It’s hard to believe the end of the year is so nearly here. I’m quite excited about 2016 just being around the corner. I like to think of the New Year as a fresh start. You can try new things, strive to improve yourself, and see the rewards of the hard work from the previous year. It is all cause for a big celebration. I love to welcome the New Year in. Continue reading
When you reach adulthood, you will realise there are priorities in your life. And one of the biggest priorities is building and maintaining strong friendships. True friends are very important in life because they help us to interact and socialise, and they become like a surrogate family for us. There are probably only a handful of friends who will stay with you your whole life. But they are the important ones. Continue reading
Did you survive Christmas? Now, we’re at that special time of year where we start to look towards the future. The wrapping paper is put away for another year, and the empty boxes are all taken to the tip. We’re coming to the start of a new year. At that time, we begin to think about the future. Will it be a time of joy and pleasant surprises? We certainly hope so, but you can’t be too sure. However, there are ways that you can take a peek into your future. Now, of course, as far as we know there is no absolute way to predict what lies ahead. So, some of these concepts you will need to take on faith. However, it’s true to say that people all over the world use these ideas every day to try to determine what is next for their life. Continue reading
Not many of us have dared to travel to a new country without doing some research first. After all, it takes several hours of internet scouring just to find out your visa requirements! Over the years, I have found some really useful ways to get ahead when it comes to travelling to new places, though. I don’t like to be ill prepared. I go the extra mile when it comes to researching my destination.
For a start, I know I want to get to know real people in the places that I visit. I don’t want to get caught in the tourist trap even if I am keen to see some of the hotspot landmarks. I want to know what it’s like to live there, not just as a visitor. I’ve found that destinations like India have really amazing forums for those who want to find out more about the reality of travelling there. An India travel forum is so useful for anyone who wants to know more before they go.
Social media is also really useful if you want to find out what is important to people in the areas you are visiting. Reading the news is one thing, but reading people’s reactions to events can be far more real. Twitter and Facebook are great places to start if you want to hear real stories about real people in the country you are visiting. You can also see photos of the places you are most keen to visit on Pinterest or Instagram. They may even inspire you to check out places you never thought of.
Travelling off the beaten track is what every traveller lives for. But you and I know both know you can quickly find yourself in trouble. You don’t want to end up in places or situations that are dangerous. This is why checking out a travel forum or social media can be so useful. You’ll hear from people who live there as well as those who have visited. You can ask questions, and even strike up friendships with like-minded people.
Places like India are so incredibly beautiful. There are many wonderful regions to visit and so many gorgeous buildings and structures to see. The trouble is there is probably too much to see in one visit. You need to narrow it down to a smaller list. Don’t forget you’ll have the language barrier to contend with. This will slow things down even more. As much as you may love to meander and wander while travelling, a detailed itinerary can help you see so much more in a single trip.
Don’t discard the idea of using tour guides or going on excursions. Having someone in the know show you and talk to you about a place can provide you with far more information than you might have been able to figure out alone. Sometimes it’s handy to play the tourist once in awhile. I do think there is a lot of value to it, even if you have to pay extra! See where your travels take you today.
City living is great because you have everything you need at your doorstep. But, there will be times where you need a car to get from A to B. Sure, one could go out and use public transport. And, for the most part, it’s a practical solution. Continue reading
Keeping a relationship on the right tracks is not always easy. It requires a little effort. Here are some special ways to treat your partner that will help keep things sweet. Continue reading
When it comes to travel, we all have our favourite destinations. And most of us have a bucket list of those we’re desperate to get to! When it comes to holidays or vacations, I have only a few requirements. I want it to be worth the journey, I want great … Continue reading
Choosing the right setting for your wedding is one of the most important and exciting parts of the whole process. Maybe you’ve envisioned yourself getting married on a beach or in a chapel? With such a huge choice of venues and locations, it can be difficult to work out which … Continue reading
“Event Design and Styling” by Mauiinfo, Photography by Karma Hill – Own work, Maui Photographer Blog. Licensed under CC BY 3.0 via Commons. Everybody knows that planning and executing a wedding can be a chaotic experience. So it’s important to try to cut down on some of the stress of … Continue reading
Helping a friend through a breakup is never easy. On the one hand, you hate seeing your friend hurting and want them to be happy again. On the other, for more selfish reasons, you can get a bit fed up of hearing about their ex and want them to stop. It’s your duty as a good friend to be there to support them while they’re having a hard time. But sometimes it feels like whatever you do or say isn’t doing much good. If you struggle to be there for your friend, you’re probably doing better than you think. Here are some of the things you could be doing. Continue reading