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10 Packing Tips To Use While Travelling!

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I’m sure you’ve got a trip coming up or a planned trip on the way. We know you have all your fun party, beach/pool day and day outfits planned out already. Now as exciting as that may be, one thing that isn’t exciting is packing all your stuff into that petite luggage you purchased. Well we’ve got some great tips here to help make the job of packing easier than you ever thought it could be. These hacks are things every girl should know and we’re happy to spread the word.

1) Keep the dirty soles of your shoes away from your clothes by sticking them inside a shower cap.

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2) Stuff socks and products that won’t burst inside your shoes if you’re low on packing space.

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3) Fold your underwear instead of just wadding it up and stuffing it in your bag, which can take up a lot of space.

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4) Protect your delicates from the rest of the items in your bag by tucking them inside the little cloth bag that comes with a new pair of shoes or a new handbag.

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5) Instead of packing big, bulky makeup bottles for a quick weekend trip, pour a little bit of the product into a clean contact case for easy travel.

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6) Protect powder makeup products from breaking while traveling by sticking a cotton pad or cotton ball inside the compact before putting it in your makeup bag.

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7) To maximize the space in your luggage, roll your clothes instead of folding them. You’ll be surprised by how much more you can fit this way.

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8) Help your bras maintain their shape while also saving space by stacking your bras on top of each other, folding them in half, and tucking your underwear inside. Stuffing your underwear inside your bras will prevent the cups from folding inward and help extend the life of your bras beyond your trip.

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9) Protect breakables such as glass fragrance bottles by slipping them into socks before packing them.

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10) Use pill case compartments or an old lip balm container to organize and keep track of your smaller jewelry, like rings and earrings.

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Great Guide to Exploring Europe On A Budget

Who says you cant travel?

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The desire to travel the world, especially Europe is shared among many, but achieved by few. The main reason many people dont take the step to explore Europe is because they fear the costs. Well there is no need to fear Tribe Appeal is here! We have gathered great information from partyearth.com giving you tips on how to have fun in popular European cities with little to no Euro in your pocket. Happy traveliing!

Those lucky enough to be traversing not one but several European cities over the course of a few weeks or, as is more likely, months, may worry about the many expenditures that go hand in hand with extensive traveling abroad. While shopping, dining, and clubbing often put a strain on the budget, this does not always have to be the case. Exploring the European continent without incurring a number of hefty fees while still having a culturally enriching experience is, in fact, completely feasible. Here are few ways in which to save some of those euros.

While there are a number of things to do in Paris, options in this expensive city tend to add up. Those with strong resolve and an affinity for window-shopping, however, will find the typically Parisian Rue Charlot as affordable as it is chic. While shopping in Marais ranges from high to low end, the renowned street in question brings far more to the table than simple clothing items and basic textiles. Here, visitors have the opportunity to explore emerging, rather than established French designers, vintage clothing and, least expensive of all, Parisian art galleries. After having experienced the delights of Rue Charlot, one may find it worthwhile to stop by the nearby covered market, Marché des Enfants Rouges, as it is a great option for an inexpensive coffee and a cheap handmade crepe.

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Those sojourning in Madrid and in search of free things to do in La Latina need look no further than CalleArgumosa. With its multicultural, cosmopolitan atmosphere, this area promises an upbeat and friendly vibe and visitors hailing from all over the globe. Ethnic cuisines abound, so those in the mood for something not typically found in Madrid are in for a treat. The numerous sidewalk cafés are a viable option for inexpensive drinks and the majority of clubs boast cover charge-free admittance.

Germany, especially its capital Berlin, is another popular destination surprisingly easy to traverse on a budget. Music junkies looking to save some money by seeing several bands perform over the course of two consecutive days should definitely put some thought into attending Fete de la Musique Berlin. While concerts in Berlin are certainly not difficult to come by, the wide range of performances, as presented by amateurs and professionals alike at Fete de la Musique may be slightly more difficult to find elsewhere.

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Those hoping to continue on to Italy in the course of their trip will discover an abundance of things to do in Rome. A surprisingly inexpensive and distinctly Italian option for dinner is that of an aperitivo: the country’s version of appetizers and happy hour all rolled into one. Aperitivo in Trastevere is as popular as it is anywhere else in Rome. Freni e Frizioni, in particular, is known not only for its delectable hors d’oeuvres but its artsy vibe and electrifying atmosphere. As an auto-body shop in its former life, this small bar offers its stylish patrons an industrial setting complete with original tar pavement floors and tire-tread upholstered couches.

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Visitors seeking things to do in Amsterdam may be expecting to spend their day appreciating the architecture and various museums while spending the night exploring the more raunchy areas of the city. Amsterdam, however, has far more to offer. There are, in fact, quite a few beaches in the coastal town of Bloemendaal, which happens to be known for its water sports. Bloemendaalaan Zee, for example, boasts a seemingly endless stretch of sandy beach constantly occupied by surfers, volleyball players and sunbathers alike. With its lush vegetation and surprisingly hip beach bars, Bloemendaalaan Zee is an optimal location to visit day or night.

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No backpacking trip would be complete without a stop in London, England. Those looking to enjoy the nightlife will find plenty of bars in London. However, budget-conscious travelers would be wise to attend happy hour in Central London. The 70’s inspired Verve is an excellent venue at which to enjoy cheap and creative cocktails. Situated in the heart of Covent Garden, this mod bar and club is always filled with a mix of upbeat clientele simply looking to have a good time. Patrons who have the foresight to make use of the online guest list are guaranteed free admittance on weekends.

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More information of travelling can be found at www. partyearth.com

Travel Tips For The Diva On A Budget

Get ready to travel the world on a dime (well not exactly)

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Travelling is something I love to do, exploring new places is exhilarating  Booking and researching travel is actually very fun for me. So here’s some tips for you based on my experience with making reservations. Finding a quality travelling arrangement for little to nothing is always great. Here are a few tips for the divas and divos on a budget who want to see the world.  It is possible to travel and travel in style without breaking the bank, people do it everyday and now you have an open gate to the knowledge.

Cheap days to book…

Flight prices change by the minute. There’s talk about there being cheap days and expensive days to book, and although I have noticed trends, its still not concrete. It really depends. Tuesday through Thursday are the cheapest days. Flight prices normally start to drop on Tuesday. By Wednesday they are usually the cheapest. But Thursdayis tricky. It can stay the same as Wed, go down, or go back up. Really depends, but tues/wed are “safe” days. I do notice that Friday thru Monday is usually expensive. And Jet Blue usually has some sort of sale every Tuesday.

Booking flights

Do not book a round trip ticket together. Here’s why. People seem to think that a round trip ticket is “cheaper” if you book the flights going and coming in the same transaction. That’s not true. Its the same exact price as 2 one ways separate. But here’s why I book separately. I do my research on flight prices one way so I can see how or why the round trip is the price it is.

For example. A round trip could be $500. But the one way going could be $110 and the return could be $390. I want to see the price of each so I can compare airlines. The main reason I do NOT book roundtrip is because they usually give you both flights on the same airline. The 3rd party sites rarely mix and match for the lowest price. So I rather just do it myself. Basically going, could be $150 on Delta and coming back could be $300 on Delta. But coming back on Continental or US Airways could be $170 coming back. This is the reason why I rather search tickets “one way”.

After much research,  I basically know what’s a “good price” and what’s not. So for example, a “good price” flight from NYC to ATL is $110 one way. That’s when I’m jumping up and down and typing in my info at lightning speed. But on a “bad price” day, it could be $430 one way. That’s when I sit my ass home and wait for it to drop. For $430 I could been to and from Cabo, Mexico. Also, I do NOT usually use 3rd party sites to book flights. Booking directly from the airline is cheaper and “safer”… People who book directly with the airline have priority just in case of any “emergencies”… Example: when the swine flu hit Mexico. But there ARE times that 3rd party sites have their own sale prices on flights. Such as cheaptickets.com or orbitz.com … ALWAYS be SURE to open the confirmation email that you receive from company after booking. The email COULD be saying that your flight was NOT successfully booked. You don’t want to be at the airport and hear your ticket has not been booked! This has happened to many people in the past, CONFIRM, CONFIRM,CONFIRM!!

I use Kayak.com to compare the different airlines tho.

Every flight does not have the same amenities. You can choose which aircraft you want to be on, on the website for most airlines. For example, you can see which flight has wifi, personal tvs, and outlets when you’re booking your flight via the delta website. I personally don’t care about tvs but I need wifi. And the outlets are so helpful.

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Flight Trick

Do NOT do this all the time. They could potentially catch on to your pattern. A connecting flight is USUALLY cheaper than a non stop. So with that said, if I REALLY need to get on a flight that I feel is too expensive one way, non stop, then I look for a connecting flight to somewhere else, stopping in the city that I want. Example: Sometimes when I’m going to ATL the one way is over $200. And that’s a little pricey. So I’ll search for tickets to other cities connecting in ATL, such as orlando. A connecting to Orlando from NYC could be $120. The flight will be going from NYC to ATL then to ORL but i just get off in ATL. So I still get a nonstop flight to Atlanta and for $120. Make sure you check to see where which state the flight connects in. Don’t just choose ANY flight. It needs to connect in the city you are trying to get to.

There’s a few things you need to know about doing this… This is ONLY for CARRY ON LUGGAGE. You CAN NOT do this if you checked a bag. Your checked bag will go to your final destination on the ticket. You can NOT be late for the plane. If you are one of the last people on the plane then there may not be any overhead space for your bag. If that happens, they take your bag and check it, which means it will be going to the FINAL destination. Lastly, you can NOT get on the 2nd leg of the flight. So for example. You can not book a ticket from NYC to MIA, connecting in ATL and get on in atlanta. Once you miss the first leg of your flight, the second one automatically gets canceled.

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Miles and Points

Miles and points SURE do come in handy. So it does pay to use the same airline as often as possible. I personally like to try different ones Sometimes to see if I like it but I mainly use delta. Now although delta DOES have their annoying things about them, they go most places so the points accumulate. But with Delta you can’t use your points until you have accumulated 25,000 UNLESS you have a delta credit card. So yo have to wait. So if you don’t travel that often AirTran might be a better choice for you because they’re point system is better. You can book a flight with as little as 6 credits. Their points do expire tho, as well as Jet Blue’s points. Everyone hates American Airlines these days but their point system is ok. Just try to stick to A few airlines so that you can get the extra perks.

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How should I book hotels?

Hotels are tricky also, just like flights. For example. If a plane has 40 seats, 5 seats are for expedia, 5 are for travelocity, 5 are for whatever.com … Same with hotels. So if a hotel has 100 rooms. 10 are for expedia, 10 are for orbitz, etc… So the 10 or so that each 3rd party has, can kinda make the room whatever price they want. That’s why it could be $179 a night on Travelocity and $489 on Expedia. The 3rd party website could have their own sale going on for that hotel. So you seriously have to compare a lot of sites when it comes to hotels for the lowest price.

Here’s the tricky things about hotels. Booking straight from the hotel website is usually cheaper but that’s because they don’t charge you the rest of the fees til you check out. When you book the hotel on their website, you’re not being charged. Its just a hold on your card. They don’t charge you til you leave. So sometimes you may have THOUGHT you paid for the hotel and go and spend that money and get surprised when they hit you with the bill at checkout.

Now on the other hand, when you book your hotels through third party websites, all the taxes and hotel fees are included in the price and your room is booked and paid for up front. Nowadays guests are being hit with $60 a night resort fees that are in FINE PRINT somewhere on the website. When guests check out, they had NO clue about these fees. Make sure you find out what the extra fees are when you book through the hotel’s website.

Me personally, I HATE all inclusive resorts. I HATE the “orange juice eggs”. Lol. I really don’t like the food. They barely want you to leave the resort to experience the native life. I want native food and local fun. Let’s be real, most resorts are old married couples.

Always make sure you check the guest reviews. Of course everyone’s experience and taste is different but if 5 people say that the carpet stinks… Guess what, the carpet stinks. The guest reviews will tell you how far or close everything is from the hotel usually. They’ll either love it or be complaining about it.

Lastly, don’t forget about the “incidental hold”… On most hotels they put a hold on your credit card for any damages or charges to the room. This charge can range from $25 to $200 a NIGHT. The W hotel can be $200 a night. They release the hotel when you check out. It takes 3 days for the money to be available on your card again.

And yes, booking flight and hotel together is Usually cheaper. Still make sure you do your homework on the flights though so you know how much you’re REALLY paying for the flight.

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Happy Travelling!

Luggage Appeal: Take a Trip To the Maldives

This place has a beauty that can’t be explained

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The Maldives is a collection of islands located about 700 km south west of India and Sri Lanka. The double chain of islands are perfectly situated in the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean/ Arabian Sea.  Coral reefs are scattered throughout this area and can be explored while staying at one of the resorts located on Emboodhu Finolhu Island, Taj Exotica Spa And Resort.This resort is special, that is for sure. Most of the villas are perched over the lagoon with only a short ladder separating you from a beautiful deck and oh-so-inviting crystal clear water.The resort describes the villas saying “All the villas are palm-thatched, built of finest natural wood finishes on the exteriors and the interiors are delightfully appointed in classic Maldivian style. The villas offer sundecks, and some offer private plunge pools, outdoor showers, verandahs with day beds and private spa rooms. Dark woods, rich textures and vibrant accessories make the time you spend indoors just as beautiful as the time you spend swimming with dolphins or gazing into the infinite horizon.”.

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The villas are so beautiful, that it would be very easy to spend your whole time in the room especially the presidential suite, but the resort offers a lot of other activities. Shopping is convenient to the resort as well as local entertainment and dining. There are many water activities beach goers may enjoy such as Jet Skiing, Water Skiing, Wake Boarding and Kite Surfing will thrill speed seekers. Catamaran Sailing, Wind Surfing, Paddle Boats and Kayaking complete the surface activities, while snorkeling, diving and using the resort’s Seabob rounds off the underwater adventures. Many people love just lounging on the light colored sand and drinking pina coladas by the ocean, but that’s not all there is to the beach. Live a little and take a trip to the extraordinary Maldives. Check out some of the beauty of the Taj Exotica Resort and Spa.

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Start planning your trip with your travel agent today or visit http://www.tajhotels.com/Luxury/Exotica-Resort-And-Spa/Taj-Exotica-Resort-And-Spa-Maldives/Overview.html

Purse Appeal: 20 Successful Habits Learned After Working For Two Billionaires (Link)

Purse Appeal: 20 Successful Habits Learned After Working For Two Billionaires

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This article gives an account by Paul C. Brunson on what he learned after working for Oprah and Enver Yucel. The habits are very helpful and are all things we should all start this minute. Remember to read part 2 which is at the end of the tenth habit. Let’s move on down the road to financial freedom!

Entertainment Appeal: Maximillion Cooper & Eve Tie The Knot In Ibiza

Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Gumball 3000 !

Philadelphia rapper Eve and Gumball 3000 founder got married in Ibiza, Spain yesterday evening! The couple has been dating for three years and got engaged Christmas day of last year. The beautiful wedding ceremony took place in front of close family and friends at Blue Marlin beach club at Cala Jondal Beach. The storybook beach wedding ceremony was officiated by Houston rapper, Bun B.

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Eve wore a gorgeous white Alice Temperley halter gown with tremendous lace detail. The hip hop diva paired the gown with a cathedral length veil. Eve’s personal style shined in every layer of this wedding ensemble.

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The couple’s choice to wed in Ibiza was sentimental. Maximillion chimed in;

“We met on the 2010 Gumball 3000 rally so it only seemed right to have the wedding at the finish of this years rally in Ibiza, which was the final stop on this years event. We couldn’t be happier to celebrate such a special day with all our family and friends.”

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Before the wedding took place Eve was by her man every leg of the Gumball 3000, even though she had the biggest day of her life waiting at the end of the event. (That’s right GIRL! Stand by your man!)

The couple released  a joint statement thanking everyone for their support and letting the world know how excited they are:

“We are beyond happy to celebrate our marriage with all of our friends and family and start our journey in our new life together. It’s been such an amazing experience and we are happier than we ever thought we could be. Thanks for the well wishes”

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I love them together and wish these two a happily ever after!

Luggage Appeal (Travel): A Monrovia Getaway

YES it is  that time again school  is out for the summer and your vacation time has built up. Now you could go to Hawaii, Jamaica, Turks & Caicos, Europe , but that would be so regular! Dare to be different and discover a new tropical destination to unwind in. Now its time to plan a great vacation and what better place to spend your summer than in Monrovia, Liberia. If you are looking for a tropical destination with friendly people and beautiful beaches, Liberia is calling you.  Monrovia has so much to offer a tourist whether it is your introduction to the continent of Africa or another stop on your itinerary.

The 4 star RLJ Kendeja Resort and Villas in Monrovia is the perfect place to make your temporary home while on your getaway. There are many amenities afforded to guests at an amazing rate.

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Pool Area @ RLJ Kendeja Resort & Villas

 

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The resort’s grounds

 

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aaaahhh doesn’t that bed look relaxing

 

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Dining area at RLJ Kendeja Resort & Villas

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The beach is only steps away

 

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Experience the culture with traditional dancers

 

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Shop til you drop at some of the local markets and boutiques in the city. Grab that ankara fabric and lace you’ve always wanted.

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Enjoy a bowl of jollof rice at one of the many restaurants in Monrovia.

 

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Have some fun and visit Musu’s Bar in the evening

 

What are you waiting for go and book that ticket you know you want to 🙂