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Become A Travel Expert With These 40 Must-See Tips

Become A Travel Expert With These 40 Must-See Tips

Exploring the world can take a lot of work, but thankfully for us, there are many ways to make things easier and even lower costs. Here are a few dozen of my favorite travel tips, I would love to see your top tips in the comments below!

Planning:

1. Scan Your Documents To A Device Before You Travel In Case Something Happens To Them

Passport

    2. Get Rewards Cards To Rack Up Points For Free Stays And Flights

      3. Learn What Fees Your Airline Will Charge You

        4. Follow Travel Bloggers To See What Advice They Give

          5. Set A Cap For What You’re Willing To Spend Each Day

            6. Find An Awesome Travel Card Through CreditKarma.com Or Creditcards.com

              7. Don’t Overthink Your Trip, Pick A Place And Just Go

                8. Research The Countries Customs And Basic Phrases

                  9. Read Motivational Travel Articles To Keep Yourself Focused And Excited

                    10. Tell Your Card Companies You’re Traveling

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                      Booking:

                      11. Check Out Momondo.com Before You Book Your Flight

                        They are one of the best airline search engines and consistently come up with some of the best prices.

                        12. Use HostelWorld.com Or Hostels.com To Find Hostels With Reviews

                          13. Get Free Night Stays By Using Couchsurfing.com

                            14. Look For Last Minute Deals

                              15. Get Your Plan Ticket At The Right Time

                                Generally traveling in the morning or evenings of a Tuesday or Wednesday get you the best deals!

                                16. Don’t Book Too Far In Advance

                                  You’ll want to leave some wiggle room in case your plans change.

                                  17. Use Your Reward Points For Cheaper Or Free Flights And Stays

                                    18. Join Travel Forums To See What Other Deals Travelers Are Getting

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                                      19. E-Track Your Fares To See If They Change

                                        20. Follow Travel Reviews

                                          They can be the difference between a nightmare and the best vacation of your life.

                                          Packing:

                                          21. Use A Dryer Sheet At The Bottom Of Your Suitcase To Keep Things Fresh

                                            22. Roll Your Shirts Army Style To Save Tons Of Space

                                              23. Use A Pill Organizer To Easily Store Your Jewelry

                                                24. Separate Your Cords With Little Bags For Easy Access

                                                  It also helps to put them in a small pocket on the side of your travel pack.

                                                  25. Bring A Water Bottle To Save On Cash Overseas

                                                    Make sure to empty it before you go through TSA and then fill it up again before you board.

                                                    26. Don’t Over Pack

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                                                      If you aren’t positive if you’ll need something leave it at the house. You can always buy one overseas if you do need it.

                                                      27. Take A Nook Or Kindle

                                                        They are small and can store thousands of books for whenever you hit a layover or a long train ride.

                                                        28. Bring A Small Bag With You For Day Trips

                                                          29. Hotels Will Have Extra Toiletries For Free

                                                            So don’t feel like you should bring three different toothbrushes and soaps.

                                                            30. Start A List Of What You Need A Week Before You Leave

                                                              Traveling:

                                                              31. Use VirtualTourist As A Guide For Whever You Are

                                                                32. Get An App Like Yelp To Find Out Where The Best Eats Are

                                                                  33. Shop At The Local Grocery Stores To Save Cash

                                                                    You’ll also gain a more intimate cultural experience.

                                                                    34. Keep Small Locks In Your Bag To Stop Pickpockets

                                                                      35. Don’t Dress Fancy Or You Will Make Yourself Stand Out

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                                                                        In some countries pickpockets are a common thing so the more that you look like an everyday local, the safer your gear will be.

                                                                        36.  Ask Hotel Or Hostel Staff About Local Deals

                                                                          37. Take The Road Less Taken And Avoid Touristy Areas

                                                                            38. Take Night Trains

                                                                              If you’re getting around Europe take a night train to avoid having to pay for accommodation.

                                                                              39. Go For Runs

                                                                                Just because you’re on vacation doesn’t mean that you should stop exercising, it’s important to keep up the good habits so you’re ready for whatever life throws at you.

                                                                                40.  Talk To Locals

                                                                                  What better way to learn about the culture than communicating with the people? They’ll probably be more than happy to answer all of your questions too!

                                                                                  Featured photo credit: Thomas Huang via flickr.com

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                                                                                  Last Updated on July 2, 2020

                                                                                  Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

                                                                                  Simple Hacks on How to Relieve Neck Pain Fast (and Naturally)

                                                                                  There is very little in life as annoying or distracting as neck pain. Most people find that neck pain is temporary. What can you do if your neck pain seems chronic or if it comes and goes with no obvious source?

                                                                                  Whether you have simply slept on your neck wrong or you are working late, hunched over a keyboard half the night, neck pain is, well, a pain in the neck!

                                                                                  What most people are unaware of is that there are little known hacks that can help you find relief from neck pain fast and naturally. This means no pills or expensive exercise equipment to buy.

                                                                                  How can you get relief from neck pain?

                                                                                  There are several easy steps to follow to find the perfect hack for solving your neck pain fast and easy.

                                                                                  How Did I End Up With This Pain in the Neck?

                                                                                  Neck pain often has an I-was-looking-right-at-it source that we don’t recognize at first glance. Once you identify the source of the pain, you can take the best corrective measure, or several measures if need be!

                                                                                  Ask yourself these questions to find a possible source:

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                                                                                  • Do you spend much of the day sitting (desk job, typing, etc.)?
                                                                                  • How old are your mattress and pillow?
                                                                                  • How much exercise do you work into an average day?
                                                                                  • How do you manage stress?
                                                                                  • Have you been injured or in an accident (no matter how small) lately?

                                                                                  Perhaps one last question to ask yourself might be, “Is my pain a regular occurrence, or is my neck pain something that has just cropped up?

                                                                                  Once you know the answers to these questions, you can start searching for answers.

                                                                                  Remedies for Neck Pain

                                                                                  Once you know the source, try tapping into one (or several) of these solutions to start healing your neck pain now.

                                                                                  1. Everyday Activities

                                                                                  One of the important factors with neck pain will be your everyday activities. Other than an injury or accident, one of the largest factors for neck pain includes working overtime in an office and the stress that work entails[1].

                                                                                  Due to the coronavirus, many people find themselves working from home, in kitchens, basements, using a barstool, and/or other equipment that was not designed for humans to spend hours on end, typing and looking at a computer screen.

                                                                                  If you find that your neck pain has occurred during the past few months due to a job change, or if you suddenly began working from home, your issue may be due to ergonomics. Invest in an adjustable office chair to help make your workspace more neck-friendly.

                                                                                  2. Age of Mattress and Pillow

                                                                                  The age of your mattress and pillow should also be considered. Pillows, on average, should be changed every 3 years, and a mattress every 7-10 years. No matter how good or comfortable you think these items are, the truth is that they are hurting your neck and back with a lack of support.

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                                                                                  A good mattress is well worth the investment, and pillows are always on sale, as well as wallet-friendly. If you haven’t tried them, a water-filled pillow can be comfortable for many people.

                                                                                  3. Exercise/Movement/Stretching

                                                                                  It’s that old exercise question that no one wants to hear. This time around, it has been difficult for many people to get in good exercise since they have been housebound due to the quarantine. There are plenty of ways to get in some good, old-fashioned exercise.

                                                                                  Stretching exercises are even more important than before since many people do not get enough movement while sitting at home. There are hundreds of at-home exercise, dance, and yoga videos that require little to no equipment, so even if you’re a beginner, give it a go.

                                                                                  4. Stress and Stress Management

                                                                                  Stress is a hidden danger that robs more people of health than even most doctors realize. While everyone has stress, not everyone recognizes it, nor do they have a means of managing it. Exercise is one of the best ways to release stress, with meditation and yoga being the best ways to manage and relieve stress. All of these will remove tightness in the muscles and relieve neck pain.

                                                                                  5. Accident or Injury

                                                                                  If you have been involved in an accident or injured yourself lately (falling down, or having something fall on you, for example) and your neck pain began after this incident, you should speak with your doctor about this as soon as possible.

                                                                                  6. On-Going Problem or Sudden Occurrence

                                                                                  Finally, if your neck pain is something that has occurred recently, it could simply be that you slept on it wrong or turned your neck too hard. That will make this a very temporary condition. You can try some easy stretches for pain relief .

                                                                                  An on-going problem, however, might respond better to some other alternative methods, including:

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                                                                                  • Slowly moving and stretching your neck. Do not move too quickly or too far. Roll your head from side to side, shoulder to shoulder, to the front and to the back.
                                                                                  • Ice packs work well for some people, while heat works best for others.
                                                                                  • Be aware of how you use your cell phone or tablet. If you keep your neck bent downward for too long to look at it, you can develop an annoying pain called text-neck or tech-neck. Take breaks and look up to stretch those neck muscles.
                                                                                  • Long hours driving can also be hard on the neck. Look from side to side as far as you can, as well as up and down to prevent a stiff neck.

                                                                                   

                                                                                  Still Have Tight Neck Muscles? 3 Tips for Finding Relief

                                                                                  When tight neck muscles are not responding to the typical heat, ice, or massage treatments, you might want to give the following a try:

                                                                                  1. Gua Sha

                                                                                  This is an ancient Chinese practice that might seem a bit odd, but it works for many people. In this practice, a trained individual uses a spoon or other object and makes short strokes down the neck. It is believed that poor blood circulation causes it to become stagnant, if you will, and blocks the positive energy needed for life, called qi.

                                                                                  Fresh blood will indeed allow oxygen and nutrients to feed the tissues in a given area, and one study found that gua sha worked where traditional methods, such as heat therapy, did not[2].

                                                                                  2. Swimming

                                                                                  You probably know that swimming is a terrific low-impact exercise that works wonders for those with back and knee pain, but did you know that it also works well for neck pain and tight muscles? It helps if the water is tepid and not cold, but even just floating on your back can offer tremendous relief since most of the body weight is suspended by the buoyancy of water.

                                                                                  3. Chiropractic Massage

                                                                                  Not your typical day spa massage, chiropractic massage is performed under the guidance of a chiropractor. A trained massage therapist will still do the massage, but this time, the chiropractor will have discussed your neck pain and any problems you might be having with them. Many people have found real relief from neck pain through chiropractic massage.

                                                                                  The Best Treatment for Neck Pain

                                                                                  When you need to find relief from neck pain and nothing you have tried previously seems to give you more than a few minutes of relief, spending some time with a chiropractor often times can fix this issue, and it doesn’t often return if you follow a healthy lifestyle.

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                                                                                  I’m certain that many of you are thinking about those awful videos with those loud cracking noises you’ve seen on social media, or you are recalling a news story which might have suggested that allowing a chiropractor anywhere near your neck might be a health hazard[3]. Nothing could be further from the truth.

                                                                                  You should try the other suggestions in this article before you head off to the chiropractor, but when all else fails, don’t let neck pain nag you day in and day out. Take steps to make an appointment, and you will be surprised at the results.

                                                                                  What Can a Chiropractor Do for Neck Pain?

                                                                                  Many people mistakenly believe that the only technique a chiropractor will use is a neck adjustment. Chiropractors are trained in a variety of methods that are designed to help you find the pain relief you are seeking.

                                                                                  A few of the methods a chiropractor might use include:

                                                                                  • Cervical Manual Traction
                                                                                  • Flexion-Distraction
                                                                                  • Cervical Mobilization
                                                                                  • Ultrasound
                                                                                  • Cervical Drop Technique
                                                                                  • Trigger Point Therapy

                                                                                  There are many more options, but your chiropractor should explain to you which techniques s/he intends to use and why[4]

                                                                                  The Bottom Line

                                                                                  If neck pain wreaks havoc in your life regularly, the best way to stop it is to identify the source and attack it from that angle.

                                                                                  Getting plenty of exercises, having a proper posture, and buying an office chair that provides plenty of support, as well as a regular stretching program, will keep your neck strong and flexible for many years to come.

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                                                                                  Featured photo credit: Christopher Campbell via unsplash.com

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