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6 Must Visit Unusual Islands Around the World

6 Must Visit Unusual Islands Around the World

Forget the schmancy-fancy islands catered specifically for tourists. Technically-designed islands that are just “soooo beautiful”. When they’re nothing but a concoction of made-up attractions that sell. It’s all a bunch of clever marketing, overblown hype, and crowd-infested wallet-grabbers.

True beauty isn’t defined by what absolutely floors you, or at least what looks extremely pleasant to the eye. No, true beauty is a feeling. Fiji inspires this kind of feeling, depending on who you’re with and how you feel at the time. The feeling of being alive – and sensing from your bones right down to your core, that every single living (and dead) organism in the infinite cosmos of our eternally-breathing universe… is right beside you. Right there, at that very moment. Maybe that moment’s in Fiji. Maybe it’s in Hawaii. Wherever and whenever!

Sharing the experience, whatever the experience is. It’s just something pictures and videos can’t ever capture, no matter HOW high-definition the quality. Here’s a list of 6 exotic, thought-blanking islands that HAVEN’T been stampeded to death by heavy foot traffic.

1. Bora Bora

Free-your-spirit bungalows sit just above the clear-as-a-pool water. Water that’s bright as the sun shines, and the tropical islands that surround you leave your jaw open. You can’t believe you’re here, seeing mountains far as the eye can see. Luscious lagoons everywhere you turn…and the sands on beaches are so white you just can’t believe them.

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Every morning you wake up, you can’t believe you’re here. Not to mention the fact that Bora Bora belongs to French Polynesia, in the Pacific Ocean. And, best of all – the place is shaped like a sombrero! Can you say “Insta-yes”?

2. Bloody Islands

Aka, Iles Sanguinaires is an island near Ajaccio, France. Famous for its sprawl-across-the-sky purple sunsets, which always inspire both sea and sky to bleed… Illes Sanguinaires sets volcanic rocks aglow during these ravenous, remember-forever sunsets.

Aside from the gorgeous environment, this place is a stone’s throw away the headland at Pointe de la Parata (often called ‘one of France’s grand sites’).

And, you get to walk an entire tour around the island. This isn’t for the faint-hearted. Wander around far enough and you’ll reach Petit Capo beach – a part of Corsica, littered with beautiful multi-coloured seas. Plus, it has a beach bar. CNN.com lists it as one of the “gorgeous Mediterranean islands you’ve never heard of.

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3. Flores Island

Woah. An island named, literally, after the vast sorts of flowers that cover its land. “Flores” means “flower” in Portuguese.

It’s paradise for flower lovers. Sure, it’s in the middle of the Atlantic. That’s gotta mean only people “in the know” have plans of going there for a week, or a month or three.

Most of the food comes right from the ocean (which is pure as can be – and certainly healthier to eat marine life from than American/Canadian waters). Bluefish bream, snapper, amberjack, conger eels, mackerel, and MUCH more.

4. Saipan

Believe it or not, Saipan is an island that’s a part of America. The island’s in Micronesia (which is north of Guam, south of Japan, east of the Philippines, and west of Hawaii), and not many people know about it. Much less is known about its complicated history after WWII.

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Do you enjoy a bit of free-spirit dancing with your drinks and celebrations? There’s a yearly Flame Tree Festival you can celebrate. Earth-lovers can lose themselves in Saipan’s “flame trees” – which bloom fire-bright orange in the Spring. If you’re bold and daring you can go for a sweat-dripping hike up the cliff charmingly named the “Suicidal Cliff…” or you can explore the Bird Island or…the Forbidden Island. (Wonder why they called it that…?)

5. Carriacou

Up until now, those islands were less touristy than mainstream islands that have been trampled to death. Now there are a few islands even rarer, less packed, and in places so desolate (and dangerous)…. Only pure extremists should even dare try to reach these islands.

You remember the early 1980s’ mess in Grenada? With the Cuban military storming the place, looking for contraband? Hmm? What? In any case, this islet isn’t a hot-spot anymore. Which FLOORS ME! Because, believe it or not, there are over a 100 rum shops here. (NEVER hear Jack Sparrow asking ‘why is the rum gone!’)

This islet’s filled with boat-makers and fishermen, and has beaches white as snow and fabulous as “the real Caribbean.”

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6. Culebra

Puerto Rico’s best-kept secret, Culebra plays home to thousands of national wildlife… and crazy parties, camps, and dancing along the gorgeous hot-white sands.

The bar you need to check out is Mamacita’s, where the blender never stops, and the cast of characters is something out of a Kerouac novel. Have some rum and let yourself loose – you’d be among great company here. And when the nightlife (that only locals know about) tires you out, the amount of 3-star and 5-star hotels are more than roomy enough for you to refuel your batteries.

Even the hotel above Mamacita’s bar… the windows are SOUNDPROOF! The party is that loud and roaring, ripe for crazy people to off their souls and put the pedal to the metal and LIVE!

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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