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What To Put In Place Before Heading Out On A Road Trip

What To Put In Place Before Heading Out On A Road Trip


Throughout your life, it’s natural that you’re going to enjoy lots of different kinds of trips and vacations. Some will be city breaks, other beach vacations. Many may likely be overseas. But, there’s also one kind of trip that’s fun to take at least once in your lifetime – a road trip! Because what could be better than taking in the great outdoors and seeing a range of different places in one go? Even if you only ever go on one road trip in your life, it’s great to do it. And when you do, you’ll want to make sure that you make the most f it. The best way to do that, is to plan properly. So if you’re looking to go on a road trip, here are the things that you might need to put in place.


The first thing that you’re going to want to do here, is make sure that you have insurance. So speak to your providers. Of course you’re going to already have some car insurance in place, but will this cover you if you travel the country? You might even need travel insurance. So make sure that you put some kind of policy in place before you head out.

A Plan

Then it’s time for you to come up with the plan of action. Sure, a road trip can be spontaneous – but it’s not realistic. So instead, you’ll want to plan your road trip so that you know where you’re going. By doing so, you can also make sure that you’re getting to see all of the locations that you want to, and that you’re making time for different activities and attractions too.



At the same time, you’ll also want to make sure that you’re booking an accommodation too. It’s good to know that you have all of your stops planned out. That way, you know that you can get to sleep at night when you need to, and you won’t have to go without a bed.

Car Maintenance

The next thing you need to ensure that you cover, is any car maintenance that you need to do. It’s so important to make sure that the car is safe. So here, you’ll want to get the engine checked over. But then also, because you’re going to be in the car for a long time, it’s handy to get the interiors together. So have a good clean. Make sure that you have the right floor mats in place and adjust the seats too. That way, the car will be as ready as you are.


And finally, you’ve then got all of the necessities that you’re going to need in the car for the journey. Here, think of things like snacks and water. Get enough to last the duration of the trip. But then also things like blankets and cushions can be god if you’re traveling for a long time. And, if you’ve got the kids with you, make sure that they have books, games, or devices to keep them entertained too.

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Stop Worrying So Much About Medical Operations!

Stop Worrying So Much About Medical Operations!



Surgery is an amazing human accomplishment. Actually getting into somebody’s body in order to fix problems and not simply making the problem worse? (We’re looking at you, Middle Ages.) It’s up there with some of our greatest achievements, along with flying and the harnessing of electricity.


But despite all our surgical advances, there are still loads of people out there who are terrified of the idea of getting surgery. This isn’t to ignore the fact that pretty much everyone has some kind of anxiety about going under the knife. It’s not exactly anyone’s idea of a good time.


But for many people out there, it’s a little more acute. It goes beyond mere discomfort and anxiety and into a state of fear of an upcoming surgery. And who could blame them, really? When you go into surgery, you’re giving up power. You’re knocked out and handed to a bunch of people with extremely sharp instruments. Professional and talented people, yes… but still.


If you’re feeling nervous, then here are some tips for you.


Keep your mind occupied


There’s usually long time between the creation of the appointment and the surgery itself. It can be weeks or even months. The problem is that leaves a long time for the imagination to wander to unpleasant places! This is why you need to keep yourself as busy as possible. Exercise is great for this, as long as it’s compliant with your doctor’s orders. Books, movies, video games, creative projects, volunteer work, going out with friends… as long as it keeps your mind off of the upcoming surgery, you should consider it!




Ask about alternative surgeries


Less invasive forms of surgery aren’t always highlighted by doctors, generally because they have a vested interest in you going with a particular type of surgery. You should inquire with your doctor about other treatments. You could get equally beneficial treatment without open surgery? Laser surgery, for example, is a lot less scary for many people. It’s not just for eyes; even spine problems can be dealt with using laser surgery!


Educate yourself!


We fear the unknown more than we fear anything else. This applies greatly to this situation. After all, you’re submitting yourself to a situation of pitch blackness while people prod at you with knives. But there’s paradoxical behavior that people engage in that makes it all worse: they’re convinced that reading more about the surgery will make their anxiety worse. In fact, the opposite is true; getting more details will reveal that it’s not as scary as you thought. Laser eye surgery, for example, seems pretty intense – but if you read into it, you’ll see that it’s actually nowhere near as scary as people think.


Nurture your trust


Not everyone medical professional is Gregory House! Doctors aren’t going to think any less of you or talk to you like you’re an idiot if you have concerns. Speak frankly with your doctor about your concerns. If you can get to know your surgeon a little more – even if it’s by researching their record – it will be much easier to be less anxious about going under their knife!

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Make Your Bedroom More Luxurious Than A Boutique Hotel

Make Your Bedroom More Luxurious Than A Boutique Hotel

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Sneaking off for a weekend away in a luxury boutique hotel somewhere, getting to explore the world by day and each other’s company by evening, laughing, drinking, falling in love all over again. There is nothing quite like it. It is one of those few indulgences that inspires us to be adventurous for the duration of our stay.

You know what we mean, right? You spend all day playing tourist, chasing the sights and the sun, hiking along lost trails and bartering in vibrant markets, stopping for lunch in a quiet restaurant that overlooks the sea. Then, when you are done, you get to collapse on your marshmallow bed, one so big you feel lost in it; you never want to find your way out of the soft sheets. So you don’t, not until after your self-indulgent sleep, waking up and wandering through the thick carpet and into that magical bathroom; the smells and sights getting you ready for the next adventure.

Where we stay is one of the best parts of any trip away, so why return home with a bump when it is also one of the few things we can experience all the time. Yeah. It is totally possible to enjoy a small version of this luxury in our daily lives. Bringing the lavishness of that luxury boutique into your own en suite bedroom is just a matter of detail.

A Bed For A Queen

It is the centrepiece of any boutique hotel room, with its plush headboard and plumped pillows; the bedding, cushions and curtains all matching one another. These are the details. But they aren’t all. Remember what it felt like to lay in that hotel bed, in those soft sheets you never wanted to get out of, that’s what you need to achieve. They say you should go with sheets that have a minimum thread count of 300, but why not go super deluxe and get yourself some fitted Egyptian cotton Cal King sheets with a mesmeric thread count of 1800. To then top it all off, invest in a heavy duvet, the more cloud-like the better, as well as a gorgeous throw and matching cushions. Remember, you want the bed to really pop the moment you walk in and be the most inviting thing in the room.

Light It Up

The other little detail boutique hotels get absolutely on the button is their lighting. It’s options, options and more options; something that will fit every mood. Luckily, this doesn’t have to be too hard to replicate. Start with getting a pair of bedside tables, and then bring out the best in them by getting flamboyant lamps to flank your newly plush bed. Remember the colour scheme in your room, or don’t. Using a vibrant shade on your shades can be a gorgeous way to bring your bedroom to life. Or go with matching sconces. Nothing says luxury hotel like a gorgeous sconce. Just remember, lighting is all about options, which is why it is time to invest in a chandelier to hang from the ceiling. It doesn’t have to expensive, it just has to look like it is. Oh, and if you can get a dimmer switch, then do; your room needs mood lighting.

The Little Things In Life

Luxury is all about the little details that make your life better. Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to think too hard about this because we’ve done that for you. So, when you slip out of your bed first thing in the morning, why not have a nice thick rug your curl your toes into? Get yourself a nice cozy armchair to sink into as well, somewhere to read or relax, somewhere that makes this more than just a bedroom but your room. Another amazing way to get added luxury is to have a wireless speaker, one that looks like an old Gramophone, the epitome of old luxury. TVs are fine, but music, podcasts, books; that’s how to enjoy your space more.

Bath Like A Goddess

Close your eyes and think about the bathroom in the last luxury hotel you loved. The serenity, the smells and stunning decor. Bathrooms are nearly always the same, it is just the details that separate. The bath is a freestanding jacuzzi tub. The lighting was bright and honest. The soaps smelled like a Parisian suburb and the addition of fresh flowers made you smile. Not to mention the thick towels that were folded and left out for you. See, it is all about the details, very attainable details. Big decor ideas will always fit small your space. Have a big mirror to make it a big bathroom.  Slip a Whirlpool mat into your tub, have spotlights on a dimmer switch, get yourself some smelly soaps and fragranced candles, fresh flowers and heavy towels. Now, look at your bathroom. Voila. Just like the boutique hotel you had visited in your mind.

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