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Have Cat, Will Travel! Top Tips for Hotel Stays with Fluffy | Lifestyles



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While most pet travelers are typically dogs, there is an increasing number of road trippers of the feline persuasion packing up and adventuring with their people. Staying at pet-friendly hotels is clearly an essential part of the trip — and it’s the number one issue that concerns cat parents. Clearly, there are some unique nuances when staying in pet-friendly hotels with cats versus dogs.

Once you’ve booked your pet-friendly hotel, you need to think about the best ways to ensure your little kitty is going to be happy and safe during her stay.  And, in turn, will allow you both to have an enjoyable trip.  Here are our top tips for staying at a hotel with your cat.

1. Sweep the room

Once you get to your hotel room, do a sweep of the entire room. Be on the lookout for anything that may be dangerous for your cat. Open windows, debris or chemicals on the floor, and enticing dangling objects are just some of the things to beware of and fix.  Take care of the areas that may be a potential “issue” and alert the front desk of any other dangers that you are not able to remedy.

2. Don’t rush the kitty cat

Once the coast is clear, be sure to let your cat come out of her travel carrier at her own pace.  Allow Fluffy to step out and explore when she feels ready.  It might take awhile, so pack your patience!

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My favourite tree: readers’ travel tips



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Winning tip: Isolated ash, North Yorkshire



a group of clouds in the sky: Lone star ... ash tree on the limestone pavement above Malham in the Yorkshire Dales.


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Lone star … ash tree on the limestone pavement above Malham in the Yorkshire Dales.

On the limestone pavement above Malham Cove stands a solitary ash tree. The deeply etched grooves of the weathered limestone draw your eye towards this isolated figure. In summer, butterflies and skylarks fly around its limbs, while ferns and flowers sprout from the pavement crevices where gnarled roots anchor. Less-bountiful seasons are identified by the colour, presence or absence of ash leaves. The tree becomes a perpetual reminder of time passing in this grey-washed landscape. I find comfort in the presence of this emblem of survival.

Debbie Rolls

Eight in one, Surrey

The King’s Oak on Ashtead Common is thriving. Eight thick trunks grow out of the original one, creating a cauldron in the middle. Centuries ago, commoners had rights to cut trees for wood. Learning that oak shoots are the best dessert that can be offered deer, trunks were cut high enough that new shoots would be out of bounds. This created the foundation for this magnificent tree. Viewing it gives you a link to history: many veteran oaks on the Common have grown there since Magna Carta was signed, some miles north-west. It’s impossible not to admire it.

Åsa Melander

Broomstick beech, Surrey

A favourite tree of many, and mine too, is the Witch’s Broom Tree, a huge beech on Abinger Roughs, which is owned and managed by the National Trust. I used to work for the National Trust and for a time I was the manager of Abinger Roughs. I remember speaking to a local resident who had played in the branches of this tree as a child: she said in those days it was full of bees’ nests. This tree has a spirit – children adore it, mms and dads can climb up into its canopy and venture along its branches. I added a steel cradle to support one of the branches, which continues to grow horizontally for metres. The tree has a very unusual shape: it could be 250-300 years old, and makes a magical tree for picknicking under.

Rob Hewer

Sentinel of Sycamore Gap, Northumberland

The border has moved, but I have not.

A wall once stood here, to keep out the Scots.

A lone sentry I am, just one of a kind.

Empires built walls, to that I decree.

For at Sycamore Gap, I am the tree.

Tim S

Yew with a view, Monmouthshire



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The Devil s Pulpit yew tree with its roots in a rocky outcrop

My tree is next to the Devil’s Pulpit, a viewpoint overlooking Tintern Abbey. It’s a yew growing around rock formations, which has created a magical fantasy novel appearance – it looks as though JRR Tolkien himself created it! It’s special to me as I was first “introduced” to the tree on a post-lockdown walk with a dear friend.

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9 tips for picking the best ski vacation home rental



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There’s really nothing quite like a ski trip — especially one you can take with family or friends. There’s a healthy, central activity to do during the day but with a big wide mountain (or, several, to choose from depending on where you go), there’s also the freedom to spread out and do things your own way so you don’t get tired of each other by the second afternoon.

Then in the evenings, you get to regale each other with tales of your day on the mountain, soak in the hot tub and enjoy some apres-ski beverages as you plot doing it all over again the next day. You can take this type of ski trip and still stay in a hotel, but with a group, it can actually be much more affordable and enjoyable to headquarter out of a ski vacation home rental than individual hotel rooms.

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While there are similarities in what to look for in a ski vacation home rental and, say, a beach home rental, there are also some major differences. You’ll want to do all the normal things you do when looking for the perfect home rental such as read reviews, fully inspect the photos, etc. But, if you’re in the market for a ski home rental, here are nine specific things to keep in mind to find the best snowy house for your situation.

Related: Planning a ski trip with points and miles



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Bigger is better

Coronavirus issues aside, generally speaking, ski houses become better deals the bigger you go. The really awesome, fully decked-out ski homes with pool tables, vaulted ceilings, hot tubs and chef kitchens are usually the larger homes with four, five or six bedrooms.

Not only are the larger ski houses usually nicer than say the two-bedroom condos, but if you are sharing the big house with another family or two, you’ll also come out better financially than if you are paying the full rate for a two-bedroom ski home or condo just for your family.

For example, we rented a 4,000-square foot home in Breckenridge that was rated for 22 people for $1,100 per night. That’s obviously a big number, but the home pretty comfortably held three families of four and three sets of grandparents. Start dividing that cost out by family and the true cost per person or family isn’t that hefty … and the big home had a sledding hill, foosball, good kitchen and a hot tub.



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Find the perfect amenities for you and book the Airbnb (Photo courtesy of Summer Hull/The Points Guy)

It’s also just much more fun to

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PAHK vs USRC Dream11 Predictions, Hong Kong Premier League T20 2020, Pakistan Association of Hong Kong vs United Services Recreation Club Playing XI, Cricket Fantasy Tips



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PAHK vs USRC Dream11 Predictions, Hong Kong Premier League T20 2020, Pakistan Association of Hong Kong vs United Services Recreation Club Playing XI, Cricket Fantasy Tips

While Hong Kong Cricket Club will be up against Kowloon Cricket Club in match 3 of the Hong Kong Premier League T20 2020 at 11.30am, another match at the same time and different value is scheduled up for Sundaymorning.| The Hong Kong T20 Match 4 between Pakistan Association of Hong Kong and United Services Recreation Club will take place at Mission Road Ground, Mong Kok, Hong Kong, Mong Kok.

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The Pakistan Association of Hong Kong have star players like Zeeshan Ali, Babar Hayat, Mohammad Rawaid-Etesham and Daniyal Bukhari, United Services Recreation will also have expert cricketers like Ahsan Abbasi, Shekawat Ali, Zakir Hayat, Imran Arif and Akbar Khan. Both the teams will be aiming for a victory.

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Hong Kong Premier League T20 2020 PAHK vs USRC Dream11 prediction for Pakistan Association of Hong Kong vs United Services Recreation Club captain: Tanwir Afzal

Hong Kong Premier League T20 2020 PAHK vs USRC Dream11 prediction for Pakistan Association of Hong Kong vs United Services Recreation Club vice-captain: Babar Hayat

Hong Kong Premier League T20 2020 PAHK vs USRC Dream11 prediction for Pakistan Association of Hong Kong vs United Services Recreation Club wicket keeper: Shahid Wasif

Hong Kong Premier League T20 2020 PAHK vs USRC Dream11 prediction for Pakistan Association of Hong Kong vs United Services Recreation Club batsmen: Shekawat Ali, Ahsan Abbasi, Babar Hayat, Daniyal Bukhari

Hong Kong Premier League T20 2020 PAHK vs USRC Dream11 prediction for Pakistan Association of Hong Kong vs United Services Recreation Club all-rounders: Tanwir Afzal, Yasim Murtaza, Imran Arif

Hong Kong Premier League T20 2020 PAHK vs USRC Dream11 prediction for Pakistan Association of Hong Kong vs United Services Recreation Club bowlers: Muhammad Ehsan, Shan Raja, Ehsan Nawaz

PAHK vs USRC Hong Kong Premier League T20 2020, Pakistan Association of Hong Kong playing 11 against United Services Recreation: Zeeshan Ali, Babar Hayat, Mohammad Rawaid-Etesham, Daniyal Bukhari, Mohammad Sajjad, Tanwir Afzal, Yasim Murtaza, Ali Naeem, Nasrulla Rana, Manjinder Singh, Ehsan Nawaz

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Gray Malin’s top 3 tips for building an Instagram following

  • In the past decade, travel photographer Gray Malin went from selling his photos at a flea market to bringing in as much as $15,000 for them.
  • Malin’s journey was in part dictated by his Instagram, and he shared three tips for fellow photographers looking to build an audience.
  • Malin says you should pick one thing and do it well, find your aesthetic by trial and error, and listen to your followers.
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It’s hard to believe that travel photographer Gray Malin’s Instagram first kicked off with photos of his dog.

The 34-year-old joined the platform in 2012 for “fun and silliness,” Malin told Business Insider. By the end of 2013, his pictures of his dog and his travels had garnered him 10,000 followers.

Today, Malin’s Instagram boasts a carefully curated aesthetic that whisks 412,000 followers around the world, from the Beverly Hills Hotel to the beaches of Capri. 

Instagram has played a key role in Malin’s journey from flea market artist to travel photographer. His lifestyle brand now sells everything from wallpaper to beach towels, in addition to photographs and a New York Times best-selling coffee table book. Depending on print size, his art ranges from $249 to $14,999.

He shared with Business Insider his top tips for photographers looking to build a name for themselves on Instagram.

1. Zero in your focus

Malin’s top tip is to pick something that you like and do it well.

For example, he said, “You’re shooting clouds, you’re trying every day to shoot clouds, and you’re showing those pictures of clouds. You’re going to get known for that.” 

Focusing on one thing and mastering it, he said, can be very powerful on Instagram in helping you grow a following. For Malin, that began with his famous aerial beach photographs.

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Malin said he often sees photographers trying to replicate what they see other photographers doing, but then the subjects of those photos become commonplace. 

“You’re going to build an audience if you focus on something and build upon it,” he said.

2. Try trial and error 

Malin’s Instagram feed has partly captivated its audience because it dances with color, joy, and whimsy.

To develop your own unique aesthetic, he suggests trying to trial and error your way through different ideas, and continuing with the ones that seem to resonate. “Try different things, but if something is working, continue with it,” he said. “Don’t give up.”

“That’s how you build a fine art series, you have to continue to evolve,” he added. Malin said that every photography project is different, with some taking a longer time than others to master. 

“Anyone any day can reinvent the wheel,” he said. “That’s the beauty of creativity.”

3. Listen to your followers

Once you begin to see steady growth, listen to what your followers want to see in terms of content. Malin turned to his growing followership

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Best winter adventures in the UK: readers’ travel tips



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Winning tip: White sands and surf, Iona



water next to the rock: Bay leave … the beach of Port Ban on the west coast of Iona.


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Bay leave … the beach of Port Ban on the west coast of Iona.

Head to Scotland’s beautiful twin islands of Mull and Iona in winter and you will have beaches and caves to yourselves. Take a warm tent, a decent wetsuit and warm clothes for exploring the cliff paths, pristine white sand beaches and sparkling turquoise waters. Port Ban beach is sheltered and if the sun comes out you are in heaven – you could be in the Caribbean here if the temperature were 20 degrees higher. The surf is good at Ardanalish beach if you are into that – or just walk and enjoy fresh air and open views to the wild Atlantic.

Bill

Cold water boost, Cornwall



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Woman in sea, Falmouth, Cornwall, England

I swim year-round in Cornwall, and in all sorts of places: tidal pools, rivers, quarries and beaches. I take short dips without a wetsuit, but use one for long-distance swims – along with two swimming caps and thermal undergarments! Find tips on wildswimmingcornwall.co.uk. It was set up to promote the mental health and community benefits of wild swimming in the UK and encourage people to get closer to nature, and also raises money for Mind UK, using the #selfcareswims hashtag.

Lydia Paleschi

King of the hill, Cheltenham



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A view of Cheltenham Spa from the Cotswolds.

My favourite wintry walk is up Timbercombe Hill in Charlton Kings in Cheltenham. You get beautiful views of the town, houses, cars and people scattered below like an upturned toy box, upright sparse trees and raggedy bushes marking the way up the hill. Standing at the top you feel like the king of the world. A hotty choc in hand is my sweet reward.

Lisa

English skiing, Lake District

My top tip for a UK winter trip has to be the Lake District Ski Club next to Helvellyn. Boasting a 360-metre button-tow and up to nine ungroomed runs (depending on conditions), this is an amazing place to ski, snowboard or just visit! Access is a little challenging as it’s an hour’s walk from the mines at Glenridding, but this hidden gem is well worth putting in the effort for. The Club members are lovely, welcoming folk, and there’s even a heated ski lodge to have a rest and a brew in. The snow conditions are obviously very variable, but on a good day this is a unique experience for intermediate-to-advanced skiers and snowboarders.

Rich

Woodland wonderland, North Yorkshire

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woman and dog in snow, Dalby Forest, North Yorkshire

For a wonderful winter adventure for all the family, go exploring in the North Yorkshire’s beautiful Dalby Forest. From active stuff like mountain biking, Segway riding and ziplining to gentle strolling, there is something there for everyone.

Andrea Smith

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Meal Prepping Tips for a Long Trip or Vacation

If you’re going to be spending a long time in an RV, you’ll likely want to be well stocked. Not only that, you’ll also want to find some easy travel meals so you aren’t spending tons of time prepping meals in a teeny tiny RV kitchen.

Fortunately, this is totally possible. Our suggestion? Meal prep to go!

Preparing meals ahead of time takes away the need to do lots of cutting, seasoning, and other small jobs before starting your meal each night. This is perfect for those staying in an RV because it removes the need to clear space to prep your meal each night, a task that can get old pretty quickly.

Additionally, having easy vacation meals prepped in advance ensures you can fully relax and enjoy your getaway rather than worrying about food 3 times each day.

How do you meal prep for a long trip?

Wondering how to go about planning and prepping for meals while traveling? In this section, we will cover the basics so you can choose the right recipes and take all the right steps toward having some super easy meals while on vacation.

Consider Your Plans

First, we recommend considering your vacation plans:

  • Will you be out and about every single day? If so, you’ll want to plan for super fast travel meal ideas that can be served in mere minutes once you arrive home.
  • Meanwhile, those who will be hanging around the campground taking it easy might opt for vacation meal ideas that require a bit more time to cook.
  • If you’ll be doing a mix of both, plan accordingly.

Additionally, you will want to make sure to plan on some food to travel with, such as sandwiches, salami, fruits, raw veggies, cheese, and crackers. These items are ideal travel lunch ideas for those days spent on the road getting from one campground to another, as well as days spent sightseeing. Figure out how many days you’ll need these easy lunches to go, and buy enough to last.

No matter how you’ll be spending your days, prepping your meals in advance is helpful and highly recommended.

Find the Best Cooking Methods

Another thing you’ll want to consider is what kind of appliances you want to use to cook your meals.

If it’ll be super hot outside, you may want to consider an Instant Pot, as it won’t heat up the RV. The Instant Pot is also great for cooking things relatively quickly on the pressure cooker setting, while the slow cooker setting can be nice if you prefer to start cooking early in the day and return to a dinner that is ready to eat.

Grilling outdoors can also be a good option in hot weather, especially if you won’t have electric hookups, which the Instant Pot will require.

Of course, the RV stovetop is also a valid option. Those who have ovens in their rigs might choose that option, but should consider adding a pizza stone to the oven to cook

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My 25 Best Travel Tips After 10 Years of Traveling the World

After over ten years of traveling the world, I’ve definitely learned my fair share of lessons. Like the time I was robbed on a train because I let my guard down or the time Scott and I showed up at the Bozeman Airport only to find that we no longer had a car rental.

Some of these travel mishaps can be avoided and some of them are just a part of traveling. You simply cannot plan for everything. However, keeping a few important things in mind will make your travels much easier.

I’ve gathered the best travel tips and tricks to help you save money, avoid mistakes, and travel like a pro!

 

My 25 Best Travel Tips

 

My 25 Best Travel Tips After 10 Years of Traveling the World

 

Be Flexible

We always plan for delays and try not to get upset when things inevitably go wrong. Patience is extremely important when traveling!

 

Make a List

About a week or so before each trip, I make a mental list of items I don’t want to forget — which I WILL forget if I don’t write them down. I’ve learned that when I think of something, I need to write it down.

Packing lists are essential! Read more: The Ultimate Carry-On Packing Guide and our Road Trip Packing Guide.

 

Learn Common Phrases of the Local Language

A simple “Please,” “Thank you,” and “I’m sorry” in the local language goes a long way. I also like to learn the word for beer, but that’s just me.

 

Don’t Forget an Extra Camera Battery (or Two)

Have you ever gotten to that epic sunset photo spot and realized your camera battery is dead and you don’t have a back up? I try to bring at least three camera batteries on all of our trips so that we don’t miss out on that perfect shot.

 Read more: The Ultimate Packing Guide for Travel Photographers

 

Always Bring a Sarong

Sarongs can be used as a wrap when you are cold, a towel, a curtain, or a piece of clothing that can be worn dozens of different ways. Solid colors are great, but if you want something that stands out, I love this sarong.

 Read more: 8 Ways to Wear a Sarong

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Always Buy Travel Insurance

A medical emergency can wipe out your savings — or even worse. We use and trust World Nomads for travel insurance.

 

Make Photocopies of Important Documents

In my early twenties, I was very good about keeping a copy of my passport in a separate bag from my actual passport. Then I got lazy.

Recently, a friend of mine lost her passport at the airport. She was told that if she had brought a copy of it and extra passport photos they would have let her travel. Since she didn’t, she was forced to forfeit a $2,000 flight and a week in Europe. I now carry a copy with me.

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Pack Extra Underwear

Undies are small and it’s always a good idea to have a few extra pairs

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