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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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            Last Updated on March 13, 2019

            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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