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:


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.


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.


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.


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.

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Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

Why Is Goal Setting Important to a Truly Fulfilling Life?

In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, achieve and create in our world.

And while it’s important for us to know what we want to achieve (our goal), it’s also important for us to understand why we want to achieve it; the reason behind the goal or some would say, our real goal.

Why is goal setting important?

1. Your needs and desire will be fulfilled.

Sometimes when we explore our “why”, (why we want to achieve a certain thing) we realize that our “what” (our goal) might not actually deliver us the thing (feeling, emotion, internal state) we’re really seeking.

For example, the person who has a goal to lose weight in the belief that weight loss will bring them happiness, security, fulfillment, attention, popularity and the partner of their dreams. In this instance, their “what” is weight-loss and their “why” is happiness (etc.) and a partner.


Six months later, they have lost the weight (achieved their goal) but as is often the case, they’re not happier, not more secure, not more confident, not more fulfilled and in keeping with their miserable state, they have failed to attract their dream partner.

After all, who wants to be with someone who’s miserable? They achieved their practical goal but still failed to have their needs met.

So they set a goal to lose another ten pounds. And then another. And maybe just ten more. With the destructive and erroneous belief that if they can get thin enough, they’ll find their own personal nirvana. And we all know how that story ends.

2. You’ll find out what truly motivates you

The important thing in the process of constructing our best life is not necessarily what goals we set (what we think we want) but what motivates us towards those goals (what we really want).

The sooner we begin to explore, identify and understand what motivates us towards certain achievements, acquisitions or outcomes (that is, we begin moving towards greater consciousness and self awareness), the sooner we will make better decisions for our life, set more intelligent (and dare I say, enlightened) goals and experience more fulfilment and less frustration.


We all know people who have achieved what they set out to, only to end up in the same place or worse (emotionally, psychologically, sociologically) because what they were chasing wasn’t really what they were needing.

What we think we want will rarely provide us with what we actually need.

3. Your state of mind will be a lot healthier

We all set specific goals to achieve/acquire certain things (a job, a car, a partner, a better body, a bank balance, a title, a victory) because at some level, most of us believe (consciously or not) that the achievement of those goals will bring us what we really seek; joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.

Of course, setting practical, material and financial goals is an intelligent thing to do considering the world we live in and how that world works.

But setting goals with an expectation that the achievement of certain things in our external, physical world will automatically create an internal state of peace, contentment, joy and total happiness is an unhealthy and unrealistic mindset to inhabit.


What you truly want and need

Sometimes we need to look beyond the obvious (superficial) goals to discover and secure what we really want.

Sadly, we live in a collective mindset which teaches that the prettiest and the wealthiest are the most successful.

Some self-help frauds even teach this message. If you’re rich or pretty, you’re happy. If you’re both, you’re very happy. Pretty isn’t what we really want; it’s what we believe pretty will bring us. Same goes with money.

When we cut through the hype, the jargon and the self-help mumbo jumbo, we all have the same basic goals, desires and needs:

Joy, fulfilment, happiness, safety, peace, recognition, love, acceptance, respect, connection.


Nobody needs a mansion or a sport’s car but we all need love.

Nobody needs massive pecs, six percent body-fat, a face lift or bigger breasts but we all need connection, acceptance and understanding.

Nobody needs to be famous but we all need peace, calm, balance and happiness.

The problem is, we live in a culture which teaches that one equals the other. If only we lived in a culture which taught that real success is far more about what’s happening in our internal environment, than our external one.

It’s a commonly-held belief that we’re all very different and we all have different goals — whether short term or long term goals. But in many ways we’re not, and we don’t; we all want essentially the same things.

Now all you have to do is see past the fraud and deception and find the right path.

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