Diane Willmington


Thinking of making some cash in the day trading world? There’s a lot to learn before you can jump straight in. Just like starting a new career, the more prepared you are from day one, the more likely it is that you’ll see success. Although day trading can seem like an exciting concept from the outside, it comes with many different challenges that you’ll need to consider. To make sure that you get started on the right foot, we’ve put together these quick tips on managing risk, deciding what to trade, and more!

Deciding What to Trade

Deciding What to Trade

The first thing you’ll need to do when you’re learning how to day trade, is decide what you want to trade. There’s a good chance you’ll already have a market in mind that you’re interested in. Some of the major markets include Forex, Stocks, and Futures. For instance, Stocks are shares of businesses that you want to be a part of. On the other hand, in the Forex market, you trade currencies. There’s no ultimate market that’s more likely to make you money than they others. Instead, success in day trading comes down to figuring out what you want to trade, and how much of a budget you have. The Forex market generally requires the least capital to get started.

Knowing When to Day Trade

No matter whether you’re a beginner or a pro, your life as a day trader will need to be centered around consistency if you want to accomplish great things. The best way to generate a consistent day trading strategy is to trade during the same hours every day. Some day traders trade for whole days at a time, whereas others prefer to stick to two or three hours each day.

The times you choose to trade will depend on what you’re trading. For instance:

  • Day trading futures is best done around the opening time, between 8:30 am and 11 am EST
  • Day trading in stocks is best between 9:30 am and 11:30 am EST
  • The Forex market sees the most volatility between 12:00 am and 3 pm EST

Managing your Risk in Day Trading

Finally, once you’ve picked a market, and you know which times of day are best for making the most money, you’ll need to think about how you’re going to control your risk levels. There’s always risk involved with any kind of trading, but there are things you can do to keep possible problems to a minimum. For instance, the first thing you need to do is understand what “trade risk” is. Trade risk is the amount you’re willing to risk in any given trade. Usually, it’s best to stick with a trade risk of less than 1% of your capital on each trade. You can maintain this risk level by choosing an entry point and establishing a “stop loss” which pulls you out of the trade if it starts to move in the wrong direction. Your risk will also be dictated by how significant the position you take is in the trading environment. This means you’ll need to learn how to choose the right trade portion size.

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We know what you’re thinking – it’s way too early to be thinking about Chrimbo! But if you listen carefully you can hear the sound of a sleigh being made ready: there are just a few paydays left until Santa Claus comes to town.

Particularly if you’re living on a tight budget at the moment as so many of us are, you might dread the thought of how you’re going to pay for all that eating, drinking and making merry. But please don’t panic! With some forward planning and a little creativity, you can make the festive season a whole lot more affordable: we believe in you, and we’re here to help. Read on for some tips.

Put money aside now

saving money for a good tomorrowIt pays to plan ahead. Can you put a few pounds aside each month between now and December? If you can, you could build up a nice little buffer to help you meet the extra cost of Christmas. Try to identify some savings on your housekeeping or leisure spending: it will be worth missing out on the occasional night out or takeaway to make it to the New Year without running out of cash!

Look at your budget

Next, think about what you’ll need to pay for. The obvious things are presents, food and drink. But depending on your circumstances you might need to factor in:

– travel. Are you driving, taking public transit or (eek) even flying to see friends or relatives this Christmas?

– decorations: reuse last year’s if you can, and check out Pinterest for cute homemade ways to deck those halls.

– cards and wrapping: have a look online for homemade gift-wrap ideas. If you still send Christmas cards, the cost of postage as well as the cards themselves can really add up: it probably costs you way more each year than you realise. Consider switching to homemade or online Christmas card alternatives, or simply going card-free – it’s better for the environment as well as your wallet!

– socialising: do you have a work Christmas do? What about New Year’s Eve? If you need a new outfit, keep costs down by shopping second-hand or even clothes-swapping with friends.

Make your budget as detailed and realistic as possible, and be prepared to adjust your plans if you’re simply not going to be able to afford the Christmas you’d plan in an ideal world: this is why it’s such a good idea to get everything planned early. How many people are coming for dinner? Will they be bringing booze? (We’ve all made the mistake of getting just a little too ready for a party: you over-stock your drinks cabinet to make sure you’re ready for Christmas, then everyone brings a bottle and you have gallons left over: which is a nice problem to have, but it’s not going to help you when you’re struggling with your bills comes January!) How much will your work Christmas do cost you?

Then work out how many people you’ll need to buy presents for. Think of ways you can keep this list down. If you buy presents for friends or colleagues, why not do a Secret Santa so you each only have to buy one gift? Is there anyone on your list who would appreciate a homemade gift this year? Even if you don’t think of yourself as a super-crafty person, something simple like a bottle of infused vodka is relatively easy to put together, and likely to be incredibly well-received!

Finally, work out how much you can afford to spend on each person for whom you’re going to buy a gift.

Spread the cost by buying early

We all know that one person who has her (and it almost always is a her!) Christmas shopping done and dusted before November is out. Don’t you just hate her? Well, you can’t beat them, so it’s time to join them. Start keeping an eye out now for sales and offers. (And remember this tip in January when sales are plentiful – it’s the best time to pick up wrapping paper in particular at rock-bottom prices!)

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If you spot a bargain that you know someone on your Christmas list would love, snap it up, put it aside – and make a note for yourself so you don’t forget and buy more presents than you need. (One year my darling, absent-minded boyfriend forgot he’d already done his Christmas shopping – and did it again. I got two sets of presents. Best. Christmas. Ever. True story!) You could even wrap your gifts as you buy them and save yourself the dreaded Christmas Eve midnight wrapping marathon (surely the real nightmare before Christmas).

As we mentioned above, travel can account for a huge chunk of your Christmas budget, particularly if you’re travelling as a family. If you need to book tickets, don’t leave it until December: you’ll most likely get a better deal if you book in advance. But if your plans change closer to your travel time, don’t panic-buy: take your time and search around for a good last-minute deal.

Can you make a bit of extra cash?

A pre-Christmas clear out could help you get your home ready for the family to visit – and raise some extra money. If you’ve got any old clothes you don’t wear any more, or old phones or other gadgets knocking around, why not try to sell them? Or if you’ve been meaning to get rid of an old car, now’s the time to flog it to Pacific Cash For Cars. Or, if you got particularly good at handicrafts while you were putting together all those DIY gifts, why not turn your skills into cold hard cash by taking advantage of a local makers’ market, or an online selling website such as Etsy?

We hope you’re feeling a little less panicked and a little more prepared. Getting organised now can save you both money and hassle come December – you might be surprised how affordable Christmas can be. Happy saving!

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Here’s my theory: every bride has one favorite aspect of wedding planning; one part she’s straight-up dreading; and one part that she’s just kinda ‘meh’ about. It’s my version of ‘something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue’.

The favorite part? The part she’s been looking forward to since she was a little girl with a pillow-slip hanging off the back of her head? Well, it’s often the dress, but it varies from bride to bride. But when my best friend Caitlin asked me to be her maid of honor – that’s Caitlin who used to borrow all my best pens in high school; Caitlin who has a huge stack of pristine notebooks in her closet and still buys more every time Target has a sale; Caitlin whose idea of a great girls’ day is shopping for school supplies followed by an evening of scrapbooking – I knew right away what was going to be her favorite part. That’s right: choosing the wedding stationery.

Wedding stationery is a great way to express your personality and the theme of your wedding: the color scheme, the choice of paper, the font! And invitations are particularly important, because they’re your first chance to set the tone of your wedding for most of your guests.

So when Caitlin told me that my first task as maid of honor was to help her select the perfect invitations, I knew it was a huge responsibility: but I already had a stack of research material and inspiration ready to go, thanks to the avalanche of invitations I’d already received for next year’s weddings.

wedding invitations with palm trees

I laid them all out to look at and straight away I noticed a pattern: everyone is choosing wedding invitations with palm trees right now! Whether you’re having a destination wedding in a tropical location, evoking summery vibes, or just nailing your colors to the mast as a proud and on-trend millennial, a palm tree print is the look you’re looking for.

Right away I knew this was the perfect look for Caitlin’s wedding next summer, and not just because she’s opting for a beach wedding: Caity is such a millennial cliché that it’s a running joke between her and her fiancé Turner. Everything in her apartment is either millennial pink, marble-patterned or brass-accented (or some combination of all three!) and she literally owns a neon ‘good vibes only’ sign. I could see ‘Caitlin & Turner 2019’ on that palm tree print background in my mind’s eye, and I loved it.

But would Caitlin love it? Here’s the thing: we were, like, a week into wedding planning and already she was starting to exhibit just a teensy bit of…dare I say it…Bridezilla attitude? First she shut down her sister’s cake suggestion because “that’s what you had at your wedding”. Then she started getting stressed because none of the venues we looked at were “unique enough”. At one point she even got it into her cute head that she wanted to get married on a stretch of beach where no other couple had ever got married before. Sure, she calmed down and realized she was being nuts. But one thing was clear – this bride wanted her wedding to stand out. So were these palm print wedding invitations going to be too on-trend?

I stopped worrying the second I found Do they do wedding invitations with palm trees? Sure! But what’s even better is that they offer invitations in about a zillion colors. I’m hardly even exaggerating. Once you select a design you can change the color of every single element of the card to over 180 different color options. They even have a huge range of peel and seal envelopes, with more than 40 envelope colors to choose from. It was the perfect solution: Caitlin could select that palm tree invitation design that was totally on trend, then customize it with her favorite colors (did someone say ‘millennial pink??’) to make it completely unique to her, right down to the tiniest detail.

Caitlin was totally on board, except for one thing: did I mention how much she loves browsing in stationery stores? Well, she does – so I was a little worried that she’d be bummed out by the thought of ordering her stationery online, without getting her hands on it first. But I needn’t have worried: not only did she have great fun selecting colors (and boy, did she spend a long time choosing the perfect shade!), but Basic Invite is one of the few websites that allow customers to order a printed sample of their actual invitation before they buy. We got to see exactly how the invitations would print and to feel the paper quality ahead of time. What’s more, each invitation is part of a matching set – Basic Invite have over 900 of them – which includes save the date cards, menus, programs and even thank-you cards. They also offer an address collection service and Seal & Send invitations which take a ton of the hassle out of the wedding invitation process.

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I was starting to think I had this maid of honor gig sewn up, until – when we were putting together our final draft of the invitations – Caitlin reminded me that we still needed a wedding website. Aargh! Where was I going to get a website at this short notice? I was racking my brains trying to remember the names of all those website companies they advertise in the middle of podcasts when I realized – Basic Invite now have that covered too!

Just like the invitations, their wedding websites are completely customisable: there are 180 custom colors to choose from, and you can coordinate the site with your stationery. I was relieved to discover that creating the site is super-easy: you can instantly upload all the wedding details, plus images, and a map to help your guests find the venue – and the websites are mobile-friendly, so we knew that even Caitlin’s most disorganized guests would be able to find all the details they needed at the last minute.

To get the palm print wedding invitations of your – or your best friend’s – millennial dreams, head to Happy wedding planning!

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When you have a nose that has an odd shape or is too large or too small when aligned with the rest of your face, you may want to consider nose surgery, which is commonly referred to as rhinoplasty. Although this is a type of surgical procedure, rhinoplasty is a safe treatment that is hardly invasive at all. You may be wondering why you should have surgery performed on your nose. If so, there are a range of benefits that you would receive, the primary of which is that this type of surgery can beautify your face and bolster your overall appearance.

How Nose Surgery Can Beautify the Face

Nose surgery can beautify your face due primarily to the fact that facial symmetry is one of the core reasons that a person appears attractive to other people. When a face is properly symmetrical and balanced, this can go a long ways towards improving your appearance. The nose is one of the key areas that will allow you to achieve facial symmetry as it is located at the center of your face. No matter how your nose is currently shaped, whether it is far too large for the rest of your face or is crooked, a rhinoplasty will be able to change the shape of it to match properly with the rest of your face, which will automatically improve your appearance and beautify your face.

How Do I Know If Nose Surgery Is Right For Me?

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As you are considering the rhinoplasty procedure, try to identify why it is that you want to have this treatment performed on your nose. These treatments are heavily individualized and personal. You want to select this type of procedure because you desire to have it done yourself and not because you want to do it for someone else, the latter of which can lead to you not being happy with the results or regretting having the surgery done later on down the road.

If you look in the mirror and see that your nose is shaped or positioned incorrectly when compared to the rest of your face, you may want to start looking at the rhinoplasty procedure seriously. Before you have fully scheduled the appointment, make sure that you are physically healthy enough to go forward with the procedure. The best way to ascertain whether or not a nose surgery is something that you should have done is to have a conversation with your plastic surgeon about any concerns that you may have, which should help to allay your fears and highlight the benefits of this surgery.

Risks For You to Consider

Even with a procedure as safe as nose surgery, there are always some risks that you should take into account. The plastic surgeon that is in charge of your surgery should detail what these risks are beforehand but you want to be as prepared as possible. Anesthesia is used during the surgery, which can carry some risk with it. Once the procedure has been completed, it’s possible that the wound will heal improperly, which could lead to additional problems such as an infection.

You may not like how your nose appears once the surgery is finished. Remember that the nose will become refined in its appearance throughout the next few months. During the surgery, it’s possible that the septum of your nose could be perforated, which means that a hole could appear within this area. Additional surgery could fix this issue but there are times when it’s impossible to do so. This complication is very rare.

Types of Questions You Should Ask Your Plastic Surgeon

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As you are preparing for your rhinoplasty surgery, there are a large number of questions that you might want to pose to your plastic surgeon. Ask them if there is anything that you can do to help achieve the best results with the procedure. Your surgeon should also be able to provide you with detailed information on how long the recovery process should take, which slightly differs with each patient. Make sure that they tell you how complications are handled so that you can be confident that they will take care of any issues that arise. Since it’s possible that you won’t be satisfied with how your nose appears even when the balance has been corrected with your face, inquire about the options that you have in the event that you are dissatisfied.

What to Expect During the Recovery Process

When the surgery has been finished and you have returned home, there are a variety of things that you should expect throughout the recovery process. The nose is a very delicate portion of the face, which is why you should be careful with it during the weeks following the surgery. Make sure that you keep it wrapped up in bandages and that you don’t remove the splint that you are provided with unless you absolutely have to.

Although the swelling associated with the surgery should dissipate in the few weeks following the rhinoplasty, it’s likely that you will notice some swelling in the mornings during the first year after the procedure. This is completely normal and shouldn’t raise any fears unless the swelling doesn’t go away throughout the day. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with complete instructions on how to take care of the surgical site during recovery and what to do in the event that you notice a problem. You should also schedule several additional appointments in the months after the procedure so that the surgeon can look at the nose in person and identify whether or not the healing process is progressing smoothly.

Dr. Louis DeJoseph is a plastic surgeon who has received specialty training in both reconstructive surgery and facial plastic surgery. He performs a wide array of different procedures that range from face lifts and brow lifts to tummy tuck and nose job procedures in his Atlanta clinic.

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Cosmetic dermatology is an exciting field. There are so many different ways to improve a person’s look these days. Looking better equates to feeling better and taking the step to have healthier and more youthful skin can be beneficial. Not only does your self esteem increase, but dermatology treatments like laser, dermal fillers and chemical peels can lead to a more productive career and better social life. The look of the skin can safely be improved upon using dermal filler treatments and laser treatments. Many people wonder if these two processes can be done within the same treatment to save on recovery time. The good news is that they can be combined.

What are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers

Dermal fillers are a substance that is made from a collagen-like material. They can be synthetically made or natural. They are injected by a professional dermatologist into the dermis to change soft tissue in the face. These fillers can be used to reduce the look of wrinkles or slightly alter a person’s appearance. This is a very simple procedure that requires very little down time. The results are long lasting. People often confuse dermal fillers with Botox treatments. They are similar in that they both aim to reduce wrinkles in the face. Botox is designed to affect the muscles in the face as a way of reducing wrinkles and fine lines. Fillers will not have any kind of affect on nerves or muscles in the face. They have far less side effects. Fillers can also be used to enhance other parts of the face like the lips.

Laser Treatments

Dermatological laser treatments can be used for a number of purposes. They can reduce acne scarring, discoloration, age spots and more. The result is much smoother, healthier looking skin. Sometimes one laser treatment is all that is required for desired results. Other times it may take a series of laser treatments in order to get desired results. There is a bit of discomfort while the lasers are being used but it is still very tolerable. There may be a bit of discomfort a few hours after the procedure has been done. You doctor will advise what you can do to find some relief while the skin heals and rejuvenates.

Using Both Together

Dermatologists will commonly recommend dermal fillers and laser treatments as a way to improve the look of skin. Many patients wonder if these treatments affect the result of the other. They typically do not because they don’t affect the same layers of the skin. Laser treatments don’t penetrate very deep. Laser treatments are designed to improve the outer layer of the skin and the deeper layers are not affected. The dermal fillers reside at a much deeper level where they will be safe. You usually won’t be able to have both treatments done in the same day. Most professionals will recommend that you take a one-to-two week break in between treatments. This allows the face to heal and decrease swelling. The laser treatment is usually recommended first. The way the skin looks on the outside can affect where a dermatologist might want to place dermal fillers. It can be difficult for a patient to wait when they simply want to get everything done and look better. For better long-term results it is a good idea to wait and see what happens after laser treatments.

What If You Have Already Had Fillers Done?

Some patients choose to have dermal fillers done and then later on they learn about the benefits of laser treatments. Just because you have had dermal fillers done doesn’t mean you give up the opportunity to have laser treatments done as well. This can be done very safely but you will have to wait a certain amount of time. When the fillers are still new they can be slightly altered by lasers. This is where the recovery time becomes more important than ever. It is also important to find a dermatologist that you can trust to do the procedure properly. It is best to make subtle changes rather than attempt to completely change your look. The best option is to do all of your research ahead of time. You will know what is available to you and you can plan your treatment options in the order that will bring about the best results.

It is important with any medical procedure to speak with your doctor about what will be done during your appointment. You need to understand the products that are being used on you, the potential risks, side effects and the recovery time. Make sure that you follow all of the recommendations that your doctor provides you with. They are designed to help you heal while getting you the results you are looking for. Results can vary from person to person. You may have a friend or family member that recently had fillers and laser treatments done. You aren’t guaranteed to get the exact same results. Different skin types react differently to a variety of procedures.

Dr. Andrew Frankel is a board certified physician in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He also completed medical school and a five year residency in the field of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. After his residency he moved to Los Angeles to focus on rejuvenation procedures that treat the face, neck and head.


Many people have a dream to open their own spa one day. It’s a great way to share your love of fashion and beauty while also owning your own business and being your own boss. Starting a new spa can be intimidating, though. Here are 11 tips to assist you in starting your new spa and making it as great as possible.

  1. Set A Vision

You need a clear vision for your business. What products will you offer? Who will your customers be? Then vision should be as realistic as possible. You should also take time to look at your finances to see how much of your vision you can make a reality at first.

  1. Branding

After you have a vision, you need to create a name and logo that fit this vision. Are you playful and colorful or sophisticated and black and white? Make sure that you pick a name and logo that are easy to spell and easy to recognize. You want people to find you quickly, and you want them to remember you.

  1. Set The Ambiance

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A spa is more than just getting your hair and nails done. It’s a time for the customer to relax and enjoy themselves. You want the environment to be calm. Light the appropriate smells and put up soothing decorations and sounds.

  1. Location, Location, Location

Anyone in real estate can tell you that location is key. You need to be in a location with a lot of traffic. You also want to be in a location that has a lot of demand. When you pick a location, analyze the clientele to ensure that they are the clientele for your establishment.

  1. Have The Right Equipment

Your customer aren’t going to get the results that they want if you don’t have the proper spa equipment. Buy hair dryers and other equipment that works. Be especially careful when buying used. This can save you money, but you need to double check that the equipment is in its best condition.

  1. Have A Positive Attitude

You need to maintain a positive attitude while starting your business. It is a lot of work, and it’s easy to get frustrated. Don’t let it get to you. In fact, do the opposite and enjoy yourself throughout the process. Celebrate successes and look at challenges as ways to improve.

  1. Hire The Right Employees

A salon is only as good as its results. Get employees that will produce results! Hire talented artists and people with the proper customer service skills to keep people coming back to your spa.

  1. Utilize Social Media

Everyone is using social media these days, so jump on the bandwagon! Create a business page on social media and advertise. Get people to like your page by offering discounts for doing so. You can also offer exclusive deals on your social media page. Best of all, you can use your social media page to show off the work. Do some work that will stand out and possibly go viral!

  1. Create A Marketing Strategy

Before you start, know how you will market yourself. What is your budget? What methods will you use? Research the topic and learn your options and which ones are the most effective in your field.

  1. Be Available

Some establishments only have hours between nine to five from Monday to Friday. Many people are at work at these times. Be open later on weekdays. You should also be open on Saturdays and Sundays.

  1. Do Something Special

What makes your spa stand out above all of the other spas in the area? Create something special that people can’t get anywhere else. Do this with unique services, unmatched prices, or exquisite facilities.

The spa business is a popular business. That’s why you need to have yours competitive from the start. Follow these tips to help make your new spa business as good as possible from day one.

About Author: Top Spa Supply is the leader in spa and salon equipment. Located in Los Angeles, CA, we sell spa equipment and supplies online and have a showroom for those who are local. Visit us online or stop by our showroom for more information.

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We all love to travel, but ever since the advent of social media, this has become something that we do under scrutiny. When travelling, we can now expect to be seen. And not only will we be seen, but the evidence of our adventures will be kept forever for posterity.

It seems like everyone we know is going on one lavish holiday after the next. Posing with those ‘sausage-or-leg’ legs at the side of beautiful pools, and trekking across deserts while somehow not having a hair out of place. Meanwhile, we go down the road and stay in a muddy-looking BnB.

So, the question is, how do you travel in style and look great at the same time?

And just in case this post sounds a little bit narcissistic… well, that’s the world we live in. But at the same time, knowing how to travel in style can also ensure that you will be able to create amazing memories that you look back on fondly and ensure that you feel that little bit less stressed while you’re on the move.

Read on then, and we shall reveal the secrets of those stylish travellers…

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So, the first tip that we’re going to share is to travel light. Moreover: go generally as minimal as you can. The easy mistake to make here, is to think that travelling with lots of clothes and makeup is going to help you to look better and dress for more occasions.

The truth? This just makes you look flustered, tired, and hot!

Carrying large suitcases is one surefire way to ensure that you do have hair out of place. Lots of it.

And wearing too much makeup in the heat is a surefire way to ensure that you end up with running eyeliner and lipstick on your teeth.

In other words: when you’re travelling, this is the time to cut back and to learn to do more with less. To learn to go minimal.

Take a few simple items of clothing – ideally things that travel well without being ironed – and try to wear a more natural look in terms of your makeup. This is easier to maintain and it means you’ll be less stressed during your travels.

Go to the Right Places

Another tip is to make sure that you are travelling to the right places. Try to think less about the next place you want to tick off your list because it sounds good, and think more about places that are conducive to low stress, luxury travel.

Often, that means spending a little bit more. You can bet that those people who look beautiful in every shot will have spent a little more to get to wherever it is they’re visiting. They’re staying in the nicest accommodation possible, because that a) makes for good backdrops, and b) ensure sthat they have all the facilities and creature comforts that they need.

But you don’t need to spend a fortune. Just visit somewhere that is well maintained. This can even mean staying in an RV – where you can keep all of your belongings with you, changes of outfit and more. And with the right campground management, these spots are increasingly well maintained.

Sometimes travelling within the country is actually better from this perspective too. Visit somewhere in your own country and you can carry less and you can avoid the stress of getting on a plane.

Learn to Take Great Photos

Take Great Photos

If your aim is to help your travels look more attractive, then learning to take great photos is one of the best tricks you should invest some time into learning.

The right photo can make all the difference when it comes to telling your story, and it also helps you to make better memories.

This could be a whole article in and of itself, but some top tips include:

  • Upload fewer photos – just take your very best and keep those
  • Use a good camera
  • Stop and think about your composition – what story are you trying to tell? Where is the light coming from?
  • Learn your good side and learn how to camera smile
  • Think about what is in the background and what that says about the trip overall

These few tips can make a huge difference to the quality of your photography and the memories that you make and share with others.

Don’t Cram Too Much In

Finally, don’t cram too much in. Try to keep your trips relatively light in terms of your activities and your itinerary. It’s better to do a few things and to have a great time doing them, than it is to try and do everything and end up rushing from one stop to another without having time to fully appreciate anything. This just makes you look and feel harassed.

And after all: ticking off landmarks and tourist traps on a list is not truly what’s special about travelling. The best travel is about soaking in the atmosphere and feeling what it’s like to actually live in the country that you’re visiting.

Just walking down the alley ways of Paris by night is far more romantic than posing in front of the Eiffel tower. And it makes for better photos, because these aren’t the photos that every other person has!


While this might still seem like a narcissistic post, I hope that the message you’ve taken from it is not to spend your whole trip worrying about how you look.

What I’m actually trying to get across here, is that the trips that look the most elegant and stylish are the ones that think about the person on them. In other words: be kind to yourself, and plan ahead.

Don’t pack too much. Keep your bag light. Stay somewhere nice and well managed. Take thoughtful photos on a good camera. And don’t rush from one thing to a next.

The holidays that look the best very often are the best. And that’s because they provide the thing that every holiday should: a bit of TLC for the person who is on the trip!

Author’s bio:

Written by Joseph Pineiro. Joseph is the Digital Marketing Manager at RoverPass, an online reservation system for booking 7,000 campgrounds and RV parks in the United States.

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    1. Gather what you want to sell
      First things first: sort out what you are selling. Whether you already have a stash of old clothes waiting in a designated area in the wardrobe or whether you need to set aside a Sunday afternoon to compile everything, it’s best to gather all the items together so they’re ready to list all in one or two sittings. When you’ve got everything together, it means you can get the boring listing part out of the way faster, and means you can think about whether you want to sell items individually or as part of a group of items. ‘Job lots’ are more popular for smaller items or themed items like makeup samples, sports equipment or collectibles.
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      It’s a good idea to take a look at how much similar or the same items have sold for recently so you know how to realistically price your own. Type in keywords that buyers might use to search for your item so you know which category to put yours in, and take a look at ‘completed listings’ to see the prices others have sold that item for and decide whether you want yours to be a little bit cheaper than the competition, the same price, or whether your item has features that justify a higher price. You might even want to go with the estimated price that eBay provides. There is no wrong answer so if you’re still not sure, price higher rather than lower, and if it’s failing to sell, reduce the price later on if you’d like to.
    3. Postage
      Having searched through some completed listings you may have already decided how to price the items including what you want to charge for postage. Alternatively, you might want to price the postage differently:
      Free postage: You could offer free postage, but remember that you will still need to pay for the postage as the seller, and that you may need to put the price of the item higher so that you can still make a decent profit. Another catch of listing an item with ‘free postage’ is that the sellers fees taken by eBay are a percentage of the amount that the ITEM sold for, so you’re effectively paying fees on the postage costs too. By specifying a separate postage cost, this means the sellers fees to be paid are calculated by the item’s sale value only.
      Find a large item courier For larger items, there are couriers that can do the heavy lifting for you so you don’t need to make your listing say ‘free collection in person’ and limit your potential customers to only those that live nearby. Use Shiply to get multiple quotes from delivery companies and choose the company that works best for you.
      Don’t live near a post office? If it’s not easy or practical for you to get to a post office, find out online if you live near a newsagent that offers courier collection services like Hermes or Collect+ so you can drop parcels off to a place that may be more convenient for you. You can use Parcel2Go to compare courier prices and print postage labels at home.
    4. End your auction at a good time
      There are several blogs and websites that have calculated the ‘best’ time for an eBay auction to end (which is apparently on a Sunday evening). If this matches up with when you’re typically free, that’s great, but if not, choose a time that works for you and when you’ll be able to dispatch the item soon after and answer any questions the buyer might have after purchasing.
      If you’d prefer to list the item with a fixed price, list the item as ‘Buy It Now’, so buyers don’t have to wait until the auction ends and you’re guaranteed the price you’ve asked for. ‘Buy It Now’ is best for more low value or household items like beauty product or kitchen utensils. Listing these types of items in an auction could make buyers go elsewhere where they can get hold of them more quickly.
    5. Dispatch quickly
      If you’ve specified that you’ll ship the item within 2 days, make sure you do so, or you could be setting yourself up for receiving negative feedback from the buyer. It’s important to make sure you set a realistic dispatch time on your listing in the first place to manage buyers’ expectations and not commit to something you’re unable to fulfill. As long as you’re honest up front about how often you’re able to get to the post office, you shouldn’t have any problems, specially if you’re selling something particularly desirable or rare!