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How Autumn Can Be A Perfect Time For Travelling .

How Autumn Can Be A Perfect Time For Travelling .

Autumn; is a time where we consider our boots, our best friend and our coats as our knight in shiny armor. We keep that thick layer of hair on our legs as a polar bear’s fur coat and against all odds we indulge in tons of hot chocolate. We assume cozying up and hiding in our blankets is the best way to prepare ourselves for Autumn.

Sometimes, we might even assume gatherings should be done in bars and not outdoors. We pack our sleeping bags and toss away our climbing gear till the dawn of the next Summer. That’s where this beautiful season is utterly misunderstood, it’s misunderstood because this season is generally the perfect time to pack your backpacks with the perfect gear and board the next flight, train or car to another destination.

Why is it that this season possesses a stronger attraction to traveling compared to other seasons?

1. Cheap Flights, Trains and Everything in Between.

During summer you may have noticed that everything from flight tickets, to train tickets increase at an alarming rate. To plan a vacation in Summer, you either must have your mind made up during the winter or have the bank balance to afford it during the summer. For those budget travelers, escaping from one continent to the other during the summer is an expensive gamble.

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However, as soon as the hype of summer has settled and the world goes back to its normal phase, the prices drops significantly. The hype of vacations and holidays are over hence hotels, hostels, flights and everything else in between reaches an almost 35% drop in prices. This is because the tourist seasons are off and there’s no more competition for space and time, instead that becomes an abundance.

In Summer the market decides if you have room to stay in for the night or a flight to get out of the city in the morning. However, during Autumn, you’ll be the decider on where and how your cash is spent. Instead of compromising you would have the liberty to choose.

Isn’t the freedom of choice amazing for travelers?

2. Nature is Much More Mesmerizing in Autumn.

If you’re a traveler who travels despite any season, you will soon realize the only thing pretty about summer is its warm beaches. Nature often is overcrowded with bobbing heads and the journey to anywhere is a grueling combat with heat. You feel lethargic after a whole day of walking due to the heat and humidity.

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However, during the Autumn, nature announces itself in colors one can’t quite find in Photoshop. In Switzerland, at the slopes of Gruyere, you’ll find how nature can’t take your breath away. The colors of autumn can hold you to your grounds, offering you a perfect gift of romance, appreciation and love. Go on a camping trip to Gruyere, despite its expensive market; camping in Switzerland is definitely affordable.

Grab yourself some amazing blocks of cheese, chocolates and enjoy the amazing delights of Autumn. Simplicity is something that you can definitely anticipate in this season. When the world turns off its alarming stress and just enjoy the sound of nature, that’s what traveling in Autumn brings.

Wouldn’t you like to enjoy the silence sometimes?

3. It’s A Perfect Time to Avoid Claustrophobia.

The one thing I personally despise about traveling is the situation where people from all around the world gather at one particular destination for the sake of taking pictures. The overwhelming number of people, crowding a certain street gives me the feeling of being trapped in a box. The one incident that jaunts, my memory would be in Split, Croatia where people from all around the world decided to crowd that tiny island.

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Even though the architecture and the atmosphere were amazing, I wasn’t able to enjoy my time there to the fullest. The crowd and suffocation created a claustrophobic atmosphere. The Autumn, however, sings a different tune; the amount of tourist reduces itself to a significant amount. When there are only a handful of travelers around the beautiful island of Monaco, it becomes a bliss to enjoy.

You’ll be able to indulge in culture and food with no boundaries and finally, embrace the true reason of traveling. You would be able to meet new people and enjoy the comforts of networking. Experiences and happiness would be in abundance, when you needn’t worry about being crushed by mass tourism.

Don’t you think so?

4. You Can Choose to Relax and Unwind.

In a world where we are constantly stressed about our problems and issues, it might be difficult for one to comprehend the need to relax. Relaxation is a key to focus to living a healthy lifestyle, however, due to the pressures of relief, we often forget how to unwind. In summer, our excitement to explore and clear our bucket list, takes priority, therefore instead of unwinding we embark on an adventure.

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We climb, hike, city hop and push ourselves to our limits. Even though it’s a positive outlook towards our holidays, we never take the time to calm and spend time with our loved ones. In Autumn, the cold temperature and the soothing ambiance of nature gives you the opportunity to spend time and calm your senses with your loved ones. You can simply ride up a mountain chalet and enjoy the view or go to a new city and take a stroll.

In the end, your loved ones are your pride and joy, hence allow Autumn to help you embrace it.

In Conclusion.

Although Spring, Summer and Winter portray the fairy tale of traveling, Autumn usually encompasses love, happiness, nature and adventure together. If you’re a person who looks forward to details and enjoys traveling based on emotion, then this is the perfect season for you to start.

You’ll be lucky enough to avoid any selfie sticks that blocks your path and giving you the chance to be carefree for at least one season of the year.

Featured photo credit: Google images via wallpaperscraft.com

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How to Say No When You Say Yes Too Often

How to Say No When You Say Yes Too Often

Do you say yes so often that you realize you aren’t really happy about this, wondering how to say no to people?

For years, I was a serial people pleaser. Known as someone who would step up, I would gladly make time especially when it came to volunteering for certain causes. I proudly carried this role all through grade school, college, even through law school. For years, I thought saying “no” meant I would disappoint a good friend or someone I respected.

But somewhere along the way, I noticed I wasn’t quite living my life. Instead, I seem to have created a schedule that was a strange combination of meeting the expectations of others, what I thought I should be doing, and some of what I actually wanted to do. The result? I had a packed schedule that left me overwhelmed and unfulfilled.

It took a long while but I learned the art of saying no. Saying ‘no’ meant I no longer catered fully to everyone else’s needs and could make more room for what I really wanted to do. Instead of cramming too much in, I chose to pursue what really mattered. I started to manage my time more around my own needs and interests. When that happened, I became a lot happier. And guess what? I hardly disappointed anyone.

The Importance of Saying No

When you learn the art of saying ‘no,’ you begin to look at the world differently. Rather than seeing all of the things you could or should be doing (and aren’t doing), you start to look at how to say yes to what’s important.

In other words, you aren’t just reacting to what life throws at you. You seek the opportunities that move you to where you want to be.

Successful people aren’t afraid to say no. Oprah Winfrey considered one of the most successful women in the world confessed that it was much later in life when she learned how to say no. Even after she had become internationally famous, she felt she had to say yes to virtually everything. It was only when she realized that after years of struggling with saying no, I finally got to this question: “What do I want?”

Being able to say no also helps you manage your time better.

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Warren Buffett views no as essential to his success. He said,

“The difference between successful people and really successful people is that really successful people say no to almost everything.”

When I made ‘no’ a part of my toolbox, I drove more of my own success focusing on fewer things and doing them well.

How We Are Pressured to Say Yes

It’s no wonder a lot of us find it hard to say ‘no.’

From an early age, we are conditioned to say ‘yes.’ We said yes probably hundreds of time in order to graduate from high school and then get into college. We said yes to find work. We said yes get a promotion. We said yes to find love and then yes again to stay in a relationship. We said yes to find and keep friends.

We say yes because it feels better to help someone. We say yes because it can seem like the right thing to do. We say yes because we think that is key to success. And we say yes because the request might come from someone who is hard to resist like the boss.

And that’s not all. The pressure to say yes doesn’t just come from others. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves. At work, we say yes because we compare ourselves to others who seem to be doing more than we are. Outside of work, we say yes because we feel guilty we aren’t doing enough to spend time with family or friends.

The message no matter where we turn is nearly always, “You really could be doing more.” The result? When people ask us for our time, we are heavily conditioned to say yes.

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How to Say No Without Feeling Guilty

Deciding to add the word ‘no’ to your toolbox is no small thing. Perhaps you already say ‘no’ but not as much as you would like. Maybe you have an instinct that if you were to learn the art of ‘no’ that you could finally create more time for things you care about. But let’s be honest, using the word ‘no’ doesn’t come easily for many people.

The 3 Rules of Thumbs for Saying No

1. You Need to Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Let’s face it. It is hard to say no. Setting boundaries around your time especially you haven’t done it much in the past will feel awkward.

2. You Are the Air Traffic Controller of Your Time

Remember that you are the only one who understands the demands for your time. Think about it, who else knows about all of the demands on your time? No one. Only you are at the center of all of these requests. are the only one that understands what time you really have.

3. Saying ‘No’ Means Saying ‘Yes’ to Something That Matters

When we decide not to do something, it means we can say yes to something else. You have a unique opportunity to decide how you spend your precious time.

6 Ways to Start Saying No

Incorporating that little word ‘no’ into your life can be transformational. Turning some things down will mean you can open doors to what really matters. Here are some essential tips to learn the art of no:

1. Check in With Your Obligation Meter

One of the biggest challenges to saying ‘no’ is a feeling of obligation. Do you feel you have a responsibility to say yes and worry that saying no reflect poorly on you?

Ask yourself whether you truly have the duty to say yes. Check your assumptions or beliefs about whether you carry the responsibility to say yes. Turn it around and instead ask what duty you owe to yourself.

2. Resist the Fear of Missing out (FOMO)

Do you have a fear of missing out (FOMO)? FOMO can follow us around in so many ways. At work, we volunteer our time because we fear we won’t move ahead. In our personal lives, we agree to join the crowd because FOMO even while we ourselves aren’t enjoying the fun.

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Check in with yourself. Are you saying yes because of FOMO or because you really want to say yes? More often than not, running after fear doesn’t make us feel better.

3. Check Your Assumptions About What It Means to Say ‘No’

Do you dread the reaction you will get if you say no? Often, we say ‘yes’ because we worry about how others will respond or the consequences of saying no or because of the consequences. We may be afraid to disappoint others or think we will lose respect from others. We often forget how much we are disappointing ourselves along the way.

Keep in mind that saying ‘no’ can be exactly what is needed to send the right message that you have limited time. In the tips below, you will see how to communicate your no in a gentle and loving way. You might disappoint someone initially but drawing a boundary can bring you the freedom you need so that you can give freely of yourself when you truly want to.

4. When the Request Comes In, Sit on It

Sometimes, when we are in the moment, we instinctively agree. The request might make sense at first. Or we typically have said yes to this request in the past.

Give yourself a little time to reflect on whether you really have the time, or can do the task properly. You may decide the best option is to say ‘no.’ There is no harm in giving yourself the time to decide.

5. Communicate Your ‘No’ with Transparency and Kindness

When you are ready to tell someone no, communicate your decision clearly. The message can be open and honest to ensure the recipient that your reasons have to do with your limited time.

Resist the temptation not to respond or communicate all. But do not feel obligated to provide a lengthy account about why you are saying no.

A clear communication with a short explanation is all that is needed. I have found it useful to tell people that I have many demands and need to be careful with how I allocate my time. I will sometimes say I really appreciate that they came to me and for them to check in again if the opportunity arises another time.

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6. Consider How to Use a Modified ‘No’

If you are under pressure to say yes but want to say no, you may want to consider downgrading a “yes” to a “yes but…” giving you an opportunity to condition your agreement to what works best for you.

Sometimes, the condition can be to do the task but not in the time frame that was originally requested. Or perhaps you can do part of what has been asked.

Final Thoughts

Beginning right now, you can change how you respond to requests for your time. When the request comes in, take yourself off autopilot where you might normally say yes.

Use the request as a fresh request to draw a healthy boundary around your time. Pay particular attention to when you place certain demands on yourself. If you are the one placing the demand on yourself, try to evaluate the demand as if it were coming from somewhere else.

Try it now. Say no to a friend who continues to take advantage of your goodwill. Or, draw the line with a workaholic colleague and tell them you will complete the project but not by working all weekend. Or, tell someone in your family you can’t loan them money again because they never paid you back the last time. You’ll find yourself much happier.

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