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10 Essential Tips For When You Go On A Vacation Alone

Sometimes, travelling alone is way much better than having to travel with a group of friends. There’s no lag and waiting time to think of.

Travelling with someone can be stressful. There’s the problem of having to share a room together, deciding where to eat, and having to wait on each other when you would rather start early on touring the area. The solution to this is simple. Travel solo.

Trust us, you’ll be enjoying your vacay more when you go at it alone. We asked travel experts for tips on how to make the most of your solo trip so you don’t feel bored:

#1. Lay off social media

Lay off social media

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How are you supposed to see the world if you’re constantly hanging on your phone, taking photos of what you ate for lunch and posting them on your Instagram? When on vacation, stop going online. Besides, nobody really cares if you had pizza at the hotel cafe.

#2. Connect with friends of friends

Connect with friends of friends

There’s a big possibility that your friends would know friends at the destination you’re headed to. They can probably give you a few tips or suggestions where the cool places are that you should visit while you’re there.

#3. The first person you meet does not know of your destination

The first person you meet does not know of your destination

And the first person you will probably meet is a cab driver. So while he may know the ins and outs of the city, you don’t necessarily take his word for it if he tells you that McDonalds happens to be the best resto in the city. Because, hello, it’s not.

#4. Use your Tinder account

Use your Tinder account

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This dating app isn’t just for hooking up. It’s also useful for asking locals for tips, and the best watering holes in town.

#5. Choose restos with communal tables

Choose  restos with communal tables

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The easiest way to make friends is to share a table at a restaurant or a cafe. Strike up a conversation with the locals and get suggestions on the best sights in the area that are must-sees.

#6. Be flexible with your sked

Be flexible with your sked

A little spontaneity always helps. You wouldn’t want to miss that chance of having dinner with that cute and rich Italian dude who would have toured the Caribbean with you in his yacht just because you wanted to strictly follow that 8:30am dinner at the cafe across the street.

#7. Check out local activities you might like

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Sure, there’s a fitness center at the hotel you’re staying at. But wouldn’t it be better if you took a yoga class or a dance class at the local gym instead? Go enjoy a round of basketball or soccer at the park even! You get to meet more people that way, instead of staying cooped up in the hotel.

#8. Don't bring a camera

Don't bring a camera

The reason is simple enough. Capture the memories in your mind. They’re worth it more than the photos you will be taking. Trust us.

#9. Don't give out too much info

Don't give out too much info

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This is actually a no-brainer. Never give away personal information to a bunch of locals, most especially where you live. Lie if you have to.

#10. Ask around for the bet bars

Ask around for the bet bars

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Sometimes, the stuff you read on the internet may no longer be up to date. If possible, ask the bartender where they’d go for a drink.

Inspiring

5 Ways to Snap Out of Those Monday Blues

Get out of the seasonal rut with these inspiring tips…

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Mondays are the most depressing times of the week. Particularly the Mondays that occur in January, just after the holiday season.

Its those times you have to struggle to wake up in the freezing cold to go to back to work, thinking about all those New Year's resolutions you are likely to break, and panicked at the thought of all those credit card bills arriving from last month's Christmas expenses.

All these things running through your head during the "Blue Mondays" of January are likely to get you depressed as not. Here are five ways you can counter those blues:

#1. Help Others

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This Spoiled Brat at a Store Will Make You Really Mad

Are you raising a little monster? How would you react to an extremely spoiled brat?

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We all know stories of "kids from hell". They are extremely obnoxious spoiled brats who must have everything they want, otherwise they will throw a tantrum! Children like that are known to suffer from superiority complex or a feeling of self-entitlement.

This attitude problem among children is largely influenced by inappropriate parenting techniques. What parents show as examples to their children is imprinted on them, and it becomes the foundation of their personalities too. However as parents, sometimes we may overlook the negative things our children do, and may feel very protective when other people try to "scold" or tell off our little buggers to behave.

This scenario is exactly put to the test by the ABC News show segment What Would You Do.

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A ten-year old girl and her mom will act bratty on a store and bully the shop attendant. So how did other shoppers react to the situation? ...

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Chinese Student Gives Food Stealing Flatmate a Taste of His Own Medicine

This special chicken recipe is perfect for friends who love to steal your food.

At some point in our student lives, we would have met this one student who does nothing but to eat our food or worse, steal them from the fridge at the dorm and chomp on them as if it were their own lunch or dinner to begin with. This Chinese student had the brilliant idea to ensure that his flatmate stopped stealing food from his fridge.

An unnamed Chinese student allegedly worked on preparing a ‘special fried chicken steak’ for his flatmate who continued to steal food from him.

Chinese student prepares a special friend chicken steak made of cardboard.

Chinese student prepares a special friend chicken steak made of cardboard.

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The said fried chicken steak had a catch though. It was made of cardboard, covered with breadcrumbs and fried until it was golden brown. The said ‘special fried chicken steak’ actually looked real and yummy if you didn’t actually know what it was made of. ...

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