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Travel & tourism retreat experience in Belize-Skype Issues

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Keep in touch with home while traveling in Belize.

Belize is full of tourism incentives.  From fitness and yoga retreats to birdwatching, water sports, ecological beauties and respite. Tourism is good.  English speaking population is growing and growing as English is taught in schools widely through Belize. The country’s luxury “resort and spa” industry is filled with luxurious, boutique Inns.  Just as many resort and spas are in the mountain top ecological havens as lined along the beach.  Despite the great travel incentives through Belize, the country’s internet freedoms are limited. The Belizean government does not allow Skype.  Belize Telecommunications has concerns of lost revenue due to Belizean use of Skype for world-wide, and even local, calling. So they restrict specific websites and data ports.

Despite the problem of countrywide restriction of Skype’s usage, three months I successfully Skyped in Belize multiple times for extended periods of time. HOW? A VPN. A VPN is a secure firewall with changing IP Address, as necessary.  It’s not tracked for a period of time, and then changes.  So I hear….

My concern toward this is the ease of restriction government has to control Skype’s expansion and also the inability for people in Belize to utilize technology readily available and materialistically invested in.

Oh well-I just wanted to talk to my husband at home and see his smiling face while I was on a gorgeous mountain practicing yoga nearly all day every day.  After 2 days of attempting while not knowing the restrictions on Skype across the board in this country, I was told, “it doesn’t always work well.”  Well, you are not kidding!!

Answer to my problems and solution to communicating with my husband in Kentucky is HotSpot Shield! Skped worked in Belize with this free VPN.  It bypasses the firewalls. All it took was the free version.  Once you are using this Application, just remember to turn it off anytime you are not using Skype in Belize (or other restricted site I suppose) or it impairs the browser’s ability to go to other sites.

I hope this helps another Belize traveler.   In respect to encouraging tourism, disabling the Skype communication service is really a poor move and I hope technological notes like this will not always be necessary.

Til then, happy traveling in Belize!  Home of awesome Mayan ruins, gorgeous waterfalls, vibrant culture and dining, wildlife out of this world and relaxing afternoons or adventure excursions. Fit Bodies, Inc. creates teaching vacations for yoga instructors at very nice resorts in Belize such as Hidden Valley Inn.  Check it out and professionals can sign up for the Fit Bodies, Inc. teaching vacation program. FitnessProTravel.com.

 

 

Hotspot Shield

Hotspot Shield

Yoga Retreats in Belize

Yoga Retreats in Belize

 

 

 

Holiday 2012 Greeting from Fit Bodies, Inc.

Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

Holiday Greetings from Fit Bodies, Inc!
First, this has been a very successful year in expanding program opportunities for many specialized professionals!  We will continue to offer the very best customer service to the best best fitness and sports professionals out there, to the very best locations, too!  The best is yet to come!
We wish you warm, sunny and safe holiday celebrations to bring in the New Year in style!

Holiday Announcements, in this issue:
–     The Premium membership sale continues through Dec 25. This is a 15% savings on all Premium level memberships, including Travel membership offering booking access to every available position. View the sale details HERE! on FitnessProTravel.com

–     Last minute availability includes cancellations for holiday weeks, and surprise openings in Jan and Feb. See below.

–      Positions dates are now open to book through March 2014. There is last minute availability or plan further in advance.  Current openings include Christmas 2013 and New Year’s into 2014.

LAST MINUTE AVAILABILITY AND CANCELLATION TO TELL EVERYONE:
*Dec 30 – Jan 6 at The Ritz-Carlton in Rose Hall, Jamaica. Open for yoga, kids yoga or kids fitness, tennis, or group exercise.  Go book it!!
*Dec 23-30 and Dec 30-Jan 6 at Sunscape Curacao (formerly Breezes Curacao and most of the staff is the same). Curacao also has Feb 10-17 and Feb 17-24 and is a great location for two consecutive weeks!
*Jan 6-13, 13-20 and Feb 3-10 Secrets Aura Cozumel for yoga teachers.
*Jan 13-20, Jan 20-27 Hidden Valley Inn for yoga teachers. Lisa says, “The longer I was there, the longer I wanted to stay.”
*January 6-13 and Jan 27-Feb 3 at Desire Los Cabos for group fitness, yoga, Zumba, cycle pros or pilates teachers.
*Feb 17-Feb 24 Secrets Capri for yoga, pilates or aqua specialists with one other format.
*Feb 24-Mar 3 Secrets Maroma for group exercise instructors.
*Feb 24-Mar 3 Secrets Montego Bay for yoga or pilates instructor.
*PUERTO VALLARTA has wonderful openings for January 2013, check flights into PVR and let us take care of the rest.
*Temptation Cancun is a FUN vacation without skimping on the luxury.  Complimentary transfers to and from the Cancun shopping and tourist district. Great for friends and the social bug solo traveler.  Openings in early and mid-January. Check it out.  One pro came home saying, “The most fun week I’ve had in my entire life!”
As for us, here in Kentucky and Denise in Atlanta and Tom in Washington-We are extremely grateful for the kind and appreciative people we work with everyday.  Thank you for understanding we work tirelessly to make sure every booking is as close to perfect as possible with efficient communication and honest standards across the board.  We are honored to work in this industry with professionals like you.

Best regards!!

Suzelle, Denise, Lisa and Erica at Fit Bodies, Inc plus Tom, at FitnessProTravel.com

Fit Bodies, Inc.
859.341.0830 office
888.382.2719 fax
info (at) fitbodiesinc. (dot) com

 

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