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2103, 2017

Beach Benefits: Why Oceanside Living Really IS Good For You!

By |March 21st, 2017|Travel, XPC|Comments Off on Beach Benefits: Why Oceanside Living Really IS Good For You!

Everyone has their personal preferences when it comes to living somewhere. While many people enjoy living in the middle of a bustling city center, others may prefer the peace and serenity of the countryside. And then you’ve got those that enjoy residing in a coastal location.

You may have heard some people tell you that the “sea air is good for you” – well, it turns out there’s some truth to that saying! Living in an oceanside town offers a variety of health and social benefits, many of which you’d seldom get living elsewhere. Sure, the price of living somewhere like that may be higher than what you’re used to. However, the advantages often far outweigh the cons! Here’s why:

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Less stress

The thing about living in the middle of a busy city or town is that it can often be stressful to your health. For a start, you’d probably spend much of your time queuing for things because it’s such a densely populated area. And things don’t get much better when you’re in your car! You’ll also find that city center dwellers tend to work longer hours and seldom enjoy their free time, probably because they don’t have much of it!

When you live near the beach, your pace of life will slow down quite noticeably. When the sun is shining outside, you’ll feel better about yourself and not let things get to you so much.

Plenty of fun things to do

You’ll be the envy of your city-dwelling friends if you move to the coast! As you can appreciate, being so close to the ocean gives you a wealth of water-based activities that you can participate in.

Swimming is one obvious example, of course, and so is boating or […]

803, 2017

Living The Dream Down Under: Why Australia’s So Hot For Property Investment

By |March 8th, 2017|Travel, XPC|Comments Off on Living The Dream Down Under: Why Australia’s So Hot For Property Investment

It’s no secret that property still offers one of the best investment vehicles for anyone looking to make a profit on their money. We all know that the global economy can be best described as turbulent. Political issues such as Brexit and the new Trump administration in the U.S. also have an effect on the economy of many countries, not just the United States and the UK.

Even during times of hardship, property has always given people a steady return. Let’s face it; everyone needs a place to stay, whether it’s for a temporary stay or somewhere to call home. Out of all the countries, Australia curiously seems to offer investors the best returns on their investments. So, what is it about the land down under that appeals to people with money?

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Australian city apartments offer the best returns

Many of Australia’s cities are experiencing a lot of growth. As a result, much of the population wants to move closer to central city areas as they offer a wealth of career opportunities.

As you can imagine, apartments tend to attract high premiums when it comes to rental income. They also increase in value virtually on an annual basis without fail! To investors, city apartments offer the best returns for rental income. And they can also expect to make a healthy profit if they sell the properties on; even after a short period.

The lifestyle is attractive to foreigners and people within Australia

Australia has a reputation for a more laid-back attitude towards things. As a result, people are generally happier and less stressed out than in other nations. Because those qualities are so attractive, there’s a higher chance of renting out properties to people.

These days, there is a […]

1502, 2017

Should You Take The Plunge And Relocate Overseas

By |February 15th, 2017|Travel, XPC|Comments Off on Should You Take The Plunge And Relocate Overseas

It’s a global economy, and it can sometimes feel like the world’s getting smaller and smaller all the time. While this can lead to some pretty complicated trade agreements and outsourced jobs, it also means that there has never been more opportunities to up sticks and relocate to a brand new country, taking your job along with you. However, while the actual process of setting up the move might be relatively straightforward, the decision to do it or not is more complicated. Curious about a move? Take a look at some of the things you need to think about before you go.

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What’s the Motivation?
If you’re an American, then your reason for looking overseas might extend little beyond the word “politics”, whether you’re on the right or blue side of things. Temporary grievances can play a factor in your decision, but you shouldn’t base the outcome on them. They’re the little things in life, because they’ll be over before you know it. Instead, think about why you’re interested in moving, and specifically the country that you might be moving to – is it a professional move? Do you love the culture? Do you really want to move there, or would it be enough to visit the place before returning back to your home?
Is Your Family Ready?
If you’re young, free, and single, then you can move on to the next point. But if you’re not, if you have a partner or family, then the decision will get all the more difficult. It won’t be just about your motivations, it’s about what they’ll get out of the move too. General wisdom shows that children who spend a portion of their young lives living in different cultures are […]

2401, 2017

Ever Wanted To Be An Explorer? Incredible Tech That’s Changing The Way We See The World

By |January 24th, 2017|Travel, XPC|Comments Off on Ever Wanted To Be An Explorer? Incredible Tech That’s Changing The Way We See The World

It’s amazing to think about a time when the idea of exploring the world was a distant fantasy. Back when the edges of the maps still weren’t filled in, and people still thought the world was flat, the very idea of being able to know what’s out there was pretty much impossible. But now, there’s one thing that’s changed all that: technology. With each new technological advancement, our ability to explore the world has become more and more incredible. There are few areas of the world that people aren’t able to explore anymore. And the most amazing thing? The rest of us can experience all of that wonder from the comfort of our own homes. Here are a few incredible pieces of tech that are making the easier than ever for human beings to explore the world.

Google Maps and Google Street View

This one might seem a little simpler than the rest on this list, after all, it’s just a glorified atlas! What’s so special about that? But think for a moment about the sheer amount of incredible work that went into building the worldwide database of locations and images that Google Maps and Google Street View use. Just ten years ago, the idea of being able to type in any address in the world and have a perfect image of it appear in seconds right before your eyes sounded like something out of science fiction. Not only can you figure out where you want to go but you can see exactly what it looks like. There are few things more entertaining that googling far off places and seeing them appear on the screen in front of you.

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It’s amazing to think just how […]

2401, 2017

Why Move To Barcelona? It’s Not As Spain-ful As You Might Think

By |January 24th, 2017|Travel, XPC|Comments Off on Why Move To Barcelona? It’s Not As Spain-ful As You Might Think

We’ve all felt the hunger before. You witness a beautiful country, city or town, whether it’s merely on paper or in the flesh, and you find yourself overcome with this burning desire to go there. For some of us, this is a fleeting feeling, but for others, even after visiting the place, the desire never fades. For some, the urge to see a place becomes an urge never to leave that place.

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One such place, for me, is Barcelona. This incredible city is full of historic heritage, as well as lavish and entirely unique modernity. The city is rife with a strange mix between contemporary art and traditional sculptures, yet nothing feels cold and impersonal here. Yes, clever clogs, I know Spain is a warm country, but it’s about more than that in Barcelona.

No matter how insane the tourist attractions, or how picturesque the view, nothing feels fake. Everything feels like home here. It’s a cozy and relaxed city. So, if you’ve been thinking about moving to somewhere like Spain, I’ll give you a few pointers towards figuring out whether Barcelona is the perfect place for you to live.

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Visit first and see what you think.

Moving to a new country is never an easy feat. It’s a huge step, no matter what you’re leaving behind, because a home country is more than its food, scenery, schools, workplaces and other amenities. A home country is home. It’s where your life was built through loving friends and family. The people of your native country will always be your people, because of the connection in terms of language and culture.

Still, that’s exactly why moving to a new country is such an exciting adventure. You most likely want to […]

1511, 2016

How Difficult is it to Move to a New Country for the First Time?

By |November 15th, 2016|Travel, XPC|Comments Off on How Difficult is it to Move to a New Country for the First Time?

Moving to a completely new country for the very first time is a huge step to take. It can be daunting and scary, but there is no need to back out. It could turn out to be one of the very best things you ever do. How difficult is it, though? There is no point in lying about it; it’s going to be very tough. There is a lot to battle through, and it’s not going to go according to plan every step of the way. Here are some things to know and do.

Securing the Right Housing is Key

Your very first focus should be on securing the right housing. When you are about to move, the housing arrangements should already be in place. If you move there without having these issues sorted, the transition will be more messy and unpleasant for you. You don’t want to be forced to spend money on hotel bills while you look for the right place to live. It’s a waste of money, and it’s not the best way to get used to your life in a new place.

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You Need to do Things by the Book

It’s vital that you are aware of the law when you make a move to a new place. If you don’t know what the immigration laws are, you might fall foul of them. So, do everything by the book and make sure that you are registered with the correct authorities. If you need a visa, make sure that you have one before making the move. These kinds of arrangements can take a long time to sort out, so start the process as early as you can. Companies like the Visa Shop might be able […]

2110, 2016

When Vacations Go Wrong: A Look at Travel Injuries You May Suffer

By |October 21st, 2016|Travel, XPC|Comments Off on When Vacations Go Wrong: A Look at Travel Injuries You May Suffer

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When you think about a vacation, pain and horror aren’t usually the words that come to mind. (Unless you really don’t like vacations. But you’re probably thinking about more abstract, less severe pain and horror than what I’m talking about.) But the sad reality is that a lot of people going on vacation, or go traveling, and don’t make it back home in very good condition. Injuries in an unfamiliar location isn’t only a great way to ruin a vacation. It can also be incredibly scary if you’re not prepared for the implications, especially if you’re in a foreign country.

Understanding it from a legal perspective

Getting injured when you’re not at home is definitely more complex than an everyday injury. After all, legal jurisdictions can become a bit more vague and difficult to grapple with. Liability laws might be different from place to place. That’s why it’s important to consult with personal injury experts if you suffer from this problem.

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What constitutes personal injury in your home town is going to have to be considered by those abroad. Anything that hinders your everyday life should be dealt with using the aid of legal help. Just because it didn’t occur at home, it doesn’t mean you’re unable to take legal action. Of course, many injuries that occur when on vacation are indeed the fault of the injured. But if an injury wasn’t your fault, then you need to take action as soon as possible. Find more details at Hutchison & Stoy.

Not preparing for the weather

This is one of the most common causes of problems when it comes to traveling and vacationing. People tend to know that a place is either going to be hot or cold before they […]

1910, 2016

An American in Paris: Look Less Like a Tourist with This Advice!

By |October 19th, 2016|Travel, XPC|Comments Off on An American in Paris: Look Less Like a Tourist with This Advice!

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Whenever you visit a new country, you’re going to be hit with an uncomfortable sensation. This is caused by the knowledge that you look like a tourist. Here’s a guide to ironing that problem out!

Go for less tourist-heavy locations

You may think that going somewhere with less tourists will make you stick out like a sore thumb. But the fact is that you won’t seem like an average tourist, nor will you feel like one. I’m not saying you shouldn’t go check out the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre Pyramid or Disneyland Paris. But it will be better for you to learn more about the culture by not surrounding yourself with fellow “foreigners”!

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Learn some of the language

You probably expected this to be first on the list. And you may have come into this article completely prepared to ignore this particular piece of advice. After all, you surely know several people who don’t know a word of French but have visited the place successfully anyway. But getting to know some of the language remains one of the best pieces of advice we can think of. The French really do appreciate it when you’ve at least tried to take to their way of communicating! You can use something like Fast Track French to get some of the basics down quickly.

Don’t rely on GPS

You may think that it’s much easier to get your mobile phone out and use something like Google Maps to find your way. But that’s only going to get you so far, especially in most places around Paris. There are so many intricate paths and hidden treasures in this place that GPS can quickly become a waste of time and potential.

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Your best bet is to get […]

1709, 2016

A Quick Guide To Having Fun In Florida

By |September 17th, 2016|Travel, XPC|Comments Off on A Quick Guide To Having Fun In Florida

Many people dream of visiting Florida – or ‘the Sunshine State’ as so many people call it! If you’ve planned a trip here, then you want to make sure you have as much fun as possible. Here’s a quick guide to having fun in Florida:

Only Buy Tickets From Reputable Sellers

If you’re thinking of buying tickets to a theme park or something along those lines, you must only get them from reputable sellers. Make sure you do your research beforehand so that you aren’t tricked into buying something fake!

Make Sure You Take Enough Time

Make sure you have plenty of time to do all you want to do in Florida. There are so many amazing activities and things to see. You can see the wizarding world of Harry Potter, have an awesome day at Discovery Cove, and even go to Walt Disney World. Just bear in mind that one day in places like this isn’t always enough! You’ll want to be able to enjoy it and take it all in, so ensure your trip is long enough.

Give Yourself Time To Relax

Not only do you want to get lots of fun activities in, you want to be able to relax too. Florida also has so many amazing restaurants and beaches!

Know How To Stay Safe

Make sure you know how to stay safe on your travels. Travel insurance can help, but make sure you do lots of research too. The following infographic could help to clue you in:

 

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109, 2016

Wisconsin: The Overlooked State

By |September 1st, 2016|Travel, XPC|Comments Off on Wisconsin: The Overlooked State

When people talk about going to America for the first time, they would either talk about going on the open road of Route 66 and stopping in an old fashioned diner. Or maybe people talk about taking the family to the many theme parks in Florida or California, where the sun seems to shine constantly. If you’ve thought about going to America, you would never talk about Wisconsin would you?

Wisconsin has made the global news quite recently, but not for the right reasons. The show “Making A Murderer” focused on a criminal trial in Manitowoc County, how criminal defense lawyers Dean Strang and Jerome “Jerry” Buting tried to get convicted murderer Steven Avery freed. But Wisconsin isn’t all trials and moody soundtracks. There are many wonderful things Wisconsin has to offer, and here are a few.

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Boat Tours

You can head to the Wisconsin Dells and take a boat tour on the rivers where you can view the majestic many cliffs and dramatic rock formations, made from glacier-carved sandstone formations.

The Vineyards

Alcohol is imbued in Wisconsin’s culture. There are many breweries the state has to offer, but if you are more inclined to drink a tipple of wine over the grain, then Chateau St. Croix Winery & Vineyard. You can enjoy wine samples while taking a through the winery created in the image of a European estate. There is a carriage house, stables, gardens as well as a fishing pond. If you are keen to see how it is made, you can take a tour through the winemaking process to see how it is produced and shipped.

Cheese Tours? Use Your “Fromagination”

Wisconsin is known as “America’s Dairyland”, and for a very good reason! Over 600 types of […]