","notes":null,"notes_syn":null,"userData_node":null,"userData":null,"sch_body":" It's official. The autumn leaves are falling and summer is well and truly over (sob), but there's one good thing about the arrival of the cold weather: those beachy winter sun destinations are calling! If you're like us and need a good dose of vitamin D in December, January or February, you'll want to know the best places for winter sun to escape on a beach, city or adventure break. Going away when the cold weather sets in is, in our opinion, the best time for a sunny trip abroad: there's very little chance of a heatwave in Britain and you'll be rocking a real tan when everyone loses theirs. It doesn't have to cost the earth either as there are so many cheap winter sun opportunities if you know where to look. With this in mind, we're bringing you ideas for the best destinations for winter sun Europe and the rest of the world have to offer, from the white sands of Goa to the delicious Mediterranean mezze you can gorge on in Cyprus. These trips that you can book with sunshine specialist Olympic Holidays make for sun-kissed breaks that will leave your Insta followers envious when the UK freezes. Check out the best winter sun destinations... Goa This seaside paradise has earned its reputation as a top Indian hotspot thanks to its gorgeous white sand beaches, fascinating historic sites and laidback local charm. Temperatures reach 28 degrees between December and February, and whether you head for north or south Goa, you're in for a treat.   Having been a melting pot of races and cultures over the centuries, you'll find so much to do when you're not sunning yourself on the sands, with a wealth of old churches, temples, forts and incredible food that's particularly diverse thanks to its Portuguese rule up until the 1960s. Don't miss the amazing seafood: try shrimp in a coconut curry, pork vindaloo, cashew marzipan and bebinca, a desert made with coconut and almonds. Tenerife The largest of the Canary Islands is home to the lunar landscape of El Teide National Park, which is well worth a trip during your winter sun escape. Fresh Mediterranean food (tomatoes, bananas, grapes and potatoes) are all grown on Tenerife as standard too and there's plenty of home-grown wines to try. Be sure to visit the vibrant capital city of Santa Cruz to check out its interesting architecture, churches, museums and lively market. Or for the best views, take a trip up Mount Teide on a cable car.  Cyprus Legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, and blessed with affordable year-round sun, you’ll be hard pressed to discover everything Cyprus has to offer in one week. With historical sites, charming villages, rich vineyards and, of course, golden beaches that have clear waters and the occasional shipwreck to dive and explore, Cyprus is a winter sun haven. You'll want to dig into the traditional Cypriot mezze with up to 20 small sharing dishes, like halloumi, stuffed vine leaves and hummus. And if you’ve had your fill, you can visit the many boutiques and designer outlets.  Gran Canaria Best known for its stunning sand dunes and incredible dive sites that include majestic shipwrecks, Gran Canaria is a top winter sun destination. Las Palmas, the capital city, is vibrant and has a load of must-see sights including the Casa de Colon (Columbus House), Las Palmas Cathedral, museums and a marvellous beach. You can also get to know the diverse landscapes and stunning sands of the southern coastline. Gran Canaria's rocky, mountainous interior has weird and wonderful formations and lush foothills with amazing views that are perfect for hiking or biking.  The Gambia Six hours from the UK, Gambia is one of the smallest yet heritage-rich African countries and an extremely welcoming spot for a winter sun holiday. A break here can be as busy or as relaxed as you desire, with everything from bustling markets and busy cities (Bakau, Serekunda and capital Banjul) to a 30-mile stretch of golden sand beaches fringed with palm trees. There's almost zero rainfall and average temperatures of around 30 degrees from November to June.  Fuerteventura The second largest of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura lies just 100 kilometres from the north African coast so it benefits from a fantastic year round climate. With beautiful, broad sandy beaches and peaceful resorts, it's ideal for a relaxing getaway. Suited for travellers of all ages looking for a well-earned beach break, especially during the winter months, Fuerteventura is the perfect antidote to the cold British weather. For those who like to get active, it has great conditions for surfing and windsurfing, plus its 150 beaches are renowned as being the best in the Canaries. 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And one food regimen that has been a rage with women trying to loose those extra kilos is the low-carb diet. It advocates limiting carbohydrates, such as those found in starchy vegetables and grains. \r\n\r\nNow, we know what you are thinking. If carbohydrates are the major source of energy, how will your body get its fuel if you cut the carbs? \r\n\r\nAnd does a low-carb diet actually work?\r\n\r\nResearch shows that a low-carb diet might be useful in the short-term to loose weight, lower blood pressure and improve blood sugar control but some studies suggest that in the long term they are linked with an increased risk of death from any cause.\r\n\r\nA large-scale study now published in The Lancet Public Health Journal examines the effect of high-moderate and low-carbohydrate intake on mortality risk. It shows that in the short term, a low-carbohydrate diet does result in a rapid weight loss of 1-3kgs within the first few days due to depletion of glycogen (stored carbohydrate) and its associated water stores. Weight loss on a low carbohydrate diet is also generally associated with eating less energy-dense processed foods and higher protein intakes that can help with appetite control and maintenance of muscle mass. \r\n\r\nAccording to Delhi-based nutritionist Harshita Dilawri of Know Your Nutrients, the side-effects of very low carbohydrate diet usually include headaches, nausea, fatigue, poor concentration and constipation because the body uses fat as the primary fuel due to insufficient carbs. She says that a low-carb diet also limits the intake of wholegrain, fruits and starchy veggies - all good sources of fibre, essential vitamins and minerals, which further increase the risk of deficiency in key nutrients.\r\n\r\nSo, all in all, it is better that we have a balanced diet including all the food groups. 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Sure, I still wake up in a sweat from time to time after dreaming about locking myself out of my apartment, but I can usually shake off the spooks by the time I've rolled myself to the bathroom to brush my teeth. But the dream that still rocks to me my very core is the one where—drumroll, please—I lose a tooth.\r\n\r\nI've only had this nightmare (I'm a drama queen, not sorry) a handful of times, and when I do, my mouth actually hurts the next day. It's a downright haunting experience to lose your teeth! Even if it's not real! Which is why I need to know what my brain is thinking, and if there's anything I can do to in my waking life to trick my subconscious into never dreaming about it again. Here, two experts explain what's going on in your mind when you dream about losing your teeth.\r\n\r\nFirst of all, the \"losing teeth\" dream is super common, so know that you're not alone.\r\n\r\nApparently, nearly everyone experiences this dream because we can all remember what it felt like to lose a tooth when we were kids. \"We all have memories—conscious and unconscious—around our milk teeth falling out, and having gaps in our teeth before our new teeth grew,\" explains Jane Teresa Anderson, a dream analyst and therapist. (By the way, milk teeth = baby teeth.)\r\n\r\n\"During those childhood years, we may experience all sorts of worries and concerns, perhaps being teased about having gaps in our smile, perhaps losing our confidence,\" points out Anderson. Simply put, those feelings are returning, symbolically-speaking, in your dream. Yikes!\r\n\r\nBut don't freak out. \"Halle Berry has this dream, too!\" Lauri Loewenberg, a dream expert who has worked with celebs, including Hoda Kotb and Kelly Pickler, tells Cosmo. Okay, fine, I'm feeling a bit less bad about my weird psyche. I guess?\r\n\r\nBut so what does the dream signify?\r\n\r\nIn non-shocking news, dreaming that you've lost a tooth has more than one meaning. According to Loewenberg, \"Dreams involving the mouth or throat area are most often connected to communication issues in waking life. When your teeth fall out in a dream, it is usually because you have said something without thinking about it first.\" In other words, your teeth are acting as a metaphor for words falling out of your mouth. Deep.\r\n\r\n\"If you dream that you have missing teeth, ask yourself where, over the past couple of days, you have felt a sense of something missing in your life,\" recommends Anderson. \"If, in your dream, you're embarrassed to talk because one or more teeth are missing, you may be feeling—or fearing—a lack of confidence,\" she added.\r\n\r\nThat's the thing: Dream analyses all depend on what's going on in your real life, specifically. \"Our dreams are unique. While millions of people may dream about their teeth falling out, it's the other details in the dream that help pinpoint the exact interpretation,\" notes Anderson.\r\n\r\n\"To get a feeling for the meaning of your dream, focus on how you felt about your teeth falling out,\" she suggests. Are you feeling afraid of that loss? Or could you be subconsciously reliving something embarrassing that happened in your waking life? Spend some time reflecting on your dream, even if it's uncomfortable, in order to diagnose its meaning to you.\r\n\r\nOkay, so what should I do if I dream about losing my teeth over and over again?\r\n\r\nIf losing your teeth is a recurring dream, your mind is probably trying to tell you something. \"Recurring dreams are often connected to an ongoing issue (the dream continues until the issue is resolved) or they can be connected to a recurring behavior pattern that needs correcting: every time you exhibit the behavior, you have the dream,\" Loewenberg explains.\r\n\r\nIs there anything I can do to stop having this dream?\r\n\r\nIf you want to get rid of this haunting dental dream sequence, Anderson recommends confronting (eek!) the image of your teeth falling out—yep, even though it's freaky. \"When you wake up, reimagine the dream but with your teeth staying in place, firm and strong,\" says Anderson. \"Imagine yourself acting and feeling firm and strong too. This helps reprogram your unconscious mind to resolve the issue.\"\r\n\r\nAnd remember: There's nothing to panic about.\r\n\r\nWhile yes, losing your teeth in a dream is often uncomfortable, it's not a reason to freak out. You still have those pearly whites, baby, and hey, maybe it has you thinking critically about an issue that's been bubbling in the back of your mind. It's called growth, y'all.\r\n\r\n \r\n","type":"story","field_meta_title":null,"field_meta_description":null,"field_meta_keyword":null,"image":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-01/midsection-of-smiling-woman-royalty-free-image-1579039312.jpg?iUV4u4QAm2M9ROWfwC25JLo9odwF6w62","field_editory_by":null,"path":"/life/features/a19401/what-does-it-mean-dream-about-losing-your-teeth","created":"15 January 2020 ","time_created":"2020-01-15T08:00:00+05:30","field_section":"Life","field_section_url":"/life","field_content_type":"Features","notes":"http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/a30506555/dream-about-losing-teeth-meaning/","notes_syn":"Cosmopolitan","userData_node":null,"userData":null,"field_first_name":null,"authorpath":null,"userPicUrl":null},{"nid":"19388","title":"New Year, New Dating Rules: 6 Dating Habits You Need in 2020","field_dek":"‘Cuz it’s the roaring 20s AGAIN and there is no fun in roaring alone. Katy Perry agrees.\r\n","modified":"2020-01-15 10:02:50","status":"1","field_full_dek":"A week (or two…) into 2020, you can still add on to your resolutions for the New Year (easier than your pledge to hit the gym every day).\r\n\r\nYes, THIS is the year you go public with your startup idea, take an impromptu girls trip or just casually smash patriarchy every day, NBD.\r\n\r\nFrom finding love to your dream job, all you need to realise your resolutions is an app that multi-tasks as well as you do. So, let’s begin by downloading Bumble to help you find love…in all shapes and sizes, friends and even jobs.\r\n\r\nDone? Now, let’s move forward and here’s your game plan…\r\n\r\nNo ‘hey theres’. Get creative.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n'How you doin'?’ could only get Joey so far, just saying. When chatting up a match, put your best wit forward. \r\n\r\nFacing a creative block? Then, opt for Bumble’s conversation starters. Our fave - “Were Ross and Rachel on a break?”  is sure to break mega ice. \r\n\r\nSeek a bae FIRST and ye shall find\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nIn the blessed New Year, the new you shall apply the ladies-first rule in asking out a cute guy. Luckily dating apps such as Bumble make the process much simpler – Swipe, match and YOU make the first move (or lose the love connection forevs). \r\n\r\nNot only does this lower the risk of receiving the cringe-worthy, “‘‘Helo, wanna frandship?????”’’ messages, it’s also putting full control in the hands of women!\r\n\r\nNo TMI\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nYou now have the option to say NO to sharing personal information. For instance, Bumble has an option for women to hide their first name and only show their first initial. They also have a photo verification to avoid fake profiles and catfishing.\r\n\r\nBreak your patterns! \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNew Year, new patterns…especially ones that do not involve falling for the same ‘type’. Let’s leave ‘falling for the same type’ to Drake, shall we, ladies? So, use the badges to show your interests on your Bumble profile and filter matches accordingly to meet someone who’s into the same things as you.  \r\n\r\nSafe dating 101\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nSo, you’ve swiped, matched and exchanged a few messages…but still unsure about including him in your hive? Well, the video chat feature on the app helps you REALLY  get to know someone before you meet them to get comfortable. \r\n\r\nGet with it, girls\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nAin’t nobody got the time to be updating dating profiles on the reg. Bumble knows and that’s why we find their Instagram and Spotify integration feature super-easy. Now, you can find a perfect partner to go with you to the Chainsmokers gig the easy-peasy way. Thank us later. \r\n\r\nJoin the hive. Download Bumble on the App Store and Google Play Store. 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Halfway into the first month of 2020, we have already started working on making changes in our lifestyle. As time will pass, this new year, new me fervour will begin to fade and we will get back to, well, being us. In an attempt to recoup from this digression we will start searching for new ‘trends’ in the world of food. \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nIt is your life and you can eat whatever you want to (without compromising on your health, of course) because body positivity is our norm. Though, if you are looking for something new, let Nutritionist and Diabetic Educator, Harshita Dilawri of Know Your Nutrients, Delhi and Ambika Tyagi, Nutritionist, Healthy Souls enlighten you about the 5 types of diets to watch for in the year 2020. \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n1. Plant-Based Diet - This diet is sustainable and realistic and something we have been doing since aeon. The plant-based diet focuses on foods derived from plant sources. This diet is, thus, mainly composed of vegetables, fruits, legumes, nuts, seeds, soy and whole grains. People who follow the plant-based diet majorly consume fruits, vegetables and legumes to fulfill their need for essential vitamins, fibre, and minerals. Moreover, a plant-based diet will be a big part of the year 2020 because most people are converting into vegetarian or prefer to eat veggies to meats. \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n2. Mediterranean Diet – This diet, as the name suggests, is common in countries that surround the Mediterranean Sea, such as Greece, Italy, and Spain. Mediterranean Diet is a wholesome diet, which allows you to have vegetables, fruits, legumes, seeds, olive oil, meat, fish and dairy. The main components of a Mediterranean diet are daily consumption of vegetables, fruits, whole grains and healthy fats; weekly intake of fish, poultry, beans and eggs; moderate portions of dairy products and limited intake of red meat. In the Mediterranean diet, people are allowed to have wine, tea and coffee as per the suggested quantity. \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n3. The Blood Type Diet- The blood type diet is all about eating right according to your blood type, which helps in reducing fat from your body. It also helps to keep away from food allergies. The Blood type diet has gained popularity over the last two decades. \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n4. Raw Food Diet- In this diet you eat uncooked, unprocessed and mostly organic food. Nutritionists say heating food destroys its nutrients and natural enzymes. Raw food diet believes that cooking makes food toxic. This regimen also helps in losing a significant amount of weight as we eat food, which is low in calories, fat, and sodium, and high in fibre. One also gets nutritional perks as what we eat is high in vitamins, minerals, fibre.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n5. Intermittent Fasting: Periodic fasting periods have been popular religious tools for centuries. Now, a growing number of non-religious dieters are trying their hand at fasting for health and weight loss. There are dozens of different ways of doing intermittent fasting, but all involve splitting the day/week/month into distinct eating and fasting periods. During the fasting periods, the dieter eats nothing (or very little, depending on the version). These are the three most popular intermittent fasting types right now:\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n·    The 16/8 method: (Most popular!) Dieters restrict their daily eating period to a strict 8-hour block (i.e. noon-8pm) and fast the other 16 hours (i.e. 8 pm till noon the following day). Mostly, this means skipping breakfast and cutting food off strictly post-dinner.\r\n\r\n·     Eat-Stop-Eat: Dieters eat normally except for 1-2 days each week during which they eat nothing. \r\n\r\n·     The 5:2 diet: Dieters eat normally 5 days of the week and severely restrict calories on the remaining two days (i.e. eating just 500 calories or so on each of the fasting days). By reducing your calorie intake, all of these methods should cause weight loss as long as you don't compensate by eating much more during the eating periods.\r\n\r\nUltimately, all fasting diets aim to cause weight loss through caloric restriction. And caloric restriction works… as long as dieters don’t accidentally compensate for lost calories during open eating periods.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n","type":"story","field_meta_title":null,"field_meta_description":"cosmo, cosmo.in, cosmo india,cosmopolitan india, cosmopolitan.in, diest, year 2020, bb, what to eat this new year, intermittent fasting, plant-based diet, go vegetarian, blood-group type diet, mediterranean diet, get healthy, get fit, new year resolutions, delhi, nutritionists","field_meta_keyword":"cosmo, cosmo.in, cosmo india,cosmopolitan india, cosmopolitan.in, diest, year 2020, bb, what to eat this new year, intermittent fasting, plant-based diet, go vegetarian, blood-group type diet, mediterranean diet, get healthy, get fit, new year resolutions, delhi, nutritionists","image":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-01/Screen%20Shot%202020-01-13%20at%208.16.05%20pm.png?vwPtAo3aBHwLYCL.2OymGCN4i4mFcW9s","field_editory_by":null,"path":"/life/features/a19383/5-types-diets-you-will-hear-about-2020","created":"13 January 2020 ","time_created":"2020-01-13T16:00:00+05:30","field_section":"Life","field_section_url":"/life","field_content_type":"Features","notes":null,"notes_syn":null,"userData_node":null,"userData":null,"field_first_name":null,"authorpath":null,"userPicUrl":null},{"nid":"19384","title":"11 Instagram Handles for All You Stationery Lovers","field_dek":"It is okay to be addicted to stationery designed for children, despite being 30.\r\n","modified":"2020-01-13 15:21:40","status":"1","field_full_dek":"","type":"gallery","field_meta_title":null,"field_meta_description":"cosmo, cosmopolitan, cosmo india, cosmopolitan india, bb, india, stationery, instagram ,social media, diary, riflepaperco","field_meta_keyword":"cosmo, cosmopolitan, cosmo india, cosmopolitan india, bb, india, stationery, instagram ,social media, diary, riflepaperco ","image":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-01/st.jpg?bSkOlyNT7Rx8TzIUAhFaVNr4BA_3sAXP","field_editory_by":null,"path":"/life/features/g19384/11-instagram-handles-all-you-stationery-lovers","created":"13 January 2020 ","time_created":"2020-01-13T14:00:00+05:30","field_section":"Life","field_section_url":"/life","field_content_type":"Features","notes":null,"notes_syn":null,"userData_node":null,"userData":null,"field_first_name":null,"authorpath":null,"userPicUrl":null},{"nid":"19381","title":"5 Most In-Demand Jobs in India This Year ","field_dek":"And the skills they require, according to LinkedIn\r\n","modified":"2020-01-13 12:44:09","status":"1","field_full_dek":"Despite vociferous debates on the state of the Indian economy, there is no denying that the country continues to remain a global economic power. And a large part of this development is credited to digital technology. \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n2020’s top emerging job market clearly reflects that technology will continue to dominate the employment sector. According to a McKinsey report, India is the second-fastest digitizing economy in the world. The same report expects that by 2025, India’s tech sector will deliver $1 trillion in economic value and sustain up to 65 million jobs. \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nLinkedIn in its report titled, “2020 Emerging Jobs Report India”, has elaborated on the top 15 most in-demand jobs in India and what skills one will require to land these positions. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nView this post on Instagram\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNo matter your definition of success, there’s a community on LinkedIn to help you get there. What are you in it for? #InItTogether\r\n\r\nA post shared by LinkedIn (@linkedin) on Jan 10, 2019 at 10:06am PST\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n1. Blockchain Developer: They develop and optimize blockchain protocols and design the architecture of blockchain systems. The developers are needed to help build products and services associated with technology, like contracts and apps. Skills you need: Hyperledger, Solidity, Node.js, Smart Contract             \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n2. Artificial Intelligence Specialist: Machines don’t just retain information and automate processes, but actually perceive the environment and take autonomous action to achieve goals. Artificial Intelligence specialists work on getting machines to learn. Skills you need: Machine Learning, Deep Learning, TensorFlow, Python (Programming Language), Natural Language Processing (NLP)\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n3. JavaScript Developer: You may have heard of front-end web developers who work on the styling of web applications, JavaScript developers build and implement the front-end logic that defines how those visual elements behave. Skills you need: AngularJS, Node.js, React Native, MongoDB\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n4. Robotic Process Automation Consultant (RPA): The process of creating software robots to automate manual business processes previously performed by humans is known as RPA. Key role is to understand the different needs of the organizations, rather than simply applying a one-size-fits-all approach. Skills you need: UiPath, Automation Anywhere, Blue Prism, Process Automation, SQL\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n5. Back-end Developer: Everything you don’t see and touch on a web application is the realm of the back-end developer. In charge of building and implementing what a particular web application is meant to do, back-end developers work on the components that are directly accessed by a user through the shiny front-end. Skills you need: Node.js, MongoDB, JavaScript, Django, MySQL \r\n\r\nRead the full report here\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n","type":"story","field_meta_title":null,"field_meta_description":"cosmo, cosmopolitan, cosmo india, cosmopolitan india, cosmo.in, cosmopolitan.in, linkedin, mckinsey, delhi, report, bb, india, jobs, most in demand jobs, 2020, indian economy, empowerment, digital technology ","field_meta_keyword":"cosmo, cosmopolitan, cosmo india, cosmopolitan india, cosmo.in, cosmopolitan.in, linkedin, mckinsey, delhi, report, bb, india, jobs, most in demand jobs, 2020, indian economy, empowerment, digital technology ","image":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-01/Blog-Images-Why-Arent-There-More-Women-In-Tech-2.jpg?FVV7khgIYmIggsU1ZkJ4oZNo27cdzOrZ","field_editory_by":null,"path":"/life/features/a19381/5-most-demand-jobs-india-year","created":"13 January 2020 ","time_created":"2020-01-13T11:03:00+05:30","field_section":"Life","field_section_url":"/life","field_content_type":"Features","notes":null,"notes_syn":null,"userData_node":null,"userData":null,"field_first_name":null,"authorpath":null,"userPicUrl":null},{"nid":"19379","title":"A Beginner’s Guide to Therapy: Because It is a Thing You Can Do","field_dek":"Think it might be time to talk to someone, but aren’t sure who? Here’s the lowdown on what’s available...\r\n","modified":"2020-01-13 06:28:01","status":"1","field_full_dek":"According to WHO, 7.5% of India suffers from some form of mental disorder. And that figure is likely much lower than the stark reality. With hardly any info available, how do you know what the right treatment for you looks like, especially when you’re in the midst of a dark cloud? There are a bunch of treatments out there, so we’ve decoded all that’s on offer before you make the leap. Remember, no matter what route you take, therapists don’t have a magic wand and it’s important to approach the process with a willingness to work if you want to see results. Do your research, then decide what’s best from what’s available... \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nHYPNOTHERAPY \r\n\r\nWhat is it? Forget swinging pocket watches. Sessions involve being guided into a relaxed state, imagining various scenarios (ranging from those that evoke an extreme response in you to you picturing a ‘safe place’) and listening to suggestions. You’ll remain in full control throughout. “Your hypnotherapist will ease you into focused concentration, similar to meditation, and though people talk of ‘going under’, you won’t be ‘under’ for the whole session,” explains Darren Marks, hypnotherapy instructor for the International Association Of Counselors & Therapists in the US. “It has a wave-like quality—you’ll be absorbed one minute, distracted the next.” By this point, your brain should be more adapted to change.\r\n\r\nWho should get it? Anybody hoping to quit smoking or conquer a phobia. The British Medical Association also once described it as the “treatment of choice” for dealing with anxiety and stress-related disorders. Trials suggest it can help with physical issues like irritable bowel syndrome, too—with 71% of patients responding positively in one study. It can also help with chronic pain and some sleep disorders. \r\n\r\nAny downsides? By law, hypnotherapists aren’t required to have any specific training—so be sure to do your homework before booking in, and look for someone who’s accredited. It’s also unsuitable for anybody suffering from psychosis or personality disorders. \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nCOGNITIVE BEHAVIOURAL THERAPY (CBT) \r\n\r\nWhat is it? “In CBT, we look at how the way someone thinks and behaves may be causing or exacerbating a particular difficulty and how to change those patterns,” explains Dr Victoria Galbraith, a registered counselling psychologist in the UK. After your first session, your therapist will set clear goals and help you achieve them by breaking problems down into: situations, thoughts, emotions, physical feelings, and actions. You’ll learn coping techniques and may be given worksheets to complete later. \r\n\r\nWho should get it? Anybody concerned with how they’re thinking and acting, including those experiencing an eating disorder, depression and panic attacks, rather than those attempting to resolve past issues. Exposure therapy is also a form of CBT, helpful for those with OCD and severe phobias, and involves you facing your fears in manageable ways (for instance, if your fear is spiders, your therapist may suggest you read about them, then later show you pictures). As CBT is structured around the individual’s targets, a course can be completed in a relatively short time, so it may be a more suitable approach if you’re self-funding. It’s great for stopping negative thought patterns and cycles. \r\n\r\nAny downsides? Homework—such as noting down your feelings and practising techniques—so you need to commit to see a change. It’s not a long-term solution, and you may need more sessions later. \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nGROUP THERAPY \r\n\r\nWhat is it? A term for working with a therapist with other people who are experiencing similar issues.  \r\n\r\nWho should get it? Find the idea of a one-on-one session a bit intense? This could be the right route for you. Plus, there’s the added bonus of potentially bonding with others facing parallel difficulties. Group therapy can be especially good for people with specific problems, such as addiction. \r\n\r\nAny downsides? The idea of sharing your problems with strangers might feel intimidating, but most people open up after the first few sessions. \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nCOUNSELLING \r\n\r\nWhat is it? Not to be dismissed as a wishy-washy chat over tea, counselling is one of the more common solutions offered at GPs. It’s a branch of talking therapy that involves finding ways to cope with emotional issues. Counselling is seen as short-term, for current situations. Psychotherapy (which works in a similar style) delves into your past, to ID why you behave in a certain way. \r\n\r\nWho should get it? It’s recommended for difficult life events, such as divorce or bereavement, as well as work-related stress, sexual-identity struggles and upsetting physical health conditions, such as infertility. It also works well for evaluating traumas, emotional problems, and tackling challenging life events. \r\n\r\nAny downsides? Chemistry with your counsellor is important and if you don’t gel, raise your concerns with them or look for another. \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nMENTAL-HEALTH APPS \r\n\r\nWhat are they? There are multiple new apps that claim to help with everything from breathing techniques to mindfulness (the practice of bringing awareness to the present). \r\n\r\nWho should get them? Those short on time or who live in remote areas, making it difficult to access treatments and sessions. Apps are also a good way of dipping your toe into therapy before committing to paid sessions. Many apps focus on managing panic attacks (Beat Panic), the urge to self-harm (Calm Harm) or unhelpful thoughts (Chill Panda), while Thrive uses games to track your mood and to teach methods of dealing with stress and anxiety.\r\n\r\nAny downsides? With so many apps out there, it can be hard to know which one is best for you. \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nThings It’s Totally Normal to Feel In Therapy\r\n\r\nLondon-based Dr Carina Eriksen offers some words of reassurance.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n‘I’ve completely lost the plot’\r\n\r\nOnce you learn how to manage your problem, you should begin to feel more grounded and in control.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n‘I don’t want it to end’ \r\n\r\nYour therapist will show you how to self-practice the skills you’ve learned. Remember, the aim isn’t to be in therapy forever.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n‘I feel self-indulgent’\r\n\r\n If you had a chest infection, you’d probably see your doc and take the prescribed medication to get better. Psychological problems, like physical ones, need our attention and care, too.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n‘I’m a sh*tty person’\r\n\r\nThis kind of thinking is often the problem itself. Remember: just because you think something, doesn’t make it true.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n‘I love/hate my therapist’\r\n\r\nTherapists are only human. If you have any concerns about the relationship, raise them at your next session.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n‘It’s not working’ \r\n\r\nYour concerns shrouded in mystery. Regularly discuss with your therapist how the sessions are going and if anything can be improved.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n‘I’m weak and should be able to solve my own problems’ \r\n\r\nEveryone needs support at some point in their lives. It takes courage to admit we need help, and this is the first step to getting better.\r\n","type":"story","field_meta_title":null,"field_meta_description":"cosmo, cosmopolitan, cosmo india, cosmopolitan india, cosmo.in, cosmopolitan.in, mental health, live love laugh, mental disorder, World Health Organisation, cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnotherapy, group therapy, counselling, mental health apps, therapist, taboo","field_meta_keyword":"cosmo, cosmopolitan, cosmo india, cosmopolitan india, cosmo.in, cosmopolitan.in, mental health, live love laugh, mental disorder, World Health Organisation, cognitive behavioural therapy, hypnotherapy, group therapy, counselling, mental health apps, therapist, taboo","image":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-01/Screen%20Shot%202020-01-10%20at%208.27.55%20pm.png?RrTNMw0Yce.x_9lkFDizN.UpuhkqdzCS","field_editory_by":null,"path":"/life/features/a19379/beginners-guide-therapy-because-it-thing-you-can-do","created":"13 January 2020 ","time_created":"2020-01-13T11:00:00+05:30","field_section":"Life","field_section_url":"/life","field_content_type":"Features","notes":null,"notes_syn":null,"userData_node":null,"userData":null,"field_first_name":null,"authorpath":null,"userPicUrl":null},{"nid":"19375","title":"Are You a Modern-Day Gypsy? ","field_dek":"Tired of the same ol‘ rut of life? Maybe it’s time to embrace the free-spirited nomad in you. But before you hit the road, know this about the lifestyle... \r\n","modified":"2020-01-10 07:33:02","status":"1","field_full_dek":"We all crave freedom. But some of us desire a carefree lifestyle, away from the hustle bustle, more than others. Remember Esmerelda from Disney’s Hunchback of Notre Dame? Since we saw the beautiful gypsy girl, with a mystic and free spirit, we’ve dreamt of being a gypsy, too. But there’s a lot more to being a gypsy, of course. It’s not just about the travelling, long, flowy clothes, funky jewellery, and the like.\r\n\r\n‘Gypsy’ is actually a term for Romani people—a whole different culture. However, if you have a free spirit, too, that wants to explore the world, meet new people, and live a worry-free life, a modern-day gypsy lifestyle is what you need. Here’s everything you need to know...\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nTHE Gypsy life isn’t for everyone\r\n\r\nBefore you turn your life upside down, think this through very carefully. If you’re just fascinated by how they portray gypsies in novels and movies, think again. Make sure this is what you truly desire.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nStop overthinking \r\n\r\nOnce sure, quit worrying about all the things that can go wrong. Take a leap of faith. This is the first step towards being a modern-day nomad— to let go of your fears and embrace life as it comes.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nGet used to the minimalistic life \r\n\r\nBasically, say bye to the hundred pairs of shoes and handbags that you own! Learn to lead a simple life. This doesn’t mean you live in a cave, wearing dry leaves, but that you understand there’s more to life than materialism. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nUtilise technology \r\n\r\nYou don’t need to throw your phone and laptop away. It’s not impossible, if that’s your intention at all. Unless you have millions saved up, it’s best that you maintain an active digital presence and be tech savvy. It’ll also allow you to work online and earn a living. But do limit the use of social media, so it doesn’t get in the way of your new, nomadic life.\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nFind a job that lets you work remotely \r\n\r\nWhile you can take up temp jobs wherever you decide to wander off to, it’s always a good idea to have a stable source of income. These days, organisations are pretty open to offering a flexible work environment to the employees. You can look at professions like online marketing, designing, writing/editing, accounting, data entry, among others. \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nMake connections \r\n\r\nDespite all the free-spiritedness, you can’t  isolate yourself from the rest of the world. You shouldn’t. Everywhere you go, make connections and create memories. Leave a piece of you with everyone you meet. Don’t be afraid! The world’s waiting for you!\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nIf you’re just fascinated by how they portray gypsies in movies,\r\nthink again. \r\n\r\n \r\n","type":"story","field_meta_title":null,"field_meta_description":"cosmo, cosmopolitan.in, cosmo.in, cosmopolitan india, modern, gypsy, nomadic, lifestyle, freedom, technology, minimalistic life","field_meta_keyword":"cosmo, cosmopolitan.in, cosmo.in, cosmopolitan india, modern, gypsy, nomadic, lifestyle, freedom, technology, minimalistic life","image":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-01/Screen%20Shot%202020-01-10%20at%201.jpg?fYq_cWhz5BpkXqJQ6vE4PTTGpcMJiCka","field_editory_by":null,"path":"/life/features/a19375/are-you-modern-day-gypsy","created":"10 January 2020 ","time_created":"2020-01-10T13:00:00+05:30","field_section":"Life","field_section_url":"/life","field_content_type":"Features","notes":null,"notes_syn":null,"userData_node":null,"userData":null,"field_first_name":null,"authorpath":null,"userPicUrl":null},{"nid":"19376","title":"4 Décor Tips for the Millennials","field_dek":"Chumbak Co-Founder Shubra Chadda tells us how to create a space that reflects your personality.\r\n","modified":"2020-01-10 10:08:11","status":"1","field_full_dek":"You may go for a vacation and stay at the most luxe hotels, with designs that gratify all your senses. But, no matter where you go, nothing will embrace you with the warmth that you feel at your home. And with millennials moving out from their native cities for work, it is essential that the new space resoundingly reflect their personality. \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\nIndia-inspired, design led, lifestyle brand Chumbak's Co-Founder Shubra Chadda tells us the 4 décor tips that millennials can use to make their sanctuary an extension of their personality. \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nView this post on Instagram\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n#MyKindaPlace Finding time to catch up on some reading is quite hard, but when we do, it’s always in our cozy little corner. Check out our stories for more floor décor and drop by a Chumbak store to shop! #chumbak #shopchumbak #alittlequirkisallweneed #mykindaplace #livingroom #homedecor #interiors #interiordecorating #interiordesign #homesweethome #instadecor #instahome #instagood #decorating #floordecor #livingroomdecor #interiorstyling #inspiration #homeinspo #myhome\r\n\r\nA post shared by Chumbak (@chumbak) on Oct 31, 2019 at 5:26am PDT\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n \r\n\r\n\r\n\tWhat pieces can be added to give a millennial vibe to a traditional home?\r\n\r\n\r\nA great way to do this is to layer fun prints or patterns on top of more traditional pieces: a fun rug layered over a more neutral one or perhaps bright cushions on a neutral sofa. Plants also really add to the millennial vibe.\r\n\r\n\r\n\tHow can one impart a unique style to their space with decor pieces? \r\n\r\n\r\nDraw inspiration from your interests and decorate the space with objects that reflect your personality. Add your twist to daily functional objects by curating fun doormats, mugs and other décor items. \r\n\r\n\r\n\tWhat tips would you give to the millennials who have small homes?\r\n\r\n\r\nInvest in functional/multi-purpose furniture like beds with built-in storage and storage benches. This helps avoid clutter.  As William Morris says \"Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.\r\n\r\n\r\n\tWhat tips would you give to students who move out of their cities to make their rooms more homely?\r\n\r\n\r\nKeeping a couple of plants can be wonderfully calming; if you are not very great with them, maybe some fake plants in planters! Decorate your study area with pictures of your family, friends and pets. Don’t forget some cozy lighting and comfortable bedding to make you feel right at home.\r\n\r\n \r\n","type":"story","field_meta_title":null,"field_meta_description":"cosmo, cosmo.in, cosmopolitan.in, cosmopolitan india, cosmo india, decor tips, millennial, chumbak, shubra chadda, bb, how to decorate your home, how to decorate a small space, students, lifestyle, bb, home and decor","field_meta_keyword":"cosmo, cosmo.in, cosmopolitan.in, cosmopolitan india, cosmo india, decor tips, millennial, chumbak, shubra chadda, bb, how to decorate your home, how to decorate a small space, students, lifestyle, home and decor","image":"https://akm-img-a-in.tosshub.com/sites/cosmo/sites/default/files/2020-01/chumbak.jpg?I3KDlbilWgs9T5mMlXt97Ftb6RkgN3K1","field_editory_by":null,"path":"/life/features/a19376/4-decor-tips-millennials","created":"10 January 2020 ","time_created":"2020-01-10T11:05:00+05:30","field_section":"Life","field_section_url":"/life","field_content_type":"Features","notes":null,"notes_syn":null,"userData_node":null,"userData":null,"field_first_name":null,"authorpath":null,"userPicUrl":null},{"nid":"19373","title":"30 Non-Boring Ideas for Your Next Girls' Night Out","field_dek":"You and your besties are better than \"let's just grab drinks.\"\r\n","modified":"2020-01-10 06:47:59","status":"1","field_full_dek":"Jäger used to be the bomb, bandage dresses used to heal all, and vodka soda—wait, to be fair, it’s still pretty crisp and refreshing, and definitely still an acceptable component of your girls' night out. But throwing back a couple of vodka sodas at the same three bars you always frequent can get a little, well, stale. And while no doubt your amazing crew can make just about anywhere feel like an Insta-worthy party, it's probably time to change things up once your local bartender has got your entire group's drink order memorized.\r\n\r\nSo what's a gal to do when she wants to reinvent GNO? The answer: a hell of a lot! Have a friend who is way into tarot? Get your act together and go to a psychic reading. In the mood to use your friends? Sign up for one of those BYOB painting classes. Or if you guys are on a health kick, how about breaking a sweat at a pole-dancing class?\r\n\r\nIf you and your friends are in a rut and want to ~spice up your lives~, look no further than the following alternative girls night out ideas. But don't forget to charge your phone before you head out—if your GNO doesn't hit Instagram, did it even really happen?\r\n\r\n1. Treat yo' self to a fancy restaurant.\r\n\r\nWhat better way to treat yourself than with a bougier-than-usual bottle of wine and fries for the table? Obviously I don't recommend making expensive dinner reservations so often that your budget takes a hit, but planning a seasonal fancy meal is a super fun way to get together and celebrate everything that's going on in your group's day-to-day lives.\r\n\r\n2. Grab some cheap tickets to a sporting event.\r\n\r\nEven if court-side seats aren't in the cards, you and your friends can still kick it in the nosebleed section with nachos and beer.\r\n\r\n3. Have your own night at the museum.\r\n\r\nPlenty of museums now offer “after hours” programming, complete with DJs, drinks, and open access to select exhibits. Learning is best done with a cocktail in hand, after all!\r\n\r\n4. Hit up a bespoke cocktail bar.\r\n\r\nYour fave dive bar can wait. Opt instead for the kind of plush setting where it feels like Colonel Mustard could murder you with a candlestick at any second. Also, nothing makes me feel more like an adult lady than telling the bartender, \"surprise me.\"\r\n\r\n5. Have your future told by a psychic.\r\n\r\nGrab some friends for emotional support ('cause honey, you will absolutely need to dissect the experience after) and book a reading to glimpse into your future self.\r\n\r\n6. See if you can escape the room.\r\n\r\nYeah, your office might have done this already as a team-building exercise, but with themes like “the zombie” and “the submarine,” now your Saturday night can include bonding over dismantling a fake bomb and escaping the clutches of a monster.\r\n\r\n7. Justice! For! Bowling!\r\n\r\nYou know what's still fun? Bowling. Especially glow in the dark bowling. It was always the sickest 9th birthday party, and it's still lots of fun to do with your besties (socks and hand sanitizer not included).\r\n\r\n8. Hit up a winery in the area.\r\n\r\nYes, this idea does require you to reschedule your girls \"night\" out to the daytime, but what are Saturday afternoons for if not sipping vino? Schedule a group tasting is a way to make your regularly scheduled activity (drinking wine, natch) into a more sophisticated affair.\r\n\r\n9. Play tourist in your hometown.\r\n\r\nGo out and do the kinds of things you would do if your cousin Lauren were in town. Go eat that famous dish! Go walk across that famous bridge! Get your steps in seeing all the sights!\r\n\r\n10. Sing it out at karaoke.\r\n\r\nBecause what's more fun than belting out your favorite Whitney song? Belting Whitney with all of your closest girlfriends, duh!\r\n\r\n11. Have some laughs at a comedy show.\r\n\r\nBefore there were comedy podcasts, there was the comedy club. These shows are usually pretty cheap, and the giggles are guaranteed (.\r\n\r\n12. Take a pole-dancing class.\r\n\r\nChannel your inner J-Lo in Hustlers and try a pole dancing class with your besties. It can be pretty freeing to empower yourself through the extremely timeless art of pole-dancing.\r\n\r\n13. Have a good old fashioned movie night.\r\n\r\nKeep your girls’ night out alive by catching a midnight showing of the latest hot release. If your location permits, do it up with food and drinks! Places like Alamo Drafthouse offer fusion tacos (yum) and spiked shakes (yummier) to enjoy while you watch.\r\n\r\n14. Spend a night at the opera.\r\n\r\nIf you live in any major metropolitan area, this one’s for you. PSA: Opera glasses are only $20 on Amazon if you really want to look legit.\r\n\r\n15. Let out your inner roller girl.\r\n\r\nAnother 9th birthday party revival, sure, but you’ll forget that this is basically a form of exercise when you’re spinning (and falling) under a disco ball. Also, hot pants are socially acceptable attire if you’re still not convinced.\r\n\r\n16. Watch a meteor shower.\r\n\r\nCheck out the listings of 2020 celestial events, so you and your friends can wish on a shooting star or two.\r\n\r\n17. Hit up a few gallery openings.\r\n\r\nCrawling through gallery openings is an excuse for looking at beautiful objects, beautiful people, and also you get free glasses of wine basically anywhere you go, so.\r\n\r\n18. Check out a symphony orchestra.\r\n\r\nNothing makes you feel classier than viewing a group of insanely talented humans in tailcoats and black gowns playing Chopin. If this isn’t an option, scope out some local spots with live jazz as an alternative.\r\n\r\n19. Throw it back with an '80s/'90s/'00s dance party.\r\n\r\nNostalgic dance parties have hit music venues in a big way. What other night out can include leg warmers and teased bangs? Check your local clubs and event spaces to see if they're hosting one.\r\n\r\n20. Chill out in a late-night coffee shop.\r\n\r\nIn case you haven’t pursued a degree recently, this is a friendly reminder that some coffee shops are open until the wee hours of the morning. Stake out the Friends-iest overstuffed couch and talk about how your Psych 201 prof is, like, so unfair.\r\n\r\n21. Put it all on black at a casino.\r\n\r\nClassy? If you live in Monaco. But casinos can actually be a fun place to drink and pull levers to maybe win money. Plus, people-watching.\r\n\r\n22. Scream your heart out at an amusement park.\r\n\r\nSo this isn’t a late-night activity, but most parks stay open well after dark, which means the view from the top of that roller coaster might actually distract you from your impending doom. Plus, more people-watching.\r\n\r\n23. Channel your inner Van Gogh at a paint and sip.\r\n\r\nSo many of these spots are popping up for a reason — if it takes a few glasses of vino for you to freely channel your inner creative, this one’s for you.\r\n\r\n24. Test your gracefulness at a ballet class.\r\n\r\nThe epitome of grace, discipline, and class, ballerinas are always a magical sight for sore eyes. Disclaimer: You might call your mom immediately after and demand answers for why she never signed you up for dance classes.\r\n\r\n25. Live your best lives on a booze cruise.\r\n\r\nIf you live by a body of water, chances are you have the opportunity to board a boat. There’s something about sparkly city lights reflecting on water that makes the night feel truly ~infinite~.\r\n\r\n26. Have an Airbnb staycation.\r\n\r\nSo technically this is staying in, but go in on a huge downtown loft with a few friends and you get to make-believe that you live a more fabulous, glamorous life. Honestly, I’d stay in every night if I had that exposed brick and CB2 bar cart too.\r\n\r\n27. Try your luck with a random Groupon.\r\n\r\nBuy a rando activity Groupon for something you've never done before, and treat your friend to an afternoon of it. Nothing says bestie bonding time like indoor skydiving or BYOB pottery.\r\n\r\n28. Fake a bachelorette party.\r\n\r\nGrab a bunch of penis paraphernalia and a fake veil from a local sex shop, and hit up your favorite circuit of bars like you're at a bachelorette party. Take turns being the bride-to-be, dancing like it's your last night of being a free agent.\r\n\r\n29. Host your own wine-tasting party.\r\n\r\nAnd by that we mean go buy a bunch of cheapish bottles, then sit around with your girlfriends sipping the different kinds while saying fancy things about their bouquets.\r\n\r\n30. Have a high-key photoshoot.\r\n\r\nGlam up, and then take turns snapping Insta-worthy pics of one another. 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The Winter Sun Destinations That Should Be on Your Radar

Head here for vitamin D

If you're like us and need a good dose of vitamin D in December, January or February, you'll want to know the best places for winter sun to escape on a beach, city or adventure break.

Going away when the cold weather sets in is, in our opinion, the best time for a sunny trip abroad: there's very little chance of a heatwave in Britain and you'll be rocking a real tan when everyone loses theirs.

It doesn't have to cost the earth either as there are so many cheap winter sun opportunities if you know where to look.

With this in mind, we're bringing you ideas for the best destinations for winter sun Europe and the rest of the world have to offer, from the white sands of Goa to the delicious Mediterranean mezze you can gorge on in Cyprus.

These trips that you can book with sunshine specialist Olympic Holidays make for sun-kissed breaks that will leave your Insta followers envious when the UK freezes. Check out the best winter sun destinations...

Goa

This seaside paradise has earned its reputation as a top Indian hotspot thanks to its gorgeous white sand beaches, fascinating historic sites and laidback local charm. Temperatures reach 28 degrees between December and February, and whether you head for north or south Goa, you're in for a treat.

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Having been a melting pot of races and cultures over the centuries, you'll find so much to do when you're not sunning yourself on the sands, with a wealth of old churches, temples, forts and incredible food that's particularly diverse thanks to its Portuguese rule up until the 1960s. Don't miss the amazing seafood: try shrimp in a coconut curry, pork vindaloo, cashew marzipan and bebinca, a desert made with coconut and almonds.

Tenerife

The largest of the Canary Islands is home to the lunar landscape of El Teide National Park, which is well worth a trip during your winter sun escape. Fresh Mediterranean food (tomatoes, bananas, grapes and potatoes) are all grown on Tenerife as standard too and there's plenty of home-grown wines to try.

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Be sure to visit the vibrant capital city of Santa Cruz to check out its interesting architecture, churches, museums and lively market. Or for the best views, take a trip up Mount Teide on a cable car. 

Cyprus

Legendary birthplace of Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love, and blessed with affordable year-round sun, you’ll be hard pressed to discover everything Cyprus has to offer in one week. With historical sites, charming villages, rich vineyards and, of course, golden beaches that have clear waters and the occasional shipwreck to dive and explore, Cyprus is a winter sun haven.

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You'll want to dig into the traditional Cypriot mezze with up to 20 small sharing dishes, like halloumi, stuffed vine leaves and hummus. And if you’ve had your fill, you can visit the many boutiques and designer outlets. 

Gran Canaria

Best known for its stunning sand dunes and incredible dive sites that include majestic shipwrecks, Gran Canaria is a top winter sun destination. Las Palmas, the capital city, is vibrant and has a load of must-see sights including the Casa de Colon (Columbus House), Las Palmas Cathedral, museums and a marvellous beach.

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You can also get to know the diverse landscapes and stunning sands of the southern coastline. Gran Canaria's rocky, mountainous interior has weird and wonderful formations and lush foothills with amazing views that are perfect for hiking or biking. 

The Gambia

Six hours from the UK, Gambia is one of the smallest yet heritage-rich African countries and an extremely welcoming spot for a winter sun holiday.

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A break here can be as busy or as relaxed as you desire, with everything from bustling markets and busy cities (Bakau, Serekunda and capital Banjul) to a 30-mile stretch of golden sand beaches fringed with palm trees. There's almost zero rainfall and average temperatures of around 30 degrees from November to June. 

Fuerteventura

The second largest of the Canary Islands, Fuerteventura lies just 100 kilometres from the north African coast so it benefits from a fantastic year round climate. With beautiful, broad sandy beaches and peaceful resorts, it's ideal for a relaxing getaway.

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Suited for travellers of all ages looking for a well-earned beach break, especially during the winter months, Fuerteventura is the perfect antidote to the cold British weather. For those who like to get active, it has great conditions for surfing and windsurfing, plus its 150 beaches are renowned as being the best in the Canaries.

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