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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 March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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