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Hostelworld Celebrates 20th Birthday with Epic Global Party Tour

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With the likes of Mariah Carey and 50 Cent apparent fans of hostel travel—where low prices, shared accommodations and sociable common areas reign supreme—it’s no wonder that this hospitality category is going gangbusters. In fact, findings from Phoscuswright’s Global Hostel Marketplace 2016-2020 in one published report indicate tremendous hostel market growth, which is estimated to reach a whopping $6.4 billion in 2020. That’s a lot of revenue for an industry that hangs its hat on reasonable prices that are often well below market-standards.

One company doing more than its fair share to spur the success of this sector is Hostelworld, the leading hostel-focused online booking platform. In fact, their new travel report found that recent travelers who went on extended trips of three weeks or more, visiting multiple destinations, over four in five (81%) chose to stay in hostels.

Exemplifying this burgeoning sector popularity, Hostelworld recently showcased its longevity by  celebrating its 20th year anniversary in epic form this summer, having thrown 20 parties over 20 days in 20 countries worldwide. The company’s “20 Years Young” parties as they were coined were hosted in all corners of the globe—from San Diego, Marrakech, Paris, Tokyo and beyond, ultimately coming to a wrap in London. The parties, with each themed around a particular year among the last twenty, lit up social media thanks to venues that were kitted out with party props as well as the bevy of travel influencers who hosted games and activities with much fanfare. This included a collective of Instagram Live streams said to have helped bring guests together in a way only the true hostel experience can.

If you need more convincing about how grand Hostelworld’s “20 Years Young” party tour was, just read the schedule below to appreciate how awe-inspiring this celebration was.

1. Berlin, Germany: St. Christopher’s Berlin Mitte – Party Like It’s 1999
2. San Diego, USA: USA Hostels Ocean Beach – Millennium Party
3. Cancun, Mexico: Selina Cancun Downtown – Double Denim Party
4. Tayrona National Park, Colombia: Viajero Tayrona Hostel Colombia – Sk8er Party
5. Phuket, Thailand: Lub D Phuket – Under the Sea Party
6. Barcelona, Spain: Unite Hostel Barcelona – Funky Gym Party
7. Montreal, Canada: M Montreal Hostel – Jungle Party
8. Siem Reap, Cambodia: White Rabbit Hostel – Farewell Pluto Party
9. Sydney, Australia: Wake Up! Sydney Central – Pirate Party
10. Paris, France: JO&JOE Paris Gentilly – Lost Temple Party
11. Tel Aviv, Israel: Abraham Hostel Tel Aviv – Vampire Party
12. Ubud, Indonesia: Puri Garden Hotel & Hostel – Greek Myths Party
13. Cusco, Peru: Wild Rover Hostel Cusco – Witches and Wizards Party
14. Marrakech, Morocco Rodamon Riad Marrakech Hostel – Superhero Party
15. Goa, India: Jungle by Thehostelcrowd – Festival Party
16. Venice, Italy: Wombats City Hostel Venice Mestre – Emoji Party
17. Tokyo, Japan: Emblem Hostel Nishiarai – #MeetTheWorld Party
18. Sao Paulo, Brazil: O de Casa Hostel Bar – Unicorn Party
19. Lisbon, Portugal: The Independente Hostel & Suites – Superstar Party
20. London, England: Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage – Birthday Party

“The hostels for each of our events had been carefully selected to provide guests with the best possible experience, as we know today’s travelers expect far more than just a bed for the night from their accommodation,” noted a Hostelworld spokesperson. “As well as being perfectly located to explore, party guests were greeted by fabulous amenities like a cinema room in Mexico, a Muay Thai boxing ring in Thailand, and morning yoga in Indonesia.”

According to research by Hostelworld, it seems meeting and commiserating with people from all over the world is of escalating importance to American travelers, ranking “social space as the most important consideration when choosing where to stay,” which is certainly an area where hostels excel. “Another factor helping spur category growth is the importance of free activities that hostels often offer their guests,” the company spokesperson said.

Keeping the celebration going, Hostelworld continues to offer killer deals and free activities that help travelers make lasting memories. For example, USA Hostels Ocean Beach in San Diego offers visitors free shuttles to La Jolla and Tijuana, in addition to relaxing yoga classes and social barbeques.

So if you have that itch to get out of Dodge this fall, holiday or beyond and are looking to save a buck or two in the process—and meet and mingle with some interesting folks along the way—give a hostel stay a go. It just might result in the most memorable adventure of your lifetime.

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As the Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List,” Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand analyst, strategist and futurist. As prolific consumer trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, Merilee keeps her finger on the pulse of the marketplace in search of new and innovative must-haves and exemplary experiences at all price points, from the affordable to the extreme. The best-of-the-best across all product, service and travel categories—as well as noteworthy marketplace change makers, movers and shakers—are spotlighted in her exclusive cross-media platform that reaches multi-millions each month through several syndication channels: print and online publications as well as broadcast TV and terrestrial radio. Connect with her at www.TheLuxeList.com / Instagram www.Instagram.com/LuxeListReviews / Twitter www.Twitter.com/LuxeListEditor / Facebook www.Facebook.com/TheLuxeList / LinkedIN www.LinkedIn.com/in/MerileeKern.

 

***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.***

 

Sources:

https://blueswandaily.com/often-overlooked-hostel-industry-shows-huge-upside-as-investors-attempt-to-appeal-to-millennials/

https://www.phocuswright.com/Travel-Research/Consumer-Trends/The-Global-Hostel-Marketplace-2016-2020-Second-Edition

http://www.hostelworldgroup.com/~/media/Files/H/Hostelworld-v2/reports-and-presentations/the-evolution-of-the-hostel-traveller-v1.pdf

 

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How to Survive 40+ Degree Celsius Summer in India?

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India faces a harrowing time during the peak summer months of April-June when you don’t get respite from the scorching heat.

The humidity makes the conditions worse when you continue sweating even after just taking a bath. It is now normal to experience temperatures above 40 degrees in India.

But the question is – how to deal with it if you don’t have an AC for rooms? Let’s find out in this quick post right away!

Solution # 1

Stay indoors as much as possible

If you can, it would be best to avoid going out or at least limit it during peak hours. Exposing yourself in the heat for long hours can affect it badly and lead to heatstroke and exhaustion. Even if you have to go out, you should plan it after 6 PM and till 10 AM when the temperature is at least bearable.

Solution # 2

Stay hydrated

Lots of people in India face dehydrating issues during peak summer months owing to less intake of water. Thus, the best thing would be to drink up at least 7-8 glasses of water. It would also be advisable to carry a water bottle while traveling for immediate and required consumption.

Solution # 3

Use umbrella

It may not be possible for everyone to stay indoors and avoid facing the sun during summer months owing to work commitments and more. But that does not mean you should expose yourself to sunlight as extreme exposure may even lead to skin cancer. The intensity of UVB in sunlight is the maximum during 10 AM and 3 PM. Thus, you can either carry an umbrella or weak an SPF sunscreen before going out of the house.

Solution # 4

Wear cotton clothes

When you sweat during summers, wearing cotton clothes can help you in absorbing the sweat and helps your body to cool down. It is because the cotton fabric is best for absorbing the same and bringing down your body temperature. What’s more, you can also avoid fungus issues from stay off or at its minimum level by wearing cotton fabrics.

Solution # 5

Stay off spicy food

Come summer, and one of the best advice would be avoiding outside foods as much as possible. It would also be to avoid spicy food. It is because spicy foods have a chemical known as capsaicin that makes your body sweat more but without increasing the temperature. The more you consume spicy foods, the more heat it will generate. It would be best to eat small meals throughout the day.

Other than these measures, if you are looking to bring home the best AC cooler for rooms from an electronics store, then you can do that after comparing a few models. Take a look:

  • Onida 1 Ton 3 Star Split Inverter AC
  • Power consumption – 1280 W
  • Copper condenser coil – enjoy proficient cooling and lower maintenance
  • 1 Ton
  • Auto-restart mode
  • Sleep mode
  • 3 Star BEE Rating 2020 to save up to 15%

Price in India – Rs.25,000.

  • Voltas 1.5 Ton 5 Star Split Inverter AC
  • Power consumption – 1355 W
  • Copper condenser coil – enjoy efficient cooling with lower maintenance
  • 5 Ton
  • Auto-restart mode
  • Sleep mode
  • 5 Star BEE Rating 2019 for power-saving up to 25%

Price in India – Rs.40,000.

  • Blue Star 1 Ton 3 Star Split AC
  • Power consumption – 955 W
  • Copper condenser coil – enjoy capable cooling and lower maintenance
  • 1 Ton
  • Auto restart mode
  • Sleep mode
  • 3 Star BEE Rating 2019 for power-saving up to 15%

Price in India – Rs.30,000.

You can compare the features and prices of these air cooler and AC for home as per your needs and budget to bring one home this summer and bid adieu to extreme heat.

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To Do in Egypt

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Egypt, a country linking northeast Africa with the Middle East, dates to the time of the pharaohs. It is one of the ancient countries in the world which covers a wide range of attractions that attract several tourists. It is an ideal destination for those who want to discover archaeological sites and other things in detail. Traveling to Egypt for the first time and wondering what to know before your trip?.

trip to Egypt is an extremely enjoyable experience when you engage in the history and culture of the Pharaohs’ land. Egypt is a fantastic tourist destination that attracts people from all age group. Tourists have the chance of wandering Egypt’s architectural wealth, which is one of a kind. The well known pyramids of Giza, ancient temples, royal tombs, the Sphinx, and mosques are only a few of the most stunning attractions that this wonderful country has to offer.  With so many places to visit and things to do, the moments spent there will ever worth remembering.

Unlike other countries, Egypt weather remains sunny and clear the year round. It is a bit rainy at winter but in places like Luxor and Aswan in upper Egypt it remains dry and clear. Egypt has a temperate weather during the whole year so there is no particular season to visit it. Nile cruising is a very enjoyable experience that any visitor must do when he visit Egypt.

The Nile Cruise Trip combines the History with the pleasant atmosphere which makes it an unforgettable Trip. As soon as you board one of our special boats, something inside you will stir as it transports you, in majestic splendor, through a magical mystical land.It will steal your heart away. There is long list of Nile River cruises from budget to 5 star luxury Nile River cruises, range of private and group luxury Nile River Cruise holidays starting from Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and Abu Simbel and varies between large cruise ships, small boats, steam ships and Dahabiyas. Itineraries start from short 3 nights cruise to super long two weeks along the river from Cairo to Aswan.

Cruise ships sailing on the Nile offer the guests with the best perfectly organized itineraries to visit the highlights and the most important monuments in and around the cities of Luxor and Aswan. The visits included almost in all programs would be the Temple of Karnak, the Temple of Luxor, the Valley of the Kings, the Colossi of Memnon, and the Temple of Queen Hatshepsut in Luxor. In Aswan, the guests will have a marvelous chance to explore the High Dam, the Temple of Philae, and the Unfinished Obelisk.

You may add more attractions to visit to your cruise vacations spending 2 to 3 days in any f the Red Sea resorts like Hurghada Marsa Alam, it is also possible to fly to Sharm El Sheikh another lovely tourist spot in Sinai Peninsula wandering Bedouins and enjoying the underwater world of the Red Sea in addition to Sinai desert adventures. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to uncover the attractions of ancient Egypt while sailing down the majestic Nile River.

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5 Accessories to Gift Fountain Pen Fanatics

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Buying a gift for a relative or friend that enjoys a particular hobby can be tricky. Especially if you aren’t familiar with a said hobby such as fountain pen collecting! While non-fanatics might not understand the obsession, as a gift buyer for one who is, you’ll no doubt still want to buy them something unexpected that they will like and appreciate. So outside of another pen, what else is there left to buy? You have to be creative if you want to get them a gift that they will appreciate. Don’t just play it safe and simply buy ink.

Here are five other accessories you might not have thought of that you can gift fountain pen fanatics.

A Leather Pen Case

If your fountain pen fanatic friend or partner is truly a fanatic, then chances are, they have more pens than they could possibly use and need a means for storing them. After all, one does not simply just stash all of their precious fountain pens into a drawer never to see light again. But when you start amassing a decent collection of pens, the question remains. How do you safely store them to preserve their worth? You really can’t go wrong with buying them a leather pen case or sleeve. And you better believe it that some cases can hold up to 40 pens like this pen sleeve! There are many different styles of leather cases on the market, so you’ll have to factor in the different sizes many pens come in, especially fountain pens.

Tomoe River Paper Notebook

Tomoe River Paper is famous for being the best paper to use for fountain pens. This paper is an absolute dream to write on with fountain pens. Japanese designed, they are also practical, stylish, and comfortable to store in your bag. You can be sure they’ll also be impressed that you even knew any of this in the first place! So buy a set of Tomoe River paper notebooks and they may even write you a lovely thank you note in return.

Desk Pen Holder

As an alternative to hiding your fountain pens in a drawer or in a pencil case, why not buy your pen lover a fancy pen holder for their desk? This will allow them to display their pens and even rotate through different ones depending on their mood or the day. A handcrafted pen holder makes both a stylish and practical office accessory while keeping their precious fountain pens safe and in good order.

Pen Roll

A serious pen fanatic will have more than a dozen pens. As yet another alternative to a pen case or sleeve, you can buy a handy pen roll with the capacity to carry more than just pens. Pen rolls are often designed to fit other useful tools and gadgets in, like scissors, measuring tapes, small notebooks, rulers and so forth. A good roll will come with an inner strap to secure the pens so they don’t fall out. If you drop the pen roll, your pens are still safe.

Fountain Pen Cleaning Kit

Over time and with frequent use, fountain pens require cleaning. They work on a capillary action and as time goes on, can gather small fibers, dust and flakes of dried ink which can interrupt a good user experience. Not to mention, it can make a mess of your delicate writing. A cleaning kit never goes astray as your fanatic friend will no doubt wish to preserve the value of their pens for many years to come.

As a final note, if ordering a gift online, be sure to check the estimated arrival of your purchase to ensure it will arrive on time. It can be frustrating to wait for the gift for over a month. This is something you want to consider before you buy anything online. It is therefore essential to find trusted vendors who have a better rating to ensure you are on the safe side.

If you are unable to decide the perfect accessory to gift the fountain pen lover in your life, you can always get a gift card. Some of the major fountain pen vendors offer gift cards. You can allow the recipient of your gift to pick out something that they like. On the other hand, you can also create your own gift card and then visit a local shop with them that deals with fountain pens and accessories. It makes for a great bonding experience and who knows, you might learn a thing or two along the way. Becoming a fountain pen fanatic yourself may still be in your future!

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Steps to take in selecting a unique event venue that makes a memorable experience

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Those interested in choosing non-traditional event venues should look beyond hotels, convention centers, and restaurants and explore new locations. M3 Studios doubles as a party venue and offers excellent prospects of holding a one of its kind event that sets its own standard in entertainment. The venue has all the features to host an exceptional event, and the location would attract people as they can explore a whole new world that they have not experienced before. The value of such non-traditional venues stems from their experiential nature and their ability not only to uphold the key values of the brand and its personality and even going a step further to be an extension of it.

Besides focusing on the uniqueness of the venue for holding an event, you should keep in mind some other aspects too that you will learn from this article.

 Do not ignore the practical aspects

The guests at the event would surely be astonished by the appeal and appearance of the venue as they soak in the unique environment of non-traditional event venues, but event managers must stay focused on the more practical aspects of holding an event in that space. No matter how amazing space might look, it must be spacious enough to allow guests to move around freely and carry out various activities without any constraints. Space must have sufficient exposure to natural light that affects the engagement, mood, and productivity of those attending the event.  Darkness associates with a mysterious environment but natural light exposure is a must.

The venue characteristics

The venue must gel with the brand values that contribute to its success. Having a good understanding of brand values and personality provides the inspiration in your search for the venue.  It is not enough to choose a unique venue if it does not have synergy with the brand because this is what sets the brand apart from the competition.  Consider everything from the type of business, event goal, mode, and tone of the event, brand characteristics, and brand positioning to understand the potential of the venue in creating a synergy with the brand. Match the characteristics and values that are common to the brand and venue to make the most appropriate selection.

The first look must be great

A unique venue creates the most important first impression even before anyone step in. The impressive exterior will enthrall event-goers as they approach the venue. Another way of doing it is to extend the event space to the outdoor of the venue. To maximize the wow-factor, you can arrange some pre-convention events in the outdoor space that helps to build anticipation about what to expect inside. Outdoor sites often make the best option when choosing a unique venue that creates a high-impact first impression.

When searching for unique event venues, it might sometimes appear surprising to find one near you that you walk by every day. Now that studios are offering spaces for events, the task becomes a lot easier as there is complete assurance about the place is unique.

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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

 

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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

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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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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…!!!

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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.

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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.

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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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8 Habits Ruining Your Life You Are Not Aware With

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Do you know some people are not aware of what they want to achieve in life? They don’t have any set goals or targets to meet. So, if you are not one of those and are well aware of your goals, you are one step ahead of others. However, it’s hard to move forward towards achieving your goals consistently. And some people cannot figure out why the progress is very slow even when their goals are well-defined.

What does it take to be truly successful? Your goals are like colossal mountains, which you need to surmount. Even if you are trying to reach them with your full will and planning, some habits have the potential of hindering you from reaching your goals. And guess what! Most of the people are unaware of these habits, which are standing in the way of their success. Aristotle says, “We are what we repeatedly do.” This brings us to the conclusion that it’s your habits, which determine your excellence and success.

These habits are blocking you from achieving success just like your internet security protection software blocks virus and malware. To reach your full potential, first, recognize these self-destructive habits and then get rid of them.

Top 8 Habits Which Stand in Your Way of Success

  1. Negative Thinking.
  2. Squandering Time.
  3. Expecting Perfection.
  4. People Pleasing.
  5. Under-Saving and Overspending.
  6. Being Reactive and Not Proactive.
  7. Multitasking.
  8. Forgetting Your Long-Term Vision.

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Negative Thinking

That’s where it all actually starts! You have no idea how negative thoughts and behaviors can hold you back. Allowing negative and contradictory thoughts is like allowing poison in your brain. If you are a negative thinker, recognize it and avoid it. Allow your close friends and family members to point out if you are exhibiting negative and pessimistic behavior.

This can lead to frustration, doubts, and depression. You need to be aware of all the factors, which trigger negative thinking. And you need to be strong enough to get rid of it.

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Squandering Time

You need to figure out what hogs your time the most. You can have answers like texting, social media browsing, TV or Netflix binge, and so on. All these things are intensely distracting. Don’t let yourself be sucked into these diversions. Especially in your productive hours. Your gadgets and apps allow you to zone out and you can waste hours under the impression of getting some refreshment. Successful people do not waste time like that. You need to limit the time you spend on flipping channels, streaming, or social media browsing.

Expecting Perfection

Expecting perfection is not only overburdening, but it also kills your success. Believing in perfection is not bad but sometimes good enough is the best solution to keep the ball rolling.  And expecting perfection right in the beginning is so wrong. Allow yourself to make mistakes and evolve gradually. Success is a step-wise process and you can’t achieve it overnight. The moment your brain will receive the message that it wasn’t good enough, it will start procrastination. So, give yourself time to improve, refine, and grow.

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People Pleasing

People who try to appease everyone end up compromising on themselves in the process. And guess what! People are still not pleased and you end up only wasting your time. You cannot act to be someone else that you are not.

Free yourself from the unreasonable desire of being loved and adored by everyone. don’t justify others in your head and focus on people who accept and value you. This will give you your peace of mind.

Under-Saving and Overspending

The way you deal with money matters has a lot to do with your peace of mind. If you have a habit of overspending and you make your spending decisions even when the money is not in your bank, you have the bad habit of overspending.

You need to learn proper budgeting and plan ahead of time for all possible finances. Also, no matter what, always save for the rainy days. With financial stability, you will have the ability to take new opportunities. At the very least, a sense of financial stability and security gives you the ultimate peace of mind. You can achieve an anxiety-ridden lifestyle if you get rid of the habit of overspending and under-saving.

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Being Reactive and Not Proactive

You cannot dictate what’s coming at you. Neither can you change it! Not everyone would behave nicely; some will always test your patience. There will always be another meeting or a burdening expense. Don’t let these burdens make you myopic.

Weight your options and always consider what would be the best course to take. You need to be proactive in these situations. If you are always reactive, know that you are in a sinking boat. Blaming circumstances will not help. Unpleasant things always come up. You need to learn to deal with them.

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Multitasking

Various studies have proven that multitasking is not humanly possible. So, if you are one of those people who claim to multitask, know that it has been defied with scientific proofs. The only possibility is one activity to be highly passive. For instance, driving while listening to some podcast.

Productivity is all about better focus. So, if you are in a habit of multitasking, it would be better to focus your attention on one thing at a time. While multitasking, you are dividing your concentration and your productivity drops clearly. So, get back to the old school routine of doing one thing at a time. You will do it faster and better.

Forgetting Your Long-Term Vision

Don’t let yourself make short-sighted decisions and don’t be happy with short-term success. If you are only thinking about tomorrow, know that you have chosen the best recipe for burning out. You need to have a long-term vision right from the beginning. And then you should keep yourself reminding of that vision. Don’t get carried away with small achievements. And don’t let yourself halt at them. I happened to visit the Optimum Customer Support and had a little chitchat with the owner. He claimed that the biggest factor behind his success is that he managed not to forget his long-term vision whenever he achieved small achievements.

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