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What Are the Benefits of Fender Flares?



It’s no secret that a lot of people who buy upgraded fenders do so because they want to personalize the style lines on a vehicle, but that’s not the only reason. Fender flares are functional as well, especially for off-road vehicles and those operating in rural areas with a lot of unpaved but maintained roads. So what do they do, besides making your Jeep look pretty? It depends on the situation.

Cover Up Corrosion

Wheel wells are, unfortunately, a site where visible corrosion creeps in easily. Even when your vehicle is fairly well cared for, rust in the wheel wells is almost unavoidable, since they bear the brunt of snow, slush, salt, and debris damage, all of which exacerbates corrosion. Lift kits often expose these areas to view even more easily, and a good set of fender flares for Jeep models like yours can shield them from view. You might not be able to keep rust spots from popping up in there, but you can keep them from being an eyesore, and that’s worth the investment even if you’re not one for customizing the exterior of your vehicles.

Block Debris, Mud & More

The biggest functional benefit to having your Jeep set up with fender flares? The way it keeps stuff from being thrown up into the air, whether or not you’re going off-road. On the pavement, this keeps water from puddles and gutters out of your field of view, deflecting them back to the ground instead of letting them be thrown up all over the place. That’s a big benefit when you’re trying to navigate in extreme weather and you’re worried about the visibility, especially if you’re in any kind of traffic. On unpaved roads like many rural routes, it also blocks the loose gravel and sand your vehicle can kick up in any weather, as well as mud, which helps minimize the splash back onto the body of your Jeep.

The best work your new fender flares will do is on the trail though. Whether you’re overlanding and blazing a new path or enjoy some well-worn mud tracks, the right pair of fender flares will keep all the stuff thrown up on the trail where it should be, back on the ground. This minimizes the chance of throwing up small rocks at a height that could damage your windows or body, in addition to the way it helps you navigate through water, slush, or mud. The best wheel tire combo Jeep JK might be able to ensure you power through the mud, but only your fender flares help control where that mud goes to keep your vision clear.

More Accessory Options for Your Jeep

There are a lot of options out there for your Jeep build, from lift kits and other upgrades you’ll need to power through off-road challenges to simple replacements for stock components you need to keep your Jeep looking and running its best. Whether you’re in the market for new lights, fender flares, or just a Jeep soft top replacement, you can find them all at your go-to resource for Jeep upgrades.

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Waimea Botanical Garden in Waimea Valley is a Top Spot to Visit in Oahu, Hawaii



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The Waimea Valley, located on the North Shore Oahu, is a place of cultural and historical importance to Hawaii. It has seen many changes over its history.

Kamehameha The Great conquered the valley in 1795 due to its abundance of resources and geographical location. Kamehameha the Great’s most trusted spiritual adviser Hewahewa was given the area and he became its chief. Some political changes were made during his rule, mainly due to powerful foreign influences. The traditional kapu system was also dissolved and converted to Christianity. Hewahewa and his co-ruler decried Hawaiian gods, and helped to destroy all religious idols as well as heiau (Hawaiian sacred sites). From then until 2003, the valet’s ownership was transferred to another person. In 2003, the valley was returned to the control of a native Hawaiian government entity.

Waimea Botanical Gardens is today a popular spot in all of Oahu tour. This is not only because of its historical significance but also because of the stunning view of Wailele waterfall, a 30-feet tall waterfall, that cascades into a large pool below. The trails for hiking in the valley feature portraits of the past Hawaiian monarchy and some old tools and instruments that were used to cook, dance, and other activities related to Hawaii’s culture. The Botanical Garden is filled with lushness and tropical plants that you can’t help but admire. Ku Ono Wai Wai Gift Shop is also located in the Garden Park. Here tourists can purchase souvenirs such as earrings, soaps and oils, skin care products and signs, and even food like toffee or snacks.

There are many adventures you can experience in Waimea, that is why private tours in Oahu, Hawaii always include this valley as a top spot to go to.

To learn more about Waimea Botanical Garden and why is it a top spot to visit in Oahu Hawaii, you can read this infographic from Go Hawaii Tours.

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‘Destinations in Paradise’ Redefining Post-Pandemic Private Villa Rental Service Standards




It would be an understatement to say that the recent pandemic is ushering in a seismic shift for the travel trade, which suffered a collective gut punch as COVID-19 unrelentingly raged across the globe. New health and safety protocols, crisis management plans and other operational touchpoints are being overhauled to help those in—and dependent upon—the travel industry better pivot and adapt to the unforeseen. For travelers, priorities and sensibilities have also evolved on multiple fronts. For one, various reports extrapolate how privacy has become the new luxury.

In fact, a “Covid Travel Outlook 2021” travel sentiment survey by Indagare found that travelers “feel more comfortable renting a home or private villa for added privacy” and that “more than half of those surveyed said that they are 54 percent more likely to rent a home than they were prior to coronavirus, preferring to ‘Stay at homes not hotels,’ for added security and peace of mind.” Other reports tout the key advantages of private luxury villa accommodations, with privacy and exclusive use entrenched among them.

Amid the surge in category popularity, travelers must also consider ways to aptly vet luxe private villa options amid a burgeoning field. According to an story outlining the benefits of “going private,” proximity is one overarching booking factor noting that “for some travelers, a house close to town or affiliated with a nearby resort or hotel provides the perfect combination of exclusivity and access (to restaurants, coffee shops, fitness classes, etc.). Others prefer staying someplace further removed, opting for a home with fewer amenities or a lavish villa with every convenience under the sun.”

The article also points out another critical aspect that, all too often, is taken for granted: availability. The story cites the reality that “accommodations can fill up months or even a year in advance,” which some more spontaneous wanderers might not expect. Relative to post-pandemic issues, the story further cautions that “this year, with exclusivity at an unprecedented premium and fewer destinations open to international arrivals, early planning is crucial. One reason: Many travelers are opting for longer stays, now that remote work and Zoom classes are ubiquitous, meaning there’s less turnover. For these extended trips—workcations or staycations—having strong WiFi, reliable phone service and separate areas for being productive are key factors when choosing the right rental.”

With this and other public discourse helping spur private villa reservations, I sought to connect with one purveyor in the space that is making due strides: Destinations in Paradise. This boutique agency offers a suite of architectural five-star private villas in four locales: The Big Island and Kauai, Hawaii as well as Los Cabos, Mexico and Mendocino, California. Having personally experienced this company’s brand of haute hospitality on the Big Island, I sought to connect with the founders—David Cohen and Howard Appel—for some clarity on how they’ve apparently adapted so well in the post-pandemic era. Here’s what they had to say.

MK: So, first, let’s talk about the properties, themselves, and also your company at large. What sets Destinations in Paradise apart from other luxury home and private villa purveyors in the various regions where you operate?

Cohen: It’s essentially our caliber of white glove service, which is highly personalized and with the very best amenities that can be provided. The company was started because we wanted to have some fun, as Howard and I had been retired a while. We wanted to give people, especially those desiring privacy and security, the kind of high-caliber experience that we would expect. When someone arrives at one of our homes, they’re greeted and welcomed with enthusiasm and everything to elevate the experience is there. This includes the best linens, a house full of flowers and arrival gifts. In Mendocino, we leave fresh-baked goods and wine. In Mexico, our guests are greeted with cold towels and margaritas. Plus, any special requests are accommodated. Even when guests depart, we give them a thank you gift for having booked a stay with us. Overall, it’s a very personalized experience. It’s akin to having a member of the family come and stay. You get up early in the morning, make them breakfast and generally make them feel at home … that this is their home for the duration of the visit. The difference is that it’s a five-star experience at every touch point.

Appel: We, ourselves, like to travel in luxury and, as we started acquiring the properties, we realized that this is a great opportunity to offer to other people the same kind of treatment we enjoy. It’s the way we all would love to be treated. And we think we offer it differently and more special than others. The business sort of just fell into place as bookings escalated and we started to acquire additional properties.

In the luxury travel space, much is said about the importance of personal touches to elevate the experience. So, can you provide an example of things you all do in this regard to go over-and-above for high-end luxury travelers?

Cohen: Here’s one interesting example about the Mexican property, for example: It’s two acres of the most gorgeous landscaping that you’ve ever seen. Even though it’s in the middle of a desert, we are desalinating seawater using solar power, so the yards and the landscaping and the flowers are all very lush, but still desert-type plants. The interesting thing is that Howard and I have worked together for close to 40 years and, until we actually got into this business, I had no idea that he had this artistic flair. The landscaping at all of the houses is beyond spectacular. My own personal favorite is the Mendocino home, which has the equivalent of an English country garden. You can just go and sit in there and read a book, sitting in the fresh air with beautiful butterflies and bees buzzing around. The Hawaiian property is the same; it’s just gorgeous, perfect Hawaii.

Appel: It’s important to note that these homes are indoor-outdoor homes. We want to make sure we carry the luxury on both sides. If you actually do a search of our home in Cabo on Google Earth, you can easily spot it because it’s the only significant patch of green anywhere along the east scape. This kind of lush, natural beauty is just one of the many ways that we cater to our guests relative to the luxurious aspects both inside and outside of the homes.

MK: You touched on some of it already, but what are some other special amenities and activities that you offer in, and around, the homes that are available to guests?

Appel: One key aspect is that each home comes with a concierge service. Our guests can partake in any activity in the local surroundings. We try to offer the opportunities within the local community and try to personalize that. In Mexico, it might be premiere deep-sea fishing, surfing and paddle boarding. In Mendocino, we’re about 30-minutes from Anderson Valley, so we can arrange for private wine tours. Especially during the recent pandemic, to help our guests have fun but also avoid big crowds was important to us. Of course, the homes in Hawaii and Mexico have beautiful pools, swim-up bars and each property has its own set of unique amenities on-site a like solar-lighted tennis court. In fact, when we travel to Mexico—in the seven or eight times we’ve been there—I think we’ve left the property twice. There’s no reason to go elsewhere because everything is there with you. Whatever you want to do, whatever the guests would like, we can make it happen.

MK: Speaking of the pandemic, obviously the past year and a half has been tough for the travel industry, so how have the recent health concerns impacted your business with respect to private villa versus hotel, resort or other kinds of accommodations? And, also, the guest experience while actually visiting a property?

Appel: We took COVID very seriously from the beginning and, yes, 2020 was a hard year for us. We lost almost all of our business, but we used that down time as an opportunity to continue to enhance the homes. Even now, when guests come to one of our properties, they’re greeted in a manner that best assures their health and safety. We have our house managers maintain their distance and use masks, of course. But, during the guests’ stay, we also make sure we work around their calendars to not intrude on their stay there.  We take it very seriously. And, in fact, when a guest leaves, we have a minimum 48 hours between guests so we can properly clean and sanitize the home for the next guest.

MK: Many people often associate private villa experiences more with leisure travel versus business. But I know Destinations in Paradise properties are also utilized in business—especially when there are privacy, exclusivity and health-related preferences. Plus, of course, the properties are also perfectly suited for corporate events, retreats and even utilized as incentives and rewards for employees and business partners. So, tell us about these kinds of corporate benefits.

Cohen: Even though the houses are focused on providing a safe, comfortable environment for families and extended small events, we do also host small, medium and large-scale corporate events at the houses. Whether it’s a two-person law firm figuring out how they’re going to run their businesses remotely, to a large distillery that wants to try and get their name out for a new product for, say, tequila in Mexico, our homes are an apt venue. Of course, we host weddings and social media is prompting bookings from people like rappers who want a place to chill out and rethink what their next shows or postings are going to be. And we’ve hosted philanthropic events like releasing baby turtles in the beaches of Mexico to address species endangerment. For that, a university in Mexico held a business meeting at our property, and as a gift we paid and supported their release of 600 hatchlings. Howard has also had some dealings with movie studios that are interested in hosting either corporate get togethers and business strategy meetings. And, in at least two instances that I can recall, they’ve considered using the homes as part of a movie production. I should also mention that each of the homes have the ability to cater for large and small groups. If we bring chefs in, that event never ever needs to leave the property. The house in Mexico, for instance, has two kitchens that are fully capable of catering to as many people as the property can accommodate, which is substantial, but each of the homes have the ability to cater internally and not rely on outside services.

Appel: All the homes offer businesses a unique opportunity to host meetings and events, from the very large as in Mexico, to even Mendocino for smaller gatherings. They’re all unique and offer the privacy, security and comfort that private villa venues offer—all, of course, with our discerning five-star touch.


Forbes Business Council Member Merilee Kern, MBA is an internationally-regarded brand analyst, strategist and futurist who reports on noteworthy industry change makers, movers, shakers and innovators across all categories, both B2C and B2B. This includes field experts and thought leaders, brands, products, services, destinations and events. Merilee is Founder, Executive Editor and Producer of “The Luxe List” as well as Host of the nationally-syndicated “Savvy Living TV show. As a prolific consumer and business trends, lifestyle and leisure industry voice of authority and tastemaker, she 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. Her work reaches multi-millions worldwide via broadcast TV (her own shows and copious others on which she appears) as well as a myriad of print and online publications. Connect with her at and / Instagram / Twitter / Facebook / LinkedIN

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



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2015 Volkswagen Passat Motor Oil Buying Guide



If you love your vehicle, you want to keep the engine running smoothly. One of the best and simplest ways to do this is by always changing your motor oil on schedule, and by using the optimal oil for your car’s engine. By providing quality lubrication to the many moving parts of your engine, oil keeps these components running with as little friction as possible. This prevents engine damage and saves you money.

When looking for 2015 Volkswagen Passat motor oil, you have many options. You will have a choice of quality brands including Castrol, Mobil, STP and Valvoline. Since your engine is newer, it will always use full synthetic oil, which means you can safely go longer between oil changes, often as long as 5,000 miles. Whether you change the oil yourself or take it into the car shop, you will want to make sure you keep track of when the next oil change is needed.

What To Look for In Your Motor Oil

When buying Volkswagen Passat oil you are always looking for a quality brand that is specifically designed with your vehicle in mind. For the Passat, this typically means 5W-40 oil. It is scientifically formulated to insulate your engine’s parts from unnecessary wear and tear, and it cleanses the engine of impurities. The optimal oil also helps with fuel economy and protects against rust and corrosion. Failure to use clean oil can have serious impacts:

• Engine overheating

• Car breakdowns

• High repair bills

• Engine fires

Despite some of the technical features of engine protection, handling your car’s oil needs is really pretty simple. Buy the appropriate oil. Change the oil on the schedule recommended in your owner’s manual. Heed any check engine warnings. Monitor the performance of your vehicle at all times.

If you notice your oil is running darker than usual, you might want to get an oil change even if you are not scheduled for one at the moment. Clean oil is the lifeblood of your engine.

How To Dispose of Your Used Oil at AutoZone

Whether you are a solid mechanic or just getting into maintaining your car, an oil change is something you can do yourself. You will save lots of money over the vehicle’s lifespan and will have the satisfaction of completing an important job. To protect the environment, you will want to recycle your engine oil by taking it to your local auto parts store. This is a simple and important task.

Once you drain the oil from your Passat or some other vehicle, you want to make sure it does not spill into the environment. Either use a closed oil drain pan or transfer the used oil into a container that can be sealed. Next, bring the oil into a place that will recycle the liquid and keep it from harming the natural world. Just a little oil in waterways can foul thousands of gallons of clean water.

Shop for the best deals for motor oil and other parts online or in person. Find the parts you need to keep your vehicle running smoothly.

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