Stop Putting It Off! Procrastination Is Killing Your Productivity

Procrastination kills so many brilliant ideas. It’s one thing to just say “quit procrastinating” though, as it’s kind of a no-brainer. The question is HOW to quit procrastinating. One thing that works for me? Mel Robbins’s 5-Second Rule.

This is where when you have an idea, either you immediately start it right then and there, or note it in a checklist you regularly complete. This prevents your idea from getting sucked into “one day I’ll….” purgatory and gives it a powerful chance to manifest.

Tired of not getting the things you know need to be done accomplished to improve productivity? Try Mel Robbin’s technique or get a professional to give you that extra accountability!

10 Things You Can Try To Start Healing Your Gut

I try and eat healthy every day, but sometimes circumstances make it challenging. For instance, a few weeks I went on a 4-hour road trip to Eugene from Tacoma. I’d only packed one sandwich and the event lasted all day (my fault for not packing better of course).

We ended up stopping for some MOD Pizza, which, don’t get me wrong, is fantastic eating. But because I’d been on such a strict plant-based, minimal processed foods diet prior to that, it caused a stir in my gut.

Luckily I brought all of my multivitamins, which includes my [Life] enzyme pills. Just two of those did the trick within 5 minutes. Outside of poorly planned road trips, here are ways I normally keep my digestive system clean, healthy, and properly functioning:

  1. [Life] Enzymes
  2. Probiotic
  3. Greek yogurt w/almonds and blueberries
  4. Psyllium Husk Fiber
  5. Organic Greens by Paleoethics
  6. Glutamine
  7. Almond milk
  8. Apple cider vinegar w/”the mother”
  9. Ginger and Turmeric Tea
  10. Organic bone broth w/garlic, cayenne, lemon juice, turmeric, black pepper, and paprika.

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Blog: Why We Need This Force Called ‘Time’

I heard something interesting about the concept of time. The Infinite Source, or God, or The Spirit, whatever you call It, implemented time in this plane so that manifestation doesn’t  happen immediately.

What kind of sense does that make, right? Well let me explain. Suppose you and a buddy get into a heated argument. Let’s say this is in a plane where time doesn’t exist, and thus the idea of “instant manifestation.” You guys throw around some choice words, one thing leads to another, and he says to you, “GOD I wish you were dead!!”

Presto. You’re dead. Instant manifestation.

Time allows us the chance to rethink our decisions. To weigh benefits and consequences. To reflect. To decide, then put forth action to make it happen, before it happens.

This is why you have to be sure of what you want. Then, when you decide what you want, commit to it. Use the force of time wisely and put forth the effort through action to manifest and make it happen while also being highly mindful of your desires as well…

 

How Meditation Can Help You Be You

The Power of Meditation Is Gaining Traction

Meditation is one of the best ways to re-center yourself and calm the mind. Today, America is seeing a huge rise in the popularity of meditation. Not only are individuals taking up the practice to heal the mind, body and soul, but employers are as well.

Our world is becoming increasingly fast-paced every day. We’re at a point in time where if you’re caught slipping and you slow down, you’re bound to get left behind, especially in a capitalistic America.

Many people claim this fast-paced society as their reason meditation can’t fit in their schedule. Even more disheartening as that many people think you need to believe the power of meditation in order to reap their benefits, which is simply untrue. Too many people get discouraged when they believe they’re incorrectly meditating. A few of the common reasons I hear either from people who won’t try meditation or have stopped altogether:

  • Thinking too much during meditation
  • Not enough time to get into a trance
  • Don’t have the space
  • Don’t know how
  • Believe it’s nonsense

These are just several reasons I’ve heard as to why people don’t or won’t meditate. It’s a shame, because with education and proper guidance, meditation can change your life and even help you not just keep up in this fast-paced world, but thrive. Here are just few ways meditation can benefit you in your life.

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“The thing about meditation is: you become more and more you.” ~David Lynch

It Keeps You Focused

As you know, single-point focus is a critical element to success. Many of the highly successful cite having razor-sharp focus as a major reason for their triumphs. Thankfully, some meditation techniques are specifically tailored for focus. One common technique to hold your focus is to key in on your breathing. Tune in to the ups and downs of your breathe while allowing all thoughts to drift without judgement. Don’t worry about having too busy of a mind; your mind is just doing what it is programmed to do. The key is not giving any weight to those thoughts and reverting your focus right back to your breathing.

It Helps You Become More Decisive

Because meditation forces you to redirect your mind, you’re able to see things more clearly and make better decisions. The practice of contemplation meditation forces you to allow you to intentionally “notice” your thoughts for a few milliseconds without putting any emotion or actions to them. Doing this gives you clarity by allowing you to observe your many different thoughts as they enter and leave your conscious, rather than holding on to one or a few thoughts and giving them weight for an extended period of time, preventing you from moving onto an even potentially better solution.

Your Mood and Emotions Will Be Easier To Control

Studies show that meditation releases the feel-good hormones melatonin, serotonin, endorphins, and GABA (the “calm chemical”) while also decreasing your body’s cortisol (the “stress hormone”) levels. What this means is regularly meditating for even ten minutes a day can reduce stress, boost happiness, and earn you better night’s sleep, and we’re all aware of how impactful sleep is to our mood!

A less moody and emotional you is more productive, energetic you. All the more reason to find some time in your day to meditate.

Finding The Time For Meditation

In the morning, try these three things:

  1. Wake up about 15-30 minutes earlier than you usually do.
  2. Brush your teeth, wash your face, then find a comfortable place where you won’t fall asleep.
  3. Before you get out of your pajamas and into your work clothes, sit down and meditate for at least 10 minutes, focusing solely on your breathing pattern. Even if it’s just 5 minutes, that conscious time without thinking can be enough to keep out negative thoughts as they come up throughout the day.

If your mornings are too rushed and you just can’t find the time, try finding a quiet space during your lunch hour to sit quietly for 5-10 minutes, breathe, and just be. Over time and extended practice, you’ll find it easier to focus on your tasks while not succumbing to distractions. This benefit from meditation alone is a major reason many large corporations are employing holistic health professionals to incorporate meditation into their workplace as part of larger corporate wellness picture.

Bottom Line: Meditation is Catching Steam for a Reason

At the beginning of the millennia meditation was still widely confined to a few, with medical studies just beginning to rise and confirm its benefits. Now, with the science and testimonials backing it, the Western World is finally waking up to the wonderful and healthy benefits meditating. If you’re still skeptical, give it a shot at your local free meditation Meetups or workshops and let a professional guide you through the process. You have nothing to lose and many benefits to gain!

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3 Common Distractions Towards Success And How To Eliminate Them

Every day we are bombarded with distractions that keep us from achieving our goals in the time we set them out for. Some distractions, like family, roommates, and the inner circle, are unavoidable and require tact to work through. Others, like the internet, are completely avoidable and just takes a high degree of self-control to conquer. Here are three common distractions that keep us from achieving our goals and how we can work through or around them to accomplish what we set out to do.

1. The Internet

The internet is the event horizon of a black hole: once you’ve reached a certain point, there’s no coming back. In terms of distractions, what that means is once you’ve allowed a certain amount of negative or useless material into your mind, you’re doomed to be pulled into a vortex of negativity and unproductivity the rest of the day.

Keep in mind that negativity and unproductivity are two different things. Negativity can lead to unproductivity, but positive experiences, such as getting online with friends for games during a time designated for self-development, is also unproductive.

Social media, Facebook in particular, is usually the culprit for wasted time. It’s scrolling interface, content variety, and mass appeal make it nearly impossible to stay away from for more than twenty four hours. YouTube is a close second, with endless video and streaming content making it too easy to get sucked into for hours.

Although it’ll take an astounding degree of self-control, avoiding social media is indeed possible. The key is organization. Set time away specifically for social media. Doing so and sticking to your schedule keeps you from constantly scrolling the internet throughout the day, throwing away countless productive hours. I usually set my time to check social media in between my first work session (30-minute break) and two hours before bedtime.

2. Your Job

We often tend to bring our troubles from work home with us. On-the-job worries such as deadlines and difficult bosses and co-workers can make leaving work at work easier said than done. However, it’s still critical to your peace and productivity to check all of your problems at the office door.

To help with this, try meditation. Meditation helps you move beyond thought without putting weight to it. At work, of course you have to think about the work you’re doing. But when you’re off the clock and driving home, let all thoughts of work loose and focus instead on the good that’s on your way home. Think about that idea you’re now able to dig deeper into, or the chapter of that self-development book you’re able to finish.

Even if it’s just for five minutes, at least give your mind the chance to get away from your job. If your 9-5 is not a bigger part of your future, ask yourself why you’re stressing so hard. If it is, understand that worrying literally does nothing but take you away from the present moment, robbing you of any opportunity to come up with a solution. If it’s that important, stay at work and take care of it or come home, give yourself a breather, then finish it at home. If not, set away an hour of “worry” time two hours before bed and direct the rest of your time towards productivity and being in the moment.

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3. Your Home Life

Whether you’re a father and trying to juggle children, a husband/boyfriend needing to please his other half, or you have multiple roommates working different hours of the day, home distractions can be a major factor in any road blocks towards your goals. It’s the trickiest of distractions of all to handle because they involve loved ones or ones in your inner circle.

Regardless of relationship, boundaries are critical. Without them, miscommunication occurs, leading to confusion, hurt feelings, frustration, and anger among all parties involved. What you should do is establish “You” time where nothing or no one is allowed to penetrate your wall of concentration. Outside of children and emergencies, that time is reserved for you and should be treated as if you’re punched in at work and on the clock. Friends and family should know not to interrupt you during these hours. If they don’t, you’ll either need to be more firm establishing your boundaries or you’ll need to find somewhere more productive to work where your time and efforts are more respected.

Bottom Line: Distractions happen, but we have a choice how we handle them.

Distractions are going to occur. They’re inevitable as a matter of fact. The key to your own success and happiness, however, is what you choose to do with distractions. You can either succumb to them or overcome them. The choice is all yours. It just takes some guidance and remarkable self-control to achieve.

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Vitamin Voyager: Intro To Plant-Based Bodybuilding Portion of Mind-Body-Soul Program

Hey everyone! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but I’ve been modifying my posts to fit the goal of VVN.

In this video, I talk about my 8-Week bodybuilding workout I created years ago while training for competition back in my Air Force days. Now, as a certified Holistic Health Coach with over 100 credits of nutrition and wellness-related courses from Arizona State under my belt, I’ve tweaked my workout to include a more science-backed, plant-based diet with heavy emphasis on breathing and tuning into your body. This bodybuilding routine is a key component in my 12-week Mind-Body-Soul program.

Along with the “body” part of my program, I’ve been putting much time into mindfulness and spiritual/inner-self practices. As I continue my research and absorb the knowledge, I add to the program, so stay tuned for A TON more exciting stuff on life-altering changes on the Vitamin Voyager Network!

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Wellness Travel Blog: My Long Story-Short Excuse as to Why I’m Just Now Visiting Colorado

Colorado Has Been A Long Time Coming…

Back when I worked for American Airlines, Colorado was one of my top destinations to hit first. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to. Seattle and San Francisco were up there on the list as well and was able to hit those spots. Not to mention my first non-rev trip internationally was to the Caribbean (Grand Cayman Island), an area prioritized on my destination list. So I can’t say I should be ashamed of my self for not being able to make it to Colorado during my time working for American.

Well. . .

To be honest with you, I’ve had plenty of opportunities. Right off the bat, I’ll name some factors contributing to missing some of my priority destinations:

1. Work

I held two jobs at the time, working 50+ hours a week, 6 days a week. In such a short time frame I could only do day trips unless I got someone to pick up my hours at the airport job.

2. School

At the time I was working my American Airlines job I was in the upper undergrad classes (the 300 and 400 classes. Sorry if I’m confusing you!). The work was getting more stringent, increasing in both quality and quantity. Buckling down was paramount. This meant sacrificing some potential days to hit some hot spots in Denver.

3. A Toxic Relationship

It’s not that I was in a relationship. Couples travel to Colorado all the time. It’s that I was in a bad relationship. Of course, the smaller issues like our time off not aligning played a role in us not being able to get to some of our destinations. The bigger issues, however, were that we just couldn’t get along. And that’s an understatement. We argued and spoiled one another’s energy so frequently that we sucked any enthusiasm out of the will to travel. On our limited time off, we just wanted to be home.

These are all recipes for missed Colorado opportunities. Well, here I am today to tell you I’m finally en route to the Mile High City, Colorado! Land of the beautiful Colorado Rockies (I’m a mountain man regarding visual vitamins). The greatest difference now from two years ago? I’m single. And no, it’s not bashing on the amazing travel and wellness couples who journey the world and grow together. As a matter of fact, you inspire me! I’m sure if you have an IG, FB Page, SC, Twitter, or website and you post frequently about your adventures together I follow you. By being single, I mean I’m away from a negative situation that held me back in more ways than one. Among those things was travel.

Diving Into The Detail. . .

I’d mentioned earlier that one of the things holding us back from ever getting to Denver was our inability to ever mesh our work schedule. Whenever we traveled, either one or both of us had to get our shift picked up or use vacation time. That wasn’t the biggest issue, however, as we were clearly finding ways around our work schedules not meshing. The greatest impact that relationship had on my not just getting to Denver, but broadening my traveling experiences in general, was on my drive. The constant arguing and problems drained me physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. It threw its muck onto my passion for travel, culture, and exploration. At one point, I wasn’t too sure why I was still working for American Airline, as my drive and motivation for travel had diminished, becoming wrapped in a constant feedback loop since the more I stayed home and missed travel opportunities after hours of work, school, and maintaining a relationship, the more my drive to get out and travel declined.

Needless To Say, A Trip To Colorado Is Long Overdue

This Denver, Colorado trip particularly inspired me to write this because there is more meaning to it. While I was working two jobs at the time, I remember coming to the conclusion that my current way of living was no longer sustainable and that something had to give. Unfortunately, my other job paid the larger portion of my bills, so I knew my time at American Airlines could be coming to a close. One of the trips I had to make before making my decision to leave was getting to Denver. I’m going to make it a goal of mine to visit as many mountain ranges around the world as I can so my own backyard would be a start. Well, things didn’t pan out due to more arguments and unhappiness, and that time came when I had to make a temporary hiatus from the airline industry. It was the beginning of some dark and confusing times in my life.

On a positive note, two years and an Institute for Integrative Nutrition Health Coach certification later, I’m back in the airline industry pushing for innovation in the Wellness Travel industry while enjoying the revival of a true passion of mine: travel.

I’ll be sure to post pictures of my trip to my Instagram @vitaminvoyager as well as tweet, make Facebook posts on my page, and create videos on my Snapchat of the same username. If you have any recommendations for great local tea/kombucha/smoothie shops, health and environment conscious restaurants, awesome outdoor activities within reach of public transportation, and yoga and meditation retreats/business, please feel free to share them below!

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Onward To Alaska

Over the years, visiting Alaska has increasing climbed my to-do list. One of the things I’m looking forward to most now that I’m back in the airline industry is the cheap ability to explore. Not just travel and sightseeing the usual attractions, but really veer off course and explore the other parts of what this beautiful world has to offer. Working for Alaska Airlines, I am blessed with the luxury to travel free to many cities in the U.S. and very cheaply worldwide. As you’d expect, the airline has many routes to Alaskan destinations like Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Kodiak, Bethel, Barrow (the northernmost city in the United States!), and many more.

My Outdoorsman Side Calls

A few weeks ago I had a conversation with my brother about possibly traveling together (family gets benefits too!) to Alaska. To me, the thought of exploring the wilderness and tundra of such a beautiful land as Alaska excites me to my core. I’m a water, green trees, and snow-capped mountains type of man. I’ve discovered over the years that I’m far less inner-city-oriented than I initially thought. The peace and quiet of nature just started to settle in my heart as I grew older. Washington state’s scenery is one of a few factors that lured me here from my home state of Arizona. Even after a year of living here, having the luxury of looking at Mt. Rainier right out my window is one that never gets old.

He’s Not As Thrilled About Visiting Alaska. . .

My brother, however, wasn’t too thrilled of the idea of visiting Alaska. I strongly dislike the cold and wet. Brandon hates the cold and wet about as much as a cat does (well, he is a Clemson Tiger after all). Alaska’s weather isn’t for everyone, and there are plenty of other places Alaska Airlines flies. So Brandon kindly rejected the offer of visiting Alaska.

At least for now.

I’m sitting with my family watching The Cosby Show and I pull out the airport codes I had to study during training. As I was going over them, I started talking about the other benefits we received, such as flying anywhere in the world on a heavily discounted ticket from any other airline. We started talking about visiting Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, Canada as one of our first international trips. With Canada being so close to Alaska, I let her know I’ll be flying all over the place in Alaska to simply explore. Explore everything from the seafood and wilderness to the Northern Lights.

An Unlikely Travel Buddy While Visiting Alaska Later This Year

To my surprise, she said she was just as excited as I am. Sometimes I forget I get my urge to travel and explore from my mother. That is for sure without a doubt. I can’t even express how amazing it is to be able to be planning trips to Alaska and sight-seeing with my Mom! There was a reason I was lured back into the industry after almost a year and a half hiatus. It’s truly a privilege to be able to come to work and enjoy your job in such a positive atmosphere.

Some can’t stand the hustle and bustle of a busy airport. Me? I’m at home. I see thousands of different bodies likely en route to something new and exciting, or onto a new experience and step in life. They may be on a business trip, on their way to see family, traveling for a sporting event, or simply getting away from all of their stresses at home and on their way to vacation. Of course, there may be some negative reasons for traveling, such as a death in the family. In those cases, I just do my best to tune into passengers, making sure their trip is the absolute best it can be despite the circumstances for flying.

Thankful For Horizon Air

Even when having to work in the gloomy and soggy atmosphere Seattle is notorious for, I know that it’s a job I take pride in. I know I’m good at it. Both my seven years on the flight line in the Air Force and my year and a half of experience at Piedmont (American Airlines) gives me all the confidence I need in performing my tasks. My job is to stay safe first and foremost and ensure my passengers are safe and their luggage is taken care of. That way, I come home, travel, blog, and live life.

Pretty sweet gig, really.

But getting back to Alaska, I look forward to what awaits me. My mother booked my brother and I on a whale watching tour up here in the Canadian waters back in July 2017 and it was a spectacular thing to witness. I can only imagine the kind of wildlife I’ll see up there. And I’ve heard stories from my buddies from the Air Force who were stationed in Alaska, so I have a fair idea of what to expect. I love listening to people’s travel stories. If there’s anyone from Alaska or has lived or visited there, please feel free to share your experiences!

Top Alaska Travel Books and Guides On My Radar

Alaska by Cruise Ship: The Complete Guide to Cruising Alaska – Includes Inside Passage and Glacier Cruises

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3 Things I’ve Learned Since Starting My Blog

Blogging is an Art

From the day I officially started my online blog (Feb 4, 2017) to this very moment typing, I can honestly say starting a blog is one of the best things I’ve decided to do in my life. Blogging gives me the freedom to be me, write in my own voice, and write about my own life experiences. It also gives me the freedom to demonstrate my expertise in my fields, holistic health, nutrition, fitness, writing, and veteran resources. Although there’s technically no way I can fail at this, as I can blog about whatever I want to blog about, if you’re goal-oriented, chances are you set some expectations. Here are a few expectations I set for myself, and my experience with them thus far.

1. Gaining Followers is Not as Easy as Sprinkling a Few Key Words Around

When I first began writing my first articles, I couldn’t stop raving about the benefits of learning SEO (Search Engine Optimization). Knowing even the basics of SEO can certainly result in an increase in organic traffic, but oftentimes than not, it takes time for a considerable increase. I was reading plenty of ebooks and different articles on the ins and outs of SEO, so naturally, I hyped it up in my head before actually waiting for the results I was envisioning. Each article I put time, heart, and soul into it (as we all do in our blogs), but I received nary a view in a single day sometimes, much less a visit. As I learned more about social media marketing, I started connecting my social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn, with my blog site. Doing this I immediately started to notice a spike in my visitors. But then the graph goes back to its regular, flat state about two days after the post and shares.

Needless to say, gaining followers is no walk in the park. It takes time, patience, research, hard work, and plenty of content to get noticed and gain regular followers. There will certainly be some inconsistencies in the beginning, but as you gain your voice and combine that with some basic SEO skills, you’ll see your efforts paying off.

2. Neither is Gaining Clients/Customers if You Are An Entrepreneur

I’ll be the first to admit: I underestimated just how challenging it would be to market myself as well as my services and products through writing. I’ve always loved to write ever since I learned cursive in the third grade. English, Writing, and Literature also happened to be my strongest areas in school. This meant blogging about a few things here and there and posting them on my popular social media sites would generate followers and clients in no time, right?

Wrong.

I couldn’t have been more wrong. There is so much more to marketing your business than just having a website and posting a few blogs. Copious amounts of hours are poured into learning about SEO techniques, social media marketing, and business plans. Countless time is spent brainstorming different content. Sometimes those brainstorms are for taking your business in another direction, something you’ll notice will happen a few times throughout your venture if you’re an entrepreneur.

Some Categories Just Don’t Get as Much Love

Another thing you’ll quickly learn is that some categories will get more love than others, simply for what they are. For example, travel is a crowd-favorite. Nearly everybody loves to travel in some form or fashion. It’s also often a way to get away from daily struggles. With these reasons in mind, it’s no wonder travel blogs are chosen more often to read over say home tool blogs.

As a blogger, the best thing you can get out of this is just to blog about what comes to heart. I’ve gone a couple weeks at a time without blogging but then published three articles in a span of 36 hours on the same scale. I write my best work when I feel it in my very bones. It has to come from the soul. If I feel pressured to write, whether if it’s for freelance work or I feel obligated to keep up with my blog, then I won’t feel as inspired.

Just do you and write whatever you want to write about. Write however you want to write. Write when you want to. Write where you want to. Whenever you’re feeling inspired, just write. The blogs where you’re not focused on a popular category or what keywords you’re going to use, but instead on unique, original content true to yourself are the ones that generate the most interest.

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A quick guide to travel for the recently separated.

A Quick Guide to Travel for the Recently Separated Veteran

Some Things I’ve Learned About Travel After Separating from the Military

One of the primary reasons people decide to join the military is for the travel. This aspect highly appealed to me, and as soon as my recruiter picked up on it, he took it and ran with it. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly appreciated him selling me on this. In the Air Force, travel is almost guaranteed, particularly for the AFSC I was in (Tactical Aircraft Maintenance,  or Aircraft Mechanic in layman’s terms). Not only did we have superb duty stations such RAF Lakenheath in England, Spangdahlem, Germany, and Kadena, Japan just to name a few, but we had the opportunity to TDY with our jets, giving us the option to basically travel anywhere there were U.S. training operations.

I Totally Choked Away My Travel Opportunities in the Military. . .

Needless to say, all the traveling I did in the military spoiled me. And the worse part of it was that I didn’t even take full advantage of my opportunities because I simply took them for granted. However, I quickly figured that travel opportunities do not end upon separation from the military. As a matter of fact, it’s arguably easier to travel when you’re out. Why? You’re not tied down to things like getting your leave approved or sudden unexpected deployments.

Since getting out of the Air Force, I got a job at Piedmont at American Airlines for about a year and a half. Working there, I quickly re-discovered my passion for traveling. I’d learned about the many different places in the country and around the world that I could travel for free or discounted. Through experience flying standby, I’d learned all the odds and ends of traveling wisely. This includes researching the weekends with good discounts on cars and hotels, such as Veterans Day weekends and other holidays. I’d also quickly learned how to travel lightly and the things I considered a necessity on my adventures.

You’ll Learn the “Life Hacks” As You Travel More

For example, after my first trip flying standby (just one of many benefits for working for an airline!), I learned that bringing things such as an extra pair of shoes was unnecessary, as they took up a large amount of space in my travel backpack. I also learned what not to forget, such as phone chargers (whoopsieee!!), my computer charger, and hygiene items such as my toothbrush and hairbrush. Now I know the latter really aren’t that big a deal, but when you arrive at your destination and realize you have no toothbrush to neutralize the dragon breath within, after hours of being on a flight, and you’re just ready to get the vacation weekend started, it can be quite inconvenient making a trip down the local CVS for these things. Although I also learned that many hotels actually have these items downstairs. It just depends on what time of the day you arrive and check in at the hotel.

A few key things to keep in mind as you explore your many different travel opportunities as a newly separated veteran:

  1. Travel lightly

    – This may seem like a no-brainer, but you’ll be surprised at how quickly your travel bag starts to fill up with unnecessary items. Leave the extra pair of pants and shoes at home. I guarantee you’ll find a way to make it work if you arrive and feel you don’t have enough outfits.

  2. Travel cheaply

    – Try and base your adventures around certain deals and discount packages going on at the time. For example, I found excellent hotel and car rental deals for Labor Day weekend in Ogden, Utah. The deal was so sweet I couldn’t resist the offer. I’d never been to Utah before either, so this was just a win-win situation all around. And if you’ve never been to Utah before, I highly recommend it. My word what a beautiful state.

  3. Travel with the right company

    – Even if this means traveling alone. There’s nothing worse than traveling with a buzzkill who wants to do nothing but drink their night away, sleep all day, then wash, rinse and repeat. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for the nightlife, but when you’re hungover all day from drinking yourself into a stupor and unable to truly experience where you are, regret quickly consumes you. That regret is even worse when peer pressure is a large factor in that. The most important thing about traveling is experiencing new things, different cultures, and immersing yourself in different lifestyles you’re not accustomed to. Why not just save the heavy drinking for when you’re at home?

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With whom you travel with makes all the difference in the world. And you’re never too old for Disney.

Travel Wisely My Friends

These are just a few tips for traveling wisely. I’ve been to quite a few places on my journey to finding my passion and calling. I’ve also written a few pieces on the ins and outs of traveling. As an Integrative Health and Life Coach for Transitioning Veterans, part of my amazing job is to guide my clients towards their passion and freedom, which often includes travel and exploration. If you enjoyed this article or have any questions regarding the airline industry or cheap travel deals, please leave a comment below and I will be sure to get back to you. You can also email me at anthonyjrichard17@gmail.com for any questions about this as well as any inquiries about my 1-month health coaching program!

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