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6 Best Dating Sites To Use While Travelling

November 19, 2016

Travel sentiments are a major reward of long and fleeting travel. We as a whole need a little TLC now and again. Maybe as another companion, an easygoing attach or something genuine. These apps are globally used so regardless of where you will be, you can login and discover your suitor.

Tinder

Tinder then discovers you potential matches close (you can contract it around looking by age and separate) and in the event that they take your extravagant, you swipe right to “like” them. If not, go left to ‘pass’. In the event that they’ve likewise “preferred” you – bingo. It’s a match and you can begin informing.

There are Tinder patterns you can take after, as well: a late examination of 12,000 profile photographs of both men and ladies demonstrated that 72% of them wore unbiased hues in their photos, rather than eye-getting brilliant hues or a conspicuous print, with the shading dark overwhelmingly mainstream for individuals’ picked outfits.

Okcupid

OkCupid is a free internet dating webpage that has a fantastic calculation for coordinating accomplices. When you join to the site, and in addition drafting the typical exposition about how extraordinary you are and transferring four out of center photos from that period in 2006 when you were hot, you answer a heap of numerous decision questions. These extent from the genuinely common (“Could you date a smoker?”) to the incredibly odd (“What are your conclusions on Eugenics?”).

The inquiries are picked aimlessly from a rundown of several thousands. You need to answer 50 regardless, so the site can construct a photo of what you are. From that point, the more inquiries you reply, the more probability the OKC calculation will discover you a match.

Grinder (gay/bi men)

Grindr in a split second associates you to a huge number of people locally or around the world. It is world’s #1 free dating app only for gay/bi men, intended to help such men meet other men in their general vicinity for companionship, dating or sexual experiences. A greater amount of the last mentioned..

Match.com

Match.com has rapidly gotten to be a standout amongst the most gone by web dating destinations on the Internet. Initially dispatched on April 21, 1995; it now has more than 23,575,000 individuals (2016), Match.com keeps on developing at a fast rate. Moreover, Match.com has 8.8 million individuals who met on the dating site and after that later met disconnected and a normal of 12 couples who met on Match.com get to be hitched or connected with day by day.

Skout

SKOUT is the designer of an area based long range interpersonal communication and dating application and site. SKOUT was one of the primary dating and versatile individuals disclosure applications to underline summed up client location.

Zoosk

Zoosk is an internet dating administration accessible in 25 dialects and in more than 80 nations.

Online Dating Facts

Men lie most about; Age, Height, Income
Women lie most about: Weight, Physical Build, Age

Vegan

5 Best Vegan Spots In London according to TripAdvisor

November 15, 2016

Personally I think that this list is Bogus. Perhaps because I’m from London that I don’t follow the trip advisor tourist traps. But here it goes anyway.. Here are the top 5 Vegan Spots in London According To Trip Advisor based on cuisines (vegan/veggie) and ranking.

5. Pret A Manger – 556 Oxford Street

Quick, ‘apparently’ delicious, and affordable. All you could ask for in a London eatery, if you’re the type of person that loves Starbucks and Taylor swift. I just can’t believe this is number 5… You won’t dare catch me in here.

4. Veggie Vegan  – 222 North End Road

You’ll find interesting atmosphere, tasty food, and friendly service. The perfect recipe for 10 years of success.

3. Tibits – 12-14 Heddon Street

Buffet style vegetarian restaurant with a wide variety of cold and hot options.

2. Mildreds – 45 Lexington Street

Long lines for a reason. Delicious vegan and vegetarian food with a smile. Come for lunch to avoid the longer lines.

1. The Calabash of Culture – 21 Sydenham Road

It’s London’s top restaurant on Tripadvisor for a reason. Raved by vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike. Good tunes, exceptional food and service. A must try in London.

 

Planning

Best Travel Planning Apps

November 9, 2016

These days using the internet on a day to day basis is almost unavoidable, and when travelling, can be incredibly helpful.

Even if you want to keep your travels unique and spontaneous, these tools can help you get the most out of your adventures.

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Best tools for transport – local and long distance

  • Moovit transport app    –   for inner-city guidance with trains, buses, trams, ferries & all inclusive mapping.
  • Trainline EU app    –    If travelling Europe, this app is incredibly straight forward to use – it tells you when the trains depart and arrive, how much they cost, and up coming cheap deals. It also allows you to store all your tickets on the app, meaning you don’t have to print or screen shot anything. Nice and simple!
  • Blablacar app – Ride share around the world with people going your direction. It is cheaper and faster then the bus!

 

Best apps for researching accommodation

  • Airbnb app    –    Airbnb has taken the world by storm, and why wouldn’t it: It’s often the cheapest option, it’s more comfortable than a hostel, and more unique than a hotel. You have the luxury of staying in a real home, with true locals, experiencing life a little more true to its form.
  • Hostelworld app    –    Good for comparative searches, includes guesthouses, dorm rooms and privates.

 

Best apps for translating and learning languages

  • Microsoft translator app    –    The best thing about this app is that you can download and save a language to it, and use it even when you have no wifi connection. Useful for translating those helpful day to day sayings, or deciphering signs and menus.
  • Duolingo app    –    One of the best rated language learning tools around. Duolingo works in stages, tailored to your competence level, using simple questions and tasks to test and improve your skills. And with the daily reminders to do your homework (only take 10 minutes!), it’s easy to enhance and refine your skills fast!

 

Best airfare apps and websites

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  • Skyscanner app    –    Comparative flight searches, showing you the cheapest, fastest and most direct ways to fly.
  • Expedia app   –    All inclusive app to help you piece together your trip…. includes car hire options, hotels, transfers and flights.
  • Ryanair.com  app  –    If in Europe, this is your best bet for the cheapest flights around. Book at least 3 weeks in advance and you could score flights as cheap as £3. 

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Blog Looks Travel

Travelling With DreadLocs – Best on the go do’s

November 5, 2016

Having dreadlocks may be one of the most convenient travel hair dos.

No need to wash, no need to brush, and above all – dreads can play host to all those little souvenirs you wouldn’t know what else to do with…. be it shells, beads, feathers or beautiful fabrics. Even Celina (editor) had fauxlocs for a while!

Best ways to wear locs while carrying a back-pack

On the very top of your head

You may feel like your holding a bird’s nest on your head, but the sheer freedom of having it out of the way when carrying a heavy load is worth it!

In a side plait

This is a neat way to wear your hair, and best of all, there is no pressure placed on the individual dreads, meaning you won’t get those sad dents and kinks running down them. It also makes it easy to toss the whole lot over your shoulder.

Double Micky Mouse buns

for a little fun, divide your locs into 2 parts and twirl each half into buns on the top of your head.

To avoid constant frustration in transit, don’t keep them out, trust me. 

Best ways wear locs when wanting to be fairly inconspicuous

I’m not saying you should hide who you are, but on occasion, it might be beneficial to tone down your ‘wacky’ hair, especially in fairly religious areas, conservative places or when visiting grandparents…

In a low bun

grab your locs and loop them around themselves, tucking them in with an elastic resting on the back of your neck.

 

In a singular plait

working from the crown of your head down to the back, section your locs into 3 parts; grab 3 to 4 dreads at a time and work your way down, until all are tucked neatly into a fat plait. This hairstyle is beautiful from behind, and from the front it can be hard telling what kind of hair you have.

Best ways to wear locs without hassle – daily dos

Two low ponytails

Divide your locs into 2 equal sections, grab a strong dread and wrap it around that half, repeat on the other side. No elastics needed.

Relaxed tie up

this style turns out different every time. Basically, grab a handful of locs and tuck them into another handful. Continue shoving dreads until it feels stable.

With a fabric head band

It’s as simple as putting your locs in a loose high bun, and wrapping a scarf around it…  super comfy!


Out and proud

nothing beats of head of hair flowing freely, so let your locs flowwww!

Having dreadlocks when exploring the world is a blast… the conversations that bloom, the people you meet, the uses… they’re all endless. If you are ever without a pillow – your locs are there to help you through. If ever you’re cold around your neck… your locs are there for you. If you’re ever bored… Your locs are there to be maintained.

Locs are a go!

 

 

 

 

 

Africa Blog Kenya Travel

My Experience in Kenya As A Female Traveller

November 1, 2016

Why Travel To Kenya?

Countless Opportunities for adventure, beautiful language, landscapes that will leave you in disbelief, outrageously beautiful coastline, safari trips that will amaze, and vibes that’ll have you grinning ear to ear! The people are incredible too… there are just too many reasons to write about!

Working in Kenya

Volunteering in Kenya is something extraordinary. It’s easier than you’d think it would be to integrate. Within a couple of days, I felt comfortable and at home at the school and at the centre we were placed in.

There are a lot of expats living across Kenya, as well as a heap of entrepreneurs, safari companies and white locals… so this kind of allowed me to blend quite easily. It may sound silly, but it really helps in feeling comfortable when things like staring aren’t as intense and frequent. And more than that, it makes integrating with the children relaxed and natural; they didn’t have fear or resilience, more just curiosity.

My two friends and I were working for about 7 weeks, in 2 different places. Our tasks were broad, making each day different and exciting. We taught things like Maths and English, we helped sort beads and fabric in the women’s centre, we played sport with the kids, held craft sessions, helped in the kitchen and harvested vegetables in the garden. We were given a lot of freedom, http://www.restartafrica.org/and more than anything we were told to just be there for the kids. The Restart Centre is an organisation dedicated to saving street kids from life out on the street , providing them with a family, healthcare, food and an education. It was up to us to help in whatever way we could.

The teachers treated us like equals, we ate the same meals as the kids, and we were treated with respect the whole time we were there. It really did feel like we were part of a massive family.

Kenyan local people, atmosphere and hospitality

Kenyans are kind, hospitable, interested, interesting, and a little cheeky! They are proud of their culture, and so they should be. Walking around the small towns, there is a certain feeling, like you are safe. Within 2 weeks of living in Gil Gil, we’d made a relationship with fruit shop owners, motorbike taxi drivers, shop tellers and lingering school kids who constantly asked ‘how are you?!’, to which we’d respond ‘We are fine, how are YOU?!’ And so the questioning would go on, until we were out of earshot 🙂 I love Kenyan people, they are incredibly tough and resilient, yet so many seemed to be afraid of little bugs and the like! To me, they have a perfect mixture of pride, strength and adaptability.

Places I visited

We arrived in Nairobi – big, smokey, dirty, busy Nairobi. It is so big, with cars beeping behind one and other for hours, and people walking in every direction. It’s not exactly a tranquil area, but definitely worth a visit. There are great markets, authentic bars and restaurants everywhere, and amazingly beautiful Kanga (fabric) shops on almost every street. We lived in Naivasha for about a month – such a beautiful place. Lake Naivasha and all its wild life are gob-smacking, the town is large but nothing like a city, there are clothes markets hidden under big tarped areas, great places to enjoy the national dish of beans & rice, pretty houses to look at and great expanses of green fields… great for walking 🙂 We stayed in Gil Gil too, a much smaller town which I absolutely loved, and am revisiting in a couple of weeks! Above the small town there are mountains with hot springs, waterfalls and the most luscious green forests. After our volunteering, we traveled down to Mombasa, people say the overnight bus is a death sentence, but I thought it was fine… little bit of adventure ! The city of Mombasa is rich in Arabic culture and truley beautiful. For an ultimate holiday experience, I would recommend Diana Beach

Mtwapa is a little more ‘real’, and there it’s pretty easy to find cheap accommodation without the typical tourist resorts.

Things to do in Kenya

There are many! If you’re into Mountain trekking then there are several peaks to attempt! Safaris options are endless! Bird watching, scuba diving, resort-hopping, sun-bathing, city exploring, camping, volunteering or just good old back packing are all pretty easy.

Food in Kenya

Yeah… about the food. It’s not the best. It’s not the worst. Some how, the use of spices just isn’t a big thing. Pretty much you have maize, sukumaweeki (kale), rice, beans, ugali (boiled bread) and meat. Nyama Choma is BBQed meat which is super tasty, and there are places that sell fried chicken. My all time favourite meal was beans and rice. And the fruit and veg is pretty amazing! Mangoes growing on the side of the road in the more tropical areas, and avocados as big as your face. The supermarkets have quite a large range, and you can see a prominent English influence in what fill the aisles. Overall, you can eat well for cheap. Trick is to not expect amazing flavour explosions, but more be pleased with the simple things.

ugaliHow much money to bring to Kenya

You really don’t need a lot. Between USD$ 4 – 9 per night is enough to have a decent place to sleep. You can get a massive plate of food for about $1, getting long distance mutatus (taxis) is about $0.50 – $2. If you want to live like a local, you could swing it for well under $10 a day. If you want to stay in resorts and drink, eat and play like an out-of-towner, you’re looking at over $50 a day. They use Kenyan shillings, and  it’s about 80 KES to $1. From memory, a loaf of bread was about 40 KES.

What not to do in Kenya

Don’t wear tight clothes or short shorts. Take advise from locals, but with a grain of salt. Don’t carry a lot of money on you. Don’t drink the tap water. If you’re a single girl, pretend you’re married, seriously, it’ll safe you a lot of hassle. If you find yourself at a church service, respect the religious beliefs of those around you, and maybe keep your potential atheist of agnostic beliefs to yourself. Again, this will save you a lot of trouble.

Just play it cool really 🙂

Is Kenya a country that I’d visit twice?

HELL YES!

(My) Most beautiful/memorable Spots and Moments

Playing with and teaching the kids at both charity organisations (KCC slum project and The Restart centre).

Swimming in the hot springs above Gil Gil.

Riding on the back of motorbikes.

Seeing the Giraffes grazing the trees on Safari.

Lying on the beautiful sand on Diana Beach.

Driving past the zebras that casually stand between the opposing roads of traffic.

Advice if you’re travelling to Kenya

Get the right immunizations: Cholera, Hep A and Typhoid. Pack a course of general antibiotics, Check what season it is: it’ll either be dry or very wet, however it’s always nice and balmy seeing as it’s very near the equator. Pack loose fitting clothes. And above all, don’t plan too much! Kenya is pretty easy to travel on a whim.

 

Kenya is still my favourite place on earth, well worth a visit… without sounding too cheesy, it could change your life.

If you are interested in volunteer work, I would highly recommend paying The Restart Centre a visit. This is one of the best run organisations I know of, it’s honest, not-for-profit and works to resolve issues of child abuse and homelessness, with family values and education.

Links:
www.restartafrica.org

https://www.gofundme.com/NICARTFUNDKENYA

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http://www.restartafrica.org/