Tag Travel

4 Ways to Make Traveling Less Stressful

I’ve had anxiety issues for as long as I can remember. Sometimes it’s manageable, sometimes it becomes so overwhelming I can hardly catch my breath. If there’s one thing that stresses me out the most, it’s traveling. And holiday travel? Yikes. Stress-o-rama. Traveling can be a huge, stressful ordeal, especially if you have children with you. And if you happen to be traveling for the holidays, you have the added pressures of cooking, cleaning, and shopping, not to mention the business and professional responsibilities you have on your plate to fulfill before the end of the year — it’s no wonder so many people battle anxiety during this time of year! The good news is that there are several things you can do to ease the stress of traveling. The key is to plan ahead as much as possible and, of course, try to stay patient. That’s easier said than

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Tidal Cool Spring/Summer 2016: A Fusion of Fashion, Funk, and Freedom

A few weekends ago, the Gem team took their talents to Cleveland, OH with Allyn modeling and myself (Alexandra Barone) photographing for the release of the Tidal Cool SS16 collection. Fashion might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the Rock n’ Roll capital of the World, but on this night there were plenty of vibrant fabrics, daring hairstyles and exotic beauty. The fashion show, benefitting the Cornucopia Inc/Nature’s Bin job training program for adults with disabilities, took place at Lake Affects Studio which was a cool, artistic and rustic place with a full bar, jewelry and makeup stands all hosted by Cleveland Bazaar. The designer, Andrea Howell, created the Tidal Cool Spring/Summer 2016 Collection Cuba Libre: A Fusion of Fashion, Funk, and Freedom, and that is exactly what it was. Taking a peek behind the scenes one could immediately get a feel for who the artist was and her

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Gem Gift Guide: For the Traveler

We’ve taken lots of guesswork out of putting together your holiday gift guide! Here are our favorite #GemFinds your dearest world travelers and on-the-goers are sure to love! 1.) Instant Coffee from Egoiste Cafe – $11.99 This gourmet coffee takes only 30 seconds to prepare and is ideal for any gift or stocking stuffer for the traveler in your life. If the line at your favorite coffee shop is too long or you don’t want to drink gross airport coffee, Egoiste is the perfect solution for an instant caffeine fix! 2.) The Vibe™ Room Energy Clearing Spray from Linda Lauren – $14.95 Infused with Reiki healing energy, this spray is used to create a positive, healing and uplifting environment. The special proprietary blend of natural essential oils can be sprayed daily and used often. Available in a convenient 2oz. travel size for when you are on the road or to keep in your glove compartment,

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Miss Independent

I am given the wonderful opportunity every other week to write to you all about something to be mindful of during the week. Yet lately, I feel like I have been in quite the rut. I am living in a different country, traveling every weekend and meeting new people from all over the world. So why is it that finding inspiration and writing to you all about it has been so hard for me? I feel as if my brain cannot comprehend all of the places and people I get to see and meet. Sometimes I feel like I am watching my life through a television screen. Then something happened. Just earlier this week living in Florence started to seem more real to me. It was random how these events fell in to place but I would like everyone to try and be mindful of what I am going to

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One Foot On the Dock, The Other On the Boat

As I was getting ready for my journey to Europe a wise man (a.k.a. dad) once told me that I had one foot on the dock and another on a boat. Translation: I am half independent and half dependent, and I need to grow up. I still feel like a little kid in my now adult body. How am I supposed to leave the hypothetical dock that is my parents taking care of me and my home I grew up in? Well to be honest it was much easier than I expected. You might have to swim a little till you reach the boat, but the best way to leave the dock is to jump right in. My journey to Italy was a long and emotional one. On my first plane ride I was sad and missed my family and friends. I wanted to turn back around and jump into

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