St Kitts

St Kitts

St Kitts is a lovely island in the West Indies, bordering the Caribbean Sea on the West and facing the Atlantic Ocean on the East. This unique location gives the island a special character and versatility- you can visit a variety of beaches in one day, enjoying white, gray or black sand, dipping your toes in the ocean or the sea, visiting elegant restaurants or small ones, collectively known as the Strip. Some of the most famous beaches are Major’s Bay, South Frier’s, Frigate Bay South and North, Cockleshell and Sand Bank Bay.

You may choose a different adventure- you can easily reach the lush rainforest by bike, do some hiking or simply marvel the view from above. There are lots of local tour operators or even cab drivers that will offer you good deals to reach the rain forest and even provide guided tours once there.

While St Kitts has its own currency (Eastern Caribbean Dollar or XCD), it is perfectly all right to use US Dollars, however expect the change in XCD (approximate rate $1.00USD = 2.70 XCD). The weather all year round is lovely and as such light summer clothing in a casual manner is the staple here, even in the luxury hotels you can enjoy the overall mood of simplicity, tranquility and relaxation.

St Kitts

 

 

One of the best golf courses in the Caribbean is also here- the Royal St kitts Golf Club, featuring 18 championship holes. It is a fun place to golf, the greens are in an excellent shape and the service is impeccable. Joel the friendly Director of Golf Operations is lovely to meet and he is truly helpful and accommodating. It is always a good idea to book a Tee time ahead of time, but generally the golf course is not so busy, unless there is a cruise ship in port and even then you can easily book Tee time on the spot.

While there are set prices, if you play more than once or you are a crew member from the passenger ships, you may be granted a deal or a good discount. This is a dramatically beautiful course and holes 14-17 have a magnificent view of the ocean. The staff in all areas- golf, pro-shop, restaurant are proud of their facility and eager to accommodate so you can enjoy an unforgettable experience.

 

Royal St Kitts Golf Club

The Golf Course is associated with the Mariott at St Kitts resort, which has a fantastic location also with a white sand beach (beware of hot sand though- wear your shoes!), well maintained pools and about a mile walk to the famous Shiggidy Shack  beach bar on the caribbean side. It’s a great place for BBQ lobster, sunset, drinks and live music…

St Kitts lobster

Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria

Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria

Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria

Thracian Cliffs Golf and Spa, Black Sea coast, BulgariaWhether just for a day, visiting by a cruise ship, or a full blown summer vacation, you will have an incredible time exploring the stunning Black Sea coast. There are two cruise ship ports-Varna (3rd biggest city in Bulgaria) to the North and Burgas (the 4th largest, after Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna)in the South, the distance between the two is about 90 km, or 54 miles. The entire Bulgarian Black Sea Coast stretching from the border with Romania to the North to the Eastern part of Turkey to the South is 378 km  and it will take you about 4.5 hours to drive along, but I bet you will be lured to stop frequently to explore the quaint coastal towns or have a nice seafood meal in a beach shack, so plan to travel longer.

While the Black Sea coast is quite different in terms of landscape and climate from North to South, it is commonly known with its endless golden sand beaches, warm sea water and worldly entertainment and cuisine, making it a perfect summer destination for the hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting envy year. The clientele is mostly Eastern and Western Europeans and Locals, however recently many tourists from the Americas and Asia, brought by cruise ships, discover the beauty of this part of the world, famous with its excellent climate, inexpensive holiday properties and the friendly Bulgarian hospitality.

Cape KaliakraIf you start your journey from Cape Kaliakra, which is only 18 km from the Romanian border and 60 km from Varna, you will be stunned by the breathtaking view of the coast – its steep vertical cliffs reach 70 m down to the sea and the remnants of an old fortress from the Middle Ages, create a perfect setting for many legendS associated with the Cape. According to one of them, several Bulgarian girls chose to jump from the high cape into the sea, to avoid being captured and converted to Islam by the Turks. The girls, lead by the beautiful Kaliakra braided and tied their hair together and determined jumped off the cliff to save their Faith.

The fortress itself is believed to have been used successfully by Tracians, Romans, Byzantines and Bulgarians, making it an important historical site.

Cape Kaliakra is also a nature reserve, where dolphins and cormorants can be observed, it is also the home of rare breeding birds, fish, amphibians and plants, many of them included in the Red Book of Bulgaria. The biblical fig trees are also dominant on the Cave, casting their shadow and spreading sweet aroma all over.

Cape Kaliakra, Blak Sea Coast, Bulgaria

For the romantics, I would recommend the traditional, yet excellent restaurant at the very tip of the Cape, overlooking the sea, where the sunsets will leave you in owe, while having a refreshing cocktail or enjoying a typical Bulgarian meal.

At Cape Kaliakra, you will not be bored. Aside from the incredible vista, you can take a break playing Golf at some of the best courses in Europe, bathe in the warm waters of private beaches, or indulge in elaborate spa treatments in the luxury resorts near by.

Thracian Cliffs Golf and Spa, Black Sea coast, Bulgaria

For those of you who crave quiet luxury and  exhilarating
golf and spa experience- you are in luck. The Thracian Cliffs resort only 10 min away offers understated comfort, combined with unspoiled beaches and tranquil scenery.

Thracian Cliffs Golf and Spa, Black Sea coast, Bulgaria

When I first visited the Thracian Cliffs, I was quite impressed with the ambiance of the place- the intense blue of the sea, the electric green of the course, the calm skies and sparkly lake- all blend together in a harmonious symphonie of color, making the striking limestone cliffs stand out with their majestic height and unusual shape. In the words of Gary Player himself : “you will not find a golf course like this anywhere else on the planet”, I would add, neither you will find such a unique view and luxurious, yet cozy summer experience.

Thracian Cliffs Golf and Spa, Black Sea coast, Bulgaria

The beach at first glance looks completely wild, however the Guests can relax in daybeds or for extra privacy can take a stilted deck or a cabana. Easy to find and hard to leave, Bendida Beach is intimate, yet offers every comfort, as well as tasty meals and a great bar selection. Forget about cheap plastic utensils, chilled white wine in glasses awaits you when you come back from a refreshing swim, right on the beach.

Further inland, you can find another great resort- Kaliakria. While it is not directly situated on the beach, it features several large pools, one of which infinity and a gorgeous sea view. Also called “El balcon del Mundo”, or the Balcony to the World, it is no wonder that the spectacular scenery attracts many guests,  some celebrating weddings and other special occasions. The overall atmosphere is one of calm relaxation with a wide choice of sparkling pools and breath taking views.

Kaliakria, Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria

Heading South, you will reach Varna, the sea capital of Bulgaria. I believe this is the prettiest city not only at the Black Sea Coast, but also in the whole of Bulgaria, combining the charm of a quaint historical town and the convenience and comfort of a big city. Varna is famous with its port, golden sands beaches and first class resorts, like St Konstantinos and Elena, Sunny Day, Riviera Beach Club and Golden Sands. Varna attracts 2 to 3 million tourists a year, as the holidaymakers may reach as many as 200,000 daily during the high season. The sea front resorts, hundreds of family hotels and B&B accommodations host tourists from all of the world, but mostly Europeans, Russions and Israelis.
One of the highlights here without a doubt is the Sea Garden- a romantic park with hundreds of intricate alleys and lush vegetation stretches along the Black Sea coast for over 5 km. Starting from the port of Varna it will take you to the outskirts of town along the city beach, dozens of pubs and restaurants, Luna park, tennis courts, outdoor gyms, summer theaters and lots of fresh juice and ice-cream stands. I love to ride my bike every morning or later in the evening in the summer and I get to enjoy something different every day. Usually after a nice work out with my bike and some Zumba in the park, I end up on the beach for a refreshing swim or a cooling cocktail to enjoy the sunset.

Varna, Bulgaria

Last time I visited Varna, I made friends with a cat’s family who loved to play with my bike. I could not resist to share these cute pictures…:-)

Varna has great seafood, traditional and international restaurants, right on the beach or downtown, situated strategically along the promenade, where you can watch the trendy passers by, meet friends and enjoy mussles or grilled fish with a nice cold beer. A friend of mine recently opened one of the best restaurants in town – “Largo”, named after the name of an iconic street in Varna. With its central location, diverse cuisine, interesting fusion of Mediterranean and Bulgarian and international dishes, “Largo” is so much more than just a restaurant. It is the place to be if you would like a nice cup of coffee when meeting a friend or having a delicious dinner and enjoying yummy cocktails with friends at night. Famous DJs visit often and simply there is something for everyone all day and night long.
Largo, Varna, Bulgaria

Other great choices would be restaurant “Merci” situated on the beach and designed in modern Provence style, “Sardinia”- one of the best places to have fresh mussels in white wine sauce and variety of grilled fish from the Black Sea presented with authentic recipes, “Villa Burov”- located in the heart of the Sea Garden, overseeing the spectacular Varna Bay, surrounded by old trees and luxurious villas.

The most famous resorts near Varna: St Konstantin and Elena, Sunny Day, Riviera Holiday Club, Golden Sands and Albena exist since the late 50s of the last century, initially with very few hotels and hostels, now boasting renovated and lots of new state-of-the-art modern hotels one more luxirious than the other. I like to swim and enjoy a quiet afternoon on the beach at The Bay, near Grand Hotel Varna at the St Konstantin and Elena resort. The beach is small and private, yet has every luxury and features a cute beach bistro, where you can enjoy a chilled glass of champagne or a light healthy meal. There is a wide selection of international beers and the friendly staff is too happy to oblige and mix you a nice Mojito or a Cosmo.

Going further, you will reach Golden Sands  and Riviera Varna resorts. Hotel “International” in the center f Golden Sands features a pretty infinity pool, overlooking the main beach and a spectacular sea view. Almost daily, there are DJ parties on the pool terrace that makes it worth visiting if you like dancing and meeting new people.

Riviera, Varna

Should you feel less adventurous and crave solitude, Rivera Holiday Club is the right place for you. There are several all inclusive hotels within this property, the 5 star “imperial” hotel, however the pearl of the crown is the boutique hotel “Oasis”, standing out with its understated luxury and superb service. The rooms are large and spacious and the overall ambiance reminds you of a roman villa from the outside and a safari villa in its interior.

Hotel Oasis, Riviera, Varna

Hotel Oasis, Riviera, Varna

 

 

Next stop South of Varna is Nesebar-an ancient town and one of the major seaside resorts on the Bulgarian Black Sea Coast. Often referred to as the “Pearl of the Black Sea”, Nesebar is a rich city-museum defined by more than three millennia of turbulent history. The ancient part of the town is situated on a peninsula (previously an island) connected to the mainland by a narrow man-made isthmus, and it bears evidence of occupation by a variety of different civilisations over the course of its existence. Its abundance of historic buildings prompted UNESCO to include Nesebar in its list of World Heritage Sites in 1983.

Being one of the most prominent tourist destinations and seaports on the Black Sea, along with several large resorts like Sunny Beach, St Vlas, ozenets, etc, Nesebar attracts tourist and cruseship passengers from all over the world.

Here you can spend hours strolling the narrow cobbled streets, admiring an ancient theatre, churches, traditional Bulgarian homes and cozy restaurants. Nesebar is preserved in its ancient self superbly and the locals are hospitable and friendly.

Sozopol

For most visitors, the port city of Burgas is merely a transit point for the more obviously appealing resorts and historic towns further up and down the coast. If you do decide to stop over and you will if you reach by most cruise ships, you’ll find a lively, well-kept city with a neat, pedestrian centre, long, uncrowded beaches and some interesting museums. You can expect reasonably priced hotels, as well as some decent restaurants, so you will not regret spending the day on your way further north or south.

Almost everything of interest in Burgas is within the compact city centre and a walking distance.Nature lovers also come to Burgas to visit the four lakes just outside the city, which are havens for abundant bird life.

Burgas

The secret treasure of the Bulgarian Black Sea coast is without a doubt Sozopol. You will enjoy the sandy beaches and turquoise water by day and the mediterranean cuisine and temperamental wine by night. You will breath the history of the region and feel the modern vibe of this ancient Bulgarian town (drop a note in the Contact page , if you are interested in fun Dive trips and seaside view apartments for rent).

Sozopol is one of the oldest towns on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast. The first settlement on the site dates back to the Bronze Age. Undersea explorations in the region of the port reveal relics of dwellings, ceramic pottery, stone and bone tools from that era. Many artifacts (anchors) from the second and first millennium BC have been discovered in the town’s bay, a proof of active shipping since ancient times.

The current town was founded in the 7th century BC by Greek colonists, who named it Antheia. The name was soon changed to Apollonia, on account of a temple dedicated to Apollo in the town. By the first century AD, the name Sozopolis began to appear in written records and it was not changed much since then.

Throughout the centuries Sozopol had a turbulent history, ruled in turn by the Byzantine, Bulgarian and Ottoman Empires. Sozopol was assigned to the newly independent Bulgaria in the 19th century.

Nowadays it is one of the hot spots on the Black Sea coast, a focal point not only for those who love sandy beaches, but the art lovers, who come every year to the annual music festival Apollonia.

The busiest times of the year are the summer months, ranging from May to September, when tourists from around the world come to enjoy the weather, sandy beaches, history and culture, fusion cuisine- a nice mixture of Balkan and Mediterranean specialties, and the bohemian atmosphere of this colourful resort.

Port

Best Golf at the Black Sea Coast

Best Golf at the Black Sea Coast

Black Sea Coast, Bulgaria

Thracian Cliffs Golf and Spa, Black Sea coast, BulgariaWhether just for a day, visiting by a cruise ship, or a full blown summer vacation, you will have an incredible time exploring the stunning Black Sea coast. There are two cruise ship ports-Varna (3rd biggest city in Bulgaria) and Burgas (the 4th largest, after Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna), the distance between which is about 90 km, or 54 miles. If you are driving, it will take you approximately 2 hours to reach, but I bet you will be lured to stop frequently to explore the quaint coastal towns or have a nice seafood meal in a beach shack, so plan to travel longer.

While the Black Sea coast to the North is pretty different than its Southern part in terms of landscape and climate, the whole of its is perfect for a summer vacation, attracting various groups of tourists, from locals to Europeans and recently many Americans, brought by cruise ships.

If you start your journey from Cape Kaliakra, which is only 18 km from the Romanian border and 60 km from Varna, you will be stunned by the breathtaking view of this coast – its steep vertical cliffs reachI got 70 m down to the sea and the remnants of an old fortress from the Middle Ages, create a perfect setting for the legend, which is dear to all Bulgarians. According to it, several Bulgarian girls chose to jump from the high cape into the sea, to avoid being captured and converted to Islam by the Turks. The girls , lead by the beautiful Kaliakra braided and tied their hair together, jumped off the cliff to save their Faith.

 

The fortress itself is believed to have been used successfully by Tracians, Romans, Byzantines and Bulgarians, making it an important historical site.

Cape Kaliakra is also a nature reserve, where dolphins and cormorants can be observed, it is also the home of rare breeding birds, fish, amphibians and plants, many of them included in the Red Book of Bulgaria. The biblical fig trees are also dominant on the Cave, salting their shadow and spreading their sweet aroma all over.

Cape Kaliakra, Blak Sea Coast, Bulgaria

At Cape Kaliakra, you will not be bored. Aside from the incredible vista, you can take a break playing Golf at some of the best courses in Europe,  bathe in the warm waters of private beaches, or indulge in elaborate spa treatments in the luxury resorts near by.

For the romantics, I would recommend the traditional, yet excellent restaurant at the very tip of the Cape, overlooking the sea, where the sunsets will leave you in owe, while having a nice cocktail.

 

 

Thracian Cliffs Golf and Spa, Black Sea coast, Bulgaria

For those of you who crave quiet luxury and an exhilarating
golf and spa experience- you are in luck. The Thracian Cliffs resort only 10 min away offers understated comfort, combined with unspoiled beaches and tranquil scenery. When I first visited Thracian Cliffs, I was quite impressed with the ambiance of the place- the intense blue of the sea, the electric green of the course, the calm skies and sparkly lake- create a harmonious symphonie of color, making the limestone cliffs striking with their majestic height and unusual shape. In the words of Gary Player himself : “you will not find a golf course like this anywhere else on the planet”, I would add, neither you will find such a unique view and luxurious, yet cozy summer experience.

 

The beach at first glance looks completely wild,however the Guests can relax in daybeds or for extra privacy can take a stilted deck a few meters off shore. Easy to find and hard to leave, Bendida Beach is intimate, yet offers every comfort, as well as tasty meals and a great bar selection. Forget about cheap plastic utensils, chilled white wine in glasses awaits you when you come back from a refreshing swim.

 

Aromatherapy and Travel

 

Aromatherapy and travel

Every trip, especially long distance, is often associated with a change of climate, environment, time zones and inevitably the long plane, cruise ship or car travel trips cause us a rather close and almost intimate contact with other passengers, i.e. we become exposed to a lot of health hazards in the face of viruses, foreign bacteria and the extreme weather conditions can contribute to challenging further our immune system. During prolonged travel, especially if changing a few time zones, we lack sleep due to jet lag, do not eat properly or at the correct times (who enjoys the food on a plane, if we are lucky to get it?) and we never seem to get enough water, especially with the stringent airport security procedures, restricting the liquids to 100 ml only.

The result is often pretty damaging to our health- the lack of sleep, poor nutrition and dehydration, leave our bodies tired and weak, making it really easy to become victims of colds, flu and gastrointestinal diseases. Often the accommodations we end up using in hotels and resorts may not be all that sanitary and we may be exposed to other issues- bed bugs, flees and insects.

Many people try to manage all these challenges using pharmaceuticals, like pills (melatonin or tranquilizers to help them sleep), disinfectants and sprays against bacteria and insects, multi-vitamins and flu shots. The truth is that even if these chemicals help on some level, they all have side effects and ultimately can damage our delicate immune system even more.

Through a tedious trial and error, I have come to realize that the only way to go about facing such challenges are the natural ways, i.e. with the help of super foods, herbs and essential oils, you can achieve optimal results, protect yourself and your family at home and abroad, as well as strengthen your immune system, without any side effects.

When I first discovered the benefits of Aromatherapy, I could not believe that I have lived without it. Not only most of the herbs and essential oils are pretty inexpensive and easily accessible, but they have a wide range of benefits that even the strongest antibiotics can not achieve, for example the most potent antibiotic can only kill around 60 % of known bacteria, but totally useless against viruses. Not to mention, our bodies quickly become resistant to many antibiotics, rendering them further pointless. Many Essential oils on the other hand (tea tree, lavender, cinnamon, garlic, thyme, clove, eucalyptus, peppermint, oregano, frankincense, etc) individually, as well as in various combinations can destroy 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, without harm to the human body. The only potential hazard is if the essential oils are ingested (exception will be the food grade oils like certain brands of peppermint oil, the citrus oils, etc) or develop an allergy if used in excess.

The spectrum of health benefits of the essential oils is extremely broad- not only they help us live in a healthier environment by fighting mold, parasites and insects, but with their antimicrobial qualities, they can prevent illness, enhance our immune system, help us replace and eliminate harmful chemicals in cleaning products, cosmetics and even help against sun damage. In short, the essential oils have many applications in our households and every day life, they are a much cheaper and more easily accessible than expensive chemicals, as well as come in tiny bottles, making them practical to store.

While the benefits of EOs are endless, their detailed characteristics and usage are beyond the scope of this article, I will focus on their application during travel and how they can help us maintain our health when outside of our normal living conditions.

Aromatherapy diffuser
Aromatherapy diffuser, larger capacity

Essential oils diffuser:

I can not rave enough about this great invention. The EO diffuser, contrary to the old fashioned oil burners and  lamps, does not heat/burn the precious oils, but simply breaks down the water and oils into molecules and disperses them into the air around it. This helps humidify and purify the air, spread pleasant aroma, kill harmful bacteria and viruses and create a spa-like atmosphere around us. The effects of the EOs are various, mostly they have the same properties, however some stronger than others. Depending on what oils you put in the diffuser (never more than 5-6 drops of one or several EOs in some water), you can achieve various benefits, like relax, concentrate, de-stress, breath easily, sleep better and some oils can even put you in the mood for their aphrodisiac qualities.

The diffusers very in size and quality, there are dozens of different types on the market and since I have tried several already, I can recommend the ones I found to be the best. Depending on where you need the diffuser (you can put it in any enclosed area), you may want a larger capacity for bigger living- rooms, which also have a longer operational cycle. Medium size diffusers are suitable for bedrooms, offices, hotel rooms and cruise ship cabins. They come in different styles, many have the ability of changing the color and some can produce a soothing melody or natural sounds, thus combining aroma, color and sound therapy in one. Also, the duration of operation can be 30 min, 60 min, 90 min and the larger ones have a setting that lasts 8 hours. They are ultrasonic , eco-friendly and have the ability to automatically shut when the water in the container is finished, i.e perfectly safe and economical.

travel diffuser
Easy to pack travel essential oils diffuser, desinfects and quickly installs a spa atmosphere in every hotel room

Myself, I have a couple at home (larger ones in both the living room and bedroom, as I like to have them function for several hours), one in the office and in the cabin on the ship, a tiny one in my car that plugs in the lighter and even a small one that I like to travel with, especially when going on a holiday for longer than a few days.

If you are going to travel or use the diffuser in different continents, just make sure that it is designed for the various electrical outlets. To be on the safe side, pick one with voltage 100-220 and this way you will cover your bases.

The last thing that I want to mention is that the diffusers have one more calming quality- they produce a small bubbling sound, that reminds you of a running spring in a rain forest. I love this feature, as it always makes me think of a tranquil scene and helps me fall asleep quickly and easily.

Essential Oils

Before we begin, it is probably prudent to make a brief mention as to what Essential Oils actually are- they are the product achieved mostly after steam distillation of those parts of the plant, not associated with the nut, like leaves, bark and roots. They are always produced in small quantities, come in miniature bottles and have to be used very sparingly- only a few drops go a long way and they should never be ingested (unless specifically instructed) or applied directly to the skin, for the risk of developing an allergy.

The EOs are usually deluded in carrier (base) oils, which are made of the nut or the seed of a plant, like Avocado, Almond, Olive, Apricot, Grape seed, Coconut and Jojoba oils. They are totally harmless and can be used in greater quantities. Traditionally, you will put 2-6 drops of an EO in a table spoon of a carrier oil to get the necessary concentration. Like this, you can apply the oils directly to the skin, often at the bottom of your feet and massage gently until absorbed. You can also apply directly to the area of concern, like a particular muscle, or the temples, to treat a specific spot. When traveling I usually carry a small bottle with a few blends that help me alleviate muscle strains, menstrual cramps, general pain relief and sun burn (the actual proportions and type of oils are in the recipes below).

Other ways of using the EOs is by breathing them. You may have heard that when congested, you can have an inhalation that will help you alleviate the symptoms. If you boil water in a pot, you can pour a few drops of Eucalyptus, Lavender and Mint and covering your head with a towel, you can lean on top of the steam to perform the inhalation. This is a great way to cleanse your skin as well, in case you have black heads, but make sure your skin is not prone to acne or easily irritated, as this can cause the pores to widen and deteriorate the condition if not performed properly.

The best way to inhale the EOs and reap their numerous benefits is via the above mentioned Diffuser. Mind you, it will not produce heat or steam, so it is not suitable for inhalations or skin cleansing rituals, for this you will need a humidifier/steamer with aroma therapy capabilities.

Essential oils for travel
Essential oils for travel, your medicine, mood enhancers, great disinfectants and insect repellents on the go

OK, so now that we have a diffuser, we need some basic oils to play with. Amazon and most of the famous brands like DeSensua, Eden Gardens, DuTerra, etc offer small starter kids with 6 generic oils, like Lavender, Lemon, Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Frankincense and Rosemary or ready made blends, like Sleep Easy, Five Thieves, Breath Easy, Sensual, etc that can also work well.

Over time, if you get into it, you can acquire bigger sets or buy oils individually, which is what I do, as I make my own blends and like to mix and match and have a different aroma according to my mood. My top favorite oils for a pleasant and relaxing aroma are: Ylang-Ylang, Lavender, Spearmint, Sandal Wood, Grapefruit, Rose oil and Sweet Orange. As I mentioned, most of them have relaxing, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, so breathing them in the air, will bring their molecules to your lungs and via the blood stream will reach your brain, where they will impact the centers for de-stress and encourage  creativity and positive thinking.

Some oils have been recognized for their healing properties since ancient times, praised and exchanged for gold, like Frankincense and Myrrh. Some are extremely difficult to produce and takes tons of material to extract 1 ml of the precious oil, like Rose Otto, Sandal wood and Frankincense.

When buying oils, you have to be careful and pay attention to whether they are 100 % pure, where they were produced, who is selling them and I find it beneficial  to read some customer reviews as well, to get an idea of the quality of the product. I have bought oils from different sellers and no two oils are the same, but over time you will develop the skill to recognize the good stuff and will learn how to better select them.

I mentioned, that it is a good idea to have a small diffuser when traveling, as it not only help you enhance the holiday experience, but will also disinfect rooms that you may have doubts about in humid climate.Unfortunately with all the moisture in seaside resorts, there are nasty little microbes that truly enjoy humidity and really thrive. Namely: the molds, mildews and other fungi. I have had close encounters with these in many respectable holiday  properties.Tea Tree, Thyme and Cinnamon will help you fight the nasty smell and if you prefer to use a spray, you can add some Vodka, which can serve as a drying agent. You can spray the area or if not sure where exactly the smell coms from, you can spray the corners of the room or fire up your diffuser. Even if you do not manage to sterilize the room, you will purify the air and have a healthier environment to breath in.

EO inhalors
Easy to carry in your pocket Essential Oil inhalers ideal for travel in enclosed spaces, instant disinfectant and travel related anxiety relievers

When flying or traveling in a train or a bus, you will have people close to you, many times sneezing and coughing, spreading germs all over. I find it useful to have a small inhaler with EO that I can use to help me breath, or I can make have a small spray bottle with EOs bland that I can spray my scarf with. Amazon sells small inhaler capsules that you can charge with whatever EO you please. I have one of these kits and even made some for my family and friends, it was a lot of fun to play with :-)

Very useful are also the EO sticks. these are small roll on bottles that you can fill with your favorite carrier and EOs and use to apply all over your body as a perfume or repel insects (peppermint, eucalyptus, lemon, citronella).

aroma-beach-necklaceAnother fancy way to carry your oils is in a jewelry. You can have ear-rings or a necklace charged with EOs that can uplift your mood, keep you concentrated or relaxed.

I am sure all women have noticed that when traveling even a few hours on a  plane, the skin suffers the most- despite the fact that I nap most of the time when flying, when getting off the plane I usually sport a puffy face, with dark circles  under the eyes and wrinkles emerge out of nowhere that make me look 5 years older. This is no surprise, considering that the pressurized cabin, the air-conditioning and the filtered air in the plane all work together to effectively dehydrate the skin and no matter how many expensive cosmetics we use, the result is pretty much the same. Recently, I found out, that applying carrier oils (enriched with EO) can retain the moisture in the skin much longer thus helping it look fresh and rested. My top favorite is Rose Hip oil and Jojoba. For very dry skin I use Grape seed or Avocado oil and I usually  like to add a few drops of Bergamot, Rose Otto and Lavender, which help enrich and enhance the base oil.