Track, be sure to check it out.

 

The Track

New Zealand is called “the land of contrast” for a reason. No two days are ever the same. This is evident on the Heaphy as the landscape changes frequently. If you start from the Collingwood side (Brown Hut) your first day will have you climbing up to the highest point on the track, surrounded by Beech trees.  You’ll then cross through Tussocklands and mossy covered forest for the next few days before descending in elevation to walk alongside the ocean. Tussocklands on the track can be eerie but beautiful! 

Keep in mind that New Zealand has a constantly changing climate. Please be prepared for all weather. Tell someone where you are going and when you expect to be back.

Gouland Downs (photo Mark Watkins)

Gouland Downs – Photo Mark Watkins.

 

Mt Perry is a great side trip on a nice day. Just past the Perry Saddle hut scramble up to the top, where you are rewarded with 360 degree views!

On top of Mt. Perry. Photo by MI OLA Brand Ambassador Leslie @lesnorberg

On top of Mt. Perry. Photo by MI OLA Brand Ambassador Leslie @lesnorberg

 

There is a part of the track known as the “enchanted forest”, given its name because of its moss covered beech trees. It is also home to limestone outcrops and caves.

A spot of spelunking. Photo Mark Watkins.

A cave in the “enchanted forest”. Photo Mark Watkins.

 

Swinging bridges are a common sight when hiking in New Zealand. The Heaphy definitely has its fair share.

View from a swinging bridge. Photo by MI OLA brand ambassador Leslie @lesnorberg.

 

The New Zealand Hut System

One of the perks of hiking in New Zealand is the amazing hut system. There are over 950 huts scattered around New Zealand. These are all managed by the New Zealand Department of Conservation. Most of the Great Walks huts are fully equipped with gas stoves, toilets, running water, lights, heating and bunk beds. Check out the DOC (Department of Conservation) website for more information and fees.

If huts aren’t for you, there are camping areas near each hut along the track. Just know, that if you choose to camp, you are not allowed to use the hut facilities and will need to bring your own cooking equipment.
You need to book your spot in the hut or campsite well in advance (use the DOC website). Campsites and huts are extremely busy during the summer season (December – February).

Brand Ambassador Leslie @lesnorberg Walking to Saxon Hut. Photo Mark Watkins.

Brand Ambassador Leslie @lesnorberg Walking to Saxon Hut. Photo Mark Watkins.

 

What to Bring:

Gear:

  • Well fitting 40L pack (you may want something larger or smaller depending on how you pack)
  • Waterproof pack liner
  • Sleeping bag (3 season)
  • First Aid kit
  • Water Bottle
  • Utensil and bowl (huts have pots to cook with)
  • Matches / Lighter (the huts have gas stoves but you will need a lighter/match to light them)
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer)
  • SUNSCREEN! Wear it everyday even when it’s cloudy!
  • Headlamp and spare batteries
  • Bag for your garbage (pack in pack out, leave no trace!)
  • Hut/tent booking confirmation and ID
  • Earplugs (I highly recommend these! For the communal bunk rooms in the huts.)

Clothes:

  • You will need (minimum) one set of clothes to walk in and one set for camp. Make sure you always have a dry set of clothes to change into at night!
  • Boots or sturdy sneakers (broken in!)
  • Wool/synthetic socks. No cotton.
  • Quick Dry shorts or pants (whatever you prefer to hike in)
  • Sun shirt/long sleeve quick dry shirt (protect your skin from the strong UV rays!)
  • Long underwear top and bottom (wool or synthetic)
  • Midlayers (lightweight fleece top and bottoms)
  • Raincoat and rain pants
  • Warm hat
  • Sunhat and sunglasses
  • Spare socks and undies
  • MI OLA Bikini (There is a cold pool near Perry Saddle Hut & swimming near the Heaphy Hut in the river)

If Camping:

  • Tent
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove, gas, pot

Optional:

  • Journal
  • Cards
  • Camera

 

Native Wildlife

The Heaphy Track is home to many of New Zealand’s Native birds like the Great Spotted Kiwi and the Weka. The Kiwis are plentiful on the West Coast – – you might not get to see one, but you may hear them at night.

 

You will definitely see Weka near the huts. They are very accustomed to hikers and are pretty cheeky. Make sure everything you care about is packed away, or else you will see one of these birds running off with your belongings.

 

Keep your eyes on the trail to spot one of largest carnivorous land snails or Powelliphanta, they are native to New Zealand and can be up to 90mm (3.5 inches) across.

 

 

Websites & Resources:

Check out the book From Weta to Kauri. Its an excellent resource for anyone traveling to NZ who wants to know more about the local flora and fauna. It’s a personal favorite as it is concise and easy to read. Also be sure to check out the New Zealand Department of Conservation brochure for Heaphy Track..

 

January
27

#GetOutThere Guide: Glacier National Park

It’s the middle of winter but if you’re like us, then you’re probably dreaming of the summer heat, bikinis, and all things outdoors!  Why not start making your summer travel plans now before all of your bucket list adventures book up for the season? One of our top places to visit (and one that books up really fast) is Glacier National Park  –  a favorite of brand ambassador Becca.  Imagine jagged peaks reaching towards the Heavens, turquoise water inviting you to take an alpine dip and hiking trails zigzagging every which way you could want to explore. Check out Becca’s #GetOutThere Guide to Glacier National Park for more!

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Soaking us the sun at Grinnell Lake. Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Becca.- @roamwildandfree

 

Glacier National Park is an incredible landscape for many different reasons. The park is quite literally changing before our eyes. The glaciers have been melting at an unprecedented rate so much so that they could be entirely gone by the next generation. This video put out by National Geographic shows physical evidence of the glaciers melting in a period of less than 100 years.  Take a look!  

If you need further persuasion to visit this iconic National Park, read on as I share my favorite spots in the park.

 

The Best Hikes

Hiking in Glacier National Park should not be taken lightly. Unless you are used to hiking at a high elevation, start gradually to avoid elevation sickness. Also, grizzly bears are quite common so be sure to carry bear spray and hike with a buddy. Please stop at the Visitor Center upon arrival to know about recent closed areas due to bear activity and talk to the rangers about any concerns you may have. It’s a WILD park, be sure to grant it the respect it deserves and you’ll have a great time! 

P.S. Just starting out with hiking? Check out our guide to hiking, Hike Like a Girl by brand ambassador Ashley B.

St. Mary Falls/Virginia Falls (3.6 miles round trip) – This is a great hike to start with leading you past thundering waterfalls and along turquoise pools.

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St. Mary Falls Hike. Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Becca.- @roamwildandfree

Grinnell Lake (a very flat 7.6 miles round trip) – The hike to Grinnell lake is a great beginner hike simply because it is so flat and the scenery just keeps on painting gorgeous landscapes at every turn!

Taking an alpine dip in Grinnell Lake

Taking an alpine dip in Grinnell Lake. Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Becca.- @roamwildandfree

Highline Trail (11.8 miles one way, requires free shuttle) – My favorite hike in the entire park, the Highline Trail begins at the Logan Pass Visitor Center and stretches along a ridgeline of jagged peaks with 360 degree views at all times. If you do not want to go the full 11.8 miles, turn around at any time to get back to your vehicle.

Hiking along the Highline Trail

Hiking along the Highline Trail. Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Becca.- @roamwildandfree

Mt. Oberlin (a very steep 4 miles round trip) – If you’re dreaming of being on top of one of Glacier National Park’s famed peaks, this is the summit for you! In the realm of peaks, this summit is fairly easy because you do not need any mountaineering experience. However the trail is very faint, sometimes nonexistent. Stop at the Logan Pass Visitor Center for more information.

Summit of Mt. Oberlin

Summit of Mt. Oberlin. Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Becca.- @roamwildandfree

 

Best SUP and Kayak Locations

Apgar Village on Lake McDonald is the hub for all things water. There are reasonably priced rentals for kayaks, paddleboards, rowboats, and even motorboats. Many Glacier and Two Medicine also offer a boat rentals but their fleet is much smaller than Apgar.

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SUP on Lake McDonald. Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Becca.- @roamwildandfree

 

Whitewater Rafting

Whitefish, MT just outside Glacier National Park has many whitewater rafting outfitters to get you your adrenaline fix. Plan this as a full day activity to stop in town and grab ice cream afterwards at the world famous Sweet Peaks!

 

Lodging and Good Eats

Glacier National Park is a huge area spanning a couple hours drive. It’s a good idea to stay in one location for the entire trip and plan activities where you stay to avoid spending half the day driving.

If you’d like to camp, I suggest snagging one of the coveted sites at Rising Sun Campground or Apgar Campground. Both of these campgrounds offer amenities nearby while being close to day hikes.

If you’d like to stay in a hotel, the historic lodge at Many Glacier is beautiful beyond words. Lake McDonald Lodge offers rustic rooms with dining accommodations and stellar views! If you aren’t one of the lucky ducks to snag a reservation, there are lodging options in West Glacier, Whitefish, the town of St Mary and Columbia Falls.

You can’t miss the mouth-watering eats in Whitefish. If you’re visiting in summer, don’t miss out on the Farmers Markets in Columbia Falls and Whitefish. Both are markets offer great food as well as very talented artists.

Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Becca.- @roamwildandfree

 

When to Visit

The best time to visit Glacier is during the heat of the year – July through September. The Going-to-the-Sun Road doesn’t open until it is cleared of snow, typically opening late June, early July. Be sure to make your reservations in advance as things book up quickly! Yes, even though it’s still winter (right now), start making your plans now!

 

Happy Travels Mermaids! Live well, travel well.

Sunning in MI OLA on St. Mary Lake

Sunning in MI OLA on St. Mary Lake. Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Becca.- @roamwildandfree

 

 

January
20

#GetOutThereGuide: Chasing the Northern Lights

Chasing the Northern Lights by MI OLA brand ambassador Susi

Many people dream of experiencing the breathtaking phenomenon that is the Northern Lights and the mystic feeling that comes with it.

I moved to Norway 6 years ago and have seen some very powerful Northern Lights, and a lot of weaker ones. All are beautiful! My first 3 years here I saw nothing spectacular as each time there was a sun storm, there also happened to be an overcast, rainy sky so we were unable to see the Northern Lights. And other nights we were often too late or too early and we missed the show, only seeing a mild, green glow. Various times the light show is short and other times it seems to go on forever. You have to go inside eventually before you freeze to death!

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Brand Ambassador Susi taking in the Northern Lights. Photograph by @kkbrunvaer

What are Northern Lights?

Aurora Borealis, otherwise known as Northern Lights, are the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the Earth’s atmosphere with charged particles released from the sun’s atmosphere. Variations in color are due to the type of gas particles that are colliding.

The auroral oval is a circle that sits above the Arctic and sub Arctic, and is the place where you can experience the Auroras. The countries close to the auroral oval are Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Finland, Canada, Alaska, and parts of Greenland & Russia. Southern Lights can be seen from Antarctica, Chile, Argentina, Australia & New Zealand.

It is extremely rare, but if a sun storm is enormous or if there is a strong south shift in the Earth’s magnetic field, Northern Lights can be witnessed in the south of Germany and some say even northern Italy. Two such witnessed occurrences down south were just before the World War 1 and just before the Cosovo war, where the sky was blood red. People saw the Northern Lights as a bad omen and not long after the wars started.

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Photograph by @kkbrunvaer

All the things that need to happen…for you to see the Auroras

  1. Location: The closer you are to either of the poles, the better your chances of seeing an Aurora Borealis or Aurora Australis
  2. Weather: Clear night sky (NO overcast or rainy days)
  3. Sun storm
  4. Surroundings: no city lights or bright lights – – best in dark, remote places
  5. Season: most common during fall & winter (as one needs dark night skies to see them)

How to predict the Northern Lights:

To help chase the Northern Lights, you can download apps to your smartphone or tablet to tell you when to keep an eye on the sky. Suggested apps are Aurora Now and My Aurora Forecast. There are plenty of others to choose from, so go with one that makes it easy for you to read the forecast!

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Aurora Now App showing the auroral oval

Two great ways to see the Northern Lights:

If you happen to be in Norway in the winter months, you can book a special tour with the aim to hunt and experience Northern Lights. At these week long workshops you learn how to best photograph the Aurora whilst capturing the beautiful nature around. These tours are up in the Lofoten and are perfect for those with camera skills. (One day it is my dream to learn more about photography and join one of these tours!) If that sounds like something for you, go check them out at www.lofotentours.com or check out the stunning Instagram accounts of the two people 2 who run these tours @stianmklo and @arildheitmannphotography.

If you want to enjoy the Aurora but don’t like the long, cold nights outside in the wilderness, than Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in Finland is a dream come true. Here you can spend a night in a glass Igloo and hopefully get lucky with nature’s light show! If this tickle your fancy, than have a closer look at www.kakslauttanen.fi

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Photo courtesy Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort

 

Photographing the Northern Lights:

Wondering how to best photograph the Northern Lights and get that perfect shot? Be prepared with a camera with a long exposure setting, a tripod, and good post processing editing. Those beautiful images that you admire of the Northern Lights are created by layering numerous shots of the same spot over each other, highlighting the foreground in some pictures and the background in others to create the perfect image. For some Northern Lights photographer inspiration, check out @worldaurora @tommyeliassen @arnarkristjans_photography @stianmklo @arildheitmannphotography and of course my favorite nature photographer of all time, @chrisburkard!

 

Mystical Meaning:

The Aurora, with it’s abundant colors and dance like movements, seems otherworldly. This phenomenon gives some people and whole communities feelings of comfort and happiness, while others dreaded its appearances, considering it a bad omen or that the dead tried is trying to contact you.

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Photograph by @kkbrunvaer

 

I wish you all good luck in chasing Northern Lights and remember that patience is the key! Have fun chasing the Northern Lights!

With love from Norway,

Susi

January
13

Surf Guide Bukit, Bali

 We are kicking off our 2017 Surf Guides with our dream destination – BALI.  MI OLA brand ambassador Giulia (@guiliamanfrini) loves to visit Bali whenever she can and we caught up with her recently to find out the bests spots to surf in Bali. Start packing your bikinis now, because after reading this guide, you’ll want to hop on the next plane!
Bali is known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs, as well as yoga retreats.  Most of Indonesia is Muslim, however Bali is actually more Hindu than Muslim.  It is legal to drink in Bali, but drugs are illegal.  If someone is caught with drugs, they will be go to jail. (They even have a death sentence for drugs.) The rainy season is November – March.
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MI OLA Ambassador Giulia – @giuliamanfrini rippin’ in Cosata Rica while visiting MI OLA’s headquarters last year.

Location: The Bukit, Bali, Indonesia
Bali is a classic tropical surf location where Southeast-Asian culture perfectly mixes with western society. My favorite place in Bali is The Bukit, the small peninsula on the south end of the island. The Bukit offers western comforts, with mostly everything you may need, but it’s also still very Indonesian if you’re keen to explore around riding your motorbike. The Bukit also offers a great variety of surf spots!
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Map courtesy of GHM Hotels

Where to surf:
 Green Ball: This is my favorite spot in The Bukit! Green Ball works mainly in the wet season during low tide. To access this wave, park your scooter on the cliff (watch out for the monkeys because they love to steal!) and you walk down 350 steps. Green Ball is a white coral beach with caves. To reach the wave, it is a 15 minute paddle in the channel. Green Ball is a perfect left on one side and a perfect right on the other, breaking over coral reef in crystal water. Choose your wave and enjoy the ride!
Padang Padang: Big, heavy barrels and only for expert surfers. It’s the most dangerous and hollowest wave in Bukit. Expert surfers get barreled in the take off, pick up speed in the next section, and then barreled again!
Uluwatu: The WAVE!!! It’s an epic left hander, barrels and plenty of peaks (the Temple, the Corners, Racetracks and the Peak). Walk out the famous cave and let the strong current bring you to the line up. Surf the waves of your life, but be careful not to end up drifting in the current otherwise you’ll end up in Padang Padang.
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Famous Uluwatu! Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Giulia – @giuliamanfrini

Balangan: Reef break, left hander, fast and not easy wave, sometimes barrels. Best at mid tide.
Dreamland: Beach break, left and right. There are two waves, the inside wave and the outside wave. Good at low tide and with big swells.
Bingin: Reef break, left hander, fast short barrel. Best at mid tide. Be careful in the inside as it’s very shallow. Don’t surf when the tide is too low.
Impossible: Reef break, hollow and powerful left hander, good at low tide. Barreling, long amazing wave.
Nusa Dua – Geger: Powerful right hander and is far paddle from land – sometimes it can takes up to 40 minutes to paddle out! When everywhere else is small, Geger still has a really good size.
These are just the main spots, but there are many more just to discover! :)
When to surf:
The best season (when the bigger swells arrive on the West Coast) is from May through October, with offshore winds from east. The famous left handers of Uluwatu and Padang Padang work perfectly and are absolutely epic. But don’t underestimate the wet season, when you can still surf amazing waves both on the West and East Coast with fewer crowds!
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Uluwatu The Temple. Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Giulia – @giuliamanfrini

Tips:
Wear booties, put on a lot of suncreen, wear your MI OLA rash guard, surf with a hat (if you can), have a good leash, and respect the lineup in the water! Most of all, have fun! :)
If you are like me and you like to travel with your own quiver, fly with an airline that doesn’t charge for surfboards. However, there are a ton of shapers everywhere in Bali so you can buy or rent a board easily. Maybe you even will go back home with a couple of boards!
Crowd Factor:
It can get pretty crowded at the main breaks during high season, so get up a early for dawn patrol! During low rainy season you can have a solo session on perfect Indonesian waves!
Water temperature:
The water is warm all year round! Bring your MI OLA bikinis with you!!! From July through September there are strong offshore winds, which can cool the air temperatures – – perfect for wearing your MI OLA Rashguard. :)
How to get there + Where to stay:
There is an international airport in Denpasar. When I go to Bali, I stay in Balangan at “Vertical House”, a lovely spot owned by an Italian family. Riccardo and Stefania have put a lot of love and effort to build the house. They are always happy to show you around, paddle out with you, or organize an amazing fish BBQ!
Apres Surf:
Surfers love to party in The Bukit! If you are looking for awesome sunsets, fresh cocktails and good music, don’t miss Single Fin in Uluwatu. All the surfers in The Bukit meet there on Wednesdays and Sundays, with live music and a DJ. Thursdays are reggae night at Cashew Tree, on top of Bingin Hill. On Fridays there is a beach party in Padang Padang. Every day is a good day to go out in Bali, but take it easy or you will miss surfing the next day!
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A-Frame peak breaking at Uluwatu. Photo by MI OLA Ambassador Giulia – @giuliamanfrini

Other activities to do besides surf:
Rent a scooter and explore the area! You can discover untouched beaches, go for a snorkel, visit the amazing Uluwatu Temple, or relax in one of the hundreds warungs (Indonesia family owned small restaurant) at the beach enjoying a cold Bintang, the local beer. If you are a massage lover or need a post-surf massage, Bali is the best place to be! There are cheap massage centers everywhere in Bali! And of course one of my favorite things to do in Bali is EAT, EAT, and EAT! There is street food and nice local restaurants everywhere. Be sure not to miss having lunch at the fish market (Ikan Pasar) in Jimbaran. At the market, pick the fish you’d like to eat and ask the women outside the market to put in on their grill with the special sauces!
January
6

Top Places to #GetOutThere in 2017

Oh hey there 2017, we are so excited to see you! One of our resolutions for 2017 at MI OLA is inspire you to #GetOutThere — and as always, keep you covered while doing it! With the help of our amazing brand ambassadors, we’ve rounded up the top places for you to #GetOutThere in 2017. Check ’em out below!

 

Hike through El Yunque Rainforest in Puerto Rico + hop on a puddle jumper to neighboring island Vieques!

Are you dreaming of hiking through a lush rainforest and exploring waterfalls?  Yeah, us too.  Be sure to check out our #GetOutThere Guide to hiking El Yunque in Puerto Rico!  Located about a 45 minute drive from San Juan, the El Yunque hike will take about four hours roundtrip to complete. When you finally reach the top you’ll enjoy the cold air from the mountains to cool you off! And on the way down, you get another refreshing reward:  ice cold waterfalls to cool off in! And while you are visiting Puerto Rico, why not hop over to beautiful neighboring island of Vieques to explore its pristine beaches?

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Brand ambassador Andrea at a waterfall in El Yunque.

 

Road trip through Southern France and Spain searching for waves!

There’s no better way to enjoy the beautiful beaches of France and Spain than a surf road trip.  If you have at least two weeks to explore and love to surf, brand ambassador Verena highly recommends road tripping through this beautiful region of Southern Europe. Not only will you be able to surf different breaks and explore the countryside, you’ll also get to eat and experience new things like gooseneck barnacles!  Check out Verena’s Surf Guide to Southern Europe.

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Brand ambassador Verena at Doniños in Spain.

 

Mermaid in swimming holes in Northern Rivers, Australia + surf in Byron Bay

If you have been dreaming of a trip to Australia to explore, 2017 is the year to do it! Australia based brand ambassador Ellen offers a wealth of information to exploring in her home state of New South Wales. Check out some of her favorite activities, like swimming in “wild” swimming holes in Northern Rivers, Australia and surfing Byron Bay.

Brand ambassador Ellen exploring a swimming hole in Northern Rivers, Australia.

 

Hike a 14er or start to hike!

If you love hiking 14ers (a mountain over 14,000 feet), one of brand ambassador Ashley B.’s favorite hikes is White Mountain in Northern California. This peak is the third highest in California and the highest peak outside of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Check out her #GetOutThere Guide to this beautiful hike.

Or, if you 2017 is the year you want to really learn how to hike or would love a refresher on the basics, we have you covered. Ashley B. offers some great advice on how to start out and work your way up to doing a 14er by doing shorter, less ambitious hikes. Check out her guide, Hike Like a Girl.

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Brand ambassador Ashley B. camping at White Mountain.

 

Dive deeper into your yoga practice with a retreat or training!

Have you been thinking of attending a yoga retreat or a teacher training, but don’t know where to start? Our yogi brand ambassadors offer a wealth of information, from yoga retreats to teacher trainings.

How about attending an awesome yoga retreat + conference called Wanderlust? Ambassador Lauren offers some great tips to get the most out of your experience.

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Brand ambassador Lauren at Wanderlust in Hawaii

 

 

Or are you on the fence to attend a yoga teacher training because you just want to deepen your practice and not be a yoga teacher? Check out our awesome yoga teacher training tips + guide to why yoga teacher training is not just for yoga teachers.

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Brand ambassador Jessica teaching Yoga Sup at a retreat in Puerto Rico.

If you are ready to jump on in to an intensive 200 hour, 2 week teacher training and want to know what it’s really like, check out ambassador Briana’s yoga teacher training guide to Yandara Yoga Institute in Mexico!

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Brand ambassador Briana at Yandara Yoga Institutie in Mexico.

 

So now you’ve got our bucket list for 2017.  We’ll see you out there!

 

Interested in joining the MI OLA Ambassador Program?

Know of anyone who should #GetOutThere with us?

Then shoot us an email at info@MI-OLA.com