Saturday, 29 July 2017

Traveling On A Budget

Not all of us are privileged enough to be able to travel near or far. Traveling takes money, a lot of it actually. You can’t just expect to go from one place to another, or even better, to a festival, without spending a buck or two. And if you are traveling thousands of miles, it can easily rack up to several hundred or thousands of dollars. It is also the reason why many people haven’t been to other places aside from their hometown or the nearby state. While the concept of backpacking is quite trendy nowadays with people being able to travel on a limited budget with all their belonging inside the backpack they are carrying on their back, many nations have been raising an eyebrow on begpackers who aren’t ashamed to beg for money to fund their travels that are all over the world now.

If you want to explore the world, learn more about traveling on a budget. You don’t always have to stay in the poshest of hotels or fly first-class. Making do with your meager accommodations is one step closer to helping you afford that dream vacation and go to places you never thought you could go to before. It all starts with planning. Learn as much as you can about the place where you are going to and prepare sufficient money that will be enough to cover plane fares, food, accommodation, transportation, and some extra money for life’s little surprises.

No matter your holiday of choice, the last thing you want to do is count your pennies while you’re enjoying some well-deserved time away. On the other hand, you also don’t want to overindulge and come back home to staggering credit card bills. 

We chatted to South African travel professionals for some of their tips on how you can make the most of your budget: 

Off-Peak or High-Season? 

It seems a no-brainer. Off-peak will always be more affordable than high season travel, right? Well, not always according to Theresa Szejwallo, md The Travel Corporation.

She explains that everything depends on your chosen location. For South Africans, anytime between November and February is high season. However, when travelling to Europe, this time is considered low season and therefore more affordable and less crowded.


Check out travel blogs to get travel inspiration or travel tips that only a real jet-setting traveler knows about. After all, you can’t always know everything there is to know about the world at large, so learn from other people’s experiences and plan from there. From work leave credits to your travel fund to your travel itinerary, you have to cover all bases to prevent yourself from getting overwhelmed by all the preparations especially when things don’t seem to go your way.

In-private browsing

It might not seem like much, but going incognito when you’re booking flights can save you money on your next trip.

As your history isn’t being recorded, airlines can’t keep track of your previous searches. It’s a little-known secret that some sites will use your searches to bump up the price of that Caribbean getaway you’ve been eyeing up, even if it was just idle browsing. 

Not sure how to do it?

If you’re using Google Chrome, simply open your flight browsing tab ‘incognito’;

In Firefox, use the menu button and select ‘new private window’ or ‘open link in new private window’ from the menu;

Microsoft Edge users should click the ‘more’ icon and then the new ‘InPrivate window’;

Safari users should select ‘new private window’ by right-clicking on the existing screen or by opening a window that’s already using private browsing.   


You’d be able to save a lot of money by doing that simple measure. We aren’t quite sure yet about the consequences of our online activity, so better be careful and follow these tips in order to save a few bucks without compromising your comfort and security when traveling. You don’t always have the cash to burn on travels, so all these tips can help you realize your #travelgoals despite your limited budget.

Traveling need not be expensive. Prices and fees become more costly the longer you put off your planning and the closer you are to your travel date. Also, take advantage of free attractions you can visit. You can only find out which landmarks these are if you plan your trip in advance. Become a smart traveler and traveling becomes a breeze you can always indulge in from time to time.

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Thursday, 27 July 2017

Must-Try Summer Fashion Trends

Fashion trends come and go. And there are usually certain trends that define a specific decade or era but it is highly possible for these trends to come back several years or decades late such as chokers, brown lippies, goth-inspired slip dresses, track pants, chunky sneakers, and denim jumpers, etc. You can see people of all age and sizes wearing these trends everywhere. But like any fashion statement, they come at a price. After all, it is highly unlikely (although possible) for you to still fit in your old 90s ensemble, so prepare to spend a few dollars to keep up with these trends.

You also have to update your wardrobe as the season changes. With summer at its peak now, know what clothes or fashion style is in to stay fashionable despite the hot and humid temperature. Expect to wear a lot of comfortable and flowy materials that allow your skin to breathe in spite of the heat. You’ll likely be seeing a lot of people wearing short shorts and skirts or dresses and trendy sleeveless and short-sleeved tops that shout summer even from a far.

As if! Say you were born the day Clueless opened in theaters across AmericaJuly 19, 1995. You would be 22 today, or way older than Cher, Tai, and Dionne as they strode the halls of Bronson Alcott High School.

Feel ancient now? Consider this: It is over 200 years since Jane Austen wrote Emma, on which this iconic teenage film is based. She describes her heroine as a girl “no one but myself will much like,” and introduces her in the first lines of the book as: “handsome, clever, and rich,” which kind of sums up Cherilyn “Cher” Horowitz as well. Transporting Emma’s action from an English manor house to a mansion in Beverley Hills, Clueless tells the timeless story of young matchmaking gone awry—though Austen never had Emma say, “She’s my friend because we both know what it’s like to have people be jealous of us,” as Cher explains in one of her many enlightening aper├žus.

And another thing: Austen’s damsels may have muddled while clad in flimsy muslin frocks, but the outfits worn by Clueless’s heroines are far closer to our own hearts. As luck—and fashion—would have it, so many of the mainstays of Cluelessare showing up again on runways, store racks, and city streets.

Happy anniversary Clueless! So get out those slip dresses, slap on those chokers, cuddle up in your pastel athleisure! Then tear open a bag of Skinny Pop, crank up the air-conditioning, pay $3.99 to have Amazon stream the movie into your laptop, and spend a perfect evening in the company of Baldwins and virgins who can’t drive.


Fashion is ever evolving but that does not mean we don’t repeat style over the years. If you’ve been born long enough to witness the evolution of fashion, you know very well by now how fashion comes back, although at times, with a twist. And because it is summer now, it’s time to pay tribute to fashion trends that keep us sane and comfy in the sweltering heat of the summer sun without losing our swag. Learn how you can still make a fashion statement without breaking the bank with these summer style inspirations.

It’s time to trade in your fashionable sweaters, for shorts and a cute hat. The San Diego sun is back and its time to embrace your summer wardrobe. In order to look as trendy as possible, we’ve created a list of must-haves for your summer closet. It’s time to express yourself with confidence.


Make a statement at the beach in a one piece that will embrace all body types. One pieces are back in style, and cuter than ever. Choose from a variety of styles that include cut outs and cross ties in the front. These chic and trending suit styles can compliment all body shapes, and will make you feel confident in a simple way.


Out with the nude, and in with the white! White heels are taking over runways everywhere, and now you can be a part of the trend. Show off your summer tan with a pair of white heels and a floral dress. White heels are a classy way to show off your style and embrace your feminine side.


Pinned stripped dresses with a pair of white tennis shoes is the perfect go-to outfit for your summer day activities. This comfortable outfit will make you feel cute and stylish. Wear your hair in a messy bun paired with your dress and tennis shoes to add a more care-free vibe.


Summer means showing off more skin that was mostly covered up during the colder winter months. By dressing appropriately, you not only stay in fashion but comfortable too. The heat can be unbearable and it helps to wear these types of clothing especially when staying long hours outdoor. Unfortunately, buying new clothes adds up on your expenses and you can’t always spare the money for new items of clothing when other life priorities need your resources more. With a little bit of imagination and fashion know-how, you can survive the hot summer months in total style.

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Wednesday, 26 July 2017

A Better Grasp of Medical Cannabis

Things have changed a lot that the much-stigmatized use of marijuana is now gradually becoming more widely accepted by society. Several US states have passed laws legalizing the use of either or both recreational and medical marijuana, especially that more studies are being done to prove its safety, efficacy, and many health benefits. It’s actually the various chemicals in the marijuana plant that helps in the treatment of several ailments and symptoms that have sparked debates in the medical community and even in society at large whether its benefits far outweighs the initial stigma of the plant or is there really nothing to be worried about?

Thus, it shouldn’t come as a surprise if the public is eager to learn more not only about things like glass bongs and water pipes, but also about marijuana in general especially the ones diagnosed with cancer and epilepsy or degenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s, Lupus, and Multiple Sclerosis and chronic pain sufferers like those with Arthritis and various muscle spasms. It helps to refresh yourself on the benefits you can get from medical cannabis to help you determine whether you can benefit from it too.

If Pennsylvania’s medical marijuana program is to succeed, it will need the participation of hundreds —  if not thousands — of physicians, nurses, and pharmacists willing to provide cannabis recommendations for patients.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health is planning to release the final regulations this week (before July 28) spelling out the rules for professionals. To prepare physicians and others with questions about the science behind the medical use of cannabis, Thomas Jefferson University and Temple University are joining forces to present a “Medical Cannabis Education Tour” around the state.

“It’s a primer for health providers who might be on the fence,” said Kevin Provost, CEO of  Greenhouse Ventures, which is organizing the events. “We’ll also address what doctors, nurses, and pharmacists need to understand about how the human body is wired to receive this medicine.”


Now more than ever, everyone who is interested in learning more about medical cannabis should look into it further especially if you have been looking for a solution to health conditions that you’ve been battling for the longest time. Medical cannabis may not be perfect but there are countless claims about how it has improved the quality of their lives.

The 2 million-member American Legion this spring got involved in a big way by launching a campaign to reduce marijuana restrictions, which it says hurt veterans and may aggravate a suicide epidemic.

The move reflects the changing politics of marijuana, and of a conservative, century-old veterans service organization facing new challenges as its membership grows with those who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"We were hearing these compelling stories from veterans about how cannabis has made their lives better," said Joseph Plenzler, a spokesman for the American Legion. "That they were able to use it to get off a whole cocktail of drugs prescribed by VA doctors, that it is helping with night terrors, or giving them relief from chronic pain."


You can not blame the public to look for solutions to perennial problems they had to deal with for years now. The medical community can barely manage these conditions and it is the patients that ultimately suffer. But now, they have an opportunity to live a healthy and quality life and no longer succumb to the symptoms of these ailments with the help of medical cannabis. If research proves that marijuana can do all these, then there’s no reason to prevent people from gaining access to this medicinal plant. It is even gaining a lot of support from war veterans who now suffer from all sorts of pains and sickness that only medical cannabis has alleviated so far.

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