Why Travelling In Your Twenties Is The Best Investment You Can Make

There’s no arguing that your twenties is a daunting time. With many of you making your first steps into the adult world, the prospect of the future is both scary and exciting. Some of you may have finally handed in your dissertations, some of you may have moved from your small home-town to the big city and some of you may be moving on from your break-up with your ex that you met at college.

Your twenties are a time of constant change; may this be climbing the career ladder, searching for a significant or moving to a new city. Throughout this time, it’s important to take advantage of the opportunities available and start seeing the world. It’s time to “find yourself” – as the people who went on a gap-year in Southeast Asia will have mentioned to you one too many times.

Through the rollercoaster of emotions, you will more likely than not experience, it’s important to not let the chaos consume you and to allow these changes to happen. You may be losing friends and making better ones, stressing out over securing a career and finding the perfect town to settle in. These changes will happen, but it’s important to embrace them.

During the procrastination of trying to get your life together, it’s likely that many of you in your twenties have little to no commitments, such as children or a mortgage to pay. Therefore, making it the perfect age to travel. The time to escape reality, enjoy your freedom and go on your next exciting adventure. If you need some inspiration to get you started, have a look at this list from the New York Times on twenty places that should be added to the bucket list.

You may choose to go on this adventure alone, with close friends or even strangers. Whichever option you choose, you will be making incomparable memories that will stay with you forever. You will be having unique experiences that will shape how you see the world and help you to discover the type of person you are meant to be. Stepping out of your comfort zone and unleashing your inner free spirit is exactly what your twenties are for, which confirms why travelling is the best investment that you can make during this time.

Travelling in your twenties forces you to get comfortable with who you really are, and discover exciting things about yourself that you didn’t know before. It’s possible that you will taste your new favourite meal while dining on street food from a humble cart on the side of the road in Bangkok, a quintessential part of the city’s experience. A hidden talent in surfing may reveal itself when you try it for the first time on a stunning beach in Australia. You may even discover a new love for photography through your attempts to get the perfect Instagram picture of the Loch Ness Monster in Scotland.

Players dream about the beautiful beaches that they see through the massively popular Sunny Shores slot on the Rose Slots online gaming website for good reason. Through this game, players can experience a completely immersive summer experience, which can perk up any mood and make great days even greater. So why miss out on sunny shores in your twenties? Make a list, start saving your pennies and check your passport is in date. Having your next adventure planned is something to take the edge off the boring nine to five life you have just entered into.

It’s extremely liberating to live with only the essentials. Travelling with one backpack may be scary to those of you who are used to having a full make-up bag, multiple pairs of trainers and a ridiculous amount of black socks, but through your adventures, you learn to leave materialism behind. It is no surprise that the minimalist lifestyle is becoming increasingly popular with millennials today.

MusclesFinancial constraints may be making some of you hesitant, but it’s easier than ever to travel on a budget. With Booking.com making it easier than ever to compare prices of friendly hostels, elegant hotels and modern apartments, you’ll always be able to find the perfect place to rest your head and to suit your budget. Comparison sites such as Skyscanner allow travellers to view thousands of routes and providers to find great airline deals quickly – whether it’s a cheap ticket you’re searching for or a spontaneous last minute flight. Pre-paid travel cards allow you to load them before you go abroad then use them as you would a debit card, allowing you to spend or withdraw cash as you please – no worries about losing a large amount of cash! A perfect way to keep control of your spending, as they are pre-loaded and many of them let you lock in a rate in advance. There has never been a better time to travel on a budget.

Still not convinced? Think of the fears you will conquer while cliff jumping in New Zealand, shark diving in South Africa or volcano trekking in Mount Etna. You’ll appreciate your independence and learn to be completely comfortable in your own space. It’ll also give you the chance to miss home, you’ll get out of the rut you feel day-to-day and it’ll teach you to stop taking friends and family for granted. And if these reasons can’t convince you, I’m sure this one will – your Instagram game will be seriously strong!

Travelling in your twenties is the best investment you can make – forget about the mortgage deposit, the latest smartphone and the new fashion trend from Urban Outfitters that you can’t really afford now you don’t have the benefit of a student discount card. All these things can wait until you’re thirty and ready to settle down. Don’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime to explore new cultures and play by your own rules. You’ll never look back on your travel photos and say: “I wish I’d never done that”.


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Top Tips for Student Travel in the UK

Travelling around the UK can be an expensive business, particularly if you are a student. Generally, though, travel companies do recognise that the cost of getting around is significant to students and so there are promo codes out there that can help make the cost of student travel a lot cheaper. STA Travel are the world’s largest student and youth travel company – take a look at STA Travel Promo Codes for October 2018. Read our guide to find out how you can make travelling around Scotland and the rest of the UK more affordable.

Railcards

There is no getting away from the fact that our railways are expensive, but it is possible to cut the cost of your travel with a 16-25 railcard. This little card, which you can also use digitally on your phone or tablet gets you a third off of any train journey that you make. They cost £30 for one year or £70 if you go for the three-year option, but you can get a discount off of this with your NUS card. You can also buy your travel card for the year with £15 worth of Tesco Club Card Vouchers. Simply swap your vouchers online with Tesco then enter the promo codes that they send you onto the railcard website, and you’re done.

Coach

When it comes to cheap student travel, coaches might be a good option. They offer cheap journeys and even allow you to use your NUS card to get a good discount. They offer fares from as little as £1 and they are extremely comfortable and offer great facilities such as free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and charging points. Sure, your journey might take a little longer but you’ll get the opportunity to sit back, relax and gaze out of your window to see what Scotland and the rest of the UK have to offer.

Young Person’s Coach Card

If you plan to travel by coach often, it might be worth purchasing a young person’s coach card. Operated by National Express, this card works very much in the same way as the 16-25 railcard. The card costs £12.50 for a year or £30 for three years and it gets you one third off your standard coach tickets. Plus you get 20% off your bill at Pizza Hut when you show your coach card, you can travel and dine in style.

NEC Card

Young people living in Scotland are entitled to apply for a National Entitlement Card (NEC). So long as you are aged between 11 and 26 and live in the country, even if it’s just while you are completing your study you are eligible to receive this little card that is full of discounts. The best bit when it comes to your travels is that it entitles you to 20% off you fares with Scottish City Link Coaches, helping you travel around the country as much as you want. There are also discounts offered on food shopping, restaurants and at many attractions, plus the card doubles up as a proof of age, meaning that you won’t have to carry around other ID to help you get served at the bar.

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Loch Ness Marathon 2018

Loch Ness Marathon 2018STILL TIME TO GO THE DISTANCE WITH THE FESTIVAL OF RUNNING IN INVERNESS

Last chance to enter Baxters River Ness 10K & 5K

23 September 2018 

http://www.lochnessmarathon.com

If the thought of a marathon or half marathon is a step too far, there’s still time to enter and train for the Baxters River Ness 10K and 5K on Sunday 23 September 2018.  These two race distances offer the perfect opportunity for runners and fitness enthusiasts alike to join in with one of the UK’s most scenic and popular running events.

The River Ness 10K and 5K follow a flat, point-to-point course through the historic Highland capital of Inverness alongside the banks of the picturesque River Ness. Renowned for their ‘personal best’ potential, these shorter distances are appealing for those experienced runners looking to return to better their previous times or those running novices looking for an achievable and enjoyable running challenge.

Corporate teams from across Scotland will also take to the streets as they take part in the Baxters 10K Corporate Challenge which is open to all businesses and organisations in the public and private sector.

There’s also the Wee Nessie race, which is open to pre-school children aged 5 and under, that follows a short circular route in the enclosed Bught Park providing youngsters with the perfect introduction to the sport.

Race director Malcolm Sutherland, commented: “We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to this year’s Baxters Loch Ness Marathon and Festival of Running weekend. The event has been growing in popularity year on year with runners of all abilities and age groups represented.

“The 10K, 5K and Wee Nessie are the perfect opportunity for those looking to take on a new challenge with family or friends whilst enjoying a great day out.”

Hosted by Scottish television and radio presenter Bryan Burnett, the two-day festival of running weekend promises a packed family friendly agenda.

There is the new Runners Café which opens on Saturday 22nd September from 10am to 6pm as well as the Baxters Food & Drink Fayre, Scotland’s largest Expo dedicated to runners, kids’ activities and live music, with free entry for all.

Malcolm added: “The weekend offers so much more than a spectator event as there’s a plethora of festivities served up with great food and drink from a great selection of street food vendors as well as a series of Expo talks, conversation with runners from around the world and lively Scottish music to enjoy.”

Entry to all races is open now until 3rd September at: http://www.lochnessmarathon.com

For those still wishing to enter the Loch Ness Marathon, places are available via our official charities and for club and overseas runners.


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How To Travel On A Shoestring Budget

Traveling on a ShoestringGoing travelling on a shoestring budget can be tough for even the most seasoned travellers. There are many hacks that can save you money while travelling and help you have the best trip regardless of your budget.

Looking for local hidden gems is a great idea to help you save some money. The problem with travelling in tourist dense areas is, that they tend to have inflated prices. Everything in those areas is increased from food and drink, even souvenirs can be at a sky-high price. If you headed to lesser known areas you’d get a more authentic experience as you will see a different side of your destination, you’d also probably find much nicer food too! You can also save money by, buying food and alcohol from the local markets. Not only is this a great way to save some money but also a great way to fully immerse yourself in the culture. You can also find some local delicacies to tantalize your taste buds.

Planning your trips in advance can be very helpful. By planning ahead of your trip, you will find yourself getting the better offers. Make sure you do your research online and even keep your eyes peeled for discount codes and offers. Once you are at your destination you may want to use cabs to help you get around the city, however, if you choose to take public transport this can work out even better. Rather than taking the pricy tourist hop on hop off bus, take a regular bus and enjoy the sights this way.

Flights can be some of the most expensive costs when going travelling. Opting to go for a flight with connections may help you to save as much as £200. This will massively reduce the cost you are spending on flights and leave you more money to enjoy yourself with. Be sure to compare holidays before making any bookings as this will give you a better chance of finding holidays which are more affordable.

Check out the infographic on the right to find some ingenious hacks for travelling on a budget. Like did you know sometimes standing at a bar to order your drink can save you money rather than ordering it to your table!


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The Best Holiday Destinations in Europe

Scenic vistas, fascinating history and incredible culinary adventures – Europe offers an overwhelming amount of diversity. Whether you’re seeking beaches and Mediterranean climates, wide open countryside and famous landmarks or the opportunity to take a step back in time, holidays here are filled with memorable experiences. These are some of the best destinations for holidays in Europe that will have you reaching for your passport in no time.

Paris

Instantly recognisable and always beautiful, no matter the time of year, Paris should be on everyone’s travel wish list. One of the fashion capitals of the world, this city is a stylish mix of bistros, boutiques, iconic architecture and some of the best food you’ll ever eat. Whether you’re here to admire the Mona Lisa, wander the glitzy Champs Elysee or catch a show at the Moulin Rouge, this is one European destination that’s truly unforgettable.

Alicante

Its main draw is its stunning beaches, but Alicante is more than its coastline – although that certainly doesn’t disappoint. Alicante is one of the big players of the Costa Blanca region and is fast-becoming one of the must-see destinations thanks to the hilltop castle, stylish boutiques, vast aquarium and architecture. With miles of coastline to enjoy, why not hire a car at the airport with Avis to make getting around easier while you’re visiting?

Inverness

You don’t need to leave the UK to find fantastic holiday destinations in Europe – Scotland has some of the most beautiful scenery in the country, and the further north you go, the more scenery and open countryside you’ll find to get lost in. No trip to Scotland would be complete without a visit to Loch Ness and nearby Inverness is a cosmopolitan city with the beauty of the Highlands on its doorstep – the best of both worlds.

Berlin

Berlin is a cool and contemporary city with cutting-edge architecture, historic landmarks and a thriving clubbing scene. Shaped by its history, the city is now a cultural hub of trendsetting fashion, intense parties and great food. The metropolis is always buzzing but it still maintains a laidback vibe that makes it a really wonderful city to explore.

Rome

One of the finest weekend getaways in Europe, Rome is vibrant and beautiful. The city is teeming with architecture, art, charming street side cafés serving excellent food, and friendly locals. Rome is a romantic city with inspiring surroundings so it’s no surprise that this is one of the greatest destinations to visit, not just in Italy but in the world.

Athens

Athens is famous for its history and monuments that are centuries old, overlooked by the Acropolis which serves as the hub of the city’s heritage. There’s an edgy and youthful atmosphere here, but there are also calmer spots to relax in too that make it a good balance. From the Byzantine churches to watersports off of palm-fringed beaches just outside of the city, and tasting your way through Greece’s delicious cuisine, this destination is filled with inspiring and idyllic views.


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