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PhD update, November.

I am not sure if it is the fact that it is half-way through November, that I have a million and one things to do, that I had a whirlwind trip around the USA for a couple of weeks, or (my money is on this one) a combination of all the above. But, I am feeling slightly unmotivated and overwhelmed […]

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The Life Of A Business Owner

** In collaboration**  We bet that most of you would think that the life of a business owner would be something that would be desired. A life where you can do what you want, you have your own business, and you have more money than you know what to do with. Sound like that you would of imagined? Well, that’s […]

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Whirlwind USA trip

When the opportunity to attend the inaugural Conservation Marketing and Engagement Congress (CONSMARK) in Virginia USA came up- myself, along with three colleagues, jumped at the opportunity. We spent 6 nights in Arlington Virginia. The conference went for three days but we added on a few nights before. Three of us then flew to Vegas to start a week and […]

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Retirement Plans: Do You Need One?

** In Collaboration**  Retirement planning relates to the process of making financial plans for the period of your life when you will have stopped working. In general, this process involves depositing money into a retirement account. Yet, there are many types of retirement plans available, and so it is imperative to assess your options carefully. A lot of people will already have a retirement plan in place with their employer. In this instance, contributions are deducted from the employee’s paycheck before they receive it. However, not everyone is in traditional employment and many people want to look into the prospect of additional pension plans. This blog post will reveal the various reasons why you need a pension plan, as well as provide you with some excellent tips on saving for this period of your life. Continue reading to find out more… Why do you need a retirement plan?   It is quite simple; time is everything. This is the most important component in relation to saving for the future. In your early adult life, it may seem strange to consider aged care facilities and the cost of living once you have no income, but if you don’t address it now, it will be too late. It is clichéd, but every dollar really does help, and so even if you can only afford to contribute a small amount to your retirement plan in the beginning it is still worth it. Moreover, […]

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Sunshine in Sonoma Airbnb!

Although I stayed in four airbnbs in the USA I am only blogging about two (mainly because in the whirlwind of the holiday I forgot to take photos of the other one). The first was in suburban Virginia and this one was in the beautiful Sonoma valley (Napa’s lesser known neighbour). This was a little two-bedroom cottage right in the […]

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Things to Consider Before You Move to a Remote Location

** In Collaboration** If you are thinking that living in the countryside and away from the hustle and bustle of the big city is for you, it is important that you consider the consequences of your move, so you don’t end up regretting it like many other people before. You might be missing your friends, the pubs and restaurants, and the convenience of the public transport. To make sure that it is worth the sacrifice, you will have to consider every aspect of your move carefully, so you can ensure that you don’t have to move back due to not being able to get used to your new lifestyle. Find a few pointers below. Infrastructure One of the things you have to consider is the roads and the services available. If you are far from the next exchange of phone lines and broadband, you might end up paying a fortune for a satellite phone and internet, which will make your lifestyle even more expensive. Likewise, if you cannot get gas or electricity and have to pay for the services to be led to your home, you will increase your cost of move. Do your research to avoid disappointment. Road Networks It all sounds idyllic to live in the countryside, but will you be able to cope with the dirt road in the winter when everything is muddy or covered in snow? You might be stuck in your home for weeks, […]

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Suburban American Airbnb.

It has been just over a month since I stay in the last Airbnb (check it out here), and this time I stayed in an Airbnb in Fairfax Virginia, USA! Staying in the suburbs of Virginia (near Washington DC) was a really cool experience. It was much more ‘authentic’ and you get a feel for what it would be like […]

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