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With the cost of holidaying abroad getting more expensive (depending on where you’re planning on travelling to) and the cost of living crisis affecting the majority of us, UK staycations have become more popular. So in this post, I will be sharing 6 reasons why you should consider booking a Glamping Holiday in the UK. 

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All You Need to Know About Getting a Villa in St. John

You want to take a vacation, whether as a couple, with your family or even several families. There are a lot of countries to choose from, but St. John is an excellent place to go to if you just want to unwind from the stresses of the world. But what should you keep in mind when you are choosing places to stay? 

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Ever since COVID came into all of our life's, life has been anything but normal. But with the vaccination programme being rolled out, the daily data looking promising and the restrictions slowly lifting, normal life seems to be gradually returning. If everything carries on looking promising on the daily data front then hopefully from the 17th of May hotels and B&B's will be allowed to reopen (in England) and travelling abroad for a holiday will also be allowed. (Please note: that is the date that is currently pencilled in but not confirmed). 

However, if you're still unsure about travelling abroad this year because of COVID and worried about the potential added fees of having to book and take tests pre-departure and on your return and potentially having to quarantine on your return as well depending on where you travel abroad then a UK staycation might be a better choice for you this year. There are plenty of lovely locations to choose from in the UK including places such as Cornwall, Wales, Yorkshire, Scotland, Derbyshire and more. I thought I'd share with you three places that are on my UK staycation list for later this year and why I've chosen them.

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Many people consider the UK environment as a road trip utopia. Driving down the countryside reveals a long stretch of quaint homes dotted along the roads with meadows on one side. You will discover scenic vistas, winding rivers, castles, and untainted history waiting to be explored. Perhaps, that explains why 77% of Brits prefer taking scenic routes on road trips. But how do you prepare for a UK road trip? What's different about it?

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In today's post, I'm going to be talking about things to do and places to visit in Scotland. Once everything goes back to normal in the world I really want to try and push myself to go further afield if my chronic pain will let me and Scotland has always been somewhere I've wanted to visit either in the Summer or around Christmastime. I'd probably stay in Airbnb's during my time in Scotland so that if I needed to rest up I could easily do so in more of a homely setting instead of a hotel. So this post is kind of a rundown of things I'd love to do or see during my potential visit to Scotland. Also, a lot of the places on my list are operating as normal whilst obviously following the COVID-19 guidelines so if you're nearby or planning a visit then maybe you could add one or two of these on your to-do list.

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Travelling never used to be a problem before my chronic pain started back in 2018 but now I find it hard to travel in a car if I'm travelling any distance over around 30 miles which is crazy, considering I was always up for spontaneous or planned days out when you're stuck in the car for hours on end before I became unwell. Now I find it quite draining and uncomfortable to be stuck in a car for even an hour and obviously that affects how I feel once I get out of the car too. So it's really knocked me back and makes me question what I feel I can push myself to do in general. However this year I've set myself a couple of goals and I've also thought about some things which could help me if I'm travelling further than around the 30-mile radius I can just about put up with. I'm not saying I'm going to jump on a plane and travel to a warmer climate any time soon but there are definitely a few places that I want to try and visit this year within the UK. Most of them are places which I used to love visiting before I got ill. So here are my "goals" and a couple of the places I'm hoping to visit this year.

My first goal is that I need to be realistic with myself and know that I'm not going to be able to walk around or do as much as I used to before I got unwell. But even if I get to the town/city I want to visit and walk around even half the amount as I used to, it's still better than nothing! It's places like Matlock, Bakewell and Manchester which I used to love visiting a couple of years ago, where I know I may now struggle to walk around now either because of my pain or the fear of flaring but the plus side is that there are loads of little coffee shops and things where I can go if I need to rest for a short spell. But when I know I've done enough for one day then I need to stop and go home and not overdo it. 

I also really need to make sure I give myself time to recover days after I've done a "big day out" as I like to call them haha. I'm a bit silly sometimes because I don't let my body properly recover if I've done something which is quite draining or could/has made my pain flare and then I just make myself more unwell for a longer amount of time. It's almost as if I'm punishing my body for not letting me do things I used to be able to do. It's kind of strange to be honest.
I'm also looking into mobility aids such as Lightweight Wheelchairs for travelling which could really help me when I'm in a big town or city. It also means I'd be able to push myself a little more and try and travel further distances because I know if I do travel for a longer amount of time then I know I don't have to worry about trying to walk around if my pain is flaring, as long as whoever I'm with is happy to push me around in the wheelchair. Obviously, with it being a lightweight wheelchair, it means it'd be easy to carry around in the car as well as being easy to take out and put back in the car after using it too.

I think the biggest "travel" goal for me this year is to visit Chester Zoo, which I know might sound really trivial to you if you are an abled person. But it's a big place and I haven't been in years. I just think it's a good goal to aim for because I really want to go anyway, I was hoping to go last year but I couldn't but that was mainly because of other things that were going on in my life as well as my fear of flaring taking over. I also love The Secret Life of the Zoo and every time I watch it, it just makes me want to visit ASAP. I'd definitely need some sort of mobility aid like a wheelchair to get around though so I think it depends on my confidence using a wheelchair too. But I really hope I can manage it this Summer!

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Driving in London is a frenetic task, especially in rush hour, and having a puncture is no fun. Keep yourself and your passengers’ safe by keeping the following in mind:

Picking the right tyres for the job
Choosing good tyres is one thing: choosing the right tyres for your driving conditions is another. London, largely, has good roads, but if your job or a holiday is going to take you onto rough or untreated roads, then you might need to invest in tyres designed for rough terrain. This will not only ensure that they tyres last better, it will keep everyone in the car safe as sturdy tyres will grip poor road surfaces better.

Trust the experts
Mechanics and tyre vendors know everything there is to know about tyres and can easily ensure that you have the right tyres for both your needs and to fit your vehicle. Book your car tyres in London from Iverson Tyres. It will not be long before your car is fitted out with new tyres that fit properly.

Know when to replace your tyres
If you are only an occasional driver, and take good care of your tyres, it can be tempting to keep old tyres on your vehicle for a bit longer. While tyres that are well-maintained certainly can last a little longer than those that have been abused, the recommendations for replacement are there for a reason – your safety! Change your tyres according to manufacture recommendations and enjoy greater peace of mind in your travelling!

Running in your tyres
For approximately the first one or two hundred miles travelled, your tyres should be considered new. New tyres are still settling in to the job and any (very rare) manufacturing faults will present themselves at this time, but they are also unwieldy, rigid and tend to be a little bit shiny from the manufacturing process. Therefore, while you are running your tyres in: take it slow and careful, avoid sudden acceleration and deceleration and stay on good quality roads as much as possible. Once the tyres are run in, you will enjoy a more secure and stable driving experience.

Check the fitting
Make sure you buy the right size tyres from your supplier. The tyre size is etched onto the side of the tyres, or it will be in the owner's manual. If it is not there, you can always check online to see which tyre size is right for you. 

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Making sure your car is safe for the road is obviously a big must but some people let things slide or forget to check their car over as often as they should. In this post I'm talking ways you can check your car over and make sure it's safe for the roads as well as some garages you can visit if you live in or near Paisley. 

Check your tyre pressure often -
Ideally you should check your tyre pressure every month for normal driving routes but if you're planning on driving a long distance or on a motorway then you should check your tyre pressure before doing both. Remember to always check your tyre pressure when they are cold so it gives more of an accurate reading because if you check it when they are warming up or hot then the pressure increases and so the reading will be wrong. Also remember to use a reliable tyre pressure gauge. 

Check and sort out any wear and tear issues -
Sorting out wear and tear sooner rather than later will more likely cost a lot less than letting something get worse and worse until it completely breaks. So you're better off getting small minor things sorted for not only your peace of mind but to save some of your well earned cash too.

Frequently clean your cars wheels to check for any damage or on set cracks - 
Another tip is to clean your wheels properly every month or so and basically get up close and personal with them so you can see any on set cracks, bulges or anything dodgy going on which requires attention. 

Check tyre tread every 2-4 weeks ideally - 
Checking your tyre tread should often be on your to-do list. The reason why it's so important to make sure you check your tyre tread every 2-4 weeks is because the less amount of tread on your tyres means a bigger breaking distance as there isn't as much grip left. This means when you brake, you won't come to a stop as quick as you should. Also if the weather conditions are bad then you could easily slide off the road or into another car/person so it's just not worth the risk of driving around with unsafe tyres. Also make sure you're car's tracking is okay because if it's slightly out it can cause your tread to wear quicker. You can have your car checked at the garages in Paisley I'll be mentioning shortly.

The law says you should have at least a 1.6mm depth but many manufacturers would recommend a change of tyres before then usually around 3mm. You can check your tyres by using a special device called a tread depth gauge or you can use the simple "20p test". To do this you just place a 20p coin into the grooves of each tyre and see if you can see the outer band of the coin. If you can't see the band then the tyre you're checking is safe and above the legal limit but if you can see the outer band then it means your tyres are not safe or legal and need changing ASAP.

Make sure you get new tyres as soon as you know they are needed -
As soon as you know your tyres need changing you should get them done ASAP to make sure your car is safe. If you live in Scotland then you can check out tyre range in Paisley from Point S. Their trained, professional staff will offer expert, product-neutral advice and are always up to date with their training meaning you will get great advice and service. 

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Ever since I first started to learn to drive which feels like many moons ago now, I've always had my dad telling me to always make sure your car is safe and check over everything often - particularly the brakes and tyres. He's basically like a teacher and preaches about things a lot (which I'm not going to lie, it can get annoying at times haha) but when it comes to safety I guess it's a good thing. In this post I'm taking about some simple ways and tips on checking your tyres are safe and road worthy and where you can go for new tyres if you live in or near Basingstoke. 

Sort Small Wear and Tear Issues - 
If your car has some small wear and tear issues then don't leave them for too long because wear and tear will just get worse as time goes on and it'll probably leave you with a bigger bill at the end of the day as wear and tear tends to lead to bigger problems. So it's best to just nip it in the bud and get it sorted sooner rather than later. Another little tip is to make sure you clean your tyres properly often because this is a good time to can check for any wear and tear, bulges or onset cracks.

Checking Your Tyre Pressure - 
You should make sure that checking your tyres is something you do at least once a month and also before travelling either long distances or on motorways for obvious reasons. It would be better if you checked every couple of weeks though for the ultimate peace of mind. You should always check your tyres when they are cold and make sure you use a reliable tyre pressure gauge. If you check your tyre pressure when your car or tyres are warm then it won't tell you an accurate reading as the pressure increases as your car get hot. Also don't forget to put your valves back on after checking the pressure! 

Check The Tyre Tread Every 2-4 Weeks - 
The reason why it's so important to make sure you check your tyre tread often is because the less amount of tread on your tyres means a bigger breaking distance as there isn't as much grip left. This means when you brake, you won't come to a stop as quick as you'd like. This is particularly dangerous if you need to do an emergency stop. Also if the weather conditions are bad then you could easily slide off the road or into another car/person so it's just not worth the risk of driving around with bad tyres. Another reason why you should sort out your tyres is because if you are pulled over by the police and you're found to have one or more tyre with a tread depth below the legal limit then they will fine you £2,500 and add 3 penalty points to your license (per tyre!). 

The law says that you should have at least a 1.6mm depth but many known manufacturers would recommend changing your tyres before then when they are at around 3mm depth. So how do you check your tyre tread? You can use a special device called a tread depth gauge or you can do the "20p test" which I tend to use just because I personally find it easier. To do this you just place a 20p coin into the grooves of each tyre and see if you can see the outer band of the coin. If you can't see the band then your tyre is safe and above the legal limit of 1.6mm but if you can see the outer band of the coin then it means your tyres are not legally safe and need changing.

Get New Tyres Fitted ASAP -
If you are in need of some new tyres then get it done ASAP! It's just not worth the risk of potentially putting yourself, anyone who is a passenger in your car and also other people on the road. In Basingstoke tyres are available at Headley Tyres. You can also pop in to get a free tyre check if you have any doubts about how your tyres are doing. 

They stock a huge range of tyres from popular makes and sizes and they are also able to source almost anything within a day or two from their manufacturers and wholesale suppliers. You can order your tyres easily on their site by entering your registeration number and the tyre size you need. You then just choose a brand and book a date and time which suits you. 

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Sometimes, in order to make your dream a reality, you have to think outside of the box. This is especially true when it comes to saving up for your dream holiday. Getting to your ideal destination probably won’t be cheap, so you’ll have to think of how you’ll get the money together.
Securing a short-term loan is one of the best ways to finance the trip of a life time, and there are plenty of fantastic rates available and useful online tools that will help you balance your budget. And if that still isn’t enough, here are another 5 ways to fund your dream holiday.
1. Create A Travel Fund
One of the easiest ways to start saving for that dream holiday is to start putting money directly into a special account. Especially ones that make it more difficult to withdraw from. Using something like the Digit app means all the hard work is done once you set it up. The app automatically takes small amounts of money from your account every day and stashes it away. And anytime you want to stop you simply set a limit, or just hit pause.
2. Get Budgeting
You’ll be amazed how much money you can save by cutting back on some of your outgoings. When you take a step back to realise what is going out of your account every month, you’ll soon find there are plenty of ways to cut back so you can put the extra money aside. If you need some help with your budgeting there are plenty of sites that can help. You might not be able to enjoy all of the same luxuries, but when you are booking that dream holiday, it will all seem worth it.
3. Make A Change Jar
If you put away as little as £2.74 a day into your change jar, by the end of the year you’ll have saved £1,000. That’s £19.18 a week, or £83 a month. The small change that hangs around forever in your purse or wallet can finally be put to good use. Save your daily coffee money for a year and you are guaranteed to hit a grand. Stick a photo of your dream destination around the jar for motivation, so you always know what you are doing it for!
4. Sell Your Old Junk
With sites like Ebay and Depop online, it’s easy to sell old clothes, shoes and anything else you think might be of value. Over time we all hang onto items we no longer use, but usually for no good reason at all we let them sit there collecting dust. Rather than giving your stuff away for free to charity, trying selling them so you can use the money to reinvest in your dream holiday. Recycling is the buzzword of the moment and this way everyone wins.
5. Get A Part-Time Job
If after all the budgeting, cutting back and saving you still can’t raise enough money, it might be worth looking at getting a part-time job. Of course, you probably already have a full-time one, and getting a second job isn’t exactly the most exciting idea. However, it won’t be forever and all of the money you earn can go straight into your savings. Even a few hours a week can make all the difference. Failing that, ask your boss if you can put in some overtime. Just picture yourself lying on that beach, drink in hand, without a care in world – you’ll be there sooner than you know it.
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Everybody loves a good family holiday, but for people with young children, the expense and hassle can be enough to avoid it until they’re a lot older. The good news is that if you plan in advance, it’s now easier than ever to take a long or short break, with more and more accommodation options catering to families with small children. But, if you’re thinking about taking a baby or toddler along on a well-deserved break, it certainly pays to do your homework first. Here are five key factors to keep in mind before going on holiday with youngsters. 

5 Things To Do in Manchester *

in , , , by Kirsty Milward, 4.2.19
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In today's post I'm talking about some things to do in Manchester, whether if you're planning a day visit or having a mini city break there's definitely plenty of things for you to do. I'm a bit of a shopaholic so Manchester is probably the closest city to me which has everything I want or need either smack in the middle of the city or just on the outskirts so if I want to go on a big shopping trip, Manchester is where I'll tend to go.

Bad Driving Habits Which Drive Me Crazy *

in , , , by Kirsty Milward, 24.1.19

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Whether if you drive yourself or not I'm sure everyone has seen their fair share of bad driving habits over the years, I definitely have! So in this post I'm talking about the ones which tick me off the most and why... As well as talking about the ones in the interesting and also kind of shocking infographic featuring in this post too which Lease Car have put together.
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With winter well and truly here, many of us will be looking at summer holiday destinations already and planning ahead. Driving enthusiasts can combine their love of the open road with the summer break of a lifetime by looking into a road trip holiday. In recent years, Europe has really made a name for itself as the number one choice for drivers; with beautiful open roads and stunning scenery on offer, you could find yourself a little overwhelmed when trying to decide on a destination. 

If you are stuck and trying to choose the right destination for you and your loved ones then this guide may give you some inspiration as it features the five best holiday destinations for drivers, with used cars specialists Motorparks. If you’re lucky, you may even get to visit a few of these lovely locations. 

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Many couples decide that the festive period is the perfect time to go on a couples holiday. Whether it's to explore the many Christmas markets in the capital cities, see family and friends or just to have a little getaway together. So, if you find yourselves in one of the following places over the Christmas period, where would be the perfect backdrop to a proposal? Angelic Diamonds, retailers of wedding rings, have told us their favourite spots… 

10,000 respondents revealed that Christmas Eve was the best day of the year to propose. Some of the reasons for this included ‘magical’, ‘memorable’ and that it is because it’s when the family are all together. Other popular dates to pop the question included the weekends in the run up to Christmas Day.

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I haven't done a travel post for a short while so I thought I'd talk about where I would love travel someday. I've somehow managed to condense it down to just 5 places, which I'll admit was quite hard. So here are my current top 5 places I'd love to visit in the future...

Dublin's Best Kept Secrets *

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The capital of the emerald isles, Dublin is the preconception of Ireland embodied. From Guinness to the clandestine atmosphere that the Irish are famous for, Dublin is on the bucket list for travellers from all around the world. However, what to do in Dublin is something many struggle with and coming up with an itinerary is essential to get the most out of such a beautiful city. For some inspiration check out Last Night of Freedom’s list of Dublin’s best kept secrets.
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How To Prevent Theft On Your Summer Holiday *

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If you’re going on holiday soon then these simple tips to help prevent theft whilst on your holiday will hopefully be useful to you! If you're in need of further advice or help regarding theft whilst on holiday then you can contact 
David Phillips Partnership

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