Unusual Things to Do On the Weekends

Finding fun days out for all the family is important if you want to stop everyone getting bored and have some great family time. But once you’ve done some of the usual family activities, you can start to get a bit bored. Whether you’re at home or traveling, there are always more unusual things to do to keep everyone interested.

Try Some Interesting Food or Drink

If you’re a foodie family, you might enjoy seeking out some new food or drink to try. Of course, this isn’t necessarily an unusual activity, but there are always slightly more obscure things to try.

Get Out of an Escape Room

Escape rooms have become very popular, and you can now often find a number of them in any city. Some are suitable for the whole family, and they can be a good way to get everyone to put their heads together and work as a team.

Visit a Niche Interest Museum

Museums are often fun for families to visit, but don’t just stick to the big ones. There are also plenty of smaller and more unusual museums that have very specific themes. Seek out the museums that are only open once a month or are hidden away in an old house.

See an Obscure Library Collection

Similarly, you might enjoy seeing an obscure library collection or exhibit. These can include books but often feature other interesting items too, including both printed materials and other artefacts. Seek them out to see something a little different.

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The Best Countries for Wildlife Adventures

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Are you an animal lover looking for your next travel destination? Here are just a few of the best countries for seeing unique and exciting wildlife.

Indonesia

Indonesia is a wildlife hotspot. 515 species of mammals inhabit this country – more than any other country in the world. 45% of the world’s fish are also thought to live in Indonesia’s tropical waters making it one of the world’s diving capitals.

Head to Borneo and you could get a chance to see the rare orang-utan. These apes are some of the biggest and most intelligent on Earth. There are tours that can help to spot orang utans in the wild as well as sanctuaries set up for nursing injured apes and orphans. You can even volunteer at these sanctuaries to get closer to these amazing creatures.

Meanwhile, the island of Komodo is home to the world’s largest and most dangerous lizard – the Komodo dragon! In rare cases, this lizard has been known to reach 3 metres. Day trips to this island depart from Bali of which you can try and spot one of these lizards with the help of a guide (going alone is unadvised as these lizards can be very dangerous and have been known to eat humans!).

As for the country’s aquatic wildlife, Indonesia is the perfect place to swim with manta rays, sea turtles and even see a shark or two. Its reefs attract marine biologists from across the world. Learning to dive here could be an incredible experience and a great way to enjoy an active vacation.  

Ecuador

South America has plenty of wildlife experiences to choose from, but Ecuador has some of the most unique – in particular the Galapagos islands.

It’s here that you’ll find the endemic marine iguana, which happens to be the only seagoing iguana in the world. This lizard feeds on seaweed and can turn red during mating season.

The Galapagos islands are also home to giant tortoises. Whilst islands are home to several wild tortoises, these can only be found in protected places that are closed off to people. That said, there are breeding centres set up where you can see these animals.

Another unusual sight on these islands is penguins. Ecuador may be located on the equator, but it’s home to it’s own endemic species of penguin located on Fernandina Island and Isabela Island. March is mating season and one of the best times to see these birds.

You can book tours of these islands through sites such as Galapagos Insiders. With its beaches and incredible landscape, it could be a great place for a vacation.

Tanzania

Tanzanian safaris have been voted the best in Africa. This is because this country is teeming with wildlife, offering some of the most abundant populations of wildebeest, zebra and flamingos spread out over 40 national parks and game reserves.

The country is also one of the top places to spot the ‘big five’ – the elephant, the lion, the leopard, the rhino and the buffalo. Whilst not as easy to spot as wildebeest and zebra, you can take specialised tours to help get close to these mighty animals.

You’re best comparing safaris through sites such as Safari Bookings. Tanzania also has other great natural sites including Mount Kilimanjaro and Lake Victoria.

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka may be small, but it’s got one of the finest selections of wildlife in South Asia.

Its most iconic animal is the Asian elephant, which you can see roaming the plains of Udawalawe National Park in herds. There are also a number of elephant orphanages across the island, some of which you can volunteer at, offering a chance to get close to these mighty animals. Pinnawala is one of the best orphanages, containing almost 100 elephants.

Sri Lanka is also home to leopards, which you’re best journeying to Yala National Park to see. This secretive cat is very tricky to spot, although it’s possible to take a guide who can help to increase your chances of seeing these animals.

Journey to the country’s beaches meanwhile and you could also spot turtles nesting. Some of Sri Lanka’s turtle species cannot be found anywhere else in the world, making them truly unique. A number of turtle sanctuaries have been set up on the coast, which are great places to see these animals.

Norway

When it comes to European wildlife hotspots, Norway has one of the most diverse selections of animals.

Its Arctic waters are one of the best places in the world to spot whales. Whale watching tours are popular across the country and can help you to spot various species from the Beluga whale to the killer whale.

As for land animals, Norway’s most famous animal is probably the reindeer. About 30,000 are thought to inhabit Norway. If you’re willing to venture up to Svalbard, you’re more likely to see these majestic creatures as this peninsula contains 10,000 alone. This is also a great place for catching the Northern Light and there are even some polar bear sightings up here.

USA

Most people are so eager to travel the world for wildlife that they forget what’s on their doorstep. America has many amazing wildlife experiences spread out across its states that could be worth considering if you’re on a budget.

Florida for example is one of the few places in the world where you can swim with manatees. It’s also a great place to see alligators in the wild (Gatorland is always worth a visit if you can’t spot any in the rivers).

Yellowstone meanwhile is a great place to see wolves. There are safaris that you can take to help track down these creatures – whilst wolves are known for being very elusive, Yellowstone sightings are very popular. Check out sites like American Sky to book a trip.

All Those Little Things… Giving Ourselves Little Treats In Life

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It seems that now, more than ever, that we need to look after ourselves. Whether we are spending our lifetime looking for happiness, or we are making the most of what we have in our day-to-day lives, we can all feel like we are on the unhappy side of things. Whether we are lacking in money, or we live an unfulfilled existence, the important thing that we have to do, as far as a coping mechanism is concerned, is to give ourselves little treats in life. How can we look after ourselves by giving us these essential treats?

Going For The Little Things

When it comes to the little things in life, it’s these aspects that mean a lot. While “life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans“, this is true, it helps us to focus on the little things that we would otherwise ignore. And when we look back on our life, we have big events that we say there, but it’s also the little moments that we also relish. A sip of coffee in the sunshine, lazing out in your back garden reading your favorite book, or just spending time with your loved one, holding hands. These are all little aspects that we can tend to overlook. Instead, focusing on these small things and aiming for them every single day is what will keep us ticking over, and be healthy and happy. Because now, we are bound by deadlines, pressures, and we feel that our calendar is completely full, that we don’t have any time for ourselves. This is why the little things mean so much.

Indulging In Our Favorite Hobbies

And when we take the opportunity to look at our little moments and cherish these, we can enjoy these little experiences so much, that we want to take advantage of other things that make us happy. It is only natural because we are at our healthiest and happiest when we are doing the things we love. So this is why it’s more than necessary for us all to indulge in our favorite hobbies, but in life, we can feel that we don’t have the finances. This is why it’s important for us to plan ahead now and again. We can feel bound by financial constrictions, but in these cases, a bad credit personal loan could be what you need just to get away for a couple of days, and realize your sense of self. A lot of people don’t go away much because they don’t have the money, and so, they feel bound by a timetable, and a conveyor belt life that they can’t get off. But, we all know how important a break is for our frame of mind. So, taking these opportunities to actually indulge in the things that we really love is going to help us recapture our sense of self, especially if we’ve lost it so many years ago, either due to parenthood, or giving ourselves completely over to someone else.

Focusing On Fixing Our Frame Of Mind

Why do we need to give ourselves these little treats in life? It’s because we don’t feel that we are happy enough in ourselves. If you feel like this, and you have that overwhelming sensation that you’re giving too much of yourself away to other people, it’s now time to fix your frame of mind. Mindfulness is one of those things that we all need to focus on, because it helps us to, not just appreciate the small things in life, but improve our mindset too. If we feel that we don’t have much time for ourselves, is this because we have a negative frame of mind? This is why focusing on fixing our frame of mind is imperative, as well as focusing on these little things in life. It’s not just about treating ourselves to sweet foods when we’ve had a bad day, it’s about practicing how to be happier in our own skin. When we give ourselves a little treat in life with a happier frame of mind, we will enjoy them that much more. This is why it’s important that we focus on making our happiness an ongoing practice, by taking 5 or 10 minutes every day to be truly relaxed in who we are. Be careful with this, because you may think that a glass of wine after a hard day is entirely justified, but this can be a habit or a crutch that we indulge in too much, and over time, this will have a negative impact on our life and our outlook. This is why we have to work hard and reframing our brain. It doesn’t have to be something as extreme as cognitive behavioral therapy, it can be as simple as taking the opportunity to realize where you are at this moment in time and check in with yourself. We don’t always face our true feelings, but when we do, that is when we can start to dig deep and find out why we are feeling unhappy or pressured.

Giving ourselves these little treats in life isn’t just a mere matter of indulgence, it’s about looking at who we are, and rewarding the fact that we are progressing in the right direction. A lot of people feel that they work hard, and so they deserve everything they’ve got, but when we are limited or bound by certain pressures, we can indulge in bad habits. This is something that we need to recognize within ourselves. It’s great that, on a Friday, that we can treat ourselves to something naughty, food-wise, because it’s these little things that will make us appreciate how far we’ve come. Remember, life is about challenges, and once we’ve overcome certain difficulties in life, we deserve a reward. But, we don’t always feel that we are justified in having a proper reward, or we don’t have the money to buy. This is why you can either take the opportunity to be a bit more mindful of what actually constitutes a reward in life. A lot of people place importance on the material things, but this isn’t everything we need.