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6 Ways of Getting Your Body Ready for Summer

By Guest Blogger Diana S.

6 Ways of Getting Your Body Ready for Summer

 

Summer is almost here and it is time to get our bodies ready for it. Long days at the beach are slowly closing in and you want to be sure you are ready to rock your new bathing suit and enjoy the summer. If you think you’ve put on a little weight or you just want to tone up your muscles, here are some of the changes that need to be incorporated.

Stay hydrated

Water is essential throughout the whole year, but during the summer you have to pay attention to it even more. Summer can be harsh on our bodies since strong sun dries out our skin and we lose plenty of water by sweating. That’s why you need to start drinking plenty of water right now. Additionally, if you are working out for the summer, the lack of water will make your workout sessions less effective because hydration is essential for performance and fat-burning.

Cut back on processed food

Bread, pasta, bagels, crackers and cookies are all filled with bad processed carbohydrates that will do you no good. They certainly are tasty, but such foods are filled with sodium and preservatives that will hold water in your body and cause bloating. So, if you are craving some food and you are at the store, check the ingredients listed on the package. If you cannot read or pronounce the ingredients, don’t eat it. Instead, opt for small servings of fresh fruit and veggies that will actually help you get ready for summer.

Increase the intake of natural diuretics

In order to lose a few pounds and get rid of all the toxins in your body, you should rely on natural diuretics. Such foods will make it easier for your body to get rid of excess fluids. These include cucumbers, lemons, green tea, asparagus and any other foods that have a higher concentration of potassium, vitamin C, magnesium and caffeine. Plus, such foods are rich in antioxidants that will protect your skin from the negative effects of the sun.

Exercise more

If you want a bikini body, then you must not skip exercising. Get your gym wear ready and commit to an intensive full-body strength workout at least three times a week. Such a workout will burn the calories, boost your metabolism and help you develop muscles. Also, make your belly and bottom top priorities. Glutes (bottom muscles) are some of the biggest muscles in your body and they will require more energy and effort, which will result in more burnt calories. As far as your belly is concerned, it is one of the essential elements of looking good, so commit to some core exercises three times a week.

Reduce alcohol

Every type of alcohol contains plenty of bad calories that will only pile up. So, if you’re used to drinking every once in a while, try cutting back. You will reduce the calorie intake and you will feel better overall. Plus, you will manage to preserve a healthy metabolism and it will be much easier to exercise and get better results with a limited alcohol intake.

Try fake tanning

Lastly, you can try out fake tanning and be completely ready for summer. You don’t want to show up on the beach pale and almost see-through and lack of tan might get you some serious sunburns. So, try out different tanning options before you go out and enjoy the sun.

Don’t wait the last minute to start working on your summer body. Commit to exercising and watch your diet and you will be ready in no time.

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The Moving Home Manifesto!

The Moving Home Manifesto!

Moving home is never easy yet some people seem to thrive on the adrenaline rush of packing up all their belongings and heading to the other end of the country! Others, hate the prospect of relocation and do everything that they can stay put. Whichever category you fall into, there are some things that you simply have to consider when you are selecting your new home and arranging the move.

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Selecting the location of your new home.

There are several factors that you have to take into account when you are selecting your new home. The most important is location. Obviously, you want somewhere that looks and ‘feels’ nice and seems to be somewhere that you could fit in. However, there are several practical issues to bear in mind when you are making your decision.

You need to think about;

  • How far away is the new house from where you work? What is the traffic like at peak times and what are the public transport links like? Could you walk or cycle to work?
  • What are the local schools like? This is obviously vital if you have children already or are planning on having kids soon.
  • What are house prices doing in the area? If house prices are rising, this house could be an excellent investment. If they are falling, it could be a financial disaster.
  • What are the local amenities like? Where will you do your shopping? Where will you exercise and where will you socialise?

Take a few weeks to familiarise yourself with the area before you make any final decisions. Moving home is expensive and so you don’t want to do it too many times unless you really want to.

Getting ready to move

The day of the move is always going to be hard work but with the right help you can achieve it without too much stress. Select a professional firm like these movers who provide an all-round service. You can get help from them to de-clutter before you go. This can help with selling your house (it makes it look bigger) and gives you less to unpack at the other end. You can also use their storage facility to keep larger items that are getting in the way and get them delivered to your new home.

Start preparing to move several weeks before you actually have to go. Pack up all the things that you do not need regularly. The loft and the basement are the obvious places to start. You will be surprised by how much stuff you are willing to donate, give or throw away at this stage!

Organize your packing by room and label everything. You may not unpack all the boxes for several weeks after you arrive and you may need to find something in a hurry!

Once you have everything packed up in your trucks it is only polite to give the house a quick clean. After all, that’s what you will want to see when you arrive at your new house!

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How to Kick the Sugar Habit

How to Kick the Sugar Habit

Sugar is in everything. It’s pretty hard to avoid these days so our average intake is way higher than it should be. Along with being the leading cause of type 2 diabetes, it also lowers the function of white blood cells, has links to different types of cancer and generally leaves you feeling not at your best. People who have cut down on or completely cut out sugar often comment on how energized they feel and how much easier it is to get through a long day. Here’s some tips for kicking the sugar habit.

 

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Re-think Your Grocery List

If you’re buying a lot of ready-made meals and sugary snacks, it may be time to re-think what you’re buying. Processed foods are the worst for sugar content so you should avoid them like the plague. If you’re having trouble with finding the time to cook, try using some free time on the weekends to do most of your prep work. You can chop up a weeks’ worth of roasting vegetables within an hour. Don’t be tempted to buy chocolate and sweets to keep in the cupboard for guests or ‘emergencies’. If it’s there you will eat it! Out of sight, out of mind.

 

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Replace What You’ve Lost

A smoker doesn’t quit without any help. They are offered nicotine patches, chewing gum and other ways of relieving their cravings while coming through the initial stages. It’s the same for any kind of addiction. When it comes to sugar, you need to replace refined sugars with natural sugars, like those found in fruit. You may want to take a look at some of the tips and advice from places like boulder co. Get yourself a good selection of fruits and when you feel the need for a sugary snack, grab an apple instead of a bar of chocolate.

 

Make Your Own

Store bought sauces and dressings come with a shocking amount of sugar included. If you use sauces in your cooking on a regular basis, you may find it valuable to make your own. Why not try out this recipe for pasta sauce? You can also start making smoothies or juicing your fruit and veg to make sure you’re getting enough nutrients in your diet. When you switch from unhealthy eating to healthy eating, you’ll be surprised how quickly you notice the changes.

 

Treat Yourself Once in a While

Once you’ve gone without sugar for a few weeks, you could slowly start to introduce it back into your diet. After all, it’s not something you need to completely avoid. However, by this time you should be able to control how much you’re eating and how often. For example, if you go out for a meal once a week, it’s okay to treat yourself to dessert. It doesn’t mean you can demolish a box of chocolates every time you have a bad day at work.

 

With the amount of sugar put into our foods, it has become no less than an addiction for many. Kick the habit and watch the results take place.

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Don’t Let DIY Become DI-Sigh!

Don’t Let DIY Become DI-Sigh!

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When you’ve got a problem with your home that needs fixing, or a renovation that needs completing, then there’s definitely an amazing feeling of accomplishment that comes with getting your hands dirty and completing the project yourself. But while DIY is admirable in many ways, you also have to acknowledge that there’s a lot of opportunity for things to go wrong.

 

DIY can be a pretty dangerous game if you’re not playing it properly. It’s essential that you don’t underestimate these sorts of tasks, because you could end up making a bunch of common errors that range from expensive to downright dangerous.

 

Here are the DIY errors you need to avoid!

 

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Not accepting that you’re not the right person for the job

 

Your biggest enemy in DIY can be yourself. Your determination to complete a certain task – be it to develop your own skills or simply to save money – ban put you in some dangerous situations. You need to assess each project or plan very carefully and ask yourself honestly if you’re experienced or equipped enough to be dealing with it. In fact, there are certain tasks that you should probably leave to someone else without even giving it that much thought. Let’s say your roof needs some work. In this sort of situation, you’re really best leaving it to people who do it for a living, such as SonShine Roofing. The fact is that roof work is probably the most dangerous home maintenance task there is – it’s definitely best left to someone else 99.9% of the time.

 

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Assuming all tools are equal

 

You can get the vast majority of your usual DIY essentials for pretty cheap. Drills, saws, box cutters, wrenches, hammers – a lot of companies make these things, and the prices at which you can get them often reflect their perceived “basic” status. But, at the end of the day, you get what you pay for, and this is especially true in the world of DIY and construction. If you’re not willing to fork out a little more for really high-quality tools, then you could end up doing a really shoddy job. In fact, you could even increase the risk of suffering an injury. A cheap, flimsy saw, for example, makes slipping easier. While workers shouldn’t get into the habit of blaming their tools, there are definitely tools that are better for the job than others.

 

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Trying to do it as fast as possible

 

Yeah, we get it: you want to get it done as fast as possible. Sometimes this is because you want the project completed within a certain timeframe. But a lot of the time this occurs because people start to run out of enthusiasm or patience about halfway through the project. So they start rushing things slightly. Protip: do not give in to the temptation to start rushing the project! You’ll end up with a sloppy job once it’s completed, and you’ll also increase the risk of injury. If you’re really feeling less enthused and confident, then call in an expert. They can pick up the task from whatever stage of completion it happens to be in.

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Stop Worrying So Much About Medical Operations!

Stop Worrying So Much About Medical Operations!

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Surgery is an amazing human accomplishment. Actually getting into somebody’s body in order to fix problems and not simply making the problem worse? (We’re looking at you, Middle Ages.) It’s up there with some of our greatest achievements, along with flying and the harnessing of electricity.

 

But despite all our surgical advances, there are still loads of people out there who are terrified of the idea of getting surgery. This isn’t to ignore the fact that pretty much everyone has some kind of anxiety about going under the knife. It’s not exactly anyone’s idea of a good time.

 

But for many people out there, it’s a little more acute. It goes beyond mere discomfort and anxiety and into a state of fear of an upcoming surgery. And who could blame them, really? When you go into surgery, you’re giving up power. You’re knocked out and handed to a bunch of people with extremely sharp instruments. Professional and talented people, yes… but still.

 

If you’re feeling nervous, then here are some tips for you.

 

Keep your mind occupied

 

There’s usually long time between the creation of the appointment and the surgery itself. It can be weeks or even months. The problem is that leaves a long time for the imagination to wander to unpleasant places! This is why you need to keep yourself as busy as possible. Exercise is great for this, as long as it’s compliant with your doctor’s orders. Books, movies, video games, creative projects, volunteer work, going out with friends… as long as it keeps your mind off of the upcoming surgery, you should consider it!

 

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Ask about alternative surgeries

 

Less invasive forms of surgery aren’t always highlighted by doctors, generally because they have a vested interest in you going with a particular type of surgery. You should inquire with your doctor about other treatments. You could get equally beneficial treatment without open surgery? Laser surgery, for example, is a lot less scary for many people. It’s not just for eyes; even spine problems can be dealt with using laser surgery!

 

Educate yourself!

 

We fear the unknown more than we fear anything else. This applies greatly to this situation. After all, you’re submitting yourself to a situation of pitch blackness while people prod at you with knives. But there’s paradoxical behavior that people engage in that makes it all worse: they’re convinced that reading more about the surgery will make their anxiety worse. In fact, the opposite is true; getting more details will reveal that it’s not as scary as you thought. Laser eye surgery, for example, seems pretty intense – but if you read into it, you’ll see that it’s actually nowhere near as scary as people think.

 

Nurture your trust

 

Not everyone medical professional is Gregory House! Doctors aren’t going to think any less of you or talk to you like you’re an idiot if you have concerns. Speak frankly with your doctor about your concerns. If you can get to know your surgeon a little more – even if it’s by researching their record – it will be much easier to be less anxious about going under their knife!

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Finding A New Home On The Cheap

Finding A New Home On The Cheap

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For many people, it might seem impossible to be able to move into a new home without spending a lot of money. On the surface, this might seem to be fair enough. After all, the housing market is something which you can reliably expect to rise and rise, and more and more people each year fail to be in the position of being able to afford a new home. But the fact of the matter is that there are plenty of other options available too, not to mention different ways of thinking about the whole process, which can easily make getting a new home much cheaper and sometimes even faster. Let’s have a look at some of those options now.

Start Small

Perhaps you feel that you will have the necessary money one day, but you just don’t right now. If this sounds like you, then you might want to think about starting small. This is actually quite straightforward to do. You might have your sights set on a fabulous three bedroom detached house, but maybe you need to aim for something smaller first? What about an apartment in the city, for example, or something like a villa? Although it might not be your ideal, the important thing is that it would help you to get your foot on the ladder. Once you’re in, you will be able to build your wealth little by little, until one day you can afford that house of your dreams. Start small, and you will probably feel a lot less overwhelmed by it all.

Build Your Own

Of course, there is no rule that says you have to buy your new home. Increasingly, people over the world are turning to the option of building their own. You might have thought of this and dismissed it instantly as a bad idea, but have you really thought about the implications and benefits of building your own home? First of all, it is usually much cheaper than buying, as you can achieve a lot more for the same kind of money. It’s also true that you will be able to make your home into whatever you want – any style, any size or shape, any location. It is a longer process, for sure, but even the amount of time can be reduced by building something a little simpler than a house. Sites like www.buildloghomes.org can be goldmines of information about how to build alternative homes – and those homes are usually much cheaper to put together, especially when compared to buying a new house. It’s worth considering.

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A New Location

If you’re struggling to find any options in your area, then maybe that just means that it’s time to move to a different area. Look at hoa.org.uk for advice on this topic. There is nothing that says you need to stay in any particular location, and once you start looking further afield you might even run into some locations which are considerably cheaper not only to buy in, but to live in. It’s worth looking at other countries just to be sure that you are finding the best deal for you.

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Environmentally Conscious? Here Are Some Home Improvement Ideas

Environmentally Conscious? Here Are Some Home Improvement Ideas

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Most people understand the need to protect the environment for future generations. Indeed, that is why some homeowners spend a long time planning their renovations. They want to improve their property in an eco-friendly manner that isn’t going to create a negative impact. With that in mind, there are some excellent tips on this page you might like to consider. If you’re planning to spruce your dwelling during the next few months, you can use this article as inspiration. As you will discover, sometimes the smallest changes can make a massive difference.

Use paint instead of wallpaper

There is an ongoing discussion about the eco benefits of paint vs. wallpaper. Some people claim the processes used to make paint harm the environment. However, they don’t require companies to cut down more trees. For that reason, decorating your walls using long-lasting paint is always a wise move. You can rest assured that rainforests are protected, and you’re not adding to the world’s deforestation issues. Just head down to your local DIY store and look for something that fits the bill. Experts from Cameron Davidson Painters & Decorators say it’s possible to save a lot of money. You just need to consider searching online and checking specialist sites for discount deals.

Install solar panels

Solar panels are still the best solution for getting free energy. In some instances, you can even make money from the devices. That is because electricity you create will feed back into the grid. At the end of the year, you’ll receive a payment if you’ve generated more than you’ve used. The cost of installation is sometimes a worry for homeowners. So, it’s vital you realise you don’t always have to buy them outright. There are many government-backed schemes for people in your position. So, it’s sensible to check your local authority’s website for more information. You could save a fortune.

Make use of natural light

There are many different ways in which you could make use of natural light in your home. One of the best is to knock out walls and add more patio doors. That means your family gets to benefit from the sun rather than artificial solutions. Of course, adding skylights is also a sensible move. The best course of action will depend upon the size and shape of your house. However, there are specialists you can call for advice. Just search online if you don’t know where to start. With a bit of luck, the articles you find will help to point you in the right direction.

As you can see from the information on this page, there are many eco-friendly alterations you could make to your home this year. So, now is the time to work out how much you can afford to spend and create your plan. With a bit of luck, you could limit your adverse impact on the environment without breaking the bank. Opting for the DIY approach to any improvements could help to save you a fortune. So, maybe you should get your overalls on and your hands dirty?

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Hiking Tips for Beginners

By  Guest Blogger Scott M.

Hiking Tips for Beginners

Introduction

The fresh air, the cool breeze during a hot summer day, and a shady spot to watch the sun´s shadows dance in the valley below you: this is what most of us dream about when we imagine a day of hiking through Nature. However, without the right preparation, your hiking trip might be better defined by swollen knees, clouds of mosquitoes, and soggy hiking boots.

For those people who are new to the world of hiking, it is important to understand that enjoying a quality hike takes much more preparation than simply lacing up the old hiking boots and driving to the nearest trailhead. Below you´ll find four simple tips to help you find ways to motivate yourself to get into the wilderness and enjoy a perfect hike.

Why Should You Hike?

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Everyone knows that our bodies need exercise. The sedentary lives that we live have led to several dangerous health conditions ranging from obesity to diabetes. Hiking offers an opportunity not only to exercise, but also to enjoy moments of physical exertion. Recent evidence has shown that people find exercise while being in Nature as more enjoyable and less physically draining.

In addition, taking regular hikes offers an opportunity to reduce your stress levels and improve your overall mental health. When you go to the gym for a quick workout, chances are that you´re carrying a load of problems with you as you simply try to make it to your goal on the treadmill. When you´re hiking through the woods, however, it´s much easier to allow your problems to temporarily disappear as you regain perspective of the most important things of life.

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, hiking allows us to regain contact with the natural world of which we are a part. In our industrial and consumer culture, meaningful contact with Nature has become a rarity at best. Our lives are lived within the confines of manufactured housing, cement streets, and air conditioned offices. Escaping from these man-made environments for a short hike into the wilderness allows us to rediscover our ultimate belonging to the natural world which holds us.

Four Tips to Motivate You to Get Off the Couch and Into the Wild

If you are ready to start enjoying the benefits of hiking, it is important to plan ahead. One disastrous hiking trip can turn you off to hiking for years to come. Just as you wouldn’t try to scale Everest on your first outdoors trip, so should you also take the necessary time to ease yourself into the world of hiking so that it becomes an enjoyable, lifelong pursuit.

Start Slow

This first bit of advice, should be common sense. If you aren´t a proficient hiker, don’t try to complete a 20 mile day hike on your first go. Even for people who are in fairly decent shape, a 3 to 4 mile round trip hike will make you feel the physical exertion. Also, be sure to trust the trail ratings that describe a particular hike. If the hike is listed as strenuous, you might want to opt for a shorter “moderate” hike or a slightly longer hike that has been rated as “easy.”

Find a Place that You´ll Love

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If you hate the heat and the burning sun, your first hike probably shouldn’t be in Death Valley National Park. Similarly, if you dislike the wind and cold, you should probably avoid trying to hike to some bald knob or mountain top. Think about what type of natural environment you most enjoy, and search for a hike that will take you through that natural setting. This will make your initial experience with hiking enjoyable and gratifying.

Couple Hiking with Some Other Activity You Love

One of the best parts of hiking is that you can combine a hike with some other activity that you enjoy. If, for example, you enjoy photography, there is no better place to practice your photography skills than while hiking through some beautiful, natural area. If you enjoy writing poetry, take a pen and paper along with you in your backpack and hike until you find the perfect spot to give you the inspiration you need.

Don´t Go Alone

While the ability to find deep peace and solace while hiking alone through the woods is definitely one of the privileges of hiking, you should probably invite other people along during your first couple of hikes. Having other people near you can help to alleviate some of the potential drawbacks and difficulties that a hiking trip might unexpectedly bring. Save the solo trips for when you feel more comfortable and proficient with hiking.

The Transformation that Hiking Will Bring into Your Life

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After a couple positive hiking trips, you most likely will begin to feel healthier, more relaxed, and more centered on the important things in life. You will also find that every weekend you´ll be searching for new places to explore and discover. To help plan another great hiking trip, check out LiveOnceLiveWild.com, which has quality complete guides to some of the best national parks our country has to offer.

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5 Things That Shouldn’t Stand in the Way of You Staying Healthy

5 Things That Shouldn’t Stand in the Way of You Staying Healthy

When you’re trying to stay healthy or improve your fitness, there are always obstacles in the way trying to trip you up. That’s just the way it is. But it’s up to you to overcome these problems and do your very best to go further and achieve more with your health and fitness. It might not be easy, but it can be done. Here are 5 things that you shouldn’t let stand in your way as you try to stay healthy.

  1. Lack of Motivation

Motivation is key when it comes to staying active and making the right diet choices. If you are not motivated throughout the journey, you will eventually give up and go back to your bad ways. That’s not what you want to happen, and it’s that kind of action that could damage you in the long-term. So, find a source of motivation. This can change when necessary, but make sure there is always something driving you forward. That way, you’ll stay on the right path.

  1. Bad Excuses

We’ve all made bad excuses for our failings and shortcomings before. It’s not something to be proud of, but we’ve all been guilty of it at one time or another. When we don’t want to do something, it’s very easy to rationalise this and find excuses that sort of fit. But that kind of action is not going to get you anywhere. Instead, you need to be more honest with yourself and stop coming up with ways to excuse your shortcomings.

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  1. Recurrent Health Problems

There are some health problems that are linked to your diet and can flare up from time to time. Bowel problems and stomach problems are classic examples of this. Many people use these recurrent health problems as a reason not to stay healthy. But even on a constrained diet you can achieve a lot; you just need to get creative. You can also use things like over the counter ibs medication to treat any symptoms that might hold you back. This will help you stay on the right path.

  1. Work

For most people, work is the thing that takes up the bulk of their time. And that means that it is often the thing that stops them cooking healthy food or going for a job. That’s why you need to find new ways to incorporate exercise into your daily routine. You could choose to walk up the stairs more often rather than taking the elevator. Or you could prepare your own lunch rather than relying on fast food outlets. All of these things make a difference.

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  1. The People Around You

Finally, you should think about the people around you. Are you going to let other people’s habits lead and influence your own? That shouldn’t happen. Just because other people are eating in a different way and have different lifestyles, that doesn’t mean that you have to follow their example. Never use other people as an excuse to let your own health and fitness slide. You will only regret it later if you allow this to happen.

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Tips for Choosing the Right Means of Transport for Your Trip

By Guest Blogger Marie N.

Tips for Choosing the Right Means of Transport for Your Trip

 

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There was a time when travelers had a very limited choice of means of transport to choose from, and they had to make their trips by trains or boats. Today, that is not the case. If you want to travel, you have access to a wide variety of options. This abundance of choices is making things easier for modern-day travelers. On the other hand, it brings a whole range of new questions that can make things even more complicated for you. If you are having any doubts concerning transport options you should use, here are some tips that should make your choice clearer.

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Provided by guest blogger Marie N.

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Know the purpose of your trip

Traveling for business, pleasure or family emergency are all different purposes that require different approaches. For the last one, for instance, the speed of your arrival is imperative, so it would probably be best to stay away from buses and trains (unless your destination is very close to your starting point) and book a plane ticket. If you are going on a holiday, and time is not of the essence, you can either rent a car or decide for other road transportation option.

Look into your budget

In most cases, the budget will have a large impact on the way you will reach your destination. You don’t want transport to eat half of your travel budget, do you? If you’re on a shoestring budget, consider renting an affordable car. Research your destination because some countries, like South Africa for instance, have very cheap train transportation.

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Provided by guest blogger Marie N.

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Consider the length of your trip

So, you have rented a car, but will you be able to sit behind the wheels for more than 10 hours? Probably not. At least not if you want to be a responsible and careful driver. If you plan to cover a large territory, such as Australia, where the distance between two cities can be thousands of kilometers, it is always best to go with a reliable bus charter. If you are determined to travel on the ground, you’re in luck; Australia also has very well-constructed roads, so the drive will be long, but not bumpy.

Intermediate stations or one-way trip?

It is not the same if you are traveling from New York to Chicago directly and if you want to truly get to know a region and make multiple stops. For example, many travelers who go to Europe really want to see Paris and Vienna, as well as many other cities of the continent. The best way to achieve that is by taking Eurail train tickets that allow you to save money and see everything you want to see.

Provided by guest blogger Marie N.
Provided by guest blogger Marie N.

Image 4 – Train

How many people are you traveling with?

The number of travelers will largely impact your choice. Sure, if you are traveling with a friend or two, you can go by with renting a car, but if there is a whole bunch of you, you should think of alternative means. Traveling with a newborn is also a significant game-changer car (with an appropriate car seat) or a plane is the safest choice. Also, while some plane companies allow pet passengers, others won’t, so do your research.

Pros and cons of different options

In the end, you should always weigh in on the pros and cons of the available options, here are some ideas:

       Planes are the fastest option, but often the most expensive one too.

       Trains have extensive networks in many countries and are affordable but, in some destinations, they’re not very fast or reliable.

       Buses are a good way to explore the country and travel with larger groups or meet new people, but they shouldn’t be used for very long distances.

       Cars give you maximum freedom and independence, but they also require more attention and responsibility.

Provided by guest blogger Marie N.
Provided by guest blogger Marie N.

Image 5 – Car

Considering these crucial factors will help you choose the appropriate vehicle for every situation, and your trip will be as relaxed, comfortable and hassle-free as it should be.

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