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World’s 10 Best Destinations To Travel Alone

World’s 10 Best Destinations To Travel Alone

For some of us who yearn to travel, it can be difficult to find someone to journey with. Friends and family members are tied down in jobs, struggling to save money, and don’t always want to go to the same places. The solution, of course, is to go it alone, a sometimes scary prospect, but at the same time, a chance for self-discovery and adventure. But where to go? Get your bucket list ready, because here are some of the best travel alone destinations in the world.

1. Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne City Australia

    Melbourne is a hot-spot travel destination, and it’s easy to see why with its beautiful beaches and bustling city life.

    Why it’s a great choice:

    • Australia as a whole is considered a safe destination for international travel, and because of that, many solo travelers go there.
    • As an English-speaking country, you won’t be faced with any language barriers.
    • Melbourne is incredibly easy to get around because you can walk or bike practically anywhere!

    2. Thailand

    thailand-6

      Thailand is great for solo travelers—perhaps because it is one of the Buddhist mindset, which promotes equality among the sexes.

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      Why it’s a great choice:

      • Thailand is known for its friendly hospitality, and as a travel hot-spot, there are plenty of chances to meet other like-minded travelers.
      • Overall known for being very cheap, especially in the north. A good choice if you want to get away on a budget.
      • Thailand has a lot to offer, from the party-central Bangkok to beautiful beaches and tropical jungle. Travelling around Thailand is really easy—the country is a well-worn destination on the backpacking trail.

      3. Bhutan

      Bhutan

        Bhutan is one of the most cultural countries in the world. It is also home to the world’s highest unclimbed peak, Gangkhar Puensum. The mountain is sacred and the Bhutanese government has banned mountaineering.

        Why it’s a great choice:

        • Entry is only possible on a pre-booked tour, where you are escorted around by your own personal guide.
        • Bhutan is the place to go for a brand new cultural experience. It had no roads, no electricity, no motor vehicles or telephones until the 1960s. Plastic bags have been banned in Bhutan since 1999 and in 2004, it became the first country in the world to outlaw tobacco.

        4. Costa Rica

        Savegre River

          Costa Rica great place if you’re looking for adventure, with surfing, volcanoes and other recreational activities. Once stereotyped as an unsafe travel destination, Costa Rica is full of warm-hearted and helpful locals.

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          Why it’s a great choice:

          • You’ll never get a chance to feel lonely because there’s an abundance of exciting adventures to embark on!
          • Costa Rica has never seen political unrest, class struggles or revolutions commonly associated with other Latin American Countries. What’s more, it doesn’t have or need an army because it’s such a peaceful country.

          5. Hong Kong, China

          Hong Kong

            Despite being one of the biggest cities in the world, Hong Kong is a great place to relax as it is full of “Zen moments,” such as beautiful gardens and Tai Chi classes.

            Why it’s a great choice:

            • Hong Kong is regarded as one of the safest cities in the world.
            • If you’re not well-traveled, or perhaps a bit weary of things like language barriers, Hong Kong is a great place to start, as it mixes both Eastern and Western at the same time. Because of its British heritage, much of central Hong Kong speaks English.
            • There’s just so much to do! Whatever you like to do, and whatever you’d like to try, you’ll find it in Hong Kong.

            6. Cusco, Peru

            Cusco, Peru

              The famed capital of the ancient Inca Empire, Cusco has served as a travelers’ mecca for hundreds of years. A place steeped in culture, Cusco is known for its indigenous population—often seen on the streets in their traditional clothing.

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              Why it’s a great choice:

              • Cusco is a stone’s throw away from the “lost” city of the Incas: Machu Picchu.
              • Home of some of South America’s most fascinating archaeological sites.

              7. Alaska

              Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska

                Alaska is no stranger when it comes to welcoming solo travelers; nearly 20% of visitors to Alasaka travel alone.

                Why it’s a great choice:

                • Natural wonders, including glacier-carved fjords, snow-capped mountains and majestic icebergs.
                • Whale-watching—need I say more?!

                8. Aran Islands

                Aran Islands

                  The Arans are three islands is located off the west coast of Ireland. A true Irish experience, the Aran Islands are the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

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                  Why it’s so great:

                  • Very safe, secluded islands with friendly locals.
                  • The perfect place for a cycling getaway—the most common form of transport on the islands.
                  • Home to the most impressive Iron Age fortress in all of Europe.

                  9. Malaysia

                  kuala-lumpur

                    One of the top solo travel destinations in Asia. With a well-deserved reputation for being a safe, stable, conservative Muslim country, Malaysia has the hallmarks of an ideal exotic locale for solo travelers.

                    Why it’s so great:

                    • Malaysia is one of the more technologically advanced areas of Asia, so things generally work well and more or less on schedule.
                    • The year is filled with colorful and exhilarating experiences including various festivals and events.
                    • Malaysia is like two countries in one, with the wild jungles of Borneo and the space-age high-rises of Kuala Lumpur.

                    10. Bali, Indonesia

                    Temple at Bedugul, Bali

                      Bali is a spiritual place with yoga, spas, organic eateries and beaches. The combination of friendly, hospitable people and magnificently visual culture has made Bali Indonesia’s unrivalled number one tourist attraction.

                      Why it’s so great:

                      • You almost definitely won’t be the only solo traveler in Bali. Everyone is known for being extremely friendly and you’re sure to meet some amazing characters along the way.
                      • As a Hindu island, Bali is the perfect place for a relaxing and spiritual retreat.
                      • The Sacred Monkey Forest in Ubud is fantastic—if you like monkeys, anyway.

                      General Tips for Traveling Alone

                      • Plan ahead. At the very least, know where you are staying for the first night.
                      • Choose accommodation with communal areas if you’re worried about being lonely.
                      • Learn how to pack light.
                      • Keep an emergency phone on you with important numbers saved.
                      • Tell people where you are going.
                      • Trust your instincts.

                      Featured photo credit: Hong Kong Sunset via flickr.com

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                      Last Updated on May 22, 2019

                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                      10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                      There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                      One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                      In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                      Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                      1. Cat Camel Stretch

                      Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                      Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                      Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                      Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                      2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                      This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                      Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                      The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                      Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                      Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                      3. Jumping Jacks

                      Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                      Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                      4. Abductor Side Lifts

                      Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                      Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                      5. Balancing Table Pose

                      This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                      Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                        6. Leg Squats

                        Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                        Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                        The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                        7. Push Ups

                        You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                        An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                        Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                        This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                        8. Bicycle Crunches

                        There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                        Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                        9. Lunges

                        Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                        Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                        This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                        10. Bicep Curls

                        You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                        Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                        Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                        Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                        Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                        These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                        You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                        Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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