Do Something Different in Riga

The importance of trying new things

Trying new things is important for our well-being and personal growth. We all tend to get stuck in daily routines in our lives which makes breaking out of the comfort zone seem even harder. But trying new things is good for us, because it

  • Gives us courage
  • Drives personal growth
  • Keeps us from being bored
  • and broadens our mind.

So why not take your next holiday or conference trip to crawl out of the comfort box and try something completely different.

Do Something Different in Riga

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Riga is the perfect place for trying new things. No matter if it’s your first time  or 10th time in Riga there is always something new to discover and try out.

We have put together a whole category of unusual activities that you can choose from. How about putting your driving skills behind the wheels of a real tractor? Or learn how to build an igloo, Fly above the water with a dolphin jet pack, or embark on one of our most popular activities, Wacky Races, you get to pimp and drive your own Trabant or Lada and compete with the other teams in solving fun and exciting tasks around the city.

And all this can be done while having a Cheerleading squad cheering for you.


Wacky Races in Riga 


Dolphin Jetpack in Riga

Click here to see all of our “Something Different” activities.

Not impressed by our selection? We challenge you to give us an idea that we can’t deliver! Just drop us an e-mail with your craziest ideas for a fun day out and an unusual activity and we will do all we can to make it happen.

Let your fantasy run wild. What would be your ideal unusual activity? Share your craziest ideas with us below.

 

 

25 Years Since the Wall Fell

The 9th of November this year marks the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

It is remarkable to see the changes the German capital has gone through durning these last decades. From a divided city to a world metropolis, cultural centre and one of the leading European cities.

 

To commemorate this happening the city of Berlin are planning various events that will take place during the weekend of the 9th of November.

One of the biggest events includes an light installation, made out of thousands of illuminated helium balloons, that will be set up were the former wall was.. making a 12km boarder through the city. If the weather allows, this installation will even be visible from space.

Other happenings includes two exhibitions, one displaying never before seen photos of every day life in DDR and the other one focusing on the mentality and life style in West Germany.

You can read more about the history of the wall and the 25th anniversary celebration here.

 

If you are interested in knowing more about the Berlin Wall, the Cold war and the life before the fall of the wall we recommend our Berlin Trabi Safari Tour and Cold War Biking Tour. You can also make your own interpretation of the historic event in our Make Your Own Film workshop.

 

 

Meeting Energizers Tips

We have all been there. That long conference or meeting that just never seems to end. Bad air, poor lighting and monotone monologue. It doesn’t matter how interesting the topic or speaker, it’s simply impossible to stay awake, let alone concentrated.

 

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Long meetings can make anyone loose focus

 

With many years experience of organizing events and meetings, we have learned a lot about how to keep the energy and concentration level high during long sessions. Now we want to share our best tips with you.

So, next time you organize a meeting or event, read through this list and try to implement at least a few, if not all, of  the below points.

Travel Out There’s Tips for Meeting Energizers

1. Serve healthy snacks. No matter how tempting that candy bar or pastry might seem, trust us a piece of fruit will make you feel much better and fresher. Why not serve some brain food, like nuts and berries and perhaps some dark chocolate.

2. Serve a lot of water.

3. If you serve coffee make sure it’s good coffee. Puddle water does not have the desired effect.

4. If possible make the meeting laptop/phone free.

5. Take a walk. If it’s a small group meeting, go for a walk rather than sit down in a room. You will be amazed to see how much a change of environment and some exercise will do to your creative thinking (Click here to watch Nilofer Merchant’s TED speech about Walk and Talk )

6. Have the meeting outside. If it’s a bigger meeting you might not have the option to get out for a walk, but at least consider having the meeting outside. The fresh air, beauty of the nature and the change of environment will do wonders.

7. Have plants in the room. If the weather or location don’t allow you to go outside then make sure to have plants in the meeting room. This creates a feeling of vitality.

8. Get a catch box. The world’s first throwable microphone, that allows for more audience engagement and interaction during the conference or meeting.

9. Take breaks. And make sure to take a lot of breaks. Preferably ten minutes every hour or 90 minutes. Use the breaks to do an energizer. The Elephant, Giraffe and Palm tree is a great game that is both energizing and hilarious and also works as an ice-breaker.

10. Let natural light in. Ok, we know you need the darkness in order to see the projector, but as soon as you are done with the presentation, open up the shades and the windows. Also, why not think a bit outside the box – is there any other, more engaging way you can present your information besides relying on a computer and projector screen?

11. Play a game. Play a short treasure hunt/ quiz like City Code Game. This can easily be transformed into an indoor game and you can freely choose the theme of the game, to match your company or conference topic.

12. Move around in the room. Instead of presenting all the facts on the same board, having people staring at the same spot for hours – use the space around you. Hang your presentation sheets around the room, and have the audience move around with you as you go through them.

13. Active lunch break. If you have a full day conference, make sure to put in an activity during the lunch break. At a 300 people conference in Serbia we put in an interactive dance workshop . A great way to get new energy, a bit of exercise and also learn something about the local culture.

 

What are your best energizers tips? Leave a comment with your best tips!

BARCELONA MEETINGS AND INCENTIVES GUIDE

 The Ultimate Barcelona Meetings and Incentives Guide

– All you need for a successful event –

Barcelona is a beautiful city situated between the sea and the mountains, where you can discover a lot of the Spanish culture: its gastronomy, in tapas bar or in any of its prestigious restaurants, its traditional Flamenco, with professional shows, and its art, with some of the most famous works of Gaudì and Picasso.

We have put together the ultimate Barcelona MICE-guide (Meeting, Incentives, Conferences and Events), containing everything you need for a successful conference, gala dinner or corporate event in Barcelona.

Click on the links for more info about venues and activities.

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 Meeting Venues

Grand Marina Hotel

Grand Marina Hotel

Meeting and Event venues in Barcelona

For 20 attendees: Hotel Campus

For 50 attendees
: Grand Marina Hotel

For 100 attendees: Grand Marina Hotel

For 200 attendees
: The MACBA

For  500 attendees
: The Palau

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 Hotels

Hotel Arts

Hotel Arts

Hotels in Barcelona

1)
 Hotel Arts
Reason: 
Vibrant hotel with fantastic interior and view on the sea

2) 
Hotel Omm
Reason: 
In this unique hotel it is all about the word natural: the furniture and linens are earthy and unrefined, and public spaces are filled with natural light

3)
 Ayre Hotel
Reason:  
We can provide you with a room with the best views of the city’s iconic monument: La Sagrada Familia

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Restaurants

Tapas 24

Tapas 24

Restaurants in Barcelona

1)
 Cera 23
Reason: 
Amazing Mediterranean cuisine

2)
 Can Culleretes
Reason: 
Barcelona’s oldest reastaurant

3) 
Tapas 24
Reason: 
Try the best tapas in a centrally located restaurant.

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Banquet Venues

El Esferic

El Esferic

Banqueting venues in Barcelona

1) Casa Batllò
Reason: Antoni Gaudí’s masterpiece and point of reference of the Modernism. It offers extraordinary spaces for the most singular, exceptional and exclusive events

2) InGracia
Reason: A very original and centrally located place that has the charm of a former industrial local of the 20th century and the comfort of places of the last generation

3) El Esferic
Reason: An historical, but modernised building located at the top of the hill Montjuic

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Must See’s

Parc Güell

Parc Güell

3 must see’s in Barcelona

1)
 La Sagrada Familia
Reason: Barcelona’s most amazing cathedral, designed by GaudÌ

2)
 Parc Güell
Reason: This fantastic park is one of Gaudí’s greatest and largest works of art in Barcelona

3)
 Hill Montjuïc 
Reason: A beautiful park, from which you have a spectacular view of the city and the port. Take the cable car up for an extra thrilling experience

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Incentive Ideas

Culinary Team Building

Spanish Culinary Team Building

Barcelona incentive ideas

1)
 Treasure Hunt
Reason: A fun-filled activity and an excellent, exciting way to discover a whole new side of Barcelona, whilst completing challenges with your group

2)
 Tapas Route
Reason: Discover the variety of Spanish gastronomy through its tapas

3)
 Spanish Cooking Class
Reason: A great team building activity where you have to work together to create some of the most famous meals of the Spanish cuisine

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Gift Ideas

Butifarra sausages

Butifarra sausages

Example small souvenirs / giveaways

1)
 Butifarra (a catalonian sausage)

2)
 FC Barclona t-shirt

3) A nice bottle of Cava (Spanish Champagne)

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If you want more ideas and tips or want to book a corporate event in Barcelona, don’t hesitate to contact  Travel Out There’s local event manager in Barcelona.

 

 

 

Riga Meeting and Incentives Guide

 The Ultimate Riga Meeting and Incentives Guide

– All you need for a successful event –

Riga is famous for being a very cost effective destination that fills all requirements. Most clients come with a feeling of apprehension but leave with a bit of Riga in their heart!

We have put together the ultimate Riga Meeting and Incentives guide , containing everything you need for a successful conference, gala dinner or corporate event in Riga.

Click on the links for more info about venues and activties.

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 Meeting Venues

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Hotel Berg’s Glass room

Meeting and Event venues in Riga

For 20 attendees: Hotel Bergs – Glass Room 

For 50 attendees
: Spikeri concert venue 

For 100 attendees: Small Guild 

For 200 attendees
: Latvian society house 

For  500 attendees
: Riga Art Space

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 Hotels

Hotel Alberts

Hotel Alberts

Hotels in Riga

1)
 Radisson Blu Latvia
Reason: 
Competitive room rates, large room allocation and perfect location with   several conference facilities

2) 
Hotel Avalon
Reason: 
Great location on the edge of the old town, perfect for a corporate group   looking for an active break and not so conference room minded

3)
 Hotel Alberts
Reason:  
Ideal location in the quiet area of Riga, fast connection to the Airport and   good conference facilities. Very friendly staff plus a great rooftop bar and terrace

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Restaurants

Biblioteka No 1

Biblioteka No 1

Restaurants in Riga

1)
 Biblioteka No1
Reason: 
Beautiful restaurant located in a very central park, food is fantastic and very well priced. Private hire of the banquet hall is also very competative and can sut up to 80pax in gala style.

2)
 Salve
Reason: 
Traditional Latvian food served in a great setting. Can seat around 100people, great terrace in the summer.

3) 
Vincents
Reason: 
The number one restaurant in Latvia, not just a restaurant but a complete dining experience.

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Banquet Venues

National Latvian Opera

National Latvian Opera

Banqueting venues in Riga

1) Small Guild
Reason: 14th century interiors and space to accommodate up to 200 Banquet style

2) Railway Museum
Reason: Unique and very atmospheric venue. Can incorporate your gala dinner with a cabaret show

3) Latvian National Opera
Reason: Combine a buffet dinner with a performance at the prestigious Latvian National Opera house.

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Must See’s

Art Nouveau Architecture

Art Nouveau Architecture

3 must see’s in Riga

1)
 Riga Old Town
Reason: Riga’s UNESCO-listed Old Town is a fabulous place to spend time, it’s archictecture reflecting the changing styles and eras of the city as a whole. For more information about Riga Old Town click here.

2)
 Embassy / Art Nouveau District
Reason: Riga boasts the largest collection of Art Nouveau buildings in the world. Many art nouveau buildings were designed by Latvian architects, the most famous of whom was Mikhail Eisenstein. The concentration and quality of art nouveau architecture is most impressive in the Embassy District, along Elizabetes and Alberta streets.

3)
 Sigulda 
Reason: Sigulda and its surrounding area are routinely referred to as ‘Latvia’s Switzerland’. While it’s undeniably picturesque, the description also proves that Latvians do have a nice line in self deprecating humour. Where Switzerland is on a grand scale, Sigulda is intimate.  But Sigulda can more than match Switzerland for castles, with two large ones staring at each other across the Gauja river valley and the ruins of others hidden in the thick forests around.

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Incentive Ideas

City SIghtseeing with Snakes and Ladders

City SIghtseeing with Snakes and Ladders

Riga incentive ideas

1)
 City snakes and ladders with iPads
Reason: City Snakes and Ladders is perfect for ending a workshop or training day in Riga, since it is a combination of team training, knowledge and a great way to get to know your colleagues better. The game is also a good way to get to know Riga’s sights and attractions in an unusual way.

2)
 Curling competition
Reason: Curling is actually one of our most popular winter activities in Riga, it is a great way to fuel the competitive streak in your colleagues in a friendly and sporting fashion.  Riga has excellent facilities for this activity and we always enjoy hosting incentives in Riga at the the Curling hall!

3)
 Private river boat tour with dinner
Reason: A great way to see the city, complete with catering, drinks and entertainment the River Boat Party will give your guests or employees a chance to relax and take in the wonderful sights that Riga has to offer.

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Gift Ideas

The famous Black Balzam

Example small souvenirs / giveaways

1)
 Amber bracelet / necklace for ladies and amber tie pin for men.

2)
 Black Balzam and chocolate gift set.

3) A
 photo calendar of your experience

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If you want more ideas and tips or want to book a corporate event in Riga, don’t hesitate to contact  Travel Out There’s local event manager in Riga, Marta Avotniece.

 

 

 

Berlin Slow Food Movement


The Slow Food Movement isn’t particularly new, but it is constantly growing and spreading over the world.

The philosophy behind it is simple, and is based on the idea that food should be:

• GOOD: a fresh and flavorsome seasonal diet that satisfies the senses and is part of the local culture.
• CLEAN: food production and consumption that does not harm the environment, animal welfare or human health.
• FAIR: accessible prices for consumers and fair conditions and pay for producers.

 

BERLIN SLOW FOOD MOVEMENT
Although the movement started in Italy in 1986, Berlin is today one of the epicenters for the slow food movement. The old market halls have again come to life with creative people from all over the world moving in to trade organic goods and create and serve innovative food.

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What would Berlin would be without a great party? The world famous clubbing metropolis knows how to turn anything in to a fest – and have find a way to incorporate even the food movement. The Slow food Youth Germany organizes a yearly “Chopping Disco”(Schnippel disko), where hundreds of people get together to chop tons of vegetables, accompanied by live DJ’s and a culinary crew that later cooks all the chopped up goodies.


Chopping DiscoA giant bear(?) stirring the soup at the Schnippel Disco 2014

 

The local kitchen in Berlin has always been shaped by foreign influences and inspiration, mainly due to its history of immigration. Everyone from the Huguenots in 1600 to the Turkish and Vietnamese people during the 20th century has helped to characterize the Berliners culinary self-conception to what it is today.

Nowadays Berlin is not only the capitol of haute cuisine in Germany, but also a place of new and creative culinary ideas where young and creative people from all over the world come to gain self-fulfillment.

If you are interested in a first-hand experience of the culinary Berlin we suggest you take our Culinary Berlin Tour next time you’re in town. You will get to try the whole range of food culture in Berlin, from the famous Currywurst to the organic markets.

 

And, if you are interested in slow food, here are a few quick tips on how to get started:

1. Understand slow food philosophy. Slow food is about more than food, it also connects ethical, political environmental and spiritual elements. Take the time to cook good food and learn about the damages fast food has on our health, environment and cultural food traditions.

2. Start cooking – throw away the ready-made and processed food, dust of your grandmother’s old cookbook and get cooking.

3. Shop locally and seasonal- Buy vegetables and fruit form your local famers market. Not only will they taste better, they also have a lower impact on the environment since it has not been transported long ways. Plus you know where its coming from.

4. Avoid genetically modified food and buy as much organic food as possible.

5. Share your home cooked meals. Not everyone has the time and ability to cook. So share your meals and cooking knowledge with your friends and neighbours. And who know, you might also make some new great friends on the way.

Learn more on: http://www.slowfood.com

 

 

How To Cure Post Vacation Blues

Just got back from a lovely vacation and dread going back to work and your normal routine?

Don’t worry we all get the Post Vacation Blues sometimes. And to help you get quicker back on your feet we have collected some tips on how to cure it:

1. Get home one day earlier

Most of us book our vacations so that we arrive home the day (or even night) before we have to be back in the office. Of course this is a great way to get the most out of your hard earned vacation days, but getting back one day earlier, so that you have a morning to sleep in a bit, unpack and fix what needs to be done at home and have time to mentally prepare to get back to work, is very helpful in handling the transition between holiday and work.

2. Make a change in your life

Even if it’s just a small one. Lets face it, one reason why we enjoy vacation so much is because it’s a break in our regular, habit driven everyday life. But life doesn’t have to look the same every day just because you are back to work. Make a change in your life. Start a new hobby, take a different way home from work, do something spontaneous in the middle of the week. You will see, it will quickly take away the boredom of a strict every day life.

3. Go for day trips and weekends close by

A vacation doesn’t  have to be to a far away place or a tropical beach. Why not take a weekend, or a Sunday afternoon to explore the area around you. Usually we tend to forget to appreciate the city or area that we live in – but there are probably tons of things to see and do. Go for a picnic in the nature, visit a museum you haven’t been to or just go out for a dinner in a neighbouring city.

4. Start planning your next holiday

Studies show that we experience 7 % of our holiday happiness while booking the trip and a whole 67% planning, preparing and waiting for the trip. So start looking searching and planning for your next vacation and the post vacation blues will soon be gone.

5. Just relax

Allow yourself to be a bit down and out of it for a couple of days.  Your colleagues and friends will understand you. Because as we all know, the post holiday blues will pass. And if it doesn’t, then maybe it’s time for a real life changing decision. As marketing guru Seth Godin once said: “Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.”

 

Europe’s 9 Strangest Statues (Infographic)

Sure the statue of liberty is fascinating and Michelangelo’s David might be a masterpiece, but we say it’s time to introduce some less known, and more unusual statues of the world. So say hello to the peeing men in Prague, the decapitated head of Krakow and the vomiting man in London – a few of the strange statues one can find around Europe.
strange statues