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4 Amazing Places To Travel in Spring

4 Amazing Places To Travel in Spring

Spring is dawning upon us and it’s safe to say we are all anticipating the blooming of beautiful flowers and the smell of fresh grass that comes in abundance with the season. It’s the start of a new season and in some ways, it signifies the start of a new beginning. Some cultures around the world choose to celebrate New Year’s on the 1st day of Spring instead of the 1st of January.

For example, Iranians celebrate Nowruz as a symbol of a New Year. It defines the harvest festival and the month of food and life’s beauty. Hindus, on the other hand, celebrate Ponggal, which is the New Year’s Day for all Hindu believers. With various festivals celebrating their New Year in the start of spring, it excites us to travel and go around the world enjoy the festivities the world has to offer.

So, where are some places can you go? Below we provide a comprehensive list of four incredible places to ring in the new year with style and all of the beauty and warm weather that comes with the spring season.

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    1. Cartagena, Columbia

    Cartagena is a Columbian city famous for its old history and beautiful culture. Columbians, in general, are known for their bright culture and their lively attitude. Cartegena’s Old Town has been made one of the UNESCO Heritage sites due to its unique architecture. Surrounded by cobbled alleys, balconies covered with bougainvillea, and churches that would take your breath away, it’s a rich source of beauty and culture.

    Cartagena is a place where you leave all your touristic habits behind, as well as your typical way of traveling. In this place, you are inclined to indulge in relaxation and enjoying the calm sun and beautiful flowers. Strolling down the Old Town and breathing the culture of the Columbians, you’ll find yourself open to change and motivated for the whole year.

    If you want to feel like a true Cartagenos, then head to Bocagrande, the Cartagena’s Miami Beach, to sip a fine cup of coffee and enjoy the view.

    You won’t regret it.

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      2. Canmore and Banff, Alberta

      Banff and Canmore are the perfect Yin and Yang. Banff is a place where all adrenaline-seekers would enjoy. It’s surrounded by mountains and it’s famous National Park.[1] In the spring, it’s perfect weather for camping, hiking, as well as climbing. The National Park is surrounded by limestones and these limestones are perfect for climbers to experiment, as well as for thrill-seekers trying to camp and discover nature’s magic.

      Canmore, on the other hand, is the complete contrast of Banff. It used to be a coal-mining town and is surrounded by its versatile history as well as its unique people. After tons of articles highlighting Canmore as the city of serenity and secrets, Canmore has become the center for people who are looking forward to escaping the adrenaline of Banff.

      Canada is perfect in any season but to enjoy the true beauty of nature, nothing beats Canada in the spring.

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        3. Osaka, Japan

        Japan in my personal point of view is the land of paradise, a land of beauty, and a land of tradition. From the hidden tattoo shops to the bath houses, Japan has taken life to two major extremes. Although many may critique their discipline, in my personal point of view, these disciplines are what has kept Japan’s strong culture and tradition alive.

        Osaka is a part of Japan that entices people with its beauty. Spring is the start of the Sakura (cherry blossoms) season and the cherry blossoms are a famous symbol of Japan. Osaka is the biggest host, from it’s delicious Mochi Balls to its Sakura Sake and it’s a time of celebration in Japan.

        The only months you can catch the blooming of the Sakura trees would be in the period of March to April. So if you’re planning a travel trip to Japan, then spring would be the best time to do so.

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          4. Seville, Spain

          Spanish food and Spanish culture have enticed the world, from their nationalistic point of view towards their food culture to their beautiful music and language, Spain has never failed to surprise the world. Spain is a place where you would enjoy both a touristic perspective of travel as well as a serene perspective.

          Seville, on the other hand, is a land with its doors leading to the past, where history lives and the culture persists. Known as the Lucky Devils, they’re a land that has adapted for centuries. You can find the Roman influence as well as the Greek myths surrounding the beautiful city.

          In the spring, you will find the sun calming and the nature around it relaxing. Spanish people prefer taking on a relaxed approach towards life so be sure to embrace it.

          In conclusion, spring is a great time to travel, so take your chances and enjoy the cultures of spring in countries you’ve never been to.

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          7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

          7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

          When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

          You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

          1. Connecting them with each other

          Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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          It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

          2. Connect with their emotions

          Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

          For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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          3. Keep going back to the beginning

          Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

          On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

          4. Link to your audience’s motivation

          After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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          Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

          5. Entertain them

          While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

          Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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          6. Appeal to loyalty

          Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

          In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

          7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

          Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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