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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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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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