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3 Things That Travelers Must Do While Traveling Abroad

3 Things That Travelers Must Do While Traveling Abroad

I moved abroad right after high school when I was 17 years old. The country where I moved was very new to me, its culture and mentality felt alien. Unfortunately, I was too young to know that any traveler has to do thorough research on the place they’re planning to visit beforehand to minimize the culture shock. Later on in life, when I moved to my next foreign country, I did not make the same mistake. I am not happy to say this, but my first experience abroad was full of “I wish I did this and I wish I did not do that” moments.

However, over the years, I have become a person who accepts every situation and tries to create nice stories out of failures and disappointments just as I would triumphs and successes. That is why I am presenting you with a few useful tips that should be on your to-do list when traveling abroad.

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Learn a local language

I was given a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn a new language – a difficult language – but one that is worth the hard work. In my defense, I was also learning how to speak English, which I accomplished quite quickly. The credit goes to all my foreign friends who had to put up with my constant grammar mistakes and horrible accent.

In all seriousness though, I have had the right attributes surrounding me to learn a local language that attributed to my fluency. This included helpful people who spoke the local language and language courses located in my university. I would like to highlight that any kind of opportunity needs to be grabbed and fully utilized.

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Be choosy with who you let into your life

I am a kind and cheerfully naïve person. I started to form an opinion that kindness is a diagnosis and it is terminal. I may sound very negative while talking about something so wonderful, however I will explain why. When I was 17 years old and moved to a country where I had no friends and family, I did not come to think that there are people out there who deliberately hurt you and leave you in a mess of your own anger and pain. Since I have experienced it, I decided to look at it as a lesson – actually lessons – because it took me a while to start becoming picky about whom I should let into my life.

Even the closest person can easily hurt you and you have to be ready for it. I advise travelers to carefully choose who they accept as friends and acquaintances. And based on some advice I used to hear from my mother: it is always better to be suspicious at first. You will have all the time in the world to trust a person, but at first, observe, listen, and make adequate judgements about who you let into your world while you travel the world.

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Embrace a new culture

I feel truly blessed to be an open-minded person who accepts changes and diversity relatively well. I have not only traveled to different countries, I have also taken a close look at the local people, their culture, and their habits in the countries I’ve been to. This quality makes me look at my problems from a very different angle and thus my reactions and solutions to any kind of issues become different, in a good way. People across the world have different values and beliefs.

For some, appearance matters the most, while for others, look for the emotional and spiritual side of life. I adjust to qualities that I have seen in other cultures and implement them into my daily life and try to find a middle ground where my way of life meets theirs. Travelers need to manage to see and grasp the best qualities from different cultures and fully immerse themselves in different lifestyles and experiences.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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