Why Are Sports Important?

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We are often told that sports are important, and we have an innate feeling that this is true. When we play, we feel better, and when we watch, we enjoy ourselves. So it does seem to make sense. However, the question really is why? Why are sports so important? Read on to find out just some of the reasons why we all need more sport in our lives. 

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Friendship

When we have sports in our lives, whether we play, go to games, or watch live sports like the British and Irish Lions tour, we will be able to make friends; we will be around people with the same likes and interests as us. This is crucial not just for children but for adults too, who often find it more difficult to make new friends as they get older. 

Friends in our lives mean that we can enjoy more social events, have someone to talk to when we need advice or simply a shoulder to cry on, and we know there is always someone we can have fun with, whether that relates to a shared love of sports or not. Studies have shown that those with friends are happier, healthier, and may even live longer than those without, or those who have very few people they can rely on. One of the many benefits of friendship that can help you in every stage of your life and in every situation is good self-esteem. 

Life Lessons 

Enjoying sports can teach us many life lessons as well. One of these is learning how to lose. Understanding that losses happen in life is important, no matter what you do for a living. If you’re a boss or an employee, if you own a business or work for someone else, if you are looking for work or have worked in the same place for a long time, knowing how to lose gracefully is crucial – you can have much better relationships and be more successful implementing this knowledge than if you always win.

You can also learn how to help others. Some sports are solo pursuits, but many are team games, and these are ideal lessons for showing people how to work together to be more successful. 

A Mood Enhancer 

Whether you are playing sports or watching sports, your mood will generally improve. Even if your team loses, you can still say that you enjoyed the game and the experience it offered you, and if you win, then that’s even better – a bonus to your good mood. 

Doing something you enjoy will release ‘happy hormones’ into your body. Serotonin is one of these, and it fights against cortisol, which is the hormone that can make people stressed. Therefore, the more you do something you enjoy – such as sports in whatever capacity most appeals to you – the better your mood and the happier you will feel. 

What’s really remarkable is that this happy feeling doesn’t only last for the length of the game, but continues for some time afterward. The more you get involved in your favorite sport, the happier you will be overall.

Sarah x

The Big Responsibilities That Come With A Big Dog

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Owning any dog is, naturally, going to come with its own set of responsibilities. Every breed is somewhat different in terms of their needs, as well. However, if there are any types of dogs that you should take more care to ensure that you’re ready for, it’s the big ones. Big dogs can overpower humans, and they can also take up a lot of room and resources that many owners aren’t prepared for. As such, here are a few tips on how to ensure that you’re ready to take care of an oversized pooch.

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Get ready for everything to cost more

With a big dog, you’re going to need bigger resources to help them meet all of their needs. This includes bigger beds, bigger crates (if you’re using them), bigger and hardier toys to deal with the fact that they bite with much more force. Then you have to consider larger doses of vaccines, pet medications, and more. Do your research into how much it costs to own a dog and expect to be on the higher end of the spectrum of those costs if you own a big dog.

They eat a lot more

Everyone wants their dog to be happy and healthy. However, in order to achieve that, you have to be ready to meet a lot of demands. With big dogs, people are often surprised how much they end up spending on food alongside all the other costs. A raw meat diet is often recommended for big dogs, but there are some trustworthy big dog foods. Don’t try to make it into any kind of guesswork, however. Talk to your vet about what foods they recommend and specific portion sizes that you should leave out for them.

They need more exercise and space

If you’re looking for an apartment dog, then you should not be looking at the bigger breeds out there. There are some people who can manage to live in a small space with a big dog but it’s not ideal. They need a lot of space to run around, to play, and to find spots to rest, even when they’re at home. Big dogs require a lot of exercise and you can get dog toys specifically for larger and more active breeds that can help you meet those needs. Of course, walking is where they’re going to get the bulk of their physical activity.

Walking is a challenge if you’re not ready

One lesson that most people are going to learn as their big dog grows is that the dog is stronger than them. As such, if you lose control of them when walking, it can be legitimately dangerous. Even if your dog isn’t aggressive, they can head out into the road or come into contact with dogs or people that are hostile. As such, a dog harness allows you to better control them without as much force and doesn’t have as much potential for harm as collars or chokers. Teaching them to heel on command is also essential, however, to make sure you’re not fighting them the entire way through your walk.

They all shed, they all need grooming

All big dogs shed. This is a truth that you’re going to find is nigh universal. As such, you had better ensure there isn’t anyone who is allergic to pet dander in the home. Furthermore, you’re going to want a dog hair vacuum to make it easy to scoop up that dander or you will find it sticking to everything you own. Frequent grooming is also a must to keep things from getting too messy to keep up with.

Training is essential

This isn’t to say that there is any dog that doesn’t need some training, in terms of listening to commands and socialising. However, big dogs are, as mentioned, stronger than most people, and have a lot of potential to cause harm or destruction even when they mean well. As such, it may be worth investing in professional dog training to make them more obedient and easier to control.

There’s nothing to say that owning a big dog is any less exciting, fun, or fulfilling than living with a smaller dog. You should simply be prepared for the additional effort and thinking that it can take. Similarly, very small dogs take a little extra prep and care to own as well. The lesson here is: know what kind of dog you’re getting and what you need to do to be a better owner to them.

Sarah x

6 Van-tastic Reasons To Get A Van

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A van is a very versatile vehicle – it can serve all kinds of functions that a car cannot. Below are just some of the big reasons to consider getting a van.

Transport larger loads

The biggest perk of owning a van is that you can carry so much more stuff in it than a car. This can give you much more freedom as to what you can transport. When buying furniture from a local store or disposing of furniture at a recycling centre, you can transport it yourself instead of paying someone else to do it. When moving home, you may be able to transport possessions yourself without having to pay movers. If you’re a tradesman, a van could allow you to carry more tools and equipment to jobs. 

Use it to store items

A van can also serve as a shed on wheels. You can keep tools in it or other large equipment that you can’t store elsewhere in your home. Just make sure that you lock your van and consider parking it in a secure place

Carry more passengers

Vans can also be used to carry passengers. If you own a business, you can use a van to transport several employees to jobs while also carrying tools – something you can’t do in most cars. If you have a large family, you could even convert a van into a minibus with lots of seats for people to sit in. Vans can even be used by sports coaches for transporting your team to events.

Improve your business image

If you own a business, buying a van could be good for your business image. Turning up to a job in a van instead of a regular personal car will show people that you’re a professional company that’s willing to invest in specialist equipment. You could even look into vinyl wrapping and add visual branding and contact details to the side of your van, helping to market your business on the go. 

Potentially save money

A lot of people worry that a van will cost them too much money, but there could be ways in which you can save money with a van. Compared to carrying heavy loads in a car, carrying heavy loads in a van is generally a lot more economical – vans are designed to be able to carry heavy loads on less fuel. On top of being fuel-efficient, vans could save you having to pay delivery fees on various items by giving you the power to pick these items up yourself. Other costs can be more expensive for a van than a car such as insurance, but it depends on where you buy insurance. You can find out more here about van insurance. Tax and maintenance costs will vary from model to model.

Sleep in it

Vans can also be converted into cheap camper vans for sleeping in while travelling on a road trip. Larger vans will easily fit a mattress in. This will save you money on hotels and could give you a better night’s sleep than sleeping in a tent. You can find out more information on converting a van into a camper van here.

Sarah x

Packing for a Long Term Trip

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For the past year and a half or so, the pandemic has made travel an impossibility for many of us. In a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus and Covid-19 across the world, many countries have closed or limited access across their borders. This is understandable, but it does mean that if you had any trips planned, you’ve probably had them cancelled or postponed. Thankfully, vaccines are now being rolled out across the world and herd immunity is increasing. Travel is back on the horizon and many of us are starting to plan trips that we can enjoy again! If you’re going all out and planning an extended trip, you’re not alone. Many people are booking two week breaks, months-long travel and even worldwide travel that they plan to last a year or more. Of course, if you’re going on a longer break, you’re going to have to pack differently to a weekend or week away. Here are some investments you might want to make to ensure you have everything you need and can genuinely enjoy your time away!

Your Passport

The most important thing you’re going to need to take with you when travelling anywhere outside of your home country is your passport. This is pretty logical, but many people neglect to even think about it until they’re leaving their house to make their flight. When it comes down to it, you’re not getting out of your home country or entering a new country without your passport. So many people miss their flights and have their breaks ruined as a result of not bringing their passport or not having an in date passport. Make sure to store your passport in a secure and accessible part of your luggage, so you can get it out easily, but it has minimal chance of falling out or getting lost.

A Suitcase

When we head away on a trip to a city or another place with roads, paths and smooth flooring, suitcases tend to be our luggage of choice. This makes sense. They’re specially designed for holding clothes and other belongings and provide you with an easy way to carry them around with you. The majority have hard shells which helps to protect their contents when they’re thrown around on conveyor belts and are being placed on and off the plane. The majority have two or four wheels and a handle, allowing you to pull them along easily rather than carrying their weight. Most modern options have locks, which helps you to feel more secure and can prevent others from going through them or taking your belongings. There are countless options out there, so when shopping for a suitcase, make sure to consider factors like size, security and convenience to pull alongside colours, patterns and general design.

A Backpack

If you’re travelling somewhere more rural, or are travelling somewhere where you’re likely to need to keep your luggage on you some of the time, a suitcase isn’t likely to be all too suitable. While they’re great for city breaks, their wheels don’t fare well on rough terrain and they can end up breaking, making them extremely difficult to get about. A backpack, on the other hand, can be carried on your front or back, allowing you to travel anywhere you go with it. Whether you plan to go down dirt tracks, rubbled roads or anywhere else, a good backpack will be entirely suitable. On top of being easily portable, backpacks allow you to navigate your way through crowds more easily in built up urban areas, and can also prevent your chances of leaving it behind anywhere, as it’s literally strapped to you! Now, there are countless backpacks available on the market, so there are a few features that you may want to take into consideration when choosing yours. The following features can come in pretty handy:

  • Sleeping bag straps to hold your sleeping bag
  • Extra support straps for comfort and to help your posture
  • Plenty of compartments for storing all of your belongings neatly
  • Zipped pockets to prevent belongings falling out
  • Waterproof materials to prevent the contents getting wet in the rain

Clothing

When you’re heading away for a while, you’re going to need clothing that is suitable for the entire trip. Of course, you don’t want your luggage to be too heavy, so it’s best to choose practical options that can be easily cleaned and that you can rewear over and over without problem. If you’re heading to a city, branded clothes that you’d wear at home, like Men’s Moncler, should be fine. If you’re backpacking and heading out into a more rural destination, more practical clothing like cargo shorts, walking boots and fleeces may be more appropriate. You should also consider packing spare glasses if you wear glasses. You don’t want to find yourself in a situation where your glasses break and you are unable to see but can’t find a pharmacist. You should also pack sunglasses if you’re healing somewhere with sun and hot weather. This will help to protect your eyes and make you feel more comfortable.

A First Aid Kit

Hopefully, you don’t find yourself in a situation where you need a first aid kit. But if you’re travelling to more rural places or exploring nature, you’re going to need a first aid kit on hand in case of accidents and minor injuries. You can buy pre packed first aid kits that contain everything you need. However, if you want to build your own, you should consider having the following items packed into it:

  • Sterile gloves
  • Plasters in a variety of shapes and sizes
  • Waterproof plasters in a variety of shapes and sizes
  • Triangular bandages
  • Safety pins
  • Gauze dressings
  • Small medical scissors
  • Tweezers
  • Microporous tape
  • Sterile eye dressings
  • An eye rinse kit
  • Anything else you can think of

Medicine

If you have medicine that you take, make sure you have enough to tide you over while you are away. You will be able to talk to your doctor about this. You may also want to stock up on basic medicines that you may need while you’re away, such as paracetamol and ibuprofen, antihistamines, eyedrops, heartburn tablets and more.

Sure, you may want to take other things along with you too. But the basics are outlined above. Hopefully, they’ll help get your packing off to the right start!

Sarah x

Vacation Ideas for People Who Love Adventure

Vacations are a time when we’re supposed to be able to get away and live a life free of the stress of daily life. Many of us see this as an excuse to let our adventurous streak out. What better time to let ourselves cut loose and have fun than during a vacation? Unfortunately, it can be hard to plan a vacation around the vague idea of ‘adventure,’ so what can you do?

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Here are the top vacation ideas for anyone who wants more than a simple road trip!

Get To Know National Parks Through Backpacking

Many people think of camping and backpacking as simple, but it can be extremely complicated yet fun if you do it correctly.  Plan a week of backpacking and camping in one of your favorite national parks.  This means following a trail, spending nights roasting fish over a campfire, and plotting out day by day based on how far you want to go.  Be careful; you may fall in love with the park and start looking at Whistler homes for sale.  This plan is best done if you take someone with you; getting lost alone in the woods can be dangerous; there’s safety in numbers with two people.

Travel To A New Country On Your Own

Even if you only speak one or two languages, it’s a good idea to travel to completely foreign countries on your own.  This experience can build up your interest in other cultures, allow you to see your place in the world, and give you daily interactions you could never replicate at home.

Traveling alone takes a lot of nerve, which is why traveling to a foreign country can be so incredibly alone. However, this gives you the chance to get to know yourself through getting to know others.

Take Up An Extreme Hobby

Have you always wanted to swim with sharks?  Are you interested in eventually climbing Mount Everest?  Unfortunately, neither of these hobbies can be achieved overnight. So instead, spend this summer training and learning the ropes.  Building up your skills can be a great plan to spend your summer.

If your goal is mountain climbing, spend your summer and fall climbing new and increasingly difficult mountains.  Eventually, you’ll become prepared for the biggest experience of your life, and it’ll be thanks to this training.

Travel In Interesting and Different Ways

From the Tesla Tunnels in Las Vegas to multiple companies that offer submarine and flight lessons: consider what type of travel interests you.  Taking flying lessons is the end-all-be-all of adrenaline and adventure vacation plans.  Ensure that your studies are from an accredited teacher, and don’t flake on any of your classes.  Most courses are just a couple of months long, and by the end, you’ll be airborne as the only person steering the craft.  Although this might not spark a career with you as a pilot, it will allow you to get out there and try something new.  Of course, if you’re scared of heights, you could always go for the submarine courses instead!

Go for your own level of adventure, don’t push yourself unless you know the payoff is worth it!

Sarah x

3 Travel Tips for Visiting the UK

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The UK is one of the best places to visit if you’re interested in culture and history. If you’re looking for reasons to visit the UK, gorgeous castles, incredible medieval history, and world-class natural beauty should be at the top of your list. Whatever the reason you’ve decided to book your trip to the United Kingdom, ensuring that you have everything you need should be your priority. Here are three trips for visiting the UK. 

Think About Currency and Payment Methods

There are many different methods that you can use to pay for goods and services in the UK. Cash (British Pounds) is still a popular payment method, and you can get money from a currency exchange help desk at the airport. However, contactless transactions have grown in recent years, with debit cards being used online, over the phone, and at ATMs. A Paypal account lets you send money securely online without entering your bank details or credit card information which is useful if you don’t want someone else accessing your personal data. Mobile payment methods such as Google and Apple Pay also let you pay for items. These methods are the best way to make payments and transactions while visiting the UK. 

Think About Passports and Visas Requirements

While visiting the UK, you must have a valid passport to enter the UK. However, depending on which country you’re from, you may need a visa. This means that you must go through extra steps when entering the country to be granted permission to enter. These countries include Argentina, Ecuador, Ghana, Nigeria, Peru, and China, to name a few.

According to the UK Government website, you may also need a visa if you’re transiting or traveling through the UK. All visitors must have a valid passport for at least three months beyond the period of their intended stay in the UK. In some cases, this may need to be six months. Visitors should also have a return or onward ticket, sufficient funds, and proof of accommodation sorted out. If your visit to the UK prompts you to stay, you’ll need to get in touch with an immigration lawyer who may be able to help you get an indefinite leave to remain card, as well as help you with other immigration and visa requirements.

Be Mindful of Safety and the Law at Home and Abroad

When traveling, it is important to know that you are entering a different culture and society. Therefore, you should take into consideration the culture and customs that are distinct from your own. This will help you to properly behave in a way that will keep you from getting into any difficulties or putting yourself at risk. Also, it is essential to remember that the laws might not be the same as in your country – so it’s vital to know what those laws actually are. Travel insurance is also worth having while traveling, so you are covered if anything unexpected happens, as it can help with medical bills that you would have to pay yourself if you don’t have it. 

Your Trip to the UK is Just a Few Steps Away

Now that you have these tips, you can enjoy your travels, taking in the British culture, enjoy the food and make memories that last a lifetime.

Sarah x