Welcome to Beijing, the new billionaire capital of the world

Beijing was recently found to have the world’s highest concentration of billionaires.

The results came from Hurun, a Shanghai-based firm that releases annual rankings and research about the world’s richest people.

With a total of 100 billionaires this year, Beijing is now the next destination for the ultra-wealthy.

With stunning ancient temples, gourmet restaurants, and high-end craft cocktail establishments, the city has plenty to offer visitors and locals alike.

Beijing offers an eclectic mix of new and old. At Tiananmen Square, which is one of the world’s largest public squares, visitors can get a glimpse of 1950s Soviet-style buildings, the gates of the Forbidden City, and incredible views of the city.

Beijing’s Forbidden City is the largest ancient palatial structure in the world, and covers a total of 178 acres. The Forbidden City includes 90 palaces and courtyards, 980 buildings, and 8,704 rooms that once housed emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.

Visitors can also explore portions of the Great Wall that date as far back as 450 years.

Majestic ancient temples like the Temple of Heaven still reside within the city. Built for Chinese emperors from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the temples within the grounds are round and tiered to resemble the crowns once worn by emperors.

The city is home to a variety of stunning destinations like Fragrant Hills Park, an imperial garden composed of nearly 395 acres of forests, hills, lakes, and cultural relics. Explore the ancient pagodas and temples that dot the park, gaze in awe at the beauty of fiery red leaves that blanket the mountain in autumn, or take a cable car to the top to be treated to stunning views.

Credits from: http://www.businessinsider.sg/why-you-should-visit-beijing-2016-2/


5 Reasons Why You Should Go To Santorini

Every once in a while I travel to a place that looks as though I’ve stepped into a postcard. I walk off the plane, exit the airport and emerge into a destination that’s just as vivid and drop dead gorgeous as the glossy rectangular images sold at airports and tourist shops. The island of Santorini happens to be one of those postcard places. For anyone thinking of heading to Greece—or even for those not thinking about it—I have one word for you: GO. Pack your bags, book a flight and go. Why? Well, there’s this:

If that still hasn’t convinced you, here are five reasons you need to visit Santorini ASAP:

Reason #1: 360-Degree Views If for no other reason, Santorini must be visited for its stunning views. Serene, blue skies meet glistening white buildings, that sit perched atop rocky red earth surrounded by seemingly never-ending water and uninhabited islands. Simply put, it’s amazing. To top it off, if you make your way to the northern part of Santorini in the late afternoon, you’ll catch one of the most truly memorable sunsets I’ve ever seen.

During my time on the island I stayed at a family-run, reasonably-priced hotel in Oia. Waking up at Hotel Lauda, I was greeted with daily views of the caldera—the island’s volcanic crater—and in the morning, mist and mountains circled the caldera while cruise ships slowly made their way to their port. Witnessing this is a truly calming experience and is what makes the island so unique.

Reason #2: Ridiculously Amazing Food and Drinks Not to be outdone by its surroundings, the food found in Santorini is pretty spectacular. I had a few noteworthy meals during my stay there, including a delicious and scenic lunch at Skala, a wonderfully fresh seafood dinner at Taverna Katina in Ammoudi Bay and THE BEST (yes, I’m calling it) souvlaki at Kenzo Grill House, next to Perissa Beach. Beyond the food, Santorini has several vineyards for all the winos to enjoy, as well as a generous supply of the popular Greek staple, ouzo. I admit ouzo was not quite for me, but I appreciated the numerous times and places it was offered.

Reason #3: Opportunities for Romance Okay, so I went to Santorini with my parents and realize that is not in any way romantic. However, I witnessed romance all around me — from the couples strolling through the moonlit paths in Oia, to the hotels and villas showcasing all the romantic possibilities available on the island. Picture this: you and your significant other in your caldera-facing suite, where you have your own outdoor hot tub, private terrace and views that others only dream of. I’m not making this up, it actually exists.

Reason #4: Nonstop Adventure I also felt it important to note that Santorini is not just for couples. We saw families, solo travelers and groups of friends out and about during our time there. In fact, the island is a great place to go with just about anyone and partake in some of the more adventurous activities, like quad biking or hiking a volcano. I did the latter while in Santorini and it was an amazing experience to climb to the top of Nea Kameni and feel the heat seeping out from the ground. After the hike, we all got to cool off by heading out on the water where we could swim in the cold part of the sea or head over to the hot springs (more like warm springs, but still a cool experience).

Reason #5: Warm-Hearted Atmosphere Last but certainly not least, the atmosphere during my stay in Santorini was warm and generous, mainly because of the people who reside on the island. It’s part of what makes Santorini so special. From the brother and sister duo who owns our hotel, to the friendly locals we met while wandering through Oia, Fira and other parts of the island, there is such an approachable atmosphere that can only be made possible by its people.

Credits from: https://travelnoire.com/wonders-santorini/sa

Why Disneyland Paris Is Worth a Visit

Die-hard Disney fans know nothing compares to visiting a Disney park that’s different from the one you’re used to. That feeling that everything is familiar yet new is what causes attraction fanatics to crisscross the globe in search of the latest rides, coolest hotels, and can’t-miss castles.

If you’ve never been to Disneyland Paris—or, better yet, still call it EuroDisney—there’s plenty more at the French park than what you may be envisioning. Planning a trip to the City of Light and wondering if Disneyland Paris is worth a visit? Let’s just say it’s the only place in the world you can eat dinner at a Mickey Mouse rodeo and experience “Ratatouille” in real life.

As Disneyland Paris approaches its 25th anniversary, here is a primer on what this European park even is, and why you should absolutely go if you get the chance.

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Disneyland Paris is home to two theme parks—Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park—as well as multiple hotels, entertainment offerings, and restaurants.

It’s remarkably close to the Paris city center, making a trip to Disneyland extremely easy via suburban commuter trains or car. In terms of design, Disneyland Park is similar to Disneyland and Magic Kingdom back in the states, but there are plenty of differences.

Disneyland Paris’ stunning Sleeping Beauty Castle has to be seen to be believed. Not only is there a moat in front used for nighttime entertainment, but there is a dragon living beneath it.

Space Mountain

Beloved rides are different at Disneyland Paris, too. Space Mountain goes upside-down, the Haunted Mansion is known as the more frightening Phantom Manor, and It’s A Small World has additional scenes.

Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups

Unlike the stateside parks, Disneyland Park is weather-proof. Two walkway arcades parallel to Main Street, U.S.A. make it easy to navigate in inclement weather, and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups are somewhat enclosed.

Rock n’ Roller Coaster

There’s no Hollywood Studios at Disneyland Paris, but there is a Rock n’ Rollercoaster, featuring the high speeds and Aerosmith beats you know and love.

Walt Disney Studio Park

Walt Disney Studios Park is Paris’ answer to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but it is distinctly different from the Walt Disney World park. Here, Hollywood Boulevard is indoors and located within Disney Studio 1, a mock movie sound stage.

Disneyland Hotel

Disneyland Paris has seven hotels in total. The most noteworthy is Disneyland Hotel, a beautiful rose-colored Disney resort just steps from Paris’ take on Downtown Disney.

Americana plays a big part in the design of Disneyland Paris’ hotels. Disney resorts like Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne, Hotel Santa Fe and Sequoia Lodge are deeply influenced by U.S. national parks and Southwestern styles.

The East Coast is on display at these Disney resorts, too. Disney’s Newport Bay Club has Cape Cod written all over it, and Disney’s Hotel New York is styled after the skyscrapers lining the Big Apple.

Most Disneyland Paris hotels are walking distance to the entertainment, shopping and dining at Disney Village.

Credits from: http://www.travelandleisure.com/trip-ideas/disney-vacations/why-visit-disneyland-paris#disneyland-hotel-paris-france

Why You Need To Visit Turkey Now

I was recently asked to speak at a conference in Turkey (in Istanbul) that I’m very excited about.  I’ve been to Turkey before in October of 2008 and absolutely love it.  I had the opportunity to travel quite a bit around Turkey to places such as Istanbul, Pamukkale, Izmir, Cappadocia, Antalya, Bursa, and a few other; but couldn’t near the Georgia border because there was a war going on.  Originally I had no desire to go to Turkey because I didn’t know much about the country, history and geography are not my strong suites for those that are wondering.  My family was planning the trip so and I just agreed to go not knowing what to expect.  After my first few days in Turkey it quickly became one of my favorite countries to visit.

Although I’m not that great at history I love to learn while I travel.  I’m always fascinated by historical sites, stories, cultures, traditions, and people.  I’ve been to Greece and thought nothing to possibly top all of the historical sites that I’ve seen there.  I was very wrong.  Turkey had some of the most amazing historical sites I have seen.  Everything from the library of Alexandria to the tomb of King Midas, all of it was just mind blowing; add a hot air balloon ride through the rose canyon in Cappadocia (one of the best places in the world to ride a hot air balloon) and you’ve really got yourself one heck of a trip.

Having said all that here are my top reasons for why I love Turkey and am so excited to speak there in February:

  • Turkey has a lot of life and a rising technology and social media scene (which is what I’m interested in).  It’s amazing to see so many entrepreneurs in a foreign country working on trying to build something new and innovating.  When you visit Turkey you just feel a huge pulse of life.  Everyone goes out and has a great time
  • The cities and sites in Turkey are also amazing.  I absolutely loved Pammukale where I had the opportunity to soak my feet in the limestone terrace pools that were overlooking a mountain.  I also saw some of the most amazing rock formations and underground cities that I have ever seen.
  • The people in Turkey are very nice and welcome.  Again, Turkey is one of those places that gets a bad rap by the media but when you actually visit the country you find that people are very different.  They love conversations and are very spiritual.  I get the feeling that everyone in Turkey is wise and just eager to impart their wisdom to the world.  Turkey has a very old culture, history, and way of doing things and people really value their culture and tradition; everything from the way they pray to the type of tea they drink.
  • The food in Turkey is also amazing.  I was on a guided tour while visiting Turkey and most of the food we ate on that tour was horrible.  However, once I left the guided tour to explore some of the cities on my own I was greeted with some of the best food I have ever tasted.  The kabobs and meat dishes in Turkey are heaven!

Credits from: https://thefutureorganization.com/why-love-visiting-turkey/ tur

10 Tempting Reasons to Visit New Zealand

 There are plenty of reasons why now is the perfect time to travel to New Zealand. Here are our top ten.

1. The Sheer Beauty and Majesty of the Landscape

Filming the Lord of the Rings trilogy in New Zealand introduced people around the world to the country’s extraordinary beauty and pristine environment, but you really need to experience this landscape in person. Mountains, rugged coastlines, lakes, fjords, alpine glaciers, geysers, volcanoes, seemingly endless green valleys, and offshore islands are just some of the natural attractions that await you.

2. The Weather

While we are preparing for the onslaught of winter and the prospect of short frigid days, shoveling snow, darkness when we wake up and darkness when get home from work, catching colds and flus, and perpetually pulling those coats on and off, New Zealand is at the threshold of its southern hemisphere summer. Daytime temperatures can range from the mid-70s on the coast and plains to the low 60s in the mountains. The water temperature is quite comfortable considering how far south in the Pacific it is (next stop south is Antarctica), with swimming in the north island and the north of the south island the warmest. There is sunshine/daylight for about 15 hours a day and evenings are mild, with only a light jacket required.

3. The Value of the U.S. Dollar

There aren’t too many places where the U.S. dollar is still king, but New Zealand just happens to be one very dollar-friendly destination. Right now (according to www.xe.com) the U.S. dollar buys approximately NZ$1.7, and one New Zealand dollar equals $0.59 cents. Which ever way you look at it, your dollar will go a lot further there and even if your greedy credit card company charges you a 2% foreign exchange fee on each transaction, you’ll still consider New Zealand an inexpensive destination.

4. The Ease of Getting Around

New Zealand is a compact country, albeit divided into two islands (north and south). Once there, getting around is relatively easy. You can fly between major cities on the national carrier Air New Zealand (www.airnewzealand.com) or use a regional company like Air2there (www.air2there.com). There are hop-on/hop-off budget bus services through companies like Stray Travel (www.straytravel.com) or you can choose to rent a car through a major international agency or a local provider. Hiring a motor home through companies like Camper Travel NZ(www.campertravel.co.nz) is another economical option with rates as low as NZ$60 a day for a van that sleeps two people. (Just keep in mind that in New Zealand, they don’t use the term RV — motor home or caravan are the accepted terms.) Obviously there are some differences when driving, the major ones being the fact that they drive on the other side of the road, distances are measured in kilometers not miles, and gas is sold in liters not gallons.

5. The Wine

Actually, this is my personal #1 reason to visit, as New Zealand’s famed Marlborough region happens to produce what I consider to be the world’s finest Sauvignon Blancs. The dry, passionfruit infused flavors of the wine, served very chilled, are perfect with fresh seafood or simply on their own, and most vineyards are open to the public with wine tastings, cellar door sales, and dining opportunities. Just remember, if you are driving, drink responsibly or designate a non-drinking driver. The Marlborough region is located a four-hour drive from Christchurch, a two-and-a-half-hour ferry ride from Wellington and roughly half an hour from Blenheim airport, in the northeast corner of the south island. There are day tours, you can easily rent a car, or use bicycles to get around. With over 100 vineyards, you can certainly spend a few days getting lost and found again in Marlborough. Visit the Wine Marlborough website (www.wine-marlborough.co.nz) for links to individual wineries but don’t miss Cloudy Bay(www.cloudybay.co.nz), Framingham (www.framingham.co.nz) and Kim Crawford Wines (www.kimcrawfordwines.co.nz).

6. The Marine Life

The cool South Pacific Ocean encircling the islands of New Zealand provides some of the finest whale watching in the world plus an opportunity to view a variety of other marine mammals and birds. Whale Watch (tel. +64/3-319-6767www.whalewatch.co.nz) runs tours throughout the year and although sightings are not guaranteed, there’s a good chance you will encounter Giant Sperm Whales, pods of Dusky dolphins, Wandering Albatross, New Zealand fur seals, and, depending on the season, you may also see migrating Pilot Whales, Blue Whales, Humpback Whales and Southern Right Whales. In the unlikely event that you do not see a whale on the two-and-a-half hour tour, the company will give you an 80% refund. Dress warmly as it can get rather chilly out on the water, even in the summer months (December to March). The tour costs NZ$140 for adults and NZ$60 for children three to 15 years of age. Children under the age of three are not permitted.

7. Events, Festivals and Gatherings

New Zealanders know how to throw a party. It seems that the entire year is full of festivals and events, from sport to art, food and wine to music. Here is just a small sampling of what’s on during the summer months:

8. The Friendly Locals

New Zealanders, or as they are commonly referred to, Kiwis, are a friendly and inviting bunch. Being among the world’s most prolific travelers (you’ll always come across Kiwis traveling in the most remote spots on the planet) they understand how important it is to be hospitable. Stand on a street corner in Auckland with a map in hand and you’ll be inundated with locals asking if you need help. Stop at a remote gas station in the country side and the proprietor will be more than happy to show you the way. The NZ accent is an interesting one — some people describe it as a mix between an Australian and a South African one, but keep in mind that certain vowels are pronounced a little differently — so don’t be alarmed if you think you hear “sex” when a local says the word “six.”

9. The Adrenalin and the Relaxation

Bungy jumping (www.bungy.co.nz) was invented in New Zealand but it is only one of the many action-packed, adrenalin-pumping activities you can experience there. Try jet-boating (www.riverjet.co.nz), cave abseiling (www.waitomo.co.nz), hot air ballooning (www.ballooning.co.nz), handgliding (www.hanggliding.co.nz) or skydiving (www.skydivingnz.com) and then recover with a dip in a hot spring (www.nzhotpools.co.nz) or a soothing soak in a volcanic mud pool (www.hellsgate.co.nz).

10. The Airfares are Still Affordable

I won’t sugar coat it: New Zealand is far away. It will take you a minimum of 13 hours to fly there and that is if you are flying from California. From the East Coast, it can take 20 hours with the requisite stop over in California, but it is definitely worth it. Considering the distance, the airfare prices are quite reasonable, in fact it is probably cheaper to fly to New Zealand now than it was a decade ago. You can grab shoulder season airfares that let you enjoy the New Zealand in early or late summer and even during the high season (mid December to mid February)

Credits from: https://www.frommers.com/trip-ideas/cultural-immersion/10-tempting-reasons-to-visit-new-zealand

Visiting Copenhagen? 10 things to know about Denmark

Copenhagen: not only the capital of the happiest country on Earth — officially — but also probably the center of the designer goods universe.

Even the Christmas decorations are tasteful.

The festive season is also when the air is especially thick with “hygge” — Denmark’s wooly, candle-lit version of coziness. No wonder Hans Christian Andersen called the city wonderful — twice.

Yes — sorry — that reference was impossible to avoid.

1. The Danes are the happiest people on the planet

It’s official. According to the UN’s 2013 World Happiness Report, Denmark, with a score of 7.6, beats every other country on a global happiness scale from zero to 10.

The United States, by contrast, isn’t especially happy. It came in in 17th place, between Mexico and Ireland.

But don’t despair if you think Danish despair has been lost. There’s always Hamlet — and Kierkegaard.


2. A lot of Copenhageners cycle — fast

Ever tried commuting to work by bike in a frenetic city such as London, New York or Beijing?

Do it and you realize cyclists are still second-class citizens in many cities.

The situation is reversed in Copenhagen, where half of the people pedal to work.

Just as cyclists compete with cars in terms of numbers, so too they seem to try to beat them on speed.

In other words, pedestrians should take care crossing a cycle lane.

Or you could join the two-wheeled masses. Cycling is one of the best ways to explore the city, and you can take bikes on trains.

Public transport is efficient. It takes 15 minutes to travel from the airport to the city center by metro, and trains run 24 hours a day. Copenhageners are also law-abiding. Even at 3 a.m. on an icy cold night, with no traffic in sight, they’ll wait for the green light at pedestrian crossings.


3. Copenhagen is glittering with Michelin stars

It’s still hard to get a table at Noma, the “new Nordic” restaurant that’s been named the World’s Best Restaurant three times. There are, however, options. This small city boasts 15 Michelin stars, and several Noma chefs have gone on to set up their own outfits with equally stimulating menus.

A flourishing example of the latter is Relæ(Jægersborggade 41; +45 3696 6609), an experimental, basement restaurant on a street packed with food shops and eateries.

Another (without a Michelin star) is Kødbyens Fiskebar(Flæsketorvet 100; +45 3215 5656), a stripped-back industrial space that specializes in fish and seafood.

Other top Copenhagen culinary stops include Aamanns Deli & Take Away(Øster Farimagsgade 10; +45 3555 3344) where smørrebrød, the classic Danish open sandwich, is turned into a delicious work of art, and the Royal Smushi Cafe(Amagertorv 6; +45 3312 1122), which serves “smushi,” a fusion of sushi and smørrebrød.

Make dining reservations early — most restaurants open for online bookings at least two months in advance.

Copenhageners tend not to dine late, meaning not a lot of places keep late hours.

4. “Hygge” is highly desirable

You feeling the hygge? Have another. Martin Moos/Lonely Planet images/getty images

This Danish word (pronounced “hooga”) loosely translates as “coziness.”

It’s a warm, sociable feeling that comes to the fore in autumn and winter and that, for Danes, is one of the highest states to which humans can aspire.

Wool sweaters (preferably organic), hats with earflaps, blazing log fires, strong ales in old wood-paneled bars and candles galore, even at breakfast, all conjure “hygge.”

5. Home is where the Danish designer goods are

Copenhagen is rich with design-led stores selling trendy lights, ingenious kitchenware, cheerful home furnishings and exquisite glass and ceramics.

Now in its 11th year, this purveyor of simple but good-looking furniture and accessories epitomizes the Danish dream to be “solid, straightforward, joyful and functional.”

Royal Copenhagen (Amagertorv 6)

Founded in 1775, this august company is best known for its classic blue and white hand-painted dinnerware.

Close by are Georg Jensen (Amagertorv 4), renowned for silver cutlery and jewelry, and Ilums Bolighus (Amagertorv 10), a department store devoted to Danish-designed home items.

Normann Copenhagen (Østerbrogade 70)

This cinema-turned-interiors-emporium in the affluent Østerbro neighborhood is youthful and light — anyone fancy a bright blue bowl in bendable rubber?

6. Copenhagen is extra-green

The Danish capital has electric buses, recycling-crazy citizens, clean harbors and shops selling clothes made from organic bamboo.

A full 64% of the city’s hotel rooms are certified as eco-friendly.

Three-quarters of the food served in public institutions is organic.

Next year, Copenhagen will be the 2014 European Green Capital, an award that recognizes cities with consistently high environmental standards.

This is only the beginning: By 2025, Copenhagen plans to be the world’s first carbon-neutral capital.

7. Tivoli will suck you in

Opened in 1843, Tivoli is the world’s second-oldest amusement park and a much-loved attraction in this family-friendly city.

Set inside mature gardens with a lake and playgrounds, it’s a schmaltzy but happy place with roller coaster rides, pantomime shows, treat stalls, amusement arcades and more than 40 places to eat and drink.

Tivoli is open in summer from April 10 until September 21, then again for Halloween (October 11-27) and Christmas (November 15-December 31), when it sparkles with 2 million fairy lights.

Children under 8 get in free; for those over 8, it’s DKK95 ($16) a head.

8. The Danes are clever clogs

Look familiar? It’s Copenhagen’s Nyhavn district again (see top of page), this time as rendered at Legoland Denmark.

MyLoupe/UIG via Getty Images

The Danes invented lots of things we didn’t know needed inventing.

Like the pedal bin, created by Holger Nielsen in 1939 for his wife’s hairdressing salon.

You can pick one up at the family’s Vipp flagship store (Ny Østergade 34) — your trash will thank you.

They also largely invented existentialist angst — the flip side of all that happiness.

Professionally gloomy philosopher Søren Kierkegaard was born here in 1813 and the city is busy celebrating with a host of bicentennial exhibitions and events.

Finally, of course, Lego. A marvelous Danish idea — until you step on one with your bare feet.

9. Denmark doesn’t have the euro

It’s a surprise to many, but Denmark isn’t on the euro, but the krone (crown).

Bank notes bear more pictures of bridges and historic finds than famous people — typical of a nation that values construction and craftsmanship over ego.

Tipping is minimal. Restaurant bills normally include a service charge and taxi drivers don’t expect a tip, although it’s customary to round up the amount.

10. Christmas and New Year’s is a great time to go

The holidays are when Copenhagen is in full festive mood — and of course it’s all done very tastefully.

The Danes prefer white lights on their Christmas trees, rather than gaudy colors, and the Christmas markets, which start in mid-November, aren’t as tacky or commercial as elsewhere.

Alongside the expected designer candle holders and licorice candies (a national obsession), you’ll find stalls selling wholesome gifts such as Inuit jewelry, high-tech kitchen utensils and sensible wooden toys.

A white Christmas isn’t guaranteed, but snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures are a winter staple.

Good boots, a warm hat, “gløgg” (mulled wine) and “julebryg” (specially brewed Yuletide beer) — these are the seasonal staples.


This article was originally published in October 2013.

Source: http://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/copenhagen-travel-bourdain-10-things/index.html


Feeling lost in life? 7 Reasons Why You Need To Travel

One of the most freeing parts of traveling is that it’s a clear time out from everyday life. You’re not at home, you’re not going to your job every day, you’re not seeing the same people you always see. In particular, the time you spend kind of “trapped” while you’re traveling, like when you’re on a plane or a train and you have lots of time to just sit and think without too many other options, can be really valuable time.

Freeing yourself from the drudgery of everyday life (no more household chores for a while!) also helps give you time to think through what’s really important to you. For me, a long train journey (think Trans-Siberian, my personal favourite!) is the perfect way to give yourself the time to reconsider where you are headed in life.


By allowing you to contrast your own life with those of others in different countries, travel gives you a totally fresh perspective on your own life. If you think you really need a big perspective shift, travel to a country where the culture is completely different from your own. I find that even a place with what I’d expect to be a similar culture is always different enough that I can learn something about my own life. Obviously, visiting a third world country when you’re struggling with several good career paths to go down will put your first world problems very much into perspective, but it doesn’t have to be that extreme.


Feeling lost in life can be a sign that you need to find some new interests, something new to be passionate about, whether that’s a career, a person or simply a rewarding hobby.

Travel can help you find your passion in life by introducing you to new ideas and concepts that you’ve never heard of before. It might happen in a museum; it may be a new a language that gives you the spark; or you might even discover (as I did) that travel itself is your passion!


It might not necessarily be that you’re in need of a new passion: it might be as simple as needing a good new idea. While you’re traveling you might come across a new area of work that you hadn’t considered or even known about, but is a good fit for your skills. Or you could learn about some new technology, see a different kind of marketing campaign or find a different way to use space in a house or apartment and these kinds of ideas might help you solve some of the problems you have back home. It’s not always a big change that needs to be made to set your life back in order, and you just might find the solution in a new idea you observe on your travels.


If you want to meet a large number of varied, interesting new people in a short time, travel is one of the best ways to go about it. Rather than mulling over your problems with the same friends and colleagues again and again, you might find that by talking to new people – especially those with very different life experiences from yours – that you figure out some important things about your life.

I’ve also found with many of the people I’ve met while traveling that you can get down to talking about serious, in-depth topics a lot faster than with a regular friend at home – the normal inhibitions seem to disappear when everyone realises the face-to-face part of your friendship is temporary.


It’s not that easy to push yourself beyond your comfort zone when you’re living in the same place, going to the same job and seeing the same people all the time. However, when you find yourself in a completely different country with a completely different daily routine (or no routine at all), it’s a lot easier to imagine yourself doing things that you’d never imagined.

This freedom to recreate yourself and your boundaries is not just a great feeling, it’s applicable to every aspect of your life. I’m sure the reason I feel confident enough to run my own business now is because my experiences while traveling helped me realise I’m capable of things I probably hadn’t expected of myself.


And then there’s another possibility of what could happen to you if you take time out of your life and go traveling: you might not come home again! It is not unheard of for people to take off on a trip and decide that the place they end up has more going for it than the one they left, or they fall in love with a local, or find a great job opportunity. The list goes on.

With the whole notion of location independent work gaining momentum thanks to the ease of working over the internet (for many kinds of jobs, though of course not all) it’s much easier to set up life in a new place. Who knows, that might happen to you.

So what are you waiting for – go and take the plunge! I know my life changed in multiple ways when I started to do a lot of traveling (and it wasn’t even that broken to start with) – so much good can come of it, so take the risk and have a go. Happy travels!


Credits from: Amanda Kendle