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10 Excellent Travel Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

10 Excellent Travel Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

Do I like to travel? Yes.

Am I good at it? Not really.

I take the word “packing” quite literally and simply cram everything into my suitcase, which makes it hard to find what I’m looking for without dumping out the whole bag. I’m also constantly making little goofs such as forgetting my hotel room number, which leaves me stressed out and grumpy.

So when I first saw this video by DaveHax, I was blown away by how practical and creative these 10 travel hacks are. They solve several problems that have pestered me on past trips.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N0rOspAOgx8

If you love traveling and finding creative solutions to pesky problems, you’re really going to enjoy this.

My favorite hack is at the 1:05 time-stamp of the YouTube video above. I love this hack because it’s so simple I can’t believe I never thought of it myself.

Decide which hack is your favorite and show off your new-found smarts by sharing this video with your friends. Just to warn you, after watching this video, you’re likely to find yourself planning a trip to experiment with these fun ideas. So if you’re low on vacation days, you might want to just bookmark this video for later in the year.

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Here’s A Transcript of The Video

Today, I’m working together with my sponsors Holiday Inn Express to show you some of my favorite traveling hacks.

If you’re packing shoes, you can wrap them in a shower cap. This will help stop your clothes from getting dirty. And if you like, you can drop a couple of teabags inside to keep them smelling fresh.

A hoodie doubles up as a great laptop protector. Place your laptop in the middle, and fold it over like this. Tuck it all inside the hood, and cross the arms over. This should fit neatly inside your case and keep your laptop well protected.

If you’re packing for a quick overnight stay, you can fold some underwear in a T-shirt like this, lay some socks on top, and roll it all up. Then fold your socks over and tuck it all in to make a neat little self-contained clothes bundle which will fit straight into your shoulder bag and is perfect for an overnight stay.

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If you’re traveling by train and want to watch something on your phone, you can slip it inside a sandwich bag, make a hole to plug your headphones in, and fix it to the seat in front. But if you haven’t got a sandwich bag, you can take your sunglasses and use them as a makeshift phone stand. And to give you a bit more comfort, you can roll up your hoodie; tuck it all into the hood to make yourself a nice, soft pillow.

When you arrive at your hotel, you can use your phone to photograph the room number so you don’t forget where you’re staying. And if your phone is running low on battery but you haven’t got much time to charge it, you can switch it on to flight mode. Not only does this mean your battery will last longer, but it will also charge quicker too.

If you’re going out and about and want to conceal some money, you can keep some rolled up in an empty lip balm tube. This keeps it well hidden and gives you an emergency supply should you need it.

And finally, to save yourself both time and money, when booking a stay at Holiday Inn Express, make sure you book directly at Holiday Inn Express dot com. Their Lowest Price Promise means you’ll always get the lowest price on rooms.

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Safe Travels! Have fun and thanks for watching!

Featured photo credit: Travel Hacks – The Low Down/DaveHax via youtu.be

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The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

    Why You Need a Vision

    Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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    How to Create Your Life Vision

    Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

    What Do You Want?

    The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

    It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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    Some tips to guide you:

    • Remember to ask why you want certain things
    • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
    • Give yourself permission to dream.
    • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
    • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

    Some questions to start your exploration:

    • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
    • What would you like to have more of in your life?
    • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
    • What are your secret passions and dreams?
    • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
    • What do you want your relationships to be like?
    • What qualities would you like to develop?
    • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
    • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
    • What would you most like to accomplish?
    • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

    It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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    What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

    Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

    A few prompts to get you started:

    • What will you have accomplished already?
    • How will you feel about yourself?
    • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
    • What does your ideal day look like?
    • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
    • What would you be doing?
    • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
    • How are you dressed?
    • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
    • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
    • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

    It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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    Plan Backwards

    It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

    • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
    • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
    • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
    • What important actions would you have had to take?
    • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
    • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
    • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
    • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
    • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

    Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

    It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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