You know there quite many posts out there recommending where to go and what to do for free. For the budget traveller, this can be both boon and bane. Why you might ask? Well hear us out.
If one is tight with money while out on a journey, having free guided tours as now common in many cities is definitely a plus. What better way to get to know a place then having a knowledgeable local point you the way? Ask the right questions and that can help you plan the rest of your time in that city better. Obtain tips from the guide in a variety of queries. That, at least on paper is the selling point of getting on such tours.
But what about the opportunity cost of doing so? What do we mean?
You see, what one sees and is shown on these tours depends on the guide. It also means your frame of mind could have been influenced by the tour. Because the explanations may not be fully accurate and if one makes a decision base on that, one might go off tangent. Or is that paranoid thinking?
Have you been on a free guided tour before? Share your thoughts!
Perhaps it is the time of the year again to exchange gifts. We’re not sure about you. But there seems to be an awful lot of stuff we have at home. And we aren’t sure what to gift to other folks that might not end up in a heap somewhere, in the house.
Being practical is probably best, and simple things that go beyond aesthestics would be most welcome in our opinion. Last year, there was a NYTimes post that listed 18 gifts that could be considered for the traveling person (here). We quite like the waterproof phone pouch, as it will be really useful if one gets near/into water… not necessarily intentioned. We’re not sure about the 4k video drone though, even if we like it. You know there are so many restrictions these days about using these devices…
Today though we focus on travel declutter. One good item we think in the list helps one to manage the myriad of wires and connectors that our digital devices have these days. Definitely something to consider.
Now the declutterers out there might slap your faces in disbelief that we would talk about racking up more stuff, being wannabe minimalists that we are. For you see, deep in our primeval self, we are still hoarders…. just waiting for an excuse to prounce.
Do you still gift things to friends and family? What are your considerations when doing so?
When you first started out blogging, what grandiose plans did you have? Or was it all spontaneous creativity that you believed you had that prompted you to make the leap into blogosphere? Did you have a plan at all?
A number of weeks back, we touched on the subject of writer’s block (here). Somewhere in that post, it was postulated there were a few reasons for the blockage and some ways to overcome them. We also shared how we seem to have an endless supply of posts which is published every 2 days (more often too if we wanted). And it does not include photos only posts… that’s for our instagram account. Even though we are actually very actively working folks. Very. We emphasize that.
So today we are continuing that conversation with the thought of having pre-prepared topics. Sort of like meals ready to eat. Simply heat. Wow, did you see that slogan coming? Would you consider any of the ideas Sabina wrote about here?
Of course one needs to be more creative than simply copying these topics. Remember we also said previously that the things you love to do the most can be an endless source of inspiration and creativity? Well, the trick is to make it so. Tweak these topics to suit your own interest and come up with your own list. Expand them as you go along. Be observant and write your thoughts down. Some of them can be topics too!
Before long, we are sure you will not only have your own reservoir of topics and ideas, but also some to share with others!
As you might also notice, there are many people on headphones walking around with their smartphones. Today this would be as ubiquitous as it can get. Since it is also said that there are more than 2 billion smartphone users in the world today though folks may well quote statistics that differ.
Not the point of this post.
We were more interested in how using headphones will affect hearing. This intrigued us because we read of this guy here who can recognize birds just from listening to their song. Wow. Now that surely takes great hearing to be able to first tune in to the chirping and then discerning it. Tweet! LOL.
Where we live (ie the little red dot), its never truly quiet. We have plenty of traffic on the roads and in the skies that contribute to the hustle and bustle of daily life. Then there are the neighbours, the chattering of children and crying of babies… All in a day’s life indeed. Some people simply hate that while others love it. Talk about a man’s meat being another’s poison.
We all encounter challenges in listening in our lives from the office to being at home. How do you filter out the noise?