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Archive for June, 2019

18
Jun

Your Checklist for Planning a Long-Term Travel

When thinking of travelling for a couple of months, it can get daunting trying to plan for it. Perhaps, you want to visit a few countries and some world-famous sights or just have a serious case of wanderlust. Either way, you’ll be able to save a lot of time and money if you spend ample time planning.

A Year Before

  1. Start Researching

This is one of the fun parts of planning for a trip. Read blogs, guidebooks and scour the internet for inspiration. While you don’t need to have a concrete plan yet, you should start making a must-do list.

  • Estimate Trip Cost

Based on the length of the trip and the activities you will be doing, come up with an estimate total cost. Consider the flight tickets, transportations, accommodations, food and tours.

  • Create a Budget and Plan How to Make Extra Income

Based on the estimated cost of your trip, create a daily budget on how much you should save. Cut out unnecessary expenditures and look for ways to make extra money, such as selling unused clothes, accessories and other knick knacks that are still in good condition.

Six to 12 Months Before

  • Start Necessary Immunizations

Visit your doctor during this time to discuss your plans and seek advice for immunizations. It’s important to do this early as some vaccines require multiple shots with days or weeks intervals.

  • Secure Your Passport

If you don’t have passport yet, now is the time to apply for one. If you already have, ensure that its validity will last for the entirety of the trip.

Three to Six Months Before

  • Book Your Flights

Check your must-do lists and look for the different flights available for your route. If you’re flexible with the travel dates, it’s easier to save money from flights. Check different airlines, airports and booking sites for cheaper airfare.

  • Get a Visa

Research if your destinations require visas. You don’t want to get stuck in the airport, cancel plans and waste a flight because your next destination requires a visa, which you don’t have.

One to Two Months Before

  • Take Care of the Cancellation of Contracts

Since you’ll be gone for months, start scheduling cancellations of contracts such as your gym membership, home internet connection and mobile plans. Remember, you need an early notice to minimize hefty cancellation fees.  

  • Shop for Appropriate Gears

Depending on the activities you’ll be doing, you need to bring the necessary gear. Go shopping and look for sales to save money.

One Week Before

  1. Start Packing

Now is the time to pack. Start early and it won’t be stressful to stay organized.

  1. Scan Your Documents

Scan your visa, passport, some valid IDs and other important travel documents. Save it in a flash drive and have it with you anywhere. In case you lose the original documents, the scanned copies are your life saver.

On the Day

  1. Go to the Airport Hours Early

Consider the check-in and security lines, as well as the immigration. You need ample time to get through these gates. Avoid the stress and get to the airport three to four hours early.

Get on that plane and go! You’ve planned for it long enough. Enjoy and savour every minute of that well-deserved vacation.

18
Jun

5 Myths About Binge Eating Disorder

Eating too much is not an unusual thing—think of the holiday season, when food is everywhere and you stuff yourself full. However, there’s a big difference between occasional overeating and binge eating disorder (BED).

BED is a medical condition and is often about feeling guilty, depressed and out of control. It’s unlike occasional overeating, when a person eats to celebrate—this is one of the common misconceptions. Here are few more.

Myth #1: Binge eaters are obese.

This is the most common myth about BED patients. Binge eating, compulsive eating and emotional eating do not always result in weight gain. In fact, you can’t tell if someone has BED by simply looking at them. The amount of calories taken and the rate at which the calories are burned differs from person to person. Although not all binge eaters are obese, most of them have trouble controlling their weight.

Myth #2: Binge eaters always feel hungry.

Binge eating has nothing to do with physical hunger. In fact, BED has little to do with food or eating; food is just the weapon of choice for this matter. For BED-diagnosed individuals, eating beyond satiety has become a solution to ease stress, depression, anger, sadness and other negative emotion. Some of the effective treatments for BED is to find alternative ways to cope with stress and learn the difference between emotional and physical hunger.

Myth #3: A physician is the expert for this medical condition.

Your physical or medical practitioner may be a great resource for medical health problems that might arise due to binge eating, but they don’t have enough knowledge for the treatment of BED’s root cause. To tackle the disorder from its roots, you will need to consult a psychotherapist and a dietician whose expertise is treating eating disorders. Working with experts with the right knowledge about BED helps ease symptoms and help you recognize emotions feelings that drive you to overeat.

Myth #4: BED is similar to bulimia.

BED and bulimia look similar on the surface. Both tend to make patient binge eat and as a result feel ashamed, distressed and guilty. However, there’s one major difference between these conditions: after binge eating, patients with bulimia try to get rid of extra calories by ‘purging,’ which could mean using laxatives, over-exercising or forcing themselves to vomit.

Myth #5: Binge eaters only need exercise and diet to get better.

The last thing a BED patient should do is to go on a diet. The dieting-overeating-gaining-weight cycle is a sign of eating disorder and a symptom of the common thinking that gets binge eaters into bingeing. Although consulting a dietician and following a structured eating plan helps control binge eating, going on a diet designed for weight loss is not recommended.