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5 career skills for travel bloggers and travel lovers

5 career skills for travel bloggers and travel lovers


Your travel experiences can help your career only when you know how to adjust your skills in your resume and build an exceptional resume.

In order to write a killer resume and nail the interview, you should outline what you have learned and how this knowledge will help you on the job.

To get you started, here there are 5 key skills that someone with travel experience should highlight in his/her resume and interview.

1. Your communication skills

Undeniably, someone  like you who has many travel experiences, he/she has managed to communicate in many unfamiliar languages and cultures from buying a train ticket to ordering a coffee and meeting so many and different people improved your communication skills so communicating in the workplace will be a piece of cake!

2. Your willingness to think outside of the box

A travel blogger has many stories to tell such as where things didn’t go as planned and what did he/she did to overcome it. Describe a situation that you overcame a crisis or an unexpected situation and demonstrate your ability to adapt quickly and find creative solutions like how to get from your hotel to the airport when the roads are flooded. Any employer would be happy to hire employees with these skills.

3. Your cross-cultural sensitivity and understanding

Travelling abroad means a daily interaction with people of different races, socioeconomic backgrounds and culture. This gives you a greater sensitivity to diversity so you will always be able to find common ground with anyone, appreciate how the differences make your team stronger and have a competitive advantage in getting a job that concern about different languages  and cultures.

4. Your time management skills

When travelling, you managed to schedule a weekly or monthly plan in advance taking into account several things. You also create a budget for the selected scheduled plan.

These time and money management skills will help you managing corporate budgets.

5. Your ability to take initiative and work independently

Last but not least, you work hard to plan and save for your big trip. No one was there to supervise or help you, which means that you will be fine taking on projects solo.




European expat guide in the UK

European expat guide in the UK


Are you an European who wants to expatriate  in the UK ? here it’s the ultimate European expat guide and everything you need to know.

Some quick facts: the United Kingdom consists of England, Wales, Scotland and the Northern Ireland; UK is one of the most powerful countries in the world; It is influential in world trade, economics and politics and also has a long and fascinating history, great architecture, great literature,  huge music and fashion industry and football. English people are very friendly  and very polite. Plus, in the UK, you can never be more than 70 miles away from the sea!!!

But, enough said and let’s now see what someone needs to do in order to come in the UK and stay.

First step in this  expat guide in the UK is to get a UK SIM card even before start looking for a job here.

Your resume will look more professional and you can have a UK SIM card either by asking friends or family in the country to buy it for you and send it to you or by buying a UK SIM card from ebay.

One more plus is whether you can show a UK address in your resume, even if it would be for the first  1 or 2 weeks.

Assuming in this expat guide you are European, there are great chances that you are both speaking another European language and English, hence it would be easier for you to get a job that involves your speaking skills.

For me, the best job website is  europelanguagejobs.com and it is very easy to use.

You can sign up either as a candidate or as a company, but here let’s assume that you are a candidate reading this guide.

You can sign up using either your Facebook account, your LinkedIn account (my preferred option) or your google plus account. If you haven’t any of these accounts, you can simply sign up by using your email.

Then, you can build your profile on Europe language jobs by adding name, surname, contact number, region, sector and of course your resume among other things. You can also add your skills in a separate section and your languages you are speaking. What’s more, you can link your profile with any other profiles or blogs or websites you have so companies can have  access to your work and know you better as a person.

As you proceed completing your profile to the europelanguagejobs.com you earn points and this will help you to be visible to more and more companies.

When you complete your profile, the Europe language jobs will match job vacancies with your profile and all you have to do is to apply to any of these jobs that appeals to you.

You can also watch your applications and last but not least, you can read many interesting posts on their blog such as how to dress for a interview or advice and tips for a successful interview. They are really helpful and informative.

Get interviews

When the interview will come, it is most preferably to book the first interview via Skype or FaceTime. If there is no such option with the company policy, then book a date at least after 2 weeks, just to have plenty of time to prepare yourself and find a cheap airfare ticket.

Search for a flight

Immediately after you have arranged an interview, you should start looking for an airfare ticket. There are plenty of sites on the Internet to search for a cheap flight but if you need some help with the flights explorer, you should go and check my previous post.

Go to interviews

You should try and book your flight at least 2  days ahead of your interview so you have plenty of time to get to know the route from wherever you stay to the company’s premises and how much time it will take you to be there. Of course, you can always use google maps or any other navigation app. Plus, if you arrive 2 days before the interview, you will have the chance to practice your english and on the day of your interview, you will talk fluent.

Search for  accommodation

Research, research, research by asking any friends or  family who already live in the country, join Facebook pages that connect people on the area you are looking to stay and/or read one of my latest posts on best places to look for an accommodation.

Get a bank account

Let’s assume you  have passed the interview and you have been accepted.

Now it is time to visit a bank and open a bank account. You can ask the company that  hired you for more information on this one but generally speaking it is not a difficult process. You will only need your passport, a proof of address and your job contract.

Get a NINo

You can only apply for a National Insurance Number once you’re in the UK. You must have the right to work or study in the UK to get a National Insurance number. After your application, Job centre Plus may write to you and ask you to come to an interview where you’ll be asked about your circumstances and why you need a National Insurance number.

The letter will also tell you which documents to bring to prove your identity, eg:

– passport or identity card

– residence permit

– birth (or adoption) certificate

– marriage or civil partnership certificate

– driving licence

You’ll be told at the interview how long it’ll take to receive your National Insurance number.

Register yourself to a GP and your pet to a vet

General Practitioners deal with a whole range of health problems. They also provide health education, offer advice on smoking and diet, run clinics, give vaccinations and carry out simple surgical operations.

When you settle in on a flat or apartment in your chosen area, you’ll have to formally register as an NHS patient by submitting a registration form.

When you have completed and returned the form, NHS England will transfer your medical records to your new practice and write to you to confirm your registration as a patient with that practice.

Parents or guardians can register a baby at a practice by completing and presenting a form, which is issued at the same time as a birth certificate.

Some GP practices may ask for proof of identity so it is good to have your passport with you when you register, especially when you register children in your care.  However, registration and appointments should not be withheld from you on the basis that you don’t have the necessary proof of address or personal identification at hand. It is not considered a reasonable ground to refuse registration.

For those with four furry legs  friends.

If you have a dog, your dog should have a 15-digit microchip,  will need a rabies vaccination after the microchip is implanted and more than 21 days prior to entry but not more than the expiration date of the manufacturer of the vaccine and it must be treated against certain tapeworms one to five days prior to entering the country. You should also have the EU pet passport.

Bear in mind that the following breeds or their mixes are not permitted to enter the UK: Brazilian Fila, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa Inu or American Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier. Also some kinds of American Bulldogs have been found to be Pit Bulls. It is illegal to enter the UK with any of these breeds or their mixes.

Hope you find my expat guide helpful and informative and I hope I answered most of your questions in the topic.

Feel free to leave your comments, questions and/or ideas on the comment section down below, on my Facebook page or on my Twitter.

With love, Elena


How to pack like a pro

How to pack like a pro

Travel has become more complicated today. Numerous airlines have placed restrictions on the number of luggage pieces a single traveler can check and take onboard, as well as size and weight limitations for each piece of luggage.

This has put a lot of pressure on travellers to pack lighter and simpler, often making difficult and wrong choices to pack what is wanted versus what is needed.

Today, you can no longer borrow your father’s suitcase he brought with him on his honeymoon 30 years ago. Excessive fees and limitations placed on luggage will deter travellers from bringing that heavy, bulky suitcase.

Travellers are forced to be more conservative with space as well as how much luggage they can take with them on their trips, travellers must now get a little creative and crafty in how they pack.

My advice on how to pack like a pro is that you should always make a packing list of what items you need for your trip considering the destination, weather conditions, duration of the trip and purpose of the trip. To help you more with your list, here is my own packing list for a short business trip last month.


  • Underwear and socks
  • Light jacket or a hoodie 
  • Heavier jacket
  • 3 casual shirts
  • 3 pairs of pants
  • Formal outfit
  • Comfortable shoes


  • Allergy medicine
  • Eye drops
  • Aspirin
  • Band-Aids
  • Motion sickness medicine
  • Sleep medication


  • Snack bar
  • Bottled water


  • Power converter
  • Phone charger
  • Camera charger
  • Camera
  • iPhone


  • Travel-sized lotion, shampoo, and body wash
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Make up bag


  • Umbrella
  • Passport 
  • Wallet

Tips to pack like a pro: mix & match with your clothes so that everything matches with everything else and always bring enough clean underwear (for instance, if you pack for a 4 day trip, you should pack 6 underwear). Also, you should bring the proper shoes and  in general 3 pair of shoes are more than enough – yes I am a girl & I love shoes but I know exactly what I need in every occasion and you will too if you follow my tips-. If you really want to travel light, bring 1 really good quality pair of shoes that won’t fail you, and save the space/weight of spare items. Last but not least, pack toiletries right – always have a small bag of travel size toiletries and a small make-up bag.

2. Consider to buy a  professional cabin luggage. After years of struggling to find the best luggage, I can tell that the Eastpak cabin luggage is the perfect size for either short or long trips on all airlines. It is also easy to carry on as it has 4 wheels.

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3. The last innovative solution for packing is using packing cubes to help you organise your items while also conserve space. Packing cubes are small, ultra lightweight bags of various shapes and sizes that are the perfect selection for your traveling and packing needs and they are made with durable Rip-Stop Nylon as well as pull zippers and reinforced seams..

Packing cubes allow travellers to pack more while also taking up less space in your luggage without sacrificing organisation or damaging any items.

Is there anything worse than that bottle of lotion bursting and getting all over your other items – even your clothes? By using one small packing cube for all of your toiletries, medications, and toothbrush, and a larger, separate packing cube for all of your clothing, you can avoid this small disaster from happening.

Many travellers have used plastic Zip-lock bags to separate their items, such as toiletries and medications. However, packing cubes were born based on this idea, but they are more durable, practical, and even come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colours for travel needs.

Packing cubes also have mesh windows in order to help you see the items that are packed inside and are designed to compress, organise, and pack clothing as well as other items. They fit perfectly into most carry-on suitcases, tote bags, backpacks and even duffel bags. Packing cubes are also machine washable.

Packing cubes will change the way you travel. In fact, many travellers who have used packing cubes have claimed they will never go anywhere without packing cubes again.

One great tip on how to creatively use packing cubes to maximise space and organisation is to plan on what goes in each cube and how each cube fits in your luggage.

For example, for someone who is traveling to unknown climates or areas with inconsistent or spontaneous changes in weather conditions, packing cubes can come in handy. Smaller packing cubes can be used for lighter clothing, such as shorts, tank tops, and so on, and the larger packing cubes can be reserved for sweaters, jackets, sweatpants, and so on.

This approach alone will likely surprise you as to how much space you can save in your luggage. In fact, when used creatively, packing cubes can allow travellers to travel carry-on only!!!




 !Happy packing & happy travelling! 


Tips for a healthier and happier life

Tips for a healthier and happier life

  1.  Drink a lot of water – at least 8-10 glasses per day-
  2. Eat a huge breakfast, an average lunch and a tiny dinner.
  3. Eat as healthy as possible and try to avoid processed food.
  4. Eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables per day (for me,1 smoothie with 5 -6 different fruits and/or vegetables, milk or yogurt and ice is a full meal)
  5. Grab your iPod or phone, put your earphones and run 30 min. 3 times a week.
  6. Sing and dance to your favourite music whenever you are upset or down.
  7. Read as many books as you can.
  8. Do not compare yourself to others.
  9. Love yourself.
  10. Enjoy little things in life such as the sunbeam when you wake up in the morning.
  11. De-clutter your home; office; wardrobe and donate or sell any stuff you don’t need. Live in a tidy and clean space.
  12. Don’t put things off.
  13. Wear clothes that define your personality; that makes you feel comfortable and confident.
  14. Forgive anyone or anything, but do not forget the lesson they gave you.
  15. Remember, people have value and products have prices; always treat others as you want them to treat you.
  16. Start a new hobby.
  17. Go outside and be social.
  18. Laugh out loud with your heart.
  19. S M I L E first thing in the morning, last thing at night
  20. Live your everyday to the fullest as if it was your last day in planet earth!

Please feel free to tell me your thoughts

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