Busy With Work? 5 Tips for Efficient Travel 

With more and more people working overtime and work responsibilities often including extensive travel, sometimes it can feel a bit overwhelming. Here are five useful tips to make traveling efficient for busy professionals!

1. An App A Day Keeps Stress Away 
Use apps to make travel stress-free, whether it be to book hotels and air tickets, or to keep tabs of all your reservations and itineraries. It is much easier to access everything on-the-go from one mobile device, rather than sifting through multiple sources. Needless to say, regardless of whether you book through an app or not, avoid layovers and connecting flights to ensure no time is wasted through delays while commuting.

2. Your Luggage Should Be Your Precious 
Yes, we had to pull the “My Precious” reference, but, it is true – carrying luggage on-board helps minimize risk of it getting lost and also a long wait time at the baggage carousel. However, IF you must check-in your luggage, label it as “fragile,” so people take extra precaution in handling it, and also because it is more likely your luggage will be returned quickly.

3. Mix Work With Pleasure
If you are out for a business trip, try to extend your stay by a few days to explore local surroundings – this is a cost-effective way to travel, so go ahead and morph your business trip into a vacation at the end. Also, keep a list of friends and potential work contacts to network with during your stay – combine work and leisure.

4. Be Efficient
Setup an out-of-office assistant when required while traveling, so all professional contacts know whom to get in touch with when you are unavailable. Select hotels where there is free WiFi, so you can complete work efficiently. Expect delays, so multitask by finishing pending work while en-route, or read that book you always wanted to but had no time for, or pay those pending bills when you have time to kill. After landing, if you do not have a pick-up arranged prior to arrival, go ahead and book an Uber (or, it’s local equivalent) while exiting the airport, so it arrives by the time you are out of the airport.

5. Stay Healthy
An unhealthy professional is seldom a productive professional. Make sure you get enough rest before flying out so you can stay on top of your work game once you land. Keep a first-aid kit and important medication handy. Try to carry a meal and healthy snacks, to avoid consuming junk food and falling ill. Also, stay hydrated as much as you can.

~Amanda Sodhi

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5 Hiking Tips to Make Your Experience Stress-Free 

A good ol’ hike can be tons of fun – getting up close and personal with nature, being adventurous and exploring unseen locations is a thrilling experience. But, there are a few do’s and don’ts one should be mindful of when planning a hiking trip, especially if you’re a newbie, to make the whole experience stress-free.

1. Flock Together
If you have never been on a hiking trip before, it is highly recommended to go with a group. You will learn the ins and outs from your peers and will have fun socializing with other who also love being out and about in nature. Also, hiking in a group is safer, and you can even think of adding a campout to your hiking expedition for added thrills.

2. Know Your Comfort Zone
While it is good to push yourself in most life situations, do not push yourself out of your comfort zone when hiking if you are a beginner. This ALSO holds true if you have any health-related conditions which could cause serious issues on an extreme difficulty level hike. Hiking is supposed to be enjoyable, not boot-camp.

3. Layer It Up
Firstly, check the weather forecast before you set off to hike. Accordingly, wear layered clothing, especially if there is a possibility of weather fluctuating throughout the trip. Long-sleeves are useful in most situations, because it aids with safety during mosquito season. Make sure you carry any weather-related essentials, if you are expecting cold weather, rain or extreme sunlight. Also, avoid cotton and denim – if you get wet, this could result in hypothermia given the nature of cotton as a fabric. lastly, carry an extra change of clothing, including extra socks, and wear comfortable shoes that support your ankles and provide sufficient grip.

source: camping.lovetoknow.com
source: camping.lovetoknow.com

4. Travel Light, But Be Thorough 
It is important to travel light because you don’t want to get exhausted while hiking uphill because you have an overstuffed bag. At the same time, you need to be thorough in your packing to avoid missing out on any essentials. It is recommended you carry belongings in a waterproof bag with sufficient storage compartments and keep the following handy: plastic bags, pocket knife, lighter/matches, sunscreen lotion, sunglasses, extra socks, flashlight, batteries, emergency food and water supply, pepper spray, bug spray, whistle, first aid kit, phone power bank, toilet kit, hand sanitizer and emergency contact info.

5. Safe, Not Sorry 
While hiking, make sure you practice various safety measures, such as pacing yourself so you don’t get exhausted quickly, taking enough breaks to recharge yourself, staying hydrated to avoid falling ill and not touching unknown plants and animals. Start on time, because a late start will cause a late return, and unknown areas become difficult to navigate post-sunset. Most importantly, make sure you tell someone where you are going and when you are expected to return, in case of an emergency.

~Blog Written By: Amanda Sodhi
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