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30 Trips Everyone Should Take At Least Once In Their Lives

30 Trips Everyone Should Take At Least Once In Their Lives

Modern life can become quite repetitive and may cause a person to feel trapped and stifled by the repetitive routines we tend to slide into. There are few things that can effectively break your routine, like taking trips and spending time somewhere new and wonderful. We tend to forget how beautiful and full of wonders our world really is. Breaking away from our place of residence for a while can make us reexamine our habits and break the pattern that we have grown accustomed to. Furthermore, witnessing a culture vastly different than the one that surrounds you will give you a different perspective and help you grow as a person.

We are going to attempt to bring you the ultimate list of places you can choose to visit and experience. These locations and events are going to take your breath away, inspire you, and bring out a better version of you upon the journey’s end.

1. Find out why all roads lead to Rome, Italy

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    Italy is one of the biggest cultural centers in human history, with breathtaking architecture, great museums, art, performers, and an atmosphere you can’t get anywhere else. Nobody leaves Rome with a sense of indifference. Merely walking its streets will be a feast for your senses.

    2. See the mystical beauty of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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      The temple of Angkor Wat is a UNESCO protected world heritage site, and for a good reason too. This architectural wonder was built between 802 and 1220 AD by the Khmer civilization. It is one of the most enduring architectural achievements of humankind.

      3. Discover the comfort and relaxation aboard The Orient Express

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        Although the route of the Orient Express has changed many times in the past, it is still as luxurious and beautiful as ever. Even though it doesn’t take you all the way to Istanbul, you can still see a big chunk of Europe riding on this classic train.

        4. Stand in awe of the magnificent Fuji mountain in Japan

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          If you are feeling adventurous you can book an overnight stay and climb the mountain. If not, you can easily take a train to one of the many sightseeing spots. We wholeheartedly recommend the Five Lakes of Fuji.

          5. Witness the magnificence of the prides on a Botswana safari

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            You can go for a public safari or, if you prefer to have more exclusivity, you can opt for a private one. The Chobe National Park and Moremi Game Reserve are the two most popular parks. They feature a wide range of wild animals that include lions, elephants, leopards, black rhinos, and many other not-so-popular, but no less exotic animals.

            6. Climb the Alps and witness Europe’s beauty from a different perspective

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              Being that three very unique and very powerful countries; Italy, Switzerland and Germany, hold the Alps, the experience you can get can vary significantly. Also, the Alps have a lot of different options for tourists, so you can really find the type of vacation that suits you best.

              7. Find your way through the Devil’s Town in Serbia

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                A nominee for the title of one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Devil’s Town is a very impressive rock formation that has two natural springs located within, called the Devil’s Water and the Red Well. These rocks are between 4 and 15 meters high and were created by erosion.

                8. Get familiar with Petra, the rock city in Jordan

                El Deir or The Monastery at Petra, Jordan

                  A miraculous and truly unique rock city located in southern Jordan, Petra stands as one of the great historical and architectural wonders, with parts that were built more than 2000 years ago. While the site has suffered from the elements, and has been target practice to the Bedouin of the Arabian Desert, it is still absolutely astonishing to behold.

                  9. Enjoy classical music performed at the magnificent Aspendos, Turkey

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                    For those that are fans of classical music, travel, and history, we recommend traveling to Aspenodos in spring or early summer. The Aspendos International Opera and Ballet Festival offer annual events, which are worth preparing for in advance. This Greco-Roman city is believed to have been built somewhere around 2000 B.C. It is a true historic site.

                    10. Feast your eyes on the beautiful Grand Canyon

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                      It is hardly even worth introducing the Grand Canyon, since it has become such a large part of popular culture, including movies, music videos, album covers, and a variety of other forms. It is more than obvious why it would be an awe-inspiring experience gazing across the magnificence of its landscape.

                      11. See the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt

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                        Egypt, one of the dominant empires in early human history, has left an abundance of archaeological wonders from various eras of its existence. Of course, the most famous one is the Great Pyramid of Giza, located in contemporary El Giza.

                        12. Take a bite out of the Big Apple

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                          New York is a pop icon all by itself. It is the setting for a sea of sitcoms, the Avengers movie, and a whole lot more. It is also the scene which brought us Hip-Hop, NYHC, and the Wu-Tang Clan. Broadway theaters are another good reason for spending a week (or a month) in NYC.

                          13. Experience the scorching heat of the Sahara desert

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                            With camels and the scorching desert, this isn’t an adventure for everyone. However, if you consider yourself an adventurous spirit, you should definitely set out on this journey. It is filled with historical sites, fun activities, and really leaves a lasting impression.

                            14. Bask in the beauty and cultural achievements of Paris

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                              The City of Lights is a must visit travel destination for anyone. It has something for everyone: museums, architecture, music, theatre, architecture, and Disney World. This is an oversimplification of one of the most famous cultural centers in Europe, but it’s the most I can do in these few lines.

                              15. Get to know the Medieval charm of Kathmandu, Nepal

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                                Established in the 900s BC, the capital (as well as the largest city of Nepal) is one of the places that really takes your breath away. As a place where Indian and Tibetan cultures mix and coexist, and a place with rich and well-preserved cityscapes, it really is a unique location to visit and explore.

                                16. Witness the stunning wildlife of the Galapagos Islands

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                                  The Galapagos Island national park and biological marine reserve is home to many endemic species of animals. It is considered to be crucial for Darwin’s theory of evolution. The island is a sight to behold! You will definitely enjoy your stay.

                                  17. Marvel at the architectural brilliance of the Great Wall in China

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                                    Contrary to popular belief, the Great Wall of China is not visible from space. However, it is well worth seeing up close and personal. This architectural wonder was built as a defense against the powerful Mongols, and has stood the test of time quite admirably.

                                    18. Experience the stunning beauty of the Himalayas

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                                      Here’s another one for the true adventurers. Braving the journey to see the Himalayas is a daunting task and takes some preparation. This mountain range didn’t earn its nickname, The Roof of The World, for nothing.

                                      19. Marvel at the lush beauty of Taj Mahal, India

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                                        If your goal is to visit all the prominent cultures around the world, you can’t miss India. The great Taj Mahal stands as an architectural monument to Indian culture, originally envisioned as a mausoleum for the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan’s favourite wife, Mumtaz mahal.

                                        20. Find peace in the temples and gardens of Kyoto, Japan

                                          Back to Japan we go, and this time we are visiting its former capital, Kyoto. The zen gardens in Kyoto have been praised through literature, paintings, and other arts. However, no amount of praise is equal to the experience of walking through them.

                                          21. Get lost in the beautiful landscape of Iceland

                                            Iceland is a small and weird island country that gave us Bjork, Sigur Ros, and a lot of other talented musicians. It has beautiful landscapes and a unique culture impacted primarily by the Norse Viking culture, which is also reflected by its language.

                                            22. Feel the music at Tomorrowland, Belgium

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                                              Tomorrowland is scheduled to open on September 27th. You can probably still manage to find tickets if you are willing to make an effort. It is an electronic music festival with top-notch reviews, and for good reason too.

                                              23. Walk the ancient streets of Athens, Greece

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                                                Don’t let recent political developments scare you. If there is one thing modern Greeks are good at it’s tourism. No matter the state their country is in, they always find a way to be hospitable to tourists. Previously a city state, Athens is considered to be the cradle of modern democracy. It has a lot of historical sites you can visit in order to witness the power of ancient Greek culture.

                                                24. Find your spirituality in Jerusalem, Israel

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                                                  Even if you are not a religious person, Jerusalem is more than worth the visit. It has been a religious and cultural crossroads for centuries. Much of that can be seen in the legacy left behind by different cultures in its architecture, religious buildings, museums, and so on.

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                                                  25. Experience the ancient Incan culture in Machu Picchu, Peru

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                                                    An ancient citadel located in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is an astonishing architectural achievement of a powerful culture, which was destroyed by the European conquistadors. You can take a magnificent train ride to Machu Picchu, as I already mentioned in a previous article.

                                                    26. Party hard during the festival in Rio, Brazil
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                                                      This is one of those festivals that hardly needs an introduction. It is known as one of the greatest parties in the world. Each year, people from various corners of the globe gather to enjoy the festivities. It hosts somewhere around 2 million people per day, just to put things into perspective.

                                                      27. Get stunned by the cultural riches of Barcelona, Spain

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                                                        Well, it is quite challenging to try and sell Barcelona to you in a couple of sentences. Let’s just say it has everything. The seaside? Yup. Culture? You better believe it! Nightlife? Oh, yes! I mean, the work of Antoni Gaudi alone makes the trip worth it, let alone the entire package.

                                                        28. Enjoy the 24/7 parties in Ibiza, Spain

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                                                          A music scene sprouted on the Ibiza Island and never actually left it. This is one of the best places to go partying, and arguably one of the more beautiful. The Ibiza Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trip to Ibiza will surely remain one of the more memorable events in your lifetime.

                                                          29. Find your way around Hong Kong, China
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                                                            Hong Kong has a very unique cultural environment with a lot to offer. It has a beautiful cityscape, a magnificent harbour, you can go hiking, and much more. This small paragraph doesn’t do this great city justice. You should definitely inquire more about its great culture.

                                                            30. Find out why the Nile is the cradle of Egyptian culture

                                                              The Egyptian empire spanned across three millennia. It was built around the Nile river – its greatest source of resources and wealth. There are tons of cruises that you can take to get close and personal with the ancient Egyptian culture while witnessing some of the best sites along the way.

                                                              Conclusion

                                                              Whew! The world really has a lot to offer. If you are seriously considering starting a journey as ambitious as this one, it would be a shame not to leave some record of it. Travel blogging is quite fun and can also earn you more than a few bucks along the way if you know how to do it right. Make sure to plan ahead, since bad planning can destroy even the best of journeys. Research the places you decided to visit before you set out, so you know what to expect and how to find your way around.

                                                              Happy traveling!

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                                                              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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