Featured Business: Travel Bug Co

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travelbugWho doesn’t love to travel? In the modern age, travel is easier than ever, and in a world of low cost airlines and travel deal sites and hotel price comparison, the process has become relatively simple. On top of that there is more travel inspiration via blogs and youtube channels and the chances of catching wanderlust have improved markedly too!

One inspiring company story is that of Travel Bug Co, who founded based on an ethos of not having to work a nine to five, and the fact that travel should be accessible to all. They have created a huge range for travel lovers and some quirky products for those of us who enjoy heading around the globe whenever the opportunity arises.

Tank tops, t shirts and hoodies are among their best selling products, and with such well made apparel, they are great for your next trip!

Their ethos is also to keep their designs both eye catching and straight forward and simple designs, and with so many big heartless clothing companies out there, it is very cool to see a company doing good work like this and thinking about their customers.

I love their location specific series which have designs based on certain destinations, their ‘I left my heart in Vietnam’ series for lovers of the Asian country steeped in history is particularly great.

For readers of our blog, who more than likely adore travel and all that goes with it, the designs are great for staying fashionable as well as showing the world what a travel bug you are!

Postcards, 21st Century Style

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mypostcard-postkarten-app-logo-mainSending a postcard is a wonderful tradition for people on their vacations. For hundreds of years now, postcards have been a great way to send a message home from wherever you are in the world and let people know how your trip is going, as well as giving them a photo from wherever you are in order to keep. The excitement of sending or receiving a postcard is a wonderful thing, but it has started to die in recent years.

The revival of postcards has been digital, and companies like mypostcard who have a website and an app designed to help you to digitize the process, and change the whole process of sending a postcard. As well as being easier to do via the my postcard app, the whole experience can be even more exciting as you can make it personal. Instead of sending a photo of a random beach, send a photo of your family sitting on the bench on a beach or take your own pictures on your phone before adding filters, effects and of course your own message before you submit it for postage. No need for you to go to a post office yourself as you can do it all from the comfort of a beachside restaurant on your phone or tablet. If you have taken your laptop with you you can also do it from their site.

The process of sending a postcard has become better. Not only can you personalize but it is so much easier than it has ever been. The fact that you can send something unique to you will be even more exciting when received by your friends and family at home.

How to Raise Extra Cash for Traveling

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cash-1296584_640Most people want to travel at some point in their lives, and the urge to visit new and exciting foreign lands is inbuilt within the human race. Though traveling can be one of life’s most fulfilling and amazing activities, it is also one that comes with a price tag, and especially if you want to go for a long period of time or head to somewhere exotic, the money can quickly become an issue. We’ve put together a quick guide on how you can raise some extra cash for your next trip, suitable for pretty much anyone to try and hopefully to see you jetting off to foreign lands.

Sell Stuff. I don’t necessarily mean to sell things that are precious to you, or to get rid of your car and not have transport when you get back, but a lot of us have things around the house that we wouldn’t mind selling on online stores or auction sites which allow us to get good coverage for our items and hopefully raise a fair amount of cash. Old clothes that don’t fit, video games we don’t play any more, jewellery we don’t wear, there is so much that we can pick up over the course of our lives that we don’t end up using. Another clever idea is to sell stuff on behalf of your family or friends (no, I don’t mean stealing their items). A lot of people have tons to sell but don’t have the time to list it online themselves, meaning if you did the job for them in return for a small cut of the profits, you could quickly find yourself picking up some extra cash without too much work.

Crowd Funding. Crowd Funding is often for business ideas and charities, but if you have a large and generous circle of family and friends, a lot of the time they don’t mind throwing a little cash towards your next travel adventure. Make an appealing page explaining why you’re asking for money and what you plan to do on the trip, and if it is a once in a lifetime break, aunties, uncles, friends and even strangers might be willing to contribute in some way. A lot of small donations can add up, so you don’t need to ask for much money from each of your friends.

Rent Out Your Place. If you’re lucky enough to be a homeowner, it is easier than ever to rent out your home on places like air b’n’b. This can be a great way to ensure you still have some money coming in while you’re on holiday, and even if you are only going for a couple of weeks, having someone pay to be in your apartment can take a big chunk off your travel costs. If you live in a popular area or somewhere in demand for those traveling for either leisure or business, it can be surprisingly easy to find a suitor to take over your lodgings while you make money on the go.

Choosing the Right Javea Estate Agent

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abode-987096_640There are so many reasons you might need a good estate agent in Javea. The amazing town not far from Alicante is a hotspot for expats, tourists and of course the locals to enjoy the Spanish lifestyle and to dip your toes in a beautiful beach next to the Mediterranean sea!

Whether you are moving from elsewhere in Spain or from a different country, and whether you know the ins and outs of the Spanish property industry or not, finding javea casas, homes and houses is made a lot simpler with the help of a local professional, so what are the key things to look out for?

A good website. This is key, and can show you a great deal about the companies you’ll be dealing with, a good website with a lot of info shows that the estate agent knows what they’re talking about.

The selection of houses. If you’re buying, you can look at the homes on offer and see what kind of properties they deal with and specialize in.

If you can find reviews and testimonials then this is a great sign, but it is an industry where not many people leave a review (its not like watching a movie or going to a restaurant!)

The best companies to help you will be keen to do business with you and will be easy to contact, showing details on their site for how you can get in touch with them and quickly returning any enquiries you have. A willingness to help will go a long way in your search for Javea properties.

Is it Difficult to Buy a House in Spain?

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keys-452889_640If you’re looking to move abroad, the reasons for wanting to move to Spain are clear to see, there are so many benefits to living in this culturally rich land, not to mention all the sunshine! Spain is already one of the most popular tourist destinations so it is clear to see why so many people want to live there, and why expat communities are thriving and retirees are seeing it as a better and better option to spend their twilight years. If you’re coming from another country it is easy to think that there will be a lot of red tape and difficulty, but is this really the case?

I would say that the best bet when looking for villas, apartments and commercial property in Spain is to consult with an expert, with many estate agents offering some great advice on the process as well as amazing ways to find the best property deals in Spain.

If you don’t live in the EU, it has become easier in recent years to buy properties in Spain as you can get your visa along with your home much more simply than in years gone by, making the whole process a lot more straightforward. If you do live in the EU, freedom of movement means that you’re able to live wherever you want!

A lot of Spanish property that is listed for sale doesn’t have anyone residing in it, which can make for a speedy sale, plus the fact that the deed signing process is simpler than in other countries make this an easy process.

The Best Places to Find Travel Inspiration

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luggage-1149289_640It is that time of year where everyone starts to think about their holidays, and plan what is in store for the year ahead, but it can be tough to know where to get ideas for your next trip. In the modern age, there are plenty of places you can turn to online to look for travel inspiration and see what amazing vacations are on offer, whichever continent, country or state you wish to explore.

Friends – One of the best ways to find out if a trip is worth taking is to talk to friends who are well traveled, who may not only have recommendations on locations but on everything from the best hotels to the best activities.

Websites – there are a lot of websites and blogs out there focused on the travel niche, such as this one! Unique travel worldwide is a great place to find tips on the best places to visit and a unique view of traveling, as well as some deals and tips on how to travel smart.

Instagram – I love looking for travel inspiration on Instagram as it is so visual Of course, we all want to see the amazing hotels and beaches as well as restaurants and activities we can take part in when we go on our holidays. If you have somewhere in mind, searching for the hash tag (E.G #Kauai on Instagram) can bring you a load of recent images people have taken in the area and can help you decide if it is your dream holiday.

Ubud; Family Destination

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ubud_resort_hotelBali is a beautiful and unique country, and is brilliantly situated in Asia and reachable from anywhere in the modern age of travel and tourism, with airlines connecting us better than ever. Bali, and in particular the town of Ubud, are amazing destinations for families to spend their time, and you can have an incredible luxury holiday in the country with plenty to do for children and adults alike.

Biking is a great thing to take part in, it is pretty simple to hire bikes and you can visit many different beautiful sites, seeing rice paddys and mountains among more incredible landmarks.

Watersports are another fun activity for the whole family, you can head out on the Siap river and take a tubing trip which is thrilling for the children (and the adults too). Bali also has a waterpark if you love swimming!

Finding the right Ubud resort will play a big part in how much fun you have as a family, and whether they can accommodate for your every need and give plenty to do for all ages.

There is a zoo not far away that can be a great day out and help you to see a lot of the nature on offer in Bali and beyond. Ubud also has a monkey forrest which is like something out of a fairytale and is a great way to see monkeys in their own environment!

There is so much to do for children and adults alike and it is easy to make a trip to Bali and Ubud in particular one that stays in your memory forever

Why Desert Safaris are all the Rage

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desert-landscape-1149719_640You’ve probably heard of going on Safari before, but as the middle east economy and tourism continues to boom, a lot of the countries are now offering desert safaris, an amazing opportunity to get out of the built up towns and cities and explore what there is to offer, whether you’re in Dubai or elsewhere.

Desert safaris can be visually breathtaking, with some offering the chance to see sunrise and sunsets, offering stunning photo opportunities and the chance to see sand dunes that look almost other worldly. The famous dune bashing drives can be great fun, and there’s a lot more on offer, including camel riding and lots of other local traditions. The trips are great for kids and adults alike.

The Best Desert Safari Deals will offer a lot of included things such as refreshments, even meals and the chance to choose how big a party you go out with, both private trips and those with big groups are available. You can go quadbiking in the sand, enjoy local food and drink, and experience sand dunes in a way you never knew possible!

Cities such as dubai are amazing, but there are plenty of people who want to get out and explore a bit further afield, and get out to the rural settings around the cities of the middle east, heading out on a desert safari is an amazing way to see the wildlife and landscapes and enjoy some thrilling activities along the way, we definitely recommend taking a trip out to the dunes.

Reasons to Rent a Car in Paris

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ferrari-458-563815_640Paris is known all around the world as one of the most beautiful cities there is. Stunning architecture and amazing culture, as well as some iconic buildings and areas mean that this city is one that makes many bucket lists, and is well worth making sure you see at some point in your life. We’re looking at transport in Paris today and renting a car. What are the reasons to rent a car in Paris?

  • Freedom. The city does have pretty good public transport but there are often a lot of chances to go off the beaten track and see what the city has to offer. Renting a luxury car can be the best way to enjoy a luxurious city.
  • The rest of France. There is plenty to see within driving distance of Paris so with a car you have the ability to explore other areas.
  • Comfort. Especially with a luxury car you can avoid public transport which doesn’t offer the same privacy, convenience or of course comfort as your own vehicle for the time you’re there.

Public transport is doable in the city of Paris, but if you want to travel in style whilst enjoying a city break then finding exotic cars can be an amazing way to enjoy the city and cruise around feeling a million dollars. Hiring an exotic car doesn’t have to be a difficult thing to do and some companies are really helpful, even offering a drop off and pick up service. Why not enjoy driving the car of your dreams in the city of your dreams.

Benefits of Hiking and Camping and Outdoor Gear Reviews

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tent-1208201_640There’s something special about losing yourself — and your cell phone connection — in the forests, woods or other hiking and camping spots. Truth be told, there are lots of physical positives and advantages.

There’s no such things as phones out in the middle of nowhere — and that can be a wonderful thing. Jettisoning your screens and those annoying work calls can significantly affect your experience. Many people agree that an excessive amount of tech may prompt depression, nervousness and even lead to poor rest. Being switched into the grid the whole time isn’t good for our mental health.

Climbing, walking and hiking across the land is all part of the experience — and it’s incredible for your body. Your trek can possibly get rid of a lot of calories and increase your health.

When you invest a lot of time close to a ton of trees, you take in a lot of oxygen. That bliss that you get when you take your first breath of air out in wildlife isn’t all in your mind and there are real benefits to fresh air.

The challenges that can crop up on a camping trip such as the need to navigate, adjust to the surroundings and more can be part of character building and can do a lot for the brain and give a sense of achievement. If you’re hiking and camping with others you can also learn a lot about teamwork and the ways of solving problems as a group, that is why people can even choose this type of activity for team building exercises and more.

Assuming that you have the right outdoors equipment and have a good setup, you’ll end up sleeping soundly following a day with a lot of exercises. Rest has a huge amount of benefits to the body and out in the open you can get some amazing rest that will leave you feeling invigorated.

Outdoor Gear Reviews for Hiking and Camping

The right equipment is nothing short of essential, and using Hiking and Camping Gear Reviews to establish the best equipment is a very wise move. There is a lot of gear involved, from clothing to the camping equipment to food and drink related accessories. The most road-hardened campers will likely end up with a lot of cool equipment that they take on every trip as well as the right clothing, bedding and more. Depending on the areas you’re going to visit and how much of a hardcore camper you are, looking at outdoor gear reviews and ensuring you choose something of quality is very positive.

Conclusion

There is little denying the fact there are a huge amount of benefits to going camping or hiking, it can be a great thing to do as a family, with friends or even to get to know people. It can teach a lot of key skills and has wonderful benefits for both your mind and your body. Ensuring the correct equipment is in place and going on a trip is something you’re bound to get hooked on.