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The Solo Traveler’s Guide to Dealing With Loneliness - Susie Armitage

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The Solo Traveler’s Guide to Dealing With Loneliness -    Susie Armitage Photo: Oscar Wong/Moment/Getty Images L ast December, I embarked on a month-long solo trip to Eastern Europe. I’d been feeling a bit stalled personally and professionally, and I thought a big adventure would help me get unstuck. I booked a flight to Estonia, reserved a few nights in an Airbnb, and planned to figure out the rest when I got there — after all, everything was up to me. It was a thrilling thought: I was exploring a foreign country entirely on my own, with no one else’s schedule, wants, or needs to consider. I wandered the charming cobbled streets of Tallinn, the capital city. I sipped hot sea buckthorn tea at a Christmas market and bought a pair of reindeer-patterned leg warmers to cope with the single-digit temperatures. But a day or two later, shivering under the weak afternoon sun and surrounded by groups snapping photos, it hit me: I was really, truly alone in a place where

How I Crowdsourced My Travel Notebook - Leslie Finlay

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How I Crowdsourced My Travel Notebook  - Leslie Finlay Photo: Hero Images/Getty Images T he air had a rhythm to it at the Jardin des Plantes in Paris. Gently buoyed by the earth beneath, I watched trails of smoke dance through the air above. They stirred sensually and lazily from the ends of idle cigarettes, writhing ever skyward, some joining another tributary with a kiss, or else dispersing altogether with the wave of a hand. With my index finger, I reached up and stirred the nearest smoke stream, watching it whirlpool outward before fading into nothingness. I scanned for the source: a boy nearby, slim and fair, with fiery red curls. He was lying on his stomach in the grass with a cigarette clinging to the corner of his mouth, like it was something he was once fond of and now just couldn’t let go. He’d caught my interloping and stared at my hands as if they had scarred something sacred. Propped up on his elbows, he began to write in a notebook, itself reclined in th

Top 10 Best Motivational Books of All Time

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Top 10 Best Motivational Books of All Time -  Vikas Jha Here’s the list of books that drive readers to change their lives, improve their lot, and build better careers. 10. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People While he gets a bit preachy sometimes, Steven Covey’s road map for living doesn’t just help you develop better habits, it convinces you that acquiring them will make you a better person. Best quote:  “Sow a thought, reap an action; sow an action, reap a habit; sow a habit, reap a character; sow a character, reap a destiny.” 9. How to Win Friends & Influence People Prior to Dale Carnegie’s classic, mixing business relationships with personal relationships was considered a bit underhanded, like nepotism. After Carnegie, the business relationships and personal relationships were seen as not just as compatible, but absolutely inseparable. Best quote:  “The unvarnished truth is that almost all the people you meet feel themselves sup