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Taking a tip from the travel pros

Taking a tip from the travel pros

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Professional athletes are by default professional travelers, and they like routine. They may be both inspired and inspirational in their day jobs, but there is plenty we can learn from them in terms of how they travel as well. In situations where there are so many things that they cannot control, it only makes sense to have things as possible nailed down. Getting places on time, having the right food and drink at the right time, and getting their body to rest are all part of the deal (although as Rebecca Barlow has described, being prepared to interrupt those rhythms when you’ve got the flexibility to do so can also lead to some colorful experiences when things are little more relaxed!)

Taking a tip from the travel pros

But in order to get the most from their planning, the pros make their travel as much a matter of routine as they can. These guys spend days at a time just getting from one city and one country to the next. Never mind professional athletes, they are also full time travelers. Incidentally, competitive travelling is a different thing entirely.

Examples to us all

But professional athletes are just rarefied exemplars of what we all do all the time. Instead of playing a football match, maybe you read a sales pitch. Rather than heading to a cup final, how about a once in a lifetime trip to your most dreamed of destination? The nature of competition may be slightly less obvious (there are always other bidders and other candidates and things that can sully the experience) and the training may be a matter of swatting up on your answers or your local knowledge rather than honing your ball skills. But the bottom line requirement to get yourself in order for the big day – whatever it is you’re doing – is pretty much the same once you strip it down to its bare essentials. And that logic applies equally if what you’re aiming for is simply to have a good time on your travels – why would you not want to aim for a world class experience?

As we’ve said, competitors like routine. Amidst the whirl of different venues in different cities and time zones, a routine represents a familiar safety blanket. It is the practical unspectacular set of mechanisms that allows that quiet voice in the back of your mind to tell you that ‘everything is ok.’ It may be a matter of checking into a more than hotel 24 hours before a big game, always having the same meal at the same time from the kick-off, and always having their iPhone to hand….

Of course, there are a million and one points of detail that go into the run up to any set-piece event. You can’t always control all of them, but the more you can, the more you will be able to focus on what you really want to achieve. If you’re travelling, for example, having a financial check list before you leave home is just one way to keep your mind in a good place, to be able to enjoy your time in transit, and to arrive ready for whatever your destination throws at you.

And this is especially important to those who make their living as professional competitors. In careers that can be over in the blink of an eye, every point is a major event while every match is potentially pivotal. It is a scenario that sets up the professional competitors that we watch as examples to us all. The parallel is simple: our travel time is every bit as precious as an athlete’s career. Every second and every incident count. That means we need as much free head space as possible to be able to focus on what it is we want to achieve.

The lesson

There’s a little lesson on this point that professional poker player Eugene Katchalov wrote up in a blog post last year. On the face of it, the PokerStars pro was writing about something else, but his piece is worth revisiting because it offers a neat line on what we’re talking about here.

In a nutshell, Eugene realized that he was in danger of missing his flight to his next event. In an airport swarming with delayed passengers and stressed out staff, Eugene stayed cool, and it paid off. That’s an important lesson in itself. Letting emotions govern your behavior is great if you’re romancing, but for most other things it is usually not the best way forwards.

But Eugene didn’t just stay cool. He stayed positive as well. He managed to sweet talk a hassled staff member into treating him as someone she wanted to help, rather than just another angry passenger. That positive attitude and an equally positive and sensitive regard for the people around him served Eugene well. He made his flight, made his tournament and made a healthy profit on the trip as a result. Positive thinking and a positive demeanor, and the ability to see the bigger picture can take you a long way. But that positivity and clear sightedness were borne of Eugene’s knowledge of the situation and his readiness to adapt.

 Comfort blanket

So routine can represent a comfort blanket in unfamiliar territory. It’s the first resource we all can call on whether we’re travelling, working or gearing up for our next big fight. But while that level of security might be necessary, it is not sufficient on its own. Things can go wrong, as traffic jams and airport delays can screw up our plans.

What’s more, if we are in one of those competitive settings, too much routine can become a drawback. If Eugene is playing poker and he makes the same move time after time, eventually someone is going to rumble him. And just like Eugene, if there are only three seats left on the plane and there are 30 people trying to get on it, you’re going to need to change the way you ordinarily sit passively in line waiting to get called if you want to make the flight.

Focus on the big stuff

So routine is a great tool to have in the bag. It’s what can help make sure you’ve got your toothbrush, your visa and your passport in the right pockets; it’s what means you can clear your mind of all the clutter and chaos and focus on what is important – whatever that is for you.

If all this talk of professional athletes seems a little far away from the experience that most of us enjoy, it is worth remembering just how many long hours those guys spend away from home, and how much of their regular working lives they spend on planes and coaches. It gives them a heck of a lot of time to reflect on the peculiar nature of what it is they do, and just how quickly a competitive career can be brought to an end. Making the small stuff routine is a way to be able to truly focus on what is important. That’s just as true for the rest of us as it is those happy looking guys in all their new gear in those glamourous venues.

If you mess up your travel, or if you have it messed up for you, it can have knock-on effects that can ruin an entire trip. It’s not quite the same neat and tidy an equation as a footballer losing his game and missing out on a big occasion, but the lingering sense of a wasted opportunity, and of frustrated dreams is every bit as painful. There is so much to be gained from travelling that it is always a double disappointment when things go wrong. Taking a few tips on the benefits of routine, but also the value of adaptability can be the difference between travelling in hope and travelling in confident expectation of a good time. We see the latter as the winning travel formula.

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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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