I am in a London mood!

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˝By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show˝.  Samuel Johnson

No matter what happens in my life the London mood is always there. Lurking behind closed curtains, hiding in the shadows behind my house, the London mood is never too far from me. It waits patiently until I look the other way and then it hits me in the face with full force. Just like that the London mood overcomes me and I can’t resist it. I have to look through all my London photos, read about other people’s trips to London and think back about all my past visits to this glorious city. As the saying goes : ˝London is a bad habit one hates to lose (by anonymous).

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Hooray! Hooray! It’s A Happy Holiday: Fun Ways To Spend Your Time

A holiday to some is that once a year event that you work so hard for. You take your time scouring the internet for the best deals and the fabulous locations. You count down the days until you step on that plane and relax for that break away with your nearest and dearest. However, how you spend your time can often be one of the last things to consider, as you start to focus on how to get there and feel that what you do could be a last-minute decision. But, as this can only happen a few times a year, it is important for you to make the most out of the time you do have away. So I thought I would share with you some of the fun ways you can spend your time.

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Relaxing and reading

Maybe your idea of the right holiday is simply sitting down with a good book, finding the perfect spot for shade, sun and warmth, and relaxing. During everyday life we don’t get to do these sorts of things very often. Perhaps only settling down to read a few pages of a book before bed or getting a rare hour on a Sunday afternoon if the family are busy. Holidays are generally for relaxing and stepping away from the grind of your daily routine. So it is understandable why this sort of activity can be a high priority.

Water sports

Maybe you like to be adventurous and love the water, so a bit of water sports action could be right up your street. Perhaps you enjoy being in the water, have a love for the ocean, or you just like to feel the thrill of adrenaline. Water sports can vary from something a little slower paced, perhaps windsurfing or enjoying a catamaran sail, it could be something to do with the sky where you set your sights on paragliding, or maybe you just want to feel the need for speed and jump on a jet ski, try water skiing, or something more fun like a banana boat. As you can see you are potentially spoilt for choice.

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Five Reasons To Add South Africa To Your Bucket List

If visiting Africa is on your bucket list, then the decision as to which country in Africa to visit can be a tricky one. From mountains to beaches, to desert, and safari parks, there is so much choice. But one of the countries that needs to be on your list is South Africa. A country that is full of history, rich in culture, as well as good food and wildlife, is great for everyone. So here are some of the reasons why you should visit South Africa.

Adventure

Being in a warmer climate that the UK is, pretty much all year round, it means that you get the chance to do more adventurous things should you choose to. Cage diving with sharks or hang gliding off mountains can all be done in various parts of South Africa. Surfing and other water sports are a must too. So if this kind of vacation calls to you, then here South Africa ticks all of the boxes.

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Wildlife

A safari is synonymous with Africa in general, and South Africa is no different. There are several reserves where you can go on a safari, including the famous Kruger National Park as it is one of the biggest in the world. But as well as the chance of seeing ‘the big five’ when it comes to wildlife, you could also see penguins, especially in and around Boulders Beach, Cape Town. So for some wildlife that you would only normally see in a zoo, you can enjoy them in their natural habitat in South Africa.

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Why Indonesia Is The Place For Modern Dreamers

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Are you a dreamer like Alice?

You are lying down under the sun, on a sandy beach. In your hand, you hold a refreshing drink that has been poured into a coconut shell. Then you blink, and you’re back to the real world, sitting in front of your laptop and wondering how long you have to wait before lunch. Everybody daydreams, from time to time. But if you find yourself doing it a little more often than others, maybe it’s a sign that you’re trying to avoid some situations that make you nervous or that are not satisfying enough. That’s precisely why a lot of people daydream at school or work because they’re trying to avoid a dull lesson or a boring meeting. Dreamers have a soft spot for alternative realities. It’s how they choose to live their multiple lives, from a romantic day by a lake to a night in a buzzing urban environment. You dream because the world around you is not meeting your expectations. Well, you can stop right now: Indonesia has everything you need to make your wildest dreams come true. Here is why all dreamers need to plan their next holiday in the peaceful and beautiful land of  Indonesia.

Most people travel in their head

Contrary to the common belief, daydreaming is not only a natural behaviour, but it’s also the default mode of the brain when you’re resting. For instance, thinking about what you need to do next after you’ve read this article, is not evidence of daydreaming. But if you find yourself wondering on a beach in the comfort of your mind, without no relation to anything happening around you, well done, you’re in default mode. There’s nothing wrong with daydreaming as it can enhance your creativity and your problem-solving skills. More importantly, daydreaming gives you the ability to travel safely and to fostering feelings of social connection with others. In other words, you choose to travel in your head so that you can be in a nicer place and not feel lonely. When everything around you is designed to bring you back in the moment, daydreaming gives you the power of not being here. What if your travel plans could create the perfect combination of escapism and mindful reality?

Nothing says Romance like Lake Toba

Did you know that a lot of couples book their honeymoon in Indonesia? It’s easy to see why when you discover the magical landscapes of this Southeast Asian country. With over 120 active volcanoes and many inactive, Indonesian landscapes combine the richness of the minerals nourishing the soil, the rocky peaks of the mountains and volcanic plateaus, and the mesmerizing blue of the water. For many, it’s like a fairy tale that came to life. From the natural charm of Komodo Island to the magnificent granite stone formation of Belitung Island, Indonesia offers a dream location for your honeymoon plan, http://traveltriangle.com/blog/places-to-visit-in-indonesia-for-honeymoon/. Admittedly, you don’t need to be on a honeymoon trip to feel the romance emanating from a place like Lake Toba. For all those who dream of happy ever after and of couples walking hand in hand in the sunset, there is no romantic location like this volcanic lake set against picturesque mountains.

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Guest Post: Tips For Long Train Rides You Didn’t Know

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Tips For Long Train Rides You Didn’t Know

People who live in cities where “everyone” takes the train are often amused when they see a person who has no idea what a train ride is like. There are some of us who have never been on a train. There are even people who would have to drive to find a train. Below we will offer some tips that will help you if you happen to be new to train riding.

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A person new to trains is quickly identified by their luggage. They appear to think that once they board the train, they will need everything they need for the next year of their life. Then once seated, they try to chain their luggage to their body somehow, never thinking that they may need to use the restroom.

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Tip One

You need a good, waterproof bag on wheels, a backpack, and a money belt. Talk to the experts at Unibaggage to guide you through this. If you have these three essentials, you will not have to check your luggage. You can put it overhead, and you can use your backpack as a travel pillow.

Tip Two

This is what goes in your money belt:

  • Identification
  • A small amount of cash (enough for a taxi, hotel room, and meal)
  • Credit cards
  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Emergency medical cards
  • Emergency contact person’s name and phone number

Tip Three

In your backpack or suitcase have a copy of everything that is in your money belt. Copy the front and back of each card. This is so you have the correct information to stop your accounts from being compromised if your money belt is stolen or lost. This will help you get replacements quickly, as well.

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January’s Wish List

I didn’t really make New Year’s resolution list but I still have many wishes for 2018. It might be easier to write them down for each month. So this is my January’s Wish List.

TIME: I need more time. I wish the day could last 48 h instead of just 24 h. Then I could play more with my baby but I could also do other things. Like clean up a bit. Spend more quality time with my husband. See my friends more often. Write. Eat chocolate. And do all the other important things.

SHOES: I recently bought a brightly coloured winter jacket. Now I need some killer shoes to go with it. Maybe one of these wedge heel boots.

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Essential Tips For First Time Travellers

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Travelling is one of the greatest joys in life. It allows you to leave your comfortable bubble and explore somewhere totally new and alien to you. You’ll be able to experience temperatures you never did back home, see sights which make you question what is real, and you’ll enjoy the relaxation of sitting by the sea and sleeping your days away.

It can be scary when you have never left the safety of your own country before, and the thought of flying off to a different part of the world might give you major chills. However, travelling is fun! It’s not scary at all, and in fact, it can be one of the most fun experiences of your life. If you need some encouragement or need to know what you can expect going abroad for the first time, here are some tips for you.

Hotel business cards

Always take the business card from the front desk of whichever hotel you are staying in while you are away. This will allow you to call the hotel if you get lost in the foreign country and they will be able to help you. It is also useful for when you’ve been out during the day and you need to get a taxi home. Simply hand the driver the business card and he will know where to take you. It will save you having to struggle with the foreign language. Alternatively you can also think about renting a house or apartment during your stay so that you have the privacy and ability to cook for yourself.  

The six-month passport rule

Although your passport may not have expired yet, it could stop you from entering a country if it expires within six months time. Some countries are a little more stringent than others when it comes to your passport and will not just stick to the date which is inside your cover. This is why if you are planning to go away, you need to make sure that you have a renewed passport to prevent this from happening and causing you to have to turn tail and head home.

Getting cash

Of course, when at home you will get cash from the ATM because it is just easier, however, many other countries will charge you for using cash machines. Instead, you can pay for most things on your card for safety and you can use a checking account to cover the cost of items too.

Credit cards

Like we said above, using your card is often the easiest way to pay for things whilst you are abroad but it is specifically the credit card which is advisable to use when you are away from home. The reason for this is that you will get some great exchange rates using a credit card which you wouldn’t benefit from if you were using your debit card. Also make sure that your hotel or restaurant never converts your bill into dollars before to pay, because you will be getting a bad deal as a result.

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