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15 Amazing Hotels You’ll Regret Not Visiting in Your Lifetime

15 Amazing Hotels You’ll Regret Not Visiting in Your Lifetime

Every self-respecting traveler needs a dream-hotel bucket list. Here are a few adventurous options you can add to yours.

Ahwahnee Hotel – Yosemite National Park, United States

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    “The destination of queens and presidents alike,” this Four-Diamond hotel is sure to impress travelers who appreciate the great outdoors.

    Many Glacier Hotel – Glacier National Park, United States

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      Located in “the Switzerland of North America,” this charming hotel is famous for what it doesn’t have – TV or air conditioning. The low-distraction environment is great for reading, thinking, unwinding, and connecting with the people you love.

      The Fairmont Banff Springs – Banff, Canada

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        With golf in the summer and skiing in the winter, the Fairmont Banff Springs is a treat year-round.

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        In case the outdoors aren’t your idea of a dream vacation, here are two urban hotels that tower above the competition…

        Burj Al Arab – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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          Voted “the world’s most luxurious hotel,” the Burj Al Arab’s many amenities include “an optional chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce.”

          Shangri-La Hotel – London, England

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            Located in The Shard, London’s iconic glass tower, the Shangri-La Hotel is a classy way to holiday amidst the beautiful views of England’s capital city.

            If you’re scared of heights, those last two hotels could make for a stressful vacation. Perhaps one of these quirky vacation spots will strike your fancy…

            Hotel Unique – São Paulo, Brazil

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              “Known locally as the “Watermelon” for its striking crescent shape, Hotel Unique tries, and mostly succeeds, to be a combination of quirky and luxurious.” – NYTimes

              Kakslauttanen – Saariselkä, Finland

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                While many towering luxury hotels offer views of the ground below, the glass igloos at Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort turn your attention to the star-studded sky above.

                Bora Bora Four Seasons Resort – Leeward Islands, French Polynesia

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                  Relax ashore in a bungalow suite equipped with a private pool, or dare to spend your nights perched atop the turquoise waters of the lagoon.

                  Montaña Mágica Lodge – Southern Chile

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                    Tucked away in a native Chilean forest, this “Magic Mountain” hotel offers accommodations Smaug and Bilbo would both enjoy. The creative design consists of cave-like rooms nestled in a lonely mountain. Visit the hotel website for pictures of the fascinating exterior.

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                    ICEHOTEL – Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

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                      Ever stayed in a hotel that melts in the spring? Founded in 1989, Sweden’s ICEHOTEL is “an art exhibition and hotel made of natural ice and snow from one of Europe’s last wild rivers, 200 km north of the Arctic Circle.”

                      If you’re craving more traditional luxury, these next few destinations are for you.

                      The Cliff Bay – Funchal Portugal

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                        Breathtaking views, award-winning cuisine, and an atmosphere primed for romance are just are few of the luxuries provided by this Five Star hotel.

                        Porto Bay Rio Internacional – Rio de Janeiro

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                          With the calming ocean on one side and the energizing city of Rio de Janeiro on the other, Porto Bay Rio Internacional is a versatile vacation destination.

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                          Ca’ Sagredo Hotel – Venice, Italy

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                            Live like royalty in the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel, with rooms that feature magnificent Italian art and offer charming views of the Canal Grande. If Italy isn’t in the budget, you might try this next hotel.

                            The Venetian – Las Vegas, United States.

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                              Boasting a standard suite that’s “nearly double the size of the average Las Vegas hotel room,” the Venetian is a luxurious way to enjoy the city. While you’re in town, you might also want to spend a night at this next hotel.

                              The Bellagio – Las Vegas, United States

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                                With iconic fountains that served as a backdrop to Brad Pitt and George Clooney in the movie Ocean’s 11, this Five Diamond hotel is a vacation in itself.

                                Hopefully this list will inspire a trip or two for you. Happy trails!

                                Featured photo credit: Jon Rawlinson via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                1. Work on the small tasks.

                                When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                3. Upgrade yourself

                                Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                4. Talk to a friend.

                                Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                7. Read a book (or blog).

                                The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                8. Have a quick nap.

                                If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                10. Find some competition.

                                Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                11. Go exercise.

                                Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                12. Take a good break.

                                Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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                                Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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