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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 August 15, 2018

                                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                          7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day

                                          Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. Planks are one form of bodyweight exercises that will never go out of fashion. Planks are one of the most effective exercises you can do. Why? Because they require a small time investment on your part, and offer the chance to achieve substantial results in a relatively short span of time.

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                                          Why is it important to train up our core strength?

                                          There are numerous sites and blogs which detail ways to build your core muscles or core strength. Often though, these sites neglect to explain what your core muscles actually are, and why building them is important.

                                          This is quite surprising, as core muscles are quite easy to explain. Your core muscles are a series of muscles in your midsection, and are used in most forms of movement. Though they aren’t housed in your arms or legs, your core muscles can help transfer force from one limb to another, or are used in addition to muscles in your arms or legs to increase their effectiveness. As such a strong core will make a big improvement on your ability to move and exercise further.

                                          Also they are great for helping other muscles in your midsection such as your abdominal muscles. Your abdominal muscles are important for supporting your back and spinal column, and as such are important aids in preventing injuries. However for them to be most effective you need to spend a lot of time developing your core muscles.

                                          In short, planking exercises can make a huge improvement in your muscles down your whole body. Making them a hugely effective exercise to perform.

                                          One Exercise, multiple benefits

                                          There are few forms of exercise as effective at building your core as planking exercises. However, planking exercises benefit far more than just your core strength.

                                          By holding yourself in the position for a planking exercise, you’ll notice that your biceps, neck, and shoulder muscles are also being tested and strained. This this encouraging their buildup and development. This is great news if you like to do press ups, developed shoulder muscles will have a big impact on your press up performance.

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                                          When planking, you are holding yourself up through your arms and biceps and so by holding a planking position, your arm muscles are being toned and developed. Making planking a great alternative exercise to other forms of bicep developing exercises.

                                          Moving down your midsection, successful plank exercises actually develop the muscles in your butt! These muscles tend to be ignored by a lot of exercises, so this is another great benefit of plank exercises.

                                          In much the same way as you develop your biceps and arm muscles, holding the planking position helps develop the muscles in your thighs too.

                                          What is even better is that planking exercises don’t take much time at all. In fact you should probably only spend about ten minutes max per day in the planking exercise.

                                          What will happen when you start doing planks every day

                                            1. You’ll improve core definition and performance: 

                                            Planks are an ideal exercise for the abdominal muscles exactly because they engage all major core muscle groups including the transverse abdominus, the rectus abdominusthe external oblique muscle, and the glutes. The importance of strengthening each muscle group cannot be underestimated either, for all of these groups serve their own purpose. If you strengthen these muscle groups you will notice:

                                            • Transverse abdominis: increased ability to lift heavier weights.
                                            • Rectus adbominis: improved sports performance, particularly with jumping. This muscle group is also responsible for giving you the renowned six pack look.
                                            • Oblique muscles: improved capacity for stable side-bending and waist-twisting
                                            • Glutes: a supported back and a strong, shapely booty.

                                            2. You’ll decrease your risk of injury in the back and spinal column

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                                              Doing planks is a type of exercise that allow you to build muscle while also making sure that you are not putting too much pressure on your spine or hips. According to the American Council on Exercise, doing planks regularly not only significantly reduces back pain but it also strengthens your muscles and ensures a strong support for your entire back, especially in the areas around your upper back.

                                              Check out this article if you would like to find out about how doing planks on different surfaces can impact the effectiveness of this exercise in strengthening your core.

                                              3. You’ll experience an increased boost to your overall metabolism

                                                Planking is an excellent way of challenging your entire body because doing them every day will burn more calories than other traditional abdominal exercises, such as crunches or sit-ups. The muscles you strengthen by doing this exercise on a day-to-day basis will ensure that you burn more energy even when sedentary. This is especially important if you are spending the majority of your day sitting in front of a computer. Also, making it a daily 10- to 1 minute home exercise before or after work will not only provide an enhanced metabolic rate but it will also ensure that that metabolic rate remains high all day long, (yes, even while you are asleep).

                                                4. You’ll significantly improve your posture

                                                  Planking exercises have a great impact and improvement on your posture. This is great news as a strong posture brings with it a huge number of fantastic benefits .

                                                  A good posture keeps your bones and joins in the correct alignment which means both your bones and joints will be better maintained and more healthy, but also means the overall effectiveness of your muscles will be improved.

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                                                  A good posture will ensure your back or spine is in the correct position and so you will suffer less back pain.

                                                  On top of everything, someone with good posture looks better, healthier, and more confident.

                                                  5. You’ll improve overall balance

                                                    Have you ever felt that when you tried standing on one leg, you couldn’t stand up straight for more than a couple of seconds? It’s not because you were drunk- unless you happened to be at the time!-  but rather, it’s because your abdominal muscles weren’t strong enough to give you the balance you needed. Through improving your balance by doing side planks and planks with extensions you will boost your performance in every kind of sporting activity.

                                                    6. You’ll become more flexible than ever before

                                                      Flexibility is a key benefit of doing planks regularly, for this form of exercise expands and stretches all your posterior muscle groups – shouldersshoulder blades, and collarbone – while also stretching your hamstrings, arches of your feet, and toes. With a side plank added in to the mix, you can also work on your oblique muscles. This will provide you with further benefits when it comes to hyper-extending your toes, a movement that is crucial for supporting your body’s weight.

                                                      7. You’ll witness mental benefits

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                                                        Plank exercises have a particular effect on our nerves, making them an excellent means of improving overall mood. How? Well, they stretch out muscle groups that contribute to stress and tension in the body. Just think about it: you are sitting in your chair, at home or at work, all day long; your thigh muscles get tight, your legs get heavy due to being bent for several hours; and tension develops in your shoulders due to being forced to slump forward all day. These are all circumstances that put too stress on the muscles and nerves. The good news is that planks not only calm your brain, but they can also treat anxiety and symptoms of depression– but only if you make it part of your daily routine.

                                                        How to hold a plank position

                                                        1. Get into pushup position on the floor.
                                                        2. Now bend your elbows 90 degrees and rest your weight on your forearms.
                                                        3. Keep your torso straight and rigid and your body in a straight line from ears to toes with no sagging or bending.
                                                        4. Your head is relaxed and you should be looking at the floor.
                                                        5. Hold the position for as long as you can.
                                                        6. Remember to breathe. Inhale and exhale slowly and steadily.
                                                        7. When your form begins to suffer, pull the plug. You’re only benefiting from the plank by actually doing the plank.

                                                        Watch the video if you have any doubt!

                                                        Here is a great infographic that shows the best plank variation exercises to evenly target all abdominal muscle groups:

                                                          How to improve your plank time gradually

                                                          1. Start with the easier variation if needed. You can start with a bent-knee plank if you can’t perform a regular plank yet. If you can hold a plank for more than two minutes with ease, you can move on to these tougher variations.
                                                          2. Practise every day. Space your planking exercise throughout the day and do 3-4 times every day. Try to hold the position 10 seconds longer each time.
                                                          3. Perform other body-weight exercises at the same time. Push-up and squat will improve your core strength too.

                                                          Are you ready to devote 5-10 minutes of your day, every day, to stay fit, healthy and, most importantly, strong as a bull? Then jump in and make doing plank exercises a part of your life.

                                                          Who Should Be Cautious Doing The Plank?

                                                          You need to be cautious doing Planking exercises if any of these risks apply to you:

                                                          • Prolapse
                                                          • After prolapse surgery
                                                          • Pelvic pain conditions
                                                          • Weak or poorly functioning pelvic floor muscles
                                                          • Previous childbirth
                                                          • Overweight

                                                          Choose an alternative pelvic floor abdominal exercise or consult your doctor before performing plank regularly.

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