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10 Great Traveling Destination To Avoid The World Cup Crowds This Summer

10 Great Traveling Destination To Avoid The World Cup Crowds This Summer

The 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil has been causing quite the stir amongst football fans (or soccer fans if you prefer) and everyone from around the globe seems to want to hop on a plane to Rio. If you’re not that big of a fan of this sport and you just want to spend some quality time with your family or are looking for some peace and quiet for you and significant other, then Brazil isn’t going to be a good choice.

This is unfortunate, since Brazil has many beautiful sights to offer, particularly Rio de Janeiro, but there are still plenty of great summer vacation spots where you won’t have to worry about huge crowds or football hooligans. Let’s look at some of the most beautiful vacation spots you can explore this summer instead.

1. Sydney

Sydney

    A sunny and beautiful city in the world down under, Sydney boasts wonderful weather, over a hundred beaches caressed by the wide open ocean, some truly magnificent sights and a very friendly atmosphere. While the Australian team will be playing in the World Cup, the most hardcore fans will have left for Brazil or will be contained to bars and pubs. The Aussies are a welcoming people, as long as you don’t cause trouble, they’ve got good beer and they can make some very fine coffee. From great restaurants and coffee joints for the food and drink enthusiast, to shopping, clubs and beaches for those who like to have fun or museums, the world famous Sydney Opera House and galleries if you are interested in some fine culture – Sydney has got it all.

    2. Nice

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    Nice

      Nice is a veritable jewel for anyone looking for a slice of that classy French Riviera experience. Although France has a long history of football prowess – they hosted and won the 1998 World Cup – in the south it is more about laying on the sandy beaches to get some sun on your skin, enjoying fine wines and French cuisine and breathe in a bit of culture. It was and still is a playground for the rich and famous, but you can have a lot of fun even on a more reasonable budget.

      3. Venice

      Venice at night

        The Italians have won the World Cup four times already, so saying that the nation is excited about the tournament is an understatement. However, the romantic city of Venice is focused on tourism and you’ll be able to enjoy your stay without running into too many avid fans. You can take a gondola ride, have lunch in the open air at Piazza San Marco and a visit some of the many mask shops and get an authentic mask for next Halloween. These are just some of the many great things that you can do in Venice.

        4. Crete

        Crete

          Greece is a very popular summer destination, and for a good reason. Crete is the biggest Greek island and combines modern commodities with beautifully preserved nature. It has tons of ancient historical sights, incredibly healthy and tasty Mediterranean cuisine, pristine beaches and truly wonderful weather for most of the year. With two aquariums and incredible flora and fauna, the island has plenty to offer to nature lovers as well. There are still relatively secluded areas to be found on the island, making it an ideal destination for couples.

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          5. Honolulu

          Honolulu

            The capital of Hawaii, Honolulu is a small city, but is densely packed and quite modern. It relies mostly on tourism and so has a lot to offer its visitors. You aren’t likely to hear too much about the World Cup or find an overexcited atmosphere. Some of the best features include near perfect weather – temperatures remain pretty much the same throughout the year, barely dropping below 70 degrees Fahrenheit in the coldest months and rarely going above 90 degrees in the hottest months – excellent beaches, plenty of surfing, great food and incredibly hospitable people.

            6. Barbados

            Barbados

              This is another island paradise where the weather is warm and the people come to enjoy the sun, clear waters and some privacy. The islanders are more interested in cricket and horse racing than football, so you don’t have to worry about World Cup fever, and will have plenty of opportunity to enjoy some windsurfing, play golf, go for a submarine ride and explore the breathtaking island fauna at Hunte’s Gardens.

              7. Kyoto

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              The Treetop Temple Protects Kyoto

                You won’t see this Japanese city on many summer destination lists, which is a shame. The city has a long and storied past, with plenty to see in terms of history and elegant eastern architecture. Also known as “The City of Ten Thousand Shrines” it provides visitors with a unique opportunity to go on a spiritual pilgrimage or simply marvel at the serene and beautiful shrines, monasteries and castles. There are also plenty of museums and festivals with a tradition spanning over a millennium, several of which are in the summer. A great way to explore the city is on a bicycle – there are numerous routes that allow you to see some of the best sights and easily navigate the narrow streets.

                8. Barcelona

                You will see cafés and pubs packed with football fans cheering on when the national team is playing – Spain won the last World Cup – but this hardly detracts from the many incredible feats of architecture, great beaches and the creative Catalan cuisine that mixes food from the Mountains and the Sea. Barcelona has large pedestrian areas, some charming narrow side streets and an incredible number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. A great way to go around the city is on a back of a scooter, as rentals are relatively cheap and you have much more freedom to explore and don’t have to get stuck with large groups of tourists. If you are new to the city you won’t know where to go first and will be constantly turning your head to take in the sights.

                9. Dubrovnik

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                  This is a charming little Croatian city on the Adriatic coast. It was closely linked to powerful Italian cities like Venice over the centuries and remained a fairly autonomous city state due to its wealth. There is a certain characteristic laid-back atmosphere you’ll find in most places in this region and the people are quite friendly. The old town is incredibly charming and the narrow, cobblestoned streets with lovely stone house walls towering above will leave you breathless. You have a lot to see in Dubrovnik, and there is plenty of great food and drinks to enjoy during your stay.

                  10. Amsterdam

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                  Amsterdam

                    Amsterdam is incredibly popular with the younger crowd, and although it is a place where people from entire Europe – and other parts of the world as well – like to come to blow off some steam, it is still surprisingly well-organized and a relax place overall. A lot of people come for the legal marihuana and the crazy parties, yet become enchanted with the culture, architecture and the free-spirited atmosphere. There are plenty of great festivals you can visit as well, and this summer is packed with exciting things to do. Amsterdam is a great place for those who like to socialize and have plenty of fun.

                     

                    This summer will be marked with huge crowds flocking Rio to see the world cup, and a lot of destinations around the world will have tons of excited fans watching the games in bars and even cafes, but, as you can see, there are still plenty of incredible locations for those looking to avoid the crowds.

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                    How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                    How to Keep Yourself Awake at Work Without Caffeine

                    Keeping yourself awake at work can be a real challenge when you’re bored, exhausted or sleep-deprived.

                    But before you reach for that can of Red Bull, bottle of Mountain Dew, or pot of coffee, try these healthy remedies to stimulate your 5 different senses and help you stay awake at work:

                    Sight – Visual Stimulation

                    The first thing you do when you wake up is opening your eyes, so your visual stimulation is very important to keeping your energy level high.

                    1. Maximize your exposure to light.

                    Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

                    Open the shades and let in the sunlight. Step outside or look out the window. Turn on all the artificial lights in your office or around your work space.

                    2. Exercise your eyes (or give them a break).

                    Roll your eyes up and down, side to side and diagonally. Rotate them clockwise and then counterclockwise. Squeeze them shut and then open them wide. Do this several times.

                    Reading and sitting in front of a computer screen for long periods can lead to eye fatigue.

                    Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

                    3. Take note of your environment.

                    Learn to enjoy people-watching. Observe their activities, speech, body language and interactions with others. Notice the details of building, trees and other objects around you, including their color, shape and size.

                    By doing this, you’re not only relaxing your eye muscles but also calming your mind.

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                    Hearing – Auditory Stimulation

                    What you hear or listen to have direct effect on your brain. This is why we feel so annoyed and sometimes angry when we hear construction noise when we’re working.

                    4. Engage in conversation.

                    Talk to a friend or colleague. Trade funny stories. Discuss your business venture, a creative idea, the latest political scandal, or any other topic that interests you.

                    Practice mindful listening to what you and the other person are saying. Tune into the tone, volume and content of the conversation.

                    Learn how to practice better listening from this guide:

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                    5. Listen to upbeat music.

                    Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best.

                    Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

                    Smell – Olfactory Stimulation

                    If you’re feeling sleepy and suddenly smell the coffee, you’ll probably feel more energetic. This is why smell is an influential stimulation.

                    6. Work your nose.

                    Aroma therapists recommend essential oils of peppermint (to boost energy), rosemary (to build awareness), eucalyptus (to increase oxygen), cedarwood  (to activate your mind), and cinnamon (to improve your reaction time).

                    If you don’t have essential oils on hand, you can use lotions or burning candles that provide the same scents.

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                    Citrus like lemons, limes, grapefruits and oranges are also natural olfactory stimulants. Get a whiff of these citrus scents to stay awake.

                    Taste – Gustatory Stimulation

                    If you want an energetic day at work, you can’t let your tongue feeling plain and flavorless.

                    7. Have a good breakfast.

                    Start off with the most important meal of the day.

                    Think fresh, light and healthy: bran cereals, wholegrain breads, fruits, and yogurt.

                    Nix the heavy stuff like sausages, greasy eggs or pancakes.

                    Need some breakfasts inspirations? Check out these ideas:

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                    8. Drink lots of water.

                    Keep a glass or bottle of H2O near you and sip from it throughout the day. Dehydration can leave you feeling tired, sluggish and sleepy.

                    So make sure you drink enough water throughout the day. Not sure how much to drink? This can help you:

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                    Think that you’ve been drinking too little water? Try these friendly reminders:

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                    9. Eat energy-boosting snacks.

                    Nuts and fruits (like bananas, apples and strawberries) are sure bets. Pairings with staying power include baby carrots with a low-fat cream cheese dip; celery sticks with peanut butter; red peppers with hummus; and plain yogurt with granola.

                    Avoid carb-filled, sugary snacks that make you crash and leave you feeling tired.

                    Here you can find some healthy snack ideas:

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                    Touch – Tactile Stimulation

                    Last but not least, your sense of touch will make you physically feel more energetic and less stressful.

                    10. Splash cold water on your face.

                    Do this in the morning, during bathroom breaks and in the afternoon. Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

                    This works the same as you take a cold shower to increase mood and alertness. Take a look at this article to learn more about it:

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                    11. Use acupressure.

                    Apply pressure to, massage, or tap on the stimulation points of your body. These include the top of your head, the back of your neck, the back of your hand (between the thumb and index finger), just below the knee and your earlobes.

                    Watch this video to learn about the acupressure points you can try:

                    12. Get moving.

                    Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends.

                    And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

                    You can also try some simple stretches and exercises at your desk:

                    Unlike addictive caffeine fixes, these remedies activate your senses, engage your attention, amp up your energy and prevent morning grogginess and afternoon slumps without the side effects or health risks.

                    Pick a few ways from this list of suggestions and practice them consistently. And when you do this consistently, you’ll soon see the positive results — a more energetic and productive you at work.

                    Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

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