Dream job

A few weeks ago you performed the “Dream jobs” task in which you told us about the professions that match your personality. Dream job can be anything that you enjoy doing. It gets easier to find out what you like doing by first getting to know yourself better and then choose a career that matches your personality. In the task many of you described your personality type first and then chose a profession that might go well with your personality. To share with you, we have selected five responses as examples of personality traits and the chosen careers.
Dream jobs

Business Management

I have always been interested in business since I was a child, my dream career is to be an entrepreneur. I like competition in the business markets. Business as a profession matches my personality as I am driven, punctual and efficient. I have a vision for my future career. My picture sums up my personality, as shows that I play games to enjoy and relax and on the other hands it sows a watch which determines that I am punctual. Along other things I have my text book that I have to read and make sure that I am following my time line.

Football manager

I think my dream job is to be a football manager. I already manage an U9 team but would love to take it as a profession! Skills for this job involves coaching abilities & knowledge of the game.”

Childcare professional

Childcare, and most importantly being a mummy! I worked in Childcare, as a nursery nurse and reached management position, I practiced for 10 years and I really enjoyed it. I worked very hard to reach management level. I loved the challenges and to be with children. I left the job after having my little boy and opted to be a stay at home mum, as I always wanted to be home for my children, and I wouldn’t change it for the world! I love being a mummy and doing daily activities with him to develop him further, and I love looking after him and providing comfort for my family.”

Travel writer

I think I would make a brilliant travel writer because I’m very adventurous and love traveling.”

Pilot

I like to work with checklists, and love reading flying manuals. I also enjoy flying a lot!

Most of you claimed that you have found your dream job which is great as each day you will enjoy doing what you like. Today you will see another task in the app called “Work in progress”. In this task we ask you to take a photo of any three items that symbolize characteristics of your profession. After a few weeks there will be a sequel of this “Work in progress” task in which we will show you photos as clues and you have to guess the profession of your fellow Roamlers.

 

Life without technology

Nowadays, technology has become an integral part of our lives. No matter where we are, if we look around us most of the people are busy with their phones, tablets or laptops. Technology is rapidly taking over the way we do our things today. One is never bored with a smartphone in their hand.Life wo tech

We were curious to know if you still find life enjoyable without the involvement of technology. Some time back we asked you to perform “life without technology” task. In the task we asked you about the activities you would do if you do not have an (internet) gadget with you. We received some interesting responses and would like to share some in this blog.

Most of you still find it entertaining to get involved in activities that do not require technology or internet. Some of you mentioned that you would like to do a lot of other productive activities such as baking, crafting or hiking when you are not spending time on internet.

Technology and Internet are entertaining but stressful. I enjoy activities such as hiking, going to cafés and restaurants with friends, which are better when uninterrupted by technology.”

It was also mentioned that without the involvement of technology on one can be more imaginative;

Whilst reading you can transform yourself into another world and learn new things without looking it up on the internet!”

I love activities that don’t involve technology. I enjoy spending time outside with actual people doing fun things instead of being sitting in front of a computer.”

Some of us still miss the time when things were slower.

Yes, with the fast pace of the modern world today it is nice sometimes to not be in contact and take things slower.”

Yes, there’s nothing like a good conversation with friends :)”

However, some of the respondents mentioned that they cannot imagine living without technology due to its usefulness.

It’s a lot more stressful to find information without the internet… So I do rely on technology”

Yes but the range from one device is so great you find yourself using tech more often to do loads of things.”

We asked you a question to make a choice between internet and caffeine. For this question most of you responded in favor of internet and many of you said you don’t drink coffee at all, so it made it easier to make a choice. 🙂

From the above responses we can conclude that the life styles are changing and technology has no doubt made a big difference in our lives. However, we are not entirely dependent on it either as people do find alternative means to entertainment, relaxation and getting things done.

On the Roam

Do you walk, cycle or drive to tasks locations? These are a few out of many means of transportation we asked you in the “Roamling” task. Roamlers in The Netherlands, Sweden and Chile simultaneously performed the task. How do Roamlers in different countries move around to perform the Roamler tasks? You can read it here!

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United Kingdom
Roamlers in the UK like to walk to the task locations. Interestingly, you like to use your motorbikes more compared to Roamlers in the Netherlands, Chile and Sweden. Although tubes and metros are a popular means of transportation in The United Kingdom, it is not used most for performing Roamler tasks according to these statistics. This implies that task locations at a distance where you need to drive to locations or they are located within walking distance. Surely you guys are healthy and like walking ☺

The Netherlands
As expected most Dutch Roamlers perform tasks on their bikes, unlike you who prefer to walk. Dutch Roamlers barely use public transport to perform tasks. Almost every Dutch person owns a bike and task locations are relatively at close distances that can be easily reached by biking.

Sweden
The Swedish statistics are not very different from those of the UK, but it is noted that the bus is a more popular way of performing tasks among Swedish Roamlers compared to the UK. Another surprising discovery is Swedish Roamlers don’t use their bikes a much, while the usage of bikes is perceived high in Scandinavian countries. This may be due to distances between the task locations.

Chile
The Chilean statistics are very unique; Roamlers in Chile make use of public transportation the most and using a taxi is popular among Roamlers in Chile compared to Roamlers in other countries. Roamlers in Chile like to travel by car or walk to task locations. It can be assumed that task locations are either very close to where they live or at a far distance where they need to take public transportation or drive to reach at a task location.

Transport

We hope it was equally insightful for you as it was for us to learn about the way Roamlers commute to task locations in different countries. If there are any other comparisons between the countries you would like to see, let us know!

How good were your predictions for 2013?

We have reached the end of 2013 and gearing up to welcome 2014 with new ideas, strategies and plans. At the beginning of 2013 you performed a task in which you submitted predictions for the year 2013. Today we share some of them that actually came true.

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Feeling good
Some Roamlers ‘predicted’ that we would find the news of the birth of Royal baby in every newspaper.  That happened on 22 July 2013 when His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge was born. It was a merry moment celebrated across the whole nation and spread merriness around the world.

Weather
We’ll have bad weather!! England isn’t built or prepared for this so I think news will report significant damage and devastation. Unfortunately this prediction also came true as the UK had some significantly bad weather conditions this year causing significant damage to some areas of the country.

Warm weather was also predicted:  The UK has a heat wave of more than 4 days! On 17 July 2013, there were rising temperatures that led to heat health warnings being issued for Southern England and the Midlands. This was the first prolonged heat wave for the UK since 2006.

Economic
“The news; UK is out of economic downfall will be in every newspaper”, was a prediction by one Roamler and finally, in the last month of the year the BBC reported (on December 5th) that the British economy is recovering with an eye-catching improvement in GDP growth.

Technology
Another interesting prediction was made regarding digital music, it was predicted that the digital music will take over CDs. Owing to the rapid development in technology the prediction has to an extent come true. The Mail Online on 27 June stated: “Amazon has launched a service in the UK that automatically gives customers free MP3 downloads of every eligible CD or vinyl bought on the site”.

Today you can submit your predictions for 2014 via the app.  Although it is nice to be good at predicting what is going to happen, most of all we hope all your wishes for 2014 will come true!

Roamler wishes you all a great and prosperous 2014!

Stress buster

I wish I had a switch in my brain that I could turn off whenever I got stressed; but what is stress? According to The American Institute of Stress the most commonly accepted definition of stress is that it is a condition or feeling experienced when a person perceives that demander exceed the personal and social resources the individual is able to mobilize.  In other words, stress occurs when you feel like you have more to do (or more going on) than you can handle.  This can result in feeling restless, frustrated, annoyed or depressed as a result. We all go through stress sometimes in life, may it be due to work, managing finances, pressure of studies or meeting family expectations.

Recently Roamlers performed a task in which they were asked to share a situation in which they felt stressed and tell us how they coped with/managed their stress. 

Stress not only impacts our well-being adversely, it also makes us lose interest in whatever we are doing and eventually affects our performance. To help you deal with stress and remain calm, we hereby share some solutions to common stress problems that Roamler’s have in their lives.

Stress at work
Work can be stressful at times due to high expectations of co-workers, meeting deadlines, seeking higher performance with lesser resources and finally due to the increased uncertainty in the job situation.

Stress buster
Some Roamlers prefer to take a walk in a peaceful place such as by the river or somewhere green during their lunch break or after finishing work. This helps them clear their mind and focus better at work. It is a good idea to prioritise important things using calendars and giving ample time in planning so that deliverables become manageable. Also try not to stress things that are not in your control. Another tip a Roamler mentioned was to take out some time for yourself or spend more time with family and friends and talk things out.

Stress at managing finances
Besides meeting your monthly expenses, there may be several events in life (e.g. planning a wedding or Christmas preparations) for which you may need a generous amount of money to cover the costs.

Stress buster
To avoid stress from financing needs it is best to establish a budget. This will enable you to map out what you need to spend on what, and how you should manage your money accordingly. It is wise to save some money for contingencies. Every penny counts! So to fund events like Christmas, birthdays and holidays it’s best to save a few pounds from your weekly expenses; you will be surprised to see how much your savings grow. Another great thing about saving is that it minimizes the amount of money you need to loan (and the amount of interest you accumulate from loaning).

Stress due to studies
A heavy study load at university, with countless deadlines and never ending reading can be enough to make ones head explode!

Stress buster
To cope with stress due to studies, it is a good idea to do physical exercise or get involved in a sports activity. This helps Roamlers feel energized, focused and productive. A Roamler mentioned that playing football and kicking the ball around makes him feel a lot better. Setting small, attainable goals
for every assignment, on a daily basis, is a great way to manage study related stress and meet all of your deadlines.

Stress due to family obligations
If you have the responsibility of taking care of other family members, for example kids or elderly parents, it can get quite stressful managing a busy life and keeping everyone happy.

Stress buster
One Roamler suggested planning things ahead and looking for fun things to do which are enjoyable for your family as well as you. It is important to take some time out for yourself and do the things you enjoy and what makes you happy. Remember: only a happy person can make others happy!

Student tips

For most students, going to university for the first time is a very exciting experience. It is easy to get carried away with the freedom that university life brings and the excitement of being in a new environment. One of the biggest challenges students encounter while studying  is managing their finances; it is safe to say that the majority of students in the UK have struggled to make ends meet at one point or another.

Not only can money problems impact a students social life, but the stress that results from the struggle to make ends meet can also have a detrimental impact on ones studies.  Since a large portion of Roamlers are either currently studying, or have studied in the past we asked Roamlers to share some tips from their experience.

Tips for a fruitful and successful university life:
•    Meet people openly: Go out and mingle with others; you never know, you might find lifelong friends.
•    Stay on top of things from the day one: Assignments and reading material can pile up quickly, leaving you stressed at the end of term.
•    Find paid temporary work: Try to find some work while studying; it will keep you in touch with real life and help you make some money on the side. Roamler paid tasks are also a clever way to make some easy money 😉

Tips on saving money
•    Buy a student rail card from the start: Roamlers repeatedly said that this would save you almost 1/3 of the overall costs.
•    Save money for later: Don’t spend a lot of money at the beginning of the school year. If you can, it is beneficial to save some money.  Whether you use it to pay an unexpected bill or go on a trip with friends, there is no downside to have a ‘rainy day fund’.
•    Money deals online: Check the internet regularly for money saving deals such as; Quidco, UK hot deals, money saving experts etc.
•    Cook at home: The student deals at pubs and restaurants seem cheap but they can add up overtime. Cooking at home with mates is cheap, more sociable and fun.
•    Do shopping in bulk: Buying groceries in bulk that you use a lot of and don’t expire (such as pasta or crisps) can save you heaps of money in the long run (as long as you have some place to store it).
•   Buy marked down food:  In most grocery stores food that is about to reach it’s expiry date is marked down anywhere from 30 to 70% off. If you’re flexible you can buy food that has been marked down everyday and save yourself hundreds of pounds each year!
•   Keep records of what you spend: Record everything you spend for a month and then see where can you cut back.

Many people look back on their time as a student as some of the best years of their life. Whether you are just starting university or you’ve been studying for a while, we hope that these tips help you manage your money and make the best of your university experience!

Best gift

 

With Christmas fast approaching, most of you must be thinking of gift ideas for your loved ones. We thought we could write a blog suggesting some nice gift ideas. A while ago, you told us about the best gifts you had ever received and given to someone.

We have made a list of gift suggestions based on the submissions we received for the ‘Best gift’ task. Hopefully this give you some helpful ideas for the perfect gift for your family and friends.

Gadgets and Electronics

• PS3 console
• Wi-Fi MP3 player
• Beats headphones
• Smartphone

Fancy accessories, clothing and shoes

• Montblac accessories
• UGG slippers
• Hand bag
• Marc Jacobs perfume

Home decor

• Handmade Moroccan carpet
• Rolf Harris painting

Entertainment

• Musical instrument
• Indoor sky diving experience
• Disney world trip
• Surprise travel plan
• Set of favourite TV series

For outrageous awesome girls and boys
•    Audi
•    Prada shoes
•    HiFi system

We hope the list comes in handy for you. Happy shopping!

Are you an impulsive buyer?

Shall I”? “Or shall I not?” “Let’s buy it!” These are some of the things that go through people’s head when they are trying to figure out whether or not that should give into their impulses and buy something on a whim. Some time ago, we asked Roamlers to perform a task in which they shared their experiences with impulse buying.

Top of the line
We found out that 30% of Roamlers were happy to buy expensive products ranging from between £100 -£500. Some of the products they bought included televisions, desktop computers, headphones, branded clothing etc. Slightly less than a quarter of Roamlers who completed the task reported purchasingitems for more than £500. These ‘big ticket’ impulse buys included items such as cars, iPhones, MacBooks, and diamond rings (among other pricey products). Not only do these Roamlers make large impulse purchases, but many Roamlers reported doing it on a frequent basis!

 

Calculated risk takers
Not all Roamlers spend that much money. The majority of the Roamlers reported making impulse purchases that ranged form between £10 – £50. The list of sensibly purchased items consisted of things such as clothes, shoes, watches and fancy drinks.

Key triggers
The ecstatic feeling that you get after making an impulse buy is likely to to play a much bigger role in impulse buying behaviour than the utility of the product itself. According to the Association for Consumer Research, impulse buying occurs when our emotional side takes over our rational side. This can frequently result in experiencing a tickling feeling of guilt. Most of the time we go shopping for one thing, we need and end up buying something more fancy and expensive than we initially decided.

There are techniques to prevent impulse buying such as setting budgets before going shopping or taking taking some time to think about if you really want something, before you rush into making the purchase. These methods help prevent you from buying items that you either can’t afford or don’t need.  Do you have any other tip for how to prevent yourself from making impulse purchases? Let us know in the comment section under the blog!

Colours of autumn

When autumn arrives it is as if someone has waved a magic wand and cast a blanket of colour over the world. The leaves turn from green to yellow, from yellow to red and before we know it everywhere we look there are vibrant beautiful colours. Rainbows cross the sky and the aroma of damp leaves and mushrooms fill the air.

We received some fantastic submissions for 50 shades of autumn task. Roamlers captured the gorgeous autumn shades and proved that autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year. The vibrant colours are enough to make people happy despite the wet and cold weather.

Just like a magical moment in our lives, autumn is short and beautiful and you want to capture it before it is gone. We asked Roamlers to seize the moment and capture autumn in all it’s beauty before the leaves turn pale and brown. Here are some of our favourites:

Good Night, Sweet Dreams, Sleep Tight!

At times when you lay in bed and no matter how late it is, you are nowhere close to sleeping. It gets frustrating, especially when you have to wake up early the next morning and you have a day full of errands.

Recently Roamlers performed a task in which they were asked what they do when they can’t fall asleep. Roamlers were also asked to give an original tip for how to fall asleep easier and better. While Roamlers suggested reading, playing a game or watching TV, some Roamlers gave tips for things that we had never considered before.

Tips for how to fall asleep faster and better at night

One Roamler has a jar filled with coins that he has found on the street. He said that before he goes to sleep at night he counts the money. That sounds like a great way to exercise your brain and settle your mind! Another Roamler said  he reads German magazines despite the fact that he doesn’t know any German. Interesting idea.

Some tips from the more productive Roamlers  involved tidying up in the house, making lunches for the following day, or hanging out the washing. It is amazing how productive people are so late in the day and it is certainly an excellent tip for how to tire yourself out before going to bed.

 

 

A few Roamlers suggested meditating. One method suggested involved taking deep breathes in and out, focusing on the stomach.  Another Roamler said that while in bed she stays as still as possible and focusing on relaxing her muscles on by one, starting at her feet. She claims that she tends to fall asleep before she has even reached her waist.

 

According to one Roamler Eucalyptus and Frankincense are natural remedies that help you fall asleep when you smell them or rub them into your wrist (or temples). Melatonin milk was another unique suggestion, a special type of milk that contains a hormone that helps you have a more fulfilling sleep.

Most of these tips were things that we had never heard of or thought about here at Roamler. What about you? Next time you are struggling to fall asleep perhaps you can try one of these tips and let us know how it worked for you. Good luck, and sleep well!