You Can Make Your Dreams Come True

It’s something a lot of people dream about, moving to paradise islands like the Seychelles.  But how many of them are prepared to do the work? To put in the effort to make that dream a reality? If you truly long for a change in lifestyle, you need to work towards your goal, not just hope you’ll win the lottery one day! It’s a big move, but if it’s what you want for your life, then the effort you put in to make your dreams come true will be well worth it.

 

What are you going to do?

If you could just fly overseas and spend your days doing whatever you wanted, then everyone would be doing it! You need to have a plan for what you’re going to do when you relocate. Then work towards getting a job lined up or setting yourself up as a freelancer. You’ll need to make sure you understand the visa requirements and the employment legislation before looking for a job. There are great websites and services available that can help you sort these technicalities out.  Some of these sites can also help you out with job hunting too.

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Financing your move

You’ll need to raise some capital to ensure you have enough money to cover the relocation and setting yourself up. That might mean working for a few more years in your current job.  If you’re thinking about freelancing, say as a writer or running your own business, it’s better to start work on the project before you move, so you haven’t got everything going on at once. It’s also better to be established and bringing in work before you move, so you have a level of security. The great thing about working from home is that you can live almost anywhere you like thanks to the internet. That means it’s perfectly feasible to set your business up in one country and transfer to another with minimal disruption.

The transition period

Once you’ve committed yourself to a move, you need to be dedicated to achieving your savings goals and getting ready for your new job. If you’re going freelance, you need to get the business going before you move.  Getting your business up and running while still working is NOT going to be easy.  You could look at moving to a part-time position or more flexible working hours. This will allow you time to build up your new client list. Have a look at employment opportunities near you that could offer you the flexibility and free time you need, for example check out websites such as www Walmart com careers to find a suitable role.

Living your dream life is something that can come true, providing you are serious about making the change and putting the work in to achieve your goals. If you have the ambition and determination, you too could one day be making your dreams come true on the sun-kissed beaches of a tropical paradise.make your dreams come true

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Staying Safe as a Solo Traveller

Going away with family and friends can be fun, but there’s nothing like the freedom of solo travel. Exploring a new city on your own time, with no demands to alter the route or having to sit down for a break when you are ready to go.  Read on for more about staying safe as a solo traveller.

The idea of travelling solo can scare some people, but it isn’t necessarily dangerous.  It’s all about being prepared and knowing what to do if you get yourself in a difficult situation. Knowing the better destinations to visit and how to hold yourself when you are walking around. But be realistic, there will always be risks, even staying in your own country is no guarantee of safety.  Knowing and preparing for these risks is the best action to take.

 

Plan Ahead

Your journey begins before you board the plane. From the moment you start planning your solo travel, you want to be prepared. Start with your travel insurance, providing as much information on destinations and activities as you can.

Learn about the areas you are going to visit.  Read up on other travellers who have gone either solo or as a group. Find out areas to avoid or if there are certain times of day, or even year, that are considered unsafe.

Plan your initial route to your accommodation.  Then consider planning routes between your intended destinations.  This will save you some hassle on your trip and give you more time to explore.

Learn about the local customs and cultures, for instance, common clothing found in the area. When travelling, you want to be able to blend in, rather than accidently declare yourself a naïve tourist.  Or worse, culturally offend someone!  Learning some basics in the native language will also benefit you greatly. Being able to speak a few words will almost certainly help locals warm up to you more should you need help.  Being able to read a few words will really help you too.

Familiarise yourself with the types of scams you may find in the area, this will allow you to avoid them and walk away when you suspect something isn’t right. Although you should always be aware of your surroundings, rather than expecting to be picked for a con.

Check out this Foreign Travel Checklist for some more guidance from Gov.UK

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Accommodation

When choosing your accommodation, try to choose somewhere that someone you know has used and had good experiences with. If this option is not available, find somewhere with good quality reviews across a number of trusted sites.

Consider quality and safety as well as budget. Hostels can be great fun, not to mention nice and cheap, but come with increased safety risks. There are plenty of hotels, boutique and chain offering cheaper rooms for solo travellers without compromising on safety and comfort.

For example, the Crash Pad rooms in a Nottingham city centre hotel – these rooms are designed to be stylish and comfortable, but for use of solo travellers only.

Time of arrival at your accommodation is important.  Arrive as early as you can in the day.  Not only will this help you find your location easier, but you’ll get a better feel for the surrounding area. If you come to find your accommodation isn’t going to be suitable, you’ve also left yourself some time to find alternative arrangements.

Never give away your accommodation while you’re travelling, close friends and family being the exception. Your base of operation is your area of safety and given this information away could cause you trouble in the future.

While You’re Travelling

Be a smart traveller and make sure you’re prepared for when you are travelling around. Keep the number of personal items to a minimum so you have less to worry about (and check!) and make sure they are kept hidden securely on your person at all times.

Keep spare cash or an alternative credit/debit card hidden away from your main purse or pocket. If you are caught out by a pickpocket, at least you won’t be stranded with no means to pay your way.

Always be alert and aware of your surroundings.  You don’t need to be suspicious of everyone but certainly be more reserved than you would be at home. You’ll want to keep a clear head, steering away from drink and drugs – this could impair your judgement and make you an easy victim. Never give away personal information and make sure that you stay in populated areas.

Make sure you are polite while travelling but know when to make a fuss. Should you find yourself in an uncomfortable situation you shouldn’t be afraid to alert those around you.

Anywhere you travel, make sure you do so with confidence, you don’t want to make yourself look like a nervous traveller or an easy target for scams.

Before heading away, you can also register your journey with your government and/or leave your journey details with friends and family. This way if there is any unrest in a destination country you will be advised and it’s easier to track where you might be.

When you’re sufficiently prepared, travelling alone can be an enjoyable experience where you can learn a lot about yourself.

Where will your next journey take you?

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Picture Perfect Proposal Spots In Seychelles

Seychelles is without doubt famous for being a honeymoon destination.  I also love to show how great it is as a family location here on my blog.

Lets just say that with or without family, Seychelles is unquestionably a place to share with loved ones.

With Proposal announcements becoming a bigger and bigger show, Seychelles can provide the ultimate in beautiful backdrops.

All of these places, unless stated are free to access.  I’m aiming to suggest some places that are perhaps a little less obvious, or a bit out of the ordinary!

So lets check out some of the best spots to propose in Seychelles to give you some inspiration!

Picture Perfect Proposal Spots In Seychelles

Step 1 – Get the ring

Okay, so this might seem obvious but if your looking for the picture perfect proposal, than you need the picture perfect ring to match!  Check out F.hinds for inspiration for all budgets.

Step 2 – Book your flights

There are numerous ways of getting to Seychelles, you can even fly direct with British Airways to the Seychelles now! I wrote a post for them all about Romantic Holidays in Seychelles if you’d like to check it out!

Step 3 – Pick your Picture Perfect Proposal Spot

At the old fire tower

The old fire tower is on Praslin.  As the name suggests, it is an out of action fire tower.  People would be based up here to look out across the island for fires!

This one is a bit of a hike but I promise it is SO worth it if your fit and healthy!

It’s one of the highest reachable points on the island and you are rewarded with this view.  Also the fire tower itself isn’t the MOST stable of structures so if you don’t want to risk the climb up it the view is still beautiful! The picture below is from the first floor of the tower, you can actually go up again….I decided against it, but mostly because the kids were with us and they wanted to climb up too!!

Best accessed from the Vallee de Mai car park.  Come out of the car park and turn right.  Walk a little up hill until you see a mud track off up to the right.  It will probably have a metal bar across it but that’s only to stop vehicles going up, walkers are allowed!

I’d recommend this as a morning visit for the best views.

 

Picture Perfect Proposal Spots In Seychelles

 

Sunset Rocks

On Praslin the best place for sunset is, looking out from Anse Kerlan towards Cousin and Cousine islands.

 

Picture Perfect Proposal Spots In Seychelles

On Mahe the best place is at Beau Vallon.  We just stayed at the H Resort which is on Beau Vallon and I can’t recommend it enough!

La Digue has to be looking out from Snack Bellevue.  Quite a walk but you can arrange transportation as there is a road that takes you all the way to the top.  A great little restaurant, that serves amazing creole food.

Picture Perfect Places to Propose in Seychelles

I could go on endlessly here, there really is countless places to watch the most stunning sunsets here in Seychelles.

On The Water

Let your budget and your imagination determine this one!  You could go all out and hire a fully staffed and catered yacht, or you could keep it super simple and hire a Kayak or a couple of paddle boards.

Both super romantic, and both definitely very special.

 

On a Hike

There are some amazing hikes to do in Seychelles, most notably on Mahe, Praslin, and Silhouette islands.  If hiking is your thing, or even if it isn’t; you’ll be sure to get some of the best panoramic views of Seychelles when you go hiking here and if that isn’t a beautiful spot to propose I don’t know what is!

To name but a few

  • Anse Major Trail (Mahe) is a gem and at the end you get beautiful Anse Major which apart from via the trail is only accessible by boat, pretty much guaranteeing you a quiet beach!
  • Anse Kerlan to Anse Georgette or Anse Lazio (Praslin) this is a BEAUTIFUL walk and has really stunning views. These start at the same place, go left for Anse Georgette and right for Anse Lazio.  Both beaches are often featured in the top beaches in the world and for good reason!

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  • Silhouette Island isn’t really an option for a day trip but if you are staying there (the Hilton Labriz is amazing, I can totally recommend it!) it offers some fantastic trails for all abilities. *The* trail to do for experienced hikers is the hike to Grand Barbe. But perhaps the most picturesque is the trail to Anse Mondon.

 

At a Waterfall

I think this could possibly win all romance points.  Tropical island, secluded waterfall?! The waterfall near Port Glaud on Mahe is BEAUTIFUL!  Take a little picnic and spend an afternoon lazing around in the cool water.  I’d recommend getting a guide as the path is not marked out. They are unofficial but you’ll find them near the church on the road.  They have lots of information and are really friendly!  You can then make your own way back if you choose.

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So there are a few ideas for inspiration!  I’d love to know if you have got engaged here and where it happened!!  Can’t beat a lovely proposal story!

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