Learn to Speak Spanish Fluently in 8 Weeks

Many people want to learn Spanish so they can get a better job, travel to new and exotic places and appreciate new cultures. The biggest hurdle with learning a new language is actually finding a suitable way to get the information and guidance you need while trying to absorb a whole new way of thinking and communicating. The good news is that it’s possible to learn to speak Spanish fluently in 8 weeks, and it won’t require expensive college courses or tutors.

How Can You Learn Spanish So Quickly?

The process is actually quite simple. There are now highly reputable and critically acclaimed Spanish courses online that can be purchased for a small fee, downloaded immediately and then used over a period of 8 weeks to learn the language. Many people who use these courses are able to become fluent in virtually no time at all due to the unique way these courses are designed and laid out. Whether you’re 15 years old or 80 years old anyone can use an online course to learn the language very rapidly.

Aren’t There Any Good Free Options Available?

Unfortunately there aren’t any quality or reputable free Spanish courses available online that will allow you to learn Spanish quickly or easily. The problem is that while there are a lot of sites offering information on learning the language there aren’t any sites that have all the proper information in the right place for easy “consumption” or learning of the material. Many people spend more time just trying to find the proper information (for example verb conjugation, vocabulary lists, etc.) then they do trying to learn the language. Going with an affordable Spanish course online is the best way to actually learn the language properly.

Are The Courses a Good Value?

When compared against college level courses or personal tutors these Spanish courses online are an extremely good value and only cost a very small fraction of the more expensive alternatives. Many courses include full audio courses, eBooks, videos and access to communities where people give each other help on learning the Spanish language. Learning to speak Spanish becomes a breeze when you’re given the proper materials to use and resources to consult. Since many of the language courses online are downloadable this means they’re even cheaper then purchasing a CD, video or book guide at a big box retail store.

Source by Andy Maule

Best Places To Take Photographs In Prescott, AZ

Of the more than one hundreds beautiful and picturesque places to practice photography in Prescott Arizona, the scenery around Watson Lake in Granite Dells is the best.The combination of the giant granite boulders surrounding the small lake in the middle of a dry desert is awe-inspiring. This place gets the best of all four seasons and is a pleasure to explore. You can find all the creature comforts for a romantic picnic, ramadas, barbecue pits and even a place to play a game of horseshoes; all amid the awesome panorama that only nature could have made. This is one of the loveliest spots in Arizona and it is completely different during each season that you will never have enough shots to tell the full story.

Not a day’s drive from Prescott is the Yavapai County, Arizona is what can only be described as a beacon for naturalists and geologist alike. The rock formations are dynamic and seem to come to life depending on how the sun plays along the small cliffs and edges of each one. You can also find in this same area the “Coyote Buttes” the sand dunes offer a great panorama of photographic opportunity. Photography is primarily about the artist’s impression of what he/she is viewing. This gives each photographer a chance to shoot at the same angles and the real kicker is that no two photographs will catch the same scene.

Although there is a lot of development around Willow Lake it still maintains most of its natural beauty and is highly recommend as a place for photography buffs. The lake is nestled in the Granite Dells and can provide hours of enjoyment. Known to anglers the world over a lot of time is spent by fishing photographers trying to get that perfect shot of the large Mouth Bass as he whips into the air.

Finally you could spend the day hiking through the Prescott National Forest. You are sure to find more than a few sites of interest among the hundred year old pines. These tall majestic beauties stand proud as if guarding the King’s treasure. The forest is teeming with the animals that are waiting to be immortalized on film. Wildlife photography is a great way to get your name and brand seen on the Internet. Everybody likes a picture of the antics of small furry creatures in their natural habitat.

Arizona is a great place for a variety of photographic opportunities. It has several different types of terrain and a lot of historical presence. Just riding along the highways in this State will make you feel as if you are in a photo or painting. Truly, it is one of the last areas of the country with areas of unspoiled beauty. Plan a vacation to Prescott and please do not forget to bring your camera.

Source by Rick Valence

How Did Punta Cana Get So Popular?

Punta Cana, located on the east coast of the Dominican Republic, has become internationally renowned as a beautiful tropical vacation paradise with luxurious, eco-chic, value-priced, accommodations. In fact, Punta Cana has now become the #1 tourist destination in the entire Caribbean — and this amazing transformation has occurred over just 28 years! This news has been reported in many of the popular travel magazines and travel websites. I want you to know that this stat is based on REAL data, not just marketing hype. The stats are gathered by the Caribbean Tourism Organization, a non-profit which keeps close tabs on 29 countries in the Caribbean Region.

Below, I will discuss this data in more detail. My discussion will center around the data released in 2010 as the Caribbean Tourism Organization has not yet published the December stats for 2011 so there is not yet a complete data set for that year. However, if you study the data available for the first 11 months of 2011, the overall trends remain the same.

The Dominican Republic received more non-resident airport arrivals than any other country in the Caribbean, easily beating out Cuba, the second most popular tourist destination. The following is a quick reference list for you to view the top 10 Caribbean destinations along with the total number reported for non-resident airport arrivals:

1. Dominican Republic – 4,124,543

2. Cuba – 2,531,745

3. Cancun Mexico – 2,106,485

4. Jamaica – 1,921,678

5. Puerto Rico – 1,369,814

6. The Bahamas – 1,368,053

7. Aruba – 825,451

8. The US Virgin Islands – 691,194

9. Martinique – 476,492

10. St. Maartin – 443,136

Now, let’s break these stats down even more into European travel, US American travel, and Canadian travel. Europeans pick the Dominican Republic overwhelmingly as their #1 favorite Caribbean vacation spot. Their next favorite is Cuba. The United States has a close 4 way race between Cancun Mexico, Jamaica, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. Cancun edges out the other 3 but the Dominican Republic gained 6.8% in just one year and this trend is continuing. Punta Cana is now the #1 destination within the Dominican Republic for US Americans, replacing Puerto Plata on the north coast, which used to be #1. Canadians also seem to really like the Dominican Republic, especially Punta Cana, choosing it as their second favorite Caribbean vacation spot after Cuba. Please note that United States residents are not allowed to travel to Cuba.

So, with this convincing data in mind, let me ask:

How did Punta Cana get so popular?

With many popular tourist destinations, it would be difficult to pin-point one specific thing that made the area soar in popularity. Not so with Punta Cana. On the Punta Cana coast, which stretches for about 39 miles from Bavaro in the north to Cap Cana in the south, there is one easily identifiable event that took place in 1984 that changed literally everything and completely transformed this region into the mega-popular tourist destination it is today.

Do I have your curiosity piqued yet? Keep reading…

Punta Cana is absolutely gorgeous. It offers expansive silky white sandy beaches with a warm sparkling blue sea lapping along its shoreline. It is so inviting it calls you in – some say it even “seduces” you. When you add to that the thick grove of coconut palm trees swaying in the tropical breeze along the entire coast in this region, you have the iconic Caribbean paradise seen on post-cards sent to those back home who weren’t lucky enough to go on the trip but who will surely wish they had.

However, before 1984 few people really knew about this tropical gem. It remained largely undiscovered by most world travelers until the construction of the Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ). In Spanish, the official language of the Dominican Republic, this international airport is called, “Aeropuerto Internacional de Punta Cana.”

You see, no matter how spectacular a place is, if you have no convenient and reasonably priced way to reach the area, it won’t be seen by many people. Before the Punta Cana International Airport was built, the tiny air strip that had been built in 1971 could not handle the large size jet planes. Furthermore, in order to get there from another country, you had to fly into Santa Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic, and then endure a 4 hour bumpy bus or taxi ride to Punta Cana. The unpaved road was narrow and full of gigantic potholes. The road would also wash out in heavy rains and motorized vehicles were sometimes held up by horse traffic, making the pace miserable for weary travelers wanting to get to their hotel.

The air traffic of the PUJ has grown by leaps and bounds and is on course this year (2012) to serve more than 4 million people! It now receives far more traffic than the next busiest airport in the capital of Santo Dominigo. There is no other privately funded airport in the world that even comes close to this degree of business success.

People come to Punta Cana from all over the world now. International airlines that serve the Punta Cana Airport are Air Canada, AirTran, American Airlines, British Airways, Continental, Delta, JetBlue, KLM, Spirit, United, US Airways, and Westjet. USA 300, recently defunct (as of January 30, 2012), was established by Apple Vacations and served PUJ for a long time as well. Canadian charter airlines to the Punta Cana Airport include Air Transat, Sunwig, Skyservice, and Canjet. They run during the cold bleak Canadian winters.

So, an area that began with very humble beginnings about 4 decades ago, now commonly provides beds for more than 70,000 people at one time. Punta Cana has definitely established itself as one of the top places world travelers think of going. And… there’s no end in sight for the growth of this area. The approximately 39 mile Punta Cana coast has essentially been a “gold rush” for the major hotel corporations, especially the Spanish owned ones, since the area was opened up by the international airport. Classy high rise resorts, perfectly sited to take advantage of the view, have sprung up almost overnight. The infrastructure has also vastly improved as money for big projects has poured in.

The Europeans and the Canadians seemed to have “discovered” Punta Cana before the US Americans did. However, over the last 10-15 years, the US Americans have been rapidly catching up. In fact, this has happened at such a quick rate, entire resorts have been built to cater specifically to the US Americans as the customs of the Europeans and the Americans sometimes clash a bit within the resorts, although some US Americans prefer the European ambiance.

US Americans and Canadians in the Eastern Standard Time Zone can depart on a direct flight in the morning and arrive in Punta Cana by mid-day with no jet lag as the time zones are the same, except during daylight savings time when it is only one hour different. Even a trip from the west coast of the United States or Canada is a relatively easy trip when you compare it to other equally exotic destinations.

The Punta Cana Airport also fits in nicely with the Dominican landscape and makes a nice first impression when tourists enter the country. It has an open-air design with a picturesque thatched roof made of palm fronds. All of the materials used to build the airport were brought in from local sources including palm, local wood, and native coral. This was a very intentional effort by Frank Rainieri and the other investors in Grupo Punta Cana who privately funded the airport. Since they were under-funded for a project of this magnitude, Frank Rainieri approached a Dominican architecture major at Pratt University. He agreed to do it at no charge to establish a name for himself. He has since become quite famous and has been paid well for other projects in the Dominican Republic.

Originally, Grupo Punta Cana attempted to get the Dominican Republic government to fund, or at least partially fund, the building of the international airport but after 8 years they found they had to fund it privately entirely on their own. They should be credited for their vision and persistence because a privately funded airport of this magnitude had never been built before. They did have the much needed approval and cooperation of the Dominican Republic government though or the project would have never gotten off the ground.

So, there you have it. The tourism success of the Punta Cana coast hinged on one thing: building an international airport capable of giving tourists easy and affordable access to this beautiful paradise. It took incredible vision and perseverance.

Source by Alexander Tilanus

The 3 Phases of Goal Setting Activities You Must Follow

Do you want to buy a castle? Do you want to play basketball with Michael Jordan? Do you want to have dinner with Bill Gates? Do you want to be a millionaire? Do you want to visit the world’s most exotic place? Well, as you already know, with the help of goal setting, it is possible for you to achieve all your dreams.In fact, goal setting can be divided into 3 phases; they are, the formation phase, the setting phase and the action phase. Without any of these phases, your goal setting activities will not be completed and you will never achieve what you want.

The first phase is the formation phase where ideas, visions or dreams come to you and you want to make them come true. With that means, you need to know exactly what you really want before you can set goal to achieve it. So find out what you really want to achieve in your life right now. Do you have any dreams? Do you have any visions? What do you want to achieve in the next 10 years? Who are you going to be in the next 5 years?

Next comes the setting phase, this is where you set your goals. Goal setting is not as complicated as you think. All you need to do is to grab a pen and write down your goals on a piece of paper. Remember, you need to be as specific as possible and don’t forget to write down the deadline for each of your goal. After that, paste that paper on somewhere you can see often. This will constantly remind you about your goals.

The final phase is where after you have set your goals; you need to take action to make your goals come true, and hence, the action phase. Nothing is going to happen if you are not taking any action. Goal setting is not a magic wand; it is not like after you have written down your goals and they will come true automatically. You need to consistent action that will lead you toward your goals.

These are the 3 phases of goal setting activities. By combining these 3 phases together, you will be able to achieve your goals, guaranteed. Remember, success is about getting things done. First find out what you want, set goals and develop plan to achieve them, and then take massive and consistent action everyday.

Source by Shawn Lim

Seductive Aura And Those Who Have It

I recently went to an exclusive singles party. I was there to do business, and I am not sure what my boyfriend was doing there, but it was wonderful to have him around – he works in Europe and is away for extended periods of time. It was a good party; the music was great, food excellent and the crowd “classy”.

Just a little over an hour into the party, I noticed that everyone was gravitating towards one corner of the room. I could not immediately see what was happening from where we were sitting, so I got up to go take a look. Two women, one a white blonde and the other black were on the dance floor doing their thing and standing around were what looked like all the good looking men at the party, except mine of course, who was sitting in another corner animatedly talking and laughing – he’s got me what can I say.

Anyways, these two women were obviously enjoying themselves and having the time of their lives. But what I found quite interesting was that both women were what society calls “plus size” and not exactly “plus size” model type either. They were two average looking women laughing and graciously flirting with the male moths light-struck in their glow. They were getting all the male attention from the men we would typically think wouldn’t be attracted to women their size especially when there were many other petite good-looking women in the room.

What was their secret? Two words – SEXUAL MAGNETISM

Whether you know it or not the way you see yourself sexually affects every aspect of your life. It affects how you walk on the street, how you talk to your boss, how you respond to stress, how you relate to others and even how you pursue success.

People with poor sexual self-image tend to overcompensate in those areas they are more confident in. They are on a constant drive for accomplishment and external approval. They often try to belittle or down play their sexual expectations and have a tendency to resist acknowledging or expressing their emotions. The extroverted ones over project and exaggerate their sexual desirability. They try to assert themselves and their presence by doing everything in “larger than life” style. But their “macho” or “sexy” self-image is the opposite of what is happening on the outside.

People blessed with enormous charm and sexual charisma on the other hand don’t flaunt it with low necklines or ass-hugging jeans. They may not even have a charismatic personality and are not necessarily seducers but everywhere they go both men and women fall under the spell of their seductive aura. They attract the opposite sex like bees to honey. It is simply hard to resist getting a discreet glance and sometimes we don’t even know why. These people don’t seem to age and race has no bearing on the power of their magnetism. They kind of command attention, affection and respect without asking for it. They look like they are truly happy.

So what is this mystical thing we call sexual magnetism?

Sexual magnetism is often confused with “sexy’ or the “exotic” – whatever these words mean – and because of that many think it is something you do, something you buy with money, something a sexual partner gives you or even something you get from travel to some ‘exotic” part of the world.

Sexual magnetism is not about a perfect body, bigger boobs or bigger male organ. If you do not believe me, tell someone who thinks they have big boobs or big organ that you do not think it is that big anyway and watch their self-image take a downward dive. Not to mention that there are some men and women who are less-endowed in the looks department but ooze sexual magnetism.

Sexual magnetism is not about what you wear or the kind of car you drive. Wearing a secret little number underneath your clothes or driving a sleek car can help boost your sexual confidence but only when you already have it. Take away the lingerie (eventually you have to take it off anyway) or the car and all that is left is the same inadequate insecure small self.

Sexual magnetism is not something you get in Mexico, Thailand or on an African Safari. I know some of you are thinking who are you kidding, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie got their African “juju”. You can go to these “exotic” places with an uptight, single-minded and sex repressed attitude and return even more confused and paranoid because the “sexual openness” you found there will have rattled your beliefs about sexuality and sex.

Sexual magnetism is not about learning sex techniques or bedroom tricks – although knowing what to do in the bedroom just like lingerie or sports car can boost your sexual confidence – it is not what sexual magnetism is all about . Sexual magnetism is not even necessarily about sex.

Sexual magnetism is more than sex appeal. People with great looks, incredible talent, immense power, extreme wealth, above average intelligence and even the notorious “bad boys” can all have sex appeal but they are not necessarily sexually confident and do not necessarily have sexual magnetism.

Sexuality is about overall feelings of wellbeing. From the time we are born to the time we die, we are sexual beings with sexual bodies whether or not we are engaged in a sexual act or behaviour. Sexuality is a natural, healthy, life-long part of being human. It is an integral and powerful influence on our mental, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing.

Sexual magnetism is about being COMFORTABLE IN YOUR OWN SEXUAL BODY AND SEXUAL ROLE. It is the dynamic, free and spontaneous response of your own inner man or woman. It is about power, and that power comes from knowing who you really are, what’s right for you and what you can bring to any encounter whether it be sexual, social or business.

Sexual magnetism is about being COMFORTABLE AROUND THE OPPOSITE SEX. It is about walking into any situation knowing that you ‘rock”, voicing your opinion knowing that it will be highly valued by others, asking for what you want without fear of rejection or failure. It is the ability to truly let go and experience life full. It is about being fully present body, mind and spirit – moment to moment.

Sexual charisma is like a MAGNET. If you’ve got it, you’ll draw people to you.

So how does one get sexual charisma?

Develop a sex-positive attitude

Unlearn your guilt about your sexual body and sexual desires. Give yourself the permission to really celebrate what you have inside of yourself and develop the emotional and social skills you need to be able to share your real self with your sexual partner and with the rest of the world.

Know your sexual body

The greatest knowledge you can have when it comes to sexuality is how your body responds to its sexual, social or business environment. If you’ve been living in your head, get back into your body and fully inhabit it. It is not what the body can do for you but what you can do with the body that gives you the sexual magnetism you long for.

Develop your own individual style

Your sexual magnetism is a unique, individualized expression of self. Knowing that you’re uniquely and wonderfully created is saying, “I like who I am and I know you will like me too”. Develop the kind of attitude that get people all excited just thinking of talking to you or getting to see you again.

Be spontaneous and unpredictable

Spontaneity and unpredictability are the soul of sexual charisma and it’s what keeps other people fascinated by you. Work on developing spontaneity in your emotional manifestations by taking actions in each moment that are driven by your inner awareness. Let go of contriving, scheming, pretense and living in self-distrust. Tap into your subconscious and set your imagination free. Let your hair down and discover your wild side.

Learn to enjoy life

Many of us are too rushed to enjoy life, too confused to be simple, too rich to have enough, too worried to be healthy, too ungrateful to be happy, too afraid to love, and too controlling to be free. Your sexual magnetism depends on your ability to let go and be in the moment. But in order to enjoy the moment you have to learn to appreciate it. Develop an attitude of thankfulness in spite and despite of your current circumstances.

Become interested in other people

Sexual magnetism is not about a superior attitude or blowing your own horn, it is about listening and making other people comfortable talking about themselves. Work on being someone who is interested rather than worry about being interesting.

Surround yourself with good friends

There are few things in this world that can make you feel like a million bucks – a good friend is one of those things. A good friend is that person who gives you the courage and strength to get out there and conquer the world. Cultivate lots of different friendships with both men and women – especially single ones. Having lots of friends of the opposite sex is a great way to learn about the opposite sex, it’s better than anything you read in books which is only other people’s opinions.

Enhance your spiritual awareness

The journey towards your sexual embodiment is also the journey towards your spiritual enlightenment. Sex and Spirit are inseparable. Do not concentrate on developing one and ignore the other. When you neglect one the other will be distorted.

Begin vibrating this powerful magnetic energy and watch how people suddenly begin noticing and gravitating towards you.

Source by Yangki Christine Akiteng

The Allure of the Exotic Leather Handbag

Big name brands can be found in most wardrobes. Some are more costly than others and all exude a certain allure. The attraction of the timeless exotic leather handbag however has a special place.

Genuine exotic leather bags are made of materials not commonly available due to geography, ease of breeding and capture, sensitivity of the animals being farmed, climate, tanning processes or simple ease of working with the material after it has been tanned into a hide.

For a certain price exotic leather goods actually represent value for money. Desired by the world’s elite, exotic leather bags and related accessories represent the finest way a woman can spend money. Lower priced products often contain a number of markups from manufacturer through distributors, wholesalers, retailers and ending up on the laps of consumers for a price disproportionate to the product. Added to this the extent to which these products are marketed in the press and you can see why women are overpaying for the “luxury” of carrying around an object of desire.

The relative size of the exotic leather goods industry means it is not widespread but rather confined to clear market segments that conform to the restraints applied by nature. When and where you can obtain a finely handcrafted exotic leather handbag says a lot about the destinations you have travelled to. As clearly fitting in the category of handbags that reflect your professional/leisure interests, nothing tells a story like the Ostrich leather bag.

Crafted from the finest full aniline tanned skins available and styled in timeless classic silhouettes, these bags almost represent an investment more than a simple bag purchase.

When choosing such a fine product the interior is as important as the outside features and looks of the bag. Provided you look after your Ostrich handbag it will provide you with years of service and that elusive status only fine jewelry is accorded by being able to be passed on from generation to generation. When choosing be sure to look out for pockets in all the right places and ease of access as well as security.

Only a few crafting houses exist in the world today able to reproduce exotic leather bags and accessories according to such time-honored traditions only a few craftsmen employ today.

Source by Loic Bellet

Multi-Cultural Workplaces – 7 Ways to Make Them Work

Nowadays, people work in global offices with colleagues from different worldviews, religions and attitudes. It is important to be aware of cultural differences and how they affect team dynamics, communication and management style. Multi-cultural workplaces also offer a wealth of new experience and self-growth opportunities. Here are 7 ways to improve multicultural relationships in your workplace.

1. Make it OK to ask questions. Some people may feel that they cannot ask a person where s/he is from for fear of being offensive or being seen as racist in some way. This can prevent communication, team effort and even friendship from happening. Encourage people to talk about where they are from, and their culture. Most misunderstanding comes from lack of communication. If you can ask questions of one another, then the growth in relationship will enable more effective working together.

2. Learn about each other’s countries and cultures. Many people want to travel to exotic places and experience a different culture. But nowadays, there might be someone from one of those countries in the office. Put a map on the wall and stick pins in it linked to photos of your team members so you can see where people are from. Encourage people to add to the display with information and other pictures and use it as a group talking point.

3. Be respectful and open-minded. Cultural differences can sometimes be confusing or misinterpreted. Be respectful of the way other people work and interact. Try to learn from them instead of considering your way to be the best and criticising. Apologise if you feel you might have offended someone, and ask them how you can behave more appropriately in the future. Speak out again discrimination in the workplace and encourage understanding.

4. Celebrate holidays of other cultures. Festivals and celebration are a great way to learn about other cultures. Have a lunchtime meeting where you share some traditional food and discuss what the festival means. People are the same underneath and festivals often reflect what is important to all cultures – family, faith, children, honouring the past and looking to the future.

5. Create cultural awareness factsheets. If your company employs people from other countries, give them some material on what it is like to work in your company and country. If you send employees overseas to meetings or conferences, they should also know how to work in those cultures. For example, what is the customary greeting within each culture? These worksheets will help provide context for interactions and enable easier work relationships.

6. Treat people as individuals. Culture does not define a person, and cultural stereotypes can also be responsible for more misunderstanding. Don’t jump to conclusions just because someone is from a certain place. Get to know people as individuals regardless of their culture.

7. Identify gaps in your own knowledge. We are all a work-in-progress, and we can always learn more. Identify what you don’t know about your co-workers and their culture. What can you learn about your own culture that affects the way you work? How can you improve the situation so your team can work more effectively together?

“Understand the differences; act on the commonalities” – Andrew Masondo, African National Congress

Source by Joanna Penn

Travel – The Benefits of Exploring the World

Travel – The Benefits of Exploring the World

What on earth is happening to the world?

The financial sectors are being brought down to their knees the world over, jobs are on the line, and we feel forced to watch this happen and feel powerless to do anything to stop it. But are we powerless? No. Good enough reason to want to survive this ruin. In fact, the key to surviving this difficult and unprecedented stage in our planet’s history is to take responsibility, alter our thought process altogether and change the way we see the world. Travel and the exploration of our world provides us with the perfect platform for this change to occur.

When approached with openness and humility, the benefits of Travel are endless. But for the sake of simplicity, I have broken them down to 5 points.

1. Travel gives us the opportunity to silence the mind.

2. Travel gives us the opportunity to be touched by beauty.

3. Travel encourages us to grow.

4. Travel fuels our imagination, and awakens a sense of lightness and joy.

5. Travel fulfills our yearning for Unity.

1. Travel gives us the opportunity to silence the mind. Silence, which has been grossly underrated by modern society, creates a nourishing environment for contemplation and the appearance of inspiration. Yet, we find it extremely challenging to silence the mind in the midst of our everyday routine. This is where stepping outside of our comfort zone and exploring unfamiliar lands can play a very important part. It becomes easier for us to focus our undivided attention on a chosen object, such as a sunset, a beautiful landscape or a work of art, when we are outside of our normal environment. We allow ourselves to experience that sense of wonder and rapturous amazement at the harmony of natural laws, and feelings such as exhilaration, joy and peace are triggered. Time seems to stand still. Our intuitive capacity is increased, leading us to reach the Self and contact it fully. This is called an insight or “Illumination”, that “AHA” moment, where we arrive at a new level of awareness. And when an insight or illumination does appear, it sometimes reveals something that may have even been staring at us in the face all along.

The opportunity to silence the mind during my own personal travels has enabled me to find practical solutions to problems, the courage to change direction in my life at pivotal moments, and has provided me with the fertile grounds to think creatively. I have also observed that insights come as “feelings”, and so the insights vanish when the feeling vanishes. I have found that registering the insight on a mental level, like recording it into a diary, journal or workbook, fully assimilates the insights on a mental level. By recording insights, it anchors your thoughts, and thus forms the beginning of a gradual unfolding.

2. Travel gives us the opportunity to be touched by beauty.

Beauty can be described as a certain visual harmony, a spontaneous aesthetic experience. It is elusive, highly personal, it’s impact unpredictable, and yet is as integral to our human survival as Oxygen. Beauty is healing, regenerative, uplifting. Beauty allows us to put our pains and problems aside and helps us succeed in forgetting ourselves. It reveals unknown worlds and nameless possibilities. Beauty lightens our greed. As human beings, we have the choice to increase our aptitude in the art of appreciating beauty by opening ourselves to it and making ourselves available to experience it. Travel and exploring the world provides us with that opportunity in spades. After all, planet Earth is the “paradise planet” of the universe.

3. Travel encourages us to grow.

Growth is understanding what we have not previously been able to conceive. It is feeling what we have never felt, or doing what we have never done before. It obliges us to leave our comfort zone and progress into the unknown. Growth can sometimes be a joy, and sometimes it can be uncomfortable or even downright painful. But one thing is for certain. The personal growth experienced through travel and the exploration of the world results in a far greater sensitivity to the pain of human beings in general. And through this, we begin to see our own life in perspective, which in turn gives us a greater sense of purpose.

4. Travel fuels our imagination, and awakens a sense of lightness and joy.

What has happened to our imagination? Have our life experiences, schooling and conditioning discouraged us so much from using our imagination that we now view it as a frivolous word? Take a look at the eyes of a child. That look reminds us of a time when anything and everything was possible, unobstructed by past experiences and without exclusions. Travel reminds us not to take things quite so seriously in our lives. It awakens a sense of lightness and joy, and the realization that life is a dance. And dance, though powerful, is also a great pleasure.

5. Travel fulfills our yearning for Unity.

It is instinctive for human beings to naturally seek union with larger units, as we wish to share and participate in something that we regard as being greater than our individual selves. It is only natural. Travel encourages a sense of unity with all beings everywhere. Through travel we acquire a sense that we all share in the same destiny. So rather than confining ourselves to our own local communities and remaining in a stagnant mindset about the world, now more than ever, it makes so much sense to explore our wonderful world and travel more. The planet is in dire need for human beings to start resonating with each other, despite our cultural differences. No man is an island, as we have seen from the more recent financial meltdown. What has happened in Wall Street has affected us all on a global scale. We now have the opportunity to raise awareness and reverse the process through the art of travel.

Our outer world is simply a reflection of our own inner process. As without, so within. And as wonderful as the world is, it is no match for the beauty and depths of our imagination and own soul. And yet we can reach those depths via the richness of our world. The colours, languages, peoples, cultures, sounds, smells, taste sensations, art, all are part of a rich tapestry that forms our world heritage, and it’s just waiting for us to discover and enjoy it.

So act now and book that honeymoon travel destination, or that Summer holiday to somewhere that you haven’t been to before. Bring your diary, journal or workbook to record all those great insights and ideas that will come to you along the way, and don’t forget your camera so that you can capture the beauty around you.

Source by Victoria Ugarte

Top 10 Romantic Getaways For Under $5,000

Looking to just get away from it all? And you don’t have an entire checking account to splurge? Well no worries my friends, we all can’t be millionaires, unfortunately. But when it comes time to sharing that special vacation with somebody that you love, many us draw blanks come time to book and plan that special trip. However, this does not mean that there are not plenty of great places that you and your lover can escape to. To better help you decide, here are the top ten romantic getaways for under $5000!

1. Maui, Hawaii: enjoy relaxing on the romantic beaches of Maui while you stay at the Kihei Bay Vista Resort-a fully featured and amenity rich resort that offers high thread count sheets and plenty of great room service eats. Online packages, which include airfare and four days/four nights, start at about $765 per person-that’s around $1500 bucks and all you pay for is food and a rental car once on the island.

2. Cancun, Mexico: one of the most pristine, clean and beautiful barrier reef islands beckons you and your lover to come stay on the strip-like resort, beachside environment packed with ample night-doings and plenty of history. Online packages will run you about $850 per person, which includes airfare and hotel accommodations for four nights.

3. Miami, Florida: take your significant other to one of the most popular and romantic places in the world, and catch a day at Disney World, without the kids. Miles from hundreds of islands, Miami is a destination city. Online packages will run about $600 per person, including flight and a nice hotel room.

4. Aspen, Colorado: for a different, snowy romantic retreat, head to the Rocky Mountains and go on a romantic skiing trip. Lodging at a signature, mountainside resort, including lift passes, will only eat your wallet out of about $600 per person for a four day trip-including flight.

5. Newport Beach, California: perhaps one of the most inexpensive ways to get away from it all-you can easily find dozens of great vacation packages to beachside resorts, including airfare and logging for four nights, for about $500 per person online.

6. Acapulco, Mexico: a cheaper destination perhaps than Paris or Venice, you can easily find plenty of great deals online for all-inclusive trips to destination resorts. Packages range from about $600-800 per person, including airfare for a four night esplanade in the Mexican Riviera.

7. San Diego: one of the most popular romantic vacation destinations in the world awaits you. You will not find better deals to anywhere else online than here. Five day packages, which include your flight, a rental car and nice resort hotel room, start at around $600 per person.

8. San Francisco: the city by the bay is just a few hundred dollars away, where culture, nice beaches and five star eateries beckon you to come say hello. Enjoy a romantic trip for two here for about $600-$800, which includes your plane trip, and your hotel room for five nights.

9. Paris, France: perhaps one of the most romantic destinations in the world, a culture rich, and vibrate society will entice nearly anybody. Of course such an exotic destination never comes without an exotic price tag attached. Online packages, including airfare and hotel stay-for seven days and seven nights- start at about $1850 per person.

10. Venice, Italy: it does not get anymore romantic than taking a stroll through one of the oldest cities in the known world. Of course riding down the many, water filled canals and being serenaded also stack up in great many reasons-art galleries included-why you should head to Venice. It will cost you however to enjoy Italy, to the tune of about $1900 per person, including airfare and hotel for a week.

Source by Anita Hodzic

Best Places to Celebrate International Beer Day

International Beer Day (IBD) is a universal celebration of beer and is celebrated on the first Friday of every August. This festival was founded in Santa Cruz, California and since its inception as a small event in 2007, the day has grown into a global celebration covering over 200 cities, 50 countries and six continents.

On this day, beer lovers across the world raise a toast to the brewers and bartenders and celebrate the existence of this beverage. Unique experience and diverse range of beers are the major highlights of this exciting festival. Reviving and sharing the methods of beer brewing, along with different ways of enjoying pints is also a part of this festival. This is the occasion for beer lovers to gather under one roof and enjoy the finest range of beers from all across the world.

Below mentioned are some of beer lovers’ pilgrimage and finest places to enjoy the ‘International Beer Day.’

Prague, Czech Republic

When in Prague be amazed to pay more for water and less for beer. It was back in the 10th century that brewing was first recorded in the city and today the residents are the biggest beer consumers in the world. The city is the most sought after destination for beer lovers. Grab Air France flight deals and discover this magical city and enjoy the ancient charm dating back a thousand years. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit U Fleku which is a microbrewery cum bar and a restaurant that has been serving the exclusive Dark Lager for over 500 years.

Also, Pilsen that is located on the outskirts of Prague is where the Pilsner Pale Lager originated. Here you can try cask-conditioned, non-pasteurized beer that is similar to the 19th-century version of the beer.

Places to Go – U Fleku & Pilsen

Standard price for a pint is $1.49

Munich, Germany

Look out for LOT Polish Airlines Flights offers to explore one of the most developed cities in Germany. When in Munich, get your hands on exotic beer, discover the scenic Alps and visit the birthplace of BMW. The world renowned 16-day Oktoberfest Munich is held here. The festival that is dedicated to everything beer sees nearly 6 million beer lovers consume over 7 million liters of beer each year.

Munich in Germany is one of the most visited places during the International Beer Day as beer is considered to be an essential part of the cultural and culinary heritage of Munich. If you can’t make it to the Oktoberfest, make it a point to visit the Augustiner-Keller Biergarten which is one of the oldest beer gardens in Munich.

Make Air France reservations for low-cost airline tickets to Munich. The airline also offers regular flights to German cities from major US and European airports.

Go for: Hefeweizen, bock, unfiltered lagers and altbier

Standard price for a pint: $3.41

Besides these Dublin in Ireland, Portland in U.S.A, London in U.K., Tokyo in Japan, Asheville in North Carolina, U.S.A and Amsterdam in Netherlands are some of the finest cities to visit and celebrate International Beer Day.

Source by Zoey Alena