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Tips for studying while you travel 2017-Apr-11
While we are often told as students to focus o­n our studies (and this is something that should be a priority), it can also be said that your time as a student should not be wasted – making the most of your free time should also be considered important! Going away after a big exam or over a bank holiday weekend can be just the thing you need to chill out and let your hair down a little. If you’re worried about taking time off away from your schooling then our tips for studying while you travel could be just the thing you need to ensure you keep your grades up and become more culturally well-rounded at the same time.

Know your passwords
While you may think that you know your passwords off my heart, you never know when something unexpected can crop up and cause your memory to let you down. It takes a couple of minutes to do and can really save you a lot of stress and hassle in the long run, so be sure to note down all of your passwords and web addresses before you travel. 

Stick To deadlines

It can be all too easy to fall behind with your work deadlines when you are going about your day to day university life, not to mention when you throw travel into the mix! Allocating time to fit in all of your coursework and essays can be difficult so, should require a helping hand, it’s helpful to know where to turn. If you are in need of some additional help with writing your essays, be sure to seek the help of a custom essay writing they could really help when it comes to hitting deadlines and being able to travel at the same time!

Check your internet connection opportunities

When you’re at home, you will always be able to find a source of internet connection, but this becomes trickier when you’re in a new place that feels unfamiliar. Be sure to do your research before jetting off about where the nearest and most secure WiFi facilities are and double check to see that the accommodation you are staying at has a consistent connection to the internet as it can vary room to room in some cases. Another way to ensure you always stay connected is through purchasing a portable dongle or internet connection port which will allow you to stay connected as you move about.

Pack your tools
In all the excitement of travelling it can be all too easy to forget about the study tools that are most necessary for you to study. This can include everything from your Kindle/ tablet chargers and notebooks to post it notes and pens. Having easy access to your study tools will mean that you are less likely to avoid knuckling down and doing some work!

Create a balance
Studying while travelling is important, of course, but it needn’t take over your entire holiday! Just as you would at home, be sure to create a schedule for you to follow that balances out your workload and ensures you make the most of your time discovering a new place too.

Make learning more fun
Remember that learning is all about expanding your mind and discovery so try to find ways to make your studying more fun. Use travel as an opportunity to mix up how stuff normally, so rather than pouring over a library book, try visiting a museum instead. There are countless ways in which you can allow travel to enrich your learning and make it all the more enjoyable in the long run too!
 


How to make the most of student life in London 2017-Apr-10
London is a great place to get an education as well as experience an incredible student lifestyle. London is o­ne of the best cities in the world for students, with everything available at your doorstep and unlimited opportunities to further your education and have fun. So, if you’re planning o­n studying in London, here is some advice o­n how to make the most of your stay.

Art and Music

London is famous for its art and music scenes, and no young person should miss the opportunity to explore them. As well as high profile performing music artists and world famous art galleries, there are also unknown musicians playing gigs in pubs and pop up galleries all over London. Some of the best stuff isn’t going to be found in a guide book so find out for yourself what’s going o­n and explore the creative side of London.

Food and Drink

London has great restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars in abundance, so make sure to sample the diverse selection of food and drink available. As a multicultural haven, you will find food and drink taking inspiration from all over the world, so don’t narrow down your search for food to quintessentially ‘English’ restaurants. There is far too much variety for you to narrow it down and miss out o­n some of the best places to eat, so try it all and try something new.

Apprenticeships

If you’re interested in a UK internship or apprenticeship then London is the place to find o­ne. With a range of industries o­nly a train ride away as well as many world renowned companies, you’re not going to get any closer than this to some excellent first hand industry experience. Many London universities have their own internship programmes for you to opt into, but if they don’t have the o­ne you are looking for there’s no harm in getting in touch with the companies you’re interested in. Take the opportunity while it’s available and get some invaluable work experience in London.

Take lots of photographs

If you want to make the most of London then you have to take lots of photographs of anything and everything. You’re going to make some great friends for life when you study abroad in London, see some incredible parts of London and have o­nce in a lifetime experiences, so take your camera and phone with your everywhere to capture it all. For the graduate prom, lots of universities have also started using photobooth hire in London, so make sure you bring all of your new friends and take some great photographs for you to take with you when you leave.

Get involved with the university

As great as it is to see London and get out and about, you o­nly get o­ne chance to get involved with your university. By meeting people, joining clubs and lending a hand to student organisations, you’re collecting great experience that is valuable for your CV. Employers love to see students committing to their university and actively taking part. Taking part can also be a lot of fun, especially if you get involved with the student union. Help plan and organise student events and entertainment as well as promote the university. So, when it comes to nights out and o­n-campus parties, you get to help make an unforgettable night for the other students.

 


Why Suzuki are the perfect brand for a road trip vehicle 2017-Apr-10
Planning a road trip can take a lot of time, money and planning which is why choosing the perfect car to take you around your desired destinations is essential to make sure your plans do not go to waste (and to make sure you have less of a chance suffering a break down!). Road trip vehicles need to be hardy, reliable, and economical as well as being able to tackle the type of terrain you are looking to cover. Whether you are looking to drive through Icelandic fjords or want to tackle the twists and turns of the Amalfi coast, the Suzuki brand is said to be one of the best when it comes to performing on any type of road. Take a look at the following attributes and design features that make a Suzuki the ideal car to take you on the journey of a lifetime and could convince you to invest the next time you see Suzuki cars for sale!

Suzuki’s are revered for their reliability, which is one of the key things anyone looking to go on a road trip should look out for as a prominent feature of their car. The Japanese manufacturer offers a range of cars in varying shapes and sizes, making it easy to find the perfect car for you and your personal needs. Many of the Suzuki models on offer are designed to be spacious which means they offer more room than most automobiles for carrying all of the equipment you need to take with you on your road trip. The size of a Suzuki also means that you and your travelling party will be able to travel in greater comfort than if you were to choose another vehicle. The Suzuki Swift, for example, is smaller and lighter than other models but offers a boot that is larger by 54 litres- impressive by any standards!
When it comes to navigating down small, winding roads or roaming wide, open roads, Suzuki’s are designed for the modern adventurer. They are lightweight and offer flexible steering – their flexibility means that you will be able to travel across a wide range of terrains without any problems. The ride of a Suzuki has always been described as comfortable and quiet, with their engines and tyres combining to create a smooth drive. And, let’s not detract from the power of these automobiles- they can keep up with the very best when it comes to getting you from A to B with speed and efficiency.

The Suzuki brand has come a long way when it comes to its interior design, something that features heavily in people’s decision to purchase a car. The interior of these vehicles is functional and well-laid out which makes them easy to adjust to. Furthermore newer models have all the very best and most popular mod cons such as air conditioning, rear-view cameras and Bluetooth (and much, much more) which means choosing a Suzuki is easier than ever before! When it comes to being an all-rounder- from its drive to its interiors- Suzuki’s are an easy choice for those looking to road trip in style!
 


How to turn your travel photography into a career 2017-Apr-06
If you have ever been interested in photography, travelling the world is a great way to find some great compositions and build a portfolio. Maybe travelling is what got you interested in photography in the first place, as it has done for many professionals in the past. But, all of those incredible photos that you took on your travels needn’t go to waste. While making a career out of photography isn’t easy, it can be done and you could be one of the lucky people earning a living by doing something they love.

Get your portfolio online

Be careful, though. Many creatives have had their work stolen online and shared under a different photographer’s name. Some photographers don’t mind their work being shared because it broadens their audience and gets more people interested in their work. However, there are some instances of this coming back to bite them when the people posing as them online are getting more attention or getting paid for the work they stole. In order to protect your work online, there are certain things you can do. This includes adding a watermark to your photographs, uploading the images in a lower resolution or adding your name to the filename of the image. If you do include a watermark on your photographs, keep the signature small and subtle so that it doesn’t obstruct the image and use your URL. This way you can direct people straight to your portfolio when they see the photograph online. Overall, the benefits of posting your work online outweigh the risk of having people steal your images and when people share your images they’re doing more good than you think.

Give your photographs a story

Rather than just sharing pretty pictures, think about turning your travel photographs into a blog and taking a more journalistic approach to your photography. Travel blogging might not pay the bills, but it can catch people’s attention online and keep them coming back for your photographs. When you upload your photos, tell the story of why and how you took them, what you learned about the area, what you were thinking at the time. If you have a way with words you might find that your little travel blog paves the way to a career in travel journalism.

Image hosting websites

This is a way to get exposure and get paid at the same time. You can upload your photographs to these websites and receive payment when people access them and use them. You will often find professionals using paid image hosting websites, which means that if your photographs manage to impress you could have them appear in professional publications, which means that thousands of people will be seeing your photographs and wondering who you are.

Direct to the client/ hired

If you have an impressive portfolio you could find yourself hired by a company and put on a payroll. A company might pay you to allow them the first pick of your photographs for them to publish, in which case you will be making money on the go as long as you keep your camera close at hand. Otherwise, you might return home and use your travel photography portfolio to be employed as a photographer for a specific company. These are the nest ways to make a career, although it will take hard work to get there .If you’re applying for advertised positions, consider making your photography standout by buying video brochures for your portfolio. Rather than printing off your images, where it can be difficult to tell what they might look online, a video brochure will display them on a screen in the best possible quality and tell your story with them. Video CVs are becoming one of the most popular trends in the working world, so don’t miss out on an opportunity to wow your future employers.
 


The top 5 gap year travel destinations 2017-Apr-06
One of the best things about being a student is the opportunities that come along with having greater flexibility with your life and the way you choose to go about your future. While some students prefer to travel before they go off to university, some unis do offer the opportunity for you to take a gap year as part of your course. If you are looking to take a gap year at any point in your student life then you may already have some plans of where you would want to go or, like so many students, you are open minded or looking for some inspiration. Regardless of which category you fall into, we have come up with 5 of the most incredible travel destinations that we think you should definitely consider for your gap year adventure!

Vietnam

Vietnam may not be the most obvious choice for students as it is less talked about than neighbouring Thailand, for example. Vietnam is affordable and has a fantastic mixture of landscapes and areas to explore – from busy and vibrant cities to relaxing sandy beaches. And, if you want to make the most of the stunning waters here then be sure to pack your designer swimming shorts from Thomas Royall.

Thailand

Thailand is perhaps o­ne of the most popular travel destinations of recent years, with increased accessibility and cheaper flights offering more people the opportunity to visit. Thailand is also among o­ne of the most affordable travel destinations as it is full of affordable hostels and makes it perfect for backpackers. Thailand is easy to get around and is perfect for those who really want to have the adventure of a lifetime in their year away from home.

Europe

While Europe is a continent and country, we certainly think it deserves and honorary mention as there is endless travelling opportunities here. Inter-railing is o­ne of the most popular way for students to get around o­n a budget and train (as well as other methods of public transport) passes can be very affordable. Similarly hostels are plentiful in this part of the world, which makes finding a place to stay easy and accessible.

New Zealand

The rugged natural landscape of New Zealand is enough to entice thousands of students to travel here each year. New Zealand is also safe to travel through and very welcoming of visitors, making it the perfect destination for curious travellers! If you’re a nature lover or a sport-loving thrill seeker looking for brand new experiences, then New Zealand is definitely going to be the gap year destination for you.

India

Regardless of whether you would prefer to backpack through your student year or want to find a base to travel from, India is the ideal choice. India is filled to burst with culture, colour, spice and a certain vibe that makes light work of getting people to keep coming back. From volunteer opportunities to national parks and endless activities, India is guaranteed to captivate you. 
 


How hard is it to lose weight while you're travelling? 2017-Apr-05
For so many of us, travelling involves doing new things and chilling out, but with this can often come overindulgence and a lack of movement (beach bums will be guilty of this!). if you’re worried about the possibility of piling o­n the pounds and want to lose some weight rather than gain it when travelling anywhere in the world, then rest assured there is a solution for you out there. While some choose to go under the knife or choose to get rid of fat quickly through cellulite treatment, there are some ways in which you can look to lose weight and get fit when travelling. So, whether you are going o­n a month long cruise or a three week sun-seeker break, we are going to show you how it’s not as hard as you imagine it is to lose weight when travelling…

Step Up Your Step Count
One way to ensure you don’t put in weight o­n holiday is by skipping that taxi ride or just simply making that little extra effort to walk a bit further than you normally would. Take the stairs rather than the lift or take a walk o­n the beach every day- these simple actions are guaranteed to help you feel more comfortable after hitting the buffet! Sign Up For An Activity So many travel destinations have the option for you to try something a little bit out of the ordinary and often these activities require some effort o­n your part when it comes to moving your body! Whether it’s a city cycle tour, walking group or renting a canoe- these activities will all help to shed those pounds! For those who are feeling a little more adventurous, why not consider taking part in some mountain biking or hiking to really test yourself and work out your body? Meditation While it may seem like you should be making your body sweat in order to stay healthy and not put o­n weight, it is also important to take care of your mind alongside your body and this is best done through meditation. Meditation not o­nly strengthens your core and improves the way you breathe, but it also works to alter your posture.Dance, Dance, Dance. While everyone loves going to the bar or pub, why not consider taking your travel party with you to somewhere where you can dance? From local dance classes where you can learn a new dancing technique to a nightclub where you can groove the night away – dancing is a fab way to have fun, meet new people and burn some calories while you’re at it. Stick To Fresh Food While eating freshly prepared food is not top of everyone’s agenda and not always possible depending o­n the location you choose to travel to, it should be something that you might want to attempt to do in order to keep trim. By avoiding fast food (you can treat yourself every now and again) you will not o­nly feel better for it but will also help to ensure you don’t end up eating food that is bad for your body and the way it functions.
 


Best natural medicines found around the world 2017-Feb-16
In an increasingly man-made and synthetic world, we are becoming more invested in returning to natural forms of medicating ourselves and sorting out any illnesses that affect our bodies. The wonderful thing about so many natural remedies is that they have been passed down through the course of history and are tried and tested ways of improving our health, which cannot always be said for man-made medicines.
Our post will hopefully highlight that great remedies can be found much more close to home than you could imagine, with many hiding in your kitchen cupboard! Natural herbs have been used since day dot to help alleviate pain and reduce your cholesterol, for example, and even to this day we are still discovering their hidden healing powers. Here are just a few of the best natural remedies that should be taking pride of place in your medicine cabinet.
Turmeric
Typically used in Asian cooking, turmeric is now being recognised as more than just a great way to spice up your dinner! Turmeric contains anti-inflammatory characteristics which can help to ease the pain caused by arthritis. Another small clinical trial has suggested that turmeric could even prevent cancer in the colon and tackle the causes of Alzheimer’s disease. Using the spice whenever possible will truly benefit your overall health.
Raw papaya
If you are looking for a way to remove unwanted body hair, look no further than the papaya! A favourite tropical fruit for many, papaya is packed with minerals and various vitamins that are great for your body. It also contains an enzyme called papain that helps to break down hair follicles and slows down the speed with which your hair grows back! This natural medicine is as gentle o­n your skin as IPL hair removal.
Holy Basil
Studies have shown that holy basil us o­ne of the most effective natural ingredients to help you increase your levels of adrenaline and reduce stress. It is an ingredient found in many types of pesto sauce. Tests conducted have also been reported to shrink tumours, which is certainly a breakthrough phenomenon.
Garlic
Multiple forms of research have concluded that consuming garlic has been strongly linked in lowered rates of ovarian and many other types of cancers. It is also believed that garlic can provide cardiovascular benefits due to its high number of active phytochemicals which helps to stop your arteries getting blocked. For the best results, try to eat crushed fresh garlic and consume up to 5 cloves a day for maximum success.
Ginger
Ginger is certainly o­ne of the most versatile natural ingredients in the world when it comes to improving your health. Ginger is most popular as a form of averting nausea; from sickness during pregnancy to motion sickness and even after chemotherapy. Alongside this, ginger has been linked to pain relief for arthritis sufferers, in reducing blood pressure and reducing the risk of cancer. Ginger can also easily be consumed in the form of a capsule tablet.
 


How To Set Up A Business After University 2017-Feb-07
Travelling is a thrilling experience, but at some point it will come to an end. Whether you’ve taken a gap year before or after university to go travelling, you are certain to have had an exciting experience. However, o­nce your wanderlust begins to come to an end, you’re probably considering what you want to do with yourself. Here, we’ve put together a quick guide o­n how you can set up a business after university, no matter which subject you studied.
Know Your Niche
When it comes to setting up a business, o­ne of the biggest considerations is exactly what you want to do. Whether you have a passion for photography that you’ve picked up o­n your travels, or you’re looking to head into your own law firm after you’ve spent so long at university studying it, it is important that you know exactly what you’re focussing o­n. Just because you’re setting up a business, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to stop yourself travelling. Many people incorporate both, particularly with things like blogging, photography and even more niche businesses as they can gain interest from international investors.
Location
Whether you’re looking to set up shop abroad, or you’re looking to find offices to rent in established areas, you can be certain that location is the most important consideration there is when setting up a business. Location can not o­nly provide you with a client base or area that you can begin to focus o­n, it can also help you when it comes to getting employees to work. Your location will depend o­n your business type, and the type of people you are looking to attract. As long as you know who you’re focussing your business o­n, then the location choice will be easy.
Funding
One of the biggest considerations is where you’re going to get the funding for your business from. After you leave university, particularly after travelling, it’s highly likely that you’re going to be in a lot of loan debt. Because of this, the idea of setting up a business may not seem that easy. However, almost all businesses begin with a loan from a bank, so you don’t have to worry about where you’re getting your money from. As long as you have a solid business plan, and a projection of where your business is likely to be in the near future, many banks are likely to invest. Alternatively, if you have an investor that is ready and willing to put money in your business, then you are already o­ne step ahead.
Compliance
One of the first things that you should think about is getting compliant. This means that you will need to be able to satisfy all regulatory issues, for example health & safety, licensing, data protection and more. A lot of the regulations are simple, but they are vital to know if you are a start-up business.
Business Bank Account
If you’re setting up a company, then you’re going to need a business account. This will act as a separate legal entity, and while it is not strictly required as a sole trader, it is important that you keep very clear accounts. Appointing an accountant or having your own simple book-keeping system are all important when it comes to setting up your business after university.
 


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Is Travelling By Car Cheaper Than Flying? 2017-Jan-10
As many students know, money can be tight when you’re a student. While some students are able to work to work alongside their studies, others simply have to rely o­n their student loan allowance to get them by and this can make travelling very expensive. Trying to get a good deal when looking to travel as a student is imperative to ensure your money lasts you longer. If you’re looking to travel and want to know the cheapest way to get from A to B, the two most popular forms of transport you are likely going to consider is a car or a plane- but which is cheaper? We are going to advice you o­n how you can save yourself time, money and a lot of effort when it comes to going o­n your next trip.

Driving

One of the biggest expenses you might wish to consider when travelling by car is the cost of petrol. As well as this, it’s important to consider other costs that will need to be considered such as whether you will need to stop at a hotel along the way if the drive is too long to complete in a day. Similarly what about the price of meals at service stations along the way- these need to be budgeted for. Driving is ideal if you are travelling as a small group as you are able to share the cost of petrol and this makes driving a great option o­n comparison to flying. You also won’t have to deal with the time restraints associated with airport security but may need to account for traffic problems. If you are looking to travel by car, ensuring your paperwork is up to date and your car has been serviced are crucial. Similarly why not look into applying for gap insurance for your car before you go? Check out gapinsurance.org.uk for more information.

Flying

Ticket costs are o­n the rise due to the recent rise in fuel costs and this can make flying o­ne of the most expensive forms of transport. Furthermore, while budget airlines offer cheap flights they often don’t include the cost of selecting a seat or adding a checked bag into the deal. In addition to this there are often costs associated with getting to the airport in the first place and if your nearest airport is a couple of hours away you will need to not o­nly find a way there but may also need to consider an overnight hotel stay in order to catch your flight. Travel insurance is another added cost to think about before making your decision about transportation.

Considerations

Cost isn’t the o­nly thing to consider when planning whether to drive or fly. Choosing your ideal transport option can depend o­n your personal tolerance for long drives and may depend o­n who you are travelling with (e.g. o­ne of your companions may be afraid of flying or you may be travelling with a child who will need to be sufficiently entertained while sitting in a car for hours). Some destinations are also not possible to reach by car and the distance of your final destination in comparison to where your journey starts is likely to be an important factor in selecting a form of transportation.
 


How to get the best experience whilst in London 2017-Jan-06
London is a fantastic place to explore. Around every corner you’ll find something new and unique to experience. It can be a bit overwhelming when you read the brochures. There’s so much to see and do and eat and it feels like you could have spent a lifetime in London and still not seen all of it. Well, if you’re o­nly visiting London it’s going to be difficult to tick everything off of your checklist, so the best way to go about your experience is to go exploring.
Leave your wallet at home
Pack a lunch, get a day travel card and check out all of the free entertainment London has to offer. London might have a reputation for being expensive, but that’s o­nly if you don’t know where to look for all the great things to do for free. There are markets dotted all over London where you can explore all sorts of strange and interesting things for sale and during the holidays there will be lights everywhere; most of the museums and galleries are free to visit; and the parks are all free and have a lot of beautiful greenery to explore.
Take the back streets
London is absolutely filled with hidden gems. Some of the best places in London you could find are the places tucked away in corners and off of the main roads. So, as lovely as some of the main high streets are, try taking a detour and exploring what’s going o­n behind them. You’ll find niche shops, tiny cafes heaving with people and independent galleries. o­n a sunny day in central London there’s nothing better than going digging for secrets. Just make sure you have a map handy so you know your way back.
See London the right way
Almost every tourist that visits London goes o­n o­ne of the tour buses or follows the tourist routes o­n the map. Sure, that’s o­ne way of doing things. You’ll definitely see all of the main attractions and architecture that London’s famous for. But, it can get a bit boring simply wandering around or sitting o­n a bus. If you want to see London the right way then what better to do it than from the Thames? From the river Thames you’ll see all of the important things – the bridge, the Tate modern, the houses of Parliament, the London Eye – and you’ll do it all from the comfort from a boat. From a boat you get to see the most of London and you can do it a lot faster. Walking will get you nearly nowhere in a hurry and the traffic in London definitely doesn’t accommodate buses. Plus, if you want your trip to London to be even more special, you could tour the Thames o­n a party boat. End your student travels with a bang with a party boat hire in London, or join in o­n some of the boat parties going o­n (an excellent idea for New Year’s Eve. Get a front row seat to the fireworks and avoid all of the crowds). So, skip the train tickets and city walks and see London the fun way.
 


What Is One Of The Most Important Parts Of A Wedding? 2017-Jan-06
Your wedding is o­ne of the most important parts of your life, and if you’re a student you’re going to want to make sure that you will have everything that you need, o­n a budget. From the location, to the DJ for the reception, it is vital that you plan where to find the very best at a price you can afford. If you’re planning your wedding for this year or next, or some other time in the future, you can be sure that you will find the most important parts to help with your planning right here.
Location
If you’re travelling abroad for your wedding then there are a huge number of options that you can choose when it comes to location. Whether you want a bohemian beach style wedding in Greece, or a more traditional Catholic wedding in the heart of Rome, you can be sure to find everything that you’re looking for whether you’re travelling to Europe, America, or any other country in the world. Each country will provide you with a different location suited to your needs whether you’re searching for a church, a beach or a registry office. Knowing what you like, or returning to a place that you have already travelled before are normally the first choices for those looking for the perfect location for their wedding. Location can mean everything to a couple, whether it is based around where they first met, their first holiday together, or simply somewhere that they have both always wanted to travel to or get married. Alternatively, if you’re staying at home, you can be certain to find a huge range of locations that will suit your needs.
DJ
Having a great DJ is an exceptionally important part of your reception, as many people are bored of the cheesy songs that they hear at every wedding. There a huge number of DJs to choose from across the world, but having those that are highly experienced and allow you to help create your perfect wedding day playlist is important. If you want a classy, magical experience for your wedding and your reception, then choosing the likes of this wedding DJ in Essex will help you to ensure that you can create the perfect party atmosphere no matter where your wedding is located.
The Dress
If you really want your wedding to be a showstopper then having the perfect outfit is a must. Whether you’re looking for a stand out wedding dress such as the bohemian style crop top and high waisted skirt, or you want your suit to look extra dapper, then you’re going to need to shop around instead of settling for the next best thing. There are a number of places that you can find your dress or suit o­n a budget too, so you can save more for your location or your honeymoon travels in the long run. As a student, a lot of what you’ll be doing for your wedding will be o­n a budget, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be beautiful.
 


How To Keep Your Pores Clean While Travelling 2016-Dec-21
Whether you’re setting off to a hot and beach-filled summer holiday or are off o­n a cold Christmas break, tending to your skin shouldn’t mean changing your entire skin care routine, despite what cosmetics companies tell you. Keeping your skin clean will not o­nly ensure you look great in your photographs to show off to your friends back home, but will also ensure your skin stays as healthy as possible. While travelling it’s easy to not o­nly slip up with keeping up with your usual skincare routine and also the change in temperature and the activities you take part in o­n holiday can clog your pores with oil, dead skin cells and everyday dirt. Our tips for glowing, healthy and soft skin are sure to leave you feeling confident and blemish free o­n your next big adventure!
Before you go…
If you’re soon to be jetting off o­n the adventure of a lifetime and want to prep your skin prior to flying, chemical skin peels can drastically improve the appearance and condition of your skin. A skin peel is proven to leave your skin looking smoother, healthier, plumper and tighter. They work by gently polishing and resurfacing the skin by removing its damaged top layers so you are left with baby soft skin to show off when you’re travelling.
For a Humid Holiday….
If you’re setting off somewhere humid, there is no avoiding the sticky feeling that comes with the heat. Bringing sun repellent designed for sport and a strong insect repellent is important to ensure your skin is protected from the get-go. Makeup can also feel heavy o­n your skin so choosing to wear a light, tinted moisturiser (or avoiding makeup altogether) could be a great idea.
For Chilly Holidays…
Cold weather is a pain as it causes your skin to dry out and become flaky. Packing a super hydrating moisturiser or facial oil will save you feeling subconscious about patches of dry skin o­n your face. Similarly, you may want to treat your skin to an indulging, ultra-hydrating face mask or facial. If you also try to avoid going from freezing cold temperatures to extreme warmth by having a warm shower as opposed to a scolding hot o­ne, it will save your skin from a lot of trauma.
For Sun-Filled Holidays…
Before you set off to catch some summer sun, try exfoliating regularly for a week beforehand. This will not o­nly prevent blocked pores due to sweat (gross but true!) and prevent your skin from peeling, it will also help you build a deeper and longer lasting tan. If you get sweaty easily, blotting your skin with a tissue or wipe as opposed to your hand will also help in keeping your pores stay clean. Washing more frequently with water and gentle body and face washes will ensure you stay feeling clean and your skin stays clear.
For Active Holidays…
For more active holidays it’s important to bring plenty of changes of clothes so that you don’t end up working out in sweaty work out gear which would cause your skin to look dull and unhealthy.
 


Things you need to take into account when travelling? 2016-Dec-21
Whether this is your first trip or your hundredth trip, it’s always helpful to have a rundown of what items you may want to pack, the essential information needed for your travels and that you have all your required travel accessories. With that said, airfares, hotel accommodations and rental cars, may be the holy trinity of travel preparation, but nailing down these aspects of your travels is o­nly the beginning of the trip planning process. If you want to create a travel experience that allows a smooth, headache-free trip, taking care of essential tasks like researching activities, checking if you need any insurance and ensuring you have enough money is vital to take into account when traveling away.
So, to help you if you’re jetting off anytime soon, this list is put together to make sure you’ve got everything covered before you enjoy those travel experiences:
Check to see if your passport is in date
Something so simple like this can prevent you even leaving the country, there’s literally nothing that dampens your pre-travel excitement quite like realising that your passport is out of date, making it obsolete. Be sure to check a couple of months in advance because when you renew it. The arrival time can be rather unpredictable at times, so do earlier rather than later.
Check you have all the essential documents for you trip
This accounts for a number of things, nothing is worse than arriving in a new country, your vintage hotel stands before you with its glorious wayfinding sign, o­nly for you to realise that you left your booking documents at home! A week before you leave, make sure you get yourself organised and sort out all of your important documents by putting them in a plastic folder so they are all together.
It’s also helpful to take a list of specific numbers such as: emergency contact details if you were to get yourself into trouble; it’s also worth noting down your passport number in case you lose it at some point o­n your travels.
Know the luggage allowance
This can be a killer for any travel experience; it’s so easily done at times and can be rather frustrating to say the least. If you were to go over the luggage allowance, you’ll either have to try and disperse some of the weight by embarrassingly putting it in your hand luggage or you’ll be forced to pay extra. So before you go, make sure you are aware of the luggage allowance and that your luggage matches it. Make sure you correctly weigh your case; if you have nothing to weigh your stuff, you can buy handheld digital luggage scales for just a few pounds.
Make sure you home is all locked-up
Having your home security constantly seeping into your mind can make your travels a really horrible experience. Triple check that all your doors and windows are secured and be sure to cancel any shopping deliveries. Ask a family member or friend to conduct regularly checks o­n your household, so when you’re away, you can feel at ease in regards to your home security and enjoy your holiday stress free.
 


What You Need To Pack To Survive a Trip to Europe 2016-Dec-19
Europe is the perfect place to escape the everyday hum-drum of our busy lives. From rich culture and incredible history to picturesque landscapes and delicious food, Europe has it all! Whether you’re looking to spend a school term in Spain, visit Italy for a long weekend or treat yourself to a summer-long trip around the European continent, packing your bags perfectly will be imperative to saving you time, money and a whole lot of effort. The following list of essentials is sure to kick your latest adventure off without a hitch!
Clothing Layers
The o­ne thing you can be sure of is being unsure of the weather in Europe. From warm and sunny to wet and chilly, Europe can throw you 4 seasons in o­ne day so being prepared for every eventuality is very important. Make sure you stay stylish and comfortable by choosing clothes you can later and pack thin, breathable fabrics like cotton and knits so that you can peel off layers as the days warm and pack them back o­n when it’s colder. Keep a waterproof jacket tied around your waist to make sure you don’t end up soaked when you’re out exploring the town.
European Health Insurance Card
Your health and safety is imperative no matter where you choose to travel to. Being prepared for any eventuality is key to travelling with a peace of mind, so be sure to apply for your EHIC renewal as soon as possible. The EHIC will ensure you receive free or reduced cost treatment should you require any while in o­ne of the 31 countries that it is accepted in.
Comfortable Footwear
Europe’s historic towns and beautiful architectural spectacles come with a price, and that price is cobblestoned streets! Walking around Europe is much more enjoyable when you’re wearing comfortable footwear, with support and cushion to ensure your feet enjoy the trip as much as you do! Your shoe packing can be limited easily to two pairs of shoes; o­ne pair of open toed shoes and o­ne pair of closed toe shoes to be worn with socks.
Essential Accessories
While it may be tempting to pile all sorts of nick-knacks into your bag, smaller essentials shouldn’t take up that much room in your bag. A USB Universal Travel Adaptor is your best bet for charging all your electric items and a water bottle will help save a lot of money o­n water as most water in Europe can be drunk straight from the tap and many cities also have public drinking fountains too. Other useful bits to include in this section include ear plugs, travel towel and money belt. Everything else you can pick up o­nce you reach your European destination, should you need it.
Toiletries
Similarly to the accessories section, you really won’t need to bring a whole lot of lotions and potions to get you by in Europe as there are many places to pick up what you don’t bring. Toothpaste, a toothbrush, aspirin, medication (if any), sunscreen, tissues and insect repellent should be priority. Be sure to keep everything in a wash bag or plastic bag to keep things from spilling over your clothing!
 


How To Stay Connected Wherever You Are 2016-Dec-15
Travelling can offer you more in terms of life experience, responsibility and confidence than a classroom ever can. So, whether you’ve ever wanted to live abroad or would love to see more of the world, there is no better time to do so than when you’re a student. Marrying the two can lead you to some of the best experiences and friendships of your life so why not study for your degree while being abroad? The biggest barrier for many students has to be the fear and loneliness of being away from home, familiarity and being far away from friends and family. But what if there was a solution to that and what if there was a way of missing your nearest and dearest less when being far away? The following options are all great in encouraging you to save money while also maximising the amount of contact you will have with your family and friends back home.
Check You Provider
Almost all the mobile phones sold in Europe and much of the world are GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) compatible, which means that it has been adopted by almost the entire globe and has good standards in countries with low quality networks. CDMA (or Code Division Multiple Access) is popular in the US and Russia so finding out which service of the two covers you best is highly recommended.
Try an SD WAN Cloud
An SD-WAN or Software Defined Wide Area Network is a radical new way to design and locate a Wide Area Network. SD Wan multi site networks work in a way that heightens connectivity with your technology and works well over large geographical distances. Although it may sound technical, the premise is that you are able to get much more bandwidth for the money you spend, which not o­nly makes keeping in touch easier, it makes it cheaper too.
Get Your Forbesfone International Roaming SIM
Getting a SIM card that supports different networks while you’re travelling will provide you with reliable connectivity and maximum billing transparency. Forbesfone provides you with great coverage in over 220 countries, low data roaming rates and flexible pay-as-you-go tariffs. It’s ideal if you’re travelling to multiple destinations as you won’t have to hunt down WiFi or change SIMs at borders.
Paid Wifi Networks
The more you travel the more similar paid networks you will see around the world. There are so many affordable WiFi plans to ensure you can Skype or FaceTime your loved o­nes without having to rely o­n free WiFi being available.
Free WiFi Networks
If you stumble upon a free WiFi zone, it’s tempting to use it but considering the safety risks may expose your phone to hacks and data being leaked into the wrong hands.
Use Apps For Texting
Handy apps like WhatsApp, Viber, WeChat, Project Fi or Tango are a great way to send text messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp in particular is ideal as it can be used o­n almost any smartphone platform and avoid using up your phone plan.

 


How to keep your dental hygiene up whilst traveling? 2016-Dec-12
Keeping up with your oral care routine can be difficult while you’re travelling. You might not have access to all of the facilities you need, you can’t fit all the products you might need in your luggage and when you’re constantly jumping time zones it can be hard to keep track of when you need to clean your teeth. So, to make sure you don’t come home with any cavities or empty tooth sockets, organise your brushing routine o­n 12 hr intervals and follows some of these tips.

Stock up o­n floss

The smart traveller will know just how bothersome it can be to have something stuck in your teeth that just won’t budge. Having a good supply of floss is always handy to keep the gaps between your teeth free of debris, plus floss has quite a few alternative uses while you’re travelling. You can use it to cut soft foods like chees and cake if you’re having lunch o­n the go, and if you’re stuck in the cold with a button that keeps falling off dental floss is strong enough to keep it secure. So, bring a few packs with you o­n the road, because you never know when you might lose o­ne.

Get a toothbrush with a long battery life
You might think that a manual toothbrush will make travelling a lot easier, but if you’re travelling for long lengths of time a manual toothbrush isn’t going to keep your oral health up to scratch. There are a lot of long lasting, excellent quality electric toothbrushes that you can transport easily and will keep your mouth feeling fresh while you’re travelling. Look o­nline for an electric toothbrush with good battery life and a toothbrush that comes with a travel case would be a brilliant asset o­n your travels. With your toothbrush you should also invest in some socket adaptors to ensure that you can charge it wherever you lay your head for the night.
Avoid tempting, sugary treats
There will always be sweet, sugary things to sample o­n your travels. You’ll find food stalls, dessert shops and cafes almost anywhere and it’s always tempting to take advantage of the opportunity to sample some delicious foreign foods. Well, a little bit of what you like every now and then doesn’t do any harm, but there are a lot of problems that come with treating yourself to foreign desserts every day. For o­ne, this kind of spending can quickly eat up your travel fund and an ice cream a day might end up ruining your trip later o­n. Sugary foods and drinks every day can also make maintaining your dental health especially difficult. Because you won’t have access to your usual dental products while you’re o­n the road you might not be able to clean your teeth as effectively as you usually would. This means that sugar can cause a lot more damage than it normally would. So, to avoid a dental emergency, limit your intake of sugar while you’re travelling and keep track of your diet. Choosing water instead of juices and carbonated drinks and bringing health snacks with you can save you money and keep your teeth healthy.
 


Best Places To Go Scuba Diving 2016-Dec-06
If you’re searching for an adventurous holiday then scuba diving is the best activity to get you going. There’s a whole new world to explore when it comes to undersea exploration, and you don’t even have to be a very experienced diver in order to explore some of these undersea sites. o­nce you’ve got the best wetsuits for your shape and size prepared before your dive, make sure to check out some of these best places to go scuba diving throughout the world, whether you’re heading far and wide, or you’re looking for somewhere a little closer to home.
Cape Kri – Raja Ampat, Indonesia
One of the best diving spots is home to a range of marine life, and a coral garden that you are likely to have never seen before, or ever see again. With manta rays, sharks, barracudas and giant trevallies to look for, you’re certain to have your fill. In fact, there are over 374 different species of fish to spot, and we bet that you can’t name them all. While this may not necessarily be easy o­n a student budget, a little bit of saving will go a long way if you want to head to Indonesia, and this is a diving resort that you will not want to miss. Cape Kri is generally best dived from Papua Diving Resort.
Barracuda Point – Sipadan Island
One of the most world class diving sites in the world, but particularly in Malaysia is barracuda point. The drop off is 800 meters deep, meaning you’re sure to experience a huge range of marine life while you’re there, whether you’re expecting it or not. Some of the most commonly seen marine life include sea turtles, buffalo fish and coconut crabs.
Thistlegorm – Egyptian Red Sea
If you want a sunken ship to explore, then o­ne of the very best is located in Thistlegorm in the Egyptian Red Sea. Wreck diving is a completely different experience to general scuba diving, and is not for the faint hearted – but is most definitely an experience not to be forgotten. Thistlegorm is the site of a cargo ship wreck, which is filled with motorbikes, train carriages and trucks, which was sunk in 1941 by 2 German bombers. Alternatively, if you’re looking for something close by in the Egyptian Red Sea that isn’t the ship wreck, then the Shark & Yolanda reef is a great combination of a drop off and a wreck. Here you can experience three reefs in o­ne dive, and there are great currents for drift diving too.
Liberty Wreck – Bali, Indonesia
This is o­ne of the best locations for divers of all levels of diving skill, so you don’t need to worry too much about getting lost or stuck in the sea if you’re a beginner. The current is very still here, so you can be sure that you will have excellent visibility throughout your dive, and it is even a photographer’s favourite site due to the abundance of life that you can experience throughout the dive. o­n top of this, you can explore a wreck, between 9-30m of water so you can be sure that you o­nly dive as deep as you want to in order to experience the very best sites.
 


How A Job In Customer Service Can Help With Your Studies 2016-Nov-28
It is a guarantee that your days at university will be the best of your life. First of all, you’re taking the time to study a subject you actually enjoy (no more double maths or science) which means you’re likely to show more passion and enthusiasm towards your studies. It is the time when you’re likely to make friends who you will stay in touch with forever, and many people find the person they are going to marry at university. However, university can also be a very expensive time, especially when it comes to the student loan, but thankfully the nightlife is relatively cheap in most university towns. Many students take part time jobs to help ease the financial burden, with bar jobs being the most common pursuit. However, with customer service o­ne of the biggest sectors in the United Kingdom, it may be worth rethinking your part time university job for the sake of your long term career.
Common Interests With Your Degree
When studying for a degree in something like hospitality or catering, the first real lesson is what is customer service. After all, these are two of the biggest fields that rely o­n customer service as they deal with consumers o­n a daily basis. With that in mind, it would be a good idea to get a part time university job in the customer service industry as it would provide extra experience that will look fantastic o­n your CV when it comes time to graduate.
Transferrable Skills
No matter how niché your degree of choice may be, there is guaranteed to be an element of customer service required in anything that you decide to do. Many industries pride themselves o­n having a high standard of customer service as it ensures a return of custom year o­n year. Any job within customer service will provide a shed load of transferable skills that you’ll be able to use wherever your career takes you. The biggest factor is the amount of interaction required within a customer service role, especially in regards to the public, along with learning how to negotiate calmly and effectively.
Social Skills
As human beings, we are generally quite shy and reserved, this is nothing to be ashamed of, and it’s o­nly natural. However, we can generally do a lot better in business and the world of work if we come across as calm, collected and confident. Sadly, these aren’t skills that can exactly be taught, the o­nly way to learn is by doing it. If you have a job in customer service, you might naturally feel quite awkward and embarrassed when talking to the public. There’s no reason to worry as it will get easier with time and practice. Essentially, you just need to fake it until you make it.
Feel Good Factor
When you boil it all down, we all know how good it can feel to help other people. The key responsibility within customer service is to help people with their issues and there are few better feelings in the world. Even if it is the most menial task in the world, it’s the factor of feeling like a good Samaritan and helping others that can keep you feeling positive, and generally ensure a happier life.
 


Reasons To Visit Istanbul 2016-Nov-25
If you’re looking for a trip that will truly be memorable, in a country full of history, culture and exciting things to do, then Istanbul is the perfect place for you. This is a major city in Turkey, and as it straddles the Europe/Asia border, there is a crossover of cultures that you are set to enjoy. Whether you’re there to explore the city, or you’re taking a day trip from your all-inclusive holiday destination nearby, there are a number of reasons why you should visit Istanbul.
Old City
One of the biggest reasons to visit Istanbul is to see the cultural influences and what’s left of the many empires that o­nce ruled in the country. From Roman Empire, Egyptian features and many other cultures ready for you to explore, Istanbul really is the perfect place for someone to explore, and never run out of things to do. There’s the Roman-era Hippodrome which used to be the site of chariot races, Egyptian Obelisks, and even a 6th century dome full of rare Christian mosaics located at the iconic Byzantine Hagia Sophia. The Old City is an incredible place full of things to do, and if you’re visiting Istanbul, it is o­ne that should not be missed.
You can also visit the Topkapi Palace, where you can witness and enjoy the life of the Ottoman Sultans. There’s plenty of things to experience in Istanbul, and o­ne of the reasons you should go is that you’ll never run out of things to be in awe of.
Medical Tourism
One of the biggest things that the Turkish government are currently pushing is their medical tourism, and this means that there are a huge number of exceptionally high quality clinics, full of expert doctors and physicians. If you’re looking to have any cosmetic treatment done, then it’s always worth considering Istanbul for hair replacement or any other cosmetic surgery, due to the cost and the quality of the surgeries that are carried out.
Vibrant Nightlife
There are plenty of nightlife activities perfect for students to enjoy, and with most of these venues being located by the Bosphorus, they are easy to get to. o­ne of the best reasons to visit Istanbul is to experience the nightlife, as it caters for both the locals, and also puts o­n a fantastic range of nights for tourists too. Nightlife in Istanbul truly does cater for everybody, and with picturesque views to enjoy too, you can be sure that you’re going to have a great time.
Traditional Turkish Bath
If you’re heading to Istanbul, then you should make sure that you do not miss out o­n a Turkish Bath, hamam. This is o­ne of the biggest attractions in the city – aside from the various incredible landmarks that students can enjoy. If you want to take a step back in time, and have a relaxing day after you’ve finished your sightseeing, then you have to head to a Turkish Bath. There, you can also enjoy a relaxing massage too.
 



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