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Ten Reasons to Choose Turks & Caicos for Your Next Caribbean Vacation

Ten Reasons to Choose Turks & Caicos for Your Next Caribbean Vacation

If you’re considering jetting off to the Caribbean for a once in a lifetime holiday in the sun, you really are spoiled for choice.

From Barbados to the Bahamas and Trinidad to Tobago, there’s a host of gorgeous islands for you to explore and chill out on. However, one which sometimes gets overlooked is Turks & Caicos, a British Overseas Territory chain of 40 islands in the Lucayan Archipelago.

We’re going to take a look at ten reasons why you should consider these beautiful islands for your next Caribbean vacation.

1. The resorts

Your accommodation can make or break a holiday, but thankfully the Turks & Caicos has got a range of fantastic four and five-star resorts for you to stay at, from the big all-inclusive options to smaller boutique hotels.

The resorts themselves have very relaxed atmospheres and you can even find adult-only options if you want peace and quiet out of your holiday!

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On the other hand, the resorts are all staffed by extremely knowledgeable locals who would be happy to help you sort out activities if you want a slightly more adventurous break.

2. The beaches

Turks & Caicos is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and is even home to the world’s best beach, the Grace Bay.

With its white sand and turquoise water brimming with wildlife, the beaches in Turks & Caicos are truly second to none, and they’re perfect whether you want to simply lie and take in some rays or want to explore the coastline, snorkeling or scuba diving.

3. Lots to see and do

If you don’t want to spend your days lazing on a beach, the islands have so much more to offer!

Whether it’s snorkeling at Bight Reef, golf at Provo Golf Club, or visiting the Turks & Caicos Conch Farm, you’re always sure to find something to do on the islands!

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For a comprehensive list of things to do, check out this list of 78 things to do.

4. A rich mixture of heritage

While the Turks & Caicos Islands are now a British territory, it has been inhabited by Indian, French and Spanish settlers, giving it a real multicultural feel which is reflected in its architecture.

5. Home to a range of wildlife

The islands are home to an eclectic mix of marine and birdlife which you can spot on various excursions.

In fact, the Grand Turk Lighthouse is actually one of the best places in the world to see the famous humpback whales!

6. Delicious food and drink

The islands are also home to a range of places to eat and drink, serving up some genuine Caribbean grub as well as various gourmet restaurants.

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For example, the Da Conch Shack serves up local specialties such as jerk chicken and rum and has been named one of the world’s best beach bars by CNN.

7. The weather

Of course, just like any other Caribbean island, the weather in the Turks & Caicos is incredible, with sunshine all year round and warm temperatures even throughout winter.

For an idea of the average temperatures and weather in Turks & Caicos head to their official tourism website.

8. Safety

The Turks & Caicos Islands actually have one of the lowest crime rates in the Caribbean and are well known as a safe tourist destination.

The locals are all very friendly and welcoming and often go out of their way to make you feel safe and at home.

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9. English is the first language

Because it’s an overseas territory, English is the first language of the residents of Turks & Caicos.

While some locals speak the Creole language, you’ll have no trouble communicating with the majority of people, whereas in many Caribbean islands the first languages are French or Dutch.

10. Transportation

Because the islands are so small, you can get around them really easily, and one of the best ways for this is to rent a car.

You can easily navigate the whole coast of Provo (the main island) in a day, and what’s more, they drive on the left side of the road too!

Featured photo credit: askbeach.com/ via askbeach.com

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Last Updated on July 10, 2020

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

Boundaries are limits

—they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

1. Self-Awareness Comes First

Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

  • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
  • When do you feel disrespected?
  • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
  • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
  • When do you want to be alone?
  • How much space do you need?

You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

2. Clear Communication Is Essential

Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

Sample language:

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  • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
  • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
  • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
  • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
  • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
  • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
  • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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Final Thoughts

Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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