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 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.


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!


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.


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.

Why New Experiences Are So Important

5 May 2017

Time is a funny thing. A lot of people make the argument that time flies when you’re having fun, and that it really drags when you’re bored. And that’s certainly true in the short-term. But the problem with this line of thinking is that it really doesn’t apply all that well to the long-term.

If you’re living a life filled with fun, new experiences, then your brain will be more active, taking in more memories and detail. When you look back on your life, all that time will actually appear quite long - it will “stretch out”, in a way. If you don’t do anything new, then all the days just sort of blur together. You’ll have trouble remembering one day from another, or even one week or month from another. When that happens, life will appear to have flown by you at tremendous speed.

This is why it’s so important that people try out new experiences. This is one of the reasons why travel is so important to a lot of people. We’re going to take a look at the other benefits that a life full of new experiences gives you.

It broadens your horizons

Trying new experiences is great, but a lot of people keep it to things they think they’d be familiar or comfortable with. The problem with this is that you never really broaden your horizons if you don’t take a chance with things you originally felt were outside your comfort zone.

This sort of thinking can encompass many experiences, from the extreme to the more down-to-earth. Jumping out of a plane might be outside your comfort zone - but doing it might help you defeat fears. You might not think seeing a psychic would do you any good, but how do you know if you never check a psychics directory?

It can help you land a job

When you’ve experienced a lot of things, it makes you look very interesting - and employers want to hire interesting people. The more things you try, the more skills you acquire. In fact, this willingness to experience new things may even by what prompts you to find a better job in the first place.

If you’ve been working the same job for a long time and you’re feeling a little bored and underused, then going out there and finding something within your skillset but outside of your usual job searches could be the key to a more exciting professional life.

It helps you connect with others

Communication skills rely a lot on your ability to find common interests with people, as well as your ability to impart new and fascinating information. The more things you’ve experienced, the easier it is to bring both of those things to the table when you’re conversing with new people.

New experiences help you expand you "bank" of interesting conversation subjects. You must have met at least one person in your life who was fascinating because they seemed to have had so many experiences in their life. Not only that, but trying out new things is generally what introduces you to new people in the first place!

Nail Comfort And Style With Effortless Summer Fashion

Dressing appropriately for summer can sometimes prove tricky for some of us. It can often seem like it is hard to find a balance between being comfortable - something that is VERY underrated in fashion these days - and still being stylish. Of course, every girl wants to feel confident in whatever she wears, in whatever weather. If you are spending your summer on vacation or traveling, the last thing you want to be worrying about is the way you look - not when you are hanging out with new friends or visiting some amazing ancient landmarks. So, just how can you achieve that 'summer cool' look for an effortless and comfortable closet? Here are the key items you'll need.


It's official: rompers are back in fashion, and a lot of us are pretty glad about it! A perfect hybrid between a dress and shorts, rompers come in many designs and are manufactured by a lot of different online clothing boutiques. If you feel self-conscious in dresses and skirts (after all, who HASN'T be caught unaware by a gust of the wind before?) they are a great and practical option for staying cool and looking hot. Another great thing about rompers is that you can easily dress them up or down, so pack a few for whatever trip you are heading off on.

Maxi skirts

Even though many of us enjoy wearing fewer layers during the summer and getting that all important tan, there are just those occasions where you want to be a little more covered up. However, we all know the perils of jeans and tights during hot weather. A maxi skirt, in that case, can be the ideal option for where you don't fancy getting your legs out but don't want to feel restricted. You can go for something simple in a bold color, or adopt boho-chic with printed material. Pair with some gladiator sandals and an off-the-shoulder top for effortless summer style.


If you are looking for an outfit that requires little to no planning, it doesn't get easier than your basic daytime dress. These are rife in stores before the summer season, which means you can pick up a selection at a relatively low cost. The cut is entirely up to you - you could opt for something loose like a swing dress, or something a little more figure-hugging like a classic tea dress. Another popular style that has recently emerged is the 'cold shoulder' dress, where the tops of the sleeves are cut out from the rest of the design. Just remember to stock up on plenty of sunscreen if you go for this look!

Loose shorts

When we think of summer shorts, many of us naturally consider denim shorts as the number one option. However, while they are a summer staple, they are not always entirely comfortable. If you want to feel less restricted, choose shorts in a thinner, fabric-based material like cotton. Loose, culotte-style shorts have also been in fashion recently, and are perfect if you want to mimic the look of a skirt without actually committing to one.

Vista Residences Hill Series in Baguio City

30 April 2017

Popularly known as "The Summer Capital of the Philippines", "City of Pines" or whatever it is, Baguio City will always be my favorite city here in the Philippines. Baguio City is my home. I was born here and I grew up here and it will still be forever in my heart.

Well, what's not to love about the City of Pines? Everybody can enjoy the lush pine forest and the year-round cool climate of Baguio. Ha, you can definitely wear a jacket without being judge as "paporma lang kahit naiinitan" in this tropical country. It has the best thrift shopping places. When I say thrift, you can buy a branded and authentic clothing for as low as PhP 5.00 only. No, I am not kidding here. If you are lucky enough, you can even buy an original Louis Vuitton bag or Louboutin shoes for PhP 50.00. With its numerous food hubs, it is definitely a food trip paradise to all foodies out there. Yes, you can get your tummy filled with just PhP 25.00 for an ulam and kanin.

It has the best schools and universities too. The city has grown to be one big community of learning. Thus, it was dubbed as the educational hub of the North. Although my school days are over and I have already earned my bachelor's degree and master's degree in the city, I can say that I got the best education here. Paying only a quarter of the tuition rate of most schools in the metropolis, enrolling in any Baguio school will also give you an advantage — most of the universities and colleges are accredited, thus, they are at par with more popular schools in the big Manila cities (at a cheaper cost). Education here is indeed of quality.

Oh Baguio, you are quite a charmer!

I know you want to study and perhaps live here too; maybe you have considered buying a home in this cool city.

Ladies and gentleman, introducing the Vista Residences "Hill Series" in Baguio City. If you are still unconvinced, here is why you should consider Vista Residences "Hill Series".

The Location

Vista Brenthill is a 3,000 sqm located in an exclusive enclave on Yangco road and it is easily accessed by both public and private transportation. The location, while quieter and greener, is very near Session and Leonard Wood Roads, and across the expansive Brent International School campus. The soon to be launched Vista Pinehill will come up on close to 4,000 sqm along Outlook Drive surrounding the lush pine forest.

Both Vista Brenthill and the Vista Pinehill is strategically and conveniently located close to the Summer Capital's main landmarks and tourist attractions. Vista Brenthill is a short ride from Baguio Cathedral, Burnham Park, Teacher’s Camp and the Pink Sisters while Camp John Hay and the Baguio Country Club are an easy ten-minute drive from Vista Pinehill – which is even closer to the Botanical Gardens and Mines View Park. The location make them wonderful and convenient vacation homes.

A Condo Living that Suites Your Needs

The Vista Hill Series homes are designed to be both a home to escape to and a vacation house to relax in. Both are carefully styled to mimic the "vintage Baguio architecture". Whilst it is known to many that the Americans had a huge impact in the development of Baguio and it is very evident by the yet graceful log cabins loved by so many American architects.

Vista Brenthill is a 10 storey mid-rise tower and will house three lower ground floors where the main lobby, an inner garden atrium, and a function hall will be the venues for residents to meet, greet, and gather. The top floor will be given over to a roof deck with gardens and hidden nooks where residents can enjoy the beautiful weather, the panorama and pine-scented air. Both towers will offer sauna – spa, gym for the health buffs and multi-purpose function rooms for hosting social events. There will be basement parking with elevator access to all the upper floors, a guarded reception area, CCTV in all the common areas, as well as fire, smoke alarms and prevention systems.

The Vista Hill Series towers will be a collection of studio apartments and go beyond being magnificent condos in ideal locations. They are investments that will appreciate over time. Beyond this, Vista Residences offers a broad selection of leasing services designed as proactive solutions for unit owners looking to lease out their units.

Bear in mind that you are in control of what home you'll buy. Don't settle for second best when you can have the perfect one by simply being very discerning about your decisions.

The Developer

We're talking about serious investments here. And when it comes to investment, time is our single most valuable resource. Aside from delivering on time, the quality of work the developer deliver. Of course, nobody wants condo units with leaking sewage pipes from the floors above, within a few years from turnover. And you wouldn't want to see cracks everywhere on your walls soon after you get your unit, right?

At Vista Residences, every space is designed with creative and practical space planning. Function, design and the building of dwellings that families can truly call a "home" is central to the company’s philosophy. The company carries with it Vista Land’s over 40 years of experience in developing vertical residences and master planned communities – integrating into every project expertise in space planning, and flair for finding the most attractive locations. It is committed to assuming a chief role in the condominium sector, creating greater awareness of their capabilities, as well as enhancing efficiency in their resource distribution.

Learn more about Vista Residences Hill Series towers. Call 650 0753; 0999 887 1705; or visit www.vistaresidences.com.ph. For news and announcements, follow vistaresidencesofficial on Facebook and @vistaresidencesinc on Instagram.

Buying on a Budget

29 April 2017

Unfortunately, going on holiday isn’t just buying the plane ticket. You need to think about other things as well. What will you wear? Where will you stay? What will you eat? To really get the most out of a holiday, you need to plan ahead so you can relax while you’re there. However, if you’re on a budget, it can be easier said than done. Sometimes, buying all the things you’ll need on holiday can be just as expensive as the holiday itself. So, how do you prepare for a holiday on a budget?

Plan What You Need

It’s exactly the same as when we go shopping at any other time. If you go into a shop with a clear idea of what you want, find it and leave, you’re not going to over spend. If you go into a shop and just browse everything, you’re likely to leave with things you don’t need. Make a list of the clothes you need to take. For example, do you need sandals, a hat or sunglasses? Only take the things you know you won’t be able to get when you’re there. Things like toiletries are usually easy to come by in local stores. If not, your hotel should be able to provide you with some.

Can You Get Money Off?

If you’re on a budget, it’s important to watch what you’re spending. There are times when you may find a bargain by going through the sales racks. You can also try websites such as Ebay or Amazon where people sell their unwanted holiday items. You may find items that other people bought and never got around to wearing, so they’re virtually new at half the price. If you’ve spotted something you really like but it isn’t on sale, you might want to try and find eastbay discount codes to help lower the price.

How Will You Eat?

If you’ve booked an all-inclusive holiday, that’s not something you need to worry about. However, if you’re going self-catering, you’ll need to do some research. What do you have available in your kitchen? Is it cheaper to eat out at restaurants or buy your own groceries to cook? It’s worth contacting your hotel to find these details out in advance. They’ll also be able to tell you how far away the nearest grocery store is. Here are some tips on cooking safely, wherever you are.

Start Saving

When you go away on holiday, you want to treat yourself and your family. Perhaps that’s a meal out or a few cocktails. Maybe you want to take some souvenirs home for family or buy yourself a handbag. Whatever you’ve set your sights on, it’s important to start saving as soon as possible. You don’t want to be on holiday and having to count the pennies at every turn.

Following these tips means the weight will be lifted off your shoulders when holiday time comes around. No matter how long your holiday lasts, you should be prepared enough to enjoy it!

Dis-Crete Getaway

9 February 2017

Finding that special island paradise for a few weeks of RnR can be tricky but there are a few spots across the world that really deliver the whole package. One of the best destinations for real island living are the glorious Greek islands and the most pretty of all is arguably Crete.

Crete is steeped in history from the ancient greek gods to the second world war. It is a long thin island with beaches offering a variety of visual pleasures. From the pink sands of Elafonisi to the long stretching golden miles of Falasarna. Not a renowned noisy destination for global tourists, but the hot spot for greeks taking a break from the mainland, the northern city of Chania offers you something magnificent. The Venetian harbour could almost have you thinking you are in Italy, with its cobbled narrow streets and dozens of outdoor restaurants, this is a city for romance. Sitting outside surrounded by ancient ruins dotted in fairy lights you will realise this island paradise is more appealing than a tropical paradise.

The landscape is varied and what will strike you is just how mountainous the island is. Lush green gorges make this a hiking holiday dream and for those who love to forage you will be rewarded with wild capers and wild horta (A wild green which is native to Crete, packed with vitamins and served in almost every restaurant)

Beach life is incredible and due to the amount of fantastic quality sandy shores, you won’t be subjected to over-crowding or sunbed fights. Crime on the island is very low so you can slip off your thongs, abandon your towel and not be worried they will go missing whilst you take a dip in beautiful turquoise waters. Whilst there are resorts offering up a fantastic range of watersports, these tend to be focussed on the west side of the island. Head north-east for real idyllic time out and the craziest action you’ll get is someone mooching past on a pedalo.

Whilst Greece is known for the greasy kebab and does offer up a large variety of fried foods, head away from the photo card menus to the smaller, quieter eateries. Dakos is a must try and truly a unique fusion between meze and bruschetta. Served on a barley rusk instead of bread and drizzled in the famous olive oil, the crisp rusk soaks up the juices of tomato and saltiness of feta cheese. Almost every village in Crete has it’s own signature cheese so ask your waiter to bring you their local version. Try the wine, white is better, red is a little hit and miss but if you find a good one then you will experience a beautifully smooth, full bodied drink which will stay with you. The island diet is predominantly vegetarian however they do specialise in chicken and squid. Try the deep fried courgettes with a little squeeze of fresh lemon.

Crete is an island to fall in love with and will have you desperate to return again and again.

Pack Light For An Extended Trip With A Capsule Wardrobe

They say that once you’ve got the travel bug, you never can sit still again. Once you’ve been out there and seen what the world has to offer, even if just on a short break, you realize just how amazing our planet it and just how much there is to see and do in it. Once you've caught the travel bug, the chances are that sooner or later you are going to want to get out there and spend longer exploring the world - a two-week vacation only lets you see so much, whereas an extended trip gives you the chance to see the authentic side of a country.

Instead of talking about where you should go, what you should see, and who you should travel with, today I’m talking fashion and how to use a capsule wardrobe to pack light when heading off an extended trip. It’s not like you need the extra baggage charges, is it? So packing light is a must, especially if you plan on traveling around. To make packing the perfect capsule wardrobe easier, below are a few suggestions to take note of.

Take the climate into account

The first thing is to take the climate into account. Admittedly, if you are planning on traveling to more than one continent, this can be a little tricky. However, wherever you plan on going, make sure to take the climate into account when packing. As the last thing you want is to have to waste money on buying extra items of clothing.

Pick a basic color scheme

For capsule wardrobe success, it’s a good idea to pick a color scheme to work around. Take into account the types of items you plan on taking with you, as this may dictate your color scheme. Leggings are a must-have, which means that black needs to be part of your color scheme. A neutral color scheme made up of black, white, and gray clothing should work well, you can then pick pieces from your wardrobe or buy new pieces that will work with this color scheme.

Don’t forget plenty of accessories

To ensure that your capsule wardrobe doesn’t get boring, make sure to pack plenty of accessories. Ideally, you want these to be little things that you can use to jazz up each look. Think jewelry, bags, hats, scarves, and shoes.

Pick pieces that don’t need ironing

Don’t make the mistake of packing items that will need ironing, because you won’t have access to an iron. Pick pieces that you can wash, hang up, and that will dry crease-free. The last thing you want to have to waste your money on while traveling is a launderette.

Don’t plan for ‘what ifs'

Whatever you do, don’t make the mistake of planning for ‘what ifs’. The truth is if you pack items in case you need them, you are going to end up with far too many clothes in your suitcase. So, don’t think about what ifs, instead just pack items that you know are adaptable. Take leggings, for instance; they can be great for casually teaming with a cute tee when exploring or can be teamed with a dress for a night out - pick pieces that are adaptable.

So, there you have it, how to use a capsule wardrobe to pack light for an extended trip.

The Singapore Sling

4 February 2017

Asia is the biggest continent in the world and offers travellers a variety of scenery, culture and cuisine but if you are looking for a destination with incredible night life, you need look no further than Singapore.

Singapore is a modern and vibrant city which really comes alive at night. It is home to the singapore sling a fantastic cocktail of gin, cherry brandy, Cointreau, Dom Benedictine, Grenadine, mellowed with lime and pineapple juice. One of the best places to sample this is the iconic Raffles Hotel. In 1915 mixologists first created this cocktail right here, so heading to the hotels Long Bar is a must to kick start your evening.

If you like to take your parties outside the Tanjong Beach Club hold Full Steam Ahead three times a year. You’ll be barefooting under the full moon to some of the country’s best DJ’s all to the backdrop of Singapore’s magnificent skyline. Take this spiritual vibe a step further by slipping off to Going Om. There is a very tiny hippy community in Singapore and this amazing venue has been heavily influenced by Nepalese culture. You will be entertained by fire twirlers, dancers and acoustic performances. All from the comfort of giant pillows. Outside most of the seating is covered in foliage, bringing a real natural vibe to this modern party den. It may be worth considering these tips for staying safe when travelling alone if you want to take in the best of Singapore without getting into trouble.

If you really want to admire the panoramic views of singapore then head up to Ku De Ta. It is a super classy venue in Marina Bay Sands Skypark and sits 257m above sea level. After a bite to eat at the famous Cedele Bakery Cafe move your night up a notch and watch the sunset from the best view in Asia. If you need to come back to earth, you can do it gradually by hitting the highest bar in the world’s dance floor which enjoys unobstructed views of the city lights. The resident DJ is pretty well known in the city and apparently takes requests, just try not to cheese it up too much!

If you fancy a night out with a little bit of a health kick then try a TCM cocktail at Jekyll & Hyde. These guys have taken ingredients from traditional chinese medicine and mixed them up with a few ‘better for you’ spirits such as sake, white rum and vodka. We can’t guarantee the health benefits of using shiitake mushrooms in a cocktail but it’s has to be worth a try right?

Through the city there are plenty of other, less party, things to try. Singapore doesn’t shut down at 10pm. It keeps going as long as you do. It doesn’t matter what age you are, if you are travelling alone or on a romantic trip, Singapore really does have it all. Breathtaking views, incredible people and a soul that will leave you with memories to treasure for the rest of your life.

The Many Secrets Of A Private Holiday Home

If travelling is a wonderful thing, what makes it so is to be able to share perfect moments with the people you care the most about. It is about being able to take your family, or to go with your friends, and enjoy a peaceful break together, or maybe discover new horizons at the same time. However, when you choose to go on holiday, there are many options that you could choose from. Would you prefer to stay in a hotel? Would you rather pick a rental vacation? Both have their pros and cons, of course. But for today, what we want to look at, is why renting a private home is the best thing that could happen to you when your feet are feeling itchy with travel lust.

Cheaper For Holidaymakers

For a start, if you are planning a holiday with your friends or your family, or even both, you will soon find that the hotel costs can be very high. While travelling in numbers can be an advantageous experience when it comes to group tours and safety, it can also be quite an investment when you start considering hotel rooms and restaurants. Going private for your holiday plan and renting a home for your group can save up to 50% compared to hotel prices. Additionally, you will also see huge savings when it comes to food, as you can organize to cook a lot yourself. This means more money for all the other activities!

A Smart Investment To Attract Urban Holidaymakers

There’s another advantage that is worth considering for those who love to go back to the same region. Why don’t you consider buying a rental property so that you don’t need to look for a place to stay every year? If you think this sounds like a risky investment, think again! Holiday homes in peaceful retreats, such as the beautiful Catskill Mountains which attract VIPs looking for an incognito life, are becoming the next buy-to-let investment across the globe, with landlords making huge benefits on the renting of their properties. So maybe it’s worth looking for holiday properties to buy at a short distance of urban areas? You could get in touch with real estate agencies locations that are easy to reach and famously quiet, such as Windham NY real estate in the Catskills - an attractive world of celebrities only 2 hours of NYC - and discuss the different options that are available for your finances.

A Space To Call Your Own

Finally, a private home is a place where you make your own rule, whether you go as a holidaymaker and a landlord. There’s no room service to clean the room, but at the same time, there’s no room service to wake you up. If you wake up too late, you don’t have to skip breakfast because you’ve missed the buffet hours; you can simply open the fridge and pour yourself a glass of orange juice while you ponder whether to continue with cereals or a delicious croissant. You can enjoy the holiday at your own pace, and you can spend the evening chatting together without the hotel staff clearing up the bar area around you, or other guests frowning at you. And more importantly, if this is your property, you are free to decorate as you see fit. This means total freedom for a huge homely feeling.

Travel In Numbers: Any Excuse For A Group Trip!

28 January 2017

Travel is one of the most beautiful gifts the modern age has given us. Nowadays, you can travel the entire world in a matter of weeks. And, you can do it all at once, if you want to. This has built a massive industry. But, travel comes with it’s drawbacks. The biggest of all is the people you care about. Leaving friends and family behind is never easy. So, why not just take them with you? This post is going to go through some of the reasons you should consider this sort of trip for your own clan!

When travelling in a group, you have a host of benefits. People always have the chance to go off and do their own thing, without feeling bad that they’re leaving people behind. And, you have the bonus of safety in numbers. Of course, you have to be careful, still. But, being in a group seriously limits your chances of danger. You will be able to book things cheaper if you plan ahead. Most hotels will give big discounts for bulk bookings and early reservations. And, that’s not it. You’ll also have the chance to experience the world with people that you’ve never traveled with before. This will open up your mind and the way that you see different places. So, it’s a great way to get more from your holiday than you would with just the closest family.

Of course, being in a big group will pose some limitations. You won’t be able to do certain things as a group, simply because of space. But, there is still loads that can be done. Hiring things like boats or cars becomes a lot cheaper, with more people. And, if you want to take a tour, you might be able to book the whole thing. This will help to make sure that you avoid having to mingle with strangers. Of course, this isn’t a problem for some. But, being able to enjoy things with just your close ones is a great treat. You may also be able to book entire catering venues for your group. This will help to keep your experience as close as possible.

Moving around the world with this many people isn’t going to be easy, though. You need to plan ahead. For traveling overseas, planes are by far the best option. But, when traveling in numbers, you need to book the tickets well in advance. Otherwise, you may not be able to get enough for the group. If you’re traveling inland, though, you have more options. Charter buses are one of the best ways to see your own country. They’re as comfortable as planes and can be hired by one large group. So, you won’t have to travel with strangers. You should always look at reviews for these companies, though. Pages like https://www.trustpilot.com/review/shofurreviews.com will give you a good idea of the stranding of different companies.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to stop your lone wandering, and see some of the World with different people. Traveling with outers will always make the experience more rich. You will see things that you would’ve otherwise ignored. And, you’ll never be lonely. Ultimately, for some, this is the very best way to travel.

Trouble Free Travels! How To Stay Safe Out While On Your Travelling On Your Own

25 January 2017

Like the old song goes "there's no cure like travel." Few things are better for giving you a fresh perspective, opening your mind and just brushing away the cobwebs like traveling the world. This can be especially true when you're traveling alone. There's nothing quite like getting the chance to get away from it all and really reconnect with yourself without having to worry about all of the noise and distractions of your daily life. But that's not to say that traveling alone doesn't come with its share of risks. In fact, despite how incredible solo travel can be, it can also make you pretty vulnerable as well. To make sure that nothing happens to spoil your personal journey, here are a few ways to make sure that you stay safe on your travels.

Mind your belongings

Pickpockets and thieves can spot travelers a mile away, not only that but they're particularly on the lookout for people traveling on their own. You don't want to spend your entire trip looking over your shoulder or treating every person you meet with suspicion, but it's a good idea to keep an eye out and make sure that you know where your valuables are at any given time. Make sure to keep things like money and ID as close to your body as you can, that way if anyone tries to take them, you're that much more likely to notice. Of course, you're never going to be able to fit everything in your pockets, and if it's hot then bulky pocketed clothes aren't really going to be an option, so you should make sure that you invest in a good anti theft cross body bag as well.

Watch what you're eating

One of the best things about traveling to a new place is getting to sample all of the wonderful, exotic food. But be careful, your stomach might not be all that well adapted to the kinds of cuisine that are being served in certain places around the world. This goes double for markets and street food. If you're the kind of person with a slightly more delicate constitution, then it's probably a good idea to only eat at places you're sure you can trust. At the very least you should pack some indigestion and nausea tablets. The last thing you want is to spend the majority of the trip stuck in the bathroom.

Dress for the occasion

Before you set off anywhere, make sure that you know what the climate is going to be like. Far too many people have had their trips cut short because they didn't pack the right clothes for where they were going. Whether it's heatstroke or frostbite, a lot of problems can be avoided with the right choice of wardrobe. When you're traveling alone, this is doubly important since you won't have anyone to lend you clothes or look after you. You should also think about footwear; you don't want to end up trying to climb a mountain in your smartest shoes or wandering through a sweltering market in leather boots.

Having Fun Yet? Four Adventure Holidays That'll Change Your Life

Tell some people that you're going on an adventure holiday and they'll look at you like you've said you're moving to Mars.

"But why?", they'll say. "Isn't the point of going on holiday to relax? Why would you spoil a fortnight in the sun by risking life and limb?". Maybe they have a point. Most of the time, that's the exact point of going on holiday. But then sometimes, you do want that adrenaline burst. Possibly you can get it close to home. But if you can take in stunning scenery while you do it, isn't that better?

That's why we go on adventure holidays. And the whole "risking life and limb" bit? If you follow safety advice and don't act out, then it's not really like that. The extreme situations you end up in on an adventure trip are more about doing something you don't usually do. Getting the wind in your hair a little bit. That's what makes them fun.

Then there is the fact that going on this kind of holiday puts you in places where nature has done some of its most jaw-dropping work. You can't go on a climbing holiday without going somewhere with cliffs or mountains. You can't go whitewater rafting without a fast-running river. And you're not going to spend the whole holiday adventuring, so on your downtime, you get to be somewhere remarkable.

River Rafting In The Grand Canyon

The word "epic" is overused these days, it's true. It is now used to describe everything from a wild party to a slightly more powerful hairdryer. But there are times when it is the only word that really does justice to something, and the Grand Canyon is an example of that.

A deep gorge carved out of the Arizona wilderness, the Canyon is something to behold even just standing near it. But if you think it looks spectacular from above, just imagine yourself on a raft shooting down the river between those cliffs! That's the very definition of the word "epic" right there.

There are some who say it is the kind of thing you have to do once in your life. Others, once they have done it, are already planning Grand Canyon river trips. It is one of those life-affirming experiences that makes you feel that bit more awake. And of course, it doesn't hurt that the scenery is so otherworldly.

Swim With Stingray In The Cayman Islands

Swimming with some of nature's most remarkable aquatic creatures is a wonderful way to get in touch with nature. It can be any breed you want to be, as tours exist for all of the big ones. You could be swimming with dolphins or submerged in a shark cage to see a Great White up close. But if you want to do something different, head for the Cayman Islands.

While on dry land you can explore beautiful tropical botanic gardens. Taking in all that nature has to offer in this stunning part of the world is worth the trip alone. But seeing the majestic stingray in their natural environment elevates it yet further. The pursuit is monitored carefully by experts so that safety is ensured at all times. This does not make the experience any less awe-inspiring.

While you're there, these are not the only creatures you'll get to see up close. The majestic sea turtles plus shoals of neon fish (of various shades) are the kind of thing that look stunning in a wildlife photo. Seen with your own eyes, it's somehow even more beguiling.

The Rainforest Of Costa Rica

You can hardly read a travel supplement these days without hearing about what a worthwhile trip Costa Rica is. In the main, these articles will focus on what a peaceful, prosperous place the country has grown into, and it's true. Costa Ricans have some of the highest standards of living of anyone in the world.

All of that may lead you to think that there's nothing attention-grabbing about the place. This is a shame because the rainforest gives visitors the chance to have their minds blown almost constantly. You can take a hiking trip within the forest and see nature's bounty. This includes rare tropical flowers you can't see anywhere else.

All those tall trees, though, mean that what can be seen on the ground is really only one part of the story. And it's when you get higher that things get even better. Rainforest tours give you a chance to zip-line along the top of the canopy. There you'll see some of the bird life which populates the forest, including majestic toucan. No wonder the people here are so happy!

Hiking In The Scottish Highlands And Islands

For such a small island, Great Britain manages to pack in a very diverse set of terrains. A drive through England will give you the chance to take in the sights and sounds of London. As you get further north, the Yorkshire Dales are a stark wonderland that will make you wonder if you're in the same country.

By the time you get to Scotland, though, it gets even more enchanting. Yes, Scotland has cities. Glasgow and Edinburgh are well worth a day trip. But it's in the Highlands and islands that Scotland becomes like something from a fantasy novel.

Many people who make enough money to retire early do so and move to a cottage on one of these islands. When you see them, you'll understand. The remoteness of an island such as Bute means you can live in total peace, if you want to. But if you want to tackle untamed, rugged majesty on a hiking tour, you can do that too. The Northern Scottish islands have to be seen to be believed.

Indeed, touring between the various islands by boat is a chance to see things you would never associate with Britain. From harp seals to indigenous hawk, your eyes will constantly be scanning around for more beautiful wildlife. Before long, you'll be figuring out how you can make enough money to move here for good yourself.

The Gap Year: Make It Count

17 January 2017

After thirteen years in the education system who can blame you for feeling a little in need of a break before setting off and starting your degree? It seems like an eternity before you’ll get the chance to earn or travel and often we can get a little clouded in our minds, questioning our decisions and the future.

Gap years are a fantastic way of taking an academic rest whilst supporting your chosen subject. Giving you valuable cultural knowledge whilst increasing your expertise and sharpening your brain. They don’t have to be all work though! You have plenty of time to enjoy new experiences and take some time out, without wasting the opportunity. Plus, when you get home, you can plan a killer party to share your travels with your friends

Some students pack off to European cities, others look to a more peaceful and reflective destination but quite often youth is hungry for adventure.

On your CV a gap year with no purpose can look like a negative. Employers often respect taking a break in your academic career but like to see you’ve learnt some life skills. Twelve months working with children or animals can make you stand out over others with equal qualifications. Remember a first class degree in business is the same as a first class degree in business. You need the edge when you hit the career world.

Africa sits just below the Southern coast of Spain offering the comfort of knowing you are never too far from home but enough distance between you and the study books to feel independent and free. The country is vibrant, offering a busy city life as well as complete isolation if you venture towards the Sahara. Being just below the Equator means you will benefit from fantastic weather, giving you plenty of opportunity to get the most out of every day.

The people of Ghana have little opportunity with education and whilst the country thrives in culture it suffers financially. Meaning there are plenty of opportunities for students wanting to volunteer in Ghana whilst on a gap year. And there is a chance to maximise this by focussing on things that sit with your degree or further education.

Lack of education in Ghana means English teachers are sort after. There are schools looking for students to teach sport. The country has a deep connection to music and the arts with plenty of warm and welcoming people who will love to share their craft experience with you.

A gap year means you have twelve months to get the most out of life. This region of Africa can place you in the heart of the action or lead you down a less travelled path to study rare birds and animals most people won’t get the chance to see. The Rain Forest offers plenty of opportunity to apply your life skills, fire making, camp building and hunting. Showing future employees you have the ability to survive under pressure.

Don’t waste your Gap year. Make every moment of it count.

Winter Sun, Snow Fun: How To Plan For A Ski Holiday In Family

There are still plenty of months to go before the summer holiday, and you’re already feeling worn out? Maybe it’s time to book a winter break to recharge your batteries before the summer comes. The best type of family winter holidays is ski vacation in a dedicated ski resort. It’s a lot of fun and laugh guaranteed for the entire family. Want to find out if ski holidays are for you? Here’s a little guide to find out more about this family’s favorite.

Who Is It For?

There is no denying that ski holidays are not for everyone. If you don’t like the feeling of walking in the snow, you probably should consider a different type of winter holiday and visit warmer regions. But if you are excited when it snows in town, then ski holidays are made for you! While taking a holiday in a ski resort is in theory for all, people who enjoy those holidays best have some specific interests and characteristics in common. They are fit; they may not be addicted to their local gym club, but they are physically healthy enough to sustain hours of outdoors activities in the mountain. As a rule of the thumb, you will tend to find full families going on such holidays, from grandparents to toddlers. As an aside note, ski holidays are best booked between early February to early April, or from mid-November until Christmas.

Where Is The Best Place For Ski Holidays?

You will find a variety of ski resorts all around the planet. However, if you want to have a holiday with a homely feel, you should look at villages in the French and the Italian Alps which have a lot of cozy chalets for families, such as the Chalet Foinsbois Meribel village. Ski resorts in the Alps offer access to real villages where you will be able to do your grocery shopping as well as find the latest local fashion trends. Most holiday makers love to indulge with the local food, such as the raclette which is a speciality consisting of cheese, cured meat and potatoes. Additionally, you will find plenty of exciting winter activities, from skiing to hiking via ice skating. If you are an enthusiastic party-maker, you should try the Austrian side of the Alps, and specifically Ischgl, where the ski resort is designed for after ski parties!

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First Time Skiing? How To Get Prepared

You can learn to ski at any age as long as you are fit and flexible enough to maneuver your way down the slope. This said, there are still a few useful tips that you should know about before you book your ski holiday. For a start, don’t buy your skis or suit in advance, you can borrow everything you need in the ski resort. Buying a pair of skis or a snowboard is an important investment if you are only practising one week in the year. What you should buy, though, is the following: Proper, waterproof gloves, thermal underwear, and a pair of sports glasses for snow activities. Additionally, you will need to get some strong sun cream and well as lip protection. It’s not uncommon for skiers to come back from their holiday with a sunburn on the nose. So, protect yourself to come back with a glorious tan from your first ski holiday!

How to Make Your Wedding Dream Come True

Most women dream of the day that they will get married from the time they become aware that marriage is a thing. A big wedding with a beautiful dress and a family-filled celebration is something that they long for, but actually achieving that dream wedding is a lot more complicated than those little girls could ever have imagined.

Like planning a killer party, organizing any wedding, let alone the perfect dream wedding, is an enormous task that can easily overwhelm, but with a lot of grit and determination, it is possible to have the best big day ever. In order to help you plan your perfect nuptials, here are some tips for making your wedding dreams a reality.

Call in a Wedding Planner

Hiring a good wedding planner will help you to plan and perfect the wedding of your dreams without having to go through the stress that comes with carrying out all of the legwork to make it happen. Some women worry that handing over control to a wedding planner will mean that their vision is lost, but a good wedding planner will listen to what you want and go out of their way to ensure you and your fiancé are happy on the big day.

Form a Bride and Groom Tag Team

Don’t think that you have to do all of the planning alone and don’t exclude your fiancé from the wedding planning process. After all, you are joining yourselves in marriage so that you will be a partnership for the rest of your lives.

Picking the Perfect Rings

Women tend to have a much better idea of the style of ring they want, whereas men can find it more difficult. To make this aspect of wedding planning easier, it can be useful to narrow down the search to a few good ranges, such as Harlin Jones Men wedding rings, as this will stop the task from getting too overwhelming.

Finding the Dream Venue

When it comes to choosing a wedding venue, it is imperative that you and your fiancé take some time to seriously think about the kind of setting you want to get married in. If nature is important to you, look into local woodland venues, or if you want a traditional church wedding, start looking for the most magnificent holy buildings in your town.

Of course, you will also need to take into account the size of the venue and its ability to accommodate all of your guests, but this is one time where practical details should not necessarily trump your desires.

The Guest List

The guest list is often the most troublesome part of planning a wedding, with family feuds and personality clashes prone to rearing their heads. A good way to avoid conflict is to set a strict limit on guests and take the time to arrange your seating plans so that family and friend who do not get along are kept apart.

Of course, the most important thing you can do to ensure your dream wedding comes to pass is to stay as calm and relaxed as possible. Try to go with the flow come what may, and you will always have great memories of your big day.

Fancy Volunteering? Then These Countries Are The Best Places To Travel Too

11 January 2017

Volunteering is not only a wonderful use of your time, but it’s also a great excuse to travel. Keeping that in mind, if you have dreams of volunteering overseas this year, here are the best countries to go to:


Unbeknownst to some but Fiji is a brilliant destination for willing volunteers. There are many things you can do here but the biggest volunteer project revolves around marine life. There’s a problem developing in Fiji where a lot of aquatic animals are dying out and Coral reefs are also being destroyed. The issue stems from poor treatment of the water due to environmental waste, etc. You can go over there to volunteer and join up with a group that focuses on tackling this issues. You’ll be part of a team that surveys the quality of marine life and also helps educate local schools and businesses in the area. By telling people what they should and shouldn’t do, you can help protect the marine environment and save a lot of aquatic life in Fiji. Plus, it happens to be a beautiful island which makes traveling there all the more worthwhile.

South Africa

South Africa is a great volunteer destination for so many reasons. For one, it’s one of the best places to go if you want to work with animals. Many people have gone over there to become a South Africa volunteer that helps preserve wildlife in the area. It’s a country that’s home to lots of animals that are under threat. Consequently, volunteering organizations have set up reservations for these animals to live safely. You can go and join one of these reservations and start fighting for animals that have no chance of protecting themselves. You’ll be keeping them away from poachers and ensuring that some of the most endangered animals in the world are kept alive and out of harm's way. Definitely one of the top places to travel to if you’re an animal enthusiast looking for volunteer work.


We’ll round this article off with another African country that’s got plenty of volunteering opportunities. Morocco is a country that’s perhaps most famous for its soccer team. However, there are many children in this country that don’t get blessed with proper teaching. So, the opportunity is there for you to fly over and spend some time as a volunteer teacher. There are loads of schools that will be eager for your help. They’re particularly interested in teachers that can teach students English or French. Generally speaking, there are loads of countries in Africa that can do with some volunteer teachers. However, Morocco is often seen as one of the best places to go. It's safe that a lot of other areas and there are plenty of opportunities there. Plus, it’s a lovely country with so much to see and do in your spare time.

Of course, there are loads of other great countries you can volunteer in, particularly in Africa and parts of Asia like the Philippines. But, these three are the best places to go when you think about the volunteering opportunities available and the additional attractions in each country.

The First Steps To Take To Plan A Killer Party This Year

With the rise of social media and party invites on the likes of Facebook, it can be a bit of a kick to the old style of party planning. Remember writing out invitations and waiting for the calls or messages for the RSVPs to come flooding in? The thing is unless it is going to be quite a last minute party, there are still plenty of things that you can do to plan a killer party in an old-school way. If you want a party that even Gatsby would be proud of, then you need to read on to get your party planning inspiration.

Choose a Theme

Before the date, time, and venue, you need to know what kind of party you want to throw. The kind of theme that you choose might even decide what location or venue you might use. So it makes sense to go with this first. It definitely makes a statement on the invites too. Having something say ‘Hollywood Glamour’ sets the tone and guests will know just what type of attire they should come in. If you just say you want to have a birthday party, then it leaves things rather open ended. So choose and theme for your party first of all.

Decide Who To Invite

The number of people will also help to decide where and when the party will be held. If you choose a large number of people, then the chances are that you need to hire somewhere to hold the party. A smaller number could mean the party could be at home or in the backyard. Around ten people will be considered more of a gathering. Over thirty or forty and you are well on the way to a big party. So choose the atmosphere that you would like and who you’d like in attendance. Then you can get the date and location set in place so you can get the invites sent out.

Choose a Venue

As has been described, the number of people might have decided the venue for you, unless you had a specific venue in mind all along. So take a look at your guest list. Hiring a specific venue could mean that it is booked up well in advance. So call around and you might have to be flexible with your dates. If you don’t want to splash out on a large separate venue, then you could always make the venue at home, but use your back yard or garden if it is large enough. Then you could just hire things like an outdoor marquee from somewhere like Barlens Party Supplies.

Food and Drink

If the party is in the late evening, then most people won’t be expecting anything to eat. So a few nibbles would be fine. Just make sure that you provide plenty of drinks. If you choose a time for the party that is over lunchtime, then it means that people will more than likely be expecting something to eat. So make sure that you plan the food and drink according to the time of the party.

When Traveling Can Become Your Job - Dream Lifestyle For Modern Entrepreneurs

The world used to be a big place, but now it can be part of the life of those who know how to take risks. More and more people wake up one day with the sense that they need to explore the world. This is a sudden disease that is taking over the new generations: it’s the realization that everything could be available for those who are willing to try. As young workers are more used to vast distances with the Internet, they also start dreaming bigger. Rapidly the office routine becomes too dull. So how can you make travel part of your lifestyle?

Love Travels But Love Your Region Too

Since when was traveling synonymous for changing countries? You can work within the travel industry, and especially become your own boss in the travel industry, and still make it a local enterprise. Event organization is a branch that will allow you to stay local and yet travel within the region, especially if you are planning business coach travels for team building events or conference meetings for example. You can look at FloridaCharterBusCompany.com to see some of the great possibilities within the state of Florida. If buses are not for you, how about partnering with hotels and travel agencies to review local hotels and events? While you can still travel and discover the beautiful landscapes in your area, you are enjoying a dream lifestyle in gorgeous hotel rooms.

Write About The World Around You

If you prefer to discover new horizons, international travel is what you need to look at. For instance, good travel bloggers are highly demanded, especially by travel agencies and experienced blogging companies that need to rejuvenate their content. There are plenty of ways to become a TravelBlogSuccess.com but at the core of this career lies an interest for words. You need to be a fair writer who can excite with a well-written text, and you need to bring a new angle to the universe of travelling. Or maybe you love writing too much? While this can’t be a lifestyle of every day, authors can receive travel grants to look for inspiration in different cultures. If you love fictions, this could be a dream come true for you.

Work In The Digital Industry

Not everyone needs to be an experienced writer to spend a life traveling the world. The social media expert, Alex D’Amore, has created his life around the possibility to change location whenever he wants to. You can read about it on his blog SweetDistance.com. Consequently, he has established himself as a digital guru, which allows him to keep in touch with his clients wherever he happens to be at the time. Other digital careers are open to the concept of remote work, such as program developers and SEO experts. If you are an avid computer user and are keen to understand the logic behind the technology, a programming course could help you to see the world while you are working. In short, be brave and remember that your dream life could be behind it! Maybe it’s the way to start a remote enterprise.

Awe-Inspiring Natural Phenomena You Just Need To See Before You Die

We all know that there are some cities that we need to add to our bucket lists. Places like New York City, Sydney, and London are all very high up on our bucket lists. But have you ever thought about traveling somewhere just to see some of its amazing natural phenomena? There are hundreds of awesome natural phenomena around the planet that are beautiful and mystifying. One thing is for sure: they will make some awesome pictures for Instagram! So which ones do you definitely need to see before you die? Here are some of the best!

Salt Flats

There are a number of different salt flats around the globe, but the most famous ones are probably the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, America. So what are these exactly? These gorgeous flat plains were once the site of lakes. However, the water all dried up centuries ago and left behind this impressive reminder of their existence. As the lakes dried up, they left behind magnesium, potassium, and many other minerals to create these salt flats. The flats are dazzling white and so huge, it can be difficult to see where the flats end and the sky begins!

The Northern Lights

If you ask a photographer what is the one image that they want to capture, I can guarantee that they will say the Northern Lights! Also known as the Aurora Borealis, these glowing lights appear in the skies above the Arctic Circle. They are the result of lots of collisions between the charged particles from the sun’s rays that enter our atmosphere. Wondering where can you see the Northern Lights? Most people head up to northern Scandinavia, but you will also be able to catch them in the north of Canada as well.

Giant Crystals

If you love things that glitter and sparkle, then you should consider a trip to Mexico to see the amazing giant crystals in Chihuahua’s Naica Mine. The large crystals were found by miners who were digging for zinc and silver. Instead, they found a chamber of these impressive crystals! Unfortunately, the cave itself is closed to the public, but you will be able to see some examples of the crystals in the town itself.

Rain Of Fish

The small town of Yoro in Honduras is famous for something very unusual indeed! The town is home to the rain of fish, which has been puzzling people for over a century. Scientists have come up with various reasons as to why fish rain down on the town every year, but none have been conclusive. The locals like to think that a priest who prayed for an end to hunger in the town in the mid-1800s helped to bring on this phenomenon! This annual rainfall is so popular now that the town holds a festival, which is visited by hundreds of curious tourists.

The world is full of some truly incredible sights. Make sure you add them all to your bucket list! You’ll certainly make all your Instagram followers super jealous!

Make 2017 Different: See More Of Everything

8 January 2017

As one year comes to an end, it is normal to look back over it and evaluate whether it matched up to your hopes at the start. Of course, for as much planning as you do, there will always be things that get in the way.

Your New Year's Resolutions, if you made them, may all have been stuck to, some may have been broken. Maybe they were all in tatters by February. But does that stop you looking at the coming year with ambitions? It shouldn't.

For 2017, if you're looking for goals to keep to (not necessarily resolutions so much as hopes), why not plan to see more? "More of what?" you may ask, and the answer is "more of everything."

More Of Where You Live...

People can live in a place for decades without seeing everything it has to offer. You can easily spend years somewhere and not have explored much beyond a radius of a mile or so. How well could you map out an area twenty miles beyond your front door?

For the new year, why not pencil in a few tours to take in your home county? If you're looking to get fit, make them walking tours. If you want to take in the scenery in serene style, then a powered scooter can be a perfect way, as this funny post attests.

More Of The Country...

Most of us, if asked, would say that we are fond of our country, if not proud. Many of us, if asked to name the cities they have been to within it, would run out of cities before we ran out of fingers. Isn't that a shame?

Depending on where you live and the free time you have, it may be hard to see a new city very often. But it's not beyond possibility to add a couple of names to your list this new year. Pick them any way you like - places you've seen on TV, sports teams you cheer for or historical interest. Then get a real feel for them over a weekend.

More Of The World...

There is a statistic, often bandied around, that fewer than 10% of Americans own a passport. When we drill down into the statistics, it turns out that’s inaccurate. Also, the facts are a tad more complicated than the quote suggests. It's not that we're so insular, there are other factors.

Nonetheless, even with so many states in the union, there is good reason to see other parts of the world too. If you don't currently have a passport, maybe this needs to be the year you get one. With that done, pick a country anywhere in the world and take a vacation there. There must be somewhere you've always wanted to see?

There are reasons beyond curiosity that it's a good idea to see more of the world around us. Travel is a fine way of gaining some perspective on things and leaving the little stresses behind. Once you've got the bug, who knows where it will lead?

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