What’s Stopping You From Travelling (and What to Do About It)

Millions of people dream of travelling the world but not everyone turns their ambitions into reality. If you’re eager to experience new cultures and see breath-taking sights, what’s stopping you from booking a ticker and beginning your journey? 

To remove any obstacles, take a look at these common challenges people face and find out how to overcome them:

1. Money

If you’re worried that a lack of budget could stop you from living your dreams, it might be time to rethink your financial management. Although travelling can be expensive, it doesn’t have to be. With low-cost accommodation and off-peak travel, you can drastically reduce the level of funds you need to travel the world. 

Furthermore, finding a job that enables you to work remotely means you can operate from any location. Why work from a desk in your spare room when you can earn a living on a beach in Bali?

2. Family Responsibilities

If you have family responsibilities, you’ll need to think carefully about how you manage them while you’re away. If you provide practical help and support to ageing partners, for example, live in care might be an alternative option. For people with kids, taking them out of school for a term and home-schooling them on the road could be a viable way to realise your travel plans. There’s no doubt that family responsibilities can be challenging to deal with, but there are ways to live your travel dreams and balance your family commitments. 

3. Language Barriers

Being unable to communicate with the people around you can leave you feeling isolated, but language barriers needn’t stop you from travelling. English is widely spoken around the world so, chances are, you’ll be able to find someone who can understand you if you need to.

However, immersing yourself in a new place and culture is one of the quickest ways to pick up a new language, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself conversing with locals in a matter of days. Of course, for more complex language mishaps, Google Translate always comes in handy!

4. Time

If you want to take an extended trip, you’ll need to decide when the best time is to depart. When you’re climbing the corporate ladder, planning to have a family or hoping to celebrate major achievements with friends, it can seem like there’s always something stopping you from making travel plans. 

In reality, there isn’t always a ‘perfect time’ to travel but, if it’s one of your main ambitions in life, it’s worth making it a priority. After all, you never know what the future holds and travelling is an experience that can enrich your life in so many ways. 

Start Planning Your Trip Today

If you’re determined to travel and you can’t wait to see what the world has to offer, there’s no better time to start planning your trip than now. With a little research, you can create your dream itinerary, figure out how to manage your family responsibilities while you’re aware, brush up on your language skills and start saving to fund your global adventure. 

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Planning Your First Trip To Canada? Follow These Great Tips

Canada has a great reputation as a welcoming country with some amazing cities and some of the most impressive landscapes in the world. It’s the perfect travel destination because it has a little bit of everything. You could go skiing, take a city break, visit one of the 16 UNESCO heritage sites. The people in Canada are so polite too, so you’ll always feel welcome. 

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If you haven’t been before and you don’t know where to start with planning your trip, here are a few important things you should keep in mind. 

Getting Into Canada

Firstly, you need to make sure that you have the right paperwork so you can actually get into the country. If you are travelling from the UK, you don’t need to apply for a full visa, which is good news. But you do need to apply to enter the country through the Canada eta system. You can do this online and pay a small fee before you set off on your trip so you don’t have any issues at the airport. Once you’re in Canada, you can freely travel around without worrying about any visa issues. 

Pack For The Weather

If you’re thinking about a trip to Canada, you probably already know that the weather can get extremely cold, but make sure that you don’t underestimate just how icy it can be. Pack plenty of layers so you are prepared for the worst. However, keep in mind that Canada has a very diverse climate and depending on where you go, the weather might not be that cold. 

If you plan to drive around Canada and visit a few different places, it’s especially important that you check the weather in the places that you are going to. In particularly cold areas, there might be road closures because of the snow, so keep up with the latest developments. 

Visit In the Spring Or Autumn 

Anybody that doesn’t like the cold weather might decide to visit in the Summer to escape the cold. The thing is, a lot of people get this idea, so the Summer is peak season for tourism in Canada, unless people are going during the skiing season. Everywhere will be busy and the cost of flights and accommodation will be much higher too. 

If you want to save a bit of money and have a stress free trip, you should consider visiting in the Spring or Autumn instead of going in the height of Summer. 

Pick One Area To Visit

Getting around in Canada can be difficult and it’s not as easy as jumping on a train like you would in Europe. Some places are difficult to reach without a car, so it’s not as easy to hit lots of different spots in one trip. 

If this is your first time in Canada, you should pick one area to visit and stick to it so you have more time to explore fully without worrying about long travel times. 

If you are looking for a skiing trip or an adventure holiday, British Columbia is one of the best places to go. It’s also where you’ll find cosmopolitan cities like Vancouver, so you get a bit of everything. 

Manitoba is another great province where you can visit the city of Winnipeg. It’s also the best place in the country to see the Northern Lights. Manitoba is the polar bear capital of the world, so if you’re interested in wildlife and you want to see some of the most majestic animals on the planet, Manitoba is the best place in Canada for you. 

Ontario is the most populated province in Canada and home to the capital city of Ottawa. It’s the place to go if you want to visit Niagara Falls and the Niagara wine region. There are some beautiful parks and hiking trails in the area too. 

On your first trip to Canada, it’s best to pick one of these provinces and spend your trip there so you have time to fully explore. 

Sample The Best Canadian Dishes

Canada doesn’t necessarily have a reputation for being a great food destination but there are some incredible local dishes you should try while you are out there. There is a big food truck scene in Canada, so you’ll find lots of hidden gems dotted around the side streets if you explore. 

Poutine is one that you have probably heard of before. This is the ultimate in comfort food and the Canadians consider it their national dish. It’s a simple dish that consists of chips, cheese curds, melted cheese and gravy. When it’s all layered up and put in the oven, it’s incredible. 

Beaver Tails are another popular Canadian snack food for those with a sweet tooth. This fried dough, similar to a doughnut, can be topped with anything from M&M’s to Nutella. 

If you are feeling a bit homesick and you want a taste of something that reminds you of British cuisine, the Pate Chinois is perfect. It’s very close to a shepherd’s pie, but it also contains creamed corn too. 

While you’re out there, Tim Hortons is always a good option for some cheap eats. It’s not the best thing in the world and you might have tried it over here anyway, but it’s a good option if you need some food in a hurry. 

Take Advantage Of The Parks 

Canada has one of the best park systems in the world, so make sure that you take advantage of it while you are out there. There are beautiful lakes, picturesque coastlines, and dense forests all over the place. Banff, the first national park in the country is still one of the best, and the Whistler Mountain bike park is great if you want a bit of adventure. You should also visit Ontario to see Niagara falls, of course. 

Canada is such an incredible country with so much to see and do. If you are planning your first trip, make sure to follow these tips to get the most out of your time in Canada.

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How to Have the Most Relaxing Holiday Ever

Holidays are supposed to be relaxing, aren’t they? No-one wants to go on holiday and find that they haven’t even had the chance to relax. However, whilst you may think that it should be easy enough to relax on holiday, the truth is that this doesn’t always happen.  

We want to make sure that you have the most relaxing break possible, so to help you to work out the best way to do this, let’s look at our top tips for the most relaxing holiday ever. 

Find the right place to stay 

When you are looking for a holiday, whether in the UK or further afield, one of the most important decisions you need to make is where you will stay. There are plenty of different accommodations that you can choose from, and it depends on what you are looking for.  

For self-catering properties, you should check out AirBNB alternatives, which will help you to pick the ideal place to stay for your break at a really good price. This gives you a space to call your own and relax and unwind after a busy day exploring the world around you.  

Make time for yourself 

Being on holiday means that you should be making time for yourself. So, do it! If there are things that you always want to have the time to do, but struggle to manage, then make sure that you do this during your holiday. Read more books, do some crafts, take up a new hobby, just take some time for yourself.  

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Don’t pressure yourself to do all the things 

We want to explore and experience as much as we can whilst we are on holiday. But this can mean that we end up putting too much pressure on ourselves. Have plans of what you want to do but take the heat off of your itinerary. Not only does this mean that you are going to end up running around and rushing, rather than enjoying things. But it also means that you can enjoy what you do get to see.  

Eat, drink and be merry 

Whilst it is excellent to make healthy diet and lifestyle choices, when you are on holiday, it is ideal to let your hair down and just enjoy what you eat and drink, rather than try to control it. If you want to sample some of the best foods and drinks that your destination has to offer, then do it. After all, you are there to enjoy yourself, not to diet and limit what you eat!  

Find ways to reduce stress 

There can be some stress organising a holiday and then travelling there. But, the good news is that there are plenty of ways that you can try to reduce the stress that you feel. Plan your transfers before you get to the airport, know if you want to go out on any excursions. Decide on some of the things you want to see; all of this will help to have the most relaxing break possible.  

We hope that these top tips will help you to relax and unwind on your holiday. Let yourself have some fun, let yourself recharge and return home ready to take on anything that the world may throw at you!  

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