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Survey Finds How Many People Regret Not Traveling Enough, the Results Are Impressive

Survey Finds How Many People Regret Not Traveling Enough, the Results Are Impressive

If you’ve ever taken a trip that left you smiling for weeks, you’ll know that travel is one of the greatest joys in life. It exposes you to new ideas, ways of life, and can allow you to make friendships that last for years. Even short trips can provide a valuable opportunity to shake you from your regular routine, leaving you refreshed when you get home. Travelling abroad helps you develop appreciation and tolerance for other nationalities and cultures, which help you become a better-rounded individual. It also gives you some great stories to tell!

Why Is Traveling So Great?

Research shows that travelling provides many of us with a serious mood boost. A survey of over 1,000 American adults carried out by Wakefield Research on behalf of Priceline showed that heading away somewhere new made them happier than working out or shopping. According to the research participants, trips do not have to be long to make an appreciable difference to our mood — many Americans stated that they would rather take several short vacations every year than a single, longer trip.

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The survey also showed that the majority of traveler were heading to see family and friends, with over 90 percent of those booking trips with Priceline intending to meet up or travel with their loved ones. Both sexes said that romantic vacations were the kind most likely to increase their happiness levels. So even if your partner or relative occasionally annoys you during those long plane or car rides, you’re still likely to have a good time!

How Much Traveling Do We Manage to Fit in Each Year?

Unfortunately, although Americans love to travel, many don’t manage to go away as often as they would like. A survey carried out by The Priceline Group shows that between a third and a half (44 percent) of American adults regret not going on more trips away, and most of the time they miss out because travel costs are too high.

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Forty-four percent of adults would like to take four or five trips in 2016, and around 10 percent would ideally go away at least seven times! It’s clear, then, that most Americans wish they could get away on a more frequent basis. With some of the longest working weeks of any country in the world and a frantic pace of life, it isn’t surprising that we dream of taking regular breaks.

How Can You Squeeze More Travel Into Your Year?

If you are like most wannabe travelers, you put your plans on hold because you think the costs will render your ambitions unaffordable. However, there are simple steps you can take to lower the price of your vacation or grand adventure. For example, travelling out of peak season can save you money, as can choosing alternative options such as organizing a house-swap with a family in another state or country instead of staying in hotels. Flights and accommodation costs can also vary significantly by state according to the month in which you are travelling.

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There are also some great sites out there that can help you find deals that mean your next trip could cost significantly less than you had imagined. Good places to start are Priceline (priceline.com), Lastminute (lastminute.com/USA), and Agoda (agoda.com). There are other, less well-known tips to securing the best price such as searching using Incognito or Private mode in your web browser – the more frequently you search for a destination, the higher the price you will get because businesses want to give you the impression that costs are rising fast for scarcity reasons! Check out The Thrifty Nomad for more little-known tips and tricks.

Travelling is good for the soul, so it’s worth taking the time to find a solution that allows you to see any part of the world that takes your fancy. If you have a “use it or lose it” vacation policy, make a decision to use every single day of your allowance this year and stick to it! Your well-being will be the better for it.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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