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20 Signs You Are Undeniably A Travel Addict

20 Signs You Are Undeniably A Travel Addict

Travelling is awesome, we all agree on that. But there is a difference between a person who enjoys to travel now and then and a fully grown travel addict. Are you the latter?

1. You can sleep anywhere and everywhere

From hostels and hotels to train stations and airports, there’s no stopping you from getting that much-needed shuteye. You can probably even sleep on cue and you don’t care if people are watching you drool in your slumber. Yep, sleeping wherever you want, whenever you want is something you’re good at and even have down to a science.

2. You can eat anything and everything

If you’re a travel addict, chances are you’re a daredevil and adventurer when it comes to trying new and exotic foods. And you probably douse everything with hot sauce – even hot foods. In fact, studies have shown that adventure-seeking people are way more likely to eat spicy foods than non-adventurous people. Makes sense though, doesn’t it?

3. You can breeze through airport security faster than a TSA agent can say “Passport please”

No one had to tell you to take your shoes off and remove your laptop from your backpack at the baggage check – because you were on top of your game. And there’s no fumbling your things at the pickup. For you, it’s just grab and go!

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4. You’re a packing pro

In fact, you’re probably so good at it, you can stuff a whole week’s worth of clothes (plus more) into a single backpack and still be perfectly content. Of course, this takes plenty of practice, and if you’re addicted to travel, you’re bound to master this very useful skill.

5. You have friends from every corner of the globe

You probably have more friends abroad than you do at home, which isn’t extremely uncommon and makes for a much more interesting, diverse set of friends. Also, it seems that wherever you travel, you always have a go-to person, which is not only convenient of you, but also a way to make your trip much more fulfilling, memorable, and enjoyable.

6. You have a travel savings account

Traveling is expensive, and while you may not be the wealthiest person alive, it’s a way of life. You’ll do anything to make your travel dreams come true, whether it’s getting yourself a part-time job, living frugally to save money, or even opening a travel savings account. You gotta do whatcha gotta do!

7. You watch travel documentaries more than you watch the news

Everybody knows about the Travel Channel, but few people watch it religiously like you do. You’ve probably also watched your fair share of travel and adventure documentaries on Netflix – or “Youtubed” certain places you wanted to visit. When you’re not on the road, at least you’re in the “mode”.

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8. You read travel books more than you read classic novels

You’re a well-read person, at least when it comes to Lonely Planet and Fodor’s travel guides. You have a broad vocabulary, at least when it comes to names of cities or the topography of a country. Second Life is your Bible and you’re obsessed with anything Rick Steves. Your guidebook collection is ever growing, but you can never get enough of them.

9. You visit travel blogs and websites more than you visit Facebook

Who needs Facebook or Instagram when you have Nomadic Matt and Runaway Juno? Not only are travel blogs such as these fascinating and entertaining, but they’re also educational and oftentimes lifesaving. There’s nothing like learning about a place through a person’s own lenses, so it goes without saying: a travel blog is a must-have for any globetrotter.

10. Speaking of Facebook, you have more photos of your travels abroad than of pretty much anything else

If there’s one reason to use Facebook, it’s to cloud all your friends’ news feeds with images of your latest exploits, from the Grand Canyon in Arizona to the Eiffel Tower in Paris, from the Taj Mahal in India to the Victoria Falls bordering Zimbabwe and Zambia. For every “normal” picture you have, there are at least ten photos of your travels abroad.

11. You have different types of currencies in your wallet

You’re probably a travel addict when you have in your possession at least a few of the following: euros, pounds, yen, and rubles. Or maybe you’ve, more than once, mistaken a Canadian dime in your wallet for an American one.

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12. You’re low maintenance

This means that you’re never spending frivolously or depending on other people for your well-being, and you never really want anything that’s not a bare essential. As a seasoned traveler, you’ve mastered the art of self-sufficiency, an attribute that’s helped you not only as a traveler, but also as a person.

13. You feel at home almost anywhere, except at home

Home is where the road takes you. Ever had the post-travel blues? Ever had the feeling that you just had to travel somewhere, even right after a trip? Then you’ve been consumed by wanderlust, and nothing can change that – it’s in your blood.

14. You spend your current trip thinking about the next trip

Traveling is like money; once you have it you want more of it. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, only a sign that you have a passion for adventure and, most importantly, are a true-born travel addict.

15. You can quickly recover from jet lag

This can be useful, especially when you’re traveling to multiple countries. Never mind a seven- or eight-hour time difference; it just takes a day or two of recovery before you’re ready for that next adventure.

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16. You know at least a few phrases in a few foreign languages

That, or you’re bilingual (or multilingual!).

17. You’re resourceful

No towel? No problem! A T-shirt will work just fine, at least in my case it did (when I traveled to Paris by myself a few years ago). When I realized that I’d forgotten to bring my own towel, instead of running to the next store, I decided to use my T-shirt, the exact one I had slept in the night before. As absurd as it sounds, it worked perfectly well for me and, that night, was dry enough for me to sleep in again. #BeingBudgetConscious

18. You can communicate with pretty much anyone

As a well-experienced traveler, you’ve learned that people, regardless of where they live or what language they speak, are essentially the same. Language barriers and cultural differences don’t faze you, because you know that there is always a way to communicate with people (whether through body language, facial expressions, or intonation). For you, effective communication doesn’t necessarily require an ability to speak a language, but rather, an ability to connect with people through a variety of ways.

19. You have a “to-visit” list

When others are writing their to-do list, you’re working on your “to-visit” list. And, if you’re a true travel addict, this list never ends.

20. You don’t mind a cancelled or postponed flight at a layover; for you, it’s an excuse for another adventure

A travel enthusiast’s ultimate guilty pleasure. Instead of sleeping the time away at the airport or a hotel, you turn this situation into the experience of a lifetime! The fun thing about these is that they occur when you least expect them. You gotta love those last-minute escapades!

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Last Updated on January 15, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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