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20 Of The Most Inspiring Places Around The World

20 Of The Most Inspiring Places Around The World

There is widespread propaganda in the world that portrays the world as risky and dangerous. As travelers are all aware, this is far from the reality of cultures and places waiting to be explored out there. The world is open and hospitable. There is an acceptance of travelers in a way that those who do not travel can hardly imagine. People on other sides of the globe are not as foreign as many may believe.

Escape the doldrums of daily reality. Whirl away and get ready to jet-set and take off to the most inspiring travel destinations in the world. Let go of stifling beliefs. The world is filled with exhilarating destinations that should not be missed in this lifetime.

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

1. Zanzibar

    The island of Zanzibar is located off the Indian Ocean coastline of Tanzania and north of Dar-Es-Salaam. It is historically romantic with stunning tropical islands. There are combinations with trekking and Safari options available on the mainland as well as reaching the Kilimanjaro summit, the highest peak in Africa.

    2. Baja Peninsula, Mexico

      The second longest peninsula offers 1,200 km of the mystic, ethereal, and untamed escapade. There is a stunning vision at every turn, like the mountainside village with blue skies. Sip drinks and watch sunsets, linger and disappear on the Pacific. Get an adrenaline rush while surfing the perfect wave or walking through the canyons while staring up at the diamond stars above. Any which way you choose to enjoy your time, you are sure to discover the ongoing joys of Baja.

      3. Arashiyama Bamboo Forest, Japan

        Arashiyama has many attractions, like the Togetsukye Bridge, small restaurants, and small shops, as well as bamboo groves and pleasure boats. It is most attractive in the beginning of April and in the middle of November with fall colors and cherry blossoms. December boasts lantern illumination with street lights.

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        4. Sossusvlei, Namibia

          Situated in a conservation area on the continent of Africa is Sossusvlei, a spectacular and well-known attraction. It is characterized by surrounding red sand dunes and large white salt clay pans. It can be visited during any time of the year. Some dunes are the highest in the world and reach almost 400 meters in height. It provides photography enthusiasts with wonderful images in the morning and evening light.

          5. The Rocky Mountains, North America

            Located on the west of North America, The Rocky Mountains are a mountain chain approximately 4,800 km long and 563 km wide running from north to south. The range runs through New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Alaska, and Montana, as well as British Columbia and Alberta in the Canadian province in the Northwest territories and Yukon. It has been poetically described as the spine of the continent.

            6. Myanmar, Bagan

              Visiting the ancient city of Bagan is about the sunrises and sunsets. There are 2,000 temples and pagodas and a marvel of colors over the amazing landscape. Bagan was once the capital of the kingdom between the ninth and thirteenth centuries where there were more than 10,000 temples, monasteries, and pagodas.

              7. Serengeti, Tanzania, East Africa

                The vast ecosystem of the Serengeti is in East Africa. It spans at about 30,000 square kilometers and the name Serengeti from the Massai Language means endless plains. This region is in northern Tanzania in Africa, extending to southwest Kenya. The Serengeti Park hosts the large mammal migrations and is popular for its African Safaris.

                8. Giant’s Causeway, Ireland

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                  A UNESCO world heritage site in Northern Ireland, the Giants Causeway is renowned for layered basalt polygonal columns that resulted from a volcanic eruption, which took place 60 million years ago. It has attracted visitors for centuries and harbors a wealth of natural history. Seabirds are seen around the coast of the Causeway with razorbill, fulmar, petral species, and rare plant species over the natural rock formations and cliffs.

                  9. Dinosaur Provincial Park, Canada

                    Dinosaurs lived millions of years before the existence of the first man on the planet. Dinosaur fossils remain buried in the surface of the earth. If you want to see fossils of extinct dinosaurs, the Dinosaur Provincial Park is the place for you. The Dinosaur Provincial Park is regarded as the best place to see and experience dinosaur fossils. It is located 48 km away from Calgary, on the border between USA and Canada. Dinosaur Provincial Park has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 1979.

                    10. Laikipia District, Kenya, East Africa

                      Laikipia in the Maasai language translates to “treeless plain”. The Laikipia District is a vast plain with numerous wildlife species. including the Big Five (rhinoceros, elephant, buffalo, lion, and leopard) that roam freely in Laikipia.

                      11. Perito Moreno Glacier, Argentina

                        Perito Moreno Glacier is an important tourist attraction in Argentine Patagonia. The 250 square-kilometers ice formation that is 30 km (19 mi) in length is an ice field that is the third largest fresh water reserve in the world.

                        12. Badlands National Park, South Dakota, USA

                          Badlands National Park is a fantastic landscape of eroded ridges and ragged peaks. There are no real landmarks along the 30-mile long Badlands Loop Road, but there are so many incredible sights to bear witness to at the park.

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                          13. Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

                            Located on the southern coast of the Pacific of Costa Rica, The Osa Peninsula is the ecotourism destination. It has breathtaking scenery, like empty beaches and an abundance of wildlife. The Corcovado National Park is a lowland tropical rain forest that can also be found there.

                            14. Wadi Rum, Jordan

                              Wadi Rum in the south of Jordan covers 720 square kilometers of wilderness. Huge sandstone mountains and granite emerge from the wide sandy valleys, reaching heights of 1,700 meters. Narrow fissures and canyons cut deep into mountains and conceal the ancient rock drawings that are etched over millennia. Bedouin tribes live among Rum Mountains and goat-hair tents are special features of this landscape. Staying in a Bedouin tent, you will get to gaze at a panoply of stars. There are also camel, jeep, and hiking tours that travelers can embark on.

                              15. Great Basin National Park, Nevada, USA

                                The lone national park in Nevada offers more than you can imagine. The real beauty is the Lehman cave, which is located below the ground. There are stalagmites and stalactites that you can also see and a cave formation that is rare called “shield”. There are hiking and driving options to the mountaintop that can be taken for panoramic basin views of the mountain.

                                16. Yosemite National Park, California, USA

                                  Yosemite National Park is a welcoming experience of the majestic Yosemite in all the seasons. Explore the awe-inspiring vistas,   amazing waterfalls, granite icons, and the fascinating history of Yosemite. It is one of the most popular American national parks, boasting the best views, vacation opportunities, and hiking trails in the country.

                                  17. Niagara Falls, Canada

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                                    Niagara Falls has an abundance of attractions from the famous waterfalls. The city is linked to the USA by the Rainbow Bridge. On the western shore of the Niagara river, it overlooks Horseshoe Falls. Elevators take tourists to the lower and wetter vantage point. The riverbank has an observation deck and there is a promenade on the Skylon Tower that stands at 520 feet.

                                    18. Luang Prabang, Laos

                                      Luang Prabang, at the junction of Nam Khan and Mekong River, makes taking a boat cruise most rewarding as a way to discover the life along these rivers. Cruising along the Mekong River, you get to observe fishermen’s daily activities as they throw their nets elegantly, relying on water for their livelihood. Two hours upstream are the renowned Pak Ou Caves. The limestone cave is impressive with gold-lacquered Buddha laden statues in various sizes, from as small as your palm to the height of your average person. The reverent scene is scented with incense and overlooks the Mekong landscape.

                                      19. Óbidos, Portugal

                                        This charming Portuguese town is a day trip from Lisbon with plenty of activities and sights to embark on. While visiting the small town of Obidos, indulge in the beautiful sights and the pulse of the city around you that can be explored in a few hours.

                                        20. Bora Bora, French Polynesia

                                          An island that was once a volcano subsided to form a barrier reef with an ecosystem allowing pristine blue waters and a protected sanctuary of reefs that limit waves. Bora Bora is a celebrated island in the South Pacific. The beauty of the island is unrivaled and its fame is unwavering. Bora Bora is a place on earth that everyone aspires to experience and witness in their lifetime.

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                                          Last Updated on February 20, 2019

                                          13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                          13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                          Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

                                          Why is this so critically important to you?

                                          The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                                          Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                                          1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                                          Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                                          When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                                          • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                                          • The man facing the judge.
                                          • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                                          • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
                                          • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                                          • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                                          These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                                          Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                                          Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                                          2. Accept Your Fear

                                          Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                                          We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                                          And here’s what can be done.

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                                          3. Get Some Perspective

                                          I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                                          And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                                          That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                                          We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                                          So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                                          • Are you really at risk?
                                          • Will this kill you?
                                          • Which leads us on to..
                                          • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

                                          4. Hold a Hand

                                          As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                                          Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                                          We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                                          Ask yourself:

                                          • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
                                          • Could that really happen?
                                          • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
                                          • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                                          By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

                                          5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

                                          This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                                          Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

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                                          The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                                          It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                                          For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                                          Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                                          6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                                          I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                                          Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                                          Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

                                          Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                                          Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                                          Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                                          7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                                          Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                                          I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

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                                          It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

                                          One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                                          Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                                          It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                                          8. Assume the Worse

                                          If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                                          Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

                                          • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
                                          • Think about how they feel about champagne?
                                          • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                                          And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                                          When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                                          Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                                          9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

                                          If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                                          Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                                          Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

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                                          10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                                          One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                                          11. Go with Fear

                                          When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                                          I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                                          Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                                          One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                                          However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                                          We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                                          12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                                          And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                                          The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                                          What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                                          13. Own Your Fear

                                          Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                                          We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                                          You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

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