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Canada: 5 Reasons Why You Should Pay A Visit

Canada: 5 Reasons Why You Should Pay A Visit

Canada seemed to be in the news a lot during the US Elections. Many Americans stated that they would move to Canada if Trump was to end up victorious. South Park even made an episode where Canada built a wall to keep out Americans.

We all know what happened next.  Some Americans surely did follow through on their promise and move to Canada. For the majority, it probably wasn’t all that practical when push came to shove.

Whatever your reasons for thinking about a visit to Canada, either temporary or permanent, it’s definitely true to say that this country has grown in stature on the world stage over the last few years. If you are starting to ponder about where to head off to on your holidays this summer, Canada is definitely worth some serious consideration. Here are 5 of the biggest reasons why.

1. Canada Is Affordable

Anyone who has visited the US will know that it is a pretty expensive place to spend any length of time. Canada is certainly not a cheap holiday destination, in large part thanks to the cost of flying there in the first place, but it is definitely affordable. This is particularly true if you compare the cost of the Canadian dollar to that of the US dollar.

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A recent list actually claimed that Montreal is the 78th cheapest city in the world to stay. This might not sound all that good, but think about how many cities there are in the world. $50 a day was how much they worked out you would need to sleep, eat 3 meals, travel on public transport, visit a tourist site, and have a few beers at the end of it all.  More than reasonable.

2. Canada Is Ridiculously Beautiful

    A lot of people don’t realize just how huge Canada is. This might be because you haven’t met many Canadians. This isn’t really all that unusual as Canada has a relatively small population of 35 million. To put this into perspective, Japan’s capital city, Tokyo, has a larger estimated population than the whole of Canada. To make this even crazier, Canada is the fifth largest country in the world and is 24 times bigger than the whole of Japan, never mind Tokyo.

    These statistics help to give you an idea of how ideal Canada can be. It’s a huge land mass full of great natural beauty, but it’s also a place where you’ll probably never feel overwhelmed by the number of people around. There is more than enough space for everyone. And this space features some of the most awe-inspiring nature in the whole world. Glaciers, Niagara Falls, crystal clear lakes, incredible forests, the Canadian Rockies, Canada truly is a nature lover’s paradise.

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    3. Canada Welcomes Diversity

    In spite of having a relatively small population and a strong connection to France, with French still being a heavily used official language in large parts of the country, Canada is renowned for being a welcoming, cultural melting pot. It’s a country that people from many different cultural backgrounds call home.

    This diversity of backgrounds is something that visitors will most easily see in the major cities where urban hubs feature a wide range of ethnic neighborhoods, restaurants, and shops. It also extends beyond the different races and cultures of the people who live here.

    Due to its vast size, Canada is also highly diverse in terms of its environment. From its amazing mountain ranges to the peaceful coastlines, Canada is a country that has something to offer everyone.

    4. Canada Is Cool

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      Canada is undoubtedly an attractive tourist destination thanks to its great natural beauty, but this is also a pretty happening place. The major cities of Toronto, Vancouver, Quebec, and Ottawa are all lively urban centers where there’s always something going on.

      For lovers of nightlife, culture vultures, foodies, shopaholics, and everybody else in between, Canada’s cities are definitely places where you can spend a whole vacation. It would be a shame to not take in the wonderful country on offer while you’re around, but you’ll go home with happy memories and a smile on your face either way.

      5. Canada Is Fun For Everyone

      The sheer size of Canada is reflected in the options that it offers to its visitors. Whether you are a single backpacker on a round the world trip or a family looking for something to offer everyone, Canada really is an ideal place.

      For those who love the outdoors, Canada is clearly some kind of heaven on earth, but it also features fast-moving modern environments if that’s what you want to tap into.

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      Another facet that makes it particularly appealing to visitors is that Canada is a safe country to visit no matter who you are. Canada is not Utopia but this is a country that has very little violent crime. Of course, you need to take precautions and be sensible, just as you would when at home, but this is definitely a place where you can safely enjoy your stay.

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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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