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6 Travel Safety Tips You Cannot Ignore

6 Travel Safety Tips You Cannot Ignore

People travel for all kinds of reasons. Some people travel for exploration, while others travel for career purposes. But whatever the reason behind your travel, you will want to stay safe throughout your trip.

Here are six travel safety tips you should never ignore in order to make your short jaunt or long journey worthwhile.

1. Research the area before you go.

Research the place you’re going to before you leave. The fastest and best way of doing this is searching the web for legal information, advice and things you need to to know in advance. You can learn about the local customs, including how to dress appropriately and some key phrases used in the local languages.

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Also, try and find an updated map of your travel destination, and learn about the area’s geography and main attractions. You’ll be able to get around much better when you know the local geography. Make sure the car you rent has safety features installed in case you do not have any idea of the traffic.

Learning about your travel destination makes you more enlightened and aware of the potential risks, and helps you be well prepared to capably deal with emergencies which might occur. You can also check travel advisories and warnings from reputable sources, and take note of the potential issues/problems you may encounter.

2. Make copies of everything before you leave.

Make copies of your passport, tickets, visas, driver’s license, credit cards, and other important documents. Do not forget to make copies of your car keys as well. Keep the documents in separate locations and also make an electronic copy. In case something happens (for instance, your documents get stolen), this will make it easy for you to recover. You can email an electronic copy of your documents to yourself, so that you are able to access them when needed.

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Do not forget to leave a copy of everything with someone you trust or a family member. You also need to make sure someone knows your plans, and where you will be. You can set a schedule for getting in touch; make sure you call/communicate when you say you will.

3. Register with the state department.

Well, nobody expects to encounter terrorist attacks, natural disasters or such other emergencies while they are traveling. However, if you happen to experience such emergencies, you want to be well-prepared. You should consider enrolling in the State Department’s Smart Travelers Enrollment Program (STEP) before you leave. When you enroll in this program, the nearest United States Embassy will be able to easily find you and help you in case something happens.

4. Secure your credit cards and cash.

Money is the one thing you will need to take with you regardless of how light you intend to travel. Unfortunately, if you happen to lose your money, or have a credit card stolen, you will find yourself in a rather stressful situation.

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The best way of staying safe is to get a hidden wallet or purse that you can wear underneath your clothing. Also, make sure you lock away the rest of your cash in the hotel’s safe.

To be extra safe, you can prepare what is known as a mugger’s wallet. This is a dummy wallet with just a small amount of cash, expired credit card and even fake IDs. In case you happen to get mugged, you can just give away the dummy wallet.

5. Secure your luggage.

If you’re traveling with luggage, you should take good care of it. Never let your luggage out of sight, especially when in a foreign country. Consider purchasing a high quality padlock to keep all of your bags secure.

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Also, don’t offer to carry a bag for another person/traveler unless you absolutely trust them. You might find yourself carrying drugs or other illegal items without your knowledge.

6. Trust your gut.

Always trust your gut. In case something doesn’t seem right, it probably isn’t. Do not let excitement and stress of travel cloud your common sense. If something seems off like an offer from a stranger, go with your instinct and turn down the offer.

Also, avoid looking like a tourist. The more you stand out, the more likely you’re to become the target for thieves and criminals. Try and dress like the locals, and avoid the fanny packs and khakis.

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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