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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 November 15, 2019

                10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, these bad habits are difficult to break because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental and emotional health.

                Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                2. No Motivation

                Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academics and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family and life in general.

                If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to break bad habits.

                A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to eventually become a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                Over-eating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of crisps, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are needed by us. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                You can read this article to learn more: We Do What We Know Is Bad for Us, Why?

                5. Upward Comparisons

                Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                6. No Alternative

                This is a real and valid reason why bad habits are hard to break. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                Someone who has physical or psychological limitations such as a disability or social anxiety may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

                7. Stress

                As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing bad habits.

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                When a person is stressed about something, it is easy to give in to a bad habit because the mental resources required to fight them are not available.

                Stress plays such a huge role in this that we commonly find a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

                8. Sense of Failure

                People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                Over-eaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store.

                Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                If such people slip even once with a glass of wine or a smoke or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                9. The Need to Be All-New

                People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

                These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit.

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                10. Force of Habit

                Humans are creatures of habit and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or munching on crisps when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                Final Thoughts

                These are the main reasons why bad habits may be difficult to break but it is important to remember that the task is not impossible.

                Do you have bad habits you want to kick? My article How to Break a Bad Habit (and Replace It With a Good One) gives you tips on well, how to kick bad habits while my other article How Long Does It Take to Break a Habit? Science Will Tell You gives realistic information on what to expect while you’re trying to quit them.

                There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

                Featured photo credit: NORTHFOLK via unsplash.com

                Reference

                [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?

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