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Hanoi, Vietnam is one of the most picturesque holiday destinations in the world, and if you’re planning a stay there you should be in for a treat when it comes to the local culture, the music, and the food. It’s a truly undeniable experience for anyone who visits. Of course, it goes without saying that you’ll want to have the full experience when you go there – one that’s as close to the real, local experience that you can get.

If that’s what you’re after, apply some of the tips on this list to make your stay a great one.

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Here’s how you can make sure you’re getting the full experience of Hanoi:

Book Through Travelling Agencies

Traveling agencies exist for very good reason: They make your traveling experience easier, and usually cheaper at the same time. They do this by offering package deals – ones that would take a lot of time, money and effort to put together yourself; these packages usually include your basic travel costs and a few nights in a hotel – sometimes it even includes some of your meal budget included.

You can even approach your travel agency with a specific itinerary if there’s anything specific you’d like to see during your time there. That’s what your local travel agency is there for.

Don’t Get Scammed by Taxis

Most people in Vietnam get around by taxi – and if you want to get around to most of the local markets, eateries and other places, you’ll have to do the same thing. But you should always make sure that you’re using one of the registered, reliable taxi companies in Hanoi: Check the official listings.

This is why: There are many other taxi companies in Hanoi that aren’t registered and don’t charge you the agreed-upon local taxi fares. They often overcharge more than three times the legal amount, and that’s if you don’t get robbed during your commute.

For safe, happy travels, stick to registered taxi’s.

They’re Not Flirting With You

Men will often visit Vietnam to find that the local women (and sometimes men) are exceptionally friendly; in the majority of cases, they’re not flirting with you, but you’re being pick-pocketed behind your back while they serve as a worthy distraction. Whoops.

Use common sense, and when someone gets a little too friendly or invites you into any dark or secluded places, you’re being screwed – make sure that you leave with your wallet, or just don’t go into these types of situations, to begin with.

Money, Money, Money

People will tend to increase their prices on the spot when they see a tourist coming: You’ll want to avoid this by traveling with a local who can actually speak the language, or who knows the best places who won’t do this to you. Always be aware, and always check your change when paying for something: It’s a common trick for scammers to claim that you gave them the wrong amount of change when you didn’t – and most tourists just fold under the pressure.

Learn the Foods

If you’re going to be ordering food anywhere, whether we’re talking about a street market or a local restaurant, you should get to know the different foods.

Right EquipmentPho is Noodle Soup, but Pho Bo contains beef. But if there’s a Ga at the end, it’s a chicken noodle soup instead. Other dishes include Xoi (rice), or Bun Bo Nam Bo, a different beef and noodle dish.  There are many more dishes than this, although these are some of the more common ones you’ll encounter.

If you don’t know the food, you can occasionally ask the chef: But at some street markets, this is taken as an immediate sign of being a tourist, and this might not be your best option if you’re traveling alone. When in foreign places where you don’t immediately want to be flagged as a tourist, it’s better to blend in and make friends early on – and learn to consult the internet while you’re trying to order your food! A safe move to connect with the locals could be, for example, to have a look at a company called Withlocals. They do something quite interesting: they host locals on their platform that offer private tours and activities to travelers! Speaking of local cuisine, their food tour caught my attention. You won’t need any translating app, and you will get not only to taste some authentic delicacies but also learn about the local culture and habits, and connect immediately with a local!

Scooters Everywhere

women riding scooter

If you’re going to be travelling Vietnam, it can also be a great help for you to get a scooter, bicycle or anything with less than four wheels to get around in. Sometimes the streets are packed, and a car can be stuck in traffic for a while – unless you can go right around it with a bicycle. Plus, you’re getting some exercise while you’re there – and getting to see the scenic route! What could be better?

It also happens to be a lot cheaper than making use of taxi services, especially when traveling only shorter distances. 

 

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Are you planning a trip to London? Have you never been before? If so, then you’re in store for a really amazing experience. But, with so many things to see and do in the capital of England, unless you’re planning a prolonged holiday, trying to figure out what stops you should include on your visit can seem like an overwhelming task.The-Perfect-Pub-Crawl-In-The-UK’s-Best-Cities

If you’re headed to London for the first time and you’re holiday is limited, here’s a suggested travel itinerary that will you can use to ensure your trip is as magical and memorable as possible.

Westminster Abbey

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Normally, we’d start out our itinerary with a stop at Big Ben, but since it’s currently under construction and tours aren’t set to reopen until 2021 (though you can certainly take a peek at if through the scaffolding that’s covering it), we’re going to suggest making Westminster Abbey the first stop on your London adventure – or at least one of your stops. See where Prince William and Princess Kate got married and were dozens of king, queens, and other nobility have been crowned. Do note, however, that Westminster Abbey is a really hot spot, so if you plan on taking a tour, buy your tickets ahead of time.

The Tower of London

If you’re in London, you’re definitely going to want to head over to the Tower of London. While you’re there, check out the Crown Jewels and learn about the fabled (yet pretty bloody) history of this historical site. Don’t forget to stop and see the infamous Tower of London Ravens, too. These oversized birds will send chills down your spine!

Cross the Tower Bridge

After you’ve finished your tour of the Tower of London, stroll across the Tower Bridge, one of the most famous bridges in the world. You can walk to the top and learn about the history of this breathtaking bridge and stroll across the glass walkway; be aware, though, that this walkway isn’t for the faint of heart, as you’ll be almost 138 feet up in the air!

Ride the London Eye

If you aren’t afraid of heights, hop aboard the London Eye, the tallest observation wheel in all of Europe. Situated across the river from Big Ben, it stands a staggering 443 feet high and will give you a birds-eye view of the city. Again, we suggest purchasing your tickets in advance, as this is definitely one of the most popular tourist attractions in London.

Stop in at the Houses at the Houses of Parliament

Officially named the Palace of Westminster, the Houses of Parliament is the seat of England’s government. It’s also the home of House of Lords and the House of Commons. You could take a tour; however, if you are really limited on time, you might want to just take in the views of the spectacular architecture of this building and snap some photos.

Stop by Kensington Palace

The Royal Residence is an absolute must see on your first trip to London. Though you can’t visit the Private Royal Residence (sorry, you probably won’t be able to see Prince William or Prince Harry), but you can go through the State Rooms.

See the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace

No trip to London would be complete without seeing the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace. It is, without a doubt, one of the most elaborate events you will ever see! Of course, you’ll also want to check out the beautiful statutes that surround the area, as well as the stunning palace itself.

Picnic in Hyde Park

Hyde Park

From Buckingham Palace, head over to Hyde Park, the largest Royal Park in the city. There’s plenty of flora to enjoy, and you’re more than likely to run into some street performers, too. It’s a great spot to enjoy a picnic and take load off for a little while.

Go on a Jack the Ripper Pub Tour

London may be a beautiful city, but its history sure is steeped in bone-chilling events; perhaps the most terrifying of all is the story of Jack the Ripper. If you’re up for an event that’s sure to be thrilling, jump on a Jack the Rubber pub tour! You’ll learn about the gruesome storey of one of the world’s most infamous serial killer’s, which to this day, remains an unsolved mystery. You’ll also be able to wet your whistle on some tasty ales and other adult libations, too!

So, there you have it: our top recommendations on your first trip to London. Check out these spots and you’ll have memories to last a lifetime! If you’d rather not have your luggage in-tow while you’re touring the city, check out Excess Baggage, the most secure luggage storage facility in London. To find out more or to pre-book services, visit www.excess-baggage.com. #KnowYourLugage

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Having your car serviced is one of the most important things you can do for your car, especially if you want to keep it in good condition for a long time to come – but even though it’s this important, it also happens to be one of the things that most people skip over when it comes to car care.

If you want to be safe on the road and ensure that you don’t break down next to the highway on your way somewhere, you should take it in for a car service on a regular basis.

A lot of people aren’t sure just when their car needs this service, and this is part of why a lot of people are putting it off for too long – even when they don’t really mean to.

Here’s what you should know about servicing your car, including how often is best – and just what you should know about the essentials sounds that can come from under the hood when there’s something wrong with your car.

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Car Service and Safety

Everyone knows that servicing your car is pretty important – but most people don’t stop to think about just how important. If you don’t have your car serviced at the appropriate time, you’re putting yourself at risk of having an accident – or causing one – because of a fault in your car that would have been easily spotted during a routine service.

These are things like deflating tyres or failing breaks, or anything that can make your engine splutter or stop when it’s not supposed to.

The whole point of a regular service is to check the essentials of your car to make sure everything is working the way it should; if not, then your car should be in ideal driving shape by the point you’re done with your car’s service – and you’ll be ready to hit the road.

Don’t take the risk of leaving your car’s service for too long: It’s one of the foremost causes of car accidents, and the majority of them could have been prevented.

When to Service Your Car

So, when is it really the right time to service your car? It can be said that there’s no real right time to fix your car – most cars could do with a proper service, and most cars have been driving around without one for months, weeks or sometimes even years at a time.

Most experts believe that it’s ideal for a car to be serviced “at least once every few months” – although just how many a few months are will depend on what type of conditions you’re driving your car around in. Undesirable weather conditions and rough roads can contribute to needing a service more regularly, as can colder (or hotter) temperature spikes in your area; driving around more often can also mean that you’ll need a more regular service.

When the Seasons Change

car during the winter months

Cars are subject to more stress than you might realize when the seasons change, especially when the snow starts – and your car ideally needs a service when the seasons start to change to ensure that it won’t freeze up or overheat whichever way the weather goes.

Before Travelling

Service your car before travelling, especially when travelling long distances.

When Buying a Used Car

Unless you’ve checked the service booklet, you’ll usually have no idea just how long it’s been since the car was last serviced when you’re buying a used car – this is why it’s a good idea to get your car serviced as soon as you buy it.

When Experiencing Issues 

Ideally, you should service your car before you start to experience any issues – but if you do, then take your car in for a service immediately before a smaller problem turns into a much bigger one.

Common Car Noises

The noise your car makes can tell you a lot about what’s wrong with it, and mentioning any of these to your repairperson can be a huge help towards diagnosing the problem.

If your car happens to be squealing, it’s usually because of a belt somewhere in the car that’s worn and needs replacement; sometimes squealing can also refer to an internal leak happening within the engine.

If your car is grinding instead, it’s usually the clutch, gears or wheel bearings causing the grinding sound.

Hissing can usually point to a leak somewhere within the vehicle, or can mean that it’s dangerously close to overheating when you can combine this problem with any of the essential car lights turned to on.

If you’re hearing your car banging, tapping or clicking, it could easily be a leak, lack of oil or loose components that are moving around in the engine.

Servicing your car is vital, especially if you want to ensure your vehicle stays in good condition for years – and you stay safe on the road.

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Southern Spain has long been the destination of choice for those looking to get away on holiday where they can be sure of amazing weather and a mediterranean lifestyle.  

The draw of the Costa del Sol is well known to many as the destination of choice, and for good reason. Sweeping beaches, wonderful food, history and culture make it the obvious choice. That is not all Andalucia has to offer, it has so much more.

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The city of Malaga offers everything you could want from a holiday

Easily accessible by plane, the sixth largest city not only has its own airport. It is absolutely flooded with history, and has every right to its reputation as an open museum.

Thouse to have been founded some 2,800 years ago it has seen the rise and fall of many civilisations, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Moorish and Christian alike. Each have left an imprint on the city that you will see in very few locations across the world.

History and architecture lovers should be sure to visit the Castillo de Gibralfaro, a spectacular Moorish palace dated to the 10th century and the Cathedral of Malaga, a renaissance style cathedral designed by Diego de Siloe built between 1528 and 1782.

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, and the Museo Picasso holds hundreds of his pieces in addition to amazing temporary exhibitions. This is truly a wonderful place for art and culture.

And of course, with being on the Mediterranean Sea, you know that you will find the freshest seafood, served at fantastic Spanish restaurants. You can get a real taste of Spain from some truly talented chefs.

Being situated on the coast,  the coastal landscapes of the region are a sight to behold. With the port a few minutes drive from the city centre where you can enjoy the harbour and shopping you can sit and watch the world go by in the sunshine. Or perhaps choose one of the 15 lovely beaches to get some real rest and relaxation.

Explore the wonders of the natural world

There are some spectacular landscapes to be seen across Andalucia, and many within a couple of hours drive from Malaga airport. Simply pick up a car from DELPASO Malaga airport car hire and head out on the road.

One definite stop you should make is to Nerja. The town itself is a picturesque mix of pretty beaches and cobbled streets. But just outside Nerja are the world famous caves. Stretching over 5km it has the world’s oldest stalagmite and Neanderthal cave paintings.

Another must see is the gorge at Ronda. The town is split in half by the Guadalevin River, and you can reach both sides via the Puente Nuevo bridge that stands 100m above the ground. The older part, La Ciudad has amazing moorish architecture.

You can also head to the Caminito Del Rey is you are brave with heights, and take narrow walkway 100m above the ground, complete with glass viewing platforms to look down into the narrow gorge. Booking well in advance is essential.

Discover a new world of Moorish architecture

Moorish architecture

No trip to Andalucia would be complete without a trip to the world famous Granada. A historic city, the architecture here is quite beautiful. The Alhambra palace is truly a wonder and exquisitely kept.. Also worth a visit is the peculiar cave dwellings of Sacromonte and the Arabic quarter of Albaicin.

In addition the town of Cordoba is only 158 km from Malaga airport. Here you can see a charming mix of  Jewish, Christian and Islamic cultures. The Mezquita is a world famous historical mosque-turned cathedral of great beauty and an unusual style. The huge bell tower gives great views across the town. So what are you waiting for? Start planning your trip to Andalucia today.

Once thought the territory of celebrities and supermodels, personal trainers are now used by anyone and everyone who wants to keep fit. However, there are still a select few who serve the ultra-rich. With superyacht gyms on the up, working out while you cruise between glamorous destinations is the hottest new way for the elite to keep fit. From vessels like MIZU yacht, which has its own on-deck basketball court, to more traditional fitness studios like that of JEMS yacht, there’s a whole range of workout spaces on offer. And where there’s a gym, there’s call for a personal trainer. But what’s life like for those trainers who actually work on these luxury yachts? We speak to Jamie, yacht personal trainer on M/Y GLADIATOR, to find out.

How did you become a yacht personal trainer?

personal trainer in yacht

My background is in personal training, and I had my own personal training company back in the UK. But when my friend told me about superyacht gyms, I thought about how amazing it would be to train people in so many incredible locations, so I tried to put the two things together. Luckily it worked out that the first boat I joined had just renovated their tender garage into a gym and so were looking for a yacht personal trainer/deckhand! Everything just slotted together.

What’s your favourite part about working on a yacht?

The crew is one thing that makes it – the crew is awesome. Everyone always says that crew dynamics are important to get right, and I think the balance of all the crew members onboard GLADIATOR yacht at the moment is perfect – everyone compliments each other very well.

What I love specifically about being a yacht personal trainer though is how much the guests appreciate what you are doing for them, outside of your general deckhand work. I always appreciate how thankful our guests are if you just go out of your way a little bit for them, for example putting them together an awesome program for them to follow while they’re on their charter.

How is training on a yacht different to training on land?

As you can imagine, there’s so many limitations to training people on a yacht. The space is just completely different to that of a normal gym, and you are typically limited to what space you have available to you. Some exercises also need to be adapted because of the movement of the boat, so for example balancing exercises can be trickier. But adapting them is a fun challenge in itself.

Do you find that the climate of the charter destination affects the type of exercises you can do?

The sun is a massive factor in planning onboard workouts! The gym that we have onboard GLADIATOR is next to our swim platform and so sometimes I take the equipment out of the gym onto the swim platform, so that guests can train completely out in the open. It’s really nice sometimes, but at certain times of the day the sun will just be beating down on you – and I’ll just be standing there, so if it’s hot for me it’s even hotter for my clients working out!

I definitely have to be careful of how much I expose them to the sun, and in hotter conditions I try to give them a little more rest between sets and make sure they stay hydrated. If I see they’re struggling or fatiguing a little bit quicker, I’ll cut the session shorter.

What would be a typical day for you when you have a charter party onboard?

It really depends what time the guests want to train. On my last charter trip I was training three out of the five guests, so my workouts were staggered throughout the day. One wanted to train at 8am, one wanted to train at midday and one wanted the late afternoon slot, so I’d usually be on deck by 7am and then at about 7:45am, I’d go down and prep for the first session, training the client for an hour. Then I’d get some breakfast for myself! After that I’d go back on the deck and do some more deck duties before preparing for the next two sessions, so it’s quite a nice balance between training and deckhand responsibilities. I find that as a yacht personal trainer it’s easy to mix your routine, which helps to keep things fresh.

Do you tend to do workouts off the yacht, incorporating the charter destination environments, or is it all pretty much all yacht-based?

yacht trainer

So far it’s all been on the yacht, but I’d love to plan some sessions based around the spots that we visit on our charters. In Antigua where GLADIATOR has just been cruising, there are loads of cool hike trails around and so much beautiful scenery. I’d love to be able to take a client out and about, planning a bespoke workout based on the natural environment and their fitness needs. You get the best of both worlds then; you get to see some awesome things as well as getting your workout done at the same time.

Are there any really popular exercises that people will come onboard requesting?

I would say it’s not that specific. I think the general consensus of females wanting to work glutes and stomach and guys wanting to work chest and arms still rings true – it’s no different on the yacht.

My background is in strength conditioning, so I would love to have a client that came aboard training for a serious sporting event, who I could write a really bespoke program for – that would be awesome. That’s another good thing about being a yacht personal trainer – you never know who might come aboard next!

What’s the most intensive workout regime that you have embarked upon with a client?

The most intensive regime I’ve done was a metabolic circuit. That’s a really high intensity circuit, using a mixture of weights and cardiovascular activity. The purpose is to increase your intensity so high that it hits your metabolic rate, allowing you to burn more calories for longer after your session.

I recently did this metabolic circuit training with a client and although he found it pretty tough, overall he said he enjoyed it and was starving hungry the rest of the day and the day after. His metabolism increased and he was burning a lot more calories than his body was used to, so that was a great result.

Charters can be an indulgent time. Do you have any kind of quick, effective exercises you’d recommend to people who don’t want to spend too much time working out on the charter but want to keep fit?

I’d probably put together a little body weight circuit or something like that, literally just 10 minutes every morning just to start their day off right. I would recommend an AMRAP workout, which stands for “as many rounds as possible”. You give them X amount of exercises, put 10 minutes on the clock and then they just keep going with the exercise as many times as they can. When the 10 minutes are up, they’re all done and can go back to relaxing onboard.

Other than that, it’s just getting the balance right, looking at what you’re eating and looking at what you’re burning. You want to try and create an equal calorific total intake, so that you maintain a neutral weight.

As a yacht personal trainer, do you advise people about diet as well as exercise?

I just do the exercise. I’d like to be able to look at the diet as well, but at the end of the day most charters last about a week. Because of that time limit, I like to make the exercises as fun as I can. It’s hard to see any massive benefit in a week, so my workouts are just about feeling good more than anything. I try to give them exercises they enjoy – they’re onboard to enjoy themselves at the end of the day, so there’s no point being too strict on them.

Do you also do sports massage on the yacht?

Yes, I’m a qualified sports masseuse, so after I’ve hammered them in the gym then I can recover them! We have a mobile massage bed onboard GLADIATOR, so I set that up and just go from there.

What kind of massage I do is reflected by the workout we have just done – the point of the massage is to promote recovery. If they are feeling tight in any particular muscle or if they have a back problem or anything like that, I try to pinpoint which muscles are tight and then work with the knots.

Do you think that you will stay a yacht personal trainer for the foreseeable future?

Yacht Personal Trainer

Yeah, definitely. It’s a really nice lifestyle. You get to see cool places and it’s nice to see how thankful the customers are after you spent the week with them, getting to know them a little better and putting together some programs for them. I love it!

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Another new year is upon us and it’s time to think about how we can improve ourselves and make our lives even better. This time of year is the perfect time to make a new year’s resolution, and one of the common promises that we make to ourselves in January is to try something new and learn a new hobby. With that in mind, here we look at some of the best hobbies to focus on this year so you can broaden your horizons and learn new and exciting skills.

Woodwork

Woodwork

If you’ve never thought about woodworking before, 2019 is the time to start. Woodworking isn’t just a rewarding hobby and a fun way to make new and exciting things for your home and for your friends, it’s also a really useful skill to learn. There are so many different ways that woodwork can prove to be useful. Perhaps you need to make a new set of shelves for your home? Or perhaps you need to repair a broken fence? Either one of these tasks will be a breeze if you spend 2019 learning new woodworking skills. There are a few key tools and pieces of equipment that you’ll need to get started with this new hobby, but if you visit this page, you’ll find all the advice you need to get going.

Watercolor Painting

Watercolors are a fantastic artform and even if you aren’t the best artist out there, you can still produce some amazing effects if you explore this new skill. As watercolors are less heavy than oils or acrylics, you can make even quite a basic painting look great. Even better, watercolor paints are quite affordable and you won’t need a canvas to get started – paper will work just fine. You could join a class in your local area, watch tutorials on YouTube or even just express yourself in your own way.

Gardening

Even if you don’t have a garden, you can still enjoy the benefits of gardening with pots or window boxes in your home. Gardening isn’t just a fun hobby, it can also be a practical one. You can cultivate fruit, vegetables and herbs that you can eat and you can grow plants that you can then give as gifts to friends and family members. Gardening can also be a fairly cheap hobby. Most of us have the basics to get started – who doesn’t have a trowel or spade in their home?

Building Models

If you’re looking for something new and different to do with your hands in 2019, it could be time to try building models. There are lots of different model kits on the market, with both plastic and wooden versions for sale. You can choose from airplanes, ships, cars or even buildings, so there’s sure to be something for everyone. Model building is ideal for anyone who wants to hone their fine motor skills since it involves assembling some really tiny parts. You’ll certainly cultivate some patience while also enjoying peace, quiet and the satisfaction of a job well done. When you finally finish your first model, you’ll have a work of art that you made yourself and which you can admire for a lifetime.

Hiking

Do you prefer getting outdoors rather than using your hands inside? Then why not try hiking as your new hobby for 2019? Hiking is a cheap hobby, in fact you can get started with very little equipment. All you’ll need is a pair of sturdy, comfortable shoes or boots, a warm jacket and you’re off! Hiking is a brilliant way to explore the natural environment and to calm your mind. If you’re suffering from stress or anxiety, getting outside in the fresh air can make a big difference to your state of mind, and there’s nothing more lovely than seeing new and stunning scenery. Whether you decide to explore the countryside or the coast, you’re sure to love your new hobby.

So, there you have it – these new hobbies could be the perfect way to spend your leisure time in 2019. Whether you want to stay indoors or get out into the fresh air, we’re sure to have suggested a pastime that is perfect for you.

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If you’re a novice welder, you shouldn’t even think about picking up a welding torch before you have all the equipment you need to hand. While welding is a fantastic hobby and an interesting and rewarding occupation, it can be a dangerous one. With this in mind, it’s pretty important to be aware of all the essentials you’re going to require before you get going with your new pastime.

Many of the essentials that every welder needs are to do with safety. When you are welding, you’re dealing with extremely hot materials and that can present a world of dangers for you and those around you. You need to take great care to protect yourself from burns or eye damage which could occur if an accident takes place.

Let’s take a look at just five things that absolutely every welder should have to hand before they get started on their first project.

1.Protecting Your Eyes

welding mask

The absolute first thing you need to think about before you get started with welding is how you’re going to protect your eyes. The welding spark is blindingly fluorescent and can cause serious eye damage if your eyes are exposed to it. Not only that, but sparks and flying debris can also damage your eyes too while you work. Therefore, the first things you’re going to need to add to your welding kit is a pair of safety glasses with clear, non-tinted lenses which will keep your eyes safe from the debris and sparks together with an auto-darkening welding helmet. Not only will the helmet protect your eyes from the dangerous welding spark, it will also protect your face from debris and sparks too.

2.Protecting Your Feet

You may not think about protecting your feet when you begin welding, however they are just as important as your face and hands. Sparks can easily fly when you’re welding, and your feet can be vulnerable if you choose the wrong footwear. Just imagine the damage which could be caused when you start welding in a pair of open toe sandals. Always choose a pair of strong and sturdy boots which will protect your feet and toes from burning sparks.

3.Protecting Your Hands

When you’re wielding a welding torch your hands and arms are especially vulnerable to burns from the sparks. You definitely need to choose the right pair of strong welding gloves that will protect you from harm while also giving you the freedom of movement you need to work efficiently. If you’re going to start MIG welding, you should choose a pair of high quality gauntlet gloves which allow free movement of your wrists while also having firm pockets for your fingers for better grip and security. If you’re going to be doing TIG welding, you should choose a pair of welding gloves made from a flexible and thinner material that is also fire-resistant for the best possible protection.

4.Protecting Your Body

Now that you’ve thought about protecting your extremities, it’s time to think about protecting the rest of your body too. If your face, hands and feet are vulnerable to damage from sparks and flying debris, the remainder of your body is too, and therefore finding a suitable way to cover it up with fire-resistant fabric is always important. You should definitely consider investing in a fire resistant, thick welding jacket which you can put on before you start work. You might even want to consider pairing it with a pair of welding trousers or chaps which will keep your legs safe from harm during your welding.

5.Protecting Your Ears

The last essential that we’re going to recommend to all new welders is some protection for your ears. No, not from sparks and flying debris this time! Welding is often a very loud operation and you’re going to need to concentrate and focus on what you’re doing to get the job right and to avoid harming yourself and others. If you invest in a pair of high quality ear plugs, you’ll be able to ensure you can maintain your focus to the optimal level by eradicating any external noises. Even better, there’ll be no change of damaging your ears due to excess noise.

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If you’re heading off for a vacation under canvas you might be wondering what you’re going to eat. Cooking on campsites has gone a long way from simply opening a can of soup and heating it over a campfire! Now, you can cook like a foodie even if you’re a camping novice thanks to the latest advances in camping cookware.

These days, there are camping stoves available in a host of sizes and shapes. You can go for a 2 burner model, a portable grill or even a full scale camping oven. You can even get grill plates which you can fit over a campfire for a more traditional experience with none of the hassle. On the other hand if you’re backpacking, a compact stove with a lightweight pot is the ideal solution. So, how do you cook like a foodie under canvas? Let’s take a look.

Getting The Right Equipment

Right Equipment

The very first step is to make sure you have the right equipment to prepare all the foods you have in mind. Plan every meal before you set off so that you already know in advance exactly what you’re going to be cooking and the best way to prepare them. Preparation is always the key to successful camping cuisine. If you’re going to be taking your car to the campsite you’ve got a lot more flexibility. You can choose a larger camping oven which will let you cook joints of meat and casserole dishes, or a combination burner/grill set up which lets you cook a wide range of foods from stir fries to cheese on toast! View this page to find out more about how to select the best camping stoves for you. The key is making sure that you have the right cookware to go with your camping stove. Make sure that your chosen pots and pans are suitable for use with the type of camping stove that you’ve selected. Also, don’t forget that you’re going to need some utensils too. Otherwise, how are you going to stir your sauce or serve your steak? Don’t forget key items like bottle openers and can openers too, otherwise you’re going to struggle if you’re out on the trail – there may not be any stores available to replace those missing items!

Keeping Your Food At The Right Temperature

You don’t want to give your family food poisoning during your camping trip, so make sure to keep your food at the right temperature. You need to make sure that perishables are kept below 40 degrees Fahrenheit as otherwise bacteria can grow. You should take along a thermometer to ensure that your food is safe to eat. You’ll need at least one cooler and perhaps two, depending on how long you’re traveling for. Try to freeze most of your food before you set off on your trip. If you freeze the vegetables and meat before heading off, these foods will stay cold and your cooler will also stay colder for longer. It goes without saying that raw meat must be kept in a watertight container to avoid cross-contamination. Try to keep your cooler as tightly packed as possible as this will ensure it stays cold too. Whenever you take items out of your cooler, use ice to fill the empty space.

Take Along Some Spices

When you’re camping it can be tempting to simply take the absolute basics. However, spices won’t take up a lot of room in your backpack or car and you’ll be amazed by how much difference they can make to your meals. Even something very simple such as a plain tomato pasta sauce can be radically improved by the addition of a few herbs and spices. There’s nothing more boring than plain foods, so taking along some cayenne pepper, some paprika, some mixed herbs and, of course, some salt and pepper, will give a little more variety to even the most ordinary meals and make you feel as if you’re indulging in a culinary experience.

When you’re heading off on a camping trip, there’s no need to worry about food when you follow this advice. You’re sure to enjoy every meal just as much as if you were at home!

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Baskets are not just for your laundry or for holiday celebrations. In fact, they are the perfect solution for all your extra storage needs. Baskets are convenient because they move without much effort and you can take them from room to room with you.

A basket is a storage solution for any of your items to include toys, books, dirty laundry, cooking supplies, and much more. If you want to add some charm to your home and have extra storage area, learn how below.

Improve Your Home’s Natural Aesthetics

Ah, the interior of your home is a place you want to be, and you want others to enjoy how eye-pleasing your décor is. For a fresh and modern look, you can choose a basket that is woven from rattan wicker. Many of these baskets come in an array of colors for you to choose from and you can even have them decorated with leather strips that encompass them.

These baskets are usually on the bigger side and work great for laundry or to even store a small plant in that you want to keep indoors.

Wicker is Always a Winner

Wicker baskets

Wicker baskets are some of the most popular on the market and you can add a nice touch to your home with the addition of them. Often, you can buy these baskets in sets or even individually. You can also stagger them by size or you can buy a handful that are all the same in size.

These types of baskets work well on shelves and can help fill in those spaces on the book shelf. The nice thing about wicker baskets is that they are affordable and stylish too.

Nesting Baskets

Nesting baskets serve two main purposes. You can use them each individually for any purpose you see fit from storage to decoration. When you are not storing items in them, they all fit together, inside one another, to save space.

One of the nice things about nesting baskets is that they come in a variety of colors which allows you to match them to your home’s current décor. If you are not one who is looking to nest them, you can display them on their own or use one in each room.

Colorful Baskets Add a Pop

Baskets do not just come in browns or tans and can be very colorful too. If you are one who wants to add a pop of color to your home, consider some of these ornate and explosive colors. You will find that these baskets double as storage too and they can be a statement piece in your bedroom or simply add another layer of color in the living room.

Baskets Are a Wonderful Choice for Any Home

You never know when you may need some extra storage space and baskets are the perfect home décor AND they double as a place to store things. At minimum, have a couple baskets on hand because you will find they are ideal for even storing small items such as pens, mail, and similar.

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It can become a frenzy to attract new business for bookmakers during the Cheltenham Festival. Out of the 20 turnover races during the year at least 10 of those races take place at the Cheltenham Festival. The meeting gets extensive coverage in the racing and national Press and the fixture is shown live on ITV. Due to contracts with subscription-based broadcasters the channel can only show five of the seven races on each card. Even so all 28 races attract huge betting interest and bookmakers strive to achieve the biggest market share. Some compete on odds and betting limits at the Cheltenham Festival while others use promotions to attract new customers and maintain the loyalty of existing ones. Two of the most common offers related to the Cheltenham Festival are enhanced odds and extra places. These offers are race specific and they are heavily promoted in the media.

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Cheltenham Festival Enhanced Odds

The betting markets are competitive for individual races at the Cheltenham Festival. There is a feature race on each day of the meeting and these Grade 1 contests attract the most betting, in terms of the number of bets and stakes. There is no hiding place with odds comparison sites and the major bookmakers publicise their prices. There is rarely much variance in the odds offered by the major firms, so some enhance odds for a selected runner. For example, Buveur D’Air is the odds on favourite for the Champion Hurdle at the 2019 Cheltenham Festival with all bookmakers. If any firm boosts the price to Even money it will attract an influx of bets. However, stakes are usually limited at the enhanced price. That means bets will be settled at the boosted odds for the maximum stake and any stake over that will be subject to the regular odds. This kind of price boost will be on offer for several races at the next Cheltenham Festival.

Cheltenham Festival Extra Places

With competitive markets for most of the major races at the Cheltenham Festival there can be some value in seeking out the best each way bets. There are industry standard place terms that apply depending on the number of runners and the type of race. Each way bets are settled at one quarter or one fifth the odds and there are two to four payout places. The handicaps attract big fields at the Cheltenham Festival and bets are settled for the first four places. The odds are well publicized on TV and in the Press. Some bookmakers offer an extra place for the major races but still apply the standard place terms. This concession applies to many of the big Saturday handicaps during the season, but it attracts most interest when an extra place is on offer at the Cheltenham Festival. The big field handicaps are attractive for punters because there is usually no short price favourite. An extra place adds to the value of each way bets which are popular during the Cheltenham Festival.

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