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The Best Island Spa Destinations

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all, but with so many luxurious destinations available, do you go for a spa break or a romantic island retreat? Well, we have some fantastic news for you! Now you don’t need to choose! Enjoy the best of both worlds with our pick of the world’s best island spa destinations.


It might only measure 17 miles by 9 miles, but the tiny island of Malta is a real gem of the Mediterranean and basks in a daily average of ten hours of sunshine during the summer months, as well as six hours in the winter months. Plus, its tiny size means you’ll never find yourself very far away from the beach!

There’s plenty of history and culture on the island, but if you’d prefer to take it easy head to the resort of St Julian’s. Once a fishing village, the resort now boasts some of the island’s best spa hotels as well as a huge selection of restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs.


Known as the sunniest country in Europe, the picturesque island of Cyprus is perfect for anyone in need of some rest and relaxation. Most tourists flock to the beaches and the noisy tavernas of the main resorts, but if you’re searching for a tranquil retreat you’ll love the Troodos Mountains. Here you’ll find the luxurious Casale Panayiotis where you can enjoy facilities such as saunas and steam baths.

And if you ever get bored of the peace and quiet, the livelier resorts are within easy reach too!

Croatia Spa Destinations

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Croatia has become increasingly popular as a tourist destination over the last few years and since it was welcomed into the EU in 2013 it’s set to attract even more holidaymakers. The country has done a very good job of shaking the war-torn image that plagues it during the 1990s, and its numerous islands offer the perfect place to take a dip in the Adriatic’s dazzling blue waters and soak up the summer sunshine.

The glamorous island of Hvar is a regular in glossy magazine, is a favourite with celebrities and offers some truly luxurious spa resorts. At hotels such as the Adriana, you can enjoy relaxing in one of the world’s elading spas after a busy day of exploring the cobbled streets and charming old buildings in Hvar’s old town.


Luxury spa breaks don’t come better than Bermuda! It’s might be a little further away from the other destinations we’ve listed, but it’s well worth the flight to reach these 150 islands. Offering 365 beaches and stretches of glorious pink sands, these stunning islands are encircled by secret coves and inlets and the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean lap at the shores. Bermudians like to take life easy, and as you stroll through the streets past pastel painted houses and white rooftops, you could easily convince yourself that you were back in 1950s Britain… with an American accent that is!

And if that wasn’t relaxing enough, Bermuda is packed full of luxurious spa resorts including the prestigious Elbow Beach.

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Protect Your Vision: Health Warnings for Travel Weary Contact Lens Wearers

Every person who is handed his first pair of contact lenses sits through an instruction session with the eye care professional in which he learns the importance of meticulous hygiene when handling lenses. The first time you hear the routine, it can seem easy enough. You’re supposed to find a clean workspace next to the sink. When you finish washing your hands, you need to turn the tap off with your elbow, dry your hands on a clean towel, take one lens out at a time, clean it with a little contact lens solution in the palm of your hand and then put it in a clean lens case filled with fresh solution.

In practice, though, these rules can seem very demanding. Practically no one follows all the rules (a study published in Optometry and Vision Science puts the number of people taking lens care shortcuts at 98%). They reuse lens solution, clean their lenses with saliva at times and use their disposable lenses for far longer than they are rated for. In short, people don’t take the advice they receive seriously.

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While the temptation to take shortcuts is always strong, it can be overwhelming when you travel – when you are too tired or too busy to pay attention to fussy rules. When you travel, you may not have all the resources and conveniences necessary, either. Here’s what can go wrong.

You forget to pack your supply of disposable lenses

When you don’t have a supply of lenses with you, it can be easy to tell yourself that it’s okay to keep using the pair you have. The fact that you save money in the process can feel good, too. The problem with using lenses for longer than intended is that they begin to biodegrade. They begin to shed material that mixes with your tears and forms a sort of mucus. Warm mucus can be a very attractive growing place for bacteria. If your travel takes you to far-off places, you may be exposed to disease-causing bacteria that you don’t even have the resistance for.

You need to make sure that you pack the proper supply of lenses. Shopping at outlets like the Lenstore website, you’re likely to find very competitive prices. If you do forget to bring a supply convoy, you should shop for new supplies when you reach your destination.

You decide to reuse your contact lens solution because your current supply won’t last you until you get back home

If you don’t have enough contact lens solution with you, it can be tempting to simply reuse what’s in the case or to top it off with a few drops of fresh solution. After the chemical cleaning agents in lens solution are spent with one use, though, the solution can begin to grow microorganisms. When you drop your lenses into a case filled with stale contact lens solution, you’re only getting your lenses properly saturated with bacteria. When you put these lenses on, the bacteria can get into your cornea and give you a serious eye infection.

It’s important to travel with a generous supply of contact lens solution and cases. Most travel mistakes involving contact lenses are easily avoided with a generous supply of daily disposable contact lenses, though.

You use saliva or tap water to clean your lenses

If you’re tired or out of contact lens solution, you may be tempted to simply clean your lenses out with saliva or run them under the tap. Saliva is always a bad idea, whether you’re traveling or not. Your mouth is full of bacteria. Tap water is a bad idea, too. As this kind of practice can be risky at home, it can be doubly so when you’re traveling to a place with microorganisms that you have no resistance against. It can be especially dangerous to take a shower or go swimming with your lenses on. The news is full of stories of travelers who take a dip in the hotel pool with their lenses on and get infections so serious that they risk losing their sight.

All of these mistakes are easy to make. It can be hard to understand how it can be all that dangerous to take shortcuts with your lenses when they don’t cause you any pain at the moment. You need to remember, though, that these problems don’t show up the very first time you bend a few rules. When you run out of luck one day, the consequences can be terrible.

Jon Carson constantly deals with the realities of travel. He frequently blogs about his practical experiences of traveling, dealing with hygiene, mental health, and planning.

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Making the Most Out of Your Vacation

When people plan for a vacation, going to popular tourist spots, eating at famous restaurants and participating in local festivities are usually part of their itinerary. Although it is a great way to see what their chosen travel destination has to offer, there are still other activities that they can engage in if they really want to make the most out of their vacation.

If you are the adventurous type and would like to try something different for a change, engaging in an outdoor sport or activity is a great option. There are a number of outdoor sports that you can choose from such as canoeing, kayaking, climbing, windsurfing and hiking. You don’t have to worry if you haven’t tried any of them before because there is a local club or centre that you can contact. They will be able to help you choose the outdoor sport or activity that is suitable for you and provide you with all the assistance that you will need.

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In taking part in any outdoor sport, it is important that you have all the necessary gears. If, for instance, you plan to go hiking, you need to have the necessary outdoor gear such as hiking boots, weatherproof jacket, tents, sleeping bags, gloves, compass and a sturdy backpack. You should also bring other essentials such as a first aid kit, a map, and enough food and water. You don’t have to worry about where to buy them because there retailers such as The Clymb that offers outdoor and active-lifestyle gear and accessories. Whatever type of outdoor sport or activity you choose to engage in, you are sure to find the gear that you will need. You can visit their website and browse through the various products that they offer.

So if you’re planning for your next vacation, keep in mind that there are other activities that you can engage in that will allow you to explore the many beautiful sights of the vacation destination that you have selected. You just have to be a bit more adventurous and be willing to try something new. It can be a great way to learn more about the place, the people and their culture.

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