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Success Bon Voyage
Screaming babies, engine roars,
your seatmate’s annoying iPod…
there are loads of reasons to
want a pair of noise-canceling
headphones when you travel.
But often it seems you have
to choose between quality
and portability. Not any more,
thanks to the Denon AH-NC800
headphones. These high-tech
little wonders boast crystal-
clear sound quality and control
99% of ambient noise with
soft, comfortable ear-cups. The
whole package folds up neatly
to fit into a light, compact
carry-case; $349; Denon.com.
The Airstream trailer: It’s
a true travel icon, the
silver bullet of the road.
It now comes with a new
level of comfort thanks
to a partnership with the
outdoor experts at Eddie
Bauer. The 25-foot trailer
comes with a comfortably
luxurious interior and boasts a unique touch — a sport hatch at the
rear which makes for easy loading and unloading of bikes, kayaks and
other large pieces of gear; $73,700; Airstream.com/EddieBauer.
Pack your bags and go on a trip! Once in a while your marriage
needs it. Your life becomes a routine. I tell my couples in crisis who
simply need to reconnect again that they need to spice it up a little,
pack their bags and get away. Couples get so involved in their daily
routine whether it’s at work or raising a family that many times
they neglect the marriage. That’s a big NO-NO.
Here are some examples of couples who need to pack their bags.
1.) If your spouse travels weekly or 50% of the week.
2.) If you are raising kids and have put aside your career while your
spouse has a job outside the home.
3.) If your spouse goes out on business trips or business dinners
and you don’t get to be part of that world.
4.) If you feel unappreciated, bored or frustrated taking care of
home and kids because it can’t run without you.
5.) If your spouse is not as affectionate, or you haven’t had any
one-on-one time to have fun in over a month.
6.) If you haven’t been intimate in over a week.
7.) If you haven’t been given a kiss hello, goodbye or a simple
touch, caress or hug.
8.) If your spouse is nagging, complaining and lacking energy.
9.) If you don’t enjoy the things you used to do together or have no
common interests anymore.
10.) If you don’t communicate daily about what’s happening in
your life or how you feel.
What happened? Well, what happens is you are prioritizing
everything but the marriage. It may be you are no longer just a
couple. You may now have kids. You need to learn to shift your
roles, wear your different hats at different times of the day. You
need to communicate, invest, nurture and spice up your marriage;
even more so now than when you first met. Couples need to
frequently recharge their batteries and bring back that spark in the
marriage just the way it was when they first met. So, pack your
bags and get away. You won’t regret it!
Lisette Beraja is a Psychotherapist, Licensed
Marriage & Family Therapist & Founder of
Beraja Counseling Center. For more than 10
years, she has provided guidance and counseling
to individuals, families and couples. She is also
a Florida Supreme Court Family Mediator and
Parenting Coordinator. For an appointment, call
305.858.7763 or visit BerajaCounseling.com.
Just because you’ll be
spending half the day in
an airport is no excuse
for looking like you just
crawled out of your own
suitcase. It’s easy to travel
comfortably and look
fabulous at the same time.
42 Layer Power
Planes are stuffy, airports are cold, and
destinations are hot. Dress for all three
by layering. Try a classic t-shirt under a
light blazer. Bring a stylish scarf for extra
warmth…it doubles as a pillow.
Traveling in your skinny jeans can make for
a less than awesome experience, but that
doesn’t mean sweatpants are kosher. Opt
for an easy-fit cargo pant or lightweight,
beach-style linen trousers.
Skip the heels — and the frumpy sneakers.
A pair of ballerina flats or moccasins will
look cute while still making it easier to cart
that luggage around and saving you time
in the airport security line.