October 17, 2018

A Wise Investment: Taking Care Of Your Needs First

If you lead a busy life, it can be a challenge to make extra time for yourself: career, family, your other half, and a list of jobs and chores to do all seem to ensure that you’re always kept on your toes. If your life is fulfilling and happy, that’s great; you’ll be able to continue to work towards those dreams you’ve always had. However, if there are things that you feel like you’ve always wanted to do or achieve; these will stay in your mind until you’ve given them a good go. Personal achievements and goals can result in higher confidence and self-esteem, and many of the things you could go out and do will help to enrich your life.


Whether it’s a level of education or qualifications, you’ve always wanted to boost your career prospects, or learning a skill that would give your lifestyle a boost or make it easier; there’s no time like the present to give it your best shot. The following are some motivations and ideas, inspiration, and advice for those who are ready to do something for themselves, and want to prioritize their dreams and goals for a better future.




Focus On Your Qualifications
As well as potentially furthering your current job and career; a boost to your education and qualifications could lead to you heading towards a field of work you’ve always dreamed of. It can be easy to get stuck in a job you don’t enjoy after you finish school or college, as your bills and everyday expenses will have taken priority. But, it’s time to take some control back and make some changes so that you can budget for, and free up some time, to head to school, college, or online, to gain what you need. You can check out courses related to operations management or perhaps you’ve been dreaming of teaching or counseling; there’s no time like the present to take charge of your life and ensure you’re fulfilling your potential.


Putting extra work into giving yourself the means to take a new career path that you’ve always dreamed of, will not only provide your income and lifestyle with a potential boost; you personal satisfaction and happiness will benefit too.


Add To Your Skill Set Learning new skills or improving some existed ones, will only ever enrich your life. They may take up some valuable time during the process; however, having them under your belt will ensure that your future is far easier. Therefore, it’s time to start planning how and when you can begin your journey to improving your skill set and your life. Perhaps it’s your job that you want to focus on, and in order to reach the next level in your career; you’ll need to get a boost in your skills in the workplace. Now is the time to list the things that will help you move up the ladder in your place of work, and give you the added confidence in the office you might be craving.


Discuss a career path or plan with your boss; they may introduce the training into your working week so that your time management isn’t disrupted too much. Or it might just be time to prepare yourself for extra hours in front of your computer or heading to learn outside of work hours. Bear in mind that this busy schedule won't last forever, and will only lead to bettering your life as a whole.


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October 2, 2018

When Your Refrigerator Breaks Down 3 Days Before Thanksgiving (And Other Life Disasters)

Life can certainly be a little challenging from time to time. In fact, things do tend to have a habit of going wrong at the most inopportune moments, it like they are deliberately trying us or something! Happily, there is usually a way of dealing with most of life's disasters effectively. Read on to find out more.


Your refrigerator breaks down three days before Thanksgiving.


Yup, it does happen, and it's usually just as you start to get ahead with the food prep, and everyone has confirmed that they are traveling across the country to come to yours for sweet potatoes w/ marshmallows, rolls, dressing and turkey.


Luckily, it's not the end of the world even if this does happen! In fact, it's so easy to get a new refrigerator delivered in less than 24 hours now that we can order them online! That depends on you having the money to buy one outright, of course, and money can be sometimes be hard to come by with Thanksgiving and Christmas coming up.


Luckily, there are some simple solutions to this, including using a firm like Bonsai Finance for an emergency loan. They that can help you purchase your new refrigerator and still not eat into the family's Christmas budget.


Of course, to stop your freezer full of food from slowly defrosting and leaking onto the floor, you will need to act fast. If possible, ask if you can store the most expensive items in the neighbors' fridge freezer, before they start to defrost. You could even cook some things and keep them cool and covered until you new device arrives the next morning!


Remember that if all else fails, there is bound to be a reasonable priced diner in your area that is offering a traditional Thanksgiving lunch. Of course, if you end up going there, you won't have any washing up to deal with either!


You accidentally smash a family heirloom, and grandma is coming over for dinner.


It was her pride and joy, and she bequeathed it to you on the strict understanding that you would guard it with your life. Then SMASH, and the treasured family heirloom is no more than a pile of shattered pieces on the ground.


Argh, doing this can be so frustrating and upsetting all that the same time, especially if you've been making sure to take special care of the item and put it in a safe place. Sadly though, accidents do happen and whether you are to blame or it was your dog/child/partner that caused the breakage, there isn't a lot of point crying over spilt milk.





Of course, you have several options here, the first being collecting up all the pieces and then using a powerful all-purpose glue to stick them back together again. This usually only works if the pieces are large enough and have not sustained any additional damages such as Fido chewing on them though, and even then it might not quite look like it once did once reassembled.


Another option is to look for a similar piece, something that is a lot easier now you can buy vintage items from sites like eBay and Etsy. Yes, it may mean you are a few dollars out of pocket, but surely it's a better option than having to explain to granny why her decorative plate is no longer proudly displayed in the dining room? 


Your kid suddenly has outgrown their bed.


What is it with kids, eh? They seem just to grow overnight! Of course, this usually isn't too much of a problem, even when they start becoming too tall for their clothes, as a new pair of pants usually won't break the bank.


A new bed, however, can be pretty expensive, and while it's a significant milestone in their development, it can certainly be tough to find the cash if you haven't planned ahead.


Of course, the real trick here is to have thought of this situation way before it happens, as many children's beds are convertible from cots, to toddler beds, to normal size singles now. Yes, such items will cost a little extra at the time you buy them, but think how much you will save in the long run.


Alternatively, if your brain was too scrambled by hormones and sleepless nights when your little one was first born and you didn't get a convertible bed, don't stress. After all, it's nearly always possible to pick such things up pre-loved for a fraction of the price they would cost new.





In fact, on any given day in your town, there will be someone redecorating a room and getting rid of a perfectly good single bed. All you have to do is find a way to get in contact with them! Try Craigslist, the local free ads, or even eBay if you're stuck, and remember applying a quick coat of chalk paint to older single bed and replacing the mattress can provide you with an excellent result at a fraction of the price.



Your best friend won't speak to you, and you have no idea why!



Don't you hate it when someone you care deeply about gets in a mood, and you don't know why? In fact, the emotional toll can really make it seem like the end of the world. It isn't, of course, and there are several ways to deal with this sort of situation to alleviate the stress involved.




First of all, you could just let them be. Perhaps the person is not talking to you because they need time to calm down, and will resume communication when they have a little more perspective on the situation?


Secondly, it usually can't hurt to apologize, even if you not entirely sure that you are apologizing for. After all, it shows that you value the relationship and care whether it continues or not.





Also, once you have bridged the initial rift, you can begin a real dialogue and work out the issue, in earnest. Of course, you shouldn't take the blame for things that you don't feel are fair, yet admitting your part of the problem can be a great way to get things back on track again. In fact, it can even help you avoid a future life disaster with your nearest and dearest too.


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October 1, 2018

3 Great Ideas For Personalized Gifts

How do you buy someone the perfect gift? It’s a question that people have been struggling to answer since the invention of gift giving. Do you just buy the most expensive thing you can find? Maybe that works for some people, but if you don’t put that much thought into it, it doesn’t matter how much you spend on it. People say that it’s the thought that counts -- and even though it might be a bit of a cliche, it’s true. The best gifts are the ones that are personal to the one that you’re giving them to. If you’re struggling to find a great gift for somebody, personalized gifts are ideal. That’s why there are so many companies selling them these days. They’re the perfect way to immortalize family memories and milestones in a nice gift which will mean so much more to a person than just getting them something expensive that they don’t really need. If you like the idea of getting personalized gifts, these are some of the best options.




House Portraits

The house that you grew up in or your first house with the family are important places in your life. Even if you’ve moved on from those places, they still hold a special place in your heart. That’s why a house portrait is such a great personalized gift idea. Get a photo of their childhood home or another place that is important to them and commission an artist to do you a portrait of them. It’s sure to bring back good memories every time they look at it and you can’t get a better gift than that.


Personalized Bobbleheads
If you’re looking for a light hearted personalized gift, bobbleheads are a great choice. There is a great company called likenessme that can create some incredibly realistic looking bobbleheads from a photograph. You could get them one with their own face on it or maybe another family member. Getting parents a bobblehead with their kids on it is always a winner. There are a lot of different styles to choose from so you can match the bobblehead with their interests and hobbies as well.


Cushions
Photo gifts are so popular and there are companies that will print a photo on pretty much anything. You can get a standard canvas done with a favorite family photo on which is great, but why stop there? Cushions are one of the most popular photo gifts out there because they’re a practical and fun way to immortalize a great family memory. These make especially good gifts for grandparents. They’ll absolutely love a nice cushion with their favorite picture of the grand kids on it. They’re also the ideal present for animal lovers too; get hold of a picture of their pets and get some cushions made with them on.


Personalized gifts are so much better than just grabbing something off the shelf. It shows that you’ve really thought about it and they’re far more likely to cherish it for a long time.

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September 6, 2018

Tired of Cross Country Road Trips? Try These Alternatives

There’s something magical about exploring different places in the car. Whether you love taking trips with your family or alone, you will feel free and flexible when you take the car. However, the problem is that you will be too busy looking at the traffic and the road ahead, and see less of what’s there to explore. There are some more sustainable and better connected ways of getting around and seeing more of the country or your state, too. Read about them below. 


Bike
Whether you are taking the bike on the rack of your car or hire it at your destination, you will love the fresh air and the exercise. You can make the most out of your time by planning your route and finding scenic bike routes to tackle. It might be a good idea, however, to arrive prepared, as accidents and punctures can make your vacation less enjoyable. Take your friends and family members, or simply set up a starting point in a hotel in the mountains, so you don’t have to carry all your equipment with you.

Motorcycle
In the summer, you can also take or hire a motorcycle to see the small villages, the dirt roads, and park down almost anywhere. While you will not have the same level of comfort as in the car, the great views and the opportunity to go off the beaten path will compensate you. Whether you are heading for a festival or a bike rally in a different state, you will certainly enjoy the ride and the wonderful scenery.

Boats
If you are interested in exploring the waters of the country or a specific state, you will certainly find boat rides comfortable and enjoyable. You don’t have to own one, either. Find a boat club at your location and plan your route. Check whether or not your license is valid, and head to your destination. Moor in wherever you want, stop for a quick walk, and visit places not accessible by car.

Hiking
Of course, nature lovers can go on a long haul hiking trip, too. If you are a beginner, and are looking to tackle a hundred miles or more, you might need to join a club, so you don’t get lost and can benefit from the experience and guidance of more seasoned hikers. Whether you go on an expedition or a leisurely hike with camping, you can see more natural beauty than you would if you stayed on the highway.



  


Train Rides Across the Country

There are some great historic train rides across the country that will allow you to sit back and enjoy the scenery. You don’t even have to sign up for a full package; decide where to get on and off, which towns to book a hotel in, and how long to spend at each destination.

Road trips are great and comfortable, but you are missing out on scenery's that are off the beaten path. Next time you plan a vacation, try these alternative ways of getting around.

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Three Or More Is A Crowd, But Could That Benefit Your Next Trip?

If you’ve ever traveled solo before, the chances are that you’re reluctant to look back. Let’s face it; it doesn’t get better than exploring new places alone. This way, you can really get stuck into sights and cultures. You don’t have to worry about keeping to anyone else’s time frame. Instead, you’re free to do what you want, when you want to. You could even go days without speaking to a soul if you fancied. What could be more peaceful?




But, we’re here to tell you that solo travel may not be the only way. If you’ve turned down trips with others on the quest for your lonesome goal, you may be doing yourself a disservice. The fact is, group travel has benefits, too, even if you’ve lost sight of them. So, next time your friends ask you to go away, consider the following reasons it might pay to say yes.

Shared Responsibility

One huge downside to solo travel is the responsibility. When it’s only you going, everything lands on your shoulders. If you don’t sort things like your flight and accommodations, no one will. And, that can lead to some anxiety in the lead-up. In fact, until your bum is on that plane seat, you may feel pretty stressed out. Yet, it should go without saying that you share responsibility the moment you travel with others. While you’ll still need to sort things like your plane ticket and luggage allowance, the rest can be a group effort. After all, everyone needs to think about how to get to the hotel, not just you. Knowing that the weight isn’t all on your shoulders could really eliminate pre-trip stress. And, that’s got to be a goal worth working towards.


Cutting Costs
Let’s be honest; solo travel can also get pretty pricey. Your only real accommodation choice will be a hostel or hotel, where you pay through the nose per night. By comparison, traveling with friends means you could split the cost of an apartment between you. You can bet that’ll work out cheaper each night, and you’ll have a better space to return to. This cost-cutting benefit doesn’t just apply to where you sleep, either. When traveling in a group, you can splash out on luxuries without leaving yourself out of pocket. In Spain, for instance, you could split the cost of a car rental. If you want the full benefits of a stay in the Caribbean, you could even turn to something like a Caribbean yacht charter together. That kind of luxury just wouldn’t an option on your single budget.

Safety In Numbers
It’s also worth noting the old ‘safety in numbers’ argument. The plain fact is, solo travel is far from risk-free. Hence why you may feel the need to stick to your hotel resort after hours. When traveling in a group, though, this isn’t something you need to worry about. You could explore whole towns during your evenings and rest easy that you’ll all look out for each other.

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This Is How To Indulge In Luxury Travel



When it comes to travel, everyone has their preference over what they want to do. Some will love to explore the areas nearest to where they live. Others will love to go on faraway adventures. But then there are those of us that love nothing more than to indulge in luxury travel. Travel can be special no matter how you experience it, but if you’re someone that really loves the finer things in life, then nothing can quite beat luxury travel in the most incredible locations. But if you’re someone that has never experienced it before, you may wonder exactly what you need to do to really make the most of the experience that you plan? Let’s take a look at what you can do to really enjoy some luxury travel.


Use A Concierge
First of all, before you even lift a finger to look into options, you’re going to want to think about working with a concierge or luxury travel planner. Now, you could look into booking places for yourself, but you may find that you get better deals and better recommendations by using a service like this. You can often get the best hotels in the most incredible spots, and the best suites to go along with them too. Plus, you may find that they can arrange added luxury extras for you to enjoy when you are there too - like champagne on arrival or incredible experiences.





Hire A Plane
Now, a lot of people will prefer to fly business class to enjoy the best possible experience. And that’s definitely cool. But why not go one step further? You may even want to fly private for the ultimate in luxury experiences? With your own private plane, you can really fly in style, enjoy your journey, and start off the trip on a complete high too.


Choose A Dreamy Destination
From here, you’re then going to want to make sure that you pick the best possible place to enjoy your luxury experience. There are so many incredible luxury destinations in the world, so why not visit one of them? Most of the time, you will find that the place you pick really does set the tone of your experience.





Enjoy First-Class Food
Another thing that can really add to your experience is the food that you eat. Because there’s nothing better than dining at a first-class restaurants and enjoying the most incredible meals during your luxury break. And with so many amazing restaurants in the world, it would be rude not to!


Explore The Local Scene
But lastly, you’re also going to want to make sure that you really look to take in and explore just about anything and everything that you can. For some people, luxury will mean not lifting a finger, and that’s definitely cool. But sometimes, you can feel as if you’ve had the most luxurious experience of all when you’re able to see the most breathtaking sights and enjoy the most exhilarating experiences. So don’t be afraid to get out and explore.

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August 24, 2018

Five UK Ski Resorts to Try This Year

Many people plan a ski trip in the winter and keep an eye on the snow reports to find out when they should book their tickets. However, due to the recent changes in UK weather, you don’t even have to go away to enjoy some snow related fun. There are peaks in Wales, England, and Scotland that are only a few hours away, so you don’t have to plan ahead; simply jump in the car or on the plane and you are ready. Below you will find a few suggestions for your next trip.



Lecht, Aberdeenshire
If you head to Scotland this year hiking, you should check out Lecht 2090, which is over 2,000 feet above sea level. It is a beginners’ resort, so if you are just trying your skis on the first time, this is the place to start. You will be able to stay close to the Cairngorms National Park, go hiking, try snowboarding, and choose from various accommodation options to suit your budget. Further, you will be impressed by the low daily pass prices, too.


Fort William, Scotland
In case you haven’t explored the stunning Nevis range of Scotland yet, head over between January and March and see what’s in store, Unfortunately, snow - like in most UK resorts - is not guaranteed, but you can go on hikes and take some amazing shots for your Instagram feed. When the snow is there, you will be able to take advantage of the 12 lifts and great prices, but there are also dry slopes just in case.



Raise, Cumbria
If you are a huge fan of the Lake District in the summer, you should see it in the winter, too. There are great beginner slopes at the Lake District Ski Club where you can enroll to a beginner’s or advanced training while you are there. You will need to obtain a membership and a season ticket, but - if you get lucky - you can visit every week if you want to and improve your skills. If you just want to give it a go once, guest day tickets are also available.

Weardale Ski Resort, County Durham
While this resort can’t compete with some of the European destinations, such as ski rental in Val d'Isere, you will love the friendly atmosphere and the great pubs nearby,. There are great facilities and accommodation. It is important that you phone before you arrive, to make sure that the lifts are in operation and the resort is not full.

Dry Slopes in Wales, Plas Y Brenin
If you would rather not wait for the snow to arrive and take your chances, you can try one of the great dry slopes in Wales, The Plas Y Brenin resort has not only skiing facilities, but also mountain sports, water rafting, and amazing hiking trails or Wales. Take your bike, get your mountaineering training boosted, or simply take in the fresh air and exercise outdoors.


Next time you are planning a winter trip, consider these UK ski resorts and winter sport centers first.

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August 22, 2018

5 Secrets to Make Travel More Enjoyable

Travelling might be one of the most eye-opening and exciting things to do in life, but it can also be one of the most frustrating and problematic depending on what happens. For most people, the flight can be boring and tiring, and for others, the idea of being unable to communicate with locals is frustrating. In this post, we’re going to list five simple but effective secrets that will help make travel more enjoyable.

1. Learn some phrases 
You don’t need to learn an entire language just to visit a country, just a few phrases will help you out in the long run. It will also show the locals that you’ve taken the time to learn their language, and that will garner you some respect!

2. Two wallets 
Juggling two currencies can be a pain sometimes, so get yourself a second wallet that contains all of the travel cards and currencies you need so you can leave your regular wallet in your luggage for emergencies.

3. Be open
 The worst thing you can do when travelling is to become close-minded. Be adventurous and open instead by trying out different types of foods, speaking to more people and embracing new cultures.

4. Slow down
Don’t rush around trying to fit a hundred things into a single day. Instead, slow it down and limit the number of things you’ve planned so you can slow down and enjoy them instead.

5. Deal with jet lag
Succumbing to jet lag can eat away one or two days of your life. Use this infographic below for a schedule on when and how much to sleep in order to beat jet lag.




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August 17, 2018

Greek Getaway: Exploring the Beauty Of Crete

So, you’ve booked a dreamy escape to the Greek island of Crete, and you need a few ideas on what to do when you get there. You’ll have booked a holiday because you want to relax and unwind, eat great food, and perhaps, see some sights (perfect for your Instagram feed). Therefore, it’s always worth doing a little research and planning beforehand so that you don’t waste any time deciding what to do when you’ve landed. Whether you’re jetting of for a few nights or a couple of weeks; planning your Greek escape is the best way to make the most of it. Therefore, the following are some tips, advice, and ideas for those who have their sunglasses at the ready and want to have the best time while traveling around Crete.








Book What You Need Beforehand
Whether you need to check out car rental in Crete Heraklion/Rethymno airport so that you can zip around the island, or you’d prefer to ensure you’ve got a bike for leisurely rides through the markets and down to the coast; book now. You’ll have romanticized your getaway in your mind by now, so make sure that you don’t ruin it by overpaying someone to hire a car last-minute, or discovering that there are no bikes left in your chosen accommodation. Carry plastic bags from the nearest shop won’t be the same as transporting those local olives in your basket as you cycle back.


The same goes for any sights, tours, or activities that you have your heart set on; Crete is a popular destination for many, so it’s worth booking what you want to do beforehand to avoid disappointment. Whether you want to sample the wine and olives on a tour around Western Crete, or you’re feeling energetic and decide on a hiking excursion in Samaria Gorge; investigate times and tickets now so that your adventure can go to plan.


Enjoy Those Traditional Holiday Vibes
As Greece’s largest island, Crete offers its visitors plenty to do and enjoy. It’s an island steeped in Greek history and mythology, so it’s definitely going to satiate the appetites of those craving culture and knowledge. Pack your comfortable shoes so that you can make the most of the various ruins like Mochlos and spend hours exploring the rugged terrain. There are also plenty of fine-sandy beaches for those who need some relaxation and plenty of vitamin D. Pack your swimwear and shades, and head to Vai for some Carribean vibes, or go to Pale√≥hora and hire a boat and travel around the calm waters for an hour or two. Crete offers up plenty of cultural charm, along with everything you’d crave from a relaxing break.


Breaking your days up by having a mixture of exploring, relaxing, and planned activities or tours, is the best way to enjoy the island. Therefore, jot down those restaurants you’ve heard great things about, or what mornings a specific market is on, so that you can fill each day with exactly what you want to do.

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August 15, 2018

Do You Dare Try These Vacation Activities?

Going on holiday (vacation) is something that everyone looks forward to. Getting that time away from school or work is always going to be an exciting time. But, if you’re looking to take your holiday one step further than the typical sunbathing and sightseeing, then there are some options to do this. Here are some awesome, but terrifying holiday activities.


Bungee Jumping

 


Bungee jumping is a thrilling experience where you jump off of a tall structure while you are tied to an elastic cord. The idea is that the cord will pull you back up and throw you down again when it has reached its limit. Many people find bungee jumping an adrenaline fueled good time, whereas others find the idea of it too much to bear. You must be at least 18 years of age to take a jump without parental consent. If you are under 18 then you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian or have written and signed consent.






Skydiving





A step up from bungee jumping is skydiving. If you take part in this exhilarating experience, you will free fall from a plane from 10,000 or 15,000 feet. At first you will do a tandem dive where you have someone strapped to your back and they do all the work for you and keep you safe. However, there have been occasions where accidents have happened and people have subsequently died as a result. If this happens, your family will be entitled to sue for wrongful death. When you need help dealing with wrongful death, a lawyer or a therapist can help. They can explain what will happen if you sue and the therapist will be able to aid you with the emotional trauma that may follow.




Roller Coasters

 


Some people love roller coaster and others hate them. To some, a roller coaster is just as scary as a skydive and others will think that there is no comparison. However, it has been argued that going on a thrill ride roller coaster produces just as much adrenaline as a skydive does. Roller coasters are pretty safe, they have seat belts and the ones that go upside down have an over the shoulder protector to keep you in place in your seat. That being said, there has also been some highly publicized accidents that have occurred in theme parks. Though this is usually proved to be human error and not a fault in the ride itself.



White Water Rafting

 


This experience can include rapids from a level one to a level 5 and 6. The higher the level, the more dangerous the rapids and as such, the higher levels are typically reserved for experienced rafters. However, you can always go for the lower level rapids which may still include scary drops and high speeds. The Brahmaputra River in India is said to be one of the most amazing places in the world to experience this activity. Here, your raft will pass lots of forests making it a beautiful experience as well as a fun one. You may also come across some remote tribal settlements, which will be a completely unique and compelling experience.


We hope that you will consider these activities if you are looking to make your holiday more than just a beach vacation.

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August 10, 2018

Why People Aren't Going On Vacations Enough



Vacations are something that we tend to associate with the summer. They're what so many people wait all year round for - to finally have their time away in a wonderful country of their choice, passing the time however they please. But having said that, unfortunately people are going away less and less, and that's for multiple different reasons. It all varies on people's circumstances, but just because it may not feel like the right time, doesn't mean that it isn't. You see, the right time doesn't actually exist - it's made up. You are the one that decides when the time is right, and you are in control of your own destiny, and the sooner you realise that, the sooner you will allow yourself to live a full and exciting life the way you have dreamed of. So if you've been thinking about having a holiday to Sri Lanka, or walking the streets of Bali, or swimming in the oceans of Australia - do it. The world is your oyster, and if you have goals that you want to reach, there's no reason you should have to wait any longer.


Here's how.


The Money
One of the biggest reasons that people opt out of going away for the year, is because they simply can't afford it. Bills and other maintenance fees are too darn expensive and you have no extra cash to fork out on a holiday as you're already only scraping by. - This is the unfortunate case for a lot of people, but there are always options out there. You could take out a loan for a holiday and then gradually pay back what you borrowed in your own time. If you go down this route, just make sure to compare interest rates before settling with a company. Or you could get a second job part-time on the weekends to get some extra money.



The Fear
Sometimes you may keep making excuses not to do something, only to realize that the real reason is because you're scared. This is nothing to be embarrassed about - believe it or not, a lot of people suffer from anxiety before going away on holiday. It tends to be a mixture of a lot of things, like being in a country or place that you aren't familiar with. The new foods that you have never tasted before. New people and cultures, and even languages that you don't understand. This can all be very overwhelming, especially if you're not used to the sudden change, but if you keep holding yourself back out of fear, you will never get anywhere in life. So embrace the nerves and turn them into adrenaline that makes you feel alive.

With these examples, you are able to see that all things have a solution, you just need to open your eyes and look in the right places. And remember, a holiday doesn't need to happen during the summer months - you can go away whenever you want to, and it actually works out a lot cheaper when you travel out of season too...

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August 3, 2018

3 Reasons The Middle East Should Be Your Next Travel Destination

 
The Middle-East Offers More Than You Think. image source



If someone suggests the middle-east as your next travel destination, you may be hesitant. Don’t feel bad if you have this reaction, it’s perfectly natural considering how this part of the world is often represented. It’s seen as a place full of conflict and bad times when there are actually some wonderful travel destinations for you to see.


So, before you completely rule out this idea, here are three reasons you should visit the middle-east:


A Completely New Culture

Middle-eastern culture is probably the most widespread culture in the world. All major cities have little pockets of middle-eastern people that bring amazing foods and things to the table. But, you don’t get a real sense of the culture until you actually go there for real. It’s a real eye-opening experience as you step into part of the world that’s so different from western civilization. In fact, many countries in the middle-east are technically part of Asia, but they’re so different from the likes of Japan and Korea. If you’re after a cultural awakening or just want to properly get away from your commercialized western life, then the Middle-East is a brilliant place to go.

One Word: Dubai

Yes, Dubai is one massive reason you should think about traveling to the middle-east. While there are some other unbelievable cities - Istanbul, Cairo, and Abu Dhabi - Dubai is the cream of the crop. There’s literally everything you could possibly wish for in a holiday destination and more. It has a crazy palm tree-shaped island with a water park, the tallest building in the world, massive shopping malls, and luxury hotels! Furthermore, you can even use a Dubai concierge service to ensure all your activities are booked and prepared for you before you arrive. This is the level of luxury you get in this city, it’s one of the must-see places on earth!
 
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Unrivaled History - Particularly In Egypt

The exciting thing about this part of the world is that it spans across three different continents. Many people include Turkey as part of the Middle-East, which is partially in Europe. Egypt is also considered a significant part of it, and it's in Africa. Then, you have the Arab countries, which are all in Asia. What this means is that there is so much history in this part of the world - especially in Egypt. You get to see the ancient pyramids - one of the wonders of the world! Take a journey through Ancient Egyptian ruins and look at all the crazy historical artifacts as well. Even the UAE is an exciting place to visit for historical reasons. You can take a look at how some of the cities just advanced beyond recognition over the past few decades; it’s really so impressive.


As you can see, the Middle-East is home to some of the world’s most iconic countries and cities. It’s a perfectly safe place to travel to if you know where to go. There are experiences available here that you can’t get anywhere else. So, if you fancy a change of scenery from your usual European city breaks, then why not think about a Middle-Eastern adventure?


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July 16, 2018

Fabulous Friendships: Are You The Best Friend You Can Be?

Friendships and human connections really are the most important things in the world. You could have the most amazing job, tons of money, lots of great possessions and every material thing you ever wanted, but without the right people around you you’ll be lonely and never experience life’s true potential. Having friends gives you security, a support network you can fall back on, they introduce you to new things, places and experiences. When you’re on your deathbed, it’s not the hours you worked or the money you earned that will mean something to you- instead it will be all about the friends, family and connections with people that you had. But what makes a good friend? Here are a few examples.





Be Trustworthy
Trust is everything in friendship. When a friend tells you something in confidence, it should go no further. It should be told to another friend, your partner or anyone else. Being someone that your friend trusts and can confide in creates a special bond between you. Having someone you can truly trust, open up to and be vulnerable to knowing there will be no judgement is incredibly special too.


Celebrate Their Successes
Lots of people can get a case of the ‘green eyed monster’ even when it comes to their friends. Watching those close to us get promoted, get married, buy a house, go on fancy holidays and doing all of the things that we want to do can cause some degree of envy. However, it’s so important to remember that others successes won’t inhibit your own. As a true friend, you should truly be happy for all that your friend is achieving and celebrate their successes with them. Go on a night out to celebrate, purchase them a little gift- something from John Henric would be good for guys who are notoriously difficult to buy for. At the very least, get them a card and write a note explaining why you’re proud of them. The little things really do matter.


Be Reliable

We all lead busy lives, and finding the time to socialize and see friends can sometimes be tricky. Every now and then, we all need to bail on plans because something else came up which is unfortunate but one of those things. However, if you’re constantly making, changing and breaking plans then what you’re doing is showing your friends you’re unreliable. Unless it genuinely can’t be helped then show up and be there for those you care about. Sometimes being a good friend means doing the kinds of jobs you’d rather not do, like picking them up from the airport at 3am, helping them move house on a scorching summer’s day or looking after their pets and/or children when they’ve no one else to help. But these acts of kindness are what shows you’re a reliable friend and lets face it, when we’re in a tough spot it’s nice to know that we have someone there willing to do the same for us.

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July 12, 2018

6 Things Every Single Girl Should Enjoy About The Experience

Getting married and having kids are things on the agenda for a lot of women. And, for many single women that are looking to start a family, the sooner the better. Time waits for no person is a mantra which constantly taps the back of the brain. Find a partner, fall in love, and settle down. Well, it will happen soon enough, but for now, you’re single and it can be quite enjoyable.

Believe it or not, there are pros to being alone. Sure, during the holiday season such as Christmas the urge to find a soul mate can get stronger. However, this is one period every twelve months. During the rest of the year, single people are free to do whatever they want without the restrictions of a ball and chain. Some people never get the flexibility to do them, which is why it’s wrong not to try and enjoy the single journey.

With that in mind, this post has put together a list of six things that everyone in the same boat should attempt. Not all of them will appeal to you, so pick the ones which do and focus your energy on them. Here are six things every single girl should enjoy about the experience.



Play The Field

Dating is scary, awkward and unpredictable. First dates may not last longer than thirty minutes, or they may go on into the night. Still, nothing is guaranteed in the dating world. Someone who has been speaking to you for three months may suddenly disappear into the night without warning. Ghosting is a real thing and it sucks. Navigating the minefield takes time, patience and a whole lot of courage.

There is a positive side of playing the field, though. There is the excitement of meeting a guy and finding common ground. There are the moments when you laugh and joke and fall head over heels. Or, there are the first kisses and the third date coffees and the initial honeymoon period. Most importantly, there is the freedom to meet new people and test the waters.

Playing the field is something single women need to do for their sake. Being alone can be hard, which is why there is no point drowning in self-pity. Get out there and date says Glamour. Dance the night away, drink until three in the am, or share a desert in a candlelit restaurant. Enjoy what the realm of dating has to offer because everything changes when you are a part of a couple.


Take A Trip
Regular readers will know that traveling is a big part of this blog, so this blatant plug shouldn’t come as a surprise. Any excuse to get out into the world and to experience new customs and cultures. For single women, an extended vacation represents the great things about the lifestyle. Do you fancy a holiday in the sun, one booked on a whim? No problemo because there is no one to convince but yourself. Hubby doesn’t need time off work and the kids don’t have to miss school. Plus, there is usually plenty of money for the budget because there’s one person to please.

Aside from the freedom, there is an element of reconnecting. Couples put their relationship above all others. Friends and family members don’t get shunned but they take a backseat. And, there is nothing wrong with this because a partner is the most important person in the world. Still, it’s nice to reconnect and bridge the gap when you do have “me” time. Taking a trip with a friend, or a group of them should help you bond again.

Best friends are always close, but a trip to Germany or the Caribbean will tighten those links.



Spend Time With Married Friends
The idea of spending a weekend away with a married couple is a little over-the-top. Sure, you love your buddies but there is no need to be in such close quarters for three days. In the end, someone may end up falling out or arguing or feeling uncomfortable. It’s the last thing any single person wants to do with their precious free-time. However, there is a method to the madness.

Unattached people tend to romanticize a relationship. They buy into the Hollywood version of plenty of sex and cuddles and gazing into each others’ eyes lovingly. In the beginning, the movie version of being in a couple is true to some degree. But, it changes over time as the lust wears off and the love settles in. As a singleton, seeing how this manifests itself is a smart move. People argue while others bicker and some lose all interest.

From your perspective, watching this live in color may make your love your life more. The thought of being one of these couples at this stage in your life could encourage you to seize the moment. Also, when Mr Right does appear, you can use the experience to avoid the common pitfalls. Think of it a recon mission.


Invest In Health And Fitness

“One body to rule them all.” If Lord of the Rings were about well-being, this would have been the tagline to the movie. After all, there are no second chances once the body you have starts to decline. The only option is to lead a healthy lifestyle and maintain a strong attachment to health and fitness. As dull as it sounds, it will pay dividends in the long-term when you’re middle-aged and look thirty.

Attached people get into a rut because they are comfortable. Working out isn’t as necessary when the person you’re with loves you regardless. There is no motivation to hit the gym and lose the puppy fat. If anything, couples are as inclined to put on weight rather than shed the pounds. Attracting a partner isn’t straightforward because of the level of competition, so investing in exercise can turn heads. Moms into Fitness has a range of routines for women who are self-conscious and busy at the same time.

What’s great about being a singleton is the lack of pressure. There are no other bad habits in your life encouraging you to fall off of the path. All that exists is what you include in your lifestyle. Stick to a healthy routine, then, and you’ll be in the best shape of your life. Plus, you’ll be happier than ever too.




Meet New People
The aim of your game may be to find a life partner, but socializing isn’t solely about tying someone down. It is possible for men and women to have a conversation without the specter of sexual tension filling the room. As crazy and modern as the theory sounds, opposite genders can be friends. And, buddies are what you need at this juncture in your life.

As positive as this post has been so far, single life can be lonely. Plenty of women start to feel sorry for themselves and get lost in their emotions. Sitting at home eating ice-cream becomes the norm rather than the anomaly which proves the rule. Talking to strangers and getting to know new people is an excellent way to get out of a funk. To begin with, it helps you forget about being single and alone. Also, it shatters those emotions because you aren’t lonely any longer. There are people all around who love you.

Finally, finding a partner is a numbers game. By socializing with different groups, there is a good chance that you’ll come across the man of your dreams. And, because it comes out of the blue, the feelings are heightened and the experience better than you could have imagined.


Find Oneself
The heading alone evokes feelings of pretension. Isn’t finding oneself something which yogi instructors do in the depths of India? No thank you; it’s not for moi. You don’t need to find yourself – you need to locate the person who is going to stay with you forever. There is no point in wasting time doing anything else.

As it happens, there is because learning about numero uno is a fantastic way to trace Mr Right. Self-reflection is an effective way to learn about your flaws. Everyone has them, but no one likes to focus on them because it makes people anxious. A truly happy person is one who crushes toxic habits which get in the way of life. Lifehack has a list of five that you should look out for and how to break them. When there are only pros, no one will be able to see the cons. If they do, they will pale in comparison.

Analyzing your personality isn’t about other people. It’s about you and what you are willing to accept. Think about the concept of a type. Everyone thinks they have one, yet it can change over time. The bad boy who was appealing the past isn’t the man for the job now when you’re older and more mature. Delving into your mind will reveal what you want in a bf, fianc√© or husband.


Do you think you can enjoy the single experience?

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The Importance Of A Bit Of You Time

How many times do you sit each day, and think of yourself? How many times do you think, ‘I’d love to do that’, but not actually go an do it? If you think about it, our lives are so focused on other aspects of reality. Whether it be pleasing our family, friends, people are work, just anyone who we think might need our help, we seem to be thinking about them. By doing this, we’re constantly losing sight of our own personality, and who we should be as a person. The lack of you time is really going to be damaging to your mental health believe it or not. It can be so frustrating wishing you had more time to do certain things, but not doing them because you’re being revolving your life around other things. This frustration can then lead to anger, and anger can lead to depression. So, for once, we’re going to urge you to focus on you, and find ways that you can have a bit of your time. In this article we have some great suggestions on how you can escape reality and find yourself, and why it’s so important to do that every so often.




What It Can Do To You Mentally

You might feel as though you’ve got the weight of the world on your shoulders at the minute. As we’ve already said, we find ourselves so bogged down with other people's problems, and trying to please other people, that our minds can so easily become clogged up mentally. When all you’re thinking about is issues, and other people, it can so easily lead to stress or anger. Sometimes, it’s just important to be a little bit selfish, and start thinking of yourself more than you think of other people. Mentally, dedicating a bit more time to you can work wonders. For one, that pressure that you’re probably feeling will be lifted, even if it’s just temporarily. It allows you to clear your mind, and think about the things that you want to think about. It can often help you process anything that you’ve been struggling to deal with for a while as well. Take falling out with a friend as an example. It happens. We’re all human. But if you were close to this friend, losing them is obviously going to weigh you down emotionally. However, if you’re always so focused on the rest of your life, you won’t have time to actually process the emotions, and even work out a solution. This applies to anything in life. If you give your brain just a chance to digest, you might be able to come up with solutions that you never thought would have been possible. It can just make you so much more mentally free, allowing you to feel more calm and relaxed on a daily basis. You might not like your own company to begin with, but once you start to get used to it, your own company might be all that you want!


What It Can Do To You Physically
If you’re always stressing, rushing around, doing things for other people, you’re going to become exhausted physically. For some people, it’s just something they learn to put up with, but for you, it’s what we want to change. If you’re not having any down time, your body is going to be in a constant state of alert. It’ll always be wondering what it can do next, because those are the thoughts that are going through your brain. This is obviously going to lead to exhaustion, yet because your mind is racing, you might not be able to sleep so well! So, if you’re looking for some time to relax, having time to yourself might be the option for you. It’ll fill you with energy, and it can improve your health overall. If you’re in a constant state of stress and urgency, you aren’t giving your body time to rest and recover, even when you’re asleep. You’ll find that you’ll have broken sleep, which can lead to a drop in your immune system function, which will lead to a rise in the frequency of things such as the common cold that you might be having.


Dedicating Some Time
So, if you’re someone who is always busy, how do you think you’re going to be able to dedicate some time to yourself? Well, in the beginning, you might not actually like your own company. People who are always on the car report feeling annoyed and bored when spending time alone. But, it’s this time alone that you will soon come to value. To begin with, you should start dedicating one full night a week to yourself. It doesn’t matter what you’re going to be doing, you could be doing nothing at all! But, by dedicating some time to yourself, you’re getting yourself out of the cycle of always being busy, and always feeling stressed. Then you can start finding some hobbies that interest you. One thing a lot of people like doing is reading, writing, or getting creative. If you take a look at Jofelo, you’ll be able to find some beautiful leather hardback books, that would be absolutely perfect for starting a journal with. Sometimes, getting your thoughts down onto paper is the best way of clearing your mind. Something you also might find therapeutic is scrap-booking. It allows you to put down all of the memories you’ve made over the years, and gives you something to reflect on!


Getting The Balance Right

You really do have to get the balance right. You don’t want a bit of you time to turn into only you time. It’s so easy to get lonely as we get older, so sometimes the rush of our lives is the only thing that’s going to keep us out of the house and busy. You should always be finding ways to interact with friends, or even family, as long as it’s keeping you out of the house. But again, you don’t want you time to be once a month. If you really want to feel the benefits you have to be dedicating a night a week to yourself at least!

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