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14 Reasons to Travel While You’re Young

14 Reasons to Travel While You’re Young

Whether you are a worker or a student, traveling should be one of the top priorities when you’re young as travel not only increases your knowledge about new lands, it also helps you improve skills and find experiences which you cannot get from books or schools.

  1. Independence

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    You’ll recognize just how dependent you are on your family when you travel away from your hometown by yourself or with friends. In such cases, you will be forced to learn how to take care of yourself and to fix your own troubles, which will actually make you more independent.

    1. Save money

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      When you are still young, you don’t always  pay attention to where you sleep. You can sleep anywhere such as on a table, in a chair or in a cramped hostel room and so on. However, when you are older, you’ll think more about which is the best place to stay where you will feel most comfortable and in luxury. Therefore, you’ll spend more money on a hotel room. This is a good reason why you should travel right now when you care more about the travel experiences than the luxury of the accommodations.

      1. Healthy lifestyle

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        Entering professional life, you will soon recognize that life is a series of never-ending pressure. Hence, you need a trip to help you “escape” from all the noise and stress of real life. Furthermore, while you visit beautiful landscapes with a lot of interesting and enjoyable activities, you’ll feel more relaxed. It is the ideal way to “refresh” yourself and get new interesting ideas for your work to implement when you get back.

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        1. Physical strength

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          Most people concentrate on earning money when they are young and think that they will travel when they have more money. In fact, traveling when you are young and old are totally different experiences because when you are younger you can undertake adventure sports such as scuba diving, rock climbing, skydiving, bungee jumping, etc.

          These kinds of activities are best enjoyed when you have the best health and enthusiasm for them. If you don’t do all such things when you are still young, you will surely regret the missed opportunities when you are older and have health problems that prevent you from doing whatever you like. Therefore, travel whenever you can.

          1. Explore

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            When considering the number of things you want to do with life, you will see that the life is too short. Furthermore, you cannot know what will happen next week/month or year. Hence, take your backpack and visit new lands, as early as possible. Explore the whole wide world!

            1. Enhancing knowledge

            Traveling not only helps you feel better by relieving stress, it also improves your knowledge and skills. When traveling, you will get a lot of useful experiences which you cannot learn from any school.

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            You will improve your confidence and negotiation skills when you have less money as you have to try to persuade local people for overnight stays or meals at lower rates. In addition, after the journey, you will get to learn so much about the land, it’s culture, and people.

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              1. Explore yourself

              If you are having trouble with the direction of your life or difficulties in making important decisions in your life, the trip may help you see the whole problem from another angle. During the trip, you will be inspired by the people and places you see. This may help you find the answers you are looking for, what you want to be and how to achieve your goals.

              1. Learning how to control your money

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                Traveling is not only a good way to satisfy your own passion but also a chance to learn how to balance your finances.

                If you spend more money than you earn, you will quickly realize the harm of it while traveling. Nothing can be worse than running out of money while traveling especially when you are staying in a new land and you don’t know anyone. In fact, expenditure management skills are not hard to learn and you will quickly perceive this on the journey.

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                1. Admire places before they get affected by climate change

                As you know, the planet is getting hotter as the time passes, so a lot of places in the world are being affected by climate changes which destroy their beauty. Therefore, you should travel as soon as you can to admire their beauty.

                1. No ties

                When you are still young, you don’t have any ties other than your parents. If you can afford it, you can spend 4-5 months or even a year on travel as you don’t need to worry about savings, family or children. If you are short on cash, learn to travel on a low budget or you can even try to earn some local money in places you visit to further fund your traveling expenses. Do some errands in return for free meals or boarding. Enjoy the freedom to live as you please!

                1. Expansion of sight

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                  If you stay at home and read a book, you will not know that life in outside is so beautiful and charming. Of course, I cannot deny that you can learn almost anything from books but the real experience will give you more sights from different angles including the good and the bad things of an issue.

                  Furthermore, when you feel the new destination with all 5 senses, you will get more interesting and unforgettable memories than when you read a book or see the place on TV.

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                  1. Time

                  You are young now but that’s not forever. Time doesn’t wait for anyone, so you should travel when you are young and blessed with the highest passion and health.

                  1. Health

                  If you are a food lover, you should try eating all the famous dishes in the places you visit. Travelling will help you adapt to new places with different weather conditions and time zones. In addition, while traveling, you have to walk a lot which will help your heart in particular and your health in general.

                  1. Make new friends

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                    Besides the advantages to your health and your life, traveling will help you make more friends with people from other lands. When you visit a new country, you will get many chances to make friends with the local people who interact with you on the trip. This also ensures you don’t feel alone in the new land you are exploring.

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                    Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                    8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                    8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                    In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                    Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                    Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                    Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                    Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                    The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                    There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                    How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                    According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                    Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                    Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                    The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                    Listen carefully:

                    We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                    The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                    Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                    8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                    There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                    Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                    1. Pray Daily

                    You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                    When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                    Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                    Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                    2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                    A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                    By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                    Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                    If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                    This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                    How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                    3. Smile Often

                    Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                    Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                    Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                    The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                    4. Organize Your Working Desk

                    A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                    When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                    Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                    Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                    5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                    I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                    Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                    What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                    6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                    God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                    I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                    I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                    7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                    You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                    How do you do that? This is my formula:

                    First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                    If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                    If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                    If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                    Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                    8. Go Exercise

                    Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                    The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                    You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                    12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                    The Bottom Line

                    It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                    It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                    Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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