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A City in Southeast AsiaSo you’ve been thinking about checking out those wildly popular Southeast Asia adventure tours but haven’t gotten around to planning for one. While most travellers would rather go with the flow, it’s still important that you plan for some of the logistics. Here are four smart tips to prepare you for the escapade of a lifetime.

Research about Your Destination

Savvy travellers know that the secret to making their tours blissful is by being knowledgeable about the locality they’ll be visiting. Spend some time learning about the local language, customs, currency and other things that you think might be useful. You don’t want to unknowingly say something inappropriate, miss a flight or get stuck somewhere without a way to communicate with the locals.

Organise Your Travel Necessities

You most likely already know what you need to have while travelling. Be sure to assemble all the necessities and keep them somewhere you can easily find. These must-haves include your travel documents, money and toiletries. Once you have your essentials, you can focus on enjoying your tour.

Anticipate Unexpected Expenses

One of the beauties of travelling is that you keep uncovering little treasures that you hadn’t expected, some of which you may want to bring home. It could be a nice sculpture that you really like or some handmade shoes you’ve fallen in love with. Have an extra bag for these little goodies as you visit various places.

Get Ready for Physically Demanding Adventures

You aren’t planning to spend the entire tour in a shuttle, are you? For the best adventures, you may have to scale a mountain, explore the woods, or venture in a valley. That’s why you need to do activities that get you in shape before leaving for the tour.

The most memorable adventure travels don’t just happen by good luck. You need to be organised to have the freedom for spontaneity.

Family enjoying their vacation

It’s no secret that spending time with your children improves your relationship. However, more than quantity, you must also pay attention to the quality of the time you spend with them. Even if you are together every day, the impact would be insignificant if you’re too busy with work. That’s why it’s important to slow down and have vacations with your family regularly.

Here are the other benefits you and your loved ones can get:

It stimulates “attachment play”

As cited by Dr. Margot Sunderland on The Telegraph, only 65% of parents can say that they play with their kids and only occasionally. Vacations are ideal times to play and travel with your kids; don’t be afraid to be rough and rowdy. Playing seems so much fun, but more importantly, it stirs quality bonding.

It encourages a sense of adventure in your children

As parents, you may have the tendency to always worry about your kids’ safety. Nevertheless, if you want to raise independent and creative children, you must encourage them to take risks and be adventurous. Consider this when you plan your next vacation. Perhaps instead of a staycation, you can look for ski resorts near Chicago for a different experience.

It improves children’s focus

Children, especially now with the prevalence of technology, seem to have a shorter attention span. Being exposed to nature might change that. It exercises better focus and improves the concentration levels. It turns out that nature has the same calming effect on children as well.

It serves as a good opportunity to know each other better

You may think that monitoring your children all the time gives you the best idea on who they are. This isn’t always the case. Many children feel restrained to show their true selves at home. So, take this time to communicate openly. Talk to them genuinely about their interests, plans, and dreams. Share things about you as well, things that they would be surprised to know about their parents.

Traveling and taking vacations occasionally with your children is crucial in strengthening your bond. Always make the most of your trips and don’t waste every opportunity to form a healthy relationship where your children can be the best versions of themselves.

Sentosa Island in SingaporeThere is more to Singapore than just Sentosa and the Merlion. There are so many things to do that it will take you more than a few days just to enjoy the urban and natural attraction in this buzzing metropolis.

In fact, aside from the one in the Merlion Park, there is also a larger Merlion in Sentosa Island that is equally iconic. And this one is open to the public!

If you are here in Singapore, here are just some of the things you can enjoy in this wonderful city-state.

Hawker Centre

One of the best ways to get a taste of most of their local delicacies is at a hawker centre. Singapore has an amazing plethora of street food, which you can have a sample here.

Gardens by the Bay

If you are looking for an escape in the urban jungle, then Gardens by the Bay is the best place for you. It is conveniently located in Marina Bay and has a variety of activities for urban adventurers.

Here you can find the Supertree Grove. It is the most famous landmark that features at least 18 supertrees that support a 419-foot-long aerial walkway.

Marina Bay

Next to Sentosa Island, most people also consider the district of Marina Bay a tourism epicentre. It houses several attractions such as The Float at Marina Bay and the ArtScience Museum. You will also find the Gardens by the Bay and the Singapore Flyers near the area.

Singapore Zoo

Singapore Zoo has at least 12 exhibits that give you a glimpse of various wildlife settings. You can even go on an adventure at the Primate Kingdom and see at least 39 species of primates.

The Singapore Zoo is famous not only for its collection of wildlife variety but because of how animals appear to be well cared for as well.

Singapore Flyer

Singapore Flyer offers visitors a 360-degree view of the country’s urban landscape. It is also considered as Asia’s biggest observation wheels that give visitors a glimpse of its neighbouring countries from the highest point.

These are just some of the places that you can go to when you visit Singapore. The country has a lot more surprises aside from those mentioned here. What are you waiting for? Discover the country and everything that it has to offer now!

Singapore city skyline at nightConsidered as one of the cleanest and safest places in the world, Singapore has long been a popular destination for holidaymakers. This Southeast Asian city-state and island country boasts of a perfect mixture of architecture, culture, history and nature.

Below is a list of cool places to visit in Singapore, which you should not miss on your next trip:

Sentosa

This popular island resort screams leisure and relaxation. Known as the State of Fun, it boasts of a vast array of attractions for all ages, including beaches, nature trails, spas, restaurants, adventure and theme parks, entertainment and more. This premier destination is the perfect place for you to kick back, relax and enjoy a day or week out with your loved ones.

Night Safari

The Singapore Night Safari, the world’s first wildlife night park, is home to nocturnal creatures from eight geographical areas. You can hop on a tram or join walking tours to familiarize yourself with the creatures that thrive after the sun sets. These include spotted hyenas, clouded leopards, pangolins, tapirs and river hogs.

Clarke Quay

If you are a night owl but would rather party with people instead of embarking on a night safari, then Clarke Quay is the place to go. Singapore’s famous party hub is host to a wide selection of themes and attractions that come to life after sundown. Originally a centre of commerce, it is now a labyrinth of restaurants, concept bars, pubs, retails stores and recreation outlets.

Marina Bay

Marina Bay is probably the most popular place in Singapore. This picturesque area offers a spectacular view of Singapore’s prime waterfront site with iconic hotels, skyscrapers and attractions.

Chinatown

Chinatown is both a gastronomic and shopping paradise. Aside from housing historical attractions, it is known to have the cheapest souvenirs. It is also home to numerous restaurants and hawker food vendors. So if you are looking to satisfy your authentic Chinese food cravings, then this is where you should go.

Surely, Singapore offers something for everyone, whether you are a nature lover, history buff, backpacker, city tripper, adventure seeker, sightseer, shopper or food lover.

Old house in a UK countrysideCornwall is a sunny county in the United Kingdom known for its beaches and fishing villages. Its picturesque land and seascapes make it one of the most fascinating places in the UK.

Here, you get two types of coasts: the wild Celtic Sea and the calm Cornish Riviera. If you would like to see the breath-taking sights, learn a bit about Cornwall’s history and experience the unique culture of the Cornish people.

Here are your best stops:

Bodmin Jail

If you want to step into the dark side of Cornwall, Bodmin Jail is the place for you. In the 18th Century, this massive prison, which was built by prisoners of war, was the venue for executions. Today, it is a popular destination for those seeking paranormal events in the UK. A trip to Bodmin Jail is a great historical tour as well because it lends insight into the lives of the poorest, most troubled members of the Victorian society.

Camel Valley Vineyard

Take a sip of exquisite wine in countryside patios overlooking sprawling greens. Travel reviewers swear the experience is as lovely as it sounds. The Camel Valley Vineyard is world renowned for the extraordinary quality of its red, white and sparkling wines.

The Isles of Scilly

Off the Southwestern tip of Cornwall is a group of inhabited islands called the Isles of Scilly. These are fishing and farming communities, so expect to be welcomed with the mouth-watering lobsters and the freshest produce. Flowers likewise add to the islands’ breath-taking views. The scented narcissi from Scilly is beloved all over the world.

Wild Food Foraging

Foraging is a way to connect with the environment by searching for food in a safe way. Sign up for a guided tour during your trip to Cornwall.

These are just some of many fantastic activities you can do on your vacation in this county of remarkable natural beauty. Plan your next vacation and consider Cornwall as your destination.

A portrait of an Asian student in a libraryA postgraduate study or degree seems to be a great addition to one’s CV. But are there any tangible benefits from it? Case in point, will it increase your chances of getting hired?

Whether it is a full-time or part-time degree in Singapore or elsewhere, there seems to be some sort of prestige that comes with a postgraduate diploma or certificate. Here is what you should know.

The Basics

The modern job market is challenging to navigate. There is ample demand for workers and an equally stacked roster of applicants. Competition is fierce and jobseekers need every bit of advantage to set themselves apart. Graduate school finishers are eligible for higher-tier employment because of their skills (and the mastery of said skills). As for higher salaries, postgraduate finishers might not be a lock, but they have a better chance of warranting one.

Many believe that a postgraduate certificate or degree is not just some piece of paper with recommendations on it. All the skills from the undergraduate level are good, but they are far from mastered even in a four or five-year course. A master’s degree builds up on said skills. You can consider postgraduate degree holders as ‘levelled up’ versions of their undergraduate counterparts. They have improved time management skills, self-discipline, and overall maturity.

What Do Employers Think?

Employers are likely to welcome anyone with a postgraduate degree. While it is not automatic, it certainly gives any holder an advantage. Bu they will not stop there. Any employer would want to know what a specific applicant gained from continuing education. Any person can show up with a certificate or a diploma, but fail to back up his or her qualifications. This is not an uncommon occurrence.

In the UK, postgraduate degrees matter most of the time. In fact, the Commission for Employment and Skills states that by 2022, about 1 in 7 jobs (roughly 15 percent) will require a postgraduate degree. Considering that it is only five years down the road, it might be a good time to start going back to school.


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