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10 Signs You Are A Superb Traveler

10 Signs You Are A Superb Traveler

It seems like more and more people these days are becoming fans of world travel, whether that be for 2 weeks, 2 months or even 2 years. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that everyone is a good traveler. These people are usually easy to spot, too: they seem less interested and possibly even a little uncomfortable in their new surroundings. Contrast that with a superb traveler who seems to slot into his or her new environment effortlessly. If you’re wondering where you fit in, here are 10 signs you are a superb traveler:

1. You pack smart

One of your rules you stick to is not to over-pack, but rather to only take what you truly need. You also get to know the carry-on rules before boarding. When I backpacked through South-East Asia, I took only a carry-on and simply bought whatever else I needed along the way. This makes things so much easier, and allows you to leave the airport to start exploring.

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2. You plan ahead (but not too much)

A little research is always good. It’s helpful (and essential) to get an idea of the place(s) you’re going to, climate, admission requirements, local laws and other do’s-and-don’ts, but once that’s all out the way, you like to allow things to happen naturally. This is also reflected in the way you use travel guides, treating them only as a reference point and not as a checklist.

3. You learn a few words of the local language

You take the time and effort to practice some basic pleasantries such as please, thank you, hello and goodbye. This often times leads to a stronger connection with locals and makes your trip all the more rewarding.

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4. You ditch the technology (except when it helps)

There are certain apps which can enhance your travel experience, such as document storage, travel guides, language learning & translation, photography or even meetup apps. However, you are smart about how you use them and keep devices stowed away when not necessary. This allows you to be more present and enjoy the experiences in front of you.

5. You take part in the local traditions

Watching from the sidelines is never as fun as getting involved, and you take this same approach whenever you can on your travels. Often times, locals will welcome tourists into their routines or performances. And if you do end up embarrassing yourself, at least you’ll likely never see the same people again!

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6. You respect other cultures

Traveling possesses a unique gift in that it expands your worldview and exposes you to things you would otherwise never have imagined, whether that be new foods, rituals or behaviors. Whether you agree with them or not, you choose to respect them as a way of life for the community which you are visiting.

7. You can see the bright side

More often than not, there is bound to be some sort of hiccup along the way. Perhaps you get scammed by a tuk-tuk driver, get caught in a storm or miss your connecting flight. When these things happen, you take them in your stride and prefer to see the silver lining.

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8. You get out of your comfort zone

One of the greatest aspects of traveling (especially when in a foreign country) is the fact that there are no comfort zones. You are stripped of your usual luxuries and conveniences and learn who you really are as a person. As a superb traveler, you embrace this as part of the adventure.

9. You welcome the unexpected

On any adventure, there are bound to be some unexpected events along the way. Maybe you got lost or receive an invite from a local. A good traveler learns to go with the flow and makes the most of the situation. While on a tour in Cambodia, the tour guide learned I enjoyed sports and invited me to a soccer game with his friends that night. It was one of the highlights of my trip.

10. You make new friends

If you are a solo traveler, this obviously becomes even more important, but it applies to anyone exploring a foreign country. Travel friendships (and relationships) are a bond like no other, strengthened by the fact that there is a known deadline. On my own solo adventures, I realized that it was a choice between putting myself out there and meeting new people, or having a boring, lonely holiday.

The superb traveler possesses these qualities without thinking about them. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t adopt some of them yourself. You (and your travel mates) will be grateful you did.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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