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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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