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Get the Best Deal to Your Next Travel Destination in Minutes With Hitlist

Get the Best Deal to Your Next Travel Destination in Minutes With Hitlist

Whether you’re trying to see different parts of the world, visit family, or work, many rely on air travel to get where you want to go. Airfare can make or break plans, but it’s not always easy to stay updated on the best deals during your travel window.

When you’re trying to go somewhere, you are at the mercy of time. You either actively search for deals to get to your destination in your limited free time and hope that you find a good price, or you wait for a promotion to pop up. You may even ask all your friends to be on the lookout for cheap flights.

None of these methods of bargain-hunting guarantee success. Despite your best efforts, you might still be left paying a steep price or abandoning your travel plans altogether.

Planning is hard—even when you do your homework on airfares. It can take a lot of effort to go through different sites and input combinations in the hopes of snagging a great deal. Then, when you think you’ve found something, you have to pounce on it, not knowing whether it will be cheaper in the future. The search for a good flight at a low price can be mentally exhausting.

If you too are unsatisfied with the price of tickets, you’ll be excited to know that there’s an app designed to simplify the process of finding the perfect itinerary.

Hitlist makes it easier than ever to find the right flight

The Hitlist app takes the guesswork out of finding the best deal. With Hitlist, you can browse current airfare, and the app will notify you when a great deal pops up. Hitlist arms you with knowledge so that you don’t have to second-guess the quality of the bargains you identify.

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1. Make your Hitlist to receive targeted travel deals

When you create a profile with Hitlist, enter your home airport and add destinations that you’d like to visit to your hitlist. To access your hitlist, select the “Profile” icon on the bottom righthand corner of your screen.

    Alternatively, you can add locations to your hitlist by selecting the “My Hitlist” icon. After you add a location to your hitlist, the app scours the internet for the best deals, and sends you a notification when it finds flights that meet your criteria.

    To enable notifications, find the gear shaped icon at the top right of the profile page. This will take you to the app’s settings.

      Update your profile and preferences at any time on the “Settings” page.

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        The fourth option down on the settings page is “Notifications.” Going to the “Notifications” sections allows you to enable email and push notifications. Curtail these notices to meet your preferences.

        For this example, I have chosen to be notified when Hitlist finds a spectacular deal by push notification only. The mobile device icon is highlighted in blue to indicate that that is the option I have selected.

          2. Access flight deals based on flexible dates or destinations

          The search function allows you to look for deals based on location. You can either search for a specific destination, or you can peruse the deals Hitlist has found for you.

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            When I visit the “All Deals” option on the search page, Hitlist offers me a list of suggested destinations, the number of deals for each location, and the lowest price for a trip.

            By selecting a location, you can view the deals that Hitlist has identified. The app will show you the airline, dates, length of the trip, and the cost.

            3. View historical ticket prices to make informed travel decisions

            One of the best features of Hitlist is that it makes it easy to find out whether the deal you see is actually a good deal. The app sifts through historical data on itineraries similar to yours, and then it labels the deals as average, good, great, or spectacular. These options are color-coded so that it’s simple to tell how your itinerary ranks.

            For example, if I wanted to take a trip from Honolulu to Hong Kong soon, I could quickly locate all the deals that would take me to Hong Kong. When I select my destination, that app generates a list with prices ranging from lowest to highest.

            If I select the lowest-cost deal, the following information shows up:

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              Hitlist ranks this itinerary as a great deal, and it displays the criteria that it would need to meet to be considered a spectacular deal.

              Knowing this information, I might choose to seize this opportunity because I’d rather pay the $445 now than risk losing that deal to potentially save $15. If Hitlist categorized this as average airfare, I’d be tempted to hold out for something better.

              4. Plan trips with your friends

              People are much more mobile than they used to be, which means that it’s not uncommon for groups of friends to be scattered to the four winds. On your profile page, you can add friends by clicking on the icon that looks like a person with a plus sign next to it.

              When you have added your friends, you will be able to see the places that they’d like to go. You could plan your next big adventure together on Hitlist.

              Download Hitlist to find the best deals

              Hitlist saves you money and time when you’re planning your next trip. The user-friendly interface makes finding deals a breeze, and the customizable features allow you refine the capabilities of this app to better serve you.

              Hitlist is free to download through the Apple Store. A beta version is currently available for Android devices, but it promises to have all the functionality of the fully developed Apple version soon.

              Don’t let the prospect of being overwhelmed by information be a barrier to travel. Hitlist takes all the guesswork out of the airfare so that you can spend time doing other things—like planning what you’ll do when you reach your destination.

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              Last Updated on January 2, 2019

              Better Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions to Reduce Your Stress

              Better Alternatives to New Year’s Resolutions to Reduce Your Stress

              The end of the year is the time when everyone tries to give you advice on how to live healthier, look better, and earn more money.

              It’s understandable if you find yourself lost among all the tips and opinions. Sometimes you no longer know what you truly want to achieve next year – and what’s just imposed by society.

              To help you out, we’ve made this article about the things you should remove from your new year’s resolution list – instead of adding to it – to make your daily life more harmonious and peaceful.

              So just make sure you cross these off your New Year’s to-do list – your body, mind and soul will be thankful.

              1. Stop Buying Meaningless Gifts

              We all know the sense of obligation – when we have to buy a gift for an event or celebration that’s already tomorrow, but we still have no idea of what to give.

              Take these tips close to heart for all upcoming holidays, including birthdays, weddings, graduations, etc.:

              Stop focusing on the material objects

              Instead of focusing on what material object to give, think about the emotion you want to evoke[1] in the gift recipient, and then pick a symbolic gift that can support or represent that emotion. For example, you can gift coziness by presenting a “comfort set” with warm socks, tea, candles, etc. Or give motivation by presenting a beautiful planner or notebook.

              Plan gifts in advance

              We know this is easier said than done. But if you try to plan which gifts you’ll need in the upcoming months (try making a list three or four times a year), ideas will more likely come to mind and you’ll avoid that last-minute shopping. Not to mention, you’ll be able to keep an eye on sales to get the best prices.

              Suggest a better way

              If you’re tired of exchanging gifts for birthdays and holidays, initiate a different approach. For example, draw names among family members and agree that each one only buys a present to that one person they got. Alternatively, you can agree not to share gifts among adults, and only give presents to kids of the family. Or, ask friends to donate to charity instead of buying a gift for you.

              Go for common experiences instead of exchanging gifts

              You can agree (with your partner or the extended family) to go on a common trip, dinner or another activity, instead of spending money on gifts.

              Sometimes you’ll have to be the one who initiates breaking the rules that have been accepted in the family for years. But if you suspect that you’re not the only one in the group who’s tired of gift-hunting, you’ll surely find support for your suggestions.

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              2. Don’t Exaggerate with Diets and Fitness Resolutions

              It’s no secret that TV shows, article headlines, and ads (not to mention our healthy diet-obsessed friends) make us feel like we need to look better, slimmer and younger than we actually are. But going on yet another diet or starting a fitness plan with the wrong motivation rarely leads to great results.

              If you are like many people, you have probably signed up for an annual gym membership at least once in your life – only to drop it one month later.

              How do you balance a good resolution for a healthier life without pushing yourself into commitments that won’t last?

              Here’s what you can do:

              Set a healthier pattern

              For example, do meat-free Mondays or reduce meat consumption to three days per week (less saturated fat for you and better for the environment). Or choose to eat only healthy food at least three days a week or only on weekdays (e.g. make sure your meals contain vegetables, fruits, whole grains, dairy products, and protein). This way you’ll already have a healthier diet while still being able to treat yourself with a snack on weekends or parties.

              Get a fitness watch

              Fitness watches like Fitbit or MiBand are tiny accessories that will count your steps, calories burnt and will serve as an excellent motivator to move – or to take the stairs instead of the elevator.

              Find a physical activity that you enjoy

              Even if you are not that fond of doing sports, you can definitely find an activity that you’d do with pleasure. Think about what you’d like – from taking up Nordic walking to pilates or even exercising at home.

              Try intermittent fasting

              This is an alternating cycles of fasting and eating. For example, stop eating at 8 pm and restart not sooner than 12 hours later. This approach has been proven to have numerous health benefits, in addition to weight loss.

              Skip cabs or driving to work and opt for cycling or walking instead

              You’ll burn calories, breathe some fresh air, and save money – win-win!

              3. Put a Cap on Your Daily To-Do List

              In today’s busy world, planning your day in a stress-free way is actually an art in itself. It’s natural to want to be a loving parent, a diligent employee, an active member of the local community and probably several other individual roles.

              But playing all these roles requires energy and meticulous planning. How not to lose yourself amidst all the appointments and responsibilities? And – most importantly – how to still find time for relaxing and recharging yourself?

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              These daily planning tips will help you have more stress-free days:

              Leave bigger intervals between meetings

              If you schedule too many appointments or chores in a day, you’ll probably end up late at some point, and as a result – more stressed. There are many different reasons why people are late, but poor planning is a major factor too.

              Plan time to relax

              As weird as it may sound, you should try and schedule your resting time. For example, if you only have one free evening this week, and a friend tries to squeeze in a meeting, feel free to say no. Don’t feel obliged to specify the reason for your refusal, just say that you are busy.

              Try to be a little pessimistic

              We’re often packed with plans or running late for errands because we tend to be overly optimistic – about the traffic, the time it takes to do things, etc. Instead, try an opposite tactic — assume you’ll hit traffic or the meeting will take longer.

              Try waking up earlier

              Sometimes even waking up 30 minutes earlier can give you the much-needed head start for several errands of the day. But remember to get enough sleep every night, even if it means going to bed earlier.

              Plan your day the day before

              Chances are your day will be much better organized if you pack a lunch and lay out an outfit before going to bed.

              Designate a time for checking emails and social messages

              If you start checking your messages between appointments, you risk getting lost in a sea of messages that need replies. Designate a time for this activity or do it in case you arrived early to a meeting.

              4. Let Go of Unhealthy and Time-Consuming Habits

              If there’s one thing we should get rid of in the new year, it’s the habits that steal our time, provide instant gratification but don’t offer any value in the long term. Or even worse, leave a negative impact on our health.

              Here are some common (and pointless) habits along with tips on how to get rid of them:

              Binge-watching TV series

              Even if most online television platforms offer you lists of “Best TV Shows to Binge Watch”, being addicted to series is a major time-waster.

              You can manage this addiction in several ways, for example, watch one episode per day (or a few per week) as a reward, only after you’ve finished an assignment or done a house chore. Or try replacing this habit with exercise or reading a book – this will be hard at first but should stick after a few weeks. You can also try to track how much time you spend on TV or movies – seeing how much of your life you are wasting might urge you to do something about it.

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              Running on coffee

              Being a coffee addict is kind of a stylish addiction nowadays, but it’s not that innocent as it may initially seem. Besides addiction being a problem in itself, drinking too much coffee (more than 500-600 mg of caffeine a day) may lead to nervousness, insomnia, an upset stomach, a fast heartbeat, and even muscle tremors.[2]

              As a solution, try switching to tea or edible coffee – a more sustainable, healthy, and productivity-enhancing alternative. For example, Coffee Pixels are solid coffee bars that generate a more even energy kick throughout the day without the coffee-induced abstinence and dehydration.

              Procrastination

              Fighting procrastination requires some serious willpower. If it is a problem in your daily life or work, try ”eating the frog” in the morning – get over your biggest or hardest tasks first, then tackle everything else.

              Alternatively, use time tracking software to monitor exactly how much time you waste on unproductive actions, websites or apps. Once you know exactly how much time you’re spending unproductively, try to limit your time on social media, for example to just 20 minutes per day.

              If nothing else works, try bribing yourself — promise yourself to do something fun or pleasant when you finish your assignment.

              Whichever habit you want to give up, consider using some habits building tools to make a contract with yourself and reward yourself for milestones achieved.

              5. Stop over-consuming

              We live in the age of consumerism – huge manufacturers with their promise of a comfortable life on the one hand, and growing environmental threats – that are the direct result of our modern lifestyle – on the other hand. There’s only one solution – try to consume less whenever and wherever you can.

              Before making additional purchases, ask yourself these questions:

              • Do I really need it? Did I need it yesterday?
              • Can’t I buy it used or borrow it from friends?
              • Can I rent it?
              • Can I make it myself?
              • Am I buying the most sustainable version of this product?

              For example, check if the brand you chose is conscious about the environment, for example, are the products they manufacture energy efficient? Do they try to use less packaging?

              Also, if you often find yourself buying too many groceries, promise to buy only the amount that fits in one shopping bag (that you bring along). If you often forget to take your shopping bag with you, get yourself a 2-in-1 wallet with a built-in shopping bag for more eco-friendly shopping.

              6. Learn to Unplug from Your Phone

              Today’s world is crammed with information, and many people struggle to keep focus on what’s truly important. There’s just too much going on in the world – too much to read, to watch, to know, too many conversations to participate in.

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              But how to refuse the temptation to check the phone and start using social media in a controlled, not a compulsive way?

              Some tips for managing your phone-dependency:

              Spend only a limited amount of battery per day

              For example, start your day with 50% battery life, and manage your phone usage so that you’ll make it till the evening.

              Block distracting apps and notifications on your phone and computer

              Choose one-hour, two-hour or longer blocking sessions and enjoy the positive impact this will have on your mood and productivity.[3]

              Set your phone on flight mode

              When you start doing an important task that requires full focus, set your phone on flight mode so that nobody can disturb you.

              Leave your phone at home or in the office when you go for lunch

              You’ll see that the feeling of being unreachable for a moment is actually very liberating.

              The Bottom Line

              As a new year begins, we’re all excitedly looking forward to what adventures await ahead of us.

              But this year, promise yourself this:

              Instead of having a never-ending list of tasks and commitments, focus on the truly meaningful ones. And cross-out all the rest without feeling guilty.

              Less is more. Make this year count. We’re all rooting for you.

              Featured photo credit: Brooke Lark via unsplash.com

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