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50 Incredible Travel Experiences To Have Once In Your Life

50 Incredible Travel Experiences To Have Once In Your Life

Wanderlusters, what makes your heart rate speed up? Watching sunrise at Giza at the Great Pyramids? Or watching sunset over Tanah Lot at Bali? For all travel lovers, shutter-bugs and adventure seekers out there, here’s the ultimate list of incredible travel experiences that will blow your mind, change your world view and let you dig down deep into foreign culture.

1. Go on Safari in Tanzania

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    Boasting one of the biggest and baddest national parks in Serengeti and 16 national parks in total, Tanzania is the perfect place to watch the annual wildebeest migration. Watching baby elephants playing with their moms and pops in the muddy Rufiji/Tarangire River is one of the epic lifetime experiences to keep in your memories bright for decades. Fees start from $60 per visit and you can check the full list here.

    2. Heli-skiing in Girdwood, Alaska

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      Now if you have enough skills and bald courage, heli-skiing is one of the life changing experiences! Named as best for “Off-the-beaten-path powder hounds with an aversion to glamour” by Nat Geo, Girdwood has loads of incredible hills and off-pistes where you can be the first one to shake off the powder. Day trips with 16,000-18,000 vertical feet of skiing guaranteed start from $1,275 per person.

      3. Drink beer at Oktoberfest in Munich

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        The days when the Germans lose all their stiffness and the whole city Munich goes on one crazy beer party! Oktoberfest will start on September, the 19th this year and last till the 4th of October. Check out more details at the official website. Last year a liter of beer was priced around 10€ (~$11.77) on average.

        4. Throw tomatoes at La Tomatina in Spain

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          Spain’s brightest feast is held on the last Wednesday of August when the whole town of Bunol goes covered in gooey red tomato paste. Early in the morning many trucks full of ripe tomatoes arrive to the city center. As the first brave soul climbs up into the back of the truck and throws a tomato – the Biggest Food Fight in the World officially begins! Yet La Tomatina is not all about practicing your accuracy by throwing tomatoes at random folks. It is actually a week-long festival also featuring music bands, parades, dancing, and loads fireworks. Right on the night before the great tomato fight, everyone is invited to compete in a paella cooking contest. Participation fee: 10€ (~$11.77).

          5. Find your mojo at a yoga retreat in Pune, India

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            Meditate with a view of gorgeous Lake Mulshi, while nourishing your body with special foods and your soul with healing practices. Yoga holidays will bring the much needed balance back into your life and allow you to discover something new about yourself. Besides, you can’t miss some of the most amazing temples in whole India – Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Sarvajanik Ganpati and iconic ISKCON NVCC Temple!

            6. Take a pastry cooking class in France

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              Among the things French know best is how to create perfectly delicious, work-of-art-styled pastries, desserts and sweets! Step closer to the culinary magic and learn to bake macaroons or crunchy lemon tarts during your next visit to France. Best memories come in taste, right? Prices start from 95€ for a two-hour class (~$112).

              7. Meet the Moai at the Easter Island

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                One the mysteries the humanity failed to solve is who, how and why created a series of huge statues made of solid rock and how they were transported and erected at various places around the island? Spectacular Easter Island is 3,800km west of mainland Chile with flights from Santiago taking around five hours and cost 650€ (~$765) return.

                8. Marvel the Northern Lights in Sweden

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                  Get absolutely bewitched by this incredible phenomenon Mother Nature saved for northern dwellers! Green, indigo blue, yellow, purple – these are just a few colors to light up in the skies! Abisko National Park and Jukkasjärvi and the Torne Valley are among the best places to watch the wizardry happen!

                  9. Try new wine at Beaujolais days in France

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                    Yes, there’s a whole festival in France dedicated to the new wine, released each year on the third Tuesday of November, just a few weeks after the grapes were harvested. It’s actually not even one, but 120 festivals held all around Beaujolais wine region with the most famous one – Les Sarmentelles – held in the city of Beaujeu with numerous wine and food tastings, competitions, live music and dancing for five days straight. This year the celebration falls on November, the 19th.

                    10. Try on a mask at Venice carnival

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                      Venice is a grand and elaborate city to visit at any time of the year, yet during the carnival it bursts with even more colors when the local crowd dresses up exquisite costumes and masks. Held from Jan, the 31st till Feb, 17th, there are numerous performances and parties you cannot miss! Check out the carnival program to find out the best dates to visit!

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                      11. Dive at the Great Barrier Reef

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                        2,600km of fascinating coral formations of all shapes and colors, diving at the Great Barrier Reef is like getting into another universe! It does not matter whether you are a diving pro or are just planning to earn your certificate as the Great Barrier will leave you speechless in any case! Prices depend on your qualifications and start from $150 per diver.

                        12. Visit Hobbiton in New Zealand

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                          Plunge into the magical world of Middle Earth at Matamata in the North Island of New Zealand. Whether you are a Lord of the Rings fan or not, you need to see those perfect little hole-houses of Shire hidden in the emerald sloppy hills! Tours start from $75 per adult.

                          13. See sunrise over Bagan Temples in Myanmar

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                            Imagine over 2000 temples, lying down in the valley hidden in the morning mist. As the sun rises, they slowly emerge from the white covers and turn deep golden. It looks so beautiful that it hurts!

                            14. Climb Iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge

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                              Get magical views of the Harbour and Sydney Opera Theater by getting over your trembling knees and going all the way up the bridge! Guided climbs are offered daily by Bridge Climb Sydney starting from AU$ 148 (~US$ 128).

                              15. Bungeejump at Bhote Koshi River, near Kathmandu

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                                Named one the longest bungees in the world as you jump from the bridge, right into a scenic 160 meter deep river gorge! Prices start from $145 per person.

                                16. Ride the Glacier Express in Switzerland

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                                  The slowest, yet the most scenic train route in the world. Glacier express connects two major mountain resorts of St. Moritz and Zermatt in the Swiss Alps. You won’t get bored during 7.5 hour journey as you tour over 291 bridges, through 91 tunnels and across the Oberalp Pass on the highest point at 2,033m while watching (and snapping) breathtaking alpine landscapes outside the window. Get ready to pay $146.23 one way in 2nd class and $257 in 1st.

                                  17. Watch Komodo dragons in Indonesia

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                                    The largest lizard species to be found on Earth, more specifically at Lesser Sunda Islands in Indonesia. Witnessing those huge lazy fellows soaking the sun is merely spectacular. The biggest population can be found now found in Komodo National Park. Entrance fee – just $1.6, plus $4 for your camera.

                                    18. Hike Taman Negara National Park, Malaysia

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                                      Just 150km north-east of Kuala Lumpur, Tamana Negara park is the place where you can still meet a family of elephants while wandering through 130 million years old rainforest jungles. The entrance fee is ridiculously low: 1RM ~ $0.28$, plus 5 RM: $1.4 for your camera.

                                      19. Take a boat ride down Ganges at Varanasi

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                                        The Holy city of Varanasi exists for 2000 years already. It’s a controversial, yet spectacular place where you can merely hop in the boat at one of the ghats and slowly sail along the shores to witness the whole cycle of life – from small kids learning to walk on the steps, to mid-aged men and women doing the laundry and bathing a few meters away, and finally funeral fires set at the most distant ghats where the passed-away are bathed in the Ganges for the last time and cremated on a holy fire. Prices for a boat ride highly depend on your bargaining skills, but shouldn’t be more than 250 INR (~$4).

                                        20. Spend a night at a deserted island

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                                          Basically, it could be anywhere in the world, but I would choose the Togian Archipelago in Indonesia. There are plenty of deserted, nameless islands around Kadidiri, including Karina beach islet where you can bathe at the shimmering golden waves at night when the glowing plankton comes close to the shores.

                                          21. Swim at the infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands in Singapore

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                                            Needless to say how mind-blowing the views of the Singapore skyline are, right? Staying at Marina Bay Sands is a pretty expensive pleasure with prices starting from S$632 (US$ 479) per night. But it’s all worth to splurge at least once in your life!

                                            22. Watch sunrise and sunset at Uluru, Australia

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                                              Witness the magic happen at the sacred Uluru stone in Australia as it turns deep brown and red under the first rays of sun. Come back at sunset when the monolith colors bright orange! A standard three day path costs $25 for adults and I bet you would return to watch Uluru color change each evening!

                                              23. Climb Table Mountain, Cape Town, South Africa

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                                                There are over 350 routes to hike up the iconic Table Mountain to get a bird’s eye perspective of Cape Town and nearby Atlantic down below.  A day entry pass costs 80 Rands, approximately $7.

                                                24. Admire Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, USA

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                                                  Take a trip to the kingdom of ice and fire hidden in the heart of the Rocky Mountains. Yellowstone National Park leaves you deeply enchanted with its wilderness and unique, out of this world scenery! The entrance fee is $25 for a vehicle and $12 for each visitor entering by foot, bike, ski or snowboard.

                                                  25. Swim at the Blue Lagoon in Island

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                                                    Dip your toes into warm turquoise waters at this incredible geothermal pool in Grindavík and marvel the incredible landscapes around while your body soaks and relaxes. A standard ticket costs 35€ (~$41.21) while premium packages can go up to 165€ ($195) per day.

                                                    26. Watch whales in the Gulf of St Lawrence, Canada

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                                                      Despite having a notorious history of whalers firing their harpoons here, St Lawrence gulf stays one of the best places in the world to watch seemingly smiling belugas and 25m-long blue whales! The peak season is May-September.

                                                      27. Observe mysterious Nazca lines in Peru

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                                                        Mysterious ancient geoglyphs are another mystery mankind failed to unveil. There’s still no proven data on why and more importantly how, those peculiar images were drawn in the southern Peruvian desert about 400km away from Lima. Tour packages vary in price and start from around $180.

                                                        28. Explore the world’s driest place: the Atacama Desert in Chile

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                                                          Over a kilometer of sand stretched along the Pacific coast in Chile, Atamaca is known to have extreme temperature changes from -1°C early in the morning going up to 22°C by midday. Dress appropriately if you plan to explore Valle de la Luna with scenery similar to the surface of the moon or watch mighty El Tatio geysers. Tours start from $600 for a four day trip.

                                                          29. Take a slow ride up the Mekong in Laos

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                                                            The life swirls around the Mekong in Laos! Take a héua sáa (traditional slow boat) to Luang Prabang from the Thai border town Huay Xai to spend the next two days watching how life goes on the shores and grab a few tasty delights from boat sellers approaching your vessel. One way ticket costs $20 per person.

                                                            30. Learn to dance salsa in Havana, Cuba

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                                                              Hop on the party vibe and learn to move the local way. Havana has vibrant parties held each other night at nearly each hole-in-the-wall bar where you can also grab a glass of fine mojito before going wild on the dance floor. If you feel like you need a bit of practice first, taking private lessons will cost you around $6-9 per hour.

                                                              31. Husky mush in Lapland, Sweden

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                                                                If you are brave enough, learn to ride a sledge yourself and go onto a race through the gorgeous frozen lakes and woods in Lapland! Prices depend on the tour providers and typically vary around 700-790€ ($820-930) for a three day tour.

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                                                                32. Temple-gaze at Abu Simbel, Egypt

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                                                                  Did you know that Abu Simbel temples were actually built twice? Originally carved out of a cliff in the 13th century BC, the Great Temple and smaller Temple of Hathor were taken piece by piece and moved a few kilometers away in the 60s to avoid damage by the rising waters of Nile. Do not miss a spectacular light and music show held daily at 7pm and 8pm in winter and at 8pm and 9pm in summer.

                                                                  33. Climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania

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                                                                    Hiking up over 6.000 meters will not be easy, yet if you can make it – this incredible experience will never bleach through the time. There are eleven main routes to attempt for reaching the summit ranging from 5 days up to two weeks. So it’s up to you to decide how much time your adventure will take!

                                                                    34. Go trekking around Annapurna circuit in Nepal

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                                                                      Arguably, one of the world’s most spectacular tracks taking around 24 days to walk in full. The landscapes constantly change from emerald green lush rice terraces at lower elevations, to the lunar terrain northern and finally to the range of 6.000-8.0000 meters high snowy peaks of Annapurna I, II, III and numerous unnamed, yet as stunning peaks out there!

                                                                      I highly recommend taking a bit practice at hiking lower terrains before making your first attempt to conquer the circuit as the temperature and elevation changes can seriously influence your well-being. The cost of the track will vary depending whether you are going to organize everything by yourself (around $20-30 a day) or take advantage of ready-made adventure tours (starting from $900 for 22 days).

                                                                      35. Visit Baliem Valley in Papua, Indonesia

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                                                                        A lush green valley with a population of indigenous people stayed undiscovered till 1945 when a plane crashed here by accident. The ways of life haven’t changed much since those days with local tribes still preferring peculiar traditional costumes to pants and sneakers and pigs being the main currency and estimate of one’s wealth. Visit the valley in August when all of the tribes gather for a huge festival to show off their archery and skills.

                                                                        36. Walk along the Great Wall of China

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                                                                          Set foot onto the mighty walls protecting the ancient empire and walk as far as you can to sense the glory of this epic UNESCO sight! It will be hard to walk it in full, yet you can always come back once again for more! Entrance fee: 45 RMB (~$7.30).

                                                                          37. Sneak to Tiger’s Nest in Bhutan

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                                                                            One of the world’s most remote temples, the Tiger’s Nest (or Paro Taktsang) is all worth of time and efforts to get there. Not only is it stunningly beautiful and serene, but it gives you a chance to uncover yet another secret of happiness that Bhutanese people know.

                                                                            38 Try on a maiko or geiko outfit in Kyoto, Japan

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                                                                              Getting wrapped up in layers of breezy silk, your hair decorated with elaborate accessories and face make-uped till you barely recognize yourself is a fun and unusual experience to have in the Land of the Rising Sun. Now you may need a bit of a practice to walk with grace in traditional wooden shoes and obi kimono, but it’s all worth the time till you get carried into the Diary of the Geisha atmosphere at narrow Kyoto streets. Dressing up and a pro photo-shoot will cost you around 9500 yen (~$80).

                                                                              39. Marvel the palaces in Lhasa, Tibet

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                                                                                Imposing Potala Palace will carry you away with its numerous stairs, elaborate hallways and spectacular views of the Himalayas. Unfortunately you are not allowed to snap pictures inside, so keep your eye open wide and embrace each detail! Visitors are restricted to just 2.300 a day, so you need to come early and get in line for the tickets: RMB 100 (~$16.15) in slack season (from December till May 1st); RMB 200 (~$32.30) in peak seasons (from May 1st to November).

                                                                                40. Ride the Trans-Siberian Railway across Russia

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                                                                                  Board the train in cosmopolite Moscow to step out in a week at the Japanese seashore at Vladivostok. Alternatively, you can take a connecting branch heading to China, Mongolia or even North Korea. There’s no right way to take the route – hop off at Lake Baikal or Ulan Ude, connect to the next train heading to Beijing or ride it the reverse way! The adventure can last as long as you desire. A bunk at a 4 bed sleeping compartment from Moscow to Vladivostok will cost you $640 one way.

                                                                                  41. Cross the Salar de Uyuni salt flats in Bolivia

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                                                                                    If you ever wondered where the sky meets the earth, it’s here at the Salar de Uyuni – a 9,000sq km mirror made of salt platters covered with water in rainy season (December to April) or becoming an arctic white patchwork desert during dry season. The nearby town Uyuni is 10-12 hours away by bus from La Paz or 7 hours by train from Oruro.

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                                                                                    42. Snorkel with manta rays in Bora Bora, French Polynesia

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                                                                                      Bora Bora looks likes like a heaven on earth even without going underwater. Yet, you’d better not spend all your days beach bumming as the underworld has incredible treasures hidden for you! Grab your gear and get close to the huge floating beasts living in the nearby waters. Don’t get too surprised when you find yourself surrounded with fish of all shapes and colors and meet the eagle, bat and manta rays!

                                                                                      43. Meet mountain gorillas in Rwanda

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                                                                                        Step deep in the lush moisture jungle and track a few kilometers before all of sudden you bump into a family of gorillas leisurely playing at the lake shore. As there are just around 700 mountain gorillas left in Rwanda and Uganda, there’s not much time left to experience this adventure! Entry permits to track cost $500 and entail a group pass for eight people, supervised by a ranger.

                                                                                        44. Get carried away at Machu Picchu in Peru

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                                                                                          It may sound like a popular tourist place, but you cannot skip seeing the great Inca temples once in Peru. Get lost among numerous polished dry-stone buildings erected centuries before concrete and cranes where invented, yet still standing tall and shining gloriously in the sunset rays. As visitors are restricted to just 400 a day you should plan you visit and purchase a ticket at the selected date in advance at the official website.

                                                                                          45. Visit a tea ceremony in Japan

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                                                                                            The art of the traditional tea ceremony rules have not changed much since the Emperor days. The way how a tea ceremony is performed depends of the time of the day, season, venue and other considerations. All the guests have to take a sequence of special rituals before entering the tea house and keep a special code of conduct during the two-hour (or even four hour) ceremony. You can attend a guided ceremony where you will be explained all the subtleties at numerous venues in Tokyo. Prices start from 8.000 yen (~$68) per person.

                                                                                            46. Catch the sunrise at Taj Mahal in Agra

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                                                                                              A symbol of eternal love and devotion, the Taj Mahal gets fabulously colored during early morning hours. Besides, it’s one of those times when you can see the least crowds. Entrance fee: 750 INR for foreign tourists (~$12).

                                                                                              47. Admire Michelangelo paintings at Sistine Chapel, Vatican

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                                                                                                How many hours can you spend marveling the paintings before your neck stiffens and your head starts to go round from this insane, dazzling beauty a genius once managed to create? The full admission fee is 16€ ($18.84) with discounted rates offered for youths and scholars.

                                                                                                48. Treat yourself with spa at Bodrum, Turkey

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                                                                                                  Constant adventuring can be exhausting, right? And once in a while we all just wish to get a relaxing nourishing holiday before getting back on track. LifeCo at Bodrum offers incredible spa and detox programs, developed by a world-known specialist Amanda Hamilton starting from 913$ per week of messages, relaxation and luxury care. Besides, you can’t miss splashing in turquoise waters of the Mediterranean and work on your tan on the white sand beach nearby.

                                                                                                  49. Meet sunrise over Angkor Wat in Cambodia

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                                                                                                    Again, the temples of Agkor are a pretty well-known destination, yet by no means it devalues their majesty! Get up early and head across the moat to catch the mind-blowing view of the temples reflected in the golden lake waters. Entrance fees: one day pass – 20$, three day pass valid for a week – 40$ and seven day pass valid for a month – $60.

                                                                                                    50. Step close to the edge at the rock city of Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

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                                                                                                      Built in the 5th century AD inside a 150 meter solid rock, the city of Sigiriya was once inhabited by ancient kings and afterwards Buddhist monks. Get lost in the numerous gardens and secret passageways before making your way to the very top where dazzling views of the nearby planes open up! Not to miss ancient mural painting in the inner caves.

                                                                                                      Featured photo credit: Patrick Nouhailler via flickr.com

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                                                                                                      How to Be Confident: 51 Proven Ways to Build Self-Confidence

                                                                                                      How to Be Confident: 51 Proven Ways to Build Self-Confidence

                                                                                                      When you learn how to be confident, you can use it in your everyday life to tackle all of your goals and challenges. However, not many people realize that learning how to gain self-confidence is like building a muscle—it grows in response to the level of performance required of it.

                                                                                                      Here I will give you 51 proven ways to overcome a lack of self-confidence and achieve more.

                                                                                                      1. Learn Something New

                                                                                                      Sign up for that evening class and enjoy it. Alternatively, read a book (or take an online course) on a topic you’ve always wanted to learn more about.

                                                                                                      Learning new things stretches your abilities, keeps your mind active, and most definitely improves your confidence in your ability to do new things.

                                                                                                      2. Ask Your Partner or a Friend What You Can Do For Them

                                                                                                      This can be something as easy as helping them with a chore they don’t like or have little time for. Through helping them, you’ll find that you feel better about yourself.

                                                                                                      3. Hit the Gym

                                                                                                      The physiological effects of going to the gym will leave you feeling great.

                                                                                                      Countless studies have shown that regular workouts at the gym can boost not only your sense of well-being, but can increase your self-esteem, too[1].

                                                                                                      4. Go to a Networking Event

                                                                                                      Rather than being nervous about your own stuff, focus on how to help others. Instead of going along with the aim of trying to sell yourself to others, why not change your approach and simply go along to see how you can help the people you meet?

                                                                                                      By doing this, you’ll come across as calm, confident, and someone that people will want to turn to again and again.

                                                                                                      5. Get Clear on the Things That Matter to You

                                                                                                      If these things are not in your life, you’ll need to bring them in.

                                                                                                      For example, if your daily work routine is currently as dull as dishwater—but you’d like it to be fun—then do something about it. Turn data entry into personal speed contests, paper filing into “screen-free” time, and interactions with your colleagues into enjoyable conversations.

                                                                                                      6. Remove Negativity From Your Life

                                                                                                      Write a list of the things you’re tolerating and putting up with in your life, then write down how you can remove, minimize, or diminish each one.

                                                                                                      I personally like to do this with pen and paper as it feels just a little more real and definite than on screen. It’s also a good idea to put the priority items at the top of your list, so you can begin resolving these first.

                                                                                                      7. Celebrate Your Big and Small Wins

                                                                                                      Look at the big or small goals you’ve completed, and give yourself credit for your part in it.

                                                                                                      Recognizing your achievements is not egotistical, it’s healthy.

                                                                                                      8. Converse With New People

                                                                                                      Go and have a conversation with someone you don’t know. By doing this, you may be pleasantly surprised by what—or who—you’ll discover.

                                                                                                      You can also extend this trait by breaking outside of your normal social situations at your workplace. This will do wonders when learning how to be confident.

                                                                                                      9. Do Something You Would Normally Say No to

                                                                                                      Next time you talk yourself out of doing something (a party invite, a challenging project, etc.), go and do it anyway. This is a great way to boost personal development.

                                                                                                      10. Do One Thing Each Day That Makes You Smile

                                                                                                      This could be something as simple as sending a thank you email to a colleague that has been helpful to you, or leaving a surprise present for your partner that they’ll discover when they wake up.

                                                                                                      Life shouldn’t be drudgery, and we all need to make the effort to keep it light, loving, and fun.

                                                                                                      11. Give Yourself Good Advice

                                                                                                      Look for the patterns of thought that take you to a place where you start second-guessing or overthinking.

                                                                                                      Now imagine that your best friend went through exactly the same thought process and ended up holding themselves back—what would you want to say to them?

                                                                                                      This is known as Soloman’s Paradox—we’re often quite good at solving others’ problems but not our own. Challenge this and take your own good advice next time[2].

                                                                                                      12. Ask Someone on a Date

                                                                                                      If you’re single and have met someone that you’re definitely attracted to—go ahead and ask them out.

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                                                                                                      Even if they turn you down, it will help you learn how to be confident through the fact that you were decisive and made an effort. What’s the best thing that could happen? They might just say yes!

                                                                                                      13. Write Down 20 Things That Make You Feel Good

                                                                                                      Think of this as a gratitude list. Typical things you might include are: your partner, your kids, your parents, your pets, etc.

                                                                                                      I recommend writing this list at least once a month. And most importantly—make sure you’re giving the 20 things plenty of room in your life.

                                                                                                      14. Stop Playing Different Roles

                                                                                                      Stop playing different roles and squeezing yourself into boxes based on what you think people expect of you.

                                                                                                      Be your authentic self, the one who knows what to do and loves what they do. It’s easy to find this part of yourself as it’s inherent in your hobbies and your close friendships.

                                                                                                      If you can bring this authenticity into your work life, you’ll be surprised at how positively others will react to you.

                                                                                                      15. Cultivate a Positive Mindset

                                                                                                      Learn to catch yourself every time you tell yourself that you can’t have, won’t get, or aren’t good enough to get what you want[3].

                                                                                                      Talk yourself up when learning how to be confident.

                                                                                                        Instead, tell yourself that you can have, will get, and are good enough to get what you want. Mindset is everything. Make sure yours is positive and dynamic.

                                                                                                        16. Take Yourself off Auto-Pilot

                                                                                                        Make deliberate decisions on what really matters to you.

                                                                                                        For instance, if you normally work 9 to 5 but find yourself spending hours getting to and from work, why not negotiate with your boss to mix your hours up a bit?

                                                                                                        You might also suggest a day or two working from home. Sell this to your boss by reminding them that the time and stress lost to commuting can be neatly transferred to productive work hours.

                                                                                                        17. Listen Carefully to What You Tell Yourself

                                                                                                        Next time you come up against a risk or a challenge, listen to what you tell yourself, and look for a way to improve your inner dialogue.

                                                                                                        If you normally find that your inner dialogue is negative, then break out of this by asking yourself questions such as:

                                                                                                        • What would make this easier?
                                                                                                        • Is there a different way of doing this?
                                                                                                        • Could research help?

                                                                                                        18. Laugh at Yourself

                                                                                                        Scared of looking silly? It’s no biggie, so don’t let it stop you.

                                                                                                        Whenever we try something new, there’s a fair chance that we’ll make fools of ourselves. But you’d be a bigger fool to let that stop you. Instead, laugh at your baby steps and watch your confidence soar as you begin to master your chosen activity.

                                                                                                        19. Listen to Your Doubts

                                                                                                        Sometimes your doubts are there to let you know what you need to prepare for, so you can use them to your benefit as you move forwards. Other times, they are just doubts.

                                                                                                        The trick is to quickly determine if your doubts have validity. If they do, use them to shape your decisions.

                                                                                                        To illustrate this, imagine that you’ve had an enticing job offer, but you doubt whether you’re capable of doing the job. Spend a little time analyzing your doubts to see whether they reflect reality, or whether they are just negative thoughts that are trying to hold you back.

                                                                                                        20. Recall a Time When You Did a Great Job

                                                                                                        Think of a time when it felt like a whole bank of switches in your head flicked to the on position, and you were firing on all cylinders. What were you doing, and what’s the reason it felt so great? Can you emulate that passion and drive that you had?

                                                                                                        21. Tear up Your Rule Book

                                                                                                        You may not know it, but you’ve almost certainly got a whole bunch of outdated rules that determine what you do and don’t do. These rules limit your thinking and your behavior.

                                                                                                        It’s time to change them. Tear up this subconscious rule book and toss it in the fire. Once you’ve done this, you’ll immediately notice how free you feel to make challenging and exciting decisions.

                                                                                                        22. Ask Yourself What You Have Gained When You Lose

                                                                                                        Do you get annoyed with yourself because you didn’t make the most of something or stepped back from an opportunity?

                                                                                                        Firstly, don’t beat yourself up because that’s just going to make you feel worse. Instead, be brutally honest and ask yourself what you gained from the situation and what you lost out on.

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                                                                                                        Based on this win/lose balance, what’s a different choice you can make next time?

                                                                                                        23. Don’t Let People Put You Down

                                                                                                        If there’s someone in your life who puts you down or makes you feel small, you owe it to yourself to let them know that you expect something different from now on. 

                                                                                                        Trust me, once you’ve told them, they’ll change, and you will, too. Inevitably, you’ll boost both your confidence and happiness by taking control of your life in this way.

                                                                                                        Learn how to get out of toxic relationships in this article.

                                                                                                        24. Reveal a Little Bit of the Real You

                                                                                                        Relationships can be difficult. They can also lose their zest and become stale. If this happens in your relationship, then it’s time to add some magic to the mix.

                                                                                                        Try revealing something interesting about yourself or your past that your partner doesn’t currently know when learning how to be confident. Perhaps you never mentioned to them that you used to play in a rock band—and you still have the recordings to prove it!

                                                                                                        By adding new things to your relationship, you’ll deepen the bond and keep the spark alive.

                                                                                                        25. Be Your Own Hero

                                                                                                        Recognize that you’re more than a match for any situation you might find yourself in—no matter how tough the going gets.

                                                                                                        We all love movies like Die Hard where ordinary people are driven to super-ordinary feats. But here’s the rub: you can be your own action hero.

                                                                                                        Whatever the situation, meet it head on and overcome it. Keep in mind the classic phrase: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

                                                                                                        26. Don’t Give in to the Instant Pay-off

                                                                                                        If I was to offer you $100 now for a day’s work tomorrow or $110 for the same work, but I won’t pay you for a week, which would you choose? Well, I can’t read your mind, but I do know that studies using a similar question to this have found that most people choose the instant, smaller payment over the latter, bigger payment. It seems that we’re hardwired for instant gratification.

                                                                                                        However, if you want to be a success in life, always look at the bigger picture. In the example above, if you could have only waited seven more days, you would have been $10 richer!

                                                                                                        27. Instead of Yelling “I Deserve Better,” Say “I Can Be Better”

                                                                                                        Too often I hear people complaining about their personal circumstances but refusing to do anything about it. Don’t be like them.

                                                                                                        If things aren’t going your way, find solutions and implement them. Your boldness and decisiveness will boost your confidence and help you rapidly climb the ladder of success.

                                                                                                        28. Admit You’re Wrong

                                                                                                        It may not be easy, but you should always be prepared to hold your hands up and change your mind if things are going south. Not every idea you have will be a winning one. The trick is to know when things are clearly not working out.

                                                                                                        You can either attempt to get them back on track or kill them off completely (sometimes that’s the best way).

                                                                                                        29. Trust Your Instincts

                                                                                                        We all have our gut feelings and intuitions, but many people choose to ignore them and rely only on facts, facts, and more facts! While this may work for many scenarios, there will be other times when you’ll need to rely on your instincts.

                                                                                                        30. Imagine Your Confident Future Self

                                                                                                        Imagine you’re visited by a successful, confident, attractive, and vibrant version of you from the future, a version of you who’s everything you hope to be. What do they want to tell you?

                                                                                                        They might praise your efforts, but they may also criticize your lack of planning and weak goals.

                                                                                                        Luckily, if you listen closely to what they tell you, you’ll be able to rapidly shift gears in your life and become the you of the future!

                                                                                                        31. Ask for Help

                                                                                                        This is a common issue. We take on way too many responsibilities and end up either burning ourselves out or just doing a bad job!

                                                                                                        The secret is to put the vast majority of your energy and efforts into what you do well. Give the stuff you don’t do well to others who have a gift for it. Sometimes the most confident and effective thing to do is ask for help.

                                                                                                        32. Be Around People Who Make You Feel Like You

                                                                                                        Do this by spending more time with the people who support and encourage you and less time with those who undermine you.

                                                                                                        At work, don’t be ruined by negative, petty people. Instead, make sure you surround yourself with colleagues who make you laugh and feel good about yourself.

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                                                                                                        33. Participate in the World Around You

                                                                                                        Ask yourself this question: “What can I participate in that’s important to me?”

                                                                                                        Typically, this could be your church, a sports club, or even just a weekly get together with your best friend.

                                                                                                        34. Develop Skills to Work on Things That Matter to You

                                                                                                        What can you practice that would radically improve your chances of winning?

                                                                                                        If you want to climb the corporate ladder, for example, then develop the skills needed to do this. These might include: effective project management skills, powerful presentation abilities, and superb goal setting skills.

                                                                                                        Of course, don’t forget that emulating those who have already achieved your goal is one of the quickest and most reliable ways for you to achieve your aims, too.

                                                                                                        35. Act Until You Make It

                                                                                                        The body is a mirror for the mind, so shifting your body language into a confident state can have surprising results.

                                                                                                        This is all about acting. If you want to come across as tough, act tough. If you want to come across as successful, act successful. And if you want to come across as confident, act confident.

                                                                                                        Try doing these things, and you’ll be amazed by the results.

                                                                                                        36. Push Through When You Want to Give up

                                                                                                        Don’t get disheartened or demotivated when you get to 90% with something you’re working on. Push through, and you’ll see that the last 10% is where the magic happens.

                                                                                                        37. Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

                                                                                                        Keep comparing yourself to others? Stop it. If you want to learn how to be confident, don’t try to validate yourself through comparison—you’re just peachy as you are.

                                                                                                        Social media often makes this difficult. Try stepping away from your Facebook page for a few days and reconnect with the great things in your own life.

                                                                                                        You can get started with this guide.

                                                                                                        38. Speak up When You Can Make a Difference

                                                                                                        Speak up if there’s something you think could be improved or if you have an idea you think has legs.

                                                                                                        Have you noticed that quiet people at work rarely get the promotions? It’s not that they are incapable or lacking talent, but their abilities are usually overlooked as they don’t know how to engage with others or how to sell themselves.

                                                                                                        Step out of your comfort zone and be sure that you’re an active player. Speak up in meetings by suggesting ideas and offering constructive criticism.

                                                                                                        39. Stop Struggling and Start Accepting

                                                                                                        If there’s something you’ve been struggling to understand for a while, stop trying to understand it. Accept it just as it is, fully and wholly.

                                                                                                        Life offers endless mysteries. If you try to resolve them all you’ll drive yourself insane. Instead, let some mysteries remain, and keep your mind focused on your goals and dreams.

                                                                                                        40. It’s Okay to Be Shy

                                                                                                        There’s nothing wrong with being shy, and it doesn’t mean you’re not a confident person.

                                                                                                        If you suffer from shyness, you might think it’s a major weakness of yours. However, introverted people have the edge in many ways, such as: they’re first-rate listeners, they have excellent observational skills, and they’re easier to trust[4].

                                                                                                        41. Clean up Your Environment

                                                                                                        Your environment directly impacts your self-perception. So, if you’re surrounded by clutter, paperwork, and rubbish, put a morning aside to clean up your stuff and get organized.

                                                                                                        42. Write a List of Things You Would Love to Do

                                                                                                        Write yourself a list of the amazing things you’d love to do in your life, and make a start by simply looking into the first one or two things that leap out at you. This will help you get started as you learn how to be confident

                                                                                                        Even if you don’t currently have the means to live your dreams, you can, at the very least, make a start. The best way to do this is to write out the things you’d love to do. These may include cool stuff, such as travelling the world, learning a new language, or climbing a mountain.

                                                                                                        Once you’ve added the items to your list, don’t stop there. Begin researching and preparing ways to turn your dreams into realities.

                                                                                                        43. Make Your Self-Worth Independent From Others’ Validation

                                                                                                        Don’t make your happiness or self-worth dependent on being in a relationship or being validated by someone else.

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                                                                                                        While it’s difficult to admit it, we often find ourselves rating our self-esteem by the value other people put on us.

                                                                                                        For instance, you may have a super-positive boss who is always encouraging and supportive. They make you feel upbeat and confident at all times.

                                                                                                        However, imagine if they left and your new boss was the complete opposite. They constantly look for faults in your work and regularly criticize you. Would you still feel confident in those circumstances?

                                                                                                        If you’ve answered no, then you need to reappraise your self-worth, as it shouldn’t be dependent on the validation of others.

                                                                                                        44. Use Your Strengths

                                                                                                        We all have our weaknesses, but they only undermine your confidence if you let them.

                                                                                                        For instance, are you aware that Virgin’s founder Richard Branson suffers from dyslexia? He never let this hold him back or destroy his confidence. Today, he is one of the world’s most successful men, with a net worth of approximately $5 billion[5].

                                                                                                        45. Complete a To-Do List

                                                                                                        The longer you leave that big thing on your to-do list, the more it’ll drain you, and the bigger it’ll seem. Get it done and free yourself up.

                                                                                                        If you have a big goal, break it down into smaller tasks. For instance, instead of trying to write a whole chapter of your book in one go, how about just writing the opening paragraph?

                                                                                                        46. Treat Your Body Well

                                                                                                        When learning how to be confident, our body image does matter, because if you have a bad relationship with your body, you won’t feel confident in yourself.

                                                                                                        What’s one of the first things most of us do when we get up in the morning? We look in the mirror. If we don’t like what we see there, then our day starts off with negative self-talk. If, on the other hand, we look in the mirror and feel proud of our appearance, then we start the day off in an upbeat, positive way.

                                                                                                        If you’re unhappy with your body and looks, do something to improve them. Exercise, diet, and styling are common ways of improving your body image—and your confidence.

                                                                                                        47. Learn to Say No

                                                                                                        Don’t say yes to taking on a task simply because you don’t want to rock the boat. You can politely decline requests you can’t meet without needing to create excuses.

                                                                                                        While saying yes to everything that comes your way might feel like you’re being helpful and in demand, in the long run, you’ll burn yourself out.

                                                                                                        48. Learn From Confident People

                                                                                                        Look at the people you respect who seem confident. Don’t copy them, but identify what it is they do differently that conveys confidence and what you can learn from it.

                                                                                                        People-watching is not only fun, but it can be informative, too. Look closely at successful people you know, or those being interviewed on TV, and over time you’ll begin to notice common traits, beliefs, and behaviors that they exhibit.

                                                                                                        49. Follow Through on Your Plans

                                                                                                        Most people find it easy to write plans. The hard part, of course, is seeing them through. To stand out from the crowd, make sure that you know exactly how to complete your plans.

                                                                                                        If you need to, write down a step-by-step guide and begin following it. Not only will this drive you towards the completion of your plans—but experiencing the progress will also give you a continuous boost to your self-esteem.

                                                                                                        50. Shift Your Focus When You Doubt Yourself

                                                                                                        When you feel yourself focusing inwards and becoming paralyzed with doubt or fear, switch to focusing outwards at what you can engage and interact with.

                                                                                                        I remember one of my writing tutors telling me that when the words stop flowing, it’s time to take a break— preferably a walk in the park. It’s sound advice as it’s very easy to get caught up with our thoughts and emotions and be unable to make progress.

                                                                                                        51. Never Beat Yourself up for Failing

                                                                                                        Life is guaranteed to not always be a barrel of laughs. Instead, it’s much more like a roller coaster. There will be ups and downs, so ride them out.

                                                                                                        The art of living is to know how to handle whatever comes you way. The best way to achieve this is by developing an iron core that is unhindered by the topsy-turvy outside world.

                                                                                                        Final Thoughts

                                                                                                        Here I’ve given you 51 different ways to start building self-confidence Take action on the ways that you’re drawn to.

                                                                                                        It’s not enough to read about them. For them to work, you must adopt them into your daily life. Do this, and you’ll start to feel your confidence soar.

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