2 ways to make your travel even more interesting

I believe everyone has traveled before, at least to some aspect. Alone, with family, with your friends. You see new things you have not noticed before. You breathe a different air, meet different people, interact, communicate and have a lot of fun.

But it’s possible that you are traveling and get bored because of no mobile phone battery and no music, dreary roads, or because you hate sitting for a long time without the liberty of action. So the following are basically  two games you can play when on the road.

1. Stalking people

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This actually sounds pretty bad, while in fact, it is a super fun way to spend your time. When you are traveling, for example on a bus, most of us simply look around. Possibly at the scenery, maybe at the sky.

Those are interesting of course, at least to sometimes but usually, the people are even more interesting if you try to understand them. Imagine them looking at you, and they might be seeing you as the average bus passenger, but they can’t even imagine where you are going, what you are going to do there and so on.

I started to imagine a story for those people I passed on the street. I looked at their clothes, their bag, their type of transportation. That way a woman with cheap clothes, but expensive jewelry, became the mistress of a rich and married man. Or that rather harmless looking man biking on the sidewalk with the hidden neck tattoo became an extreme sports addict, a hobby he hides from his girlfriend, the skinny lady next to him because he doesn’t want to scare her.

2. Guessing license plates

 

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This is a game most likely everyone has played before. You are on a highway and around there is nothing but cars. I started off with auto brands. Then I tried the “harder” stuff. Wikipedia has all the information you will need.

Truth be told, when I started this I couldn’t even tell auto brands apart. Now I’m a lot better.

Also, it is more fun if you play these games with someone else.^^

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6 arguments that will convince you that living on a lonely island wouldn’t be all that bad

Modern times aren’t easy. That’s for sure. But is it so bad, that we should consider moving to a lonely island, such as  Elliðaey shown above, the most northeastern of the Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands) in the South of Iceland with two houses and behold a population of five inhabitants?

Living in such a way, would of course be interesting for all those of us, that would enjoy their life in solitude, but would it be worth it for the rest of us?

1. You have next to no risk of becoming the victim of a terrorist attack

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September 11, 2001 (Twin Towers, NYC, United States of America)

This might sound rather grim but it’s the truth. While the rest of us, especially those that live in the bigger cities, need to face the possibility of an attack, someone living on an island will not be threatened by that. Terrorists want to strike the most people possible, so an island with a very low number of inhabitant will not be their target.

2. You don’t have to deal with all the political crap going on at the moment

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Another rather convincing fact is that you won’t be effected with whatever they do in politics. To me it sometimes seems as if people can’t deal with all the crises at the moment. They try to ignore the problems by turning more and more racist. A good example for that circumstance is the Brexit. Great Britain is a country so scared of foreign immigrants that it seceded from the EU, without considering the harm that it might do to their economy as well as reputation.

This also applies to the elections in the US in the future. This, in my opinion, will turn out to be a decision for who is the least bad.

So why not go live on a lonely island, while everyone else has to deal with this.

3. You own a boat

Let’s leave the unreasonable politics and turn to the cool parts of living on an island.

You will most likely own a boat! If you don’t, I feel really sorry for you! Living on an island like Elliðaey that is so far away from the next supermarket, will not be fun with no way to reach it!

4. You don’t need to deal with annoying neighbors

Everyone that has neighbors that are super intrusive understand this. They freak at every little thing you do. If your children are a little to loud they threaten you with calling the police. When you mow you lawn they are mad because they want to take a nap. When you don’t trim your trees they scream at you when just one leaf finds its way into their garden and of course you should never play with a ball on your property because if it accidentally lands on their’s, you will never get it back since they will file a complaint should you ever enter their plot of land.

In that case a solitary island will solve all your problems.

5. You always have an excuse why you don’t contact people and they can’t reach you

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If you are like me, you sometimes enjoy not being reachable. Not your mom, friends, grandma or boss can just call and tell you things you need to do. Excuses like, that you were in an area without service or your phone battery died usually don’t work. But if you live that far away from society these reasons automatically make sense.

This will have the disadvantage that you will most likely not have a telephone wire nor WiFi access at all, but everything has a dark and a bright side.

6. You can throw large partys

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This would be my primary reason for moving that far out. Everywhere you live you need to turn the music down since you don’t want somebody to call the police because of noise disturbance. SHOUTOUT to all my neighbors for being such party poopers!

 

8 steps to follow, when creating a new you.

It was the first time, and it wouldn’t be the last. The first time I decided, that being loved and respected isn’t something we get by dissimulating, but rather by portraying who we truly are. It was the first time I invented a new me, since the me before was merely a reflection of other’s exceptions. Well, and of course it wasn’t the last time that I reformed myself – we all change with experience.

1. Where do you see yourself in you dreams?

This is the question you need to ask yourself when starting this journey. This might as well be the hardest point of them all.

As the sun knows; even the sky is not the limit…

― Rasheed Ogunlaru

Realizing where you want to stand and where you picture yourself in the future, is something really intimate and deep – and nobody can disencumber you from these realizations. If you want to be seen in a certain way by others, you might have to change some of your actions. People will limit you to the things you have confidence in. If you now want to be appreciated for something different, you will have to build confidence in that specific field to make them realize it.

2. Make a plan!

Before the Plan, there is an Idea. Before the Idea, there is a Purpose. Before the Purpose, there is Your Spirit…aching to express Itself

― Paresh Shah

So you now have your spirit and a goal. To achieve the change you intend, you will need a plan to make it work. Organisation is the core part of success. So you will need to research what is best to be done in your case. Whatever you do, live it with faith in yourself. People make mistakes – it’s human nature. So take other’s oppositions as an incentive and other’s encouragement as a reward.

3. Dress according to your personality and preferences

What I realized when I created the person I am now, is that you need clothes that fit your character. And when you choose, don’t pick according to what is modern and accepted, but rather by what you like and what you feel good in. If that is colorful or black, baggy or tight. Just dresses and skirts or only jeans and t-shirt. Wear what you feel comfortable in, and not what other’s may like for you to wear. Just a fitting outer appearance can give you so much confidence!

4. Don’t forget about a healthy lifestyle

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“Healthy” here can be interpreted in diverse ways. Healthy should be your comfort-zone. If that is no sport or an enormous amount of sport. A balanced diet, a vegan or a “I’ll grab whatever is in the fridge” kind of lifestyle. You have to like the way you live. You will want to create habits, that go well with your personality. Just remember that some changes don’t happen in you comfort-zone.

5. Ask friends about their opinion

When you find yourself surrounded by sane people excited about your idea and lending support, you realize, perhaps, you are not as crazy as you think you are

― Paresh Shah

Your friends and family are your support. They will be there when you rise, as well as when you fall. Make sure to not keep everything to yourself. Some decisions are hard to make. Having people around that love you just for who you are, is a blessing.

6. Have self-confidence

So many people will tell you ”no”, and you need to find something you believe in so hard that you just smile and tell them ”watch me”. Learn to take rejection as motivation to prove people wrong. Be unstoppable. Refuse to give up, no matter what. It’s the best skill you can ever learn.

― Charlotte Eriksson

If you’ve made a decision to do something – stick with it! Hold your head up high and face your critics head-on. Everyone that doesn’t like the “true” you, might have been a false friend all along.

7. Look back

Sometimes, to get motivated you need to look back and appreciate the way you have come. Nothing is better than realizing the big steps and the gigantic challenges you’ve mastered during this journey. Don’t ever give up and keep working hard, just as you have done in the past.

Remember how far you’ve come, and you won’t have to rely on a destiny for your future. It will come on your own.

― Shannon A. Thompson,

8. Strive for your goals

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When one has followed one specific goal for a very long time, it usually is weird to suddenly reach it. Don’t be afraid of the goal! If you think you have then lost your purpose – quest for a new one. This isn’t the first change! You continue changing all you life! So simply enjoy it as the beautiful human being you are!