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4 Ultimate Family Vacation Destinations

4 Ultimate Family Vacation Destinations

Family bonds and connections are vital for everyone. They put a smile on your face when life brings you down and they take part in your happiness and your successes. However, as the years pass by and life takes over, moving away from home and chasing our dreams, we stray away from our family.

We meet them every holiday if we have the opportunity or we resort to a simple email or phone call. Our parents end up missing us and we sit at our desks reminiscing about the beautiful past. However, technology and the ease of traveling has made it easier for one to fly over for a visit or use their flyer miles to travel the world.

Travelling, however, is different when you’re traveling with your family members. You would have to consider the location, activities, and culture that you all could enjoy together. No matter how we put it, sometimes families can be quite judgmental, so having a secure plan to travel the globe is never a bad idea. Some of the places that would fit perfectly for traveling with family are:

1. Argentina: Where Good Steaks Aren’t an Understatement

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    Argentina is one of the friendliest countries with a loud culture that includes everyone without prejudice. Argentina is famous for its exquisite nature, waterfalls, wildlife and definitely, it’s food. From its glorious rib eyed steak to its delicious sauce you can definitely expect the unexpected in Argentina.

    If you’re traveling with your family, be sure to take on horse riding. Even if you’ve never ridden a horse before, your trainers will be able to guide you. Traveling across the taverns of Argentina on a horse, you’ll be able to enjoy the gorgeous scenery and this interesting activity will definitely bring your family together.

    You can rent a car and drive to Salta, the Salt Lake which borders both Bolivia and Argentina. This place is what the locals call  “heaven meets earth“. Its holy name is based on the reflections of the sky on the transparent floors, on a clear blue day, joining both the sky and land together.

    Dress like the locals in ‘ponchos’, the traditional clothing of Argentina. You might think you look like a leprechaun, but you might look glorious wearing the best quality products. If you’re headed to Argentina with your family, after all the fun, don’t forget to enjoy a nice, fine cup of ‘mate’. Any Argentinian would vouch that it’s the best tea you would’ve tasted. Mate is served with ‘Bombilla’ a special metallic drinking straw.

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    2. Italy: Cheese, Pasta and Truffles

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      Italy, the land of wine and great European cuisine! It’s been said that Italy is the father of European cuisine, especially with their unlimited amount of resources. Gordon Ramsay turns speechless every time he tastes a delicious and balanced Italian pasta sauce.

      It’s a land filled with bountiful seafood and unique herbs. Personally, my family and their world revolve around good food. Food which dances around your palates and leaves you wanting more even when you’re full. Our time in Italy revolved around restaurant hopping with great mussels and beautiful truffles. Truffle oil is an exquisite, but expensive luxury oil and trotting around Italy we managed to get 2 bottles for our home.

      If your family is a great fan of a homely yet fancy cuisine, then Italy is the place to start. Don’t be afraid to try out the varieties of cheese and explore their traditional food. Italian cuisine varies in every state, so make sure to take a long road trip and embrace the variety.

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      Explore beautiful wineries and take your time to understand each note and smell of different wines. You’ll find complete bliss and calmness as you understand each note, each ingredient and each emotion. It’s definitely a paradise for all wine lovers. Overall, Italy is a land for families who don’t only enjoy food, but also loves experimenting with flavors.

      3. Malaysia: Where Nature Is the Way of Life

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        Over the years, Malaysia has become one of the preferred holiday destinations for many families. People consider Malaysia as a perfect family destination because of its warm culture and their diversity. You will find people from all races, sharing and caring for each other.

        If you’re there during festive seasons, you will be able to witness how everyone puts away their differences and starts enjoying food, drinks, and companionship together. However, Malaysia is even more than all that’s mentioned. Malaysia is nature’s wonderland, being home to one of the largest rain forests in Asia, they’re surrounded by mountains and animals.

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        If you’re an adventurous family, who loves racing up mountains and hiking up the green forests, then Malaysia is the best place for you. For mountain lovers, head to Sabah, and hike up Mt. Kinabalu, being one of the tallest mountains, it will definitely challenge your muscles as well as your endurance. It will definitely be a test of trust, love, openness and confidence among your family.

        You can also travel around either East or West Malaysia to some of the best beaches and untouched sea wonderlands to enjoy the wonderful climate. If you love a challenge take a scuba diving trip, you will enjoy the arrays of sea creatures and wonderful corals and if you’re lucky you might even stumble upon some friendly sharks. If experience is what you’re seeking, then this will definitely create a great memory. If you’re looking for a country where your family would be able to play Sherlock Holmes or live in the land of Jumanji, then Malaysia is the place for you.

        4. Switzerland: Where Green Pastures Know No Bounds

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          Switzerland is one of the prettiest and cozy countries, among Europe’s German-speaking countries. Switzerland is known for its impeccable scenery and great economy. A land for the rich and a luxury vacation for those who enjoy luxury and class, Switzerland is one of the high-end countries that fits a family who enjoys comfort, coziness, and luxury.

          Switzerland gives the best of both worlds for some people. In Geneva, you’ll be able to find the sophistication of the French people. A French province, it’s one of the cities that host the second biggest UN office in the world. Switzerland has some of the best mountains which are perfect for skiing. Skiing is a national sport for both Switzerland and Austria, hence it will be an excellent place to enjoy holidays with family. Shop, ski and enjoy the beauty Switzerland has to offer and your family will definitely return home with glee.

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          What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

          What Does Self-Conscious Mean? (And How to Stop Being It)

          Have you ever walked into a room and felt like your nerves simply couldn’t handle it? Your heart beats fast, you start to sweat, and you feel like all eyes are on you (even if they’re really not). This is just one of the many ways that being self-conscious can rear its ugly head.

          You may not even realize you’re self-conscious, and you may be wondering, “What does self-conscious mean?” That’s a good place to start.

          This article will define self-consciousness, show how practically everyone has faced it at one point or another, and give you tips to avoid it.

          What Does Self-Conscious Mean?

          According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, self-conscious is defined as “conscious of one’s own acts or states as belonging to or originating in oneself.”[1]

          Not so bad, right? There’s another definition, though — one that speaks more to what you’re going through: “feeling uncomfortably conscious of oneself as an object of the observation of others.” For those of us who regularly deal with extreme self-consciousness, that second definition sounds about right.

          There are many different ways self-consciousness can spring up. You may feel self-conscious around people you know, like your family members or closest friends. You may feel self-conscious at work, even though you spend hours every week around your co-workers. Or you may feel self-conscious when out in public and surrounded by strangers. However, you probably don’t feel self-conscious when you’re home alone.

          How to Stop Being Too Self-Conscious

          When you’re in the throes of self-consciousness, it’s nearly impossible to remember how to stop feeling that way. That’s why it’s so important to prepare ahead of time, when you’re feeling ready to tackle the problem instead of succumbing to it.

          Here are a variety of ways to feel better about yourself and stop thinking about how others see you.

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          1. Ask Yourself, “So What?”

          One way to banish negative, self-conscious thoughts is to do just that: banish them.

          The next time you walk into a room and feel your face getting red, think to yourself, “So what?” How much does it really matter if people don’t like how you look or act? What’s the worst that could happen?

          Most of the time, you’ll find that you don’t have a good answer to this question. Then, you can immediately start assigning such thoughts less importance. With self-awareness, you can acknowledge that your negative thoughts are present and realize that you don’t agree with them.[2] They’re just thoughts, after all.

          2. Be Honest

          A lie that self-consciousness might tell is that there’s one way to act or feel. Honestly, though, everyone else is just figuring life out as well. There isn’t a preferred way to show up to an event, gathering, or public place. What you can do is be honest with your feelings and thoughts.[3]

          If you feel offended by something someone says, you don’t have to smile to be polite or laugh to fit in with the crowd. Instead, you can politely say why you disagree or excuse yourself and find a group of people who you relate to better. If you’re nervous, don’t overcompensate by trying to look relaxed and casual — it’ll be obvious you’re putting on a front. Instead, nothing is more endearing than saying, “I’m a little nervous!” to a room of people who probably feel the exact same way.

          On the same note, if you don’t understand why someone wants you to do something, question it. You can do this at work, at home, or even with people you don’t know well. Nobody should force you to do something you don’t want to do.

          Also, even if you’re willing to do what’s asked of you, there’s nothing wrong with asking for more clarification. People will realize that you’re not a person to be bossed around.

          3. Understand Why You’re Struggling at Work

          Being self-conscious at work can get in the way of your daily responsibilities, your relationships with co-workers, and even your career as a whole. If you’re facing some sort of conflict but you’re too nervous to speak up, you may be at the whim of what happens to you instead of taking some control.

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          If you’re usually confident at work, you may be wondering where this new self-consciousness is coming from. It’s possible that you’re dealing with burnout.[4] Common signs are anxiety, fatigue and distraction, all of which can leave you feeling under-confident.

          4. Succeed at Something

          When you create success in your life, it’s easier to feel confident[5] and less self-conscious. If you feel self-conscious at work, finish the project that’s been looming over your head. If you feel self-conscious in the gym, complete an advanced workout class.

          Exposing yourself to what you’re scared of and then succeeding at it in some way (even just by finishing it) can do wonders for your self-esteem. The more confidence you build, the more likely you are to have more success in the future, which will create a cycle of confidence-building.

          5. Treat All of You — Not Just Your Self-Consciousness

          Trying to solve your self-consciousness alone may not treat the root of the problem. Instead, take a well-rounded approach to lower your self-consciousness and build confidence in areas where you may struggle.

          Even professional counselors are embracing this holistic type of treatment[6] because they feel that the health of the mind and body are inextricably linked. This approach combines physical, spiritual, and psychological components. Common activities and treatments include meditation, yoga, massage, and healthy changes to diet and exercise.

          If much of this is new to you, it will pay to give it a try. You never know how it will impact you.

          If you’re feeling self-conscious about how your body looks, a massage that makes you feel great could boost your confidence. If you try a new workout, you could have something exciting to talk about the next time you’re in a group setting.

          Putting yourself in a new situation and learning that you can get through it with grace can give you the confidence to get through all sorts of events and nerve-wracking moments.

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          6. Make the Changes That Are Within Your Control

          Let’s say you walk into a room and you’re self-conscious about how you look. However, you may have put a lot of time and effort into your outfit. Even though it may stand out, this is how you have chosen to express yourself.

          You have to work on your internal confidence, not your external appearance. There’s nothing to change other than your outlook.

          On the other hand, maybe there’s something that you don’t like about yourself that you can change. For example, maybe you hate how a birthmark on your face looks or have varicose veins that you think are unsightly. If you can do something about these things, do it! There’s nothing wrong with changing your appearance (or skills, education, etc.) if it’s going to make you more confident.

          You don’t have to accept your current situation for acceptance’s sake. There’s no award for putting up with something you hate. Confidence is also required to make changes that are scary, even if they’re for the better. Plus, it may be an easier fix than you thought. For example, treating varicose veins doesn’t have to involve surgery — sometimes simple compression stockings will take care of the problem.[7]

          7. Realize That Everyone Has Awkward Moments

          Everyone has said something awkward to someone else and lived to tell the tale. We’ve all forgotten somebody’s name or said, “You too!” when the concession stand girl says to enjoy our movie. Not only are these things uber-common, but they’re not nearly as embarrassing as you feel they are.

          Think about how you react when someone else does something awkward. Do you think, “Wow, that person’s such a loser!” or do you think, “What a relief, I’m not the only one who does that.” Chances are good that’s the same reaction others have to you when you stumble.

          Remember, self-consciousness is a state of mind that you have control over. You don’t have to feel this way. Do what you need to in order to build your confidence, put your self-consciousness in perspective, and start exercising your “I feel awesome about myself” muscle. It’ll get easier with time.

          When Is Being Self-Conscious a Good Thing?

          Self-consciousness can sometimes be a good thing[8], but you have to take the awkwardness and nerves out of it.

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          In this case, “self-aware” is a much better term. Knowing how you come off to people is an excellent trait; you’ll be able to read a room and understand how what you do and say affects others. These are fantastic skills for people work and personal relationships.

          Self-awareness helps you dress appropriately for the occasion, tells you that you’re talking too loud or not loud enough, and guides a conversation so you don’t offend or bore anyone.

          It’s not about being someone you’re not — that can actually have adverse effects, just like self-consciousness. Instead, it’s about turning up certain aspects of yourself to perform well in the situation.

          Final Thoughts

          When you’re self-conscious, you’re constantly battling with yourself in an effort to control how other people view you. You try to change yourself to suit what you think other people want to see.

          The truth, though, is that you can’t actually control how other people view you — and you may not even be correct about how they view you in the first place.

          Being confident doesn’t happen overnight. Instead, it happens in small steps as you slowly build your confidence and say “no” to your self-consciousness. It also requires accepting that you’re going to feel self-conscious sometimes, and that’s okay.

          Sometimes worrying that there is a problem can be more stressful than the problem itself. Feeling bad for feeling self-conscious can be more troublesome than simply feeling it and getting on with the day.

          Forgive yourself for being human and make the small changes that will lead to better confidence in the future.

          More Tips for Improving Your Self-Esteem

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          Reference

          [1] Merriam-Webster: Self-conscious
          [2] Bustle: 7 Tips On How To Stop Feeling Self-Conscious
          [3] Marc and Angel: 10 Things to Remember When You Feel Unsure of Yourself
          [4] Bostitch: How to Protect Small Businesses From Burnout
          [5] Psychology Today: Self-conscious? Get Over It
          [6] Wake Forest University: Embracing Holistic Medicine
          [7] Center for Vein Restoration: What Causes Venous Ulcers, and How Are They Treated?
          [8] Scientific American: The Pros and Cons of Being Self-Aware

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