Non-Fiction,Travel & Outdoors

Beach from Leonardo DiCaprio film to temporarily close due to tourist damage

Authorities in Thailand have ordered the temporary closing of the beach made famous by the Leonardo DiCaprio movie The Beach to halt environmental damage caused by too many tourists. Maya Bay, on the island of Koh Phi Phi Leh in the Andaman Sea, will be closed to all visitors for four months annually starting this June to allow for the recovery of the island’s battered coral reefs and sea life. The decision to keep visitors away was made on Wednesday by Thailand’s national parks and wildlife department. Many Thai marine national parks are closed from mid-May to mid-October, but because of tourist demand, Maya Bay has remained Read More

China Is Considering Limiting Travel for People With Low ‘Social Credit’

China will start barring people who score low on its so-called “social credit system” from traveling on flights and trains for up to a year. Those who fall short on the social credit system, which monitors and ranks the behavior of Chinese citizens, could be banned from air and rail travel depending on what offense they commit. People who are found to have caused trouble on flights, used expired tickets, smoked on trains or spreading false rumors about terrorism are liable to be restricted, statements from China’s National Development and Reform Commission said, according to Reuters. Others who could potentially face being blocked from travel are those Read More

9/11 Tear Drop Memorial From Russia That You’ve Never Heard Of

The monument displayed in emailed photographs, officially entitled “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism” (but also known as “The Memorial at Harbor View Park” or the “Tear Drop Memorial”), was dedicated at the northeast corner of Bayonne Peninsula in New Jersey on 11 September 2006, the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the United States: I had never heard of this before receiving it. Why didn’t the press report it? This is the “TEAR DROP” made and installed by the Russians to honor those who died in 9 11and a statement against terrorism. It is very impressive. The tear drop is lined up with the Statue Read More

Save The Date: Family Friday At The Atlanta Dogwood Festival @ Piedmont Park

The Atlanta Dogwood Festival hosts Family Friday on April 13, 2018, welcoming families with special discounts and programming.  Family Friday at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival features special family-oriented entertainment, and kids and adults can both have fun with unlimited ride wristband good for all rides and inflatables on Friday only. Visitors will receive discounts with select food and beverage vendors with the wristband. Wristband includes: Unlimited access to all rides and inflatables on Friday, April 13 20% discount with select food and beverage vendors Family Friday hours are 2 to 9 p.m.   A limited number of wristbands can be purchased in advance  (at www.dogwood.org), or tickets may be purchased for a tad more (at the Charles Allen and 10th Street Read More

Hiking the Very Dangerous Pali Notches Trail in Hawaii

There are a few hikes on Oahu that I had on my “not going to attempt” list. Up until a week ago the Pali Notches was one of them as it has a reputation for being very dangerous. If you’re driving up the Pali Highway from town you can see two notches cut in the narrow ridgeline. The notches are man-made. They were created by warriors of ancient Oahu to house cannons when defending attacks from Nu’uanu Valley. In 1795, King Kamehameha’s warriors disabled these cannons in the Battle of Nu’uanu which helped him conquer Oahu. So, if the ancient Hawaiian warriors were able to hike the Read More

Make an Emergency Flash Drive and Take it With You Whenever You Travel

You lost your wallet in Jakarta. You got hit by a car in Paris. You need to get online in a sketchy internet cafe in Reno. Getting stuck in a strange city with no ID, no money, no credit cards, and no medical or insurance documents can be inconvenient. In a medical emergency, it can be life-threatening. So have a backup plan: a secure flash drive loaded with your most vital documents and details. Here’s how to build your own. Choosing a drive First thing you’ll need is a flash drive somewhere in the 1GB range. A conventional stick running TrueCrypt will work fine. The Verbatim Tough-n-Tiny Read More

Can you travel on a flight with your electric skateboard?

Personal Mobility is a HOT industry and with that comes the electric skateboard. For those of you who are not in the loop, let me explain: In congested cities such as New York, Los Angeles, London or Rome, getting from point A to B with a car is almost as much fun as a root canal without anesthetic. Finding a place to park is a nightmare, and when you eventually do, it’s ridiculously expensive and typically nowhere near your destination so you tend to walk a couple of blocks to where you need to get to. Yes, you can Uber or Lyft, but it comes at a Read More

THE NEW SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD TO REPRESENT GLOBAL HERITAGE

In 2007, more than 100 million people voted to declare the New Seven Wonders of the World. The following list of seven winners is presented without ranking, and aims to represent global heritage. Great Wall of China (China) Built between the 5th century B.C. and the 16th century, the Great Wall of China is a stone-and-earth fortification created to protect the borders of the Chinese Empire from invading Mongols. The Great Wall is actually a succession of multiple walls spanning approximately 4,000 miles, making it the world’s longest manmade structure. Christ the Redeemer Statue (Rio de Janeiro) The Art Deco-style Christ the Redeemer statue has been looming Read More

This Job Pays $10,000 Per Month Just to Live in Cancun, Mexico

Looking for a part-time job? Mexico has an offer that’s pretty hard to refuse. Cancun, the popular vacation resort along the Mexican coast, says it’s on the hunt for a CEO—Cancun Experience Officer. And it will pay $10,000 per month and cover all expenses of whoever gets the six-month job. If you’re interested in applying, you’ll have to be available to live in Cancun from March to Aug. 2018 without interruptions. And there’s a surprisingly thorough job application (which requires a one minute video) you’ll have to fill out as well. And while the pay and benefits are pretty excellent, this isn’t a six month vacation. You’ll Read More

The Very Best Romantic Places in New York City You Need To Visit

Okay, New York City is not exactly on the radar as the most romantic city on the planet. Yet, for many smitten New Yorkers, Eve wasn’t the only one tempted by a big apple. Here, a collection of flirtatious, romantic places in the city even Cupid would approve. Empire State Building One of the most romantic scenes in “Sleepless in Seattle” took place on top of this iconic building. Come at night, when you can’t help but embrace the glimmering city views — and each other. The 86th-floor Observatory has an outdoor deck that wraps around the building and the 102nd floor is the highest point in Read More