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4 Different Ways To See The Best Of Any Destination

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:23:24 PST


When it comes to travel, you may find that you get a to say that you’re not really getting the most out of your trips. Because there’s so much more to see in the world than the same old spots.
Maybe you want to be able to make the most out of your trips, but you’re just not really sure how? When that’s the case, you need to get some fresh ideas. Because jetting off to a holiday resort can seem relaxing, but you may as well be in any country. You’re not going to get to know your destination all that well that way.
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Financing The Freedom Lifestyle

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 02:51:31 PST


Freedom means different things to different people; but for many of us it’s having the time and money to enjoy life on our own terms… to do the things you want to do, when you want to do them… for some this will involve travelling the world whilst for others it might be upgrading their home.

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The Essential Checklist For Long Journeys

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 13:49:15 PST

Most drivers will have to plan long journeys at some point, and it’s possible to remove any stumbling blocks from the experience if you perform some essential vehicle checks before you leave home. 
With that in mind; you can use the checklist below to ensure your automobile is in the best possible condition before you sit behind the wheel and start using your sat nav. The list below is suitable for almost every type of car, but you might want to refer to your owner’s manual if you have any concerns.

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Getting Yourself Holiday Ready

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 07:34:32 PST

Have you got a holiday planned? If no, it still doesn’t matter, the sooner you’re getting yourself holiday ready the better. There’s a lot of preparation that goes into a holiday, more so than you might first realise. 
Months in advance you’ll be getting things ready, including yourself for the all important day. To make sure you’re doing it right we’ve put together a few ways in which you can get yourself holiday ready.


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Unique Gifts That Stand Out Among Many

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 08:47:54 PST

When you need to give gifts to a friend or relative, and you have little idea of what they actually desire, it can be hard to find something worthwhile. We all have that ‘gifting anxiety’ when we want to get the occasion right. Some events are easier than others to provide for, such as a mutual spa day or honeymoon arrangement for a newlywed couple, or practical child raising gifts for a baby shower. For some events, or for a hidden and surprising gift, choosing the right item can be a difficult time, even if you know the other person quite well. 

We can never be sure of the inmost desires of another person, meaning that we can sometimes feel trapped in our ability to either spend the correct amount or make the right choice regarding size of the gift in question.
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Car Repairs: Don't Let Your Finances Crash

Wed, 24 Jan 2018 09:40:05 PST

It isn’t difficult to understand that saving for a rainy day is a smart idea, but if you’ve been dealing with breakdowns in all areas of life, you’re going to find that your emergency bank account is dwindling. Emergency funds are great to have, but if life gives you a bit of a battering and you’ve had to spend the money before you intended to, you’re going to find yourself in a little bit of a situation!
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South American Wonders

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 01:13:05 PST

South America really is something amazing. It is definitely not as popular as mainland America. But the mainland is so commercialised now, there’s not much to see in the way of culture. It is more roller coasters and big food establishments. 

Come to South America and you’re bombarded with history, culture, and above all, some amazing food. All you have to do is find which country you’d like to visit. There are so many potentials, so we’re here to help show you some of the best, and the reasons why you should visit them sooner rather than later. Read on to find out more.

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San Fran Yes You Can - Top Tips For Top Tourists

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 02:49:07 PST

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San Francisco, northern California, sits on the tip of a peninsula surrounded by the Pacific Ocean.  Known for its year-round fog, which encases the tops of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, its cable cars as well as the picturesque Victorian houses and of course Alcatraz Island, site of the notorious former prison.

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How To See The World and Earn At The Same Time

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 02:50:05 PST

If you have a love of travel and want to do that some more this year, then you might be making plans already. But one thing that can put people off is money. The feeling that you have to be ‘rich’ in order to travel. But the thing is, with a little preparation and planning, you can travel quite cheaply. You just need to know how to do it!

Taking time out of working can be a struggle for many too, and something that puts them off. I mean, if you’re not earning money then how can you be affording to eat, travel, and see the sights? Plus, you might have things like debts to pay or a mortgage to cover. So for starters, looking to reduce what your monthly repayments and bills are can be a really good idea. Looking for a credit fix solution to sort your finances could be wise so that you’re not having to worry about your finances when you’re away. While that is a good thing, you could also look to earn as you travel. Here are some of the best ways to see the world, and earn cash as you do it.


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3 Sights You Must See If You Go To Australia

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 02:51:48 PST

There is no doubt that Australia is one of the top destinations across the world. There is so much to do and see there that it is impossible to consider a worldwide tour without at least a fairly extensive stopover down under. But if you are only able to stay there for a short time, you might well be wondering what you can do to ensure that you see the main sights. As it happens, there are a few key sights which you should ensure to see if you visit Australia, and those are what we are going to look at today. Let’s take a look at the top sightseeing opportunities across the continent of Australia.

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4 Simple Things All Men Can Do To Look Their Best

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 06:39:55 PST

Some people are simply born with good genes. They can roll out of bed, throw on whatever old item of clothing they like, and still look better than 90% of the people they pass on the street. But really, these people are the exceptions to the rule; the majority of us have to do the best with what we’ve got. Luckily, looking our best isn’t quite as difficult as it’s often made out to be. Indeed, by incorporating just a few simple style tips into our routine, we can make ourselves look significantly better. Take the tips outlined below, and you’ll be on the right path.Source: Pexels.comUpgrade the Clothing Have you ever walked passed a person, made a positive snap judgement about their attractiveness, and then realise that you didn’t even see their face? What’s probably happened is, they’ve simply dressed well. Clothes come in all shapes and sizes, we know, but that’s not what separates one item of clothing from another: that’s done by the quality of the item. Basically, if you buy a £75 pair of jeans, it’s going to look a lot better than a £30 pair of jeans. Very often, the difference is so subtle that you can’t see it when they're not worn - but it is there, trust us.Have a Robust Cleanliness RoutineYeah, yeah, we’re all a bit lazy. It’s easy to get out of bed, and then just do the bare minimum before rushing out of the door in order to get to work on time. But make no mistake about it: you’re gaining some extra time in bed, but your style is paying for it. To look your best, it’s imperative that you have a robust grooming routine. That means finding the deodorant and shower gel that best compliments your skin, buying the best toothpaste that you can afford, and staying on top of any stray hairs that really should be gone. Take Care of the HairLike our clothes, the hair is also a crucial aspect that determines our attractiveness. With the hair on your head, don’t go to the cheapest barber you can find: pay a little bit more and get a real cut for once. If you have facial hair, learn how to keep it well groomed, and use beard oil to ensure that it looks its best. For the rest of your body, it’s all about keeping everything well groomed. No Cheat Actions You might be able to get away with doing whatever you want when you’re in your early twenties and younger, but eventually, your body is going to stop playing ball. There’s no substitute for hitting the gym and doing exercise: it’s something you do, or you don’t. If you do, you’ll be on your way to having a sculpted body that can dramatically affect how good you look, even after small progress has been made.Ultimately, you’re not going to turn into Brad Pitt overnight, but you can be the best looking version of yourself, with just a little bit of effort.  [...]

Unusual Ways To Try Networking

Thu, 04 Jan 2018 15:21:53 PST

When it comes to networking, you might do it from a business, financial, or personal standpoint. Talking to people like you with the same drives and dreams can make you a lot of friends, and give you a lot of help at the same time. Even though it’s often considered a cutthroat world, often enough stereotypes don’t live up to the hype; that makes networking the number one activity to do when you need a little advice or aid, and it’s fun and friendly at the same time.

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What Amsterdam Truly Has To Offer You

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 02:01:19 PST


Amsterdam is an amazing city, filled with amazing cultural and enjoyable experiences to behold. Unfortunately, many people consider it only as a place to enjoy legally consuming cannabis. While this helps the economy greatly, and visiting for that reason is as valid as any other, purely going for that reason alone truly robs you of a wealth of treasured memories you could be crafting. Amsterdam is a city with great historical significance, and it’s important for everyone to explore it at least once.
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Culture Shock Doesn't Have to Be a Bad Thing

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 03:41:45 PST

Moving to or visiting a new country and new culture can be a significant change for even the most adaptable of social chameleons among us. Factors such as new languages, unfamiliar food, and a feeling that you’re not quite such this was the right decision can quickly turn your optimism into a rising dread that you’ve made a colossal mistake.

But culture shock doesn’t have to be such a bad thing. Adequately preparing for moving to or even visiting a country that is worlds away from what you are used to can make the transition all that much more straightforward. But what are the steps towards ensuring that culture shock doesn’t catch you out?
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How Adventure Addicts Can Travel Long Term

Mon, 18 Dec 2017 10:19:39 PST

Some people enjoy a holiday every now and again, some people like to go somewhere hot and live by the pool for a few weeks in the summer, and there are the adventure addicts…These individuals can never get enough, are constantly researching their next trip, and will travel at any cost. Traveling is probably not a release from the humdrum office job, it is life. They only feel alive when they are on the road, down a dusty track, or trying to barter in a language they know they don’t speak.For these people, a simple holiday once a year is never enough, and never quenches their appetite to discover new places, they need to rest their eyes upon landscapes that few people have ever seen. Long term travelling can be difficult, but there are lots of schemes, programs, and activities to get involved with that can enable you to travel long term. If you have the travel bug then some of these ideas would be great for you, so you can get to the far corners of the earth, and start going on them kinds of adventures you always dreamed about.Source.Click & Read more » [...]

7 Things You Should Know About Malaysia Before Travelling

Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:15:43 PST

PexelsMalaysia is a beautiful country steeped in history, and is well worth a visit. If you plan to travel to this location, you might find yourself experiencing one of the most fun and intriguing holiday destinations out there. There are many things you should know about Malaysia before beginning the voyage, but we have collected seven of the best and most interesting for your perusal.We hope that this article is the beginning of a wonderful adventure for you.Islam Is The Official ReligionWhile Malaysia is a multicultural and accepting country, the majority of citizens consider themselves Malay Muslims. Over 60% of the country is Muslim according to statistical analysis carried out in 2015. Relationships between different religions, however, are very tolerant. There is almost no religious division to speak of, meaning that no matter what faith (or lack of) you choose to engage in, Malaysia is accepting of you. Still, even if you are unaware of the intricacies of the Muslim faith, Mosques here are certainly worth a look.Some of the most beautiful architecture can be found here, such as in the Penang State Mosque found in George Town. There are also many gorgeous temples to find, on account of the Malaysian Chinese Buddhism imported from across the se and from the north.English Is Widely SpokenWhile learning basic Malaysian is courteous for your travels, it is not a TOTAL recommendation. Most of the country speaks English, and fluently. Still, it is polite to try to replicate the common parlance, and can open you up to more social opportunities. Learning a language will always help you become more in tune with a people from a mental perspective, so we’d recommend you do so for the best approach.Another little nuance is that if you’re travelling from the UK, Malaysia has the same power socket configuration as you. This can save you plenty of money on travelling power adapters, but we’ll have assumed in your wisdom you have picked one up already. Still, if you haven’t, this could save you a small investment. Speaking of savings:Cost Of LivingCost of living is is low in Malaysia, meaning that your travels could be sustained for longer than you might expect here. There is plenty to explore in this wonderful environment, which is great because you’ll spend more time here than you initially might have thought. Another great thing is that the Malaysia property market is cheap to buy into, without sacrificing quality. If you feel interested in making your stay more of a long-term thing, we’d recommend looking around and contacting some real estate developers there. As the economy grows, Malaysia is set to become a country well coveted in the eyes of the Western expatriates looking for a beautiful getaway abroad.FoodFood is considered to be one of the best reasons to visit Malaysia. Street food is a wonderful attraction here, as almost every road in a town environment will offer easy to go delicacies. Due to the high density of Muslim citizens, pork is rarely served. However, with such a wealth of delicious options, we’d suggest that it doesn’t matter in the least. The delicacies in question include Banana Leaf, Nasi Dagang (rice with coconut milk and fish curry,) as well as Hokkien Mee. This final dish is very interesting, combining fishcakes and squid with beautiful boiled and salted noodles. This is considered one of the staples of Malaysian cuisine, and we’d suggest you are missing out heavily without a couple of stops to celebrated restaurants that serve it.Of course, you’d be remiss to neglect the beautiful river-fed and plucked prawn options here. Some of the juiciest seafood you can imagine is br[...]

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. Are employees unimpressed with your company?Click & Read more » [...]

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 for[...]

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! [...]