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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 January 17, 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, take this 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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