Planning a Spectacular Christmas Eve Buffet Dinner

If you will be hosting your friends and family for a Christmas Eve dinner, you may find your thoughts racing. The issue may not be that you cannot come up with any ideas for a Christmas Eve dinner. The problem may be you seem to have a terribly long mental list of possibilities for a dinner at your home.

With this in mind, you may be feeling an elevation of stress levels. This may stem from the fact that many of the Christmas Eve dinner options you have contemplated all seem rather complicated. Preparing a sit down meal for this important holiday can be challenging.

One easier course you can take in hosting a magnificent Christmas Eve dinner is serving a buffet. When it comes to planning a spectacular Christmas Eve buffet dinner, there are a number of tips to bear in mind.

 

Creating a Perfect Buffet Tablescape

 

You may have already figured out how you will tablescape the table or tables at which your guests will actually dine. However, you may have yet to contemplate what you will do to tablescape the buffet table itself.

Time and again, a person hosting a Christmas Eve buffet dinner gives no thought to a tablescape for the buffet table. You actually can add even more festivity to your dinner by taking the time to tablescape the buffet table itself.

When considering what to do with the buffet table, you will want to take the initial step of creating a food service map. You really do want to figure out what food items will be placed where. From that map, you can build tablescape around the particular items that well be served. This process ties in well with preparing as much of the food beforehand as possible.

The tablescape itself can reflect other decorating themes that have used in (and even outside) your residence this holiday season. For example, if you are emphasizing silver, carry that through to the items you utilize in tablescaping the buffet table. For example, you might want to include silver ornaments or silver bells about the buffet table.

 

A Varied and Yet Simple Menu is Perfect

 

Speaking of the menu, you can present the perfect table by sticking with a varied, and yet simple menu. You do not need to present over the top dishes, items that your guests have never heard of. Certainly, if you are like most people, you want to impress your dinner guests. In the final analysis, you will most impress them by serving a varied selection of delectable items that are familiar to them as opposed to things that are unrecognizable.

 

Open Your House for Dining

 

Many homes in this day and age are constructed, or have been remodeled, to include great rooms. If you have a home designed in this manner, you already likely have a flow from a dining area into a space used for multiple purposes. This sets up well to allow for multiple niches in which your guests can dine. This becomes necessary when the number of dinner guests outpaces the seating that can be managed at the dining table.

If your house is not structured in this manner, think outside the box when it comes to arranging seating for your dinner guests. Short of seating your guests in bed or bath rooms, you really can make any room in your house work as a dining space for a well attended Christmas Eve buffet dinner.

 

Set a Separate Spread for Desserts

 

A way you can add an element of suspense to your Christmas Eve buffet dinner is holding off presenting the dessert plates until after the main meal has finished. While you may not want to clear off the main buffet table because folks like to keep nibbling at holiday meals, consider a separate space where you can efficiently set up the dessert selections at the proper point in time.

As an aside, even if you are intent on preparing the meal yourself and do not want to go the potluck route, consider something different for desserts. Let your guests know that they are welcome (or encouraged) to bring a selection of their own Christmas treats to show off and share with your dinner guests.

 

Music Matters

 

The sounds of Christmas are as important as the sights and tastes of this special holiday. Therefore, when it comes to planning a marvelous Christmas Eve buffet, don’t overlook the music.

In the digital age, when it comes to the sounds of the season, your options for Christmas music is endless. Indeed, you can create your own customized soundtrack that can automatically run throughout your buffet.

 


Jessica Kane is a writer for Silver Superstore, home of the internet’s silver Christmas ornaments.

 

Five Important Benefits of Commercial Headshots for Your Small Business

If you own a small business, you must never underestimate the vital importance of taking all steps possible to best establish your brand with your potential consumers. In many instances, the key members of your business’ team play a significant, even a primary, role in establishing the brand of your business.

The presence of respected individual’s on your business’ team conveys a powerfully positive message to prospective, as well as existing, clients or customers. One strategy that you will want to consider employing in the development and enhancement of your brand is presenting your team to the public. One way in which you can effectively undertake this effort is through the use of high-quality images of your team members.

Commercial headshots are a major part of this effort. There are five important benefits to be derived from the use of commercial headshots of the team when it comes to the branding, and ultimate success, of your small business enterprise.

 

Commercial Headshots are Effective Means of Introduction

 

A key benefit derived from the use of commercial headshots of your small business’ team is that they serve as a beautiful means of introducing them to the public. As was noted, the team you assemble for your enterprise can end up being the biggest selling point for your business.

When it comes to presenting your team to the public, to potential clients or customers, using a textual biography is all well and good. The reality is that very few people will check out a biography, and fewer still will digest the whole thing.

The surest way that you can introduce to the public the marvelous team you’ve assembled for your business is through the use of striking commercial headshots, combined with concisely written bios.

 

Commercial Headshots Tell a Story

 

A headshot need not be a dull image. Seeking the assistance of a commercial photographer to take photos of your business’ team ensures that the final products will be compelling images that will capture attention.

By working with a commercial photographer, you can take advantage of an experienced professional who can craft a perfect setting for your team’s headshots. In addition, an experienced photographer will assist in addressing other issues, like wardrobe selection for headshots.

In the final analysis, with the professional assistance of a commercial photographer, the headshots of the team are created in such a way that they tell a story, two stories in fact. First, they will tell the stories of each individual team member. Second, these images will also help to convey the positive story of your business enterprise, in a most compelling way.

 

A Commercial Headshot is a Meaningful Investment

 

If you are like virtually all business owners, you keep close attention to the bottom line. You don’t make unnecessary expenditures. For example, you may initially balk at the idea of hiring a commercial photographer to take photos of your team. You may even shrug your shoulders and initially conclude that selfies will do.

As an aside, selfies will not do. Yes, selfies can provide interesting and even entertaining additions to blog and social media posts. However, by definition, they are not precisely crafted in a manner to add the type of value to images that can be realized via commercial photography.

The reality is that hiring a commercial photographer to do headshots for the team is a worthwhile investment in your business. With the use of commercial headshots of the time, you will actually work to increase the number of people who patronize your business. You will increase the revenue, and profit, of your business. In short, the investment in a commercial photographer will more than pay for itself over time — and not that significant of a time a period.

 

Commercial Headshots and Social Media Marketing

 

A moment ago, mention was made of the use of selfies in blogs and social media posts. Selfies for have a role in social media marketing.

With that said, commercial headshots care also invaluable when it comes to social media marketing. For example, if your business’ team is going to be involved in social media efforts for your products or services, they must have a professional looking headshot adoring their profiles.

 

Wide Array of Practical Uses for Commercial Headshots

 

Beyond social media and the company website, there exists a wide array of other practice uses for commercial headshots. These include their use in email campaigns, printed materials, and business-related videos. Indeed, the use of commercial headshots of your business’ team is only constrained by the imagination.


Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who focuses on personal finance and other money matters. She currently writes for Checkworks.com, where you can get personal checks and business checks.

 

Top Sites To Visit In Canada

Canada is easily one of the best destinations in the world. I have been fortunate enough to visit this amazing country on several occasions, each time I go back I find myself loving the place even more.

I think that there’s no other way to have the full Canadian experience than by checking out the country’s most cultural and famous places. I always take a look at which landmarks are in the area before booking one of many mansions in Canada for our family holiday.

Here are the top 5 landmarks that we love to visit when we’re in Canada. Every single landmark on our top 5 list is an ideal destination for every type of holiday. I promise that when you learn more about the country you will fall in love with it just as I did.

Niagara Falls

I think it’s only fair that the most famous falls in the world gets to top the list. It’s located between the US and Canada, right on the border of both countries. I think that the Niagara Falls give every visitor the most jaw dropping views. Your experience of this impressive will depend on which season you visit. If you head there during the summer you will be able to enjoy many attractions in the city, our favourites are the boat tours and also the Skywheel. Don’t forget to pack a waterproof jacket if you hop on one of the boat tours because you’ll be super close to the falls. Head to the top of the sky tower to get beautiful views of the Niagara Falls. If you’re there in the winter months you might actually see the falls have frozen over. Which ever season you choose you are bound to have an amazing experience.

The Hockey Hall of Fame

No trip to Canada would be complete without trying to learn about the national sport – Ice Hockey (Just ‘hockey’ if you’re in Canada). It’s a good idea to get to grips with it all because it means you’ll have a great time watching it live or in a bar with the locals. There is no better place to start than the Hockey Hall of Fame which is located in the downtown area of Toronto. It’s such an interesting place and it’s dedicated to remembering past stars and the rich history of hockey. I love walking in to the Great Hall here because it’s the place where the impressive major NHL trophies are kept on display. If you fancy trying your hand and playing the game for real, you will absolutely love your time in the Play Zone. The play zone gives you the opportunity to feel the thrill of being a goalie or you can play a virtual game where you have to beat a computer controlled goalie. Other parts of the museum you can’t miss are the Puck Wall of Fame and of course the replica of the Canadian Dressing Room.

The CN Tower

You might not know the name, but I think you’ll certainly recognise the most famous landmark in Toronto. The CN Tower should always be your first port of call when you’re discovering what Toronto has to offer. Not so long ago the tower was the tallest tower on the planet, it stands 553.33 meters tall. The ideal time to visit is sunset, this gives you the chance to see the city during daylight and watch it change into night when the lights illuminate the city. If you really want to push the boat out and spoil yourself then book a table at the 360 restaurant, there aren’t many places in the world that can rival the view whilst you dine.

The Canadian Rockies

How can this iconic place not make any top 5 list for Canada? You can visit the Rockies by car but I strongly recommend that you take the train, it is one of the best train journeys in the world. Located in British Columbia, the Rockies boast breathtaking views plus wildlife and the bluest lakes you’ll ever see. There are loads of activities and places to visit here, hiking and boating are some of my favourites but it’s impossible to list everything here because there are so many choices! If you’re a lover of breathtaking views then you MUST make sure you head to Jasper National park and hop on the brilliant Jasper Tramway to make it extra special.

Capilano Suspension Bridge

I have a real fear of heights so I was surprised how much I loved my time on the suspension bridge. Leave the fear at the door and head off on a super adventure through nature along the famous suspension bridge. As you make your way across the bridge you will find yourself standing high amongst the trees, at the same time listening to the soundtrack which is provided by the delightful sounds of the wild nature that surrounds you. Don’t forget to go for an adventure on both the treetop adventure and also the cliff walk. It’s great to be up in the treetops because it gives you a real insight into the lives of the animals in the rainforest.

Have you been lucky enough to visit Canada in the past? I would love to hear all about your experiences, tips and thoughts. Just pop your comment in the box below this article. I am really looking forward to reading everything you have to share, hoping to pick up a few tips too!

 

 

Tips For Keeping Your Skin Hydrated In The Winter

In temperate climates, it does not always make sense to use the same skin care product year-round.  Some skin care products, such as Vitamin C serum, are not season specific.  They can help to keep your skin healthy no matter the weather.  In the summer though, you must make an additional effort to avoid sunburn and long-term sun damage to your skin.  A good way to do that is to use products with SPF.  Likewise, in the winter, the biggest risk is that your skin will become dehydrated.

Winter Skin Care Concerns

In the winter, you do not need to worry about getting a sunburn.  Instead, the worry is that your skin will become dehydrated and chapped.  Cold winds can be rough on your skin, but simply coming in out of the cold is not always a sufficient refuge.  The artificial heat that many buildings use in the winter can also dry your skin out.  The best defense is to use an even stronger moisturizer in the winter than you do in the summer.

Hyaluronic Acid: One of the Strongest Moisturizers Around

Almost everyone could use a moisturizer, and our need for moisturizers increases as we age.  One of the best ones you can use is hyaluronic acid.  It can hold hundreds of times its weight in water.  Therefore, Timeless Skin Care has chosen to include hyaluronic acid in many of its skin serums which are designed for everyday wear.  A little hyaluronic acid goes a very long way, making it a perfect serum ingredient.  The beauty of a skin serum is that you just apply a few drops once per day and you’ll barely even notice that you are wearing it.

Timeless skin serums with hyaluronic acid offer your skin great protection in all year long.

 

Feeling Nervous for your First Date? Check this Dos and Don’ts Guide!

Have you met a person that you don’t know personally? Or you just know by exchanging messages on free dating sites for interracial dating? Or being referred by your friend? That feeling where you will have your first date is nerve-wracking.  So, how do you deal with the anxiety that inevitably comes with first-date territory? As cliché as it sounds, being yourself is probably best first date advice. It’ll ensure that you not only have a good time on a first date, but also get a second date, too.

Here are the Do’s and Don’ts that you should keep in mind before and on your first date:

Do’s

1. DO Speak Up

Nobody likes a pushover, so if your date tells you he or she has planned an evening at a sushi restaurant and you don’t eat fish, or they want to hang at a cocktail lounge but you don’t drink, speak up. It’ll only look strange if you tell them all that after you’re already seated and waiting to order. Same goes for being decisive. If your date asks what you’d like to eat, drink, or share for dessert, don’t say “I don’t care, what you want?” Wishy-washy can get real old, real fast.

2. DO Offer to Pay

A tactful way to do this is to simply reach for the check when it comes. If your date insists, offer to split the bill, or at least leave the tip. However, if you offer to pay or split, be prepared to actually pay or split. It is much better to be prepared.

3. DO Be On Time

Yeah, we know the whole “fashionably late” ideology still exists, but on a first date, you’ll make a better impression if you show up on time. Would you want them to show up late? Probably not. Being late is not make sure to be early by that you can make things more organize.

4. Be Honest

Just as you shouldn’t misrepresent yourself online, don’t tell “little white lies” in person to make yourself more fascinating. This doesn’t mean you need to tell them everything about you right off the bat. Maintain some mystery. If you’re interested in a second date, you don’t need to reveal everything during the first one.

5. Active Listening

When you’re getting to know your date, don’t be prepping your next thing to say while he’s talking. Ask him a question to get him to expand on what he just told you. This lets them know two things: that you were paying attention and that you’re interested. Try to keep the listening to talking ratio more or less 50/50.

 

Don’ts

1. Don’t Use Cellphones

Never take a call or text during your date. The only time it is acceptable is if it is urgent. In which case, make sure you tell her who and why you have to take the call/text, otherwise she may assume it is another woman.

2. Don’t over drink 

Remain in control and don’t make a fool of yourself by slurring your words and spitting in her face. You need to still be in proper composure.

3.  Don’t over share personal information.

She doesn’t need to hear about your psycho ex- girlfriend or how you’ve just gotten out of rehab. Avoid sharing your personal information detail by detail especially if it makes him/her awkward about what you are sharing and be mindful of body gestures.

4. DON’T Obsess Over Your Appearance

Who wants to waste precious date time running to bathroom to brush your hair, reapply your lipstick, or check the mirror every half hour? Put as much effort into your appearance as you want before you meet your date, but focus your energy on making solid conversation instead of worrying about how you look.

5.  DON’T Wear Things That You Can’t Walk, Eat, Breathe, or Talk in

Obviously, you want to look your best, but a first date isn’t the time to take those new stilettos out for a road test, or wear that dress that’s a little too tight. Why? Because first dates are anxiety-filled enough and being uncomfortable in your clothes only makes it worse. Plus, won’t it suck to not be able to walk a few blocks on a nice night because your heels are too high?

It’s not rocket science to be a perfect date, but just like all walks of life, a first, honest and lasting impression goes a long way. Confidence and charm are still the best way to ace someone’s heart.

How Exercise Can Greatly Improve Your Eye Health

Failing eyesight and poor vision is something that will come to us all one day and it is important that you are doing all that you can to preserve the health of your eyes. There are many ways in which you can care for your eyesight and one of the most beneficial ways of doing so is through regular exercise.

Exercise is of course recommended by medical professionals because of the benefits that it can have on your physical health, and that includes your eyes and vision. Eye care specialists Vision Direct have been extolling the virtues recently of the impacts which exercise can have on your eye health and here are just some of the ways that they explain the benefits which exercise gives you.

General Benefits

When you exercise you greatly increase your organ functions, blood flow and strength throughout the body, and this has a direct impact on the health of your eyes. One of the biggest issues which our eyes can have is that blood pressure can build up in and around the eyes which can lead to poor vision and a whole range of other issues. The benefits which exercise can have on the body are the same benefits which it will have on your eyes.

Diseases

Online medical resource WebMd states that those who exercise regularly are up to 70% less likely to contract macular degeneration of their eyesight, an age-related issues, as those who don’t exercise. Equally, the risk of diseases such as glaucoma and diabetes, illnesses which can have a hugely negative impact on your eye health, are far higher in those people who don’t exercise. Many illness and degeneration of vision comes from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, both of which can be easily remedied with a regular exercise routine.

The Exercise

When we talk about the exercise which you need to do in order to maintain the health of your eyes, we are not talking about training for triathlons or anything even close to that level of exertion. In fact, just a swift walk each day, climbing stairs, going for a jog or speeding 30 minutes in the gym each day will be enough for you to maintain a healthy lifestyle and most importantly, ensure that you ate doing all that you can to preserve your vision and stave off diseases and conditions which impact the eyes.

There is a swathe of information online for you to get your hands on, especially from companies like Vision Direct, that can really help you understand what you should be doing to best care for your eyes. Click here to find out even more details about how you can live a better life and reap the benefits of it through crystal clear vision.

Nocturnal Sleep Eating Disorder: What Is It and What Causes It?

Sleep disorders are relatively rare, but their effects are varied. And, while they are clearly unpleasant for sufferers, they are fascinating from a psychological perspective. Sleepwalking is perhaps the best known of the common sleeping disorders and it is believed to affect between 1% and 15% of the general population.

While most of us have heard of sleepwalking, and probably even know someone who has experienced it at some point in their lives, there is much less awareness of the more complex and, thankfully, rarer forms of the condition. Among these is nocturnal sleeping disorder.

What Is Nocturnal Sleep Eating Disorder?

Nocturnal sleep eating disorder, also known as sleep eating, and somnambulistic eating, consists of two components; first is somnambulism, more commonly known as sleepwalking. The second is the eating disorder component where the sufferer consumes excessive amounts of food while they are in this state.

One of the more fascinating aspects of this condition is that, while the basic features of the somnambulistic episodes remain the same, there are often subtle differences in certain aspects of its presentation and generally no two cases will present in precisely the same way. In most cases the episodes occur within two or three hours of the patient falling asleep and tend to resolve relatively quickly although the exact timescales often vary.

In many cases the combinations of food that sufferers eat during an episode are bizarre and completely unlike the kinds of food that they would eat normally. What separates nocturnal sleeping disorder from other similar disorders is that sufferers of nocturnal sleeping disorder are more likely to create mess and to potentially harm themselves, making it one of the more scary sleep disorders. This is in contrast to the much more common night eating syndrome, in which the sufferers are able to prepare food in the same manner they would while fully conscious.

Treatment

As with other sleeping disorders the treatments for nocturnal eating disorder revolve around psychological therapies and counselling. Doctors have been working hard to devise a treatment strategy which can be used on all patients but so far have been unsuccessful. In addition to the usual cognitive behavioural therapies and other psychological treatments, there are a growing number of medications which have shown promise.

What Causes It?

Interestingly enough, doctors have noted a higher than usual incidence (27%) of sufferers of nocturnal sleep eating disorder suffering from co-morbid restless leg syndrome. Medications such as L-Dopa, clonazepam, and some opioids have been shown to be effective at treating the condition in many people. This suggests that there may be some kind of overlap in the physiological causes of both conditions although doctors have still been unable to definitively establish the root causes.

The first case of nocturnal sleep eating disorder was recorded in the mid 1950’s, however there were only half a dozen cases recorded in the medical literature over the course of the proceeding 36 years. As awareness of the condition has grown there have been more diagnoses and it is believed that, owing to the similarity of nocturnal sleep eating disorder to a number of other sleep disorders, it has meant that incidents of the condition have been under-reported.

French Press, The Stylish Way to do Coffee

If you have been following this page or my social media accounts, then you will know very well that two of my biggest loves in life are coffee, and being stylish. With this sin mind then, it makes absolute sense that whenever I do have my daily coffee, I like to do so in style. Over the last couple of years I have really become an aficionado when it comes to coffee and the instant variety that I survived on for so long, simply doesn’t do it for me anymore.

I wanted to take to you today then, about one of my favorite gadgets in the home, and the only way to really do coffee in style, the French press.

What is a French Press?

If you have never seen a coffee press before, it is basically a jug which has a plunging device with a filter attached. Natural the presses will come in may different shapes and sizes as well as with different colors and different materials used. These presses are designed so that you can make the perfect cup of coffee every time and thanks to the materials which they are made with, they can keep your coffee warmer for longer, perfect for those who love to go back for more.

How to Use The Press?

You don’t need any technical knowledge to use these presses, simply put some coarsely ground coffee into the jug, add some boiling water, allow the coffee to brew until you are ready, and then plunge the filter through the coffee. Once you have plunged the filter, simply serve up the coffee and set to one side until you are ready for more.

Why Go To The Effort?

When compared to coffee machines where you simply hit a button, or indeed instant coffee, the French press does require a little more work from you. The benefits of this way of making coffee however, are far better than its counterparts and this is why it is worth putting that little bit extra effort in. Firstly the flavor is far superior through this way of making coffee than with any other, secondly it looks great and finally, the way in which the press works, you will never get any grit in your coffee after you’ve made it.  Another benefit that I love is also that you don’t have to replace the filter every time like with a percolator!

How to Stay Stylish?

If you want to stay stylish whilst making and drinking your coffee, make sure that you have a good search around for the right French press for you. There is a whole range of presses out there to choose from including brushed or polished steel presses, colorful glass presses and even the Jetsons-esque Aeropress. You can easily find something to match your individual style and the design of your kitchen when looking for a press so that you can stay stylish whilst enjoying your favorite drink.

The Most Interesting Cities To Visit In The World

The world is full of many amazing cities to visit and you could endlessly travel in search of the perfect one. There is nothing wrong with searching for the right one, but you would really need to visit all of them to truly decide. To do this, you need a starting point and I made this guide to show you some very interesting places that you could potentially visit. I hope you enjoy reading about some places that I find to be fascinating./

Reykjavik, Iceland

Iceland is world famous as the capital of Iceland and it is naturally one of the most interesting cities on earth.There is a budding art scene there, a whole host of natural wonders at every turn and a cool bar scene to explore too. The city itself is also very beautiful with the traditional houses that have been painted in all sorts of colours, like blues, greens, red and yellows. If you are visiting Reykjavik you definitely need to experience something that every Icelander loves to do and that is enjoying time swimming in the hot springs that are dotted throughout the city.

Rishikesh, India

This fascinating place was made famous by the Beatles after they took a trip to India in order to discover spirituality. Many people have since made the pilgrimage here and followed in the Beatles’ footsteps and the tourism in the area has now become totally receptive and welcome to visitors. You can enjoy yoga, meditation and much more in the area and it is truly a magical place. There are a number of cheap hotel options in Rishikesh, as well as more expensive retreat style options, so there be something for everyone here, from the backpacker to the middle aged corporate looking for inner peace!

 

Rocky Point, Mexico

Rocky Point is also known as Puerto Peñasco. This gorgeous area is closest to the states, only about an hour away from the border. What makes it so interesting is that even though it’s so close to the US, it’s a less popular vacation spot than Cancun or Cabo, which has preserved it. It holds on to a lot of authentic culture, and is complemented by gorgeous, tranquil beaches that are hardly ever overcrowded. This is a must-visit vacation spot!

Berlin, Germany

Germany’s capital is one of the most interesting and hip cities that you could ever visit. There are a large number of people from many different countries living here, all are attracted by the art and culture scene that is unrivalled in Germany. There is also abundant nightlife that makes it the party capital of the world. The bars stay open late and the clubs even later (many don’t actually close at point on the weekends). The food is great too with the large migrant Turkish and Vietnamese peoples living there, so you can be sure to have something great to eat too. Berlin is truly a city like no other that everyone should visit!

Seoul, South Korea

South Korea is home to one of the coolest cities going around: Seoul. Soul has hip cafes and Korean craft beer, something you probably wouldn’t expect. There are also many hidden bars and restaurants, which makes for an interesting adventure trying to find them! Korean food is naturally amazing and the Koreans love to experiment and take things to the extreme, whether it’s very spicy or super sweet, there is always something interesting to eat. Like Japan, Korea also has a number of cultural icons and movements, in particular in Gangnam (the home of the ultra cool in Seoul). Seoul is definitely one of my favourite cities in Asia that I would love to go back to as soon as I get the chance.

Sarajevo, Bosnia

Sarajevo doesn’t have the most beautiful buildings and isn’t the most pretty city that you will ever visit, but it certainly has soul and is one of the most unique places that you could ever visit. It will always be remembered as the place where the First World War started, after Franz Ferdinand (the heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire) was assassinated in the middle of the city. The city’s history also continued in an interesting fashion as the host of the 1984 Winter Olympics and furthermore experienced a long civil war during the 90s. The city under siege from all sides for 3 years. The city has a very interesting culture and you can learn more about it in the various museums and sites of interest. I would highly recommend heading to Sarajevo if you get the chance.

Melbourne, Australia

There is nothing better than a multicultural city and Melbourne is one of my favourite, it has a beautiful mix of old and new architecture that makes it one of the most unique cities on the earth. It really is like the New York of Australia and I really enjoy the cafe culture there and all are in fierce competition to be the best, which can only mean great coffee for everyone. The food is also amazing, with a true melting pot of cuisines, such as Vietnamese, Chinese, Thai, Italian, Greek and so much more. The large migrant population is to thank for this and makes Melbourne the city that it is today.

Yurts Aren’t Only in Mongolia – Glamping in the States

Have you ever thought about staying in a yurt for your holiday? Well, in the past you’d probably have head all the way to Mongolia to get a unique yurt experience. Now it’s much easier, in fact yurt camping in the U.S.A. is all the rage these days. Just have a look at the Glamping Hub to see what’s on offer.

If you’re searching for something special to do this summer then living in a yurt will give you the most perfect glamping adventure. You might be used to camping but yurts will really raise the bar for camping enthusiasts.

If you think of experiencing nature in luxury, your mind will instantly think of a cabin or cottage. A yurt will give you a rustic experience, but not compromise on comfort or luxury.

Here’s why you should try this unique experience for your next summer holiday:

It’s affordable

More often than not, staying in a yurt is a lot cheaper than a cabin or hotel. You can find deals out there right now for as little as $100 per night – that’s not per person but for as many as 6 people! That will get you everything you need to have a great experience in a comfortable yurt.

Connect with nature

Sleeping outside under the stars is a nice experience, but there are certainly times when you need to have a roof over your head. Yurts offer the best way to combine open air camping and cabin living. You’ll have a solid roof to keep you dry, but you’ll still be able to hear the wildlife outside. Some will even have a skylight to let the sun shine in and see the stars at night.

Experience a glamping holiday

Glamping is camping but with an upgrade. Yurts will have beautiful hardwood floors, large beds, fridges, plenty of space and also a BBA area. You get all the comforts of home and still get the real experience of living in nature.

Brings everyone together

If you stay in a hotel or a cabin your group will be separated most of the time. In a large yurt a family can stay together, as one, very comfortably. When you all live in the same room you can play games, chat and have quality time together – this is something often lacking in our lives today. With your own BBQ area it’s also very easy for you to sit around creating special memories.

Explore with ease

When you’re in a new place, surrounded by nature you will always want to head out and explore. The yurt resorts will have lots of activities for you to try out and great recommendations for family hikes. It’s a great way for the family to bond before heading back to the campfire to chat about the adventure you all had.