This was on the things I enjoyed most about my sales career. I would be able to travel at least once a month. My traveling was mainly domestic, including Hawaii and Canada and loved every bit of it.
Sure at first glance the destinations might not seem exotic or exciting, places like Dallas, Atlanta, Herdon, VA, but each place had it’s own unique qualities, energy and food.
I also attempted to learn something about myself during each trip, especially during the long flights!
Even when I took personal vacations I selected spots that provided an adventure, places where I could learn about the culture, myself and life.
So I decided to take a look at some of the most awesome places in the world, thanks to the Travel Channel, and come up with what I think are 10 great vacations to help build your mental strength.
I know, you’re probably thinking vacations are for relaxing not for stress and you’re right…kind of.
You see to build mental strength you do need a resistance or stress to push through. The challenge is most of us endure a “negative” stress. That is, deadlines at work, paying bills, commuting in traffic and this kind of stress, after a while, just isn’t fun anymore to use as a training ground.
But by using a mental strength vacation you can fun, excitement, adventure and get to relax at night. You get the best of both worlds!
So, here are my top 10 travel destinations to have fun, adventure and to build your mental strength. Just to let you know, there’s no rhyme or reason in the order of this list, but it sure fun thinking about going to them all!
10 – Desert Adventures
From the Red Sea to the fringes of the Mediterranean coast, the Sahara spills across more than 3 million square miles in North Africa — an area that is vaster than Australia. Most of the desert is inaccessible to tourist itineraries — not to mention darn inhospitable — but the good news is that you don’t have to venture far from urban oases to feel very far removed from the rest of the world. Find out more about this mental strength destination HERE
9 – Costa Rica Adventures
This verdant, mountainous country with miles of coastline is a veritable adventure traveler’s Mecca, offering up all manner of outdoor activities: whitewater rafting, hiking, mountain biking, canopy tours, surfing, swimming, snorkeling and fishing. Costa Rica even lures less adventurous folks with its enchanting natural hot springs and gorgeous beaches. Find out more about this mental strength destination HERE.
8 – Grand Canyon, Arizona
Carved by the mighty Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is an unbelievable chasm that cuts 5,000 feet into the earth’s crust. The canyon is 277 miles long, up to 18 miles wide and over one mile deep. Its vista is mesmerizing and awe-inspiring. Find out more about this mental strength destination HERE.
7 – Extreme Alaska
Alaska features some of the world’s wildest adventures. Home to the highest peak in North America and the coldest winters in the United States, Alaska is a land of great extremes. It’s no surprise that it also features some of the world’s wildest adventures. Find out more about this mental strength destination HERE
6 – Zambezi River Rafting, Zambia
From a mighty river in America to another in Zambia, only the truly brave of heart risk whitewater-rafting on the Zambezi River. The river is classified as a high-volume, pool-drop river and floods between February and the end of June. At times, the volume is 4 times that of the Colorado River, so make sure you’re prepared before running the Zambezi. Find out more about this mental strength destination HERE.
5 – Run With the Bulls
Trying to outrun a very angry, half-ton beast with sharp horns is probably high on the list of life-endangering adventures. There are things to do before you die and then there are things that might actually bring on an untimely end. Find out more about this mental strength destination HERE.
4 – New Zealand Outdoor Adventures »
New Zealand’s relatively small population in relation to land mass has helped preserve both its natural beauty and resources. Travel aboard the biofueled planes of Air New Zealand and embark on an eco-friendly exploration of this natural wonderland. Find out more about this mental strength destination HERE.
3 – South Africa Adventure
Stay at the Singita Lebombo Lodge, travelers experience the perfect combination of luxury accommodation and safari adventure. The resorts 15 suites all include indoor and outdoor showers and private terraces where you can sleep under the stars. During the day, explore the African wilds accompanied by an experienced guide and tracker. Find out more about this mental strength destination HERE
2 – Extreme Hawaii
Those who seek more thrilling escapades on their Hawaiian getaway need look no further: this is Extreme Hawaii. Hawaii conjures images of sugary beaches, tranquil waters and lush greenery. However, those who seek more thrilling escapades on their Hawaiian escape need look no further: this is Extreme Hawaii. Find out more about this mental strength destination HERE.
1 – Angkor Wat, Cambodia
Angkor Wat is one of the most important archaeological sites in Southeast Asia. Another UNESCO-protected location, it contains the remains of the different capitals of the Khmer Empire, including the Temple of Angkor Wat and the Bayon Temple. Marvel at this jaw-dropping and eye-opening historical preservation. The reason I put this spot at the top of my list is this place brings us all back to sense grandness beyond ourselves. Find out more about this mental strength destination HERE.
OK…how’d I do? What are some of your favorite locations that can help develop mental strength? Please let me know in the comments below.
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