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7 Helpful Tools to Choose the Perfect Christmas Vacation Destination

7 Helpful Tools to Choose the Perfect Christmas Vacation Destination

So, Christmas time is coming closer… Fa-la-la-la… But hey there, are you sure about how you’ll spend your winter vacation? This is a very special holiday appreciated and respected throughout the world. Thus, your vacation should be both fun and with respect to the name of God. Good deeds are waiting for you. The best way to relax and save your life energy is by using various helpful tools that can help you with both choosing the right place and getting ready for your trip.

Are you ready to learn more about these magic instruments?

1. Excel Project Calendar

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      If you’re pretty sure in your own skills and don’t want anyone else to come up with good ideas for your Christmas vacation, then use typical Excel from Microsoft Word panel to have a schedule fully built on your own. The project shown below does not involve preset holidays, but users can add them to any calendar.

      Simply move to the Project section à Properties à Change Working Time.

      Of course, to apply this tool properly, you have to know your vacation date ahead.

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      Pick a calendar from For calendar list, and choose the holiday of your interest. Just type a name on the Exceptions tab to find your holiday quickly. Every holiday detail will be highlighted in your Excel project. There are a lot of other tips, The main one is: in case you wish to turn weekends into the workday, you may do it easily by changing the working days on the project calendar.

      2. Flighthub

      There are many wonderful places in the United States, so you don’t necessarily have to go elsewhere like the characters from all-time favorite motion picture “All Alone.” You may go to… Vegas, for instance! Here you will find a lot of more or less ethical and moral types of leisure, so there is no need to risk losing all of your money on gambling. If you come here with family instead of your nasty friends, you’ll discover a plenty of modest games for the entire families.

      Anyway, the Flighthub planning tool we’re going to have a look at is the one where you can find the list of best:

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      • hotels and resorts
      • shows & events
      • package deals
      • things to do
      • tours
      • restaurants

      Moreover, the guys from the given website may also plan a full trip for you in case you have never organized something like this before.

      Let professionals care about your tickets by searching for the most competitive prices and flight conditions. They will decide on the most suitable hotel based on your requirements: a number of family members, children, and your preferred leisure.

      3. Free Booking Software

      Now it’s time to become absolutely independent in terms of organizing your special Christmas vacation. To do so, you’ll definitely have to look for the existing options, analyze them on your own, and turn to a mediator who would offer the best prices. The best prices may not be the cheapest, but still, you may save a plenty of money. You need to book a month or 2 weeks ahead. Don’t be late with a payment and picking up your tickets!

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      4. Route Happy App

      Flight can be the most dangerous part of your trip. In fact, it’s all stereotypes: airplanes are the safest type of transport in the world. However, you may download some apps like this one that assists in selecting cheap and secure flights. Except for good prices, such tools are able to prioritize itineraries that take less time, and find the easiest layover logistics.

      5. Personal Travel Counselors

      Here is a free and useful hint: use live chats on the websites of various travel agencies to speak with an expert about your further trip. This kind of service is free everywhere. You’re not obligated to make a purchase at the same site. At the same time, the person will tell you everything about all possible options like:

      • Continents
      • Countries
      • Specific cities or towns
      • Hotels level availability
      • Average prices
      • Terms & conditions

      6. Price Aggregator

      This option is the excellent opportunity for middle-income families who want to save money and rest peacefully. These platforms are created to compare prices for the same services across the globe. They are simple to use and always show the most proper options for a user with a specific interest. In fact, there are much more apps aimed to pick your best vacation.

      7. Word of Mouth

      Sometimes, it may be the most efficient tool of all. When choosing your vacation, simply talk to your parents or close friends. The guy next door may lie about his experience, so it’s better to consult people who have really been to Paris or elsewhere at Christmas time. Good luck!

      Featured photo credit: travefy.com via blog.travefy.com

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      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

      1. Work on the small tasks.

      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

      2. Take a break from your work desk.

      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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      3. Upgrade yourself

      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

      4. Talk to a friend.

      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

      7. Read a book (or blog).

      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

      8. Have a quick nap.

      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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      9. Remember why you are doing this.

      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

      10. Find some competition.

      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

      11. Go exercise.

      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

      12. Take a good break.

      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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