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6 Things to Learn When Flying Internationally

6 Things to Learn When Flying Internationally

Traveling abroad can be a tough and long process. From worrying about bringing gifts to staying occupied in the airport, transform the way you travel when you are going home or visiting loved ones with these six tips.

1. Buying gifts for loved ones is a hard process

Generally, buying gifts to your loved ones is hard. However, what makes it even harder is when you no longer live together and you feel a bit left behind from their daily lives. You may communicate every day on Whatsapp, or Skype, but you do not see each other in person. You no longer know what clothes they have; what  perfumes they use; the jewelry and accessories they wear; you do not even know what t-shirt/blouse size they are.  They may need a warm jacket for when they are in travelling to Europe (if they live in the desert) but you can not buy them than because you do not know if they would like the jacket or if the jacket’s size will fit them.  As a conclusion, you settle on something small and preferably humorist article so that it will always bring good memories.

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2. Packing and deciding on outfits

You are going home to your family for a week or two. You are clueless where you are going to have brunch, lunch, or dinner and with whom. You do not know when exactly you may meet with a very important person whom you would like to impress or when you would meet with the judgmental people of the country’s elite or someone with whom you have always competed. You do not even remember what you have at home.Bring a range of clothing for a number of situations.

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3. Be careful with luggage

You need to put in the bottle of home made wine or other alcohol which your parents requested you buy them? The gifts? The heels? The perfume? The funny looking beer glass? More than two breakable items? Be very careful how you pack your luggage. Pray that none of the things there will be broken by the time you go home.

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4. The trip home is a familiar process

Getting yourself to the closest airport to catch your flight? It is a long, uneventful trip. You are actually lucky if you manage to strike a conversation with someone while in the train/bus instead of reading a book or staring out of the window. As soon as you have reached the airport, you will always meet someone just as willing as you to have a small talk. You may exchange information over a new book, an interesting movie, get a different political/social point of view, or simply meet your future boss. You never know the possibilities!

5. Prices at airports of books in English are much higher than in a regular bookshop

Not going to an airport based in an English-speaking country? Do not know the local language? You would love to read? You will have a mental breakdown- English language books in non English-speaking countries are expensive. Books are already expensive at the airports in the local language but they are even more ridiculously overpriced at the airports. Best thing to do: bring your own book.

6. It is alright to be grumpy on your flight

Being grumpy shows lack of manners. However, it is acceptable if you are exhausted and have not slept properly in the past twelve hours. And you are hungry because surprisingly the airport you are staying at decided to close their food court and therefore you have nothing to eat.  This throws you on the edge and leads you to be hangry (hungry and angry). Your only dream is to get on the flight and sleep on your seat. And if you cannot sleep, chances that you will become grumpier are higher. Therefore, you decide to watch a movie or listen to music in hopes that you will not insult somebody who is bothering you.

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5 Ways to Put Together an Event Without Stress

5 Ways to Put Together an Event Without Stress

We’ve all had important events that have required a lot of our time and energy to put together. Events like weddings, graduation parties, and birthdays often need planning, thought, and can be incredibly time consuming.

Fortunately, there are some ways you can plan an event without tearing your hair out. In fact, putting together these events can be quite fun when you have the tools in order to help your event run smoothly.

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Here are five ways you can make your event run smoothly and efficiently.

1. Plan far in advance

Oftentimes, the most stressful events are usually the ones that are planned at the last minute. If you know that you have an event coming up (such as a wedding or a birthday), and you plan for it ahead of time, you are less likely to find yourself running around at the last moment trying to get every detail perfect.

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It might be worth it to sit down and have a planning session or two in order to relieve some of the stress of planning an entire party or event in a short period of time. The longer you have to plan, the more your event will eventually look like how you have imagined.

2. Know where to give yourself a break

While you might have a certain idea of what your event should look like (and more often than not, it looks like it should belong in a magazine), you might not have the budget or the connections to make it happen. Accepting the realities of planning an event, such as using fake flowers instead of real ones, or folding chairs instead of designer-brand chairs, can greatly ease your mind. Likely, you will still have a beautiful event even if it doesn’t match your mental picture.

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3. Don’t invite too many people

One mistake many people make is that they often invite too many guests to their event. Not only does this sometimes create unnecessary chaos, but it also requires extra planning, time, and food for the guests.

Having hundreds of people at a wedding might seem like a good idea initially, but you might want to consider whether it is truly important to your day to have an extra hundred people attend. Not only does it run up the cost, but it can make your event all the more stressful—meaning you’ll be worrying more if there are enough canapés than whether you are having a good time.

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4. Ask for help

There are those who can put together an entire event on his or her own, and there are those who need a little help doing it. More likely than not, if you’re not a professional event planner, then it might be worth it to ask for a little help. Hiring someone to help you, even if it is just for some basic decorations, can take your mind off the little things, and can help you focus on the overall effect of the party. Even asking for a friend’s opinion can help you to feel like you have some control over the situation.

5. Take a deep breath

Remember, part of putting together a successful event is knowing that it won’t go exactly as planned. Being able to take a step back, relax, and enjoy yourself will not only help you feel as though you’ve done a successful job, but it will also help you to enjoy the special day that you have put together.

Part of the fun of an event is accepting the mishaps and mistakes – it makes the day unique. After you’ve completed everything, remember to relax and enjoy the party. You deserve it!

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