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Must See Vacation Destinations Along The Equator

Check out this short but sweet list of the very best vacation destinations that run along the equator. 

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We’re all familiar with the equator, right? It’s that imaginary line that wraps around the middle point of the globe. As in, it is equidistant from the North and South poles. Because of this, any place that’s close to the equator almost always has nice weather! And what better vacation factor is there than nice weather? Trick question, there is none! Here are the best places to visit near the equator.

NAIROBI, KENYA

Nairobi is the capital of Kenya. So beyond the climate benefits of being close the equator, it has a lot to offer as a vacation destination. Not to mention the incredible wildlife that is unique to the area, which is one of the top tourist activities. Take a safari tour or check out the multiple beautiful national parks nearby. But once the sun goes down, be sure to take in the bustling nightlife!

SINGAPORE

Singapore is very close to the equator, sitting just one degree north of it. It’s already one of the most visited cities in the world for business and pleasure. Some of the top attractions include the Chinatown district, the Gardens by the Bay national park, and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple. Other benefits Singapore offers are efficient public transportation, countless family-friendly activities, and delicious food on every corner.

KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA

Kuala Lumpur is just a quick hour flight away from Singapore. Why not visit both on your next vacation! It has incredible views of their beautiful downtown skyline and nearby vistas. While top attractions include numerous mosques and temples that have stood for ages and offer a glimpse into the cities past. Plus there are many great shopping and eating options throughout the city.

QUITO, ECUADOR

Perhaps the fact that the equator runs right through a country called Ecuador is more than just a coincidence? We think not. And if you want to vacation in the country, Quito, it’s capital, should be your first stop. The city is littered with historic buildings and remnants of the Incan city it was built on. Get your fill and then some of the many museums, gorgeous architecture, and bustling plazas that can be found throughout the city.

FORTALEZA, BRAZIL

When it comes to vacations, you can’t do much better than Brazil. It has non-stop gorgeous beaches and a happening nightlife. It also helps that Fortaleza is a cheaper Brazilian destination than hot spots Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. It also offers delicious seafood on every block, constant live music, and the beautiful Dragao do Mar Center of Art and Culture.

BOGOTA, COLOMBIA

The crown city of Colombia, Bogota has shined since it’s founding in 1538. It now has a healthy population of 10 million, which makes for a vibrant and diverse city. Some of the best tourist attractions include the church and views at the top of Mount Monserrat, multiple museums, and the breathtaking hike that leads to the Cascada La Chorrera waterfall.

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Why You Might Want To Reconsider That Upcoming Trip To Jamaica

If you were planning to go to Jamaica for your next family vacation, you might want to reconsider. 

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If you were planning to go to Jamaica for your next family vacation, you might want to reconsider. The U.S., along with several other countries, have issued travel warnings for the famously easygoing country. This was due in large part to a recent spike in violent crimes. Most recently, and Canadian couple was murdered while vacationing in St. Thomas.

Much of the recent crime has been tied to drug trafficking and various gangs. The numbers are staggering. In 2016 alone, there were 448 aggravated assaults, 481 rapes, 1,215 shootings, and 1,350 murders. This according to the stats reported by The U.S. State Department. These frightening numbers have led local authorities to issue a state of emergency. They have also implemented a temporary curfew and increase the military presence in the more dangerous areas. The travel advisory issued by the State Department on January 10 also applies to the areas of Montego Bay, Spanish Town, and Kingston.

Other countries that have issued similar travel warnings include Canada and The U.K. They also warned their travelers to avoid similar areas with higher crime rates, and to especially be extra careful when walking around at night. The U.K. warning also included instructions to stay within their resort as much as possible, and to only use the transportation provided by their resort or by the airport.

Naturally, Jamaica is worried about the economic effect these travel warnings have, as tourism brings in a great deal of money for them. They have assured travelers that it is still a safe vacation destination, thanks to the measures they have taken to combat the spike in crime.

In an interview with The Independent, Jamaica’s minister of tourism, Edmund Bartlett said, “All members of the tourism fraternity have given their full support to the [increased security] measures and are feeling that these actions are welcome to ensure the safety of Jamaica’s guests and citizens.”

It sounds like they’re doing their best to keep everyone safe, but I’d be lying if I said I’d be nervous to visit the country right now. But I will definitely be keeping an eye on Jamaica and how they handle the crime rate moving forward. Hopefully, they’re able to bring it down in the very near future.

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Disneyland Attractions That Have Been Lost In Time

Many Disneyland attractions have survived since it first opened in 1955, but others have come and gone. 

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Disneyland has brought joy to children and adults alike since it first opened in 1955. Many attractions have survived since the beginning, but others have come and gone. Here are some of the most memorable Disneyland attractions that have been lost but not forgotten. 

MIDGET AUTOPIA

This attraction only existed in Disneyland from 1957-1966. It featured miniature cars that traveled along a permanent path. The driver could control the speed using gas and brake pedals, but the steering wheel was not functional. It eventually was removed to make room for “It’s A Small World,” but it lived on for another ten years in Marceline, Missouri, the birthplace of Walt Disney himself.

 

COUNTRY BEAR JAMBOREE

One of the more classic attractions on this list, The Country Bear Jamboree survived from 1972-2001. It featured animatronic bears (and a few other forest creatures) that would perform pre-recorded songs. It was eventually removed and was replaced by “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.” 

ADVENTURES THRU INNER SPACE

An attraction ahead of its time, Adventures Thru Inner Space was a part of “Tomorrowland” and took guests on a magical tour through the atoms of a snowflake. It used an “omnimover” system that is still used in many rides to this day. It was eventually replaced by “Star Tours” in 1985.

FLYING SAUCERS

The Flying Saucers were a popular attraction within “Tomorrowland,” although they only existed from 1961-1966. Guests would sit on single-rider “saucers” that would move around in a fashion similar to how an air hockey puck moves. It also had a very exciting bumper cars element as riders could slam into each other. 

 

MONSANTO HOUSE OF THE FUTURE

Another attraction involved in the early days of “Tomorrowland,” The Monsanto House of the Future served as a glimpse into what a future house might look like. Complete with futuristic appliances. It lasted in the park from 1957-1967 and was the joint brainchild of Monsanto, M.I.T., and Walt Disney Imagineering. 

 

MINE TRAIN THROUGH NATURE’S WONDERLAND

The Mine Train Through Nature’s Wonderland was a ride enjoyed by Disneyland guests from 1960-1977. It served as a tour of the fictional town of Rainbow Ridge and featured multiple waterfalls over a thousand animatronic elements. It was eventually replaced by “Big Thunder Mountain.” 

 

THE PEOPLE MOVER

The aptly named “People Mover” did just that – it moved people! Another element of “Tomorrowland,” it ran from 1967-1995. It was a roughly 16-minute ride and provided riders with a scenic tour of Tomorrowland as a whole. It later served as a tour of the “World of Tron,” an attraction built in partnership with the release of the hit movie. 

 

CHICKEN OF THE SEA PIRATE SHIP AND RESTAURANT

This incredible attraction was a staple of Disneyland from 1955-1982. It featured an extensive, tuna-specific menu and was a joint venture with the tuna company, Chicken of the Sea. The company eventually removed their sponsorship and the beautiful pirate ship was turned into “Captain Hook’s Gallery” in 1969. 

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Rescue Dogs Saved By An Ethical Circus

the Midnight Circus in the Park decided to ditch the exotic animals for something a little more humane, rescued dogs.

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Circuses have gotten a bad rap lately for their abuse of animals. The people working there can have the best intentions, but when it comes to traveling with elephants and lions and bears it is kind of hard to do so respectfully to the animals. Elephants weren’t made to travel in a circus, they are very smart creatures who deserve our respect. Animal rights groups have noticed the poor care of these amazing animals and decided to protest circuses whenever they come into town. This hurts the circus’s attendance and leaves a bad taste in everyone’s mouth. That is why the Midnight Circus in the Park decided to ditch the exotic animals for something a little more humane, rescued dogs.

The Midnight Circus in the Park which is based in Chicago threw a show in an effort to raise money for the hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. The circus shocked viewers by bringing out two beautiful pit bulls who performed flawlessly. Junebug and Rosie Rae helped reverse the negative stigma associated with pit bulls and dazzled the crowd with some unbelievable entertainment. This isn’t the first time the Midnight Circus in the Park has used pit bulls as performers, there was one named Lola who started the whole thing back in 2013.

The ringmaster of the Midnight Circus is Jeff Jenkins and he loves pit bulls as a breed. He is an advocate for pit bulls and has loved these dogs for a long time. Before running this circus Jeff Jenkins worked for the Ringling Brothers which has gotten a lot of flack for mistreating animals in the past. Jeff decided to take the negative connotation away from circuses and pit bulls as well. Now they are no longer mistreating animals, but in fact, rehabilitating them.

 

When Jeff is not working in the circus he works as the head trainer in the American Humane Society’s “End Dogfighting” campaign and it was working here that gave him the brilliant idea to incorporate dogs into his circus. He met the dog Junebug when a boy brought the dog to class and Jeff could tell that she was being poorly treated. The boy loved the dog and did not want to give it up, but Jeff offered the boy a deal, if Jeff could take care of Junebug then the boy could be a class assistant. This position was highly-sought after so the boy couldn’t say no.

Jeff took his new friend as well as Rosie Rae whom he adopted from a shelter and started to train them together. He put time and effort into turning them into seasoned circus performers who were just as loving and affectionate as any other dog. The only times the dogs have messed up have been when they stole a kernel or two of popcorn from a kid sitting in the front row. Other than that, they’re showing everyone just how sweet this breed can be and how fun and responsible this man’s awesome circus is.

 

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