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Traveling Destinations for Travelers That Hate Crowds

Traveling Destinations for Travelers That Hate Crowds

As traveling becomes cheaper and cheaper, more and more people are choosing to travel straight out of college. There is no better time in your life to pick up everything and see the world. If you don’t have a stable job or a family or kids that you have to think about, then this is when you have the perfect amount of energy to be able to have such an exciting trip.

It can be hard deciding where to go, especially if you can only squeeze one trip in before real life kicks in again. If you are a nomadic kind of person who doesn’t like big cities or lots of people, these are the top five places for you to travel:

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Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai Is one of the most incredible cities in the world.[1] Not only is it in Thailand, but it also has a special feel to it. The city is set at the base of a large mountain with a large temple overlooking the entire city. Due to its location, there are not a lot of tourists around and the people tend to be a lot more friendly. It is in the heart of Thai temple country, and you can view dozens of temples within an hour of the city. If you choose this option, make sure to rent a scooter and scooter around the city. Not only will it be much cheaper, but you will get a much better feel for the city.

The Oregon Coast, Oregon, US

The Oregon Coast tends to be extremely uncrowded. You will not be doing any surfing or sun tanning, but it is famous for the vibes that it gives off. You should come here if you love the outdoors, but not too much. This place is ideal for those that love to curl up inside a cabin in the middle of nowhere with a good book and lose themselves in it.

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Upolo, Samoa

One would think that because of how amazing the weather is in Samoa, there would be huge crowds. Fortunately, that is not the case. Not only do they have beautiful beaches and perfect water, but there is almost never a crowd. The people are also extremely nice and love tourists. With plenty of hiking, surfing, and other outdoor activities, Samoa is the perfect travel destination.

North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

Most people tend to think that if they travel to Hawaii, they can only expect crowds. This is true for a lot of Hawaii, particularly the touristy parts of Hawaii, but there are actually many beautiful parts of Hawaii that tourists tend to never go. One of those places is on the North Shore. Not only are there dozens of beautiful, white sand beaches, but there are also often little to no people on those beaches. When you do come across people, they tend to be nicer than on other parts of the island because they are not constantly bombarded with tourists.

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Switzerland

One only needs to see a few pictures of Switzerland to have a burning desire to go there. Switzerland has some of the most beautiful countrysides in the world, and very few people to enjoy them. While Switzerland isn’t cheap to visit, the photos alone tend to make it worth a visit. Switzerland is also known for its beautiful snowy mountains. If you like to snowboard or ski, or have ever wanted to learn, Switzerland is probably one of the best places to do so. How many people can say they have skied in the Alps?

There are definitely places that people who hate crowds should avoid. These countries would make anyone who hates crowds go crazy. Many people think that these locations seem beautiful and wonderful until they get there and realize just how many people there are.

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Another tip is to try to avoid Google when searching for where to go once you arrive. If it is on Google, a lot of people know about it and will likely be there. Instead, ask the locals and the natives what they think you should do. You will find much more genuine experiences and much less crowds to create a more well-rounded travel experience for the books.

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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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