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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 December 2, 2018

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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Review Your Past Flow

Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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