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Lessons Learned While Travelling Alone

Lessons Learned While Travelling Alone

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I have done a lot of travelling in my lifetime; some with family and friends and some by myself. There is a very big difference in these two types of travel. Your whole travelling process changes when you are going at it alone. When you are off on adventures with the family there is always someone to turn to for suggestions on restaurants, attractions, and everything else that you want to experience. There is also the obligation to fit things in that you may not particularly like nor want to participate in. While travelling alone you gain complete freedom of choice which is why I would like to share some of the lessons I learned while travelling alone.

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Lessons Learned While Travelling Alone

Do Not Plan Everything

I cannot stress this first lesson enough. Travelling is all about gaining new life experiences and having a good time. If you plan and schedule every single thing that you are going to do on your trip it is akin to following a schedule at home. Experience the freedom that only travelling by yourself can offer. You need to plan certain things like accommodations and flights as these are tough to do on short notice. Everything else can be spontaneous and act like an adventure every day.

Wherever you are travelling to will have some hidden gems that are not in any of the travel guides. This is your chance to just walk or drive around an area and find things that may interest you and your mood for the day. You could set a tight schedule and wake up not feeling like going to a certain place that day but you will feel guilty for not following the plan. Don’t say no to anything before you have tried it either. I had a great time working on a yacht during a year long trek that took me to a lot of places and kept money in my pocket. Working while travelling is a smart way to see the world and gain something to put on your resume; and you may not have to worry about accommodation. Click here to see some yachting jobs, or search around the web for jobs that may be right for you. Gap year jobs are available all over the world!

Do Not Overindulge in Alcohol

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You may be reading this next lesson and laughing to yourself but I am being completely serious. When you are travelling with friends or family, there is always someone else around to make the smart decisions and look out for you if you have had a few too many.  Drinking too much while travelling alone can end very poorly for some of us. With the poor judgement and lowered inhibitions that alcohol consumptions causes you are a target for all kinds of unpleasant things. If you were to have a friend around they could act as a buffer and get you back to the lodgings unscathed. You have no extra security when alone so it is essential that you keep your wits about you.

Move Around

This lesson is something I wish I had learned many years ago as it could have saved me from some boring trips. Never stay in one area for too long as you will start to get comfortable with it and the excitement factor will quickly die down. You want to keep that excitement as part of your trip the entire way through to get the most out of your money. Choosing a new town or city to stay in every couple of days or weeks will add a sense of being on a new trip every time you move around. Not only does this keep the excitement level high it allows you to take in a vastly wider array of attractions during your travels. Keep yourself moving and you will certainly get more out of your solo adventures.

Plan For Extra Expenses

There is nothing worse than being in a foreign country and realizing you do not have enough money for something. This could be something material that would not kill you if it isn’t purchased but it could also be in the form of something more urgent. When you travel you always run the risk of getting ill or being injured somehow and may need to be treated at a local medical facility. You cannot risk relying on your travel insurance alone to cover any of these costs; unless you have read all of the fine print and have memorized everything that they will cover. It is always a good idea to have an international credit card or extra cash on hand for emergencies. It is very likely that you will never need to use this extra money but it is better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

Review Your Cellphone Plan

Everyone has a cellphone at this point as they are such a convenient way of communication. I made the mistake of not calling my provider before taking a trip and I will never make that mistake again. Cellphone providers have specific packages that you can buy to make it affordable for international calls, texts, and data. A simple phone call to your service provider could potentially save you hundreds if not thousands in cellphone bills.

Some of these lessons have been learned as a result of me making mistakes as a new solo traveller while others I picked up while browsing some reputable travel sites. Click here for a great website dedicated to independent travel. You sometimes need to make a mistake to learn the lesson but in this case you can learn from mine. Following these four simple lessons can make your next solo trek a lot more enjoyable and safer. Now you can book your flight and pack your bags with peace of mind and a lot more knowledge to use in your travels.

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5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

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Our eyesight is perhaps one of our most useful and most essential senses (this, of course, may be moot). For many, the idea of losing their vision can be a scary thing. Loss of vision begins for many in their late 40s when it starts to become prominent. However, there are many ways in which you can improve your sight and keep from losing it in the extended scheme of things.

So here in this list, we have taken the liberty to compile a list of 5 ways in which you can improve your sight.

5 Ways To Improve Your Sight

# 1 – Prescription Glasses

In today’s internet driven world it is now easier than ever to get whatever you want online. You can buy glasses online or prescription sunglasses very easy and have it delivered to your home. No fuss and no hassle.

# 2 – Eat Carrots

Carrots are especially beneficial for our eye health, and it would prove invaluable for you to eat or drink as much carrot juice as you can. It may initially have a bitter taste but the more you drink it you will get used to it.

# 3-  Bilberry Supplements

Bilberry is a supplement that is not that common with those who aren’t into the health niche, but bilberry is an excellent supplement for those who are looking to improve their eyesight.

# 4 – Watch Things From Far Away

This may seem like a strange method, but when you look at items off at a distance, you are strengthening your eyes. Your eyes are muscles, and they need exercise just as much as your body does.

So when you are looking at items or object off at a distance you are doing your eyes a significant workout that they desperately need.

# 5 Finger Eye Push Ups

To continue on with our last entry – a great way to get your eyes to see better and to improve them is by doing finger eye push-ups. Now, this doesn’t mean placing your finger in your eye but your eye’s vision.

By placing your finger in front of your eye and then away and back again you will strengthen the eye. This is because the eye is working to see an object in two different ranges.

Strength Your Eyes

Improving your eyes without surgery and an operation is possible. And if you consider these methods, you will “see” where we are coming from.

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Video Slot Games Are All The Rage

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Online casino games have seen a meteoric rise in popularity over the years. Let’s be honest -gambling is the average man’s pastime event. Very easy, simple and if you’re lucky you can win out big on a few small dollars or coins.

For this reason slot games have become some of the most highly played and enduring online casino games for newbies as well as veterans.

So it is no wonder that video slot games like Bullion Bars slot online are some of the most popular online casino games. Not only do they provide a great deal of entrainment but the payouts are quite high for those who manage to get the jackpot prize money.

However what remains a hallmark feature of online casino games and slot games comes in the form of how easy they are to win.

That’s right!

Playing online casino games are much easier to win then had you visited a real-life casino. This is not to undermine real-life casinos – as they do offer their fun and entertainment.

But online casino games are geared to the player. The online casino must payout players, all players, for a majority of the time, and when we say a majority of the time we mean almost all of the time.

Many online slot casino games and other casino games require that the online casino have a payout rate as low as 95%.

As low as 95%!!!!

So the chances of winning are highly in favor of the players. Failure to pay out players and having the casino simply take in more income then should be taking in will have the online casino shut down.

For those interested in playing online video slot games then now is the best time to play in this very lucrative and highly entertaining entertainment medium.

Online slot games come in a variety of themes and can offer any player, old or new, an experience that will keep them coming back time and time again.

The experience that online slot games offer players are top-notch, and the notion that many layers can play these games anywhere, at home on their desktop or the bus on their mobile home is what makes these games so alluring.

With very little to pay to play these games and a massive amount that can be paid out on a small amount as well as for being entertained the online casino slot gems don’t look like they will slow down anytime soon.

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Three Reasons Pregnant Women Should Test Their Tap Water

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Drinking plenty of fresh, clean water is an important part of a healthy lifestyle.  It’s even more important to make sure your water is free of contaminants when you are pregnant.  Drinking enough water during pregnancy maintains amniotic fluid levels and helps carry nutrients to the baby.  However, if you are drinking contaminated water, the more you drink, the more the fetus is exposed to the harmful effects of those contaminants.

Water quality has been headline news lately after it was discovered that the public drinking water contained lead in Flint, Michigan.  If you’re pregnant or know someone who is, you may be wondering if it is safe to drink tap water while pregnant.  Here are three contaminants you should test for if you’re pregnant and drinking tap water.

  1. Lead

Lead poisoning is a serious concern during pregnancy.  Lead can be found in old water taps and outdated plumbing.  As water travels through and sits in these pipes, it can absorb lead.  If a pregnant woman drinks this water, her body then absorbs the lead which can be passed to the fetus.

While lead may not cause serious harm to a pregnant woman, the fetus can suffer lasting damage from even low levels of lead exposure. As the fetus grows, lead causes blood cells to become deformed, preventing them from functioning properly. Lead also damages the peripheral and central nervous systems causing learning disabilities as the child develops. Children affected by lead also tend to be shorter than other children and may have trouble with their hearing.

  1. Bacteria

Water naturally contains bacteria, but in excess amounts it can be harmful, especially to pregnant women.  E. coli is a type of bacteria that is occasionally found in the water.  This is the same bacteria that is known to cause food poisoning, and it has the same effects when it is in your water. It can cause stomach cramps, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever, all of which can put a developing fetus at risk.  Bacterial contamination can also be an indication of other contaminants such as protozoa and viruses which are linked to dysentery and hepatitis.

  1. Pesticides, Heavy Metals, and Chemicals

Lead poisoning and bacterial contamination are the most dangerous water contaminants for a pregnant woman and her baby, but there are other pollutants that are also concerning.  Both municipal water and well water can test positive for pesticides, heavy metals, and other chemicals.  While in low amounts, they may not be especially harmful to the pregnant mother, any exposure can pose a risk to the developing fetus.

Make Sure Your Tap Water is Safe

If you’re pregnant, the best way to make sure your drinking water is safe, is to test it.  Whether you are drinking tap water, city water, well water, bottled water, or even filtered water, all are at risk for common contaminants that can harm a fetus.  You can send water samples to a lab for complete analysis, but this can be costly, and it often takes weeks to get results. A faster and easier solution is a home testing kit.  Most kits will give you results in a matter of minutes.   If you’re pregnant, don’t take chances with the water you’re drinking, test your water today.

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Cole and AdelaWe have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...

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