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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 May 21, 2020

                                The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                                The Top Fad Diets That Are Actually Worth the Hype

                                You have probably seen enough fad diets to last a lifetime. Many have become popular overnight and left just as quickly.

                                Some fad diets, though, have actually passed the test of time and are making some headway in the nutritional world.

                                Outlined below are four fad diets that are actually beneficial for your health and wellness. Read on to find out why you should consider adopting one (or more) of these healthy eating styles today.

                                An important concept you should keep in mind is to disregard the term “diet” as it is typically used. The word diet implies the idea of restriction and removal. Instead, think of the word diet in this context as a healthy eating lifestyle.

                                Let’s take a look at some of these healthy eating lifestyles that have been categorized, by no fault of their own, as fad diets.

                                1. The Paleo Diet

                                The paleo diet, or ancestral eating, is simply eating the way your paleolithic ancestors would have up to 10,000 years ago, or when the agriculture age began.

                                The advantage now is you don’t have to do this in a loin cloth, unless you want to… The focus of this diet is proteins, vegetables, some fruits, nuts and seeds and some healthy fats.

                                In the paleo diet, there aren’t any grains, starchy carbohydrates, sugars, or dairy.

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                                How Your Health Can Change With Paleo

                                The paleo diet is a good way to keep your blood sugar under control. It can also have a positive effect on type 2 diabetes, and can lower your risk of cardiovascular disease.

                                With this healthy eating lifestyle, people have also achieved good weight loss results and boast improved energy levels. [1]

                                It’s not just what’s in the paleo diet that’s important, it’s what’s NOT in it. There aren’t any processed and manufactured foods, junk foods, artificial ingredients or chemical additives.

                                Paleo is a way of eating that gets you more in tune with your body and, therefore, can provide a lot of benefits.

                                2. Whole30

                                The Whole30 diet is relatively new and owes its popularity to social media and the #Whole30 Instagram hashtag that allowed people to share and broadcast their success with the diet.

                                With Whole30 you are taking 30 days and focusing on nutritious whole foods such as meats, nuts and seeds, seafood, eggs, vegetables, and fruits.

                                During the month you are eliminating:

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                                • sugar
                                • alcohol
                                • legumes
                                • grains
                                • dairy
                                • soy

                                Whole30 is similar to paleo, but it goes a bit further eliminating sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup.

                                At the end of the 30 days, you strategically reintroduce those eliminated foods back into your diet to discover any possibility of health consequences from them or even potential food allergies.

                                Finding Out How Food Impacts You

                                Most people eat the same things so often and may not realize that certain foods are causing health consequences, as they’ve become accustomed to feeling lethargic and run down.

                                With Whole30 you get the chance to see how these foods may have a negative impact on your body. You’ll also reset your taste buds, which may have become desensitized from processed and artificial “foods” and excess salt.

                                This diet will help you regain your love of food… in a healthy way!

                                3. The Mediterranean Diet

                                The Mediterranean diet has been at the top of the list as a very effective diet for some time now.

                                For people in countries like Italy or Greece, this has simply been a normal way of life–along with higher activity levels, sunlight exposure, proximity to water, and lower stress.

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                                With the Mediterranean diet, the focus is on heart-healthy foods. It looks like this:

                                • Fruits & vegetables
                                • Whole grains
                                • Legumes & nuts
                                • Replacing butter with olive oil
                                • Using herbs and spices instead of salt
                                • Eating fish and poultry at least twice a week
                                • Moderate amounts of red wine

                                Help Your Heart & Overall Health With A Mediterranean Diet

                                Information from the Mayo Clinic shows that this diet reduces heart disease and lowers your “bad” LDL cholesterol. Studies involving 1.5 million people demonstrated that the Mediterranean diet was associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular mortality, along with overall mortality. [2]

                                With all these benefits, this is definitely a “fad diet” that’s worth the hype.

                                4. The Alkaline Diet

                                The alkaline diet is about changing the foods you eat so that you put your body into an alkaline state and out of an acidic state. When your body is too far on the acidic side it can result in a condition called acidosis. This can lead to issues in your body such as upset stomach, breathing difficulties, headaches, weakness and, fatigue. In extreme cases, it can result in shock, coma, or death.

                                The goal is to get your body in a more alkaline state, which results in overall better health. The focus is on including alkaline boosting foods such as fruits, nuts, vegetables, and legumes. You’re also wanting to reduce acidic foods such as low quality beef and poultry, dairy, eggs, grains, and alcohol.

                                Pros & Cons With The Alkaline Diet

                                The benefits that come from this way of eating is that reduction in inferior quality foods, processed items and alcohol. You may feel improved energy levels, mental clarity and even better joint health.

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                                People also report weight loss but again this may come from the reduction in calories from junk and processed foods but this is not a bad thing at all.

                                One con with this diet is that the pH value of the food you eat might not have an impact on blood pH, as your body is able to balance this pretty well on a day-to-day basis.

                                Follow These Fads for Better Health and Wellness

                                There can be a danger in categorizing things as a fad diet because fads come and go. People are always looking for the next big thing or a quick fix.

                                The four examples above buck that status quo. These diets, though mainstream, actually can give you benefits and aren’t going to go away anytime soon because they work.

                                What makes these diets special is that they boast real whole foods and the eliminate processed and manufactured junk.

                                The Big Takeaway:

                                Whatever way you choose to eat, the focus needs to be on whole unprocessed foods. Look for the cleanest, local and most natural things you can find for the benefit of your overall health and wellness. Your body and mind will thank you.

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