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25 Game-Changing Travel Hacks That Surprise Frequent Travelers

25 Game-Changing Travel Hacks That Surprise Frequent Travelers

For most people, the best parts of travel are exploring new places, trying new foods, and learning about new cultures. But regular traveling needs basic prep, and when you hop on a journey you have to make sure you have everything you need. The following life hacks will simplify your traveling needs so your trip is a piece of cake.

Destination Travel Hacks

1. Buy a goodie bag for essential items

Don’t waste too much of your time and energy on emptying your favorite shampoos and lotions into TSA-friendly 3.4 ounce bottles, or stuffing-unstuffing other toilet essentials. Keep a small goodie bag exclusively for your travel needs.

Special travel-sized samples of your favorite products are easily available. Grab them!

1. goodie bag

    2. Keep your stash of extra cables and chargers ready

    This is very crucial, if your travels plans include places where power-cut (or no power at all) is a problem. I’m a big fan of power banks from Transcend.

    3. Buy spare camera batteries & memory

    You’d never want to lose your photos from your trip to the Bahamas. Don’t forget extra batteries, like these and memory cards. They are a lifesaver.

    4. Pack clothes with a single tone color scheme

    This way you won’t have to waste time matching your attires. Seasoned travelers prefer dark clothing as it goes with everything and is usually stain proof.

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    5. Safeguard your gadgets

    People who love adventure travel, love adrenaline pumping dangerous terrains even more. This is why their gadgets need to have a rugged DNA, like the Panasonic Toughbook laptop. It’s water and extreme resistant. Woah!

    6. Buy a selfie stick

    Selfie sticks are a great idea for those who like to travel alone. My favorite is this one right here. A must have!

    6. selfie stick

      7. Keep a journal of expenses

      There are many expense manager apps available on app stores. Choose one with the best rating and highest number of favorable reviews. I like to pick from Google Play Store Editors’ Choice.

      8. Get a travel credit card

      If you travel more than 90 days in a year, then investing in a special credit card for travel expenses would be a great idea. Needless to say, they come with special travel perks! Check out some of these travel credit cards on The Simple Dollar.

      Booking & Airport Travel Hacks

      9. Get smart on the web

      Clear out your browser cookies and history before hunting for cheap flights and hotel bookings. Sometimes these travel portals monitor our online behavior to show tailored results. Staying a step ahead of them will help get you discounts!

      10. Book using mobile apps

      Almost all travel sites have mobile apps now that offer special discounts to the first time app users. Make the most of this — while it lasts!

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      11. Don’t forget wifi

      Most hotels charge extra for wifi and some even won’t have wifi (a rarest of rare cases right now). Therefore, opt for the one that offers wifi without an exorbitant price tag.

      12. Pack a water bottle

      When we enter a new country, it’s entirely a different ecosystem. Not only the timezone, but the climate, air and water — all are different. Our body needs to get used to it. Pack an empty water bottle. It’s allowed through security checks, and you could always fill it at the destination airport later.

      13. Take a car park selfie

      I tend to forget where I car parked last time at the airport after returning from a trip. If you suffer from this as well, then a simple car park selfie would spare you the trouble.

      14. Get into the airport executive lounge on an economy ticket

      Most people don’t realize that the airport executive lounge could be used on an economy ticket as well. Check your credit cards for such privileges. Another reason to buy a privileged travel credit card!

      14. lounge

        Packing Travel Hacks

        15. Roll your clothes

        Don’t fold your clothes. Roll them instead because space is precious. Check out some more packing tips.

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        15. Roll your clothes

          16. Pack a dryer sheet

          It’s a good idea to place a dryer sheet in your suitcase. Your clothes will always smell fresh!

          16. dryer

            17. Fragile Sticker

            If you have some expensive things in your baggage and are checking it in the transit, then put a fragile sticker on it. The airport crew will treat it better and might make sure nothing gets on top of it. I’d still recommend taking precious cargo in your hand bags. Just to be on the safer side.

            18. Empty Tic Tacs

            You can use empty Tic Tac cases to keep your earrings or other small items you might otherwise lose track of.

            19. Hide wine bottles in boots

            Now this is really fun. Not only our wine bottles stay safe, but it also removes any chances of a spillage.

            19. wine bottles in shoes

              20. Sunglasses case

              Wrapping wires around a sunglasses case is a great way to avoid tangled earphones and charger cables. Best hack for those of us who hate getting into annoying mess that are tangled earphones.

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              21. Use binder clip to protect your razor

              Binder clips don’t just protect your razor, but they also safeguard other important stuff from the sharp edges of the razor blade.

              22. Mark your territory (baggage)

              Avoid the awkward moment when you find bags similar to yours on arrival and you are not sure if they are yours or not. Add cool stickers and mark your bags for life!

              23. Keep your shirt collars neat

              Our party clothes need to stay chic! Wrap belts on the inside of your shirt collars. It’s a great way to store belts and keep ironed shirts neat.

              23. shirt collar

                24. Shower cap

                Have to keep your boots and clothes in the same compartment? No problem. Wrap the shoes in a plastic shower cap. Problem solved!

                25. Hide emergency money

                Empty lip balm can be used to hide your secret stash of emergency money. A great idea, isn’t it?

                Share more travel hacks with me through the comment section. I’m sure there are many more areas to explore.

                Featured photo credit: Malena T Persson via flickr.com

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                Last Updated on October 5, 2020

                Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss (The Ultimate Weight Loss Hack)

                Intermittent fasting weight loss is a type of diet that’s rapidly growing in popularity and becoming the way to lose weight. Scientists and nutrition experts like it, too. New books and articles on the topic are being published daily. Intermittent fasting is also popular with followers of the Paleo diet since our ancestors appear to have eaten this way for thousands of years.

                I’ve been following this type of diet myself for 2 years. Doing so helped me lose and keep off 70 pounds without ever having to count calories, limit carbohydrates, or eat 6 to 7 meals a day.

                This article teaches you all about intermittent fasting weight loss and details why it is one of the best weight loss diet hacks around. Once you finish, you will be able to implement into your diet and experience the benefits it offers almost immediately.

                What Is Intermittent Fasting?

                As you may have figured from its name, intermittent fasting weight loss is a diet plan where you set fasting periods during the day. This is usually between 16-20 consecutive hours, but it can be as little as 12 hours or as much as 24 hours (or even 36 hours).

                While fasting you can eat and drink low calorie or calorie-free foods. Think coffee, tea, water, and vegetables.

                The more time you spend fasting every day, the better your results. You can do these fasts as often as you like. Again, the more often you do so, the better[1].

                Getting Started With Intermittent Fasting

                Following this diet plan is super simple. All you have to do is choose a period of time during the day that you will fast. This should be between 16-20 hours.

                The longer you fast each day, the better. Don’t worry about calorie restriction or measuring carbohydrates. Just focus on going about your day until it’s time to eat.

                It’s best to choose a set period of time to conduct your fast. I like to fast from 8 PM to 4 PM the following afternoon. I’ll then have my first meal of the day and a snack or two a few hours later. Once 8 o’clock rolls around, it’s back to fasting.

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                My experience with intermittent fasting is that it’s best to start with a 16 hour fast (i.e. 8PM one evening to 12PM the next day) for the first 1-2 weeks. Once you are comfortable with this schedule, you can increase the amount of time you spend fasting. Do this by adding 30 minutes to each fast until you get to where you are fasting for 20 hours at a time.

                You don’t have to fast every day in the beginning either. You may be more comfortable breaking in slowly with 2 or 3 days per week, or trying alternate day fasting. Add additional days of intermittent fasting as you become more comfortable with this style of eating.

                Tips To Make Intermittent Fasting Easier

                1. Drink Plenty of Water

                Squeeze a little lemon or lime juice into your water to help get rid of any cravings you experience. You can also drink coffee, tea, or other calorie-free beverages. After a few weeks, you will find that intermittent fasting keeps you from craving sugar entirely.

                2. Take in Caffeine in the Morning and Early Afternoon

                The caffeine in coffee and tea may actually make intermittent fasting weight loss a little easier since it’s good for curbing your appetite. Be careful not to overindulge as this may lead to you feeling a little too wired. I also recommend these natural energy boosting tips to keep you going during the day.

                3. Avoid Artificially Flavored Drinks

                One type of calorie-free drink that should be avoided are diet sodas and other beverages that use artificial sweeteners like Splenda and Sweet & Low. Studies show that the can actually stimulate your appetite[2] like a drink that contains sugar and cause you to overeat.

                4. Don’t Gorge at Your First Meal

                The first meal after your fast should be the amount of food you typically eat. Binging will only make you feel awful and diminish the benefits you get from the fast.

                To avoid this, try creating meal plans, at least for the first few weeks. This will help you get into the rhythm of eating regularly portioned meals during your eating window.

                5. Minimize Processed Carbohydrates and Sugars

                While intermittent fasting does make it possible to eat a little looser than normal, you should still eat as little bread, pasta, rice, etc. as possible.

                Focus instead on eating protein from beef, fish, or pork, carbohydrates from vegetables, fruit, and sweet potatoes, and healthy fats from foods like almonds, avocados, fish, and olive oil.

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                You can find some carb sources that will aid your weight loss journey here.

                How Intermittent Fasting Helps You Lose Weight

                Eating this way has many benefits with regard to weight loss. The first is that when you’re fasting, your body will be forced to use its stored body fat for energy. Burning calories this way, instead of from the food you’re eating throughout the day, will help you experience significant weight loss, but specifically lose weight from any excess body fat you’re carrying.

                This means that you won’t just be thinner, but you will also look better and be much healthier than if you lose weight the old-fashioned way[3].

                Intermittent fasting can help optimize the release of the key fat-burning hormones in your body. This is especially true for the two most important hormones: human growth hormone (HGH) and insulin.

                Human growth hormone plays a key role in turning on your body’s fat-burning furnace so that it gets the calories you need to work and play from stored body fat. Studies show that fasting can significantly increase the production of HGH[4].

                The influence intermittent fasting weight loss has on insulin is just as impressive and possibly more important. Keeping your insulin levels low and steady is key to losing excess fat and keeping it off.

                Diets that are rich in processed carbohydrates (bread, pasta, rice) and simple sugars (candy, cookies, and soda) have the opposite effect. They cause your insulin levels to rapidly spike and then crash every time you eat one of these foods. The net result of this phenomenon is that your body will store more of what you eat as excess body fat instead of burning it off as energy.

                Chronically elevating your insulin levels like this can also lead to the development of type II diabetes, obesity, and other chronic health problems. Intermittent fasting easily solves this problem.

                One study found that men who participated in intermittent fasting had “dramatically lower insulin levels and significantly improved insulin sensitivity”[5].

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                This happens because you’re not giving your body food, so it will not produce insulin, allowing insulin levels to balance out until you eat again. This helps your body stay in a calorie and fa-burning state. You’ll also find that it gives you more energy throughout the day.

                Another great weight loss benefit of intermittent fasting is that hunger pangs and cravings that may normally plague you throughout the day will be reduced, if not altogether eliminated. This is probably due to its ability to balance your insulin and blood sugar levels and, in turn, help correct other hormonal imbalances.

                Intermittent Fasting Weight Loss FAQs

                Now that you know what intermittent fasting is and how to get started, it’s time to answer your other questions.

                Below are answers to the questions frequently asked about intermittent fasting. These answers should help you and make getting started a lot easier.

                How Much Weight Will I Lose?

                The amount of weight you lose with fasting is determined by how often and long your fasts are, what you eat afterward, and other factors. Fasting for 16-20 hours a day can help you safely lose 2-3 pounds of fat every week.

                While losing this much weight every week is great, it’s how it makes it happen that’s really cool. Losing weight with intermittent fasting means that you will never have to count calories or plan and prepare several meals a day.

                Can I Work out While Fasting?

                Yes, you can. In fact, doing the right type of workout while fasting will help you lose weight faster and even build muscle.

                The best workouts to do while fasting for weight loss are 3-4 intense strength training workouts weekly. This means anything from standard strength training to kettlebell or body weight workouts.

                Focus on doing 3-4 total body exercises per workout with as little rest as possible between sets. Doing this will help you burn more calories during and after your workout. You’ll also build muscle, which will help you look and feel better as the weight comes off.

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                Won’t I Lose Muscle When I Fast?

                First of all, you aren’t fasting long enough for your body to start breaking down muscle for energy. You have, perhaps, hundreds of thousands of calories from your stored body fat to use before that will begin to happen. Studies actually show that even after fasting for 3 days, no muscle is lost.

                Is Fasting Safe?

                As long as you are healthy, not pregnant, and aren’t taking medications, fasting is safe. Like all diets, you should discuss it with your doctor before beginning an intermittent fasting style of dieting.

                I also feel that it may not be smart to follow this type of diet when you’re especially stressed. Since this diet can be a little stress-inducing at first, doing so when your ability to be relatively stress-free and rested probably isn’t a good idea.

                Are There Any Supplements I Can Take to Make Fasting Easier?

                As with any other weight loss plan, it’s a good idea to take a few nutritional supplements to ensure that your daily requirements are met. This includes a once or twice daily multi-vitamin, fish oil, and vitamin D.

                I’ve also found taking 10 grams of branch chain amino acids before and after my workouts really helps, too. They’re great for giving you more energy during your workout and decreasing post-workout muscle soreness.

                For supplements to specifically help with digestion, check out this article.

                Conclusion

                Now you know what intermittent fasting is and how it can help you lose weight quickly, safely, and pretty much effortlessly.

                If you want to give it a try, find a fasting schedule that fits with you lifestyle and give it a go.

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                Featured photo credit: Toa Heftiba via unsplash.com

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