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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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    7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

    7 Ways To Have More Confident Body Language

    The popular idiomatic saying that “actions speak louder than words” has been around for centuries, but even to this day, most people struggle with at least one area of nonverbal communication. Consequently, many of us aspire to have more confident body language but don’t have the knowledge and tools necessary to change what are largely unconscious behaviors.

    Given that others’ perceptions of our competence and confidence are predominantly influenced by what we do with our faces and bodies, it’s important to develop greater self-awareness and consciously practice better posture, stance, eye contact, facial expressions, hand movements, and other aspects of body language.

    Posture

    First things first: how is your posture? Let’s start with a quick self-assessment of your body.

    • Are your shoulders slumped over or rolled back in an upright posture?
    • When you stand up, do you evenly distribute your weight or lean excessively to one side?
    • Does your natural stance place your feet relatively shoulder-width apart or are your feet and legs close together in a closed-off position?
    • When you sit, does your lower back protrude out in a slumped position or maintain a straight, spine-friendly posture in your seat?

    All of these are important considerations to make when evaluating and improving your posture and stance, which will lead to more confident body language over time. If you routinely struggle with maintaining good posture, consider buying a posture trainer/corrector, consulting a chiropractor or physical therapist, stretching daily, and strengthening both your core and back muscles.

    Facial Expressions

    Are you prone to any of the following in personal or professional settings?

    • Bruxism (tight, clenched jaw or grinding teeth)
    • Frowning and/or furrowing brows
    • Avoiding direct eye contact and/or staring at the ground

    If you answered “yes” to any of these, then let’s start by examining various ways in which you can project confident body language through your facial expressions.

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    1. Understand How Others Perceive Your Facial Expressions

    A December 2020 study by UC Berkeley and Google researchers utilized a deep neural network to analyze facial expressions in six million YouTube clips representing people from over 140 countries. The study found that, despite socio-cultural differences, people around the world tended to use about 70% of the same facial expressions in response to different emotional stimuli and situations.[1]

    The study’s researchers also published a fascinating interactive map to demonstrate how their machine learning technology assessed various facial expressions and determined subtle differences in emotional responses.

    This study highlights the social importance of facial expressions because whether or not we’re consciously aware of them—by gazing into a mirror or your screen on a video conferencing platform—how we present our faces to others can have tremendous impacts on their perceptions of us, our confidence, and our emotional states. This awareness is the essential first step towards

    2. Relax Your Face

    New research on bruxism and facial tension found the stresses and anxieties of Covid-19 lockdowns led to considerable increases in orofacial pain, jaw-clenching, and teeth grinding, particularly among women.[2]

    The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research estimates that more than 10 million Americans alone have temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ syndrome), and facial tension can lead to other complications such as insomnia, wrinkles, dry skin, and dark, puffy bags under your eyes.[3])

    To avoid these unpleasant outcomes, start practicing progressive muscle relaxation techniques and taking breaks more frequently throughout the day to moderate facial tension.[4] You should also try out some biofeedback techniques to enhance your awareness of involuntary bodily processes like facial tension and achieve more confident body language as a result.[5]

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    3. Improve Your Eye Contact

    Did you know there’s an entire subfield of kinesic communication research dedicated to eye movements and behaviors called oculesics?[6] It refers to various communication behaviors including direct eye contact, averting one’s gaze, pupil dilation/constriction, and even frequency of blinking. All of these qualities can shape how other people perceive you, which means that eye contact is yet another area of nonverbal body language that we should be more mindful of in social interactions.

    The ideal type (direct/indirect) and duration of eye contact depends on a variety of factors, such as cultural setting, differences in power/authority/age between the parties involved, and communication context. Research has shown that differences in the effects of eye contact are particularly prominent when comparing East Asian and Western European/North American cultures.[7]

    To improve your eye contact with others, strive to maintain consistent contact for at least 3 to 4 seconds at a time, consciously consider where you’re looking while listening to someone else, and practice eye contact as much as possible (as strange as this may seem in the beginning, it’s the best way to improve).

    3. Smile More

    There are many benefits to smiling and laughing, and when it comes to working on more confident body language, this is an area that should be fun, low-stakes, and relatively stress-free.

    Smiling is associated with the “happiness chemical” dopamine and the mood-stabilizing hormone, serotonin. Many empirical studies have shown that smiling generally leads to positive outcomes for the person smiling, and further research has shown that smiling can influence listeners’ perceptions of our confidence and trustworthiness as well.

    4. Hand Gestures

    Similar to facial expressions and posture, what you do with your hands while speaking or listening in a conversation can significantly influence others’ perceptions of you in positive or negative ways.

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    It’s undoubtedly challenging to consciously account for all of your nonverbal signals while simultaneously trying to stay engaged with the verbal part of the discussion, but putting in the effort to develop more bodily awareness now will make it much easier to unconsciously project more confident body language later on.

    5. Enhance Your Handshake

    In the article, “An Anthropology of the Handshake,” University of Copenhagen social anthropology professor Bjarke Oxlund assessed the future of handshaking in wake of the Covid-19 pandemic:[8]

    “Handshakes not only vary in function and meaning but do so according to social context, situation and scale. . . a public discussion should ensue on the advantages and disadvantages of holding on to the tradition of shaking hands as the conventional gesture of greeting and leave-taking in a variety of circumstances.”

    It’s too early to determine some of the ways in which Covid-19 has permanently changed our social norms and professional etiquette standards, but it’s reasonable to assume that handshaking may retain its importance in American society even after this pandemic. To practice more confident body language in the meantime, the video on the science of the perfect handshake below explains what you need to know.

    6. Complement Your Verbals With Hand Gestures

    As you know by now, confident communication involves so much more than simply smiling more or sounding like you know what you’re talking about. What you do with your hands can be particularly influential in how others perceive you, whether you’re fidgeting with an object, clenching your fists, hiding your hands in your pockets, or calmly gesturing to emphasize important points you’re discussing.

    Social psychology researchers have found that “iconic gestures”—hand movements that appear to be meaningfully related to the speaker’s verbal content—can have profound impacts on listeners’ information retention. In other words, people are more likely to engage with you and remember more of what you said when you speak with complementary hand gestures instead of just your voice.[9]

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    Further research on hand gestures has shown that even your choice of the left or right hand for gesturing can influence your ability to clearly convey information to listeners, which supports the notion that more confident body language is readily achievable through greater self-awareness and deliberate nonverbal actions.[10]

    Final Takeaways

    Developing better posture, enhancing your facial expressiveness, and practicing hand gestures can vastly improve your communication with other people. At first, it will be challenging to consciously practice nonverbal behaviors that many of us are accustomed to performing daily without thinking about them.

    If you ever feel discouraged, however, remember that there’s no downside to consistently putting in just a little more time and effort to increase your bodily awareness. With the tips and strategies above, you’ll be well on your way to embracing more confident body language and amplifying others’ perceptions of you in no time.

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