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10 Things Only People Who Like Traveling To Unconventional Places Would Understand

10 Things Only People Who Like Traveling To Unconventional Places Would Understand

The world is a very big and intriguing place. It holds many strange wonders, all manner of curiosities, and places of great natural beauty. Unusual architecture and awe inspiring scenery draw a certain kind of traveler. It is the adventurous traveler who finds great joy in exploring places that not a lot of other people know about – places that offer something radically different than what the average tour guide has in store for you. Such people have a lot of fun things to look forward to, but there are also some downfalls that only the traveling adventurer would know about.

1. You really depend on your connections to get access to the good stuff

A big part of being a worldly traveler is about making connections. You spend a lot of time crashing in people’s houses, hanging out with other travelers on the train and making friends with the locals, which can come in handy when you want to go off the beaten path and explore some of the sites most tourists don’t know about. In fact, some of the greatest places to visit are little hidden gems that a local has to point out. So get good at making friends.

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2. You have some very weird things in your search history

Some things you just can’t help, and preparing for your next exciting trip involves plenty of very awkward research. Once you’ve put Iceland Penis Museum or Museum of Medieval Torture into your search engine you know it only gets stranger from there. The funny thing is that you have some of these pages bookmarked and it can take a bit to explain to people that you just love traveling to unusual places.

3. You have to survive without a connection or access to certain online content on your phone

Looking for the most unusual and exciting places means that you will sometimes find yourself in the middle of the desert or the open sea, and your phone is going to be mostly useless. There is also the issue of content restricted only to some areas, which you will be unable to access. Luckily, in the latter case you can check out different Smart DNS providers to fix the problem, but if there is no connection or Wi-Fi you’re just going to have to manage without your phone.

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4. You can get so awestruck by some sights that you just don’t want to leave

While you’ll come across plenty of lovely things during any trip abroad, those who seek only the most intriguing places will tend to get honestly moved every now and then. There comes a point where you stumble across such a rare and wonderful find that you just don’t want to leave.

5. You have to sometimes say goodbye to comfort to experience beauty

Not every step of the way is going to be magnificent and filled with fun – a lot of the roads around the world aren’t that great, and you need to climb or hike to reach some places, which can be quite taxing. However, some sacrifices (in terms of comfort) have to be made in order to reach some of those gorgeous or unusual destinations that you will remember fondly and tell people about for years to come.

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6. You will have trouble keeping relationships with non-travelers

Relationships can be quite difficult as is, but when you throw frequent traveling into the mix, and you have a partner who doesn’t like to or can’t travel, then you’ve got a recipe for disaster. Not a lot of us can effectively manage a long-distance relationship, particularly when it’s with someone we met during our travels. You know you’ll be leaving them behind shortly, even though they make you feel great, it can feel very weird.

7. You can be your best companion

It sounds a bit strange, but you may not want to have several other people trudging along with you on your little adventure. There are some trips that help you discover more about yourself, as well as other cultures, and you need to make them on your own. Call it a spiritual journey or some alone time. It’s that unlikely beautiful feeling of being alone against the world that we can all benefit from once in a while.

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8. You always spend your money wisely

People often look surprised when I tell them how cheap it can actually be to travel, just as long as you are willing to make some compromises and work a bit harder. The art of stretching out your budget for days and days beyond your planned vacation period is an essential one for an adventurous traveler.

9. You get used to hospitality

It feels kind of strange not to have people offering you to crash at their place or to come over for dinner when you come back home from your travels. It’s not that people back home aren’t that hospitable, it’s just that you get so used to being the stranger traveling from a far-away country that some of the more mundane aspects of life begin to bore you.

10. You can get a bit over-excited when telling people your travel stories  

One of the curses of being a traveler who seeks out unconventional places around the world is that you won’t be able to restrain yourself from going into a monologue about “the time I visited…” in front of other people. Don’t get me wrong, these stories are fun and great ice-breakers, but when one too many people have heard them one too many times you start to come across a little pompous.

These are just some of the things that you can expect when you start looking for the world’s oddities. There are tons of amazing things to be seen and experienced, some in the oddest and unlikeliest of places. Be aware that frequent travelers have a lot on their plate.

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Last Updated on January 15, 2019

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

Listen carefully:

We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

1. Pray Daily

You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

3. Smile Often

Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

4. Organize Your Working Desk

A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

How do you do that? This is my formula:

First, go to my website (find my website here in my profile) and take the smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

8. Go Exercise

Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

The Bottom Line

It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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