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Problems You Might Face At The Airport When Traveling Abroad

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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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