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16 Romantic Movie Locations You’ve Been Dreaming of Visiting

16 Romantic Movie Locations You’ve Been Dreaming of Visiting

Movies can make you feel things you don’t normally feel in real life. The perfectly scripted romance can make you daydream about the day something romantic like that happens to you. Even though something like what happened in The Notebook will probably never happen, you can still visit the places those moments occurred and share in the great feelings. Here are 16 romantic movie locations that you should visit:

1. Wicklow National Park from P.S. I Love You

Why not start out our list with a romantic outdoor location? Wicklow National Park played host to the scene from P.S. I Love You where Gerry and Holly first met. It’s a touching and beautiful movie, and this particular scene took place in an equally beautiful place in the world. It’s in Ireland, so you might have to prepare for a long flight to get there!

2. Heathrow Airport from Love Actually

Love Actually is considered one of the most romantic movies of all time and one of its deepest emotional moments takes place at the venerable Heathrow Airport. The scene features people getting off the airplane and being met by those they (presumably) haven’t seen in a long time. The great part about this locale is that you can just buy a ticket to land in the London airport. As an added bonus, London is itself the site of many romantic movies.

3. Las Palmas Hotel from Pretty Woman

It isn’t the most glamorous place ever but the Las Palmas hotel is the site of a touching scene between Edward and Vivian, where he proclaims his love for her as she stands on the fire escape. It’s a scene that touched a million hearts and a great place to check out if you’re ever in Los Angeles.

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4. The Empire State Building from Sleepless in Seattle

New York’s Empire State Building has been the setting for a number of love scenes, but arguably the most memorable is Sleepless in Seattle, when Annie and Sam finally find each other. In real life you’ll have to deal with crowds, but it’s still an amazing view and a great place to share with your loved one. If you’re going for something romantically ridiculous you can go up on Valentine’s Day. It is the only day of the year when couples can get married while overlooking the famous New York skyline.

5. Turtle Bay Resort from Forgetting Sarah Marshall

It’s hard to pick a specific stand-out scene, because most of the movie was shot here. Turtle Bay is a tropical resort that embraces the natural beauty of Hawaii with aptly themed housing, sandy beaches, and all of the other amenities. In Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Peter heads here to get over his ex-girlfriend, only to find out that she’s staying at the same resort. He falls in love with a local and things just kind of go from there. It’s a tad expensive, but that’s Hawaii for you.

6. Forks, Washington from Twilight

While it can be argued all day and night on whether or not the Twilight series is any good, there is no doubt that the movie’s setting, the town of Forks in Washington state, is breathtaking. There isn’t a specific place in town that is overly romantic, but the scenery as a whole will keep a couple busy all weekend. Just book a bed and breakfast, pack your best hiking clothes, and immerse yourself in the woods where Edward and Bella first fell in love.

7. Paris from Midnight in Paris

There have been hundreds of romantic movies filmed or set in Paris, but we decided to go with Midnight in Paris. French has been dubbed the most romantic language on the planet. The Eiffel Tower and other iconic and historic fixtures adorn a lavish and unforgettable skyline. You can go anywhere, do almost anything, and it’ll be at least partially romantic. If you want to enjoy Paris the right way, take a page from Midnight in Paris and go on a carriage ride with your partner.

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8. Rome from Roman Holiday

Rome is another iconic city with a rich and expansive history. As it turns out, a number of romantic movies were filmed there, including Audrey Hepburn’s classic Roman Holiday from 1953. In the movie, Hepburn’s character is a princess touring European capitals. One night she sneaks out and spends time with an American news reporter after he finds her asleep on a park bench. The two take a ride on a Vespa while they tour the sites and architecture. You could try that! But be prepared for a long ride because Rome has a lot to see.

9. Casablanca, Morocco from Casablanca

There really isn’t much of a description needed here. Casablanca is one of the largest cities in Morocco, and the romance the city is capable of producing will be forever immortalized in one of the best movies of all time. We’d recommend the airport that held the immortal line in the video above, which was filmed in Van Nuys, but sadly it was totally demolished long ago. Trust us, Morocco is more enjoyable because there is a lot to do and see.

10. Florence, Italy from A Room With a View

Florence is another one of those destinations where a lot of movies have been filmed, and for good reason. The city itself contains classic architecture and is surrounded by storybook landscapes. One lucky poppy field was the setting for an iconic kiss in Room With a View, so if you’re looking for a spot to smooch with your lover, that’s a great place to go. Whether you’re picnicking in the surrounding landscape or enjoying the city proper, there’s plenty for lovers to do in Florence.

11. Wyoming from Brokeback Mountain

Wyoming is known as one of the most bare states in the U.S. in terms of population. The entire state houses just under 600,000 people and the only really densely populated area of the state is the capital, Cheyenne. That means you have pretty much the whole state to wander and enjoy the untouched nature as depicted in Brokeback Mountain. You won’t get 5-star restaurants or looming hotels, but you will get an astonishingly clear view of the stars and mountains. This is a great romantic retreat for any adventurers out there.

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12. Austria from The Sound of Music

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Things have calmed down now, but Austria had quite the tumultuous past. One such instance is the movie The Sound of Music, which used Austria’s landscape and picturesque Alps mountains to tell the story of a governess who falls in love with a captain. The musical is intensely popular and stands as one of the most memorable musicals of our time. If you ever make your way to Austria, you can savor the moments in the shadow of the glorious and ever unchanging Alps as they watch over you and your lover.

13. Tokyo from Lost in Translation

Lost in Translation is the epitome of the American experience abroad. Or what everyone wishes the epitome of the American experience abroad really was. In this classic, a man and a woman meet in a foreign country and create a bond that leads to a spontaneous connection. With the brightly lit, always busy streets of Tokyo as their backdrop, the romance blossoms in a way only Bill Murray and Scarlet Johansson can depict. The bustling, never-sleeping city is filled with great skyline views and exotic cuisine that is fun to experience with the one you love the most.

14. The American South from The Notebook (and more)

You can take your pick with location and movie for this one. The Notebook took place in South Carolina, Forrest Gump took place in Alabama, and Gone With the Wind took place in Georgia. There is a lot of American history there and many places can be very rustic, which just shouts for romance. There really is nothing quite like sitting on an old wood deck looking out over nature with lightning bugs lighting everything up. Plus the other cultural stuff like the music, the dancing, and the general love of good times is incredibly infectious.

15. Rio de Janeiro from Twilight

Yes, we’re going to talk about Twilight again. Even though I was never able to relate to that movie on any meaningful level, the locations the movies were shot in continue to be some of the best possible. Part of the movie was filmed in the beautiful Rio de Janeiro, which is in Brazil. It’s a city full of history as well as beaches, exotic music, and rich landscapes. It’s underrated as a place where romance can blossom.

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16. Sydney, Australia from Moulin Rouge

Despite the fact that the movie is supposed to take place in Paris, pretty much the entire thing was shot in Sydney, Australia. Yes, the movie is a little eccentric but it’s still a classic. Aside from the stuff you see in the movie, Australia is home to some of the world’s most exotic wildlife. The landscape has been in its fair share of movies and Sydney itself is a huge city filled with all kinds of distractions for the adventurer inside!

Featured photo credit: paris under moonlight silhouette france georgeta blanaru/Fine Art America via images.fineartamerica.com

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Last Updated on March 30, 2020

Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It)

Why You’re Feeling Tired All the Time (And What to Do About It)

Feeling tired all the time?

Have you ever caught yourself nodding off when you’re watching TV, listening to someone drone on during a meeting or even driving a car?

I know I have, especially when I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive.

Feeling tired all the time may be more widespread than you think. In fact, two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week.[1]

If you’re tired of feeling tired, then I’ve got some great news for you. New research is helping us gain critical insights into the underlying causes of feeling tired all the time.

In this article, we’ll discuss the latest reasons why you’re feeling tired all the time and practical steps you can take to finally get to the bottom of your fatigue and feel rested.

What Happens When You’re Too Tired

If you sleep just two hours less than the normal eight hours, you could be as impaired as someone who has consumed up to three beers.[2] And you’ve probably experienced the impact yourself.

Here are some common examples of what happens when you’re feeling tired:[3]

  • You may have trouble focusing because memory and learning functions may be impaired within your brain.
  • You may experience mood swings and an inability to differentiate between what’s important and what’s not because your brain’s neurotransmitters are misfiring.
  • You may get dark circles under your eyes and/or your skin make look dull and lackluster in the short term and over time your skin may get wrinkles and show signs of aging because your body didn’t have time to remove toxins during sleep.
  • You may find it more difficult to exercise or to perform any type of athletic activity.
  • Your immune system may weaken causing you to pick up infections more easily.
  • You may overeat because not getting enough sleep activates the body’s endocannabinoids even when you’re not hungry.
  • Your metabolism slows down so what you eat is more likely to be stored as belly fat.

Are you saying that feeling tired can make me overweight?

Unfortunately, yes!

Feeling tired all the time can cause you to put on the pounds especially around your waist. But it is a classic chicken and egg situation, too.

Heavier people are more likely to feel fatigued during the day than lighter ones. And that’s even true for overweight people who don’t have sleep apnea (source: National Institutes of Health).

Speaking of sleep apnea, you may be wondering if that or something else is causing you to feel tired all the time.

Why Are you Feeling Tired All the Time?

Leading experts are starting to recognize that there are three primary reasons people feel tired on a regular basis: sleep deprivation, fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

Here’s a quick overview of each root cause of feeling tired all of the time:

  1. Tiredness occurs from sleep deprivation when you don’t get high-quality sleep consistently. It typically can be solved by changing your routine and getting enough deep restorative sleep.
  2. Fatigue occurs from prolonged sleeplessness which could be triggered by numerous issues such as mental health issues, long-term illness, fibromyalgia, obesity, sleep apnea or stress. It typically can be improved by changing your lifestyle and using sleep aids or treatments, if recommended by your physician.
  3. Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a medical condition also known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis that occurs from persistent exhaustion that doesn’t go away with sleep.

The exact cause of CFS is not known, but it may be due to problems with the immune system, a bacterial infection, a hormone imbalance or emotional trauma.

It typically involves working with a doctor to rule out other illnesses before diagnosing and treating CFS.[4]

Always consult a physician to get a personal diagnosis about why you are feeling tired, especially if it is a severe condition.

Feeling Tired vs Being Fatigued

If lack of quality sleep doesn’t seem to be the root cause for you, then it’s time to explore fatigue as the reason you are frequently feeling tired.

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Until recently, tiredness and fatigue were thought to be interchangeable. Leading experts now realize that tiredness and fatigue are different.

Tiredness is primarily about lack of sleep.

But fatigue is a perceived feeling of being tired that is much more likely to occur in people who have depression, anxiety or emotional stress and/or are overweight and physically inactive (source: Science Direct).

Symptoms of fatigue include:

  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Low stamina
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Anxiety
  • Low motivation

These symptoms may sound similar to those of tiredness but they usually last longer and are more intense.

Unfortunately, there is no definitive reason why fatigue occurs because it can be a symptom of an emotional or physical illness. But there are still a number of steps you can take to reduce difficult symptoms by making a few simple lifestyle changes.

How Much Sleep Is Enough?

The number one reason you may feel tired is because of sleep deprivation which means you are not getting enough high-quality sleep.

Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of high-quality, uninterrupted sleep per night. If you’re sleep deprived, the amount of sleep you need increases.

So, quantity and quality do matter when it comes to sleep.

The key to quality sleep is being able to get long, uninterrupted sleep cycles throughout the night. It typically takes 90 minutes for you to reach a state of deep REM sleep where your body’s healing crew goes to work.

Ideally, you want to get at least 3 to 4 deep REM sleep cycles in per night. That’s why it’s so important to stay asleep for 7 or more hours.

Research also shows that people who think they can get by on less sleep don’t perform as well as people who get at least seven hours of sleep a night[5] So, you should definitely plan on getting seven hours of deep restorative sleep every night.

If you are not getting 7 hours of high-quality sleep regularly, then sleep deprivation is most likely reason you feel tired all the time.

And that is good news because sleep deprivation is much simpler and easier to address than the other root causes.

It’s also a good idea to rule out sleep deprivation as the reason why you are tired before moving on to the other possibilities such as fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, which may require a doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

4 Simple Changes to Reduce Fatigue

Personally, I’m a big believer in upgrading your lifestyle to uplift your life. I overcame chronic stress and exhaustion by making these four changes to my lifestyle:

  1. Eating healthy, home-cooked meals versus microwaving processed foods or eating out
  2. Exercising regularly
  3. Using stressbusters
  4. Creating a bedtime routine to sleep better

So, I know it is possible to change your lifestyle even when you’re working crazy hours and have lots of family responsibilities.

After I made the 4 simple changes in my lifestyle, I no longer felt exhausted all of the time.

In addition, I lost two inches off my waist and looked and felt better than ever.

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I was so excited that I wanted to help others replace stress and exhaustion with rest and well-being, too. That’s why I became a Certified Holistic Wellness Coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute.

Interestingly enough, I discovered that Dr. Sears recommends a somewhat similar L.E.A.N. lifestyle:

  • L is for Lifestyle and means living healthy including getting enough sleep.
  • E is for Exercise and means getting at least 20 minutes of exercise a day ideally for six days a week.
  • A is for Attitude and means thinking positive and reducing stress whenever possible.
  • N is for Nutrition and means emphasizing a right-fat diet, not a low-fat diet.

The L.E.A.N. lifestyle is a scientifically-proven way to reduce fatigue, get to the optimal weight and to achieve overall wellness.[6]

And yes, there does seem to be an important correlation between being lean and feeling rested.

But overall based on my personal experience and Dr. Sear’s scientific proof, the key to not feeling tired all of the time does seem to be 4 simple changes to your lifestyle.

L — Living Healthy

Getting enough high-quality sleep every day is the surefire way to help you feel less fatigued, more rested and better overall.

So, whether you’re sleep deprived or potentially suffering from fatigue or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, you probably want to find a way to sleep better.

In fact, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, your body isn’t getting the time it needs to repair itself; meaning that if you are suffering from an illness, it’s far more likely to linger.

As unlikely as it sounds, though, fatigue can sometimes make it difficult to sleep. That’s why I’d recommend taking a look at your bedtime routine before you go to bed and optimize it based on sleep best practices.

Here are 3 quick and easy tips for creating a pro-sleep bedtime routine:

1. Unplug

Many of us try to unwind by watching TV or doing something on an iPhone or tablet. But tech can affect your melatonin production due to the blue light that they emit, fooling your body into thinking it’s still daytime.

So turn off all tech one hour before bed and create a tech-free zone in your bedroom.

2. Unwind

Do something to relax.

Use the time before bed to do something you find relaxing such as reading a book, listening to soothing music, meditating or taking an Epsom salt bath.

3. Get Comfortable

Ensure your bed is comfortable and your room is set up for sleep.

Make sure you room is cool. 60-68 degrees is the ideal temperature for most people to sleep.

Also, it’s ideal if your bedroom is dark and there is no noise.

Finally, make sure everything is handled (e.g., laying out tomorrow’s clothes) before you get into your nice, comfy bed.

If your mind is still active, write a to-do list to help you fall asleep faster.[7]

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Above all, be gentle with yourself and count your blessings, some sheep or whatever helps.

This article also offers practical tips to build a bedtime routine: How to Build a Good Bedtime Routine That Makes Your Morning Easier

E — Exercise

Many people know that exercise is good for them, but just can’t figure out how to fit it into their busy schedules.

That’s what happened in my case.

But when my chronic stress and exhaustion turned into systemic inflammation (which can lead to major diseases like Alzheimer’s), I realized it was time to change my lifestyle.

As part of my lifestyle upgrade, I knew I needed to move more.

My friends who exercise all gave me the same advice: find an exercise you like to do and find a specific time in your schedule when you can consistently do it.

That made sense to me.

So, I decided to swim.

I used to love to swim when I was young, but I hadn’t done it for years. The best time for me to do it was immediately after work, since I could easily get an open swim lane at my local fitness club then.

Also, swimming became a nice reason for me to leave work on time. And I got to enjoy a nice workout before eating dinner.

Swimming is a good way to get your cardio or endurance training. But, walking, running and dancing are nice alternatives.

So find an exercise you love and stick to it. Ideally, get a combination of endurance training, strength training and flexibility training in during your daily 20-minute workout.

If you haven’t exercised in a while and have a lot of stress in your life, you may want to give yoga a try because you will increase your flexibility and lower your stress.

A — Attitude

Stress may be a major reason why you aren’t feeling well all of the time. At least that was the case with me.

When I worked 70 hours per week as a High-Tech Executive, I felt chronically stressed and exhausted. But there was one thing that always worked to help me feel calmer and less fatigued.

Do you want to know what that master stress-busting technique was?

Breathing.

But not just any old breathing. It was a special form of deep Yogic breathing called the “Long-Exhale Breathing” or “4-7-8 breathing” or “Pranayama” in Sanskrit).

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Here’s how you do “Long-Exhale Breathing”:

  1. Sit in a comfortable position with your spine straight and your hand on your tummy (so you know you are breathing deeply from your diaphragm and not shallowly from your chest)
  2. Breathe in deeply and slowly from your diaphragm with your mouth closed while you count to 4 (ideally until your stomach feels full of air)
  3. Hold your breath while you count to 7 mentally and enjoy the stillness
  4. Breathe out through your mouth with a “ha” sound while you count to 8 (or until your stomach has no more air in it)
  5. Pause after you finish your exhale while you notice the sense of wholeness and relaxation from completing one conscious, deep, long exhale breath
  6. Repeat 3 times ensuring your exhale is longer than your inhale so you relax your nervous system

This type of “long-exhale breathing” is scientifically proven to reduce stress.

When your exhale is twice as long as your inhale, it soothes your parasympathetic nervous system, which regulates the relaxation response.[8]

Plus, this is a great technique for helping you get to sleep, too.

N — Nutrition

Diet is vital for beating fatigue – after all, food is your main source of energy.

If your diet is poor, then it implies you’re not getting the nutrients you need to sustain healthy energy levels.

Eating a diet for fatigue doesn’t need to be complicated, time-consuming though.

For most people, it’s just a case of swapping a few unhealthy foods for a few healthier ones, like switching from low-fiber, processed foods to whole, high-fiber foods.

Unless your current diet is solely made up of fast food and ready meals, adjusting to a fatigue-fighting diet shouldn’t be too much of a shock to the system.

Here’re 9 simple diet swaps you can make today:

  1. Replace your morning coffee with Matcha green tea and drink only herbal tea within six hours of bedtime.
  2. Add a healthy fat or protein to your any carb you eat, especially if you eat before bed. Please note that carb-only snacks lead to blood-sugar crashes that can make you eat more and they can keep you from sleeping.
  3. Fill up with fiber especially green leafy vegetables. Strive to get at least 25g per day with at least 5 servings (a serving is the size of your fist) of green vegetables.
  4. Replace refined, processed, low-fiber pastas and grains with zucchini noodles and whole grains such as buckwheat, quinoa, sorghum, oats, amaranth, millet, teff, brown rice and corn.
  5. Swap natural sweeteners for refined sugars and try to ensure you don’t get more than 25g of sugar a day if you are a woman and 30g of sugar a day if you are a man.
  6. Replace ice cream with low-sugar alternatives such as So Delicious Dairy-Free Vanilla Bean Coconut Ice Cream.
  7. Swap omega-6, partially-hydrogenated oils such as corn, palm, sunflower, safflower, cotton, canola and soybean oil for omega-3 oils such as flax, olive and nut oils.
  8. Replace high-sugar yoghurts with low-sugar, dairy-free yoghurts such as Kite Hill Plain Yoghurt with 1g sugar or Lifeway Farmer Cheese with 0g sugar.
  9. Swap your sugar-laden soda for sparkling water with a splash of low-sugar juice

Also, ensure your diet is giving you enough of the daily essential vitamins and minerals. Most of us don’t get enough Vitamin D, Vitamin B-12, Calcium, Iron and Magnesium. If you are low on any of the above vitamins and minerals, you may experience fatigue and low energy.

That’s why it’s always worth having your doctor check your levels. If you find any of them are low, then try to eat foods rich in them.

Alternatively, you might consider a high-quality multi-vitamin or specific supplement.

The Bottom Line

If you are tired of feeling tired, then there is tremendous hope.

If you are tired because you are not getting enough high-quality sleep, then the best remedy is a bedtime routine based on sleep best practices.

If you are tired because you have stress and fatigue, then the best remedy are four simple lifestyle changes including:

  • Enough High-Quality Sleep with Bedtime Routine
  • Regular Exercise You Love
  • Stress Reduction with Long-Exhale Breathing
  • Fatigue-Reducing Diet

Overall, adopting a healthier lifestyle Is the ideal remedy for feeling more rested and energized.

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Featured photo credit: Cris Saur via unsplash.com

Reference

[1] YouGov: Two-fifths of Americans are tired most of the week
[2] National Safety Council: Is Your Company Confronting Workplace Fatigue?
[3] The New York Times: Why Are We So Freaking Tired?
[4] Mayo Clinic: Chronic fatigue syndrome
[5] Mayo Clinic: Lack of sleep: Can it make you sick?
[6] Ask Dr. Sears: The L.E.A.N. Lifestyle
[7] American Psychological Association: Getting a Good Night’s Sleep
[8] Yoga International: Learning to Exhale: 2-to-1 Breathing

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