If you’re looking for a transformative vacation destination that’s unlike any place you’ve been before, consider Okinawa, Japan. Nestled in the crystal clear waters of the Pacific, Okinawa is a little slice of paradise that has luscious tropical forests and pristine beaches, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Okinawa’s residents boast one of the world’s longest life expectancies, and they’ve unlocked the secret to longevity. It’s called Nuchigusui. Nuchigusui is life medicine – a wisdom, a philosophy, and a way of life in Okinawa, centered around mindfulness, spiritual fulfillment, and physical well-being.
Too many of us get caught up in the rat race and don’t take enough time for themselves. If that sounds like you, a trip to Okinawa is just what the doctor ordered to help get your priorities back in order.
Imagine being able to rejuvenate your mind and body at some of Okinawa’s most peaceful spots. If you’re into stargazing, Ishigaki Island offers some of the best star-bathing in Japan, with glittering vistas as far as the eye can see, untouched by light pollution. Looking to find your inner balance? Okinawa also has some spectacular yoga classes, including one that involves you practicing your best yoga moves on a stand-up paddle board in the middle of the ocean.
If you’re looking for something a little more serene and low-key, Yambaru National Park is a lush green jungle that’s ready to be explored. The wild forest area is the ideal spot to sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Easy walking and trekking paths are also available for those who want to get up close and personal with Mother Nature. Or simply relax on one of Okinawa’s beautiful uninhabited islands and soak up the rays.
For those of you looking for a more active getaway, Okinawa has plenty of activities to choose from. You can spend the day kayaking through turquoise blue waters alongside the sandy shores of Nirai Beach, go deep water diving and free your mind in a world beneath the waves, ride horses on the beach, or go for a sweat-inducing hike and take in Okinawa’s natural beauty. As you can see, there’s something for everyone here.
And good news for those people who like to eat, as Okinawa is a gourmet heaven that offers a unique dining experience unlike anywhere else in Japan. You can join the cooking experience at Taste of Okinawa, an English-friendly cooking studio located in the heart of Naha, where you can learn how to cook up a tasty Okinawan-style meal using fresh, local ingredients.
Or visit a small, local restaurant run by an ‘obachan’ who can cook up a tasty spread of Okinawan cuisine with local produce. You’ll be able to try specialties like rafute (braised pork belly), jimami tofu, Japanese bitter melon, umibudo sea grapes and mozuku seaweed in a soy and vinegar sauce, as well as other seasonal dishes depending on the time of year. Yum!
So what do you say, who’s ready to experience Okinawa and live Nuchigusui?
This post has been sponsored by Be Okinawa, but all thoughts are our own.
Pack Your Bags, Because WOW Air Has $99 Flights To Iceland Right Now!
If you’ve got some vacation time burning a hole in your pocket, but you can’t decide where to go, how about Iceland? “The Land of Fire and Ice” is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe, along with some of the world’s most active volcanoes.
Due to it’s location just below the Arctic Circle, it makes for long summer days with near 24-hours of sunlight. So if there’s anytime to visit this majestic country, now would be the time.
Lucky for us, WOW Air has a crazy sale going on right now, with fares as low as $99 from most major airports (New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, etc). We did a couple of quick searches and found round-trip flights for less than $220. That’s crazy cheap!
Of course, being a budget airline, WOW charges extra for luggage and such, so you’ll want to read the fine print before committing to the trip. Still, we think it’s a bargain, and these rates appear to extend through the end of the year.
Need some more incentive to visit Iceland? Then watch this video:
So what do you say, who’s ready for an unforgettable adventure travel experience, taking in active volcanoes, blue icebergs, roaring waterfalls, and the Northern Lights? Iceland has long been on my bucket list, so I might just have to take advantage of this deal myself..
A Look At How Commuting To Work Is Going To Change In The Future
One of the biggest problem facing people is getting to work, and this is a daily hassle for many people. But in this new age and era, innovation is taking the wheel to make commuting easier. The future of work commuting is changing, and we’re taking a look why this is the case.
The following is a list of commuting innovations that we hope they pick up all over the world:
1. Employers Commuting Their Employees To Work Using Shuttles
Some of the biggest companies in the world like Apple and Google shuttle their employees to work. The incentive of being picked up and taken to work is the best yet. No one has to worry about being late and getting into trouble. In addition, some of these shuttles have WiFi.
2. Riding A Bike Or Scooter
Traffic is only getting worse in cities. And for this reason companies and governments have partnered with startup bike and scooter companies. This makes the whole experience a bit easier and let us not forget being on a bike is still working out. Electric scooters are taking over, but we should not forget to park accordingly.
In San Francisco, there’s a crowdsourced shuttle service called Chariot, which uses customer reviews to decide on which route to take up. The shuttle will follow the route that has the most demand. Clients only have to book a seat by paying $4 and just waiting for a pickup.
4. Taking A Train Or Taxi And Paying With Uber
Finding a ride and paying for the trip to work in an app has never been this easier. Uber has taken the world by storm and it is one of the most trusted ride apps. However, train ticketing apps are a bit hard to secure since you have to use different apps to find, book and pay for a trip. But in the future, there will progress and everything will be available in one app.
5. Hitching A Ride To Work In A Self-Driving Car
The Chrysler Pacifica vans are already being tested on public roads. The residents of Phoenix have a chance to hitch a ride in these cars. However, it’s frustrating that it will take a long time before self-driving cars are fully tested and available globally. Some of us will even have retired. But when they do replace the traditional cars, it will help curb road accidents.
6. Flying Taxis
The whole idea of flying taxis is to avoid/reduce traffic, especially in the city. However, this has just been an idea which Uber and Airbus have refused to capitalize. However, Rolls-Royce is looking to take advantage. Recently the company started looking for partners to make this idea into a reality. If things go according to plan, we can look forward to a Jetsons-like future.
Traveling to work isn’t going to be the same anymore. With an increasing world population, we need to change the way we get around, and you can be sure that they are going to be many. Travel two decades down the line is going to be a whole lot different!
Southwest Airlines Has Flights Starting At $47 For This Fall
If you are looking to get away for a long-weekend for some much-needed rest and relaxation, you’ve got to check out the huge sale that Southwest Airlines currently has going on, with some seriously discounted fares for the coming months.
We’re talking about one-way flights for as low as $47. And that even includes a checked bag, because that’s just how Southwest rolls! Of course, you’ve still got to get back home, and that might not be quite as cheap as your outgoing flight, but it’s still one heck of a deal.
As you can see on the official sale page, you’re not limited in where you can travel, though prices vary depending on where you’re headed. For example, you can fly from Las Vegas to Long Beach for $47, New Orleans to Ft. Lauderdale for $87, or New York to Tampa for $103.
There are even some international options, like Ft. Lauderdale to Nassau, Bahamas for $74, Los Angeles to Los Cabos, Mexico for $118, or from Houston to Belize City, Belize for $128.
If you want to take advantage of this deal (which is good for travel between August 21th and December 19th), you had better hurry up, because the sale ends on July 20th.
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