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5 Things You Must Do To Get Your Money’s Worth When Traveling To A New Place

5 Things You Must Do To Get Your Money’s Worth When Traveling To A New Place

Being able to travel definitely takes a lot of effort. From planning where you are going, coordinating the means to get there, and where to stay, to saving up enough money to spend while you’re there, traveling is not an easy task for sure. In addition to the list, you also mentally prepare yourself for the experience, which takes additional effort, no matter how excited you are for the upcoming trip.

Everyone wants to make good memories, learn from their experiences, and get the most out of traveling. Make the most out of every trip by following the tips below. And remember that with everything that you do during your trip, safety should always be your number one priority.

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1. Do indulge in the specialty of the location.

Each place has a well-known dish, fruit, or delicacy that the city or place might be renowned for. Sure, you might have already tried burritos from your local restaurant, but nothing compares to a genuine dish that is made by the locals and prepared right where the dish had originated from. So, even if you think you have an idea of what a dish tastes like, try it while you’re in the place it’s known for, whether it’s a burrito in Mexico or ramen in Japan. Trying out authentic dishes when you travel should always be on your list of things to do. It makes your palate richer and your appreciation for new cuisines wide and flavorful.

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2. Do go to a landmark the place is known for.

Each place has some sort of history that made it what is now. Whatever that history is, most places have a landmark that played a big part of its history. An example would be the Pearl Harbour in Oahu, Hawaii. If you are going to the island to surf or swim on the beach, why not visit a landmark that is historical and has affected the lives of many people in the past while you’re at it? Going to a historical landmark definitely adds value to your trip itinerary. Also, who wouldn’t want to visit a place that you have initially only read in books before?

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3. Do try walking downtown.

Walking arouses your senses from the environment in a different way than driving around does. When you walk past something, you actually have a longer time to linger on what you are passing by. Walking gives you the chance to observe the oldness of the bricks that were used in an old character building, or notice that the paint on a statue that is chipping off and gives it a more classic look. Even bigger than the little things, you can find some lesser known spots to eat or activities to do that are off the beaten-path and can only be seen through the eyes of a pedestrian. Always opt to walk downtown instead of drive.

4. Do people-watch and talk to locals.

You can never know a new place better than a local does. They are the ones that know the history of their native land, and the ins and outs of the place. If you are wondering about a certain part of the place’s history and cannot find it in any book or on the internet, make sure that you do ask a local. A local’s attitude and behavior may also reflect the culture of the place. Busy people hurrying off to go somewhere may indicate that the place has a busy economic activity.

5. Do feel the weather.

Complaining is the last thing that you would want to do when you are traveling to a new place. You chose to go to Japan to ski, so please do not complain that the weather is too cold. Instead, enjoy the extraordinary difference in the weather. Also, you probably chose to go to a certain place because the weather there is the exact opposite from where you came from, so make sure that you soak in every moment of this new weather and temperature because your trip will not last forever. In a few days or weeks, you will be back to your “ordinary” world and routine.

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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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