The ultimate reading list for newbie travelers Comments Off on The ultimate reading list for newbie travelers 2102

Before you go traveling for the first time, you’re going to get a lot of crap advice from people who don’t know what they are talking about.

They mean well, of course, but they have never been traveling themselves so they aren’t imparting wisdom – just vague warnings based on what they have heard. These are the people who will tell you that it is more dangerous than it is, or that you are damaging your future career prospects, or that travel is unaffordable and unsustainable, or that you should stay only in five-star resorts and wear your backpack on your front.

However, when you start reading and listening to the messages from people who have actual travel experience, you’ll hear a different story. You’ll learn that the world is not as dangerous and scary as people think, that travel can be much more affordable than you know and that it’s possible to have truly amazing experiences if you are willing to go outside your comfort zone.

So, before you travel I highly recommend reading and listening to the messages from people who have actually been on the road and know travel first hand. They will be able to give you realistic advice so that you begin your first journey with the right expectations.

Fortunately, there are a TON of great travel resources available out there, developed by actual travelers who have real-world experience navigating the globe. These are the blogs, books, podcasts, etc. that I would recommend you read and listen to if you are preparing to go traveling for the first time.

Blogs

Legal Nomads

Jodi is one of my favorite travel writers on the internet. She shares the perfect balance of personal narrative and practical advice. Even though she publishes huge, long, in-depth posts, they are so well written that you can read through a 10,000-word post without even noticing.

Every newbie traveler should read her incredibly comprehensive page of Travel Resources where she shares a ton of helpful information and advice. Then, visit this page to find more links to her other tips and information on traveling the world. Also, take the time to read some of her beautiful personal travel essays, such as Silence and Spiders: 10 Days at a Vipassana Meditation Course.

Nomadic Matt

Matt is one of the biggest travel bloggers out there – and for good reason. He offers really solid, valuable, useful travel tips that are helpful for any newbie traveler. For example, here are 61 Travel Tips to Make You the World’s Savviest Traveler, 12 Things I’d Tell a New Traveler and 14 Major Travel Scams to Avoid.

(That last one is particularly important to read. You’ll have a much safer journey if you know what scams to watch out for.)

Expert Vagabond

Matt Karsten is a travel photographer and professional blogger with a ton of experience – he’s been traveling the world for 7 years. His site is filled with an incredible amount of useful information for a newbie traveler and he explains in-depth how travel doesn’t have to be expensive and the world isn’t as dangerous as you think. Plus, his photos are gorgeous.

You can get a lot of entertainment and vicarious thrills by reading Matt’s crazy travel adventure stories, such as squatting with gypsies in caves in Spain or getting tattooed by a monk in Thailand. However, he also offers a lot of valuable travel tips and advice, such as a huge regularly updated page of budget travel resources and advice that will help you with finding cheap flights, planning, saving money, safety, and much more.

Wandering Earl

Earl is another blogger I love who has serious travel experience – he’s been to 101 countries so far and has been traveling since 1999. His blog is packed with great info, so spend some time exploring it. One of my favorite posts of his is The Currency of Pad Thai, which explains eloquently just how affordable travel can actually be.

TravelFish

If you are going anywhere in Southeast Asia, I highly recommend you bookmark Travelfish. It’s an independent travel guide covering Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Myanmar.

No matter what tiny island or small town you find yourself in, Travelfish probably has a guide to the hotels, weather information, things to do, transport, and more. Plus, they have a travel forum where you can ask questions when planning your trip.

Roads & Kingdoms

Okay, so now you’ve read plenty of practical advice from wise, experienced travelers. It’s time to read some intriguing stories from the road that will inspire you for your trip. Roads & Kingdoms is a fascinating collection of travelogues from odd and interesting corners of the world. It often features off the beaten travel locales, food adventures, and insights into different cultures and makes for a great read.

Books

Vagabonding by Rolf Potts

You know that feeling when you read a book and it completely changes your way of seeing the world and the way you live your life? Well, that’s what Vagabonding did for me.

I read it while I was backpacking around New Zealand in 2009 and it taught me that I didn’t have to live a conventional life and that travel didn’t have to be something that you did once when you were young. I learned it was completely possible to travel the world for long periods of time in a sustainable way.

So, that’s exactly what I did and I’ve been to 50 countries since, traveling the world as a digital nomad and working from my laptop. Seriously, this book is inspiring and if you have the travel bug it just may change your life too.

Back in 6 Years: A Journey Around the Planet Without Leaving the Surface

I read this book before I went traveling for the first time and it certainly was one of the factors that inspired me to go. It’s the true story of a man who travels around the world for six years, circumnavigating the globe without leaving its surface.

He gets across the Amazon by boat, across Canada by bike, and sails across the South Atlantic. It’s funny and gripping and of course, he gets into a lot of mishaps along the way. This book left me breathless with excitement and wanting to circumnavigate the globe too.

The Four Hour Workweek

This is another one of the books that I read in my early travel days which helped to change my mindset. Now, full warning here: Tim Ferriss is a bit of an extreme dude and some people find him a bit off-putting.  A reviewer described this book as being locked “in a room with a manic-depressive person during the manic part of his cycle” and I can understand that. He’s obsessed with trying to hack and optimise every aspect of his life and that leads him into overzealous, crazy experiments with diet, sleep, etc. – most of which isn’t helpful for the average person.

However, if you can get past the manic ramblings and disregard the stuff that doesn’t work for you, there is some golden wisdom in here for newbie travelers. Basically, Tim is a bit of an egomaniac but the important thing I got out of it is that you don’t have to experience the world the way you were told you should.

Tim explains that you don’t have to be rich to travel often and he encourages taking “mini-retirements” throughout your life rather than planning to retire when you are older. He encourages you to rethink the status quo and imagine your life as you would really like to live it, which can be very inspiring. You don’t have to work nonstop for 45 years then retire – there are other options for satisfying your travel urges.

Podcasts

Extra Pack of Peanuts

This podcast is run by Travis and Heather and they offer a lot of helpful travel tips, including how to use airline points, what travel gear to bring, how to use your phone while traveling, and more. As well as the podcast, their website also has a ton of helpful resources.

Zero to Travel Podcast

This is another helpful and practical podcast that offers tips for traveling on a budget, dealing with life on the road and other questions that newbie travelers may have. It promises to offer “new and different ways to travel the world no matter what your situation or experience.”

These are just a few of the blogs, books, and podcasts that I would recommend you start reading and listening to if you are planning to travel for the first time. There’s so much wisdom out there being shared by those who have made the journey themselves.

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What we love about Apple’s iOS 12 Comments Off on What we love about Apple’s iOS 12 49105

The 2018 Apple event was a genuine expression of Apple’s ingenuity and dedication to their users. It wasn’t about new shiny things, it was all about the users this year. It featured outstanding changes to all the platforms and introduced groundbreaking software that will be talked about years to come. It was an outstanding success. It was the much-needed change of pace that Apple needed to dispel all rumors, scandals, and reaffirm their place in the tech world. The event was loaded with gizmos and updates, the likes of which can only be referred to as revolutionary. There are a lot of things that we love about iOS 12, and here are the highlights.

iOS 12

The latest update of Apple’s mobile software came equipped with some of the most family-friendly and digital health features to ever grace a smartphone OS. Rather than push people towards screens, the new iOS actually makes an effort to help users reduce screen time, thereby allowing them spend more time in the real world. The digital health bar helps users set all sorts of limitations while using their mobile devices. These limitations include; time limits on certain applications, activating do not disturb at night, and so many other little features here and there.

Memoji

Although it seems like an attempt to recreate the already popular feature that Samsung introduced – AR Emoji, Memoji is not only better named, it comes with tongue detection that lets you create all the tongue related emojis you want.

Other amazing stuff

There are new Google photos-like features in the new updates. It comes with suggestions, reminders, and it is incredibly intuitive when you search for photos. Some say it might be better than Google photos’ find features.

Siri gets more intuitive

The latest iOS update has made Siri feel less like software and more like a real personal assistant. The new update stores your usage information, suggests and allows you to tailor certain actions, and sometimes even alter them. The shortcut app is used for this function, and it basically ensures that your needs and specifications are made convenient with the click of a button.

macOS Mojave

Fret not macOS users, Apple didn’t spend the entire event going on about its mobile operating system. This new OS, like its predecessors, is named after a beautiful natural phenomenon. Like iOS, it comes with numerous updates and additions, the most noticeable and beloved being the return of the dark theme. Originally a star feature of earlier iterations of macOS, it finally makes a grand return to the Mac stage, so to speak. It can be easily accessed from system preferences on the Apple menu, and it works with Apple apps for now.

macOS also comes with an improved Safari browser

It’s still basically the same, except there is a new feature that helps you keep all the ads at bay. It does so by maintaining a tighter grip on user information and basically stops websites from singling you out for ads. macOS also comes with a ton of shortcuts and commands to help your experience feel more organized and smooth. There are quick-action settings for actions like organizing the desktop and watermarking documents, etc.

watchOS 5 basically turned all Apple watches into phones

watchOS 5 introduced a competent web browser, Siri’s suggestions, and a voice message system. This completely revamps the Apple Watch and makes it slightly less tacky than it really is. Its fitness software was also revamped, after all, that is half its functionality. It now has a new feature that automatically records your exercise session in case you forget to start the timer.

AppleTV finally supports Dolby Atmos

The much-anticipated update to the iTunes library has finally arrived. The complaint about AppleTV’s incompatibility with Dolby Atmos on supported programs and movies has finally been addressed. Like all the other changes to AppleTV, it was an improvement on the previous standard and so far, so good. There have been no problems.

Of course, this doesn’t begin to cover all the amazing things that happened, but these features really caught our eye. If we had to pick, these updates were the best thing about the event, of course, that is only our opinion.

Should I hire a personal trainer? Comments Off on Should I hire a personal trainer? 38208

That is a great question; one that has no clear answer. I guess to answer this question, you need to ask yourself a couple of questions and the first is: Do I actually need a personal trainer?

This question logically precedes the original question because it’s important to establish just how important exercise is to you. There is no reason to hire a personal trainer and pay him/her a lot of money if you don’t feel that you are dedicated enough to fitness as a whole. However, if it’s important to you, then by all means we can proceed to the next question.

Am I satisfied with my results?

Since it’s crystal clear that you are dedicated to the whole exercising thing, then you need to proceed to the next question which is far more important than the first. The second question is more important because it accesses your footing and your desire to grow and help you determine if hiring someone to guide you is the next step in your fitness journey. When working out we all see gains. Regardless of what you are into, it’s always present. It’s one of the general perks of sticking to a workout routine. And usually they come either quickly or slowly depending on how hard and well we workout.

You need to ask yourself how satisfied you are with your current rate of gains and improvements. Are the gains coming fast enough? If they are not then you might want to consider hiring a personal trainer to help you get those gains much faster. Most people just hop on the personal trainer train right off the bat. Most of them don’t see what they could really accomplish by themselves before bringing someone into it.

This is risky because it not only robs of you of your money, it also robs you of the opportunity of discovering just how good or bad you are at a given field before you have someone help you. Hiring a personal trainer if you aren’t satisfied with your current gains is a great idea. He/she can help you by showing you some tricks of the trade and improving your technique.

At this point, I would definitely say that it’s a great idea to hire a personal trainer. But if you are tight on cash and it’s not a do or die thing, you can always find out if this slow growth or gains is something you can fix or speed up yourself.

Can I fix it?

A reduction or overall halt in gains can be brought about by two factors. The first is physical, as in improper form, intensity, etc. The other is mental. Both factors are incredibly tricky and difficult to overcome alone. Even if you had the help of a personal trainer, it’s still going to be quite a challenge to overcome a plateau. This question cross-examines your ability to deal with your problems personally. Are you strong enough to overcome your plateaus or do you need some professional help? If you need help then a personal trainer is what you really need.

It’s ok to get a personal trainer of you really need it.

The decision to get a personal trainer isn’t particularly an easy one – or cheap one. If you are confident that you can push yourself to the next level, I see no reason to get a personal trainer but if you aren’t in intermediate need and just need a little push, then you can be in the beginner’s section and just need someone to show you the ropes of a fascinating and dangerous new world. In this case, research might not be enough, you might choose to hold onto a personal trainer for a couple of months until you break the whole “working out thing” down and get accustomed to everything that comes along with it.

To speed things up.

You could also be an intermediate athlete or an expert and you feel like you might need the personal touch of a professional to speed up your gains because you might be preparing for something big or important. In instances like these it’s great to hire a personal trainer. Nobody observes and sees your excesses like an outside party. Supervision to maximize gains is never a bad thing.

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