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Travel Blogger to Travel Vlogger Project

We are extremely excited to announce that the first Travel Blogger to Travel Vlogger Project workshop is kicking off this weekend, Email us to be involved.

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Cole and Adela, Four Jandals Adventure Travel Blog

From beginners with smartphones, to professionals with multi-thousand dollar set ups, everyone is doing it these days.

Video Blogging that is.

We even dabble in it a little bit ourselves with adventure travel videos from Running with the Bulls, Diving in the Red Sea and biking in Spain. Check out our Youtube channel for more adventure videos too.

However, much like our own, most travel videos really do suck.

With the rise of online video, businesses have begun to sit up and take notice of Travel Vloggers. But travellers want to watch great videos.

This is why we have created a new partnership called the Travel Blogger to Travel Vlogger (TB2TV) program. We have joined forces with the incredibly talented Greg Brand and his team at Travizeo, the travel video agency, and the wonderful Kelley Ferro from Tripfilms, the worlds leading travel video community.

Greg approached me initially to help get more Travel Bloggers to start Vlogging, as he thought that most already have half of what it takes to become a great Vlogger.

They are passionate about travel AND they know how to research a good travel story.

What we have done is create a Travel Blogger to Travel Vlogger workshop and online course (in the making) for any Travel Bloggers who are interested in learning how to create successful and engaging travel video content. The first workshop is in Brighton this very weekend!

If you are interested then all you need to do is send us an email to hello@travizeo with the subject “Travel Blogger to Travel Vlogger”.

Include a little about yourself and your Travel Blog, why you would like to be a part of this project, and what equipment you already have to work with. Remember, even a smartphone can be used to create great travel videos. There are no barriers to entry and the best part is that we are very glad to say it costs nothing at all.

All you need to do is get yourself to the venue every time we have a workshop. At the moment the physical workshops will be held in Brighton in the UK, every few months. However, we welcome anyone from around the world to enrol in our online workshop so send us an email today.

Finally, we are looking for interested Tourism Boards, DMO’s and Travel Companies who might be interested in hosting a Travel Blogger to Travel Vlogger workshop. Basically, we can host a workshop wherever you are with the invited Travel Bloggers (soon to be Travel Vloggers) to visit and explore your destination over a 2/3 day travel video course.

At the end of the course the Tourism Board, DMO or Travel Company ends up with very unique and incredibly awesome travel videos that they can use to promote their area. If you are a PR company or are interested in finding out more then please email us at contact@fourjandals.com

Follow us on Twitter with the hashtag #TB2TV to be kept up to date. We look forward to hearing from you and getting started on this exciting project!

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Cailin

    January 11, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Congrats Cole, I’ll be interested to see how this turns out 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      Cheers Cailin! Fingers crossed we can turn it into a reality. Now I just need to find some more time…

  2. Bret@ Green Global Travel

    January 11, 2013 at 4:22 PM

    Great idea, Cole! We’ve done a lot of videos over the past two years, and have tons of footage we’ve shot that we haven’t put to use yet. What would be REALLY helpful for us is a workshop on how to edit videos more quickly and efficiently, preferably without having to buy a $500 software package. For us, finding time to edit videos together has been a big stumbling block, but we’d love to learn more. Keep us in the loop, please!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      Brilliant idea for a video workshop Bret! We have tonnes of footage too that we haven’t found the time to edit yet. Everyone I talk to though just says that they can spend 1 – 2 hours shooting film, then 8 hours editing and they end up with a 2 minute video. So much work involved in creating a unique and FUN video! Will keep in touch with more information as we build it up. The online course is still a work in progress!

  3. Natalie

    January 11, 2013 at 4:34 PM

    Interested in your online workshops Cole – can these be done in our own time or is it a set schedule?

    • nomadic translator

      January 11, 2013 at 6:56 PM

      great point raised by Natalie, I would like to know whether we could take part of these workshops on our own time as well.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:48 AM

      The online workshops are still in the process of being designed to be honest! Once they are up we will be in touch Natalie 🙂

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  5. nomadic translator

    January 11, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    such a great project! I’m really looking forward to the online workshops, will definitely be taking part from sunny Florida. Keep us updated

    – Maria Alexandra

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Will do Maria! The workshops online are still a work in progress so could be a couple of months yet…

  6. Kurt

    January 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    Seriously guys? This is pretty amazing. Great concept. Great timing and opportunity to learn. Kudos.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:51 AM

      Thanks Kurt! Hopefully we can make it successful. Just need some time to put it all together.

  7. Amber Hoffman

    January 12, 2013 at 2:33 AM

    Great post Cole! I expressed interest when you first announced the idea for an online course, and would love to be included! Wish it could happen soon because I am heading to Cuba next week and Burma in February – I will try to take decent videos and see what I can do with them afterwards! Keep me posted.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:53 AM

      The more raw footage you have Amber then the easier it is to create awesome videos. Just remember that even with 1 hour or more of videos you will likely end up with about 2 – 3 minutes of finished video. Takes a lot of work to edit something down into a finely polished video! We are definitely not pro’s at it either haha.

      • Amber Hoffman

        January 17, 2013 at 7:13 PM

        Well, I will try to take as much video as possible in Cuba! Thanks guys!

  8. Lissie

    January 12, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    I noticed you are a Kiwi I thought the workshops might be near Wellington – guess not! I’m very interested in the online version though – I know I need to do more with video!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      We wish we could hold them in Wellington… but currently living in Edinburgh. Should be back downunder in a few months though so maybe we can work together then!

  9. T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries

    January 13, 2013 at 2:13 PM

    Good stuff. I know I worked a lot with video in 2012 with our YouTube channel, and it’s about to get a lot more coverage in 2013 since we are live blogging the Destination Freedom retreat in March, April and May of 2013 here in The Riviera Maya.

    We’re covering the entire three month journey of our participants as they get their location independent lifestyles off the ground, learn Spanish, launch their brands and as we take off on our adventure tour with Snail Adventures on the Spring Equinox at Chichen Itza, plus the daily adventures in and around Cancun.

    Then we have the Summer retreat (July, August and September) plus the Winter retreat (November, December and January) before I turn all three of those retreats into a documentary in 2014 covering the growth of the retreat members and their brands/travels/lifestyles around the world.

    Video is a powerful tool for those who use it…and it’s much more than just showcasing the adventure activities of traveling.

    Thanks for sharing

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:06 PM

      The retreats sound incredible! How am I only just finding out about them! Need to do some more research I think…

      Good luck with it all though and will definitely be following along very closely. We are still trying to make better videos to increase our own ROI. It is the same as all social media. The more effort and time you put in, the greater the rewards!

      Thanks for both your comments 🙂

      • T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries

        January 16, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        Mostly it’s because I haven’t talked a lot about it publicly!

        This first retreat was offered directly to my private newsletter members first before the public, and then I’ve only talked about it on the Google+ and Facebook pages. I’ve invited a few guest speakers (we have a major travel blogger who is going to be here in March with his own group on a tour, and we’ll be meeting up for a day trip and he’s mentioned his interest in guest speaking, but I’m keeping it under wraps for now! Plus a couple of web development and personal assistant friends of mine who are going to be talking/teaching) and we are rolling right along. But no…I haven’t done any major press for anything yet…that comes later!

        Once we get into the first retreat I’ll be doing press for the Summer retreat, sometime in April after we finish up our adventure retreat and I have a bunch of photos + videos to share with the public of our progress 🙂 On the plus side, we already have two couples who have expressed interest in the Winter retreat back here in The Riviera Maya, and we’re looking forward to continue seeing it grow!

        Hard part is deciding where we want to host the Summer retreat!

        • Cole Burmester

          January 17, 2013 at 9:47 AM

          Sounds awesome! I know a lot of people will be interested in this sort of thing, not just travel bloggers too, so once you get to the stage of wanting a bit more promotion please let us know. Happy to have a guest post from you on our site and we want to hear more about the summer retreat anyway! Might just be a little out of our price range unfortunately.
          But if it is in Europe then there is a greater possibility we could make it happen.
          Cheers

          • T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries

            January 19, 2013 at 9:59 PM

            Rock on.

            Well, we are going to open it up (the “where” of the Summer retreat) to a vote in mid-April, I think, to see whether we have more people interested in Veliko Tarnovo in Bulgaria; Medellin, Colombia; or San Cristobal de las Casas here in Mexico. Wherever the next one is, we’ll be doing it somewhere mountainous because I’m not a fan of the blistering heat here in Cancun in the June to September months!

            And I’m certainly down for a guest post about it all! I’ll probably hit you up for it in early April, after we’ve finished up the adventure tour for our 3-month retreat and have a good stockpile of video + photos to share around as promotion for the Summer + Winter retreats. Since this is our first one, we don’t have any group photos to share yet! Although we do have a pretty amazing line-up of guest speakers (which I announced a couple of days ago on our Facebook and Google+ pages) for this first retreat, including Wandering Earl, Hans from Pro Web Group, and Janelle from Virtual Assistant Info.

            In the meantime, things are nuts here 🙂 I actually need to get back to doing Tip of the Day videos, and I’m looking forward to participating in the online workshops you guys are putting together for this initiative. Video is a great way to get people closer together, and I’m loving how well it helps with business also!

          • Cole Burmester

            January 20, 2013 at 7:56 PM

            Sounds great! We will be sure to keep an eye out for more info and definitely keep us in the loop.

            Will update you about the Vlogger project as we continue to develop it as well.

  10. T.W. Anderson @ Marginal Boundaries

    January 13, 2013 at 9:01 PM

    I’ll also add that, from my own perspective, video format gives me a lot more ROI in terms of time investments. Every time I put up a video on YouTube I sell multiple copies of our eBooks, plus have significantly more traffic + signups to our various social media pages/newsletter/etc. And I’m not even a “big dog” in the industry yet.

    People *love* video, regardless of what it is. You can do adventure videos, how-to videos, tip of the day videos, x destination videos, y activity videos, z people/culture/restaurant videos….it doesn’t really matter, because the current model for social media = people are in love with video content.

    So from a purely business standpoint, it’s a great investment/something for people to pick up and learn, if only to help boost income. It’s also just one more notch in your social media belt in terms of finding fans, followers, customers, clients, co-workers, business partners and beyond.

    I’ll be signing up, by the way 🙂

  11. DJ Yabis | Dream Euro Trip

    January 16, 2013 at 8:09 PM

    This is super cool. I wish I have more time to join though. If there’s part 2, I’ll join by then! Good work guys!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 17, 2013 at 9:49 AM

      Will let you know once we get the online course organised!

  12. Vera

    January 19, 2013 at 3:51 AM

    Sounds cool, Cole! I know that if you’re interested in doing something, you should start right away, even when you feel you’re not well prepared. In fact, when travel bloggers are interviewed, the one common thing they agree to regret is that they didn’t start blogging earlier. Despite what I just said, I don’t feel I could take on another project right now myself, but I am looking very much forward to see more v-logging from you and others in the future, because videos ARE a lot of fun!!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 19, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      I need another 2 or 3 of me to get these sorts of projects off the ground! But thanks for the encouragement Vera. I am hopefully starting on the first proposal for it this weekend… and I need to spend a few days editing videos 🙂

  13. Michael Hodson

    January 20, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Well done, Cole. Will be a great project to watch and follow along with.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 20, 2013 at 7:59 PM

      Thanks Michael. I actually have a few ideas I want to chat with you about so will be in touch soon!

  14. Dave

    January 20, 2013 at 12:19 PM

    I need to get more involved with the video camera, but it really is a huge pain to edit the videos to anything worth showing – and then try uploading to youtube with china internet connections…yikes! Wish I coul get myself to Brighton but don’t think it will be happening this time around!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 20, 2013 at 8:04 PM

      We always struggle with the editing part too! We get a few hours of footage then have to take 8+ hours to edit it down to 2 mins. It is crazy! Hopefully can get you guys involved in the project somehow.

  15. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    January 21, 2013 at 12:22 AM

    Great idea. And thanks for saving us all from yet another poorly executed travel video which really is the modern equivalent of sitting through a too long, badly shot, self-indulgent slideshow from Aunt Merediths’ trip to Kissimme, Florida…

    • Cole Burmester

      January 21, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      I see so many travellers walking around with their video cameras pointed at everything when they travel. I feel so sorry for their families and friends when they return home and show them EVERY little detail of their trip over 14 hours of video haha.

  16. Matthew Karsten

    January 29, 2013 at 4:39 AM

    Sounds like a cool project! I’d jump in if I was around the area. Would love to improve my own video blogging attempts.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 29, 2013 at 8:35 AM

      I love your videos already Matthew! Your facial expression are priceless 😀

  17. Heidi Wagoner

    April 3, 2013 at 10:36 AM

    This is great. We love doing videos, but must say we aren’t the best at it. Any improvements would be wonderful. We just have fun doing it. Can’t wait to see this move forward.

    • Cole Burmester

      April 3, 2013 at 12:11 PM

      Definitely sign up for it Heidi and good luck with your vids! We have a few exciting announcements coming soon for this travel video project 😀

  18. Chanel @ La Viajera Morena

    February 20, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    OMG YES! My travel vids suck and I know it. I even have children telling me they are boring. SOOO happy I came across this post, going to be getting in contact with you!

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Philippines Couples Vacation

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The Philippines is one of the least explored countries in Southeast Asia. While tourism has picked up over the last few years, it is still mostly a backpacker’s destination. That said, one recent trend has been the increase of couples, especially honeymooners, who come to the country in search of romantic, unspoiled beaches.

While standard honeymoon vacation packages offer a visit to the country’s main tourist spots, Palawan and Boracay, there are so much more you can see if you dare go off the grid for a short while. This is especially true now, with Boracay island being closed for at least 6 months for rehabilitation.
Boracay’s closure shows exactly why responsible tourism is so important, to preserve nature and keep the place clean and safe. Over-development is a huge risk in 3rd world countries which are rapidly becoming tourist magnets, and it’s clear this is already starting to happen in the Philippines. Luckily, there are so many other beautiful islands to which the mainstream tourists didn’t come to yet. This might be your last chance to enjoy those places before they are lost forever in the hands of modernization and commercialization.

Palawan’s hidden secrets

No one in his right mind would tell you to not visit Palawan, one of the most beautiful islands in the world. There is, however, ways to make your trip more special and help you avoid the crowds. The 2 most popular locations in Palawan are El Nido and Coron, both offering some of the most spectacular small islands and hidden lagoons you will ever see. The problem is there are literally hordes of tourists taking the island-hopping tours each day, so you never get to really enjoy those places to yourself.
One solution, if you can afford it, would be to hire a private speedboat. You can leave at your own time, and since the boat is faster than the sailboats used for regular tours you can easily reach all the nice places before the organized tours gets there. This option is more relevant for families and larger groups, since you can split the cost of the speedboat between all of you. Couples might find renting a boat each day to be too costly though.

The alternative to that would be to go to the islands and beaches which are still off the tourist radar instead. In El Nido, a perfect solution would be to stay at the Qi Palawan resort and take their tours when you feel like it. This romantic boutique resort is owned by foreigners and standards are very high, it’s a perfect place for couples who want a romantic and private setting for their vacation. The resort is located about an hour’s drive from El Nido town and facing the other side of the bay, so it’s ideal for going on alternative tours.

For Coron, the same trick applies. The northern part of the island is much less developed but the beaches and scenery there is just as breathtaking. Near the area called San Jose there is a small pier called decalachao, from which you can go diving with sea cows, one of the most unique diving experiences the Philippines has to offer. Alternatively, you can also stay at the eastern side of the island, where more traditional island hopping tours are offered.

Siargao island – the next Boracay

If you ask any Filipino where the next big tourist spot will be, the answer is always Siargao. And it seems like a self-fulfilling prophecy and the island is now fully booked for months in advance due to Boracay’s imminent closure. This has caught Siargao’s hotel industry by surprise, as this place is still relatively undeveloped and is now full of tourists looking for a place to sleep at.

What used to be one of the best hidden secrets and an ultimate backpacker destination is now quickly turning into a crowded tourist mecca. Now might be your last chance of going there and enjoying some peace and quiet before this happens. If you do go there, make sure you check for availability and book your stay in advance. luckily, there are plenty of places offering homestays, dormitory and Airbnb style accommodation, so finding room on a budget is still relatively quite easy.

The main area in Siargao is called General Luna, and it stretches out all the way into Cloud Nine beach. That beach also has quite a few hotels right next to it, since it is considered one of the best surfing spots in the world and is the original reason why Siargao picked up traction among tourists.

The best way to enjoy Siargao is by renting a motorbike and going on adventures yourself. The organized tours are cheap and quite fun, but you can easily get to all the cool places even without them. When you explore by yourself you get a chance to be on your own itinerary and stop anytime you see something interesting. And believe us, there is plenty to see in Siargao – hidden white sand beaches, thick jungles and stunning landscape all around.

If you feel brave, take the boat trip to Bucas Grande. It’s a grueling 3 hours sail in each direction, but once you get there you’ll understand it was worth the trouble. Sohoton cove is considered one of the most beautiful and unique lagoons in the country, rivaled only by the majestic scenes of Palawan. Right next to the lagoon there’s also the jellyfish sanctuary, where you can swim with stunning stingless jellyfish. Overall the area makes for a great location for a full day tour, filled with fun and unique attractions.

Malapascua – more than just diving

For people who really want to go off the beaten path, there aren’t many better places to visit than Malapascua – a small island right off the northern shores of Cebu island. The fact it takes 5-6 hours to get to the island (van/bus then a ferry) is actually a plus, as it keeps it remote enough that you can enjoy the ultimate island getaway adventure.

Malapascua is mostly famous for its amazing dive sites and a very well-developed diving scene in general. It’s one of the few places in the world where you are almost 100% guaranteed to see thresher sharks in the wild every day. What few people realize though, is that the island also has quite a few really nice boutique resorts. Developed by the island’s fledgling European community, these resorts offer a fantastic solution for couples who want to stay at a nice, small resort but still enjoy excellent amenities.
Overall, Malapascua is one of the best places to go to if you want that unspoiled island vacation, but also care about a comfortable stay. Thanks to the fact this island is so close to Cebu, it can easily be combined with other, equally beautiful locations nearby. Moalboal is a very popular diving town in its own right, and also home to the famous Kawasan Falls. Bohol is a popular tourist island nearby, closely resembling the beach party mentality of Boracay. Lastly, if you truly want to go off the grid, then take a trip to the exotic Camotes islands, a stunning location where even electricity and running water are considered luxury.

Don’t be afraid of exploring on your own

While the advice above is certainly enough to help you create an exciting trip, a big part of the fun is exploring the unknown by yourself. A big part of a vacation in the Philippines is its free spirited and adventurous nature. To fully enjoy what this country has to offer, you have to let go and learn how to go with the flow.
Luckily, the locals are extremely friendly and helpful and they all speak English. Start talking to people around you and soon you will be able to find a ton of exciting new things to do everywhere you go. Make friends with other travelers and book tours together – you’ll get to learn from their insights and it will also help you cut back on the costs.

The Philippines, with the exception of Mindanao island and some parts of Manila, is a very safe place. Don’t be too afraid to mingle or explore just because you feel you might get hurt. The worst you might encounter is petty crimes such as pickpocketing or small tourist scams, especially since couples are rarely targeted. These can be easily avoided by staying alert and using basic common sense. There’s no reason you won’t be able to discover everything this country has to offer and have the perfect holiday with your loved one.

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Plan Your Easter Break Away From the Crowds

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During the Easter break, many families flock to the seaside and towns with moderate climate to catch a few rays of sunshine. Booking a hotel might be challenging if you choose a popular destination, but the good news is that you can choose a remote location close to the beach and arrange your perfect, relaxing Easter break away from the crowd of tourists. Below you will find a few tips on how to get started.

1. AirBnB And Cottages

To avoid families and crowds, you might want to stay at a country inn, AirBnB accommodation, or rent a cottage. You will get more privacy, and don’t have to queue at the reception every morning or eat your breakfast with hundreds of people. You might get a private pool and garden, and stay close to the best hiking trails. Make the most out of your host’s local knowledge and ask them for a list of less known attractions to visit in the area.

2. Take Your RV With You

To stay flexible and escape the crowd whenever you want, you might want to arrange a caravanning trip. You will save money on accommodation, and get closer to the nature. Make sure that you check out the best hidden camping sites in the country, and plan your route, so you can do your shopping en route, instead of trying to find a superstore that is open in the city on Easter Monday. Also be sure to get a Caravan insurance repairs and service in Melbourne to avoid unpleasant surprises during the trip.

3. Visit the Blue Mountains

If you love walking, you can find a hidden trail of the Blue Mountains and enjoy the sunshine and mild temperatures. You can book a log cabin if you take your SUV or 4×4 with you, and stay on top of the world. Whenever you feel like, you can also visit Sydney for a day trip or to do some shopping.

4. Camping on Fraser Island

The largest sand island in the world offers great camping sites, and you can enjoy a quiet beach holiday close to the nature. You need to make sure that you take or hire a 4×4 vehicle, as you can only get around the island using this type of transport. Fraser Island is about six hours from Brisbane, and you will need to take a barge to get to it. A perfect remote location for couples who need privacy and peace.

5. Eco Tourism at Daintree Rainforest

This World Heritage site allows you access to the endangered Great Barrier Reef. There are limited Eco lodges available nearby, so you have to book early. While this location is popular in Australia, there are some underrated accommodation options for you to choose from.

If you would like to rejuvenate this Easter and avoid the crowds, you might want to find a location that is less known to the general public. From forest huts to remote cottages close to the beach, there are several quality inns and Eco lodges to choose from when you want to spend a few quiet days alone.

 

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How to Spend Some Quality End-of-the-Year Downtime on your Holidays

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While it may be tempting to fill your schedule with funtivities on your upcoming holiday, there’s nothing wrong with spending time with yourself and enjoying some downtime. It provides a great opportunity to do those things that you wouldn’t’t ordinarily get the chance to do.

To help you unwind and get ready for the year ahead, here are five tips on how to spend your downtime on an end-of-the-year holiday.

Take stock

Many people take stock of the past 12 months at end of the year. When New Year is around the corner, you have a great chance to reflect on 2017 and consider what you’ve learned and what you would like to improve upon. List the five accomplishments that you feel the happiest about and note any behavioural patterns that resulted in your success. It would also be wise to list five failures; and note behavioural patterns in those cases, too, to contribute to a better 2018. Buy a goal-setting journal and make some new goals or re-evaluate your old ones.

Connect

Your vacation downtime is also a great time to find those who will helped you succeed in 2018. Whether you are seeking new friends, a romantic relationship, mentors, employees, or business partners, this is the ideal time to do it. Keep your eyes and ears open. You may find some of these people on your holiday or you could find them by researching online.

Rebrand

The beginning of the year provides a great chance to start afresh. Whether in business or in your personal life, you have the opportunity to reposition yourself. Carry out an in-depth assessment of both your personal life and business activities, such as your finances and any marketing materials you may have. Make sure that your social media profiles represent you and your brand in a positive and truthful manner and that all of the information is up to date. Further, check to see that the image you are projecting aligns with your goals and values and that the message you are giving is compelling and clear.

Be entertained

There’s no shortage of entertainment available in your downtime, thanks to the internet. You can catch up on anything you’ve been meaning to watch via online streaming services, such as Netflix and Amazon Studios.  Whether you prefer movies or to binge-watch some of the more recent shows, such as Stranger Things, there are literally thousands of choices available. For those who love nothing more than getting lost in a good book, the likes of Kindle and iBooks make reading an easy choice, with a seemingly endless range of titles available. It used to be that you would pack one or two books in your suitcase- now you have access to thousands.

Find New Ways to Unwind 

Sometimes, we feel an urge for more active entertainment than books or series. While it may be a bit much to pack your video games console, there are online versions of classic video games, such as Command & Conquer and NBA Live. There is also no shortage of games available at online casinos. Sites such as Oddschecker provide a brief summary of some of the more popular bookmakers offering games, whether it is video slots or classic card games. Thanks to free bet and no deposit offers, you can try some no-commitment-necessary action at various online providers, to find new hangouts for your gaming in the new year.

Get back in touch

A vacation offers a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with those whom you haven’t managed to speak to in a while. Offer them an e-card or holiday wish to let them know that you’re thinking about them. You could even play the role of organiser for a reunion. Create an event on Facebook and get everyone on board. You don’t have to go crazy with a huge party; you can limit it to those whom you wish to spend some quality time with. Even if they can’t accommodate you into their busy schedule, they’ll be happy that you kept them in mind.

Relax

Of course, nothing says downtime like good old-fashioned rest and relaxation.  The first quarter of the year can be the most hectic and so you will want to recharge and regenerate. That way, you will feel positive, strong, and raring to go, to achieve your goals for 2018.  Whether it’s sipping a pina colada by the pool or relaxing with a good book while tanning yourself on the beach, there should always be opportunities to relax on your holiday.

We hope that these tips will help to make your 2018 a spectacularly successful year. 

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