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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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          Last Updated on May 21, 2019

          How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

          How to Communicate Effectively in Any Relationship

          For all our social media bravado, we live in a society where communication is seen less as an art, and more as a perfunctory exercise. We spend so much time with people, yet we struggle with how to meaningfully communicate.

          If you believe you have mastered effective communication, scan the list below and see whether you can see yourself in any of the examples:

          Example 1

          You are uncomfortable with a person’s actions or comments, and rather than telling the individual immediately, you sidestep the issue and attempt to move on as though the offending behavior or comment never happened.

          You move on with the relationship and develop a pattern of not addressing challenging situations. Before long, the person with whom you are in relationship will say or do something that pushes you over the top and predictably, you explode or withdraw completely from the relationship.

          In this example, hard-to-speak truths become never- expressed truths that turn into resentment and anger.

          Example 2

          You communicate from the head and without emotion. While what you communicate makes perfect sense to you, it comes across as cold because it lacks emotion.

          People do not understand what motivates you to say what you say, and without sharing your feelings and emotions, others experience you as rude, cold or aggressive.

          You will know this is a problem if people shy away from you, ignore your contributions in meetings or tell you your words hurt. You can also know you struggle in this area if you find yourself constantly apologizing for things you have said.

          Example 3

          You have an issue with one person, but you communicate your problem to an entirely different person.

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          The person in whom you confide lacks the authority to resolve the matter troubling you, and while you have vented and expressed frustration, the underlying challenge is unresolved.

          Example 4

          You grew up in a family with destructive communication habits and those habits play out in your current relationships.

          Because you have never stopped to ask why you communicate the way you do and whether your communication style still works, you may lack understanding of how your words impact others and how to implement positive change.

          If you find yourself in any of the situations described above, this article is for you.

          Communication can build or decimate worlds and it is important we get it right. Regardless of your professional aspirations or personal goals, you can improve your communication skills if you:

          • Understand your own communication style
          • Tailor your style depending on the needs of the audience
          • Communicate with precision and care
          • Be mindful of your delivery, timing and messenger

          1. Understand Your Communication Style

          To communicate effectively, you must understand the communication legacy passed down from our parents, grandparents or caregivers. Each of us grew up with spoken and unspoken rules about communication.

          In some families, direct communication is practiced and honored. In other families, family members are encouraged to shy away from difficult conversations. Some families appreciate open and frank dialogue and others do not. Other families practice silence about substantive matters, that is, they seldom or rarely broach difficult conversations at all.

          Before you can appreciate the nuance required in communication, it helps to know the familial patterns you grew up with.

          2. Learn Others Communication Styles

          Communicating effectively requires you to take a step back, assess the intended recipient of your communication and think through how the individual prefers to be communicated with. Once you know this, you can tailor your message in a way that increases the likelihood of being heard. This also prevents you from assuming the way you communicate with one group is appropriate or right for all groups or people.

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          If you are unsure how to determine the styles of the groups or persons with whom you are interacting, you can always ask them:

          “How do you prefer to receive information?”

          This approach requires listening, both to what the individuals say as well as what is unspoken. Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson noted that the best communicators are also great listeners.

          To communicate effectively from relationship to relationship and situation to situation, you must understand the communication needs of others.

          3. Exercise Precision and Care

          A recent engagement underscored for me the importance of exercising care when communicating.

          On a recent trip to Ohio, I decided to meet up with an old friend to go for a walk. As we strolled through the soccer park, my friend gently announced that he had something to talk about, he was upset with me. His introduction to the problem allowed me to mentally shift gears and prepare for the conversation.

          Shortly after introducing the shift in conversation, my friend asked me why I didn’t invite him to the launch party for my business. He lives in Ohio and I live in the D.C. area.

          I explained that the event snuck up on me, and I only started planning the invite list three weeks before the event. Due to the last-minute nature of the gathering, I opted to invite people in the DMV area versus my friends from outside the area – I didn’t want to be disrespectful by asking them to travel on such short notice.

          I also noted that I didn’t want to be disappointed if he and others declined to come to the event. So I played it safe in terms of inviting people who were local.

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          In the moment, I felt the conversation went very well. I also checked in with my friend a few days after our walk, affirmed my appreciation for his willingness to communicate his upset and our ability to work through it.

          The way this conversation unfolded exemplified effective communication. My friend approached me with grace and vulnerability. He approached me with a level of curiosity that didn’t put me on my heels — I was able to really listen to what he was saying, apologize for how my decision impacted him and vow that going forward, I would always ask rather than making decisions for him and others.

          Our relationship is intact, and I now have information that will help me become a better friend to him and others.

          4. Be Mindful of Delivery, Timing and Messenger

          Communicating effectively also requires thinking through the delivery of the message one intends to communicate as well as the appropriate time for the discussion.

          In an Entrepreneur.com column, VIP Contributor Deep Patel, noted that persons interested in communicating well need to master the art of timing. Patel noted,[1]

          “Great comedians, like all great communicators, are able to feel out their audience to determine when to move on to a new topic or when to reiterate an idea.”

          Communicating effectively also requires thoughtfulness about the messenger. A person prone to dramatic, angry outbursts should never be called upon to deliver constructive feedback, especially to people whom they do not know. The immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is not the ideal time to talk about the importance of the Second Amendment rights.

          Like everyone else, I must work to ensure my communication is layered with precision and care.

          It requires precision because words must be carefully tailored to the person with whom you are speaking.

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          It requires intentionality because before one communicates, one should think about the audience and what the audience needs in order to hear your message the way you intended it to be communicated.

          It requires active listening which is about hearing verbal and nonverbal messages.

          Even though we may be right in what we say, how we say it could derail the impact of the message and the other parties’ ability to hear the message.

          Communicating with care is also about saying things that the people in our life need to hear and doing so with love.

          The Bottom Line

          When I left the meeting with my dear friend, I wondered if I was replicating or modeling this level of openness and transparency in the rest of my relationships.

          I was intrigued and appreciative. He’d clearly thought about what he wanted to say to me, picked the appropriate time to share his feedback and then delivered it with care. He hit the ball out of the park and I’m hopeful we all do the same.

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