Stress and Sexpectations: How to Survive Your First-Ever Vacation as a Couple

Not all vacation can work for couples. Both of you will have high expectations as well as doubts about whether you made the right decision by going on vacation together. Well, how will you survive your first vacation as a couple.

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We’ve all been there: You’re scrolling through Instagram and between shots of brunch and bulldogs, your index finger pauses on a “candid” snap of an old acquaintance and her day-old boyfriend frolicking on a beach in Lisbon. Surrounded by turquoise water and cotton candy clouds (made all the more pink by filters aplenty), it’s no wonder she chose to share that moment over the screaming match she surely must have had with her travel mate a few hours prior. The fact is—regardless of how social media fogs our perception—jet-setting with your significant other can be tough, especially for new relationships. “As much as people love to travel, it can be very exhausting,” says Rachel Sussman, New York­–based therapist and relationship expert. “Delayed flights, discomfort, misinformation on hotels and vacation spots—a lot can go wrong, which produces stress. If one is under stress, they’re not their optimum self.” Booked a getaway with your new beau? No need to fret. Pack these tried-and-true tips and tricks for how to get the most out of your first-ever vacation with the new leading man or lady in your life.

Play to Your Strengths

Well before takeoff, talk to your Romeo about trip-centric areas in which you feel comfortable taking the reins. “Try to tackle problems in a team approach, using your best skill sets,” says Sussman. “For example, if one person is a better communicator, this may be his or her job. If the other person is better at planning daily activities or booking dinner reservations, this will be his or her job.” By applying a “you complete me” approach, both partners will feel as though they’re contributing to the success of the vacation as a whole, while avoiding unnecessary tugs-of-war. Not quite a whiz at deciphering directions? Don’t let road maps get you down. Talk through your strong suits and make a loose list of what you and your partner are responsible for tackling.

Read more: https://www.vogue.com/article/how-to-vacation-with-your-new-boyfriend-girlfriend

 

Here’s What It’s Really Like To Quit Your Job To Travel The World

I hear lots of stories about how they quit their job just to travel. This sounds ridiculous to me as you need money while you travel. It might sounds absurd to others but it’s also the best idea for them. Lemme share with you an interesting blog from a traveler who can give you tips about  this.

IF YOU’VE never quit your job, sold everything, and left home to travel the world, you’ve never truly lived.

… Or so people like to say these days. Apparently, not only is this THE best way to live, it’s also incredibly simple to accomplish.

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Step one: Set fire to your contract and make a dramatic exit through the office door.

Step two: Get rid of everything you own — it’s all so material, ugh — and pack the remainder of your life into a backpack or suitcase.

Step three: Hop on a plane to somewhere with white beaches and drunken tourists, settle yourself in a hammock, and begin *truly living*.

It’s a tantalising idea, sure, and it’s certainly crossed most of our minds at some point or another. But what’s it really like to take the plunge?

One year ago, my partner and I boarded a plane, left our “real” lives behind, and began a life of fulltime travel. And though I’m having an absolute blast and can’t imagine doing anything else, it needs to be said: living the dream ain’t as dreamy as people make it out to be.

Read more: http://www.news.com.au/travel/travel-advice/travellers-stories/heres-what-its-really-like-to-quit-your-job-to-travel-the-world/news-story/30be5293372fc9b45777a06ac974b7fe

 

10 Ways to Protect Your Home While You’re Away/On Vacation

There are times when we can’t fully enjoy our vacation. It is because our thoughts are full of concerns with the security of our home. So what should we do to protect our home?

When you leave your home, whether for a quick weekend getaway or a vacation extravaganza, in addition to making sure to bring along the best travel safety products for your family, you’ll want to take some basic safety precautions to keep your house and belongings as safe as you can. This makes most of us think about burglarproofing, but preparations extend beyond locking your doors or setting timers for your lights.

Here are a few things I always do before leaving my home for an extended period. To me, that’s 24+ hours. What does extended mean to you? What’s the threshold that propels you from your normal locking-up routine to more detailed preparations?

1. Hold Your Mail

A huge pile of mail on the front doorstep, or envelopes pouring out your mail slot is an instant tip-off that no one’s home. If you’ll be gone for more than a few days, go to the post office to place a hold on your mail. Put a hold on your daily paper, too. If you don’t have the time or inclination, ask a trusted neighbor to collect the goods daily.

Read more: https://www.safety.com/blog/10-ways-to-protect-your-home-while-youre-on-vacation/

Travel Alone and Love it: 50 tips (Revised and Updated)

We all have that dream to travel solo once in our lifetime. To those first timers, before travelling make sure you do a little research to avoid hassles. Check out this blog from a traveler. I must say that it’s good to get some tips from those who have lots of experience.

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This post was first published on June 8, 2009, just a week after Solo Traveler was launched. Yes, it’s time for an update.

Traveling solo?

Great!

You get to do what you want when you want. You can connect with people if you wish or avoid them completely if you want to be alone. When you travel alone, you travel on your terms. Here are some tips to help you travel alone and love it with references to more recent posts with detail on specific subjects.

Before you Leave to Travel Alone

  1. Save up. Isn’t it great to return from a trip and know that it’s fully paid for rather than having to catch up financially after the fact? Save up for your trip before you go. Enjoy the delayed gratification. And be ready to start saving for the next trip as soon as you return.
  2. Know your budget. There are a few steps involved in planning your travel budget.
  3. Decide on your destination. Maybe you have a dream destination or maybe you just need to get away and the destination doesn’t matter that much. Here are some sources for your destination planning.
    • Check out our Destination section with hundreds of recommendations written by other solo travelers.
    • Consider a destination where you can stay put in terms of your accommodation but have a good variety of day excursions. This way you save money and get to know the locals.
    • Take a tour. The Solo Travel Deals  page has tours specifically for solo travelers.
    • Is money an issue?

Read more: https://solotravelerworld.com/travel-alone-tips/

How to Book the Cheapest Flight Possible to Anywhere

Travelling by flights and flying to your favorite holiday destination will get pleasant and remarkable for you only if you get to arrange the flight at a cheaper and better rate. But as cheap flights are not that easily available to one, you get to find these quite rarely and when finally you get one, the fun and satisfaction automatically gets doubled.

 

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We’ve all experienced the tiresome, repeated searching when trying to book the cheapest possible flights to any given destination. With endless search engines and continually fluctuating prices, the approach to frugal flight booking is overwhelming. Here’s some key tips that will save you time, frustration and most importantly money when booking your next flight.

1. Keep your searches top secret

You’re not crazy for thinking that a flight price has changed after searching it a few times in your web browser. Based on the cookies in your browser, flight prices do increase when a particular route is repeatedly searched, as the site wants to scare you into booking the flight quickly before prices get even higher. Always search for flights in incognito or private browsing mode to see the lowest prices.

In Google Chrome or Safari, incognito is enabled by hitting Command (or “Control” if using PC), Shift, “N”. For Mozilla Firefox or Internet Explorer, hit Command (or “Control” if using a PC), Shift, “P”. This will open a new browser window where your information is not tracked, thus not inflating prices as you search. Note: if you’re using an older version of OS X, open Safari then click “Safari” in the menu bar, and select “Private Browsing”.

Your cookies are reset each time you re-open an incognito window. So if you want to start with a clean slate for each flight search (so your previous searches aren’t “remembered”, potentially inflating costs), close all your incognito windows, open a new one, and then perform your flight search.

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2. Use the best flight search engines

All search engines have inflated flight costs as part of taking a cut from the airlines. Some search engines (e.g. Expedia) consistently inflate much higher than others (listed below). It pays to familiarise yourself with sites that offer the best prices.

Use These to Book

  • Skyscanner (our #1 choice)
  • AirFare Watchdog (good at finding sale & error fares – see tip #11)
  • Momondo
  • Cheapoair (U.S., Canada, U.K.)
    • Exclusive coupon for Thrifty Nomads readers: Up to $25 off with promo code THRIFTY25 for 2+ passengers

 

  • JetRadar (includes budget airlines, which many search engines don’t)
  • Google Flights (good search tool to quickly compare flights – not always best prices)
  • TripAdvisor

Although we’ve listed broad search engines here, note that many do not include budget airlines. If this is what you’re after, do an additional search for regional budget airlines (we’ve listed as many we know of further below).

 

See more: http://thriftynomads.com/booking-cheapest-flight-possible-anywhere/

Camping Checklist

Camping can be lots of fun, but your experience depends on how prepared you are for the camping trip. Preparation is one key to enjoy the most of your trip.

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Preparation is essential for any outdoor adventure. Having the necessary supplies and equipment can make a difference in your overall enjoyment and experience. Checklists are a great tool to help with your organization. Your camping list will vary according to the type of camping and activities you have planned, the places you are going, the time of year and the length of your trip. Add or remove items to suit your individual needs. Please email us with any other items that you would include in your camping checklist.

By popular request, we’re now offering a printer friendly camping checklist!

Shelter

__Tent
__Ground cloth/tarp
__Extra stakes
__Shade tarp/poles/rope/stakes
__Axe or hammer
__Mat for tent entrance
__Dust pan/brush

Bedding

__Sleeping bag
__Sheets/blankets
__Pillow
__Air mattress/sleeping pad/cot/tarp
__Air pump
__Repair kit for air mattress
__Utility bags for storage

Cooking

__Large water jug & water bucket
__Coolers/ice
__Thermos
__Stove with fuel/propane

 

See more: http://www.lovetheoutdoors.com/camping/checklists.htm

Top 10 Ways to Enjoy a Family Vacation

“Active families will love participating in beach volleyball games in the sand and can even try out surfing waves coveted by some of the area’s best surfers. Don’t spoil all your hard work in the gym when you finally have the time to enjoy life. Always be thinking about your health, even when you’re on vacation. That way you’ll be proud of yourself before, during, and most importantly, after your vacation ends. Try the following activities during your next vacation to get you and your family moving, laughing, and bonding.” 

I used to love to fly. What better way to catch up on my celeb magazines, eat a bag of M&M’s (that’s a must-have at 3,000 feet) and relax? And the best part of flying? Watching all those already exhausted moms and dads with all their kids and their crap shuffle past me, and knowing I wasn’t one of them.

Then I had my first child and became a member of the “Exhausted Travelers Club.” My husband and I were invited by friends to come to France for two weeks with our 1-year-old. Like rookies, we said yes. Do you have any idea what it’s like to fly with a 1-year-old for 12 whole hours, transfer in Paris, schlep across the airport to catch that flight to Nice, only to finally arrive 15 hours after leaving home? Of course you do, because you’ve made the same rookie mistake that I have—you’ve traveled with your children. It was then that I made the rule: Vacations aren’t vacations when children are involved.

Now as the parents of two children, the hubs and I have been anxious to get out of town and to show our kids the world. So I’ve tested the waters in search of the perfect family vacation that actually involves my family. Here’s what I came up with:

1. Don’t Go Far

So yeah, this kind of cuts out the Paris trip you’ve been planning or that Boston to Hawaii journey you’ve been thinking about. Your 2-year-old doesn’t really care where she is. To her, Daytona Beach and Bali are all the same—they’re beaches. Go far enough so you feel like you went somewhere, and close enough to where you don’t need heavy pharmaceuticals just to endure the trip with your kids.

2. This Is Not the Time to Restrict Screen Time

OK, your kids are basically Amish at home and watch TV once every year, but on vacation anything goes—especially if you’re flying. So charge the battery on your Blackberry, iPhone, DVD player, computer and iPad and let those kids watch Finding Nemo 400 times. If they don’t cry on the plane, neither will you.

3. Go Somewhere the Kids Will Love

Sure, you used to look at those hotels with water slides and kid camps like they were for sissies. Guess what? Those hotels keep your kids happy and engaged. So soak up that splash pad and enjoy People mag while the little one yucks it up in the baby pool. Because nothing screams “bad vacation” like taking little kids to museums that mom and dad can barely stand.

Read more: http://mom.me/blog/7910-top-10-ways-enjoy-family-vacation/

10 Active Weekend Ideas for Families

“Finding time to spend together during the course of a week can seem next to impossible for the average family between work, school, practice, homework and chores.  For those days that we have nothing planned, it helps to have some ideas so we can enjoy our time together. These activities make perfect family outings for those weekends when you and the kids need to get out of the house. In good weather or bad, you’re bound to find something to satisfy everybody.”

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Children learn their most impactful lessons at home. The examples parents present have a greater effect on the choices children later make than any other outside force. With a rising childhood obesity epidemic, parents are on the forefront of fighting health decline in their kids due to poor eating and exercise habits. Parents can teach healthy cooking, eating, and fitness lessons through conversation, but it is better understood through practice.

The school week is busy, especially if parents work outside the home. When the weekend rolls around, though, there are plenty of opportunities for families to get out of the house and work up a healthy sweat. Take a look at 10 ideas for making active weekend family plans:

  1. Visit a park. Enjoy being outside while providing an active place for your kids to roam freely. Set a good example by pushing your kids on the swings, climbing with them on the jungle gym and racing them from tree to tree. If you visit a park with no playground equipment, bring along a ball or Frisbee or simply let your children’s imagination create the fun. The sunshine and fresh air will enhance mood and the open space provides limitless opportunities for play.
  2. Plan a play date. Reach out to other families in your neighborhood, church, office, or children’s schools and plan weekend get-togethers. You can take turns hosting each other at your homes, or come up with a fun spot to meet. This provides your kids with the excitement of a playmate while giving you an outlet for adult interaction. This is also a great way to form strong bonds with other families in your social circles.

Read more: http://www.sparkpe.org/blog/10-active-weekend-ideas-for-families/