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7 Reasons Adventurers Take Chances and Go Off the Beaten Path

7 Reasons Adventurers Take Chances and Go Off the Beaten Path

Hours on treacherous roads, non serviced areas in the middle of nowhere and potentially dangerous situations are all part of off-the-beaten-path adventures. People that like staying on the tourist trail can’t fathom why such adventurers would risk life and limb just to stay away from the crowds. Tricky, uncomfortable travel may seem like a terrible way to spend a holiday, but true adventurers know what rewards come with this kind of travel. Here are seven reasons why true adventurers do what most won’t.

1. You experience the excitement of the journey

It’s not just about the destination, but the journey. On any epic off-the-beaten-path journey, you are more likely to a little lost: your GPS gets confused within a deep valley or high mountaintop; your map has little detail about which way to go because nobody expected a tourist to take the horse route. The magic of getting lost is ending up in a small village which may just consist of a few houses.You get to see landscape that isn’t in the guidebooks but is equally as stunning as what you’d see on the tourist trail. You’re more likely to see wildlife that would otherwise be scared off by crowds of tourists. You can skinny dip in a river, sleep under the stars or yell from a mountain top if you want because no one else is around.

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2. You Meet More of the Locals

When you travel off the beaten path, it’s quite likely you’re the first person to come through a village from some other country. You get noticed right away and people will have a genuine interest in you. If you stop, you’ll often be greeted with warm hospitality. While lost in Montenegro, a family welcomed us to join them on their farm. Even with the language barrier, we had a wonderful afternoon and they fed us goat’s cheese and homemade bread. They gave us hand gestures to guide us in the right direction afterwards and sent us off with food. I still feel a sense of warmth when I think of the kindness bestowed to us.

3. You have a grander sense of the culture

As you weave your way through the quiet roads of a country, you’re not going to see the polished versions of a culture. You see the raw and real life aspects. This can be graphic at times, but an adventurer dares to delve into even the darkest realities of a culture. For those who want to learn about a place, going off the beaten path has a way of revealing what people stand for. You get to know what they eat traditionally, how they live and what they do for fun. Even with language barriers, there can be sense of welcome and joy among the people. Staying around other tourists doesn’t teach you as much about a place as when you venture off on your own.

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4. You have incredible photo opportunities

When you take a photo somewhere few travel to, it gains a lot of interest. If you hiked, climbed or drove to a difficult place, you will have a photo that will intrigue all those who look at it. If you’re an Instagram fanatic, this is a great way to get some more followers. You might even be one of those people that makes money travelling, otherwise you just have incredible pictures to be proud of. The best part is you don’t have strangers in photos of your epic destinations.

5. You experience the bliss of the environment

With no distractions from other tourists or elaborate attractions, you can be with the environment. The peace and tranquility of being on a road or in a place virtually alone is worth everything for an adventurer. No matter how difficult the road was, it’s worth it. You camp alone with nothing but nature in the background. You stand on top of a mountain with nothing but your thoughts. You swim in water undisturbed. Everything feels more beautiful when there’s nobody around and you find your perfect spot with nobody trying to sell you souvenirs or people fighting to see what you see.

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6. You meet like-minded travelers

When you do meet other travelers off the beaten path, you’ll actually be pretty excited. An adventurous person has certain qualities in their character, meaning you’re likely to get along really well and have a lot to talk about. Adventurous people in their element are at peace and happy in their own skin. It makes for great company and you can talk about the perils and obstacles you face in amusement. Along any quiet road, running into someone traveling is like running into “your people”.

7. You find hidden gems

One of the best things about going off the beaten path is finding those amazing places that have yet to be commercialized. Maybe it’s a National Park, a waterfall, a lake or a beautiful spot above everything. It’s likely your way to these places was treacherous, otherwise the masses would be going there. When you have the courage and experience to deal with the obstacles, you are rewarded with beauty that you don’t have to share with many. There are no food concessions, tourist maps or crowds. You feel so blessed to have made it to these places – it’s where the magic lies and why we travel.

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The road to a peaceful paradise isn’t always easy. It can make you want to quit and give up sometimes but the reward of standing on a mountaintop alone is worth it. You will have incredible memories of what you accomplished and really get to feel alive. For those that crave adventure, going off the beaten path has many gifts to give.

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Last Updated on September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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