Heading East: Some Essential Tips for Exploring Asia

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If you are thinking of taking a trip to Asia, you should be aware of some essential tips. This is so that you can get the most out of your visit and come back with good memories. Asia is one of the most varied continents on the planet. It has huge sprawling cities and incredible natural wonders. It has the best of modern life and some of the most interesting history around. And you will find that cultures change drastically as you hop the short distances between countries.

Safeguard Your Health

First of all, you need to think about your own health. Nothing is more important than that. Before you board your flight, you should look at the vaccine requirements of all the countries you are planning on visiting. They are all different, but you can check each nation individually online. If you find that there are some specific vaccinations that you need, book an appointment with a doctor and get them taken care of in advance of your trip. The very last thing you want is to get sick when you are trying to take a trip to another part of the world.

Don’t Confine Yourself to One Spot

The great thing about the continent of Asia is that it’s so varied. You have the specific culture of Thailand, complete with Bangkok and all the deletes it has to offer. Then you have the megacity of Tokyo in Japan; it’s a capital city like no other, and it’s easy to fall in love with. Then you have the historical wonders of China. That’s to name just a few; Asia has much more to see and explore outside of those three countries. The important thing is that you should not confine yourself to one spot. If you really want to get a feel for Asia, you have to visit as many of the counties that comprise it as possible.


For a Unique Experience, Volunteer

If you want to do and experience something completely unique in Asia, you could do some volunteer work there. This is a good way to do something positive while you travel and come out of your trip having learnt from the local people too. There are many ways in which you can volunteer in Thailand. Many people teach English to local children on a volunteer basis. And other people help to conserve local wildlife. There are many options, so why not explore them before you leave?

Try to Travel Light and Plan Less

Traveling light is key when you’re planning on moving between lots of different countries. You will find that your plans will be much more open to flexibility and exploration if you travel as light as possible. Whereas you’ll be more likely to end up rooted to one spot when you have a lot of luggage that you’re going to be dragging around with you. You should also keep your plans loose. There are a lot of sights to see, but you don’t want to spend every hour of the day walking around them. Go off the beaten track a little too.

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Tips and Tricks For a Healthy, Happy Hound

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When you get a dog, you make a commitment to love and care for it for its entire life. Dogs are hardy creatures and in most cases don’t suffer from too many issues during their lifetimes, however, sometimes things can go wrong. Preventing what you can and getting the right treatment is crucial for a happy pooch. Here are just three of the ways you can ensure good health for your dog.

Socialize Them Well as a Puppy
Puppies that are well socialized grow up to be happy, balanced dogs. They’re not fearful or aggressive and don’t display unwanted behaviors such as chewing or destruction. Get your pup used to the bath, the vacuum cleaner, the door being knocked. Take them on public transport and in the car. Let them meet children, adults, dogs, cats and other animals. When they’re puppies, they are very adaptable and will grow up without fear or aggression over these things as they will be so used to them. If you already have a dog who has problems, then it’s too late to take advantage of this, but do what you can. Introduce them to new situations gradually and allow them to feel safe and relaxed. If your dog is showing signs of phobias or isn’t responding well, get the advice of a professional dog trainer.

Feed Them Good Quality Food and Treats
Many dog foods contain grains, which dogs don’t get along with. It can cause itchy skin, infected ears and general discomfort, this is because grain and wheat can lead to yeast overgrowths. The benefits of a raw diet have been well documented. However it can be time-consuming to get right and not to mention expensive. If you don’t have the time or inclination, opt for a good quality dog food. It should contain meats and vegetables, no cereals, ash or other fillers which bulk it up without adding any goodness to your dog’s diet. You can find advice on feeding and other aspects of pet care on sites like YourFamilyPets.com.

Look After Their Teeth
Dogs can suffer from dental problems just like us. They often occur in older dogs after years of accumulated plaque causes damage. You can reduce this from happening by brushing your dog’s teeth, it doesn’t have to be every night but on a regular basis will help to keep the bacteria down in their mouth (use a toothpaste designed for dogs- regular mint will taste very strong to them!). Getting your dog used to this as a puppy is ideal, some older dogs will completely refuse it, and so it might not be an option for everyone. Other ways you can ensure your dog’s teeth stay at their best is by making sure they don’t eat things containing sugar. Sugar is bad for dogs weight and can cause diabetes and other health issues as well as problems with teeth. Most human food contains some form of sugar so be wary when feeding table scraps. Giving them raw bones and dental treats to enjoy will also help to clean their teeth naturally without the stress of using a toothbrush. If you’re noticing very bad breath or them struggling to eat, they might need extractions and their teeth cleaning at the vet. This has to be done under anesthetic which can be risky in some cases, so trying to avoid getting to this stage is always best.

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Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves With DIY Beauty

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Visiting a beauty salon is a lovely treat that many of us enjoy regularly as a reward for all the stresses and strains we have to deal with every day. However, it’s not always possible to make it to the salon, especially if you are lacking in time or money. The good news is that you can enjoy all the benefits of visiting a spa at home – it just takes a little planning. Here’s what to do to create a DIY salon experience that you can enjoy whenever it suits you…

Set the scene by choosing a room in your house that you can use undisturbed for your pampering sessions. Invest in some candles that are infused with scents like lavender, lemon and jasmine to create a relaxing haven for your treatments. Choose soothing music that will help to calm and restore, such as classical tracks or sounds that are specifically designed to help you to let go of stress and even meditate for a clearer mind. No salon experience is complete without a soft robe and fluffy towels, so invest in the best you can afford to make your DIY efforts feel like the real deal.

Tailor your treatments to suit your own needs. If your face is looking a little tired and dehydrated, choose a facial treatment essence via online shopping for an easy way to restore and refresh. If your tootsies aren’t looking too pretty, invest in a pumice stone to get rid of dead skin and a good moisturiser to make them super soft. Slather your feet in lotion and pop on a pair of comfortable cotton socks for a few hours while you relax and you’ll be dying for summer to come so you can show off with a great pair of sandals. If you suffer from knots and tension in your back and shoulders, ask a friend or partner to give you a massage with your favourite body oil or lotion to get that deliciously decadent ‘aaah’ feeling for next to no cost. Find out how to do DIY massage by watching this video.

Make some beauty treatments of your own with basic ingredients that are already lurking in your kitchen. You can find out how to make your own body scrub here, and this is a guide on creating your own face mask. There are also lots of ways to mix up your own intensive hair treatments, so that you can achieve lustrous locks without having to spend much or even leave the house.

Creating your own beauty salon experience at home is easy and fun, and can be a great excuse for inviting some friends over to join in over a glass of wine or two. A DIY salon is also a fun take on a kids’ party: young girls and teenagers will love getting together to pamper and preen, and you can teach them how to look after their skin at the same time. Find out more about how to look your best by reading this page. So, the next time you can’t make it to the salon, create your own in the comfort of home – it’s the perfect way to treat yourself without spending a fortune.

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Ways To Bring Wildlife To Your Garden

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A garden is a private escape into nature. For animal lovers, it can be a chance to watch wildlife grow and flourish. However, fail to treat your garden properly and it may not attract any animals at all. If you want to lure more wildlife onto your lawn, here are some tricks to turn your home into a scene from Snow White.   

Build a pond

A pond is the perfect way to introduce wildlife into your garden. Fish are easy to get hold of – you can even buy koi carp online depending on the size of the fish you’re after. Pretty soon your pond will start to attract insects such as pond skaters and dragonflies. From here, you may then start to attract other pond-life such as frogs and toads. It’s important to regularly maintain your pond – not only will any fish need feeding, you’ll have to keep the pond clean of algae and weeds that may overgrow. That said it’s healthy to have some pond foliage – this will stop the pondwater getting too clear (birds could pinch your fish) as well as providing nutrient to the wildlife within.


Buy a bird feeder

There are many ways to attract birds to the garden. The most effective method is to buy a bird feeder. These can be hung or placed on a pole. Bird boxes are also an option but make sure that these are suitable for all the birds in your area. If there is a tree in your garden and you want to encourage birds to nest in it, try hanging a bird box from one of its branches (but do note that some birds may not nest in particular trees despite all efforts).

Start a log pile

Log piles are an excellent way of attracting biodiversity to your garden, encouraging small mammals such as hedgehogs and amphibians such as frogs. Insects also love log piles – which in turn attract birds and other wildlife wanting a tasty snack. Because of this you should be careful burning log piles that have been sitting around for a while as they have become someone else’s home. Keep firewood stored away or burn it as soon you buy it.


Grow nectar rich plants

Plants such as salvia, redbeckia, lavender and nepeta are all high in pollen. If you want to attract pretty insects such as bumblebees and butterflies, these kind of plants are sure to do the job. You can grow such plants in a flower bed or grow them against walls and fences. Remember to keep them pruned and regularly watered in the summer.

Cut down on digging

If you’re a keen gardener who is constantly planting new shrubs, your incessant digging may be driving wildlife away. Soil is constantly disturbed can ward off worms, bugs and beetles. These are healthy for the soil, dying and providing nutrients for plants. They also provide a tasty food source for other wildlife such as birds and hedgehogs.

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