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101 Inspirational quotes to kickstart your week!

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  1. Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve. –Napoleon Hill
  2. Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value. –Albert Einstein
  3. Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.  –Robert FrostImage
  4. I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took any excuse. –Florence Nightingale
  5. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. –Wayne Gretzky
  6. I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. –Michael Jordan
  7. The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. –Emelia Earhart
  8. Every strike brings me closer to the next home run. –Babe Ruth
  9. Definiteness of purpose is the starting point of all achievement. –W. Clement Stone
  10. The past is a ghost, the future a dream. All we ever have is now. –Bill Cosby
  11. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans. –John Lennon
  12. We become what we think about. –Earl NightingaleImage
  13. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, Discover. –Mark Twain
  14. Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. –Charles Swindoll
  15. The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any. –Alice Walker
  16. The mind is everything. What you think you become.  –Buddha
  17. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now. –Chinese Proverb Image
  18. An unexamined life is not worth living. –Socrates
  19. Eighty percent of success is showing up. –Woody Allen
  20. Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. –Steve Jobs
  21. Winning isn’t everything, but wanting to win is. –Vince Lombardi
  22. I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions. –Stephen Covey
  23. Every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. –Pablo Picasso
  24. You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore. –Christopher Columbus
  25. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. –Maya Angelou
  26. Either you run the day, or the day runs you. –Jim Rohn
  27. Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. –Henry Ford
  28. The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. –Mark Twain
  29. Whatever you can do, or dream you can, begin it.  Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. –Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  30. The best revenge is massive success. –Frank Sinatra
  31. People often say that motivation doesn’t last. Well, neither does bathing.  That’s why we recommend it daily. –Zig ZiglarImage
  32. Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage. –Anais Nin
  33. If you hear a voice within you say “you cannot paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced. –Vincent Van Gogh
  34. There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing. –Aristotle
  35. Ask and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock and the door will be opened for you. –Jesus
  36. The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
  37. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.  Live the life you have imagined. –Henry David Thoreau
  38. When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and could say, I used everything you gave me. –Erma Bombeck
  39. Few things can help an individual more than to place responsibility on him, and to let him know that you trust him.  –Booker T. Washington
  40. Certain things catch your eye, but pursue only those that capture the heart. – Ancient Indian Proverb
  41. Believe you can and you’re halfway there. –Theodore Roosevelt
  42. Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. –George Addair
  43. We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light. –Plato
  44. Teach thy tongue to say, “I do not know,” and thous shalt progress. –Maimonides
  45. Start where you are. Use what you have.  Do what you can. –Arthur Ashe
  46. When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life.  When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I wrote down ‘happy’.  They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. –John Lennon
  47. Fall seven times and stand up eight. –Japanese Proverb
  48. When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us. –Helen Keller
  49. Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see. –Confucius
  50. How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. –Anne Frank
  51. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. –Lao Tzu
  52. Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away. –Maya Angelou
  53. Happiness is not something readymade.  It comes from your own actions. –Dalai Lama
  54. If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. –Sheryl SandbergImage
  55. First, have a definite, clear practical ideal; a goal, an objective. Second, have the necessary means to achieve your ends; wisdom, money, materials, and methods. Third, adjust all your means to that end. –Aristotle
  56. If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. –Latin Proverb
  57. You can’t fall if you don’t climb.  But there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground. –Unknown
  58. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained. –Marie Curie
  59. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears. –Les Brown
  60. Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful. –Joshua J. Marine
  61. If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. –Booker T. Washington
  62. I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. –Leonardo da Vinci
  63. Limitations live only in our minds.  But if we use our imaginations, our possibilities become limitless. –Jamie Paolinetti
  64. You take your life in your own hands, and what happens? A terrible thing, no one to blame. –Erica Jong
  65. What’s money? A man is a success if he gets up in the morning and goes to bed at night and in between does what he wants to do. –Bob Dylan
  66. I didn’t fail the test. I just found 100 ways to do it wrong. –Benjamin Franklin
  67. In order to succeed, your desire for success should be greater than your fear of failure. –Bill Cosby
  68. A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new. – Albert Einstein
  69. The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person who is doing it. –Chinese Proverb
  70. There are no traffic jams along the extra mile. –Roger Staubach
  71. It is never too late to be what you might have been. –George Eliot
  72. You become what you believe. –Oprah Winfrey
  73. I would rather die of passion than of boredom. –Vincent van Gogh
  74. A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. –UnknownImage
  75. It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves, that will make them successful human beings.  –Ann Landers
  76. If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money. –Abigail Van Buren
  77. Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs. –Farrah Gray
  78. The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself–the invisible battles inside all of us–that’s where it’s at. –Jesse Owens
  79. Education costs money.  But then so does ignorance. –Sir Claus Moser
  80. I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear. –Rosa Parks
  81. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. –Confucius
  82. If you look at what you have in life, you’ll always have more. If you look at what you don’t have in life, you’ll never have enough. –Oprah Winfrey
  83. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck. –Dalai Lama
  84. You can’t use up creativity.  The more you use, the more you have. –Maya Angelou
  85. Dream big and dare to fail. –Norman Vaughan
  86. Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. –Martin Luther King Jr.
  87. Do what you can, where you are, with what you have. –Teddy Roosevelt
  88. If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten. –Tony Robbins
  89. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. –Gloria Steinem
  90. It’s your place in the world; it’s your life. Go on and do all you can with it, and make it the life you want to live. –Mae Jemison
  91. You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try. –Beverly Sills
  92. Remember no one can make you feel inferior without your consent. –Eleanor Roosevelt
  93. Life is what we make it, always has been, always will be. –Grandma Moses
  94. The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. –Ayn Rand
  95. When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. –Henry Ford
  96. It’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years. –Abraham Lincoln
  97. Change your thoughts and you change your world. –Norman Vincent PealeImage
  98. Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. –Benjamin Franklin
  99. Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, “I’m possible!” –Audrey Hepburn
  100. The only way to do great work is to love what you do. –Steve Jobs
  101. If you can dream it, you can achieve it. –Zig Ziglar

HostelBookers Survey: Why Women Travel Solo

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A new survey created by social media collective, #WeGoSolo* founded by Mariellen Ward of Breathe Dream Go and budget accommodation specialists HostelBookers shows that despite recent negative media attention, women still love to travel alone. Findings from the “Going It Alone” survey show women balance their desire for freedom and adventure with a healthy sense of caution.

More than 1,000 women responded to the June 2013 survey, revealing that:

Female solo travellers are adventurous:

  • 82% of women surveyed said they had travelled alone.
  • “Freedom” (28%), a “sense of adventure” (17%) and “learning about yourself” (15%) were cited by respondents as the top reasons for travelling solo.
  • 54% have travelled solo for a month or longer.

Female solo travellers are concerned about safety, and tend to change their behaviour when travelling solo:

  •  “Safety concerns,” “fear of loneliness” and “pressure from family” were the three top reasons cited for NOT travelling…

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Salon 151 NYC – photos

Quirky arty guesthouse in Wiliamsburg

Quirky arty guesthouse in Wiliamsburg

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Equity Point Marrakech – photos

Beautiful hostel / riad in Morocco by award winning hostel chain

Beautiful hostel / riad in Morocco by award winning hostel chain

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http://www.equity-point.com/en/hostels-marrakech/equity-point-marrakech/general-information-marrakech-hostel.html

PLUS Berlin – photos

Amazing, huge hostel in an old textiles university

Amazing, huge hostel in an old textiles university

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http://www.plushostels.com/plusberlin

Tearing down the remainder of the Berlin Wall?

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Huge news coming out from Berlin the last few months was regarding the plans for the destruction of the remainder of the ‘East Side Gallery‘ section of the Berlin wall. Can you believe it?! When i heard i was shocked, but not surprised…

I was recently in Berlin for ITB again… the last two years I have happily stayed wt PLUS Berlin, which is just a few minutes walk away from the East Side Gallery. Great location, right near Kruezberg and hot clubs like Chalet and Berghain/Panorama.

Berlin Wall

While I was there, my good friend living in Berlin was telling me how these German property developers wanted to build river side apartments, right where the wall is. So, that was that – the wall was meant to be coming down, much to the disgust of many locals. An uproar was of course brewing back then (a month ago), so no surprise when at 5am this morning, when two hundred police turned up to ‘protect’ the developers (builders doing their dirty work) and protesters – it quickly filtered through to news around the world. Especially when a chunk of the wall was removed!

Berlin Wall

I don’t personally know all the details…but I can’t help think – wtf?! What are these guys thinking of starting the process of demolishing a unique part of Berlin’s history. Something that has become a major tourist attraction.. something that has brought art to the community and city… colour to grey… life to oppression. Is it simply better to erase and forget the dirty history for some, rather than having to be reminded of it daily? I think for the majority – NO!

Berlin Wall

Leave the damn wall alone. It was already iconic when it stood, a legend when it fell…. and now the remainder is an institution. Why plan to put it in a museum somewhere, or in a ‘retirement’ art park elsewhere in the city? Why not let it live where it has stood, live where it belongs… where visitors from Berlin, from Germany, who are connected in some way to its history – can come and visit and reflect. Where tourists and history buffs can wander freely, can touch the wall of former division, take photos of the iconic images in natural settings. Why make way for ‘gentrification’ and erase an important part of WORLD history. An important freestanding tourist attraction and multiple human interest story.

Berlin Wall

I will be watching the news keenly for how this story unfolds… and my friends and clients in Berlin will be keeping me up to date of course. I can’t image visiting Berlin and not driving or walking past a hugely relevant piece of its history.

SAVE THE WALL!

Berlin can be reached by Ryanair or Easyjet