Renting a room to a tenant isn’t for everyone — let’s get that straight off the bat. But, for some, it can be a convenient and enjoyable way to make an additional bit of income.

If you’re reading this, you’re probably considering renting out a room in your home. But, understandably, you’ve got questions, concerns and, possibly, pre-conceived ideas about what it’ll be like.

Undoubtedly, there’s a fair bit to consider. Would you know the difference between malicious damage and deliberate damage, for example? And what about your mortgage lender — do they need to know?

For starters, here are…


Leeds Castle, Kent

So, you’re wondering where to take your summer staycation in 2020. And that means you’re most likely joining millions of others who are wondering the exact same thing.

The good news is that the UK is brimming with stunning locations for staycations of all kinds. Whether you want to take the kids away for a week somewhere, or you’re desperate to spend a romantic long-weekend away as a couple, there are so many destinations to choose from.

There’s a reason Lonely Planet recently singled out England as the second best tourist destination in the world. But, of course, anyone who…


Whether you’re planning your holiday, and wondering how you’re going to get to the airport, or determined to avoid being the designated driver after a night on the town, there are many reasons why people need taxis at various times in their lives. Here are a few of the most common ones.

I would like to follow this up with another infographic listing 10 of the most unusual or hilarious reasons people have ended up calling a taxi, and another one listing 10 of the most bizarre items left on the back seat of a taxi.

Please do comment below with your weird and wonderful taxi stories and ideas.


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In modern times, we understand the term, “honeymoon” to mean a post-wedding holiday or break, during which time a couple can come to terms with their newly-married status and spend some relaxing quality time alone in each other’s company.

But, where does the word “honeymoon” actually come from?

Well, there are a few theories about the word’s origins, but given that most ancient calendars were lunar calendars (where a month was defined as one full moon cycle), many etymologists believe that the term originates from the Persian phrase, “mah-e-asal”, which translates to “month of honey”. …


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If you’re due to get married and your significant other has just popped the question, you’re sure to want to celebrate what will soon be one of the best days of your life.

That’s probably why you’re on the hunt for tips about how to plan an engagement party!

For many decades, the engagement party has been one of the most popular engagement traditions, as many couples wish to celebrate this huge, life-changing decision by gathering friends and family together.

So, how do you make the most of this once in a lifetime opportunity to reveal to everyone you know…


The UK taxi industry currently operates a two-tier system, and there are two different definitions of what constitutes a taxi cab:

  1. Taxis (also known as ‘black cabs’);
  2. Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs — also known as ‘minicabs’).

The main difference between the two is that, while both types can be pre-booked — either at a licensed office, through the internet, or by telephone — only taxis can be hailed in the street or hired from taxi ranks (known as ‘plying for hire’).

However, a large number of black taxis now carry out pre-booked and contract hires, and PHVs are now frequently…


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Congratulations! If you’re reading this, the odds are you’re lucky enough to have found your potential lifetime partner and are now considering how to pop that all-important question.

Obviously, you want the occasion to be perfect in every way for you both, and you want to get everything right. But have you really thought through every detail of how you plan to approach this momentous event? And are you absolutely sure about all the things you should definitely avoid doing? No? Then, please allow me to assist…


Ask anyone what they remember from the last wedding they went to and you’ll be sure to hear the standard set of answers.

The dress, venue, beaming couple and food will all get special mention, but it’s almost certain you’ll get to hear about the music, too.

For a wedding reception to be the best possible sign-off for an amazing day, you need awesome music that works for the entire room. This is one of the most important decisions you’ll make on the lead up to your big day.

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Think DJ, band or both

The type of music you have at your wedding reception will…


Most people agree that fireplaces can evoke pleasing feelings of comfort, relaxation and security. Traditionally regarded as the “heart” of any home, the fireplace is a focal nucleus around which the whole family can safely gather together to share their dreams, in the warmth of a cosy glow.

Given the symbolic potential afforded by such connotations, fireplaces are often used for key scenes in films. …


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Should you provide transport for your wedding guests?

There are so many difficult decisions that need to be made when planning a wedding. While many of these are fun and exciting — finding the perfect venue, picking a beautiful dress, and choosing the perfect wedding ring, for example — others are not so fun or glamorous.

One decision many couples struggle with, is whether or not they should be providing wedding transport for guests. Of course, it will partly come down to your budget and your personal priorities, but there can be many worthwhile benefits if you do decide to do this.

While you’re certainly not obliged to…

Marie Belsten

Marie is a content writer at Bootcamp Media, a web design and digital marketing agency based in Birmingham, UK. www.bootcampmedia.co.uk

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