How To Make Friends on Vacation

If you’ve ever found yourself on vacation without anyone but your family, or even by yourself, you’ve probably faced the challenge of how to make friends and meet people during these situations.

This can be though especially if you’ve had a lot of long-term friends back home for a while, and you aren’t sure how to meet new people, start conversations, or how to build relationships with people you don’t know well.

On top of this, sometimes it can be just plain in intimidating to talk to someone you don’t know well, and how to start conversations and “chat up” strangers, so that you can actually make friends and connect with people when you’re talking to them.

So in this article I want to highlight a couple of quick and easy techniques you can use to start conversations and get people interested in what you’re saying.
The first is storytelling.

If you think about television, books, music, or any form of entertainment, you quickly realize that there’s some form of a story involved in everything you talk about.

Stories are what keep people interested in what you’re saying, and are the glue that holds most relationships together, and they are what allow us to relate to, feel, and understand the people that we meet in our lives, and what allow us to see everyone we meet as an individual.

If you look at most social interactions they’re focused on telling stories, and the exchange of opinions, views, ideas, and basically anything that could be classified as communication between two people (i.e. building a connection).

And the best way to build stories while you’re talking to people, is to focus on building images in their mind, which means, when you’re speaking to another person, don’t use abstract words like “communication” which someone can’t physically visualize in their head.

When you’re talking to someone, use juicy, flavorful words that describe images, textures, and feelings, to give the other person a complete emotional experience that grabs their attention and wraps them in whatever you’re talking about.

This is the fastest way to connect with people on an emotional and intimate level, and to get the other person to feel like they’re connected to you, and like they’ve known you forever.

New Friends

The reason these social techniques work so well is because they focus on the same thing as all popular forms of media; they stimulate are emotions to keep us entertained, and keep us focused on what the other person is talking about. And they do this by building pictures in our heads, which create thoughts, feelings, and emotions.

Once these thoughts feelings and emotions are created inside of us, we develop a desire to know more, and we get involved in whatever is creating these sensations (think about a time you saw a TV show and couldn’t leave until you knew how the show resolved or turned out, and how it held your attention because it captured your imagination and made you feel powerful emotions), that’s the experience you’re shooting for when dealing with other people.

Now, this is important to do in most conversations, but it’s especially important to be aware of when you’re on vacation, and every social interaction you’re going to be in is going to be about meeting someone you’ve never met before spontaneously, and getting them to like you, and knowing some of these simple tricks can really go a long way toward not only making your life more fun, but toward making your vacations far more exciting, interesting and memorable than they have ever been at any time in the past.

If you’d like to learn more you can visit my website Popularity Secrets for free articles and advice on starting conversations, making friends, and getting past shyness or apprehension about meeting new people.

Relaxing at the Constance Le Prince Maurice

I was lucky enough this year to have an extended Christmas break following an extremely busy December at work. After the usual week in Oxford alongside the extended family for a quintessentially English Christmas, I plumped for a change in scenery for my last week off before work and headed to the fabulous island of Mauritius.

As part of my job as a travel specialist working we are constantly working to update our working knowledge on all of the regions and accommodation we sell to, so I jumped at the chance to revisit one of my favourite hotels Mauritius has to offer – the Constance Le Prince Maurice. As part of the highly regarded Relais & Chateaux group, you know you are in for something special before you even step foot in the sixty hectares of tropical paradise that surrounds the illustrious hotel.

The hotel is located on a remote peninsula at the north side of the island which is over 45km from the airport. Even the capital Port Louis is relatively far away considering the small size of the island overall. This just adds to the exclusivity of the resort though and genuinely does make it one of the best places to stay in the entire Indian Ocean.

In terms of activities to keep you occupied if you are not simply tempted to flop out and relax on the golden beaches, there is a whole host to keep you entertained. If you are a keen Golfer and you can comfortably play in the 30 degree heat, the course on offer at Belle Mare Plage – the “Legend Golf Course” is simply breath taking. Established since 1994, the course is of a level you will rarely experience anywhere else in the world.

Of course Golf is not everyone’s thing. The Spa which is brought to you in association with Guerlain delivers on every front. Whilst remaining traditional in its core, the treatments are innovative and beyond luxurious. An hour in the spa will have even the most stressed guests transformed and ready to enjoy the rest of their stay.

Finally in terms of actual accommodation, there are a few choices. Ranging from the beyond basic “Junior Suites” working up to the “Princely Suite”, guests will be delighted with the quality and appearance of their rooms. I opted for the middle of the range “Villa” after previously staying in a Junior Suite and the upgrade was worth the extra expense. Overlooking the fish reserve, my “room on stilts” was the epitome of elegant luxury. The main problem you face is the resort is so alluring that you rarely want to go back to your room!

Needless to say my trip to the Constance has relaxed me enough to get back to work and start telling other people why they need to go there as well at their earliest opportunity.

James Bell is the Sales & Marketing Director at The Turquoise Holiday Company. Please contact us for more information on both this hotel and a wide range of other fabulous travel destinations.

Unusual Attractions to Visit in Austria

On top of all the fantastic museums, concert venues and coffee shops, Austria also boasts some amazing, unusual attractions that could really help your visit to the country come alive. Stay in a beautiful Austrian zimmer to get the most out of your stay – and see how many of these you can check off while you’re there.

Ice caves
When you think of Austria, you probably don’t think of ice caves, but in a valley near Salzburg that’s exactly what you’ll find. They have some wonderful ice sculptures and are certainly worth visiting in between checking out Mozart’s birthplace and doing some shopping.

Floating opera
Austria is very well known for its opera, but there is also a floating opera that makes for a great twist on the traditional venues. This only happens during the summer in Bregenz, so make sure you check the available dates before you go.

Lederhosen festival
If you are after a bit of traditional Austrian culture, you should definitely check out the lederhosen festival that takes place in Winidischgarsten. You’ll find plenty of beer as well as lots of lederhosen, making for a really great day out.

Again, the rainforest probably isn’t what first springs to mind when you think of Austria, but it is in fact home to Europe’s last remaining protected stretch of rainforest. You’ll find this in the Donau-Auen National Park, which is an area of floodplain filled with diverse flora and fauna. You could stay in a great Austrian zimmer and make a day trip to the park during your visit. There are plenty of Hotels in Austria, so accommodation is no issue.

Ferris wheel
Vienna is home to some of the most exciting cultural attractions in Europe – and there is also a rather famous Ferris wheel that you should definitely have a ride on while you’re in the city. You’ll find the Ferris wheel in the Prater amusement park and it could make a great end to a day of exploring the Votive Church or cathedral.

The lakes
As you probably know, Austria is well-known for its lakes – Carinthia is a good area to visit as the lakes in the region have won awards for its quality and the water can reach temperatures of up to 28 degrees centigrade.

Traditional ball
Finally, experience a traditional ball Austrian-style by spending the evening at the Johann Strauss Ball. This is an annual event that takes place at Vienna’s Hofburg Palace, so make sure you check out the dates and availability before you’re due to travel.