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It doesn’t matter whether you’re booking a family getaway or heading off traveling alone, there are some things that you can’t forget when you start the planning process. It’s easy to miss something when you have so much to plan and book, so here are a few of the most important things that you absolutely can’t forget.

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Transportation

If you’re traveling abroad, you will need to look at flights. It’s better to book these well in advance, as the prices will sky rocket when the seats start to get filled up. You also need to consider how you’re getting to and from the airport, both in your country, and in your holiday destination. If you are planning on driving to the airport, you will need to book a parking ticket, although it would probably be much cheaper to take a train or get a lift elsewhere. If you’re planning to use public transportation abroad, you might want to book a travel pass for your chosen country, to save yourself some cash.

Accommodation

Although hotels are the most obvious holiday accommodation, they might not be for you. There are plenty of alternatives (many of which are cheaper) that you could use instead. You are sure to find motels and holiday apartments, homes, and cottages wherever you are planning on visiting, but if you wanted something more exciting you could look into booking something more unusual. Unique holiday accommodations, such as tree houses, lighthouses, and camper vans are very popular of late and are sure to offer you more excitement than your usual hotel room.

Insurance

If you’re planning on traveling abroad, you must make sure that you purchase travel insurance. A lot of people decide against booking travel insurance, as they don’t think that anything could go wrong. Although this may be true in many cases, it certainly isn’t for all of them. The last thing you want is for your holiday to be completely ruined by something that could have been helped, had you purchased holiday insurance.

Activities

Many people opt against putting too much planning into their day-to-day activities of their holiday, and much prefer to wing it instead. If all you want to do is visit the beach for a week, then this is completely fine, but if you want to experience the culture of your holiday destination, and see as many landmarks as you can, you will want to put some thought into what you’re doing. If you don’t know, at the very least, what it is that you want to do on your holiday, it’s likely that you’ll do very little. This is both a waste of money and time and will leave you disappointed by your time away.

Hopefully, this will help you a little when it comes to the planning process of your holiday, and stop you from forgetting anything important, or making any mistakes. All that you need to do right now is decide where it is that you actually want to go and visit.

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If you dread taking photos of yourself, you’re not alone. According to estimates by the skincare company Dove, more than 75 percent of women didn’t like taking pictures of themselves because of the way that they looked. More than 96 percent of women classified themselves as looking “average,” which, of course, is a contradiction in terms.

Believe In Your Selfie

So what can we do to improve the way we look in every selfie? Here are some tips from medical professionals, photographers and stylists.

Groom Your Eyebrows

According to celebrity stylish Kelley Baker, one of the most important things you can do before taking a photo is grooming your eyebrows. She says that eyebrows that are arches rather than round like to make round faces look fuller. If, however, you have an oval face, softly angled eyebrows look better.

The bottom line, she says, is to choose the right eyebrow shape for your face. You can have thicker brows, she says, so long as you have wide cheekbones and a wider face.

Brighten Up Your Skin

Ask any medical aesthetic doctor and they’ll tell you one of the main problems with people’s skin is oxidation of fat just under the surface. No matter what your skin tone, this makes skin appear darker and less healthy, especially as we age. It’s a good idea, therefore to try to brighten it up. Reality television star Holly Madison says that she uses an old trick employed by Marilyn Monroe. To bring extra brightness to her face, she uses a light foundation and then pairs it with brighter, light jewelry and hair dye. A white stone in her diamond earrings, she says, brightens up the rest of her face enormously.

Go For A Jog Before Hand

Our bodies are designed for movement. If they’re not moving, they don’t look their best. For instance, one of the reason people’s faces look puffy in the morning has to do with the buildup of lymph just under their skin, especially around their eyes. But the good news is that exercise helps to drain this away, returning the face to its natural complexion. Next time you want to take a selfie, try going for a jog beforehand.

Keep Your Chin Up

If you want to look good in your next selfie, smiling might not be such a good idea. Why? Because when we smile, we naturally draw our faces back into our necks, creating the impression that we have a double chin. A better idea is to imagine that your nose is being pulled towards the camera. This will help keep the face from sinking back into the neck, making it appear chiseled and refined. It might feel funny not smiling for the camera if you’re not used to it, but it does make a big difference.

Get In The Right Frame Of Mind

Even small fluctuations in our emotions are written all over our faces. That’s why it’s so important to get yourself in the right frame of mind before a photoshoot. Nigel Barker, a celebrity photographer, says to imagine eating something delicious before you take the snap.

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January is the prime time for everyone to start thinking about booking a vacation. If you’re in the northern hemisphere then the grey skies and wintery temperatures will be sending you running in the direction of a little warmth and sunlight, whereas if you’re in the southern hemisphere then the summertime weather is probably making you want to book a last minute trip. However, holidays can often cost a lot of money – luckily there are ways that you can cut down…

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Accommodation

Make sure that you bargain. If you go to a traditional travel agent to book your trip then don’t take the first deal you’re given – make sure you’ve done your research so that you can compare prices and pay the best possible price. A lot of hotels make you pay a lot of money for adding breakfast onto your bill, so why not decline that and go for nearby cafes instead for a more authentic experience? If you want to be a little more independent then you could always go for a self catering trip in an apartment or villa. Use Airbnb to get a good deal – you could even try out a house swap to save yourself even more money. If you go towards the end of the summer vacation then you’ll find that prices have gone down.

Transport

If you really want to cut back on costs, you could consider an indirect flight – although this might be too inconvenient even for people who are trying to save their pennies! Make sure that you don’t have to pay any extra charges on your flights by ensuring that your baggage is the correct price, and consider taking your own food on the plane so you don’t have to pay extortionate prices for some not particularly nice plane food. If you’re renting transport when you’re abroad then make sure you research the cheapest hire car option so you get a good deal. You should also do your best to familiarize yourself with the public transport system of wherever you’re visiting so that you don’t have to pay for taxis to take you to and from the airport.

Activities

A lot of hotels organize tours to nearby cities and tourist attractions but a lot of the time this can be extremely overpriced – instead, organize your own family days and trips out. Do your best to walk around wherever you can – even if you’re trying to save some money, a map purchase will never be a bad idea or a waste! There are a lot of city sightseeing passes that can help you save money on individual tourist attractions. If you go for that option, just make sure that you make the most of it so you get value for your money! If you want to go out for the night, then don’t start off at the hotel bar – it’ll be expensive and overpriced, so make sure that you go to local bars and restaurants instead to get your party started right!

 

 

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