7 Tips for a Trouble-free House Share London Stay

7 Tips for a Trouble-free House Share London Stay

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Sharing a house is a survival tactic that more and more Londoners are resorting to cope with the high rents in the city. Living with strangers in the same house can be both challenging and rewarding. The experience will depend on your behaviour in the house as much as your housemates. Here are some tips to make your house share in London smoother.

Make the best out of your space

You can optimise your space with the use of dual purpose furniture like a bed with underside drawers or a reading table with drawers. Adopt a minimalist approach to make your room more spacious.

Make a cleaning plan

The best way to avoid those ‘it-was-your-day-no-it-wasn’t’ kind of fights is to come up with a duty roster. In the absence of this, chaos will rule, and the house will quickly turn into a disaster. A good alternative is to arrange for a weekly cleaning service and share the costs.

Thou shall not covet

The easiest way to a fight is by taking what is not yours. Resist the urge just like you would resist the itch to pick up something at the supermarket. If you can’t resist, request the owner. In the event that you can’t do both and find that you have already done the deed, do a very quick replacement.

Have rules for visitors

It is rude having a noisy and rowdy gathering in the common room when your housemates are least expecting it. If you plan to have visitors over, ensure that the housemates are aware of it. At no time should you allow your visitors to go into private rooms.

Be clear about the bills

You are in a shared house so as to reduce your bills, so anyone skipping on their bills does a great injury to the rest of the housemates. It is important to keep track of who is paying and who is not. You can use an app like Splitwise or just the good ledger.

Respect shared space

Shared spaces should be kept neat and organised. If your housemate has a particular favourite spot, ensure that you clean up the bread crumbs after you are done with it. Everyone should have a share of the space available, for example, a pin on the door for each housemate to hang their umbrellas.

Bond

Humans are social animals. The more time you spend together with your housemates, the more you understand their foibles. Do stuff together like watching a movie or playing board games. These will surely avoid some of the problems you may have when you do house share with other people. And remember on of the best ways to find an adequate House Share London is by visiting house share websites such as Room Hunters.

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5 Destinations You Never Heard of (But You Should Visit)

5 Destinations You Never Heard of (But You Should Visit)

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Are you looking forward to having a vacation before the summer ends? If you are planning to go to one of the more popular destinations like Hawaii, Ibiza or Bali perhaps it is time to reconsider. Going off the beaten path will lead you to some of the less visited places on the planet that are nonetheless breathtakingly beautiful. You will also enjoy a quieter vacation and maybe get a discount as there is no crowding to speak of. Check out some of these destinations that you should visit in 2017.

Hainan Island –China

There is more to china than the Great Wall. Hainan Island is off China’s southern coast and has been dubbed China’s Hawaii for its breathtaking tropical beauty. You will find an ancient Hainan people village, a Shaolin temple and a volcano in the beautiful scenery.

Anguilla Island – Caribbean

Arguably one of the most beautiful Caribbean islands, Anguilla lies near the more famous St. Martin. The sands here are pure white and the water so light blue it looks like it is lit from below. This peaceful island is perfect for a quiet vacation. It limits noisy activities like Jet Skis and loud music.

Gdansk- Poland

This ancient city in the Baltics is associated with more modern events like being the trigger place of World War II. It is a on the picturesque Gulf of Gdansk on the Baltic Sea. This area has long been known for its plentiful Amber. There is an Amber museum as well as other historical sights to see around the city.

Crete – Greece

Many visitors to Greece will head to Athens to see the Pantheon and other ancient sites. Crete is overlooked yet one of the more beautiful places in Greece. It is steeped in Greek mythology being mentioned alongside colorful figures like the Minotaur. There are more recent attractions to see like the Venetian Castle. You can also walk in the Palm Beach of Vai which is the largest palm forest in Europe.

Bhutan – Asia

This is an ancient kingdom hidden in the East Himalayas. The Bhutan people like their quiet and limit the number of people who can come to visit. You will be amazed seeing building perched on top of sheer cliffs. Go to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery and feel vertiginous overlooking the Himalayas from a balcony 1 km high in the cliffs.

Koh Lipe –Thailand

This is one of the lesser known of the islands in the Andaman Sea. It is breathtakingly beautiful with water so clear you can see tropical fish swimming 1 meter down. Visit the Tarutao National Marine Park and see an amazing array of tropical marine life.

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7 Tips for Hassle Free Moving with Man and Van Easi Movers

7 Tips for Hassle Free Moving with Man and Van Easi Movers

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Moving a house is one of the more challenging personal tasks you will do once or twice in life. Man and van service Easi movers say that moving house can be done pretty smoothly if you follow some few tips in packing and unpacking which are the biggest tasks on moving day.

Pack early

Packing early will allow for careful placement of items. You will not mix up or misplace your items which would happen in case you packed late in a rush. Easi movers say that when moving a big house, you could start 2 months earlier and 1 month for a small house.

Less frequent items first

The items that are not used frequently and which are not likely to be used in the near future should be packed first. These could be Christmas decorations or gardening tools. Making a checklist will help you identify these items.

Pack one room at a time

It is a bit chaotic trying to pack all items in one go. It is more advisable packing one room at a time. It helps to mark the packing boxes according to the rooms. This guides the removals crew when unloading.

Dump the junk

Junk should be left behind. If you have been keeping that trike for sentimental reasons, it is time to consider giving it away to charity. There is much junk in every house, old newspapers, old clothes, old electronics. Take to the recycling dump or deserving charities.

30 pounds limit

Easi movers say that you should try limiting the weight of packing boxes to 30 pounds. This reduces the risk of the box’ bottom tearing off when lifting. The average adult can also lift a 30 pound box which makes loading and unloading easy if you don’t have plenty of manpower and have to chip in.

Place heavy boxes at the bottom

Heavier boxes should go to the bottom. They make a good base for placing lighter items. Furniture like sofas can adequately carry light items like cutlery.

Good labeling

Labeling the packing boxes helps in picking out which box goes to what room. You could also use different colored boxes for different rooms so that the boxes are easier to pick out from the stack.

Stuff packing gaps

Not all items will fit snugly into their packing boxes. You can fill the gaps in the boxes with old rags or newspapers. This will prevent your items from rattling about in the box and knocking on each other. This is highly advisable for glassware and ceramics.

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The most popular cities for travelers in 2017

The most popular cities for travelers in 2017

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2017 is already halfway through, and if you have not already renewed that expired passport and your sense of adventure, there is still plenty of time to travel before the year is over. While global events, financial ups and downs and international news have impacted the traveling destinations that most people select this year, the good news is, it is now cheaper than ever to traverse the various cities of the world.  If you have not yet made up your mind about which cities to travel to this year, here are the most popular cities for travelers this year:

Bordeaux, France

Boudreaux’s brand new LGV Sud-Ouest line, which connects the city with high-speed train networks from various parts of Europe, has made Bordeaux one of the must see places in Europe this year. The train will also cut the time it takes to get to Paris down to two hours, which only helps to make it an ideal travel destination. Bordeaux is not only blessed with amazing scenery and exquisite wine culture, but the cuisine is also growing exponentially to fuse both old and new elements of food preparation.

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is by far one of the most cosmopolitan cities in Africa.  Not only does the city enjoy a vibrant and diverse multi-ethnic culture, it is also a cradle of African innovation, fashion, and style.  The city has the perfect mix of traditional cultural elements which are mostly experienced in the city’s boroughs and contemporary aspects, which are mainly experienced in the urban areas. Apart from the traditions and culture, Cape Town also boasts of amazing local cuisine that is characterized heavily by the Braai (barbecue) culture.

Merida, Mexico

Merida is one of the most cultural cities in Mexico. Although other cities in Mexico such as Cancun are more popular with tourists, relatively unknown cities such as Merida are slowly becoming a crowd favorite. Merida is full of lively art and dance performances in various parts of the city, and the culinary scene is equally as tantalizing.  If the culture is not enough to convince you, Merida is classified as one of the safest cities for tourists to visit in Mexico.

Pistoia, Italy

Pistoia is also sometimes known as Little Florence due to the high concentration of world-class architectures and art. Although this little Tuscan town has a lot to offer, it has often been excluded by tourists that arrive in Florence. However, in 2017, Pistoia is set to receive thousands of visitors as it was named officially as the Capital of Culture this year.

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How to See and Experience New York

How to See and Experience New York

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For a new visitor to the Big Apple, seeing the city’s 3 million residents scurrying around is a wonder. Despite its big size, it is easy to see most of New York as a tourist using the efficient public transport. It is a unique experience especially for a tourist coming and many come to New York to enjoy attractions like the subway. What is the best way to see and experience New York?

Subway

As the oldest subway system in the world, New York’s subway is also the most complicated for someone not used to riding in underground trains. Tourists can download a smartphone app as a guide. There is also the New York Subway Art Tour in tourists can learn more about the subway. It is a great highlight of American culture. There are all kinds of shows by magicians, musicians, poets and other performers doing it for possible fame and fortune.

Taxi

The yellow taxi is an icon on New York’s streets. It can be hailed by raising a hand and shouting ‘Taxi!’ or any other method of catching the drivers who are always on the lookout for a fare. You can also hail Uber taxis through a smartphone.

Bus

Taking a bus is one of the most leisurely ways of seeing New York. You can get buses at bus stops which are designated by bus stops at every other two blocks. There are bus tours that go along the routes of the most popular sights and landmarks of the city. There are smartphone apps that help plan a bus tour.

By foot

New York is a friendly place for a tourist on foot. Much of the city is on flat ground which affords the walker long walks without tiring. Walking lets you see the city and its people up close. However, tourists are advised to the parts of the city frequented by other tourists. Visit 5th avenue and see why New York is a major fashion capital of the world.

Boat

You can take a boat or ferry from Manhattan to Brooklyn. Riding on a boat or ferry offers a very good view of the city from the harbour. You will get organised boat tours to the popular and historic points of the harbour including Ellis Island which was the entry point for many of America’s immigrants.

Tram

You can take a tram and see New York from a bird’s eye view. Take the tram that goes over Roosevelt Island and enjoy a fantastic 2 minutes ride over the city letting you take very good photos of this experience.

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