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8 Last Minute Gifts For The Traveler In Your Life

8 Last Minute Gifts For The Traveler In Your Life

The holidays are literally right around the corner, and if you’re like many you’re probably searching the web or the stores for the perfect gift. The best one can receive is one that can be used daily or help benefit ones life in one way or another. If you’re like many, you have someone on your list that’s a frequent traveler or jetsetter. As a traveler, the best gift is the gift that can be useful and make your travels a bit seamless or fun! If you’re still searching for that perfect gift, we narrowed down 8 last minute gifts for the traveler.

    1. Wrap-A-Nap ($24.99). Meet your new favorite travel pillow whether you’re traveling on a plane, train or even in the car. This ultra soft travel pillow also works as a sleep mask and earmuff too – offering instant luxury, made of the plushest minky fleece on the market, and filled with high-end synthetic down stuffing – the same fill used in five-star hotel pillows. Wrap-A-Nap is available on their official website or via Amazon.

       

      •  CardBuddy ($12 – Grip / $20 – Deluxe). How many times have you left the house and grabbed just your phone and credit card? CardBuddy is a perfect stocking stuffer for those who needs a simple solution to seamlessly carry your cards and phone securely together. CardBuddy is a new, stick on card holder for your phone or phone case, made from high quality leather silicon and securely stores your cards.

        3. Bentgo ($14.99). Ditch the airplane food, with Bentgo, a super chic, compartmentalized lunchbox – its design inspired from the very popular Japanese bento boxes. Each compartment is a single-serving, to encourage a balanced meal of various dishes and the food never touches each other. As a health concious traveler, Bentgo can assist you to pre-plan your meals and carry with you on your flights or when you’re on the go!  The Bentgo line includes the Bentgo Original, Bentgo Kids, and Bentgo Salad box.

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          4. The Airhook ($24.95). This new revolutionary 2-in-1 solution is made for airplane travel: a stable drink holder and a secure mount for an electronics device that attaches to the tray table in its locked position. It’s designed to elevate the level of comfort and convenience for airplane travelers, allowing for maximum legroom, passengers no longer need to sacrifice their limited space with the folding down trays.

            5. Flytographer. ($200+) Planning an epic vacation or trip and need a photographer? Flytographer gift cards is the perfect last minute gift and can be redeemed for fun 1 hour vacation photo shoots in nearly 200 cities around the world! The best part is you’ll be led by a local photographer (carefully selected by Flyotographer) who will share their insider tips on the city and take you to cool locations you might not discover on your own.

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              6. The Tillow ($34.99). While this may look like a simple towel, it’s not! The Tillow is the all-in-one beach and pool companion for all your tropical getaways, which includes a beach towel with a removable pillow for ultimate comfort and relaxation, a touchscreen pocket so you can listen to music and send messages without risk of damage, and a water-resistant storage space to keep your belongings safe from sand, water, and strangers! It also has a lounge chair strap that secures the Tillow to any size lounge chair to the height of any user – the strap also doubles as a convenient bag!

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                7. Bump Charger. Created by Richard Smiedt and the famed industrial designer Karim Rashid, bump is a stylish, sleek wall charger and a portable battery. Bump retails at ($40) and is available in black, blue, magenta and red – in addition, is compatible with both Apple and Android devices.

                  8. Soma Footwear ‘Busy Bee’ Loafers. Slides and ballet flats are by far the best shoes to wear to get you through airport security. Say hello to your new favorite footwear brand, Soma Footwear. This South Asian footwear just launched in Spring 2016, with each piece, like art and is exclusively, handmade by artisans world-renowned for their quality hand stitching. Whether you’re traveling during the Fall or Summer, Soma Footwear has beautiful footwear perfect for all occasions and perfect for the on the go – yet stylish traveler.

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                  Featured photo credit: Wrap-A-Nap via wrapanap.com

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                  Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                  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.

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                  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.

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                  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 Lifehack.org, 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.

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                  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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                  Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                  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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