Me time is defined as ‘time spent relaxing on one’s own as opposed to working or doing things for others’.
When life’s daily grind is bogging you down and you feel like your life has turned into a chessboard, you know it’s time to press pause on everything and spend some quality time with yourself. We list down 5 cozy cafes in Karachi-Lahore-Islamabad where you can spend some quality time with yourself and let the ambiance and the food hug your heart.
Dimly lit and cozy as a nest of wood pigeons, The Second Floor has carved a niche for itself as a platform for intellectuals, artists and activists through rich cultural activities. With a small café offering on-the-go food, freshly brewed coffee and other titbits at affordable prices and a book corner within its four walls, T2F is the place to be when you are in your hermit mode.
Books and Beans (Lahore)
A bookstore and cafe with a vintage spin nestled in the heart of Lahore, Books and Beans is a collaboration between Vanguard Books and The Elbow Room. With a book collection ranging from South Asian History to Mirza’s Ghalib’s poetry to fiction, there a book for everyone who wants to enjoy a cuppa and enjoy some quality alone time.
Café Koel (Karachi)
With monsoon right around the corner, we couldn’t think of any other place that looks as beautiful in rainy season as Café Koel. Enjoy good food in silence when it’s pouring while looking at the trees dancing in the rain outside. Almost meditative, if you ask us!
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (Islamabad)
With cafes both in Islamabad and Lahore, The Coffee and Tea Leaf has entered Pakistan and we are already in love. Whether you just want to enjoy a good book, sort out your emails or plan an event, The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf is a good options to consider. With clean, white and spacious interiors, the place is easy on the eyes and for the mind alike!
London Book Shop Café (Islamabad)
Located in Kohsar Market, London Book Shop Café is every book lover-foodie hrybrid’s dream come true. With mmmm-worthy food and a plethora of books to choose from, the book café is a contemporary to a cave, for all those times when you just need to press pause and relax.
Money Matters – Saving Tips for Over-spenders
Do you zero out your accounts each month and go broke until the next paycheck comes in? Do you feel guilty about all those impulse purchases you could’ve done without? Sounds like you’re a chronic over-spender (like me).
While it may not be easy to spot your own overspending habits, the good news is, it’s never too late to curb your overspending. Here are 4 tips on how I started saving up.
Save up and then spend
Living from paycheck to paycheck can be tough especially when you’ve chipped away at your savings already. If you’ve got two bank accounts, the best way to make sure you don’t spend too much on unnecessary stuff is to transfer half your salary to another account and forget about it. Once you get this 50%-rule right, it’s a smooth road ahead.
Pack up some lunch for work
You never realize how much you spend on food till you start packing lunch from home. This gets not only your healthy eating habit on track but also helps save some extra cash every week. You can always treat yourself to a delicious meal on Fridays (TGIF!).
No expensive hangouts
Hanging out with friends doesn’t have to burn a hole in your pocket. As much as we all love meet-ups at swanky coffee places, it’s best to limit those high budget plans to once a month. Alternatively, you can always meet your friends for some ‘Karak chai’ at a dhaaba near you.
Maintain a spreadsheet
If you have diversified streams of income, putting down all your expenses and income in a spreadsheet is the best way to keep a tab on how much you’re spending vs. how much you’ve saved.
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Safest places for solo female travelers
If you’re a girl-on-the-go whose heels get itchy every 3 – 6 months for some globe-trotting, you’d know just how difficult it is to plan a trip. Weather, cost, visa, and convenience are some of the things every traveler has to consider in detail before planning a trip. However, one factor that bothers most female travelers is the safety of traveling alone and what places are ‘female-friendly’.
We’ve listed down 5 travel destinations that are safest for girls traveling alone along with a whole lot of fun.
Iceland ranked #1 on the Global Peace Index, a report released by the Institute for Economics and Peace gauging the peacefulness of regions and countries around the world; obviously, it had to be number one on our list too. If you’re a nature’s child, this place has several selfie-perfect attractions such as the Blue Lagoon and Northern Lights.
Also touted as the hub of fashion, food, and glamour, Italy has slowly but surely become the glamour capital of Europe. Walking on the cobbled streets of Italy lauded with culture and heritage gives a sense of empowerment and enlightenment at the same time. Florence, mainly known for its architecture, is an ideal safe place for a solo traveler who also is an undercover history, architecture and culture lover.
If you’re a clean freak with a hint of OCD, Singapore will be your playland minus the mess, obviously. With futuristic buildings, clean, and safe environment, this South East Asian beauty is the perfect place for the girl who looks for art in architecture, loves shopping and never says no to delectable cuisines.
Tim Hortons, Maple syrup, and snowstorms, there are so many reasons Canada pops up on our newsfeed but not many people know that it’s also the safest place for solo female travelers. Experience Europe for less and head to Montreal. With its scenic riverfront Old Port, history museums, an array of restaurants offering scrumptious cuisines, and old cobblestone streets leading to 17th-century buildings, Montreal gives you the European experience on a budget.
Auckland, New Zealand
Also known as the Land of the Kiwis, New Zealand is one of the most visited places by solo travelers. It is extremely safe, has breathtaking views, and so many outdoor activities to keep your itchy toes satisfied.
Which travel destination is on your list?