Why Everyone Deserves A Vacation

Why Everyone Deserves A Vacation

Let's be real, you could use a few days off from all the stress that life throws at you.
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I recently just came back from a trip with my family, and I'm starting to have mixed feelings about being home. Even though it was a much needed time off from school and work, I really needed it to feel healthier mentally, physically, and emotionally. When you're young, parents and teachers reiterate how important it is to have a good sleep schedule and to have time to openly think about things. However, when you're older, it gets harder and harder to believe your friends and family when they tell you to take some time off for yourself.

Let's be real, you could use a few days off from all the stress that life throws at you. We all know that stress isn't good for you and too much of it can eventually cause even more problems in your daily routine. What you actually need to be doing is catching up on sleep, eating various healthy foods, meeting up with old friends, and reading a book you haven't touched in awhile. This escape from reality is supposed to allow you to do things you haven't done in awhile and to spark more joy into your life.

There is this idea in a lot of our minds that a vacation has to be away from the home and at an exotic place on our beautiful planet; however, this is the wrong idea. Yoga, for example, is a great relaxation technique that can be done by people of all ages. A great thing about yoga is that you don't have to go somewhere special to partake in it, as it can be done in the comfort of your home. There are many other things you can do such as going to the pool to tan, treating yourself at a fancier restaurant, or simply enjoying a good chick flick with your girlfriends. Be kind to yourself and allow yourself to grow during these mini vacations that can even happen daily.

I know that not everyone has many vacation days, but pampering yourself for a few days will only do good, not harm. When you do choose to relax, you might even find yourself smiling and expressing your love more to the people you care so much about. I hope that you never forget to tell them how much you love them and treasure the days you do get to spend with them.

Whenever you go on your next trip, I hope you think of this as a time for you to lay back and relax because you deserve and need it. If you're someone who works non-stop to provide for your family, a high school or college student, or a young child, you may need time to get away from all the chaos in the world and let loose. Above all, everyone can spare a few days to remind themselves of the blessings they have and how amazing they truly are.

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Learn Something Valuable From These 7 European Countries

When you are surrounded by chocolate, treat yourself.
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America is a big country. So large that some parts of the country are so diverse they may as well be in different worlds, yet, American soil will always have one uniting factor: The American Dream. So, if we have an idea that enables synonymity in our vast country then that means that as different as some American counterparts may seem, we also share much of the same. This is why international travel is so important.

In fact, global traveling is more feasible then some may think, and can help shape your life in tremendous ways. So, here are seven life lessons there are to learn from those other international communities, specifically seven countries from Europe.

1. Spain: Be diverse in your choices

The Spanish are famous for their “tapas”. If you spend time in Spain then you will undoubtedly encounter this diversified little meal. Tapas are essentially small little plates (or tasters) of different dishes. This thereby encourages making choices that consist of variety, reinforcing to those who are creatures of habit to try something new!

2. England: Spend time outdoors

Take a trip to England and you will be surrounded by areas of preserved green space. When walking the streets of London you can expect every other block to be an area reserved for a small community park, not to mention the tremendously large parks in London, like Hyde Park. This dedicated space for outdoor enjoyment encourages people to get out of their homes and go move around in the parks.

3. Belgium: Treat yourself

Oh, the Belgium chocolate. Belgium is world renowned for having excellent, gourmet chocolate. Must I say any more? Treat yourself! With a chocolatier shop on every corner, it’s hard to miss.

4. The Netherlands: Exercise

When people think of Amsterdam, they often think of bicycles. Boy, is that true. Bicycles rule the road in the Netherlands, especially the populated city of Amsterdam. It is not uncommon to see elegantly dressed women, mothers with newborns, or toddlers cycling along the busy streets. Take a page from the Dutch way of life and try using your bicycle as your main mode of transportation.

5. Germany: Learn a foreign language

The German language is a bit abstract to English speakers. Which means if you do not speak German, then you will be playing charades to find your way through the German homeland. Some regions consist of seasoned English speakers, but do not plan on it. Take this as a mental note to learn a new language.

6. Italy: Eat good food

Italian food. Yum. The Italians know how to achieve high-quality life through their beautiful leisurely vacation destinations, fine art scene, and AMAZING FOOD. Take a trip to Italy, eat good food, and come home realizing you should treat your taste buds better then you have.

7. Denmark: Don’t take candy from strangers

Allow me to clarify something: the Danish are very sweet and kind people. Their candy will not actually cause damage to your body in terms of being toxic, but your taste buds will revolt unless you like salted black licorice.

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7 Ways Commuting To College Has Actually Helped Me

Commuting to college doesn't always have to be bad. It's all about what you get out of it.
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Commuting to college has gotten a pretty bad reputation, among students. Driving to class every day, sometimes long distances just don’t appeal to everyone. It means getting up earlier, using a lot of money on gas and frequent oil changes. I understand why it isn’t appealing to some but, to me, it has become way more than just that. It has become a ritual of sorts.

1. It gives you plenty of time to think and collect yourself

Sometimes, life gives you some hard decisions or tough times. I’ve taken what is a normal car ride and turned it into a time where I can problem solve with what’s going on in my life, get any aggression or anxiety out and unwind. After all, what else are you going to do while you drive? Trust me, I’ve thought of great ideas while driving too. Plus, it’s never a bad idea to clear your mind so that you don’t have the urge to punch someone.

Make driving be a time where you aren't thinking about school or work. It really helps, once you get it down.

2.Music jam sessions

Okay, come on. Music can heal even the worst of days. Music is a safe haven of sorts, for me. You aren't just singing along with the music, you are performing. So turn up your favorite artist and sing like nobodies watching. It also gives you time to find new artists or even listen to some old CDs if you are feeling nostalgic. If you aren't a music fan, there is always more options.

3. You have more time for podcasts and audio-books

I'm a big Harry Potter fan so, audio-books are a necessity for me. Books are very relaxing and can get your mind off of the traffic. Before I commuted I had no idea what a podcast even was. I tried a few on rides and I couldn’t stop listening to them. You can download them for free the night before so, you don’t have to worry about using your data, either. Plus, there is a podcast for almost anything you can think of. Want to listen to people talk about cooking? There is plenty. Want to listen to people deeply explaining video game conspiracy theories? I’m sure there is one for that too.

4. The scenery

I know. Corn fields are only cool to look at for like 10 minutes but sometimes while I drive I must admire the scenery. There is grass, sunsets/sunrises, animals, and many other things that are truly beautiful in nature. You will find something to look at. Just don’t get too distracted.

5.You can drive anywhere you want, at any time

One complaint about dorms is that you don’t have a ride anywhere, usually. That’s where commuting comes in handy. You can drive to a close restaurant, park, coffee shop, or anything that you want to visit, really. Heck, maybe if you have a few hours open during the day, you can sign up to be an Uber driver and make some extra cash. College students always need cash.

6. Your car turns into a locker

This one is underrated. Remember having a locker in junior high? Well, your car turns into a locker and your personal closet. That way, you don’t have to carry a full load of books all day. Make some time in your schedule so that you can go back to your car and switch the books out. Just park close and well-ah! You can store pretty much anything in it, too.

7. It makes you a better planner

You will plan for how much sleep you get, how long it takes to get ready, how long to drive, and so on. You have to plan pretty much everything. I actually benefited from it in other aspects of my life, too. It made me better at planning stuff at work or even for my school, too. It makes you think ahead, in more than one aspect. This is especially true with the weather.

I'm sure that you will figure out which parking lot is the closest and best for you.I hope this helps you find some peace on your commute. It doesn’t have to be a long, agonizing, ride in the car. Make it your own.

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