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Archive for May, 2019


How to Travel More Even With a Full Time Job

Do you feel like you don’t travel as much as you want? Younger people tend to be money-poor, but time-rich. Professionals, on the other hand, may have the luxury of resources but do not have enough time. Luckily, there are ways you can do to combine your love for travel and a steady income.

  1. Go During Public Holidays

To start with, whenever there’s public holiday, use it to go on a short or longer break. Using public holidays to travel will end up using less of your vacation days allowance.

  • Go on Shorter Trips

Consider taking shorter breaks and filing a holiday leave either on a Monday or a Friday, so you’ll have a three-day weekend for your trip.

  • Make Use of Overtime and Time-in-Lieu

This may not be the case for all employers, but you can get time in lieu for extra hours/days you have worked. This is a great way to get a few extra days throughout the year and spend them for your vacation. If you opt for this route, make sure you’re not burning yourself out and still making your health a priority.

  • Negotiate Unpaid Leaves

If you want longer vacation but are running out of allowable annual leave, talk to your supervisor about taking unpaid leaves instead. Notify your boss in advance and emphasize that it won’t cost them money, since it will be an unpaid leave. Some companies even offer their employees to sell or buy extra days off against their salary.

  • Stay Longer During a Work Trip

If your full-time job gives you the opportunity to go on a business trip, consider extending your trip for a day or two while you’re there. You will have to pay for your extended accommodation, but most companies would be happy to adjust your flight schedule to make this work (since they will be paying for your return flight anyway).

  • Explore Your Hometown

As well as going somewhere far, how about being a tourist in your own city, such us in a nearby luxury hotel, beach, the mountains or in the neighboring city? It’s easy to think of vacation as travelling outside the country, while your hometown may be full of hidden gems you haven’t yet discovered.

  • Embrace Travelling Alone

If you pass up every trip that you didn’t have someone to go with, you’d be sitting at your desk forever. If your goal is to travel more, you cannot bring your close officemates with you, leaving the office half empty because you all went on a five-day trip. Try a staycation alone even just once, you’ll be surprised how enjoyable it is to experience and explore places by yourself.

Don’t let your job kill the nomadic spirit in you. Take your work as an opportunity to afford the vacation you have always dreamed of.


4 Important Questions to Ask if Your Partner is Still Friends With His Ex

Are you a bothered because your boyfriend is still in contact with his ex every once in a while? Does it make you feel uncomfortable or insecure?

Whether or not exes should be friends is a controversial subject. But whatever your opinion is, this situation is pretty common and something that couples need to accept the reality of exes hanging out. If you are in that same situation with your beau, here are a few questions you would want to ask to ensure harmless friendship between your S.O. and his ex.

  1. “Does your ex know about us?”

Even if you don’t mind him being friends with his ex, this is an important question to ask to ensure that things are not shady, but be careful not to ask him in an accusatory way.

A ‘no’ as an answer to this question is a red flag. Sometimes, they will add excuses as to why they haven’t yet mentioned about you to his ex, and sometimes they can sound reasonable. Again, regardless of his reason, this is a red flag. Having their ex know about you is a step towards knowing that things are in the safe place.

  • “What’s the reason behind staying friends with your ex?”

Asking this may make you sound interrogative, but affirm him that you have nothing against him and answering this question will make you understand their situation. This question is for you to assess the intent of your partner for remaining in touch with his ex. You may find out that they have to remain in good terms because they have a shared property that they’re processing to split up or they could be co-parenting.

As much as possible, you want to be rational and unselfish towards the situation. As long as your partner has valid reasons, there shouldn’t be a problem to this situation.

  • “How does being friends with your ex benefit your life?”

Again, this doesn’t need to sound like an accusation. You may find out, from asking this question, what does he really get out of this friendship. As a result, you’ll understand your partner more and it’ll be easier for you to accept their friendship.

Sometimes, exes remain friends because they have history together, like being childhood friends, having the same circle of friends or their family have known each other for a long time. However, if the answer to this question is leaning towards emotional benefit, then that is another red flag.

  • “Can I meet your ex?”

If there’s no hidden intention for their friendship, then this shouldn’t be a problem at all. It should appear natural for you to want to get to know the people involved in his social life, just as how you want to get to know his other friends.

Having a partner who is still in contact with their ex shouldn’t be a hindrance to a happy relationship. An open and healthy communication will always be a key factor for a relationship to thrive.