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4 Surefire Ways To Travel Like A Boss in 2016

4 Surefire Ways To Travel Like A Boss in 2016

If you’re anything like me, you have a love/hate relationship with business travel. Of course, it’s always great to go someplace different, experience the culture, try new and exciting cuisine, and meet awesome people– but long flights, airplane food, and dingy hotels are all things I can live without.

On the plus side, after traveling quite a bit for both business and pleasure, you tend to develop a sense of how to do it better, avoiding all the downsides of travel. Here’s some of my favorite tricks of the trade:

1. Protect your belongings both on and offline

As many of us have learned the hard way, being a foreigner basically means you are a walking target for theft in both the physical and virtual sense. For example, while at the Eiffel Tower, I was asked to sign a charitable petition, but I hesitated because something didn’t sit right to me. I later found out it was a scam, and others who fell for it were pick-pocketed as they signed.

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While I was fortunate to detect the crime before it happened, cyber theft is much more subtle. Like the conventional thief, cyber criminals are looking for the most vulnerable individuals: i.e. ones not familiar with the culture, or lacking awareness of where they are to steal sensitive information such as passwords, credit card numbers bank information and more.

Having such information stolen from you certainly turns any pleasant getaway, into a disaster. That’s why it’s essential for us to take necessary precautions. I personally use SaferVPN while I browse the Internet in coffee shops, hotels, airports and other locations with unsecured public Wi-Fi networks. The tool allows me to browse the Internet with a completely secure and private connection, so I can catch up with work anywhere and rest assured that all my passwords, personal information and email correspondences are fully protected.

2. Pack light

There’s absolutely nothing worse than that sinking feeling you get when you can’t find your luggage. In an instant you feel like everything you own is gone, regardless of the fact that it is only a small portion of your belongings.

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In contrast, if you are one of the fortunate travelers whose items come forth early on the conveyer belt, you are then stuck pushing around bulky, cumbersome luggage–at least until you can find a cab. But we all know local transport is part of the travel experience. As such, it’s more than a little bit of a bummer when you’re not able to explore like the locals.

So, either way you look at it, there is zero benefit to bringing lots of luggage. To avoid this, pack light enough to put all your belongings into carry on. This way, you get off that plane fast, keep all of your belongings in one place, and are free to travel wherever whenever.

3. Tour spontaneously

Travel guides give you all the details on the conventional destinations in a given area. By reading one, you might  discover an abundance of information on a place’s history, classical art, and famous architecture. While this is all well and good, you may never actually find out what makes that culture tick today, which in my opinion, takes away from your overall experience.

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So get off the grid by befriending locals, walking down the street and discovering local treasures. Simply walk into a local restaurant and find out what types of food people eat, and ask the waiters and waitresses about the best nightlife, markets, and local shops.

If you need a bit more of a guide, there are some great apps out there to give you all the lowdown on the city you’re visiting. If it’s food you crave, try LocalEats, an app that helps you discover the best independently owned eateries. For advice on local activities, use Spotted by Locals, an app which is written by residents in order to help tourists find the hottest hangouts in the city. These apps are especially great for business travelers who may not have the time to go on an organized tour, but still want to have an experience.

4. Travel in style

With the world becoming smaller every day, more and more inventions are being created to make the process of travel easier and more convenient. If you are an avid traveler, I definitely suggest checking out some of the latest new gadgets and travel accessories.

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In addition to packing, another challenge in travel, at least for many of us, is of course sleep. I personally find that with my head and neck in awkward positions, I simply can’t comfortable enough to fall asleep. Of course, if you’re traveling for business, showing up tired the next day is not ideal. So I bought the J Pillow, which supports my head, neck, and chin in order to make sleep come easier. This way, I wake up refreshed and ready to take on a day of meetings.

Lastly, my  worst nightmare when traveling is losing my phone, keys or something else of value. That’s why I love the Nokia Treasure Tag. This simple device attaches to any object, like keys for example, and it will alert your phone if you forget it. This way, I never lose sight of my favorite things and I am freed up to travel with ease.

Traveling can be stressful. But, if done right, it can be an unbelievable experience where you learn new things, discover different cultures, and gain fresh perspectives that can take you further in both business and life in general.

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Last Updated on March 24, 2021

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

1. Smart Door Locks

A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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2. Smart Kitchen Tools

Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

5. Nest Thermostat

This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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6. Smart Lighting

Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

7. Google Chromecast Ultra

Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

8. Canary

This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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