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Tuesday, August 13, 2019

How to get around Cologne and Day Trips to neighbouring cities

Hey guys,

Since I am from Germany and travel so frequently over there, it has never crossed my mind to share all my knowledge on traveling in this country. It's not as special for me but I do know everything about it. Having said that, if I wasn't from Germany I would love to travel around here because it is a nice country.

Deutsche Bahn is the main train network provider in Germany and their website is going to be your best friend when organising your trip to look up train times.

How to get around Cologne

All the main places you'd like to see are a walkable distance from the central train station (Koln Hauptbahnhof). In fact, the cologne cathedral is right behind the train station and the main bridge that people like to see Hohenzollern Bridge (green bridge with love locks) is also a 5 minute walk away. If you get to Cologne by train your train might even cross that bridge.

Day Trips to Neighbouring cities

Now many tourists may not know this but there's something called a "Schonwetter NRW ticket". You can get it for one person which costs 31 euros or you can get a ticket for 46 euros and this is valid for 5 people. So it makes way more sense to get the 46 euro ticket if there is 2 of you.

With this ticket you can make as many trips as you want within the county known as "Nordrhein-Westfallen" (North Rhine-Westphalia). It's a day ticket but you could get as many trips as you want done in that day.

The main cities I recommend seeing from Cologne is Bonn (the former capital city of Germany), Dortmund and Dusseldorf.
Cologne to Bonn isn't far so I reckon you will also manage to go to Dortmund the same day. It really depends on how slowly you want to see each city in but if you're in Cologne you might as well see the remaining cities in West Germany. Germany is a big country, not even I have seen all the main big cities.

By the way, most counties have their own seasonal day trip ticket like this so double check. For example, there is a Baden Wuerttemberg ticket too for South-West Germany. So if you're travelling any other parts of Germany check those too!


Sunday, August 11, 2019

How to Network successfully to secure Graduate Jobs

Hey guys,

Fresh out of uni, University may have put you through the whole wash cycle. I felt all possible emotions and at the end of it I was more than happy to be done and leaving University. It is not easy so well done to you! Give yourself a break but don't rest too long! Because you're done getting your qualifications but don't forget the main reason you pushed yourself to get through it. Your main aim - a career.

Networking is the only thing that has proven itself to work for me the most efficiently in my own job hunting process and helped me to secure a job. That is the fastest way and also a skill that will help you progress throughout your career. Not all of us are fortunate enough to have family members, friends with influential contacts but you can get yourself in a position to be among those people.

Top Networking Tips

1. Search and sign up to all relevant graduate fairs
The biggest graduate fair in London, is the Olympia graduate fair. They have one early summer and one early winter. They put up the dates months before it, so don't leave it till late and sign up early. You snooze you loose!


Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Pro Photography Tips

Hey guys!

When it comes to content creation, I often get asked what software am I using to edit my pictures? What laptop do I use? What tools do you use? Truth is content creation primarily depends on one main tool, your brain - creativity. Combine that creativity with the right device, time, and effort and the things you can create are limitless. 


Monday, August 5, 2019

RS Hispaniola| 3 Course Meal on a Ship in London

Hey guys,

I took my friend to the RS Hispaniola which is a permanently docked boat with European Restaurant.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Things you should know before travelling to Morocco

Hey guys,

There is a few things I wish I knew before I went to Morocco. So I've summarised them for you real quick.

1. "The palace is closed" - The locals will tell you that the palaces are closed. Most people will believe them, including myself. Because why would they lie about a palace being closed right? Truth is, it is a sales technique. The palaces weren't actually shut early like they said. They say that and offer you to show something else and at the end of your mini tour they ask for a kind tip. Smart.

2. You can but don't use Euros or Pounds
The locals do accept pounds in places but don't do that because they don't actually do real math and  tell you random currency exchange rates whereas if you use Dirhams, you're less likely to get conned. Always double check the conversion back to your local rate to see if they're being reasonable.


Sunday, July 28, 2019

Solo Traveling vs Traveling with Friends

Hey guys!

I have been on various different types of travels abroad now but one thought always remains - is it best to travel solo or with friends? As with anything there is pros and cons to both which I will tell you and which option you choose solely depends on the location you're traveling to and the purpose of the trip. So let me get started by stating the pros and cons.

Solo Traveling

  • you can do what you want to (pretty obvious right)
  • you get so much more done within the same time when you're alone
  • you're definitely going to have the opportunity to meet new people
  • you can get a feeling fulfilment/content/liberation/happiness. It certainly is a difficult feeling to describe but you'll know what I mean when you're out there alone
  • you will make unforgettable memories, experience, shapes you, you'll definitely find yourself
  • gets you out of your comfort zone
  • very quick and easy to organise and plan, you can go and come whenever suits you


Sunday, July 7, 2019

How to book with Ryanair and have a stress free journey

Hey guys!

I can be considered as one of Ryanair's most loyal customers. Before I start just to clarify, I am not working on a partnership with them and I am not getting sponsored to say any of this. Over the last 10 years I have caught 60 flights with Ryanair, 40 of those were all within the last two years and prior to that I hardly left the country I lived in. 
It's all pretty straight forward things but frequent flyers are definitely going to find this as the norm whilst not so frequent flyers sometimes I noticed get a little irritated by Ryanair's rules and regulations. 
As a frequent flyer I can say, if you follow all their rules, it is very simple, hassle free. However, make mistakes and you will have an awful experience. So that is why I thought I will break it down to everyone and make the experience much easier for everyone.


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