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Why You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Move Abroad



Moving away from home is always something which can be exciting and scary at the same time. If you are thinking of moving away from your family home into your own space this year, you likely have a mixture of feelings whizzing through your body.

It is totally normal to feel a little scared when moving out into our own space, but when we end up moving abroad, it can feel ten times scarier. If you are moving abroad for study, for work or for a lifestyle change, it can be one of the most aa sing adventures you ever embark on. Moving across the world will require a lot of planning, a visa, International Removalists and a strong willingness to succeed, however, it can be one of the best decisions you make in your life. Here are some of the reasons why you should move abroad this year.

  1. Develop Yourself

The first thing which can be brilliant when you move to another country is that you have the chance to develop as a person. You are no longer restrained by everyday life, by family members or people who mean to hold you back. You are free to explore the world as an individual, see things differently and develop as a person. It will be the most liberating feeling you can ever have, and you will feel like a new person as you enter the world of the unknown.

  1. Learning To Communicate

One of the great advantages you will have when you go to another part of the world is a fresh start. If you are naturally a nervous person, this is your chance to be more confident and make some new friends. No one knows you here, and this means that you can be whoever you want to be and make a new identity for yourself. You can become carefree, happy, confident and be able to talk to people with ease. There is nothing holding you back anymore, so enjoy the freedom.

  1. Immerse yourself in culture

The world is a huge and diverse place and one of the amazing things about it is the culture. There are so many different lifestyles and cultures in the world, and you may move to a place which has a completely different outlook on life than you are used to. Travel truly does broaden the mind, and it will allow you to explore a new way of living which you might even prefer over your old life. There are many places in the world which focus more on family and life than work and a successful career, and this can open your eyes to the other side of life which you may be missing at home.

  1. You’ll impress your employer

When you move to another part of the world in search of a new life, you are showing that you are dedicated, brave and independent. All of these are traits which a prospective employer will look for, and you could stand to really impress them in your interview. You will likely be given a whole world of opportunities due to the changes you have made to your life.

  1. Think on a global scale

If you are moving to another country to explore your career and grow, you will likely be favored by international corporations. This is because they want people who can offer a more global view of business, and since you have lived in more than one country, you can offer advice on how different areas do business.

  1. Networking

In a business point of view, you will always benefit from spending time abroad because you will have the chance to meet business people from different parts of the world. If you do go home after a year or two of living abroad, you will have contacts there to speak to about business opportunities. This can be a brilliant way to help you improve your career and get on that ladder to success.

  1. More money

Did you know that different countries pay completely different wages for the same job? For example, Australia is known for paying more for their jobs than the U.K., which means if you migrate over to that side of the world you can stand to make more money doing the same job. Sure, the food costs a little more over there, but the lifestyle you will get in return is more than worth it. You will also see differences in tax in different parts of the world, so make sure that you take the time to research this before you move over there.

  1. Travel

The beauty of moving to a new part of the world is that every day will feel like a holiday. You are able to explore a completely new place every single day, and on the weekends you can take day trips to exotic places and explore the natural wonders of this new country. Plus, if you ever want to take a break from work you can travel to another country for a week which is close to your new home! It is the perfect excuse to spread your travel wings far and wide.

  1. Gaining perspective

Moving abroad offers a lot of benefits to you both personally and from a professional view. However, nothing can be more valuable to you than the improvement it will make to your mental health. In our lives, we are often faced with stress from every angle, whether it be relationships, work or something else entirely. The stress of life can get to us so badly that even the smallest thing seems like the end of the world. However, when we take ourselves away from the known and into a new world, we are able to see a totally new side of life. Your petty problems will suddenly fade into insignificance and you won’t worry about the little things anymore. As a result, you’ll feel happier, more stress-free and be able to live a healthier life, both mentally and physically.

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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Dogger-Lust: Finding Places to Stay for You and Your Dog



Travelling with your pets is rewarding but like all adventures, can be an expedition into the unknown. Whether it’s navigating quarantine laws or finding a pet sitter for a night out, getting sorted with a pet in tow on the road, air or ocean can take time. However, the good news is that as the digital economy matures there are countless resources to assist you. Pet sitters? Plan ahead and Skype interview them for piece of mind before you arrive at your destination. Need a recommendation on pet friendly dining options? Most review sites will have a selection of places for you and pup to frequent. And perhaps most importantly, there is the ability to locate online the closest (and open) veterinary clinic. This can be vital in an emergency situation.

But what about accommodation? Some hotels are finally cottoning on the burgeoning market of travelling with pets and some accommodation sites are adding ‘pet-friendly’ filters to their search criteria. Of course, good old fashioned word-of-mouth and online reviews will also enable you to find less obvious pet friendly lodgings as well. However, we have had the most success by finding our ideal accommodation and then contacting the owner/management to make our case for allowing a pet to stay. In this case, developing a slick looking Pet CV may seem a tad twee, but it is generally only seen in the case of long term rentals – rather than travellers and those on holidays – so it’s worth a shot. It’s also worth noting that in dire circumstances many private or hotels will allow pets – at a price. 

For the ultimate in pet friendly accommodation, there are several destinations that should be on bucket-list. In Europe, see Le Bristol in Paris and The Hoxton in Amsterdam. Dogs even stay for free at the Hotel Beau Rivage in Geneva. Leading the way in Asia is Japan’s KAI Kinugawa, a sumptuous onsen lodging with a Japanese-style pet friendly room. If you’re heading Down Under, check out The Langham in Sydney and Somerset on Elizabeth in Melbourne who both willingly welcome your pets. Worldwide, large chains such as Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Best Westerns, Fairmont Hotels and Ace Hotels (selected properties) all offer pet friendly accommodation of luxurious quality and an array of services from doggy spas to fine dining pet menus. 

Another way to ensure you and your dog are always welcome is to take your home with you – wherever you go. While Tiny Homes are making their mark in sustainable living, the humble caravan is ultimately more portable and your ticket to travelling with pets. 

Best of all, when you’re back on home turf, just park your caravan and protect it until you’re ready for your next adventure. We recommend the Adco motorhome cover for its durability and zippered panels meaning you don’t have to completely remove it to get your vehicle. Bonus points for breathable, premium fabric that filters 99.8% of UV rays that over time damages your caravan’s paintwork. Happy travelling! 

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6 Tips to Choose a Good Tent and More [Infographic]



Probably one of the best ways to get away from it all is to return to a simpler existence, with just a handful of needs to cover. If you are looking for something like that, outdoor life and camping can be a good option, whether in a campsite or in the countryside.

If you need to buy a tent for the first time or if it has been a long time since the outdoor experiences, you should take into account some basic concepts due to the large number of models and new materials. The following are some tips that will help you in the choice.

>> Camping essential – a personal GPS tracking device that would work without cell service.

1. How many people will sleep in the tent?

Although normally each model of tent indicates the maximum occupancy that it tolerates, this number does not take into account the storage of equipment, the size of people, pets or the sleeping habits of each, for example, if they move or turn much. Then it is not bad to consider the team as an extra person and if you want to be standing inside it you will have to find out the maximum height.

2. Do you have to transport it long distances?

Not all tents are designed to be super light and, at the same time, shelter six people with all their equipment. If you are going to carry it in a backpack, you are clearly looking for the first, a small tent, with limited capacity and made with lightweight fabrics, but if you are looking for the second, then you should focus on heavier fabrics and materials that allow larger spaces.

The backpackers’ tents are less spacious than the family ones that are normally transported by car and usually offer very little height.

3. The weather should not be set aside

In the case of strong winds, freezing rain, excessive sunlight or insects and bugs that bite the best will be a good and solid tent. That means polyester / nylon and mesh panels to provide protection and ventilation. Water resistance is indicated by a number that ranges between 400 and 2,000 (2,000 is the most waterproof).

Anyway do not overdo it, it is not the same an expedition to Aconcagua than a weekend a couple of hours from home. For a summer camp with 400 it will be fine.

4. With or without rooms?

Some tents offer divisions to create separate “rooms” inside, which is ideal for families with children. There is also the option of a porch area with waterproof windows that allow you to create an indoor / outdoor space in a tent, which helps keep annoying insects at bay and prevent entry with wet or muddy slippers. It is best to have an eave or apse, something very useful for storing equipment, cooking, changing wet clothes.

5. With a roof – much better

Tents that have an over-roof to the floor retain heat better and protect more from rain. It is important to keep in mind that a light color of the over-roof absorbs less solar radiation and warms its interior less, although it has a disadvantage that it allows the light to pass through a lot. On the other hand, if it is dark, and the tent is located in the shade, it will be cooler and less bright.

6. What material?

A minor aspect is the fabric. It must have cross ventilation so that condensation does not occur. The rips top or anti-tear fabrics are better than those of aluminized nylon and, obviously, those of common nylon since they are lighter and do not wear out.

The following infographic gives more tips for camping tent, including preparation, how to pitch a tent, pest control, etc.

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Here’s What Your Travel First Aid Kit Should Look Like



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If you have heard it once, you have heard it a million times: do not travel away from home without at least a basic first aid kit. That is good advice. And if you frequently travel to remote locations where emergency help is hard to find, you might need more than just a basic kit. Plan to take a few more items with you – just in case.

As a benefit to readers, this post will explain just what a basic travel first aid kit should look like. It will also explain how to use your kit should you ever find yourself in an emergency situation. It goes without saying that first aid is often the determining factor in how well a patient recovers from accident related injuries.

Contents of a Good Kit

Basic, travel approved first aid kits are pretty common. You can buy them online and in all sorts of brick-and-mortar stores. A good kit suitable for a couple of days of hiking or camping in an area fairly close to civilized society would include all of the items listed below:

  • Strip Bandages – These are small, adhesive bandages ideal for small cuts and lacerations. They are also great for blisters and boils. Covering a small wound with a bandage helps keep out dirt and prevent infection.
  • Gauze Bandages – Whether your kit has gauze patches or a roll of gauze strips, this material is suitable for deeper wounds. Gauze is a material designed to absorb blood and promote clotting simultaneously.
  • Medical Tape – Gauze pads and strips are more easily held in place when you have medical tape. A high-quality medical tape will hold up even under wet conditions. It resists perspiration as well.
  • Antibiotic Ointment – Preventing a wound from getting infected is the purpose of antibiotic ointment. A decent tube of ointment can be very helpful without taking up a lot of space in your kit.
  • Pain Medication – A bottle of over-the-counter pain medication goes a long way toward making an injured patient more comfortable. Aspirin, acetaminophen, and ibuprofen are all good choices for pain relief.
  • Scissors – A good pair of scissors will be useful for cutting medical tape, trimming gauze pads, and safely removing skin from an open wound.
  • Tweezers – You might need a pair of tweezers to deal with splinters and small objects embedded in open wounds.
  • Thermal Blanket – It is a good idea to include a thermal blanket in your travel first aid kit. Though a lot of similar articles don’t mention the blanket, the need for one becomes obvious when you understand how easily shock can set in following an accident. A thermal blanket is critical to keeping someone who is in shock warm.

The items listed here are the starting point for a basic first aid kit. If you plan to travel into remote areas for any length of time, you might want to consider some additional items such as water purification tablets, antidiarrheal medicine, rehydration salts, butterfly bandages, and a quick clot medication.

How to Use Your First Aid Kit

By now you should understand just how important it is to have a first aid kit with you when you travel. But there is more to first aid than simply assembling the supplies you need. You also have to know how to use them. There is no better source of knowledge than a first aid class offered by a qualified organisation.

Anyone who travels away from home regularly could benefit from taking a first aid class. A typical class teaches basic first aid techniques including wound dressing, stabilising fractured bones, performing CPR, and even dealing with a variety of animal and insect bites.

One of the things you quickly learn in first aid class is that the care you provide to an injured patient is not intended to be a substitute for comprehensive medical care. First aid is really just to stabilise an injured person until he or she can be transported to a medical facility.

The take-away here is that it is a good idea to learn how to use the supplies in your first aid kit to render emergency care for the purposes of stabilising an accident victim. If you do not know how to properly dress an open wound, for example, your patient could end up with a serious infection before he or she ever makes it to the hospital.

A travel first aid kit, even if it is just a basic kit, should be non-negotiable for people who frequently travel away from home. Good first aid kits can be found online and at brick-and-mortar retailers. You can make your own kit as well, by starting with a weatherproof container and filling it with the sorts of things listed in this post.

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