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5 top tips if you’re travelling long term

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Long-term travel sounds like such a glamorous concept, and it’s probably fine if you have the money to be able to afford it! You need to keep in mind that travel can be an expense, but I think it is also one of the best ways of improving your life and enriching your future. Long-term travel really allows you to find yourself and work on deciding the direction you want to take your life in.

Whether it’s backpacking, couch surfing, or hotel living, long-term travel can provide all sorts of really amazing opportunities, and this is one of the reasons why I love it. It is a great way of seeing more of the world and reality changing your life perspective. So, you want to arm yourself with some of my amazing tips that are going to help you make the most of this experience. Here are five of the best ones I hope will help get you started right now.

1. Choose your destination(s) carefully

I would advise you start by making sure you choose the right sort of destination or destinations for long-term travel. This often involves separating the great places from the not so great, and this can be challenging. Identify the places you want to visit, but also try to make sure you know what you want to do when you’re there.

One of the places I absolutely insist you add to your bucket is the Indian city of Jammu, known locally as the City of Temples. This is a picturesque paradise with plenty of cultural heritage as well. Places like this are ideal to experience on your long-term travel adventures.

2. Budget meticulously

You also need to understand that travelling long-term is going to be expensive, and you’re also going to experience different costs in different cities. This is why it’s so important to sit down and come up with a long-term travel budget. Sure, it might sound boring, but you’ll definitely thank me for it later! You’re going to need to know an approximate figure for how much money you need per day in each place you visit, and this is something you should determine as soon as you can.

3. Start saving now

As well as coming up with a budget, I would also advise you start trying to save as much as possible right now. There are a lot of costs involved in long-term travel, and you need to make sure you have some money saved before you go. This is something you need to make a start on sooner rather than later.

If you’re travelling for a long period of time, you might be able to get a work visa so you can earn money as you travel. However, I would advise not relying on this, and making sure you have plenty of cash as a safety net to help you through your travels.

4. Plan, but don’t overplan

It’s important to make sure you plan your adventure thoroughly, but don’t over plan at the same time. I think it’s important to identify the places that aren’t worth your time so you can focus on those that are.

For example, The Secret Traveller from 1Cover reveals that the Spanish Steps in Rome and the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen rank among the world’s most disappointing tourist attractions. You should avoid these, and focus your energy on seeing the things that are going to change your life. But also leave some space in your schedule, because you want a bit of spontaneity to the trip as well, right?

5. Becoming a packing savant

Urgh, the dreaded packing! Look, I hate packing as much as the next person, and I’m sure you’re no different. But, unfortunately, it’s a necessary evil of travel, especially long-term travel. You need to be more methodical and purposeful with your packing for long-term travel because you’re going to need to fit a lot more in.

One of the best packing tips for long-term travel is to roll your clothes so they take up much less space, and you can fit a lot more stuff in. Plan your packing in advance, and make sure you come up with ideas that are going to help you make this a much less stressful experience.

These are just a few ideas you need to keep in mind if you’re preparing to travel long-term. You’re going to have an adventure and an important experience, and it’s one that you need to make the most of.

If you think I’ve missed anything important off the list, please drop me a line in the comments below.

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Tips to Survive Long Travel Journey’s

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Travel is one of the best ways to experience the world. They say travelling the world is akin to living several lifetimes. While most people aren’t pro travelers but one definitely learns with experience.

You make loads of mistakes in fact each escapade is a learning in its own self.  Travel can’t be mastered it’s an ongoing process that comes from missing busses, ignorance about cultures, rituals and countless tiny errors.  So, while you keep learning from your journeys,

here is a small effort to help others by sharing tips that I learnt along my way.

Three tips to help you survive long travel journeys

The recent advances in communication and transportation technologies have even made long-distance travels more comfortable and less tiresome.

Some people crave such experiences, while some would rather stay home than have to endure that 16-hour flight, or the day-long drive across the country. The difference between these two types of people is often their ability to prepare for such journeys. If you struggle to enjoy such long trips, here are a few crucial tips.

Packing

Packing is one of those tedious but necessary elements of any journey. It seems simple enough, but packing well can make or break one’s journey. You don’t want to arrive at the beach only to find that you don’t have a swimming costume with you. Imagine going on a camping trip only to find that there were no batteries packed, or matches for the all-important campfire. It is therefore important to pack well and pack early.

The secret to doing this is to have a checklist prepared. Go through the activities planned for the whole trip and make sure to be well prepared for each thing. Avoid the last-minute rush as it is where most people forget important additions.

Why not pack a bag specifically for the journey to your destination? Think hand luggage on planes, but apply it to whatever mode of travel you’re taking. Pack plenty of snacks if you’re in the car; an audiobook does wonders to pass the time if you’re short on space. Going via ferry? Have a hoodie at hand to stay warm – even when the sun’s shining, it’ll be cold on deck!

Research and Prepare

Spontaneous trips are fun, but there is still no excuse to go to places without planning well. This is especially the case for long-distance destinations. It is important to learn as much as possible about where you’re going. Look at the available hotels, learn about their food and practice some of the local lingo – pleases and thank yous really make a difference, and this is the perfect way to pass time while you’re travelling to your destination. Also check out the general culture, the dos, the don’ts and the expectations.

Before you set off, make sure all devices are fully charged and that there is a backup. Chargers and power banks come in handy during long journeys for those who can’t keep away from their phones and laptops. Stock up on snacks and drinks, especially water and lots of games, especially for the kids.

Emergency

Always expect the best but be ready for the worst. It is essential that at least one trusted person knows where you are at all times. Also, keep your emergency numbers handy in case of any problems such as your car breaking down. This is especially important if you’re travelling with kids! Ensure you have all your medication packed where necessary and that you have taken the required travel vaccinations.

These tips might seem like a handful but they are completely necessary. Following them ensures a smooth enough journey and an enjoyable visit to whatever destination you’ve chosen. Happy holidays!

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Best Place to Shop for Flowers in Singapore

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Every single street has a flower shop, or even several flower shops in Singapore, so finding a florist isn’t really a conundrum, however, finding the right florist, that will give you your bang for the buck might be. With such a large variety of both online florists and flower shops, nobody has that kind of time to go reviewing one florist from another. Which is why I decided to present to you the best florist in Singapore and make your life just a little bit easier and beautiful.

Bouquet of SunflowersIt’s the flower shop that has everything, from fruit baskets Singapore loves to get during the holidays, to grand opening flowers for special events, funeral flowers, and so much more. Whether you need a grand opening flower stand or just an ordinary rose bouquet, their team of experienced florists will jazz it up and make sure that your bouquet doesn’t resemble what you’re used to seeing at your local flower shop. Their creativity and passion really shows, and that’s something nobody can copy, which is why their flower shop sticks out right away.

Cafe at A Better FloristJust like magic, order from this online florist from their website and receive your flowers in less than two hours. Their same day flower delivery is one of the best things about their flower shop. Whenever you want to order, you’ll get a same day flower delivery, that’s completely free.

Fruits & Juices at A Better Florist

Now, if you have an emergency, and we know that flower emergencies can happen, they also offer the best express delivery that comes within 90 minutes, to just about location in Singapore. That goes for their flower, hamper and fruit basket delivery.

Fruit Salad & Chocolate, A Better FloristBeing able to find everything in one place, and being able to get it so quickly has made A Better Florist so noticeable to all of us who shop for flowers, gifts and little tokens of love for our loved ones. The best flower delivery in Singapore does a little bit of everything, but they never fail to design something authentic and attention-grabbing.

Fruit Basket, A Better Florist

Flowers are always perky, the fruits are always juicy and fresh and the hampers are carefully designed with every single detail in mind. It’s hard to find such a dedicated team that pays so much attention to everything, especially when they have so many flower shops throughout entire Singapore. But this is their story, and they’re not afraid to tell it.

If you really love shopping online, and doing everything from your favorite spot at home, you’ll be delighted to find out that A Better Florist has recently expanded outside of Singapore. When you travel frequently, you find yourself in a problem of finding the right gift, or surprising someone on their special day, because you’re not there.

Bouquet of Roses, A Better FloristWith ABF, you can find a Dubai flower delivery a Hong Kong flower delivery and a KL flower delivery. They flower shops are everywhere, which means, you always have your favourite florist with you, even when you’re travelling. As the best florist in Dubai, the best florist in Hong Kong and the best florist in Kuala Lumpur, A Better Florist can’t stop getting a good reputation and a good word of mouth. Just do a little bit of research and you’ll see that they offer the best flower delivery in Hong Kong and the best flower delivery Dubai has, so there’s no real dilemma when you need to send flowers and gifts to someone who’s not near you. A Better Florist is everywhere for you.Flower Basket, A Better FloristThere’s no doubt that trying out A Better Florist’s flower shop should be on your list of things to do when you come to Singapore. It’s definitely worth it.

A Better Florist, Singapore

Recommended without doubt. Your signature flowers and gifts are just a click away!

www.abetterflorist.com/Singapore/

 

 

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Yoga Inspired Workouts… Latest Swag On The Fitness Circuit

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Yoga’s origin goes way back to 5000 BCE, its first traces in timeline comes from Indus Sarasvati civilization. Yoga has come a long way hailing from Vedic Yoga to Pre-Classical to Classical to Post Classical to Hatha Yoga and now to Modern Yoga.

Yoga has seen various dimensions in its demonstrations and reasons for being practiced. Today, many people are switching to Yoga or the modern yoga owing to the environmental and lifestyle pressures.

The latest on the fitness radar is Yoga inspired hard-core fitness workouts like connecting plyometric, strength training, aerobics and Zumba into creative combinations to offer a Kick-Ass Yoga Experience.

It’s no more about the body being fit, it’s more about a peaceful mind, fit body and a relaxed soul. Yoga offers various workout forms for strengthening mind, body and soul in totality. Many fitness gurus and trainers are now looking at workout programmes that are inspired by Yoga.

On the eve of the International Yoga Day, we spoke one to one with practitioners of both worlds’ and here’s their take on why Yoga-inspired Workouts are catching up fast.

Mrs. Chetna Gandecha, Yoga Practiser

Our first guest on the block is Mrs. Chetna Gandecha, aged 45 years, practising Yoga since she was 16 years old. A passionate and an ardent fan of Traditional Yoga, she started initially to benefit her friends and family but her dedication broke the barriers and word of mouth publicity got her so much response that it led to the formal establishment of her academy called “Synergy Yoga”.

Today, after almost 5-6 years of rigorous training and benefiting various clients, she has extended her fitness programmes with many other variants like aerobics, Zumba and Yoga. Synergy Yoga today has a new name & identity as “Yoga with Chetna”.

Mind & Body talk with Chetna Gandecha of “Yoga with Chetna” Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Chetna Gandecha Performing Yoga

1. When did you start performing Yoga? What inspired you and how is it a part of your lifestyle today?

CG. I started practicing Yoga when I was 16 years old, youngest in my class, it was incidental but I enjoyed my sessions thoroughly way back then. Few years down the line, I found myself was struggling with few health issues.

That was when I turned to Yoga with utmost seriousness and it was indeed a turning point in my life. My improved self-being brought me so much peace that I thought of giving it back to the society and started practicing Yoga professionally. Today it’s part of my life, my academy keeps me on my toes and motivates me to understand different requirements and explore newer dimensions to help my clients achieve their fitness goals. It’s gratifying feeling to have happy & healthy clients.

Chetna Gandecha in a Yoga Pose

2. What is your take on Yoga vs. Gym for fitness?

CG. Both platforms are meant for fitness programmes, Gym offers various formats where workouts are mechanised to deliver results on the overall body, however, one basic difference that Yoga scores over all fitness formats is that it awakens your senses and overhauls your mind and soul. I am a trained Zumba & Pilate instructor but personally I am an ardent fan of Yoga.

Chetna Gandecha at her Academy

3. How can one decide if Yoga or Pilates is right for you?

CG. Yoga is a complete body, mind and spirit workout. It has evolved over centuries, more than 5000 years ago into different forms like Ashtanga, Kripalu, Bikram & Vineyasa. Yoga is a flexible form and each session offers various variations, postures and sequences.

Pilates is much younger, about mid-20th century, conceptualized by an athlete called Joseph Pilates. It was started for rehabilitation and strengthening. Pilate focusses on mind and body with the sessions being more structured.

4. What role does Diet play while practicing yoga?

CG. There is no special diet rules for yoga practitioners though Yoga advises a vegetarian and natural diet. It’s important to eat in moderation. Vegetarianism helps to promote inner peace and harmony of all five senses.

A yogic diet ideally follows a sattvic or pure food. A combination of fresh fruits, vegetables, cooked whole grains, milk, legumes, nuts and seeds.

Chetna Gandecha Practicing Yoga with Kids

Chetna Gandecha at her Synergy Yoga Event

5. How early and how late can one make Yoga a part of their lifestyle?

CG.: This is one question I am asked most often and I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again and again that anyone and everyone can practice yoga. It doesn’t matter who you are, how fat or how skinny, how strong or how weak, how young or how old.

Looking at today’s stressful lives, I think Yoga should be practiced by each one of us, age is no bar for practicing a healthy life. Yoga brings in incredible quality to our lives and its international recognition by the west goes to prove that Yoga is a blessing to people of its native origin.

I feel it should be made part of school syllabus and we should encourage our growing generation to instil a healthy lifestyle from beginning.

nitiniti MaldInternational Yoga Day at Infiniti Mall in Malad (w), Mumbai

6. What top qualities should someone look for in a yoga instructor and studio?

CG: I believe there are 5 essential traits a good yoga instructor should possess other than certification.

  1. Ability to connect with each member of the class.
  2. Presence during class- each member should be involved in forms demonstrated by the instructor.
  3. Energy & Personality: Instructors’ personality makes a lot of difference as it motivates its members.
  4. Flexibility to offer variation to its members.
  5. Love of yoga- your body language should display your love for yoga and not reflect it as a structured monotonous routine.

Studio Requirements:

  • What’s important while choosing a good Yoga studio is the ambiance and environment internally of the studio should be calm and serene.
  • The batch sizes should be comfortable to be managed by instructors and class should not be cluttered.
  • Most importantly, the Studio should have certified and trained teachers.

Yoga at Indian Medical Association Mumbai Branch

7. What do you find rewarding about being a yoga instructor?

CG. Yoga has changed my life and I have acknowledged it many times. The first & most rewarding experience in my life was getting hale and hearty myself. That was my first union with Yoga.

Teaching Yoga too has definitely been rewarding as your students/clients that come with pre-existing ailments and pain. Yoga cannot promise a cure for any ailment but Yoga offers less pain and pain management and in some cases pain does go away altogether. Any such benefit is the biggest reward any Yoga instructor can get. Yoga offers me instant gratification of helping others on a daily basis and I think this service is far above than commercial gains.

Certifications

Chetna Gandecha Certification in Advance Pranayama

Official Certification in Zumba of Chetna Gandecha

Certificate of Face Yoga Awarded to Chetna Gandecha

Reebok Instructor Alliance Certificate of Chetna Gandecha

To connect with Chetna Gandecha of “Yoga with Chetna”
Subscribe to her Facebook page: www.facebook.com/Yoga-With-Chetna

The second guest on the block is a Young and Active 32 year old Yogesh Sawant certified level 1, 2 and 3 Fitness trainer and certified Yoga Teacher from Premanand Yoga Centre.

Yogesh Sawant, Fitness Trainer and Yoga Teacher

We spoke to Yogesh who has been in training since 10 years. And this is what he has to say about Comparing Exercise practice Vs. Yoga training.

 Yogesh Sawant giving Fitness Training

I am certified to offer both formats of Fitness training, however I am not biased towards any one; rather as a Fitness instructor, I feel it’s best to use the best of both worlds and tailor-make workouts for your clients.

Personally speaking I, understand my client’s areas of concerns and then offer workouts that are a combination of Functional training, Cross Fit, Pilate & Yoga. My clientele consists of few celebrities from Indian Television & Fashion Industry.  All these years I have trained over 300 clients who prefer personal training other than my clients in the Gym’s that I have worked with.

 Yogesh Sawant Performing Fitness Training

I believe there is a fundamental distinction between weight training, functional training & Yoga. Weight training, one focuses on specific areas of the body and strengthens the muscles, as it develops muscle mass away from bones.

 Yogesh Sawant as a Fitness Instructor

In yoga, the muscles are drawn onto bones evenly all around in order to support bone frame of body. Many clients of mine come with problems like Thyroid, Muscle pains and slow metabolism. One thing I have observed while training them is that most clients have bad eating habits, hypertension and erratic work schedules. My training thus offers a complete tailor made workout with dietary recommendations and discipline on work-sleep schedule while Yoga helps me offer them relaxation of mind body and spirit.

Certifications.

Yoga Training Certificate of Yogesh Sawant

Fitness Trainer Certificate from Talkwalkars to Yogesh Sawant

Yogesh Sawant is a trained certified fitness trainer from Talwalkars Fitness Solutions P.Ltd. Mumbai. Currently working with Arena Fitness Mumbai.

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