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Make Your Family Vacation Cheap And Fun In A Way Most People Don’t Know

Make Your Family Vacation Cheap And Fun In A Way Most People Don’t Know

When you travel with the whole family, getting from one place to another is a little more complicated. Keeping everyone in the family safe and happy is an important consideration. So, try these tips to make sure that you complete your trip tired and happy, but completely sane.

1. Accommodate the kids.

Jet lag, the difficult adjustment from one time zone to another, happens to everyone. And, if it is bad for you, it is even worse for little kids, who do not have the capacity to understand what has happened to the time.

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When you plan to cross several time zones, you have no choice but to adjust your family’s eating and sleeping schedules. That is, unless you plan to have dinner at 10 a.m. and go to bed at 3 p.m.

The first day you arrive, you should plan to keep the schedule fairly light. That day, Melinda Wenner Moyer of Slate suggests that you switch to your preferred schedule in the current time zone. Everyone may be tired and grouchy, but, if you adhere to it that day, subsequent days should be a lot easier.

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2. Take advantage of services.

Governments understand that taking a big trip with children is more complicated than flying alone or with other adults. That is why they also take steps to accommodate you and your kids.

It starts with the flight. Take a moment to investigate the features and upgrades your airline offers for travel, especially with small children. When you see a special line for parents with children at the airport, do not hesitate to take it. The Transportation Safety Administration makes it clear how its employees screen children differently from adults. Do your homework now so that you can be prepared and sail quickly through security.

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3. Make a schedule.

Taking a casual backpacking trip through India with your spouse and teenage children may be a dream you have had for years. And, with older kids, it is an option you could certainly consider.

However, when your children are younger, you need to have your itinerary laid out before you leave the house. According to Dr. Laura Markham of Aha! Parenting, toddlers and young children thrive best on a regular routine. So, even if you plan to travel, you should try to keep mealtimes and the sleep schedule as close to your kids’ routines as possible.

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Children this age do not appreciate unpleasant surprises, including the inability to find a hotel with vacancy. Instead, make your reservations early. You will save money by booking ahead of time, and you will have many more options available to you. You might even find yourself staying in a tent on a sand dune in the Thar Desert, or in the Kerala Backwaters.

4. Consider the climate.

Anyone who has traveled to a place with a very different climate can tell you that it is difficult to really know what the weather will be like. However, that should not stop you from trying your best to prepare. For example, if you are planning a trip to India, you should know that it likely will be hotter and more humid there than you are used to. World Weather Online describes the weather in Mumbai as “oppressive” in summer and difficult to manage during monsoon season. Once you know what to expect, you can plan to pack clothing which is appropriate for the climate. Or, as AZ Central recommends, you may choose to purchase a few items locally, since they will accommodate the weather best.

Traveling abroad with kids of any age can be tricky. But, if you plan ahead, keep to your routine and take advantage of services available to you, you might just have a wonderful time.

Featured photo credit: Family Vacation via i.huffpost.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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