Safety First!



When travelling the world, there are many things you need to think about, not least what you’re going to take with you in that oversized suitcase!

You might think you have everything covered – passport? Check! Visa? Sorted! Currency changed? Of course!

What is left?

Have you sorted out your travel insurance? If not, why not?

Health and safety is one important aspect of travelling that should not be left behind. E111or most popularly known nowadays as European Health Insurance Card is one if not the most important item that needs to be taken cared before travel.

This is probably the one thing that anyone heading off on holiday will find to be the most boring item on the list, but it is the single most important, after your passport of course. What if something goes wrong? What if you need medical attention? What if you lose your suitcase with all your worldly belongings inside?

You will be needing that travel insurance, and let’s face it, it hardly takes too long to organise does it?

There is one other item which you should be putting high up on the importance list too, and that’s the EHIC.

What is this thing we are speaking about?

EHIC stands for European Health Insurance Card, and this entitles those travelling from an eligible country within Europe and Switzerland to receive reciprocal healthcare within EEU countries, and Switzerland. There are a few exceptions to the rule of course, i.e. you can’t travel with the intention of accessing private healthcare, and if you are planning to have your baby within a country, this is going to have to be well proven to be an occurrence you couldn’t have avoided, but generally speaking, the EHIC has many advantages, and is something you should be organising ahead of time.

The EHIC replaced the old E111, which went out of circulation a few years ago. The EHIC is free to apply for online, comes very quickly in the post, and is required for every single person travelling, children included. There is a rather long expiry date on these cards, so you have to remember to check validity if you’ve had it a while, and then head online to renew.

The downside?

Well, there isn’t one really. You will still need travel insurance, and having a valid EHIC doesn’t mean this need is replaced. Your EHIC covers you for emergency treatment and problems as such, it doesn’t cover you for loss of baggage, cancellation, and all the other matters which your travel insurance will help you out with. The good thing about having both is peace of mind – because you know you’re always covered.

So, what are you waiting for? Head online, order your card, store it somewhere safe in your hand luggage, and know that you are more than covered for any problems.

Better to be safe than sorry!

Tips on Packing a Lighter Suitcase

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Whether you’re trying to be clever and save money, hoping to only travel with hand luggage, or whether you’re simply trying to save your back, and not drag an oversized suitcase from home to wherever you’re flying from, packing a lighter suitcase is an art form.

I don’t feel I can speak for every female on the planet, but I can certainly speak for myself when I say that packing is a nightmare. I don’t enjoy having to decide what I’m going to wear every day and night for the duration of my travels, as well as coordinating accessories, and other travel essentials. It’s hard work, and it’s downright stressful. Having said that, it’s unavoidable, so this is where cutting down might save your back, your stress, and your money.

It can be done, it just takes a little ruthless thinking and some serious packing tactics.

1)     Think what you’re going to put it all in

If you can buy one of those World’s Lightest suitcases, this will certainly give you a lighter start. I’ve had a couple of these and found them very useful, but any suitcase that isn’t hard-cased will be a good basis.

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How to Have More Money – Spend Less, Make More

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You might think the above statement sounds like a really easy thing to say, but a really hard thing to do. You’d be right, money doesn’t grow on trees, and living is expensive. Despite that, there are a few tweaks you can make here and there, some you won’t notice, some you will, which will mean you have more in your pocket at the end of the month, and you’re not dipping into your overdraft on week number three.

Let’s have a look at a few of those little tweaks.

Get down with budgeting

Budgeting is no fun, but if you manage to establish yourself into a routine, eventually you won’t notice that you’re doing it. At the end of the month, when you get paid, write down all your bills, aka your outgoings, and then with whatever you have spare you need to look at the other things you need to live, such as food shopping money, clothes money, travel costs, socialising. Set yourself an amount for each and STICK TO IT! If you manage this, then you will find you don’t end up penniless by the time the next payday rolls around, which will then cut down on overdraft usage fees, meaning more money in your pocket.

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Let’s get Technological – 5 Dating Sites to Help You Find Your Soulmate

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These days, finding your future Mr or Mrs Right isn’t as easy as going out for an evening and heading to your local pub; in fact with the advent of technology has come a million other ways to meet potential beaus.

I am of course talking about dating sites, and indulging in what has become affectionately known as internet dating.

This is one of those Marmite subjects, and you’re either for it, or you’re totally against it. Whichever camp you’re in, there’s no denying that internet dating is now one of the most probable ways to meet a partner.

We all have busy lives now, and we don’t have a lot of spare time to go out and play the dating game, so of course the opportunity to sit in your pyjamas with a glass of wine, searching for a potential mate is a much more attraction option than singles night at your local club.

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