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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 September 20, 2018

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

How to Stay Calm and Cool When You Are Extremely Stressful

Being in a hurry all the time drains your energy. Your work and routine life make you feel overwhelmed. Getting caught up in things beyond your control stresses you out…

If you’d like to stay calm and cool in stressful situations, put the following 8 steps into practice:

1. Breathe

The next time you’re faced with a stressful situation that makes you want to hurry, stop what you’re doing for one minute and perform the following steps:

  • Take five deep breaths in and out (your belly should come forward with each inhale).
  • Imagine all that stress leaving your body with each exhale.
  • Smile. Fake it if you have to. It’s pretty hard to stay grumpy with a goofy grin on your face.

Feel free to repeat the above steps every few hours at work or home if you need to.

2. Loosen up

After your breathing session, perform a quick body scan to identify any areas that are tight or tense. Clenched jaw? Rounded shoulders? Anything else that isn’t at ease?

Gently touch or massage any of your body parts that are under tension to encourage total relaxation. It might help to imagine you’re in a place that calms you: a beach, hot tub, or nature trail, for example.

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3. Chew slowly

Slow down at the dinner table if you want to learn to be patient and lose weight. Shoveling your food down as fast as you can is a surefire way to eat more than you need to (and find yourself with a bellyache).

Be a mindful eater who pays attention to the taste, texture, and aroma of every dish. Chew slowly while you try to guess all of the ingredients that were used to prepare your dish.

Chewing slowly will also reduce those dreadful late-night cravings that sneak up on you after work.

4. Let go

Cliche as it sounds, it’s very effective.

The thing that seems like the end of the world right now?

It’s not. Promise.

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Stressing and worrying about the situation you’re in won’t do any good because you’re already in it, so just let it go.

Letting go isn’t easy, so here’s a guide to help you:

21 Things To Do When You Find It Hard To Let Go

5. Enjoy the journey

Focusing on the end result can quickly become exhausting. Chasing a bold, audacious goal that’s going to require a lot of time and patience? Split it into several mini-goals so you’ll have several causes for celebration.

Stop focusing on the negative thoughts. Giving yourself consistent positive feedback will help you grow patience, stay encouraged, and find more joy in the process of achieving your goals.

6. Look at the big picture

The next time you find your stress level skyrocketing, take a deep breath, and ask yourself:

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Will this matter to me…

  • Next week?
  • Next month?
  • Next year?
  • In 10 years?

Hint: No, it won’t.

I bet most of the stuff that stresses you wouldn’t matter the next week, maybe not even the next day.

Stop agonizing over things you can’t control because you’re only hurting yourself.

7. Stop demanding perfection of yourself

You’re not perfect and that’s okay. Show me a person who claims to be perfect and I’ll show you a dirty liar.

Demanding perfection of yourself (or anybody else) will only stress you out because it just isn’t possible.

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8. Practice patience every day

Below are a few easy ways you can practice patience every day, increasing your ability to remain calm and cool in times of stress:

  • The next time you go to the grocery store, get in the longest line.
  • Instead of going through the drive-thru at your bank, go inside.
  • Take a long walk through a secluded park or trail.

Final thoughts

Staying calm in stressful situations is possible, all you need is some daily practice.

Taking deep breaths and eat mindfully are some simple ways to train your brain to be more patient. But changing the way you think of a situation and staying positive are most important in keeping cool whenever you feel overwhelmed and stressful.

Featured photo credit: Brooke Cagle via unsplash.com

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