Silent Nights: 5 Destinations to Find Peace & Quiet in 2020

Vacations are supposed to be a time to kick back, relax and forget about all the problems waiting for you at home. Unfortunately, this can be easier said than done. Noisy tourists and crowded resorts can often make it impossible to get the peace and quiet you’re searching for and cleanse yourself of your woes.

Even if you want to explore more than sitting on a beach all day, you should be able to enjoy some relaxation on your next trip. If you’re hoping for not just a silent night, but a silent day on your next getaway, take a look at these suggestions.

Ithaca, Greece

The Greek way is slow and steady, and Ithaca exemplifies that lifestyle. This quiet island is the home of heroes of the great Greek epic poems, but there’s no pressure to embark on such a quest when you visit. This is a spot to let life pass you by.

Tourists haven’t quite caught onto Ithaca yet, making it a peaceful location to travel through even out of usually peak periods such as April and May. It has two distinct points, split between the North and South of the island. In the North, you’ll find tranquil village life and remnants of Greek history, while the South plays host to beaches and ports, ideal for watching the world over a glass of wine and meal.

The clear, still water provides the perfect backdrop for Ithaca, as some of the best areas to find some quiet can be found on the coast. Freedom Wanderers capture the seclusion of the island, perfect for a break from humanity as a whole.

Costa Rica

Central America might not be the first region that comes to mind when you think peace and quiet, but Costa Rice has developed into a must-see local for getting some much-needed peace amongst nature.

In recent years Costa Rica has reinvented itself as a tourist destination for both families and solo adventure travelers, with many visiting to take in the luscious landscapes and glorious abundance of wildlife. If you feel reinvigorated watching the wonders of nature before your eyes, this is the place for you.

The options are almost endless, from letting your mind wander as you take in the vivid blue of the Rio Celeste waterfall to enjoying a sunset on the tranquil beach of Montezuma. If you’re worried this sounds too slow for children, Anywhere has many Costa Rica family hotels, perfect for entertaining little ones on a group getaway.

Stockholm, Sweden

Feeling overwhelmed by don’t want to separate from society entirely? It’s possible to visit a city and find the peace and quiet you’re looking for. Stockholm is one of many cities to introduce calm spaces, areas within metropolitan areas designed to reduce noise pollution and allow people to enjoy the locations without overloading the senses.

There are a number of rural and urban quiet trails across the city and its outskirts that can be enjoyed on foot or by bike. Likewise, marine trails and even quiet hotels allow you to enjoy all the trimmings of Stockholm life Stockholm has a stillness to it, and with these developments, you can really take in the beauty and majesty of the city.

From Hammarby lake to the gardens of Rosenhill, there’s something for every type of traveller.

Faroe Islands

I can almost guarantee these little islands have never been top of your must-visit list. They should be though, as the Faroe Islands is one of the most relaxing locations in the world to truly escape.

An island so sleepy, you can’t rely on the public transport. Located between Scotland and Iceland, the Faroe Islands is a collection of 18 mountainous islands devoid of the stress of contemporary existence. The islands can feel like an amalgamation of all the most peaceful elements of European life. The scenery replicates the rolling hills of coastal England, playing host to the tranquil lifestyle of Scandinavia. The landscape really is the Island’s most peaceful feature. It’ll be hard not to relax at the sight of shaggy sheep crossing over luscious green hills against tucked in tiny villages.

You may never want to leave the Faroe Islands once you experience its lifestyle. For just a break though, it’s worth it to isolate yourself with just 50,000 locals and a sizeable puffin population.

Provenance, France

Getaways to French vineyards are often hotspots for the most irritating kind of tourist, but Provenance has a variety that sets it apart and makes it a wonderful choice to get a silent night.

Yes, there are vineyards in abundance, but there are also captivating views of the alps, luscious pine forests and time-worn water mills gently lapping against streams. The region has a multitude of world-famous cities and towns to visit, but you’ll want to do nothing more than drive out to the countryside and let the tranquility wash over you. Take one of the many self-driven tours to soak in the culture of the region at your own pace/

This South-Eastern region of France is one of the finest areas in Europe to lose yourself in true peace and quiet surrounded by the setting of a French master’s oil painting.

Finding peace in tourist destinations is an almost impossible task. To be able to board the plane home feeling you actually escaped and got the silent nights you deserved, give these lesser-considered destinations a try.

Hollie Jones is an expert lifestyle blogger who lives for writing. Hollie’s drive, passion and background come from the arts and media sectors. You can read her latest blog posts on Hollie and the Ivy, where she shares tips and advice about her passions while having a lot of fun along the way.

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Write Your 2020 Story!

When I let go of who I am, I become who I might be. —LAO-TZU

Welcome to A NEW YEAR!!!

We know that whatever choices we’ve made, we made them from our highest level of consciousness at the time. But in some cases, a lack of purpose has guided those decisions. In fact, there may be many steps you’ve taken where if you could choose them differently right now, you would. If you have regrets over things you’ve said and done, or choices you’ve made that you wish you could take back, you are not alone.

So many people live in eternal pain, because they are incapable of forgiving themselves; many are afraid to follow their hearts, because they can’t bear the pain of it breaking again; others question their self-worth, because they are convinced God or the Universe does not love them unconditionally, and they won’t forgive themselves, because they don’t believe they are entitled to be free from the karma of their actions.

Here’s the reality: good people can make bad choices. And bad choices don’t make a bad person. The late, great Sufi Master and sage David Simon taught me that if you are willing to wholeheartedly own and accept a choice you’ve made, defenselessly without making any excuses, and if you believe in your heart of hearts that with everything you now know you would make a different choice today in that same situation, then you are worthy of forgiveness and entitled to forgive yourself.

The Divine Principle of REbirth teaches that there is redemption in every moment if you are willing to own your impact, forgive yourself, and make a more conscious choice. The Sacred Power of New Beginnings is your permission slip to take a fresh, new, bold step on the Divine Path of REbirth.

We are more aware now than we were as children. We have the experience and ability to derive more of our self-worth from our own self rather than from others. But we have conditioned and reinforced our less attractive traits over and over every day for decades. We’ve conditioned and reinforced our more attractive traits as well.

The New Beginnings Blueprint is a powerful tool to help you reflect on your decisions, better understand their consequences, and make new, purposeful, nourishing choices going forward.

It contains only seven questions, but they require total, pure, raw honesty. Completing this part of the process will act as your formal initiation into REbirth. Begin to write the answers to these questions. Your responses can be as brief as a few sentences or as deep as thirty pages. It may even become the outline for your next book!

As you proceed, you will witness your new beginning unfolding. So allow the process to flow with innocence, and trust that you are moving toward transformation.


Use these seven core questions to outline your REbirth blueprint:

  1. What has been my Winning Formula?
  2. When and why did I create it?
  3. What has it brought me?
  4. What has it cost me?
  5. What is my true vision?
  6. What are the five steps I can take to move me from where I am to where I want to be?
  7. What is the commitment I make right now?

Note for the high achiever: speed is not the goal. Clarity is critical.

We all can bang out answers in a few minutes, but that would be the old Winning Formula taking over. Reel it back in. We are making a powerful shift and undoing decades of conditioning, so take it slow and easy. Asking and answering these questions may take time. Be patient, but begin now and as the days unfold, you will have your new blueprint developed. You will have begun the process of REbirth!

Question seven asks, “What is the commitment I make right now?” Commitments are sacred contracts that we make with our souls. They are the divine agreements that transcend space and time. They are the foundations of our New Beginnings, because they are pure and carry with them the best of intentions.

Embedded in every commitment is the most devotional desire to transform in some way. The ancient Indian text, the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, guides us with the phrase: “You are your deepest driving desire. As is your desire, so is your will. As is your will, so is your deed. As is your deed, so is your destiny.”

Our desire to transform is the seed that sparks the process. And then our commitment helps us to lean in the direction of the dream. Our commitment sits at the very edge of transformation. When we push that edge, energy begins to move creating the path to our REbirth.

This week, let’s make the commitment to ourselves… to explore our blueprint, to meditate, and to launch into 2020 with renewed vision, vigor and vigilance toward our goals!!!

In the meantime, I’ll see you in the gap. Peace. -davidji

davidji is a globally recognized mindbody health & wellness expert, mindful performance trainer, meditation teacher & author of Amazon’s Best Seller destressifying: The Real-World Guide to Personal Empowerment, Lasting Fulfillment, and Peace of Mind, Sacred Powers: The Five Secrets to Transformation and Secrets of Meditation: A Practical Guide to Inner Peace & Personal Transformation, & winner of the Nautilus Book Award. Connect with him on . Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

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Stop Faking It! Be Powerful in Your Transition.

If there’s one thing that stops smart, driven people, it’s transitions. Ripe with uncertainty, transitions make us feel messy and small because we don’t have Answers, capital A. This stage of not knowing, but wanting clarity, makes even highly successful people feel confused, and often, ashamed.

But no one is exempt from transitions. Whether you’re fresh out of college wanting to score that interview, figuring out the next step in your business, or leveling up in your company, you’ll definitely encounter transitions if you want to fulfill your deepest potential.

Transitions aren’t easy, but I do know they’re a great opportunity to get more competent, and to tell the truth to get HUGE reward. I speak personally from having gone through many transitions in my career & personal life. It’s time to get used to transitions because they’re not going away.

Today’s video will help you shift from fearing transitions to enjoying the process of leveling-up. Here’s a summary of what you get in the video.

  1. Transitions are the BEST opportunity to face yourself & what you usually avoid. If you can learn how to manage uncertainty, tell the truth about where you are, and become more skilled & articulate, you’ve mastered A LOT of useful life skills. The transition itself changes who you are to be more ready for your next job, position, or opportunity – but only if you take it as an opportunity, not full of shame.
  2. Tell the truth. If you start by pretending you’ve got it all “figured out,” you set yourself up to pretend and fake the whole way through. This doesn’t allow for mistakes, genuine questions and confusion to arise, nor does it allow people to trust you.
  3. Get excited about where you want to go. Transitions are the perfect place to dream up & gather energy around your desires, AND to communicate that to others. People are attracted to enthusiasm & energy.

You CAN use your transition to powerfully, skillfully, and gracefully move you to the next best stage in your life. They’re not your defining moment, but transitions can be useful tools to help you get where you want to go.

If you are going through a transition, I feel you. If it feels uncomfortable, email me at and tell me how you’re dealing with your transition right now; you can shift your perception and feel powerful in the MIDDLE of it. If this helped you, share it with a loved one or friend going through transition; we could all use some help when life feels rocky.

xx Ishita

Ishita Gupta is an entrepreneur, speaker, and business breakthrough strategist. She publishes Fear.less Magazine and runs her consulting business helping people gain confidence, live without fear, and thrive as business owners. Since diving into personal development a decade ago, she’s spent the last five years helping people specifically build confidence and self-worth enough to pursue their dreams. Ishita speaks at conferences around the U.S. on entrepreneurship and leadership, including World Domination Summit,TEDx, Startup Princess, Next Generation Health, Business Growth Summit, Young Female Entrepreneurs, and more.. You can also follow Ishita on Twitter.

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3 Signs It’s Time to Let the Project Go

When I was little, my family sat in a circle on our living room floor by candlelight on the darkest night of the year (December 21st for those in the Northern Hemisphere, aka the Winter Solstice).

We wrote out what we wanted to leave in the darkness and what we wanted to welcome into our lives as the light returned. Then we burned the stuff we were ready to let go of and lit a candle for what we were calling in with the light.

I can’t recall what my childhood self wanted to release (likely something about feeling obligated to ride the school bus with my little friend up the street who would always figure out a way to convince me to, even though the free-for-all of unsupervised kids in the back of a bus tormenting one another in whatever way was subtle enough not to be seen in the bus driver’s giant rearview mirror freaked me out).

But I do recall how good it felt to let the stuff go that wasn’t serving me. I love my mom for making this ritual part of our yearly reality so that letting things go was seen as an important part of life instead of as a failure.

If you struggle with knowing what to let go of because you’ve made being able to handle things an important part of your identity (I only know because I’m healing this one in myself), then it’s important to know the signs that something needs to leave your life so that you can let it.

When it comes to your work, this is critical because you only have so many hours and so much energy to devote to it, and if all of that time and energy gets sucked up by projects that aren’t serving you or your grander vision, you have nothing left to devote to the projects that fill you, your team, your bank account, and your customers’ lives up.

Here are three signs that it’s time to let a project go (whether it’s already on its way out the door, or it needs an extra push):

  1. When you think about or work on this project, you feel irritated, resentful, and/or drained.
  2. From the moment this project began, it has felt like a slog, or things have gone wrong or been difficult the entire time. Things (and people) tend to tell you what they are right at the get-go. Projects that are a slog at the beginning are a slog to get over the finish line.
  3. The project is not going to directly deliver the bigger result or vision that you’re after.

Success does not have to be a struggle.

You can and need to let the projects go that don’t feel right if you want to have the bandwidth for the most powerful, impactful work you’re capable of.

Am I saying that your work should never feel challenging? No. There are projects that are well worth your time and energy that will, at times, feel hard. But the overall trajectory feels joyful, aligned, and in flow.

You know the difference. Some projects feel like dragging a sled covered in paste across a floor made of sandpaper, and some feel like gliding your well-moisturized hand over a freshly washed marble countertop.

This Winter Solstice (and as frequently as you can after that), look at the projects you have on your plate and ask yourself:

Where’s the friction and where’s the glide?

Let the ones with the friction go and reallocate your precious resources towards the glide.


What will you be pruning from your project list based on the three signs above? What questions do you have about letting things go? Tell me in the comments!

You’re out there serving your people (your clients, community, kids, family, etc.) and making sure they’re living their best lives…but there’s also you.

How are you taking care of you?

One of my favorite things to learn about leaders is how they take care of themselves because I get inspired with new ideas to enhance my own wellbeing, capacity, and performance.

This week on the podcast, we have the extremely good-looking and insightful husband and wife team behind the fitness and adventure brand Bee The Wellness, Vanessa and Adam Lambert.

I was on their podcast over the summer, and I resonated with them so much that I invited them on for a conversation with Mike and me.

During this episode we covered:

  • The super-weird wellness trick that has Adam feeling way better than before
  • How their background as firefighters has helped them dial their business in
  • Their best techniques for getting ahead of the content machine that online business can become
  • How their business model is actually one of the ways they take care of themselves
  • How they use plant medicine to move through their blocks

And so much more!

Click here to get in on all the goodness.

Identifying our non-negotiables for taking care of ourselves is so critical not only to our wellbeing, but that of our clients, our family, and our whole community. I know I’m not the first person to say this to you, but I hope that if you’re not caring for yourself right now that this might be the time that it actually sinks in.

You matter. Your wellness matters. Your body matters. Your emotional landscape matters. Your mental health matters.

As we near the closing of this year, know this:

There is nothing worth investing in more than yourself because your wellbeing magnifies your impact in a way that’s not possible when you’re not nourished.

I’d love to know what you learned and what inspired you during the Vanessa and Adam episode and/or what your insights or questions are around caring for yourself as a leader.

Sending you so much love,

Kate Northrup is an entrepreneur, bestselling author, and mother who supports ambitious, motivated and successful women to light up the world without burning themselves out in the process. Committed to empowering women entrepreneurs to create their most successful businesses while navigating motherhood, Kate is the founder and CEO of Origin Collective, a monthly membership site where women all over the world gather to achieve more while doing less. Her first book, Money: A Love Story, has been published in 5 languages. Kate’s work has been featured by The Today Show, Yahoo! Finance, Women’s Health, Glamour, and The Huffington Post, and she’s spoken to audiences of thousands with Hay House, Wanderlust, USANA Health Sciences, and more. Kate lives with her husband and business partner, Mike, and their daughter Penelope in Maine. Find out more and receive your free copy of the 5 Simple and effective ways to get the results you want in your business at

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