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12 Surreal Destinations To Fulfill Your Wanderlust

12 Surreal Destinations To Fulfill Your Wanderlust

Sometimes we need to get away: say goodbye to our 8 to 5 job, our routines, our stresses; grab our passport, and jet off to new and exciting destinations. It may feel like the world is shrinking- thanks to social media- still, there’s a whole lot of world to see, and a ton of adventures to be had. So here are 12 breathtaking places sure to satisfy your wanderlust.

 1. Iceland

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    Skogafoss/Gilad Rom

    Iceland, the land of the midnight sun, where fire and ice coexist, and wild horses run. With its rich viking history and more waterfalls than people, Iceland is a magical destination. No wonder productions like Interstellar and Game of Thrones filmed here. Top attractions include: The Northern Lights (sightings may begin as early as September and last through March), Gullfoss waterfall, The Golden Circle, Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, and Hveravellir Hot Springs. Beautiful Iceland Video

    2. Pamukkale, Turkey

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      Pamukkale, Turkey/Esther Lee

      Pamukkale means “cotton castle” in Turkish. Once the ancient Greco-Roman Byzantine city of Hierapolis, It has been visited for thousands of years by people drawn to the healing power of its thermal pools. Today it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the perfect place to sit back, soak, and take in the charming Turkish countryside. Pamukkale Video

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      3. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

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        To the Maasai people of Africa, Serengeti means “the place where the land runs on forever”. It is Tanzania’s oldest national park and covers almost 6,000 square miles of grasslands and woodlands. If adventure’s what you crave, you’re bound to spot lions, cheetahs, rhinos, elephants, and giraffes grazing in their natural habitat. The sunsets are truly spectacular. Tanzania Video

        4. Maldives, India

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          Maldives/Nic Adler

          From stunning white-sand beaches to serene cyan-blue waters, the 1200 islands of the Maldives are an ocean lover’s paradise. Known for pristine warm waters and an abundance of ocean life, it’s no wonder the Maldives are considered a top diving and snorkeling destination.  Maldives Video

          5. Angkor Wat, Cambodia

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            Monks at Angkor Wat/Jonathan Lewis

            Built in the early 12th century, Angkor Wat is the largest religious monument in the world. Originally built to honor the Hindu god Vishnu, the temple changed from a Hindu house of worship to a Buddhist one. While never fully abandoned over the centuries, the surrounding jungle hid and preserved it. Today, Angkor Wat is a UNESCO World Heritage Site spanning over 200 acres. If you wish to see ALL of its impressive architecture, sculptures,and art, plan to stay several days. Even then, it’s nearly impossible; this place is vast! While meandering, don’t be surprised if you make friends with temple monkeys.  Angkor Wat Video

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            6. Morocco

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              Souq – Zoco, Marrakech (Morocco), HDR/Marc

              From sweeping deserts and high mountains to the windy alleyways of its ancient cities, Morocco is unlike any other.  Top attractions include: a hike up North Africa’s highest peak, camel treks, shopping in the souks (for local flavors and awesome deals), wandering the old cities’ narrow streets, and relaxing in the hammam (Turkish bath). Let the sweet scents of saffron, orange flower, and other spices carry you through the crowds to mosaic tiled courtyards and decadent fountains.  Morocco Video

              7. Inverness, Scotland

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                Scotland/Lori De La Cruz

                Considered the “Gateway to the Scottish Highlands,” Inverness is a city steeped in fantastical lore. Drink enough Scotch and you just may catch a glimpse of Nessie or a kelpie waterhorse haunting Loch Ness. For nightly entertainment, check out one of several pubs where you can Celtic dance or listen to bagpipers play. Looking for plaids? Stroll the shops along River Ness and stop at a restaurant for a Scottish delicacy- haggis.  Inverness Video

                8. Zermatt, Switzerland

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                  Abendstimmung in Zermatt/Wolfgang Schultz

                  At the foot of the The Matterhorn lies this charming Swiss village famous for chocolate, fondue, and Bernese Mountain dogs.  Because Zermatt is a car-free zone, it has maintained its alpine character in spite of the many tourists who visit each year. With over 400 km of hiking, biking, and climbing trails, this region is legendary among mountaineers. Many adventurers lost their lives trying to scale the infamous Matterhorn; a visit to the Mountaineers’ Cemetery is a must.  Zermatt Video

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                  9. Santorini, Greece

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                    Santorini/Del T

                    Still an active volcano, crescent-shaped Santorini is considered to be the most romantic getaway in Greece. From its picturesque white-washed clifftop towns to its volcanic red and black sand beaches, Santorini wows. Enjoy a glass of wine made from local grapes, relax in your cliff-side pool, and watch the bursting colors of a sun set over the Aegean. It’s something truly magical.  Santorini Video

                    10. Cappadocia, Turkey

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                      Balloons over Cappadocia/Patrick Down

                      Turkey, where the continents of Asia and Europe collide, is the gateway to antiquities: the Silk Road, Troy, Ephesus, the Roman and Ottoman empires. With such a vibrant history it’s no wonder Turkey is home to many diverse religions including Islam and Christianity. During the Roman Empire, many Christians hid in the underground cities of Cappadocia. This region is best known for its honeycombed rock cities, underground churches, and hot air balloon rides. Due to Turkey’s surreal landscape and superb flying conditions, ballooning is an excellent way to witness this stunning landscape firsthand.  Cappadocia Video

                      11.  Patagonia, Argentina

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                        Chile Torres del Paine/Melenama

                        Patagonia is sparse, wild, and beautifully rugged land traversing Chile and Argentina. From gauchos (Argentinian cowboys) to Magellanic penguins, Patagonia has it all. Make sure to visit Bariloche for some delicious freshly made chocolate and a horse back ride through this breathtaking land.  Patagonia Video

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                        12. Zion National Park, USA

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                          The Narrows @ Zion/Christopher Michel

                          Southern Utah’s Zion National Park is a nature lover’s paradise. It is where sandstone cliffs meet endless blue skies and the Virgin River runs. With miles of hiking, biking, and canyoneering trails, Zion is a place where mother nature meets the world.  Zion National Park Video

                          The Earth is full of beautiful places. Go! Explore!

                          Featured photo credit: Balloons over Cappadocia/Patrick Down via flickr.com

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                          Last Updated on April 8, 2020

                          Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

                          Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

                          Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

                          Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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                          Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

                          However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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                          The leap happens when we realize two things:

                          1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
                          2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

                          Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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                          Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

                          My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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                          In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

                          “Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

                          Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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