The Pros and Cons of Social Media

Social media might be a relatively new phenomenon, but it has grown rapidly since it first emerged. Now people of all ages use social media to communicate with friends and family, as well as interact with businesses and brands. Social media can be a wonderful thing, but it has both pros and cons.

Stay Connected

Social media is excellent for staying connected to people around the world. Whether you want to send a message to your friend who lives nearby or communicate with family on the other side of the world, it makes it easy to do, with a choice of methods to use too.

Overwhelming Experiences

One downside of social media is that it can become too much. Social media addiction is a problem for many, and you might also find that many of the things you see, read, and watch get you down in various ways. Taking a break from social media can be useful sometimes.

Community Communication

Social media can also be great for forming communities. There are groups, pages, and hashtags that allow people to find others with similar interests. Businesses can make use of social media as a community tool too, even providing customer service.

Personal and Business Risks

People can face risks from social media in both their personal lives and at work. These risks include the sharing and theft of personal information, as well as a loss of productivity when social media is a distraction at work. Understanding these risks can help people to use social media in a healthier way.


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Improved Law School Programs Are Making It Easier For You To Get Ahead

While many people try side-hustles and starting up their own businesses to achieve success, few ever manage to achieve it. The success rate for those who take traditional career paths, such as becoming a lawyer, however, is much higher, making this the more attractive for many to get the lifestyle that they want. 

The problem, of course, is that gaining the qualifications that you need to become a practicing lawyer isn’t always easy. Often it involves a lot of time, money, and effort. 

Fortunately, educational practices are changing for the better. Schools are changing the way that they deliver education, adding convenience for all students who study with them. 

These modifications are the result of two broad factors: the changing legal landscape and the march of technology. 

The demand for traditional criminal barristers is still present, but companies and individuals need people with legal expertise for a host of reasons, not just to defend them in court. Companies with intellectual property, for instance, need advice and strategies for how to protect it. Likewise, enterprises that must operate under a set of burdensome regulations also need advice and help. 

Educational institutions, therefore, are adapting their curricula. Not only are they covering more niche law applications, but they’re also providing students with direct experience of the industries that they will work with in the future. It’s a fundamental change that takes learning out of the classroom and into the real world. 

Are you considering going into law to improve your lifestyle? Check out the following infographic. 


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Practicing Mindfulness In 2020

Practicing Mindfulness In 2020

Are you struggling to focus? Do you find getting everyday tasks done harder than before? Like most of us, you might struggle with anxiety and feel overwhelmed on occasion. This is where mindfulness can come in. Mindfulness is the practice of focusing on a task or activity that forces you to be in the moment and which can allow you to relax and live each moment as you experience it. Mindfulness has grown in popularity in recent years and with it a large number of practices that promise to decrease your stress and anxiety. Some of the most popular, but harder to put into regular practice are listed below.


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1- Meditate

If you thought that meditation was only for Tibetan monks or ‘woke’ millennials, think again. Meditation comes in many different forms. Practicing mindful meditation may take a little getting used to, especially if you are new to mindfulness, and sitting still for a certain period of time is difficult. Nonetheless, this is a practice and can be incredibly rewarding. Choose an environment that you feel relaxed and safe. This might be your bedroom, for example. Set aside some time in your day, even if it’s just ten minutes. Finding time for yourself is just as important as actually practicing the meditation — a gentle reminder of your value.

2- Less Screen Time

The more access we have to technology, the more screen time we are likely to spend. Instead of using your phone or iPad before bed each evening, try to engage yourself with mindful activities such as reading or listening to an audiobook. This not only gets our bodies prepared for sleep but allows our eyes to rest from the blue light that comes from screens. Another practice to consider before bed is to journal. Journaling, like a free form of expression, can allow you to take the thoughts from your day and put them to paper in a cathartic way. You may need to find the style of journaling that works for you, and it may be through poetry, scribbling, or even coloring in. 

3- Mindful Exercise 
Exercise doesn’t have to be high intensity for it to benefit you. Undertaking very intense training for extended periods of time can actually have adverse effects on your adrenal glands. This is because overtraining can cause the hormones in these glands to become depleted and result in what is termed ‘adrenal fatigue.’ This isn’t a normal occurrence however and often comes with other stress, which contributes to adrenal fatigue, not just overtraining. Nonetheless, gentler exercises are generally better for your body. Swimming, for example, is both gentle on your body and can incorporate mindful practices when done right. Instead of focusing on your destination, swim mindfully, noticing every stroke and the feeling of going through the water. Another popular choice is, of course Yoga. Yoga and meditation are both practices that are interlinked with each other. Yoga exercises performed on yoga mats is beneficial for mind and body and combines mindfulness with the release of physical and emotional tension.



Best Places to Stay in Spain


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If you’re tired of the January weather and can’t wait to book your next trip abroad, but are still feeling the pinch from Christmas, then Spain might be the perfect place for you. Many places in Spain have good weather for most of the year, with towns and cities in the southernmost points enjoying temperatures in the high teens even into January. With so much culture, gorgeous food and wine and stunning surroundings, Spain has everything you need for a break to beat the January blues. But where should you stay? Below, you’ll find some top choices for cities that are ready for exploration and adventure on your 2020 trips.

Marbella

Marbella is situated on the Mediterranean Sea and has become a tourist favourite because of its climate and infrastructure. But don’t let that put you off. This town has plenty off the beaten track ready for a keen traveller to get stuck into. The Bonsai Museum is not to be missed and houses an extensive collection of olive trees. There are also plenty of culinary delights to be found. Garlicky gazpacho is very common and, due to its location on the coast, fish and seafood are excellent quality and very fresh. If you’re thinking about where to stay, a luxury apartment in Marbella could be a better option than you think and will be just the antidote for a post-Christmas come down. There are incredible beaches to be enjoyed at any time of year, especially towards the Cabopino area and the water is clean and safe for swimming.

Seville

Another one towards the south of Spain, but this time in-land. Seville, famous for its oranges, also has a very temperate climate for the majority of the year. This is a city to just get lost in, wandering the cobbled streets and enjoying the brightly-coloured shutters on the villas. It’s definitely worth visiting the Alcázar castle in the centre of the city. If you have the spare holiday allowance, consider booking a tour. Not only will you skip the line, but an audio headset allows you to wander and absorb the incredible architecture whilst listening to the history of the building and Seville itself.

Málaga

Another sunshine city on the Costa Del Sol, Málaga offers you the option of some of Spain’s best nightlife, or a more relaxed break if that’s what you’re looking for. Recently having reinvented itself to shine a light on its culture and multi-layered past, Málaga boasts excellent art galleries and a newly-created art district, Soho, alongside bars that are distinctly Spanish where the wine will flow until the early hours. If you can still get out of bed, there is ancient culture waiting to be explored. From a Roman Amphitheatre nestled in the mountainous foothills, to the Moorish citadels of the Alcazabar to the Gilfarbaro, Málaga’s rich history is inescapable.

Don’t let the reputation of southern Spain as just a party-district for those on their gap years put you off. You’re within driving distance of all three of these glorious cities so get ready to soak up some Spanish sunshine.

Where To Next For Your Big Travel Adventure?


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Where to next for your big travel adventure?

Sure, you could visit places closer to home (and as you can see in the linked article, there are reasons as to why you should), but with a whole world to explore, you might want to experience something that pushes you way outside of your usual travel and comfort zone.

But where should you go? Well, that kind of depends on you.

If you’re looking for thrill-seeking experiences alongside other tourists, you could ride across the sand dunes of the Sahara desert on a camel on an Egyptian holiday. You could go sandboarding down the dunes too, make like Lara Croft and explore the region’s ancient Pharaonic tombs, and dive into the Red Sea to explore the underwater kingdoms beneath. 

And talking of diving, how about exploring the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and making friends with the fishies in this famous place of natural wonder. As part of your Australian adventure, you could also learn to surf on Bondi Beach, backpack in the Outback, and go white water rafting on the Tully River. 

Or what about a visit to Africa? You could go gorilla-trekking across the Ugandan mountains, explore the Serengeti, and have many more wildlife adventures with these Safari tour packages with On The Go Tours. You could also cage-dive with Great White Sharks in Cape Town, go horseback riding across the Kenyan plains, or bungee jump down the world’s largest waterfall at Victoria Falls.

If you’re looking for adventures off the beaten track, then visit those destinations that aren’t usually highly populated with tourists. 

The Central American nation of El Salvador is safer than many people think and has black-sandy beaches to explore, deep forests to get lost in (not in the literal sense – join a tour), and surfing opportunities aplenty on the Caribbean coastline. You can even go scuba diving in a live volcano! 

And what about a visit to Albania? Known as Europe’s best-kept secret, this is one part of the world where you won’t be burdened with crowds of tourists and camera-happy holidaymakers. Go wildlife spotting in the region’s national parks, explore crumbling ruins, hike up some of the most majestic mountains in the world, and forsake the hotels for a daring bit of beach camping. There is much to see and do in Albania, and because it’s under the radar, you will have plenty of  time for peace and quiet while doing it. 

Or if you’re looking for something otherworldly, why not visit Bucharest, Romania’s capital. Here you can visit Vlad Castle, the supposed home of Count Dracula in the centre of the city. You could take a walk to the mysterious Witches Pond that is located in the often mist-enshrouded Boldu-Creţeasca forest. And there are many more unusual things to do in Bucharest, which are far removed from the experiences you might get on your usual travel adventure. 

So, where to next for your big travel adventure? The world is just begging to be explored, whether you travel alone or with others, so consider our suggestions, or let us know about those places that you think our readers need to be put on their radar. 

Wherever you go, we hope you have a fantastic and enriching time!