Solo Traveling Ideas for the Summer: Preparing Yourself for the Trip

Solo traveling can be an amazing and liberating experience. People travel all the time, but they very rarely do it alone if it is not for business reasons. The hardest part about traveling alone is getting adjusted with the feeling of loneliness, but once you have learned to embrace the experience, you will definitely come to crave it. A lot of wonderful things can happen when you travel alone, and it will ultimately help you open up to life-changing experiences. So if you are thinking of setting off into the sunset, and embarking on your first solo travel adventure, here are a few traveling alone tips that you will definitely appreciate. We will talk about everything from finding the best locations and prices, to safety issues and connecting with other like-minded travelers.

Why Choose Solo Traveling Over Group Trips?

Before we begin, there is an important question that we should answer. Why choose solo-traveling over group trips? There is nothing more exciting than leaving your comfort zone and exploring the world. If you travel with a group, chances are that you will spend more time with them, but when you are alone you have the opportunity to connect with interesting locals and fellow travelers. In addition to this, you have the freedom to plan your trip as you see fit. You are the one making all the decisions, and this sense of autonomy will help you get past your insecurities and loneliness.

1. Where are the Best Places for First Time Solo Travelers?

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The first thing you should know if you are a first time solo traveler, is to focus on destinations with strong tourism infrastructure. Areas which have a history of political conflict or less developed infrastructure might become a hassle. Before you embark on a journey to such a country, you should conduct proper research, and learn the language. The fact of the matter is that everything on this planet is worth visiting at least once. But how to decide where to travel? We have a few suggestions from renowned glob trotters.

Julia Dimon from TravelJunkieJulia believes that Southeast Asia is an excellent destination for first time solo travelers, because it is home to exotic destinations and lots of English speaking, friendly locals. More importantly, food, hotels, activities and domestic flights from this tropical paradise are affordable and safe. Another excellent location would be Peru or Argentina. These locations are dotted with spacious, clean and welcoming budget hotels. If you are looking for something off the beaten track, then Australia is definitely the number one choice. Not only are they oasis of nature, but they are also extremely safe and have amazing infrastructure for travel. Whatever you choose, remember that the key to a successful trip is being comfortable and confident.

2. How to Connect With Like-Minded On the Road

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If you are planning to travel around the world, it's not enough to choose a location and pack your bags. The most important thing about traveling alone is meeting new people. It' all about getting the courage to leave your comfort zone, and reach out to like-minded travelers. If you are a little shy, there are easier ways to socialize with people. For example, if you are staying in a hotel or B&B which organizes group outings, to local restaurants and sightings. This is an excellent occasion to share your contact information with someone. Nevertheless, the most efficient way of making friends quickly is by joining a world-exchange program like WorkAway.info or WWOOF.org.

Another option for adventurous travelers would be to enroll in a couch-surfing or global freeloaders program. The great thing about this is that you don't necessarily have to live with them, because they will be more than happy to show you around or drink a coffee with you either way. Since we live in the digital era, we will also list the social media and virtual outreach methods. If you don't feel prepared to set out and face the world, you can always exchange some emails with a local that is interested in you.

3. Be prepared to Spend More

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It probably started with a : “I need to plan a trip on my own”. Now that you have booked your flight, and finished your bags, it's time to establish your total budget. You might be inclined to think that traveling alone is cheaper, but that couldn't be further from the truth. Studies have shown that travel plans international and booking solo gives the flexibility to opt for better accommodations and travel standards.

You will most likely be tempted to spend more time out in  town (to meet new people), visit more places for the simple reason that you are not bound by anyone. There's no point in wasting your vacation indoors anyway. In addition to this, group activities like trekking or kayaking, for which you would normally split the cost, will now be paid in full. This is also why we have suggested Southeast Asia as a solo-traveling destination: because with 100$ a day you can truly pamper yourself.

4. Don't Plan Too Much

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When it comes to travel, people usually plan to much. Besides your basic travel items checklist and general route of cities and sites that you want to see, you should not worry about more. The point of a solo trip is not stressing out over which clothes you should take in your baggage. While it is OK to check Google Maps Street View for your desired locations, you don't have to stick to your plan like glue. Every traveler will tell you that their trips rarely go exactly as planned, and it is the unexpected surprises that make it worthwhile. Be open to new experiences and let things happen. Who knows, you might just fall in love on a sunny beach, and decide to see a local festival you had no idea about.

5. How NOT to Attract the Wrong Kind of Attention

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People who travel alone automatically attract some attention to themselves, so it is important to keep a low-profile. In order to do this, one should dress modestly, never go out alone late at night and learn the rules of the area. We won't even mention not getting drunk or visiting the beach alone at night, as they are common sense. Depending on the area that you are visiting, you might have to respect some rules. For example, if you are in a Muslin country, you will have to cover your arms and legs. The best thing that a solo traveler can do to protect himself is to avoid conversations with shady characters, and try to not put himself in risky situations.

5 Fun and Easy Ways of Losing Weight

Ladies, we all know that losing weight is the number one thing on our to-do lists until summer is here and while some of us know what a difficult endeavor it can be, there are also entertaining and enjoyable ways of spending time and shedding the pounds. And when exercise is no longer a mandatory action, a routine that you have to do for a certain amount of repeats in order to see results, that is when it gets fun- dancing, bouncing around, hopping, playing, these are the things that people enjoy and when a trainer can mix the laughter and enjoyment with calorie burning activities, the battle is already half won. We’ve handpicked 5 of the best ways of losing weight (visibly, effortlessly and joyfully) that are also extremely fun:

1.     Cycle Karaoke

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Yes! You’ve heard it- cycle karaoke. It involves working out while trying to sing karaoke- since your singing is an indicator of your heart rate and breathing, if you can sing perfect pitch while doing the workout, you’re clearly ok to go for a higher intensity. You can call your girlfriends for a pajama-party/workout evening and have a set list prepared with lyrics printed out. It will boost morale, make it extremely fun and you will be able to cheer each other on.

2.     Belly Dancing

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There are choreographed routines that combine elements of aerobics, belly dancing and cross-training in order to give you the best workout there is- on perfect music, with an energetic atmosphere and lovely people to do it with. If you’re a bit self-conscious and don’t necessarily want to join a gym or go somewhere with lots of people, consider that the internet is full of belly dance workouts for all fitness levels and all intensities, so you will surely find something for you.

3.     Pole Dance

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This may not be the activity for everyone but if you like experimenting and aren’t afraid of falling on your beautiful behind on several occasions, you may discover that pole dancing is actually doable- and slimming! There are poles you can order on the internet and install in your home (without having to destroy walls and ceilings) or you can simply join a class that puts everything at your disposal.

4.     Kickboxing or Tae Bo

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Originally, these were thought to be manly sports where a delicate lady would have no business spending her time- nowadays, the sports have changed and they have done so in a way that no longer makes women feel unwelcome. Routines are fun, easy to learn, involve cheering and skipping and a bit of dancing here and there- all the ingredients for a fun workout.

5.     Hula Hooping

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It is unbelievable that hula hooping can burn up to six hundred calories per hour, but that is in fact the truth- and what is even better is that with a bit of music and some colorful hoops, doing it for an entire hour doesn’t seem so farfetched, does it?  Getting the hang of it may take some time but you can start with heavier hoops and switch to the lighter ones as you get better at it (lighter ones are harder to rotate and require much more effort and coordination, so you end up burning more calories).

The sports we have selected are by no means the only fun activities that end up with you losing weight, and regardless of what you choose, being active is all that matters. So get up from your computer and start having fun.

Fun Things to do in a Relationship

We all know how difficult it is to keep a relationship going and more importantly, always interesting and entertaining. Things don’t get easier as time goes by, not only because the pink glasses (that feeling of being in love and how it makes everything look better) come off at some point, but also because people get used to one and other and activities enter the mundane. Don’t dismay however, instead of fearing these moments when doubt sets in, find fun and creative ways of counteracting them. Here is a list of some fun things to do in a relationship, to help you go over the most trying of times.

Set New Goals

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Men are practical beings so deciding to create something new, to renovate or simply set a new goal for the relationship can make them find motivation you never knew they had. Ambition will drive the both of you a long way so decide together what you want your life to look like in the future and begin to take baby steps towards your new found ideals. Whether you decide to paint the bedroom or redecorate the living room, build a pond or a swimming pool, it will create new memories and also make the bond between you much stronger.

Find New Activities You can do Together

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When you and your significant other first met, you would go to movies, dancing, wine tasting or skating together but as a relationship progresses and as people become more intimate, it’s easy to substitute a night out for an evening of watching series on the couch. So actively seek activities that require you to explore new situations. Decide to take a dance course, visit an art class or begin roller skating together. If this doesn’t strike you as interesting, find another hobby that also involves your mans’ practical abilities- cycling for instance, where he will revel in repairing or replacing bicycle parts.

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Remember to go out on Dates

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Just because you have been together for 10 years doesn’t mean that dating is no longer required. Your special ladies need the opportunity to feel cherished, loved and beautiful and lads need to spruce up their gentleman skills. Plan ahead for a perfect date once every two weeks where romance, wine and a good time are a prerequisite. In the long run it will mean the world for both of you.

Visit New Places

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After a certain point, people fail to make new memories and if life keeps them in the same places, they retread the same ground forever. Decide on going to cities you’ve never been before, visiting other countries, spending your nights in hotels you don’t know so that you always make new memories together. There is lots of fun in winging it and going on a crazy weekend together. Blindfold your special someone and have them point somewhere on the map and off you go!

Try Out New Things in the Bedroom

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It isn’t taboo to talk about such things and as we all know, after you’ve been with someone for a while, things can get a bit monotonous where sex is concerned. A little effort in this department could do wonders for both of you even if sex toys, whips or handcuffs don’t necessarily sound appealing when you first hear it. If you aren’t willing to try out such radical things, consider candle wax or roleplaying games that can end up in such good sex it will surprise you.

And never forget that relationships take tremendous effort and two people who desperately want to make it work- the ups and downs are inevitable but when you go past them together, the satisfaction is immense.

15 Hilarious Minion Moments

We all know them from the hit animated movies “Despicable Me” and “Despicable Me 2”.  If you’ve not yet been completely won over by their ridiculous way, their downright silly language and creative entertainment endeavors, you are certainly going to be smitten with them by the time you get through this article.

The Minions, as legend would have it, are lovely little creatures who exist since the beginning of the beginning and after having evolved from single-cell organisms into what they look like today, they serve one purpose and one purpose alone: to aid the super villains of Earth in their master plans. And according to this storyline, Illumination Entertainment has decided to grace the world with an animated movie dedicated solely to these unique and funny characters on the 10th of July 2015 (true, it seems too far away, but we’ll just have to do with the already delicious moments they have given us thus far until the movie is out). Here is a selection of our favorite scenes and hilarious minion moments:

1. How They Would Like to be so Smooth With the Ladies

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While not actually courting someone, minions make considerable efforts to remain sharp and on top of their game- they never know when the prettiest of minionettes could pass them by.

2. How They Make Sure to Eat a Healthy Diet

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Concerned with their health, these cute little beings always pay attention to vitamin and mineral requirements and carry a banana at all times- just in case their glucose or potassium is low.

3. How They Help Each Other Out

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Helping villains complete their plans does not mean that minions aren’t there for their friends at all times. They help each other out in a pickle.

4. How They Take Care of Their Humor

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Laughter is very important to them and they never miss out on making the best of a funny opportunity.

5. How They Love Gru

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The fact that they always flip out when their villain, Gru, show up to present them with his new plans shows the love they all share for him.

6. How They Don’t Miss out on Goodnight Kisses

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They don’t take no for an answer- a kiss is a kiss and they all get one.

7. How They Try Their Best

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Whether getting kidnapped or shopping at the mall, they always put up a fight.

8. How Much They Care about the Chores

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A clean house is a happy house and minions know this. A bit of music, correct attire and they’re all set.

9. How They Pay Attention to the Important Things

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When there is work to be done, no minion will be deterred no matter the reason. Or perhaps only if butts are involved.

10. How They Dance

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We can all agree that this minion has got it going on!

11. How They Win Bets

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Or rather enjoy the spoils of victory?

12. How They Encourage One and Other

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Minions don’t make fun of each other. Instead, they try supporting their friends when they are down.

13. How They Look Fabulous in Drag

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No shopping spree would be complete without a decent costume and the minions have all bases covered.

14. How They Love Giving

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Yes, being useful also means giving.

15. And How They Sing Karaoke

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Minions have many talents and karaoke is just of them. For all the rest, be sure to see the movie when it gets out in 2015!

That concludes our top 15. We believe that these moments are the most hilarious minion moments. This doesn't mean that everyone shares our views. Which is your favorite minion moment? Let us known in the comment box below. We can't get enough of these cute guys!

5 Killer Parties in The World

Whether or now you are a party animal, there have surely been some parties that you would like to relive. There have also been celebrations that left you not only out of order the next morning, but also wishing there would be a sequel. Now when you take those parties and multiply their fun factor by thousands, you get a glimpse of some of the best parties on Earth. While everyone knows about the famous Rio de Janeiro Carnival, there are other monster parties that have such unique concepts and exquisite planning, you’re bound to plan at least one vacation in your life around them. Here are 5 killer parties around the world.

We know we already presented some of them in our previous post about Insane Festivals, but these parties are too awesome to miss.

Holi in Uttar Pradesh

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The beginning of spring is heralded all over India when the youth are allowed to give color and express their feelings during the Holi festival. Held in Uttar Pradesh, this festival marks the triumph of good over evil and is celebrated with fervor and enthusiasm. (in Indian culture, Holika, the sister of the demon Hiranya Kashyap, carried Prahlad the youngest son of God in her lap inside the burning pyre, but through the grace of God she was burnt and Prahlad survived)

Festivities last for more than a week and its main beauty lies in the fact that participants sprinkle colored water and water powder over one and other, turning the city and each other into a beautiful rainbow of colors. Moreover, in Braj, festivities also allow women of the village to beat their men with cudgels (in memory of the Gopis chasing the Gopas of Nandgaon away with “lathis”) and shower them with colored water in their expression of joy.

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Copenhagen Distortion

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This festival takes place on the streets of Copenhagen as well as many other unusual locations and represents the ultimate block-party. Starting on the first Saturday of June, the festival is centered around contemporary art, street life, dance music, club culture and social art. It features more than 150 dance floors hosted by prominent icons of night- and street life (galleries, shops, magazines, people). It has an atmosphere of high-energy chaos that has a street freedom feeling to it. Lasting 5 days, festivities take place in a new neighborhood each day and concludes in a massive rave.

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La Tomatina, Spain

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Thought only children have fun when playing with food? Think again. This popular Spanish party is considered the largest food fight worldwide. It is so large that in Bunol, the city where it takes place, tomato juice fills the streets. It is held on the last Wednesday of August and begins in the town square, where participants try to retrieve a piece of ham tied to a pole. When the beginning of the festival is signaled, countless trucks filled with tomatoes appear, and, with the new found ammunition, the enormous food fight takes place until the end of the event.

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Oktoberfest, Germany

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We all know how serious Germans are about their beer, and it seems only befitting that they create a whole festival where beer is the focus. Lasting 17 or 18 days (between September and the first Sunday of October, so when it falls on the 1st or 2nd of October, the festival lasts until the 3rd of October- German Unity day), this festival gathers more than 6 million people from around the world and is the largest Volksfest in the world. The beer served may only be brewed within the limits of Munich and needs to conform to the Purity Law of beer in Germany.

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Bay to Breakers, California

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This annual footrace in San Francisco has participants running 12 kilometers from The Embarcadero (at the San Francisco Bay) to the Great Highway (next to the Pacific coast). However, they make this run while wearing ridiculous costumes and engaging in different degrees of public nudity. Running through the streets is not only liberating but morale lifting. Many participants say that it’s the only race where you actually forget about the running and simply have fun.

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