Want to be happy? Travel!

I’m always happy to travel because travel makes me happy. I’m happy to see new sights, try new things, taste new foods, and see other travelers enjoying themselves.

For me, and I know that I speak for others here at Get Ranked On Page One, traveling is relaxing, rejuvenating, and refreshing.

Journalist and travel planner Winnie So, asked some people if travel made them happy. Here are some excerpts from her (2011) article:

–Travel makes us happy because it promises us the self-discovery needed to reach the pinnacle of Abraham Maslow’s view of the human hierarchy of needs.

–Travel makes us happy because it offers us the opportunity to step outside our well-worn, self-constructed, plebian realities and provides a platform to explore and practice our ideal visions for ourselves — who we might be if we weren’t married to our fears and anxieties about safety, security, and status.

Dr. Stefan Klein, author of “The Science of Happiness”

Does travel make you happy? “The pleasures of discovery, the joy of meeting people from other backgrounds and finally the thrill of tasting food I would not get at home usually far exceed all strains of traveling.”
I am most happy: “Wherever I feel connected to the history of humankind or of our planet. Like in the National Museums of Cairo, Athens, and Delhi, marveling at the beginnings of Western and Asian cultures. On Manhattan, where millions of immigrants made their first steps into a new life. And any place from where I get a glimpse of the peaks of the Alps, or even better, the Himalayas.”

Professor A. C. Grayling, author of “Thinking of Answers: Questions in the Philosophy of Everyday Life”

Does travel make you happy? “Yes, because travel expands the mind and spirit, is educative, and puts one in touch with new people and ideas. The places that make me happy are great cities with vibrant culture, and beautiful countryside.”
–Lu Ping, diplomat and writer
Does travel make you happy? “Very much so. Most of the places I travel to make me very happy. My eyes are refreshed and my spirit renewed by the scenery of places such as Angkor Wat.

–Lewis Iwu, former World Universities Debating Champion
Does travel make you happy? “Travel makes me very happy. I enjoy discovering new cultures and embracing the history of the country I’m in. I’m lucky to live in a cosmopolitan city so it makes travel even more interesting.
Many of these people expressed the same reasons for the love of travel that I have.
One thing that I have personally found is that one doesn’t have to travel very far from home to experience the things that make one happy. They may even be located under one’s nose, as many of us at getrankedonpageone.com continually discover in northeast Florida.
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Jacksonville’s St. John’s River

Perhaps the most prominent feature of our hometown, Jacksonville, Florida, is the majestic St. John’s River.

At 310 miles, the St. John’s is the longest river in Florida and its most significant in terms of commercial and recreational use.

It is one of the few northward-flowing rivers in the United States and borders or flows through 12 Florida counties, including Duval, the home county of our business, Get Ranked On Page One.

From its headwaters in Brevard County until it empties into the Atlantic Ocean near Mayport in Jacksonville, the St. John’s experiences a drop of only 30 feet in elevation, leading to a flow rate of only .3 miles per hour and the designation of a “lazy” river.

Because of its very slow flow rate, the St. John’s level is affected by tides for over 100 miles of its length. As a result, much of the river in Jacksonville is part seawater and, as a result, it’s not unusual to spot dolphins on the river in downtown, some 30 miles from the river’s mouth.

But it’s the final 35 miles of the St. John’s, from the Buckman Bridge (I-295) to the river’s mouth, that we in Jacksonville are concerned with.

The St. John’s bisects downtown Jacksonville and a series of bridges and a water-taxi connect the north and south banks.

Two large navy bases are located on the St. John’s in Jacksonville. Naval Air Station  Jacksonville is located on the west bank of the river southwest of downtown, and Naval Station Mayport, the second largest on the east coast, is located near the mouth of the St. John’s.

An automobile ferry crosses the St. John’s from Mayport Village to Ft George Island, connecting two segments of State Road A1A. A small shrimping fleeet located at Mayport Village supplies the Jacksonville area with delicious shrimp on a daily basis.

The St. John’s provides a wonderful venue for boating, windsurfing, fishing, and other types of water-related activities for enjoyment by many Jacksonvillians, including those of us at gertrankedonpageone.com.

I hope that you’ll someday have the chance to explore and enjoy Jacksonville and its portion of the beautiful St. John’s river.…

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We at Get Ranked on Page One, are extremely proud of our hometown, Jacksonville, Florida.

I’ve always referred to Jacksonville as a “hidden gem.”

For most visitors to Florida, Jacksonville is invisible and unknown. To them, the state doesn’t really start until south of the “I-4 corridor,” which is the line that connects Daytona Beach, Orlando, and the Tampa/St. Pete area.

However, in my opinion, these visitors have no idea what they’re missing.

Let me start off with a few interesting facts about our great city.

  • Jacksonville is the largest city in the continental United States, with over 840 square miles?
  • Jacksonville has the largest urban park system in the United States, consisting of over 400 city parks, 3 national parks, and seven state parks, totaling over 80,000 acres! There are several major parks located on the beautiful St. John’s River, which bisects Jacksonville, and you can enjoy beach activities at oceanfront parks.
  • Jacksonville has two major military bases, Mayport Naval Station, located at the mouth of the St. John’s River, and Jacksonville Naval Air Station, located on the west bank of the St. John’s River, southwest of downtown Jacksonville.
  • The majestic St. John’s River is one of the few rivers in North America that flows north instead of south.
  • The Navy’s Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, was established at Jacksonville Naval Air Station in 1946, and, to honor that fact, perform in the Jacksonville area every year, alternating between venues at the Jacksonville Naval Air Station and Jacksonville Beach.

  • The military employs over 30,000 active-duty personnel and 20,000 civilians in the Jacksonville area.WalletHub has rated Jacksonville as one of the best large cities in which to start a business.
  • There are 21 golf courses in Jacksonville, including 3 municipal courses, plus another 18 within 20 miles of Jacksonville. The Jacksonville area has two of the top golf attractions in the world–TPC Sawgrass, home of The Players Championship, and the World Golf Hall of Fame. Each is located just a short drive south of downtown Jacksonville.

Getrankedonpageone.com, a Jacksonville SEO company, can help your company take advantage of this outstanding business climate. If your business has an online presence, Get Ranked On Page One can get your website to the top of search engine results–quickly. In future posts, I’ll get down to the specifics of what you should see and do in and around Jacksonville, should you ever be lucky enough to visit our city.

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Touring Charleston

I loved Savannah on my first, and only, visit. It’s a quaint, beautiful, historic city with great shops, boutiques, restaurants, and sights. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend that you visit.

Charleston offers more of the same, except on a higher level, in my opinion.

Architecture. I love Charleston’s Caribbean-inspired tall, deep, and narrow homes, with side porches to catch the prevailing winds. Another appealing aspect of Charleston’s homes, and other buildings for that matter, is color. In Charleston, there are colorful pastels everywhere you look. Take a look at this birdseye view of “Rainbow Row.” There’s no other place like it!

Another place that separates Charleston from other cities architecturally, is the “Battery,” with its huge mansions, seen here.

While not located inside of the city’s boundaries, there are also a number of famous, must-see plantations, such as Middleton Place, within a short drive of downtown Charleston.

Food. Aside from its architecture, Charleston is known for the high quality of its restaurants. There’s great food around every corner. Charleston is known for its shrimp and grits plates and she-crab soup, which all of us at Get Ranked On Page One love, but barbecue is not far behind.

Lodging. As with its restaurants, Charleston is overrun with quaint, usually upscale accommodations, within walking distance of almost everything that you’d want to see. If possible, and if within your budget, I would try to stay near the City Market in the heart of Charleston.

History. Charleston was founded in 1670 and has played a large role in the early history of our country. Of course, the first shots of the Civil War were fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston harbor. A 30 minute ferry ride will take you too see the remnants of the fort but the most interesting part of the experience is the museum located at the land-side boarding area of the ferry.

Nearby plantations.  Including the previously mentioned Middleton Place, there are six plantions in the Charleston area which are worthy of a visit. One would need at least a half of a day per plantation for a good visit, so if you decide to go, choose wisely. Middleton Place, Magnolia Plantation, and Drayton Hall are location within close proximity of one another along Ashley River Road, northwest of Charleston.

This city has been rated Travel & Leisure  magazine’s “best city for since 2013 and those of us at getrankedonpageone.com couldn’t agree more. We highly recommend that you visit this city whwnever you have the chance.


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Basic Requirements for Visiting A Museum When You Travel To A New Destination

Museums are one of the best ways to spend your time when you travel to a new destination. First of all, they give a new experience. You will learn much about the destination history from the museum. And when you choose the right museum, you will be surprised by how history and culture have been preserved. 

Luckily, almost everywhere around the world, you will find a museum. They are built to preserve the history of the area. And most of the museums are located in historical sites or buildings. 

So, when you travel to a new destination visiting a museum is something you shouldn’t miss. And most importantly, you need to know what you are required of before you could actually visit. 

This article shares with you the basic things you will require when visiting a museum when you travel to a new destination. 

  • Entrance Fees 

Every museum will charge some amount of money for its visitors. The government agencies manage the museums themselves. They protect, preserve, and maintain the museums with everything within it. 

This means they would need some money to do all that. And one way to raise money for supporting the museums is by charging some fees to the museum visitors. 

So, before you could plan on visiting any museum, first know how much they charge. If you are a visitor, find out if they charge a different amount for visitors as compared to the locals. Ensure you pay the fees at the entrance and don’t sneak into the museum. If you do that, you will be arrested and get into trouble with the museum management team. 

  • Observe Policies 

Every museum has set some rules and regulations that you need to follow. And the best thing you can do is adhere to these rules. 

You are not supposed to carry or move anything in the museum. This is the most basic rule that the museum management will tell you about. Depending on the museum, you will also find other rules that apply to the museum you visit. 

The most basic thing to do is ensure you follow these basic rules. Don’t break any. If you do, you might end up in jail or find yourself in trouble for violating simple policies. But it starts with first understanding the policies. 

  • Willingness to Learn Something New 

You need to carry a learning attitude with you when you visit a museum. If you are visiting the museum for the first time, be sure you will learn new things. You will discover things about the culture and history of your destination. But to get all these, you need to be ready and willing to learn. Then you will be able to enjoy everything that the museum has to offer. 

Parting Shot 

If you are looking for a fun thing to do when you visit a new destination, try out visiting a museum. You will love the experience of learning something new. 

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