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How To Travel in October

How To Travel in October

Travelling is a hobby for some and a leisure for others. It’s something that unwinds the mind from our everyday hustle and provides a cushion to our soul. We enjoy travelling and we often wish to go to places that haven’t been discovered and hop on planes to never be found again. We enjoy the soft touches of the foreign land, we bite into exotic food and normal cuisine; multiplies its taste in our taste buds. We enjoy meeting people and we enjoy being in the midst of amazing cultures. Sometimes we might just travel to the next county or district, however, that journey alone might put a smile on our faces as to what’s about to come to life.

A breath of fresh air they say, however, unlike summer, autumn can definitely be a challenge for anyone who’s looking forward to travel. There are several things one must take into consideration and I’ve managed the 4 most important detail one must pay attention to while traveling in October.

1. Choose The Right Gear

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    Travelling in October requires preparation mentally and physically. You need to ensure that you’re equipped with the right gears according to your travel destination. In most parts of the world, October brings upon a turbulent weather people believe that it’s a symbol of a struggle before the grand festivities; in this case it would be Christmas.

    If you’re travelling in a cold country, make sure to always have a thick coat, boots, and enough winter gears with you. You might not know what the weather might turn into. Always ensure to have an umbrella or a raincoat to protect yourself from the rain. If you’re planning for an adventure which involves camping, make sure that your camping equipment is meant for the cold weathers and prepare yourself a winter sleeping bag. A summer sleeping bag will not be able to sustain you throughout the cold.

    On the contrary, if you’re headed to a warmer country make sure to find out the vaccines and medications needed for that particular country. Take on some loose clothes and summer gear that would allow you to enjoy the country. However, if you’re transitioning from a cold to a warmer country, be prepared for when you arrive again in your country by taking one set of clothes that helps manage the cold.

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    The right gear is important as it helps you cope as well as stay healthy during this season.

    2. Determine Your Travel Destination

    Travelling somewhere individually or in a group can be stressful, especially when choosing a particular destination. The destination would eventually set the tone for your whole trip. Are you planning for a relaxed trip or are you planning for an adventure? Are you planning for a warm travel or a cold cozy travel?

    This can all be based on your personality and your mood.

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    No one knows yourself better than you, so whilst deciding a destination, find yourself asking the questions on where your body adapts well to the temperature. If you’re a person who enjoys the warmth of summer, then you can take a trip to the Bahamas where during October, the weather is a bliss for a great swim. However, if you enjoy the cold autumn weather, then head to the Scandinavian part of Europe. You would not only find the cold weather enticing, but you will catch the whole country feasting on their traditional delicacy which is particularly famous for being a winter cuisine.

    3. Get Yourself to A Doctor Before The Trip

    The biggest mistake people do during these travels is that they forget making a small visit to the doctor. Many may find this unnecessary, however, this helps to narrow down your physical condition. If you’re an asthmatic or you’ve got high blood pressure, the countries you’re headed too might impact your health; meeting your doctor allows you to have an open mind towards your risks.

    If you’re travelling to countries where there’s a possibility to contract some form of disease or stomach flu, be sure to get a prescription from your doctor. This will help you avoid any unnecessary circumstances that might end up ruining your vacation. Some of the best advice is if you’re traveling in Asia, be sure to have a steel stomach. The depth of flavor and use of spices might be a surprise to your intestines if you aren’t used to it.

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    So always keep in mind to meet your doctor before going on your vacation.

    4. Always Be Prepared with A Plan B

    When planning a vacation, it’s definitely hard to think of a Plan B. You’re so fixated on the first plan and how you envision your vacation to be. You often picture how your vacation to be and what you’re entitled to. You picture the comforting weather, surrounded by new people and delicious food. However, sometimes you might need to have a Plan B to recuperate if your Plan A fails.

    During October, the weather is definitely volatile and unpredictable. If you’re planning to travel to another country or continent be sure to check the weather and the flight schedules, this is because sometimes flights might have been delayed or canceled due to the terrible weather. On the other hand, if you’re driving make sure your car is in great shape, but also keep together an emergency plan in case of any accidents.

    Keep with you a spare phone, torchlight, and an emergency set of numbers. This would help you in case something unthinkable happens.

    If you’re planning to travel in Autumn then make sure to be prepared, than being sorry. You’ll be guaranteed to have one of the best travel experiences one could have.

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    Last Updated on August 12, 2020

    When Should You Trust Your Gut and How?

    When Should You Trust Your Gut and How?

    Learning how to trust your gut, otherwise known as your intuition, can keep you safe. Your gut can guide you and help you build your confidence and resilience. My own gut instinct has saved me on more than one occasion. It has also guided me into making sound career choices and other exciting, big decisions. I’m also aware of the times when I’ve gone against my instincts and really regretted it later, wondering why I didn’t tune in to that valuable internal voice that we all have within us.

    In this article, we’re going to explore why and how you should listen to your gut, as well as some concrete tips on how to make sure you’re making the most out of your gut instincts.

    How to Listen to Your Gut

    The key when making any big decision is to always take a minute to listen well to yourself and your inner compass. If you hear your actual voice saying yes while inside you’re silently screaming no, my advice is to ask for some time to think, or simply take a breath and pause before the yes or no escapes your mouth.

    Use that moment to breathe, check in with yourself, and give the answer that feels congruent with who you are and what you want, not the one that always involves following the herd. Trusting your gut means having the courage to not simply go with the majority. It can be about holding your own. Here’s how to hone that skill for yourself and reap the rewards.

    1. Tune Into Your Body

    Your body gives you clues when you’re faced with a big decision. There are many visible and obvious symptoms that we feel in uncomfortable situations. Our body’s reaction is often something that we might try to hide, for example, blushing, being lost for words, or shaking. There are things we might do to try and hide that physical reaction, whether it’s wearing makeup, having a glass of wine or coffee to perk us up a bit, or learning to control our nerves.

    However, paying attention to your body when you experience these feelings of anxiety can teach you so much and help you to make sound choices. Some people will experience an actual “gut” feeling of stomach ache or indigestion in an uncomfortable situation.

    Ask yourself what’s really going on here, and explore what is happening behind your body’s response to the situation. What can your reaction or instinct teach you? Understanding that can be a clue and can help you either learn something about yourself, the situation, or other people. The answers are often within us.

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    Sometimes we’ll get this “something’s not right here” feeling and cannot quite put our finger on it or explain it. That can still be incredibly useful and really guide us away from danger, even if we don’t know the reason.

    In his book, Blink, Malcolm Gladwell also argues this, making the point that sometimes our subconscious is better at processing the answer we need, and that we don’t necessarily need to take time to collect hours and hours of information to come to a reliable conclusion[1].

    2. Ensure Your Head Is Clear Before Making a Decision

    Energy, sleep, and good nutrition are so vital to nourishing our minds, as well as our bodies. There are times when your instinct could lead you astray, and one of these is when you are hungry, “hangry” (angry because you’re hungry!), tired, or anxious. If this is the case–and it may sound obvious–do consider sleeping or eating on it before making an important choice.

    There is, in fact, a connection between our gut and our brain[2], which is where terms like “butterflies in the stomach” and “gut-wrenching” originate from. Stress and emotions can cause physical feelings, and ignoring them might do more harm than good.

    3. Don’t Be Afraid to Say What You Think and Feel

    Listening to your gut and really paying attention to it might involve standing up and being counted, calling something out, or taking a stand. As someone who works for myself, I’ve become used to following the less-travelled road, and that’s given me the chance to strike out on my own in other ways, too.

    As they tell you in the planes, “put your own oxygen mask on first,” and part of that self-reliance is knowing what you really want and like and what is safe and good for you, including what resonates with your personal and business values. Making good decisions with this in mind means making choices that do not go against your own beliefs, even when it may mean taking a stand. This is part of trusting yourself and trusting your instincts.

    This does not always mean taking the “safe” option, although keeping ourselves safe is an important part of the process. This is how we learn and grow, by following our own inner compass. When you do take risks, go outside of your comfort zone, or choose the less popular option, spending some time researching the facts can stand us in good stead, too.

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    4. Do Your Research If Something Feels Off

    As well as listening to our instincts, we can also back up the evidence for our chosen course of action before taking the leap. I had a gut feeling about the need for a learning and development network when I noticed my clients getting stuck with the same problems. I set up and now run such a network, but instead of simply going for it, without evidence, I followed up on my instinct with research.

    Having confidence in your gut instinct through these kinds of tests can help to minimize your risks, as well as spur you on. It will encourage you to trust your gut again in the future and trust that you are an expert with foresight and experience. You are!

    5. Challenge Your Assumptions

    When you look at the assumptions your making, this could be the clue to mistakes you are making.

    In order to check that our instincts are wise, we need to ask ourselves what blanks we might be filling in, either consciously or unconsciously. This is true not just when it comes to our own decision-making. It’s also true when we are listening to someone explain a problem or situation, and we’re about to jump in and give some advice. If we can learn to be aware of our own assumptions, we can become better listeners and better decision makers, too.

    A useful tool to become more aware of your assumptions before making a final decision is simply to ask yourself, “What assumptions am I making about this situation or person?”

    6. Educate Yourself on Unconscious Bias

    Unconscious bias is something we all have, and it can trip us up big time!

    There is a vital caveat to bear in mind when wondering about whether you can trust your gut and the feelings your body gives you, and that’s having an awareness of your unconscious bias. Understanding your own bias–which is hard to do because it literally does happen in our subconscious–can help you to make stronger, better, decisions instead of re-confirming your view of the world over and over again.

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    Bias exists, and it’s part of the human condition. All of us have it, and it colors our decisions and can impact on our performance without us realizing.

    Unconscious bias happens at a subconscious level in our brains. Our subconscious brain processes information so much faster than our conscious brain. Quick decisions we make in our subconscious are based on both our societal conditioning and how our families raised us.

    Our brains process hundreds of thousands of pieces of information daily. We unconsciously categorize and format that information into patterns that feel familiar to us. Aspects such as gender, disability, class, sexuality, body shape and size, ethnicity, and what someone does for a job can all quickly influence decisions we make about people and the relationships we choose to form. Our unconscious bias can be very subtle and go unnoticed..

    We naturally tend to gravitate towards people similar to ourselves, favoring people who we see as belonging to the same “group” as us. Being able to make a quick decision about whether someone is part of your group and distinguish friend from foe was what helped early humans to survive. Conversely, we don’t automatically favor people who we don’t immediately relate to or easily connect with.

    The downside of that human instinct to seek out similar people is the potential for prejudice, which seems to be hard-wired into human cognition, no matter how open-minded we believe ourselves to be. And these stereotypes we create can be wrong. If we only spend our time with and employ people similar to ourselves, it can create prejudices, as well as stifle fresh thinking and innovation.

    We may feel more natural or comfortable working with other people who share our own background and/or opinions than collaborating with people who don’t look, talk, or think like us. However, diversity is not just morally right; having a mix of different people and perspectives that can be genuinely heard is also a valuable way to counter groupthink. Diversity stretches us to think more critically and creatively.

    7. Trust Yourself

    It is possible to learn how to truly trust yourself[3]. Like any talent or skill, practicing trusting your gut is the best way to get really good at it. When people talk about having great intuition or being good decision-makers, it’s because they’ve worked at honing those skills, made mistakes, learned from them, and tried again.

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    Looking back at decisions you’ve made, what you did, what the outcome was, and what you’ve learned can help you become a stronger decision maker and develop solid self-trust and resilience. Making a mistake does not mean you are not great at decision-making; it’s a chance to grow and learn, and the only mistake is to ignore the lesson in that experience.

    If you are in the habit of asking others for their input, then the trick here is to choose your inner circle wisely. Having a sounding board of people who have your best interests at heart is a valuable asset, and, combined with your own excellent instincts, can make you a champion decision maker.

    The Bottom Line

    The above tips are all actionable and easy to start immediately. It’s simply about switching your thinking around, slowing down, and taking great care of this amazing machine that is your body and mind!

    Learning how to trust your gut is one of the most fundamental ways to make decisions that will help you lead the life you want and need. Tune into what your body is telling you and start making good decisions today.

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    Reference

    [1] Science of People: Learn to Trust Your Gut Instincts: The Science Behind Thin-slicing
    [2] Harvard Health Publishing: The gut-brain connection
    [3] Psych Central: 3 Ways to Develop Self-Trust

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