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5 Great Tips To Make Your New Year Travel Memorable

5 Great Tips To Make Your New Year Travel Memorable

When it comes to the holidays, the New Year is like the icing on the cake. It’s a time to wind down from the season’s festivities before transitioning back to the commitments of work or school.

That’s why the last few days of the old year – and the first few of the new – should be memorable, setting the tone for January. Planning a getaway is a perfect way to celebrate.

If travel is in your plans, here are some tips to make it memorable.

1. Choose A Favorable Travel Destination

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    If you’re looking for a relaxing, memorable getaway, chances are you’ll want to avoid crowds of other travelers.

    For instance, if you’re traveling by car, you’ll want to steer clear of highways because they are likely to be jam-packed with people coming back from vacation. And when it comes to flying, most travelers are headed into major cities instead of popular holiday spots.

    Spend some time researching potential destinations. Be on the lookout for cheaper flights to far-off holiday resorts in different countries across the world. Affordable spots to consider include the Caribbean, luxury villas in Bali, Indonesia, and also travel safaris of East Africa.

    2. Get Low Rates on Holiday Resorts

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      Often, you can get low rates at holiday resorts at the beginning of every New Year because of a drop-off in demand. This can be the best time to find wallet-friendly deals on luxurious hotel accommodations. There are many Expedia coupons online with great discount offers on hotel and resorts. Search for as many resorts as you can and choose the ones that fit your fantasies.

      3. Carry Essential Equipment

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        Be sure to pack lightly but be sure to bring the essentials to avoid overspending on personal services like shaving or manicures.

        You should prioritize basic hygiene items and avoid taking bulky and luxurious commodities with you. It’s also important to find out what will be allowed through the airport and avoid carrying items that may be outlawed in your host country. For instance, it is illegal to own Cuban cigars in certain U.S. states, so to avoid having expensive cigars confiscated, make sure you’re aware of the regulations.

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        4. Purchase Promotional Goods During Your Stay

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          Bringing home souvenirs of your stay can be a great way to remember your trip, and sometimes you can get amazing deals. If your budget allows it, take advantage of the chance to find and buy inexpensive – and unique – household goods, clothes, paintings, ornaments, and artwork to take back home with you. Many tourist destinations feature stalls and shopping centers specifically for selling promotional goods to tourists.

          It can be fun to wander around hunting for products that you will probably be seeing for the first time. You could land on a major bargain, or find the perfect one-of-a-kind gift for friends, coworkers, or family members. But keep in mind that some goods you purchase during your stay may not be allowed with you on the passenger airplane back. An option to avoid this problem is to arrange for the items to be shipped back to your home. There are many companies that specialize in shipping luggage.

          5. Combat Holiday Blues With A Transition Plan

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            Sometimes it can be hard to come back home – in fact, the depression that affects people returning after a long vacation is typically a form of “holiday blues.” That’s because arriving home from holiday marks the end of fun. The sudden realization that you have to get back to daily routine can be emotionally draining.

            To beat the blues, start preparing yourself psychologically to get back to work or school by creating a transition schedule. One way to do that is to pull yourself slowly into work or study by reading relevant magazines or blogs about your industry or course of study. For instance, business owners might pick up the latest copy of a finance magazine, while students could get a jump on coursework reading.

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            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

            5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

            Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

            Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

            Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

            1. Get Rationally Optimistic

            Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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            This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

            In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

            The result: no more mental stress.

            2. Unplug

            Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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            How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

            It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

            Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

            3. Easy on the Caffeine

            Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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            Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

            4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

            That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

            How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

            • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
            • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
            • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

            While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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            5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

            This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

            The result: mental stress will be gone!

            So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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