Sometimes when you are going somewhere new or don’t know the area very well tour operaters can be a good way to go. It makes travel simpler and takes all the stress out of planning. Group tours may also be the way to go if you are alone but aren’t ready to travel solo yet. As groups give you the opportunity to meet and be with other people which good be a good option for some people. There are many different tour companies you can choose from here are some of the best ones.

Best sites to find group tours

STA

Sta travel offer a wide range of tours covering all over the world for different lengths of time. If you go into one of the offices they can help you find a tour best suited for you. You can also find details of the tours and type of tour and accommodation for each online or in brochures as well. However sta’s tours are quite expensive compared to if you were going to buy yourself the same things online. But if you are wanting the security of being in a group and it all being organised it may still be worth it.

G Adventures

G adventures do tours all over including the polar regions ( which will now definitely be on my list of places to go). They also have different styles of trips including Active, Rail, Family 18 to 30 somethings and local living. I tried to look online to see if I could find anyone who had a bad experience and I look through loads of reviews and couldn’t even find one bad one. So surely thats a good sign!

Gecko Adventures

Gecko Adventures is a tour company catered for 18-29 year olds. They offer tours for small groups of people where you get to meet the locals.They also do trips to different festivals too such as the day of the dead festival and Canada winter festivals and others. Also if you are over 29 you can use there other tour company Intrepid.

Contiki

Contiki offer 300+ trips in over 6 continents and are exclusive to 18-35 year olds. They offer 8 different ways to travel including short trips and festivals, discoverer, high energy, in-depth explorer, independent insider, camping, sailing cruise and beach and winter and ski. You also get free time to do your own wandering. Contiki have a reputation for always partying so if that isn’t your thing then their tours may not be for you.

Topdeck

Top deck cover the majority of places however do not go to South America. There tours are mean’t to offer a fair amount of free time so that people are also able to explore on their own as well as in a group. They have over 40 years of experience as well as some award winning tours. They are also are mean’t to have passionate and knowledgeable crew on their tours.

 

Here are some of the most popular companies to go on travel tours with.

 

Hi i’m Hannah and I’m a serial binge watcher.

I mean you’ll probably know this if you follow me on twitter after I got sucked in to watching stranger things and watched both series in 2 and a half days.

post on twitter about binge watching stranger things

So when Panasonic contacted me about writing about my most binge watchable tv shows. I just thought this was definitely my cup of tea! So this post is in collaboration with Panasonic HDR 4K TV.

Hopefully you have a lot more self control than I do, and are able to continue everyday life and not stay up to stupid times in the morning being unable to stop watching.

Anyway here are my recent favourite tv shows to binge watch:

Stranger Things

Now how could I not mention this one. I watched the whole first season in a day and the second season didn’t take much longer. I’m a huge fan! I wasn’t sure how much I was going to like it. But I loved it! If you are into the 80’s or sci fi, it’s definitely a show you need to watch. Can’t wait for season 3. Hopefully Will will get the chance to have a good day for once.

Suits

Now I blame my mum for this one. She was addicted to Suits when she first started watching it and also got me hooked. If you love a good comedy or drama you’ll love suits. And it’s a great binge tv programme with seven season so it sound keep even the least self controlled binge watcher going a while! Season 8 is due to be out summer next year which means even more to watch!

Teen Wolf

Now Teen Wolf was a show that didn’t interest me for a long time. Then Shelby posted about Teen Wolf and especially Dylan O’brien. So I gave it a go and got hooked! If you like supernatural shows as well as comedy dramas you’ll probably like this. All six season are on netflix too. So if you are needing a funny but also action/ horror programme to watch you should give Teen Wolf a go.

Parks and Recreations

Now I know I’m late to this one but it’s too good not to mention. I have watched this show multiple times but it’s always one of my go-to’s when I’m feeling a bit down and need a bit of a pick me up. Honestly one of the funniest tv programmes I’ve ever watched! It is about the weird antic’s that public officials of the town of Pawnee get up to as they try to make their town a better place. My favourite character is 100% Ron Swanson.

Thank you to Panasonic for sponsoring this post. If you have anymore favourite shows to binge watch I’d love to know. I feel like I’ve managed to binge watch everything and would love to have some more stuff to watch.

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5 years ago, I probably thought that by now I would have my career well underway, saving for a house, thinking about settling down. But that is no where near what life is like right now. A few months ago I would was disappointed that I wasn’t where I wanted to be. It wasn’t even in sight. It still isn’t. Not being where I wanted to be in the crazy stupid time scales that I gave myself when have bring me down and sad and make me potential give up all together.

shoot taken from behind walking through park

But i’ve come to terms with the fact that I am only 22 and it’s really not that important that I have my life sorted right now. I’m taking things slow, doing it at my own pace and as clique as it sounds enjoying the journey of getting to where I want to be. Rather than setting myself unrealistic goals that I have been doing for god knows how long. I wrote a post about graduating and not being where I wanted to be and how some make it there quicker than others.

I feel like my 20’s are meant to be the years for my personal growth. Learning the things I love, figuring out truly what it is I want in life. Rather than deciding everything now, and making huge decisions and regretting them a few years later. I’m happy with where I am now. I’m having fun and enjoying life.

What I’ve found useful for myself is checking in with myself every month or so and look back at where I was a month ago and see if there is any progress at all. Even small. If there is then that is good enough for me.

It’s okay that you’ve been taking your time as long as you are making progress to your goal it doesn’t matter how slow it is. I know I’ll get to where I want to be one day it just may not be any day soon. If I could tell my younger self one thing it would be to not worry about making it to my goal so quickly and stop setting such unrealistic goals.

Now this isn’t something I thought I would be writing about especially not anytime soon anyway.  But I’m actually starting to feel happy with the body I have. Yeah, it’s likely to change by next week. But who’s know I could actually just be feeling better about myself.

walking through leaves in a park

Taken by James Gibson

My body image is something I’ve battle with for god knows how long. Spending years feeling the need to lose weight not to be healthy but to just feel ‘look better’. Yo-yo dieting over and over again. Feeling better and happy when the scale went down and then when it went up feeling horrible and depressed. My weight has been something that has affected my mood for as long as I remember.

But I’m starting to except it for what it is.

I’m excepting the spots that I always get on my chin, my chubby cheeks, my thighs that are chubbier than I’d like and the stretch marks on my tummy.

Don’t get me wrong I’d love to be tanned, have perfect skin and thinner. But I have so much stuff I would rather be doing than spending it making every part of my body look the best it possibly can. And a lot of things are probably never going to change.

The funny thing is, is that I’m actually losing weight now even though I’m not as bothered about how I look. Just trying to be healthier and not using my emotions as a reason to eat. Being happy and happy with myself has helped with my overeating without even having to try so much.

My body has allowed me to do some pretty great things. It may not be perfect but I’m learning to love it for what it is. And for the first time I can remember I’m starting to feel happy with it just how it is. I may not be perfect but who really is?

When I first graduated, I had just a regular job that was okay. The best part was when I came home and that was it. I could just relax, socialise and spend time with friends and family. Now that I part time freelance and part time work in a shop I found that increasingly more difficult to do so. A month or so ago I became so drained with no energy and had no time to do anything other than just work. Now I’ve managed to balance my work and socialising better and I feel so much better than I did a month ago. Having a better work- life balance has become very important to me.

When I first started working from home I found myself just sat at my laptop for hours on end not really getting much done and stressing thinking about everything I needed to do. The stress and worry of the amount of things I needed to do was making me less productive meaning I would have more to worry about and the cycle would just repeat over and over again.

Something I’d wanted to do for so long and I thought would make me so happy was making me miserable. When I started giving myself more time to myself or to spend with friends and family I found that I was not only happier but so much more productive in the hours I gave myself to work.

Here are just some things I did to improve my work-life balance.

Work Smarter

I read in an article to work smarter and work productively. You need to prioritise the most important tasks you need to get done in the day and give yourself a certain amount of time to get it done in. By doing this you are more likely to be productive and get the most you can get done in a shorter amount of time. I use a daily planner to help schedule my day hour by hour of what needs to be done as well as write a to do list for the day.

Another way I’ve been more productive is by becoming a morning person too. I love getting all my work out the way in the morning so I have the evening to myself.

Set aside time for you

Give yourself some time to do the things you love. Whether that’s a hobby you have or seeing family or friends. Whatever makes you happy. Make sure you have time to not think about work and just do the things you enjoy.

Unplug

Turn of your phone, get off your emails whatever you need to do to get yourself away from work. If I’m having a day off I stay well away from my emails. They can all wait a day. Make sure you have some time where you can’t be sucked back in by work.

Here are just so things I do to achieve a better work- life balance and I feel so much happier for it.

It can be hard if you have a demanding career but it will be worth it once you have it sorted.

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