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Christmas Party In Another Country?



We’ve all been there: the work Christmas party, holding a glass of wine whilst mingling amongst co-workers, and the food on offer just hasn’t been up to scratch. We wished we were far away, on a sunny beach somewhere, still bedecked in tinsel, but just haven’t had the opportunity or means to do so. Well, now you can!

Here’s the plan: you come up with a Christmas party location for you, your family, and your friends, and then take yourselves away for the weekend of a lifetime. It doesn’t have to be expensive, but be prepared to spend some money on pampering you and your loved ones. Here’s the action station you’ve been looking for when it comes to sharing in a little festive cheer.

Why Should I Have a Party Abroad?

For the sense of the adventure alone, surely? Having a party abroad is one of the most fun things you can do, unless you’re the kind of person who can’t stand travel. However, that only takes a few hours and the trip itself makes the cost absolutely worth it!

We can get bored with our own surroundings, and sometimes it feels like if you stay at home, all you’re going to get are party hats and small slices of cake. So, when it comes to changing up your style, one of the best ways to mark it is with a trip and stay across the pond.

There’s so much for you to do and see around the globe, from meeting new people to trying new food to sleeping in hostels for a taste of the adventuring life to working off of your laptop whilst hiking in the Himalayas. It all sounds so exciting when you lay it out like that, don’t you think? Being able to have a party on top of that just makes it all the better, and there’s no better time for those plans than the approaching festivities.

The Best Party Countries

A lot of destinations pride themselves on their tourist options, and that means there’s plenty of service to go around for your partying needs. And no, you don’t have to head to the USA to try these party ideas out! A lot of countries around the world hold this kind of title, but let’s face it, you can choose anywhere you want to go.

One of the top countries for these venues and accommodations is Germany, with plenty of nightclubs around cities such as Berlin and Munich. These nightclubs don’t even have to legally close on weekends, so the dance til’ you drop world is your oyster here. Drinking in public is another bonus, as long as you’re well behaved as you do it! Try and get into these places on a Sunday evening, as this is the quietest and most likely time for you to find a spot. Monday won’t hurt when you’re on holiday!

Portugal is another great country for you to host a Christmas party in, and the perpetual sun the nearer you go to the southern hemisphere means you can recline on a lounger whilst sipping a bit of mulled wine. If that’s not for you, there’s plenty more wine on offer and at cheap prices, as Portugal likes to sell their green bottles of vino off of every street corner and often in bulk.

And if neither of those hotspots are for you, there’s the classic option of heading to Thailand. There’s plenty of islands for you to consider with venues and tourist specialities to look into. Plenty of students on their gap years head here to experience the kind of fast paced life you wouldn’t get anywhere else, so if you’re a confident and free spirit and that’s been cultivated by your family, this is the place to be.

The Transport from Hotel to Venue

When we’re on vacation, we don’t know the local rules of the road, despite being able to follow the signs. However, we don’t necessarily have to drive down them ourselves, as taxis and buses exist, if you want a little more of a taste of what’s on offer amongst the people!

If you’re staying within walking distance of a beach or a nightclub, use this to your advantage and have nighttime strolls in the street and moonlight. Do it as a group so none of you feel alone or unsafe in your surroundings, and pick out some beautiful spots you wouldn’t have noticed during the day when it’s so crowded.

If you are hosting a party instead of just taking a standard Christmas holiday abroad, even the transport for this can be arranged in style! If you’re around somewhere with main roads and your near the downtown area, you can usually find a range of luxury limousines for hire. These make everything feel at least 10x more glamorous than they already did, plus it’s a lot more fun than having to drive yourself around!

The Staying Safe Tips

Everyone needs to know these, and to be honest they’re quite the same as the ones at home. If you’re looking to have fun and some freedom, and we all are so there’s no shame in it, do it responsibly and make sure you’re surrounded by friends on a night out in an unknown scene. Just because it’s Christmas for you doesn’t mean the whole world takes a break!

Pace yourself and have an agreement with the people you’re with: no one is allowed to drink too much alcohol so they can’t stand! Know the area and the easiest route to get back to where you’re staying, and try to stick together. It’s as simple as that!

2017 could end with a good run if you decide to have a party abroad and spend your Christmas surrounded by shores, sand, and presents that you wouldn’t get anywhere else due to their local nature. There’s a lot for you to consider before you go away, and plenty of package deals are on offer right now.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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What To Do If You Have A Car Accident While Traveling



Travel is exciting. Generally speaking, this is a good thing. But, sometimes a trip can turn out to be eventful for the wrong reasons. 

The last thing you need is to have a car accident, even a small one, while you are traveling. It puts a real dampener on things and if you do not take the right action an event like that can carry on having a negative impact on your life even after you get home. With this in mind, I thought I would put together a few tips to help you to navigate what can be a tricky situation.

Call a lawyer

Regardless of where you are, it is wise to seek legal help after an accident. In particular, if someone has been hurt or it looks like there could be a lot of damage. 

You can never be sure where these cases will lead, so having the support of a lawyer is useful. Most car accident lawyers offer a free initial consultation. So, you can use that to ask them what to do next and ascertain if you are likely to need their services. 

It is best to start by explaining that you have had your accident while vacationing. This will enable them to advise you about whether you need to hire a lawyer close to where you live or where you had the accident. 

Notify the insurance firm

Also, ask them about what to say when speaking to the insurance firm. You will definitely need to contact them. Usually, there is a time limit for doing this, so be aware of this and make sure you comply.

But, you will need to be careful about what you say. Regardless of where you are in the world, it is not wise to admit blame.

Notify the car hire firm

If you were driving a hire car, at the time of your accident, you normally have to notify them too. Again, your lawyer will be able to advise you about what to say. 

This will ensure that you do not inadvertently end up taking the blame or agreeing to pay for something you shouldn’t. You need to speak to your car hire firm within the timescales agreed when you signed the contract.

Follow the local rules and regulations

Before you leave home, you need to have familiarized yourself with driving rules of the area you were traveling to. There are differences. For example, you have to understand how serious an accident has to be for it to be obligatory to call the police to the scene of the accident. In some parts of the world, you have to deploy warning triangles and put on high visibility vests. Not knowing and complying with these special rules can get you in a lot of trouble.

Contact your travel insurance provider too

Wherever you travel to you should always buy a good travel insurance policy that includes cover for medical emergencies. Most of the time, this is how your medical expenses will be covered. But, as you can see here if you are held responsible for the accident you will almost certainly be liable for the other party’s medical expenses. That is why it is very important to only hire a car if good car insurance is included.

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Three Reasons You Need To Try Camping



Holidays are that point of your working year when you finally get to relax, finally get to step away from the laptop and finally get some much needed time to recover from the stresses and strains of work.

It’s the pin on the calendar that gives you something to look forward to and the point where you know all that planning and work was worthwhile.

But are that person who finds it hard to put down the laptop and step away from their phone. Perhaps, you find it hard to switch off and worry about how the business is functioning in your absence.

In this blog, we take a look at three reasons why camping is the ultimate getaway for the stressed out executive.

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Why Basic is Better

What’s the first thing you do when you check into your luxury hotel? That’s right, you ask for the wifi code and make sure your charger is plugged in. A home from home environment is great but when that home turns into an extension of your office, then you’re not going to be able to switch off and focus on where you are, even with the best will in the world.

Taking yourself out of your comfort zone and limiting your options is a bit like tough love, hard to do but ultimately a decision that everyone benefits from.

Gone is your focus on charging a phone and instead you’re thinking about when to fire up the BBQ or how many blankets you’re going to need that night.

Great for All Types of Families

Including couples, friends and those with children. Simply put camping brings people together. The campfire toasting marshmallows, the walks into the countryside and the late nights talking and playing cards together. No phones, no TV and no distractions, just you and your family remembering what it’s like, just to talk and be together.

The Great Outdoors

Watching your kids or your dog enjoying bounding around outside is great for the soul. Just taking time to enjoy the views at a campsite such as Rest Point Caravan Park in Walpole will help you to reconnect with the great outdoors and remember what’s it like to forget your responsibilities, just for a little while at least.

You might also give yourself the opportunity to try a new sport, get back on your bike or just enjoy some gentle exercise in the fresh air with the prospect of a tasty BBQ at the end of the day.

You might not feel like a natural camper but if the alternative is being cooped up in your hotel pouring over your emails, then make this an option that you add to your list. Be brave, go and buy a great tent or go to a site where you can rent them and take a chance on the great outdoors. Breathe some fresh air, admit there’s no wifi and enjoy a holiday reconnecting with the people and pets you value most.

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A Beginners Guide To Camping



There are lots of different options when it comes to time away –  city breaks; adventure holidays or a leisurely escape by the pool. Another popular choice is camping. Whether it’s getting away from it all for a long weekend with friends or having a week’s holiday, camping is a great choice. There are some things you need to know and essentials you should take so we’ve put together a few tips to help you along the way.

Booking a pitch

One of the first things you should do when considering camping is to book a pitch within your chosen campsite. There are thousands to choose from. Some campsites have more amenities than others. You may want a club for the kids or evening entertainment. Some campsites even have indoor pools and gyms. Once you have narrowed down what you want you can make your booking. Be aware that not all pitches come with electricity available so check that out too. Once you have booked, you can start getting all the essentials you need for your forthcoming adventure!

Choosing the right tent

There are loads of different tents on the market these days.  Comfort is important as is space so finding something within your budget that ticks all the boxes can take time. If you are fairly tall you might want to look for a tent that accommodates extra head height. If you have children there are options to have separate bedrooms as well as living areas. Air tents are becoming increasingly popular these days so if you don’t want to spend hours pitching a traditional tent with poles, that might be the right option for you. They come with inflatable air tubes that are pumped up. A few ropes to hold it down and that’s it. Some can be erected in minutes leaving you more time to go and explore your surroundings and start your holiday.

Eating and drinking

One of the great things about camping is cooking and eating outdoors. There are lots of different camping stove options available depending on the size and type you want. There is no point in making lots of delicious food and having nothing to eat it with, or on. Melamine or enamel plates and cups are a good idea as they won’t break and a good set of cutlery is a must. There are lots of different camping utensils available which are compact and thus easily stored. Assuming you have an electricity source on your pitch, an electric coolbox is also a great idea for camping. You can keep foods fresh and drinks cold.


Whether it be taking the kids to the on-site park, having a few drinks with friends, or going for a long walk, there is always plenty to do when camping. Check out the local area online in advance so you have a rough idea of where you want to go once you arrive. The most important thing is to relax and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings.

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