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7 Inspiring Travel Bloggers To Help Your 2016 Dreams Come True

7 Inspiring Travel Bloggers To Help Your 2016 Dreams Come True

2016 is a year for making your dreams come true!

Why?

Well, why not?

If not now, then when? Next year? Or the year after that?

Regardless, to make sure you don’t wait another minute taking positive action towards building a future you’ve always dreamed of, here are 7 cool cats who have decided to take destiny into their own hands by freeing themselves from the American dream and creating a dream job for themselves!

Here are 7 inspiring travel bloggers to watch in 2016:

Mel Giroux – A Broken Backpack

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    Hailing from Quebec, this French Canadian is currently in the middle of Australia on a working holiday, doing exactly what the visa is for living it up whilst making cash picking fruit for cash from time to time!

    She is living every northern hemisphere girl’s dreams, and it shows! In just 6 months from launching her blog, she has amassed over 20,000 followers who are obsessed with all the awesome info she has to offer about living and working in Australia, exploring New Zealand, and smashing eastern Europe in times gone by.

    Did I mention the blog is bilingual? So yeah, French folk get the goods too!

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    Check out her most popular post: 5 Reasons Why The Unlucky Ones Travel

    Simon Gonzaga – The Big Black Backpack

    This Filipino is one cool cat. Not

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      only does he hail from the most travel-obsessed country in the world, but he also cranks out some absolutely breathtaking photos. His Instagram is catching fire, and his travel stories make you feel like you’re sitting at the pub hearing about it all over a beer.

      If you aren’t already following this guy’s adventures, get around him now.
      His most recent adventure to Myanmar produced some of the most informative info out there.

      Trent Fleskens – Wander.Seek.Find

      If yo

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        u’re reading this because you hate your suit and tie and will do anything to avoid opening another Microsoft Office program today, you’ve come to the right place at Wander.Seek.Find.

        Trent used to be in your shoes chasing that American dream until he snapped, had a quarter-life crisis, and decided to hit the road following his passion for travel, writing, photography, and African animals.

        He’s on the road full-time, blogging about his adventures, working with hotels and tour companies, and just generally making up for the years he spent slaving away at his desk.

        But he doesn’t just blog about his travels (which range from the 5-star life to hiking the trail), he spends a considerable amount of time preparing his readership for taking that leap of faith and preparing themselves, both financially and psychologically, to take a leap of faith and chase their dreams!

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        If this sounds like you in 6 months, read his candid article: How I Saved $77,565 In 12 Months To Travel The World

        Johnny Ward – OneStep4Ward

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          Now, this guy is a seasoned pro who needs no introduction. In fact, he’s probably the inspiration for the rest of these inspirational travel bloggers!

          However, 2016 is a very special year for Johhny Ward.

          This year, Johnny is about to complete the unbelievable feat of having visited EVERY SINGLE COUNTRY in the world!

          Now, I know what you’re thinking, surely he was loaded?

          Nope! But now he is!

          Johnny didn’t just spend the last half a decade bumming around the world. In fact, he was nearly every single news site in the world (it seems), telling how he managed to make over $1,000,000 in the last 3 years whilst still ticking all those countries off the list.

          Phoebe Lee – Little Grey Box

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            This Aussie babe is getting major attention around the world of late. She’s a blonde bombshell, she’s super funny, and she knows how to talk shop, having worked with some major tourism brands along the way.

            He vlogs are hilarious, but still super informative, which makes you actually want to watch them until the end.

            Little Grey Box isn’t just about travel, though! Phoebe Lee has it all, pulling together food guides, gift guides, and a bit of fashion along the way.

            Check out this hilarious review of her hometown, Brisbane!

            Meg Jerrard – Mapping Megan

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              This chick is the queen of social media for travel bloggers. If you’re into travel, you’ve heard of or from Meg.

              The unique thing about Mapping Megan is that the website is literally based around a map. You zoom into it, then the articles find you!

              Meg has been traveling and blogging since 2007, so her content, influence, and general knowledge of travel, blogging, and studying abroad is absolutely inspirational.

              A seasoned professional, if you’re looking for some seriously top notch travel advice, you’ve come to the right place!

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              Her post, 10 Epic Australian Bucket List Experiences was re-pinned on Pinterest an epic 5,000 times!

              Aileen Adalid – I Am Aileen

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                Aileen is the traveling darling of the Philippines.

                Having started in the corporate world where she had the opportunity to chase the American dream, she had the guts to pack it all in at 21 and follow her passion for travel.

                Since then, she’s been all over the world, started her own online business, and established a blog that is the envy of all other travel bloggers out there.

                Her fellow countrymen and women absolute adore and admire her for proving to the world that even a girl with a 3rd world passport can have it all!

                Now residing in Belgium, her article, 10 Famous Foreign Destinations You Can Find In The Philippines, has been passed through Facebook over 11,000 times, and shows just how much her hometown means to her.

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                Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                Top 9 Foods for Incredible Brian Health And Brain Power

                Your brain is the most intricate and powerful organ in your entire body. It’s essentially a super-computer with brain power like a Ferrari.

                If you have a Ferrari, would you put cheap gasoline in it? Of course not. You want to put in high-octane performance fuel to get the most out of your investment.

                When it comes to the brain, many people are looking for the top foods that will supercharge the brainpower to help focus better, think more clearly and have better brain health.

                In this article, we’ll look at the top 9 brain foods that will help create supercharge your brain with energy and health:

                1. Salmon

                Salmon has long been held as a healthy brain food, but what makes this fish so valuable for your brain health?

                It’s important to understand that your brain is primarily made up of fat. Roughly 60% of your brain is fat. One of the most important fats that the brain uses as a building block for healthy brain cells is omega-3’s.

                Omega-3’s are essential for building a healthy brain but one of the most important omega-3’s for your brain is DHA. DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) forms nearly two-thirds of the omega-3’s found in your brain.[1]

                Omega-3’s and DHA in particular help form the protective coating around our neurons. The better quality this coating is, the more efficient and effective our brain cells can work, allowing our brain power to work at full capacity.

                Studies have shown that being deficient in DHA can affect normal brain development in children, which is why so many infant formulas and children’s supplements are beginning to include DHA.

                Being deficient in DHA as an adult can cause focus and attention problems, mood swings, irritability, fatigue and poor sleep.

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                2. Blueberries

                Blueberries top the list as one of the most beneficial fruits to maximize your brain health and performance.

                Blueberries have some of the highest content of antioxidants, particularly anthocyanins, than any other fruit, which helps protect the brain from stress and promote healthy brain aging.

                Blueberries antioxidant content also help reduce inflammation, which allows the brain to maintain healthy energy levels.

                Blueberries have begun to receive attention for their connection to brain performance.[2] Studies have demonstrated that eating blueberries on a regular basis can not only improve brain health but also brain performance as well including working memory.[3]

                Blueberries not only taste great but are low in calories, high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K and Manganese.

                3. Turmeric

                Turmeric is a very impressive spice that has well-researched and proven to have tremendous benefits for your brain. Turmeric’s main compound that benefits the brain is called curcumin, which is responsible for turmerics bright yellow appearance.

                Curcumin has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-cancer properties.[4]

                Curcumin increases the production and availability of two important neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine, two important neurotransmitters involved with happiness, motivation, pleasure, and reward.

                Curcumin has been well documented to have powerful anti-depressive effects. In one study, it was found to be as effective for depression as popular medications such as SSRI’s like Prozac.[5]

                Curcumin has also been shown to:

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                • Increase blood flow to the brain.[6]
                • Increase BDNF production, a powerful stimulator of neuroplasticity.[7]
                • Increase DHA availability and synthesis in the brain.[8]
                • Increase antioxidant levels in the brain to prevent brain aging and inflammation.[9]

                4. Coffee

                Coffee is the wonderful elixir of energy that many people cherish every single morning. The biggest reason people drink coffee is to get a dose of caffeine.

                Caffeine is a natural neurological stimulant that not only gives you energy but also prevents adenosine, a neurotransmitter involved with feeling tired, from binding in the brain.

                Many people are surprised to find that coffee actually contains a large quantity of antioxidants called polyphenols, which are important for reducing inflammation in the brain and keep your brain energized. The antioxidants in coffee also provide a neuroprotective effect, protecting the brain from stress and damage. [R]

                Coffee can also:

                • Improve alertness and concentration.[10]
                • Help with neurodegenerative disorders like Parkinson’s disease.[11]
                • Reduce your risk of depression.[12]
                • Improve your memory.
                • Provide short-term boost in athletic performance.[13]

                5. Broccoli

                What was your least favorite food as a kid growing up?

                Most likely, broccoli was your answer.

                Broccoli may not have been your top choice, but it might be the top choice for your brain.

                Broccoli contains a compound called sulforaphane. Sulforaphane has been shown to promote the proliferation and survival of brain cells by reducing inflammation and boosting production of BDNF. It has also been shown to boost neurogenesis, the production of new brain cells.[14]

                Broccoli is also loaded with important nutrients Vitamin K and Folate. Vitamin K plays a vital role in protecting brain cells.[15] Folate plays a crucial role in detoxification and reducing inflammation in the brain.

                6. Bone broth

                Bone broth wasn’t just created to combine with soups, you can actually drink bone broth by itself.

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                Drinking bone broth has become one of the biggest trends in the health and wellness industry and for good reason. Bone broth isn’t actually a new thing. Bone broth has been used for centuries as a healing tonic to promote health and longevity.

                Much of the nutritional benefits and value of bone broth comes from its substantial vitamin and mineral content. Primarily calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, and potassium.

                Your gut is called your second brain for a reason. Research continually shows that there is a direct and indirect connection between your gut and your brain. Your gut also houses and stores many important brain compounds involved with optimal brain performance. Therefore the health of your gut is vitally important for your brain health and performance.

                Bone broth has become a go-to tool for helping heal the gut and provide the gut with the vital nutrient and resources it needs to heal and perform optimally.

                With the vast amounts of nutrients that bone broth contains, it makes the list as a go-to food for your brain health.

                Look for high quality, organic bone broth for the best results.

                7. Walnuts

                Walnuts are one of the top choices of nuts for brain health. Walnuts also look similar to a brain.

                Amongst the wide variety of nuts available, walnuts contain the highest amounts of the important omega-3 DHA. DHA, as seen above, is a critical building block for a healthy brain.

                Walnuts also contain high amounts of antioxidants, folate, magnesium, potassium, and phosphorus, which help to lower inflammation.

                Melatonin in walnuts is an important nutrient for regulating your sleep. Having low amounts of melatonin can make it challenging to get good quality sleep and getting poor quality sleep can dramatically impair brain health and performance.

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                8. Eggs

                For years, eggs were put on the nutritional naughty list; but now, eggs are finally getting the credit they deserve. Eggs can provide a tremendous boost to your brain health and longevity.

                Eggs, particularly the yolks, contain a compound called choline. Choline is essential for building the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Acetylcholine plays an important role in mood, memory, and intelligence.

                Egg yolks contain some of the highest quantities of choline. This is very important because low levels of choline can lead to low levels of acetylcholine, which in turn can cause increased inflammation, brain fog, difficulty concentrating and fatigue.

                9. Dark chocolate

                You’re about to love chocolate even more because chocolate, particularly dark chocolate, is great for your brain.

                Chocolate boosts levels of endorphins, your brains “feel good” chemicals. This is why you feel so good eating chocolate.[16]

                Chocolate also increases blood flow to the brain which can help improve memory, attention, focus, and reaction time.[17]

                Dark chocolate contains high levels of magnesium, which has been coined “natures valium” for its ability to calm and relax the brain.

                Lastly, dark chocolate has one of the highest antioxidant profiles out of any other food, including popular superfoods like acai berries, blueberries, or pomegranates.[18]

                Conclusion

                Your brain is a high performing organ and it uses quite a lot of energy, roughly 20% of the bodies energy demands.

                In order to maintain a healthy brain, you need the right fuel to ensure that your brain has all the nutrients it needs to perform as well as adapt to the stress of life.

                If you want to keep your brain performing well for a lifetime, then you want to make sure you are including as many of these brain health foods as possible.

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                Reference

                [1] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: DHA Effects in Brain Development and Function
                [2] Canadian Science Publishing: Enhanced task-related brain activation and resting perfusion in healthy older adults after chronic blueberry supplementation
                [3] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Cognitive effects following acute wild blueberry supplementation in 7- to 10-year-old children.
                [4] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin: the Indian solid gold.
                [5] Herbal Medicine: Biomolecular and Clinical Aspects. 2nd edition.: Turmeric, the Golden Spice
                [6] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effect of combined treatment with curcumin and candesartan on ischemic brain damage in mice.
                [7] Science Direct: Curcumin reverses the effects of chronic stress on behavior, the HPA axis, BDNF expression and phosphorylation of CREB
                [8] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Curcumin boosts DHA in the brain: Implications for the prevention of anxiety disorders.
                [9] PLOS: A Chemical Analog of Curcumin as an Improved Inhibitor of Amyloid Abeta Oligomerization
                [10] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of Caffeine on Cognitive Performance, Mood, and Alertness in Sleep-Deprived Humans
                [11] American Academy of Neurology: A Cup of Joe May Help Some Parkinson’s Disease Symptoms
                [12] American Academy of Neurology: AAN 65th Annual Meeting Abstract
                [13] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Effects of caffeine on the metabolic and catecholamine responses to exercise in 5 and 28 degrees C.
                [14] US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health: Hyperammonemia induces glial activation, neuroinflammation and alters neurotransmitter receptors in hippocampus, impairing spatial learning: reversal by sulforaphane
                [15] Oxford Academic: Vitamin K and the Nervous System: An Overview of its Actions
                [16] Diana L. Walcutt, Ph.D: Chocolate and Mood Disorders
                [17] Health Magazine: Chocolate can do good things for your heart, skin and brain
                [18] Chemistry Central Journal: Cacao seeds are a “Super Fruit”: A comparative analysis of various fruit powders and products

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