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Top 10 Interesting Travel Blogs

Top 10 Interesting Travel Blogs

Whether you like reading about journeys to faraway locations or are looking to learn everything you need to create a blog of your own, travel blogs are among the most diverse and fascinating things one can find on the Internet. There is just something about people out of their own backgrounds trying to come to terms with different cultures and environments that provides a unique appeal. Here, we’ve gathered 10 of the most interesting travel blogs on the internet for you to enjoy.

1. ProTravelBlog.com

Read tips and tricks about traveling in different parts of the world, along with practical advice on how to improve your experiences and do it in a sustainable manner. If this is not enough, here you can find another list of hand-picked travel bloggers you really should follow.

2. Roads and Kingdoms

Created by two foreign correspondents of Time magazine, Roads and Kingdoms is a treasure trove of information, insights, and atmospheric narrative articles about culture, everyday life, situations, and recent happenings in foreign countries. The fact that the authors are professional journalists with a great deal of experience allows them to write beautiful, powerful, and fascinating texts, no matter what the topic is.

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3. Nomadic Matt

Nomadic Matt is the author of the New York Times bestseller How to Travel the World on $50 a Day, and, as one may guess, his blog is generally dedicated to describing the ways one can travel wherever one wants without spending a fortune.

4. The Ticket

Chris McGinnis is a veteran of travel blogging (he also wrote columns for CNN and BBC), and his blog is an excellent choice for those who travel regularly and want to do it more efficiently. Industry trends, tips for travelers, insights into potential developments in the future — you will find all this and more at The Ticket.

5. The Cranky Flier

The Cranky Flier concentrates on airlines — not on trivial stuff like points and miles, but on things that bring about serious changes: mergers, changes in services, new airliners, and other things that can considerably influence the quality and availability of air travel.

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6. The Poor Traveler

Another excellent source of information on frugal traveling, The Poor Traveler provides all kinds of information to make traveling available to those who cannot afford (or don’t want) to waste large sums of money to make their traveling dreams come true.

7. Boarding Area

Boarding Area is not so much a blog as a group of blogs providing a wide range of tips on all travel-related things: from basic traveling life hacks, to advice on the best places for dining, to specific advice for particular types of travelers. The sheer amount of content may be disorienting, but once you start reading, you won’t stop.

8. Legal Nomads

Jodi Ettenberg, a former lawyer, relates her experiences while traveling and enjoying local cuisines of countries and cultures around the world. She started out simply describing her experiences, but currently she is mostly focused on her thoughts on different cultures and, especially, food culture and its importance for the understanding of a country.

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9. Solo Traveler

Solo Traveler is exactly what it says on the tin — a blog dedicated to providing tips for those willing to travel abroad solo. From safety advice to what to take with you on a trip, you will find everything here.

10. Lee Abbamonte

Lee Abbamonte is the youngest American ever to visit every country in the world, which is probably the best recommendation he can get. He has travel experience exceeding that of most other people and is happy to share it with his readers.

In these travel blogs you will find information and insights that aren’t present in official guides. Use the first-hand experiences of others to take your own journeys to a whole new level!

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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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