Is it too early to plan your New Year’s trip? I don’t think so at all! When June comes around and the sun is hotter than hades, you know it’s too late to plan your summer vacation. You might be able to get a last minute deal somewhere nice, but ultimately the best spots will be already taken. You can say goodbye to your dreams of sunbathing on a sandy beach while drinking an exotic cocktail )unless you happen to live by the coast and have a cocktail mixer at home)!
June is the best time to plan vacations that most people don’t think about now: Thanksgiving, winter break, and more importantly, your New Year’s trip. Indeed, for a lot of people, the New Year’s vacation often happens as an afterthought between September and November, but the earlier you plan, the more chances you’ll get to find your dream vacation. After all, if you’re planning to spend a couple of weeks abroad, December is a good as any month to visit the world. In Christian countries, you’ll be surrounded by Christmas decorations – visit an actual German Christmas market in Germany, for instance – and most cities have their own holiday displays.
So, is it too early to plan your New Year’s vacation? The answer is NO, now is just the right time to recenter yourself and figure out where and how you want to start the new year.
New Year is a time for self-discovery
Everyone comes to the end of the year looking back and wondering what they would have done differently. How did your fitness resolution go? Did you get your career back on track? Have you finally met the perfect partner? If you can’t yet answer any of these questions, don’t panic. It’s only June and you still have plenty of time to make your dreams come true. And, you need to be realistic about what you wish as well. Most women promise to themselves to change their figure, lose weight and start a healthy lifestyle as the clocks rings 12 times on December 31st. How many of them actively work on making things happen? The answer is very few. But, before you start blaming yourself for not better any closer to your goals today than you were on New year’s day, remember that New Year’s resolutions rarely work out. You need to create a personal mission statement instead. It’s fair to say that taking time off to visit and engage with different cultures can give you the inspiration you need to define your goals for the new year and your strategy to reach them. What does a mission statement consist of? New Year is the ideal time of your life when you can set a new direction, and it happens once a year only. Make use of the festive season to make a list of things you love to do. Then you need to write down the values that best represent who you are and list the qualities you wish you had more of such as patience, leadership, etc. This little exercise helps you to encompass the essence of who you are. It defines your mission for the future. It’s not about losing weight or learning French. It’s about embracing your passion and making a difference to the world by improving what you have to give and share.
Do you need a digital detox to find yourself?
At the heart of your mission, you might find it difficult to identify exactly what you need to do to become a better version of yourself. Imagine for instance that you wish you were less stressed out, or that you could be more positive about yourself. Ultimately, nobody has a secret button at the back of their head that they need to switch on to create positivity or self-esteem. But, there may be elements that contribute to your negative mindset and your lack of self-confidence. Interestingly enough, negativity has never been more in your life than since you’ve started using a smartphone. Every day, people check their social media accounts. They want the latest news; they need to reach out to everyone and compare themselves to other users, which can increase their confidence issues. Additionally, carrying a phone with you means that you’re always accessible. People can call you and disturb your day at any time. And that can be stressful. That’s precisely why you might want to turn your New Year’s holiday into a digital detox vacation. Choose a remote location and lose yourself into the peace of the landscape. No phone. No ringtone. No social media access. Just you learning to make peace with your thoughts. You’ll come back feeling a lot more relaxed and centered.
Find somewhere unique for a party
Has life been treating you roughly these past few months? A lot of people can go through a rough patch, and unfortunately, often one unpleasant event can cause many others. Imagine arguing with a friend before going to work. You might still be running on anger when you discuss a project with colleagues, and suddenly, you find yourself yelling things you didn’t even know you thought. From there on, you could face professional difficulties, within your team or even in your industry sector. And as things can rapidly escalate, you might get nervous about the negative atmosphere that has developed as a result of your row. This can impact on your health in many ways, from causing sleeping troubles to creating stomach cramps. And ultimately, comes the end of the year and you feel like the world has sucked up all the joy out of your life. Relax. You just need to change your mind to get things back into perspective. You need to spend New Year in a place that knows how to party, such as Singapore. The firework displays are said to be mesmerizing for the occasion. Besides, you can easily find a room for rent in Singapore directly by the town center, so that you’re not far from the main celebrations. You’ll find parties happening everywhere in the country with amazing food and shopping options.
Start on a healthy foot
If you’ve been struggling to manage your mental and physical health, you probably need to go cold turkey and quit your harmful lifestyle habits. For instance, if you’re the kind of person who enjoys a drink in the evening, it might affect your sleep quality at night and impact on your productivity during the day. But, if you use a couple of glasses of wine after work as a way to relax, you might find it difficult to let go even if it is for the best. So, you might need to book yourself into a yoga retreat to become more mindful of what you do and don’t do to yourself. Bali in Indonesia is a renowned destination for yoga amateurs to learn to embrace their body flaws and free up their mind, with daily workouts on the beach. Besides, you can enjoy one of the healthiest and most diverse diets on the planet, as Bali follows a balanced Indian diet with a lot of vegetables and beneficial spices. A couple of weeks replacing your fast food lunch with pulses, cereals and vegetables can do wonders for the mind and the body!
A trip to the heart of Europe
How about you decide to leave your everyday worries behind and embrace new cultures and ways of thinking about life? It’s not uncommon to feel stuck in life and wonder wished you had an instruction book. Are you living life to the fullest? Are you the person you wanted to be? Are you where you wanted to be? All these questions can be left unanswered if you’re not sure of who you are anywhere or of whether your lifestyle still meets your needs. Traveling might not bring the answer to you, but it can inspire you to think outside the box and find new paths to explore. It can be difficult to encounter a variety of cultures during a small time, so the best way to discover new horizons during the festive seasons is to visit Europe. For practicality, you’ll find that internal travels can be a lot easier by trains, especially as it lets you see new landscapes. The best places to visit during the Christmas and New Year’s break in Europe are metropoles. Start your journey in London, where you’ll have no difficulty navigating through the locals. Then move to Paris for an epic firework display by the Eiffel tower. If you’re looking for fun traditions, you’ll love Barcelona and the 12 grapes custom at midnight. And finally, conclude your trip in the most magical town in Europe, Istanbul, where the population speaks different languages, has different faiths and loves different foods. It’s a lesson of tolerance and love.
Will you be a different person next year? The only way to become the best version of yourself is to let your New Year’s vacation show you the way to be better!