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  The secret bars are becoming a hot trend. They provide a little mystery and a whole new experience to both locals and tourists. However, the term “hidden club” or “speakeasy bar” is often misunderstood. Many people wonder what’s a speakeasy bar? This is what the illicit drinking houses were called during the Prohibition era […]

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Hidden bar entrance

 

The secret bars are becoming a hot trend. They provide a little mystery and a whole new experience to both locals and tourists. However, the term “hidden club” or “speakeasy bar” is often misunderstood.
Many people wonder what’s a speakeasy bar? This is what the illicit drinking houses were called during the Prohibition era in the United States. At the time, it was illegal to consume and sell alcohol, so people were serving it behind closed doors in discreet locations, known as the speakeasy bars. Only a selected few were able to get in with a secret password or a special invitation. The bars were hidden, had no signs and offered their own poor quality alcohol.

 

Florería Atlántico hidden bar in Buenos Aires

 

Of course, the Prohibition era has ended long time ago and the definition of the speakeasy bar has changed, and adapted to modern times. Now, there is a secret bar in almost every big city where people can go and have a great time while enjoying a unique, exotic cocktail.
Here is a short list of some of the most unique and interesting secret bars in the world.

 

PDT, New York

Bartender making cocktails in PDT in New York

 

There is a great irony in the name of this club, because it is a secret bar, but everyone knows about it. PDT is the prototype of the new wave speakeasy bars in the Big Apple.

 

The entrance of PDT hidden bar in New York

 

 

It is in business for over 10 years and is one of the top bars in the entire country. In fact, it has received an award for an outstanding bar.

 

Ladies & Gents, London

Ladies & Gents entrance in the hidden bar in London

 

It is a relatively new speakeasy bar, which, at first, seems to be inside a public lavatory. The entrance to the bar is through an old Victorian public toilet. 

 

Funny signs of Ladies & Gents hidden bar in London

 

Ladies & Gents belongs to one of the most well-known spirit makers in the world – William Borrell. There, one can taste some of the finest cocktails in London. The interior contains many of the typical elements of a speakeasy bar – mixologists, moody ambiance and more.

 

Ipswitch, San Francisco

Ipswitch hidden bar entrance in San Francisco

 

Ipswitch is a beloved mixology destination which is known for its expertly made cocktails but also for the fact that it is so well hidden. It is a super-hidden basement club – a secret bar that is definitely worth visiting. It has a unique Western saloon vibe.  To enter, you need to climb through a trap door in the floor of the main bar.

 

28 HongKong Street, Singapore

Secret bars 28 HongKong Street in Singapore

 

This secret bar is known as Asia’s best cocktail bar. 28 HongKong has a the classic speakeasy culture atmosphere. It is just minutes away from the House of Parliament and it delivers a truly speakeasy feel with its complicated cocktails and dark ambient lighting. The bartenders are legendary for their mixing skills and cordiality.

 

Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires

Hidden bar flower stpore entrance Florería Atlántico, Buenos Aires

 

Floreria Atlantico has one of the most intriguing entrances of all the bars in this list. You enter into the bar through a refrigerator inside a flower shop! Once inside, you will see a décor with mythical sea monsters. The bar offers small plates based on the eclectic local delicacies like beef tongue, frog legs and others. You can even buy flowers on the way out in case you stayed late and you have some apologizing to do.

 

The hidden bars in Buenos Aires Florería Atlántico

 

Although alcohol is not forbidden anymore, the number of secret bars is growing. Visiting one is a great way to experience something new and enjoy a unique drink. That’s why the culture and atmosphere of these places has been preserved and lives on.

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Refresh Your Skin for Spring Months https://pre-tend.com/refresh-your-skin-for-spring-months/ https://pre-tend.com/refresh-your-skin-for-spring-months/#comments Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:40:51 +0000 https://pre-tend.com/?p=10154 Read more on: www.pre-tend.com

  Spring is a beautiful season and there are great reasons to look forward to it. This season signals the long awaited end of the cold winter days. However, spring is characterized by unstable climate, strong UV rays and dust, so it is important to modify the skincare routine with suitable rituals for these conditions.  […]

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Woman refreshing her skin

 

Spring is a beautiful season and there are great reasons to look forward to it. This season signals the long awaited end of the cold winter days. However, spring is characterized by unstable climate, strong UV rays and dust, so it is important to modify the skincare routine with suitable rituals for these conditions.  As the weather changes it is important to come up with timely skin solutions that will prepare and take care of your skin.

 

Rose cream for face and lips

 

We have made a selection of the most recent skincare trends and we are excited to share them with you. Here are our best skin care tips for radiant and glowing skin.

 

Beauty Essentials

Handmade face cream and herbs around it

 

Spring is the time to update your beauty essentials. The change in weather conditions demands changes in the beauty products as well. The skincare industry has a lot to offer when it comes to the warm and sunny weather this season. Switch to lighter skin care products especially when moisturizing your face. Don’t forget to also add necessary products like sunscreen, lip balm and gentle exfoliant.

Cleaning

 

Cucumber, lemon and aloe vera for skincare

 

Cleaning is the first and most important step of any skin care routine. It is important to know how to clean your skin properly. Use gentle soaps and exfoliants without alcohol and perfume, so that your skin doesn’t become dry. Exfoliation is a great way to start your skin cleaning process; it prevents the buildup of dead skin cells and removes debris. Proper cleaning and exfoliation will make your skin smooth, clear and soft.

 

Nourishment

 

Green tea, ginger and lemon

 

Your skin needs nutrients to ensure it looks good and stays radiant in spite of the weather changes. It is important to provide it with a good dose of antioxidants to brighten complexion, prevent wrinkling and strengthen collagen. Antioxidants also help smoothen the skin texture while facilitating wound healing.

Hydration and Protection

 

Lemon and essential oil for skin protection

 

Skin dryness is one of the most common problems experienced during the spring season. This can be prevented through proper protection and hydration. Use a light, natural and balanced moisturizer with sunscreen protection factor to achieve beautiful skin. Hydrated skin looks much younger because the appearance of fine lines is greatly reduced.

 

Beauty Routine

Detox water with lime

 

Since the beauty routine has huge effect on how the skin looks, it is very important to have one in place and follow it. A good beauty routine effectively attends to the needs of the skin during the spring season. Moisturizing and drinking lots of water must be part of any skincare ritual. Spring makeup should be light, allowing the skin to breathe.

 

Fruit water

 

Skincare must be adapted to the conditions of every season and the needs of your skin. With the proper care your skin will have a youthful glow all year round. Don’t forget that the care of our biggest organ- the skin, starts internally. Eat a healthy diet, drink lots of water and use the right products, you will be enjoy beautiful skin.

 

 

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Is Madrid the Best European City to live in? https://pre-tend.com/is-madrid-the-best-european-city-to-live-in/ https://pre-tend.com/is-madrid-the-best-european-city-to-live-in/#comments Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:35:26 +0000 https://pre-tend.com/?p=10184 Read more on: www.pre-tend.com

  Spain is the country were people really know how to enjoy every second. Doesn’t not matter if it is day or night, they are always active and enthusiastic about seizing the day. Late clubs and shops always opened are making every moment just perfect for walking, hanging out with friends and grabbing some drinks. […]

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The yard of the Royal Palace

 

Spain is the country were people really know how to enjoy every second. Doesn’t not matter if it is day or night, they are always active and enthusiastic about seizing the day. Late clubs and shops always opened are making every moment just perfect for walking, hanging out with friends and grabbing some drinks. Also, the weather is great during every season and even if not, Spanish people don’t mind that.

 

People kayaking at Retiro Park

 

Spain has extremely astonishing places and nice beaches, though this time we are going to talk about the precious capital city Madrid. Wandering by the fanciful Royal Palace before absorbing the natural beauty of Retiro Park, then visiting one of the city’s many museums. Here are 5 reasons why it is the best European city to live in.

 

Gastronomy

Front of Botin restaurant

 

It is clear that everything is debatable except this. In Madrid, there are not only the best restaurants in the world (such as the prestigious Botín restaurant, a meeting point since 1725 for contemporary thinkers such as Goya, Hemingway and Pérez Galdós), but you can also enjoy one of the widest culinary cultures on the planet.

 

Cultural variety

Colorful neighborhood

 

A city of contrasts where many cultures coexist in one. In fact, to meet a Madrid native is kind of difficult. It is because everyone who steps on their floor ends up staying.

 

Building with nice graffiti in Tetuan

 

You can visit the neighborhoods such as Lavapiés, a place of majority Muslim confluence or Tetuán, the slice of Latin America in Spain.

 

Leisure time

Bars and people chilling

 

There is a song saying: “only in Antón Martín there are more bars than in all Norway”. The reality is as is. The capital of Spain is fortunate to have a variety of areas spread throughout the city.

 

Night at Chueca and people chilling

 

So, for example, each group has its place. From Chueca to Bernabeu, passing through the best nightclubs in Huertas and Sol. In addition, the city has the best art galleries in the world that you simply cannot miss.

 

The prices

The Cristal Palace in Retiro Park during spring

 

In Madrid you earn little. That’s true. So before living in Madrid, you have to decide on what to give up. Quantity or quality. You can choose to be a millionaire, and in that case, you can choose countries with better options such as Switzerland, Luxembourg or Germany. In Madrid, you will not get rich (millions of euros), assume it, but you will get a different wealth that will fill you so much that leaving this city will be impossible.

 

The location

Centrum_Km_0_Madrid

 

In Madrid, you can find the kilometer 0 of Spain. From the capital, you have everything at hand. You are in the north or in the south in a few hours. In addition, Madrid has one of the best transportation services in the world where the subway occupies the third position after London and Moscow in terms of quality and has more than 300. It is also the eighth in the world in the ranking of best metro networks.

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What Straw Do You Use: The Best Reusable Straws in 2019 https://pre-tend.com/what-straw-do-you-use-the-best-reusable-straws-in-2019/ https://pre-tend.com/what-straw-do-you-use-the-best-reusable-straws-in-2019/#comments Wed, 20 Mar 2019 10:21:51 +0000 https://pre-tend.com/?p=10204 Read more on: www.pre-tend.com

  Most of the straws we use today end up in the ocean. In an effort to cut the use of plastic straws various companies are working on innovative products to replace the classic straws. Straw-loving people are wondering can you recycle plastic straws and can you use them without actually harming the environment?   […]

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People with glasses in hands drinking from reusable straws

 

Most of the straws we use today end up in the ocean. In an effort to cut the use of plastic straws various companies are working on innovative products to replace the classic straws. Straw-loving people are wondering can you recycle plastic straws and can you use them without actually harming the environment?

 

Alternatives to plastic straws

 

Recycling straws is quite difficult for many reasons, but replacing them isn’t, especially when there are so many great alternatives.

 

Girl drinking from reusable silicone straw

 

Read on and learn which the best reusable straws are gaining popularity this year.

 

Soft Silicone Straw

Soft Silicone Reusable Straw

 

The soft silicone straw is a great alternative to the plastic straws. It remains at room temperature even if a drink is very hot, it’s thin and flexible so you can easily fold and carry it around, and it is dishwasher safe.

 

Pink Reusable Silicone Straw

 

Silicone is a durable material which lasts forever, but when you are ready to toss the stra, it can be burned and the ash is biodegradable.

 

Stainless-Steel Straw

Stainless Steel Reusable Straws

 

Stainless-steel is also a very good alternative to plastic when it comes to straws. The problem is that metal transfers heat, so sipping a hot coffee can burn your lips.

 

Stainless steel reusable straw in a glass

 

Different sizes and colors reusable stainless steel straws

 

The stainless steel reusable straws are strong and durable but you definitely cannot chew on them like most people do on their plastic straws.

 

Reusable Stainless Steal Alternative Straws

 

Another reason why use stainless steel reusable straws is that they are portable and easy to clean. How to clean stainless steel straws? It’s easy; just use the brush that usually comes in the kit.

 

Glass Straw

Colorful kids glass straws

 

Glass reusable straws are pretty and can be used over and over again. Of course, they are not the best option for traveling, but they are elegant and colorful and are perfect for a cocktail party or a dinner. These straws do not bend but stay straight and come in a variety of sizes which makes them suitable for both tea and smoothies.

 

Bamboo Straw

Big Reusable Bamboo Straw in a smoothie

 

Organic bamboo reusable straws are the cheapest option, but they do not last long. They are made of natural material, so when you are done using them, you can just stick them into the ground.

 

Reusable bamboo straws in lemonade

 

They also have a natural feel and come in a variety of sizes.

 

Paper Straws

Bright yellow paper reusable straws

 

Paper reusable straws are not considered a very good solution as they are still used only once, but at least they are not plastic. They disintegrate fast and are a great option for parties, because they are colorful and come in cute patterns.

 

Reusable paper straws with stars

 

Why recycle plastic straws, when you can use one of these great alternatives instead? Each one of these has its pros and cons. The most important thing is that they are much better for the environment. Rather than the continuous production and use of the old plastic straws.

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Life on Four Wheels – Wheelhouses https://pre-tend.com/life-on-four-wheels-tiny-houses/ https://pre-tend.com/life-on-four-wheels-tiny-houses/#comments Tue, 19 Mar 2019 17:57:33 +0000 https://pre-tend.com/?p=10153 Read more on: www.pre-tend.com

  Living on the road is а dream lifestyle for many people. They dream about the perfect wheelhouse that can take them anywhere in the world and a life dedicated to full time travelling and exploration. A life made for true nomads! This is why the rolling home mania is spreading so quickly. No wonder! […]

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Small house on wheels with girl in front of it

 

Living on the road is а dream lifestyle for many people. They dream about the perfect wheelhouse that can take them anywhere in the world and a life dedicated to full time travelling and exploration. A life made for true nomads! This is why the rolling home mania is spreading so quickly. No wonder! Who wouldn’t want a gorgeous roll house with beautiful interior to travel the world in? Nowadays, you can even find a cottage on wheels!

 

Man cooking in tiny house on wheels

 

There are many reasons why people choose to live this way: some are fed up with their office jobs, others want to dedicate time to their passions, there are people who do it for the peace and quiet out of the big city.

 

Man in a tiny bus house

 

If you are one of those people who would want to travel the world in a rolling home read on! We will share some things you need to know about the life on four wheels.

 

Choosing a home on wheels

Couple sitting on a van house

 

Whether it’s a specially designed tiny home or a converted van, it doesn’t matter as long as the vehicle is secure and the home has everything you need for your life. Converting a van is generally cheaper, but the space is really small.

 

Modern tiny house on wheels

 

Vintage interior in tiny house on wheels

 

Most people chose the option to buy a less expensive used van that they can modify.

 

A comfortable home

Cozy bus turned into house

 

Cozy white interior in house on wheels

 

Have you ever peaked inside modern tiny houses? Mobile homes don’t have to be cold and boring. There are great examples of beautiful, small homes from converted school buses and old vans that they can be quite comfortable, fun and aesthetically pleasing. If you decide to convert a van, start with insulation and ventilation.

 

Vintage style tiny house on wheels

 

Beds on the second floor of tiny house on wheels

 

Most people opt for a raised bed and make the most of the little space that is left.

Living on the road in wheelhouse

Family sitting on their house on wheels van

 

People usually bring too many unnecessary things with them when they first start living this way. They plan on storing all their belongings but they soon find that their small space will quickly become cluttered.

 

Minimalistic interior design in tiny house on wheels

 

Living on the road requires very good and efficient organization. Only the basic essentials must make it to the mobile home.

 

An emergency fund

Girl drinking coffee in a small house on wheels

 

The nomad lifestyle requires very good financial planning and an emergency fund. This fund is usually used to cover expenses like repairs, maintenance and emergencies. Just like any house the mobile home will experience its share or wear and tear, so it is important to have this in mind and plan the finances well.

 

Cozy vintage interior in tiny house on wheels

 

Many people have found their desired freedom and happiness by living on four wheels and travelling the world. It is definitely not for everyone, but for some it is a dream come true. Do you think you can live a life on four wheels?

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Spring in the Hidden Gem of Europe – Albania https://pre-tend.com/spring-in-the-hidden-gem-of-europe-albania/ https://pre-tend.com/spring-in-the-hidden-gem-of-europe-albania/#comments Mon, 18 Mar 2019 13:17:31 +0000 https://pre-tend.com/?p=10104 Read more on: www.pre-tend.com

  Many people have avoided this country because of stereotypes, misconceptions and misinformation. The usual questions about it are is Albania in Europe? Is it safe to travel to Albania? However, the new Albanian way of presenting the country has changed the image of this destination among tourists. So the interest towards it is growing. […]

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White houses, a bridge and hills in the distance

 

Many people have avoided this country because of stereotypes, misconceptions and misinformation. The usual questions about it are is Albania in Europe? Is it safe to travel to Albania? However, the new Albanian way of presenting the country has changed the image of this destination among tourists. So the interest towards it is growing.

 

The sea and the city behind

 

Actually, the Albania region is very beautiful and diverse. Positioned in south-east Europe it has everything – beaches, thermal waters, mountains, great people, culture and cuisine. The Albania geography makes it a perfect destination for summer tourism. The summer is when more and more tourists decide to visit. But Albania is not only great in the hot summers; it is actually a great place for a spring break. This is its biggest secret!

 

Church with beautiful view at the see

 

Albania is a very diverse and interesting country. There are a lot of spectacular places to visits and breathtaking sights to see. From the beautiful coastal towns of Vlora and Saranda to historic, UNESCO towns like Berat and Gjirokastër. There is a lot to fall in love with. The North of the country is home to the Albanian Alps and gorgeous mountain towns. An example is the town of  Kruja.

 

Street in Gjirokastër with traditional shops

 

March, April, May and early June are the best months to visit the country. Especially if you like traveling to places with no crowds of tourists. Another great benefit of visiting Albania in spring are the low prices and the opportunity to enjoy this destination when the beautiful, colorful flowers start to bloom and the country lights up. Still, you have to bring your jumpers because nights are chilly and the mountains are much cooler than the rest of the country.

 

White houses in Berat surrounded by nice nature

 

The spring months welcome visitors with great weather for walking and cycling and even enjoying the Mediterranean beaches. The main attractions are quieter during this season and the rural areas will be easier to access and enjoy. The feeling of having a UNESCO site just for yourself is amazing.

 

Leftovers of an old castle up in the moutains

 

March is a great month to visit Albania. The weather is just starting to get warm and the flowers are blossoming. As you go towards May, travelers start to visit Albania and then towards the summer European tourists are already flocking. Of course the crowds are not as massive as those in Croatia and Greece, but it is still busy.

 

Fountain in the center of Skadar with people sitting around

 

Another great reason to visit Albania in March is the Spring Day, the national holiday which is on the 14th March. It is a large festival celebrated across the country, particularly spectacular in the central region of Elbasan and in the capital – Tirana. The parks are filled with acrobats, musicians and performance, and the atmosphere is great.

 

Tirana from above and its nice nature and buildings

 

A nice tradition in the region is the braided white and red bracelets people start wearing from the 1st March. Later on they hang them on the trees for good luck. Also don’t miss the traditional corn flour cakes called ballokume.

 

Traditional corn flour cakes decorated with real flowers

 

Albania has a lot to offer. The fact that it is not flooded by massive crowds of tourists yet, makes it a great place for people who like quiet and love exploring new places. Spring is the best season to enjoy this secret gem of Europe!

 

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Fresh Spring Décor for Your Home https://pre-tend.com/fresh-spring-decor-for-your-home/ https://pre-tend.com/fresh-spring-decor-for-your-home/#comments Mon, 18 Mar 2019 11:48:47 +0000 https://pre-tend.com/?p=10103 Read more on: www.pre-tend.com

  The weather is getting nicer and everything will start to blossom very soon. This means it’s time to start thinking about spring home décor. The moment to celebrate winter’s departure is approaching quickly and we are excited to share some spring ideas that will help you freshen up your own space.     From […]

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Floral Pillows on white armchair spring decor

 

The weather is getting nicer and everything will start to blossom very soon. This means it’s time to start thinking about spring home décor. The moment to celebrate winter’s departure is approaching quickly and we are excited to share some spring ideas that will help you freshen up your own space.

 

Fresh Spring decor flowers

 

From floral accents to fresh patterns and pastel colors, get ready to bring the spring inspiration home with you.

 

Fresh flowers

Grey table vase with fresh flowers for spring decoration

 

Nothing reminds us of Spring more than flowers, so they are the best possible decoration for your home. Place them on the tables and mantels, in the living room and bathroom, and let them bring the seasonal vibe into your space.

 

DIY flower roses wall decoration

 

Colorful living room with fresh spring decor

 

White living room with flower decor on fireplace

 

With their bright colors and wonderful scent, flowers are the perfect spring décor for this sunny time of the year. Decorating with fresh flowers is among the most favorite spring display ideas.

 

New colors

Pastel wall colors for spring decor

 

Bring the colors in! Spring is all about colors and this is exactly what a spring home should represent. The pastel ester egg hues are a great idea for a refreshing paint on the walls. If you are not into repainting, wallpaper can be a good option too. Wallpapers with huge floral patterns are another very hot trend in interior design for the coming season.

 

Pillow Talk

Floral pillows on bed with roses

 

Freshen up your living room and bedroom by adding some decorative throw pillows with beautiful, spring patterns and motifs.

 

Armchairs with colorful pillows and spring decor

 

Wooden ceiling in bedroom

 

Pillows can be a statement piece for every season. They are inexpensive and easy to swap whenever you get tired of them. Adding some themed pillows is an affordable spring update for your home.

 

Blooming Artwork

Spring decor on the wall blooming artwork

Large blooming spring decor artwork

 

Bring your living spaces to life with artwork that matches the beautiful season outside.

 

Blue carpet and colorful artwork on the wall

 

Artwork hanging on branch home decor

 

Flowers always make a difference no matter if they are in a vase or as artwork on the walls.

 

Colorful Carpet

Beautiful colorful carpet

 

Pink fresh carpet in living room

 

One of the best spring ideas for decorating your home is to bring a feeling of nature into it. A great way to achieve that is to add a colorful carpet to the living or dining room.

 

large artwork on the wall

 

It will bring some colors in and will tie the whole interior together. Update your home with spring Décor in mind. Display pieces that celebrate the beauty and colors of this long awaited season. They will bring the cheer into your space as well as the beauty of the outdoors.

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Travel the Balkans: Places for Nature Lovers https://pre-tend.com/travel-the-balkans-places-for-nature-lovers/ https://pre-tend.com/travel-the-balkans-places-for-nature-lovers/#comments Thu, 14 Mar 2019 11:08:46 +0000 https://pre-tend.com/?p=10086 Read more on: www.pre-tend.com

  Are you an adventurous person amazed by good nature? Absolutely tired of sitting on the couch and especially of spending days with Netflix and just relaxing? Ready to escape the crowded city and get lost in nature? I think it’s definitely time for you to get up, put on your shoes and also pack the […]

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Nature, rocks and a small monastery

 

Are you an adventurous person amazed by good nature? Absolutely tired of sitting on the couch and especially of spending days with Netflix and just relaxing? Ready to escape the crowded city and get lost in nature? I think it’s definitely time for you to get up, put on your shoes and also pack the bag.

 

Valley in the Triglav National Park, Slovenia
World concentrated at an angle is the impression that the Balkan Peninsula leaves you after seeing its variety of nature, wildlife, and great landscapes. Beginning with high mountains and continuing with immense fields, naked peaks, coasts of charm and fantastic beaches, it for sure will take your breath away.

In order to help you with your trip, I would like to share some of the nicest places where you can enjoy the charming nature!

Plitvice Lakes, Croatia

Beautiful Plitvice Lakes in Croatia

 

Captivated by its beauty, this National Park is the number one place you have to visit if you want to see heaven on earth. Plitvice is an ensemble of 16 natural lakes. It’s rich by fauna, breathtaking views, and unique turquoise waters.

 

Lake Koman, Albania

   Two boats on the lake Koman

 

Near Shkodra is placed one of the most beautiful natural landscapes in Albania, the Koman Lake. On a ferry boat ride, you can see all the beauties that this place has to offer. Although the reservoir is not natural, the Koman Lake is home to several species of animals.

 

Lefkada, Greece

Beautiful rocks in Lefkada, Greece

 

Despite its small size, this island’s landscape includes beautiful beaches, green mountains, and quaint villages. If you ask me, Lefkada is definitely the most amazing island in Greece. You can swim at Lefkada’s best beaches, hike and explore the old town. And this is the place that, for sure, will make your vacation unforgettable.

 

Matka Canyon, Macedonia

Two rowing boats surrounded with nature

 

Without a doubt, Matka is a piece of untouched nature and a perfect place for adventurers and nature enthusiasts. This canyon includes natural caves, that you can explore, boat ride and hiking. With its natural beauty, historical treasure and endemic species, Matka is the right place to relax and connect with the spirit of nature.

 

Rila National Park, Bulgaria

Rila Lake

 

Rila is a small parenthesis. Beautiful architecture and a quiet place to spend a few days if you want to disconnect. Charming views, diverse nature, high peaks, meadows, pine forests, crystal clear lakes. All these natural phenomena gathered in a mountain. Bulgaria is obviously very unknown for tourism but it is worth discovering.

 

Kranjska Gora, Slovenia

Mountains covered with heavy snow

 

If you’re truly mountain lover, Kranjska Gora is a must. It’s one of the most popular skiing areas in Slovenia. Surrounded by its breathtaking beauties on every said, it’s for sure, the perfect place for adventures for travelers.

Kopaonik, Serbia

Heavy snow on the mountains in Kopaonik

 

The most amazing thing about this mountain is that all tracks are so well connected, and there’s no need for walks or ski-buses. You can just ski from one slope to another, and circle the whole mountain. Ultimately, you’ll enjoy beautiful evergreen forests. In fact, when the sky is clear, the scenery is amazing.

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The Secrets of North Sentinel Island https://pre-tend.com/the-secrets-of-north-sentinel-island/ https://pre-tend.com/the-secrets-of-north-sentinel-island/#comments Wed, 13 Mar 2019 07:19:21 +0000 https://pre-tend.com/?p=10037 Read more on: www.pre-tend.com

  The North Sentinel Island is an obsolete, tiny piece of land in the Bay of Bengal. It is part of a group of small unknown islands – the Andaman and Nicobar island group.  Surrounded by a coral reef ocean zone it is a homeland to one of the last tribes untouched by modern civilization. […]

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Distant view on North Sentinel Island

 

The North Sentinel Island is an obsolete, tiny piece of land in the Bay of Bengal. It is part of a group of small unknown islands – the Andaman and Nicobar island group.  Surrounded by a coral reef ocean zone it is a homeland to one of the last tribes untouched by modern civilization.

 

Island people and their house(picture taken by drone)

 

This is undoubtedly one of the last unknown islands in the world inhabited by hostile tribes which have rejected all form of communication with the outside world. There are many legends about this dangerous island and its inhabitants in particular. Many years the Sentinelese have been protective of their lands and have not let anyone come close.

 

North Sentinel Island shown on the world map

 

They especially call the island the best secret island because there is very little we know about it. The exact number of indigenous people living here is unknown. Scientist estimate that they have been around for 60.000 years. Nobody has been allowed to study their history, language and culture. What we surely know is that the people on North Sentinel are mostly hunters and gatherers, and their culture is like in the Stone Age.

 

Inhabitant of North Sentinal Island running with an arrow

 

Armed with bows and arrows, they have used them to murder all who had tried to reach their lands. Many adventurers, missionaries and scientists have made attempts to uncover the secret of the best-hidden islands but with little success.

 

John Allen Chau - the victim of North Sentinel Island and its inhabitants

 

One of the victims was John Allen Chau. A Christian Missionary who made an illegal trip to the island to convert the people to his faith. Ambitious, adventurous and full of wanderlust, when finally setting foot on the island, they killed him.

The North Sentinel Island is protected by the Indian authorities who respect the tribes’ wishes, especially be left alone and to stay isolated from the world.

 

Sentinel warrior shooting an arrow

 

After the tsunami of 2004, which devastated a huge part of the region, a helicopter was sent to help the tribes. However, the Sentinelese warriors met it with hostility and an arrow attack.

 

Sentinelese warriors standing at the beach holding arrows

 

North Sentinel Island does not offer island tours or exotic beach hotels. It is one of those extremely dangerous places where both islanders and outsiders are at huge risk.  The tribes are probably not immune to many of the pathogens frequent in today’s life. For now this island and its inhabitants will definitely remain one of the biggest secrets in the world.

 

 

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5 Ideas for Easier Travel with Kids https://pre-tend.com/5-ideas-for-easier-travel-with-kids/ https://pre-tend.com/5-ideas-for-easier-travel-with-kids/#comments Thu, 07 Mar 2019 11:03:31 +0000 https://pre-tend.com/?p=9983 Read more on: www.pre-tend.com

Traveling with kids can be quite overwhelming, no matter if it’s your first strip with your new baby, or your third with your third child. From what to pack to where to stay, everything is tricky and carries potential worries. However, there are some things you can do to prepare better in advance. This will […]

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Two kids with red luggage on the airport

Traveling with kids can be quite overwhelming, no matter if it’s your first strip with your new baby, or your third with your third child. From what to pack to where to stay, everything is tricky and carries potential worries.

Baby sitting on a full luggage

However, there are some things you can do to prepare better in advance. This will save you from going insane. Some of the tips above are for babies, some for young travelers and others only for you.

1. Don’t overpack

Overpacked red luggage

When packing, remember that you can buy anything you need when you arrive. It might not be the same brand, or product you are used to, but you will manage. If you are using eco-diapers, it’s a good idea to do a test run with a conventional brand before you leave to see if there is any reaction.

Woman trying to close her red luggage

Sometimes eco-diapers are not that easy to find at some destinations.

2. Book wisely

Vacation rental vs hotel room

 

Vacation rental or a hotel? If your child has a special diet, maybe it’s a good idea to prepare the food yourself and not take advantage of the perks a hotel would offer. It is a personal choice, but it is worth planning ahead. If you go for a hotel that you love and have visited before as a couple, think about it twice. With kids everything is different and you need to consider the size of the room, is there space for the stroller etc.

3. Plan the flights

Baby sleeping on a plane

One of the best tips for flying with a baby is to choose an evening flight. Try to plan your flight around bedtime. It can be more expensive, but a sleeping child on a plane is a blessing. If you need to transfer on another flight, leave a good amount of time between them, the last thing you want is to have to rush through an unknown airport. Take time to stretch, go to the bathroom, eat, play and get ready for the next flight.

4. Check-in online

Check-in key

 

The best way to minimize time spent waiting in line at the airport is to check-in online. All you need to do then is to drop your bag and go through security.

5. Pick a spot

Girl flying on a plane

 

It is important to check with the airline beforehand about the model of the plane and take a moment to think about what seat is best for you. Sitting at the very end of the aircraft is a good idea, because it means you will disturb fewer people and the bathroom will be more accessible. However, the back of the plane can be quite noisy. The middle of the plane means more leg room, but no storage under seat in front of you. Sitting at the front is similar to the back, but the kitchen is usually busier there. Depending on the age of the child you must choose between aisle or window. Does it need more space to move easily or it’s better to be tucked away.

Kids having lunch served on a plane

Last but not least – Just Do it! The idea of kids in the plane might be overwhelming, but the most important thing to remember is: this too shall pass. You will get there and everything is going to be ok. We hope we have given an answer to the question what do you need to fly with a child. The most important thing is to keep calm because children feel and reflect the emotions of their parents. And of course, don’t forget to enjoy it!

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