15
May
How to Bond With Strangers On Holiday

How to Bond With Strangers On Holiday

When you are on holiday you may be interested in getting to know some of the locals who will be able to help make your vacation memorable and take you to some of the best attractions in the area. It is important that you try new things when you are on holiday as you are spending so much money to have a lovely experience it wouldn’t make sense for you to limit yourself to those you are familiar with. There are many ways that you can bond with strangers when you are on holiday in a way that is natural and doesn’t make you seem that you are coming on too strong.

It is normal for you to be nervous when approaching a stranger but as long as you remember to be warm and friendly, you should grow quite comfortable in a little time once you have gotten to know each other more. Again while it can be very daunting if you are able to form a solid bond with someone new you will hopefully be able to bring a new friend into the many different aspects of your home and family life. This article will be looking at various methods of making a bond between yourself and someone new that will last a very long time.

Introductory Drinks

A great way that you can create a solid bond and friendship with someone new and break the ice between strangers would have to be as simple as buying them a drink and introducing yourself. This is a great way to come across as a friendly individual and I am sure that the receiver of the drink will appreciate the gesture and be inclined to start a conversation with you. From this, you have already set a friendly tone which makes it easier and more natural for a lengthy conversation to follow.

Questions and Conversation Starters

If you are someone who likes to be prepared for any situation then you may want to look at finding some form of conversation starters or friendly questions that you can save for initial interactions with a new friend. You want to get new people talking about themselves so that you can show an interest in their lives and learn more about the person, this is when having a list of questions can really come in handy. Especially when you are talking to other guys who may get a little bit nervous about approaching someone who they don’t know in a public setting.

Making Other Plans

Depending on how long you have left on your holidays, you may want to take things a little further and try and arrange some extra plans with your new friend. This is a great way to solidify your bond with someone new as you are showing that you are being genuine about your wishes to spend more time together. As you become more familiar I am sure that you will be able to establish yourself as friends and maybe even arrange to meet up or communicate outside of your holiday time when you are back home.

Using Social Media and Exchanging Contact Info

A final way that you can bond with strangers when you are on holiday and even after the holiday is over is by exchanging contact information and following each other on social media. Social media especially is very convenient for keeping in contact with distant friends, and you can even use the platform to arrange further plans should your paths cross again. Social media is free and easy to use so you should have no issues in building a strong friendship.

27
Jan
Reasons Why You Should Never Settle When Picking a Hotel

Reasons Why You Should Never Settle When Picking a Hotel

If you are smart, you will be among the few people rushing to go on holiday before the next lockdown. With new variations of Covid hitting the world, it is predicted that we are bound to experience yet another lockdown in the near future, which means now is the perfect time to get away before you are forced to stay indoors for another year.

If you are one of the people rushing to book a holiday, you may be willing to cut a few corners. Right now there are some limits on which countries you are allowed to visit, so you may not be able to go to your first choice. You may not also be able to go when you ideally want to, as the clock is ticking for when you will be able to holiday at all.

Though you are expected to make some compromises, somewhere that you shouldn’t compromise is when it comes to picking your hotel. You have no idea when the next time you travel will be and the last thing that you want is to be left with memories of a disappointing hotel ruining your big break.

Even if you do not plan on spending a lot of time in your hotel room, your hotel is still a huge part of your holiday experience. Here are just some reasons why you should never settle when it comes to picking a hotel room.

You Don’t Have To

One of the biggest reasons why you shouldn’t compromise on your hotel is because you simply don’t have to. There are so many fantastic hotels on the market that it is much easier to find a good hotel than it is to find one that isn’t the best.

There are a number of things that you can do to ensure that you are not being left with terrible hotel options. For example, if you know that a certain resort or hotel branch has a good reputation, you could check to see if they have a location where you plan on visiting.

When I was traveling last year, I was extremely worried about going to a hotel that I would not like. Instead of leaving it up to chance, I took the time to think about when I went to Jamaica and stayed at a Sandal Resort. I had a great time at the resort and realized that I wanted the same experience on my next trip. Luckily for me, there were a few Sandal Resorts where I was staying, so I did a comparison of all the sandal resorts in the area and found one that was available on the date I planned on going.

If you are facing the same issue, you should look back to a hotel that you recall enjoying on a previous holiday. This way, you will know that you will enjoy the hotel that you visit.

Young couple smiling with the globe map and passports, they choosing place for travel

Bad Hotels Could Ruin Your Trip

Another reason why you should never settle when it comes to picking a hotel room is that picking a poor hotel room can completely ruin your holiday.

First of all, walking into a bad hotel can completely dampen your mood. Poor hotels often aren’t very accommodating to their guests and this is something that you will notice as soon as you arrive at the hotel. It is likely that staff won’t be very attentive and you will have to make a lot of the first moves to your room on your own.

If you have been traveling for quite a long time, then being welcomed with poor service may leave you in a sour mood. This sour mood that you may experience will only get worse if you go to your room and notice that it is not the quality that you imagined.

The last thing that you want is to have a poor mood when you are on holiday. Unfortunately, bad moods can often be difficult to shake and if you plan on spending your time in that hotel for the duration of your holiday, then your feelings about the hotel are only going to continue to arise and leave you feeling awful.

Bad Bed

A correlation that is often shared between bad hotels is bad beds. If you go to a cheap and awful hotel, it is likely that they haven’t upgraded their beds in a while or they have purchased a cheap mattress.

The main purpose of your hotel is to ensure that you are well-rested enough to be able to enjoy the rest of your trip. If you are unable to achieve a good night of rest, then it is likely that the rest of your plans may be disrupted. You may choose to sleep in for much longer in order to feel well-rested, which means that you could miss out on some of the things that you are excited to see.

Nobody likes sleeping in a bad bed and when you are on holiday, you are often on your feet quite a lot, so you need to get rest when you can. If you are unable to get rest, then you may choose to not go to some of the activities that you have planned.

This could really compromise your holiday and you may prevent yourself from having experiences that you are excited to try and have looked forward to.

2
Nov
How to Make Friends While on Holiday

How to Make Friends While on Holiday

It is said that you should go travelling alone at least once in your lifetime. Seeing the world alone is an experience like no other and it really gives you the chance to get to know yourself and think about your future prospects.

Travelling with a group of people can be hard enough, as the process of finding a hotel and making your way through the airport can be a bit hectic. For that reason, the prospect of having to do all of that on your own may seem extremely intimidating.

Travelling alone may also not be too appealing if you are someone that is quite extroverted. Going on holiday may not feel worth it if you have nobody to talk to, but travelling alone doesn’t mean that you have to have a lonely holiday, as you can make friends with people while you are away.

Making friends on holiday may seem scary, but it will only further your experience of travelling alone. If you are not sure how you would go about making it, here are some tips on making friends while you are on holiday.

Go to Events

When you go to a hotel, in every reception there is a bulletin board that is dedicated to informing tourists about any upcoming events or clubs that are happening. It can be tempting to walk straight past this board, but if you are travelling alone, it is recommended that you take a minute to look.

The activities on the board may not be your usual style, but you are on holiday and so now is the perfect time to try something new. Usually, on these boards there is a sign-up sheet, so you will be able to see which activity is the most popular. The busier the event is, the more likely you will make friends, so don’t be afraid to add your name to the list.

Be careful when you are picking the activities that you will be doing, as some simply would not allow for you to communicate with other people. For example, if you are doing an underwater scuba expedition, you won’t get the chance to talk to anyone and so won’t be able to make friends.

An ideal activity that you should look for is something crafts related, as you often get plenty of chances to talk and even joke about the difficulty of the task ahead of you. You are under no obligation to stick to one activity, so why not sign up to a few and see what takes your fancy?

Head to the Hotel Bar

Head to the Hotel Bar

A great way that you can easily speak to someone is over a drink. Alcohol helps to calm your nerves and makes the process of speaking to someone new much easier. The bar is the perfect time to speak to someone, as you will both be waiting for your drinks.

Something that may surprise you is that if you tell someone that you are travelling alone, they will feel quite inclined to invite you to come to sit with them. That is just how we behave as humans and it can be used to our own advantage.

When people are on holiday, they are in high spirits and are looking to make friends with new people. If you find some other people that are not travelling in big groups, then they will be grateful for the company and will be likely to speak to you so that they can also make friends.

If you go to your hotel bar and spot people that are alone, don’t be afraid to start a conversation with them, as they will most likely be appreciative that you have had the nerves to do it. Speaking to someone new can be difficult and it can be hard to think of a topic of conversation. There is nothing wrong with reverting back to classic conversation starters and I recommend that you give the would you rather game a try. This is a great way to get to know someone and it isn’t as formal as a conversation. Getting alcohol involved will ease the conversation a bit and make it a lot funner, so give it a try.

9
Nov

These are the Best Ski Resorts to Visit if You Are a Skiing Novice

Skiing has always been, and will likely remain an extremely popular and glamorous sport to partake in. The idea of climbing to the beautiful snowy peak of a mountain in Sweden to shred up the land at high speeds with breath-taking views and incredible resorts to calm down from the exhilaration makes for a fantastic holiday goal for all kinds of people. But if you are a novice to the sport, it can be easy to become unnerved by stories of danger associated with the sport and the high prices charged by many of the more popular resorts. This can create a veritable minefield for prospective new skiers and can even put people off the idea entirely. Hopefully, these resort suggestions can help ease the transition from non-skier to a skiing maniac to improve your vacation opportunities for years to come.

 

La Plagne

Europe is the world’s hotspot for a good reason, and the French Alps have been a great place to ski for decades and is loved by skiers of all abilities. La Plagne in particular is a magnificent place to start, with its extremely modern build and well-placed living areas right by 4 chairlifts and easy to access busses making it one of the most convenient ways to go directly from your bed to the peak and back down to the local village. It certainly isn’t the cheapest solution, but the easy access to local amenities and the skiing itself combined with its relatively safe and well-controlled slopes makes it ideal for anyone new to the sport.

 

Breckenridge

If you aren’t willing to travel all the way across the Atlantic Ocean to try a sport you aren’t yet fully comfortable with, you can always venture somewhere far closer to home. Breck is located in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado, a wild area that mimics many of the snowy mountains in Europe without all the hassle of going international. This already makes it an ideal candidate to go out and trial this new hobby with its local convenience, but the resort itself is a fantastic place to ski. Not only are the mountains challenging without being too strenuous, but the local town also is directly below the skiing area and has everything you need to feel at home while on vacation. It even has a mall located in the next village which is just a free 20-minute bus ride away, allowing you to set up for extended periods of time without having to give up anything you are used to having when you aren’t living up a mountain.

 

One of these resorts would be an excellent place to start your skiing adventures and help you gain some in-the-field experience, which is the best way to go from novice to expert in such physical sports. If you still want to improve your chance of enjoyment, it is worth shopping around for some higher-grade equipment such as the traditional skis and warm, packed clothing. To really bring your experience to the max, I would also recommend picking up some personal audio equipment, a guide to which can be found here at https://snowgaper.com/best-skiing-headphones/. This can really help bring the magnificent beauty of nature up a level with your favorite music to create a more personal and brilliant experience all round.

17
Oct

4 Great Phone Games to Keep you Occupied While Travelling

Traveling, whether it’s across the world, to visit family or friends, for a holiday or to work, it is something that’s a part of everyone’s life. Sometimes a good book isn’t enough to keep you distracted; if you’re like me, the words start turning to mush, and you need a break from those white pages, even if it is a turner. One great way I’ve found of passing the time is mobile gaming. Right now, there are some great and addictive games to keep you totally occupied while you’re on that train, being a passenger in a car, riding the bus, catching the ferry, or traversing the underground network.

 

Penguin Isle

‘Penguin Isle’ is the sweetest game! Become the developer of an isle completely inhabited by Penguins and their friends. This sweet game begins with a few penguin-essential businesses. To start off, you’ll only have a handful of penguins to put to work and look after, but once assigned to a business and earning money, you can upgrade your businesses, buy penguin eggs to hatch, and even have different species of penguins live on your isle.

 

From a lighthouse to whale watching, a seagull peak, and a penguin adventure park, your little isle will soon grow and become a fully-fledged penguin haven. The animators of this game weren’t stingy, either; zoom in to watch your penguins perform actions, use your attractions, and react to your touch! This game also accumulates in-game money while you’re “away” from the game, so this is a brilliant afk game for travelers while you switch platforms or catch your connecting bus!

 

Among Us

‘Among Us’ has barely been launched and is already a gaming phenomenon. With the ability to play on a computer or mobile phone, the game has been saturated with eager players from all over the world. Among Us, a seemingly simple game has brought so many gamers utter joy and brilliant gameplay. The premise is simple; you’re either a crewmate or an imposter.

 

If you’re a crewmate, your job is to complete the tasks assigned to you, which can vary depending on which of the three maps you’re playing. The tasks consist of memory games, reattaching broken wires, and even destroying asteroids, among others. However, the catch is you and your fellow crewmates must finish these tasks to win while avoiding the murderous tendencies of the imposters among you. Part of your duty as a crewmate is to report any bodies you find, and ejecting all the imposters into space for an early win (just make sure you don’t get yourself ejected!).

 

Now, the second role you could be assigned is that of the imposter. Your one task is to cause complete and utter chaos while maintaining a façade of complete innocence. You have the ability to sabotage ship systems, resulting in oxygen depletion or a reactor overload if the crewmates can’t fix them in time. Your other ability is to kill your non-imposter crewmates and dwindle your numbers down enough to win the game.

 

Now, go check on your penguins!

 

Swordigo

‘Swordigo’ is an old classic. It is a single-player story and action game, your role is that of an apprentice who must avenge their master’s murder and purge the land of the evil that is taking over in the form of creatures, dangerous terrain, and the antagonist of the game. I’ve never finished it because of the difficult boss levels, but even without the ending, this game is worthwhile.

 

Lara Croft Go

‘Lara Croft Go’ is a puzzle game where you control Lara herself while navigating tombs and underground caverns. The puzzles on this game are sure to keep you occupied during your journeys.

 

I hope these suggestions help your travels to be more enjoyable. Happy gaming!

The 6 Most Scenic Holiday Destinations Across America

If you are interested in going somewhere nice on vacation, without having to pay expensive prices to fly abroad, it might be a good idea to consider a road trip. This way you can get away from home for a while without having to spend a lot of money and it will also give you a chance to see some of the beautiful sites and holiday destinations that are spread out across the country. Due to the sheer size of the USA as a country, some of these might be very far from you and not an option to travel to, however, there is bound to be at least one destination on this list of the 6 most scenic holiday destinations across America that might be close enough.

United state of America, USA

  1. New York City, New York – popular as a travel destination for tourists, NYC might also be somewhere for you and your friends to go. If you’re from a particularly quiet part of the country, New York City might be a completely new experience for you and not only can you have fun on a huge shopping spree, but there are also a lot of other things to do. The beauty of the city will make you Instagram look great thanks to pictures of the famous yellow cabs or skyscraper.
  2. Orlando, Florida – this is somewhere to bring the kids thanks to the magic of Disney World and Universal Studios, both of which your kids (and you) are gonna love. Whilst it may be a bit expensive to get into the parks, this is a vacation that you will never forget, as the memories will always stay with you. If you want to keep more than just memories from your trips, it might be a good idea to invest in a good camera. Before spending, however, you should look online at sites like Camerakool for reviews of a wide range of cameras to ensure you get the best available option.
  3. New Orleans, Louisiana – New Orleans is a famous tourist destination across the world as you know that when you go, you’re going to have a great time. The locals will always make sure that you’re having fun and love to show you the colourful and beautiful sites.
  4. San Francisco, California – with so many fun tourist destinations to have a look at and visit, as well as the unique structure of the city thanks to the extremely steep streets, it is very unlikely that you will come away from this vacation having had a bad time.
  5. Savannah, Georgia – not typically first on people’s lists of places to visit, Savannah is a traditional and beautiful Southern city, where you can learn about the history of the South.
  6. Seattle, Washington – Seattle has several famous landmarks that make visiting worth the money you spend on gas. Whether you visit the Space Needle to see an amazing view of the city, or a huge Nirvana fan, excited to see where they originated, you are bound to have a great time.
5
Apr

What’s the Best Game for Long Trips

What’s the Best Game for Long Trips

Long Trips can be agonizing, especially without something to entertain you. And as mobile gaming improves there are just too many choices on what to play. And even the most popular games will drain your battery too fast. So you want something free, engaging and that won’t drain the battery of your phone within moments. Luckily, such a game exists. 7 Deadly Sins: Grand Cross, or simply 7ds, is the game for you. 7ds is the best for long trips without a doubt and here is why.

Simple yet Different

Based on the show of the same now, 7 Deadly Sins takes the turn-based strategy genre and puts a fresh spin on it. The game follows the story of the show so true fans will be able to immerse themselves into the world they love so much. But even if you aren’t a fan of the show the gameplay is still incredible. Using a team-based structure you will collect new powers and great and level up your characters. Facing off against other teams of 3, all recognizable characters from the show, and see if you have the skills to overcome the challenge.

Free and Lasting

The game is designed with battery life in mind, and for long trips this is vital. The game will make sure you are entertained for the duration. And the most important aspect of it all, it’s completely free. This means it is the ideal and obvious choice for your trip. No paying out of pocket just to keep your sanity as you travel.

Flourishing Community

The game has a dedicated and loyal community of players who are constantly helping out new players or simply chatting about their favorite aspects of the game. So even after your long trip is done, this game will still have so much to offer you!

31
Mar

The 7 Most Luxurious Holidays On Earth

Stress is a factor in everyone’s life, but one of the best ways to take your mind of things and improve your life is to book a luxury holiday to a destination faraway from the anxieties of work and homelife.

This is because knowing you have a holiday coming up will bring more positive thoughts, and more positive thoughts means more positive experiences. This, of course, is the law of attraction, and while it may seem confusing, simply looking up a review of the manifestation magic course will help you understand why positive thoughts are so helpful and consequently, why booking a luxury holiday would be so beneficial!

1. Elounda, Crete

While Elounda is a cheap, don’t be fooled by the price. This once quiet fishing village is now a luxurious holiday destination with picturesque scenery and fantastic hotels.

2. Cascais, Portugal

Located just 20km from Lisbon, Cascais is full of incredible luxury restaurants and bars.

3. Limon, Costa Rica

Costa Rica is the perfect place for action packed adventure. Whether its zip-lining over the treetops of the Monteverde Cloud forest or white-water rafting down the Balsa river, if you if you have a family but still want luxury Limon is a perfect destination.

4. Pattaya City, Thailand

Filled with picturesque beaches, rich Buddhist history, and arguably the best nightlife in the world, Pattaya is a perfect luxury destination regardless of what you’re looking for.

5. Maldives

Comprised of over 1000 isles, the sea life here in almost beyond imagination. The luxury hotels here also usually have stilts above the water, meaning you can wake up and jump right in!

6. Tokyo, Japan

The epicenter of Japans renowned culture and geography lies in this bustling city, so it’s perfect for visiting one of Asia’s true gems.

  1. New York, USA

While Tokyo may be one of the epicenters of Asia, New Yok is the cultural equivalent in the Americas, essentially being the center of Western culture today. So if it’s relaxation rather than exploration you’re after, New York could be the perfect place.