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Top 5 Luxury Travel Destinations

Top 5 Luxury Travel Destinations

Sometimes we all need to escape the realities of day-to-day life and relax. A holiday is a perfect opportunity to unwind, so picking a destination that is full of luxury is key to having a holiday to remember. We have the top five luxurious travel destinations to help make the decision on where to create your memorable holiday a little easier.

Colombia

    Columbia was voted the top luxury destination, based on the percentage 5-star hotels. It’s easy to see why. Situated in the northwest of South America, the country is full of a rich history and culture that is just ready to be explored.

    If activities are your definition of relaxation, then there are plenty of activities to do. The Rosario Islands are ideal for diving, and divers can explore and admire the beautiful coral reef and marine life the Caribbean Sea has to offer. There are plenty of other sightseeing trips and day visits to various cities if you’re an explorer at heart.

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    The Maldives

      The Maldives is known for its luxury, so it’s clear to see why it’s in the top five. A popular destination for honeymoons, the Maldives is made up of more than 1,000 coral islands scattered across the Indian Ocean.

      The cuisine in the Maldives is as luxurious and exotic as the country. The cuisine is a mixture of influences of different cuisines, such as Arabic, Sri Lankan, Indian and Oriental. Coconuts are another staple in the Maldives and are served either grated, as oil or as milk. This lovely tropical food is included in the majority of the meals.

      Singapore

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        Singapore is the world’s only island city-state and is ranked the third most luxurious destination in a study. There are lots of luxury and boutique hotels that offer a contemporary and affluent holiday. Despite being known for its commerce and finance, there is plenty to do in the city. If you’re an explorer, take a trip to the Gardens by the Bay. This stunning 250-acre nature park in central Singapore consists of 3 waterfront gardens. All are aimed to improve the quality of life by enhancing the natural greenery.

        If you’d like to relax a little more, then there are plenty of decadent spas where you can be pampered with the top luxury spa treatments. Singaporean cuisine is a delicious mix of different culture-inspired foods and is often a mix of the native Malay, Chinese, Indian, Indonesian and more.

        United Arab Emirates

          The United Arab Emirates is one of the key countries when you think of luxury destinations. Home to the opulent Abu Dhabi and Dubai, the United Arab Emirates is the king of relaxation and luxury. Visit one of the many spas, where you can treat yourself to a 24-carat gold facial or a Turkish bath.

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          You’ll also be able to try the delicious cuisine that’s as diverse as the country, with food that is a mixture of both Arab and European foods. The specialities include lamb, goat, beef, rice and fish.

          New Zealand

            New Zealand has the perfect mixture of glorious beaches and breathtaking mountain views. So whether you prefer relaxing on a beach or breathing in the fresh air surrounded by a natural landscape, New Zealand really has the perfect level of relaxation for you.

            Kiwis love their food in New Zealand and freshness is the key to delicious cuisine. Seafood is one of the key staple ingredients to most meals and with over 14,000 kilometres of coastline, it’s no surprise they make the most of the rich supply of seafood available.

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            Many say luxury is about five-star hotels, more say it’s about the feel and experience of a place. Whatever it is, there’s no doubt that choosing the perfect luxurious getaway is a truly personal choice so doing your research is the best way to make sure you make the right decision. Wherever you go, if you’ve selected one of the above places, you’ll definitely be in for a great holiday.

            Image Sources: Colombia, The Maldives, Singapore, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand

            Featured photo credit: Romance Travel Concierge via romancetravelconcierge.com

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            The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

            The Ultimate Guide to Help You Sleep Through the Night Tonight

            It’s well past midnight and you’ve got to get up in less than six hours. You toss and turn all night. Before you know it, another hour passes by and you start panicking.

            If I don’t get to sleep in the next 30 minutes, I’m going to be exhausted tomorrow!”

            One thing is for sure, you’re not alone. Over 70M+ Americans have stated that they don’t get the proper sleep they need at night.[1] So what could possibly be causing this insomnia epidemic?

            Throughout my entrepreneurial journey of building my language learning company, I have experimented and researched dozens of best sleep practices. Some have flopped but a few have dramatically improved the quality of my life and work.

            In this article, I’ll look into the reason why you’re sleep deprived and how to sleep through the night tonight.

            Why you can’t sleep through the night

            The first step to improving anything is getting to the bottom of the root problem. Different studies have shown the reasons why most people cannot sleep well at night.[2] Here are the main ones that the average person faces:

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            Stress

            If you’ve ever stayed up at night worrying about something, know that it’s a major sleep inhibitor. When you’re feeling stress, your mind and body becomes more activated, making it incredibly difficult to fall asleep. Even when you do manage to sleep, it won’t be deep enough to help you feel rested the next day.

            Exposure to blue light before sleep time

            We’re exposed to harmful blue light on a daily basis through the use of our digital screens. If you’ve never heard of blue light, it’s part of the visible light spectrum that suppresses melatonin, our sleep hormones. Other harmful effects include digital eye strains and macular cellular damage.

            While daytime exposure to blue light is not very harmful, night time exposure tricks our brain into thinking it’s daytime. By keeping your brain alert and suppressing melatonin, your mind is unable to shut down and relax before bedtime.

            Eating close to bedtime

            Eating too late can actually be an issue for many people, especially those who are older than 40. The reason is, eating before laying down increases the chances of Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), in which stomach acid backflows into the esophagus.

            Another reason not to eat too late is sleep quality. Even if you manage to sleep right after eating, it’s likely that you’ll wake up tired. Instead of letting your body rest during sleep, it has to digest the food that was entered before bedtime.

            Rule of thumb: eat 3-4 hours before bedtime.

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            Medical conditions

            In some cases, it could be medical conditions that cause your sleep problems. If you can’t relate yourself to the above reasons or any of these common sleep problem causes, you should visit the doctor.

            The vicious sleep cycle

            The biggest danger to repeating the bad habits mentioned above is the negative cycle that it can take you through. A bad night’s sleep can affect not only your energy but your willpower and decision making skills.

            Here’s an example of a bad sleep pattern:

            You get a bad night’s sleep
            –> You feel tired and stressful throughout the day.
            –> You compensate it with unhealthy habits (for example junk food, skipping exercises, watching Netflix etc.)
            –> You can’t sleep well (again) the next night.

              You can imagine what could happen if this cycle repeats over a longer period of time.

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              How to sleep better (throughout the night)

              To help you break the vicious cycle and stop waking up in the middle of the night, I’ll explain to you a list of actionable steps to solve your trouble staying asleep.

              1. Take control over the last 90 minutes of your night

              What you do (or don’t do) before bedtime have significant impact on the quality of your sleep. Many times, it can be the difference between staying up until 4am and sleeping like a baby.

              Here are a few suggestions:

              • Go from light to dark – Darkness stimulates production of the sleep hormone melatonin. Turn off unused light around the house, and think about investing into warm light that you can use in the bedroom before bedtime.
              • Avoid screens (or wear blue light blocking glasses) – Keep the bedroom a technology-free zone as the light from electronic devices can disturb your sleep. If you need to work, wear blue light blocking glasses (also known as computer glasses) throughout or before you sleep to prevent sleep disruption.
              • Find an activity that helps you to wind down  This could be anything that calms you down, and reduces thinking (especially unnecessary stress). Fir example, listening to soothing/good feel music, taking a hot bath, reading or meditating.
              • Keep any electronics you have on the other side of the room or outside the room – One of the most harmful things that can disrupt your sleep is the notifications you get from your smartphones. The simplest way to avoid this is to keep it away from you.
              • Create a bedtime routine – A night routine is a couple of things you do prior to going to bed. By doing these things every night, you’ll have a more restful and high-quality sleep. Learn how to pick up a night routine here: The Ultimate Night Routine Guide to Sleep Better and Wake Up Productive

              2. Eat the right nutrients (and avoid the wrong ones)

              What you eat (not just when we eat) plays a critical role in your sleep quality. If you’re ever in doubt of what to eat to improve your sleep, take the following into consideration:

              • Kiwi – This green fruit may be the ultimate pre-bed snack. When volunteers ate two kiwis an hour before hitting the hay, they slept almost a full extra hour. Kiwis are full of vitamins C and E, serotonin and folate—all of which may help you snooze.
              • Soy foods – Foods made with soy such as tofu, miso and edamame, are rich in isoflavones. These compounds increase the production of serotonin, a brain chemical that influences the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
              • Fiber-rich foods – Eating more fiber could be key for better sleep. Eating fiber was associated with more restorative slow-wave sleep—the more you eat, the better you sleep—per a study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. Fiber prevents blood sugar surges that may lower melatonin. Get a fiber boost from beans, artichokes, bran cereal and quinoa.
              • Salmon – Most fish, especially salmon, halibut and tuna boost vitamin B6, which is needed to make melatonin— a sleep-inducing hormone triggered by darkness.

              3. Adjust your sleep temperature

              Once you’ve gone through the first 2 recommendations, the last step to experiment with is temperature. According to Sleep.org, the ideal temperature for sleep is 60-67 Farenheit. This may be cooler than what most people are used to, but keep in mind that our body temperature changes once we fall asleep.

              Rule of thumb: sleeping in cooler temperature is better for sleep quality than warmer temperature.

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              Find out how to maintain the optimal temperature to sleep better here: How to Sleep Faster with the Best Temperature

              Sleep better form now on

              Congrats on making it to the end of this guide on sleep. If you’re serious about taking the necessary steps in improving your sleep, remember to take it one step at a time.

              I recommend trying just one of the steps mentioned such as taking a hot bath, blocking out blue light at night, or sleeping in cooler temperature. From there, see how it impacts your sleep quality and you can keep doing what works, and throw away what doesn’t.

              As long as you follow these steps cautiously and diligently, I know you’ll see improved results in your sleep!

              Featured photo credit: pixabay via pixabay.com

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