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How Sanitary Are Steam Rooms And Saunas, Anyway?

HuffPost chatted with a few experts to get the breakdown on what you need to know about steam rooms and saunas, from the bacteria you may encounter to what you should do to protect yourself from anything that might be lurking. Check out their advice: A visit to a steam room or sauna can be a powerful way to relax. It’s a practice that has evolved over centuries from people using steam and hot water as a self-care tool.
Love Exploring

Things to do in Southend-on-Sea

I grew up in east London. When I was at school, the playground was split into two clear demographics, posh kids who went to Spain or Greece on their holidays and the rest of us who travelled to the English coast for a seaside visit in Nan’s caravan. My fondest childhood memories include simple holiday pleasures. Devouring still hot freshly made doughnuts while walking along the pier or begging my mum to buy me a brightly coloured whirly gig to stick in the top of my sandcastle.
Today's Parent

Being a Work-From-Home Mom is Actually Kind of the Worst

Sure, this arrangement means I've got flexibility, but along with it comes a lot of hassle—and more guilt than I ever could have imagined. All parents are striving for more balance—fewer hours at work, more downtime with our families. But in an effort to achieve career success and provide all the perks of a middle-class upbringing, parents are working harder than ever. A recent study showed that 41 percent of full-time working parents have seen their hours increase in the last five years.

Do Therapists Ever Google Their Patients?

Google can be a blessing and a curse. Employers use it to check out prospective employees and make sure they’re a good fit with their company’s culture. A little research before a first date can help you save time and feel safe before meeting a stranger. And when it comes to health care, you may check ratings and reviews of doctors or therapists. But are they Googling you too? HuffPost asked a number of mental health professionals if they ever research their patients before an appointment.
HuffPost Canada

What's REALLY Lurking In Those Pedicure Tubs?

Minor injuries, including cuts and scrapes, are common at the spa. If you have ever experienced an overly aggressive technician or suffered from broken skin during a treatment, it might be time to think about health and safety standards for your pedicure appointment. Going to the nail salon for a pedicure can be a relaxing self-care method. From flicking through magazines to playing around with the settings on the massage chair, it’s a brief retreat from the stresses of everyday life.
Ensemble Vacations

Spa-cation Like The Ancient Romans

Walking around the terrace and underground chambers of the ancient Roman baths, it's easy to imagine how it would have looked to those bathers who relaxed here and worshipped the goddess, Sulis Minerva, back in AD 70. The steam still rises from the Sacred Springs like an inviting bubble bath at a temperature of 46°C. I waited my turn patiently lining up behind an excited school group to peek out from the old stone windows and feel the warmth of the water on my face.
Folk Rebellion's The Dispatch

Visit Costa Rica- InnerKids Column

A kids' guide to visiting Costa Rica. Costa Rica is home to four native species of monkey, so you will probably see some during your trip. Look out for these characteristics to identify each one. White-Headed Capuchin These monkeys are very intelligent, but be careful because they can also bite! They have mostly black fur with white patches around their face, and they often coil their tail when they move around...

The Most Relaxing Places You Can Fly to for Under $100

Sometimes you just need to get away from the craziness of daily life and head somewhere a little more low key. The ultimate relaxing trip could be lying on a beach, chilling out in spas or just exploring a new town. For the best vacations that won't make a big dent on your wallet or leave you with a huge credit card bill to come home to, check out these cheap trips that will cost you a budget-friendly $100 or less, one way.
Adventure Girl

Hotel Review: Tubagua EcoLodge in Puerto Plata

Just twenty minutes from the packed beaches of the Puerta Plata resorts and the all-inclusive specialty hangover, Tubagua Ecolodge sits perched on rubble mountain roads, prone to the old mudslide or two. Tim, the owner, a former journalist, employs local people to round out his dream of a self-sufficient and ecologically conscious guesthouse. Like the local women who prepared us a delicious dinner of pork, peppers, and potatoes, with an amazing crunchy slaw, all enjoyed with mountain views of S

The Best Travel Deal I Ever Got

Traveling can be an expensive passion. Flights, hotels, dining, excursions and transfers can all add up — as well as the unexpected or hidden costs such as lost earnings while you're away, travel insurance and the expenses of new clothes or baggage for your trip. However, with a little forward planning and tips from travel professionals, you can save money on some life-changing trips just like these experts did. Click through to see how you can snag one-of-a-kind travel deals.
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