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7 Exciting Trips Across Europe to Make Your Weekend More Special

7 Exciting Trips Across Europe to Make Your Weekend More Special

Travelling is an excellent way of relaxing your mind and getting a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Europe has destinations that suit a variety of interests and tastes. There are rural areas as well as bustling cities that you can venture to. There are so many adventure-filled places,[1] full of historical sites that you can explore and enjoy.

Here are some of the destinations in Europe that you should explore:

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1. Ghent, Belgium

It is an excellent destination, full of historical sites, and it can offer a visit back to the Middle Ages. Ghent was one of the most influential cities on the continent during the Middle Ages, and it is full off extraordinary historical architectures that you can explore. The city is not just full of lovely sights, but also has a delightful cuisine to offer. There are a lot of interesting dishes that you can try and, after that, take a stroll on the illuminated and beautiful riverside.

2. Nice, France

Nice is a beautiful coastal destination in France and is known for its excellent collection of art museums. One of the most famous art museums is the one which is dedicated to Matisse and Chagall. You can also enjoy the lovely panorama of the place by taking a walk up to Colline du Chateau. The city has beautiful and exciting nightlife. The cuisine of the city is famous for its delicious seafood. It is a perfect place for nature lovers because the botanical gardens of the city are highly impressive.

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3. Puglia, Italy

Puglia is not the most obvious choice when it comes to vacationing, but it is becoming more and more popular as it showcases the rustic tranquility of countryside as well as the Baroque luxury with superb villas  and world-class hotels. The destination is full of rich culture, architecture and a coastline that is bathed by two blue seas.

4. Florence, Italy

Florence is a culturally vibrant city, as it is full of artwork by legends such as Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, and Giotto. The Uffizi gallery is full of their work along with several other great artists. Florence is full of exquisite art and architecture so you may find it difficult even to start. It is a beautiful city with vibrant restaurants offering delicious cuisine. The nightlife of the town is also beautiful. The culture of the city is lively, and it goes beyond classical music, contemporary art and opera.

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5. Madrid, Spain

It is a growing city that has improved a lot in the past few years. The Reina Sofia, Prado and Thyssen-Bornemisza are the museums that you should not miss while in Madrid. They have become better and bigger. The center of the city has a lot of new boutiques, cafes, gastro bars, and delis to offer. It has excellent and rich cuisines to offer with a lively nightlife.

6. Amsterdam, Netherlands

It is a city that has the buzz of a metropolitan city. The city is beautiful with its pretty bridges, quiet canals and charming buildings. There is a lot of hustle and bustle in the city, but the quiet canals give it a village-like a charm. It is full of top-ranking art museums, and you can find the best orchestras in the world here. In this city, you will find a combination of glittering past with contemporary edginess. It is charming and alluring in every season.

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7. Lisbon, Portugal

It is an excellent place to spend your weekend, as it has a simple charm combined with the magic of a vintage era. It is a sun-kissed city that has a rich culture. You can check out the century-old wooden trams and iron funiculars that are still making their way among the seven hills that look over the city. The Baixa district has the best to offer when it comes to experiences. This is a city with an ancient heritage, as it is full of herbalists and tailors that work on the decorative streets of the beautiful city.

The list of the exciting and gorgeous cities to travel to for a weekend is too long, and these are just some of the cities that are excellent for a quick (or longer) trip.

Featured photo credit: Aria of Puglia via dw3i9sxi97owk.cloudfront.net

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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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