The Top 4 Beach Hotels in the World

Nothing is better than waking up to the beautiful ocean right outside your room. With so many beautiful hotels across the world, that can give you this amazing experience, there is no reason to not experience it for yourself . When you’re planning a trip, however, it can be overwhelming trying to decide what beach hotel to check out because there are so many! Well, I have made your planning a little less stressful by giving you the top four beach hotels in the world! Enjoy

Dorado Beach, A Ritz Carlton Reserve

This elegant hotel, sits on Puerto Rico’s beautiful northern shore, where guests have access to a mile of sandy shoreline and an 11-mile nature trail. Many guests who stay here never want to even leave their room because all luxurious guest rooms and suites sit directly on the beach. What can be better than that? Each of these suites has its own rooftop balcony or private pool with outdoor showers. The service here is also incredible. You are treated like royalty as soon as you step foot into the luxurious lobby.

Hotel Santa Caterina

If you ever make a trip to Italy, you better stay at Hotel Santa Caterina. Trust me, you will not be disappointed! This incredible hotel is immersed in the spectacular scenery of the Amalfi Coast. It also surrounded by fruit orchards, olive groves and bougainvillea. The rooms here are beautiful, all offering spacious layouts and marble baths. However, nothing in the room beats standing out on your balcony and catching breathtaking views the perennial Mediterranean sea.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai at Historic Ka’upulehu

The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is one of the most luxurious resorts to check out in Hawaii. This unique resort offers a variety of different types of swimming pools. From saltwater ponds to infinity pools, this hotel truly has it all. Also, if you are interested in learning more about the Hawaiian culture, check out the Ka’upulehu Cultural Center. It offers you an incredible insight about the island’s long history, art, music, and traditions. This is a great place to learn something new while soaking up the sun with family or friends. The food here is also incredible, and if you enjoy seafood you may have to stay longer as they offer some finest and freshest seafood in the world.

Montage Laguna Beach

The Montage Laguna Beach is located in Southern California, south of downtown Laguna Beach alongside the shore. Many of the guests who step out on their balconies get a chance to see some breathtaking views of the ocean and maybe even a dolphin sighting. In addition to enjoying the beautiful beach area, you have the opportunity to check out the pools, shop at some of the boutiques located in the hotel, or even enjoy spa treatment. There is so much to experience here that you will always have something to do!

If you are looking for some more beach hotels to check out, please read this article:

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On the ‘dangers’ of female travel

Thank you for writing this, definitely a read for every woman looking to travel.

Road Essays

This could just be a story about countries deemed dangerous for women to travel to. But it’s more than that. This is a story about our perception of danger and how we’re told time and time again that the unfamiliar and the foreign are more dangerous to us than what is on our own doorstep.

A couple of months back, British tabloid the Daily Mail ran a story in their travel section titled ‘Sex attacks, muggings, and harassment: World’s most dangerous holiday destinations for women (and some of them may surprise you)’. The top ten list declared India; Brazil; Turkey; Thailand; Egypt; Colombia; South Africa; Morocco; Mexico; and Kenya to be the most dangerous countries for female travellers.

We’ll get back to that shortly.  First I want to tell you about a strange encounter I had in Medellin, Colombia in 2001.

After a hard couple of days travelling…

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The Importance of Patient Centered Electronic Health Records

With much fear surrounding the use of electronic medical and health records, it is important to continually highlight the benefits of adopting medical software in the hospital system. Adopting electronic medical records not only decreases hospital costs, physician time spent looking up records, it also helps to generate critical data on patients. 0313-electronic-med-records-630x420

The collection of critical data can mean all the difference between halfway and full recovery for a patient. On a large scale, it can help health care administrators decide if one course of treatment applied to one patient can be applied to another. On a smaller scale, it can provides patients the necessary relief they need when dealing with their own information.

In this article titled Patient- Reported Data Can Help People Make Better Healthcare Choices, the writer examines some challenges to patient care stating that, “most patients don’t embark on a health care experience with a thorough understanding of available treatment options and their anticipated health outcomes. They need tools to help them make value-based, fully informed decisions about their care.”

In supporting this statement, a 2015 Institute of Medicine report named Core Metrics for Health and Health Care Progress reflects a broad approval of collecting critical data due its improvement on the performance of the health care system and patient’s health care outcomes.

The report also calls to action, the need to make more electronic medical records patient centered. A well designed EMR system adopts a patient centered approach and this approach features information on outcomes associated with specific treatments. Studies show that a patient centered approach to electronic medical records gives patients a better sense of satisfaction and patients are also more likely to choose high value care based on the data collected.

They say that with great power comes great responsibility. Electronic medical records continue to generate apprehension due to it’s capacity for data collection, which is also its capacity for ruin if such data falls into the hands of hackers. But if the goal is to keep electronic medical records patient centered, the best practical step to begin with is giving patients clear access to information in plain language. This makes the data easier to understand and also removes the element of uncertainty.

Information is courtesy of the Harvard Business Review

2 Important Things Women Need To Know When Traveling Alone

As flights become cheaper and more people travel in and out of the United States, young people in the age 19-25 demographic are embarking on solo travel trips around the world. Men are predominantly known for taking this initiative, to pick up a backpack and make their way across the globe. With more women circumventing the globe on their own, it seems that traveling is no longer an activity for the solo man. Young women are making strides in building their international and domestic resumes, and this is very admirable.

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Safety remains the number one priority for women as they make their way around the globe in search of adventure. The Huffington Post is committed to creating content on tips and advice for women who want to circumnavigate the world on their own. You can find some of their essays and pieces on the “Women Traveling Alone” portion of their website. Here are some tips for women looking to travel the globe by themselves.

Research the facts of the area you are visiting

Allowing yourself to be influenced by media stereotypes and biased news can really affect your traveling experience. Researching the areas of travel of travel and following up on current news locally and internationally can help you ease the burden of travelling alone. The saying goes that “Knowledge is power” so educating yourself is of primary importance. Using mobile apps to look up reviews from bloggers and travelers is also a strong approach for preparing yourself.

Learn the language and customs

Language apps like duo lingo or even software like Rosetta Stone can prove to be really helpful in learning a new language. If you don’t want to be caught looking lost on the street or like a stranger, learning important phrases and greetings can make transitioning and movement in your new environment easier. Locals also appreciate when visitors take the time to learn customs and understand their language.

To learn more about how you can be safe traveling alone as a woman, visit this great read on The Huffington Post