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How To Make Commuting In Texas Less Stressful

25 June 2016

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With all of the challenges in the job market, sometimes you need to make compromises. It could be that where you live right now doesn't have much in the way of well-paid jobs. Or perhaps you're qualified for a job that isn't widely available, and you need to look further for it. In either case, the truth is that more and more of us are having to commute to work. In Texas, as big as it is, that can mean long journeys. In sweltering heat.
Studies have shown that people who have to commute to work are, on balance, less happy than people who don't. And it makes sense. If you can just hop in your car and be at work in 15 to 30 minutes, that means more time in bed, quality time with your family and a better diet. Having to be up and out the door while it's still pitch black doesn't set anyone off to the best start.
But sometimes if you want the best job you have to be ready to travel, at least until it's practical to move or a similar position opens up nearer to you. In cases such as this, your commute should be as easy as possible. Windows down or up, it can get pretty hot on a cross-Texas commute. As such, it's handy to think about ways to make the commute from hell a little more heavenly.

1. Flexible Working Schedules
Not every employer is going to offer it, but if you have the chance to arrange it then sometimes a different schedule can help. If there is some work you can do from home, then you can spend more time with your family. For the time that you do have to spend in the office, you'll be much more serene.

2. Don't Drive, Leave It To Someone Else
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Driving for long periods of time is not a great way to get ready for work. The traffic is out of your control, and you can spend forever looking for a parking space. However, public transport links are improving all the time. If your job involves traveling from Dallas to Houston, it can be a lot better to avail of these improvements. Listen to some music, take your laptop and watch a film. Arrive in a good mood.

3. Stay Over From Time To Time
It may sound counter-intuitive for someone who wants to spend more time at home. However, sometimes there are advantages to staying overnight in a hotel in the city or town you're working in. If it means you can get to the office earlier and be done sooner, then you can get home at a civilized hour, eat dinner with your family and be more relaxed. Showing this ability to be flexible will also encourage your employer to be more flexible with you.
Chances are, you'd still rather have a more convenient job. And it is certainly important to bear in mind that your physical health and emotional well-being outrank everything else. However, these are ways to make commuting less stressful, not remove it entirely. And for as long as you've got to do it, you may as well do it in a more pleasant way.

Spherical Accommodation in Canada

Are you the quirky type and long for weird, unusual, or even one-of-a-kind travel lodging experience? Have you tried sleeping in a spherical accommodation in the woods? How's that for a start?

Well, tree-huggers and adventurers will surely love this spherical accommodation nestled in a coastal rainforest in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It is a quiet area so you can have a peace of mind, perfect relaxation amidst Mother Earth.

The spherical rooms are equipped with the basics such as a bed, table, chairs, toilet and bath. It also has electricity where you can plug in your gadget when you still have to get connected to the urban world. They also have wi-fi!

The whole place is called Free Spirit Spheres. You can stay a night or spend the whole week or even longer if you wish to relax and just be one with the nature. There are common areas for guests to socialise and use some amenities like the galley kitchen, sauna, and even enjoy barbecue cook-outs. So, start ticking that bucket list of yours!

You can find more information about these beautiful spheres in their website:

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Easy Ways To Make Any Trip More Memorable

17 June 2016

All of us have memories of trips and travel experiences that stand out in our minds. Whether it was the activity, the people or the place, these trips are often the ones you enjoyed the most. We all also have trips that aren’t as memorable for one reason or another. Their details quickly become forgotten and overtaken by the unforgettable trips we’ve taken. None of us want to go on a trip that we will forget about as soon as we get home. Thankfully there are things you can do to make every trip one to remember. Use these easy ways to make any trip you take from now on far more memorable and enjoyable.

Go outside of your comfort zone

No matter how long your trip is, make a conscious effort to try something new each day. You can swing with dolphins at the Atlantis Resort in the Bahamas. Or touch real icebergs in Iceland's Jokulsarlon Lagoon. Talking to strangers, solo travel and trying unusual delicacies are also options you might consider. Going outside of what you are usually comfortable with is a simple way to create a memorable trip. It can also help you feel accomplished and more confident, which are feelings that you can take home with you. So start thinking about activities that you might like to try but never had the courage to before. If it’s something that scares and challenges you, it will be even better.

Be present

While you will understandably want to take photos on your phone or camera, try to refrain from doing this too much. Seeing the world through a screen or lens is not the same as experiencing it first hand. Allowing yourself to be present for every second of your trip will help you discover more. When you are checking social media or playing with your camera, you could be missing the sights, people and culture of a place. So turn them off and use your eyes to capture the wonder instead. Not only that, being present is considered the best way to protect yourself from thieves and potential hazards.

Take your time

Having a packed itinerary is an excellent way to see as many places and attractions as possible. But it doesn’t give you the chance to learn and discover more. While you can driving from one location to another, you could be exploring one place more thoroughly. So to make your next trip more memorable, give yourself plenty of time to experience every part. You never know who you will meet or what attractions you might uncover. The additional freedom it can provide will also make you more open minded and less worried about your limitations. So visit few places and stay for longer to create a trip worth remembering.

So whether you travel a lot or very little, these suggestions will help you create memories you can remember for all the right reasons. Travel is something all of us can gain a lot from, so do whatever it takes to make it as memorable as possible.

Travel In Style With Fashionable Carry Ons

12 June 2016

There are plenty travellers out there who won't settle for anything less than stellar, from their air ticket, to the hotel they are booking, to the fancy restaurants they are going to dine to, and to the pretty and stylish luggages that will hold their fabulous stuff.

Well, not all of us can afford such lavish lifestyle while we still enjoy the fancy perks of travelling every now and then. And if you are one of those who travel in style and have the means to really go for it, here are some fancy and stylish travel luggages for the ultra fashionista out there. They are sleek in design, well-polished, and have the sturdy yet confident look on their design.

Ted Baker "Cosmic Bloom" Travel Bag

Tumi 'Voyageur - Oslo' Compact Wheeled Carry-On

This carry-on looks masculine with its polished and clean look and rather bigger handle. I think it's perfect for any gender as it looks very stylish and luxurious at the same time.

Longchamp 'Le Pliage' Wheeled Carry-On (21 Inch)

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Coach Bleeker Travel bag

This is a perfect bag for overnighters and short trips. Also a great accompaniment for your luggages. This beautiful Coach leather bag is for men, but I don't mind using it for my travels due to its roomy and sleek design.

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Kenneth Cole Reaction® Renegade 20-Inch Expandable 8-Wheel Upright In Purple

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Fossil Estate Framed Duffle

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Bric's 'Bellagio Metallo' Rolling Carry-On (21 Inch)

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Gucci Signature Leather Duffle

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Louis Vuitton Pegase Legere 55

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And when you've finally decide which bag is the most suitable for your style and personality, match it with a nice travel accessory like a luggage tag or strap.

Problems That Can Halt Your Travel Plans And How To Deal With Them

10 June 2016

It’s that time of year again where everyone starts to think about traveling to an exotic location around the world. That could be a popular destination in Europe or perhaps a less popular destination in South America. You might be going to a packed tourist destination such as Disney world or a small island off the coast of Hawaii. Either way, one thing is certain. You don’t want anything to disrupt your holiday plans, and there are lots of things that could. This is a problem that’s going to affect you both emotionally and financially. Particularly, if you haven’t insured your holiday. That’s why my first piece of advice to you is this.

Get Travel Insurance

If you can, you should make sure that all your travel plans are insured. Be careful whizzing through this purchase online too. It’s usually offered as an add on after you book your flight. You need to make sure that you have complete, not just partial coverage. If you only have partial coverage, you’re not going to be insured for all the things that could go wrong. Usually, it’s just if you’re ill or, and it might not even cover the people who you are flying with. You can get extra coverage arranged online for a minimal additional cost. It’s worth it to protect what could be a big investment in a holiday. Everything that you book for your holiday can be insured including car hire. When you book a car for your holiday, make sure to check that the cost is fully covered.

Avoid Missing A Flight

There are a few ways that you might miss a flight to your chosen destination. One possibility is that you simply don’t arrive at the airport in time. It’s important that you don’t underestimate how long it takes to get through baggage control. In can be anything up to a few hours depending on what country you’re traveling from. That’s why you want to make sure you arrive at the airport at least a few hours before your plane is scheduled to leave.

Typically, the other issue for missed flights is when you have connections. If possible, you should try and avoid getting a connecting flight. It does usually cost more to get a direct flight. But typically, it is worth it. If your flight is delayed, you’ll miss your next one and suddenly your holiday is in jeopardy. At the very least, you’re going to lose a few days of the holiday that are already paid for.

Lost Luggage

It’s not a bad idea to take a few pieces of clothing in your hand luggage. Just in case you do have the misfortune of losing your luggage. Again, avoiding connecting flights will severely limit your chances of losing your luggage. Though it is still possible. Another preemptive precaution is to mix and match the bags. If you’re traveling with other people, make sure there’s at least one item of clothing for everyone in every bag. That way, no one will have to deal with having no clothes for the holiday. Most luggage does turn up eventually, but it can take a few days.

If you avoid these issues, you’ll have a holiday without the nightmares that you often hear about.