Sunday Stories for December 21st, 2014

fireworks at Seattle space needle on new years eve

I’m counting down the days till Christmas, and till New Year’s, but still found a few stories to share this week. I hope you enjoy them.

20 Sentences People with Depression Hate Hearing the Most

With Christmas and New Year’s Eve crashing toward us, sweeping us up in the holiday spirit, it’s easy to forget that not everyone is merry at this time of year. We all know someone who suffers from depression, a disease that is often exacerbated this time of year. We all want to help, but our ignorance about the disease can lead us to say the wrong thing. This is good advice.

Here are 20 pieces of advice which are pretty useless when you are trying to help a loved one suffering from depression. Do not use these phrases if you’re trying to be sympathetic. They may have the opposite effect than desired.

Read original article here: 20 Sentences People with Depression Hate Hearing the Most

Use a ‘Fake’ Location to Get Cheaper Plane Tickets

We’re always looking for a way to go farther for cheaper. Have you thought about buying your ticket in another currency? Sometimes the foreign currency charges are outweighed by the savings.

I can’t explain airline pricing but I do know some plane tickets can be cheaper depending on where you buy them or, even better, where you appear to buy them from. This is all about leveraging foreign currencies and points-of-sale to your advantage.

Artist Turns Dirty Cars Into Works of Art

It’s the rainy season here in Seattle, and it doesn’t take too many miles in the rain to have a car sporting way too much dirt and road mud. Would you have thought to turn that into an art form? This guy did, and the results are amazingly creative.

Scott Wade turns dirty cars into works of art. Using a variety of brushes and painting tools, Scott has learned through much trial and error how to use dirt and mud on cars like paint.

Gondoliers on break, Venice Italy

Italian Gelato Flavors: What You Need to Know

Jessica is one of the people I love discussing Italy with. She gets it in a way that few people do. Or can. One thing we agree on is the desirability – dare I say need – for gelato multiple times a day.

I am a strong advocate of having gelato twice a day when you’re in Italy. Why? It’s an inexpensive treat, for one, and it gives you a chance to interact with Italians while simultaneously expanding your vocabulary. Because, after all, you’re not going to order the same gelato flavor over and over again, are you?

Read original article here: Italian Gelato Flavors: What You Need to Know

How to Buy a Greek Island

I spent all my time on the mainland of Greece, not having the opportunity to venture out to the islands. It’s one of the big draws for wanting to return to Greece. Turns out that I don’t need to settle for Mykonos or Santorini, I can have an island of my own. Oh, if only I had this kind of money.

Prices for these islands can run anywhere from a few million euros to more than €100 million, depending on amenities such as running water, electricity—and, in some cases, mooring facilities for a yacht. Still, property experts say prices are down overall—as much as 30% from precrisis levels.

Read original article here: How to Buy a Greek Island

How to Perfectly Sear a Steak

Easy tips to create the perfect steak at home. Yummmmmm!

There are few things as satisfying as a perfectly seared thick-cut steak with a browned, crisp crust. And few things that taste as good: That caramelized crust is where a lot of your steak’s flavor is hiding. Getting a good sear is simple if you remember just a few tips.


Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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