Start your year with a bang

Whether you’re planning a road trip, heading to the beach, hanging out with friends and family or getting ready for the year ahead, these tips will end your year on a high and get the new one off to a flying start!

For those firing up the barbie
Although BBQ season is pretty much all year round in most of Australia, the warmer months do see more of us cooking outdoors so it’s worth a timely reminder to check your BBQ for gas leaks. But before you light up your barbie, undertake these simple checks to make sure it’s safe.

For those who love food (but not food poisoning)
Most food handling tips are straightforward, but many people still don’t heed the guidance. By following unsanitary food practices at home, food can become easily contaminated or go off before it needs to – and increase your risk of getting food poisoning. So, follow food and safety authorities’ advice for safe food handling practice.

For the road trippers
Are you thinking of packing up and hitting the road? Our 10 hints for happy road trips and tips for staying safe on the road will help ensure your drive along the freeways and highways remains upbeat and smooth.

For those who need the exercise
It’s essential to keep physically fit. In addition to helping ward off serious illnesses, frequent exercise can keep you mobile, boost energy and improve your mood.

That being said, it can sometimes be difficult for older adults to find the time and motivation to keep up an exercise regimen, but these safe and simple exercises will get you up and running on the path to healthier living.

For those who like to make plans
The start of a new year is often the time when you plan for what you hope to achieve in the next 12 months. These top planning websites may help you to reach your goals.

For those planning to retire
Most people think money is the most important part of preparing for retirement but making sure you have a sense of purpose can be more important. Why not listen to YourLifeChoices publisher Kaye Fallick talk about social planning for retirement.

For those who are planning to die or lose their marbles this year
As estate planner Rod Cunich has learned from years in the business, talking about our own mortality is not an easy task, but it is something that should be discussed and planned for. Not when we’re old, but now. Whether through accident, disease or death, the day will come when you can no longer personally provide for the financial, health and emotional wellbeing of yourself or those you love. The consequences of these events are too important to leave to chance. Fortunately, you can plan for that time and put structures into place to help secure your future and that of your family.

For those planning to travel with friends
So you want to travel with friends? Taking a holiday with your best buddies may seem like a good idea, but the reality is not always as good. Selecting which friends would make great travel companions is important to ensuring the success of your trip. Here are some tips on planning a holiday with friends that will make the trip memorable, in the best way possible.

For those planning their own dream holiday
Are you planning your own bucket-list holiday this year? Kay O’Sullivan can help you realise your dream, with a simple tip to assist in booking accommodation, car hire, flights and activities.

What are you planning to do this year? Why not share your dreams with our members? Who knows, they may even be able to help you make them a reality!

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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