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How to double your holiday entitlement (UK)

How to double your holiday entitlement (UK)

If you have the minimum holiday allowance in the UK (that’s 20 days plus 8 bank holidays) then you spend your days wistfully thinking about your next holiday. But what if I told you that you can get more holiday? With a little bit of forward planning you can use those bank holidays to garner 44 days off instead of 28 – hoorah! Disclaimer: this only applies to UK workers who have a Monday-Friday shift pattern and whose holiday year runs from…

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Four Winter Day Trips

Four Winter Day Trips

Winter. That time of year where our social calendars are rife with dinners and drinks, while we long to sit in front of a log fire with a warming hot chocolate. But despite the darker nights and frostier starts, the magic of this season is not to be missed. So don your woolly hats, stick on your gloves and embrace your red nose with these winter day trips sure to get you in the spirit of Christmas. Sudeley Castle Spectacle…

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5 Items I Wish I’d Packed for Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam

5 Items I Wish I’d Packed for Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam

While city-living is great, getting off the beaten track is unavoidable if you really want to experience a new place in its entirety- and trekking is a great way to do it. During my time in Vietnam, I booked this trip to Sapa that included trekking through rice paddies and a village home stay. While this was one of the highlights of my two weeks in Vietnam, it soon became apparent how unprepared I was for the tropical trekking, as…

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How To Set Goals to Help You Travel More

How To Set Goals to Help You Travel More

[Free Download] I know the notion of ‘goals’ has gotten a little airy-fairy, reserved for self-made millionaires but anyone can do it, and here’s why you should. If you feel like you’ve got a constant sense of Wanderlust, or just feel generally lost, goal setting is a great way to feel like you’re working towards your inner-most desires, while holding yourself accountable for your day-to-day actions. One of the reasons I’m able to fulfil such a rich lifestyle whilst working…

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How to Write a Kick Ass Vacation Itinerary

How to Write a Kick Ass Vacation Itinerary

Disclaimer: or any other preferred search engine So today I did some maths, actually that’s a lie, Google did some maths for me. With my 25 day holiday allowance ( including bank holidays and weekend) I’m at work 64% of the year! How f*cking depressing. So that 34% of the time I’m actually off is my precious – and remember that’s including weekends too. When time is as precious as this, I turn to Google to begin my favourite stage of the…

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How Travel Kick-Started my Career

How Travel Kick-Started my Career

(Sorry guys, it’s an essay – but it’s a good essay! Happy reading!) “Of all the interns that we’ve had so far, I still consider you the most intelligent. And with your very efficient work style I know you will do well in your life.” Innes Brunn. Picture this, you’re freaking out as your dissertation is due marking the end of university days. The ripest of your class have secured graduate programmes, while you face the prospect of returning to…

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How to travel with your best friend

How to travel with your best friend

“She’s my Lobster!” I’m incredibly fortunate to have found my travel companion in my bessie mate Michelle, whom I can be around for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and who let’s me to my thing and itinerise! I believe that the company you keep is a stronger factor in your experience of a place, than the place itself. And as the old saying goes – you don’t know a person until you’ve lived with them. Being out…

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16 Things To Do Before Your Trip

16 Things To Do Before Your Trip

There’s so much to think about when you’re taking a vacation, with your holiday wardrobe taking up most of your thoughts. So I’ve listed the things you should remember to do before your trip, so you can ace that capsule wardrobe. 1.Check-in Online Most UK-based airlines will allow you to check-in online up to four weeks before the flight, and if you’re organised, you can bag your seats together without the extra cost (I’m looking at you Easy Jet). If…

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Emergency Contacts To Take On Your Trip

Emergency Contacts To Take On Your Trip

It’s better to be safe than sorry, so to ensure every eventuality is covered use this list to make a note of the emergency contacts you might need. Take them with you, and store them in your phone. 1. Consulate / Embassy Address Contact Number Opening Times 2. Outbound Airport General enquiries Lost property Emergency line 3. Inbound Airport General enquiries Lost property Emergency line 4. Bank Cards Stolen Abroad Line Fraud Line 5. Accommodation Address Contact Number 6. Emergency Services…

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Say NO to the big red bus!

Say NO to the big red bus!

So, this is a little bug bear of mine and you might not be on board, but I’mma sock it to you anyway. I was recently approached by a friend to recount my experiences in Budapest, where I gave numerous suggestions over landmarks and restaurants they should definitely visit and they came back with – ‘and we’ve booked a day on the hop-on-hop-off bus’. Romeo done. What I really wanted to say was: STAY AWAY FROM THE BIG RED MONEY-GRABBING…

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