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10 Things Smart Travelers Do To Make Their Journeys Unforgettable

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10 Things Smart Travelers Do To Make Their Journeys Unforgettable

Travelling is one of life’s great pleasures; there’s no doubt about it. Complex, exhausting, rewarding and life changing, there’s nothing quite like embarking on a journey. However, the quality of your excursion does depend on how you experience it. So we’ve come up with ten things that smart travelers do to make their journeys unforgettable.

1. They Challenge Themselves

Leaving your comfort zone can be a challenge, but travelling beyond your usual boundaries and escaping normality will open you up to more opportunities that will inevitably impact the rest of your life. Yes, it is scary to leave the comforts you have grown used to, but the experiences you could have by challenging yourself are limitless.

2. They Travel With People They Connect With

Although many choose the daring route of travelling alone, others may feel safer with some company. When choosing a companion, it’s crucial that you have a good connection, otherwise your journey together will be plain miserable. You and your travel buddy should have patience, respect and love for each other, but also the distance to understand each of you needs a bit of freedom to explore.

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3. They Know Why They Want To Travel

Throughout our lives, many of us are told that we have to travel the world, but many of us don’t ask ourselves why. For me, travelling is a chance to meet and experience other human beings as we share this Earth in this small bracket of time. For others, travelling can be about seeing the beauty the world has to offer. Why do you want to travel? Are you simply curious? Do you want to experience the unrelenting freedom of the journey? Do you wish to uncover all the world has to offer? Consider the reasons you wish to travel and write them down. Let them guide to your on your journey.

4. They Prepare

This is plain old, practical advice: don’t take unnecessary stuff on your trip! Attempt to make your bag(s) as lightweight and portable as possible and only pack the essentials. If you travel with too many belongings, not only will it be more difficult to get around, but there’s also a higher chance of you losing something.

5. They Interact With Natives

Nobody knows the land your visiting better than those who live there, so there’s no one on the planet better to talk to about it. This may seem tricky at first, as chances are you and the locals won’t speak the same languages. However, smiles and hand gestures are pretty much universal, so it can be easy to have simple interactions without having to say a word.

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If you do speak the native tongue, or they happen to speak your language, ask them about their lives and open your mind to the endless intricacies of each individual experience. If you find it difficult to initiate interactions you may want to look into Trip4Real. They offer thousands of unique tours created by locals in a variety of places around the world, from Amsterdam to Zaragoza.

6. They Are Not Judgmental

Out there in the real world, you cannot identify an individual human being entirely based on their religion, origin or appearance. Every single person is different, and. just like you, they do not wish to be approached with prejudice and judgment. Be kind, be caring and above all, be tolerant.

7. They Respect Their Bodies

Traveling can be an exhausting experience, especially if you’re moving every couple of days. Throughout your excursion, you must remember that although the world is vast and you want to see it all, your body may not be able to handle it. To ensure you get the most out of your journey, make sure you eat healthily and get enough to sleep. Maintaining healthy habits will fill you with the energy necessary to continue.

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8. They Don’t Set Expectations

Chances are you’ve experienced a similar situation in your life where your expectations where far too high and you were ultimately disappointed. Well, you can have the same exact experience anywhere you travel if you have created an unattainable paradise in your mind. Instead, hold no expectations and let your destinations surprise you.

9. They Go With The Flow

Without a doubt it’s smart to begin your journey with at least some sort of plan, even if it’s just a basic route between the locations you want to visit. That said, sometimes things will happen that you cannot control, and you will simply have to go with the flow. You may even find yourself wanting to deviate from your itinerary. Say, for instance, you wish to stay somewhere a little longer than planned: that’s okay! Let the journey take you where you want to go and be flexible.

10. They Are Grateful

Travelling is a chance not many people get to take, so be grateful for the opportunity. We recommend you keep a ‘gratitude diary,’ in which you can list three experiences you are grateful for every day. This will help you to cultivate an attitude of appreciation that you can carry with your throughout your life.

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Last Updated on November 22, 2021

Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

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Thanksgiving: It’s About The Simple Things

Thanksgiving, a day of pure gluttony, football, and possible uncomfortable situations with family members that you may or may not like. Oh, yeah, and the whole “know and reflect on what it is to be thankful and grateful.”

During the holiday season many people forget what this time of year is bout and are too worried about getting the “early-bird” deals on Black Friday and making sure that they have the perfect gifts for their loved ones. I am sort of a “Grinch” when it comes to the holiday season, mostly because of that mentality by many of the poeple around me.

But instead of being grinch-like this holiday season, I decided to simplify things and get back to what this time of year is actually is about; being thankful for what I have and what I can give.

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Simplify

I’m not a “minimalist” in any real sense, but in the last few months the talks of Patrick Rhone and others have got me to rethink my stance. Can you really have too much stuff?

Absolutely.

And with all that stuff comes the burden and the weight of it on your back.

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If you feel that the things around you are out of control, maybe it’s time to simplify and be thankful and grateful for what you have and use. Here are a few things that you can do to simplify:

  • You know those gadgets in the drawer that you said you were going to sell? Well, time to get the listing on eBay and sell them. Or, send them to a place like Gazelle. Even if they are old and won’t get money, you can at least recycle them.
  • Get rid of things you don’t need. Like old books, clothes, tools, etc. Have something that’s been laying around forever with no use? Donate it to a charity or church. If you aren’t using it, someone else could be.
  • Find your productivity tools and stick with them. Use tools and gadgets that serve multiple purposes so you can simplify your tool set.

Be Mindful

You don’t have to be a master Buddhist or meditator to be mindful (although, it can definitely help). Being mindful comes down to being cognizant of the present and not keeping yourself in the past or future. It’s about living in the moment and being aware of yourself and everything around you. It’s just being.

Without getting too “California” on you, it is super important to be mindful during the holiday rush. Rather than worrying about the things that you forgot at your house on the way to relatives or thinking about the next stop in your endless holiday travels, just breath and think about what you are currently doing.

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Spend the time with your family and friends and don’t crush the moment. Try not to concentrate so hard on getting the perfect photo of the “awesome moment” of the day and actually miss the awesome moment.

Being mindful over the holidays will help you be with your families, friends, and yourself allowing you to enjoy your time.

Reflect

As the year is coming to a close (yes, it really is that close!) it’s a great time to start reflecting on what you have accomplished and what you haven’t. Within the next few weeks we will have a more throrough reflection article here at Lifehack.org, but reflecting every now and then over your holiday break is a great way to see where you have been doing well in your life and where you need to improve.

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Reflection shouldn’t be used to “get down” on yourself. Reflection should be used to take an honset inventory of what you have accomplished, how you handeled situations, and what you can do better. If you journal everyday (a daily form of reflection) it may be a good time to start going over some of the things that you have written and start to put together a year’s end journal entry. I mean, how else will you write your autobiography?

But, seriously, reflecting on yourself makes you aware of your successes and faults and helps you plan and make goals for the coming year. It makes you a better person.

So, while you are stuffing your face with bird, stuffing, and mashed taters’, remember that the holidays are much more than the superficial things. Use this holiday to become a better person.

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