How To Pack A Suitcase For A Business Trip

Before we go into how to pack a suitcase for a business trip, you have to know what to pack. So what you should pack, honestly, I think you know that best yourself.




What To Pack For A Business Trip

Versatility Is Key

A light blue shirt for business casual with chinos and a blazer

A light blue shirt for business casual with chinos and a blazer

You want a wardrobe that is easy to dress up and down because you have very limited garments with you and you want to get the most out of them.

For a standard business trip, I suggest you pack at least one suit, maybe two, and a navy blazer. In terms of color, I think a grey suit is perfect because you can combine the pants with a blazer and have another business appropriate outfit.

Chinos are great for travel

Chinos are great for travel

If you want another pair of pants, I think chinos are great or if you need something dressier, of course, you can go with dress pants. Make sure there’s enough contrast and don’t go with something navy that is different than the blazer, or even exactly the same because, it just looks off.

Sven Raphael Schneider wearing a DB flannel suit

Sven Raphael Schneider wearing a DB flannel suit

A heavier fabric such as a flannel, wrinkles less than a lightweight high twist fabric. Yes, you can always have your suit pressed when you arrive or just hang up in the bathroom to release the wrinkles with steam, but ideally, you want a suit that wrinkles as little as possible because it makes it easier on you and provides peace of mind because you’ll always look presentable.

A checked dress shirt for casual night outs

A checked dress shirt for casual night outs

When it comes to shirts, I’d bring a white dress shirt with cufflinks, maybe a light blue one, and at least a checked one which is a little more casual that you can wear without a tie, let’s say if you go out at night.

Undershirts may help you to keep your dress shirt fresher all day. If you want other colors, I suggest stick with pastel colors for shirts because they’re easy to combine, very versatile. Don’t go with bolder colors and if you want to add a dash of something special to your outfit, go with colorful accessories such as your tie, your pocket square, or maybe your cufflinks.

How Many Pairs Of Shoes Should You Bring?

When it comes to shoes, it’s actually very different if you have quality men’s shoes because they’re usually a lot heavier than cheaper ones. Personally, I have traveled three or four weeks with just three pairs of shoes, one which I wore on the plane, and two that were packed, and I could do that because I know exactly the kind of events I would go to.

Black cap toe oxfords with Fort Belvedere shadow stripe socks

Black cap toe oxfords with Fort Belvedere shadow stripe socks

If you know you have lots of formal business events, I suggest to go with a black cap toe oxford, and maybe a pair of burgundy shoes because it always combines well, it always looks presentable, professional, but you can also combine it in a more casual way.

Wingtip monk strap shoes with Fort Belvedere socks

Wingtip monk strap shoes with Fort Belvedere socks

If you don’t have formal events, I would go with a dark brown pair, maybe  monk straps, or regular lace-ups, then a pair of burgundy shoes, because it’s so versatile, and another may be light brown or cognac tone, maybe a suede pair of shoes because that browns up your wardrobe, makes you look presentable and dapper no matter where you go.

Shoe Trees are a must have

Shoe Trees are a must have

Most people forget it, but it’s very important to bring at least one pair of shoe trees because it helps your shoes to stay in shape and lasts longer, while plastic ones are really lightweight, I don’t like them because they don’t provide the desired shape and hold I need.

No matter where I travel, I always bring a travel shoehorn because it protects my shoes, it helps me to get into my shoes at security and I never want to miss it because it’s such a small item that can save you a lot of dollars.








Stock Up On Versatile Accessories

In terms of accessories, I usually bring pocket squares, tie, sometimes bow ties, cufflinks, rings, maybe a collar pin, or a collar bar, and also boutonnieres. I actually use the Fort Belvedere gift box to travel with them because that’s perfect and they don’t get damaged that way, that being said, usually, I travel my cufflinks in my carry-on because I don’t want to lose my valuable gold jewelry.

Now Let’s Get Packing!

So how do you pack a suitcase? First of all, I suggest you go to the bedroom because if you have a large enough bed, you can put all of your things out there and you can have your suitcase up on the bed so it’s easier to pack.

The first thing I do is to stuff my socks and underwear into the shoes that don’t have shoe trays. I definitely recommend you use shoe bags or dust bags because they keep the rest of your clothes clean. The remaining t-shirts, polo shirts, or undershirts, and socks go into the bottom of the suitcase and especially on the side where you have the pull mechanism because it’s uneven and those socks help to even everything out.

I add belts or suspenders to it, then my Dopp kit, and ideally, you want something that’s lightweight and not too heavy, sometimes the nicer Dopp kits are really heavy and it just adds bulk so try to pay attention to that.

How To Fold A Dress Shirt

How To Fold A Dress Shirt

Folding could have a huge impact on how your clothing wrinkles, dress shirts are delicate and wrinkle very easily, therefore, you should fold them and not roll them. The best way to do that is to put the shirt flat down with buttons facing on the floor or the table. Fold the sides inwards with sleeves on both the sides, and fold over the hem, and fold in half or in thirds, depending on the size of your suitcase.

Do that with other shirts and then stack them with collars opposite from each other. You can use the same folding technique with sweaters, t-shirts, or polo shirts, however, sometimes it may make more sense to simply roll them because it’s quicker, it’s easier, and it saves you on space.

Plastic Hangers & Garment Bags Are Your Friends

Now in terms of a suit, the big advantage of a large spinner suitcase is that you don’t need to really fold your suit heavily. What I do is I use a lightweight plastic hanger with a wide shoulder pad, you want the shoulders to be about two inches wide and you want a trouser bar to not be rubberized because it usually doesn’t stick. You want a form of really grippy foam or anything else that really holds the trousers up. Simply hang your suit and put it in a garment bag.

Gagliardi Plastic Hanger

Gagliardi Plastic Hanger

Personally, I stay clear of the heavier cotton garment bags I use at home and I go with really lightweight cheap ones because they help to prevent wrinkles, at the same time, they don’t add bulk or weight to my suitcase. Never go with more than two garment bags. If you have more than two suits or two jackets, simply double them up in the same garment bag. If you have a vest, which is extremely helpful, because vests are easy to combine, you add it on top of the hanger underneath the jacket.

How to position your garment bags in your suitcase

How to position your garment bags in your suitcase

Once the garment bag is zipped up, you lay it flat in the suitcase then take the other garment bag laid flat as well. You fold them over one on top of each other. That way, the crease in the garment is not strong and it won’t wrinkle. I always try to fold it just at the bottom part of the lapel because that way, you don’t get any creases in it. Sometimes, if I have more pairs of pants, I put them either on the hanger but if it’s too heavy and it would break the plastic hanger, I just put them flat in the bottom of the suitcase first.

How To Keep Your Suits Wrinkle-Free

On top of the suits, I only put very lightweight items such as pocket squares, ties, for that specifically, I use a tie case that my wife made for me when we first dated so it’s very dear to my heart and I use it to this day. I found that rolling up ties usually makes them wrinkle much more easily and just laying them flat in your suitcase means they shift around and that way they wrinkle too so definitely get a tie case.

You don’t want to put any heavy objects on top of your suits because otherwise, it’s much more likely to wrinkle. It’s good for a suitcase to have that zipper on top so you can close up the suit compartment and focus your efforts on the other side. You also want a compartment on the other side because it’s much heavier and you don’t want to push on the suit side.

If you have issues with the size of your shoes, I suggest you wear the heaviest pair when you travel and put the lighter ones in your dust bags. I also suggest to put the sole to sole and pack them that way, because they’re more compact and you get more in your suitcase.

For my belts, I always try to roll them up and either I put them in my shoes or I just fit them on the side of the shirts, or the shoes, because there’s always extra room for little things like that. The same is true for items such as chargers, or maybe your electric shaver, to make sure you don’t overload your Dopp kit, get travel size products or little bottles otherwise, it’s way too heavy.

Finding The Right Suitcase

Over the years, I’ve tried lots of different things and I’ve found that two things are very important. One, you want spinner wheels that are really easy to roll because nothing is as bothersome as having to carry your suitcase for long distances which makes you sweat and uncomfortable at the airport. Also, when you’re outside and the pavement is not always the best, having bad wheels is really a pain in the behind.

Personally, while I love the look of suitcases like Globetrotter, they’re just very impractical and I’ve had good luck with these hardshell suitcases in polycarbonate; they’re lightweight and they have strong corners. I always go for the zippered version because it’s lighter than the metal frame version from brands like for example, the one I’m using here right now is from Samsonite, it’s not sponsored in any way it’s just what I happen to like.

I used to live in Germany and was dating my wife in the US so I was traveling a lot back and forth, and those lightweight suitcases are really the best, they will break eventually but it’s still better than carrying a heavier aluminum suitcase that won’t break as easily but it doesn’t allow you to carry on a lot.

My Samsonite polycarbonate luggages

My Samsonite polycarbonate luggage

Two, your spinner suitcase has to be wide enough. Ideally, your shoulders should fit in there no problem. Originally, I started with larger, more rectangular suitcases, but I’ve gone to a square shape which works really well for suits because you can fold it nicely, you get the width you want, and they’re very easy to handle. Honestly, if you invest in custom suits, I really urge you to use a larger suitcase because they’re easy on your suits and you will able to wear them for much longer.

What are your must-haves for longer trips? Drop a comment below!

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Trump Says He’s Canceling His London Trip Because Obama Chose a Bad Spot for the New U.S Embassy

President Donald Trump has ditched plans to visit London next month to open a new U.S. embassy, in a decision that poses a new test for the so-called “special relationship” with the U.K.

“Reason I canceled my trip to London is that I am not a big fan of the Obama administration having sold perhaps the best located and finest embassy in London for ‘peanuts,’ only to build a new one in an off location for $ 1.2 billion,” Trump said on Twitter. “Bad deal. Wanted me to cut ribbon — NO!”

While the sale was made under Obama’s watch, the decision to relocate the embassy was made under George W. Bush in 2008.

Trump’s decision was reported late Thursday by the U.K.’s Daily Mail newspaper. It said some officials believed he decided not to come because he felt the arrangements for the visit were too low key, and would instead send Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to open the embassy.

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Speaking on condition of anonymity on Friday, a British official said the U.K. government had been working on the basis that Trump would arrive in late February, though no firm date had been set. The U.K.’s official invitation to Trump for a full “state visit” still stands.

Strained Relationship

Trump’s friend and Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage said the president may have been put off by the prospect of his visit being overshadowed by street demonstrations from people protesting about his views.

Relations between the U.S. and its closest ally have been repeatedly strained since Trump took office a year ago and U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May became the first foreign leader to meet him at the White House. May’s invitation for Trump to visit the Queen has faced growing opposition, fueled in part by the president’s Twitter criticism of London Mayor Sadiq Khan and retweets of propaganda from a far-right British anti-Muslim group.

Read: President Trump Said He’d Prefer Immigrants From Norway Over ‘Shithole Countries’

Khan said Trump “would without doubt have been met by mass peaceful protests” if he hadn’t canceled the trip. “It appears that President Trump got the message.”

British opposition politicians said Trump was not welcome in the U.K. Former opposition Labour party leader leader Ed Miliband tweeted to Trump that the reason he cancelled was really “because nobody wanted you to come. And you got the message.”

Wedding Snub

Farage, who was the first British politician to meet Trump after his election victory, suggested political opposition to Trump’s views may have played a part. “It’s disappointing,” Farage told BBC Radio’s Today program on Friday. It’s possible that plans for “mass protests, those optics he didn’t like the look of.”

Another explanation could be reports that Trump isn’t happy because he may not be invited to the forthcoming wedding of British royal Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. The prince is on friendly terms with former President Barack Obama, who U.K. media have suggested will be invited.

“Who his Royal Highness Prince Harry and Miss Markle invite to their wedding is really a matter for them,” said senior Conservative Party lawmaker Tom Tugendhat. Foreign heads of state should not automatically expect an invitation to the wedding, he added.

Read: Carrier Factory ‘Saved’ By Donald Trump to Lay Off 200 More Workers

Trump’s decision to stay away from the embassy opening is “a great shame” but will not cause lasting harm to the transatlantic relationship, Tugendhat told the Today program. “The United States is very much one of our closest allies but the alliance isn’t based on who lives in the White House and who lives in Number 10, it’s based on shared values, common interests and an absolute commitment to the international rules-based system.”

The new site on the south bank of the river Thames near to the Palace of Westminster had been scheduled to open during Obama’s term, but delays pushed back its formal opening until this year. The State Department agreed to sell the existing embassy building on Grosvenor Square, Mayfair, to Qatari Diar Real Estate Investment Co. in 2009 to fund the relocation. The investors have sought approval to turn the building into a hotel, according to the project’s website.


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How To Pack A Carry-On Suitcase For A Short Business Trip

In this guide we discuss how to pack your carry-on luggage like a pro for a business trip including how to fold a suit and shirt; what you need & secrets to maximizing every inch of your carry-on.

For Air Travels

I suggest going with a spinner suitcase with nice wheels that roll very smoothly so you can maneuver it without hassle, but it should also be stable so you can put a little briefcase or another carry-on item on top of it while you walk with it. Note that packing a small carry-on suitcase is very different from packing a larger spinner suitcase.

An upright spinner with a front pocket designed for work essentials is the perfect option for business travel

An upright spinner with a front pocket designed for work essentials is the perfect option for travel

How To Pack A Small Carry-On Suitcase?

First of all, put out all the items you want to bring on your trip onto your bed or maybe on the floor if the bed is not large enough. Remove all excessive items and only bring the bare bones you actually need.

If it’s just a one-day business trip, you just need one pair of shoes, and I simply suggest you wear it. If it’s a two or three-day business trip, you want to bring another pair of shoes, but that’s it.

I always suggest to go with black cap toe Oxfords, maybe Balmoral ones that add a little decoration, if you have huge feet, perhaps a derby shoe is the way to go.








If your business trip is not super formal or if you want a second pair of shoes, I suggest going with a burgundy pair of shoes because it can quickly be dressed up and down. It’s always appropriate, and you can wear with anything else you bring in your carry-on suitcase.

To prevent your shoes from soiling up the other clothing items in your suitcase, I always suggest going with a shoe bag or a dust bag. If you can put each shoe in a dust bag, that gives you more flexibility in terms of packing.

At first, I fold my socks and roll them up and put them in my shoes, maybe if you have space, you can also put your underwear in there, or a rolled belt.

No matter where I travel, I always bring a travel shoe horn because it protects my shoes, it helps me to get into my shoes at security, and I never want to miss it because it’s such a small item that can save you a lot of dollars. I’ve struggled many times with a carry-on and a suit, and so I tried different techniques, and this is the best one I found.

Secrets To Maximizing The Space Of Your Carry-On

Reserve the one compartment strictly for your suits

Reserve one compartment strictly for your suits

Keeping Your Suits Crisp

  • First, let’s start with the pants. You want to fold them into thirds because that way, it fits into your suitcase. Lay that on the flat side of your carry-on suitcase. In this video, I’m using a small houndstooth suit only so you can see better how I fold it. If you got a business trip, probably a solid navy suit, or charcoal, or light gray, or gray suit, are the better way to go.
  • Second, if you have a three-piece suit with a vest, you just take the vest, fold it in half and make sure the top ends align, as well as the bottom tips of the waistcoat, then you just roll it up. Again, you have a sweet little fabric roll, now put the roll aside.
roll up your waistcoats

How to roll up your waistcoat

  • Now, it’s time for the jacket. Take the left sleeve and pull it inside out, make sure to pull it all the way through. Now on that same sleeve, go to the shoulder and push it, and fold it inside out, this creates the perfect shape, and it fits right into the opposite shoulder that wasn’t folded. We do this to protect the shoulder so it doesn’t get crushed and wrinkled. Now take the rolled-up waistcoat, and stuff it into the shoulder area, so it gives it additional support and prevents it from wrinkling.

Now you fold up the jacket, so it lays neatly in the case on top of the pants. Usually, there’s a little gap on top of the shoulder, I use that to roll up some ties and ideally, knit ties because they’re less prone to getting wrinkles.

If you have additional space, you can add some pocket squares there but stay clear of any heavy items such as a wash bag, or toiletry bag, or maybe your jewelry kit, or chargers, or anything else that would squish the suit.

It pays to have a separate compartment in your carry-on suitcase so it doesn’t get stuffed because if your suit gets crushed chances are, it will wrinkle.

How To Fold A Dress Shirt

How To Fold A Dress Shirt


The Ideal Way To Fold Dress Shirts

If you have some room, you may want to add a dress shirt. Folding could have a huge impact on how your clothing wrinkles. Dress shirts are delicate and wrinkle very easily. Therefore, you should fold them and not roll them.

The best way to do that is to put the shirt flat down with buttons facing on the floor or the table, fold the sides inwards with sleeves on both sides and fold over the hem and fold in half or in thirds depending on the size of your suitcase.

Do that with all your shirts and then stack them with the colors opposite from each other. Maybe add just one shirt or maximum of two shirts on top of the suit because if it’s too squished, you get wrinkles in your shirts and in the suit.

Miscellaneous Accessories

Now, it’s time to close that compartment and let’s look at the other side of the suitcase. The socks, underwear, and undershirt, which didn’t fit into my shoes now go in between the telescope mechanism, so we create a somewhat flat surface. I put in the shoes sideways, so they use up as little space as possible.

Maybe if you want to bring a sweater or a cardigan, now is the time to put it in here. If you want to bring a long sleeve polo shirt for a casual evening outing, I usually roll it rather than folding it because a. it’s quicker, b. it saves me space and c. it’s not prone to wrinkling as much as let’s say a dress shirt.

If you were to bring any other folded items such as a t-shirt, an undershirt, I would roll those as well.

Filling In The Gaps

Once you’ve put all the things in, it’s time to fill the gaps. Maybe you want to bring suspenders, they should be rolled up, and you can stuff them in a gap. Usually, somewhere around the shoes, with a belt, you can also roll it up but if you don’t have enough space anymore, you can unroll it and lay it around the edges, that way, you’ll maybe fit even more things into your suitcase.

If you want, you can also bring your watch, maybe you want to bring some cufflinks in a jewelry case, maybe some collar pins, or collar bars, maybe collar stays, maybe tie bars, all those things should be in a neat little container, so you don’t have to search for them and they don’t get lost.

Of course, it’s also handy to have a little travel manicure kit with you just so you look presentable at your business meeting. You want to add a long pair of casual pants to your wardrobe, I suggest you go with seersucker because it’s lightweight and it doesn’t wrinkle.

When it comes to suit material, a great fabric for travel is either a heavy flannel, but if that’s not appropriate for a warm summer, I suggest you go with a fresco wool.

How do you pack your carry-on? Feel free to share your tips & tricks to efficiently packing light for a short trip!

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Taos, New Mexico: a road trip of highs and pueblos

Snowboarders love the unpisted gullies of Taos, in New Mexico. Off the slopes, the region’s adobe villages offer an insight into Native American culture and a chance to support local communities, as our writer discovers on a road trip

In the biting cold of the dark, incense-scented St Jerome chapel, tour guide Francisco Velarde, or “Flying Hawk” in his native Tiwa language, is explaining his people’s history to a small audience of tourists huddled in pews in their ski jackets. His ancestors, the “red willow people”, have lived here in Taos Pueblo for 1,000 years, he says, making it one of the oldest continuously inhabited communities in the US; an unusually successful revolt made them the only tribe to never be displaced on to a reservation. It’s a fascinating history, especially from the mouth of this passionate, streetwise student, part of Native American hiphop group Po.10.Cee, which has 27 albums to its name.

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A trip to Dordogne


What we love about France is that it is one of the most diverse nations in the world in terms of geography. With the delightful cobbled streets, winding back alleys, and rustic wine taverns of places like Bordeaux, to the contemporary, sprawling cityscapes of Paris and Marseille, France has everything. It’s this, coupled with the stunning cuisine and amazing culture that makes it a must for tourists everywhere. Vive le France!

But, there’s one part of France that is untouched by so many of us. One area of the country that so few of us have ever set foot in. Nestled in Southwestern France, between the Pyrenees and the Loire Valley, we find the magical department (that’s what they call it) or Dordogne. Now, sit back and prepare to be wowed as we take an unforgettable trip through Dordogne.

Slow it down

The first thing you’re going to notice here is a much more relaxed way of life; there isn’t that mad rush to do things that you might have in the city. And this is important, because a place like Dordogne is best enjoyed at a leisurely pace. Head to the small village of Limeuil, where time seems to stand still, and gaze down the hill at the stunning Panoramic Gardens, and the crossing of the rivers Dordogne and Vezere.

Get some Roman infusion

We highly recommend you head to the old Roman town of Perigueux, and enjoy some of the great culture on display here. There is a traditional farmer’s market here every Wednesday and Saturday, and you absolutely must attend for some stunning local produce. There are also the shimmering white domes of Perigueux Cathedral and absolutely stunning work of architecture and opulence. The Byzantine beauty dates back to 1669 and is an absolutely essential sight for visitors.

Truffle shuffle!

One of the things we love best about Dordogne is the delicious delicacies on offer here. Travel just 20 minutes north of Perigueux to the town of Sorges. Here you will find some of the freshest and most delectable truffles anywhere in the world. In fact, there is even a truffle museum here, where you can find out all about their legendary fresh truffles. You might even want to buy some, as they are sold all year round. This is a unique experience that you won’t get to have anywhere else in the world.


No, we’re not talking about the ‘80s BBC detective series starring John Nettles – though that was rad. Bergerac is a small, medieval commune in Dordogne, and it’s famed for our favorite French thing – wine! There are two exquisite vineyards rising high above, and, yes, you can do tastings. If you head for the famed House of Wines, there are 13 different types of wine you can try during your tasting.

So, though this is just a small sliver of what makes Dordogne so great, you can see that it has plenty to offer. This stunning department in the south of France offers everything great about this region of the country. It’s the perfect vacation spot for anyone wanting to discover more about France, and uncover the secrets of its hidden treasures.


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This Woman Took a Month-Long Trip to Spain for Less Than $3K — Here’s How

I just spent a month in Barcelona, Spain, for less than $ 3,000.

That’s including airfare, lodging, all my food… everything.

And in case you’re wondering, I didn’t take it easy. I saw a €41.50 flamenco show and a Lorde concert that was only slightly cheaper. I took a weekend trip up to Cadaques and Figueres, Dali’s stomping grounds, which means for a couple of nights I actually paid for accommodations twice. I ate a truly remarkable amount of food and drank an even more remarkable amount of incredible wine.

I got not one, but two mani-pedis. With shellac. (I know. Sue me.)

How to Spend Time Overseas Without Spending Your Savings

Don’t get me wrong: I know $ 3,000 isn’t exactly petty cash. We’re still talking about a hefty investment.

But considering you could spend almost a third of what I did for a vacation package of just six nights — and not including most of your food or any sightseeing — I’m going to go ahead and call my $ 2,938.87 total an epic win, especially since I spent almost as much on just a week in Ireland a year ago.

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Here’s the exact breakdown.

Airfare: $ 6.00 (not a typo)

Lodging: $ 1,166.18 (28 nights in Barcelona; two nights in Cadaques)

Groceries and necessities: $ 461.46

Food, drinks, and coffee (non-home meals): $ 453.76

Tours, sightseeing, and shows: $ 238.17

Getting around — including all public transit, taxis, and trains: $ 229.51

One-month gym membership: $ 45.28

Gifts and correspondence: $ 41.55

Nails/salon: $ 107.97 (I KNOW, I am the WORST)

Stuff I really wish I didn’t buy (see below): $ 188.99

GRAND TOTAL: $ 2,938.87

Not bad, wouldn’t you say?

Let’s take a look at what I did right — and what I could have done better.

Wins and Travel Hacking Secrets

Here are the main ways I successfully saved heaps on my international adventure.


An airplane travels through clouds.

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This is obviously my biggest savings. I could have easily spent a third of my total on this expense alone.

But I paid for my trans-Atlantic flight with frequent flyer miles, only having to cough up the cash for non-negotiable, carrier-imposed fees that totaled to a heaping $ 6.00 (on the nose!).

I accumulate miles by purchasing everything — absolutely everything, from groceries to my cell phone bill — on a travel rewards credit card that awards me at least a mile, and sometimes more, for every dollar I spend. This is a fantastic way to rack up miles quickly, provided you always pay your card down to $ 0 every single month to avoid paying any interest.

Have iffy credit or a tendency to overspend? Don’t worry — there are lots of ways to earn miles without using credit cards, too.


Bicycles rest against a tree in a neighborhood in Spain.

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While this was the priciest item in my travel budget at over $ 1,000, it’s still not a bad total for a combined 30 nights of accommodation.

I use Airbnb to find unique and affordable lodging, and also to ensure I have a private space with WiFi (so I can work) and a kitchen (so I can lower my food bill). You could do even better if you’re less of a delicate flower that I am; I simply will not share my sleeping space and will only rarely put up with a housemate. (What can I say? Introversion has its costs.)

But if you’re more gregarious — or at least tolerant — than this misanthrope, there are tons of budget travel accommodation options to choose from.

For example, many hostels offer beds in shared dormitories starting around $ 10 a night, and you can also look into free lodging through Couchsurfing. You might even be able to get the best of both worlds if you can find a housesitting gig: Privacy at no charge.

If you *do* go the Airbnb route, however, keep in mind that many listings feature steep discounts (on the order of 25% off or more) for travelers staying for longer periods of time — say, a week or a month — so it can be beneficial to try and extend your vacation.

Which is also important for…


People relax on the beach in Barcelona, Spain.

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You’d be surprised how much you can save just by shuffling your sightseeing schedule. In Barcelona, I got into the Picasso Museum, the City History Museum, and the National Catalonian Art Museum for free simply because I waited for the weekly free entry windows, saving a total of almost $ 40.

Of course, if you only have a couple of days, your itinerary is going to be less flexible. But there’s also free fun to be had at almost every destination, no matter when you go.

For instance, one of my favorite parts of my stay in Spain was a trip to the beach, where I was surprised to find fistfuls of sea glass. It was totally magical and totally free of charge — and if I decide to sell my souvenirs, I could even turn a profit!


A basket of eggs on a kitchen counter.

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Part of the reason I love Airbnb is because you can filter for locations that have a kitchen. I ate the vast majority of my meals at home.

And again, my grocery total could have been lower, but I’m one of those low-carb people, which means I couldn’t just fall back on endless pasta and rice cakes.

It’s safe to say you could eat abroad for a fraction of what I paid if you’re not as concerned with macronutrients as I am. (You also probably won’t need to shell out fifty bucks for a gym membership, whereas I can’t live without one. At least weightlifting is still cheaper than therapy!)

One word regarding cheap protein sources if you don’t just want to carbo-load the entire time: eggs. Gloriously cheap, delicious eggs that, in Spain at least, don’t even need to be refrigerated. I ate literally three flats of eggs over the course of the month.

Room for Improvement

I did a lot right, but there are quite a few things I could have done better — and which would have pushed my travel total even lower.

ATM Fees

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I didn’t separate them out in the above totals, which include both cash and card purchases, but I ended up paying $ 20.99 in ATM fees.

Even though I used the “right” ATMs — the ones my home bank recognizes as international partners — I didn’t realize I’d be assessed a 3% surcharge on any foreign currency I take out overseas. Had I known, I would have used cash less often and would have taken more of it out at a time.

(While you’ll always have to pay something extra to exchange your dollars for euros, I could have ordered more before I left under the flat $ 7.89 “handling fee” my bank charges.)


Obviously, opting for public transit is always cheaper than taking a taxi, at least if you’re traveling solo.

Unfortunately, a silly mistake on my part — not memorizing my chip card’s PIN — meant I was forced to take a €50 cab ride as soon as I landed. I also ended up taking cab rides home from the Lorde concert (the closest bus had stopped running, and I didn’t want to walk alone for an hour at midnight) and to an attraction for which the ticket required I be there at a specific time (I didn’t plan well enough and would have been late via metro).

Almost all of that could have been avoided if I’d simply prepared and scheduled more diligently. In fact, my total transit cost probably would have been less than $ 50.

International Shipping

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It is not cheap, guys. Not at all.

You know that sea glass I mentioned above? I decided to send some of it, along with a postcard, to my parents in St. Augustine, Florida. Not wanting to try my crappy Spanish at the regular P.O., I went to a Mailboxes, Etc. and put everything into a tiny envelope.

Sending that eensy-weensy package cost me, seriously, approximately $ 40. As a reminder, that’s about $ 34 more than I paid to ship myself to Europe, and the package weighed about 0.5% of what I do.

Avoid shipping things home at all costs. Bringing an extra bag to check will almost always be cheaper, even with baggage fees — and it allows you to bring home hard-to-ship goodies like wine and olive oil. Just wrap them well in soft clothing!

Eating (and Drinking) Out

I’d been doing great about eating at home for the first twenty days, but then I somehow effectively DOUBLED my total on fun-meals-out in the last week.

I don’t know why I got loosey-goosey at the last minute, but, um, yeah, don’t do that.

Another thing: My Airbnb was wonderful in a lot of ways, but I was dismayed to discover that it didn’t have a way to brew coffee. And for a java fiend like me, a canister of instant Nescafe just wasn’t going to cut it. (Why do Europeans like that stuff so much?)

I ended up spending about $ 60 on supporting my caffeine habit at coffee shops — an easy amount to shave off the top if I’d just bitten the bullet and gone cold turkey.

Stuff I Really Wish I Didn’t Buy: A Cautionary Tale

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Some of the money included in this category comes from random extras: an umbrella foisted on me by a street vendor; the $ 7 and change I wasted when I canceled an Airbnb. It was silly to think I’d have the time (and, honestly, discipline) to check Henry David Thoreau’s lengthy “Walden” off my list while abroad.

But the largest part — over $ 150 of it — comes from my incredibly questionable decision to purchase not one, but two pairs of shoes. SHOES. What’s worse, the €15 pair of sandals I bought started falling apart not three days later, forcing me to hobble click-clackingly home before throwing them away. The other pair are holding up, but they definitely give me too many blisters to wear on the regular.

So I guess one piece of sage travel advice I have is just, like… don’t buy shoes.

Brilliant, right?

Happy travels!

Jamie Cattanach (@jamiecattanach) has written for VinePair, SELF, Ms. Magazine, Roads & Kingdoms, The Write Life, Barclaycard’s Travel Blog, Santander Bank’s Prosper and Thrive and other outlets. Her writing focuses on food, wine, travel and frugality.

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How to Get Ready for a Backpacking Trip


A backpacking trip is becoming one of the most popular choices for people wanting to get away from it all. It’s a stripped back and hands-on holiday experience. You can learn to enjoy a different way of life. So, take a look at these ideas to help you get ready for the perfect trip.

Where to Go

The first thing you have to do is decide where you’re going to go backpacking. There is so much choice these days, and that’s the beauty of it. You may want to go abroad and really immerse yourself in another country. Or, you may decide you’d like to enjoy all the wonderful natural beauty of our own nation! Making a decision about where to go is an important first step because sets the tone for the rest of the trip. It might be a good idea to choose somewhere new you’ve never visited before. The idea of this sort of trip is to become inspired and broaden your experiences.

Who Are You Going With?

Many people enjoy backpacking on their own, while others prefer to go with friends and family. Either way is fine; it’s really about personal choice and what you want to get out of the experience. Think about the advantages and disadvantages of each choice. Sure, it will be safer to travel in a group, but you won’t have as much freedom as you would on your own. Before you make any sort of arrangements you need to decide who’s going to be accompanying you.


What to Bring

Next up, you need to think about what you’re going to bring with you. Now, one of the things it’s important to remember is that backpacking is an adventure in the great outdoors. A stripped back and simple way of being at one with nature and having a different experience to normal. And this means you’re going to have to kiss goodbye to a lot of your creature comforts. But that’s okay; you’re doing this for the experience! Ditch the iPads; you won’t need them. Instead, you’ve got to think practically! Warm and durable clothing is a must because it may become very cold. You’re going to need a tent and sleeping bag, as well as cooking equipment. Never forget the importance of an emergency kit like first aid, maps, a torch and a pocket knife. Make a list of everything you want and need to take, then whittle it down to the essentials.

Packing Tips

Okay, now we’re at the boring but important part of the process – the packing. Your eyes are probably rolling right now, but packing is crucial, and you need to get it right. You’ve got a lot to pack, and it needs to be done methodically and practically. You need to divide up your bag(s) into sections. The top, for instance, needs to be reserved for the stuff you’ll be using regularly. The bottom can hold things like your sleeping bag. Bear in mind you’re going to need to unpack and repack on a daily basis, so it’s best you get used to it as much as possible. Do what you can to practice and try out different combinations to get the fastest and most efficient outcome. It all went in to start with, so it will all go in again! It’s simply a matter of packing sensibly and being logical about it.



You’ve got to give some consideration to sustenance while you’re on your trip. It’s not as though you’re going to be able to call Domino’s and order a ‘Pepperoni Passion’! You’re going to need to think carefully about the best sorts of food to take. The trick is to pick things that will give you a lot of calories but won’t add too much weight. You’ll have your cooking stove remember, so things like dried noodles would be great. Tinned foods add weight, but some of them are essential. Sometimes it’s nice to get a few fresh bits as you pass through towns to make mealtimes a little better.

Be Prepared

The Cub Scout motto is ‘be prepared’, and this seems a good philosophy. Even if you weren’t a Cub or Girl Guide, you could still follow this ethos. You’re going to be spending a lot of time in the wilderness and in harsh weather. So you need to make sure your body and mind are prepared for this. This means getting into good physical shape before your trip. This is going to help a lot with the walking and heavy bag. It’s also essential that you have the right footwear, and that it’s broken in and comfortable. You have to ensure you have all the right gear as well so it might be worth taking it on a trial run before you go for a weekend.

What if Something Bad Happens?

When you’re facing the Great Outdoors, unpredictability is an issue. Something bad could happen at any time. So, you need to take measures to deal with the event of an emergency. This includes telling a friend where you’re going and trying to check in every day with someone. Making sure you have proper training and carrying something for protection is also very important.


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The Trip of a Lifetime – Surfing With Icebergs

Surfing expedition to one of the coldest places in the world. See how the surfers can get waves with hundreds of icebergs around. An adventure to the nicest country in the world.

Surfers: Adrián Fernández de Valderrama, Lucia Martiño, Aritza Saratxaga

Filmed with: Sony A7rII, nikon lens, Phantom 3 professional

music: Michael Ayars – Intrinsic
Mountains Crave – Anna Von Hausswolf

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Purchases on My Recent Trip

I travel to the Netherlands four times a year to hang out with my Dad. When I’m there, I throw in a bit of shopping with dear friend Inge, who drives through from Antwerp for the day. We have a ball, catching up on everything and enjoying some Dutch retail therapy. 

On my recent trip in November, I bought some Autumn and Winter wardrobe items. The exact items are represented in the collection below:

  • Orange cashmere pullover
  • Casual flat navy booties
  • Holiday clutch
  • Graphic Mod dress
  • Graphic Mod scarf

Someone on the forum recently asked how I decided on these particular items, so here’s some of the thinking behind the purchases.

  • I don’t have a rigid shopping list, nor do I buy items that I have in abundance. I am careful with my purchases because I want to keep my wardrobe moderately sized and wear the heck out of my clothes.
  • I like to get items on my trips that are hard to get back in Seattle.
  • I had navy boots on my shopping list because I passed on two uncomfortable pairs this year. Since dark blue is my black, I missed my navy boots (and so did my lonely navy bag that needed its footwear buddy). The navy boots had to be flat, tailored, simple, sleek, smart casual, beautifully made, and very comfortable. I found exactly what I wanted.
  • I had a clutch for this year’s holiday outfits on my list because my rose gold party complement needed refreshing. The clutch had to work with a tonal burgundy vibe and fit my large iPhone. I did not want to spend a designer price on the bag. I hadn’t planned on suede, but loved the equestrian saddle bag vibe of the clutch I found in a versatile cherry red.
  • I was NOT allowed to buy neutral knitwear because I’m sorted, but a colour was fine because I wear warm knitwear into Spring and never tire of my happy colours. The orange pullover did not fill a wardrobe hole, but was a fun addition to my new Burgundy capsule and the cropped silhouette was different. The orange also looks great with all my blue.
  • I was NOT allowed to buy a coat unless it was turquoise.
  • I was NOT allowed to buy jeans, blouses or skirts.
  • I was open to another fun, short fashion puffer jacket, but didn’t see one.
  • I’m always looking for flattering dresses with longer sleeves and sufficient length, across the seasons. When I came across the Mod patterned frock, I was intrigued. I didn’t have anything like it, and I liked the graphic pattern. The fit was fluid and not body-con. Nice sleeves and a good length. It would work with my tall ink blue boots, blazer, gilet, and several of my coats. It also had a matching scarf. The concept was unique, so that was that.
  • I was open to fun woolly trousers, but didn’t find a pair.

I have an effective, cohesive wardrobe of items that are in good condition, fit well, fulfill my needs, and make me happy. As a result, I seldom have glaring wardrobe needs. Most of my purchases are about adding that next layer of newness so that I keep my fashion feet moving and don’t get bored with my style.

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How to improve your camping trip


In life, people are in one of two camps (pun intended!), they either love pitching a tent and sleeping under the stars, or they simply couldn’t think of anything more horrifying! Whether you’re a camping lover or a hater, here are some top tips to help improve your camping trips and who knows, you may even end up loving it!

Make sure you have the right gear

If you don’t have everything you need, you’re going to have a pretty lousy time! When choosing a tent, make sure it can comfortably fit your group in it, as well as all of their belongings and supplies – you don’t want to leave anything outside overnight! It’s essential that you will be warm when you sleep so bring enough sleeping bags and bedding for everyone. If you can, use something that you can put underneath you so you’re sleeping on something softer than hard ground, such as an air mattress, or even just another sleeping bag to cushion your body. Make sure you have packed any safety equipment you might need, as well as a first aid kit and plenty of clean drinking water.

Food and drink

Although you may be planning to fish or hunt your food, make sure you also have plenty of food packed just in case it doesn’t work out. It’s useful to have some things that are ready to be eaten rather than just meals that need preparing, as this will save you time. If you are camping in an area where bears may be around, use secure storage containers to ensure that the smell doesn’t lure them over!

Plan some adventures!

Sometimes, the best thing about camping is the fact that you don’t have to do a whole lot and you can still enjoy it. That said, sometimes it’s nice to have a few ideas already thought of before you arrive, in case you find yourself feeling a little bored. These don’t have to be anything too structured, but perhaps check out local walking routes, if there are water sports events or even just pack some games or a deck of cards.

Be a fire starter

Although there is something very primitive and cool about starting a fire from scratch using some twigs, it is not always practical or doable. Fire is a pretty important part of camping as it is how you keep warm, boil water and cook food so without it you’re going to have some trouble. Even if you’re pretty confident in your fire-making skills, take along some fire starting equipment just in case. Some people swear by a used toilet roll inner with lint from the dryer inside as a DIY recycled fire starter! It’s better to be over prepared than end up having to cut your trip short because you can’t get a fire going!

A lot of camping negatives come from not being prepared, or not having the right equipment. As long as you are ready for any eventuality, and you go into a weekend camping with an open mind expecting to have a great time, the chances are that you will love it!


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A culinary trip in Italy


Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world. It is full of staggering monuments, breathtaking architecture, and, of course, unbeatable cuisine. If you are visiting Italy on vacation, you can’t possibly do so without making the most of all the delicious food that’s available here. We think Italy has some of the best cuisine in the world, and the best way of sampling it is to make sure you take a culinary trip.

There are so many amazing areas of Italy, and many of them are perfect for sampling mouth-watering food and drink. If you are a passionate foodie, someone who falls asleep dreaming of sensational dishes, this is certainly a place you have to go. Here are some of the best destinations for anyone planning to indulge in a culinary adventure of Italy.


One of the most famous and luxurious areas of Italy, Tuscany is a dream for all lovers of wonderful food and sensational surroundings. Rolling hills, sprawling grape vines, epic mountains, and the wild seas, Tuscany has some of the best cuisine in Italy. Florence and Pisa are two of the standout cities in this region, and places you can find a great deal of incredible food. Zesty soups, local salami meat, rustic bread, and prime Tuscan meat is here in abundance. And, you can wash it all down with some of the best vino in the country.


Veneto is one of the great lesser-known tourist destinations, and one of the real culinary gems of Italy. Not only is this arty region incredibly easy on the eyes, but, it has an epic food scene to match. The cities of Venice and Verona are the shining beacons of Veneto, and the ideal places to find unbelievable cuisine. Risotto, polenta, and chicken are just a few of the favorites for people in this region. Verona also has a pretty big seafood culture, so, if you love the taste of fresh fish, this is definitely somewhere you should visit.


This northern region of Italy is the place to come for some really opulent, decadent, complex cuisine. In fact, Piedmont is one of those places that prides itself on deliciously decadent dishes. They have some world-class chocolates here, as well as a lot of gnocchi, polenta, and some tasty truffles as well! This is also the home of fonduta – it’s like fondu, but with additional egg yolks and truffles added! If you really want to indulge yourself in a big way, Piedmont is certainly the right choice for you.


Sicilian food is some of the best in the world, and we feel like it could even rival Tuscany for the ideal culinary excellence. Sicily has a wonderful blend of Italian dishes and Mediterranean infusions, as well as influences from African and Arabic cuisine. Lots of seafood, peppers, and eggplant are eaten here, and there is a big emphasis on dessert – with a special focus on citrus fruits.

The thing we love the most about Italy is how much diverse cuisine they have on display. There are a lot of wonderful dishes, to choose from, and so many great areas with their own influences. If you want to enjoy one of the most diverse culinary experiences in the world, Italy is a no-brainer. Start looking into booking your Italian culinary adventure as soon as you can – awaken your palate right now!


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Travel apps that will improve your trip


Travel is so important these days, and there is a lot you need to think about when you make a journey. Whether you’re going traveling for business or pleasure, it’s important to have the experience of travel, especially if you’re going to be going abroad. It’s pretty clear that the whole travel process can be pretty exhilarating, but it can also be stressful as well. And, it’s important to make sure you look for things that will help make it a more bearable journey.

Improving your travel experience can come down to a number of factors. When you choose to travel, and the company you use play important roles in this. Make the travel process as efficient and effective as you possibly can. But, there are also some excellent mobile apps you can use to help you with your journey as well. These are some of the best apps we reckon you should download for your next trip.

WikiTravel guide

This one is surely a no-brainer, right guys? If you’re traveling to a new place, you want to have as much information about that place as you can. So, the best thing to do is to download this wonderful app – it’s cheap and incredibly useful. If you want a comprehensive breakdown of the place you’re visiting, and what it offers in terms of accommodation, food & drink, and sightseeing, this $ 1 app is absolutely essential.

Speak & Translate

The worst thing is when you go abroad, and you’re unable to communicate with anyone because you don’t understand one another. Well, the best thing to do here is to download some sort of translation app to help you communicate. We feel the best choice to do this would be the Speak & Translate. This voice and text translator allows you to communicate and translate in many different languages. It’s essential for your travel experiences, especially if you’re heading to Europe.


Okay, consider your life officially changed from here on out! This is the absolutely ideal app for anyone who hates packing – so, basically, everyone! PackPoint is basically the demon packer you wish you were. It will take into account the duration of your trip, the weather, and the activities you have planned, and compile a packing list for you! It’s a free download that is sure to revolutionize the way you approach the whole packing situation before going away.


One of the really annoying things, when you go abroad, is keeping track of the time differences. This doesn’t just apply to your circadian rhythm, it also applies to friends or family (or business colleagues) in other time zones. Got an important call you’ve arranged to make? Well, in that case, you need to know what time it is in a different time zone. This is where Circa comes in so useful, and reduces the stress in your life. This is an essential app for anyone who has trouble with other time zones.

These are some of the best travel apps that will improve your life and enhance your travel experience. It’s something you need to make sure goes as well as possible for you, and that often means using the resources that are available. So, you need to look at these apps and think about how much they are going to improve your life and boost your travel experiences.


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Tillerson’s senior team planning to skip Ivanka Trump’s India trip

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The Perfect African American Road Trip

Holiday time means time to hit the road, something that isn’t a necessarily stressful thing for African Americans according to a new report.

For black America, the perfect road trip lasts for six hours, was one of the findings from research conducted by Chevrolet and Harris Poll. Many African Americans also said that they had fond memories of road trips taken with their families as children. In fact, 99% of African American parents said they enjoyed road trips.

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Some other interesting tidbits about African American road trip preferences:


  • 86% said their favorite way to pass time during car travel is by listening to music with their family.
  • 81% said talking was a good way to pass time.
  • 52% preferred watching or listening to a movie or TV show to pass time.

Almost all of the survey respondents said that spending time with family was their favorite part of a road trip. Next was exploring and stopping at attractions along the way, and many stated that just “unplugging from daily life” is what made road trips so fun.

African Americans also like to travel in style—those surveyed preferred conducting their road trips in an SUV—with many preferring a large SUV with three rows. Parents also emphasized the importance of in-vehicle technology such as infotainment systems and in-vehicle Wi-Fi—features becoming more commonplace in automobiles.

By the way, the survey also revealed that Moms are more stressed about keeping kids busy and entertained during a road trip than Dads. Maybe that’s because 75% of those surveyed said Dads did the driving; only 31% of Moms drive.

Parents also bring plenty of electronic toys. Families bring along an average of 6.6 devices on family road trips, (yes, we don’t know what .6 of a device is, either).




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Useful things you’ll need when going on a business trip


Business trips are the backbone of the modern corporate world. Without them, there is no way for your company to thrive, and there is no diversity across the business world. It’s essential to get out in the world and try to make a connection with people from all walks of life. When you’re jetting off abroad for business, you want to have the perfect blend of work and play, and really showcase why you and your company are worth the investment.

Now, many people are seasoned pros and know exactly what to bring on business trip, while others have no idea where to begin. Packing right is essential if you want to enjoy a successful and stress-free business trip. So, we thought we’d put our heads together, and come up with some awesome ideas of the most useful things you will need when you decide to go on a business trip.


These days everything is pretty much digital, and it’s almost impossible to do business of any kind without electronics. So, you have to make sure you pack the relevant electronics with you that you’ll need for your trip. For instance, you will need to take your smartphone, laptop, and, possibly a tablet as well. Don’t forget to pack charges and ports as well so you will always have access to working electronics.


It’s a brave person who goes abroad without any of the local currency changed up. Make sure you have at least some with you before boarding your flight. Yes, it may be cheaper to change it up when you’re out there, but, at the very least make sure you have the cash for a taxi and a snack with you before you go. Now, some currencies are easy to come by, but others may need to be ordered, so make sure you account for this and order yours in plenty of time.


Now, there is a preference these days for making everything digital, and that includes your business documents and information. But, we think it’s also important to have hard copies as well, not to mention the fact that it looks more professional as well. So, make sure you compile all your information before going and print it off, so you have a hard copy of the relevant paperwork. This is a good way of keeping a backup and is essential for helping you to stay in the game, so to speak.

The right clothing

Don’t forget that, even though you’re traveling on business, you’re still going to a separate country, and the climate can be very different. You need to make sure you pack the right kind of clothing to help you acclimate to the weather. This means packing warm clothing for colder climates, and vice versa. You may not think about this too much, but it can definitely make a big difference to your comfort and experience on the trip.

Business cards

The most important part of business is marketing and networking, and business cards play a crucial role in this. They are a calling card, and a wonderful way to generate interest in the company, and put the feelers out when connecting with people. Business cards should be your bread and butter, and you need to carry them with you at all times because you never know when they might come in handy.

These are just a few of the amazing tips we’ve come up with that you need to know about for your business trip. If you’re serious about having the most productive and enjoyable trip imaginable, this advice is invaluable. Don’t forget, the whole purpose of a business trip is to make a connection and help your business thrive in another country. With the advice and tips in this post, we hope you will be able to do that emphatically!


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Trump: Asia trip ‘tremendously successful’

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Wrapping up his extensive tour of Asia, President Donald Trump on Tuesday hailed “tremendous amounts of work” on trade and said nations around the globe have been put on notice that the U.S. will demand improved trading conditions.
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Things to plan for your road trip


Taking a road trip is a rite of passage for any young (or old!) person, and the best way of ensuring you have one of the greatest coming-of-age experiences. Road trips are an excellent way of getting out on the open road and exploring the great outdoors, with the wind in your hair and the sun on your back. But, in order to get the best possible experience, you need to make sure you plan adequately for your road trip.

There are a lot of great things you will need to do to have an unforgettable road trip experience. A lot of the time it takes the right people, the right attitude, and the right preparation, and you can really have an amazing time if you tick all these boxes. This is the perfect experience and one that can be shared by friends and family members alike. Get a load of these sensational road trip planning tips that you definitely need to make use of.

Plan your route

The most important part of the road trip process is making sure you plan your route. Now, this is a delicate thing because you have to get the right balance. You need to have some idea of where you’re going, so don’t make it up as you go. But, you also need to make sure you have a degree of spontaneity because that’s truly what makes a road trip great. You’ve got to make sure you do a bit of planning, so you know where you’re going, but, also, make sure you leave some stuff to the moment. Trust us, if you find that balance then you’ll have a road trip to remember!

Pack supplies

Supplies are a crucial part of having a successful road trip, and you have to make sure you stock up accordingly. There are plenty of things you will need for a road trip, and you need to ensure you don’t miss anything. Bear in mind that it might take a while for you to get to a store or a place that has supplies while you’re on the open road. So, make sure you pack a first aid kit and a map so you can plot your route. You’ll need the relevant electronics (phones) and charging cables. Not to mention plenty of water and snacks for everyone who is coming on the trip.


It’s actually pretty important to budget for your road trip as it’s going to cost you. And there are bound to be unforeseen costs as well (such is life)! Budget for supplies at the start of the trip, and gas when you fill up the car, but also make sure you account for the fact that there are likely to be other costs you’re going to face. These could include replacing lost items, car repairs, buying clothing, or an impromptu stop at a new restaurant. Making sure you have the right budget is essential for improving and enjoying the road trip more.

Make sure the car is in working order

The most important member of a road trip entourage is the vehicle, without question. Your car is going to have to dig deep and do more work than it has ever done before in its life. And, you need to make sure it is in full working order. That means getting it serviced before you embark on the trip, and ensuring that everything is fine. We can’t stress enough how important this is – the last thing you want is for your car to break down in the middle of the trip.

A road trip can be a fun, adventurous, and exciting time for everyone, and is a great way to travel with a difference. But, to avoid the obvious pitfalls of road trips, you need to make sure you plan and execute your properly. The best way of doing that is to make sure you follow some of the advice we’ve offered above. Happy road tripping!


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Travel Capsule for an Eight-Day Trip

This is the fifth time in twelve months that I’m travelling to the Netherlands to see my 85-year old Dad. I’ve got the packing and commuting thing down across four seasons and in all sorts of weather. The trips have become a way of life and are part of our quarterly routine. 

I’ll be heading out tomorrow morning while Greg and Sam hold the fort at the Cox Castle. Including travel, it’s an eight-day trip, and this is what I’ve packed.

A few things upfront before I delve into the details:

  • I’ll be visiting family, seeing dear friend Inge, doing errands, eating out, and going to a few appointments. I’ll be hanging out with my Dad in his home town of Velp, with daily trips to nearby Arnhem (a 15 minute bus ride). These very quaint towns are on the east side of the Netherlands and close to the German border. They are about an hour and a half away from Amsterdam.
  • I keep my outfits casual, although my outfits are on the dressier side of casual.
  • Autumn in the Netherlands is very similar to Seattle. Chilly, grey, dark, quite windy, and somewhat wet. Hopefully we’ll have some sunny intervals. Daytime high temperatures of about 8 degrees Celsius (46 degrees Fahrenheit) will be the norm, but colder in the morning and at night. Hopefully temperatures will stay just above freezing. I do a LOT of walking and take public transport when I visit my Dad, which means wearing the right footwear, cosy socks, woolly scarves, and an assortment of toppers so that I stay warm, comfortable and dry.
  • I’ll be putting a suitcase in the hold because I like to have more dressing options than a carry-on can accommodate. I’ll also be bringing presents for family, and doing some Christmas shopping which requires extra space.
  • I will not be doing laundry on the trip.
  • I can magically keep white and cream wardrobe items clean, and have been travelling with them for years. It’s a complete non-issue.
  • The capsule also includes the outfit that I will wear on both non-stop ten-hour flights. It’s the same outfit, and I’ve shown the components at the end of this post.

The Palette

Burgundy, tomato red, ink blue and blue denim with a touch of cream and a smattering of pearl grey. No black! Tomato red adds life to the burgundy. The cream brightens and lightens the look. The dark blues ground the palette. My Dad likes bright colours so I like to incorporate them for him too.

To create a satisfying mix that is true to my style, I created a capsule that combines classics with trendy items, wardrobe essentials with statement pieces, solids with patterns, knits with wovens, neutrals with colours, and old items with newbies. Plenty of variety but with a good amount of discipline. The silhouettes are generally quite simple. It’s the colour of the item, the bold combination of the colours, the accessories, and the mix of patterns that give the outfits their kick. I can create tonal looks with burgundy and tomato red. Wear a column of colour with burgundy and navy. Throw in high contrast with cream, and pattern mix with ease because the patterns are in the same colour spectrum.

Here’s more detail on each part of the capsule. Note that wardrobe basics like undies, camisoles, sleepwear, loungewear and knee-highs are not represented here. For the rest, these are the exact wardrobe items that I packed and will be wearing en route.


I build a travel capsule around my shoes because it’s extremely important to have happy feet when you’re walking around a city and using public transport. Once I knew which shoes I was taking, I planned the rest of the outfits to work with them. (NEVER take new shoes on a trip. Take tried-and-tested styles that you know go the distance).

I chose booties because those are right for the weather and extremely comfortable. They have been weatherproofed with spray, and the grey booties are weatherproof already. I almost brought my tall riding boots but booties are easier to pack. I would have been fine bringing two pairs of booties, but packed a third in case my feet need a change, or I feel like a change. All three pairs work with all four bottoms. I suspect I’ll wear the burgundy and grey most of the time, and leave the dressier cream pair for appointments.


I chose four bottoms, but actually it’s only three bottoms because I’ll wear the blue boyfriend jeans on the flights ONLY. That means I’ll wear the full-length dark wash denim straights, cropped straights and burgundy velveteen crops twice. I’ll wear them with navy knee-highs or socks. That’s plenty of variety so I don’t feel bored.


I’ve packed five tops, but actually it’s only four because the oversized ink pullover is for plane travel only. I’ve stuck to fine gauge woolly knitwear because that’s dead right for the weather. Fits are fluid and tailored with varying necklines. I went with two neutrals (one light and one dark), and two non-neutrals to create variety. That way I can remix looks depending on my mood – like high contrast, tonal, or a column of colour. All tops work with all bottoms so I can mix and match as I please.


I’d get bored wearing one topper for eight days, which is why I chose to bring two with different vibes. One long, dressy, classic, solid and very warm. The other short, trendy, patterned, casual and not quite as warm. I can wear either topper with any top or bottom.


I packed many accessories because they change up my look, and don’t take up space. I chose two scarves that work perfectly with the palette. The burgundy scarf creates an effective complement with the burgundy bag, boots, belt and specs. The red scarf is a good match with the red coat and pullover, creating a tonal twinset effect. It also pattern mixes well wth the plaid jacket. The burgundy scarf looks as fab over the red coat. The orange pom-pom hooks onto my bag and makes me smile. I chose a crossbody because it’s easy for travel, and a dressy Furla because casual bags are not my thing. Cream beret and gloves are essential for walking in the cold morning and night. I’ll wear the pile of pearls over my cream and red pullovers. And the patterned socks are fun to make a casual statement with the palette when I feel like it.

I will also be travelling with an umbrella and a cashmere wrap. I’ve left the wrap out of the capsule because it will NOT be styled into these outfits. It’s loungewear and a cosy blanket for plane travel only.

Travel Outfit

This is the exact outfit that I will wear tomorrow on the flight out to Amsterdam, and the flight back to Seattle eight days later. It follows my strategy for what to wear on long flights. Layers, fabrics with stretch, fluid fits, and soft fabrics are cosy, comfortable and insulating for plane travel. A jacket, scarf and dressy bag also make my casual outfit look pulled together and polished. Comfortable shoes are essential for comfort when traipsing through airports and catching public transport with luggage. I’ll pack my jacket into my hand luggage during the flight and while I’m at the airport, but will need it on the other side when when I take organized transport through to my Dad’s apartment.

I tried on lots of outfit combinations using the items to make sure I liked them BEFORE I made my final decision on what to pack. You can visit the collection page to see my travel capsule in its entirety. The picture below shows the items just before I started packing.

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How Much a Trip to the 2018 Winter Olympics Would Cost You

Why simply watch the 2018 Winter Olympic games on television when you can be there in person and feel feel the energy of the crowd?

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games kick off in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Feb. 9, 2017. Athletes from roughly 90 countries, as well as hundreds of thousands of fans are expected to descend on the region for the 17 days of intense competition in sports like ice hockey, skiing, figure skating and curling.

As with any popular event, you’ll need to start planning and booking your trip in advance for the best experiences and values. Booking site has already seen an uptick in searches to South Korea during October, indicating people are planning potential travel.

Whether you’re looking to splurge on a front-row experience to see your favorite sports or simply get by on a shoestring budget, MONEY scouted the options and priced out what it really costs to spend a week at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Sample Budget

$ 915: Average flight cost from the U.S. to Seoul’s Incheon International Airport

$ 200: Pyeongchang Rail Pass from Seoul

$ 1,870: Average cost of a hotel for a week near the Games

$ 1,548: Four ticket packages to alpine skiing, pairs figure skating, speed skating, men’s hockey match and snowboarding

$ 150: Meals


Total: $ 4,683


Scoring tickets to the actual events is still possible, but prices can vary widely depending on what you want to attend and which seating section you opt for. For example, tickets for the Opening Ceremony start at just over $ 400, but a front-row seat is currently selling on Stubhub for as high as $ 5,946. Depending on which countries make it to the medal rounds, you may be able to score resale tickets cheaper closer to various events.

For U.S. residents, there are still plenty of event tickets left on the Games’ official vendor, CoSport/Jet Set Sports. For example, you can purchase a two-day package that includes ski jumping and figure skating for $ 480. But keep in mind that the medal rounds for popular sports command a high price. A ticket package for a men’s hockey playoff game and medal ceremony is going for about $ 1,739.


Flights from the U.S. to Seoul are averaging about $ 915 for the timeframe around the Olympics, according to airfare prediction app Hopper. And despite it being about 125 miles from the Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, Incheon International Airport is really your best bet to get to the Olympic Games on time, says Fareness founder and CEO Scott ‎Wainner.

Out of major U.S. cities, Fareness found that a seven-day trip from L.A. to Seoul was currently the cheapest at a mere $ 694 for those leaving Feb. 10 or 12, 2018. But flights from cities in the middle of the U.S. are usually higher—for example, Austin during roughly the same timeframe and for the same duration were about $ 1,080.

“Travelers should keep in mind that most flights are going to take over 12 hours so make sure that you book your hotels and transportation to account for time zone changes,” Wainner says.

Before booking your flight, check what time it’s set to land both in South Korea, as well as what time that would be in your home city. It could be a cheaper flight gets in at 3 a.m. your time. That’s an especially important consideration if you’re the type of traveler who doesn’t sleep well on flights. You may want to spend an extra night in Seoul to recoup and get acclimated before heading onto the Games.


Book your 2018 Winter Olympics hotel as soon as possible, Wainner advises, noting that accommodations are limited and neighboring towns can be over an hour away by local transit.

If you’re planning to stay in Pyeongchang where the opening and closing ceremonies are taking place, the lowest rate available is $ 117 a night at the Oclaire Pension, according to If you’re willing to splurge, a night at the upscale Mamestar Pension—which includes an outdoor pool and free wi-fi—starts at $ 449. Some rooms even include spa bathtubs and kitchenettes.

Want to stay closer to the action? The hockey, figure skating and and speed skating events are taking place in Gangneung, about 13 miles east of Pyeongchang. The most budget friendly option in this town is at The Ocean Capsule Hotel, where a room for the night will set you back $ 269.

Getting Around

The easiest way to get from Seoul to the Olympic Games is via the newly expanded bullet train route, which reduces the travel time from 2.5 hours by car to about an hour by train. You can purchase a 7-day pass from around $ 200. That’s a good deal, considering a one-way ticket from Boston to New York during peak times can cost around $ 120.

Once you’re at the Olympic venues, you’ll be able to use spectator shuttle buses. Connecting the cities of Jinbu, Hoenggye and Gangneung, ticket holders may use spectator shuttles on the day of the event. The buses are scheduled to start running the day before the Opening Ceremony and operate through the last day of sporting events.


While you may end up grabbing a snack or a quick meal at one of the venues before or after an event, there are other dining options. Generally, meals at inexpensive restaurants are about $ 6, while a 3-course meal at a mid-range restaurant is about $ 18 per person, according to cost estimate site Numbeo. The Team USA friends and family guidebook recommends checking out the Gyo-Dong region (near Wonju University) in Gangneung, which is a quick cab ride from the Olympic Park. Here you’ll find small restaurants and coffee shops.

In Pyeongchang, there are several well-known restaurants worth checking out, according to The 30-year-old Paldo Myeon Ga restaurant offers meals for around $ 10, including broiled eels and spicy stir-fried chicken. The slightly more expensive Youngchun Garden is also recommended. Try their famous stewed chicken dish using traditional medicinal herbs for around $ 18.

Currency Exchange Rates

The South Korean currency is the won (pronounced wʌn). Currently a U.S. dollar is worth about 1,110 won, but the spending power of the dollar against the won has been on a steady decline over the past year. Expect that trend to continue into the 2018 Winter Olympics.

“Exchange your currency early at your local bank,” Wainner says. And make sure you do this in advance, as your local bank may have to special order won, which could take up to a week. If you wait and exchange your currency at the airport you could be paying an exchange fee, whereas many banks in the U.S. don’t charge their customers a fee for this service.

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Mark Wright enjoys boozy night out in London with Extra co-host Mario Lopez as he jets home for short trip

MARK Wright enjoyed a boozy night out in London with his Extra co-host Mario Lopez last night.

The 30-year-old is currently back in the UK for a short trip after recently relocating to the US for his new job.

Mark Wright and Mario Lopez enjoyed a very bozzy night out
Mark was back in London for one night out

Joined by his new best mate and work buddy, the former Towie star hit the town, showing Mario how an Essex lad likes to party.

But rather than going to his usual haunts, the evening started at five-star London hotel Claridges before heading to a bar.

There things got a little raucous as the pair were presented with tequila shots.

Filming the evening, Mario joked:  “Look at these tiny tequila shots that Wrighty has. They’re like tiny baby shots. What is going on?”

Clearly a little lively, Mark replied: “But are you gonna do one? If they’re baby, do two!”

Mark and Mario looked like they were having ball
The pair were joined by a woman and a tray of tequila shots

At another point in the evening Mark was seen pouring tequila down Mario’s throat as they continued to party away.

Mark clearly had a great time as he later tweeted: “Been away from London for a bit. Spent the day and night here today and realised, wow !! what a city this is !! 🇬🇧.”

His wife Michelle Keegan was noticeably absent from the evening’s activities .

It’s thought she is currently still away filming scenes for the next series of her BBC show Our Girl.

The guys couldn’t wait to get stuck in
Mark was seen pouring tequila down Mario’s throat

While Mark has seen his family since his move, he’s yet to be reunited with his wife thanks to their conflicting work schedules.

He previously opened up about how hard it was, telling the Sun Online: “I’ve had the same group of friends since I was a kid. I miss them lots, I miss my family, my wife’s away working, we can’t get to each other right now because she’s working solidly every day like I am, too.

Mark also gave some to their mate

“I’m without my friends, without my family, without my wife – it’s always going to be a bit lonely but I’m not complaining just yet.

“I’m enjoying the job. Going to bed early, waking up early, doing the best I can and then in a couple of months I’ll be reunited with my wife and I’ll be feeling a lot better by then.”

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14 Things I Pack for Every Trip to New Orleans

As a Louisiana native, I’ve spent a lot of time in New Orleans over the years. While I’m no longer a resident of the state, the majority of my family is, and I’m currently planning my upcoming wedding in The Big Easy, so my trips to New Orleans have been more frequent as of late. Over the years, I’ve realized that there are certain wardrobe essentials when visiting the city, so if you’re not sure what to wear in New Orleans, I’m here for you. 

You’ve probably heard that heat and humidity are trademarks of The Crescent City, and while that’s not exactly the case all 12 months of the year, the rumors are pretty much true. Spring, summer, and even early fall can be downright steamy in New Orleans, rain showers are a frequent occurrence throughout the year, and you’re probably going to spend a good deal of your time walking to places like Cafe Du Monde, the Garden District, and St. Louis Cathedral, or Frenchmen Street and Bourbon street after dark. The point is, you’re going to be walking outside a lot and you’ll need appropriate attire that suits the festive yet chill vibe of the city. 

Keep scrolling to find out which 14 things I pack for every trip to New Orleans (so you can spend your time planning what to eat there, not what to wear). 

I’ll go ahead and start with the obvious—you’re going to want to pack a few pairs of shorts. 

Next up, find out what to wear in Chicago.

Free up your hands to take Instagrams of the French Quarter and hold your to-go cup.

Thunderstorms often come out of nowhere in NOLA, so be prepared.

If the forecast calls for a jacket, a leather or denim one is usually the perfect weight.

The nightlife scene is a big part of New Orleans’ charm, so pack accordingly. I tend to rely on tops that will look cute with jeans and any shoe style.

Romantic dresses suit New Orleans to a T, and you can dress them down with sneakers or up with block-heel sandals.

See above re: thunderstorms… 

I love my 100 percent cotton Levi’s but when heading to New Orleans, I stick to thin, stretchy denim.

I love to wear vintage-inspired shades in NOLA, and highly recommend local sunglass brand Krewe.

You’ll never look out of place when wearing a cool tee in New Orleans, so stock up.

Stay comfortable when exploring the city via a pair of trouser-legging hybrids.

I’m always sure to pack a pair of fun block-heel shoes for when I want to kick things up a notch for a night on the town.

It may not be cold outside but you can bet that every restaurant and shop will have the A/C blasting.

Jumpsuits are easy to style and don’t have up a lot of room in your suitcase. Win-win.

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Monkeying around in Borneo: a voluntourism trip with a difference

Voluntourism is popular but controversial. In Indonesian Borneo, however, the Orangutan Foundation puts conservation (and graft) first, as our writer discovers

I’ve got a hammer in my hand when the cry goes up: “Orangutan in the camp.” Nine people down tools and grab their cameras and a chance to snap one of the critically endangered primates that we are here to help on our three-week stay in Indonesian Borneo. Rimba, a 17-year-old male orangutan, doesn’t disappoint: he circles the camp, going from tree to tree just a few metres above our heads for almost 30 minutes, hooting gruffly if anyone comes too close.

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Pharrell & ‘Girls Trip’ Writer To Produce Horror Film Together

Musician and fashion icon Pharrell Williams is joining forces with Tracy Oliver the writer of the hilarious Girls Trip are bringing an adaption of the YA book Survive The Night to the big screen.

According to the Hollywood Reporter,  Warner Bros. got on board with the film right away. Oliver will write the script and direct while Williams will produce the film alongside Mimi Valdes his partner at I Am Other Entertainment.

The two worked together on the sensational film Hidden Figures which told the story of three amazing Black women essential to the NASA in the 1960’s.

The films about a group of college girls who get trapped inside an underground warehouse festival on Halloween. They have to survive the night, pun intended, from an attacker who tries to hunt them down in the night.

Williams, Valdes, and Oliver are very familiar with each other as they worked together on the on the YouTube show Awkward Black Girl that starred Issa Rae.

Oliver is no stranger to directing as she totes a short film under her belt that featured R&B singer Jhene Aiko.

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Inside the Stunning Resort Kim Kardashian West Chose for Her Birthday Trip

Where do you go for a laid-back birthday trip? Well, if you’re Kim Kardashian and you’re turning 37, you go to Amangiri Resort, a remote spot in Canyon Point, Utah. (You may remember that stylish British It girl Lucy Williams Instagrammed from the same resort just last week.)

Kardashian posted several photos on Instagram Stories, captioning one of them: “Most relaxing bday trip! #Amangiri.” One look at the property, and it’s easy to see why Kardashian chose it: The tranquil desert landscape looks like the perfect place to unwind (and show off your new swimsuit).

“Amangiri’s geometric planes are hued with ochre, yellow and pink to blend with the cliff curve it sits within,” the resort’s website reads. “Each Suite features a large living area that opens onto a terrace offering Utah desert views that change color by the hour.” Ready to feel inspired? We rounded up some of our favorite images of the resort below.

Scroll down to take a peek inside Amangiri Resort, where Kim Kardashian West spent her birthday getaway.

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One Family’s Trip Through the History of U.S. Racism

Nietzsche wrote that he always trusted thoughts that came while walking; I chose to revise this form of mobility to a road trip this summer to the Deep South with my family.

I am, or shall I say I was, a high school history teacher. Why I became one is a bit of a long story, but I took the advice of a mentor who said: if you want to make a difference in the world, working in a soup kitchen is okay, but you really should teach high school—get them when they’re young. After years of teaching at the college level, I made the move in 2012. My mostly affluent, predominantly white students loved hearing about the civil rights battles of the 1950’s and 1960’s, but had little or no exposure to this grass roots movement—a wellspring of most reform movements in this country. They wanted more, especially a readable account of the civil rights movement. There were always questions and a desire to learn more about the women of the civil rights movement who stood in the shadows of the male triumvirate—Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Medgar Evers.

This spring I had an ah-ha moment: I would write that book. It took me some time to come up with a recipe to bring this history alive, and then I thought on one of my favorite pastimes, the road trip. This one would take me and my son, Augie, home from Beloit College and my 12-year-old daughter, Gemma to the seat of the Old Confederacy.

Gemma and Augie walking over the Edmund Pettus Bridge, Selma, AL.

It made perfect sense. I turn 60 this fall, which coincides with the 60th anniversary of the day when the Little Rock Nine walked up the steps of an all-white high school in Arkansas. Emulating the powerful Civil Rights monument granite table in Montgomery, we would drive in a circle—we would begin at our home base of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and then go to Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, South Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Oklahoma and back again.

Little did I know when we set out on the trip that the scab of racial hatred would be torn off once again this summer over Confederate statues. Uncannily, we found ourselves in southern locales that frighteningly mirror the past with events of the present: We were in Pulaski, TN—the birthplace of the KKK—on Friday, August 12th, the precise evening of the intimidating torchlit parade in Charlottesville. The next day, we were in Memphis, where Martin Luther King, Jr. was shot dead at the Lorraine Motel—and where we heard the news of the subsequent acts of terror in Charlottesville that led to the death of Heather Heyer and the injuries of dozens more.

For our Friday evening trip to Pulaski, TN, we learned that it was another evening, Christmas Eve of 1865, when six Confederate veterans met there to form the Ku Klux Klan. In 1917, a bronze plaque was nailed to the building that read: “Ku Klux Klan organized in this, the law office of Judge Thomas M. Jones, December 24, 1865.” KKK supporters in Pulaski wanted the plaque because they felt that the town had been overlooked in D.W. Griffith’s Birth of a Nation, a 1915 film that championed the Klan.

Things stayed that way until 1986. That’s when the KKK started returning to Pulaski every January to parade by the plaque as a way to spite the new Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday. As if it was a sacred relic, KKK members would walk up to the plaque and kiss it. This angered a civil rights hero, Marguerite Massey, who owned the building that held up the plaque. In August 1989, Marguerite unbolted the plaque, flipped it to face the wall, screwed the bolts back in and then welded them in place. The words commemorating the Klan were hidden. All that can be seen is the plaque’s blank back side.

“This,” she said, “was better than simply throwing the plaque away.” It showed that she and Pulaski had turned their backs on the KKK.

Former birthplace of the KKK in Pulaski, TN.

President Trump would not agree with Marguerite’s gesture, but Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans would be the first to applaud her. President Trump and others see the statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville as a part of our history. The KKK placard in Pulaski, Tennessee is also a part of our history—and men like Trump would likely say it should not have been turned around. But we know that this placard was like a perverse icon, to be kissed and cherished by the KKK instead of seen in solemn mourning for a darker time.

We should not, the president says, “change history.” Instead, we must see it more clearly. We must confront it. And we must overcome it.

This brings me to a more sensible view of history as expressed by Mayor Landrieu of New Orleans: “The Confederacy was on the wrong side of history and humanity. It sought to tear apart our nation and subjugate our fellow Americans to slavery. This is the history we should never forget and one that we should never again put on a pedestal to be revered.”

Indeed, earlier on our trip, when dusk was settling in on New Orleans, Gemma, Augie and I were on a trolley after we visited the William Frantz School, and the facade that remains to remember and honor the heroics of six-year-old Ruby Bridges, who was escorted up those school steps in November 1960 by federal agents through a gauntlet of screaming white mothers. The conductor later that afternoon announced the next stop: “Lee Circle!” We looked toward the setting sun that glowed atop the column; the sun, not statue a of Robert E. Lee, became the pinnacle of the pedestal.

Mayor Landrieu did not change the name of Lee Circle. He did not demolish the site. He kept the name and the column to confront history—but the column pedestal is now an homage to the sun and stars, a literal a shining beacon of racial healing.

After our haunting visit to Pulaski, we went to Memphis. That morning, before the distressing news out of Virginia, Augie, Gemma and I headed for the Lorraine Motel—where Martin Luther King, Jr. drew his final breath before being shot on its balcony on April 4, 1968. Our hope was to revisit that sorrowful day, as we did at the home of Myrlie and Medgar Evers in Jackson, Mississippi, where a bullet from a white KKK member was put into his heart in their driveway on June 12, 1963.

But as we walked up to the Lorraine Motel, we ran into Jacqueline Smith.

Gemma and John standing with Jacqueline Smith in front of the Lorraine Motel/National                                                Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, TN.

For 29 years and 198 days!—through rain and snow, cold and heat, night and day—this unrecognized African-American heroine has staged a one-woman protest against the new owners of the Lorraine Motel—the National Civil Rights Museum and, as she infers, its largely corporate board. She lived at the Lorraine Motel from the time she was a young girl until 1988, when the police forcibly removed her and her belongings to the street to construct the museum. The incident drew national attention. She has since then been camped out all these years in front of the museum with all of her measly worldly possessions, wishing all visitors to boycott a commercialization of the slain civil rights leader.

Jacqueline Smith believes strongly that this enterprise undermines the ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr. Like a mantra, she quotes Dr. King: “Spend the necessary money, to get rid of slums, to eradicate poverty.” As she says to people who pass by, “rather than standing in the museum’s shoe prints of the alleged assassin, James Earl Ray, do something good today for society.”

After showing us photographs of people who have listened to and supported her, including Cindy Lauper and Kevin Durant, Augie looked at his phone to tell us all the news. “A car driven by 20-year-old James Alex Fields, a misguided neo-Nazi sympathizer from Ohio rams through Charlottesville’s counter-protestors, killing Heather D. Heyer and injuring countless others.”

Jacqueline chimed in: “assassination, terrorism—my god, what kind of a country is this that feels like a broken record?”

Given the context of this news that arcs precisely from the founding of the KKK and the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. to this summer’s torch-lit neo-Nazi parade and the murder of Heather Heyer in Charlottesville, this was a weighty question. All citizens of this democratic nation urgently need to grapple with it—especially given that we have a president who continues to stir the pot of racial animosity.

John J. Ciofalo received his B.A. in History at Colorado University and Ph.D. in Art History and Comparative Literature from The University of Iowa in 1995. He went on to teach at a variety of universities and wrote a book on Goya’s self-portraits that was published by Cambridge University Press. The book won wide acclaim. After teaching for around 15 years at the college level, he took the advice of a mentor who said that if you want to make a difference in the world, you probably want to teach high school students. Since 2012, he has taught history at the high school level. He left his post on the cusp of his 60th birthday to write a necessary book, The Summer of Hate: A Family’s Southern Sojourn to Honor Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement. You can find John on Facebook

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A huge unsung milestone: Our first trip without a diaper bag


Maggie Downs

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It finally happened. The day I didn’t believe would happen, the milestone I never saw coming, the definitive sign that I no longer have a baby.

The diaper bag is gone!

Toddler boy in pajamas jumping off a rock

I’ll admit I’ve had a rocky relationship with diaper bags. By the time my son was born, I owned three of them – a practical one that I registered for, an impractical one that I didn’t register for, and one I ordered off eBay in a wild, 9-months-pregnant-and-I-need-more-stuff panic.

I ended up keeping just one bag – the most massive one, because I thought carrying around a mini version of Target in bag form made sense. Diaper rash cream, bandages, bananas, water, packets of Starbucks instant coffee, a full first aid kit, a muslin blanket, an extra set of clothes for both baby and me, utensils, hand sanitizer, nursing pads, diapers, teethers, toys, I was PREPARED.

After about a year of dragging that bag to play dates and the park, the bag’s straps shredded, the bottom was threadbare, and I had a perpetual achy shoulder.

Next my husband surprised me with a new diaper backpack, which was glorious. I don’t know why I ever wasted my time with anything other than a backpack. It was roomy, easy to haul around, and the knots in my upper back almost disappeared.

I carried that bag for two years. Then I went away for a week without my family, and when I returned I never wore the bag again. It wasn’t a purposeful decision; this coincided with my son being potty trained, and I didn’t need all the stuff anymore. I didn’t even notice for a while that I wasn’t carrying it.

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Last week I made a road trip to Las Vegas with my son, and the diaper bag stayed at home. That made it official. A diaper bag was no longer necessary.

Sure, it only makes sense that the diaper bag would disappear eventually – like, around the same time my son finished with diapers. But over the past three years, the darn thing became such a constant companion, I grudgingly accepted it. It became a part of me. We were one.

And now? I feel like a camel that has just shed a hump.

I currently have an extra set of boys’ clothes and a travel package of wipes stashed in the trunk of my car. If we need snacks, a toy, or a bottle of water, I put them in my son’s backpack, which he loves to carry. (And why not? I carried him for 42 weeks, then all his stuff for the next 156 weeks. The least he can do is haul around our granola bars.)

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As for me? I have the tiniest, most frivolous handbag. More like a wallet. It’s so slim, sometimes it slips under the seat in the car and I can’t immediately find it. If I sneezed, it might blow away. It’s like Tinkerbell’s purse or like something a mouse might carry. I can’t even fit anything in it. I adore it.

Every time I grab my little purse, a tiny sparkler of excitement sizzles within me. This is something I never thought would happen again.

Walking upright with no back pain is just a bonus.

How long did you carry a diaper bag?

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‘Girls Trip’ PR Exec Explains Why We Shouldn’t Look to Hollywood to Tell Our Stories

Ryan Ford talks diversity in Hollywood

As the executive vice president and chief creative officer of Cashmere Agency, Ryan Ford is behind public relations, social media, and experiential activations for Hollywood hit films like Girls Trip. But beyond Ford’s day-to-day position, he’s also committed to providing solutions for multicultural creators to get the spotlight they deserve.

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Below, Ford exclusively shares his insights on the one debate that has circled around Hollywood for quite some time.

What is the biggest thing you’d like to see changed in the film industry and how are you working to make that change happen?

I’m constantly perplexed when movies like Girls Trip or Straight Outta Compton are deemed as surprise hits. Since the very first moment that films like that are announced, everyone that I know understands that they are going to be huge hits. I mean, like everyone. TV is the same thing. Whether it’s Netflix’s Luke Cage or Master of None or more traditional outlets like TNT’s Claws or FX’s Atlanta, shows that are offering viewers new and engaging yet wholly authentic looks at multicultural life shouldn’t be deemed as surprise hits.

Cashmere is a marketing agency that helps clients engage diverse communities through culturally authentic content. So, it’s our main focus to be able to anticipate hits before they happen. To achieve that? Just listen to the demos that you are trying to target. Or simply go to a barbershop or check in with Black Twitter.

What’s your solution for changing the diversity landscape in Hollywood?

The landscape has already changed. The entertainment industry is recognizing the value of diversity. On average, films with more diverse casts are outperforming their less inclusive competitors.

It’s clear what people want to see. It’s just that Hollywood is behind. Hollywood is good at doing something second. They don’t want to be first. It’s too risky for them. That’s why we shouldn’t even be looking to Hollywood to give us the kind of depictions that we are so hungry for. Social media is offering a new generation of content creators to thrive. And it’s not only the subject matter of the content; it’s the various forms that it’s coming to us in. Digital influencers are using Snapchat stories, or YouTube videos, or Facebook memes, or even Instagram carousel pictures to offer us visions of ourselves through new, always-on mediums.

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Short break or big trip? Holidays to book now

Featuring a wild west-themed break in Spain, a weekend in Budapest, the reopening of Tate St Ives and Singapore flights for £179, our budget travel ideas for October and November have arrived

October and November are still a little early to soak up northern Europe’s wintry charm (and most Christmas markets don’t open till the end of November/early December) but thanks to the city’s incredible thermal baths, Budapest will always be a great destination for getting warm and cosy. It’s among the cheapest city-break destinations in Europe, too, with a recent survey by No1 Currency estimating that a three-day break can cost £300, including flights. A Skyscanner search picked out flights from London to Budapest for as little as £52 return for a weekend in November. Book a stay at a budget boutique hotel, such as chic Brody House (rooms from around £60 a night), and wile away a weekend in the bathhouses. The art nouveau Gellert Baths feels like bathing in a palace and admission is £15, including locker use; massages and treatments start from £15.
For more ideas check out our Budapest travel page

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#RHOA Exclusive: Porsha Williams BOOTED From ‘The Real Housewives of Atlanta’ Group Trip After She Tried to Attack Marlo Hampton

Sources exclusively tell that Porsha Williams and Marlo Hampton got into a MASSIVE blowout during the cast trip to Barcelona and Porsha got sent home early.

According to our source, Porsha and Marlo got into an argument and things escalated quickly when Porsha pointed an object in Marlo’s face.

Marlo then snatched the object from Porsha, which prompted her to LUNGE in Marlo’s direction.

Porsha didn’t touch Marlo, but security did break them up and Porsha had to be restrained before being escorted from the venue.

The ladies aren’t set to leave Barcelona until tomorrow, but Porsha was put on a flight yesterday.

It wouldn’t be a RHOA season without Porsha trying to fight someone.

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5 Reasons to Treat Yourself to a Trip to Barbados


Back in August, I had the opportunity to take a second trip to Barbados and experience the Crop Over Festival for the first time—and what an experience it was! I fell in love with soca, explored the wonder of Harrison’s Cave, got a taste of “the rum that invented rum,” and jumped in the Grand Kadooment! Beyond that, I had the chance to chat with locals and take a tour of George Washington’s Barbadian home.

As working professionals, we all deserve an occasional break from the daily stresses of work and life. Such trips are not only relaxing but they oftentimes broaden your world perspective and present you with a creative space to come up with new, fresh ideas. Here are five reasons why I would encourage working professionals and business owners to book a trip to the amazing island of Barbados.


 1. Crop Over


Barbados Grand Kadooment


Crop Over is a two-month long celebration of Bajan culture and history that runs from the beginning of June to the first Monday of August. During this time, Bajans party with their family, neighbors, and loved ones, while extending a warm invitation to foreigners who want to join in on the festivities.

“I love the people,” Jaqueline Blenman, a native of Barbados and a school teacher, told Black Enterprise during a Crop Over breakfast party. “I like that I see all my friends, and my family, and people that I don’t even know. There is no other festival like it in the world.”

Blenman also touched on the roots of Crop Over, which began as a harvest festival on sugar cane plantations in the 17th century. Back then the celebration was called “Harvest Home” and signaled the end of the yearly sugar cane harvest.

“Every plantation had a Crop Over festival. So this thing was literally islandwide,” Richard Sealy, the minister of Tourism and International Transport in the Cabinet of Barbados, told Black Enterprise in an interview. However, the festival was disbanded after World War II and then later resurrected in 1974 by the Barbados Tourist Board in effort to attract tourism and business. “When Crop Over was [relaunched], there was the Jambay Festival in Bahamas, there was Reggae Sunsplash in Jamaica, and there was nothing in Barbados,” explained Sealy.

Since being resurrected, Crop Over has evolved into Barbados’ biggest national festival, similar to Carnival in Brazil and Trinidad. The tradition has also become “synonymous with Barbados,” said William Griffith, the CEO at Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI). “We’ve managed to grow over the past several years into a major festival of food and music and Carnival atmosphere,” he added. “What we try to do is not only promote the beauty of the island, but also the cultural aspects of the island. The original birthplace of rum. And it’s really about the persona of the island. It’s alive. It’s music, food, and top-class resorts, as well.”

The festival officially concludes with Grand Kadooment, a huge parade of masquerade bands usually held on the first Monday of August. This is a stunning spectacle of visual and aural music and dancing to the sounds of soca and calypso. This is also where Rihanna was when she broke the internet by sharing photos of her Crop Over costume.




2. History 


George Washington House in Barbados is a historic house where the future first U.S. President visited in 1751 when he was 19 years old (Image: Wikimedia/Creative Commons)


Outside of the Crop Over festivities, concerts, and parties commonly referred to as fetes, I had a chance to delve into the history of Barbados, which, like all Caribbean nations, was colonized by Europeans and built on the backs of slaves. I also toured the home where George Washington resided as a teenager during his first and only trip overseas in 1751. It is said that the trip greatly expanded the future U.S. president’s worldview and helped him develop an immunity to smallpox.

The 18th century home, which has been renamed the George Washington House and preserved as a national landmark, also includes a room dedicated to the history of slavery. In the clip below, historian, former diplomat, and university lecturer Dr. Karl Watson talked about Washington’s interactions with slaves on the island while impersonating the first U.S. president


In the following clip, Watson talks about the kid-size slave chains that are now preserved as artifacts.



Barbados (Image: BE Digital Editor Selena Hill at Gun Hill Signal Station, St. George)


Furthermore, I had the opportunity to explore other historic sites like the Gun Hill Signal Station in St. George, the largest and most important military outpost in Barbados. The outpost dates back to 1697 and was recognized as one of the four points where guns were placed in order to send an alarm about an invasion.



3. Culture


In addition to its world-class beaches, Barbados is defined by its warmth, casual charm, and sophistication. According to Griffith, it has a culture and “personality of people that is second to none.” He added, “we think that we are a very friendly island, we think that we have a fantastic array of food choices of restaurants on the island, we think that we are a wonderful vacation destination for clients.” And he’s right!

The flavor of Bajan cuisine is derived from a mixture of African, Indian, Irish, Creole, and
British influences. A typical meal consists of meat or fish marinated in herbs and spices, hot side dishes, and salad, along with one or more sauces. The national dish of Barbados is Cou-Cou and Flying Fish with spicy gravy. Another local favorite is pickled pork with spiced sweet potatoes called “pudding and souse.”

The best way to wash down a Bajan meal is with a glass of Mount Gay Rum, which is recognized as the world’s oldest remaining rum company. According to locals, it’s “the rum that invented rum.”




4. A Future of Promise


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Although Barbados is known as a luxury destination for mature travelers, Sealy says the island is in a period of growth and aiming to attract younger visitors. For example, a new Sandals hotel is projected to open at the end of the year. The ministry of culture “is constantly looking at what they can do with the festival and there are numerous proposals about how they can improve it. Make it larger as well. Adding events, and so on. Extending the festival.” For example, “Crop Over is attracting a younger clientele. So is the Reggae Festival and the Food and Rum Festival, which is in November,” he said.

The island also plans to introduce Uber sometime in the future in order to meet the demand and expectations of new visitors. “The Uber folks have been to Barbados. They are talking to the officials with responsibility for that sector, the ministry of transport,” Sealy confirmed. “Uber and/or Uber-type companies are going to be a reality [on the island].”

He added that local taxi drivers and companies are being taken into consideration so that they are not negatively impacted by Uber. Uber “is talking to the Ministry of Transport and Works, who has a responsibility for that sector [of local drivers]. All of those sensitivities are things that they are looking at. Uber isn’t coming here next week or next month, he said, adding, “the local taxi community will be integrated because they have to be a part of it if it’s going to happen.”



5. Support the Caribbean


(Image: Sugar Bay Barbados Beach Resort)


Barbados, like many tropical islands in the region, is economically dependent on tourism to a large degree. Tourism has also helped transform the island from a low-income agricultural economy primarily producing sugar into a high-income economy. Hence, those of us with the privilege to take an overseas vacation should consider planning a trip to the Caribbean— not only to experience the paradise that it has to offer but because these black-populated nations need tourism to survive. Especially in light of Hurricane Irma, which ripped through the Atlantic earlier this month, causing billions of dollars of destruction and completely decimating Barbuda and Anguilla.



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Storify: Lonely Planet’s epic road trip


There’s nothing like a road trip – exploring the world on four wheels, windows down, wind in your hair and an epic playlist cranked up to full volume…

Because we’re all about practising what we preach, last month a group of intrepid Lonely Planet staffers hit the road, travelling the length of the UK in a Tesla Model S to experience a road trip like no other, inspired by our latest release: Epic Drives of the World

Here’s how we got on.

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I went on a trip without my kids and I did NOT miss them


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Since having kids, I have never spent a single night child-free. But that all changed last week. My husband and I had 3 glorious nights away for the first time in FIVE WHOLE YEARS.

And it was the stuff of dreams.

We stayed up late talking with friends and watching Game of Thrones. We had long, lingering brunches. We traveled light without the strollers, car seats, and baby wipes. I even carried a small cross-body purse.

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I thought: Someone pinch me.

I enjoyed the most mundane activities like standing in line at Starbucks. It was amazing not answering one million questions about all the things in the whole wide world.

I will be honest, I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to click out of mom-mode.

I was worried I would miss them so much I wouldn’t be able to enjoy myself. I was worried I would be worried the whole time.

But when we got to the airport, we had so much time before our flight (it’s amazing how quickly you can move kid-free). So I snuck in a pedicure and manicure with my favorite podcast and one of those massage chairs.

That was enough to put me right into vacation mode.

I was afraid to Facetime my kids who were staying with my mom. I had heard stories of kids breaking down over Facetime and I just didn’t want to deal with all that guilt on my vacation. But my husband insisted we try it.

They were 100 percent fine. Happy, even. They loved spending time with my mom who was spoiling them.

There were very few tears shed in our absence. None of the things I feared happened.

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Do you remember that weightless feeling you had before kids?

When you would wake up and the entire day was yours? You could literally do whatever you wanted. I had forgotten that feeling.

I had forgotten that feeling.

While we were away, it was as if my husband and I were visiting our life before children. I felt like a time-traveler in a sacred land.

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Until this trip, I didn’t realize how quickly I move through my days. I rush from the moment I get up in the morning until bedtime. I was expending so much emotional energy every single moment so I could maximize my productivity while parenting effectively.

That time away provided me with so much clarity. I wasn’t expecting that. I thought I would come back feeling rested, but I didn’t foresee this renewed perspective.

Now, I’m trying to move through each day at a well-measured pace. These days with small children are marathons, not sprints. I got into the habit of rushing all the time and the seconds I save are not worth it.

I’m organizing my days much better and I’m learning new ways to incorporate rest and relaxation. I’m putting my phone away more too. It’s a time suck and emotionally draining. I can’t go back to the hectic life I created before.

Even though I didn’t miss my kids at all, I was so happy to come home to them. That weightless, child-free feeling is euphoric, but I live a life tethered to this earth by these two precious children. And I wouldn’t want it any other way. 

Have you managed a child-free getaway since becoming a mom?

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Man Pleads to Felony Murders of Maryland Sisters Who Vanished During Mall Trip in 1975: ‘It’s Been a Long Time’

On Tuesday morning a 60-year-old sex offender admitted to the felony murder of two young Maryland sisters who vanished during a trip to the mall in 1975, PEOPLE confirms.

Lloyd Lee Michael Welch Jr. pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree felony murder when he appeared in court in Bedford County, Virginia, the Washington Post reports — partially resolving a decades-old case with a long grip on the community.

Despite Welch’s plea, key questions about what happened and by whom remain unanswered. Prosecutors have said that Katherine Lyon, 10, and 12-year-old Sheila Lyon were abducted in Maryland in March 1975 and then killed, after which their remains were disposed of — but never found.

Welch was prosecuted in Bedford because it is believed the remains of at least one of his victims was buried there, according to the Post.

According to the Associated Press, Welch denies being responsible for the girls’ deaths or sexually assaulting them, but he admitted to being a party to their abduction, during which they were killed. Under Virginia law, that allowed him to be charged with felony murder.

On the day they vanished, the Lyon girls went to the Wheaton Plaza mall in Montgomery County, Maryland, to shop for Easter decorations and grab a bite to eat. They were never seen or heard from again.

Welch was sentenced to 48 years in prison as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors. However, his sentence won’t start until after the completion of a sentence he is serving Delaware for molesting a 10-year-old girl

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As part of his deal with prosecutors, Welch agreed to plead guilty to two unrelated child sex abuse cases, according to the Post, with sentencing concurrent with his term for the felony murders. Montgomery County prosecutors further declined to pursue charges of their own as a result of Welch’s plea, the newspaper reports.

Bedford County prosecutors did not immediately return a call. Welch’s defense team was not immediately available to comment.

His admission so many years after the girls were killed — and despite a lack of physical evidence, including bodies — was heralded by some this week as an accomplishment by law enforcement.

“I think what they did was unprecedented,” Robert Lowery, a vice president at the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, told the Post.

Welch was only developed as a suspect in recent years, after he was already incarcerated in an unrelated sexual assault case. However, he eventually gave multiple incriminating statements about his role in the Lyons case to law enforcement, only some of which were suppressed ahead of trial.

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Welch’s plea meant “we can all be assured that will never be free to victimize another child or destroy another family,” said Montgomery County Police Chief Tom Manger, according to the Post.

Authorities have reportedly said they believe Welch did not act alone in abducting and killing the Lyons, but other participants are either dead or their roles could not be proven.

Katherine and Sheila’s parents and siblings were reportedly at the hearing on Tuesday. Afterward their dad, John, addressed the media.

“We just want to say thank you,” he said outside the courtroom. “It’s been a long time. We’re tired and we just want to go home.”

• Reporting by ADAM CARLSON

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Places that you have to visit during a US road trip


If you live in America or want to travel the world for a bit, there is nothing more exhilarating than a good ol’ American road trip. Grab your mates or grab your partner, grab your car (the more vintage, the better) fill the tank up with gas and let the road take you to your next destination. You can explore the deepest corners of the country, visit some of the most popular attractions and really see what the land of Stars and Stripes is all about. Nevertheless, the best part about an American road trip is exploring some of the hidden gems the country has to offer. So check out these 5 places you have to visit during your US road trip.

The Grand Canyon – Arizona/Nevada

Okay, so it’s not actually a hidden gem. In fact, it’s actually a really, really big tourist attraction. However, no American road trip is complete without at least a little stop off in Arizona or Nevada to check out the Grand Canyon. Although you’ve probably seen pictures of it before, nothing compares to seeing this incredible sight for your very eyes (and it looks a lot bigger in real life). If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could even stop off and kayak along the rivers or white water raft through the water and rocks. It’s well worth a visit.

Big Sur – California

Have you ever wanted to follow in the footsteps of Jack Kerouac? Then a trip to Big Sur has to be on the cards. This destination is perfect for the road tripper, as the 90-mile stretch along the coast is the perfect place to put your car into cruise control and take in the incredible surroundings. You can check out the redwood forests, park up on the edge of the Pacific Ocean or just coast through. Nevertheless, it is a sight everyone needs to experience at least once.

Mount Rainier National Park – Washington

If you find yourself driving near Washington, a stop-off at the Mount Rainier National Park would be one of the best decisions you could make. Of course, you’ll want to take in the views from far away to start with. The Mount Rainier National Park winds its way around this active volcano (keep an eye out for spewing lava. Just kidding) and features impressive meadows, forests, lakes and more to check out. You could go for a walk, take a boat around the lakes, or just take the perfect picture in this serene spot.

Hamilton Pool Preserve, Dripping Springs – Texas

After being on the road for a while, you’ll probably want a good wash – and if you take a trip to Texas, you’ll find the best watering hole there is. The Hamilton Pool Preserve is a one-of-a-kind natural pool that lies in a limestone cave. The pool is sourced by a natural spring and is popular with the locals who fancy a dip or a swim. You can cool off underneath the 50-foot waterfall, or you could just relax in the mineral-laced waters.

Monument Valley – Utah/Arizona

Let’s be honest; there’s going to be a couple of times during your US road trip when you feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. But what if you could be in the middle of nowhere and see some of the most iconic views in US history? Bonus. Monument Valley is located in Utah/Arizona and is definitely something you need to check out – even if it’s while you’re trying to find your way back to Florida.

You just have to check out these places on your American road trip! There are so many beautiful spots to see in America, but if you can plan your route so that you can visit these places, it will be well worth it – even if it involves a detour!


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Brand New Tour Merch + Win Trip To See Stones In Paris

Just landed in The Rolling Stones store and here for one week only, there is some exclusive No Filter Tour merch available, featuring limited edition t-shirt designs by Philadelphia based artist/designer Jeremy Dean, best known for his “Wonders of Black Flag” t-shirts – a mashup of iconography that explores the cultural crossover between Black Flag and the Grateful Dead.

Alongside all this brand new merch, we’re giving you the chance to win an all paid for trip to Paris, to watch the Stones live in concert! (T&Cs apply)


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5 apps for a successful camping trip in Australia


There might be something quite contradicting with the idea of getting away, especially on a camping trip and using your phone constantly, however, in this day and age, it’s almost impossible to escape our sliding friends. Australia, being a country as well as a continent, you can only imagine the number of attractions and things to do in this miraculous place. From swimming with sharks in The Great Barrier Reef to exploring the outback and just simply relaxing on one of the many beautiful beaches the country has to offer. Yet, one of the most adventurous and exciting things to do in Australia is hands down – camping. It can be in the form of a tent in the middle of nowhere or inside a caravan. The camping sites and caravan parks are incredibly organized and are accessorized with the best features and amenities. All of these make the whole outdoor experience a much more pleasant one.

While camping is pretty much about going back to nature, having a smartphone in your hands can be quite useful and will enable you and your camping mates to enjoy and relax your camping vacation more freely. Here are five apps that will help you turn your next Australian camping adventure to a better one.

Wiki Camps Australia:

If you decide to go camping in the Land Down Under, you really should download Wiki Camps to your smartphone. This app will be your ultimate guide with the most updated information regarding different points of interest, parks, campgrounds and more. The bonus is that you don’t necessarily need internet connection as it works offline as well. The app is user-friendly and is simple to use.

Willy Weather:

They say that in Australia in just one day, the weather can change drastically. Sometimes, it’s almost like there are four different seasons happening at the same time, and that’s why you need a good weather app that will help you plan your trip according to the weather. Willy Weather app is great in the sense that intuitive and user friendly. You will have all the weather-related information you will need from forecast to sunrise and sunset and rain radars.

Australia Bushwalking:

It doesn’t get more Aussie than that, really. A big part of a camping trip is exploring the area around your campsite, and what better way than getting to know the area than by foot? Bushwalking is pretty much synonymous to hiking. The app will provide different useful and detailed track points. It chronicles almost 100 of Australia’s bush walks including the Larapinta Trail and the famous Great Ocean Walk. It’s both informative and includes some great personal insights, which makes it more authentic.

Show the Loo:

When nature’s calling, you just have to go. The only problem is that when you’re in the middle of nowhere, you’re not sure where the closest and most decent place to go is. This app is extremely useful for those who traveling in a van that doesn’t have an ensuite bathroom or toilet facilities. It will provide you with information on the closest toilets as well as their opening hours.

Star Chart:

What’s more romantic than staring at the stars when you are sleeping outside, it’s literally written in the stars for you to use this app. Even if you’re not a big astrology fan, it could be pretty cool to get some in depth information when you are stargazing. From a star to a constellation, the app will notify you what you’re looking at, even during the day.


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‘Girls Trip’ and Other High-Grossing, Black-Directed Movies

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Despite seeing a 12% downturn in box office tickets this summer, Girls Trip, a film celebrating black sisterhood, has earned $ 100 million. This makes the comedy the first movie with an African American cast, director, and writers to reach this benchmark. As a result, the film’s director, Malcolm D. Lee, has joined 11 other African American directors who’ve achieved such a landmark, domestically.

Back in 2013, Lee’s Best Man Holiday earned $ 30 million during its opening weekend but only $ 70 million in total domestic gross. Still, the director told that he remained confident that he would eventually reach the “century club.”

“I thought it would be possible at some point in my career. There was talk that it could have happened with Best Man Holiday and I loved our release date, but we were sandwiched between Thor: The Dark World and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in a very busy holiday season. I thought it could possibly happen there, but this is certainly the one that I thought could possibly happen. I’m grateful that the fans came out and supported it. They got me to the century club,” Lee said.

In honor of Lee’s milestone achievement, here’s a look at five other high-grossing movies directed by African American filmmakers.


The Fate of the Furious – Directed by F. Gary Gray 


Following its release in April, The Fate of the Furious earned a whopping $ 225 million in the U.S. in less than a week. The film, which was directed by F. Gary Gray, went on to gross $ 541 million around the world, making it the biggest worldwide film opening since 2002.

This is not the only film that Gray directed to tip over the $ 100 million mark. Straight Outta Compton (2015) raked in $ 161 million in a mere nine days while The Italian Job (2003) made $ 106.1 million over the course of a little more than three months.


Get Out – Directed by Jordan Peele


Jordan Peele’s socially conscious horror flick Get Out grossed $ 117 million in just 16 days, making Peele the first African American writer and director to earn over $ 100 million at the box office with a debut feature film. Just as impressive is the fact that the comedian-turned-filmmaker made the movie on a shoestring budget of $ 4.5 million. Altogether, Get Out grossed a total of $ 175 million, which is a hell of an ROI!


Stir Crazy – Directed by Sidney Poitier


Legendary filmmaker Sidney Poitier is the first black director to make a film that earned over $ 100 million following the release of Stir Crazy in 1980. The film was also the third-highest-grossing move that entire year.


Fantastic Four – Directed by Tim Story


Tim Story’s 2005 Fantastic Four was a commercial success that earned $ 154 million domestically in 10 days and a gross income of over $ 330 million around the world. Story also directed the sequel, Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007), which made $ 131 million in the U.S.



Creed – Directed by Ryan Coogler


Ryan Coogler was only 29 years old when he released Creed in November 2015, a spin-off and sequel to the Rocky film franchise. The film earned $ 30.1 million in its opening weekend and ended up grossing $ 42.6 million within five days. Its earning tipped over the $ 100 million benchmark in 38 days.



Other black directors whose films topped $ 100M in the U.S. include Keenan Ivory Wayans for Scary Movie (2000), which grossed $ 157 million; John Singleton, whose 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003) earned $ 127 million; and Clark Johnson for S.W.A.T (2003), which earned $ 116 million. (See a full list at

Despite these examples of high-earning films made by black directors, the amount of diversity in Hollywood remains scarce. According to a report published by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA, only 10% of films were directed by a person of color. Diversity is profitable, but when will Hollywood get the picture?



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Families take a risky road trip to save their health care

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Girls Trip Is First $100M Movie To Be Produced, Written, Directed And Starring African-Americans

When Thursday’s take comes in tomorrow, Universal’s Girls Trip will have crossed the $ 100M mark domestically, making it the first film to be produced (Will Packer, Malcolm D. Lee), directed (Malcolm D. Lee), written (Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver) and starring (Queen Latifah, Regina Hall, Jada Pinkett-Smith, and Tiffany Haddish) African-Americans.

At a time when articles are being written on how this summer has been brutal for films with, according to Box Office Mojo, ticket sales are down 12% from last year, Girls Trip is one of the few bright spots. Not only did it defy expectations, having grossed $ 31M in its opening weekend but it held up over the following weeks.

It dropped 36% in its second weekend for a $ 20M take and has remained among the top five at the box office since then. This comes as other competing films that were released at the same time and afterwards such as Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, Atomic Blonde, The Dark Tower, and The Nut Job 2: Nutty by Nature failed to live up to their potential.  Girls Trip and Warner Bros.’ Dunkirk as the only films released on the same date this year (July 21) to gross over $ 100M domestically. The last time two films did that was Passengers and the animated film Sing, which were released during Christmas week (Dec.21).

For director Malcolm D. Lee, after eight previous films, it’s his first trip to the century club, joining 11 other Black directors to do so domestically. He came close with 2013’s Best Man Holiday, which had a $ 30M opening but ended with a $ 70M total gross domestically. In speaking exclusively with, Lee expressed the same feeling when asked if he ever thought he would make the century club.

“Yeah. I thought it would be possible at some point in my career. There was talk that it could have happened with Best Man Holiday and I loved our release date, but we were sandwiched between Thor: The Dark World and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in a very busy holiday season. I thought it could possibly happen there, but this is certainly the one that I thought could possibly happen. I’m grateful that the fans came out and supported it. They got me to the century club.”

It’s also the highest grossing comedy, R-rated at that, this year, surpassing the likes of CHiPs ($ 18M), Snatched ($ 45M), Baywatch ($ 58M), Rough Night ($ 22M) and The House ($ 25M). The last comedy to surpass the century mark was 2016’s Bad Moms, which grossed $ 113M and also featured Jada Pinkett-Smith.

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With the exception of the underperforming Rough Night, Girls Trip continued the trend that Bad Moms, Ghostbusters (2016), Trainwreck, The Heat, Bridesmaids, and Sister Act established. Female-led comedic films can sell if given the right script, cast and marketing.

When you throw Hidden Figures in the mix, because it went wide on January 7th of this year and ended with an $ 169M domestic gross, films led by an African-American female cast have big draw potential that hasn’t been tapped into and Lee recognized that.

I definitely think it was a combination of things. First of all, you’re dealing with an underserved audience that (producer) Will (Packer) and I and the studio (Universal) as well felt that this was a ‘Sex and the City’ for Black women. Quite honestly, the precursor to ‘Sex and the City’ was ‘Living Single’ and ‘Girlfriends.’ I think that it’s a movie that celebrated them at a place that felt like an event with the setting being at the Essence Festival.

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I felt women were going to own this movie and claim it as their movie. There’s a powerful box office when you talk about black women. Yes, the movie crossed over. Girl Power, and Black Girl Magic and strong black women are all part of the zeitgeist right now; and on top of that, fortunately for us there were no comedies that really broke out before Girls Trip. It was one of those movies that worked on a number of levels and was really funny and audiences and critics alike agreed.”

With a current score of 88% (94 fresh, 13 rotten), Girls Trip was certified fresh from Rotten Tomatoes, which aggregates reviews from hundreds of newspapers and websites across the country.

Despite the low returns from the Tom Cruise starred-film The Mummy, which has a $ 80M take domestically, Girls Trip has added to Universal Pictures’ phenomenal year the box office. This is the studio’s 5th film to hit the century mark domestically following M. Night Shyamalan’s Split ($ 138M), Jordan Peele’s record-making surprise hit Get Out ($ 175M), Fifty Shades Darker ($ 114), the ever-growing The Fate of the Furious ($ 225M domestically but $ 1.2 billion worldwide) and Despicable Me 3 ($ 248M and coming close to a billion dollars worldwide).

Peele’s Get Out, F. Gary Gray’s The Fate of the Furious, and Malcolm D. Lee’s Girls Trip,  marks the 1st time that three African-American directors have had $ 100M grossing films in one year, especially under one studio. In 2015, Gray’s Straight Outta Compton ($ 161M) and Ryan Coogler’s Creed ($ 109M) broke into that list for Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. respectively.

Interesting enough, this is producer Will Packer’s 2nd $ 100M grossing film as a producer. He was an executive producer on Straight Outta Compton. His first came with 2014’s Ride Along ($ 134M). He’s come close a couple of times with Ride Along 2 ($ 91M) and Think Like a Man ($ 91M). It’s worth noting that out of Packer’s 16 produced films, 8 have opened at #1 at the box office and 4 have come in 2nd place, including Girls Trip.

Having co-written Girls Trip with Kenya Barris, Tracy Oliver is the 1st African-American female screenwriter to have a $ 100M film. She and Barris join that rare company of Black screenwriters (Scary Movie’s Shawn and Marlon Wayans, Creed’s Ryan Coogler and Aaron Covington, and Get Out’s Jordan Peele) as a part of that club.

With the continued success of Girls Trip, naturally there will be talk of a sequel. After all, Bad Moms is having a sequel released later this year, so why not put Girls Trip in the conversation. Lee knows the game well enough to have the right answer to that question.

“Of course, they always bring up sequels when a movie does well. They’ve been doing that since the beginning of my career. Best Man, Undercover Brother, and we even talked about Roll Bounce. Speaking of Roll Bounce, I remember Peter Rice, then President of Fox Searchlight Pictures, said to me on the set of that film that he thought it would be Fox Searchlight’s first $ 100M movie. So, when you asked earlier if I thought I would get there, the answer is yes, possibly. So, there’s always talk of a sequel but nothing is materialized as of yet.”

Here are the other African-American directors whose films grossed $ 100M domestically and the amount of days it took.

F. Gary Gray’s 2017 The Fate of the Furious (4 Days, $ 225M total domestic cume)
F. Gary Gray’s 2015 Straight Outta Compton (9 Days, $ 161M)
Tim Story’s 2005 Fantastic Four (10 days, $ 154M)
Tim Story’s 2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (12 days, $ 131M)
Keenan Ivory Wayans’s 2000 Scary Movie (14 days, $ 157M )
Jordan Peele’s 2017 Get Out (16 days, $ 175M)
John Singleton’s 2003 2 Fast 2 Furious (17 days, $ 127M)
Tim Story’s 2014 Ride Along (23 days, $ 134M)
Clark Johnson’s 2003 S.W.A.T (24 days, ($ 116M)
Ryan Coogler’s 2015 Creed (38 Days, $ 109M)
Lee Daniels with 2013 Lee Daniels’ The Butler (46 days, $ 116M)
Antoine Fuqua’s 2014 The Equalizer (66 days, $ 101M)
Peter Ramsey’s 2012 Rise of the Guardians (67 days, $ 103M)
F. Gary Gray’s 2003 The Italian Job (95 days, $ 106.1M)

Sidney Poitier’s 1980 Stir Crazy took in a domestic total $ 101.3M but there are no records that show how many days it took to reach that mark. It’s worth noting “Crazy” was the first time a film directed by an African-American earned more than $ 100 million.

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UK road trip: northern England from coast to coast

Crossing three national parks and the Pennines, it goes without saying that this one-week route is a stunner, from Scarborough all the way to the Lake District
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It’s worth getting up early in Scarborough: this is the east coast and dawn can be spectacular. The town spreads around two broad bays with a promontory in between, topped by the castle – Brontë fans will want to go up there via St Mary’s churchyard, where Anne is buried. South Bay is the earlier settlement: the harbour is a joy to explore and early birds who have an appetite should not miss the Harbour View Café, aka “the tea shack”, which serves superb fish and chips from 6am till lunchtime, largely for the homecoming fishermen.

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UK road trip: the Anglo-Scottish border

There’s so much dramatic scenery and history on this week-long itinerary that crisscrosses between Scotland and England several times, taking in castles, beaches and wildlife
More road trips: Dorset to Cornwall | coast to coast

The Anglo-Scottish border is a place of wild beauty, with a rich, poetic and bloody history. This is the land of the reivers, fierce clans of brigands who, from the 13th century until the Union of the Crowns in 1603, were to this region what the Apaches were to the US-Mexican frontier. Carlisle’s Tullie House Museum has an excellent permanent exhibition about them.

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Review: The Trip to Spain Is More of the Same, and That’s OK

Just how long, exactly, is a midlife crisis supposed to last? Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan — or at least the fictionalized versions of themselves they play in their series of Trip movies—have gotten plenty of mileage out of theirs, and they show no signs of letting up. If you think of The Trip to Spain — which follows The Trip (2010) and The Trip to Italy (2014), all directed by Michael Winterbottom—as being strictly about the hang-ups of middle-aged guys, the movie isn’t likely to hold much allure for you.

But to ask only what a picture is “about” is to risk missing most of the picture. In The Trip to Spain, Brydon and Coogan — as they did in the earlier two films, all three pared down from longer TV series aired in the UK—aren’t performing strictly in the service of an overarching idea, that of men struggling with the challenges of aging. They’re really just using that idea as an excuse to get together and ham it up. Their freewheeling, improvisatory mode of one-upmanship has become a brand unto itself, a kind of Coca Cola of dueling male egos. When you come to a Trip picture, you know you’ll be getting more of the same: These movies are reliable quantities in an unreliable world.

To that end, the premise of this picture is approximately the same as that of the last two, to the point that Winterbottom truncates the opening scene into a Morse Code-style phone exchange consisting of half-finished sentences and glancing, if potent, pauses. Coogan rings up Brydon to ask if he’d like to come along on yet another of these swanky boondoggles he’s so good at hustling up, this time a weeklong jaunt through the Spanish countryside. He’ll work on a memoir during the trip; Brydon can review the tucked-away restaurants the duo will encounter on their journey. Brydon hesitates before responding. His young son, a new addition since the last film, opens his mighty jaws and yowls. That seals the deal. The two pack up their neat, wrinkle-free trousers, their button-down shirts and their Michael Caine impressions and head out in Coogan’s luxe-bourgeois Range Rover.

One ferry ride later they’re in Spain, at first encountering rain (not necessarily on the plain) but later, mostly, just sun: Winterbottom and cinematographer James Clarke take full advantage of it, showing us light-dappled towns spiraling into the hills and roads winding through lush, tree-studded terrain. Winterbottom is a gifted and extraordinarily versatile director. In the Trip projects, he may have found something of a meal ticket, but he still goes beyond the call of duty in making them cinematic: Even the shots of chefs doodling sauce on the edge of a plate have a pleasing, gentle sense of momentum.

But mostly, you’ve come to see Brydon and Coogan acting out, right? Their rapid-fire sentences overlap and outrace each other — Brydon and Coogan are like twin squirrels trying to climb a ladder at the same time. Coogan can’t stop puffing up his own ego, reminding Brydon at every turn that the film he co-wrote, produced and starred in, Philomena, was nominated for an Academy Award. Brydon, now a family man with a not particularly aggressive career plan, doesn’t care to hear it once, let alone three times. His deadpan reactions to Coogan’s spurtling nonsense are the best moments in the film—he’s cutting without saying a word, and he still manages to make it all funny. There are dueling David Bowie impersonations, lots of talk about Coogan’s romantic exploits (chiefly involving a much younger woman who also happens to be married), and, of course, the requisite Michael Caine-offs. Coogan also offers an ace impersonation of Mick Jagger, an act of mimicry involving perfectly tightened neck tendons, appropriately pouty lips and—the clincher—the occasional, offhanded over-the-shoulder handclap.

This is what it looks like when two exceedingly bright, appealing, past-middle-aged men face their respective disappointments. Maybe it stings a little more this time: Coogan is trim and toned, with a flattering haircut and no trace of the doughiness that, a few years back, seemed to be settling around his jaw. He really does look he could be king of his world—yet, once again, he can’t control it. What else is there to do but pick on the one guy who—in this semi-fictionalized friendship, at least—seems to understand him better than anyone, and who’s also dead-set against letting him get away with any of his nonsense? Even if you’re not an insecure middle-aged man yourself, chances are you at least know one, and he’s probably driving you crazy. Keep your eye on Brydon: He has some great tips for you.



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Letters to the Editor: Sportcoat Choices, Rolex Style Alternatives, & Winter Trip Prep

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Q: Year Round Hopsack Wool Sportcoat: Bonobos or Spier & Mackay?

I saw that Spier & Mackay has a 20% off sale running right now, and they have, in my size, that navy hopsack with patch pockets and 1/4 lined with bemberg. Yet based on your writings lately and my love for all things Bonobos, I’ve been planning to jump on the Bonobos unlined Italian wool jacket. I’ve never tried a sportcoat from either brand, and I’m not too concerned with the price difference if Bonobos is a clear winner, but I’d like to know which one you would pick? I’m 5’7″ / 170 if that helps.

-Danny H.

First, if you’ll allow, can we address the above image? Those pics were shot at least 3 years apart. Turns out I haven’t changed much over the years. (Jeans and a sportcoat and an open collared shirt and a bag with a stripe on it. Sorry about the rut my fellas.) Anyway, back to Danny’s dilemma. If you’re going for something other than navy or bright blue, then Bonobos is your answer (they have a TON of colors in their unconstructetd wool sportcoats). But if you’re going for a shade of blue, Spier & Mackay is gonna cost you a hell of a lot less, and deliver 85% – 90% of what the Bonobos does. I’d argue the wool on the Bonobos is better. But, since Spier & Mackay offers free returns on your first suit or sportcoat purchase, and Bonobos is free shipping & returns all the time… I’d get one of each, then send the one you like less back. Oh, and if you’re 5’7″/170, skip the Bonobos “Slim” fit. Go with standard. Their slim is a true slim, and you might be too broad for it.


Q: Collar Assist?

Saw your featured post about the final 5% and how it can make a difference. I agree with you on having a good collar, but I found it interesting that you left out the best invention when it comes to collars. Wurkin stiffs! I use their polo stays and plastic stiffy stays and love em’.

– Dylan S.

First, welcome. Second, I know you’re new-ish to the site because for years and years I sung the praises of wurkin’ stiffs. And I totally understand why so many still use them. That said, I never quite got used to the magnetic buttons being visible, even if ever so slightly, on the inside of my collar. I even invested in those colored, rubber coated buttons. Finally, I one day just got some regular, somewhat bendable alloy stays, and after putting a hockey stick style bend in em, I’ve never looked back. No more magnets, and my collar stays at attention all day (mind you, I also wear sportcoats and blazers a ton, and thus, that helps the points stay in line). Yes, wurkin stiffs are just fine if you like em’, but there is a simpler solution out there (as was mentioned in the post).


Q: Killshot Alternatives

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This blog is old.

-Del Y. (via FB) 

That’s a fine, fine observation Del. Technically, the post is “old.” But so is this blog (we launched almost 10 years ago). Anyway, it was a “featured post.” And “featured post” sounds better than “old posts that we’re re-distributing through our social media channels in case someone missed it, wasn’t following us when it first launched, or that post has somehow become relevant again due to current circumstances.” And J. Crew re-released the Killshots a few days back. They’re sold out now. They’re still awfully uncomfortable compared to the competition (like Stan Smiths) and I still don’t get the fascination. So. Yeah. It is old. And thanks for the eloquent feedback.


Q: Rolex Explorer I Alternative?

Rolex Explorer alternatives
I’m looking to get a watch similar to the Rolex Explorer. I am looking for something no larger than 40 mm. Ideally would be automatic and under $ 600; although, I would certainly consider quartz. The first brand that comes to mind is Hamilton (Khaki King/Field); however, I know there are several others out there. Any thoughts on a good alternative?

-Andy M.

The thing about Rolex is that their designs are so iconic that even those  trying to produce “homages” to them… often fall short. And you’re certainly on the right track. The Hamilton Khaki Field on a stainless band and in the 40mm diameter is a fine alternative. The dial is obviously busier, but they (to me) did a real nice job on the re-design. Meanwhile, there’s also Seiko’s popular SARB033 auto, but that lacks those fat, balance-adding Arabic numerals. At least the date window on the Seiko matches the dial. Meanwhile, if one day you want to jump into the luxury watch game, but don’t want to go ALL the way to Rolex? You can get a “baby Rolex,” or, a Tudor, that’s awfully close, for less than half the price of an Explorer.


Q. Best affordable driving loafers?

Jack Erwin Parker

I’m looking for a pair of decent quality, but still affordable driving loafers. Thoughts? 

-Ravin H.

I like the Jack Erwin “Parker” myself. Not super cheap at $ 115, but they are made in Portugal. Then there’s Marc Mcnairy’s New Republic line. Hard to get cheaper than that. The problem with drivers is that most are, by design, not good to be worn for extended periods of time. Why? They’re designed to be worn while sitting (driving a car) and for maximum foot dexterity and touch responsiveness. So, the cushioning ain’t gonna be there. They’re great for around the house, short trips, or… actually driving. But just don’t plan on standing in them for hours and hours at an outdoor concert or anything.


Q. Avoiding “Dad Style”

Just read your 10 Men’s summer style mistakes and it got me thinking about my upcoming child and succumbing to some of the things in your article, but out of necessity. (Clean up on aisle “dad”, if you catch my drift.) Any plans on tackling the “Dad Uniform?” Hoping to find a happy medium.


One of my pals from way back just had a kid, and he even posted to Instagram something about how he was “settling into his new Dad look.” The shot was of him and his newborn son, kid’s head resting against Dad’s chest while on the couch, Dad wearing an unbuttoned madras shirt. Yet he still looked like Jason Statham. Look, I think this is like anything else. Your priorities can shift as new responsibilities crop up, but you also owe it to yourself (and your offspring) to not mail it in/give up on you. Because if you do and use them as an excuse? Your kids are gonna see that, and in the end, it’s resentment all around. (But I’m a physical and social wreck for you! I did it for you!) They’ll hate you for it one day. Promise. Try to balance functionality with fit. You can wear cargo shorts to hold the cheerios and the binkie. Just make sure they’re not enormously oversized, and pair them with some classic canvas or leather sneakers and a well fitting, plain t-shirt. Diaper bags don’t have to look like crap, despite holding nappies for crappin’. It’s the little things, especially when all the other Dads at the pre-school pickup have waved the white flag. Give a damn. Even a little damn, and all the Mom’s will be referring to you as a DILF behind your back in no time.


Q. Winter D.C. Trip Wardobe Prep?

I’m from Houston, and we have a wedding coming up in Washington DC early December. Being from Texas we don’t really have a ton of cold weather gear. I’m going to be putting around DC for 2 days and visiting some customers. Then Saturday/Sunday we’ll be doing wedding stuff and traveling home. Do you have any recommendations for nice stuff to wear while I’m around DC during the day? Probably will be walking quite a bit so comfortable shoes but stylish business casual (and warm!)


Washington D.C., especially the last few years, can be outrageously unpredictable when it comes to winter weather. It can either be somewhat mild, or, it can blizzard. And then there’s the ice storms that can down power lines every so often. So, step 1 would be to keep an eye on the forecast. Step 2 would be to take care of your feet. You’ll want lightweight, merino wool hiking socks and some smart-casual boots with grip on the bottom. If you want to go cheap, I’d give the JC Penney Stafford Deacon a try. I KNOW I KNOW, I can hear the shouts now. Yes, they’ve changed the leather quality and they aren’t as good as they used to be. But for $ 40, you can get a pair of beater boots you won’t be too upset if you trash (just be sure you wear them in well first, before you head to D.C.). Otherwise, there’s Allen Edmonds Daltons (make sure you get the rubber sole) or Liverpool chelseas (V-tread sole comes standard). But those are darn, darn pretty boots. Comfortable as hell though (break em’ in before you go). For the rest? Layers. Bring layers. An unconstructed wool sportcoat (see the first email in this post) should do you right. And a wool but not overly bulky single breasted top-coat plus a scarf. Something you can shed quickly when necessary. The metro can get steamy. Especially when it’s on fire.

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¡Olé, Olé, Olé! A Trip Across Latin America Out Today

¡Olé, Olé, Olé! A Trip Across Latin America the documentary is out today! The film follows the Stones on their 2016 tour through ten Latin American cities, which includes the unprecedented open-air free show in Havana, Cuba. Watch exhilarating live performances and behind the scenes moments with Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie.

The DVD and Blu-Ray features seven exclusive bonus live tracks!


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Bethenny Frankel Dishes Real Housewives of New York City’s Mexico Trip, From Luann’s Falls to “Disaster” Ramona

Real Housewives of New York City, RHONYWhen The Real Housewives of New York City stars drink some tequila in Tequila, Mexico, anything can–and will–happen.
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‘Girls Trip’ Review: Comedy About Four Besties in NOLA Hits All the Right Notes

Call me surprised with a cherry on top. Girls Trip is not what it looks like on the surface – a black-demo take on Rough Night, Scarlett Johansson's recent white–ish-girls-gone-wild romp in Miami which hit a wall of critical apathy and audience indifference. Not this time. In all the ways ScarJo & co.'s film went wrong (the dead male stripper – ugh!), Malcolm D. Lee's

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Quick Tips to Plan Your Own “Girls Trip” Away From the Office

Girl getaways have always been popular, but don’t be surprised if you become inspired to plan your own trip, especially after the release of the movie Girls Trip. Entrepreneurs, and everyone else, sometimes need to get away and chill out with friends.

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A lot can go right in a girl getaway, but a lot can go wrong, too. Here are five tips for planning your own “girls trip” without a hitch.

Choose Your Destination Wisely


You could go on an exotic vacation to somewhere luxurious with the girls, or you could simply go around the way to New Orleans as in the movie Girls Trip. Keep in mind, if you stay closer to home, you can save money or bow out and head home if you end up feeling miserable on the trip.


Choose Your Travel Companions Carefully


If you don’t want a chaotic mess of “plus ones” whom you didn’t invite on your trip, select only your good girlfriends for your getaway. Don’t allow your core group of friends to invite other people. Make it clear that extra guests, children, and significant others are absolutely not invited, because this trip is just for a special group of sister-friends. Oh, and it’s a good idea to invite girls who get along with each other.


The Money Situation


It’s best that you take care of the money situation upfront:

Are you treating your girls to the trip?

Should everyone pitch in to pay for her accommodations, food, etc..?

All-inclusive resorts offer one of the easiest ways to travel without always having to go into your pocketbook for this or that. Just make sure that everyone knows how much she should pay.

Be Creative With Ideas


Discuss excursion ideas with your girls. Plan to go on a yacht ride. Go wine tasting, shopping, to the beach, to a popular bar. Go the club or visit a castle (the ladies on Basketball Wives LA toured the Pena National Palace in Portugal).

And just because it’s a girl’s trip doesn’t mean everyone is together all of the time. Don’t forget to give everyone their space. Encourage participation, but if someone isn’t willing to participate in an activity or two, allow her to choose an alternative activity. One important rule for a happy girl’s trip: Everyone is not going to agree on everything.






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Britney Spears Is Having an ‘Incredible Time’ Dancing Through Thailand — See Her Latest Video from the Trip

Britney Spears is jumping for joy in Thailand!

The pop star shared one of her signature video montages on Instagram featuring highlights from her trip to the Southeast Asian country where she’s currently on tour, all set to the tune of Toni Braxton’s “You’re Making Me High.”

“Having such an incredible time in Thailand!!!!” Spears, 35, enthusiastically captions the collection of toned bikini pics and pretty sunset shots. “Excited to perform in Bangkok this weekend!”

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Spears includes impressive clips of her dancing and doing cartwheels on the beach, while an after-dark bonfire and a dip in the ocean with her sons, Sean, 11, and Jayden, 10, follow suit.

The final scene (during which Spears cuts the background tunes for dramatic effect) includes a sequence of her travel buddies jumping off a water park cliff. When it’s the singer’s turn she can be heard yelling “Oh my god! I don’t know if I can do it!” before finally taking the leap.


Thailand is the latest stop on Spears’ month-long international tour. In another gallery post, she says she’s “having such a good time” and shares that boyfriend Sam Asghari came to visit her while she was in Japan.


“Look who came to see me,” she writes on the sweet street-side shot. “Great matching duo!!!!!!”


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An earlier video comprised of funny selfies and landscape views includes the caption, “More joy and great adventures to come!!!!!! God Bless!!!!”

The soundtrack? Tears for Fears’ “Everybody Wants to Rule the World.” It looks like Spears is on her way!

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My Dad’s Cross-Country Bike Trip in 1977 Inspired Me to Quit My Job and Travel the World

His adventure at 25 gave me the courage to venture across Europe and Asia at 27.

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Bella Thorne Snuggles Up to Shirtless Ex-Boyfriend Gregg Sulkin After Whirlwind Trip To Cannes

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After a whirlwind trip to Cannes with party boy Scott Disick, Bella Thorne kept the party going with her ex-boyfriend, Gregg Sulkin. The two former flames were keeping the…

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‘Originals’ Author Adam Grant Explains the One Trip That Changed His Life

And what he drinks on an airplane.

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‘Late Show’ Packs Donald Trump’s Suitcase For His First Foreign Trip

Tic Tacs? Check. Golf balls? Check. Photograph of Russian President Vladimir Putin? Check.

On Friday, “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” imagined just what Donald Trump packed in his suitcase for his first trip overseas as president.

There’s no sign of any steaks, though. Presumably because the caterers preparing his meals in Saudi Arabia have already got that covered. 

Find out what else Trump “packed” in the clip above.

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Forget That Highway 1 Road Trip Down the Coast Of California This Summer

Big Sur is effectively cut off from the rest of the state after winter storms destroyed a bridge.

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Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Quick Trip (White)

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Rome Travel Guide: The Ultimate Rome, Italy Tourist Trip Travel Guide

Rome Travel Guide: The Ultimate Rome, Italy Tourist Trip Travel Guide

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The Complete Idiot’s Travel Guide to Planning Your Trip to Europe

The Complete Idiot’s Travel Guide to Planning Your Trip to Europe

Planning a trip to Europe can be overwhelming, but finally there’s a guidebook that makes it easy. From the British Isles to southern Italy, the Complete Idiot’s Guide uses an interactive itinerary planner to help readers design the perfect trip. We’ve put together incredibly extensive trip-planning information that covers all the bases, from buying train passes to checking out the most useful travel sites on the Web. With foreign-language glossaries, hints on getting around, practical logistical advice, and dozens of accurate, detailed maps, you’ll be an expert before you even step out of the plane. And once you arrive, we’ve got the lowdown on the top destinations in Europe, complete with our picks of the top things to see and do and the best places to stay and dine.
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Thule 100500 Round Trip Sport Bike Travel Case

Thule 100500 Round Trip Sport Bike Travel Case

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The Very Real Struggle Of Getting A 4-Year-Old To Go Potty On A Road Trip

In “Car Pee Diem,” the newest episode of “Convos With My 4-Year-Old,” dad Matthew Clarke and his “daughter,” played by David Milchard, are — like so many families this holiday season — on a road-trip.

The duo is dealing with one of the most common problems facing parents and preschoolers during such an adventure. Young Coco has to go to the bathroom, so Daddy must pull over at a gas station. But then she doesn’t have to go. But then she does…. And through it all, one important rule remains: Don’t touch anything!

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15 Emotional Stages of a Black Friday Shopping Trip

You’ve got your list in your hand and you’re in a crowd of eager shoppers, armed with coffee and the holiday spirit. For you, Thanksgiving week is but a blip on your long, well-scheduled hunt for the best Christmas presents ever.

Black Friday in particular can be an emotional roller-coaster ride, from when you wake up until you’re happily wrapping gifts at home. In the spirit of making holiday shopping merrier, we’re partnered with Sears to take you through the emotional stages of a Black Friday shopping trip.

1. Am I Still Asleep? I Think I’m Still Asleep.

What’s going on? Why is it dark out? Where am I? A pumpkin pie-and-tryptophan hangover coupled with a 4 a.m. wake-up call can do a number on the psyche. You gaze at your pillow longingly … lovingly. But this is no time for weakness! Pull yourself out of bed, make a beeline for the coffee maker, and make haste. To the mall!

2. I’ve Got A Plan, And I’m Sticking To It

Just like Santa Claus, you’ve prepared your list and checked it twice. You have your plan, and it’s rock solid. You know exactly what you’re going to get, how much you’re going to spend, and you’ve even mapped out stores for the fastest routes. This is how it’s going to work: You’re going to get in and get out, and then have the Best. Nap. Ever.

3. I Am … Mildly Frustrated
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You’ve arrived at the mall and it’s so packed with minivans that you must drive into a parallel universe to find a parking space. You keep your cool and welcome the opportunity for a brisk march toward our reality, the reality that is Black Friday.

4. Christmas Is In The Air, Christmas is Everywheeeeeere!

You finally get into the mall and you remember what this is all about. Christmas carols. Ornaments. The smell of evergreen pine needles. PRESENTS! You are feeling so holly-jolly.

5. Jackpot.

That too-expensive, vanilla goodness perfume that your mom desperately deserves is marked as 60 percent off. And, bonus, it comes with a new car! a complimentary tote bag. Oh, snap! Double-gift! Cross Mom off that list.

6. Oooh, Shiny Things…

A “SALE!” sign is winking at you from your favorite clothing boutique. Would it be crazy to take two minutes from your carefully planned itinerary to check out the racks? Isn’t Christmas about giving back to yourself, too? Besides, It’s getting cold, so it’s not unreasonable to say that you need that scarf-and-mitten set…

7. I’ve Totally Got This.

Ugh, this line. The upside? Extra time to regroup. While you wait, you consult a map to draw an even more efficient route, and you use your phone to reserve your sister’s present to shave off some time. You could teach a master’s course in multitasking.

8. I Swear I Wrote This Down…

How quickly everything crumbles. Your little brother — did he want the home jersey or the away jersey? was it the team’s quarterback or running back? is this guy even on the team anymore? There are far more options than you ever imagined. You look around frantically. Which one are all the other customers buying? Did he want the most popular one? Or is he more the “root for the underdog” type? You stand in front of the racks, paralyzed with indecision.

9. ::stomach grumbles::

You desperately need nourishment, but when you get to the food court, every line is spiraling around the corner. The tantalizing smell of pretzels, Thai food and pizza makes you faint with anticipation.

10. Aww, Babies! Kids! Christmas!

When you’re getting gifts for your little nieces and nephews, you seek solace in the piles of stuffed animals. You hug each giraffe, teddy bear and piglet to see which is the cuddliest. You feel that this is very important. Next thing you know, you’re stumbling into the picture-book section and get totally sidetracked flipping through the page of illustrations. Do they have chairs here?

11. Ohhhhhhh. No.

How could this have happened with your perfectly laid plans, all of your lists, and your map? You forgot that you pulled Great Aunt Louise in the Secret Santa and that you need something under $ 25 for the office Yankee swap.

12. I Deserve A Pat On The Back

You see across the way that soaps, candles, and hand lotions are BOGO (buy one, get one free for the uninitiated), and they come wrapped in pretty Christmas bows. Two birds, one store; you’ve settled both the office party and Great Aunt Louise. You nailed it. You are Black Friday royalty, so just give yourself the crown now.

13. Praise To The Mall Gods!
You’re sweating, shopping bags are making indents on your hands, arms and shoulders, but you spy a “gift wrapping station” sign. Praise the gods of the mall. They take everything off your hands, and with a little donation, they’ll even carry everything to the car, wrapped up all nice. Whatever did you do to deserve this?

14. Do You Mind If I Just … Lie Down Here?

Do you think if you tipped a little extra, the gift-wrapping attendant would also carry you to the car? It’s just a question.

15. I Am Content And Life Is Complete.

You made it to the car in one piece. The gifts are all wrapped and carefully stacked on your backseat. Just as you turn on the car, a radio station is playing, “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and you sigh a breath of relief. “You know what?” you say aloud. “I will.”

Sears, home of America’s most trusted brands, Kenmore, Craftsman and DieHard, is making holiday shopping more merry with exceptional offerings for Shop Your Way members. In addition to conveniences such as free store pick up, Member Assist and Reserve It, members receive an additional 10% back in points on the first $ 500 of each qualifying purchase with a Sears credit card all season long.
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