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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.

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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?

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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?

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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?

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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

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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

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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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Whether you work for an agency or firm or are a self-employed professional, you can benefit in your daily business activity by using a lot of the same business tools available to high-profile successful people.

In this article, we will cover five of the top business tools or resources. These tools can include simple apps, software programs or devices that help you stay organized and streamlined to carry out your daily activities despite how busy your schedule may be.

Due to the vast number of tools available, we tried to incorporate a variety of tools to cover various needs.

1.      Freshbooks

Freshbooks

Freshbooks is cloud-based accounting software that boasts the ability to help you put your business on auto-pilot. Let’s look at a few features.

Invoicing – you can create custom invoices that include, among other things, your logo and a personal “thank you” email.

Expenses – tracking business expenses can be a real challenge, but with Freshbooks, you get an at-a-glance view of where your money is going – and how profitable you are.

Time Tracking – if you are an independent consultant who charges clients by the hour, this feature will be valuable to you. It not only will tell you how much time you spending working with clients – it will help you generate an accurate invoice in the process.

Projects – get everyone on the same page, from contractors, partners or employees, by sharing documents and files they need for a project, all again from the same dashboard.

Payments – whether it’s deposits to move a project to beginning stages or getting your final payment on a finished project, Freshbooks makes it easy to set up and execute, and everything can be done right from the app.

2.      Hootsuite

When it comes to social media, we all can become overwhelmed. With so many different ways to contact and engage people, especially customers, managing them all can be a chore.

With Hootsuite, you can connect with several social media networks and save time as you use them. Here’s how:

Management – regardless of the number of networks you are connected to, you can manage them and see what’s happening in all of them from one dashboard.

Quick reply – you can reply to any messages, comments and other details from the same single dashboard to any of your networks – even more than one at a time.

Scheduling – this is an effective tool to help you broadcast to your networks without actually being at your desk to post them. If you have a series of posts to gradually send out, you can set them up to post at a certain date and time, enabling you to attend to other important business matters.

Tracking – also known as “metrics” this data is important in determining how well your business is doing. It helps you evaluate what’s working in your networks and what isn’t. This helps you tweak in order to grow your audience.

Security – if the mention of your brand, trade secrets or anything other sensitive data must be shared through this app, you can rest assured that it is protected through two-step authentication.

3.      WordPress Themes (feminine)

We all know that WordPress themes are among the best for websites. However, many of them cater to more manly or business backgrounds.

That might be okay if the theme fits what you are selling. But what if you sell arts and crafts or decorative items? Then you might want to try a site known as Restored316. They have 17 beautiful themes, all of which will appeal to women.

Keep in mind that these are premium themes, ranging from $39 to around $300. Most of them are available for $75. So if you have the budget, Restored316 is the place to find your feminine WordPress themes.

4.      PRWeb

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Every business, online or offline, needs press releases to introduce the business to the public, draw attention to a new development within the organization, introduce a new service or product to the masses or anything else that is newsworthy. Press releases can be a very powerful marketing tool when used correctly.

Finding a good place to submit your press releases can be a challenge. There are decent sites that will publish them for free or for a small fee. Others may charge more.

Whatever they charge, however, the main concern is that they get your press release out there and that it gets noticed, read and hopefully prompts a reader to contact you.

PRWeb is currently, and has remained, the best place to submit a press release. As a PR service, their visibility ranks right at the top. What sets them apart from others is that they do more than just publish your press release. They help you optimize it with good keywords and allow you to add images or videos to attract more attention.

5.      GoToMeeting

If your team is spread out over several places, whether they work in distant offices or from home, holding a meeting with your team can be difficult.

Or, if you happen to be an internet marketer, and plan on publishing some instructive presentations for your subscriber list, then you may want to check out GoToMeeting.

This company’s service is very popular with internet marketers. Countless webinars and video coaching calls have taken place with this app.

GoToMeeting can easily be used for business meetings via video conferencing. They make it simple and through several ways to notify everyone who needs to attend the meeting. It can be as simple as emailing a link to everyone so they can access the video conference in a matter of seconds.

Summary

This is a list that no doubt could have grown with little effort. We also tried to offer a list of items that are not always out in the forefront but have acquired a healthy measure of attention, hinting at their usefulness.

We sincerely hope that you might find one or more of these tools or resources valuable in helping you streamline your business activity and keep you organized.

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If you’re lucky enough to be heading off on holiday for some winter fun this year, then make sure you’ve got everything you need to hand well before you go. After all, getting organized and ahead of the game will help you feel less stressed in the run up to take off. If you’re in need of a little helping hand, use our ultimate checklist to ensure you’re ready to go in style.

The gloves

winter gloves

Keeping your hands toasty is a must if you’re going to enjoy the colder temperatures on your winter getaway. Heading for the ski slopes? Stay super insulated with some padded gloves or mittens. Alternatively, if you’re off on a city break then why not try out some of this season’s must have designs? Gloves were a trend to watch out for on the Fall/Winter catwalks so make the most of the styles available and give your winter look a twist. Bold, block colors is a trend that definitely stood out, as were elbow-length designs as seen at Dolce & Gabbana, Calvin Klein, Chanel and Prada. Take a look at the Fendi sale for more great winter accessories.

The jacket

There’s no better time to treat yourself to a new winter jacket than when you’re jetting off to enjoy some winter sun. With such variety in the coat trends that appeared this F/W, there’s sure to be one that’s right for you. If you’re off on an activity-based holiday, then why not try out this season’s puffer jacket? It’s easy to wear with a casual feel making it perfect for those après-ski moments. If you’re in the market for something a little more sophisticated than this year’s heritage trend might be for you. Seen at Balenciaga, Calvin Klein and Givenchy, it’s all about checked tweeds in any color palette and shape you like.

The hat

No winter look is complete without a hat to finish it off. So, what exactly did this season’s trends have in store for us? At Calvin Klein and Gucci it was all about coverage with models heading down the runway in brightly-colored balaclavas. Alternatively, if you’re looking for a design that’s a little simpler to pull off, why not go for a chunky knit beanie as seen at Anna Sui, Missoni and Dolce & Gabbana?

The bag

There have also been some pretty iconic bag trends gracing the runway this season and one which works perfectly for a winter getaway is faux fur. Varying from bold, exotic colors to neutral and natural tones, fluffy and furry bags stole the show at Moschino, Max Mara and Dolce & Gabbana. Everything from textured oversized totes and backpacks to clutches and shoulder bags made their way down the runway. That said, don’t worry if fluffy isn’t your thing, there are still plenty of accessories that will help you turn heads. How about a must-have clutch in sleek and stylish mock croc or embellished in eye-catching sequins?

The boots

boots

Wintery weather is a great excuse to treat yourself to a new pair of boots, but which style should you go for? This season’s statement ankle boot trend is perfect for transitioning from day to night. It also gives you a lot of scope to experiment with your personal style. The options really are endless. From bold block colors and metallics to animal print and sequins, just make sure you keep the rest of your look low key. When it comes to heel height, go for what you feel comfortable in. Whether that’s sky high for an eye-catching evening look or a low block heel to go exploring in.

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Dubai is popularly known for its towering structures, manmade islands, modern architecture, luxury lifestyle, and shopping. You have the glittering wonderful city on one side and a wide-stretched desert on the other. Whether you want to spend your vacation enjoying modern amenities, indulging in your adventurous fantasies or getting soaked in the finest hospitality in the world, Dubai is the destination that should be on your mind. In fact, Dubai is the hotspot for all travellers and backpackers for its iconic skylines, revolutionary hotels, magnificent places, luxury and of course, it’s nightlife too. Apart from all this, the cuisine of the city is to die-for. You would get to enjoy kebabs, biryani, cardamom coffee, shawarma and many such delicious dishes in many of the restaurants and eateries of the city. In short, there is no shortage of unique experiences for tourists. One can indulge in thousands of things in the city during her or his stay. Here are a few experiences that would answer your question as to what to do in Dubai and what are the things that you should not miss.

City Sightseeing Tour

Burj Khalifa

There are many things that you can explore in the city when out for Dubai sightseeing. You can visit Burj Khalifa, which is the tallest tower in the world; the Dubai Museum at Al-Fahidi Fort; Heritage & Divine Village, which displays maritime and cultural heritage and the Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum House, the palace of the former ruler of Dubai which is popular for its unique architecture. Then there is the Jumeirah Beach, which has white sand and from where you would get the best view of Burj Al Arab, the sail-shaped hotel. Here, you can also explore various water sports activities like jet skiing, banana boat ride, etc. You must also take time to drive around the Sheikh Zayed Road, which is wide eight lane highway, with some of the most impressive buildings of the city erected on both sides. Another must visit place in Dubai is the Dubai Aquarium & underwater zoo (located inside the Dubai Mall), where you would get the chance to see the exotic marine life of more than 100 species as well as indulge in exciting activities like shark diving. Then there is the Mall of Emirates, which is famous for shopping, indoor ski park cinema complex and a centre for entertainment.

In-flight Tours

Helicopter Ride

If you want a change from the regular sightseeing, you can opt for in-flight tours and experience the flamboyant view of Dubai from the top. There are multiple options where you can explore the city and its beauty from above. One of the best ways to do is to visit the Observation Deck of the Burj Khalifa on the 148th floor. But if you want to have some adventure, you must go for the helicopter ride. Helicopter rides are available for various durations and would give you the chance to see some of the iconic buildings of Dubai closely. Hot-air balloon rides are for those who want to enjoy the beauty of the desert from a bird’s eye view. Go for an early morning ride to enjoy the glorious sunrise.

Fine Dining & Aromatic Puff:

jumeirah hotel, dubai

No fun can begin with an empty stomach and Dubai is a city which would not allow your tummy to be disappointed. This city has a lot to offer when it comes to food and you would find cuisines from all over the world in Dubai. The highlight is the Arabian cuisine finger-licking kebabs and grills and a shisha to smoke.

Bayt Al-Wakeel is specialised in seafood, Emirates and Arabic dishes. Then there are Jumeirah restaurants where they believe in giving the guest personalised experience. From quality and creative cuisine of guest’s choice to bars and lounge for a vibrant night life experience, there are lots of places to explore in the Jumeirah area. Al-Mahara restaurant is another wonderful place to dine, where the floor and ceiling are made of glass panels, where you can view a sea life while you enjoy your cuisine. Another fine dining experience that you should have in Dubai is the afternoon or high tea at Burj Al Arab’s Sky View Bar. The menu offers delicious scones, homemade jams, delectable pastries and cakes and a wide varieties of tea and coffee.

Whichever restaurant you go to, you must ask for the Aromatic puff. It is a fruit scented flavour, burnt in the charcoal which passes through the water vessel (varieties of shapes and size available) and inhaled for a puff.

If visiting fine dining restaurants for every meal is stretching your budget too much, you would be happy to know that Dubai has several small restaurants, eateries and food court that serve mouth-watering food at far lesser price. While the price is low, there is no compromise on the taste and quality of the food at these food places.

Dessert & Wildlife

Desert Safari

Another best thing to do in this city is dessert safari. It is an opportunity to take a break from the city and enjoy a wild ride on the four wheelers (dune bashing), camel riding, sand skiing and quad biking. There are entertainment programs and lots of fun activities at the desert. There is also the amazing BBQ dinner to look forward to at the end of the evening desert safari. If you want to enjoy the ambience of the desert a little more, you can go for overnight desert safari in Dubai. Here you would get to snooze inside cozy sleeping bags, under a star-lit sky or sit around a bonfire and listen to Arab folklore and other stories. If you are only looking for adventure, the morning desert safari would be great for you. You would not only be able to enjoy a beautiful sunrise but some of the most adventurous desert activities too. If The Arabic breakfast served at the desert is also the highlight of the trip. Explore Parks

There are many theme parks, water parks and amusement parks in the city which are some of the best places to see in Dubai. Check with your travel & tourism partner if they can help you to book tickets for you. Mushrif Park is a natural forest that has swimming pools, lakes, fountains, camel and pony rides. You can see Bruce’s owls nest in the park, yellow-throated sparrows and other spices. Mamzar Park, a large park with sheltered beaches, is a wonderful choice if you want to avoid the crowd in other beaches in Dubai. Safa Park is huge with 64 hectares of lawns, scooter paths, cafes, barbeque and a little lake where you can see plenty of ducks and fishes. You must also visit the Dubai Miracle Garden, where you would be able to see unique and splendid exhibits made of colourful flowers and plants. When it comes to water parks, the Wild Wadi and Atlantis’ Aquaventure Water Park are the best. For the ultimate adventure park experience, you must go for Dubai Parks and Resorts which is home to four theme parks including Legoland, Legoland Water Park, Motiongate and Bollywood Parks. You can also visit IMG Worlds of Adventure, the largest indoor adventure park in the UAE.  

Dubai is a marvellous city, and exploring the history of the city, enjoying an aerial view of the city vistas, savouring best and exotic foods, spending an evening or night in the wilderness of the desert, and having unlimited fun at theme parks are some of the marvellous experiences in Dubai that no travellers should miss. But before you start dreaming about your Dubai holiday, check whether you need a Dubai tourist visa and apply for a Dubai visa online as soon as possible. After all, with so many Dubai tourist attractions and fun activities to do, your holiday in the city would undoubtedly be a memorable one.

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