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palms fac­ing floor. Bend el­bows down and lower arms to sides, keep­ing chest up, shoul­der blades pulled back and en­gaged and bi­ceps flexed. Re­turn to start. Re­peat for a to­tal of eight reps; do three sets. “I al­ways do an In­sta­gram search be­fore com­mit­ting to a hol­i­day,” says Misha Gilling­ham of the lux­ury travel blog wild­ “Can­did In­sta-shots re­veal more about a place than pro­fes­sional im­ages.” Sign up for alerts from good flash travel sale sites like pen­, flight­cen­ and thomp­ They have staffers trawl­ing the web for good and spe­cial perks.

“Clear the search his­tory on your com­puter be­fore you buy flights,” warns Ser­ena Guen of Suit­case mag­a­zine. Most sites use cook­ies to track whether you’ve vis­ited be­fore and they tend to hike up their prices when you go back. “Change your coun­try of res­i­dence to the des­ti­na­tion, too,” adds Ser­ena. “Air­lines of­ten have bet­ter rates for lo­cals.” “Tues­days are the cheap­est days to book flights (Fri­days are con­sis­tently the most ex­pen­sive) and gen­er­ally the best fares are ad­ver­tised 50 days ahead of de­par­ture,” says’s Phil Bloom­field. “Flights be­tween 6pm and mid­night are also usu­ally cheaper.”

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