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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 September 18, 2020

                                                                                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                                                                  7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

                                                                                  Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

                                                                                  Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

                                                                                  1. Exercise Daily

                                                                                  It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

                                                                                  If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

                                                                                  Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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                                                                                  If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

                                                                                  2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

                                                                                  Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

                                                                                  One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

                                                                                  This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

                                                                                  3. Acknowledge Your Limits

                                                                                  Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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                                                                                  Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

                                                                                  Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

                                                                                  4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

                                                                                  Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

                                                                                  The basic nutritional advice includes:

                                                                                  • Eat unprocessed foods
                                                                                  • Eat more veggies
                                                                                  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
                                                                                  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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                                                                                  Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

                                                                                    5. Watch Out for Travel

                                                                                    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

                                                                                    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

                                                                                    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

                                                                                    6. Start Slow

                                                                                    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

                                                                                    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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                                                                                    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

                                                                                    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

                                                                                    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

                                                                                    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

                                                                                    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

                                                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                                                    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

                                                                                    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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