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Smartphone Monitoring 101

Recently, I’ve gotten quite a few comments from readers and friends about smartphone monitoring. This practice, using a service to monitor your kid’s phone usage, has become increasingly popular over the years and with that popularity has come a slew of questions. So I’m gonna give a brief overview of some of the main ideas to be aware of when considering this type of service for your family. I’ll be talking specifically about TeenSafe, since it’s my personal favorite, but there will be plenty of general information here as well.

Why Use a Monitoring Service?

The reason these services exist in the first place is that technology has increased by leaps and bounds in the modern era. Those increases are really great for a lot of things, like keeping our kids connected with friends and helping them complete schoolwork. But along with those increases have come some negatives as well. The internet is full of explicit content that we don’t want our kids to encounter. It’s also rife with bullies who have the potential to inflict real psychological harm. Perhaps most worrying, the internet is often used by predators to locate victims. Monitoring a child’s phone usage helps you protect them from these dangers and more.

What You See When Using a Monitoring Service

Each monitoring service varies a bit on what they provide, but here’s what you get with TeenSafe, which I think has the most complete feature set of the bunch. One of the big tools you get after installing the service on your kid’s phone is the ability to read their text messages, even if they’ve been deleted. This message monitoring also works with apps like Kik and WhatsApp. You’ll also be able to check your child’s call logs to see who they’ve been talking to. Another big one is the service’s ability to monitor website usage, including bookmarks. And finally, you’ll be able to track the location of the phone and view a map of where it’s been.

How to Approach It With Your Kid 

The above list of features gives you a great way to keep track of your kid’s usage of technology in order to keep them safe from people or content that might do them harm. However, it’s important to remember that using this type of service isn’t a battle against your kid. Ideally, you’re working together with your child toward the same end goal. In order to encourage this type of collaborative approach toward phone safety, I’d recommend keeping a very open line of communication with your child. It’s important to let them know why you want to keep tabs on their phone usage, and what are the boundaries and norms for it. Establishing a level of two-way trust from the start will go a long way in helping to make a monitoring service effective.

Hopefully that was a helpful starter guide if you’ve been wondering about the use of phone monitoring to help protect your kid. For more information, I’d recommend going to the TeenSafe website for a full overview of the service. Until next time!

5 Reasons Why Solo Traveling Makes You Happier (and healthier)

It is a brave decision to go on a solo vacation. As fun as going on a trip with your friends or family is, a solo trip has the potential to change you as a person. Not only can seeing the world on your own be an amazing experience, it can also improve your health and happiness. Here are some benefits of solo travel that might convince to book your next trip.

Travel can boost your immune system

Any travel, whether alone or with others is a boost to your health, including strengthening your immune system. When you travel, you are exposed to all sorts of new bacteria and your body will need to learn to adapt by creating more antibodies and defense mechanisms. Travel also reduces stress so your immune system doesn’t have to work hard at fighting stress hormones like cortisol.

You can relax as much as you want

When you travel solo you are in complete charge of your own itinerary. You can go where you want, when you want and spend as much time in any place that suits you. You can totally travel at your own pace, especially on a road trip in a rental car. Be as relaxed as possible by having one sure insurance, your inoculations up to date, and a basic first aid kit.

It will improve your social skills

You will need a good degree of self sufficiency when you travel alone but you will also need to be more socially and culturally aware than if you were with other people in a hotel where so much is organized and regimental. Solo vacations have been made easier and safer because you can travel with a smartphone or tablet, but there will be situations when technology will not help and you will need to engage with human beings. Embrace it and find fun in communicating in a different country with people who may not speak your language.

It improves brain health

Even though you are nice and relaxed, travel can still sharpen your mind. New experiences increase cognitive flexibility and traveling solo offers plenty of amazing opportunities for new experiences that affect all your senses. You’ll see wonderful new things, smells aromas that you’ve never imagined, and find connections with people of all sorts.

Plenty of time for introspection and reflection

There is nothing like time alone to help you gather your thoughts. Yes, you can do this anywhere but why not do it somewhere beautiful or interesting. Traveling solo means you have much fewer distractions too. You might well come across a stunning setting for a spot of meditation or yoga.

Everyone should take at least one solo trip in their lifetime. Whether you go to another state or another country, it should be one of your greatest memories when you look back on your life. Put it on your bucket list now!

Family Life and Stress

Days Past

We take on more obligations as we get older. This may not have been the case when we were much younger. When growing up, all we might have had to deal with were chores from our parents and may have even gotten an allowance too. We may have been told to wash the dishes, do the laundry and mow the lawn and our homework too. Most of us dealt with a defined set of responsibilities and then we were able to go and play, we didn’t have any other care in the world. We took care of our chores as quickly as we possibly could and then went to go find some diversions or make up our own. Those days go by so fast.

Growing Older

But as we grow older we find that there is more to be done. We find that there is more expectations, expectations that bring with it more obligations. We get past high school and head off toward college, the second tier of academia. We find that there are more costs involved in our decisions, tuitions have to be paid for and the expectation is that we will succeed in school. We will make great grades because of costs incurred as well the fact that our future is on the line. Some of us may find that we have to go to work at a local food joint or mall to help stave off costs and earn our way through college, a process which helps us to understand the need for work and why it matters in our lives. While in college we enter into many different relationships. There are those that are social, school clubs, fraternities and other. Then those relationships which are more personal and intimate and others that are professional as well.

In each of the relationships that we enter into and each of the activities that we take on, we realize that there are expectations and responsibilities that are attached. We learn that we have to go to class on time or the professor may close the door and deduct points from our final grades, we learn that we have to go to work on time or we let down our co-workers and the end customer and that we have to work hard in school to make our parents proud. We might also realize that we have our own individual expectations. We expect to be at one destination or other in life and we know that we will only get there by taking on certain responsibilities and making certain decisions. Life may throw different stressors at us, different obstacles to overcome and yet we press on while learning more about how the world turns each day. We then graduate college and seek to start our careers and potentially get married.

Adulthood

We graduate college, polish up our resumes and land a job. Ideally, we have found a job in our intended careers but this may not always be the case for a variety of reasons. At times we may start with an entry-level role that is way off from where we started but we realize that everyone has to start somewhere. We take the setbacks with stride, vape a little, take a couple of deep breaths and keep hacking away. We progress on in life, we think to ourselves that we want a family life, so we go on a couple of dates, experience some squabbles, de-stress by vaping with our e-cigarettes, work out our issues and then get married.

We begin our family life, a life that comes with different expectations of its own. We have to tend our significant others, do our chores (while not getting paid for it) and make sure that we’re tending to our kids and doing what we can to create the best possible future for them. We might find that we rarely get time for breaks, that there is always something that needs to be done.

If we don’t pay attention we can take a significant amount of stress and burnout. To avoid falling into this state of lethargy and overall tiredness due to a lack of regular breaks time to de-stress make sure to figure out how to pace yourself.

The Pomodoro technique helps in time management as well as being able to catch yourself if you’ve gone down the rabbit hole of endless work. Take short breaks each day to de-stress how you see fit, whether that means taking a few short strolls while vaping each day or getting out of work mode and relaxing at a park nearby, take the time out.

You’ll be glad you did.

The Benefits From Swimming

Swimming is perhaps one of the best ways to not only get in shape but is also a great way to help people recuperate after a severe injury. Water therapy has become one of the best forms of physical therapy for people who have been in an accident and are in need of rehabilitation.

Swimming is great for balancing out your mood, to help you shed more weight in helping to increase your creativity. So if you are keen on learning more about the benefits of swimming then get ready to “dive in” into this article as we will explore the many benefits of swimming.

Grab your swimwear and your trunks because this article will get you ready to go for a swim.

The Many Benefits Of Swimming

# 1 Balances Your Mood Out

Swimming is a great way to help balance out your mood. Swimming helps to release the happy, feel-good chemicals. This is because swimming requires you to exercise and to exercise has long been connected with boosting one’s overall mood. So if you need a quick pick me up, then swimming is a great way to turn that frown upside down.

# 2 – Lose Weight

It is no secret that many people in the west are obese. It isn’t even a secret. But swimming is a great way for you to start burning the extra fat.

Why? Because again swimming as fun as it is is also an exercise and by forcing your body to move through a medium that works against you are using your muscles more and toning your muscles.

Fat can quickly be burned by adding more muscles to your body; because muscles BURN FAT. So why not jump into a pool instead of going jogging because it will prove to be invaluable for the entirety of your body.

 

# 3 – Cardiovascular

Swimming will help to boost your cardiovascular health. Meaning your body will be able to pump blood much more efficiently and you have much more stamina.

# 4 – Boost Your Cognition

Much like exercise improves your mood it also is excellent for increasing your cognition. The many benefits of exercising can have a list all unto itself. But exerting is incredibly beneficial for your body as well as your mind.

So next time you want to get a bit more creative then go for a swim because it will help to greatly bolster your thinking and productivity.

Getting Started with Shapewear

As the years pass, most people begin to feel a bit self-conscious about how they look. Sometimes it is because they have put on a bit of extra weight or that the aging process has led to a bit of sagging.

When that happens, there is no reason to worry. Modern shapewear like the type that is sold by retailers like Simply Be, can save the day. Provided you buy the right type, look after it and wear it properly you will be pleasantly surprised by how much of a difference it can make to the way you look. But, if you have never bought shapewear there are a few things you need to be aware of and take into account.

Check your size

The first tip is to measure yourself before you shop for shapewear. This video shows you how. Always use a tape measure, never simply use your bra or dress size. The sizing of these garments varies greatly, so you cannot rely on using them as a guide.

Buy the right size

This next tip seems obvious, but you will be surprised by how many people do not follow this advice. You need to buy the right size shapewear. Too big and it won’t provide any support at all. If it is too tight, all that will happen is that your bulges will be redistributed and spill out over the top and out of the sides. This looks truly awful, far worse than if you were not wearing shapewear at all.

Buy for your body type

Look at yourself in the mirror and work out which areas need additional smoothing and support. This will help you to work out which garments will help you the most.

Choose the right level of compression

Shapewear offers several different levels of compression and support. If you are just looking for a smoothing effect go for light support garments. Spandex and garments with built-in control panels provide a little support as well as smoothing out minor bulges.

Firm compression garments are good for contouring. They reshape the figure as well as provide support. But, they do not really pull you in. For that, you want maximum compression garments or corsets. However, you do need to be careful with how you wear these. They are really only designed to be worn occasionally. If you wear them all day, every day, your organs can end up gradually being displaced. That can lead to breathing and digestion issues.

Try it on properly

When you get your shapewear home, try it on under a range of garments. Take a critical look at yourself in the mirror, if you can, from all angles. This is the best way to be sure that the items you have chosen are actually the right ones for you. If they do not look or feel right do not be afraid to return them. Bear in mind that you are unlikely to be able to return shaping panties because of hygiene concerns. So, pay special attention to sizing when buying those.

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Working From Home Can Set You Free

With 3.9 million Americans working at least half of their week at home, making money remotely has become a legitimate way to generate extra cash flow. Whether its making money off of your actual property of just working in your home office, being based in the comfort of your own home is not only convenient but great for your family.

Using Your Home For Extra Income

Generating money from home can prove to be the best way for you to gain extra income, pay off mortgages, or ease the transition into retirement. The most common way to make money off your property is by renting out a room or space. With websites like AirBnB being popular hotspots for temporary rentals, families can rent out rooms for months, weeks, or even days at a time. More traditional lease based renting options provide a more secure and long-term rental. Another popular method to making money from home is using any garage or back house space as a storage unit. This involves no risk of rental or human wrongdoing, simply use your extra space for other storage and make money while you sleep!

Your Home Is Your Office

Working from home can be a peaceful experience that allows you to work on your own time, while also being able to focus on the responsibilities of raising a family. For many people with passionate hobbies that may not be part of the corporate world, blogging from home can be a way to generate extra income as well as expressing what you are passionate about. Starting your own blog will allow you to focus your days on your two loves; your passion and your family. Freelance writing jobs are also plentiful online. If you have a knack for writing about various topics or are even a specialist in one, there are plenty of opportunities to write and earn money from home. Online tutoring and graphic design jobs allow college graduates the opportunity to use their degrees and excel in their profession all from the comfort of the home. Your home can earn money for you.

Dedicate More To Your Family

Working from home by renting property, selling storage space, starting a blog, or a remote position all can generate extra cash and give you a little more wiggle room financially. The most enriching part about working from home though, is the serenity and fulfillment it provides by allowing you to be less stressed and more active in the lives of your family members.

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How to Use Embroidery to Make your Clothes More Fashionable

If you have some old, plain clothes that you don’t really wear but don’t want to throw away either, then here’s an idea for you! You can try using embroidery to help make your clothes more fashionable and make you want to wear them all the time. Embroidery is a versatile technique that can be used to spice up a clothing item and give it new life.

Embroidery has made a huge comeback into style and has been a steady trend for a while now. So find some items that could use a little something extra and enjoy being creative with embroidery!

Starting Out

You can begin by choosing a machine to start embroidery, or try a more simple method with an embroidery hoop and needle. Embroidery machines can digitize a design and embroidery it onto your clothing much quicker than if you do it by hand. There are many embroidery machines suitable for beginners so it won’t be too difficult for you to get the hang of it. If you’d prefer to try your hand at embroidery the old fashioned way, then stop by your nearest craft store and get the supplies you need.

With either method, you should practice on some scrap material before starting on your clothing. But don’t worry if you do make a mistake in your design, a stray stitch can easily be unpicked or covered up.

Patterns and Patches

There are endless amounts of free patterns you can find online. From a simple, red rose to intricate patterns and even emoji designs. You can start with the simple designs and maybe try embroider a simple flower onto a plain T-shirt. The simplest design can have a massive impact on the way a clothing items looks, just by adding a lovely little detail. Floral designs are very trendy right now and can turn a plain old item of clothing into an elegant, stylish piece that will turn heads.

You can even buy embroidered patches to sew or iron on to your clothes if you’d prefer not to do all the work yourself. Patches can have many meanings or symbolize specific places or things. Try adding them on a denim jacket for a very fashionable look.

Another idea is to embroider words onto your garments. You can make them more personal with your initials, or embroider a simple saying that you like. This can help you create more unique items of clothing and people will be sure to ask you where you bought them from!

Colour

It’s important think about what colour embroidery thread you should use on specific clothing items. Consider what colours will complement the colour of the fabric, and if you want your design to really stand out or if you want it to be more subtle. Using complementary colours is a great idea if you want your designs to be more eye-catching, and contrasting colours will definitely stand out more than similar shades.

Embellishments

Embellishments, like beads and sequins, can be used to make your embroidery really pop. Adding a little sparkle can really draw the eye to the design and make people notice the details of your clothes. If you’re embroidering a pattern, all you need to do is slip a small bead or sequin onto the thread every now and then to create an amazing effect. Embellishments could also be used in the centre of flower designs.

Textures

Embroidery can also help to link together different pieces of your outfit. You can layer an embroidered denim jacket over just about anything, whether it be a light, summer dress, or leggings and a T-shirt. Plat around with different clothing textures that will make your embroidery really stand out.

There are so many different types of stitches you can try out that will result in different textures within your embroidered design or pattern. From spaced out, simple lines to heavily layered patterns that add volume to your design, there are so many techniques to experiment with.

Accessories

Your clothes aren’t the only things you can jazz up with embroidery. Accessories can help turn a boring outfit into a cute ensemble. Try embroidering some bright colours onto a scarf, or add some intricate patterns to your clutch bag and turn it into more of a statement piece. Embroidery can be used to make pretty much anything more fashionable, so be creative and have some fun with it!

Tips for Traveling with Big Kids

Traveling with kids will get easier once they get bigger, right? In some cases, no. Bigger just means they are able to express themselves more. Tantrums won’t fully go away. And if you have more than one kid, prepare for those endless sibling spats that can make you want to pull your hair out and regret ever hauling your entire family for a vacation.

Try these tips to make traveling with big kids a lot easier:

Make a List of Everything the Entire Family Needs

A list helps you stay sane while packing for your vacation. A list also ensures that you won’t forget your child’s favorite cuddle toy or your emergency medical kit. Squelch the urge to bring everything but the kitchen sink. The last thing you would want to do is lug around your heavy luggage while herding the kids. Keep everything minimal and simple. You will stay sane that way.

Expert tip: Bring only your essentials and allot money to buy the rest of the stuff you need at your destination. Just make sure you do your research in advance to make sure your destination has stores where you can buy the things you need.

Arm Yourself with an Entertainment Kit

Vacations mean lots of time going from one place to another and spending a lot of time waiting for food to arrive when you eat at restaurants. Kids get easily bored and antsy when they get cooped up in contained places for a long time. Give something to distract them.

Make a travel entertainment kit and a restaurant kit. You don’t want the kids to get bored with their activities fast so make sure you have these two separate kits and give them only when they have to wait for a long time. You can visit the dollar store and buy art supplies and cheap toys to bring with you.

Expert tip: When buying coloring supplies, choose those that won’t roll off easily. The last thing you would want to do is keep crouching under the chair to find crayons that your children keep on dropping. You can actually find uniquely-shaped coloring materials. If you are feeling extra creative, you can chop up old crayons into small pieces and then put them in Alphabet or star-shaped molds. Melt them in the oven and let them harden. You not only have new shape of crayons, you also saved money in buying new coloring materials.

Plan Your Travel Itinerary with Kids in Mind

Choose accommodations that are kid-friendly. Stay away from unsafe, noisy and overcrowded areas. You can actually save more money by avoiding the usual touristy accommodations. Find out if they have amenities ideal for kids so you can keep them occupied while you go and have a massage. Pick accommodations with the essentials like a bathtub, laundry, TV and Wi-Fi. Also make sure you pick destinations with plenty of activities that kids will love.

Expert tip: Stay longer and you have better chances of scoring bigger discounts. You can also opt to go during off-peak seasons to avoid hordes of vacationers and to take advantage of the amenities of the hotel better. Trust me, swimming in a jam-packed pool is not a good way to spend your vacation.

Bring Lots of Snacks

Bringing snacks can save you a lot of money. They will also keep your kids occupied and prevent your kids from getting hungry while traveling. You can buy small reusable containers and stash snacks in there. Choose snacks that won’t get mushy or won’t perish easily.

Expert Tip: Buy snacks in bulk and separate them in small packages so they are easier to bring. Choose snacks that are not messy and are satiating so your kids won’t feel hungry easily.

Don’t Forget Important Equipment

We’re talking about strollers. If you have kids who still take naps during the day, they will need a place to do so.

Expert Tip: You can also use the stroller to stash your luggage and shopping bags. Tandem strollers are also great, so you won’t have to bring more than one stroller. You can check out more options here.

With careful planning, you should be able to go on a stress-free vacation with your kids. Prepare in advance and choose destinations that your kids will love. Focus on creating wonderful memories with your kids.

Choose A Safe Air Tracks Used At Home

It is not difficult to get your kids to take interest in gymnastics exercise, gymnastics program includes jump, roll, balance or coordination or any other difficult movement, this is what they love to do. If your kids participate in gymnastics class in school, the coach or trainer will assure they are safe and perform the news skill in a proper manner. However, if they want to practice at home, what they should to protect their body to keep away from being injured. Undoubtedly, air track mat is an affordable tool to keep you go on practicing gymnastics at home safely without fear of any danger may happen to you.

Airtrack home  is commonly used in gymnastics class, it is not strange to the kids if they have engaged in gym class at school, kids will love the mat if they have an opportunity to get such a cool mat home, they are aware of the mat covered with cushions providing protection to them during gymnastics exercise. Kids will get used to practicing on the airtracks once they got one at home, they will find the mat is not only used for gymnastics, on the other hand, it has multiple functions that can be used for different purposes. They play on it for fun, have a nice sleep on it for a rest, it even can be used in many other special exercises related to the body weight.

Sometimes, one single mat cannot satisfy kids demand anymore, as they need a larger place for their practice, in this case, you can get two or more mats to connect together to make more space to suit their needs and make sure their practice in safety.

Tumbling air track is an ideal equipment for kids to practice at home without trainer or coach’s supervision, which guarantee you to take part in kinds of floor activities safely and comfortably.

Getting air track prices means you can practice at home with safety and assurance, you don’t need to worry about getting hurt during your training. It is worthy of buying such a cool equipment.

Budapest Best Kept Secrets

Named as one of the most idyllic cities to live, Budapest offers more than just a locations for that unforgettable last night of freedom (https://www.lastnightoffreedom.co.uk/). With architecture to rival the likes of Rome and Paris, and cultural hot-spots such as the Szechenyi Baths and the city park, it is easy to see why it is one of the top destinations for city breaks. Before you jet off to the Hungarian capital, get these best kept secrets on your itinerary and experience the best of Budapest.

For Sale Pub

A quirky favourite of travellers and locals alike, the For Sale Pub offers unique surroundings for their patrons. As the name suggests, customers can drink and place personal advertisements on the walls along with drawings, business cards and notes for others to read through and appreciate. But apart from leaving your mark in the pub you will be able to appreciate the fine cuisine and famous Hungarian hospitality.

KonyV Bar and Restaurant

One for the literary buffs out there, this restaurant has a truly distinctive way on dining and a way to change up what it has to offer. Each week the restaurant selects a novel, a classic or something new, and bases their entire menu on it, including drinks and deserts. For example, the restaurant previously based their menu on The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain. Dishes available were ‘royal pheasant broth’ and ‘rich and poor’ coffee chocolate cake. This truly ‘novel’ idea is something you have to experience first-hand.

Veli Bej

The ‘City of Baths’ are over-following with thermal pools including the popular Gellert spa, Szechenyi (https://www.lastnightoffreedom.co.uk/activities/budapest-szechenyi-thermal-baths/) and Lukacs baths. But one that most don’t know about is off-the beaten track and you won’t find many tourists here. Veli Bej, unlike its counterparts, is a small, yet cosy baths which offer everything you would find at the better known baths and more. Despite being from the 16th century, the baths are a local favourite and somewhere you should try if you want to avoid those annoying tourists.

Red Ruin

Unlike other Soviet Bloc countries, Budapest certainly has a good sense of humour when it comes to poking fun at its rocky communist past. Nestled within an ancient looking façade, Red Ruin bar embodies this humour – with murals of Karl Marx, Vladimir Lenin, Joseph Stalin and Mao Zedong on the wall, wearing birthday hats and having a super-fun “communist party.”

Vajdahinyad Castle

Humble beginnings for this Hungarian landmark, yet it isn’t well known to many tourists. Located on a manmade island, the castle was originally built using cardboard and wood before being built with stone in 1904. Apparently, the first draft was good enough.

Hospital in the Rock

Set up during the Second World War, the hospital helped to treat injured soldiers throughout its six-miles, natural tunnels. Fast forward to 1958, the tunnels would be extended into a nuclear/chemical war shelter, where people could seek escape before the nukes dropped. Now the tunnels are home to a museum that displays the tunnels history throughout the past century, including mannequins. Other than discovering the past, brave visitors can take part in a nuclear readiness test so see how you would fare when the bombs drop.

Labyrinth under Castle Hill

Not a one for the faint-hearted, explore the eerie history of the tunnels under the city. Home to some of the darkest history the city has to offer, visitors have the chance to explore the labyrinth with just their courage and a lantern. All manner of historical events have taken place in the catacombs including the imprisonment of Vlad the Impaler – otherwise known as Count Dracula. The tunnels are also haunted so keep an eye out for any ghostly presence.

Zwack Unicum Factory

Budapest is famous for many things: copious amounts of public baths, the river Danube and the Ruin District. But arguably one of the most well-known export is Zwack Unicum. The herbal liquor, which is similar to Jägermeister, is made up of 40 different herbs and spices and boasts a proof in the region of 80%. Fancy a tipple? Most bars in the city have it stocked. But if you want to visit where the famous spirit is made then head on down to the factory which pumps out the stuff by the bottle.

Flipper Muzeum

A pin-ball lover’s paradise, the Flipper Muzeum in Budapest is a definite. Situated under a residential building, you may be mistaken in thinking the place is home to one of the biggest collection of fully working pinball machines in Hungary. The assortment of games also includes the rare Mesovonat machine which is the only Hungary-made machine known to exist. And to top it all off, your entry price covers use of all the machines all day. A one to include on your itinerary for sure.

Istvantelek Train Yard

Located just outside of Budapest, this vast area of land contains a number of disused warehouses which are home to more than 100 locomotives and carriages. Known as the ‘Red Star Train Graveyard’, the vast collection of trains and cars includes some that were used to transport prisoners to Auschwitz and other concentration camps during the Holocaust. Unfortunately most of them are fighting a losing battle against the elements and won’t be around forever. Next time you are in the Hungarian capital, this is definitely a one to go and see.

Michael Jackson Memorial Tree

The ultimate king of pop is, arguably, the biggest name in music history. Since his death in 2009, Hungarian fans have transformed a seemingly nondescript tree in the capitals to a shrine to the creator of the moon-walk. Draped in all kinds of MJ memorabilia the nonchalant tree is now a tourist attraction. But the real secret to the tree, and why it is included on the list, is if you are around on the King of Pop’s birthday then you will be treated to the annual flash-mob celebration to Jackson’s life.

Szimpla Kert Farmer’s Market

If you come to Budapest and you don’t visit Szimpla Kert ruin bar – you’re doing it wrong. This is a huge, well known pub with quirky, mismatched furniture including sawn-off Trabant cars and even an open air cinema. But, less well known, Szimpla Kert hosts a traditional farmers’ market every Sunday morning, with locally produced, healthy, farm-fresh and home-grown salami, homemade syrup, jams and other delicacies on offer for bargain prices. Perfect for them hangover snacks if you’ve been out the night before.

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