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Traveling Destinations for Travelers That Hate Crowds

Traveling Destinations for Travelers That Hate Crowds

As traveling becomes cheaper and cheaper, more and more people are choosing to travel straight out of college. There is no better time in your life to pick up everything and see the world. If you don’t have a stable job or a family or kids that you have to think about, then this is when you have the perfect amount of energy to be able to have such an exciting trip.

It can be hard deciding where to go, especially if you can only squeeze one trip in before real life kicks in again. If you are a nomadic kind of person who doesn’t like big cities or lots of people, these are the top five places for you to travel:

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai Is one of the most incredible cities in the world.[1] Not only is it in Thailand, but it also has a special feel to it. The city is set at the base of a large mountain with a large temple overlooking the entire city. Due to its location, there are not a lot of tourists around and the people tend to be a lot more friendly. It is in the heart of Thai temple country, and you can view dozens of temples within an hour of the city. If you choose this option, make sure to rent a scooter and scooter around the city. Not only will it be much cheaper, but you will get a much better feel for the city.

The Oregon Coast, Oregon, US

The Oregon Coast tends to be extremely uncrowded. You will not be doing any surfing or sun tanning, but it is famous for the vibes that it gives off. You should come here if you love the outdoors, but not too much. This place is ideal for those that love to curl up inside a cabin in the middle of nowhere with a good book and lose themselves in it.

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Upolo, Samoa

One would think that because of how amazing the weather is in Samoa, there would be huge crowds. Fortunately, that is not the case. Not only do they have beautiful beaches and perfect water, but there is almost never a crowd. The people are also extremely nice and love tourists. With plenty of hiking, surfing, and other outdoor activities, Samoa is the perfect travel destination.

North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

Most people tend to think that if they travel to Hawaii, they can only expect crowds. This is true for a lot of Hawaii, particularly the touristy parts of Hawaii, but there are actually many beautiful parts of Hawaii that tourists tend to never go. One of those places is on the North Shore. Not only are there dozens of beautiful, white sand beaches, but there are also often little to no people on those beaches. When you do come across people, they tend to be nicer than on other parts of the island because they are not constantly bombarded with tourists.

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Switzerland

One only needs to see a few pictures of Switzerland to have a burning desire to go there. Switzerland has some of the most beautiful countrysides in the world, and very few people to enjoy them. While Switzerland isn’t cheap to visit, the photos alone tend to make it worth a visit. Switzerland is also known for its beautiful snowy mountains. If you like to snowboard or ski, or have ever wanted to learn, Switzerland is probably one of the best places to do so. How many people can say they have skied in the Alps?

There are definitely places that people who hate crowds should avoid. These countries would make anyone who hates crowds go crazy. Many people think that these locations seem beautiful and wonderful until they get there and realize just how many people there are.

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Another tip is to try to avoid Google when searching for where to go once you arrive. If it is on Google, a lot of people know about it and will likely be there. Instead, ask the locals and the natives what they think you should do. You will find much more genuine experiences and much less crowds to create a more well-rounded travel experience for the books.

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Last Updated on November 19, 2019

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

1. Create a Daily Plan

Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

3. Use a Calendar

Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

4. Use an Organizer

An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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5. Know Your Deadlines

When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

6. Learn to Say “No”

Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

7. Target to Be Early

When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

8. Time Box Your Activities

This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

11. Focus

Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

12. Block out Distractions

What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

13. Track Your Time Spent

When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

15. Prioritize

Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

16. Delegate

If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

For related work, batch them together.

For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
  2. coaching
  3. workshop development
  4. business development
  5. administrative

I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

19. Cut off When You Need To

The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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