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3 Quick Tips To Finding The Best Cruise For You And Your Girlfriends First Cruise

A number of things go into finding the best cruise for you and your girlfriend and your first cruise may be a large influence into trips to come. Try these quick tips to make sure that you choose the best cruise for your first time.

1.      Inside Cabin or Outside Cabin

If you are like me and Meg, then you will be spending most of your time on the deck and only being in the room for sleeping (and maybe other things that require closed doors). With this being the case, there isn’t any reason to pay more money for a balcony or window view.

However, if you feel that you may have claustrophobia issues, then having the window view of all the open space may be necessary. Some cruises offer live stream video that makes it look like you are looking out a window, so make sure you read the fine print and make sure it is a real window.

2.      Consider cost of flights to get to the departing port

Some people get so excited because they found a cheap cruise that seems like a bargain so they buy the tickets before it sells out. However, the flight to the departing port can make the cheap cruise actually more expensive than a cruise that is closer, so it is important to check flight cost before buying the cruise tickets.

3.      Get detailed information about where your cabin is and the best time to schedule your meals before you board

The cruise lines are often well staffed, but the rush of people boarding and trying to find their cabins can make it so that there are lines of people waiting to ask any employee for directions to their cabin. You can usually get information for where a cabin is located and what elevators to take on the ship map that is provided to you before boarding.

Some cruise lines even suggest what time you should make reservations for dinner to help avoid large crowds. If you are unsure how to find this information, ask a travel agent, or whoever you booked the cruise with, they may be able to provide you with the appropriate information.

What experiences have you had with a cruise? Do you have any tips or stories to share with the community? Please comment below with your experiences and questions.

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Don’t Believe Anyone Who Says Vacation Isn’t Stressful

It is true that some people stress and worry about vacations more than others, but there is always some level of stress when it comes to vacations. Stress isn’t necessarily a bad thing. In fact, stress can produce hormones that you need to stay safe or even just give you the energy you need to get back to your hotel after a long day.

However, if you are anything like me, then you understand that vacations are to relax and leave the stress at home.

A thorough plan will help prevent stress

One way to decrease the amount of stress you go through is to plan your trip thoroughly with everyone that is going on the trip in advance. For me, planning the trip is the most stressful part, but it will help prevent stress while you are actually on the trip.

I wish sometimes that I could just pick-up and go on vacation without a moment’s notice, but in reality we have to plan where we are going, when we are going, what we are going to eat, and what we are going to do.

By going through this planning process, you will more likely feel “in control” during the trip and “on the same page” with everyone that is there with you and in turn have less stress.

Plan your vacation with flexibility

As I mentioned above, having a thorough plan will help prevent stress, but you also have to create a plan that allows for flexibility. Weather, car problems, delayed flights, closed restaurants and sickness can create stress, but that level of stress can be greatly decreased if you are flexible with your plans.

Be ok with change

Not everyone is ok with change in plans and it can cause stress. Meg for example hates it when I want to change or add things to our plans. She was expecting the trip to go one way and by me changing it, she has to change her expectations and that is stressful for her.

Honestly, it isn’t as easy as just saying “be ok with change,” but if you plan for changes, then it will be a lot easier to deal with.

On the other hand, be aware of who you are vacationing with and avoid causing changes if the people you are with don’t like change.

What do you do?

Everyone handles stress differently, and I have shown you some ways that I try to prevent stress on vacations, so what do you do?

Please comment below with your experiences and questions.

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Leave your Camera at Home During Your Next Trip

The human body uses senses as a powerful way to activate memories. A photograph triggers some of your memories in a powerful manor, but it is also preventing you from getting the full benefit of the actual moment.

Pictures have been used to capture and freeze moments in time so that you can revisit them in the future or even share the moment with your friends and loved ones. Pictures do amazing things, there is no denying that, but when it comes to being in the moment and having your senses open to as much as possible, you have to put the camera down.

Photographs Taint Memories

You may not realize this, but everything that you can see right now is being stored as an image in your mind right now. One thing is different: your eyes are capable in taking in more detail, more color, and more depth than any camera.

This means that no photograph can match the memory from all your senses that are stored in your brain.

People argue that memories fade, and that photographs are the only way to remember. This is a great argument but if you depend on the photograph to remember that moment, then your mind will start to recall the photo instead of the actual moment when you think of it in your mind.

The more you use a photograph to recall a memory, the closer the photo will be to the surface of your memory. If you continue to practice using photos instead of actual memories, then your memories will start to get buried by the photos and slowly you will only recall the photograph and maybe the feeling you get every time you look at the photo.

By recalling the photo instead of the moment, you miss the vivid colors, depth, detail and “in-the-moment” emotions that only your eyes could capture. The memory becomes a flattened image stuck in time.

If you don’t understand what I am saying, then try this out:

  1. Look all around you for a moment and notice all of the details.
  2. Take three deep breaths and close your eyes.
  3. While your eyes are closed, try and remember all of the details around you. Now open your eyes.
  4. Now go get your camera and take pictures of details around you and then close your eyes.
  5. While your eyes are closed, try to remember all the details of the photos that you just took.

When you compare the difference between recalling the photographs in comparison to recalling the moment from your 5 senses, you can see that the actual moment is more enjoyable.

Do I Dare Go On Vacation without My Camera?

I have recently been using my own eyes to take in memories and moments instead of hiding behind a camera waiting and looking for the perfect shot and I love it. I have found that I am more in the moment and I notice details that I would have missed behind a camera.

On the other hand, I always try and take at least 1 or 2 photos per day so that I can share the memory with my friends and family. That is the main difference, I take a small amount of photos to share with others, and I use my own senses to gather images in my head for myself.

Have you Tried this?

We want to hear what your experience was like leaving your camera at home! Leave a comment or connect with Meg and I on social media to share thoughts and ideas.

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