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How Important is Great Customer Service?

How Important is Great Customer Service?

A recent survey by www.contactcustomerservicesnumber.co.uk revealed some interesting information. 600 respondents gave their opinions about customer service, and it turns out that almost 75% agreed that good customer service is important when they’re dealing with a business. Personally, I’ve dealt with customer service in many […]

Plan Your Next Business Trip Efficiently

Plan Your Next Business Trip Efficiently

If you need to travel somewhere on business, chances are that you will be flying out there. It’s much faster than the other methods of transport and time is money in business. However, traveling by air has some limitations, particularly about what you can bring […]

4 Fun Things to do While in Paris

4 Fun Things to do While in Paris

Paris is a destination many of us dream of, after all it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the entire world. There’s so much to do and see in Paris, that you’ll never find yourself with a bored moment, but perhaps you’re looking for a few interesting and quirky things to do during your time there? Well I’ve got you covered with my list of top 4 things to do while in Paris.

Thankfully there’s more and more competition between airlines, ensuring you can easily find cheap flights to France, leaving you with extra money to spend on fun activities. Here are my top picks:

1. Wine and Cheese Tour
France is famous for it’s delicious wine and cheese. Starting off your trip around Paris or France with a wine and cheese tour is a great way to learn about pairings, what kind of wine you really love and where in France you’ll be able to find it in bucket loads. Likewise, there’s so many cheeses to try in France it would sadly be impossible to try them all (I may or may not have tried to do this) but a cheese tasting is a great way to figure out which ones you really love. You may be surprised to know a number of France’s most delicious cheeses are actually illegal in the United States, so if you’re visiting from over there, this may be your only opportunity to try them!

2. E-bike Tour
There’s a lot to see in Paris and choosing to do so by bicycle is a really exciting way to see a little more of this stunning city. Finding an e-bike tour is a great option because it means those of us who are maybe not as fit, can keep up with the group. I decided to try out the Paris Charms and Secrets e-bike tour the last time I was in Paris and it was excellent. I learned a lot about the history and saw many of Paris’ great sites, but from a different perspective.

3. Zipline Down the Eiffel Tower
Did you know it’s possible to zipline down the Eiffel tower? You’ll reach speeds of up to 90km/h, which is impressive even for those of us who are thrill seekers. This is a great way to enjoy the wonderful views of greater Paris and a much more fun way to ‘see’ the Eiffel tower.

4. See an Opera, Ballet or other Performance in a Parisian Theatre
Parisians have a reputation for being fashionable and there’s no better time to see it than at a performance in a beautiful theatre in Paris. Be sure to book ahead, as many events do sell out. Also be warned it’s not a good idea to turn up late, the doors will be shut and you’ll have to watch the performance on small TV screens in the lobby until the next intermission. I learned this lesson the hard way! Of course what kind of show you see will depend on what time you’re visiting, but be sure to start hunting at least a month before your trip.

Paris is such a fun city to explore and with these tips you’re sure to have an incredible holiday in the city of romance!

Five Things To Do In The Great City Of York

Five Things To Do In The Great City Of York

York is the perfect place to spend an extended weekend as the historic city is full of heritage and architecture making it one of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations. Whether it is long walks, shopping, or sporting activities, York has a bit of everything. […]

Milan: the Shopping Capital of the World

Milan: the Shopping Capital of the World

(Source: Pixabay)  Being the birthplace of renowned brands such as Armani, Dolce & Gabbana and Prada, it is hard to dispute the view that Milan is a strong contender to be the fashion capital of the world. If you haven’t spoilt yourself in a while, and want a different experience […]

4 Reasons Yosemite is a Great Place to Live

4 Reasons Yosemite is a Great Place to Live

You may have heard that expression “I live where you vacation” and if you’re from Yosemite you know there’s some serious #ZipcodePride for the residents of Yosemite. It’s such a beautiful place, known around the world for the striking nature found here. I wanted to share with you today 4 reasons why Yosemite is a great place to live. It’s likely you probably can’t up and move here (what a shame) but maybe this inspiration will guide you when booking your next holiday. Either way, I just had to show off why Yosemite is the BEST!

1. The Fresh Air
Your lungs will feel revitalised if you just visit Yosemite, so imagine living here? There’s trees for miles, grass greener than you’ve probably seen elsewhere, and it’s definitely not congested. This all results in amazing air quality, that is literally a breath of fresh air. Whenever I come home after traveling, I’m always shocked by how much nicer the air is here!

2. Nature
Imagine having numerous great hiking trails in your backyard? Well that’s my life! You’re literally spoiled for choice. This is great because you can’t help but be a little more active when living in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. The landscape is actually stunning and I feel like there’s a new surprise around every corner.

3. Not Too Far From the Ocean
You’re about 3.5-4 hours from California’s wonderful coast line, meaning that you can easily do a day trip or a weekend trip to the beach. Personally, I love going to the beach especially during the warmer months. There’s something so calming about the waves crashing into the shoreline. If you’ve ever lived in California, you know how serious we are about beach culture and I personally couldn’t live any further from the beach.

4. You Can Easily Get to San Fran
For me it’s really important to be near a big city. I love spending my week in nature, relaxing and away from the hustle and bustle of a city, however on the weekends it’s sometimes nice to go somewhere busier with more things to do. I love that Yosemite is just a short drive to San Fran – which is easily one of the best cities in the world. You can spend a weekend or just pop in for the day – it also means that you have a great international airport only a few hours drive away, perfect if you’re craving an overseas adventure.

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Some Great Road Trip Ideas for a Family Trip to Ireland

Some Great Road Trip Ideas for a Family Trip to Ireland

Headed to Ireland and wondering what you can plan to ensure the perfect family day out? One where the memories will be with your children for the rest of their lives? Well, we’ve got you covered. We’ve created this great day trip itinerary to keep […]

Are you Spending More on the Holidays?

Are you Spending More on the Holidays?

I don’t know about you, but over the years, I’ve noticed that I’m continually spending more on calendar events like Mother’s Day, Easter, Christmas, and more. Recently, SwiftMoney released an interesting fact sheet about how much we’re all spending on the holidays.   SwiftMoney payday […]

When It’s Okay to Spend a Little Extra while Travelling

When It’s Okay to Spend a Little Extra while Travelling

Saving up to go on vacation can feel a little wince-worthy when you peek at your bank balance, but it helps to remember that each trip is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience something special. But what about spending money when you actually arrive at your destination?

For the frugally-minded, even being surrounded by exciting shops and markets in an interesting locale can inspire second thoughts about spending money. Especially for those who aren’t able to work while travelling, going on vacation can be a cutback on income. That means regret can sneak into your suitcase instead of a great souvenir, and might even spoil the memory of your trip. Don’t let it!

Curious about what’s worth spending your travel dollars on? Here are a few travel-related expenditures you can make without worry:

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One-of-a-Kind Souvenirs

The word “souvenir” comes from the French for “to remember or bring to mind.” It’s an object that’s intended to make the viewer remember the great times they had in a special location—to remember their trip and the special people they may have shared the experience with.

With that in mind, you may want to choose an object that you’re likely to look at frequently. There’s a reason that items like magnets, spoons, and small statues make such popular souvenirs: they’re easy to display! Don’t hesitate to snag something you find beautiful that can fit on a favorite shelf or other area you frequent in the home or in the office.

Fashion from Afar

If you’re considering an item of clothing for sale, don’t get caught up in the “t-shirt craze” unless you regularly wear souvenir t-shirts. Yard sales, Goodwill, and thrift stores are filled with souvenir t-shirts because they’re often relegated to the bottom of closets when their buyers return home.

Instead, pick a high-quality piece of clothing or a fashion accessory you’re likely to wear often and that you wouldn’t be able to find at home. This will ensure that you have a souvenir you can interact with and love, instead of one you outgrow or throw in a donation bag years from now.

A Thoughtful Present

If you’re purchasing something for a friend or loved one back home, don’t hesitate to dip into your travel budget. Giving something thoughtful and unique to that special someone can be as much of a cherished item for them as your trip itself was for you. A one-of-a-kind souvenir tells the recipient that they were in your thoughts even as you were surrounded by exciting new sights. A word to the wise: make sure that whatever you’re bringing home will survive shipping or the trip in your suitcase!

A Unique Experience

You’re already out seeing the world, but sometimes spending a little more on an experience can help you see that world more fully. Is there a snorkeling excursion to the reefs you love but have only seen in pictures? Maybe you’ve always wanted to zipline through the jungle and now you’re at the place to do it? Or maybe you’re just tired of eating cheap meals and want to indulge in local cuisine at a nice restaurant. Sometimes spending a little extra can improve your experience in ways that you won’t forget. Just measure the money against the benefits, and ask yourself: is this worth it? If yes, go for it!

Be Smart

No matter what catches your eye—and your wallet—while you’re away from home, be sure to set a budget to prevent buyer’s remorse. Research average prices at your destination to prevent “sticker shock,” and if you’re visiting another country, be sure to stay aware of the currency exchange rate to snag the best deals.

Remember: travel is about experiencing new things, so don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone a bit. The perfect experience is waiting out there, just for you!

 

7 Tips For Choosing Accommodation in Wales

7 Tips For Choosing Accommodation in Wales

To many, a holiday is one of the most special times of the year. You can spend it with loved ones, from friends and family to your other half, and it’s a break from the cycle a lot of us find ourselves in for the […]