Holiday Survival Guide – Top 10 Tips To Keep Off Those Holiday Pounds

TOP 10 TIPS TO KEEP OFF THOSE HOLIDAY POUNDS

Change your mindset – If you are already planning to fail, you surely will!

Write down your goals Before New Years – Written goals are 80% more likely to be accomplished than those not put to paper.

Drink plenty of Water to control appetite – many people mistake thirst for hunger. I recommend 2-3 liters per day for females, 3-4 liters for men.

Schedule your Workouts in advance – having a personal appointment to take care of your body makes you Much more likely not to skip your workouts. Go relieve some stress!

Keep to your Eating Schedule – skipping meals all day and eating big at night does not work the rest of the year, why would it work now?

Become More Sensitive – Having a really hard workout Before you pig out (even the day before) will make your body better able to handle excess calories.

It is only 3 Days – There are really only 3 Holiday Days, that does not give you reason to binge for 3 Months!

Have a High Fiber Snack – Before you go to eat, have something like a protein shake with flax seeds and an apple. You will be pretty full, and thus will not eat so much crap!

Be a Designated Driver – A Simple way to keep the holiday drinking to a minimum is to Volunteer to be the DD. You can still enjoy yourself, but is it not more fun to laugh at the other drunk people?

Plan your Meal Ahead – This goes for all year, but especially now. If you wait until you are hungry to find something to eat, you will almost always choose the wrong thing. There is an article on my website called the Sunday Ritual that gives busy people many strategies to have healthy food all week long.

Holiday Driving Tips

On the road again. . . It is time for a another celebration with family and friends. . . then it’s time to go home. Drivers, are you putting yourself and loved ones in danger. . .?

Safe & effective

You just stuffed yourself at a gathering of family and friends, experienced a special, intimate, food-filled gathering with loved ones, feasted at a restaurant, or partied like a rock star, now it’s time to hit the road, right?

Not so fast. . . Driving under the influence of too much food, fun, alcohol, controlled substances, or supplements can have severe consequences.

CAUTION: Do not drive immediately after you finish feasting or partying. A full stomach slows your reflexes – the same is true of alcohol and some prescription drugs – reduced driving skills. Drivers may become sleepy or fall asleep at the wheel of the car.

Timely driving solutions

Take time to let the meal digest and alcohol work its way out of the driver’s system. Using a designated driver is a good way to make it home safely after a special gathering. Find someone that is safe and sober. You may want to rotate drivers on longer trips.

Double your pleasure

Enjoy the company of loved ones a little bit longer before you hit the road. The life you save may not just be your own, but that of your traveling companions (loved ones) as well. Be safe.

Alternatives: Start the festivities early, wait an extra hour or two to let everything sink in, or spend the night if necessary.

Get active after the feast

Take a walk. Play a game of cards, charades, video games, or ping pong. Help do the dishes or that project in the basement, workshop, or garage. Toss a ball around or shoot some hoops or a friendly game or two of pool.

No one should drive under the influence of alcohol, overindulgence, or sleepiness. If the driver feels any sign of sluggishness after a brief layover then take more time. Have them take a nap. And thank your lucky stars that you did not hit the road and have an accident.

Keep the drive alive

Drivers must be prepared for each journey. The designated driver should be able to focus on driving. They should watch out for obvious in-car driving distractions such as kids, cell phones, the radio, etc. Road rage is another problem that can literally kill the outing. Relax.

Speed kills

Slow down. In the rush to get home or to the extravaganza, many accidents occur. Drive at a reasonable speed. And pay attention!

Gas up

Be sure you have plenty of gas to go the distance. Sunday, nighttime and holiday drivers may not be able to find an open gas station. I would hate to run out of gas traveling in an isolated rural area.

Note: Think driving after overeating is risky? Then avoid extreme activities such as extreme sports and hunting immediately after the feast or party. Imagine the danger of using a loaded gun with impaired reflexes. Not a happy thought.

Drive safely and enjoy the ride. Keep the memories happy ones. Give yourself and your family the chance to enjoy future celebrations together.

Happy holidays!

Surfing Trips Can Be Challenging – Travel Tips for Protecting and Shipping a Wooden Surfboard

Traveling with a surfboard can be a hassle and expensive but most surfers want to surf those exotic waves on their own surfboard. Before you start your journey you will want to take time to make sure you know the extra costs and have all the logistics in place well in advance of your surfing mecca.

Some surfers choose to ship their surfboard in advance using a major shipper such a UPS or FedEx but this generally only works if the destination is a major surfing resort. The UPS Store will probably be more helpful than the UPS shipping office as far as packing the surfboard and shipping it for you. You should research whether or not to insure your surfboard and also make sure that surfboards are insurable since some specialty items are not covered by standard shipping insurance.

The other method for traveling with your surfboard is to take it as carry-on-luggage on the aircraft. With baggage fees going up higher and higher by the day you can expect to pay extra for checking a surfboard. United’s Airline’s Surfboard Shipping Policy. You should probably still have a backup plan even when checking your wooden surfboard at the airport as luggage because the airline could accidentally damage your surfboard or your surfboard could get lost on the way to your surfing destination. Airlines usually leave larger luggage behind if they have issues with space or weight on the airplane so your chances of having a lost surfboard are higher than having a lost bag even though you paid more to ship it. When you get to your destination you will still need to travel with you surfboard in a cab or rental car so be prepared an pack some bungy chords or twine and plan ahead.

If you ship your surfboard or take it on the airline you will need to obtain a good surfboard travel bag. More than a board sock is needed to properly protect your surfboard while traveling. A high quality bag can be obtained for a little over $100 and will save you time and money when considering the investment you have made into your surfboard and your surf trip.

Holiday Tips to Keep Your Home Safe

The holiday season is one of the busiest traveling seasons of the year. Most of us visit our friends and family for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s. Unfortunately, this also opens the opportunity for your house to get broken into. If you have a dog and put it in a kennel, you have just eliminated the best security system you can have to protect your belongings. So before you leave, it’s important to take precautions to keep your house safe. The last thing you want to do is come home from visiting family and friends to find out that your home has been broken into and your possessions have been stolen. The following is a list of basic security tips to help you protect your home for the holidays.

• Completely lock up your house – This may seem like a simple rule, but eliminating easy entry points for a burglar is more entailed than you think. You must consider all ways your house could be broken into, which includes the front door, backdoor, man door to garage, and all first floor windows.

• Close your curtains and blinds- Don’t make it easy for thieves to scope out your house. Leaving the blinds and curtains open will only allow thieves to see what of value is in your house. If they don’t know what’s in your house, it may not be worth their while to break in.

• Avoid announcing you will be on vacation on social media – Thieves are savvy, they use social media to their advantage. If a thief knows your home will be vacant, you just opened the door to be robbed.

• Have your neighbors or friends watch your house- Ask your friends and neighbors to drive by your house while you are out of town. Ask them to drive by your house before and after work to watch for anything suspicious. If your friends or neighbors see anything unusual they could call the police and action can be taken immediately. Also, ask them to pick up your mail and remove your newspaper. If a thief sees your newspapers pile up on your front steps or sees mail sticking out of your mailbox for days on end, you’ve just invited them to break into your house.

• Security system- There is great value in having signs or stickers on your doors and windows that indicate you have a security system. Security systems deter thieves. Most security systems have 24 hour monitoring, if a thief sees this they will most likely move to the next house.

• Lights on a timer- Whether you have put up holiday lights or not, it would be a good idea to put them on a timer where each night lights come on throughout various parts of your house. This will make it appear as if you are home.

The last thing you want to do on your holiday vacation is worry about your home. It’s precious time to spend with your friends, family, and loved ones. Hopefully, these simple steps will help protect your home and allow you to have a more enjoyable vacation.

The Holiday Rep Presentation

The majority of tour operators will ask you to prepare a 2-3 minute presentation for you to deliver to the rest of the group at some point during the assessment day. If you have not been asked to prepare a presentation then do not panic. This may form part of your assessment day where you are actually given time on the day to put together a presentation.

The presentation is another opportunity for you to show the recruitment staff that you possess the qualities they are looking for. You need to show that you are confident standing up in front of a group of people and that you can communicate in an effective manner. This will be vital for your role as a holiday rep when holding welcome meetings and selling excursions.

As a result of this you must ensure that allow yourself enough time before the assessment day to prepare and practice your presentation. By putting time and effort into developing your presentation you will demonstrate to the recruitment staff your imagination and commitment to becoming a holiday rep.

Your presentation provides an important opportunity for you to tell your audience about your chosen topic. The tips outlined below are intended to help you in planning your presentation.

The key to a good presentation is preparation. Try to get a relative or a friend to listen to your presentation and ask them to provide feedback. Try to practice the presentation more than once. The more times your practice the more confident you will become about delivering it on the day.

I know that this maybe difficult as some tour operators do not ask you to prepare a presentation and tell you that time will be given on the day to prepare. Try not to read straight from your notes. Although you may be nervous, this has a negative effect as it shows you are not confident and this is one of the attributes the recruitment team are looking for. There is no problem if you glance at your notes for reference and if you make an error just simply correct it and carry on with your presentation.

How to Get Cheap All Inclusive Vacation Packages

Going on vacations is nice, but the main drawback is the cost. However, there are ways you can lower the expenses. You can try the following suggestions after deciding where you want to go.

Tips on Finding Cheap All Inclusive Vacations

Never travel during the holidays. Schedule your trip weeks before or after the holidays. This will save you money. Get in touch with a travel agent that can handle your chosen destination. They will be able to tell you when the most affordable time to go will be.

You can also go to the Web. Suppose you want to go to Thailand. Just enter cheap Thailand all inclusive vacation packages and you will get several hits. You can also visit resorts online. They will have several packages you can choose from. Before choosing, read reviews so you can get an idea of what the resort is like.

Cheap Aruba Vacation Packages

Start by going online and comparing the various travel packages available. While cost is a factor, make sure the package you choose has the amenities you want. This is a vacation after all, so you have to pamper yourself a bit. Make a list of the amenities you want the package to have. Now check the packages and see which ones offer them at the lowest cost.

Compute the costs in their entirety. Include the hotel, travel fare, meals, paying the tour guide, tips in the restaurants, etc. Make sure you add a few extra dollars in case of emergencies (or you decide to do some extra shopping).

If you want to visit any particular area / event, make sure it is included in the package. Otherwise you will pay extra for it.

Tip: pick a hotel that is near the tourist attractions you want to visit. It will reduce your travel fares. Be updated on the costs of transport so you do not get overcharged.

Cheap Puerto Vallarta Vacation Packages

Do a search on the Internet. There are many websites that offer affordable all inclusive packages to Puerto Vallarta. The features of these travel packages vary, so take your time choosing.

Ensure the package includes the activities you like (swimming, kayaking, trips to popular destinations etc). The key here is quality not quantity. Only pick the package that has the activities and amenities you want. You do not want to pay for activities you do not want to do.

Here are other suggestions. Bring picnic food when you go out. This will save you money. Avoid travelling during the peak season. Making reservations will be hard and the beaches will be full. Know the costs of tickets and fares so you are not overcharged. Print a copy of your itinerary so you can maximize your trip.

Getting cheap all inclusive vacation packages takes some time. You have to make a few phone calls and visit a few websites. You also have to make a few calculations here and there. But you are guaranteed to enjoy your vacation at a lower cost.

Holiday Tips – How to Survive the Airport

For many people, the airport is the most stressful part of the holiday. Sometimes the process is a dream, but much more commonly it feels like a nightmare. If it isn’t a giant queue at check-in, then it’s frantically checking your million bags for your passport or losing your way in the maze of gates and having to run through the airport to catch your plane. Indeed, airport experiences are never going to be perfect, but here are some tips to make sure yours is as painless as possible:

Before you get there:

– Check and double-check your itineraries
– Make sure any special needs are sorted out before you leave for the airport
– Gather all important documents together and store them in a safe place so you won’t spend ages panicking and searching for your passport
– If possible, use a check-in online option. Maybe airlines offer them these days and they can safe you a lot of time, particularly if you only have carry-on baggage.
– Double-check you have no banned items in your carry-on luggage: be extra careful, as this can be include harmless-looking things like nail files
– Seal any liquids, gels and creams you’ll be taking with you in a clear plastic bag ready for inspection. Check online ahead of time how large the containers are allowed to be – often it is less than 150ml and includes things like makeup and cosmetics.
– Research the airport online to find out how long it usually take to get from checking in to reaching your gate.
– Dress comfortably – dress in layers so you can be comfortable whatever the temperature happens to be.

Getting to the airport:

– Allow yourself plenty of time – two hours ahead of your departure time for international flights and one hour ahead for domestic flights.
– If necessary, plan your transport and route to the airport.
– If driving, make sure you have booked airport parking in advance. If a friend is driving, make sure they are aware where drop-off points or short-term parking are.
– If taking public transport, check beforehand that there are no road works or expected delays that could lengthen your journey time.

On arrival:

– Prepare yourself for the worst-case scenario – bring some snacks and something to read in case of long waits
– Do not leave your baggage unattended (this goes without saying, surely?)
– Watch the display boards announcing your departure gate for any updates.
– Drink plenty of water before the flight to avoid becoming dehydrated.

Buying Cheap, Discounted Airline Tickets and Vacation Packages Online

I love buying airline tickets and vacation packages on line for two reasons. Convenience and price. Convenience because I can look and then purchase them on my own time and then can spend less time in lines at the airport. With an e-ticket, purchased on line I can check my baggage at a kiosk or at curbside (for a small price) and then proceed directly to the gate, no waiting for my boarding pass. And I like getting the best price I can. But I had to learn a few things about how to get the best price first.

When is the best time to buy the cheapest airline ticket? Buy early; the best prices may be 21 days or more prior to your travel day. The fares will generally increase after that. The highest prices are fourteen days prior to travel. Buy late; sometimes you can purchase tickets for the following weekend at cheap rate if the plane has empty seats. But you may have to return on Monday or Tuesday.

What is the best day to buy the cheapest airline ticket? Most airlines release the new prices on Wednesday, so the best time to look is between midnight on Tuesday and early Wednesday am.

When is the best time of year to travel? The highest rates are June, July and around the holidays, although sometimes a good price can be obtained for the actual holiday itself. Most people do not want to fly on Christmas or Thanksgiving. The lowest price trends tend to be mid January to mid February, April to May, and mid September to mid October.

Where should I fly to and from? Flying through an airline hub may get you a lower price on that airline. For example Southwest has a hub in Phoenix, so check for lower rates there, and American has a hub in Minneapolis, so check for lower rates with them there. Try an alternative airport. Often arriving at a smaller airport just a few hours away can save you a lot of money. Balance the price of a rental car or travel time to see if is worth it to you. Often it is.

What should I purchase? Combining airline tickets, hotel and car rental can decrease the price of your plane ticket. Look at purchasing the whole package from one place to save money.

I think if you use these tips for looking for and purchasing your airline ticket and vacation package on line you will love it as much as I do. Give it a try!

Tips For Successful Day Hiking Trips

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Individuals, couples, and families can take day hiking trips, a perfect opportunity to get away for quality time and fun but without spending a fortune. Taking a few precautions will ensure a fun and safe trip.

Although hiking for a week would be wonderful, with the current economy, there are a growing number of people who will head out and spend a full day doing nothing but hiking. In addition to being fun, hiking is great exercise and a wonderful way to clear the mind in the beautiful outdoors. When trying to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, day hiking trips are an ideal solution.

The following are helpful tips for a successful trip, getting the most from all day hiking trips.

Heading out Early

Start by heading out early. The earlier someone can start day hiking trips the more time there is to enjoy the outdoors. While it might seem early, if a person or persons can get on the trail at 4:00 am, they will benefit in a number of ways.

For one, there would be the chance to reach further trails, see wildlife that might not be out later in the day, have the opportunity to watch the rising of the sun, and avoid heavy crowds on popular trails. For high altitudes, leaving early would get the person to the summit by 11:00 am, allowing plenty of time to explore and enjoy the beautiful views before heading back down.

Keep it Simple

An important tip for day hiking trips is to keep backpacks light and simple. Because this is only a day trip, people need to carry only what is absolutely necessary to include food, clothing, flashlight, GPS or compass, water, and first-aid items. The light load will make hiking the trails easier, which allows people to venture out onto more difficult trails.

Keeping a Pace

Even though day hiking trips are for a single day, people need to find a good pace and then keep to it. This does not have to be high speed but just consistent. A common problem found with many beginner hikers is going fast and then having to rest often. Instead, the individual will enjoy the adventure far more by moving at a consistent pace and making fewer stops.

Food Items and Water

For day hiking trips, some food will need to be taken but this should be healthy, light, and food that increases energy. Great options include dried fruit, trail mix, health bars, and even a good, old-fashioned peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Of course, water is key for day hiking trips or any trips.

One option for people who want to climb high during day hiking trips but who do not want to carry an abundance of weight, they can take with them yellow flags and extra bottles. Then, as they make their way up the trail, they can place bottles along the trail with yellow flag markers. That way, when they come back down, they do not have the extra weight but still have ample water.

Tropical Island Vacation Advice

Tropical Islands are one of the famous holiday destinations. The beauty of these islands, the pleasant calm weather and the fun activities it offers, attract every person who is looking for a peaceful living. They are good for family vacations or complete getaway vacations. Many honeymooners and couples choose these islands for romantic getaways.

The most soothing elements of nature are found at the tropical islands. That’s why, People who are sick and tired of their urban lives choose to relax and renew themselves here.

The amazing fresh air, fresh vegetables and fruits, clean environment are miraculously healing and relaxing for the human mind and human body. Besides the natural beauty of the island, the most developed spas and massage centres are located on the tropical islands. For some people it’s just the sound undisturbed naps on the islands that heal and refresh them completely. Therefore tropical island vacations are so refreshing and relaxing.

While going and planning Tropical vacation one needs to consider many things like health, safety, budget, convenience etc. Following are suggestions and advice for a truly amazing and stress free tropical vacation.

1. Plan in Advance:

It is important that one plan early as travel arrangements and bookings have to be made. If planning for Tropical Island Vacation with the family, one should inform every member of the family in advance to ensure everyone’s availability. Children and parents should decide and make the vacation plan together.
Planning in advance is also important to make sure that hotel rooms are available, to do proper research, make reservations and important bookings and to avoid any problem at eleventh hour. To really enjoy the trip, the duration of the vacations should be at least more than a week.

2. Decide And Choose According To Budget:

For a stress free vacation, one should be plan a holiday friendly budget. One should also consider some extra expenses. Some hotels charge more and there are many hidden charges as well. One should do proper search and also consider several alternatives when deciding what service to avail.

One should also make a good search for different holiday deals. A travel agency can also design a vacation or travel package according to your budget and requirements.

3. Packing for Tropical Island vacation:

For a Tropical Island vacation, you would need a little extra packing. The packing should be started a few days prior to leaving. One should pack important stuff like first aid kit and pain relief medication etc. The tropical islands are a part of the developed world. Most tropical islands provide you with all the basic and luxurious amenities so one is not required to pack everything.

4. Involving Friendly Locals:

A good way to ensure you do not miss anything worth seeing or visiting, you should hire a guide or friendly local volunteers to show you the place around.

5. Important contacts:

Another important advice for the Tropical Island Vacation is to have all the necessary contact information to make the tour safe and hassle-free. The important contacts one must include are tour operator (travel agency), local cab company, local emergency responders, your doctor etc.

6. Language:

When visiting a tropical island where English is not spoken, it is advisable that you should know a few words and important phrases of the local language. One should keep a notebook where all the important keywords and phrases are written in the local language. These phrases and keywords include Help, I need the police, stop, I need a doctor, hospital, I had an accident, I need cab, I need English translator etc.

It is very helpful to do a lot of research before visiting a place. One should do research as well as talk to the people, to have the best idea of what one might need or face on a Tropical Island Vacation.