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NEW TRIP: A different kind of holiday

When Michael Bodsgård was diagnosed with cancer back in 2001, while at the same time suffering from an eye condition, giving him only 20-30 percent vision, he started to see life in a different way. He decided that none of this should stop him from doing what he loved and together with his wife Ulrica, they founded their dream company; the travel agency NEW TRIP.
By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo: Private

NEW TRIP is a travel agency that bring small groups of people to different locations in Europe. Their business idea is simple: Combining exercise, traveling and enjoying the good of life.
– Sunbeds and umbrella drinks in all honor, but the latest trend goes in the opposite direction. Now it’s an active holiday that applies. What we offer is the chance to combine a holiday with exercise and different activities. We focus on a small group of 10-50 people in order to maintain as high quality and good group dynamics, Michael Bodsgård explains.

After having suffered from both cancer and an eye disease, Michael decided he didn’t want that to stop him from living his dreams. He wanted to do something he could be proud of, and in April 2014 they did their first official training trip to Turkey.
– Our focus on these trips is wellness, from the inside and out. The amount of training you choose to participate in is totally up to you. This is for everyone who enjoys traveling, meeting new people and take care of themselves at the same time, he says.

Today Michael is a trained health developer, licensed masseur and a certified massage therapist since 2003. Having a huge passion for health and exercise in general, he likes to inspire and help others perform.

Never give up on a dream because of the time it takes to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

What makes NEW TRIP unique?
– The group feeling we build up on our trips and the way we can adapt to the group we have with us. Fantastic leaders and instructors with great experience who know how to get the best out of the travellers in many ways and make them feel great.

NEW TRIP´s main focus has always been the travellers.

And since day one the focus has been on their customers.
-We still have the same priority and the same thinking since the first trip. We keep on doing what we do, and try to do it a little better for each time.  Feedback from our customers is highly appreciate, since they are in focus. What makes us happy to see is that we have many customers returning and joining new trips with us, Michael says.

And while Michael and Ulrica care for their passion, they also work full time. And for Michael, juggling his passion next to a full-time job has become somewhat of a lifestyle.
– It’s not just a job or a company.  It’s a lifestyle. You must make priorities and stick to them. It is a challenge, but if you are prepared to work hard, not always getting paid and believe in yourself, your dreams do come true. Never give up on a dream because of the time it takes to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway, he says.


Name: Michael Bodsgård
Age: 42
Lives: Växjö, Sweden
Best New Trip memory: The first time I really realised that people were traveling with us to do what I had only dreamt of doing.

Feel up to joining NEW TRIP on their next trip to Crete? Read all about it and secure your spot here. 

Be Inspired

Vacation mode ON

Vacation time is upon us, and we guess most of you are already unwinding with a good book somewhere. And that’s exactly what vacations are all about: unwinding.

The time has come for us to take a little break as well. We want to follow our own advice and disconnect to be able to reconnect. We are headed out in the world, exploring new places, feeding our souls with new impressions and create new memories. We will leave our computers behind and be back 1st of August with lots of new articles and inspiring events.

We wish you all a relaxing summer and remember; live in the moment and smile as much as possible, because life is such a beautiful thing!

Love from Best of You

Food Nutrition

Nature’s candy

I have never been big on candy. I love cakes and chocolate, but candy I managed to stay away from really easily. I much prefer nature’s candy: the berries. 

And among them, blueberries are high on my list. Not only do they taste delicious by themselves or in pretty much any kind of smoothie, breakfast or dessert recipe, but they have tons of great properties.

Being full of antioxidants (substances that inhibits oxidation and removes potentially damaging agents in a living organism such as the gallic acid), blueberries have a reputation to help “fight” aging, boost your brain, improve your digestion (thank you fibers!), are good for your skin and heart and even help fight some types of cancer.

I think all this information about blueberries that my mom used to tell me when I was younger got stuck in my head. Especially the part about blueberries being good for the sight. Being the four-eyed that I am, I must have focused more on the raspberries growing up though. Oops.

More recently I read that the Royal Air Force was known to consume a lot of blueberries during World War two which allegedly improved their night vision. It´s said the pigment (anthocyanin) contained in the berry and providing the blue/purple colour is helping  to improve sight.

While writing this I noticed the deeper you research the more your read about the pro and cons and discover ongoing debates on whether this and that is true or not. But honestly even if only half of these facts turn out to be true,  I would much rather keep eating summer’s candy. And if it all is just a placebo effect, it’s one delicious one!

So now that summer is around the corner and berries are appearing everywhere whether you go and pick them yourself or you buy them at your local supermarket, do not hesitate to grab a box or two! They are delicious as a treat by themselves, in fruit salads, to top a cake or ice cream, but also in pies or even better if you ask me, in smoothies. 


By: Morgane Oléron

 

Desserts Snacks

Fresh watermelon cake

A new kind of cake is in town; watermelon cake! Ever tried it? It’s both easy to make and taste delicious. The perfect dessert or side dish to serve friends and family.

Tips: Take advantage of the season and go crazy with fresh berries!

Ingredients
1 watermelon
1 Kiwi
Small tomatoes
Berries for garnish (Blueberries, blackberries and raspberries are our favorites)
Feta cheese
Some fresh mint leaves

Instructions
Slice a large round from a watermelon and lay onto a cutting board. Slice it equally into 8 portions, like you would a cake. Cut the tomatoes and kiwi in pieces and garnish with berries, and mint leaves. Sprinkle some feta cheese on top and it’s ready to be served.

When it comes to topping you can choose whatever you want, this is just a tip. Another good combinaton is sliced banana, berries and dried coconut. Let your imagination run wild and top it with whatever you like.


By: Henriette Danielsen / Photo cred

Drinks

Summer mocktail

It’s summer time and, according to us,  the best occassion to lie in the sun, put on the shades and sip on a nice drink. We would like to share a recipe which is both healthy as well as filling. The best thing is that it only requires a few ingredients!

Ingredients (serves 2)
2 dl coconut milk (preferably organic)
2.5 dl Pineapple juice (preferably freshly juiced)
2.5 dl crushed ice
1.5 dl crushed pineapple
1 to 2 tbsp brown sugar (optional)

Instructions
Use a blender and add the pineapple juice, crushed pineapple, coconut milk, brown sugar (optional) and ice cubes. Mix everything until you have a nice consitency. Serve in a high ball glass and enjoy with your loved ones!


By: Linnéa Nilsson / Photo: Pexels.com

Be Inspired

Summer tunes

Summer is finally here, and we want to celebrate our favorite season with some music. 

Whether you’re headed to the beach, firing up the grill, hanging in the park with friends or enjoying a cold summer drink this weekend, we got you covered. So let’s crank up the sound and enjoy the summer tunes.

If you on the other hand want to unwind, here’s a slightly more relaxing playlist.


By: Henriette Danielsen

Smoothies/Juices

A portion of kindness

For us, raspberries are the symbol of summer and therefore the perfect ingredient in a cooling smoothie. We added some pineapple juice and passion fruit to get that tropical feeling as well.

Fun fact: Raspberries are deeply symbolic. For instance, in Christian art, the raspberry is the symbol for kindness.

Ingredients
1 banana
1 passion fruit
2 dl frozen raspberries
Pineapple juice (or tropical juice)
A dash of honey

Instructions
Mix all the ingredients in a blender. Choose the amount of juice based on how thick/thin you prefer your smoothie. Serve in a glass bottle with a glass straw, preferably cold.


By: Henriette Danielsen

Dinner

Dinner in 5 minutes

Life can be stressful and sometimes we need to eat something fast, and we don’t mean junk food.

Sandwiches can be a great alternative when you’ve been working late or when you feel exhausted and lack inspiration. Especially when it’s warm outside. Check out this yummy and easy recipe.

Ingredients
2 slices of dark rye bread (or toast if you feel like it)
100 g of cold smoked salmon
1/2 red onion
1/2 lime
A bunch of radishes
100 g of creme fraiche
Pepper
Salt
Chive
Cilantro (can be exluded)

Instructions
Chop the red onion and radishes into little cubes and mix with the creme fraioche in a bowl. Add a few drops of lime, salt and pepper to the mix. Put the slices of bread on a plate and add a generous amount of the mix. Take as many slices of salmon you want and put on top of the creme fraiche mixture. Chop a bunch of chives and sprinkle on top. Decorate with cilantro leaves and slices of red onion.

Bon appetit!


By: Victoria Thoors Photo: Monstruo Estudio

Drinks

The perfect summer drink

Summer is officially here and that means garden parties and fresh pink drinks. This wine slush is our favorite.

We can’t help it – pink drinks are magical and this one is really easy to make! Don’t forget that extra touch of lavender if you are throwing a party!

Ingredients
Bottle of Rosé (alcohol free wine works just as fine)
120 ml of Elderflower lemonade
Ice Cubes
Sprig of Lavender (optional)

Instructions
Freeze bottle of rosé in ice cube trays (overnight). Combine frozen rosé, eldeflower juice and a handful of ice cubes in a blender. Blend until all ice cubes have been crushed and when it’s at your desired consistency serve in a cute coupe with a sprig of lavender. Cheers!


By: Victoria Thoors / Photo: Erin McGinn / Recipe from Style me pretty

Dinner

Quick fix

As the temperature rises, we prefer to eat light during the day. Perhaps toss together a nice salad and top it with a tasty vinaigrette. Making your own dressing is much easier than you think and you only need a few ingredients.

Ingredients
1 tsp dijon mustard
1 tbsp red wine vinegar
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 shallot (finely chopped)
Salt & pepper

Instructions
Combine the mustard, vinegar, oils, shallot, salt and pepper in a bowl. Whisk everything together and you’re done! If you have some fresh herbs at home you can also add them to the dressing. Make a salad of your choosing and top it with this lovely dressing. Enjoy!


By: Linnéa Nilsson / Photo: Pexels.com