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What to Wear For Your Long Haul Flight

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You are women who know that travel is glamourous. You will be meeting, greeting and sharing seat and you know that requires looking your best. However, you also know that chances are that if you wear anything for a thirteen-hour flight, you may want to it burn afterward. Not only will you be sick of looking at it, chances are, you will have slept in it, eaten in it, and possibly been a little sick in it. And herein lies the dilemma. What do you have in your closet that is elegant, evolved, and potentially disposable? If you are looking for something to wear for the long haul flight, here are a few suggestions.

The Turtleneck
Curling up in a blanket in a plane seat can be pretty hard to do, and scarves have a strange way of becoming misplaced; you may appreciate some less adjustable warmth. You can snuggle into a turtleneck during your flight, and still manage to look polished when you come off the plane.

The Cardigan
A longline cardigan sweater can serve as a blanket in disguise. Plus, you can always throw it over anything that gets dripped on, sweated on, or wrinkled during the flight.

The Hoodie
When is a hoodie not useful? When traveling, a hoodie with a slim fit and substantial hood is best; you don’t want to look like you’re going to the gym. Fashion hoodies are appropriate for daily wear, but you may not want to wear your sweats on the bottom.

Midi Skirt
A full, long length skirt provides comfort and range of movement. Look for one in a thick heavy material for maximum comfort and minimum wrinkles that will let you curl your legs or spread them in transit.

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Zip Boot
Ankle boots with a zip are the most stylish way to move quickly through a security line.

Gaucho Pants
Gaucho pants are a great way to go, provided the fabric is substantial enough to stand up to the challenges of a long flight. They’re cozy without being restrictive, are easy to move in, and will guarantee a smart and stylish arrival.

The Casual Dress
A below the knee dress made of a jersey, soft cotton, or viscose can work really well on a flight. Look for something tight fitting that provides easy movement without fussy detail.

Silk Blend Top
Although silk is generally thought to be airy, it can actually be quite warm, which makes it great for a drafty cabin. However, whereas 100% silk notoriously wrinkles as soon as you move, a silk-poly blend will remain crisp for a longer time and is a better choice for flight. Prints are also a good bet if camouflaging wrinkles is a priority.

Trousers
Stretchy pants give a little without wrinkling too much. Aim to find a pair with a bit of Lycra and synthetic fibers for best staying power during your flight.

Vest
The vest is always good for keeping your body and neck warm while leaving your arms free to move. Plus, the pockets can be great for holding anything you need quick access to, like plane tickets and chapstick.

Are you traveling this year? Tell us how you maintain elegance while staying comfortable for the long haul.

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Should You Plan a Staycay or Vaycay?

Family going on a vacation

Got the time off work but not the funds to travel? In this harsh economic environment, not everyone can afford a vacation, which is why the concept of a staycation has become so popular. But both come with their own set of pros and cons. Find out which option might work best for you.

First lets’ look at some benefits of the staycation.
Obviously the biggest factor in opting for a staycation is the cost. Flights, hotel rooms and eating out are all costly and can be avoided on a staycation. Staycations also tend to offer more relaxation. Although vacations can be relaxing, travel always brings some amount of stress, including packing and getting to and from your destination. As long as you avoid stresses that may come from daily life, relaxation is a much more viable option during a staycation.

There is also much less chance of getting lost during a staycation. You know the area so there is much less risk of ending up somewhere you’re not familiar with or following a GPS into the middle of nowhere. A staycation also opens your eyes to many local places you may not have visited otherwise. This is a point made by Katie Lara, blog writer at Traveling Panties. Lara also points out that “At the end of your trip, you won’t have to deal with the hassle of getting home. You’ll be back in a snap, restored and renewed.”

Of course, there are a lot of great things about traveling that must be considered as well:
Traveling gives you the opportunity to meet new people. Staycations will revolve around the same group of people you see on a daily basis, while traveling will give you the opportunity to meet different people and learn things about their culture. Traveling is also a great inspiration. Traveling can bring new discoveries and revelations whether they are about new environments or about yourself. Also, the feeling of getting out of your day to day routine can alleviate depression.

Family on a holiday

Another nice thing about a vacation is that it offers you so many places to go including cruises, beach houses, exotic destinations, or other states you’ve never seen before. A staycation is more limiting in that respect.

With the rising popularity of staycations, some hotels are focusing on advertising programs which attract more local area residents. Kim Britton, director of sales and marketing at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa reports that about 30 percent of all bookings are coming from locals and believes the number will continue to rise this summer. “People are getting away, even if they’re staying in state or closer to home. They still wish to have that opportunity to make memories together in places that are beyond their usual day to day.”

Of course for those who are in the travel camp, there are plenty of ways to cut back on expenses if you educate yourself on how to protect you and your things and do a lot of budgeting. It’s good to do plan carefully to avoid financial snags.

So which camp are you in? Vacation or staycation? Leave your opinion in the comments section.

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Indulge: Best Hotels in Singapore

Marina Sands Hotel view from the pool of downtown SingaporeNonexistent traffic jams, graffiti free streets, rich cultural attractions, neat and clean looks and mouth watering food. Definitely sounds like one of the many Western powerhouses. But, we’re actually talking about Singapore here. Singapore, one of the greatest cities and unlike any other city in Asia, is full of luxurious delights, picturesque wonders and breathtaking beauty. Ranked as one of the most expensive cities in the world, Singapore never ceases to amaze the travelers with its multicultural society and cultural delights. The hotels and resorts of Singapore also play a huge role in maintaining its status as a tourist mecca. The city state is full of all sorts of hotels that come in all shapes and sizes. Here is a list of some of the very best hotels in the city.

Marina Bay Sands

The Marina Bay Sands is considered to be the leading business, entertainment and leisure destination of Southeast Asia. It boasts of 2561 rooms and suites, a museum, the best shopping mall in Asia, award winning restaurants, a casino, an outdoor event plaza, conference and exhibition facilities, celebrity chefs and theatres that feature classic hits like The Lion King. The main charm of the Marina Bay Sands is its picturesque 150m infinity swimming pool and the gravity defying Sands SkyPark that is located at a height of 200m above the city.

The Ritz-Carlton Millenia, Singapore

The Ritz-Carlton  Millenia is a 608 roomed hotel that boasts of offering unobstructed views of the picturesque Marina Bay. The hotel features world class dining and a luxurious spa. Being located in the heart of Marina Centre, the hotel also lies within walking distance to the popular Integrated Resort. Each of the 609 luxuriously appointed guestrooms at the hotel consist of a wide range of amenities such as 46” LED TVs, WiFi and beautifully  decorated bathrooms. The hotel also consists of indoor and outdoor swimming pools, tennis courts, whirlpools, fitness center, business center and golf.

Raffles Hotel Singapore

The Raffles Hotel ranks among the most luxurious hotels in Singapore. It has been serving guests for more than 125 years and its property has also been marked as a national monument. The hotel is located at a 5 minutes walk from the City Hall MRT and the Raffles City Center. It features antique furnishings, spacious interiors, luxurious guest rooms and fine dining. Each room and suite at the Raffles Hotel offers a private balcony, WiFi, cable TV, separate dining, bedroom and dressing areas and luxurious amenities. Other facilities offered by the Raffles Hotel include an outdoor swimming pool, 24 hour butler service, a Victorian era theatre, a personal museum and a state of the art fitness center.

The Fullerton Bay Hotel

The Fullerton Bay Hotel joined the hotel industry of Singapore in the year 2010 and has been ranked as one of the best hotels in Singapore ever since. It offers guests with rooms and suites that consist of beautiful views of the Clifford Pier, Merlion Park or the Customs House and a balcony or a sun deck. The Bay-View rooms at the hotel also offer beautiful terraces that are an ideal way of checking out the delightful Marina Bay Sands across the waters. Private Jacuzzis are also offered in the Premier Bay-View rooms. The hotel is most famous for its 25m rooftop pool, beautiful decors and a pleasant atmosphere.

Conrad Centennial Singapore

Any list of the top hotels in Singapore is never complete without mentioning The Conrad Centennial Singapore. The hotel  is located quite close to the liveliest  and busiest districts of Singapore. It is an ideal stop for business and holiday travelers and offers 509 beautifully furnished guest rooms that are known for their panoramic views, luxurious amenities and personalized services. The hotel also offers state of the art AV  equipment, a grand ballroom that can host up to 500 people, meeting  and event space, high speed WiFi, theatre style function rooms, business center and child care services.

Singapore Marriott Hotel

After undergoing a multimillion dollar renovation, the Singapore Marriott Hotel has transformed into one of the best 5 star hotels in the city, both from the outside and the inside. Each guest room has been smartly redesigned and equipped with state of the art amenities such as signature Eames Desk Chairs, Full-HD Smart TVs, walk-in rain showers and extended vanity areas. The hotel is also home to award winning restaurants such as the Marriott Cafe and Wan Hao as well as a luxurious spa, fitness center, business center and outdoor swimming pools. The hotel is completely smoke-free and it is linked to 4 major shopping malls in the city via the Underpass.

Four Seasons Singapore

The Four Seasons Singapore is a beautiful garden enclave located extremely close to Orchard Road. Each and every inch within the hotel offers intimate and exclusive surroundings, a peaceful atmosphere and luxurious decors. The hotel is home to more than 1500 pieces of Asian art, spacious rooms, high ceilings and picture windows. Each of the 255 rooms and suites at the hotel has been decorated with soothing earth tone furnishings, contemporary elegance, 21st century luxuries and all modern amenities. Moreover, the service at the Four Seasons Singapore is also considered to be among the best in the city.

Grand Hyatt, Singapore

The Grand Hyatt, Singapore is considered to be an oasis for leisure and business travelers alike. It boasts of a brand new wellness center named Damai which stretches over 78000 sq. ft. and includes facilities such as fitness centers, badminton courts, tennis courts, spa and an outdoor swimming pool. The hotel is located at a distance of 10 minutes from popular attractions such as Clarke Quay and the Suntec Convention Centre. Each of its 677 rooms also consist of flatscreen TVs, laptop safe, WiFi, luxurious bathrooms and toiletries and goose down pillows.

Mandarin Oriental Singapore

The Mandarin Oriental is located in the heart of Marina Bay and is popular as one of the best hotels close to the Central Business District. Each of the 527 stylishly appointed guest rooms offers marvelous views of the city, the Ocean or the picturesque harbor. Some of the main amenities at the hotel include WiFi, surround sound systems, tea and coffee makers and bathtubs. All rooms also feature floor to ceiling windows that treat guests to tantalizing views. Other facilities at the hotel include a 25m outdoor pool, a luxurious spa, fitness center, child care services, business center and fine dining.

Shagri-La Hotel Singapore

The Shangri-La Hotel Singapore is an oasis of green located right next to the Orchard Road shopping district. The Shangri-La boasts of offering a tranquil resort setting and has consistently been ranked as one of the top hotels in Asia. The hotel offers 750 rooms and suites in three wings – the Tower Wing, the Garden Wing and the beautiful Valley Wing. Some of the main features at the hotel include free-form swimming pools, delightful gardens that house more than 133000 plants, fine dining, state of the art gym and child care services.

The Stamford, Singapore

The Stamford is famous as one of the tallest Swissotel properties in Southeast Asia. The hotel consists of 1261 rooms and suites, each decorated with modern amenities, luxurious facilities and beautiful decors. The hotel also offers 16 different dining venues to choose from, access to world class shopping and excellent business facilities. Some of the main features of The Stamford include two free-form outdoor swimming pools, state of the art fitness center, Jacuzzi, yoga studio and a strength training area.

Pan Pacific Singapore

The Pan Pacific Singapore consists of 778 guest rooms and 26 meeting and conference venues. The hotel is an ideal option for business travelers in the city and it also offers meeting and banquet space of more than 2900 sq. m., high tech AV equipment and state of the art screens and projectors. The rooms are known to be cozy and soothing and each room offers a unique sense of style with designer Herman Miller fittings, Artemide Tolomeo lamps and ergonomic task chairs.

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Top Vineyards

Wine is not just a drink. Many people consider wine to be a major hobby or a passion. If you really want to enjoy the perfect sensory experience that wine has to offer, you need to go directly to its very source. There is no hard and fast rule on the wine regions to go to or the wineries to explore. Each country has its own set of vineyards and you can find beautiful, exotic and charming vineyards all around the globe. Moreover, there are many vineyards that include beautiful hotels which offer their guests with the perfect way to experience life at a vineyard. Here is a list of the top vineyards in the world.

The modern winery of Marques de RiscalMarques de Riscal, Alava, Spain Whether you like it or you despise it, this Frank Gehry masterpiece is considered to be one of the best vineyards and wineries in the world. It consists of a hotel that could be termed as borderline surreal and its titanium wave roof might make it seem like an art Deco piece, but it does nothing to diminish the breathtaking beauty offered by the Riojan vineyards. The hotel also offers gorgeous views of the vineyards and guests are also allowed to try out one of the wines at the beautiful rooftop lounge. The bedrooms are known to boast of all modern amenities and are extremely luxurious as well.

Casa Silva, Colchagua Valley, Chile The estate of Casa Silva is located in the Colchagua Valley close to the San Fernando town in Chile. The estate itself is steeped in old world traditions and history. Accommodations are offered in an authentic old world house and the restaurant, located in one of the three barrel rooms, is known to offer some of the best food in Chile. However, what truly makes Casa Silva special is its breathtaking vineyard. Guests are offered with stunning natural surroundings and are allowed to explore the area on carriage rides. They can also visit the cellar, known to be one of the oldest cellars in Chile, as well as the adjacent vineyards. Some of the most exciting things to do at the Casa Silva include cycling, rodeo demonstrations, swimming, wine tasting and enjoying the breathtaking natural beauty on offer.

Vineyards in Cinque Terre, ItalyBuranco Vineyard, Cinque Terre, Italy Most people don’t wish to talk about their experiences at the Buranco Vineyard as they don’t want this untouched paradise to appear on the international tourist map. The Buranco Vineyard is considered to be one of the Italian viticulture gems and is famous for producing exquisite wines. Two of the most famous wines produced by the Buranco vineyard include the DOC and the sciacchetra,  a dessert wine that is known to rank at the very top for wines grown in mountainside vineyards. The Buranco vineyard is not just known for its beautiful vine plantations and exotic mountainside views. It is also famous as the home to an ancient olive grove that boasts of specimens which date back centuries. Tourists can also purchase wines, honey, liqueurs and oils from Biranco and get it shipped directly to their home.

Delaire Graff Estate, The Winelands, South Africa The Delaire Graff Estate is located on the highest crest along the Helshoogte Mountain Pass and is known to link Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, the two wine regions in the area. It consists of 10 cottages with each cottage boasting of its own infinity pool. Each cottage also provides tourists with exceptional views of the vineyard, tasteful decors, rich interiors and exquisite contemporary art. Guided walks to the vineyard, cellar tours with the winemaker and wine tastings ensure that guests are offered with an unforgettable experience. Other activities include golf, hiking, exploring Franschhoek’s Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve, walking, horse riding, trout fishing, hot air ballooning and exploring the Bonheur Crocodile Farm.

Boat speeding down River Douro surrounded by valley of vineyardsQuinta do Infantado, Portugal The Quinta do Infantado is considered to be one of the most beautiful vineyards in the world. The district in which the Quinta do Infantado is located is known to have some of the best ports where old world manual methods are employed even today because of the rugged terrains. The feeling of exploring this traditional vineyard and checking out its traditional forms of wine making along with uncorking a fresh bottle of wine from the vineyard simply cannot be described in words.

Hentley Farm Wines, Barossa Valley, Australia Most people have been made aware of the breathtaking beauty that the Barossa Valley has to offer by the recently concluded Masterchef Australia. Known to be one of the best wine regions in the world, the Barossa Valley is home to approximately 100 wineries and 600 grape plantations. Its main draw is the surreal food and wine experience and the entire area is undoubtedly a foodie’s delight. Among all its vineyards and wineries, the Hentley Farm Wines is considered to be the most famous. It definitely offers guests with the best cellar door experience in the valley and is known to boast of a magnificent selection of wines. It also allows its members to plant a part of its vineyard and share cheese and wine with the owners.

Dezaley Vineyards on the banks of Lake Geneva, SwitzerlandThe Dezaley Vineyards, Switzerland The Dezaley Vineyards is considered to be the most picturesque vineyard in Europe. It boasts of a magnificent location and overlooks the exotic Lake Geneva. It is said that the grapes that grow at the Dezaley Vineyards are considered to be among the luckiest on the planet because they are blessed by the sun from three different angles – the sun’s rays, the sun’s reflection off the lake and the sun’s reflection off the stone walls. The vineyard is also known to be a treat for visitors and a trip to the Dezaley Vineyards is a must while in Switzerland.

Cape Lodge, Margaret River, Australia Cape Lodge is considered to be one of the finest lodges in the world. It boasts of occupying an idyllic location on the very edge of a private lake and in the midst of a 40 acre vineyard and natural forest. The lodge is famous for its exquisite decors, beautiful views, luxurious surroundings and majestic settings. The presence of a wide range of wines makes things even more exciting and the exciting surf beaches and coastlines located closeby ensure that there is never a shortage of things to do.

Gaspereau Winery, Nova Scotia Nova Scotia is considered to be one of the most beautiful delights and natural wonders on the planet. It is also famous for its exotic wineries. The Gaspereau Winery is one of the best and most picturesque wineries in Nova Scotia. It produces a range of Canada classics with the Maple Wine being the most famous. What makes a trip to this winery truly special is the fresh mountain air and the gorgeous backdrop.

Lake Chelan Winery on the banks of the lakeLake Chelan Vineyards, Washington, United States The Lake Chelan Vineyards is considered to be one of the most beautiful vineyards and wineries in the United States. It is particularly famous for its magnificent selection of wines and heavenly cuisines. The vineyard itself is considered to be extremely beautiful and tourists can easily spend a day checking out the gorgeous views and tasting the exquisite wines and dishes.

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