Don’t Leave Yourself Exhausted… Sleep In!

When on vacation, we tend to think we need to go, go, go and see and do everything, but too much activity can leave you drained  and sluggish. We all know what it feels like to return home from a great trip feeling like you need a vacation after your vacation. This next trip, give yourself the gift of sleeping in. You’ll be glad you did.

The Scientific Debate

Can you catch up on sleep? The jury is still out on this question. However, new studies show there may be a benefit to sleeping in on weekends. So while you may not be able to “catch up” on sleep exactly, there DO seem to be measurable benefits of breaking your workday routine and letting yourself get a couple more hours of sleep on weekends. When on vacation, you have even more opportunity to sleep in and get some much needed rest from your daily grind. 

Sleep More to Do More

Everyone’s vacation style is different. Some travelers have a set plan and agenda of what they want to do and see, while others tend to go with the flow and explore a city more casually. Whatever your style, it’s always best to have enough sleep so you have the energy to enjoy a full day out and about. The hours gained by getting an early start can easily be lost later in the day if you return to your hotel preemptively due to exhaustion.

A Night on the Town

One of the best aspects of traveling to a major city is the active nightlife. Whereas smaller towns may shut down at around 9, major cities have restaurants, theaters, and bars that stay open until well past midnight. After a late night out on the town, you will definitely want to sleep in the next morning. This gives you the added benefit of taking advantage of the hottest brunch spots the next day. 

It’s my vacation and I’ll sleep if I want to!

When you’re on vacation, you don’t need an excuse to sleep in. It’s your vacation, and if you want to sleep in… Do it!

The Shopping Experience Now and in The Future

What are you doing this weekend? This is probably the most asked question on Friday afternoons. If you are like me, you probably look forward to partaking in fun and leisure activities during the weekend. For quite a number of people and especially women, shopping is a fun and therapeutic activity.

How Has Shopping Evolved Over The Years?

Shopping is an activity that people have engaged in since the beginning of civilizations. However, people around the world use a wide range of shopping methods depending on their culture and region.

From the developed world to the traditional village setting, every society has established a method(s) of exchanging goods and services. Most people are familiar with the typical retail shopping setting. However, shopping has evolved into the online space.

For a majority of the population, shopping entails buying food and necessities. But with increase in disposable incomes, shopping has become more of a social and leisure activity.

Shopping Gone Digital

The rise of the internet and the proliferation of mobile devices has disrupted traditional retail shopping and entirely changed the way we shop. Today companies are more interested in creating experiences for shoppers. Apps now afford you an opportunity to connect with retailers beyond the brick and mortar business.

Shopping in The Future

Mobile shopping is now an industry standard and emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and chatbots present new possibilities for retailers to go above and beyond to create immersive, irresistible, convenient, personalized and connected experiences for shoppers.

Some aspects of shopping may never change like when you decide to visit local markets, bazaars, malls, and museums as part of your vacation adventure. However, whether you shop out of necessity, for leisure or just for the thrill, the future looks bright for shoppers.