Archive for January, 2018

The Ins and Outs of Hostels and Room Renting: How to Find Safe and Cheap Accommodations Abroad3 min read

How to Find a Hostel

Planning a trip can often feel overwhelming. Whether it’s the struggle of coordinating all the details or stress from all your expenses adding up, you might feel like you could use a vacation from planning your vacation.

Luckily, for many travelers, it’s possible to take some of the stress out of planning by choosing budget-friendly room accommodations like hostels, room rentals or even couches.

Here are tips for navigating hostels and other room renting options.

Hostels

If you’re thinking of a hostel you’ve seen in a movie when I say the word, stop and get that image out of your head. The hostels of today are nothing like you might have seen on screen. Especially in Europe, where they’re most popular, the hostel industry has exploded in recent years. This has caused many locations to step up their game, and there are now plenty of trendy spots at budget-friendly prices.

If you’re interested in staying in a hostel, start with sites like HostelWorld.com or HostelBookers.com. Each of these sites lets you search by date and location and offers a great level of detail about the choices you’re eyeing.

Check different dates around the time you want to travel, as well as different room characteristics. See what room options are available such as how many other people can stay in the same room or if it’s for single or mixed genders. Playing around with these search categories can help you find the best deals.

It’s pretty simple to use, and I can tell you that Hostel World made life easy on my recent trip to Europe –I used it to find quality hostels in Ireland, Italy, Denmark and Spain.

Room Renting

Room renting might be right for you if you’re looking for a more private option that doesn’t break the bank. This can be a great way to feel more at home while traveling far from home.

Room rentals can be pricier if you’re traveling by yourself. It might put less of a strain on your wallet to split the cost with a friend or a small group you travel with. Searching on sites like Airbnb can also help you find options for renting a single room to an entire house.

I’ve had great experiences using Airbnb. My partner and I stayed in a house in Iceland where we shared the space with other couples who used Airbnb to book the other bedrooms. When I visited Liverpool, England, we were able to rent a flat to ourselves for about a week and a half at a reasonable price.

Also while in Liverpool, our host met with us and offered tips for what we should do around town. That on-the-ground advice really enhanced our experience getting a local perspective on navigating a city we only knew from reading about online.

When booking your room rental, look for reviews from previous guests. Most reviews will include at least a line or two about how the host is with guests and tourists in particular. Finding the right host can be like having a free tour guide with your room.

Couch Surfing

If you’re looking to save as much dough as you can or want to truly immerse yourself in a local culture, couch surfing might be right for you.

Sites like CouchSurfing.com encourage travelers who want to save money to stay with a local family when hitting the road. Couch Surfing has a multiple step booking process designed to ensure your security. Guests can rate and leave comments on hosts they stay with. Check for listings where the host has a detailed profile and read reviews by people who have stayed with the host before.

Whatever type of hosting experience you’re looking for, don’t wait, find your next room and get exploring!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 19, 2018 at 23:37

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 18, 2018 at 20:17

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Spring Break for Adults: The Top Five Most Relaxing Vacation Spots3 min read

St. Kitts and Nevis Spring Break

Long gone are the days of spending spring break partying on the beach, letting loose from the stress of midterms. Now that you’re an adult, spring break is a time to rest, relax, and rejuvenate. However, that can be difficult if you’re surrounded by rowdy, college-aged kids. Below are the top five destinations to consider when you want your spring break to be just that— a break.

St. Kitts & Nevis

If you love lounging on white sandy beaches while looking out onto the crystal clear, blue horizon, the twin islands St. Kitts & Nevis are exactly what you need for your next spring break trip. Aside from lying on the beach all day, every day, you can explore a wide range of activities on these sister islands, such as zip lining, snorkeling in the black coral reef, and climbing a volcano. For those looking for a good night life, stay on St. Kitts; but if you’re looking for more relaxation and seclusion, book a stay on Nevis. Luckily, it’s easy to hop between the two.

Killington, Vermont

Killington Spring BreakFor those who prefer winter wonderlands over sandy beaches, head to Killington, Vermont. Great for skiers and snowboarders of all levels, Killington offers a wide variety of trails. Not into either? No worries, there’s also snow tubing, snowmobile tours, and sleigh rides. When you’re not hitting the slopes, take advantage of one of their seven lodging accommodations, all of which come with an indoor pool, exercise equipment, hot tub and sauna.  While Fall Line lodging has the best views, Sunrise Area has limited cell service, giving you the perfect excuse to not bother checking your phone for emails or missed calls.

Aarhus, Denmark

Aarhus Spring BreakOff the beaten path from the other major Nordic cities such as Stockholm, Copenhagen, and Oslo, Aarhus offers the same European culture with a little more peace and quiet. With a mixture of old and new, city and nature, Aarhus has a something for everyone. Soak in the art and culture at ARoS Aarhus Art Museum, and the Moesgaard Museum, go back in time and visit the quaint Den Gamle By section of the city, or visit their tropical houses at the Botanical Garden.

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona Spring BreakThe scenery and weather make Arizona a top destination for working adults. If you’re someone who enjoys outdoor adventure, Sedona is the place for you. From ATVs to biking to hiking to climbing, there’s no shortage of activities you can do while exploring the Grand Canyon. If you want a more laid back vacation, Sedona also boasts a variety of spiritual and wellness establishments that offer massages, fitness and yoga, and even spiritual tours.

Lake Annecy, France

Lake AnnecyLake Annecy is described as “the passport for health and vitality as well as serenity and relaxation.” If that doesn’t have you already booking a ticket to this lake located in the Haute-Savoie region of France, maybe their natural sites such as Gorges du Fier, secret gardens, and Le Roc de Chère will provide motivation. Along with the beautiful scenery, Lake Annecy also has two on-site spas, which promise to provide you with the ultimate relaxation experience.

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 16, 2018 at 15:31

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Is acetaminophen really safe in pregnancy?

More than two thirds of pregnant women take acetaminophen at some stage during their pregnancy. New research supports claims that this may be harmful.
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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 11, 2018 at 13:26

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ADHD: Could maternal depression be the cause?

ADHD is growing in prevalence, but we are still no nearer to understanding why it occurs. New research asks whether maternal depression might be the key.
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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 9, 2018 at 13:29

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Building Your Travel First Aid Kit: What You Need, and What to Leave Home3 min read

When packing for a trip, it can be easy to focus more on packing your clothes and shoes, which means toiletries and other essentials sometimes become an afterthought. You might be like me and end up throwing in that little bag without much thought beyond the items that you use on a regular basis, like your toothbrush or makeup.

Wherever you might be going on your next adventure, having a travel first aid kit can be invaluable. Even if you’re heading to a major city or hiking through a forest, it can help to have some supplies in your bag to grab at a moment’s notice.

Here are some tips on figuring out what you need and what you can leave at home.

Start with Some Basic Questions

While every traveler should take some sort of travel first aid kit, you might not need certain supplies on every trip.

Some basic questions you probably already ask your yourself when packing (and that can help when preparing a travel medical kit) are:

  • Where are you going?
  • What will you be doing on your trip?
  • How long are you going for?

Considering these questions while you pack can help you make sure you have all the right supplies and enough for however long your trip is. It’s also important to consider if you have any personal health needs—such as whether you might need medication or something like an inhaler.

Whether or not you have a medical condition, it’s always good to talk to your doctor before traveling, especially if you’re going somewhere more remote. Your doctor can also provide any paperwork you might need when traveling with certain medications, such as narcotics.

The Go-To Items

Wherever your next adventure will take you, it’s important to at least pack a basic travel first aid kit. Whether I’m hopping in the car for a road trip or hiking in the Swiss Alps, I always make sure to have some basics with me for any little surprises along the way.

Some items that are must-haves in your kit:

  • Any prescription medications you take
  • An assortment of Band-Aids (for small cuts or scrapes)
  • Pain medication or fever reducer (ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin)
  • Mole Skin or blister bandages (for blisters)
  • Gauze
  • Roll of medical tape
  • Antibacterial wipes or solution (for cleaning cuts)
  • Antacids (for when your stomach might be out of whack from traveling or food)
  • Sunscreen
  • Hand sanitizer

Making sure you have these essentials can save you time from having to hit the pharmacy while you’re out and about and have supplies on hand for when you could really use it.

If you’re worried about all the supplies taking up space in your carry on or suitcase, there are ways you keep everything compact and in one place. Consider in investing in a travel medical kit that often comes with many of these basics included and can be rolled up or flattened to fit in your bag.

For Special Trips

When packing, consider whether you’re going somewhere remote or if you might face any special circumstances. Not every trip, and especially if you’re visiting major cities or other residential locations, requires having to include extra items for situations you’re probably not going to face.

If you’re going somewhere with a warmer climate or somewhere you know bugs might be lurking, make sure to pack bug repellent. Take enough that you can reapply when needed for the duration of your trip. Talk to your doctor before leaving for countries where Zika, malaria or other dangerous diseases might be a risk. Ask them about any medications or information you should have when traveling in these places.

If you’re off to somewhere more remote or where the water might be sketchy to drink, consider packing purification tablets or a water bottle with a built-in purifier. This can ensure that you have a way to get clean water when you need it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 8, 2018 at 20:33

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Recipe: Danish Salmon Tartare1 min read

Danish_Salmon_Tartare

Danish_Salmon_TartareThis classic Danish dish is a healthy way to kick off the new year. It feels decadent and celebratory, but is actually packed with good for you omega 3 fatty acids, protein, and vitamin C. Be sure to choose wild salmon when shopping for this recipe. Farm raised salmon doesn’t contain the same ratio of beneficial omegas as its wild counterpart. You can also serve this with thinly sliced cucumbers in place of chips. For a dairy free version, simply omit the sour cream- it will still taste delicious!

Serves 4

Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces wild salmon, skin and pin bones removed
  • ¼ cup finely diced cucumber
  • 3 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 1 shallot, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons capers (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream or yogurt
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Chips, to serve

Directions:

  1. Finely dice the salmon, and add it to a medium size bowl. Add the cucumber, dill, shallot, capers, lemon zest and juice, and mix well.
  2. Gently stir in the sour cream or yogurt, and add a pinch of salt and pepper. Add more lemon juice if needed to taste.
  3. Garnish with sprigs of dill if desired, and serve immediately, with chips on the side. Enjoy!

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Posted by Lustige Bilder - January 5, 2018 at 21:32

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