Making the Miles disappear with Lebara

In these days when migration is such a potent news story, it is sometimes very easy to forget that we are talking about people, who are faced with a new life, in a strange land, often leaving all family and friends behind. For those people, having the means of communicating with their loved ones is an important part of being able to successfully find that new life. That is why the work and services now being offered by international telecommunications brand Lebara is so, so important and vital.

Lebara started as an international communications company in 2001, but in recent years the services they have offered have become crucial to the migrant communities in the UK and beyond. They offer an excellent phone service which includes a free SIM for high-quality, low-cost international calls, including free Lebara to Lebara calls. They also have an award-winning multi-lingual customer service, something else that is so important, especially for those speaking English as a second language.

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Being able to keep in touch with your roots, with your loved ones, and just being able to talk in your native tongue is just so important when you are living and working overseas. How many of us cherish a phone call to our loved ones when we go on holiday for just a couple of weeks? So a service that can re-connect you without extortionate costs is a great innovation. Lebara is just that.

My father-in-law was an Italian immigrant to the United Kingdom in the early 1960s, leaving behind his parents and siblings. Over the years he has made numerous trips home, and takes a real pleasure in phoning home and being able to chat to his family in Italian (this is even more important as his children do not speak the language.) The main problem with phoning Italy more regularly has always been the cost of the call, which means real news sharing and in-depth chatter is not always an option. This is true of today’s migrant community, so having a service that also allows you to buy minutes that you can send abroad, so your family can contact you, is also a pretty fantastic idea, and yet another string to the Lebara bow.

My boy Joe with his Italian grandad Den

My boy Joe with his Italian grandad Den

In Sorrento, Italy the last time we visited.

In Sorrento, Italy the last time we visited.

Lebara has just launched a new website aimed at helping people connect and are continually launching new products, with an entertainment service to view content from home launching very soon. This new site targets 20 different country experiences in 11 different languages. So now had never been a better time to check out all the company has to offer.

More information about relocating to UK you can find at immigrationsolicitorslondonuk.com, a useful online resource.

Holidays For 2019

Happy New Year to you all. And, with Christmas now just a memory, tell me, who’s now thinking about holidays for the Summer, or maybe a break for this Spring? if the answer to this question is yes, then maybe you need to think about a holiday somewhere a little closer to home, one that avoids passports, airports and Brexit. I’m talking about a UK break.

It seems odd to say this, but many people who travel the world often admit that they haven’t really seen the best of what the UK has to offer. In the quest to see the world, they have missed what is in their own backyard. I have to admit to being one of these people, so while I have been thinking of booking for 2019, I have been looking at some of the places which I have yet to visit in the UK.

Here are a few places that have made my must visit list.

Brighton

Brighton is one of the most vibrant, diverse places in the UK. A stunning seaside town that boosts of one of the most bizarre of all Royal palaces – The Brighton Pavilion. Created by George IV as a seaside pleasure palace, it resembles something you would find in India rather than on the South Coast of England.

You can get good deals on tickets for the Brighton Pavilion and it is well worth a visit just to see this unusual, Grade 1 listed palace and try to imagine our current Royal Family living there – something tells me this would’ve been more to Fergie’s taste than Meghan Markle’s.

Morecambe

One of the great things about discovering the English seaside is that it is also a voyage of discovery for fans of all things Art Deco. Morecambe is a key case in point. You can’t pay a visit to Morecambe without saying at least one night in the restored Midland Hotel. An Art Deco gem of the Streamline Moderne style that was built and was at its heyday in the 1930s, in recent years the Midland has been restored to its former glory and has glorious views over the sea.

Don a beaded flapper dress and imagine staying here in the time of The Great Gatsby.

Southport

If you love the idea that the English seaside town was at its height during VIctorian times, then Southport might be your perfect idea of the classic seaside town. Southport is a typical British seaside town, complete with grand seafront hotels and the Uk’s oldest iron pier. Amusement arcades, plenty of shops and traditional carousel rides all make it a wonderful place to visit if your favourite song is ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside.’

Top Tips For Travelling To Mykonos

Many people dream of travelling to Mykonos, the Greek island that has some amazing views. Of course, like with any travel destination, there are some things that you should know before you jet off. Here, we are going to talk you through some of our top tips for travelling to Mykonos. Keep reading if you’d like to find out more.

Consider The Temperature

When you are booking your trip to Mykonos, it is important to consider the weather that you are going to have when you are there. The warmest months in Mykonos tend to be June, July, August and September so you have plenty of time to get some sun. Remember that Mykonos is an island so there is plenty of wind and it might be slightly colder in the evenings.

Stay In A Villa

If you are planning on travelling to Mykonos this summer, then make sure to choose a luxury villa for your accommodation. There are some great hotels on this island but when you choose Mykonos Villa Rental by BlueVillas, you’ll get to stay somewhere amazing. Not only will you get your own pool, but you’ll have a private space and plenty of amazing views. Don’t fall in to the trap of staying in a hotel, book your villa today.

Ask For Directions

The local people in Mykonos are known for being really friendly so if you need to get somewhere don’t be shy – ask for directions. It is very likely that the locals will know the place that you are looking for as it is a very small island so make sure to ask someone as most of them should be able to speak English. This will make your trip a lot easier and it will save you a lot of time staring at a map.

Make Dinner Reservations

When many people are off on their holidays, they don’t tend to make reservations as there are so many restaurants. Of course, Mykonos can get very busy over the peak season so if you don’t make a reservation, you might not get a table in that popular restaurant. Make sure to plan ahead and save yourself some time as these tables can get very hard to get.

Visit Delos Island

If you travel to Mykonos and don’t get a chance to visit Delos Island, then you will be missing out. This historic island has a lot to see in terms of architecture and views. You will need to get a boat to this island and if it is windy out you might find that the boats are delayed or cancelled. Make sure to plan ahead for your trip to Delos Island and bring your camera to capture the amazing sights.

Watch The Sunset

Mykonos has an absolutely amazing sunset just like the other Cyclades islands so make sure not to miss out on it. If you are unsure where to go to see the sunset then you should check out Little Venice, Saint John or Agios Stefanos which have amazing views. Make sure to find out what time the sunset is at because it can vary depending on the time of year that you are there.

Try Some Water Sports

Mykonos is a very windy island, so it makes sense that people take advantage of this and do a lot of water sports. If you are planning on heading to Mykonos this year, then you should make sure to try out windsurfing and the other activities offered along the beautiful beaches. You will have a great time and even if you don’t enjoy it, you can sit back, and watch others get out there on the water.

Try The Food

Our final tip for those who are travelling to Mykonos is to try the local food. You will find that there will be plenty of restaurants with food that you would typically find in the UK but there are also so many authentic Greek restaurants. If you have never tried Greek food before then you should expect to find a lot of amazing Greek salads some Mykonian sausages and some Kopanisti which is a famous cream cheese made in Mykonos.

Final Verdict

It is important to do your research before you go anywhere on holiday. You should know about the type of weather to expect; what sort of food is on offer and what are the best activities to do. Of course, if you are just planning on heading off on a relaxing holiday filled with sun then you will find that Mykonos is still ideal. This is a beautiful island with a lot to offer so make sure to book your trip to Mykonos in time for next summer.