Knowing How To Pack Is Important

Are you excited at the prospect of getting away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and seeing new places, but are bogged down by the thought of packing your bags? Fret not, we have it covered for you with a few pointers that will make your journey, a pleasant one.

How nice it would be if you could just leave your baggage behind and see the sights without being weighed down! That, unfortunately is not possible, but what you can do is to travel light. For that you need to do some homework- check out the weather in the places you intend visiting, find out if they have dress codes and most importantly, fix the duration of your trip. You’re already halfway there if you’ve got answers to those.

  • Make a packing checklist.  You know what you use every day- write those items down and make the list as comprehensive as possible. This will help you narrow down when you choose what you need to take with you in your bags. Don’t forget to take the weather into consideration.
  • Separate your stuff.  Survey your wardrobe, decide what you want to take and just park them separately on a table. That should include all the items in your check list- in short anything that you plan taking with you. That way, you get an idea of how much stuff you need to get into your bags. In order to pack less into the bags, you need to wear more- so identify what you’ll wear on the plane and what you need to have on you- ID, passport copies, and money and so on. Keep these in a separate pile.
  • Plan for the entire duration of your travel.  Opt for a collapsible bag- it’s more flexible and roomy. Whatever you do, don’t over-pack- your bags shouldn’t be bursting at their seams- there should be some empty space. Remember, you can always pick up some cheap shirts and shorts wherever you go, even if you tend to under pack a little. Underclothes and vests are important- so ensure that you have enough of those. Jeans and shorts are versatile items, so a couple of those should do. Keep an extra foldable bag for all that dirty linen you’ll accumulate.
  • Actual packing.  No one likes wrinkled and creased clothes, so you could roll them tightly- this helps to save space and also keeps clothes in pretty good shape. Placing them in vacuum compression bags maybe a good idea- you get more space in your bag. Take anti-wrinkle stuff with you as far as possible. Let most of your clothes and stuff go into your check-in baggage and in your carry-on, have a spare set of clothing and your toiletries to counter delayed or lost luggage. Use all the dead spaces optimally by stuffing small lightweight items into those gaps. Keep your clothes fresh with some fabric conditioner sheets.
  • Spare bags.  You need those to separate your electronic items- adapters, chargers, headphones from the rest of the crowd. Don’t forget medication- everything that you might need from antibiotic creams to Band-Aids. These need to be separately packed. If you like to read, don’t carry books, take your kindle along with downloaded books.
  • Weigh your baggage. Ensure that you have the sizes and weight right- you don’t want to start off on a chaotic note paying for extra baggage. Label uniquely and adorn your bags with ribbons or colorful strings so that you can recognize it easily.
  • Tick off on your checklist as you pack.  Ensure that everything on the list is in the bag- check whether you have your plane and train tickets, your passport, boarding pass and any other important documents. Don’t flash your cash about- keep it distributed on your person and your carry-bag so that everything isn’t in one place.

You’re ready to go- slip on that backpack and pull your travel bag along- and enjoy your trip.

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Half of Americans Do Not Have A Retirement Fund

In our everyday living, we deal with making financial decisions from time to time. From simple decisions such as whether you should buy that new pair of shoes to more serious decisions such as buying a new car or a house. While there is no subject taught in school about how to manage your personal finances, it’s definitely a skill everyone must learn how to master.

Did you know that more than 50% of the American population do not have a retirement fund allocated? In addition, people also generally have longer life spans which in turn means we need more funds to be set aside for when we get old. Otherwise, we will literally be a burden to our families in the future.

Preparing for your future – How to Manage Your Finances Wisely

Managing your personal finances is crucial to avoid financial anxieties and getting into trouble with debts. While it can be tempting to spend all the money you earn for both your wants and needs, it is also important to remember that not all things will last. The gratification you will have when you buy that expensive watch will not be long-lasting. Setting aside money for the rainy days and to prepare for the future when we embrace the retirement nest is very important.

Here are some helpful tips on how you can effectively manage your personal finances:

  1. Set your targets.  Goal-setting matters a lot when you need a motivation. When you establish a clear set of goals you will have a better picture of how much you want to save and what steps you can do to achieve that certain amount. You can start setting smaller milestones until you can achieve your ultimate goal. Remember to always be realistic though otherwise, you’re setting yourself for failure.
  2. Create your budget plan.
    1. Begin by tracking all your expenses
    2. List down all your expenses and reconcile these expenses with your budget.
    3. Keep a diary of your expenses. Take note of how much you really need to spend and how much you can set aside for savings.
  3. Stick to the budget plan you have created.
  4. If you can’t avoid using your credit card, keep your credit card expenses to a minimum amount.
    1. If you have debts, plan an effective approach to eliminate them one at a time. Once you have paid all your debts, commit to staying debt-free. Remember that debts are but huge obstacles if you want to achieve financial freedom. Set-up a rainy-day savings fund – set aside money for emergency needs so you avoid incurring debts.
  5. Saving should be one of your priorities. Save as much as you can. It can be difficult at the start but it’ll definitely pay off in the end.
  6. Spend your money wisely. Utilize discount coupons and don’t be afraid to shop around and compare prices when you need to buy something. You can browse online and look for cheaper offers or switch to lower cost service providers for the services you will need.
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Some People Can Eat Anything And Stay Slim

Many people wonder why some people eat so much but still look skinny. Why is it that there are some who exercise, do “dieting” but still struggle to lose few pounds, yet there are some who can lead a seemingly sedentary life with full three meals yet do not put extra weight. These questions haunt many who are in a constant struggle with their weight issues. Finally, science has offered some answers to these perplexing questions.

There are mainly two reasons why some people who seem to eat more, weigh less.

Metabolism rate

Metabolism rate is the rate at which our bodies convert food to energy. The body keeps working on this conversion even when we rest or sleep. This is called the resting metabolism rate. Some people have higher metabolism rates while some people have lower rates. This means that even when two people eat equal quantity of food, one person might be able to burn food at a faster rate than the other because of his/her higher metabolism rate. This also means that because of higher metabolism rate a person would require more food to maintain his/her weight. Hence such people would tend to eat more food. They are able to eat more than others while maintaining their weight. The metabolism rate is governed by many factors one of them being genetics. Whether this rate can be changed is debatable.

It has been established that eating less food will not help with weight loss. In fact trying to reduce weight by eating less has the opposite effect on the body. With less food intake the body automatically slows down the resting metabolism rate. Hence, after losing some weight if a person tries to go back to his normal diet than he starts putting back weight at a faster rate than before. This is because of his/her slowed metabolism rate.

Eating low energy dense food

It is important to notice that people who are eating a lot are actually eating which type of food. Here “what” is more important than “how much”. If a person is eating low energy dense food than the quantity will not have an impact on his/her weight. Low energy dense foods are those that have high water content in them. They would include fruits, vegetables, yogurt, soups and skimmed milk and so on. High energy dense foods are butter, biscuits, cheese etc. So if you look quantity or weight wise, in order to get same amount of calorie that eating 1 butter cookie gives, you’ll have to eat nearly 8/9 apples! To a casual observer it would look as if the person is gorging on apples. By eating so many apples he would certainly feel full. But will one cookie be sufficient to satisfy a person’s hunger. No. So even if the apple eating person is eating large quantity of food he is not gaining weight.

Hence the best way would be to eat good quantity of the right type of food. This way not only will you have more food on your plate but will feel fuller too without having to worry about weight gain.

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Being Frugal Isn't About Cheap - Often Its A Better Way To Live

Most times you hear people talk about being frugal you would not be the first to compare it to being cheap. Though this terms are often interchange they do not mean the same thing. It is understandable to think they do because frugal people still do buy cheap items at times. A frugal person may spend less money than the ordinary person but they are not necessarily miserly. Cheap people often go overboard with extreme saving and will deny themselves even the basics in an aim of not using that money.

People who live a frugal lifestyle just waste less money and are more careful about where every coin goes. These people are just living happily with less money. The only way to do this is by striking a balance between spending and saving. Below are some key points on what frugal lifestyle is all about.

  • Prioritize spending.  Frugal people prioritize their spending. You will not find a frugal person buying the latest IPhone before paying the gas bill. They also only spend on things that make them happy. If something is not necessarily urgent then do not waste your time purchasing it.
  • Cut back on expenses.  The main idea with frugal living is cutting back on expenses. This means you will need to have a budget and a well thought out plan when it comes to your purchases. Cutting back n some things does not mean leaving them completely. You can cut back on the number of times you eat out in a month to at least two. That cable TV is not a must have. There are now plenty of options such as Netflix and Hulu which have some nice shows. If you pay for an expensive gym membership but hardly ever go there then cancel it. Work out at home and get similar results. Cutting back will add more joy to you when you see just how much you’re saving after cutting out the unnecessary items.
  • More value items.  Now that you have cut back on some things you will have some extra money to purchase other things. This is where being frugal is tested. You can choose to either blow your savings on something of no value or buy a few items which can be termed as necessary. If you feel that you can live without cable but you need to dine out then cut back on the cable. Going out after that will still be less expensive as you will have saved the money from cancelling your cable. Make a list of the items you spend on in a month. Then reorganize them from top to bottom. Try living without the items at the bottom of the list for a while. Chances are you will still be equally happy without them.

Being frugal is all about prioritizing and optimizing your earnings. This will give way to a less expensive lifestyle since you will be debt free. It also gives you more choices.

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Travel Tips For People Who Want to Stay Healthy

This is no doubt the digital age and you have a device or gadget for doing everything. So people use them for their work and so people tend to exercise less because of this. This has taken a toll on their health.

Health cannot be ignored and they need to monitor their health and know exactly what is wrong where. And now they have software and also devices like watches to tell them how many calories they need to take, how much exercise they need to do and so on. They can track their health and know what to do.

People have become more health conscience than before. In normal situations and when they are at home they can track their health and monitor it every hour. They can then take their diet and control it as per their requirement.

However when they travel everything may go for a toss. The conditions will be different and the kind of food they are used to take may not be available. Then they may fall short of the nutrients that they are supposed to take and may intake the ones that they are not supposed to.

If it is for a day or two the balancing can be done once they are back home but if the tour especially the business tour is for more than a week some health issues may crop up and may not be easily corrected.

Here are some travel tips for such health conscious people. Following these tips during their travel their health may not be harmed.

  • During your stay at the hotel you can seek for some wellness perks like workout studios, yoga classes or something similar so that you can give your body the exercise it needs.
  • Also you can go jogging or cycling in the mornings. Your hotel may be able to guide you on this with suggesting you about the routes and who is hiring cycles.
  • Try eating healthy food like salads and smoothies more. Avoid eating the dishes that may seem to be not healthy and are full of fatty substances. With lack of exercise it may difficult to digest them. Also you may tend to put on weight if you daily consume such food.
  • You need to give a thought to the hygiene too. You may not want to catch some infection staying in unhygienic places. This may lead to some complications later on. Check whether the sheets and pillows are changed and insist on the hotel to provide duvets as their covers can be easily cleaned.
  • Washing yourself under a standing shower is a better option than using a bath or a Jacuzzi in a hotel. These may not be cleaned as often only the water may have been changed. The chance of catching some infection is high in using these too.
  • Avoid using pet friendly rooms unless you have a pet yourself. Lingering allergens may cause you some trouble in such rooms.
  • A smoke free room is a better choice for you as a health conscious person as you may not be used to smoking. A room where smoking is allowed may carry some stench and also some dander and irritants. You may not wish to be troubled by these.
  • Using the socks to go about and using anti-bacterial wipes will give you full protection from germs. Prefer the use and throw cups instead of glassware as it may be only wiped clean.

There may be many more but with these few the health conscious may be able to protect their health while on the move.

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