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Planning Your Hen Party Abroad – Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

Every soon-to-be-married woman deserves to enjoy a memorable hen party. After all, you deserve to give yourself a break from your stressful wedding preparation. Your hen do celebration is the best opportunity you can use to relax and unwind before you exchange vows with your future husband.

Because it’s your last opportunity to go out with your best friends as an unmarried woman, why not go all out and organize your party abroad? You might not have another chance to travel abroad with your best buddies after a few years.

If you want to organize a superb hen party abroad, this guide can definitely help you. We gathered our best party planning tips below:

Gather your girls and start talking about dates

It’s hard to talk about accommodations, flights, train rides, and party activities without having a tentative schedule in mind. As such, we highly recommend talking to your girls and checking when you should schedule the trip.

You can talk about it in person or through your preferred messaging app. Check everyone’s free schedule. You also have to take into consideration how long your trip should last. Do you want to go on a weeklong trip? Do you only need the weekends for your celebration?

Let’s start talking about money

Once you figure out when to host the party, you can deep dive into computing the potential expenses. It can be quite tricky to deal with money matters. Nevertheless, you still need to include this in your hen party planning. Think of the following:

    • Are you going to purchase a hen party package?
    • Do you prefer DIY hen party planning?
    • What kind of hen party entertainment do you want?
    • What type of accommodation do you need for the whole entourage?
    • Are you going to divide the expenses amongst yourselves?
  • How much can each guest chip in?

Do everything together!

Avoid booking your trips separately. This will only cause confusion along the way. What’s worst is that you have to wait for others in case their train rides or flights get delayed. To avoid wasting time waiting in train stations or airports, you should definitely book your tickets together. This technique can work even if you prefer DIY travel planning.

Also, you should book your rides or flights early. Once you finalize your plans, you should consider buying your tickets right away. Booking your tickets late might cause you problems and unwanted additional costs.

Prepare your travel essentials

Everyone loves taking pictures when they’re abroad. To make sure that you look posh all throughout your trip, you can check out our travelling in style blog. You can find all kinds of tips that will help you look fashionable while you’re abroad.

Apart from packing chic outfits, you also need to bring your travel documents. Remind your bridal squad to check all of their passports, visas, insurance cards, and other legal documents. Don’t forget to check the validity of your passports to avoid having issues at the airport.

Don’t forget the travel itinerary

While it’s sometimes better to just go with the flow when you’re travelling abroad, it still pays to have a simple travel itinerary prepared beforehand. List down possible restaurants you can go to for your late lunch and dinner.

Maybe you should also brief the girls about the activities that you’ll do while you’re in a new country. For example, you can include items like bar hopping or island hopping to your travel list.

A few final reminders

Before your scheduled trip, you need to double check everything. Did the hotel receive your reservation? Do you have the travel papers needed? Are there items you need to buy for the gals? Have you arranged the hotel and airport transfers?

You also need to have a list of the hotel’s contact number. In case you arranged for transfers, you should also have the number of the transportation company.

If you’re off to a country that doesn’t have English speakers, you should at least have a travel phrasebook with you. It should contain basic phrases like:

  • Yes/No
  • Where’s the airport?
  • What’s your name
  • Hello/Goodbye
  • Thank you
  • How much?
  • Check, please

It’s best if you ask your girlfriends to help you with the preparations so you don’t have to handle everything. After all, you don’t want to get stressed out with the hen party planning too. One of your best buddies can check the hotel bookings while the rest can help you with your airplane tickets, restaurant reservations, and party packages.

You deserve to enjoy a fabulous hen party abroad. To ensure that you have a good time with all of your female friends, you should definitely follow our tips and tricks above. What are your favorite tips so far? Did we miss anything? Our last piece of advice is that you have a plan B for your hen party abroad so you get to enjoy a super hassle-free experience.

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Huawei Nova 4 Special Features

Remember the Huawei teaser from last Monday with a shooting star in the upper left corner? The company cleared any confusion today, relaunching the same teaser, but with a camera instead of a light dot, revealing this will be the Huawei nova 4, and it will arrive on December 17.

Huawei nova 4 teaser
Huawei nova 4 teaser

The phone was already spotted in the wild in a pre-production case with its unusual selfie camera in the upper left corner. Given Samsung is yet to announce a launch date for the Galaxy A8s, Huawei looks set to become the first company to introduce a phone with the unusual solution.

Huawei nova 3 arrived in July with a Kirin 970 chipset, while the nova 2s sported a Kirin 960 platform. This leads to the assumption the new device will have the latest SoC – Kirin 980, because if it sticks to the midranger Kirin 710, it might be as powerful as the affordable nova 3i, and that would be an utter disappointment.

iQIYi (via WinFuture)

Huawei has started teasing an unusual solution to the camera notch problem: a phone with a circular cutout in the display. Apparently, the Huawei Nova 4 (the company’s first phone to feature the hole-punch camera) has already been spotted in person during a live stream for the 18th birthday of Chinese singer Jackson Yee, according to a report from WinFuture.

While there isn’t much information about the Nova 4, there does seem to clearly be a camera cutout in the screen. And honestly, it doesn’t look that bad. Sure, having an omnipresent black dot in the corner of the screen might take some getting used to, but likely no more than a notch would.

Photo: iQIYi (via WinFuture)

Huawei isn’t the only company pursuing a hole-punch camera, either: Samsung confirmed earlier this month that it was working on a similar “Infinity-O”-style display for future Galaxy phones.

In either case, we likely won’t have long to wait for more information on the Nova 4. Huawei has already confirmed to The Verge that it will have more news on December 3rd.

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Huawei Nova 4 special features

Huawei Nova 4 Highlights

HIV Testing Made Compulsory For Parliamentary Aspirants

Bagbin  Apology Unclear

Alban Bagbin, a National Democratic Congress [NDC] flagbearer hopeful

This, he says will raise awareness on the need for persons to get tested and help take away the stigma associated with the disease.

Mr. Bagbin made these remarks as part of contributions to a statement to mark world AIDS Day in Parliament.

“…We have to include it as part of the qualification of a Member of Parliament; that before you go to stand an election, you go for an HIV test, and so should it be for all presidential aspirants,” Mr. Babgin suggested.

It is not clear how Mr. Bagbin expects this to be achieved, considering that HIV testing is purely a voluntary exercise.

This year’s World AIDS Day is on the theme: ‘Know Your Status’ as timely.”

A recent report released by the Ghana AIDS Commission indicated that the prevalence of HIV/AIDS amongst the youth in 2017, particularly those below the age of 24, rose to about 45% nationwide .

The Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), has attributed the upsurge to unprotected sex as well as low knowledge of the youth about the infection.

According to CDD-Ghana, the issue should be a source of great concern to all, considering that Ghana’s youthful population (under 25) stands at about 57%.

“As government and other non-state actors are working to create an enabling environment to educate, create employment opportunities and encourage the active participation of the youth in the governance and development process of the country, it is important for us to ensure the youthful population live responsible lives to preserve their health,” the statement added.

New infections jumped up by 70% in 2016

In 2016, new HIV infections in Ghana went up by 70.15 %.

The figure increased from 12,000 new infections in 2015, to 20,418 in 2016.

A Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) report also revealed that in 2016, a total of 15,116 people in Ghana died of HIV and AIDS-related illness.

Leo Varadkar becomes first Irish PM to publicly take HIV test

 Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar has become the country’s first PM to publicly take a HIV test after he released a video clip on his twitter account on Saturday, showing him receiving a Rapid HIV Test in a local clinic, reported local media.

In the video clip which lasts no more than two minutes, Varadkar said that “I am in a GP (General Practitioner) surgery here in Dublin for World Aids Day and I am taking a Rapid HIV Test as part of a campaign to raise awareness and to encourage people to know their status.”

Saturday marks World’s Aids Day which falls on Dec. 1 every year. The theme of World Aids Day for this year is “Know Your Status”.

In the video, Varadkar demonstrated to viewers how quick and easy to receive a Rapid HIV Test which can develop a result in 60 seconds after getting a few drops of blood from a finger prick.

After his test showed a negative result, Varadkar smiled and said “So just had the test, only took a few minutes, and was pretty painless.”

He called on people to receive the HIV test which is available in a network of free clinics around the country.

He said that every year about 500 people in Ireland are diagnosed with HIV and in many cases HIV is passed on by people who don’t know their status.

So it is really important that more and more people have a HIV test, he said.

“As part of the Government Sexual Health Strategy, we are going to be expanding testing, making it more available around the country, stepping up education and awareness, trying to reduce the stigma around HIV, particularly around getting a test,” he said.

In the video, he announced that the Irish government plans to introduce Ireland’s first PrEP programme next year.

PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) is a medical method for people at high risk for HIV. It can stop HIV from taking hold and spreading throughout one’s body. It is highly effective for preventing HIV if used as prescribed, but it is much less effective when not taken consistently.

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HIV Testing Made Compulsory For Presidential Parliamentary Aspirants

Leo Varadkar becomes first Irish PM to publicly take HIV test