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Planning your wedding on a budget? Read this post

If you’ve been to a few weddings lately, it may be easy to assume that the only way to have an incredible day is to spend in the region of $30,000 to $50,000. This is a myth though, and you can definitely have an incredible day without spending all of your savings (or worse, taking out a loan). Here are some tips if you’re planning your wedding on a budget: Actually set a budget You’d be surprised how many people haven’t sent a firm budget for their wedding. If you don’t set a budget, you don’t know what you’re working with, and it can be easy to say yes to things you can’t really afford. Confirm how much family members may be able to contribute, and work out how much you can spend as well. Prioritise Now’s the time to think about what you consider the most important things to…

Top ways to make travel easier for your next trip

Travel is one of the best ways to grow as a person, and it’s also incredibly fulfilling. But it’s not always the fairytale you see on Facebook in Instagram. Often, travel is delayed flights, rude cab drivers, lost passports, jetlag, and exhaustion. This doesn’t mean you should stay home. But it does mean that you should do everything you can to control the things you can and make travel easier. That way, you’re not down to your last nerve when you miss your connecting flight or can’t figure out the public transport system. Here are some top ways to make travel easier for your next trip: Make it a stopover If there’s one thing I’m not doing anymore, it’s long-haul connecting flights between Europe and New Zealand/Australia. These days, I always book a night in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Hong Kong, or Bangkok. Even if you’re not flying for that long,…

How to travel for less this year

While it’s easy to assume that travel is only for the rich and privileged, the truth is that travel has never been more accessible for people of all incomes. If you’re reading this, you’re already doing better than 90% of the world, and there are plenty of ways you can make the most of that privilege and get out and see the world. Here are some top ways you can travel for less this year: Be Flexible Maybe you’ve always wanted to go to Mexico. While Mexico is cheap once you get on the ground, it can be an expensive place to get to if you’re not flying from North America. Think about why you want to go to Mexico. Is it the beaches? A chance to interact with a different culture? Or the idea of lying next to a pool in a swanky resort? You can find all of…

Carry-on packing essentials

Whether you’re heading off on a six-week adventure, or a long weekend away, your carry-on luggage should always contain in-flight essentials, that are strategically chosen to make your journey as comfortable as possible. We all know that packing can be stressful, so we’ve put together the ultimate list of carry-on necessities, to help you be more organised on your next trip. The Bag Before you even start packing, you need to decide on a bag that is suitable for your in-flight essentials. If you are travelling with a lot of technical equipment (laptops, cameras) etc. then you might be best off with a multi-compartment backpack, so you can access your electronics with ease. Backpacks are also great for long-term travellers, as it can double as a day bag for excursions! If you’re heading for a weekend away with your friends and you’re happy to pack light, then a small wheelie…

What do you wear for a wedding in a different culture?

Once the excitement of receiving a wedding invitation has worn off, it’s time to start planning your outfit. Choosing a guest outfit for a wedding in the UK is hard enough, but what about if you’ve been invited to a wedding of a different culture? Together with Charles Tyrwhitt, retailers of timeless menswear, we look at how the dress code of a wedding changes depending on the background of the newlyweds. What will the bride be wearing? Brides are known in the UK for their flattering white dresses, accompanied by a long train and veil. But how do our own bridal traditions compare to India, Japan and China? India In India, the lady’s dress depends on the region of India that they’re from. In some regions, the bride wears a saree which is a garment that looks like a long drape, in others she wears a lehenga which is a…

Pricing up the perfect date around the world

Many couples try to treat themselves to a regular date night, as it allows them to spend quality time together amongst their busy schedules. Sometimes though, dates can be expensive and it can be hard to find a good location or venue on a budget. If you decide to have a date night at home or when you’re on holiday, we’ve got some suggestions. Angelic Diamonds, retailers of stunning engagement rings, tell us more: When in Rome The city of Rome is well-known for its vast history and famous landmarks. Home to the Trevi Fountain where you can make a wish and the outstanding colosseum, it’s a place that should be on your bucket list. Heading to a football game Are you and your partner football fans? Attending an A.S Roma match could be a good choice for you. At the grand Stadio Olimpico, you can buy a ticket for…

4 Incredible Summer Family Holiday Ideas

Summer is just around the corner and you can feel the weather warming up already. If you’re hoping to go away for the summer break, now is the time to start planning when and where you will head off to. If you’re anything like me, chances are you will want to find somewhere that has tons of sunshine so you can make the most of the warmer months. If you are in charge of planning the family trip away this year, you’re going to want to find a destination that will suit each family member, to ensure that everyone has a memorable trip away. Here are my favourite summer holiday destinations that are sure to delight everyone, no matter their age and even the hard to please teenagers will have a blast: 1) Head to Greece: Known for the stunning beaches, Greece has so much to offer families looking for a special…

Top tips to make sure your next trip goes smoothly

When you’re travelling overseas, it’s a good idea to expect the unexpected. You may miss your train, get lost finding your hotel, or even pick up a nasty bug. These types of things are inevitable in both life and travel, so it’s a good idea to be prepared and adjust your plans accordingly. Here are some top tips to make sure your next trip goes smoothly: Take the travel insurance It’s a cosmic joke: When you’re fully insured, it seems like you never really need to use it. And then the one time you forget to purchase a policy, you lose your passport or worse. Do yourself and your family a favour, and compare travel insurance with Webjet. There are so many different providers and policies available that you’ll be sure to find one that will work for you and your trip. Peace of mind is invaluable when you’re overseas,…

Four Hidden beaches to add to your bucket list

Social media is saturated with travel bloggers flaunting their bikini bodies on beautifully secluded beaches, and we don’t know about you, but we’re sick of feeling so envious! Where do they find these picture-perfect spots? And how can we experience such solitude? Well look no further, as we’ve teamed up with travel comparison experts Compare & Choose, to bring you four hidden beach destinations that you need to add to your bucket list! Isla Holbox, Mexico Dubbed as Mexico’s last secret beach town, Isla Holbox is located a mere three hours from Cancun, and offers a polar-opposite experience. Whilst Cancun is renowned as a wild party destination for boozy holidaymakers, Holbox is calm and peaceful – barely touched by tourism. The beach itself remains raw and natural and the town has a rural feel, almost as if you’ve stepped back in time. Holbox is protected as part of the Yum…

Why Bicycles Hold All the Cards & What are Their Integral Parts

I could probably talk about the health and environmental benefits of riding a bicycle for hours, and most of it would be common sense. Instead, let’s talk benefits from a financial point of view. An average vehicle costs about 80 cents to operate per kilometer, and that isn’t taking into account the costs that come with maintenance and replacing parts, which can cost anywhere from a couple of dollars to several thousand for more serious part replacement and repairs. Oh yes, and then there’s the initial cost of a brand new vehicle, registration, and so on and so forth. Conversely, a brand new, quality bicycle costs a fraction of the price of a vehicle. You can do most, if not all of the maintenance and repairs by yourself, and bicycle parts are quite affordable. Riding a bicycle to work doesn’t have any operating costs, except muscle power, which can in…

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