Hawaii has always conjured up a sense of luxury to me and as a child seemed totally out of reach much like a trip to Disneyland. I had no idea what properties were available on Hawaii and certainly no concept of houses for rent in Hawaii at all.

Hawaii

I have already via my blogging career visited Disneyland and in a year where I am making my dreams come true, perhaps I should plan a trip to Hawaii.

It’s all perfectly achievable and I have enjoyed looking at houses for rent in Hawaii.

So what tempts me to see Hawaii apart from the well-known warmth of the people?

1. Food

Any description of Hawaii culinary treats is so tempting to the taste buds.

The Pacific Ocean provides a wonderful catch of sashimi-grade fish whilst the fertile land provides a rich source of fresh fruit and vegetables.

Hawaii has seen many immigrants over the years from around the world all having their own influence on the cuisine so there really is something for everybody to savour.

Street food is out of this world for sure served on a paper plate and featuring everything from teriyaki beef with rice to the Japanese hybrid, spam musubi. You could also try loco moco breakfasts which is made up of white rice topped with a hamburger, fried egg and brown gravy. I am not sure what I think of that one but when in Hawaii …

I absolutely love how farmers markets are referred to as “Sunshine Markets” and the fertile volcanic soil makes for some amazing produce ready to purchase at a farm stand or market.

Relish the sight of colourful fresh fruits, flowers and vegetables. You will also find Hawaii-grown coffee, local jams and baked goods, macadamia nuts and pop-up restaurants too.

Be tempted by hulihuli chicken, gigantic papayas and avocados, coconuts, passion fruit and freshly-squeezed juices. Hawaii is a food-lovers dream destination.

One thing is certain, when you are in Hawaii you wil be saying “ono!” for all the right reasons as it means “delicious”.

 

2. Culture

Native Hawaiian culture is a big attraction. Island communities always have a unique way of doing things and Hawaii is no different. I might even try to learn a little of the native Hawaiian language and attempt to match the warmth of the  local community.

What I love about Hawaiian culture is how very rich it is as so many nations have contributed to it. It also has a lovely feel about it with the kissing on the cheek on meeting and the taking off of shoes when entering homes. I want to experience the “Aloha Spirit” up close and personal. This is the coordination of mind and heart within each person. It brings each person to the self. Each person must think and emote good feelings to others. That seems a pretty good way to run a life to me!

3. Events

The famous Prince Kuhio is honoured in March with special celebrations marking his impact on the island.

The following month, you can enjoy the Merrie Monarch Festive. This sounds a lot of fun as it promotes the art of the hula amongst other things.

From Spring right through to the start of Summer, the Mele Mei and Na Hoku Hanohano awards are held celebrating traditional music and dance.

Don’t think it ends there. In June, Hawaii’s first monarch King Kamehameda is celebrated.

The next month the Prince Lot Hula Festival makes a big deal of all things hula but in a non-competitive event that attracts people from overseas

In August right through to October all the major islands take part in the Aloha Festivals.

4. Natural beauty

As someone who loves nature, Hawaii has so much to recommend it. It’s an Instagrammer’s dream location. There are beautiful beaches with a diverse range of colours of sand, hidden sea caves along the Napali Coast and volcanic landscapes all of which are awe-inspiring sights.

I also want to explore at least a few of Hawaii’s 50 state parks perhaps  putting the Volcanoes National Park and the Kalaupapa Historial Park top of my list. Did you know that 90% of the 1,000 species found in Hawaii’s parks are found nowhere else on earth?

Adventure

Or course, I would be perfectly happy eating and exploring natural beauty but my family may want a little more adventure. Fortunately, this is also in plentiful supply. I can see my youngest son loving to try out surfing, scuba-diving and snorkelling. He is an adrenaline junkie and I think my teenage boy might also have a go. He recently expressed an interest in water sports which took me totally by surprise. My daughter may just be tempted to try paddle-boarding. By the way, if you have not read about Hawaii and the history of surfing, you should as I found it quite fascinating.

The really good news for someone who is not particularly sporty like myself is that there are readily-available lessons in these activities so you can be sure your children are safe and know what they are doing.

When it comes to adventures, I may well be tempted by a boat trip to watch the whales. I have always fancied that so it is high time it got ticked off the bucket list.

Conclusion

The more I read about Hawaii the  more I want to get there and enjoy that lovely culture whilst discovering the history of the islands too. I just need to work out which luxury retreat appeals to me most as the place to savour all those fine views and gorgeous food.

Stress most likely isn’t an uncommon word if you’re an adult who is trying to juggle work and life and find some equilibrium. The number of tasks, activities, and demands that fill your daily life can often be the very source of your stress. Learning how to take the time out to do things that make you feel good and relaxed, however, is a way to balance out that stress. It can seem difficult to find the time in your busy schedule to look after yourself, but it’s necessary to do so for your well-being. Here are four relaxing things that you can do to help you achieve a better work-life balance.

 

Music

Listening to music is a great way to relax, especially if you listen to a song or genre that you love. Research has shown that music can prevent anxiety-induced increases in the heart rate and systolic blood pressure, which happen to be markers of stress. Seeing as music is proven to be effective in helping people relax, why not put together a playlist and create a serene environment where you can unwind regularly. On the other hand, if watching music performed live makes you feel relaxed, try going to a bar where there’s music or visit ticket sales to see if any of your favourite artists will be in concert soon. It is a great way to get positive vibrations pulsating through your body and give you the much-needed relaxation you need.

 

Massage

If you enjoy physical touch, then receiving a massage may be an ideal form of relaxation. Studies have discovered that people who get regular massages are more likely to spend more time in deep sleep, which is the restorative stage of the sleep cycle. If you’re struggling with insomnia or find it difficult to fall asleep, then receiving a massage may be the solution to your problem. Aside from helping with sleep, massages also have the capability of helping to boost your productivity, relieve pain, reduce stress and boost your immune system.

 

Exercise

It probably isn’t news to you that exercise can be a great way to unwind, relieve stress and feel good generally. If you already do so, you’ve probably experienced the positive benefits. Whether you enjoy fitness or not, there are several types of workouts you can choose from that are suitable for your needs. For instance, you can try yoga if you want to clear your mind through meditation or try kickboxing, dancing or martial arts if you want something more upbeat.

 

Pick up a Hobby

Find something you enjoy doing just for the fun of it, and do it during your free time. It could be anything from painting to fishing or knitting. The primary objective should be to look for something that you derive pleasure from and makes you happy. This way, when you’re not dealing with the stress that often accompanies work, you’re doing something that truly brings you a sense of joy.

 

Often we know what makes us feel relaxed, but sometimes we’re not sure exactly what we enjoy doing. If you happen to be one of those people, explore different things and try engaging in different activities. What you discover just might be the missing puzzle in your work-life balance.

 

Australia is most definitely tourism worthy, but if you asked someone why, you would probably get a lot of different responses. Some will say that the absolutely must-do things in Australia involve shopping, checking out the local flea markets, looking at the antiques and the local delicacies. While some will say that the beaches which are a landmark of Australia are unmatched all over the world, and should easily be your top priority. With so much to do, and so many conflicting opinions, it might be hard to form your own one and decide what you want to see the most. Depending on whether you find yourself to be a bit more adventurous than the average person and seek adrenaline pumping action mixed in with a few thrills here and there, or you just want to lay under a palm tree and take it easy while sipping on a mojito, your holiday plans will probably look pretty different. However, no matter how much you may think you may have researched or how well you’ve planned out your journeys, you will most probably miss something, and when you get back home, it is definitely going to bug you. If this is your first trip over to the glorious land of the Kangaroo, then a guided tour might be just the thing you need to fully enjoy your holidays. Let’s look at just three, but absolutely quality tours, which are most definitely worth taking a look at during your trip in order to enrich your Australian holiday experience.

Australia

 

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The big walkabout

Officially named “The big walkabout with sailing”, the title is pretty self-explanatory and presents what the tour’s contents about rather well. Lasting a total of 25 days and visits to over 20 cities, it is most definitely worth checking out if you are starving for some good cultural enrichment. With preemptively sorted accommodation, included transport and “authentic foodie experiences”, it is most definitely an appealing option to the explorer within all of us. Oh, and don’t forget the sailing as well!

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Great Barrier Reef Tours

The barrier reef not only has worldwide fame for being one of the most beautiful things on this earth, but also being the largest living organism, consisting of nearly a whopping three thousand (2,900) individual reeds just off the coast of Queensland. Its majesty can even be witnessed from space, and the biggest living structure on earth most definitely lives up to its name. Needless to say, it is most certainly worth seeing with your own eyes. Tours for the great barrier reef can be found on https://www.reeffree.com.au/, so you can look into it and maybe even get your booking, way in advance.

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Kangaroo Island in a Day

What good would going to Australia be without visiting a renowned resting place of the iconic Australian Kangaroo? If you have a spare day in your schedule and happen to be fond of animals or just feeling a bit curious, why not make your way over to one of Australia’s most popular wildlife destinations? The tour starts in Adelaide, and you can make your way over to the island via ferry, coach or even air. When you are already there, you can expect a guided tour amidst the famous Australian Sea Lions, and a two -course lunch in a location which will leave you breathless in awe.

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Putting things off is on my mind today and it appears I have even put off the Best Boot Forward weekly post until late evening.

Putting Things Off

Putting things off can certainly bring us a lot of pleasure if we want to avoid something. However, in  the end the task or situation at hand will catch up with us. Perhaps that means putting things off is a negative thing.

However, although we might commonly associate putting things off with negative things, we should ask ourselves if we are also putting off the good stuff. We can really make some powerful  arguments as to why we want to do something  but can’t just yet. It is almost as if some of us are scared of being happy and/or following our dreams. We too easily take that huge gamble that we have all the time in the world when the truth is none of us can know that.

So my questions for you to reflect on this week if it helps you at all are ..

  1. What are you putting off?
  2. How does putting it off make you feel?
  3. What would happen if you took action instead of procrastinating?
  4. How risky is the gamble you are taking by putting something off?

I will be answering these myself and posting later this week.

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Fibreglass is a hugely lucrative and in-demand material that is used by multiple industries for countless products. But why is it so popular, what are its specific advantages and why should you consider it when choosing an everyday item, like an umbrella?

In this article, we’ll establish how fibreglass is made, what it’s used for and how it’s the perfect material to construct premium umbrellas.

 

What is fibreglass?

Fibreglass also goes by the name ‘glass reinforced plastic’ (GRP) and is created by joining a collection of very thin fibres of glass with a binding solution. The main ingredients of fibreglass are silica sand, soda ash and limestone. Each glass fibre is often flattened into a sheet and can be constructed from various types of glass, and after, the fibreglass can be molded into multiple shapes while not compromising its strength and durability. The major types of fibreglass are:

 

  • A glass: chemical-resistant and similar to window glass, it’s sometimes used to make processing equipment.
  • AE glass: resistant to alkali.
  • C glass: this chemical glass has high resistance to chemical impacts.
  • E glass: a good insulator of electrical currents.
  • S glass: a structural glass used for its mechanical properties.

 

The use of fibreglass began in World War II, after glass fibres (invented by Russel Games Slaytor) and polyester resin (used since 1935) were combined to create the strong, long-lasting product. Fibreglass was an excellent alternative to metal during wartime and currently, two million tons of unsaturated polyester resin is produced across the globe.

 

Due to its malleability and tenacity, fibreglass is used across a wide variety of industries to make everything from kayaks and ladders, to bathtubs and circuit boards.

 

Beneficial properties of fibreglass

 

Fibreglass is an extremely versatile material which allows it to benefit multiple manufacturing sectors. But what are the main advantages of this popular material?

 

  • Non-rotting and won’t corrode.
  • Excellent thermal conductor.
  • Exceptionally strong with a resistance that is better than steel.
  • Great electrical insulator.
  • High slip resistance.
  • Incombustible.
  • Easily combines with other synthetic resins.
  • High impact resistance.
  • Non-conductive.
  • Holds its shape and won’t expand or contract with heat/cold easily.

 

Application of fibreglass across industries

This material is commonly used by a variety of sectors, and the global fibreglass market is predicted to reach a net worth of $18.75 billion by 2022, according to a forecast report by MarketsandMarkets. The reason fibreglass is such a popular product is due to its range of abilities. Not only does fibreglass offer longevity, versatility and safety, but it also provides high thermal insulation. This makes it one of the preferred materials for industrial gaskets, which means it’s used in machinery employed by multiple industries. Here are some of the main sectors that rely on fibreglass:

 

  • Aviation
  • Boating and marine
  • Electronics
  • Energy
  • Food and drink
  • Housing
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical
  • Military
  • Mining
  • Motoring
  • Paper
  • Power
  • Telecommunications

 

From planes and boats to insulation and enclosure, fibreglass is relied on throughout manufacturing to improve safety and lower production and maintenance costs. Currently, China is the largest manufacturer of fibreglass in the world, followed by North America and Europe.

 

Benefits of fibreglass umbrellas

 

It’s clear that fibreglass offers many manufacturing advantages. But how are these relevant to protecting you from wind, rain and stormy weather?

 

Durability

If you want an umbrella that will last, fibreglass offers excellent longevity. Fibreglass is tougher than carbon fibre, as it has a higher breaking point when flexed, as well as the ability to bend without compromising its structure. Since it’s incredibly difficult to break fibreglass and it has such a high resistance to impact, an umbrella should last you a long time if it’s constructed from this material — no matter how often it’s used or where you store it.

 

Being non-conductive, fibreglass is an excellent choice as an umbrella material. A fibreglass umbrella also won’t absorb moisture and, unlike steel and aluminium, fibreglass won’t corrode. This means you can use it in heavy downpours or in places with high salt content in the air without worrying that you’ll have to replace it.

 

Tenacity

Pound for pound, fibreglass is tougher than sheet metal, which is why it’s used for products such as wind turbines and car bodies.

 

Fibreglass umbrella frames are excellent for withstanding high winds and powerful downpours. Less prone to cracking and denting than other materials, you don’t have to worry about the structure of your brolly in very bad weather. Plus, you have a far lower chance of it breaking if you pack it into a bag or keep it in the back of the car.

 

Many umbrellas are classed as windproof when they aren’t. However, fibreglass umbrellas are sure to offer incredible strength, which helps to lower the chance of them turning inside out during high winds. For example, the spring above the runner provides a supportive, ‘buffer’ role that works to keep the brolly’s shape, while the suppleness of the material helps the frame restore its structure without damage.

 

Weight

Fibreglass has an incredibly low strength-to-weight ratio — hence its use in computers, TVs and mobile phones.

 

Generally, fibreglass weighs about half as much as aluminium and a seventh as much as steel. So, not only is fibreglass extremely strong, but it’s also comfortably lightweight. Fibreglass is significantly lighter than wood or steel too, so it’s ideal for those days when the rain won’t stop and you need your umbrella over your head for hours.

 

Cost-effectiveness

Fibreglass racks up fewer maintenance costs than alternative materials such as carbon fibre, which makes them a cost-effective purchase for consumers. Fibreglass has a material cost of approximately $2-$3, while graphite racks up a price of $9-$20 and aluminium sheets carry a fee of around $4-$10.

 

Due to its long-lasting features, you also won’t need to replace a fibreglass umbrella as often as other types, and the materials in general is less expensive than carbon composites.

Flexibility

While materials such as carbon fibre also have their advantages, fibreglass wins outright when it comes to flexibility.

 

Fibreglass is the perfect material for making umbrella ribs due to its ability to handle extreme flex patterns — such as high winds in stormy weather. You also don’t need to be concerned about your umbrella changing shape during hot and cold seasons. Fibreglass has the least contraction and expansion when compared to wood, plastic and metal. So, it maintains its shape and structure well in a wide range of temperatures.

 

While fibreglass often competes with materials like carbon fibre, there’s no denying its advantages. With lower retail costs, exceptional tensile strength and incredible flexibility, a fibreglass umbrella promises to keep you dry in adverse weather for potentially many years.

 

This article was researched and created by Fulton Umbrellas — a UK provider of premium birdcage umbrellas.

 

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