25th Nov 2016

Alone for Christmas

christmas, alone, what to do, volunteering, youth hostels, hostels, travel, holiday, holiday season
Debbie McTaggart

Not everyone has family and friends with whom to share the holiday season, sometimes through choice, sometimes not. However, there are plenty of things you can do to keep yourself busy.

Consider volunteering
There are many organisations which are inundated with people looking for help over Christmas and New Year. An extra pair of hands can make all the difference to such groups struggling to cope with an increased burden.  Why not contact your favourite charitable organisation to see if it needs some extra help? Or visit Volunteering Australia for more information.

Take a trip
Even if money is tight, there are always opportunities available to get away for a few nights. Youth hostels are not just for young people, they welcome guests of any age and are great places to meet new and interesting people. To find out more about youth hostels, visit Youth Hostels Australia.

Virtual communication
Thanks to the growing means of communication, the world is getting smaller every day. If you can’t be with family and friends for the holiday season, keep in touch by Skype, email, Facebook or any of the other online communication tools. If you’re not sure how to get started, read our article, Connection through Communication.

Make new friends
You can alway try making new friends online or join a forum to have a 'virtual' chat with others. YourLifeChoices Meeting Place has many different topics on which you can comment. 

Do you have any suggestions for our members?

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Ted Wards
12th Dec 2016
I have no family and all my friends are busy. I have spent Christmas by myself since 2010 and to say I live it is an understatement. No more fighting, no more arguments, no more jealousy over who got what. No more missing out. I do what I want when I want. Due to work, my holidays are over Xmas and New Year. I work and already volunteer so I find traveling or joining up Meetup and getting to know people through that avenue is a great idea. They have groups for all ages and interests including orphan Christmases.

For me cruising is the answer. Most years I do a cruise that covers xmas and new years. Fantastic love it every year. This year Im going on my 6th new years eve cruise. They are so much fun. Next year Im saving to go on a 21 day tour through Europe for the Xmas markets. there is so much to do and so little time!
12th Dec 2016
Always :-).... PEACEFUL :-) :-)
12th Dec 2016
I like the Pension pay arrangements this year ! The day after Boxing Day :-( :-( :-( :-(
12th Dec 2016
What a Caring, Loving, Thoughtful Guv we have !! :-(

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