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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 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.

                                                                                  Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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