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How To Travel Without Leaving Your Hometown

How To Travel Without Leaving Your Hometown

Traveling is one of the most desired things to do in a lifetime, for many people. We have that natural lust to see the world and the beauty of different places. The only downside is the cost. Traveling is very expensive and this makes it hard to do for many. But in order to experience different cultures, do we really need to go so far? What if you could travel without leaving your hometown?

Every town in the world has multicultural people. Getting to know different people with different cultural backgrounds, can take you all over the world without even leaving your own town. This way you extend your knowledge of people, but you don’t have to spend anything. Getting to know a new person and experiencing a new culture is an exciting way to see your hometown in a new way. Lots of people are jealous of people with a background different from them, or misunderstand their way of doing things.

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To travel doesn’t mean just seeing places, but becoming familiar with different cultures and meeting people. In the end we are all human and our differences are what gives the world color. We should celebrate our differences and love what we can learn from each other. So here’s how you can love and admire your neighbors.

1. Understand

Admit that there are differences. This is the key to getting along with others. Everyone is different. That should not give you a reason to treat someone different. Treat everyone equally. In order to live peacefully, we need to show understanding. Even when you may not understand why or what a person does, be friendly and open.

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2. Observe

Talk to people. Having conversations with people of different backgrounds, with different hobbies or who come from a different place, will broaden your horizon. You will appreciate them more. Try to understand how other people think. Talk to people you don’t know to get a better understanding of their habits and traditions.

3. Experience

Go out, anywhere you want, and experience the way some else lives. Get the know their way of living. See that your daily routine is not the only way of life you know. Understand why other people do things the way they do. Watch and learn from others.

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4. Try for yourself

Why not try some things that are usual to others, but not to you. You can experience a different culture right in your own home, simply by preparing the food of that culture or being part of their routine. Try to explain the background of the culture and why a certain food or way of living is natural, so you can get a better understanding. You can do more than just read about it, you can smell, see, taste and experience the culture.

5. Study

Dig deeper into your own and other cultures. Get a good understanding of where certain habits or traditions come from. Read more about different cultures. Truly try to understand the mind of others and embrace the differences. Maybe you will find what you have in common. Or find that a different culture is not as strange or different as you thought, after all.

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6. Accept

In the end, the most important part is to accept that we are all human and all have different backgrounds, cultures and habits. Accept and cherish the differences. Although someone may do something you don’t understand, we are all human. When you find it hard to accept, find out for yourself why a person does what they do. Open your heart and spread love, because we all need each other to live our lives in the happiest way possible.

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Last Updated on February 18, 2019

Why It’s Never Too Late To Redefine Yourself

Why It’s Never Too Late To Redefine Yourself

The ability to reinvent and redefine yourself is a bold, daring and purposeful choice. It doesn’t just happen. You have to make a conscious, intentional choice and then follow through.

If the thought of forging a new path, changing habits, thought patterns and your inner circle of friends scares you – you’re not alone. Change can be a very scary thing. It takes courage, fortitude and a bit of faith to decide to shed your old self and don a new persona. However, it is one of the most critical processes one must repeatedly endure in the pursuit of destiny. Change unlocks new levels of potential.

The Need for Change

Everyday when we wake up, we make a decision. We decide to follow our routine or we decide to go off script and shake things up a bit. For those who are creatures of habit, routine is comfortable, easy and produces very little stress. The problem with this is, after a while you stop growing.

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We all reinvent ourselves at some point in our lives. It is absolutely necessary to achieve certain levels of success.

Reflect back on who you were as a teenager and then who you were at 25. Those are two very different people. Most of us are completely different. Your thought patterns changed, your appearance, job, level of education and even your friends– changed. We like to refer to this as “growing up” or maturing and consider it to be one of life’s natural progressions. However the changes you made were purposeful and deliberate.

This process must be a lifelong and continuous cycle. You are never too old to refresh yourself.

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    Signs It’s Time to Redefine

    “Just as established products and brands need updating to stay alive and vibrant, you periodically need to refresh or reinvent yourself.”– Mireille Guiliano

    So how do you know when it’s time for a system upgrade? There are signs along the way that alert you that it is time for an overhaul. The first sign is the feeling of being stuck. If you feel like you are in a rut, you’re bored with life or you need some newness and excitement, a self reinvention may be in order. Re-evaluate your life vision and your goals. Is that vision still valid and are your goals consistent with your vision and–are they achievable? If you are off course, it’s time for a change. If you are not moving forward and making progress, it’s time for a change.

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    In life, there’s no such thing as neutrality–you’re either moving forward or you are moving backward. Time constantly moves forward and if you are standing still, you are actually losing ground. No matter your age or stage in life– there is always room for improvement.

    “You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” ~C. S. Lewis

    The second sign that you are due for a change is the occurrence of major life events in which change is forced upon you. Getting married, starting a new job, being promoted, ending a relationship, becoming a parenting or relocating are all prime opportunities to completely overhaul your life.

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    When these major shifts occur in your life–you have to shift with them. You can’t have a single mentality and have a successful marriage. You can’t remain selfish and irresponsible, and raise a healthy, well-adjusted child. You can’t be promoted to a supervisory position and keep the same subordinate attitude. Each level of success requires something different from you.

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      Consider, for a moment, Arnold Schwarzenegger. People may have different opinions about his character and some of his life choices, but he is a master at reinventing himself. He achieved the ultimate success as a professional body builder by earning the title “Mr. Universe” three times. He then earned a tremendous amount of fame and fortune in the entertainment industry making action/adventure films. And in his latest role, he served two terms as the Governor of California. He succeeded as a professional body builder, a film star and a politician. Each role required massive amounts of change, commitment, strength and hard work.

      And if Arnold can do it…so can you!

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