15 Ways to beat holiday #FOMO when far from home


Cape Town - The festive season is here and everyone has booked flights, taken time off and is back home to celebrate the year-gone-by.

Families are creating groups on social media to discuss where the holidays are taking place, who’s bringing what and where to enjoy the sun in sunny South Africa. 

For those of you around the world who will be far from home without their families this festive season, do not despair.

Traveller24 has thought of 15 ways for you to beat the holiday blues when you’re far from home. Here's how to stop the holiday blues in their tracks and fast!

1. Sensory bliss

Relax. It will all be OK. Take the edge off things with some rooibos tea. You'll feel right at home in no time. 

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2. Hit the road


Take time off and go somewhere beautiful. Fly, ferry, take the train or bus. A fun adventure of your own will ensure that you focus on yourself and boot out to #fomo

READ: 5 wildest Wild Coast hikes


3. Read something fun and summery

Get into the right frame of mind and go on a literary journey.

READ: 8 SA holiday reads by destination




4. Bond with your friends


Invite friends over for dinner. Express your rich heritage and traditions by showing them off to your friends. Turn up the aircon, get out the dominos and treat them to a real 'barbeque'. This is not the time to be alone.

READ: Mapped out - SA's favourite braai spots


5. Do it your way

Treat yourself to the things that make the holidays special for you. Now that you're on your own you can finally set the table the way you like it. Make the pudding with your favourite recipe and open the presents when you want to. 

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6. Decorate

The holidays are all about tradition. Spring clean, toss out all the junk and decorate your apartment or house. If you find yourself in a hotel, buy a little Christmas tree, wear something red and feel festive. 

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7. Make a trifle


What holiday is complete without a trifle for desert? Something sweet is always a treat. 


8. Get gifting


Even though you would normally wrap the gifts with your mother, or get your sister to do it, doesn't mean that you have to forget about it completely. Buy the wrapping paper and gift something special to your family. 

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9. Skype call

Thanks to technology, you don't need to feel left out of the parties. Give your friends a call on Skype when they're having a big jol or invite the have a beer with them at one of your own parties. 

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10. Listen to some ghoema

The klopse are one of the great entertainers that is only found on SA soil. South Africans love to camp out across the city for a night of entertainment and to get a good seat for Tweede Nuwe Jaar. Playing some ghoema beats on your iPod will definitely kick nostalgia in the butt. 

11. Find an indoor pool and go have a day at the pools
The holidays just aren’t complete without a trip to Sea Point pools. 

READ: SA's hottest pools to take a break from summer beach traffic



12. Listen to some Abdullah Ibrahim


Nothing beats a sundowner with some local jazz playing in the background. South Africa can be right in your living room, with you on the train or on the ferry. 



13. Get out and see the lights

No matter where you are in the world, knowing that you can still enjoy the simple holiday treats from anywhere in the world. See the lights and enjoy the nightlife. 



14. Get your hands on some gamon

On a hot summers day, nothing goes down better than some cold meats and crackers. If gamon is what it takes, then go out and find some. 


15. Dress up

Some believe that when you look good you feel good. Buy something new and colourful and show off your great South African sense of style.

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