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14 Reasons to Travel While You’re Young

14 Reasons to Travel While You’re Young

Whether you are a worker or a student, traveling should be one of the top priorities when you’re young as travel not only increases your knowledge about new lands, it also helps you improve skills and find experiences which you cannot get from books or schools.

  1. Independence

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    You’ll recognize just how dependent you are on your family when you travel away from your hometown by yourself or with friends. In such cases, you will be forced to learn how to take care of yourself and to fix your own troubles, which will actually make you more independent.

    1. Save money

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      When you are still young, you don’t always  pay attention to where you sleep. You can sleep anywhere such as on a table, in a chair or in a cramped hostel room and so on. However, when you are older, you’ll think more about which is the best place to stay where you will feel most comfortable and in luxury. Therefore, you’ll spend more money on a hotel room. This is a good reason why you should travel right now when you care more about the travel experiences than the luxury of the accommodations.

      1. Healthy lifestyle

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        Entering professional life, you will soon recognize that life is a series of never-ending pressure. Hence, you need a trip to help you “escape” from all the noise and stress of real life. Furthermore, while you visit beautiful landscapes with a lot of interesting and enjoyable activities, you’ll feel more relaxed. It is the ideal way to “refresh” yourself and get new interesting ideas for your work to implement when you get back.

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        1. Physical strength

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          Most people concentrate on earning money when they are young and think that they will travel when they have more money. In fact, traveling when you are young and old are totally different experiences because when you are younger you can undertake adventure sports such as scuba diving, rock climbing, skydiving, bungee jumping, etc.

          These kinds of activities are best enjoyed when you have the best health and enthusiasm for them. If you don’t do all such things when you are still young, you will surely regret the missed opportunities when you are older and have health problems that prevent you from doing whatever you like. Therefore, travel whenever you can.

          1. Explore

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            When considering the number of things you want to do with life, you will see that the life is too short. Furthermore, you cannot know what will happen next week/month or year. Hence, take your backpack and visit new lands, as early as possible. Explore the whole wide world!

            1. Enhancing knowledge

            Traveling not only helps you feel better by relieving stress, it also improves your knowledge and skills. When traveling, you will get a lot of useful experiences which you cannot learn from any school.

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            You will improve your confidence and negotiation skills when you have less money as you have to try to persuade local people for overnight stays or meals at lower rates. In addition, after the journey, you will get to learn so much about the land, it’s culture, and people.

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              1. Explore yourself

              If you are having trouble with the direction of your life or difficulties in making important decisions in your life, the trip may help you see the whole problem from another angle. During the trip, you will be inspired by the people and places you see. This may help you find the answers you are looking for, what you want to be and how to achieve your goals.

              1. Learning how to control your money

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                Traveling is not only a good way to satisfy your own passion but also a chance to learn how to balance your finances.

                If you spend more money than you earn, you will quickly realize the harm of it while traveling. Nothing can be worse than running out of money while traveling especially when you are staying in a new land and you don’t know anyone. In fact, expenditure management skills are not hard to learn and you will quickly perceive this on the journey.

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                1. Admire places before they get affected by climate change

                As you know, the planet is getting hotter as the time passes, so a lot of places in the world are being affected by climate changes which destroy their beauty. Therefore, you should travel as soon as you can to admire their beauty.

                1. No ties

                When you are still young, you don’t have any ties other than your parents. If you can afford it, you can spend 4-5 months or even a year on travel as you don’t need to worry about savings, family or children. If you are short on cash, learn to travel on a low budget or you can even try to earn some local money in places you visit to further fund your traveling expenses. Do some errands in return for free meals or boarding. Enjoy the freedom to live as you please!

                1. Expansion of sight

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                  If you stay at home and read a book, you will not know that life in outside is so beautiful and charming. Of course, I cannot deny that you can learn almost anything from books but the real experience will give you more sights from different angles including the good and the bad things of an issue.

                  Furthermore, when you feel the new destination with all 5 senses, you will get more interesting and unforgettable memories than when you read a book or see the place on TV.

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                  1. Time

                  You are young now but that’s not forever. Time doesn’t wait for anyone, so you should travel when you are young and blessed with the highest passion and health.

                  1. Health

                  If you are a food lover, you should try eating all the famous dishes in the places you visit. Travelling will help you adapt to new places with different weather conditions and time zones. In addition, while traveling, you have to walk a lot which will help your heart in particular and your health in general.

                  1. Make new friends

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                    Besides the advantages to your health and your life, traveling will help you make more friends with people from other lands. When you visit a new country, you will get many chances to make friends with the local people who interact with you on the trip. This also ensures you don’t feel alone in the new land you are exploring.

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                    Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                    How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                    How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                    Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                    To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                    Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                    1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                    Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                    Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                    To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                    2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                    Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                    If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                    Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                    3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                    Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                    Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                    4. Feed Your Brain

                    Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                    This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                    Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                    Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                    5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                    According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                    Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                    Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                    6. Write it Down

                    If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                    It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                    You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                    7. Listen to Music

                    Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                    8. Visual Concepts

                    In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                    Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                    Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                    9. Teach Someone Else

                    Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                    Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                    10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                    Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                    So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                    Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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