Have You Ever Gone On A Phoneless Vacation?
To truly enjoy time off, first you must put your phone down — but people can’t seem to do it. Now you can pay someone else to do it for you. The newly launched travel company Off The Grid offers group trips with itineraries, lodging and a daily breakfast included — and no phones allowed. Other resorts and getaways are advertising themselves as phone-free as well. Punta Placer, a beach resort in Mexico, is completely “off the grid” without Wi-Fi or phones for $90 a night. If the social pressure doesn’t help, the money they’re paying for the privilege of a phoneless vacation will. The yoga retreats cost anything from $550 for eight days in Portugal to $9,000 for seven days in Thailand.
- Would you prefer to go on a phoneless vacation or would not having your phone be too stressful for you?
Rescue Dog Detects Owner’s Skin Cancer
Victoria, a one-eyed Treeing Walker Coonhound, saved her owner’s life by sniffing around a lump on her nose until she went to the doctor to get it checked out. Lauren Gauthier had only rescued the dog eight months before, and Victoria isn’t any special sort of detection dog, but because she was so persistent, Lauren had the spot checked out.
The pup would smell a specific part of Lauren’s nose and then lean out to look at her owner before leaning in to put her nose on Lauren’s again. She did it over and over until Lauren finally had her doc take a look and it turned out to be basal cell carcinoma skin cancer.
Lauren had surgery to remove the cancer and she’s incredibly grateful her new dog caught it early on. “There’s the old term ‘who rescued who’ and I think it’s especially true in Victoria’s case,” she says.
Source: Inside Edition
Age 31 Will Be The Most Expensive Year of Your Life
Turning 31 is going to cost a pretty penny. That’s the age when people are likely to spend the most money in their entire lives, shelling out up to $60,000 in that single year, according to a recent survey by credit score company ClearScore.
ClearScore surveyed 3,000 people aged 25 and over and had each outline their expenses for that year. They found that 31-year-olds spent the most money, with the biggest expenses being getting married (27 percent), buying a house (25 percent), having a baby (20 percent) and paying for a honeymoon (14 percent). (Worth noting the average US worker’s salary is $44,564 a year.)
According to the ClearScore study, 60 percent of the 31-year-old participants said they had enough savings to cover the added expenses themselves at that age, while 33 percent of 25 to 34-year-olds had to ask their parents to loan them the money. In contrast, just 14 percent of people over 55 said their parents helped them financially at 31. The findings also show that 31-year-olds still worry about saving money, particularly for retirement and having children, with 20 percent admitting they use credit cards for big purchases, compared to just 8 percent of people over 55.
Other 31-year-olds are investing in their futures. Sochi Lee, a Los Angeles-based entrepreneur who runs her own jewelry business and works part-time as a DJ, has invested thousands of dollars in business ventures and living alone.
“At this age, you’re making more money, but you’re also reinvesting in yourself because you’re on an upward career trajectory,” Lee says.
Costco selling six-foot-tall doomsday food kit for $6,000
If you have extra cash to blow, or you just want to be prepared for the zombie apocalypse, Costco has just the thing for you. The company is selling an emergency food kit for $6,000 that will feed a family of four for an entire year. The doomsday food kit contains 36,000 servings of grains, fruits, vegetables, proteins, dairy products and more.
The package includes 600 cans containing milk, dehydrated potatoes, beef, chicken, corn, broccoli, apples, white rice, elbow pasta, pinto beans, instant butter powder, sugars, bananas, strawberries, onions and more.
The kit is designed to sustain four people with about 2,000 calories per day each, and the shelf life for the various items ranges from three to 30 years.
The wholesale club says everything will be shipped "discreetly" in two inconspicuous 6-foot-tall stacks of boxes, presumably so nobody judges you for your purchase. The description on Costco’s website reads, "Enjoy the comfort in knowing you have the essential foods your family will need to survive an emergency or natural disaster!"
Costco also has several other emergency food kits for sale ranging from $1,000 up to $6,000.
The Most Sleep-Deprived Professions
We all know how important getting a good night’s sleep is, but even with the best intentions, everything from what you had for dinner to what you do for a living can impact sleep. That’s right, your career can affect how much you sleep and new research shows which jobs are getting the least shut-eye.
A new survey from Hillarys, a retailer in the UK, asked 4,596 Britons about their sleep habits. The survey shows that only 11% of them feel they get enough sleep a night and looking at how little some folks are sleeping, it’s no surprise. So which career gets the least amount of sleep? Healthcare professionals do with an average of four hours and 15 minutes a night. On the flip side, workers with jobs in the hair and beauty industry get twice that amount, with an average of nine hours and 40 minutes.
People who work in these industries were found to get the least amount of sleep:
- Healthcare – 4 hours 15 minutes
- Law enforcement – 4 hours 30 minutes
- Teaching – 4 hours 35 minutes
- Journalists – 4 hours 50 minutes
- Hospitality – 5 hours
But those who work in these fields are getting the most sleep:
- Hair and beauty – 9 hours 40 minutes
- Telemarketers – 8 hours 45 minutes
- Insurance – 8 hours 20 minutes
- Retail – 8 hours 15 minutes
- Construction – 8 hours 10 minutes