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.

Thailand Is Still One Of The Best Places For A Motorcycle Tour

If you’re looking for one of the most exotic locations in the world where you can enjoy the freedom of a motorcycle, the Thailand should certainly be near the top of any list. Surprisingly there are a lot of bikers out there who are not aware of how amazing motorcycle tours in Thailand truly are. Not only do you get to take in the beauty of this amazing country, but there are so many other things which make it a heaven for motorcyclists.

The quality of the roads are amazing

In Thailand the roads are fantastic for bikers, not only will you find the highways in pristine condition but even in rural areas the roads are in great condition. Of course riding on nice smooth roads is fun, but the experiences come from riding on the less travelled roads. These are roads such as countryside roads, paths through national parks and many other roads that reveal some of the Thailand’s hidden beauty. The one thing I like about the smaller roads is that it’s very rare to see large vehicles on them, such as lorries, this makes things even better and much safer.

Stunning Scenery

So the roads are motorcycle friendly which is great news, the other great news is that it allows you to be more comfortable when taking in the stunning scenery that Thailand has to offer. If you love natural beauty, mountains and jungle then head to the north of Thailand. Places such as Chiang Rai and Nan are blesses with some of the best scenery in the whole of South East Asia. If you listen to the locals or have a good guide, you’ll be able to pass by waterfalls, rivers and ride along beautiful winding roads. Stop off as much as you can to take pictures and just appreciate what is there in front of you – that’s the beauty of having a bike, the freedom to stop whenever you like.

Accommodation 

The accommodation in Thailand is absolutely fantastic no matter which part of the country you are in. There is something to fit every budget and every type of traveller. The best part is that the rates are superb, especially the more rural that you go. If you want you can have a bit of fun and not book anything in advance and just ride until you find something that suits you – again that feeling of freedom just adds to any biking trip!

Why I love my afro

My afro is amazing and has a mind of it’s own. She’s beautiful, wild and can be temperamental sometimes!

We haven’t always had the best relationship, but our love has grown since I had the big chop. I seem to learn more about her everyday and here’s what I love about her right now:

She’s not that difficult

I can still remember my mother telling me that having an afro would be a nightmare to manage. Well that’s because back then she was the one looking after my hair, now I am the sole keeper of my mane. It’s not as difficult to look after as you might think.

She knows her products

She certainly has a great taste in products and only ever wants the most gentle of products. She reacts beautifully to olive oil and will mold into any shape when shea butter is applied.

She takes different forms

It’s no big secret that natural hair will shrink, sometimes it can shrink upto 10 times its length – my mane is definitely no exception to that rule. I love watching my afro transform from it’s natural form after 7 days to instantly shriveling on wash day. It’s fascinating!

She loves to be styled

I love it when I put on my pom-poms. Other great additions are high buns and even faux bangs. Styling her is always an experiment and really exciting. But that’s not the only reason she loves to be styled, because it’s important to protect and maintain by limiting the chance of breakage.

She’s a plant

Well, she’s similar to a plant! Her roots are deep in my scalp, and she grows out like a myriad of leaves, transforming into this amazing and gorgeous bush of joy. Just like a plant, she needs to be watered regularly and nurtured so that she becomes the best form of herself she can be. She also loves to be around other afros, because then she feels at home in mass array of curls and coils.

Do you have an afro or do you just love the afro style? If you do have one tell me why you love it, how you maintain it and the love you’ve got from others about it. If you just simply love the afro style, please tell us all why you marvel at it. Comment below guys.

Best Bars in NYC

If you like to party or simply kick back with a great beer whilst reading the newspaper, then NYC is the place for you. The city has so many great bars to choose from, they are so diverse and varied that there is something for everyone and every taste.

I enjoyed researching for this article, as you can imagine it was fun heading around the big apple and having an obligatory drink in each bar.

Here are the bars that you need to check out when you hit NYC!

169 Bar – Chinatown

Everyone loves a good dive bar, but the 169 Soul Jazz Oyster Bar beats any other kind of dive bar you’ve seen. There are cheap drinks, a leopard print 8-ball table, and some interesting décor – this place is Chinatown staple.

7B – East Village

This bar is also known as the Horseshoe bar because of the shape of the awesome wooden bar. 7B is one of the last remaining relics of the grunge that used to dominate the east village.

ABC Beer Co. – Alphabet City

This is a bar and also a boutique beer shop, it’s a place where the low key beer lovers among us flock to. ABC is known for it’s well chosen 12 beers it has on tap, they regularly rotate so you’ll always have something new to try. They’ve got some great sandwiches and then there’s the mind blowing fridge stacked with beer! There’s free Wi-Fi too!

Angel’s Share – East Village

This Japanese cocktails lounge can be tricky to find, it’s hidden behind an unmarked door right in the back of the Village Yokocho restaurant. The place has been going for 25 years now and it’s popular for it’s extravagant drinks. Try out the cocktail Smoke Gets in Your Eyes if you want something special.

Bar Sixtyfive – Midtown

Even if you live in New York it’s still fun to try out the touristy things now and then. Bar SixtyFive is definitely one of those touristy things! It’s located, as it’s name suggests, on the 65th floor of the famous Rockefeller Center. As you can imagine, the prices are very high indeed, but the food is good, the cocktails great and the view is even better.

Come on New Yorkers, tell me which is your favourite watering hole in our great city. Where’s the best beer, cocktail or wine in NYC?

How to spend a weekend in NYC

If you’re planning to head to NYC but you’re not sure of what to see and where to go, then read on for the perfect guide to maximize your time in the big apple.

Here’s a 1 day itinerary that will give you the best weekend that NYC has to offer!

1 Day Whirlwind Tour Of NYC

Big Bus New York SightSeeing Tour

The best way to get around the city is by getting on one of the sightseeing buses, you can hop on and off the bus, allowing you to see everything NYC has to offer. The tour guide will also fill you in on all the important info as you travel around the city.

The Guggenheim Museum

Heading to one of the most iconic museums in the world is something all visitors should do. It’s just been renovated which makes it even better than before! Stroll around and marvel at the work of Calder, Picasso, Van Gogh and many others.

Lunch in Upper East Side

The Upper East Side is jam packed with amazing restaurants to choose from. You can’t really choose a bad one here, but if I had to recommend I would head to Candle Café or Le Pain Quotidien.

Central Park

You’ll be close to the most famous park in the world after lunch so you should explore the beautiful green space of NYC. I’d leave around 30 minutes to explore Central Park. If you fancy it, you could even bring a picnic and have lunch in the park.

Lady Liberty Cruise

Hop on Circle Line’s Lady Liberty Cruise, it’s the best way to see the most famous lady in NYC! You’ve seen it in the movies, on documentaries and on postcards, so now it’s time for you to check it out with your own eyes. The cruise will also take you past a number of other great sites.

 9/11 Memorial and Museum

Leaving an hour to see the 9/11 memorial and museum is very worth while. The images of that day are etched in everyone’s minds, so it’s an emotional visit. Many visitors see this as the most important part of their whole trip. 

Dine in Hell’s Kitchen

This neighbor hood was once relatively run down, but now it’s full of the best up and coming restaurants in the city. I would recommend 42nd Street Restaurant and Pizza for your authentic NYC pizza experience.

5 Best Coffee Shops in NYC

Everyone loves coffee and in NYC you are spoilt for choice! Personally I love finding a great little coffee shop where the coffee tastes great, the wifi is good and where I can work all day long.

When you’re in a world class city such as NYC then you’re going to find a very upscale coffee environment. New Yorkers take their coffee very seriously indeed! But a good coffee shop isn’t all about the coffee, it’s also about the service, uniqueness and ambience.

Here are 5 coffee shops you really need to check out if you’re in the Big Apple.

Birch Coffee

These guys don’t only serve what many see as the number one coffee in NYC, but the service and authenticity is also second to none. Birch coffee has a real bustling vibe to it. One of the things I love is the library at the back of the shop where people can take a book or even leave one for others to read.

Toby’s Estate Coffee

This is the first shop opened by the Australian coffee company. It’s always buzzing here, and there’s a range of customers; people working away on their mac, families and also friends chilling out sipping on a great latte.

Happy Bones

Probably the smallest coffee shop on this list, but so quaint it had to be on here. Their roots come from New Zealand, so if you’re looking for a top flat white then this is the place for you. It’s located in the charming streets of Little Italy which just adds to its appeal.

La Colombe Torrefaction

If you like great coffee, an energetic atmosphere and very lively baristas then this has to be the place for you. They have four very successful shops dotted around NYC. It’s so popular that in the morning time you can see the queue going out of the door and round the block!

Stumptown Coffee Roasters

These guys first cracked the NYC coffee scene with an espresso bar inside the Ace Hotel. The benches that are made from old church pews are a site to behold. Add to that the super fast free wifi and an awesome selection of magazines and you know you’re on a winner. They have two locations, if I had to recommend one I’d advise heading to the store on 30 West 8th. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!