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5 Things to Make Your Summer Break Extraordinary



5 Things to Make Your Summer Break Extraordinary

Summer break is almost here, are you ready? If you’re tired of doing the same thing every year, you’re not alone. Many people get into the habit of routine, and while that can be fun, sometimes you just need more adventure in your life.

If you’re determined to have an extraordinary break, here are some great ideas.

1. Get out onto the water

Do you like being on the water? Maybe you normally spend your break on the warm beaches of Florida or California. Or maybe you prefer visiting the beach, but you’ve never considered getting out onto the water.

If you love the water, head to a lake or river. Do you have a friend with a boat? Ask them if you can tag along for an adventure. Maybe they like to go water skiing or wakeboarding. Maybe they’ve got a giant inner tube to pull behind their boat.

Find out what equipment they already have, and if they don’t have what you want, get your own water sports equipment and bring it along.

Even if you’re not into boating, you can tag along and go swimming or float around in a giant inner tube. Not everyone will be in the boat all the time, so feel free to relax on the shore.

2. Go to a water park

Spring break is the ideal time to head to a water park. It will be warm, but it won’t be scorching hot like in the summer. You’ll probably want to wear sunscreen anyway, but you’ll be able to enjoy being out in the sun a little more.

There are so many water parks around the world, so you probably don’t need to fly anywhere special to get to one. Unless, of course, you’re determined to visit a specific water park or area.

For instance, California has water parks combined with miniature golf courses. Other water parks are much larger and are located in popular tourist destinations like Spain, Dubai, and Australia.

Some water parks aren’t just made of water slides and miniature rivers to float around. Some actually have artificial waves for surfing, while others offer a real opportunity for wakeboarding, canoeing, and bungee jumping.

If you’re going to visit a water park out of your area, you may as well go multiple days in a row. If you get bored with any of the rides or attractions, you can always just hang out in the pool, dip your feet in, and people watch.

3. Learn a new skill

Not everyone is into parties. If you happen to be a bit more practical, consider taking the time to learn a new skill. For instance, maybe you’ve always wanted to learn how to cook or pick up woodworking. Whatever you’ve been wanting, pursue it during your break.

Most skills can be learned either online or locally. Chances are, you can find a group dedicated to whatever you’re interested in learning. Once you find a source you feel comfortable learning from, dive in and don’t look back.

4. Travel overseas

Instead of just taking a simple road trip with your friends, consider traveling somewhere far away. For example, plan a trip to London, Paris, or Barcelona. Get out of your comfort zone and travel somewhere that will give you a completely new experience in terms of language, culture, and art.

Traveling overseas will give you an amazing experience that you’ll never forget. You’ll learn plenty of new things, taste new foods, experience new ideas, and you’ll pick up some of the language or local dialect as well.

5. Pick up crafting

Crafting is an art that can get rather addicting, but what should you do? With so many types of crafts to choose from, you’ll find something of interest. Some crafts involve yarn, like crochet, while others involve cutting and gluing, like scrapbooking.

You can also construct and paint wooden models, like boats, cars, trains, and planes. No matter what you’re interested in, there’s a craft project out there for you.

Make this Summer Amazing

Spring break is a time to enjoy yourself and not take life too seriously. If you’ve been studying hard, this is the time to take a break and relax. Do something different, something exciting. Spend time with your friends and enjoy yourself fully. The world, including your studies, can wait.

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Beautifully Cheap European Vacations




The European hotspots are consistently busy and typically not very affordable, so let’s skip Barcelona, Marseille and the other trendy destinations. If you want to save big on your summer holiday(s), try visiting one of these cheaper destinations for all the bang with half the buck.


     Sure Malta isn’t as cheap as you may wish, but it’s still much more affordable than hotspots like Lisbon or Sorrento. Head to Sliema for a hip beach town filled with designer shops and trendy cafes that won’t totally break your budget. The nightlife is wild and fun and the beaches are gorgeous.  


      Obviously, major beach cities like Lisbon will break your budget wide open, but Portugal has plenty of affordable alternatives. Try Algarve, just down the road from popular Lisbon but nearly half the cost. Enjoy over 300 sunny days a year, warm waters and some of the best surf on the Atlantic coast. This small beach region is a gem and should be visited even if only for a few days. 


     The ancient Mediterranean beach city of Paphos in Cyprus is the perfect beach destination. Enjoy ancient ruins of the Greco-Roman empires while basking in the warm sun. The city comes alive in the warm summer months and visitors will enjoy the variety of restaurants, castles, and monasteries the old town region has to offer.


     Greece is the Mecca of Mediterranean beaches and many are extremely expensive, so let’s find an affordable one. Try Cephalonia, a small island that rivals Crete for cheapness. Get the most out of your European beach vacation at this Greek island and have the best trip possible.


     OK, hear me out; maybe try a beach destination that isn’t on the ocean. Head to the resort town of Sunny Beach, Bulgaria and save huge on your summer vacation. The Black Sea isn’t salty and has very mild waves; so expect a lake type of vibe with a party atmosphere. The nightlife here gets rowdy and the bars along the beach stay open late.


     No longer a well-kept secret, Croatia is now a hotspot for vacationing Europeans. Instead of hitting the hot islands or capital city, try Porec for your budget summer vacation in style. The city is a throwback with rustic architecture and an old town that features cobblestone streets.   The water and beaches are great and the weather couldn’t be better.


     Everyone wants to visit the Amalfi Coast in Italy, but few of us can afford such a luxurious trip. Instead try to visit the Puglia region, which is much less crowded and offers some really great deals. Check out the resort town of Otranto, which features huge rock pools and rustic beaches. The stone buildings will bring you back in time and the cheap prices will bring you back.

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Avoiding Foreign Illness When Traveling




 Traveling is a pleasure, but getting sick on your trip can be a bummer. You work so hard to take time off from your job and you spent so much money on this life-changing vacation… so the last thing you want is to spend your trip lying in a hotel bed, sleeping in a wastebasket. You want to explore, which means you need to stay healthy and virus-free.

Most people don’t know that there are several things you can do that can cut down on the chances of getting sick when you’re on vacation. Our team of health experts decided to pass along four easy tips that are sure to keep you having fun by not getting sick the next time you travel.


     Always drinking bottled water will ensure that your water is never full of harmful bacteria and will help you avoid the nasty effects that drinking contaminated water can have on your body. If a bottle of water is opened before you sit down at a restaurant then don’t drink it because there is a good chance that they just filled it up at the tap, kindly ask for a new bottle for your meal even if it costs a little bit more money it is always worth it.

Staying healthy is worth the extra bit of money every time, because if you catch something like Montezuma’s revenge then there is no amount of money you wouldn’t pay to get rid of that awful sickness.


If you think you might have trouble finding bottled water on your trip then be sure to pack iodine pills beforehand. All you have to do is throw a pill into the water you want to drink and then voila it is good to go. There are also a lot of great options for water purifiers that are great options for on the go.

Check the internet and find a convenient option that works best for you and use it to make sure you are drinking clean water. If you haven’t figured it out by now, clean water is very important to stay healthy. 


     You don’t win friends with salad when you’re traveling. Raw vegetables are usually washed with tap water which can make you very sick. You can be drinking all the clean water in the world, but once you eat some raw vegetables that have been rinsed in contaminated water then you can kiss all your hard work goodbye. Always eat cooked vegetables to avoid getting that contaminated water in your mouth.


Your doctor will gladly write you a prescription for an antibiotic for you to use when you get sick. Pick up some prescription antibiotics before you head out on your trip just in case you do get caught with one of these awful illnesses so that you can take the appropriate actions to help recover and get back to enjoying your awesome trip.

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Are You Really Getting The Most Out Of Your Vacation Time?




 In a recently published LinkedIn study, an astounding 73% of full-time professionals mentioned that they would forego a job offer if the offering company did not match up with their own expectations. Interestingly, 76% of respondents mentioned that vacation time is very important, if not vital, to their job acceptance. In a digital world that allows individuals to keep track and manage their work at all times, it’s not a surprise that mental “burnout” is creeping up on every industry’s best. To combat this, vacation time is needed to provide the most talented, hardworking, and committed with a break from their professional lives. They need to be given time to recharge and enjoy time outside (figuratively and metaphorically) to live more impactful and positive lives. Unfortunately, corporate America has not allowed this freedom to truly take hold.

     It was noted that 46% of working individuals have mentioned that they do not take 100% of their allowed time off. Of that 46%, 38% mention that there is simply too much work and 28% report that there are no company-wide fillers to ensure their work is completed on-time. While contractually-agreed upon vacation expectations and allowances are legally protected, employees do not feel comfortable taking off excess time. Over half of the respondents reported that while they were able to manage to make an escape to uncharted territories, they still feel the need to consistently keep tabs on their work messages, texts, and emails. Short and sweet, they don’t want to get left behind.

     At the end of the day, if you’re encountering this dilemma (or preparing to face it), be realistic with your professional work and relaxation. If you plan on taking some time off, what can be withheld until your return? If a full two-weeks worth of time away can’t be accommodated, create some shorter, longer-weekend type scenarios. Find a locale that will make the most of your time and money to truly enrich your distance away from the office.

     You’re going out for a refresh – a chance to completely make peace within yourself. If it adds to the helpfulness of the time spent away from coworkers, spend some time with your team and any other important team members to ensure your time away is accounted for and proactively managed. It may be beneficial to even develop an “emergency plan” for the most vital or even all members of the office during their times away from active communication. No matter how senior or how new an employee stands in a company, they all serve important jobs in an organization that needs to be efficiently completed to ensure tenured success. Some of you may have the power, stature, or ability to more freely claim absolute freedom while on vacations. This may come with greater ability but do not allow yourself to completely rupture yourself while you sail across the Caribbean in your yacht. Digital communication is a gift and a curse. Simply, keep your work-life maintained only during very specific intervals in which checking your work number is perfectly acceptable. 

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