January Is Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Living in the United States can shield you from some of uglier problems in the world, like human trafficking. That is why the President made January Human Trafficking Awareness month.

The truth about this problem is that it does happen here in the U.S. It is a business worth $32 billion that sees most trafficked victims forced into the sex trade. Around 66 percent of the victims are women and young girls.

Police often end up arresting trafficked victims and states do little to bring justice to them.

The pornography industry is where many trafficked victims end up. And watching pornography supports the trafficking. Other victims work at “massage parlors” against their will.

In the U.S., the annual Super Bowl is the largest congregation of sex trafficking victims. Their handlers bring them to the host city to work.

Learn more about this problem at : http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/15/human-trafficking-month_n_4590587.html

Day Trips From Paris To Normandy

Are you are visiting Paris and thinking about a day trip to Normandy?

If so, keep in mind that it will involve a lot of travel time.

Day trips from Paris to Normandy can take anywhere from five to eight hours by car.

You can also take a train to Caen from the Gare St. Lazare station.

Once you get there, just rent a car to finish up your day trip from Paris.

The closest car rental company to the train station is Hertz.

Tour companies out of Paris also offer day trips to the Normandy beaches.

If you book a tour, expect it to take a total of 12 to 14 hours. The average price you can expect to pay for a Paris to Normandy tour is around 150 Euros.

Normandy, France

Normandy, France by seangraham

Road Trip Checklist

Getting ready to take a day trip?

If so, you can travel by bus, car, train or bike. You can even travel by plan if you like.

Taking a day trip by car is most common.

If you’re traveling by car, you may need a road trip checklist.

A checklist can help you make sure you have everything that you need for your day trip. It will keep your day trip stress free.

And, you can reuse the road trip checklist for all of your day trips.

Here are some items for your road trip checklist:

  • Map or GPS
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Blankets, if it’s cold outside
  • Flashlights and batteries
  • Car emergency kit
  • Coins, for parking meters or tolls
  • Plastic grocery bags, for trash
  • Pain medication, such as ibuprofen, and anti-diarrhea medications
  • Extra clothing sets, in case someone’s clothes get wet or soiled
  • Cat litter or sand, in case you get stuck in snowy or icy weather
  • Music
  • Games to keep kids occupied
  • Camera

6 Ways To Eat Healthy While Traveling On Your Day Trip

When you plan your day trip, food may not be on your mind.

Eating while traveling can tend to be unhealthy.

This is due to eating on the run, and eating what you can find when you are hungry.

A lot of times, that means fast food is the meal of choice.

Fortunately, you can plan so that you and your family have healthy meals on your day trip.

Here are 6 ways to eat healthy while traveling on your day trip.

1. Pack a cooler with water and drink it regularly. Not only will have a cooler full of water save you money, but it will keep you hydrated and healthy.

2. Make and pack healthy snacks for your day trip. Avoid the pre-packaged snacks, which can have unhealthy additives. Instead, focus on dried fruits, nuts, fresh fruits and vegetables with dips such as organic peanut butter and hummus.

3. Don’t go crazy and eat a lot junk food just because you are on a mini-vacation. A little ice cream or other small indulgence won’t hurt you, but stick to healthy choices when you are in restaurants.

4. Try to not stress on your day trip because stress releases cortisol, which increases your appetite for sweets. If you feel yourself getting stressed, practice some deep breathing techniques.

5. Focus on eating nutrient-rich foods, such as whole grains, vegetables and lean protein. And for desserts, opt for items that are fruit based.

6. Eat at grocery stores instead of restaurants. Some grocery stores have salad bars and hot bars. You can also usually get things like pre-made salads and sandwiches at most grocery stores. In the U.S., you can find a lot of quick, healthy options at Whole Foods grocery stores. In Europe, try to find a Marks & Spencer grocery store for a healthy selection of pre-made sandwiches and salads.

Berlin to Potsdam Day Trip

If you’re visiting Berlin, Germany for a few days, you may be looking for some nearby places you can visit while using Berlin as a base.

Potsdam, Germany is a great place for a day trip from Berlin.

It is located just 20 miles from Berlin and accessible by train.

The main attraction in Potsdam is the Sanssouci Palace.

Called the Versailles of Germany, the Palace was built as a summer home for Frederick the Great in the 18th century.

The town of Potsdam itself is located along the Havel river.

When you’re done visiting the Palace you can wander around this over 1,000 year old city.

Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam, Germany

Sanssouci Palace, Potsdam, Germany by clg20171

Berlin to Spreewald Forest Day Trip

Known simply as Spree Forest in Germany, the Spreewald Forest is a favorite day trip from Berlin for locals.

Spreewald Forest is situated around 50 miles from Berlin.

This UNESCO biosphere features waterways and forests.

When you go day trip to Spreewald Forest from Berlin, you can take a boat tour, walk or hike around the area or just cycle around.

The forest covers a 250 square mile area.

To get from Berlin to Spreewald Forest, you can take a train.

The train from Bahnhof Zoo takes an hour and 30 minutes and the train from Ostbahnhof takes around an hour.

Spreewald - Burg-Lübbener Kanal, Germany

Spreewald – Burg-Lübbener Kanal, Germany by DerFussi

Berlin to Hamburg Day Trip

If you’re looking to go on a day trip from Berlin, you may only be looking at cities that are nearby on the map.

Though it looks far away, the city of Hamburg is a great day trip from Berlin.

You can get from Berlin to Hamburg in under two hours on the train.

Hamburg is the second largest city in Germany and offers plenty of things to do and see.

The old port is a must see attraction in Hamburg. Try to visit on a Sunday when you can take in the Sunday Fish Market.

St. Michael’s Church, or Michaeliskirche, is another great attraction in Hamburg. This city landmark offers a three-organ concert each day at noon. If you want great views of the city, go up in the church tower.

Hamburg also offers a variety of river tours if you want to spend a lazy day in the city.

Hamburg, Germany boat tour

Hamburg, Germany boat tour by LuxTonnerre

Berlin to Wandlitz Day Trip

Wandlitz is another popular day trip location for Berlin locals.

The main attraction at Wandlitz is its large, crystal-clear lake Liepnitzsee.

You’ll find Wandlitz just 16 miles from Berlin, which means you can easily take the train.

If you want to walk around the lake, it will take you around three hours.

If swimming is more your thing, take a dip in the lido.

You can also visit Wandlitz if you are a history buff.

In Wandlitz, you can find an estate that was part of East Germany. In fact, it was home to the top officials in the region at the time.

Wandlitz, Germany

Wandlitz, Germany by mediaparker

Berlin to Szczecin Day Trip

For something a bit different, why not take a day trip from Berlin to Poland?

In just two hours, you can take the train from Berlin to Szczecin, Poland.

Szczecin is also referred to sometimes as Stettin, which is its German name.

This lively Polish town is full of medieval architecture, a historic 14th century tower and Baroque city gates.

Great shops, restaurants and cafes can be found in the Old Town, which locals call the New Old Town due to it being rebuilt in 1990.

Another great place for restaurants and shops is the Waly Chrobrego river promenade.

Attractions include Katedra sw. Jakuba (St. Jacob’s Cathedral), Zamek Ksiazat Pomorskich (Pomeranian Dukes Castle), Pionier Cinema (oldest cinema in the world still in operation), Emerald Lake and Puszcza Bukowa.

Szczecin, Poland

Szczecin, Poland by shaggyshoo


Experience vs. Passion: Choosing The Best Writer For Your Needs

When you have a project that is in need of some stellar content, hiring a freelance writer can help you meet that need. While deciding to use the services of an off-site writer is an easy decision, the difficult part is ensuring that you get a writer who best meets your individual needs.

Conventional wisdom may point to choosing the highest rated or most experienced freelancer writer. Taking this approach ensures that the end result is a well-crafted piece with minimal structural errors. However, technical skills do not always translate to writing that is fun to read or that converts well. In some instances, it may be more beneficial to pass over the seasoned writer for someone who might be a little green or not rated as highly but is extremely passionate about the subject or topic. This means that you may need to use different freelance writers for different content needs.

Do you have a marketing brochure or sales page that needs a little copywriting finesse? For professional writing such as this, it is likely best to stick with a writer who has experience in the area. Doing so can reduce the need for rewrites since experienced writers are more familiar with the needed tone and style. The same rule of thumb can apply to articles, depending on how they will be used.

Content that is going to be displayed in a more casual setting, such as in a blog post, can actually benefit from a writer that is very passionate about the subject as opposed to a highly skilled technical writer. For instance, if you have a crafting website or newsletter and need a blog post or article on the subject, then the best option is to find a writer that is really into crafting.

In an ideal scenario when you are hiring a freelance writer, the passionate writer is also one who is highly rated or experienced. If that is not the case, you should consider if it is better for you to have a well-written piece that doesn’t move anyone or a piece that might need a few minor tweaks but really hooks the intended audience.