Review: Try The World

When I was asked to review Try The World, I jumped at the incredible opportunity.  Discover great food from around the world in a box?  Sign me up!

Try The World

I adore everything about this company.  I love their name, their logo, their packaging, their products, and their mission.  Try The World believes the best way to discover a place is through food and art.  They work with local experts to bring the best gourmet foods and selections of music, movies, and culture tips from each country right to your doorstep.

Try The World

Try The World

Imagine my surprise when the first box arrived and it was all about Brasil.  How synchronistic that it should be my favorite country in the world!

Try The World

I must have spent an hour examining the products and dreaming about my unforgettable time spent throughout the country.  The box of goodies brought back such beautiful memories for me.  Besides all of the food products, each box comes with a culture guide that not only explains the significance behind every product, but also contains interesting information about the country itself.

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Here are some more facts about Try The World:

  • Membership is free and you will only be charged for the box you are about to receive
  • Your first box will be the Paris Box
  • You will receive an email revealing your next destination
  • Skip, pause or cancel anytime
  • Great value at only $45 per box
  • Free shipping

I say start your journey with Try The World today and you will have the best of what Paris has to offer at your door within a week!

Planning A Summer Wedding: How To Make Your Special Day Spectacular

Are you planning on finally settling down with that “special someone” of your dreams?  If so, then a summer wedding is an excellent idea to help immortalise such a commitment.  Providing the use of open-air services and the balmy warm weather, a summer wedding is perhaps one of the most memorable ways to punctuate what is certain to become a day that you will never forget.  Of course, a great deal of planning will need to go into this event and tackling this project can be a bit daunting and the prospect of the heat can make it even more so.  This latest guest post takes a look at a few sure-fire tips which will make certain that this gathering will be truly inspiring.

Themes

The Internet has a wealth of ideas in regards to how a summer wedding can be themed.  Above all, the use of vibrant colors has been trending in recent years.  Simple floral bouquets can make a truly stunning impact upon the wedding party and all of the guests.  An excellent idea is to contrast these colors with pure and light tones such as a white or off-white wedding dress.  As the summer months naturally exhibit a great deal of natural light, softer and brighter hues will offer an unforgettable “glow” during the ceremony and the subsequent reception.

Locations


It is important to choose a wedding venue carefully.  While the event is naturally unforgettable, part of the allure of any wedding is the ambiance after the vows themselves.  Luxurious locations and accommodations such as those offered by Wyelands Estate, Gloucestershire can help add a bit of class and comfort to any event.  Not only will the scenery be unforgettable, but the needs of the guests will be catered to accordingly.  This will enable the bride and groom to absorb their special moments in a breathtaking fashion.  Thankfully, the UK boasts some of the richest and most alluring locations for a wedding in the entire world.

Your Budget

Money is always a concern.  This can be a bit challenging, for you never wish to sacrifice comfort and quality due to a tight bank account.  While some expenses are necessary (such as a photographer and a caterer), there is often room for a certain amount of negotiation.  Also, recall that many wedding venues will charge on the basis of how many guests are present.  Therefore, it may be wise to avoid inviting a twice-removed second cousin or a distant work colleague.

If you still feel under financial pressure, there is nothing wrong with organising a “wedding pool” a few months before the actual event.  It is likely that your close friends and family will be happy to cover a portion of the costs and they can also help out with some of the logistics such as transportation and supplies.

Photography

Particularly during the summer months, wedding photography is a competitive business.  So, it is always a good idea to shop around before deciding upon a specific service.  Summer is an incredibly busy time, thus it makes it difficult to negotiate rates, however, you can always arrange a limit on time, photographs, or prints to cut costs.  Still, make certain that the photographer boasts reliable references; a professional should provide you with examples of their previous work and client testimonials.  As bespoke pictures will immortalise this special event, choosing an experienced professional without breaking the bank is essential.

Following this simple advice can take much of the pressure off of planning your summer of romance.  The end result is a wedding that can provide memories which will truly last a lifetime!

Andi’s Pick: 200 Main

200 Main: Highlands, North Carolina

200 Main

First Impression

Last year, I had the great fortune to stay in the magnificent Old Edwards Inn and Spa and it was an experience I will never forget.  I was so excited when I was informed that they had recently opened a sister property right down the street.  At 200 Main you can expect the stylish, luxurious accommodations that you would find at Old Edwards Inn and Spa, but with an incredibly affordable price.  Additionally, all of the amenities at Old Edwards Inn and Spa are offered to guests of 200 Main, although there are enough amenities at 200 Main to keep you busy without ever having to leave the hotel.  For my husband and I this was the first of several babymoons and I found this special property to be the ultimate in comfortability — something that is essential for pregnant women.

Location

Highlands, which is on the National Register of Historic Places, feels as though it has been preserved in time.  Walk outside the hotel’s front door and you will find yourself amidst first-class shopping, dining, and culture.  Since it is surrounded by the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains and a temperate rainforest, you will also encounter some of the most beautiful natural attractions that the Unites States has to offer ranging from pristine lakes, rivers, and waterfalls.  This rural community deserves its reputation as being one of America’s prettiest small towns.

The Room

These chic rooms feature hardwood floors, rustic furniture, flat screen TVs, mini fridges, Keurig machines, and many have fireplaces and balconies.  Our room featured a King sized bed and a spacious balcony that looked out onto Main Street.

200 Main

200 Main

200 Main

200 Main

The Bathroom

The en suite bathrooms consist of radiant heated floors for sustainability and comfort, eco-friendly bath and body amenities, vessel sinks, and luxurious Fette towels.  The white marbled bathtub called my name every day while we were there.

 200 Main
200 Main
200 Main

The Extras

Guests can enjoy an outdoor heated mineral pool on property, a large terrace with fire pit, and a hillside water feature.  They can also stay connected on property with free Wi-Fi.

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Why It Is Andi’s Pick

All accommodations include morning muffins and fresh whole fruit that are available in the lobby every morning.  Additionally, the staff we encountered were some of the nicest people we have met in our travels.  A friendly staff goes a long way in my world!

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Samabe: All-Inclusive Luxury Resort In Bali With The Best Ocean View

For trendy ocean front luxury Bali resorts and villas, the newly built Samabe resort is a cool place to be.  Many resorts in Bali claim to offer great ocean views, but none are like Samabe, where you truly feel like you are right on the sea front.  Sitting at the top of a cliff of Southern Nusa Dua, Samabe presents an amazing ocean panorama, which you can enjoy even from the bath tub in your room through the glass window.

The ocean front suite presents a truly stunning view.  It feels like you are right above the sea.  The room is huge, comfortable, and beautifully furnished with high quality amenities and modern décor.  Both the suites and the villas are spacious and feature large luxurious bathrooms.  In the villas, there are elegant chandeliers dangling from the ceiling.  The thatched roof of the villas and contemporary Asian styling touches remind you that you are somewhere exotic.

Samabe

Your person butler will help you with anything you need while vacating in Samabe.  The private swimming pool, should you choose a room with one, is an absolute delight.  Relaxing ambience in the room is enhanced by the sound of waves rolling onto the shore.  The crystal clear turquoise water of the Indian Ocean is a joy to the eye, warms your heart, and puts a smile on your face.  Oh how beautiful is our nature!

Luxury All-Inclusive Resort

The all-inclusive package is a great option, if you do not like a surprise bill when checking out.  It gives you a multitude of extra benefits and is very reasonably priced.  For just USD $120++ surcharge per night you receive meals and drinks, available 24 hours a day, daily cocktail hours including beers, house wines, and spirits from 5PM-12AM, unlimited laundry service, late check out until 4PM, free mini bar, daily afternoon tea, daily fresh fruit platter, 24 hour butler service, and much more.

You literally do not have to leave the resort since there are lots of activities going on there every day.  Samabe Signature activities are a fantastic way to enjoy Bali experience.  They include things such as massage at their Spa, Balinese cooking class, Batik painting class, Balinese costume dressing, private snorkeling tour, private Sunset Tour to Uluwatu followed by Rijstaffel Dinner, and many more and they are a part of your all-inclusive package.  The resort can also organize a number of recommended tours to let you explore Bali, its people, and culture, and anything else you want to discover about the island.

Samabe

You definitely will not be lost for something to eat.  Breakfast offers everything you could wish for.  There is buffet or an a-la-cart menu to choose from and you can enjoy it anywhere within the resort at any time of the day.  The afternoon tea is great, you can enjoy tea, coffee, cakes, sandwiches, and juices.  For dinner you can choose to dine in one of the resort’s fine restaurants, which serve Mediterranean, Asian, and local Balinese cuisines.  There is no extra charge for any of your meals with the all-inclusive package.

Samabe

If you like shopping, you can hop onto a shuttle bus to Bali Collection, where you can buy some quality shoes, clothes, bags, and gifts for family back home.  There are plenty of restaurants there to choose from as well.  The all-inclusive will not cover your shopping and dining out, but it seems like it covers just about everything else!

Top Ten Things To Experience In Cairns

The one good thing about having friends and family that choose to up sticks and schlep across the world in search of sea, sun, and shiny new adventures is that it presents you with the opportunity for really great holidays to places you may never have visited with free accommodation thrown in.  This is the situation I found myself in when a family member decided she wanted to leave England behind and try a new life out in Cairns, Australia.  Having visited previously on a holiday around Australia, she fell in love with the place and having been over on a number of occasions, it is easy to see why!  With so much on offer, it is good to know that not everything has to be crammed into the one trip, but for those doing a one off visit, here are my top ten things to experience in Cairns:

Now this is not unique to me, but all the same, top of the list has to be the Great Barrier Reef — the only living organism that can be seen from the moon!  Depending on budget, you can either stay on one of the islands, which accommodate visitors in either remote luxury hideaways or basic camps, or take a cruise and enjoy a spot of snorkelling or diving (many companies offer equipment rental).  There is also the option of a glass bottomed boat for those who do not want to get wet.  Either way you are in for some stunning scenery, so beautiful it is protected by the UNESCO World Heritage Trust.  Nothing prepares you for array of stunning colours on show and the buzz you get searching for Nemo and his friends.

Another World Heritage Site not to be missed is the Wet Tropics Rainforest, which surrounds Cairns.  The most well known of these areas are Cape Tribulation and the Daintree Rainforest, the world’s oldest rainforest.  There is plenty of wow factor here with amazing scenery including fast flowing rivers, deep gorges, and an abundance of waterfalls.

Take a ride over the rainforest canopy on the Skyrail to experience all the sights and sounds and to take advantage of the guides interesting and witty commentary.  Kuranda, the village in the rainforest is your destination where you can check out the world famous Kuranda markets.  When you are all shopped out, take the Kuranda Scenic Railway and cruise down the mountain range into Cairns.

Whilst exploring the Daintree Rainforest, take the opportunity to educate yourselves about the indigenous population and learn about ancient Aboriginal culture and customs with Adventure North’s Daintree Dreaming day tour.  They also offer overnight safaris combining Cape Tribulation and Cooktown, with Aboriginal elders providing educational guided walks.

For the thrill seekers amongst you who like to see things from a different perspective, there are plenty of opportunites to hurl yourself out of a plane for an adrenaline fuelled view of the area.  Recommended by many who like to live life on the edge, I have to say that the Skyrail was high enough for me.

Following on and keeping the thrill seeking theme going, there are plenty of perfectly good bungy towers.  There is no need to miss out on this either as the AJ Hackett bungy station in the rainforest north of Cairns is the only site in Australia open 365 day per year — so there’s no excuse.

For excitement on terra firma do not miss out on a tour through the Tropical Tablelands region, ancient volcanic scenery with picturesque waterfalls.  Take a swim in beautiful crater lakes and try your hand at Platypus spotting.  Good luck with that though, the Platypus is very shy and elusive.

If you like splashing around in the water why not try braving the Tully River rapids.  Departing from Cairns and Mission Beach this is an ideal activity for when the weather might not be at its best. It is probably best to pack for every eventuality, so visit a good retailer like Outdoor Look before you go.  If you are going to get wet, why not do it properly.  And if you are worried you do not have the correct gear with you to keep out the cold, you can hire thermals and spray suits there.

There are also plenty of other activities to take advantage of including: fishing, quad biking, horse riding, and visiting the numerous wildlife parks (particularly if you missed the platypus at Tropical Tablelands).  You can also have lots of fun on the water with a host of water sports on offer, island ferries, or perhaps a spot of hand gliding — the choice is endless and you will not have any problem filling your time.

Finally, so that you can fit in some quality time with your nearest and dearest, or even if you are not on a family visit, there are plenty of top class eateries from funky cafes to top notch restaurants.  If you still have energy to burn, you can experience the nightlife in at one of Cairns great nightclubs and burn off all those calories.  Or if dancing’s not your bag then you can do a spot of souvenir shopping in the abundant shops and night markets around.

All in all, no matter what you like doing, a holiday in Cairns has something for everyone!