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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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                                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                          How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                          You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                          We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                          The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                          Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                          1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                          Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                          For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                          • (1) Research
                                          • (2) Deciding the topic
                                          • (3) Creating the outline
                                          • (4) Drafting the content
                                          • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                          • (6) Revision
                                          • (7) etc.

                                          Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                          2. Change Your Environment

                                          Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                          One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                          3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                          Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                          Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                          My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                          Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                          4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                          If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                          Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                          I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                          5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                          I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                          Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                          As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                          6. Get a Buddy

                                          Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                          I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                          7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                          This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                          For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                          8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                          What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                          9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                          If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                          Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                          10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                          Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                          Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                          11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                          At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                          Reality check:

                                          I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future. Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

                                          Bonus: Think Like a Rhino

                                          More Tips for Procrastinators to Start Taking Action

                                          Featured photo credit: Malvestida Magazine via unsplash.com

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