Men’s Guide to Planning a Perfect Summer Vacation

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A perfect vacation is vital for every hard-working man. You want to spend those free days doing exactly what your heart desires. However, there are a few things you should solve before the flight. Therefore, here is a guide with all the crucial steps you should not forget or avoid if you want to fully enjoy your trip.

Choose the destination

Whether you are travelling solo or with your family or friends, it is essential to pick the destination carefully. Especially if you have some company, you should talk to the others, and choose the place you all love and where you will have a great time together. First, define how you want to spend most of the time (sunbathing, sightseeing, etc.), and then pick the destination that fits those wishes and needs.

Plan where to go and define the budget

Keep one thing in mind – you don’t have to plan 24 hours of each day and stick to it. On the contrary, you are going on vacation to enjoy, and a strict plan doesn’t fit that idea. However, deciding which places are crucial to visit is essential. Not only because you don’t want to find yourself lacking time, but also because you also have to define the budget and save enough money for each of these locations. Therefore, choose the places and areas you want to visit, and then, together with your companions, define the optimal amount of money for each of these visits.

Book the flight and find accommodation

Even though this seems like an obvious step in the planning process, it is important to think about both of these factors in time. Especially when it comes to accommodation. You’ll be left with only a few choices if you don’t reserve your hotel or hostel room on time. Regarding the flight, you don’t want to spend too much money on it. The only way to avoid that is to think about this step a few months earlier and buy cheap tickets for suitable flights.

Check your passport and travel insurance

Checking the expiration date in your passport might even be the first step in the planning process. Furthermore, many countries have a law that says that your passport has to be valid for six months beyond your date of stay. Also, do not forget to check if you need a specific visa for your destination. All these steps are annoying, but it is essential to think about each of them in time. Another crucial point is to minimize the risks of traveling. Do not go anywhere without travel insurance! It is just not worth the risk because you never know what could go wrong. That is the fact, unfortunately. You can always get sick or injured, your luggage and passport could be stolen, or you might have to cancel your trip unexpectedly. Again, do not underestimate this step!

You don’t need a lot of clothes

Last, but not the least relevant, packing is usually the most frustrating thing for men. You know that you won’t need much stuff, but still, it is not that easy to decide what the necessities are. Depending on your destination and the length of your trip, pack only the stuff which is irreplaceable and essential. No more than that. Also, don’t forget the gadgets – your laptop, power bank, adapters, chargers, etc.

Remember, pleasure is the primary goal of a vacation. To enjoy each day of your trip, you should think about all these steps in time. That way, you won’t have to worry about anything, and you’ll be able to rest your brain and free it from unnecessary stress.

Peter is a health writer at Essential Men's Clinic blog. Follow Peter on Twitter for more tips.

Massage Across Southeast Asia

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"There is no denying that the spa and wellness industry is one of the most lucrative businesses in the world. A skilled person can expect a lot of work opportunities in this sector."

Having followed my dreams and turned my passion into a profession, I get to explore some incredible places. I have to pinch myself sometimes and remember that my hard work is finally paying off. Currently, I'm the number one massage business in Melbourne according to TripAdvisor. It’s not always what it’s cracked up to be! Massaging requires continuous physical effort daily and hourly. You have to work hard and not get tired, be able to handle many customers at a stretch without compromising quality. I’m blessed to have a job I genuinely love and allows me to travel to so many of my dream spots around the world. I can’t always sleep in and read by the beach when it’s a work trip because I have too many obligations, including covering all my travel expenses from hotels, flights, food, and transfers. 

I decided to head towards Southeast Asia and visit both Thailand and Bali. I’ve heard they are fantastic holiday destinations to spoil yourself, and it’s still cheaper compared to the rest of the world. The first thing I think of when it comes to Southeast Asia is the picturesque beaches where you can relax and get massages all day long. The great news is that both Thailand and Bali have excellent massage treatments and beaches galore! I LOVE massages so much! Every time I receive a remarkable massage, it's like a mini vacation where I'm so calm and in a state of great comfort without a care in the world, even if it is just for an hour. The plan is simple. I only want six things; spend time planning the launch of my men's essential oils collection, spoil myself daily, sit on a beach, eat Balinese and Thai food, get to know the culture as much as I can, and immerse myself in photography. 

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Famous Island Massage Styles

After a little homework, I found a few places that specialised in Thai and Balinese Massage. My main priority was to visit a few resorts and spas so I could try different massage treatments by different therapists. If you are new to massages or tend to be thrown off by confusing names on spa menus, here are three popular options to consider: Balinese Massage, Thai Massage and Deep Tissue Massage. If you’re getting a massage to overcome stress, choose a Balinese Massage, If you want to relax and loosen up muscles, Thai Massage is the one for you, and If you have a sports injury and don’t mind your massage a little rough, the Deep Tissue Massage is your best bet. 

Balinese Massage

Balinese Massage is a vigorous massage with firm pressure focused on relaxing the muscle tissue, making it useful on achy joints and strained muscles. It also combines acupressure and gentle stretching to help restore the flow of energy throughout the body. Unlike Swedish or Relaxation Massage, Balinese Massage strokes are performed very slow and very deep with essential oils. The benefits of a Balinese Massage are: Relieves stress, Alleviates sore or tight muscles, Increases blood and lymphatic circulation, and Helps with sports injuries. 

Thai Massage

Thai Massage is one of my favourite therapeutic massage styles. It's a stimulating massage that works your full body. It combines finger and palm pressure with plenty of stretches to release tension. You will experience awkward body positions, BUT once the massage is over, you will feel extremely comfortable. Unlike most massages, it does not require you to undress, as long as you are wearing loose-fitting clothing. If you prefer to stay grease-free, you are in luck because massage oil is not used. The benefits of Thai Massage are: Relieves stress, Soothes muscle aches, Eases tension, Enhances flexibility and Circulation.

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Do you want to go beyond just relaxation, Then you need to try Oscar Calvo's Deep Tissue Massage at Elite Male Massage. This firm massage gets right into knots and problem areas of muscles using slow strokes and deep pressure. Deep Tissue Massage is an excellent massage for active individuals. It helps to release and remove built-up toxins from the body. It's also the perfect massage for recovery from injuries. The benefits of Deep Tissue Massage are: Reduces chronic pain, Increased flexibility and range of motion (ROM), Breaks down scar tissue and adhesions, Improved posture and physical performance, Rehabilitates injured muscles, Improves blood pressure, Boosts mood and relaxation, and Reduces stress levels.

'Everyone was incredibly friendly day after day in Bali and Thailand. What an unforgettable trip, both incredible and magical countries, and I can't wait to visit you again and again!"