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Check-List for Trip Across Europe

Check-List for Trip Across Europe

A trip across Europe may be an exciting prospect, but you shouldn’t forget that to make it both enjoyable and safe, you should take some time to prepare for all possibilities. Before you hit the road you should stop for a moment and make sure you have everything from this checklist prepared.

1. Check airline carry-on restrictions.

Security measures are constantly changing, usually in the direction of tightening, which means that the list of things you can get on board with may vary from trip to trip, especially if you don’t travel very often. Check this list for the airline you are going to travel by and make sure you know the regulations for the countries you are going to visit.

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2. Get a European health insurance card.

A trip abroad is supposed to be associated with good times and fascinating experiences; however, nobody is ever secure from unpleasant surprises, and even if you are extremely careful there is still a possibility of catching some disease or getting into an accident at the most inopportune moment. And if you are that unlucky, not having a EHIC may prove to be even less fortunate, for healthcare services on the continent can cost you a pretty penny. You can visit this site for more information on what benefits having an EHIC means and how to apply for one.

3. List your valuables.

If you take any valuable things with you (primarily gadgets and electronic devices), you should take photos of them and write down their serial numbers, models, makes and suchlike. If worst comes to worst and something is stolen from you during your trip, you will have something to go to local police with.

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4. Make reservations.

This is better done well in advance, especially if you travel through multiple countries in a peak season. The best approach is to prepare a careful and detailed plan of when and where you are going to be at every given moment, and arrange for accommodations, restaurants, sightseeing tours, local guides, events and suchlike long before you set out—fortunately, in today’s connected world, this is very easy.

5. Think about travel insurance.

Do some research to help you decide if you think it is worth paying for. Does your current insurance cover your health and possessions? Which are the optimal variants in your case? Consult a specialist if you are in doubt.

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6. Take care of a valid driver’s license.

If you plan to rent a car, you should check if your driver’s license is valid in the country you are about to visit. In some states, such as Austria, Spain, Italy and a number of others, you cannot drive a car without an International Driving Permit, so make sure you have it if you go there.

7. Download the necessary apps.

Travel apps can be of great help when visiting an unfamiliar country. Guidebooks, translators, dictionaries, maps, transit schedules, measurement unit converters—the possibilities are endless. Just check an online list of recommended travel apps or two and you will find more than enough.

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8. Prepare an itinerary.

Having a careful and detailed plan of your trip is helpful in many ways. Firstly, it makes for a more efficient and enjoyable trip—if you’ve already decided on everything you want to do, you won’t lose any time making up your mind. Secondly, you should give it to your family and friends so that they know where you are at every given moment and can contact you in case of an emergency.

Traveling may be fun, but suddenly discovering that you’ve forgotten to prepare something crucial is far less pleasant. So make sure to tick off all the points in the list—and all sails to the wind!

Featured photo credit: Girl Driving With Hands On Steering Wheel/Ed Gregory via stokpic.com

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Last Updated on July 23, 2019

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

5 Steps To Move Out Of Stagnancy In Life

In the journey of growth, there are times when we grow and excel. We are endlessly driven and hyped up, motivated to get our goals.

Then there are times when we stagnate. We feel uninspired and unmotivated. We keep procrastinating on our plans. More often than not, we get out of a rut, only to get back into another one.

How do you know if you are stagnating? Here are some tell-tale signs:

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  • If you have been experiencing chronic procrastination on your goals
  • If you don’t ever feel like doing anything
  • If you keep turning to sleep, eating, games, mindless activities and entertainment for comfort
  • If you know you should be doing something, but yet you keep avoiding it
  • If you have not achieved anything new or significant now relative to 1 month, 2 months or 3 months ago
  • If you have a deep sense of feeling that you are living under your potential

When we face stagnation in life, it’s a sign of deeper issues. Stagnation, just like procrastination, is a symptom of a problem. It’s easy to beat ourselves over it, but this approach is not going to help. Here, I will share 5 steps to help you move out of this stagnation. They won’t magically transform your life in 1 night (such changes are never permanent because the foundations are not built), but they will help you get the momentum going and help you get back on track.

1. Realize You’re Not Alone

Everyone stagnates at some point or another. You are not alone in this and more importantly, it’s normal. In fact, it’s amazing how many of my clients actually face the same predicament, even though all of them come from different walks of life, are of different ages, and have never crossed paths. Realizing you are not alone in this will make it much easier to deal with this period. By trying to “fight it”, you’re only fighting yourself. Accept this situation, acknowledge it, and tell yourself it’s okay. That way, you can then focus on the constructive steps that will really help you.

2. Find What Inspires You

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Stagnation comes because there isn’t anything that excites you enough to take action. If you don’t have a habit of setting goals, and instead just leave yourself to daily mundanes, it’s not surprising you are experiencing stagnation. What do you want to do if there are no limitations? If you can have whatever you want, what will it be? The answers to these questions will provide the fuel that will drive you forward.

On the other hand, even if you are an experienced goal setter, there are times when the goals you set in the past lose their appeal now. It’s normal and it happens to me too. Sometimes we lose touch with our goals, since we are in a different emotional state compared to when we first set them. Sometimes our priorities change and we no longer want to work on those goals anymore. However, we don’t consciously realize this, and what happens is we procrastinate on our goals until it compounds into a serious problem. If that’s the case for you, it’s time to relook into your goals. There’s no point in pursuing goals that no longer inspire you. Trash away your old goals (or just put them aside) and ask yourself what you really want now. Then go for them.

3. Give Yourself a Break

When’s the last time you took a real break for yourself? 3 months? 6 months? 1 year? Never? Perhaps it’s time to take a time-out. Prolonged working can cause someone to become disillusioned as they lose sight of who they are and what they want.

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Go take some extended leave from work. A few days at bare minimum; a few weeks or months will be great. Some of my ex-colleagues have quit their jobs and took months out to do some self-reflection. Of course, some of us might not have that luxury, so we can stick to a few weeks of leave. Go on a trip elsewhere and get away from your work and your life. Use this chance to get a renewed perspective of life. Think about your life purpose, what you want and what you want to create for your life in the future. These are big questions that require deep thinking over them. It’s not about finding the answers at one go, but about taking the first step to finding the answers.

4. Shake up Your Routines

Being in the same environment, doing the same things over and over again and meeting the same people can make us stagnant. This is especially if the people you spend the most time with are stagnant themselves.

Change things around. Start with simple things, like taking a different route to work and eating something different for breakfast. Have your lunch with different colleagues, colleagues you never talked much with. Work in a different cubicle if your work has free and easy seating. Do something different than your usual for weekday evenings and weekends. Cultivate different habits, like exercising every day, listening to a new series of podcasts every morning to work, reading a book, etc (here’s 6 Proven Ways To Make New Habits Stick). The different contexts will give you different stimulus, which will trigger off different thoughts and actions in you.

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When I’m in a state of stagnancy, I’ll get a sense of what’s making me stagnate. Sometimes it’s the environment I’m in, sometimes it’s the people I’ve been hanging out with, sometimes it’s my lifestyle. Most of the times it’s a combination of all these. Changing them up helps to stir myself out of the stagnant mode.

5. Start with a Small Step

Stagnation also comes from being frozen in fear. Maybe you do want this certain goal, but you aren’t taking action. Are you overwhelmed by the amount of work needed? Are you afraid you will make mistakes? Is the perfectionist in you taking over and paralyzing you?

Let go of the belief that it has to be perfect. Such a belief is a bane, not a boon. It’s precisely from being open to mistakes and errors that you move forward. Break down what’s before you into very very small steps, then take those small steps, a little step at a time. I had a client who had been stagnating for a long period because he was afraid of failing. He didn’t want to make another move where he would make a mistake. However, not wanting to make a mistake has led him to do absolutely nothing for 2-3 years. On the other hand, by doing just something, you would already be making progress, whether it’s a mistake or not. Even if you make a supposed “mistake”,  you get feedback to do things differently in the next step. That’s something you would never have known if you never made a move.

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