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5 Things you Didn’t Know About This top Holiday Destination: Croatia

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Today we want to share 5 things you didn’t know about this top holiday destination: Croatia. Croatia is known for its beautiful beaches, picturesque cafés, great wine and amazing nature. It is one of the favorite holiday spots in Europe for a good reason. But there is a lot more to Croatia than most people are aware of. Here are some of the 5 most interesting facts about Croatia that you might not know:

top Holiday Destination: CroatiaNikola Tesla was from Croatia

Most people have heard about Nikola Tesla, but many don’t know that he is from the area. The inventor who changed the world with amazing discoveries was born in a small village during the Austrian Empire in what is Croatia today. He also embraced his Serbian roots and is celebrated by both countries today for his achievements.

Croatia gets more sun per year than Sydney, Australia

It’s hard to imagine that there is a place in Europe in which the sun shines more often than in Australia, but Croatia actually gets more sun than Sydney, Australia, which is part of the reason why so many people love spending time here. The climate is ideal for a holiday and makes it one of the most loved holiday spots in Europe.

Dalmatians come from here

Front view of a Dalmatian puppy sitting, facing, isolated on whiWho doesn’t love the spotted dog breed that became known as Dalmatians and was even featured in successful Disney movies, simply because of its cuteness? Dalmatians were originally used as hunting dogs in Croatia’s historical region of Dalmatia. Did you know? When Dalmatians are born, their coat is often not spotted yet, instead they are born with plain white coats. Their spots then usually appear within a few days.

Croatia has the smallest village in the world

With only 20-30 inhabitants, the village Hum became known as the smallest village in the world. If you visit Istria, you can visit this small group of homes in the Municipality of Buzet. From the town Buzet you will need to drive approximately 14 kilometres by car until you reach Hum. If you don’t have a car, consider taking an excursion bus or even taking a nice walk through beautiful Istria. This way you will be able to view all of the interesting sights and natural beauties.

In order to see as many things as the country has to offer, booking an escorted tour to Croatia will give you the chance to do so. There are countless things to see and do. Taste amazing seafood dishes, try some outstanding wine, visit Zagreb’s pretty coffee houses, spend time relaxing at the beach or go sailing. The beautiful nature parks and landscapes are also perfect for a hiking trip when the sun is out.

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What Questions You Can Expect on a US Citizenship Test?

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Here are some questions you can expect on a U.S. Citizenship test. The US has significant appeal to would-be migrants around the globe. A home in the states could be your ticket to Hollywood stardom or, depending on your aims, might put you closer to family and friends you have in the country. Whatever you goal, you’ll have to contend with what can be a fairly protracted immigration process.

Among the more notorious and intimidating components of the immigration process, is the written citizenship test. To pass, you’ll need to demonstrate knowledge of the country you’re trying to enter in order to satisfy the authorities that you’re going to be a productive member of the society.

So, what’s included in the test?

General American History

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To understand why America is the way that it is today, you need to understand American history. This means answering basic questions like explaining why the colonists first came to America, as well as being able to recall a few important dates like that of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, and of the Constitution.

Government Jargon

At the outset, it can appear that the way that the US government is set up is hideously complicated. There are three branches of government to worry about, and a whole lot of procedure. You’ll need to know about the role of the judicial branch, the makeup of the cabinet, and the duties of the federal government versus those of the individual states.

American Geography

You should memorize the states that border Canada, and the states that border Mexico. You should know a few of the original thirteen states. You won’t be asked for all of them, but knowing the country and where everything is will be helpful.

American Rights

One of the things that distinguishes America from just about every other country is the number of rights that citizens are afforded. Most of these protections came about thanks to the Bill of Rights, which includes the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Being aware of all of these documents and their contents is absolutely critical.

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What if I need help?

If you have access to an experienced immigration lawyer, you’ll be guided through the process of immigration, and be provided with a whole range of resources on the country and how to get into it. There are also a whole range of resources available online concerning the test, and America in general. These include apps which will give you a way of delving into the topic in short spells. It’s generally better to know more than you strictly need to than to go in feeling uncertain.

To pass the test, you will need to score 60% or above, so it’s important that, in order to achieve your dreams of living in the US, you’ll need to make all the necessary legal precautions, as well as brushing up on your revision. Once you’ve jumped through those hoops, you can celebrate the official start to your new life. Good luck!

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Great Tips for Moving Overseas

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Have you ever thought about changing your entire lifestyle? Today we want to share some great tips for moving overseas. Moving to another country sounds exciting and full of new opportunities, and will definitely change your life. Although it can be quite daunting, it’s crucial to have an important checklist to make your move easier and less stressful. Learning how to feel at home in a foreign country, whether you’re there for a year or more, it’s a great opportunity to reinvent yourself and start fresh.

Before hopping on a plane with your suitcase full of ambition and excitement, here are a couple of things you’ll need to consider.

Great Tips for Moving Overseas

Prepare your documents

Of course, this is the most important thing to consider before planning your move since it can take a longer time than you expect. Getting your documents in order can sometimes be complicated, so make sure to inform yourself and start the process on time. Check your passport dates, Visa requirements for the country you’re moving to, and remember to get health insurance.

For example, if you’re moving to the U.S. it’s important to know that you’ll need USCIS certified translation of important documents like birth certificates, transcripts, and others. The USCIS requirements are extremely strict, so having a professional and legal translator can help you avoid rejected visas, background checks, and slow application processes.

Research the country you’re moving to

It’s normal to do a background check on the country you plan to spend a year or more in, but remember to go through all the important details, even the minor ones. Some countries charge for importing personal belongings, vehicles, furniture, etc., regardless of whether they arrive by boat, air, truck, or on the person.

Check information about transportation since it will be a crucial point in your stay, and think about the living cost. Research about necessities and check the cost to rent an apartment since the price can vary depending on the location, size, amenities, and whether it has been recently renovated.

Figure out your work plan

Great Tips for Moving Overseas

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A lot of people when moving to a new country usually decide to look for a job once they’ve settled. Others look for job opportunities before moving, so they don’t have to stress about it. If you’re planning to get a job in your new country, find out what your chances are and what requirements you’ll need.

If you need to have a good knowledge of that country’s language, think about taking classes before moving. Some countries offer better job opportunities for foreigners who speak the country’s language or work in a domestic company, and they can offer paid accommodation. 

Networking

Meeting people who have recently moved to that country whether they’re from your country or another, is always welcomed. Also, making virtual friends with people from your desired country can be quite beneficial in finding all the nooks and crannies to help you feel less stressed. There are plenty of online communities where foreigners living abroad gather together and share information.

These communities serve as a valuable space where a person can ask questions and get helpful feedback and even brutally honest responses about the realities. You can make some good friends that will help you once you land in the country. But remember, anything government-related should be checked with the government or a qualified professional. And don’t take all information for granted since everyone has a different perspective on things.

Great Tips for Moving Overseas

Understanding the culture

Be ready to experience culture shock, and remember to see differences as just differences. Don’t accept cultural stereotypes as facts, and have a more open mind. The fact is you will always stand out as a foreigner, you just have to embrace it, and you’ll always meet people who are uncomfortable with anything unfamiliar. Just remember to restore your emotional and mental health from time to time.

Also, try to eat locally and figure out what you like and dislike. You will always find places that serve food you’re comfortable with, and you don’t necessarily have to adjust to local cuisine. When you’re going out, try to drink what the locals drink and discover new things. This is another great way to learn useful vocabulary.

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Final thoughts

Moving overseas is not for everyone, but it’s good to do it anyway. It might be the best or worst experience in your life, nevertheless, it will be a useful experience. Be open to new opportunities that lead to social interactions, and don’t isolate yourself. This will greatly help you change your way of thinking and your lifestyle. It’s a great chance to start a new life that’s authentically yours in a country that’s not.

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Mai Pham: Travel, Authenticity, and Her Self-Designed Clothing Brand

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Mai Pham was born and raised in Alberta, Canada. She began her YouTube channel at 13-years-old, by uploading a video of the contents of her high school volleyball bag. She continued taking her followers through her lifestyle and various beauty transformation, and has grown her channel to over 1.39 million subscribers. Mai is passionate about traveling, going on adventures, and also being an outlet for conversations about real and meaningful issues. Her next big journey is her self-designed fashion brand!

Before youtube, what did your day to day life look like?

I started YouTube when I was 7, so I don’t really remember life before YouTube. But before it became my full time job, I was in high school. So I was just waking up, going to school, playing sports after school, then working on YouTube. Which was editing videos and filming videos.

I would play volleyball after school, and I would bring my camera around. So a lot of my vides on YouTube revolved around that sport. So, it was never really like YouTube became a full time thing all-at-once. YouTube was all around me, and I would always bring my camera around. So it was always involved in my life somehow. I guess the cycle just repeated until I made it my full time job.

You started youtube at the age of 7, what has it been like growing up on camera? Did you have someone who acted as your inspiration? 

I felt really natural growing up on camera just because it was all I had. I wasn’t allowed to hang out with friends much as a kid, so I was just stuck inside with a computer and my camera. My camera was kind of an outlet to talk to people, because I didn’t have people in real life to talk to.

So, I’ve always been really comfortable on camera. I think that my supporters can see that I’m really genuine when I speak about things, which I love. It’s never felt like a pressure to be someone that I’m not online because of that.

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What challenges have come with being an Influencer, and how have you stayed authentic to who you are when in the spotlight? 

I would say the challenges with being an “influencer” is that your life is online all the time. Especially with me posting three times a week, and sometimes every single day, it’s kind of hard to filter out what gets put online. Sometimes you post things without even thinking about it, and realizing the consequences it could have. But, I think the way I present myself online is my genuine self. Some of the things I say may not be popular opinions, but people respect that I’m real online. Maybe I don’t have a filter all the time, but it’s being authentic and genuine that I think people really love.

I noticed my supporters like when I’m more vulnerable online, and it’s easier to be vulnerable online than to be a person that you’re not. So, it hasn’t been difficult for me to be authentic online because of that reason. I grew up on camera, so it was never something where I had to force a personality.

You’re known for your transformation or “glow-up” videos. What drew you to begin creating those types of videos? 

I think what drew me into creating those types of videos, is that I would see all these celebrities and influencers post selfies and stuff like that, but you never really see the behind-the-scenes of what they do to look that certain way.

Sometimes it can be misleading to young girls, because they see those pictures without seeing everything that they had to pay for and all the procedures that they had to go through. So, I wanted to create a video where people can see all of the money that goes into it and all of the time that goes into the process of looking this certain way. When you look at it online for a split second, you can see girls and be like ‘oh they look so flawless and effortless, I wish I could look like that’. But you have no idea the amount of effort that they put in to look that way. So, I made those videos for young girls to be able to look at them and realize that not everyone looks that way. There’s a lot that goes into it.

I’m only 18, so I am learning new techniques and everything as well. But I’m just referring back to myself when I was younger, I would always use YouTube as a platform to learn new things because I never had a female figure around me to help me. So, I want to be that outlet that young girls can go to because I used to feel the same as them and I know how they feel.

 Moving out at the age of 15 is quite an accomplishment, but how different is it to be moving into a house in LA with your best friend at the age of 18?

Even though I lived only 5-hours away from my parents when I moved out, I never relied on them to come help me with things. So, I feel like it’s honestly the same. The only difference is the laws.

Whenever I talk to people that move to a different country though, I notice that one of the biggest struggles is that you can’t just road trip to go see your parents. Especially right now with all the restrictions, you can’t just fly them over and you can’t just take a quick flight to go see them. So, I would say one of the most difficult things is realizing that you are out here alone. And if you needed the support from your family, it’s not as easily accessible. But other than that, I would say it’s pretty easy!

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Traveling has always been a part of your life, whether it’s to Bali or LA. You started traveling the world on your own at the age of 16, What do you love about traveling independently? 

What I love about traveling independently is that you really learn a lot about yourself and what you like. I don’t think people realize that when you travel alone it’s not as lonely as you think it would be. If anything, you just get to do whatever you like without the pressure of having to please others. I know that sometimes when traveling with friends or family, you want to do things but other people don’t want to or your forced into doing things that you don’t want to do. When you’re traveling along, you’re on your own schedule. You’re really just stuck there with yourself, and you have to learn how to overcome obstacles and problems without the help of others. Yes, it can be challenging and difficult at times, but it just helps you in your everyday life.

I think a lot of people see it as such a huge step of ‘Oh, I could never fly to another country!’ Well, you don’t have to do that huge step first. It all starts with little things, such as going to eat at a restaurant by yourself to realize that not everyone’s looking at you and no one actually cares that much. And you do those little steps to reach your big goal, which may be doing a solo travel trip. I think the most important part is having fun by yourself. If you’re just doing things alone it can get lonely, but if you make it a goal to be comfortable in your own skin it will be really good learning curve.

Where has been your favorite place that you have traveled to? 

My favorite place I’ve ever traveled to is I think pretty obvious if you went and took a look at my channel, but it’s Bali. The reason why I loved it so much is because it’s always been my dream place to go to as a kid. After my 16th birthday I finally decided to take a solo trip there. It was my first solo trip to a whole other continent, so it really has a special place in my heart.

The reason why I love it so much is that the people there are so kind, and their culture is so unique compared to every other place that I’ve ever been to. I feel like it really is a spiritual reset. I’m not sure what it is there. Everyone there loves yoga and really believes in energies. I feel like there’s always so much to do. You can wake up, go to a waterfall, hang out there for hours and hours, and there’s endless amounts of things to explore. So, I never feel like I’m bored. I’ve gone back there about 5 times now and I’ve never felt like it’s gotten old for that reason.

You have worked on many collaborations with Bumble, The Picnic Collective, Reebok, Belief, and more but how different is it to be releasing your self-designed clothing brand? 

What I love about making my own clothing brand is that I had a lot of input into the sourcing of the clothes. It was really cool to see the process of how everything works. When you’re working with other brands, they handle everything and you’re just promoting the product. But with me creating my own clothing brand, I really got to talk to the people – the warehouses that manufacture the clothes, the designs with the graphic designer – and I really got to create my own product that I’m promoting.

So, there’s a lot of backstory to it. I like how I’m gonna be able to explain the whole process of me creating the product, everything that went into it, and the story behind it.

Who has been your biggest fashion inspiration? 

Honestly, I wouldn’t say there’s one particular person that I look up to. Obviously, I’m on social media all the time so I see all these trends coming in and out when it comes to clothing, and I try to be on top of them. Other than that, I would say my core when it comes to my fashion inspiration is street wear. That’ll always be what it is, just because I grew up loving that. By that I mean: sneakers. A lot of my clothes revolve around what shoes I’m gonna wear. It doesn’t even have to be sneakers, it can be heels. I just love shoes, and street wear.   

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10 Helpful Fashion Hacks for Traveling Women

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Today we want to share 10 helpful fashion hacks for traveling women. Traveling is great fun, but packing rarely is. After all, you have to plan out what to bring and how to make it all fit into your suitcase. Moreover, you need to find ways to make sure that your clothes will stay in decent shape, all while having limited access to a washing machine and dryer while you’re on a holiday or a business trip. Even ladies who travel often can still struggle with acing the fashion game while traveling.

Fortunately, there are hacks that you can try to make fashion less of a headache when traveling. From space-saving solutions to innovative travel products, here are a few tricks that can help you:

Keep Yourself Warm

ashion Hacks for Traveling WomenEven if you’re headed off to a place with a warmer climate, it can get very cold on the way to your destination. Long-haul flights and overnight train rides can get uncomfortable and unhealthy if you don’t keep yourself warm. Make sure to bring a jacket that you can easily reach for in your carry-on pack. Additionally, you can slip on a pair of tights to keep your legs and feet nice and toasty while giving you optimum freedom of movement. Don’t forget to pack a high-quality pair of pajamas so that you can wear sleepwear for comfort as soon as you settle in for bed.

Roll Up Your Clothes for Better Packing

While it might seem like second nature to lay your clothes flat in your suitcase, you might take up more space than you intend to. Instead, roll up your clothes and pack them that way. You’ll be surprised at how much more can fit in your suitcase. If you’re worried about wrinkling your clothes, you can put a piece of paper between your tops before rolling them up to help them keep their shape.

Palettes Are Your Best Friend

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Bringing makeup during travel can be a bit of a hassle, especially when you have to pack several colors of the same product. Take a page out of the makeup artist’s book and get travel palettes that have everything you need in them.

Many cosmetic brands already sell palettes that have eyeshadows, blush, highlighter, and bronzer that suit a number of skin tones. Additionally, it’s easy to find lip palettes that have a variety of colors to choose from. It’s simply a matter of picking one that suits your needs and preferences.

Save Space by Packing Things Inside Your Shoes

While shoes are undeniably bulky items, you can put things inside them to save space. Rolled-up socks and small bottles can easily fit inside a shoe. This prevents these items from adding extra bulk and keeps them safe while you’re traveling. Best of all, this trick also helps your shoes stay in shape!

Use a Straw for Packing Necklaces

There’s nothing worse than having to untangle your necklace in your hotel room before you have to go. To avoid this, string your necklaces through a plastic straw and clasp them. Not only will doing this keep them in shape, but you now have a reason to save those plastic straws from your takeout orders.

Bring Versatile Jackets That Go with Anything

If you’re going to a cold-weather destination, you can get away with wearing the same 1-2 jackets for the duration of your stay. Leather, fleece, and knitted jackets don’t need to be frequently washed and won’t necessarily smell after a few wears. Plus, you’ll always look stylish in photos.

Travel Comfortably and Change When You Land

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This should go without saying, but pack your heeled shoes and travel in comfortable footwear. If you have to go straight to a formal occasion or just want to look chic, simply change into your heels in the airport or on the way to your destination.

Use Your Hair Straightener to Unwrinkle Clothes

Sometimes, getting wrinkled clothing is inevitable. You can solve this problem in a pinch by using your hair straightener to iron it out. The shape of the wand makes it easy to flatten fabric and get into those hard-to-reach areas like the collar or between buttons.

Invest in a Travel Case for Your Undergarments

Keep your underwear from getting lost or deformed by getting a specialized case to store them in. This travel case will protect your intimates and make it easy for you to find them in your suitcase, too.

Keep Shirt Collars Stiff with a Belt

When going on a business trip, packing your office clothes can be a nightmare. The last thing you need to deal with is a crumpled and misshapen collar while you’re there. Keep this from happening by storing a coiled belt in your shirt collar. It saves space, too!

There’s no doubt that attending to your fashion needs can be difficult to do when you’re traveling. Hopefully, you found these tips helpful in making your life a little easier. Make sure to pack smart, travel in style, and enjoy your trip!

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Traveling After the COVID19 Pandemic: 5 Things Needed to Travel Safely

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If you are thinking of traveling after COVID19, we’d like to share 5 things needed to travel safely.  While the local COVID-19 pandemic has technically only been out of control for a couple of months, there’s no denying that it already feels like a couple of years.  When I’m cooped up inside away from my friends or family, even the treat of working from home has already become mundane.  When the pandemic has passed, or at least somewhat settled down, the travel industry is going to explode.

Here are 5 things to pack to travel safely when you inevitably join the migration.

  • A Fashionable Face Mask or Face Covering
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Even after things have gone back to normal following the COVID-19 pandemic, they’re never truly going to be the same.  One of the biggest differences we’re going to see is that face masks or face coverings like bandanas or headbands are going to remain commonplace.

To save yourself some money and to look great while you’re on the road, pick up a reusable ear loop face mask or even one of the countless bandana styles from Hoo-Rag.  I love it when I receive a nod from a fellow Texan because of my stylish flag face mask bandana.

  • Travel First Aid Kit

When you’re on the road, always ensure you have some sort of travel first aid kit in your car or backpack.  While simple things such as bandages and paracetamol should be staples, there are a few extras you need to consider after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Use the following list as a simple first aid checklist:

  • Bandages, bandaids, gauze, tapes and any scissors required to cut each to size.
  • Antibacterial and antiseptic creams or ointments to place on small wounds.
  • Over the counter painkillers such as paracetamol, ibuprofen and aspirin.
  • Cold and flu tablets or lozenges including antihistamines for allergies.
  • Imodium for reasons that I don’t need to explain if you’ve ever been sick while in transit.

While this is in no way a complete list of first aid items, it contains the staples required for any travel kit.  Whatever you do, don’t forget any prescriptions or location specific medications unique to you.

  •  Your best Multipurpose Tech Item
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I know that you travel to get away from your devices, but in today’s post pandemic world, you’re going to have to keep a phone on you to be safe.  I’d recommend packing a multipurpose tech device that solves multiple problems, all in the one device. 

Whether that’s staying in contact with loved ones, taking photos while you’re making travel memories, or to just play some games while you’re having some down time to yourself.  Any smart phone these days will do all of the simple jobs I’ve mentioned here, as well as so much more.  

  • Hand Sanitizer

Whether you’re a germaphobe or not, it’s simply polite to sanitize your hands when you step into stores or restaurants after being outside.  Pack a pump bottle of hand sanitizer that you can place in any of the external backpack pouches and use it when you enter any new doors.  Having some alcohol wipes for surfaces such as restaurant tables or rest stop stools are never a bad idea either.

Now that the initial panic buying hype has died down, all of these sanitizing items can be easily picked up from your local supermarket for no more than a few dollars each.

  • Travel Pillow

I’m going to round out my 5 things to pack to travel safely after the COVID-19 pandemic with a tried and true travel pillow.   Travel pillows are the ultimate comfort item.   If you’ve ever tried to catch up on sleep while you’re in transit, you’ll know these are a godsend.

Your body just isn’t designed to sleep while sitting up, so if you can get a pillow that helps support your neck while keeping you comfortable, you’re going to thank yourself.

Travel during and these challenging times is necessary for some but a choice for others.  Regardless of your reasons for traveling, we hope our list of 5 things needed to travel safely will come in handy.

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Best Fall Road Trip Destinations

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Today we would like to talk about the best fall road trip destinations. Everyone loves a good road trip, and what better time for one than fall? With the gorgeous changing leaves and crisp autumn air, fall is the perfect time to pack up and hit the road. Though this year’s vacations may be different with social distancing and travel restrictions, there are still plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy across the country. People typically think of New England when they think of the quintessential fall experience. However, we have compiled a few destinations you may not typically consider when planning a fall trip. Here are some of the best fall road trip destinations to visit!

Harpers Ferry, WV

Bordering the Maryland/West Virginia line, Harpers Ferry is the perfect place to see some gorgeous scenery and get out into nature. The town itself is a quaint place with a charming High Street filled with shopping, coffee houses, and restaurants. It is a great place to shop and relax, but the real draw is the scenery. There is a plethora of outdoor activities such as hiking the Appalachian Trail, walking in Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, climbing up to Jefferson’s Rock, or taking pictures at The Point–a spot where three states (MD, VA, WV) and two rivers (Shenandoah and Potomac) meet. For the adventurous folks, the Harpers Ferry Adventure Center offers rafting, ziplining, camping, and many more activities.

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Vail, CO

People generally think of skiing when they think of Vail, or of Colorado in general. However, the town has plenty to offer in the off season as well (and is way less crowded!). Located at the base of Vail Mountain and surrounded by the White River National Forest, this small town is a great place to get away. For all the hikers out there, the Berry Picker, Gore Creek, and Shrine Ridge trails are all wonderful ways to see some fantastic scenery and beautifully colored leaves. There are also a number of scenic drives to partake in such as the Vail-Battle Mountain Pass drive. With tubing, biking, rafting, and even hiking with llamas, Vail proves that it is more than just a ski town and is a definite must see in any season.

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Roanoke, VA

A bit bigger in size than the rest of the list, but with a small-town feel and the gorgeous Blue Ridge Mountains as its neighbor, Roanoke is the place to be for fall activities, tasty food, and a good time.  Overlooked by a huge electric star (the Mill Mountain Star–which you can hike to!), this city offers a wide range of activities for everyone. The Appalachian Trail, Carvin’s Cove, Dragon’s Tooth, McAfee Knob, and Tinker Cliffs are all wonderful places to hike, bike, and enjoy the fall landscape. The Blue Ridge Parkway, affectionately known as “America’s Favorite Drive,” is another must try for some gorgeous scenes. For truly delicious food, we recommend Nawab Indian Restaurant. Top it off with a drink at Deschutes Brewery Tasting Room; after all that outdoor activity, you’ll have earned it! 

Jasper, AR

Horseback riding, fishing, caving, canoeing and more! Bordered by the Buffalo National River (the nation’s first national river), the Ozark Mountains, and the Arkansas Grand Canyon, Jasper is a quaint city for those who want those small-town vibes with big time beauty. There is plenty to do in the surrounding area; with everything from exploring the many waterfalls (Triple Falls, Twin Falls, and Paige Falls), seeing grand views of the Buffalo National River at the Steel Creek Overlook, or enjoying some family friendly activities like horseback riding, rock climbing, or camping at Horseshoe Canyon Ranch, Jasper is sure to be your new favorite road trip destination. Make sure to stop in at the Ozark Café, famous for their delicious burger and shakes!

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Littleton, NH

We couldn’t end this list without at least one classic New England destination that epitomizes beauty and small-town charm. For that quintessential fall experience, Littleton is here for you. Located near the White Mountains, it is no surprise that the surrounding area is chock full of scenic landscapes. Kilburn Crags and Forest Lake State Park are some great places to hike. If strolling is more your speed, try Littleton’s River Walk and Covered Bridge. With a range of shops and restaurants, Main Street is also a fun way to spend an afternoon. For a delicious dinner, stop into Schilling Beer Co. You can enjoy your meal right along the Ammonoosuc River. Finally, Littleton is the perfect place to be with Halloween fast approaching when there is one thing on everyone’s minds… candy! For those with a sweet tooth, be sure to check out Chutters Candy Store! It holds the Guinness World Record for having the world’s longest candy counter.

Be sure to check travel guidance and updates as things are subject to change during the Covid-19 pandemic. Enjoy your travels and happy fall y’all!

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Trips Every Couple Should Take in Their Lifetime

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Today we want to share some amazing trips every couple should take in their lifetime.  Every couple should embark on a once-in-a-lifetime trip from time to time as it is these experiences that can truly open your eyes, provide unforgettable memories and bring the two of you closer together. The world is a big and beautiful place so it is hard to know what the best once-in-a-lifetime trips are so here are a few ideas for inspiration:

Trips Every Couple Should Take in Their Lifetime

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Bangkok

The capital of Thailand is an incredible city filled with a huge amount to see and do. It has something for everyone here with ancient buildings, a beautiful network of canals, vibrant markets and a lively nightlife. This is also a great place for couples that enjoy good food and you could even sign up for classes and learn to cook specialities to impress your friends with back home.

Zanzibar

Zanzibar is the perfect place for a romantic escape as an archipelago found 23 miles off the coast of mainland Tanzania. This allows for stunning beaches, a peaceful way of life and superb seafood – the perfect ingredients for a romantic trip.

 

Trips Every Couple Should Take in Their Lifetime

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Paris

Paris is known as The City of Love for very good reason as it is an incredibly romantic and beautiful city to visit with that special someone. It has many attractions to see here but there is also something special simply about a leisurely stroll and enjoying the tantalising food and drink available all around you. Additionally, Paris is a quick flight from Gatwick and you can even save money on the train with a Web Duo ticket.

Santorini

Places do not come more romantic than Santorini which is a small island found in the Aegean Sea southeast of Greece. Here you will find sleepy towns with whitewashed buildings overlooking the sparkling waters along with picture-perfect beaches and dramatic cliff faces. As you would expect here, the weather is perfect and the food is divine so it is a great place for a romantic holiday.

Amalfi Coast

Italy is a brilliant place for a romantic trip with many places to visit but it is the Amalfi Coast that will provide a once-in-a-lifetime experience. This stunning 50km stretch of coastline in the gorgeous Campania region has a rugged coastline, dramatic cliffs and pastel-colored shipping villages overlooked the Mediterranean. This means that you can enjoy time on the beach or wandering the stone streets sampling the local produce.

If you are seeking a special, romantic once-in-a-lifetime trip with your partner then these are all excellent options and places that will help you to create many happy new memories together.

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The Top 5 Travel Destinations for this Summer

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For many of us, it’s about that time, to chillax for a bit in Far Far Away or to just unwind at a beach resort with a refreshing cocktail. Maybe a Sex on the Beach or a fruity daiquiri to spice things up. Yes! I know, planning a long and promising vacation is not an easy task; it’s rather challenging. Especially to somewhere where there are fewer crowds or special events. Here are the top 5 dream spots to travel to in the summer of 2018:

 

Faroe Islands

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Talk about your next “dream home.” An island located between Norway and Iceland that will blow you away and won’t let you leave. This place leaves you breathless. This under-visited archipelago comprised of 18 islands is becoming the hot spot for tourists wishing to escape Iceland’s overwhelming crowds. What about this? Now, it’s easier than ever to arrive at that destination. There is a new flight and cruise ship options. Wow! And if that’s not enough for you, there are also festivals and events to keep travelers entertained, and much more. So put this dream home on your list.

 

St. Barts

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This island gets a lot more interesting and more dreamlike, and its new luxury hotels say it all. The five-star Le Barthélemy Hotel and Spa just introduced two new villas, Villa Bleu and Villa Aqua, which each offer six bedrooms, a private pool and a prime beachfront setting. Amazing. The best part of this lavish destination? The summer’s low-season rates makes St. Barts a much more affordable option. Hooray!

 

Limpopo Province, South Africa

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If you’re someone who will always go to the petting zoo, well then Mapungubwe National Park is your next perfect destination. Summer is prime-time safari season, and Limpopo Province is emerging as the next buzzing travel home. This National Park, as well as Liwonde National Park, are popular since not only are they rife with elephants, hippos and black rhinos, but you can also spot cheetahs and leopards. You might even see buffaloes and lions. This Big Five reserve is definitely an awesome getaway but it’s also a once-in-a-lifetime experience. So you should definitely check out the most beautiful and geographically diverse province in South Africa, known as, ‘Paradise Country.’

 

Fiji

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It’s been almost two years since a Category 5 cyclone struck Fiji, killing 44 people, wounding many others, and leaving billions of dollars worth in damage. But things have changed. Now, the country has a spate of hotels. Out of all the hotels in Fiji, there’s nothing like the five-star Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay. How so? Well, it’s both Marriott’s first foray into Fiji, and the first hotel on the main island to offer overwater villas. Incredible! But wait, there’s more! Don’t forget about Kokomo Private Island, an exclusive resort that provides seaplane transportation, private infinity pools and complimentary nanny services. Holy cow. Isn’t that something?

 

Luang Prabang, Laos

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Last but not least, this city is worth every dime to travel to. Despite Luang Prabang being a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage Site with ancient Buddhist temples, it tends to get overlooked. It’s new hotel scenes will make your visit extra special. The luxurious Rosewood Luang Prabang, consists of 23 rooms, and it’s surrounded by a jungle, while a river courses through the property. Make sure to put this ancient city on your bucket list.

 

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Ultimate Travel Essentials for Your Next Vacation

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Do you know how important it is to have all your travel essentials for your next holiday vacation?  Well it’s really important because, well it’s summer time and everyone is busy preparing for their family vacation and what better way to be prepare for your upcoming trip?  Knowing what items to bring that you might not normally think about can go along way in saving you money, trips to the hospital or even the police station.   Whether it’s contact solution or or a holder for your passport, no need to worry.  We’ll help you create a comprehensive checklist that will help ensure the ultimate travel essentials don’t get left behind.

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Electronics

Even for those vacations where Nintendo and PS3 gaming systems aren’t allowed and movies are only allowed on the plane, these items should not be forgotten.  No one wants to pull out their camera or phone for the perfect photo only to realize that the batteries are dead.  These electronic related necessities should absolutely be on your travel essentials checklist.

  • Battery charges for your phone, laptop and any gaming devices
  • Portable charger (charge on the go)
  • Video Camera
  • Extra batteries for your camera
  • Headphones for phone or in-flight movies
  • Flashlight

Health & Beauty

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Now these items might simply be common sense but they often get forgotten or overlooked because of everything else that goes into planning a vacation.  Because they are common necessities you will usually tell yourself that there’s no way you’d forget so you focus on the more important elements of your vacation like your reservation, plane tickets or directions/map.  Make no mistake about it, you definitely wouldn’t want to forget some of these travel essentials for your next vacation.

 

 

  • Prescription Medicine & Tylenol
  • Tooth brush and tooth paste
  • Contact lenses and/or glasses
  • Q-tips
  • Sunscreen
  • Deodorant
  • Insect repellent
  • Razors
  • Prescription Medicine & Tylenol
  • First aid kit
  • Makeup/Makeup Remover
  • Shower cap
  • Blow dryer

Apparel & Accessories

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Depending on the type of vacation you are taking and the physical location of where you will be, it’s good to be proactive and pack accordingly.  If your going on a canoe trip, then extra socks and water proof gear would be essential where as if you are headed to the slopes on an awesome skiing trip then gloves, ear muffs and an extra scarf should definitely be on your travel essentials checklist.  Then again if you’re going to be laying on the beach for a week, just lot’s and lots of sunscreen.  (Hint: see the Health & Beauty section above)

  • Extra scarf for windy afternoons or cool evenings
  • Sun glasses
  • Bathing suit
  • Bathing suit coverup
  • Pair of walking shoes (very unpleasant walking more than a few steps in heels)
  • Travel Wallet (make sure to travel with a stylish wallet)
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun hat

Can’t Forget Essentials

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Last but not least are the core travel essentials that one must never leave without.  It’s a short but sweet list that is probably more important than all of the other goodies mentioned in this article.  Get caught without these and your entire vacation could turn into well…..one you’d probably rather forget.  Make sure that each item below has been physically viewed and accounted for.

  • Emergency contact info (also store on your phone)
  • Umbrella (you’ll thank us later)
  • Plastic folder with essential documents, i.e. hotel reservations, airline tickets, copies of passport, drivers license
  • Passport Holder (If you are traveling abroad, this helps secure your passport as well as provide protection from rain and other weather elements)
  • Extra cash and an ATM card
  • A small backpack, suitcase or duffel bag filled with emergency blankets, snacks, flashlight, matches and a few bottles of water

Well there you have it.  A comprehensive list of the ultimate travel essentials for your next vacation. Whether you’ll be lounging at a luxury timeshare rental in Hawaii or visiting Buddhist temples in Bhutan this checklist should provide a guide and allow you to plan your vacation with confidence and assurance that all the necessities are covered for the entire family.

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Apps Every Millennial Needs to Survive a Quarter-Life Crisis

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Just about every Millennial that scrolls through their various social media feeds experiences a roller-coaster of emotions when they get a glimpse of the journeys their friends are taking in their lives, whether it’s a glitzy trip through Europe, a dream wedding, or a career milestone. With the rise of Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat, it’s easier than ever to watch how the rest of the world is living life. Generally, a greater sense of interconnectedness and global awareness is a really good thing but such a high level of knowing what everyone is actually doing on a daily basis produced an unexpected side effect: the quarter-life crisis.

Are you feeling the slow burn of a quarter-life crisis? Don’t panic!

We’ve put together a “survival kit” for those who are ready to expand their horizons and battle their early-life blues. These apps are exactly what you need to give yourself a change for the better if you feel like you’re stuck in the same old routine. Maybe your dating life needs a revamp or you have a traveler’s itch you just need to scratch – or maybe you simply haven’t picked up a book in a while and have a thirst for knowledge. If you feel like there’s more to be done in life, why not go for it? Just remember, the key to combating a quarter-life crisis is not to imitate others in pursuit of happiness but rather make your own version of it. Take a look at apps every millennial needs to help sorting out your quarter-life crisis today:

Get up and go somewhere with Skyscanner & Airbnb

Traveling is never a bad thing! If you haven’t explored enough of the world and believe now is as good a time as ever, start looking for tickets and planning your dream vacation right away. Of course, not all of us can afford a ski trip in Aspen or a lux Paris getaway but there are apps out there that will help you make the most of your budget. The hassle of finding a cost-efficient and time-convenient flight can bring down even the strongest of us but Skyscanner cuts out the majority of the work. Obnoxiously expensive ticket prices and poorly-timed flights are a thing of the past: Skyscanner is an online travel aggregator that help you find the right flights, hotels and car hire firms based on your needs and info. Users can book flights based on budget, choice of flight time and even book hotels all from the same app with a few simple clicks. To make it even easier for the weary Millennial, Skyscanner is constantly updating their app with lists of the best hotels in each location, ticket deals and flight times, low cost car rental services and even guides to the best restaurants for a tasty bite no matter where you are.

Now that you have your ticket, you’ll be needing a place to stay. Everyone knows that staying in hotels can be quite costly, and it often deters from the experience of living like a local. Airbnb is the world-renowned hosting app that allows users to open up their homes to travelers, and gives travelers an interesting variety of lodgings depending on their budget and needs. What separates Airbnb from other hotel booking apps is that it allows you to be as creative as you like with your journey. Have a knack for adventure? Rent out a boat in Amsterdam for a few days. For those who want a bit of luxury, you can stay in a duplex apartment in the center of London. If you can’t quite afford that, you can rent out a single room in someone’s home instead. With a huge range of prices and styles of accommodation, finding a place to stay for a week, a month or even a year is incredibly easy with Airbnb, an essential app for the wandering millennial!

Be a social butterfly with Badoo

 

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Work often eats up all of our free time and keeps us too busy to have as many social interactions as we’d like. Whether you aim to meet new faces, casually date or start on your search for “the one”, it’s never easy to find a place to start. That’s where Badoo comes in. Badoo is an online chatting app boasting over 300 million users from around the world who come together to talk, flirt, meet and date. Users sign up on the site and start constructing their profiles by answering questions designed to mix and match personalities, ensuring that you’ll have something in common with the person on the other side of the chat.

As a Badoo user you would essentially get profiles of people with similar interests hand-delivered to your phone, so gone are the days of scouring bars or clubs for a potential date. It’s up to you whether you’d like to swipe left or right to get the conversation going or move onto the next. If you feel like there’s a spark, you can start a chat and get to know them. The possibilities are endless from there.  Badoo is definitely one of those popular apps every millennial needs. It’s a fun way to talk to different characters nearby, meet with someone for a drink, or have a shot at finding your soul mate (if that’s what you’re looking for). Besides Badoo, there are a lot more great hookup sites.

Get in the know with Reddit

For the avid consumer of words, knowledge, pictures and information, Reddit has it all. If you want to really see what’s going on in the world, get a book recommendation, or just read for hours about varying experiences, Reddit is the place to go. As one of the world’s leading social news platform, the entire world is connected through images, current events, scientific breakthroughs, literature and much more than you can possibly imagine. Each category on Reddit holds countless “subreddits” dedicated to the category, leading users to explore the massive database of information held on the site. One popular example is the “Ask Me Anything” thread, a subreddit where celebrities, scientists, web-developers and pretty much any expert of all sorts of fields answer questions users may have in regards to a corresponding topic. Want to know how an astronaut showers in space? There’s a subreddit for that. Need help figuring out what a movie was actually about? There’s a subreddit for that too. There are even subreddits dedicated to helping users from all around the globe with everyday problems such as official paperwork, taxes, university courses, travel and any other subject on your mind. Ask Reddit how to get through your quarter-life crisis – there’s probably a thread for that too!

Good tunes & good vibes

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If you’re someone who can’t leave the house without your headphones attached and your music on blast, Spotify is another fantastic addition to your quarter-life crisis app vault. Regardless of how you feel or what you’re in the mood to listen to, it’s going to be on Spotify. This app contains a massive database of music from old, new and upcoming artists in any genre from around the world. There’s no end to the type of music you can access, so you can reminisce about a time before your crisis with “Hits of the 90’s”, or you can find new music to listen to on the plane to your next destination. If you’re in a jazzy mood or want to mellow out to a sad violin, you can find it all on Spotify. Videos and podcasts are also regularly available to make sure every user is updated on the best and latest. Exciting features include the ability to create your own playlists and share them with other users, explore new music and custom playlists filled with your favorite genre, and keep things fresh and fun by allowing Spotify to recommend music you might like.

If you’re feeling the rumble of a quarter-life crisis coming on, don’t fret. Rather than wallowing in self-doubt, learn more about apps every millennial needs and make a change instead – you’ll thank yourself for it later.

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Travel Makeup Essentials for Your Summer Getaway

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As the warm weather creeps up, our itch to travel does, too. Finding the next best vacation to make memories with your friends and family is one of our favorite things to do here at Cliché! Meeting new people, making new friends, experiencing new places, and bringing back souvenirs has us wanting to travel all the time. While traveling can be exciting, it can also come with a headache or two.

 

Between experiencing delayed flights, paying for all your expenses, packing and repacking bags, fitting all the best attractions into your schedule, and bringing your precious makeup along with you (because how can we leave that at home?) shouldn’t be a headache. While we want to bring our entire makeup bag with us, it’s just not necessary to lug around extra weight and have it take up more space. Not to mention, adhering by TSA’s strict regulations stops us from doing so. Knowing how real the struggle is, we’ve compiled a list of travel makeup essentials for your next vacation and spontaneous getaway. Start booking your next trip now!

Lip Balm/Chapstick
Even if you’re not going to sandy, sunny beaches, lip balm or chapstick is important. Moisturize your lips with a lip balm that has SPF, like Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen. For a cheaper option, try Coola Liplux, both with an SPF of 15. If you’re feeling chapstick, go with Banana Boat Sport Performance Lip Balm, containing SPF 50!

Concealer/CC Cream
Unfortunately, we all don’t have flawless skin. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with blemishes and imperfections, some of us prefer to cover them up with makeup. If you’re going for a quick fix, concealer is your best friend. Try Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof 12-Hour Concealer, which is perfect for when you don’t want your face to melt off. For higher coverage, It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream gives your skin enough coverage to conceal those pesky blemishes without feeling or looking caked on. It even has SPF 50 to protect your skin all day!

Mascara
If there’s one eye product to carry, it’s mascara. A simple, yet noticeable step can really make your eyes pop and face look put together. If you’re looking for waterproof mascara, try out Covergirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara.

Sunscreen
Even with all the SPF in makeup products, it’s still smart to rub in the actual sunscreen itself. Shop for sunscreens with at least SPF 30, as recommended by dermatologists, like Dermalogica Oil Free Matte SPF 30.

 

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