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Young, Broke And Adventurous? Here Are 20 Destinations To Travel To In Your 20s

Young, Broke And Adventurous? Here Are 20 Destinations To Travel To In Your 20s

When you are in your 20s the entire world is evolving around you. You are young, beautiful, strong and relatively carefree, which makes you the perfect traveler. Even if you are broke! There is no such thing as the perfect age to travel, but when you are in your 20s you are able to adapt to new situations easier and cope with lack of comfort easier. The high stamina 20-somethings enjoy is another advantage when you are on the road.

Not that when you are older you can’t enjoy traveling, but you are not that happy with the perspective of sharing the room with other 5 backpackers, for example. On the other side, as you become an older adult, you start thinking of building a career, which leaves little room for traveling, unless you are a digital nomad, but this is another topic.

Learn how to travel cheap and take on the world, diving head first into all those epic parties, festivities and amazing personal experiences. Here Are 20 Destinations To Travel To In Your 20s!

1. Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known for the not so legal entertainment, but this is not the reason you should be visiting the city. You need to see Amsterdam on your own for its freedom: the culture and the friendly locals are going to change your perspective on traveling, so it’s a great place to start your adventure.

2. Berlin

Berlin is another European city that oozes coolness, as hipsters and entrepreneurs mix on its streets. Once there, you need to check out the bars of Kreuzberg, explore the city streets admiring the architecture and take bike rides at the abandoned airport. Berlin has a lot more wonders for you to discover, so blend in with the “uber” coolness of Berlin.

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3. Dubrovnik

Located in Croatia, Dubrovnik is one of the cities every 20-something should visit at least once in his or her lifetime. Apart from being one of the locations where Game of Thrones is being filmed, Dubrovnik has an amazing old town where you can take long walks, imagining life in the medieval times. The city has an unique party atmosphere, enhanced by the charm of the Adriatic sea. Before you leave Dubrovnik you need to check the Buza bar, which offers breathtaking views on the sea.

4. Budapest

Often mistaken with Bucharest, Budapest is one of the cool cites of Europe. Divided by the Danube river, Budapest is home to two types of locals: the party people on the Pest and the tourists in Buda. There is also a Jewish part in the city, so you have plenty of things to do and people to meet.

5 Istanbul

If you can’t travel to San Francisco to see the Golden Gate, just make sure you visit Istanbul. The only city which sits on two continents has an amazing bridge over the Bosphorus, which looks very festive in the night. But before diving into the nightlife in Beyoglu, you need to hear the goose-bump inducing call to prayer from the Blue Mosque and take a walk in the Great Bazaar to discover the hidden hideaways, where you can negotiate for every item you buy. Also visit a hammam to relax during a traditional Turkish bath.

6 London

The highly cosmopolitan London is definitely a city to be experienced by a 20-something. When you witness the cultural diversity of the city you really feel like you are feeling the entire world. Check out the Portobello Market for some vintage clothes and don’t get lost in the large London subway.

7 Reykjavik

Reykjavik is surprisingly expensive, but it’s worth the effort to see it. Icelanders are very creative and warm people, so you can learn a lot from them. Visit the island from North to South, East to West, then enter a local pub and order a schnapps, nicknamed the Black Death. You will see why!

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8 Santorini

The island of Santorini is going to imprint a never-fading image in your brain. The white houses and the ancient archaeological sites are complemented by the blue sea, which brings you a one-of-a-kind emotion. There is a party vibe in Santorini, but there is also a welcoming peace, which is going to stick with you for the rest of your life.

9 Barcelona

Barcelona is where you can taste the original tapas, but only after you’ve admired the exceptional architecture of Gaudi. Other places to check out are the Gothic Quarter and the Park Guell, where the lively Spanish culture is visible all around.

10 Hong Kong

Hong Kong offers a lot to the enthusiastic traveler: food, shopping and entertainment. Start by tasting the local dumplings, one of the Chinese specialties you need to try when visiting the city. The place to look for these foods is the cheapest and highest rated in China: Tim Ho Wan. Once your belly is full enjoy the lights in Victoria Harbour and dip into the nightlife of the expat community.

11 Tokyo

If you want to experience something different, go to Tokyo, the mother of all weird things and alternative cultures. Go undercover as your favorite Manga character, toast with sake in the Golden Gai area and have a meal in a toilet restaurant. And these are not the weirdest things you can enjoy in the city…

12 Anuradhapura

Anuradhapura is an amazing city in Sri Lanka, which is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites for its amazing history and the ancient ruins. The entire area is breathtaking, with the jungle almost taking over the city. If you travel to the island for the first time, there is a lot to see and do, but you can start by admiring the panoramic view of the sunset on top of the Mihintale.

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13 Tel Aviv

Who would think the party capital of Middle East is Tel Aviv? Well, this is the most unexpected fact you will learn of the city when you visit it. The beautiful beaches provide a great relaxing area after you’ve rocked the parties around the town. To get a taste of the local flavours head to Lilienblum Street.

14 New York

New York has a lot to offer to the hungry traveler in food, sightseeing, nightlife and urban culture. Because you would need a lot of time to explore the Big Apple, you need to first pick one area of the city and then decide what to do in the concrete jungle.

15 Las Vegas

There is more to Las Vegas than the crazy parties, but if you scavenge the internet you can find a lot of interesting things to do in Vegas, apart from drinking and gambling.

16 New Orleans

The native city of jazz is famous for its elusive dark side games, but the spirit of the city is richer. The French Quarter has a lot to offer when it comes to entertainment, while the entire New Orleans is the perfect destination for gourmands.

17 Rio de Janeiro

Brazilians are known for their parties, which is good news for a 20something traveler, but the real entertainment comes from dancing. Pick up a cocktail and head to the beach to practice your samba moves.

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18 Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires also has a passion for dancing, but this time is all about tango. Between two dance demonstrations you can enjoy the rich architecture and the contrasting locals. The city is nicknamed the South American Paris because its citizens are a mix of hot-blooded Latinos and sophisticated European-like people.

19 Montreal

Montreal is the second largest city where locals speak French and it’s the venue of multiple festivals. The city looks like an old European city and the cuisine is amazing. Montreal is going to amaze you with its creativity, especially if you hang out in one of the stylish cafes.

20 Melbourne

Melbourne is a stylish city, where the modern architecture blends with the Gold-Rush era buildings. It’s dynamic and exciting, being able to reinvent itself to adapt the latest trends and lifestyles.

Featured photo credit: Flickr/Johnny Silvercloud via flickr.com

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How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

1. The Inner Critic

This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

  • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
  • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
  • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
  • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

2. The Worrier

This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

4. The Sleep Depriver

This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

  • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
  • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
  • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
  • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

How can you control these squatters?

How to Master Your Mind

You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

There are two ways to control your thoughts:

  • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
  • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

For the Inner Critic

When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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“Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

  • They rile up the Worrier.
  • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
  • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
  • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
  • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

For the Worrier

Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
  • Muscles tense

Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

“Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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For example:

If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

“I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

“Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
  • Muscles tension

I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

Breathe in through your nose:

  • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
  • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
  • Focus on your belly rising.

Breathe out through your nose:

  • Feel your lungs emptying.
  • Focus on your belly falling.
  • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

For the Sleep Depriver

(They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

  1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
  2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

You can also use this technique any time you want to:

  • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
  • Shut down your thinking.
  • Calm your feelings.
  • Simply focus on the present moment. 

The Bottom Line

Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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