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How Autumn Can Be A Perfect Time For Travelling .

How Autumn Can Be A Perfect Time For Travelling .

Autumn; is a time where we consider our boots, our best friend and our coats as our knight in shiny armor. We keep that thick layer of hair on our legs as a polar bear’s fur coat and against all odds we indulge in tons of hot chocolate. We assume cozying up and hiding in our blankets is the best way to prepare ourselves for Autumn.

Sometimes, we might even assume gatherings should be done in bars and not outdoors. We pack our sleeping bags and toss away our climbing gear till the dawn of the next Summer. That’s where this beautiful season is utterly misunderstood, it’s misunderstood because this season is generally the perfect time to pack your backpacks with the perfect gear and board the next flight, train or car to another destination.

Why is it that this season possesses a stronger attraction to traveling compared to other seasons?

1. Cheap Flights, Trains and Everything in Between.

During summer you may have noticed that everything from flight tickets, to train tickets increase at an alarming rate. To plan a vacation in Summer, you either must have your mind made up during the winter or have the bank balance to afford it during the summer. For those budget travelers, escaping from one continent to the other during the summer is an expensive gamble.

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However, as soon as the hype of summer has settled and the world goes back to its normal phase, the prices drops significantly. The hype of vacations and holidays are over hence hotels, hostels, flights and everything else in between reaches an almost 35% drop in prices. This is because the tourist seasons are off and there’s no more competition for space and time, instead that becomes an abundance.

In Summer the market decides if you have room to stay in for the night or a flight to get out of the city in the morning. However, during Autumn, you’ll be the decider on where and how your cash is spent. Instead of compromising you would have the liberty to choose.

Isn’t the freedom of choice amazing for travelers?

2. Nature is Much More Mesmerizing in Autumn.

If you’re a traveler who travels despite any season, you will soon realize the only thing pretty about summer is its warm beaches. Nature often is overcrowded with bobbing heads and the journey to anywhere is a grueling combat with heat. You feel lethargic after a whole day of walking due to the heat and humidity.

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However, during the Autumn, nature announces itself in colors one can’t quite find in Photoshop. In Switzerland, at the slopes of Gruyere, you’ll find how nature can’t take your breath away. The colors of autumn can hold you to your grounds, offering you a perfect gift of romance, appreciation and love. Go on a camping trip to Gruyere, despite its expensive market; camping in Switzerland is definitely affordable.

Grab yourself some amazing blocks of cheese, chocolates and enjoy the amazing delights of Autumn. Simplicity is something that you can definitely anticipate in this season. When the world turns off its alarming stress and just enjoy the sound of nature, that’s what traveling in Autumn brings.

Wouldn’t you like to enjoy the silence sometimes?

3. It’s A Perfect Time to Avoid Claustrophobia.

The one thing I personally despise about traveling is the situation where people from all around the world gather at one particular destination for the sake of taking pictures. The overwhelming number of people, crowding a certain street gives me the feeling of being trapped in a box. The one incident that jaunts, my memory would be in Split, Croatia where people from all around the world decided to crowd that tiny island.

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Even though the architecture and the atmosphere were amazing, I wasn’t able to enjoy my time there to the fullest. The crowd and suffocation created a claustrophobic atmosphere. The Autumn, however, sings a different tune; the amount of tourist reduces itself to a significant amount. When there are only a handful of travelers around the beautiful island of Monaco, it becomes a bliss to enjoy.

You’ll be able to indulge in culture and food with no boundaries and finally, embrace the true reason of traveling. You would be able to meet new people and enjoy the comforts of networking. Experiences and happiness would be in abundance, when you needn’t worry about being crushed by mass tourism.

Don’t you think so?

4. You Can Choose to Relax and Unwind.

In a world where we are constantly stressed about our problems and issues, it might be difficult for one to comprehend the need to relax. Relaxation is a key to focus to living a healthy lifestyle, however, due to the pressures of relief, we often forget how to unwind. In summer, our excitement to explore and clear our bucket list, takes priority, therefore instead of unwinding we embark on an adventure.

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We climb, hike, city hop and push ourselves to our limits. Even though it’s a positive outlook towards our holidays, we never take the time to calm and spend time with our loved ones. In Autumn, the cold temperature and the soothing ambiance of nature gives you the opportunity to spend time and calm your senses with your loved ones. You can simply ride up a mountain chalet and enjoy the view or go to a new city and take a stroll.

In the end, your loved ones are your pride and joy, hence allow Autumn to help you embrace it.

In Conclusion.

Although Spring, Summer and Winter portray the fairy tale of traveling, Autumn usually encompasses love, happiness, nature and adventure together. If you’re a person who looks forward to details and enjoys traveling based on emotion, then this is the perfect season for you to start.

You’ll be lucky enough to avoid any selfie sticks that blocks your path and giving you the chance to be carefree for at least one season of the year.

Featured photo credit: Google images via wallpaperscraft.com

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12 Simple Ways to Boost Your Confidence Right Now

12 Simple Ways to Boost Your Confidence Right Now

The way you feel about yourself greatly influences how you live and interact with others. If you are confident about yourself, you tend to see yourself positively and actually enjoy spending time with and around people. You don’t feel self-conscious or awkward around others, and that allows you to live your fullest and happiest life.

However, if you’re drowning in a sea of self-doubt, hesitancy and shyness, you often withdraw and isolate yourself from others and avoid interacting and connecting with people. That anxiety you feel in the pit of your stomach when you are around people is holding you back greatly and it is not good for your emotional health and overall well-being. You need to do something about it if you are low in self-confidence or have friends or family members who are not confident.

“Confidence isn’t walking into a room thinking you’re better than everyone, it’s walking in not having to compare yourself to anyone” – Anonymous

Here are simple, practical tips to boost your confidence right now and make you feel and act your best.

1. Stop labeling yourself as awkward, timid or shy.

When you label yourself as awkward, timid or shy, you sub-consciously tell your mind to act accordingly and psychologically feel inclined to live up to those expectations. Instead of labeling and entertaining negative self-talk, visualize and affirm yourself as confident and strong. Close your eyes for a minute and visualize yourself in different situation as you would like to be.

Be your own cheerleader. Experts believe that positive affirmation and good mental practices like picturing yourself winning or achieving a goal can lead to greater feelings of self-assurance and prepare your brain for success.[1] As the saying goes, “seeing is believing.” Picture yourself as confident and soon enough you will begin to manifest behavior that gives evidence to this new ‘fact.’

2. Recognize that the world is not focused on you (unless, of course, you are Kanye West).

That means you don’t have to be excessively sensitive about who you are or what you are doing (or not doing). You are not on the center stage; there is no need for preoccupation with self and perfectionism. As rap music star Rocko sings, “You just do you and I will do me, aight?”

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Forget about trying to please everyone or being perfect. Trying to be perfect and being a people-pleaser puts too much pressure on you and creates unnecessary anxiety. Besides, people are too preoccupied with their own issues to pay much attention to your every move unless, of course, you are a mega famous, super celebrity like Beyonce or Kanye West.

3. Focus on other people as opposed to yourself.

If you are low on confidence, self-conscious, nervous and shy in social situations, focus your attention on other people and what they are saying or doing instead of focusing on your own awkwardness.

For example, think about what it is that is interesting about the person who’s the centre of the party or the guy or girl you are talking with. Prompt them to talk more about themselves and be genuinely curious and interested in what they say. You will instantly come across as confident and warmhearted.

People generally want to talk about themselves, be heard and understood. They will love it when you’re eager and willing to listen to them and really hear what they have to say.

This habit of focusing more on what you love in others as opposed to what you dislike in yourself will not only help you become more assertive and comfortable in virtually all social situations, but also instantly make you feel great about yourself.

4. Know (and accept) yourself for who you are.

Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher Sun Tzu, author of the internationally acclaimed book The Art of War, said, “Know yourself and you will win all battles.” Even in the battle with lack of confidence, you will need to know yourself to win.

Knowing yourself starts with understanding that people are not all the same, neither are all social situation suitable for everyone. You might not be confident in large gatherings, but you could be bold and confident in one-on-one and small group interactions. We all have our own unique gifts and unique ways of expressing ourselves. Embrace yours!

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Introverts, for example, have a quiet confidence that is, unfortunately, often confused for shyness. They are naturally low key and prefer to spend time alone. However, this natural disposition affords them certain unique gifts, such as an ability to listen better than most people and notice things that others don’t.

Your uniqueness is where your strength and advantage lies. You won’t be comfortable and confident in all situations all the time. Albert Einstein said,

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”

5. Crack a smile.

If there is one sure way to instantly boost your confidence, it’s cracking a smile. Christine Clapp, a public speaking expert at The George Washington University, says that flashing those pretty, pearly white teeth will immediately make you appear both confident and composed. But, the effect of smiling is not just external. Studies show that smiling can also help nix feelings of stress and pave the way for a happier and more relaxed you.[2]

Not a bad return for something seemingly so trite, wouldn’t you agree?

6. Break a sweat—with exercise.

Working out is another great way to make yourself feel amazing and confident. Science has shown that exercising increases your endorphins, helps reduce stress, tones your muscles and makes you feel happy and confident.[3]

And hey, all you have to do is take a walk a few times a week and you’ll see the benefits. What seems to matter—as far as your confidence goes—is whether you break a sweat, not how strenuous your session is, which is pretty cool. Start working out now.

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7. Groom yourself.

This might seem mundane, but it’s amazing how much of a difference a shower and shave can have on your confidence and self-image. And when you spritz on a scent, the boost on confidence and self-esteem is incredible. As it turns out, your favorite fragrance does more than make you smell oh-so-nice.

A study found that a fragrance can inspire confidence in men. Interestingly, the study also found that the more a man likes the fragrance, the more confident he might feel. Another study found that 90% of women feel more confident while wearing a scent than those who go fragrance-free.

8. Dress nicely.

Another one that might seem trite, but it works. If you dress nicely, you’ll instantly feel good about yourself and give your confidence a real boost. That is largely because you’ll feel attractive, presentable and sometimes even successful in nice clothes.

While dressing nicely means something different for everyone, it does not necessarily mean wearing $500 designer outfits. It means wearing clothes that are clean, that you are comfortable in and that are nice-looking and presentable, including casual clothes.

9. Do activities you enjoy.

Whether it is reading a book, playing a musical instrument, riding your bicycle or going fishing, do what you really enjoy and what makes you truly happy often. It will boost your self-esteem, soothe your ego and allow you to identify with your gifts and talents. That will in turn bolster your self-belief and grow your confidence exponentially.

You might not become popular for doing what you love, but you might not even want to be popular at all. Being popular doesn’t make you happy; doing what you love does.

10. Prepare for the possibility of rejection / setback.

Late World No. 1 professional tennis player Arthur Ashe said, “One important key to success is self-confidence. A key to self-confidence is preparation.” You need to prepare for the possibility of rejection and setback.

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Why?

Everybody suffers rejection and setback at one point or another. You are not exempted. The question on your mind, therefore, should not be if you will be rejected, but how you will handle rejection when it comes.

Prepare yourself adequately in every situation to minimize the risk and effect of rejection and so that your confidence is not broken. For example, learn public speaking and rehearse what you are going to say beforehand if you have landed a public speaking engagement. That way, you are sure of yourself and confident you have what it takes to hack it. If you are rejected, don’t take it personally.

Rejection and setbacks happen to the best of us. Take it as a learning experience. Learn from your mistakes and move on.

11. Face uncomfortable situations square in the face.

Don’t run away from uncomfortable situations. Running away from people or situations because you feel scared, shy or timid only confirms and reinforces your shyness. Instead, face the situation that makes you uneasy square in the face. For example, go ahead and talk to that person you are afraid to approach, or go straight to the front of your yoga class! What’s the worst that can happen?

Prepare and be ready for any eventuality. The more you face your fears, the more you realize you are stronger than you thought and the more confident you get. This simple, yet admittedly courageous, act makes you unstoppable. You get comfortable being uncomfortable and begin to feel like you can take on the world. And that is the hallmark of someone destined for great things.

12. Sit up straight and walk tall—you are awesome!

Yes, sit up straight and believe you are awesome. Don’t slump in your chair or slouch your shoulders. Experts say the right stance can not only keep your self-esteem and mood lifted, but also lead to more confidence in your own thoughts.[4]

The way to sit is to open up your chest and keep your head level so that you look and feel poised and assured. And when you get up, stand tall and walk like you’re on a mission. People who sit up straight and walk tall are more attractive and instantly feel more confident. Try it now: you’ll feel fierce and confident just by sitting up straight and walking tall.

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