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I Dare You To Visit These Dangerous But Beautiful Places In The World…

I Dare You To Visit These Dangerous But Beautiful Places In The World…

Let me just start by saying that if you happen to live in one of the places on this list, I mean no offense. I’m just going off of some statistics, so it’s not like the places below are completely unlivable and disaster ridden 24/7. To give an example, I could say that some places in California are dangerous because of earthquakes, but we all know that those don’t occur every single day, at least not the humongous ones. Anyways, with that little disclaimer out of the way, let’s take a look at some of the places on Earth that are just a bit more precarious to live in than your average sleepy village in the land of safety and cotton balls…

1. Haiti

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    Located in the Caribbean, Haiti has always been a place rife with turmoil, starting with the slave revolts and civil wars that rocked it in its early years, and continuing with the frequent natural disasters it experiences in the present. Couple that with a directionless government and extreme poverty, and you have a recipe for failure. What makes Haiti especially treacherous to live in is that it not only exists in one of the most active Hurricane spots on the globe, but it’s naturally prone to flooding.

    2. Cape Town, South Africa

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      Beauty and natural wonders abound, but so does crime, poverty, and political unrest. From what I’ve seen, it can be worth the trip; you just need to be careful where you travel within the city, especially at night.

      3. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      DBP#3

        Located in chilly, snowy Wisconsin, Milwaukee experienced a 5 percent increase in violent crime from 2012 to 2013. Though it might look like a winter wonderland from the exterior, there’s reason to be cautious when visiting this city.

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        4. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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          Philadelphia is a beautiful city, filled with national landmarks. That being said its crime rate has been “increasing steadily over the last several years.”

          5. Lake Kivu, Democratic Republic of Congo

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            Lake Kivu contains a deadly pocket of methane gas beneath its murky depths, and all it’ll take to release it is a bit of volcanic activity. If that happens, the people living near the lake are in grave danger, as would be any visitors.

            6. St. Louis, Missouri

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              Blue skies and an intriguing skyline make St. Louis look inviting from afar, but within its city limits exist copious amounts of crime, so much so that one website described it as being “dangerous” to live within its borders.

              7. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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              DBP#7

                When you think of Brazil, you think of white sands and resorts. That is, until you witness the shanty towns of cities like Rio de Janeiro. While it’s still relatively safe to roam the beaches and hotels, experts caution against straying too far into the city at night due to street crime.

                8. Acapulco, Mexico

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                  Another resort town that’s popular when it comes to tourism. That may change, however, as drug violence in the city has steadily increased in recent years.

                  9. The Maldives

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                    According to Popular Mechanics, the Maldives might not exist at all in a few years thanks to rising sea water levels. Its gotten so bad that some politicians there are advising that they relocate the entire population.

                    10. Minqin County, China

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                      Located in China’s Gansu province, Minqin County is trapped between two growing deserts, each of which frequently send sandstorms blasting in its direction. Every year, the deserts expand by 10 meters, meaning this county will be enveloped soon enough.

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                      11. Victoria Falls, Africa

                      DBP#11

                        A popular tourist attraction, this 355 foot tall waterfall is a site to behold. The dare devils among you have the option of swimming in a small natural pool dubbed the “Devil’s Pool” near the edge of the falls. I don’t know why people would want to do that, but apparently it’s a thing.

                        12. The Grand Canyon, Arizona

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                          Absolutely spectacular to behold. Pictures don’t do it justice, so if you get a chance, go. Still, it’s important to make sure you don’t get too near the edge of the multiple cliffs you’ll be able to walk to, lest you wish to fall over like countless hapless tourists in the past.

                          13. Llangollen Canal, Wales

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                            This gigantic aqueduct is an impressive site, and you can even ride it on a boat. There’s no guard rail however, and, seeing as the canal rises hundreds of feet above the ground, things can go badly pretty easily.

                            14.Perrine Bridge,  Idaho

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                            DBP#14

                              One of the more insane bridges I’ve ever seen. Apparently, you don’t need a permit to base jump here, so take that for what it’s worth if you’re into that sort of thing. Just remember: it’s a long way down…

                              15. Mount Merapi, Indonesia

                              DBP#15

                                Otherwise known as “the mountain of fire.” If that doesn’t sound ominous enough, just know that its been responsible for killing over a thousand people in the last century due to frequent eruptions of scalding clouds of gas that kill on contact. Despite its deadly reputation, near a quarter of a million people still choose to live near its base.

                                Have you been anywhere you’ve considered beautiful, but also potentially dangerous? Tell me in the comments below!

                                Featured photo credit: Victora Falls/ Steve Jurvetson via flickr.com

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                                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                                How to Flow Your Way to a More Productive Life

                                Ebb and flow. Contraction and expansion. Highs and lows. It’s all about the cycles of life.

                                The entire course of our life follows this up and down pattern of more and then less. Our days flow this way, each following a pattern of more energy, then less energy, more creativity and periods of greater focus bookended by moments of low energy when we cringe at the thought of one more meeting, one more call, one more sentence.

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                                The key is in understanding how to use the cycles of ebb and flow to our advantage. The ability to harness these fluctuations, understand how they affect our productivity and mood and then apply that knowledge as a tool to improve our lives is a valuable strategy that few individuals or corporations have mastered.

                                Here are a few simple steps to start using this strategy today:

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                                Review Your Past Flow

                                Take just a few minutes to look back at how your days and weeks have been unfolding. What time of the day are you the most focused? Do you prefer to be more social at certain times of the day? Do you have difficulty concentrating after lunch or are you energized? Are there days when you can’t seem to sit still at your desk and others when you could work on the same project for hours?

                                Do you see a pattern starting to emerge? Eventually you will discover a sort of map or schedule that charts your individual productivity levels during a given day or week.  That’s the first step. You’ll use this information to plan your days going forward.

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                                Schedule According to Your Flow Pattern

                                Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.

                                Keep in mind that everyone is different and some things are out of our control. Do what you can. You might be surprised at just how flexible clients and managers can be when they understand that improving your productivity will result in better outcomes for them.

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                                Account for Big Picture Fluctuations

                                Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?

                                We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.

                                Why not follow the ebb and flow of your life instead of fighting against it?

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