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4 Days in Dubai

Dubai is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. A city unlike any other, Dubai offers an intriguing blend of adventures, traditional culture and luxury. The city has transformed over the years to become one of the most popular tourist attractions, appealing to visitors from all over the world to experience what the golden city has to offer. Dubai is known as the ‘city in the middle of the desert’ as it lies directly within the Arabian Desert. From enjoying the views of the dazzling city skyline to visiting the traditional souks in the heart of old Dubai, the city has a wealth of entertainment options for everyone. Where else in the world can you indulge in skiing activities and meet penguins in between sunbathing on the beach? While it is impossible to tick off everything you could do in Dubai, this guide will take a look at the best places to visit in Dubai on your four-day trip.

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12+ Mums share stuck at home schedule for school & play

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Today we are looking forward to the unknown.  What will the next few days, weeks…even months hold for our families?

Your school may have already closed or be on the list to close soon. Kids are home.  Everyone may be home.  Yet life doesn’t stop… In fact, it just got a whole more complicated!

The crazy thing is I feel like I might have been training for this!  When my oldest was in Kindergarten, we chose a 1/2 school & 1/2 homeschool model that all three of my boys have participated in for going on 14 years.

I work from home.  My husband works with me…from home …

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Experts’ tips on surviving – even enjoying – life under lockdown

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One of the nastier aspects of the pandemic is that it turns your friends and all that you do to show them affection – hug and kiss; share meals and drinks – into a deadly threat. And yet, in this appalling moment, we need our friends more than ever, and it is probably true that our immune systems do, too. Isolation is bad for a species addicted to social intercourse.

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Self-isolation entertainment guide: the best movies, games, podcasts and more

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We’re quickly running out of fun things to do as coronavirus keeps the world stuck indoors for an indefinite amount of time. You’re cooped up and bored, and so are we.

The good news is that there’s plenty of entertaining or productive stuff you can do to distract yourself from the surreal situation we’re all finding ourselves in.

We’ve created a indoors-focused things to do list, featuring the best games to play, movies and TV shows to watch, ebooks to read and podcasts to listen to, from the latest releases to classics you may have missed.

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Hiking The Inca Trail Peru : A comprehensive Guide 2020

Hiking the Inca Trail is a bucket list activity for many. Although the ancient citadel of Machu Picchu is impressive in its own right, it is only by making the journey on foot that you feel both a sense of achievement and wonder when the mist subsides and the Incan ruins fade into view. 

While the altitude can be a challenge, the Inca trail is truly an experience of a lifetime. Along the trail, you will marvel at mountain views and Incan sites. By talking to your guide, you can learn so much about Incan culture and history. Throughout those four days, you may learn a few things about yourself as well. Accompanying you will be like-minded individuals and perhaps even a few new friends! …

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Acts of Kindness, Bushfires and Amazing Music

Local or international, unless you have been living under a rock, you probably would have heard about the devastating bushfires that ravaged many Australian towns several weeks ago, leaving a trail of human and wildlife casualties along with billions of dollars of property destruction in their wake.

Rather than cover the specific details of the tragedy here, given the abundance of information in the mainstream media, I would like to focus on the ensuing acts of kindness and a truly inspiring event that some of you may have missed … the “Firefight Australia Bushfire Relief Concert” …   

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7 Ways to Practice Sustainability as a Frequent Flyer

Air travel isn’t beneficial for the environment, but it’s sometimes necessary. Thankfully, commercial airliners are working to refine their former practices.

From switching to alternative fuels to building more efficient aircraft, companies are trying to reduce their emissions and make the world a little greener.

During this transition, there are eco-friendly strategies you can adopt to increase the sustainability of air travel. Here are seven methods to keep in mind …

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Best Day Trips from San Francisco East Bay

When visiting Northern California there are a multitude of things to see and do, and usually a top list of what people want to experience, almost all of which are in San Francisco. But what if I told you on your next visit to Northern California’s Bay Area you must avoid going into San Fran at all costs? There is so much more to Northern California than the city of San Francisco and this is where having a rental car and the ultimate vacay experience of the road trip and day trip come in …

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Make Australia your 2020 holiday destination!

Anyone that has been across any news in the last 3 months will know … parts of Australia have been devastated by fires effecting flora, fauna, wildlife, tourism, businesses, homes and people in those areas.   

Now for those of you that have never been here – Australia is big! A 7.7 million square km land mass – way bigger than Europe & the UK – roughly the same size as the U.S.  Fires have impacted around 12 million acres of this beautiful country but there are plenty of areas that have not been affected at all. It is an amazing country with so much to offer. 

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Top 20 Places to Travel to in 2020

With a new year comes new possibilities, new dreams, new goals, and undoubtedly new places to visit. The problem is where do you decide to go? With a world of options, it’s hard to know exactly what should be at the top of the list. For me, every place is on my list. Whether you’re on a budget or looking to splurge if you know where you look every location has something for everyone. Heres some inspiration for your 2020 bucketlist …

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The Grounds of Alexandria | Sydney

If you’re in the Sydney area and looking for a place to go for the day, The Grounds of Alexandria is a must visit. This hidden gem in the trendy suburb of Alexandria, Sydney is an Instagrammers paradise with photo opportunities everywhere you look. On Saturday’s the courtyard area is buzzing with artisan stalls selling everything from fresh lemonade to oozing doughnuts, sweet treats to fruit kebabs. If you’re in the mood for a little retail therapy, the market is the perfect place to pick up one off gifts, perfect for Christmas or just to treat yourself.

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Avoiding Altitude Sickness on Your Snowboarding Trip

One of the best things about extreme sports is that they can take you to some interesting places.  What generally makes them so interesting, however, is that they are as inhospitable as hell.  Whether we’re talking about the top of a mountain or the bottom of the ocean, the pressure on our bodies testifies to the fact that naturally, we shouldn’t be there.  But who wants nature telling them where they can go?

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Your perfect itinerary for a week in Samoa (+Where to stay & what to eat)

Samoa is the kind of destination that everyone wants to visit. It’s clean, peaceful (read: barely any other tourists) and breathtakingly beautiful. It’s also small enough that you can see a substantial chunk of the country in a short space of time. If you’re not convinced, read my post on why you should visit Samoa before you continue reading this.

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How to make the most of your time travelling to learn a language

While it is not impossible to learn a language from home, the best and easiest way is to learn a language while travelling. If you have the opportunity to go to the country of the language you want to speak, whether you are there for a few weeks or a few years, you can definitely improve your language abilities vastly, particularly your speaking abilities. After all, you are in a place full of people who possess the skill you want!

Here’s how to make sure you learn a language while travelling, get past the language barrier and make the most of your time abroad.

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Scuba Diving Whilst Pregnant – Is It Safe?

Whether you are already pregnant, or you are thinking of starting a family and are wondering whether or not that scuba diving trip next year is such a good idea, it’s incredibly important to understand the medical implications of scuba diving whilst pregnant. For those of you who have plenty of dive experience, we know it’s a difficult thing to have to forego, so read on to find out if it will still be safe for you to take the plunge while pregnant.

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