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10 Awesome Gifts For The Fashionable Traveler

10 Awesome Gifts For The Fashionable Traveler

Christmas is literally right around the corner, and whether you just started or are finishing your holiday shopping, anyone can agree that the best gift is a gift that one can use.

For this gift guide, we have chosen the following gifts for the people on your list (or for yourself!) that have a serious case of wanderlust. View the list below for 10 gifts that are perfect for the fashionable traveler.

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    1. Heys Canada xcase 2G ($200+):

    Travel in color with Heys! Heys is a Canadian luggage brand offering a variety of distinctive luggage carriers and travel accessories. The xcase 2G is a limited edition series based on the iconic design of the original xcase® and includes the following great features: it’s extreme durable, has 360 spinner wheels (easily maneuverable through crowded airports!), it’s frameless, it’s expandable and comes with a built-in TSA lock. This gift solves the problem of “finding a cute travel bag” and you will never lose sight of your bag again, since this style has various vibrant colors as well as sizes.

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      2. Canteen by Corkcicle ($19.95):

      This is one of Oprah’s favorite things and will probably end up becoming yours too. The Canteen by CORKCICLE is made of stainless steel and will keep your favorite beverage hot for 12 hours or cold for 25 hours without the usual effects of freezing or sweating. The Canteen makes a great gift and comes in a variety of colors and sizes.

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        3. Louvelle Luxury Shower Cap ($40):

        50% turban, 50% shower cap, 100% chic. The luxury shower cap (beauty editors adore!) by Louvelle makes a great and useable gift. Say goodbye to your typical, boring plastic shower cap, and say hello to a high quality head garment that can be used to protect your hair, be worn as a fashion accessory, or save you from a bad hair day.

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          4. “Time To Take A Map” Necklace by Comuse Travels ($15):

          This minimalistic necklace  by Comuse Travels is a perfect stocking stuffer for the travel lover.

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            5. Meo Plug Labels ($9.99):

            Meet Meo — aesthetically pleasing decals designed by various artists for your Macbook or iPhone plugs. While you charge on the go, you can easily keep track of your plug/device from afar — and you’ll always know exactly which plug is yours!

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              6. LuMee Case ($49.95+):

              Light up your world with the LuMee phone case. This case is perfect for capturing your memories and selfies on the road without having to worry about dim or low-quality photos because of bad lighting.

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                7. ZippedMe ($24.99):

                This gift can be considered a woman’s best travel companion. It solves the problem of having someone zip up your dress in the back — or, if you forget to put on jewelry, you can wear it as a necklace. It’s a win-win.

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                  8. Blo & Go ($49.95):

                  A great gift for the gal who loves a blowout — and this year the hair blowout was all the rave! Whoever you’re getting this gift for, you’ll be sure to save them money, since this tool assists you in achieving a professional blowout. It seamlessly attaches to a mirror and holds the blow dryer, leaving your hands free to style your hair as you wish.

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                    9. Gyft ($10+):

                    If you’re coming home for Christmas and don’t want to worry about having to check that extra bag of presents on your flight home or you just need a last-last-minute gift, Gyft has you covered! Download the Gyft app in the Android or iTunes store and you can purchase and send gift cards from over 200 retailers from the comfort of your mobile device. Gyft lightens the load by offering a convenient, money-saving alternative to holiday shopping.

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                      10. Clever Travel Companion T-Shirts ($29.90+)

                      A gift that is ideal whether it’s for the backpacker or the avid luxury traveler on your list. Clever Travel Companion offers basic, pickpocket-proof clothing that holds cash, credit cards, passports, and other valuables. A great gift for someone who’s always on the go!

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                      5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

                      5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

                      Making love can be simultaneously the most pleasurable and the most stressful experience that we share with another human being. It is a natural conclusion of the ritual of intimacy we engage in with a person we find attractive on both a physical and psychological level. Yet, we are far removed from our animalistic roots, and that which was once a matter of instinct has become somewhat complex. This is a good thing; we have grown as a society, and there are many factors involved when it comes to the relationship between sexual partners. However, we have also lost a great deal of the physical prowess our primitive ancestors had.

                      They engaged in a huge amount of physical activities daily — activities that ensured their cardiovascular system and muscles were in great shape, which allowed them to have healthy libidos, strong erections, and the muscular strength, limberness and endurance to maintain different positions for a long time without getting exhausted. Luckily, we can regain some of these animalistic traits with the right kind of training. Here are some essential exercises that will help improve your relationship, but making you more confident in intimate settings, which means that you’ll have more satisfying intercourse.

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                        1. Cardio for Stamina

                        If you’re out of shape, the first thing you’ll notice during intercourse is that you start to breathe heavily, sweat profusely and tire easily. This means you’ll have to shift your posture frequently and limit yourself to a few positions you feel comfortable with or significantly slow down the pace. A high BMI has also been linked to potential problems with erectile dysfunction. Cardiovascular exercises like running, jumping rope, swimming and cycling will build up your aerobic stamina and enable you to perform longer before becoming fatigued, thus having better intercourse. They’ll also help manage your weight, possibly helping performance.

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                          • Running – 10-20 minutes a day (1-3 miles a day is more than enough)
                          • Jumping rope – 5-20 minutes a day
                          • Swimming – 30 minutes a day
                          • Cycling – 30 minutes a day

                          The time in minutes denotes time spent actively performing the exercise, and you need to factor in a bit more time for warming up before and cooling down after the exercises.

                          These exercises can be performed every day or every other day, and the goal is to work on both endurance and speed. Don’t just go at a snail’s pace; constantly try to improve your time or add some mileage.

                          2. Strength-Training for Your Lower Body and Core

                          The next thing you’ll need to focus on is improving both the strength and muscular endurance of the hip flexors, abdominals and spinal erectors. These are the muscles engaged in thrusting and circular motions, and they also stabilize your body in a number of different positions. The legs also play an important role, particularly in standing and kneeling positions. Here are a few exercises that will help you strengthen up this area:

                          Barbell squats
                            • Heavy barbell squats – set up at a power rack at the gym and make sure you use proper form and weights that you can lift 3-8 times. Do this exercise before anything else in the gym for 4-5 sets to get big and powerful legs, as well as tighten up the muscles of the core. This is useful for both men and women, particularly if you enjoy the woman-on-top positions and standing positions. You can do hack squats on the machine if your gym lacks a power rack, but you won’t get the core-strengthening benefits

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                              • Zercher squatsthis type of squat is a perfect way for guys to strengthen their body for standing positions where the woman is lifted off the ground. Build up a foundation of strength first, and then use lighter weights and go for 10-12 repetitions to focus on muscle endurance.

                              Glute bridge
                                • Glute bridgethis exercise is great for working the glutes and hip thrusters, and should be done for ultra-high reps —up to 100 — to increase muscle endurance. Once you become stronger in this movement, you can upgrade to the barbell glute bridge and keep the reps high — around 10 to 15.

                                Hyperextensions
                                  • Hyperextensions – excellent for strengthening the spinal erectors, this exercise (or a variation of it) may be done in most gyms and even at home. Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions at the end of your workout.

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                                    • Ab wheel rollout – this is a great exercise for strengthening the abs, and requires only a piece of inexpensive equipment. It will help you stay stable and hold positions longer without getting tired during intercourse. Do three sets of this workout for as many repetitions as you can.

                                    Cross body crunch
                                      • Cross body crunchthis exercise improves your ability to perform explosive twisting motions, particularly good for improving your stamina in the spoon position where you’e lying on your side. Do 2 to 3 sets of this exercise at the end of your workout.

                                      Incorporate these exercises into your routine 2 to 3 times a week.

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                                      3. Upper-Body Strength Training

                                      Upper-body strength plays an important role in many popular sex positions where the arms are used to provide a stable base or hold onto the partner. These including missionary, doggy style, the stand and carry (with the woman holding onto the man’s neck) and others. Use these simple exercises to improve upper body strength and endurance:

                                      Plank exercise
                                        • Plank – while bench pressing is great for building a big chest, you will find yourself in need of static strength, muscle endurance and a strong core. This exercise is a great way to increase the amount of time you are able to hold positions that require you to support yourself with your arms. For added difficulty, straighten out your arms like at the top of a pushup and hold as long as you can.

                                        Close grip pushups
                                          • Close pushups – a pushup variation that focuses on triceps, which are the first to give out during a prolonged missionary or similar position. Go for very high reps, 20 t0 50, to work on muscle endurance.

                                          Chin ups
                                            • Chin-ups – A great upper back and biceps builder, this exercise will also target the core if you try to be as straight as possible when lifting yourself up. You can jump to help make things easier, or just hold as long as you can if you aren’t strong enough to perform a single chin up. Do 3 to 4 sets for as many reps as you can.

                                            These exercises, done about three times a week, will help you develop a strong upper body that can keep going and hold you up for extended periods of time.

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                                            4. Pelvic-Floor Exercises

                                            You don’t have to perform these at the gym, although you could do them after your workout without anyone even noticing. The idea behind Kegel exercises is to improve blood flow to the sex organs and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor in both men and women. By locating these muscles and tightening and relaxing them for intervals of 5 seconds for 10 to 15 repetitions at a time, several times a day, you can improve pleasure and performance during sex. Women can tighten their vaginal walls for increased pleasure to both them and their partner, while men can delay ejaculation by tightening these muscles.

                                            5. Flexibility Moves for Legs and Hips

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                                              If you want to avoid getting cramps — or even worse, pulling a muscle during intercourse — you should do a few simple stretches every day. The more limber you are, the more comfortable you’ll be with more exotic poses. Here are a few simple stretches to improve hip and leg flexibility:

                                              Take a few minutes to warm up with some light running or jumping jacks before stretching, and spend some 10 minutes on these stretches. You can do them in the morning and at night, or shortly before intercourse.

                                              With just a few hours a week devoted to exercise, you can improve your relationship significantly. If you focus on these exercises, over time, you just might become dynamite in bed.

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