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Things You Should Know When Travelling to the US

When I departed Perth en route to JFK International Airport in New York, I thought our Australian culture would be somewhat similar to the American’s. I couldn’t have been more wrong. While we speak the same and seem the same at a glance, our two countries couldn’t be more different. Here are a few things I learned travelling through the USA that could help you if you are heading... Read more

5 Tips to Help You Prepare For Your Trip By Ship

Whether you are setting sail for the first time or the fiftieth time, here are 5 tips that could make your trip on a ship a little easier. LUGGAGE: With most staterooms being small in size, leaving your luggage out in the open won’t be an option and the closets aren’t likely to hold all your bags. There are stowaway areas under most of the beds in staterooms, but keep the luggage to long... Read more

Preventing Illness While Traveling

Sometimes, becoming sick while traveling isn’t preventable, but here are a few tips on how to prevent some illness while travelling. Wash Your Hands Channel your inner germophobe. Wash your hands as much as possible. We all know that when you touch something contaminated, you create an easy way for germs to infect you. If you are without water and soap, hand sanitisers and disinfectan... Read more

Preparing for a Longer & Better Lives

Australians are living longer and while we are living longer, we need to live better too! From health, finance, work and social life we could all improve from a little to a lot! The positive changes we make now can help us maintain physical and mental health as we get older, have enough money to live the life we want when we stop working, have the skills to be able to work as long as ... Read more

A Sustainable Christmas

Need ideas on for a sustainable Christmas? Here are 5 ways you could support your community and have a sustainable Christmas. Buying Local Food - we know you’ve seen those ads that ask you to shop local during the holidays but have you ever thought about buying local food too? You can visit your local farmer’s market or buy food that is grown and produced in Australia. Shop Local ... Read more

Dealing with Surprise Bills

According to a research, the average Australian still carries about $76 in their pocket and men over 50 carry $99 while women carry around $68. No matter the age, most of us still carry cash for small transactions and emergencies but what about those unexpected bills that hit us at the most inconvenient time? How does one handle that? Two-thirds of Aussie households are getting hit... Read more

Things No One Tells You About Cruising

Sailing the high seas is the easiest holiday for a lot of us, but here are secrets and tips that could make your cruise even more fun and relaxing! Embarking Arrive at your embarkation port a day early. This allows you to avoid any last minute stress caused by potential delays and allows you to adjust to a new time zone or allows you time to sightsee. Everyone wants to be on board fi... Read more

Curb Wasteful Spending

Are you aware of how much waste you’re creating, and how much money you’re throwing away in the process? Spending money on unnecessary items is not only bad for the environment, but it can also add up over the course of a year. Much of our consumption these days is based around convenience says Deborah Southon of budgeting and debt solutions provider Fox Symes. “People would rather bu... Read more

Make the Most of Your Tax Returns

You’ve only got days left to turn in your tax return before the October 31 deadline. Hopefully, you get money back and can then focus on how to actually spend it. The ATO will issue a Failure To Lodge (FTL) penalty if your return isn’t lodged by the deadline. It’s calculated at the rate of one penalty unit for each period of 28 days or part thereof that you’re overdue. Penalty units are ... Read more

The Importance of a Will

52% of Australians do not have a will. Of those that don’t have a will, 34% haven’t gotten around to it yet. WHAT IS A WILL? A will is a legal document that sets out your wishes for distribution of your assets after your death. In non fancy legal speak, it is a legal document that tells your family what you want done with your belongs and money when you die. WHY A WILL IS IM... Read more