If you’ll be headed out next week for the holidays, you need to brace yourself for some headaches because you definitely won't be the only one. According to the AAA, over 112.5 million folks will be traveling for the year-end holidays (December 22nd to January 1st ), which is a new record, and about a 4.4% increase from last year.
The worst headache for travelers will likely be on the roads, with 102.1 million people expected to drive to their holiday destination. That's a 4.4% increase from last year, with reports suggesting travel times could be up to four times more than normal. Not that the airports won’t be bad as well. An estimated 6.7 million Americans are expected to take to the sky, which is a 4.2% increase from 2017, and the highest level in 15 years. Other modes of travel, including cruises, trains and buses, will see a 4% increase, with 3.7 million travelers expected.
- As for where most people are going, it seems warm destinations are calling people, and would anybody really blame folks for trying to escape the cold. This year’s top holiday destination is Orlando, Florida followed by Cancun, Mexico
Top Ten Holiday Destinations
- Orlando, FL
- Cancun, Mexico
- Anaheim, CA
- Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
- Montego Bay, Jamaica
- Honolulu, Hawaii
- New York, NY
- Kahului (Maui), Hawaii
- Fort Lauderdale, FL
- Miami, FL
Not everyone who buys a home is part of a couple. More and more singles are purchasing homes on their on these days, and according to a new study, it seems single women are more likely to do it on their own than single men.
A report by LendingTree finds that on average, 22% of homes are own by single women, while only 13% are owned by single men. What’s more, in all of the 50 largest metro areas women own more homes than men, translating to about 70,000 more homes.
Source: Lending Tree
We are at that time of the year where folks are hoping to find out if they will get a raise this year, and if the rest of the year is any indication, it sounds like most people will be disappointed.
According to a survey by GoBankingRates, 70% of Americans didn’t get a pay raise in 2018. Interestingly, of those who did get raises, it seems more women got a bump than men, with 30% of women saying they got a raise and only 28% of men saying the same. While that may sound like a move in the right direction, the site notes it represents only a small step toward closing the gender wage gap, especially because men who did get raises likely got larger ones than women.
Overall, 30% of Americans did get raises this year, with the average raise about 23%. As for the main reasons folks got raises, 23% said it was because they accomplished or exceeded their goals in the year, while 17% got it for cost of living and 14% said it was because they had a great attitude or worked well with others.
And it’s definitely apparent that those who didn’t get raises aren’t happy about it. The poll finds that one in three people who didn’t receive a bump plan on looking for a new job in the new year.
Swedish clothing store H&M is collaborating with Eytys [[A-tiss]], another Swedish label, on a new gender neutral collection. Eytys is a brand known for their unisex design and Scandi-cool looks, and will bring that to the new collection, which includes clothing, shoes, and accessories.
Everything in the line is completely unisex, from boxy leather jackets to sweaters, to jeans, and even shoes. The footwear features a take on Eytys’s signature chunky-soled shoes and includes boots, sneakers and more, and each pair of the shoes comes in a custom designed box with artwork by Swedish painter Zoe Barcza.
"The collection is all about proportions — creating a distinct unisex silhouette by playing around with loose silhouettes and chunky architectural footwear,” explains Eytys co-founder Max Schiller. “It's the Eytys idea of a 'generic' look, one that is meant to elevate integrity, attitude and confidence."
All the looks in the gender neutral line range from $19 to $188.50 and the collection hits H&M stores and online January 24th.
We’re finally in the last few weeks of 2018 and there are a few trends we will be happy to say goodbye to when the New Year rolls in. These are some of the things that were in this year, but we hope they don’t follow us to 2019.
- Tiny sunglasses - Mindy Kaling was right when she tweeted, “I think we will regret this tiny sunglasses look.” These go against what sunglasses are supposed to do, so we’re happy to get back to full coverage shades that protect our eyes in 2019.
- Midcentury modern - One of the biggest recent home trends has everything looking like the set of “Mad Men,” but those low-backed single-cushion sofas aren’t nearly as comfy as they are cool and we’re so tired of hearing the term “midcentury modern.”
- Dad sneakers - Isn’t everyone ready for these clunkers to retire?
- Pickles - They invaded pizza, pool floats and even soft serve in 2018 and it was fun while it lasted, but let’s save the pickles for sandwiches and charcuterie boards going forward.
- Kardashian makeup - Maybe we should thank Meghan Markle for bringing back the era of no-makeup makeup. The barely-there blush and hint of pink lip the duchess is known for is a welcome change from the brown matte lips and perfectly drawn cat eye.
- Palm fronds - They were everywhere, from accent wallpaper to patterned pillows and fast fashion, but the palm print needs to make way for new looks in 2019.
- Loose waves - The beachy waves have been popular for a good part of the 2010s and they’re fine, but let’s put the curling wands down and try something else now.
- Bitmojis - Now all the cool kids are using Animojis - the personal emojis that can be customized to look like you and you can record a message for it that speaks back to the recipient, even mimicking your facial expressions.