Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Want to Be a Terrible Boss? Then Ignore These Responsibilities

Surely no-one opened this article actually looking to become a bad boss, right? When most people find themselves becoming a boss, they begin to worry about not being liked. After all, a lack of respect and positive attitudes towards a boss can have pretty bad implications for any workplace.

So this, of course, isn’t a list of employer responsibilities you should be ignoring. All decent employers should be keeping these responsibilities in mind at all times. Otherwise, there are going to be some pretty big problems at the office.

But hey, if you really want to be a terrible boss, then by all means, ignore these responsibilities. Some of them are mandated by the law, though… so it’s not really advised.

Health and safety
Okay, this one is pretty obvious, right? The law is pretty clear when it comes to protecting the safety of your employees. They’re obliged to be at your workplace, and if any misfortune befalls them that affects their health then you’re going to be in for it, to put it lightly.

Again, this is something that has been written about to death, and it would be genuinely surprising if someone looking to start a business wasn’t familiar with this aspect of the workplace. If you are new to this field, then you should get started with this health and safety guide for employers.

The protected characteristics
What a shame that we can’t just judge everyone by the content of their character, eh? It seems we still need to be on high alert when it comes to potential discrimination in the workplace. Hopefully, instances of employer discrimination against people due to their race, gender, or sexual orientation are pretty rare these days. But there are still a few areas that seem to get people in a bit of a state of confusion.

Disability, for example, tends to be a sticky issue, often because an employer is at risk of being accused of discrimination even if the applicant’s disability would actually prevent them from doing the job! There’s also the issue of pregnancy and maternity which many still seem to be confused about. You should take the time to read up on employee maternity leave entitlement, because it may not be as simple - or, perhaps, not as complex - as you may think it is.

Stress levels
This is neglected by so many employers. The fact is that stress is so commonplace these days that not even the employees who are under a lot of stress tend to think so much about it. People seem to accept it as a natural part of the workplace; they shrug and move on.

But stress takes a massive toll on the body; it’s not something that human biology is really supposed to be dealing with on a frequent basis! Keep an eye out for signs of undue stress. As an employer, it’s actually a responsibility of yours to ensure that employees aren’t frequently and needlessly exposed to massive amounts of stress. Otherwise, you could find yourself being the target of a lawsuit. Besides, huge amounts of stress really suck the productivity out of the workplace.

This is a contributed post.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Planning Your Next Vacation? Choose Thailand!

If you’re looking for a holiday which is exotic, beautiful, affordable, and with incredible food, look no further than Thailand. With pristine white beaches, a rich culture, and an amazing attitude towards partying, it’s not surprising that it grows in popularity year on year. The wealth of things to do and see mean that you could travel Thailand for a year and still not experience everything on your bucket list, so when you do visit, be prepared to never want to leave again. Here are just five reasons Thailand is the best place to visit on the planet.

The food
Until you visit Thailand, you’ve never really experienced flavour. There is so much diversity, richness, freshness, and spice in their meals, and everywhere you visit will have a different local dish, and a new experience to go with it. If you’re not too keen on spice, make sure you order your food without - everything they cook has a whole load of chilli in, but it’s totally irresistible.

The luxury
After a long haul flight, comfort is going to be a priority. If you want a luxury getaway but you’re not interested in the usual suspects, take a look at what Thailand has to offer. Choose between luxury beachside hotels, with fabulous infinity pools and all the facilities you could ever dream of. Or go for something a bit more original, with cute tree dwellings or beach huts. If one thing’s certain, the Thai people certainly know how to treat you.

The wildlife
With such an incredible diversity of plants and animals, Thailand is a nature lover’s paradise. From elephants to exotic bird of paradise, monkeys, sharks, and anything in between, you’re guaranteed a treat. Take a tour in the jungle near Phuket on the back of an elephant, or travel down the river by raft to catch a glimpse of rare and exciting animals.

The people
If you ask most people what their favorite part of Thailand was, many will say the food, but most will say the people. They’re exceptionally welcoming, friendly, and conversational, so you’ll always leave feeling cared for and loved. Choosing to volunteer in Thailand by teaching English or another skill is a great way to integrate with the community and learn more about their way of life.

The scenery
With such epic scenery, many people profess that Thailand is the most beautiful nation in the world.
The man-made gardens at Pattaya are among the most beautiful botanical gardens of anywhere on the planet, and they’re just a patch on what nature has to offer. Visit Mae Hong Son for beautiful cloud-capped mountains and stunning vistas, or Ao Phang Nga Bay Marine National Park for stunning ocean scenery and dramatic cliffs.

If you’re looking for a relaxing and luxurious holiday, full of surprises and adventures, look no further than Thailand. You’re guaranteed an incredible experience, full of great food, wonderful people, and fantastic parties. If you were looking for a reason to book your next trip to Thailand, this is it - you won’t regret it.

This is a contributed post.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Keep Watchers Engaged: What To Vlog About In Peru

It is difficult not to think about the Inca civilization and the inglorious history of the golden city which has kept the imagination of numerous scriptwriters and authors active for many years when you think about Peru. But, when you are a travel blogger, and you want to keep your readers interested, visiting Peru is a tricky task. Everybody knows about the Alpaca wool and Machu Picchu, so it is important to pick an exciting angle for your travel vlog. Make sure to mix informative blogs about Peruvian culture with breath-taking videos, and here’s how to take your readers on a tour of Peru like nothing they’ve seen before.

Plan Smartly: Book An Inca Tour

There’s a lot of things to see in Peru, so the best way to make the most of your trip is to book a machu picchu peru tour that will take you through Cusco, the Sacred Valley, and the world famous Machu Picchu sanctuary. In four days only, you could get a packed itinerary through the lost Incan world that will give you a lot to show and tell. For a start, you can’t ignore the importance of the Incas in Peru. But what you can do is work with an experience tour guide to immerse yourself into the culture in a way that no travel book can. While the Inca civilization is well known, people tend to remember the spiritual power that was given to the sun, instead of the smart and knowledgeable organization of the harsh Andean environment that this Empire had introduced to the world. It is not easy to successfully exploit landscapes as various as plains, mountains, deserts and tropical jungle, yet a tour of the Inca civilization would be able to take you through the engineering of these people who have been able to build their settlements across a large part of South America. Showing to your loyal audience that people in the 15th and 16th centuries already knew of technologies that are still in use today will shed a different light on the glorious Peruvian past. There was more than a mystical love for the Sun God, but there was also a thorough understanding of physics and biodiversity, for instance. Additionally, it is true that you can’t visit Peru without mentioning the Inca, and their most famous site, Machu Picchu, which could as been a simple summer residence for the Inca emperor. But, as you discuss the Incas, being able to link them to the modern world will provide an engaging hook. After all, there is only so much that one can say about the mystical sun, and most of it has already been covered by Tintin and Snowy in the late 1940s!   

Discovery Of The Local Culture Through Food

In Lima, you can turn to the Lima Gourmet Company to take you through the culinary discovery of the region. You can find daytime and nighttime tours that will both offer a variety of food stops and nibbles through Lima’s most exclusive restaurants and taste scenes. You might wonder why a food tour could be of interest to your vlog. The answer is simple: There is nothing more intimate and deep in the culture of a country than its relationship to food. Discovering who the Peruvians are starts with what they put on the plate. Not only can you promote fine restaurants that travelers to Peru might have missed in an attempt to stick to what they think Peruvian culture is - which tends to be based on popular Inca fiction and therefore lacks a certain sense of reality - but you will also be able to film stunning historical areas that are outside of common knowledge. So surprise your followers with a gourmet tour that combines delicious food and drinks from Lima’s top restaurants and roastery, and the unknown festive and modern side of Peru. Not everybody in Peru lives in the past, contrary to the popular image that the media give from them. Stepping off the beaten path for a local exploration of real Peru is something that your followers will cherish. Offer them something new to watch!

The Sacred Valley, More Than The Heart Of The Ancient Inca Civilization

The Sacred Valley lies about 9,000 feet high at the heart of the Incan Empire, between Cuzco and Machu Picchu. Often, tourists who stop at the Sacred Valley take a wander through the archeological sites and stop to admire the stunning mountain view, then they are likely to buy a souvenir from the artisan market - most probably with the silhouette of a llama on it, for best Peruvian effect. In truth, the Sacred Valley might sound quite boring, when you describe it like that. However, it is an area that needs protection because the communities who live there have maintained a traditional way of life and heavy agricultural activities. Tourism, while it heavily benefits to the communities who live just next to the significant Incan sites, Cuzco and Machu Picchu, brings very little support to the rest of this traditional region. That’s the reason why the women’s weaving workshop was founded as a project to keep the traditional weaving techniques alive and help these communities to support themselves. As a result, not only has the region been able to support the handmade production of high-quality textiles, but the families who live in the Sacred Valley have now access to proper education, which will enable younger generations to study and maybe move out. There is no doubt that this is a charity project that will steal the heart of your followers: The women’s weaving workshop is empowering women to take an active part in their family’s income and to give for the first time the chance to go to school to most children. The positive side for visitors, besides joining the project, is to be able to talk to the women who made the textile they buy. So, don’t hesitate to give your Peru travel a social impact for the generations to come.

This is a contributed post.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Best Things To Do In South Africa This Year

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South Africa is quickly becoming one of the most popular travel destinations in the world. When you look at all the amazing things this country has to offer, it’s easy to see why! This article will pick out three of the best things you should do if you travel to South Africa this year:

Go For A Cruise On A River

The amazing thing about traveling in South Africa is that it presents you with opportunities you don’t get in other countries across the globe. As an example, while in South Africa, you can go on a river cruise. This is an exceptional way to explore part of the country in a whole new manner. River cruises are exciting as you get to see a lot of animals as you cruise. Not only will you pass by the ones on land, but you’ll also see plenty of local hippos and crocodiles splashing around in the water near you. It truly is an incredible experience and something you’re not likely to enjoy anywhere else on planet earth. There are plenty of travel and tourism companies that offer these cruises for you to book. A lot of them even include free drinks for you to sip on as you view so many amazing scenes from the safety of your boat.

Become A Volunteer

A great way to get more from your travels to this country is to become a volunteer. There are loads of opportunities to volunteer in South Africa, and one of them might be perfect for you. They include things like taking part in conservation projects and looking after the local wildlife. It’s the perfect idea for anyone that really wants to get in touch with nature and make a difference to the wildlife that’s under threat in this part of the world. What’s more, volunteering can be the best way for you to travel around any country. The projects you take up can lead you all around South Africa, helping you explore some of the best cities and unearth hidden gems you wouldn’t have known existed.

Visit Cape Town

If you’re restricted for time, then you’ll want to ensure you get the most out of your South African travels. Perhaps you don’t have time to explore all over the country, and are looking for one place to go? In which case, you have to visit Cape Town. It’s one of the most popular and beautiful tourist locations in the world. There is so much for you to see and explore in this great city. The views are astonishing, and the glorious Table Mountain makes for the most gorgeous backdrop. You can also enjoy various safaris or trips to national parks in the area. Then, when you get a bit peckish, you can sample some of the best South African food at one of the many amazing restaurants that the city has to offer.

Give one (or all!) of these things are try if you plan on flying to this country in 2017. It’s definitely a beautiful place to see and somewhere that everyone should add to their travel bucket list.

This is a contributed post.