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Six Instagram-Worthy Places in the UK

Six Instagram-Worthy Places in the UK

Snapping away on our camera phones has become part of everyday life and with the average number of ‘selfies’ taken a day topping a million, choosing the perfect location to capture those all-important moments is crucial. Now it is not necessary to scale buildings or hang over cliffs to get the perfect shot. There are plenty of beautiful and Instagram-worthy places in the UK but you may just have to look up from your mobile screen to find them!

Taking epic pictures of our travels is another popular way to showcase our love of exploring the world and also gives us some well-earned bragging rights. Who wouldn’t want to share how much of a good time they’re having, right? Fortunately, the UK has a range of beautiful and diverse locations to get that perfect InstaSnap. Whether it is soaking up the tranquillity on a secluded beach in Cornwall or heading to one of the country’s historic cities, you are sure to find an idyllic location to keep those “likes” pouring in.

London

So it is the total travel cliché but let’s head to the capital for those Instaworthy snaps. From the numerous historic buildings to the swanky new skyscrapers, there is a location for a shot here for everyone. Some popular spots include the views from The Shard, trying to meet the Queen at Buckingham Palace, and trying not to get hit by a black cab at Piccadilly Circus.

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    Porthcurno, Cornwall

    This spectacular location is home not only to captivating sandy shores, it’s here that you’ll also find Cornwall’s world-famous open-air Minack Theatre. Perched on the cliffs with a backdrop of the Atlantic Ocean, it feels as if you’re watching a show at the end of the earth and boy does it offer a great shot for your Insta profile!

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      Edinburgh, Scotland

      There are tons of locations dotted around the beautiful city of Edinburgh to capture the perfect shot. Stop by the spectacular Forth Rail Bridge and capture the experience with a selfie from the seafront at South Queensferry or if you fancy some of the best views over the city, hike to the top of Arthur’s Seat for an amazing photo opportunity.

        The Peak District

        As the first of the UK’s National Parks, The Peak District has long been recognised for its outstanding beauty and stunning scenery. From the quintessential English villages to the majestic peaks and undulating valleys, this location gives you a unique and memorable experience all year round. For a spectacular view, head to Mam Tor and capture the sunrise over this breathtaking spot.

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          Cardigan Bay, Wales

          If you’re looking to visit an area jam-packed full of picturesque landscapes, glorious sandy shores, charming market towns and the chance to spot a dolphin or two, Cardigan Bay is the place. There are plenty of chances to capture Insta moments here and for something truly magical, head out by boat from New Quay in the summer and take a snap of the resident bottlenose dolphins just off the shoreline.

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            Heacham, Norfolk

            You may be able to convince people that you are actually visiting the Provence Vineyards in France with photo of the beautiful lavender fields in this location, yet you haven’t had to hop across the channel to do so. A visit to Heacham is the next best thing. The blankets of purple flora with their spectacular, renowned fragrance are a delight to the senses.

              Featured photo credit: The Shard, view on River Thames, LondonOpen Air Minack Theatre at Porthcurno West Cornwall CoastForth Bridge Blues, Mam Tor, Cardigan Bay, Norfolk Lavender – All from Flickr Creative Commons

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              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

              The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

              Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

              your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                Why You Need a Vision

                Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                How to Create Your Life Vision

                Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                What Do You Want?

                The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                Some tips to guide you:

                • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                • Give yourself permission to dream.
                • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                Some questions to start your exploration:

                • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                • What qualities would you like to develop?
                • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                • What would you most like to accomplish?
                • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                A few prompts to get you started:

                • What will you have accomplished already?
                • How will you feel about yourself?
                • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                • What does your ideal day look like?
                • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                • What would you be doing?
                • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                • How are you dressed?
                • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                Plan Backwards

                It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                • What important actions would you have had to take?
                • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

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