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Published on December 20, 2017

No Coffeeholic Can Reject These 10 Affordable Christmas Gifts

No Coffeeholic Can Reject These 10 Affordable Christmas Gifts

Holidays, lazing around and a hot cup of coffee go together. If you are thinking of surprising that ardent coffee drinker with a befitting gift this Christmas, but can’t quite figure out what to buy, worry no more. Here is a list of the cheapest, best  perfect Christmas gifts for coffee aficionados.

1. Stovetop Espresso Maker

    Say goodbye to frequenting the overcrowded coffee shops and paying a lot for your favorite drink. Here’s an Original Bialetti Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Maker that makes three glasses in less than 5 minutes. It looks exquisite with its original aluminum Bialetti Octagon shape and cleaning it is a breeze.

    2. Aromatic Coffee Fragrance Candle

      Here is a handmade candle with soy wax, darkly roasted coffee-beans and the highly fragrant coffee oil. The candle burns for over 100 hours and serves as a surefire way of feeling your house and nostrils with that rich coffee aroma.

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      3. The Coffee Obsession 

        Coffee Obsessions is the name of this book, and it doesn’t just explain why over 150 million Americans jumpstart their morning with coffee. You will learn all about major coffee-producing nations, the art of preparing cappuccino and a lot more.

        4. Cold Brew Coffee Maker

          Homemade cold brew coffee is a huge favorite for many, and I doubt if you know how to make it at home. Well, this Glass Pitcher Cold Brewer can be a perfect choice for making iced tea and cold brew coffee. It comes with a tight lid for 100% sealing to keep your drink fresh, a dual-mesh stainless steel filter and an attractive design.

          5. Organic and Reusable Coffee Filter  

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            Another perfect choice of gift for avowed coffee lovers this Christmas is an organic, quality and inexpensive reusable coffee filter. This CoffeeSock Reusable Filter is easy to clean and dries up fast.

            6. Stainless Steel Milk Frothing Pitcher

              Whenever you want to steam or froth milk for lattes and cappuccinos, what do you usually use? Here’s a Stainless Steel Milk Frothing Pitcher – a multipurpose item with measurement markings, for comfortable, dripless and non-messy preparation of your perfect cup of cappuccino.

              7. Coffee Mug Warmer

                This Coffee mug warmer comes with an ‘On’ light indicator, a convenient On/Off switch and a long and convenient power cord. Mr. Coffee Mug Warmer comes in handy in office when you need to warm your cup of coffee.

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                8. Manual Coffee Grinder

                  If you often dread grinding coffee beans, here’s what you should buy as a Christmas gift – a stainless steel JavaPresse Manual Coffee Grinder. It comes with a built-in adjustable grind selector for absolute control of the coarseness of what you will pour, and isn’t power or battery operated. With a removable hand crank mechanism; this coffee grinder makes no noise too.

                  9. MiniPresso GR Espresso Maker

                    Ever dreamt of owning a mini espresso-maker before? 

                    A machine that’s cheaper, but can be relied upon whenever that nostalgia kicks in?

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                    Well, Minipresso GR could be your safest bet. It isn’t just a portable choice, but so compact, lightweight and versatile that you can use it on any variety of coffee beans. It will grind those beans and make it possible to brew that quality espresso shot of your choice. Incredibly, this miniature piece comes at an insane price!

                    10. Urtheone Car Cup Holder

                      Drinking a cup of sizzling hot coffee during summer can be the worst decision you can make. It is similar to asking for a shot of cold espresso during chilly winter. At times, though, it is impossible to ask for hot or cold coffee when you need to.

                      But you have no excuse to stick with the hot coffee when it’s hot anymore, thanks to this Urtheone Car Cup Holder that can heat up or cool your favorite drink. It can hold cups whose base is less than 2.75” and cool drinks to 59℉ or warm it to 131℉. Moreover, it is environmentally-friendly since it is aluminum-made. What makes it a perfect choice of gift to ardent coffee love is its application – you can go with it out of town, carry to office and basically everywhere, all year round!

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                      Published on November 8, 2018

                      How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World After 40

                      How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World After 40

                      Have you dreamed of traveling the world? Totally changing directions and quitting a job for someone else? If you’re savvy, organized and willing to embrace the simple life, it’s easier than you think.

                      You might be wondering how you can be part of the digital nomad phenomenon. Especially with the increased focus on curated travel photos that seem to feature everyone under 40. Fortyhood in a world addicted to youth can seem scary and isolating. People treat you like 40’s not old – if you’re a tree, type of deal.

                      First is to ditch that thinking and anyone around you who implies it. There are many vibrant forty somethings out there traveling and creating change. Plenty of us who have chosen to create a life full of travel, living our bucket list and feeding our travel addiction. Just check out these forty something bloggers making it happen.

                      Quitting your job and traveling the world takes some planning. And after 40, you’re in the perfect position to make your leap. Realistically, it depends on what you want to get out of your travels. Are you taking time off? Do you want to make a living traveling? Do you already have resources in place? What mobile skills do you possess (or are willing to learn)?

                      Whenever I talk about travel and people ask how I do it, it brings to mind the words of author Brene Brown:

                      “I define vulnerability, as uncertainty, risk and emotional exposure.”

                      When is the last time you did anything big that didn’t include those three things, travel or not? You have to be okay with uncertainty to travel for a living.

                      Travel is important for recharging creativity and rebooting ours minds. And here’re plenty of reasons why you should quit your job and follow your dream. So, here are the best tips to making it happen for you:

                      Plan Ahead – Get Simple and Flexible

                      If you already have the financial resources and you’ve been planning this for a while, you’re already ahead.

                      I recommend others give themselves a year to simplify their lives. That includes logistical items like defining a budget, selling belongings, subletting or selling property, itineraries, list of contacts in each location, country visas, travel insurance, possible work permits, bank notifications, auto bill pays, spare debit card, extra passport photos, mail services, unlocked cell phone, electronic equipment and more.

                      It pays to be organized in travel and have back up’s and redundancies. The confidence of having a backup if something goes wrong can relieve a lot of stress. Travel can be stressful, even for the most laid back person.

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                      Trust that you’ll meet a lot of people along the way and most of them want to help you. I’ve had the most interesting experiences with locals, from finding the best hidden food spots, to secluded beaches, and authentic rituals.

                      Being open to share your time with locals in balance with being a tourist can offer you the best viewpoints. And if you’re looking for connections, this is a great way to do it. Attending local networking events, expat groups, meet-ups and parties can lead to job offers, volunteer opportunities, travel buddies, training options and even romance if you’re looking for that.

                      Create a List of Top Destinations and Budget

                      It’s good to dream, so don’t hold back. Decide on a destination list, ranked by importance, interest, convenience, cost and time. Dig deep, there are a lot of destinations out there, and it’s key to have an idea of what you want to accomplish in each.

                      If you’re planning to travel the world, staying out of larger cities and hitting lesser known countries allows you to travel further for your money and experience that is truly new. Why not the Himalayas or Bolivia, instead of Barcelona or Iceland? Forego Costa Rica for any of the Stans – Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, or Krygyzstan. Who wants the same instagram photos as everyone else anyway?

                      I recommend having a contact list of tour providers in each location as a backup, but to talk to the locals for great deals. Utilize travel apps to track and plan trips, miles, Sygic App , Matt’s Flights , Lounge Buddy, Trippit, Trip.me and Waze for starters. All of which I’ve used.

                      Now what is this all going to cost you? That depends on how you like to travel. The average world travel costs $2,000 USD a month, for a simplified lifestyle. You can get away with $1,200 USD in some countries like Portugal and Dominican Republic.

                      This is a good number to start with, but I did mention back up’s right? So add 25% to that. You can have this is that bank, or have a start with plans to take your work remote, earning along the way.

                      Go, but Not Everywhere

                      You may not want to hear it, but it’s likely you’ll get tired of traveling. You’ll miss your familiar town, your local coffee stand, friends, family and being able to snuggle in your own bed and binge on Netflix. So keep it flexible but be good to yourself. This is not a race around the world.

                      Consider the seasonality of countries, high season is more expensive. What’s the weather like where you’re going? Do you have the gear for it? What’s the best time to visit your favorite spot?

                      A quick google check can lead you to weather patterns and likely seasonal crowds. You may dip into your budget for new clothing or technical gear to experience a spot, and then pass it on to the locals.

                      I like to look for extreme sports to add to my bucket list, stay in warmer weather, get lost in the anonymity of a language I don’t know, and experience local festivals. That all goes into my trip planning. From La Tomatina in Spain to the Spirit Festival in Bali.

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                      Whatever your passion may be, I recommend implementing it into your travel planning, and possibly making it part of your remote work structure. Curious souls who want to travel the world are usually multi interested, multi talented explorers, so I’m sure there’s no shortage of goals in your planning.

                      Embrace Slow Travel

                      Career and family landscapes have changed across the world. Travel tools are more accessible including Uber and other convenient technology.

                      This has allowed us to make career changes in our 40’s, fly solo or take our families on the road. It has also allowed us to integrate into almost any country and enjoy what some call slow travel. I call it the right way to travel.

                      Spend at least a month in a location. Get to know what the locals do. Dress like a local, learn some key phrases. Bypass the tourist rat race of those who need to crunch everything into one week a year, and remember the day you decided to leave that.

                      We don’t just travel to take photos with iconic backdrops, we travel to see what is different from us, and how it is also the same.

                      Slow travel includes renting a house, enrolling in a course, volunteering, studying a language, finding your roots, lounging in a cafe and taking stock of your life, writing your book, or making those dolla dolla bills online.

                      There are plenty of options to stay long term, including the obvious Airbnb, House Swap and VRBO. But checking the local papers and walking the neighborhoods is likely to really get you into the heart of slow travel.

                      Remember the movie Under The Tuscan Sun? If she can do it, so can you.

                      Leave Possessions and Habits Behind

                      Remember when I mentioned uncertainty, risk and vulnerability, well here it is. Leaving behind all those things you accumulated as a “need” and realizing they are really unnecessary shifts your thinking. You’ll become a minimalist.

                      One suitcase, preferably a backpack is the way to go. A check-in bag, and a day pack will become vital in your travel habits. The amount of your gear is commensurate with your stress level. Fitting everything into a backpack and carrying your gear provides convenience, more safety (from theft) and ease.

                      While it seems only kids travel with backpacks, it’s not the case. Think of attempting to pull along a rolling suitcase through remote spots, dirt roads or jungles. You don’t want to find yourself there. Plus they are just as convenient in the city.

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                      A sleek backpack is not going to get a second look checking into a Four Seasons to do that brand review you were just hired for remotely. Besides any extra space, you have most likely houses your electronics that make it possible to work online. Again, take me word for it. Own your travel.

                      Little by little, you will also shed away habits like worrying about what you wear, collecting things, and rethinking your personal impact on the planet.

                      Yes travel has a big carbon footprint, but along the way you can volunteer, drop the habit of using plastic and eat unprocessed foods, all with a positive return.

                      Pro tip:

                      Pack 2- 3 interchangable outfits in mid tone to darker colors that are comfortable and durable. Things like “adventure” pants that keep you dry and can unzip to shorts, repeats of lycra or cotton t-shirts, yoga pants and scarves go a long way for the ladies, and a good pair or walking shoes and flip flops for starters.

                      Carry a basic first aid kit and repair kit with sewing items, gear aid tapes and patches.

                      Make Money Remotely

                      You’re 40 and just quit your job to travel the world, are you crazy? The majority of bloggers make an average $2 a day, while a few in the top make a six figure income.

                      If you’re looking to make money while you travel online, it takes persistence, stamina, flexibility and good ol’ fashion hard work. Most of the beautiful photos online are done by travel writers and flash packers who come in for a week or a weekend. Not the same as traveling full time.

                      Don’t worry, you can still make beautiful content (while still immersed in travel). It will just take more creativity.

                      Bloggers make their money in freelance writing, social media posts, brand partnerships, ad posts, coaching, speaking, e books, affiliate income, photography, licensing and product sales. The doors are open, you just need to walk through.

                      A few places to post and find remote work are Upwork, Fiverr, Writers Work, Freelancer, Remote Co, Idealist and Small World. If you’re in tech, you have even more flexibility. Coders and UX developers are in high demand.

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                      If there’s anything I’ve learned in my years of travel, adventure and writing, it’s that you can possess seemingly opposing skills — teaching yoga vs flying a helicopter, creating media content vs hosting adventure retreats – that will serve you well.

                      Some of my skills above provide me with grace under pressure, discipline, focus, organization and communication skills that make being a digital nomad and traveling that much easier. Uncertainly, risk and vulnerability, right?

                      Time management, organization, being financially savvy, willing to learn, communication and curiosity will all be required on your world travels. Your instincts, skills and passions are fueling your travel-lust and can also support you in your new life of travel and leisure.

                      Final Thoughts

                      Take what you can here, and get ready for your own travels. After 40, each decision we make is even more vital to our overall effect on life. But we are usually a bit wiser, free’er and more apt to assess the uncertainties.

                      Now is better than ever to feed our crazy and live off the road. We’ve earned it.

                      I don’t advise lightly about quitting your job and traveling the world. It’s not for everyone, and it can uproot your life in ways you never thought of.

                      And if you truly go off grid and spend years focused on travel, you have to start all over again when you return home. You will most likely come back a changed person but the rest of the world will seem unchanged.

                      Whether you’re creating a career change, had a major life event shift your world, or are following your travel dreams after taking care of a career and children; traveling the world after 40 is more than possible.

                      It’s waiting. It doesn’t matter if this is your third or fourth act, the curtain hasn’t dropped yet. Forty can be the new twenty you define, and I’m here to let you know it’s possible:

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                      Featured photo credit: Ibrahim Rifath via unsplash.com

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