Archive April 2017

The black islands rising from the sea

The little island of Valsörarna in the middle of the Gulf of Bothnia feels like it is 1,000 miles from anywhere. The Finnish mainland lies to the east, but when I was there on a hot August day, it was just out of view behind a thin bank of clouds. West, towards Sweden, blue water sloshed lazily, bathtub-like.  Valsörarna is the outermost island of the Kvarken Archipelago, Finland’s only Natural World Heritage Site, a cluster of thousands of islands that are literally rising from the sea. This watery world is never the same from one year to the next. During the...

Hidden Florida Travel Gems Few People Know About

Florida is an incredibly popular travel destination for people from all around the world. Most travel because of the numerous beach and water activities offered but there is so much more that Florida has to offer. With such a popular destination, it is quite obvious there are numerous hidden gems that are not on the radars of the travel agents. The next time you book some transportation through Florida Shuttle Now or similar, consider the following destinations as some wonderful options that are surely going to be loved. Fort De Soto Park You find this in Pinellas County. The park is made...

Caspian Sea Is Owned By Five States

For most of us the Caspian Sea is known as a “dividing line” between the two continents – Europe and Asia. Well, are you aware of the fact that this is also the largest lake in the world? On its shores lies, neither more nor less, exactly five states. Caspian Sea is located between Europe and Asia and its north-western part forms the border between those two continents. It is closed by five countries: Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Azerbaijan and the Russian Federation. The surface of the sea, which is often also called Closed Sea is 376,400...

The trees keeping Vietnam afloat

It was overcast, and Hoi An’s colours softened like a watercolour painting. I paused for the requisite photo of the red Japanese Bridge, the city’s landmark. It hung elegantly between grey clouds and the shimmering canal, a memory from the 1700s when this Vietnamese city was an international trading port. Yet as I raised my camera, I wasn’t imagining the picturesque past, but rather a questionable future. View image of Hoi An and its neighboring cities could be under water by the year 2100 (Credit: Credit: Cultura RM/Alamy) Vietnam is in danger. Rising...

Living in: Johannesburg

Bursting with the energy and pace of a big city but with the friendliness of a much smaller town, Johannesburg attracts expats looking to accomplish a lot and integrate quickly.  “The thing I love most about Joburg is that it is a city of opportunity,” said Crystal Espin, originally from Cape Town and founder of local blog Joburg’s Darling. “You get the feeling that everyone is here to make something of themselves.” The thing I love most about Joburg is that it is a city of opportunity.  Gerrard Hattfield, originally from Cape Town and founder of...

Seeing the World in your Later Years

According to some sources, this is a golden age for silver travelers – today’s pensioners have never had it so good, enjoying a perfect combination of 21st century health benefits for a long and happy retirement and 20th century pension plans that will no longer be available for future generations. Whether circumstances are quite as rosy as that for everyone is open to debate, but one thing is for certain – pensioners today are more mobile, active and adventurous than ever before, and spend more on leisure travel than any other demographic according to statistics from AARP...

The most sophisticated people you never knew

The clouds passing over the island of Papa Westray graciously withheld their rain as I piled together dry wood, grass and seaweed. Setting a small pocket of dry thistle into the centre, I got to work with a handmade kit made up of two sticks, a reed bow and a bivalve shell – trying to convert muscle power into friction and friction into fire. If I could make enough heat to generate an ember, I’d have to transport it quickly into the thistle floss, where it could smoulder. I just had been trained in how to make fire as prehistoric people would have. But so far, it wasn’t...

The 5 Best Places in the World to Snorkel and Scuba Dive

If your putting together your “bucket list” of places you want to go scuba diving, there are a lot of candidates for you to consider. Oceans cover ¾ of the Earth’s surface so there is no shortage of places to explore. Many of the same few names keep popping up, leaving you wondering what else is out there to be explored. While some popular locations are definitely worth checking out, there are even more locations left to be seen! If you have never been scuba diving and are interested in trying it, you first need to get certified. There are two main organizations you can get certified...

Have the Right Gear for an Adventure Vacation

Adventure vacations are thrilling, action-packed trips that usually involve encounters with nature. Whether you travel near or far, you are in for excitement. Some of the most beautiful views and biggest physical challenges can be found on an adventure outdoors. Mark off your ultimate adventure vacation bucket list, and check out what to pack for a better trip. Get in on the action Take a trip to push you to the limits and immerse yourself in the great outdoors. Tap into your primal instincts to conquer nature and take pride in the fact that you can overcome the physical challenges involved....

Ways to Keep Your Home Safe While Traveling

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