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Discover Baku: Your Ultimate October Getaway

Discover Baku: Your Ultimate October Getaway

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When I tell people we have booked to go to Baku in October, they look at me so curiously! Some couldn’t locate it on a map and others  are so curious why Baku and why  October.  I thought in the lead up to our trip id share some learnings and some tips and advice from my research.  October is the perfect time to visit Baku, the vibrant capital of Azerbaijan. With its mix of ancient history and modern marvels, Baku offers a unique and unforgettable travel experience.  Over the next while we will hear more about Baku as Baku is gearing up for the prestigious COP29 conference, set to take place this November. As a key international event addressing climate change, COP29 will bring together world leaders, experts, and activists to discuss and implement critical environmental policies.  Events like this of such importance will really shine a light on Baku and all it has to offer.

Perfect Weather

October in Baku is a delight for visitors. The summer heat has mellowed, and the winter chill is still far away. Expect mild temperatures averaging between 15°C to 20°C (59°F to 68°F), making it ideal for exploring the city’s outdoor attractions.

Rich History and Culture

Baku is a city where the past and present coexist harmoniously. The UNESCO-listed Old City (Icherisheher) is a maze of narrow alleys, historic buildings, and ancient landmarks. Don’t miss the Maiden Tower and the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, which offer a glimpse into Baku’s rich history.

Architectural Marvels

Baku street scene

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Baku’s skyline is a testament to its rapid modernization. The Flame Towers, a trio of skyscrapers designed to resemble flames, light up the night sky and offer a striking contrast to the historical sites. The Heydar Aliyev Center, designed by the renowned architect Zaha Hadid, is another must-see. Its flowing, futuristic design is a masterpiece of modern architecture.

Culinary Delights

Azerbaijani cuisine is a delightful fusion of flavours influenced by its position at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. October is harvest season, so you’ll find fresh, local produce in abundance. Don’t miss the chance to try plov (a traditional rice dish), kebabs, and fresh pomegranate juice. Baku’s bustling markets and cosy restaurants offer a feast for your senses.

Stunning Nature

Just a short drive from the city, you’ll find Gobustan National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site known for its ancient rock carvings and mud volcanoes. The park offers a fascinating glimpse into prehistoric life and stunning natural landscapes. October’s pleasant weather makes it the perfect time for a day trip.


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Father’s Day Brings Us a New Era of Dad Rock: From Retro to Relevant

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day, which is quickly approaching, than to drive your kids crazy with the ultimate dad rock mix? 

Regtransfers, the private number plate company, has created the “Ultimate Dad Rock Driving Playlist for Father’s Day,” a surprising blend of nostalgic but contemporary Spotify songs. Let’s define ‘Dad Rock’ first before we get into the new music that will surprise younger Dads.

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Older generations’ (particularly dads’) favourite music has long been referred to as “dad rock” in this context. It usually consists of classic rock music, which is characterised by guitars, real drumming, and a straightforward rock sound.   Every generation always has something negative to say about the music of the one before it, only to have its own tastes become the next “dad rock.” What was once considered bold and daring is now seen with nostalgia.

“Dad rock” is a badge of pride that many fathers—and even grandfathers—have worn, signifying music that has enduring appeal. There is a growing appreciation for dad rock as seen by the rise in popularity of dad rock CDs and playlists. But as dads get older, so does the next generation of “Dad Rock,” which is going to make some dads feel like they’re in the stone age! Here are a some of the most memorable songs from the scary repertoire that are now categorised as “Dad Rock.”

Some Songs You Wouldn’t Have Known Were “Dad Rock”

Even though Limp Bizkit’s “Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)” has been around for more than 20 years, it could appear too modern for dad rock. The inclusion of Blur’s “Song 2” and Green Day’s “American Idiot” in the mix shows that early 2000s hits have become dad rock mainstays.

You may be astonished to hear that songs you used to love, like “Morning Glory” by Oasis or “Can’t Stop” by Red Hot Chilli Peppers, are now considered dad rock. The unexpected selections of “Oh My God” by Kaiser Chiefs and “Stupid Girl” by Garbage show how dad rock’s boundaries have expanded.

Two 2000s hits, “Chelsea Dagger” by The Fratellis and “All the Small Things” by Blink-182, have earned a place in the dad rock hall of fame. The fact that covers of Alien Ant Farm’s “Smooth Criminal” and Sum 41’s “In Too Deep” make the list further evidence that the early 2000s marked a turning point in the development of dad rock.

Even more contemporary songs, such as “Somebody Told Me” by The Killers and “Learn to Fly” by Foo Fighters, have met the requirements. Dad rock classics like ‘This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race’ by Fall Out Boy and ‘Pretty Fly (for a White Guy)’ by The Offspring should not be overlooked.

Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” is a timeless classic, while Bowling for Soup’s “The Girl All The Bad Guys Want” is a fun addition. “Numb” by Linkin Park, which shows how dad rock has influenced nu-metal, closes off the set.

Where Did the Name “Dad Rock” Originate?

At first, the term “dad rock” was used to mock older generations’ musical preferences, particularly those of dads who were devoted to bands from the 1970s and 1980s. Imagine a parent telling anybody who would listen, “They just don’t make music like they used to,” while sporting faded jeans and an old tour t-shirt.

Early in the new millennium, music writers and internet forums popularised the phrase “Dad Rock” to describe vintage rock tunes that older males still liked. It was a parody on the idea that your taste in music becomes set in stone at a certain age, generally around 20. Artists like as The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, and The Eagles were often at the focus of the “Dad Rock” debate in the 2000s.

But throughout time, the meaning of the phrase changed. For many, what started out as a somewhat derogatory moniker has become a badge of honour. Dads began to embrace the idea and wear their title of “dad rock” like a medal. These were, after all, the songs that embodied their childhood, provided the soundtrack for their carefree years, and thereafter functioned as a comforting background to their family life.

“Dad rock” is charming because it’s transparent. It is not restricted to a certain era or genre. Though it may have started with classic rock in the 1960s and 1970s, it has since spread to include heavy metal in the 1980s, grunge in the 1990s, and even punk in the early 2000s. In short, if you’re old enough to be a parent, the music you listened to as a child is now known as “dad rock.” It’s an evolving goal that changes with each new generation.

The ‘Dad Rock’ reality

Do you remember the music that you used to blast over your Ford Fiesta’s speakers back in the early 2000s? Even if it seems like a distant memory, you’re no longer as young as you thought you were, but what if you accepted that? ‘Dad Rock’?

This Father’s Day, why not utilise the time you spend in your car teaching your kids about the music your father used to like, and the best part? They cannot moan for even a single day!

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How to Go the Extra Mile with Your Business

If you want to stand out in the business crowd you need to impress and if you want to impress, you need to go the extra mile…

Personalized Wrapping Paper – Wrap It Like It’s Hot


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Anyone can stick a product in a brown box and call it a day, but imagine your customer’s delight when they receive their purchase wrapped in personalized wrapping paper. It will make for asuperior unwrapping experience, right? It will get them excited even before they get to the product inside. It will make your stuff seem special and stand out. The unboxing videos will slap, right?

‘Thank You’ Goes a Long Way – No, Really

If you run a business, you really should never underestimate the power of a simple ‘thank you’. And I’m not just talking about a quick email blast. Sending a handwritten note to your customers, or maybe a personalised email, will show them how much you value them and make your customer service stand out from the crowd. It will help you build a connection that will endure.

Loyalty Perks – Because Who Doesn’t Love a Freebie?

If your customers keep coming back for more, then you are going to want to reward them for their loyalty if you don’t want to lose them. Treat them like the VIPs they re with discounts, early access passes and even the chance to test your new stuff, and they will love you for it and you will stand out from the crowd.

Feedback is Your Friend – Listen Like Your Business Depends on It

Because, well, it does. Encourage your customers to give feedback and actually listen to what they have to say with an open mind and the will to make changes if your customers want them. It will show them you care and you think they matter.

Surprise and Delight – Unleash the Unexpected

Everyone loves a good surprise, right? It could be a random upgrade, a free product sample, or a special discount code on their birthday. These little unexpected perks can turn a regular customer experience into an extraordinary one. Plus, surprises create great stories that customers love to share.

Community Engagement – Get Involved

Get involved in local events or support a community project. Why? Because it shows you care about more than just profits; you care about people. Plus, it’s a feel-good factor that goes beyond the balance sheet, and makes you feel like you matter too.

Stay Ahead of the Curve – Be the Trendsetter

Finally, keep your finger on the pulse of the industry. Be the first to adopt new technologies, jump on emerging trends, or offer the latest products. It shows your customers that you’re forward-thinking and not afraid to take risks. Be the leader, not the follower.

Going the extra mile with your business may involve an extra step or two, but it is totally worth it when you can delight your customers and build a stronger business as a result, right?

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Top Tips for Picking a Wedding Dress for a Winter Wedding

Winter weddings are enchanting, with their cozy atmosphere and stunning snowy backdrops. However, choosing the perfect wedding dress for a winter celebration requires some extra considerations to ensure you stay warm and look breathtaking. Living in Western Europe where the climate is on the colder, temperate side we tend to try to plan wedding for the summer months and hope for sunshine. However it doesn’t have to be like this often venues and suppliers offer discounted rates for weddings in what would be deemed as off peak times. If you do decided to go for a winter wedding we have compiled some top tips on picking a dress making the most of the season and likely weather for that time of year.

1. Embrace Seasonal Fabrics

Winter weddings call for richer, heavier fabrics that provide warmth and comfort. Opt for materials such as:

  • Velvet: Luxurious and warm, perfect for adding a touch of elegance.
  • Satin: Smooth and glossy, offering a timeless and sophisticated look.
  • Mikado: A blend of silk and nylon, known for its structure and warmth.
  • Taffeta: Crisp and slightly textured, ideal for voluminous skirts.

These fabrics not only keep you cozy but also add a luxurious feel to the dress.

2. Consider Long Sleeves

Long-sleeved wedding dresses are a beautiful and practical choice for winter weddings. They add an element of sophistication and provide extra warmth. Options include:

  • Illusion Sleeves: Made from sheer fabric, often adorned with lace or beadwork, offering a delicate and romantic look.
  • Lace Sleeves: Provide a vintage and timeless appeal.
  • Solid Fabric Sleeves: For a more modern and minimalist look.

Long sleeves can be tailored to match any wedding dress style, from bohemian to classic ball gowns. I had a spring wedding myself and my own main dress requirement was to incorporate some sleeve.  Even to this day I adore looking back at my wedding pictures seeing my dress.

3. Add Layers

Layering is key to staying warm without compromising style. Consider these options:

  • Capes and Capelets: These can add a dramatic flair and can be removed for indoor celebrations.
  • Shrugs and Boleros: Perfect for covering your shoulders and arms while adding a touch of elegance.
  • Faux Fur Wraps: Add a luxurious and cozy element, ideal for outdoor photos.

These layers can be easily incorporated into your bridal look and removed when indoors or during dancing. It makes the transition from the colder outdoor much easier.

4. Choose the Right Accessories

Winter weddings offer unique opportunities for accessories that complement the season:

  • Gloves: Long, elegant gloves can keep your hands warm and add a vintage charm.
  • Scarves and Shawls: These can be both practical and stylish, especially for outdoor ceremonies or photos.
  • Winter Boots: Consider a pair of stylish white or silver boots for outdoor photos to keep your feet warm and dry.

Make sure your accessories align with your overall wedding theme and dress style. I am an accessories girl and you can really add to an outfit with the right accessories, just dont overdue it! There can be a fine line between classy and over done.

5. Pay Attention to Necklines

Higher necklines can provide extra warmth and a sophisticated look. Options include:

  • Bateau Neckline: Elegant and modest, extending to the shoulder line.
  • High Neckline: Adds a vintage or royal feel, especially when combined with lace or beadwork.
  • Off-the-Shoulder with Sleeves: Balances coverage and style, providing warmth while showcasing your shoulders.

Choosing the right neckline can enhance your comfort and style in colder weather. I have long been a fan of the elegance of the high neckline and a winter wedding is the perfect time to incorporate one into your dress choice.

If you do have any more tips drop them in the comments below.


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Home & Interiors

Keeping Your Home Comfortable: When to Call a Heating and Plumbing Service

Keeping Your Home Comfortable: When to Call a Heating and Plumbing Service

Our houses serve as our havens, and having a cozy space is essential to unwinding. To preserve this comfort, heating and plumbing systems are essential since they make sure we have hot water, adequate drainage, and controlled temperatures. However, how can you tell when professional assistance is required for your plumbing and heating systems?

Here’s a guide to help you identify situations where calling a heating and plumbing service is the best course of action:

The Telltale Signs of Plumbing Trouble:

  • Leaks: Dripping faucets, damp spots on walls or ceilings, and pooling water around fixtures are all signs of a potential leak. Left unattended, leaks can lead to serious water damage and mold growth.
  • Clogged Drains: Slow-draining sinks, bathtubs, and toilets are frustrating and unsanitary. While some clogs may be cleared with DIY methods, persistent clogs often require a plumber’s expertise and specialized equipment.
  • Water Pressure Fluctuations: Unexplained changes in water pressure, like sudden drops or weak flow, can indicate a problem with your pipes or fixtures.
  • Strange Noises: Gurgling or knocking sounds from your pipes could signal air trapped in the system, loose pipes, or a failing water heater.

When to Call a Heating Technician:

  • Uneven Heating or Cooling: If your home feels uncomfortably cold or hot in specific areas, or different rooms vary significantly in temperature, your heating system might be malfunctioning.
  • Unusual Noises: Loud banging, clanking, or screeching noises emanating from your furnace or heating system are cause for concern and could indicate a failing component.
  • Poor Indoor Air Quality: Dust buildup, allergies, and respiratory issues can sometimes be linked to an inefficient heating system that’s not properly filtering air.
  • Pilot Light Issues: If your gas furnace has a pilot light that keeps going out, it’s crucial to call a technician to diagnose the problem and ensure safe operation.

Beyond Repairs: Preventive Maintenance is Key

Don’t wait for a crisis to call a heating and plumbing service. Regular maintenance is essential for preventing problems before they occur. Here are some preventative measures you can take:

  • Schedule annual inspections for your heating and plumbing systems.
  • Clean drains regularly to prevent clogs.
  • Insulate pipes in exposed areas to prevent freezing during winter.
  • Have your water heater flushed periodically to remove sediment buildup.

You can keep your house warm, guarantee that your plumbing and heating systems function properly, and save expensive repairs down the road by being proactive and aware of the warning signs. Recall that your companion in preserving a secure and cozy home is a licensed heating and plumbing business.

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The Significance of Water Coolers for Offices

The Significance of Water Coolers for Offices

The water cooler has now evolved and lies as an important feature of today’s workstation, especially for white-collar employees who may be too busy to get time out of their busy schedules to engage in other social activities but need to take some water. Besides constantly supplying access to pure drinking water, water coolers perform several other roles that are also essential for promoting health and well-being and increasing the productivity of employees in the office. 

The various functions that water coolers serve in offices 

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The primary function of a water cooler dispenser in a workplace is to ensure that workers have enough water between their working hours. From this perspective, the importance of water in the body cannot be overemphasized because of its physical and mental performance, learning and working aptitudes required for effective work. Employees can become fatigued, have headaches, suffer from poor concentration, and experience other effects that harm their work performance. 

Water dispensers have been a typical office accessory used for refreshing water and small, informal chats by workers. They are an informal meeting point since people can meet as they wish and coordinate with each other irrespective of the organizational hierarchy. These interactions may include simple, routine discussions on business, or employees may simply chat and engage in light conversations to develop relationships and feel more connected. 

It adds to the amenities like the water cooler and makes the workplace environment more vivacious since staff is encouraged to relate more frequently hence leading to enhanced staff cohesion, staff team building and creativity and innovative potentiality for issue solving.

Bottled water systems in workplaces prevent consuming unhealthy products like soda, energy gulp, or even coffee with added sugar. Eating too much sugar causes negative effects on human health, including obesity, diabetes and dental problems; these are some of the diseases that many employees incur expenses to treat, hence have additional cost implications on the employer.   Thus, they offer essentials like water coolers, to meet the basic needs of anybody coming to the house.

Good water coolers for offices can be hugely useful to the employees, achieve the organizational goals and retain the staff. To elaborate, priority needs satisfaction means that an employee would not be forced to spend a large percentage of their income on necessities like clean drinking water and feel valued and appreciated by their employer. 

When the employees feel this is well catered for, a highly rated factor is job satisfaction and the well-being of the workplace environment increases. As a part of the wellness movement, the office water coolers are quite helpful, and when used in conjunction with other initiatives like healthy snack products or an effective exercise regime, the offering can be part of a workplace culture improvement program.


Modern offices use water coolers not only as a source of drinking water but also as objects that can help to solve many problems connected with formal and informal communication.  Consequently, proper selection of a water cooler is an excellent, although basic form of care from an employer with the aim of providing a healthier, more conducive working environment.

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Fairy Travels

48 Hours in Zurich: A Family-Friendly Adventure

48 Hours in Zurich: A Family-Friendly Adventure

Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city, offers a perfect blend of culture, history, and family-friendly activities. Staying at the Novotel Zurich City West, you’re ideally positioned to explore the city’s diverse attractions. Enhance your experience with the Zurich Card, which provides numerous benefits such as free public transport, discounts on admissions, and more. Here’s a detailed guide to making the most of your 48 hours in Zurich with your family.

Getting there

We flew direct with Swiss Air from Dublin to Zurich. It was our first time flying Swiss Air and we were all seriously impressed, on time, spotless plane, great legroom and the complimentary bottled water and Swiss Chocolate were a lovely touch. The airport is located very close to the city so we used our Zurich Card to avail of the train to our hotel which took 9 minutes and a further 10 minutes walk. The transport system is very easy to navigate and the free transport included with the Zurich Card is a huge bonus. We have used them in many cities and its not often transport from the airport is included.

Where we stayed 

Outside view of Novotel Zurich City West

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The Novotel Zurich City West is a modern, family-friendly hotel located in the trendy Zurich-West district, an area known for its vibrant culture and dynamic business environment. Conveniently situated near public transportation, the hotel provides easy access to the city centre and major attractions such as the Bahnhofstrasse shopping street, Lake Zurich, and the FIFA World Football Museum. The hotel boasts a range of facilities designed for both comfort and convenience, including spacious rooms equipped with modern amenities, an on-site restaurant serving international cuisine, a fitness centre, an indoor pool, and dedicated play areas for children. With its blend of comfort, excellent service, and strategic location, Novotel Zurich City West is an ideal choice for both business travellers and families. We had a family room with a sofa bed and a double which was perfect for our needs.

Breakfast was included each day and really was a great selection. The staff at this hotel are really a huge asset to the hotel, from the moment we checked in we felt special and well looked after. A shout out to our lovely host at breakfast, I wish I got his name but you were so kind to us. Also the young waiter who served us each evening and for “Burger Thursday” thank you for your kindness, the kids are still talking about how well you looked after them.

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Spring And Summer Clothing For Boys Guide – Essentials

Spring And Summer Clothing For Boys Guide – Essentials

Spring has arrived with its warmer temperatures, and I’ve been busy updating my children’s wardrobes over the past week. Thanks to our friends and family who have provided so many hand-me-downs for them. Their closet is so full!

Sorting through my boys’ clothes has become quite an ordeal as I decide which ones to keep, donate, lend, and sell at consignment sales locally. Regardless of my buying or sorting methods, knowing which items my kids require is essential

Without a plan, we could easily overspend or accumulate excess clothing. Since our space is limited, keeping only what is essential will help our home remain neat and tidy. I find minimalism inspiring, but I am still striving to perfect its practice!

Here is a list of essentials my boys need for the spring and summer seasons.

5 T-Shirts

T-shirts are a must-have in any boy’s spring and summer wardrobe. They are versatile and comfortable and come in various colors and designs. Opt for lightweight, breathable materials like cotton to keep cool on hot days.

5 Shorts

Shorts are perfect for the warmer months. They allow for freedom of movement and can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Look for durable materials such as denim or cargo shorts for outdoor activities and softer fabrics for casual wear.

4 Lightweight Pants

A pair of lightweight pants is essential for cooler evenings or formal events. Chinos or linen trousers provide comfort without the heaviness of jeans, making them ideal for the season.

4 Polo Shirts

Polo shirts strike a nice balance between casual and dressy. They are suitable for various occasions, from family gatherings to outings with friends. Plus, they pair well with both shorts and pants. Check Jacadi for the chicest polo for boys.

1-2 Swimsuits

Swim trunks are necessary for beach trips, pool parties, or any water-related activity. Quick-drying materials and comfortable fits ensure that boys can play and swim without any discomfort.

1 Pair of Sandals and Flip-Flops

Footwear is just as important as clothing. Sandals and flip-flops are easy to slip on and off, perfect for the beach or a quick trip outside. Make sure they have a good grip and support for active boys.

3 Pairs of Shoes

A good pair of shoes is indispensable for everyday wear. They provide support for all types of activities and can be worn with almost any outfit. Choose breathable materials to keep feet cool:

  • 1 pair of tennis shoes.
  • 1 pair of sneakers.
  • 1 pair of dress shoes.

2 Hats

Hats not only add a stylish touch but also protect from the sun. Baseball caps or bucket hats are popular choices and can be found in various colors and patterns to match different outfits.

1 Pair of Sunglasses

Protecting eyes from the sun is crucial. Sunglasses with UV protection are a functional accessory that can also be a fun addition to a boy’s look.

1 Light Jacket

Even in warmer months, some days can be breezy or rainy. A light jacket or windbreaker is great for layering over a t-shirt or polo on those days.

Always choose lightweight and breathable fabrics that offer comfort and flexibility for spring and summer clothing for boys. These will allow them to adapt easily to any activity or event. With these essentials in their wardrobes, boys will be ready for whatever comes their way during these seasons!


Home & Interiors

Elevate Your Outdoor Space with the Power of Premium Porcelain Tiles

Revamping your garden can be a fulfilling endeavour, offering a sanctuary of tranquillity and beauty right outside your doorstep. One often overlooked but transformative element in this process is the choice of outdoor flooring. While traditional options like concrete or natural stone may seem like the default choice, the emergence of premium porcelain tiles has revolutionised outdoor design, offering unparalleled elegance, durability, and versatility.

Porcelain tiles add elevating aesthetics

Outdoor porcelain tiles boast a stunning array of designs and finishes, ranging from natural stone replicas to contemporary patterns, allowing you to tailor your garden to reflect your personal style. Whether you prefer the rustic charm of weathered stone or the sleek sophistication of minimalist concrete, there’s a porcelain tile to suit every aesthetic preference. The versatility of these tiles enables you to create cohesive outdoor spaces that seamlessly integrate with the surrounding environment, enhancing the overall visual appeal of your garden.

Enduring Durability

One of the standout features of premium porcelain tiles is their exceptional durability, making them an ideal choice for outdoor applications. Unlike traditional materials that may succumb to wear and tear over time, porcelain tiles are engineered to withstand the harshest elements, including heavy foot traffic, extreme temperatures, and moisture. This inherent resilience ensures that your garden flooring remains pristine and attractive for years to come, requiring minimal maintenance and upkeep.

Seamless Integration

Premium porcelain tiles offer more than just visual appeal and durability; they also provide a seamless integration between indoor and outdoor spaces, blurring the boundaries between the two. By extending your interior design aesthetic to the outdoors with matching or complementary porcelain tiles, you can create a cohesive flow that enhances the overall continuity and harmony of your living space. This seamless transition fosters a sense of cohesion and unity, allowing you to enjoy a holistic experience that seamlessly connects the indoors with the outdoors.

Versatile Applications

From patios and pathways to pool surrounds and outdoor kitchens, premium porcelain tiles can be utilised in a myriad of outdoor applications, offering unmatched versatility and functionality. Their non-porous nature makes them resistant to stains, mould, and mildew, making them an ideal choice for areas prone to moisture and humidity. Additionally, their slip-resistant surface provides enhanced safety, ensuring a secure footing even in wet conditions. Whether you’re hosting al fresco dinner parties or simply unwinding amidst nature, porcelain tiles offer the perfect foundation for creating memorable outdoor experiences.

Why porcelain is worth looking at for your garden

In conclusion, the utilisation of premium porcelain tiles from Modern Garden has revolutionised outdoor design, offering a winning combination of aesthetics, durability, and versatility. By investing in these high-quality materials, you can transform your garden into a breath-taking oasis that reflects your unique style and personality. With their enduring beauty and practical benefits, porcelain tiles are not just a flooring option but a statement of sophistication and refinement, elevating your outdoor space to new heights of elegance and luxury.

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Is There Such A Thing As Affordable Family Travel?

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Experts state that just one week away for a family of four can cost almost $8,000 if you don’t watch your spending. And, as anyone who’s used to traveling with kids will tell you, it’s surprisingly easy to reach those staggering heights. From flights to hotels, and additional spending for meals out and excursions, taking your kids anywhere can cost a good few months of your earnings.

For this reason, many parents either don’t take their children abroad, or don’t do so anywhere near as much as they would like. Unfortunately, with kids standing to gain so much from regular travel, including confidence and diversity, you won’t want to skip these experiences altogether. 

Luckily, there are ways to knock as much as a few grand off your overall vacation bill, even if there are four or more of you traveling. This should be enough to make vacations justifiable again, or even to afford you all another trip later in the year. 

Keep on reading to find out how to make family travel affordable at last. 

# 1 – Research transport options

When you’re heading abroad, a plane will typically feel like the most obvious transportation option. It’s certainly the most convenient, fast choice. Unfortunately, flights are also expensive, especially if you need to add things like car seats to your travel costs. Pile on extras like luggage, and flight expenses could quickly outstrip what you intended to spend on your trip overall.

You can overcome this by taking time to research your transport options in full. For instance, options like overnight trains, while expensive upfront, can save the need for things like additional luggage payments, and even hotel stays during any stopovers. Equally, if there’s a boat available for a trip closer to home, you could cut costs in half. Even with flights, researching choices like late night flights or last-minute deals, could save you significant amounts of money.

# 2 – Choose cheap destinations

Some countries are inherently more expensive for travel than others. By choosing cheaper options, you can save money on not just travel and accommodation costs themselves, but also food, drink, and general expenses throughout your trip. That’s sure to add up and can make a family vacation a far more viable choice. Top affordable destinations to consider include – 

  • Mexico
  • Brazil
  • Sri Lanka
  • Egypt
  • Malaysia
  • Etc.
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When trying to get a feel for whether or not a location is affordable, make sure you look at costs on the whole. It would be a false economy to find a cheap hotel in a location with food and excursion costs that are through the roof. To make this a truly affordable option, seek somewhere that can keep costs down across the spending board.

# 3 – Earn as you travel

The idea of earning as you travel might not be the most appealing thing when you’re trying to have fun with your family. However, some great on-the-go earning opportunities could pay for your entire trip without requiring much legwork. Travel blogging is an obvious choice right now, and there’s a huge market for family-based travel blogs that consider things like ‘to-do’ lists in certain destinations, or even the affordability of any given location. Equally, by taking a computer along with you on your trip, you could manage to sell stuff you’ve got lying around the house or even sell worksheets or crafts that could fund you as you go. Just make sure you check out local postage or have someone back home who can send off anything you sell while you’re away. 

Other earning opportunities might include fun work days on things like local farms, which could become free excursions in themselves. Equally, taking a night or two out of family activities to earn with a little bar or restaurant work could pay for at least a few nights of your hotel stay. 

# 4 – Go off-peak

If your kids are in school, you’re unfortunately tied to travel during peak periods, which is sure to be more expensive. But, if your children aren’t of school age yet, you could save yourself a fortune by simply traveling off-peak. Broadly, this means avoiding travel during the school break, though official off-peak periods, when travel is cheapest, vary depending on your destination as follows – 

  • Southeast Asia – June to October
  • India & Sri Lanka – May to August/September
  • Mexico – May to mid-December
  • Europe – November to March

In some instances, such as when traveling to areas like Mexico and India, you may even be able to secure off-peak travel during the summer break with school kids. The main thing to remember when traveling like this is that you may not be blessed with great weather for your trip. However, if you’re interested in under-cover excursions, or are willing to take the risk, then the possible savings may be more than worthwhile. 

# 5 – Choose all-inclusive

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Choosing all-inclusive travel is one of the best things you can do to keep vacation costs down, especially if you’re traveling as a family of four. This option does have the downside of looking more expensive on paper, but the inclusion of food and drink in accommodation costs can quickly pay off during your stay. In fact, with vacation food costing an average of $58 per person per day in even an affordable location, you stand to save a few thousand during a four-person week away.

To make all-inclusive travel even more affordable, consider a package deal that also includes your flights and travel to and from the airport. Again, this is going to look more expensive on paper, but once you break down the costs of what you’re getting compared with how much you’d pay for everything individually, you should see that this is a great affordable alternative for even large families. 

Traveling with your family is a goal worth saving for. Make sure you’re able to bring that savings pot up to standard by seeking affordable family travel in these ways. 

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