Travel – 10 Tips on how to survive a long flight


By Ania Travels

We’ve all been there, we sit online browsing through flights hours on end, again and again, calculating what’s the shortest time I can be on a plane for the cheapest price. You finally find one that’s “tolerable”, click, enter your credit card and you just booked yourself a flight halfway around the world. Then you forget about that flight for 4ish months and about two weeks before your flight you realize CRAP, halfway around the world really means halfway around the world and a 10+ hour flight. So you panic not only because you have to pack for a vacation halfway around the world, but you also hate flying too! Well… I’m here to give you 10 tips how to survive a long flight and how to make them more tolerable. So that’s one less thing you don’t have to worry about, and you can enjoy your vacation!


Ask to be seated in the back 

This is one of my favorite hacks when flying. When you go to check in at the counter ask them to seat you all the way in the back. People usually want to sit up from so they can get off the plane quicker, but you’ll be smart and sit in the back. The back is usually less crowded and I’ve scored full rows to myself by doing this. Even if you can’t score a full row, there are usually empty seats around and there’s more wiggle room to move around and pick a seat of your choosing.


Catch up on your beauty rest + consider a sleeping aid

Because I travel so much, people always think that I’m jet legged since I change time zones so much. But tell you the truth I rarely get jet lagged. This is because I sleep on my long flights to pass up the time zone. When you do this make sure you calculate how much sleep you need. What I like to do is look at the time of my arrival and work backward. If I land in the middle of the day I know I have to get some sleep so I can stay up when I land and go to bed at a normal time. But if I land in the evening I know I can’t sleep too long because then I’ll be up all night. Calculate it the right way and you can completely avoid jet lag.

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You might have problems sleeping on planes though. I’m the complete opposite, I actually suffer from insomnia, but on flights I can sleep, must have something to do with being thousands of feet up in the air. But if you’re not as lucky, consider taking a natural sleeping aid so you can catch up on your sleep. Be careful though, test out how you react to the sleep aid before you fly, sleeping pills do act differently in your body at a higher altitude.

Bring something to do

You’re going to be on this plane for 10+ hours. Bring something fun to do to entertain yourself. Most long flights do have in-flight entertainment now which is amazing, but I’ve also been on flights where I’ve watched all of the movies, or my tv screen doesn’t work. I like to download a couple movies from Netflix onto my phone and download a book or two onto my kindle I also make sure that my laptop is fully charged so I can get at least a couple hours of work done.

Stay hydrated

I can’t stress enough how important water is while you travel. Traveling, in general, dehydrates you, but when you’re up thousands of feet above ground where the air is extra dry will dehydrate you even more. What I like to do is bring a refillable water bottle with me, fill it up at the airport, and purchase another bottle of water at the airport. This eliminates having to ask the flight attendant for water every 30 minutes.


Bring snacks

I’m a HUGE snacker!!! I’m pretty much eating all day every day, and the same goes while I’m traveling. Let’s face it the food on the flights suck, and airport food gets pricey. So bring some TSA friendly snacks and eat whenever you get hungry. Some of my favorites snacks to bring on board include the RX BarsOrchard Valley Nut MixVeggie CrispsMini Lara Bars, and Sahale Snacks Nut Blends.

Befriend the crew

The crewmembers deal with difficult people all day long, the last thing they want is another person being difficult. A simple thank you and smile goes a long way. But the extra mile is even better. When I purchase my snacks to bring on board I usually bring a few extras and give them to the crewmembers. They’re stuck eating airplane food most of the time too, so they really appreciate it. I know a few people who have also make goodie-bags for the crewmembers. If you do this it will definitely be appreciated, might even score you an upgrade or other special treatment.


Wear comfortable clothes

I’ve literally seen some women get on a 10+ hour flight in full makeup, heels, and dresses. Like woman WHAT ARE YOU DOING???? Be comfortable!!! You’re going to be stuck in this tube for the next 10+ hours, don’t you want to be as comfortable as possible? Your body naturally swells up while you travel also, so wearing loose clothes won’t leave you gasping for air at the end of your flight.


Bring a scarf

Flights get cold! Something about being so high off the ground that they just need to crank the air up on every single flight you ever take. Bring a scarf and layer up. Scarves are great too because you can use them as a blanket, as a pillow, put it over your face when you sleep, and when you’re traveling they’re great to cover your shoulders at churches/temples. Check out this awesome scarf that not only covers you up, but also has a hidden pocket to keep your money/passport safe.

Move! Move! Move! (and do a little happy dance)

You are on that plane for 10+ hours, that is a long time to be sitting in a tiny little seat for so long. So stand up, walk the isles, move around a little in your seat, or put on some great music and do a little dance in your seat.

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Keep it fresh

Keep all of your essentials on you. You are there for a long time so you’ll probably want to freshen up. I always keep a toothbrush, toothpaste, socks, and deodorant with me on a long flight.

Xoxo Ania Travels ?

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Tips to keep your Long Distance Relationship strong


By Zyra Kuma

Personally, being in a LDR (long distance relationship) has it’s ups and downs (like having to keep in touch with your significant other or not being able to be physically there for each.)

Even though people think you’re alone, it doesn’t mean you’re not.

I’ve been in a LDR with my boyfriend for 7 months now (by the time I’m writing this) but we’re still standing strong as ever because we know that we have goals to reach that include each other.

So if you’re in a long distance relationship, then here are 10 tips to keep your LDR together.


I know that some people say that communicating 247 everyday would make their relationship stronger. Maybe that’s just them but for me, I would have my alone times than spend every hour with my boyfriend. Why? Because sometimes, relationships can get boring and irritating when you have nothing to say or discuss with each other or you might even get too attached with each other! (Not a good thing at all)

2. Let your significant other know what you’re doing

Letting your partner know if you’re going out with friends or going to a club is a good thing because then you’ll be able to keep in touch with one another and know what’s going on in their daily life. Don’t forget to let your partner know what you’re up to! (except go to the bathroom.)


People who have been in a relationship for a long time would know that it’s tough having a LDR especially with the lack of physical interactions. But don’t worry, always be hopeful and positive because some day, who knows if you’ll either be able to get married and living with them.


Same with the first tip, it can get really irritating, boring or “attachy” if you spend time communicating with your partner 247 along with distractions! Having space can be beneficial to both of you because 1. you’ll get your work done and 2. you’ll get this feeling where you miss them and have more things to talk about.


Who says LDR can be limited? (Miley says. Jokes.) But seriously, you get to still do things with each other like watch videos while voice calling or texting (that’s what my bf and I do), duo with each other on video games or video call and cook together. What is your favourite thing to do together if you’re in a LDR?


My boyfriend and I love talking about the future. For example, my boyfriend and I are planning to split the bills, have two puppies etc. (but I won’t go further on talking about our future goals because that would take forever.)


Being honest is the top number 1 thing that will keep ANY relationship together. If things turn from honesty to dishonesty, things will get a lot messier in the long run. Don’t forget to be honest to your partner.


People may thing that keeping their problems in would cause no problem but it doesn’t. Be open to your partner in any relationship so you’ll feel relieved to let it out to someone who’s special and also, your partner will gain more trust in you.


Ever stayed up all night talking to your bf/gf having these deep conversations and never wanting it to end? I have. It made my bf and I closer together. These deep conversations have an impact on our bond. It sure makes you lose track of time and have that feeling on how you fell in love with them in the first place.


One thing that is great about this is that you’ll get this really happy, nervous and bubbly feeling inside when you haven’t seen someone for a very long time. So make sure you cherish those moments.

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Travel – 5 Things You Must Do When Visiting Singapore


By Brando Beauty

Planning a trip to Singapore? Here are five things you can check out while you are there and some interesting facts about the modern and amazing city.

Singapore was founded in 1819 as a British trading colony. The city-state has come a long way since that time period, as it has grown into a very prosperous country. Today, Singapore is filled with modern subways, skyscrapers and national monuments that are featured in national magazines, media outlets, and textbooks. It has been classified as one of the “most popular travel destinations” in the world. If you have never been there, you should definitely try to do it at least once in your life. Below, you will discover more information about Singapore and how to get the most out of your vacation.


On our second day in Singapore we realized that we got to see pretty much everything in the city itself which lies in the southern part of the island, so we had several options of a pastime somewhe…

Sentosa is a small island off the southern coast of the country. It was once known as PulauBelakang Mati, which means “The Island After Death” in Malay. The name was given to the island after the British were defeated at the Fortress Singapore on the island. Sentosa underwent a major rebranding, transforming it into a large tourist attraction. Many people who have visited the island since then refer to it as an “island getaway” for singles, couples, and families.

Head To Chinatown

Chinatown night market, Petaling Street, Chinatown, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Southeast Asia by Gavin Hellier

There are many countries in the world that have their very own Chinatown. Singapore is no different. Singapore is made up of mostly immigrants and a large portion of these individuals was originally from China. Chinatown is one of the biggest ethnic enclaves in the entire country. It offers a wealth of entertainment for a tourist. For instance, you’ll be able to enjoy delicious Chinese cuisine and shop for cute souvenirs. More importantly, you’ll be given the opportunity to explore the unique culture of the Chinese residing in the country.

Dance Theatre

Singapore Dance Theatre Don Quixote photo Bernie Ng

Each country has its own unique form of dance. Dancing gives the artist the opportunity to express themselves and tell a story. When visiting Singapore, you will definitely want to consider seeing a performance of this kind. The wushu form of dancing is one of the most popular in Singapore. If you want to get the most out of your trip to Singapore and want to keep the entire family satisfied, you will definitely want to visit one of the local dance theaters.

Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer - Singapura

Do you enjoy a little adrenaline rush? If so, you will absolutely love the Singapore Flyer. This amazing Ferris Wheel just happens to be one of the biggest in the entire world. In fact, it is the largest observation wheel in Asia and it delivers a stunning 360-degree view of the nearby city. It was originally opened in 2008 and it is still one of the hottest tourist attractions today!

Merlion Park

The iconic Merlion in the Merlion Park in Singapore

Singapore is home to many amazing attractions. Merlion Park is located on Marina Bay and it just happens to be one of the best. The park is home to an amazing statute, which will give your kids a giggle. It stands 28 feet tall and spews water. Plus, this is one of the most cost-effective tourist destinations in the entire country. You can enjoy everything Merlion Park has to offer while spending next to nothing. You can visit the park at any time of the day or night for free!

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Travel – 10 ways to save money while travelling


By Lindsay Ferner

Ever since Nick and I began taking long trips overseas to backpack around Asia, the most common question we get is regarding the logistics of affording to travel so long.

The second most common remark we get is, „It must be nice to be you!“  To which I would love to have the guts to respond with an equally unsavory remark, but I’m way too nice.

While saving money before traveling will be addressed in a different post, here is where I’m going to talk about the strategies we use to make our money stretch farther, thereby allowing us to travel longer, sometimes for 4 months at a time.

10 ways to save money while traveling

Being from America, where the cost of living is high, and it’s easy to spend money (or use credit cards) to keep up with the lifestyles of those around us, I understand how it can seem impossible to stretch a few thousand dollars over a few months of travel.  It is impossible if you’re not strategic.

We hope you get some ideas from this list.  Be sure to read #10 because that’s my favorite and most useful one.

1.  Choose your destination wisely

Okay, this isn’t exactly saving money while traveling, but it is the very foundation of it.  There’s no way to budget travel if you choose the most expensive places on earth.  So your ability to travel cheaply is dependent upon where you go first and foremost.  Now into the details.

2.  Get the cheapest flight possible

Getting cheap airfare is like a game to me.  There are strategies I use, websites I prefer, and secrets I will never tell.  Just kidding about the secrets.  You can read all about our favorite websites to book cheap travel.

One of my strategies is to book 3-4 months ahead of time and have relatively flexible dates. I also use multiple search sites to compare prices.  You can find those sites here.

After you’ve done significant searching and found the golden ticket, it’s critical to book the flights either using a different computer, or by opening a private window.  The majority of search sites will save your search criteria and jack up the prices on you.  So be smarter than them!

3.  Do not shop at the airport

This means snacks, magazines, neck pillows, water, anything.  They inflate the prices so dramatically that you are essentially being ripped off.  So stock your carrying on with everything you need before getting to the airport.  Bring an empty water bottle through TSA and refill it on the other side (not always safe to do based not the quality of the drinking water of course), and keep yourself occupied without shopping.

This goes for the end of your trip as well, don’t do your souvenir shopping at the airports.  If you must purchase something for family back home, do it with the local shops during your trip and support their economy instead of the overpriced, cheap stuff at the airport.

4.  Do not park at the airport

To save quite a bit of money, do everything in your power to secure transportation to and from the airport and keep your car at home or a friends house.  Don’t worry about burdening someone because you can always return the favor.  Call a friend or secure an Uber or Lyft, and save the $12 – $30 a day to leave your car in a parking lot.  That money could be better used to get your an entire day of activities on your trip!

READ MORE:   Why You Should Prioritize Traveling Abroad

5.  Take public transportation

Most countries that are budget friendly have incredible public transportation systems in place.  Or at least inexpensive ways to get around.  Stay away from taxis which will suck your budget dry, and try the local buses, trains, or even hop on the back of a motorcycle.  Sounds sketchy, but is quite popular in some countries.  Navigating the public transport can be tricky, but is a priceless way to experience the culture, and will make your money stretch much further.

For half the price of a cab to transport your luggage to your hotel, in Thailand you can rent a motorbike for the whole day and transport it yourself.  Then go explore!  Score!

For half the price of a cab to transport your luggage to your hotel, in Thailand you can rent a motorbike for the whole day and transport it yourself.  Then go explore!  Score!

6.  Skip pre-packaged tours

Nick and I try to limit tours when we travel because it’s always much less expensive to plan activities ourselves.  Of course, sometimes we are feeling lazy and it’s nice to be catered to, but it’s rare because we also understand that many package tours take you to places where other package tours go, and so you end up feeling like cattle being herded around.

With all those other package tourists around all your travel pictures end up having tons of tourists in them too, which sucks.  There’s a huge sense of freedom to go exploring on your own, so do a little research, ask around, and go!  Your budget will thank you.

7.  Eat at local restaurants

The fewer English words printed on the menu the better.  The less „western food“ on offer the better.  Better, and almost always cheaper.  Skip eating at places that are filled with other tourists, and find the restaurants where the locals are eating.   Eating at the street stalls is even better!

Saving money looks like eating $1 noodles while sitting on the street curb.

Saving money looks like eating $1 noodles while sitting on the street curb.

8.  Do not eat near big tourist attractions

The most expensive and least tasty meals can be found next to the major sights.  The locals know where the money, I mean people, flow, and no matter the country they will take advantage of it.  Throw a snack in your bag before you go incase you get hungry, and then leave the area to find a proper meal.  This will cut costs dramatically.

9.  Do not make hotel reservations ahead of time unless you have to

I can almost feel your adrenaline pumping at the thought of showing up to a new location without a place to stay.  Trust, it can be a little unnerving if you haven’t done your research and you arrive in the dark.

Nick and I always try to narrow down our hotel options to 3 or 4 possibilities in a certain neighborhood before arriving, and we do our best to arrive in new places in the day time.  That way it gives us the opportunity to visit the hotels or hostels to see what we are getting, and then negotiate a better price.

Also, staying at places that even have a website and ability to book online means they are going to be pricier than other places in the area.  Finding a cheap place that isn’t online is always good for the budget.

But, if you absolutely MUST book your room online, which happens to us time to time, then I recommend using or  We also like AirBnB, but who doesn’t?  These are affiliate links by the way, and if you use them to book, you will be helping this blog. So, thank you in advance.

10.  Put your daily budget in cash in a separate wallet

This is my absolute favorite way to save money while traveling, and a must for me to stay on track during a long trip.  I travel with two wallets.  One is a money belt where I keep my cards and cash and passport.  The other is a tiny little zip-up pouch.

Each morning I take my daily budget out of the money belt and put it into the pouch.  There are two upsides to this.  First, I can see what I’m spending through out the day and it helps me stay within my means.  At the end of the day if I still have money left over I get soooooo excited!  Second, when I’m in public, I’m only ever flashing a few bucks when I go to pay for something, so if I get robbed (god forbid) I can give them the small pouch and only lose one days worth of money.

These are just a few ideas that work well for us.  But there are so many ways to cut costs while traveling like working along the way, volunteering, camping, hitch-hikeing, or bartering.  Be creative!

Do you have a technique you use to save money while traveling?  We’d love to hear about it. Share in the comments below.

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How to Make an Online Marketing Strategy in 7 Steps


By Katie Brimmer

By 9pm my hair was still tied up from 14 hours earlier when I schlepped myself out of bed..

But by this point it had less of an effortlessly messy-sexy-cute thing going on, and more one of a lifeless Pomeranian.

I had been sitting in the same chair for hours on end, only getting up for the most essential of basic human needs: bathroom and coffee breaks.

Yup. There wasn’t any time to play around – I had 11 ideas swirling around in my head about how I needed to market my business online, and even though my butt went numb an hour and a half earlier, I was determined to get everything done NOW.

had to just figure out how to make it all happen.

Well, by 9pm it all came crashing down.

My boyfriend came home from work to find piles of note-scribbled paper, notebooks, pens, 2 laptops, cords, and chargers strewn across the living room floor, and buried in the middle of it all was Pomeranian-head little me, in my sweatpants – ugly-crying.

Yep. Ugly-crying.

If you don’t know, it’s exactly what it sounds like.

Not pretty. Not endearing.


Big mouthed, squinty-eyed, red-faced, crying.

I hit my wall. I was so overwhelmed trying to figure out how to do everything to market my business online, and felt like I had to make it all work at once.

And as you might be able to tell by now, trying to do 11 things at once doesn’t work.

God bless my boyfriend. He helped me see I had to just take things one step at a time, and make a plan to knock them out one by one.

It was a hard lesson for me to learn when I was starting out in my business, but it was actually a huge turning point. I made a conscious decision to quit over-complicating things for myself, the same way I had been doing for my clients, and I had to start practicing what I preached.

Maybe you’ve got a ton of ideas swirling around your head and you’re overwhelmed with where to even start when it comes to marketing your business online.

Or maybe you’re tired of trying to figure it all out yourself. You end up second-guessing yourself and running in circles only to get nothing done.

Welp, I made something I wish I had back then, and it’ll save you from marketing meltdowns (and save your loved ones from the horrors my boyfriend had to endure…)

It’s my Online Marketing Strategizer: 7 stress-free steps to a doable marketing strategy.
(#bizhack: if you ever struggle to name something, just make up a word and use it)

It’s a tool to help you map out your online marketing strategies into easy-to-do steps, so you know exactly what you have to do to get where you want to be in your business, and goes right along with this post.

1. Your Goals


Having business goals in place can seem simple enough, or even cheesy to some people. But the reality is, you have to know where you want to end up to know where you should be going!

So when it comes to your goals, don’t just write down something like, „Get more clients.“ Make it super specific. Assign your goals with number values and time frames.

For example, „5 new clients at $1,200 each by the end of August 2017“, or „grow my email list by 200 subscribers in the next 3 months.“

That way you can work backwards and break things down to figure out what it takes to one new client, or 50 new email list subscribers. Once you can do it in smaller chunks, you can replicate your process to achieve the bigger goal. Makes sense, right? 🙂

What’s Working?

When it comes to marketing your business online, what’s working well right now?

What kinds of things are giving you the best returns on your time and energy?

Maybe you’ve started to use Facebook more and more and have gained a following fairly easily, and people are engaging with your business page daily, or each time you post.

Or maybe you’ve created an awesome opt-in freebie and put it up on your website, and now you’re growing your email list automatically.

Take a look at the things that are working best for your business right now, and see how you can dive even deeper, and expand that marketing strategy to make work even harder for your business.

What’s Not Working?

Ever come home with new clothes from a great shopping trip and all you want to do is wear everything you just bought? Then maybe you know what happens when you take one look at that dreadful closet that somehow survived the pre-shopping trip era: you want to burn it down.

You wonder how you ever managed to wear all these hideous things. Ugh. NO. They are so NOT your cool, new, edgier style you adopted as of an hour and a half ago.

I’m kidding, (sorta) but you get the idea.

Now that you know what marketing efforts are really working well for your business, you’ll probably know exactly what you need to cut right now.

Maybe you’re spending way too much time planning Instagram posts and doing research to grow your following, but you realize that you’re actually not getting a lot of clicks to your website from there.  Knowing this can help you spend more time doing things with a bigger return on your time and energy, and maybe even the things you love doing more anyway.

2. Target


A huge factor when it comes to marketing your business online is knowing who it is you’re marketing to.  You’ve got to know who you want to target and why, otherwise your marketing message is just going to be lost in the sea of sad online marketing attempts – a mysterious place where so many go, but so few come back from. (Ya like that one?)

So start by describing your audience/clients.

What Do They Do, and What Type of People are They?

I’m quietly protesting the phrase, “Ideal Client” and I’m not going to tell you to visualize what they ate for breakfast and what kind of wild animal they resonate with most.

Hey, there’s a lot of weird advice out there. It can get weird.

Instead, just know the relevant pieces of what you need to know when it comes to targeting those people in your marketing.  I like to start with your current audience/clients, because you can attract more of the same people who will want to work with you.

If you’re not sure how to describe them, here are a few questions to help:

  • Are they male, female, married, single?
  • Where do they live?
  • What’s their age range?
  • What do they do for work or business?
  • What kind of industry?

What Problems Do You Help Them Overcome, or Solve?

Here’s where we start to dive in with your marketing message. We’ll come back to this more in a couple steps to nail down your message.

List out the reasons why your clients come to you for help.

What issues or problems do they need your help with?

When you take these answers and weave them into your marketing, you’ll connect with your audience on a deeper level and hit on those emotional hot buttons.

Why do you want to hit on emotional hot buttons, you ask?

Well, the simple answer is that people want to move away from their pain and frustrations, and they go online to search for answers and solutions.

So if you can articulate a problem or frustration they’re currently experiencing, you’ll catch their attention, and spark intrigue.

Which brings me to the next part of this equation:

What Solution(s) Do You Offer to Fix Their Problem(s)?

When you can articulate their pain and your audience feels like you “get” them, they’ll connect  you with having the perfect solution to that issue.

If you haven’t already, start thinking about what you want to offer people – what you want to ultimately sell.  Why?

Well, if you’re going to be marketing a free offer initially, like a strategy session, a consultation, a freebie, or even a quote – no matter what it is, it should always tie in with what you’ll be selling later on, whether that’s a service, digital products like a course, whatever it may be.

Your initial offer should be the starting point of their value-filled journey with you that ends with your paid offer, which is why I’m a big fan of starting at the end, and working backward.

Alright, so now we’ll expand on this and dive deep.

3. Package


What Do You Want People to Buy?

What do you ultimately want people to buy that will help them with the problems they’re having?
Is it a service/product you already offer to clients, or will it be a new service, product, course, etc.?

For example, if your goal on page 1 is to get 5 new clients, your offer could be a signature package or a new type of service.

What’s the First Step?

What’s the first step people need to take on their path to ultimately buy from you?

Here are some ways people can become leads and/or buy from you:

(yes, I want you to pick one)

  • Subscribe to your email list/newsletter
  • Download an opt-in or freebie
  • Inquire about your services
  • Book a consultation or discovery call
  • Buying digital products(e-books, courses, etc.)
  • Buy physical products or goods

Pull in Prospects
Like I mentioned earlier, a great way to capture leads is to offer something of high value for free.

What can you offer your audience that could help them with the current problems they’re facing?

You can use this on your website, or give it to your current email list.

It can can be anything from a checklist, e-book, guide, etc., to an audio recording or training.

4. Position


What Makes You Different?

What makes you and your business truly unique?

Try not to include things like best customer service or price.

Instead, think about some things you do better/differently than others in your industry that benefits your clients.

Or you can think about what you stand against.  I could go on hour-long rants about the things I see people pulling online find that drive me crazy, so it’s easier for me to know what makes me unique when I can cut out the things I’m not about.

Make it Matter
Why is this relevant and useful to your potential clients/target audience?

If you make your message about you and your business, it won’t have the same effect for your readers.

But if you position your value through your marketing message by making it about your audience, you’ll pull them into your brand’s purpose and create connection.

Marketing Message Formula

Here’s an easy way to craft your marketing message.

„If you’re [insert problem], then this[offer] will [insert desires]”

Problems & Frustrations
What are they currently experiencing that they want to get away from?

+  Your Valuable Offering
(Free or Paid)

+  Desires & Promise
What they want to have, or where they
want to be, that connects with the big promise/result of your offer.

5. Strategy


Now that we’ve got the key pieces in place we can start to map out a killer marketing strategy to get your business and your offer seen online.

Because after all, we can map out the most brilliant marketing strategy in place, but it’ll fall flat on its pretty lil‘ face if it never gets in front of the right people.

This is when the magic really happens!

When you know exactly who you’re speaking to and get your message out there in front of those people, your marketing starts to do the heavy lifting for you.

You’ve nailed your message and created an amazing offer, and the people who need it most are not only seeing it, but they’re engaging with you and taking action.

Whether your offer is a free download, a consultation, or service, you’ll see your audience begin to expand, your email list start to grow (with the right kind of subscribers) by the dozens, and your sales start to climb like never before.

Sound good?

Let’s find your people.

Where Does Your Audience Hang Out Online?

Which platforms do they use regularly?

Are they using social media (Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn)?

Are they on forums like Quora or Reddit?

What websites do they visit regularly?

Once you know where your audience is hanging out, you can go straight to them and show up where they need you most.

Choose Your Channels

Knowing where your future raving fans and customers are hanging out online is crucial, and now we’re going to devise a plan for you to actually wind up there.

What marketing channels will you use to connect with, and get in front of your audience?

For example:

Social media marketing (Facebook ads,social media posts, etc.)

Content marketing (blog posts, videos, etc.)

Email marketing (opt-in, nurture relationship,sales emails)

Strategy Selection

Start with one main strategy you will use from your answers above.

For example, if you chose content marketing, then blogging would be a main strategy.

Don’t get overwhelmed and think you need to do everything at the same time.

That’s when you end up on the floor ugly-crying in yo’ sweats.

6. Tactics


After you’ve picked a strategy,  break it down into tactics, or the steps needed to achieve your main strategy.

It sounds hard, but I actually think it’s kind of fun because it gives me so much clarity by seeing exactly what I need to do to make my marketing strategies successful, and ultimately my goals a reality. (#nerdalert)

Next we’ll take it even further and build out our tactics into the specific actions needed for each one.

7. Actions


Now you’ll build out your tactics into the specific actions you’ll take for each one like I showed you above.

The great thing about breaking your whole strategy down like this is that you can see exactly what needs to be done for each tactic, so you’ll know what’s working and/or what needs to be improved to get the results you want.

Not only that, but having everything documented like this can serve double-duty as a system in your business for the future! So if you want to replicate the same campaign, you’ll know exactly what to do, and you can delegate the action steps for someone else to work on!

Don’t you love when you can work smarter in your business? 🙂

The Big Idea

Even if you’re just starting out marketing your business online and have only done a little bit here and there…

Even if you usually get totally overwhelmed and think yourself in circles when it comes to figuring out what’s best for your business…

and even if you thought marketing your business online would be too complicated for you to figure out..

I hope you know now that you can absolutely hit those big business goals!

Just by breaking things down into bite-size pieces, everything becomes doable and more realistic.

Instead of sitting in piles of papers, wailing in our sweats, we’ve got a workable plan that we can knock out piece by piece, taking the right actions to reach our big goals.

That’s what it’s all about  – knowing what you need to do to get where you want to be.

It really is that simple.

And you can absolutely do it!


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What is Blockchain?


What is Blockchain?

Blockchain is a technology, which Bitcoin is based on. Although this technology started with Bitcoin, it can be applied to many other areas e.g. real estate instead of only banking. You wouldn’t need a notary any more to purchase properties. It can safe you many thousands of €. Why? Because Blockchain is a decentralized database also known as ledger, which doesn’t need intermediaries or 3rd parties to do transactions. That’s why the slogan is „Be your own bank“ to have more control over your money. The decentralization makes it less manipulable and more secure from cyber attacks.


So basically you transfer money directly to the other person. The transactions are summarized with a hash stamp on it. Today it is about 1100 transactions per block on average.  The hash has a similar function of a mailbox’s label as an example. It just looks totally different like a code with combination of numbers and letters based on a special algorithm. As soon the block got a hash stmapEvery block will be extended by another block like a chain. That’s why it is called blockchain. Each block’s weight about 1 kilobytes, so with the current weight of the whole bitcoin’s blockchain of roughly 150GB, there should be at least 150m blocks out there. Which also means, there are at least 150b transactions right now.

Block 2

This blockchain is decentrally stored in many computers. This kind of computer is also called nodes. Besides the blockchain is transparent, because it is public, which mean everyone can have a look at it. In order to run the blockchain, you would need many computers to run. It is also called as mining. Those miners will get bitcoins as rewards. For each block the miners get 12.5 BTC as a reward. It will cut in half in about 2020 to 6,25 BTC. It’s also called a proof of work method, but it is time and electricity consuming. That’s why Bitcoin is only able to do 7 transactions per seconds. Each transactions consume roughly as much electricity right now as a house for 1 week. Proof of stake doesn’t require miners. That’s why is less power consuming. For example the altcoin Dash is based on it. It requires „stakeholders“ instead. In this case it means, how many cryptocurriencies someone has. The more stakes someone has the higher the rewards, which is quite similar to stocks with its dividends.

The blockchain’s scope is massive right now, because it can use smart contracts, which is able to replace normal paper contracts, which also means an attorney is not needed any more. That’s why it is regarded as a disruptive technology, which is able to disrupt the banking industry, real estate industry, logistics and may more. Let’s see how this technology will go on.

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Fashion – What to Toss from Your Closet for the New Year


By My Chic Obsession

Whether you’re someone that sets resolutions or not, there’s just something about a fresh start and starting off a new year on the right foot. Many people are evaluating their eating and workout habits, but there’s a place not many think of to start: the closet. People don’t think of what to toss from their closet, but studies have shown that extra clutter is a huge factor in the stress in our lives. Furthermore, if you were to eliminate clutter you would eliminate 40% of time spent cleaning. Not only that, but most people only wear 20% of their clothes 80% of the time. I’m all about re-wearing items, but that statistic makes me think there’s a lot of extra pieces just sitting around in our closets.


Oh, and did you know that 25% of Americans that have two-car garages don’t even have the room to park their cars in them? That has nothing to do with fashion. I’m just on the subject of clutter and I found that not totally surprising, but pretty crazy. Doesn’t that make you want to purge? I hope it does because now is the time to pour your favorite drink, blast some tunes, take everything out of your closet, turn off the sentimental and indecisive part of you, and clean!!

This isn’t a post about the trends to toss, because we all know by now that’s what “out of style” today is going to be back tomorrow.


1. Anything that’s too small
I think we’re all guilty of keeping something that’s too small in our closets and telling ourselves that we’ll fit into “one day”. Now I’m all about motivation, but how long have you been telling yourself that? 1 year? 2 years? If you haven’t fit into by now, chances are you won’t. It’s time to dress for the size you are now, not what you hope to be. You’ll even look better, I promise.


2. The abundance of t-shirts
Maybe this is just me because I’m not really sporty at all, but how many t-shirts does one really need? How often are you really wearing these? When it comes to deciding on space, are you really going to fill it up with t-shirts? In my personal opinion, if you need over two hands to count how many you have, you already have too much…

3. Things you’re keeping just because you spent good money on it 
That whim of the moment purchase just because you found this major designer on clearance and thought there was no way you could pass it up? Those boots you needed to buy insanely last minute but you never really liked them anyway? Or how about the item you bought just because it was a name brand but you really had no idea when you’d ever wear it? It’s time to cut your $$ losses.

4. Bridesmaid dresses
This one is hard because you probably spent a lot of money on it, but how long ago did your friend get married and how many times have you worn it since then? If the first answer is years and the second answer is 0, sorry, but it’s time to let it go.


5. Items with holes/stains/rips/pills
It should go without saying, but how many of us hold on to clothes that we’re unable to wear (unless you’re going for “homeless”), but yet we still let take up valuable hanger space? If it is fixable and you haven’t fixed it yet, either go do it RIGHT NOW or just accept that you never will and toss it.

6. Clothes that were gifts but aren’t totally your style
Kudos that you’re sentimental and don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but if it’s not something you even wear then there’s really no reason to hold on to it. Unless they go through your closet every day looking for missing pieces, how would they even know that you got rid of it? Chances are if they love you enough to get you something, then I’m sure they love you enough to want you to live sanely and clutter free.

7. Costume Jewelry
It’s true, we’re all scared to get rid of something only to have it be super trendy the next season, but I really can’t think of a time where tacky costume jewelry that turns your skin green will come back in style. And if it does, maybe you should just skip that trend.

8. “Painting” clothes
Paint splotch here and there. Oversize tee. Stretched out leggings. How do all of these things end up in this ever growing “paint clothes” pile? Yes, it’s a good idea to have an outfit to wear for all your projects, but unless your name is Chip Gaines, chances are your day job is not in demo and one outfit is all you really need.

9. Things you haven’t worn in who knows how long
An obvious one, but if you can’t remember the last time you wore it, then you’re not going to have a “next time” you wear it either.

10. Clothes that you don’t feel confident in
Even if you have a stack of comfy clothes for just lounging around the house, why keep them if you wouldn’t be caught dead in them outside? There are comfy outfits you can wear around the house that you’ll still actually feel good about yourself in (hello leggings and sweaters!). This also goes for items in general that either fit slightly weird or just seem off to you.

11. Things you’re just not feeling anymore
Okay, so you went through #1-10 (yay you!) Are there things left that you look at and yeah, they may be in pristine condition and you wear it a lot, but you just don’t really like anymore? Give yourself permission to get rid of anything left that doesn’t excite you. Ask yourself: If I were out shopping, would I buy this right now?

Whew. Cleaning out and deciding what to toss from your closet is a lot of work, but oh so rewarding. Now don’t freak out if you’re down to the bare bones. You still have clothes to wear. And I bet that you’re actually going to make better outfits now. After all the junk is cleared out, it is a must to make sure all your basics are covered to maximize your wardrobe potential. The fun part of this is that now you get to make a list and shop! A completely responsible shopping spree of course.


Enjoy your well-thought-out closet and Happy New Year!

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The Ultimate Guide to Making Anti Aging Smoothies


By Holistic Juiciness

Stop getting hung up on expensive creams and injections as being your only hope to turn back the clock!

It’s B.S.

Those so-called miracles are anything but, and actually contribute to you aging before your time!

They aren’t regulated by any government body (not that that would help a whole lot), but it means that companies can basically make any claim(s) they want about their product, no matter how outrageous, and get away with it!

So, where does that leave you?

Well here’s the good news – Looking younger starts, and has always started, with what you eat.

Your body needs the proper nutrition to work they way it was designed to, and to repair the damage caused by the toxins you put on and in it.

I can’t think of a better way to give your body (including your skin) all of the nutrients it needs, in large doses, than smoothies.

Keep reading to find out why smoothies are so great for making you look and feel younger.


Smoothies are:

  • Chock full of vitamins, enzymes, and minerals
  • Easy to digest, which means optimal assimilation of nutrients
  • Great for stabilizing blood sugar. 
  • A fabulous way to consume a variety of different fruits and vegetables at one time
  • Terrific for cleansing the body of toxicity
  • An easy way to add more fiber to your diet for optimal bowel function

*All of which are needed to slow aging


  • The health of your body depends on your digestion. When you blend your foods, you are supporting the digestive process. Your body does not have to work so hard to break down the nutrients as they are in a pre-digested state.
  • Did you know that 80% of your energy is spent digesting and assimilating your nutrients? So why not support your body, so it has less digesting to do, and can spend more time repairing damage (like age spots and wrinkles)?
  • Instead of preparing and eating cup after cup of healthy veggies and fruits, you are packing them into one nutrient-dense smoothie.


This may surprise you, but the secret to young looking skin doesn’t involve any super expensive beauty products; rather it includes fruits and vegetables that are rich in carotenoids.

Research has shown that people who ingest carotenoids on a daily basis have younger looking healthy and glowing skin.

Before you start eating vegetables and fruits to get that youthful glow, let me add that the secret also involves mixing them with healthy fats such as avocado, or coconut oil. The human body needs these healthy fats to help absorb the vitamins.

The combination of fruits and vegetables with proteins and healthy fats provide you with optimal anti-aging nutrition.

Since smoothies are loaded with essential fatty acids and antioxidants, they benefit the skin by minimizing any puffiness and redness, keeping it wrinkle free and smooth.

So if you are sick of people telling you that you can never have improved skin, you can show them it is possible just by adding some delicious and healthy smoothies to your diet.*

*You also need to eliminate all toxins from your life. Things like pesticides, fungicides (found on non-organic produce), chemicals in conventional household cleaners, air fresheners, make up, and body care products (like: deodorant, soap, body wash, shaving cream, moisturizers, sunscreen…the list goes on).

*Don’t drink unfiltered water from the tap, (especially if you live in a city – but well water can have it’s own problems), or from a plastic bottle (even if the label says the plastic is BPA free).

*All of these things contribute to early and increased aging.



Add the following to make the „Ultimate“ anti-aging smoothie:

PROTEIN: For vegetarians add hemp seeds, chia seeds, nut butter (like cashew or almond. Not peanut). If animal products don’t bother you, you can use a tablespoon of collagen hydrolysate.

FIBER: The best choices to add extra fiber to your smoothies are: flax seeds, avocado, or chia seeds.

FRUIT: You can add any fruit you want – e.g. banana, peach, pear, mango, lime, or berries. To make your smoothie nice and cold, without using ice that can water it down, freeze your chosen fruit for a couple of hours before hand. You’ll hear from many „experts“ to limit the amount of fruit you use in a smoothie because of the sugar (because sugar is horribly aging – which is true – but that is refined white sugar, and huge amounts of natural sugars.) Sugar found in fruit is wrapped in lots of fiber, so it doesn’t cause the blood sugar spikes that a piece of candy would. If you’re eating a well rounded, toxin free (that means no sugary junk) diet, then DON“T worry at all about the fruit in your healthy smoothie!

GREENS: Greens make your smoothie super healthy. You have many choices such as: spinach, kale, basil, cilantro, parsley, cucumber, the list goes on. Just watch for strong tasting greens like: cilantro that can over-power your smoothie. Try a small amount if you aren’t sure about how it will taste.

HEALTHY FATS: You can add according to your taste, but the best options are: avocado, coconut oil, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, cocoa butter etc.

LIQUIDS: Coconut water, coconut milk (this will give you an extra hit of healthy fats too), almond milk, hemp milk, or raw milk from pastured, grass fed cows are great choices. If you aren’t making your own nut milks, read the packaging for added harmful ingredients like: guar gum,  and carrageenan to name a few. Plus, many of these packaged milks contain very little actual „nuts“, some as little as 2%. It’s so much better to make them yourself at home with organic nuts and filtered water. It’s not hard at all!

SUPERFOODS: To be honest, I don’t really like the term „superfood“ because it makes us think that expensive „exotic“ foods are the only things we can eat to get awesome health benefits – It’s just not true! Spinach and apples are superfoods, so are sweet potatoes and bell peppers. So don’t think you have to run out and spend a fortune on these superfoods. While they do have great health benefits, they aren’t absolutely essential to your good health and anti-aging. Some examples are: maca, cacao, goji berries, bee pollen, aloe vera, spirulina, and acai.


CHIA SEEDS: These are super seeds that contain a wide range of nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, protein, fiber, iron, calcium and antioxidants which are all good for keeping your skin fresh.

FLAX SEEDS: These super seeds provide omega fatty acids and fiber. They help to achieve soft and smooth skin. They also eliminate toxins from the body, helping you maintain a clear complexion.

GOJI BERRIES: These are the tastiest example of superfoods, containing vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. They help maintain hormonal balance, which is crucial for youthful skin.

AVOCADO: Avocados contain vitamin A, D, E, and omega-9 fatty acids. These fatty acids are the building blocks of skin. These nutrients help to keep the tone of your skin even and smooth. So, adding avocado to your daily diet is a great idea.

CAMU POWDER: This powder is loaded with vitamin C which helps to keep your immune system strong and give you vibrant young skin.

SPINACH: Spinach plays a role in slowing down the aging process of your skin. It contains beta-carotene which is a precursor of vitamin A, and is well known for its anti-aging properties. It moisturizes the epidermis, and as a result, prevents wrinkles and removes dead cells that cause your skin to look dull.

TOMATOES: Tomatoes happen to be little red heroes for our skin. They provide protection against one of the major enemies of our skin. They are very high in the antioxidants that protect our skin against UV damage.

PUMPKIN SEEDS:  Are rich in vitamin C and fatty acids which produce our skins natural oil called sebum. This natural oil helps to protect and repair the skin if damaged. So, eating pumpkin seeds can help you get glowing, evenly toned skin.

PINEAPPLE: This fruit is a great treat for your skin. It is rich in vitamin C, amino acid, and collagen. Collagen helps to support the skin structure and vitamin C, and amino acids help to repair damaged skin. It contains an enzyme called bromelain. This enzyme is famous for its softening effect. So, adding pineapple to your smoothie can help you to achieve younger looking and glowing skin.

BLUEBERRIES: Blueberries contain a high amount of anti-oxidants called anthocyanins. Anthocyanins kill off free radicals, that contribute to aging. They also enhance the effects of vitamin C. Basically, blueberries help reduce the rate in which our cells age. Can’t get much better than that!



  1. Quitting after a few failed tries. Sometimes you just aren’t going to like the taste. Not everyone likes the same things. But don’t give up. I promise you, if you keep trying you’ll find lots of awesome recipes that you’l love! Plus, if you download my free smoothie recipes guide, you’ll be hooked for sure. They taste great!
  2. Not adding liquid to your blender first. To keep from over-working your blender motor, you should add your liquids first, along with a few softer ingredients.
  3. This is a big one! Not buying organic where possible. If money is an issue, try to stick to this list of the most and least contaminated produce.
  4. Not washing your produce. Just 1 tablespoon of white vinegar per 1 gallon of room temperature water makes an excellent produce rinse. Let your produce soak for 10 minutes before aggressively rinsing. This doesn’t remove the pesticide residues, but it does remove most bacteria and dirt. Do you know how many times your produce is handled before you take it home? LOTS!!
  5. Using unhealthy protein powders. Most of them are crap! Plain and simple. Your best options are hemp seeds, or my favorite – Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides, which is a complete protein.
  6. Letting color turn you off. Lets face it – sometimes the color of your smoothie won’t look so appetizing! Like baby poop brown. But, please don’t judge a smoothie by it’s color. Some of the best tasting ones are the worst color.
  7. Not mixing it up. Variety is the spice of life, and in this case, the it’s the road to health. Try new recipes with different ingredients (and different health properties). Don’t just stick to a few that you know you like. Get adventurous.
  8. Making too much ahead of time. Don’t make more than 1 or 2 smoothies at a time! If you make a big batch, in the morning, for the whole day, by the time supper rolls around many of the vitamins that were there in the morning, are now gone. Oxygen is our friend, it keeps us alive after all, but it also is what eventually kills us (through oxidization). The same thing happens to the vitamins in your smoothie if it’s left too long. So, it’s best to only make what you’re going to consume right away.


By now you are probably excited about the anti-aging possibilities of
smoothies. You also probably have a busy life.

You may find it difficult to squeeze smoothie making time into your already hectic schedule.

Don’t worry.

The following tips will help you fit delicious and nutritious smoothies into your daily routine, so you don’t miss out on the youthful rewards they deliver.

  • Set aside one day each week to shop for produce. When you get home, dice, slice and chop your produce into small, blender-friendly pieces. Store in separate transparent containers so you can tell what’s inside with a quick glance.
  • A large smoothie makes a filling, healthy meal replacement.
  • When buying a blender, make sure the jar is easy to clean. Preferably glass. Ensuring that your blender jar is dishwasher safe makes cleanup easy.
  • Swap your morning coffee for a smoothie.
  • Get the family involved. When everyone in your home begins seeing the health benefits smoothies provide, and how great they can taste, they will want to make them a part of their daily routine too.
  • If you absolutely must make your smoothies ahead of time, (like in the morning for the whole day), freeze the ones you want for later, and thaw them as you need. At least this way they don’t oxidize quite as bad!
  • If you don’t want to do all the prep at once, once a week – at least do it the night before. While making dinner, why not chop,
    peel and dice your fruits and veggies and place them in the fridge for the next day? If everything is ready to go, you’ll be more likely to have a healthy smoothie instead of some junk!

To get you started, here’s an awesome smoothie recipe to try right away:


  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 and 1/2 cups coconut water or non-dairy milk (coconut, hemp or almond milk)
  • 1 cup frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, blackberries etc)
  • 1 teaspoon honey (raw unpasteurized)
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds
  • 1 tablespoon organic coconut oil

Add liquid, spinach, hemp seeds, coconut oil, and honey to blender. Blend until smooth. Slowly add frozen berries. Blend until completely incorporated. ENJOY!

So there you have it! Are you going to start making smoothies to help turn back the clock?

If you try the recipes in the ebook, can you please let me know which ones are your favorites? I’d like to make sure I provide you with more of what you like. Thanks ?

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How to Boost your Confidence


How to Boost your Confidence

By Preirna Prachi

There is always a second thought when we make a decision. Meeting a lot of people in our daily life, there are many who’ll influence you, suggest different directions to reach your goals or are themselves at a similar stage where you stand. While you see people making complex decisions who stand at the level of your competence, or when you hear to what someone has to say, there is an enormous confusion to what would be the right choice for yourself. Though you might have a choice, these factors bring a second thought that extricates your confidence. It is necessary to build up a trust within to achieve success. Let us find out how to boost your confidence in such complex circumstances.

Make a choice

While there are different options in any situation, the second thought will always give us a negative opinion and generate confusion. It is probable that you might be proficient at something better than where you stand today but still do not have the win. For example, you might be capable of getting a more qualified job compared to the one you possess today. But what makes you lag behind? Though we are working vigorously to enhance our skills and achieve something better, we defer in our confidence. We are scared to fail. It is our lack of confidence that brings a second thought with all the confusions. But if one has the courage to lose, it is quite easy to cope up with the failure. So make a choice and ignore the second thoughts of failure.

Do not run behind perfection, boost your confidence at every step of success

It is not wrong to set high standard goals but it is equally important to understand that nothing is definite in life. Goals are like the stairs of a building where we want to reach the top. If you want to reach there, walk step by step. If you try to reach the roof at one go skipping the steps in between, you’ll probably fall. Conversely, the fear of falling might not want us to move up. So, always take a step forward and comprehend what it seems like. If you do not relish how it is at the subsequent step, you can at all times take a step back. Success at each level or every small effort you make will boost up your confidence in reaching the top. As we say, ‘slow and steady wins the race’, never hurry to get into perfection as failures will always lead to a decline in your confidence.

Think about your small successful decisions

We all make small decisions in our everyday life. We confidently make them because they do not have a heavy impact on the outcomes or we are totally used to them. However, when it comes to something huge, we tend to lack self-confidence. But, these small decisions can work as the supporting elements as they prove that you can actually make decisions with conviction. Right from the time we get up in morning, we confidently decide what to eat, what to wear, where to go or what to do. When it comes to bigger decisions, boost your confidence by recalling these successful daily decisions you make.

Eliminate the negativity

Positivity will bring in the confidence in a person. A disbelief in a choice you’ve made leads to a second option leading to chaos and losing the uphold on the first decision. Though it is important to consider the shortfalls, always remember, every choice you make will have its own pros and cons. So, while you make a choice, be a little away from its negativity and keep going. Sometimes, one might also have to stay slightly ignorant with the reality to develop confidence and work on the gaols.

Early experiments and experiences lead to confidence

Be ready to take the risk today since tomorrow shall be too late. The earlier you start, the younger you are, the better is the strength you’ll pose to accept your failures. Every level of achievement involves immense struggles. Commencing early gives vast experiences leading to boosted confidence in the future. If you build the competence of taking risks and facing failures, you tend to boost up confidence in making choices and decisions.

Ask for Guidance

No matter if you are surrounded by people younger to you or older, it is never wrong to ask for a piece of advice. If you believe people have the right answers, then it is worth talking to them no matter how silly they find you. Guidance can help you make a choice boosting up your confidence in whatever you do. You get valid points and reasons to why you chose the particular option over any other. A CEO of a company may be younger than her employees, but it is necessary to communicate to make better decisions leading to the benefit of the enterprise.

Final words

Confidence is something that one tends to build with time and experiences. It is extremely imperative to achieve success in life. Confidence can lead you to make better choices in life. It simply requires the courage to take risks and bear failures to boost up your confidence. Thus, one achieves victory only when he has enough confidence to trust his own decisions and bear all disapproval to get a positive outcome.

Travel – A trip to Yala National Park


A trip to Yala National Park

By Alexia Jolliot

One of my favorite thing to do in Sri Lanka, it’s going on a safari tour. It’s exciting, its fun, it’s outdoorsy. So, whenever we have friends or family members visiting the first thing I am planning is a trip to one of the many National Park. There are a few options when it comes to National Parks but the most famous of all is Yala, as it is home to the Sri Lankan leopards. Yala National Park is a protected area complex comprising five blocks as well as adjoining sanctuaries, but most of the time when people refer to Yala National Park they actually refer to Yala Block 1.

I’ve been to Yala three times, the first time the zone 1 was close and we (Mr. GM) were reluctant (to say the least) to drive an extra 1.5 hours at 5 in the morning, so we gave up and sleep late instead. The second time, I went with my parents during their first visit, and while we enjoyed being in a Jeep in the wild, we did not see any leopards or elephants, it was a bit disappointing, especially as we did it after Udawalawe where we saw so many different things. As my parents were visiting again this year, I planned another trip to Yala National park. And guess what, Yala zone 1 was once again closed. You would think that as someone who got surprised once to find Yala closed, I would have double checked this time before going, I did not… to my defense, the park was supposed to re-open on the 1st of October and we were the 20th. Anyway, this time we did not give up as we really wanted to spot a wild leopard and decided to drive in the early morning to the zone IV and V, where it is still possible to spot leopards. I won’t get the suspense going any longer, we did not see the leopard, unlike my friend who was there a week before and saw the leopard, or our guests who were there two weeks before and saw the leopard, or anyone else that I know visited that park. However, leopard or not, the experience remained thrilling, the park beautiful and, we did get some adventure on the way.

On the way to Yala National Park
On the way to Yala National Park

So, we all got up at 5 in the morning, and took the direction of the Galge wildlife park entrance, entrance to Yala block III, IV, and V. As we were driving along the very scenic B35 in the dawn’s early light, I ask if everyone was seeing what I was seeing in the distance. We weren’t sure at first (it was early, we had no proper coffee, it was early and the night was short…, but as I kept driving there was no other option than to believe what we were seeing. There was a huge, massive, at least 3 times bigger than the car, elephant in the middle of the road. It is the first time we encounter a giant on the road and we weren’t quite sure what to do, we were full of wows and fear, fear definitely overshadowing the wows. We stopped the car and discussed our options: to go or not to go. We heard stories about cars that got flipped or pushed off-road by elephant and quite frankly we weren’t ready to take any risk. As we were about to turn the car around, a bus came and drove as if it was the most normal thing in the world, we followed his lead and went just fine. We learned later from our Jeep driver that this elephant flipped 22 cars in September.

Arriving at the park entrance, we park under the trees, and in the five minutes it took me to get advice on which park to visit and getting our tickets and safari jeep organize, my family had made furry friends that seemed to love our car a lot. While these creatures are friendly at first, be aware that they get cheeky quite fast and are expert in stilling things.


Following our guide advice, we decided to go for Yala Block V also known as Lunugamvehera National Park. The park, rich in biodiversity, expand for 23,498 hectares, with a huge manmade reservoir that occupies over 14 % of the park superficies, The Weheragala reservoir. While visiting the park, it is possible to see the Sri Lankan Leopard, fishing cat, king mongoose and sloth bear, along with Elephant, various kinds of deer’s, and bird species a lot easier to see wandering around the wild. Lunugamvehera is one of the many sanctuaries in Sri Lanka that have been established in the interest of the wildlife allowing for a pathway for the wild elephants to migrate between Yala National Park and Udawalawe National.


We entered the park and stopped at the first pond to observe birds, water buffaloes, and crocodiles, a parakeet got his head out from a tree intrigued by this sudden bustle. We continued on the dirt roads, looking for the famous leopard. We enter a wooded area, known for observing the big cat. As you know we did not see the leopard, but we had the chance to see (and smell) the prey he killed the previous evening. We stopped the car nearby and observe round of different animals coming to eat on the rest of the dead buffalos, we stayed there for a while hoping the leopard would come to finish his kill. We wandered in the park for another two hours, crossing from time to time another jeep. Almost every we stopped the car, the macaques would show hoping to steal something to eat.


A good thing about Lunugamvehera National Park is that it is a lot less busy than Yala zone V and it is still possible to observe elephant and feline. Coming from Colombo, the best is to take the highway all the way down to Matara, then follow the  A2 until Tissahamara and drive up on the B35 until the park entrance. If you are visiting Sri Lanka, it would be best to include it in your itinerary. A good option would be to land in Colombo, and then go to Kandy, Ella, continue on to Udawalawe, then Yala, then relax with some beach time on the Southern Coast, either around Tangalle or Mirissa and finish with a couple of days in Galle (read my Galle guide here). As for the transportation, I would advise to mix between train (in the tea country), bus and private car.

Where to stay in Yala:

To complete the “into the wild” experience, I highly recommend some glamping.

Big Game Camp Yala offers very decent and comfortable safari tents. The setup is amazing, the camp is located around a pond where if you are lucky, wild animals will come to drink. The bungalow tent is spacious and comfortable with a private bathroom. The highlights were the extremely nice BBQ-dinner with candlelight in the evening and the manager Kamal who will go out of his way to make it happen

Price: from 120 USD per night


If your budget allows, stay at the newly open Wild coast tented lodge. While we haven’t had the chance to try it yet, you can trust Resplendent Ceylon to offer an impeccable service, amazing food, and perfectly designed rooms. The place looks amazing in picture and I really look forward to trying it ( I haven’t given up on leopard yet, I made it a point to see one before moving out)

price: from 340USD per night ++, all inclusive even the safari

But if you prefer more formal accommodation:
But if you prefer more formal accommodation:

Jetwing Yala is a good option, the rooms are spacious and well accommodated. Their food is great, the breakfast buffet has just anything you could ask for and they have a delicious buffet barbeque on Saturday night. The pool is huge and the area often visited by wild boars, monkeys and sometimes buffalos.  Be advised though that the service is slow, especially the check-in, and they aren’t really business-minded.

price: starting from 160USD per night in low season.

Tips: organize your safari tour yourself as they truly overcharge for the service.