Why You Should Travel Alone

Why You Should Travel Alone

It seems like a huge fear in America: being alone. It’s not uncomfortable after all. Travelling alone is similarly scary, but reaps huge rewards. So whether you’re a teen or someone searching for the best places to retire, here’s why you should branch out and try travelling alone:

Know and Grow

People love to say that people never change—but that’s simply untrue, especially as we go through different life stages. You could be a shy youth and a firebrand senior citizen across your life—but only if you allow yourself the space to grow away from others, and their ideas of what you should be. Read more

How the Journey to India led to the birth of IPA

How the Journey to India led to the birth of IPA

Indian Pale Ale is a personal favorite of mine, and it always interests me to find the history of the best tipples. Whilst facing a decline during the early 20th century it has seen resurgence during the Campaign for Real ale and Craft Beer Movement, with virtually every craft beer club stocking at least one of the beers. It’s the strong hoppy taste that really that gives it that iconic taste, it’s why I love the beer but what’s amazing is that same iconic taste actually comes from preserving the ale from a long journey across the open seas.

The journey which of course I’m sure you’ve guessed by now would have been from Britain to the Indian colonies. George Hodgson of the brewery Bow Brewery was known as one of the first breweries to engage in the beer trade with India. One of his more popular beers was the October Ale, a type of ale that required a long ageing process in order to deliver the rich taste required. This was ideal as it meant that the voyage to India actually complimented the beer rather than acting detrimentally against it.

India Trip

As breweries competed for the best beer to survive these conditions investors turned towards more innovative strategies. Allsopp, Bass and Salt brewery built upon Hodgson’s beer by creating a strongly-hopped beer. There is a myth surrounding the beers of this time that they were a lot stronger in alcohol volume, however this is a complete myth as they were actually around slightly weaker. By the 1840s the beer had come so popular that demand to export the beer to England started to gain traction.

It was around this time that American, Australian and Canadian variants of IPA began to develop though quite similar, there remains to this day a distinct difference in taste between the different regional variances, to the point where some London Breweries now brew American IPAs. In the UK IPA usually refers to low-gravity beers with a low alcohol volume.

American IPAs are distinct due to the hops used, such as Columbus, Simcoe, Amarillo, Cascade and Nugget. The variance of America IPAs even go so far as to have regional differences between East Coast IPA and West Coast IPA, with the East Coast focusing on a far more hoppier flavor whilst the west coast focus on a far more maltier flavor. One thing that is for sure is that like most good things in life IPA was founded by complete and utter accident.

Top 10 reasons to spend your honeymoon in the Dominican Republic

Top 10 reasons to spend your honeymoon in the Dominican Republic

It is not an exaggeration to say that the Dominican Republic`s only flaw is the risk of falling in love with the island and not wanting to go back. The wonderful weather all year-round, picture perfect white sand beaches, lavish nature and friendly people await you. This tropical paradise is ready to welcome you with beautiful affordable resorts, a vibrant culture and positive vibe. Honeymoon in the Dominican Republic for an unforgettable experience.

The beaches

The number one reason to spend your honeymoon in the Dominican Republic is it`s world renowned beaches. The turquoise water color appears photoshopped, blinding white sand and palm trees complete this perfect picture of an ideal get away. The beaches are not crowded and you can find many secluded ones. If beaches are your priority, spend your honeymoon in Punta Cana. Just google these places – Macao beach, Cabeza de toro, Uvero alto and Saona Island and you will see why. Read more