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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 25, 2020

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

1. Exercise

It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

2. Drink in Moderation

I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

4. Watch Less Television

A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

5. Eat Less Red Meat

Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

6. Don’t Smoke

This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

7. Socialize

Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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9. Be Optimistic

Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

10. Own a Pet

Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

11. Drink Coffee

Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

12. Eat Less

Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

13. Meditate

Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

15. Laugh Often

Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

17. Cook Your Own Food

When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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18. Eat Mushrooms

Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

19. Floss

Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

21. Have Sex

Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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Reference

[1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
[2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
[3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
[4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
[5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
[6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
[7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
[8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
[9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
[10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
[11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
[12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
[14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
[15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
[16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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