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2012 Mayan Prophecy – Do you live life to the full?

If the 2012 Mayan Prophecy does end on 21 December then will you look back on your life and think that you lived it to the full?

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World Ending 2012

The end is nigh!

That is if you decide to believe in the 2012 Mayan prophecy that was recorded 5,125 years ago basically outlining that on the 21 December 2012 it is the end of civilization as we know it.

World Ending 2012

Quite frankly I think it’s a load of hogwash and the dude that was writing down the dates got sick of recording all those years on a stone tablet.

However, let’s entertain that thought for a minute…

From today (Friday 20 January 2012) you have exactly 336 days remaining for the rest of your life. That is just 11 months and 2 days. More precisely it is 485,000 minutes and counting…

It’s one helluva scary thought.

I have been asked before whether I would want to know the day I die. I can honestly not answer that question. If you had the chance, would you want to know?

On one hand, it would be fantastic because you could tick off everything on your bucket list. However, on the other hand, knowing what was inevitable wouldn’t that just make you to want to wrap yourself in cotton wool and hide from everything?

If you knew exactly how many minutes you had left in your lifetime would you waste them?

Would you sit in that same traffic jam every morning and night to get to and from that dead-end job that you hate to go to EVERY. SINGLE. DAY?

Would you sit in front of the television pushing your microwave meal around your plate wondering “what might have been“?

Would you watch your life slip out of your hands with regrets knowing that you had never experienced so many things that travel could have provided like White Water rafting in Canada, Ice Climbing in Scotland, kissing snakes in Marrakech, Snorkeling with Turtles in Samoa or touching the Great Pyramids of Egypt.

Or would you turn the throttle on your life and hurtle towards the end so that when the day does come you are content with your life knowing that you lived it to the full?

So whether or not you are like us and you don’t believe that we are all going to perish on 21 December 2012 then excellent! BUT, that is no excuse for not grabbing 2012 by the balls and making this your best year ever!

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23 Comments

23 Comments

  1. Sebastian @ Off-The-Path.com

    January 20, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Great post cole!!! Last year was wicked when it comes to travel and I want to make this year legendary! I don’t believe in that the world is going to end this year anyways I always try to make every year the best year of my life 🙂

    • Cole

      January 20, 2012 at 4:01 PM

      Thanks Sebastian. I hope it proves to be a fantastic year of travel for you and make sure you keep sharing your stories with us 😉

  2. Steve Collins

    January 20, 2012 at 3:37 PM

    I never believed that the 2012 date meant an “end of time”. What I DO believe is that it’s a marker for those who will be aware of a transition from one era to another. It can be seen as a 52,000 year calendar marking the passage of our solar system around the hub of our galaxy. What are the opportunities involved in waking up to our intuitive awareness? So I don’t believe my life is ending but I do believe that new awarenesses of how to appreciate and live life are available. So, thanks for the food for thought. The question for me is how can I more fully expand my ways to learn and know? Happy 2012!

    • Cole

      January 20, 2012 at 4:06 PM

      Great points Steve and we agree it is not going to be the end of time! Happy to eat my hat if it is though 🙂 Just wanted everyone to take the opportunity that this may present to live life to the maximum this year and do something new with their lives!

  3. Amanda

    January 21, 2012 at 5:36 AM

    I don’t know about anyone else, but I’m going to live this year – and every year – as if it were going to end tomorrow. Life is far too short for regrets! 2012 is absolutely going to be “the year of travel” for me, too!

    • Cole

      January 21, 2012 at 10:59 AM

      That is a good way to live life Amanda and totally agree with you. Hopefully see you somewhere on your travels 🙂

  4. Cal

    January 21, 2012 at 5:39 AM

    I’m not sure about the world ending in 2012, it may it may not. I don’t know. Regardless, I always try to live my life like every day might be the last.

    We are all walking on eggshells. There is a very fine line between life and death. We are all very lucky to even be here.

    • Cole

      January 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

      Good to hear Cal! It is the right attitude in our opinion and completely agree with you 😉

  5. dtravelsround

    January 21, 2012 at 6:04 AM

    Regardless of whether or not the world is ending, I will always choose to live life to the fullest. Related: can’t wait to get out and travel!!!

    • Cole

      January 21, 2012 at 10:58 AM

      Nice work! And can’t wait to read about more of your travels soon 🙂

  6. Angela

    January 21, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    2012 won’t bring the end of the world, but I do hope it will bring a big change..

    • Cole

      January 22, 2012 at 10:21 AM

      We definitely need a new way to look at things. Fingers crossed we see a big movement around the world.

  7. Justin@GreatFamilyEscape

    January 22, 2012 at 3:39 PM

    Well, I’m set to depart for a life of travel on December 1st. So I am going to be really, really pissed if my adventures are limited to 21 days!

    I have kids and all that, and nothing is stopping me. You get one chance – use it! Great post!

    • Cole

      January 23, 2012 at 12:57 PM

      Hahahaha brilliant Justin! We wish you all the best on your upcoming travels and what a great way to live your life.

  8. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    January 23, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    If it does, at least I will have already lived out one of my dreams of taking a travel sabbatical in Latin America 🙂

    • Cole

      January 23, 2012 at 12:56 PM

      Wish they had a “like” button on here Stephanie! Not sure when we will make it South America but hopefully sometime soon 🙂

  9. Judge

    February 5, 2012 at 7:57 AM

    The end is nigh! Thanks for sharing the word. 😉

    • Cole

      February 6, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      Haha no problem.

  10. Natalie

    February 9, 2012 at 1:18 PM

    I wish I knew if it was true – I would finally tell some home truths that I refrain from saying to some certain horrible people 🙂

    • Cole

      February 9, 2012 at 6:43 PM

      Haha well that is definitely a different way to go about your last few days Natalie haha

  11. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    April 11, 2012 at 2:32 AM

    Great motivational post! It’s hard to listen to people who complain about their lives and never do anything to change it. Change and the unknown is terrifying, however I feel that the alternative is much worse- a boring, un-challenging, predictable existence. My goal is to live a life worth living and not miss a single opportunity. Glad you’re traveling and following your dreams 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      April 11, 2012 at 9:22 AM

      Thanks Mary 🙂 You guys are definitely living life to the full and we follow your travels and dreams as well! Keep it up.

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Summer Events to check out in Surfers Paradise

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The weather is already heating up on the Gold Coast and everyone is getting ready for some hot days on the beach. Christmas is just around the corner and with it all the big summer events and festivals that happen at this time of year. Surfers Paradise is at the centre of it all and makes a great base for exploring the Gold Coast and attending the events on the Gold Coast’s summer schedule. There is plenty of places to stay in Surfers Paradise, so book yourself a room and check out some of these fantastic summer events.

Australian PGA Championship

Pacific Pines Resort is one of the premier golf courses in Australia. The country’s biggest golf tournament will make its way here from the 30th of November until the 3rd of December, where the best golfers from Australia and overseas will compete for the title. This is a must attend event for golfers, and there will be plenty of food and entertainment on offer across the four days.

Beachfront Markets

The foreshore in Surfers Paradise comes alive every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night, with over 100 market stalls filling up the esplanade. The iconic Beachfront Markets will continue throughout the summer and provides the perfect opportunity to get out and about on those warm summer nights, browse the stalls for some unique buys, and then head out on the town for dinner.

Christmas in Surfers Paradise

Experience Christmas in true Aussie style by attending the popular Christmas in Surfers Paradise event that fills up Cavill Mall from the 13th – 24th of December. The entire mall is transformed into a festive wonderland, Surfers style. Even Santa himself will be wearing boardies and travelling in a surf boat sleigh. The kids will love getting to visit Santa in the mall, and the whole event ends with the popular Carols on the Beach on the 23rd of December. Where else in the world can you experience Christmas Carols on the beach on a hot summer’s night?

New Year’s Carnival

Surfers Paradise is one of the best places to celebrate the New Year in the country. The New Year’s Carnival happens on the foreshore of Surfers Paradise across five days from the 27th of December until the 1st of January. It will be one big celebration with lots of rides and fun filled activities, music and more. On New Year’s Eve, you can enjoy massive fireworks displays over the water, with three different displays lighting up the skies above the Gold Coast. There will even be an earlier fireworks display for the little ones. This is definitely the place to be to bring in the New Year.

Magic Millions Carnival

One of the first big events to check out in 2018 will be the extravagant Magic Millions Carnival. On from the 7th until the 13th of January, the Magic Millions Carnival is the premier event of the summer horse racing season. This is a $10 Million horse race and it is sure to be a huge event, with all the glitz and glamour and socialising that goes with it. On the 9th of January, head to the Surfers Paradise Foreshore for the Barrier Draw, where you can watch the horses on the sand and enjoy food and beverages from the stalls. The big race day will be held on the 13th of January.

Burleigh Pro

Surfing is huge on the Gold Coast and one of the best surf spots is at Burleigh Heads. The Burleigh Pro has grown to become one of the biggest surfing competitions in Australia and will see some of the world’s top surfers compete for the title. Local surfers and visitors should definitely attend this one. The Burleigh Pro will be held from the 25th – 28th of January.

Sand Safari

One of the more unique and interesting events to check out this summer will be the 2018 Sand Safari. This arts festival focuses on Australia’s talented sand sculptors, who will compete in the Australian Sand Sculpting Championships. These sand artists carve out incredible, often life sized sculptures entirely of sand, and you will often be truly awed by what they are able to create. The main sculpture competition takes place on the beach along the Surfers Paradise foreshore, however this is a big event from the 2nd to the 25th of February, and you will be able to find special sand sculpture exhibits all over Surfers Paradise.

Summer of Surf

The Summer of Surf is a massive event which will see the country’s best Ironmen and Ironwomen compete in a gruelling six discipline event across six rounds, including the highlighted IronMan and IronWoman competitions. These athletes are the epitome of endurance, and the competition will hit Surfers Paradise for round five of the competition on the 3rd and 4th of February.

The Village Markets

Burleigh Heads is one of the most picturesque and laid back places on the Gold Coast and well worth heading to for a few hours. A good time to visit is during the twice monthly Village Markets which have become an integral part of the Burleigh atmosphere. This popular and laid back market has a beachy, artsy feel to it, and you will find all kinds of unique buys here from the many stalls on offer. Street food stalls are also a big thing here so you can sample some delicious delicacies while browsing the stalls. Finish the day by relaxing on the beach, or sit down for a drink at the Burleigh Surf Club.

Whether you’re looking for a destination for a family holiday or just wanting a quick getaway to unwind this summer, Surfers Paradise is a great choice. With so much happening from cultural night markets to world class sporting events, you are sure to find something of interest in this iconic Gold Coast location.

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Top 5 Adventure Activities for a Vacation to Las Vegas

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Mention a vacation to Las Vegas and one of the first things people think about is the hotels and gambling.  And while these are major attractions to the city, they aren’t the only things you can do in and around Las Vegas.  Here are five ideas for fans of adventure holidays.

Helicopter trips

One of the best ways to see Las Vegas from the air is from one of the helicopter trips on offer around the area.  These offer a unique view of the city and its startling hotels.  It is also a great way to see more of the surrounding area – the Grand Canyon, the red sandstones at the Valley of Fire State Park and even the Hoover Dam.  Helicopter trips are great fun and often come with extras such as rafting tours along the floor of the Grand Canyon or exploring the area on an ATV.

Hiking

Las Vegas may be a largely desert area and pretty flat, but it is surrounded by mountains and that makes for great hiking opportunities.  Mount Charleston is just to the west of the city and has some great locations to hike including Mary Jane Falls for beginners or Mummy Mountain for more experienced hikers.  Look out for Raintree, the 3,000 year old Bristlecone Pine that is believed to be the oldest living thing in the state.  If you want to upgrade the experience, look out for the rock climbing schools around the city that offer climbing for all levels.

Kayaking

As well as kayaking as part of a helicopter tour, you can go for a more comprehensive kayaking experience in a number of spots around the city.  The Colorado River is one where you can visit spots like Emerald Cove that really lives up to its name.  Lake Mead is another ideal kayaking spot and somewhere you can also try stand up paddle boarding.  There are lots of little islands to explore around the lake, but the winds can be testing so don’t forget your safety gear.

Biking

Hire a bike when on vacation in Las Vegas and you get the chance to see some of the best of the area.  The Red Rock Canyon Loop is a 20-mile loop that includes the famous Joshua trees as well as the red rocks that give the area its name.  A lot of the loop is quite flat.  There are also some good routes around Lake Mead including more challenging ones that use the landscape carved out by lava when there was volcanic activity.

Snowboarding

Being in the desert, Las Vegas isn’t a place you would associate with snowboarding.  But for a few months of the year, the Lee Canyon near Mount Charleston becomes a snowboarding heaven.  It offers something for beginners and also some challenging areas for more experienced snowboarders including some good trails above the lift drop off point.  There is even a lodge that offers hot chocolate and other drinks to warm up between runs.

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Top 5 Unusual Luxury Cruise Destinations

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If you love the outdoors and wildlife or are an adventure holiday fan, a cruise may not seem like the ideal holiday for you.  But there are a few cruise destinations around the world that offer both luxury and something different.  Here are five ideas to inspire you to book yourself a luxury cruise for your next vacation.

Australia and New Zealand

Tours around Australia and New Zealand offer the chance to see some amazing scenery, wildlife and also visit some of the top spots around these two Southern Hemisphere countries.  Visit cities such as Sydney and Melbourne in Australia and Dunedin and Auckland in New Zealand as well locations such as the famous Bondi Beach and the island of Tasmania.  For northern areas, April to September is a good time to travel while March to August is best for the more southern locations.  Head to New Zealand in December to March for the driest months.

Japan

The ancient cities of Japan are just part of the attraction of taking a cruise around this country.  Top spots to visit include the capital Tokyo, with its brilliant blend of historic buildings and cutting-edge technology that sums up much of Japan.  Other locations to look to visit include Kagoshima on the southern edge of Kyushu with its palms trees and beautiful sea views.  Hakodate is another popular spot where you can visit the Mount Hakodate Observatory looking out over the sea.

Galapagos

For wildlife fans, the fascinating islands of the Galapagos are one of the dream cruises available.  Here you can see species of animal not found anywhere else in the world including giant tortoises, penguins and hilarious looking blue-footed boobies (a type of bird).  Each island has its own species so there is plenty to see.  December to May are the best times to visit when the seas are calmest and the animals most active.

Central and South America

While many people have experienced a Caribbean cruise, there is also plenty to see and do on the mainland of Central American and down into South America.  You can even find large cruise ships that can travel a distance up the Amazon River, being that it is so wide and deep.  Look for expeditions that allow you to visit Mayan ruins in Mexico or go kayaking in sea caves.  And there is the rich wildlife of the area to enjoy – monkeys, parrots and big cats to name just a few.  You can even find a cruise that takes you through the famous Panama Canal and across to the Pacific coast.

Antarctica

Antarctica might not be somewhere you associated with a cruise, but it is becoming a popular destination for people who want to go somewhere different.  There are places like the Falkland Islands and South Georgia as well as parts of Antarctica itself.  The wildlife is a big draw for people with elephant seals, fur seals and an amazing amount of bird life – who can resist penguins?  It is also a good chance to see historic locations associated with polar exploration.

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