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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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The Gentle Art of Saying No

The Gentle Art of Saying No

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

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But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

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What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

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But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here are the Top 10 tips for learning the Gentle Art of Saying No:

  1. Value your time. Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”
  2. Know your priorities. Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time? For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.
  3. Practice saying no. Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.
  4. Don’t apologize. A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.
  5. Stop being nice. Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets. Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.
  6. Say no to your boss. Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning. But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.
  7. Pre-empting. It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting, “Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”
  8. Get back to you. Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them: “After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.” At least you gave it some consideration.
  9. Maybe later. If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say, “This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].” Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.
  10. It’s not you, it’s me. This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time. Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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