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The Unknown Travel Destination

The Unknown Travel Destination

The real Belgrade has a unique charm of city that was reborn from its own ashes. The destruction brought by the war are still visible in some parts of the city. The half bombed official buildings serve both as a tourist attraction and as a live memory for the citizen of Belgrade.

Belgrade is the place where past meets present and future. Conveniently located on the confluence of the Danube with the river Sava, this city will easily be imprinted in the memory and soul of every traveler. Although profoundly east European, Belgrade breaths a western air, having something form the special feeling of a French town in its most hidden corners. Many tourists have discovered the beauties and treasures of this city, unknown until recently. On the main tourist streets, one can feel the strong cosmopolitan character that the city is beginning to have.

There are countless small architectural and historic small secrets hidden all around Belgrade. Starting with the amazing Kalemegdan fortress, now transformed in one of the most beautiful parks in the world, and continuing with the imposing St. Sofia, the biggest orthodox cathedral in the world, there are plenty of things worth discovering. The most adventurous tourists may try the delicious lemon beer at the Black Turtle Pub or the traditional pljeskavica, which could compete with the best hamburgers.

There are so many place to see and things to do in Belgrade, that it’s impossible to explain in little words. No real traveler can visit the city and remain cold. Belgrade gets in your system and will be calling you back always.

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.

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Victoria Ugarte was born in Manila, Philippines to parents of Spanish heritage and received a unique Spanish-Filipino upbringing. She was bitten by the travel bug at just eight years of age when she travelled to Madrid with her parents, and where she lived for a short time. Much later in her life, fashion and travel became synonymous with Victoria’s career. A member of the Australian “ragtrade” for over 20 years, she flew all over Australia and the world, dipping into wonderful and exotic places, as well as more traditional destinations. Her flair for seeking out special places to add color to her travel itinerary, plus her skills in pulling together a suitable travel wardrobe within a limited timeframe, developed rapidly. With much work-related travel in the areas of fashion buying, merchandising, marketing and trend research, Victoria was in a wonderful position of being able to learn from local business contacts where to eat, where to shop, what to see, opening many avenues for great experiences. Inspired by her hero and muse, Amelia “Millie” Earhart, Victoria continues to channel her passion for style, travel and writing into the launch of her website, “Postcards from Millie”.

3 Places You Should Definitely Consider For Your Next Trip

3 Places You Should Definitely Consider For Your Next Trip

Looking for some luxury travel destinations? Below you will find 3 places that you should definitely put on your travel itinerary. Whether you need a romantic getaway for two, or a place to bring the family, these three spots are perfect. They are beautiful, fun, relaxing, and will create a memory you’ll have forever.

1. Maldives: One of the most breathtaking places and a perfect one for those who just want to get away and be pampered, Maldives couldn’t be more heavenly. If you enjoy fine dining, relaxing in a private jacuzzi or taking a dip in a beautiful pool, then you’ll want to come here. You’ve never seen a sunset until you’ve seen one from here, it will definitely take your breath away. Made up of over 1100 coral islands, it is the lowest country in the world with a maximum natural ground level of just 7 ft 7 in. You have your pick of resorts, hotels, a guest house or even going on safari; a true adventure awaits you to a place that is like nothing else you’ve ever seen.

2. Jamaica: For something a little bit closer, Jamaica can provide you nearly the same luxury and relaxation; with beautiful blue waters and stunning resorts. Enjoy the culture and music and try a bit of Jamaican cuisine, these islands are perfect for a romantic getaway. Family vacations are ideal as well as the resorts are set up to handle a bit of everything with activities, beautiful pools and a large selection of resorts to suit anyone needs. Spas, chapels, restaurants galore and exciting adventures on the water, it is a very well rounded vacation for all.

3. Bali: A magical destination with the most beautiful white sand, featuring an excellent hotel, the Grand Hyatt Bali. This location features gorgeous manicured lawns, elaborate water features, peaceful walkways and even a brand new spa. You can soak in a bit of culture with the night market, shows and culinary adventures. This hotel blends in beautifully to its surroundings and offers its guest an impeccable place to settle for a time. One week vacations to longer, you’ll love the atmosphere and culture of this destination.

There are quite a few luxury travel destinations you can choose from, but I think you’ll find that the three mentioned above are on the top of everyone’s list; or at least they should be. Maldives is in one word, majestic; it has to be one of the most beautiful places in the world. Jamaica and Bali come in a close second and third as they too feature beautiful waters, grand hotels and resorts and many fun activities for you to enjoy.