Unforgettable Holiday Destinations You Should Add To Your Bucket List

Many people have a bucket list of some form, don’t they? The list of destinations all over the world they simply want to see at some point. The experiences, the memories you might get to make, it is one of those things people can spend ages daydreaming about. However, there always seems to be a common theme in terms of bucket lists. They include destinations like the USA, including some of the popular states like Los Angeles or New York. You have Australia and even New Zealand, thanks to the distance of them and the iconic sights on offer. However, it is a big world out there and while those destinations are worth seeing, I wanted to share with you some of the others you could consider adding to your bucket list.



China is one of Asia’s largest countries, and so i could be here all day stating some of the best destinations to visit. However, I thought I would highlight a few which could tempt you to adding this country onto your bucket list. Of course you have the capital of Beijing, which is a vibrant metropolis waiting to be explored. But there is one thing you should definitely do if you are making the trip and that is to see and walk part of the Great Wall Of China. An iconic wonder of the world that can actually be seen from space, would you believe? You also have Shanghai to see and the getting the chance to eat and experience authentic Chinese food. What isn’t to love?

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a central American country that has coastlines on the Pacific and Caribbean. It has some amazing locations to see, not to mention some of the world most beautiful protect rainforest regions. You could start your journey at the Courtyard San Jose Airport Alajuela which gives you the ideal gateway to the capital of San Jose where you can experience the Pre-Columbian Gold museum. Not to mention the fabulous beaches that Costa rica is famed for. It may not be an obvious choice, but it certainly won’t disappoint.


Iceland is one of those destinations you have to see at least once. It has a rugged landscape which is fabulous and, depending on the time of year you go, you may also get to see the famous Northern Lights, which is breathtaking. Iceland also has a bustling capital city called Reykjavik which is known for fantastic bars and restaurants. It may be a different type of holiday to experience, but it will certainly be one that is unforgettable.


Canada is such a large country that again I could probably write a separate blog post all about the fabulous destinations but to entice you to consider it I will just name a few. First of all, if outdoor pursuits is your thing then you have the fabulous British Columbia regions which offers some of the best hiking and biking trails you can find. Vancouver or Toronto are some of the most popular cities that can really give you a holiday to reeber.

I hope that this has given you some food for thought when it comes to your bucket list.

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Plan A City Break Before Halloween

A city break might seem like a strange idea, especially when you might still be packing for your summer holiday. However, you need to be aware of the back-to-school / back-to-work depression. As a rule of the thumb, the mood in the office improves gradually as the sun comes back in spring, which is often linked to the disappearance of the SAD – Seasonal Affective Disorder – syndrome. Most people suffer from SAD at various levels during the cold months of the year, as the disorder is connected to the lack of natural sunlight. But, there is also another reading to the good mood during the spring season. Most people have planned their summer breaks and are starting to count down the weeks until their holidays. Naturally, going back to work at the end of the summer affects your spirit. For most employees, the next vacation will be at Christmas, which leaves over a trimester without a break. You need to plan for yourself a weekend getaway during this period to have a holiday to look forward too as you get back to work.


Why you need a short break?

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of an autumnal break? Rain? Grey sky? The fact that you can’t wear your favourite summer dress anymore? There’s an essential element you need to consider when you’re planning your vacation: the price tag. Indeed, summer breaks tend to be overpriced as a result of a crowd of tourists. Holidays are more likely to be expensive between the end of May and end of August. Consequently, looking for vacations after August and before the start of the Christmas break can be extremely beneficial for your budget! Additionally, there is a sense of romance in the autumn months. Indeed, you can enjoy spontaneous holidays more easily – tourists and children are back to their everyday routines! But aside from the advantages of a break in autumn, there’s also an important realisation you need to make. Coming back to work at the end of your summer holiday affects your mood. The weather turns rainy; the temperatures drop; and you’re stuck in an office. Giving yourself the possibility of a short weekend getaway can help you to stay motivated.

What to pack?

Picture a 2 to 4-day getaway. Contrary to your summer vacation, you can’t pack flip-flops, swimsuits and colourful maxi dresses. You need to plan for the weather with warm sweatshirts for women, which you can combine with a pair of jeans and comfortable walking boots. Ultimately, you don’t need to pack a lot of things, but you need to think in terms of layers. A weekend getaway in town generally involves a lot of walking in- and outdoors, and consequently, a lot of variations in temperatures. Layering can help you to go through the day comfortably. Additionally, you need to think about your skincare. When you spend all your day at the office, you may not need to move to your winter care until very late in the year. But, you’ll be spending a lot of time outside during your short break. Therefore you need to help your skin to be protected against the sudden differences in temperatures – warm inside and cold outside – , the wind and the rain. It’s time to swap your summer products for winter creams!

Where to go in the UK?

For a short weekend getaway, it’s fair to say that you can’t easily plan a distant destination. However, there is often no need to go far away to find the perfect spot for your mini holiday. If you work in a large city, why not head to a rural area such as the Cotswold to relax? Quiet countryside landscapes and charming villages can provide you with the right setting to clear your head from all work stress. For a mixture of cultural urbanism and charm of the past, Bath offers the ideal break that takes you back to a more peaceful environment.

Why not try a European break?

If you have more than a weekend to spend – 3 to 4 days is a good start –, you could plan a cosy break in Europe. Cinque Terre in Italy is a picturesque little place that is filled with colours and amazing landscapes. For a culturally enriching vacation, head over to Paris where you can trace back the steps of Amelie Poulain in Montmartre. You’ll be surprised as well to discover Gothenburg in Sweden, which is a laid-back place that promotes the environment.

In conclusion, don’t despair on your way back to work. There’s still plenty of time to plan a short getaway before Christmas!

Get Your Groove Back: How To Recover Lost Confidence


Confidence is one of those things that just about everyone wishes they had more of. Many of us look at the people around us and long to be able to be as bold or brave as they are. Sadly, the world around us often seems like it’s doing everything it can to stop us from being able to do just that. From music videos and TV to advertising, the images around us are often designed specifically to tell us that we’re not good enough and that the only way to become good enough is to buy this or that product or dress like this or that celebrity. In the end, all it does is make you feel bad about yourself so that you’re more likely to spend money on things that you don’t need. The truth is, confidence is something that the world often doesn’t want us to have. But that doesn’t mean that it’s impossible. In fact, there are plenty of things that you can do in order to get your confidence back. Here are just a few of them.

Change up your style

Sometimes the only thing that you really need in order to give yourself the confidence boost that you really need is to mix up your style a little bit. If you’ve been lacking in confidence, then there’s a decent chance that you’ve been somewhat apologetic about your style. If you want to shake that off, then you’ve got to become a little bolder. Think about the kinds of styles you’ve always wanted. From dresses that you’ve had your eye on to curly haircuts that you’ve never dared to try out. Be brave and step out of your comfort zone a little bit. If you do, you’ll often find that your confidence levels rise instantly just because of how great you feel to be rocking a style that’s entirely your own!

Find the right products

There are so many beauty, haircare, and skincare products out there that trying to figure out which ones are right for you can often feel pretty overwhelming. The best thing that you can do is to start trying out different brands and products to see what works. Not only that but there are so many different blogs and websites out there dedicated to picking out the very best of the bunch. Of course, you shouldn’t just take people’s word for it. Make sure that you try things out and see what works for you. Finding the right products can often help you finally feel more comfortable in your own skin and far less likely to want to hide away all of the time. Heck, you might even have the confidence to go makeup free every so often!

Ditch toxic friends

A lot of people don’t even realize how much of their confidence is influenced by the people around them. The people in your life should be the ones building you up and making you feel the best that you possibly can. However, all too often people end up putting up with people in their life who want nothing more than to drag them down and make them feel awful. No matter what kind of person you are, you don’t deserve to have the people around you try and drag you down and make you feel bad about yourself. If your friends are the kinds of people who will judge you for the choices you make or try and bring you down when you’re doing something that makes you happy, you’re entirely within your rights to ditch those people altogether and to refuse to talk to them entirely! You deserve people around you who are going to build you up, not do everything they can to try and tear you down.

Get to know yourself

Here’s one of the big reasons why a lot of people find it so hard to become more confident: they have something of a warped idea of what they actually look like. Because of the impossible standards that are so often set for us by society, it can often be all too easy to feel like you’re too big, too small, too tall, too short, to whatever. One of the very best ways around this is to take the time to get to know yourself. Selfies are a fantastic way to do this. They allow you to dictate the angles and lighting that you use and can help you learn what your best features are. Another great thing you can do is to just stand naked in front of the mirror. The truth is we all have our jiggly bits that we don’t like and getting used to them it the first step towards really being able to love yourself the way you are.

Fake it ’til you make it

Here’s the big secret that no one is going to tell you about all of those confident people you see out in the world: most of them aren’t confident at all. Or, at least, they didn’t start out that way. The truth is that most people spend a lot of their time trying to convince the rest of the world of their confidence by pretending. But the funny thing is that pretending can actually be a great first step towards actually having confidence. If you learn how to project confidence then eventually you’re going to be able to turn that projection into something real. Eventually, you’ll be so used to acting confident; you’ll start to believe it yourself.

One of the most important things to remember is that nothing on the outside can really give you the confidence that you want. Sure, those things can often help you find it, but the truth is that it has to come from within. Being able to reject the world around you trying to tell you how you should see yourself and learning to love yourself just the way you are is a far better way to earn your confidence that all the clothes, creams, potions, and pills in the world could ever provide.

Using Technology to Make Yourself Healthier

As technology improves, so does our way of life. A decade ago, we probably didn’t have nearly as many luxuries that have been given to us by advances in technology. For example, while there were online deliveries a decade ago, they probably weren’t nearly as fast and convenient as they are now. In addition, the choice of items on offer was probably nowhere near the level we have now. You can order virtually everything off the internet, be it medication, furniture or even a medical test.

But what about technology to help us improve our health? While we can’t exactly plug ourselves into a machine to diagnose the problems with our body (yet!) we can still use technology to our advantage to help us feel better and make us healthier. To get you started, here are a couple of ways to use technology for the sake of your health.


Technology can naturally improve our lives, and our health is no exception!

Online Diagnosis

While it’s not recommended to try and fully diagnose yourself using online resources, it can be beneficial to take a look online on the symptoms that you’re experiencing when you’re ill so you can get a rough idea of why it’s happening and how to temporarily relieve the symptoms. Just make sure to take every piece of advice you see with a grain of salt. Simply head to an online symptom checker to get a rough idea of what could be wrong with you so that you can take the appropriate actions.

Mobile Appointments

But why stop at just self-diagnosing yourself? You could also take it a step further by seeing GPs powered by Babylon, a mobile-enabled GP service that promises to connect you with professional doctors over your phone. While your doctor won’t be able to physically examine you (for obvious reasons) you can point your phone’s camera to your body so that they can inspect you visually. This is usually enough to see surface issues and if it’s not serious, your doctor can prescribe you medication that can be picked up on the same day to help you quickly feel better.

Fitness Tracking

We also can’t forget that technology has given us all kinds of sensors and trackers that can help us keep an eye on our fitness. A simple fitness band can keep track of all our activities so that you can see how many miles you’re running, how many steps you’re taking and how fast your heart is beating. There are plenty of ways to make use of these statistics and they can form the basis of a solid fitness routine.

Wealth of Information

Lastly, we can’t forget that the internet has helped us build a whole wealth of information on the internet that could help us improve our lives. This article is just one example of helpful information that will boost your health levels, so do a quick Google search on healthy living blogs and you’ll soon find yourself swamped with choices on what to read. Whether it’s keeping your skin healthy during winter or what to eat to cure a hangover, there’s something out there that you can relate to.

House Move Hacks

Moving to a new house is hard work. It’s actually thought to be one of the most stressful things you will ever do and the fact that we seem to do it much more often than previous generations doesn’t seem to mean that we are any better at it. In large part, this stress is caused by how long it takes to complete a move. You spend time finding a new house, packing up the old one and moving, only to find you’ve got to unpack, set up utilities and let a huge amount of people know your new address. It’s far from a one day job and can easily drag on for months. However, there are some great hacks to make your home move easier. Here is a look at some of the best.



When it comes to a big job like a house move, lists are your very best friend. Write to-do lists, schedules and plans for absolutely everything and cross off what you’ve done. This will help to keep you on track and organised while boosting your morale.


It can be hard to picture your furniture in a different place, which makes it hard to know what will fit where. Measure the rooms and your furniture and make yourself small paper floor plans, with little furniture cutouts. Use these to figure out where you are going to put everything, making a move much easier.

Find Free Boxes

You can buy boxes online for a small fortune. Or, you can find free ones. Look on Gumtree to see if there are any available or phone your local supermarkets to ask if they can save you some after their deliveries. Most are only too willing to help as they just get recycled anyway.

Bin Bags

Large black bin bags are handy for packing hung clothes, bedding and soft furnishings. They are much easier to carry than boxes too.


Label every box with as much detail as you can. This way they’ll all go straight to the right rooms, making unpacking much easier.


The back of your TV and computer is probably home to plenty of wires. All of which have to be plugged into the right port to work. This can be a nightmare when you move. Take photos of everything before you unplug anything so that you’ve got a reference to work from.


It’s tempting to hire a van and try to do the move yourself. But, this can make things much harder, especially if you’ve got a lot of large furniture. Shiply can help you find the right help for your job at a fair price.

First Night Box

On your first night in your new house, the last thing you want to be doing is trawling through your boxes looking for toothbrushes, pyjamas and bedding. Pack a first night box with everything you need for a comfortable night. You should also pack a separate box with any important documents and your passports so that they don’t get lost in the move.

Screw Safety

If you are taking any of your furniture apart for the move, you need to keep the screws safe. Put them in a sealed plastic bag and tape them to a large part of the piece to keep them safe.

Make sure that you give yourself plenty of time to complete your move to avoid rushing or forgetting things. Then, you can focus on making it look great. Good Luck!

Introducing Space Into Any Room


Whenever people go house hunting, they always look for one thing – space. Whether it’s in the form of storage or room size, space is something everyone would love. But the bigger the house, the bigger the price tag. Luckily, there are ways to create the illusion of space within any room. Some of these tips are more aesthetic, and others need a bit of construction to achieve, but they all work well on their own and together.

Neutral Colours

Dark or bright colours can make a room seem a lot smaller than it actually is, so painting the room in neutral colours definitely works in your favour. If you don’t want a completely cream room, they why not create a colourful feature wall with wallpaper or paint. If the wall you’ve chosen is quite large, then break it up with a sideboard white, pale pine or dove grey. This will also help to create levels and extra storage in the room.


Glass in the form of windows, tables and accessories glass really opens up the room. Full-length windows or French doors allow in a lot of light and opens up the room to the outside, doubling your space. Glass topped tables give the illusion of having less furniture in the room, where heavy wooden furniture soaks up the space.

Spot Lights

Lights in the centre of the room brightens up the middle of the room, dimming in the corners. And where this creates a cosy space, it also makes it feel smaller. Using spot lights, or ceiling light fixtures with multiple shades lights up the entire room without cutting corners. If you still want the cosy feel, use a dimming light switch to moderate the amount of light you use.


Clutter is the worst thing to have when trying to create an open space. But every home has some. The trick is to use crafty storage to tuck the big stuff away and be strict with how much you put out on display. Using boxes and baskets inside cupboards doubles your storage space and lets you really utilise the space available.


Using different levels in the room makes the place look much larger. Place shelves high on the wall, and use a lower coffee table. Tall vases draw the eye upwards, as do photo frames hung on the wall. Place your pictures in various sized frames with different depths, and hang them in a mosaic fashion to make the most of the space.


Using blinds instead of curtains will immediately create space by taking away the heavy fabrics. Removing curtains from the room can make the place a little colder, so opt for layered fabric to add an airy and light feel, rather than filling the room with heaviness, the layered look will make the window look larger and let in more light. You could also reserve the heavy curtains for the colder months and switch them out over summer.

3 Questions You Ask Yourself When You See Old People

There’s always a time when you need to sit down and rethink your life and what you want it to be. For most people, this happens around New Year’s time, but it could also be the result of a major let down or the opportunity to try something new. Whatever the reason, when you think of improving your life, it can be anything from picking a new career to starting a family. Life is the complex combination of several choices and habits that you choose to generate happiness. It’s about creating happiness in the immediate future, as most people find it tricky to think beyond the next few years. But what about old age? Let me tell you about the thoughts that everyone shares in silence when they see old people in the street. We ask ourselves three very specific questions, and the answers to these questions bring new options to define your life happiness.


What would I look like at their age?

It’s a fair question to ask, because whether you like it or not, everyone wants to look good, regardless of how old they are. Looking good, however, has a different meaning, depending on your age. In your 20s, it’s being able to wear tight and short clothes. In your 30s, it’s about staying slim and professional-looking as a busy mama. In your 40s, it’s about hiding your first wrinkles, and so on! In your 70s, looking good means being healthy. Unfortunately being healthy in your old age starts now. You need to take care of your body and mind today if you want them to stay fit tomorrow. This means maintaining muscle mass, improving your flexibility, keeping a strong heart, eating a healthy and balanced diet, and helping your mind to stay at peace.

What if I can’t deal on my own?

If you are worried about finishing like your Great Aunty Molly who was half-mad and needed a daily carer, then you need to be reassured: taking care of your mind and body will help limit the damages of time. However, there will come a moment when you might find it difficult to deal with other issues of old age, such as loneliness, depression, and feeling of worthlessness. It’s what happens when old people stay in their homes until the end. Suddenly the home feels too big, too cold and all the shops are too far away. Will you end in one of those Porthaven care homes instead? Don’t fear! Care homes are not only for people who can’t cope physically or mentally. They also provide a peaceful and positive environment for those who don’t want to feel isolated.

How will people remember me when I’m gone?

Dying is a terrible but inevitable prospect. While nobody is ready to go, you can’t avoid the question: What do you want to be remembered for? Whether it is your kindness, your mind, your creativity, it’s obvious that you need to pick qualities that you use regularly. In other words, answering this question helps you to define your priority in life.

Being happy in life is relative. After all, life changes all the time. But thinking today of what tomorrow might be made of is the best way to build a happy future, even in old age. Keeping fit, knowing that there are options when you can’t cope on your own, and leading a life you are proud of; these are the secrets of an older happy you.