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Demand Is Rising For Properties In Vacation Home Markets

The ability to work remotely has many home buyers toying with the idea of moving to vacation home markets, which are seeing increased interest as shifting priorities and preferences transform where and how people want to live. 

Page views of for-sale listings are up nearly 50% from a year ago in metro areas typically considered vacation destinations, defined as metros with at least 65,000 people and five times more vacation homes than the nation as a whole. That’s compared to a 37% increase in page views nationally. 

Vacation metros seeing an uptick in demand include places like the Jersey Shore area; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Key West, Florida; Lake Tahoe, Nevada; Cape Cod, Massachusetts; and Park City, Utah.

Newly pending home sales are also climbing in many of these vacation markets, with 90 percent of the markets experiencing growth and half up at least 30% from last year. Places like Salisbury, Maryland (near Ocean City), Traverse City, Michigan, located along the shores of Lake Michigan, and Brainerd, Minnesota, a forest and lake region along the Mississippi River, were among areas following this trend. Those three areas all saw year-over-year pending sales increases of more than 30%. 

“As millions of office workers transitioned to working from home during the pandemic, many of them reconsidered where they might like to live now that the commute no longer mattered,” said Zillow senior economist Jeff Tucker. “Vacation towns beckoned to many buyers, offering natural amenities like proximity to the ocean and mountains, along with robust retail and restaurant industries to serve traditional seasonal visitors. It’s too early to tell how many of these new vacation town home buyers are moving permanently or planning to return after the pandemic —  they may not even know yet themselves — but owning a second home in a traditional vacation area provides a lot of long-term flexibility.”

It’s not just page views and home sale growth that are up in those hot vacation spots. Homes for sale in those metros also are seeing more “favorites” on Zillow, which is a way for people to catalog listings so they can return to or share them with someone later. Zillow research has shown highly-saved homes sell faster and for more money. 

Listings for homes for sale in Key West, for example, are saved 8.7 times more often than listings nationwide. In Hilton Head and the Poconos, listings see more than five times the typical share of favorites. The next four vacation areas with the highest share of favorites are all in Florida — Panama City, Naples, Fort Myers and Punta Gorda all seeing at least three times more favorites than the nation at large.

“The recent spike could be due to international travel restrictions and the ability to work and school from home,” said Tommy Mack, a Best of Zillow premier agent with Coastal Collection Real Estate in the Florida Keys. “I have many new clients who

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With Vacation Rentals Empty, European Cities See a Chance to Reclaim Housing

LISBON — Long before the coronavirus swept across Europe this spring, many cities had been complaining that a proliferation of short-term apartment rentals aimed at tourists through platforms like Airbnb was driving up housing costs for locals and destroying the character of historic districts.

Now that the pandemic has all but cut off the steady flow of visitors, many European cities are seizing an opportunity to push short-term rentals back onto the long-term housing market.

In Lisbon, the Portuguese capital, the city government is becoming a landlord itself by renting empty apartments and subletting them as subsidized housing. In Barcelona, Spain, the housing department is threatening to take possession of empty properties and do the same.

Other city governments are enacting or planning new laws to curb the explosive growth of rentals aimed largely at tourists. Amsterdam has banned vacation rentals in the heart of the old city; a Berlin official warned of a crackdown on short-term leasing platforms “trying to evade regulation and the enforcement of law”; and Paris is planning a referendum on Airbnb-type listings.

For years, properties rented out for short-term stays have snatched away housing units from local residents in several European cities. Lisbon has more than 22,000 Airbnb listings, according to Inside Airbnb, which tracks listings in cities around the globe. Barcelona has 18,000, and Paris — one of the platform’s largest markets — has nearly 60,000.

When tourists are plentiful, renting a property on a short-term basis can be more lucrative for owners than a long-term tenant, something that city governments say has distorted housing markets in cities where supply is already tight. They also accuse online platforms of circumventing laws put in place to protect local markets.

“We cannot tolerate that accommodations that could be rented to Parisians are now rented all year to tourists,” the deputy mayor of Paris, Ian Brossat, said in a phone interview. Mr. Brossat also said he was hoping to cut the number of days per year that a property can be rented through platforms like Airbnb — currently 120. He accused the company of breaching even that rule.

“Airbnb pretends to respect the law, but it’s not the case,” said Mr. Brossat, who has written a book critical of Airbnb and its impact on cities.

Airbnb denies any wrongdoing, in Paris or elsewhere. “They’ve set the rules, and we’re following the rules,” said Patrick Robinson, Airbnb’s director of public policy for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “Where there is a vigorous discussion about the right regulations, we’re part of that conversation, and ultimately that’s for local politicians to decide.”

He said that Airbnb provided registration details and other data to the authorities in major tourism hubs like Lisbon, Paris and Barcelona to help city officials enforce their rules. “We actually think that better access to data is the solution here.” In September, the company introduced City Portal, which it says will allow governments access to data that can help identify listings that do not comply with

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Kate Hudson Just Shared the Sweetest Vacation Throwback Photo With Son Bingham

One of the many things COVID-19 has momentarily paused (at least for many of us) is recreational travel. Our kids’ spring breaks and summer vacations turned into staycations thanks to the global pandemic. As the holidays approach, we’re still not sure if we’ll be traveling anywhere. But we’d be lying if we said we weren’t missing out on a relaxing, much-needed vacation and spending too much time scrolling through all the vacation pics on our phones. Kate Hudson must be feeling the same way, because the actress shared her own reminiscent post with the cutest photo of her and her son Bingham on vacation in Greece. Stars, they’re just like us!

Hudson shared a gorgeous beach selfie with her middle child, Bingham Hawn Bellamy, while feeling nostalgic about their previous gorgeous Greek vacation. “My little Bingo #fbf #greecewemissyou 🇬🇷,” wrote Hudson, alongside the adorable pic of her lovingly kissing her son’s cheek as he posed with a smile and flashed a peace sign.

Even in a picture of mostly her neck, Hudson still managed to look flawless. Which makes us wonder, what is her skincare routine?! We’d do just about anything to achieve this effortlessly glowing look. Also, can we talk about those earrings for a sec? They’re giving off serious vacationing-in-Greece vibes and we’re obsessed.

We’re guessing Hudson isn’t planning any trips back to the country right now, but she has still been enjoying life at home over the last few months with boyfriend, Danny Fujikawa, and her kids: Ryder Robinson, Bingham, and Rani Rose Hudson Fujikawa.

Earlier this year she snapped this picture of Bingham and Rani playing with a giant pool floatie at home. “My babies,” she captioned the sweet pic.

Before you go, check out our gallery of celebrities with huge families.

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Angelina Jolie, Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, Zahara Jolie-Pitt, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt and Knox Leon Jolie-Pitt

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Parineeti Chopra looks stunning in streetwear; Shares photo from her Europe vacation

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Parineeti Chopra, who is reportedly vacationing in Europe with her family, has recently shared a stunning picture of her on Instagram. The 31-year-old actress recently celebrated her birthday with her family. However, to make her day more special, her friends and fans flooded social media with sweet birthday wishes. In the latest picture, the actress is shelling out major vacay goals. Parineeti can be seen donning a blue street wear along with a pair of sneakers in the latest still. 

To complete her look, she has opted for a sling bag and sunglasses while striking a stylish pose on the streets. Parineeti’s brother Shivang clicked her. While sharing the picture on her Instagram handle, she wrote, “Streetwear pehenke street pe photo. @shivangchopra99”.

Take a look Parineeti Chopra’s latest picture here:

A post shared by Parineeti ⭒ (@parineetichopra) on Oct 24, 2020 at 1:04am PDT

On Parineeti’s birthday, her cousin sister Priyanka Chopra Jonas shared a throwback picture with her and penned a sweet note to wish her. Priyanka’s post read as, “Happy Birthday Tisha Sending you a biiiiiig hug and Miss you tons @ParineetiChopra”.

On the work front, Parineeti Chopra will be next seen in Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar and the Saina Nehwal biopic. In Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar, she will be seen opposite Arjun Kapoor. The actress will be also seen in The Girl On The Train, which is an adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ 2015 bestseller and the Hollywood film of the same name.

Also Read: Priyanka Chopra sends a ‘big hug’ to birthday girl Parineeti Chopra with a sweet wish; Says ‘Miss you tons’

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How a freelance journalist takes vacation without losing business

  • Lola Méndez is a freelance travel journalist.
  • Two years ago, she took her first real vacation in years — and was miserable.
  • She was operating in a scarcity mindset, fixated on all of the opportunities she might be missing.
  • Here’s how she’s learned to take restful vacations, and shifted towards an abundance mentality.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Salaried workers have it good in many ways. 

Their benefits often include partially-funded healthcare coverage, 401K matching programs, paid sick days, and even paid time off for bank holidays and vacation. Many people even negotiate their vacation days before accepting an offer for a new role. 

Freelancers get none of these perks. Sure, we get to set our own rates and choose clients that align with our passions and expertise. But when it comes to getting away from it all and going off the grid for a few days, freelancers often struggle to mitigate stress. After all, a day away from work is a day bringing in zero earnings for freelancers who don’t have passive income.

I’m all too familiar with the struggle of vacationing as a freelancer — especially as an independent travel journalist. It’s nearly impossible for me to switch out of work mode when vacationing. I’m constantly searching for story angles, scribbling notes, chatting with locals, and snapping photos. Even when I’m not traveling on assignment, I act as if I am.

Two years ago I booked a week-long getaway on a Cambodian island with very little internet access. It was my first real vacation in years. I had zero obligation to write about the place where I was going. I expected to spend all day sunbathing at the beach, reading in a hammock swaying underneath palm trees, and enjoying all the cocktails my heart desired. Leading up to my trip I got all my assignments turned in on time and alerted my editors that I’d be offline.

I was miserable in paradise. 

After a few hours of truly relaxing, I’d want to work. I love my job and the travel-centric lifestyle I’ve created for myself. Forcing myself to take a vacation didn’t serve me. I was desperate to check my emails. I couldn’t wait to return to the mainland and get back online. I was operating on the scarcity mindset and was afraid of all the opportunities I was missing by being offline.

I’ve since learned how to embrace a short holiday. Spending three to five days offline is my sweet spot. I can truly enjoy my experience without worrying too much about work. Even though I’m typically overseas, I tend to schedule my vacations around US bank holidays, since that’s when most of my clients will also be offline. I know it’s unlikely I’ll have unexpected edits or assignments due over a long holiday weekend.

To be able to enjoy your vacation, notify your clients as soon as possible about the dates you’re taking off work and assure them you’ll meet all deadlines before you

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Hawaii’s short-term vacation rental business is still showing signs of struggle since the recent lifting of the COVID ban

COVID-19 restrictions banning short-term vacation rentals just lifted on Oahu, which moved into Tier 2 of its economic reopening Thursday.

That means roughly 800 short-term vacation rental properties on Oahu, which had been sidelined by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s pandemic restrictions since April 7, are now allowed to resume business like their neighbor island counterparts.

Short-term rentals, which rented for 30 days or less and weren’t being used to quarantine guests, have been allowed to operate on Hawaii island and Kauai and in Maui County since the middle of June, when the state’s first pandemic-inspired interisland quarantine was lifted. That didn’t change even after Aug. 11, when a partial interisland quarantine was reinstated for the counties of Kauai, Hawaii, Maui and Kalawao.

Still, it’s not exactly been smooth sailing for vacation rentals statewide, which have suffered from a COVID-19-related plunge in travel demand just like hotels, airlines and any other member of Hawaii’s visitor industry.

Overall, travel demand in September was still depressed significantly by the requirement that all out-of-state passengers abide by a 14-day self-quarantine. It wasn’t until Oct. 15 that the state launched a pre-arrivals testing program that allows some travelers to bypass the quarantine.

Even before the pandemic, Oahu’s short-term rental industry was more restricted than in other counties. Honolulu allows short-term rental lodging only in resort and certain apartment-zoned districts, unless the property is one of the roughly 800 or so that were issued a nonconforming use certificate back in 1989 and have maintained it.

Ordinance 19-18, otherwise known as Bill 89, created means for the city to issue roughly 1,700 permits to allow bed-and-breakfast homes to operate. However, there’s a bill to push back the start date for permits to Jan. 31 because of the pandemic.

In September, Caldwell didn’t yet consider Oahu short-term rental as essential businesses. But the isle’s owners and suppliers realized the highest, albeit still low, September occupancy statewide.

According to a report released Friday by the Hawaii Tourism Authority, using data from Transparent Intelligence, Oahu’s vacation rental occupancy for September fell to 14.5%, a 59 percentage point drop from September 2019. Oahu’s vacation rental supply fell more than 56% to 97,989 units. Oahu’s demand dropped to 14,160 units, but the nearly 92% drop wasn’t quite as steep as that experienced by Maui or Kauai.

September occupancy at Maui County vacation rentals decreased 68.8 percentage points to 5.4%. Maui’s supply declined more than 48% to 151,521, and demand dropped more than 96%, the most of any island, to 8,151.

Kauai’s vacation rental occupancy fell 62.3 percentage points to 5.6%. Kauai’s supply fell nearly 49% to 62,133, while demand decreased nearly 96% to 3,500.

Hawaii island’s occupancy declined 49.2 percentage points to 10.7%. Hawaii island’s supply dropped about 57% to 89,813, and demand decreased more than 92% to 9,620.

Despite the economic devastation that tourism lockdowns have caused Hawaii’s vacation rental industry, not all Hawaii residents support allowing them to operate during the pandemic, especially since the the Honolulu Department of Planning

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Bella Hadid and Fanny look happy during beach vacation to celebrate the model’s 24th birthday

Bella Hadid and friend Fanny look happy during beach vacation to celebrate the model’s 24th birthday in new throwbacks photos

Bella Hadid and her best friend, Fanny Bourdette-Donon, looked happier than ever on a sun-soaked vacation in throwbacks photos from her epic birthday getaway.

After sharing shots of herself epitomizing beach glamour for a Versace shoot over the summer, the catwalk star, 24, continued to reminisce over swimsuit season.

While the stunner opted not to tag her location, the bikini-clad duo appeared to be blissfully floating in Caribbean-style waters, as they displayed their trim figures. 

Sunnier days: Bella Hadid and her best friend, Fanny Bourdette-Donon, appeared happier than ever on a sun-soaked vacation in throwbacks photos on Instagram

Sunnier days: Bella Hadid and her best friend, Fanny Bourdette-Donon, appeared happier than ever on a sun-soaked vacation in throwbacks photos on Instagram

As Bella donned a tiny white two-piece, she had one arm wrapped around her pal’s shoulders and was completely relaxed on the water’s surface.

For their swim, the honorary ‘sister’ of one of the world’s biggest supermodels rocked a leopard print thong bikini, which showed off her envy-inducing midriff. 

The pair were beaming as they enjoyed the warm tropical breeze and posed for another picture standing in the water with gleeful expressions across their faces. 

Tropical getaway: After sharing shots of herself epitomizing beach glamour for a Versace shoot over the summer, the catwalk star, 24, continued to reminisce over swimsuit season

Tropical getaway: After sharing shots of herself epitomizing beach glamour for a Versace shoot over the summer, the catwalk star, 24, continued to reminisce over swimsuit season

In a close-up of her face, the Vogue cover girl’s eyes were shut and she looked perfectly sun-kissed with rosy cheeks and a few freckles on her makeup free face. 

Additionally, while running a hand through her wet tresses, she flashed a wrist full of stunning gold bracelets, which coordinated with the chain around her neck. 

During her fun-filled birthday excursion earlier this month, they also partied with pals Devon Lee Carlson, Jesse Jo Stark and Alana O’Herlihy, before returning to NYC. 

Best friends: As she donned a tiny white two-piece, Hadid had one arm wrapped around her pal's shoulders and relaxed on the water's surface

Best friends: As she donned a tiny white two-piece, Hadid had one arm wrapped around her pal’s shoulders and relaxed on the water’s surface

Just weeks ago, the Victoria’s Secret model also became a first-time aunt, after her elder sister, Gigi, welcomed a baby girl with her beau Zayn Malik.  

Gigi confirmed her pregnancy on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in late April.

Meanwhile Bella’s representative recently denied rumors she is dating Jack Nicholson’s grandson Duke, telling E! News she is ‘single and not in a relationship.’ 

Birthday girl: Her fun-filled birthday excursion also included pals Devon Lee Carlson, Jesse Jo Stark and Alana O'Herlihy

Birthday girl: Her fun-filled birthday excursion also included pals Devon Lee Carlson, Jesse Jo Stark and Alana O’Herlihy

Aunt Bella: Late last month, Bella also became a first-time aunt, after her elder sister, Gigi, welcomed a baby daughter with her beau Zayn Malik

Aunt Bella: Late last month, Bella also became a first-time aunt, after her elder sister, Gigi, welcomed a baby daughter with her beau Zayn Malik

On Wednesday, Bella reposted a checklist of how her ‘goals have changed’ including ‘getting married when I am ready’ rather than before age 30 and ‘finding someone who I deeply connect with’ rather than the most attractive.

Hadid has been single ever since ending her on/off romance with three-time

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South Carolina’s Palmetto Bluff Makes Everyday Life Feel Like Vacation

The palmetto is synonymous with the state of South Carolina and its coastline, adorning the state flag and emblematic of a relaxed life lived close to nature. And that state of mind is no more present than at Palmetto Bluff, which is situated on 20,000 wild and pristine acres in the Lowcountry.

Palmetto Bluff is a conservation community with deep roots that date back thousands of years to the first Paleo-Indians who inhabited the Americas. Conserving the land has been integral to modern-day development, and today Palmetto Bluff, with its 32 miles of riverfront, offers one of the most extraordinarily unique and secluded places to call home. Here are just a few reasons why.

An unparalleled natural landscape

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The land is the guiding force behind Palmetto Bluff’s evolution. And from the moment you arrive, it’s obvious why, generation after generation, people have been captivated by it. Defined by three rivers—the May, Cooper, and New—the Bluff, as locals call it, is a dazzling expanse of maritime forests, tidal estuaries, winding waterways, and arching oaks draped with Spanish moss.

The Palmetto Bluff Conservancy stewards the land, surveying wildlife activity—deer, turtles, bald eagles, snowy egrets, and blue birds are just a few of the animals that live here—ensuring that the natural and built environments live in harmony. The Conservancy treats the land as a vast outdoor classroom and offers tours, workshops, and excursions so residents and visitors can learn about the history of the land—the oldest artifact found here dates back 12,000 years—and see firsthand what they’re working to protect.

The land is the guiding force behind Palmetto Bluff’s evolution.

You can also explore Palmetto Bluff’s natural treasures on your own by biking or walking one of the many maintained trails. The leisure Maritime Trail takes you through the Lowcountry forest while the Long Leaf Pine Trail winds through pine uplands and the guided three-mile Palmetto Bluff Nature Hike incorporates salt marshes and lagoons.

Thoughtful design that sits lightly on the land

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Palmetto Bluff

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Palmetto Bluff

A primary responsibility of the Conservancy is to see that every building constructed at Palmetto Bluff puts the landscape first. Homesites are not bulldozed en masse; they are carefully cleared to preserve old trees and maintain sightlines. Neighborhoods are categorized as “Town” or “Country,” with the latter being more private and centered on nature and open space, while the former are closer together and within walking distance to shops and amenities.

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Palmetto Bluff

All buildings have a classic Lowcountry style—wide porches, wraparound verandas, symmetrical columns, and colonial influences—but the two districts (which they call villages) each have a distinct character.

Wilson Village, the first community at Palmetto Bluff, looks like a historic Southern town. Homes here are relaxed and inviting, built sustainably with local materials. Properties for sale here include a charming 2,205-square-foot, two-bedroom for $1.69 million and a five-bedroom with views of a 120-acre nature preserve for $2.95 million.

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Enjoy the vacation lifestyle you’ve been waiting for at Dimucci Twin Towers

This stunning direct-oceanfront, two-bedroom, two-bath condominium home in Dimucci Twin Towers offers incredible views of the Atlantic coastline. Fully furnished, this immaculate open-concept dream home features a split floor plan, with tile flooring throughout the main living areas and the chef-inspired kitchen, which is awash in a coastal palette and adorned with beautiful white cabinetry and like-new appliances. Imagine relaxing on your private balcony, watching the waves roll in and breathing the clean ocean air. Residents also enjoy superior amenities, such as a fitness center, two oceanfront swimming pools, two hot tubs and two social rooms, with beautiful bars and spectacular views. Located in Daytona Beach Shores, Dimucci is convenient to a supermarket, bank, pharmacy, golf, tennis and a community center.

a close up of a metal rail next to a beach: The private balcony is an ideal location to relax, watch the waves roll in and breathe the clean ocean air.

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The private balcony is an ideal location to relax, watch the waves roll in and breathe the clean ocean air.

ADDRESS: 3311 S. Atlantic Ave., Unit 402, Daytona Beach Shores






PRICE: $395,000

CONTACT: Contact: Sandy Cook, RE/MAX Signature, 386-547-1156

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Taapsee Pannu to Mandira Bedi to Aahana Kumra – Bollywood hotties who’re setting vacation goals and we can’t keep calm!

The world went under a complete lockdown earlier this year with the global pandemic on the surge. However, by mid-2020, a lot of countries eased the lockdown and the economy was restarted. This gave a chance to people to shed their lockdown blues as international travel slowly opened up. As the shoots are slowly getting started, Bollywood divas decided to indulge in travel in order to rejuvenate themselves before kickstarting their work.

Today, let’s talk about the actresses, who packed their bags and jetted away for much deserved holidays. Some with their hubbies, while some with their boyfriends. Here’s all:

Taapsee Pannu

Photos from Taapsee Pannu’s Maldives Holiday are making the Internet green with envy. Taapsee took off to the Maldives with her sisters Shagun and Evania Pannu and shared stunning pictures from her vacation. In one of her posts, she can be seen posing in a multicoloured bikini with a breathtaking view in the background. “When we take the idea of ‘Rise and Shine’ literally! Cameraperson: Our newly discovered director on board, Shagun Pannu,” she hilariously captioned her post.

Mouni Roy

Mouni Roy went to the Maldives to ring in her 35th birthday. It did seem like Mouni, who also put out a picture of hers in a bikini, had a lot of fun too, cycling around the island barefoot. The actor chose to opt for maxi dresses and bikinis for her vacation styling. Mouni Roy went for a blue maxi dress in one of her outings. Her dress was complemented with a halter neck and across detailing at the back. The actor chose soft makeup and completed her look with open hair.

Neha Dhupia

Neha and her dearest hubby Angad Bedi joined the list of Bollywood celebrities who have flown to the Maldives in the last few months to enjoy a nice getaway. The duo painted their Instagram profile with adorable and romantic pictures of their dream holiday. In one of the pictures shared by Neha on her Instagram actress, the actress is looking gorgeous in a black bikini, which she paired with a hat, while Angad Bedi can be seen sporting blue shorts. “Angad Bedi spotted in the Maldives with a woman in black bikini and face covered … should I be worried? (sic)”, Neha’s caption read.

Mandira Bedi

Mandira Bedi also took a trip to the Maldives in the recent past, She can be seen chilling like a villain in the Maldives. The actress was vacationing in “paradise city” with her Instagram feed setting the world on fire with some stunning pictures. In one of the photos Mandira Bedi can be seen soaking up the sun in a back bikini near a pool. The mesmerizing backdrop in the picture stole the show on the Internet. Sharing the photo, the actress wrote: “What a day! When it has the right mix of great food and so much activity that it’s hard to decide what was the best and you just need to hold, pause and say, Thank

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