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Posted on Apr 9, 2013 in Australia, Guest Posts, Travel |

Celebrate Girls Night Out In Sydney

Where else better to spend a girls night out that in one of Australia’s most popular cities – Sydney? With a variety of nightlife that would appeal to all party-goers, you are truly spoilt for choice in one of the world’s most high-ranking cities. Whether its drinks in a bar with astounding views, trying your luck on the roulette table or dancing the night away in some of the city’s best nightclubs, you are sure to have a night to remember in Sydney. Sydney is home to a variety of exclusive bars perfect for your girl’s night out. Bar Pacifica is one of the top spots. A stylish rooftop bar set at the top of The Eastern hotel in Sydney, the relaxed vibes, fantastic cocktails and astounding views all make for the perfect girls night out. Whether its live acoustic music or DJ sessions, the funky and chilled out atmosphere is a great place to catch up with your girlfriends! Whilst there, be sure to try their signature drink – the chesterfield, a refreshing blend of cranberry, apple and vodka. Another alternative to heading to your regular bar is to head down to The Star casino and hotel. The 5-star luxury casino is everything and more than you would expect from a world-class entertainment venue. Whether you are a novice player or have played a couple of times, there are a variety of games to suit everyone. It’s best if you go prepared unless you want to be on a losing streak! Practice your game and strategies on online casino sites like Intertops Australia, who have an extensive range of the same casino games online.  That way, you can feel the thrill of winning instead of the unpleasantness of losing. If a club is more what your looking for on your big girls night out then Sydney is definitely the right choice, the city hosts a vast array of incredible nightclubs. One of the most popular clubbing haunts is ‘Home’, located in the centre of the city, the self-proclaimed super club guarantees to be a night to remember. Although...

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Posted on Apr 9, 2013 in Canada, Guest Posts, Living Abroad |

Prepare For Life in Canada

Moving abroad is quite big of a change, there is no doubt about that. Especially for those people, who have never left their home country for more than a week in order to go on vacation. So, a life in a foreign land will most probably come as a shock to them. Certain things you did not pay that much attention back at home will surely have a big impact on you once the scenery changes. And not to mention those aspects of life that didn’t even exist in your homeland. In a way, you are bound to experience a culture shock. However, if your transition will be to Canada, you are in for a pleasant surprise. Canada is truly one of the most pleasant places you can move to and here is what you can expect once you settle there. 1.Nature and its importance It is a universal Canadian belief, and a quite firmly held one, that nature is really important. And this is obvious from the countless people who enjoy themselves outdoors – hikers, joggers, photographers, artists, etc. It is a reminder to all people that every now and then one has to disconnect from the frenetic pace of life and fully appreciate the world that surrounds us. And don’t worry about the snow, there is plenty to do during the cold months too. In Canada, it is a natural custom to escape to a holiday home whenever is presented with such an opportunity. Canadians realize quite well that spending time in the nature is a source of refreshment and inspiration and that is why they visit it so often. 2.Different perception of distance To many newcomers, there is the strange and unfinished feel at the edge of the populated areas in Canada. In most countries, there is a distinct beginning and end and also each square kilometer is accounted for, even in wilder bits. However, Canada’s enormous size (Canada is the second largest country in the world, Russia being the first) forces you to acquire different perspectives of ‘far’ and ‘near’. In Canada, a hundred kilometers...

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Posted on Apr 8, 2013 in Guest Posts, Travel Destinations |

3 Things to Do in Lyon

The beautiful city of Lyon in east-central France boasts being the second-richest city in the country and is the capital of the Rhône-Alpes region. Often known as the French economic and convention centre, Lyon welcomes everyone to join in their growing gastronomic city. With their hotels internationally acclaimed to be among the world’s best, there is no reason for you to travel to Lyon and explore the wonderful city for yourself. There are plenty of attractions just waiting to be discovered and here are the top three attractions. Parc de la Tete d’Or This open park is perfect for the whole family as it brings fun and wonder to your holiday. Not only can you enjoy the features of a regular park, you can also take part in the many activities, including boating on the large lake and riding a pony through the fields. The major attraction to the park is their nearby zoo which is free to enter. Lions, giraffes, bears and many other animals can be found in the small zoo ideal for children to spend time in. Afterwards, you can even watch a puppet show. It’s not just for kids however as there are physical activities for everyone to partake in from cycling through the 290-acre park to playing mini-golf. With delicious vendors all around the park, this could be the textbook setting for a picnic for two or more. If you’re looking for somewhere to kick back and relax, this is the place. Musee de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine From exploring the wild to rediscovering history, the Museum of Gallo-Roman Civilisation is all you need to relive the days of the past. Lyon was famously known for having a strong Roman connection in the past and this museum displays the artefacts, weaponry and artwork of those former years. There are many temporary exhibitions on show too so one visit is not always enough. Formed in 1975, the museum helps you understand how the displayed objects figured in Roman life and as you can see the paintings up close, you’re left with a clear impression of what...

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Posted on Mar 29, 2013 in Guest Posts, Living Abroad |

Moving with Children Overseas After a Divorce

The mobility of modern society has given people much freedom after the unfortunate act of a divorce. Relocation sometimes becomes a necessity because of job opportunities and sadly, divorce. Although things might not have turned out the way you hoped, you might experience a better future ahead of you. This is a situation which often offers a problem concerning the fate of your children. Laws are different around the world, though in some cases it may be impossible to take a child outside the boundaries of a country without the consent of both parents. Courts may rule this out in some cases, however taking a child along with you without the permission of the other parent may be considered child abduction in the worst cases. You may have primary custody of your kids and still suffer this if the law doesn’t permit it. If you want to leave your country along with your kids, you should not make any assumptions. You need to be absolutely sure about the laws involving this particular situation. The first thing you can do is ask for permission from the other parent if the law doesn’t state otherwise. You will save yourself both time and lots of legal headaches if things go this way. The welfare of children should be the main focus of their parents and their efforts, so consider talking to your ex about moving your kids abroad.They will obviously need to see them if the court has decided that is something they can do. A mutually beneficial agreement might be the key to a compromise for the good of your children. Make sure your ex knows where your kids will be living if this is something you deem necessary. This will be a difficult time for both you and them as well as your children, so it must be done as gently as possible to avoid making things worse than they already are. Let your ex know your kids will have good accommodation, schooling and other issues of importance to any parent and keep them updated on any information regarding your...

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Posted on Mar 26, 2013 in Guest Posts, Study Abroad |

Student Visa: Let Your Dreams See Light of Day

Field trips are the perfect way to encourage children to travel and lay the foundations of confidence for a later life spent seeing the world. This manifests itself in the form of student visas which allow young people to travel freely through numerous countries across the world. School does much to prepare children for the adult world besides simply stocking them up on knowledge in English, science and arithmetic. It is also about expanding their horizons and encouraging them to develop a greater understanding of the world around them. There is arguably no better way to do this than through field trips which take pupils out of the comfort zone of the classroom and offer them the opportunity to encounter what they have learnt about on the blackboard and in their textbooks in a fresh and different, first-hand manner. This is how a journey of travel discovery can begin, leading onto many developing a lifelong passion for travel and exploration. Starting Young Travelling with lots of young children can seem daunting but the primary school years are the most formative for most children so it is here that they will benefit the most from travel experiences. At this age school trips do not need to be especially adventurous, as long as the pupils get to encounter something different, whether that is animals at the zoo or suits of armour at a castle. There is no need to take them very far afield as it is important for any budding young traveller that he or she has a good foundation in their local region. Growth and Development Throughout secondary school, the scope for school trips extends and expands hugely. No longer do they have to be day trips, or maybe single overnighters, but can now last for a week or more, allowing for tours which cover more ground, both geographically and in terms of subject matter. Moreover, secondary school students are able to deal with bigger ideas, such as art, history and culture, opening the market of potential destinations. They are also more confident and independent and are therefore able...

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Posted on Mar 20, 2013 in Guest Posts, Living Abroad, Travel |

Adapting to an Expatriate Lifestyle

Moving abroad and becoming a part of a new culture is something that happens a lot these days. Businesses are becoming more cosmopolitan with every passing year, the old borders and boundaries of the trade world slowly disappearing and allowing the free market to thrive as much as possible. One of the most common reasons for beginning a new life abroad is either a promotion or a new job being offered by a given company. Despite the inherent differences in every culture, there are always some elements that are quite the same no matter where you live. One of the things that will impact your life the most is the home sickness you will experience no matter what you do. In this article we will cover what you need to strive for to escape the feelings of disconnection from your roots and social isolation in an alien culture. 1.Curiosity is key This should employed within reasonable limits of course as not every culture is the same. You are given a wonderful opportunity to enrich your knowledge and experience, doing something many people dream about but never get a chance to do. Make the best of what you have and explore the new horizons opening up before you – friendship, sports, hobbies and great food which are all part of your new home – after the removal. 2.Be tolerant Steel yourself against things you cannot change and aspects of a given culture you that bother you. You cannot and should not change something that has been going for a long time. Your role is that of a visitor, not a judge. Different culture vary greatly from one corner of the world to another and sometimes there are aspects of someone’s cultural roots we don’t fully grasp. Before commenting on something or judging make sure you consider how that would look if your roles were reversed and someone was judging your own culture. 3.Avoid mediocrity It is easy to fall into routines, slipping into a banal existence where everything feels monotonous and gray. Depending on the nature of what you do...

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Posted on Mar 14, 2013 in Australia, Guest Posts, Living Abroad |

Home Buying Guide Australia

Going to Australia or simply living there naturally means owning or renting a home. While renting is a decent way of living you will only enjoy a good, calm life if you have your own home. Doing that however requires some maneuvering so you can navigate the market successfully. Following these tips will give you some pointers you can use in your search: You should consider what it takes to work without the help of a professional realtor. If you deal with the research yourself you can save about 3% of all expenses in acquiring your new home. Doing that however requires some serious research and efforts you might not be aware of. The 3% commission is something normal in this business and it is something that is added on top of the price of a home you are buying. Doing your own research is hard work, so consider this carefully. Something else you can consider is taking out a hybrid loan. The majority of the regular loans out there have a 30 year fixed payment system, which means your monthly amount will not change. You can find an adjustable rate loan which allows you to change your payments based on the interest rates at the moment. There is a certain risk in using those however, so you can go with the hybrid version of loans. It allows you a certain period of leniency for several years where the monthly payments will be fixed during that period. After that moment they will readjust themselves to the current rates every year or so. Contact a representative of your bank for more information on how those work so you can choose the best option based on your income and job stability. Search for a cheaper interest rate when you choose a bank to pull a loan from. You should look for a company offering a loan officer capable of being efficient and knowledgeable. Make sure you contact several banks to compare results. Do not buy a home you cannot afford at the moment. You should make sure you can survive the...

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