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5 Great Tips To Make Your New Year Travel Memorable

5 Great Tips To Make Your New Year Travel Memorable

When it comes to the holidays, the New Year is like the icing on the cake. It’s a time to wind down from the season’s festivities before transitioning back to the commitments of work or school.

That’s why the last few days of the old year – and the first few of the new – should be memorable, setting the tone for January. Planning a getaway is a perfect way to celebrate.

If travel is in your plans, here are some tips to make it memorable.

1. Choose A Favorable Travel Destination

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    If you’re looking for a relaxing, memorable getaway, chances are you’ll want to avoid crowds of other travelers.

    For instance, if you’re traveling by car, you’ll want to steer clear of highways because they are likely to be jam-packed with people coming back from vacation. And when it comes to flying, most travelers are headed into major cities instead of popular holiday spots.

    Spend some time researching potential destinations. Be on the lookout for cheaper flights to far-off holiday resorts in different countries across the world. Affordable spots to consider include the Caribbean, luxury villas in Bali, Indonesia, and also travel safaris of East Africa.

    2. Get Low Rates on Holiday Resorts

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      Often, you can get low rates at holiday resorts at the beginning of every New Year because of a drop-off in demand. This can be the best time to find wallet-friendly deals on luxurious hotel accommodations. There are many Expedia coupons online with great discount offers on hotel and resorts. Search for as many resorts as you can and choose the ones that fit your fantasies.

      3. Carry Essential Equipment

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        Be sure to pack lightly but be sure to bring the essentials to avoid overspending on personal services like shaving or manicures.

        You should prioritize basic hygiene items and avoid taking bulky and luxurious commodities with you. It’s also important to find out what will be allowed through the airport and avoid carrying items that may be outlawed in your host country. For instance, it is illegal to own Cuban cigars in certain U.S. states, so to avoid having expensive cigars confiscated, make sure you’re aware of the regulations.

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        4. Purchase Promotional Goods During Your Stay

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          Bringing home souvenirs of your stay can be a great way to remember your trip, and sometimes you can get amazing deals. If your budget allows it, take advantage of the chance to find and buy inexpensive – and unique – household goods, clothes, paintings, ornaments, and artwork to take back home with you. Many tourist destinations feature stalls and shopping centers specifically for selling promotional goods to tourists.

          It can be fun to wander around hunting for products that you will probably be seeing for the first time. You could land on a major bargain, or find the perfect one-of-a-kind gift for friends, coworkers, or family members. But keep in mind that some goods you purchase during your stay may not be allowed with you on the passenger airplane back. An option to avoid this problem is to arrange for the items to be shipped back to your home. There are many companies that specialize in shipping luggage.

          5. Combat Holiday Blues With A Transition Plan

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            Sometimes it can be hard to come back home – in fact, the depression that affects people returning after a long vacation is typically a form of “holiday blues.” That’s because arriving home from holiday marks the end of fun. The sudden realization that you have to get back to daily routine can be emotionally draining.

            To beat the blues, start preparing yourself psychologically to get back to work or school by creating a transition schedule. One way to do that is to pull yourself slowly into work or study by reading relevant magazines or blogs about your industry or course of study. For instance, business owners might pick up the latest copy of a finance magazine, while students could get a jump on coursework reading.

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            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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            If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

            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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