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Last Minute Holiday Gifts, Gets & Getaways

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As much as holiday shopping is a thrill-filled function, it can also overwhelm amid the glut of retail marketing messages asserting deals, steals and grand gifting opportunities galore. With so much to choose from, here’s a short list of a few tried-and-true gifts, gets and getaways that are well-suited for a holiday spending spree.

***** GADGETS *****

Funcl Earbuds (www.Funcl.com)

Funcl is a hardware startup devoted to making true wireless headphones accessible to everyone with price points starting at $19. The company recently launched two models: the Funcl W1 and Funcl AI. The Funcl W1 feature touch buttons on the headphones, which let you control the music and easily answer or reject calls. The Funcl W1 boasts integrated, sophisticated audio engineering to support AAC and provide good sound quality and bass performance for both calls and music. Designed by the company’s award-winning industrial design team, these earbuds also have a unique design for a comfortable fit and attractive aesthetic. Qualcomm chip powered, Funcl’s other model, the AI, provides Hi-Fi sound quality and extremely low latency. Also power friendly, a single charge provides six hours of battery life and, with three extra charges from the case, total battery life is a full 24 hours.  Ranked with a waterproof level of IPX5, Funcl AI is well-suited for use during workouts and exercising, whether at the gym or outdoors. A free Funcl AI App also makes the AI voice assistant feature easier and more intuitive to access.

Anova Precision Cooker Nano (www.AnovaCulinary.com)

The Anova Precision Cooker Nano is an appliance innovation allowing you to cook delicious, restaurant-quality meals in the comfort of your own home. Paired with the Anova App, which features the world’s largest collection of sous vide recipes, this device makes it easy to cook, control and keep track of your recipe from your mobile phone. Simply choose a recipe, press start, and the Nano does the rest. Used by professional chefs for decades, sous vide is a simple and approachable technique that eliminates overcooked, dried out food and ensures edge-to-edge perfection every time. Whether it’s steak, chicken, fish, vegetables, or even crème brûlée, with the Anova Precision Cooker Nano anyone can cook like a pro!

***** STYLE *****


Lamo Footwear (www.LamoFootwear.com)

Lamo is a Southern California-based company known for creating comfortable, high quality sheepskin boots, slippers and moccasins for men, women and children. Lamo footwear is extremely high quality, offered at a value price. With a SoCal fashion-forward feel, Lamo’s stylish and comfortable footwear ensures you’ll walk in style, whether you’re traversing snowy peaks, snagging a few rays at the beach, or even cozying up at home. For at-home coziness I particularly love the Ladies Scuff design, which features a luxurious 100% Australian sheepskin lining for $80. Or choose the ultra-affordable premium faux fur option for just $40—the western print is super cute!

Wallet Buckle (www.WalletBuckle.com)

Buckle up for a truly unique gift idea that fuses belts and wallets into one super stylish, extremely efficient wearable. As seen on ABC’s Shark Tank, Wallet Buckle changes the way men and women carry valuable credit cards and cash while out and about. This clever creation keeps these essentials secure and on hand in the most stylish, fun, convenient belt buckle that combines fashion with function. Wallet Buckle stores up to four credit cards and ID’s, so it’s a great way to keep these itmes accessible and prevent them from getting lost or stolen.

***** SELF-CARE *****

Eterno Red LED Light Device (www.EternoSkinCare.com)

Beauty gifts are a burgeoning category and here’s a fantastic idea in kind: The Eterno Device—a four-week face lift you can use at home instead of those creams and masks that just don’t work.  This brand new, time-saving device is clinically-proven to use NASA’s red and infrared LED Light Therapy, the most innovative, age-defying technology on the planet. Its patented glass head is powerful and gentle, and and the device effectively reduces wrinkles, softens fine lines, increases collagen and elastin production, lifts and tightens skin, and improves complexion through its technology. Eterno is a must-have for anyone who wants a fresh glow achieved in the comfort of their own home.

Shiseido Beauty (www.Shiseido.com)

If there’s one company who knows cosmetics and self-care, it’s Shiseido. From the many fabulous things they offer, there are a few standouts this season that I particularly like. First is their ModernMatte Powder Lipstick Expressive Deluxe Mini Set—a limited-edition wardrobe of five mini ModernMatte Powder Lipsticks. They’re all housed in a deluxe acrylic container for the holidays, and the outer package features festive RIBBONESIA art. The shades range from soft neutrals to bold berries to festive reds, ensuring there’s something for every occasion.  This creamy, non-drying formula transforms into a weightless powder and wraps lips in a velvety, matte pigment. Now what gal wouldn’t love that? Also from Shiseido is the Ult-Immune Power-Infusing Concentrate. This is Shiseido’s best-selling serum, actually having relaunched in a stronger formula powered by Imu-Generation Technology. It has anti-oxidant rich reishi mushroom and iris root extracts that strengthen skin, restore firmness and defend against daily damage. It’s made to produce fast results, with skin growing 28 percent stronger in just one week.

***** STOCKING STUFFERS *****

STICK-AMIS Hands-Free Phone Stickers (www.Amazon.com)

STICK-AMIS are nifty phone stickers that allow complete hands-free usage of any type of phone or tablet without the need for special case sizes or bulky contraptions. It’s ideal for the perfect selfie or group shot…often on the first click! Patent pending, STICK-AMIS is a super-handy phone accessory that instantly solves the problem of having to fumble with your phone while taking selfies, group photos, watching videos or even video conferencing. In addition, STICK-AMIS doubles as an instant stand and can eliminate the need for oft cumbersome accessories like pop-sockets, selfie-sticks and tripods! Use STICK-AMIS to also avoid awkward angles, shadows and limited range of your phone or tablet camera.

Shhhtop Door Dampener (www.InnovationEmporium.com)

For the home improvement and child safety-minded is Shhhtop, which is better than conventional door dampers and stoppers for ensuring doors don’t slam shut–even when other doors and windows are open to let in fresh air. Beyond the annoyance and stress from slamming doors, they’re also a safety hazard to children, the elderly and pets. Shhhtop installs easily with no drilling or damage to door components. It’s also discreet and invisible once installed.

***** TRAVEL *****

Holidays at Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa (www.RenaissanceIndianWells.com)

Whether as a holiday getaway for yourself or an experiential gift for another, the Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa is a splendid desert home-away-from-home for the holidays courtesy of a range of events and activities inspired by holiday storybooks and tales. This December, there are some super special offerings at this Palm Springs-area destination, including: a giant walk-in snow globe for family photo ops; kids’ craft classes with Nutcracker, Grinch and other themes; nightly free holiday movies; a gingerbread house decorating contest; oversized storybook characters; an Elf-on-the-Shelf hunt; desert Santa in flip-flops; as well as holiday tree-lighting and entertainment. Then there’s the ultimate New Year’s Eve Glow-in-the-Dark family dance party, which is a huge hit with kids. Their Storybook Holiday package includes $50 per night resort credit as well as milk cookies and a children’s holiday storybook upon check-in.

Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel (www.LuxeHotels.com)

Another fabulous holiday or travel gift is Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel, the only hotel on Beverly Hills’ iconic Rodeo Drive. A blend of modern style, relaxed Southern California spirit and the elegance of Beverly Hills, this boutique hotel features inspired spaces from famed designer Vicente Wolf and genuine hospitality from a dedicated staff. Revel in unmatched access to world-class shopping, dining and entertainment, and exclusive Luxe Club amenities. Like a home-away-from-home, the Luxe Club benefits include delicious breakfasts, light lunches, evening tastings with happy hour house wines and cocktails to ensure every craving and necessity is met. The hotel also features complimentary bicycle rentals, a 2nd floor outdoor mezzanine and rooftop that provides incredible 360-degree views of the Los Angeles hills and skyline. The rooftop also has a Fitness Center and hosts “Cinema Under the Stars” events on the weekend. Luxe Rodeo Drive Hotel is a premier choice for an immersive Beverly Hills holiday.

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As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern is an internationally-regarded consumer product trends expert and hospitality industry voice of authority—a travel, dining, leisure and lifestyle expert who spotlights noteworthy marketplace innovations, change makers, movers and shakers. She reports on exemplary travel destinations and experiences, extraordinary events and newsworthy products and services across all categories. Reach her online at www.TheLuxeList.com, on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor, on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList and on Instagram at www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews.

***Some or all of the accommodations(s), experience(s), item(s) and/or service(s) detailed above may have been provided at no cost or sponsored to accommodate this review, but all opinions expressed are entirely those of Merilee Kern and have not been influenced in any way.***

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Quick hairstyles when you’re on the move

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In current times, our busy schedule keeps us on the move most of the time. We usually don’t even have time for a proper meal during the day and catch a few bites on the go. So when it comes to getting your hair in a fresh style, you might not feel motivated to do. You may think that making a proper hairstyle takes a lot of time and effort. But you also want your hair to look great when you are going to work or meeting your girls for an evening. Don’t worry anymore as this article brings you some quick Healthy Scalp Tips, especially when you’re on the move.

Messy Bun

 

messy bun

messy bun

This hairstyle can save the day for you and needs very little time and energy. It makes you look stylish and pretty any day. To make a messy bun, turn your head upside and make a ponytail of your hair. You can make it as high or low as you want. It is fine to not perfectly comb all your hair as this hairstyle looks good even if some lumps remain. Now you have to twist the hair in your ponytail and roll the around its base over and over. Wrap all the hair around the ponytail base; you can secure it with hairpins and hair elastic.

The best thing about the messy bun, it’s super easy to make and that it comes in many variations. You can create one to suit every occasion or dress in just a few minutes and look glamorous all day.

Twist and Pin

Twist pin

Twist pin

Twist and pin are also one of the most natural hairstyles to make when you are in a hurry. It gives you a classy look, which boosts your confidence level as well. It is also a good idea when you want to get the hair away from your face. You have to take a strand of hair from your temple and start twisting it. When you reach a sufficient length, stop and secure your hair in place with a bobby pin. If you feel one is not enough, you can use two bobby pins to be on the safe side. The great thing about this hairstyle is that you can rock it any time of the day or night.

Half Up

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hALF uP

You can use this hairstyle on a day your hair isn’t cooperating much with you, and you still want to look good. Just leave a few strands to frame each side of your face and pull the remaining hair from the front into a pony. Remember to leave the hair at the back out of the ponytail. The half-up hairstyle gives you an instant neat look, without spending hours to achieve it.

You can also make a bun or braid with the hair you’ve pulled in the half ponytail or just let it slide smoothly.

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Knotted Low Bun

low bun

low bun

The knotted low bun is an easy hairstyle to make when you don’t feel like spending much effort on your hair. Just make a low ponytail and make a loose braid with the nose of the ponytail. Then wrap your braid around the base of the ponytail and secure it with bobby pins. This low braided bun gives you a relaxed and chic look minus any hassle.

It is one of the quickest hairstyles to make when you’re on the move and don’t have time for hairstyling. The good news is that there are many variations of low bun hairstyles that you can try and pull off with little effort.

Front Twist

front-side-twist

front-side-twist

If you want to keep your bangs away from your eyes, this front twist will do the trick nicely. Divide your hair starting from the center into a small triangle, till halfway up to the crown. Then twist the hair in the triangle and flip it over, securing it with a bobby pin. The twist is also a lifesaver for the busy woman and makes her look cool and trendy.

Conclusion

After going through this article, you know about the stylish hairstyles that you can make in a few minutes. You are now on your way to amazing your friends and colleagues with your effortless, classy look. Remember that you can pull off any hairstyle successfully if your hair and scalp are healthy. If not, you should spend some time reading healthy scalp tips to improve your scalp health. After all, your hair is your crowning glory, and you want it to look perfect and amazing at all times.

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Tie The Knot In Style-Tips To Select An Offbeat Wedding Venue

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We know that you know all about the different traditional wedding venues like the parks, hotels, restaurants, and even the beaches. But if you think these have become too mainstream and want to have your wedding at a unique venue then you have arrived at the right place.

You’d really love to know that there are tons of offbeat wedding venues that’ll be far from traditional ones that will definitely leave your guests in awe. From a Cliffside to the deep waters there are many options among the top wedding venues in Mumbai that you can choose from.

So let’s dig in and find those really great ideas that’ll help make your wedding truly unique and entertaining to the guests. Just be with us a little while longer as we explain some of the best venues that you can select from and will look really awesome.

Get Married in A Tree House

Don’t you think that even getting married on the ground is so much common these days? Get your guests swept off their feet from the ground (i mean literally…!), by selecting a tree-house to arrange your wedding.

treehouse wedding

treehouse wedding

Choose A Museum As A Wedding Venue

If getting married just below a dinosaur is not exciting enough for you then nothing else will. With all the nerds in the world backing me up on this, I can say that arranging for the wedding in the museum among all those antique items will be really a great option.

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On The High Tides In A yacht

Saying your wedding vows in the middle of the endless ocean with the land nowhere to be seen around is another great wedding venue option that we came across. Just book a beautiful yacht and gather all the people who are dear to you and get going exploring the vast oceans.

Wedding On Yacht

In A Botanical Garden

You can have your wedding close to nature by arranging for it in a beautiful botanical garden with all the colorful flowers that’ll provide a perfect wedding decor. It’ll be a wedding that’ll be nothing short of a fairytale.

botanical garden wedding

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At A Library

Getting married in the middle of all those really old books in a library is another wedding venue setting that’ll not only be awesome but will be a place where your guests can also enjoy reading the different classics. Even the smell of the books will set the mood that you can’t find in any other wedding venue.

wedding at library

In The Middle Of A Forest

Getting married in a clearing that’s in the middle of a forest is another great option that’ll also be really adventurous. This one is for anyone who is absolutely smitten by nature and the wildlife in their truest form.

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In An Amusement Park

Yes… It’ll be really exciting to get married in an amusement park. Marriage in itself is an exciting and fun affair and getting married in an amusement park will take the fun element to a whole new level.

amusement park wedding

Among The Fishes Underwater

This one is exciting! I mean really exciting! Getting married underwater will take your wedding affinity to an entirely different level. It’ll be unlike the aquariums where you are separated by a glass full of water and fishes, and you’ll actually be in one…!!!

inside underwater wedding

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Inside A Haunted House

Love to watch spooky horror movies? Then be an enchantress yourself on the day of your wedding. A haunted house with dim lighting and using just the candles as the decor will be a great little option that’ll give your guests a chill down their spine.

inside haunted house

In The Middle Of Nowhere

Getting married at a place that is entirely off the limits of any map will be a great choice too. Yes, it’ll be hard for your guests to find the actual location of the venue so why not arrange for a common gathering place for everyone and then travel along to the real destination together.

Middle Of Nowhere wedding

It is sure that when going through this list of the offbeat wedding venues you must have stopped on at least one of the options and imagined yourself having the wedding at those venues.

So what are you waiting for? Go ahead select a venue that connects with your heart and celebrates the happiest day of your life with all your loved ones.

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Increasing Influence of Vaping trends in the Fashion industry

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As a trend, vaping has come up in a big way. Its slim and stylish look has gained immense popularity among the youth. Hence, it is no surprise that vaping is increasingly impacting the Entertainment industry and Social media. But an interesting trend that we have noticed is the proliferation of vaping in the fashion industry.

Want to see how e-cigs have made a mark on the fashion ramp walks? Then check out its journey from entertainment and social media to the fashion domain.

Vaping and its influence in entertainment and social media

Vaping has massively influenced the entertainment industry. Remember Kevin Spacey holding the e-cig in House of Cards? It’s the first known instance of e-cigarette appearing on television. It is also seen as a prominent prop in the hands of the leading man, John Cusack in the film, Drive Hard.

Global icons like Leonardo DiCaprio are self-confessed vaping fans who use it even in personal lives. Similarly, Samuel Jackson and Lindsay Lohan, who previously used to smoke cigarettes, are now seen with vapes.

These instances explain why the youth is highly influenced by the presence of e-cigs in the hands of celebrities. However, it’s not the celebrities alone that are creating this hot trend.

Social media too joins in showering its affection for vaping

Social media users too are showcasing their love for e-cigs. Platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and many other platforms enable the user to search for different types of posts on vape kits and its models, or know about the launch of new juice flavours, and learn much more about vaping in general.

Where does fashion come in the picture?

With the obvious spotlight on vaping, how could the fashion industry remain far behind? It is clear that fashion takes a cue from the hot and happening trends globally. Hence, it is no surprise to see a vaping featured in many fashion shows. As a result, we see a totally new category of people inspired by vapes known as “vape models”. Want to see how vaping is creating an impact in this sector? Then read on and find out.

Creativity at the intersection of vaping and fashion

  1. Introduction on the Runway in Fashion Shows

A segment of fashion is dedicated to vaping, where high street vaping clothes and accessories are introduced as a new trend to the world. Fashion shows in New York introduced the use of vapes on the runway. This led to an increase in the use of vapes as a fashion trend in other shows as well.

A person with a vape is considered cool and trendy in today’s fashion world. This trend is growing not only among the models but also among the designers, the crew, and the guests who grace the event.

  1. Vape Inspired Models

These‘vape models’ walk the ramp along with a vape either as a prop, an accessory, or in their hands. They are hired to walk in fashion shows to promote the use of vapes. They are made to wear clothes tailored specifically keeping the vaping trends in mind.

These models have become top trending models amongst the youth who are, in turn, influenced to take up vaping. Different vapes for different types of users are introduced in the market in such fashion shows. As a result, a vape has become a fashion accessory for lawyers and labourers alike.

You will find different vape kits and models, vape juices with different flavours and e-liquids, and various vape tricks. Combining these in innovative ways has emerged as a glamour factor for many young people today. This has also given rise to vaping competitions and cloud chasing events. Such community-led actions have further cemented the e-cigarette’s popularity as a fashion statement.

  1. Vape Accessory Trend

It is difficult to hold the vape all day long. With its increasing trend in clothes, apparel manufacturers are inspired to make accessories within the outfits that can hold the vape and even look cool.

It is not surprising to see street-style clothing that carries dedicated pockets to carry around the vaping device in a discrete manner. There are scores of wearable accessories like a gold chain, vape case, vape band, and many more different types of accessories.

  1. The Rise of Vape Culture

Vaping became widely popular mainly as a less harmful alternative to traditional cigarettes. There is a community of people who are widely connected with the mission of giving up of smoking and promoting the use of vape. The coming together of such people with a common interest also has led to a rise in vaping culture.

It is not uncommon to see a vaping act as a conversation starter between two strangers who are vaping enthusiasts. The culture also encompasses people wearing clothes specific to vaping and adopt a relaxed and laid-back attitude, in a vaping competition. This reinforces the vape culture. Some people adopt vaping as a hobby, while some start vaping to quit smoking. Irrespective of the reason, one fact is constant, the vaping culture is here to stay.

  1. The proliferation of Vaping in Streetwear Styles

The use of streetwear clothes such as hoodies and sneakers are now enhanced with motifs, logos, and designs of popular vaping brands. They are openly sporting apparel with the images of e-cigarettes and phrases around cloud smoking. They no longer find it difficult or awkward to do so. Rather, they are affectionately displaying the brand and the type of e-juice they prefer.

  1. Vaping Competitions are Now Held at Many Places

Yes, there are vaping competitions that are held regularly across the globe. In such competitions, people try to perform the best possible tricks like cloud chasing and artistic shapes of blowing out smoke.

Vaping fanatics take such events very seriously. They put in a lot of practice with a huge amount of different types of juices used to produce the most amazing-looking vapours. Mastering these tricks requires a lot of time. The trend is so popular that people who have never used any form of cigarettes are also participating in it and adopting vaping as a part of their fashion quotient.

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Vaping will continue to influence the fashion industry with new styles and innovative creativity at the intersection of the two diverse areas. The reason behind it is not very difficult to comprehend. As a fashion statement, vaping is being adopted by the youth in different ways as seen above. These points aptly depict the rise of vaping culture among our youth.

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Know about the top 5 metropolitan cities of India

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With an eclectic mix of religions, cultures, traditions, spiritual beliefs and topography, India holds a prominent spot in the global tourism map. Tourists from across the globe visit this country to experience their rich cultural heritage and architectural brilliance.

Other than historic marvels, lush green mountains, golden sand deserts and serene beaches, the country is also renowned for its skyscrapers. If you wish to see the modern side of the country, cover these 5 metropolitan cities —

Bangalore 

Bengaluru, earlier known as Bangalore, is the capital city of the Indian state of Karnataka. Serving as the center of India’s high-tech industry, the city is also famous for its effervescent nightlife. Reaching Bangalore from any part of the country is convenient as it is well-connected through airways, railways and roadways. Some of the main places to visit in the city include Lalbagh Botanical Garden, Cubbon Park, Bangalore Palace and Bannerghatta Biological Park.

Bangalore to Hyderabad bus service is frequent and cheap. Buses connecting both cities can be booked online via ixigo.com.

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Delhi

Delhi, the capital city of the country, is a massive metropolitan. Located in the northern part of the country, Delhi must be on every travellers bucket list. From spending time at the India gate to exploring the market of Chandni Chowk, from enjoying effervescent nightlife at Cannaught Place to getting an insight into the country’s past at Red fort, Delhi is an explorer’s delight.

On your visit to the capital city, don’t miss a visit to Qutub Minar, Humayun’s Tomb, Agrasen ki Baoli, Jamia Masjid and

Mumbai

Mumbai, earlier known as Bombay, is the financial center and the Bollywood capital of the country. On the Mumbai Harbour waterfront is the iconic Gateway of India, which was built by the British Raj in 1924. Known for its vibrant nightlife, colourful markets, rich cuisine and heritage structures and age-old temples, the city has something for every kind of traveller. Some of the must visit places in Mumbai include Elephanta Caves, Marine Drive, Colaba Causeway, Haji Ali Dargah, Siddhivinayak Temple and Chowpatty.

All the famous airlines provide airservices to and from this city.

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Hyderabad

Capital of the southern India’s Telangana state, Hyderabad is most famous for royal past and rich culinary heritage. It serves as a center for the technology industry and is home to many upscale shops and restaurants. Among the most popular attractions in the city is the Golconda Fort, that once served as the capital of the Qutb Shahi dynasty. The 16-century mosque known as Chrminar is another prominent attraction in the city.

Bangalore to Hyderabad bus route is filled with lush greenery and is sure to lure the visitors.

Chennai

Chennai, located on the Bay of Bengal, is the capital of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Earlier known as Madras, the city is home to some of the most popular attractions of the country. When in Chennai, spend time exploring the museums, watch a sunset at the renowned Marina Beach, visit the age-old temples and savour deliciously authentic South Indian delicacies. Some of the famous attractions in the city include Government Museum, Santhome Cathedral, Edward Elliot’s Beach, Guindy National Park and VGP Universal Kingdom.

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Summer Vacay Prep – How to Get Holiday-Ready

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Summer vacation season is upon us. July and August are the hottest dates for the ultimate summer adventure. People work so hard throughout the year and they can’t wait for the summer to come so they can head to the beach and soak up the sun.

If you belong to the group of people who will soon depart to their destination of choice, you have to think of a few things before the pre-holiday excitement sets in.  A proper vacation prep checklist will remind you to take care of the most important things. It is better to take care of everything before we hail a cab to the airport. 

Here’s what you should definitely think of before you leave for your next vacation:

At least one month before…

Plan your entire vacation one month before your flight

In order to truly enjoy your well deserved time off, try to plan your days in advance. Get to know the destination by googling all the relevant information. Get yourself familiar with the history of the town so you won’t miss the important monuments. Search for the best beaches and look for popular activities. Find the best authentic restaurants so you can try the food you’ve never tasted before. Plan to visit at least one neighboring town or village so you can see other popular sights and take a break from sunbathing.

Also, try to find at least one of off-the-beaten-path beaches so you can enjoy nature and avoid the overcrowdedness. This will wake up that hidden adrenaline junkie who wants to enter into the unknown.

Make sure your Google Map is up to date so you can navigate the unknown areas with ease and without the fear of getting lost.

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Never forget to check if your documents are up to date

Make sure your passport or any other personal documentation is in order and up to date. Also, make copies of your passport, credit cards and anything else that can be easily lost. Keep it in a safe place in case of any unwanted holiday emergency. Additionally, inform a person you trust, be it a friend or a family member, of your travel itinerary. These are just precautionary steps and hopefully, your holiday will go just as you planned it.

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Be realistic about your budget

Being realistic about your budget will help you stay within planned expenses and avoid all other unnecessary ones. Make sure you divide your budget per each day of vacation so you can easily track your expenses. If you stay within your day’s budget you won’t spend more than you planned. If you’ve spent less in a day than you are allowed to, you can always spend that on another day.

It is also advised to have an emergency amount of cash you can use in case there are some unexpected spendings.

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Get-Holiday Ready

It’s important to stay healthy when traveling, so make sure everything is in order before you go. First of all, research the country you will visit. Make sure to know everything about health risks and stock your first aid kit for general emergencies.  Purchase a travel health insurance plan because it has so many benefits that you will find invaluable when you need it most. 

If you are going on a month-long vacation, you should also check your health. Visit your GP at least 4-6 weeks before your trip. They will recommend vaccines you might need and refill your current medications. You should also find time to visit your dentist at least two weeks before your trip. A dentist will assess your oral health and recommend proper treatment if there is something that should be fixed. Dental treatment away from home can be difficult to find and expensive, so make sure to visit trusted professionals like Penrith Dental Clinic and make sure your smile is vacation-ready.

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Vacation Prep With A Leaner Diet

Going to a beach resort will surely make us body-conscious. A month before going on a vacation is surely not the time to purchase a gym membership or start a diet. The idea is to go on a holiday full of energy and not to risk your health just because you must fit into that bikini!

The best way to approach your own summer body prep is to just go on a leaner diet. Just try to eat healthy as much as you can, avoid fast food and processed meals, limit sugar and alcohol intake and drink lots of water. Try to work out regularly and make sure you are full of positive energy before you leave.

A few days before your trip, don’t forget to…

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Do the essential holiday shopping and pack your luggage

Packing is yet another thing that you should plan according to the location and weather conditions. It is best to plan a layered wardrobe in case the weather might change. In case of a beach vacation, make sure to pack light fabric and pieces of clothing which can be washed easily and dried quickly. Don’t forget to weigh your luggage before your flight as airlines have strict guidelines.

When it comes to shopping for some new and trendy vacation pieces, focus on the things you really need and avoid buying pieces just because they are on sale.

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Prepare your home

A day before, clean out your fridge and remove everything that might go bad by the time you return. Freeze the ones that have a longer expiration date and toss out everything else that won’t be edible by the time you come back.

This will definitely remind you to take out the trash, too. If you don’t do this, you risk coming back to a smelly house and a pest invasion. After you’ve cleaned out the fridge, taken out the trash, make sure everything is nice, tidy and clean. You won’t be in the mood to clean your home when you come back, you will probably feel those post-vacation blues and the last thing you’d like to do is dusting and vacuuming. Make sure to do this before you go.

A few minutes before you go, check your windows, pull up the curtains, unplug electronic devices, remove the spare key and lock the door. In case you are one of those people who always question themselves if the door is locked, have someone take a picture of you while you are locking the door. This photograph will remind you that you locked the door and that you can finally relax and look forward to some time off.

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Set up your vacation responder

Lastly, don’t let your work emails distract you while you are sipping your favorite cocktail at the beach. Let your coworkers or clients know that you are on vacation by setting up a vacation responder. By doing this your email client will automatically respond to all received messages. You’ll simply let them know that you are on vacation and that you’ll respond in great detail upon your return. You will avoid receiving unnecessary follow-ups because you did not respond. It will also let them know that you are a professional and that you’ve thought about this before you went on a holiday.

By following our vacation prep guide, you will surely take out the stress out of vacation prep. It is also advisable to have someone check your home every once in a while. They can water your plants, pick up the bills and let you know that everything is A-OK while you are soaking up the sun and enjoying your vacation. 

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