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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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                    8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                    8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                    In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                    Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                    Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                    Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                    Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                    The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                    There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                    How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                    According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                    Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                    Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                    The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                    Listen carefully:

                    We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                    The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                    Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                    8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                    There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                    Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                    1. Pray Daily

                    You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                    When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                    Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                    Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                    2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                    A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                    By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                    Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                    If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                    This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                    How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                    3. Smile Often

                    Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                    Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                    Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                    The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                    4. Organize Your Working Desk

                    A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                    When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                    Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                    Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                    5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                    I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                    Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                    What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                    6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                    God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                    I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                    I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                    7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                    You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                    How do you do that? This is my formula:

                    First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                    If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                    If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                    If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                    Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                    8. Go Exercise

                    Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                    The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                    You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                    12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                    The Bottom Line

                    It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                    It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                    Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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