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Getting Around A Big City – The Do’s And Don’ts

Getting Around A Big City – The Do’s And Don’ts

Many travelers plan so much for the departure – the plane ticket booking, assembling of items they need for their trip, and the pack up. We usually think that the destination is a piece of cake, as long as we have our maps with us, a GPS application in our phones, and maybe a tour guide.

Today, many travel destinations happen to be huge cities, such as Paris, London, New York, and Amsterdam. They have many streets, numerous buildings, and seas of people to navigate through. It can be tough finding your way around. Without a better plan, you could get lost and easily fall victim to crime. There are many travel hacks to ensure your safety and security. These are the things you should do and the things you should not do while visiting a big city:

Carry communication and navigation essentials

    Regardless to if you are with your friends or not, you need to be self-reliant in case of an emergency or last-minute split. You will, therefore, have to carry with you a smartphone, a phone charger, and a power bank at all times. Phones are very useful and allow you to call your relatives or friends to notify them of your whereabouts and/or your change of plans. You can also reach basic services, such as the metro police, if you find yourself in danger.

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    Many phones allow you to download and use digital maps. Make use of such applications and data to map out your travel.[1] An extra physical map would also come in handy just in case your phone is low on battery life or completely dead. Make sure that you carry one, just small enough to fold and fit in your pocket. Do not carry unnecessary items that could slow you down or steal your energy and attention.

    Plan your route and learn the city beforehand

    Do not surprise-travel. It is always tempting to expose yourself to surprises by skipping the planning, especially when traveling is concerned. The problem is that surprise-traveling leads to a lot of wasted time and resources. In a big city, for instance, you could spend more time in one location if you are not aware of how many more interesting sites there are for you to visit elsewhere. To avoid this, research and learn the important aspects of the city before you travel. Doing this will also inform you of unsafe spots so that you can avoid them. It will make you seem familiar with your surroundings and help you blend in. Note that looking like a curious tourist might make you a target of crime.

    List your most preferred destinations and plan your route and itinerary well. Match your site visits with specific days. For example, when visiting Paris, you could say:

    • Monday: Eiffel Tower
    • Tuesday: Notre Dame,
    • Wednesday: The Louvre Museum, and so on.

    This helps to exhaust all the great views and bearings of these sites. It makes your travel experience more well-rounded and balanced.

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    Use flexible and reliable transport services

    The most flexible and reliable transportation services for navigating a huge city are usually minicabs or taxis.[2] A cheaper, but equally fast alternative is the subway.

    Taxis

      Taxis are useful for a change of traveling plans or when you get lost. You simply get in one of them and request a destination familiar to you. Do not get into illegitimate taxis. Check to see that your taxi is painted with the designated color. Most taxis are normally painted in yellow with a bold “TAXI” written on the top for clear identification. Avoid any suspicious taxis or taxi drivers. There have been instances where crooks imposing themselves as taxi drivers to steal your valuables or hold you at ransom.

      Minicabs

      These transport services require you to download an application and call for pick-ups from any location in the city. In a huge city, you could find up to three efficient minicab services. Select the one that has the lowest rates and the best customer reviews to save on cash and have assurance on trust and service delivery. Some minicab companies allow for online payments. Rely on these kind of companies if carrying cash around is confusing, tiresome, or just something you prefer not to do.

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      The Subway

        City subways are some of the fastest and cheapest means of getting around any big city.[3] Try to master the subway system of the city you are in, especially if your visit will last longer than a week. Most of them have Wi-Fi access and art-filled stations. This form of transport would also expose you to the city dwellers and their lifestyles. It would give you a very real experience while providing you with a low-cost and efficient way.

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        ipad map tablet internet screen via Pixabay, Taxis via Stocksnap, Train subway tunnel speed via Pixabay

        Featured photo credit: yanalya via freepik.com

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        Last Updated on December 9, 2019

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

        Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

        Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

        Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

        1. Get Rationally Optimistic

        Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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        This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

        In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

        The result: no more mental stress.

        2. Unplug

        Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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        How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

        It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

        Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

        3. Easy on the Caffeine

        Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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        Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

        4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

        That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

        How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

        • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
        • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
        • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

        While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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        5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

        This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

        The result: mental stress will be gone!

        So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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