How to Book Inexpensive Aer Lingus Award Flights to Ireland

Ireland is one of the most popular destinations for American travelers journeying abroad. Fortunately, there are several quality options to get to Ireland, including with Avios awards bookings with Aer Lingus and its partners. Tip: see this post on Google Flights if you want to pay for your Aer Lingus flight with cash. About Aer Lingus Fortunately, Aer Lingus is not operating alone. It exists in a partnership with British Airways and Iberia (not to mention smaller airlines Flybe, Kulula, Meridiana and Vueling). All of which use the award currency…

Nordic Countries Continue To Rank High In Happiness, While America Falls

Finland, Norway, and Denmark were recently ranked the world’s three happiest countries. This may not come as a surprise, since they’ve been dancing around at the top for a while now, along with Switzerland. Meanwhile, America fell to 18th on this list by the World Happiness Report. While it isn’t a terrible ranking, the decline is noteworthy. For a country whose average income has risen for several decades, our declining happiness is important, and telling. And it actually makes a lot of sense. Why are the Nordic countries so happy? The usual explanations are that while taxes are…

Rolls-Royce And Nat Geo Document On Social Media Around-The-World Adventure Starring Cullinan SUV

Tomorrow in the Scottish Highlands, Rolls-Royce and National Geographic will launch the all-wheel drive Cullinan on an extreme around-the-world engineering durability test that will be documented with films and photography posted daily to Rolls and National Geographic social media. Branded “The Final Challenge,” this series of extreme performance trials will be staged in remote locales, from the Highlands to Alpine snowfields to the deserts of Arabia, culminating in mountain climbs in the Western United States. RRMC Cory Richards, considered by many the greatest living adventurer, is taking Rolls-Royce Cullinan on…

Do your business in these 10 work-friendly bathrooms

Texting, typing and technology in the lavatory – will wonders never cease? With bathrooms equipped for such things, the idea isn’t as odd as you might think.  From outdoor shower outposts to tech-friendly toilet stalls, these hotel bathrooms are a working traveler’s dream come true. Scattered across the Southwest, here are 10 hotels (and the respective rooms/suites) with bathrooms fit for both working and washing. Garden of the Gods Collection | Colorado Springs The spacious Pinon Suite bathroom — Photo courtesy of Garden of the Gods Club Choice bathroom: The Piñon Suite…

Five Insider Experiences To Try On Your Next Trip To New York

Shutterstock With an abundance of dining, art, shopping and cultural options in New York City, it’s hard to know what’s hot today and where to go in a limited time frame. Now more than ever, travelers are looking to get away from traditional attractions and into the unique places that only locals and those in the know are privy to. Localike New York is a new online travel service that curates custom itineraries based on user preferences, opening doors to exclusive VIP experiences, taking travelers away from the crowds to…

Don’t waste your university years on wellness

Wellness  – in the broadest sense of the word – is something we should all aspire to. It means being healthy, both mentally and physically. Active. At peace. Balanced. Now in my mid (*ahem* late *ahem*) 20s, I’m pretty into the whole thing. I work out five times a week. I follow a plant-based diet. I barely drink, I don’t smoke, I freak out if I don’t get a least six hours sleep. Rewind back five years, however, and I was a different person altogether. During my BA, I was…

BHS’s former Oxford Street flagship store open its doors again with a little bit of help from Kate Moss

The former BHS Oxford Street store, which became widely associated with the 88-year-old retailer’s tumultuous collapse, is to open its doors again today as Polish fashion chain Reserved launches into the UK. Of the 160 BHS shops that were shuttered following its demise, around 60pc of the estate remains empty with discount retailers such as B&M Bargains taking on the majority of stores. Reserved is hoping to breathe new life into the BHS shop and appeal to British shoppers by hiring supermodel Kate Moss and close-friend of former BHS owner…

Sexy music can make the touch sensual: Study

Music is known to evoke a range of emotions and researchers have now found that it can even influence our sense of touch. The sexier we find the music, more sensual becomes the touch for us, according to the study. “We have observed that the sexier we perceive music, the sexier we also perceive touch that is administered simultaneously,” said study leader Tom Fritz from Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. The research, published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, involved a robot…

Want to thrive or just survive? Decode the secrets of a successful life

Doing well in life, it seems, is not as difficult as we tend to assume when life throws a few tough challenges at us. A new study has found that what it takes to thrive, rather than merely survive, could be as simple as feeling good about life and yourself and being good at something. Until now and despite plenty of theories, there has been no agreement on what makes a person thrive or on how people can try and ensure they do. To come up with a definitive catch-all,…

Want a social media savvy wedding? Here’s how you can achieve it

Indian weddings getting streamed online has become a trend now. So it is common to get updates on social media on couples striking a filmy pose in a choreographed pre-wedding video in some exotic location. But it’s not easy to plan a social media savvy wedding, say experts. Sanaa Vohra, Founder and CEO of The Wedding Brigade, which is a destination for wedding needs, and wedding jewellery expert Kartik Nayyar, Founder of OSR Jewellers that are into making semi-precious jewellery, have a few suggestions: * Have a hashtag: Clichéd as…

App helps compose music using power of mind

Researchers have developed a new application which may help physically impaired persons write songs and surf internet as well as write emails — all with the power of their mind. Using the new brain-computer interface application, developed by Gernot Muller-Putz, scientist at Austria’s Graz University of Technology (TU Graz), people can compose music and transfer onto a musical score by wearing an electrode-equipped cap that measures their brain waves. Such systems are utilised to help users do things such as writing text. The interface works when users select from the…

Tips to make your home look bigger

Make your abode appear bigger and spacious by using mirrors, decluttering your house and pay attention to the colours you pick for the curtains, suggest experts. Sunil Gupta, Founder at Exporters India (a marketplace for manufacturers exporters suppliers and importers) and experts at SaleBhai (online destination to discover original and unique specialities from different regions of India), have shared few inputs: * Reduce clutter: Remove unwanted items that have either fulfilled their purpose or have not been utilised within the past couple of years. Getting rid of such unused objects can create…