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8 Signs Of Bad Travelers – And How Not To Be One

8 Signs Of Bad Travelers – And How Not To Be One

Bad travelers – either you hate them, or you are one. I’ve backpacked through central America for a year and spent occasional months in different countries worldwide…

I’m pretty good at spotting them, and here’s how you can to. I’ve also mentioned the solution to each bad quality for you to feast upon.

1. They won’t do anything that’s not recommended online.

They stick their noses into the mobile Google search box and can’t make one decision without other people’s online opinion. These travelers are far from being spontaneous, they take too long toto make plans and generally are annoying. Going across the street to grab a bite can take 5 minutes, but Googling for lunch recommendations can take well over an hour. If you still want your mobile phone to make decisions for you, then do what I do and use location-based App discovery apps.

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Last time I traveled I had an iPhone, and there is Apple’s discovery engine in iOS8 for that very purpose.

2. They are short sighted people who travel to european rock festivals without eyeglasses.

In the past couple of years, wearing glasses started being cool again and hipsters are considered to be groovy as hell. Despite that, most people are short sighted and still won’t wear their contact lenses or glasses to rock concerts, so that they won’t reduce their coolness level. I was in a rock festival just last month at London’s Hyde Park, i stood in the front row out of 60,000 people and I still wouldn’t be able to see The Strokes rocking without my glasses. I mean, you travel thousands of miles to a rock festival, don’t you even want to see the bands first hand?

I’m not saying you should wear a batman shaped sunglasses but you can indeed check out really good sites that can deliver eyeglasses and sunglasses within just a few days.

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3. They leave their mobile phones off-guard.

Being naive as for local thieves’ motivation and ability to hijack our mobile phones with all our precious selfies in it, is one of the worst qualities a traveler could have. I’ve lost my mobile devices, twice, when traveling – and the worst thing for me wasn’t losing the actual device which could easily be replaced, but all of my personal content that was in it. I have too many email and social accounts to remember, some of them I barely even remember my passwords to.

So, until they come up with an App that lets your phone explode in the filthy hands of your cellphone’s lifter, use Apps that alert you the minute an unauthorized persona is suddenly using all of your accounts – i was a LastPass fan until its giant meltdown the other week, now I use LogDog as it lets me change multiple passwords at once.

4. They are whiners.

Head ups – no solution here. Whiners will be whiners, and if it’s raining, if it’s sunny and even if it’s just plain nice – they will complain about the weather. Everything is expensive to them, nothing makes them happy and they will always find little black holes in your trip. Just stay clear of those, because negativity is a magnet to more negativity, and the only way to break the chain is by finding someone positive to travel with.

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5. They take way too many selfies.

You saw this one coming, didn’t you? I’m a real hater of the selfie fad, needless to say I have never taken one and have refused to a couple more. There’s nothing wrong with taking a casual photo of yourself rather than asking bypassers to take one for you, just as if we were still in the 80’s – but don’t overdo it. Instead of taking a million selfies, take just a few photos of yourselfs and invest in their editorial process. I usually use Instagram but there’s also FilterBaker for iOS that lets you use some pretty nifty editorial tricks.

6. They are not respectful to local behavior.

I come from Tel Aviv, where people aren’t polite, always in a hurry and always frustrated – unless they are chilling at the beach or at a party, that is. When I visited London for a month I had to let all of my Tel Avivian instincts go, and became very patient to the local culture. British people are helpful and generous, and I found out it’s easy to be one, so why not? Bad travelers bring their bad qualities from home and insist on keeping them throughout the trip.

To solve this, I would recommend an App called “World Customes” – however I noticed it recently went off the air, and would love to hear any suggestions you might have for similar Apps in the comments.

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7. They are cheap.

I’m not saying you shouldn’t travel on a budget, and I don’t think everyone share the same income. That said, it’s the little things that can make a huge difference on one’s trip. Sometimes it makes more sense going for quality rather than price, even on stuff like Headphones for those long bus rides. Just think of it this way – you are traveling to that place once in a lifetime, is it more important to have a great time or saving 10-20 bucks?

8. They prefer using dating Apps than meeting people, even when traveling.

If you’re looking for your soulmate or just a casual fling, nothing beats the vibes of freedom people only feel when they travel. Don’t sit at night with your face staring at your common dating App, get out there and mingle. If you won’t meet awesome people doing it, it’s the place’s fault and not yours. You are awesome.

If you do insist on making your mobile phone a part of your night out, then consider any App from this list compiled by Mashable.

I’m sorry if you feel you are part of those 8 personas – I promise that I admire any traveler that finds the time to visit new places for the first time – but if you are, this is probably what your companions are thinking of you.

Featured photo credit: flickr via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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