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Today's Mantra: I DON'T HAVE TIME

Today's Mantra: I DON'T HAVE TIME | Unplug | Scoop.it
@waylonlewis on Instagram: Yaffo, Israel, off the beach.   I'm traveling. I don't have time to write my weekly editor's letter. I don't have time to
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YOU DON'T HAVE TIME...


You don't have time to work -- to play with the kids -- to breathe.  Heck!  You don't even have time to read this insight!


And what do we do "If there’s a gap of space, of breath?  We reach for our smart phones. 150 times a day, on average. Pretty stupid."


This blogger reminds us that Life is too short.  Life is too sweet.  And  not something to be ignored.


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give time and be happy :)

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Unplug, Disconnect & Relax

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These days technology is all pervasive, unavoidable even, and we are grateful. It has made it simple to get things done from anywhere in the world. It is hard to imagine going back to the way things were before smartphones.
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It would indeed be hard to imagine going back to a life before smartphones.  A life with fewer distractions.  A time when text and Twitter alerts did not even exist.

 

Expedia suggests we all need to take a break once in awhile "to stay healthy, take stock of our life, and reconnect to the present." And they've created an infographic to help us remember to disconnect and relax -- especially during the holidays.

 

 

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Spa Travel Trends for 2014

Spa Travel Trends for 2014 | Unplug | Scoop.it
Health and Fitness Travel has created their exclusive Fusion Fitness programmes with spa hotels for clients needing this tailored approach.
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I hate to say it, but the New Year is just around the corner.  And as you consider those resolutions, including how you will allow more time in your life for YOU, consider some of the hottest new spa travel trends for 2014:

 

  • Personalized Wellness Spas are now using a more customized approach
  • Medi-Spas are offering treatment for a variety of conditions by specialized doctors
  • Mental Restoration Spas are teaching about ways to lower stress and renew the mind and body
  • Detox & Weight-Loss Spas are educating about healthier eating patterns that restore and replenish the body
  • Fitness Spas are integrating hot, new fitness crazes into their programs
  • Knowledge Spas offer wisdom on wellness that is shared in a way that can be incorporated into daily life
  • Nature Spas offer programs to reconnect with Nature and the great outdoors
  • Wellness Spas are now incorporating different cultures into their programs
  • Family Spas, where parents are encouraged to bring their children, are becoming increasingly popular
  • Meditation Spas are now using a mindfulness approach towards mental balance and happiness
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Wonderful Places You Didn't Know Existed

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The world is full of wonders... wonders we know about (the Grand Canyon) and those we might not (see below). But it's important to note that this earth we all live on is an insanely beautiful place.
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The world is full of beautiful wonders to visit like caves, cliffs, forests, mountains and so much more. There is so much available online with just a click that it sometimes can be easy to forget reality is so much more grand when you're visiting it in person.


Touching, seeing, hearing, smelling and experiencing a new place could quite possibly fill not only your senses with joy but fill your heart as well. Expand your horizons, unplug...

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8 Peaceful Beach Escapes

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When many of us dream of the beach, we’re not just dreaming of fine white sand and clear blue waters.


"Resorts that blend modern luxuries with a rustic vibe help set just the right tone for relaxation and serenity."

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Sometimes we need to go further than just unplugging our gadgets. Getting far away to somewhere serene and peaceful is just what the doctor ordered.


This post shares 8 getaways with beautiful pictues that can make dreaming about unplugging much more real and colorful.

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Saffire Resort, Tasmania

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"The heat is on, and it’s easy to daydream about a relaxing getaway in a distant land. We’ve seen an incredible array of eco friendly resorts spring up around the world that bring you closer to nature while providing top-notch luxury accommodation."

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Adventures in Iceland | Wild South Iceland in Photos | Quiet Wanderings Travel Photography Blog -- faraway places and extraordinary journeys

Adventures in Iceland | Wild South Iceland in Photos | Quiet Wanderings Travel Photography Blog -- faraway places and extraordinary journeys | Unplug | Scoop.it
As I drive through a snowstorm somewhere in the South Iceland, not having seen another car for hours and unable to see more than a few meters in front of me, I begin to wonder if renting a car to explore the wilds of Iceland on my own was really...
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Digital Detox Holidays -- The Latest Trend?

Digital Detox Holidays -- The Latest Trend? | Unplug | Scoop.it
Digital detox holidays are the latest trend for technology addicts, and hotels are even offering discounts as incentives.
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We saw it in Huffington Post this year -- Arianna committing to a digitally detoxed holiday.  We read about it in the New York Times and the Wall Stree Journal.  We see blogs and articles on occasion, suggesting there is a necessity to take vacations off the grid.  Are digital detox holidays the latest trend?

 

According to Rachel Quigley, yes.  So "if you are one of those people who feel naked without your smartphone, it's time to listen up."

 

All around the world, hotels are beginning to see an increased number of people seeking a repreive from busy, technology-filled lives.  So much so that incentives and discounts are being offered.  Travellers need to commit to leave all digital devices at home or check them in at the front desk for the duration of their stay.  Upon doing so, vacationers "are rewarded with extra amenities, freebies or discounts of up to 20 percent". 

 

So as you consider your next vacation, will you choose an unplugged holiday?

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Ditch the Facebook and Go To Nepal

Ditch the Facebook and Go To Nepal | Unplug | Scoop.it
"I’m done with daily hustle, I’m tired of social media", this is something many of us feel. Those who were born before or 90’s know the best of life, not having these nicer means. Phone calls by...
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Are you fed up with the daily hustle?  Are you tired of social media?  If you've forgotten -- or never experienced -- life without smartphones and Facebook, then ditch the Facebook and go to Nepal.

 

Have luxurious candle light dinners -- every night!  Enjoy long chats with your family; play with your kids; get to know yourself.  Meditate.  Breathe.  Bask in the fresh mountain air.  Experience life without electricity.  Take all the time you need -- to just "be".

 

If you're constantly opening apps or "you go to your browser for other reasons and type in the Facebook or Twitter URL; then it is definitely time for you to come to Nepal."

 

 

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Vacation Deprivation

Vacation Deprivation | Unplug | Scoop.it
Americans given 14 days off and take 10, leave twice as many days unused as last year; French take all 30 available days while also feeling most vacation-deprived.

Via Andrea Rossi, Roland Schegg
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Vacation deprivation?  Until today, I had never heard of such a thing. 

Yet a recent study by Expedia reveals stark global disparity in work-life balance.

 

Here are some of the findings:

 

  • Americans treat vacations as a luxury rather than a right. Over the past year, Americans were afforded 14 days of vacation and took 10, leaving 4 days on the table, twice as many as the year prior.
  • The French lead the world in vacationing, taking all 30 possible days available to them. At the same time, a full 90% of employed French adults either strongly or somewhat agree with the sentence, "I feel vacation deprived," well above the global average.
  • Norwegians, by a wide margin, feel no such thing: only 17% of Norwegians describe feeling vacation-deprived.
  • The Japanese are given a relatively robust 18 vacation days (the global average is 20); they only take 7. At 7 days taken, Japan joins South Korea as the most vacation-deprived nations in the study.

 

What are your vacation habits?  Do you feel vacation-deprived?

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10 Great Tips For Fun Family Travel

10 Great Tips For Fun Family Travel | Unplug | Scoop.it
Expert advice can be hard to come by when it comes to family travel. Many families travel at least once a year for holidays or annual vacations and have their own ways to survive and hopefully thrive.
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The holiday season is quickly approaching.  If you're anything like me, you're starting to think about your family travel plans.  Here are 10 tips to ensure a fun, easy trip:

 

1.   Traveling with babies is easy

2.   Realize what is most important - the Memories

3.   Use technology to save money

4.   Using a travel agent can also save you money

5.   Know the best family-friendly hotels

6.   Purchase day passes to airline lounges

7.   New or "forgotten" toys are sanity savers

8.   Pack light

9.   Don't forget about you

10. It's important to travel kid-free on occasion

 

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Happiness is a Choice

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"Happiness is a choice. This lesson almost more than anything else has changed my life. It is one that I stay in touch with on a day in and day out basis."

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#happiness #unplug

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How to Travel: 21 Contrarian Rules

How to Travel: 21 Contrarian Rules | Unplug | Scoop.it
(Photo credit: Moyan Brenn) This is a tactical post on travel from Ryan Holiday, who's written on this blog before about the pragmatism of Stoicism and lessons learned as Director of Marketing for ...
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Change It Up: Amtrak Celebrates 42nd Anniversary

Change It Up: Amtrak Celebrates 42nd Anniversary | Unplug | Scoop.it
May 2013 marks Amtrak's 42nd anniversary, and Joe Boardman, Amtrak CEO, has a special wish this year!


"So, for our 42nd anniversary, my wish is that we’ll get to take you somewhere new this year. Unplug your iPods, decide on a destination, grab your friends and family, then let us handle the rest."

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Traveling by train is a great way to add to quality time to your journey, slow down a bit and smell the roses so to speak.


Oh and trains mostly have connections to the internet so you won't have to miss anything, but you might find meeting people and looking out the window enough to keep you busy.


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