Why Travel To Iceland?

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Iceland may not have hot weather or tropical beaches, but it makes up for this with its multitude of natural wonders and cultural experiences. Here are just a few unique attractions that make Iceland worth adding to your bucket list.

Go whale watching

In recent years, Iceland has become the whale watching capital of the world. All kinds of species from humpbacks to minkes can be found swimming around the country’s shores. You can take an organised boat tour from Reykjavik or from the north – these tours can increase your chances of seeing one of these mighty creatures. Look out for trips that offer hot drinks and warm clothing to wear as it can get very chilly out on the water!

Tour the F roads

Iceland’s F roads are practically off-road – many of them are tarmac free and offer an exciting taste of wild driving. If you want to reach some of the country’s most incredible viewpoints, taking these roads could be necessary. Just make sure to hire an appropriate car to take on these roads and check online that these roads are open (you’re best off using them in the summer as many of them are buried in snow in the winter and often closed because of this).

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Bathe in the Blue Lagoon

The Blue Lagoon is a huge geothermal pool that attracts huge amounts of tourists. Its hot waters are the perfect relaxing escape from the cool Icelandic temperatures. Whilst the lagoon itself is man-made, the water is naturally heated by the earth below. The Blue Lagoon isn’t the only geothermal pool in Iceland and there are various other smaller examples dotted around the country that could be worth exploring if you’ve got a hire car.

Climb a volcano

You’ll find hundreds of volcanoes across Iceland – some extinct and others still active. These volcanoes can offer incredible views from the top and are often free to climb. Eyjafjallajökull is the country’s most popular volcano largely due its recent eruption in 2010. You can take an organised hiking tour up this mountain or you can make your own journey up to the top. Other commonly visited volcanoes include Hekla and Katla, which you can also attempt to climb.

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Get up close to a geyser

Geysers are hot springs that regularly eject water. Iceland has a number of geysers – the most famous of these is Strokkur, which erupts once every 6 to 10 minutes often reaching a height of 20 metres. It can often be a challenge to take pictures of these geysers as you never know when exactly they’re going to erupt. On top of the large geysers, there are many smaller bubbling geysers, all with their own unique appearance and sound. As with the country’s volcanoes, these geysers are often a free attraction.  

Visit a waterfall

Iceland also has a number of impressive waterfalls. One of the most scenic of these falls is Gullfoss, which sweeps around a corner into a canyon. Seljalandsfoss meanwhile is a vertical waterfall with a height of 60 metres that is equally impressive. These waterfalls remain constant throughout the year, although you’re often better off seeing them in summer when the glaciers have partially melted and the rivers and waterfalls have a greater flow. You’ll find visitor centres by these waterfalls that allow you to learn more about the geography and history behind these waterfalls.

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Explore Reykjavik

Many of Iceland’s attractions are natural, but if you’re craving a few urban activities there are plenty of things to do in Reykjavik, the country’s capital. There are a vast number of museums to be found in this city dedicated to everything from Vikings to whales. There’s also a museum dedicated to Icelandic punk and even a museum dedicated to penises! On top of its weird and wonderful museums, there are various landmarks worth seeing such as Harpa concert hall and the Perlan building. Alternatively, you may simply want to take a walk around the harbour or visit the Reykjavik Street Food market.

Try Hakarl

Iceland has a number of unique and exotic foods worth trying. One of the most unusual dishes is Hakarl – those with a daring palette may be willing to try it. Hakarl is essentially rotten shark meat – the meat is deliberately fermented in order to get rid of the toxins that are usually present in it. It’s certainly not for everyone, but if you are willing to take on the challenge you’ll be able to tell everyone back home that you’ve eaten shark!

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See the northern lights

The Northern Lights are one of Iceland’s biggest lures. On certain nights in the early months of the year, it’s possible to see this natural phenomenon which consists of multicoloured lights darting across the sky like a huge light show. Rural locations are the best places for seeing the lights – in cities, the light pollution may prevent you from seeing this natural phenomenon as clearly. There are even tours and hotels with glass roofs that can allow you to see these lights.

See the midnight sun

If you visit Iceland in the summer, you may miss out on the chance to see the Northern Lights, but you can still take in the amazing phenomenon that is the midnight sun. Because Iceland is so far north, there are evenings in the height of summer in which the sun never completely sets, resulting in a permanent orange glow throughout the night. The midnight sun can be particularly stunning when viewed from the coast or from a mountain if you don’t mind trekking out in the middle of the night.

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Laptop and no WiFi to Go? How Your Phone Can Help!

Say you’re travelling and you have your laptop with you. But, alas, there’s no WiFi, or you don’t trust the public WiFi at the hotel or eating place you’re at, or you’re just not in an area where a WiFi connection you trust is available.

Well, if you have a smartphone, you probably have a solution!

Your laptop can use your phone’s  cellular signal to access the internet. This is what is called, “tethering“. To use it, you would need to turn on your WiFi on your laptop if it isn’t already on.

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Next, you would most likely go to your phone’s settings. The tethering option may be located under WiFi or connection settings or under advanced settings. Each phone is different. And, your phone may offer different methods of making the connection, either via USB cable or other means, so it’s a good idea to have a cable with you that can physically connect your phone and computer.

Once you have a connection, you’re ready to go! Now, there are some things to note.

First, please don’t think that you can now ditch your internet service at home and use your phone for free internet service!

You see, with tethering, your internet won’t be nearly as fast in many cases, because you’re using your phone’s processor. So, if you have something like a major download you want to do or something that requires a large number of open pages, you may want to skip these until you get to where you can have a safe direct WiFi or cable connection that you trust, like the one you do have at home.

And, it can also count against your phone plan’s data limit as well.

But, if you need WiFi on the fly for simpler web-based tasks, this can really help!

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Things to Consider When Moving Abroad for Work

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The decision to move abroad for work is a life-changing one, so it is not something that you should enter into lightly. And while you could find that the changes are mainly positive, it is worth weighing up your choice carefully. After all, you want to minimise your risk of making a mistake and having to start your job search all over again. So, here are just some of the main things to consider when you are moving country for work.

Visas and Other Admin Details

Moving to some countries is more challenging than others, so you need to make sure that you can obtain the relevant visas or work permits for your country of choice. Thankfully, the internet has generally simplified the process. Say you are planning on moving to India – you can go through the aadhar card portal. Your potential employer is likely to be able to provide you with the relevant advice that you need, so go to them as a first port of call.

Lifestyle Changes

As well as the job itself, you also need to closely consider the lifestyle changes which will be involved in moving abroad. Just some of the major differences which you are likely to encounter include climate, language, working conditions and quality of life. Do your homework in advance to see if the conditions suit you. If it is possible, you should speak to someone who already lives there as they can give you a first-hand account of what life is like.

Cost of Living

Don’t simply assume that your salary will cover all your living expenses. Just because the number on the page in front of you looks high, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be living like a king or queen. Again, you should be able to find a lot of the information that you are looking for regarding cost of living online. If possible, you should take a visit to your potential new home before moving there permanently.

Career Prospects

If you are relocating to a company other than the one that you are already working for, you should research the organisation thoroughly. You will also want to know what your career prospects are likely to be in the future. After all, one of the main advantages of moving abroad is that you are furthering your own abilities and equipping yourself with new skills which are going to come in handy in the future.

Relocation Costs

Find out from your new employer whether or not they are willing to foot the bill for any relocation costs. Make sure to ask what their budget is and what this includes. They may be able to help you out with temporary accommodation when you first arrive. If you are going to need to buy things when you are out there, it is worth investigating what the personal cost to you is going to end up being.

Hopefully, this article has made the decision to move abroad for work just a little bit simpler.

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Here’s How You Organise Everything for your Next Road Trip

Going away for a road trip can be a very exciting experience and you would be surprised at how easy it is for you to get everything organised. The problem that a lot of people have is they have no idea what they need to pack and they also have no idea how they are going to fit everything they need into their car either. If you want to avoid all of this then you can find out some helpful hints and tips below.

Space Bags

Space Bags are ideal if you are going away on a road trip. The main reason for this is because they give you the chance to pack down any clothing items with ease. All you have to do is put them in the plastic bag and then vacuum all of the air out. This will really make the whole thing way easier for you and it will also mean that you have way more space as well. You also need to make sure that you don’t focus on the boot space that you have, for example, your car is full of nooks and crannies, and these are great if you want to pack certain items. Try and put your shoes under the seat rather than taking up space in the boot, and put any snacks behind the seats so they can be accessed by the people in the back.

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Plastic Tubs are Great

Instead of putting every bottle of shampoo, conditioner, soap and more in a bag and trying to slot your clothes in around them, try and use a plastic box instead. Plastic boxes provide you with a way higher level of organisation and they also make it way easier for you to access your items as well. You can even stack your boxes on top of one another as well, and this will give you way more space in the car when compared to carrier bags or other holdalls. Ratchet straps are great if you want to keep everything secure in the back of a truck or anything else similar, but it helps to know how to loosen ratchet straps before you get everything loaded.

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The 7 Day Rule

If you are going on a road trip for 7 days then it’s super important that you pack a bag that will help you to go for this length of time. A lot of people make the mistake of packing way more clothes than they need, and this can cause a ton of issues when the time comes to load the car. If you want to avoid this, then just pack 5 of everything, with 7 pairs of socks. After all, you can easily wear the same t-shirt for more than 2 days in a row, and this will really help to save space if everyone who is taking the trip does it.

So it is very easy for you to really get a good result out of your road trip, and by taking the time to organise your belongings, you can save yourself both time and money.

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Concerns In The Car: Mentally Preparing For A Long Drive

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A long journey, like a family trip, or a road trip cross-country is as much of a mental challenge as it is a physical one. Heading out on the road for long stretches of time can take it out of you, which is why you need to prepare for this type of journey, especially if you’re not used to it. For those people who have just passed their driving test, or are novice drivers, the prospect of a long journey can be incredibly daunting, but what can you do to mentally prepare yourself for this type of journey? And are there any simple things you can have at your disposal to make the journey smoother?

Get A Good Night’s Sleep

Before you even get in the car, you need to make sure that you are prepared to drive. This means ensuring you have adequate energy reserves. First thing’s first, you need to get a good night’s sleep the night before, so your focus and attention doesn’t waver. In addition to this, you should fuel yourself adequately. Remember, a considerable amount of calories is taken up by your brain, so you don’t want to feel that your brain is running on empty on this trip. You also need to minimize distractions in the car. There are so many things now, from smartphones to in-car technology that can easily take your attention off the road. And for so many people that have been wrongfully injured in a car accident, distracted driving is one of the major culprits. Minimizing distractions, so you can focus on the road, and ensure that you are adequately fueled and rested, and it will be an easier journey.

Plan The Journey

A lot of the stress in driving is due to feeling like you’re in a rush. If you’re in a rush to travel a short journey, and you feel anxious, think about how much more this is multiplied when you are going on a lengthy excursion. Instead, plan ahead, do your research, and consider the various routes to get to your destination, and you will feel more in control of the situation. By planning ahead and leaving earlier than originally thought, you will arrive at your destination on time, in spite of traffic and external problems.

Understand Your Stress Triggers

To mentally prepare yourself for a long journey, you need to understand what stresses you out. There could be the various distractions in the car, but there could be things that affect you. If you are anxious and prone to stress after an hour on the road, then break up the journey. If you feel depleted of energy because you haven’t eaten enough, have snacks, but also make sure you’re hydrated. Driving a long journey means that you aren’t always so quick to reach for the water bottle. It’s a simple thing, but it can help on a stressful journey.

Your energy, your stress, and your ability to plan other three things that will have an impact on the quality of your journey. Overcome these issues, and there won’t be concerns in the car.

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4 Reasons to Go on a Road Trip

Nowadays, it seems like everyone is flying to go on holiday. Of course, the availability and affordability of flights make this a much more viable option than it once was, but if you fly every time, you will be missing out on one of the classic forms of travel; the road trip. There are so many reasons why you should take a trip of this kind, and we are going to run you through just a few of the main ones right here.

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You Discover Places Along the Way

When you take a flight, you only have a single destination and you hurtle towards it at an extremely rapid rate. However, when you go on a road trip, you will discover some places along the way. Perhaps it will be the little down that you decide to stop in for lunch, the signposted tourist attraction that you simply have to stop at or a scenic view which you spot along the way – a car awning will come in handy if it is the latter. Taking the road less travelled is a surefire way to come back with some great travelling stories.

You Bond with the Other People on the Trip

Going on a road trip is a fantastic bonding opportunity which allows you to really connect with your travelling companions. After all, you will be spending hour after hour in each other’s company. Sure, this may become a little frustrating at times, but you will also come away with some fantastic memories. You certainly can’t simply make small talk for hours on end when you are in such close proximity to one another.

You Get to Know a Place Better

You are much more likely to get to know a place better when you drive across miles of landscape rather than simply flying over the top of it. You get to notice both the subtle and major differences when you drive from one region to another. You also learn a little bit more from the people you meet, the food that you enjoy, and the monuments and attractions that you choose to stop at.

You Become More Spontaneous

Road trips tend to have a much higher degree of spontaneity than other forms of travel. You tend not to be so fixed by an itinerary that leaves you rushing off from one place to the next. So, you have more of an opportunity to enjoy wandering off the beaten path and making decisions based on how you are feeling at the time. This certainly isn’t the kind of luxury that you are afforded when you are travelling with a fixed schedule.

A road trip is the kind of adventure that anyone can enjoy, and these are some of the pleasures that you will experience when heading out on a trip of this kind. So, why not get your car ready, gather together your travelling companions and hit the open road.

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Working On The Road – Tips To Keep On Top Of Things

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We all have duties, responsibilities, and an income to find. Some of us have the privilege of working remotely, be that for an office or for our own freelance name. This flexibility allows us to work while traveling, which might be essential to our job. However, despite cloud storage and many other conveniences supporting us in the modern day, you can still find yourself left high and dry if things aren’t working as correctly as you’d hoped. Luckily there are ways around this, ways to ensure you can back up your work and stay the reliable colleague you are.

We’d recommend the following at an absolute minimum:

Back Up Your Files

Unfortunately, we are not in the days where we never have to worry about the security or placement of our files. Even with the most comprehensive and secure cloud storage plan, you can never be 100% certain you can access all of this on the road. Bad WiFi connections, bad 4G connections or even an issue with your cloud client can occur without warning, effectively locking you out of the work you need. This is why it’s always important not only to also save files locally, but on small extra storage spaces. This could be through two USBs and a hard drive. Also, keeping an SSD on hand can be effective, as these have no moving parts and as such are more reliable. You cannot put a price on keeping your files safe, and so while storage spaces can be expensive, they are more than worth it.

Remotely Connect

For studio professionals or even those who need to simply access files from home, it can be a real boon to remotely connect to your desktop when needs be. Either leaving your computer on idle or asking someone at home to wake it up, and knowing ways to remotely connect can help you begin working in another place entirely. It might be that you have all the competencies with your laptop, but you need to access a forgotten Photoshop file before you can be. It might be that you need access to your home security suite. It might be you need to use 2-factor desktop authentication from home to log into a VPN remotely. There are many reasons and benefits for knowing how to do this, so we’d recommend you learn to right away.

Find A Great Data Plan

It’s essential to keep a fantastic data plan, and pay for all it offers. This is because remote workers should never consider WiFi to be the only bastion of their connectivity to the internet. Those connections can often be shoddy or unsafe, and so keeping a plan that allows your mobile device to use unlimited internet access on 4G can truly help you out of a bad situation. It might not be as fast as some WiFi packages, but it’s certainly reliable and with a VPN,can stay secure.

With these tips, you can be sure that working on the road is more of a realistic venture, and before long this could be your new default method of completing your daily tasks.

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