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6 Wonderful Places to Spend Your Valentine’s Day

6 Wonderful Places to Spend Your Valentine’s Day

February brings us Valentine’s Day, which is an excellent, perfect opportunity to surprise your loved ones. It is the day of showing love and appreciation to the people who fill your life with love and help you in living a happy, content and fulfilling life. If you want to plan a big surprise this year, then you should plan a surprise trip. There are so many romantic places that can make your Valentines’ day perfect.

Here are some of the best and most romantic places that are ideal for spending your Valentines’ day.

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1. Thanda Private Game Reserve

It is a breathtaking place, located in the heart of Zululand, South Africa. If you are an adventurous person, then you are going to love a romantic safari. The place is an excellent way of enjoying a luxury safari. It is a private reserve that is extended over 14,000 hectares of wilderness that is full of rare and beautiful animals. Couples can enjoy an authentic African experience in Zulu along with declarations of local love and star-lit dinners.

2. Istanbul, Turkey

You want to make your romantic vacation unique, exotic and frenetic then Istanbul is the perfect destination for you. There is such an extensive variety of places to see in the city. Here you can find bustling bazaars, grand mosques, galleries, exhibitions, shows, exotic cuisine, etc. If you find the city or famous places like Taksim square too hectic, then you can always choose other areas that are less hectic and more peaceful such as Heybeliada. It is one of the Prince’s islands, which is just a short ferry ride away. The island is full of Greek Orthodox churches and Byzantine monasteries where you can explore. It is incredibly peaceful as there is no traffic on the island.

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3. Bagan, Myanmar

It is an astonishing destination full of history and wonder. Most of the tours of this city are focused on exploring the ancient city and the rich history it has to offer. You can enjoy the spectacular view of the city by enjoying a ride on a hot air balloon. There is a superb villas collection that sits on the peaceful and serene shoreline. There is an extensive collection of pagodas, temples that are worth exploring.

4. Prague, Czech Republic

It is one of the best places to enjoy your Valentines’ Day as it full of beautiful sights and high-quality restaurants. The city has everything to offer when it comes to creating the perfect romantic vacation. You can enjoy the music recitals held in candlelit churches; fire lit restaurants with mouthwatering and appetising food and gorgeous red wines. The city is full of charm and romance which has endured centuries, and it makes it the perfect romantic spot for a special occasion like Valentines’ day.

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5. Patagonia’s, Argentina

If you want to get away from busy cities and enjoy some peace and quiet, then you should choose to go to Patagonis. It is present amidst massive and majestic mountain ranges which have snow-covered peaks and extensive plains. There is no traffic, and if you want to explore the place, you have to do it on foot or horseback. There is also a beautiful lake present there which you can explore and enjoy by kayaking. The heavenly beauty of the place when combined with an excellent cuisine of Argentina and the delicious red wine make this place truly romantic.

6. Raja Ampat, Indonesia

These are a group of Indonesian islands that showcase the immensity and breathtaking beauty of Indonesia. You can enjoy these wonder by sailing across the isles. The water presents these are said to be among the richest waters as it is home to an extremely diverse marine life. You can also stop on islands and hike through the rainforest and enjoy beautiful waterfalls. You can spend your days exploring the beautiful islands while enjoying your nights by having candlelit dinners on your private sand strip.

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Valentine’s Day is an excellent day for making happy memories so you should not miss the chance and choose to go to a place that can eternalize your trip and the memories stay with you forever.

Featured photo credit: Tim Mossholder via unsplash.com

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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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