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7reasons why you must travel around the world

Traveling is mostly seen as luxurious act and that’s one popular and consistent excuse most people give when the topic travel is raised or the word pops up in any conversation. But aside from the monetary aspect involve in traveling which is used as a cover up by many, there are other in-depth and personal reasons why people simply kick against traveling such as fear of the unknown, and the fear of leaving home.

Visited places of the world

Visited places of the world

Yet, traveling is a sweet thing. It is an opportunity to visit new places, learn new cultures, meet people and learn new things. Most people consider just seeing the world as their major reason for traveling around the world. This is a great and noble reason all by itself, but there is much more to traveling around the world than just seeing it. Traveling has a positive impact on people; it refreshes and strengthens the mind.

If you’re still not convinced to take a trip, we’ve put together a list of the top seven reasons to travel.

Changes your Perception about life

Traveling around the world is insightful and enlightening. It gives you with new perspectives about life. It is so easy to forget that there is an entire world out there just waiting to be discovered and taking a trip is one way to open your eyes to the wonders of life. Meeting people and learning how things are done in other part of the world is sure to make you have a rethink. The way of life and culture of others would teach you that life is not always as you know and expect it to be. Whether you go over or halfway around the world, what you experience outside your daily routine will help you see that there is much more to life than the usual.

Takes you away from your troubles

There comes a time when life would become too stressful both at work and at home. Traveling is one great way to leave all your worries behind and just concentrate on the present and the goodness that comes with it. The stress of daily life is replaced with thoughts of where you want to see, what you want to do, what you will love to eat, if you want to party or just relax at the beach. You’ll be feeling totally refreshed and ready to take on the world after some extensive traveling. Most importantly, being away gives your brain a chance to revitalize and reboot in a way that just can’t happen as easily at home.

You will learn new habits and unlearn old habits.

The moment you decide to travel up until your departure, you begin to look forward to the trip and make plans of what to do, what to learn and what to change when you get back. Going round the world has a way of teaching one the other side you don’t know. Either behavior wise or cultural wise, you tend to see things from a different point of view as you experience and observe other people. You begin to try to make positive changes in your behaviors with no conscious effort. Without planning to do so, many people realized that they have developed a different personality during the trip.  Any new experience you have can only help you become a better person and enrich your life in myriad ways.

It’s a big world out there

There are over 195 official countries in the world giving travelers hundreds of choices of where to go, what to do, things to learn and how long to stay per time. Countries of the worldWhen traveling, you have hundreds of choices of where to go, how long to stay and what to do. You can go to a place for adventure, sports, culture, work or just total relaxation. You can even make it a combination of it all. It is a big world out there. Explore more than your own backyard.

You can’t get it all on the internet

It is true that the internet is the bridge to the world virtually. It connects the world together as a small village, giving everyone the opportunity to see and know places around the world right in the corner of their room or office. Yet, it is not just the about the knowing, it is all about experiencing different parts of the world. It is about going to different places, seeing and learning directly how things are done not learning from someone’s experience or story. As much as the internet is very useful in helping know places and what to expect from there, it cannot give the firsthand experience gotten if you were present. The most important lessons in life can never be expressed in black and white, but must be experienced.

Better Social Skills

When travelling the world, you are constantly in contact with different people from various countries. Whether they are locals or tourists, you will need them, and they will need you. Initially it may be very hard, but over time you will become better at talking to strangers and making new friends.

Appreciation of your environment upon return

No matter where you live and no matter how boring or uninspiring it might seem before you leave, you will discover things about it that you really appreciate once you’ve been away from it for a long time.

Nature

Nature

If you live in a small town where everyone knows each other it might seem like a real drag, but once you spend weeks and months shuttling between big cities where no one knows their neighbor or cares to know, it’s very likely that you’ll finally discover the charm of small town life. Or if you live in a big city and you are longing for the wide-open spaces of new destinations, you’ll slowly begin to forgive the madness of city life when you realize that it also comes along with the ability to get nearly anything at just about any hour of the day

 

Traveling brings in enormous excitement when you plan vacations to hit other lands. The idea is enough to send chill through the body. Vacations are super necessary for your body and mind. Why, sit at home all through your life when you should be packing your bags, plan trips around the world and begin enjoying the new places, people, traditions, food, lifestyles and what people do around the globe. Make the most of it now, life is worth enjoying and the world is worth experiencing.

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Experience the beauty of the Madeira Islands

An archipelago some 360 miles off the coast of North Africa, the Madeira Islands found in Portugal with an exceptional climate and legendary natural beauty makes it one of the top chosen destinations worldwide. Set in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Morocco, these Islands are four in number and they are; the Madeira, Porto Santo, Desertas and Selvagens. The Madeira and Porto Santo are the only inhabited islands among the four.

Madeira being the largest of the four, is regarded as the centre of cultural and civic life (and home to Funchal, the capital), while Porto Santo is regarded as the centre of beauty, possessing a beautiful six-mile-long beach that draws sun-loving tourists.

One thing you need to know about Porto Santo is that, this island is a perfect place for a family excursion because there are lots to do, fabulous accommodation and everything is geared for families! And as part of the Madeira Archipelago, Porto Santo is a safe and peaceful Atlantic island where you can enjoy a family holiday.

More so, the availability of water-sports throughout the year is an opportunity for the families to take part in sailing, windsurfing, jet-skiing or water skiing or just swim in the clear waters of the ocean and guess what! Dining in Porto Santo is so cool, that’s why it is advisable not to miss out in the steak flambé or a kebab with fried corn at one of the island’s restaurants during a visit to the island. It’s truly delicious!

A visit to the Madeira on the other hand is one that would be filled with lot of adventures, not just because of its size but because this island is a paradise with a flourishing ecosystem. Known as the “Island of flowers”, Madeira has unforgettable sunsets, fantastic scenery and romantic restaurants. It is a perfect place for a romantic getaway where one can wander hand in hand through the Botanic Gardens or the Orchid Gardens, or take a stroll through the parks at Monte or Ribeiro Frio.

For sport lovers, the Island of Madeira is fascinating. With a permanent spring-like climate, this island is a perfect holiday destination for golf lovers and guess what! It is also the hometown of the 2008 FIFA world best player of the year- Christiano Ronaldo.

Now seen as the home of “Ronaldo”, the Madeira no longer has the image of a small rural community but a stunning all year round summer island destination that is in easy reach of most of Europe and is attracting a classier younger crowd who not only like to enjoy a night out but also love the spectacular drives and friendly people that can be found in abundance.

There is more to see in Madeira, and the Levadas (mountain irrigation channels) of the Caldeirão Verde is just one of it. It being an irrigation system for the whole Island makes it a “must see” to visitors. Another unique attraction is the Laurissilva Forest which boasts of trees such as the laurel and the white poplar, and birds such as the kestrel and the long-toed wood pigeon.

And that’s not all, one could also take the opportunity to plunge into the natural swimming pools at Porto Moniz or the Garajau Natural Reserve and hire a sailing boat for a romantic trip off the coast of Madeira.

One advice! Don’t leave this “floating garden” without toasting your journey with a glass of the famous Madeira wine at the Madeira Wine Institute. Why because? “Madeira” is a synonym for the renowned hearty wine, which has been spreading its name and the taste of its home island worldwide.

Madeira’s Nightlife, fine dining, water sports, perfect climate, and spectacular scenery, are a ‘must’ for the modern traveler and indeed an island of beauty, this destination is that one place where adventures and pleasures comes alive.

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Five things to do in Spain

Thinking of taking spending your vacation the Spanish way?  It’s no problem at all because Spain has the best of bests to offer. There is always something new and stimulating in this country from the fantastic Mediterranean climate, to culture and cuisine, something is always there to trip you off your feet every moment of your stay. Spain is simply the magical place, where you can enter and feel the enchantment. Spanish life is about good friends, and enjoying the simple, but enlightening things in life. Participation is the key, to truly enjoy the Spanish experience. Every nook and cranny of the country speaks fun. Right from when you set your feet at the airport, it is fun galore in Spain. This epic country has lots on its fun menu – the places to go, things to do and even variety of sumptuous food to tickle your taste buds.

Below are 5 things you can do to guaranty maximum fun all through your stay in the country.

1. Spanish culinary taste: one of the best way to start your Spanish exploring is pay a visit some locals to have a taste of ancient cuisines passed down from generations to generations. Spanish cuisine is a major part of its identity and the kind of recipes that are offered in Spain cannot be found anywhere in the world.   Spanish people generally use olive oil for food preparation. But most of the Spanish cuisines contain seafood. The most important ingredient found in almost all Spanish dishes is meat; either pork, beef, chicken, fish or seafood, a typical Spaniard’s lunch will always be rich in several kinds of meat.Spanish Cuisine

Spanish Cuisine

Aside from meat, vegetables such as potatoes, tomatoes, pulses, onions, and garlic can also often be found in Spanish dishes. Vegetables and fruits like pomegranates, lemon, avocado and apples come from the fertile land of Spain are also favored. Meats and cheese are special products from the Spain’s highland. Another specialty, olive groves can be seen speckle on the hills of country. The most important item in Spanish cuisines is Paella which is a rice dish that is generally paired with Chorizo – an authentic spicy sausage meat, shrimps and other sea foods.

2. Horse Riding: it is often said that there is no Spain without horse riding.

Horse riding

Horse riding

With most of the locals being cowboys, horse riding is part of the life style in Spain. To see the vast landscape and cultural heritage the country posses, horse riding enables you see these sophisticated land. Never rode on a horse before? Spaniards are more than eager to introduce to you their way of life by running horse riding schools, where you can get to learn with couple of minutes

3. Visiting: Spain has some of the most fascinating cities in Europe, where the Spanish experience await you.

Aragon

Aragon

Ancient cities, steeped in history and tradition and blended with modernization shouldn’t be missed. The cities are filled with the proud beat of flamenco and aroma of orange blossom.

Ancient building and palaces that tells you the history of the country in one sight, museums and art galleries that explains it all to you should also be visited.

4. La Tomatina, The Tomato fight:  while visiting the cities, endeavor to participate in any of the endless fiestas held annually in different part of the country. La Tomatina is the name of the tomato fight which is organized in the village of Bunyol situated near Valencia. The fight is held in August every year. This is one mad fiesta in Spain people come from different part of the country and the world at large to watch and even participate in the fight.

Tomato fight

Tomato fight

The population of the village is 9000 but this number turns into 30,000 during the giant tomato fight. If you are in Spain, then you must take part in the event as it is full of fun and joy.

5. Swimming in the Spanish Waters: Spain posses some beautiful coastline, long white beaches, rocky coves, and fabulous marinas. Exotic Spanish beaches are renowned for their beautiful and relaxing environment. For the beach lover, beaches in Canaries, Lanzarote, Ibiza, Tenerife, Alicante, and Malaga are considered to be the super wonderful and fun to go. Their powdery sand bed is nothing but captivating. In a lazy ambiance, these serene beaches call everyone for relaxed basking and unending fun to witness. For those blessed with excess adrenaline, White water rafting, paddling, diving in azure water, boating and many more adventurous activities are all in option to give you a swelling experience.

Swimming

Swimming

If you are still indecisive about the place where to spend your next vacation, there aren’t too many thoughts to blur your decision. Spain is one of those great places you will not likely to forget too soon. It is one thing to visit Spain, but it is something completely different to feel it and live the life in the same manner as the locals live it – wild, colorful, and full of new and unique flavors.

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rainforest nature green river amazon landscape photography Kaieteur Falls, a high volume waterfall on the Potaro River, Potaro-Siparuni region of central Guyana, South America. Located in the Kaieteur National Park, this waterfall is 251 meters (822ft) in height and with that three times taller than Niagara Falls. It is classified as a so called single drop waterfall and with a volume of close to 663 cubic meters per second (23,400 cubic feet per second) one of the biggest and certainly most stunning waterfalls in the world

Kaieteur Falls, a high volume waterfall on the Potaro River, Potaro-Siparuni region of central Guyana, South America. Located in the Kaieteur National Park, this waterfall is 251 meters (822ft) in height and with that three times taller than Niagara Falls. It is classified as a so called single drop waterfall and with a volume of close to 663 cubic meters per second (23,400 cubic feet per second) one of the biggest and certainly most stunning waterfalls in the world. / photograph by Cody H.

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