How To Get The Best From Your Travel

How To Get The Best From Your Travel

I laugh at people who travel to different places only for them to come back to unleash the discussion on how they slept and woke up there. Some even say ‘I watched several channels in the hotel room I lodged in; I also played indoor games’. Is that the best you got from your travel? Or maybe you did not plan well before embarking on the trip?

Here are tips on how to get the best from your travel.


1. How much do I need?

I remember planning to travel with the little cash I had saved up from my part-time jobs. I made several plans to spend several days eating as much as I want and enjoying myself. On getting to the bus stop, I saw a price list on the wall and alas, the cost of transportation had gone far higher than I thought. If I had traveled with that amount I saved, I would not last a night over there. Voucher Slug Australia represent some great tips to save money while traveling. Before you embark on any travel, ensure you know how much you need to have the maximum fun you have in mind.

2. Back up your files

When you travel, you don’t expect to meet the good ones, the bad ones (thieves) will surely come along to welcome you to their country. In 2014, dad traveled to have a business meeting with his clients and he packed several bags. After settling down in the hotel, he discovered that one of his bags had been stolen. It was the bag which contained his laptop and the documents he was supposed to present to the clients. He reported immediately to the police and after hours of thorough searching, they found the documents close to where it was stolen but the laptop was gone.


3. Learn local cultures

When you travel to some countries, you need to learn their basic culture before you can survive. It might be their way of greeting (the Chinese do not shake, rather they bow their heads), mode of dressing (wearing half naked clothes makes native Indian women hate you). You also need to learn how to say words like “thank you”, “I am sorry”, “I am lost”, “yes”, “please” and other basic sentences used in everyday life.

4. Visit everywhere

Ensure you get to every center of tourist attraction in the country. I can’t imagine visiting Paris and I don’t get to see the Eiffel tower. Find a friend to take you around these places so you don’t get lost. It’s fun when you go with someone to interesting places so you can take pictures and keep sweet memories.


5. Eat their local food and mix with the local people

Don’t just get to a new place and stay glued to your hotel room, go out of your room to meet with the local people who would teach you the rudiments of what you need to know. It is easier to make friends with the local people than with the modern people and they have always make time for you. They take you to their farms, make their kind of meals for you, and teach you more things about their culture.

6. Don’t turn down invitations

Always say yes whenever you are invited for dinner or lunch. It is always fun to try out new meals as long as you are not allergic to the ingredients used in cooking. To some countries, turning down their invitation means you are not interested in being friends with them and that you hate them.


7. Pack the important and leave the rest

Most of us make the mistake of packing all our clothes as if we are going to spend forever there. We will always buy new clothes and shoes and other stuff we love when we come across them, we don’t even get to wear all the clothes we take along so why give ourselves extra luggage to carry. Always ensure you carry extra underwear so you don’t get frustrated in case of unforeseen circumstances.

8. Keep good notes

Having a diary to keep the daily activities. I remember the day my aunt got back from Korea and she asked me to pick up one of the things I wanted from her loads. The first thing I searched for was her diary where she wrote virtually everything that happened to her from her travel in the plane to when she got to the hotel. She also visited some local places and she even met a boyfriend there despite the fact that she was married.

When you go for travels, take the best of your time to enjoy yourself. Ranting about being to everywhere in the world does not make your travel fun, the fun is ‘what did you do over there? What new culture did you gain? Where are the friends you met there? Do you wish to go there again?’

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Tanvir Zafar

The founder of ISU Technologies, passionate in writing about entrepreneurship, work and technology.

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How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


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12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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