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June 21, 2017

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Urban life isn’t for everyone. There are many cons to consider such as higher cost of living, greater air pollution, greater noise pollution and often higher crime rates. However, there are also many pros to living in a city. If you’ve been considering packing your bags and making the move, here are some of the reasons for leaving rural life that should be on your mind.

Making new friends

Living in a small town or rural community can often be limiting when it comes to having a social life, more so when you’re younger. Cities are by their very nature full of people, giving you countless opportunities to meet new friends, business contacts or even potential life partners. There are clubs and groups for every interest and plenty of bars and hangouts for all kinds of people. For those feeling isolated or in need of some new contacts, moving to the city is recommended.

Cutting out the commute

If you currently commute into the city but live on the outskirts, fuel prices or train fares could be costing you a lot of your wage, not to mention the time that it takes to commute. Living in the city you may not always save money due to higher living costs, however you will give yourself more free time. There are many companies that offer short term rentals which may be ideal for giving you a taster of city living allowing you to see exactly how much you benefit as opposed to living rurally. By living closer, you may even be able to walk or bike to work, improving your fitness.

Access to better jobs

Whilst there are more jobs in the city, competition can often be even fiercer. However, the calibre of jobs is likely to be much better. You’re more likely to find a job suited to your interests and goals. Cities may also have many easily accessible training and qualification courses that can allow you to broaden your skills. It’s recommended that you find a job first before making the move so that you have the security of an income first. However, those with the finances behind them may be able to do this the other way around.

Access to better schools

If you’ve got kids, it’s likely that cities are going to have a better choice of schools. Many (but not all) of the most prestigious schools are also located in cities. If your small town or village doesn’t have any good schools nearby, moving to the city could a way of improving your choice.

Access to better healthcare

Cities will always have hospitals on their doorsteps. If you need regular medical checkups and are sick of travelling miles to see a doctor, moving to a city could give you better access to the care you need. You may even be able pick and choose your hospital or find a specialised clinic to your needs rather than simply making do with the only local care you’ve got.

 

June 19, 2017

There comes a time in life when we have to make a change – and it might not be one that we welcome. It’s estimated that the average person will move home seven times in their life, but that’s likely to be a figure that keeps on growing. Many millennials may find themselves having to move multiple times just to be able to find work, and buying a home might be far out of their reach until they are in their 40s.

The moving itself is problematic enough, but sometimes, needs must. You might find yourself having to move to another city or into an area you don’t like, but there’s one problem that is the worst of all: when you have to move somewhere smaller. It might be because you’re moving to a more expensive area and your money doesn’t go as far, or you’re moving in a rush and have to take what you can get – but there’s no doubt that it happens.

Going through this process is time-consuming and exhausting. You have to try and distil all of your belongings into a smaller space, which inevitably means some things are going to be left behind. When it comes to managing this process, you need to have a thorough strategy in mind – otherwise you might find yourself moving and realizing you’ve left something essential behind!

The “Three Lists” Solution

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The best way of making sure you’re prioritizing the right items to move with you is to make three distinct lists. They are:

List One: The Essentials

Compile this list over the course of a few days. Every time you use something in your current apartment – be it cooking equipment or just sitting on a piece of furniture – put it on the list. If you do this for two days, you’ll soon have a list of all the things you really need and actively use. These are the things you’re going to want to prioritize with the movers and ensure that they get to their new home safely.

List Two: The “Like It But Not Essential”

This list should involve all of the things you like but – with your most rational head on – know that you could live without.

Try and see this move as an opportunity for a monumental decluttering session. You can go through your belongings and your closet and see what you actually use. Another area to attack is the kitchen; you might have accumulated a lot of gadgets that you don’t use often and are just cluttering up space. If you’re ruthless, you’ll soon begin to narrow everything down into a much smaller space.

If you really can’t see yourself parting with an item, then it goes onto this list. When you have got the essentials moved in and found a new home for them, you can begin to work down this list.

List Three: The Junk List

Through the process of going through items and deciding which of the first two lists they belong to, you’ll soon find yourself with a lot of leftover. Don’t just throw these items out; write them down. When you’ve finishing cataloging everything, go through this list and see if anything can be recycled, donated, or even sold for a profit. After all, just because it’s junk for you doesn’t mean someone won’t want it!

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May 24, 2017

The world is full of places to go and things to see. Wherever you go in the world, you can find beautiful coves, beaches full of white sand and clear waters to swim in. When it comes to travelling, you’ll likely be building yourself an itinerary of things to do and activities to pack into your experiences.

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If you get the chance to go further than London and explore Australia, heading to Perth has to be something that is on top of your list! Sunny weather, the freshest food and an outdoor lifestyle that is so laidback it’s horizontal, Perth is stuffed full of activities that can make your holiday once in a lifetime. So, when you touch down on the west coast of Australia, what are the things you MUST see?

Mandurah. There are so many itineraries like this one that takes you along the coast of Mandurah. You can visit numerous cafes, join canal cruises to look for dolphins and visit cultural museums and art exhibits. The national parks and coastal lakes can make your trip full of memories every single hour. There are many options for food and drink, and you can soak up a little sun on the beaches as you go. If you’re a fan of golf, you’ll love the many courses available in the Mandurah suburbs, including Dawesville. Chill out on the green with your clubs and enjoy a sumptuous meal in the golf course restaurant afterwards. Enjoying views of the Indian Ocean while you practise your swing is going to make your holiday!

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Fremantle. A port city, Fremantle is bursting with things to do and not just for couples, for all the family. It’s 30 minutes from Perth and is famous for its coffee along the Cappuccino Strip. There are markets to explore, street food to tuck into and a historical prison you can visit to soak up a little culture. With the plethora of shopping opportunities available, you’ll never be short of things to do.

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Sunset Coast. If there’s one thing that Perth does well, it’s the beaches. The Sunset Coast doesn’t disappoint when you are looking for somewhere to explore during your holiday. There are nineteen different beaches to explore, with the promise of diving and snorkelling available to you to get involved with. Head over to AQWA to explore the marine life that is unique to Western Australia.

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Perth Hills. While the beaches may be a central point for Western Australia, let’s not forget the stunning scenery of Perth Hills. Sometimes escaping from the city is a must, even on a holiday. Heading out to Lake Leschenaultia 45 minutes east of Perth for a picnic is just as much of an adventure as snorkelling off the coast. Cycle trails and climbing as well as long hikes are perfect for the adventurer in you.

Heading for a holiday in Western Australia is one of the biggest adventures you could ever take. Make it a good one and stuff it full of activities!

 

May 23, 2017

The world is full of places to go and things to see. Wherever you go in the world, you can find beautiful coves, beaches full of white sand and clear waters to swim in. When it comes to travelling, you’ll likely be building yourself an itinerary of things to do and activities to pack into your experiences.

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If you get the chance to go further than London and explore Australia, heading to Perth has to be something that is on top of your list! Sunny weather, the freshest food and an outdoor lifestyle that is so laidback it’s horizontal, Perth is stuffed full of activities that can make your holiday once in a lifetime. So, when you touch down on the west coast of Australia, what are the things you MUST see?

Mandurah. There are so many itineraries like this one that takes you along the coast of Mandurah. You can visit numerous cafes, join canal cruises to look for dolphins and visit cultural museums and art exhibits. The national parks and coastal lakes can make your trip full of memories every single hour. There are many options for food and drink, and you can soak up a little sun on the beaches as you go. If you’re a fan of golf, you’ll love the many courses available in the Mandurah suburbs, including Dawesville. Chill out on the green with your clubs and enjoy a sumptuous meal in the golf club restaurant afterwards. Enjoying views of the Indian Ocean while you practise your swing is going to make your holiday!

mandurah beach, wa

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Fremantle. A port city, Fremantle is bursting with things to do and not just for couples, for all the family. It’s 30 minutes from Perth and is famous for its coffee along the Cappuccino Strip. There are markets to explore, street food to tuck into and a historical prison you can visit to soak up a little culture. With the plethora of shopping opportunities available, you’ll never be short of things to do.

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Sunset Coast. If there’s one thing that Perth does well, it’s the beaches. The Sunset Coast doesn’t disappoint when you are looking for somewhere to explore during your holiday. There are nineteen different beaches to explore, with the promise of diving and snorkelling available to you to get involved with. Head over to AQWA to explore the marine life that is unique to Western Australia.

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Perth Hills. While the beaches may be a central point for Western Australia, let’s not forget the stunning scenery of Perth Hills. Sometimes escaping from the city is a must, even on a holiday. Heading out to Lake Leschenaultia 45 minutes east of Perth for a picnic is just as much of an adventure as snorkelling off the coast. Cycle trails and climbing as well as long hikes are perfect for the adventurer in you.

Heading for a holiday in Western Australia is one of the biggest adventures you could ever take. Make it a good one and stuff it full of activities!

May 19, 2017

Africa is a beautiful continent with long stretches of wilderness, unique cultures and plenty of experiences. That’s one of the main draws to Africa: the untouched landscape that is full of opportunity to discover new things and learn about the world. Whether you want to visit for a holiday break or go backpacking to Africa, here are a couple of things to do and reasons why you should visit this majestic continent this year.

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Beautiful Beaches

Cape Town in South Africa has some of the most amazing beaches in the world. You’ll find amazing beaches that stretch for miles down the coast, all lined with golden sand and crystal clear waters that are pleasing to the eye and full of tourist attractions. If you love to party and relax, then South Africa will have you covered with its unique cultures, delicious food and vibrant nightlife. Some of the best beaches to visit are Camps Bay, Santos Beach and Nahoon. Camps Bay is currently the most popular beach by a landslide and there are many reasons why it’s become the most popular South African beach. There are plenty of spots to eat, sports to play and many enthusiastic locals to party with. Just make sure you’re dressed for summer!

Animal Conservation

If you’ve ever wanted to volunteer in Africa, then look no further than conservation projects all across the continent. If you take a stop down at South Africa, then you can work with rhinos in various wildlife reserves. Although the creatures are strong and rugged, they’re vulnerable due to poachers who harvest them for their ivory horns. As a result of this, black rhinos are actually considered an endangered species and they need all the help they can get to survive with small numbers. Whether you’re an experienced veterinarian or just someone that just wants to help out, you can volunteer for these animal conservation projects and have a hand in preserving one of the world’s most precious and wonderful creatures.

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Culture and Tradition

African culture is diverse, unique and there are plenty of ways to expose yourself to it all. There are several different languages across the continent, exciting traditions that you could even take part in, and plenty of people who are more than willing to interact with you. One of the most rewarding experiences in Africa is simply meeting the locals and trading conversations—even if you can’t completely understand them. There are thousands of different tribes that live in Africa so make sure you’re prepared to visit a tribe so you don’t anger, upset or offend them!

Wonderful Food

If you’re a foodie, then Africa is a continent that you shouldn’t miss if you want to get your fix for unique cuisine. If barbequed meat is something that you adore, then don’t miss Pap en vleis, a combination of meat and maize porridge that is popular in South Africa. There are plenty of restaurants in Cape Town that will feed you till you’re full, and it’s a dish that is best eaten with a group of friends or locals. Piri Piri chicken in Mozambique is delicious and packed full of flavour that you won’t get at your local chicken restaurant. And let’s not forget Jollof rice from Nigeria, a dish that you shouldn’t leave the continent without trying at least once.

May 19, 2017

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Cities are known for being romantic. There’s something strangely intriguing about them, huge and bustling, they have captivated the hearts of many and been the places where millions of people have fallen in love. Think about some of the most romantic destinations on the planet- chances are cities like New York, Paris and Venice all spring to mind. However, London is a beautiful city that shouldn’t be overlooked. Sure you don’t get great weather all year round, but it can make such a fantastic break.

Looking to impress the girl of your dreams? As this article states, there are 3 steps to make her fall in love, and the first one is to win her over. What better way to do that than with a romantic mini break to the Big Smoke. Here are some of the things you can get up to in London that’s sure to blow her mind!

Go on a River Cruise

London’s skyline looks gorgeous when it’s lit up at night, and the view from the Thames is spectacular. There are many cruises and tours which run from the river, it’s a perfect way to spend and evening and is sure to create an air of romance. Have a look online and check out the kinds of things that are on offer, and be sure to book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Treat Them To a Fancy Dinner

London is home to almost seventy Michelin star restaurants so you won’t be short on choice if you want to wine and dine. Have a think about the kind of cuisine you want to eat, and have a look online at menus and reviews before you go. That way to ensure you’re making the very best choice for you.

Go For a Walk in the Park

London is a busy city, but there are spaces where you can get away from the hustle and bustle. There are a number of quieter green spaces and parks where you can enjoy a stroll hand in hand and enjoy a calm and relaxed evening. If the weather is nice, you could even take a picnic lunch or hire bikes.

Take In The Sights

While you’re in a city like London, you have to take advantage of the views. You could watch the sun go down from a cool rooftop bar, or go on the London Eye for epic views of the city from above, They do a champagne experience which would be ideal for a romantic break. If you really wanted to push the boat out, you could book a hot air balloon experience over the city. It’s a once in a lifetime, incredible experience that will surely have a positive impact on your significant other!

Have you ever been on a romantic break to London? What kind of activities do you recommend?