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Up-and-Coming Travel Destinations for 2017

Tourism begins ramping up for the summer travel season and some up-and-coming destinations are putting in extra work to attract new visitors. Maybe you should avoid the usual summer hot spots and try one of these new trendy locations for a unique and memorable vacation.

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Tourism begins ramping up for the summer travel season and some up-and-coming destinations are putting in extra work to attract new visitors. Maybe you should avoid the usual summer hot spots and try one of these new trendy locations for a unique and memorable vacation. Take a holiday less expected and maybe you will discover your happy place.

 

Reykjavik, Iceland

The best and most accessible destination to really see the Northern Lights, Reykjavik is a global city ready to explode. The Icelandic city is a wonderful vacation destination and Iceland has thrown plenty of money at the tourism sector. New hotels and resorts are popping up in some of the world’s most beautiful natural destinations. Come for the intense visual landscapes and stay for the geothermal pools, spas and resorts. The Icelandic people are wonderful and some of the most welcoming in all the land.

 

Hua Hin, Thailand

Are you tired of the overcrowded beach resorts and natural beauty being destroyed by tourism? Then Hua Hin in Thailand is your perfect beach getaway. Two and a half hours away from bustling Bangkok, sits Hua Hin, the vacation home of the royal family of Thailand. If it’s good enough for the royal family, it’s good enough for you.

Filled with fancy hotels and extravagant delights, that won’t break your bank. Remember the American dollar goes very far in Thailand, so treat yourself.

 

Zagreb, Croatia

Croatia has long been a secret destination for Europeans, as its cheap and beautiful. If you are tired of spending way too much on vacations and not getting enough satisfaction, Croatia may be for you. The cities are classically European, the food is delicious and the people are welcoming and pleasant. Enjoy some Croatian nightclubs and party for pennies on the dollar.

 

Luxury Canal Barge, France

A new trend popping up in Europe and specifically France is luxury river barges that cruise along the countryside and offer excellent deals. You can visit vineyards, breweries and regions rarely visited. These luxury cruises are made to be personal and offer luxury at an affordable price.

 

Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Kaohsiung is Taiwan’s second largest city and is known as the gateway to the wonders of the globe. Taiwan has long been on the shadow of China but is much freer and has fewer restrictions. Take China’s beauties with more civil liberties and you have Taiwan in a nutshell. Taiwan has plenty to offer for any traveler, so book your trip soon.

 

Havana, Cuba

Cuba is now available for Americans to visit since the travel ban was recently lifted. Take in a real new experience since Cuba has been blocked off from American travel for over 60 years. Take a trip back in time to Cuba where the cars are all from the 50s and no new technology has hit the streets for over 50 years.  

Havana is a wonderfully eclectic city that is colorful and vibrant, both in color and flavor. The architecture is incredible and timeless and the people are just happy to have more freedoms. The American dollar goes far here since they are a very poor country, so tourism is welcomed. See this city soon before it changes forever.

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Best Time to Vacation in Vietnam

Asia’s not so little secret, Vietnam is one of the most beautiful and cheap places to visit. There are definitely better seasons than others, so here is a simple guide to Vietnam.

 

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Asia’s not so little secret, Vietnam is one of the most beautiful and cheap places to visit. Land of exotic beaches, dense and plentiful jungles and vast vistas, Vietnam has it all. With good weather almost all year round, you can visit this Southeast Asian country anytime. Vietnam is a long country ranging from north to south, so the weather can be very different in separate sections. There are definitely better seasons than others, so here is a simple guide to Vietnam.

 

Winter

Visit in the winter to beat the incredible summer heat. Also, you want to check out the Vietnamese New Year, Tet, and the country’s biggest party. The best time to visit is the dry season, ranging from October to March. The wet season can be crazy with typhoons wreaking havoc.   The temps range from 60s to 70s (Fahrenheit) so its great for backpackers and explorers.

Central Vietnam is monsoon season until December, so steer clear until then. No one wants to be wet their entire vacation, unless you are snorkeling. The temperatures will drop into the 60s so make sure you have a light jacket. The warm weather is there by February, so pack a swimsuit.

The southern tip of Vietnam is beach central, so bring sunscreen, SPF 30 or higher. Temps down south will sour to the upper 80s in the winter.

 

Spring

 

March through April in the north is dry and cool, great for venturing into the vast rice patties. Lower humidity makes the jungles accessible..

Central Vietnam is rainy in the spring, so pack a jacket and good shoes. Keep the materials light, as it is humid in the central parts.

You will see locals wearing thin plastic ponchos, which are great. Pick one up for cheap and save you gear from being damp. Down South, the weather is perfect, beach babes galore and beach parties into the night.

Summer

 

Think humidity is fun, try summer in southern Vietnam. You will sweat through any article of clothing, so tank tops, shorts and flip-flops are recommended. May to June is the most consistent weather in the North and Central regions. Rains constantly up north, so steer clear and the central areas are dry as a bone. You can visit the amazing cave systems in this area. Home to the largest caves in the world. Spelunkers unite here to explore and team up for safety.

 

Fall

This is the perfect time to visit all parts of Vietnam. It’s not to dry and not to wet, you get a little of everything in the fall.

Check out the Mid-Autumn Festival where thousands of lanterns are released into the air and paper lions dance in the streets. Best time to eat traditional Vietnamese food is at this festival.. dates change every year so check that out when planning.

 

Vietnam has a little something for everyone. The weather changes a lot so map out your trip accordingly. The food is incredible, people are all so nice and the scenery is exquisite.

 

Photos courtesy of ap.org, beautiful, vivid, travel and living

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Thai National Park Will Mail Back Litter to Visitors

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Varawut Silpa-archa tells tourists to avoid littering in the Khao Yai National Park. Offenders will receive their garbage back through mail.

The Khao Yai National Park aims to let visitors be accountable for their littering. Anyone who visits the area must remember that throwing garbage within the park is a major no-no. No one likes to have their garbage mailed back to them, right?

The Khao Yai National Park is a popular wildlife destination in Thailand. Situated near Bangkok, the Thai national park is known for its diverse, endemic wildlife and lush vegetation. Established in 1962, the park is home to diverse animal species including monkeys and elephants. The park covers a wide area of more than 700 square miles, as well. Visiting tourists are blamed for desecrating the protected location by leaving behind used cans, bottles, and other empty food receptacles.

Garbage Sent Back as Mail

To counter the problem, Varawut Silpa-archa, Thailand’s minister of natural resources and environment, announces that all garbage found to have been littered by visitors shall be sent back to them via mail. Violators shall also be banned from the place, registered with the Thai police, and be faced with a probable fine or 5-year stay in prison.

To make it more convenient for police to pinpoint offenders, all tourists are required to register their names and home addresses. “Your trash—we’ll send it back to you,” Mr Silpa-archa asserts as he reminds would-be visitors of the possible consequences of littering in the national park. In his Facebook post, he shares images showing the trash collected in the place and the consequent “trash package” to be sent back to the identified violator.

“I will pick up all of your garbage,” his message’s translation states. “Postage back …home as [a] souvenir,” the translation continues.

Reopening of Borders

In June 2020, Thailand approved its plan for the reopening of its borders to select foreign visitors. Consequently, the Southeast Asian nation began accepting international travellers from various countries in July. However, accepted tourists are sternly reminded to uphold the different guidelines imposed. The Khao Yai National Park, for instance, is home to a variety of animals and cleanliness must be strictly maintained. Garbage left by tourists can be highly dangerous to wildlife.

Besides harming the general environment, empty food packages, when not immediately found, are accidentally eaten by the animals. Thus, visitors are strictly forbidden to leave any garbage in the park and remember the consequences of such irreverent practice.  

Adherence to Guidelines

It is important for tourists to follow the guidelines imposed by the Thai government. Littering in the Khao Yai National Park is punishable by law. Aside from receiving their garbage once they get back to their home country, violators may be banned, fined, or imprisoned for 5 years.

Protecting the environment must be upheld, not only in Thailand, but all across the world. The issue of climate change is of major concern. Various natural disasters and emergency health concerns are directly related to the rapid degradation of our natural resources. The massive call for environmental protection and conservation should be answered by all.

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A Must See Desert Oasis In Southern California

Think of the desert and your mind conjures up images of dry dusty lands full of cactus and crawly things. But there is a desert oasis in Southern California that will completely transform your vision of what a desert setting looks like. At Whitewater Preserve you will find…

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Think of the desert and your mind conjures up images of dry dusty lands full of cactus and crawly things. But there is a desert oasis in Southern California that will completely transform your vision of what a desert setting looks like. At Whitewater Preserve you will find 2,851 acres of streams loaded with trout, untouched wilderness and winding trails leading you into the mountains. Just north of Palm Springs and surrounded by the San Gorgonio Wilderness this is one desert destination that you will want to add to your bucket list. The rich habitat hosts the endangered Southwest willow flycatcher and Bell’s vireo, and provides the opportunity to see migrating summer tanagers and vermilion flycatchers. The canyon, an important wildlife corridor between the San Bernardino and San Jacinto Mountains, has a robust wildlife population. 

 

 

This desert oasis is a perfect place for a nature adventure, whether by yourself or with the family. The Whitewater Trout Farm’s historic building has been transformed into a Ranger Station and Visitor Facility. This is the best place to start your adventure. Here you can get a trail map and checklists to help identify local flora and fauna. Although there are many hiking trails, some are not always safe to access. The Ranger Station will have information on any trails that have limited access. After you have spent some time exploring, enjoy the refreshing water at the shaded picnic area. 

 

 

Visitor facilities include individual and group picnic areas and camp grounds that sit in the shadow of steep cliffs where bighorn sheep are often spotted. Fishing is available, but limited to organized catch and release programs for children, in which all the equipment is supplied. There are a variety of hiking trails at Whitewater Preserve, you will find something for everyone. There are paver paths around the pond, perfect for the elderly, and a trailhead leading to the Pacific Crest Trail for the more experienced hiker. No matter what trail you take you will be out in the sun so make sure to bring a hat and use your sunscreen.

 

 

Whitewater Preserve is open daily year round from 8 am to 5 pm, closing only on certain holidays or in the event of dangerous weather conditions. Permits for camping, backcountry trip parking and after hour hiking are available at the Ranger Station during open hours. 

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