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Russia 2018 – Could it be a World Cup of Surprises?

While Ireland (and Northern Island too) may not have qualified for this year’s version of the world’s greatest sporting event, the passion for the game lives on stronger than ever before, as is customary of a seriously football-mad nation. The deep-running interest is more than justified and it’s business as usual for punters who enjoy betting on the games as much as they love watching them, so you can get some good World Cup betting tips from the lads who fill up the pubs to catch the footy on the telly. The Irish simply love their football and, based on the size of this nation, any story about their participation at the finals is one of a nation punching well above its own weight division. Continue reading

Interesting Traveller Stories from Far and Wide

I don’t watch a lot of television right, but there are instances when I’ve been abroad and caught some TV, mostly watching travel related shows on specialist channels. One thing I noticed is how the tourism boards of various countries from all over the world run adverts encouraging people to visit their countries. You know, those ads show some shots of beautiful scenery and have someone serenading the viewer in the background? Continue reading

Winter attractions in the Polish-Slovak border region

Tourism and active leisure are not only reserved for spring, summer and autumn, but also for winter, even though many people ignore it while planning holidays. Winter is awaited mostly by keen skiers, but can the rest of us enjoy this snowy aura? Certainly, yes! We invite you to the Polish-Slovak border region, which has to offer much more than one could imagine. Continue reading

The weighted blanket – a travel companion

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What is a weighted blanket used for?

A weighted blanket is a type of blanket or a replacement for your duvet that should weigh roughly 10% of your body weight. The extra weight compared to a normal blanket causes a “grounding” or “earthing” effect by applying pressure on the body that produces a calming effect by decreasing the levels of the stress-related hormone cortisol and increasing levels of feel-good hormones dopamine and serotonin. Weighted blankets are typically used to help people suffering from insomnia to get a good night’s sleep and to assist in the treatment of other psychological issue like anxiety and stress, as well as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). They can also be used simply to help you relax after a hard day’s work or even as an additional calming tool during meditation. Continue reading

The Best Dog Friendly Pubs in Wales

We all have best friends with whom we like to go out for a drink or for hangout, a friend with whom we can enjoy the quality time spent together or a pleasant moment together that is marked in our memory. Sometimes, these good friends are animals, namely, our pet dogs.

There is nothing better than being able to take man’s best friend to man’s other best friend – the pub. Unfortunately, there are some places that aren’t too keen on letting us do that.

Thankfully, there are some great dog-friendly pubs all across the UK now. Wales is such a popular place for dog friendly holidays, it the perfect location to get away from city life and to revel in the countryside; it makes sense to take your pooch on a trip to the Land of Dragons.

Here are a few well-known dog friendly pubs in Wales where you can enjoy quality time with your beloved pet while on holiday.

The Bush Inn, Vale of Glamorgan

Another dog-friendly pub that is known for its part in popular Sherlock home series. In this dog friendly pub, the atmosphere is very pleasant where you and your pet mate can have a lot of fun along with quality cocktails. It is located in St Hilary, Vale of Glamorgan, CF71 7DP.

Cayo Arms, Pontcanna Cardiff

This pub allows the entrance of your beloved Dog pet as long as you keep them in the chain. The Pub is located in 36 Cathedral Road, Pontcanna, Cardiff CF11 9LL.

Horse and Jockey, Vale of Glamorgan

The pub is surrounded by fields and woods in an area of truly outstanding natural beauty. They welcome well-behaved dogs and allow them in the terrace area and if they want to play, there is use of the woodland nearby. The pub is located in Chapel Terrace, Twyn Yr Odyn, Vale of Glamorgan, CF5 6BG.

The Lansdowne, Canton, Cardiff

The ideal place to go for a snack for both you and your pet dog. It is a café that has a personalised service for people and dogs alike. The pub is located in Lansdowne Road, Canton, Cardiff CF5 1PU.

St Julian Inn, Newport

A well-known pub that gives a very warm welcome to the pet dogs. The pub has balconies which give a tremendous view of river Usk. Plus, there is a big Greenland area for the dogs to enjoy run free. The pub is famous for its cocktails and pleasant environment. You can find this dog-friendly pub at St Julian Inn, Caerleon Road, Newport NP18 1QA.

There are lots of options when it comes to dog-friendly pubs in Wales, the country is actually one of the most pooch-positive places in the UK. Any of the above options will give a great environment for some quality time with the dog.

iKnow-UK has some great dog and pet friendly accommodation in Wales, mainly cottages and hotels but they’re always fantastic.

Themed Trips are More Fun

For the true traveller at heart, any excuse to travel will do. In fact, any non-excuse will do just as well because the fun is in the travelling itself, even with all of the organisation and planning that goes with it. There’s perhaps always a case for just booking a ticket with no confirmed plans of exactly where you’re going to lodge and what activities you’re going to engage in at your impromptu destination. That element of mystery is almost completely synonymous with travelling somewhere you’ve never been before, especially if it’s abroad, while the spontaneity that comes with exploring sights and activities without prior planning is just about the only way to enjoy that mystery. There are some times however when travelling without a solid plan feels a bit like you’re going through the motions, but what’s even worse is perhaps being in too much of a leisurely mode and allowing the time you spend away to pass you by, having not had enough of the true traveller’s experience you’re after. Continue reading

Getting a True Taste of Continental Europe

I don’t know, I reckon for me island fever is somewhat of a self-fulfilling prophecy in that it only really happens to those who’ve been made aware of something called island fever. I mean sure, Wales is a tiny country comparatively speaking, but if it’s what you grew up with then it’s all you really know, really. And besides, some of us are quite content with small town life and the healthy dose of seclusion that comes with it, along with constantly bumping into familiar faces whenever you decide to wander further than usual. So whenever a bit of island fever hits and going into England doesn’t prove enough to rebalance the scale, continental Europe beckons, but you’ll only really be satisfied if you engage in experiences not readily available locally. Continue reading

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