Nurturing a Sense of Adventure


Everyone has a sense of adventure. But for varied reasons, some are yet to discover how far they can push the envelope and discover how adventurous they can be. Venturing into the unknown is an adventure in itself. A break from the usual to do things that you would not normally do is a big step outside your comfort zone. And whatever part of your life you may decide to go a little farther, you are already stepping into unfamiliar territory. Adventures are filed with possibilities and offer a lot of room for growth and self-discovery. Here are some ways to create your own adventure and get more out of life.

Shake things up. It is easy to get lost in routines. What is familiar may be comfortable, but it can also be limiting. If you want to stretch your boundaries, you have to consciously shake things up from time to time. Disruption is one of the keys to keeping you on your toes and perhaps even leads you to exciting discoveries. Do something different, explore something new, and change your routine. These are some of the many ways to get more out of life.

Choose the more challenging path. Push yourself out of the comfort zone instead of waiting for circumstances to do it for you. Choose the hard path if that is what it takes to accomplish your objectives. The sooner you face the challenges that await you, the sooner you can gain the reward of the learning experience you can gain from them.

Forget excuses. There will always be reasons why things could not work out. But there are also plenty of reasons why it could. Stop overthinking options. Avoid dwelling on what could go wrong. You can never really know if you can or cannot do something unless you make the effort to try. Do not let your resolve be drowned by your fear of the unknown or by discouraging words from others. Stop coming up with excuses and devote your time instead to coming up with reasons why you should overcome the challenge.

Take everything as a once in a lifetime opportunity. What would you do if you are given only one chance to achieve a goal that really matter to you? You would probably do whatever it takes and keep pushing to reach it. Consider every day as your one shot at success, which can never be recovered once gone. If you create a sense of urgency and purpose in your daily life, you can choose to use your time as best as you can.

4 Stunning Places to Visit Off the Beaten Path in Japan

Japan is home to a treasure trove of attractions, many of which are quite popular among tourists. Tokyo, Kyoto, and Osaka are just some of the top places that draw millions of tourists from all over the world every year. But with all the spectacular sights like ancient temples and shrines as well as the extensive list of things to do in these top tourist destinations, it is easy to miss out on the country’s hidden gems. To see and experience more than the usual in Japan, here are some of the stunning places to visit if you want to go off the beaten path.

Kiso Valley, Nagano Prefecture
Tsumago Kiso Valley
The Kiso Valley was part of the Nakasendo or “path through mountains” route between Edo and Kyoto in the past. It is home to charming old post towns like Magome, Narai, and Tsumago. It also boasts of spectacular nature scenery with stunning views of mountains and verdant forests. Visit to see and experience historic and picturesque post towns in the midst of breathtaking scenery.

Kurashiki, Okayama Prefecture
A visit to Kurashiki is like traveling back into another century. It is an old merchant settlement that boasts of an old canal that dates back to the Edo period. This canal area is lined with old storehouses and weeping willows that add to the place’s old-world charm. Some of the city’s top attractions include the Bikan historical district, Ivy Square, Ohashi House, and Ohara Museum.

Beppu Hot Springs, Kyushu
Kyushu may be one of Japan’s main islands. But it is often overlooked by many tourists who end up missing out on its many historic attractions, bustling cities, and nature scenery. Its prefectures all boast of beautiful attractions to explore. It is known for hot spring towns like Beppu and the Kurokawa Onsen among many others. Best destinations include Fukuoka Prefecture (Dazaifu, Fukuoka, and Kitakyushu), Kagoshima Prefecture (Amami Oshima, Kagoshima, Kirishima, Satsuma Peninsula, and Yakushima), Kumamoto Prefecture (Amakusa, Aso, Kurokawa Onsen, Kumamoto, and Minamata), Miyazaki Prefecture (Miyazaki, Takachiho, and Udo Shrine), Nagasaki Prefecture (Hirado, Nagasaki, and Shimabara Peninsula), Oita Prefecture (Beppu, Kuju Mountains, Kunisaki Peninsula, Usuki, and Yufuin), and Saga Prefecture (Arita and Imari, Karatsu, Yoshinogari Park, and Yutoku Inari Shrine).

Mount Koya, Wakayama Prefecture
Mount Koya
Mount Koya is home to the headquarters of Shingon Buddhism. It is a secluded woodland temple town surrounded by enchanting natural scenery. The Shikoku 88 Temple Pilgrimage starts and ends in this place. Its many attractions include the Daishi Kyokai, Danjo Garan, Kongobuji Temple, Okunoin Temple and cemetery, Pilgrimage Trails, Reihokan Museum, Temple Lodging, and Tokugawa Mausoleum.