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5 Unique Experiences To Try In Amsterdam

While there are so many fun things to see and do in Amsterdam there are some experiences that are out of the ordinary. Here are 5 unique experiences you might want to try on your next visit to Amsterdam. 

5 Unique Experiences To Try In Amsterdam

  • Have high tea in the smallest house in Amsterdam
  • Chill at the xtra cold icebar
  • Dine in the dark
  • Fish for plastic on a canal tour
  • Check out the fluorescent museum

Have High Tea In The Smallest House In Amsterdam

Enjoy an afternoon tea in the smallest house in Amsterdam, at just 2 metres wide and 5 metres deep. On the second floor of this house, is a tea room that can fit up to five people and offers breakfast, lunch or an afternoon tea. Since space is limited, booking in advance is recommended.

Chill At The Xtra Cold Ice Bar

Chill out at Amsterdam’s xtra cold ice bar, where everything in it is made from ice and the temperature reaches -10°C. For this bar, you’ll need to be prepared and bring warm clothing, but if not, they’ll be able to provide you with some. The entrance fee includes three drinks which are served in ice glasses.

Dine In The Dark

Experience an unusual dining setting with ctaste in complete darkness. This restaurant looks normal from the outside, but inside is the total opposite. Here, you will feel a completely different tasting, hearing, smelling and communication experience. 

Fish For Plastic On A Canal Tour

Take a tour of Amsterdam’s canal with Plastic Whale and help mother nature by fishing out plastic! This environmentally-friendly boat tour lasts 2 hours and allows you to learn about Amsterdam’s history and architecture, while you fish out plastic from the water with a fishing net.

Check Out The Fluorescent Museum

Enjoy Amsterdam’s first museum devoted to fluorescence, the Electric Ladyland. The ‘museum’ is located in a small basement, presenting art, minerals and manufactured items that fluoresce under ultraviolet light. 

 

If you happen to need a convenient laundry and dry cleaning service in Amsterdam, Laundryheap can take care of all of your laundry needs.


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5 Useful Travel Apps

Do you have a trip coming up or are you currently planning one? If you need help looking for the cheapest deals or you want to feel at ease getting around, here are some useful travel apps to help you on your adventures.

5 Useful Travel Apps

  • Hopper

Save up to 40% on flights and hotels with Hopper. This app uses advance data science to provide you with the best deals. Hopper predicts the best time to fly, so you can buy at the cheapest fare and you can receive price alerts when there are instant price drops. 

  • XE currency

Unsure of how much £10 is in USD? XE Currency puts all your currency needs into one app, from exchange rates to money transfers. This app gives you access to live rates for every currency and keeps you up-to-date with your transactions.

  • AroundMe

Want to know what things there are to do in the area? or perhaps you just need to find the nearest ATM? AroundMe quickly identifies your location on the map and shows you a complete list of and directions to the nearest facilities and venues.

  • PackPoint

Bring everything you need for your holiday without forgetting anything with PackPoint. This clever app will create a bespoke packing list according to where you’re going, what you’re going to do there and what the weather will be like. You can even add things on that aren’t on the list.

  • Laundryheap

For when you’re in desperate need of an easy-to-use laundry service, Laundryheap will collect your clothes from your hotel or airbnb and deliver them back to you within 24 hours. Laundryheap services are available in cities within the UK, UAE, Netherlands and, in Dublin, Ireland


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Time Management Tips For Busy Parents

Only full-time, busy working, parents know the real struggle of having so many responsibilities with little time. It’s challenging taking care of your kids and tending to their needs while working, running errands, managing house tasks and looking after yourself. So, here are a few quick tips for all you busy parents that can help with your time management.

Time Management Tips For Busy Parents

  • Write Things Down 
  • Be Flexible
  • Know Your Priorities
  • Prepare in advance
  • Outsource Tasks

Write Things Down

Since you might not be able to do everything on your ‘to-do list’ straight away, you should prioritise your responsibilities in terms of critical and not critical, depending on what you have going on. You’ll be able to differentiate the two if there are tasks that you can do at a later time.

Be Flexible

Every day is different. Sometimes your children are up and ready to get the day started before you and sometimes they aren’t. Sometimes you won’t get around to doing that thing you needed to do because something else came up. Whatever you’ve got planned, you need to be flexible with your schedule so you can adapt to any changes.

Know Your Priorities

Since you might not be able to do everything on your ‘to-do list’ in one day, you should prioritise your responsibilities in terms of critical and not critical, depending on what you have going on. Sometimes, prioritising also means saying no to hanging out with friends because you want to spend quality time with your family.

Prepare In Advance

Whether it’s your kids’ school uniform or meals for the week, preparing such things in advance will save last-minute rush and valuable time. Assess what you have going on in the week and make advanced preparations. If, for example, there’s an after school training or practice session, you can save yourself preparing dinner late by pre-cooking it.

Outsource Tasks

Save yourself the extra hours and outsource tasks such as grocery shopping or doing the laundry. You can get groceries delivered to your door and schedule a laundry pickup and delivery. Although you have to spend a little to outsource, it may be worth the extra free time you’ll gain from it.


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Why You Should Visit Dubai

With amazing skylines and thrilling desert adventures, Dubai is a beautiful city that has so much to offer. If you’re planning to visit Dubai but are unsure, here are a few reasons why you should.

Why You Should Visit Dubai

  • Architecture And Skylines
  • Desert Adventures
  • Luxuries
  • Culture Diversity
  • Food

Architecture And Skylines

Be amazed by Dubai’s spectacular skyline offering a variety of skyscrapers of all shapes and sizes. Among these eye-catching buildings is the Burj Khalifa, the worlds tallest building, the Burj Al Arab Hotel, shaped like a sail and the Marina, the tallest residential building in the world.

Desert Adventures

Once upon a time, the grounds of Dubai were only sand. Although Dubai has developed rapidly into what appears to look like a futuristic city, you can still enjoy adventures in the desert. Experience a desert safari where you can try activities such as dune bashing, camping and much more, and try some traditional Arabic barbecue.

Luxuries

Dubai is a wealthy city where designer brands and high-end luxury products are appreciated. From 5-star hotels and resorts to Lamborghini police cars and Bugatti taxis, there is so much luxury Dubai has to offer that is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. You can even purchase gold at an affordable price in the Gold Souk, which is a traditional jewellery market.

Culture Diversity

Believe it or not, 85% of Dubai’s population is made up of expatriates while the rest are local Emiratis. While this means the city has a beautiful mix of culture and religion, Dubai keeps some of it’s traditions. You can learn all about the fascinating history of Dubai in the Dubai Museum, Sheikh Saeed al Maktoum House and Bastakiya.

Food

Since Dubai has such a diverse culture, you can expect to find a wide range of cuisines too. Featuring Middle Eastern, Malaysian, Indian, Chinese, Singaporean, Filipino and American cuisines. While there are many food options, don’t skip a chance to try traditional Arabic cuisine.

If or when you do decide to visit Dubai, don’t worry about getting your clothes cleaned. You can book a collection with Laundryheap and have your items cleaned and delivered to your hotel within 24 hours.

If you’ve visited Dubai before and fell in love with the city, let us know in the comments section what you love about the city.


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How To Care For Wool Clothing

If you want your wool clothing to last longer, you need to know how to properly care for them. 

How To Care For Wool Clothing

Washing Wool

Since wool naturally keeps itself clean by expelling odours through controlling moisture and is stain and wrinkle resistant, you shouldn’t have to wash your wool clothing often. You can air out your wool clothing by laying it on a flat clean surface for an hour to remove any odours. However, if you do need to wash them, here are some tips to keep in mind.

Hand-Washing
  • Wash in cold water with a drop of wool liquid.
Machine Washing
  • Use a wool cycle or gentle cycle with on a cool temperature.
  • Use a detergent designed for wool clothing.
  • Avoid dry cleaning!

You can also get your wool garments professionally cleaned by Laundryheap. Simply schedule a collection via the website or mobile app.

Drying Wool

Air drying is the best drying method for wool as machine drying is too harsh for the delicate fabric fibres and will shrink them. Lay the garment on a towel to dry flat, allowing it to dry in its original shape.

Storing Wool

Always keep your wool clothing neatly folded when storing them away. Knitted Wool garments can be hung, but only on thick padded coat hangers as thin hangers can distort its shape.

For storing away your wool clothes during the summer when they are not in use, you want to protect them from moths. Keep your wool clothing in cotton bags or protect them with cedar wood balls.


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5 Ways To Make Laundry Easier

Laundry is a time-consuming activity that most of us despise doing. We all would rather be doing something else than wasting a few hours of our day doing the laundry. Unfortunately, doing the laundry can’t be avoided, but you can make it easier for yourself.

5 Ways To Make Laundry Easier

  • Sort as you go
  • Treat stains asap
  • Mesh bags to separate socks
  • Wash less often
  • Outsource the Laundry

Sort As You Go

To make sorting your clothes easier before a wash, invest in another laundry hamper to divide clothes into whites and colours as you go. Alternatively, you can add hampers in every bedroom of the house and assign a laundry day to each room. It will make putting clothes away easy too.

Treat Stains As You Go

Save yourself the hassle of treating set-in stains and spot treat on the go. If your clothes happen to meet a stain, treat it right away, so you don’t waste time and energy trying to treat it at a later time. Liquid dish soap and water will usually do the trick to remove stains, but if not, there are many other stain removal methods.

Mesh Bags To Separate Socks

Known as delicate wash bags or lingerie bags, these are not only handy when you want to separate your delicate clothing, but it can be useful for separating each family members’ socks and keeping them together when you take them out of the wash. That way, you won’t have to worry about missing a sock.

Wash Less Often

You don’t need to wash your clothes after every wear, in fact, for many garments, you shouldn’t! Save yourself the stress of a large laundry pile by knowing how often you should be washing your clothes.

Outsource The Laundry

Whether you like it or not, you’ll always have to do the laundry- there’s no avoiding it- but you can get someone to do it for you. Laundryheap laundry and dry cleaning services collect and deliver your items for free within 24 hours to your doorstep. 


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Why You Should Visit Dublin

Dublin is a picturesque city surrounded by sea and nature with various historical sites and monuments. If you’re debating whether you should visit Dublin or not, here are a few reasons why you should.

Why You Should Visit Dublin

  • The History
  • Literature
  • Scenery and Landscapes
  • Guinness
  • Irish food

The History

Dublin is a medieval city filled with a fascinating history. There you will come across many ancient buildings, historical landmarks and memorials. You can find artefacts and exhibits in the National Museum and National Library or take a tour in the little museum of Dublin. From centuries-old cathedrals and churches to old monuments and ancient areas, there’s so much to see and do.

Literature

Whether it’s singing a song or writing a poem/ novel, the Irish are literary people. Dublin has a rich heritage when it comes to literature. Irish greats like Joyce, Wilde, Beckett and Binchy have built an immense literary reputation. There are many literary attractions to visit in Dublin, such as the Dublin writers museum and the literary walking tour.

Scenery and Landscapes

Dublin is known for its beautiful landscape and views of the sea. From several parks located in the city like Stephens Green and Phoenix Park to the stunning cliff views of the sea. You can enjoy both the city and nature, only a few minutes away from each other.

Guinness

Guinness tastes so much better in its home city. If you didn’t know already, Guinness is brewed at the Guinness Storehouse where you can take an interactive tour and try brewer’s experiment beers that you can’t get anywhere else in the world because it won’t ever leave the premises. You can also enjoy a fresh flowing tap of Guinness in any one of the many pubs in Dublin as well as the pubs ambience.

Irish Food

From well-fed Irish cows and freshly caught Salmon to green fields of vegetables, food served in Dublin are always of high quality because all of its ingredients are fresh. You’ll find that Irish dairy like butter and cream is so rich and flavourful, it’s incomparable to any others you’ve ever tasted.

If or when you do decide to visit Dublin, don’t worry about getting your clothes cleaned. You can book a collection with Laundryheap and have your items cleaned and delivered to your hotel or Airbnb within 24 hours.

If you’ve visited Dublin before and fell in love with the city, let us know in the comments section what you love about the city.


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10 Useful Travel Gadgets

Prepare for your next trip with these useful travel gadgets. Whether it’s a city trip or island retreat, these gadgets will help you feel more accommodated.

10 Useful Travel Gadgets

  • Portable charger
  • Travel iron
  • Portable WiFi
  • Water purifier bottle
  • Universal adaptor
  • Swiss Card LTE
  • Portable Espresso Machine
  • A5 Slim Water bottle
  • Sandless beach mat
  • Off-Grid SMS & GPS

Portable Charger

Keep your phone, tablet and other gadgets full of power while you’re on the go with a portable power bank. The RLERON is an ultrahigh 25000mAh portable charger with a powerful 2.4A output. It has three USB ports so you can charge three devices simultaneously and lets you know how much power the device has left. This charger can fully charge your phone up to 5 times a day and iPads up to 3 times.

Travel Iron

Say goodbye to wrinkled and creased clothes with this handy steamfast mini steam iron. At 13.2cm long and with a 420 Watt motor, this small travel steam iron weighs only 430g and can fit perfectly in your bag or luggage. It’s perfect for clothes that crease easily and extremely useful for business travellers.

Portable WiFi

You no longer have to worry about foreign sim cards and roaming charges when travelling with Macaroon mobile WiFi hotpot. This handy portable mobile router will give up to 10 of your devices access to 4G network in over 200 countries and regions including Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.

Water Purifier Bottle

Wherever you go in the world, you can stay safe from drinking contaminated water with this GRAYL Ultralight Water Purifier. Perfect for venturing outdoors in water contaminated locations within the Middle East, Asia, South America or Africa. This water bottle purifies any water source into clean drinking water.

Universal Adaptor

Forget about buying multiple adaptors for different continents with this EPICKA universal adaptor. This all-in-one multi function travel adaptor covers over 150 countries with a US, EU, AU and UK plug. It contains 4 USB ports, 1 USB TYPE C and 1 AC Socket so you can charge 6 devices simultaneously.

Swiss Card LTE

For outdoor adventures or simply as an emergency, the Victorinox Swiss Card Lite is a portable credit card-sized multi-function tool that has everything you need from an LED light, blade, scissors, pin, ruler, tweezers, and even a magnifying glass. 

Portable Espresso Machine

Are you the type that needs a coffee fix every morning? With Wacaco Miniespresso, you can have coffee whenever you want and wherever you go. This compact, lightweight, hand-held coffee maker is manually operated meaning you don’t need a battery or electricity to use it.

A5 Slim Water bottle

If you’e looking for a water bottle that will pack well and won’t take up much space in your bag, the A5 memobottle is the bottle you need.  Inspired by the A5 international paper size, this flat bottle holds a capacity of 750ml. Its unique design is crafted from high-quality BPA/BPS free plastic.

Sandless Beach Mat

For beach holidays or camping trips, the C-Gear Original Sand-Free Mat is perfect for a fun and stress-free day. It is designed to make sand impossible to get stuck to it and requires little maintenance. You can brush off the sand or hose away with water, and it has D-ring points to secure it to the ground.

Off-Grid SMS & GPS 

If you enjoy going on adventures abroad where there is no cellular service, the goTenna Mesh lets you communicate while off the gird. This pocket-sized device uses Bluetooth-LE to pair with your phone and privately relays SMS and GPS locations to other goTenna devices up to 4 miles in range. It has a 24 hours battery life and allows private 1:1 communication as well as group chats.

If you need a solution for getting your clothes cleaned while abroad, Laundryheap laundry and dry cleaning is available within the UK, UAENetherlands and Dublin. Download the Laundryheap app on iOS or Android for an easy laundry collection process.


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How To Make A Good First Impression At An Interview

If you’ve got an interview coming up and need some help preparing for it, we have a few tips that will help you make a good first impression and increase the chances of you being hired.

How To Make A Good First Impression At An Interview

  • Do your research
  • Dress for the role
  • Arrive on time
  • Be organised
  • Know your core values
  • Show enthusiasm
  • Share relevant stories
  • Take strategic pauses
  • Don’t forget to smile 
  • Have confidence

Do Your Research

Prepare yourself for any questions that might be asked about the company as well as yourself. Make sure to do some research about what the company does and to analyse yourself- your strengths, weaknesses, and areas you may need to improve on. 

Dress For The Role

Your interview attire is one of the key points that will make an impact on your first impression. If you underdress, it will seem as if you’re not that interested, but overdress, and it will look as if you’re unpleasantly trying too hard. If you’re unsure of what to wear, check out these interview attire tips. If you need your clothes professionally cleaned and ironed, schedule a collection with Laundryheap.

Arrive On Time

Arrive early but not too early. Allow yourself to arrive at least 10 minutes before the allocated time to not only prepare yourself but to show that you are punctual. If you happen to be running late, let them know as soon as possible as this shows a sense of professionalism.

Be Organised

No interviewer wants to hire someone who is disorganised. Make sure you bring everything needed for the interview and present them neatly organised into a plastic file or folder so that it is readily accessible when needed.

Know Your Core Values

Going back to what I mentioned earlier, it’s essential to know your strengths and core values that you could add to the company. Know your weaknesses and how you are currently improving them. Interviewers will try to see what you are capable of by the answers you give them. Sometimes they will also ask ‘irrelevant’ questions that are supposed to test specific skill sets they’re looking for, like whether you’re a problem solver.

Show Enthusiasm

Don’t forget that you’ve been invited for the interview because they think you might have the right skills for the job and are interested to know more about you. If you want to make a good impression to increase your chances of getting hired, show the same interest back. Show how and why you are the right person for the job and that you can add value to the company. 

Share Relevant Stories

Most of the time, interviewers will ask questions that they should already know the answer to because it’s on your CV. What they really want to hear is a story as to how you came across attaining this skill and how you use or have used it.

Take Strategic Pauses

Naturally, you may need to take a few moments during the interview to gather your thoughts. A simple trick is to take a few sips of water now and then when you need to refresh your mind. Usually, they will offer you a beverage but have water with you just in case.

Don’t Forget To Smile 

While eye contact is essential, you shouldn’t forget to smile. Remember to smile upon meeting your interviewer and at appropriate times during the interview. It will radiate positivity and show that you know how to communicate well with others, giving you a higher chance for consideration to be hired. 

Have Confidence

Being prepared for an interview won’t stop the natural habit of being nervous. The only way to overcome that is by thinking positively and being confident. Be confident with what you already know and give it your best shot!


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Why You Should Visit Amsterdam

Amsterdam is a picturesque city filled with many things to see and do. If you’re debating whether you should visit Amsterdam or not, here are a few reasons why you should.

Why You Should Visit Amsterdam

  • The canals
  • Architecture
  • Cycling Lifestyle
  • Food
  • Art And History

The Canals

Amsterdam is known for it’s beautiful canals. We see photos of these everywhere on the internet and it’s even better to experience it in person. If you didn’t know already, Amsterdam is actually made up of almost 200 different canals going through the city and the canal belt was made a UNESCO world heritage site in 2011. The entire city is actually below sea level and is built on a swap which is why there are so many canals. 

Architecture

Since the city was built on a swap and surrounded by canals, the houses are uniquely structured- tall, narrow and crooked. The history behind the reason why they were built this way is because residents were taxed on the width of the houses, hence why they’re all tall and narrow. These classic Amsterdam houses are historical and picturesque, and can be found in almost every street in Amsterdam.

Cycling

Experience the cycling lifestyle in this beautiful city. A bike is the main transportation used in Amsterdam, whether that’s going to work, on dates or going to the market. In fact, it is said that there are more bikes than people! If you want to explore the city, hiring a bike is the best way get around. 

Food 

Amsterdam has an internationally diverse selection of food. It is particular good for Indonesian cuisines and Surinamese food. If you’ve never heard of or know little about Suriname,  it is a former Dutch colony in South America that is now an independent country. That’s something new for you to try out! There’s also the traditional dutch food such as Bitterballen, a deep fried meatball, Poffertjes, baby fluffy pancakes, Stroopwafel, a thin waffle, and cheese! 

Art and History

Amsterdam is filled with much art and history. Van Gogh and Rembrandt were two famous artists who have museums that house many of their previous works. There are also other museums showcasing years of history such as the Anne Frank House and the Rijksmuseum. 

The city is filled with so much culture and history, and you’ll probably love the lifestyle there on your visit.

If or when you do decide to visit Amsterdam, don’t worry about getting your clothes cleaned. You can book a collection with Laundryheap and have your items cleaned and delivered to your hotel or Airbnb within 24 hours.

If you’ve visited Amsterdam before and absolutely fell in love with city, let us know in the comments what you love about the city.