WORLD TOURISM DAY

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This article is dedicated to all the travelers who love to travel and explore new cultures and make their life more happening.
World Tourism Day is held annually on the 27th of September with the sole purpose to raise awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political, and economic value. But COVID 19 has surely changed the tourism scenario of the world.

The theme of World Tourism Day 2020

This year the theme is “Tourism and Rural Development“. In many areas of the world, tourism is the only source of income for the locals. This pandemic has hit this industry hard and the result was the loss in livelihood in many pockets of the world. This year it aims to restore livelihoods to such rural communities.

The host of World Tourism Day 2020

For the first time in 40 years, UN World Tourism Day will be hosted by the member states of the MERCOSUR (Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, and Chile).

Impact of COVID 19 pandemic on the tourism sector

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According to the UN report, the tourist count dropped by 98% in May. Reasons that contributed to this were strict lockdowns in countries due to pandemic, people being more aware of the situation, and more.

Places to visit in the Host countries

Now let’s look at a few amazing places you can visit (of course, once the pandemic situation gets better), in the host countries.

1. ARGENTINA

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Puerto Iguazu

Iguazu Fall, one of the world’s incredible wonders is the main attraction of this tiny town. The fall is located along the Iguazu River. You can find many spas, hostels alongside the awe-striking, and spiffing view of the fall.

2. PARAGUAY

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Itaugua

This small town is famous for its folk music and tribal art. Every year a festival is celebrated here to honor a century-old art form- Nanduti. If you are a person, who’s interest lies and folk cultures then this is a place for you.

3. URUGUAY

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Salto Del Penitente

If you are a mountain person, then you should mark this place on your list. The breathtaking views from up the mountains leading to small waterfalls and natural pools is something you can’t miss. Various adventurous activities are also offered here.

4. CHILE

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Velle Nevado

This is the most popular ski area in North America, by far. Loved by all, whether the beginner skiers or the seasoned one, this is now in the common interest that Chile serves the world’s best skiing.

SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

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While traveling to any country, one should keep in mind the sustainable tourism. Going by the definition by World Tourism Organization, “Tourism that takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts addressing the needs of visitors, the industry and the environment, and the host communities.


Why Responsible Tourism is important?
The Sustainable or Responsible tourism is important because tourism can impact the local culture, environment, and economic value of the place both positively and negatively. It can have opposite or adverse effects if tourism is unchecked and uncontrolled. It can cause considerable damage to the natural resources, local tribes and their culture, cause pollution, and many more.

Impact on the Environment

The positive impact on the environment mainly includes the rise in awareness of the present situation of that place as tourism increases. The people visiting may come to know about environmental degradation (if any) and may contribute to environmental protection and degradation.


The negative impacts, however, are many. To increase the tourism of the area, it needs to be well connected by road, airports. The requirement of hotels, restaurants, resorts, shopping complexes also increases. Hence, to reach the demand, the construction of these causes damage to the environment.

Impact on Socio-Cultural status

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This, again, can have both positive and negative impacts.
Whenever a tourist or a traveler visits a place, s/he learns about the new culture, rituals, community. But even the host community learns something new from their visiting guests. This may bring about changes in the host community if they adopt something from a different culture and hence posing a threat to the indigenous community.


However, the positive impact is that people learn about a new culture, new traditional lifestyles, etc. Tourism also helps by fostering pride in their own culture and also by providing and creating new kinds of jobs in the local community. By this, the urban dislocation of people can be avoided.

Impact on Economic Value

The economic value of the place automatically increases once people start visiting a place and talk about it. This helps create a job for people and earn livelihoods.

Travelling doesn’t essentially mean you go miles away. There’s a lot to explore nearby.

– Unknown

This is your planet. You really should come see it sometimes.

– G Adventures

My Views

I think its the collective responsibility of every individual who travels to a place, to not damage it in any way possible, to respect the cultural values of the place, the tribes and the local community.

This World Tourism Day, let us all take a pledge to travel more sustainably than ever before.

I hope you like this article. Don’t forget the like and share it to your loved ones to love to travel.

Healthy Morning Habits

Whether you want to lose weight or belly fat or just want to lead a healthy lifestyle, an effective and healthy morning routine is a must.

The chore you do in the morning impact your day ahead. Not everyone on this planet wake up feeling sleepy and drowsy when the alarm rings. It is very important to sleep for at least 5-6 hours to be more productive for the busy day ahead.

Many studies have also shown that a 7-8 hours of sleep is a must for being more productive whereas on the other hand you can see people talking about how they just sleep for 3-4 hours and still feel fresh.

The secret to lead this kind of lifestyle resides in the determination people make years ago for the betterment of their life.

As you would know from my previous article that how lockdown during the Coronavirus pandemic has changed my life and personality in many ways. One of them is practicing healthy morning habits.

Morning Routines one should follow

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First of all, even if you are feeling drowsy when the alarm rings, do not go back to sleep at any cost (excluding conditions like not feeling well or periods etc). Just get off your bed. I know it’s very hard but not an impossible job to do. Trust me it has happened many times with me, when I snooze the alarm for 10 minutes and i wake up after 45 minutes. That feeling is awful. Hence to avoid such negative feeling in the morning, wake up when the alarm rings.

Next step is to stretch your hands up. Just interlace your fingers and stretch up your hands. Bend slightly towards right and then left. Do it gently, don’t force your body to bend or stretch too much. Its just a gentle warm up to wake you up.

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Then drink a glass of lukewarm water. According to your preference you can also add ginger, or lemon juice and honey in your water. These helps in intoxication of your body, reduce belly fat fast and also in weight loss.

But I don’t add any of these things as I don’t like the taste of it. So, as per your preference you can also drink just plain lukewarm water. This also works but rather slowly.

Now just unroll your yoga mat and step on it and let the yoga begin. Well you can also head towards your gym or yoga classes. Any form of exercise is healthy, whether its it Yoga, Pilates, Cardio, Tabata etc. Because of the lock down I practice yoga at home only.

I prefer to start with pranayam first. Three minutes of pranayam is enough to connect yourself with your breath and feel it. Next i prefer to do Kapalbhati. But kapalbhati should by skipped in some conditions like periods.

Now start with your yoga asanas. You can do yoga asanas of your choice on your own using a stopwatch. Or the best option (if you are a beginner), is to open You Tube and play any yoga video which you would like to do today.

How to choose which Yoga video to play?

Step 1 – Think about what benefit you want to gain from yoga. For example- You want to achieve flexibilty.

Step 2 – Search on You Tube ‘Yoga for flexibility’.

Step 3– From the list of videos that appear, go for the level of yoga i.e. beginner, intermediate or advanced, you can perform. Do not directly start with intermediate or advanced for the first time.

You can also choose the length of the class. According to me, ideally you should go for a 10- 15 minute class if you are a beginner.

I always go for either Boho Beautiful or Yoga with Kassandra because they are the ones i have started my yoga journey with. You can refer to my previous article for more details.

Their You Tube channels are:- Boho Beautiful and Yoga with Kassandra

Step 4– Just follow along the video.

After some time, you can go for 15- 30 minute classes according to your preferences. But don’t forget to warm up before starting a video.

Once you are done with your class, stretch a bit for half a minute and you are done with it. Well, its not compulsory to stretch after doing yoga, especially if it aims for flexibilty.

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After the yoga, sit or walk in the sunshine for at least 2 minutes. You can check your phone, important mails, read newspaper while sitting or walking. Morning sun rays are beneficial for rejuvenating our body.

Do not go to shower immediately after yoga or any other kind of workout. Wait for few minutes and then go for a bath.

I am sure with these simple tips, you can kick start your day with fully charged and you’ll notice being more productive through out day than ever.

Do not forget to share what kind of routine you follow in the morning.

Yoga for belly fat

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What will we talk about in this blog? 

  1. About Yoga and its benefits 
  1. My yoga journey and the benefits I gained 
  1. Few important Yoga poses to reduce your belly fat (fast) 
  1. Yoga tutors on You Tube I referred to and the benefits 

YOGA AND ITS BENEFITS 

Yoga has been prevalent in India and in the world for a very long time, benefiting billions of people, worldwide. The practice of yoga has been dated back to the pre- Vedic Indian traditions. It, first clearly emerged in the book YOGA SUTRAS OF PATANJALI in 2BC, although it was also mentioned in the RIGVEDA earlier than that. 

“Yoga has solution to all physical and mental illness”. Well, it’s not just saying but a true fact. I am emphasizing it because I have experienced it myself. It’s a way to truly discover yourself and a way of living life.  

By incorporating yoga in our daily life, one can witness various personality changes, and an improvement in physical and mental strength. To list a few: – 

  • Being more productive throughout the day 
  • Having more positive thoughts 
  • Felling light and relaxed 
  • Developing a well-toned body 
  • Preventing various lifestyle disorders like hypertension etc. 
  • Positive improvement in mental illnesses 
  • Aligning your seven body chakras 

I know one can find many blogs and videos on yoga and its benefits but this is my own journey, which I think can inspire you enough to unroll your yoga mat right now. 

Although yoga can be done at any time of the day, but doing yoga as the first thing in the morning can give you immense benefits. 

  • It gives a fresh, peaceful yet energetic start to your day. 
  • It helps to clear your mind and allows you to think positively and clearly. 
  • It helps you to set your intentions for the entire day, around which your daily activities will revolve. 

Even 10 minutes of Yoga and 5 minutes of meditation daily is proved to be really helpful and a healthy activity to be engaged in for your lifetime. 

MY YOGA JOURNEY AND THE BENEFITS I GAINED 

I have been practicing yoga for three months now. I finally got time to start a yoga routine in the corona pandemic. I also did some cardio along with yoga and meditation. 

I initially started doing Yoga for belly fat. It was my main motive. But as I stepped on my yoga mat every day, I would feel that I should do something more than just belly fat yoga. After two weeks of practicing belly fat yoga poses, I saw great results and started noticing changes in my body. And from there it was never coming back. I got so motivated from myself and started doing more different forms of yoga. 

I practice forty minutes of yoga and five- seven minutes of meditation every day in the morning. I also do bed time yoga for five minutes every evening. It has now become like a ritual to me which I need to perform every day. Remember, it is very important to do all the poses in the right manner. If not done in the right way, it can also cause you injuries. 

YOGA TO REDUCE STUBBORN BELLY FAT 

So, here I am sharing a list of all the yoga poses that helped me to reduce belly fat.  

  1. Standing forward bend (Padhastasnana) 
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This pose has various benefits.  

  • It is great for stretching hips, hamstrings and calf muscles. 
  • It also strengthens thighs and knees. 
  • It is a wholesome stretch for the body. 
  • It releases tension in the spine, neck and back. 
  1. Seated forward bend (Paschimtanasana) 

Its benefits are 

  • Stretches your hamstrings, spine and shoulders 
  • Improves digestion 
  • Helps relieves anxiety, stress and depression 
  1. Boat pose (Naukasana) 
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Its benefits are 

  • Stretched hamstrings 
  • Strengthens your spine and hip flexors 
  • Tones and strengthens your abdominal muscles 
  • Improves digestion and balance 
  1. Bow pose (Dhanurasana) 

It is a great full body stretch. It is effective in 

  • Weight loss 
  • Improving digestion 
  • Blood circulation 
  • Improves flexibility of the back 
  1. Plank pose (Kumbhakasana) 
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Along with reducing belly fat, it also 

  • Strengthens shoulders and arms 
  • Strengthens muscles along the spine 
  • Helps in building stamina and endurance 
  • It also improves concentration 
  1. Bridge pose (Setu bandh Sarvangasana) 
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It helps in 

  • Opening of chest, shoulders and heart 
  • Stretching neck, spine and hips 
  • Strengthens back and hamstrings and buttocks 
  • It also improves blood circulation 
  1. Cobra pose (Bhujangasana) 
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Along with reducing the belly fat, it also  

  • Stretches the shoulders and chest muscles 
  • Strengthens the arms and the shoulders 
  • Increase flexibility 

Always remember to breath normally once you reach your capacity to hold a pose. 

Try doing these, hold each pose for at least 30 seconds. Do each pose at least 3 times. You can also hold poses for longer periods of time according to your will. 

I personally perform all these asanas and avail their great benefits. Not only they are helpful in physical development of our body but also make us strong mentally. Once you reach your desired pose and close your eyes while breathing normally. This will allow you to reach a meditative state in your pose. This also helps in improving the focus and concentration. 

Yoga tutors on You Tube I referred to and the benefits 

But my yoga journey would not have been started with two of my favorite Yoga teachers. 

  • BOHO BEAUTIFUL 
  • YOGA WITH KASSANDRA 

Being an absolute beginner four months back, who never ever even stepped on a yoga mat before, Boho Beautiful and Yoga with Kassandra helped me transform. I regularly followed their you tube channels and did their yoga series. 

At home full body workout- Boho Beautiful 

As Julian always say “let go off worries that no longer serves you”, and it has become like a mantra to me. While doing yoga with her, she keeps reminding you to relax and breathe normally, to tell your body to relax and release the tension. Her leg and thigh challenge and 10 min abs workout helped me to tone my body. Now I am looking forward for BB’s 14-day Splits challenge. 

30-day Morning Yoga Challenge- Yoga with Kassandra 

I did the 30-day morning yoga challenge and it was an absolute delight. Well it was not easy at first and I struggled a lot, but I would do poses to the extent I could do. And at the end of 30 days I saw marvelous results. I was more flexible than before. 

None of their videos was a cake walk at first and faced many difficulties at first, but consistency in performing it daily helped. Both of them made yoga look easy and were completely beginner friendly. But I am so much inspired from both of them and now consider them as my Gurus.

Many people think that they are not flexible enough for yoga, but this is not a limitation, rather and excuse to delay things. And trust me on that, you just need to start right away and then there’s no looking back. 

So, when are you starting your yoga journey? 

And if you already have, what is your lockdown story? 

Comment below how you liked the article.  

Feel free to share your yoga journey and your lock down stories below.