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That Time Of The Year In a Strange Land

How to survive holidays without feeling lonely.


If you are single and living abroad the chances are holidays can get lonely without family. Well, the good news is that you are not alone in this!. Especially if you are living in the UAE where 89% of the population consists of expats. You will find many people within your social circle who are away from their families and are unable to travel because of the Covid19 situation.


Holidays are no fun without our loved ones but one can keep their spirits high during the season by doing certain things that will lift their mood.


Make the best use of your holidays by :


Connect With Friend & Family

Thank God for living in the era of advanced technology that gives us the freedom to get in touch with our loved ones who are thousands of miles away. Make video calls to your family & friends and connect with them. Not just that it will make you feel connected, it will also let your loved ones know that you are missing them.

Bonus tip: Dress up nice as you would if you were with them.


Become The Gracious Host

I know it sounds like a lot of work (especially if the maid is off) but you can find easy ways to host a GT at your place and get some nibbles delivered if you are not ready to spend hours in the kitchen. Remember many people are just as away from their families as you might be and would love to get together.


Treat Yourself

Since it’s a long holiday, pack your mini suitcase, grab a friend and go for a mini staycation. It’s always a good idea to change the scenery and pamper yourself. Even if you can’t travel abroad, taking a short vacation locally also helps.


Have FUN !!

If nothing above works you can always go and meet some friends. Attend that BBQ that you have got the invitation for or go out with friends for a nice drink or a brunch without having to worry about waking up at 7:00 am the next day.


While these days can make you feel a little blue, it is up to you to let it get to you or to make the most out of your free time. It’s just a matter of perspective.




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