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10 Travel Destinations That Test Your Physical Strength And Courage

10 Travel Destinations That Test Your Physical Strength And Courage

When we consider traveling some of us dream of a blissfully relaxing break. Whereas for others, traveling is an addictive adventure. The feeling of exploring new lands by pushing our strength and courage to the limit is hard to match. For us, the most memorable sites are the ones that we risked life and limb to reach! For us younger travelers, adventure travel holidays build character, confidence and broaden the mind. Breaking out of the comfort zone and pushing our boundaries is highly rewarding. The only question is, are you feeling up to the challenge?

1. Exploring Venezuela’s Lost World and Angel Falls

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    Where better to start that the source of inspiration for Conan Doyle’s iconic adventure novel “Lost World”. The natural beauty is breathtaking, thick lush jungle stretches for miles with massive sandstone mountain tables peeking through.

    To reach Mount Roraima’s summit you’ll need to trek through the rocky maze and transverse raging streams. It will test both your endurance and strength of will. If you manage to make it to Auyán-tepui, you’ll be blessed to see the wold’s tallest waterfall at 3,200ft!

    2. Taking a Motorbike Trip Through the Siberian Wilderness

    Adrenaline junkers and avid bikers need not look further. Skilled riders are in for a grueling ride, but the rewards worth it ten-fold. Blazing around Baikal, the world’s deepest lake, is a site to behold and the wilderness of rolling valleys is astonishing.

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    You’ll need to rough it and camp out along the way, but the Buryat culture, thermal hot springs, and sprawling wildlife is breathtaking.

    3. Sailing Between Remote Islands of Indonesia

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      Ever wonder what it felt like to be one of the original explorers of the Far East Orient? Glide between tropical paradise islands in a traditional 110ft Phinisi wooden yacht. Explore remote conservation parks that are overflowing with both marine and island inhabitants. Highlights include mighty Komodo dragons, graceful birds of paradise and deadly manta rays.

      Once you’ve found the perfect hidden cove for exploration, why not moor up for BBQ and cocktails on the beach. Snorkeling or diving is a divine way to experience the untouched coral reefs.

      4. Fighting on Behalf of Turtle Conservation in the Bahamas

      Do your part for the planet’s wildlife while enjoying some of the world’s most pristine beaches and deep blue waters. Join a team of marine biologists and help save the sea turtles that inhabit the glistening waters of the Bahamas. Climate change and coastal developments have placed the green and hawksbill turtles in grave danger.

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      Climate change and coastal developments have placed the green and hawksbill turtles in grave danger. You’ll need to don your snorkeling gear and swim alongside their majestic creatures to check up on their natural habits.

      5. Scaling The Mighty Mont Blanc

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        Fancy a challenge? Climbing the third highest mountain in Europe is a once in a lifetime experience! You’ll certainly need to be physically fit to pull this off, plus handy with crampons and ice axes. You fitness and fortitude will be pushed to the limit during this journey but the bragging rights will last a lifetime.

        Get acclimatized and revise basic training in Chamonix before taking on this incredible three-day trek to the top.

        6. Sailing Across Turkey’s Dorian Coast

        Keen sailors with an adventurous spirit should head to the marvelous Dorian Coast of Turkey. If you’re experienced and brave enough, you might consider chartering a yacht and hitting the waves. Otherwise, you can always learn to sail alongside a competent skipper and receive a Level 2 RYA Sailing certification.

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        After a long day pulling the rigging and steering the yacht there’s plenty of quiet marinas and beautiful remote areas to anchor up for a night on the coast.

        7. Paddling Through Think Jungles Rivers of Costa Rica

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          What better way to explore Cost Rica’s lush tropical jungles than by the river ways of Tortuguero. Some may opt for a boat, but taking to your paddle boards is without a doubt the best way to experience the wildlife. Seek out monkeys, exotic birds and toucans before checking out the local Sloth sanctuary.

          When night falls, take a stroll through the rain forest as it buzzes with nocturnal activity. Or consider a quiet dip in the Arenal Volcano’s thermal pools before leading to the pristine beaches nearby.

          8. Walking The Great Wall of China

          If you’re interested in historic sites and your legs feel up to the challenge, try walking (some of) the Great Wall of China. The architecture is as astonishing as the natural landscape. Marvel as the might wall zigzags off into the distance and across the ridges of the mountains.

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          From Beijing, you must embark on a 6-day trek to get there, a tribute of sweat! You’ll also want to check out the burial site of the Qing Dynasty Emperors

          9. Paddling By Day Wild Camping By Night in West Sweden

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            The western coastal waters of Sweden offers over a remarkable 8,000 islands ripe for kayaking between and setting up for the night. Your arms will be bulging and burning after padding off to find your own private island. You’ll be provided with maps and all the essentials for navigating and setting up wild camps.

            10. Exploring the Snowy Shiretoko Wilderness in Japan

            There’s no better time to trek across the Shiretoko Wilderness than during the snowy winter months. You may choose to trek by foot and spot Eagles or paddle across the Lake Kussharo and try your luck at fishing. After a tiring hike up Mt. Asahi, you’ll want to take to the relaxing hot springs of Toya Onsen.

            Featured photo credit: Voyage Nation via voyagenation.com

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            Last Updated on July 10, 2020

            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.

            Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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