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10 Very Practical Questions You Should Ask Your Friends Before Going On A Trip Together

10 Very Practical Questions You Should Ask Your Friends Before Going On A Trip Together

Do you plan on taking a trip with your friend? Taking trips with your friends can be exciting, fun-filled adventures, but it is important to talk about a few things first. From planning events to treating yourselves, check out 10 very practical questions you should ask your friends before going on a trip together.

1. How much money do you want to spend?

If you plan on travelling with someone, one of the first things you need to discuss is money. If you are planning to live off canned beans and your friend wants to visit expensive restaurants and spas, then you may have a problem. While they may not be able to give you an exact answer, they should be able to give you a rough idea of how much they are planning on spending.

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2. Do you want to stay in hotels or hostels?

Once you and your friend know how much you both want to spend, it is important to address how you want to travel together. Do you want to stay in hotels, or are you both happy to save some money by staying in hostels? If one of you enjoys home comforts, you can discuss how to make sure you are both happy with the final decision.

3. How well do you handle stress?

Even with excellent planning, it is possible that things will go wrong on your trip, and it is important to prepare for stress. Some people thrive under stress, and find the situation challenging but fun, while others can become upset or distressed. Discuss what stresses you both out, and if you need space or comforting when you feel stressed. This will help you both to deal with a stressful situation if it arises.

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4. Are you a picky eater or not?

It is important to ask your friend these questions: Are you a fussy eater? Do you have any dietary needs? Food is often a big part of going on a trip, and it is important to discuss any funny food habits before you travel, so you both know what to expect from each other.

5. Do you want to plan the trip or just go with the flow?

Many people who love planning find people who go with the flow frustrating – and vice versa. Discuss if you want to plan each day or not, and if you both want different things, discuss a compromise. For instance, you could plan the first half and go with the flow during the second half.

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6. Do you want to relax or have an adventure?

Before going on a trip, it is essential to decide what kind of trip you both want to take. Some love to have an adventure every day, while others prefer to take it slow and relax. Discuss your thoughts, and choose a happy compromise if you enjoy different things.

7. How shall we treat ourselves?

There are lots of ways to treat yourselves while you travel, from surfing to buying an expensive, delicious meal. You will both have a few ideas of how you want to treat yourselves, and discussing these treats will help you to work out your budgets and what you get to look forward to.

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8. How do you want to spend the evenings?

It is possible you both have different ideas of a fun evening; maybe one of you likes to drink and dance until the early hours, while the other likes to relax with some food and friends. If so, you both need to decide if you both do a little of each or if you will spend the evenings apart.

9. What is your sleeping schedule like?

Some people are night owls and some people are early birds, and these people can still have lots of fun travelling together. If you have different sleeping schedules, come up with a fair compromise; your friend will be quiet when they come in late if you agree not to wake them up before 9.30AM.

10. Where do you definitely want to visit?

You may both have agreed on France, but it is important to discuss where you both definitely want to visit. Maybe your friend wants to visit the snowy mountains, but you have always wanted to visit Paris. Planning in advance means you both know if you need extra money, or to add an extra few days to your travels.

What do you think of these questions? Share this list with the person you want to travel with and see what they say!

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Last Updated on January 14, 2019

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

7 Ways To Make Exercise Fun For Everyone

From Atkins to Paleo to eating gluten-free despite not being one of the rare few people afflicted with celiac disease, fad diets are everywhere. It drives me crazy because I believe these diets do more harm than good. Your body is made up of a variety of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals, and losing weight healthily isn’t possible when you fill your body with unnecessary synthetic plastics, sugars, and powders. There’s no easy button in life.

What you need to do is exercise, which isn’t very appealing to many people. Workouts take work, so there’s already a stigma involved in going to the gym. Starting a healthy workout regimen becomes easier when you make it fun. If you want to live long and prosper, get off the couch and try these methods to turn your workout into a playout.

1. Take the scenic route.

Walking is an easy way to transition to a healthy lifestyle, and it’s free. Not only do you burn calories (check out this calculator for how many calories you burn based on your weight), but you see the world in a different way. Hiking in nature is great if you have access to it, but don’t let living in an urban area deter you from walking.

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Whenever I’m creatively stuck I get my head straight by walking a couple of miles. It’s also how I discover new paths, meet new people, and stumble upon hole-in-the-wall spots I never would have found otherwise. You could drive past the same place every day and never appreciate the beauty, nor even notice it’s there.

2. Distract yourself.

No matter what exercise routine you choose, use the time to meditate. You may wonder how marathon runners are able to put so many miles on their bodies. It’s because the pain from running that you avoid is something they’ve learned to harness to enter a transcendental state. If you’re aware of the benefits of meditation and exercise but don’t have time to do both, you can combine them, killing two birds with one healthy stone.

3. Listen to music or podcasts.

There are few experiences in life more pleasurable than turning up the music and drowning out the world around you. With so many podcasts and music apps available on your smartphone, you can easily find entertainment options perfectly suited to your personal tastes. Never worry what people may think of you when working out;instead, crank up the volume and get lost in your own world. You’ll be in shape before you know it.

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4. Bring a friend.

Some people can’t go anywhere alone. While I highly recommend dining out and seeing a movie in a theater alone, having company while exercising is very helpful. It allows you to pace yourself with someone else, and gives you a coach to motivate and push harder than you may have on your own.

Many exercises are safer when done with a friend, and some sports can only be played with another person. Involving others in your goals can mean the difference between success and failure. Just remember to continue exercising if the other person flakes, or they’ll be in control of your health.

5. Accessorize.

There are accessories that can make exercise easier, and sometimes buying a new toy can add some much-needed fun to your routine. With apps like RunKeeper and Nike+, your smartphone is capable of tracking your vitals and progress. Wrist weights can add a new dimension to your workout, and, if you exercise at night, a headlamp can help you see what’s in front of you so you don’t trip.

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For urban runners and power-walkers, one of the biggest obstacles is other people. It’s difficult to get in your meditative zone and enjoy your music when you constantly have to dodge people. To resolve this vexing issue, Runbell, a startup in Tokyo, has developed the runner’s version of the bicycle bell. With this lightweight brass bell warning people you’re approaching from behind, you’re free to maintain your transcendental state while continuing your workout. Head to their Kickstarter campaign to pledge your support.

6. Compete.

A little healthy competition can motivate you to push yourself further in your workout regimen. There are apps like Zombies, Run! which turns your run into a video game, and MyFitnessPal which allows you to connect with others in the exercise community. Whether you’re directly competing with a friend, an online community, or against your previous self, setting goals is the key to reaching them. Running with no destination can feel like an impossible task, and it’s easy to get distracted.

7. Relax.

The best part about exercising is how much you enjoy the downtime. If you think laying on your couch all day is enjoyable, it has nothing on that hour you spend as a couch potato after a rigorous workout. Jay-Z said it best, “in order to experience joy, you need pain.” The harder you push yourself while exercising, the better you’ll feel when you’re relaxing.

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With that said, don’t relax too much, or it loses the effect. It’s okay to indulge every so often. Treat yourself to some junk food you’re craving, imbibe a drink here and there, and spend a day vegging out on your couch. Staying healthy doesn’t have to be torture. Just turn down when you can and dedicate some time to better the health of your body. You only get one.

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