Pink, Pink, Makes Us Girls Wink ;) The Amazing Pink Lake! WOW

Lake Retba

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Lake Retba, Senegal or as the French refer to it Lac Rose, is pinker than any milkshake you’ve ever come face to straw with. Experts say the lake gives off its pink hue due to a harmless bacteria found in the water. Lake Retba also has a high salt content, much like that of the Dead Sea, allowing people to float effortlessly in the massive pink water.

More Great Reasons To Travel.. (Like We Need Them!)

More Great Reasons To Travel.. (Like We Need Them!)

Luckily for me I feel well-travelled, I have visited more than 20 different countries, in more than 40 trips including Europe, Dominican Republic, Cuba,  Thailand, Sri Lanka & more… I have a few more planned this year alone. My daughter has visited 9 countries and she is 7, and obviously has more booked too. I know this is a drop in the ocean when it comes to the whole wide world we live in, but I have spoken to people lately that have never had the opportunity to leave their hometown in there whole lives, which made me feel very grateful. So In my opinion we are lucky to be able to get the opportunity to experience different ways of life, tasting different foods, meeting people of other cultures and religions.

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My Map.

Another advantage with traveling is that it gives you the experiences and skills which will be of great use in your life & career

Here are 3 advantages of travelling that you will use whilst away &  be able to put into practise on your return...

Communication and Social Skills

One important life skill is being able to communicate effectively. This is often seen or experienced when vacationing at countries where other languages other than English are spoken. Being in an environment like that encourages you to learn and improve your communication to get whatever you want/need.

Skills for Stress Management

Making round-the-world trips or having adventures to exotic places helps you to mingle with others, therefore eliminating any kind of stress you are presently going through. Being in another environment helps you to approach life’s issues differently from the way you would have behaved when at home, and with time, your skills for stress management builds up, which will definitely be brought into your life and career when you return.

Self-awareness And Management

One other advantage of traveling is that you have time to think and connect with yourself. It helps you to re-examine yourself and understand what you have for yourself as the goals in life, and this is why some people see it as a time of spiritual revival.

Some other benefits of traveling are problem solving, visualization, creative thinking, adaptability and ability to learn new languages, and to experience any of these, it is necessary to have an open mind when on the trip

Off On Your Jollies?.. Here Are Some Top Travelling and Packing Tips To Remember!

Off On Your Jollies?.. Here Are Some Top Travelling and Packing Tips To Remember!

ILOVE travelling and my next trip is in just 3 weeks YAYY
……So I have been looking for ways to make the journey as easy as possible and to make sure I have done all the important  things as I usually forget one (Or Three) of the essentials leaving me to deal with a disaster abroad!
I have compiled a list of the ‘Must Do’s’ for all you fellow traveller’s out there.

When you pack, make it the responsibility of one person, or make sure the divisions are absolutely clear – that way you won’t arrive at your destination with six bikinis but no knickers!

It’s a really good idea to keep a box to store all the small and essential items you take away with you – things such as medicines,  toothbrushes and paste, shampoo, etc.

It simplifies the packing process especially if it includes items that can’t be packed until the last moment (i.e.toothbrushes).

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As soon as you’ve washed and ironed holiday clothes put them away in the suitcase so that the family can’t get at them.

Stuff all shoes with socks.

Roll your clothes – they won’t get so creased.

If it’s likely to be cold, think in terms of layers, rather than everyone having one thick coat or jacket

If you can, pack your swimming stuff in your hand luggage if you’re going to a hotel. That way, you can go swimming if your rooms aren’t ready without having to rummage through suitcases.

Don’t forget hot weather essentials, such as sun hats and sunglasses.

For little ones and toddlers make sure you keep back a pair of pants to carry in hand luggage just in case of little accidents en route 

Toiletries & medicines

Hang on to those freebie hotel toiletries – very useful for short holidays. They’ll save you a fair bit of money and space in the suitcase.

Make sure you pack toiletries in a zip-up bag; the lids can pop off with the cabin pressure. 

Put your toiletries, perfume and bulk of your make-up in your suitcase as it may be confiscated if you put it in your hand baggage. Equally, sharp objects such as tweezers or nail scissors must be packed in your hold luggage.

Some medicine essentials include: plasters; digital thermometer (more accurate in a hot climate); insect repellent; re-hydration salts and diarrhea medicines; antiseptic cream for insect bites; antiseptic wipes; calpol; paracetamol

Other useful bits & bobs

Good quality sealable plastic bags. Useful if things spill or get dirty.

Clothes pegs come in handy for all sorts of things, such as creating darker curtains if necessary.

Some soap flakes or travel wash – useful if you run out of clean undies and you need to wash some in the sink!

Nail clippers – nails grow much faster in a warm climate, and short nails make it harder to scratch insect bites.

If you’re hiring a car abroad, don’t forget to take car sunshade and a child view mirror with you if you want one.

And finally…

It might be easier to actually buy some things abroad rather than take them with you: cheap towels; inflatable boats; toiletries etc. Also, remember to check your hand baggage size before you go. Each passenger can take on one piece of hand baggage but it mustn’t be any bigger than length of 56 cm, width of 45 cm and depth of 25 cm. Write your name and address on a sheet of paper and put it in your luggage. If the label comes off, it’s a fail-safe

The Important Stuff: Passports, health & travel Insurance and home security

passport_homeIt’s important to check all your important documents and book any insurance needed well in advance of you setting off on your jollies.

Check all your passports are valid and make a slightly reduced photocopy of your passport photo page and either get it laminated or put it in a small plastic wallet. This is accepted as an ID in the States.

Don’t forget to book travel insurance – be aware that travel insurance doesn’t always cover children with asthma or other conditions.

Check for this to make sure you purchase adequate cover. You’ll also need an EHIC card for each member of the family to cover you abroad – should a medical emergency occur.

It’s also a good idea to email yourself (or a friend) a copy of all the important information – airline numbers, credit card phone numbers, passport and driving licence numbers. That way if your documents and/or wallet is lost or stolen, all you need to do is log onto your email account to access all your details.

Keep your bag and money safe when you’re sleeping on a train or in a main ferry lounge.

Things to do before leaving home

  • Cancel newspapers
  • Cancel milk
  • Reprogramme heating
  • Empty fridge
  • Tell neighbours
  • Give out keys if necessary
  • Water plants
  • Sort out animals
  • Change fax paper
  • Do all washing
  • Empty the bins
  • Leave any contact numbers
  • Switch off gas, etc
  • Make sure bills are paid
  • Check all doors and windows are locked

A Single Girls To Do List

You can’t make someone happy if you’re not happy yourself. You can’t be happy with someone else if you’re not happy alone.

Domestic bliss is all very lovely, but before you and the man of your dreams make a pledge to go off into the sunset together, there are a lot of good times to be had while you’re a single girl.

Here’s my Single Girls To Do List, a list of things you must DO while you’re footloose and fancy-free.

Have Fun! 

To Build Your Confidence…

1. Hit the Gym! Burn off some energy and feel good about yourself!

2. Pamper yourself, get a massage or get a makeover

3. Have an adventure: Try Ice Skating,  abseiling, water-skiing, or some activity you don’t already know how to do.

4. Get doing some DIY- Build something like a bookcase or put up a shelf for all your new make up.

5. Live Alone.

6. Challenge yourself,  Train for (and finish) a huge test like a marathon or study a course and complete it!

7. Read this blog post I wrote on 8 reasons its great to be single again! 

8. Visit a foreign country by yourself.

9. Join a dating site, it’s a great way to build confidence. Here are some tips on how to write the perfect profile.

10. Learn to stand up for yourself. Say No to people who expect to much from you, and look after yourself!

11. Go for a meal  or a day out alone, be happy in your own company.

Pssstt! If you went through a bad break up, read my blog post on how to survive.

To Be Able to Look Back and Say “I Had Fun”…

12. Witness/do  something once-in-a-lifetime

 13. Revel in being able to watch all the reality TV you want. I’m pretty sure no man will be able to stand as much TOWIE and Geordie Shore as my (girlie) friends.

14.  Get drunk during the day, just because you can.

15.  Go on a date with someone who actually makes you nervous.

16. Go out with an older man who takes you somewhere nice and treats you like a princess.

17. Go out with a guy who makes you laugh ‘til it hurts.

18. Go on a blind date.

To Get Perspective…

19. Be a good Wingwoman . It’s not always about you.

20. Volunteer or help someone when they need it most.

To Make You Appreciate the Next Guy…

21. Do at least one  Valentines Day Alone ( Try the alternative to Valentines day Singles Awareness day)

22. Attend a wedding (or an important event) alone.

23. Date the creeps. You’ll really value the nice guys afterward.

To Make You Feel Sexy and Attractive…

24. Get a haircut or colour, change your style!

25. Buy yourself some flowers.

26. Invest in a LBD (little black dress) and some sexy stilettos.

27. Sit at a bar by yourself and drink a cocktail. Cool.

28. Try the Frisky Girls To Do List

29. Buy something frivolous and expensive that you LOVE wearing.

30. Buy a sex toy! Read my post and find out which one is best for you.

To Make Yourself a Better Partner in the Future…

31. Make a list of all your faults.

32. Learn to cook well for yourself to keep healthy and away from to many KFC’s & for your future family(I’m still working on this)

33. Get some hobbies. Something’s gotta keep you occupied—plus it’ll make you seem interesting.

34. Get your finances in order.

To Appreciate Being Single…

35.  Babysit someones baby for an hour.

36. Help a friend through her divorce or a bad break-up.

37.  Host a girls-only night. I think some coupled-up women forget how much we need each other.

We can’t become what we need to be, whilst remaining what we are.