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Portable Wifi for Location Independence

The Story of My Portable Wifi.

I appreciate signal-free, disconnected travel as much as anyone, but NOT when I’m traveling for work and needing to stay productive on the go. (Which is pretty much always. Note to self – must take a real vacation soon…anyone know a good yoga retreat?)

It is so frustrating in this day and age not to have a proper wifi signal when you need one. Since I travel a lot, work mostly online, and like to be self-sufficient, I’ve been craving my own wifi signal for a while. After searching around, I found Skyroam – Solis, which has 4G LTE Global, is a WIFI hotspot and power bank rolled into one.

It’s easy to use. It’s orange. And most importantly, it hasn’t let me down yet on my FB lives so I can keep talking to you guys from abroad 🙂

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What to See in Marseille France? A Day Trip Travel Guide

Marseille, France – a city entrenched in maritime history

 

Marseille is France’s second biggest city. It’s known for its port and fishing area. With over 1500 years of history, Marseille is a vibrant and interesting city. Traditionally, it has always been a little rough around the edges (as many port cities are)! But the edge has definitely lent itself to creating an eclectic and exciting spirit.

I had the chance the visit Marseille and can’t deny its unique charm and beauty. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss when you visit Marseille. Read More

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Feeling lonely abroad (or anywhere)

“I’m feeling lonely.”

Most travellers, or anyone, really, feel lonely from time to time (despite what all the beautiful pictures you see on your Facebook feed or on travel blogs would have you believe)! But, when the loneliness starts to drag on, some of us can run into chronic loneliness, where it turns into something of a condition that gets harder and harder to remedy.

Moved to a new city lonely and depressed dont know what to do

“The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved.” – Mother Teresa

Health Risks

According to Psych Central, loneliness triggers serious health risks affecting our endocrine, immune, and cardiovascular systems. It even accelerates death. They cite a recent study showing lonely people have increased risk for cancer, neurodegenerative disease, and viral infections.

“Perceived loneliness triggers a flight-or-fight stress response. Stress hormones and inflammation rise, and exercise and restorative sleep decrease. Norepinephrine surges, shutting down immune functions and ramping up production of white blood cells that cause inflammation. Meanwhile, it makes us less sensitive to cortisol that protects us from inflammation.”

Neuroscientist Turhan Canli has said being lonely, even for one year, affects our genetic inflammatory response the following year. It’s a self-reinforcing, negative, emotional spiral.

“I’m extremely lonely and depressed and don’t know what to do”

You’ve moved to a new city and are lonely and depressed.  The first step is to figure out: Are you lonely, depressed, or, indeed, both?
Increasingly, studies are showing that loneliness may lead to depression and vice versa, but that they are not the same thing.
Humans need social interaction – it’s one of our basic needs, so it’s easy to see how without friends we can fall into depression. However, depression also makes it difficult to connect or want to get out of the house and talk to anyone, leading to loneliness. Which do you think comes first for you?

Loneliness vs solitude

“For years in my thirties I was grindingly lonely. I woke up every morning to an empty flat, and I dreaded the end of the work day since it meant another long evening alone. I craved connection, but had no idea how to create it, and so wound up in a loop: I was so often lonely, I assumed that loneliness was all there was.” -Emily White, author of Lonely

If you spend evenings and weekends on your own at home and are wondering whether that makes you a loner or a social outcast, first know there is nothing wrong with spending time alone. In fact, many people wish they could have more time to themselves (I know I do!). BUT there is a huge difference between loneliness and solitude.

Can you reframe your loneliness as solitude? Imagine all that time going into work on your projects, listening to music in total peace, anything you want without interruption.

Still lonely? That’s ok. After all, even the most solitary souls need some kind of community backing them up. It’s hard to enjoy solitude when it isn’t a choice.

The lonely expat – Where to meet people

“Sometimes I feel like the Internet makes it easier to not *really* be there for a friend, but still feel like I’ve done my duty because I wrote Happy Birthday on their wall. I have to work harder to make myself not be lazy and give people that are important to me a call or make plans to do something in person.” – Lonely reader on Goodreads

Needless to say, liking Facebook posts or chatting with family or friends back home isn’t enough social interaction for most of us. We need to meet people in our communities and in person. best places to meet people vary depending on where we live.

The best places to meet people vary depending on where we live, our interests, place of work, etc. You need to examine where the opportunities are in your area and map out a plan for social interaction accordingly.

Moving forward.

What to do if feeling lonely

When it comes to building a strong social circle, my frequent moves have taught me a thing or two!
Making friends is a skill and a habit. If you want to learn more, click here for a free case study.
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Things to Do in Austria – Go to a Viennese Ball

Things to Do in Austria – dance the waltz at a Viennese ball

 

Did you know that there are around 450 Viennese balls that happen each year during the Carnival season? That’s a lot! So if you plan to go to Vienna in February, make sure to fit one into your travel plans.

You’ll get to dress up, meet locals and see if you can dance a Vienna waltz!

Waltzing at a Vienna Ball

A lot of people have the misconception that you need to be an elite member of society or part of an organisation to attend these ballroom events.  But I’ll let you in on a secret – these balls are actually open to everyone – including curious travelers! Read More

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Why Kiev Ukraine is one of the most overlooked European capitals

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If you ask me, Kiev Ukraine is one of the most overlooked capitals of Europe.

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I was lucky enough to live in Kiev the capital of Ukraine for six months and had the time to embrace the culture and meet amazing people. I fell in love with its mix of historical, industrial and modern personalities. It should definitely be included on your bucket list.


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Hotel inside Frankfurt Airport: Hilton Garden Inn

Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport Hotel

Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport lobby

I was so eager to get to sleep that I rushed through the main entrance and went straight to my room. This is the only picture I got of the lobby.

It’s a hotel inside Frankfurt airport. I stayed at the Hilton Garden Inn Frankfurt Airport hotel for one night while attending a meeting. Read More

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Hunting dragons in Brno Czech Republic

Legend has it that a dragon came to Brno Czech Republic and terrorised its inhabitants but he turned out to be a crocodile. Still, the dragon remains the city symbol. The beast’s preserved body is located at the entrance of the Old Town Hall and you can spot various dragon sculptures and depictions around the city.

Brno Czech Republic

I was in Vienna when I realised how close Brno was. I hopped on a bus to visit two friends from my exchange in Spain I hadn’t seen in years and dearly missed. My friend Hélène was working there and was excited to show me and our friend Ophélie everything she loved about the city.

Brno Czech Republic was once recognised as a royal city. Besides dragon spotting, here’s what we found to do: Read More

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Travel in Africa: Dundo, Angola

Dundo, Angola is not visited by many foreigners, and given the warnings against non-essential travel issued by foreign offices, it’s probably not your number one destination for Angola tourism. It’s a mining town in the northeastern part of the country bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Things to do in Dundo

When I shared with friends in the capital that I would stay 10 days in Dundo, they were actually more concerned I would get bored. But I figured anywhere can be interesting if it’s your first time there and went with 0 expectations. I resolved to set out and see if Dundo is really as boring as they say in my spare time.

Despite its reputation, I actually ended up having quite the adventure, including being forced into a daily abs regimen. I’ll explain below. Read More