Men’s Guide to Planning a Perfect Summer Vacation

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Planning a winter getaway from Melbourne?

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.

5 Best Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Partner

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5 Best Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Your Partner

The gift-giving season ain’t over yet! Yes, Thanksgiving and Christmas have passed, but in less than a month, we’ll be celebrating the most romantic holiday of all – Valentine’s Day. You will probably be getting your partner something very nice and romantic, or something that he has wanted to get for a very long time. It’s very important to gift your partner with something that he’s unlikely to forget, and if you don’t know what that might be, take a look at our choices. We present you the five best gifts for every guy out there, so make sure to choose one from the list:

A men’s relaxation session

Stop and think for a moment. Does your man work so hard that you rarely get to see him or he’s always tired? Since Aussies indeed work a lot, and if the answer is yes, then you should choose a gift that will make him relaxed and help him get the stress out of his body. One of the best ways to accomplish this is to get him a men’s massage gift voucher that he will use whenever he wants to. Opting for a voucher is a great option as he will use it the exact moment that he needs it, and boy, will he be thankful for this gift. We all need a massage from time to time, and honestly, it’s one of the best and most thoughtful gifts of all. Choose any type of massage your guy wants – relaxation, deep tissue, or even a mobile one.

Men’s grooming essentials

If the guy you’re about to surprise is a beardsman, then he will definitely appreciate this kind of gift – and not only for VD. It’s very important to take care of his beard, and if he’s rocking one, owning a beard grooming kit is definitely a must. Make sure that you choose a beard kit that contains all the essentials – a beard oil, a bottle of beard shampoo, and a wooden beard comb (yes, the wooden ones are the best). What you can also do is do research and see what the best beard products out there are, or simply go with his favorite one.

Wine and dine him

If you really want to be old school, then the best men’s gift ever would be to take your loved one to a dinner and a glass of wine. Now, the options are endless, so how can you choose one that’s the most romantic and most interesting? Bear in mind that you can combine this with a very nice road trip or a weekend getaway if you please. Taking your car and driving to New South Wales for the weekend might be an excellent option, especially because you can book a table for two at the great Milton NSW restaurant which is a great option for Valentine’s Day. This way, you will kill two birds with one stone – do a road trip and enjoy a completely romantic dinner for two.

The classic man

Fashion is not only booked for girls, as there are guys out there who pay special attention to the way they look and the clothes that they wear. If he’s one of those guys, then getting him a very nice and fashionable item seems like an excellent idea. And is there anything better to gift than a nice watch? Make sure to know his style though, as you can choose between elegant and sporty ones, depending on what he actually likes. There is a wide range of watches out there, and you don’t have to break the bank to get him one that’s also top-notch quality and beautiful.

Men’s underwear time

The last option would be something that you can also use for Valentine’s Day, or actually enjoy the gift yourself. Choosing a couple of pairs of men’s underwear to give to your partner might be an excellent option. Firstly, they always forget to buy themselves underwear, and we’re always in constant need of a new pair. Moreover, it’s a good idea because you will get to ask him to see if the men’s underwear you purchased is of good size, so there’s something for your eyes as well!

Hopefully, you’ll find the most appropriate gift for your guy, one that will make him extremely happy. After all, this holiday is not about materialistic things, it’s about the love that you both share – so the most important tip – shower your partner with lots and lots of love!

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