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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 September 16, 2019

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                • (1) Research
                                • (2) Deciding the topic
                                • (3) Creating the outline
                                • (4) Drafting the content
                                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                • (6) Revision
                                • (7) etc.

                                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                2. Change Your Environment

                                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                6. Get a Buddy

                                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                Reality check:

                                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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