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Surprisingly Awesome Road Trip Cars

When it comes to road-tripping, especially in wine country, your car may be the most important part of your trip. Here are some surprisingly awesome road trip cars that you should keep on your list and consider before you plan your next big adventure. There’s something special about each of them that makes them perfect for long drives into the unknown.

GMC Canyon Diesel

This powerful pickup truck is perhaps the most surprising on this list of surprisingly awesome road trip cars. You may not think of a pickup as being a good vehicle for a long drive due to space restrictions and bad gas mileage, but this 4-door diesel gets about 30 mpg on the highway and up to 600 miles on one tank. The turbocharged engine pulls the truck along with the ease of a sedan but allows you to tow up to 7,000 pounds of road trip toys. Convert the truck’s bed into a pool for portable road trip swimming!

Ford Flex

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On a road trip, traveling around in a box may be a good thing when it comes to space. This SUV has three rows, which means you have so much room for all of your passengers and cargo as well. If you aren’t using all the seats, put them down and you’ll have plenty of space for pretty much anything you would want to bring on a road trip, from mountain bikes to paddleboards. The square shape means lots of extra headroom which makes the Flex feel so spacious and makes even the longest road trips extra enjoyable.

Toyota RAV4

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The RAV4 might seem just just another SUV, but this compact adventure-mobile is actually pretty special. For starters, it can tow up to 1,500 pounds and has Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which will really transform your long road trip. This cruise control lets you set a speed and then uses radar to adjust if there are cars in front of you. An interior with reduced noise and vibration helps keep everyone more comfortable on your drive. Four-wheel drive lets you explore anywhere you want, while an average 30 mpg on the highway makes it the perfect cruiser as well.

Kia Sedona

The Sedona is an affordable but luxurious minivan that’s makes you forget you’re driving a van. Tri-zone climate control helps keep everyone on your road trip so comfortable, while the captain’s chairs in the center row offer reclining footrests so your passengers can really relax on the drive. A super sleek and stylish exterior looks more like a hatchback than a van. You’ll get about 25 mpg on the highway with this room-for-8 van that can also tow about 3,500 of road trip toys.

Chevy Impala

This full-sized sedan is truly comfort on wheels when it comes to road-tripping. The trunk is surprisingly roomy, and the seats for the driver and all passengers are designed for comfort. The Impala’s suspension gives the sedan’s ride a floating feeling that minimizes all feelings of being on the road. If you’re looking for a great basic sedan with a well-above average ride and cargo space, the Impala is a surprisingly awesome road trip car.

Mercedes-Benz S550 Coupe

The S550 Coupe lets you look good while you travel, and gives you a good way to view the road with its huge sunroof and pillarless glass windows. You’ll get to see all of your surroundings from the comfort of this luxury ride. Nice little features like a multimedia system help keep your passengers entertained on long drives, while the Intelligent Drive safety and convenient features like radar systems, brake assistance and active blind spot assist will make the drive less stressful for the driver and more safe for everyone.

Toyota FJ Cruiser

Even though they stopped making this awesome SUV in 2014, a used one is still a great choice for a road trip vehicle, especially if you want to do any off-roading road trips. The boxy, rugged-looking exterior has little touches like 3 windshield wipers and rear-opening back passenger doors. The inside is covered with a washable rubber material to let you clean up fast after a fun day of adventuring in the sand, mud or water. They’re so fun to adventure in!

How Much Does Looking Beautiful Really Cost?

When we look at the most beautiful women in the world, now and in the past, one of the key things to remember is that their looks come at a financial cost.  The beauty industry here in the UK is worth billions and most women spend hundreds, even thousands, each year on beauty products and treatments.

What the celebrities spend

Let’s look at the top end of the scale to start with – what the celebrities spend to look at good as they do.  Two popular current examples are Kim Kardashian and Kylie Jenner, with millions of social media followers, huge TV shows and the adoration of fans around the world.

According to a survey conducted by My Voucher Codes, this comes at a substantial cost both financially and in terms of time.  According to the study, Kim Kardashian takes at least two hours to do her makeup and uses around £2300 worth of products as part of that daily routine.  Of course, she also makes a fortune from her own range of products that is worth around £2.8 million.

Likewise, Kylie Jenner spends around two hours doing her makeup and spends around £2800 every time.  But again, she also generates a huge amount of income from selling these products to others with her income from beauty products, clothing books, posters and other merchandise said to total around £16.5 million a year.

Beauty vloggers

Nor is it just the very top level of celebrities that are making money from their beauty regimes and from their social media following.  Flux Magazine looked at the top beauty vloggers and bloggers to see what kind of following and income they have:

  • Michelle Phan – subscribers: 6 million, earnings £2.1 million a year
  • Zoella – subscribers: 4 million, earnings £50k a month
  • Tanya Burr – subscribers: 2.8 million, earnings £20k a month

When you look at the amount of month most people spend on beauty products, this all makes perfect sense.  For example, the 19-24 age group spend over £1700 a year on such products while their 25-34 age group increase this to over £2000.  It increases another £100 a year in the 35-44 age group and another £100 again in the 45-54 age group.  The last group, 55-64, reduces slightly but still spend an average £2190 a year on such products.

Saving money

Of course, there are ways to save money on these beauty products.  Watching for sales is one effective way while searching for discount vouchers can see a substantial saving.  Trying beauty boxes is another way to get the best products for a bargain price with companies such as Glossybox and Birchbox offering a range of travel or full sized items for as little as £10 a time.

How Your Family Can Benefit From Smart Speakers (like Amazon Echo)

Amazon Echo and Google Home are smart speakers that can understand your commands and perform tasks for you. It short, they are voice-powered personal assistants on hand at all times. They are used by individuals of all kinds, but what many don’t know is that they offer a wide variety of benefits for families with children too. Here are a few ways that Amazon Echo and similar devices can benefit your family.

Pure Search Engine Power

This is no doubt the most useful tool that Alexa and Google Home has to offer. At any point in time, you or your child can activate the device with one word such as “Alexa” and then ask any question. This is extremely useful for studying, cooking, or anything else. Imagine your child is doing homework, and they come to a point where they have a question to ask. Normally, they come to you and you are forced to search your brain for the twenty-sixth president of the United States. Now, all you have to do is say, “Alexa, who was the twenty-sixth president of the United States?” and she will spout out an answer like, “The twenty-sixth president of the United States was Theodore Roosevelt.” She may even add some extra quick facts, such as birth, death, and famous quotes. Cooking and need a conversion, just ask her, “How many tablespoons are in a cup?” or “What’s a good substitute for sugar?”

Conversation Pieces

When everyone gets home from school, work, and practice, it’s nice to sit around the table and talk about your day. But sometimes, it’s hard to find a topic after the overviews are finished. With these devices, you can say things like, “I’m feeling lucky,” or “give me a random fact.” This is a great way to get to know each other even better. Alexa loves to get the conversation going with fun info. You can even tell the device to give you trivia questions for a fun game or solve a debate with a dice roll. Want to learn a language together? Alexa is a great teacher. Ask her to say anything in nearly any language you can imagine.

Music on Hand

Whether you like listening to music while cleaning, having a family game night, or even dancing, these systems are there for you. They can use Pandora, Spotify, or downloaded music. You can customize lullaby lists to put your baby to sleep, instrumentals for our child’s singing lessons, or a compiled list of the family’s favorite songs. The best part is that they can be played with just a short command. Not only that, but you can turn it up, down, on, or off with your voice as well. Can’t agree on a song, take turns by naming which song each person wants to play next.

Shopping Made Easy

How many times a week do you hear, “Mom, we need toothpaste!” or “We’re out of cereal again.” With these personal assistants, they can skip telling you and add it to the list with their voice no matter how small they are. It won’t be purchased this way, but Google and Alexa will add them to your phone’s shopping list. You can sync the list to your phone or send it to the kids or your spouse. If you don’t know if a said retailer or grocery store has an item in stock, you can check that too. “Does Wal-Mart have Cap’n Crunch?” There may be more than one way to find out, but none of them are as easy as asking your personal assistant who can have an answer in five seconds or less. If she doesn’t know, she can set your reservations for your favorite restaurant or order a pizza instead.

Total Control

Need to set an alarm for school or work? No problem with Alexa. What about setting a bedtime? Just tell the device that your child needs to go to bed at a set time. What’s even crazier is that you can program her to shut the garage door, turn off the kitchen lights, or even turn the coffee pot on.v

Conclusion

Devices like Amazon Echo and Google home are a complete asset for anyone, but especially families. Not only is the ease of access nice. With less time spent on grocery lists, asking questions, setting alarms, and even turning off the lights, there is more time to spend together. That is always a good thing!

Female Driving Trends For 2017

A lot of car brands don’t like to favour one audience over another, taking extra care to sidestep sticky gender politics by creating exclusively asexual models that appeal to both males and females. However, data reveals that there are some noteworthy female car buying habits are developing in the modern era. Archaic and inaccurate gender clichés aside, some distinct differences are beginning to emerge between women and men when it comes to purchasing cars. Here, we take a look at the buying trends we can expect to see during 2017 among women drivers.

Practicality and efficiency will be big buying factors for women

Statistics have shown that price is often the major factor for everyone when it comes to purchasing a car. However, the second biggest influence appears to be different for men and women. According to the data available for 2016, males often find themselves swayed by appearance when shopping for a new set of wheels, but women typically opt for practicality and fuel efficiency. As a result, it is unsurprising to see the likes of the Chevrolet Trax, Buick Encore, and Infiniti QX70 on MarketWatch’s list of cars women are most likely to buy. These three vehicles are all particularly roomy, and don’t require frequent fuel top-ups like other big cars on the market.

Classic cars are a growing female fashion

Modern-day female drivers may adopt a more “sensible” approach towards carbuying than men, but that doesn’t mean they don’t appreciate great style when they see it. Footman James revealed last year that the sales of classic cars are rising among females, and are set to escalate even further during the course of 2017. As many as one in four women now consider purchasing a classic car, which represents a staggering 40% increase over the past two years.

The same study also revealed that women were extremely knowledgeable about which classic cars had experienced an increase in retail value, whereas men were less sure.

This data suggests modern female carbuyers are smart and savvy when it comes to buying vehicles, and many are beginning to develop a taste for some of the finer, more traditional motors on the market.

Expect more female business car ownership in the age of women entrepreneurs

With the number of female entrepreneurs in Britain rising, there is set to be an increase in the amount of women buying business vehicles during 2017.

The corporate-like Chevrolet Volt is one particular model that may see significant sales from women entrepreneurs in the coming year. This electric vehicle sports a fine professional image whilst offering a great deal of space and efficiency – two factors that female drivers are frequently drawn to according to the most recent gender-based carbuying data.

The Scion iA is another car that may do well with women buyers over the next 12 months. Stylish on the inside and out, this model is perfect for many female entrepreneurs seeking a car with a professional look, and also offers terrific value for money with a fuel-economic 1.5-liter four-cylinder engine.