Why Is Travel So Important?

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If there's one thing that you're likely to hear more than just about anything else throughout your life it's the statement that everyone needs to get out into the world and travel as much as possible. Of course, you might be the kind of person who loves travelling more than anything and gets out of the country at every opportunity. However, if you're the other kind of person, the one who would rather stay at home and doesn't really get what all of the fuss is about, you could well be missing out on some wonderful opportunities. The truth is that travelling really can be as wonderful as everyone says it is. With that in mind, here are just some of the reasons why you should take the chance to embrace travelling.

It teaches you about yourself

It can be pretty tough to answer the question "who are you?" when it comes down to it. After all, we are all so heavily influenced by the world around us that there's no way that we could escape the context in which we were raised. The culture that you were brought up in is going to have a huge impact on the kind of person you are. Getting out into the world is a wonderful way of removing yourself from that context. That way you can really get to know yourself in a way that simply isn't possible when you spend your time somewhere familiar.

It reminds you that other people and cultures exist

Not only does travelling allow you to get to know yourself but it also lets you get to know other people too. After all, if you're getting away from everything that's familiar and ending up in a totally new place then you really have no choice but to throw yourself into that new culture and to get to know the people around you. Doing this not only helps you make new friends but it gives you a whole new perspective and reminds you that your little corner of the world isn't the only thing that matters.

It lets you discover new places

Of course, even if you're not that much of a people person, travelling helps you get to discover new places that you might never have encountered before. You might think that your hometown is the coolest, most fun place in the world but there's a pretty good chance that there's somewhere out there that will put it to shame. In fact, when you're travelling you may even find a place where you want to put down roots. From finding the perfect property for sale in Los Flamingos to discovering a love for the style of living in somewhere like Thailand. The only thing more freeing than visiting a new country is settling down there.

It gives you much-needed space

The modern world is a busy one. Not only that but it can be incredibly crowded. It can often feel as though people are constantly around you, even when you're alone. After all, even if you're by yourself you've still got your phone, your computer, and all of your social media to keep you company. Getting away from all of that and visiting a new place can help to refresh you and get you back to yourself in a way that you might never be able to at home when you're surrounded by friends, family, and work.

Experiences are more important than stuff!

If there's one thing that gets in the way of a lot of people being able to travel as much as they would want, it's money. Travelling is not always cheap and that can get in the way. But that doesn't mean that you'll never get the chance to travel to new places. The truth is that cutting back on buying things to free up funds for travelling can be a great idea. The truth is that the memories of an amazing experience are almost always going to end up being more valuable to you than any junk that you fill your home with.

Of course, the truth is that travel isn't necessarily going to be right for everyone. If you do discover that you're the kind of person who really is just happier staying at home instead of exploring the world, that's okay! However, the only way that you're ever going to be sure of that is if you get out there and give it a try. After all, most of the things that people come to regret are the chances that they didn't take. Of course, once you've been away from home you come to appreciate it a whole lot more since you know what being away from it is really like.

Why is travel important to you? Let me know in the comments below and then go and check out more travel-related content.

48 Pieces Of Clothing On Sale For Under £5

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Today's post is another shopping list one. In this one, I have chosen '48 Pieces Of Clothing On Sale Under £5' from various places I shop online. I'm always scouting the sale section of online stores and have bagged many a bargain doing this. Let me know in the comments below which is your favourite piece I have picked as well as what is the best bargain you have ever scored?

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Why A Visit To Andorra Has To Be On Your Bucket List

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The world is full of incredible places to visit and incredible places to see, ranging from tropical jungles to arctic frontiers where polar bears still roam wild. Everyone’s got a sense of what the big name tourist hot spots around the globe are, ranging from wilds of Canada to the beach and party culture and sweltering heat of Australia, or the ancient landmarks and Renaissance-era frescoes of Florence. A name that you might not have seen on that list before, however, is Andorra. Andorra is one of the smallest countries in Europe — the sixth smallest to be exact — and rarely makes the headlines. But there is much to see in this gorgeous mountain-bound land and there are ample reasons why your next holiday should involve a stay in some of the top Andorra resorts. Here’s a look at just a few of the reasons why a visit to Andorra has to be on your bucket list.
It’s a country you can walk across
Andorra covers an area of just 468 square kilometres, with a population of just 85,000 as estimated in July 2015. One implication of the country being so small is that it’s possible to follow various hiking routes and trek directly across the country from one side to another during your stay. While this isn’t a feat you’re going to manage on a half-day visit to the principality, if you’re in Andorra for a week you should have no trouble crossing the entire territory on foot, either in the company of a professional tour guide and group or on your own using the right apps and tools. You don’t tend to meet too many people at dinner parties who can brag that they’ve crossed an entire country on foot and bragging rights aside, the memory of the experience is bound to be priceless.

It’s a mountainside paradise

Andorra isn’t just any country, it’s a stunningly beautiful one, nestled in the Pyrenees mountains. Andorra is home to 65 summits over 2000m high and anywhere you go, the view is going to dominated by soaring peaks, lush steep valleys and azure lakes. If you like skiing and mountain climbing, Andorra is the place for you. Even if you’d rather take things easy, however, you are unlikely ever to grow bored of the stunning vistas and crisp mountain air.

It’s one of the most unique countries in the world
Andorra doesn’t follow the standard template for a country, by any means. For one thing, it is officially ruled by two “princes”, the Spanish Bishop of Urgell and the President of France. What’s more, Andorra has no official currency of its own. In the past, French Francs and Spanish Pesetas were used while today they use the Euro. Andorra is also the only country in the world whose official language is Catalan, although French and Spanish are also frequently spoken. Andorra is in other words, a one in a million kind of destination and well worth the visit.

Have you ever visited Andorra? If so what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.

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Preventing Theft On Your Summer Holidays

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With summer finally being here you might be planning on going on holiday at some point as I know I sure am! I'll be giving you a few tips on how to keep safe and 'Preventing Theft On Your Summer Holidays'.

Keep your valuables locked away - Most hotels and accommodation tend to have safes and you must put them to good use! Make sure that the safe is stuck to the wall or floor as it is much safer that way as no one can just come and carry it away. Keep any of your valuables you don't need on a day to day basis locked in there, things such as your passport, travel documents and your money, which brings me on to my next point.

Only take daily money out with you - Don't take your entire holiday budget out with you every day, try and come up with a budget and just carry what you need that day. I have been doing this in recent years and have certainly felt much safer, was I ever to have my bag stolen I'd know that I'd still have a stash of money hidden away. This actually happened recently to someone I work with, she had her bag by her feet while eating and when she went to get it, it was gone. She had 300 euros in there, her phone AND her bank cards. This again brings me to my next point.

Make sure your bag is secure - I tend to use backpacks a lot at home but while I'm out and about in the day on holiday I use smaller bags and/or my pockets to store my items as long as the pockets are either zipped or tight and deep (if that's even possible in female clothing!) A bag which can be worn more on your front is definitely safer as you can see it at all times and I also tend to keep my bag on my knee when I'm in a bar or cafe for that extra bit of security. 

Leaving your accommodation each day - If you are on the ground floor and people can see straight into the room that you are staying in, then it is best to close your curtains before you go out for the day, this then makes it harder for someone to know whether you are in or not. This also means they won't be able to scout out any valuables you may have accidentally left lying around. It is also best to make sure all your doors and windows are locked before you leave.

Don't leave anything unattended at the beach - If you plan on having a beach day and you all want to go swimming then it is best not to go all at once as then your belongings won't be left unattended for anyone to take. What my boyfriend and I do when we go to the beach to swim is to make sure we only take our towels with us and leave everything in our room so that we don't have anything valuable to think about.

Social Media - If you are going on holiday and your house is going to be left empty while you away, then you probably shouldn't be advertising that you are on holiday on Facebook or any other social media site whether that be the dates you are going or any posts while you are there. 

A couple of other tips I have are 1. Don't fall for any scams that may be waiting in the street to target you. There are many scams in all different places so it could be a good idea to read up about any that may be about in the area you are visiting before you go so you know what to look out for and what to avoid. 2. Only travel with official taxis. Many people will be about trying to scam travellers into paying higher, more expensive fares. Go to the official taxi ranks or call them/ask someone official. 

Do you have any more tips on how to prevent theft on your summer holidays? Let me know in the comments below.

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48 Of My Favourite Picks From The ASOS Sale!

Today's post is just a quick little shopping list like I used to post a lot in the past. This one features '48 Of My Favourite Picks From The ASOS Sale!' It has been a while since my last shopping list post so I thought what better time than now when the ASOS sale is in full swing. I'm in love with every single one of these items and I'm sure I'll own at least one of these pieces sometime in the near future. Haul if that happens anyone? 
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Let me know which of these items are your favourites in the comments below as well as what you have bought yourself from the ASOS Sale.
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