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Find The Perfect Summer Destination Based On Your Personality

Find The Perfect Summer Destination Based On Your Personality

Finally, summer is here! It is time to relax and feel the warm of the sun. Maybe a fresh cocktail at the sea’s shore or a camping night with a bonfire could be in your plans, but how do you decide? Keep reading these summer vacation ideas and check which one your personality and taste identifies the best.

Cabin in the woods

    If you like nature contact and outdoor activities, this might be the perfect summer plan for you. Most of us like the idea of a wood cabin surrounded by trees, grass, leaves and hearing the birds singing, doing some hiking and bonfires at night. Sounds good, right? You can prepare your all-terrain truck, get some food, snacks, and groceries.

    This is a perfect destination for adventurous, creatives, artists, emotional & anxious personalities. 

    Summer at the beach

    There is nothing more enjoyable for extroverts than a day with their friends at the beach. A series of studies from the University of Virginia found that people get energized by being around other people and they can easily have some of the most fun playing in the sand and waves on a sunny day. Perhaps your favorite holiday plans are to chill out with friends for a while; maybe taking some drinks, snacks, playing volleyball, listening to music or swimming.

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    Friendly, carefree and sensible people really enjoy this activity. 

    Big city shopping

    If you like style and movement, there’s no better place for you than a big and fancy metropolis. You will definitely love New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles & San Diego down-towns for example. They are full of elegant stores, restaurants, bars and attractions. What about spending a day through the “Michigan Avenue” (Chicago) streets, walking around Central Park or taking a sightseeing tour in Hollywood – sounds like fun right? You just need to take care of yourself following the safety tips as always: avoiding dark and lonely places in NYC, asking for a private shuttle instead of taxi cabs in Downtown LA or checking some reviews before eating. Enjoy!

    Brave, determined, active and ambitious personalities love this kind of trips. 

    Barbecue at a friend’s house

    bbq

      If you are the type of person that likes routines, following step-by-step instructions or working at a steady pace, you definitely would enjoy visiting a friend and having a relaxed afternoon drinking some beers and preparing some barbecue ribs. These types of people are more interested in connections and relationships. They also admire practical solutions and live in the “here-and-now” moment. So, raise your hand if you feel identified because you’re certainly not alone!

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      One of the most favorite plans for sociable, friendly and loyal personalities.

      Valley winery

      There are not many places like these in the world. Wine regions or valleys have something special that leaves all visitors captivated. Maybe the perfect set of wine glasses, gourmet food, peaceful places and beautiful landscapes have what it takes to be your idea of a perfect getaway? So, you better choose between all the USA Wineries  like the famous Napa Valley or the Valley Vineyards in Delaware. Do you want to be more international? There’s a famous place located in Ensenada, Mexico that actually has the best wineries in the world – I’m not lying, take a look of it on TripAdvisor / Valle de Guadalupe.

      Great plan for peaceful, charming, adventurous and conservative personalities. 

      Museums, art galleries and coffee shops

        America has many unique cities full of museums, artistic and cultural festivals, and underground-secret-hidden cool sites to discover. Do you enjoy walking around looking for an architectural, beautiful, quiet place to read a book or take some pictures? Or, what about drinking a coffee at a particular coffee shop? Then, you must visit Los Angeles with its secret art or San Francisco’s Indie places like The Castro Theather and Sausalito with tons of art galleries and restaurants. Out from Cali, New Orleans is known because of its artistic inspiration and beautiful streets (yes, this town offers much more than just the famous Mardi Gras).

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        Ideal summer  for quiet, artistic, creative and calmed personalities.

        Amusement parks

        Americans love them. Whether you have family or not, going to an amusement park is an incredible idea for this summer. If you want to have fun, adrenaline and a bit of madness you have many options where you can go, such as Six Flags parks, Universal Studios (and Island’s of Adventure) , Knotts Berry Farm, Hersheypark, Cedar Pint, etc.

        Mostly bold, brave and fearless personalities

        Music Festivals

        Let me guess; you love partying, don’t you? The typical easygoing, funny, adventurous human being that loves to enjoy and party everywhere. Of course, music festivals are your hit and good news for you, there are many events coming this year. You just should take a look at some survival tips and advice about do’s and dont’s, what’s allowed and how to deal with the adventure.

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        Outgoing, impulsive, happy and creative personalities love these experiences.  

        A Road Trip

          Let’s face it, a road trip is not for everybody, lots of things can happen in the meanwhile and only a specific type of person would enjoy it. If you tend to be more naturally active, expressive, social and curious person, you will be enjoying the trip from the moment you leave your home. If you prefer talking more than listening and most of the time you’re thinking out loud, finding yourself easily distracted and doing lots of things at once, it’s probable that your next vacations could take route in a Forrest Gump adventuring style.

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          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

          How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

          We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

          We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

          So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

          Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

          What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

          Boundaries are limits

          —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

          Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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          Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

          Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

          Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

          How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

          Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

          1. Self-Awareness Comes First

          Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

          You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

          To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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          You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

          • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
          • When do you feel disrespected?
          • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
          • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
          • When do you want to be alone?
          • How much space do you need?

          You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

          2. Clear Communication Is Essential

          Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

          Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

          3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

          Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

          That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

          Sample language:

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          • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
          • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
          • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
          • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
          • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
          • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
          • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

          Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

          4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

          Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

          Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

          Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

          We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

          It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

          It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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          Final Thoughts

          Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

          Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

          Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

          The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

          Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

          Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

          They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

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