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IT'S that time of year again when many of us are returning home and/or to work after holidays.
Some of us will be rested, while others will feel as if they need to take another vacation to recover from the one they supposedly just enjoyed.
It doesn’t seem to matter whether the holiday was long or short, taken at home or away, there’s a tendency to set high expectations – expectations that, during and on returning and reflecting, are rarely met, leading to anger, disappointment and the opinion that time, energy and money were wasted.
This can occur for a range of reasons, varying from imagining scenarios that owe more to Disney and the pristine world of commercials than reality; to overspending, over-eating, over-drinking and experiencing the cumulative effects.
Then there are those lucky ones who have such a great time removed from the mundaneness of everyday life that returning creates a massive downer, which is emotionally and psychologically hard to overcome.
While the latter does happen, it’s the former that experts warn is more likely to occur.
Trapped on a holiday that’s nothing like the daydreams of anticipation, it’s easy to begin to regret the dollars spent, wishing the people you’re with would vanish or that you’d sold your children to science before you left.
Depression and resentment set in, turning the dream holiday into a nightmare.
Florida psychologist Dr Janet Frank writes: "many of us experience ‘holiday blues’, ranging from a sense of increased stress to major depression. These feelings can be brought about by many factors, including increased stress and fatigue, unrealistic expectations, too much commercialisation, or inability to be with family (or too much family). Increased demands of shopping, parties, and house guests can also contribute."
Just before you begin to summon the demons of your worst holiday, imagine what it must be like for the surviving passengers of the Costa Concordia, the luxury cruise liner which sank after striking rocks near Isola di Giglio, off the Tuscan coast in Italy, on, of all days, Friday the 13th.
While most of the 4200 passengers and crew have been rescued, lives have been lost and, in a day and age when technology, navigational systems and obsessions around health and safety abound, it’s tragic that something that recalls the sinking of the Titanic could happen.
It’s the worst-case holiday scenario made manifest.
Having just returned from a cruise myself, there was a particular frisson reading about the tragedy of the Costa.
It also made my worst holiday, when back in the early-1990s we drove from Bendigo to Sydney to meet the family, then on to Port Douglas in a convoy, seem like Monty Pythonesque luxury.
We were in an old Holden station wagon with two small children, a carload of Christmas and birthday presents and no airconditioning.
The car struggled and broke down, the family fought, we became lost, hot and flustered and ran out of money.
Ready to strangle one another, we were on our way home when a cyclone trapped us in Townsville.
After driving inland almost to Mount Isa to circumvent the worst effects of the cyclone and find an open road that led south, we drove via Cloncurry and a range of towns I’ve never seen before or since, ending up at my parents’ house in Sydney, only to have the unpacked car stolen that night.
We caught a bus back to Bendigo without presents, with only the clothes on our backs and some borrowed money, memories of scorching heat, relentless dust, lashing rain, arguments and stress our only souvenirs.
But this is nothing to what others have endured and if it’s the worst holiday ever (as my kids refer to it), then we’re doing all right.
Regardless of how we spend them, holidays are precious, especially in this workaholic world where the demands are high and the rewards and family time few.
Instead of spending vast sums on holidays away, I don’t know why more of us don’t simply holiday at home; unwind in our backyards, literally and metaphorically, by exploring more of our beautiful state.
If we did, we would probably feel more relaxed, save money, have fewer fights, lower expectations (which may be exceeded), and we might even feel as if we’ve had the break we deserved.
And, let’s face it, struggling Queensland tourism and local businesses would certainly thank us.
Dr Karen Brooks is an associate professor of media studies at Southern Cross University.
Why should you dream about a white Christmas when you’re able to spend holiday evening aboard a Christmas Harbour Cruise in balmy Sydney? planning for a Holiday party celebration can take the fun away from the holidays, because you hassle and strain to thrill your friends and relatives. As an alternative, transfer the arranging to the reliable hands-on-deck, that can supply you with a luxury cruise of the Sydney Harbour that will stay in your mind for a while following the left over turkey is done and the tinsel is packed away.
Upon a Christmas Sydney Harbour cruise, you may indulge your friends and relatives to 360-degree harbor sights when you breeze into summer, rather than subjecting them to the same old fare and local dining establishments and sporting clubs. a Holiday party cruise is really a great update of the company Holiday party, so reimburse your employees for the effort they have accomplished month in month out using this type of unforgettable journey. What better fashion to take pleasure from a good meal than on Sydney Harbours hospitable waters?
a number of cruise companies operating out of Sydney offer this kind of Holiday party venue, and that means you need to inquire to get the best trip that suits you and your family, friends, work staff, social club, or business. the majority of cruise ships appeal to your certain numbers, no matter if there are two or 700 people. you may also pick your cruise to work with your financial budget, because there are a quantity of boats, food selections and amusement varieties available.
What exactly does a typical Sydney Harbour Christmas cruise trip offer you?
Exactly as described, there are a number of tailor-made Christmas deals offered to suit your particular preferences and price range. you may also select from a lunch or dinner cruise trip, and many are available both midweek as well as on saturdays and sundays. Dinner voyages usually depart from the Sydney Harbour at around 7pm, and a typical lunch time cruise departs at 12pm.
Frequently, a Sydney harbor cruise vacation affords you near three or four hours of luxurious hospitality, and incorporates a meal, drinks and also entertainment or a visit from Santa claus himself!
the cruise liner is going to be tastefully decorated with Christmas cheer, and the festivities can easily go on with three course or drink menus, music and songs and dancing, and excellent service. Completely licensed bars also ensure a joyful spirit and cheer! Beverages either can be comprehensive, or possibly a cash bar could be provided. One of the most alluring elements of cruise trip cuisine is the abundance of eats to be had. Based on your needs, it is possible to choose from Holiday buffets with traditional Christmas time roasts, whole fish, fresh seafoods, dessert trays, Christmas pudding, seafood trays, salads and fruit. the choice is yours, plus your guests will unquestionably not leave the cruise trip on an empty stomach!
Entertainment can range from live shows, to DJs, laser exhibits and live music. if there are limitless beverages obtainable, visitors can also want to test their singing voice with some karaoke!
Separate from the impressive Opera House and Harbour Bridge, you are going to sail past Farm Cove & Woolloomooloo Bay, the well-known Eastern Suburbs, Taronga Park Zoo & Darling Harbour.
Following a long year, its time to unwind and relish the holiday spirit. On water with a backdrop of undulating surf, it is possible to really take in the natural beauty of the Harbour Bridge along with the amazing architecture of the Opera House. Let your invited guests laughs and chatter ring out over the Harbour while you enjoy and revel in a Christmas party like no other on a Sydney Harbour Christmas cruise. show them how much you appreciate them, whilst removing the stress of special event arranging so that you can also enjoy yourself.
Sydney is still one of the world’s most popular destinations for gay and lesbian travelers, a new study has found. the largest market research study of its kind, the Out Now Global survey sought to reveal the favourite places to visit for international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender jetsetters in 18 countries. most former studies had traditionally focused primarily on sampling just the LGBT community in the USA. It’s being labelled a definitive global picture of where GLBT people were planning to visit for their holidays in the next three years. with almost 40,000 respondents, as well as a comprehensive data set collected from the USA and Canada, the research also covered seven countries never before tested in the fast growing region of Latin America. Full story from the Star Observer Click here for gay travel resources in Sydney.
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Take in “spectacular views” on Sydney Harbour Bridge on Australia holidays « Australia & New Zealand Travel News
Those keen on going down under later this year might like to ensure they have Sydney marked on their itinerary as a must-visit.
In a piece for the Gulf Daily News, Winfred Peppinck stated there are "spectacular views" to take in from the Harbour Bridge.
And those considering the city as a possible destination for Australia holidays might be glad to hear him describe the people in the city, as well as country itself, as friendly, stating individuals can look forward to seeing its beauty upon visiting the nation.
What's more, mr Peppinck praised its "splendour, its youthful confidence and the sheer warmth of the welcome".
In addition to this, he calls Australia "God's own holiday resort", stating locals will soon tell people they have made the correct decision coming to the country.
People keen to experience as much as possible from their stay in the city might like to do the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb and take in the views from the top.
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