9 Holiday Tips Which Can Make Your Holiday Season Great

9 Holiday Tips Which Can Make Your Holiday Season Great

Holiday season has just started and for the next few weeks or so, the world will be traveling, partying, enjoying and having a lot of fun together. Maybe you are already eating tapas in Barcelona or admiring the Eiffel Tower in Paris, no matter; there are always chances to save on holidays.

If you want to make your holiday season a memorable one, here are some really great tips for you:

1. Get good undergarments

Believe it or not, you will need them because holidays require a lot of walking and sightseeing. Finding good quality, anti-bacterial undergarments are going to help in activities that require physical effort.

Make sure they are re-usable and appropriate for the weather condition.


2. Take medicine with you

You should pack a small first aid kit containing pain medications, cough syrups and other general medicines. You may need them and might not be able to find them outside your country.

It is always better to carry a small bag with all required medicines on hand (and remember to get the appropriate immunizations from your doctor prior to traveling).

3. Search for coupons

Coupons for international trips are a great way to save money. Lots of online sites offer discounts on air, hotel and other holiday attractions for your desired destination.

Apart from the coupons, you can also use your credit card miles and points to make purchases on your international destinations.


4. Buy a cheap calling card and keep it handy

Keeping a cheap calling card can save your life as you may be stuck in places where you may badly need them. Buy a cheap card and keep it on hand when traveling. You never know when you might need it.

5.Load your tablet with videos and songs

One thing which will definitely save you from boredom while on a long trip is to having your favourite videos and songs on your tablet or smartphone.

Make sure you upload them prior to your trip.

6.Arrange cheap catering

It is tough to do your own cooking while on holiday, especially if you are with a group. To make it more interesting, arrange catering deals. You can also enjoy local cuisines at relatively cheaper prices. If you are with your company, corporate catering deals are inexpensive as they offer group discounts. So, if you can use your office contacts, you can easily find a corporate catering supplier who can provide you good deals with free delivery.


7.Go for luxury

It is always great to enjoy the luxury and comfort on the trips. Though it may be a bit more expensive, depending on what it is, can be worth it.

Decide what item on your holiday list is worth paying more for. If you love food, maybe shill some extra cash for a fancy meal. You can also look into luxurious-looking places, like some B&Bs, in popular destination sites that are a fraction of the cost. B&Bs are a great alternative to enjoying luxury at an affordable cost.

 8. Keep earplugs with you

If you are planning to see the busy downtowns in big cities, you are sure to be greeted by the noise and hustle and bustle of the town.

You can find too many tourists at crowded places, so it is advisable to keep your earplugs on you to make sure you can avoid the noise, should it become too noisy.


9. Make photocopies of your passport and other important documents

Don’t forget to take photocopies of your passport and any other important document you’re planning to take with you. Make sure you keep them on hand, as you do not want to risk losing them.

Traveling can be a lot of fun. With these simple and easy-to-follow tips, you should have a trouble-free holiday!

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What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

What Your Fear of Being Alone Is Really About and How to Get over It

Are you afraid of being alone?  Do you worry about your physical safety or do you fear loneliness? These are strong negative feelings that can impact your health.

One study found that when older people are socially isolated, there is an increased risk of an earlier death,[1] by as much as 26%.

If you experience loneliness and are worried about your fear of being alone, study these 6 ways to help you find your comfort zone.

But first, the good news!

How many times have you said to yourself, ‘I just can’t wait to be alone’? This might be after a day’s work, an argument with your partner or after a noisy dinner with friends. You need time to be yourself, gather your thoughts, relish the silence and just totally chill out. These are precious moments and are very important for your own peace of mind and mental refreshment.

But for many people, this feeling is not often present and loneliness takes over. As Joss Whedon once said,

‘Loneliness is about the scariest thing out there’.

Read on and discover how you can exploit being alone to your own advantage and how you can defeat loneliness.


1. Embrace loneliness

When you are alone, it is important to embrace it and enjoy it to the full.

Wallow in the feeling that you do not have to be accountable for anything you do. Pursue your interests and hobbies. Take up new ones. Learn new skills. Lie on the couch. Leave the kitchen in a mess. The list can go on and on, but finding the right balance is crucial.

There will be times when being on your own is perfect, but then there will be a creeping feeling that you should not be so isolated.

When you start to enjoy being alone, these 10 amazing things will happen.

Once you start feeling loneliness, then it is time to take action.

2. Facebook is not the answer

Have you noticed how people seek virtual contacts instead of a live, face-to-face interaction? It is true that social networking can provide an initial contact, but the chances of that becoming a real life personal contact is pretty slim.

Being wrapped up in a cloud of sharing, liking and commenting (and insulting!) can only increase loneliness.


When you really want company, no one on Facebook will phone you to invite you out.

3. Stop tolerating unhappy relationships

It is a cruel fact of life that people are so scared of loneliness that they often opt into a relationship with the wrong person.

There is enormous pressure from peers, family and society in general to get married or to be in a stable, long-term relationship. When this happens, people start making wrong decisions, such as:

  • hanging out with toxic company such as dishonest or untrustworthy people;
  • getting involved with unsuitable partners because of the fear of being alone or lonesome;
  • accepting inappropriate behavior just because of loneliness;
  • seeking a temporary remedy instead of making a long-term decision.

The main problem is that you need to pause, reflect and get advice. Recognize that your fear of being alone is taking over. A rash decision now could lead to endless unhappiness.

4. Go out and meet people

It was the poet John Donne (1572 – 1631) who wrote:

‘No man is an island, entire of itself, every man is a piece of the continent’.

Human contact is essential to surviving in this world. Instead of wallowing in boredom and sadness, you need to get out as much as possible and seek contacts.


Being a member of a group, however tenuous, is a great way. So when you are in the gym, at church or simply at a club meeting, exploit these contacts to enlarge your social circle.

There is no point in staying at home all the time. You will not meet any new people there!

Social contacts are rather like delicate plants. You have to look after them. That means telephoning, using Skype and being there when needed.

Take a look at this guide on How to Meet New People and Make Friends with The Best.

5. Reach out to help someone in need

A burden shared is a burden halved.

Dag Hammarskjold was keenly aware of this fact when he said:

‘What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden but this: I have only my own burden to bear’.

Simply put, it is a two-way street. Helping others actually helps yourself, here’s why.

Reach out to help and people will be there when you need them.

6. Be grateful and count your blessings

Study after study shows that if people show gratitude, they will reap a bountiful harvest. These include a stronger immune system, better health, more positive energy and most important of all, feeling less lonely and isolated.

If you do not believe me, watch the video below, ‘What good is gratitude?’  Now here is the path to hope and happiness:

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