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Some of the Best Things to Do in Cape Town, South Africa

Some of the Best Things to Do in Cape Town, South Africa

If you haven’t yet visited South Africa, especially Cape Town, you may be still in the dark. This city has so much to offer to its visitors, and it’s one of the cities that have been attracting many tourists to South Africa.

In 2014, the number of tourists in South Africa was very close to hitting the 10 million mark. It’s a number that has been constantly increasing since then.

What activities are there in Cape Town that makes it attractive to visitors? Actually, it’s a city that provides so many adventurous options to its tourists.

One of Cape Town’s most recognized landmarks is Table Mountain. This mountain is situated right in the middle of the south side of the city. Its name came from its shape, which is flat on top.

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If you’re someone who likes to hike then you’ll definitely like this mountain. Even if you’re not a hiker and would like to experience what it’s like to hike, you can’t go wrong with the Table Mountain.

Furthermore, Table Mountain is classified as one of the “New7Wonders of Nature.” There’s a very rigorous and long process before this recognition is given.

It states on their website that “It took millions of votes and several years to achieve this recognition. The New7Wonders of Nature campaign began back in 2007, when people from around the world could choose any natural wonder to be considered.”

It took five years and 500 million votes to see the Table Mountain among the wonders of nature. Being able to earn such recognition ensures people that it’s a place that’s worth visiting.

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Some other things to do in Cape Town

Where you would run out of things to do in some other cities, Cape Town doesn’t allow that. Don’t think you’ll be able to stay in your hotel room without having any more fun things to do.

There are several events to be either part of, or just to go to and have some relaxing fun. Vibescout makes it very easy for tourists to find those events. From there you’ll find many options of different events to choose from and attend.

It’s very simple; for example, if you want to hike you’ll find some places listed on there for you. If you want to go to a night of jazz you’ll find that too.  That’s a very helpful site to look up for fun stuff to do while you’re on your vacation in Cape Town.

What about Boulders Beach?

You can’t visit Cape Town and not spend at least one day at Boulders Beach. That beautiful beach is found on False Bay. Approximately 60,000 visitors a year make their way along the coast, past Simon’s Town, to Boulders Beach.

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It’s not only a peaceful and beautiful beach; it’s also an attractive spot for the African penguins. As a tourist, you’ll definitely feel the urge of snapping some pictures of those creatures playing around on the sand.

Visit Robben Island

What’s so fascinating about Robben Island? Not only it’s a beautiful island, it’s most known for being the place where Nelson Mandela spent 18 years of his life in prison. Many other political leaders of the South African political parties (PAC and ANC), were along side of Mandela in prison there.

As you’re touring that prison, one of the persons who are guiding you could be an ex-political prisoner from there. That could make your experience even better as you would listen to this history first hand.

This trip will take you half of a day and the tour consists of the island and the prison. The ferry doesn’t cost much either; it’s only R320 which is equivalent to $22. The experience you’ll have from this tour is priceless, although the cost is very minimal.

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South Africa is a country where visitors enjoy visit during their vacation time. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see why this country is so loved by tourists. Cape Town is one city that you should visit if you haven’t done so yet. You’ll definitely be amazed to see all the beauty that this city has to offer and your experience will be incomparable.

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

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