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I’ve suddenly started thinking a lot about travel recently. It could be the fact that it only got light a few hours ago and it’s already dark again (ie. It’s winter and it’s grim). It might also be the fact that one of my friends is currently planning the trip of a lifetime and I’m hella jealous. But either way, I’ve been spending a lot of time lately reading travel blogs and giving myself serious travel envy. Here are a few of the blogs I’ve been reading recently when I should have been doing my job:

Solo Sophie

Sophie Nadeau is a student living in London. She has a lot of love for Paris (and who doesn’t?) as well as writing about destinations all over the world. She started her blog by travelling solo all over the world and therefore is also a great example to hold up to your family when they start worrying about whether terrible things will happen when you go on holiday on your own.

Our Wild Abandon

Jill and Kyla from Our Wild Abandon are basically in the world to make everybody feel jealous of all of their awesome, aesthetically-perfect adventures. They travel around in a caravan full-time, and in the process they give us all something to look at on Instagram every morning when we’re on the train on the way to work. Jealous? Me? Of course not. I’ll work on it.

Travelling Weasels

Fun fact I learned from reading Travelling Weasels: You can find free accommodation in new places by house sitting. It (obviously) saves money, and means that you get to explore parts of cities that you otherwise might not. And yes, this is my way of telling the rest of Team HowNow that I’m leaving to become a house sitter as of right now. Bye guys.

Polka Dot Passport

Polka Dot Passport is a fantastic blog that teams inspiring posts about the destinations you’ve always wanted to visit with practical guidance about how to, y’know, actually do that. You’ll find everything from how to keep your money safe, to the Singaporean wildlife reserves you need to visit.

Just One Way Ticket

Just One Way Ticket combines practical things like reviews of the travel services we all might need one day, with envy-inducing pictures and posts from all around the world. Wherever you might want to go, the chances are Sab has been there first.

Port Lockroy

The inhabitants of Port Lockroy in Antarctica aren’t your typical travel bloggers, but that doesn’t mean their blog is any less fascinating. The site documents the lives of the people who staff the Port Lockroy post office (which is a thing) for a four month period each year. That’s a thing anybody can do and it sounds like an amazing experience and I desperately want it to be my turn one day. Just putting that out into the universe.

Van Dog Traveller

Van Dog Traveller is the tale of a man who gave up his day job, converted a white van into a super-cool living space, and drove around Europe, as well as exploring closer to home. One of the best things about this blog is that Mike makes the whole things seem so easy. I’ve never built a thing in my life, and I’m still convinced I’m about to follow in his footsteps. In a non-creepy way, of course.

Adventurous Kate

Adventurous Kate travelled full time for nearly five years. She visited over sixty countries. In fact, there’s a very impressive map which shows exactly where she’s been. She’s now dialled back on the constant travelling, but she’s still sharing tips, debunking myths, and offering all kinds of advice on her blog.

Don’t forget, there are tons of language classes on HowNow which could help you wherever you end up travelling. And if you’ve been bitten by the travel bug and want to make money on the road, how about teaching classes on the go? Where are you heading next?

 

Mondays are the worst. If you’re dreading going back to work it can easily be the most miserable day of any week. On top of that, the dread can actually start setting in any time from about Sunday morning onwards. That means that it’s not just one bad day – it’s a shadow cast over what should be the best part of the week. So how can you change the pattern of Monday dread? We have a few suggestions.

Set a good alarm

Firstly, if dragging yourself out of bed is particularly difficult on Mondays, make sure you’re doing it to something great. Whether your jam is the Top 40, grime, or the cheesiest showtunes around, start the day off right. You can make pretty much anything your alarm tone these days. It’ll be easier to avoid snoozing twenty times which will, in turn, help you to feel a bit more awake. Plus it’s a spirit-lifter first thing which’ll set you on a more positive track.

Have a great breakfast

So, you’ve woken up to some great tunes. Now what? We suggest rewarding yourself for being great at life by having your absolute favourite breakfast. You might make it at home or buy it on the way in, but it all still counts. If you’re a hardcore fry-up fan this might not be for every day, but if it puts a smile on your face first thing on Mondays, we say go for it. Plus, you won’t find yourself getting hangry in that mid-morning meeting, either, so your boss’ll thank you.

Work through a list

Make a list of everything you have to do on Mondays and work through it systematically. It’ll be a visual indicator of the progress you’re making, which is a good thing to keep track of. On a slightly less professional note, it will also give you an idea of how much work you have left to do before you can call it a day.

Have something to look forward to

If you struggle to make it through Mondays it can be a great idea to give yourself something to look forward to. Maybe you’ve always wanted to learn a new skill, or want to book in a relaxing meditation session. You might even want to learn a new language so that you can take a trip abroad in a few months. HowNow is full of great options to give yourself something to look forward to of an evening after a long day.

Consider making a more permanent change

If you have a case of the Mondays every single Monday, could it be time to think about doing something different? Maybe you have a passion that you’ve always wanted to make Money from but could never think of how to do that. By signing up to be an expert for HowNow you’ll be able to set your own hours and earn as much or as little as you like. It could be a great stepping stone to a fulfilling freelance career.

Mondays

Mondays can easily be the worst day of the week, but they don’t have to be. By making a few little changes you can easily find yourself looking forward to the start of every new week. What little changes will you make to help you change your outlook?

Italy is great. It’s a land of pasta, and pizza, and wine… There’s probably more to it than that, but those are the ones that stick out. On top of good food and brilliant culture the Italian language also has some great words that don’t have an easy English translation. However, now that we know them, we can’t believe they’re not getting used more. Come on, Britain. If we can add the word ‘moobs’ to our dictionary, surely we slip some of these in too?

1. Culaccio

You know that really annoying ring that gets left by a cold glass on a hot day? That’s a culaccio. We can only imagine that houseproud Italian people have a much easier time of yelling at guests who refuse to use a coaster.

2. Abbiocco

This word basically translates as ‘the drowsiness you feel after a big meal’. It pretty much just describes the whole of Christmas day. Or, indeed, any lazy Sunday. It’s something we’ve all felt, and it’s definitely something that Italy is right in having a word for. They know what’s up over there.

3. Gattara

An elderly woman who cares for stray cats. Or, in other words, what lots of us aspire to be when we grow up. They live the dream and, as such, they deserve to have an actual (sort-of) job title.

4. Cavoli Riscaldi

This literally means ‘reheated cabbage’. However, in Italy they also use this to mean an attempt to revive a a failed friendship or relationship. We love it so much more than we will ever love reheated cabbage. Or any of our exes.

5. Non tutte le ciambelle riescono col buco

This literally translates as ‘not all donuts come out with a hole’. As an Italian, you might use it to mean ‘not everything turns out as planned’. We love this for two reasons. Firstly, it is very philosophical and so are we. Secondly, it is all about donuts and so are we.

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If you fancy learning some more Italian phrases don’t forget to check out the Italian classes available on HowNow – after all, who doesn’t love learning from the comfort of their own home?