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Receiving Bad News while Travelling



It’s the one message we all dread to hear when we travel…

Can you call home as soon as you can?

You even know that before they pick up the phone it is not going to be good news and that you will usually end up in tears hundreds or thousands of miles from the people you need the most.

We received that call this week. Unfortunately it is not for the first time this year. Having already rushed back to New Zealand earlier in the year to be at the bedside of a loved one we didn’t expect to receive a similar call again so soon.

While travelling there is no worse feeling than being stuck on the other side of the world with limited funds and a sick family member that you want to visit so desperately.

What do you do in this situation? Do you follow your heart and rush to the airport to catch the next flight home? Or do you heed the advice that you most often get from your family which is to soldier on and try and enjoy yourself overseas?

Unfortunately I don’t think anyone can answer that one.

So for now we lie awake late into the night with our phone close at hand. We smile at each other, hold hands and hope that everything will work out and that we made the right decision to stay where we are.

Have you ever been in this situation? What did you do?

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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  1. Ana Laura

    October 18, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    In this situations we feel that nothing else matter and want to rush home, fullfiling the fantasy of a rush flight for some days and going back to where we left.. I’be been there. Though thats, normaly imposible.
    Think if your presence is really going to change something and what it means to the one you love, you abandon you trip. Think if your family and friends can give a hand. Sometimes there’s not too much to help with, but just being there. Think if you can be on the phone, skype, letters. A good talk, a nice hug with words means a lot. One way or another, take all decisions when you are calm, using the mental tranquility the trip is bringing you. And transmit this tranquility to your family.
    You will take the right decision. And when you have, make it worth it!
    Good vibrations from Argentina!
    (Im sory for my english, Im out of practice)

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      October 19, 2011 at 2:17 PM

      Its such a difficult situation to be in. Thanks for the kind words though Ana. We are going to stick with our current travel plans, if we need to we can always rush home luckily with the way we are all connected these days. Thanks. And your English was fine 🙂

  2. Jerick

    October 19, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    So sorry to hear that guys. I dread getting that call when I was living in Brussels. I hope all will turn out for the better for you guys. Virtual hugs!

  3. Julie - The Fairy Trails

    October 21, 2011 at 5:21 AM

    I’m so sorry for you guys, but so happy that you have each other to garner support from. The choice is yours alone, but remember in the end, money means nothing. You’ll be happy to have said a proper goodbye (if it unfortunately comes to that) even if it leaves you dead broke and stuck at home.
    Thinking of you. Xo

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      October 21, 2011 at 9:32 AM

      Thanks Julie, we have decided to stick around here in the UK. There is unfortunately nothing we can do to help back home. However can quickly jump on a plane if we ever need to and be home quickly. Thanks again 🙂

  4. Vegemitevix

    November 16, 2011 at 9:30 AM

    So sorry to hear this guys, it’s awful isn’t it. I think it’s the worst situation for an expat or traveller. I had the same experience earlier in the year when I needed to head back to OZ to be with my Dad who had open heart surgery. (I’ve linked hope you don’t mind) For me the decision centred on the thought that should something happen and he die would I be happy knowing the last time he’d seen me it wasn’t the best? He recovered well, but I know for certain that he was really pleased that I was there for him. Vxx

    • Cole and Adela (fourjandals)

      November 16, 2011 at 10:07 AM

      Thats ok with the link 🙂 We have already been back twice to NZ this year for one wedding and a funeral so have made the decision to not head back this time. It was a tough call but one that both ourselves and our families agreed was the best for everyone. Still waiting to hear the phone call though that things have gotten worse. Overall though we have been expecting it for a while so it is nearly a relief I guess you could say. Cheers for the kind words!

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5 Ways To Improve Your Sight



Our eyesight is perhaps one of our most useful and most essential senses (this, of course, may be moot). For many, the idea of losing their vision can be a scary thing. Loss of vision begins for many in their late 40s when it starts to become prominent. However, there are many ways in which you can improve your sight and keep from losing it in the extended scheme of things.

So here in this list, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of 5 ways in which you can improve your sight.

5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

# 1 – Prescription Glasses

In today’s internet driven world it is now easier than ever to get whatever you want online. You can buy glasses online or prescription sunglasses very easy and have it delivered to your home. No fuss and no hassle.

# 2 – Eat Carrots

Carrots are especially beneficial for our eye health, and it would prove invaluable for you to eat or drink as much carrot juice as you can. It may initially have a bitter taste but the more you drink it you will get used to it.

# 3-  Bilberry Supplements

Bilberry is a supplement that is not that common with those who aren’t into the health niche, but bilberry is an excellent supplement for those who are looking to improve their eyesight.

# 4 – Watch Things From Far Away

This may seem like a strange method, but when you look at items off at a distance, you are strengthening your eyes. Your eyes are muscles, and they need exercise just as much as your body does.

So when you are looking at items or object off at a distance you are doing your eyes a significant workout that they desperately need.

# 5 Finger Eye Push Ups

To continue on with our last entry – a great way to get your eyes to see better and to improve them is by doing finger eye push-ups. Now, this doesn’t mean placing your finger in your eye but your eye’s vision.

By placing your finger in front of your eye and then away and back again you will strengthen the eye. This is because the eye is working to see an object in two different ranges.

Strength Your Eyes

Improving your eyes without surgery and an operation is possible. And if you consider these methods, you will “see” where we are coming from.

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Video Slot Games Are All The Rage



Online casino games have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the years. Let’s be honest -gambling is the average man’s pastime event. Very easy, simple and if you’re lucky you can win out big on a few small dollars or coins.

For this reason slot games have become some of the most highly played and enduring online casino games for newbies as well as veterans.

So it is no wonder that video slot games like Bullion Bars slot online are some of the most popular online casino games. Not only do they provide a great deal of entrainment but the payouts are quite high for those who manage to get the jackpot prize money.

However what remains a hallmark feature of online casino games and slot games comes in the form of how easy they are to win.

That’s right!

Playing online casino games are much easier to win then had you visited a real-life casino. This is not to undermine real-life casinos – as they do offer their fun and entertainment.

But online casino games are geared to the player. The online casino must payout players, all players, for a majority of the time, and when we say a majority of the time we mean almost all of the time.

Many online slot casino games and other casino games require that the online casino have a payout rate as low as 95%.

As low as 95%!!!!

So the chances of winning are highly in favor of the players. Failure to pay out players and having the casino simply take in more income then should be taking in will have the online casino shut down.

For those interested in playing online video slot games then now is the best time to play in this very lucrative and highly entertaining entertainment medium.

Online slot games come in a variety of themes and can offer any player, old or new, an experience that will keep them coming back time and time again.

The experience that online slot games offer players are top-notch, and the notion that many layers can play these games anywhere, at home on their desktop or the bus on their mobile home is what makes these games so alluring.

With very little to pay to play these games and a massive amount that can be paid out on a small amount as well as for being entertained the online casino slot gems don’t look like they will slow down anytime soon.

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Three Reasons Pregnant Women Should Test Their Tap Water



Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  It’s even more important to make sure your water is free of contaminants when you are pregnant.  Drinking enough water during pregnancy maintains amniotic fluid levels and helps carry nutrients to the baby.  However, if you are drinking contaminated water, the more you drink, the more the fetus is exposed to the harmful effects of those contaminants.

Water quality has been headline news lately after it was discovered that the public drinking water contained lead in Flint, Michigan.  If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you may be wondering if it is safe to drink tap water while pregnant.  Here are three contaminants you should test for if you’re pregnant and drinking tap water.

  1. Lead

Lead poisoning is a serious concern during pregnancy.  Lead can be found in old water taps and outdated plumbing.  As water travels through and sits in these pipes, it can absorb lead.  If a pregnant woman drinks this water, her body then absorbs the lead which can be passed to the fetus.

While lead may not cause serious harm to a pregnant woman, the fetus can suffer lasting damage from even low levels of lead exposure. As the fetus grows, lead causes blood cells to become deformed, preventing them from functioning properly. Lead also damages the peripheral and central nervous systems causing learning disabilities as the child develops. Children affected by lead also tend to be shorter than other children and may have trouble with their hearing.

  1. Bacteria

Water naturally contains bacteria, but in excess amounts it can be harmful, especially to pregnant women.  E. coli is a type of bacteria that is occasionally found in the water.  This is the same bacteria that is known to cause food poisoning, and it has the same effects when it is in your water. It can cause stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, all of which can put a developing fetus at risk.  Bacterial contamination can also be an indication of other contaminants such as protozoa and viruses which are linked to dysentery and hepatitis.

  1. Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Chemicals

Lead poisoning and bacterial contamination are the most dangerous water contaminants for a pregnant woman and her baby, but there are other pollutants that are also concerning.  Both municipal water and well water can test positive for pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals.  While in low amounts, they may not be especially harmful to the pregnant mother, any exposure can pose a risk to the developing fetus.

Make Sure Your Tap Water is Safe

If you’re pregnant, the best way to make sure your drinking water is safe, is to test it.  Whether you are drinking tap water, city water, well water, bottled water, or even filtered water, all are at risk for common contaminants that can harm a fetus.  You can send water samples to a lab for complete analysis, but this can be costly, and it often takes weeks to get results. A faster and easier solution is a home testing kit.  Most kits will give you results in a matter of minutes.   If you’re pregnant, don’t take chances with the water you’re drinking, test your water today.

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