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6 Fun, Easy Ways to Celebrate Holidays over Distance
Being separated from loved ones during holiday celebrations can leave you feeling blue when you should be feeling warm and content. Thankfully, there are a multitude of ways you can close the distance and inject some much-needed joy into your forthcoming festivities. Here are a few ideas to get you started.
Go digital. From Zoom to Skype, various video call platforms allow you to schedule a family get-together in a few simple steps. The ease of a digital event makes it easy to attend, as complex travel arrangements and parking plans fall away, reducing your carbon footprint in the process.
Expand your guest list. Given the above, you'll be able to invite extended family and friends who might not have been able to make a physical event, making proceedings extra special.
Encourage participation. To ensure your guests don't clock in, "do their time" and clock out, send recipes and teasers ahead of time and ask for their input. It's a great way to keep people invested.
Dress with holiday flair. Make the event immersive by dressing up for your chosen holiday. Better yet, come up with a dress-up theme and get the good times rolling in unconventional garb.
Get gaming. Up the fun factor by orchestrating a virtual scavenger hunt, whodunnit or quiz. There are dozens of budget-friendly resources online, such as Kahoot , playingcards.io and pogo.com.
Add a song and dance number. Thanks to screen-sharing technology, you can supply a backing track and karaoke-style lyrics to the budding vocalists in your family. Throw in a dance-off, and you've got a winning event on your hands!
Safe Driving Tips to Protect Yourself and Your Passengers
Keeping yourself and your passengers safe is always your priority when you drive. Below are a few tips to help protect yourself and your passengers every time you get behind the wheel.
Concentrate on driving. Whether it's due to changing the radio station, talking to other passengers, or texting on your cell phone, distracted driving can cause a crash or worse. Always be sure to concentrate on the task at hand and not get distracted.
Practice defensive driving. Not every driver is as careful as you are out there, and some are careless, distracted or reckless, with no regard for other people's safety. Make sure to always know what drivers around you seem to be doing, keep a cushion (two seconds in good weather, four seconds in bad weather) between you and the car in front of you, and never believe that another driver will act in a way that is responsible and will help you.
Create a safe driving plan. Know where you're going. Create a plan that includes time for rest stops; cell phone breaks to check in with family and any detours that might arise as the result of highway or road construction. Don't eat while you're driving.
Be safe inside your vehicle. Don't try to pick up items that may have rolled under your seat. Have needed items, such as toll cards and garage passes, within reach. Secure cargo so it doesn't shift while you drive.
Keeping you, your family and your vehicle safe is of utmost importance. Call us to review your auto coverage and policies so we can ensure you are protected.
Giving Back: One Man's Mission to Change the World
Professional traveler Barton Brooks is as comfortable on the back of an elephant in Laos as he is hiking in Uganda, exploring Dubai's beaches or spinning prayer wheels in Tibet. Yet there is more to this wanderlust-struck wanderer's worldwide adventures. Wherever he roams, Brooks takes it upon himself to leave the places he visits better then when he arrived.
Brooks's extraordinary career includes volunteering, which involves hands-on work such as digging school toilets, donating clothing, laying bricks, building wells and planting trees, amongst other endeavors. If something is within Brooks's power to do, he does it. The courageous backpacker is truly being the change he wishes to see in the world.
Inspired by a high-spirited yet needy group of children while vacationing in Cambodia, Brooks decided to trade in his career as a New York real estate broker for a simpler existence. After leaving his job, he launched a grassroots organization called Global Colors, a small yet mobile grassroots organization that set out to connect travelers and volunteering work.
Establishing a reputation for being able to cut through red tape and bureaucracy, Brooks kicked off the guerrilla aid movement in 2010 with projects geared towards creating immediate, tangible change on the ground, simultaneously teaching individuals, families and travelers how to do the same in their communities. Whilst he may seem like a single drop in an ocean, Brooks and his tireless efforts have certainly made ripples and waves, proving it only takes a little to change a lot.
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