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5 Things You Can Do to Feel Better about Yourself

By Guest Blogger, Rebecca B.

5 Things You Can Do to Feel Better about Yourself

We can’t always feel our best or be at our best. But in order to live a happier and more stress-free life, there are certain things you can do to help the tough times flow by faster.

Exercise More

Did you know that exercise actually makes you happy? While doing your workout, your brain recognises the activity as stress, which is why it releases endorphins which are also known as the hormones of happiness. And the more you “torture” your body with exercise, the happier you are afterwards! You can even get hooked on your daily workout and it is probably the best addiction you can develop. There is a long list of benefits including a healthier heart, lower blood sugar levels, a slimmer figure, a sense of achievement, better mental health, to name but a few.

Most people find it hard to endure a certain type of exercise. We tend to give up for all sorts of reasons: it is too hard, we don’t have the time, it is more fun to do other things or we simply get bored of repeating the same drill over and over again. You can solve this problem by changing the type of workout you do. Combine different activities such as running, cycling, swimming and going to the gym. Or try out some fun new ways to keep fit such as power yoga, pilates, kickboxing or even dancing.

Enjoy a Long Walk by Yourself

If you want a quick fix for your body and soul, then go outside and take a stroll by yourself! Did you know you can spend a lot of calories just by walking? In one hour, you can burn about 200 calories, which is one snack. And just being outside alone and enjoying the fresh air will help you clear your mind and forget about anything that was previously bothering you. Beautiful scenery will help you even more, so go to a park, forest, river bank or simply stroll along quiet streets.

But what if it is too hot, too cold, too windy or too rainy outside? Then you can walk at home! All you need is a few square meters and a step counter. You can play the music you like or even watch a movie! And if you need extra motivation, find walk at home videos online.

Eat Healthy

Changing your eating habits can also help you feel better about yourself. If you want to lose weight, start counting calories. You can download an app to help you monitor what you eat and achieve your goals. You should also carefully choose the food you eat. Read the labels and avoid products which contain additives, artificial sweeteners, nitrites, nitrates, and other nasties.

You should also try to eat more organic food and cook your meals from scratch. Instead of buying a pasta sauce or mayonnaise, why not make them yourself. Fresh, healthy food tastes better anyway! Whenever you can, cook your meals, because it can be so rewarding. And if you don’t have time to do that, buy healthy, quality ingredients which can be tossed together and prepared quickly, or order food from trusty restaurants.

Have a Cosmetic Procedure

Not happy with your looks? Why not treat yourself with a cosmetic procedure! If you need a small boost, try one of the non-surgical treatments such as lip enhancement, face fillers, acne treatment or laser hair removal. Perhaps you have a tattoo you are no longer happy about? That can be fixed too!

Cosmetic surgery is nothing to be ashamed of if it can actually improve your overall wellbeing. A small intervention can boost your confidence and let you embrace new opportunities in life easier. In some cases, it can even improve your mental health!

Have a Pampering Session

 

And occasionally spoil yourself with a pampering session! Book a treatment at a beauty salon to fix your brows, get a wax or have your nails done. It will make you feel so much better about yourself! Or even go to a spa and enjoy a massage, an indulgent cosmetic treatment, a sauna or an energetic swim in the pool. It is a great idea for a girly outing with your bestie!

Alternatively, stay at home and dedicate an evening to yourself. Light up your favourite candles, make a bubble bath, put a rejuvenating mask on your face, do a scrub and use your most loved lotions and potions. Then tuck yourself in comfy pajamas and watch a series you are hooked on. It is one of the best ways to end the day and fill yourself with positive energy.

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How Car Seats Work

By Guest Blogger, Rachel F.

 How Car Seats Work

A car accident is arguably one of the most common causes of injury and death in the United States, and the situation isn’t getting any better as years go by. As responsible parents, the best we can do to get better protection from the perils of the road is to educate both ourselves and our children about the elements of car safety. Fortunately, every car comes with the basic equipment designed to protect you from precisely such an event – a seatbelt, an airbag and so on. When it comes to children, however, the problem is that their small frames can’t really benefit from these safety aids, as they were not designed for them.

That’s where the child’s car seat comes into play, as an additional means of safety you can provide for your little ones. With just a little bit of education, you can learn how to use the car seat to properly protect them. The car seat operates on three different safety principles:

1) The harness that stabilizes your child’s frame at 5 separate points.
2) The impact-absorbent cushions on the side of the seat.
3) The tether that secures the seat and keeps it from moving/falling over.

It might not seem like much, but when put together these three mechanisms are highly beneficial for your child’s safety, some would argue more than a seatbelt. Make sure that the harness kept straight at all times, and that the recline of the seat is at the recommended angle.

For further clarification, please reference the infographic below from Parenting Pod.

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How to Zen Out Your Space

By Guest Blogger, Brigitte E.

How to Zen Out Your Space

Our lives are pretty hectic due to busy schedules and the constant urge to please everyone around us which is impossible, and sometimes too stressful. In all these circumstances, we often forget about our own needs and, most importantly, our health. Such a lifestyle leads to insomnia and eating disorders. Our body is our temple, and the only place we actually have to live in, so we’d better take good care of it first. We must learn how to focus on the important things in life and inner peace is definitely one of them. It happens very often that we don’t manage to clean the house or we have to deal with a pile of paperwork on the desk and unsorted laundry. That mess has to be decluttered before it drowns us in the vicious circle of dirt. Although some people are more productive when working under pressure and surrounded by mess, there is nothing better than living in a clean, fresh environment.

The rage for Zen-organized homes became a trend of the modern-day world, and this implies organizing your personal space with simplicity, minimalism and absolute peace. Here are some useful tips on how to turn your home into a laid-back place.

Start with rearranging your personal space

It goes without saying that a messy house equals a messy life. Cleaning your household the right way can turn any home into a safe haven and a private oasis of peace. A Zen-inspired place means owning a minimal amount of furniture, as it opens up the space and makes it easier to vacuum and clean. The furniture should be made of natural materials such as clay, marble and wood, because these bring a sense of tranquility and warmth. Avoid complicated details and dark colors. Keep your kitchen counters clean and dispose of everything from your bathroom shelves that you haven’t used for a long time.

Fresh air is the number one contributor to your health

 

Make sure to air your rooms frequently since no one likes to live in a stuffy place. In addition, you can even get yourself an air purifier for mold which is a legit game-changer. You can place them in your office, living room or bedroom, and apart from being super quiet, these also remove impurities such as pet hair, smoke and dust. What’s more, they are beneficial to asthmatics and allergy sufferers. Enrich your living room with a few plants or purchase some essential oils, since they raise the level of energy and mental alertness. As for the bedroom, keep it simple. There should be a bed, a closet, one lamp and two nightstands, and to spice it up, add a lavender scent. Lavender is known for repelling insects, but it also helps with stress and anxiety. Scented candles are also a plus as they bring in the warmth and peacefulness.

Choose soothing colors

When in doubt, choose white. White plays an important role when decorating small apartments. You can also go for the mellow colors such as olive, mauve, coral or lavender. These subtle tones are perfect and can lead you straight to the land of tranquility. Purity of lines and open light spaces make us feel unbothered and relaxed.

Keep calm and listen to music

 

We all deserve a little ‘me time’ once in a while, and what’s better than bonding with yourself in a foaming bubble bath while listening to your favorite music? There are plenty of exceptional artists that can help you get through a stressful day, such as Norah Jones, Bob Marley, Sade or Sia. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, and let the music shake the stress away. Nothing in this world is worth your anxiety, so seize the moment because, in the end, every little thing is going to be alright.

Get rid of electronic distractions

One TV in the house is enough and it should be placed in the living room. Remove all the cables and wires from your sight and keep your phone chargers in the drawers.

After you have mastered these little life hacks, be brave enough to Zen out your space and sail into a new life filled with vibrancy.

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Women and Cars: Here’s What You Need to Know about Four-Wheelers

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Women and Cars: Here’s What You Need to Know about Four-Wheelers

 

There’s an old stereotype that women know nothing about cars besides driving them from point A to point B. So, if you want to change the way women are perceived in traffic, make sure to learn a few useful things. Here’s what every woman needs to know about cars.

How to check the oil

One of the easiest and most important things is knowing how to check for oil. Not having enough oil can result in many car problems including causing your engine to fry, so make sure to keep your oil levels in check.

How to fix broken lights

The next common car repair (the one that can save you a lot of money in mechanic visits and fines) is fixing your headlights and taillights. If you have an older car, this fix can be very easy and fast. Just remove any trim components to expose the headlight panel and replace your burned-out bulb with a new one. Don’t know which bulb to buy? Just take your broken one to a car store and people working there will give you a matching replacement.

How to drive a stick

Knowing how to drive a stick is one of those things that can save you a lot of trouble in the future, because you really can’t know when you’ll need to use this skill. Luckily, operating a manual transmission isn’t that hard—all you need is some practice and patience!

How to buy and sell a car

Hopefully, you’ll have many opportunities to buy new cars and sell your old ones, so knowing how to handle these situations can be super useful. First, learn enough about your potential new car or your old one, so that you can avoid getting scammed. You can also find a good agency to handle your sale or purchase if you don’t want to risk getting ripped off. For instance, you can easily buy and sell cars at Carbiz as they can help you get quick cash for your old car or deliver your new wheels directly to your house!

How to check for tire pressure

Having proper tire pressure is quite important both for economic and safety reasons. Driving with under or overinflated tires can be very unsafe, plus it causes your tires to wear down quicker. Luckily, checking for tire pressure is super easy and fast. Check the inside of the driver’s doors and you’ll find a sticker with pressure recommendations for your car. With a small tire pressure gauge, you can check your pressure and see if you need to add or remove air.

How to change a flat tire

Changing a tire is every driver’s fear, but it shouldn’t be! Once you get a few practice tries, you’ll see how easy it is to change a flat and continue your ride in peace. Plus, that skill can save you a lot of money and even your life (getting stranded at the side of the road can be quite dangerous). There are great videos online with step-by-step tutorials, you just need to have good will and a few tools!

How to recognize red flags

Have you ever heard a weird sound coming from the engine or seen an unfamiliar light on your dash? Knowing what these sounds and lights mean can save you a lot of money and even your life. Some sounds and lights require immediate attention while some can be put off for a while. Here are some common warning sounds you shouldn’t ignore and some important dashboard lights to keep an eye on.

So, be a good driver that shatters gender stereotypes and make sure to learn about your four-wheeler. Every responsible car owner, regardless of gender, should know these seven car-related fixes and skills which will ensure their safety and safety of other road users.

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3 Natural Ways To Accelerate Muscle Growth

3 Natural Ways To Accelerate Muscle Growth

We’ve all been in this situation before; we look at ourselves in the mirror and just wish our muscles were a bit bigger and more defined. We feel like we put in a lot of work in the gym, so it’s not fair that our results aren’t as great as some of the units you see trampling around the gym floor.

 

Of course, most of the massive guys in the gym are packed full of so many steroids they could open up their own pharmacy. The question is; can your speed up muscle growth naturally? The answer is; yes, and here are a few ways you can do it:

 

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Boost Your Testosterone

Have you ever wondered why men are naturally more muscular than women? It’s mainly to do with the amount of testosterone we produce compared to them. Testosterone is the primary hormone behind muscle growth. As a result, if we produce lots of it, our muscles grow faster than someone with low testosterone levels. Consequently, if you want to accelerate muscle growth, then try boosting your testosterone. There are natural supplements on the market like Tongkat Ali – which is an extract of an Asian plant. Things like this help you raise your T levels without adding anything unnatural to your body. It can take a few weeks for your testosterone to lift itself, but the results after this are astonishing!

 

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Improve Your Form

Loads of people have terrible form when they’re in the gym. Even some of the classic exercises like a bicep curl are done with bad form. Why does this matter? Because proper form means you take a muscle through the proper range of motion so it can contract and relax to its full extent. Getting an adequate stretch on a muscle is vital as it leads to more muscle fiber damage, which will result in more significant growth. In fact, your muscles will grow a lot faster if you lower the weight to a point where you can really crank out quality reps that your muscles are in full control of. Don’t assume that lifting heavy is always beneficial – particularly if your form is off. By all means, go as heavy as you can, but make sure your form doesn’t suffer.

 

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Rest Your Body

What’s the natural thing to do when you want to achieve muscle gains quickly? You work out more often and train pretty much every day. You think this helps as you can squeeze in two arm workouts a week, or two leg days a week. Surely, this means you’re overloading your muscles and helping them grow big and strong? Well, no, not really. If you don’t give your body the proper time to recover, then your muscles can’t grow properly. It’s recommended you have at least one rest day per week where you don’t train at all. As well as this, make sure you don’t train the same body part in consecutive days – give it time to heal. For example, train arms on Monday, then legs on Tuesday, then maybe chest on Wednesday, back on Thursday, and shoulders on Friday.

 

You don’t have to turn to unnatural things like steroids to supercharge your muscle growth. Try all of these ideas, and you’ll soon turn heads on the beach this summer.

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3 Ways To Successfully Market Your eBook

3 Ways To Successfully Market Your eBook

Thanks to the rise of eBooks, it’s never been easier to have your voice heard. These works are also commonly used as marketing materials for tech-heavy business endeavors, such as e-commerce businesses or mobile app development companies. Whether your book was conceived as a passion project or to promote a larger project, you’ll want it to reach as many people as it possibly can. Below are a few tips for eBook authors looking for the best strategy to make their latest work a success.

List it on Amazon

There’s a reason Amazon is arguably the most ubiquitous eBook distribution platform out there; it makes searching for, purchasing and opening digital books extremely easy for customers. It’s also easy to use on the author’s end. Listing an eBook on their Kindle marketplace is extremely easy, completely free, offers too much of a boost to visibility for any apprehensive writer to pass up.

 

Amazon also allows authors to track their sales with far more accuracy than most publishing platforms, allowing for close examination of the effects of any other marketing efforts in use at a particular time. The most effective marketing channels, mediums and audiences can then easily be identified and put to use next time you need to promote a similar effort.

Harness the Power of ‘Free’

Everyone loves getting something for free – even if it’s not something the person in question particularly wanted from the outset, the lack of risk makes it hard to turn the prospect down. This means that eBook authors can get their foot in the door with potential customers by offering them a taste of what they’ll be getting in the full product.

 

The most common way for authors to do this is to distribute an excerpt of their book (a few paragraphs, a few pages, or even a few chapters) for free through highly visible channels. Sometimes, though, it makes sense to go even further; limited-time giveaways of the entire book can help to drum up interest and get the book off to a strong start on the sales charts. If it’s an eBook made primarily for marketing purposes, it may even be most effective to keep it free indefinitely in exchange for a bit of user information (usually an email address).

 

Whichever of these options the author decides to go with, they should then list their book on a few of the many sites that list eBook freebies to take advantage of the free publicity that will get them. This must be done at least a few days in advance of the release date in order to ensure that the listing appears just as the book hits the virtual shelves.

Make Use of Social Media and Internet

Not everyone is interested in every possible eBook topic; for example, a 70-year-old woman who has never used a smartphone is unlikely to care much about a book on mobile app. She might enjoy a book about needlepoint patterns produced by a crafting blog, however.

The most important part of getting any eBook to sell is to get it seen by the right people. That’s where social media and internet comes in to market eBook. Because users have already formed themselves into shared-interest groups through indicators such as Likes and hashtags, it’s easy to find and reach these people with the click of a mouse. That’s where marketers come in, right marketing team can quickly spread the word. So that your eBook can reach proper demographics. This strategy works particularly well for eBooks because its well targeted.

 

In today’s busy market, all eBooks face stiff competition for readership. So, authors owe it to themselves to do everything they can to tip the scales in favor of their own work. By the end  a few simple promotional steps now can make a big difference to your eBook sales results in the future, so don’t let the opportunity pass you by.

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5 Tips on How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

By Guest Blogger, Brigitte E., Editor at highstylelife.com

5 Tips on How to Prepare Your Car for a Road Trip

Road trips are an increasingly popular form of vacation gaining traction across the globe. In countries like Australia, the horizon of possibilities stretches far beyond what you can even imagine. Coastal trips are becoming more and more popular, attracting families, friend posies, and solo travelers. However, there are some things you might want to do before you hop in your car. Heading out in the open road unprepared is not the wisest move. You need to ensure your car is ready to endure all the trials and tribulations ahead.

Maintenance tasks

On the surface, your vehicle might appear to be fine, but do not take any chances. Carry out thorough maintenance beforehand and see to it that there are no safety concerns. Tightly secure hoses and belts. Make certain there are no cracks in the windshield. Perform a simple voltage test to check whether your battery is fit for a challenge. Scorching temperatures in the Australian outback can really build up under the hood. This is more than a minor inconvenience as it can really drain your car’s battery, especially if it is an aged one. You certainly do not want to get stranded in the middle of nowhere.

Mechanical checkup

From a mechanical standpoint, everything should work like clockwork. Breaks are a key safety component, so measure their pads and audit brake fluid level. Furthermore, inspect the filter, which constantly supplies your engine with air. While at it, look at the lights, including headlights, brake and hazard lights, blinkers, and interior lights. This prevents your visibility from being impaired on the road. Of course, should you encounter difficulties, you can call professionals to inspect the vehicle.  I hired a mobile mechanic from the Gold Coast and hit the road fully confident.

All fluids go

Cars need their fluids just like our bodies need them. Therefore, auditing their level is always high on the checklist. Those who are going on a longer road trip need to top up windshield washer, transmission, and wiper fluids. Do not overlook radiator coolant or power steering fluid either. As for antifreeze/engine coolant, it is also vital, even more so for colder destinations. Namely, chilly weather could freeze fluids in your car and lead to serious setbacks and costly repairs. Finally, see if it is time to do an oil change. We cannot stress enough the importance of having enough juice at all times.

Tire pressure and condition

Tires take the heaviest beating and they must be in tiptop shape. So, check if your tire pressure is on the level prescribed in the owner’s manual. Next, assess their condition: there should be no bulges in the sidewall. In case your tires are more than two years old, then it is recommended to examine the tread depth. Do a penny test to see how it holds up. Hold a Lincoln penny and place it head-down in one of the grooves of the tire surface. If the tread does not obscure all of Lincoln’s head on the coin, your tire is good to go.

 

Stay fresh and clean

It is also a good idea to give your car a good scrub and wipe. After all, cleaning the inside and out will ensure you have the most pleasant road experience. A good place to start is decluttering. Get all the unnecessary items out of the vehicle and make room for those you are going to need once you set off (such as an emergency kit with road flares, jumper cables, etc.). See to it there is no garbage or food residue anywhere. Vacuum the floor, clean the windows, and dust all interior surfaces. Add an air freshener to do away with bad smells.

Smooth sailing

To stay on the safe side, you should schedule an extensive checkup and maintenance.  This is an essential part of trip planning and preparation. In other words, get a closer look at what is happening under the hood. Pay close attention to things like tire pressure and fluid level. Be ready for whatever comes your way and see to it that your vehicle runs like clockwork — both you and your four-wheeled friend must be up to a task. Doing due diligence will give you peace of mind and minimize risks, even when wandering off the beating track.

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Can Feng Shui Help You Sleep Better?

Can Feng Shui Help You Sleep Better?

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If you have had difficulty sleeping lately, you have probably spent a lot of your spare time googling to try and find the answer. And I’m sure that you’ve found a myriad of solutions and quick fixes. None of them work for you? If not, don’t stress. There is one final thing that you might want to try out – feng shui!

 

Not heard of feng shui before? It’s a Chinese pseudoscience that states the placement of furniture in our homes can greatly affect the flow of energy. Certain blockages and issues with the energy could lead to problems in our lives, such as difficulty sleeping. Are you prepared to see if feng shui can help improve your sleep? Here are some things that you might like to try.

 

Make Sure Your Bedroom Isn’t Too Big

 

First of all, you need to ensure that your bedroom isn’t any bigger than what it needs to be. Some people who sleep in large bedrooms often wake up feeling very tired, even if they have got a minimum of eight hour’s sleep. That’s usually because it can be difficult to relax in large rooms. According to feng shui, we don’t have as much control over larger spacious, especially when we are vulnerable during sleep. So, you might find that moving into a smaller bedroom helps you feel a lot cozier and in control at night.

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Don’t Place The Head Of The Bed Below A Window

 

Some followers of feng shui would even suggest that you don’t place your bed right under a window. That’s because your sleep will be a lot more easily disrupted from all of the energy flowing into your bedroom through the window. Even if you have some blinds from https://www.montgomerys.com blocking out the light, the flow of external energy could still be quite disturbing. So, try and keep your bed well away from the room’s window.

Try To Avoid Slanted Ceilings

 

Another thing that most feng shui followers would tell you to avoid would be slanted ceilings in the bedroom. Even though you might not feel it, your subconscious could find that bedrooms with these kinds of ceilings are actually quite claustrophobic. And anyway, who wants to risk bumping their head on a low ceiling as soon as they wake up in the morning?!

 

 

Remove Work From The Bedroom

 

If you read articles like the ones on https://www.digitaltrends.com, you will already be aware that the glow from computer and tablet screens can really damage the quality of your sleep. Well, feng shui was already aware that working in the bedroom was bad for us even before we could tap away at our laptops in bed, and its followers believe that work should be left outside. So, leave your computer and devices in your study or living room so that you can concentrate on sleeping in the bedroom.

 

As you can see, there are actually quite a few ways the practice of feng shui can help to improve your sleep!

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Ideas For People Who Want To Experience New Cultures

Ideas For People Who Want To Experience New Cultures

Would you like to broaden your horizons by travelling the world and experiencing new cultures during the next couple of years? Are you concerned about how much it might cost to turn your dreams into a reality? If so, some excellent ideas on this page will assist you in moving from country to country without overspending or breaking the bank. So long as you’re willing to do some work during the tip, it is more than possible for anyone to travel the world without getting into debt or selling their home. With that in mind, take a moment to consider some of the advice on this page, and then work out which solutions are going to suit you best. When all’s said and done, nothing should stand in the way of your goals.

 

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Look for volunteer programs

 

There are hundreds of different volunteer programs in operation right now that could help you to experience new cultures without spending too much cash according to https://www.lonelyplanet.com/indonesia/work-and-study and other websites. In most instances, you only have to cover the cost of getting to the country and making your way back home. When you arrive, specialists from the volunteer group will meet you at the airport and take you to your base for the duration of the experience. They will provide you with all the information you require to ensure you can make a substantial contribution to the program. In many instances, you will stay with local families to ensure you can integrate into the society during your stay. That is excellent because it means you get to spend time with native people while helping to improve their community in some way.

 

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Get a job that requires travel

 

Some people manage to travel the world for free because they choose a job that requires them to move around the world. For instance, perhaps you decide to become a travel photographer or something similar? Individuals in that profession usually have to catch lots of planes to countries on the other side of the world so they can snap some images for their employer’s brochures. That means you get paid to board airplanes and spend time in some of the most exciting nations all year long. While there aren’t too many vacancies for people who want to do that job, there are plenty of alternative niches out there. So, conduct some online research and see what information you can uncover.

 

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Consider backpacking

 

Lots of people don’t like the idea of backpacking because it usually means spending nights in hostels. However, when you consider that you can get a bed for next to nothing, and hotels are expensive, the suggestion becomes a little more appealing. The best thing about backpacking is that you don’t have to stress about sticking to a schedule. You are usually free to move around as you wish at times that suit you. You could spend a couple of nights in one city before catching some public transport and moving onto another. The possibilities are endless, and many smartphone apps will assist with the booking process. You are guaranteed to save a small fortune if you sleep in hostels rather than hotels.

 

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Research the cheapest accommodation options

 

If you don’t want to backpack around the world, it is still possible to get fantastic deals on accommodation if you know where to look. As you can see from the information at https://www.rumah.com/villa/disewa and other sites, hiring a villa for a couple of months in some countries is cheaper than paying for a hotel for a week. You will do well to educate yourself about things like that if you plan to spend time abroad and immerse yourself in a different culture. While you will never save as much cash as those who decide to backpack, it’s still possible that you will reduce spending and ensure you have extra money to pay for sightseeing and other adventures.

 

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Go on pre-arranged tours

 

There are many companies out there that focus their efforts on creating and arranging tours of the most exciting areas of foreign countries. In some places around the world, those tours are your only option if you want to see the sights due to government restrictions. For instance, anyone visiting Iran from the US or UK must book a tour if they wish to travel freely within the country. The same goes for places like North Korea which is one of the most unique (and often frightening) nations in the world. Some of the tours you might book include entry to lots of different places of historical interest, and so you usually end up saving a small fortune. Of course, you have to travel on a coach with many other tourists in most instances. That is the only drawback.

 

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Launch a charity

 

If you want to give something back to people less fortunate than yourself, launching a charity that focuses on helping people overseas will ensure you get to travel. Maybe you saw the state of Puerto Rico on the news recently, and you want to assist the people there to regain some normality in their lives? Perhaps you saw video clips of children suffering in Africa due to a lack of clean drinking water? Starting a charity will not only provide you with lots of opportunities to travel and meet some of those less fortunate people, but it could also boost your income and provide you with a stable form of employment for many years to come. Be sure to research the process of launching a charity in your home country because sometimes it can require a significant investment.

 

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Teach your language abroad

 

English is the language of business, and so people living in countries where that is not the native tongue will often benefit from learning to speak it. You only have to search Google for two seconds to discover a plethora of companies that focus on that niche. If you decide to teach your language abroad, there is a reasonable chance that you might spend a lot of time on continents like Africa and in countries like China. The Chinese government understands that its population will improve and get excellent results if they know how to speak English. That is why there is a significant incentive at the moment and lots of funding for businesses that can supply teachers and provide that service.

 

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Build social connections in foreign countries

 

You live in the digital age, and almost everyone in the world now has access to the internet in one way or another. Considering that, it is possible that you could use social media to make lots of new friends all over the world. You could then raise the idea of meeting those people and spending time with their families. Who knows? Maybe you’ll manage to strike up a relationship with someone in Indonesia who wants you to visit and see their beautiful country? Perhaps you’ll find some common ground with a Russian business owner who needs some temporary staff members for a few months. There are no limits to what you can achieve.

 

Now you know how to experience new cultures and travel the world without breaking the bank; you should start working towards your goals straight away. Whatever you decide to do, make sure you use the tips and tricks from this article to reduce spending and immerse yourself in the lives of local people. Those who merely board a plane and stay in a luxury hotel will never get a feel for the culture or the realities of living in that particular location. So, travel the right way this year!

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Get Buff: How to Build Muscle Without Fat

By Guest Blogger, Diana S.

Get Buff: How to Build Muscle Without Fat

 

If you’re aiming to get big, you need to know the right formula so you don’t end up gaining too much fat. This is the trickiest part of getting bulk: you need to find a workout that will allow you to build muscle, burn fat, encourage muscle growth and recovery and decrease fat gain. Finding that sweet spot is not easy and is different for everyone, but here are some of the main points you have to follow.

Say no to alcohol

This is an advice as old as time, and yet, not many people seem to follow it. Taking alcohol while bulking (even if you take the right supplements) will tamper with your protein synthesis and it will take you much longer to get back on schedule. The hangover and the general effect of alcohol will slow down the muscle recovery and it will prevent you from giving your all in the gym. Additionally, alcohol is full of calories and can cause increased fat storage, especially around the gut. So, if you’re trying to see real progress and build muscles and not fat, you should stay away from booze.

Hold your horses!

If you’re used to doing cardio every day (which is great for your heart and lungs), you might actually be harming your bulking progress. Over-exercising can destroy your metabolism, so try to take it easy with cardio; otherwise, you can find it really hard to add muscle mass and keep fat at bay. Exercising always produces adrenaline, but too much of it will cause over-saturation that can make some of your organs feel sluggish. This will slow down your metabolism and boost fat accumulation. Additionally, it can also cause your supply of testosterone to get smaller, and testosterone is highly necessary for muscle growth and recovery.

Have a proper form

One of the classic mistakes people make when bulking is lifting too much weight. However, muscle gains are really made when your muscles are already stretched out. That means you should focus on form, especially “on the way down”. Here’s an example: when bench pressing, keep the weight up for 2-3 seconds and try to slow down on your way down. Make this portion of the movement last for about 5-7 seconds. Try to do same when doing squats, curls and pull-ups.

Pick the right supplements

Supplements are great—they improve your performance and allow you to shed fat and gain muscles more easily. However, don’t think that more pills automatically mean more muscles. Getting the right type of quality pre-workout supplements and hitting the gym hard will give you the best results. Don’t concentrate on supplements so much that you neglect your workouts!

Be careful with carbs

A little excess of protein will not make a huge damage to your body, but too many carbs will eventually become fat. But you need carbs to grow! They create fuel for your body, they enhance post-workout recovery and keep your cortisol levels low so the stress doesn’t destroy your body. So, how can you find that golden ratio and get enough carbs, but not too much? Most professional bodybuilders and personal trainers advise loading up on carbs after the workout. This is the ideal way to gain muscles and keep fat from accumulating.

Keep track of your progress

If you’re serious about your muscle gain, you have to keep track of your progress ON PAPER! If you can memorize all your measurements and training statistics, then congrats—you’re a genius, but most of us can’t do that. Writing things down is your safest bet. Putting the numbers of your reps and your weight on paper will increase your chances of reaching your goal. Pro tip: sharing your goal on social media and talking about it with your friends will additionally increase your motivation.

Get enough sleep

Catching enough ZZZs is super important during bulking. If you don’t get 7 or 8 hours a night, you can seriously set yourself back and put your progress in jeopardy. Sleep will recharge your metabolism and optimize your body for fat loss!

If you follow these tips and tricks, you’ll manage to gain muscles and avoid getting fat. You’ll also feel full of energy, both in the gym and out of it, and ready to give 100% towards reaching your dream body.

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