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30 Beaches Around the World You Should Visit At Least Once in Your Lifetime

30 Beaches Around the World You Should Visit At Least Once in Your Lifetime

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    There are so many beautiful beaches around the world, and each of them has its own unique charm. Some beaches are embraced for their white sand and beautiful views, while others offer the perfect waves for surfers. It’s practically impossible for any person to actually visit every beach in the world, so we’ve narrowed the field down to the 30 best spots you’ve just got to make the time to visit during your lifetime.

    1. Green Island Beach, Antigua

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      Photo by Andrew Moore

      The beautiful beaches on Green Island, off the coast of Antigua, can only be reached via boat. This makes the Green Island Beach much more secluded than the typical tourist spots, and perfect for people who prefer not to be in a crowded environment.

      2. Oval Beach, Michigan, USA

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        Photo by Mark Kortum

        Oval Beach in Saugatuck gives visitors a stunning view of Lake Michigan, and the sand is free of rocks and debris. The beach town has also earned a lot of praise from the media, including being listed as the number one spot by USA Today in their list of Best Coastal Small Towns.

        3. Zlatni Rat Beach, Croatia

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          Photo by Brennan Paezold

          This prime beach destination is located on Brac Island. The perfect combination of beautiful sand, water, and scenery has secured Zlatni Rat Beach’s position on numerous lists of the best beaches throughout Europe and the world.

          4. Lover’s Beach, Mexico

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            Photo by Karen Blaha

            Cabo san Lucas, Mexico, is a popular tourist destination for relaxation, beach weddings and partying. Playa del Amor, which is also known as Lover’s Beach, has more of a secluded feel due to its rocky surroundings.

            5. Long Beach, Ascension Island

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              Photo by Povl Abrahamsen

              Ascension Island is a controlled landmass in the UK that sits approximately 1,000 miles from the closest country. There are a few swimming beaches on Ascension Island, but the more than 10,000 green sea turtles that flock to Long Beach are the number one reason that tourists visit the island.

              6. White Beach, Philippines

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                Photo by Lisa de Vreede

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                The aptly named White Beach in Boracay is one of the most popular spots in the Philippines. This beach, with its breathtakingly gorgeous sand and water, will never be forgotten by visitors.

                7. Calo des Moro, Mallorca

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                  Photo by Tommie Hansen

                  The Spanish beach is located inside a small alcove. The water is crystal clear, making it a great choice for snorkelers.

                  8. Anse Source D’Argent, Seychelles

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                    Photo by Didier Baertsschiger

                    Seychelles is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean and it is a member of the African Union. The white sand and boulders present at Anse Source D’Argent make it one of the most aesthetically pleasing beaches on earth. Make sure you bring your camera so that you can capture the beauty of Anse Source D’Argent!

                    9. Malibu Beach, California, USA

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                      Photo by Adam Dooley

                      There are several beaches in Southern California, but Malibu Beach is the best choice for those who can only visit one location. Here you will experience a classic beach vibe, along with beautiful sand and water.

                      10. Kapalua Beach, Hawaii, USA

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                        Photo by Kris Nelson

                        A laid back lifestyle and numerous beaches bring people to Hawaii from around the globe. Kapalua Beach in West Maui is one of many gorgeous spots that are perfect for surfing and Condé Nast Traveler magazine even crowned it the “Best Beach in the World.”

                        11. Oludeniz Beach, Turkey

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                          Photo by Oleksandr Dantsiger

                          This pebble beach is famous due to the calm waters of the Blue Lagoon. Travelers who want to experience the beauty in private will enjoy this sandy bay for its picturesque views and secluded location.

                          12. Grace Bay, Turks & Caicos Islands

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                            Photo by Tobias Lindman

                            The turquoise water, brilliantly white sand and almost shockingly blue skies make Grace Bay one of the best beaches on earth. As an added bonus, this beautiful location can usually be enjoyed without dealing with large crowds.

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                            13. Praia de Marinha, Portugal

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                              Photo by Andrew Sweeney

                              Praia de Marinha, which is also known as Navy Beach, is by far the best beach in Portugal. The high water quality and ambient setting have earned this location the title of “Golden Beach.”

                              14. Navagio Beach, Greece

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                                Photo by Justin Van Dyke

                                There is a good reason that Greece’s Navagio Beach is one of the most photographed beaches in the world: the combination of blue water and limestone cliffs makes this area truly stunning to behold.

                                15. Isola Bella Beach, Italy

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                                  Photo by Brigitte Djajasasmita

                                  This white pebble beach is a Natural Heritage Site due to its picturesque views and natural design. Isola Bella Beach is easily accessible from nearby areas and well worth visiting.

                                  16. Jericoacoara, Brazil

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                                    Photo by Jonathan Hood

                                    This Brazilian beach offers the perfect combination of beautiful water, relaxation, and opportunities to partake in sporting activities. The dune beyond the beach is great for exploration, and you can rest after on one of the hammocks that are staked into the water.

                                    17. Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt

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                                      Photo by Wulf Willis

                                      Egypt’s Sharm El Sheikh offers exotic flair and a long list of other notable nearby attractions. For example, scuba diving is a popular activity for people who want to do more than just hang out at this beautiful beach.

                                      18. Matira Point, French Polynesia

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                                        Photo by Nicola Rinaldi

                                        This public beach in the South Pacific is arguably even more gorgeous and worth visiting than the nearby Bora Bora. Matira Point has an extremely relaxing vibe and provides visitors with a lovely view.

                                        19. Porto Katsiki, Greece

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                                          Photo by kpoulakos

                                          Porto Katsiki is an isolated beach on Ionian Sea Island. The only way to reach this stunning location is by taking a boat or by climbing down from the clifftop parking area.

                                          20. Sveti Stefan, Montenegro

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                                            Photo by Daniel Riberio

                                            Sveti Stefan is a pink sandy beach that is part of a Montenegro resort. The small islet includes 1.2 miles of coastline and is not usually filled with large crowds.

                                            21. San Blas Islands, Panama

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                                              Photo by Alexander Schimmeck

                                              The San Blas Islands are part of a Panamanian Caribbean natural park. There are approximately 400 small islands that offer isolated beaches for travelers who prefer to enjoy the archipelago’s natural perfection in private.

                                              22. Herberts Beach, Nevis

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                                                Photo by Steve Harris

                                                Have you ever dreamed of visiting the Caribbean without being surrounded by tourists? Nevis is one of the least crowded islands, and it features multiple places such as Herberts Beach to relax in near solitude.

                                                23. Maya Bay, Thailand

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                                                  Photo by Siva Dayalan

                                                  The movie The Beach (2000), starring Leonardo DiCaprio introduced the world to the beauty of Maya Bay. Fortunately, you can access this beach without needing to swim a long distance as depicted in the film, and the off-season attracts minimal crowds.

                                                  24. Antibes, France

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                                                    Photo by Jared Zimmerman

                                                    Antibes has a nice mixture of public and private beaches that all provide a relaxing experience and picturesque views. The town of Antibes is famous for being one of the most luxurious, indulgent places on earth.

                                                    25. Île Aux Cerfs Island, Mauritius

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                                                      Photo by gianbrutale

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                                                      Spend a day living like the rich and famous by taking a day trip via catamaran to the private Île Aux Cerfs island. This uninhabited spot is typically utilized by jet-setters, but people on a budget can also enjoy the luxurious privacy of the island’s beaches.

                                                      26. Bayahibe, Dominican Republic

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                                                        Photo by Reinhard Link

                                                        This small village has some of the most enticing beaches in the Caribbean. Here you can enjoy an authentic local vibe mixed with uncrowded beaches and photo-worthy reefs.

                                                        27. As Catedrais Beach, Spain

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                                                          Photo by Carlos Miguel Solis Seco

                                                          Even if you are not the type to go swimming or sunbathing, As Catedrais Beach needs to be on your bucket list. This unusual location has enormous caves, unique natural archways and impressive rock arches that practically cry out to be explored and photographed.

                                                          28. Whitehaven Beach, Australia

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                                                            Photo by Mark Wassell

                                                            Whitehaven Beach has been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The travelers who spend time at this Australian spot are treated to one of the cleanest white sand beaches in the world.

                                                            29. Boulders Beach, South Africa

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                                                              Photo by Nicolas Raymond

                                                              The appropriately named Boulders Beach is one of the best spots for beach enthusiasts in South Africa. This location also attracts a large African penguin population, which makes it a great choice for wildlife photographers.

                                                              30. Honeymoon Island, Cook Islands

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                                                                Photo by Christine Phares

                                                                The name of this tropical island has understandably captured the attention of honeymooners, but it is also a noteworthy location for anyone who wants to see the best beaches in the world. The white sand is unsullied and the colorful seabirds are very eye-catching.

                                                                With so many amazing locations to choose from worldwide, it may seem difficult to select your next vacation destination. However, if beaches are your passion, you should definitely prioritize these 30 amazing options.

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                                                                7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                                                7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

                                                                Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

                                                                Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

                                                                This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

                                                                One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

                                                                Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

                                                                Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

                                                                1. Gratitude

                                                                Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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                                                                The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

                                                                Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

                                                                So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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                                                                  2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

                                                                  This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

                                                                  For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

                                                                  What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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                                                                  Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

                                                                  3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

                                                                  This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

                                                                  Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

                                                                  An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

                                                                  Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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                                                                    4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

                                                                    According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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                                                                    There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

                                                                    5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

                                                                    Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

                                                                    Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

                                                                    6. Rise Earlier

                                                                    The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

                                                                    For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

                                                                    So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

                                                                    Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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                                                                    7. Listen to Uplifting Music

                                                                    Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

                                                                    Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

                                                                    It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

                                                                    Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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                                                                    Featured photo credit: Carli Jeen via unsplash.com

                                                                    Reference

                                                                    [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
                                                                    [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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