Ah, Paris. A city positively fizzing with culture. And also a city where you could happily while away many hours drinking red wine, eating cheese, and bopping to jazz in an underground cave by Notre Dame – all of which we did in excess while there during a festive December stay at Silencio des Prés in Paris. Before we indulged in the mode de vie Parisien, however, we dined at a restaurant that, quite frankly, I’ll never forget… for all the best reasons!

Silencio des Prés in Paris

A Culinary and Cinematic Oasis: Silencio des Prés

Silencio des Pres is both a restaurant and a cinema and walking through the revolving doors off the crisp Christmas-y streets at 22 rue Guillaume Apollinaire in Saint-German-des-Pres, we found ourselves immersed in what felt like a bygone era. Silencio is magical. It soothes with its low lighting, cosy banquettes and subtle contemporary spirit. It’s cosy, with a vintage cinema feel reflected in the restaurant, but the large bar, piled high with spirits and purpose, gives it a buzzy and fun vibe too. Globular mushroom lights span the bar with high stools so you can prop up for a cocktail, and indoor plants give a boom of colour amongst the golden hues of the space.

The arrondissement in Paris that Silencio can be found in has been frequented by the likes of Brigitte Bardot and Karl Lagerfeld, looking for a slice of vibrancy. As such, it’s no surprise this chic and spirited eatery with an awesome cinema aspect has cropped up in an area so renowned for its culture.

The restaurant was opened up in Paris by founder Arnaud Frisch in a celebration of its 10th anniversary, with two further locations found in Montmartre and Ibiza. Seated on a raised area, we had a view over the restaurant and watched as the intimate space welcomed families ready to feast, diners on dates and businesspeople making decisions over chef Guillaume Sanchez’s experimental dishes. Cocktails whet our appetite ahead of the food – a Floradora for me, with ginger, lime, gin, soda and framboise syrup. Utterly refreshing, but with a kick. And for my guest, a very seasonally-apt Armagnac negroni made with Punt e Mes. There are many to choose from, including a Calvados pornstar which I would hurriedly return for.

Delightful Dining Delights at Silencio des Prés

Next, for food! And wow, we had one dish unlike any we’d ever tried before. My partner and I like to consider ourselves as well-travelled when it comes to tipples and fare, but Silencio stopped us in our tracks. The black pollack with mashed potatoes, black pudding and black radish needs a paragraph on its own – not one for the faint-hearted! This dish was presented beautifully, with a sea of dark red sauce surrounding the island-like presentation of the mash and fish. Lapping up the sauce, we both found the taste to be mysterious. We later discovered it to be duck blood. This didn’t really phase my dining partner, but for me, as someone who tends to stick loosely to a pescatarian lifestyle, I was a little taken aback! Duck blood to one side, I opted for the fish du jour which was accompanied by gorgeously fresh seasonal vegetables. Along with my organic wine it’s safe to say I was a very happy chappy. Other plats include a tartare de boeuf, cheese burger and an iconic croque monsieur.

Due to my excitement to discuss the duck blood main, I have laid this review out in a rather unconventional way, and shall now discuss the starters! You can play it safe with ciabatta, but we opted for something a little more intriguing – scallop carpaccio! I adore scallops, but I’d never had them presented in a carpaccio form and I truly enjoyed it. Presented beautifully, with edible flowers sprinkled atop, I’d describe it best as refreshing and certainly not a heavy entree. We also tried the Wagyu cecina. Meat that is the royalty of excellence and intense flavour, and boy did it deliver. Other dishes include a red tuna tartare, or cold langoustine ravioli.

Our waitress expertly partnered a wine with our food, and after a few tasters, I was convinced that the Ya Plukah white was the one for me. It’s an organic wine, which is something I don’t usually opt for, so it was nice to try something against the grain. However, our waitress, Marie, who was simply wonderful and so knowledgable throughout, did suggest not paying too much attention to the smell. It was pretty pungent, and not the smell you’d expect, but its crisp and delicious character made it almost impossible not to drink, especially alongside my fish dish.

Indulging in Sweet Confections and Espresso Martinis at Silencio des Prés

A full indulgence was on the cards for our Parisian dinner, and we danced it off afterwards anyway until the early hours of the morning. So espresso martinis were the bookmark to our meal, as well as a selection of desserts. St Honoré caramel is a total treat and definitely satisfies the sweet-toothed community. However, my favourite was the Tarte chaude aux pommes et glace vanille. There’s nothing I love more than a hot dessert offset by ice cream, and the apples were tres bon indeed! You can also grab a spoon and enjoy the tempting Mousse chocolat et fleur de sel… I’d be lying if I said we didn’t!

I’d return to the restaurant in a hurry and it almost feels poignant that, what with living in London, I can’t take every single friend and family member to experience the magic of Silencio des Pres.

Due to obvious reasons, lots of holiday makers have been left disappointed and longing to get back to the slopes of their favourite resorts.

Have you ever considered taking a skiing holiday in the summer? Combine your love of skiing and après ski with the likes of a lake dip and other more typical summertime activities. If you like the sound of hitting the snow this summer, we’ve got some food for thought.

With some inspiration from travel company, Basecamp, offering snowboard instructor courses and gap year adventures, here’s four locations to consider. From Austria to Argentina, find the perfect snow-filled destination for your 2022 summer escape!

Austria: Zell am See-Kaprun

First on our list is the breathtaking Kitzsteinhorn glacier, a mountain in the Hohe Tauren range of the Central Eastern Alps. The ginormous mountain is 3,000 meters above ground, which means the peak is blanketed by white snow all year long! Cable cars and lifts are available to safely take you to the top of the mountain, where you can enjoy the astonishing views of the Austrian countryside and Lake Zell. Oh, and did we mention it is accessible 365 days a year?

When you reach the top of the Kitzsteinhorn glacier, relax and admire the view from the impressive mountaintop restaurant. The Gipfel offers panoramic views while serving delicious Austrian food and drinks. What more could you want after a long day skiing?

After you’ve wined and dined, head on down to the ground and lounge by the stunning Lake Zell. In the summertime, the crystal blue waters are serene, and you can even take a dip! The green grass on the ground is in stark contrast to the snow-covered peaks above, but that’s one of the many charms of visiting Zell am See-Kaprun during the summer.

Norway: Stryn

Next on our list are the picturesque mountains of Stryn, a quaint village located in the west of Norway. The area is full of natural beauty, with serene lakes and mountains, such as the Briksdalsbreen glacier. This attracts visitors from all around the world and is well-known for being as snowy as a Christmas postcard all year round!

The best place to ski in Stryn is the Sommerski Centre, and it is truly a place like no other! The snowy slopes span across 4km of mountain ranges, and they’re usually filled with people enjoying a summer in the snow between June and July. There are social events, such as barbecues, where you can meet fellow skiers and make memories that will last a lifetime!

But did you know you can ski in your summer attire? Whether you’ve always wanted to slide down the slopes in your bikini or snowboard in your shorts, the Sommerski mountains of Stryn are the place for you. Remember to bring sun cream – you’re going to need it!

Australia: Perisher Resort

If you want to spend this summer on a skiing adventure far away, travel down under and visit the icy slopes of Australia. As Oceania is in the Southern hemisphere, Australian seasons are reversed, and you can enjoy the wintery mountains between June and October.

Perisher Resort is one of the best places to ski in the Aussie wilderness. The huge resort has 47 lifts that operate between 8.30 am-5 pm every day, so you can make the most out of your holiday every day! And if you’re feeling adventurous enough, you can explore the backcountry surrounding Perisher Resort. Snowy Mountains Backcountry offers tours of the Guthega River and the Main Range.

The Australian mountain ranges are a sight to behold!

Have you ever wanted to ski beneath the stars? At Perisher, you can sail down the white lanes between 6-9 pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays. After a moonlit ski, there are lots of places to eat, drink, and socialise in Perisher Village. What more could you want?

Argentina: Bariloche

The final location on our list is Bariloche, a small town located in the West of Argentina. As winter in Argentina takes place between June and September, this is the perfect place to go on a summer skiing holiday in 2022. Bariloche is a great place to immerse yourself in Argentinian culture and indulge in the finest chocolate ever made. As an added bonus, the closest ski resort is only 12 miles away!

The resort is named the Catedral Alta Patagonia, but you’ll probably hear the locals call it the Cerro Cathedral. The mountains are extremely beautiful as they are situated next to the Nahuel Huapi National Park and the Lake District of Patagonia.

As well as the natural beauty surrounding the resort, the resort offers glade skiing, otherwise known as tree skiing. This is an amazing opportunity to put your skills to the test and try something new! Everyone knows skiing down a mountain is beautiful but whizzing past snow-covered trees is a unique experience as picturesque as it gets.

We hope we’ve inspired you to hit the slopes and spend summer 2022 in the snow. Skiing holidays book up fast, so if you’re considering hitting the slopes next summer, it’s best to get booked up quickly. Whether you’re learning to ski or becoming a ski instructor, the frosty mountains are a delight all summer long. With countless stunning views to choose from and lots of opportunities for après ski, where will you go on your next adventure?

While it seems like all the months of 2021 have blurred into one, we’re dreaming of a time when we can once again visit all the beautiful destinations this planet has to offer. To (virtually) satiate your wanderlust, Team Coco has put together some of the world’s most exciting new hotel openings to inspire your next holiday… whenever that may be.

Pendry Park City (Utah, United States)

Nestled in the beautiful Canyons Village at Park City Mountain, the gorgeous ski-in, ski-out Pendry Park City will offer a modernist take on a traditional alpine lodge. Surrounded by vast mountain landscapes, the resort will boast warm, natural design elements that create a contemporary, open feel, and will feature 153 guestrooms, suites, and residences, each offering floor-to-ceiling windows and curated artwork.

Not to mention, both guests and locals alike will enjoy access to four distinct restaurants and bars, a deluxe Spa Pendry and fitness centre, a heated rooftop pool with a destination bar, Pinwheel Kids Club, and more than 7,000 square-feet of indoor event space.

Passalacqua (Lake Como, Italy)

Originally built in the 18th century by Count Andrea Lucini Passalacqua, Passalacqua is set on the shores of Lake Como and has hosted historic leaders from Napoleon Bonaparte to Winston Churchill.

Sister property to the iconic Grand Hotel Tremezzo, the stately, ultra-luxury mansion retreat will extend 24 stylish suites designed and curated by one of Italy’s most renowned hotelier families – Paolo, Antonella, and Valentina De Santis.

Committed to preserving its heritage, Passalacquawill showcase original features, including hidden passageways, centuries-old beamed suites in forgotten stables, and glasshouses with ancient fruit trees. Guests can enjoy the lakeside swimming pool and open-air gym set in the olive groves, vintage boat trips from the private dock, and partake in a variety of wellness and culinary experiences in the manicured gardens such as spa treatments, yoga sessions, farm-to-fork dining, and movies under the stars.

The Fullerton Ocean Park Hotel Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Located in Hong Kong’s cool Southside district, which is home to the iconic Victoria Harbour and the city’s renowned Ocean Park, the eco-conscious oceanfront resort is the next much-anticipated international launch from The Fullerton Hotels and Resorts.

The luxury hotel – perfect for couples, friends, solo visitors, extended families, and business travellers – will offer 425 guest rooms and suites overlooking the South China Sea, including children-themed rooms and two signature suites with private pools. It will also offer four diverse restaurants, an outdoor infinity pool and kids’ lagoon pool, an indoor kids’ play zone, a luxury spa and fitness centre, and versatile indoor and outdoor meeting and event spaces, including a 5,600 square-feet pillar-free grand ballroom. Will this be Hong Kong’s most exciting new sustainable hotel – we certainly think so.

sly Berlin (Berlin, Germany)

Located in the city’s trendy Friedrichshain neighborhood, Berlin’s coolest new hotel will be housed across four modernised buildings, interconnected via inviting open courtyard spaces and a striking 2,368 square-foot greenhouse.

With 150 contemporary guestrooms and suites, some boasting private balconies, sly Berlin’s interiors will showcase a fusion of nature and urban culture, featuring solid oak wood, Italian serpentine stone, stainless steel, and Brutalist concrete touches. A lively restaurant and bar, complete with open kitchen and grill area, will be housed in the natural light of the greenhouse amid an abundance of greenery. The perfect place to enjoy an (almost alfresco) meal at the German capital.

Sommerro (Oslo, Norway)

The reincarnation of a restored 1930s landmark in Frogner, a historic neighbourhood in Oslo’s West End, Sommerro celebrates Norwegian design, fusing form and function as the city’s first hotel in an original Art Deco building.

The hotel is set to be Norway’s largest-ever preservation project, the hotel occupies the former headquarters of the capital city’s electrical company, Oslo Lysverker. Folowing a multi-million-dollar renovation, Somerro will become a modern tribute to local cultural heritage. Art buffs will enjoy the original artworks by celebrated Norwegian artist Per Krohg which will be featured throughout the hotel, with pieces including a giant wall fresco and a ceiling mural that nods to the building’s unique history.

A true community space, the 231-room property – which counts 56 residences – will also offer four restaurants, three bars, meeting and event spaces with capacity for up to 150 people, a 200-seat gilded theatre, a sprawling wellness paradise, and the city’s first year-round rooftop pool, sauna, terrace, and restaurant. There is surely no more stylish place to stay in Oslo than this.

Travellers planning to book a stay at any of these new hotels, or any of the other 650 participating properties across the Preferred Hotel Group portfolio, can access exclusive member rates, earn points, and take advantage of other value-rich immediate benefits during every eligible stay, while also accessing special members-only offers and unique partnerships, by joining I Prefer Hotel Rewards, the world’s largest points-based loyalty programme for independent hotels with more than 4 million travellers currently enrolled.

In today’s world, where we have access to unlimited information through our phones and computers, it is easy to forget that there is a whole wide world out there full of new experiences waiting for you as long as you’re willing to explore it.Traveling exposes us to different cultures and a variety of food that may be new or challenging for those who struggle with food habits at home.

If you experience an eating disorder and travel, the effects of your disorder will likely be heightened. Eating disorders are challenging enough at home but can become even more difficult while staying in another country. Where do you get support? What if you get sick and need to see a specialist quickly? Where do you find food that you can eat? These are questions that make traveling with an eating disorder incredibly difficult. However, there are ways to make it easier! Here are seven tips for people who experience eating disorders and travel:

Pack snacks

It is important to pack snacks that will not trigger your eating disorder when traveling. This might be difficult if you are used to eating unhealthy foods, but it is crucial that you bring snacks to make you feel good and support your health goals.

It is good to pack healthy snacks like fruits, vegetables, and whole-grain crackers. If you have a specific diet that you follow, like a gluten-free or dairy-free diet, be sure to pack snacks that fit into those restrictions. You might also want to bring along some water or seltzer to help quench your thirst and keep you hydrated.

If you are traveling by plane, be sure to check with the airline about their policies on bringing food onboard. Many airlines allow you to bring a small carry-on bag with snacks and drinks.

Plan your meals

When traveling, it is important to have a plan for each meal. This will help to avoid feeling overwhelmed or anxious about food. If you are traveling to a new country, do some research about the local cuisine in advance. This will give you an idea of what foods to expect and help you decide where to eat.

If you have dietary restrictions, be sure to plan for meals that fit into your anorexia or bulimia treatment plan. Many restaurants now cater to specific dietary needs, so there is no need to feel limited while traveling.

Bring a power bar

A power bar can help you get through a rough time if you unexpectedly get hungry or feel lost in the middle of a new city. The issue with eating disorder behaviors is that they tend to arise without much warning, so bringing snacks just in case might be helpful. Power bars are also suitable for balancing your blood sugar levels and give you an energy boost when needed.

Connect with other people who experience eating disorders and travel

Find out what tips and tricks other people suggest for staying safe while traveling. You can connect with others on online forums, such as Twitter groups, Facebook pages, and Instagram accounts dedicated to others who struggle with eating disorders. There are many active communities where you can chat about ideas related to travel.

Develop a routine

Establishing a routine while traveling can be helpful. If you know what meals and activities will take place each day, it is easier to cope with the stress of being away from home. This might mean packing your medication at a specific time or eating at a particular restaurant before other social engagements.

Many people who experience an eating disorder fear that they will get sick when they travel because their body’s tolerance for foods changes. In fact, research has found that women with bulimia nervosa have higher illness rates while traveling than those who do not have the disorder. This means that being on vacation does not protect you from getting sick and can make you more susceptible to illness.

Avoid restrictive eating while traveling

It is important to avoid restrictive eating while traveling, as this can lead to a binge-and-purge episode. This can ruin your trip and make you feel sick and exhausted. It is better to enjoy the local cuisine and indulge in moderation. If you are worried about gaining weight while on vacation, remember that weight gain is temporary and will disappear once you return home.

Carry a photo of yourself from a time when you were happy and feeling good

Looking at a photo of yourself from when you were happy and feeling good can help boost your mood if you are struggling while traveling. Remind yourself that you can have fun and be happy even when you are not in your comfort zone. Being on vacation is a time to relax and enjoy yourself, so try not to focus too much on your eating disorder.

Traveling can be a wonderful experience, but it can also be challenging for people with eating disorders. However, with a bit of planning and preparation, travelingwith an eating disorder can be much easier. So get out there and explore the world.

A car is a big investment, and it’s worth taking the time to make sure you’re doing all the right things to protect your investment. When you take the car on a trip, you want to enjoy a smooth ride and not have to deal with any car trouble. Even though things can happen at any time, it is in one’s best interest to ensure their car is serviced and ready for the road. Here are some tips to help you avoid the risk of your car breaking down while on vacation.

Service It Properly Before The Trip

The best way to avoid any car trouble while on a trip is to make sure the car is serviced properly before you hit the road. This means getting the mechanic to take a look at it and making sure auto parts are in good condition. If there are any issues with your car, it’s best to take care of them before you go. This will minimize the chances of your car breaking down while on vacation.

Get The Contact of a Mechanic Where You’re Headed

It’s also a good idea to get in touch with a mechanic where you’re headed. You can easily do this by searching for the closest auto repair shop and car towing service to your vacation destination. This way, if there are any problems with your car while away, you’ll be able to get it fixed right away. Knowing that help is nearby eliminates one of the potential risks of driving your car while on vacation.

Fill Up The Tank and Pack a Roadside Emergency Kit

One of the worst things that can happen when you’re on a road trip is running out of gas. Make sure to fill up the tank before you hit the road, and also keep a few gallons in reserve just in case. This will help you avoid any potential problems and will help you keep your stress levels down.

In case of an emergency, it’s always best to be prepared. Make sure to pack a roadside emergency kit in your car. This should include items like a flashlight, flares, a first-aid kit, and jumper cables. If your car breaks down at night, the last thing you’ll want to do is fumble around for items. You may need certain items for your trip and won’t be able to hit the road without them. Make sure you are prepared by packing the right accessories in your car before leaving.

Make Sure Your Car Is Balanced And Properly Aligned

It’s best to take your car to the mechanic and get it balanced and aligned before setting off on a long drive. This will ensure that the car travels smoothly without any issues arising. If the car is not properly aligned, it could start to drift into another lane or have some other issue that can become dangerous. Balance also depends upon your tires, so always look for their reviews from Tire Reviews.

Don’t Ignore Warning Lights or Strange Noises

If you see a warning light come on in your car or hear strange noises, don’t ignore it. This could be a sign that something is wrong with the car and needs to be fixed. Ignoring these warning signs could lead to your car breaking down while on vacation. It’s always better to be safe than sorry and take care of the problem before it gets worse.

When you take the time to make sure your car is in good condition, you can rest assured that it will be ready for your trip. It’s always better to be safe than sorry. By taking care of the car and making sure all parts are working properly, it minimizes the chances of any problems occurring while on the road. Follow these simple tips and enjoy a worry-free road trip.

It’s no surprise that many people find themselves stressed and overworked. As a result, they look for ways to escape their routine and enjoy life. For those who love the outdoors, there is nothing better than going on vacation to get away from it all–to experience new places and break free from your normal routine. However, with so many destinations to choose from, where should you go and what should you do? This article will give you some tips on what adventure lovers need to do when going on vacation.

Be Open-Minded

One of the best things about going on vacation is experiencing new places and cultures. However, it’s important that you are open to all possibilities. Many people have this preconceived idea of what a place is like before they even set foot in it. While your perception may not be far off from reality, there are many parts of any given location that you will miss if you don’t explore. So, leave your expectations at home and be ready to take in everything that a new place has to offer.

Do Your Research

One of the best ways to make the most out of your vacation is by doing some research before you go. This doesn’t mean spending hours on the internet–although that can be helpful as well. It is planning your destination and looking up an accommodation provider in Walpole whether it’s the Canadian island you’re going to or the town in New Hampshire. Take the time to talk to friends and family who have been to the destination you’re considering. They’ll be able to give you some great tips on what to do and where to go, which will help save you a lot of time and money.

Pack Appropriately

When going on vacation, it’s common to over-pack. Instead of taking everything you might need, only pack what you know you’ll actually use. This will not only cut down on the weight of your luggage, but it will also save you money at the airport. Airlines charge for checked baggage these days, so taking less with you to begin with will help you avoid extra fees. If possible, leave room in your suitcase for any souvenirs that you may pick up along the way.

Interact With The Locals

One of the best things about traveling is getting to know the locals. They can offer you a unique perspective on their home and can help show you some of the hidden gems that most tourists never see. So, be sure to take the time to talk to the people you meet while on vacation.

You may be surprised at how much you learn from them. Above all else, remember to enjoy yourself while on vacation. This is your chance to relax and forget about all of the stresses of life. This will help make your trip even more memorable.

Go With Fun People

If you’re looking for an even more enjoyable experience, go with people who are just as adventurous as you are. Sometimes, you might not be motivated to do anything while on vacation if you’re traveling by yourself. But when you do activities with other people, it helps to push you even further and makes the experience that much more fun. Just remember to not be afraid to try something new. You never know how much fun it may turn out to be until you actually give it a shot!

There are many great destinations for adventure lovers, so be sure to explore as many of them as possible. With a bit of planning and some advice from those who have gone before you, your next vacation is sure to be an unforgettable one.

Do you want to make your next vacation special and unforgettable? Well, there are plenty of ways to do it! Here are some tips that will help.

Do a Little Bit of Planning

Whether you’re traveling with friends, your significant other, or your family, planning for the trip is key. From the transportation to the hotel, you want to make sure everything is booked and planned for before arriving at your destination.

Also, if you’re going to a new location, country, or town where you’re not very familiar with the surroundings, do a little bit of research beforehand. What sightseeing are close, what restaurants are popular and affordable, etc?

Sometimes you don’t even have to go far, to have a special and unforgettable vacation. If you only have just a couple of days off, plan for a close destination, maybe just an hour or two away, so you can spend the least time necessary on transport, but still have the feeling of changing your environment. It doesn’t have to be beach or mountain, sometimes the only thing you need is to visit themed hotels in Orlando, Florida, for example, for some exciting and memorable moments. Talk about the resort – and fun!

Make Time for the Details

Once you’ve done all the big planning, it’s time to focus on other details that can really turn your trip into something special. First things first, make sure you’ve got everything packed and ready to go so there are no unpleasant surprises when it’s time to leave. You don’t want to miss your flight because you forgot something like a toothbrush or deodorant! And if you’re traveling somewhere warm (or even colder) make sure you pack accordingly, think about what items might be challenging to bring with you on transportation.

Also, consider weather conditions in the location you’re visiting, like extreme heat or cold temperatures, and pack according to them. Sunscreen and hats are a must if you’re going to a hot country, while jackets, boots, and warm clothes should be at the top of your list if you’re visiting somewhere cold.

Experiencing Local Culture

This is another way to make your next vacation truly special. Try exploring on foot, there’s nothing like walking on an old cobblestone street or on the same road where maybe even some famous person did walking once. Of course, it doesn’t necessarily have to be historical figures; feel free to think about modern celebrities of the destination country if you want!

Or, what new exotic food can you try? How about trying kangaroo steak in Australia (because it’s delicious of course) or European-style pizza with shrimps and calamari in Greece? The best of the culture can be experienced when trying out their food. If you’re not sure where to start, do some research online or ask locals where their favorite spots are. And don’t forget to bring along your adventurous spirit – you never know what might sound good in that particular location. Trying new things is half the fun of traveling!

Hire a Local Guide

No matter how much research you’ve done before the trip, nothing beats a local guide. They know what’s best in their city and can point out all the things you wouldn’t necessarily find by yourself. From great places to eat and see to hidden gems around every corner, hiring a guide can make your trip much more unforgettable!

If you don’t have a lot of money or just want to save some for shopping or other activities while on vacation, go check out some websites that offer free walking tours in major cities around the world. You’ll get an amazing tour experience for absolutely nothing!

Vacation and a Life Event

We all know that dreaded moment when your vacation is coming to an end and you have to go back to the reality of work or school. It’s definitely not fun, but there are ways to make it a bit more bearable.

One way is by making your vacation coincide with a life event. Maybe you finally passed your driving test and can now rent a car and explore on your own – do it! Or maybe you got a new job and can take some time off for the first time – congratulations! Celebrate by booking that flight to Bali.

No matter what the occasion may be, as long as it’s something worth celebrating, make sure to mark it down in your calendar and enjoy every minute of it! You worked hard for it, so you deserve it.

Listen To Your Intuition

Sometimes when we travel, we tend to just go along with the plans that have been made without thinking too much about it. However, sometimes our intuition might tell us something different. Maybe there’s another place you’d rather visit or an activity you want to do more than what your friends or family is interested in.

Don’t be afraid to speak up and change a plan – after all, it’s your vacation too! And if everyone is on board with the new idea, then all the better for a more memorable trip.

Make It a Game

Maybe you can plan a quiz night where everyone has to answer general questions about the destination country and its culture. There are so many possibilities when thinking about games that can be played on vacation!

If you’re a sort of adventurous soul, you can do certain activities, like scuba diving or skydiving, as a team and make it into a competition. Depending on your destination, you can go maintain climbing, bike riding, or canoeing as a group. You can even make it a scavenger hunt – there’ll always be something to look for and the whole challenge is to find it first!

Finally, just let go and don’t take it too seriously. There’s always time for crazy pictures with funny hats, sunglasses on your face, or funny signs saying “Will trade this for beer!” Ask locals how can you have the most fun – they’ll know!

By following these simple strategies, you can make your trip special and unforgettable! Whether it’s trying new foods or games that are fun for all ages, there are plenty of ways to have an amazing experience while traveling. So go out there, explore, and have the time of your life!

A lot of people’s dream is to move to sunny California. It has become one of the most popular destinations in the US due to its breathtaking national parks, abundant surf culture, and quality education. California is located on the West Coast, settled along the Pacific Ocean, and it’s one of the largest states in terms of population and land. Young people are moving to this beautiful state of fame and fortune for its flourishing business opportunities, diverse culture, and incredible cities to live in.

If you’re considering relocating to this lovely state, we’ll give you a few reasons why this is a good idea.

Great weather

Most people love living in California because of the amazing weather. It has a Mediterranean climate with warm and dry summers and wet and mild winters. Because of its diverse landscape, the temperatures can vary depending on the region you choose to live in. Most places have warm weather, but there are also those with a bit colder weather which are perfect for the holiday season.

For example, if you’re looking for a warm place, you might want to consider West Covina, a suburban city in LA with a hot-summer Mediterranean climate. Keep in mind that housing in California can be a bit expensive, so you might want to consider renting a place. Start searching for West Covina California apartments that best suit your style and budget. Note that some of the places come with a pool which is a lot convenient during hot summer days.

Beautiful beaches and national parks

California stretches for 840 miles along the Pacific Coastline and is surrounded by stunning beaches with clear blue water. Malibu Beach, Laguna Beach, and Santa Cruz Beach are some of the popular ones, attracting surfers and beachgoers throughout the year. Note that the Pacific Ocean is much colder than the Atlantic, so before you go swimming or surfing it might be a good idea to invest in a wetsuit to stay warm.

California is home to many national parks, and each has its own allure to visitors. If you are someone who loves the great outdoors and exploring new and beautiful places, moving to California would be a perfect choice. Joshua Tree, Yosemite, and Death Valley are just some of the few of the Golden State’s natural wonderlands. From mysterious landscapes to magnificent waterfalls, the national parks of California definitely belong to your bucket list.

State of opportunity and education

The Golden State reigns supreme in the economic sector since it is home to the largest economy in the nation. It is so big that it outranks countries like Russia, India, and Germany. As of 2020, California’s economy is boasting a $3.0 trillion GSP, and Silicon Valley is home to some of the world’s most valuable tech companies including Apple, Meta Platforms, and Alphabet Inc. Its economy is varied, driven by many sizable sectors, with the most dominant ones being finance, government, business services, and manufacturing.

Don’t forget that California is a state with top-notch and highly rated institutions including The University of California and Stanford University. The best part of living there are the in-state tuition prices, and since the California State University system is the biggest public university system in the country, it means that there are a total of 281 different universities and colleges to choose from. In 2021, Stanford University was rated as the most progressive college in the US by Degree Choices.

Culture, diverse community, and wine

California is the perfect place to live for those who appreciate cultural variety. It’s a place where you can watch top shows and performances, special events, and visit many great museums. The Golden State also has epic music festivals including Coachella, Outside Lands, and many more. A thrilling nightlife where you can rub shoulders with celebrities and enjoy good parties, it is a great place to let your hair down and dance the weekend away.

It is known for celebrating diversity, accepting people no matter their ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religion. Whether it’s Chinese New Year or Pride Week, Californians love celebrating it all since they’re always up for a party no matter the occasion. Also, don’t forget that this state produces the largest amount of wine in the US, so it’s a great place if you’d like to become a wine connoisseur.

Final thoughts

Sunny weather, beautiful beaches, and amazing opportunities are just some of the great things the Golden State offers. If you’re still dwelling on whether to move or not, we’d say go for it! If you want to shake things up and enjoy life to the fullest, California is the place for you.

Traveling is a learning experience, and the lessons you learn from this wonderful opportunity can last a lifetime. By traveling, you get to see the world and meet many wonderful people. As a result, you learn about different cultures, customs, and lifestyles.

Additionally, you also learn about the history of the world and the people around you. Traveling is a great way to open your eyes and see the world in a new light. When you travel, you become more open to different perspectives. You also gain a better understanding of other people and their cultures.

Takeaways from Traveling

Many people say that they want to travel but never do it. They may be afraid of traveling alone or fearful of the unknown. However, these are the things that make traveling so great.

Traveling is a fantastic experience that not all people have the privilege of experiencing. Therefore, you should grab every opportunity to travel if you can. This way, you get to learn a lot of things and encounter ideas that you could use back home.

For example, traveling allows you to meet different people and immerse yourself in their cultures. You get to learn how to deal with other people, and this is a skill that you can hone so you can use it in different situations.

You can also get ideas from the places you see and the destinations you travel to. You might be inspired by how people from across the world decorate their homes and end up calling brick paving installers once you get home to incorporate the ideas you’ve encountered while traveling to your home.

These and more are the amazing things you learn from traveling. The more you travel, the more you get to explore the world around you.

Below are more examples of the things you get to learn from traveling:

Being more open-minded

One of the best things that traveling can teach you is to become more open-minded. This means that you get to see the world from different perspectives and learn that there is more than one way of doing things.

You can also understand that not everyone thinks or believes in the same things, which is a great lesson to learn at a young age. When you can look at things from other people’s perspectives, it becomes easier to relate to other people. After all, you get to be more considerate of other people.

As you go through life, learning to be more open-minded is an important lesson that will help you in your personal life and in your career. If there’s one thing that might get in the way of doing a great job, this would be having a closed mind.

When you’re able to explore the world, it becomes easier to be more open-minded and accepting of different cultures and lifestyles. As cliché as it may sound, traveling really does broaden your horizons and help you see things in a new light.

Being more adventurous

Traveling teaches people to be more adventurous and take risks. You don’t always have to play it safe. Learning how to be spontaneous and go with the flow is a great thing that you can learn from traveling.

When we travel, we get the chance to explore new places and meet different kinds of people who come from different backgrounds than us. And by learning about their cultures and lifestyles, we can better understand how the world works as a whole.

How to be more patient

Traveling also teaches people how to be more patient. This is because delays and unexpected events often occur while on the road, and you have to learn how to roll with the punches if you want to have a good experience. Therefore, enhancing your patience is one of the benefits you get from traveling.

Being more creative

Traveling helps people become more creative because they constantly learn new things that they can then apply to their lives. Seeing and experiencing different cultures, foods, traditions, and people is a great source of inspiration in terms of creativity.

Being more flexible

One of the most important life skills you gain from traveling is learning how to be more flexible. This means not being afraid of the unknown and learning how to adapt when things do not go as planned. It is all about learning from your experiences each time you travel so that you can gain more knowledge on what works and what does not work in different situations.

Making the Most of Traveling

Traveling can teach people a lot of things. It is just a matter of making the most out of the experiences and learning as much as possible while on the road. There are so many opportunities to learn new things when traveling, but it is up to you to take advantage of them.

Great lakes are famous for their white sand beaches, stretching over 3800 km only in Canada, and clear fresh water that attracts water activity lovers worldwide. It is one of the most beautiful and unique places in the world with its picturesque views and Niagara Falls. Here you can do both – have active rest wandering the natural sites and relax watching gorgeous sunsets with your loved ones. I can go on and on naming reasons to visit this beautiful place, however, I see it from the perspective of an adult. Nobody will doubt that we, adults, and kids have different ideas of what a perfect vacation should look like. This article will prove that the Great Lakes is an extraordinary summer vacation option not only for grown-ups but for children as well. Here are 6 Great Lakes activities your kids will love.

1. Swimming

Let’s start with the most basic but still fun and entertaining activity associated with water – swimming. I cannot imagine a better place to teach your kids how to swim than on the Great Lakes. It is not as stormy as oceans and seas can get, so you can be calm about the safety of the process. If you are still doubting your ability to teach the kids, ask for help. There is a big team of specialists on every beach that can not only entertain your kids but also give you some relaxation time.

Swimming is great for a number of reasons as it is a tool that helps to raise strong and, most importantly, healthy children. It is beneficial not only for the immune system and overall health but also gives many positive emotions and lifts the mood. No wonder it is so difficult to get the kids out of the water once they learn how to do it.

2. Camping

Camping is really popular lately with both parents and children. It is a perfect activity to change the scenery from skyscrapers and business centers to trees and water.

No wonder, children love camping – the special atmosphere of waking up with the sun, having sandwiches for every meal, learning how to make a fire, and taking some time off all the technology. “Take a break from the routine and let the professionals help you with your paper tasks. Enjoy the precious time with your kids” – advises Melissa Mauro, an expert at TrustMyPaper. And I completely agree with her – there is not going to be a better time to go camping in the Great Lakes than right now.

Believe me, camping in this region is that kind of experience you are going to remember at family dinners once your children will come to visit you. The perfect weather from May to September allows you to fully enjoy a vacation, so it is high time you leave all the work and household tasks at home and come to the Great Lakes.

3. Fishing and Birding

Children love nature as they don’t get to see it much living in a big city. Fishing is not only about having a new skill, but also a great way to spend time outside together. It is fun and truly thrilling to have a fish smacking the lure. The Great Lakes provide many places designed to go fishing, so it is a perfect opportunity to give your kids a chance to experience something new and exciting.

Birding is a great activity for many reasons – it is easy, fun, and free! The Great Lakes have plenty of habitats, both coastal and forest, where you can watch millions of birds.

4. Spending a Day at a Farm

The Great Lakes are not only about water and beaches. If you go a little further from the coastline, you’ll see that the region includes many interesting places that kids are going to love. There is nothing like spending the weekend on a Wisconsin or Michigan farm.

Walk through the rows of fruit trees and let your kids fill up on freshly grown apples or pears. That is something you don’t get a chance to try living in a busy metropolis spending days and nights working and studying. Leave your paperwork to Supreme Dissertations and pack for the big trip now!

5. Cruising

Cruising is fun at any age, as it is a lot different from what we usually experience. Watch your kids’ reaction when they see only water around themselves – the excitement they get is adorable. Most cruises include video game rooms, pools or even water parks, interactive shows for kids, and more. Basically, it is a big floating city – they have everything they need in one place.

A cruise is also a perfect place for your kid to interact with other children doing all the activities mentioned above. In a few days on the ship, they can make good friends and have much fun spending time with them.

Cruising in the Great Lakes allows you to see many places – from Victorian-era towns with captivating history to little French Canadian villages.

6. Canoeing and Kayaking

Going back to water activities, canoeing and kayaking are among the most popular activities now and an integral part of the Great Lakes experience. The team of professionals will make sure your kids are 100% safe, so there is nothing to worry about. It is a thrilling form of exercise that gives you and your children truly unique emotions.

Choosing between canoeing and kayaking for kids, I would choose canoeing as canoes are stable and can accommodate up to 3 kids plus adults.

To sum it up, the Great Lakes is a great vacation choice for both kids and their parents. The variety of activities and emotions the children get to experience is a reason you should consider going to at least one of the lakes. I highly recommend spending the whole week there, as you are not going to have enough time to do at least half of the things from the article in just a weekend. Let the kids connect with nature and teach them how to love and appreciate what we have around us. The Great Lakes is perfect for that.