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You’ll Never Regret Having These 15 Travel Experiences

You’ll Never Regret Having These 15 Travel Experiences

Doing your fair share of traveling is fun, enlightening and even quite beneficial to your mental and physical health. However, it can also be tough to find true travel gems among the sea of cliched touristy locations, where you can look forward to waiting in lines and seeing tons of incredibly casually dressed people gawking at culturally significant sites. In this day and age, it’s just a matter of entering a few pieces of information and finding a cozy place to stay, before hoping on a plane. However, if you are a bit more adventurous and want a breathtakingly unique experience, then you should definitely look into some of the following travel locations.

1. Swim in the Champagne Pool, New Zealand

While not an actual pool of sparkling vine, this beautiful 900 year old hot spring is full of carbon dioxide and has healing properties, making for an incredibly relaxing experience. It will help rejuvenate the body and mind, making you feel young and energetic.

Champagne Pool

    2. Climb to the ancient city of Machu Picchu, Peru

    A long hike up the breathtaking Peruvian mountains towards the clouds brings you to an ancient Inca city, leaving you pondering about civilizations that have been lost to the sands of time as you gaze upon the green valleys beneath your feet. Machu Picchu leaves you with an almost religious bliss and newfound respect for our ancestors.

    Machu Picchu, Peru

      3. Scuba dive in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

      The famous islands that Darvin famously explored on the HMS Beagle, rife with diverse flora and fauna, it is the perfect place to get in touch with nature and do some scuba diving. The deep ocean has many secrets to reveal, giving you an opportunity to silently reflect as you explore the lovely marine life.

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      Galapagos Islands

        4. Bask in the glory of the Shwedagon Pagoda, Burma

        The huge gold plated Shwedagon Pagoda is full of old relics, and simply brimming with strong spiritual energy. Regardless of your religious beliefs, the site will definitely fill your heart with feelings of great respect and awe, and make you think about the power that faith can have in our civilization.

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          5. Go wild at the Northern Lights Festival, Norway

          Aurora Borealis or the Northern Lights are fascinating natural phenomenon, and one that will make you feel inspired and humbled. The Norwegians have a ton of great activities in store for you to enhance the experience, such as incredible concerts and performances by talented artists. It will fire up your soul and make you feel truly alive.

          Northern Lights

            6. Spark up some romance at the Dark Sky Community at Borrego Springs, California, USA

            Amidst all the light pollution of the modern world, a spot of clear starlight sky is a true commodity. A visit to the Dark Sky Community in California allows you to look at the skies similar to those that our adventurous ancestors looked at for inspiration, guidance and solace. The experience is quite romantic and leaves you with a lovely feeling of warmth, and a light tingle across the skin.

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            Dark Sky Borrego Springs

              7. Dive into the healing waters of the Blue Lagoon, Island

              Another great place of healing, this geothermal spa features hot healing waters, and the mere fact that you are splashing around in your swimwear during winter in a country that is known as the Land of Ice and Fire, leaves you feeling fulfilled and incredibly satisfied.

              Blue Lagoon Thermal Spa

                8. Leave glowing footsteps on the bioluminescent beach in Vadhoo, Maldives

                Widely known as one of the most romantic places on Earth, the sandy Vadhoo beach is caressed by foamy waves carrying bioluminescent bacteria that make the waters glow at night, giving everything a bluish tint straight out of a sci-fi novel. Romance, child-like joy and serenity are some of the things that you can look forward to.

                Bio luminescence. Illumination of plankton at Maldives. Many par

                  9. Take a hike to the Baatara Gorge Waterfall, Lebanon

                  Green grass, white rocks and a waterfall dropping down into a cavernous opening, make this an incredibly rewarding hike. It makes you feel secluded from the rest of the world, as if you went to a magical place from a vaguely remembered fairy tale.

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                  Baatara Gorge Waterfall

                    10. Walk across the wondrous Zhangye Danxia Landform, China

                    Looking like something a particularly talented child would paint in art class, this colorful landform makes you think of an alien planet or a beautiful dream that you don’t wish to end. It’s easy to get lost in the magnificence of it all and spend hours walking around with a goofy smile on your face.

                    Zhangye Danxia Landform

                      11. Frolic in the colorful fields of tulips, Netherlands

                      Flowers can have a very positive effect on the human psyche, and there are a few sites as vibrantly colorful and relaxing as fields of tulips in all the different colors that you can find in Netherlands. Frolic among the pretty flowers and treat your eyes to an explosion of color.

                      Tulip field Netherlands

                        12. Explore the breathtaking Mendenhall Ice Caves, Alaska

                        Tucked away in the frozen lands of Alaska, the Mendenhall Glaciers has some breathtaking ice caves to offer, and since I promised myself that I will refrain from “Frozen” references, let’s just say that these locations will awaken your inner child and pump up your euphoria.

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                        Mendenhall Ice Caves

                          13. Ride a balloon across Cappadocia, Turkey

                          Ah, the ancient smooth Anatolian rock formations are truly something to behold, and since the Turks have always had a flair for the dramatic, you can take in the gorgeous scenery from a hot air balloon. A balloon ride over Cappadocia will elevate your spirit and make you feel like you can do anything that you want, like you are royalty.

                          Capadocia Baloon Rides

                            14. Dip your toes in the fine white sand of Whitehaven Beach, Australia

                            In most of our fantasies about a tropical paradise, there is clear blue water and fine white sand, and Whitehaven Beach has both of these things in spades. The best thing about it is that the sand actually stays fairly cool even during the hottest months, so walking on the beach gives you a sense of freshness and serenity, and the beautiful waters will help wash away your anxiety.

                            Whitehaven Beach

                              15. Camp out in the magnificent Yosemite Valley, USA

                              Within the Sierra Nevada mountains, you will find a drop dead gorgeous glacial valley that features tons of unique flora and fauna, and some of the greatest scenery that you will find anywhere in the world. Exploring the valley will bring you closer to nature, fill you up with exhilaration and a sense of adventure.

                              Yosemite Valley

                                These are some of the best travel experiences that will make a person feel a broad range of emotions, and have a lasting positive affect on your psyche. Everyone should visit some of these places at least once in their lifetime – it is an adventure that you definitely won’t regret.

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                                Ivan Dimitrijevic

                                Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                                Last Updated on January 17, 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, take this 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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