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How to choose the best hotel on your next trip

How to choose the best hotel on your next trip

Are you planning a relishing trip with your family or friends and are searching for the best hotel? But don’t know how to get the best hotel at the minimum possible price? That’s okay, don’t worry, we are here to help.

When you are picking an accommodation for your next trip, there are a plethora of vital aspects to take into consideration. A hotel, where you stay on your trip, can make or break your vacation pleasure, so it is important that you get the right hotel according to your needs. At the time of hotel booking, you should choose not only the best deal available, but also a hotel with all the amenities required for a comfortable and secure stay.

To help you find the right hotel for your next trip, we have penned down some simple tips. These tips will definitely help in fetching the best hotel for your needs.

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1. Choose a hotel according to the type of destination

Are you touring internationally or domestically? To a familiar place or one you have never been to before? What is the geographical location like – coastal, urban, mountainous?

The destination of your trip plays a crucial role in finding an ideal hotel. If you are planning a trip to a small beachside village or the open countryside, there might be less options for good hotels, but there may be broader options for home rentals. If you are tripping to a large city, your options for accommodation will be copious.

Also, you should not forget to take into consideration the security factor of the destination. If your destination is notorious for high crime rates, a well-established hotel will be a better option than a home rental or a shared hostel dorm. If the destination is widely regarded as hospitable and safe, then room renting with a local host can be a more authentic experience.

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2. Spend on hotels according to your your budget

Your budget plays an important role in influencing where you want to stay during the trip. You should consider the total money you are willing to spend during the trip. How big of an amount do you want to spend on lodging? How big of an amount will it require for you to feel comfortable, safe, and content? If your budget is low, you can opt for a rented room in apartments or hostels. If your budget is high, you can think about luxurious hotels or an entire home rental.

3. A money saving tip

You can also book a hotel through online booking services. Now these days, there are many online portals and service providers that are providing online hotel booking services at discounted prices. These portals provide various coupons or first time booking benefits. You can avail these benefits and I’m sure you will be able to book tickets at 50%-60% cheaper rates. Additionally, you can read hotel reviews and see pictures of the hotels on these portals and you can make your decision according to it.

4. Make your decision according to your travel partner

Your companions n the trip can have a big effect on where you’ll desire to stay. If are traveling solo, you may find it more pocket friendly to stay in a shared dorm at a hostel rather than reserving a hotel.

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A room rental in apartment is a good alternative, if you crave company but still want privacy. If you are with your friends and each want separate beds, hostel facility is an ideal choice. In case, you are tripping with an organized group or your family and want to share the same space, a room rental is probably the good option. If you want a romantic, secluded space, private apartment or an upscale hotel would work best.

5. Book a hotel according to your eating habits

If you prefer occasional meals during your trip, you can choose hostels, which usually have community kitchens where you can cook a few basic dishes. If you like to share homemade meals, you can book a room at a bed and breakfast.

If you have some restrictions in your diet and need to make lots of food of your own, you can go for a rental room with a well-equipped kitchen. In case, you would like to dine-out without going very far, you can opt for a hotel that has its own restaurant or café.

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Wrapping Up

A comfortable accommodation during your trip is one of the most crucial aspects of a happy and memorable vacation. The above mentioned tips will definitely help you to find the right hotel that can satiate your needs during the journey. If you want to share some other tips and want to help travel junkies, don’t forget to write them down in the comment box.

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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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