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Tourists will be required to wear digital wristbands in Thailand. This will enable the Thai government to easily track their health status while touring the said Southeast Asian country.

To sever possible COVID-19 transmission, Thailand plans to require would-be tourists to wear digital wristbands while staying in the country. This mandate will allow the government to track their whereabouts including their health as they visit Thailand’s different traveler destinations.

Last month, the said Southeast Asian nation opened its borders to a group of Chinese visitors—the first ever arrival since April when Thailand halted inbound travels to control COVID-19 transmission. The country has been doing quite well in the battle against the novel coronavirus. Hence, it has been reluctant to reopen its doors to visitors wanting to explore its various tourist spots.

The recent October group of Shanghai tourists were automatically required to undergo a 14-day quarantine period, especially since they planned to stay within the country for a month. They were also relegated to a government-accredited hotel.

Nevertheless, aside from the automatic quarantine period, recent Thailand updates assert that the nation now plans to mandate all approved, incoming tourists to wear digital wristbands, “Smart Bands” as they are called. These devices will help the government track the tourists, particularly their health, as they visit the different places within the country.

The said digital device measures the body temperature of the wearer which will, then, notify nearby health centers. Tourists who wear digital wristbands will also be able to ask for help should they ever get lost while touring the country.

Not all would-be visitors will be able to enter Thailand, however. At present, only visitors from low-risk areas will be given a Special Tourist Visa. This visa can be obtained by paying 2,000 Baht ($64.25).

Additionally, a would-be tourist needs to have a “fit-to-fly certificate” from a certified doctor, a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, and a health insurance policy of at least $100,000 that will cover COVID-19 treatment within the country.

If you plan to travel to Thailand, you must be able to secure these requirements before buying your ticket. See to it that you will be coming from a country that is enlisted as a low-risk area by the Thailand government. You should also obtain the necessary “fit-to-fly certificate” from your doctor, have a negative PCR COVID-19 test at least 72 hours before your flight, and an insurance policy of the above-stated amount before you can apply for the said Special Tourist Visa.

As of writing, Thailand has only less than 4,000 total COVID-19 cases, a far cry from the overall COVID-19 cases worldwide that has already reached more than 46 million. Hence, the Thai government strictly monitors tourists who are allowed to enter their borders. The planned mandate to require tourists to wear digital wristbands while staying in the country will greatly help control possible COVID-19 transmission which may be brought on by the gradual reopening of its borders.

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Vacation Destinations For People Who Hate People

If crowds aren’t your thing and you love your alone time, then check out these perfect vacation destinations for introverts!

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OK, that title is a little harsh. But I’m just talking about introverts here! I know that doesn’t mean you hate people, but it does mean you’re not crazy about big crowds and you love your alone time. So if you consider yourself an introvert and are looking for a perfectly peaceful and quiet vacation, these are the spots for you.

DAINTREE RAINFOREST, AUSTRALIA

Not all introverts love the outdoors… but many do. And if you’re one that does, then the Daintree Rainforest in Australia may be the most perfect place in the world for you. The plant and animal life is bountiful and incredible. You’ll feel like you’ve traveled into the land time forgot. But there are still plenty of paved and well-maintained pathways for quite travelers like yourself.

There are also some amazing trails off the paved paths, but you’ll have to join a group for those. It’s not the worst though, as the groups are usually small and it’s likely no one will be bothering you too much as they’ll all be mesmerized by the nature around them.

NEW YORK CITY

Hear me out! I know, I know. New York seems like the last place most introverts want to be. But many introverts do still enjoy and crave the hustle and bustle of a big city. And, once the crowds are that big, there is a certain comfort to the way you can kind of disappear in the middle of it all. And that’s the charm of New York for many introverts. Not to mention, if you want to get away from it all, you can always get lost for an entire day in the beauty of Central Park.

There’s also other great introvert-friendly options like multiple art museums, plenty of great food, and the bright lights of Broadway, which can surprisingly be very enjoyable by yourself!

SEDONA, ARIZONA

Sedona is ideal for introverts as it’s practically entirely surrounded by a desert! But it’s not your classic sand-as-far-as-the-eye-can-see kind of desert. There’s still plenty of beautifully pink mountains that provide a lovely 360 view. Sedona is also a sneaky-good spot for introverts as it’s a town that’s huge on wellness. So there are all kinds of great massage and alternative healing operations, not to mention plenty of yoga studios and juice shops.

If you’re feeling especially adventurous, there are regular hot air balloon rides available! You can only fit 3 or 4 people in those things anyway so it’s not like you’ll be surrounded by tourists. And the views are simply breathtaking.

BANFF NATIONAL PARK, CANADA

Canada is quietly one of the most beautiful countries in the world and what’s better than a national park! Banff National Park is arguably the best Canada has to offer. With gorgeous views in every direction and plenty of great vacation rentals disconnected from the modern world, this is the perfect place to get away and do some proper reflecting. It’s also a great place to go in on a house with a small group. Just stock up on all the food and drink you’ll need for the week and check out from reality!

HOLBOX ISLAND, MEXICO

Mexico, in general, can be a beautiful place to get away from it all. But, as an introvert, the classic destinations like Cancun or Tulum are not for you. Thankfully, the small fishing village of Holbox Island is perfect for you. It’s remote enough that it will never be crowded or busy, and the beaches are practically custom made for reading a good book in a hammock all day long.

And if you ever get to the point where you could use a little socializing, just head to the nearest bar and strike up a conversation. The locals are famously very friendly!

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You never know when life is going to throw you a curveball. From things as big as death and illness to the smaller problems like a breakup, we’ve all been beaten down by life. But more often than not a great vacation can be the best medicine. So here are a few suggestions of vacations you can take when you are in recovery mode.

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Flagstaff? In Arizona?! Yes. That Flagstaff. It may seem like an odd choice, but when you’ve just learned that you have a new major health problem, it can be the perfect place to gain some perspective. It may be a relatively small city, but it’s got plenty of life and provides a certain ruggedness that can be perfect in such a situation.

For the proper Flagstaff experience, be sure to get there by taking the famous Route 66. Once you’re there, head straight to downtown to take in the many shops, art galleries, and breweries they have to offer. You’ll also be close to the majesty that is the Grand Canyon. A can’t miss attraction.

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Breakups are always tough. And they really follow you wherever you go in your day-to-day life. So sometimes the best way to get over a breakup is to get the hell out of Dodge. A vacation away from your job and your social circle makes it a lot easier to process your emotions and clear your mind. And Bangkok is the perfect location to just that.

It’s one of the most lively cities in the world and has countless fun to offer. Check out the electric nightlife in the Thonglor area and keep your spending to a minimum by enjoying some delicious street food. Then, when you’re really ready to recenter yourself, check out the over 400 incredible Buddhist temples located in or around Bangkok. They’re truly a sight to behold.

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Obviously, a vacation can be risky move right after losing your job. They can be expensive and you have to be careful with whatever savings you have. But clearing your mind before this important transition in your life can be absolutely huge. And can help you make sure the next job you end up at is the right one for you.

So if you find yourself suddenly unemployed, take a trip to the beautiful Caribbean island of St. Lucia. This island is as relaxing as they come. With beautiful beaches, amazing hikes, historic villages and an amazing spa at Sandals Grande St. Lucian Spa & Beach Resort, this little slice of heaven will make you forget all about that former “career” of yours.

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It’s a large and beautiful city that is rich in history while still having the mellow vibe of a much smaller city. There are multiple castles and palaces in the city that will simply take your breath away, and, of course, the city is located right next to the powerful Danube river. While we’re on the topic of the river, be sure to enjoy a dinner cruise along the Danube for a proper Budapest experience. And be sure to partake in some of Budapest’s famous fruit brandy. Because what’s grieving without a little drinking?

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High Expectations With These Exquisite Mountain Destinations

Fresh mountain air, fresh mountain spring water, fresh mountain dew. Everything about mountains screams fresh so when you’re looking for a new place to visit, why not visit some of the freshest places in the United States?

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Fresh mountain air, fresh mountain spring water, fresh mountain dew. Everything about mountains screams fresh so when you’re looking for a new place to visit, why not visit some of the freshest places in the United States?

Usually, people think beaches when they are planning a vacation, but the mountains offer an exciting new way to get away in the United States that will fill you with mind-blowing views and some space from the everyday hustle and bustle. Get some serenity now the easy way with these beautiful mountain destinations.

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There are galleries, museums and artist studios to go admire as well as delicious local restaurants, popular breweries, and tons of music to help round out the eclectic scene that is Asheville. Positioned between the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains, Asheville, North Carolina is definitely a place not to be missed.

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There are beautiful cliffs, beautiful rivers, beautiful beaches, beautiful flowers and beautiful sunsets. If I had to describe Hanalei in one word, it would be…beautiful.

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There are also great restaurants, breweries, galleries and wine tasting. Hood River is a beautiful destination that is sure to blow you away.

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