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Work less, live more: tackling the mid-30s blues

Like many other people my age, I was taught to relentlessly strive for success at work. Go higher, get better, achieve more. Reach for the top and don’t stop ’til you get there. It’s an empowering message and one that I seized upon straight out of Uni. I got my head down and poured everything […]

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“What if I don’t get on with anyone in my group?”

If there’s one doubt that everyone shares ahead of their first Flash Pack trip, it’s whether they’ll get on with everyone in their group. After all, a week or more with 14 people you don’t know is a fair-ish plunge into the unknown. You’re handing over a lot of control. It’s also your cash and […]

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Tired of Tinder? Stop dating and just connect with people

Dating these days is, frankly, a bit of a disappointment. Sure, you might end up marrying your Tinder match (we all know at least one person who’s done this). But equally, you risk feeling forever frustrated and bored – despite a never-ending stream of new faces. You ride a gauntlet of emotion: lingering hope, excitement and […]

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adventure travel

6 warm-up trips to awaken your adventurist within

Behind every great adventure lies a smaller challenge; something that whets your appetite and builds your stamina for the challenges that lie ahead. Rather than jump right into a major feat (say, climbing Rainbow Mountain in Peru), you might prefer to first test the sponge-like walls of your comfort zone. Courage is an elastic quality, […]

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single living

All hail Sweden, the world’s single living capital

If you relish being single, you’ll find strength in numbers in Sweden. Our Nordic neighbour has more solo dwellers than anywhere else in the world. Around 47% of households have just one occupant – typically a child-free, single adult. Of course, living alone doesn’t always mean being single. Some solo dwellers may be in long-term relationships. Many […]

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happy job

Why people, not pay, are the key to a happy job

Back in the 1950s, the nearest you got to workplace culture was boardroom whiskies and (highly inappropriate) dalliances with the secretary. Fast forward to today, however, and a great environment is the holy grail of modern office life. Read more: This woman quit her high-flying job to live in a van We want organic coffee […]

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The difference between self-centred and selfish

When journalist Joe Ellison recently described his life with zero responsibilities, a lot of people celebrated in his vision. They were drawn to the freedom of living as you please, and shared stories of their own – similar – experiences. But as the comments section heated up, the word “selfish” got bandied about a fair bit, […]

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being single

More Brits are choosing to travel alone than ever before

A new study suggests that more people than ever are choosing to strike out solo abroad. Travel website Expedia found that 25% of Brits are planning to holiday alone in 2018, for an average of 11 days. Read more: Unusual adventures for the thrill-seeker within Among people who had already travelled alone, 32% reported that […]

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adventure travel

Unusual adventures for the thrill-seeker within

A brave new dawn has risen over the realm of adventure travel, as more and more of us seek out the Great Unknown. Not content with merely sitting on a beach, a new generation of thrill-seekers are driving forward a boom in experiential holidays. It’s out with the inane and in with the intrepid, as travellers […]

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new friends

The unexpected secret to making new friends

As we get older, our social circles narrow. We are less likely to meet new people, and yet doing so makes us happier, more confident and better understood. Read more: Why do we idolise ‘The One’? Having friends is far more valuable So, how to reverse this decline in fresh friendship? You can start by “switching off” […]

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