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31 Incredibly Useful Tips Every Anxious Traveler Needs To Know?

While I was researching for this article I wrote pertaining to apprehension before going on a trip, I found this article called 31 Incredibly Useful Tips Every Anxious Traveler Needs To Know, which was written by Anna Borges for BuzzFeed; and those suggestions were compiled from members of its community.

“Because your anxiety doesn’t take a vacation just because you do” is the tagline to the article — and that is true. Although it pertains more to depression than anxiety, Andy Luten of Andy’s Travel Blog — a person with whom I have had the pleasure of meeting — recorded what he called a “rant” in a video in which he was quite candid about how travel will not fix you; and he posted that video in this article.

The 31 tips are listed below — along with my commentary…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Take Every Questionable Item Out at Airport Security Checkpoints

Going through the usual procedure at an airport security checkpoint, the agent of the Transportation Security Administration is suddenly alarmed by the machine — and you find out that the belt buckle or the watch or a coin is the culprit when walking through the body scanner.

“I have been through hundreds of airport security checkpoints; and this item has never alarmed before,” you might say to the agent — but that statement is of no use at that moment, which is already too late. Now you get a “free pat-down” and endure an invasive search which…

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Apprehension of Going on a Trip

Every time I prepare to go on a trip, there is always a sense of perturbation prior to leaving. Never mind that I have been traveling for years all over the world — whether it is a location in some distant land or a short jaunt to a nearby destination. Whether or not I am completely prepared for the trip does not seem to matter.

I originally was going to use the word…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: NEVER Let Anyone In Your Hotel Room

“One late evening in Thailand I got on a hotel elevator and a man in a suit got on behind me. He punched a floor number higher than mine, but got off with me on my floor, where he claimed to be security. He stated that he believed I had an unregistered guest in my room and insisted on looking in. So I let him, where he found no one.”

The narrative posted by…

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How I Saved Hundreds of Dollars on One Car Rental

Seeking a car to rent during my time in Canada to explore Banff National Park and Jasper National Park in Alberta; and Yoho National Park and Mount Robson Provincial Park in British Columbia, I narrowed my search down to Hertz and viewed the rate offered by the facility of Calgary International Airport, which was at least $330.00 — but I was able to secure a rate of only $76.62 in Canadian dollars, which turned out to be $56.72 in United States currency.

The conclusion of…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Balance Yourself When Exploring With a Bag

While exploring some of the amazing terrain in the Canadian Rocky Mountains — as well as numerous other places around the world — I often find myself on a narrow uneven trail ascending along the side of a hill where a steep incline is on one side…

…and when the trail is wet and muddy with smooth rocks on which one can slip, all bets are off.

To provide…

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Getting From Minsk National Airport Into the City Centre

Once arriving at Minsk National Airport, there are several options available in order to the city centre — but keep in mind that the airport is approximately 25 miles due east of Minsk; and the ride can be up to 50 kilometers in length. The ride is not a short jaunt no matter which method is used.

As with many other cities around the world, there are several options available to transfer from the airport which…

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Get Out There — Even When You Do Not Feel Like It

During almost every trip on which I am traveling, there is usually one day where I feel like I would rather just stay in the hotel room, relax, work, nap and eat…

…but I rarely ever succumb to that urge to not step out. The main reason is that I went through a lot of time, effort and expense to be travel to where I am at the moment in the first place — and to miss out on any time is time I will never get back.

There is also…

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Was I Almost Taken For a Ride For Being Taken For a Ride?

The wind was persistently trying to cut through me on yet another cold, blustery and grey winter day in April as I stood at the 17 Stycznia bus stop waiting for the bus to arrive.

Bus route 175 is rather convenient for traveling from Warsaw Chopin Airport to central Warsaw and the Old Town. Buses typically travel every ten minutes or so; but this was a Saturday morning, so the wait was longer.

When I checked out of the…

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