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15 Travel Blogs Every Travel Lover Needs To Know

15 Travel Blogs Every Travel Lover Needs To Know

Many people get bitten by the travel bug — I know I have been! I have visited a good number of places, but nowhere near as many as these 15 awesome travel blogs.

If you are looking for a fun place to vacation and want to read plenty of tips, or if you are thinking about traveling the world, below are my top tips for great travel blogs that you should be reading.

We Took the Road Less Traveled: Information on traveling in Europe.

This travel blog has plenty of awesome pictures and engaging posts. They travel a lot in Europe and their articles would be very helpful for someone wanting to do extensive travel there.

Twenty-Something Travel: A great website for young travelers.

This site is great for those who are wanting to start traveling. There are plenty of articles about planning, and good advice. You would never even think about some of the things that you have to plan, and it can be intimidating at first. This travel blog helps you get through it.

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Triposs: Great for U.S. travel.

Have you ever wanted to explore the United States? Triposs goes through all of the major cities and has articles on many attractions. For example, if you click on Los Angeles, then you will find many different attractions on the right-hand bar.

Windtraveler: Great for those with dreams of sailing.

Windtraveler is one of my favorite travel blogs. It involves a cute little family who have embarked on the most awesome sailing journey ever.

Postcards from Rachel: Great for those who live wherever she travels.

Rachel spent a year abroad, and then seemed to move all over the U.S. afterwards. She has great pictures and her posts are fun to read.

Nomadic Matt: Great for the long-term traveler.

This is probably one of the largest (if not the largest) travel websites. He has been traveling the world since 2006 and has been to many great places.

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Adventurous Kate: Great for the female traveler.

Are you a female who wishes to travel? Kate talks a lot about how to travel safely and what you should know to travel long-term.

Brooke Vs. The World: Traveling and falling in love (with a country).

Brooke started traveling in 2007 by herself, then fell in love and moved to Australia, where she currently lives. I love her story!

NZ Muse: Great for those taking time off work to travel.

These two took time off work and are traveling the world, all in six months. It’s a great journey to follow. This blog talks about budgets, what to do, what not to do, and so on.

Art of Adventuring: He left his job and is now a nomad.

The author of this blog has traveled to over 30 countries. Have you ever thought about leaving your job so that you can do extensive travel? If so, then this blog is for you.

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My Beautiful Adventures: Great for pictures and itineraries.

This blog author travels a lot, and to some of the most beautiful places.

Y Travel Blog: Great for traveling families.

Are you traveling with a family? This blog has a family, too, and publishes plenty of articles on this topic.

Traveling Canucks: A blog about Canadians traveling the world.

This couple has traveled to over 65 countries, and met or surpassed many of their hopes and dreams. They give plenty of tips. They also built a family and their careers while traveling.

Lost in Travels: Great for ex-pats.

This is a great blog for traveling couples who love to try new things. They recently stayed at a capsule hotel in Japan, which proves that!

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Living in Another Language: Another great blog for ex-pats.

This couple packed up their belongings and moved abroad. She supplies many awesome pictures and is pretty funny, too!

 

Any other recommendations? Please share in the comments below.

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Michelle S.

Founder of Making Sense of Cents, a blog about personal finance and traveling.

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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