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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 January 17, 2019

            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

            8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

            In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

            Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

            Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

            Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

            Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

            The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

            There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

            How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

            According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

            Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

            Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

            The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

            Listen carefully:

            We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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            The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

            Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

            8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

            There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

            Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

            1. Pray Daily

            You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

            When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

            Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

            Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

            2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

            A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

            By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

            Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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            If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

            This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

            How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

            3. Smile Often

            Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

            Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

            Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

            The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

            4. Organize Your Working Desk

            A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

            When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

            Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

            Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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            5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

            I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

            Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

            What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

            6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

            God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

            I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

            I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

            7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

            You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

            How do you do that? This is my formula:

            First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

            If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

            If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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            If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

            Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

            8. Go Exercise

            Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

            The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

            You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

            12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

            The Bottom Line

            It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

            It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

            Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

            More Resources About Mindfulness

            Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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