5 HARDCORE TIPS FOR FREQUENT TRAVELERS

Experience, as they say, is the best teacher. However, getting lost and unprepared on a trip to a foreign place may well be the stuff of nightmares for some. Whether you’re a novice or an expert traveler, it never hurts gleaning wisdom from sage advice about traveling. That is the reason why I came up with five essential must-dos before you go on that well-deserved holiday.

  1. Keep your digits close.

Keeping tabs on your personal and financial numbers is one of the best things you can do prior to going on a trip. Your bank account numbers, debit and credit card PINs, hotel phone numbers and even your passport number is one of the most frequent information you will need easy access to as you go along your long-awaited sojourn. Saving them in an application on your phone that encrypts them or saving it on the cloud is one of the ways you may have it ready at your behest.

  1. Learn to pack like a soldier.

If you can pack light, do so and make sure to roll your clothes like a soldier. There are myriads of tutorials online that will show you how to do it in a jiffy. This lets you pack your clothes in a more compact manner and take advantage of every space in your luggage.

If crumpled clothes are not your thing, you can always bring a portable ironing machine or ask one from the hotel (they are usually free of charge).

Additionally, using dividers or putting the same stuff together in a pack in your luggage will help you easily find stuff.

  1. Snap a pic of your parked car.

I am not talking about taking a pic of your car so you can show people how l good you are at parallel parking or simply bragging about owning the latest edition sedan wherever you’re going. I am saying take a snap of where you specifically parked your car. That way, you won’t always have to wrack your brains where you left it once you’re back from your trip.

  1. Collect addresses and contacts of places that you’re going to.

This is a basic safety drill for any traveler. Knowing where you’re going is already halfway from being able to do what you need to on your trip. Listing down pertinent information of places you’re going to (hotels, offices, attractions, etc.) should never be should-have but a must-do.

Moreover, thanks to the gods of invention, now we can easily navigate to places on our own with just a tap on our phone screen. Not only will this afford you convenience and independence but it is also a good safety precaution.

  1. Get vaccinated.

If ever your trip entails sauntering into exotic and foreign lands, make sure to check with your physician. They should be able to advise you with important medical precautions you may need to arm yourself before wading into the unknown waters of new places.

5 TIPS TO STAY HEALTHY IF YOU SIT AT A COMPUTER ALL DAY

Nine-to-five jobs can sometimes take their toll on us – physically and mentally. Not only do they comprise repetitive tasks, but they also don’t give you enough room to do exercises. Due to sitting at a computer desk all day, this can lead to demotivation in the long run.

In addition, it’s hard to squeeze in a workout, especially if you have a rigid schedule. But you know what they say, if there’s a will, there’s a way. And our physical and mental wellness should be the top priority above all else.

To stay healthy amidst an almost sedentary lifestyle, here are five effective tips that you can do easily on a day to day basis.

  1. Maintain proper posture at all times

Back pains are a result of extended improper sitting or standing positions. Mostly, the reason we experience back pains when working in front of a computer all day is when we slouch. When the spine isn’t in a neutral position, it could impact our lower back’s nerves and muscles in the long run.

Here are some tips on how to maintain proper posture in front of a computer:

  • Keep the monitor at eye level
  • Position the monitor 20 inches away from your eyes
  • When typing, forearms should be parallel to the floor
  • Pull shoulders back and sit straight
  • Sit up tall but keep your shoulders relaxed

Additionally, to prevent eye issues, it’s essential to take breaks every after 20 minutes. Remember to always stare away from the screen after every 20-minute intervals. Then blink your eyes slowly 10 times to give it moisture as we tend to forget blinking when working in front of the computer.

  1. Drink the recommended amount of water

The recommended amount of water intake daily is three liters. Bring a liter of water bottle so you can monitor how much water you’ve consumed all day. Drinking more than three liters means flushing out more toxins.

Aside from that, water is an appetite suppressant, which can prevent food cravings when we’re bored from sitting at a computer desk all day.

  1. Prepare healthy snacks

Speaking of getting bored, the restriction from working in front of a computer all day can lead to food binging. While food supplements can curb your appetite to avoid eating unhealthy snacks, it’s still better to have healthy snacks ready for when hunger strikes at any given moment.

Here are some healthy snacks you can bring at the office:

  • Mixed nuts
  • Greek yogurt
  • Mixed berries
  • Apples
  • Whole wheat bread with peanut butter
  • Unsalted kale chips
  • Dark chocolate
  • Chia pudding
  • Smoothie
  • Hard-boiled eggs
  1. Do a quick workout before leaving home

Before you decide that you don’t have time for this, hear this idea out. Quick workouts mean doing it in 20 minutes or less. One type of workout is called HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training). It involves timed bursts of compound exercises or aerobic movements back to back.

Here’s an 18-minute HIIT routine example. Do each exercise for 45 seconds and rest for 15 seconds, then do the next movement. After you finish one round, rest for a minute then repeat the entire set. Do three sets of these movements.

  • Squats (free or weighted)
  • Mountain climbers
  • Jumping Lunges
  • Jump squats
  • Plank Jacks
  1. Sleep at least seven hours

Your body releases compounds called cytokines. In a way, cytokines protect your immune system by preventing the risks of inflammation. And without enough sleep, your body might not have enough cytokines to boost your immune system.

Overall, sleeping for at least seven to eight hours per night will keep us healthy physically and mentally, as well.