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8 Unusual Winter Holiday Destinations

8 Unusual Winter Holiday Destinations

So you are looking for a place to spend winter holidays, but all the usual locations suddenly seem too dull and predictable? Why not try something new? Take a look at this list, and perhaps it will give you some inspiration!

1. Venice, Italy

Venice is usually associated with hot Italian sun, trips in gondolas and warm Mediterranean sea; why on Earth go there in winter? Well, for once, Venice is beautiful at any time of the year, but in the winter it is far less crowded and, therefore, accommodations (found via Wimdu, for example) are much more affordable. Moreover, there are things you will find there only in the winter—like the world-famous Venetian Carnival that takes place in February.

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    2. Germany

    When choosing a winter holiday location, one usually tends to select something tropical, with a lot of sun, cheap cocktails and sandy beaches… and gets bored to death halfway through. If you are looking for a place with a rich set of winter, New Year and Christmas traditions, Germany is your choice. Festivals like Waldkirchen Rauhnacht, Bischofsgrün Snowman Festival or Maschkera carnival in Alpenwelt Karwendel, traditional pastimes like sled racing, unique atmosphere of an ancient European country—all this you won’t find anywhere or anytime else.

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      3. Oman

      Oman is an excellent choice for those who want to catch a bit of sun while doing lots and lots of sightseeing. Only a couple of decades ago it was one of the most backwards and isolated societies in the world, but today it turned into a fascinating travel destination with a genuine Middle-Eastern feel without the maddeningly high prices of some of their more illustrious neighbors. Medieval forts, excellent beaches, sea and mountains—no matter where your preferences lie, Oman has something to offer.

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        4. Jamaica

        Looking for a bit of a really relaxed lifestyle? Try out Jamaica. Although the weather is excellent all year round, there are some unique reasons to choose winter for your visit. Seasonal attractions like Negril Reggae Marathon, Reggae Month in February, Jamaican Jazz & Blues Festival in January/February, Fat Tyre Festival—whether you are look for an athletic tour or music, Jamaica is the place for you to be.

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          5. The Gambia

          Not really a buzz word when it comes to holidays, eh? Yet the Gambia may be one of the best places to go in winter if you it is value for money you are after. Cheap hotels, fantastic yet not crowded beaches, affordable wildlife excursions, bird watching tours, river tours, bush camp accommodations—in other words, a nice choice if you are looking for something yet untried.

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            6. Cape Town, South Africa

            An excellent combination of perfect summer weather, stunning mountain views and a lot of opportunities to sample local culture: trips to famous South African vineyards paired with chocolate tastings, nature reserves, all kinds of accommodations, from luxury hotels to treetop villages and teepees, shark diving—there is a lot more in Cape Town than guidebooks are ready to tell!

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              7. Canada

              Canadian resorts are among the most underrated in the whole world—perhaps people are not keen on freezing a little bit extra when they are already cold. Yet to those not faint of heart Canada has a lot to offer: spectacular views, unspoiled nature, excellent food and wine, isolated accommodations for those willing to take a break from people, dog-sledding and snowmobiling. In other words, Canada is a place to go if you want to experience a bit of a real winter.

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                8. Kenya

                Want a taste of adventure without freezing your ears off? Classical safaris in Kenya may be the answer to your urge: great choice of game drives, horse-riding tours, walking safaris, mountain climbing, training courses of Maasai warriors—take your pick.

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                  Holidays are not always about frying on a beach all day long—if you have a bit of imagination you will be able to find thousands of ways to spend your time in a way you’ve never done before. We hope this list will be of help—make your choice and have a good time!

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                  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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