Should I take a gap year?

So you are just about to start uni or have even just finished uni and you are asking yourself, should I take a gap year? Recently a UK retailer has come out and said that you should work in their store for your gap year. We 120% disagree, while retail does teach you great skills, working for retail store will not teach you as much as the university of life will. We say if you can afford it and want the experience of a lifetime, then most defiantly. Here are some good reasons to take the gap year.

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  1. It’s almost now or never! Getting 6 months or a year of work will be very difficult. A lot of companies do not offer time of for you to go travel the world. Skip all this hassle and go before you become a member of the full time world of work.
    We are not saying it’s impossible to do a gap year later but it defiantly becomes more difficult. Things like kids, mortgages and careers tend to get in the way.
  2. You will make a huge amount of friends. You will meet people who will be your friends for life, you will have experiences that will never be repeated again. You will always be connected to these people by the experiences you shared together.
  3. The world needs to be explored! Every country in the world is so different you need to get out there and see how other people do it!
    There is a great saying that says the world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page.
  4. It doesn’t all need to be partying. You can volunteer abroad for a time which will also look good on your CV.
  5. You can go with your friends. What are the chances of your friends all being available to travel the world at the same time at some point in the future? Slim.
  6. Some countries allow a working visa. This means that you can spend time working and gaining valuable experience. If you are a EU citizen you can work in other EU countries without a visa. Countries such as Australia offer a working visa.
  7. Life experiences. There are some things that just account be taught in a classroom, things that you have to get out and just experience for yourself. You will have lots of life experiences on a gap year. This alone is good reason for one.
  8. People skills. There is an art to dealing with people and these skills are very important as you make your way through life. Learning to talk  and interact with people will serve you will all through your life.
  9. You don’t know what you want to do. Why rush into a job you might hate. Take some time out and think about what you would really like to do. You may find that what you wanted to do when you started to study may not be what you want to do now.

So what do you think? Have you taken a gap year?



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Arrests in Ayia Napa rape case

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News of Arrests in Ayia Napa rape case.
A 23 year old man has been arrested in connection with the rape of a British tourist in the clubbing holiday resort of Ayia Napa.
The man who has been wanted by the local police turned himself in on Tuesday night around 8pm local time. Another man has been released without charge after there was no evidence found to tie him to the crime.
The 23 year old arrested in connection with the rape is the third person the local police have arrested. He joins a 25 and 27 year old who are currently on remand.
The victim, a 30 year old woman, reported that she was taking to an unknown area of Ayia Napa and raped. She was examined at Famagusta General Hospital where no visible injuries were observed. The police are currently waiting on a toxicology report.

 

Radio 1 Ibiza 2015

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Radio 1 Ibiza 2015

Radio 1 are back in Ibiza this year celebrating their 20th year of live broadcasts from the clubbing holiday island.
The national radio station will be holding their annual invasion between Friday 31st July and Sunday 2nd August.
The first radio 1 broadcast was Nicky Holloway at Manumission at Ku (now privilege).
Annie Mac, Pete Tong and Danny Howard are all confirmed to be playing sets from the island.
Radio one will be announcing ticket details over the next few weeks so make sure you stay tuned to find out how you can attend.
Annie Mac has said “It’s going to be bigger and better than it’s ever been before,” so you know that you don’t want to miss out!

Supercard – The new way to spend money abroad?

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Supercard – The new way to spend money abroad?
Travelex have launched a new card called the Supercard. It differs from every other card on the market is that it promises no roaming charges at all.
When you use your bank or credit cards abroad they add on fees such as a foreign exchange fee and a cash withdrawal fee which really is a rip off.
Supercard differs with no fees, no commission and no exchange mark up rate which of course makes this a highly desirable way to spend or withdraw money on holiday.
The way it works is, you link your debit or credit card to the Supercard via an app available on both android or apple devices. You can then see transactions and even turn the supercard on and off using this app. Turning it off is handy as this means the card cannot be used when off and is most likely sitting in a draw with your passport.
The Supercard will work in the UK but due to the fees when used in the UK it doesn’t make sense to. Your debit or credit card is a better bet for UK spending.

The Supercard is currently in a pilot but you should keep your eye on the website and register for details of when it will go live. It could make changing money for holiday a thing of the past!

A British tourist has died in Ibiza

Reports are coming out of Ibiza that a  British tourist has died in Ibiza.
The man, 26 year old Robert Gillespie, from Larbert in central Scotland fell from the 5th floor of the popular Piscis Park in San Antonio on Saturday night. It is believed that this was Robert’s first night on the clubbing holiday island.
Paramedics attended the scene but unfortunately were not able to save him and he was pronounced dead at the scene.
This goes to show the dangers that balconies in holiday resorts, which can be lower than balconies you find here.
A spokesperson for the foreign office has confirmed they are providing consular assistance to his family.
RIP Robert & for those of you going on holiday this year, please stay safe.

There are videos online of people jumping from the roof of the Piscis Park hotel. Just don’t do it, it’s not worth it!

8 things that happen on holiday that doesn’t back home

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Our list of 8 things that happen on holiday that doesn’t back home.

  1. Drink from the moment you get up. It seems to be an international rule that when you are on holiday the social norms go out the window. You can drink 24/7 without anyone giving you a second look.
  2. Wear vests every day. Back home people would look at you like a chav, but on holiday it’s standard.
  3. Check in with your family to say you are still alive. I think we all know that if you ain’t on the holiday then you don’t really exist but every few days you have to let them know you are still breathing.
  4. Pig out for a week. Back home we tend to watch what we eat and eat junk food in moderation, however abroad we use the reason “I’m on holiday” to justify being a fatty. It’s all fun and games till you get home and jump on the scale.
  5. Buy tat from the lookie lookie man. Back home if someone approached us with some random cheap sunglasses & watches we would tell them to do one. Abroad its like a rule you have to buy something that will probably break later that day.
  6. Turn your nationality / home town into a game. “Hey guys this is John, he’s from London too!” Woooooooooooo yes John, let me get you a drink!
  7. Spend a fortune on the first night.  It always takes a day or two to get to grips with the new money. The first night normally starts something like “Wait, how much is 5000 baht in pounds?”
  8. Tipping too much on the bill. “Oh I just left him 500 baht as a tip.” Erm … That’s a tenner mate. Oh.

Do you have any that you think we have left off?

Magaluf Fines

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The government in Magaluf are still going ahead with their plans to cut down on the anti social behaviour that is found in the resort. The latest idea they have come up with is to introduce a system of fines for tourists who do the following things.

  1. Walking around without a shirt on will cost €500
  2. Jumping across or from a balcony will set you back €1500. We recently did a post explaining why you shouldn’t be balcony hopping anyway, but now you may be hit hard in the pocket if you do.
  3. Urinating on the street will also have you facing a €1500 fine.

The sign in this post is going up in resort telling people to drink in moderation and that they are not allowed to drink on the street. The new rules are expected to come into play on the 9th June.
We have our doubts if this will actually work, Magaluf is wild and has been wild for a long time. If you fine someone for not having a shirt on you would have to fine half the resort. It sounds over the top and unenforceable to us.

The local authorities will be taking a zero tolerance policy on sex games and sex in public. Pub crawls are still allowed but only in groups of less than 20 people.

Balcony Hopping

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Every year it seems that the balcony hopping antics of people in the clubbing holiday makes the news in the saddest possible way, with someones death.
I have been guilty of hopping a balcony a few floors up to save the long walk around, however the risks far exceed the rewards. Due to the nature of these places the already dangerous practice is made far worse by the fact most of the time we have been drinking and our hand eye co-ordination is negatively affected by this.
In May of this year there were 2 reported falls in Magaluf. Now while these may or may not have been people messing around on the balcony a quick Google will show you multiple stories of people hopping from one balcony to another, slipping and then falling to their death.
Next time you are on holiday and consider jumping across just think of all these people who have had their life cut short by a moment of madness.
We can’t stress enough that taking the decision to hop across a balcony could result in your death! All it takes is a slip or a missed grab of a railing and it could be all over.
Be smart and don’t play with your life just to save a few minutes walking.

Ibiza Weekender Interview

The weekender is back! However this time they show has moved from Magaluf to Ibiza. We took the time to catch up with Ninushka Oller-Stracey, Series Producer of Ibiza Weekender to find out what the Ibiza Weekender has in store for us.
The new series starts on Sunday 8th February at 9pm on ITV2.

Ibiza Weekender Interview.
1.The show is back and in a new location, what prompted the move to Ibiza?

The programme had spent 3 seasons in Magaluf and we felt it was time for a change of scene, so where better to go than the party capital of Europe.

Ibiza is a cooler, more sophisticated and glamorous location and with Imogen also growing and transforming herself into a sexy siren, the two together are a perfect reflection of this progression.

2. We notice that only Imogen kept her job from the current reps, how comes?

Imogen is a truly unique woman, she’s the girl next door who all the viewers can relate to. We’ve all had heartache in our lives but Imogen isn’t afraid to share her feelings with us at home and this makes her a captivating character. She’s funny, wears her heart on her sleeve and is also prepared to hold her hands up when things go wrong, but is she the only returning rep??? You’ll have to watch the series to find out.

3. How do you feel the show will different between the two locations?

Ibiza itself brings a whole different vibe to the series. You can still expect high jinks and excessive nights out, but in Ibiza there’s a more laid back scene. After all it’s the holiday destination of A listers, in fact anyone who’s anyone spent the summer there including Justin Bieber and Orlando Bloom, although their vacation was anything but chilled.

4. Are there any plans to take the format to other locations?

We would love to take the series around the globe, but for right now, there’s no beating Ibiza.

5. If someone wanted to be on a future series as a rep or a holidaymaker how would they go about this?

We have a casting process that possible holidaymakers go through but as a starting point, they are more than welcome to contact us via our @IbizaWeekender twitter page where followers are also the first to see exclusive clips and unseen scenes from the series.

6. How did the team find Ibiza compared to Magaluf? Did you face any difficulties or challenges while filming?

Filming abroad is always harder than you think, there are language barriers and afternoon siestas to take into account, something I wish we’d adopt here in the UK. Plus access to some of the larger super clubs was difficult, after all they don’t need the publicity with millions of party goers already frequenting their dance floors, but never put off by a challenge our team worked tirelessly to get us into some banging clubs which you will experience from the comfort of your couch when you watch the show. It was a really positive experience and we gained some great access, but we’re always happy to hear from any clubs that might welcome us in the future.

7. What should we expect in the upcoming season of the Ibiza Weekender?

You can still expect those warm funny moments from first time holiday makers as well dramatic surprise guest arrivals. We focus more on our reps this season, there are 6 of them to start with and the relationships between them fluctuate from romantic to dramatic. It promises to be a truly captivating series, your new guilty pleasure that will see viewers through the cold winter months here in the UK.

Advice for traveling alone

I was always someone who always thought that going traveling alone is not something for me, and it would be something I hated, but this all changed this year when I actually ended up going to three places on my own and had a great time. Traveling alone is very relaxing and it also forces you to get out of your comfort zone and talk to people. This post will give you some advice for traveling alone.

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1. There is nothing weird about it. A common misconception is that you will be seen as the weird guy / girl. This is wrong and anyone who would thinks that is most likely just worried that they don’t have the guts that you do.

2. Use technology. The great thing these days is that there are a number of apps and websites that you can use to find people to do things with on your travels. Make use of travel forums such as ours and apps designed to connect people such as Tinder or Bee Talk which is popular in Asia. Look for Facebook groups or even do a twitter search of the destination you are in.
Having a small laptop / tablet or even your phone will be invaluable. If you do get a little homesick, a friendly face is just a short Skype call away. Also Whatsapp if it isn’t already will become one of your most used apps.

3. Don’t stay in your room. Ok you are in a foreign place and want to go out but you have nobody to go out with. So what! Get dressed and get yourself out there, have a few drinks and just strike up some conversations. You will be surprised how friendly people are once you start talking to them.
During the day do what interests you. The reason for this is that you will meet people with similar interests. If you fancy going on a tour then do it! You haven’t come half way across the world for nothing have you? Hotel pools and bars are also a good place to meet people as is the beach.

4. Choose your destination wisely. Some places such as Thailand, Vietnam, Laos have many solo travelers going there all the time. They are all in the same position as you and would love to meet people. This makes it even easier to find a new group of friends to share some of your time with.

5. Choose where you stay wisely. If you pick a super upmarket resort aimed at couples and families don’t be surprised that when you get there all you see is couples and families! Read reviews and find out where the people you would like to meet are staying and choose to stay there.

6. It’s all about you. Do whatever makes you happy, this is your holiday and the good thing is theres negotiating like you have to on group holidays. You are in charge, what you say goes, you make all the decisions!.