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5 Great European Party Cities for Adventurous Souls

5 Great European Party Cities for Adventurous Souls

Have you been feeling adventurous lately? Well, if you’re up for parties, you should know that some people – like me for example – take partying quite seriously. Sure, it’s a lot of fun when things happen spontaneously and your friends and you all end up having a great time, with a great story to tell others. However, if you want to go to a real adventure, it will require some planning.

Fortunately, Europe is filled with hot partying spots and there’s a lot – and I do mean a lot – to choose from. But, if you decide to go with the flow and visit the first place you see, you might not like it at all. Besides, it’s not like traveling is cheap, so you need to do some research first. With that in mind, let’s look at some of the best party cities in Europe.

1. Amsterdam

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Amsterdam

    This notoriously wild city is definitely a place to start. Other than being environmentally friendly and having magnificent sightseeing spots, Amsterdam is widely known for its diversity when it comes to music. So, whether you’re a fan of jazz, electro or rock music, you’ll be able to find amazing events there. The great thing is that this city is ready to party every day of the week, so you can be positive you won’t get bored even for a second.

    Considering the fact that laws function a bit differently there, you need to be prepared. For starters, you shouldn’t take “candy” from strangers on the street – everything you could possibly want can be found in official shops. Naturally, you should know a thing or two about marijuana before you get there, because there are so many myths and false information on this subject.

    2. Berlin

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    Berlin

      People who say that New York is the city that never sleeps obviously never visited Berlin. These people simply don’t know what being tired feels like and their enthusiasm for clubbing will rub off on you the minute you get there.

      Berlin is the epicenter of the techno and house music scene, so get ready to visit the world’s best clubs and listen to some of the most talented DJs in the world. You should also know that December is the best time of the year to be there, but you definitely won’t regret visiting Berlin any other time of the year.

      3. Prague

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      Prague

        This beautiful city offers the full nightlife package. Prague has cave bars, rooftop clubs, beer houses and dive pubs, and each of them is amazingly designed. Probably the best thing about clubbing in Prague is that it’s not expensive. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not cheap, but it’s far less expensive than the previous two cities I mentioned. One other thing – people there are really pleasant and talkative, so you’ll be properly welcomed.

        4. Barcelona

        Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain.
          Park Guell in Barcelona, Spain.

          If you’re searching for a party city that also offers great food, amazing sightseeing spots and diverse culture, you should look no further, especially if Berlin sounds too hardcore to you. In Barcelona, you’ll be able to enjoy themed nights, street performers and professional entertainers, so it’s eye candy everywhere you look, really.

          Staying in Barcelona is a true pleasure – you can rent a cozy apartment there, enjoy their sunny beaches and simply relax. They have many amazing spots that will enable you to recharge your batteries and unwind after a long party night, which makes it the perfect vacation spot.

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          5. Ibiza

          Ibiza

            I saved the best one for last. This island is all about the parties and not a single place on earth can provide better partying conditions than Ibiza, and this has been a standing fact for years now. There are music bars, boat parties and club events with elite DJs and performers, so you really can’t make a mistake if you decide to visit this island. It’s like the whole place is just one enormous club.

            You’ll be seduced by the magic of Ibiza right away, so don’t get all surprised if you wake up on a beach one morning and have no recollection of how you got there. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.

            With this list we have just scratched the surface. There are so many amazing party spots that will feel like home – better, in fact – for all adventurous souls out there.

            One last piece of advice – you should check all the prices before you pick a destination, so that you’ll know what to expect. Partying isn’t cheap or easy, so you need to be smart and prepare well.

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            The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

            The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

            It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

            If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

            One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

            Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

            In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

            Why you can’t sleep through the night

            The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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            Stress

            If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

            Exposure to blue light before sleep time

            We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

            While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

            Eating close to bedtime

            Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

            Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

            Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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            Medical conditions

            In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

            The vicious sleep cycle

            The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

            Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

            You get a bad night’s sleep
            –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
            –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
            –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

              You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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              How to sleep better (throughout the night)

              To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

              1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

              What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

              Here are a few suggestions:

              • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
              • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
              • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
              • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
              • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

              2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

              What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

              • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
              • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
              • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
              • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

              3. Adjust your sleep temperature

              Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

              Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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              Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

              Sleep better form now on

              Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

              I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

              As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

              Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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