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11 Travel Hacks That Will Save You Time, Money and Stress

11 Travel Hacks That Will Save You Time, Money and Stress

Booking a travel adventure is a little reminder of how fortunate we are to have the world on our doorstep, that the network of transport routes that span the four corners of the globe can make any dream a reality.

Providing you have the time and money, getting around from point A to point B is child’s play. But what if, for the majority of us, those commodities aren’t as easy to come by? This is when insider information proves to be of most value.

Here are 11 travel hacks that will allow you to see the world without compromising on the quality of your journey.

1. Use Land Vehicles More Often

Think outside the box when choosing a mode of transport. A flight may save you time but the trade-off is usually a far higher price than that of a land vehicle.

Trains and buses are often good value should you travel plans sync with the arrival and departure destinations.

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2. Hunt for Secret Cities

When settling on a destination, go beyond the most popular visited places around the world and instead hunt for secret cities and unspoiled adventures that aren’t yet charging full cost for the pleasure of being there.

Getting ahead of the trend can save you a small fortune.

3. Ask Local Experts

Ask people you know and trust for recommendations on how to see the best a country or regional spot has to offer.

If a guidebook suggests a familiar route, check with your contact to see if there is a smarter way to tick the adventure off the list.

4. Book in advance to sniff out those early deals

Big travel websites are known for increasing the cost of travel closer to the departure date.

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Don’t leave the booking until the last minute, especially when the reason you are traveling is a key event, like a wedding or pre-booked holiday.

5. Shop around

Test out a number of online platforms to find the rock bottom cost before making a booking.

Don’t always be persuaded to book by the first site that pops up in Google if you can find operators that offer the same journey for less. This rule applies to all modes of transport, from train journeys, to flights, to coach trips.

6. Book Off-Peak

Vary your travel times by one or two days either side of your original travel date to gauge whether the prices are lower.

For example, Mondays are typically more expensive to travel when compared to midweek.

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7. Accommodation Isn’t Everything

Scale down on accommodation costs wherever you can. If your reason for visiting a place of interest is to explore the local setting and scenery then your time spent inside is limited to sleeping.

This means you’ll be less fussy about the luxuries and can go for a basic deal at a lower cost. Think bungalow or cabin rather than hotel suite.

8. Travel While You Sleep

Take overnight journeys to save paying for a night’s sleep in a bed and breakfast establishment. A train or plane journey will be equipped with onboard rest rooms, space for stretching your legs.

In addition to serving food and drinks, which is a huge invisible cost when being out on travels.

9. Choose Long-Lasting Luggage

Invest in a robust travel bag or carry case to avoid potential damage that will slow you down on the road.

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One high price item is a wiser choice than three lower price replacements, not to mention the added stress that comes from locating a store for a new purchase.

10. Drink Water Every Day

Carry a water bottle at all times to refill instead of purchasing soft drinks from convenience stores or local markets. Drinking plenty of water is also one of the best health hacks.

Your body will feel fitter and your mind will be sharper for when you need to rely on them.

11. Arrange Bookings Online

A travel agent is an unnecessary part of the travel process in this day and age. The faster and cost efficient alternative is to piece together your itinerary online. You may incur a small admin fee when booking up yourself.

However, the time and effort saved from dealing with a person face to face in store or on the phone are well worth the initiative.

I hope you found the information is this article to be of use for the next time you book a local or international trip. Feel free to share these hacks and let them inspire you to find ways to travel more for less!

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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