WorldVentures Core Values – Mike Azcue & Wayne Nugent

Over this past weekend we completed our largest training in Nashville for over 7,000 people in attendance.  One of the sections that was the main feature of the weekend was when Mike Azcue and Wayne Nugent, Co-Owners of WorldVentures each on their separate keynote presentations went through some of their Core Values that make up what WorldVentures means to them.  I just wanted to share these values with everyone as a sign of being at the right place at the right time!  Wayne Nugent and Mike Azcue embody these Core Values and pass them along to everyone in their lives, not only for business values but also values to live your day to day life.

WorldVentures Core Values as taught by Mike Azcue & Wayne Nugent

 
1. Live fun, freedom and fulfillment
Look for ways to integrate more fun, freedom and fulfillment into everything we do. 
Happiness and fulfillment precede success; they are not the byproducts of success. 
Strive to be fun, creative, adventurous and courageous. We believe you should work 
and live with passion, which can only benefit your productivity. We are each an 
extension of our brand. Our mission is to bring fun, freedom & fulfillment to the world. 
The degree to which we embrace and integrate this principle into our lives is directly
related to our ability to deliver our mission to the world.
 
2.  We are one big team.  
Foster synergistic partnership and co‐creation. WorldVentures is made up of a 
corporate staff and Representatives in the field. Exercise an inclusive, abundant
 approach with every team member and partner, valuing individuality. Seek input
 from everyone involved in realizing WorldVentures’ mission. Foster an environment 
of safety to support contribution and authenticity, creating space for every voice to
be heard, independent of title. Welcome all cultures,religions, ages, races, shapes
and sizes in alignment with our Core Values.
 
3.  Honor and body and expand trust.
 Be authentic and transparent. Be congruent in thought, words and deeds. 
Be accountable and responsible. Everyone is responsible and no one is to 
blame. Keep promises and honor commitments. Strive to build a reputation 
of exceeding expectations. Only represent the truth.
 
4.  Deliver and promote excellence.  
Have a steadfast focus on providing the highest value and the highest‐quality experience. 
 
5.  Commit to resolution. 
There is always a resolution. Problems are only challenges looking for 
answers. Be creative in sourcing solutions and seek support when needed.
 
6.  Care and contribute.  
Be humane and compassionate.  Promote peace, harmony and love.
Give back, serve, add value and make a difference.
 
7.  Champion full potential.  
Commit to continuous growth and learning. Solicit feedback from others and 
look for constructive lessons in personal experiences. Always be evolving. 
Empower others and help them see their greatness. Seek out opportunities 
to build up others through sincere appreciation and acknowledgment of their 
actions and gifts. Appreciate and learn from others’ unique differences. 
We are creating a culture free of politics or sabotage of others’ goals 
(i.e., jealousy or resentment of upline, downline or sideline). Edify everyone
 involved in WorldVentures, regardless of their goals or success in business.
 
8.  Embrace creativity and innovation.
Imagine new possibilities and change.  Change is the only constant.  
The more you can embrace the change the more that we are going to
stay on the edge and stay competitive.
 
9.  Foster safe and open communication.
Communicate for new possibilities, understanding, resolution and 
positive action. Promote open communication, have crucial conversations 
at “Point Easy” (i.e., “I’d like to have an open communication with you.”). 
Practice authenticity and transparency. Speak the truth early, sensitively 
and often with each other (support, constructive feedback and appreciations, etc.). 
 
10.  Insure attainability in mind..  
Make decisions with sustainability in mind: sustainable business practices,
 relationships, energy, health, etc. Model high‐level health, functionality and 
well‐being. Look for ways to do more with less.
 
To read more about Mike Azcue & Wayne Nugent Click Here 
http://directsellingnews.com/index.php/view/the_new_freedom_fighters#.UQIo70rjkVk

Largest Event WorldVentures has EVER had! Check It OUT!

Well it’s been a bit over a week since we held the largest event that WorldVentures has ever had!  This event is of course, A View from The Edge led by Marc Accetta at the Allen Events Center in Allen, TX.  As we prepare to head out to Nice, France to have this event for over 1,200 people from all over Europe & Asia I just wanted to give everyone a quick glimpse at to what Marc Accetta and Team were able to create over the past weekend.

 

Stay tuned for another awesome recap video from our View from the Edge in Nice, France.

And remember if you have any awesome pics from the view make sure you tag them with #view12 in order to have them get maximum exposure to the world!

Follow me on Twitter @monicoperez so that you can get a highlight of the weekends event in France!

Social Media’s Coolest Travel Companies

Planning on taking a vacation this summer or you already have, well here’s just some cool Social Media ideas I came across in regards to not completely plugging out of Social Media all together during your next vacation.  As my summer has been filling up with travels to Cyprus, Cancun & Maui, I’ve noticed that although it is a vacation it is also fun to stay plugged into the Social Media world and try to use it to help others or myself….

BEFORE WE HEAD OUT ON VACATION THERE’S AN IMPORTANT AIRLINE SAFETY VIDEO

Now we all know what happens when we board the plane and they begin to start explaining the safety video but who ever thought an airline-safety video could be fun? Air New Zealand did. ANZ employed the ever-bedazzled Richard Simmons to deliver the familiar preflight lesson of how to don your oxygen mask (or “take a breather!” as he says). And the disco-rich video wasn’t just for flyers: it has had almost 2.6 million YouTube views since its March 2011 launch—try getting that kind of virality from your basic seat-belt-fastening snoozer.

Social media, after all, has become an essential part of the way we travel—with everything from trip planning to photo sharing. The SMITTYs came about when we saw travel companies doing some pretty cool things in the social media space, and we wanted to recognize their efforts. So we asked airlines, tourism boards, car-rental companies, tour operators, cruise lines, and others to give us their best efforts from 2011.

HOTEL DEALS

Fairmont Hotels & Resorts

The hotel company created and promoted special rates for Facebook and Twitter. The depth of the discounts (as low as $89 a night) drove a high volume of bookings and awarded them the Best Social Media Promotion of Travel Deals, Global Hotel or Resort Chain.

Four Seasons Hotel Austin

Ultimate Austin Scavenger Hunt: The property organized a photo scavenger hunt; fans and visitors submitted pictures of the hotel and Austin landmarks on Facebook or Flickr. The first 100 participants to complete at least half the tasks received an overnight stay or other prizes.  Lots of brands have photo contests; adding a scavenger hunt was a fun way not just to engage fans, but also to utilize the popularity of Facebook’s photo-sharing functionality.

FOOD & DRINKS

Foodspotting, an app favorite for food photographers, launched less than a year and a half ago.  Foodspotting began in 2009 when cofounders Alexa Andrzejewski, Ted Grubb and Soraya Darabi put their heads together to address what they felt was a lack of proper food reviewing apps. A few months later, they launched in beta at SXSW Interactive in March 2010.

My favorite way to describe Foodspotting? If Flickr and Foursquare went out on a date, ate too many oysters and drank too much champagne, the result 9 months later would look very much like Foodspotting. Using the mobile app, users can snap a photo of a dish, tag it and share it with friends on Foodspotting or via Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, etc. It’s also a helpful guide if you’re ever looking to spark your appetite. Simply open the app and search for photos of food taken nearby.

Why Pinterest Should Matter to You

This most recent player in the field of social media might seem like it doesn’t fit into your marketing model. Here’s why you’re wrong.

If you could promote your brand via what the Wall Street Journal boasts as “the hottest start up…in Silicon Valley,” would you jump on board? Well, if top brands such as Martha Stewart, Michael Kors, Pepsi, and Nike see the potential, it’s probably a good idea to follow suit.

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard where you can “curate and share things you love.” With millions of new “pins” a week, not only do “pinners” consider posting and reposting stuff they love fun and inspirational, but also Pinterest has already proven itself as a powerful social media platform. Businesses are joining Pinterest to display product, create brand awareness, build communities and, in some cases, grow profits by leaps and bounds. SO START PINNING!

Now these are not the only apps by any means that are out there, I am sure that there is some 10 year old kid coming up with the next hottest and greatest app on the planet but I just figured I’d share what I’ve been using and has helped me keep in touch with friends and family although I am thousands of miles away…

Make sure and add me on Twitter so I can retweet your pics/posts http://www.twitter.com/monicoperez

Are you on Pinterest…Me TOO: http://pinterest.com/monicoperez/

Want to learn more about the power of Pinterest check out this article: THE POWER OF PINTEREST

Let’s just stay connected and have a fun summer! Also if you have any apps you enjoy or want to share please post….

WorldVentures Millionaire Bootcamp with Marc Accetta is coming soon!!!

WorldVentures Millionaire Bootcamp 2012 is right around the corner in Kansas City, Kansas.  This year Marc Accetta will be bringing an arsenal of excited, motivated and professional trainers to MBC on July 13-15.

Millionaire Boot Camp is an event that has been expertly structured to create a “MILLIONAIRE MINDSET,” but most importantly, it’s been designed to ignite your dreams and provide the tools to empower you on your mission of prosperity. Join WorldVentures Director of Training Marc Accetta, and trainers Eric “Get Paid” Grzybowski, Kari Schneider, Johnny Wimbrey, Jefferson Santos, Byron Schrag and for the very first time on any National Training Event Stage Jeremy Larsen!

This event is poised to help you break through barriers and objections that have been holding you back from achieving greatness and success. Marc Accetta and this team of professional Business Mentors are ready to give you the very best they have on July 13th – 15th in Kansas City, Kansas.

This year MBC in Kansas will be held at the:
Sheraton Overland Park at Convention Center
6100 College Blvd,
Overland Park, KS 66211

For more information on Hotel Reservation info visit….http://corp.worldventures.com/events/events_detail.html?event_id=665&

We’ll see you at Millionaire Boot Camp, July 13-15! Dismissed!

5 Things That Shouldn’t Be On Your Facebook

I just read an interesting article about crimes that were committed and solved on Facebook. In one of the featured stories was a break-in in a victim’s house by a man, whom she later found out had just befriended her on Facebook a week before!  After reading that article I wanted to share some of the information that was provided in that article to help those that are NEW to Facebook, Internet and/or Social Media!

 

This just goes to show that the things you put on Facebook: your private details, your photos, your thoughts and preferences; they can be used against you. So despite the feeling Facebook offers you, you really should take into account what you put on your Facebook page.

Here is a list of five things that are suggested that should not be on your Facebook page, beginning with:

1.People You Have To Answer To
2. Photos Of Everything
3. That Sensation of Always Tagging Where You Are
4. Angry Statuses Or Comments
5. Birthdays
 

1. People You Have to Answer To:

The friend’s list is a very personal place. Where am I going with this? Keep bosses, managers, supervisors, or even colleagues out of your friend’s list. No matter how strong your relationship is with anyone from these categories, it is best to keep your professional life separate from your personal life. For starters, if work gets you down, you can still write statuses about it without having to look over your virtual shoulder all the time.
While it may not be a good career move to speak ill of your work place, it is a valid form of stress relief, particularly when you get to vent without worrying about a backlash. Leave that option open for yourself by keeping your Facebook territory free of work-related people.

2. Photos of Everything

We can’t really resist sharing photos of our lives. For some, it is a funny, heart-warming or proud scene that is warmly shared with friends. For others, it’s a boost for the self-esteem. Albums after albums of homes, kids, the workplace, a drinking party, purchases, vacation trips, pets and family mark attempts to paint a picture of what a wonderful life I have; how’s yours?But when you share too much info on your page, it’s an invitation for trouble, particularly, if you readily post pictures of your home, your furniture and belongings, where your kids go to school, what you gave your wife for her last birthday or your latest gadget purchase of the month. Showing off is fine but you don’t want to be revealing more than what you want to roaming eyes.

Plus, it kind of throws your argument of “wanting to keep whatever’s left of your privacy private”, out the window. You have control over what pictures to post. Use it.

3. That itching need to constantly tag where you are

Are you a prolific serial tagger? You have to get that addiction cured. It’s not really advisable to constantly tag your whereabouts, especially when you even tag where your home is (believe me, there are people who do that). Experts have always advised us to not confine our lives to predictable routines because that’s how criminals know when to break and enter your home. And that was during the pre-Facebook years.On top of that, stop announcing to everyone when you will be away from home (in Phuket for the whole of next week!) or when you will be alone at home (Alone at home, googly-bear has a conference in Australia, again).The only thing missing are photos of where you keep your keys and valuables, but let’s not make it easier than it already is right now.

You can call it paranoia, but if you look at some of your friend’s Facebook Walls, and do a bit of homework, you can actually pull off a mini-heist or two. For the record, we’re not daring you, but now you know it can be done.

4. Angry statuses or comments

It’s never a good idea to write an angry letter or email about anyone to anybody. But the inhibition level is not as high when it comes to Facebook statuses. Regardless of how private you keep your page, there are people who are watching what you type. What they see paints a mental picture of you in their heads, which gets altered all the time, as they get to know you better.Being too critical and calling people four-letter names never help. And as much as you may think that this is my Facebook page and I am entitled to write whatever I think or feel at the moment, even you know deep down inside that it will come back to haunt you one day. Your opinions and thoughts will vary as you grow older, but Facebook statuses stay forever. Note to self: This cliché will come back and haunt me one day.

5. Birthdays

Of all the things on this list that you shouldn’t post, if you can only choose one, it should be this. Keep your birthdate figures a secret.Why? Do you know what birthdays are good for apart from reminding everyone to add another candle on your chocolate cake? Yeah, passwords to emails, online accounts and websites. Do not deny it.

When asked to provide a 6-to-8 character password, the first thing that pops into your mind will probably be a variation of your birth date or the birthdates of someone close to you. But if you have to put your birthday up (just to feel the love Facebook reminders have to offer), consider not revealing the year you were born.

A View from the Edge Songlist – WorldVentures Training Event

We’ve been getting so many requests for the song lists that we used during A View from the Edge 2011. There is no doubt that music moves us, whether it’s to a happy state, sadness, fear, contemplation and to motivate us…Feel like we’re INVINCIBLE.  These songs have been carefully selected by Marc Accetta and a couple by myself in order to create the desired mood around a character and in between characters as well.  Feel free to suggests any new songs that we might be able to use for future events by commenting on this blog or emailing us at monico@marcaccetta.com or mperez@worldventures.com
These songs were used while people are getting seated and/or the beginning of the event.
CRAZY – Seal
LETS GET IT STARTEDBlack Eyed Peas 
LOVE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINSCeline Dion
PERFECT DAY – Hoku
ROLL WITH IT – Steve Winwood
LETS GET LOUD – Jennifer Lopez
THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN – The Bus Boys
I GOT A FEELING – Black Eyed Peas
GET THIS PARTY STARTED – Pink
SAY HEY, I LOVE YOU – Michael Franti & Spearhead
LARGER THAN LIFE – Backstreet Boys 
RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW – Jesus Jones
LIFE – Haddaway
IT’S MY LIFE – Bon Jovi
THAT’S THE WAY IT IS – Celine Dion
DON’T STOP BELIEVING – Journey
MIRACLES HAPPEN – Myra (The Princess Diaries Soundtrack)
STIR IT UP
COME ON OVER – Shania Twain
MAKE YOU HAPPY –
SOAK UP THE SUN – Sheryl Crow
SUDDENLY I SEE – PT Tunstell
GOOD LIFE – Republic
HAVE A NICE DAY – Bon Jovi
VERTIGO – U2
HIGHER GROUND – Steve Winwood
IT’S A BEAUTIFUL LIFE – Ace of Base
COME TO MY WINDOW
HIGHER GROUND – Stevie Wonder
JAI YA HO (Slumdog Millionaire Soundtrack)
OFF THE WALL – Michael Jackson
HEY SOULD SISTER – Train
JUNGLE LOVE – Steve Miller Band
ALL I WANNA DO IS HAVE SOME FUN – Sheryl Crow
ESCAPADE – Janet Jackson
FOREVER MAN
FREE YOUR MIND
BIG TIME – Peter Gabriel
WALKING ON SUNSHINE
GETAWAY-Earth, Wind & Fire
WANNA BE STARTING SOMETHING
ON THE FLOOR – JLO
CUPID SHUFFLE
BUST A MOVE
CALABRIA – Enur
GIVE ME EVERYTHING TONIGHT – Pitbull
FORGET YOU – Gweneth Paltrow
THE TIME – Black Eyed Peas
SUDDENLY I SEE
MYSTERIOUS WAYS
BREAKAWAY
WE SHALL BE FREE
THIS COULD TAKE ALL NIGHT
YEAH – USHER
DANZA KUDURO – DON OMAR
PART OF YOU, PART OF ME
LOVE CAN MOVE MOUNTAINS
LOVE IS A WONDERFUL THING
CAN’T FIGHT THE MOONLIGHT
NO RAIN – BLIND MELON
BORN TO RUN – Bruce Springsteen
I NEED TO KNOW – Marc Anthony
IN THE NAME OF LOVE – U2
ONLY IN AMERICA
DON’T STOP BELIEVING
WE SHALL BE FREE
ON MY WAY
TIME OF YOUR LIFE – GREEN DAY
THE PRETENDER
FINALLY FOUND A HOME
BRING BACK THE MAGIC
LOVE IS THE ANSWER
UP ON THE ROOF
THE LOAD OUT
THE POWER INSIDE OF ME
ONE – U2
PEACE IN OUR TIME – EDDIE MONEY
THERE’S GOT TO BE A WAY – MARIAH CAREY
CRAZY – SEAL
LET’S GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT
FLY LIKE AN EAGLE
FM
FANTASY – MARIAH CAREY
SEPTEMBER
SHE’S GOT THE LOOK
SIMPLY IRRESISTIBLE
SMOOTH CRIMINAL
OH WHAT A NIGHT
PEACE IN OUR TIME
COME CLEAN RAIN
GAME OF LOVE
THAT’S THE WAY IT IS
HOW FAR IS HEAVEN
DON’T STOP  – FLEETWOOD MAC
WHOLE HEARTED
FREE FALLING – TOM PETTY
IT’S MY LIFE – NO DOUBT

Now these songs above are great songs to play during events as well, Marc has gone through and chosen songs where you don’t have to worry about negative words, negative thoughts or anything that will offend or distract you, your team during events.  Just a great list of songs that put you in a great positive mind frame.  Below are some of the songs that we used specifically with the characters that some of the people have been asking for.  Again thank you for all of the great feedback and comments.  Any questions feel free to email me mperez@worldventures.com

Prospector – Power of Gold, Traveler – Two Tickets to Paradise, Wrestling Coach – Vertigo, Dancer – Haven’t Seen The Last of Me, Death Bed – I will Remember You, PT Barnum – Roll With The Changes, Race Car Driver – Life in the Fast Lane, Soldier – American Soldier, Golfer – I’m Alright, Gladiator – Warrior, Michelangelo – It’s My Life
 

For more playlists visit www.playlist.com/monicoperez

 

 
 

So SUMMER is finally over!

Well although it might not feel like it in Texas, but yes Summer is finally coming to an end.  It has been an incredible summer for myself and I actually wrote this blog to hear from you, what was your favorite memory of the summer of 2011?

It’s always great to see what everyone writes for some people it’s traveling outside or inside the US.  For others it’s a special weekend with family where everyone got together last minute and had a great time.  Maybe you just stayed at home and enjoyed relaxing at the pool on weekends!  Who knows?  I remember when I was young, I would be counting the days until school ended and summer break started.  I had family in Odessa, TX & Stephenville, TX which if you’ve been anywhere in West Texas in the summer it’s pretty much the one place in the world you DO NOT want to visit.  But it wasn’t Del Rio, so in my mind I was getting away from home.  But now looking back on it, it wasn’t necessarily the fact that I was traveling to Odessa or Stephenville which got me excited but who I was going to be hanging out with during that time, my cousins!  It was just so much fun to hang out and do fun stuff with my cousins, whether it was hanging out and laughing or just goofing off those memories will stay with me forever!  So with that being said, I don’t think that it really matters where you go to during summers or down time, however what does matter is who you’re with.

I’ve been blessed this summer to hang out with great friends in the US, outside of the US and also just here at home!  For me one of the tope highlights of my summer was taking my girlfriend Melinda on her first DreamTrip with WorldVenturesAnd you might be saying her first Dreamtrip, I always see you traveling here and there together, and yes we do travel a lot but several of those times its for work.  It could be a training seminar that we’re doing in Vegas or New York, Palm Springs, Orlando which are also beautiful destination spots.  And we do manage to take time out and have fun during those trips, it’s still work.  But this summer I was able to take her to Jamaica, which was amazing!  We checked in and got to our suite and we were directly in front of the ocean on the 2nd floor, literally every morning we’d wake up and see the sun rise and the sun set right off of our balcony and for me, just seeing her HUGE smile everyday and tell me she never wanted to leave there, well that was at the top of my magical moment during the summer!

Then another highlight that was pretty cool was visiting Athens for the first time, being able to see all of the historical places like the Colosseum and Parthenon was really cool!  Here’s a video that my buddy Dave Ulloa made of the trip to Greece at a club there called Villa Mercedes, which is the hottest club and most poplular club in all of Greece!  The night before we were able to check out David Guetta which was DJ’ing there and it was again a first and something that I’ll never forget!

In mid-May we went out to LA for a week for a convention where several public speakers, authors and networkers meet called SANG.  It was cool because we stayed right down in the middle of Hollywood, we were literally about 2 minutes from the Roosevelt Hotel, so each night we would head out to all of the LA hotspots that were there, but we closed off that trip with a weekend cruise down to Ensenada Mexico, which was also a cool little treat.  We were taken around Venice Beach by my good friend Mike Putman and hit several hotspots and just amazing places right in front of the beach.  It was so much fun!   Another highlight for me this summer was going down to Del Rio and hanging out with some of my family that I had not seen since I was about 10 years old!

So in closing, I’d like to know what some of your favorite memories were of the summer!  Maybe you did something I didn’t do but I want to do!  Share your favorite memory but like a good friend once had told me is that life is all about creating memories.  Memories with those people that are close to you, those people that share your same wants and that help you want more out of life!

 

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.”

“The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.” – Saint Augustine

This is a quote that I had not heard about until I met my very good friend Wayne Nugent, Co-Owner of WorldVentures.  I have been very blessed to come across WorldVentures through Marc Accetta being their Director of Training.  I’ve seen amazing places throughout the world.

As I am sitting here writing this, my girlfriend and I just got back from an amazing trip out to Ocho Rios, Jamaica.  She had never visited any of the islands in the Carribbean Sea nor Jamaica so it was such a thrill for me to be able to give her that first gift of experiencing walking along the sea and putting her feet in the sand and just creating those great memories for her and for both of us.

I still remember when I was small my dad getting me this book that had all these pictures of islands and various places throughout the world and just explaining a bit about them and why go there.  Growing up we really didn’t take that many vaccations, most vacations were that of visiting family throughout Texas.  And it wasn’t until after I graduated high school that I got to do a bit more traveling while playing with the bands I was with.  I still remember my first trip to Vegas and just being amazed that everyone was always awake 24/7 or so it seemed to me, I honestly thought that the Lion at MGM Grand was made of 24 karat gold.  LOL, but I feel truly blessed that my parents always would let me dream big and never put limitations on how crazy I would think.  I was never told that I couldn’t do anything.  Not that I was spoiled and given everything I ever asked for, but they taught me that I could acquire whatever I wanted through hard work and persistence.  I feel blessed to have such great parents in my life and through their actions also show me that anything was possible.   I want to go back and look for that book…because I feel that everything happens for a reason.  God placed me right where I needed to be at the exact time in order to experience life at its fullest.   I just wanted to write a quick blog to let everyone know that EVERYONE should travel and create great memories with your friends, families and those that are special in your life…Here’s some videos of the places I’ve been lucky enough to visit….make sure and check out my YouTube page at http://www.youtube.com/monicoperez.  Let me know some other places that you’ve visited to that perhaps I haven’t gotten a chance to visit.  I’d love to know!

Let me know what are some of your favorite places that you’ve been to…

5 things you MUST be eating…

Over the past several months, I’ve been more and more conscious about what I put into my body and also working out and making sure I just follow simple rules that don’t make me feel like I am dieting or on some sort of fitness regiment.  One magazine that I read pretty religiously is Men’s Health, although I know that I am a long way from looking like any of the fit guys in the magazine it provides me with tons of great nutrition articles, as well as fitness exercises that break up the same ol same ol workouts at the gym.  Here’s one of the recent articles that I read on foods that you MUST be eating, I found it helpful and hope you do to. Also if you have any additional foods that have helped you lose weight or fight that hunger bug…please share!

Silence a growling stomach with these satisfying options, courtesy of Men’s Health nutrition advisor Jonny Bowden, Ph.D. Each offers a hunger-fighting dose of protein, along with fiber or fat, to help keep you full for hours after you’ve eaten.

And for more great ways to stay full and lose weight, pick up a copy of The Men’s Health Diet today!It combines the latest findings in exercise and nutrition with practical how-to-advice that will transform your body into a fat-burning machine.

Almonds

Along with 6 grams of protein, a handful (1 ounce) of almonds contains almost 9 grams of healthy monounsaturated fat.

Oatmeal

You can thank the 4 grams of fiber in a 1-cup serving for this breakfast staple’s stick-to-your-ribs quality.

Salmon

A 3.5-ounce serving contains 22 grams of protein and is a top source of omega-3 fats.

 

Quinoa cooks up like any grain, but it contains the same type of muscle-building protein found in eggs and meat. For 10 ways to prepare quinoa, go to menshealth.com/quinoa.

 

Black Beans

All legumes provide a ton of nutrients, but black beans lead the pack with equal amounts of protein and fiber—15 grams in a cup. They’re a great addition to almost any salad.

Also make sure and check out Men’s Health for your Ipad….super cool to be able to have several magazines when you’re traveling on your device and not have to carry them all around with you…

How travel makes you smarter, sexier and more productive

How travel makes you smarter, sexier and more productive – Lonely Planet blog.

Original Post by  Robert Reid – author

Why do we travel? Just a hunch here: because it’s fun. Plus we have to occasionally pay a visit to Uncle Greg in Minneapolis or attend that conference on soybean research your boss makes you go to every year. But, at the same time, travel can pay off in many ways, and science backs it up.

Here are the four main ways that travel can improve your life:

1. Travel makes you younger

David Eagleman, recently profiled as ‘The Possibilian’ in the New Yorker, studies time perception at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and has made many experiments regarding how life-threatening moments feel slowed down.

Travel to new places has always felt like stretched time to me too; a week in Guatemala seems to last as long as three weeks in the Outer Banks – in a good way. So I asked him, for my recent CNN piece on travel to new destinations, whether science can back up my gut reaction.

Eagleman told me adults’ sense of time is more ‘compressed’ than children’s, but that travel to new or ‘novel’ places – the more exotic, the better – is an equalizer of sorts. ‘It essentially puts you, neurally, in the same position as when you were a child.’

Travel: the fountain of youth! And, with its perceived time-stretching possibilities, a life-saver even if you only take a week or two for vacation this summer.

2. Travel makes you smarter

It’s an old cliché that travel broadens your mind. I’d scoff if it weren’t true. A recent psychological study at Indiana University found students had broader answers when they thought the study was imported from Greece, rather than homegrown. What the researchers call ‘psychological distance’ – what we might call ‘armchair travel’ – increases your creativity. A recent review of the psychological distance concept, suggests that travel, or even planning travel and imagining yourself in an unfamiliar and distant location, might not just improve creativity but self-awareness as well.

William Maddux, an American social psychologist, studies how those who live abroad come home more creative too. He told me by phone that ‘immersion’ in a place is key – one of the reasons, he says, he’s working in France.

‘It all depends on someone’s mindset when traveling’, he said. ‘Are they really open to it? If not, and all they do is sit and watch TV, it probably won’t make them more creative… And you don’t necessarily have to cross a border either. What’s more similar New York and Toronto, or New York and Savannah?’

3. Travel makes you more productive

Americans’ relative lack of holiday time is sometimes defended as a strong ‘work ethic’, and a reason the country is so productive. But is it?

This fun Businessweek slideshow shows how many countries’ economic output rivals the US, with far less work time. France, for example, takes off 60% more days off (40 compared to the USA’s 25), and records 98% GDP per hour worked. While the USA remains the world’s top ‘competitive’ country, runner-up, Switzerland, nearly matches the US mark with a week more vacation time.

Some argue taking extended time is even better. In a TED Video on taking sabbaticals, graphic-designer Stefan Sagmeister illustrates how he plans a one-year break from work to ‘experiment’ every seven years simply to generate new ideas.

4. Travel makes you sexier

It’s not just a tan you return with, but stories. According to one recent ItsJustLunch.com survey, the best first-date conversation topic was hobbies, with travel following second. Somehow manage to combine the two, and brace yourself Romeo. Just be sure to have exchanged your Paraguayan guaraní into dollars before the bill arrives.

And if travel has already done its job by making you more creative, youthful, self-aware and productive, you’re bound to be looking pretty good out there.