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I’m dreaming of beaches; I’m so overdue for a white sand holiday that I’m literally dreaming of beaches. If you’re like me, your idea of a real holiday includes shimmery sand beaches, a nice drink in hand and a warm climate so you can fully enjoy the sea. The truth is, this planet is dotted with numerous gorgeous beaches, so many that it can be hard to figure out where you should go. I decided to make a list of the best beaches around the world to inspire you for your next trip! Let’s get started with the best beaches around the world:

1. The Maldives
There’s a reason why the Maldives are such a popular honeymoon destination, here you’ll find a perfect mix of outrageously gorgeous beaches as well as a hint of isolation. Of course it depends on where you stay as the Maldives are actually made up of atolls and there’s a string of 26 atolls. The water is clear, the weather is sunny and it is literally my idea of paradise. It’s also romantic, can you think of anything more romantic than a relaxing holiday in Maldives? Not sure I can!

2. Koh Phi Phi, Thailand
I love Thai food, it’s no secret. It’s definitely my favourite cuisine in the world. So I’m especially grateful that Thailand is home to so many gorgeous beaches and islands. I’ve visited a few, but my favourite so far is Koh Phi Phi island. It’s a lot smaller than neighbouring islands, but it has enough on the island to keep you easily entertained for a week or two. There’s a bunch of great areas for diving and snorkelling, as well as dreamy beaches that were made famous by the movie The Beach. The water is so clear you can see the fishes swimming below. The best part about visiting a beach in Thailand? The $5 per hour massages.

3. Cancun, Mexico
Mexico is becoming a bit of an up and coming destination at the moment, with Mexico City getting a lot of attention for the art, culture and food. The great thing about visiting Mexico for the beaches is that you could easily fly to Mexico City and check it out too. The beaches around Cancun and Tulum are like that out of a postcard: super white sand, super blue skies and a beautiful inviting ocean that’s not going to make you freeze. Margaritas are plentiful and Mexican food is delicious, so you’ll be content while you lounge around by the pool and beach all day. Take a good book and book longer than you think you’ll need because Mexico is an unforgettable destination!

These are my top three beaches, I hope you can make time to visit at least one of them.

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Canada is a huge country, which is diverse both in terms of its people as well as in its landscapes. Here you can find almost everything, from beaches to snowcapped mountains, beautiful areas for hiking and a number of great international cities. There’s lots of reasons that Canada is a great destination for your next holiday, and the truth is no matter what time of year you visit, you will be spoiled with great activities to do. Before you head out to Canada, be sure to find a cheap flight to Canada so you can save extra money for activities while you’re there.

Niagara Falls
Even if you have seen them from the US side, why not try a different perspective? Niagara Falls is one of the most impressive natural attractions in the world and makes for some pretty amazing photos. Consider doing a short cruise to get a really special perspective of the falls!

Old Quebec
Walking around old Quebec you could become confused and feel you are walking around the streets of Paris. Here you’ll find all of Europe’s charm blended perfectly with the politeness and friendliness that Canadians are world famous for. There’s a bunch of beautiful murals scattered around, so be sure to bring your camera or smartphone so you can get a bunch of lovely photos. It’s definitely the best old town in all of Canada – at least in my opinion, so worth a visit if you can make it.

Notre-Dame Basilica
This is an absolutely stunning church that you can’t leave off your Canadian itinerary, but you must remember to go inside. There’s a guided tour that runs hourly that is definitely worth taking and make sure you see the light show named Aura, where the beauty of this old church is mixed seamlessly with technology to make something really special for travellers of all ages and all religions.

Toronto Islands
Take a ferry over to the Toronto Islands perhaps the best view of the city so that you can get a lot of great photos. This is a lovely break from the hustle and bustle of the city life. If you can, stay for sunset so you can watch how beautifully the sun sets on a clear day. You can either walk around or hire a bike to cycle around and cover a bit more ground!
Canada has so much to offer, check out at least a few of these special destinations on your next trip and I’m sure you’ll fall in love with this stunning country.

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Most kids around the world dream of going to Disney World or Disney Land. Growing up in Australia, unfortunately that kind of trip was way outside of my family’s budget. Thankfully as an adult I’ve been able to visit a variety of cool theme parks around the world, including Disney World. I visited their park in Florida and while I had a great visit, I did a few things that really made things easier, and made a few mistakes, so wanted to share my top 5 tips for visiting Disney World with you guys here! And of course, before you head to Disney don’t forget to buy your Disney tickets early to ensure you don’t miss out.

1. Take a Fanny Pack
They look stupid, I know, but you can keep lots of things in there securely including sunscreen and your phone. It’s much more comfortable than a bulky backpack or a handbag which is going to drag on one of your shoulders all day long. The good thing about taking a fanny pack is simply the size, it’s not too big so you will only keep your essentials inside.

2. Go Later in the Day
Most people try to head to the parks as early as possible, in order to beat the crowds, but often you’re just a part of the crowds. For example, Magic Kingdom Park in Florida is open until 10pm! Head in around 5pm and you’ll be watching people clear out the doors and the lines for the rides will just keep shortening. Perfect!

3. Take Some Bandaids
Chances are, you may end up with blisters from walking around the park so much. The bandaids there are really expensive, like over $5 a box, so I would suggest picking up some cheaper Bandaids from Walmart or your local pharmacy to save some money. Keep a few in your fanny pack and thank me later when your feet are throbbing and you feel the relief of a Bandaid covering your blister!

4. Keep Hydrated
Chances are you’re going to spend a lot of time in the sun, walking around and you might not notice how dehydrated you really are. Sometimes I like to buy rehydration salts from pharmacies to take with me when I visit theme parks or hot destinations. That way all I need is a bottle of water and I can make a really hydrating drink for a low cost. These little packets of hydration salts will fit easily in your fanny park too!

5. Take Lots of Pictures
Visiting Disney World is such a fun experience, don’t forget to take lots of pictures. Characters walk around the park, so when you spot some of your favourites, don’t hesitate to go up and ask for a photo. No matter whether you are young at heart or young, it’s pretty fun to see your favourite Disney Characters come to life and it makes for some really cool family photos!

Have fun at the most magical place on earth.

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I don’t know about you, but some weekends I just don’t want to make plans in advance. Then, by the time the weekend finally arrives, I end up bored and wish I has made plans earlier.

 

Luckily, I have a whole list of things that I like to do that keep me entertained while ensuring I have a good time all weekend. By the time I return to work, I feel nice and relaxed and I’m ready to get cracking.

 

Here are a few fun things you can do if you’re bored this weekend:

 

Play some fun games online

If you haven’t yet heard of Book of Ra, I’m about to open up a whole new world for you. This game is ridiculously fun, and there are also a bunch of other interesting and exciting games that you can try.

One of the great things about playing these games is you can actually win real money- so not only are you having fun, but you could be making money while you’re hanging out at home in your sweats.

 

Get writing

If you’ve always wanted to write a book, but you keep putting it off, now is your chance. NaNoWriMo is just a few months away in November, so now is a good time to begin your first novel, or at least get a few of your ideas down.

If you’re not planning to write a book, but you need a creative outlet, why not try some freewriting or journaling? Writing can also be extremely helpful if you’re looking for a chance to work on your attitude- write a gratitude list next time you’re feeling down, and see how much better you feel afterwards.

 

Meal Prep

Ok, ok, this is unlikely to be the most fun you have all weekend. But you’ll have plenty of time for fun through the week when you don’t need to cook or eat out, and instead have healthy, delicious meals waiting for you. Meal prep doesn’t need to take all weekend either- head to the supermarket, grab a few things, and you can even enjoy some free time playing games or reading a book while you’re waiting for some of it to cook. Trust me, one week of pre-planned home-made meals ready to go, and you’ll be a meal prep convert.

 

Catch up on Netflix

Let’s face it- we were all thinking it. I’m not a huge TV fan, but I will admit that the occasional weekend of binge watching while eating snacks is good for all of us. Of course, this shouldn’t be something you should do every weekend, but if you really need to chill out, invite a few friends around for a movie marathon or start a new series with that special someone this weekend.

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The UK football stadiums are some of the best in the world. They’re also massive. Even the smallest premier league stadiums and ground can easily hold 30,000 people, but we all know that some stadiums are better than others.

If you’re a hardcore football fan, you may not have time to get to every game. But one thing you can do is get in some football betting, which will make the experience even more exciting- even if you can’t make it to the actual game. Sports betting is legal in the UK so on some stadiums it’s available right there on the premises. And if not you can always go online and take a punt.

Thus, if you can make it to a few of the best football games this year, here are some of the best UK stadiums for football fans:

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Wembley

Wembley is one of the most famous stadiums in the world. The stadium is the home of the England national team, and it also hosts most of the largest games in the UK. Along with England matches, fans can see the FA Cup final and semi finals, along with the League Cup play-off finals and final from most of the divisions. It’s also used for some of the higher profile matches like the Champions League final, and it’s also a popular place for many music concerts.

Old Trafford

This has been the home of Manchester United since way back in 1910 when it first opened. The stadium is a historical masterpiece for football fans, and has been developed over the years to keep up with the times.

Old Trafford now has the largest capacity of any club-side stadium in the country, and has been used for the FA Cup semi-finals, United Games, rugby union and rugby league matches, and plenty of music concerts.

Celtic Park

Celtic Park is Scotland’s largest stadium, and it opened all the way back in 1892, without any large changes until the 1990s when the terraces got covers and there were floodlights famously installed. Up until 1994, the ground was the same as it had been back in 1892, 112 years earlier.

Once Fergus McCann bought the club, the Celtics could finally afford to develop the ground, and the rebuild was completed in 1998. Along with some famous football games, the ground was also the host for athletics during the 2014 Commonwealth Games, rugby games, Scotland International musics, and lots of music concerts.

Emirates Stadium

This is Arsenal’s stadium, and it was built to replace Highbury- their former home. This is a massive stadium, and now has a bowl style stand, instead of the traditional English four stands. This stadium has also hosted Brazil international games, and many music concerts have been staged here, including Coldplay and Bruce Springsteen.

Etihad Stadium

Back in 2000, Manchester decided it wanted to host the Olympics. The bit process required that they come up with a stadium that could be used for the majority of the events. While the bid was rejected, the stadium wasn’t, and it hosted the Commonwealth Games a couple of years later.

Manchester City have called this stadium home since 2003, and it’s also used for rugby matches, music concerts, and boxing.

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When you see pictures or hear stories about visiting the Caribbean, it’s easy to think that it’s going to cost an absolute fortune. This is the worst nightmare of any backpacker who’s living and traveling on a modest budget. But, the good news is that you don’t need to break the bank or stay in the best Caribbean villas to explore this part of the world. I’ve backpacked and island hopped without spending anywhere near as much as I thought. Here’s how you can save money and visit the Caribbean on a budget.

Why You Should Backpack in the Caribbean:

The first most obvious reason is that the islands are extremely beautiful and have a unique style of culture. You can relax on the beaches or take part in a range of watersports, such as sailing and snorkeling. And it’s not limited to just this, each island has their own unique landscapes and wildlife. For example, you can see several exotic birds in the rainforests of Jamaica or visit the semi-desert plains in the Dominican Republic.

Another reason to visit is that there are thousands of islands and each one is different. The culture, the atmosphere, and the environment. If you have the chance to go island hopping, everywhere will be different and it gives you the chance to try new experiences.

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What are the Best Places to Visit?

The best islands for you to visit are based on your own personal preferences and budget. For example, Barbados and Antigua are famous for their beaches and Cuba offers a unique experience. You can also head to other islands to see wildlife, Caribbean culture or to enjoy Carnival. But, if you’re backpacking there are a few things that you need to consider.

The first is the daily cost to stay on the Island. In some places, such as the Dominican Republic, you can survive on a modest budget. Other islands, such as Bermuda, will cost much, much more. Do your research beforehand to find the places you want to visit and their expected costs.

The second consideration is how to get to the island. Some are more accessible than others with direct international flights from major cities in the United States and Europe. The more remote ones may involve a number of connecting flights and a boat ride. It goes without saying that the travel costs of getting to the more difficult to reach places add up faster.

How to Get Around the Caribbean:

Most people who backpack around the Caribbean get around by island hopping. There are several ways to do this and you should research and plan in advance. Sometimes, it’s cheaper to fly from one place to another whereas on other times it’s better if you take a boat. I’ve also met people who found a job working on a yacht and other vessels that give you free transport around the different islands. Search online for these opportunities if it’s something that you may be interested in.

Cruises Can Be a Good Idea:

Another way to see more of the Caribbean is to take a cruise. It’s a misconception that all cruises are expensive. You can find some that take you around the different islands for less than a night on land. The cheaper cruises tend to be advertised online or operated by local companies. Work out your daily costs on the island and compare it against the cost per night on a short cruise. When you start to factor in all the extra costs for getting from one place to another, a cruise starts to get cheaper and more value for money. The only disadvantage is that you won’t get to spend much time on each island. However, it’s a great way to see more of the Caribbean in a shorter space of time.

How to Stay Safe in the Caribbean:

Staying safe is a major concern for people who want to visit the Caribbean. Some islands have a reputation for being dangerous, especially in the bigger cities. Gang violence and drugs are a major part of life in some areas and tourists can sometimes be affected. The high-end resorts are completely safe and you can relax without worrying. The armed guards are there for a reason. But, you won’t be staying here if you’re backpacking. So, how can you make sure you stay safe?

Well, the first thing is to do your research before you visit. Make sure you know the safe places and the not so safe ones and use your common sense to stay away from them. It’s also a good idea to speak to some locals when you’re on the ground for insider tips. Another way to stay safe is to avoid getting too intoxicated as it makes you an easy target and never accept drugs from anyone.

But, it’s not all doom and gloom and most people who visit the islands leave without ever having any problem. The ones who do fall victim are walking around in the no-go areas flashing their cameras or money around. Would you go wandering into the bad neighborhoods back at home after a night drinking? Probably not. So don’t do it here.

The Takeaway Message:

The Caribbean is a perfect travel destination for people with any level of budget. You don’t need to spend too much to visit some of the islands and with a bit of common sense, you can stay in cheaper places and stay safe. Backpacking around this part of the world may be more expensive than other regions, but it’s certainly doable and is worth the extra costs.

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When I was 20 I used to work at a car and campervan hire company. I was always envious of the people who were picking up their campervans, throwing their bags in the bag, and hitting the open road.

I loved doing van tours, and enjoyed showing off all the “secret” compartments and storage spaces. I was always impressed by how much could fit into a hi-top, and had a lot of fun with the larger vans as well. I also enjoyed showing them how to convert the seats into a campervan bed.

If you’ve been wanting to travel the world for some time, traveling in a campervan is an excellent option. You can easily spend months researching destinations and itineraries, and a van represents freedom- you’ve got both your transportation and accommodation sorted, so you can go wherever you choose.

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This freedom is one of the biggest reasons why so many people choose to buy and lease campervans for their trips. If you turn up to a tourist spot that’s full of people, you can easily take off and find somewhere more secluded. And unlike people who are stuck on bus tours, you can pull over wherever you like to have lunch with a view or take photos of different spots.

And if you think travelling the world in a campervan is lonely, think again. You’ll meet people from all walks of life at different camp sites, and many of them will be travelling the world in their vans as well. You’ll find great camping grounds around the world, allowing you to wash your clothes, charge the van (if you need to), and get talking with some of the other travellers.

My dream is to take a campervan from Cairo, all the way to Capetown. I think that travelling from Egypt to South Africa has to be one of the best trips in the world, and I would love stopping in the different cities and towns along the way.

I’ve also always dreamed of hiring a campervan and taking it around New Zealand. The country is relatively small but has tons to offer, which makes it perfect for a road trip- you won’t be driving for hours and hours without stopping. Movies like The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings has made the scenery world famous, and it’s much better to drive between destinations to enjoy the scenery than fly and miss out.

Europe is also an excellent destination for campervan travel. Transportation and accommodation quickly add up when you’re travelling, and a van will allow you to see those smaller villages you often miss out on when just seeing the highlights of Europe. If you have friends or family who want to travel with you, the costs will be even lower.

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Going abroad in the summer can be difficult to arrange. Flights can be unpredictable; airports are prone to all sorts of sudden and unexpected flight delays and cancellations that can really ruin time that should be precious, time that should be spent having fulfilling or rewarding experiences. Furthermore, the prices of flights can be equally problematic, and that isn’t even to mention the impotence of the sterling abroad. Though here in Britain, we are predisposed to self-deprecation, and local holiday destinations are more often than not a punch-line rather than a destination, the United Kingdom really has lots of great options for getaways mini-breaks, and even full on holidays. All over the United Kingdom there are so many great sights to see and experiences to have, at both popular destinations and some a little more undiscovered.

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A Different Kind of Host

The normality and standardisation of hotels can sometimes diminish that feeling of adventure and embracing the unknown that should be inherent to any kind of holiday, even ones closer to home. There are so many different options for accommodation all over the country, but a different way to find somewhere to stay is by choosing from the incredible range of accommodation listed on websites such as Toprooms, somewhere where holidaymakers can save a lot of money, but also discover a unique holiday experience. Meeting and staying with local people can solidify the connection between the visitor and the locale and can really make a great holiday something special.

Discovering Cities

Big to small, cities all over the UK have plenty of stuff to do and are always welcoming of visitors. The choices are surprisingly vast, and everywhere has something that will appeal to someone. Rough Guides has a great list of some of the perhaps less mainstream city destinations, highlighting the great variety all across the UK. Vogue also has some great ideas when it comes to picking somewhere less obvious for a visit.

Exploring Forests

The United Kingdom is famous for its greenery and has some genuinely beautiful forests with picturesque walks and stunning rustic views. Forests are fantastic family friendly days out and excursions, with all variety of activities to be undertaken. Appreciation of nature is a wholesome activity for people of all ages, and there are all sorts of forests and other natural parks that can be holiday

Embracing Markets

A culture of studied buying, bartering, and selling is something that is inherently British and is historically has been of great importance to the status of the UK even as it is today. Visiting local markets and traders, casual and professional, can be a fantastic way to return to the roots of what truly makes the UK so great, and of course can be a great choice for finding those special deals. The Guardian has provided a great list here, with a great variety of potential destinations.

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Are you saving money to go on vacation? Or maybe you’re hoping to travel long-term and you know you’ll need a nest egg to do it? Perhaps you’re hoping to travel full-time, and you need some income streams which will allow you to make money while you’re on the move?

Here are some of my best tips to help you save money for travel:

Make a plan

The first step is to figure out how much you need for your trip. If you’re just planning to take a short vacation, this is easy and you can quickly calculate the cost of flights, accommodation, and more.

If you’re going to be travelling for a long time, you’ll need to make a strict budget. You’ll also need to have at least six months of living costs in your account if you’re planning to get an online business off the ground. In this case, your best bet is to head to the cheaper destinations first so you can have time to get your income streams sorted while you’re on the move. Many people underestimate how much time they’ll actually need to work each day to bring in a steady stream of income. Consider visiting places like Southeast Asia, Central America, and Eastern and Central Europe while you’re working on your income generation.

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Find a side hustle

If you still have your 9-5, you’ll need to get some more money coming in so you can really build up your savings account and get out of town as soon as possible. There are a number of ways to do this, and one of the most popular at the moment is day trading and penny stocks.

You’ll need to learn all about VWAP. You’ll also need to do your homework, and you should be able to explain relative volume and limit order in depth before you begin trading. This will allow you to make more informed decisions and manage your risk appropriately.

Another good option is to go freelance. If you have a job you can take on the road, see if you can find some freelance clients and build up a reputation and portfolio of work while you’re still at home.

Slash your expenses

Let’s be honest- you knew this tip was coming right? There’s a reason why so many would-be long-term travellers move in with their parents before they go overseas. Anything you can do to get rid of as many living expenses as possible will help. Consider quitting that expensive gym membership and working out in the park instead. Give up that weekly bar meet-up with friends and spend more time socialising at home (or with Netflix). Ditch the monthly manicure and do your nails yourself. Basically, you need to take a good hard look at what you’re spending money on and ask yourself what you could be spending it on when you’re travelling.

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London is renowned for being one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world, celebrating and accommodating a little bit of everything, for everyone. A city that is so spirited and alive, it comes as no surprise that there really is something for everyone where the entertainment world is concerned. Whether you like to get suited and booted and show off your poker face, or simply have the occasional spin on the roulette table after work, London has an array of casinos tailored for all these needs.

Aspers

To start with a casual option, Aspers Casino located in Stratford provides the perfect place for beginners who have had little exposure to casinos. Rather helpfully, their website has some online videos to help people get to grips with the rules, and at the casino itself beginners can enjoy an area solely dedicated for those wishing to get . comfortable with how to play, before participating in the real thing.  Crowned Britain’s biggest casino, Aspers offers other entertainment facilities such as a restaurant and a sky bar.

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 The Hippodrome

Another venue that welcomes players of all abilities, just like Aspers the Hippodrome in Leicester Square allows people without official membership to enter. Beginners are again encouraged to get stuck in, but those more acquainted with the world of poker can take part in regularly run competitive tournaments. This place takes poker seriously, and has a room run in partnership with Pokerstars – one of the best poker sites in the world according to top5pokersitescom. The Hippodrome is rated the best casino in London on TripAdvisor, and also boasts a 180-seat theatre that regularly puts on jazz, swing, soul and cabaret performances. This is the place to go for pure entertainment.

Palm Beach Casino 

Located in the affluent Mayfair, Palm Beach Casino is more geared towards those who enjoy to look their very best. Although the dress code is smart casual, this casino oozes sophistication so to fit in properly it is advisable to tidy yourself up! Unlike

Aspers and the Hippodrome, to enter the Palm Beach you can’t just simply walk in off the streets. Those staying in the hotel may enter through their privileged private entrance, but otherwise entry is only permitted with membership, which is free.

 The Ritz Club

As they put it themselves, “James Bond may not exist. But his world of sipping exquisitely made cocktails while playing a shrewd hand in the casino does.” For those looking for an exorbitant and ‘fine gaming’ experience, look no further.  In a similar fashion to the Palm Beach, the Ritz Club puts luxury before anything else, but goes a step further in charging a sizeable £1000 lifetime membership fee. In return, members can enjoy a personalized service in a stylish atmosphere. Needless to say, this is a casino for those who have the cash to splash!

These casinos show both sides of the coin, and whether you go for a simplicity or elegance, London as always fails to disappoint.