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Ranking The Best Shopping Cities In The World

Ranking The Best Shopping Cities In The World

With a new year comes a new start, as well as the opportunity to refresh that wardrobe and invigorate your home with exciting new purchases.

However, if the January blues are getting you down, and your local shopping center feels like an uninspiring prospect, why not book an escape to one of the world’s finest shopping destinations? Whatever your budget or taste, there’s a city out there for you, packed with the designer names you love and the hidden gems you’ve yet to fall for.

Travel experts Expedia know better than most what the world’s best cities have to offer keen shoppers. They’ve put together their top 25 ultimate destinations. This rundown of the finest shopping capitals to visit in 2016 includes top tips from local experts. It’s the ultimate resource for bargain-hunting globetrotters.

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Expedia have developed their ranking based on three key factors: value for money, friendliness, and each city’s comparative popularity. Whilst these are unquestionably vital, there are many other important elements to consider when choosing the right city for your shopping adventure.

So, what are some of the most important components of a world-class shopping city? Let’s take a look at some choice examples.

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Getting About

How you get about within a city is important. In well-connected centers, public transport means you can see the sights while not missing out on the best deals. Old cities like London can seem complicated to navigate, but the comprehensiveness of the Underground network means that it’s easy to skip between the best shopping districts – as long as you know where you’re going.

Smaller, characterful cities like Singapore offer a more concise, but equally eclectic experience. In this busy Thailand city, neighborhoods often mix modern shopping malls with quaint traditional markets. Meanwhile, modern metropolises like Hong Kong pride themselves on the efficient simplicity of their public transport network.

Escaping the Crowds

Whilst global stars like New York and London draw millions of shoppers every year, there are many other wonderful shopping cities to discover. There are thriving boutiques and high street cultures just waiting for you to discover. These underrated locales are ideal for avoiding the crowds and grabbing a bargain.

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For example, Melbourne is ranked a modest 21st in Expedia’s ranking; however, it’s one of the friendliest cities on Earth. It combines a wonderfully warm welcome with a quirky and progressive fashion scene that combines the best of the high street with vintage treasures and innovative local designers.

Many popular European capitals are also emerging as quietly unique shopping destinations. The imperial grandeur of Vienna is increasingly complemented by the very finest of international fashion. Meanwhile, Amsterdam offers a stellar combination of cosy bookshops, diverse department stores, and lovingly curated vintage emporiums. So there’s no need to fixate on New York and the like. Walk the road less traveled to find your own shopping paradise.

Discovering Something New

Shopping in another country can be daunting. Persuading a market trader to part with their goods for a great price can be hard enough (let alone whilst speaking another language entirely), but a hesitant approach won’t help you find the treasures and make the memories that will leave you smiling all the way home. Cities that offer the opportunity of the unknown – that give you the chance to find something unique to that location – are wonderful places to choose for a shopping trip.

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Destinations like the marvels of Marrakech thrive on their street market culture. Around each corner is a unique expression of the character and color of these vibrant cities. In the city’s wonderful Souks, haggling is almost expected. Don’t be afraid to dive right in and see how much money you can save on a variety of handmade wonders!

Let us know what your favorite shopping city is in the comments section below. What are your priorities when choosing a shopping destination?

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Last Updated on December 10, 2019

How to Stay Motivated and Reach Your Big Goals in Life

How to Stay Motivated and Reach Your Big Goals in Life

It is hardly a secret that the key to successfully accomplishing one goal after another is staying motivated. There are, of course, tasks which successful people may not like at all, yet they find motivation to complete them because they recognize how each particular task serves a greater goal.

So how to stay motivated most of the time? Here are 5 simple yet effective ways on how to stay motivated and get what you want:

1. Find Your Good Reasons

Anything you do, no matter how simple, has a number of good reasons behind it.

You may not be able to find good reasons to do some tasks at first but, if you take just a few moments to analyze them, you will easily spot something good. We also have many tasks which don’t need any reasoning at all – we’ve been doing them for so long that they feel natural.

If you’re ever stuck with some tasks you hate and there seems to be no motivation to complete it whatsoever, here’s what you need to do: find your good reasons.

Even when you set goals, there needs to be reasons behind these goals. They may not be obvious, but stay at it until you see some, as this will bring your motivation back and will help you finish the task.

Some ideas for what a good reason can be:

  • A material reward – quite often, you will get paid for doing something you normally don’t like doing at all.
  • Personal gain – you will learn something new or will perhaps improve yourself in a certain way.
  • A feeling of accomplishment – at least you’ll be able to walk away feeling great about finding the motivation and courage to complete such a tedious task.
  • A step closer to your bigger goal – even the biggest accomplishments in history have started small and relied on simple and far less pleasant tasks than you might be working on. Every task you complete brings you closer to the ultimate goal, and acknowledging this always feels good.

2. Make It Fun

When it comes to motivation, attitude is everything. Different people may have completely opposite feelings towards the same task: some will hate it, others will love it.

Why do you think this happens? It’s simple: some of us find ways to make any task interesting and fun to do!

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Take sports for example. Visiting your local gym daily for a half-an-hour workout session sounds rather boring to some. Yet many others love the idea!

They like exercising not only because they recognize the good reasons behind it, but simply because it’s fun! At certain time of their daily schedule, they find going to gym to be the best thing to do, simply because nothing else will fit their time and lifestyle so perfectly.

Depending on how you look at it, you can have fun doing just about anything! Just look for ways of having fun, and you’ll find them!

A simple approach is to start working on any task by asking yourself a few questions:

  • How can I enjoy this task?
  • What can I do to make this task fun for myself and possibly for others?
  • How can I make this work the best part of my day?

As long as you learn to have the definite expectation of any task being potentially enjoyable, you will start to feel motivated.

Some of you will probably think of a thing or two which are valid exceptions from this statement, like something you always hate doing no matter how hard you try making it fun. You’re probably right, and that’s why I don’t claim everything to be fun.

However, most tasks have a great potential of being enjoyable, and so looking for ways to have fun while working is definitely a good habit to acquire.

3. Change Your Approach And Don’t Give Up

When something doesn’t feel right, it’s always a good time to take a moment and look for a different approach for the task.

You may be doing everything correctly and most efficiently, but such approach isn’t necessarily the most motivating one. Quite often, you can find a number of obvious tweaks to your current approach which will both change your experience and open up new possibilities.

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That’s why saying “one way or another” is so common — if you really want to accomplish your goal, there is always a way; and most likely, there’s more than one way.

If a certain approach doesn’t work for you, find another one, and keep trying until you find the one which will both keep you motivated and get you the desired results.

Some people think that trying a different approach means giving up. They take pride in being really stubborn and refusing to try any other options on their way towards the goal.

My opinion on this is that the power of focus is great, but you should be focusing on your goal, and not limiting your options by focusing on just one way to accomplish it it.

4. Recognize Your Progress

Everything you may be working on can be easily split into smaller parts and stages. For most goals, it is quite natural to split the process of accomplishing them into smaller tasks and milestones. There are a few reasons behind doing this, and one of them is tracking your progress.

We track our progress automatically with most activities. But to stay motivated, you need to recognize your progress, not merely track it.

Here’s how tracking and recognizing your progress is different:

Tracking is merely taking a note of having reached a certain stage in your process. Recognizing is taking time to look at a bigger picture and realize where exactly you are, and how much more you have left to do.

For example, if you’re going to read a book, always start by going through the contents table. Getting familiar with chapter titles and memorizing their total number will make it easier for you to recognize your progress as you read. Confirming how many pages your book has before starting it is also a good idea.

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You see, reading any book you will be automatically looking at page numbers and chapter titles, but without knowing the total number of pages, this information will have little meaning.

Somehow, it is human nature to always want things to happen in short term or even at once. Even though we split complex tasks into simpler actions, we don’t quite feel the satisfaction until all is done and the task is fully complete.

For many scenarios though, the task is so vast that such approach will drain all the motivation out of you long before you have a chance to reach your goal. That’s why it is important to always take small steps and recognize the positive different and progress made. This is how your motivation can sustain in long term.

5. Reward Yourself

This is a trick everyone likes: rewarding yourself is always pleasant. This is also one of the easiest and at the same time most powerful ways to stay motivated!

Feeling down about doing something? Dread the idea of working on some task? Hate the whole idea of working? You’re not alone.

Right from the beginning, agree on some deliverables which will justify yourself getting rewarded. As soon as you get one of the agreed results, take time to reward yourself in some way.

For some tasks, just taking a break and relaxing for a few minutes will do.

For others, you may want to get a fresh cup of coffee and even treat yourself a dessert.

For even bigger and more demanding tasks, reward yourself by doing something even more enjoyable, like going to a cinema or taking a trip to some place nice, or even buying yourself something.

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Your progress may not seem to others like anything worth celebrating but, take time and do it anyway! It is your task and your reward, so any ways to stay motivated are good.

The more you reward yourself for the honestly made progress, the more motivated you will feel about reaching new milestones, thus finally accomplishing your goal.

Mix and Match

Now that you have these five ways of staying motivated, it is a good moment to give you the key to them all: mix and match!

Pick one of the techniques and apply it to your situation. If it doesn’t work, or if you simply want to get more motivated, try another technique right way. Mix different approaches and match them to your task for the best results.

Just think about it: Finding good reasons to work on your task is bound to helping you feel better; and identifying ways to make it fun will help you enjoy the task even more.

Or, if you plan a few points for easier tracking of your progress and on top of that, agree on rewarding yourself as you go; this will make you feel most motivated about anything you have to work through.

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