5 Festivals From Around The World That Are A Must

Hey Cats,

Ever since I went to my first festival I have been hooked, I just love the solidarity and energy of people coming together. I started when I was around 15 when I went to Reading festival and was blown away by how awesome and fun everyone was and that sense of belonging not to mention some amazing music. Since then I have packed in many more music festivals and have explored celebrations in general and then Destination2: Holidays asked me what international festivals I wanted to visit...so lets go exploring together. 

Burning Man- Nevada USA

Burning man has been on my wishlist forever it sounds like the perfect combination of creative and crazy. Every year people are drawn to this community of self exploration and expression where your inner artist can really unleash. Inspired by summer solstice the burning of the 'man' is a radical expression to open your creative self. This festival had inspired so many others all over the world and I would just adore to explore the artistic world and talent. I love going to festivals where you feel like you're entering a whole new world which is why I raved about Boomtown in the UK as it was certainly inspired by burning man and the creativity that surrounds it. This is not just an event but a culture and a community where anyone can go and feel like they can find a place in the open and welcoming community which is why I would love to go and meet so many wonderful and talented people. 

Holi- Indian and Sri Lanka

Holi is a festival celebrated all around the world by Hindus to represent the end of winter and the colours of spring coming in. Having been to Sri Lanka and loving how kind and welcoming the people there were I would love to revisit for a day of fun and vibrant colour. The traditional significance is overcoming the evil with good and celebrating that with colour. Sounds just perfect to me! It is important to remember that this is a religious celebration and although the welcoming Hindu community encourage people to join in that you must also respect the roots and religious values of the day. 

Carnevale- Venice Italy

If masks scare you then this is definitely not the festival for you but if you love dressing up in decadent designs and exploring your more theatrical creative side then Italy has so many Carnivals you can attend but the most renown and stunning is in Venice. In the traditional sense this is a celebration that takes place before lent having a final party before entering into 40 days of lent. This festival is celebrated around the world and you may know it as Mardi gras popular in places like New Orleans but on less of a drunken scale in Venice and more a celebration of creativity and elegance. The excuse to be able to wear such beautiful clothing is enough to want to go to this festival and such a great way to explore the stunning canals of Venice. 

La Tomatina- Bunol Spain

La Tomatina is unlike no other festival for the fact that it doesn't stem from any religious or cultural inspiration and was born purely out of fun. Back in 1945 during a parade locals started throwing around food and over the years this fun festival has opened its doors to invite people to have fun and get a tomato in the face and ear and well get soaked. This looks like crazy chaos and something I would love to take part in even if it means never wanting to eat a tomato again. 

Songkran Water Festival - Thailand 

If you feel like you need to hose off after the tomato festival then this water festival in Thailand could be for you. As part of the Thai new year and new beginnings thousands gather for a huge water fight the water celebrates new beginnings and is a great way to wash away the year and have a great time in the process. I love how much fun this looks and the significance really is beautiful. 

what festivals are you longing to go to around the world?


How To Change Your Life For The Better

Hey Cats,

Are you happy with your life? It’s a hard-hitting question, but an incredibly important one. If you
aren’t happy for most of your day and are constantly counting down the days to the weekend, you
are not living your best life. First, it’s important to note that the answer to a better, more fulfilled life
is not winning the lottery. Winning the lottery is unlikely to happen to most of the world’s population,
and you shouldn’t shape your life around money. While it’s important to make money and not
financially struggle, it’s not the be all to living your best life. If you were waiting for a sign from the
universe before making the necessary changes to live your best life, this is it.

Making healthy choices
The first step towards living your best life is looking after your health. You can’t enjoy life to the
fullest when you neglect your health. Excess junk food and sugar can increase your risk of heart
disease, diabetes; drain your energy among other health issues. Eating a balanced diet and drinking
enough water will help keep your mind and body healthy. It’s okay to eat ice cream and chocolate
every now and then, but you need to learn to manage your sugar cravings. The right food will help
keep your mind alert and maintain your overall health. If you have trouble focusing throughout the
day, you should also consider taking better care of your sleep schedule. You will notice a drastic
difference in your mood and productivity when you take care of your health!

Pick up a hobby
If you don’t feel mentally stimulated, pick up a hobby. Hobbies can help improve your brainpower
and can simply make you happy. Whether it’s drawing, picking up a sport, travel or another pastime,
a hobby will keep you engaged. In addition, a hobby can unleash creativity which manifests itself in
other parts of your life, perhaps even during work hours. The very reason people in retirement pick
up hobbies is to maintain their mental alertness. However, don’t wait until old age to pick a hobby.
Perhaps the hobby could even lead to a career change! There are benefits to trying out new activities
as it helps you grow as a person and boosts your mental capacity.

Get advice
Changing your life may require external help or advice. If you are stuck in a sad bubble and don’t
know what to do about it, it’s time to get someone’s opinion. Talk to your friends and family about
the next steps in your life. They can even help you sort through your future goals. In the event that
you suffer from trauma and substance abuse, you will require professional’s help to better your life.
Certain traumatic events can lead some people to turn to substance abuse as an escape, which is
where treatment facilities and professionals can help get to the bottom of the issue and offer the
best possible advice. The sooner you ask someone for help, the sooner you can get your life back
on track and focus on living your best life, one where you are healthy and happy.

Eliminate negativity
Negative people and negative thoughts will further affect your life. When it comes to negative
thoughts, it could be a result of larger issues such as stress or even depression. It’s up to you to
learn how to control your mind and deal with the situation at hand. Albeit, it’s not easy and requires
some practice, eliminating negative thoughts can be done. One great way to do so is by focusing
your attention on something else or learning to meditate. Meditation can help clear your mind when
it is full of a lot of thoughts. The second half of negativity can also come from the people you spend
your time with. The answer here is simple – stop spending your time with negative people. Surround
yourself with people that lift your spirits and make you smile. You will not enjoy your time if your
friends are rude or make you feel anything but happy.

The way you act will drastically affect the type of life you live. If you deal with most situations with
disdain and annoyance, the result of that situation will end the same way. Someone that is trying to
live their best life does not spend their time critiquing others or even being rude. What goes around
comes around, and a great way to change your life around is to be more kind if you are not already.
Kindness is an empowering act that can make someone’s day. Even in the workforce, people will opt
to work for a company that treats its employees well with good benefits and a kind company culture,
over one that makes them go home crying every day. Opt to be kind and surround yourself with kind
people, and your life will drastically change.

One factor that affects everything already mentioned is people’s determination. Nothing will change
if you don’t have the determination to make a change. You will not eat healthily, pick up a hobby,
think happy thoughts or be kind if you don’t have the will to do so. Thus one of the most important
ways someone can change their life for the better is to have the determination to do so. There is no
answer to how you will find this determination, as it will vary for everyone. You simply must come to
terms with wanting to live your best life and taking the steps to achieve it.

Everyone wants to live a happy and good life, but you must also put in the effort to achieve it. The
perfect life will not fall from the sky, the same way you will not maintain your health if you eat sugar
all day long. You must think about the kind of life you want to live and put in the time and
determination to pursue it. Remember, life is short and you should not let it pass you by. Start
taking the steps towards living your best life sooner rather than later.

What are your tips?

How to Keep Your Brain Active

Hey Cats,

Keeping a healthy and fit body is important, not only does it help prevent illness, but it also helps to
maintain a healthy weight and keeps you active even as you grow older. However, just as important
is having a healthy and active brain. Research has suggested that maintaining an active brain can help
to prevent conditions such as Alzheimer’s and improve memory retention. Here are some of the ways
that you can keep your mind active.
Keeping the brain active is more about your thinking and reasoning processes than anything else.
You need to do things that challenge your mind and help you to solve problems. One of the best
ways to solve problems is doing puzzles. When you are presented with a jumbled pile of puzzle
pieces, you are asking your brain to match not only different colors and patterns but also different
shapes. If you haven’t done puzzles for a long time, then you don’t want to be plunging into a
complicated one straight away, take things slowly and work up to the more difficult ones.

Although hobbies are a great way to use your free time and help you to relax, they are also
important in keeping your brain active. Doing something you love such as gardening, model
making, or painting are keeping you interested while allowing your mind to be creative and free
from stress. If your hobby involves physical activity as well as mental, then this is even better.
While not everyone likes DIY, it can be great for keeping the body and mind active. For example,
if you have work that needs to be done on your car, then you can use this opportunity to do it
yourself. Choosing what kind of OBD scanner you need to diagnose the problem and then figuring
out ways to fix it is great for improving your problem solving and coordination. Another way that it
can help is when you need to research how to do a particular task such as replacing a light fitting.
Learning new things is key to keeping your mind active.
Both relaxing and informative, reading is the favorite pastime for many people. It can also be
good for the brain; it encourages the imagination as you try to picture where the characters are
and what they are doing. It is also one of those activities that you can do almost anywhere, even in
the bath.

Taking part in quizzes not only help you to think and recall information, but it also helps with social
skills and team play. Playing with a group of people is especially fun, and it means you are forming
new friendships. These activities are especially great for older people who want the social interaction
as well as keeping their mind active.
It is never too late to start using your brain and challenging yourself mentally. Try to learn a new
thing every day and do things that interest and encourage you.

10 Natural Drug-Free Ways to Relieve Your Headache

Hey Cats,

Having a headache can be the worst feeling and I think ti is important we don't always
reach for tablets when we are struggling to shift that dull ache. I am all for natural ways to
relieve some pains so give some of these a go first.

Hydrate – Drink water. Many headaches are actually caused by mild dehydration. Make
sure that you are taking in enough water for your bodies needs and add drink some extra
water at the start of a headache. A good rule of thumb is if your pee is any darker than a
pale yellow you need more water.

B-Complex Vitamins – Stress can play a major role in many kinds of headaches and B-
Complex vitamins can help feed your nervous system and help you handle stress better.

Stretch – Slowly stretching your neck and shoulder muscles can help to reduce some of
the tension that can contribute to a headache. If you find you get tension headaches
regularly, make sure you take regular stretch breaks especially if you work at a computer or
do other work that requires you to be stationary for long periods of time.

See a Chiropractor – If you are getting repeated headaches it might be time to visit the
chiropractor.  Spinal manipulation can help relieve stress on the body and scientific studies
have shown many headache patients see improvement with chiropractic treatment.

Take a Bath – Fill your tub with water that his warm to hot, but that will not burn your skill or
make you uncomfortable. Add 4 cups of Epson salt and a couple drops of eucalyptus,
peppermint and or lavender essential oil. Get in and relax. Bend your knees and scoot down
so that your neck, shoulders and head are floating in the tub. The Epson salt will help make
you more buoyant so your upper torso will float. If you don’t float add more salt. You want to
float for at least 10 minutes. The heat and essential oils will help ease your muscles and
increase blood flow and floating will put your neck and shoulders in a neutral position that
will allow your muscles to fully relax.

CBD Rub – CBD is the non-psychoactive ingredient of the marijuana plant. It won’t get you
high and is usually legal even if marijuana is not in your area. You can often find CBD in a
cream you can rub into your neck and shoulder muscles. CBD helps to reduce inflammation
which can often be a source of headaches. There are several CBD creams that also have
capsaicin which is a oil in chili peppers that has an analgesic effect and can be effective in
combating headaches.

Almonds – The moment you feel that headache coming on eat a couple handfuls of
almonds. Almonds contain salicin which is a natural pain reliever. Almonds can also be
helpful if you tend to get headaches when it has been to long between meals since they
are a great source of protein. Do be cautious as almonds can be a migraine trigger for
some people.

Peppermint and Lavender Essential Oil – Peppermint helps to increase blood flow which
can help relieve a number of different kinds of headaches. Peppermint is also great at
helping relieve muscle tension and contractions with can cause and worsen headaches.
Lavender is calming and has been shown to help with migraines. Combining the two
essential oils can give a headache sufferer significant relief.

Butterbur – This flower has been used for centuries to help get rid of headaches and there
have been multiple clinical trials that have shown it to be effective for migraines. You can find
butterbur root at any health food store, but as with any herbal supplement make sure your
doctor knows that you are using butterbur since it can interact with some medications.

Ginger – Make a nice cup of ginger root tea and sip it to help with inflammation and pain. It
is also great for nausea, so if you get that along with your headache it is a remedy than might
help both your head and your stomach.

Do you ever try any of these for headaches?

Everything You Need to Know about Heartworm and Your Dog

What is Heartworm?

Heartworm is a disease caused by its namesake, the heartworm, known scientifically as
Dirofilaria immitis. It is a parasitic roundworm that thrives inside dogs. It is transmitted
through a mosquito bite. Heartworm has a much higher incidence in warm weather countries
were mosquitoes thrive.
Heartworm settles within the chest area and collectively form clumps in blood vessels around
the heart and the lungs. This causes arterial blockage and can result in a multitude of symptoms,
culminating in the eventual death of the dog if left untreated.

What are the Symptoms of Heartworm?

Heartworm is a silent, and painfully slow, killer. Sometimes the development of symptoms can
be confused with your dog aging. Some heartworm-related aging signs include premature
greying of the muzzle and the forelegs. The coat also loses its luster and the dog may become less
energetic without reason.
Persistent coughing is also another symptom. Because the parasite breeds within the chest
region of the host, the lungs and heart are affected the most.
As the worms expand in the chest, airways, veins and arteries become congested due to the
worms forming a lethal blockage as they continue to reproduce. The infestation initially results
in a soft, dry coughing and eventually becomes a persistent cough most noticeable during night
Your pet may also become increasingly inactive as the infestation progresses. Due to the
blockage present in the dog's circulatory system, the transfer of nutrients and even oxygen
becomes impaired.
Because of the difficulty getting the air and nutrients it needs, your dog begins to lose energy.
Eventually, even the most basic of actions such as standing up and eating become too difficult to
perform. At this stage of infection, you may notice rapid weight loss in your pet.
Also, obstructions caused by the worms, their eggs and the remains of their dead collectively
cause inflammation and blockage in the circulatory system, particularly within the chest area,
the lungs, the abdominal area and the liver. Fluid builds in the body, causing your dog's chest
and stomach to enlarge and protrude.

How Do You Prevent Heartworm?

While a common illness in dogs, heartworm is actually preventable. To prevent your dog from
contracting heartworms, give your pet a preventative medication once a month. Some common
Heartworm medications include Ivermectin (Heartgard), Milbemycin oxime (Interceptor),
selamectin (Revolution) and Imidacloprid-moxidectin (Advantage Multi aka Advocate Spot On).
Have a discussion with your veterinarian to see which of the heartworm medications is right for
your pet.

What Can You Do if Your Dog has Heartworm?

Ordinary worm medicines will, unfortunately, be ineffective against heartworm once your dog
has already been infected. Curing heartworm, especially if it's already in the advanced stages,
also carries significant risk.
For most treatments, the process begins with Ivermectin in order to kill undeveloped worms.
The drug, however, will not get rid of those heartworms already in the arterial canals. The
second step is to get rid of the mature worms, which can only be done through the application
of Melarsomine Dihydrochloride, a potent and high-risk drug containing arsenic.
Ultimately, trying to cure Heartworm is expensive and dangerous to your dog, so the best cure is
to ensure your pet never contracts the deadly disease.
Does your dog have fleas? Comfortis kill fleas and is indicated for the prevention and treatment of
flea infestations (Ctenocephalides felis) on dogs and cats for one month per dosage.

Lannie, writer for Allivet. Allivet provides affordable pet supplies and pet medications, all of
which can be purchased online.