Buy Less, Travel More

mosaic with pictures of different places and landscapes, shooted by myself, simulating a wall of snapshots uploaded to social networking services
mosaic with pictures of different places and landscapes, shooted by myself, simulating a wall of snapshots uploaded to social networking services

Sure, traveling can be pricey, but it doesn’t have to be. There are plenty of places you can visit on any budget, and with just a little planning, it can be very cost-effective.

Plus, when you buy fewer materialistic things you don’t necessarily need, you can put that cash towards traveling more places, more often.

Tapping into your inner sense of wanderlust can do wonders for your mind and body. And you don’t have to travel far and wide to have epic experiences. Be a tourist in your own town. Here are some ideas to get you started:

~ A weekend road trip to explore someplace new
~ Take a ferry to a nearby island and hike the trails
~ Visit a nearby city and check out the local museums
~ Book a cheap flight to a small town you’ve never visited

Why You Should Embrace Failure

One dart hitting the center of a blue target, many grey darts on the floor symbol of failure. Concept illustration of strategic business or motivation.

Let’s face it – failure is inevitable. At some point in your life, you will fail.

It could be something small, like the time you missed a reasonably easy shot in a game of basketball, and then the other team won.

Or it could be something big, like the time you botched a final exam and had to retake the course over the summer.

But failure isn’t always a bad thing. There are plenty of missteps that have turned into major wins. After being fired by a newspaper editor, Walt Disney created what became an empire designed to capture the imaginations of children. And Vera Wang was rejected from both the U.S. Olympic team and an editor-in-chief position at Vogue before launching a billion dollar wedding gown design business.

What it all comes down to is how you handle and react to failure. If you treat it as a learning experience, you’ll become unstoppable.

Have there been any road bumps in your life that turned out to be the best thing that could have happened to you?

Boost Your Confidence

school boy is standing with strong hands on blackboard behind him
school boy is standing with strong hands on blackboard behind him

Confidence plays a big role in achieving your goals. Whether you want to train for a long- distance race, land a dream job, or travel alone for the first time – a little positivity and self- assurance go a long way. But confidence doesn’t always come naturally. So sometimes, we just need a little boost to get it flowing again. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to make it happen. And just like flexing your muscles, the more you use your confidence, the more it will grow and stick around. Ditch the negative self-talk. Reward yourself for small wins. Break a sweat. Exercise creativity with a daily writing exercise. Trust your gut. Stop comparing yourself to others. Follow your passion. Try something new, or take up a new hobby. What can you do TODAY to boost your confidence?