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  • Travel: Hacks

    How Green Is Your Hotel? Tips For Finding An Eco-Tourism Resort

    As more people travel and the concerns about the state of the environment and the future of our planet mount, the desire for reducing our carbon footprint and trying to be more green, destinations are aiming to be more environmentally conscious. Here is a list of things that you can find in an eco-tourism friendly resort. Renewable Sources Bit of an obvious one but hotels consume a lot of energy as there are a lot of people. Many are now using renewable sources to reduce their carbon footprint (especially destinations with lots of sunshine) so look out for solar panels and wind turbines. Master Key Cards Many hotels now have…

  • Travel: Health

    Feeling Homesick When You Move Back Home

    When being away from home, it can be quite familiar to feel symptoms of feeling homesick. Once the novelty of a new place wears off and the reality of the situation your in hits, homesickness can soon follow. Homesick is defined as the distress caused by being away from home. Leaving your family, friends and family places can leave you feeling lonely and isolated. When I left London for New Zealand at the age of 18, I expected a degree of homesickness. Moving home for the very first time, and to a country pretty much as far away as possible would not be easy. I didn’t know anyone and going…

  • Travel: Health

    14 Tips For Travelling with Depression

    For those with depression, travelling can feel like a fantastic opportunity to feel better. A chance to get a new perspective on life, step out from your comfort zone and feel rejuvenated. While travelling can help you feel all these things, don’t believe that it can be a miracle cure. Sadly depression doesn’t get the memo that it didn’t get the invite for your trip! Stepping out of the mundane daily stress life can help to break the cycle of depression but be realistic that your depression isn’t going to stay at home. Be prepared that an episode may strike and it’s ok if it does. Your depression (or any…

  • Travel: Hacks

    Quick Cheat Sheet for Flight Booking Hacks

    Everyone wants to know when is the best time to book flights because everyone loves a bargain. No one wants to pay over the odds for a ticket that if they tweaked by a day or even the time of day could have saved them a few quid. Here are some flight booking hacks Five-Week Rule Flights go on sale 11 months in advance. The best time to book tickets depends on the destination you are travelling to, and the time of year you will be departing. Rule of thumb, the best time to book is five weeks before your departure date, but it is best to watch and monitor…

  • Travel: Advice

    Helpful Advice For Staying Safe While Travelling

    Travelling can be such a thrilling experience. Whether it’s because you’re visiting a new culture or getting to meet new people or just having a new adventure. It is important to remember that you need to stay safe while travelling and here are some top tips to look after yourself when away. 1. Do Your Homework Research your destination before your travel. This may be the local cultures and customs, being prepared for what weather you can expect when there and knowing what to look out for. Know how to avoid accidentally offending someone. Be aware of the local scams. 2. Get comprehensive travel insurance and make sure you have…

  • Travel: Wanderlust

    What Makes A Bucket List?

    The term is thrown around very casually, and it seems that everyone has heard of a bucket list but what is it? Generally, the most common description is a list of all the things you want to try, goals you want to achieve and life experiences you want to have before you die. Simple right? But where do you even start? First, start by really defining what you want in a Bucket List? You can have numerous different bucket lists, whether they are from your home country or places to visit or things to see. Bucket lists make you stop and think what you want to experience in this lifetime. Bucket…

  • Travel: Health

    Hints For Travelling With An Anxiety Diagnosis

    Everyone gets that worry when at the airport or when travelling, that nagging anxious feeling. I always think about the film ‘Home Alone’ when Kevin’s mum is on the plane and convinced that she has forgotten something, a bit extreme as she has forgotten her youngest son. But what if you have anxiety in your day to day life? Almost 3 million people in the UK have an anxiety disorder, including (but not limited to) post-traumatic, obsessive-compulsive, social and generalised anxiety. Travel anxiety is a complex condition, related to fear or worry related to travel. This worry may prevent people from travelling and making excuses for booking trips. Fear of flying…

  • Travel: Wanderlust

    Appreciating That Travelling Is A Privilege

    Travelling can have an immensely positive impact on a person’s life. It broadens the mind, changes outlooks and perspectives on life. The potential exposure to new ideas, customs and beliefs can all lead to personal growth. My Opinion Travel changed my life. From living and studying overseas at the age of 18, marrying my husband in our favourite holiday destination and travelling to Europe for work. It has taught me about the world, the people in it, and myself. It has shown me that there is an enomorous world out there and that I am capable of surviving in it. Travelling has made me more aware of cultural sensitive topics and…

  • Travel: Hacks

    Ideas For Making Your Budget Flight A Bit Easier

    For those whose wanderlust doesn’t quite match their income, flying to destinations with budget airlines can be a compromise to get to those destinations. Although the fares may be cheaper, there are some other ‘prices to pay’ and here are some tips to make your experience a bit more pleasurable. Hand Luggage Hand luggage can quickly add pounds to your booking. Depending on where you are travelling to and for how long, hand luggage only can be a sensible option. Do I need 21 bikinis for three days? Some airlines will only permit one piece of hand luggage, so you cannot even take a small bag also. Some others will allow…

  • Travel: Wanderlust

    Be A Traveller, Not A Tourist

    Tourist and Traveller seem closely linked and almost interchangeable terms to describe someone who travels… however the word tourist can be uttered with such disdain and to an extent quite derogatory, especially around the West End of London. So what is the difference? There are some inherent characteristics that separate travellers and tourists. Generally, tourists stick out more than a traveller does. Whether this is because they are in huge groups, waving selfie sticks or throwing up ‘peace signs’ in front of the famous landmark. This is all very cliched behaviour that I am sure the vast majority of tourists don’t do these things, but as a Londoner, I am…