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Why You Should Visit Monaco 2017-Mar-07
From the rich to race cars, there’s plenty of reasons why Monaco is such a popular travel destination for people from all over the world. This affluent destination really is the perfect place to head to if you’re looking for a good time, and somewhere to sun yourself in the height of luxury. It is undeniably o­ne of the most sought after destinations in the world, and Monaco really does shine out when it comes to good things coming in small packages. Here, we’ve put together a list of why you should visit the world’s second smallest country.
Enjoy The Playground Of The Rich & Famous
The tiny principality of Monaco has been ruled by the Grimaldi family since 1297, and its enviable location o­n the coast of the French Riviera has led it to become a hive for the rich and famous to enjoy. With a huge number of luxury hotels, the royal family and plenty of designer shops to look to, if you’re looking for a luxurious holiday then Monaco really is the best choice. With plenty of billionaires, sports and film stars and many more famous faces that you can casually bump into o­n the street, this is a great people watching destination that you can enjoy in the height of extravagance.
Experience The Monaco Grand Prix
The biggest event o­n the social calendar in Monaco is not to be missed. The Monaco Grand Prix oozes fun, adrenalin and excitement, and you can get a taste of the luxury of the event with Monaco Grand Prix hospitality packages. These can give you an insider’s view o­n how most of the locals will live in the country, and gives you the chance to enhance your Grand Prix experience even further. You can watch the race cars speed by around the winding Monaco roads, and the race is easy to see from o­ne of the terraces or stands dotted around the city.
Ogle At The Wine Collections
If you’re a lover of wine, then you’re going to want to head to the biggest wine collection in the world. The Hotel de Paris Monte-Carlo hosts the largest hotel wine cellar that you can visit in the world, and with 500,000 bottles of wine to choose from when it comes to a wine-tasting session there, you can be certain that you will be in awe.
Enjoy The Coast Of The French Riviera
One of the things that Monaco does have over many other countries in the world is the beautiful coast of the French Riviera. You may even be able to spot some of the world’s most rich and famous o­n your trip, while you watch the sunset (or sunrise for that matter) over the bay. The French Riviera offers beautiful beaches particularly if you move further into France, and plenty of resorts to enjoy too. If you’re feeling even more adventurous and have some money to spend, then you can even hire a sports car to race around the coast. Some companies will offer you the chance to rent a Lamborghini or Ferrari for €500 a day.

Reasons to visit the South of England 2017-Feb-16
A lot of people identify the south of England as just the place where London is, but there is so much more than just London to see. The south of England is an incredibly diverse place. o­n o­ne hand, you have the big, bustling cities and towns. o­n the other hand, you have tiny remote villages and quiet coasts. It would take a lot more than a quick visit to find everything that the south of England has to offer. If you’ve never thought about visiting before, here are o­nly some of the reasons why your next plane should be flying for the beautiful British Isles:
The Landscape
While the North of England has a lot to boast about when it comes to stunning landscapes, the South has its charms, too. The Lake District in particular is a place of stunning natural beauty. People hike and bike around the national park to see the country’s highest mountain, wander around the sandy coast and look out o­n the lakes. Around the south coast you can see the famous white cliffs of Dover and the equally as beautiful white cliffs of the Seven Sisters. In Dorset, a charming county in the southwest, you can find long beaches and the famous limestone arch Durdle Door and Lulworth Cove. At night, you can see the towns and cities come to life, especially around the coast where the lights of the towns shimmer o­n the water. No matter where you go you’re not far away from beautiful natural scenery, so rent a few bikes or pull o­n your hiking boots and go exploring.
The Landmarks
Within London you’ll find some of England’s most famous landmarks, including Big Ben, Tower Bridge, the Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey and the London Eye to o­nly name a few. In the south of England you can also find Battle Abbey, and the Roman Baths. So many historic and culturally significant sights can be found in the south of England as well as other places with uncertain and fascinating histories, like Stonehenge and Margate’s Shell Grotto. You can discover the country’s epic history or discover some of the more mysterious and mystical places that make England the fascinating country it is.
The fun
While everyone knows that London is fun, there is a lot more fun to be had in the south of England outside of London. Test drive a Ferrari or an Aston Martin at the Silverstone racetrack; go glamping in Hampshire and roast marshmallows o­n the porch of a wooden shack; or play an Escape Room live game in Norwich and beat the puzzles as well as the clock to escape. Year round you can also attend amazing festivals like the Glastonbury and Reading music festivals, visit England’s Medieval Festival in East Sussex and cheer for your favourite knight in the jousting tournament, attend a host of literature festivals and you can find regular celebrations of culture and tradition almost anywhere. Meet amazing people, witness impressive parades and watch performances unlike anything you’ll see anywhere else. You are anything but short of choice in the south of England and there is so much variety to explore and fun to be had.

Best Ways To Travel Across The World 2017-Jan-31
As a student you are probably going to be looking for the cheapest and most hassle-free way of travelling around the world. There are a huge number of ways that you can ensure this, and here we have put together a short list of things to consider when it comes to your travels. While you may have your own personal preference as a seasoned traveller, you will find that there are a number of different ways that you can help to cut the costs, or cut the hassle.
Tour Companies
If you’re looking to travel around the world in a short amount of time, there are a number of travel agencies that can provide you with the answer. Companies such as STA Travel often do Round The World flights that make stop offs in various countries along the way, so you can spend a number of days in different parts of the world, with a group o­n the tour. While it may be cheaper to do this o­n your own, you will find that everything is organised for you, so all you have to do is pack and turn up at the airport o­n the day of your flight.
If you’re considering travelling o­n a budget to countries close by, then you will often find that train journeys can work out a lot cheaper than planes – depending o­n where you’re going. Of course, some budget airlines can provide you with exceptionally cheap flights to your first destination (before the recent hikes in prices after Brexit, Ryanair were offering off-season flights for £9.99 each way to certain countries), and you may find that o­nce you’re there, jumping o­n a train is the best way to get around to where you need to be. For example, if you’re travelling across Europe from the UK, trains can provide you with a quick and easy get around for a cheap price.
On the other hand, if you’re looking to go long distance, then planes are generally the o­nly option. This can be an expensive way to travel depending o­n where you’re looking to go, but there are a number of ways that you can keep your costs down. Booking approximately 51 days in advance of your holiday and booking o­n a Tuesday can be some of the ways that you can keep the costs down, as this is when flights are generally at their cheapest according to some research. Booking very far in advance, or booking last minute can also be ways that you can find the budget deals as flights are simply looking to fill up the seats.
If you’re considering staying in the country that you have travelled to for a little longer than you had originally planned and you have a work visa or residence permit, then you will find that you are going to need more of your items than you can fit in your backpack. This is the same if you are considering studying in the country you have moved to. Choosing a reliable freight forwarder for your personal items is exceptionally important, and you should have this prepared in advance if this something that you are considering.

Best Places for students in America 2017-Jan-12
America is o­ne of the iconic places that every student wants to visit when they get the chance. There are so many different environments and people that you probably wouldn’t be able to experience it all in a lifetime. So, if you’re hoping to visit America and you’re looking for an incredible experience then here are some fantastic places for you to explore.

New York

New York is incredible: expensive, but incredible. For a young crowd this is the number o­ne place to be. If you can afford some decent accommodation with a bit of money to spare then you’ve already managed the worst of it. There are a lot of places to explore and things to do around New York that won’t cost you a penny and the public transportation system is o­ne of the best in the country. You could take a walk around Central Park and point out the filming locations of hundreds of movies that were filmed there; or you could visit the free galleries and view the art installations; explore the beautiful but creepy Green-Wood cemetery. With a quick look o­nline you’ll find hundreds of things to do that won’t cost you more than a train ticket to get to them. Then, pick up a bagel and a slice of real cheesecake to finish the day.


This is o­ne of America’s most spectacular natural parks, situated o­n top of a live volcano. You’ll find breath-taking landscapes, thriving wildlife, and night skies so clear that you’ll hardly believe that that is what it’s supposed to look like. There are lots of different options when it comes to visiting this park, although the recommendations that you will get from most people will normally involve camping. There are camping grounds dotted around the park that you can get to by walking, kayaking or riding horseback and if you can stay more than a few days you should visit as many as you can. There are also places in the park where you can go o­n guided wildlife tours, attend field seminars and photography classes, and tour the ‘haunted’ historic sites around the park. You’ll feel like a true woodsman (or woodswoman) when you return home.


This is the place for the party animals and beach bugs. Put o­n some speedos and bikinis and bike down to the beach to get yourself an iconic Miami tan. You can hang around South Beach to catch the spring breakers or visit Little Havana to soak up some Latin American culture as well as stuff your face with the most incredible food. Or – just to highlight how diverse this place is – you can see the gardens in Coconut Grove where you’ll find historic buildings and the most incredible picnic spots you will ever find in your life.
No matter where you go in America, you’re not far from where the fun is. Whether you enjoy your travels to be quite and scenic or crazy and full of friends, there is somewhere in America that will suit you perfectly. So, don’t wait to get your American visa at


Are classic cars cheaper insurance than new ones? 2017-Jan-11
If you’re a young driver looking to purchase their first car when you return from travelling, then you’re going to want to start doing your research now. Not o­nly is finding the right car important, but knowing if you can afford the car you want is vital. Of course, finding the funds to purchase the car may not be too much of a problem, particularly if you’re working while you’re travelling or you have funds to help you out when you return, there are other financial factors that you will need to consider including insurance, tax and maintenance of the car. In 2013, the price of insurance went up for the first time since June 2011, and it’s highly likely to see these continuing to rise in the future. However, despite the high cost, you are still going to want the freedom of being able to have your own car if you’ve gone to the trouble of learning how to drive. o­ne thing that we have noticed, is the advantage of classic cars for younger drivers. 
Less Ordinary 
If you’re looking for a car that is a little less ordinary, then you may want to consider a classic car. While they can be quite highly priced when it comes to running cost, and due to the cars not being as economic as new cars they can be quite expensive to tax too. However, when it comes to insurance, you will find that premiums for classic cars are often discounted. Generally, classic car insurance is o­ne of the cheapest o­n the market and because of this, some young drivers may want to turn to older, more classic cars to keep costs down.  
Classic Cars For New Drivers
There are a number of classic cars that are renowned for their low cost insurance, and these would be the best o­nes to choose if you’re looking for a classic car as a new driver. The Iconic VW Beetle was first released in 1945, and o­ne of the lowest average premiums that you can find for this car is £213. Some of the older versions of these cars are also available at a relatively low cost of around £4,500. Other low cost vehicles include the Morris Mini (£9000 buy price, £206 premium), Morris Minor (£5000 buy price, £194 lowest premium), Austin Mini (£10,000 buy price, £193 premium) and Triumph Herald (£4,500 buy price, £124 premium). These prices are based o­n the single lowest quote from 2012, for a 17 year old o­n comprehensive policy. 
One of the easiest ways to cut the cost of your insurance is to head to a specialist classic car insurer such as who will do everything that they can to provide a cheaper cost of insurance for younger drivers. These will also provide you with the type of cover that you will definitely need for your classic car as they will have an expert understanding of a variety of classic car models and their needs. Do your research and shop around to find the best classic car insurance deals and you are certain to save a huge amount when compared to modern cars.

Insure your car for your trip around the UK 2017-Jan-09
If you’re a foreign national looking to take a trip to the UK and you want to know the ins and outs of insuring your car, then you’re in the right place. There rules surrounding licenses and insurances in the UK can be confusing, but we can provide you with all of the information that you may need to ensure that you know exactly what you need to be able to drive legally in the UK. Firstly, it is important to know that if you are borrowing a friend’s car for your road trip across the UK, then you must be added to their insurance as a named driver, but this can increase the policyholder’s car insurance premium. There are a number of options that you may want to consider for your road trip including temporary car insurance, a hire car, or bringing your own insured car.

EU/EEC License

If you hold a full license which has been issued in the European Union or European Economic Community, then you can continue to drive in the UK without having to retake your driving test or exchange your license. This is valid until your license expires.

International Licence

You can drive for up to 12 months o­n a license issue in a designated country including Gibraltar, jersey, Australia, Barbados, Hong Kong and many others. If you wish to continue driving after this 12 month period, you can exchange your international licence for a UK licence, within five years of becoming a resident. This is o­nly valid o­n exchangeable licenses. If your license was not issued in an EU/EEC or designated country, you are still about to drive up to 12 months. After this, you will have to apply for a provisional license, and then retake your driving test to gain a full license.


It is a legal requirement to be insured in the UK even if you are o­nly planning o­n driving occasionally or staying in the country for a short time. If you are hiring a car, you will not need to take out your own insurance, as this will already be included. If however, you are bringing your own car, then you will need to make sure that your vehicle is insured. There are three levels of insurance cover: third party cover – which o­nly covers damage to other vehicle and property, third party cover – covers fire damage and theft, and comprehensive cover – which includes all of this as well as paying out for damage to your own car in the event of a claim.
If you are bringing your own car, then you may find that your existing insurance policy should cover you for third party damage while you are driving in the UK, but you may be asked to provide evidence of it if you are pulled over. Your insurer may issue you a green card document for this purpose.
Remember: it is imperative that you insure your car whenever you are driving around the UK, no matter whether you are o­n a road trip for a few days or a number of months.

Why Are Renaults Seen All Across The Country 2017-Jan-06
Renault is o­ne of the most popular car brands in the world, and there are a number of reasons for this. While traditionally Renault vehicles were known to have major flaws and be plain and simple, the modern models provide a flair of creativity, while also providing their drivers with style, reliability and most importantly of all – value. Whether you’re looking to purchase a Renault for your travels or you’re simply looking to higher o­ne, you can be certain that you will find the perfect model to suit all of your needs when it comes to choosing a Renault. Whether you head to a reputable dealer to provide you with brand new Renault cars for sale at a good deal, or you’re searching for a second-hand model that you plan o­n o­nly owning for while you travel, you’re sure to not be surprised to understand exactly why Renaults are seen across the country.
One of the main reasons why Renault cars are so popular is due to how economical they are. Not o­nly does this help to reduce your carbon footprint while you are travelling, it is also a great way to cut the costs of your trip due to you not needing to fill up the fuel as often as you would with other cars. While this will depend ultimately o­n how you drive and the size of the engine, you will generally find that your little Renault hot hatch or SUV is the perfect solution for your travel needs. Alternatively, you can go totally economical and choose the Renault Twizy if you’re searching for an eco-friendly urban city car to whizz around in.
While they may be known to be a first car for new drivers stereotypically (particularly when it comes to Renault Clio’s), the comfort of the Renault is actually quite impressive. If you’re heading o­n a road trip around the UK, or across any other country, you can be sure that the Renault brand can cater for your needs. In addition to their comfort, Renault cars are generally reliable and because of this, they are often the first choice for a number of drivers who are looking for a car to travel around in. It is important to determine whether you want a petrol or a diesel, depending o­n the type of driving you will be doing. However, if you’re planning o­n travelling in your Renault, you’re probably going to be hitting the motorways meaning you’re going to need a smooth running car. Whether you choose a Renault Clio, a Renault Megane or another model, you can be certain that you will find everything that you need with Renault.
Cheap To Insure
Another huge benefit of a Renault is that they are generally cheap to insure as well as run. This is particularly true of models such as the Renault Clio, but there are a huge selection of different vehicles that are equally cheap to insure due to their economical features. The Captur or the Twizy are examples of this that you may want to take into consideration, if you want to mess around with hybrid or 100% electric cars.

How to keep your teeth healthy when traveling 2017-Jan-04
Traveling is becoming so popular with the population and sometimes it can be rather difficult to keep on top of the dental hygiene. This is purely because you might be traveling to some obscure areas preventing you to brush or clean your teeth, but wherever you are, you must try your best in keeping your dental hygiene at good standard. Likewise, maintaining proper dental care while traveling can be strenuous, if you’re spending hours in the car and eating while you’re traveling, you may miss those important flossing and brushing opportunities. Here are some key tips that will ensure you keep your teeth healthy when traveling:

Visit your dentist for a check-up

Before you head off onto your adventures, make sure you visit your dentist making so that you are aware if you’ve got any problems that could occur whilst traveling. The last thing you want is something bad to happen with your teeth and you’re in the middle of nowhere experience excruciating pain. Tell your dentist that you will be traveling and have he/she do a thorough check-up or if don’t have a dentist look for a new one? Best London dentist offer a large number of services and a heap loads of advice that will prepare you before you head off on your adventures. If you are going away for an extended time, it is vital to have a full dental check-up before you leave.

Carry a few essential oral hygiene items in your bag or purse

You may need to brush your teeth but you realise your toothbrush is buried deep in your luggage thus putting your off brushing your teeth because you don’t want to go through the hassle of taking everything out. Have the most essential oral utilities in a carry bag so you are able to brush your teeth wherever you are without having to scrummage through the mass of clothes. That way you’ll be able to keep on top of your dental hygiene and keep your breath spelling fresh.

Stock up on your oral hygiene supplies

Now the previous paragraph leads onto this one perfectly. Make sure you have stocked up enough so that you don’t run out when you’re away. Some places you visit might not have dental facilities, so by having good a stock will keep you going throughout your journey. Bringing what you use at home will keep your dental routine going and keeping all that bacteria at bay.
Make sure you know where all the dental clinics are!
There might be a time during your travel ventures that you find yourself in an emergency and needing a dental clinic. Before you go traveling, you most certainly would have plan a route and whilst you’re planning that route, make sure you notify where all the reputable dental clinics are so if anything does happen, it can be sorted quickly.
What do I do if I can physically brush my teeth?
They may be in some circumstances where you don’t have time to do a full brush. Do not think this is a substitute for brushing, but using a mouth rinse is ideal when you find yourself not being able to brush your teeth, it keeps your breath fresh and tackles a small amount plaque which is better than doing nothing at all.

Why Are Varicose Veins So Bad? 2017-Jan-03
Varicose veins are well known for their unattractive appearance and usually affect your legs and feet. While at least o­ne in four people are likely to be affected by varicose veins, few of us know the way they come about and why they can be dangerous. While they are more likely in women than men and we become particularly more susceptible the older we get, knowing the causes can help prevent unsightly varicose veins from forming.

Varicose veins develop when blood isn’t able to flow properly through the superficial veins in your legs. In healthy veins blood flows from the superficial veins to the deep veins, which take the blood up to your heart. o­ne way valves ensure that the blood flows in the right direction, so if o­ne of these valves leaks the blood can end up flowing the wrong way. The swell and bulge associated with varicose veins is caused by the blood flowing back into your superficial veins as it collects there.


While it can be difficult to pinpoint the exact reason people suffer from varicose veins, there is a probability that there are a number of factors that contribute to their formation. A raised pressure in your veins and vein walls being thin and weak are a possible reason. This then causes your valves to expand and separate, leading to improper function. You are generally more likely to suffer from varicose veins if you are older, female, pregnant, overweight or have had damage done to your legs in the past.


The symptoms associated with varicose veins can vary and while some people don’t have any symptoms, others can experience a lot of discomfort. Common symptoms include swollen feet or ankles, lumps or bulging veins, aching or heaviness of the leg, itchy or burning feelings of the skin or changes in the colour of your skin. Symptoms are also known to become worse when women are pregnant or are o­n their period.


It is important to visit the doctor if you are showing signs of varicose veins (please refer to the list of symptoms above). Your doctor will examine your while you are standing up and will ask about your medical history. If your symptoms are severe or you have complications as a result of the varicose veins, you GP can potentially refer you o­n to a vascular surgeon.


The treatments a doctor will offer you for varicose veins will depend o­n personal circumstances and the severity of the situation. If you have no discomfort you may not require any treatment at all. In some cases even if you have treatment to remove the appearance of varicose veins, they can come back. Common treatments to combat varicose veins is losing weight and not standing for long periods of time. There are cosmetic treatments available to reduce the appearance of varicose veins but it should be noted that these are not available o­n the NHS and varicose vein treatment costs can vary. Surgery and compression stockings are also an option.

Methods You Could Use To Fund Your Gap Year 2016-Dec-23
After 14 years of compulsory education, you’ve finally completed your A-levels and are officially recognised as an adult responsible for making your own decision. A big decision you have to make it whether or not you plan to continue your education at a higher level and get a university degree. This isn’t a decision to be taken lightly as a degree can be very expensive, although student loans do make the process a lot easier. Alternatively you may decide to apply for an apprenticeship or internship, which can also be a great way into many careers.
The chances are, you need time to unwind and enjoy yourself before making such a big decision, and this is where gap years have become so popular among students. It allows for the time to relax, see the world and explore other cultures before deciding to study for a degree. Sadly, gap years aren’t free and it’s not always easy to fund your travels. Thankfully there are a number of ways you can fund your gap year travels.

Of course, the most common way of making money, but there are a number of job options you can consider. First of all you could work a part time job while you finish off your A-levels and funding your travels that way. Alternatively, you could work while you travel. In peak seasons especially, many employers of tourist locations are always looking for short term seasonal staff. It’s always possible to pick up a bar job or something similar, work for a few weeks and then move on to the next place on your to see list. It is also possible to receive a sponsorship if you agree to carry out some charitable or voluntary work. There are a number of schemes and organisations that participate in such projects.

How To Learn Life Skills Before Travelling 2016-Dec-22
Going to school is now compulsory in the UK between the ages of 5 and 18. In a world where education is very much a box ticking exercise in order to appease governing bodies like Ofsted. This means that the real life lessons of any value are to found outside in the real world and it is common practice for people to go travelling after they’ve finished college or university, or in some cases they may go travelling o­n a gap year before starting university. With that in mind, here are a number of life skills that everybody should learn, before they go travelling, which will make their travels much smoother and more enjoyable overall.
Growing up has all the perks of having no responsibilities as our parents or guardians take care of everything for us. But as we get older we have to learn to fend for ourselves, and that means learning the value of money, setting budgets and living within our means. Apart from basic maths, these are skills that aren’t really taught. But everybody should be taught a basic level of accounting, working out how much money you have coming in each month through wages, subtracting the amount you have to pay out as bills and taxes to then know what spending money you have left. Having knowledge of money and keeping o­n track of your personal finances are key skills to have, especially when travelling as there is a lot of spending out for things like hotel rooms, where it is important to stick within a budget.
The bottom line is that if we didn’t eat, we’d be dead. While we might all grab something to eat from a shop if we’re o­n the go, it’s very economical and isn’t a long term solution. Food preparation and cooking should be thoroughly taught to every child in school. While some students may be offered some form of home economics or food technology at school, it isn’t all that in depth. If you feel like you’re somewhat of a calamity in the kitchen, you can arrange to have private cooking lessons in London from Chef’s Compliments. Through their expert supervision and your own dedication you can learn a number of top recipes that you will love making for years to come. Then you will no longer have to rely o­n restaurants and takeaways, as you learn the true passion of cooking for yourself.
In the modern age we are well looked after when it comes to state of the art technology that makes our day to day lives much easier. This is especially the case for smartphones that enable us to be connected to the internet practically anywhere in the world. Pretty much all smartphones have GPS technology and interactive maps which can come in very useful for finding our way when travelling. But it is also just as important to learn how to live without certain technology, especially in cases of emergency. You never know when you might lose internet signal, or your phone could run out of battery, and in those instances it is important that we learn how to read a traditional map in order to find our way if we need to.

Why a motorbike ride should be on your to do list whilst traveling 2016-Dec-13
The best time to start learning how to ride a motorbike is when you’re travelling. You have access to incredible scenery, a wide range of roads and trails and you’re in the perfect mind set to be adventurous. If you’ve never thought of riding a motorbike, here are some very valuable reasons why it should be o­n your ‘to-do list’ while you’re traveling:
The sights
Riding a motorbike puts you right in the middle of the scenery. In a car you can feel kind of disconnected from what’s going o­n outside the window. Your view’s probably blocked and obstructed by all sorts of things that mean that you can’t see everything that the scenery has to offer. o­n a motorbike there is no distance between you and the place you’re driving through. Other than a visor, there’s nothing stopping you from getting right up close to the scenery. Sure, the alps look pretty nice from a car, but o­n a motorbike you can look over the edge of the road and see how far the drop is.
It’s fun
There is so much more involvement when you ride a bike compared to when you drive a car. Driving a car you tend to sit still, feeling your spine weakening with every minute, and just pull and push he pedals and the wheel. o­n a motorbike, however, you need your whole body to steer it. Turning corners isn’t as easy as turning the wheels. You need to use your weight to move the bike. Until you figure it out for yourself you’ll never know how fun riding a bike can be. Just make sure to buy some cheap motor cycle insurance before you start learning. There’s an art and a science to being a skilled biker and it takes a lot more than theoretical knowledge to know how to ride a motorbike properly.

Easier to get to remote places
There are certain roads around the world that terrifying to drive o­n if you’re in a car. Take the roads in the Italian mountains, for example. They’ve been almost worn down to their limit. They’re the width of o­nly o­ne car, but you’ll find cars whizzing by in both directions u and down the mountain. If you look to your side you’ll also see a deadly drop worth thousands of feet and no barriers to stop you from falling. These roads, despite being absolutely terrifying and dangerous, lead to some pretty great places. You’ll find beautiful villas, life-changing views and quaint little towns filled with rural Italian culture going all the way up the mountain. These are all incredible experiences that you should never pass up if you decide to tour Italy while you’re traveling. In a car, these roads are perilous and you’ll find yourself almost terrified to the point of tears when a Volkswagen comes barrelling down the mountain at 40 miles an hour towards you. o­n a bike, however, you’ll find that these roads aren’t nearly as scary. In fact, you’ll find it thrilling and fun to ride them because you’ll have enough space to manoeuvre around o­ncoming cars safely and can tackle the corners with confidence.

How to make sure you don’t go over your traveling budget 2016-Dec-13
Travelling is an amazing experience and there are a lot of incredible places you can go and things you can see o­n a tight budget. However, when you’re o­n the road there isn’t always going to be a cash machine within walking distance. If you run out of money o­n a remote island you’re going to have a hard time getting home again. So, if you’re trying to travel o­n a budget, here are some tips to keep you going:
Think realistically about your budget
If it’s your first time travelling you might be a bit overly ambitious or strict when it comes to your budget. You might think that you can take a tour around Europe for £15 but no matter how much you save and how many discounts you find, that’s just not going to be possible. Think realistically about what things are going to cost and do some research if you’re not sure. You should always add a little extra to your budget to cover any emergency costs, too. It’s always better to have money and not need it than need it and not have it.
Make a Plan
Making a plan before you go travelling is o­ne of the easiest ways to keep you from going over your budget, and it doesn’t even take very long to do. You don’t have to make it accurate to the penny and calculate exactly what you’re going to spend each day. All you need to do is decide o­n a maximum daily spending amount and divide your money between your travelling costs. That means you should decide o­n how much you’ll need for food, how much you’ll need for accommodation and how much you’ll need for travel. Of course, it’s important that you give yourself a bit of leeway and allow for some luxury spending every now and then. What’s the point in travelling if you can’t buy a few souvenirs, after all?
If you can save money, do it
It might unpleasant to take an overcrowded bus rather than hiring an air conditioned cab, but if you’re travelling o­n a tight budget then you’re just going to have to learn to save wherever you can. When it comes to saving, the first place you can start is at the airport. Instead of paying full price for last minute airport parking through the official airport website, book your parking early and look o­nline at airport car parking comparison sites to get discount parking prices and excellent quotes. There are all sorts of little things you can do o­n the way to save extra money. You could carry your own food instead of buying it while you’re travelling and avoid buying from any shops, restaurants or stall that’s within a o­ne mile radius of a big tourist attraction. These places always tend to be overpriced because they know they can get business from tourists. Check out some of the less common options for better deals and a more authentic experience.

What You Should ALWAYS Have Packed In Your Suitcase 2016-Dec-12
Whether you’re planning your gap year, degree abroad or backpacking holiday in the summer, it can be hard to know what you really need to pack as opposed to what you pack just for the sake of it because you have some spare luggage allowance left. Being a smart packer is the first step to making sure the rest of your journey goes as smoothly as possible, particularly if you will be packing, unpacking and repacking all over again. Many travellers just take the bare essentials and buy everything else they need o­nce they are o­n the road. Our list of the most essential thing you need to pack is sure to carry you through your latest adventure and make packing as easy as possible so that you enjoy yourself as much as possible!
The Essentials
Without the following items, your trip is likely to last until you get to the airport or train station and not very much further! Make sure you have the following ready in advance and in your hand luggage: passport, ticket, health and travel insurance, debit/credit card, money, prescription medication, glasses and/or contact lenses. 
If you’re going travelling for a long time, keeping multiple copies of your documents is vital. Keep a copy or two of the following in the bags you use most so that if you lose o­ne, you have the other: health and travel insurance papers, visas, passport photocopies, international driver’s licence, student card.
While it can be tempting to take many items of clothing with you, it’s better to choose wisely and pack lightly to save o­n weight and bag space (this enables you to bring back more souvenirs!). Clothes can easily be washed overnight, so taking multiples upon multiples isn’t necessary. It’s all part of the experience anyway right?! This list should be sufficient for most travellers, underwear x7(socks, pants, bras), swimwear x2 (Thomas Royall do some great long lasting swimwear for men and ASOS are great for quality bits for ladies), shorts x2, trousers x2, leggings, dresses x2, skirts x2, t-shirts x 5, long sleeve top, fleece top, hoodie, waterproofs, flip-flops, trainers or hiking boots, sandals. 
Medical Kit
A decent medical kit is very important as you never know when you or someone you are travelling with needs some medical assistance. The following items are recommended for you to carry in your medical kit: plasters, bandages, a sterile needle, safety pins, antiseptic wipes and cream, Imodium, antacid, paracetamol, antihistamines, inhaler if you’re asthmatic, oral rehydration tablets, baby wipes. 
These can take up a lot of room and weight in your bag so pick the o­nes that really apply to you of those you can’t live without: contraception, sanitary towels, toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, razor, soap, makeup and makeup remover, cotton buds, nail clippers, insect repellent, tweezers, hairbrush or comb, hairbands, flannel. 
A camera, mobile phone and iPod are enough to see most travellers through, but if you’re looking at taking a bit more in the way of technology try to keep it from this list: spare batteries (or rechargeable o­nes), USB stick, alarm clock, portable phone charger, iPad, laptop, plug adaptor, torch, cheap digital watch. Make sure your more expensive items are insured before you go!

How to save money as a student traveller 2016-Dec-12
Rail fares are slowly increasing in Britain and becoming more expensive than ever which could cause problems if you are a student. It doesn’t help that Christmas is approaching and students will be traveling in the hope to see family and friends, so the last thing a student bank account needs is a hefty train fair. Fear not students, there are companies out there that are trying to help you save those pennies. Great Western Railway is helping students make the most of their student loans by offering an exclusive 50% for 16-25 year olds. So coming home for Christmas shall not cause any problems for you or your bank accounts.
With this offer, you’ll be able to travel between Bristol and London for just £7.50 and will be valid all the way up until the 31st January, so heading back to your university shouldn’t affect your bank account. Other destinations that are included in this offer are:
-     Oxford from £3
-     Exeter from £13.75
-     Plymouth £10.25
-     Bath £7.25
-     Penzance £11.75
You can find tickets o­n the Great Western Website and for the best way to manage your merchant accounts is with Cost Compare which will allows you to compare merchants accounts and gain quotes instantly so you can save appropriately and see what deals are o­n offer. Other deals you can use to making traveling cheaper are:
16-25 railcard
Rail card can be o­ne of the greatest money savers for students and trust me it’s true. During my time as a student, railcards were saving me £30/£40 o­n several different journeys, so it worth checking this out. Also it worth noting that if you get a Santander 123 student account, they will give you a free 4 year 16-25 card to cover you costs throughout your studies.
70% Virgin trains hack
If you go o­n the Virgin train’s homepage and direct yourself to the journey planner, you’ll see in the top right hand corner – ‘Ways to save’. After you click o­n this box, you’ll find the best fares. Best Fare finder lists the cheapest fares o­n your date to travel and divides the time by the morning, afternoon and evening. You could be saving an average of £60, so that’s £60 more to spend o­n presents!
For incredibly cheap travel, bargain hunters should head straight to the Megabus. Okay it’s not exactly classy but cheap and effective it is. Depending o­n where you’re going and when you book it, fares could be as cheap as a £1. In addition to this, they also do £1 Mondays, meaning that you can travel between Plymouth, Exeter and Bristol!
Split your train costs
Train passengers who ‘split’ their tickets could be saving up to 87% off their fare, according to number crunching ticket splitting website Splitting train tickets is an entirely legal loophole in which people can save money by buying a different ticket for different stages of their journey – this includes if you were to stay o­n the same train the whole time! If you’re confused how to do this, then they have an easy guide o­n their website that will walk you through it.

How To Travel To America As A Student 2016-Dec-01
For many, the United States of America is seen as the land of opportunity, and with the Ivy League that recognises many of the best universities in the country, it is no surprise that students will travel from all over the world to study in the USA. While a regular tourist can apply for an ESTA visa to enter the US, which is valid for up to 90 days, a more long-term arrangement is necessary for a student travelling abroad. Although it can be quite time consuming, thankfully the student visa process is quite a straight forward procedure. More than 600,000 student visas were issued in the last year alone and there are currently more than 1.2 million people studying in the US o­n a visa.
If you’ve been granted a place at an American university, they will send you a document which is an application for a student visa. As you have been approved a place to study there is no major reason for a visa application to be declined. First of all, make sure that the name and information o­n the application is 100% accurate and matches the information o­n your passport. All names are submitted for security clearance and therefore any differences between the passport and the application form will be queried.
Following the submission of the application form, the student will then need to arrange an interview and will be required to pay a number of processing fees. A $200 fee is required to support the cost of the computer system that records the stay of every visitor to the United States. Student visas can be issued up to 120 days before the university course is due to start. The US Embassy website has information about the estimated visa waiting time in each country, but student applications are generally given priority.
Ideally, you should apply for your student visa application as early as possible (three months before travel is recommended) this gives you plenty of time to prepare for your interview, you will also have time to appeal the decision should your initial application be declined. Appearance is very important as the interview should be considered as a formal event. A smart business suit would be the most appropriate choice of attire. The interviews are generally very short, as there are a high number of interviews taking place in the same day, so be prepared to be efficient and concise when answering the questions. It is possible to have a translator with you if English is not your mother tongue.
As part of the interview, the main information the visa officer wants to know is the overview of the course you are studying, the intended objectives and outcomes from your course and why you wish to study in the United States as opposed to anywhere else in the world. They’ll want to know how you intend to support yourself financially, as well as any dependents you may be bringing with you, during your stay in the country. For that reason, it might be worth bringing a number of bank statements with you as proof of income, or any proof of agreed employment in the states that you’ve arranged to do alongside your studies.

Essentials to make your university accommodation affordable 2016-Nov-25
Essentials to make your university accommodation affordable
University accommodation can seem pretty expensive when you’ve not had very much experience of paying bills. It might feel that you never have any money left to spend o­n the things that matter. So, if you’re worried about the cost of your accommodation, check out these tips:
Light it right
There is a fact of life that everyone learns at university: everything looks better with fairy lights. Is your accommodation looking a little dreary and sad? Well, some bright pink fairy lights can fix that up easily. If you buy wisely, too, these adorable little lights could even save you some money. Instead of turning o­n all of the lights in your room and using up precious electricity that you might have to pay for, get a couple of sets of battery powered LED fairy lights. They can make your room look cooler, they’ll keep your room well lit, they won’t strain your energy budget and, because they’re LEDs, they’ll last you quite some time. You’ll be an LED fanatic by the time you leave university and then you’ll be convincing your first boss to fit some LED panel lights into the office.
Don’t sneer at second-hand stuff
Yes, your aunt doesn’t have much taste when it comes to couch cushions, and that frying pan your grandma gave is the opposite of non-stick, but taking advantage second-hand equipment could save you a lot of money in your student accommodation. You’re not looking to be o­n the front cover of ‘Home & Design’, so a few floral blankets and chipped pans aren’t going to ruin your reputation. Be smart about how you stock your room. Comfort and cost are your main priorities. You’ll be grateful for your mum’s old bedsheets when you’re waiting for your next student loan payment. Less money spent o­n new furniture means more money to spend o­n the important things, like accommodation, food and parties.
Don’t give in to temptation
When you move away from home for the first time you might not really be sure how living alone works. When you’re living in someone else’s home you can have a hot shower whenever you want, fresh food magically appears in the fridge every week and all of the dirty clothes you dropped o­n the floor get whisked away by the washing fairy. It’s difficult to suddenly be responsible for taking care of yourself, and most people that move away when they go to university tend to have some trouble adjusting. Make smart decisions and try not to splurge o­n the less essential things. Maybe you don’t need that brand new television. As long as you get the basics right, you can definitely survive university.
Plan and budget
The best way to keep o­n top of your accommodation bills and still live comfortably is to plan your expenses. It doesn’t take very much time to do and it could end up saving you a lot of money. Simply tally together your monthly bills and keep the money you’ll use to pay them separate from the rest of your money. This way you’ll know exactly how much you’re allowed to spend and won’t be at risk of missing a rent payment.



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