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Your Next Vacation Could Be In Space

A newly started company by the name of Orion Span recently announced that they will soon be opening a luxury hotel… in space.

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I’m calling it. We are officially in the future.

A newly started company by the name of Orion Span recently announced that they will soon be opening a luxury hotel… in space. In the statement, they claim that their first guests will get to enjoy an off-planet vacation as early as 2022. They named the hotel the Aurora Station, and it will allow for four guests and two crew members. The space-cation will last 12 days and will travel roughly 200 miles above the Earth. Um… where do I sign?!

But the perks don’t stop there, folks. Here are some of the other amazing things guests on the Aurora Station will get to enjoy: an average of 16 sunrises and sunsets every day, learning how to grow food while in orbit, experimenting with virtual reality tech, and a constant state of zero gravity. This trip will truly knock you off your feet!

The station will be roughly the size of a larger private jet (about 43 feet long and 14 feet wide). It will also offer high-speed internet so guests can still stay connected with family and friends back on Earth and, of course, post great Instagrams! But Orion Span isn’t stopping there. They have even bigger plans.

The CEO of Orion Span, Frank Bunger, also said in the statement that they have plans of one-day launching condos in space. Imagine living in space! “Our long-term vision is to sell actual space in those new modules. So, either for living or subleasing, that’s the future vision here – to create a long-term, sustainable human habitation in low Earth orbit.”

Bunger added the company (and his) overall mission is to make space available to all. It won’t be easy, though. Anyone who wishes to take the luxury trip will have to complete an extensive three-month training program. And while three months may seem like a lot of time, Bunger said that they have streamlined a training program that used to take an incredible 24 months. So it turns out three months isn’t that bad!

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You’ve probably been thinking it the whole time you’ve been reading this article. “How much is this going to cost?” Great question. This futuristic trip requires an $80,000 refundable deposit and a whopping $9.5 million for the entire trip. The good news is you can put down your deposit right now! The list opened on April 5th. So if you happen to have a loose $80,000 laying around, now you finally have something to do with it!

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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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World’s Best Secret Beaches… Shhh Don’t Tell

Secret Beaches The modern world doesn’t have many secrets anymore, especially in today’s digital age. These closely guarded secrets have remained that way due to people actively hiding them. I’m here to spill the beans and let the world know about these amazing clandestine spots. Whether it’s been kept under wraps because of its exclusivity […]

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Secret Beaches

The modern world doesn’t have many secrets anymore, especially in today’s digital age. These closely guarded secrets have remained that way due to people actively hiding them. I’m here to spill the beans and let the world know about these amazing clandestine spots. Whether it’s been kept under wraps because of its exclusivity or it’s physically difficult to reach, these beaches are wonderfully untouched.

I’m letting you know about these not so you can ruin them by overpopulating them, but to educate you about the vast beauty still left on our developed planet. The world is moving and change at such a fast pace that it’s actually remarkable that so many untouched marvels still exist on our wonderful world.

Money hungry developers or hoteliers haven’t ruined these secret beaches; instead the locals have preserved their innocence and unspoiled beauty.

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Lord Howe Island, Australia

Possibly the most exclusive of all secret beaches, Lord Howe Island is a real paradise lost type of place. The island is home to around 300 locals and the number of tourists are capped at 400 at any time.   Talk about exclusive, only 700 people are allowed on the island and the locals aren’t budging.   The islands beauty is only matched by its secretiveness.

 

Cayucos, California

A secret beach in California, the mega populated golden state, that doesn’t sound possible. Well, it is and it’s a secret that deserves telling. As locals refer to it, Cayucos-by-the-sea is a cozy beach town 200 miles north of Los Angeles. The central coast in general is a well-kept secret with the super popular southern California beaches getting all the attention.   The Cayucos pier is popular among fisherman and the town is home to local artists and surfers. You’ll love the old California charm that has been eroded from most of the overdeveloped state.

 

Polihale Beach, Kauai

The end of the island, literally. The island of Kauai, known as the garden state, is Hawaii’s least populated of the four main islands. Polihale beach is only accessible by a bumpy dirt road and is considered Hawaii’s most remote. The secret beach is nestled next to the Na Pali Coastline, a rugged and unreachable by car region, most notably known for the beginning scene of Jurassic Park. The pure majesty of the Na Pali Coast jagged and steep cliffs matched with the massive secluded beach make Polihale a magical secret.

 

Anse Source d’Argent, Seychelles

Seychelles has long been known as one of the most exclusive vacation destinations and Anse Source d’Argent is no exception. A pure unspoiled archipelago, this island is one of the closets things you’ll get to a deserted island. No resorts in sight and only a few bungalows to rent, this secret is well kept. The perfect weather, pink sand beaches and crystal clear waters await only the select few travelers.   The offshore reef makes swimming divine and the on shore giant tortoise population will make you forget the modern world altogether.

 

Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam

Anyone can tell you that Southeast Asia has the best secret beaches, but will they tell you about Phu Quoc Island? Probably not, since Phu Quoc is seriously a secret. It’s much closer to Cambodia than mainland Vietnam, Phu Quoc is a pristine wonderland. The popular 12-mile beach Bai Truong is villa lined and desolate. The palm trees are a perfect buffer to the lush jungles just inland. Feel like there is no one left on Earth on this secluded beach.

 

Find your paradise, but don’t tell anyone, let us keep it a secret.

 

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Don’t Ride Elephants on Vacation!

We have all seen photos of people riding elephants in Thailand while on vacation and wanted to check that off our bucket lists. I was just like you until I heard about the appalling torture these poor animals go through, just to get them ready…

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We have all seen photos of people riding elephants in Thailand while on vacation and wanted to check that off our bucket lists. I was just like you until I heard about the appalling torture these poor animals go through, just to get them ready to be ridden.   These majestic creatures are beaten and abused just so tourists can ride them.  AN elephant doesn’t have the rights a human does, so we have to speak up for them.

Don’t feel bad for wanting to ride an elephant, shoot; it’s been a dream of mine for years. I had no clue as to the widespread abuse these poor creatures endured, instead, the incredible photos and videos captivated me. Just picture yourself sitting upon these gargantuan beasts as they trudge through picturesque jungles and wade through uncultivated rivers. Thailand is a land of mystery and undiscovered beauty, so why not ride an elephant to top off the trip? You shouldn’t because it’s only proliferating these animals abuse and neglect.

The elephant is notorious for never forgetting, so why would you want to be apart of a smart animals’ demise.

The Asian elephant is an endangered species as there are less than 2,000 living in the wild in the jungles of Thailand. Many are being displaced due to rampant deforestation and illegal poaching. The elephant tourism industry is responsible for the illegal capture and trade of these endangered animals. These wild elephants, many are captured as babies must then be trained for foreign tourist to ride them. This training is considered torture as violent techniques are employed.

 

Baby elephants are tortured so they will allow people to ride them, which is quite unnatural to them. The process of taming these baby elephants is called “Phajaan” or “the crush.” This process involves stealing the babies away from their mothers and licked in very small cages, where they are beaten into submission using clubs and sticks with sharp hooks on the ends. These barbaric techniques aren’t subject to any regulations, as the Thai government simply looks the other way.

These poor baby elephants are continuously tortured until their spirits are broken and sometimes they die in the process.

An elephant’s spine isn’t strong enough to properly support the weight of a human. Years of being ridden create extreme pain in these animals and often when they stop performing, they are put down. Many organizations try to save these ill-fated creatures before they are killed.

Most travelers have no idea of the rampant torment involved in elephant tourism. An excellent organization is trying to change that, the Elephant Nature Park. Located in the jungles of Northern Thailand, the ENP is involved in the protection and care of mistreated elephants as well as educating tourists.   Over 30 elephants are being cared for on the 250-acre park. Tourists are brought in to learn and care for these regal animals in the proper ways. Here, you can walk the animals; feed them and even help them bathe in a river.

The park offers visitors the chance to make a difference in an elephant’s life and stay connected long after their trip receiving progress reports and updates. Also, the park is registered as a non-profit foundation; so all proceeds go to help the elephants.

Elephant training has been going on in Thailand for hundreds of years, but now their sole purpose is tourism. Before they were used in the timber industry and even in the Thai military.

I won’t think poorly of you if you have ridden an elephant in the past. However, if you chose to ride them knowing what torture then endure, I’ll know how you feel. Sure, the experience would be memorable, but the poor elephants won’t soon forget either. Can you handle being part of hurting these beautiful creatures… I know I can’t.

If you’d like to donate to the Elephant Nature Park (ENP), here is a link. Travel with your heart and let’s stop the torture of these magnificent animals for good.

 

 Photos courtesy of TheGuardian, YouTube, elephant-world, speak up for the voiceless, Kaleenaskaleidiscope 

Read the full article over at the ExpertVagabond 

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