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Zentraveler on secret to living one hundred years!

Live to be 100 years old

Live to be 100 years old

GREAT NEWS  for anyone born after the year 2000: They’ll probably live to 100, according to research from Denmark. That’s roughly 20 years longer than the life expectancy of the rest of us. But we could live that long, too, says Walter Bortz II, MD, a clinical associate professor of medicine at Stanford University: “What’s holding us back are bad habits.”

Luck and genetics play roles in longevity, of course, but you can’t control that. To hike your odds of hitting 100, focus on what you can do, like loading up on fruits and veggies (add five years), working out five days a week (add two to four years), and cutting down on stress (may add up to six years).

Much has been written about the secret to living a long life.  My mother lived ninety-nine plus years…  just short of one hundred years. Some of the things Zentraveler learned are so simple yet often times ignored

1.  She always maintained a positive attitude no matter what occurred in her life

2. She always slept well and  normally went to sleep within a minute after she went to bed

3. She ate very small meals and enjoyed five or six cups of coffee per day and put fresh blueberries on her cereal

4. She maintained  strong relationships with  friends and relatives

5. She kept current on world affairs

6. She kept busy through retirement collecting more than 700 teddy bears after age 90

7. She stayed away from doctors and hospitals

8. She watched all of the latest movies on tv and turned off the ones that were too violent

9. She tried to find the good in everyone she ever met

10. She kept her religion private but attended regular service at the church or on tv

Bonus:  She was grateful for everything life gave her!

Her real secret which she communicated many times was:  life’s secret:  “I don’t mind what happens.”  Her answer was life is a trade off…example John lives in a big expensive house,  but was killed in a car wreck!  I drive three hours each day to go to work (make more money) but maybe better to not put hat much stress in your life.  You are driving your own life… so don’t fall into the trap of blaming other people for what happens.

QUOTE:”If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And If you didn’t ask me , I’d still have to say it.” —George Burns 

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Many interesting claims about longevity can be found in ancient writings.  In the book of Genesis, Adam and six of his direct descendants are said to have lived for more than 900 years. The oldest, Methuselah, was said to have lived 969 years.

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Save the rain forest. Save the orangutan. Save the world! 

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: Get off the couch grasshopper, keep moving, eat good food, don’t worry and live your life.

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free


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Zentraveler on The Art of Travel.

The Art of Travel

The Art of Travel

Cool Travel

Cool Travel

The question is are you just following some hot tips that you read in the latest trendy travel magazine or do you want to cultivate some rules of travel which you can use for a lifetime.

Ask yourself what do you want from your travel experience.  Would you like to fly to Cancun, Mexico and stay at a holiday resort that is loaded with noisy folks playing drinking games and partying all night long.  Many of these travelers might as well stay at their local Holiday Inn and experience the same drunken brawl…since their eyes are closed  and that is all they get.

Or would you like to fly to Cancun and visit many of the wonderful Mayan Ruins traveling through the exotic tropical jungles and joining in on an educational tour of the ruins… then find that quaint hotel with nature and nothing but the birds to listen to in the twilight of the evening.

As you can see these two totally different travel vacations arrive at the same airport, but have amazing different results. You are not only the designer of your life you can also design the perfect vacation.

When we think of the word art many things conjure up in your mind.  The art of music, the art of dance, the art of painters, gourmet art, the art of zen. Art is normally associated with training the mind voice or hands to paint, play an instrument, make pottery, write a song, write a book, and much more.

Madridejos Museum

Madridejos Museum

The art of travel isn’t much different.  If you really want to get the most from a travel experience then you need to do  research on where to stay, what to see and what you expect from this travel opportunity. You are in essence training your mind like a fine tuned violin to get the most from your travels.

The art of travel:

1. research your next travel opportunity and print out your travel itinary

2. prepare list of attractions and things to do

3.  make a budget to fit time frames and stick to it

4. make a daily log of your activities and money spent

5. pack light and have good  pair of walking shoes or sporting shoes

6. bring flashlight, whistle and first aid kit with your meds and vitamins

7 . copy of passport, credit cards,  important numbers packed  seperately

8. ask the locals for information

9. emerge yourself in the local culture

10. take plenty of photo ops

11. have fun

Some of the hot travel opportunities are taking a voluntary travel vacation… where you might teach people how to recycle, how to make a neighborhood vegetable garden, make solar ovens, dig new wells,  tag rhinos, go to language school, enroll in a gourmet cooking school,  take a wildlife conservation holiday or go on a biosphere expedition.

Sporting vacations which include: skiing, mountain climbing, scuba diving, golfing, spelunking, river rafting, kayaking, sailing, fishing, surfing, windsurfing, bungee jumping, sky diving, ziplining.  Out of sporting vacation options…  you could add some broom cleaning to your travels and  fly to Canada and learn curling on the ice.

Other travel vacations are eco-travel, visiting and photographing churches, museums, ancient ruins, photo travel and many more that your imagination and research can conjure up.

Bohol Church

Bohol Church

So there you have it if you really want to learn the art of travel you need to do some pre-planning pack appropriately, and you too can cash in on the art of travel.

Ocean Kayaking

Ocean Kayaking

QUOTE: “Travel makes one modest, you can see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”–Gustave Flaubert

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: Aside from love, few activities seem to promise us as much happiness as going traveling: taking off for somewhere else, somewhere far from home, a place with more interesting weather, customs, and landscapes. … Jean-Pierre Acoustin and Alain de Botton from their book The Art of Travel

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: WATER  Water is very precious. It is being used without any consideration. If we are not careful very soon the time when we do not have any water will come. Imagine surviving without any water. No water to drink, no water to cook food with, no water to brush our teeth. Water is an important part of our daily lives. We are dependent on water for all our activities. Thus we must first begin by saving water.

ZENTRAVELER SAYS: It’s all in zee travel…get off the couch Grasshopper and open your big bug eyes!

From here to Infinity and Beyond is a relatively short ride! The next leg takes eons and eons as you fly through the Barycentric Dynamical Time Zone! …and on and on and on. Follow the Zentraveler Blog often for Travel, Health and Zen-like stories and such. Where else can you get a three in one blog for the price of free

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