40 things I’ve done by 25!

By Michelle L. (London)

When I was a little girl I thought that 25 was so old, that I would have my shit completely together by this age and have everything in life figured out; the perfect job, the best husband, and 2 kids with a white picket fence.. around my ginormous castle!

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Turns out real life gets in the way and things don’t always turn out the way that we expect them to, but that’s okay because real life can be so much better than any expectations we may have for ourselves.

Not that the original fantasy doesn’t sound nice, but I don’t think that I would have been able to do half the things that I have done in my life had I fulfilled that and these experiences are a huge part of what has made me, well, me.

1)Drank the biggest glass of beer, and ate a fuckton of Bavarian pretzels, with thousands of people at Oktoberfest in Munich.

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2) Traveled to over 50 countries, and 6 continents.

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3) Went skydiving in Fiji, and landed right on the beach

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4) Spent a stupid amount of money and bought myself a pair of Jimmy Choo’s.. Because why not?
5) Beat Cancer… Twice.

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6) Traveled for over 15 music festivals around the world

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7) Ate dinner at the Great Wall of China
8) Spent time interning in VIP services in Las Vegas, right out of high school
9) Dropped out of college, and started my own company (with lots of my parents help, of course)

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10) Safarid in Africa, got chased by an elephant and am still here to tell the tale!

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11) Woke up at 5am to see the sunrise at the Taj Mahal

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12) Moved to London completely alone for a bit.

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13) Partied until the sun came up in Ibiza

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14) Stayed out until 6 a.m. with British soldiers we met in a bar… because YOLO? (Yes, we hate this word with a burning passion too, but how else do we describe a night like that?)
15) Jumped over the Royal Box at Wimbeldon Semi-finals, almost getting arrested just to meet Drake.
16) Spent my 21st birthday with my best friends doing 2 a days in Vegas for the weekend.

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17) Fell in love, got my heartbroken, and guess what, I survived
18) Experienced one of the most religious ceremonies during Shiva month in Varnassi, it was so spiritual.
19) Witnessed the most incredible view of the sun setting over the Grand Canyon

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20) Got a tattoo while completely blackout drunk, and don’t regret it for one second
21) Won a free trip to India, and took my family!

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22) Took a cooking class in Tuscany, where we drank way too much wine, laughed for hours, and learned how to make pasta from scratch, how Italian of us.
23) Worked on a political campaign and loved it.
24) Went bungee jumping off one of the highest bridges in the world in Rotorua, New Zealand.

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25) Volunteered in a village in the mountains of Fiji which consisted of no running water, mixing concrete with my feet, housing made of tin, poop, and wood, ramen noodles for days, showers in a river, teaching English to locals, and it changed my life.

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26) Read over 150 books, and have so many to go
27) Traveled on my own to Amsterdam on 4/20, met locals and participated in local protests against the government, and it was empowering.

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28) Spent New Years dancing the night away on a cruise in Rio De Jainero.

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29) Got covered in nasty green slime for Nickelodeon!
30) Ate Kentucky Fried Chicken in Kentucky… Because how could I not?
31) Missed a flight and instead rented a car and spent hours singing at the top of our lungs as we road tripped all night.
32) Played with Kangaroos and Koalas in Australia
33) Visited concentration camps, with a holocaust survivor and got to hear first-hand stories.

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34) Dyed my hair blue and purple, it slightly resembled ‘My Little Pony’ but I fucking loved it, and rocked it.

35) Binge watched like 10 seasons of a show in like a week

36) Went to three football games in 3 different cities, and 2 states, in 2 days!

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37) Learned how to be alone, whether it’s going to the local bar for a beer, the movies, or just reading a book in the sun, I have found the importance of enjoying your own company. Just because you’re alone doesn’t mean it has to be lonely!

38) Left a note, and a prayer at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, and got to experience all of the holiness spending a Shabbat there.

39) Slept in a Bedouin tent in the desert, under the stars, it was beautiful.

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40) Stayed up for a full 24 hours during Miami Music Week; started with an a pool party, then went to Ultra until closing, after partied at Wall (where I smoked with some of my favorite DJ’s until closing), watched the sunrise while driving to famed Space in downtown, and ended the morning with waffles and chocolate chip pancakes at Flashback diner.

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I realize now that at 25, I have done a lot of shit, and even though none of it has to do with getting married, or even bringing me anywhere close to it I have learned far more about myself than I ever thought I would. It is okay to not have everything together by now, because I see that most 50 year olds still have no idea what they’re doing with their lives.

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I still have a long way to go, but I am definitely enjoying the path to it, all of it; the good, the bad, and the ugly. Especially with a great support system of family, friends, and loved ones!

So instead of worrying about that guy that broke your heart, saving every penny you’ve ever earned, or spending your life in that 9-5, take a step back and really look at your life and see if you’re on the path that you want to be. Do something just for yourself (we recommend travel of course, but to each their own), because making you happy is the most important thing at the end of the day!

Some of the best views in London, I have found so far!

By: Michelle L. (London)

Moving somewhere on your own is hard, especially when it is half way around the world without knowing anyone, but it is a great opportunity to get to see the sites that you never would have checked out! One of my favorite things to do is to see the views of the city and what it has to offer.

Holland Park: This beautiful park in South Kensington is the perfect place for taking beautiful pictures and reading a book. They park is very big, but the must sees are The Kyoto Garden, modeled after the Japanese city. It is equipped with a koi pond, a beautiful waterfall, and all of your typical décor, right in the heart of London. As well as having a Dutch Garden; which feels like you are being transported to another era, the small log cabin as you stroll through the breathtaking maze of flowers, ponds, and statues that relate back to their culture. Take a walk and explore the grounds, and then you can have a bite to eat at their café. You can easily spend a few hours here without even noticing! Note: You allowed to bring a bottle of wine into the park and there are tables for picnics (requires reservation).

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The London Eye: This famed hot spot where millions of tourists flock to every year, really does let you see the city in a unique way, 360 degree angles of EVERYTHING while riding in all glass capsules on a giant Ferris wheel. One of the best things about it is that you can upgrade and get your own capsule complete with bottles of champagne! (Perfect for proposal or special event)

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Primrose Hill: This is a spot that a lot of locals have known but the secret is out for tourists! Located right in Regent Park you get to see London from a whole different perspective. It is a little bit of a walk, uphill of course, but you get to see almost the entire London skyline from here which is beautiful, especially if you go around twilight time. Grab some snacks, a blanket, and your favorite book and make sure to see the city light up.

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One New Change Roof Terrace: This is where you can go to get the perfect view of St. Paul’s Cathedral! They have Madison’s restaurant up there which is a cute, informal, local spot to be able to dine and look at panoramic views of the skyline. Open from 6am until midnight, you can get the perfect views while the sun is shining or while the city is lit up.

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The Shard: Aka the tallest building in Western Europe, of course has the most ridiculous views you will find in London, and all of its surrounding areas. Our recommendation is to go to the bar at The Shangri-La, which is located on the 52nd floor, just under the viewing area the building provides. Instead of paying a fee for the view, you can now get the perfect one and you can spend that hard earned money on drinks instead! Don’t forget to try and sneak into the men’s room and you will get a real pissing view.

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Radio Rooftop at the ME hotel: Perfect place to see the city sparkle, while enjoying drinks that sparkle! Or alcohol popsicles! They have a DJ playing indoors, and a terrace overlooking the Thames and Somerset House, with blankets provided in the winter! It is an absolute must see, so dress your best and enjoy!

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Oktoberfest!

By: Michelle L. (London)

Oktoberfest is here, and we hope you are ready for all of the craziness that comes with it, because it will be a few days full of crazy shenanigans! We experienced it firsthand, so that we can give you the best tips to enjoy your first time in the holy land of beer!

Do come to Munich for Oktoberfest, but stay for the incredible city it is in! Stay a few days here and make sure to squeeze in some tours because the city is filled with so much interesting history, you can’t leave without learning some of it.

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Don’t forget your lederhosen and dirndl! These are the German names for the traditional dress for the festival. We thought it was only a tourist thing and we were dead wrong, about 80% of the people who show up here are dressed in their outfits and completely rocking them!

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Do reserve a table and seating beforehand (we can make this happen for you). With this you pay for the table, reserved seating with the best views, a liter of beer per person, a spread of traditional Bavarian appetizers, and a full German meal. Plus it totally takes away the stress of having to get there super early to try and get seating in the non-reserved area, plus it is your table for the whole night.

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Don’t expect to be able to walk through the grounds with your beer. We thought they would sell them all over the place, but this is not the case! They only sell beers in the tents set up in the area.

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Do make sure you check out every single tent there is to see, there are about 12 throughout the Oktoberfest grounds and they each have their own design and completely different vibes! They also each hold between 6,000-10,000 people who are drinking heavily so always fun for people watching!

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Don’t be on a major budget when you go here, it is a once in a lifetime experience, and they take the opportunity to charge for basically everything. Even just plain water will cost you at least 5 Euros so keep that in mind before you go.

Do Bring lots of cash, most places that we went to in Munich were cash only, so make sure you have enough and don’t rely on credit card usage!

Don’t be alarmed by the big security increases, they are there for your protection after all, and most are extremely nice, and speak basically perfect English!

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Do know that you will be getting extremely drunk, the beers are strong and in huge glasses (the first few sips definitely take 2 hands to hold the glass.) By the third one you will definitely need both hands.

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Don’t worry lightweights, if straight beer is not your thing, we recommend a Radler; this is a deliciously refreshing mix of beer and lemonade!

Do learn some of the Oktoberfest classic songs before you go; each tent has a band that plays a very random mix of music. About half of it is easily recognizable classic rock music, while the other half is lots of German songs that everyone seems to know the words to, so you don’t want to be completely left out! Plus there is nothing like being in a crowd of thousands drunkenly screaming all the songs together.

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Don’t Put your foot on the table unless you are ready to down that entire beer, because if you do you will look like a complete idiot, sorry not sorry!

Do leave your backpacks at home guys, as they are not allowed in! For women, don’t take a purse because there is a lot of pickpocketing that goes on here.

Don’t get on the rides after all that beer, you don’t want to be puking! Get there early and enjoy everything there is to see, including the rides and games because the grounds are huge and everything is more exciting than the next so enjoy everything they have to offer. It’s open from 11:00 am until 11:00 pm.

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Do have the best time ever! This is a once in a lifetime experience so make sure to make the most of it, don’t skimp on the little things and take advantage of everything there is to do.

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10 Reasons why hotel sex is better

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After hundreds of hours of extensive research on the subject (fun as hell research by the way!), we have come to the unmistakable conclusion that hotel sex rocks! There are many factors at play here that come together to create the perfect hotel soiree…

You are away from our usual habitat so you are more adventurous

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You are probably on vacation so you are in chill mode and practically naked most of the day

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Room Service is just 45 minutes away (you don’t even have to get dressed for food, Yay!)

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The (mini) bar is in the room so alcohol is probably partially guilty

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Hotels have sexy bathrooms that beckon some indoor acrobatics

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Hotel beds are awesome, fluffy, bouncy and you never want to leave them

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There is an intimacy kit in the mini-bar (it’s included, right?)

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You don’t have to clean the room, wash dishes or any humdrum chores (look how happy the cleaning lady looks)

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That couples massage you had at the spa has made you horny

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Because your room has this!

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Tips for surviving a girlfriend getaway!

A girl’s trip can be a something you’ll remember forever or your worst nightmare come true. Clashing personalities, petty fights and poor planning can derail even the best-intentioned adventure. Here are some tips to ensure your friendship survives the trip….

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Get everyone’s input – Regarding the destination and the activities, let the majority rule.

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Compare your travel styles – Traveling is a much more intimate experience than hanging out so make sure you know what you are getting into before you sign up.

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Study the destination – Make sure you know as much as possible about your destination to make sure you don’t miss anything important, avoid tourist traps and have a clear idea of what to expect.

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Set a budget – This is very important! If you want everyone to participate, make sure you plan something everyone can afford.

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Book as far in advance as possible – To get the best deals, try to book your getaway as soon as possible to make sure you can benefit from the cheapest airfare and hotel deals. Use a knowledgeable travel consultant.

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Consider an all-inclusive destination – Cruises and all-inclusive hotels are a great idea when traveling in groups to avoid splitting bills and so that everyone knows ahead of time how much the trip will cost.

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Plan some down time – Don’t plan too many activities each day. Leave some time to relax, sleep late and for spontaneous plans that will only happen when you are there.

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Interact with the locals – Locals will give you the best travel recommendations. Also don’t be afraid to try the local cuisine, explore their customs and traditions and even learn some of their language. (and no, making out does not count!)

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Take a CHILL pill – Traveling with a group can be hazardous to your mental health. Relax, take it easy, avoid confrontations and GO WITH THE FLOW! You will avoid problems, fights and stress.

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10 things it’s totally cool to do at your wedding (Part 2)

Elope – We know this sounds a little out there but it could be a really awesome experience for the couple. You can get married in a really cool, unique special place (for the 2 of you) and you can always have a party when you return to celebrate it!

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Do a tattoo ring instead of the traditional rings – Social acceptance of tattoos has changed a lot and at the end, who gives a f_ck?

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Have a cell phone/social media policy for your event – Nowadays, guests can be really obnoxious and the whole scene can become a HUGE mess. Set some guidelines, hashtags and you should be ok.

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Create a registry for your honeymoon – It is becoming more popular because couples already live together and don’t need house stuff. It is also a great way to avoid the wedding hangover and not have the honeymoon bills as well as the wedding ones!

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Have a POT BAR – If getting married in a state where pot is legal, include a pot bar in your celebration. It will be the talk of the party and it will certainly add to the ambiance….

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Don’t toss the bouquet – Skip the traditional stuff like bouquet and garter toss and try something different and more your style.

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Walk down the aisle to your favorite tune – No matter if it’s a rock song or reggae, it’s your day and it should be a reflection of the couple.

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Prepare breakfast (just in case) – If the party is at night, there is a chance it could last until morning, so feeding your drunk, hung over and hungry guests in the AM would ROCK their world!

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Create your own Hangover Kit –  It is the perfect party favor and a great memory for all those that came, partied and felt better in the morning because you thought ahead!

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Have a “CRAZY HOUR” – Give out cool party favors and disguises to use during the “Crazy Hour” which lends itself to awesome memories and social media gold!

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10 things it’s totally cool to do at your wedding (Part 1)

Have a tiny guest list – It’s your day and you can choose who to invite and what you can afford. Don’t go into a huge debt just to impress anybody. You will get a bad case of wedding hangover when you get the bills.

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Have a destination wedding – Not everyone will be able to make it, but the ones that matter will….

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Keep negative people off your guest list – Even if they are family, you want only happy guests sharing your special day. It will make a huge difference.

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Have a “themed wedding” – Forget tradition and social pressures. Make this day your own, no matter what that means. You will be happy you did! (Game of Thrones anyone?)

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Getting married somewhere different – You don’t have to get hitched in a church or temple. Try something exciting, a hot air balloon, a boat, a ranch, the desert, an aquarium, the zoo or anything else that makes you happy. Your guests will enjoy a different venue and experience.

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Skip the wedding cake and try something different – Again, it is ok to do something different like ice cream bars or brownies (not the happy ones). People will always remember something special and wedding cakes are really expensive, so you can save some bucks for the honeymoon.

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Serve BBQ – It will make the affair fun, different and very yummy!

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Make it beach chic, not black tie – This will make a huge difference in the mood of the party as people will be more relaxed and ready to party.

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Have a shot girl – Distributing shots can accelerate the speed at which the party will get banging! Just make sure you have enough alcohol available if it gets crazy!

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Don’t take traditional wedding pictures – It is a huge effort and consumes a lot of time and at the end you will probably look at the party pics more than the traditional ones. Make it fun for you and party like it’s 1999BC!!!!

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The Do’s and Don’ts if you go to Ibiza

 

Don’t: Go there on a tight budget, I cannot stress this enough. It is honestly so not worth it to go all the way there and have to be concerned about every penny. Drinks range from 9-30 euros for a drink, that 9 will sadly get you a bottle of water, or the house wine, and all of this is not including your entrance fee which usually ranges from 30-75 euros per person in the major nightclubs and pool parties!

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Do: check the schedule on Muchotickets.com/en/ to make sure that your favorite Dj’s will be playing, the weekly residences are insane, they usually include people like Axwell and Ingrosso, Hardwell, David Guetta, Dimitri Vegas &Like Mike, and so many more!

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Don’t: forget to stay hydrated if you take a pill in Ibiza to show Avicii that you’re cool. It is hot as hell out there and humid too, the sun goes down around 10PM so you will be in full party mode while the sun goes down, and the stars come up!

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Do: Get a table with your crew of people if you can afford it. The clubs in Ibiza hold anywhere from 5-10,000 people so the dance floor can get ridiculously crowded to the point of not being able to move. (plus some are not airconditioned)The tables run for a couple grand but they are totally worth it, your own private security guard escorts you to wherever you want to go, whether it is the bathroom or the middle of the dance floor. The bottles keep flowing as long as you want them too, and you have your own space so no worrying about the madness that is the dance floor. This is your ultimate celebrity VIP experience! (a table for 4 is 2 seats and a table for 8 is four seats, plus the prices are all inclusive you do not add the 30% that is added in the states)

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Don’t: be intimidated by the size of the crowds and clubs either, just be prepared for lots of bumping and grinding with strangers’ and their drugs, sweat, and tears covering you.

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Do: Pregame heavily for basically every event, getting drunk is expensive; maintaining that drunk on the other hand is not too bad! If you decide to go sans table, we recommend a lot of this, unless you don’t mind the drink prices.

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Don’t: Dress to impress if you’re spending the night on the floor. Be comfortable and happy. You will see people in 6 inch stilettos, and you will see people in converse and flip flops, wear what makes you feel best. For the most part there are absolutely no dress codes in these places so you can get away with wearing anything. You probably see more jean shorts at the club than you do LBD’s so keep that in mind when you’re planning your outfits!

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Do: Spend some time at the beach clubs and local non touristy restaurants out of Ibizas main city, they are on the water and usually have incredible views, lounge music, and great vibes!

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Don’t: forget that it is not Ibiza if you don’t leave the club while the sun is rising at least once on your trip! So have an incredible time, say hello to my one of my favorite cities, and most of all, stay safe and happy! You haven’t lived until you see the sun come up at Space, works for both Miami and Ibiza

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What’s Hot This Week!

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August has started and for all of us foodies in Miami we could not be happier, because as we all know this means the start to Miami Spice Month! You can set your sights on all of the places you have wanted to check out but thought were too pricy because they are now available for $23 lunches, and $39 dinners per person. With restaurants like Katsuya, world famed Ibiza hotspot Cipriani in the heart of Brickell, Prime Italian and their to-die-for take on modern Italian food, and hidden gem of trendy Korean style cooking at Drunken Dragon to name a few don’t grab your attention, and have you salivating Palov style, we don’t know what will.

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This weekend is an exciting one, with the start of The Olympic Games! Do you have plans to do anything special for them? If not, let BTK help guide you; The Setai will make you feel like you’re right in the center of Rio’s action with their Copacabana themed lounge, massive tvs broadcasting the game, and even Olympic gummy rings to garnish those delicious drinks. The Carillon in South Beach has prime viewing for the games, 4 new Caipirinhas options and a Rio inspired tapas menu from their incredible restaurant Thyme. Lincoln Roads iconic staple SushiSamba will also be participating in all of the fun with a special themed menu and lots and lots of cachaca, of course! It’s also a great place to beat the heat with a Kaffirinha Ice Pop, crafted in-house with Kaffir lime leaves infused in cachaça and churned with lime and sugar, essential for a Miami summer, duh.

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For all you locals, or visitors who are just looking to spend a weekend of typical South Beach insanity, we have a few things going on for you too! Chuckie will be getting you into the perfect weekend vibes this Friday night with his set at Story Nightclub, he helped pave the way with his start of “dirty house” so get ready for bright lights, and a little bit of Latin rhythm, and some awesome bass drops! Arty will be taking over LIV on Saturday night with his incredible take on deep house that is sure to leave you in a state of trance for hours!

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Are you self-proclaimed lover of fitness and raving? Well this Saturday you can combine the two loves of yours for an unholy union of racing and raving; Meet Me in the Dark 5K and music festival is here this Saturday night. People will show up decked out in neon everything, and lots of lights! The course can be walked, run, crawled, or danced through to a line up of Miami’s hottest local DJ’s. At the finish line this turns into a full blown EDM concert with a big, secret headliner; so you don’t want to miss out on this shit show of fun, good vibes, and craziness!

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BTK tip of the week: Wear lots of insect repellant, especially if you are in the Wynwood area, as Zika is spreading here and can be very serious. Besides that we hope you have an incredible weekend, let BTK help you out with any reservations or plans you may need!

10 things to know before you plan a destination wedding

A lot of brides dream of a destination wedding, a beautiful, romantic beach or an amazing castle in the Loire Valley. It’s part of the fairy tale they have grown up with and played in their heads over and over again. Social media and amazing cameras on cell phones have exacerbated the issue as new amazing destinations are available on Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook to drool over and daydream.

So if you’re considering planning a destination wedding, there are a couple of things you should consider before deciding to exchange your vows in an exotic island in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

Cost might not be what you are expecting
Even though the guest list will be way smaller, costs like airfare and lodging will have to be included. The cost of the rest of the suppliers for the wedding, from flowers to catering will depend a lot on the location.

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Planning your wardrobe will be more complicated 

When traveling for your wedding; you’ll have to consider all events related to the wedding plus all outfits for down time etc. You wont be home where you have everything you own available and accessible.

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Hire a local wedding planner

As with any wedding, the effort to create the perfect wedding is huge and you better know your way around these issues by hiring a local that knows the lay of the land and how to get things done right.

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Passports and Visas

All guests will require a passport if you travel to a foreign country and surprisingly only about 15% of US citizens have a passport. It’s a great idea to have one but it does require that all guests go through that process and maybe even visas depending on the destination.

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Gifts

Guests travelling to your wedding might feel that their presence (and the costs associated with being there) is their gift. Costs can add up so just be prepared for many guests and family members not to go and give you a good gift or those who attend not to.

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Find a place you both love

This can be a touchy subject, the same as your honeymoon. Compromise is the word! It should be a mutual decision so nobody feels they had to give up on their dream wedding.

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Use technology to share with the ones that can’t travel

Skype and many other apps and gadgets make it much easier to share with everyone that was not able to travel, even in real time. This will add a new awesome twist to your special day!

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It’s your wedding so do what feels right to you ONLY!

You will have many opinions and people recommending stuff. Make it yours! Do it the way you want, your style, your location and your rules.

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Make sure you understand the legal requirements to get married abroad

Each destination will have their own rules and regulations and some even require that you have a minimum stay before you can get married. Also consider how the marriage license will be legalized in the US so you have everything free and clear where you live.

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  1. Have fun with it and don’t stress out.
    This piece of advice goes to all our brides and grooms. Don’t sweat the details. Concentrate on the things that you will remember and in creating beautiful memories!

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