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Tips For Resettling In the Middle East

July 1, 2018

Uprooting ones life to move to the Middle East is often a decision taken by the demands of work: with international offices opening up in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the UAE – a useful middle-ground for business between East and West – plenty of jobs are relocating to the shining metropolis in the desert sands in the modern era. Its nothing to be daunted about – youll lead a comparatively luxurious and enjoyable lifestyle to that which you lived at home – but there are some tips thatll be useful to take over with you for your exciting new move.

Cultural Awareness

As with any move to any new area of the world, the expat should make a huge effort to understand the culture theyll be living inside and to get at least a basic grasp of the language spoken there. The international language of business remains English, but thats not to say a little Arabic wont get you a long way. When it comes to Middle Eastern culture, research their customs and pleasantries, so you are familiar with their customs and their views on alcohol, sexuality, and gender, so youre not caught out while away.

Exploring

Many successful states in the Middle East have built gleaming and impressive cities. For some, this translates into believing countries such as Qatar have little more to offer than urban life. This isn’t the case, however, as there are Bedouin communities as well as plenty of desert exploration to enjoy in these countries which may involve surfing down sand dunes or hopping over them on a dune buggy. Look up all tourism activities so that you make the very most out of your time exploring there.

Cuisine

Middle Eastern cuisine is very much unique – and delicious – and one of the main objectives anyone living there should hold close is to learn how to make the many mouth-watering dishes that have pleased the Arab palette for centuries. Theres fusion food too, of course, in the international centres of commerce, trade, and business, but sometimes its the smaller local eateries on the edge of town that pack the most authentic punch of spice, herbs, and flavours you simply wont find anywhere else in the world. Cooking classes are offered in every city; get stuck in your free time.

Shopping

Alongside the business side of these cities is their huge shopping districts and new-build malls – constructed to dazzle and amaze. Do check these out while staying in places such as Abu Dhabi, but remember also that the prices at these malls are many times inflated. With a little local knowledge, you can check out the online shopping in UAE, meaning you’ll save money and have your very own speedy service for furnishing your house, supplying your hobbies, or finding clothes and other fashion items without having to leave your home. A move away from your home country doesnt mean a move away from valuable commodities.

A move to the Middle East can be incredibly exciting, and bearing the above tips in mind will make your stay that bit more comfortable and special.

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Tips for Traveling With Cats and Dogs

June 6, 2018

One of the hardest things about packing up the motorhome and going on holiday is leaving our pets behind. After all, pets can make for tricky travel buddies. Cats and dogs are territorial and cats can struggle in an enclosed space with a dog where they cannot escape. Should they fight while on a trip, it can lead to the two pets becoming permanently unhappy with one another, even after returning home.

Fortunately, it is possible to train cats and dogs to respect each other’s space. With some preparation and training, your next road trip can be even more enjoyable with your pets along for the ride.

Train your pets

James Wellbeloved, pet food experts from the UK, has dispelled the notion that dogs and cats cannot cohabit. On the contrary, they can become the best of friends, provided they are introduced carefully and your home is setup so your dog respects your cat’s boundaries, and so your cat has somewhere to sleep, eat and go to the toilet where the dog cannot reach.

This same training can be applied before traveling, though it needs to be done more attentively. After all, if your pets are going to be traveling in a motorhome for long periods, your dog needs to know it is not okay to disturb the cat, just as it is important to keep the cat’s important belongings (bedding; food and water bowls; litter tray) high up where the dog cannot reach them.

The best way to do this is to take your pets out on longer and longer trips so they get used to traveling together in the motorhome. Allow your cat to find a space where they feel comfortable and then start to place their belongings there so they learn it is their own. Keep your dog away with a physical obstacle they cannot get around and discourage your dog from becoming overly playful with your cat. Cats often enjoy playing with dogs, but only for short periods, while a dog can often play all day and sometimes doesn’t know when he or she has gone too far.

For shorter trips, you can separate your pets with crates. However, this also requires training if they aren’t already used to them, as they will likely feel anxious if put in a crate without first being made familiar.

Rules for the journey

Once your trip has begun, there are a few rules you should follow to help keep things peaceful. Firstly, make sure to have plenty of food and water on board so they can hydrate themselves whenever they feel the need.

Secondly, don’t leave your pets unattended. They might fight if they feel trapped inside without you and, should they escape, they will be unfamiliar with their surroundings and will likely get lost.

Thirdly, don’t let your pets roam freely while you are moving. Use crates or limit their movement with a leash. Otherwise, something might fall on them in transit or they might distract you while you are driving and cause an accident.

Finally, stop frequently. Cats and dogs are prone to car sickness and might start to feel unwell if you are moving for hours on end. Besides, your dog will need regular walks to burn off some energy, as well as toilet breaks.

It might require some hard work but traveling with your pets should not be dismissed as impossible. With the right training and some patience, your pets can enjoy your holidays with you and learn to share the same space while respecting each other’s limits.

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How to find Cheap Accommodation when You Travel Solo

June 3, 2018

One of the biggest misconceptions when it comes to travelling is that you need to have a lot of cash to enjoy your trip, which isn’t very accurate. If you plan on staying at five-star resorts, you will definitely need to have a lot of money. But, if you are travelling on a budget, there plenty of ways to find accommodation that won’t break your bank.

These days, one of the best ways to find cheap accommodations when you travel is by staying at an Airbnb property. These are homes or rooms rented out by homeowners, and they are generally cheaper than paying for a hotel room.

According to research provided by Schofields Insurance, 44 percent of people travelling alone have stayed at an Airbnb property, 18 percent stayed in hostels, while 65 percent stayed in hotels.

74 percent of those that stayed at an Airbnb property did so to avoid paying extra fees charged by hotels. 35 percent of those that stayed in hostels did so because they liked the communal aspect, and 29 percent of the people that stayed in hostels chose them because they were very cheap.

The research showed that the number of people choosing independent rental properties like Airbnb has increased significantly, due to the fact that travelers get to save money on accommodations and get more privacy than they would if they stay in a hostel.

Another way people can save money on accommodations when traveling is to stay with a local. This is different from Airbnb because you are basically crashing on someone’s couch. You can find locals wherever you using websites like Couchsurfing. The only problem using this method is the fact that you will essentially be staying with a stranger, which scares a lot of people off.

If you plan on staying on someone’s couch for a day or more, you should make sure the person you’re staying with has a picture in their profile, have positive reviews, and is verified.

If you’re a fan of the outdoors, a popular way to get accommodations when travelling is to stay on a farm. Farm owners are getting into the space renting business, and some offer travelers a chance to see how a farm works and some even give you the option of working for your room if you don’t have enough money to pay for one.

Some farms also allow you to set up a camp on their property and charge between $5-$10 per night, which is cheaper than a hotel or Airbnb.

If you want to learn more about how to find cheap accommodations when travelling alone, you can check out Schofields Insurance website and read more of their research at http://www.schofields.ltd.uk/

If you’re interested in renting out your property, you can contact them to get a quote on insurance.

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Things to Never Forget When Traveling with a Chronic Illness

May 23, 2018

Traveling can add joy and satisfaction to life as well as become a lifestyle and way of life for many. However, if you or a loved one is struggling with a chronic illness, you may not be able to travel as frequently as want.

Although it may feel like a setback, this shouldn’t stop you from traveling if you need to, it just means you’d need to put more preparation in beforehand. This is imperative in order to ensure you’re able to reduce the amount of stress you may face and ensure there aren’t complications along the way. In light of this, you’re going to find a few tips on things to never forget when traveling with a chronic illness.

Pretravel Consultation

Before traveling, it’s imperative that you get the go-ahead from a health professional if you have a chronic illness. This is important in order to ensure the management of your health is optimized before and during the time of your travels. It may also be a good idea to bring a doctor’s certificate along detailing your medical history just in case of an emergency. Additionally, four to six-week pretravel counseling should also be considered to make sure that your healthcare provider can give adequate counseling as well as any immunizations that may be needed. By doing this as early as possible, you’re more likely to be able to floor any concerns ahead of time. You can also express any worries or concerns that you have to reduce any feelings of worry or anxiety.

Health Care Arrangements

When traveling with a chronic illness, it’s key that you make health care arrangements beforehand. This means ensuring you make adequate travel arrangements that are suitable for your condition. You could, for instance, consider Flying Angels if you want non-emergency medical transport. This would mean you’d get a dedicated flight coordinator while your flight nurse attends to any needs that you have throughout the duration of your flight. It is an alternative to air ambulance services which utilizes commercial airlines meaning it is relatively cost-effective as well. Choosing this option could mean all of your in-flight healthcare needs are taken care of leaving you with less to worry about.

Medication  

This may seem like an obvious one, however, taking all of your medication along when traveling is key. Ideally, you should have enough to last the duration of your stay and extra in case of an emergency. It’s also critical to remember to bring any appropriate medical supplies you may need such as an oxygen machine, accompanying tubing, charging equipment, power chords, and adapters. You should also familiarize yourself with the local healthcare providers at your destination just in case you need urgent treatment.

A chronic illness may be a difficult thing, but it doesn’t have to be the end of life. If well managed, you should still be able to do things like travel if need be. Hopefully, next time you’re planning a trip, you’ll remember these three tips.

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7 Best Honeymoon Destinations in the World

May 22, 2018

No doubt, finding the honeymoon destination can be a daunting task. Some couples want to enjoy sightseeing, some wish to relax on an exotic beach, and some want to have an adventurous experience. Also, the world is full of amazing places, and one has to ponder much in order to select a perfect place. The vital point is honeymoon should be stress-free.

Well, if you are among those couples who have recently got married and looking for best honeymoon destinations in the world, then you have undoubtedly landed at the right place. Listed below are some of amazing as well as spectacular places on the planet where you can count on enjoying your honeymoon.

Essential point

Before you jump on the first destination, make sure you set a budget as you would surely not like to blow your bank account. Also, it is important to explore some sites such as Holidayshub.Com where you can find the free as well as complete travel information. Now, get ready to begin the journey of finding best honeymoon destinations.

Fiji Islands

The paradise on earth! Fiji islands have such an exotic beauty, which can’t be kept into words. Featuring rugged cliffs, swaying palm trees and awe-inspiring views of the island, this place will surely spellbind you with its amazing charm.  

Bali

It is one of the best destinations for couples in Asia. This place features incredible white sand beaches, exotic restaurants, beautiful cultural temples, luxurious resorts and much more. You can enjoy a wide array of water sports activities.

Hawaii

It is famous honeymoon destination as this place offers tropical experience. If you are looking for fantastic beach resorts and surfing spots, then you must count in this place. Hana road, Mauna Kea, Pearl harbour are some of the romantic places that you should not miss.

Greece

If you want a memorable Mediterranean honeymoon, then Crete in Greece is the perfect place for you. It features sun-drenched beaches, amazing mountains, striking fishing villages and more. Make sure you explore Chrissi island, Chania old town, Agios Nikolaos, and Samaria Gorge.

Singapore

From astonishing green space to outstanding skyscrapers, this fabulous sightseeing place features a mélange of ethnic enclaves. Try visiting in July – September, if you want to spend quality time with your better half.

Miami

It features white sand beaches and is prominent for its thrilling nightlife. Vizcaya Museum, South Beach, Art deco district are some of the awesome romantic places in Miami. Try visiting here from March to May.

Italy

If you are among those who would like to give a visual treat to your spouse, then Amalfi Coast in Italy should be your honeymoon destination. It features crystal blue water, cozy towns, and breathtaking views.

There are many more stunning honeymoon destinations, but these are the best places where you can think of spending quality time with your spouse. So, now you have a broad list of places, and you just have to pick the one, contact a travel agent, pack your bags and set off for a majestic honeymoon destination.

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Motorhome Hotspots to Visit

March 19, 2018

What is your attitude towards a staycation? Do you take to the air and holiday on foreign soil, or do you prefer to embrace the beauty of Britain? As we witness the rise of the staycation for a lot of Brits, motorhome and campervan owners are way ahead of the game. They’ve been doing it for years. It’s an opportunity to take your ‘home’ on wheels to any location you wish – and the beauty of it? You aren’t squashed into a small tent with the rest of your family, and if it rains…it doesn’t matter because you have a roof over your head.

Owners of motorhomes and caravans have the free run of the road, and they aren’t restricting to just holidaying on home soil. You can enjoy the open road and take your wheels all over the world – and with the latest VW Trailer Assist, it’s never been easier. Manoeuvring with a trailer no longer has to be a test of your patience. Instead, allow the Trailer Assist system to do the work for you. As long as you set the system up by selecting reverse gear, press the parking aid button and use the mirror adjustment switch to set the direction in which the trailer should be steered – your car will now steer automatically while you just need to take care of changing gear, accelerating and braking. It’s as simple as that.

With so many great places in the UK, and abroad, how do you decide where to visit and set up camp with your little home on wheels? Just as motorhomes range from basic campervans and trailers to those RVs that are so fancy they give us weep-inducing envy, so do motorhome campsites – from basic wild camping sites and family holiday parks to swish sites with pools or hot tubs, and sites settled into or next to forests, mountains, beaches and lakes. VW dealership, Vindis explore what’s available:

Fields End Water Caravan Park, Lodges & Fishery

Looking for adults only? Looking for luxury? Looking for relaxation? Well Fields End Water is the camp site for you – this five-star rated, adults-only campsite is located in the heart of Cambridgeshire, offering 59 touring pitches, 14 tent pitches and six luxury self-catering lodges equipped with hot tubs. For the fishing enthusiasts, there are two on-site fishing lakes to enjoy, with guaranteed peace and quiet thanks to their adults-only policy. Dogs are very much welcome, with plenty of expansive Fenland countryside to enjoy all year round.

For those of you travelling with a larger caravan or RV, rest assured as this camp also offer extra-large pitches to accommodate you. You are guaranteed a relaxing stay on this site as you explore Cambridgeshire.

Ocean Lakes Family Campground

Take a trip of a lifetime and enjoy the open road on an American road trip stopping at the winner of ‘RV Park of the Year’, ranking in the top 1% of campground in America. Ocean Lakes is pretty impressive! And there’s no surprise why. It’s situated on the oceanfront in South Carolina, USA. Stretching across one mile of oceanfront, you can camp here all year round.

Take no risks, and reserve your pitch up to 18 months in advance of your trip. With plenty of activities on offer, it’s fair to say your kids won’t be bored. From basketball and volleyball to horseshoes and outdoor pools – the activities are endless.

And where do we start with the local area – the to-do list is almost endless. The local area offers national award-winning shows, more than 100 golf courses, and is home to Brookgreen Gardens — named one of the top 10 public gardens in America. It’s definitely worth taking a trip in your RV down to South Carolina.

Hendra Holiday Park

Take a family trip this summer and visit Hendra Holiday Park situated in the Newquay, the heart of Cornwall. There is something fun for everyone. Surrounded by countryside and only minutes away from the beach, the park has 500 touring pitches, 500 tent pitches and 320 holiday homes available for hire. You’ll also be pleased to hear that their toilet block facilities for campers have been awarded the ‘5* Loo of the Year’ award each year.

The top toilets aren’t the only impressive facilities on this holiday park. The park has soft plays, a pool complex, full entertainment both indoor and outdoor for all weathers, and several bars and restaurants. That’s just whilst on site too – the countryside and beaches offer even more fun for all the family.

Campsite Naturista ‘El Portús’

If a holiday to you needs to include sun, sea and sand, then take a trip to the Spanish region of Murcia, and visit Campsite Naturista ‘El Portús’ – a campsite that defines Spanish culture and looks out onto blue seas and clifftops. With over 350 touring pitches available, there is also 60 permanent pitches up for grabs and 80 accommodation units for hire.

Take a dip in the outdoor or indoor pool with the family, or enjoy the available wi-fi. There are snack bars, a pizzeria and a restaurant on site so you can take a break from any cooking duties on your trip.

If the sea and sand are high priorities then you’ll be pleased to know that the local beach is just minutes away, where there are plenty of activities on your doorstep to enjoy with your children — from windsurfing to waterskiing, you can make the most of having the sea within walking distance.

So where will you holiday this year? With so much on offer, this is just a snippet of what’s available out there for motorhome owners. When looking for your next vacation spot, narrow your search down to your requirements to ensure you get the best site for your needs. Whether it’s child friendly, adult only or super luxurious, there will be the perfect site out there for you to visit – and don’t be afraid to venture across the ocean and enjoy the open road on foreign soil.

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Tips for preparing your home for travel

February 22, 2018

No matter how long you’re planning to travel for, it’s more important than ever that you plan some fundamental preparations to ensure that your property is in the best state when you return home. Whether it’s a week away in Europe or the backpacking adventure of a lifetime in Asia, you’re going to feel much more able to enjoy yourself if you know that your home is safe and secure. You might think you have enough to plan for already between passports and itinerary, but nothing will put a dampener on your memories faster than returning home to theft, mess or unnecessary expenses.

Don’t overshare on social media

Obviously, you’re going to want to keep friends and family updated on your plans, and sharing that perfect photo from the sun-drenched beach is awesome. Never forget, however, that thieves use social media as much as everyone else, so it’s vital that you don’t overshare and give criminals information about the fact that your home is empty and unprotected. The best way to do this is obviously by not sharing anything on social media, but that needn’t be the only solution. Instead, check your privacy settings and make sure that only those people that need to see your posts are able to.

Store the important things

If you’re going away for an extended period, then it’s a good idea to store your valuables and some of the larger items in your home. Find a trusted storage company online that accepts personal items and 24/7 security coverage, and you can relax on vacation, safe in the knowledge that your prized possessions are in safe hands. Nothing will ruin your holiday more than coming home to a burglary, so protecting your possessions is vital if you want a stress-free jaunt around the world. Keep that peace of mind and leave your property in the hands of professionals.

Be security aware

It’s all too easy to fall into bad security habit in the day to day drama of our lives. The problems start when you leave your home empty for an extended period of time and neglect the security basics. Leaving yourself vulnerable to criminal activity can be avoided by following some of the basic security tips provided by experts. Little actions such as removing that emergency key from under the plant pot, making sure that you’ve locked the windows and disabled the auto-open on your garage door, can all help make sure that you return home to find your home the same that you left it.

If you’re planning on spending a relaxing few weeks on the beach or exploring ancient ruins, the last thing that you need is to be worrying about home. Taking some simple precautions before you leave can make all the difference and increase the chances of that holiday being the best part of the year. So cancel the newspaper delivery and do the washing up before you leave, and you can walk back through the front door and start your holiday recovery time stress-free.

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A Guide To The Perfect Honeymoon in 2018

February 13, 2018

One study revealed that, amongst couples who opted for a traditional wedding, 99% go on a honeymoon. In the UK, the average honeymoon costs just over £3,500. Considering that the average cost of a summer holiday for a family of four costs close to £1,000, its clear to see that couples certainly splash out for their after-wedding vacation.

If you’re just starting the honeymoon planning process, begin by looking at what your friends and family have been up to. An outstanding 80% of honeymooners in the last five years used social media to research their ideal destinations.

Once you’ve decided on where you might like to go, there’s a lot to consider in order to narrow it down. To ease the stress, we’re here to tell you the top luxury honeymoon locations of 2018 and how to perfectly plan your romantic trip there (down to the pound).

Popular destinations for 2018

Kuoni, a luxury travel operator, revealed its top honeymoon destinations based on popularity.

1. Maldives

The Maldives is a dream destination for many of us. It’s made up of more than 1,000 coral islands and is famous for its sugar-white sand beaches, private islands and luxurious resorts. It oozes magnificence and romance, no wonder it was revealed to be the top honeymoon destination of 2018.

Cost of flight: £474*

Accommodation cost per night:

Budget: £110 – £290
Mid-range: £220+
Top-end: £545+

A must-do:

Take a romantic trip down to the Piano Deck at Baros. This is a platform built in the heart of the ocean that can be hired for a few hours for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or spa treatments. Why not treat yourselves to a sunrise breakfast for £235?

2. Sri Lanka

Famous for its countless ancient sites and beautiful beaches, Sri Lanka is a destination like no other. It has so much to offer, with eight UNESCO sites and many opportunities to have memorable experiences.

Cost of flight: £346*

Accommodation cost per night:

Budget: £10 – £17
Mid-range: £17 – £42
Top-end: £42+

A must-do:

Take a once in a lifetime trip to World’s End — a sheer cliff situated in Horton Plains National Park which overlooks tiny villages and tea plantations. The round trip is around 7.5km by foot, and many say that you won’t regret it (and it costs under £20).

3. Mauritius

Sitting in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a luxury haven. There’s plenty to do in the way of activities but, of course, you can lie on the beautiful beaches all day if you’d prefer — take your pick…

Cost of flight: £369*

Accommodation cost per night:

Budget: £35 – £66
Mid-range: £70 – £133
Top-end: £133+

A must-do:

Take a trip down to the Chamarel Waterfall. Surround yourself with luscious vegetation instead of the sandy beaches you may have become accustomed to and explore the southern side of the island.

4. Thailand

According to Kuoni, Thailand is the second most popular destination for LGBT couples after the Maldives. It’s become popular with backpackers over the past decade but that doesn’t mean it’s not full of hidden gems and romantic spots.

Cost of flight: £279*

Accommodation cost per night:

Budget: £13 – £23
Mid-range: £23 – £91
Top-end: £91+

A must-do:

Don’t forget to visit the Phi Phi islands. Considered to be some of the most beautiful islands in Southeast Asia, you can reach them by a short speedboat journey from Phuket or Krabi. Discover true paradise and turquoise-blue waters with your partner.

5. Indonesia (Bali)

It’s a destination you’ve probably heard of. In Bali, you’ll experience the locals’ unforgettable culture combined with beautiful landscapes. The people are friendly and the beaches are one-of-a-kind — we’re not surprised it made it into the top five.

Cost of flight: £345*

Accommodation cost per night:

Budget: less than £36
Mid-range: £36 – £109
Top-end: £109+

A must-do:

Visit the Gili Islands by sea. Take the fast boat over from Bali to the islands and sit on the famous Datu Swing at Hotel Ombak Sunset with your loved one as the sun goes down.

When you’ve decided on your dream destination, you just need to pack! Make sure you budget for the following — according to one survey on wedding couples, these are the items most likely to be bought before honeymoon travel:

  • New wardrobe (70.1%)
  • Swimsuit (69.9%)
  • Sunglasses (69.9%)

*At time of research. Based on cheapest month to fly and cheapest return.  

This research was gathered by Angelic Diamonds, retailers of diamond shoulder engagement rings.

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