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After traveling quite a bit around the world I notice one thing each time I had a better traveling experience is when I traveled in the off season. You are planning your next trip and don't know when to take your vacation, well here is 7 reasons why you should pick the off season to travel.
Cheaper Flights
Transportation takes a big chunk of your traveling budget, in the off season you can benefit from lower air fares. Last minute deals are also cheaper during the off season.

Cheaper Accommodations 
Finding a place to stay at a reasonable price becomes a headache this is why I prefer to travel off season when hotels and rental homes are less crowded. In the off season many hotels and house hosts drop their prices in order to fill their rooms. Make sure to keep an eye out for seasonal promotions. Another great way to save is to book with airbnb which is the cheaper way to experience and have a home during your vacation.

Less People 
Traveling in the off season means less people, it means you will have less crowded places. You will have more time to visit touristic attractions no more waiting in line for hours.

Lower Prices
After the storm the calm comes, in the off season you can benefit from lower prices as local merchants, restaurants and businesses boost their prices during the high season. So you can take advantage of the situation and put the money that you save towards something a unique experience. 

More Choices
While most accommodations and tourist attractions are booked months in advance limiting you in where you can stay or what you can do. Traveling in the off season give you the opportunity to choose where you want to stay and what you want to do because there are less people traveling during this time of the year.

Better Local Experience
You might discover unique events that most visitors never get the chance to experience. You can have a more authentic experience by discovering what locals actually do during their free time. The off season is the locals free time specially if you travel to popular cities around the world. For me to have a great trip I need to experience the local culture and theres no better time to do this than the off season.

Friendly Staff
Off season means less people traveling and less stress for the staff. So you will find that the staff is more friendly during the off season and some even take time to chat with you which is a great way to get to know the local people.

Hopefully this article changed your mind and made you realize all the benefits from traveling off season, all you need to do is pick a date and pack your bags!

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We live in a society where people who have more than one drink daily are labeled as failures or alcoholics. Society points the finger at these individuals and push them aside. Truth is people who drink have a higher standards of life and perceive life differently. What I mean by this look at the best chefs around the world, the best artists, the best lawyers, best accountants and the best writers all have one thing in common they all have a dependence on something and in most cases alcohol is their drug of choice. Alcohol stimulates our creativity and makes us think outside the box, I'm not saying to drink and be drunk but moderate drinking can be good for you. This article is for those who can't control their drinking and don't know the long term effects of alcohol.

So here are 10 reasons to moderate or stop drinking completely.

You went out last night had a lot of fun and had a few too many shots, you already know that the next day will be a disaster and you won't be able to do any activities. For some having to go through a hangover on the next day is the worst part of drinking. By completely eliminating alcohol from your life you will avoid having hangovers!

Consuming alcohol daily or regularly can cause liver cells to die. If you continue to drink eventually enough liver cells will die to cause permanent liver damage. The more you consume the more damage you will do to your liver creating scars in your liver that wont heal. If you do stop drinking alcohol your liver can heal and quickly repair itself, just like a small cut on the skin. The healing process can start a few days after you stop drinking or in other cases it might take several months.

You soon will realize that most of your money goes to alcoholic related activities. Drinking alcohol is a luxury, it is not cheap! This is a challenge for 1 week, every time you have a drink write down the price and at the end of the week check the amount. That is how much you could have extra in your pocket. Alcohol is expensive, so completely removing alcohol from your life will help you save money for something that is worth it.

Alcohol plays a major role in your sex drive, when you give up alcohol you sleep better which increases your testosterone production. Testosterone level is linked with your sex drive, so no alcohol you will sleep better, more sex drive. Not to mention that alcohol can cause impotence. For a better sex life replace alcohol with celery, pineapple and watermelon.

Toxins are released by our skin by breaking out or creating acne. Alcohol is a known toxin to your body so your body will eliminate it trough acne. Alcohol can also cause premature aging which will create dark spots on your skin. All this can be cured but you must eliminate alcohol from your life.

Alcoholic beverages contain a lot of calories, however these calories contain zero benefits for your health it only gets you fat. So by eliminating that alcoholic daily beverage you will start to lose weight and you will see a big difference on your health.
By removing alcohol from your routine you will increase the quality of your sleep. The keyword here is quality, you will sleep much better. You ear some people saying ill have a glass of wine and sleep good. This is not true, yes you will pass out fast but the "quality" of your sleep during the night will be the worst and you will wake up just as if you didn't sleep enough. Tired every morning? well try to remove alcohol and caffeine from your life and you'll wake up fresh every morning.

Some people drink to gain confidence, having a couple of drinks to have enough balls to go talk to that cute girl. Truth is you come off like a douche bag. Confidence should come naturally and this happens once you stop drinking altogether. Not to mention that you will stop doing stupid things.

It all starts with a drink late at night, then it becomes a drink on the weekend, then it becomes a drink on the weekend and sport events, then it becomes a drink every day for happy hour, then it becomes a drink because I need one, then it becomes a drink to be productive. Drinking alcohol can become highly addictive once you see that you need a drink to do something or all your activities revolve around drinking then stop completely before its too late. If not then seek help immediately.

Alcohol can link to numerous liver, kidney and heart diseases. If you overall care about your health then stop drinking completely before you do permanent damage to your body.

Watch This Video, It Helped Me Enormously.

It is very hard to stop drinking but the hardest part is to continue to be sober. here are some tips on how to manage:

Avoid Temptations
Stay away from things or places that give you the urge to drink, find new hobbies or something to distract you when you feel like having a drink. Example a bar I used to go everyday, the first month I stopped drinking I made sure to never pass in front so I don't get tempted to stop for a beer. Today I pass in front and don't even notice its there. Another thing I also removed everything that was related to alcohol in my house, posters, booze logos and so on. I also found something more productive to do with my time, now for my happy hour I sit outside reading a good book with a green smoothie to repair my liver.

Let Everyone Know
Surround yourself with people who support your decisions, let them know that you stopped drinking and that you have a goal. When you state your goal to someone it then becomes real. When your family and friends know that you stop drinking then they will support you and wont make you be around alcohol this will also help you too see who really cares for you and who truly is your friend.

Reward Yourself
You need to have a cheat day, just like bodybuilders have a cheat day to reward themselves for eating clean for x amount of days. You should reward yourself once in a while before go nuts and do something that you might regret, moderate your reward and continue sticking to your goal.

Enjoy The Benefits
After quitting alcohol you will notice the benefits of living alcohol free. These benefits are more addictive than alcohol; no more hangovers, more money, better lifestyle, more energy, more sex drive, better skin and most important better health.

Note: that we do not advise you to quit drinking in one shot if you have a severe alcohol addiction the best way to solve it is to seek some professional help and have a professional monitor your detox process as it might be harmful for you to quit all of sudden might even result in a fatal injury. Are Some Common Symptoms From Quitting Alcohol:
  • Shaking
  • Light Headed
  • Poor Concentration
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • No energy
  • Muscle Aches
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness
  • Mood Swings
  • Depression

Please contact your doctor or a health professional this article was for information purposes only.
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Here is an usual article, I wrote this following something that I read on the new york times, the millionaire growth in the united states is growing rapidly and some millionaires don't know where to spend their money. One rich guy said in the article that he has soo much money, he doesn't see himself or his family going broke anytime soon.

Then I started thinking about the different possible ways of going broke and came up with the following list, that millionaire guy can use this list if doesn't know what to do with his money...

When you become addicted to something you do not realize how much money you spend on your addiction. You can be addicted to drugs, gambling, sex, alcohol, shopping and even video games. You have to manage your lifestyle carefully and beware of the problem in hand if any. A way to prevent going broke due to addiction is by controlling or even avoid any urges that you may have. If you can't control it then find help immediately. Try to find different hobbies and change your lifestyle for good, or else you will become broke and lose all that you love.

They say 9 out of 10 business will fail and that is true. Why? 2 reasons, you invested all your money and became emotionally attached to your business or your partner has a totally different vision for the business. Either way those are 2 negative elements that you must avoid in business. Never invest your own money in your business and don't get a partner just to have partner. Take your time before launching a business, do your homework find what is right for you and for your business separately not only what is good for you. Also do not get emotionally attached to your business this can be very costly in the long run and you can lose it all.

In our early adult life credit is available everywhere and banks will come get you by offering personal loans, credit cards, car loan, student loans and so on. What we do? We apply for them since we are in college and need money we finally get a student loan, then comes the first, second and third credit card. Then you get out of college in your mid 20's out in the real world still finding a job but yet you still have live and the creditors are waiting for their monthly payment. So what do you do? Work your whole life to pay your credit or loans, because with time the interests only increase and that is what banks love. So you get no choice to work all your life to pay them or go broke declaring bankruptcy. I highly suggest for you to get only 1 credit card and stay away the most possible from loans. 

We currently live in a consumer society where we buy more than what we actually need, this is a big problem and it can make you go broke. Why do you need 150 pair of shoes when there are only 4 seasons and 3 months in each season? Overspending doesn't apply only to fashion items but also to groceries, real estate, cars and other items that you can't afford. Why do you need a boat if your mortgage is not paid yet? Did you know that 3/4 of what we buy at the grocery store goes to the garbage? The problem here is stop spending to impress your eyes or other peoples eyes, spend just enough for what you actually need. Look around you right now Im sure you can find 3-4 things that you used once or that you bought and don't even use! The key here control your spending before you start buying stuff that you don't need with other peoples money, you will go broke in no time.

Investing can be a great source of income don't get me wrong, but smart investing is rare. People invest based on emotions instead of investing based on results. You will give your nephew money to open a restaurant simply because he asked you to. What you do? You say yes, but you didn't ask for a business plan and you didn't know that around the corner there are 8 other different restaurants with the same style has his. You didn't ask for a business plan or financial projection to see the results so you did an investment based on emotion. Another example you go to your bank and your financial advisor tells you to buy mutual funds and tells you that is guaranteed money you will never loose and in 10 years you will be happily retired on the beach with your wife, you don't know better so on the spot you say yes and invest all your money. So again you invested based on emotion a picture that your financial advisor painted and said that your money is guaranteed did you read all the terms and condition have you done any research on this financial institution to know in what companies they invest? By simply doing your research and homework this can save you financially. Not caring or not knowing where you are investing can make you go broke!

Everyone has received a phone call or an email saying that you are rich and there is an account with millions of dollars in your name overseas. So what you do? You get interested and decide to give it a try so what they will do is ask to send money so they can unblock the account, what they will actually do is empty your bank account without you knowing. This is just one of the many scams there are out there. There are so many scams or pyramid schemes that can make you go broke. The only advice I can give you is if it seems too good to be true then its a scam, don't fall for it.

So there you have it 6 ways to go broke hopefully you do not intent in going broke anytime soon, this was simply to help you realize what not to do or what not to get into as it might result in losing all your money. If you do want to go broke then that is your choice and you can try all of those lol :P.

Hope you enjoyed this weeks edition of 6 ways to, send me an email if you have any requests for the next 6 ways to, I will be happy to publish something on your topic, Cheers!
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Want to travel soon, but don't know where to go? Well how about Europe? Europe is home to the worlds most incredible cities known for its history, art, gastronomy, fashion and culture.

Sure you can visit the big cities such as Amsterdam, London, Lisbon, Paris or Rome but why not try something new and different that is jaw-dropping once you you get there, here is a list of must see places in Europe.

Ronda, Spain
Ronda is a mountaintop city in Spain’s Malaga province in Andalusia that’s set dramatically above a deep gorge. This gorge (El Tajo) separates the city’s circa-15th-century new town from its old town, dating to Moorish rule. Puente Nuevo, a stone bridge spanning the gorge, has a lookout offering views. New town’s Plaza de Toros, a legendary 18th-century bullring, is one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks.

Porto Santo, Madeira Portugal
Porto Santo Island is a Portuguese island 43 kilometres northeast of Madeira Island in the North Atlantic Ocean; it is the northernmost and easternmost island of the archipelago of Madeira, located in the Atlantic Ocean west of Europe and Africa.

Meteora, Greece
The Metéora is a formation of immense monolithic pillars and huge, hill-like rounded boulders that dominate the local area. It is also associated with one of the largest and most precipitously built complexes of Eastern Orthodox monasteries in Greece, second in importance only to Mount Athos.

The Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre is a string of centuries-old seaside villages on the rugged Italian Riviera coastline. In each of the 5 towns, colorful houses and vineyards cling to steep terraces, harbors are filled with fishing boats and trattorias turn out seafood specialties along with the Liguria region’s famous sauce, pesto. The Sentiero Azzurro cliffside hiking trail links the villages and offers sweeping sea vistas.

 Lugano,  Switzerland
Lugano is a city in southern Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Ticino region. Its Swiss-Mediterranean mix of cultures is closely related to that of Italy’s northern Lombardy region. This mix is reflected in its architecture and cuisine. The city stands on the northern shore of glacial Lake Lugano, surrounded by mountains. Its main square, Piazza della Riforma, is ringed with pastel-colored, neoclassical palazzi.

Zadar, Croatia
Zadar, a city on Croatia’s Dalmatian coast, is known for the Roman and Venetian ruins of its peninsular Old Town. There are several Venetian gates in the city walls. Surrounding the Roman-era Forum is 11th-century St. Mary’s Convent, with religious art dating to the 8th century. There’s also the grand, 12th-century St. Anastasia’s Cathedral and the round, 9th-century pre-Romanesque Church of St. Donatus.

Sintra, Portugal
Sintra is a resort town in the foothills of Portugal’s Sintra Mountains, near the capital, Lisbon. A longtime royal sanctuary, its forested terrain is studded with pastel-colored villas and palaces. The Moorish- and Manueline-style Sintra National Palace is distinguished by dramatic twin chimneys and elaborate tilework. The hilltop 19th-century Pena National Palace is known for a whimsical design and sweeping views.

Trieste, Italy
Is the capital city of the Friuli Venezia Giulia region in northeast Italy. A port city, it occupies a thin strip of land between the Adriatic coast and Slovenia’s border on the limestone-dominated Karst Plateau. Italian, Austro-Hungarian and Slovenian influences are all evident in its layout, which encompasses a medieval old city and a neoclassical Austrian quarter.

Bonifacio, Corsica France
Bonifacio is a commune at the southern tip of the island of Corsica, in the Corse-du-Sud department of France. Its inhabitants are called Bonifaciens, feminine Bonifaciennes. The commune is the largest commune of Corsica.

Kotor, Montenegro
Kotor is a fortified town on Montenegro’s Adriatic coast, in a bay near the limestone cliffs of Mt. Lovćen. Characterized by winding streets and squares, its medieval old town has several Romanesque churches, including Kotor Cathedral. It's also home to the Maritime Museum, which explores local seafaring history. Sveti Đorđe, one of 2 tiny islands off the ancient town of Perast, features a centuries-old church.

 Lofoten, Norway
Lofoten is an archipelago in Norway. Its known for its dramatic scenery, with peaks like the Svolværgeita pinnacle jutting up into the sky. Himmeltindan Mountain sits on Vestvågøya Island. The nearby Lofotr Viking Museum features a Viking longhouse reconstruction. Cycle routes cover the islands, passing through fishing villages like Henningsvær, which has colorful buildings lining its waterways.

Bled, Slovenia
Slovenian resort town in the foothills of the Julian Alps, is set along the glacial Lake Bled. On a cliff overlooking the lake is the 11th-century Bled Castle, which houses a museum, chapel and printing press. Atop an inslet in the lake's center is the Pilgrimage Church of the Assumption of Maria and its steep staircase and bell tower.

Obviously there are more places in Europe that is worth visiting, this was our first part of a 5 part list of places to visit in Europe. hopefully this guide helps you to plan your next trip and that you have time to visit these beautiful breathe taking places.

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What is productivity? It is the state of producing something, achieve a goal or simply getting things done, some might call it the exact opposite of laziness. You know that saying "Today was productive" Well, usually you say that when you got things done.

But, the truth is many people struggle with productivity, there is no secret formula to become productive. The key is simple just have a positive mindset about things and don't see everything as work or as a chore, have a little fun while being productive.
Who said being productive has to be boring? If you are anything like me I struggled my whole life not carrying about getting things done, I always had someone do things for me until one day I realized that person wasn't around anymore so, I had to step up but I was too lazy. I tried many different approaches but it was very hard to get motivated and finally I found these books that helped me achieve my daily goals. Today I run a network of blogs, websites and different businesses and I'm happy to say that I get things done, thanks to my mindset, motivation and a little help from these books:

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity 
By David Alen 

David Allen is widely recognized as the world’s leading expert on personal and organizational productivity. He has more than thirty years of pioneering research and experience as a management consultant and executive coach to some of America’s most prestigious organizations, such as New York Life, the World Bank, and the U.S. Navy...
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How to Stop Worrying and Start Living 
by Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) described himself as a "simple country boy" from Missouri but was also a pioneer of the self-improvement genre. Since the 1936 publication of his first book, How to Win Friends and Influence People, he has touched millions of readers and his classic works continue to impact lives to this day. "Those who don't know how to fight worry, die young." ... (Read more here) 
The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life & Business 
By Charles Duhigg

Charles Duhigg is a reporter for The New York Times. He has worked at the Times since 2006. In 2013, he was part of a team that won the Pulitzer Prize for a series about Apple named "The iEconomy". Before that, he contributed to NYT series about the 2008 financial crisis, how companies take advantage of the elderly and national violations of the Safe Drinking Water Act. (For those series, He won the National Journalism Award, the Investigative Reporters and Editors' Medal, the National Academies' reporting award and other recognition).
... (Read more here) 
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results  
By Gary Keller

Gary Keller is chairman of the board and cofounder of Keller Williams Realty, Inc., which holds the #1 position as the largest real estate company in the world. His New York Times bestselling books have sold more than 2,000,000 copies.
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The Desire Map: A Guide to Creating Goals with Soul  
By Danielle Laporte

Danielle LaPorte is the bestselling author of The Fire Starter Sessions. An entrepreneur, social media sensation, and inspirational speaker, Danielle has been featured in Elle, Body + Soul, Vogue Australia, and many others. She was a news show commentator for CBC, and is a former director of a Washington DC think tank, where she managed a team of analysts studying global trends for the likes of the Pentagon and the World Bank.
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Like I said earlier there is no secret formula the key is to have the mindset and have the right system for you this is why I made this list of great books to help you put a system into place that fits your lifestyle. You might find the answer in only one book or it might take more than one book to find the right system for you I read over 10 books and these 5 are the ones with the most information and that helped me a lot over the years.

So there you have it I hope you take advantage of this information and start reading as soon as possible to you get things done, remember we only have one life and our time is precious so get going and start today!
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