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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 September 10, 2019

                7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                1. Gratitude

                Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                  2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                  This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                  For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                  What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                  Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                  3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                  This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                  Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                  An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                  Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

                  write down goals

                    4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                    According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                    There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                    5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                    Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                    Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                    6. Rise Earlier

                    The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                    For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                    So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                    Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                    7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                    Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                    Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                    It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                    Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                    Featured photo credit: Carli Jeen via unsplash.com

                    Reference

                    [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                    [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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