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Travel Ideas: 5 Little-Known Travel Destinations Which Will Blow Your Mind!

This year, we are off to a great start for our trading accounts, which means it is time to get ready to start planning our travel adventures for the year! 😀

A typical tour (if you’re going without a guide) normally involves planting yourself at a city, and then using it as a base to get to where you want. That’s fine if you want a normal, touristy tour. But getting off the normal road is a lot more rewarding (and a lot more fun!)

Unlike what the image below shows, we’re not going to London, Ney York, Paris, or the Taj Mahal (been there, done that!).

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Here are 5 places you must visit if you really consider yourself a travel junkie:

  1. Wales
  2. Kenya
  3. Sri Lanka
  4. Albania
  5. Romania

 

1. WALES – OF HIGHLANDS & HISTORY

Wales is home to one of the most beautiful highland regions of the world. Picturesque and yet not cliche, the natural beauty and variety of the mountainous region is sure to dazzle. Of course, how can we talk about Wales without an obligatory picture of a railway train?

waAh, yes. The obligatory railway train photograph.
Source: Greatrail.com

History buffs would love the endless menu of castles, museums & churches. Picture the Harry Potter castle – Alnwick Castle of Northumberland in England – you get much more than that. Caenarfon, Conwy, Harlech, Carfiff, and Pembroke castle are some of the more interesting ones.

In the southwest, Pembrokeshire offers unparalleled coastal adventures and sight-seeing. Here, a snapshot of what it looks like in Pembrokeshire national park.

walesCoastal beauty is the norm here at Pembrokeshire, Wales.
Source: visitwales.com

2. KENYA – NOT JUST ANOTHER SAFARI

Beautiful white sandy beaches, national parks, bustling metropolitan cities, luxury hotels… you probably won’t associate these with Kenya, but they sure do exist there. African nations are starting to ramp up on their visitor-friendly image, and while safety is a concern on many travellers’ minds, Kenya is a largely unexplored territory that would yield great dividends, if you know where to look.

asNairobi at night sure doesn’t look like the stereotypical Africa.
Source: mannisingh.wordpress.com

Another interesting attraction is its rich tribal culture, and Kenya wears this as a badge of honour. Bomas of Kenya is a wonderful museum where visitors can live in a recreated village, and learn about the music, culture, and lifestyle of each tribe (along with cultural performances!)

aCultural Performance at the Bomas of Kenya
Source: @fetchstix on Pinterest

3. SRI LANKA – A BEACH RESORT?!

Sri Lanka is often not thought of as a tourist destination. However, Sri Lanka offers majestic beaches:

111A beautiful pavilion along Bentota Beach, Sri Lanka
Source: vivanta.tajhotels.com


111111Sri Lanka is often not thought of as a beach destination.
Source: Sri Journeys

…and an epic-looking rock.

lionNot just another rock; the rock, named ‘Sigiraya’ (lion rock) is an ancient rock fortress of nearly 200m in height.
Source: Ceylon Private Tours

Marco Polo described this island as ‘the finest island of its size in the world’, and many adventurers continue to flock to its beaches and beautiful shores. Elephants, Indian culture, rare spices, and precious stones make it a legendary place for natural beauty. While the place experienced civil wars in the past, the peace it now has brings optimism to its people, and great times are ahead for this humble location.

4. ALBANIA – HORSES AND BUNKERS (750,000 OF THEM)

This humble nation of about 3 million Albanians has a very deep and rich history. While watching people lead their horses out on the street, you may find it fascinating that this nation was totally isolated because of its paranoid communist dictator.

asAn Albanian leads his horse out on the streets in Cosovo.
Source: blonde-gypsy.com

As a result of the dictator’s communist rule, there are many strange little concrete domes (750,000 of them!) to defend the country. These gigantic grey mushrooms are all over the country.

There are some obvious problems with designing a military strategy around hundreds of thousands of bunkers. How long could one defender hold out alone in a bunker? How could all the disparate, scattered positions be resupplied? How would they communicate?
– Warisboring.com

bunkerIt’s actually quite common to see bunkers in random places. In front of homes, cemeteries, and even malls.
Source: lh3.ggpht.com

Shopping is great in Albania, and the languages spoken are rich and diverse. Definitely somewhere to visit if you’re into history and it’s incredible how a nation survived world war 2, nazi germany, and communism all in one century.

5. ROMANIA – CULTURALLY EXTRAVAGANT

romCool-looking houses dot the landscape amidst lush greenery here in Romania.
Source: LonelyPlanet

Romania is beautiful city with colourful cobblestoned towns painted to perfection. Aside from its quiet, just-humming-along mood, the Buconiva’s painted monasteries offer an epic adventure into the war against the Ottoman empire.

aBiblical stories painted onto the monasteries’ walls.
Source: romaniaandmoldova.com

Most buildings are painted inside, but these are also painted on the outside. The buildings clearly deserve its UNESCO World Heritage status. History buffs would love this and the place is just surreal.

The famous Danube Delta is located in Romania. Hiking, exploring, travelling by boat, and just being in awe of wildlife is a wonderful treat for travellers who are adventurous enough to spend a few days here.


deltaAn aerial view of the Danube Delta, Romania.
Source: rspb.org.uk

baA beautiful shot of the delta from a boat.
Source: Romaniaforall.com

Now that I’ve pointed out these 5 places, I’m sure you are amped to get yourself creative on your next trip.

Feel free to leave a comment if you have other suggestions, and I might just add it to my next travelling destination.

Cheers, and a great week ahead! 🙂

 

P.S. For my full travel photo log and list of countries travelled, please visit: http://synapsetrading.com/travel-log/

 

RESEARCH SOURCES & REFERENCES

lonelyplanet.com/wales
warisboring.com/albania-has-a-bunker-problem-da1ad107a804#.ipbpdcoup
blonde-gypsy.com/2013/02/28/15-things-you-should-know-before-traveling-to-albania
tripadvisor.com.sg/Attraction_Review-g304141-d317483-Reviews-Citadel_of_Sigiriya_Lion_Rock-Sigiriya_Central_Province.html
atlasobscura.com/places/bunkers-of-albania
nomadicmatt.com/travel-guides/romania-travel-tips
romaniaandmoldova.com/romania/moldavia/the-painted-monasteries/
lonelyplanet.com/romania/southern-bucovina/bucovina-monasteries

Travel Highlights: Europe Trip – Ireland, Iceland, UK!

In October, I embarked on a 2-week trip with my sister to Ireland, Iceland and the UK, and it was an amazing trip! 😀

In 2 days, I will be going for another 2-week trip, this time covering Dubai, South Africa and Lesotho. (Yes, this is a country!)

Of course, I will continue trading as I travel, and continue supporting my students and traders. Stay tuned for my market updates!

For those who love adventure and real-time updates, do follow me on Instagram as well: https://www.instagram.com/iamrecneps/ 

 

Here are some photos from my last trip:

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Here is the full photo album for this trip: https://www.facebook.com/iamrecneps/media_set?set=a.10154654785598430.1073741842.530303429&type=3

Good luck, and trade safe! 😀

 

P.S. For my full travel photo log and list of countries travelled, please visit: http://synapsetrading.com/travel-log/

5 Practical Tips on How to Trade on the Go (With 15 Minutes a Day)

After trading and travelling to 48 countries across the world, I realised that it is actually not very difficult to trade on the go, since in most countries you can get wifi or buy a data plan, so as long you have your mobile phone, you can easily place trades as you move along.

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Here are some useful and practical tips I have picked up along the way:

1. MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A GOOD INTERNET CONNECTION

This is a no-brainer, as the last you want is to be left handing with no internet after entering some trades, and not being able to input your stoploss and targets. Don’t forget to take full advantage of Wifi hotspots at hotels and cafes, or even better, purchase a local SIM card and data plan.

If you have intermittent access to the internet, perhaps because of flights, then make sure you always have a stoploss in place for all your trades.

2. FOCUS ON A HANDFUL OF SETUPS AND PRODUCTS

Since you don’t want to spend too much time browsing the markets, it is a good idea to prepare a simple watchlist beforehand. For me, I usually focus on about 20+ forex/commodity pairs, so that I can scroll through all of them quickly in a few minutes with my mobile phone to look for any good trading opportunities.

And since I won’t be taking many trades, I can choose the best of the best trades, which means that I can focus only the very best setups that I see. When you see an AWESOME setup, it should jump out of the chart and right in your face, and you should feel the rush of adrenaline and excitement to take the trade. If you have to squint at the chart and think thrice about whether it is a good trade, then I would suggest you just let it go.

3. USE A LARGER TIMEFRAME TO PLACE YOUR TRADES

If you are on the move, then obviously you won’t have time to be staring at the charts all day, which means you should not be using smaller timeframe charts like the 5-minute or 15-minute charts. Actually, I won’t recommend using anything less than a 1-hour timeframe.

By using longer timeframes (1-hour, 4-hour, daily), it means that you only need to check the charts at very infrequent intervals, such as every hour, every 4 hours, or once a day. This way, you do not have to constantly worry or stress about your positions, because your stops will naturally be wider (and your positions smaller), so you do not have to worry about the smaller market fluctuations.

4. DO NOT SPEND MORE THAN 15 MINUTES A DAY

Since you do not have to constantly monitor the market, this means that you only have to periodically check and update your positions. You can easily do this by utilising the “wasted” pockets of time that you have throughout the day.

For example, when you are waiting for a bus/taxi/mrt/plane/train, or waiting for your ordered food to arrive, instead of playing some mindless mobile app game or reading random articles of facebook, why not open up your trading app and place some trades instead? This way, you can make some additional income with your spare pockets of time.

5. LEVERAGE ON A GOOD NETWORK OF TRADERS

Lastly, by leveraging on other good traders, I can learn from their trades and hone my skills as a trader.

You can check out some of our free communities and trading signals here: http://synapsetrading.com/market-analysis-and-discussion/

See you soon! 😀

 

P.S. For my full travel photo log and list of countries travelled, please visit: http://synapsetrading.com/travel-log/

The Travelling Trader is Heading Off to Country Number 47 & 48!

After much anticipation, I am setting off for my 3 week holiday to cover 3 countries (of which 2 are new), which is a well-deserved reward for a great year of trading, and also because I have always wanted to see the Northern Lights (fingers crossed).

I will continue to spend 15 minutes a day trading (to prepare for my next trip), and to support all my students who are also studying and working hard to improve their finances and enjoy life with their family and loved ones. Keep up the great work! 😀

To follow me on my adventures as I trade, travel and explore the world, feel free to follow me on Instragram and Facebook:
https://www.instagram.com/iamrecneps/
https://www.facebook.com/iamrecneps

For those who have already reserved your place for the next “Trading Foundation Workshop”, don’t worry, as I will be back in time to conduct the training myself.

For those who have not, don’t miss the chance to kickstart your trading journey for a tiny investment of $25 (yes, I know it’s ridiculously cheap), and receive 3 hours of live training and 2 hours of online training.
Check availability: http://synapsetrading.com/trading-foundation-workshop/

See you all soon! 😀

Spencer Turns 30 and Synapse Trading Turns 3!

Last Sunday, I finally concluded my 20s and ventured into the big 3-0. 😀

And just one month ago, Synapse Trading turned 3! #achievementunlocked

To celebrate this joyous occasion, I took a little boat trip with my friends and some of my students.

Thanks everyone for this surprise! ? #30isthenew20 #mynewboat

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I love the caption and the synapsetrading logo! ? Thanks for the cake! #matcha #bakersbrewstudio #synapsetrading

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Double birthday celebrations! What are the odds haha. ??? #sameday #boatparty #sentosa

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Because trading on land is so mainstream ? #tradingforliving #extremetrading #norisknogain

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Thank you everyone for making this an awesome day! 😀

Also, I want to thank everyone who has supported us all these years, from an unknown blog to an established training firm with hundreds of succesful graduates trading real accounts and making real money.

We have a lot more exciting stuff planned for the next few weeks (and also the next few years), so stay tuned, because we are going to transform the trading and training industry by raising the bar! 😀