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15 Beach Towns You Must Visit This Summer

15 Beach Towns You Must Visit This Summer

Summer is just around the corner and we all know that there is no time like the present to fulfill your sense of wanderlust. There are many places in America and all around the world that will be a great experience for you to enjoy with some friends or family this summer. Whether you are trying to just take a step back and relax for a bit or if you are trying to get out there and meet new people, all you have to do is look and there will be a place that will fit just what you have in mind.

Alameda

    1. Alameda, CA

    Alameda is a little town placed perfectly in between San Francisco and Oakland. Here you will find many things to do from enjoying all kinds of food, to seeing a bit of history. There are lots of opportunities to shop and catch a movie at the Alameda Theater just off Park Street. Before you shop, stop by Ole’s or Jim’s for breakfast. You can check out Crab Cove, the USS Hornet, the Alameda Museum. After you can enjoy some lunch ranging from  amazing seafood at Hang Ten Boiler to German dishes at Speiskammer. After, stop by for some ice cream at Tucker’s or swing by Tapioca Express for some delicious desserts.

    Atlantic City

      2. Atlantic City, NJ

      Atlantic city is like the Vegas of the East Coast. You can enjoy the boardwalk shops and salt water taffy or you can step into a casino and try your luck at the slots. It is also the home of the Miss America Pageant. There is a Ripley’s Museum you can visit if you don’t like the rides on the dock. If you are looking for something more relaxing or calm, there is the Atlantic City Museum as well as several spas in the area.

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      Chincoteague

        3. Chincoteague Island, VA

        This is an interesting beach town. Whether it be the wild ponies that inhabit the beach or the nature tours on bicycle, there is always something to do. The food is great and ranges from pizza to steak. There are boat tours visitors can go on as well to see the neighboring island of Assateague, which is a wild life reserve.

        Gearhart

          4. Gearhart, OR

          With the golfing, its seaside aquarium, and the seals that need to be fed, there is a lot to do in this town. There is also a chance to see gray whales migrating in the winter and spring. Volunteers help visitors spot whales and share fun facts about these unique animals. The Lewis and Clark National Historical Park and Young River Falls aren’t too far either.

          Gulf Shores

            5. Gulf Shores, AL

            Gulf Shores is a nice little beach town with lots of fun activities at places like the Zipline and Arial Adventure Park or the Alabama Golf Coast Zoo. There is also shopping and scuba diving. If you’re looking for a place to relax with just a splash of adventure, you’ve found it here.

            Long Beach

              6. Long Beach, NY

              Long Beach is a more crowded than your average beach town but for good reason. With so many great waves to surf, the John F. Kennedy Memorial, the Holocaust Memorial, and the Long Beach Historical Museum, it’s not hard to overlook the amount of people. Of course, there are many little shops and great food as well.

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              Monterey

                7. Monterrey, CA

                This is a place to sit back and relax with plenty of spas to unwind at, whales to watch, and cool trinkets to buy. The Mission Basilica and the Monterrey Bay Aquarium are must-sees.

                Polson

                  8. Polson, MT

                  Polson is a little town located near Flathead Lake. It is a place to go to when you want to get away from your busy life. Things are a little slower paced than in the city but that doesn’t mean Polson’s not a place to check out. Even though this is not a beach town with an ocean, Flathead Lake is a large body of water that it has it’s own lake monster! Many people go here to jet ski, swim, and fish despite the local myth. If you drive a little bit further, you can check out Kerr Dam and Glacier Brewing Co. Try your luck at the Kwtaknuk casino and pay a visit to the Flathead Ford Museum as well.

                  Rehoboth

                    9. Rehoboth, DE

                    Between Jungle Jim’s FunLand and the boardwalk, there isn’t a dull moment in Rehoboth. If you do want to relax, there are spas and bike tours you can take to enjoy the scenery and weather.

                    Rockport

                      10. Rockport, TX

                      Rockport is a wonderful and beautiful place to visit on vacation. The locals are warm and welcoming and can point you to some fun things to do around the area. There is a large population of whooping cranes that attracts birdwatchers. You can go on boat tours and check out the Texas Maritime Museum.

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                      Rugen

                        11. Rügen, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany

                        Rugen is a large island just off the coast of the Baltic Sea. It is a little far to travel, but the popular German destination is worth it. You might want to book in advance however, just to avoid situations like not having a room in a different country. Travel websites like Trip4Real offer tours from island locals. You can see many historical spots on the island on a steam train tour and enjoy some authentic German food at one of the bed and breakfast places around the island. And don’t forget to try some German beer at the Globetrotter Bar! This is a perfect little island to soak up the sun.

                        Santa Cruz

                          12. Santa Cruz, CA

                          Santa Cruz has many interesting things to do all year. You can visit the Mystery Spot and defy some gravity and the laws of physics on a walking tour or you can walk through the Redwoods and enjoy a slice of what nature has to offer. There is a boardwalk that you can shop for specialty items and rides for you to try out. If boardwalks aren’t your thing, give Capitola Village or Ano Nuevo State Park a shot.

                          St Petersburg

                            13. St. Petersburg, FL

                            To start off your beach adventure, explore the walking mural before you go on a sea life safari. If you are wanting to spend a day inside, there is the Armed Forces museum located in the area as well.

                            Tybee Island

                              14. Tybee Island, GA

                              Tybee Island has a Lighthouse Museum that will fascinate you with beautiful photographs and fun facts about lighthouses. There is also fishing, jet skiing, and the Gallery by the Sea if museums aren’t your thing.

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                              Wilmington

                                15. Wilmington, NC

                                If you have seen the movie “Safe Haven,” then you probably have seen Wilmington.  What you didn’t see is that you can visit the USS North Carolina or the Arlie Gardens. The boardwalk and shoreline are amazing to see at sunset and is a very romantic place to get away to. For those that aren’t there to enjoy long walks on the beach, there are also ghost and vampire tours to check out. After enjoying a bit of a adrenaline rush, you can take a step back and go to the railroad museum and the cotton exchange to add to your vault of knowledge. In addition, Wilmington boasts a sea turtle camp. Need I say more?

                                Featured photo credit: Jump!- Daniel Oh via flickr.com

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                                Last Updated on January 17, 2019

                                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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                                Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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