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Why Your Travel Plans Should Start Before You Reach Your Destination

27 June 2017

Your travel plans are often the highlight of your year. And that means that there is nothing wrong with wanting to get the most out of them. It’s only right that you should want to enjoy every second away from work and the day to day commitments of everyday life. That’s why your travel plans should really start before you even reach your destination.

The More Planning You Do, the Smoother Everything Will Go


This is always going to be true. When you plan things out properly and give some real thought to what you want to do, you will experience less problems on your trips. That’s just the way it is. If you don’t plan out each part of your journey, you will experience problems that needn’t be experienced at all.

So, if you want to have a smooth travel experience, you should try to make sure that you do as much planning as you possibly can. This should cover your plans for how you are going to get to where you’re going. That way, nothing will be left to chance, and you won’t have to take any unnecessary risks along the way. That can only be a good thing.


Adding Some Luxury to Your Travel Plans is Always Fun


By enjoying yourself and adding some luxury to your travel plans, you can start to enjoy yourself before you even get to where you’re going. This is something that many people forget about, but it really can make a difference. You don’t need to have a boring and dull buildup to the moment when you reach your destination.

You could choose to get to the airport in style, for example. The limousine service here might be right up your street. You will be able to kick back and relax before you even get anywhere near a beach or a swimming pool. You might also want to book a seat on the plane that offers you some extra legroom.


Getting in the Holiday Spirit Ahead of Time is What You Deserve from Your Break


There is nothing quite like getting in the holiday spirit. When you’re going away on a vacation, you want to be relaxed and at ease. So, why not get into that zone before you get to where you’re going. Then, as soon as you get there, you will be able to adapt to your surroundings and make the most of your vacation without any time needed for adapting.

It’s no more than what you deserve from your break. You should enjoy every second of your vacation time that you have available to you. After all, that’s why you’re going away; you want to have a good time and to make the most of it. So, make it happen.

Your travel plans don’t have to only kick into action when you get to where you’re going, and now you know that. Make the most of the time you have away from your normal routine, and you certainly won’t regret it.

Better Bonding with Your Besties

23 June 2017

Staying connected to your friends can get harder as you get older. You start to grow your own family and focus on your career, and it can be hard to leave room in your life for old friends. Some people might even move away, making it even more difficult to stay in touch. It's important to find time to bond with your friends if you want to stay close, even if you can't be as close as you once were. If you're worried you might be losing touch with some good friends, maybe some bonding time is in order. There are lots of activities you can do together to reconnect and stay connected.

Have a Night Out (or In)


A night out with friends is always a good bet for having fun together, and there's plenty you can do. It's also a good way to leave behind the responsibilities of your daily life for an evening. You could choose to go out for a meal or drinks, see a movie, go bowling, or maybe see a concert together. The classic girls' night out like you'll find at http://www.hunkstheshow.com/girls-night-out/ is a good bet if you're looking for a wild time with some girlfriends too. Or, if you don't feel like a night out, a night in can be just as good. Make your own cocktails, cook dinner, and catch up on everything.


Try a New Experience Together


Doing something new together is a great way to bond. There's nothing like being a bit scared about trying something for the first time to bring you together with your friends. You can support each other and offer encouragement to anyone who's feeling a little hesitant. You could try something active, like climbing or whitewater rafting. Or maybe you would prefer to do something a little more sedate, such as a cooking class or a book group.

Connect More When You're Apart


It's not always easy to find time to spend together when you all have adult lives to live. Staying in touch regularly can help to keep everyone close. If you don't already, it's a good idea to establish some ways you can all contact each other easily. Set up a group chat on your preferred messaging app so you can all exchange messages whenever you want. If you think of something you want to say to your friends, it's easy to do it in a few seconds on your phone. Try https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-secret-to-staying-in-touch-with-longdistance-friends for some tips on staying in touch with friends who are long-distance.

Take a Trip


If a short few hours together doesn't cut it for your group of friends, how about going away for a while? You could take a weekend or maybe even longer to spend some quality time together. You don't have to go far if you don't want to. It could just be to a hotel nearby. However, you could also take a trip further afield, shut yourselves away in a cabin, go on a hiking or cycling trip, and much more.

Stay in touch with your friends by organizing some fun things to do together. You might not see each other as much as you once did, but you can still stay great friends.

Adelphi Forty-Nine Bangkok: A Luxurious Home Away From Home

22 June 2017 Bangkok, Thailand


Beneath the dust and chaos, Bangkok is packed with things to do and places to see. The city is vibrant and colorful and has something to please all visitors. It makes sense to stay in a hotel that is away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Let me introduce Adelphi Forty-Nine; a modern apartment hotel in the heart of downtown Bangkok. Situated between trendy Thonglor and the international vibe of Prom Phong guests are spoiled for choice when it comes to entertainment, shopping and dining. I recently flew to Bangkok as a part of my recent South East Asia trip and made Adelphi Forty-Nine my base for 1 night before flying to Chiang Mai. Here's the lowdown on this Service Apartment Bangkok hotel...



At The Heart Of Bangkok


Before I even reached the entrance of the hotel Adelphi Forty-Nine had already scored one big check from me; the location. It's slap bang at the heart of downtown Bangkok. It is within easy reach of skytrain services and trendy dining, shopping and entertainment districts. Perfectly situated among shops and restaurants in the lively Thonglor neighborhood, Bangkok's golden mile.



This trendy neightborhood busting with its eclectic range of bars and restaurants, glamorous crowd and stylish boutique, Thonglor is the city’s hippest street. The neighborhood is equipped with something for every type of traveler. If I lived in Bangkok, I would want to live here! Indeed, everyone wants to be in Thonglor.



A Minimalist's Dream


I like how Adelphi Forty-Nine was built to finish. It will come as no surprise when I tell you that the minimalist yet modern interiors are to-die-for. Think modern furnishings. It has that homey vibe, yet a luxurious feel. In other words, it's a minimalist's dream.






A Home Away From Home


Adelphi Forty-Nine rooms gives a beautiful view of Bangkok where you can sit by the terrace and marvel at the sun's majestic glory as it rises from the horizon. We were lucky enough to be allocated in a One Bedroom Suite with floor-to-ceiling windows and curtains cascading down to the floor. We had a lovely view of a Thailand neighborhood. The hotel's beautiful design elements transcended into the rooms too and the accent colors of green and blue were a match-made-in-heaven.






The room has a separate living and dining area, a fully-equipped kitchen with microwave, refrigerator and stove. It provides a relaxing environment that feels just like home. I could just imagine cooking and preparing for a dinner date with the sweetheart here. Also included is a washer & dryer. And if your clothes are wrinkled, you may use the iron and ironing board provided - it felt like a luxurious home away from home.








Price: One Bedroom Suite rooms start at around $224. You may check the latest price in: Booking.com | Agoda | Hotels.com | Expedia or read reviews on TripAdvisor. For inquiries and other information, you may visit their official website. For other hotel reviews, click here.

The Rooftop Pool & The Gym


One element of the hotel that I really loved was the rooftop pool. It feels like a little secret and makes for a tranquil escape from the bustling streets of Bangkok. The pool lounge chairs and umbrellas make it more than just another rooftop pool.




Across the entrance to the pool is Adelphi Forty-Nine's fitness room, where you can shed those few extra pounds.




Dining At Azul


Azul is Adelphi Forty-Nine's signature bar and restaurant and we had the pleasure of enjoying a complimentary cocktail and a mocktail on our last night in the city. With international wine flavours, high quality alcohols and an easygoing Thai attitude, Azul promises a Bangkok bar experience (it's definitely worth coming here to have a drink or two even if you're not staying at the hotel).




Azul is also the hotel's breakfast restaurant and by day it feels light, bright and airy. There is a delicious breakfast buffet on offer alongside indulgent a la carte options including eggs, bacon, noodles, french toast, and a lot more. The breakfast experience at Azul is as delicious as the Michelin Star restaurants I've been too.





The Verdict


In my eyes, Adelphi Forty-Nine ticks every box. The location is perfect, the interiors are on point and the food is wonderful. It’s the best apartment hotel I’ve stayed in a very long time, and when I return to Bangkok in the future I would love stay here for another time again.

Perfect For


  • A central, modern, and luxurious base on the heart of Bangkok
  • A romantic city break
  • A relaxing sanctuary for a weary traveler that feels just like home

Book your stay at Adelphi Forty-Nine: Booking.com | Agoda | Hotels.com | Expedia or read reviews on TripAdvisor

What did you think of my stay at Adelphi Forty-Nine? Are you planning your own trip to Bangkok? Is this the kind of hotel you love to stay at? I’d love to hear your thoughts, so please leave me a comment in the box below.



ADELPHI FORTY-NINE
16 Soi Sukhumvit 49, Sukhumvit Road Klong Tan Nuea, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
www.adelphi49.com

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Disclaimer: My stay at Adelphi Forty-Nine was provided complimentary in exchange for this hotel review. As always, my reviews remain honest and all views are my own.

Creative Ways to Make Wedding Planning Fun

18 June 2017

Love is in the air lately, people. It’s the perfect season for it and, perhaps I’m just in a romantic mood lately, but I want to let you in on a few secrets. My previous posts have focused on wedding ideas and how to make an expensive day a little bit more affordable - but weddings are about so much more than just that one day. Sure, you’re going to spend the rest of your life together and all of that - but what about the months of planning for the big day? It should be exciting and fun, so let’s get started right away.


You look great!


First things first; getting married is a big occasion and something you, hopefully, have been looking forward to. You get to choose a dreamy dress, have a party with everyone you love, and even declare your lifelong love to your one and only - yet, a lot of prospective married couples stress their way to the big day. In between all of this planning, and perhaps fretting over the amount of money you’re going to spend, they’re also trying to lose weight or get that perfectly toned body.

Please don’t go on a wedding diet or anything silly like that. Your SO wants to spend the rest of their lives with you, in the body you’re in right now, and your friends and family will think you look amazingly beautiful - especially when you’re happy and rested, instead of desperately trying to lose weight. For what? I believe it’s time for us all to agree that being happy in a bigger body is a lot better than being unhappy in a skinny one - and this is your big day, for crying out loud. Enjoy it, eat cake, dance all night and please gain a bit - it’s healthy, and just a sign that you’re living life to the fullest.

Turn it into a date


Dates are fun for both of you, and so should your wedding planning be. Especially if you find that the time you spend planning is starting to eat up your quality time - then it’s no longer about the two of you, but about everyone else for some reason.

I think this is a big one for those couples who prefer eloping rather than having a wedding; the planning became stressful, and at one point, they look at each other and wonder why they go through so much trouble to prove their love in the first place.

Rather make some romantic memories while planning the wedding and remember that it’s all about the two of you having fun together. Make it a date night and crack open some wine, decide on the most important things like photographers, food, and drinks right away - it will take some of the stress of your shoulders. To get you started, look at the photos from Vittore Buzzi Photographer for inspiration, and some of these alternative wedding food menus to spice it up a bit.

Keep laughing


Hopefully, you already know that your wedding will not set the standard for your marriage. Just in case you’re feeling a little bit of that stress, I still want to point it out; it’s a happy day, and you should be having fun while planning it. Turn some of the planning into a game, for example, by challenging each other to see who can put together the best menu or who can send out the most invitations.

Set aside time to laugh and play games with each other.It will give you happy wedding planning memories for the rest of your lives together - rather than only remembering the actual day since you were both too busy during your engagement to actually enjoy it.

I think we all agree that there’s no point to this, but I understand that it’s not always easy to practice what you preach. If you notice that no matter how much you tell yourself to take it easy, you’re still not able to wind down, it’s better just to accept it as it is. Not happy with how you look a week before your wedding? Accept it and get a spa treatment instead of losing sleep over it. Not able to stop thinking about the money you’re spending on it? Just come to terms with this feeling and see if you can’t cut the cost a bit or make it a DIY wedding.

Sure, everything we plan can be stressful - I sometimes feel overwhelmed just planning next week’s grocery shopping, but don’t let it ruin your time together. If you’re spending so much time on planning that you realise it’s the first time in forever, when you finally look into each other’s eyes on the big day, it’s time to calm down.

What Should You DIY When It Comes To Your Wedding?

12 May 2017


Weddings can be expensive, that's just a fact of life. Many weddings can end up costing people tens of thousands of dollars, if not more! Because of that, many people have started looking for ways to save money on their special day. There are plenty of ways to do this, but one of the most popular is to take something of a DIY attitude towards a wedding. This can be absolutely fantastic since it not only saves you a lot of money, but it makes your wedding far more personal and unique that it could ever be otherwise. But can you do it with every part of your wedding? Here are some of the most important parts of any wedding that you may, or may not, be able to do yourself.

Decorations


Decorations are probably the most common element of a wedding that people tend to take a DIY approach to. There are plenty of things online that teach you how to create all kinds of different decorations that can fit any number of wedding themes. With the help of your partner and some friends, you can quite easily create a wonderful atmosphere with little more than some creativity and a few simple household items. Not only will you save money but it means that your wedding will look unlike anyone else's.

Photography


Unless you happen to have a friend who is an incredibly skilled photographer, it's probably a good idea to hire a professional to handle it. These are the memories that you're going to cherish forever, and the last thing you want is for them to be blurry, out of focus, and badly composed. If you want you can have disposable or Polaroid cameras on the tables so that guests can take photos themselves as well. That way you get the best of both worlds!

Catering


This is something that will depend on the kind of wedding that you're planning. If it's a large scale affair where you're planning on providing a three-course meal for a lot of guests, then you'll probably want to hire a catering company. But if it's less formal and with a smaller guest list then you might be able to serve food yourself more easily. Cooking up things like pies and finger foods for your guests in advance can be a great way to save a lot of money, but it's important to remember that this means you'll probably have to take a lot of time out yourself to prepare and cook all of the food.

Music


The main choice you need to make is this: band or DJ. Generally speaking, a DJ is cheaper, but there's something great about having a live band perform at your wedding. Most wedding bands have different rates depending on what you want. Of course, if you know anyone who plays in a band that would be suitable for your wedding then there's always a chance that they'll be able to give you a decent discount.

Remember that sometimes there are just going to be things that you need help from the professionals with. There's nothing wrong with that; it just means that the money that you save in other areas can go towards getting the best people for the job.

Life's A Beach With These Dreamy Wedding Ideas

10 May 2017

For many people, a beach wedding is the epitome of marital luxuriousness. There isn't much else that looks more picturesque - and on the best day of your life, having a beautiful backdrop can only make your memories of your wedding even more special. It's all pretty romantic - the sound of the surf in the background, the warm sand under your feet and the miles of sky and ocean behind you. Here are a few ways you can make sure that your seaside wedding runs smoothly, and it's a memory you'll look back on with happiness forever.


Get the timing right


If you are traveling abroad for your wedding, or if you are lucky enough to live somewhere hot, the rain probably isn't anything you're particularly worried about on your big day. But still, you will need to get the timing right for a few different reasons. Firstly, the vast majority of people tend to book their weddings during the summer months. So, make sure you get your ceremony and reception organized way in advance, otherwise, your perfect date could be easily snatched up. On another note, it could also be a good idea to be mindful of just how hot it could be during your outdoor ceremony. Beaches are not exactly places where the tends to be an abundance of shade, and elderly guests, in particular, could end up struggling in the early afternoon heat. Not to mention you don't want to end up sweating through your expensive gown! As far as your reception venue goes, check and double check that there is air conditioning there and that it works.

Look the part


Beach wedding attire is famously casual in comparison to other types of ceremony, which is ideal if glittery, lacy numbers are not your thing. Opt for a thin white material to keep you cool and encourage guests to dress in all white too. You can add a splash of color and a nod to Hawaiian tradition by adding leis to your outfit - flower garlands typically presented at events like weddings and graduations. You can find ones that will stay fresh right up to the big day from companies such as With Our Aloha. Traditionally, the bride and groom exchange leis or they are given them by their parents - but you can bestow them in any way you see fit.


Offer suitable food


With a summer beach wedding, you are going to want food that mirrors the relaxed vibe of the day. Avoid anything too heavy or stodgy, as many people struggle to eat food that is very dense during hot weather. That doesn't mean to say that you can't serve up warm food though - jerk chicken is a popular choice for seaside weddings, and of course, it wouldn't be a beach wedding without copious amounts of seafood! Bulk out the meals with plenty of salad, and keep anything that is likely to spoil in the heat in sealed, airtight containers.

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