Posted on February 13, 2013August 15, 2016Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)As The Guardian reported today, Ghana’s GTV will begin airing the “Maternal Health Channel” tonight. Through a series of 30 minute episodes that mix drama and documentary, the Maternal Health Channel will seek to drive home the message that maternal mortality remains a major problem in Ghana and, further, that it is not just “a woman’s problem,” but a national issue. The series is being produced by Creative Storm, a company that has been using media to draw attention to a variety of major social issues in Ghana for some time.From The Guardian: Creative Storm hopes the series, which is expected to reach 8-10 million viewers per week, will trigger far-reaching debate. It already has the backing of president John Mahama, who will be at the launch. In a speech last month, he said: “You can have the highest GDP but if women are dying in your country, you are leading nowhere.”To view a clip from the Maternal Health Channel via The Guardian, click here, and for more on Creative Storm’s previous work to use media for education and social change in Ghana, click here.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:
Posted on August 6, 2015June 12, 2017By: Evelyn Matiri, Nutrition Advisor, MCSP/PATH; Justine Kavle, Senior Technical Officer for Nutrition, MCSP/PATHClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)What helps save the lives of about 800,000 babies every year and doesn’t cost a dime? Breastfeeding.Of all preventive health interventions, breastfeeding—done within the first hour of life, exclusively for the first six months, and until age two—has the greatest potential impact on child survival, with the ability to avert 13% of deaths in children under five in the developing world (Lancet 2013).Breastfeeding mother with midwife in Garba Tulla, Eastern Province Kenya. (Kate Holt/Jhpiego) BFCI is a new concept in Kenya that was field-tested under USAID’s predecessor Maternal and Child Health Integrated Program (MCHIP) in Kenya’s Bondo and Igembe North Constituencies and showed marked improvements in maternal, infant and young child nutrition indicators. An assessment conducted of two groups of mothers—those who did and did not attend BFCI support groups—revealed greatly improved breastfeedng practices among the former group.Mothers who attended support groups were more likely to attend more than three antenatal care visits (63% vs 38%) and to deliver in health facilities (86% vs. 51%), than non-attenders.Those who were actively involved in support groups improved their knowledge of both initiation of breastfeeding within the first hour after birth and non-use of prelacteal feeds, and noted being better equipped to resolve any breastfeeding problems in comparison with non-attenders.Most non-attenders had a shorter duration of exclusive breastfeeding and tended to introduce complementary foods early, prior to six months of age.These efforts are part of MCSP’s larger scope of work in Kenya to build on the strong technical platforms established under MCHIP, while strengthening the health systems that deliver these lifesaving interventions to women and families.As you celebrate World Breastfeeding Week, please take a moment to check out these related links of interest:APHIAplus Western video “Maziwa ya Mama Ya Bamba” (“Mother’s Milk is the Best”)Kenya Ministry of Health Breastfeeding Facebook page, which now has a reach of more than 1,800 peopleWorld Breastfeeding Trends Initiative: Kenya Report CardNew breastfeeding videos from Global Health MediaThis post originally appeared on the blog of the Maternal and Child Survival Program and has been lightly edited.Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: In Kenya, national rates of exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of life have increased dramatically — from 32% in 2008/09 to 61% in 2014 (KDHS 2008/09 and KDHS 2014, preliminary results). With this in mind, USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program (MCSP) is working closely with the Ministry of Health in Kenya to scale-up the Baby-Friendly Community Initiative (BFCI). Our efforts include comprehensive support to mothers at the community level to improve maternal, infant and young child health and nutrition – with an emphasis on initiation and exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months.To have impact, we know we must work closely with communities to understand and address their unique needs and challenges to support timely initiation and to ensure women breastfeed for the full duration of six months. MCSP involves key community influencers—fathers, grandmothers, mother-in-laws and local leaders—in this process, while we build capacity of health care workers and community health volunteers to deliver services at the health facility and community levels. This includes the provision of information and support to mothers for optimal breastfeeding, complementary feeding, and maternal nutrition practices.Community health worker in Kenya demonstrates breastfeeding techniques to a mothers support group. (Serah Njenga/Jhpiego)
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Share this: Posted on May 4, 2019July 19, 2019By: Staff, Maternal Health Task ForceClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)At the 10th anniversary celebration of the Maternal Health Task Force, The Global Maternal Health Symposium, 10 Maternal Health Visionary awards were presented. The recipients were honored for the impact, innovation, inspiration, leadership, and future vision they have provided to the field of Maternal Health. This blog series highlights the work of these maternal health visionaries.Dr. Joia Crear-PerryDr. Crear-Perry, an Ob/Gyn and the National Birth Equity Collaborative founder and president, calls on us to value every woman to achieve maternal health equity and eliminate racial inequities in maternal and infant health.Read Joia’s storyTheresa ShaverWhite Ribbon Alliance founder and currently a Senior Maternal Health Advisor, in the Office of Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition, USAID Bureau for Global Health, reminds us to stay bold together as we continue to work toward a global movement to end Maternal and Neonatal Mortality.Read Theresa’s storyHawa Abdullahi ElmiMaternal health in Somalia is often associated with high mortality rates, but Hawa Abdullahi Elmi is changing the narrative. Learn about her Mogadishu Midwifery School program that empowers local women to become midwives.Read Hawa’s storyDr. Linda ValenciaDr. Linda Valencia has relentlessly dedicated her career to improving health outcomes for mothers in Guatemala as Head of Residency for Gynecology at a large public hospital, through her work with the Ministry of Public Health, and as Planned Parenthood’s first local doctor in the country.Read Linda’s story
The agent of Barcelona star Ousmane Dembele has dismissed claims his client would seek a way out of Camp Nou should Neymar return, affirming that the France international “does not care” about his potential new team-mate. Neymar has dominated the summer news agenda for Barca, overshadowing a host of other comings and goings at the club as the likes of Frenkie de Jong, Antoine Griezmann and Junior Firpo joined this window. And Friday’s 1-0 reverse at the hands of Athletic Club seems only to have heightened calls to bring the Paris Saint-Germain forward back to Catalunya, although negotiations have not been easy with the Ligue 1 champions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Should the Brazil international finally end this summer at Camp Nou, his arrival could well push Dembele closer to the exit door, as with Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Griezmann, Barca have no shortage of first-class firepower. But agent Moussa Sissoko insists that the former Borussia Dortmund man is only thinking about the coming season with his current employers.”He doesn’t feel at all threatened. When you play at Barca, you expect to be in competition there,” Sissoko told RMC Sport when questioned over the Neymar effect on his client.”Neymar or another, he does not care about that, he only cares about what he has to do.Sissoko nevertheless revealed that he had received overtures concerning Dembele’s availability over the summer, while underlining his commitment to Barca.”We received shows of interest from big clubs. But we were clear on the fact that he did not want to leave,” the agent added.”I told them from the start that he wants to succeed in Barcelona. The door is closed, and Paris or any other club are aware of our intentions.”Will he be at Barca this season? In our plans, he wants to stay and all his work is towards that. We are working on that.”Barcelona are back in action this Sunday in La Liga, when they welcome Real Betis to Camp Nou.
Eintracht Frankfurt manager Adi Hutter has issued an ultimatum to forward Ante Rebic after a poor showing in his side’s surprise 1-0 defeat to Strasbourg on Thursday night.The Croatia international was withdrawn at half-time as the Bundesliga side were beaten 1-0 in France, leaving last year’s Europa League semi-finalists on the verge of an early exit.Frankfurt’s excellent season last year was built around the effective attacking trio of Rebic, Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? With the latter pair having left for Real Madrid and West Ham, respectively, Rebic has also been linked with a move away and some suggested that his performance against Strasbourg suggested his head had been turned by rumours of an approach from Inter.”If he wants to stay here, I want him to show it,” Hutter said. “If not, we have to find a solution.”When you play for Eintracht Frankfurt, I want you to give everything you’ve got.“I didn’t see that from him today. We’ll sit down with him and talk plainly.”Rebic started the season well, bagging a hat-trick in the DFB-Pokal first-round win over third-tier side SV Waldhof Mannheim. However, he hasn’t scored in any of his other four appearances so far.Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp also expressed his exasperation after the game, though he didn’t refer to Rebic directly.“In the first half, not everyone was fully involved so we didn’t stand a chance,” Trapp said.While Rebic was the least heralded of Frankfurt’s attacking trio last season, he finished the campaign with a solid return of ten goals and six assists and was a key part of their link-up play.Despite the large fees brought in for both Jovic and Haller, manager Hutter has yet to bring in a replacement for either forward.In their first game of the new Bundesliga season, a 1-0 win at home to Hoffenheim, Rebic was the furthest man forward with Daichi Kamada and Mijat Gacinovic playing behind him.Inter have been the club most closely linked with signing Rebic, though rivals AC Milan have also emerged as a potential destination. Sporting director Bruno Hubner has previously spoken of being confident of keeping hold of him.
The agent of Liverpool youngster Bobby Duncan has attacked the club and accused them of “mentally bullying” the player after claiming that they are not allowing him to leave in the summer transfer window.In a statement released by Duncan’s representative Saif Rubie, the Reds are accused of “destroying the life” of the 18-year-old forward, with sporting director Michael Edwards singled out in the lengthy social media post.The statement posted on Rubie’s Twitter account begins: “There has been a lot of things said the last few weeks regarding Bobby Duncan’s future at Liverpool. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “And today [Wednesday] is the final straw of the behaviour and dealing of Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards.”A few months ago before the end of last season, Bobby had meetings with the club’s hierarchy including academy director Alex Inglethorpe.”It was recognised that Bobby wasn’t happy at Liverpool for different reasons and Alex invited us to bring offers to the club for the exit of Bobby Duncan.”For a player with zero first-team experience, no clubs were prepared to pay an outright reasonable fee for a player they got for £200,000 last summer.Official statement regarding Bobby Duncan @bobbyduncan999 shame on you @LFC #mentalhealth #consideration pic.twitter.com/OFYUJnwiJA — Saif Rubie (@saifpr) August 28, 2019 “With that in mind we have been able to find clubs that were ready to take Bobby on a season-long loan with a option to buy for amounts of £1.5 million upwards, which is a great return for the club on a player who will never play for the Liverpool first team and who doesn’t want to be there.”The club and Michael Edwards specifically made it clear that that kind of deal wouldn’t work.”So then myself and my team worked even harder and managed to get a deal on the table for a loan with an obligation to buy after five starts with a higher transfer fee than before and a sell-on to Liverpool.”Putting all of that aside, the real reason Bobby missed the Under-23 game [against Southampton] on Monday is because he has suffered some deep mental health issues with all the stress the club has put him under.”Stress of being told he can leave but then going out of their way to force him to stay against his will.”Not only is he on a very small salary but he also has one season left on his contract after this one and Liverpool have flatly said he will not get a new one.”Bobby has not left his room for four days because of this and will never go back to Liverpool again and my only concern now is his mental health and well being.”The Liverpool hierarchy have shown zero consideration to that and have even gone as far as saying in writing that they will punish him and make him stay at the club until January and beyond to teach him a lesson.”This is not really dignified behaviour from a club with the rich history of Liverpool and one who one of their greatest ever players Steven Gerrard happens to be Bobby’s cousin.”It’s a sad state of affairs that a club such as a Liverpool can be allowed to get away with mentally bullying and destroying the life of a young man such as Bobby.”I know one thing for sure, and that is he is never going back there again and he’s on such a small salary that no amount of fines will even make a difference.”In this situation all that matters is the player’s health and in this case Michael Edwards has totally ignored that because of his own stubbornness and I really pray that his experience doesn’t happen to any young players again.”Jamie Carragher also expressed his opinion on the statement, referring to Rubie as a clown and advising the player to stay and develop at Liverpool this season rather than trying to force a move away.He wrote: “I know Bobby & his family well, he’s young & at that age we all want everything right now. Played for the 1st team in pre-season which is a great start & he should try & develop this season & maybe make the bench in Carabao Cup. That should be the advice you’re giving him you [clown emoji].” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Hull City defender Angus MacDonald has been diagnosed with bowel cancer, the Championship club has confirmed.Tests have shown the 26-year-old is suffering from the early stages of the disease.The Tigers said in a statement on Wednesday that the club will support MacDonald through his recovery. Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream “Hull City are sad to announce that Angus MacDonald has been diagnosed with early stages of bowel cancer,” Hull’s statement read. “Angus has shown great strength of character in the way he has reacted to this news.”The whole Tigers family join together in showing Angus continued love and will support him in his recovery. His physical and mental wellbeing are our number one priority at this moment in time.”The club kindly requests that supporters and the media respect the privacy of Angus and his family at this time. Please also note that any further updates on his progress will be provided by the club.”MacDonald was restricted to a single Championship appearance last season after being diagnosed with deep vein thrombosis.The former England U19’s defender began his club career with Reading and enjoyed notable stints with Salusbury City, Torquay United and Barnsley – the latter of which he was named captain of before joining Hull in early 2018. Upon making the move to the Tigers, MacDonald declared the move a crucial one in his career.“It’s a big step for me and I’m looking forward to getting going here,” MacDonald said at the time.“This is a big club and a chance for me to progress my career. When you arrive at a club, you’re always going to have to fight for a place in the team and I’ll look to do that by trying to impress in training.”Hull currently sit 20th in the Championship after winning just one of their first six league games having finished 13th last season.
Former Bundesliga great Olaf Thon has stated that Barcelona are currently “average” and that Borussia Dortmund are clear favourites to overcome the Blaugrana in the upcoming Champions League clash at Signal Iduna Park on Tuesday night.Both sides have suffered early hiccups in their respective domestic league campaigns, with Barca sitting fifth after only two La Liga wins from four, while Dortmund fell to a shock 3-1 loss to relegation candidates Union Berlin before the recent international break.BVB recovered well though, hammering Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 in their most recent outing, while Barca strode to a 5-2 win over Valencia at the weekend. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career And while Lionel Messi is yet to make a competitive appearance for the Blaugrana this season and could well be involved in North Rhine-Westphalia, 1990 World Cup winner Thon believes the home side will emerge victorious in midweek.“Dortmund have a massive task right at the start [of their Champions League season], but I’d say they’re still clear favourites against Barcelona,” the 53-year-old wrote in a column for Kicker.“The Spaniards won 5-2 against Valencia at the weekend – without Lionel Messi – but I think they are average at the moment. Barcelona are still trying to find their identity.“Starting their Champions League season at home is a great opportunity to begin with a bang – and to get more momentum going for the title fight with Bayern [Munich] and RB Leipzig.”With Bayern having dominated the German top-flight for quite some time now, Thon is pleased to see that Dortmund and Leipzig have real aspirations of taking the Bavarians down a peg or two.“I think it’s great and I hope those teams continue fighting for the top spot for very long stretches of the season,” he said.“Mats Hummels, whose transfer to Bayern’s biggest title rivals has done them no favours, gives BVB’s defence a stability that they were lacking before.“I think it’s refreshing [that Liepzig are challenging]. It’s clear that if any team has what it takes to annoy Bayern and Dortmund – it’s not Gladbach, it’s not Leverkusen, not Frankfurt or Wolfsburg – it’s Leipzig.“The only thing is, I feel that Leipzig lack a really outstanding defensive midfielder. And in that sense, I think Dortmund and Bayern are better positioned [to win the Bundesliga].”
Former Manchester United man Paul Ince believes that Paul Pogba is looking at leaving the club in the January transfer window and that it’s having a negative effect on his performance levels.The Frenchman has struggled for fitness and form at the start of the 2019-20 season having been a key performer following Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s initial appointment in an interim role last year.Indeed, following the Norwegian’s arrival in December 2018, Pogba scored nine goals in 11 matches in all competitions as his form mirrored United’s improvements on the pitch. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Pogba’s scored just twice since March, however, with the 26-year-old having been on Real Madrid’s shortlist in the summer transfer window, only for a move not to materialise.And Ince feels that the former Juventus star needs to start stepping up despite the uncertainty over his future, with a struggling United needing their experienced players to be leaders on the pitch.He told Paddy Power: “Paul Pogba looks bang average again. Those young players need his guidance right now, they need nurturing and showing where they need to be on the pitch, and Pogba should take ownership of that.”We should be seeing that leadership. I’m not sure his head is in it, I believe his mind is on January, but he needs to take control of the team and of the youngsters that are trying to break through.”Ince also singled out Marcus Rashford for criticism, claiming that he isn’t the lethal finisher that the club needs at the moment.He added: “Marcus Rashford is a concern for me, he’s struggling. You do need to remember that he’s played a lot of football for a kid so young, and there is so much pressure on him because United are so reliant on him.“They haven’t gone out and bought a centre-forward, so the onus is on Rashford to perform consistently. United simply haven’t got a lethal striker, and Rashford doesn’t look like that to me yet either.”The way he’s being played at the minute, and the over-reliance on him, is really impacting his performances and he knows that. “As a young player you will lose your confidence, Rashford is clearly a little bit down and not quite right, and that’s where the leaders at the club need to recognise that and pull him up. “He’s a talented player, but it’s not working for him at the moment. Technically he’s very good, but for me he lacks composure. When you look at players like Eric Cantona, Alan Shearer, Ian Wright, the composure they had was incredible.”With Rashford, he gets a little touch excited and he either smashes it or looks unsure. My advice for him would to be to get out on that training ground, afternoon after afternoon, and work on it.”Ole needs to get him working on it too, just take him to one side with a coach and get him working on his composure. It will improve him as a player – and in turn his confidence will come back too.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Real Madrid suffered their first LaLiga defeat of the season as Lago Junior’s early strike earned Real Mallorca a shock 1-0 victory at Son Moix.With Barcelona having leapfrogged Zinedine Zidane’s side to lead the way in LaLiga earlier on Saturday, Madrid needed a victory to move back to the top of the pile.But Mallorca had other ideas and Lago stunned Madrid seven minutes by sending what was the home side’s only shot on target in the entire match into the bottom-right corner. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career Karim Benzema hit the crossbar before substitute Rodrygo Goes squandered a presentable chance and Madrid’s hopes of a comeback were all but over when Alvaro Odriozola saw red in the 74th minute, with Mallorca holding firm to claim their first win over Los Blancos since 2009.Madrid looked to have quickly settled into their rhythm but were behind when Lago skipped inside Odriozola and curled a superb finish beyond Thibaut Courtois.9 – Thibaut Courtois has conceded from nine of the last 14 shots on target he has faced for Real Madrid in all competitions. Vulnerable. pic.twitter.com/hxyCOQJUNx— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 19, 2019Ante Budimir thought he doubled Mallorca’s tally seven minutes later when he was set up by Lago, only for his fine strike to be disallowed for offside.Benzema was inches away from restoring parity before the half-hour mark – his close-range half-volley bouncing back off the woodwork.Vinicius Junior burst through Mallorca’s ranks early in the second half and teed up Benzema, but the Frenchman sent his strike at Manolo Reina.Rodrygo replaced Isco in the 66th minute and should have done better when he was fed by Benzema, his touch getting away from him and the opening evaporated.But as the Madrid pressure was building, Odriozola received a second yellow card for a reckless lunge on Iddrisu Baba to round off a frustrating night for the visitors. What does it mean? Barca back on topReigning LaLiga champions Barca cruised to a 3-0 victory over Eibar to put the pressure back onto Madrid.Los Blancos failed to respond and now sit second, a point above this season’s surprise package Granada and one behind Barca. The rivals were scheduled to meet in El Clasico next Saturday, but perhaps the postponement due to political tensions in Catalonia has worked in Madrid’s favour.Lago runs Madrid raggedMallorca’s winger scored 11 goals in the Segunda Division last term but had not replicated that form this season prior to Saturday’s encounter.But he came good against the biggest opponents of all as, boosted by his goal, he was a constant tormentor of Madrid’s defence. Jovic fails to take his chanceLuka Jovic has often been given short shrift by Zidane this term but, handed the opportunity to impress from the start, he struggled to make an impact, even when Mallorca’s defending became more hap-hazard after the interval.Key Opta Facts0 – Against Mallorca, Luka Jovic failed to register a single shot and a single touch in the oppositte box. Disconnection. pic.twitter.com/tEjYLLTPz4— OptaJose (@OptaJose) October 19, 2019- This was Vicente Moreno’s 100th match in charge of Mallorca. He was won 47 per cent of his games.- Courtois has conceded from nine of the last 14 shots on target he has faced for Madrid in all competitions.- Lago is the first Ivorian player to score against Madrid in LaLiga since Arouna Kone for Levante in February 2012.- Jovic failed to attempt one shot on goal or have a single touch in the opposition box.What’s next?Madrid will aim to bounce back against Galatasaray in the Champions League on Tuesday, while Mallorca’s next outing is against lowly Leganes in LaLiga. read more
Washington and Boston, June 2018 – Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours and National Geographic Expeditions have announced new itineraries for the 2019 season: Gems of the Danube Christmas Markets sailing between Nuremburg and Budapest; Dutch Sights & Belgium Delights, roundtrip from Amsterdam during the tulip season; and Unforgettable Douro, an 11-day exploration of this World Heritage-designated region. Travelers can book through their travel agent, at www.natgeoexpeditions.com or directly through Scenic, www.scenicusa.com. Each sailing will be accompanied by a National Geographic expert who will enrich the experience through fascinating presentations, informal discussions and added excursions throughout the trip. A National Geographic photographer will also be on board to share professional techniques and help guests hone their photography skills. Favorite stops on the Dec. 9, 2019 Gems of the Danube Christmas Markets sailing include Vienna, where the market is held just in front of the city’s “rathaus” (town hall), and Nuremburg’s Christmas market, which dates to 1628 and reminds visitors that this town has a rich history of creating some of the finest toys in the world. There’s nothing quite like being immersed in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of these festive atmospheres; shopping works up an appetite, and this is the perfect excuse to sample such local delicacies as apple strudel, stollen and roasted nuts. The eight-day Dutch Sights & Belgium Delights explores these garden-rich countries during the height of the spring season when the tulips are in full bloom. Highlights include visits to the famous Keukenhof gardens with its 7 million blooms, the village of Delft where the world-renown blue and white pottery has been produced for more than 300 years, and the fishing village of Volendam. An exclusive to Scenic evening is spent sharing a special dinner with local residents, gaining true insight into life in the Netherlands. Two sailings are being offered – April 17 and 24, 2019. Unforgettable Douro offers a true step back in time as guests visit medieval villages such as Guimarães, Portugal’s first capital and the birthplace of its first king, and Provesende, perched high above the river. Excursions range from meeting fishermen returning with the day’s catch and sampling fresh sardines grilled on an open fire, to trying their famous port wines of the Quinta da Roêda estate and walking among the vines for a special al fresco tasting, to paddling a canoe along the pristine Sabor River, a rugged tributary to the Douro that has remained virtually undeveloped. A special Scenic-exclusive private concert is held for guests at in the spectacular gilded nave of Porto’s Igreja de São Francisco, one of Portugal’s most lavish displays of baroque finery. Two sailing dates are May 25 and Sept 23, 2019. Other Scenic/National Geographic River Cruise itineraries include the Rhine, Danube, Main and Moselle Rivers; through France’s Bordeaux region, and on the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar (Burma). National Geographic Expeditions offers a variety of unique travel experiences led by top experts and guides to more than 80 destinations across all seven continents. Along with these new river cruises, travel opportunities include land and train expeditions, active adventures, family and student expeditions, value-priced journeys, expedition cruises, private jet trips, as well as a collection of 55 National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 31-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations; two award-winning river cruise lines – Scenic and Emerald Waterways; and the world’s first Discovery Yachts – Scenic Eclipse in 2018 and a sister ship in 2020. Award-winning Emerald Waterways’ seven Star Ships offer deluxe cruises in Europe and the Mekong, and in 2019, a deluxe yacht cruise on the Dalmatian Coast, while Scenic’s 15 Space-Ships offer truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in the same destinations as well as the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar and the Volga River in Russia. Additional information on these and other cruises, brochures and reservations can be obtained via travel agents; or at: www.scenicusa.com; phone 844-788-7985; or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Brochures can also be downloaded directly from the website.
Editors’ Recommendations No loud logos, no cheap fabrics, Beyond Clothing is a lifestyle-meets-tactical brand out of Seattle making apparel you can survive in from -40 degree cold to 106-degree heat which can also be worn in the city on a date.President Rick Elder drew from his background as the captain of his Ranger battalion and part of US Special Operations Command when forming the no-frills ethos of his brand. About 20 years ago, Elder designed the initial Protective Combat Uniform (PCU)— a multi-environmental combat system of clothes that keeps people alive and comfortable in a multitude of climates and dangerous conditions. In practice, if you’re freezing cold and wet, the PCU layering system will cook you dry like an oven once you’re moving.That is called a re-warming drill and it’s a real test. You get submerged into arctic water and have to see how long it takes to get dry.This exact concept of survival layering is the structure by which Beyond Clothing designs their apparel (and yes, it passes the re-warming test).The company launched in 2012 and their initial AXIOS line is still so tactically legit that everything from the zippers to the fabrics are made in the USA, making it Berry Compliant for members of the military. Beyond Clothing field-tests all AXIOS pieces with Special Operations, Coast Guard, and SEALs, and the brand considers it their “professional line,” but anyone is welcome to buy. Just be ready for made-in-the-USA prices. One rain jacket will set you back $500.A second, consumer-facing line called KYROS has been on a staggered launch since October 2018, with the full and complete line made available when The Manual met up with Beyond Clothing at Outdoor Retailer Snow Show in January 2019.While KYROS isn’t full-fledged made-in-the-USA, all manufacturing and sourcing are trade-compliant, and the layering system remains the same.Here’s how it works: “You start with a base layer and work your way up,” says Beyond Clothing Marketing Manager Paul Searles. The second is a midway base layer, and these two baselayers can be paired together only if in extreme conditions or if your body runs cold. Searles continues, “Third is a mid-layer inside jacket, fourth is a wind layer, fifth is soft shells — our largest line of jackets and pants — sixth is rain layers, seventh is statics that are thick and fuzzy with high loft, and seventh is polar, which is brand new.”The polar layering tier is currently being fielded with research support teams in Antarctica and expeditioner Jimmy White, “who as of today is taking pictures of leopard seals and penguins in Antarctica on behalf of Nat Geo,” Searles says.The ninth layering system doesn’t get talked about often and is a special rainforest wet-location kit.“If you can’t get the job done in any combination of these layers, you shouldn’t be out there,” Searles laughs. He says that if you’re needing to wear more than five layers, you’re in a bad, bad location.Even recreational excursions can become deadly with the right storm of temperatures and climates. Searles says 32-45 degrees, a little above freezing, is the most deceptively dangerous environment to be in because water will both conduct heat and evaporate from the wearer. To stay safe, that water needs to get out from your core and through your clothing.And the only way to do that is to wear the right damn clothes, which for Beyond means the right layers. Educating consumers on their unique layering needs has become a staple for the brand. Your own layering system will depend on everything from the weather, your metabolic rate, if you run hot or cold, how fit you are, and how long you’ll be out.“There is no bad weather only bad clothes,” Searles says. And by bad he means both poor functionality and jackets that look like a packet of Skittles. Beyond is all about durable, neutral threads, “designed to be multi-functional across multiple activities and allow you to fit into downtown cities whether it’s Istanbul or Denver so you’re not going to stand out.”Beyond Clothing The Best Hats for Men to Fit Every Occasion Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us 9 Socially Conscious Sweaters for Cozying Up in Comfort This Fall The Best Latex Pillows for Neck and Back Pain What Wrangler Is Doing to Make Denim More Sustainable
The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags Article originally published by Mike Richard on April 18, 2018. Last updated by Leah Bjornson in February 2019 to include more deals info. The Manual may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. $53 from Amazon Editors’ Recommendations $150 from Amazon $245 from Away 12 Best Travel Backpacks to Take With You on the Road $550 from Arlo Skye $189 from Amazon Best Carry-on Backpack With WheelsExpanse International Carry-on Luggage by Eagle Creek – $141This is the second bag on our list from Eagle Creek, a company dedicated to making exceptional bags for travelers and commuters. What we like about the Expanse International Carry-on is that it’s lightweight and small, making it perfect for overnight trips and weekend getaways. However, the bag’s expansion zipper and external lash points let you increase the carrying capacity at the pull of a cord for longer sojourns and adventures.The appeal of a carry-on backpack is that it can do double duty, but often you find these bags compromising on quality to provide additional functionality. Not so with the Expanse. The bag has treaded wheels, perfect for maneuvering over cobblestones, as well as durable scuff resistant fabric to keep the bag looking its best for years to come. Meyrin Expandable Spinner Suitcase by SwissGear – $130If you’re looking for bang-for-your-buck factor, look no further than SwissGear luggage. The brand has quietly made a name for itself as a go-to among travelers for affordable, reasonably reliable luggage without a lot of pretenses. Case in point: their Meyrin 20-inch Expandable Spinner. Sure, it lacks the fancier craftsmanship, pretty color options, or any swanky features at all. However, if you’re looking for an inexpensive, dependable carry-on spinner, this will do the trick.With spinner wheels for advanced rolling and a bag strap, this carry-on luggage has everything you need to travel like a pro without having to pay the pro price.AmazonBasics Hardside Spinner Luggage – $50This particular carry-on suitcase may not have a fancy compression system or an easy-access front pouch, but it’s actually a pretty high-quality travel bag for its price point. With a four-wheeled rolling system, hard outer shell, and scratch-resistant finish, this AmazonBasics hardshell suitcase is our top pick if you’re looking to spend as little money as possible on travel luggage. Oh, and this lightweight suitcase is, of course, eligible for free shipping from Amazon if you’re a Prime Member.A decent carry-on bag or suitcase should be wheeled, lightweight, and have a built-in compartment or two for all of your accessories. Well, this luggage from Amazon manages to check all of those boxes while still keeping the price at a minimum. Whether you’re looking to add to your luggage set, or just need an extra carry-on in a pinch, this Spinner is an excellent option to consider. $160 from Amazon $569 from Amazon Whether you’re going on a short hop over the state line for a meeting or you’re about to spend a few days in paradise, this should be obvious: carry-on luggage is absolutely essential. And having the right carry-on luggage is essential for an optimal airport experience. Sure, tossing some stuff in a duffel bag and checking it in might seem like a good idea at the time, but once you have that bag strap hung on your shoulder for an hour or two, you’ll realize you made a grave luggage mistake.Travel gear has changed more in the last 10 years than in the previous 100 years. Suitcases, in particular, are getting lighter, better, stronger, even smarter (what we’re saying is they’ve clearly been listening to Daft Punk). You can get a bag that is zippered, rolling, soft-sided, or hard-shelled — the decision to pick just one has never been more difficult.The kind of traveling you do will obviously affect the type of bag you choose. Think about how often you’ll be moving around, what kind of terrain you’ll be traversing and what you’ll be packing. When you’re traveling carry-on, having the right bag that can fit everything you need (plus a few eventual souvenirs) is crucial.Price, too, is an important factor, and one that should never be taken lightly. If you travel often, you don’t want a cheap bag falling apart on you when you only have 15 minutes to get from Terminal A to Terminal E. Here, we narrow down the list to only the best carry-on luggage options, broken down by style, advantages, and disadvantages. Whatever you decide to stuff in that compartment when you travel, you should be confident with your TSA-approved overhead choice.Yousef AlfuhigiHow to Choose Carry-on LuggageAdvantages: Choosing a piece of carry-on luggage versus a carry-on backpack comes with several perks. First, the standard and structured shape mean you’ll never have to worry about it fitting into overhead bins. A rectangular carry-on is always relatively easy to keep organized and is designed so that you can make use of every bit of space inside of it. No pockets are going empty here. Perhaps the most significant advantage is comfort, however. These bags can be wheeled around, meaning you won’t get fatigued having to lug a heavy bag around during your trip.Disadvantages: For travelers moving largely from airports to hotels and back again, the carry-on luggage is perfect. However, if you find yourself often carrying your bag upstairs or dragging it over uneven cobblestones, you’re going to have trouble. The bag’s wheels can get stuck in loose terrain, you’ll soon be over the idea of huffing a heavy bag up several flights using only the top handle for purchase. Plus, this isn’t a hands-free option: You’ll always need to dedicate one hand to pulling it, leaving your other hand to manage maps, doors, apps and so forth.How to choose: If the carry-on luggage life is the life for you, keep the following considerations in mind when choosing your bag. First, ensure the handle is comfortable and easy to grip, and that the bag can be easily picked up and carried for short distances. Second, consider the size of the bag. You’ll want to make sure it fits in most airlines’ overhead compartments. United’s maximum dimensions for a carry-on are 9 inches x 14 inches x 22 inches, including handles and wheels, which is standard for most other companies, too. And finally, consider the quality of the wheels. These should be built to last, so look for metal fixtures over plastic. Nothing is worse than adventuring through Europe with a squeaky wheel at your back.Best Hard Shell LuggageAway The Bigger Carry On – $245Every Away suitcase offer multiple features that, in addition to the sleek design and appearance, has made Away a favorite of most of The Manual’s staff. Some of the features we love are the unbreakable polycarbonate shell (because we know baggage handlers aren’t the most gentle of airline professionals), the ejectable battery pack that has saved us more times than we can count, a TSA-approved combination lock that makes us feel a little more secure, 360-degree Hinomoto wheels for super streamlined and smooth airport maneuvering, an interior compression system (to fit those last few souvenirs in), and a hidden laundry bag to keep the foul-scented away from the fresh. AT7 Carry-on Wheeled Backpack by High Sierra – $134-$225Last but certainly not least, we have the AT7 Carry-on Wheeled Backpack by High Sierra. This pack is actually two bags in one: it comes with a minimalist, removable daypack that clips onto the front of the wheeled backpack for ultimate flexibility. Multiple grab handles also mean that no matter how you want to grab, toss or tow your bag, you have plenty of options. And while the capacity is relatively large at 50L, interior hold-down straps will help you keep your luggage tight and compressed so you won’t feel like you’re lugging around a huge bag of stuff.The reflective piping lining the bag helps ensure that you’re visible late at night, which is good news for cyclists or hikers traveling in dimly lit areas. All in all, for the traveler who isn’t sure what they’ll need or where they’ll end up, the AT7 is a versatile and affordable choice. $20 from Amazon Ambor USB Charging Travel Backpack – $25Not all carry-on bags need to be luggage, nor does it need to feel like baggage. While a good majority of traveling requires an extra little suitcase to cram everything into, sometimes it’s okay to just travel light with just a bag or duffel you can easily carry. This travel backpack comes with USB ports for charging, a headphone interface, a laptop sleeve, and an anti-theft lock to ensure nothing gets stolen. If you’re looking for an affordable carry-on bag that doesn’t skimp on features and can easily fit in that overhead bin, this backpack is exactly what you need.Though there are a lot of bags that can cost upwards of $100, especially when it comes to travel, this particular bag will only cost you about three trips to the Cinnabon. Though it isn’t wheeled, expandable, or even really luggage for that matter, this lightweight bag is easy to carry and has a compartment for just about everything you need. If you want to avoid paying suitcase prices, strap up with a carry-on you can actually carry on. The Carry-On by Arlo Skye – $550Arlo Skye’s The Carry-On is still our go-to for travelers seeking the perfect balance of design, features, and price. The sleek, metallic exterior is sexy as hell — it’d feel right at home in the hands of a Bond villain smuggling nuclear launch codes. It features a removable backup battery (so you don’t run afoul of some airlines’ new hatred for such things), ultra-quiet wheels, and a zipper-less design. It’s all wrapped in a sleek, anodized aluminum-magnesium shell that feels almost bulletproof. Whether you’re looking to add a hard suitcase to your luggage set, or just need something to put toiletry items in, this is the ultimate wheel suitcase for you. $249 from Eagle Creek Gear Warrior Wheeled Duffel Carry On by Eagle Creek – $249Eagle Creek has long been known for crafting ultra-durable, go-anywhere gear designed for serious adventure-seekers. Packing days worth of outdoor gear into a carry-on can seem like an impossible task. The brand’s aptly named Gear Warrior Carry-On is built to do just that. Its dimensions (13.75 inches by 21.75 inches by 7.75 inches) are maxed out for both domestic and most international travel, and it boasts a 37-liter capacity that expands to 40L with a single zipper. It weighs less than five pounds, but the rip-stop nylon and laminated exoskeleton are far more durable than its weight should allow. Thoughtful touches — an impact-resistant handle system, lockable zippers with a Central Lock Point and Secure-Zip toggles, and multiple handles for easy get-up-and-go — are all welcome additions. Best Spinner LuggageSalsa Air Cabin Multiwheel by Rimowa – $625If your goal is lightweight and hard as nails, that’s Rimowa’s entire product catalog of well-built carry-ons and accessories. They make some of the lightest, sexiest, most durable hard-sided luggage on the market. With a 38-liter capacity main compartment, their Salsa Air Ultralight Cabin Multiwheel is generously sized with just enough built-in interior pockets to keep you reasonably organized. But, the real win for those seriously concerned with protecting their gear is the polycarbonate shell, which is far stronger for a compartment than aluminum. This fancy looking ball-bearing spinner is also sleek as hell and weighs just 4 pounds, 6 ounces.When it comes to wheel luggage, you want something you can rely on. Whether you’re rolling onto the plane or sprinting to a gate, you need carry-on luggage that can keep up with you. $790 from Amazon Best Soft-Sided LuggageBaseline Domestic Carry-On Expandable Upright by Briggs and Riley – $569We’ve previously lauded Briggs and Riley for having not just some of the most durable luggage on the market, but for boasting a phenomenal lifetime warranty to boot. Their Baseline Domestic Carry-On Expandable Upright is a classic carry-on bag with traditional looks and a tank-like design. It’s pricey and heavy, but it also packs a ton of essential features for road warriors and frequent travelers. The “Outsider” handle is designed into the exterior of the bag, ensuring a flat interior for easier packing. The clever CX Compression-Expansion system also balloons by 25 percent should you wind up with more souvenirs than you planned on bringing home. Plus, the integrated garment bag is a must for business travelers looking to maintain a wrinkle-free look fresh off the plane. The MNML Leather Highlander Travel Bag Makes Short-Term Trips a Breeze Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits How to Choose the Best Carry-on BackpackAdvantages: Perhaps obviously, the benefits of a carry-on backpack are in complete opposition to the carry-on luggage. While carry-on luggage is often hard, backpacks are soft, making them easy to store away in tight spots. They also expand to allow more space for new treasures (or just a rushed packing day). Most importantly, carry-on backpacks keep your hands free and your bag off the ground — perfect for big hikes or extended backpacking trips.Disadvantages: The real disadvantage of carry-on backpacks is that they can become uncomfortable over time. Especially if your backpack doesn’t fit you or provide proper support, you can tire quickly, turning your dream vacation into a nightmarish slog. Backpacks also tend to be smaller than carry-on luggage, so how much gear you want to bring could influence which type of luggage you invest in.How to choose: The most important thing to consider when investing in a carry-on backpack is the fit. You can ask in-store experts to size you for a bag, then go online to shop for the best deals in that category. The right size bag will fit comfortably on your hips, taking the weight off your shoulders and back and distributing it across your body. Look for a bag with comfortable shoulder straps, a waist strap, and some kind of ventilation system (be it an internal, external frame or a padded strap that allows for airflow). Usual sizes include 40-liter, 50-liter and, 60-liter capacity backpacks, though you’re probably safest with a 40L bag if you want to make sure it fits in the overhead compartment.Best Carry-on BackpackFarpoint 40 Travel Backpack by Osprey Packs – $99-$160The Farpoint 40L Travel Backpack’s biggest selling point is its even weight distribution — something Osprey is known for. The LightWire frame suspension keeps the majority of the weight on your hips, not your shoulders, letting you travel for extended periods of time without fatigue. Mesh material on the back panel and straps also improves ventilation and reduces chafing, which is something travelers will be grateful for in hour 12, 13, 14 of their trek.This bag is designed to meet most airline carry-on requirements, so you can confidently add it to your travel luggage collection. It comes in three chic colors that fit in just as well on the Himalayan Alps as they do in a busy downtown core. If you’re looking for a minimalist aesthetic with plenty of storage options, Osprey has you covered. The bag is also currently on sale at Amazon, so act fast. Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us
Article last updated by Bryan Holt. How to Shave With a Straight Razor Unlike the safety scissors of your childhood (you know, the ones barely capable of cutting construction paper), safety razors are hardly kid’s play.They are the best option for replicating the close shave of a straight razor without the real chance that you’ll slice your own throat. Compared to four-blade offerings, this no-frills option (basically just a handle and double edge razor) is old-school, but it’s being heralded as the best way to reduce irritation and ingrown hairs.“There are more benefits than downsides to using a safety razor,” says master barber Kyle Holbrook of Fellow Barber in San Francisco. Holbrook shares some tips for getting your best shave with a safety razor.The Benefits of Using a Safety RazorThere are more benefits to using safety razors. “The savings on blades alone warrant the change; one can buy a pack of 100 quality blades for under $10 and be able to experiment with a variety of different manufacturers and blade types,” says Holbrook. “Some guys need a more firm blade with less give, whereas those with sensitive skin or new to safety razor shaving can find a blade with more give.”Heat and Oil Are Your FriendsWhile you won’t get as close a shave as you would with multi-blade razor, you can get closer by using pre-shave oil and heat to soften hairs, explains Holbrook. If you don’t already have a pre-shave oil, take a look at our list of the best options.Practice Your TechniqueUntil you get the hang of it there is a higher risk of getting nicked than with the newer razors, but once you’ve learned the “angles and bends of your facial features,” you’ll get a bloodless shave, says Holbrook.“The safety razor isn’t as steep of a learning curve as a straight razor, but it still requires some care when shaving,” he adds. “Many razor handles have an adjustment for the steepness or exposure of the blade, and starting low would be ideal and then you can adjust based on how it feels on your skin and how much beard it’s removing.”Be Careful Around Tricky Areas“As always with shaving, the challenging spots will be the chin, mustache, and under the bottom lip, but I’d say start with a big smooth area that is easy to shave — say the sideburn or cheek and go from there,” suggests Holbrook.Go Slow“Take your time and you will likely find that having a single blade shave is far less irritating to your skin than the aggressive shaving experience of the multi-blade razor,” says Holbrook.Best Safety Razor Bevel Safety RazorThe Bevel safety razor was designed to shave only as far as the surface of your skin and no deeper. Many multi-blade razors have the tendency to cut beneath the surface of the skin and hair follicles, leaving behind razor bumps and ingrown hairs. The Bevel razor uses just a single blade for its cutting duties, allowing for a more comfortable and effective shave. The expertly weighted handle also allows the razor and gravity to do the work for you, rather than needed to pull or drag the razor across your face. Because of its durability, utility, and versatility for all skin and beard types — at such a wallet-friendly price — the Bevel safety blade is the best razor winner of The Manual Grooming Awards 2019. Editors’ Recommendations Wake Up Rested With the Best Down Pillows of 2019 $75 from Amazon Mühle R106 Short Black Safety RazorWith its sleek, contemporary design, this short safety razor from Mühle is as attractive as it is practical. While the price might seem steep, it’s more than worth it for the water-resistant chrome handle and double-edged blade, both of which greatly extend the product’s life. Merkur Classic 2-Piece Double Edge Safety RazorMerkur offers a couple of different safety razor options, all of which are crafted with comfort, convenience, and efficacy in mind. The classic, two-piece, double-edge safety razor is produced in Solingen, Germany, with world-famous Solingen steel. From a heavy-duty weighted head and a long rust-resistant handle to easy-to-hold hand grips and standardized blade accessibility, Merkur’s safety razor is stylish, serviceable, and so easy to use that we’re dubbing it one of the best safety razors to use when trying to make a quick transition away from disposable razors. $61 from Amazon Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits $75 from Art of Shaving $37 from Amazon Baxter of California Safety RazorBaxter of California is a trusted brand for all beard bearers, but especially for those who are just starting their journey into the world of facial hair. Baxter of California’s chrome-plated safety razor sports a classic single blade design perfectly suited for a traditional wet shave. It’s extremely easy to use, easy to clean, and delivered in a black gift box with five starter blades and an instructional card to get you on the path to a hassle-free shaving experience. Other Great Safety Razor Options Rockwell Razors 6S Adjustable Stainless Steel Safety RazorRockwell Razors has described its safety razor as “The Holy Grail of shaving.” The 6S features six levels of adjustability so you can finally take the reins when taming that beast on your face. Appropriately named the Rockwell 6S, this space-grade Swedish stainless steel safety razor was designed to do more than just give men a close shave sans irritation — it can help prevent ingrown hairs and irritation for years to come. The 6s from Rockwell gives men the freedom to define their own shaving regimen, from length, texture, and ultimately, comfort. $25 from Olivina Men $100 from Rockwell Razors Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men Olivina Men Deluxe Safety RazorFor something a little different, check out the deluxe safety razor from Olivina Men. 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Get Up a Unique View of Norway’s Wildlife in the PAN Treetop Cabin The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer As the “official” home of Santa Claus — a fantastical wonderland where reindeer run wild and the daily weather forecast usually includes The Northern Lights — it’s no surprise that Finland is literally the happiest country in the world. Its citizens are so happy, in fact, that the Visit Finland tourism company is instituting a plan to help spread that overflowing happiness and calm to foreign visitors. Introducing Rent a Finn.Winners in the Rent a Finn program will be paired up with one of eight “Happiness Guides.” The Finnish credit much of their happiness to a deep love and appreciation of nature. So, naturally, the guides’ goal is to spread that happiness by introducing their foreign guests to the amazing outdoor experiences their country has to offer. These include anything that personally resonates with the individual guides from relaxing in an authentic Finnish sauna to foraging for wild berries in the woods to fishing at a remote lake.The diverse group of guides comes from all walks of life. Esko is the Mayor of Rovaniemi (that would be Mr. Claus’ hometown), where he and his wife love showing visitors around Lapland and the Arctic Circle. Katja is a yoga instructor who lives in Käpylä, a woodsy neighborhood just outside the capital Helsinki. Linda and Niko live a quiet life with their chihuahua on Utö, Finland’s southernmost island. The remaining five guides are spread throughout the country.I Wish I Was in Finland/FacebookAt a time when travelers are demanding more authenticity and any way to escape the ever-present glow of technology, Rent a Finn seems like the perfect prescription. “The world is getting busier and busier. Many travelers search for silence and serene nature,” notes Visit Finland. “Finland has those things in abundance. That’s why Finns are opening their homes and lives and welcoming visitors to experience how to reconnect with nature. Finnish nature with a local guide is the perfect way to find your calm.”The application process is straightforward. Visit Rent a Finn online and upload a three-minute video introduction that includes a bit about yourself and what you hope to accomplish on your visit to Finland. In addition to a brief written application, the main requirements are that you speak English and are cool with being filmed for the majority of your stay. Winners will score a three-day, all-expenses-paid trip to Finland this summer, including a private homestay with their own Happiness Guide. If you can’t find your way to namaste after that, you may be beyond hope. Escape to the Pacific Northwest at Hoh Rainforest Caravan Cabins Editors’ Recommendations Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier
Fort Lauderdale, FL – (September 23, 2019) – Cruise and Maritime Voyages (CMV) is making the December holidays even sweeter with amazing FREE air, FREE hotel, and FREE transportation to port offers that cruisers simply won’t want to miss! On its Treasures of the Sea of Cortez Christmas Cruise – Dec 18-29, 2019 – and its New Year Cruise – Dec 29-Jan 9, 2020, CMV is offering FREE round-trip air travel to Phoenix from Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Montana’s Bozeman, plus deluxe motorcoach transportation from Phoenix to Puerto Peñasco where Treasures of the Sea of Cortez cruises depart. The deal is valid for all new bookings made by October 15, 2019.CMV’s Holiday Sailings Deal Includes: · Treasures of the Sea of Cortez cruise program and accommodations category selected · FREE round-trip air travel to Phoenix from Seattle, Denver, Salt Lake City, Portland, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Montana’s Bozeman · FREE one-night stay at Crown Plaza Phoenix · FREE round-trip deluxe, air-conditioned motorcoach transportation to the cruise port in Rocky Point from Phoenix · All shipboard gratuities · Immersive and enriching lecture series throughout the cruise · House beer and wine included with lunches and dinner onboardNOTE — For Arizona market: CMV is offering FREE deluxe motorcoach transportation from Phoenix or Tucson to Mexico’s beautiful Peñasco, and a FREE night’s stay pre-cruise at the seaside Peñasco del Sol Hotel. The exciting new cruise offers travelers an authentic and memorable way to explore the splendid Sea of Cortez with the introduction of its new 12-day soft expedition cruise program that is part of CMV’s new “Voyages of Exploration” collection. CMV’s new Treasures of the Sea of Cortez welcomes travelers to experience an unparalleled ecosystem and breath-taking nature infused with the incredible Mexican cultural essence. Guests will embark in the beautiful seaside town of Puerto Peñasco also known as “Rocky Point” and sail along to Topolobampo, gateway to the Sierra Madre mountain range and Copper Canyon, a series of canyons larger and deeper than the Grand Canyon. Next, they can take some time to play on the coastal boardwalk of Mazatlan, and then relax and rejuvenate alongside the glitterati in the trendy resort town of Cabo San Lucas. From there the cruise heads on to the pristine beach town of La Paz, visited by Hernan Cortez back in 1535. Later, adventurers can enjoy time in Bahia Loreto, a destination brimming with active waterborne fun, such as kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and diving. The cruise takes guests next to Santa Rosalia, a popular whale watching haven, and then on to the Guaymas with its stunning beaches, desert, and mountains. Rounding out this outstanding soft expedition, the cruise sails back to Puerto Peñasco. This unique voyage will be performed by the acclaimed Astoria vessel with her handsome profile and a traditional walk around promenade deck. The 16,144grt Portuguese registered Astoria is a classic beautifully restored ocean going cruise ship carrying just 550 guests and offers a wide selection of very well appointed and comfortable public lounges and cabin accommodation spanning eight passenger decks. The deal is available for departures on select dates in December 2019 rates starting at $1,599 USD per person. This flash sale deal is valid on new bookings made by October 15, 2019. About Cruise and Maritime Voyages Established in 2010, Cruise and Maritime Voyages is an award-winning cruise line that provides a diverse array of cruises departing from ports in the UK, Europe, and Mexico. The line operates small to mid-sized classic cruise ships carrying between 500 to 1500 guests and offering a more leisurely, personal and traditional guest experience. CMV carries approximately 150,000 passengers annually and is headquartered in the UK with offices in the United States, Australia, Germany, Mexico and Greece.CMV Cruise programs include:— North European cruises from 15 UK & Ireland and two German ports to the Baltic & Russia, the Norwegian Fjords, Round Britain, the Scottish Islands, Iceland & Northern Isles and Greenland— Australian & South East Asian cruises from Sydney, Adelaide, Fremantle and Singapore— Longer duration winter voyages; Around the World, Round South America & Africa, the Far East and liner type voyages between the UK & Australasia.
Save up to $800 per couple on 2020 inaugural sailings SEATTLE, October 1, 2019 –Further expanding into Latin America, UnCruise Adventures has unveiled its newest small ship adventure cruise itinerary: Belize & Guatemala Wonders – Rivers, Reefs & Cultures. Six departures between October and December 2020 sail roundtrip Belize City on the 66-guest Safari Voyager. A special offer saves couples up to $800 on cruise fare. “Belize and Guatemala are a natural fit for an UnCruise adventure,” said Captain Dan Blanchard, owner and chief executive officer of UnCruise Adventures. “Our free-flow style of active exploration works well here with the islands, reefs, and cultural and wildlife opportunities. The snorkeling here is over the top with colorful fish and coral.” The weeklong Belize & Guatemala adventure cruise explores Belize’s Barrier Reef, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the second largest coral reef in the world with more than 500 species of fish. Snorkel, swim, kayak and relax on the beach at Ranguana Caye, Carrie Bow Caye and Laughing Bird Caye National Park. Guests may see scientists at work studying coral, seagrass and turtles at the Smithsonian Marine Field Station. At Payne’s Creek National Park, birds and wildlife may be seen on a hike, skiff tour or kayak excursion through the mangroves. In Guatemala, look for monkeys and toucans on a skiff ride up the Rio Dulce and explore the town of Livingston. Hiking enthusiasts can trek from town to The Seven Altars Waterfall. Back in Belize, Punta Gorda’s colorful market and nearby Mayan ruins bring culture and history alive. Other highlights include a hike in Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, a visit with local Garifuna people and a class on coconut or baked goods at Punta Negra. Guests may see manatees, crocodiles, turtles, howler monkeys, birds and myriad tropical fish. An introductory savings of $800 per couple ($400 for solo travelers) is offered on all six Belize and Guatemala departure dates in 2020. Travelers must book by November 15, 2019 and mention code LAM20INTRO to receive the savings. The offer is also good on UnCruise Adventure’s new Colombia & Panama adventure cruise with three sailings in October 2020. Cruise rates for Belize and Guatemala start at $4,545 (before savings) and are inclusive featuring fresh, innovative meals; all beverages, including alcohol; adventure activities and transfers day of cruise. Port taxes and fees are additional. These offers are combinable with UnCruise’s Loyalty, Referral and Family Discoveries savings programs. To book or to request additional information, contact a travel advisor or UnCruise Adventures at 888-862-8881 or email@example.com. About UnCruise Adventures UnCruise Adventures’ boutique yachts and small ships carry 22-90 guests on voyages in Alaska, Hawaiian Islands, Mexico’s Sea of Cortés, Columbia & Snake Rivers, coastal Washington, Galápagos Islands, Costa Rica, Panamá, Colombia, Belize and Guatemala. Travel & Leisure included UnCruise in its list of top 10 small ship ocean cruise lines in its 2019 World’s Best Awards. UnCruise is a member of the Transformational Travel Council.
Now open to the general public, Silversea’s new summer 2021 & winter 2021/22 voyages incorporate an unparalleled variety of experiences, plus 28 maiden calls. (Monaco – October 17, 2019) General sales are now open on Silversea Cruises’ new summer 2021 & winter 2021/2022 itineraries. Designed by Silversea’s team of destination experts, the cruise line’s new voyage collection offers unparalleled variety, with many once-in-a-lifetime experiences to offer guests, from solar eclipse voyages in Antarctica to an immersive cruise to the Holy Land. The leading ultra-luxury cruise line has unveiled a total of 197 new itineraries, setting sail between January 2021 and April 2022, which incorporate calls to 528 destinations in 92 countries, with 28 maiden calls. “Now on sale to both first-time guests and returning members of our Venetian Society, our new summer 2021 & winter 2021/2022 voyages have been designed to satiate travellers’ curiosity, to unlock immersive experiences from pole to pole, and to take guests closer to authentic beauty of the world,” says Barbara Muckermann, Silversea’s Chief Marketing Officer. “The variety of experiences on offer is simply unparalleled and unprecedented within the industry: from the new Holy Land voyage to an enhanced overnight call in Monaco for the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, the highlights of our cruise line’s new 2021/2022 collection will appeal to all discerning travellers.” Highlights of Silversea’s new summer 2021 & winter 2021/22 voyage collection include: An unprecedented Eastern Mediterranean program, including voyages to the Black Sea, the Holy Land, and Istanbul. In summer 2021, Silver Dawn, Silver Moon, Silver Shadow and Silver Spirit will each enable guests to discover the captivating cultures and breathtaking landscapes of the Eastern Mediterranean. Following high demand, travellers will journey to Nazareth and Jerusalem in Israel on a voyage to the Holy Land from August 16, 2021, in addition to Cyprus, Turkey, and Greece. In the Black Sea, guests will travel deeper into Turkey, with an overnight in Istanbul; Ukraine; Romania; Bulgaria; and Greece, aboard Silver Shadow from September 20, 2021. New 12-night voyages between Venice and Athens will also offer the chance to explore vibrant Istanbul on overnight calls. Two special solar eclipse voyages in Antarctica, as part of a 21-voyage season in the seventh continent. Silversea guests will witness a life-defining natural phenomenon from a prime position near the Antarctic Peninsula. On December 4, 2021, a total solar eclipse will transform the skies over the last continent. Both Silver Wind and Silver Cloud will be perfectly placed to enable guests to experience this extraordinary spectacle. Aboard the same two ships, guests will enjoy 21 voyages to a total of 41 destinations in Antarctica. Longer sailings will also include spectacular adventures to South Georgia and the Falkland Islands. 30 voyages in Northern Europe, with four circumnavigations of Iceland and many new experiences in the Norwegian Fjords. Responding to exceptionally strong guest feedback, the new collection will incorporate more Iceland and Norwegian Fjords voyages than ever before, as part of an enhanced season of 30 voyages in Northern Europe. Guests will journey to a total of 122 destinations in Northern Europe, on four ships. An array of immersive expedition experiences are offered from the converted Silver Wind and Silver Cloud, as well as many remarkable itineraries aboard Silver Spirit and Silver Whisper. Four circumnavigations of Iceland will showcase the diverse, spectacular scenery of the Land of Fire and Ice, with differing experiences available on Silver Wind and Silver Whisper. On six voyages, Silver Spirit will take guests deeper into the authentic beauty of the Baltic Sea, visiting Tallinn, Helsinki, and spending at least one overnight in Saint Petersburg. A more immersive Monte Carlo Grand Prix voyage, incorporating both the French and Italian Rivieras. On a seven-night Monte Carlo Grand Prix voyage, guests will be immersed into the refined cultures of the French and Italian Rivieras. On an overnight call in Monaco, automotive fanatics will soak up the Principality’s electrifying atmosphere during this world-famous sporting event. Another Mediterranean highlight, guests travelling aboard Silver Shadow and Silver Spirit in October 2021 will journey to the Canary Islands. An unforgettable crossing of the Northwest Passage and enhanced exploration of Svalbard. A crowning feature of a truly remarkable Arctic season for 2021, Silver Cloud will cross the Northwest Passage on a 24-night voyage from August 21, unlocking once-in-a-lifetime experiences for adventurous travellers between Kangerlussuaq (Greenland) and Nome (Alaska). Expeditions aboard Silver Wind will take guests closer to the authentic natural beauty of both the northern and southern regions of Svalbard, incorporating opportunities to spot polar wildlife, discover deep fjords, and admire snow-capped mountains. Silver Explorer’s first-ever season in Australia’s Kimberley region. For the first time ever, as part of a 12-voyage discovery of Australia and the South Pacific, Silver Explorer will journey to the unique Kimberley coastline from June to September, 2021. In this natural wonderland, Silversea’s guests will enjoy insightful lectures from an industry-leading expedition team, before venturing ashore to discover aboriginal cave art, breathtaking geographical features, and a diverse array of wildlife. In the South Pacific, travellers will benefit from enhanced snorkel programs and new scuba diving experiences, as they explore beautiful reefs. The inaugural season of Silversea’s new ship Silver Dawn, spent in the Mediterranean. Departing September 22, 2021, Silver Dawn will embark on her maiden voyage, journeying from Civitavecchia (Rome) to Venice over nine nights. Silver Dawn will be a sister ship to both Silver Muse and Silver Moon, taking inspiration from the most popular features of each while also incorporating many innovative enhancements. Silversea’s trademark level of luxury will enrich the onboard experience for guests, with spacious all-suite accommodations, the personalized service of butlers, and eight inviting restaurants. Guests travelling aboard Silver Dawn will also enjoy the new Sea and Land Taste program, which will unlock deep travel through culinary immersion, following the program’s launch aboard Silver Moon in August 2020. The 596-guest ship will be one of four Silversea ships to cruise in the Mediterranean between April and December 2021. Elsewhere, Silver Origin—Silversea’s first-ever destination-specific ship—will form deep connections between travellers and the Galapagos archipelago on 38 voyages; Silver Wind will journey throughout West Africa, calling in Namibia, Angola, Sao Tome and Principe, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivore, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Cape Verde, and Morocco; Silver Whisper will showcase 36 destinations in Canada and New England, where guests will admire fall foliage at its best on seven sailings of between nine and 16 nights in length; and guests will explore the inimitable beauty of Alaska on Silver Muse and Silver Cloud, among other incredible destination experiences in the world’s most fascinating regions. Silversea’s ultra-luxury ships welcome guests in superlative comfort, with an onboard offering that has been enriched with unprecedented levels of luxury by Silversea’s ongoing Project Invictus. Ocean-view suites, sumptuous cuisine that adapts according to the sailed region, and the personalized service of butlers are just a few standout features. Enhancing the experience are such all-inclusive amenities as complimentary premium wines and spirits, speciality coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks served throughout the ship; an in-suite bar, stocked with guests’ preferences; an in-suite 24-hour dining service; and unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi. About Silversea Silversea Cruises, in which Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio serves as Executive Chairman, is recognised as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, and Silver Cloud, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both Polar Regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of five new ultra-luxury ships: Silver Moon, Silver Dawn, Silver Origin, and two Evolution-class ships. Browse Silversea’s new blog Discover and subscribe to receive the latest content directly into your inbox.
How Does a Vasectomy Work: Your No-Frills Guide to Getting Snipped A Guide to Bodywork: Massage, Acupuncture, Chiropractic, and More Editors’ Recommendations How to Cultivate Mid-Century Modern Style in Your Own Home Could You Handle a Marathon, 20-Hour Nonstop Flight? Gerrie van der WaltYou don’t need anyone to tell you how awful it feels to be cramped, tired, hungry, and uncomfortable on a plane. But why is it so distressing? Here’s what happens to your body on a long-haul flight (and any flight) and why you really should (but probably won’t) skip that third Bloody Mary en route.Your Sense of Taste is DiminishedNo one is going to argue that airplane food isn’t awful. However, airlines aren’t entirely to blame. A study by Lufthansa found that cabin pressurization and bone-dry, in-flight air evaporates nasal mucus, causing our sinus membranes to swell. Combined, this makes it more difficult to discern the subtle scents that are critical to our sense of taste. In particular, our sense of salty and sweet dulls by up to 30 percent at altitude. This makes the job of airline chefs (yes, that job actually exists) particularly challenging, which is why they frequently taste-test their meals in simulated high-pressure environments or on real-world flights. It’s also the reason why big, bold spices are often used to punch-up the flavor profiles of airline food.Oxygen Deprivation Makes You SleepyModern airplane cabins are designed to simulate an elevation of 6,000-8,000 feet. As any climber or mountaineer can attest, this can result in dizziness, sleepiness (or sleeplessness in some individuals), and an overall dulling of mental acuity.Izzy GerosaThe lack of movement, especially on long-haul flights, only exacerbates the effect by slowing the flow of blood (and therefore oxygen) throughout your body. This is all the more reason why it’s critical to get up and walk around every hour or so while airborne.Your Skin Takes a Real BeatingThat same recirculated air that dries out your nasal cavity is brutal on your skin too. Thankfully, over-the-counter body lotions and balms can combat this. It’s also why airline employees who fly frequently double-down on their water consumption while on the job. However, an especially nasty side effect for those same employees — and frequent flyers — is that many are twice as likely to develop melanoma. This is believed to be due to the insufficient ability of airplane windows to block out harmful UV rays.You Get Very, Very GassyThe forces in a pressurized airplane cabin will cause intestinal gas to expand. This can leave you feeling bloated, full, and cramped, and can be made worse with certain foods. Doctors agree that the best thing you can do is … let it out. Holding it in can lead to severe pain and intense bloating. That same gas can also expand and cause pain in your ears, which aren’t always able to pressurize fast enough. Other bodily cavities are susceptible as well, including the space between your teeth and gums and your sinuses. For allergy sufferers, the latter can be especially painful.There’s not much you can do to avoid these effects, but your experience can be made a little easier by stocking up on the right travel accessories. If you find yourself stuck overnight at an airport instead of a plane, here’s the best way to snag some shut-eye.Article originally published August 11, 2017. Visit the Only Hotel in the World With a Working In-Room Flight Simulator