5 Things To Enjoy When You’re Not On The Slopes In Hakuba

Some of the best resorts in Japan can be found in the Hakuba Valley. The Hakuba Snow is one of the big draws to the area and they get over 10 meters of the white stuff every year,  add to that a mind blowing number of runs, it is no surprise to learn that over 200,000 foreign tourists visit every year.

So, we know you’re going to have a blast on the slopes because the quality is so high – but what about when you’re not skiing? Well, there’s no reason for you to be stuck in your room watching tv because there are a number of cultural activities for you to enjoy in the Hakuba area. Here are 5 things you should try out to get a truly Japanese experience.


You can’t go all the way to Japan and not experience an onsen. After a day or two of hitting the slopes your legs are going to get tired, so the best way to rejuvenate is by visiting one of the number of onsens in the valley. Every onsen is different from the next, the qualities that differ can be anything from the colours, minerals added to the water and also the healing qualities they boast. One thing you should notes is that that in keeping with Japanese custom you are supposed to get in the onsen naked. You might feel shy at first but there’s no reason to be because everyone else is doing the same, you won’t feel awkward after a minute or so.

Snow Monkeys

These are the only monkeys in the world that have been caught bathing in hot springs, they became world famous when a photographer from Life Magazine snapped these beautiful creatures and put them on the front cover. Ever since that edition came out the snow monkey’s fame has grown and grown. I have come across several monkeys on my travels and I was so surprised by just how chilled out these guys were. Make sure you wrap up warm because you have to walk around 30 minutes to get to the place where you can see the monkeys.

Zenkoji Temple

If you’re in Hakuba then there’s no excuse not to visit this temple which dates back to the 7th century, the reason for having no excuse is because it is easy to get to, extremely important and absolutely stunning. Legend has it that it is home to the first Buddhist statue that came to Japan. It will take you about an hour to reach by train, we did it when we were leaving Hakuba because we were told it was a good place to have a pit stop. I highly recommend this pit stop idea because you hop off, explore the temples, eat in a local restaurant and then continue your journey.

Is Instagram The New King?

Are you like me and find yourself checking out Instagram much more than Facebook? It used to be that Facebook was the only option for us to see what our friends were up to and also post pictures.

It does seem that Instagram is becoming the new king of social media. When I was on the road with Paul Hurdsfield he agreed with me that Instagram is definitely taking over.

It’s Simple

For Paul Hurdsfield and me a social platform should be easy to use. The Instagram app just couldn’t be easier to use. If you want to post a picture, story or scroll through the content you can so very simply indeed. With just a click of a button you can also check out what your friends have liked that day.

The Filters

People are in love with the filters on Instagram, I think that is why a lot of people choose to publish their photos and videos here. Every time you choose to upload your media you are given loads of options to add to your picture and to improve it. You can add locations, date, text, frames and much more. It makes publishing content fun and a lot more appealing than Facebook.

Young People Love It

If there’s one way to make your idea the new king it is by making young people buy in to it, judging by how many young people use Instagram it is the new king and it is here to stay. The youth are always updating their IG much more than Facebook. Celebrities also have bought in to IG and that is why young people love more than Facebook. The above two reasons are also major factors for them using IG, kids are in love with filters and they use them with almost every picture they post!  They also like things to be simple and straight forward, so IG offers them the perfect platform for them to use for social media.

Which social media platform do you use the most? Do you agree that Instagram is the new king? I would love to hear all about your ideas, thoughts and experiences. All you have to do is pop your comments in the box below this article. Thanks for sharing guys – I’m looking forward to reading everything you share!

Tips on Picking a Campsite in Cornwall 

Cornwall is a very popular destination for many British travelers going for a camping trip, and as such the county is awash with some brilliant campsites. Most campsites in Cornwall are absolutely outstanding but we have had a few situations in the past which left a little bit of a sour taste in our mouths. Having been to Cornwall as many times as we have, we now know what to look for in a campsite down here, and this is why I wanted to write a quick post to offer you some advice on how to make the right choice for your upcoming trip. 


For many campsites it can be hard to juggle being close to the action whilst remains super remote and quiet for visitors. In Cornwall however this is not difficult because the places where you will want to visit are sparsely scattered around the county, with lots of nature and quiet areas in between. With this being said there are some campsites which are absolutely miles away from where you may want to go, and this can mean either staying on the site for the duration, or undertaking a long day of driving around. Make sure that you pick a place which is close enough to the beaches and to a main road, yet quiet enough to enjoy some peace. 


There are so many opportunities for outdoor activities in Cornwall and this is why you should ensure that the campsite which you choose offers as many of these activities as possible. The natural landscape of the Cornish countryside lends itself to caving, climbing and abseiling, hiking, cycling, archery and much more, and the coastal side of the county offers swimming, kayaking, sailing and surfing to acme just a few. The best campsites in Cornwall are those which both offer these activities and are close enough to the action for you to be able to have some fun without having to travel too far. 


Something which I would urge you to pay attention to is the space of the campsite and the capacity which they say that they have. The reason for this is that there are some campsites here which try to squeeze in too many people and that means that you end up with little space around your tent. 


Cornwall is not the type of place where you are going to be spending all of your time at the campsite which is why you need a central location. You will want to visit the beach and all of the small towns and villages which are dotted along the coastline, so ensure that you have a place which sits in amongst it all. The idea of a holiday is to relax so you don’t want to be racking up the hours of driving whilst you are down there. 

Beyond these tips there isn’t much more to watch out for, just get yourself the best campsite and then have a great time in this beautiful county. 

Lip Fillers, Answering The Most Frequently Asked Questions


Would you have lip filler treatment? This was something which I had never really considered until a friend of mine had it done a couple of years ago. I loved the results and how she looked afterwards and so I decided that I would give it a go myself. In terms of treatment for lip fillers Cardiff has an abundance of options and so after finding the best one for me, I signed up and had the procedure. I love how my lips looked after this and I will definitely be going back again in the near-future. There can be a lot of incorrect information online about lip fillers and so here are some real answers to the FAQs around filler treatments. 


How Does it Work?


Basically you can expect a small injection into various parts of your lips and the solution which is injected is usually a made up of hyaluronic acid which is naturally produced by your body, this is a great hydrator and and gives the appearance of fuller lips. The acid is gradually broken down by the body after a couple of months and your lips will return to normal. 


What Results to Expect ?


The overall result is a fuller lip and you should speak with the surgery about what kind of results you are looking for, because they can make them plumper for some than for others. The aging process can leave our lips thin which is why many opt to have a little filler put in just to give a more rounded lip, giving confidence. 


Will it Look Natural?


Many people are worried that they will have a ‘trout pout’ or an unnatural look to their lips after the procedure but this isn’t the case. The trained professionals will endeavor to give your lips more volume without changing your appearance to heavily. The look will be natural and other than your friends and family, nobody will have any idea that you have applied filler to your lips. 


Suitable Patients?


Almost everyone is suitable for this treatment and the only people who won’t be able to have it are those who are allergic to the filler, this is extremely rare. Essentially if you just want your lips to be a bit fuller and a bit more plump then this is a great treatment option for you. 


Does it Hurt?


The burning question on everyone’s lips… is whether or not having fillers hurt and the truth is that it doesn’t hurt, but it can be uncomfortable. The treatment itself can be a bit uncomfortable as the gel is injected into your lips and you can expect some light swelling in the days afterwards, this is perfectly normal and even a bit of bruising is to be expected. 


I’d really recommend this treatment for your lips, the results look great and it can give you more confidence when smiling and give your facial appearance a really nice boost. 

What to Expect From Invisalign Treatment?


If you are looking to straighten out your teeth and get that smile that you deserve then the best course of action which you can take is to get Invisalign treatment. In terms of looking for dentist that offer Invisalign Bristol had a huge number of people who offered it, and I have since learned that this is the same all over the country. The usual options for people who want a new smile is to either have metal braces or veneers, but Invisalign is the one which makes the most sense. If you plan to get this treatment done, here is what you can expect. 


What is Invisalign?


Very quickly I want to talk about what exactly is this treatment, basically it is a clear and invisible gum shield which is placed over your teeth, which re-aligns the teeth which need to be moved. The process takes less than a year and costs around £3,000. 


Regular Appointments 


Because teeth move so quickly your dentist needs to be able to keep up, and that mens plenty of changes to the mouth piece. The dentist needs to ensure that pressure is constantly being put on the right teeth in order to get the result which they need, and that is why you can expect a number of appointments during the process. This isn’t a bad thing however because it means that you’ll get lots of face time with your dentist, giving you the chance to ask about any concerns which you may have. 


Wear Time


You can expect to have this piece in your mouth for 22 hours per day, this is what most dentists will recommend. Whilst people may not be able to see the piece, you can certainly feel it and after a while it will just become the norm. In the first couple of weeks it may feel slightly uncomfortable as you get used to it, but soon enough you will hardly even notice that it is there. 


Weight Loss


A surprising benefit which I encountered was a little bit of weight loss. This is of course not guaranteed for everyone who undergoes this treatment but because of the short two hour window which you are able to eat in, the result is that you may well try a few pounds. 




You’ll have to clean your teeth a lot more than normal as it is easy for bacteria and plaque to get in under the mouth piece. Expect to brush those teeth at least 6 times per day, maybe more. 




The success rate of this treatment is incredibly high and that is why above all you can expect real results for your teeth and your smile. No matter if the process takes 9 months or a year, at the end of it you will have a smile to be proud of and you will get your confidence back as a result of Invisalign. 


Go get that smile which you have always wanted! 

How to Minimize the Turmoil of Taking Your Nervous Child To The Dentist 

There are few things more traumatic than taking your child to the dentist when they are completely petrified and looking to you for help. Thankfully only 1 of my 3 are like this and it is an ordeal which we have had to deal with for many years. After so many years of trying to find a way around this, we have just about managed to minimize the level of trauma, rather than allaying her fears entirely. Trying to help someone get over a fear of the dentist is all but impossible but there are ways of ensuring that it goes as smoothly as possible. If you are in the same boat as I am then here are some tips on making that appointment just a little but easier on all involved.


Get a Great Dentist 


Some dentists are naturals around nervous patients and this is something which you need to find for your child. Some dentists even specialize in treating children because of their fun and relaxed approach and I was even able to find a Cardiff orthodontist for children, who has greatly improved my child’s dental experiences. Don’t settle with the dentist which you have unless they are great with kids, if you think that you can do better then look around your local area for a specialist. 


Early Morning Appointment 


My newest idea to help my child worry less about their appointment is by springing on her first thing in the morning. I found that when we had appointments after school that she would spend all day working herself up into  frenzy in anticipation of the dreaded appointment. With an early morning appointment this doesn’t happen, and I have also found it best not to tell her until about an hour before we go. This may not sound conventional but it really does work. 


Use The Fear 


Another slightly unconventional method which we have used is taking the fear which they have of going to the dentist and utilizing it as encouragement and motivation to take better care of her teeth. She knows now that the better her dental hygiene is, the less she will have to go to the dentist and this seems to have really helped. Such is her fear that she is militant with brushing and flossing her teeth, and avoiding things that may pose a risk to her dental health. The ultimate way to get over this fear is to remove it altogether, and that is why we encourage better oral hygiene with our daughter. 




A long term favorite of ours has been to reward our daughter after she makes it through an appointment, incentivizing her to make it through the appointment as best as she can. Naturally the other kids are a bit jealous of this, but anything I can do to make the appointment easier is more than worthwhile. 


What are your tips to get your child through a dentist appointment unscathed?

5 Things To Do In Las Vegas


Las Vegas truly needs no introduction, everybody knows how amazing it is and you just need to have a little bit of inside knowledge about where to go and what to see. This short guide will help you to visit some of the best attractions there, so sit back and relax and enjoy reading about some of the best attractions that Las Vegas has to offer. 

Bellagio Fountains

This is the biggest and the best of all the attractions outside of the hotels on the Vegas strip. The fountains themselves shoot from a huge lake and there are over 1200 actual outlets that shoot the water over 100 metres into the air. This is something that everyone should see and it is possible every half hour between 3 and 8pm, thereafter the shows occur every 15 minutes until the clock strikes 12.

Cirque du Soleil

This is another attraction that probably needs no formal introduction, but is a huge drawcard for Vegas. The spectacular feats of the superhuman gymnasts throwing themselves everywhere and in all kinds of positions is something that you won’t forget. Cirque du Soleil may come from Canada, but perhaps Vegas has topped it for its spectacularity. There are lots of other shows that have long runs on the strip, so make sure you check out what sophisticated Las Vegas residencies are open when you’re visiting.


We all know that clothes, cars and jewelry can be designer, but what about food? Las Vegas really takes it to the next level with the heavy competition along the strip, every restaurant is fighting to be the best and the people are the true winners here. If you have a bit of money to spend or you just won some, it is definitely a great idea to check out Restaurant Guy Savoy at Caesars. There are also a whole host of steakhouses that provide some delicious food and value for money.

Shark Reef Aquarium

There are aquariums and there is the Shark Reef Aquarium, trust me there is a difference and after having been to so many I can tell you that this is one of the best. This aquarium is unique because it is half indoors and half outdoors, and is home to sea turtles, crocodiles, many sharks and a mysterious komodo dragon. If you do happen to stay at the Mandalay bay you can watch a 24 hour camera of the sharks!

New York-New York Roller Coaster

Although it is not the newest, fastest and most intense roller coaster in existence, it is unique because it actually goes through the New York-New York hotel! This is something that everyone should experience.

Reasons to go And See a Show in Las Vegas

If you are heading to Las Vegas then you will no doubt have already planned your gambling activities, the parties you’d like to go to, the hotels to relax in and the day-trips which you mean to take, but have you included a show in your plans?

Vegas may be known as the world’s capital of gambling but it can also be included as one of the world’s capitals of entertainment and here on the strip you will find some of the most spectacular, fascinating, mind-blowing, hilarious and entertaining shows anywhere in the world. Because of the sheer volume of shows which you can find here, it is important to get planned in advance in terms of ticketing and selecting which shows you’d like to see, and here is just why you mustn’t miss out on a show experience like you can find in Vegas.


Unlike places such as Broadway, here in Vegas you will find every type of show under the sun to enjoy and no matter where your passions or tastes lie, there is something to suit everyone here in Las Vegas. You only need to take a quick glance at the list of shows to see evidence of this with acts such as magicians Penn & Teller, comedians like Carrot Top, extravaganza such as Cirque du Soleil and many more interesting and exciting acts which cover all forms of entertainment.


Here in Vegas you will not only see young performers cutting their teeth in the city but also some of the world’s most famous superstars. There are a number of sophisticated Las Vegas residencies to be found here and over the years it has attracted the likes of Celine Dion, Prince, Tom Jones, Elvis, Sinatra, Britney Spears and Elton John who have spent long periods of time here performing night after night. If you want to see some of the world’s finest, this is the place to do so.


Many locations around the world such as New York and London can often be guilty of charging extremely high prices to see the shows and acts which you love but in Vegas those prices are far more reasonable and there is something here to suit every budget. Of course some of the best seats at the best shows will cost you a pretty penny but if you simply want the experience of going to a show then it really doesn’t have to cost the Earth. These prices make shows in Las Vegas very accessible to everyone and yet another reason why you can’t afford to miss out.

Different Side

Vegas has so many different sides to it and when you take a trip there it is always a great idea to try and experience as many different parts of Vegas as possible. This is why seeing a show is such a greta idea because it offers a different Vegas experience and one which will help you to enjoy your vacation more, and offer you a side to Vegas which you perhaps weren’t familiar with.

No matter how much time you have in Las Vegas, seeing a show is a must!

10 Web Analytics Solutions for Ecommerce Merchants


10 Web Analytics Solutions for Ecommerce Merchants

Any serious online marketer understands the power of web analytics. The internet has an array of online tools that online businesses can use to effectively analyse the behaviour of their consumer traffic. Here the online marketing agency Cornwall present ten web analytics tools to help identify and correct issues before they become costly.

1)Google Analytics
Google Analytics is the go-to business tool for online marketers. Containing many of the features to be found in paid solutions, Google Analytics is free! There are tutorials available to walk you through using Google Analytics, and while there is limited support available, the programs are user friendly.

Kissmetrics is another excellent tool that provides in-depth information about your consumers’ habits, such as when the time that elapses between the moment someone visits your website and a purchase.

3)Web Trends
Web Trends’ clientele comprise some of the top online marketing companies out there. With a long history it is considered to be a leader in online data collection and it provides comprehensive digital intelligence. Pricing varies so check with their website.

Visistat is particularly designed for small and medium sized businesses. Although this tool has advanced features, it is actually designed to provide information that is simple, clear and usable.

Snoobie aims to help online merchants determine which marketing strategies generate the most sales. It is popular in the European market but is also useful for merchants based in North America.

Truviso offers visitor data, online advertising data and video measurement. The firm’s analytical engine can be white labelled so that you can use it without even realising it.

This engine monitors real-time site data using globally distributed tracking code. They offer industry leading heatmaps and also offer tagging.

This tool is particularly popular with bloggers and website owners who publish a lot of content. It allows them to host their own analytical tool set.

Woopra allows businesses to filter its online traffic according to various categories by community, feed reader traffic, email and social media.

Clicky is another solution that is focused on providing a user friendly service and making things simple.

Social Media has its own analytics tools such as Twitter Analytics and Facebook Analytics. Online businesses would benefit from looking into these solutions as well.

The Best Campsites In Cornwall

Camping is always a great family focused activity any time of year, and with summer holidays coming up soon, you might find that you want to get to it with your camping plans. Cornwall has some of the most picturesque campsites in the UK, with rolling green hills, rugged coastlines and small back country villages just waiting to be explored, it is one of the most popular summer destinations for holidaymakers. If you want to explore the region for yourself this year, check out this guide to Cornish holidays.


The best campsites in Cornwall are a great place to start your Cornish holiday.  The likes of Perran Springs in Perranporth is ideally located and central to the county, making it easy driving distance for those wanting to explore all of Cornwall over their week or two in the region. Camping is an amazing family friendly activity that will get everyone out and about, back to nature and away from video games, the internet and unhealthy habits. What’s not to like about camping?

St Ives

St Ives is one of the most beautiful towns in the county with cobbled back lanes, amazing cafes and beautiful sandy beaches. With arcades, seafront cafes and a number of impressive art galleries, St Ives boasts a beautiful harbour front as well as welcoming locals who will be happy to tell you about the history of the town. St Ives is probably one of the most ideal places to stop for a pub meal on your way along the coast towards Land’s End, with a number of back alley pubs offering up everything you could hope for.


The coastal regions of Cornwall are the major draw of course, but some of the other unique destinations you don’t want to miss include the likes of Boscastle – a small village on the north coast, famed for its witchcraft museum featuring different artifacts from around the world, having belonged to famous witches like Alex Sanders. Boscastle is near to Tintagel, making both an easy day out when coupled together. Land’s End is probably the most popular site in the area and a bit like a theme park with amusements and shops, but still interesting nonetheless with coastal walks and photo opportunities with the famous ‘Land’s End’ sign to be had.

The Lizard

Arguably the best place in the county to stop for a cream tea, the Lizard is a rocky outcrop of land lined with coastal walks right on the very southern tip of the whole of the UK, a famous point due to this fact. Be sure to stop at the cafe at the southern tip for possibly what can be described as the biggest cream teas you will ever come across. The Lizard is also known for its hiking and scenic drives through small villages with lots of opportunities to stop in local pubs for traditional pub grub type meals, with each pub being unique and welcoming. The landscape is lined with flower farms which bloom in the spring and summer, a beautiful sight to see if you happen to time it right.

With so many amazing things to see and do in Cornwall that you may not have expected, it’s no wonder it continues to be one of the most sought after summer destinations in the United Kingdom. Whether you’re travelling with friends, family or just you and your partner, there’s something for everyone here, and it will keep you coming back time and again.