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5 Hacks To See The World Without Breaking The Bank

5 Hacks To See The World Without Breaking The Bank

Everyone wants to travel the world, but the overwhelming costs associated with vacation travels often scare people away from pursuing travels. Every vacation you take seems to cost twice as much as you expected, and the cost of living temporarily in another country seems overwhelming. But that’s because most people frequently adopt unintentionally costly vacation habits.

Traveling doesn’t have to be an incredibly costly venture. Although plane tickets are often an unavoidable large expense, you don’t have to add on to the bill with high day-to-day expenses. Here are five hacks to help you see the world without breaking the bank

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  1. Go grocery shopping on your travels

It’s easy to rely on eating out for every meal when you travel to a foreign country, but that habit is certainly not a requirement of vacationing. Rather than pay for cooked meals for lunch, breakfast and dinner, stop by local grocery stores during your trip. Take advantage of store sales and explore local ingredients, which can help give you a taste for foreign cuisine you wouldn’t necessarily see on a restaurant menu.

Groceries can stave off snacking in airplanes, trains and ferries as well, saving you a lot on food in the long run. Buy materials for sandwich making, snacking, and easy-to-transport foods like crackers, jerky or cheeses. When you do eat out, try to eat during lunch hours, when restaurants typically have cheaper, smaller lunch portions, and look for happy hour events at bars and nightclubs for drinking.

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  1. Pack light and recycle often

The easiest way to make traveling difficult is to give yourself too much to carry. If you’re going to be traveling to multiple places, you’ll want to pack as light as possible. Rely on finding washing machines to keep your clothes clean, rather than trying to pack enough clothes for everyday of your travel. Use a travel backpack instead of a suitcase, which can be cumbersome to transport, and make sure that you pack a reasonable amount of clothes and don’t overdress. You won’t need fancy dress clothes for your travels, nor do you need more than two pairs of shoes. Be picky.

Be sure that whatever you do bring is recyclable, easily washable and durable, so you don’t have to worry about replacing anything. Be sure to include a good Thermos and a Swiss army knife with utensils as part of your collection.

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  1. Find hostels or rent a room

In order to avoid racking up expenses, skip the hotels and look for local hostels or Airbnb renters in the area to save on living expenses. Places like Costa Ricka, Thailand, Jamaica, or any other popular tourists spots are replete with holiday homes available to rent via Airbnb. These arrangements often come at favorable prices, and can often give you a chance to meet locals or other travelers, providing for easy socialization and interaction with the local culture. Hostels and Airbnb rooms are also often more conveniently located than hotels, which tend to be at the heart of an area’s tourism district; renting someone’s spare room or a hostel will likely put you closer to the locals and away from flashy tourist traps.

  1. Look for good ticket deals

Signing up for travel clubs can give you great deals on airplane or train tickets, allowing you to travel when it’s cheapest to fly. In addition, if you’re looking for a particular ticket, be sure to use a private or incognito window to prevent the airlines from showing you inflated prices on tickets you’re interested in.

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Looking for options other than plane travel can also save you money and may give you more of an opportunity to see the countryside of a local area. Ferries, boats, buses, subways and trains are all frequently significantly cheaper than plane tickets, saving you hundreds on travel expenses.

  1. Travel by public transportation

Speaking of travel expenses, avoid renting a car and use public transportation to move around a city. The stops will often be at key areas, saving you the hassle of finding your own way to popular locations, and the cost of a bus ticket or metro ticket is often a fraction of that of a taxi or of renting your own car. Look for options, as well, to rent a bike for a day to travel around the city, which will give you the chance to exercise and see everything for yourself.

Traveling the world doesn’t have to be an incredibly expensive venture. If you plan ahead, live simply and throw yourself into the local culture, you can enjoy a low-cost, interactive and unique trip you might never have experienced in a more traditional, expensive vacation.

Featured photo credit: Asaf antman via flickr.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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