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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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                    Ivan is the CEO and founder of a digital marketing company. He has years of experiences in team management, entrepreneurship and productivity.

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                    Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                    How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                    How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                    Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                    To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                    Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                    1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                    Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                    Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                    To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                    2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                    Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                    If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                    Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                    3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                    Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                    Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                    4. Feed Your Brain

                    Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                    This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                    Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                    Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                    5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                    According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                    Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                    Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                    6. Write it Down

                    If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                    It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                    You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                    7. Listen to Music

                    Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                    8. Visual Concepts

                    In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                    Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                    Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                    9. Teach Someone Else

                    Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                    Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                    10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                    Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                    So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                    Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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