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Where You Can Travel For A Summer Breeze This Christmas

Where You Can Travel For A Summer Breeze This Christmas

The wind is cold and sharp and the snow freezes our boots and toes as we walk. For those who dislike the cold, winter could bring upon a very painful month. From the prickly wind to the cold snow, from our frozen cars to our frozen nose; we definitely would miss the sun.

While in other parts of the world, summer is just starting, but in most parts of the world it’s a sign for a traditional festival as well as a horrendous weather. Sometimes, we wish to find a place where summer would be the weather of Christmas but living in Europe or any other cold countries it seems close to impossible.

So we decided to put together a few countries where it would be perfect to enjoy a nice summer breeze;

1. Kangaroo Island and Adelaide

Australia: a land known for its surfing culture and their love for Marmite is the place to be during December. Ditch Sydney and Melbourne for a more quiet and scenic Adelaide. With beautiful nature far away from civilization, you will be able to find time to think and wind off.

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December is the month of celebration, take a walk down the sunny lanes and enjoy the Christmas markets and musicals that Adelaide has to offer. In this warm weather, you might find it appropriate to go on a trip of wine tasting and enjoying the finest Australia has to offer.

If you’re an animal lover, then don’t hesitate to visit the Kangaroo Island and have the opportunity of a lifetime to experience being in the midst of real life kangaroos. You’ll find koalas as well as various other animals that are cuddly and friendly. However, beware of the various snake species around your vicinity.

2. Pulau Pinang, Malaysia

Malaysia a land of culture and people, a land known for its diverse cultural and tropical nature. Their constant warm weather makes it a perfect beach season almost all year round. From its delicious food to its unique culture, Malaysia can bring all of Asia to your doorstep.

However, the one street I would like to highlight here is Pulau Pinang. Being Malaysian myself, I find this particular island irresistible. From its festive culture to its amazing array of food, it’s definitely a place to visit. Pinang is an island with the longest food streets around Asia. From fast food to international food you can find it all there. However, the best part is the exquisite Malaysian food which should never be missed.

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Take a trip down the food lane, from the traditional Char Kueh Teow ( Stir-Fried Rice Noodles ) to Mee Kari ( Egg noodles in curry and various toppings ) to an array of desserts such as Cendol ( Palm sugar, coconut milk ) and a good cup of tea. A country which celebrates food with a reasonable price.

Since it’s Christmas, everyone deserves a feast.

3. Lanzarote, Canary Islands

Lanzarote is a tiny island among the cluster of the Canary Islands. It’s an island where you can lavish yourself as well as your family with a luxurious lifestyle. An island with a warm weather all year long and surrounded by water is the perfect bikini weather. Where you can just take a long swim and continue your reading at the banks of the beach.

Christmas is usually a time of celebration and, for many, a well-deserved break, so taking a trip to the Canaries would be a sweet relief. Have an open grill and enjoy the finest wine available. Be the boss of your own vineyard and visit friendly neighbors. Since the place is rather secluded, tourists there are rather chill instead of running around all the time.

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If you’re headed there with your family, this would be the perfect place for you to bond and create a connection with your loved ones. Well, at least you would be able to end Christmas with an amazing New Years.

Delicious wine and a beautiful scenery is definitely something worth considering.

4. Guatemala

Guatemala has been a famous location for many both celebrities as well as other travelers. Located at the borders of Mexico, it’s a land mixed with both Mayan and Spanish Cultures. In between the Pacific and Carribean seas, it’s surrounded by beautiful landscapes, various inactive volcanoes and exquisite colonial towns.

Amazingly, December is the perfect time to visit Guatemala, from its temples to its beautiful beaches. It’s a perfectly romantic country, hence, if you’re going there on a honeymoon or looking to rekindle the romance in your long-term marriage, this would definitely be the place.

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Unlike other countries, Christmas in Guatemala is unique and celebrated. With a different culture, Christmas brings upon a parade and constant partying. Probably you wouldn’t be sleeping the night of Christmas since you would be partying all night.

In Conclusion

Christmas is the time of celebration. If you’re a fan of the sun, why not celebrate it your way?

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Last Updated on October 13, 2020

12 Things High Self-Esteem People Don’t Do

12 Things High Self-Esteem People Don’t Do

Having high self-esteem is important if you are aiming for personal or professional success. Interestingly, most people will high levels of self-esteem act in similar ways. That’s why it’s often easy to pick them out in a crowd. There’s something about the way they hold themselves and speak, isn’t there?

We all have different hopes, dreams, experiences, and paths, but confidence has its own universal language. This list will present some of the things you won’t find yourself doing if you have high self-esteem.

1. Compare Yourself to Others

People with low self-esteem are constantly comparing their situation to others. On the other hand, people with higher self-esteem show empathy and compassion while also protecting their own sanity. They know how much they can handle and when they can offer a helping hand.

In the age of social media, however, social comparisons are nearly ubiquitous. One study found that “participants who used Facebook most often had poorer trait self-esteem, and this was mediated by greater exposure to upward social comparisons on social media”[1]. Basically, you will feel worse about yourself if you are constantly getting glimpses into lives that you consider to be better than yours.

Try to limit your time on social media. Also, when you do start scrolling, keep in mind that each profile is carefully crafted to create the appearance of a perfect life. Check yourself when you find yourself wishing for greener grass.

2. Be Mean-Spirited

People with low self-esteem bully others. They take pleasure in putting other people down. People with positive self-esteem see no need to down other people, choosing instead to encourage and celebrate successes.

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If you find that you feel the need to put others down, analyze where that’s coming from. If they’ve had success in life, help them feel good about that achievement. They may do the same for you one day.

3. Let Imperfection Ruin Your Day

Perfectionism isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but obsessing over making everything perfect is a sign that you have low self-esteem and can lead to never-ending negative thoughts. This can turn into an inability to solve problems creatively, which will only make self-esteem issues worse. 

Those with high self-esteem disconnect from the results and do their best without expecting perfection.

People with that kind of confidence understand that messing up is a part of life and that each time they aim and miss success, they’ll at least learn something along the way.

If you miss the mark, or if your plan doesn’t work out exactly as you would have liked, take a deep breath and see if you can pivot in order to do better next time.

4. Dwell on Failure

It’s common to hear people dwelling on all the ways things will go wrong. They are positive that their every failure signals an impossible task or an innate inability to do something. People with healthy self-esteem discover why they failed and try again.

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People with higher levels of confidence also tend to adopt a growth mindset[2]. This type of thinking supports the idea that most of your abilities can be improved and altered, as opposed to being fixed.

For example, instead of saying, “I’m just not good at math; that’s why I did bad on the test,” someone with a growth mindset would say, “Math is difficult for me, so I’ll have to put in some more practice to improve next time.”

Next time you experience a failure, check out this video to help you believe in yourself again:

5. Devalue Your Self-Esteem

People with high self-esteem value their own perception of themselves – they understand that they come first and don’t feel guilty about taking care of themselves. They believe charity starts within, and if they don’t believe that, they’ll never have a healthy self-image.

Self-care is often top of the priority list for people with self-esteem. For some ways to practice self-care, check out this article.

6. Try to Please Others

They can’t please all the people all the time, so confident people first focus on doing what will make them feel fulfilled and happy. While they will politely listen to others’ thoughts and advice, they know that their goals and dreams have to be completed on their own terms.

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7. Close Yourself off

Confident people have the ability to be vulnerable. It’s those with poor self-esteem that hide all the best parts of themselves behind an emotional wall. Instead of keeping the real you a secret, be open and honest in all your dealings.

As Brené Brown, author of Daring Greatly, points out, “Vulnerability is about showing up and being seen”[3]. When you embrace each facet of who you are and allow others to see them as well, it will create deeper, more meaningful connections in your life. When that happens, you’ll realize that perfection doesn’t lead to people liking you more.

You can learn more about the power of vulnerability in this TED talk with Brené Brown:

8. Follow and Avoiding Leading

People with low self-esteem don’t believe they can lead, so they end up following others, sometimes into unhealthy situations. Rather than seeking a sense of belonging, people with high self-esteem walk their own paths and create social circles that build them up.

9. Fish for Compliments

If you’re constantly seeking compliments, you’re not confident. People with high self-esteem always do their best (and go out of their way to do good deeds) because it’s what they want to do, not because they’re seeking recognition. If you need to hear compliments, say them to yourself in the mirror.

You can even try some positive affirmations if you need a confidence boost. Check out these affirmations to get started.

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10. Be Lazy

People work harder when they have high self-esteem because they’re not bogged down by doubts and complaints. Those with low self-esteem end up procrastinating and wasting their energy thinking about all the work they have to do rather than rolling up their sleeves and just getting it done.

This may also bounce off perfectionism. Perfectionists often feel intimidated by certain projects if they fear that they won’t be able to complete them perfectly. Tap into your confidence and simply do your best without worrying about a perfect outcome.

11. Shy Away from Risks

When you trust yourself, you’ll be willing to participate more in life. People with low self-esteem are always on the sidelines, waiting for the perfect moment to jump in. Instead of letting life pass you by, have confidence in your success and take the risks necessary to succeed.

12. Gossip

People with low self-esteem are always in other peoples’ business – they’re more interested in what everyone else is doing than themselves. People with high self-esteem are more interested in their own life and stay out of others’ affairs.

Instead of participating in idle gossip, talk about some positive news you heard recently, or that fascinating book you just finished. There’s plenty to talk about beyond what this or that person did wrong in their life.

The Bottom Line

Self-esteem is to success in life. People who maintain a healthy level of self-esteem believe in themselves and push themselves to succeed, while those with low confidence feel a sense of entitlement.

If you need a boost in your self-image and mental health, avoid negative self-talk and the other mistakes of people with low self-esteem. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes.

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Reference

[1] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem
[2] Brain Pickings: Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives
[3] Forbes: Brene Brown: How Vulnerability Can Make Our Lives Better

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