The ultimate reading list for newbie travelers 0 1764

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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How to fit exercise into your busy schedule 0 31817

Making the decision to start exercising is always easy. You just make up your mind, say the words, and you’re done, right? Finding the time to exercise, however, is the hard part in making such a commitment. Integrating a workout schedule into your daily life is never an easy task. Some people cannot give up all that time, their day is already packed as it is, and they simply don’t have the extra time to do squats or crunches like other people.

So, how do you find the extra time to do all that exercising?

It’s quite simple: you make the extra time or manage your time better.

Here are a few tips to squeeze extra time so that you can get in your day’s workout:

Wake up earlier

This tip is obvious. Waking up earlier will definitely give you more time to fit in your morning exercise, surely you can sacrifice 30 minutes of beauty sleep.

Thirty minutes is sometimes not sufficient for those with experience. They need more time to cover all the exercises that an extensive workout entails, and having realized this, they usually do one of two things.

Wake up earlier to get more time to exercise or incorporate a HIIT (high intensity interval training) workout into your workout regimen. A HIIT workout entails several exercises done in quick succession with very minimal rest time between each repetition. It’s an effective way to squeeze your workout into those 30 minutes. HIIT workouts are not only more effective, they also save you lots of time. As effective as HIIT can be, they must be chosen with great care, as the process is quite delicate. Consult a fitness expert before you construct your HIIT workout.

The extra thirty minutes that you’ve added to your day will give you that extra time that’ll help you stick to your regimen without distorting your schedule.

Multi-tasking

This is a rather unorthodox approach to working out, but it can be just as effective. Sticking to an exercise method like multi-tasking requires a great deal of flexibility. Multi-tasking is basically sneaking in a few minutes of exercise into your already tight schedule.

Instead of driving to work, you could run or cycle to work. That way you’ll be making the most out of your normally unproductive trip to work. The trip could be an effective way to trim down or hit that workout goal you set for yourself.

Multi-tasking is not limited to a trip to work, you could also workout while at your desk by getting a desk treadmill or a gym ball.

Spare time utilization

Our weekends are usually flooded with so many activities and chores that we never seem to get any time to exercise. We see it as the time to chill out and pay more attention to the family, or hang out with a boyfriend, or run some errands. Although your weekend might be equally as packed as your weekdays, you could still make the best use of the potential free time you could come across during this time. Saturday and Sunday mornings are generally free for the most part. It could be that time you decide to hit the gym or do some HIIT exercises.

The weekend could be a lot more than just extra time to catch up with all the extra work or chores, you could also go a couple of sets on your dumbbells if you have them or go for run.

Working out at home

Working out at home can save you tons of time by making exercise more fun and less stressful. We all know going to the gym can be time-consuming. The drive to the gym alone could cost you time than you have. And then when you add other time-consuming tasks like, changing in and out of your gym clothes and showering twice, two to three hours are gone for a single visit to the gym. It would be smarter to workout from home. I understand that the gym is better stocked with equipment and professionals, but if your goal is to shed weight, there are a lot of home equipment like pull-ups bars and jump ropes that can help you do just that.

Integrating exercise into your social life

Your social life is no doubt one part of your life that takes up a lot your time. A dinner with a date, an afternoon luncheon, or other social activities could be made more productive. Activities like picnics and dates can be altered to fit into your newly adopted lifestyle. Instead of going for walks with a spouse, you could go for a run. Or a casual trip with the kids to the park, could be changed to cycling in the park instead. A picnic could be changed into a hike or something fun.

Taking up exercising doesn’t have to be difficult. Exercising can perfectly fit into your life without disrupting it. Social events can be made more fun filled and productive.

Sex positions you should definitely try 0 63355

Well, I can’t speak for everyone, but I definitely speak for most when I say that sex is a sensitive subject regardless of whom you’re doing it with. Having sex with just one person can get boring eventually, the initial fire gradually dies down and sex starts becoming a chore. When this happens, you need something to breathe life back into your relationship. This means exploring and trying out new things in the bedroom. Relax, I don’t mean buying a gallon of lube or buying the Kamasutra, nothing that adventurous… yet. When I mean explore, I mean trying new sex positions.

This might sound crazy, but I’m telling you, a little pleasure doesn’t hurt anybody. Exploring is not for everybody and that’s ok. Some people aren’t wired that way, however, if you want that spark back then you should definitely try some of these sex positions.

The bridge

A true sex position from the pages of the Kamasutra. It requires lying down from the ground and pushing your torso up from the ground and holding it at the level where he can penetrate. This position requires a lot of flexibility and strength, so don’t be bummed out if you and your partner can only maintain the bridge for a couple of seconds. This move is one of the more adventurous moves, and it gives you an excuse to show him how athletic you are.

The piledriver

This sex position sounds and looks painful doesn’t it? Sounds like a pro-wrestling move or something. Well, it’s the exact opposite. This position eliminates all the space between you two and ensures maximum penetration. Don’t worry, it’s not as boring as it sounds. Believe me, you’re in for a roller coaster. This position, much like the first one, requires a degree of flexibility on both parts. But unlike the first one, it doesn’t require a lot strength. This position is a bit on the wild side, so I would recommend you pace yourself.

High knee

The high knee is a simple, yet exciting sex position. You’ll feel kind of silly that you didn’t think of it before. It involves you and your partner getting on your knees in a comfortable position. You both lift a knee so that his left knee is raised while your right is raised. Then you just both go to town on each other. The high knee is best when done on a bed. You don’t want your knees to get tired or bruised mid-sex. 

X marks the spot

This position starts out by laying back on a horizontal surface, then he penetrates from the vagina. It’s called X marks the spot because the legs are crossed as he penetrates. This position can be done on virtually any surface. The bed, table, countertop, take your pick. 

The high chair position

This position is my favorite on this list. You just get to sit down and let him pound. This position is fantastic through the vagina and even better with anal. The angle of this position facilitates the perfect entry. It’s unlike a lot of generic positions will get you there.

Reverse cowgirl

This is a treat for the guy; the reverse cowgirl is just the cowgirl in reverse. Instead of looking into his eyes as you ride him, he will be staring at your ass while you rock him. The best thing about cowgirl positions is the control it brings. These kinds of positions allow you to control the depth and speed. Something that makes the experience totally different.

Woman lying on top

This position holds a special place in my heart. I like to sometimes call it the ‘inverted doggy-style.’ It involves the man lying under and you laying on him as he keeps your thighs closed and trust upward. You should try to keep your legs together throughout. This tightness puts extra pressure on the clitoris and that’s where you want all the extra friction to go.

Doggy-style oral

No traverse into the unknown is complete without covering all the bases. Oral sex is what lays the groundwork for a proper orgasm and it’s the most important part of foreplay, but enough of that… let’s describe the position. You start off by getting in the doggy-style position and then you let him go down on you from that angle.

These positions are a combination of weird, flexible, and unconventional. They are bound to put the spark back in your relationship. You don’t necessarily need to have a slow sex life with your partner to try this out, you can even try them out just cause you want to. These positions don’t even begin to scratch the surface of great sexual positions, there are numerous others out there and I suggest you go go after it.

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