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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 September 16, 2019

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                                You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                                We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                                The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                                Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                                1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                                Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                                For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                                • (1) Research
                                • (2) Deciding the topic
                                • (3) Creating the outline
                                • (4) Drafting the content
                                • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                                • (6) Revision
                                • (7) etc.

                                Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                                2. Change Your Environment

                                Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                                One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                                3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                                Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                                Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                                My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                                Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                                4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                                If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                                Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                                I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                                5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                                I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                                Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                                As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                                6. Get a Buddy

                                Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                                I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                                7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                                This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                                For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                                8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                                What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                                9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                                If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                                Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                                10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                                Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                                Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                                11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                                At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                                Reality check:

                                I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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