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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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7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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