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3 Tips for Getting Some Creative Work Done on Vacation

 

The world is full of people with dreams of achieving creative things – whether writing novels, painting portraits, drawing comics, or anything else you can think of.

This kind of creative work is often deeply fulfilling, and is the kind of stuff that gives life a deep sense of meaning. In fact, as opposed to just consuming entertainment second hand, actually creating things can be a truly redemptive and expressive experience that helps you to feel better about every aspect of your life as a whole.

Of course, over the course of the ordinary working week, we’re often very busy and preoccupied, and struggle to find the time and space needed to commit to following our dreams and making these projects a reality.

Taking your laptop, notebook, or easel with you on vacation can be a great way of getting your creative juices flowing and making things happen. But it takes a bit of focus, and a particular approach.

Here are some tips for getting some creative work done on vacation.

Set yourself up somewhere relatively comfortable, where you have a bit of privacy

If your vacation involves you staying in hostel dormitories with dozens of other people, and moving constantly from location to location, it’s very likely that you’re not going to have the mental or physical space, comfort, or privacy required to do any meaningful work.

Many great authors, for example, have written extensively about the need to tune the outside world out when writing.

Ideally, if you want to get some creative work done on vacation, you could set yourself up somewhere relatively comfortable, where you have a bit of privacy, too. Staying in a historic and luxurious hotel such as the Crowne Pointe Provincetown hotel may give you the kind of space, privacy, and comfort you need.

Work to a set schedule – don’t follow your inspiration

The thing about creative endeavors, is that people often believe that they need to “wait for inspiration,” and heed the call of the “muse” in order to get things done.

Contrary to that, however, many of the most prolific and successful artists of all time have argued the benefits of working to a set schedule, turning up, and grinding away, whether they feel like it or not.

Generally, you’ll find that even if you weren’t initially in the mood, a few minutes of work will get you where you need to be.

Of course, on vacation, you have a lot of distractions to deal with and things you want to get done. This makes it doubly important to work to a set schedule. Have a certain time of day where you do your creative work, and clock off and do other things when the time has elapsed.

When you’re not working, get out and have some fun

Creativity is fueled by all the other things you do in your life. So, when you’re on vacation, don’t just seclude yourself away in your hotel room and try and work 24-hours a day.

Instead, when you’re not working, get out there and have some fun. Explore new places, try new things, party a bit, check out some beautiful natural landmarks, and all the rest of it.

Not only will this ensure that you get the most out of your holiday in general, it will also go a long way towards optimizing your creativity and putting you in the best possible state of mind keep doing your best work.

5 Essential Tips On Planning A Fabulous Beach Wedding

 

A beach wedding sure packs a great deal of excitement and fun. I mean, who does not love the idea of going to a glorious beach wedding or even planning their own destination wedding. With all the beach fervor, the big preps you make, the guests coming over and the party vibes, all these sound exciting. What more could you ask for? While it is fun to travel to a beach event as a guest, planning a wedding at one of the exotic beaches around the world is a bit challenging. However, fret not; we got you covered. Below I will discuss some tips that will make the task easier and enjoyable.

Hire A Good Wedding Invite Service

Hire the best wedding invites service that can provide you with an impressive variety of designs to call over your guests to your memorable beach event. Search for reliable, experienced and professional invitation design experts like Basic Invite. Customize your invites with aesthetically pleasing designs that are a creative blend of your selected wedding colors. Use the custom coasters wedding designs and match them with your wedding colors. Give the design for the invitations some deliberation because it offers a sneak-peak into your big event and you want it to be grand & stunning. With a good invite service, you can get personalized wedding cards printed, sealed & sent to the guests. You could also create your own wedding website for your guests to check out.

Hire The Services Of A Coordinator

With so many things to plan and manage including decor, food, outfits, guest takeaways, flowers, and multimedia, you will be fraught with despair if you do not get yourself a perceptive coordinator. Search online for an expert event planner or coordinator having experience in handling beach weddings. The coordinator will most likely help you fix a budget, shop for stuff, manage vendors and handle miscellaneous chores. It is your big day and you deserve peace of mind as a bride/groom.

Find The Perfect Beach

Where should you host your dream wedding? Have your friends and family provide some recommendations and see if they tally with your wedding requirements. If you want something conventional yet entertaining & buoyant, then the Florida beach or any of the Caribbean beaches would do but if you are looking an awe-inspiring and dreamy location, then try one of the African or Malaysian beaches. Seychelles, for example, will serve as a perfect spot to host a private, dreamy and magical wedding.

Flowers & Decor

You need to ensure that the decor matches the beach vibes. For a summer wedding, make sure there is plenty of iced water around for guests, nice canopies for shade and a striking floral arrangement that complements the beach hues and your wedding colors. You would also want to check the decor theme with your florist and coordinator to hone it best for a poignant impact.

Gourmet & Takeaways

A great way to have your guests excited about the big event is to have luscious food to savor and flamboyant giveaways that they can take back home as memorabilia. Have your caterer provide you with delicious gourmet items that would please your guests but more importantly, match the seasonal vibes and local food trends. Seafood, skewered delicacies, tropical fruit concoctions and an impressive slew of cocktails will surely have your guests swooning. Make the most of your big day by handing over exciting giveaways.

City Break Heaven

 

City break heaven, doesn’t that sound like a nice place to be? That’s because it is a nice place to be. If you know you’ve got the urge to go on a holiday, but you don’t really want to spend much when doing so, then a city break is going to suit you. Luckily, Europe is really not that far away, and there are plenty of city break ideas that you could go for. It all depends on what you want, and how long you’re going to go for. So, if you’re interested in having a bit of city break heaven, then have a read of the article we’ve go below for you, and see if we can transport you to another country.

The Iconic New York

New York is one of the less spoke about city breaks. Yes, everyone talks about it, but everyone talks about it as if it is just a trip to America, when it is actually still classed as a city break holiday. But, don’t think that anything about this is going to be big, this is why we’ve started off with it first. You should definitely think about getting a best travel credit card as a way of being able to spend money easily out there. The main thing that people seem to do when they do go there, is spend a lot of money. There’s plenty of shopping to be done there, and just generally being in New York does cost hundreds, even just on the food! Make sure you do everything there is to do there, especially a helicopter tour if you can do one. They’re so much fun, and they give you a view of New York like no other place does! Plus, now is one of the best times of year to go. They’re getting all of the Christmas decorations out, and it really does feel like a place full of happiness.

Irish Madness

Ooft, if you go to Ireland, be prepared to have a lot of fun. It’s a vibrant city with a lot to offer. You’ve got the guiness factory which is always popular, but the thing that people seem to go the most for is their drinking. The Irish love to drink, and thy are crazy whilst they’re doing it. So to be among them whilst they’re all lary and having a good time only eggs you on to drink more. You should also make sure you’re venturing out into the countryside a little bit. It’s one of the most picturesque countries you could ever visit, and to do one of the nature walks out there would just be truly amazing!

London Love

London at the minute is just getting good. Like with New York, the Christmas decorations start to go up, and you’ve got big attractions coming to town such as the Winter Wonderland. We highly recommend you going when that is on. It’s not too expensive to do a couple of things whilst you’re there, but it truly will get you in the Christmas spirit. There’s obviously the other main attractions to try that you all know about as well. Visiting the Camden markets for some street food is also a must!

FREE books from Bedside Reading, now available at luxury hotels

 

Do you travel for work or pleasure? I used to travel for blog related stuff, but sadly, I haven’t been offered a press trip in years.

When I travel alone I tend to spend a lot of time in my hotel room. I always worry about being in a big city by myself. I don’t want to get lost or wonder into unsafe areas. For that reason I tend to stay in my room when I’m not attending to business/blog related stuff.

Hanging out in a hotel room can get boring. There is only so much television I can watch. For that reason I usually pack a book or a few magazines to read.

A new company called Bedside Reading is now offering guests at luxury hotels FREE books. Yes, you read that right, 100% FREE books for guests to read AND take home with them. How cool is that?

Bedside Reading is a great way for author’s (both new and established) to get their books into the hands of others. This is a fabulous idea because there is nothing better than “word of mouth” advertising.

I used to have a home business. I know just how valuable “word of mouth” advertising can be.

People/Brands can spend thousands – even millions – on advertising, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that something will sell. People like you and I tend to listen to what others (friends, family, co-workers…) say about product when it comes to making purchases.

By providing hotels with books for guests, author’s and publishing companies are hoping that the guests who read the books will recommend the book to others, in turn increasing sales for the book.

Guests get free books and publishers/author’s sell books. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

Bedside Reading is the only company that provides complimentary books bedside at luxury hotels.

Titles are always changing, so travelers can dive into a new book every month.

Here are an example of books that were available at participating hotels last month.

Acqualina Resort + Spa in Miami, FL

  • Wicked River by Jenny Milchman
  • Last But Not Least Lola by Christine Pakkala
  • Jock Talk: 5 Communication Principles for Leaders as Exemplified by Legends of the Sports World by Beth Noymer Levine
  • Forks Knives & Spoons by Leah DeCesare
  • Dream Daughter by Diane Chamberlain

Dream Inn in Santa Cruz, CA

  • The Dinner List by Rebecca Serla
  • Becoming the Light: Realize Your True Enlightened Nature by Vivianne Nantel
  • Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Hotel Casa Del Mar in Santa Monica, CA

  • The Telling Image: Shapes of Changing Times by Lois Farfel Stark
  • The Stranger Diaries by Elly Griffiths

Mandarin Oriental, Washington D.C.

  • THIRST: A Story of Redemption, Compassion, and a Mission to Bring Clean Water to the World by Scott Harrison & Lisa Sweetingham
  • Pieces of Her: A Novel by Karin Slaughter
  • Little Girl Lost by Wendy Corsi Staub
  • Last But Not Least Lola by Christine Pakkala

Mandarin Oriental, New York

  • Last But Not Least Lola by Christine Pakkala
  • The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith
  • Black Bird of the Gallows by Meg Kassel

Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica, CA

  • Lincoln’s Last Trial by Dan Abrams
  • The Dutch Wife by Ellen Keith

Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

  • Runaway by JB Schroeder
  • Forks Knives & Spoons by Leah DeCesare (Audio Book apart of Bedside Reading Listening)
  • Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

These are some pretty interesting and entertaining books.

I received a few books from the ones that were available last month through Bedside Reading. I am currently working on reading Forks, Knives & Spoons.

Here is a brief synopsis from Amazon.

Forks, Knives, and Spoons is a light-hearted, thought-provoking coming of age story that takes readers on a nostalgic journey back to the 1980s and 1990s. Romantic, witty and warm.

There are three kinds of guys: forks, knives, and spoons. That is the final lesson that Amy York’s father sends her off to college with, never suspecting just how far his daughter will take it. Clinging to the Utensil Classification System as her guide, Amy tries to convince her skeptical roommate, Veronica Warren, of its usefulness as they navigate the heartbreaks and soul mates of college and beyond.

Beginning in 1988, their freshman year at Syracuse University, Amy and Veronica meet an assortment of guys—from slotted spoons and shrimp forks to butter knives and sporks—all while trying to learn if the UCS holds true. On the quest to find their perfect steak knives, they learn to believe in themselves—and not to settle in love or life.

I’m maybe 1/4th of the way into the book. I love to read, I just don’t have the time to read like I used to. So far I am enjoying the book.

Two other books I received from Bedside Reading include Dream Daughter and Runaway. Dream Daughter is the next book I am planning on reading when I finish Forks, Knives & Spoons. 

I like that Bedside Reading is offering hotel guests a variety of books too. They also offer AUDIO books as well, which I think is awesome. Guests can download the book/books and enjoy them on their travel back home or to their next destination.

If you are interested in learning more about Bedside Reading, or if you are a publisher or author interested in having your book featured at Bedside Reading, visit BedsideReading.com. Also checkout @BedsideReading on social media and/or the hashtag #BedsideReading to see what others have to say about this awesome program.

For a list of hotels that offer Bedside Reading, visit their hotel partners page.

Bedside Reading is also hosting a giveaway where a lucky winner will receive an assortment of their favorite titles. To enter, visit Bedside Reading’s website, or you can enter here.

Be sure to sign up for their mailing list to keep up-to-date with new titles, new hotels and more. You can find the sign up section on the right hand side of their home page.

What do you think about Bedside Reading? What do you think about FREE books (and audiobooks!) made available for you to enjoy and take home with you at a hotel? Personally I think it’s a great idea and I wish more hotels would consider partnering with them.

Feel free to comment and share your thoughts.

Kimberly

*I received a few free books in exchange for my post. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in anyway. 

13 Kinds Of Vacation To Choose From For 2019

 

When it comes to planning a holiday, you might find that you tend to go on the same old breaks. Because when you find one kind of vacation that suits you, it’s easy to just book the same thing over and over again. However, that will often mean that you limit yourself on the kinds of experiences that you get to have. It will mean that you may only experience the same kind of trip. And it can really limit the way that you enjoy travel. Travel is all about enjoyment, sure – but it’s also about broadening your horizons and allowing you to grow as a person. So it’s often fun to try new experiences.

And not only that, but you may also find that you are actually getting bored of doing the same old things! When that’s the case, you have no choice but to shake things up a little and try something new. However, whichever of these camps you may fall into, you may find it hard to do something new. Sometimes, you’re so set in your ways that it’s’ just all too easy to do the same things over and over again. And you have no idea what other options are available to you. So if you’re looking to do something new for 2019, here’s what you can consider.

  1. City Break

So first of all, there’s the idea of going on a city break. If you’re someone that lives in a city, or you tend to associate vacations with the beach, this may not be something that you’ve ever thought of doing before. But it really could be perfect for you. Exploring the culture, taking in the historic sights, and enjoy some pretty great food is always the best part of seeing a city. So this could be exactly the kind of switch up you’re looking for.

  1. Romantic Break

As a kind of step on from that, you might also like to think about going on a romantic break. Because there are always going to be those times in your life when you want to enjoy some time away with your partner, just the two of you. A trip to Paris or a spa weekend or just a trip over a special occasion could be absolutely perfect for this.

  1. Staycation

Then, as something that not everybody thinks to do, you could also go on a staycation. A staycation is a break in your own town or somewhere very close to where you live. So the idea is that you’re not going on a vacation, you’re staying close by. It’s often a great way to save some money and do a last minute trip. But it also gives you some time to explore your local surroundings and actual be a tourist in your own town.

  1. European Tour

If you love the idea of going to Europe and seeing as much as possible, this could be what you choose to plan in for next year. It can seem like a lot to try and fit in at once, but if you have two weeks or even a month that you can spare, touring around Europe can be so enriching. You can eat pizza in Pisa and fall swig sangria in Spain. You could tour from city to city or even just go from coast to city to country in one country alone.

  1. Beach Vacation

Or maybe for you, the traditional beach vacation is heaven. Maybe you’ve been traveling for work a lot lately or visiting family? If you haven’t had a beach holiday in ages, then the Costa Brava or Mexico could be calling! Take a look at the different beach resorts that are in your budget and see if you can book up the perfect stay for next year.

  1. Luxury Resort Break

Sometimes, it’s the allure of a luxury resort that does it for you. If you love the idea of laying by the pool, eating in the finest restaurants, soaking up the gorgeous weather, and truly just enjoying all of the luxuries that you can get in a beach resort, then there’s a no-brainer – this is the option for you.

  1. Ski Vacation

Or it could be time to go on your first skiing vacation. Maybe you’ve always wanted to ski and you’ve just never gotten around to it because you’re always going on the same kind of trips? Then why not make next year the year you finally do it? Why not just make the leap and book into the resort that you want to stay in and get some lessons out there on the slopes.

  1. Adventure Holiday

From here, you then might like to think about the kind of trip that would bring a lot more adventure into your life. And there are a ton of adventure holidays for you to consider here. Now, for a lot of people, the idea of going on a trip that is very active isn’t always fun. But maybe your kids are dying to do something different? Then you’re going to want to consider what kind of options would suit them here.

  1. Road Trip

And never forget about a good old-fashioned road trip! Maybe you want to load up the car and just see where you end up. Or you could even tour the country and look to visit your family along the way.

  1. Volunteering Trip

Or maybe you want to do something entirely different? Then, the idea of volunteering and going on a trip that allows you to work or make a difference in another country could be exactly what you want? For this, you may find that you need to book in a lot more time to commit. So you could end up going on this trip for more than just a week or two.

  1. Safari

If you really want to experience something special, a safari is perfect. This is often the ‘dream’ vacation for a lot of people. So it could be absolutely perfect for you to start thinking about saving for it now. Or maybe even for a few years time.

  1. Cruise

Then, there’s the idea of going on a cruise. And this can be pretty exciting for a lot of people. Maybe you want to take in a range of different locations or you want to be able to enjoy the life of luxury for a little while? Then this is when you’re going to take a look at the best World Cruises to see what kind of locations you get to take in. It can be a great way to see a lot of locations at once.

  1. Island Hopping

And last of all, there’s always the idea of going island hopping. And sure, this is definitely something that so many of us think would be amazing, but worry will be too much work. But when you really want to go island hopping these days, you really don’t have to worry about it. Because there are great travel companies out there that can plan everything for you. So you can look at the itineraries and select the perfect trip to suit your needs.

So there you have it. Now we have shared thirteen different trip ideas with you, are you feeling inspired. Are you feeling as if you’re ready to enjoy travel again and to experiment with different things? Hopefully you are. Because it’s great to travel and to go on the kind of vacations that you love and enjoy, but it’s always better to try new things and make memories in new ways!

City of Love: Romantic Things to Do in Paris

*This is a guest post. The opinions expressed are that of the author’s and do not necessarily reflect my own. 

Apart from being known for its quite severe history of liberation and revolutions, Paris is an everlasting inspiration for wanderers. No mater how trivial it is, but the City of Love has always been and will always be a place of romanticism drawing sweethearts from all over the world to taste the cheeses, hear an accordion playing some ballads and, of course, see the Eiffel Tower.

Notwithstanding, Paris is not a one-sightseeing city since the possibilities of having a lovely weekend are vast there. For this, here is a list of top cherry-picks of what to do in Paris that will definitely turn a vacation into a fabulous journey.

Observation from the Tower

Even though it’s a heck of difficult to get to the top because of the myriads of tourists dashing from all over the globe, paying a visit to the famous Eiffel Tower is a must. The 324-meter beauty gazing upon the ville will give you the most memorable views of the whole trip.  It’s also nice to have a glass of cold sparkling wine in one of the floors’ bars. Furthermore, the peak of the tower is surely the most romantic place to propose or, simply, to take a selfie with almost 20 thousand lights in the background.

Joy at the Divine Temple

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, located in the district of Montmartre, is not only a church that welcomes thousands of worshipers annually but also a place of fable romantics and outstanding beauty. The temple is situated on a hilltop unfolding its staircase alongside a funicular downwards to the city. White domes with their gracious ornaments and chapels outside and 18th-century frescos inside are a sightseeing of wonders.

The district of Montmartre is known to have been a home to many artists and painters starting with the end of the 1700s. Here, one can find a museum established in a mention that centuries ago belonged to an impressionist Renoir and realist Valadon. In the backyard of the museum, there are installations of famous artists’.

Then, head to the place des Abbesses where you can find a chart on how to say ‘I love you’ in more than 200 languages and is located on the Wall of Love decorated by modern Parisian artists Baron and Kito.

Romanticism again

Follow a path of tourists a bit to the South, you’ll find another museum, Museum of the Romantics. This ordinary house with green window shades and a spiral staircase exhibits works of G. Sand, A. Scheffer, L. Hersent, A. Clesinger and many others romanticists.

Delacroix’s works can be found in his former studio and now an exhibition place The National Museum of Eugene Delacroix such as ‘Chios and Missolonghi’ or the ‘Death of Sardanapalus’. If you’re a fan of Notre Dame then the mansion of Victor Hugo is definitely a place to visit for you as well. The place is easily reachable through Parisian narrow alleys and marketplaces where they sell antiques and curiosities.

Secret trails

There are shops and curiosity stores on the right side of the Seine that will absorb you with the 1800s nostalgia. In Passage Verdeau one can find worn out by time books and manuscripts, whereas in Passage Jouffroy there are miniatures and toys.

Passage des Panoramas is the first place in the district to have been given gaslight in the early 19th century. There, at this marketplace, there is a vast range of collectibles and antiques (portraits, post stamps or cards, tokens of honor, fabrics, etc.) that will motivate a change of your heart and make you buy at least a wee thing.

Also, if you are to try a typical cuisine of the 19th century, then head to Le Grand Vefour, where such foods can be discovered.

Following the path of thousands

 

Canal St-Martin is for sure one of the most impressive places in Paris. It penetrates the city’s main streets and is embroidered with dozens of metal and stone bridges built in the 19th century. You may enjoy the view of one of the bridges open upwards in order to let a ferryboat through, or you can take one of the boats and have a ride in the canal. There, you can either enjoy a traditional French meal or open up a bottle of Champagne as you pass by crowded by tourists streets. Or, if waterboarding is not an option, it’s always possible to get a few things to go in Pink Flamingo and gaze upon the ville on a bridge.

Just the two of you

In case, if a ferryboat is too crowded and you’re looking for some time to be alone, then it’s always possible to rent a two-person boat at Bateaux Parisiens. Moreover, it’s a fascinating experience to come by to the famous garden of Jardin Shakespeare, which accommodates most of the greenery (trees and flowers) from the Bard’s works.

The Dinner

It’s difficult to find a decent food court in Paris since the majority of places are either fast-food or too fancy for just two tourists. Nonetheless, Les Ombres has an amazing view on the Tower and a beautiful angle for pictures; whereas La Tour d’Argent offers a spacious rooftop for hot nights out, where you can contemplate about your future plans.

More romantic than a restaurant with a view on the Eiffel Tower or a rooftop with an open bar can be only a restaurant refurnished in the best fashion of the 17th century with a labyrinth of candles, Le Coupe-Chou. Also, it’s a must to visit Bouillon Racine as a destination of a lovely night out. Or, Le Frank that is located next to the famous Art Centre set up by Louis Vuitton Foundation.

All in all, Paris is not a one-sightseeing city, Eiffel Tower, but of thousands of places that fable one’s heart, making them wonder if this day can last for good. So pack the bags and prepare for the most explicit journey of your entire life!

About the author:

My name is Emma Cooper, I am a blogger and work as an editor. I have a Master’s Degree in literature and love both reading and writing about books and literary topics. I also help students with their literary assignments – articles, essays and summaries of books, my works you can see at freebooksummary website