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Traveling With A Group? You Are Doing Things Wrong Until You Read This!

Traveling With A Group? You Are Doing Things Wrong Until You Read This!

Are you the one who manages all travel plans for the office? Friends or family get together? You can also be someone who likes to go to watch games, concerts, and parties in the group so that you can enjoy with as many people as you can.

Particularly students or young professionals tend to move in groups of 4 to 5 people instead of being a loner on parties or games.

If you are someone who likes to move in groups, here are some interesting tips for you to travel in groups:

1. Renting vs getting a hired transport

The most basic question for you to decide should be whether you go for renting the large car or arrange the ground transportation.

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If you are traveling in a group of 4 to 6 persons on a tight budget, renting a car may be a costly affair. You pay for parking, insurance, and off-course the gas which you will be paying from your own pocket.

Renting vs getting a hired and driver driven transport may be a good cost-effective option for you if you calculate the costs diligently.

2. Get group transport for Airport Drops, events, and games

You have a lot of choices when it comes to airport drops especially during the holidays. You can hire uber car to take you to the airport- that certainly is a cost-effective way for a limited number of persons.

If the whole family is going for holidays, hopping onto small cars may not a good option. You may need extra help in the shape of loading and unloading your baggage, no parking fees and above all, you will be stress-free as someone else will be doing it for you at the same price.

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Playing and watching ice-hockey is a craze in Canada- same like people in India watch cricket.

They move in groups to reach the stadium and watch the games while chatting, dancing and singing with their dear ones.

So if you are in Canada and want to see a Vancouver Canucks game, you may need to arrange group transport. Same goes for almost any event in any part of the world where you may plan to go out in groups and will require group transport.

3. Peace of Mind

Probably the biggest advantage of group travel is the peace of mind you get. You do not have to arrange many things as a lot of stuff is taken care of easily by others.

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You can get a lot of flexibility when traveling abroad with the group as many things are either taken care of the tour arrangers or group members contribute to complete the tasks. You can even easily delegate the task of your bags being carried by others while you enjoy the journey en route to your hotel.

4. You pay lower tips

Another advantage of traveling with the group is that you pay lower tips and other costs can even be distributed.

Tips in groups, however, are not just limited to the tips you pay in hotels or other places. You are also expected to pay tips to your group leader, chauffeur of your limo if you hired one, local guides and other persons.

The cost however, is distributed and you pay less.

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5. Catering/Food costs are distributed

Catering is another key area where you save a lot of money. Corporate Catering offered to groups are already offered at a lesser price.

Group catering is great because it reduces the cost and you can enjoy different items in the menu instead of being limited due to your food budget.

If you are moving to a place where you already have been, try to stick with one supplier or provider as long term relationships certainly pay off in terms of low prices and additional menu items with no extra charges.

Featured photo credit: Redd Angelo via unsplash.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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