Lifehacks to Improve Body & Mind

I understand how the winter can get you down with all the snowfall, dark mornings, early evenings, and cold winds, but there are ways to combat sickness and mood. It is really easy to fall into same routine day in and day out, but some small variations could make the biggest difference. Over the years I have found a few ways to keep me alert, healthy, and in good spirits overall, even in the midst of a blizzard. Below you will find my top lifehacks to improve body and mind through the ongoing winter lull.

gregory-gopman-lemon-water1. Warm Water With Lemon

Drinking warm water with  slice of lemon is shown to calm the nerves and soothe the soul. Its inexpensive and easy to put together, so theres no problem on that front. All you need is warm water, a mug, and as many washed slices of lemon as you desire. This quick remedy is sure to keep you warm on the coldest days.

gregory-gopman-stretch2. Take a Break

Taking a break from work is proven to increase focus and efficiency over the long run of any given task. Without a break the mind reaches a pinnacle for its ability to work and after the pinnacle is reached, inefficiency is achieved. This is the last thing you want. Spoil yourself with a 15 minute walk around the office, a healthy session of stretching, or grabbing a nutritional snack from the cafeteria. Take a break, but skip the KITKAT.

3. Eat Fruits & Veggiesgregory-gopman-fruits-veggies

Winter is not the season to skimp on eating fruits and vegetables. In fact it may be the most important month to do so. Fruits and vegetables as everyone knows are loaded in vitamins, minerals, and body fortifying nutrients. Its easy to reach for a slice of pizza but a leafy green salad is jam packed with everything you need to lower cholesterol, boost your immunity, prevent cancers, and promote overall health and well-being. If you do choose the healthy option of a salad, make sure you don’t douse it with dressing. Unfortunately dressing and sauces aren’t exactly healthy and can be a detriment to your new found health kick.

I know the winter is a tough season, but believe it or not you’re tougher. Use these small lifehacks to better yourself and you’re sure to be happier and ready to tackle any day in front of you. Feel free to submit your own lifehacks using the contact for on the Contact page of this website.

5 Tips for Cheap Travel Adventures

I travel a lot, it’s just what I do. I’m always surprised when people tell me it’s too expensive to travel — it’s just not. Especially with all the resources at your disposal these days. Here’s my top tips for going anywhere in the world you want for cheap.

Use the Best Flight Booking Tools

kayak-logoI’m always amazed when people go to an airline site to book travel or even Travelocity. If you are traveling in the USA you need to be booking travel through, or Or in Asia Anyone of these sites will give you the best prices on the market and the most options available, where as other web portals only show you a fraction of them. The key to booking cheap flights is booking on the right site and applying the right filters. My favorite is, because it easily allows me to input the 2 best search features — Searching airports nearby and flexibility on my dates by 1-3 days before/after. The difference between a $100 flight and a $450 flight is often as simple as choosing an airport that is 30 minutes away.

Airport Transportation + Hotels

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Always remember that there is a cost of getting to and from the airport. Your cheapest option to get there is usually public transit. The next best option is “Super Shuttle” if they pick up at your location. You can normally find them outside the airport leaving every 15-20 minutes. After that, Uber is incredibly affordable and around 30 minutes faster than Super Shuttle at getting you from point A to point B. Your final option should be taking a taxi or renting a car. Car rentals only make sense if you need it for traveling around the city you’re in, but most of the time Uber will have you covered.

Then there’s booking a cheap hotel. Again, using sites like or are the way to go for this. You will never find a cheaper rate than an online rate. My personal favorite is booking 5-star hotels on Kayak for 50% off, though you don’t know what you’ll get.

And if you really want to book a hotel for cheap, is free and hostels are only $10-$25 a night anywhere around the world.

Get an Airline Credit Card

Airline credit cards will save you $1,000’s a year if you use them right. The key is to know when to use Airline points and when to purchase with cash. For example, last week I booked a last minute trip to see Tony Robbins in Dallas. The cheapest last minute ticket I could find was $450 each way, or $900 round trip. However it only cost me 20,000 airline points to book through American. That’s $500 saved right there!

The trick of knowing when to use your airline points is knowing their cash equivalent, which I believe is $0.02 per point. I get that value because I can use my cash-back credit card to get $.02 for every dollar I spend or I can get 1 AA point for every dollar I spend on my AA card.

Other advantages of getting an airline credit card — 50,000 mile sign up bonus (American Airlines), free priority boarding, free checked in bags, and 25% off airline purchases on the plane.

Don’t Buy Seat Upgrades Unless you Have tobest-airplane-seat

If I’m flying 5hrs or more than I’ll consider shelling out extra for seat upgrades. Otherwise, the best thing to do is to talk to the gate keeper before you board to see what seat upgrades are available. Most of the time you can just take the upgraded seat without paying for it if you remember where it is! You can ask the gate keeper what the available seats are, i.e. seat 11A and then simply board and sit in it.

Avoid Rush Hour

This is a preventative measure to making sure you don’t get stuck in traffic. The worst travel cost is having to re-book a flight last minute because you were late, and the easiest way to avoid this is to not travel during rush hour. That means avoid flights taking off between 9:00-11:00AM or 5:00-7:00pm

A small follow onto this is not landing at those times either. It’s never fun to be stuck in traffic and time is money!


5 Tips to Enjoying Your Airport Experience

As you may know by some of my previous blogs, I travel a lot and thus spend a lot of time in airports. Over my years spent in airports I have come up with the following ways to make the usually less than enjoyable time bearable or even fun. Here’s my 5 favorite hacks for enjoying time in the airport

1) Live The Highlife in an Airport Lounge

First off I’m a big fan of spending time in the airline clubs. They have fast wifi, free food and drinks, and really comfortable seating options. It’s also pretty quiet and a good place to de-stress. Most clubs will let you in for a $50 fee, but there a few hacks you can use to get in for free. Some Airline credit cards and the AMEX Platinum will gain you access, as will a first class ticket. My favorite hack overall is using preferred airline status with ONE to get into their lounges. If you read my previous post on getting Elite status through an American Airlines Challenge then you’ll enjoy knowing that other airlines will match whatever status you win and those other airlines will also let you in their clubs for free!

2) Rest Up

Whether in the club area of in front of your gate, it’s always nice to catch some shut eye. The caveat to doing this right is notifying a worker near-by of your upcoming flight in case you rest too long. As a backup mechanism I also like to set an alarm on my phone. You might stress out about not waking up, but I’ve never had a problem with these two notification systems.

3) Download Entertainment

Whether on your phone or on your computer, you should have multiple options to download loads of entertainment before your flight. I recently flew to San Diego and I used the time to download an educational PDF of Paul Grahm’s blog posts on my Mac Air laptop.

4) Charge up Those Devices

I like to have all of my devices charged when I travel. Especially internationally. You sometimes just don’t know when your next power up is gonna be. That means plugging in your laptop, your portable phone charger, your phone, and whatever else you have long before you leave for the airport to assure the 100% battery life. I normally find an outlet at the airport (you can always find one if you look hard enough) and establish my personal real estate area while downloading/watching movies or doing personal work on my laptop. Depending on how involved you get, you might want to set a calendar reminder or alarm to remind yourself of your upcoming flight.

5) Networking/Massages/Food

Networking in the airport can allow you to gain new contacts, learn about someone else, and pass the time in a productive manner. Personally I’m also not the biggest fan of pre-flight massages but, if you’re going to get a massage you’re probably better off after your flight when you need it more and it’s half the price.

I have three rules with airport food — 1) It’s generally going to be better than anything you can get on a plane. 2) If you can, hold out on eating until you reach your final destination. 3) If you’re dying of hunger, go with things that look fresh, stay away from all forms of fish/sushi, and if possible avoid fast food at all costs (as you normally should).