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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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          12 Powerful Habits of a Lifelong Learner

          12 Powerful Habits of a Lifelong Learner

          Formal education is something everyone has to go through to a certain degree, and the knowledge it offers isn’t always that practical in real life. Life long learning is how you improve as a person, bit by bit and day by day.

          Life long learners recognize the importance and joy of growth so they never settle for what they currently know and always seek for improvement.

          Here are 12 habits of people who value lifelong learning have in common – see how many of them you recognize in yourself.

          1. They Read on a Daily Basis

          Whatever problem or dilemma you currently face, there’s definitely at least one decent book that discusses it and presents a variety of solutions.

          Reading is a great way to open up new horizons, train your brain and revolutionize your life. I can’t even count how many times books completely transformed the way I view the world, and it’s always a change for the better. Through reading, you can connect with successful people and learn from the lessons they share.

          Life long learners love to get lost in books and do it regularly. Bill Gates knows that reading matters a lot; on his personal blog, he reviews plenty of game-changing books.

          Due to technology, you can access a bookshelf of the wealthiest entrepreneur on this planet.

          2. They Attend Various Courses

          Whether it’s online or offline, there are countless courses you can participate in without spending a dime on it. These are great opportunities to connect with clever and like-minded people and learn from them.

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          Because of the advanced technology, you can now gain knowledge from online programs, starting from coding through self-improvement to programs from top universities.

          There are literally endless ways to thrive. What life long learners have in common is squeezing as much as possible out of these opportunities.

          3. They Actively Seek Opportunities to Grow

          Instead of spending your free time laying on the couch and watching TV, you prefer doing something creative and practical. You know every wasted minute is gone forever.

          That’s why you’d rather practice your language skills with a native-speaker you’ve met, engage in local meet up or attend a class that teaches something you always wanted to learn.

          Life long learners stay up-to-date with growth opportunities in their areas and participate in them frequently.

          4. They Take Care of Their Bodies

          “Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” — John F. Kennedy

          A clever mind combined with a body in a great condition is the best asset you can have. Our bodies were designed to run, walk, jump, swim, lift and much more. Leading a sedentary lifestyle harms both your physical and mental sphere.

          Life long learners know the body is your temple. In order to make it flourish for as long as possible, they train regularly, move a lot and eat healthy.

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          5. They Have Diverse Passions

          Among Steve Jobs’ wise quotes, there’s one I like especially. It’s about connecting the dots:

          “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.” — Steve Jobs

          Each dot is some event or skill in your life, and it’s only when you go through these elements that you know how to combine them into something great.

          Having a variety of passions indicates that you love to progress. By practicing different skills, you give yourself an advantage over the rest of the people. During hard times, you are more likely to to act intelligently and solve your problems with less effort.

          6. They Love Making Progress

          If behind the efforts, there is passion and a deep desire to grow, your chances of success are way higher, compared to when you are forced to learn.

          Life long learners love to experience the constant growth and improvement. The breakthrough moments help them to notice the impressive change that took place because of the learning process. Any milestone serves as a driving force for further headway.

          7. They Challenge Themselves with Specific Goals

          In order to keep growing, you clearly define your goals. Smart goal setting is one of the tools to ensure constant growth.

          Since you love challenges, a difficult goal doesn’t scare you. Quite the opposite, it keeps you motivated and engaged.

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          Research showed that precise and ambitious goals increase the performance of an individual. As we already agreed, life long learners are people who care about their performance, hence they never stop improving.

          8. They Embrace Change

          A complete change can lead to incredible results. This is especially visible on the example of successful companies.

          Oftentimes, it’s that transformation which created space for their so-called overnight success. Twitter was originally created as an internal service to serve Odeo employees. Currently, it has over 300 million monthly active users and is considered the second biggest social network.

          As a life long learner, you know a change can lead to extraordinary results so you welcome it and stay open minded about making a shift.

          9. They Believe It’s Never Too Late to Start Something

          Some people tend to think after a certain age, they are no longer allowed to start something and become successful. The truth is, it’s just a lame excuse not to leave the comfort zone.

          Opposite to common misconceptions, there’s no wrong age to begin something. Henry Ford was 45 when he invented the Ford Model T car, which is considered as the first affordable automobile.

          Sure, for some domains like becoming a professional athlete, starting early is required. However, to learn and improve for its own sake, you are never too old.

          10. Their Attitude to Getting Better Is Contagious

          “We now accept the fact that learning is a life long process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.” — Peter Drucker

          There’s nothing better than to see your surroundings getting involved in what you actively participate in. Oftentimes, the best way to achieve that is to inspire them and be the example. As Gandhi would say, you need to be the change you want to see in the world.

          As a life long learner, you are extremely passionate about the constant growth and people around you can sense that positive attitude. As a result, they start acting similarly.

          11. They Leave Their Comfort Zone

          Is it really better to step out of your comfort zone? The answer is always yes.

          You always embrace discomfort as you know the path to success leads through hardship and countless obstacles. Instead of being afraid of facing them, you challenge yourself to overcome more and more difficult handicaps.

          Every time you get out of your comfort zone, regardless whether you win or fail, you learn something new. That’s the part you love the most!

          12. They Never Settle Down

          “Knowledge is exploding, so you need to commit yourself to a plan for life long learning.” — Don Tapscott

          A sense of being clever enough is something you don’t experience. Without a doubt, you appreciate what you already know, but that’s never a reason to stop. You just know once you stop learning, you lose the amazing privilege humans have, namely an ability to a never-ending intellectual development.

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