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Best and Worst Passports of 2019 – Could Being White Have Something to do With It?

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Best and Worst Passports of 2019

The latest controversy on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter has arisen off the back of a recent CNN report that revealed the top ten most accepted passports in the world are from predominantly white countries. Taken from the Henley Passport Index, which ranks countries based on the number of destinations their passport holders can enter without having to obtain a visa beforehand, the CNN report has sparked outrage among people who wish for greater diversity in the travel industry. Considering every year families from all over the world use the help of a family destination guide to choose where they’d like to visit on their next holiday abroad, is it really fair that people from non-Europeans countries have limited options for their next vacation spot? 

The Best Passports of 2019

Despite the majority of the top passports being from countries with a European background, it might be surprising to know that the top two passports are actually Japan and Singapore, both countries in Asia. These passport holders are allowed to travel to 188 countries without securing a visa before setting off. South Korea is also at the top of the list, coming in third place. 

While this might sound promising, it is discouraging to find that the rest of the list consists entirely of either European countries or countries with European heritage such as the U.S. and Australia. 

The full list of countries in the top ten, which can access at least 180 countries across the world without a visa is: Finland and Germany, followed by Italy, Luxembourg, France, Spain, and Sweden. Next with access to 185 countries are Austria, the Netherlands, Portugal, Belgium, Canada, Greece, Ireland, Norway, United Kingdom, United States, and Switzerland. Next on the list is Malta, Czech Republic, New Zealand, Australia, Lithuania, and Slovakia. Rounding out the bottom with access to 180 countries is Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, and Slovenia. 

The Worst Passports of 2019

In the list of the world’s current worst passports, war-torn, predominantly Muslim countries make up the majority of the bottom ten countries. Additionally, dictatorships like North Korea are also on the list. 

But what is considered the worst passport in the world? Afghanistan; whose passport holders can only access 25 countries without a visa. Other ‘bad’ passports with limited accessibility to the rest of the world are Lebanon, North Korea, Nepal, Libya, Palestinian Territory, Sudan, Yemen, Somalia, Pakistan, Syria, and Iraq. 

Family Destination Guide: Who has the most privilege?

When comparing the lists of the best and worst passports, it is easy to see that those from the white, Western world can choose anywhere they want in a family destination guide for their summer holiday abroad. For families from predominately Muslim countries, it is unfortunately not so easy. Despite benefiting greatly from colonialism and exploitation of cheap labor in some of these areas, European economic superpowers are not so keen to let these people visit their countries without first undergoing strict visa procedures – which can be very frustrating. The hypocrisy is blatant; although there is still light at the end of the tunnel. With the growth of economies in Asia along with a rapidly strengthening of influence from the United Arab Emirates, more and more families from across the world are gaining the freedom to travel wherever they wish. 

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8 Proven Tips to Have a Sound Sleep During a Long-Haul International Flight

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8 Proven Tips to Have a Sound Sleep During a Long-Haul International Flight

There’s nothing worse than a 12-hours long international flight across the ocean and your eyes wide-open throughout the journey with no hope of sleep.

Deprived of sleep, you will experience significant jetlag for at least two days. And, this could be a problem regardless of whether you are headed out on a family vacation or an International client presentation.

While having a sound sleep on an aeroplane is challenging, some practical tips help you ease some discomfort.

So, read on as we put forth proven tips for you to enjoy good sleep during a long International flight.

#1 Overcome Your Phobia of Flying

First things first, if you have a fear of flying, then you will probably be anxious during the trip. And, anxiety won’t let you sleep. There are several ways to fight anxiety but the most effective one being enrolling on an online fearless-flyer program.

An effective fear of flying course includes lectures from veteran flight captains and crew members that will help you deal with your claustrophobia, fear of heights, panic attacks, and fear of turbulence.

By undergoing the course, you will be able to deal with your fear permanently, so that the next time you fly with confidence.

#2 Choose Your Seat Wisely

The window seat is the most preferred pick if you have plans to sleep during your entire trip. Since the seat is against the wall of the aeroplane, you can lean on it.

You will have more space and won’t be nudged by your neighbour thus you can easily drift off. Those in the aisle and middle seat are often jolted by other passengers. Also, you will have some control of the window shade.

Think twice about opting for an exit row seat.  Yes, you will get the extra room space, but the exit row seats do not recline.

#3 Skip the Caffeine

3 Skip the Caffeine

Especially, for a daytime flight — even when the slightest ray of light through the window is a distraction— you should stay clear of caffeine. You will find it baffling to sleep if the caffeine is coursing through the veins.

Avoid the temptation to have a cup of coffee before boarding the plane. Stick to water or lemonade and no alcohol.

#4 Bring Noise-Canceling Headphones

For better sleep, you need to drown out all the surrounding noises. High-quality noise-cancelling headphones are effective at preventing disturbance caused by the kids in the back seats or the chatting passengers.

Opt for wireless headphones which are Bluetooth enabled so that you can play the music via your smartphone. 

#5 Hydrate

You need to understand there is a fine line between staying hydrated on a long-haul flight and distributing your co-passengers now and then as you rush to the restroom.

But, during the long flight, you may get dehydrated if you are not taking enough fluids. Dehydration can lead to headaches and nausea eventually disturb sleep.

Do not count on beer for hydration.

#6 Bring an Eye Mask

Bring an Eye Mask

The more you can block external plane elements such as plane noise and light, the more quickly you will fall asleep.

Buy an eye mask that blocks the lights from your neighbour’s laptop screen, also easily contours to your face for great comfort.

#7 Watch What You Eat

Avoid foods that are heavy on carbs and no spicy stuff, as such foods cause indigestion. The ingestion may cause anxiety which may not let you sleep.

You know your body better, so eat what is easy to digest and comfortable on the body before heading on to sleep.

#8 Pack a Pillow

Yes, the crew may give you a pillow, airline pillows are not too comfortable. You will sleep better and more comfortably if you bring your pillow.

Opt for a pillow that supports your slides. It would be helpful if your seat does not have a recliner option.

Final Piece of Advice

If all the above fails, there are several options for over-the-counter medicine to assist you in sleep. Take medicine prescribed by your doctor. Do a ground test to be assured that there are side effects before you pop the pill while on the aeroplane.

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A few Tips for your Next Road Trip | Travel Safe 2021

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A few Tips for your Next Road Trip | Travel Safe 2021

Road trips are an exciting way to spend some time with your friends and family as well as to explore new locations. Driving your car on highways with beautiful and picturesque views on either side is quite an experience. However, there are certain things that you should keep in mind to avoid getting stuck in any inconvenience situation. Just like you take care of yourself and your family it is essential to take care of and look after your automobile. Here we will give you some tips that you should keep in mind when taking your vehicle on a road trip.

  1. Keep extra tyres: you may have to encounter a flat tire due to several reasons. These emergencies never come announced and therefore it is always a good idea to keep an extra set of tires with you. Getting stranded in the middle of the road with no auto repair shop anywhere nearby is a situation that we all want to avoid. If the problem is as simple as a flat tire you can get yourself out of this dicey situation by carrying a set of extra tires. You and your friends can work together to replace the flat. This way you don’t have to push your vehicle to an auto repair shop and you can take care of the car yourself. Make sure you also have all the necessary pieces of equipment required to change tyres. Any good mechanic shop near you will tell you the importance of carrying an extra pair of tyres.
  • Carry maps: road trips are all about exploring new places and discovering new regions. Therefore, it is extremely important to always carry a roadmap with you. Do not depend on passer-by as they may be wrong or you may not find anyone nearby to ask for directions. Always keep a hard copy of the roadmap with you. This can help you to get to an area where there are some people or hotels to rest for the night.
  • Rent a car: if you do not have your own car to take on the road trip or if you cannot depend on your vehicle then it is best to hire a car from a trustworthy agency. Make sure you hire a car from a reliable and dependable agency. You may also hire car service from your friends if you trust them. No matter where you get the automobile from, make sure it is in good condition.
  • An additional fuel: if you are on a road trip you would have to travel miles and miles so it is better to have an extra fuel for the car. This point possesses a separate article to be discussed but here you can go through with some importance of taking extra oil. Sometimes you have to drive on road with minimal oil stations on the way so don’t get yourself stuck on unusual areas. Also make sure you don’t keep the oil or gas inside the car. You can carry a safe container and put it in back of the car so it wont give any smell or unusual accident.

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Stick to Your Exercise Routine When You’re A Digital Nomad

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Stick to Your Exercise Routine When You’re A Digital Nomad

Physical fitness refers to the ability of a person to perform some type of physical activity. It is the natural condition that human beings have to do any activity.

Physical fitness is something that a person develops over time. Any quality can be improved through practice and effort.

Each person has a different physical quality for what he/she develops better, however, whatever that quality is, one must have good physical fitness, which, among other components, consists of aerobic capacity and flexibility.

The healthy human being maintains a biopsychosocial balance. Physical and mental health are closely linked and impact productivity, functionality, and adaptability to daily demands. It is expected that the interrelation of the different human dimensions will manifest itself proportionally, that is, the greater the physical health, the greater the intellectual capacity, or vice versa. This study is based on the assumption that people who exercise frequently may be healthier and have greater cognitive or mental performance than people who do not exercise regularly.

If you are a digital nomad, you must probably feel very lucky, and rightly so. But being constantly on the road requires some extra physical effort through your poor body;  you only have one and this one keeps you going. So, respect it.

Three factors will determine your fitness level while you are on the move. Firstly the inner strength to achieve the desired results, then the actual body workout to remain in shape, and last but not least the healthy eating habits. Let’s have a look at them.

Tips for staying fit as a digital nomad

1: Work on your motivation

Firstly, and perhaps most importantly, digital nomads need that extra motivation to convince themselves that they have to stay strong when following the nomadic lifestyle. Your routine has now changed; you find new ‘homes’ every now and then. It’s difficult to stick to a daily program. And what about all these wonderful temptations out there?

You can’t easily resist. And you don’t have to; at least not always. Just remember to make a commitment to yourself that you will find the courage to make up for that crazy last night. Everything is part of the journey. Finding the right balance is the key.

 2: Try to exercise once a day

If you decide to live and work in the developed world, and especially in big metropolises, things are rather easy regarding your workout choices. You will definitely find a gym around the city, where you can usually ask for membership according to the length of your stay.

If your nomad budget allows it, you may also stay at hotels that provide a swimming pool or again gym. Look for yoga or pilates lessons as an alternative workout; you can easily fit them into your schedule (Yoga is a very healthy habit!).

Remember that since your job is mostly done through a computer screen in a seated position, it is advised to take regular breaks; for the sake of both your eyes and your body. A brief rejuvenating workout will not only get your blood flowing but help you concentrate better as well. You are fine if you manage to exercise 3-4 times a week, while in the meantime you do some beautiful full-body stretching exercises.

 3: Keep moving around!

A good idea to keep you moving while working, would be to change often corners within your workstation, or simply change the workspace (if possible) a lot of times, daily. Sitting for a prolonged time at the same spot will only harm you, and you don’t want that.

When it comes to living in the developing world, trying to find and stick to a workout routine might be a more challenging task. Here, you probably have to improvise a lot. The easiest thing you can do is to walk around the place, which has double benefits: sightseeing and exercise. Same with hiking; find out about hiking trails in your location and start walking.

Depending on where you stay, you may also take part in local recreation activities, which is also a great way to meet new people. For example, you can take salsa lessons in Brazil, practice martial arts in India or go snorkeling in Zanzibar. Biking is another good option since you can find it almost everywhere and it’s cheap as well.

The point is that wherever you are, look out for workout facilities. If you don’t really fancy the gum cause you find it rather impersonal, try a local park during off-peak hours; or go for jogging early morning when the town is still asleep. You may even do some bodyweight in your room (if there is enough space): you need no equipment, it can be short in time, plus, you do see results.

However, exercise alone won’t be enough to get the results you want. And this is where eating habits come in the game.

4: Master your diet and eating habits!

Don’t freak out; by diet, I definitely don’t mean a weekly diet plan or the like, neither I am planning to bombard you with do’s and don’ts. It’s just that there are a few nice tips that seem to keep up well with your workouts. Cause creating healthy eating habits is one more vital factor to keep you strong as you move.

Number one on your list should be hydration, especially when you live in hot-climate countries. Keep a bottle of water with you when you go outdoors and don’t underestimate its necessity.

While preparing for a trip, it’s good to pack some healthy snacks; this way you avoid eating here and there like a pig (aka junk food). And try to eat healthy meals most of the time. Alright, you don’t have to be perfect. Besides, you only live once. So, yes, go for that yummy extra fattening local specialty without feeling much guilty (well…once in a while).

As to what this ‘diet’ would be nice to consist of, here we are: Look for protein-based food. Protein will fill your stomach with ‘healthy’ calories, plus it will help build muscle. Moreover, be generous when consuming vegetables, especially the green ones, as they are very rich in nutrients, much needed for your body.

The combination of a regular workout with a relatively right diet, will not only make you stronger and healthier, which you need when you travel often. It will also make sure that the calories are there to build muscle instead of making you fat. Remember that no one expects you to follow advice 100%.

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