Getting It Right as a Cruise Virgin

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If you’ve never been on a cruise before, the prospect can be as daunting as it is exciting, but you shouldn’t let that put you off because sailing the open seas, stopping off at various fabulous locations along the way is undoubtedly one of the best ways to see the world.
If you’re worried about choosing the right cruise or onboard etiquette, take a look at these handy hints and tips to put your mind at ease and allow you to enjoy the cruise of a lifetime:
Talk to a Specialist
As you can see from this website, there are a lot of different cruises offering different experiences and travelling to a wide range of destinations. So, if you are going on your maiden voyage, it is a good idea to talk to a cruise specialist first, even if you don’t book through them. If they are affiliated by the Cruise Lines Industry Association, you can trust that they will know their stuff and be able to advise you on the kind of cruises that are most likely to appeal.
Check Out Cruise Critic
The Cruise Critic website is a great resource for finding out how good a particular cruise ship.package is because it is written by members who have actually been onboard before, Have a look at it before you plump for a package and you’re less likely to make a mistake.
Certain Cruises Attract Certain Passengers
If you want to have a good time on a cruise, the people you travel with is pretty important, so it’s worth getting to grips with which cruise lines attract which passengers. For example, Ponant attracts a lot of French passengers and TUI Cruises are almost exclusively filled with British passengers, Then, there’s the fact that Saga cater more for older people and Arcadia cruises are almost always child-free to consider. Take some time reading about the lines and who they do/do not attract before you make a decision for an optimum experience.
Tipping
Tipping is one of the biggest minefields for cruise virgins, and it can be a constant source of anxiety. Some cruise ships build tips into the price of the whole package, including big names such as Thomson Cruises, Amazara Club Cruises, and Saga Cruises, so you have nothing at all to worry about, and you don’t have to give a tip unless you feel like giving a particularly helpful member of staff. However, they sometimes do charge a gratuity for spa treatments and other extras, which is automatically added to the bill, but which you can have removed if you feel strongly about it.
Others add a fee per day to cover tips to your account, usually referred to as a service charge and others like Star Clippers do accept tips which you will be expected to place in paper envelopes for each crew member you deal with. The easiest thing to do is call the line and ask them how tipping is handled before you board ship.
Have Fun
Cruises are meant to be fun, so enjoy yourself and don’t sweat it too much!

HEALTH: Allergy Season Tricks

For some people, Spring is a welcome change. It means warm days, soft breezes and longer evenings. But, for some, along with Spring comes pure dread. It can also mean that people are more prone to allergy reactions and if they aren’t prepared, it can be total misery. When it comes to allergy season, you must have a few tricks up your sleeve to tackle the sneezes and sniffles, in order to enjoy what Spring truly has to offer.
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Trick 1
The best way to fight off allergies is to foresee them. It’s a good idea to check the weather report every morning and take note of the pollen count. Obviously, the higher the count, the more you’ll have to do to protect yourself.

Trick 2
Did you know that pollen can get stuck in contact lenses? This can be especially common during windier days. The best advice is to wear large sunglasses while you’re outside. This means you have the best of both worlds – you protect your eyes from brightness and pollen, and you get to look stylish at the same time.
Trick 3
You never totally protect yourself when it comes to pollen. The last thing you want to do is confine yourself to your home and never experience all the wonders Spring has to offer. In which case, it’s important to have allergy medications, namely an antihistamine, at the ready. You can quickly and easily access what you need by visiting an online pharmacy.
Trick 4
During the Spring and Summer months it can get pretty sticky while you’re trying to sleep. The logical thing to do would be to open the windows and let some fresh air in. However, when you’re allergic to pollen, the windows should remain shut. Your home should be somewhere you’re safe. Try using a bedroom fan instead.

Trick 5
It’s easy to put your faith in the drugs you’re prescribed by your doctor, but you may want to try alternative therapies as well. Finding a good herbalist or acupuncturist could put your body at ease at a time when it’s struggling to cope. You can start alternative therapy treatment at any time during the season, but it may be a good idea to start a few weeks ahead of Spring so your body is at its strongest when allergy season arrives.

Trick 6
Have you considered your diet? There’s a reason that our vegetables are seasonal, even though we now have access to them all year round. Try adding seasonal fruit and vegetables to your diet to give your body the nourishment it needs to stay as healthy as possible. The fruit and veg that are seasonal to Spring are tailor made for helping you to fight off allergies.

It will be much easier to enjoy the season when you’re prepared for any eventuality. Don’t hide yourself away just because you’re prone to itchy eyes and sneezing. Make yourself a master plan for tackling these pesky allergies and get outside to live life to the full.


TRAVEL: Why I Want To Go Back To NYC

New York city is one of those cities that is like no other. The buzz of bright lights, imposing skyscrapers that look like they're reaching infinity and beyond and the drizzle of American culture, makes it all the more satisfying and delicious. After visiting the city at Christmas, it was the perfect taste of New York, a fantasy land mixed with magic, festive vibes and inviting cosy bars.

It isn't just one of the most popular cities in the world, but it is also the hub of art, fashion, film and theatre, with Broadway of course being the most popular place. I was undoubtedly captured by its beauty. It is definitely a concrete jungle and finding a quiet spot or place to think in New York can be difficult but Central Park is so vast that there is bound to be somewhere to retreat to. So here are some reasons why I want to go back to NYC and why you will want to also.

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It Will Inspire You

The big magnificent city of New York is home to so many business people, young and old, entrepreneurs. The taxi honks, the vibrancy of people and the fast city life is inspiring. It gets you feeling creative and of course there is always something to explore in New York. No matter your profession, it gives you a taste of the elite and success and it's dripping in money, which is also another huge inspiration. It'll leave you feeling utterly satisfied, perhaps a little tired too, but it'll give you the feeling that anything is possible; and any dream can be a reality.

It Is The Place For Foodies

All those new Instagram photos of exciting new food trends have probably started in New York, or if they didn't originate there, they probably have begun to recreate them there. Take a trip to stylish Soho for some incredibly amazing vegan cafes, there are so many rooftop cocktail bars, to suit all styles, from lower budget to high budget all out luxury, and the street food is incredible. A slice of pizza in New York is a must, or one of their famous pretzels that you can find on street corners. Sadly, I failed to try any of the street food which is another reason why I need to return!

Shopping & More Shopping

The shops in New York are among the best in the world. There isn't a shop you can't find in New York City, and the one good thing is that you can find good high street brands in New York, such as H&M and Sephora. The variation is huge and this is what makes it such a fabulous city. There is something for everyone. You don't of course have to buy anything; the window displays are incredible on their own, and are incredibly artistic visions in themselves. New York is the fashion centre of the world and around every corner there is fashion, art and culture. It's a fashion lover's dream! Take a trip during New York Fashion Week to see even more art around the city!

So let your next trip be one to remember, and one to savour, without a doubt, it is one of the most fantastic cities in the world. For ways to find good bargains for tourist attractions, take a look at Vacation Pass and make your holiday a very special one.


Luxury Treat At Thorpe Park Hotel

I have had the delight of visiting Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa before but it had been quite a few years ago. The quality was top notch then and today, its consistency in style and treatment is still as wonderful, if not better! Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa is in Colton, Leeds, just off the A1 so it is conveniently located, with Leeds and York being in reasoable driving idstance for day trips. It is a beautiful hotel, stylish, modern, impeccable service with lots of reasons to stay. In fact, Thorpe Park Hotel & Spa are nominated in the World Luxury Spa Awards and after experiencing the spa to its full potential, I can easily see why. For my little pre-birthday treat, myself and my best friend Janine decided to take full advantage of what Thorpe Park Hotel has to offer!

The Hotel & Where To Relax

Before or after your spa day, you can have a cup of tea, afternoon tea, light lunch or a quick coffee break in one of their lovely sitting areas. Overlook the pool with an afternoon tea, or perhaps have a light lunch in this outdoor inspired courtyard sitting area, it's so lovely and airy in there! Lunches are available, and it would also make a brilliant place to bring a work colleague or have a quiet meeting, as the environment is incredibly chilled out whilst still keeping a chic vibe!




The Treatments

There is a huge list of treatments up in the spa. Check in to the spa is easy, you're given a lovely robe and slippers, and a wrist band that gives you access to your locker. We headed up for a taster session; we both opted for neck, shoulder and back massage, the treatment was 25 minutes long. You can pick and choose, and the list is endless, including beauty treatments which I was highly impressed with, and would definitely try out second time around! A pedicure would be heavenly!

The relaxation lounge can be taken full advantage of before and after your treatments, with hot herbal teas on tap and little snacks as well as magazines and lounges, chairs which are perfect for stretching out on, or even a nap, which is definitely what we felt like doing. The lady who did my massage was lovely, worked on the areas of my shoulders that were incredibly tight and knotty, and the environment was lovely and quiet, with a choice of two beautiful oils - I picked the fitness oil, perfect for tired muscles. I then retreated to this quiet corner with a herbal tea and chats with my best friend; it was an easy, relaxing experience.










The Pool Area

I've always been in love with the pool here. It has a beautiful Grecian feel, with tiles and ornaments, it is relaxing, clean and easy to get around. There is a pool, jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, including a lot of little areas to relax, nap or even work. It would have been a brilliant place for me to set up office for the afternoon. The sauna is a great way to start out to relax those muscles and a good way to end your spa trip too. The steam room is lovely, very hot and definitely clears your head and sinuses. The jacuzzi is very warm but not too overpowering with the bubbles - a great place to have a good girly chat! The details of the pool area are exactly what I love in a spa, miminal but classic.





You can easily spend a full afternoon alternating from pool to jacuzzi and then another stint in the steam room, all with a glass of prosecco or coffee - whatever takes your fancy, drinks are on tap! Saunas and steam rooms are renowned for being good for aching msucles and good for your circulation. Thorpe Park Spa is such a relaxing environment for seasoned spa goers or people who like to take things a little slower paced. There's no pressure, and the changing rooms have good facilities, with little areas to redo your hair and make up (a must after a spa trip), and good amenities.

This was a lovely day, and would be a wonderful treat for someone's birthday, to allow them to step out of their busy lives, and enjoy a little bit of luxury! I know it was truly a relaxing experience to remember, you could even kick it up a notch with an evening meal and overnight stay, where the pool facilites are complimentary.

If you would like to vote for Thorpe Park Spa in this year's award, then you can click here and support them!

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*My experience was kindly provided complimentary by Thorpe Park but all opinions are my own

BEAUTY: Q61 Pamper Session

There is always a good excuse to pamper yourself. Whether it is to shake off the weekend blues, treat yourself after a little bit of good news or maybe you want to treat someone else to a little bit of luxury, going to a nail and beauty studio is a brilliant way to do it! Keeping groomed and looking elegant is probably a big part of a lady's everyday routine. We pop on our make-up, we put a few curls in our hair, or run the sizzling hair straighteners through it, chuck on one of our handbags that matches our outfits, and out the door we go! Take a little time to pamper yourself, and feel the benefits, mentally and physically, you can never truly be happy in yourself, until you feel confident in yourself.

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Photo Courtesy of: Q61
If you're Leeds based or in the vacinity of Leeds, then you need to take a little time to look at Q61 Nail & Beauty Studio, dedicated to pampering and beautifying their customers, creating the best version of themselves, and this is such a brilliant working ethos, that it has me converted. I received a manicure and pedicure, a delightful experience with the lovely Joanne. My gels have been on nearly two weeks, and there is no lifting and no sign of chipping or damage. The salon itself is run by a gorgeous husband and wife duo, who came up with the concept whilst on their honeymoon, and the studio itself is luxurious, the interior design is cool toned yet opulent purple tones which make it feel very upper class. There is a vast array of nail polish colours, almost too much to choose from, but I decided to choose a deep red, as it is such an incredibly classic colour that can be dressed for any occasion. For my toes, trying something a little different and opting for a deep purple was perfect and the pedicure came complete with a little massage with the most divine smelling foot cream! For all the sweet lovers, the coconut one I tried was heavenly.

The team are unbelievably friendly, with a professional attitude to work and the prices are within good range for a city centre luxury salon. Go find them over on Twitter and Instagram for more gorgeous photo and details of all their treatments.

Cute cupcakes at Q61
Deep red nails

*I was a guest at Q61 but all views and opinions are my own. 

LIFESTYLE: The Movie That Will Make You Fall In Love With Dogs Even More


They say a dog is a man's best friend. A companion for life with a trustworthy and kind nature, they are undoubtedly an irreplaceable friend in your life. Dogs still remain the number one choice in pet, around the world. A dog is the icing on the cake for any family, or even perhaps an older person who lacks companionship and of course guide dogs who assist those of us who are more vulnerable in society. Assistance dogs are vital to those people who find life that little bit tougher to deal with.

In the world today there are over 200 million stray dogs that are never given happy homes; but every dog should be entitled to being part of a loving family. I briefly spoke in a previous blog, about the challenges that disabled people face in day to day tasks, and that how dogs can ease and eliminate the worries of everday life. For a disabled person, living with a dog can be the difference between having no independence, and having the freedom to enjoy life without the sinking feeling of suffocation. This is something very close to my heart, as my cousin is on the waiting list for an assistance dog, as she suffers greatly with a physical disability and poor vision. Every year, dogs are abandoned on our streets. Some succumb to the poor conditions and lack of food, and some manage to escape the horror, but spend months wandering the streets with nowhere to go. Sometimes dogs can be fortunate, and with the help of the public, charities such as the RSPCA and animal companies across the globe are made aware of any dogs in distress and are rescued. It is not always as simple as that.
With Tzeni Kazakou (Τζενη Καζακου)
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That is why, this new short Greek movie will make you fall in love with dogs all over again; with a strong moral message, focused on animal welfare. I have so many Greek friends, both in the UK and in Greece, and I have a strong passion for the country, my trip to Athens was such an eye-opener, so when I find little gems like this, I love to support them the best I can; especially when it carries such an important moral message. Supporting good causes is one of the most powerful things a writer can do. This became even more important after visiting the offices at Jenny Karezi Foundation in Athens last month with my dear friend, Giannis. Please click here for more information on my support for the Foundation.

Re-Action, a Greek produced film, by a group of talented Athens filmmakers, follows the story of Roxy the dog, and highlights the importance that stray dogs can have on people's lives and how they can create a positive and meaningful impact on the lives of people from all walks of life. With a heavy focus on animal welfare, its story is one that can resonate with any animal lover. With an incredible cast, leading the film is the ever-so-talented Tania Tripi, and her lovely daughter Jenny Kazakou, making her acting debut; and the chemistry is delightful! The cast is large, but to name a few, Dinos Karydis, Joyce Evidi, Gregoria Avgerinopoulou, Thodoris Anthopoulos and Apostolos Bouras. Written by Alexander Katsaris and Artemis Samothrace, this carefully crafted piece of art really delicately and effortlessly highlights the fact that dogs, stray, abandoned, or perhaps living in shelters, are so important for a range of different reasons. There is always a reason to adopt a stray, and give one more dog the chance of a happy home.

Re-Action Trailer 2017
And the tagline of the film is even more cute - "Give the opportunity for a stray to change your life!" For all the animal lovers out there, this is surely one to watch out for and of course, the film will be available with English subtitles! #reaction




LIFESTYLE: MAKE MONEY FROM YOUR PASSIONS

Lots of people would like a side income. Well you can make one if you really want to. Everybody has some kind of passion in life. Something that makes their blood flair with joy and brings a smile to their face. You can have this. You just need to tap into you passion and look at what brings you the most joy. With some investigation you can work out how you can bring this to the fore and monetise it in some way, shape or form. It may sound out of your reach, yet you would be surprised. Making extra money has the same effect of saving money. If you are good at it and it takes off in some way you could potentially turn it into your primary source of income. The dream after all is to make money from what you enjoy doing, so that it doesn’t really feel like work in any way at all. This guide can help highlight various revenue streams that you can tap into with your interest. You may have even given it some thought, the guide can help further develop your ideas and ensure you make the right choices for you. Remember, don’t do it if you think it could compromise your hobby. If it stops being fun then stop doing it.

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Sports Passions Can Turn Into Cash

If you have a hobby or passion for a certain sport then you can make some money from it. In the first instance you can look into local coaching. Some of it is voluntary, but you occasionally see paid posts come up that could work as a secondary mode of income, it just depends what sport takes your fancy. You could talk about the sport at local events, or even coach children if you think you have the ability to teach at that level. If you are good at something like golf or tennis you could charge to give additional lessons. Whereas if you have a passion for horse racing you could turn your little bets into something more substantial based off your excessive knowledge, check out https://www.bettinggods.com/how-to-pick-a-winning-horse-for-the-grand-national/ for more information. Your sporting passions can be a great way to make extra money while also being able to keep fit and do what you love, you just need to find your in first.

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Enjoy Writing? Write For Cash

Many people enjoy writing, either in the fictional sense or article writing. Look at what you enjoy and write about it, you could sell your articles to various buyers on the web. You need to make sure they are of a certain quality to ensure you are well represented otherwise you will just end up doing yourself a misjustice and people won’t buy from you again. Check out freelancer for work and see if anything takes your fancy. Don’t jump at anything, wait for something that suits you to come out and you can then write something that applies more freely to you. You'll do a much better job writing about something you enjoy instead of writing about something you don’t.

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Start A Blog

Again on the same writing thread, if you have something special or experiences to share do it through the medium of a blog. You can showcase what you love to a willing audience whilst making some money from marketing or affiliates along the way. You can really make some good money doing this, but respect your followers, don’t just sell out to any old marketer that comes your way. Respect the need for quality content on your blog. If it is without this content you will soon see your followers ebbing away and as a result you’ll then see marketers pull out. If there is no one to see the marketing then why would they pay you. Find a good medium between marketing content and your own and you should do well, especially if your blog gets a steady following.

Sell Your Crafts

If you have a skill for making things then why not sell them. You can do so through a blog, your own website or even through ebay. You can make some decent money doing this just remember to watch your profit margin. The cost of materials can’t outweigh what you are selling the product for or you will make a clear loss. Be clever and make a profit. This applies to a range of things. It could be jewellery, or you could be baking immense birthday cakes. Again, selling things that you enjoy to make will not be too much of a chore.

HEALTH: Can Stress Make You Ill? Yes!

A recent study by the American Psychological Association found that more than a third of people believed that stress had impacted their physical or mental well-being in some way. Thanks to our modern society and the pressures of life, stress is one of the leading causes of disease and illness and can lead to debilitating symptoms. Here are some signs that stress is making you ill.

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You Break Out In Hives
Most people associate random red bumps on their skin as an allergy to something in their environment. But people have been known to break out in hives when they start feeling stress. Researchers believe this happens as a result of stress causing the body’s immune system to go haywire. Under stress, the body starts churning out excess histamines to fight off infections. However, there are no diseases to fight, and instead, you end up with hives breaking out all over your body. It’s not healthy.

Your Weight Starts Yo-Yoing

Yo-yo weight loss is something that many women have gotten used to, especially by the time we reach our thirties. But the reason for yo-yoing up and down all the time might have less to do with motivation and more to do with stress. According to Shana Levine, a medical doctor from the world-famous Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, stress releases a hormone called cortisol that blocks the burning of sugar for energy. Instead, the sugar is shuttled off to be stored in fat cells, causing weight gain. She also points out that stress has repeatedly been shown to provoke people to behave in ways around food that they wouldn’t normally. Stressed people, she says, are far more likely to order takeaway pizza or eat a bucket of ice cream in one sitting to help them manage their stress levels.

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You Feel Anxious All The Time

Anxiety is becoming an epidemic in our society, especially among women. Despite all the mental health information available today, the problem seems to be getting worse. Feeling anxious is usually the result of leading a lifestyle that is too stressful. Perhaps you’re working extra hours in the office. Maybe you’ve taken on more responsibility than you can handle. Whatever it is, it can lead to emotional problems.

If you can, take some time off. Do the hard things first - like telling your boss you’ve taken on too much all in one go - and then try to move on with your life. When you feel less stressed, you’ll feel less anxious, and you’ll be able to take on more at work again.

You’ve Got A Bad Tummy

Bloating, gurgling, burping: all of it could be a sign that you’re stressed and that you’ve taken on too much. According to Deborah Rhodes, a doctor from the Mayo Clinic, stress disrupts the function of the gastrointestinal tract, causing people to get gas, bloating and diarrhea. Her advice is not to worry, so long as symptoms pass.

HEALTH: Want A Successful Career? Always Put Your Health First!

Whatever type of job you do, whether that’s working behind a computer in an office or as a teacher in a school, you need to ensure that you always put your health before your job. You’re probably thinking, hold on a minute, if I want to be successful why would I put my job after something else? Well, the fact is that when it comes to being successful at work, you need to be healthy and happy, both physically and mentally, which is why it pays to put your health first.

If you put your health on the backburner, at some point or another, it will catch up with you and will have an impact. So it’s best to put your health first from the get-go so that you know you are as healthy and happy as possible, and because of this, are able to focus properly on your work. Wondering what it takes to put your health before your career to ensure that you stay as healthy as possible? Don’t worry; you’re not alone - when it comes to keeping healthy while at work, very few of us are sure of how to go about it.

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To give you the helping hand that you need, below are some tips and ideas for making sure you are as healthy as you can be.

Take time out for yourself

One of the biggest mistakes that you can make when it comes to your health is not making time for yourself. Far too many of us think that we can work and work and work and not burn out, but that’s not the case. If you want to make sure that when you’re at work, you are on form, you need to take time off each week to do things for yourself - you will feel better for it. Whether you run your own business or work for an employer, having time for yourself is so, so important. Once you’ve finished work for the day, go home and do what you want to, don’t take your work home with you. Head out for drinks with the girls, attend an exercise class, sit with a glass of wine and read a book - do whatever it is that you enjoy and don’t feel guilty for doing it.

Seek help when you’re feeling stressed

At times when you are feeling like the pressure is getting too much and begin to feel overly stressed out, it’s important to seek help. Don’t bury your head in the sand and pretend that you’re fine, when actually you are struggling to keep your head above water. If you work for an employer who offers a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing program, then make sure to take advantage of the help on offer. If you’re unsure what your employer offers in terms of taking care of their team members’ mental health, ask them. If there’s nothing in place where you work or you work for yourself, look into what’s on offer in your local area, such as counselling or stress-relieving yoga, for instance. If you ignore a problem or worry, it will only get worse. So before it starts to impact your performance at work, find a way to deal with it and reduce the pressure that you are under.

Eat well

When you’re busy at work, it’s far too easy to reach for the junk food and fizzy drinks to fuel yourself. However, eating an unhealthy diet will not only impact your physical health, but it will also have an impact on how you feel about yourself. Then there’s the fact that various studies have shown that eating processed foods can impact the brain’s ability to focus and concentrate, meaning that you will most probably find it harder to focus on the task at hand. Whereas, if you eat healthy, wholesome foods, you should not only feel better in yourself but also find concentrating on your work, much easier. If you’re stuck for healthy snack and lunch ideas, there are plenty to choose from online, many of which are quick and easy to make. From fruit salad and yogurts to homemade fruit flapjacks and chicken salad pitas, there are various recipes to choose from.

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Make time to exercise

Studies have shown that people who exercise regularly are not only generally healthier than people that don’t exercise on a regular basis but also tend to find focusing when at work much easier. According to a recent study, after exercising your ability to organise things and focus on a task is improved, due to the endorphins that are rushing around your body. Then there’s the fact that the more you exercise, the more energy you tend to have, which helps to improve your focus. If you want to be able to think more clearly and come up with new ideas, you need to exercise regularly. Whether you choose to swim, cycle, run, or trampoline, it doesn’t matter, just as long as you are being active on a regular basis. Physical activity not only keeps your body healthy and in good shape, but it also improves your ability to focus and helps to reduce stress and anxiety, so it’s something that’s well worth making time for.

Take breaks throughout the day

A mistake that a lot of us make when it comes to working is failing to take breaks throughout the day. Instead, we work constantly, in the hope of being able to get more work done. Although in theory working constantly seems like a good idea, it’s really not. The fact is that if you don’t take breaks throughout the day, the quality of your work will suffer as a result. That’s why it’s advised to have a break every few hours so that you have a little bit of time to clear your head and de stress from the pressures of the day. Whatever you do, don’t spend your break sat at your computer desk, get out of the office and go for a wander. Taking a short stroll is all it takes to make you feel less stressed and happier, and should also help you to be able to focus better on the task at hand.

If you want a successful career, you need to put your health first. Otherwise, at one point or another, your lack of care for your wellbeing will catch up with you and have an impact.

Cycling In The Lakes!

It is the best thing in the world to take that deep breath of clean countryside air, escaping city life and really immersing yourself in natural beauty. My favourite part of the country has to be the Lake District. It's sprawling countryside, and plenty to do and see, it's a perfect holiday getaway, but there are plenty of ways to see the country that don't involve driving everywhere! Some of the best hotspots that offer lots to do and places to shop, drink and eat is Windermere, the main hub, and then higher up is Penrith. Both quite large spots that can get very busy, so here are some tips to see some of these incredible views away from the crowds, and in a more innovative way!

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Bike It 

Cycling is not just great for your wellbeing, but it's also a brilliant way to see the places in the countryside that you can't reach in a car, and see them twice as fast than walking, therefore you get to kill two birds with one stone. If you're searching for a new bike, your first bike, a bike for your kids, or parts for your bike, or even bike accessories, then pick these all up on a budget with Latest Deals, so click here and find some brilliant priced things! It's always my go to when looking for travel gear, but if you're on your bike (no pun intended), then you can get around the large lakes much quicker, and here are some of the great tracks to look at.

  • Coniston Cycle Trail - Lake Coniston is a large incredible lake, and perfect to go biking, either alone or with a group, it is realtively long but worth it for those lake views! 
  • Hawkshead to Claife Heights - This route takes in both Coniston fells and also Windermere! 
  • Kentmere - a quiet relaxing route, beginning in Staveley and with plenty of cafe stops in between! 
  • Duddon Valley - not for the fainthearted, this is more of a mountain trek and is long and hard but the Duddon valley stretches around the north of the Lakes 
  • Ullswater North Western Falls - Ullswater is huge, and it is definitely reminiscent of Scottish beauty, but it's definitely one to try for the more hardened bike rider!
  • Askham Fell - more of a family route, not overly taxing and great if you want to take the kids on a fun day out! 
For more information on all the routes for bikes in the Lake District you can click here.  


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So has this at least slightly wet your appetite for a more exciting trip? Biking is a brilliant form of exercise, in fact some of its health benefits include: increased cardiovascular fitness, improved joint mobility, decreased body fat levels, strengthened bones and much more. You can make your cycling journey even easier with finding the best deals over at Latest Deals! I raved about them back in 2015, and they have gone from strength to strength with better deals than ever and they have all your bike needs covered! Happy shopping and happy travelling!