Want to max out the wisdom-inducing power of travel? Here are some experience-expanding parameters to impose on yourself the next time you leave home.Early humans moved — from the savanna to forests to mountains to islands, between hot and cold, from coasts and deserts and tundra and back again. We hunted, farmed and built increasingly larger communities, and then we left those places too.Humans were nomadic throughout the length of the Stone Age — and that represents 99% of our existence as a species.Travel has clearly played a formative role in our evolution.Our itinerant nature is also partly why our brains are so developed.When you’re exposed to new experiences, your mental plasticity (rewiring, repairing) increases in a way that it doesn’t when you stay in a circumscribed space and repeat the same behavior day after day. Continue at Source: Why travel makes you smarter and wiser
TripAdvisor revealed its top 10 experiences around the globe with its second-annual Travelers’ Choice Awards for Experiences. The list spotlights the top tours for travelers around the world, from various tour operators. The ranking ws determined using an algorithm that took into account traveler reviews, opinions and popularity over the last year, starting with No. 1: Faster Than Skip-the-Line: Vatican, Sistine Chapel and St. Peter’s Basilica Tour in Vatican City: The Vatican Museum is home to some of the world’s most iconic art, including the Cistine Chapel. The tour of the Sistine Chapel, Raphael’s Rooms and St. Peter’s Basilica leaves at the time of day (morning and evenings are busiest) when you can explore with fewer crowds. Continue at Source: The 10 best travel experiences around the world, ranked by TripAdvisor
Annual leave days are some of the most precious things in existence. Thing is, between festivals, weddings, vacations and family bits they seem to disappear in the blink of an eye. When they’re gone, they’re gone. I feel proper crappy when I get to the point of only having one or two left for the … Continue at Source: 24 Hours In Vienna: See A Stunning European City Without Taking Annual Leave
For the past three years, Lexie Alford has been traveling at a fevered pace. In her race to become the youngest woman to visit all the world’s countries, she’s seen some incredible sights — only to leave them and continue on her journey. Here are five of the places she can’t wait to return to. Continue at Source: 5 places the world’s youngest globe-trotter can’t wait to revisit
“I used to think living on a tropical island was a pipe dream. But I did it. And it wasn’t in my plan at all.”
Janine Hall was a burnt-out corporate executive when she made her first trip to Bali, desperately seeking an exit strategy not just from her job but her whole way of life.
Working in marketing for David Jones in Sydney, Hall, who grew up between Auckland and the Coromandel beach town of Whangapoua, was craving “radical” change but had no idea the Indonesian island would provide a long-term solution. Continue at Source: The truth about life in Bali according to Kiwis who live there
Marrakech is a fascinating city located in Morocco at the foot of the Atlas Mountains. What was once an imperial city is now a thriving cultural center.
Morocco has been one of my top travel destinations for the past few years and it was such a dream to experience the south of the country in late April 2019 with We Are Travel Girls. From the breathtaking culture to the dreamy architecture and the delicious food to the stunning historical sites there are so many reasons why you will fall in love with this enchanting North African country. Continue at Source: Best Luxury Experiences in Marrakech, Morocco – Brown Eyed Flower Child
Planning your next European city break? Budapest should deffo be on your list and NO, you don’t have to wait for a big inter-rail trip to do it. In fact, I flew over with a group of friends for a short weekend break. The capital city of Hungary, Budapest has so much to offer, from the … Continue at Source: Two Days In Budapest: Discover Europe’s Coolest City
New research explores why many people seek out scary experiences.
For that matter, why do people enjoy roller-coasters, bungee jumping, or any of the countless other activities that seem to serve no purpose except to make people feel terrified, however briefly? Is there a positive benefit to exposing yourself to these kind of intense negative experiences? According to recent studies, there may be. Continue at Source: Why Do People Like To Be Scared?
Now the co-EP of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,’ Denise Rehrig reflects on her whirlwind trip around the globe.
I’d been working full-throttle since college, and my career in TV had turned out better than I’d ever imagined. I’d moved to New York at 21, landing an entry-level job at CNBC at the height of the tech bubble. I worked my way up to a producer position, then made the jump to network news as a senior producer for Good Morning America at the age of 30. Continue at Source: I Was at the Top of My Career. Then I Quit to Travel the World for 13 Months
The mayor ushered in a permanent get-tough approach on boorish behavior by tourists and those Romans who exploit them.
Exasperated by tourists who frolic in Rome’s public fountains, vandalize its monuments and treat its landmarks as their own personal living rooms, the city famous for its artistic heritage and easy-going lifestyle has had enough. Continue at Source: Too much Dolce Vita can get you banned from Rome: Travel Weekly