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Fitting Some Fun Into Your Next Business Trip

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:48:16 PST

Business trips can be unbearably dull. You’re away from your friends and family, staying in a strange location and basically spending your time travelling between business rooms and your hotel room. You may spend most of your time in meetings before heading back to the airport as soon as you can. If you do this a lot, it can start to get a little depressing. Far from those exciting first few trips away, you find you are homesick and dread your next business trip.

But, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can fit some fun into your trips, even if you are short on time. Here’s a look at how to make the most of your time away.
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What to Do in Southern Down Under

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:49:29 PST

If you ever find yourself in the Australian state of South Australia (which you should do at some point in your life) then you're going to have to find yourself some things to do whilst there, aren’t ya? Well, fortunately, this is a part of the world that has an abundance of things to do. And, even more fortunately, a few of these things have been listed here, below. So, make sure to read on!

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Do These Things To Your Staff And Lose Them Forever

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:50:29 PST

When you have your own business, it’s important to realize that hiring staff is something you do for the long term, not for the short term. You need to look to the future, and figure out whether a member of staff is going to fit in years down the line. Then, when you’ve hired the right people for your company, you need to work on keeping them. There are a few things you can do that could mean losing your staff forever. Then you need to spend even more time and money looking for new staff members, ensuring they stay with you, and the cycle continues.
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Why Your Employees Don't Feel Valued

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:51:36 PST

You’ve probably experienced the bitter burn of a negative review left by an angry customer. What took a customer a few minutes to type will take you years to fix. It can be difficult to understand why someone would leave such an overwhelmingly negative review. But in reality, there are only two types of review-writers: Those who have had a terrible experience, and those who have had a great experience. You will rarely find reviews that exist in between these two extremes. Unfortunately, people tend to grant a lot of faith to the reviews they find online, so that’s how one negative review can destroy your reputation as a business.

But customers are not the only ones who can damage your business. Former employees can be especially caustic if they haven’t appreciated their time within your company. Can it really damage you? The answer is yes, because these feedbacks about your company are made public and encouraged by job sites such as Indeed. It doesn’t matter how much you’ve thought about your job description. If the company doesn’t get 4 or 5 stars in the impartial Indeed’s scoring system, you will find it hard to attract any candidate. So what would make employees or former employees feel so angry about your business? The main reason is that they don’t feel valued.

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How To Nail Office Wear...As A Man

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:53:10 PST


Most of the articles you see about fashion on the internet are geared toward women. Years and years of men wearing suits and shirts to the workplace has meant that there isn’t a lot of room for individuality as a working man. We are, however, entering a golden era in fashion for men, which is seeing designers moving away from the traditional three-piece suit for the office and into a more flexible attitude toward work attire. Suits are still very much a feature in the office boardroom, but more and more companies are allowing both men and women to choose their own workplace uniform.
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Top Financial Planning Tips for Businesses

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:54:17 PST

If you are looking to protect your business from the financial turmoils and keep on growing, you need a sound financial plan. Preserving the liquidity of your accounts and being able to finance large investments can help you grow your business in less time. Cash shortages can cause you headache: you might not be able to pay your contractors or staff on time, or finance large orders. Having a financial plan will help you focus on growth without the unnecessary setbacks. Read our tips on how to get started with planning your business finances.

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Common Male Insecurities and How to Overcome Them

Tue, 21 Nov 2017 23:43:34 PST

At some points during life, we all feel insecure about certain things about ourselves. A lot of men find it difficult to talk about their issues with others, so more often than not, they suffer in silence. Though the type of insecurity depends very much on the individual, there are some common themes that crop up time and time again. We will talk about a few of them here, as well as some methods that you can use to fight back against them. It is a trait of humans that we tend to magnify our problems to a much bigger scale than they need to be, so we will look at a few ways that you can put these issues into perspective, as well as some practical techniques that you can use as well.Your BodyPhoto CreditBody image issues are prevalent in men as well as women - eating disorders and body dysmorphia are both on the rise. Essentially, societal norms dictate a particular ideal of the male body, and if you don’t measure up, it is easy to feel disheartened. The practical steps that you can take are the ones that you will have heard a million times before, but that doesn’t make them any less effective- eat healthily and exercise regularly. Not only will these cornerstones of wellbeing improve your physical appearance, they will also help you to feel better about yourself. You don’t have to start drinking kale smoothies and spending hour after hour in the gym to be healthier. First of all, find a physical activity that you enjoy. You could take up soccer, join a martial arts club or enter yourself in a running race. With so many different options out there, you are bound to find something that you enjoy. When it comes to eating healthily, you may just need to introduce a bit of balance into your life. Simply reducing the number of alcoholic drinks and take-aways you consume every week is a good starting point.From a mental standpoint, it is important to know that a lot of the images that you see of the perfect body aren’t real. And as for many of the people you look at enviously, they have endless money and time to look their very best. Accepting the way you body is can be difficult, but you can get there in the end.Your FinancesPhoto CreditNot having enough money can be a major source of shame for many men. After all, the image of the man as ‘the provider’ is one that has been entrenched for centuries. But tough financial times is something that many of us are going through, and it has become worse in the past few years. It is now pretty much impossible to support a family on a single wage, so you are by no means alone in your situation.The first practical thing that you can do is to master the art of frugality. This doesn’t mean that you stop enjoying life, you just cut out the things that aren’t enhancing yourself and learn to get the best price for anything that you want. Make coffee at home rather than going to Starbucks. Prepare all your meals for the week in advance. Buy things at the time of year when they are cheapest. All of these little changes will add up in the long-run.If you are worried about your finances from a romantic point of view, always remember that relationships are ultimately about personality, not your bank balance. And there are plenty of wonderful dates that you can go on for little or no money.Your HairPhoto CreditMale pattern baldness is an issue that affects so many of us, but that doesn’t make it any less damaging to your self-esteem. After all, baldness seems to be a common and acceptable form of making fun of people’s appearance. If thinning or receding hair is currently an issue for you, there are one or two things that you can do.One option is to go down the medical route. After all, treatments are improving all the time which counter the cause of hair-loss and help you to regrow your lost locks. Propecia tablets are used in men with male pattern baldness and have shown themselves to be effective, while getting a ha[...]

Serviced Apartments: The Investment That May Be Too Good To Be True

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:38:01 PST

Whatever the economic fluctuations we’ve had to endure throughout the past decade or so, property still represents a relatively stable investment. Nonetheless, it goes without saying that certain types of property are more profitable than others while some are (by virtue of their location or specifications) prohibitively expensive for the neophyte investor. The real estate game may be a relatively safe one (compared to investment in, say, Bitcoin), but there are still pitfalls that can prove to be a honey trap for those who haven’t studied the market.Let’s say there was an investment that claimed to offer a guaranteed rental return of over 6%, with a long term lease and fixed annual rent increases. Moreover, this investment is comparatively affordable with no need for expensive renovations and represents a minimum of investor intervention. Image creditSeems too good to be true right? Well, that’s because it probably is.Serviced apartments or apart hotels are very appealing to nascent investors for the above reasons but while it’s tempting to look at them as real estate opportunities it’s actually far more accurate to look at them as hotels. The appealOn the face of it, apart hotels are a very attractive prospect. They offer the kind of gains that a property investment company would tell you are laudable. They tend to offer a 6-7% rental return which is higher than a lot of houses and apartments as well as appearing low risk as they tend to come with a lease backed agreement with the hotel operator. Nonetheless, despite these attractive incentives, investors should be wary.The hotel problemServiced apartments are really just strata-titled units within a hotel development, and are not beholden to the same market conditions as traditional real estate. Property may still be a safe investment, but the hotel industry is relatively high risk in nature and dependent on generating a lot of custom to cover the massive overheads. Hotels are usually owned by either a single investor or a small group of investors. The apart hotel phenomenon was a product of the industry’s need to reduce their funding costs and free up some of their equity by pitching the properties to regular investors who wouldn’t usually look twice at the hospitality industry.The harsh realityMany investors find that the rental return falls very wide of the 6-7% mark they’ve been promised. They either notice a significant shortfall in rental income or a pronounced drop off after the guaranteed rental period. The trouble is that the tourism industry upon which hotel chains are dependent is dependent on many factors from which residential property is fairly well insulated. External factors such as airline strikes, bad weather and even the threat of terrorist attacks can have a devastating effect on the hotel industry. Whatever bold claims are made at the point of sale, they’re pretty much meaningless if the company making them goes out of business.Serviced apartments also have a nasty habit of losing their value and due to their inherent risk, a lot of people have trouble finding the finance for them.Unless you’re a seasoned investor who’s really done their homework, the chances are that an investment in serviced apartments is too good to be true. [...]

Everything You Need For Your Very Own Grand Design

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 09:35:55 PST

By now, you should have seen an episode of Grand Designs. This very popular TV show on Channel 4 has been on our screens for well over a decade, and it has been inspiring many families and individuals to start their very own self-build projects. Do you think you’d do well building your own home in the style of Grand Designs? If so, here are some things you will need.PixabayA Large BudgetOne of the first things you will notice when you watch Grand Designs is that the people who are building these projects have plenty of money. In fact, they often have more than what they would need if they were simply buying a new house. But that’s because their builds are often fairly extravagant. If you just want to build a simple house that doesn’t have too many fancy features, you should be able to afford it on a regular self-build mortgage.A Dedicated ArchitectOne of the most important who you will need to consult when you are carrying out a self-build project is an architect. They will be able to use all of your ideas and inspiration, and put this all together to make plans for the house. Your architect will then work closely with all the builders and labourers to ensure that your whole self-build project comes off without a hitch. Just remember to budget for an architect when you are working out costs. PixabayThe Correct Planning PermissionYou won’t be able to simply start working on your self-build project without consulting your local council or authorities. There are lots of building rules and regulations that you need to ensure your building will meet before it can be built, and you will also have to apply for planning permission. This gives the council chance to check out your plans and make sure they are within regulations. Planning consultants and your architect can help you draw up some plans so that they fit all the regulations. If you start building without gaining the correct permissions, you might be ordered to pull down your building, which can prove to be expensive!Plenty Of TimeSomething else you will notice when you watch Grand Designs is that the projects often take a lot longer than what was originally expected. So, you need to be able to set aside plenty of time to complete your project. It’s important that you include some extra time just in case your project runs over schedule. As well as all of this time, you will need to have plenty of patience. After all, it can end up very annoying if you keep on having to move back your move-in date. But as long as you have enough time to keep on extending your deadline, there should be nothing to worry about. You’ll get there in the end with your project as long as you just keep on going!So, do you have what it takes to carry out your own Grand Designs project? Good luck with it! [...]

From Newbie to Homeowner in 8 Simple Steps

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 09:01:59 PST

When you think about buying your first home, it can seem like quite an overwhelming process of forms, money, and red tape. But when you do in fact break the process down, it can seem a little easier to digest. So here is a step by step guide to help you through the home-buying process to make it more achievable and much less daunting. When are you going to start house hunting?
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Businesses You Can Start For Less Than £1000

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 09:03:55 PST

It’s not uncommon to dream of owning your own business, especially on those days when your boss is being a real pain. Most people don’t do it though because they convince themselves that there’s no way they can do it. They’re worried about where they’re going to find tens of thousands to start up a business, and even if they can, they’re likely to just lose it anyway. But what if I told you that you could start business for less than £1000? If you lost that much it wouldn’t be ideal but it’s not exactly going to bankrupt you.

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Things You Should Know Before Visiting Perth, Australia

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 04:36:39 PST

Image FromPerth, the capital city of Western Australia, is known for being one of the most distant and remote remote capital cities in the world, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a destination that you are going to want to avoid. It’s absolutely beautiful and has some of the best food and wine that you will find anywhere in the world. However, the five-hour flight from Sydney isn’t the only thing that you need to be aware of before you get your heart set on visiting Perth. Here are some more things that you should know.You Will Need A CarPerth is an incredibly spread out city, so if you want to make the most of your trip, you are going to want to rent a car during your stay. Luckily, there are plenty of affordable places for car rental in Perth to meet this need. Of course, there is also the choice to use the great bus and train systems in Perth, especially as some offer free rides, but they are often overcrowded, especially during peak times, which is something you are unlikely to enjoy when you want to relax on holiday.It’s Very HotIf you want to visit Australia, then it’s likely that you enjoy the sun and warm weather (if you don’t, then you should really start looking elsewhere for holiday destinations). However, just because you may enjoy the sun, it doesn’t mean that you should be spending all day in it. During January, the average high in Perth is around thirty degrees Celsius, so you can imagine how hot it could get in the summer. The sun has the power to burn you to a crisp in under an hour in Australia, so you should keep in the shade as much as you can.Image FromShark Attacks Are RealA lot of people believe that the threat of shark attacks in Australia isn't as bad as it’s usually made out to be and that it’s played up a lot to frighten tourists. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Sharks are a real threat in Perth, so only swim on patrolled beaches, and ensure that if you’re told to get out of the water, or you hear the shark alarm, you get out of the water.It’s Pretty ExpensiveIf you were looking for somewhere to holiday on a budget, then Australia isn’t the place for you. Accommodation and food are especially expensive, so it makes sense to utilise websites like Airbnb and cook your own food to save money. There is a small consolation, however; Workers in Australia are some of the best paid in the world, so it’s incredibly uncommon to leave a tip when leaving a bar or restaurant.Perth is a magical place, with beautiful sunsets, amazing beaches, great people, and some of the most fun and exciting activities in the world. However, every destination has its drawbacks and things you need to consider before visiting. Hopefully, this has given you some impartial information to help you make your decision.Image From [...]

Future Financials: Manage Your Money Goals

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 09:00:58 PST

It can be tough to think about the future. Some people would much rather live in the present, without dwelling too much on the past or looking very far forward. Unfortunately, it's necessary to think about the future because one day it will be the present. If you haven't thought ahead, you could find your life isn't what you want it to be, and you'll be regretting your past actions. Creating a long-term financial plan is one of the things you could be doing to make a better life for yourself in the future. And you don't just have to think about it in terms of your retirement.

Deciding Your Goals for the Future

When you think about your money in the future, you shouldn't just consider your financial goals. It's also important to think about your general life goals, what you want for yourself and for your family. Are you in your 20s and hoping to get married and have kids? Maybe you've just had a baby, and you want them to be able to afford college, or you're saving to buy a house. Or perhaps you have career-focused goals, or maybe want to start a business. You should think about what you want your life to look like in 5, 10, 30 or even 50 years' time. Your goals will help you inform how you need to plan your finances.
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Travel Your Troubles Away

Sat, 04 Nov 2017 16:52:33 PDT

Do you ever sit there and think, ‘I need a holiday!’? Well, we all do. The stresses and troubles of life can just get so much sometimes, that our bodies physically crave time away. We work on full power all the time, especially if you have children, and sometimes it can get so intense we just crave a break from life. This is where a relaxing holiday, or any holiday for that matter comes into play. They’re perfect for letting loose and forgetting all your troubles. If you feel you’re close to your holiday breaking point, then have a look at these destinations that’ll melt your troubles away.PixabaySki HolidayAs cold as it may be, there’s something that’s just so refreshing about a skiing or snowboarding holiday. It is unique in the sense that everyone seems to go for a sunny holiday as a chance to get away. But being on the slopes is so fun and freeing, and the areas you’ll travel to are truly stunning. Picture this. You’re sat in your log cabin, the snow is gently falling down outside. The fire is raging inside, and you’re sat under the canopy in your bubbling hot tub with a glass of the finest champagne. You go to bed relaxed, and wake up recharged ready to take in some breathtaking scenery at the top of the slopes. You could even take a season out there to truly get away and recharge. There are some fabulous ski season rental accommodation that you could check out. Convinced? We thought so.Beach HolidayImage SourceThis is one of the most popular holidays to take. For most people, nothing beats sitting on a beach, or round the pool sipping cocktails and catching the rays. Beach holidays offer so much in terms of both relaxation and fun. If you’re going to a big resort, there will usually be daily and nightly activities to keep you, and your family if you have one, entertained around the clock. Go to a holiday destination that is designed for tourists such as Tenerife, and you’ll be surrounded by amazing things to do. Spend your day riding jet ski’s, or dolphin watching, or at the water park, or even just at the beach. There’s nothing quite like the sun beating down on you, and good times flowing.Image CreditCity BreakCity breaks are just as exciting as the other two options, but offer more of a jam packed holiday type. You’ll spend your days trying to cram in as many sites as possible, whilst still trying to relax at the same time. City breaks are generally quiet active holidays. But it’s such a refreshing experience to be immersed in different cultures, that a city break might just be the perfect escape for you. They’re generally not as expensive, but they open the mind more than the previous two options. They’ll be so much history to explore, take Rome for example. It is full of so much history on every corner that your turn. Yet somehow you feel completely relaxed into their way of life. The food is amazing as well! If this tickles your fancy, check out some cheap deals. [...]

Is It Time To Relocate With Your Business?

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 01:39:34 PDT

Making big business decisions is always a challenge; however, you knew that already, otherwise, you wouldn’t have started your journey with your company. There are an array of things to consider regarding the productivity and success of your business or brand, and each one will have a significant impact. From the office, studio, or factory environment that surrounds your company, to whether or not you outsource work or hire a team of people to do it on an ongoing basis; each decision will map out your future in the market.One of the things that many people leave at the bottom of their priority list is the location of their business. In those first fledgeling months and years of a company, it can be easy to get wrapped up in numbers and productivity, and the location of your head office has to work around them. However, what if your business’s residence could help work towards the productivity and profit of your company instead. The following are some ideas and inspiration for those who feel that their company could use a fresh start, elsewhere, and are ready to make the move.Image source: SpaceYou might be at a point where your business is expanding, and fast. Whether you need a bigger office to house more staff, or you need extra room for machinery and equipment; space is often a factor in the relocation of a business. You might be able to save money in the long run if you invest in the move now, as different areas of the country can offer more affordable properties and rental prices, making it a worthwhile consideration for your brand. Make sure you check out a reputable finance broking company so you’ll have the means to make your move as soon as possible and can work out the best financial options for your business. A larger space in a new, more affordable location, will boost your productivity immediately, and you can rest assured that you made a smart choice. AccessYou may have started your business from home in the suburbs and simply be renting out office, factory, or studio space nearby for your business. However, you’ll need to take a look at how the location affects the access for your current and future employees, suppliers, and buyers. It might be time to pack up and settle into a place where those who are vital to the success of your brand can travel to and from your HQ with ease and efficiency. Think about road and public transport links, and decide if a relocation could boost your monthly intake and outgoings or not.AudienceIf your business relies on client meetings or physical consumer contact; you’ll need to be present in a location where there is plenty of footfall and traffic. If you are in an unpopular location, or somewhere that’s a challenge to reach; you’ll have already put people off your brand before they’ve even walked through your doors. Therefore, you might need a new start in a fresh location, to give your company the best chance and customers an incentive to pop by. [...]

Self-Made vs Store-Bought Gifts

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 01:37:05 PDT

With Christmas approaching, it’s almost time to start thinking about what you want to give to your relatives and friends as a Christmas present. Many of us don’t have to think twice when it comes to presents. We either know exactly what our recipients want or we don’t have a clue and by them generic gifts such as a box of chocolates or some socks. These are the typical, generic gifts that everyone buys and it can get pretty boring after a few years. However, unless you spend a lot of time with the people that you plan to buy presents with, it’s hard to think of something to buy them.If you want to narrow it down, then there are only two types of presents that you should be thinking about: self-made and store-bought. If you have some time on your hands and you’re good with DIY crafts, then making your own presents and Christmas cards can be a fun and unique way to send a message. However, it is time-consuming and you’ll need to set aside some time well before Christmas day if you want to get your gift prepared. To help you out, we’ve listed some of the biggest pros and cons with both self-made and store-bought gifts, so you can have an easier time picking between the two.Source: PexelsStore-Bought GiftsStore-bought gifts are simple. You head into a store, hand over the money and receive your present. Next, you’ll want to wrap it up and then send it to your recipient through the post or wait until Christmas day to personally hand it to them. Here are the pros and cons of using a store-bought approach.ProsNo hassle with purchasing. You simply go into a store, buy a gift then wrap it up. There’s no hassle beyond asking your recipient what size they are (in a sneaky way, of course) if you plan to buy clothes.Can be delivered directly from a store. Thanks to the internet, you can send gifts to friends and family far away by just entering their address and picking the gift wrap option.Lots of choices to pick from. The internet is full of weird, wonderful and whacky presents to pick from.ConsCan get quite expensive. You’re going to be spending a lot of money with store-bought gifts.Doesn’t feel personalised or meaningful. A store-bought gift won’t carry the same sentimentality as something you personally made.Could get generic. Chocolates, socks, scarves and toiletry sets are far too common and make for bland gifts.You can find more ideas here if you plan to purchase a gift for a friend instead of making your own. The difficult part of store-bought gifts is finding a store or a gift to purchase for your recipient.Source: PexelsSelf-Made GiftsSelf-made gifts take a lot of planning. You need to think what materials to buy, you need to think of designs or recipes and you also need to consider the overall cost of the project especially if you have to buy certain tools for it.ProsMeaningful presents with sentimental value. Making something with your own two hands adds a lot of meaning and sentimental value to your present, so it’s sure to be a hit with your recipient.Create something that you can’t buy.  With the DIY route, you can choose to make something that no one can buy. Whether it’s a shirt with a unique design or a personalised pair of shoes, it’s going to be priceless.Can be much cheaper. If you’re good with your hands then DIY can be a cheaper alternative to buying presents.ConsRequires a lot of effort. Absolutely no DIY crafting experience? You’ll need to study a lot, practice and invest a lot of effort just to make a gift for Christmas.Might turn out bad. Your first few tries are going to be horrible, so get ready to fail a bunch of times and possibly f[...]

Awesomely Unique Gift Ideas

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Active Holidays: a Refreshing Energizer

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 15:06:33 PDT

Holidays are many people’s most anticipated part of any year. Being able to break out of your routine, be it working, looking after the kids, or just about anything else, is often a dream come true. No matter how much you love your family or your job, any routine gets stagnant with enough repetition. Do not blame yourself for it, it is just how we are designed, seeking new things by nature and growing tired of the same old thing. Now, holidays are often associated with doing nothing at the beach for two weeks except lying down, eating and drinking. While this sort of holiday is also needed to fully allow your mind to rest and get rid of those nagging thoughts in the back of your head about everyday troubles, they do often end up leaving you feeling sluggish and lazy when coming back to the big city and back to the office. While this is to be expected, let us look at some holidays which will not only allow for your mind to rest but leave you energized, ready to get back in the swing of things as soon as you set foot in the office.Image source: PexelsThinking outside the beachSun-bleached beaches with velvety fine sand which stretch along kilometres of seashore are all well and good, but there is much more to the world when it comes to holiday destinations. Next time think about places a bit on the wilder side, a place like Lesotho in South Africa. Lesotho boasts of some truly beautiful mountain ranges, it actually has the “highest lowest point” of any country in the world. It is often nicknamed “Kingdom of the Sky” due to its lofty nature, beautiful national parks with breathtaking and unusual sights such as the Maletsunyane Falls and Sehlabathebe National Park are a few of the popular tourist attractions. Lesotho is actually a constitutional monarchy, while this might not seem too impressive in itself, it is not very common in this day and age. With Letsie III being the king since 1996, the country has been prosperous despite its young age, it only celebrated its 50th year of independence from the United Kingdom just last year. With its rather unique appeal, and not being packed full of tourists, Lesotho provides the perfect opportunity for a brief change of pace.Image source: PexelsStaying activeWhile on the topic of mountainous regions, if Lesotho is a bit far for you to travel to, why not consider a mountain oriented holidays elsewhere? Be it in France, Canada, Switzerland or Austria, you probably know someone who has been there, or you’ve at least heard of them before. But since this is all about being adventurous, let's look at a more interesting location. Lapland is largest and northernmost region of Finland, Lapland Travel specialists are able to provide an abundance of snow-related activities. Besides going for set activities like these, just walking around on a blanket of untouched pure-white snow with the family is a very special experience. Highly recommended instead if you have had enough of being a beach bum in the past few years. [...]

Looking After Your Car Year in, Year Out

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 09:06:41 PST

Tending to your car should not just be something you do when something goes wrong with it. It is not something you should do once every few years. It is something that you should annually... no, in fact, it is something that you should be doing all the time. For advice on how to tend to your car in such a manner, make sure to read on.

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The Best Holiday Destinations For Football Fans

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:04:37 PDT

Some people go on holiday for the sights, others for the food, or maybe it’s the weather that you’re after. But some families are after something different entirely. If your family are mad about football, then a football themed holiday is the perfect thing. They’re also great for stag do’s. You might not have realised that such a thing existed, but it does. There are amazing places all over the world where you and your family can spend a week getting your football fix, these are some of the best ones. Image From FlickrSt. George’s ParkIf you can’t afford to spend a lot of money on a holiday abroad, there are still great places you can go at home. St. George’s Park is home to the England Football Association’s National Football centre where the national teams train. But they also have a Hilton hotel there as well where anybody can stay as a guest. They offer great tours of the whole place so you can see where the magic happens. The hotel is full of great details for football lovers including suites named after iconic players. La Manga Club, SpainIf you’re looking for something a bit more exotic and hands on, the La Manga Club in Spain is worth a look. While you’re in the country, you can also go and visit the FC Barcelona ground. This guide on how to watch Barcelona will tell you everything you need to know about seeing one of the best teams in the world. When you’re not there, you can relax at the La Manga resort area between playing. The resort has eight full sized pitches and they run a football academy for children of three to eighteen years so if your kids are mad about football, they’ll absolutely love it there. Verdura Resort, Sicily The Verdura Resort was the training ground for the German national team before the 2010 world cup. The amazing resort on the coast is now home to the Juventus FC training camp that you can take the kids to. It’s only for children aged between five and eighteen but there are plenty of other things for the parents to do nearby while the kids are in their coaching sessions. Forte Village, Sardinia This luxury resort in Sardinia is home to the Chelsea Football Club Soccer School. Any kids between the ages of four and fourteen can apply for places in the coaching school and it’s aimed at kids that are more serious about pursuing professional football. There are specialist sessions for goalkeepers, strikers, and defenders so as well as having a great holiday, it’s a good chance for your children to hone their skills. If you think that your kids might have the potential to be good at football, take them to Forte Village. A good football holiday makes a nice change from your standard holiday and your football crazy family will thank you for it. Even if you aren’t into football yourself, there are still plenty of great sights to see outside of the resorts so it’s still worth going.  [...]

Exciting Quick Reflex Sports You Should Experience

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 14:36:49 PDT

When we’re young, we have our wits about us and our bodies are performing at the best they ever will. Rather than wasting the time you have while you’re at this stage in your life, you should be out there doing something physical. Mentally, your mind is at it's most alert when you have adrenaline pumping through your system. Some sports out there have a system that will reward the most diligent and daring person to get ahead and win. It's exhilarating to know that you are in tune with your mind and body simultaneously and during intense moments, you can think clearly and act decisively.Source Skiller-2Airsoft warfareAirsoft has taken off in the market of consumer sports. You and a team of friends can team up and go head to head against another group in tactical warfare in a completely safe environment. The rules are strictly enforced, so a hit in vital organs is treated as an instant kill. The matches are usually held in a forest or suburban setting. Teams start at opposite ends of the playing field with set objectives, and each player is given a role to play. You can choose from machine gunner, sniper, rifleman as well as special forces teams. The games are watched by referees who keep out of the way but will enforce the rules when they are not being adhered to by participants. As you can’t really hear airsoft guns shooting from afar, the matches are intense as often it’s too late when you’re the sights of your opposing team. This sport relies on you to have lightning reflexes, tactical knowledge, and quick decision-making skills. Going out with your friends to test your skills also builds up relationships to the next level.Photo by PixabayOpen wheel racing Formula one racing drivers all start off from the same spot. Go kart racing is great for novices, professionals and novices alike can find themselves in a position of intense battles on the circuit with either their friends or people they have just met. By booking sessions with an open-wheel racing business like Lakeside Karting, you’ll get to see firsthand, how easy it is to learn how to start circuit racing. Not only is it incredibly easy to learn in just a couple of hours or even less, but you can begin racing the very same day. There are many tracks to choose from also, with the twisty, winding and technical to the straighter, wider and faster tracks that fulfill every person’s need for speed and challenge. Open wheel racing is not the same as other racing types because as you can imagine, the wheels and the car are not covered. This kind of racing relies more on feel and touch, as well as downforce to push the car down into the track giving you extra traction. Its basic when you’re going a little slow, but as you put your foot down, it begins to become more challenging and exciting. Sports that can pump your adrenaline around your body at breakneck speed are best experienced when you’re young. Your reflexes and health are the best conditions that they will ever so make use of your youth and take part in these hair-raising sports. [...]

Can You Hear Me? Prevent & Treat Tinnitus

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:13:48 PDT

Can you hear a high-pitched ringing in your ears even when there isn’t an external cause of the noise? Or maybe you are pestered by more of a buzzing or a whirring noise? If so, it sounds like you might have tinnitus. This is a condition in the ear that causes people to hear sounds that are coming from inside the body. Over time, the condition can get a lot worse and people will constantly hear the noises in their ears.If you haven’t already experienced tinnitus before, then there are some preventative methods you can take to ensure that you never do.Pexels.comTurn Down The VolumeWhenever you are listening to music or watching TV, you should turn down the volume levels so that they aren’t too loud. Being constantly exposed to loud noises is one of the main causes of tinnitus and damage to someone’s hearing. So, next time you do have some music on, make sure that the volume is at a sensible level. You should also visit and invest in some good quality headphones. These are a lot safer than earphones that are placed inside the ear. Protect Your EarsIf you work in a loud environment or are often working with extremely loud machinery, you will need to take some steps to protect your hearing. Ideally, your employer should supply you with some ear protectors but, if not, you should source your own so that your hearing doesn’t become too damaged over time. Don’t Drink Too MuchSome scientific studies have also shown that there is a link between alcohol consumption and an increase in the symptoms of tinnitus. So, if you are worried about certain noises and sounds that you have been hearing lately, it’s a good idea to cut down on your drinking for a while to ensure that they don’t develop into full-blown tinnitus.Pexels.comUnfortunately, there isn’t yet a cure for tinnitus. Once someone has it, they have to live with it. However, there are ways you can make it easier to cope with the constant ringing in your ears. Get Checked OutIf you think you have tinnitus, it’s important that you book an appointment with your doctor. They can check out your ears and make sure that you aren’t suffering from an infection or buildup of earwax. Sometimes clearing a health condition such as this can completely remove all symptoms of tinnitus or reduce them. Support Groups There are lots of support groups where people who suffer from chronic tinnitus can meet other sufferers. Lots of people find that talking about the condition and discussing treatments can help them feel a lot less stressed and worried about the condition. CounselingIf you find that you still have difficulty coping with tinnitus, there is also plenty of counseling available. You might want to look at to see which counselors in your area can help you. Over time, you will find that tinnitus becomes easier to manage. Hopefully, this blog post will help. [...]

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The Best European Cities to Visit on a Budget

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 11:08:52 PDT

Travelling is a fantastic way to see the world. To learn, to experience other cultures and ways of time. To learn new skills and languages. To meet new people and explore new lands. Travelling can change your life and shape who you become. Check out to learn more about the imporance of travel. Unfortunately, nowadays fewer young people can afford to travel as much as they would like. Rising costs of living and education mean more people are rushing into full-time work as soon as they finish school, often missing out on their chance to see the world in the process.If you have the desire to travel but are worried about the financial implications, you could check out and find some great European destinations, like these, that you can visit on a budget. Vienna, Austria is one of the richest cities in the world when it comes to music, romance and culture. There is plenty to do and see whenever you visit, so travel out of season to save money. To see the sights of Vienna cheaply, visit free museums and spend your time chilling with the locals in cool cafes and bars. You could even travel out of the city to explore the mountainous countryside without spending a penny. Nice, France can be ridiculously expensive, so if you fancy France, but don’t have a huge budget, head out to the coastal town Nice instead. Nice is the perfect destination for a lively beach holiday, full of sun and sand but without the hefty price tag of some of Europe’s other beach destinations. Edinburgh, Scotland is truly gorgeous. Packed with scenery, shops, and culture. As well as being a must for any Harry Potter fan. It’s like London, without the expensive accommodation and huge cost of living. Berlin, Germany is one of those cities that’s as expensive as you want it to be. You could visit all of the shops, eat in fine dining restaurants and go to expensive art shows and theatres. Or, you could eat local cuisine from street food vendors, watch street artists and buskers and visit free historical museums. Berlin has a rich history so you could easily spend days learning about  and remembering the past, without needing to spend much at all. Dubrovnik, Croatia overlooks the beautiful waters of the Adriatic ocean and is a peaceful place to spend time relaxing and enjoying the sights. The walled city is filled with wonderful architecture and historic buildings. You could spend days exploring and admiring it all. Bruges, Belgium, despite being a smaller city, is very well known for its beer and it's chocolate. This alone makes it a fantastic place to visit. Hotels are cheaper than many large cities in Europe, and there is always lots to do and see. If you can’t afford to take the time out to see the world all in one go, at least make the time to go on holidays and short city breaks. Traveling can be wonderfully fulfilling, don’t miss out. [...]