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The 25 Most Appealing Metropolitan Cities For Youth

The 25 Most Appealing Metropolitan Cities For Youth

Life is not meant to be spent at a single place. As George Bernard Shaw put it, “Life is a book and those who don’t travel, read only a page.” Present youths seem to live by this quote.

With advanced means of transport and wide variety of information channels, it’s very easy to know about places and actually go there, of course if you’ve got the resolve and a few dollars.

In the past, people would normally work all their life in their hometowns and move out to see places only when they retired.

But nowadays, the trend of settling in exotic foreign destinations to make living has grown a lot. However, youths don’t want to settle just anywhere. They’re demanding like always in this case as well.

Here below is the list of 25 of the most appealing metropolitan cities for youth. We’re primarily focusing on their appeal as a new place to settle in but they appeal equally as a traveler’s destination.

25. Helsinki

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    The largest city in Finland, Helsinki is the Finnish capital. The environment is very comfortable as the climate is mostly temperate. Employment opportunities are varied.

    Helsinki is guaranteed to be a paradise for youths, especially if they are familiar with European languages.

    It is Finland’s major political, financial, educational and cultural center. There are plenty of sight-seeing opportunities available as well.

    24. Zurich

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      Zurich is one of the wealthiest cities in Europe. As such, it might be somewhat frightening to live in this city if you’re of rather limited means.

      However, the aesthetic beauty and excellent atmosphere of this Swiss city make it one of the finest places to live on Earth.

      Frequently ranked atop the list of cities with best quality of life indexes, young peoples will surely have so much to do in this city.

      23. Prague

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        The economic and political center of Central Europe, the Czech capital of Prague is home to ten major museums and numerous theaters, galleries, cinemas and other historical exhibits.

        Fortunate to survive amidst of the destruction of 20th century Europe, the city is one of the most visited tourist destinations of the world.

        Prague was even ranked 5th by Tripadvisor on its list of best destinations of the world. It’s the fifth most visited European city after London, Paris, Istanbul and Rome.

        22. Vancouver

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          Canadian city Vancouver has unfailingly ranked as one of the most livable cities in the world over the years of the past decade. And, this should apply to youths as well.

          The city is culturally diverse with a mix of Europeans, Asians and Hispanics alike. Youths longing for cross-cultural experience should have a great time in this city.

          Vancouver, however, is a rather expensive city to live in. So if you’re thinking of moving in, you ought to prepare yourself accordingly.

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          21. Edinburgh

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            This capital city of Scotland is known as the “Athens of the North” and has a high proportion of schools, colleges and universities. So if you are thinking of pursuing higher studies abroad, Edinburgh is surely the place to be.

            The city hosts the biggest international arts festival of the world annually in every August and other such festivals are also held throughout the year.

            The city has rich literary heritage and literary activities go on throughout the year. So youths who aspire to be writers ought to move to this city, which became the first UNESCO City of Literature in 2004.

            20. Rome

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              Often referred to as “The Eternal City”, the Italian capital of Rome is one of the most culturally rich cities in the world, with abundance of historical and cultural heritages.

              One of the most visited cities of the world, this first of the major centers of Italian Renaissance, is home to historic monuments like Vatican Museums and Colosseum.

              This city will surely appeal to younger generation with longing for the past and art as the city is full of ancient and enigmatic artistic things.

              19. Cape Town

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                Cape Town is the sole African city in our list and one of the most balanced cities of the world. For many youths, it should be the most ideal city.

                Geographical diversity of this city is second to none as one can find several mountain peaks within a few kilometers of equally amazing beaches.

                The population of the city is also diverse and young people who want to live in temperate weather will revel in the composed climate of this city.

                18. Geneva

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                  Geneva is the second Swiss city in our list. This city is often called the “Peace Capital” of the world, because the city has almost remained in peace forever and also houses the leading organizations working for world peace, such as the United Nations and the Red Cross.

                  The city is one of the most expensive cities in the world but it is understandable with high standards of living offered by the city.

                  Youthful minds, who want to work in humanitarian sectors and in leading non-governmental organizations at international level, should have opportunities galore in this city.

                  17. Seattle

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                    Located in the U.S. state of Washington, Seattle is a major harbor city and an entryway for trade with Asia. It’s also known as the “Emerald City”.

                    This city should be an absolute delight for coffee aficionados, as it is home to three of the most famous coffee companies in the world: Starbucks, Tully’s Coffee and Caffé Vita Coffee Roasting Company.

                    The economy of the city is sound and as such, youths should have no problem finding employment opportunities suiting their skill-sets. There are plenty of places to visit for sightseers as well with abundance of art galleries, museums, natural parks and community centers.

                    16. Barcelona

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                      Barcelona, a major economic and cultural center in the South West of Europe, is home to Sagrada Familia, which is also the international symbol of the city.

                      There is an abundance of such historical and cultural artifacts in the city. Leading smart city since 2011, youths should have plenty of opportunities in this city if they want to make a name for themselves in technology sector.

                      15. Oslo

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                        Oslo is an essential center for marine knowledge. One ought to find plenty of opportunities in this sector in this Norwegian city, which houses world’s largest shipping companies and brokers.

                        Although it’s a city for young people with the strongest of incomes, there are plenty of employment opportunities that can be found in this city and the city’s environs are also of excellent aesthetics.

                        14. Salvador

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                          The nation’s prominent port and international trading point, Brazilian city of Salvador is the only South American city to make into our list.

                          Noted in Brazil for its exotic cuisine, music and architecture, this city should offer the best form of Brazilian experience to youths from all over the world.

                          Salvador is also home to the third best beach in the world, Porto da Barra, as judged by the Guardian in 2007. There are plenty of other beaches as well in this coastal city.

                          13. Melbourne

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                            Known as “The Garden City” and also referred to as “Cultural Capital of Australia”, Melbourne was recognized as the fourth top university city of the world in 2008. This should be a great city for youths who want to pursue higher education.

                            Melbourne is a major international center for performing arts. Home to Australia’s oldest and most prominent cultural institutions, youths with a love for art will love this city.

                            A city with diverse populace, the city is quite affordable as living and fooding costs are lower comparable to other Australian cities.

                            12. Vienna

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                              Austrian capital of Vienna is also known as “The City of Music” and “The City of Dreams”. This beautiful city is the most livable city in the world.

                              With rich history and culture and excellent economy and environment, the city offers almost everything that a young soul can yearn for.

                              Vienna is a regular destination for international conferences and seminars, and has been ranked as one of the most innovative cities of the world in several lists over the years of the past decade.

                              11. Frankfurt

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                                Frankfurt is the second-largest metropolitan region in Germany and transportation and financial center of the whole European continent.

                                Frankfurt may not appeal youths who want to live a peaceful and serene life, but those who love the hustle and bustle of modern day city life will surely love this city.

                                The city has always exhibited excellent quality of life, having regularly been ranked high on various “Quality of Life” surveys over the years.

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                                10. Seoul

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                                  The South Korean capital of Seoul, with population little over 10 million, has invested considerable time and money into pursuing environmental sustainability.

                                  It is a UNESCO City of Design and in 2010, was even named World Design Capital. Seoul’s Incheon International Airport was rated best international airport for nine years in a row

                                  The per capita income of the city is almost 40,000 dollars and as such, young people with appropriate skills should be able to live a great life in this city.

                                  9. Tokyo

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                                    One of the major economic centers of the world, Japanese capital of Tokyo will provide you with an excellent Asian experience.

                                    The most populous metropolitan area in the world, Tokyo is certainly not the place to spend the years after retirement. In fact, it’s the place to bring the most out of yourself in the most productive years of your youth.

                                    Tokyo is also a great place for travelers, evidenced by the fact that it was ranked first in the “Best Overall Category” for traveler’s experience by Tripadvisor.

                                    8. Los Angeles

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                                      With over 800 startups, Californian city of Los Angeles will surely appeal to entrepreneurial youths and if you want to live your startup dreams and be a successful entrepreneur, it’s the place to be.

                                      Los Angeles is the third largest metropolitan economy of the world and a global city in every sense. Nicknamed the ‘”City of Angels,” the city is home to global powerhouses in business, international trade, technology and education.

                                      Los Angeles is surely the place to be if you want to be the best and make a name for yourself in the field of your interest.

                                      7. London

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                                        London is officially the capital of Great Britain, but it’s the cultural capital of the world. It has always been the world’s center for arts, education, commerce and innovations.

                                        With 43 universities, it’s the city with the largest number of universities in the world.

                                        People from all over the world have gathered at London and the town is culturally very diverse and should be a great place to live for people from all sorts of cultures and backgrounds.

                                        6. Chicago

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                                          The Windy City of Chicago is home to more than five hundred parks and thus, offers plenty of greenery and nature to revel in. It’s also known as “Second City”.

                                          Chicago is a major international hub for commerce, finance, industry, telecommunications and technology. As such, youths should have no problem finding job opportunities.

                                          The city is also culturally rich. The city’s culture tends to put art on high regards and over the years, the city has produced some of the biggest names in music, movies and theatres.

                                          5. Paris

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                                            The French capital of Paris is the dream destination for most of the fantasizing youths of the world. Almost every youth keeps this wonderful city in their wish list of cities to visit.

                                            The city holds special appeal for writers, painters, fashion designers and architects, partly for the tales of how the city lodged so many brilliant minds around the turn of the 20th century.

                                            Paris also houses Quai Branly Museum that displays art collections from all the distant corners of the world. Designed by Jean Nouvel, it is one of the most extravagant museum architectures of the world.

                                            4. Dallas

                                              With a rather small population of only around 1.2 million, the Texan city of Dallas is often seen as the city of cowboys and rodeos. But it offers much more than that.

                                              A dream destination for the youths with love for westerns, the city is home to third largest concentration of Fortune 500 companies in U.S. and you should have plenty of entrepreneurial motivation living in the city.

                                              Although traditionally Dallas relied on farming as its primary source of income, the city has continuously grown in industrial and engineering sectors as well in modern times.

                                              3. New York

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                                                New York City has plenty of opportunities for youths to be employed. Besides, with excellent education facilities, the city can enlighten and empower the youths in a fantastic way.

                                                One of three commanding centers of the world economy, this city is famous as “The City that Never Sleeps.” With this, you have an idea what the city is like. There are a wide range of possibilities in all sorts of sectors as this city never stops working and creating.

                                                The populace of the city speak more than 800 languages and the population is also culturally diverse. So you should not have to live with any alien feeling at all.

                                                2. Berlin

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                                                  Berlin is the capital of Germany, which has always had a great importance in the history of the world. The city has always proved to be a great inspiration for young minds, justified by the long list of composers, scientists, inventors and philosophers it has produced.

                                                  The city can offer high standard of living for youths as opportunities can be found in wide range of sectors, encompassing music, film, advertising, engineering, business and others.

                                                  1. Toronto

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                                                    Lying on the shores of Lake Ontario, Canadian city of Toronto was deemed to be the most youthful city of the world in the inaugural YouthfulCities index of 2014.

                                                    The city is culturally diverse, financially strong and youth employment opportunities are aplenty. Toronto is also a great place for startups, evidenced by the fact that there are over 600 startups in the city, among which some have even made it to the global level.

                                                    There are all sorts of opportunities for youths to develop themselves and hone their skills. The city is quite affordable, as there are several programs targeted to make it easy for youths to live.

                                                    Featured photo credit: Paris via Huffington Post via i.huffpost.com

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                                                    8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                    8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                    In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                    Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                    Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                    Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                    Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                    The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                    There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                    How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                    According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                    Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                    Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                    The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                    Listen carefully:

                                                    We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                    The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                    Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                    8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                    There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                    Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                    1. Pray Daily

                                                    You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                    When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                    Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                    Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                    2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                    A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                    By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                    Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                    If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                    This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                    How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                    3. Smile Often

                                                    Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                    Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                    Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                    The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                    4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                    A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                    When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                    Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                    Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                    5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                    I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                    Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                    What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                    6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                    God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                    I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                    I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                    7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                    You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                    How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                    First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                    If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                    If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                    If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                    Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                    8. Go Exercise

                                                    Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                    The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                    You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                    12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                    The Bottom Line

                                                    It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                    It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                    Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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                                                    Featured photo credit: Lesly Juarez via unsplash.com

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