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Problems You Might Face At The Airport When Traveling Abroad

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Problems You Might Face At The Airport When Traveling Abroad

Ahh, travel.

It’s pretty amazing to think that we can get into a flying automobile in the morning and emerge in a completely different country by nightfall. Such an amazing phenomenon would be considered impossible 150 years ago. What a time to be alive, right?

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Of course, anyone who’s ever flown can tell you it’s not as simple as it could be. There are a ton of hangups that can throw a monkeywrench into your vacation plans, causing you to waste valuable time and money when you could be halfway to the Caribbean. However, if you anticipate these potential issues and make the proper accommodations, you could save yourself a lot of aggravation.

Problems with your passport

Your passport is, quite literally, your ticket to the rest of the world. If you don’t have it with you at the airport, you won’t be getting out of the country. If you lost your passport, or it was stolen, you won’t get much sympathy at the border (whether you’re coming to or leaving from your home country). Same thing if it’s expired. Above all else when traveling, make sure your passport is up-to-date and sufficiently prepared. You don’t want a problem with a small booklet to be the reason you can’t explore the world.

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Problems at Customs

We’ve all heard nightmare stories of what a hassle it is to get through customs. Yes, it’s completely insane that you missed your flight because the agent thought your knitting needles could be used as a weapon, or your infant son’s food container wasn’t factory sealed. But just because it’s crazy doesn’t mean it won’t make you miss your flight. Once you give customs agents a reason to check your baggage, they’ll be suspicious of pretty much anything they find. Do yourself a favor and don’t give them a reason to be suspicious in the first place.

Your criminal history

Being convicted of a crime has long-standing ramifications on a person’s life. Even if you’ve completed the conditions of your sentence, the fact that you have a blemish on your record may unfortunately inhibit your ability to enter certain countries. Even a DUI will raise suspicions at the border when traveling from the US to Canada. There are ways to get relief from such situations for some minor crimes, but this needs to be done long in advance in order to avoid any future problems at the border.

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Overlays, delays, and cancellations

You only get two weeks of vacation a year, so you want to make the most of the time you have off, right? Unfortunately, circumstances beyond your control may force you to waste a good chunk of your traveling time sitting around and waiting. If your flight has an overlay in a different city or country, you’re at the mercy of the airline’s schedule. Of course, most overlays are just long enough to take up a large part of your day, but too short for you to actually leave the airport and do something exciting.

If your flight is delayed or, even worse, canceled, all the planning you put into your travel time will have been completely wasted. There’s not much you can do besides take it on the chin. While you probably have an itinerary all set for your trip abroad, you should at least prepare for the possibility that you’ll have to cross off some of the items on your list if your travel plans get interrupted.

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Exhaustion

Face it: travel is exhausting. Like I said in the intro, traveling isn’t as simple as hopping on a plane and getting where you need to be. You have to pack meticulously, ensure you and your family have the correct documentation, get to the airport hours ahead of schedule… the list goes on. And this isn’t even taking jet lag into consideration. You’ll undoubtedly need time to adjust to the new timezone when traveling to and from your destination, which can take some of the luster out of your vacation. Hopefully, you can push past all that and enjoy the time you have seeing everything the world has to offer!

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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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