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Do you remember what you thought the new year would bring you? What changes it will make in your life? As we make our New Year's resolutions, we know that some of our desires will not come to fruition...but we also know that we will try our best to make things happen, and hope for every new year to be better than the previous.

With another year almost gone by, take a look back at last year and remember all the great things it brought you – even if you have to dig among the not-so-great ones to find them.

This year has been challenging and eventful all around the globe. As all events carry with them both positive and negative implications, there were many that directly and indirectly affected our lives in one way or another.

Despite everything that went on in our lives over the course of the year, we know that before the year is up, we will get together with family and friends, “forget it all” and celebrate life in their company. After all, this is what the Holiday Season is all about.

Today, more than ever before, it is easy to connect with loved ones – even over long distances. Wise old saying “it's a small world” resonates through many languages and was spoken long before the Internet era. It certainly rings true today, as all you need to stay connected with the rest of the world is a small device like an iPhone, which you can carry in your pocket everywhere you go.

With a tiny smart phone, not only will you stay informed on the latest news all around the world, but you can also chat face-to-face with a person on the opposite side of the globe. Wow...we are so used to this technology that we often forget how mind-blowing it is.

Back on the old days, imagine how difficult it was for couples in love to send letters to one another if one of them was abroad. It took months for them to get a letter, in which time so many changes could happen! Not only that, but often times mail got lost, which surely broke the hearts of many hopeful romantics. Today, however, there is email, instant messaging, and live chatting that connects men and women across the world – regardless of where they are spending their Holiday Season.

What is equally wonderful is how traveling has changed with the times. Modern train systems first appeared in Europe in the early 19th century, with commercial air travel first becoming available a little over 100 years later. Traveling overseas by boat took weeks, which made it prohibitive for many to vacation abroad. The great news is that today you can fly to almost any part of the world in a reasonably short period of time, which lets you experience new cultures and expand your horizons beyond those available to men and women less than a century ago.

Not only can you travel and sight-see the world for yourself, but you can also choose the best destinations by learning more about them ahead of time. Many TV Shows and Internet sites will tell you the pros and cons of each country's hot tourist attractions, along with videos, pictures, interesting facts about each place, and safe travel tips.

Another great way to learn more about world travel is through mobile iPad and iPhone apps – if you haven't seen the "Photographic Journey", you must give it a try! It's one of the best travel apps available in the App Store (worldwide), which uses beautiful photos and detailed articles to tell you about the best tourist destination spots around the world.

Whether you are traveling or staying at home this Holiday Season, remember how easy it is today to get in touch with people you care about most...Remember to reach out to everyone who is dear to you, and remind them of why they are special to you, and tell them how much you love them. This, by far, will be the best gift of all!

And as you get ready to leave this year behind and get a fresh start on life in the next, remember that "All changes in life are positive or negative, what makes it so, is your choice..." Happy Holidays!

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