Ah, summer. Sun in our face, wind in our hair, flowing fashions and travel…lots and lots of travel! Such an eagerly anticipated and exceedingly enjoyed season indubitably ushers in an array of covet-worthy beauty and style solutions and, lucky for you, I’ve found nine fine ones among them. From new style staples to smart hair and skincare to ways to amp up that summer soirée, these will help get you through the season in fab form.
William Henry ‘Zurich’ Design Money Clips (www.WilliamHenry.com)
First are the stunningly gorgeous money clips from William Henry, a piece of luxury jewelry and accessory brand. The company’s Zurich design money clips are stellar for summer. This striking ‘Raven’ design features a hand-forged ‘brain wave’ Damascus frame by Chad Nichols, inlaid with carbon fiber and a blazing red topaz.
A beautiful engraving is a bright cut against the matte-finished background. The Zurich ‘Panama’ design features hand-forging by Mike Sakmar using an ancient Japanese art used to decorate samurai swords. The inlay is cocobolo wood, punctuated with smoky quartz. Its engraving is also bright cut against the matte-finished background. Only 1,000 pieces of this special design are available. The Zurich ‘Talon’ money clip features a hand-carved sterling silver frame, inlaid with Kingman turquoise and a white topaz gemstone.
This exquisite piece is another limited edition with just 250 available. Known for its meticulous use of classic natural materials, precious metals, gemstones, and state-of-the-art alloys, William Henry is a benchmark luxury brand that has an upper echelon following world-wide. Just visit the “Proud Owners” section of its web site to see what entertainment power players like Harrison Ford, Nick Jonas, Jared Leto, Laurence Fishburne, John Varvatos, Luke Bryan, Pierce Brosnan, and Adrien Brody own from the company’s collections. Evan A-list ladies like Cameron Diaz have bought this brand’s baubles.
Kut from the Kloth Apparel (www.KutFromTheCloth.com)
Embodying the summer season and spirit of California overall, Kut from the Kloth is a vibrant, contemporary lifestyle brand. With innovative fabrics, a flawless fit and sophisticated style, the Kut collection is designed with your busy life in mind so you can confidently go from day to play.
They recently debuted the go-anywhere “vacation vibes” line of ultra-fashionable travel staples designed for easy packing, wearing and washing. In fact, you can vacation with on-trend pieces created to wear right out of the suitcase. An online boutique beloved for blending modern trends with coastal flavor, Kut from the Kloth makes couture-inspired fashion both accessible and affordable.
Their essential summer escape collection is great for jet-setters who want to look like a million bucks and still have plenty of cocktail cash. Short-sleeved button-ups feature palm fronds and pastel pinstripes, perfect underneath a soft, quilted sweatshirt or white denim jacket for chilly evenings. So feel those vacation vibes of delicate florals in shades of pink, coral and yellow that’ll help you stand out in the crowd.
Metalicious Silver Shark Tooth Necklace (www.Metalicious.com)
Thanks to the Metalicious line of luxury jewelry made from recycled metals, ocean-lovers can tell people they’re wearing the tooth of a maneater!
The company’s Small Silver Shark Tooth Necklace is cast in sterling silver from an original shark tooth, then oxidized to bring out the details and give it a soft finish. Available with a choice of a 17″, 20″ or 22″ sterling curb chain to ensure it falls in that perfect spot on your necklace, the shark tooth pendant itself is 1″ long x 3/4″ wide.
I like this piece because it can be edgy and sophisticated, but sweet and subtle also. It looks like a work of modern art! You can wear this every day, mixing and matching it with various looks. Metalicious sources recycled metals and ethically mined gemstones to create meaningful, handcrafted heirlooms that adhere to strict environmental and sustainability standards.
Also charity-minded, the company donates a portion of its profits to cityharvest.org, a non-profit organization that provides meals to over 1.4 million New Yorkers a year.
Ekster 3.0 Parliament Smart Wallet (www.Ekster.com)
After reportedly raising over $1,000,000 in their previous crowdfunding campaign, Ekster, the world’s largest smart wallet brand, has launched their latest edition perfect for discerning men: the Ekster 3.0.
This time they have engineered both the slimmest and the first voice-activated smart wallet to date. Owners can now call their wallet, find it on a map or even make use of the widespread Chipolo community to help locate their missing belongings easier than ever before.
Battery issues are also no longer a problem due to Ekster’s patented solar-powered tracking solution, which on a full charge can last up to two whole months. This identity theft, RFID- blocking wallets also look extremely handsome. They’re held together by handcrafted premium leather for a luxury look and feel, while the design provides instant card access whenever necessary.
Dining Elevated Utensil ‘Uplifts’ (www.DiningElevated.com)
Create a more stylish table setting and eat smarter at your summer soirées with the help of Dining Elevated Uplifts. These offer a cleaner, more sophisticated dining experience by elegantly raising all flatware and cutlery above a table’s surface. Similar to a chopstick rest, Uplifts elevate western-style utensils to establish an improved aesthetic and hygienic standard.
Uplifts look, feel and function better than the traditional table setups. Supported by research from the University of Arkansas and showcased by the National Environmental Health Association, Dining Elevated brings the highest level of food safety to hospitality. Featured on Top Chef and reportedly showcased in some of the finest hotels and restaurants, Uplifts are a game-changing addition to place setting design that the world never realized it always needed.
Of course, there are a myriad to styled, materials and designs available to suit your desired aesthetic and complement your tableware.
Bloomers Frosé and More (www.BloomersFrose.com)
Bloomers Frosé is a vegan, non-GMO, gluten-free and kosher non-alcoholic mixer that’s ready to use and enjoy.
They enable anyone to whip up an icy-smooth version of their favorite beverage in just minutes—important when you’d rather be poolside soaking up those rays. Bloomers Frosé makes it simple to take different variations of Rosé, Prosecco, Sparkling Wine, Sauvignon Blanc and spirits to the next level with easy-to-create frozen concoctions that are sure to please both intimate groups and large crowds, alike.
Because what summer gathering is complete without the frozen beverage brigade? There are also brand new, low-calorie and low-sugar formulas offered by the company so, for those who want to keep their summer bod in check, there are plentiful options on that front as well.
Gleamin Vitamin C Clay Mask (www.Gleamin.com)
Gleamin is a yellow Australian Vitamin C Clay Mask that’s helping women worldwide achieve a natural glow! In fact, all over Instagram customers are talking about how this skincare solution has helped their skin tremendously, which is part of the reason this product actually sold out at least twice since it launched.
The product is formulated from 100% vegan, natural and ethically-sourced ingredients like Yellow Clay, Aloe Vera, Turmeric, Kakadu Plum, Desert Lime, and Finger Lime Caviar. It’s designed to banish dark spots and hyperpigmentation, replacing these areas with a natural brightness. This Vitamin C-infused Clay Mask also revitalizes skin and replenishes moisture thanks to the Aloe Vera, while turmeric enhances and revives skin tone. Native to Australia, the Desert Lime, Kakadu Plum, and Finger Lime Caviar ingredients are among the richest known sources of Vitamin C.
Together, this trio fights acne, heals imperfections, evens the skin tone, and prevents future breakouts. It’s especially helpful for users with deep skin tones. Gleamin offers a Glow-and-Go single kit that features a 60 gram jar of the vitamin c clay mask, plus a brightening brush, for just $39.99. Value-minded customers can even save 25% if they purchase the Glow-and-Go Duo package that includes two masks and two brushes, available for $59.99. And, the company offers free shipping on all orders, so gotta love that!
Herban Body Care (www.Herban.net)
Imagine being able to hand-make soaps and elixirs from scratch, like a batch of fresh-baked cookies or homemade soup. Using only plant-based and concentrated formulas, you’d mix organic ingredients with herbs and essential oils from around the world.
Now imagine if these soaps incorporated only body-nurturing ingredients which possess healing properties and promote a feeling of rejuvenation for all skin types. No need to get out the mixing bowl for such hand-crafted skincare, as you can turn to Herban, instead. Their collections are unisex and their custom-molded versions of different soap varietals are even featured at high-end wellness retreats and boutique hotels around the United States. All of their formulas are created in-house, so you never have to worry about outsourced ingredients.
Particularly popular items include their Plant Bar soap and Salted Butter moisture scrubs. The company’s name has significant meaning as well. Breaking it down: Herb – they use herbs in all of the formulas; Ban – they ban all chemicals from their formulas; Her – it’s “her” company (woman owned); and Herban – originally targeting an underground urban culture. The line is also entirely gift-worthy!
Pura D’or Hair Care (www.Amazon.com)
Get the shiny, chic hair with voluminous undertones that you can flaunt all summer long with the help of Pura D’or Hair Care. This brand features a proprietary blend of organic extracts and oils helps heal your hair. With ingredients like Tea Tree Oil, Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Vanilla, among other natural vitamins and nutrients, there is no shortage of quality that helps to get the job done quite effectively.
This cold press, preservation-harvested oil, known for centuries as pure gold, fuses inside each formula to help solve problems like thinning hair and hair loss due to breakage and dandruff. With products such as Hair Thinning Therapy Shampoo & Conditioner, Energizing Scalp Serum, Volumizing Styling Spray, and Moisturizing Masque, Smoothing Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner, Smoothing Therapy Cream, Curl Therapy Shampoo and Conditioner and Curl Therapy Cream, take your next step to healthier hair this summer, all season long. Rest assured that, o matter what your particular hair challenges might be, there is a Pura D’or formula with a solution just for you.
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Quick hairstyles when you’re on the move
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Increasing Influence of Vaping trends in the Fashion industry
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To Sign off
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.
Know about the top 5 metropolitan cities of India
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 —
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.
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, 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.
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, 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.
Summer Vacay Prep – How to Get Holiday-Ready
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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