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Renewing Your Passport May Take Longer This Year

If your United States passport comes up for renewal in 2017 or 2018 you should begin the process to renew it as soon as possible. The U.S. State Department has been warning travelers for more than a year now about the possibility of longer wait times for…

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If your United States passport comes up for renewal in 2017 or 2018 you should begin the process to renew it as soon as possible. The U.S. State Department has been warning travelers for more than a year now about the possibility of longer wait times for passport processing. The State Department recommends renewing your passport at least nine months before it expires, and routine passport processing can take up to six weeks. Additionally there are at least fifty countries that require U.S. citizens to have at least six more months left on their passport in order to travel there. 

The increase in demand for U.S. passports at this particular time is in large part due to the 2007 Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative which made it necessary for U.S. citizens returning from Mexico and Canada to show a passport. Now, ten years later, all of the passports acquired at that time will be expiring. The need for first time passports has also increased because of the Real ID Act, which requires residents of certain states to show an alternative form of identification for air travel, this goes into effect January 22, 2018. It is easy to renew your U.S. passport, current passport holders can renew by mail on the State Department website. 

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Hottest Travel Spots of 2017

It’s 2017, a new year so why not expand your travel universe and try some exciting destinations out for the first time.  Let’s try some new spots out in 2017 and see what this planet really has to offer.

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It’s 2017, a new year so why not expand your travel universe and try some exciting destinations out for the first time. Do you ever get tired of the same old vacation over and over again? Me too, let’s try some new spots out in 2017 and see what this planet really has to offer. We found the most radical vacation destinations for you to explore, don’t worry; we checked them all out in advance.

 

Japan

Japan has long been on our list of cool vacation destinations because it’s like visiting the future and the past all at the same time.  Now is an excellent time to visit the land of the rising sun, with the Olympics coming in 2020, Tokyo is more accessible than ever before. There are new non-stop flights from New York and Chicago making Tokyo a much easier landing spot. Because of the Olympics hotels are revamping their style and new, lavish hotels are popping up. Check out the futuristic Tokyo and go back in time at the northern city of Hokkaido.  2017 is the perfect time to visit this beautiful country.

 

Democratic Republic of Congo

Congo? I know what you’re saying, but they have gone through a lot of changes to make the Democratic Republic of Congo a tourist destination. No longer a militarized zone, the Democratic Republic of Congo has one of the most amazing and under visited wildlife refuges on Earth. You have to check out the Virunga National Park and see some of the endangered mountain gorillas and experience nature in its wildest forms.   You can also hike up Mount Nyirgongo, a 12,000-foot volcano.  This nation has been through a lot but 2017 looks to be an awesome year here.

 

Botswana

Staying in Africa, you have to check out Botswana this year. Botswana is making serious strides to curb poaching as it’s new ivory ban is finally being taken seriously. This country is the best place to go on a safari as it has the most diverse population of large animals in the world. Come to Botswana and see more elephants here than anywhere else and experience where life began.

 

Northern Iceland

Iceland has long been a hot destination, but the under visited Northern region has the most to see. Come for the amazing whale watching in Husavik, or the Dettifoss waterfall or the alien looking terrain of Lake Myvatn. Iceland is the best place to see the Northern Lights in its entire splendor. If you love outdoors and extreme nature, you will love Northern Iceland.

 

Portugal

If you are looking for an amazing and affordable European vacation, you need to look no further than Lisbon in Portugal. This old city has recently gone through major renovations to fix its dilapidated infrastructure and is feeling really fresh. Enjoy some of the best seafood from world-renowned chefs like Jose Avillez and Kiko Martins. Travel is cheap within the country so check out all four corners to get a unique experience.

  

Oregon

Come to Oregon for one reason, the total eclipse of the sun will be fully visible from this region only on August 21. A tour has sprung up to help visitors view the once in a lifetime event. After the eclipse, enjoy a wine tasting event and dinner. If that’s not for you, check out all the amazingness that Oregon has to offer. Portland is a hot city right now but the expansive wilderness should fill your vacation with adventure.  Plus Crater Lake is a place everyone should see at least once. 

 

Check out these hot new vacation destinations in 2017 for some adventure and intrigue.

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Saving the World by Doing Regenerative Travel

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Regenerative travel may help halt the rapid degradation of tourist destinations all over the world–and eventually slow down climate change. 

Earlier this year, an article pointed out the beneficial effects of regenerative travel, a mode of travelling that posits helping the world regenerate itself, adopt less social crowding, and acquire an environmentally conscious mindset.

Prior to the onset of the novel coronavirus outbreak, tourism was one of the largest industries all over the world. In 2018, total tourism revenue was $5 billion per day, according to a World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) report.

Tourism earnings helped various countries boost their economies. However, the same tourism activities ultimately affected—and degraded—the environment. Hence, the said industry caused major impacts on the local communities that were frequently visited by travelers worldwide.

Several areas in different European cities, for instance, were metamorphosing into unlivable locations while the exponential rise in various rentals also exacerbated the problem. Beaches in Thailand, for example, were increasingly filling up with plastic residue coming from various hotels and tourist boats in the country.

The necessity of adopting sustainable travel became a popular outcry as mass tourism became the norm. Before the advent of the term, regenerative travel, advocates began asking travelers to minimize travel impact in the different places they visited. Initiatives including the minimized usage of plastic and the reduction of waste were encouraged.

Regenerative travel, however, takes the advocacy a step further. Whereas sustainable travel merely aims to eradicate the effects of tourism in specific locations, regenerative travel calls for the improvement of the particular locations that visitors go to.

Jonathon Day, an assistant professor at Purdue University, stresses that “[tourism] is sort of a low bar. At the end of the day, it’s not just making a mess of the place. Regenerative tourism says, let’s make it better for future generations.”

Regenerative travel does not merely postulate buying local stuff or decreasing your carbon footprint. Regenerative travel stresses the necessity of executing actual, measurable, and concrete change. Hence, tourists are encouraged to provide meaningful improvements to the places they visit. This can be initiated by joining restoration groups or even supporting a local business school for the area’s indigenous women. In a sense, regenerative tourism means leaving the place a better one than when you first stepped into it.

Various travel companies are now starting to support the regenerative travel campaign. The preference for quality over quantity is stressed. With the help of various groups and organizations like the ConsciousTravel, a service that provides guidance to tour and destination operators regarding positive change, more and more travel agencies are now advertising the need to create more meaningful, environment-based changes to each tourist destination in their lists.

As visitors to these tourist hotspots, it is essential to be a major player in the creation of environmental improvements. International travelers must be aware of the destructive impacts of tourism and help promote regenerative travel. The present pandemic has been a huge eye-opener as we see the ill effects of pollution to the world. Climate change is a major issue that will ultimately affect everyone if we do not begin saving our environment now.

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Best Vacations for the Recently Retired

Work is done and you have little to no responsibilities since you recently retired, so what are your excuses to not travel?

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Work is done and you have little to no responsibilities since you recently retired, so what are your excuses to not travel? It’s time to enjoy your golden years and travel to some fun destinations. If you saved for your retirement, hopefully you put in some sort of travel budget so you can see the world.  Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age and that means a huge influx of retired travelers is set to hit the world’s top destinations. We can’t travel like we used to so let’s explore some excellent vacations for retirees.

 

Ireland

Who hasn’t dreamed of strolling through the rolling green hills of Ireland? The lush green country is a perfect vacation destination for the retired set. Dublin is a great place to start to see some of the oldest buildings in all of Europe and taste the perfect pint at the Guinness brewery. There is so much to see in Ireland you can really take your time on an extended trip and enjoy everything Ireland has to offer.  The perfect vacation for the recently retired.

 

Sicily

If Italian food is your favorite or if ancient architecture is your bag, Sicily is for you. Who hasn’t wanted to check out Palermo, the lively capital that boasts spectacular cathedrals and delicious street food? The small island off the coast of Italy’s big toe is the perfect destination for retired folk. The islands slow pace and miles of gorgeous beaches make Sicily a great spot. Many Italian-Americans track their heritage to Sicily and those Baby Boomers can visit their ancient roots.  Retired people will love the vibe of Sicily.

 

Australia

The flights to Australia will take up to 21 hours so you need to spend some time there to make it worth it. Now you are retired and you have literally nowhere to be, it’s the perfect time to take an extended vacation to the land down under. Australia has something for everyone, with major cities, extreme outback and wonderful beaches. You must see Sydney Harbor, the Great Barrier Reef and a kangaroo. Other than that, explore Australia at your own pace; you have all the time in the world.

 

U.S. Road Trip

If times what you have, why not take a coast-to-coast road trip across our great country. America has so much diverse landscapes that you can experience so much on a road trip. For a real adventure rent a recreational vehicle and take your time, see all the sites you want and do it in style. An RV can be rented at very affordable prices and offers a unique experience many have never lived. See the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, drive historic Route 66 or make your own route.

 

Blue Ridge Parkway

Why not take a road trip on the most scenic highway in America, the Blue Ridge Parkway. This picturesque 470-mile drive connects Shenandoah National Park in Virginia and the Great Smoky Mountain national Park in North Carolina. The road follows the peaks of numerous mountains along the way giving off spectacular views and winding through some cute little towns.   There are some seriously cute places to stay along the way and more than enough activities to keep you entertained.

 

Rocky Mountaineer

Maybe you should let someone else drive so you can soak up all the incredible views along the Canadian Rocky Mountains, in the Rocky Mountaineer, a luxury train. Enjoy sitting in glass domed train cars so you can see beauty at every angle. There are multiple options available to satisfy any urge. You can get coastal views or strictly mountain routes. You can decide among many options to make the vacation fit exactly what you want.

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