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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 September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Featured photo credit: Carli Jeen via unsplash.com

      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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