Flatten Your Fear Of Flying With A Logical Approach

When it comes to flying, fears are common. So much so, in fact, that at least 1 in 3 adults are either afraid or anxious to fly. That’s a significant amount when you consider that even small aircraft seat 189 individuals. That means, as you sit in your chair gripping the armrests, a good few others are doing the same. And, such fears are only worsening as high-profile accidents grace our screens on a regular basis. If you weren’t afraid before, you will be once you’ve watched a plane fall from the sky on the evening news. And, these things typically happen right before you’re due to head off.

It makes sense, then, that there’s so much focus on helping individuals overcome fears like these. We’re often told that there’s more chance of being killed by a donkey than a plane. There’s certainly more chance of having an accident at work, and we brave that reality on a daily basis. Still, these statistical reassurances rarely put our minds at ease when the engine starts. In fact, if you get that far, you’ve done well. Some people experience such extreme fear that they fail to get themselves up those plane steps.

In truth, there are countless guides about how to overcome this issue. Common options include:

  • Hypnosis
  • Therapy
  • Facing the fear
  • Calming techniques and coping mechanisms

And, each of these works for thousands of people every year. But, if you’ve attempted every method under the sun, it’s crucial you don’t give up hope. Sure, that overnight hypnosis recording didn’t do the trick, but there are other options. Perhaps you just need to follow a more logical route. While therapies and such work for many, some of us aren’t perceptive to such techniques. This is often the case for straightforward thinkers, who would be better served by the following pointers.

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Do the research you’re afraid to do

The first step is to get around to that research you’ve been afraid to do before now. Often, we avoid facing the facts and reality because we think they’ll make us more afraid. And, in some cases, that’s precisely what happens. For example, every pregnant woman knows not to watch birth videos. That’s just asking for trouble.

But, when it comes to flying, doing the right research will go a long way towards putting your mind at ease. There’s no way around it. There’s a good reason for the whole donkey rumour. You could even write these reassuring statistics down, and take them on board with you. Make a note of the fact that between 1988-2010, there was only 3,288 reported aeroplane related deaths. Take heart, too, in the fact that, when Dutch-based aviation consultancy, To70, released their safety report for 2017, there were NO crashes on passenger planes. For a whole year! That’s the lowest rate on record and a sure sign that this already safe travel method is getting even better. If you feel yourself getting nervous as you wait for takeoff, returns to these figures. Take heart in them, and know that numbers and logic are on the side of safety.

Consider the fantastic things planes have done

It might also help to consider some of the fantastic things planes have done in the past. You can get a taster for that by looking into some flight-based world records. A fantastic one to remember is May 1987, when the AN 124 broke a world record by covering 20,151 km without refuelling. That’s no mean feat given that this plane remains one of the largest in the world. If it can manage that, you’ve nothing to worry about from your tiny (in comparison) passenger plane. Other records of note include the most passengers on a commercial flight, coming in at 1088. If planes can manage this kind of magic, why are you stressing yourself out so much?

Pay attention to the safety announcement

When you have a fear of flying, it’s natural to switch off during the safety announcement. You know how it is; you close your eyes as soon as the flight attendants take to the aisles. The whole thing only reminds you of the possibility of a crash. And, that’s not what you need when you’re battling with fear. In truth, though, your anxiety will only increase if you don’t know what to do if something should happen. So, instead of switching off, pay attention. That way, you can rest easy that there is a plan in place should anything happen.

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Take A Hike! Vacationing In A Mountain Town

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From the perspective of someone who hasn’t gone on a vacation in a mountain town, the touchstones are usually twofold: Aspen, and South Park! But there’s more to your humble mountain town than a bunch of foul-mouthed children and some skiing! And if you are considering going on a vacation in a mountain town, there are so many common touchstones that you need to experience. Here are a few.

Quiet Mountain Walks

The big draw in any mountain town are the mountains (well, duh!). Go to Jackson County in North Carolina, and head around the mountain trails, or go camping so you can see these areas of beauty close up. The great thing about mountain walks is that you are getting some exercise, but you’re also taking it slow, and absorbing the beauty of the nature around you. Heading to a sleepy mountain town isn’t about that snail crawl pace of life, it’s about experiencing the wonder of these beautiful landmasses all around you.

Explore The Rich History

For those who aren’t so keen on exploring mountains, you can explore the history of these beautiful places. Dahlonega in Georgia is where the first large-scale gold rush took place, back in 1828, and in the town, you can visit the Dahlonega Gold Museum Historic Site, check out the museum and courthouse and experience the cultural legacy of this region.

Relax In The Luxurious Accommodation

It’s truly a wonderful thing if you open your curtains in the morning and see beautiful clear skies, snow-capped mountains, and just take this in for a moment and realize how much beauty is in your eyesight. It’s even better if you a can do this in luxury accommodation. The Marriott’s StreamSide Birch at Vail in Colorado is one of the places to stay to get all the amenities you need, but it’s the perfect starting point when heading on a mountain adventure. Or if you’re planning on skiing, you’ve got a nice relaxing bed to get back to! Chalets and log cabins are in abundance in the Colorado mountains, and it gives you that extra bit of comfort, especially when you are embarking on physically exhausting hikes or skiing excursions.

Wander The Quiet Streets

Part of the charm of a mountain town is the peace and quiet. One such place that typifies this is Lewisburg in West Virginia, it makes you feel like you’ve wandered into a movie from the 50s! But this isn’t the only attraction, the food is to die for! If you like your food wholesome and homely, Hill & Holler Pizza serves up delicious pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, and the various beers on tap mean you can have a glass or two and really let yourself go! Once you are fuelled up, you can wander the quiet streets and really enjoy what being in a mountain town is all about!

Mountain towns aren’t all about skiing vacations, and though you can certainly make this part of a package, make sure you take the time to appreciate the beauty of any mountain town you head to.

Houses for rent in Hawaii

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Sun, a gorgeous weather, the sea, and its breeze right outside your door, fine sand, palm trees, and cocktails, what more do you need to have the perfect vacation? Yes, you will need someplace where you can stay, a location that will have everything ready prior to your arrival, which is also capable of providing the amount of comfort and luxury we need. Because Hawaii is one of the most sought-after exotic locations out there, we will have a look at accommodation options and the beauty of enjoying a vacation in this gorgeous archipelago, located in the Pacific Ocean. If you are interested in houses for rent in Hawaii, then you should know that you have more than enough options to choose from, luxurious and elegant retreats that will allow you to have the time of your life.

Why should you choose a house for rent rather than just checking into a hotel? First of all, when renting a house and living in it, the experience will make you feel like one of the locals. Wouldn’t you like feeling like one of the lucky people that actually live in Hawaii throughout the year or like those celebrities that own luxurious properties on the islands? You’re going to enjoy a more intimate and cozy vacation this way, having all the privacy you need, something that you will rarely find in the formal environment of a hotel, no matter how well decorated it is. Believe it or not, there are quite a few luxurious villas and vacation houses that you can rent, together with your friends and family, and spend an unforgettable time in Hawaii.

Secondly, renting a house in Hawaii for the duration of your stay will give you perks that cannot be offered by a hotel room. For example, you can step right on the beach once you get out the door, if you choose the right house, of course. It will be like having a piece of heaven in your backyard, at your disposal around the clock. The best part about having a beach next to the house you rented is that it won’t be filled with tourists. These are private beaches that belong to the people that own the house, so when you rent the house, you also rent that patch of beach that will offer the privacy, peace, and quiet you need during your vacation. Also, you will definitely appreciate having your own private pool and terrace, where you can lounge and relax without having to share this place with people you don’t know. After all, most of us go on vacations in order to unwind, forgetting about dress codes, makeup, hairstyles, and so on, no needing eyes that stare at us while we sip our favorite cocktail or ice frape while still looking sleepy.

So, depending on how many bedrooms you need, you can easily rent your ideal Hawaiian house. You can find luxurious properties that have 2 bedrooms, for a more cozy and intimate vacation, large villas that have 8 bedrooms, and everything in between, so there is a place for anyone that wishes to enjoy an authentic Hawaiian experience. Also, each has its own set of amenities and may be located on various islands around Hawaii, so it is definitely worth checking more than one offer, just to make sure that you will get what you dream about. Because the accommodation is such an important part of your vacation, having the power to ruin it or to make it unforgettable, it is definitely worth investing in something that will make you feel like home and provide all the comfort you need. Thus, regardless if you plan to visit Hawaii with your family or friends, now you can rent a gorgeous house on the islands, and see what it really feels to live in this exotic paradise.

The trend of renting private properties rather than opting for hotel rooms is starting to enjoy more and more popularity, as tourists prefer adding a more a more personal note to their vacation, feeling more like at home rather than guests in a hotel. A house for rent gives them the chance to enjoy coffee and breakfast when they want, have their own pool, terrace, garden, kitchen, living and entertaining area, and so on. While it is true that you can find most of these in a 5-star hotel, it is not the same thing. No one will bother you during your stay and you will have the degree of intimacy you need. You will actually have the chance to live like a local and feel what it’s like to have a house in such a location. So, no wonder people redirect their attention toward this kind of properties. If you are already thinking to spend your vacation in Hawaii in this manner, you’d better book your favorite house as soon as possible, before someone else will book it. This way, you make sure that you’ll enjoy the magic of the Hawaiian Islands in the best way possible and in conditions that will make you want to stay there forever.

If you didn’t think that vacations in Hawaii can get any better, now you know that they can. Find houses for rent in Hawaii and choose the one that will make you feel spoiled while offering the degree of comfort and privacy you need for a perfect vacation, and you will definitely have an experience you will want to repeat as soon as possible.

Leave Behind The Creature Comforts On These Holidays For Animal Enthusiasts

The relationship between humans and animals seems to have changed over the years, helped along in no small part by YouTube and Twitter. If you haven’t posted a picture of your cat or dog, or shared a video of a raccoon doing something amusing, then you’re pretty much a novice when it comes to social media.

Of course, sharing videos is one thing, but this internet-based enthusiasm for animals has grown, for many of us, into a full-blown interest in the creatures with whom we share the planet. It’s an interest that remains academic for most of us – let’s face it, the most exotic things get in the UK is the occasional fox and the outside chance of seeing a badger every so often. Which is fine, but it means we need to travel if we want to see for real some of the creatures that steal our hearts when we see them on a screen.

So why not do that? Going on holiday is something we like to do anyway, and if we can combine the relaxation of a break with the chance to see some fascinating creatures, so much the better. Ask yourself two questions: What do I want to see, and where can I see it?

Dolphins: Off The Coast of Mexico

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Dubbed by many as the most intelligent creature on the planet aside from humans, the dolphin is a sight to behold. One of very few creatures with the ability to communicate vocally, they swim in warmer seas such as the idyllic Sea of Cortez, off Baja California. While there, chances are you’ll also witness sea lions, blue whales and the exotic manta ray.

Big Cats: The Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The magnificent Serengeti is a sight to behold from the moment you set up camp within it. What sets it apart from other areas, though, is its rich population of migrating creatures. On Serengeti National Park holidays, you’ll see wildebeest; and where you see wildebeest, you can be sure lions and cheetahs won’t be far behind. These big cats are incredible to see up close – although if you really look close, you may see that a lot of their behaviour is similar to the ordinary domestic cat. Which will give you a new appreciation for Mittens when you get home.

Polar Bears: Svalbard, Norway

Of course, not all majestic creatures live somewhere warm. The enthralling experience of seeing a polar bear will require that you invest heavily in winter wear and voyage towards the Arctic Circle. Situated between mainland Norway and the North Pole, Svalbard is the best place to see these remarkable creatures in the wild. As an added bonus, you’re likely to also see more than a few Arctic Foxes as well as walruses and a few native birds, such as the Eider duck.

There are plenty more options to see – indeed, if you have an interest in endangered species then a conservation holiday may be more your bag. Which animals are on your list to see? Have a quick search online and start planning your next holiday!

Important Things To Consider When Going Camping

There’s something majestic about the great outdoors and living among nature is something that is deep-seated in human beings. We all came from the wilderness, where once cavemen harbored their settlements around cave complexes, during the Masonic Stone Age Period, communities began to form around structures made from wood. Camping out in the woods or mountainous regions is a welcome escape from the urban and suburban lifestyle. Being totally self-reliant among the trees, wild animals, the harshness of the elements, is incredibly therapeutic. It’s also a mark of competence and pride, to embark on a rugged adventure, and prove to yourself; you can unplug from the world and leave your smartphone and central heating behind and still survive.

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Before you set off

There’s some key survival preparations you need to make before you set off on your adventure of a lifetime. You need to know how much room you need in your main accommodation. If you’re going in a small posse, it’s best to buy small tents that provide room for two. However, if you’re going on an ambitious trip with family or with a group of friends, a large tent are the only sensible choice. Both sizes are about to be fitted onto the top of a car, and contrary to popular comedy sketches that lament the chore of erecting a tent, high-quality large tents don’t have to be difficult to set up. Modern materials and designs are incorporated into products to limit the difficulty for the average person, which also combats the hesitation novices may have which stops them from going camping. Travel light, only take the things you need, and leave behind the unnecessary things like portable gaming consoles.

Taking compact, energy-rich food

MREs are packs of food which have been pre-cooked, dried and vacuum sealed. They’re surprisingly compact and take up very little space in your rucksack. Short for meals-ready-to-eat, MRE packs were purpose made for militaries out in the field who need, energy-rich food while taking up a minimal amount of space in their backpacks. Almost no utensils are needed as everything from the heating equipment, spoons, knives, and forks are included in the packs; all except a cup of coffee and energy drinks.

However, as you’ll be hiking and enjoying some of the mountain ranges and awesome views from towering heights, you also need nuts, berries, and chocolate for stimulation. If you’re going camping in a large group, you could take with you a freezer with some meat in. Alternatively, you could bring along cured and smoked meats such as beef jerky, bacon, sausages such as chorizo as they won’t go bad without refrigeration.

Taking the proper tools

Crucially think about the night time, and what you’ll need to function and keep yourself safe. Hanging a lantern from the center pole in your tent will provide ample lighting for a tent of two, but you’ll need many to place on the floor beside roll-up beds in a larger family-sized tent. Take with you a reliable flare gun, hand flares to wave for signaling, and smoke bombs in case you get lost. The unnatural color of the smoke bombs can alert aircraft above and direct them to your location. Always, take a first aid kit as the first line of defense against an injury or wound.

A Trip To Switzerland

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Aren’t you the lucky one? A trip to Switzerland is in your future and maybe you are wondering how to spend your time. There are so many things to see and do in this country.

Hiking is one of the most exciting things to do in Switzerland. Once the snow melts the Swiss Alps become extremely crowded but you can not imagine the beauty until you have experienced it, crowded or not. If you are looking for something a little less crowded you can always find more isolated areas where you can hike in peace.

The destination for a great hike can be a tough decision between Zermatt, Verbier, Gstaad, Andermatt, Klosters and so many more! All of these luxury swiss resorts offer beautiful walking grounds with amazing views and wildlife during the summer months.  Switzerland chalet rental decisions can also be a difficult decision, we always advice doing background checks including facebook, google and trust pilot to ensure you are booking with a legitamate trustworthy company like Tempston Luxury.

Dining in this country is a culinary thrill. German, French and Italian foods are on the menus depending on which region you are in. You can enjoy many diverse foods including cultural choices. You will have quite the time experiencing unique foods in fantastic settings.

While you won’t be able to find many bargains while shopping in Switzerland you will find some really fantastic treasures. Look for clocks, watches and Swiss army knives. The chocolate made in Switzerland is outstanding as are the linens and cottons. You will also find beautiful Swiss decoupage items, music boxes and pottery.

Spectacular skiing is available in Switzerland. The scenery is outstanding and the slopes are literally out-of-this world. It doesn’t matter what your skiing ability is, you will be able to find a place to enjoy this sport. You may even enjoy spending some time watching others ski. Don’t forget to pack your camera!

There are spectator sports galore in Switzerland. The sports are traditional and some are quite unusual.

You will not run out of fantastic things to do in Switzerland before you run out of time!

Leaving Your Home For A Vacation: Avoid Unexpected Guests On Your Return

It’s time to start thinking about the holiday season. After all, with summer only a few months away, we are all booking our summer holiday. We all want a relaxing break where we can spend some quality time with our family. But while there a wealth of benefits to going away on vacation, there is one downfall of leaving your home. After all, with you not at the premises, it’s easy for things to occur. And then you might end up coming home to find that you are not alone! In fact, when you are leaving your home for a vacation, here is how you can avoid unexpected guests on your return.

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Lock all the doors and windows

When we are rushing to get the car all set for our holiday, it’s so easy to make errors when it comes to checking the home. After all, we are so busy worrying about getting to the airport on time, that we make silly errors when it comes to our home. But to ensure it’s still in a good state when you return, you need to make sure you do some checks before leaving the house. The top thing you should do is check all the doors and windows are shut. A lot of people make the mistake of leaving a window or two open in their home. They might do it on purpose to let some air in while they are away. Or they might forget to check those rooms before leaving the property. But if there are windows open, it could mean people could easily get into your home. After all, if the space is wide enough, they could easily push themselves through. And then take your belongings before leaving in a hurry.

And as the windows were open, it might make it harder to claim on the home insurance. Also, as well as human visitors, if you have windows open, you might find bugs will get into your home. And then you will have to deal with mosquitoes and ants inside your home when you return. Also, it’s so vital that you check the front and back door before you leave your vacation. It’s so easy to make the mistake of thinking it’s shut when you didn’t lock it. And then someone will easily be able to enter your home without making the scene. And you might also have your neighbor’s pets making shelter in your property too if they can push the door open. Therefore, triple check the doors before you leave home!

Leave a key with a trusted friend or family member

It can be unnerving when you do head away on your vacation. After all, you worry what might happen when you leave your property alone for a week or two. And if anything does occur while you are away on your holiday, you won’t know about it until you get back. And by then, a lot of damage might have been done to your property. Therefore, to ensure you don’t have to worry about what’s happening at home, you should always leave a key with a trusted friend or family member. That way, they can pop over once or twice while you are away. And they could stop a potential burglar in their tracks. Also, they will be able to check to ensure everything is shut property so that you don’t have to worry about break-ins too while you are on vacation. It’s also worth leaving a number for the friend or family member with the key with one of your neighbors. That way, if they see any suspicious behavior, or notice any worrying signs like smoke, they can contact your friend or family member quickly! And telling them you are away will alert them if they see anyone going inside your property.

Clean your home

It’s so important that you clean up the house before you go on your holiday. It’s likely the last thing you want to do in the run up to your break. After all, you are probably in vacation mode already! But unless you fancy returning to a load of mess after your break, it’s so important to give it a clean all over before you go. After all, if you leave things like piles of clothes on the floor, they could become a good hiding place for dust mites. And if you haven’t given the whole house a good hoover, you might end up leaving with crumbs on the floor. And with bits of food on the ground, you are more likely to come home to find unexpected guests. And rather than the human kind, we mean pests. And once you have pests like ants in your home, it can be a nightmare to get rid of them. In fact, you will have to try a lot of methods to get them to leave. In fact, a lot of people end up having to call a local exterminator who will get rid of them swiftly. Therefore, to ensure you avoid these arriving in your home, you need to make sure the whole home is clean before you go on vacation. And make sure that the kids clean their rooms too. That way, you can come back to a pest-free property after your vacation.

Empty the fridge

A lot of people forget to empty their fridge before they leave for their vacation. After all, it’s often the last thing on your mind to sort through your food before you head on holiday. But if you are going for a week or two, it’s vital that you go through your fridge before closing the door on your home. After all, if food is left in the fridge, it’s likely to start rotting after a few days. And then it could end up turning into mold. And not only will it then be a nightmare to clean, but it will also contaminate the whole fridge. Therefore, if there was anything left in there which had a longer date, it’s going to need to be thrown too. In fact, you will spend ages trying to clean out the whole thing before you can go and get some new food and drink. Therefore, always empty the fridge before your holiday to ensure your family can avoid mold on your return!

Set up a burglar alarm and security camera

It’s always good to be safe than sorry when you are on your holiday. Therefore, even if you are going away for a week, you need to make sure your home is safe before you leave. After all, you don’t want to come home to find you have had a burglary while you were away. And all your precious and expensive items are now missing! After all, it might take ages for the police to find the culprits. And in some cases, they might never find them. You will also have to make a claim on your home insurance. And if you had no safety features installed, it might make it harder to get money back for your missing items. Therefore, to ensure your home is safe, you should set up a burglar alarm which will deter burglars from breaking in. After all, they don’t want your neighbors to be alerted while they are breaking into your home. So they are more likely to avoid your home if there is an alarm. Just make sure you give someone the code so that if it goes off while you are away, they can quickly go and turn it off and check for the culprit. It’s also worth going for some form of security camera you can install at your home. After all, these will capture anyone attempting to break into your property. Therefore, the police will be able to hunt down the perpetrator quickly. Not only this but like the burglar alarm, if the intruder sees there is a security camera, they are less likely to even attempt to get into your home. Therefore, hunt one of these down at the store which will be perfect for your property.

Make the home look lived in

There are several easy-to-spot signs that burglars look out for to see if you are on holiday. For one thing, they look to see if there are any lights on at night. After all, if your home is in complete darkness, it’s likely no one is there. Therefore, to stop them in their tracks, you should get an automatic light which will turn on in the evenings. That way, they will think someone is home. Also, they look for a garden which looks like it hasn’t been touched in several weeks. After all, you won’t be doing it if you are on holiday. However, you can stop this being a telltale sign by hiring someone to cut it while you are away. Even if it’s a teen from your neighborhood, it will ensure it looks like someone is in your home. And make sure someone moves your mail for you. That way, it will stop them knowing no one is at your property.

And once you return from holiday, here are some ways to cheer yourself up. After all, it’s easy to feel downbeat after an amazing break!