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Making a splash with Hen Party pool accessories!

Gone are the days when hen parties are a meal out, lots of drinks and a night club. It’s becoming ever more popular to have hen parties abroad, with trips often costing very little extra then a weekend away in the UK. So why wouldn’t you want to head abroad to top up that tan just in time for your Wedding.

A group of your closet girl friends and family members, jetting off somewhere to help you celebrate your upcoming wedding to the person of your dreams. With Spain, the Balearic Islands and the Canaries Islands being the more popular choices as there are so many resorts and the flight times are reasonable, they have become a heaven for hen and stag parties from April through to September.

hen party pool acessories

Jetting off on a hen party means you have to really think about what you pack, it’s not so easy to just pop to the local supermarket if you have forgotten something. Everyone knows, you need to pack too many pairs of shoes, bikinis and outfits for the evenings but it’s all the extras that make a hen party fun.

Hen Party Pool Accessories

I love the idea of a girly trip in the sun, lazing around the pool at the hotel or private villa. Reading books, drinking one too many cocktails, eating the local tapas and just enjoying life. But the pool isn’t just for swimming in. It’s for so much more than that!

Over the last couple of years the fun pool inflatables have become a must have hen party accessory. Cute laylo, unicorns, flamingo inflatable ring, floating cup holders, rubber rings of all shapes and sizes, giant pizza slices that all attach together so everyone has their own slice to lay on. After an evening out on the cocktails, spending a day having fun at the pool is always on the itinerary for a hen party. Why no show off your awesome pool accessories?!

The must have accessories don’t just stop there, round beach towels are everywhere, I have to say I really want one for my holidays this year. Not forgetting the pool side speakers, the beach balls, and the fun novelty hen party items that are seen on most hen parties. The sash for the bride to be, her bridesmaid and the rest of the hen party, little badges, a faux veil for the bride to be, there is so many items to choose from. I know when I have organised a hen party I have always made each person a party bag and filled them with nice little bits, maybe a mini sun lotion, nail polish, fake tan, nail file, pain killers, shots, all sorts of bits and bob to help get the party started and help everyone to settle in to the party mood.

Whatever you do for your hen party, make it one to remember.

What would your must have hen party items be?

 

*This post was made in collaboration with On Buy. As always thoughts and opinions are my own.*

What Books to Take to the Airport to Prepare for a Delay

If you think that you might be likely to be delayed at the airport while waiting for a flight, then it can be worth setting yourself up with plenty of things to do. Even if you are not sure, it can still be good to have a plan, just in case you get held up. One thing that people like to do is to take books so that they can read in order to pass the time. However, some books will suit you much better than others so it is worth thinking about which might be the best for you to take with you.

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Humorous books


Humorous books can be a great idea as they will keep your mood good while you are waiting for the delay to pass. However, if you are likely to be laughing out loud while reading it, then you will have to be prepared for other people to stare at you! You may not mind this, but consider how loud your laugh is and whether it might cause annoyance for your fellow travellers, especially as they are more likely to be grumpy if you have been delayed.

Puzzle books


A puzzle book can be a good way to keep your brain doing something and being distracted while you are waiting around. Do make sure that you have a pen with you though or possibly a couple! Choose puzzles that you know you will like rather than something completely new as it is a risk in case you do not enjoy them. Consider whether you would rather do something fairly easy or more difficult and choose a book accordingly. If the delay is long you might get really tired and need something that is a bit simpler to do. Do not restrict yourself to word searches or crossword type puzzles. There are now books of advanced puzzles, who–dun-its  and mind benders which you may feel suit you better, so look in a book shop as well as a newsagents to make sure that you are choosing from the full range of options.

Non-Fiction books


A non-fiction book may suit you more. A book where you can learn something new, could be a good way to pass the time. Make sure that you will find it interesting though as if you start it and do not enjoy it, then you will end up being bored! It is worth thinking about whether it is a book that is complicated and will need a lot of concentration. If this is the case then you may find that it will be difficult to read it when you are in a busy airport and so you may need to find one that is a bit easier to take with you.

Fiction Books


Many people enjoy a good story and therefore fiction books can be a good choice. However, you could find that it is hard to concentrate on a long book. It may be better to perhaps get one with short stories in so that if you are interrupted a lot, you will find it easier to manage reading the book around the interruptions. It can also be wise to choose an author that you know, so that you know that you will enjoy the book. If you pick one up that you are not sure of, then you could end up starting it and finding that you are not enjoying it.

Magazines or newspapers


Some people find it easier to flick through something in this sort of situation rather than getting fully engrossed in a book. Therefore it might be better to get some magazines or a newspaper to read. As the articles are much shorter, then you can read a few and then take a break, stroll around, check the boards and things like that before starting a few more. You may also be able to swap them with other people in the area if they have finished the ones that they are reading.

You may decide to wait and see what is for sale at the airport. Although browsing the shop will give you something else to do while waiting around, you may find that their selection is limited and you may not be able to get something to suit you. The prices can be more expensive as well, particularly compared to buying books online and so you may save money as well, if you buy them and take them with you. You will also know that you have enough room in your luggage for them, if you pack them into your hand luggage, rather than buying them afterwards.

 

*This is a collaborative post.*

The Top 4 Indonesian Islands

The Indonesian islands are among some of the most beautiful in the world. They’re vast, and they’re home to some of the most incredible culture, nature, and beauty. All of the islands are a hub for tourist activity, one of the main reasons being it’s just so cheap. Getting to the islands by plane sometimes isn’t the cheapest, but the actual spending money of the holiday will cost next to nothing. It’s a hub for families, friends, and partners alike, but there are five islands that we really want to talk about. The ones that stand out from the crowd and have the ability to make your holiday truly amazing. If you’re interested, here are our top picks and why you should have a visit.

Lombok

It has always been said that Lombok is the sister to Bali. Bali has always overshadowed it due to its immense popularity and the big reputation. But more and more people are now recognising Lombok for the amazing little island it is. There are regular boat trips from Bali to Lombok if you’re perhaps already got a holiday booked in Bali. Due to it being inferior to Bali, it does also mean that the prices of the holidays are a little cheaper which makes the whole ordeal a ton better. The cute little beachside hotels that you’ll find are just amazing. They’re as cheap as chips, and offer some of the most amazing morning views. Other more inland hotels are still just as good, and maybe even cheaper! People flood to Lombok for the beautiful beaches, wide variety of nature and culture, and for the great food. Just stroll along the beach and you’ll find some lovely bars and restaurants. If you want to get about and see the island, you should definitely consider hiring a moped. It might sound like a death wish to some, but it’s one of the best and quickest ways of seeing the island. Just make sure you’re staying sharp for other drivers on the road. The beautiful hikes that are dotted around the island is one of the best things you can do. Getting back at one with nature and exploring the island in its true glory is what it’s all about. You’ll see some amazing sights, and find some incredible bits of culture. Here are some more cool things that you can do in Lombok, https://homeiswhereyourbagis.com/en/15-things-you-should-see-on-lombok/.

Java

Java is one of the quickest growing islands in terms of popularity and economy. It is home to Indonesia’s bustling capital, Jakarta, and both are well worth a visit. Again, it’s pretty cheap, but possibly more expensive than some of the smaller islands due to the increased population. If you’re going to go to Java, you should know it is a Volcano dotted island with some of the most stunning scenery you’ll find. The tree’s are that luscious green and densely packed, and the higher you go, the more you’re going to discover in terms of amazing views. Talking about volcanos, one of the biggest that inhibits the island is Mount Bromo. It is a volcano that is mostly dormant, but does occasionally erupt. A trip up there to watch the sunrise is going to be one of the best experience of your life.

A lot of people chose to take a car, but there are hiking options. As for places to stay, Java is full of them. Because the island is one of the bigger ones, you’ve got the option of going a bit more out of the way, more nature based, but you also have to option of heading to the city to have that hustle and bustle vibe. There are the options to even rent a home which can give you a more central location, and a bit more comfort in terms of where you’re stopping. A lot of people are now choosing to get either a holiday home, or enter the property ladder in terms of buying and selling due to the fast growing economy of the country. If you’re interested in something like this, links such as https://www.rumah.com/villa/dijual have got some great pieces of real estate that might tickle your fancy.

If you’re looking for the more relaxing side of Java, we recommend you head to Pangandaran, a lovely city close to Jakarta. There’s a white sand stretch of beach with some lovely crystal blue sea to go with it. So many people that travel there comment on the fresh seafood, it is actually one of the islands biggest hits. Our final place for this one is for all of you shopping lovers out there. Bandung is one of the best areas that you can go to for some quality shopping. There’s a mix of designer shops as well as the smaller individual owned shops.

Flores

Flores is similar to Lombok in that it’s rising in popularity as the years pass by. It is the smallest islands that we’ve mentioned so far, but don’t let the size fool you, this one really packs a punch. It is most famously known to be the home of the fierce komodo dragon, you’ll definitely see a few of them roaming around during your stay here. So, if you’re heading there, one of the first things we recommend you do is check out the snorkeling or scuba diving scene.

There are some crystal blue waters that are densely populated by an array of amazing sea life. You can expect to see sting rays, turtles, as well as tropical fish. From Flores you can also get a boat ride to the smaller, yet exciting Komodo Island. It gets its name from the habitation of fierce Komodo dragons that you’ll find. It’s a beautiful island and gives you some great experiences in terms of getting close to nature. Another hot spot is definitely the lakes of Kelimutu. Kelimutu is a volcano that remains mainly dormant, but the ready it attracts so many people is due to the three crater lakes that all have different colours. There’s green, blue, and red, and all of them are so vibrant and mesmerising. There are daily guided hikes up the mountain, but a lot of people chose to go off on their own adventure to see what they can discover.

Gili Islands

Ok, so technically this is a few islands in one. But collectively, the three Gili islands make some of the best places to go on holiday if you want that relaxing beach vibe as well as stunning scenery. If you’ve ever seen those pictures of the crystal blue waters with a wooden swing lying close to the shore surrounded by the most pure and white sands? Well it was most likely taken at one of the three Gili islands. There’s Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. All are just as popular as each other.

Just like island of Flores, the Gili islands are a firm favourite for divers and the marine wildlife is just so vast. If you’re not certified to dive, you could always put on your snorkeling mask and you’ll be in for a treat. If you’re looking for the island with the perfect mix of beaches that will leave you feeling as though you’re in heaven, but some nightlife that will leave you partying until the morning, then Gili Trawangan is your island. Gili Meno is the island that offers pure tranquility. The beaches are so private yet luxurious. In contrast to Gili Trawangan, there’s a ban on any late partying, so it truly is an island where you’ll be able to escape it all. Gili air is so similar to Gili Trawangan in that it offers the same experience, just on a shorter scale.

 So there you go, those are the best Indonesian islands that we recommend going to. All of them will create that unforgettable feeling you’ve been waiting for.