Most Haunted but Beautiful Destinations To Visit


There is an unsettling but whimsical elegance to places that are shrouded in mystery with legends passed down for centuries. Whether these places are from the 12th or 20th century, each has an interesting history — with plenty of ghost sightings, creepy noises and an eerie experiences you’ll never forget.


No matter where you are in the world, there’s probably a haunted house, hotel, or old historical site that’s waiting for you to explore. Discover the dark history behind these places and be mesmerized by how spooky yet beautiful they are. 


Kehoe House, Savannah, Georgia

The Kehoe House was built in 1892 by a successful iron foundry owner, William Kehoe, with whom he shared with Anne Kehoe and their ten children. The exterior stairways, window treatments, columns, fences and gates are all cast iron, a tribute to the iron foundry's excellence in pattern making and casting. After the Kehoe’s heirs sold the property, it was used as a boarding house, funeral parlor and held for a time by football star Joe Namath. Eventually, the building was converted into a bed-and-breakfast in 1992 and guests have reported hearing the sounds of children playing. Could it be the sounds of the deceased children of William and Anne who died years ago? If you do visit guest can enjoy a short walk to just about everything. The house overlooks Columbia Square, and features 13 guest rooms with multiple private and semi-private balconies. The Kehoe House is considered one of Savannah's most treasured historic homes.


Edinburgh Castle, Scotland

Nestled at the head of Edinburgh’s Old Town, this 12th-century fortress was, for many years, an active military base. The castle is considered to be one of the most haunted places in Scotland. There have been numerous reports of paranormal activity over the years from music echoing through the fort’s empty chambers to the ghost of former prisoners and a headless drummer. The scenery is breathtaking and your imagination is just the beginning if you dare to visit.


Winchester Mystery House, San Jose, California

Although there have been ongoing claims of ghostly encounters and spirits who occupy this enchanting mansion, it still attracts many visitors for its charm and unique architecture. Sarah Winchester traveled across the states to start a new life and was determined to design a Victorian labyrinth mansion to repel the vengeful spirits of the lives taken the “Gun that Won the West.” The Queen Anne–style mansion had over 160 rooms and 40 bedrooms, 10,000 windows, and even 2 basements. You will be amazed to see that not all the 2,000 doors can be walked through—one leads to an 8-foot drop to a kitchen sink, another to a 15-foot drop into bushes in the garden below. She purposely installed the Tiffany stained-glass windows in places where they would get no light, and there are more secret passages than Narnia.


Château de Brissac, Brissac-Quincé, France

Originally built as a castle by in the 11th century to protect the region, Château de Brissac is perhaps best known as the site of the grisly murder of Charlotte of France. Legend has it that Charlotte, the illegitimate daughter of King Charles VII, was killed by her husband after he discovered her adulterous behavior. The Green Lady, named for the color of the dress in which she met her end, is said to haunt the castle’s tower. If you’re not afraid to come to explore this architectural jewel, you will be greeted with exquisite antique furniture, lavish gardens, paintings, and tapestries dating from the fifteenth through the eighteenth centuries.


Hay House, Macon, Georgia

Transport back in time and come see this Italian Renaissance Revival Style historical landmark in the heart of Macon, Georgia. The house itself contains more than 18,000 square feet in 24 principal rooms with iconic features such as the custom made wooden sliding doors, the art collection, and the three-story cupola. If that’s not enough for you some visitors have reported lingering spirits on the third floor.


Ennis House, Los Feliz, California

The Ennis House was built from 27,000 perforated concrete blocks for Charles and Mable Ennis in 1923. The house is the fourth in a series of homes that have become known as the textile block designs known for its stunning Mayan Revival-style. Built by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, it is located on a highly visible lot in the Los Feliz hills. The uniqueness of the house has attracted filmmakers for decades, most notably in Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner and the film House on Haunted Hill. Though no actual hauntings have been reported, observers are quick to note how the home’s warm courtyards and airy hallways take on a silent, mausoleum-like quality after the sunsets.


The Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Calgary, Alberta

One of our most beloved hotels, the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel offers the majesty, hospitality and grandeur visitors are craving. Styled after a Scottish Baronial Castle, the Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is one of Canada’s historic railway hotels and has been associated with the paranormal since its construction in 1888. The Ghost Bride of the Fairmont Banff Springs, can supposedly still be found in the hotel’s ballroom eternally waiting for her first dance.


The Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado

This iconic treasure is a historic and luxury hotel in Estes Par known for its old-world charm. Most people may recognize the hotel ambiance as it inspired Stephen King’s The Shining. Have no fear as staff claims it is only visited by “happy ghosts” and that nearly every room has a unique ghost story, like that of the maid from Room 217 who is known to playfully pack away guests’ clothing when they aren’t looking. 


Amityville Horror House, New York

The Amityville Horror House is the subject of one of the most well-known haunting and murder stories in American history. Ronald Defeo Jr. shot six members of his family on November 13, 1974, but that’s not the ending to this story. In 1975 the Lutz family bought the house and reported extreme paranormal activity from the moment they moved in, including uncovering hidden rooms, doors slamming by themselves, and mysterious voices. The family lasted 26 days in the house before moving out. Many people remain frightened by the story and curious about the house; haunted or not it may be worth the trip. 


Isla de las Muñecas (Island of the Dolls), Mexico

Just south of Mexico City you can find a small island with an unfortunate history that never intended to be a tourist destination. The island, known as Isla de las Munecas, or Island of the Dolls, is a memorial some would say dedicated to the lost soul of a young girl who had died from drowning. She was found with a floating doll in the water. The man took the doll and strung it high in a tree to pay homage to the girl’s spirit but over the years, more dolls were placed on the trees throughout the island. People claim that the dolls are possessed by the spirits of girls who passed too soon, reporting that the dolls would move independently and even tried to speak.


Lizzie Borden House, Fall River, Massachusetts

On August 4, 1892, Andrew and Abby Borden were found brutally murdered in their home. Their youngest daughter, Lizzie, became the main suspect in the murder case, as she was the only one around and the first to find them. During the trial, Lizzie was found not guilty. Their home now is a museum and bed and breakfast and if you are brave enough you can stay overnight. Their New England style house provides the perfect blend of mystery and beauty of Massachusetts. Reports from visitors say that they have witnessed electricity surges, shadowy figures, and floors creaking among other paranormal activities.


Corvin Castle, Romania

The Corvin Castle looks like something straight out of a fairytale and made famous because Vlad the Impaler who was known for despicable acts of bloodthirsty torture was said to be imprisoned here. The castle is one of Europe’s largest. For more of a dramatic appearance, the castle sits atop a rocky bluff with nothing but a thin bridge allowing access. The inspiring Renaissance Gothic-style castle is said to be haunted by the spirits of the lives taken within the walls. Visitors and paranormal fanatics and documentarians are intrigued to uncover if the “Dracula” myth is just a myth.


Palacio de Linares, Madrid, Spain

The Palacio de Linares is an exquisite sight located in the wealthiest neighborhoods of Madrid. Formerly the home of Marquis and Marchioness of Linares, this magnificent masterpiece was built for Don José Murga and his wife, Raimunda Osorio. Inside the palace hides many secrets and mystery such as hidden trapped doors, disappearing staircases, and of course the ghost of Don José and Raimunda’s daughter. The legend is that the young girl is heard singing in the palace from time to time when there are no more visitors in the building.


Paris Catacombs, France

The history of the Paris Catacombs starts in 1809 when the Catacombs were opened to the public. Since their creation, they have aroused paranormal curiosity from visitors all around the world. Explore 500 miles of winding catacombs that sit just underfoot of any Paris street. Interest in the catacombs was reignited when a camcorder was found along with one of the passageways containing a disturbing tape. Allegedly the tape ends with the man screaming and running from an unknown entity, dropping his camera and only source of light, never to be seen again


Come visit these stunning houses, hotels and attraction to see why visitors never want to leave—even after death.

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Drive Performance through the last Quarter in the Midst of a Pandemic 

Quarter 4 sales and revenue pressure is always a worrying theme for organizations and this year is no different. If anything, it may be the hottest topic for CEOs and executives because of the coronavirus. As you know, there are only a few more months to make as many sales to bring in as much money as possible while the reality of whether or not you can achieve expectations settle in.

The power of Quarter 4 should not be underestimated.  There is still time to reach your team’s objectives and goals. It is the time of the year that presents many challenges and opportunities. With high holiday sales, comes high holiday distractions.  

Right now is not a good idea to hire more people so the key is to keep your existing team focused, engaged, motivated and happy during this last stretch of the year. Below are some tips to keep the sales staff motivated in Q4 for the extra push

Weekly Touch Points

Communicate and over-communicate if you have to. Hold weekly sales meetings to ensure everyone is on the same page and nothing is forgotten. In these meetings, you should set some short-term weekly goals for the team. By setting goals with tight deadlines, you push the team to focus on achieving one task at a time.  Focus on recognizing your team for their previous week’s performance but more importantly take time to discuss wins and discover ways to succeed together as a team. These meetings can give you the opportunity to re-energize your team and reconnect with them.  Depending on your objective, 10 minutes a day may suffice or you may see greater success with 3 hours once a week.

Use Incentives

Incentives can help your staff push through to meet the last quarter sales goals. There are several motivational tools to help keep your sales team powered such as benefit perks, extra vacation days, special trips for top performers and point rewards program. Salespeople are hard workers and should be rewarded and recognized all year round.  Monetary bonuses are great but most people will spend it on bills. A point reward  program allows the individual to accumulate points and then purchase items they normally wouldn’t and therefore has more meaning and trophy value. Also, a point reward programs recognizes all the efforts each sales team accomplishes no matter how big or small. Travel incentives are beneficial because they provide a trip of a lifetime for individuals while createing lasting memories. Employees will return from the trip even more energized and motivated and ready for the next quarter. 

Conduct Training and Motivational Events

The end of the year is a great time to hold sales training or motivational meetings. Book  a unique venue, which practices safety and cleanliness protocols,and create an event which encourages and inspires your team. People crave leadership to provide guidance and motivation as the New Year rolls in.  Hosting a meeting outside the office benefits both for the employer and their employees. A new environment brings a noticeable change in the atmosphere which in turn positively impacts employee behavior ad has the potential to boost productivity, elevate focus, and make for a happier workforce. According to Gallup, a reported 70% of workers feel disengaged from their workday. In the US alone, disengaged employees cost between $450 billion and $550 billion annually. Away from the formal office, employees are more inclined to participate in the meeting. This may help employees to interact and socialize with their colleagues and form essential bonds with the rest of the workforce especially with many people working from home. It is still possible to meet face to face with proper safety protocols. 

The pressure and emotions that come with Q4 can be challenging and unpredictable. Hopefully, you will come out of Q4 with success and your team excited to come back and start the next year just as strong.

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Best Fall Places to Visit Around the World

Best Fall Places to Visit Around the World


Fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. Cooler temperatures, leaves go from green to bright oranges, yellows, and reds and the smell of pumpkin spice everywhere. The United States offers stunning destinations but there are parts of the world worth checking out. Here are my top destinations for its ambiance and magical appearance that won’t let you down – whether you can travel this autumn or want to save it to your future travel bucket list.


Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburg is the largest city in Scotland and is known for its rich history. During the fall history comes to life as leaves change colors ranging from a subtle brown to bright, vibrant pops of oranges and reds. This is a perfect European city to spend the day under a newly-turned tree, reading classic literature and gazing at the rolling hills. 


Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo is already well-known for its traditions and beauty and autumn here is no exception. During the fall season, trees are lit up with accentuating lights to highlight their spectacular colors. Take a walk along any waterway and discover vibrant reds and yellows reflecting back towards you. Unlike many places in the west where the arrival of fall means thick coats and gloves, in Japan fall starts as sweater weather and stays relatively warm until about mid-November.


Bruges, Belgium

Pops of red and pinks make Bruges a dream. As the sun sets, every yellow and orange leaf seems to pop on its own with the natural charm of this rustic city. Wrap yourself up in a warm blanket at a park bench and watch the sunrise as you are surrounded by the historic charm while taking in all of autumn’s glory that this city has to offer.


Bavaria, Germany

Oktoberfest isn’t the only reason why you should come to Germany in the fall. Up in the mountains of Bavaria are stunning castles and scenic views of the mountains. You are guaranteed to be speechless as you witness leaves change at a striking pace, making them appear as if you are watching a light show of blazing neon colors ranging from red to yellow and everything in between.


Scottish Highlands, Scotland

Everything changes from the trees to the ground here in the Scottish Highlands. 

The ground changes color making it appear as though fall is slowly creeping in from the ground up, transforming everything from a lush green to a striking orange. Take in the ambiance of the full array of colors, some of which are easily reflected in Scotland's lakes.


Lake District, England

With its numerous lakes surrounded by gold and ruby covered hills, the region’s scenic beauty will be on full display in the fall. Relax and sip on some hot cider as you take in the green pines and copper beech trees that frame mountain views.


Thingvellir National Park, Iceland

After mid-September, the night skies begin to put on an incredible natural light show known as the aurora borealis, a blanket of illuminations made up of countless shades of green, blue, red and yellow returns and lasts until the end of the winter. Thingvellir National Park has an array of breathtaking scenic beauty, willow, birch and plants that transform their appearance into an even lovelier place. The largest natural lake in Iceland, Lake Thingvallavatn, is found in the park as well. Days are long and temperatures are still manageable in the fall months.


Loire Valley, France

There is no better time to visit the Loire Valley of France than in the fall. 

Leaves on the 185,000 acres of grapevines begin to turn, tourists head home, and colors blanket the hillsides and valleys. Rich colors overwhelm the area and vineyards ablaze in fiery reds, brilliant orange and gold, with the addition of fairytale-like chateaus. As a bonus for visitors fall is harvesting time. Come watch the grapes being picked in the fields and take in the magnificent views.



The Bahamas is perfect for those looking for an affordable tropical vacation. There may not be much of fall foliage here but the Bahamas is just as enchanting as it is any time of the year. The islands’ offseason runs from late spring to late fall, temperatures are still comfortable day and night and the best part are shorter lines and quicker access to watersports. There are fewer crowds at the beach and pool making it a better experience and an opportunity to get to know the locals. 


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Self-Improvement Tips

Self-Improvement Tips

In honor of National Self-Improvement Month take this moment to celebrate yourself and all that you have accomplished.  Challenge yourself and set goals to improve areas you have been wanting to for some time. No matter how big or small your goals are, here are some tips to get you started this fall.

1. Make Healthier Choices

We should all live for today but what about tomorrow?  Small changes in your diets can make all the difference. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Americans eat less than the recommended amounts of vegetables, fruits, whole-grains, dairy products, and oils.  It’s not always easy to eat healthily when you are busy and on the move but implementing an 80/20 rule is a good place to start. Try eating healthy 80% of the time. The other 20% doesn’t have to be perfect.  Little changes like eating an apple instead of a bag of potato chips with your sandwich are going to make a huge difference in the long term.

2. Find a Hobby

Learning something new requires patience and courage. Finding a hobby doesn’t mean you need to be good at it or master it.  Hobbies are something you enjoy and are meant to push your boundaries. Try different activities like reading, cooking, taking an art class or learning how to swim to see what works for you.  Having a hobby will help you stay busy, feel recharge and experience a sense of accomplishment.

Challenge yourself and look at registering for workshops and online courses to sharpen your skillset, or learn something new like a new software program. Whatever you choose, find an outlet where you can express your creativity and freedom of choice.

 3. Travel More

 Take on the adventure of planning small trips, and go to cities and see places you’ve never been to before – safely of course. Self-improvement is about pushing boundaries, so get going! Traveling allows you to escape the stress of everyday life. Discover and learn different cultures, see beautiful iconic landmarks and experience the beauty this world has to offer.  This can be a road trip or a trip to Eastern Europe (assuming borders are open for you). Going to a different environment can be a positive experience and taking in scenic views can give you a sense of peace you’ve been craving.

4. Inspire Others

A great way to improve yourself is to help others along the way. When you focus energy on helping others reach their potential and dreams, you will reap the benefits and accomplish more than just helping someone else. One way is to volunteer as it will humble you and allow you to find a purpose outside your everyday activities. More importantly, you will learn a few things about yourself and you’ll find that the gift of giving is the best gift of all time.

5. Adjust Goals

Take time to reflect on your own growth and see your progress and where you might need to adjust. Evaluate your goals and cut back on what is not working.  It may help to get a second opinion and get new ideas on how to achieve your objectives. Turn new ideas into new strategies and learn how you can be more efficient in achieving your goals.  Change is hard but to get moving in the right direction it is necessary.

6. Be Your Authentic Self

Start today to be yourself and love who you are.

Don’t allow pressures from the traditional media, social media and peers make you feel inferior.  Learn to let go of what’s outside of your control by focusing on what you can control.  Instead of asking yourself what you don’t have, ask yourself what you do have and be grateful for them. Stay confident even if life has thrown out curveballs. Those twists and turns in life will only make you stronger and self-worth always pays off in the end.

In Conclusion

There’s no wrong way to improve yourself as long as you’re happy with the end results.Working towards the best version of yourself doesn’t happen overnight. It’s an investment that takes time, focus, and dedication but the benefits will be worth it.  I hope this month inspires and motivates you to take positive steps towards your goals.

There’s no better time than today to create your best self.




How to Build a Culture of Recognition

Whether We Are In The Midst of a Pandemic or Not

When employees are recognized for their hard work, employers will see an increase in engagement, productivity and retention. A recent Harvard Business Review study found that 72% of respondent’s ranked recognition given for high performers as having a significant impact on employee engagement. Here are some ideas on how to build a culture of recognition.

1. An employee recognition program should always be linked to a company’s mission and values.  Companies that are able to align employees around those principles through praising and recognitions will inspire them to live and breathe the spirit of the company. This in turn helps to build a unified corporate culture and makes it clear to individuals how their hard work helps to achieve company goals. Did you know, according to Forbes, disengaged employees cost U.S. companies up to $550 billion a year!

2. Take the time to praise and make it personal. Verbal praises are still powerful but it’s also important to write about employee’s recognition in the company’s newsletter, website and other communication channels.

3. Provide opportunities for every employee to contribute to the recognition program. Unfortunately, some employees don’t get the opportunity to be recognized due to the nature of their job roles or lack of expectations. According to Forbes, highly engaged teams show 21% greater profitability. Engaged employees are more likely to show up every day with passion, purpose and energized to perform their job responsibilities.

4. Enlist superiors to recognize performers by concentrating less on quality control and focusing more on praises for a job well done. According to Quantum Workplace’s report, 60% of employees said managers are most responsible for implementing employee engagement strategies. Getting a pat on the back from an immediate supervisor is crucial to employee’s morale because supervisors know when a job is done well.  Employees want and need to be reminded that their work has purpose and meaning.  Remember great leaders make people feel valued and important.

5. Facilitate peer to peer recognition in your culture. This allows employees to engage with one another and empower them to have a voice. Millennials especially prefer to build strong reputations among their friends and co-workers.

6. Lastly, implement a rewards program at your organization. Your recognition program must fit into your company values and culture. A reward program allows employees to earn points and then cash them in for gifts at a later time. Everyone in the organization can participate and no one will be left out. A rewards program differs from a cash bonus because cash is viewed as an extension of income and used for bills, fuel, groceries, etc. and is soon forgotten. Items employees purchase on a rewards program fulfill personal wants that an employee would not otherwise justify purchasing.

Showing appreciation to your employees will make your organization a better environment to work in and in return attract and retain the best talents. The 2020 State of Talent Optimization states that on average, 47 % of high-performing employees left their company last year. Being appreciated is just not a paycheck at the end of the week anymore.

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