How Travelling Improved My Life

I have always loved traveling. From the planning stages, all the way to the plane ride back home, when it comes to traveling it is as clear as day: I’m addicted.

As a student and part-time employee, I often think about the importance of traveling and the impact it has in my life. By focusing on the “cons”, I can quickly see that my monthly trips not only come with a hefty monetary price tag, but also involve quite a big time investment. On the other hand, as soon as I start thinking about this topic, I can’t help but be overwhelmed by the huge “pros” list. Instead of focusing on this endless list (and inevitably writing a monstrous article), I have decided to sum up how traveling has improved my life. Hope you enjoy this article, and in it find all the right reasons you need to start planning your next adventure!

#1. Better organization skills

Without a single doubt, traveling demands some prior planning! If you, just like me, are a traveler on a budget, you will soon realize (or already have come to the conclusion) that organization can lead to huge discounts! On the other hand, by keeping a tight schedule and organizing your time to your liking, you will make sure you can visit and explore the city you are in.

By coming up with an organized way to look for flights, hotels, and the cheapest dates, you will save up money, time, and energy.

#2. Increased social skills

Growing up in Europe, I was never the most sociable kid. Unfortunately, my dislike for small talk followed me well into adulthood.

But guess what, being stranded in a foreign country, lost, hungry, and tired, was exactly what I needed to break this spell. For example, by opting to stay in hostels or through Airbnb, you have the priceless chance to meet the city you are in from a completely different perspective. Strike a conversation and you will soon have all the necessary tips to have the trip of a lifetime. Interpersonal skill is one of the most important self-improvement skills I need to learn.

#3. More positive outlook on life

Whenever I am out of the country, I can’t help but feel absolutely content with my current life. Traveling is an absolutely priceless educational experience, and definitely, one that I will forever cherish. By seeing how others live, what their history and culture is like, and even how they party, I learn more than I could ever learn from a simple book or tv show. To anyone reading this and thinking about traveling, my absolute recommendation is “do it”. Although it may seem like a lot of work and a lot of money for a couple days in a different city, the memories and the knowledge will stay with you forever.

#4. A motivation source

As previously mentioned, being a student and holding a part-time job is no easy task. Traveling helps me to fully focus on University and at work since I know that with a week/month/… I will be in a different city enjoying myself. While for University I try to finish up as many exams before Summer as possible, at work I try to do my best in order to have more money to spend on each trip. At the end of the day, traveling means I have an escape from a chaotic routine. I remmeber when I decided to join and purchase my UPW ticket, it was one of the best decision in my life. The event gave me heaps of motivation and positive outlook in life.

#5. A way to keep in touch with friends and family

As I get older, I have noticed it’s getting harder and harder to meet up with some childhood friends. And traveling together is a great way to keep in touch! Every year one person of the group is in charge of picking the destination and to plan out the whole trip. Then, for a full week, we can just enjoy each other’s company and let the conversation flow with no interruptions! And this does not have to be an expensive way to keep in touch, as you may choose to travel within your country rather than going abroad.

Planning Your First Trip To Hawaii

Hawaii is one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. This is because of the many interesting treasures that are available. Any trip to Hawaii can include wonderful options like the Kauai Napali Coast cliffs, the Molokai Papohaku Beach, the Oahu Waikiki Beach and the Lanai Hulopoe Bay. On the whole, we can say that Hawaii offers something for everyone. However, the prices associated with the trip will be higher than in many other locations. Because of this, planning the trip to Hawaii requires some proper research. That is especially the case in the event it is your first trip. You can easily take advantage of the advice below to make the trip more memorable for you and whoever goes with you.

Planning Your Itinerary

Most people that visit Hawaii start their adventure at the Honolulu International Airport located in Oahu. It is not that difficult to find a great deal on a flight but it is really important that you look for discounts ahead of time. That is because of the fact that some incredible discounts are now available through the offices of travel agencies. If you do not plan ahead of time, it is a certainty you will not be able to find great deals.

Planning the itinerary starts with planning the actual travelling. Then, you want to see what locations you want to visit. Focus on those that offer the travel activities you would love the most. Be sure that you think about how to arrange visits to all locations in order to maximize time while you minimize how much money you are to spend.

Planning All You Need During The Hawaii Vacation

Make a list of absolutely everything that you need when you visit Hawaii. This does include the obvious things like your bathing suit and other clothes but you should also think about other things that would make the vacation better. For instance, in the event that you will have to often call home, options like NobelApp and phone cards like NobelCom can be pretty useful and should be put on the list.

When your list is created, talk with others that will go with you to Hawaii. It is possible that they would have some specific needs and you need to include them in the list. Never hurry this part of the process and be sure that all you actually need is bought a few weeks in advance, before the departure date.

Where Will You Stay?

Remember that a large part of the budget will be spent on accommodations. Hawaii offers much more than the luxury resorts you always see advertised and the five star hotels. If finances are an issue, allow yourself a lot of time so that you can actually make a list of all the options that would fit the personal budget. Remember that many cheap accommodations are available in Hawaii. You just have to be patient enough to find those great options that you are truly going to appreciate.

3 Tips for Traveling With Your Dog

The only thing better than seeing the world is seeing the world with your best friend at your side. Many people don’t realize that they can bring their dogs along when they travel, as long as they plan ahead!

Of course, if you’d rather travel alone, don’t feel limited by kennels and other group boarding options. has a wealth of experienced, reliable dog-sitters who offer flexible and affordable care for all dogs—including anxious or chronically ill pets, who you might be reluctant to leave behind. Remember that for some dogs, the stress of travel will outweigh the benefits of spending more time together.

Choose a dog-friendly airline

Carefully research the airline’s policies, and the experiences of other dog-owning customers. What guarantees can the airline make? How do they handle unexpected situations?

Smaller dogs can usually travel with you in the cabin, which is the safest bet. If you are traveling in extreme heat or cold, or have a very large dog, consider alternate modes of transportation.

Talk to your host or concierge

Before booking your accommodation, find out the relevant details for bringing a pet along. Are there restrictions based on breed or weight? Will a pet deposit be charged, and is it refundable? Ask ahead of time, and get all necessary permissions in writing just in case.

Whether you’re staying in a short-term rental or at a traditional hotel, take advantage of your host’s know-how to navigate the neighborhood. The advantage of pet-friendly housing is that your host or concierge is likely to know the best places to walk, play, groom, or entertain your dog nearby.

Follow a routine

Bring along toys and treats that make your pup feel at home, and plan out your days to minimize disruption to your dog’s schedule. Sleep schedules and meal times have the greatest impact on circadian rhythm, which helps regulate your dog’s mood and health. Keep as much consistency as you can with walks, too.

If you have have to go somewhere while traveling and can’t bring your dog, consider hiring a caregiver in your destination city to watch your dog for a few hours. Fido will have a lot more fun playing with a new friend than sitting in your room alone—and you’ll get to relax and focus on your plans. Everyone wins!

Luxury Vacation Done Right: The Most Expensive Rental Villas

If you are going on a luxurious vacation, the best way to get the most out of it is not skimping on your accommodation and staying in one of the top-notch luxury vacation rentals in the world. Private villas and its glamorous interiors and five-star service from the best of their staff – imagine how gratifying it is to spend a few days off your stressful work life and stay here, sipping prosecco and eating fresh, juicy grapes straight off the stem.

Have we convinced you yet? Here are the world’s top high-end rental villas to make you forget you have ever had it hard in life.

Villa Jane, Aspen

Villa Jane is a chateau in the Colorado Rockies in Aspen, gorgeously designed with massive windows that overlook the mountains and the vast landscapes of nature. This secluded villa houses six bedrooms and nine bathrooms, an indoor swimming pool, three bars, a wine cellar, a grand piano, a billiards table, a gym complete with all the basic workout equipment you need, a recreation room, and an elegant outdoor patio where you can relax with friends and family. After all, Villa Jane can fit up to 12 people in its spacious glory.

Tangeri, Sicily

This restored farmhouse in Sicily, Italy is the perfect rental villa for people who love and appreciate interior design. Its modern design is complemented with a collection of antique furniture, and the huge windows let you look out to the countryside. Outside is a lit pool and tennis court so you can enjoy your vacation with the people you love, and inside features a cozy, warm atmospheres that will make you never want to leave. Up to 16 people can stay at Tangeri.

Sand Club, St. Barth

Sand Club is not only one of the most expensive rentals in the world, but is also exclusive to the local agency Sibarth Bespoke Villa Rentals. This assures five-star services and an exquisite experience, because Sand Club is right on the beach. You can now wake up right next to the ocean! It houses six bedrooms and several pavilions, and up to 12 people can stay here.

Estate Aguila, Punta Mita, Mexico

Estate Aguila is a villa right on the beach, so you can go have a swim the moment you wake up. It’s one of the most expensive villas in the world, not just because of the location, but because it also comes with a staff of six people including your very own personal chef. Don’t be ashamed of lying around all day – this villa is encouraging you to do that. Take advantage of their cozy hammocks, day beds, and loungers, all by the beach.

Villa Titanium, Ibiza

Ten minutes away from Las Salinas, this 12-bedroom villa in Ibiza will make you feel glamorous and at peace with its spacious interior and modern design. It houses different artworks and portraits, and a DJ booth in the lounge area. If the fact that it has twelve bedrooms hasn’t already clued you in on how huge and grand this villa is, know that it comes with a staff of 24 (!!!) people who will make you feel like the most important person in the world during your stay.

Villa Syrene, Sorrento

Amazing ocean views? Check. A paradise-like garden that is home to over 700 plant species? Check. Historical artifacts dating back to 600 BC? Check. Antiques and Renaissance artwork that will take you back in time? Check. Everything that you need to feel well rested and cultured is in Villa Syrene in Sorrento, Italy. To add to that, it has a rooftop terrace that will let you admire the Bay of Naples for as long as you wish.

Is the Fanny pack gender specific?

Different names/different uses?

Outside of the USA the word fanny has a different meaning from its use in the US. It’s a slang term used to describe the private areas of women, while in America it refers to someone’s buttocks, this sometimes makes for misunderstandings and jokes when the words are used in different countries. This confusion has led to a renaming and branding of a very useful and popular item, the Fanny pack/Bum bag. Both names refer to the same item but only in their respective countries. Could this have an impact on its use?

A rise in popularity

The fanny pack came into popular use in the late 1970s and early 1980s in the US, when it was used by celebrities as the latest fashion item, like miniature dogs in handbags or designer sun glasses that are ridiculously expensive. The main difference with the Fanny pack as a fashion item, however, is its availability and affordability and the ability of the owner to alter the design as they see fit. It also has a very useful function that most of popular fashion items do not.


The increase in popularity meant that people of all ages had one by the mid-1980s and it was no longer fashionable to wear and have as the market was saturated. Only those who used it for its functional purpose found it appealing and continued to purchase them. They were not gender specific like some items of clothing and therefore were purchased by both men and women. Although many items of clothing are used by both men and women now, there was a time when this would not occur as they were designed for specific genders. The fanny pack was possibly one of the first items to change this perception of clothing as only being specific to one gender.

Continued use:

What has continued following its fall in popularity though is its every-day use as it is still carried by young children up to old grandparents. The packs are affordable and can be used for a variety of tasks, or simply as a fashion item like its predecessors. Many people now enjoy altering their outfits, especially for concerts and festivals in which they can let out their creative sides. Fanny packs are now another accessory that is added to the mix due to their functionality and affordability.  People enjoy adding their own individual pieces to make their outfits stand out and fanny pack s are just an added piece, used by men and women.

From being a gender-neutral item of clothing in the 1970s and 80s fanny packs have gone through there waves of popularity. They have been used as fashion items, useful kits all while suffering a decline and resurgence in popularity and while being used by both men and women. Fanny packs will remain affordable and adaptable making it one of very few items worn by parents and children with the same level of gratitude.

4 Places to Visit When Studying for an MSN to DNP Online

When studying for your MSN to DNP online, one of the best advantages that you have is the flexibility and freedom. Studying online is not like studying on campus; the fact that you’re taking your classes remotely means that you’re able to travel where you like and fulfill your dreams of seeing more of the world at the same time. If you’re currently studying for an online degree program and want to make the most of your freedom by traveling, here are some of the best places to visit.

#1. Prague

If you are planning to travel in Europe whilst studying for your nurse practitioner doctorate degree, then Prague is an excellent city to visit. Popular with tourists and students alike, Prague is filled with winding cobblestone streets and stunning architecture that will make you feel like you’ve just been transported into the pages of a fairytale book. In this beautiful city, you’ll find several cafes and areas where you’ll be able to sit and work whilst enjoying the view and having a coffee. When you have a break, you can visit some of Prague’s best attractions, including the famous Old Town Square, which is a major hotspot for tourists and includes many things to see and do from souvenirs to art galleries.

#2. Melbourne

For those planning to visit Australia whilst studying for an online degree, Melbourne is the perfect choice of destination. Over the last few years, Melbourne has ranked high on the list of the best cities for students to live in or visit, so if you’re traveling, it’s well worth seeing. If you’re into live sporting events, gigs, or stand-up comedy, Melbourne is one of the best places to visit. Even if you’re visiting whilst studying online, there should be no problem for you when it comes to socializing since this city is home to seven internationally ranked universities.

#3. Paris

In 2014, Paris made the top spot on the QS Best Student Cities for the third year in a row. And, it’s easy to see why this city is so popular with the student population. In the French capital, you can enjoy the perfect mixture of iconic architecture, great food and drinks, and things to do. Along with that, the city is home to several renowned universities. Even for those who are studying online and traveling with their degree, the city has a lot to offer for students.

#4. London

If you’re hoping to see the capital city of the UK, then there’s no better time to visit than when you are studying for your online degree. With numerous universities located in the city, students can be sure of many facilities, such as co-working spaces, libraries, or coffee shops equipped with plug sockets and Wi-Fi where you can get things done. In your free time, you can explore the many attractions that London has to offer, including Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, St. Paul’s Cathedral, and more.

Which of these places would you like to visit the most?

5 Reasons to Visit Berlin

City breaks are becoming more popular all the time. One reason for this is that as more people work busy jobs with long hours, or work for themselves, there isn’t as much time available for the long beach break. City breaks mean you can go away for a few days, several times a year, and still have a fantastic time. When looking for the perfect city break location, there is a lot to consider. When you are only going to be somewhere for a few days, you want to make sure not a minute is wasted and that there is plenty to see and do. Berlin is an incredibly popular destination for a short break. Here are just five of the reasons why.

The History

If you are studying a military history degree or you are just a bit of a history buff, Berlin should be on your list of must-see places. It’s filled with history and historic sites, from the remains of the Berlin Wall, to the museum and remains of Check Point Charlie, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the countless museums cataloguing the events of World War Two, how it started, how it ended, everything that came in between and how it continues to affect Europe to this day. It’s all there. You could spend weeks in Berlin, learning and remembering. It’s a truly educational city, with lots to offer, especially for a student of a master of arts in military history program.

The Food

Berlin is absolutely packed full of restaurants, food markets, street food stalls, and street vendors. You can try food from all over the world here, as well as fantastic German wines, beers, cheeses, and bread.

The Eclectic Culture

One of the best things about Berlin is its people. There is such as eclectic mix, which makes it impossible to feel different or left out. It’s an incredibly relaxed city, where everyone is happy to just be themselves and enjoy life. This makes it feel exceptionally liberal and like a city without judgment.

The Architecture

Berlin has some unbelievably stunning architecture, with a great mixture of modern and traditional buildings standing side by side. Many powerful governments have made Berlin their home, all of whom have brought their own unique architecture and designs. Some were lost in the war, but others still stand tall today. Brandenburg Gate is probably one of the most well-known sites and definitely worth a visit, but to make sure you see it all, consider a walking tour of the city.

The Shops

The shopping in Berlin is incredible. From small local markets to huge designer quarters, you could spend days walking around the shops and still not see it all. For the best shopping experience, head to Alexa, Hackescher Market, and the mall of Berlin.

Berlin also has fantastic night life, a wonderful art scene and plenty of fantastic scenery. All of this makes it the perfect place to head for a city break. The only problem is, you may need to keep going back to see it all.

DJ Travel Tips: How to Choose a Travel Case

If you plan on working as a successful DJ, it’s important to invest in high quality equipment and accessories.

If you’ve invested a large sum of money, purchasing equipment such as turntables, a 2 channel mixer, high quality speakers and a monitor, it’s important to be able to safely transport your equipment to and from each gig.

After all a DJ is nothing without their equipment.

1. Choose an equipment case that is portable

Chances are that you’ll have to lug your equipment from your vehicle to your gig, on your own.

So it may be worth choosing an equipment case that boasts built in wheels.

That will allow you to push your travel case to and from venues.

If you plan on traveling as a DJ, you can’t go wrong opting for a equipment case, which boasts wheels.

If you choose to forgo a case which boasts wheels, at least choose a case which boasts a sturdy handle.

As otherwise you’ll find setting up for a gig, an arduous, tiring process.

2. Choose a DJ travel case which comfortably fits all of your equipment

Before purchasing a travel case, it’s crucial to check the measurements of various travel cases, to ensure that your chosen case has enough room to store all of your equipment.

It’s well worth measuring your largest piece of equipment, to ensure that it will fit inside your chosen travel case.

It’s wise to resist the temptation to opt for a small case, which may be cheaper than a larger case, as if you try to cram all of your expensive equipment into a small case, you may end up damaging invaluable equipment.

Which may cost thousands of dollars to replace.

3. Choose a travel case which offers plenty of protection for your equipment

A high quality DJ travel case will boast durable foam, that will prevent the items in your case from sliding to and fro.

A suitable travel case will also feature ample storage space for your cables and accessories.

Which you don’t want to lose in your car.

4. Choose a travel case which boasts steel corners

Each time you place your travel case on the ground, you run the risk of damaging the structural integrity of your case.

That’s why it pays to opt for a DJ travel case which boasts corners which boast steel reinforcements.

5. Consider choosing an equipment case which boasts a steel body

If you can afford it, definitely splash out on a travel case which boasts a sturdy steel body.

That way if you accidentally drop your DJ case or it gets thrown about by baggage handlers at the airport, you can rest assure that your equipment will remain in perfect condition.

Whatever you do, don’t be tempted to purchase a flimsy case which is made out of plastic as plastic offers little protection for your DJ equipment. It’s recommended that you should read the best dj controllers under 500 at and the best laptop for DJing to find out the travel case for your needs.

Why is it worth purchasing a high quality equipment case?

1. It will pay for itself after a few gigs

A sturdy travel case should last several decades and is an investment which will pay off after just a handful of gigs.

In fact, long after you’ve replaced most of the equipment in your travel case, you’ll still be likely to be using your original equipment case.

2. Purchasing a DJ travel case will cut your preparation time in half

Without a portable equipment case, it may take several trips to and from your car, in order to transport all of your equipment to your event’s venue.

If you assumed that employees at your gig’s venue would be assigned to help you set up your equipment think again.

As a fledgling DJ you’ll be expected to set up your equipment, multiple nights a week, so purchasing a high quality equipment case, will definitely make your life a whole lot easier.

Are you ready to choose a DJ travel case?

If you’re convinced that it’s well worth investing in a steel travel case, it’s time to start researching what size case, will suit your needs.

As an example, if you’ve purchased a big DJ controllers and laptop for DJing, it’s well worth purchasing a sturdy steel based travel case.

Master’s Degrees Available for Study in Morocco to Advance Your Career

The level of education continues to improve here in Morocco. The number of students taking advantage of bachelor of arts and master’s degree courses at local universities continues to climb. It’s clear that employers understand the benefits of an educated workforce. The best job opportunities are going to applicants who possess valuable degree qualifications, particularly at a master’s degree level.

Here are some of the master’s degree courses available to local students.

Exec. Masters in Project Management and Process Performance

There’s an opportunity for students who excel at staying organized to learn how to manage complex projects and track performance to meet targets and goals. The Université Internationale de Casablanca is offering an executive master’s degree course in project management and process performance for part-time study from August 2017.

Exec. Masters in Purchasing and Supply Chain Management

The Université Internationale de Casablanca is also offering an executive master’s degree focused on sourcing goods globally to fill the supply chains of large organizations. The course also covers purchasing, contracts, negotiation and other aspects within this role. Any large regional player that’s expanding into Morocco will require this kind of expertise, which makes this degree highly relevant today. The degree is part-time and taken on campus from August 2017.

Master’s in Business Law and Taxation

A recent development at the Université Internationale de Casablanca is their establishment of a Business Law section. The intention is to provide an ongoing program that will support companies which require staff who are experts in local business law and business taxation. This advanced topic is not presently well supported within educational establishments in Morocco, so the initiation of this educational coverage is highly encouraging for the region. Given the depth that this course covers, this is a full-time only master’s degree course, run on campus, starting early August 2017.

Cycle Engineer in Electrical Engineering (Masters)

The need for qualified engineers of all disciplines is growing in Morocco. The Université Internationale de Casablanca teaches this master’s level qualification spread over six semesters. The first semester covers the core principals involved and then allows students to select their area of specialization. The master’s degree covers industrial instrument measuring equipment, electrical power systems, and automated and electronic systems, among other topics.

Executive MBA in Islamic Finance

The subject of Islamic Finance is one of growing interest with businesses operating in Casablanca and surrounding areas. The hope is that with more qualified staff working in financial institutions who are equipped to manage money in an appropriate manner in accordance with Islamic beliefs, Casablanca may establish itself as a regional center for Islamic finance and trade. The Université Internationale de Casablanca is offering this part-time course from their campus starting in August 2017.

Online Master of Music in Music Education Degree

An interesting alternative for Moroccan students who wish to study through a foreign university is to attend Rutgers Online through their online master of music in music education program. The online MMME degree helps students learn the best way to share their musical knowledge and passion with their future music students. After completion of the course, successful graduates will become K-12 qualified music teachers who are able to teach abroad.

The number of opportunities for students in Morocco is improving rapidly. Not only is the range of interesting degrees growing, but there is also the chance to study other Master’s degree courses online by applying to foreign universities too.

Great Reasons Why You Should Rent a Villa in Sicily

Inspector Montalbano fans will already be familiar with the delights of Sicily, but for those of you who have yet to discover Andrea Camilleri’s wonderful stories of the life of a Sicilian detective, you are in for a real treat. Sicily is a beautiful island with a long and bloody history. Baroque cathedrals, ruined temples, coffee shops, gorgeous beaches, and the most active volcano in Europe, all combine to make Sicily a fascinating destination for your next villa holiday.

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Mainland Italy is a favourite with many tourists looking for the perfect combination of history and great vino, but you will find this – and more – in Sicily, minus the crowds.

An Undiscovered Gem

Sicily has long been an undiscovered gem, lying at the foot of Italy and largely forgotten about by the main tour operators. It’s a sleepy island, but the locals are friendly and the food is to die for. Fresh seafood takes pride of place in most restaurants. Pasta with sardines and Involtini di PesceSpada are both delicious, and with so much delicious pasta dishes, this is not the best time to be on a diet.

Renting a Sicilian Villa

Renting a villa on Sicily is the best way to discover the charms of this beautiful island. Whether you want a beachfront villa with a private pool or a secluded villa nestled in a sleepy olive grove inland, you will be spoilt for choice if you visit the Scent of Sicily villas.

Take your time browsing villas in Sicily for your next Sicilian vacation. The rugged coastline offers numerous photo opportunities and endless sandy beaches that are largely unspoiled and free from the crowds that blight the popular Italian resorts on mainland Italy. Head inland, though, and you may find yourself staying near a local vineyard or farm, where you can buy fresh produce and relax in the hypnotic scent of bougainvillea flowers at dusk.

Sicilian Food and Drink

Sicilian chefs are also famous for their delectable pastries. Sicilian ricotta cannoli is to die for. You will find a pastry shop on every corner of every street. Buy a plate of cannoli and prepare to be in heaven for a few blissful moments.

After all that carb-loading, you will need a few glasses of local wine. The good news is that you have come to the right place. Sicilian grapes flourish on the fertile slopes of Mount Etna and Sicilian wines are some of the best in the world. Take a tour of some local vineyards – this is the birthplace of Marsala wine!

Finally, while we are on the subject of food and drink, we have to mention the wonderful Sicilian coffee. Sicilians love their coffee. It is practically a national institution. Local coffee tends to be hot and very strong. Order a pot of coffee and watch the world go by; that’s what the locals do.

Once you have your villa all sorted, don’t forget to book a rental car so you can explore the Valley of Temples, the Teatro Greco, and other famous Sicilian landmarks.

This post is being sponsored by Scent of Sicily