Save Yourself a Checked Bag Fee: Packing Tips From the Woman Who Traveled to 91 Countries With Just a Carry-On

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If you’re anything like me, you travel by the “better to overpack than to forget something” code. Well, author and photographer Jill Paider has a PSA for us in her newest visual storybook, Carry-On Only: Confessions from 100 Countries. The photo documentary takes readers on a 100 country journey with Paider—91 of which she traveled with only her Calpak carry-on and Samsonite Underseater.

Documenting her worldwide journey through her camera lens, Jill’s constant movement requires her to choose wisely when packing to eliminate the burden of excessive luggage throughout her travels. So, although she may want to bring her childhood teddy along for good luck, some things just have to be left behind.

An avid traveler, Jill says her experience has taught her to pack smarter and lighter. She narrows her belongings down to the bare necessities, telling Travel + Leisure: “I start with a master checklist that I print out every time to be sure I have all the basics — vitamins, medications, toiletries, adaptors, chargers, etc. Then I think about what I’ll need based on climate, temperature, functions I’ll attend, and what I’ll be doing. Like most of us, I lay things out and then eliminate some as I go.”

For those of us preparing to ditch the snow for a warm climate and need an extra pinch of packing advice, Paider says, “less is more. You’ll make it easier on yourself if you edit before you travel. It will be simpler logistically getting through airports and hotels. Have outfits planned so that you’re not debating what to wear each morning as you dress. Embrace laundering as you go or use laundry service at your hotel. Edit your shoes, focusing on comfort. Don’t bring any shoes you can’t walk in comfortably.”

Check out the full interview over on Travel + Leisure.

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Experts Say These Habits Of Self-Made Millionaires Set Them Apart From The Rest Of Us

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Self-made millionaires are the definition of success. It’s something everyone who wasn’t born with a silver spoon in their mouth aspires to be, it’s the American Dream.

Tom Corley is the author of Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals (Buy On Amazon: $10), he’s also an expert in the lives of self-made millionaires. For his book, Tom followed the lives of several hundred millionaires and found that self-made millionaires shared certain traits which set them apart from the rest of us. He shared his story with Business Insider Video in this clip below, but if you’d rather read than watch a clip then check out the text below the video:

Here’s what Tom told BI Video about what sets these self-made millionaires (executives) apart from you and me:

The executives are individuals who work for big companies. And they participate in their stock compensation, usually publicly held companies. They get bonuses and stock compensation. These individuals figure out how to make themselves “unfireable.”
And what I mean by “unfireable” is, they do certain things that set themselves apart from everybody else. They become experts in a particular industry. They develop a particular niche either inside the company that they work for or within the industry. They’re constantly obsessed with self-improvement and learning everything about their company that they possibly can. (via)

It sounds simple enough, right? Make yourself unfireable. Marry the boss’ daughter. Kidnap the Chairman of the Board’s prized show horse and hold it ransom. Stage a hostile takeover. Just find yourself an innovative way to become unfirable. That, and get into an Ivy League college at the age of 17 so you can work your way up to becoming a CEO with sick ass stock options. It’s as simple as that, right?

Tom’s book is actually quite fascinating, and if you’re interested in the topic of what makes self-made millionaires tick then you can pick up a copy of Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals on Amazon for $10.



 
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Doctors have figured out how often you need to work out to offset the effects of sitting all day

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  • A 4- to 5-day-per-week exercise routine, maintained consistently for two years, managed to rewind the effects of decades of sitting for a group of 52 middle-aged Texans. 
  • Participants’ exercise routines included some high-intensity sessions and at least four days of aerobic workouts every week. 
  • The heart-health-boosting effects were not seen in a group of participants who exercised less vigorously.

Middle-age is not too late to start exercising.

In fact, new evidence suggests that doing so can reverse some of the dangerous and deadly effects of a life spent sitting in a chair or on a couch.

In a new study released in the journal Circulation on Monday, doctors found that as a little as two years of consistent, aerobic exercise can have a dramatic effect on the health of a previously sedentary middle-aged person’s heart. In fact, the researchers say the effort can be almost as good for your heart’s flexibility as being a pro athlete.

Researchers already knew that a lifetime of exercising 4 to 5 days per week helps keep your heart healthy. But their new evidence suggests that even a person who shunned exercise for decades can change their ways in mid-life and become part of the heart-healthy crew. 

"The ‘sweet spot’ in life to get off the couch and start exercising is in late-middle age, when the heart still has plasticity," lead study author Benjamin Levine, a cardiologist from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, said in a release. 

Reversing the effects of sitting with a tailored exercise "prescription" 

Recent research has suggested that sitting all day is linked to the buildup of proteins called troponins, which heart muscle cells release when they’re damaged. Doctors actually look for a surge of troponins in people’s blood when diagnosing a heart attack. An October study found that individuals who sit more than 10 hours a day have above-normal troponin levels — not heart-attack levels, but high enough that researchers considered the condition "subclinical cardiac injury."

For the newly published study on exercise, 52 middle-aged men and women (between the ages of 48 and 58) living around Dallas, Texas embarked on a two-year exercise regimen. Roughly half of the participants (28 people) did an aerobic exercise program that included at least one day per week of a high-intensity interval workout. The other 24 participants were part of a control group that did yoga or stretching three times a week instead. 

After two years, the vigorous exercisers had unsurprisingly increased their fitness levels drastically. But they also reduced their heart’s "left ventricular stiffness," which improved how well their hearts pumped blood and reduced their risk of heart failure. 

Ramping up the intensity

Since the study participants had gone decades without moving much, the coaches started them out slow.

For the first month of the study, people in the more vigorous group worked out in 30-minute sessions three times a week. Then the exercise physiologists running the study started pushing those participants to do more intense forms of exercise. By the third month, those individuals were doing 28-minute interval workouts, in which they would do four minutes of exercise at their "peak" heart rate, followed by three minutes of active recovery. On days after that interval training, experts prescribed more gentle recovery days — the participants might walk for 20-30 minutes or do a light aerobic workout. 

After six months, most people in that group had ramped their efforts to between five and six hours of moderate-to-vigorous exercise per week. Their weekly regimes always included one or two interval training sessions, plus at least one hour-long workout, and a 30-minute ‘base pace’ session.

The coaches encouraged people to mix it up  so they wouldn’t get bored with their workouts: They suggested participants mix in some trail running, swimming, elliptical training, and treadmill days. workout yoga instructor stretchingEven though the participants were on their own for most of those sessions, they got a lot of guidance about what to do, Levine said. 

“It helps that we gave them a calendar, with every work out specified over the entire two years,” he told Business Insider in an email.

Although the group assigned to do yoga and stretching did not get as much aerobic exercise during the study period, Levine said that many of them have since picked weekly high-intensity aerobic routines after the study was completed. 

But don’t take these results as an excuse to put off going to the gym — the researchers caution that after about age 65, it’s likely too late to reverse the effects of a life spent sitting around.

SEE ALSO: Here’s the easiest way to undo the harms of sitting all day

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ASUS’ Tinker Board S is a powerful platform for DIY types

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Last year ASUS tried to win over DIYers with the Tinker Board. It tried to elbow in on Raspberry Pi’s territory. And even made an attempt to upstage it by making the Tinkerboard incredibly powerful. It was capable of pushing out 4K video and 24-bit/192kHz audio. The pile of HDMI, gigabit Ethernet, quad core processor and 2GB of RAM made it better suited to build a media center around than turning into some sort of art project or prototype.

The Tinker Board S is more of the same. It’s powerful board for hacker types with a pile of maker-friendly features like 40 GPIO pins and robust Linux support. The S also has 16GB of eMMC storage and the same pile of USB ports. But its the same size and, most importantly for the DIY crowd, it has the same layout. So you don’t have to tear your whole project apart just to upgrade its guts. The Tinker Board S will ship sometime in the first half of 2018, but ASUS is talking price just yet. But, considering the original Tinker Board cost a hefty $60, don’t expect its sequel to compete with the Raspberry Pi on price.

Click here to catch up on the latest news from CES 2018.

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Will Smith Explained His Philosophy On How To Deal With Failure And Now Internet Is Inspired AF

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49-year-old Will Smith has had quite a life. After high school, Smith believes that he probably could have gotten into MIT, but instead chose to pursue a career in rap. We know how that turned out. He and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s debut single, “Girls Ain’t Nothing but Trouble” became a hit a month before he graduated from high school and off he went.

Then, after being nearly bankrupt in 1990 when the IRS went after him for a $2.8 million tax debt, Smith signed with NBC to star in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. We know how that turned out.

Following that, Smith’s goal was to become “the biggest movie star in the world.” So when he was in a room with Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis and Arnold Schwarzenegger, he asked them how to achieve it. Schwarzenegger gave him a response Smith says he will never forget and guess what? His movies have grossed over $7.5 billion at the box office worldwide and inspired other talent like Kevin Hart to try to do the same.

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“Following your lead @willsmith #Legend #Mood #Mindset #Global #ImOnMyWay #International #iWantItall,” Hart captioned the video, where Smith said, among many other inspiration things, “It’s hugely important that if you have a dream, that you have to dedicate your life to it and every hour of every day has to be dedicated to bringing into fruition the things that you dream about.”

And now, once again taking advantage of his new presence on Instagram, Smith once again shared some advice for life. This time the topic was how he deals with failure (transcript via Distractify).

“Fail early. Fail often. Fail forward,” Smith begins. “It’s always a little bit frustrating to me when people have a negative relationship with failure. Failure is a massive part of being able to be successful. You have to get comfortable with failure. You have to actually seek failure. Failure is where all the lessons are.”

“When you go to the gym and you work out, you’re actually seeking failure. You want to take your muscles to the point where you seek failure because that’s where the adaptation is. That’s where growth is. Successful people fail a lot. They fail a whole lot more than they succeed. They extract the lessons from the failure and they use the energy and wisdom to come around to the next phase of success.”

“You gotta take a shot, you have to live at the edge of your capabilities. You gotta live where you’re almost certain you’re gonna fail. That’s the reason for practice, practice is controlled failure. You’re getting to your limit, getting to your limit, getting to your limit, you can’t life that, you can’t do that, until you get to the point where your body makes the adjustment and then you can do it. Failure actually helps you to recognize the areas where you need to evolve.”

“So fail early, fail often, fail forward.”

Needless to say, after hearing that motivational speech, people were ready to run through a brick wall to achieve success in life.

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Couples Share Their Odd Sleeping Arrangements And No Wonder Everyone Is So Tired

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There are plenty of ways to get a better night’s sleep. You could buy a better mattress or invest in an awesome pillow.

I’m going to suggest an alternative method for sleeping that I’ve long believed to be the best course of action for a good night’s sleep. Sleep alone. Always. Even if you’re married.

This video is validation.

In an intimate and slightly intrusive video from Cut, different couples open up about their sleeping habits, how they feel about sharing a bed, the other people in the bed at night like kids and dogs (not threesomes), what time each person wakes up and how it all effects their actual sleep.

Check out this guy who sleeps with his wife only because he has to…

“Wow, that seems kind of weird to not sleep in the same bed. …I mean he’s my husband so I got no choice. It’s like, it’s not the 50s where we have separate beds. …I guess we do it because that’s what you’re supposed to do, but I guess my favorite thing is waking up next to her. … It’s a lot for comfort and security I do feel safer just being with my family. …It’s like a comfort zone. You’re comfortable with each other.”

“It’s not my favorite thing to do.” Listen, dude, knock people from the 1950s all you want but those marriages lasted like 100 years. Probably because no one was getting kicked in the privates every night by little kids who should be in their own beds.

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How to Give a Speech Like Oprah

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We all listened to Oprah’s acceptance speech for the Cecil B. de Mille Award? Yes? Good. Did you notice how even though she’s Oprah, and could probably make us cry by reading a take-out menu backward, she put a ton of work into her speech? And how through that work, she took a celebration of her accomplishments, respected that premise, but turned it into a rallying cry for the forces of good? Next time you speak in public, would you like to be a little more like Oprah?

Look, we’re not gonna teach you in a blog post how to give such a stirring acceptance speech that people ask if you’re running for president. Your speech is almost definitely not as important as Oprah’s, and you are almost definitely not Oprah. But if you care at all about what you’re saying or how it’s received, you should approach it with all the care and thought that Oprah put into hers.

Write

If you have any advance notice that you might be called on to speak, write it before hand. Don’t just “plan it out” in your head. Everything sounds good in your head. You have to actually write or speak it aloud to test it.

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Usually, you’ll find your own structure for your speech. Oprah, for example, used this structure:

  • Personal story
  • Thank-yous
  • Message
  • Supporting story
  • Directive
  • Benediction

Or try this more generic structure:

The structure itself isn’t as important as how you connect it. Each part of Oprah’s speech supports the others. Her personal story puts her win in the context of race and gender. Her thank-yous segue into her main message, praising those fighting sexism, and through a story she evokes the intersection of racism and sexism. She calls on her audience to join in this fight, and assures us that we will win it. The whole speech has a logical through-line.

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So first, you need to find your core message. It should be the one that you can tell best. Even if you’re just giving a funny little talk at an informal event, find your brand of funny. At the most amateur level, if you want to rip off the style of some famous speaker or comedian, at least rip off someone you love, not someone you think will be popular.

Now make every line of your speech work toward communicating that core message. Your opening shouldn’t just sound cool or make people laugh, it should prepare them for the meat of your speech. Oprah starts with the context of racial and gender progress, because that’s what she’ll be digging into later. It’s an uplifting story, because the overall message is uplifting.

Now let’s get into some details.

If you find yourself doing that movie-montage thing where you keep writing and rejecting your opening, that’s OK, that’s normal, that’s how I write every blog post. You have three options.

  1. Keep throwing away first lines until one sticks. That’s how they do it in the movies.
  2. Take each intro to its logical conclusion, until now you have five bad intros but you’re warmed up, and you can rescue bits from one or two of these intros for your new, real intro.
  3. Start in the middle with some easy part, and come back to the intro later (this is actually the best method but I hate it and refuse it).

For a speech under 30 minutes, use pen and paper for as long as you can. For me, that’s usually one full draft; if you can force yourself to do your revisions longhand, do it. It can stop you from constantly second-guessing yourself.

Rehearse

If the first time you deliver your speech out loud is in front of your actual audience, you fucked up. You have to read your speech out loud to yourself, then to a friend or partner. (This is secretly why people get married.) You’re doing this for two reasons:

Edit

You’ll always discover new edits when you read your work aloud. You could even read your very first draft aloud, and combine the editing and reading phases. You could even “write” and edit the speech by improvising it over and over out loud. (But write it down at some point too.)

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The first time you read your speech to yourself, you’ll realize that some parts are bad and dumb. Then you will edit them. The second time, you’ll realize that some parts are secretly good, but sound bad and dumb out loud. Then you will edit them.

Once everything sounds good to you, read it to your friend. Ask them for their favorite part, their least favorite part, and the part they bet is good but they didn’t understand. That third part is the most important to work on.

As long as you’re rehearsing, you can keep editing, but if your edits should be getting smaller and more nitpicky. By six to ten rehearsals in, you probably should only be changing a couple words here and there.

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Even if you’re reading something that was already published elsewhere, you should still edit. What works on the page doesn’t always work out loud. And vice versa! Maybe you overlooked a different piece that works better out loud than on paper. Or maybe you can just cut a few paragraphs that meander. Your piece is a rock song and this is the radio edit.

Perform

Your performance is as important as your words. Otherwise you could have just emailed everyone. At a personal event like a wedding, your presence is actually the most important part.

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Each time you deliver your speech, it sounds more natural than the last. Once you’ve got that basic flow down, you can pay attention to the delivery of certain key phrases and words. You can adjust your volume and your speed. (You probably need to slow down.)

If you don’t work on your performance, everyone will know it. You might think a practiced performance will seem fake. It won’t; that’s what acting is. And even for a very personal speech, you will want to have your performance planned, so when you break down crying, you’re not entirely lost. (This planning also helps you from growing desperate if your speech doesn’t go over as well as you’d hoped. It lets you finish with dignity.)

As much as your friend can stand it, do all this performance work in front of them. Their feedback is better than your own. You don’t have to tape yourself or do anything in front of a mirror, unless you want to.

Memorize

By now, you’re on your way to memorizing your speech. Again, you are probably not Oprah, so you probably can’t memorize a ten-minute multi-chapter speech on race and gender in America. But you can internalize your speech enough that even if you bring notes, you will not be reading off them but using them as a guide.

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Because your audience wants to see your face. They want to hear your voice. They cannot do that when you’re buried in your notes. When your head is down, you’re talking into your chest. When your head is up, you’re talking into the microphone, or you’re projecting your voice.

Memorization isn’t about slavish devotion to specific words. It’s about having all the words you need, so that you can improvise to your comfort level.

Bring notes

You can go without notes (but if you do, rehearse the whole speech twice on the day of). If you do bring notes, try to fit them on index cards. When your hands shake, index cards don’t wobble as visibly as paper.

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Your notes don’t have to be a thorough outline. Maybe they’re just the specific parts you had trouble memorizing. They’re a memory aid. Unless this is a reading, you shouldn’t actually be reading them.

Don’t bring your entire speech, word for word, unless you’re doing a reading. The shorter your notes, the less you’ll stare down at them. (If you tried but just couldn’t memorize a single line, that’s OK, bring your entire speech and everyone will know you did your best.)

Do not read your speech off your fucking phone. Print it out or write it down. Jesus.

Do all that good public speaking stuff

Take your time. Have confidence in your speech. Don’t apologize for any lines that flop, or for any mistakes (but you can apologize a little for crying, that’s cute).

Pick three people to keep making eye contact with:

  1. A close friend, or the recipient of your speech, if it’s a toast
  2. Someone who looks like they’re enjoying this
  3. Someone in the back

If it’s not self-evident when the speech is over, say “Thank you.” If there’s applause, stand there for three to ten seconds of it, but start leaving while they’re still clapping. The host or the next speech-giver should take your place before the applause has fully faded away.

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This stunning Japanese island you’ve probably never heard of is the top trending travel destination for 2018

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  • TripAdvisor has released its annual Travellers’ Choice awards for "Destinations on the Rise."
  • Japan’s Ishigaki was crowned the top trending destination in the world for 2018.
  • The sandy white island is popular among snorkellers and foodies.

Ishigaki, a stunning white island in Japan’s Okinawa archipelago, is the top trending travel destination for 2018 on TripAdvisor — but you’d be forgiven for never having heard of it.

The Japanese island has topped TripAdvisor’s "Destinations on the Rise" list, which, as part of its sixth annual Travellers’ Choice awards, used an algorithm that measured the year-on-year increase in positive TripAdvisor traveller feadback around accommodation, restaurants, and attractions, as well as increased booking interest.

Ishigaki is the largest of the Yaeyama Islands in Japan’s Okinawa Prefecture and is home to many sandy white beaches, rare coral, mountains, and mangrove forests. 

It’s a popular destination with snorkellers and foodies, and is known for its speciality Yaeyama soba noodles, which are made of flour instead of the more traditional buckwheat, according to TripAdvisor.

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The average price for a night’s stay in a hotel on the island is £114· One of TripAdvisor’s best-rated value hotels is the Art Hotel Ishigaki, which costs from £87 per night in June.

Okinawa has been tipped as the new Bali or Hawaii, and international tourism is growing fast. Bloomberg previously reported that the number of visitors to Okinawa rose 10.5% to 8.77 million in 2016, according to Okinawa prefecture data. This compares to the 8.93 million visitors that went to Hawaii that year, representing an increase of 2.9% comparatively.

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Here are the top 10 "Destinations on the Rise" in 2018, according to TripAdvisor:

1. Ishigaki, Japan.

2. Kapaa, Hawaii.

3. Nairobi, Kenya.

4. Halifax, Canada.

5. Gdańsk, Poland.

6. San Jose, Costa Rica.

7. Riga, Latvia.

8. Rovinj, Croatia.

9. Nerja, Spain.

10. Casablanca, Morocco.

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SEE ALSO: The 23 best cities to move to if you’re a broke millennial in search of an adventure in 2018

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