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  • 6 Simple Travel Tips for Better Sleep on Your Next Flight

    4/22/2019 12:37:25 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    There are so many things to be excited about when booking a trip. Unfortunately, an overnight flight isn’t one of them, especially if you struggle with sleeping on a plane. The good news: Despite being packed into an uncomfortable economy seat, it is possible to get some shut-eye. On your next flight, try the following.

    1. Pack an Ergonomic Body Pillow

    You may fly with a travel pillow, but do you actually think it’s comfortable? The problem is most don’t actually offer proper support, not to mention your head still falls forward. If you’re really craving some shut-eye on your next flight, opt instead for an ergonomic full-body pillow that cradles your head, like the Travelrest Travel Pillow.

    The pillow looks like a soft seat belt that attaches around you or your seat. It becomes wider at the top to gently hold your head in place. If you’re a minimalist, you’ll love that it can be deflated and rolled up to clip securely to your luggage.

    2. Load Your iPod with ASMR

    Also known as “autonomous sensory meridian response,” ASMR refers to a euphoric tingling that typically starts in the head and moves down the body for deep relaxation.

    It’s brought on by triggers — soothing sounds and sometimes gentle gestures — like tapping, scratching, whispering, page turning and a simulated spa treatment giving you personal attention.

    If the idea of getting your ears massaged by a stranger via your iPod sounds weird, scroll through YouTube and you’ll see that top ASMRists like GentleWhispering, ASMRRequests and Ricky7Whispers have hundreds of thousands of followers (because their voices are drug-free, sleep-inducing magic!).

    Tip: ASMR is best enjoyed with SleepPhones, soft, pillowy headphones you can lay your head on.

    3. Download Relaxation Apps

    Technology can keep you awake, whether from Facebook addiction or screens emitting blue light that disrupts snooze cycles; but sometimes it can also help you sleep. Take, for instance, relaxation apps.

    One to download before your next flight is Sleep Machine, which features a library of stereo sounds, ambient sounds and ambient music to choose from. You can play up to three tracks at one time to create your own sleep inducing soundtrack.

    There’s also Pzizz, which has a similar concept but through binaural beats, a phenomenon in which two tones create the illusion of a third tone — the binaural beat — being present. Interestingly, ancient cultures even tapped into the powers of consistent rhythmic beats, using them for relaxation and healing (though they typically used drums instead of iPhones).

    Finally, Headspace is a must-download app for any fliers who have ever said, “I can’t meditate.” The app is like meditation for dummies, teaching you exactly how to reach clarity and quiet those inner voices for easier plane rest.

    4. Shut Out Distractions

    A soft eye mask and ear plugs go a long way in making an airplane nap a possibility. For extra comfort, wear a shawl scarf to the airport, which doubles as an airplane blanket (since these are often not always free on planes anymore).

    5. Get the Right Seat

    Avoid sleeping near bathrooms where people often congregate (and lean on your seat like you’re not even there!). Instead, try snagging the bulkhead or emergency-exit row for more legroom — often with no added charge — and enough space that your seatmates won’t disturb you when getting up.

    You can also download the Seat Alerts app from ExpertFlyer, which shows you color-coded airplane maps so you can see which seat offers the best napping possibilities. It also alerts you when a seat you want opens up. Remember, there’s no industry standard on things like legroom and pitch, so oftentimes the amount of sleep you get could be increased with a seat change.

    6. Freshen the Air Up There

    Air travel is notoriously drying, but carrying liquid moisturizers through security can be a hassle. Instead, hydrate with moisturized wipes, and you won’t have to worry about carry-on lotion sizes.

    Choose e.l.f. Hydrating Water Cleansing Cloths with gentle aloe vera to leave your skin cleansed so your pores can breathe midair.

    To combat inflammation, pack a bottle of Yoga Balm to ease any aches and pains due to sitting down for several consecutive hours on the flight.

    Yoga Balm’s organic essential healing blend is used to spot-treat tense muscles, promote healing and enhance natural wellness. Its minty scent has the added benefit of aromatherapy to help freshen stale airplane air.

  • The Best Museum Exhibitions In New York City Now!

    4/12/2019 5:18:19 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Searching for listings and reviews for the best New York museum exhibitions and shows? We have you covered.

    New York City has tons of things going for it, from incredible buildings to breathtaking parks. But surely, the top of the list includes NYC’s vast array of museums, covering every field of culture and knowledge: There are quirky museums and interactive museums, free museums and world-beating art institutions like the Metropolitan Museum. Between them, they offer so many exhibitions, of every variety and taste, that it's hard to keep track of them. We've got you covered with our select list of the best museum exhibitions in NYC.

    Things to do, Exhibitions

    "The Power of Intention: Reinventing the (Prayer) Wheel"

    The Rubin Museum of Art, Chelsea, Until Oct 14 2019

    Many of the most visually audacious and immersive exhibitions in NYC turn into selfie traps. The Rubin’s “Power of Intention: Reinventing the (Prayer) Wheel” is not that kind of show—or, at least, it asks you to be fully present and mindful instead of Instagramming. Of the numerous works of interactive contemporary art inspired by Tibetan Buddhist practices, we suggest checking out Scenocosme’s “Metamorphy” (pictured): When you touch the piece’s fabric membrane, it conjures up a “storm” using motion-sensing camera projection. The installation will make you think about how your energy affects the karma of the world.

    Art, Contemporary art

    “Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving”

    Brooklyn Museum | Brooklyn, NY, Prospect Heights, Until May 12 2019

    Though countless exhibitions have covered the work of the iconoclastic Mexican artist, the Brooklyn Museum’s new show is the first in the U.S. to feature personal artifacts from Kahlo’s childhood home, La Casa Azul. While browsing through her paintings, drawings and photos, you can also marvel at jewelry, hand-painted corsets, prosthetics and other lived-in items, all of which illustrate the heritage, rituals and mission at the heart of Kahlo’s life and work.

    Things to do, Exhibitions

    “Germ City: Microbes and the Metropolis”

    Museum of the City of New York, East Harlem, Until Apr 28 2019

    Germs, bacteria, viruses—New Yorkers encounter them by the millions every day while going about their business. Just thinking about what could be covering those poles in subway cars is enough to make your skin crawl. But contagious bugs have always been part of city life, and in this exhibition, the Museum of the City of New York charts the history of diseases in Gotham, and the many strategies that municipal authorities employed to combat them.

    Things to do, Exhibitions

    "Gateway to Himalayan Art"

    The Rubin Museum of Art, Chelsea, Until May 13 2019

    Do you enjoy the Rubin but feel a bit lost within the dizzying array of deities that figure in its works? This exhibition is the perfect initiation to the wide cast of characters that, by turns, traipse gleefully and skulk threateningly through Himalayan art. Don't miss the display explaining the process of Nepalese lost-wax metal casting and the life-size reproductions of murals from Tibet's Lukhang Temple.

    Art, Contemporary art

    "Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now”

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side, Until Jul 10 2019

    Thirty years after his death, artist Robert Mapplethorpe still provokes. While capturing the fever dream of underground NYC in the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s, he ignited national conversations—and conflicts—on sex, race, censorship and government involvement in art, all of which still rage on today. Running until July, the first section of the Guggenheim’s ambitious, two-part exhibition displays Polaroids, collages, nude photographs, portraits of celebrities and the artist himself, and takes on the New York S & M scene.

    Tolkien: Maker of Middle-earth

    The Morgan Library & Museum, Murray Hill, Until May 12 2019

    Wielding original maps, manuscripts, photographs and illustrations, the Morgan Library reconstructs J.R.R. Tolkien’s journey from the trenches of World War I to the creation of the beloved, world-renowned Lord of the Rings saga.

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  • Peru, The Richest Country In The World!

    4/1/2019 3:27:12 PM Link 0 comments | Add comment

    Peru is one of the many treasures of South America. Its home to diverse cuisine, colorful people, legendary sites and some of the most breathtaking landscapes on earth. It’s pretty much the perfect destination for any type of traveler, whether you’re into food, culture, adventure, sightseeing or a little bit of everything!

    Here are just a few of the things you have to look forward to when you travel Peru.

    Machu Picchu

    A visit to one of the world’s most legendary sites is an absolute “must do” for anyone who travels to South America. High in the Andes Mountains with stunning panoramic views, this spectacular 15th century collection of structures and terraces will leave you awestruck. Uncover the mysteries of this incredible place.

    Lima, Peru

    Take a walking tour through the historic city center of Lima, Peru to discover the city’s fascinating history. People often pass through Lima without giving it a thought while on their way to iconic sites like Machu Picchu, but that is a very big mistake. The city center is one of the most important destinations for you to visit in all of Peru due to the number of historically significant landmarks. Go to San Francisco Monastery and enter the catacombs. See the Government Center, the Cathedral at Plaza de Armas and many other magnificent landmarks.

    Eat, eat, eat

    Foodies everywhere are flocking to Lima, Peru to enjoy some of the most irresistible food in South America. The food there has always been diverse and incredible due to the climate there, but today more than ever, Lima is the place to be to enjoy some of the most exciting culinary delights on the continent.

    Peruvian food draws together influences from Latin America, Europe and the Amazon. Lima’s chefs create a fusion of flavors brought to life by a blend of ingredients indigenous to the area as well as those brought to Peru by visitors from around the globe. Look forward to enjoying lots of very fresh steamed fish, fruits and vegetables and a myriad of other culinary delights that will dance on your tongue.

    Be sure to get a little taste of everything by visiting higher end restaurants as well as local food stands. It’s the perfect way to enjoy everything Peruvian cuisine has to offer—from sophisticated dishes to simple creations.

    Shop for Treasures

    Peru is the place to shop till you drop! The diversity of products is simply amazing. You’ll find many handicraft markets as well as top end ceramic shops, art galleries, jewelry stores and clothing boutiques, particularly in Lima and Cuzco. The Andean textile heritage is still very much alive in Peru. Look for colorful Andean textiles in the form of blankets, ponchos, shawls, and scarves.

    Not convinced yet? Enjoy this video to hear what our guests have to say about Peru! https://youtu.be/YBlo5BqqagA.

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