How to Prepare for Your Next Trip: 6 Quick Things You Can Do Today 102

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Traveling, be it for business, pleasure, or both, is one of the best things we can do with our lives.

Most people consider it a hassle, though, as they think it costs too much, many unexpected things can happen, and it takes time to prepare for your next trip and do it right.

That’s not the case anymore. In fact, things are much easier, faster and hassle-free than you realize.

In his latest post, Tynan makes predictions about 9 big trends. One of them is travel. Here’s what he says:

‘I don’t think most people understand how cheap and easy travel can be. Many people are mentally stuck in the age of expensive hotels and travel agents. As people dip their toes and realize how frictionless travel can be, I think it will become much more normal for people to travel a lot.

Right now all airlines are devaluing frequent flyer programs, which is going to make flying even cheaper. People like me are getting 20%-100% back in future flights every time we pay for a flight. As this loophole closes, cash prices for flights will continue to drop.’

If you’re doing this for the first time, though, it might be hard to believe that traveling is really that worth it. So, preparing for your next trip will give you some peace of mind.

Here’s what you can do today to make sure your adventure goes as planned:

1. Do your research.

If you’re going to South East Asia, for instance, there’s a lot you can read to be mentally prepared for the experience, but to also get to know the culture, what you shouldn’t do there, what to wear, and what to expect.

Visiting a new continent is a big thing, but even if it’s another country, or even city, reading a bit about it – both from travel guides and from personal blogs of people who’ve already done it and share their best tips and resources – will save you a lot of time, unexpected issues, and even the culture shock itself.

A research will also make your time there easier. Knowing what the weather is like at this time of the year, what’s not polite to say to locals, or what looks is inappropriate when sightseeing, will make your stay better.

In addition, you’ll be aware of the risks involved, like the presence of many pickpockets in a certain area, the need for vaccines, etc.

2. Make sure you’ll get to the destination safely.

One of the many benefits of the digital age we live in is that you can find, check and pay for almost anything online, and in advance.

Do that with your accommodation, but also for any transport you’ll use once you get out of the plane.

For instance, if you’re going to Paris, you can contact a company like T2 Transfer that provides taxi services to and from the airport.

The traveling itself will be stress-free if you know you have someone to count on to get safely to your home during the trip.

3. Plan your first day.

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Trying to plan every moment of every day is not only impossible, but ends badly too. Such perfectionism means you’ll be disappointed or angry any time the plan changes, those you’re traveling with change their opinion, a place you were supposed to visit is closed, or else.

So, to balance planning and being organized with going with the flow and actually having a good time, plan just the first day, and maybe the last one.

Decide where you’ll go, what you’ll eat, how much free time you’ll have, etc.

4. Calculate the costs.

It’s good to have a general idea of what prices to expect there, and to stick to a certain daily budget.

Some people might go on a 2-month holiday to the other corner of the world, for example, while they’ll still be doing their work remotely. In this case, you’ll need to keep managing your time and money well even when you’re there, so that your bank accounts don’t suffer.

For a shorter trip, though, it’s good to know how much you’ll need to save the money in advance.

5. Get insurance.

You were probably going to do this anyway, but it’s worth adding it to the list of things to do for your next trip.

6. Be excited about it.

Last but not least, don’t forget to be positive about all this. It’s a reason to smile, not something to prevent you from sleeping at night.

Now that you know all this, what step will you take today to make sure you have the time of your life on your next trip?

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4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health 13

4 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Mental Health

While most people pay the most attention to their physical health and work hard to achieve a healthy body, they often overlook the potential mental health issues that may have been well tucked away.

Understanding and paying sufficient attention to your mental health issues is an action that should be prioritized in every situation. What could seem like the simplest mental health problem to you might actually be affecting your life in more ways that you can imagine.

Here are just a few reasons why you shouldn’t ignore the signs.

1. It Is Way More Common Than You Believe.

You might think that mental illness is not present in many situations but the truth is that almost everyone has or is facing such an issue.

In fact, one in five Americans suffers from some type of mental illness. The saddest part about this though, is that very few of them seek treatment.

The person affected by the illness can even be one of your family members. Sadly, symptoms are easy to hide and even people who are severely depressed can mask their health issues from their families and avoid getting help.

2. It Can Also Affect Your Physical Health.

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It is known from a long time ago that the connection between the mind and the body is strong. Any sort of physical distress can have a huge effect on your capability to work or focus on things around you. Following this same rule, any sort of mental problem can easily affect your physical health too.

The first few things that a mental illness will affect are your mood, energy levels, sleep cycles, appetite and quite possibly your sex drive. Along with these problems and as a result of them, your immune system can also be affected and that can lead to more often colds and an overall impairment of your physical health.

People who face mental illnesses are often left unmotivated and drained of energy.

The illness blurs your mind so much that you have no energy left to function properly in your everyday life. Ask any person that has faced a major depression and they will tell you just how much they let themselves go and how they stopped caring about simple everyday things, such as brushing their teeth or taking a shower.

Physical symptoms won’t take long to appear and you will simply keep increasing your risk factor of a number of health problems such as heart disease or heart palpitations, insomnia and fatigue. It is very important that you ask for help if you feel such symptoms arising. Make sure that you consult a board-certified practitioner to be certain that a mental problem is not the cause of them.   

3. It Plays an Important Role in Your Success.

One of the most frequent symptoms of a mental illness is the lack of motivation. You just feel so tired of everything, you find that you are not interested in what others are doing and you just end up losing interest in things you used to love.

The lack of mental health can, therefore, play a huge role in your success. No matter if you are a college student, an employee or a working parent, you can easily lose sense of what’s important to you and hinder your success in whatever role you might have.

In whichever situation you might be, you will definitely need to be able to be creative and productive. Your success in your studies or your workplace might be your only source of stability and income.

An untreated mental illness can be the reason behind your reduced productivity, your lack of creativity and your overall negative attitude towards your work.

Keep in mind that a large number of homeless people are those who are suffering from a mental illness but sadly left it untreated.

Looking for help and letting the mental health professionals guide you can take a lot of weight off your shoulders. It can help you see things from a different perspective and give you the courage and motivation you need to get back on track and find yourself again.

4. It Can Affect Your Relationship with Your Peers.

Most people who face a mental illness find themselves intimidated by social situations. Even spending time with friends or family can seem like a very tiring or pointless task and they will often opt out of it. It is important to remember that this does not apply only to depressed people, as many might think, but to a large area of mental issues.

Anxiety disorders can alienate a person from their circle because of the constant fear of something going wrong, of someone not liking them or of an overall new situation. It is very common for the solution to your mental health issue to be holding the key to you getting back your behavioral health.

Mental illness can also affect your relationship with your family.

Apart from losing contact with people you probably care about, you might even end up harming them more than you think. It is not rare to see a person struggle both financially but also emotionally when it comes to helping family members that are battling mental illness.

Another very important reason to not take your mental health lightly is for the sake of your children. It is very often reported that children of people who struggle with a mental illness are abused or neglected. That can play a huge role in their lives and affect their entire lives, from childhood to adulthood.

Make Your Mental Health an Everyday Goal!

There are many places to turn to for help. The National Alliance on Mental Illness, otherwise known as NAMI, can be a great place to start. Through it, you can find a suitable medical center that will provide you with the suitable health services to help you regain your mental health.

It is important that you are not ashamed of your personal struggles or mental issues. Everything is part of the human nature and the fact that there are so many people available to help comes to show just how human this situation is and how much attention we, as a society, should be paying to this important issue.


Leona Henryson is a professional writer and passionate blogger. Her goal is to help people achieve their personal self-development and mental wellness.