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10 Tips for Vacationing on a Budget




10 Tips for Vacationing on a Budget

It’s the time of year where most people go abroad or take vacation from work to celebrate the halfway point of the year. Vacation may seem like a distant dream if you don’t have a lot of money to dole out for extravagant adventures, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a quality vacation with a minimal budget.

1. Go in the off-season

Each place has its own off-season. For example, Disney World is a common place for families to go and their peak time is usually during the summer when kids are out of school. If you travel to the same place during the winter, there tend to be a lot less people and sometimes you can get discounts. If you know where you want to go, find out when their off-season is, even if that means your trip will have to wait a few more months.

2. Go somewhere close

Just because you want to vacation doesn’t mean you have to travel out of the country or even out of your state to have a good time. Do some digging into your local locales and see which places get good reviews. If you haven’t been there before, why not save a significant amount of money and have a wonderful time trying something new?

3. Go somewhere niche

If you are completely averse to going somewhere that is likely to be packed all year long, then do some research into places that have not become famous in the traveling scene. Typical families on vacation will go somewhere warm and sunny, but who’s to say that somewhere cool and rugged can’t be just as interesting and fun?

4. Pack food to go

A large part of travel budgets come from food and drink. Sometimes, this is unavoidable and the places travelers go to understand this. Places such as islands will make an average soda nearly triple the price simply because they know you couldn’t pack it on the plane. Whenever you get the chance, try to pack your own foods and drinks for a trip. This will easily cut your budget down by a third if you are willing to really stick to this meal plan.

5. Go visit nature

Amusement parks are fun, but many people get as much enjoyment from taking a hike through lush forests or rock climbing in the mountains. An entrance fee to state or national park will nearly always be much lower than paying for a ticket somewhere man-made. Try and relive your children by camping and sleeping under the stars or challenge yourself to a trail run. There are many options for those who travel to natural places, so look and see what nature parks are close to you!

6. Don’t vacation as long

It is easy to be jealous of the coworker who crows about going to Hawaii for an entire month, but you certainly can’t be envious of the hole it’s going to put in their wallet. A vacation is still a vacation if it only lasts for half a week. This may not always be an option for someone going out the country, but if you are vacationing domestically, consider taking a shorter vacation to take it easier on your finances.

7. Consider stay-cations

When we think of vacations, we think of glamorous getaways with while sleeping in a hammock on a beach at sunset. However, the definition of vacation doesn’t always mean to go on an adventure away from home. You can have as much of a vacation at home. Consider taking a few days away from work and stay at home. You can make a hammock and take a nap at sunset in the comfort of your own backyard! This option may not be for everyone, but everyone willing to give stay-cations a try, your finances at the very least won’t be disappointed.

8. Hunt for discounts

There are many sites out there that will compare hotel and plane ticket prices, so use them to your advantage since most, if not all, of them are free. You can sometimes find discounts by going in the off-season (see the first item on this list) and even if you can’t find discounts, you can sometimes find apps that will give you money back by booking your vacation through them.

9. Try something new

This may be similar to taking a stay-cation because this option doesn’t require much travel at all, but trying something new can be just as much of an adventure as going hundreds of miles away. Consider of the following suggestions:

• Go to a new restaurant or cook a new food
• Watch a show you would never normally watch
• Go to a sports event you haven’t seen in a while
• Go to a play or musical
• Take lessons on how to learn a new instrument

These are not your typical vacation ideas since most of these may take you out of your comfort zone and don’t involve lounging around, but part of vacation is exploring and adventuring, and these small adventures can help you broaden your horizons.

10. Drive

Road trips can be fun, and they don’t strain your bank account. Instead of spending hundreds and hundreds of dollars on a plan ticket, think about driving to your vacation destination instead. Sure you will still be spending in gas and it will take longer, but you will also get to see the sights you wouldn’t have if you had just taken a plane.

Happy Vacationing!

Taking vacations every now and then are important so we can learn more about the world around us and take some time to relax in some new locales, so we hope you will take these tips and do some things you didn’t think you could before. Now that you have some insider known-how about vacationing with minimal funds, go explore our world, expand your universe, and have a great time doing it!

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STUDY: Being Wealthy Adds 9 More Healthy Years to Your Life




STUDY Being Wealthy Adds 9 More Healthy Years to Your Life
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By Amelia Hill

Being wealthy adds nine years to healthy life expectancy: a life free from disability and pain, according to transatlantic research.

The 10-year study, conducted across the UK and US, looked at all the social and economic factors behind the reasons why people sink into ill-health as they age.

“We found that socio-economic inequalities in disability-free life expectancy were similar across all ages in England and the US but the biggest socio-economic advantage in both countries and across all age groups was wealth,” said Dr Paola Zaninotto, a professor in epidemiology and healthcare at University College London, which led the research.

Published on Tuesday in the Journal of Gerontology, the data from 10,754 UK adults aged 50 and older, and 14,803 US adults over 50, examined how long people can expect to live free from disabilities and to what extent socio-economic factors play a part.

The English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and the US Health and Retirement Study both found that while life expectancy is a useful indicator of health, the quality of life as we age is crucial to determining our health.

“By measuring healthy life expectancy we can get an estimate of the number of years of life spent in favourable states of health or without disability,” said Zaninotto.

“We know that improving both the quality and the quantity of years that individuals are expected to live has implications for public expenditure on health, income, long-term care of older people and work participation and our results suggest that policy makers in both England and the US must make greater efforts into reducing health inequalities,” she added.

In both countries people in the study were divided into groups based on total household wealth. Comparisons were made between the richest and least wealthy groups.

The paper shows that at 50 the wealthiest men in England and the US lived about an additional 31 healthy years, compared with about 22 to 23 years for those in the poorest wealth groups.

Women from the wealthiest groups from the US and England lived around an additional 33 “healthy” years, compared with 24.6 and 24 years from the poorest wealth groups in England the US respectively.

Recent ONS statistics also showed that those aged 65 are seeing their healthy life expectancy increase: since 2009, men in England and Wales aged 65 have gained 31.5 weeks of life and 33.5 weeks of healthy life. Women of the same age have gained 17.4 weeks of life and 23.3 weeks of healthy life over the same period.

But the data also revealed that children born today are likely to spend a larger proportion of their lives in poor health than their grandparents.

They will also benefit from substantially smaller increases in their life expectancy than those born a few years earlier, in the first decade of the 21st century.

In contrast, the proportion of life expected to be spent in good health in the UK has decreased between 2009-11 and 2016-18, from 79.9% to 79.5% for males and from 77.4% to 76.7% for females.

This article’s headline was amended on 20 January 2020 to more accurately reflect the content of the article.
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STUDY: Number of Billionaires Doubles in Last Decade




Number of Billionaires Doubles in Last Decade
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The number of billionaires has doubled in the past decade and the world’s wealthiest 2,153 people controlled more money than the poorest 4.6 billion combined last year, the charity Oxfam said Monday.

Meanwhile, unpaid or underpaid work by women and girls adds three times more to the world’s economy each year at least $10.8 trillion than the technology industry, the Nairobi-based charity said in its “Time to Care” report.

Women around the world work 12.5 billion hours combined each day without any pay or recognition, while the world’s 22 richest men have more wealth than all the women in Africa.

“It is important for us to underscore that the hidden engine of the economy that we see is really the unpaid care work of women. And that needs to change,” Amitabh Behar, CEO of Oxfam India, told Reuters.

“Our broken economies are lining the pockets of billionaires and big business at the expense of ordinary men and women. No wonder people are starting to question whether billionaires should even exist,” Behar said ahead of the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, where he will represent Oxfam beginning Tuesday.

“Women and girls are among those who benefit least from today’s economic system,” he added.

There will be at least 119 billionaires worth about $500 billion attending Davos this year, according to Bloomberg, with the highest contingents coming from the US, India and Russia.

“The very top of the economic pyramid sees trillions of dollars of wealth in the hands of a very small group of people, predominantly men,” the Oxfam report said.

“Their wealth is already extreme, and our broken economy concentrates more and more wealth into these few hands,” it said.

To highlight the inequality, Behar cited the case of a woman called Buchu Devi in India who spends up to 17 hours a day walking almost two miles to fetch water, cooking, preparing her kids for school and working in a poorly paid job.

“And on the one hand you see the billionaires who are all assembling at Davos with their personal planes, personal jets, super rich lifestyles,” he said.

“This Buchu Devi is not one person. I in India encounter these women on a daily basis, and this is the story across the world. We need to change this, and certainly end this billionaire boom.”

Behar said that to remedy the problem, governments should make sure above all that the rich pay their taxes, which should be used to pay for amenities such as clean water, health care and better schools.

“If you just look around the world, more than 30 countries are seeing protests. People are on the street and what are they saying? That they are not to accept this inequality, they are not going to live with these kind of conditions,” he said.

Source: New York Post
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New Book Explores What Being a Man Means in 2020




Destin Gerek The Evolved Masculine
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Written by Destin Gerek, an internationally recognized expert on masculinity and male sexuality, The Evolved Masculine helps men navigate perilous times.

In the decade that just ended, once-powerful men such as Roger Ailes, Harvey Weinstein and the late Jeffrey Epstein toppled from their lofty positions after the toxic way they treated women became public. At the same time, women spoke out and continued to make inroads into politics and other traditionally male preserves.

Destin Gerek: The Evolved Masculine

And while this may be unsettling for some men, it is a good thing, notes Destin Gerek, an internationally recognized expert on masculinity, male sexuality and male empowerment. As he points out in his new book, The Evolved Masculine: Be The Man The World Needs & The One She Craves (Archetypal Publishing), “We are living in a time in which notions of masculinity and femininity and the roles of men and women are being questioned and have become more fluid than ever before. … Increasingly powerful women have necessitated men to rethink their own role: These radical changes have become increasingly uncomfortable for us as men. They have forced us to look within, reassess our own outdated programming, and evolve our understanding of masculinity and what it means to be a man.”

Gerek’s book aims to fill that void even as it chronicles his own transformative search for the answers to what is masculinity, what is the beauty and good in it, and what qualities and values it adds to men’s lives.

Gerek has been featured in Entrepreneur, Details, the Associated Press, and the San Francisco Chronicle, and on Showtime and Playboy Radio, among others.

In an interview, he can discuss:

  • What does it mean to be a good man in 2020?
  • Why does he say that recreating the world to allow for women and the feminine to flourish doesn’t need to be at the expense of men?
  • How can men cope with the confusing and conflicting messages that surround them?
  • What did he learn from creating his Erotic Rockstar avatar than led him to a seemingly endless stream of lovers in over two dozen countries?
  • How can men unleash their sexuality without becoming “one of those guys” women despise?
  • What are some of the concepts he promotes that challenge what we have been taught to believe?

Praise for The Evolved Masculine

“Destin Gerek is THE most informed and skillful educator of conscious masculinity today. During a daunting era for the modern man, he fearlessly leads them out of confusion and into clarity, power, and purpose. His wisdom is the guidance every man should have if he wants to play a bigger game.” – Eva Clay, LCSW, clinical sexologist and founder of the Institute of Intimacy Arts

“This book takes real risks. Destin plumbs the depths of his own story (and psyche) to offer a path to any person ready for reinvention. … The Evolved Masculine turns the idea of authenticity on its head, and arrives, surprisingly, at a place of vulnerable and authentic being for men.” – Boysen Hodgson communications director, ManKind Project USA

“I could hardly put it down. … I feel greater understanding and compassion for men as a result of reading The Evolved Masculine.”– KC Baker, founder, WomanSpeak, Inc.

About the Author

Destin Gerek is a globally recognized leading voice in masculinity, sexuality, and personal empowerment. He is founder and CEO of The Evolved Masculine, a pioneering coaching and training company for men and an international speaker and hosts a podcast by the same name.

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