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Handy Holiday Essentials for Traveling Post-Covid

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Today we want to share some handy holiday essentials for traveling post-covid. As summer winds down and Covid restrictions begin to ease up, we’re learning to live in a post-covid world where many aspects of living have been changed forever – including the checklists we make before traveling! Although you may be excited going on holiday for the first time in a while, it can be stressful knowing what to pack. Have I got the right documentation? Have I got the right equipment with me? Did I pack hand sanitizer?

To make sure you’ve efficiently adapted to this ‘new normal’, we’ve put together a list of COVID smart travel essentials you should be packing as we get fully into the swing of summer.

Essentials for Traveling Post-Covid

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  1. Face masks

Although face masks are no longer mandatory in many places, there are still many businesses and public places that do require them. In fact, many airlines are still enforcing face masks, so you won’t be able to board without one.

To make sure you’re not caught out, be sure to pack a face mask (and spares!) just in case.

  1. Quick drying mini hand sanitizer that fits the airports restrictions

If we’ve learnt anything this year, it’s that personal hygiene is crucial. To make sure that you’re not putting yourself or others at danger, it’s important to wash and sanitize your hands regularly. To keep your hands germ-free on the move, you should consider investing in a mini hand sanitizer that will fit easily into your bag. That way, you can still keep your hands clean if you don’t have access to running water.

Remember, you’re only able to take up to 100ml bottles on the flight with you in hand luggage, so mini bottles are ideal!

  1. Anti-bacterial wipes

If you’re traveling to the airport by train, you’ll want to pack anti-bacterial wipes. That way, you can sanitise your seat table (if you have one) before you sit down and afterwards, to help protect yourself and others from Covid.

You should also regularly disinfect your phone, sunglasses, keys and anything else you touch regularly.

  1. A thermometer

If you’d rather be safe than sorry, a thermometer can be a great item to stash away in your suitcase. That way you can check that you and your family are within the healthy temperature range to keep yourselves and others safe. 

  1. Apple Pay

With thousands of types of bacteria festering on paper currency, it’s never been more important to set up your Apple Pay. By setting up your mobile phone to facilitate payments, you can avoid handling cash and therefore encounter far fewer germs during your trip.

It’s also worthwhile to note that due to the pandemic, many businesses no longer accept cash payments!

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  1. A first-aid kit

Finally, it never harms to come prepared with a first-aid kit. Packed with everything from plasters to antihistamines and relief tablets should you fall ill on holiday, you can be confident that you’ve packed for all eventualities.

The bottom line is that traveling during Covid needn’t be stressful. By taking the time to pack some little extras and coming prepared for all eventualities, you too can enjoy a relaxing summer break with your nearest and dearest.

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Storing a Motorhome When It’s Not in Use

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Today we want to share some great tips on storing a motorhome when it’s not in use. There are many perks to having a motorhome and sales have skyrocketed during COVID-19 with so many people opting for staycations. You get a real sense of freedom with a motorhome and it is essentially a mobile second home, but there are also ways that you can use it when you are not on holiday to really make the most out of it. Keep reading to find out the best ways to use a motorhome when you are not using it.

Rent it Out

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The best way to use a motorhome that you are currently not using it is to rent it out to holidaymakers. The staycation trend is here to stay for a while and motorhomes are in demand, so you could get a decent stream of income from renting out your holiday home when you are not using it yourself. This could make a big difference to your financial situation and see you profit from the investment. Additionally, it is good for the vehicle to be used instead of sitting idle for too long, so it will help to keep it in good condition too.

Spare Living Space

You can also use the motorhome as extra living space when you are not on holiday. You could use it as a space for your kids to enjoy (and to keep the house neater and quieter), it could be used as a spare room for when you have guests to stay, or you could even have mini camping trips in your own garden. Essentially, it is an upgrade on a spare room that can be used in all kinds of different ways.

Storage

You will also find that having your own motorhome is helpful for storage. A home can quickly become cluttered over the years, especially when you have kids, but a motorhome provides you with additional protected space where you can keep spare and seasonal items.

Insurance & Rules

Leading on from this, it is important to remember that you need to have insurance in place throughout the year to protect both the vehicle and any possessions that you have inside. There are also various rules that you need to be aware of when it comes to motorhome storage, such as not using the vehicle as a completely self-sufficient and separate home and securing planning permission if it is not stored on your drive or in your garden.

A motorhome can be a fantastic investment and not just because it can act as a second mobile home. You can also make good usage out of the vehicle when you are not using it with the above being just a few examples of ways in which you can use it and even make money from it.

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What Questions You Can Expect on a US Citizenship Test?

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Here are some questions you can expect on a U.S. Citizenship test. The US has significant appeal to would-be migrants around the globe. A home in the states could be your ticket to Hollywood stardom or, depending on your aims, might put you closer to family and friends you have in the country. Whatever you goal, you’ll have to contend with what can be a fairly protracted immigration process.

Among the more notorious and intimidating components of the immigration process, is the written citizenship test. To pass, you’ll need to demonstrate knowledge of the country you’re trying to enter in order to satisfy the authorities that you’re going to be a productive member of the society.

So, what’s included in the test?

General American History

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To understand why America is the way that it is today, you need to understand American history. This means answering basic questions like explaining why the colonists first came to America, as well as being able to recall a few important dates like that of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence, and of the Constitution.

Government Jargon

At the outset, it can appear that the way that the US government is set up is hideously complicated. There are three branches of government to worry about, and a whole lot of procedure. You’ll need to know about the role of the judicial branch, the makeup of the cabinet, and the duties of the federal government versus those of the individual states.

American Geography

You should memorize the states that border Canada, and the states that border Mexico. You should know a few of the original thirteen states. You won’t be asked for all of them, but knowing the country and where everything is will be helpful.

American Rights

One of the things that distinguishes America from just about every other country is the number of rights that citizens are afforded. Most of these protections came about thanks to the Bill of Rights, which includes the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Being aware of all of these documents and their contents is absolutely critical.

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What if I need help?

If you have access to an experienced immigration lawyer, you’ll be guided through the process of immigration, and be provided with a whole range of resources on the country and how to get into it. There are also a whole range of resources available online concerning the test, and America in general. These include apps which will give you a way of delving into the topic in short spells. It’s generally better to know more than you strictly need to than to go in feeling uncertain.

To pass the test, you will need to score 60% or above, so it’s important that, in order to achieve your dreams of living in the US, you’ll need to make all the necessary legal precautions, as well as brushing up on your revision. Once you’ve jumped through those hoops, you can celebrate the official start to your new life. Good luck!

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Great Tips for Moving Overseas

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Have you ever thought about changing your entire lifestyle? Today we want to share some great tips for moving overseas. Moving to another country sounds exciting and full of new opportunities, and will definitely change your life. Although it can be quite daunting, it’s crucial to have an important checklist to make your move easier and less stressful. Learning how to feel at home in a foreign country, whether you’re there for a year or more, it’s a great opportunity to reinvent yourself and start fresh.

Before hopping on a plane with your suitcase full of ambition and excitement, here are a couple of things you’ll need to consider.

Great Tips for Moving Overseas

Prepare your documents

Of course, this is the most important thing to consider before planning your move since it can take a longer time than you expect. Getting your documents in order can sometimes be complicated, so make sure to inform yourself and start the process on time. Check your passport dates, Visa requirements for the country you’re moving to, and remember to get health insurance.

For example, if you’re moving to the U.S. it’s important to know that you’ll need USCIS certified translation of important documents like birth certificates, transcripts, and others. The USCIS requirements are extremely strict, so having a professional and legal translator can help you avoid rejected visas, background checks, and slow application processes.

Research the country you’re moving to

It’s normal to do a background check on the country you plan to spend a year or more in, but remember to go through all the important details, even the minor ones. Some countries charge for importing personal belongings, vehicles, furniture, etc., regardless of whether they arrive by boat, air, truck, or on the person.

Check information about transportation since it will be a crucial point in your stay, and think about the living cost. Research about necessities and check the cost to rent an apartment since the price can vary depending on the location, size, amenities, and whether it has been recently renovated.

Figure out your work plan

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A lot of people when moving to a new country usually decide to look for a job once they’ve settled. Others look for job opportunities before moving, so they don’t have to stress about it. If you’re planning to get a job in your new country, find out what your chances are and what requirements you’ll need.

If you need to have a good knowledge of that country’s language, think about taking classes before moving. Some countries offer better job opportunities for foreigners who speak the country’s language or work in a domestic company, and they can offer paid accommodation. 

Networking

Meeting people who have recently moved to that country whether they’re from your country or another, is always welcomed. Also, making virtual friends with people from your desired country can be quite beneficial in finding all the nooks and crannies to help you feel less stressed. There are plenty of online communities where foreigners living abroad gather together and share information.

These communities serve as a valuable space where a person can ask questions and get helpful feedback and even brutally honest responses about the realities. You can make some good friends that will help you once you land in the country. But remember, anything government-related should be checked with the government or a qualified professional. And don’t take all information for granted since everyone has a different perspective on things.

Great Tips for Moving Overseas

Understanding the culture

Be ready to experience culture shock, and remember to see differences as just differences. Don’t accept cultural stereotypes as facts, and have a more open mind. The fact is you will always stand out as a foreigner, you just have to embrace it, and you’ll always meet people who are uncomfortable with anything unfamiliar. Just remember to restore your emotional and mental health from time to time.

Also, try to eat locally and figure out what you like and dislike. You will always find places that serve food you’re comfortable with, and you don’t necessarily have to adjust to local cuisine. When you’re going out, try to drink what the locals drink and discover new things. This is another great way to learn useful vocabulary.

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Final thoughts

Moving overseas is not for everyone, but it’s good to do it anyway. It might be the best or worst experience in your life, nevertheless, it will be a useful experience. Be open to new opportunities that lead to social interactions, and don’t isolate yourself. This will greatly help you change your way of thinking and your lifestyle. It’s a great chance to start a new life that’s authentically yours in a country that’s not.

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Why Traveling in the UK is the Future for Holidays

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Today we want to explain why traveling in the UK is the future for holidays. Staycations have become a major trend in recent times as a result of COVID-19, but it is thought that this could become a long-term trend and a popular choice even once the pandemic has ended. This is because there are many benefits to keeping travel within the UK – keep reading to find out what the main advantages are.

Many Places to Choose From

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One major benefit that people are discovering is that the UK is actually incredibly beautiful and diverse. There are places all over the UK that can be the perfect setting for a staycation whether you are looking for a city break, adventure holiday or even a beach holiday.

Easy to Travel

You will also find that the UK is incredibly easy to travel around, which can make any holiday stress free and easy to arrange. The train network is extensive and it can be easy to find trains to London from just about anywhere and you can then access all other areas of the UK from the capital.

More Affordable & Ability to Work

You can usually make savings by opting for a staycation as opposed to an international holiday. On top of this, many people have opted for “workcations” where they work remotely while on holiday so that they do not have to take any time off.

Removes Uncertainty

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Currently, there is a great deal of uncertainty surrounding international travel and a pre-booked holiday could be cancelled at any moment as a result of COVID-19. A staycation is a much safer bet and will continue to be so for a while the pandemic continues and there is the risk of new variants and outbreaks in destinations.

Reduce Carbon Footprint

Travelling in the UK and locally also allows people to reduce their environmental impact by a significant amount compared to international flights. In a time where people are becoming increasingly eco-conscious, this will be an appealing advantage to many.

Support Local & National Economy

Vacationing in the UK also provides people with a chance to stimulate both the local and national economies. The effects of COVID-19 will be felt for some time from an economic standpoint, but when people opt for staycations and support small businesses, it will help with the recovery.

These are just a few of the benefits to staycations and why they are likely to become a long-term trend even after the pandemic. Many people are discovering the joys of staycations and the UK has many great places to consider.

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Pre-Travel Checklist: What to Do Before Traveling Abroad

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Today we want to share some important tips on what to do before traveling abroad. The world is slowly opening up again and many of us are looking forward to getting away for a change of scene. But after so many restrictions for such a long time, we’re all a bit out of practice. What are the essential pre-trip to-dos to ensure your holiday runs without a hitch?

Transport Logistics

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Firstly, how are you getting to your destination? If you’re flying, how much luggage allowance do you have?

How about when you arrive? Consider how you’re going to get around, as taxis aren’t always the best idea. If you’ve got long distances to travel, consider hiring a car and look into companies and rates before you go. Perhaps you’re planning to catch the bus or train. If so, familiarise yourself with their routes and make sure you have some cash on you. You’ll feel much more relaxed if you know exactly what you’re doing on arrival.

Money

Finances will be a huge part of the trip and you need to make sure they’re in place before heading off. Firstly, what’s the currency and exchange rate? It’s helpful to always be aware of how much everything is costing. And how are you going to manage your money? It’s always good to carry a little bit of cash but the best solution is often a pre-paid debit card, allowing you to spend whatever money is on the card and not have to worry about carrying lots of cash around.

Safety

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If you’re traveling to a place you’ve never been before, it’s a good idea to research the area and its cultures. Learn a few key phrases that will help if you’re in a muddle, such as “I am lost” or “I need the hospital”. Familiarize yourself with the different customs and laws or any tourist scams. Have a look into whether there are there any gestures that are considered offensive and what percentage customers generally tip.Accommodation Options

Will you be staying in a hotel? Traveling around hostels? Maybe you’re planning on an Airbnb or you’re keen to camp. Have you considered hiring a campervan? A lot will depend on budget, so make sure you’ve done your sums. And upon making your choice, have a think about a few things – how are you going to wash your clothes? Are you happy to share a room with strangers? Do you need to research campsites?    

Activities

Do you want to tick off all the main tourist activities, or would you prefer to explore the hidden side of your destination? Research into any events that might be going on and try to find out where the locals go. Check opening times of attractions and budget for entry fees.

Documentation

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What documents do you need for your trip? A passport is the obvious one – don’t forget it! But also consider whether you need vaccination certificates or a visa. Don’t overlook travel insurance, which will cover any emergency medical treatment, lost luggage, cancelled trips and more. It might be a good idea to buy a document holder that keeps everything together.

Electronics

You’ll probably require an adapter to use your electronics, so look into what type you will need. And have a think about your phone – you’ll spend a lot if you’re going to be calling people and using the internet. Consider a pre-paid phone card for calls and if you need to get online, you might be best to visit internet cafes.

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Moving on a Budget Across the Country

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Today we want to share some great tips on moving on a budget across the country. Moving is a stressful but necessary process for every person. It can be expensive and time-consuming, which is why it’s essential to plan accordingly. Whether you’re moving across the country or just down the street, many different things need to be considered before packing up your bags and heading out of town. This article will focus on moving on a budget to help your journey be fun and hassle-free.

Budget and Save For the Move

Moving in America can be a costly process, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. One of the most important things you need to do before moving is research and budget for your move. To determine how much you’ll need, take into account all expenses related to your move: packing materials, booking movers or renting a truck/van (depending on where you’re going), gas for driving there, and lodging while in transit if necessary.

Find a Professional Moving Company

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Find a professional long-distance mover specializing in cross-country moves, get estimates from the company you like best, compare prices to find the one with the most affordable rates. A lot of companies offer discounts if you book ahead or pay upfront.

There are many reputed cross country movers in America, and it can be difficult to find one that’s both reliable and affordable. You can make this process easier by calling for estimates from different companies before deciding on which company to work with. When comparing quotes, look at all aspects: price, services offered (will they pack your items? what kinds of vehicles they use?), estimated time frame for delivery, payment methods accepted, cancellation policies. You want to find a mover who offers competitive pricing and offers some guarantee if anything happens during transit or an incident occurs while loading/unloading your belongings. This way, you would find a professional moving company that would cost according to your budget.

Pack Your Belongings Carefully

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It would help if you started by purging your belongings to reduce the number of items you’ll have to pack. Be realistic about what will fit in one load and decide how much storage space or square footage is available at your destination. The less a company has to pack, the less you’ll pay for your move.

Packing can feel like an overwhelming task, but you might only need two or three boxes per room instead of six or seven! Plan carefully, so there are no surprises while unpacking at the other end; start with the heaviest objects first and work from top to bottom as far as organization goes. Make sure everything you take is important to save money.

You can also use a “one-in, one-out” rule. If you bring in something new, you have to get rid of an old item at the same time. This is especially important if you are downsizing and don’t want your belongings cluttering up storage spaces for years on end!

Travel to the New Home

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If you are moving your car along with a moving truck or van, you will need to add in costs for transportation, lodging along the way, your meals, and more. Keep a few things in mind as you are planning your budget for this type of move:

Transportation might be worth the investment to hire a moving company, but if there is more than one car involved in the move, it will get expensive.

Lodging – take advantage of friends and family along the way who can spare an extra bed or couch. This may save you money on hotel rooms.

Meals – plan ahead and prepare food that doesn’t need refrigeration. Avoid eating out unless necessary!

Arrange For Utilities in Your New Destination

One of the first things to do once you settle is ensuring that you have arranged for utility services and the cost for these services.

Check with the municipality to see what is available in your new community or neighborhood and how it can be accessed at an affordable rate.

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Ensure that you have contacted all of your providers for their specific requirements (e.g., cable TV service provider) as well as any other utilities that may not require a visit from a representative but still need to be arranged ahead of time (e.g., garbage hauler).

Some companies will give you discounts if you sign up for multiple services, so make sure to explore these options when setting up your arrangements with each company! And don’t forget about local utility cooperatives – they often offer rates lower than those offered by municipal providers since they are funded through membership fees.

Your move to a new country can be an exciting adventure, but it’s still a major life change. There are so many decisions that need to be made and preparations you must make before the big day arrives. We hope this blog post has given you some guidance on how to prepare for your cross-country relocation! Also, if there is anything we didn’t cover in our article that you would like more information about, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us!

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5 Challenges To Consider When Working Abroad

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Today we want to share 5 challenges to consider when working abroad. Taking up a job abroad could be a chance to earn a living and see the world. However, it could also come with its challenges. Here are just some of the challenges to consider when working abroad.

Obtaining the right visa

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In order to work abroad, you’ll likely have to apply for a working visa. There may be different types of visa depending on the length of time you plan to work in a country. It’s important that you apply for the right one. Applying for a visa could be difficult in some circumstances and you may need to hire the help of a immigration lawyer. You will usually have to pay a small fee for a working visa.

Affording the living costs

The cost of living varies from country to country. If you’re moving abroad to work, it’s important to consider how much you’re likely to be earning and whether this is enough to reasonably maintain the same lifestyle abroad. In some countries like Switzerland, you may find that you earn a lot more, however accommodation and groceries could also be a lot more expensive. Do the math before you travel out there.

Speaking the language

If English is not the official language, it could be worth trying to learn some of the local language. While you’re likely to find English speakers all around the world, there could still be some people who don’t speak a word of English and communicating with these people could be a necessity. Learning some of the basics will help you to get by when speaking to these people. Even if knowing the local language isn’t necessary to get the job, it will likely still look good on your application and could put you in a better position than other applicants. 

Adjusting to the customs and traditions

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Getting used to a new country means getting used to a new culture. Consider researching into some of the customs and traditions before you decide to work in a country. On top of looking into everyday customs, it could be important to consider the work culture. In some countries, you may be expected to work longer hours or you may find that you don’t have the same employee protection. You need to be prepared to deal with this when working abroad. 

Keeping communication with family and friends

If you’re moving abroad to work, it’s possible that you may be able to take some family members with you – however you’ll also have to be prepared to leave some family and friends behind. Fortunately, today’s technology such as social media and video calling has made keeping communication with loved ones on the other side of the world a lot easier. That said, virtual communication is still not the same as in-person communication and you need to be sure that this is something you’re willing to sacrifice. If you’re only working somewhere for a few months, you may be able to more easily cope without seeing family and friends. If you’re planning to stay longer, you may have to put more thought into the decision. 

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Staying In The UK When Your Visa Comes To An End

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Today we want to talk to you about staying in the UK when your visa come to an end. Unfortunately, most visas do not last forever. Therefore, if you want to remain in the country in question, you are going to need to make an application for an extension. Keeping that in mind, in this blog post, we are going to take a look at what is entailed if you want to stay in the United Kingdom and your visa is coming to an end. 

Don’t bury your head in the sand

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Before we tell you a little bit more about the process that is involved, i.e. making an indefinite leave to remain application, it is imperative that you do not bury your head in the sand. Simply letting the clock run down and doing nothing about it is the worst thing you can do.

Instead, you need to be proactive. You need to get in touch with an experienced immigration lawyer as soon as possible, as they will be able to tell you what is required and help you to make the appropriate visa application. 

What forms will you need to fill in?

‘FLR O’ is the name of the form you will fill in when you are applying for discretionary leave to remain in the UK. If you are wondering who can apply for FLR O, we will answer that question, and many more, below.

So, who is an FLRO application suitable for? 

Well, when applying for discretionary leave, you are essentially asking for discretion to be exercised in your favour so that you can stay in the United Kingdom. So, most people who apply for this type of visa do so because their UK visa has expired or is about to. Therefore, when making your application, you need to provide a compelling reason for why you should remain in the United Kingdom. 

There are various reasons why this may be the case. For instance, you may want to capitalise on a better standard of living, or you may not be able to return to your home country in order to follow the procedure whereby you would visit the British Embassy for an entry clearance so you can then return to the UK. 

Nevertheless, despite this, most people who fill in an FLR O form do so because they have made a life for themselves here in the United Kingdom, and this is something they are not ready to give up on. 

Therefore, you will need an established family or private life, and this can ensure you remain in the country as Article 8 of the Human Rights Act 1998 states that an individual’s family and private life must be respected.

So there you have it: an insight into making an application to stay in the UK if your visa is coming to an end. The most important thing you need to do is seek the help and assistance of an experienced immigration lawyer who can help you to make sure that your application is filled in and submitted in the correct manner.

 

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10 Helpful Fashion Hacks for Traveling Women

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Today we want to share 10 helpful fashion hacks for traveling women. Traveling is great fun, but packing rarely is. After all, you have to plan out what to bring and how to make it all fit into your suitcase. Moreover, you need to find ways to make sure that your clothes will stay in decent shape, all while having limited access to a washing machine and dryer while you’re on a holiday or a business trip. Even ladies who travel often can still struggle with acing the fashion game while traveling.

Fortunately, there are hacks that you can try to make fashion less of a headache when traveling. From space-saving solutions to innovative travel products, here are a few tricks that can help you:

Keep Yourself Warm

ashion Hacks for Traveling WomenEven if you’re headed off to a place with a warmer climate, it can get very cold on the way to your destination. Long-haul flights and overnight train rides can get uncomfortable and unhealthy if you don’t keep yourself warm. Make sure to bring a jacket that you can easily reach for in your carry-on pack. Additionally, you can slip on a pair of tights to keep your legs and feet nice and toasty while giving you optimum freedom of movement. Don’t forget to pack a high-quality pair of pajamas so that you can wear sleepwear for comfort as soon as you settle in for bed.

Roll Up Your Clothes for Better Packing

While it might seem like second nature to lay your clothes flat in your suitcase, you might take up more space than you intend to. Instead, roll up your clothes and pack them that way. You’ll be surprised at how much more can fit in your suitcase. If you’re worried about wrinkling your clothes, you can put a piece of paper between your tops before rolling them up to help them keep their shape.

Palettes Are Your Best Friend

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Bringing makeup during travel can be a bit of a hassle, especially when you have to pack several colors of the same product. Take a page out of the makeup artist’s book and get travel palettes that have everything you need in them.

Many cosmetic brands already sell palettes that have eyeshadows, blush, highlighter, and bronzer that suit a number of skin tones. Additionally, it’s easy to find lip palettes that have a variety of colors to choose from. It’s simply a matter of picking one that suits your needs and preferences.

Save Space by Packing Things Inside Your Shoes

While shoes are undeniably bulky items, you can put things inside them to save space. Rolled-up socks and small bottles can easily fit inside a shoe. This prevents these items from adding extra bulk and keeps them safe while you’re traveling. Best of all, this trick also helps your shoes stay in shape!

Use a Straw for Packing Necklaces

There’s nothing worse than having to untangle your necklace in your hotel room before you have to go. To avoid this, string your necklaces through a plastic straw and clasp them. Not only will doing this keep them in shape, but you now have a reason to save those plastic straws from your takeout orders.

Bring Versatile Jackets That Go with Anything

If you’re going to a cold-weather destination, you can get away with wearing the same 1-2 jackets for the duration of your stay. Leather, fleece, and knitted jackets don’t need to be frequently washed and won’t necessarily smell after a few wears. Plus, you’ll always look stylish in photos.

Travel Comfortably and Change When You Land

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This should go without saying, but pack your heeled shoes and travel in comfortable footwear. If you have to go straight to a formal occasion or just want to look chic, simply change into your heels in the airport or on the way to your destination.

Use Your Hair Straightener to Unwrinkle Clothes

Sometimes, getting wrinkled clothing is inevitable. You can solve this problem in a pinch by using your hair straightener to iron it out. The shape of the wand makes it easy to flatten fabric and get into those hard-to-reach areas like the collar or between buttons.

Invest in a Travel Case for Your Undergarments

Keep your underwear from getting lost or deformed by getting a specialized case to store them in. This travel case will protect your intimates and make it easy for you to find them in your suitcase, too.

Keep Shirt Collars Stiff with a Belt

When going on a business trip, packing your office clothes can be a nightmare. The last thing you need to deal with is a crumpled and misshapen collar while you’re there. Keep this from happening by storing a coiled belt in your shirt collar. It saves space, too!

There’s no doubt that attending to your fashion needs can be difficult to do when you’re traveling. Hopefully, you found these tips helpful in making your life a little easier. Make sure to pack smart, travel in style, and enjoy your trip!

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Highway 1: One of California’s Most Dangerous and Beautiful Roads

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Today we want to talk to you about Highway 1: one of California’s most dangerous and beautiful roads. When looking for a nice area for a road trip, you will be hard-pressed to find a stretch of roadway more idyllic than California’s Highway 1. Highway 1 or, to use its more romantic name, the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH), runs along 656 miles of California’s coastline. The drive along this highway provides some of the most beautiful coastal views in the world.

Drivers should not get too caught up in the scenery, though. Due to the fact that this roadway follows the natural coastline for the majority of the drive, it is subject to the fact that straight lines are rarely found in nature. You won’t find long stretches of the PCH where you can put on the cruise control and hold the wheel steady. Instead, you must repeatedly reduce your speed to take all of the twists and turns that this road has on offer.

From Mendocino to Orange County

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The Pacific Coast Highway is an offshoot of U.S. Route 101 in the north. It was born off of that roadway near Leggett in Mendocino County. The highway then runs south through the San Francisco Bay Area and the Greater Los Angeles Area before emptying into Interstate 5 just south of Laguna Beach in Orange County. At multiple points, the PCH runs concurrently with US 101.

Take Your Time

It’s not a great idea for drivers to stare out at the lovely natural scenes as they try to negotiate this winding roadway. Fortunately, though, there are plenty of turnouts available at the most picturesque points. Drivers in a rush should skip this highway altogether and instead opt for the more speed efficient Interstate 5. If you are driving along the PCH, you should be prepared to take your time and pull over from now and then to enjoy the natural beauty.

Drivers who take the highway in one go, without any stops, can expect to go from end to end in around 12 hours when traffic is not a problem. However, blistering through these coastal vistas would be a waste. Along with the beauty available on the turnouts, there are so many other things to experience along the drive.

California's Most Dangerous and Beautiful Roads

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One of the most popular stretches of this roadway is the Big Sur region, which is home to magnificent redwood forests, along with spectacular views, hiking, and other recreational activities. Stop off here for a couple of days so that you can enjoy one of the most beautiful regions of one of the most beautiful states.

The highway also runs through Sonoma County, which makes up a large portion of California’s “wine country.” When stopping here, make sure to stay a night or two, as you won’t be able to both fully enjoy this area and drive safely. In fact, this is probably one of the most dangerous sections of the Pacific Coast Highway due to raised rates of intoxicated driving.

Dangers of the Road

The twisting roadways and the drunk drivers in wine country are two of the things that make the PCH one of the most dangerous stretches of road in the country. However, they certainly aren’t the only reasons to be cautious.

The highway runs along steep cliff sides at many points while being largely devoid of guardrails, which can be a deadly combination. In wet weather, many sections of the road are at risk of mud or rock slides.

The glorious views may be why this is such an appealing stretch of road to drive, but they also pose one of the biggest hazards. Distracted drivers account for a large number of the accidents that take place along the Pacific Coast Highway each year.

Driver’s should be on high alert when taking this road because if another driver is less than vigilant, your options are often limited. At many points, the highway is only a single lane wide, each way. With steep cliff sides and very little room to maneuver, you really need to keep your wits while driving along this beautiful coastline.

What to Do if in an Accident

Hopefully, your road trip along the Pacific Coast Highway will be a wonderful memory that you can cherish for years to come. However, you should follow the old mantra, “Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst.”

If you are involved in an accident on your drive, there are several steps you must take.

Stop Your Vehicle

The first thing you should do when involved in an accident is to pull your vehicle to the side of the road. Be sure you are in a spot where you are not a risk to other traffic and come to a complete stop.

Check for Injuries

After you have stopped the vehicle, check for injuries. Start by giving yourself a quick examination, then check on any passengers you may have with you. If driving alone or if everyone in your car is okay, safely exit your vehicle to check on anyone else involved in the crash. If anyone is injured, call 911 and follow their instructions.

Exchange Insurance Information and Gather Information

If there are no major injuries, you still need to call the police to report the accident. While you wait for an officer to arrive at the scene, you should exchange insurance information with anyone else involved in the accident. You should also gather as much information about the other vehicle(s) and the accident scene as possible.

File an Accident Report

You have to wait until the police arrive so that you can file an accident report. This is both a legal obligation and helpful in any legal dispute you may face as a result of the accident.

Seek Medical Attention

Even if you don’t think you are injured, you should still make sure to get a thorough examination following an accident. Some injuries are not immediately apparent, and waiting to get checked out until later can hurt any claim for medical compensation that you attempt to make.

Contact Your Insurance

Even if the other driver was at fault and you plan to file a claim with their insurance, you must still inform your insurance company of the accident.

Contact a Lawyer

No matter who was at fault for the accident, it is critical that you contact a lawyer. A qualified car accident attorney in Los Angeles can help ensure that you don’t do anything to damage your case or lessen the amount of any compensation you may receive as a result of the accident.

Safely Enjoy the Drive

A drive along the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway can be one of the best ways to spend a week’s vacation. You don’t want to ruin it by getting in a wreck. While you can’t control other drivers on the road, you can do everything in your power to ensure that your trip is a safe one. A car accident is never a fun way to end a road trip.

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Things to Remember When you are Traveling Abroad With Your Pet

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Today we want to share with you important things to remember when you are traveling abroad with your pet. Do your travel plans include taking your pet along with you? One of your prime concerns should be how you can ensure that your pet will also have a smooth flying experience

Booking the Ticket

If you are traveling with a dog, you cannot purchase a fee separately. Depending on the status of your dog, you might need to fill in and offer additional documentation. The best approach is to call the airline directly and inquire what their policies are. 

Take Your Pet to the Vet

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Sometimes, airlines also need certification from the veterinary doctor to ensure that they are in good health and have taken all the recommended vaccinations. Depending on whether you are bringing the pet to the United States or flying from the United States, you would also need the USDA approval.

Facilitating the paperwork might require time, so you need to act in advance. It is always a wise choice to invest in pet insurance and ensure your pet stays safe and happy. Many great insurance companies like Bivvy Pet Insurance offer amazing and affordable deals to their clients. You can visit Bivvy.com to get more information on Bivvy’s wonderful deals.

Buy the Right Carrier

Check with the airlines to find out the recommended size of the carrier that fits under the seat. If your pet is not inside the carrier, you will adobe required to keep them on a leash and ensure they are well-behaved. 

Pet Fees 

Similar to the US, the different airlines across the world also have different pet policies. Some might recognize the status of your pet as a service dog or an emotional support animal. If the airlines have separate policies in these cases, see if your pet can be an ESA. You will need to ensure that the pet has the necessary certification and the physician’s sign off. 

On the other hand, if there is no legislation supporting service or support animals, you might be required to pay the airline’s pet fee. There might adobe restrictions one which pets you can take along with you in the cabin if they meet the carrier’s weight limit.

Tips for Traveling with a pet 

  • Try to book overnight flights; this way, your pet would be primed to sleep during the journey, 
  • Do not feed your dog beforehand. Instead, use the dinner to slow-feed the dog to calm them down before boarding the flights. 
  • Be sure to carry your dog’s favorite treats and toys. 
  • Pets tend to get dehydrated, so bring a water bowl to allow small quantities of water during the flight.
  • Carry a pee-pad with you for emergencies. It is unlikely for animals to relieve themselves while on the plane. If they do, a puppy pad will come in handy. 
  • If you plan to medicate your dog, try it in advance and ensure no adverse reactions to the medicine. 

COVID-19 Travel Restrictions 

The travel conditions and policies have been turned around by the pandemic. You have to prioritize both your and your pet’s health while traveling. Even if your country allows for international travel, there might be new policies in place regarding traveling with your pets. The website also might not provide updated information. Do not hesitate to contact the airline’s customer support for both your international and domestic flights to gather the necessary and up-to-date information. 

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