3 Money Saving Techniques to Help You Travel on a Budget

Traveling is fun, spending money is not. Fortunately, adept travelers know that there are plenty of financially efficient ways to see the world. With a little extra planning and masterful interpersonal skills, there are countless methods to help you enjoy a memorable trip on a budget. Here are three money saving techniques to help you travel on a budget.

  1. Save on Transportation

When traveling, transportation costs add up quickly. Unfortunately for long distance trips, plane tickets are a necessary evil, but after landing transportation options become much more flexible. If you are visiting a big city let public transportation keep your expenses low. Many trollies, buses, lightrails, subways and trains offer discounts for long term and day passes. Before embarking on your trip, research the cost efficiency of what your destination city has to offer. If public transportation isn’t your thing, consider relying on ride sharing services. Because car services have peak time surcharges and don’t offer many discounts for long term use, short, frequent trips can put a major dent in your budget. To avoid this, walk as far as is comfortable before scheduling pick-up. Group tourist events by location so you can spend a whole day walking from attraction to attraction without needing to call for extra rides. Lastly, ask your hotel staff about the cheapest modes of travel. On occasion, hotels have even been known to provide shuttles for their occupants.

  1. Timing Matters

Traveling discounts are unique when it comes to timing. Depending on what’s being purchased, buying well in advance could save just as much money as waiting until the very last minute. When deal hunting, keep this in mind. While flight fees tend to be lower when purchased early, hotels can go either way. Make sure to scour discount sites for both early bird and last minute deals. You can even continue to look for last minute hotel deals while on vacation. You never know when an unfilled room could save enough money to make the hassle of switching hotels well worth your time.

  1. Plan Ahead

Planning the particulars could make a huge difference in your travel budget. Here are a few ways to plan ahead and save money:

  • Choose a hotel that has a kitchen. Food is expensive, especially when eating out. Cut costs by shopping for groceries at a local market, storing them in your hotel fridge and making meals instead of buying them. Packed lunches and home cooked dinners will prevent you from needing to find multiple restaurants to dine at every day of your vacation. Plus, with your fridge, you can safely store snacks and leftovers to fill the gaps between meal times.

  • Double check your suitcase before leaving. For extra assurance, create a checklist of necessities to use when packing and last minute checks. Use your time wisely and don’t wait until you’re too rushed to pack responsibly. Many travelers end up spending unnecessary funds by repurchasing items that they accidentally left at home. Don’t let this common mistake cost you.

Don’t let a limited budget hold you back from exploring the world. Get creative with how you structure your trip and accomodations. Leave no rock unturned when searching for resources that will help save money while on vacation and enjoy your budget-friendly fun.

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Having A Bad Day? Science-Proven Ways To Turn It Around

Let’s face it; some days are indeed harder than the others. No matter how you try to avoid it, there will be mornings when you feel like you have woken up on the wrong side of the bed. Days when you probably wish there is a zone where you can conveniently hide for a while. It is so tempting to give in and allow the negative emotions to engulf you.

However, letting a bad day get the better of you may mean lost chances. Some opportunities knock only once so you may deeply regret doing nothing at all to beat the blues on your gloomy days. So next time you catch yourself having a day, stand firm to shoo away that invisible dark cloud which seems to hover and follow you around.

The following are simple and science-proven ways you can try to help you cope with the worst situations.

Grab Some Sweets

Your lousy days provide the perfect excuse to satisfy your sweet cravings. A study conducted by scientists from Loma Linda University in California revealed that eating dark chocolates can effectively fight away stress and boost your mood. So quit feeling guilty next time you want to indulge in dark chocolates. Just remember to eat in moderation to optimize the benefits you can gain from it.

Take A Stroll

Feeling overwhelmed with a myriad of tasks? You may want to take a break by having a quick stroll. Various studies attest that walking can instantly snap you out of the grouchy mood as the simple exercise promote the release of endorphins, the hormones that help you cope with stress. Moreover, a research study done in University of Georgia back in 2008 claims that moderate exercise can boost energy and lessen fatigue by 65 percent.

Invite Positive Energy With Colors

Colors influence our thinking and emotions more than we realize. So do not choose dark outfits to match your bleak days. Instead, perk yourself up by wearing something yellow and green. The vibrant hues remind us of sunshine and nature that may help you relax on a stressful day. A research study done in Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam concludes that people generally feel cheerful when surrounded with those two shades.

Try The Laughter Therapy

Problems tend to get bigger when you dwell on it so much so don’t take your bad days too seriously. Ease your worries and anxieties with a good laugh and your bad days may just magically transform into a good one. Likewise, you can do things that make you happy such as dancing or singing to laugh stress away. A study done by the American Physiological Society showed that even the expectation of a good laugh can significantly reduce the damaging effects of stress.

 

Life is a series of unexpected events and bad days happen to the best of us. You may not be able to completely avoid it but the choice on how to deal with it is always ours to make. In the end, your actions and decisions during your lowest point can either ruin or empower you.

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3 Invariable Life Truths All Life Coaches Know

There are just some truths that pervade the human experience. For one, life isn’t fair. No matter where you are or what you do, you can acknowledge this fundamental reality. This isn’t the only truth that most people can identify with, though. There are dozens upon dozens of invariable life truths that all coaches know; here are three that are true across the board.

3 Invariable Life Truths All Life Coaches Know

Life Isn’t Fair, But You Can Be

It’s invariably true that life isn’t fair. That may have been one of the first life lessons you ever learned. When you fell on the playground or were passed up for the school basketball team, your parents probably comforted you about how life wasn’t fair. But the one component that was probably left out of that adage was that you can be fair—even when life isn’t.

You can be fair. You can be just. You can be kind. Even when the world passes you up for opportunities, even when the world is unkind and unjust. Don’t let it harden you against the beauty of life.

Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

As you get older, you start to realize how insignificant all of the little things are. When you’re younger, you tend to focus on the minute details of your everyday experience. You stress about the small stuff, and it precludes you from enjoying the larger joys in life.

Most life coaches will tell you not to sweat the small stuff. In the end, it’s not what really matters.

Invest in Relationships

What does matter most in life, though, is relationships. You can invest in the stock market and gain temporary riches, or you can choose to invest in relationships and be rewarded for a lifetime.

Any life coach worth his or her salt would tell you that relationships are what makes life beautiful, meaningful, and impactful. You may be able to balance a portfolio, but if you can’t communicate with your loved once in a deep and meaningful way, you’ll always be poor in a real sense. The people that you choose to be in your inner circle inform who you are as a person, so when you invest in positive associations, you become a better person thereafter.

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