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See it all: what you may have missed on your first visit to London

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See it all: what you may have missed on your first visit to London

London has recently won the accolade of the world’s best-rated destination in TripAdvisor’s annual Travellers’ Choice awards. The capital is consumed by creative energy and cultural vibrancy that can be felt in just about every aspect of London life. From its food to its fashion, its arts and exhibitions and its shops and nightlife, the city has so much to offer.

The capital is the birthplace of punk and the catwalks of today, as well as being a haven for all things Shakespearean. During your first trip to London, you’re likely to visit the likes of the London Eye, Buckingham Palace, Big Ben and the Tower of London. On your second trip, it’s time to really see it all and head to all of the places you missed during your first visit.

Eltham Palace

Regardless of your feelings on Buckingham Palace, Eltham Palace is definitely worth a visit. It’s rich in style and elegance, and a truly beautiful stately home of which you are sure to be in awe.

This southeast London abode is far more than an old medieval palace; its stunning 1930s art décor, for example, is unbelievable. For its era, the Palace’s interior was completed to the highest of standards, resulting in a historic cache of complete décor chic.

If you’re into your TV detectives, you may recognise the Palace’s foyer from Poirot. If you’re after further dosages of combined heritage and contemporary elegance during your trip to the capital, the Dorsett Hotel, City of London accommodation is a convenient place to stay.

Little Venice

We concede that just about every major city has a “Little Italy”, from New York to Buenos Aires to Gothenburg. That said, there are none quite as authentic as London’s Little Venice. The majority of other Little Italys tend to focus on Italian cuisine; however, Little Venice features colourful narrow boats and beautiful tree-lined avenues that border the canal flowing to Camden Lock.

The canal-side pubs serve a whole manner of locally crafted ales – the ultimate refreshment on a summer’s day. This is certainly one London location you don’t want to miss.

Belgravia’s chocolate making workshop

One of the most affluent districts in Central London, Belgravia is almost worth a visit in itself, particularly due to William Curley’s chocolate making workshop.

Whether you’re an aspiring confectioner, a wannabe chocolatier or a diehard sweet tooth, you can try your hand at making your favourite treat. The velvety truffles and salted caramels receive rave reviews, and this is one workshop that will have your mouth watering.

The Globe Theatre

The Globe Theatre is a modern reconstruction of the original theatre, closely associated with William Shakespeare. The original structure was first built in the 17th century, and some of Shakespeare’s finest works were performed there. Unfortunately, the original structure burned to the ground after a canon sparked a fire during a performance of “Henry VIII”.

Banksy Graffiti on Rivington Street, Shoreditch

Mexico City, Melbourne and Prague are some of the best cities in the world for street art, and Shoreditch may just be able to hold its own against such prestige. Just about every wall, office block and bridge arch is adorned with mesmerising street art. As a result, the area proves rather popular with tourists.

One of the area’s earliest and most famous attractions is Banksy’s Rivington Street. The artist’s earlier works can be found here, including “Guard Dog” – how’s that for an Instagram photo? There are even free graffiti walking tours led by local street art enthusiasts.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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5 Markets in Guangzhou That You Have to Visit on Your Trip

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Guangzhou is one of only a few cities in the world that offers the perfect balance of tradition and modernization. Despite being the busiest trading center of China, Guangzhou or Canton still maintains a calm pace where you’ll easily find yourself getting lost amidst temples, shops and eateries where you get to sample authentic Chinese cuisine.

But if you’re visiting Guangzhou to shop or even source products that you’d like to sell back home, you should never miss stopping by these five markets that has everything you need to satisfy your shopping cravings:

 

  • Guangzhou Watch Market

 

Located in ZhanXi Lu in the Yuexiu District, the Guangzhou watch market is the largest of its kind in China and has thousands of suppliers selling every Rolex replica watches and other famous brands imitations, accessories and fittings you can think of. The market is divided into nine installments and you will see some of the top manufacturers in China selling their products here.

 

  • Guangzhou Jewelry Markets

 

Whatever kind of jewelry you’re looking for, you’ll surely find it in one of the three biggest jewelry markets in Guangzhou. Taikang Square Jewelry Market sells trendy yet low-priced jewelry pieces made from different stones, metals and beads.

Xijao Jewelry Market, on the other hand, has sellers specializing in micro inlay jewelry and items that are hard to find anywhere else in Guangzhou. Of course, there’s Liwan Plaza Jewelry Market where you can find unique jewelry pieces and even have one customized just for you.

 

  • Huimei International Clothing Market

 

If you’re visiting Guangzhou to not only shop for your clothes but also source products for a clothing business, then you shouldn’t miss visiting the Huimei International Clothing Market near the Guangzhou Railway Station. Here, you will find every fashionable clothing you can think of, most of which are designed in Korea, and you’ll surely have fun shopping here no matter what your budget.

 

  • Guangzhou Baiyun World Leather Trading Center

 

The Guangzhou Baiyun World Leather Trading Center is a haven for bag lovers who want to get their hands on a Gucci, Chanel or Louis Vuitton bag but don’t want to pay the hefty price for it.

This market is part of the largest leather product district of Guangzhou and has shops specializing in replica bags from top designer brands. You can also find replicas of designer shirts, cuff links, scarves and shoes in some of the shops in the area.

 

  • Guangzhou Toy and Stationery Markets

 

To complete your shopping excursion to Guangzhou, you have to visit its toy and stationery markets that offer all kinds of toys and stationery products that will make for perfect gifts for your loved ones back home.

Stop by the Yide Toys & Gifts Wholesale Center where you can easily spend a day exploring the 12 shopping malls in the area. The 100,000-square meter Guangzhou International Toys & Gifts Center is also another must-visit place where you can shop for all kinds of toys, handicrafts, stationery and gifts.

Now, are you ready to go shopping in Guangzhou? Enjoy it the fullest!

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5 Ways You Can Use CBD to Fight Travel Stress

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If you are a frequent traveler, then the term “travel stress” would be familiar to the point of being painful.

And if you are not familiar with the term, then the following description would have you stand right along with those who are.

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Travel stress could arise from frequent traveling, or even through a single flight or road trip. It often causes your mind as well as your body to feel extremely tired. It could also contribute to more serious issues such as anxiety or depression.

All in all, stress is never a good feeling to endure or live with. But it gets especially crucial to alleviate it when you experience it during your travels. Since your therapist is not available in another town and your closest friends aren’t usually with you, it falls upon you to take care of, well, you.

Thankfully, natural substances such as cannabidiol or CBD can help you in a situation where you cannot find support anywhere. As an organic compound, products from cannabidiol could go a long way into helping you alleviate stress.

To explain this further, here are 5 ways you can use cannabidiol to fight travel stress.

Have It In Desserts

Using cannabidiol products such as oil or concentrate, you could easily transform any snack into a promise of a relaxing future. You don’t even have to cook the dessert yourself. Simply order room service. Then, sprinkle the cannabidiol product over the sugary treat before enjoying it according to your liking. The natural elements in cannabidiol correspond with your brain, letting it release the necessary

Have It In a Milkshake

Who doesn’t like milkshakes? With a drink as popular as water, you could have your sugary treat in a creamy, liquid form instead. Just have a glass of milkshake to yourself and enjoy mixing your cannabidiol concentrate or oil into it. From there, it’s just you and the chilled glass of sugary goodness. Stress? Be gone!

Enjoy It In Snacks

Lugging around perishables such as brownies or milkshakes during your travel doesn’t sound like a good idea. But you can carry cannabidiol snacks in your bag easily. From lozenges to almond bites, and from candy bars to lollipops, you could find a plethora of choices in terms of cannabidiol snacks. All you need to do is to visit a regulated cannabis dispensary and place your order accordingly.

Vape It Up

Another way to enjoy cannabidiol is by enjoying it in the form of a vape juice. This makes sure that you are not subjecting yourself to psychoactive reactions. But at the same time, you could enjoy the next best thing to smoking: vaping. Vape pens and specialized cannabidiol vape juices are widely available. This makes sure that you can enjoy these products at your comfort.

Use Topical Cannabidiol Products

You don’t even have to consume cannabidiol orally to enjoy its effects. Products such as CBD oil, lotion, cream and gel are now widely available. You can simply apply these everyday items to your skin and enjoy a release of cannabidiol into your system. There’s no special preparation required. But you would still feel like you did something special to be rewarded with the relaxation and relief that follows suit.

Say bye to travel stress, use the DIAMOND50 coupon code to access a one-time usage for 50% off the entire DiamondCBD.com store.

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5 Travel Necessary Items for Reducing International Flight Stress

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Just the thought of being at an international flight for hours is troubling in itself.

What can you do while being airborne for so long? What if you get stressed? What if you need help in alleviating your anxiety? What if you are afraid that your existing mental health issues may flare up if you don’t have a calming activity to do?

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Even if you surrounded by people from your social circle, it doesn’t guarantee that you wouldn’t feel stressed during your flight. As such, you need to make sure that you are taking help from different remedies at to keep your stress in check.

Organic products such as CBD oil go a long way in keeping your stress at bay; while electronic equipment such as a music player also works wonders. To help you manage your stress levels during such a situation, here are the Top 5 necessary items to take on your next international flight.

Don’t Forget a Music Player

Music therapy is one of the best stress relievers. When listening to your favorite tunes, the world seems like a better place, and the worries often tend to swim away.

As such, bringing a device such as an iPod Touch with you is a good idea. That way, you save yourself getting disturbed by the flight staff to turn the device off or to make sure if it’s on Airplane Mode again and again.

But if you don’t have an iPod Touch or a similar device, ensure to put your phone’s Airplane Mode on anyway. And remember to inform any flight attendants about your thoughtfulness prior to the trip. This would ensure that you could enjoy your music without getting disturbed repeatedly.

Grab a Book

A good book could prove to be a doorway to another dimension even if you are locked into your airplane seat for hours. This keeps your mind busy and helps you from falling into stressful thoughts.

If you pair that up with the music suggestion, then you have a recipe for success in-progress. Just make sure that you take a book that is short and simple so you can finish it before your flight lands.

Use CBD

Using CBD oil or related products within your flight could also make you quite calm, relaxed, and stress-free. Along with other benefits, it also keeps your muscles and body relaxed as well, which makes sure that you save yourself from jet lag.

Due to this relaxed state of mind, CBD also helps you sleep better so you could rest your way through the extended hours of your flight if you choose to do so.

Get a Sleep Mask

And if you wanted to sleep through the flight to reduce stress, make sure you are in a comfortable state to do so. A soft, plush, and easy to wear sleep mask can help you achieve this objective.

You can get a sleep mask in most convenience stores. To make sure that you get one which you are most comfortable wearing, get one that is the perfect size. Also ensure that it comes in a material that suits your comfort level to wear all the time.

Utilize Cloud Storage Before You Leave

Leaving a digital document on your home’s laptop or at the office computer could induce a lot of stress. To avoid that, invest in cloud storage before you board your plane.

This would have to come a few days before your flight, backup all of your important or frequently used data to the cloud. Doing so will not only ensure that you are not stressing out during your flight, but will also go a long way into saving your documents and photos over your trip.

Use MEDSBIOTECH50 to get a one-time use for 50% off the entire store.

 

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