Monthly Archives: March 2017

Top Spots to Visit in 2017

Don’t look now, but it’s time to start planning your summer vacation! Whether you have a month to explore or just a few days off, planning any vacation takes time. Here are a few suggestions for places that make great vacation destinations in 2017.

Banff, Canada
From hot springs to gondola rides, Banff has something for everyone. Spend a few days outside admiring the beauty and spend a few more just relaxing at a spa.

Atacama Desert, Chile
Dunes, starry nights, and salty lakes are just the right combination to take in some of the best Chile has to offer. If you like being outside and have an adventurous spirit, this is the perfect place for you.

Agra, India
Bustling streets, bright colors, and busy markets are full of culture in Agra. Aside from the Taj Mahal, this city has many museums to explore. It is also easily accessible today, thanks to a new expressway train.

Dubrovnik, Croatia
Historic buildings in this coastal town make you feel like you’re in another time. Croatia is a hidden gem that boasts of private beaches, boats, and local restaurants. 

Ketchum, Idaho
This hidden ski town is a great spot to get cozy, if you want more cold weather and need to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.

While the list could go on and on, traveling is a great way to expand your knowledge and learn about new cultures. Vacations don’t just have to be a time of relaxation – they can also be a time of learning and experiencing new things!

How to Avoid a Cold

Ask the cold makes its yearly rounds, it’s important to take all precautions to avoid getting hit hard with the virus. You don’t want to have to miss out on work, travel or a fun event because of catching a cold.

Here are some ways you can be careful and avoid catching a cold:

Wash your hands — and keep them away from your face.

Your hands are a hub for germs. Make sure you wash them throughout the day, especially after shopping, going to the gym, or being in a public area.

Use disposable items if someone in your house is sick.

Use disposable cups that can be thrown away after each use and use paper towels to dry hands after washing them to prevent the spread of germs from person to person.

Maintain a healthy dose of sleep and exercise.

To keep your immune system at its best, take care of yourself and give your body what it needs. It is also important to control stress levels to maintain a healthy immune system.

Clean all household surfaces.

Phones, door knobs, keyboards, remotes, and sinks are all covered in germs. Make sure to clean them regularly to avoid germs.

It’s hard to completely avoid contact with sick people, so taking all of these precautions can lower your chance of getting infected with the most common sickness.

Spring Break Skin Safety

We are getting into the early weeks in March, which can only mean one thing: Spring Break. Or, for those of us who work, a great excuse to use some of that PTO. And what better way to spend that time than somewhere warm and sunny? I’ve covered the importance of getting enough sunlight and Vitamin D, but you also don’t want too much of a good thing. Here are some tips to keep you and your skin healthy under the hot sun on your vacation:

Wear sunscreen. This is probably overused advice, but for good reason. Wearing sunscreen not only keeps you from getting painful burns, but it can also protect you from skin cancer. Using a sunblock with SPF 30 or higher may not help you tan as quickly, but you’ll thank yourself later.

Drink lots of water. When you’re having fun at the beach, it’s easy to forget about proper hydration. But under the hot sun, it is even more important to get your daily dose of H2O. This will keep you healthy and will also help to keep your skin from getting too dry. Try eating fruits such as watermelon as well for extra hydration.

Wear a hat. Make sure you keep your face protected! A pink and peeling face won’t be flattering when you return back to work. Wearing a hat can help keep that sensitive skin protected. Besides, keeping your skin healthy also helps fight signs of aging, which is something I think we can all get behind.