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What Are Ley Lines? A Mystical Travel Route Across Earth

The ancient wisdom and old tales always hold a mysterious lure for common folk. One such myth is the Ley lines which supposedly covers the entire Earth. It’s invisible to the human eye but a special magnetic field or earth’s energy can be sensed if one walks over it.

What is a Ley Line? What is its significance? And above all, what is the reason for the existence of it?

Ley Lines

Scientifically speaking, Ley lines are like an energy grid system. They are often straight and move along in all directions. They connect various places of ancient religious and spiritual significance, often including human-made megastructures.

Spiritually speaking, these paths were known to almost all ancient civilizations. For example, to the Germans, these were known as “Heilige Linien”, to the Irish, “Fairy paths”, to the Chinese, “Dragon Lines”,  to the Peruvians, “Spirit Lines”, and to the Australian Aborigines, “Song Paths”. These routes and landscapes are believed to have spiritual significance.

In 1929 the term Ley lines first held its importance. If you take a closer look at the world map then you can see that many important structures are at a straight line path from each other. Not only that the distance between them is also geometrically meaningful. For example the Stonehenge, Great Pyramids of Egypt, and Great Wall of China.

Many people believe that Ley Lines are grid lines of Earth which hold the energies of Earth. There are many theories behind the puzzle of Ley Lines or The Old Straight Track. Below are a few to sate your curiosity.

 

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Magnetic Field of Earth

According to the Chinese Art of Feng Shui, every building, every stone, every tree, every object should be in a position of harmony with the Earth’s magnetic and spiritual energy field. They believed that the dragon currents or the Earth’s magnetic field flowed in the grid of Ley Lines.

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Earth has its own magnetism, and maybe the Ley Lines are the imaginary lines along which the magnetism of the Earth flowed. It is also a belief that the dragon currents determine the routes of sun, moon, and planets.

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Astronomical Alignments

Astronomical alignments of the Ley Lines is not a common hypothesis. The first significant Ley line to be traced was determined from crossing through Stonehenge.

To our ancient ancestors, the earth’s landscape was a canvas upon which humans connected points on the ground with points in the sky. The Sun, Moon, Stars, and the change of seasons was critical to our species survival. Most megalithic constructions are connected in a straight line or triangular pattern.

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This St. Michael’s Ley Line runs from Great Yarmouth to Penzance. The interesting fact about it is – it follows the path of midsummer sunrise, and connects Stonehenge, Glastonbury, and Avebury which are all ancient Megalith sites.

 

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Spirit Ways or Death Roads

Spirit ways or Death Roads is the most mysterious theory of all. In most of the cultures, there are beliefs that the soul takes it path after death. We had seen evidence in history when the dead bodies got buried with valuable goods that were required in after-life.

 

There are many Funerary English traditions in which the paths of the dead get marked. Mourners carry pebbles which they threw at certain spots on their way to the grave. And it was a way for souls to know the route (as believed).

British also followed –no going over a bridge twice holding a corpse. All these traditions point towards the existence of an unseen spiritual path, something like the Ley Lines.

Dream Time

The Aborigines of Australia believe that there was a time in history called the – Dream time. It is at this time that the Creative Gods came to this land and traversed the country.

 

And they laid certain paths called “Turingas” which hold energies. At certain times of the year, the energy in this paths gets revitalized and fertilizes the countryside.

Spirit Lines of Inca

The Incans believed the presence of supernatural energy on Earth, that is why they created “Ceques” or “Spirit Lines”. These lines were sacred pathways and often marked by stones, springs, and temples. Most of them ended at the foot of Holy Mountains.

 

 

You will not find the explanation of Ley Lines in any geography book because officially they do not exist. But the idea of a hidden network of energy lines across the earth is intriguing enough to fire the imagination, and hence it became a New Age interest.

What do you think about these ancient energy tracks? Will you walk one of these to seek what you may be seeking?

 

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5 Tips For First-Time Visitors To India

India is a burning cauldron of culture. And people who want to visit India, are most attracted to its diversity and food. But it is all fun and games till someone mugs you and you are left with nothing but your clothes. Here are a few tips to guide you through your first visit to India.

Embrace Comfort Over Fashion

India is a proud mother of four seasons. No matter where you travel in India, you will find yourself unsure of what the weather will be next. For example, let me tell you my own stories from experience.

I once saw a girl dressed up in a summer dress, but wearing heels; heels on a beach! Yeah, you read that right. You have to take that pointy thing off your foot if you want to have a chance at feeling the sands between your toes.

I also once dressed up in three layers of clothing in a hill station, but as the noon came, I regretted my choice of clothes. In India, you will come across different weather in different regions. In summers, Delhi and nearly rest of the country are burning.

But the quiet Himalayan towns are a respite. Carry with you clothes that are modest and comfy. The public here is conservative, so forget showing arms and legs unless you are on a beach or a city like Delhi, Bangalore or Mumbai.

Protection from Strangers

This point may sound weird because travel is all about going places and making friends. But India is a risky place to travel to. You will be appalled at the rape cases that occur on a daily basis in the country. It is not just the safety of women travelers I am talking about but also the males.

I will share a personal story here too. It was the first time my uncle traveled to Delhi, and then he was drugged and mugged by his taxi driver. It was with the help of a few street kids that he made it to the hospital and still lives.  Just want to say that be smart and alert. India is a friendly place till you do not lose your common sense.

 

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Explore Offbeat Bypaths

Yasss! Taj Mahal, Qutub Minar, Udaipur, and Jaipur – the Golden triangle is all good. But if you want to really discover the essence of India then all you have to do is pack your bags and dare to tread somewhere less traveled. 

Everyone visiting Manali goes to the Hadimba Devi Temple but there are a few who travel to the smallest church in India, which is also located there.

The swargadwara of Puri is the famous beach but take a ride and go to the Chandrabhaga beach which is quiet and surreal, unlike the crowded ones.India, no doubt has popular places to offer but you can steal offbeat from it and still be happy.

Caution: Spice Alert

Those who are the health nuts are going to have a teeny weeny bit of trouble here. Wherever you go, you will find local street foods. And I will be lying if I said they are not good. Try the local food as much as you want but be ready to be hit with a tsunami of spices because Indians do not hold back on it.

Carry medicines with you though, so that you can treat yourself in case of emergency. Drink loads of water ( bottled ones), which will help with the food as well as the excess sweating.

Train Travel is the Best

Mostly all the cities in India are well connected with railways. Rather than taking flights from prominent cities and then using trains or buses. It is better to travel by Train. You can even login to the IRCTC app which offers various trips for tourists.

 

And you can easily book the tickets from one destination to other. Always make sure to book an A/C ticket because the general can be sweaty and cramped (that is if only you want comfort travel).

 

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How To Maintain Glowing Skin While Traveling

Traveling is one of the most entertaining hobbies, one can have. It comes along with immense pleasure, joy, and entertainment. It takes you close to Mother Nature in ways that you can never imagine sitting at home or wandering the same streets of your town repeatedly.

Travel gives you exposure to the world, which is very necessary. It results in broadening your vision and increasing your acceptance. You get rid of ethnic, regional and cultural biases. You develop compassion for humanity all over the world. No doubt, it is a very healthy habit for your body and mind.

 

How to Maintain Glowing Skin

Now understanding that traveling is both fun and good for us, how do we travel in a very healthy way when it comes to skin care. Environmental changes, prolonged exposure to sun, dehydration and lot of other factors can make your skin dull, dry and tan. It can wreck the havoc on your skin, as it is not used to of new environment.

Related: Common Travel Questions

 

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Travel Skin Care Tips

Well, you are in luck, as we are going to tell you about five surprising ways, which can help you to maintain the natural glow and radiance of your skin when you are traveling.

Make a checklist

If you are very much conscious about your looks or you are a beauty freak, you must have a proper skincare routine. There must be a complete set of different products on your table. You use all of these items on a daily basis because you really want to look gorgeous and stand out in parties.

Breaking any routine can be very destructive to the human body. It responds to all changes. Same goes for beauty care routine.

If you are traveling, your skin is not getting all creams, lotions, moisturizers, remedies that it is used to. This disturbance of routine can be disastrous for it.

So try to pack all of these items when you are traveling. Make a checklist, so that you do not forget anything.

Blotting papers

Please read this one very carefully. Blotting papers are one of the most critical items you should have. (Please do not forget them).

Related: Travel Hacks (The ultimate guide with several hundred hacks)

 

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Continually rubbing your skin with tissue papers can damage it significantly. It can destroy the skin. Besides, if you are going to the area with hot temperatures, there are high chances that you will experience oily skin.

So you must have the bloating paper in your hand all the time if you do not want dirt and oil to get accumulated to your skin. Use it and remove the un-necessary oil from your face. These papers do not cause any redness on the skin. They do not leave any residue. These factors make them the decidedly better choice as compared to tissue papers.

Stay Hydrated

This tip is essential when you are indoors, but it becomes indispensable when you are outdoors. Without water, your skin would be ruined. Make sure to stay hydrated all the time. Avoid soft drinks as much as possible. Proper water intake would keep your skin elastic. It will maintain the natural glow of the skin.

Read Next:  How To Pack Like A Pro and Travel Light

Use Effective Cleanser

If your skin is extra sensitive, it will lose its natural glow very quickly during the trip. Skin attracts a lot of dust and dirt when you are traveling. This accumulated dirt can cause severe breakouts. So never, forget to keep your cleanser.

Keep on using it every time you need, and your skin will stay fresh. It will protect your skin from damages and breakouts. It washes out all the dirt and keeps your skin clean.

Besides, you also need to make sure that you are using the same cleanser you use at home. The new brand would be a change when you are already under thousands of variations. Don’t change your skin care products. Even a slight turn can lead to abrupt damages.

Ice Your Eyes

It is the convenient way to refresh your eyes and make them less prone to infections. The new atmosphere can have thousands of deadly germs, which can cause problems to your eyesight. So ice them now and then.

Keep a single ice pack on every eye for a while. It will relieve your stress and exertion and decrease the probability of getting dark circles under eyes.

Sunscreen and moisturizers are two must ingredients of your beauty pack when you are on the trip. Applying the moisturizer will save your skin from adverse weather and keep it moisturized and hydrated. Not using sunscreen can cause severe sunburns.

Also, make it sure that you use comfortable clothes. The tight dress can cause irritation, itches, and rashes.

 

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Author’s Bio

Sania is a student of accounts and finance. She enjoys shopping, trying out skincare remedies and blogging about anything that is related to beauty and self-care. Her love for pets, tea and traveling are eternal. She ritually posts at The Smart Women Blog.

Beach Safety Tips: Ocean, Rip Current, Sharks & Swimming

Everyone loves the beach and water activities. Be it swimming, playing at the beach, snorkeling, or just relaxing in the sun at a sandy beach. However, ocean and beach can be a dangerous place if you are not paying attention. 

In today’s blog, we are going to cover the Beach Safety, Ocean Safety, and Swimming Safety tips to make sure you’ll be equipped to take care of your and your family’s safety on your next vacation.

Water Safety

Whether you are at a beach or pool, swimming is a fun sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Swimming is also the most popular summer activity. That’s why it is important to know how to be safe while you’re in the water.

First thing first, if you do not know swimming, enroll yourself in swimming lessons. Also, if you have kids, you should consider enrolling them in age-appropriate swimming classes. Swimming can be a life-saving skill.

Beach Safety

  • When at the beach, please swim in designated swimming areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
  • If you know swimming and floating, you should try to conserve your energy by floating on your back and staying calm if you are in trouble. This will ensure you have the energy to remain afloat until assistance arrives.
  • Carry appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Know how and when to call “9-1-1” (in the US) or the local emergency number.
  • Enroll in a First Aid and CPR courses to learn how to respond to emergencies.
  • Protect your skin. Limit the amount of direct sunlight you receive between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. and wear sunscreen with a protection factor of at least SPF 30.
  • Drink plenty of water regularly, even if you’re not thirsty. Avoid or minimize drinks with alcohol or caffeine in them.
  • Do not hyperventilate before swimming underwater or have breath-holding contests (unless there is professional and medical supervision present).
  • Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of water including ocean shoreline, rivers, and lakes. Colder temperatures, flash floods, underwater currents, and other unforeseen hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.
  • If you and your family go out boating, make sure everyone wears approved life jackets. Most boating fatalities occur from drowning.
  • Always remove the cover completely from a pool before swimming. Partially covered pools are dangerous.
  • If you’re caught in a current in a lagoon, ocean, or river, don’t try to swim against the current; swim across the current to gradually get out of it.
  • Be extra watchful at dawn or dusk, as shark attacks are more likely to happen during these times.
  • Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol and swimming is a dangerous combination. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance, and coordination which affects swimming skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.

Beach Safety for Kids

  • Never let your child swim alone, even if she’s wearing armbands or a flotation tube.
  • When swimming in the ocean, hold your child’s hand at all times and make sure your feet and hers can touch the ocean floor at all times.
  • Although much fun can be had, don’t let your child drift in the ocean on an inflatable vessel or board, as the current can quickly drag a child out into the sea.
  • Put children in bright swimming suits and rash shirts which are easy to spot in the water.
  • Identify an easy to find point on the beach, such as the lifeguard tower, where the child can go to if you are separated. Teach the child to not panic and go to the lifeguard tower in case of separation.

Pool Safety for Kids

If you have kids, install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub. Safety covers and pool alarms should be added as additional layers of protection. 

  • Ensure that the pool is secured with appropriate barriers. Pool barrier should be at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching, open outward or away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach.
  • Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child. Always keep an eye on them. Remember, it takes only two minutes for a child to drown. (For adults, it is 3-5 minutes which is not a lot of time).
  • If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use.
  • Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
  • Spa baths and Jacuzzis aren’t safe for children because little children can’t support themselves in the swirling water. Keep these covered and locked.
  • Teach your child never to dive into the unknown water. Train them to always jump in feet first until it becomes a habit. If it’s an unfamiliar pool, it could be too shallow to dive into, which can result in serious injuries.
  • Teach children to always ask permission to go near the water. Maintain constant supervision. Avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
  • Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.
  • If a child is missing, check the water first. Every second count in preventing drowning, death or disability.
  • Have young children and novice swimmers wear life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone. Life jackets are not a guarantee for saving your life.

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Ocean Safety Tips

Swimming in the ocean takes different skills, so before you get your feet wet, it’s best to learn how to swim in the surf. You should also swim only at a lifeguard-protected beach, within the designated swimming area. Obey all instructions and orders from lifeguards.

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  • While you’re enjoying the water, keep alert and check the local weather conditions. Make sure you swim sober and that you never swim alone. And even if you’re confident in your swimming skills, make sure you have enough energy to swim back to shore.
  • Have young children or non-swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets in water. No one should use any other type of floatation device unless they are able to swim.
  • Don’t dive headfirst as it risks injury to your neck. Check for depth and obstructions before diving, and go in feet first the first time.
  • Pay close attention to the waves. Even in shallow water, wave action can cause a loss of footing and balance.
  • Keep a lookout for aquatic life. Water plants and animals may be dangerous. Avoid patches of plants. Leave the marine life alone.
  • Don’t swim or surf in an ocean alone. Make use of buddy system. Tell others if you are going for surfing to call and check on you later that evening.

Rip Currents

Beachgoers should be aware of how dangerous rip currents are and how they can be hard to spot sometimes. Most of the beach rescues and a lot of drowning incidents are due to rip currents. A “Rip” is a strong current beginning around the shore that runs away from the beach.

Being caught in one may feel like you are in a flowing river. Not all rip currents flow directly out to sea. Some may run parallel to the beach before ultimately heading out to sea. Swim only at beaches with lifeguards present and in the designated swimming area.

Rip currents can form in any large open water area, such as low spots and breaks in sandbars, or near structures such as jetties and piers.

How to spot rip current?

Although not always detectable, strong rip currents have the following signs:

  • Water through a surf zone that is a different color than the surrounding water.
  • A break in the incoming pattern of waves. It means there is an underwater rip going on.
  • Seaweed or debris moving out through the surf zone.
  • Isolated turbulent and choppy water in the surf zone.
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Rip Current Safety Tips

If you find yourself in a rip current, be aware of the danger of rip currents and remember the following for your safety:

  • If you are caught in a rip, try to stay calm and don’t fight the current. This is important.
  • If you feel confident, Swim Parallel to the Beach – often this is towards the breaking waves which can then assist you back to shore. Once you are free of the rip, turn immediately, and start swimming towards the shore. Repeat this process until you are safely back to the shoreline.
  • If you can’t swim to the shore, float or tread water until you are free of the rip current and then try to head toward the shore.
  • Try to draw attention to yourself by waving and calling for help while floating to conserve energy.
  • Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.
  • If someone is in trouble in the water, get help from a lifeguard. If a lifeguard is not available, have someone call 9-1-1. Throw the victim something that floats – a lifejacket, cooler, inflatable tubes, boards, and yell instructions and show hand signs on how to escape the rip current.
  • When at the beach, check conditions before entering the water. Check to see if any warning flags are up or ask a lifeguard about water conditions, beach conditions, or any potential hazards.

Large Waves & Surf

While waves are one of the most enjoyable features of the beach and ocean, they are affected by different conditions.

Plunging (dumping) waves break suddenly and can knock you over and throw you to the bottom with great force. These waves usually occur at low tide where sandbanks are shallow. They can cause injuries to swimmers, particularly spinal and head injuries, so you should never try and bodysurf on one of these waves. If in doubt ask a lifesaver or lifeguard for safety advice.

Spilling waves have white water tumbling down the face of the wave. They usually have less force and are the safest for body surfing. They are found in sheltered bays where the sea floor slopes gradually, and near sandbanks at high tide.

Surging waves may never actually break as they approach the water’s edge because the water below them is very deep. These waves occur in rocky areas around cliff faces and where the beach drops off quickly. They can be very dangerous because they can knock swimmers over and drag them back into deep water.

Large surf should only be attempted by experienced swimmers. Swimmers should also avoid creek and river mouths when a large surf is running because the currents in these areas are often stronger.

Sharks

On average, shark-related deaths are one hundred times less likely to happen than a person drowning over the same period of time. If you are paying attention and usually don’t seek out marine life, chances are you’ll never encounter one. 

Also, it is worth noting that there are over 360 species of sharks in the ocean, but only a few are perceived to be dangerous.

Shark Safety Tips

  • Do not swim, surf or surf-ski when birds, dolphins or seals are feeding nearby.
  • Do not swim in deep water beyond the breakers.
  • Do not swim if you are bleeding.
  • Do not swim near river mouths.
  • Do not swim, surf or surf-ski near areas where trek-netting, fishing or spearfishing is taking place.
  • If a shark has recently been sighted in an area where no shark spotters are present, consider using another beach for the day.
  • First-time visitors to beach areas should ask the local law enforcement officials, lifeguards or locals about the area.
  • Obey beach officials at all times.
  • For kayaking or surf-skiing far out to sea, consider paddling in groups and staying close together (in a diamond formation).
  • Pay attention to any shark signage on beaches.

Stingers

Non-tropical marine stingers, such as the Bluebottle (Physalia) or Hair Jelly (Cyanea), may be found anywhere. Their stingers are not generally life-threatening but can cause distress and discomfort if you come into contact with them.

Tropical marine stingers, such as the Irukandji and Box Jellyfish, are classed as “dangerous”. Caution must be exercised when entering tropical waters during the ‘marine stinger season’, which generally runs from November to March.

If you get stung, the treatment will vary depending on your location and what type of stinger is involved.

Treating Jellyfish Sting

Try not to build sandcastles and play ball games where there are jellyfish around. But if you get stung, follow the treatment and tips, as follows:

  • Remove the patient from the water and restrain if necessary.
  • Do not allow rubbing of the sting area.
  • In areas where dangerous tropical jellyfish are found, and the species causing the sting cannot be clearly identified, it is safer to treat the patient with vinegar. Vinegar has shown to ‘disarm’ the jellyfish’s stinging cells. This helps prevent more toxins from entering the body.
  • Liberally douse the stung area with vinegar to neutralize invisible stinging cells and Wash with Seawater to remove any invisible stinging cells. Do NOT wash with fresh water, use Seawater.
  • If vinegar is unavailable, pick off any remnants of the tentacles with fingers (preferably with gloves). You may feel a harmless prickling on your finger, it’s okay.
  • Remove all stingers by gently scraping them off with the blunt side of a knife or credit card. Don’t try to scrape them off with your bare hands or nails.
  • The best treatment is hot water – as hot as you can take without burning. Then apply an ice-cold compress or ice pack.
  • Apply cold packs or wrapped ice for pain.
  • Apply a topical anesthetic cream like Stingose or Anthisan.
  • Call for help, dial 9-1-1 or the local emergency number and get a surf lifesaver or lifeguard to help you.
  • Assess the patient and commence CPR as necessary.
  • If the victim’s condition is worsening, seek medical assistance and transport to the hospital immediately.

Bluebottle Sting

If there are bluebottles around, avoid swimming in the sea. Tell your kids not to ‘pop’ the bluebottles lying on the beach. And don’t pick them up.

If someone is bitten, then follow this procedure:

  • Keep the patient at rest and under constant observation.
  • Do not allow rubbing of the sting area.
  • Pick off any remaining tentacles with fingers (a harmless prickling may be felt).
  • Rinse the sting area well with seawater to remove any invisible stinging cells.
  • Place the patient’s sting area in hot water (no hotter than the rescuer can comfortably tolerate).
  • If the pain is unrelieved by the heat, or if hot water is not available, apply cold packs or wrapped ice.
  • Rinse the area with seawater as soon as possible (don’t use freshwater). Make sure you remove all the invisible stinging cells.
  • When removing tentacles, gently rub sea sand on the tentacles that are attached to the affected area – this will help to remove them. Also, try to remove tentacles by hand. If possible, wear protective gloves.
  • Immerse the affected area in hot salt water for 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Apply a topical anesthetic cream like Stingose or Anthisan.

Consult a doctor immediately if there’s persistent pain, itchiness, blistering and any symptoms of fever. Call for immediate help if there are any signs of breathing difficulty.

Treating Cuts

If you or your child gets a cut or would from broken glass or other sharp objects lying around on the beach, it’s important to stop the bleeding, avoid infection and prevent shock.

  • Apply pressure (without pushing the object in deeper) to stop the bleeding.
  • Don’t try to remove an object that’s embedded deeper in the skin yourself. Seek out the nearest doctor or hospital to attend the wound.

Preventing Spinal Injuries

Any neck soreness or pain should be treated as a potential spinal injury. Most spinal injuries occur around the beach by accident. No one plans for them. Being careful and using common sense is the best way to avoid them.

Serious spinal or neck injuries can happen by:

  • Being dumped headfirst by a wave
  • Diving headfirst into the water
  • Jumping off rocks (also called cliff diving)
  • Hitting submerged objects other than the seafloor

Beach First Aid Kit

A good travel preparation practice is to always find out where the nearest hospital or ambulance service is to your holiday destination. Also, carrying a travel first aid kit can come really handy when in sudden need.

Travel First Aid Kit

  • Bandaids (regular)
  • Non-sterile gauzes
  • Crepe bandage (150mm)
  • Rehydrate sachets (Dioralyte)
  • High SPF Sunblock
  • First Aid Dressing (FAD 3-5) – 75mm X 100mm X 2.2m
  • Hydrogel Spray (treatment for wounds, cuts, burns, rashes)
  • Burnshield (10 x 10) (burn dressings and burn gels)
  • Thermal Emergency Blanket (Waterproof)
  • Antiseptic solution
  • Paper tape
  • Painkillers
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Antihistamine

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Top 40 Travel and Tourism Niches: Which One Are You?

Not too long ago, travel and adventure meant going out of your small town (be it even to the nearby woods). You left the comfort and safety behind and took significant risks, especially if you traveled solo.

Today, numerous travel niches have become popular, each with its own tourism appeal and unique perspective that it offers.

In this post, I will list the major types of travels that I consider to be broad enough to deserve a mention as a travel niche. These tourism niches have big enough market demand to sustain as an independent category on their own.

Travel Niches & Trends

  • Adventure Travel – Adventure tourism is the fastest growing and biggest travel niche today
  • Nature and Wildlife Tourism (aka Ecotourism) – another trend which will continue to grow
  • Cultural Tourism – traveling for the purpose of exploring various culture, and cultural & world heritage sites 
  • Medical, Dental, & Fertility Tourism – traveling for medical purposes
  • Wellness Tourism – traveling to seek tranquility, healing, meditation, and nature retreats
  • Music (and Music Festivals) Tourism – popular with young adults
  • Culinary Tourism – traveling for food, to eat well is to live well
  • Wine, Cheese, & Beer Tourism – traveling to taste different wines from different regions
  • Nightlife and Party Tourism – traveling to various party destinations 
  • Roadtripping – traveling by car with a group of friends 
  • Extreme Sports Tourism – traveling to mountains
  • Highpointing – Hiking, climbing, or driving to the highest elevation point of a state, country or continent
  • Sports Tourism (Golf, etc.) – either to play or watch
  • Shopping Tourism – traveling exclusively for shopping purposes
  • Religious Pilgrimages – walking, biking, or traveling to religious & spiritual sites

  • Off-the-Grid Travel – traveling to and living off the grid in a minimalistic way
  • Scenic Train Travel – touristy scenic train rides with focus on dining & wining
  • Space Tourism – exploring the outer atmosphere, earth from above, and outer space
  • Bookstores & Literary Tourism – visiting cool bookstores and fictional or real sites related to books and authors
  • Tolkien Tourism – exploration of Tolkien’s middle earth and LOTR related sites
  • Volunteer Travel – traveling & volunteering to work on non-profit charity projects
  • Film & TV Tourism – traveling to various film and TV series filming sites (eg. Game of Thrones)
  • Archaeology & History Tourism – traveling to ancient ruins, archeological sites, and historical places
  • Ghost, UFO, & Haunted Tourism – traveling to haunted places and UFO siting sites
  • Genealogy Tourism – tracing or returning to your roots
  • Jungle Tourism – traveling and camping in the deep and remote jungles 
  • Underwater Tourism – exploring the marine life and ocean through Scuba, Snuba, Snorkeling
  • Shark Tourism – seeking underwater thrills & shark encounters across the globe
  • Rural and Village Tourism – countryside relaxation 
  • Astronomy Tourism – visiting sites that provides excellent views of the stars and night sky
  • Inner city Tourism – exploring your own town or city in great details 
  • Weekend Tourism – traveling every weekend (mostly nearby attractions)
  • Ghetto Tourism – traveling & exploring the living conditions in slums and ghetto

Deviant & Sad Trends

A beautiful ruin 

I was debating at first whether to lost the following sad trends or not? Listing them will give them more exposure, so at first, I thought I will leave them out. But then I thought, these trends are actually growing (financially speaking) so closing my eyes to these problems will not help solve these issues.

The best thing I can do is to use this platform and bring public awareness about these. Some of these may sound harmless or even exciting (drugs and sex for example), but please understand that both drugs and sex causes overall more damage, deaths, and harm to innocent lives (including children).

The best way you can help is first by not participating in them and therefore cutting off the financial incentive. Second, you can be aware that these problems exist and thus help to spread the word. (Fact: Even in Prague or Amsterdam, most of the girls working in the red light district are there against their will via deception, bribery, and manipulation.)

  • Drug Tourism – mostly illegal and unsafe, please use common sense
  • Sex Tourism (Male, Female, Trans) – again, please use common sense. Do not do anything that hurts other humans
  • Dark Voyegeristic Tourism (Underground shady fights, deaths, & stuff) – please do not support or fund this industry by partaking in it. Anyone can be the next innocent victim of it
  • War & Disaster Tourism – visiting sites with tragic past for pleasure (War, disaster, & genocidal sites, Nazi camps, etc.)
  • Suicide Tourism (Important: if you are feeling suicidal, know that you’re not alone and confidential help is available for free. Please seek help. US Helpline | HelpGuide | Resource Center)
  • Hunting Tourism (The Big 5 Games) – traveling to mainly Africa (South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya,
    Zimbabwe, Botswana, etc.) to hunt rare and endangered species such as Elephants, Lions, Rhinos among others. *Hunting* is very common in North America and Europe.

*Hunting is a personal choice. It’s a complex issue and would need an entire blog to discuss the various impacts and issues surrounding it. If you are not a hunter, please do not partake and support this industry.

As a starting point, please follow the first rule of life, do not kill life unless it is for your own or your family’s survival and safety. Also, the above category is about hunting the big animals (man of them endangered and at the point of extinction).

Top 5 Harshest Places to Live on Earth

We all find reasons to visit exotic places around the world. There are some places though that may strike your wanderlust despite being opposite of a dream-vacation-land.

In this blog post, I want to take you on a tour of the world’s top 5 harshest places that are impossible to explore for long because of the natural conditions.

Mother Nature births beautiful places in the different environment. Some of them are in the harshest environment. These sites are not only impossible but fatal to live in. If you are feeling particularly adventurous, venture out on your own free will.

Dallol, Ethiopia

Many times we think of shoving someone’s head in burning sulfur. Our anger is wrong! But did you know there is a place where you can do so? Dallol in Ethiopia is a volcanic site. The rugged terrain has sprawling volcanic lakes.

These hell-like lakes are not just any lakes; they are full of acid and sulfur.

So, if you want to go near it, then go at your own risk. The temperatures here reach an average of 35 degrees Celcius all the year round.

It is unfortunate to say that, Dallol is the hottest inhabited place on Earth! Yes, you read that right, it is inhabited. People who live here have no means of transportation, not even roads. You can travel on the hot volcanic terrain on a camelback.

Le Rinconada, Peru

After reading about the hottest inhabited place, let us move on to the highest inhabited place. Le Rinconada is in Peru. You can say it is a quaint town in the Peruvian Andes.

This little town is not so small after all. It has people flocking to it, because of the gold rush. Even at the height of 16,700 feet where people should suffocate for oxygen, people settle here. Talk about gold motivation! The highest spot on earth, where people live offers gold as bribe in place of oxygen.

 

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Atacama Desert, Chile

The wide expanse of wilderness spans across four countries, making it the largest non-polar desert. Atacama desert might cover Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina but it’s the part of Chile that is the harshest to live in.

The temperature here rises to 50 degree Celsius. And it hardly receives an annual rainfall of 0.51 Inches. With little to no water for hundreds and thousands of miles in Chilean Antofagasta, how is a man gonna survive? That remains the biggest question.

Oymakon, Russia

When we talk about extreme places, we see they are either bone-freezing cold or brain-melting hot! But there is a place in Russia that happens to experience both types of climates. Now, this is what extreme tourism is all about. Whether you believe it or not Oymakon is the coldest inhabited place on earth.

Temperature drops to a deathly low of -67.7 degrees Celsius. But after the tiring cold weather, residents of Oymakon are set to deal with the scorching hot summer. Two sides of the coin are just the same in Oymakon; the only difference is one is hot and another cold.

Death Valley, USA

The name assigned to this national park in California suits it perfectly. While we talked about the hottest, driest, and highest places on earth; Death Valley somehow must have smirked behind our back. It is a must-mention in the list of harshest places.

Where the Atacama Desert receives the lowest rainfall, Death Valley witnesses the hottest of temperatures. It is hard to live here for more than the twelve hours; you may die of dehydration.

Temperatures reach a high of 51 degrees Celsius, then how is any human supposed to survive here? Yes, Death Valley is a National Park in the US and hundreds of thousands of tourists do visit the park (only if for few hours).

 

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10 Things To Know About Greece Before You Travel

Greece is the love at first sight. I’ve been there twice and definitely want to go again. There is so much to see and do! However, Greece is the country with its own features and habits, which you should keep in mind if you want to have a good trip. Here are ten of them:

Sea is Everywhere in Greece

The first thing I smelled, when I left the plane, was the smell of the sea. In Greece, the sea is literarily everywhere! You can choose a destination to your taste and budget. If you want to have a relaxed and quiet rest, don’t go to Santorini, the most popular destination in the country. Instead, choose one of the many small and quiet islands, which are numerous.

Greek Alphabet is Unique

The Greek alphabet is unique. It’s neither Cyrillic, nor Latin, and it is quite hard to read. Unless you are in a tourist area, you won’t find many English signs. Fortunately, Greece is a fast developing tourist hub, so it is almost entirely the tourist area.

I have never had any problems with people understanding English, but only those, who work in the tourist industry. Young people in Greece now speak English freely, which I can’t say about elderly, however. So, if you need to ask for directions or need some other help, look for youngsters.

Driving Habits are Indescribable

Although a rental car is still the best way to get around Greece, driving here is not easy. Most roads are mountainous and windy, with sharp turns, and not of the best quality. Nevertheless, Greek drivers tend to drive very fast and not very carefully. If you are about to ride in a car with a real Greek driver, you definitely need to remember a couple of prayers to use on the way. 🙂

You Can’t Avoid Trying Seafood

Greece is all about seafood. You can’t really feel the country if you don’t try freshly fished octopus, shrimps, fish, calamari, and mussels. Seafood in Greece is, in fact, so good, that I could even eat things, which at home I am allergic to.

Special sauces, served with these dishes, are just excellent. The seafood is eaten best with local white wine and freshly made bread. Also, mountain herbal tea and chestnut honey, with original deserts, would be great for the end of a dinner. By the way, in most Greek restaurants, the desert is free and is brought with a check. That’s very pleasant, isn’t it?

Read: FREE Online Greece Travel Guide, Things to Do, Places to Visit

Public Transportation Is Not Easy

Getting around Greece by public transport is not easy, especially on the islands. You will need to spend some time on the Internet, studying the timetables and planning the routes. Trains only ride on the continental part of the country. Airplanes are rather expensive. And ferries highly depend on the weather. Also, on islands, buses, which connect different towns with each other, often ride just several times a day.

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Hitchhiking in Greece is not the best idea, especially for women. Feedbacks on the Internet state that the Greeks do not really wish to pick up hitchhikers. Also, passionate Greek men may be rather intrusive, so beware.

Definitely, the best time to get around is by renting a car. However, don’t forget about the roads and driving habits, and be careful.

Hotel Service Varies Greatly

A four-star hotel in Thessaloniki and the same rate hotel in Uranopolis will vary greatly in both the general look and the services provided. In fact, tourist resorts are not known for the best hotel service. Yes, it is adequate. Yes, all the requirements for the 4-star rating are met. But it can still be much better. On the other hand, the small no-star family hotel in Kalambaka can be even more cozy and pleasant, with great big breakfast and the nicest owner! What do I recommend? Do a good search and read the feedbacks carefully, before booking accommodation, and you’ll be fine.

Prepare to Pay

Greece is not a very rich country, particularly due to the crisis, which has hit it in the recent decades. The country’s economy highly depends on the tourist industry. It means the Greek try to earn as much as possible from every visitor. Free compliments, discounts, or low-cost transport are not common here. Although people are very nice and hospitable, the fact remains.

However, it still depends on the place. For example, in the hotel in Uranopolis, when asking about additional services, such as Wi-Fi, room safe, or gym, all I heard was “it costs extra”. Also, the buffet was quite poor. While in Kalambaka, the breakfast was huge and tasty, the owner was nice, and he even gave us a teapot, to use in our room, for free. And many restaurants also provide their guests with free deserts at the end of the dinner. So, it’s not at all as bad, as it may sound.

You Have to Love Olives

If the Greek knew that I hate olives, they would’ve probably deported me 🙂 Here, you can buy so many different kinds of olives, your eyes will just run wide. I don’t even mention many kinds of olive oil (in souvenir packs as well), wooden items (made of olive trees), and all kinds of cosmetics with olive oil, bones, etc.

Stay Safe

Wasps are common in Greece. They don’t attack without reason. But still, you need to be cautious and take some anti-allergic medicine with you on a trip. Also, swimming in the sea may be dangerous, due to the presence of sea urchins. They don’t even seem dangerous until you step on one. But the results can be catastrophic and spoil the rest of your vacation completely. So, keep in mind to wear flip-flops, not to hurt your feet.

Come at the End of the Tourist Season

Greece is one of the Europe’s most popular tourist destinations nowadays. So, during the high season, tourist areas and resorts are really crowded. If you want to have a peaceful and relaxed vacation, come at the end of September or at the beginning of October. At this time, the weather is still good, the sea is quite warm, but tourist sites and hotels are not crowded already.

The only problem will be if you want to go on a group excursion somewhere. During the low season, tour agencies often don’t have enough people for a group. But that’s not a problem if you just want to relax, breathe some fresh air and have a great vacation in Greece!

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6 Fun Facts About Kansas City Before You Travel

Kansas City is a fun place to visit. It is the biggest city in Missouri. The downtown is lined with restaurants, and famous for its barbecue this port city can fulfill any foodies dream. Besides food, there is also “shopping” that attracts the crowds here.

Other fun things are the noticeable soccer craze and the gushing fountains throughout the city. In this blog, I would like to share 6 fun facts one should know before visiting Kansas City.

World Class Shopping

Kansas City is not only the heart of the State geographically but is also the most populous city in Missouri. That said, you might guess the immense need of clothing options for so many people. You can have your pick at Country Club Plaza. The massive shopping center is a mecca for shopaholics.

From budget H&M to classy Tiffany & Co, there is a wide range for you to choose from. You do not need to head to Los Angeles for shopping. If you get fed up with shopping (which we know you won’t), then Panache Chocolatier and Café will serve you decadent chocolate. You can’t help but moan.

Best Cup Of Coffee

Kansas and Breweries. You might have heard that. The Boulevard Brewing Co. is famous for its unfiltered white beer. It has a collection of vintage beers as well as some surprise releases. But coffee!

Here is a fact you need to know about it. Filling station coffee garage and Thou Mayest are best places to get a cup of coffee to start your day. Both are based on garages turned into cafes. Their coffee is a hit in the Midwest.

Home Of Celebrities

One look at any famous celeb (in person) and we are star-struck! Imagine what locals of Kansas city go through when they see David Koechner driving around. Celebs like Eric Stonestreet, Rob Riggle, Jason Sudeikis were raised here.

They grew up to be revered celebrities. But they did not forget love for their hometown. Hence every year they come here to raise money for Big slick KC. It is a cancer center for children. If fate favors you, you might end up in one of those events.

Local Love

We saw how celebrities love to keep it local. But what about the ordinary people! They also take steps to support the local businesses. For instance, the Local week in August is held, during that time period, Kansas Citizens depend solely on local products. It is a way to make sure local businesses get enough scope to grow. Isn’t this amazing!

 

The farmer’s market sells local and fresh produce. The bars, restaurants, and shops, they all support the local products. The interesting thing about the stores here is that they are open all the days of the year. You can shop any day you visit.

BBQ Fever

Barbeque is the signature food of Kansas City. It is the backbone of their cuisine. You are going to have so many options at your disposal when it comes to choosing a place for barbecue. You can taste the hot barbecue with a mouth-watering tomato barbecue sauce.

There are many favorites around here. You can go with your family to a picnic table barbecue or book a table at a fancy restaurant for your beloved. Anything you taste will prove that Kansas is the king of barbecue.

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

By far the best ever collection of art in the Midwest, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is an art museum in Kansas City, Missouri, known for its neoclassical architecture and extensive collection of Asian art.

In 2007, Time magazine ranked the museum’s new Bloch Building number one on its list of “The 10 Best (New and Upcoming) Architectural Marvels” which considered candidates from around the globe.

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60 Fun Facts to Know Before You Travel To Bangladesh

Bangladesh was once part of India and then once part of Pakistan before becoming an independent nation.

Bangladesh is home to the magnificent Royal Bengal Tiger (pictured in the cover photo).

Bangladesh is one of the most densely populated countries in the world.

Bangladesh is separated from Nepal by the Chicken’s Neck.

There are many artistic weaving centers on the banks of Shitalakshya River where once the muslin industry flourished.

Bangladesh became the second country after Malaysia (among the developing nations) to have successfully sequenced a plant genome in 2010.

Sholakia, a tiny town in Bangladesh, draws almost 300,000 Muslims for Eid prayers every year on Eid ul-Fitr.

Scientists are concerned that the Bangali River in northern Bangladesh may merge with the Jamuna River and cause loss of 100,000 hectares of land in the region.

The Korotoa River, a small stream in Rajshahi Division of Bangladesh, was once a large and sacred river.

Pundravardhana was a territory, mostly in present-day Bangladesh, of the Pundras, a group of non-Aryan people, dating back to 7th to 8th centuries BC.

Chalan Beel, a wetland in Bangladesh, is getting vastly reduced in size with fast silting up caused by the inflow of 47 rivers and waterways.

Boats crammed with people from both India and Bangladesh, flying the flags of their respective countries, converge on the Ichamati River, the international border, to immerse the idols after Durga Puja.

The World Wide Fund for Nature rates the Mizoram-Manipur-Kachin rain forests bordering India, Bangladesh, and Myanmar (Burma) as “Globally Outstanding” in biological distinctiveness.

The Mymensingh Museum in Bangladesh contains Saraswati and Vishnu statues from a Muktagacha zamindar palace, and a huge shade used during hunting from a Gouripur zamindar palace.

Fauna of Bangladesh includes Trigona Fuscobaltiata, the only species of stingless bees found in the country.

Bengali writer Rajnarayan Basu was a tutor of Asia’s first Nobel Laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

Mangalkavya depicted the social customs of Bengal in the middle ages.

Hakim Habibur Rahman, a Unani physician, collected all the Arabic, Persian, and Urdu books written in Bengal for more than 40 years and published a catalog titled Sulasa Ghusala.

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The Tagore family, with over three hundred years of history, has exercised the greatest influence on reawakened Bengali spirit.

In Hindu mythology, after Lakshmindara, son of Chand Sadagar, died of snakebite on his wedding night, his bride Behula accompanied his corpse on a raft floating in a river.

A village Defence Party is organized on the basis of one platoon of men and one platoon of women for each village in Bangladesh.

While mainly charged with maintaining law and order, Bangladesh Ansars are also assigned to help in schemes promoting local development.

The internet penetration in Bangladesh grew in three years from 3.2% of the population to almost 25% (in 2017).

The folk-rock band Bangla’s debut album, which featured several little-known folk songs, sold over a hundred thousand copies in the first two weeks of its release.

The Sannyasi Rebellion was a series of clashes between Indian ascetics and the British East India Company during the eighteenth century in Bengal.

Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh was also known as Jahangir Nagar.

Mahasthangarh is the earliest urban archaeological site so far discovered in Bangladesh, dating back to at least the 3rd century B.C.

The 17th-century Mughal subahdar Shaista Khan conquered Chittagong and ousted the British East India Company from Bengal over a trade dispute.

The Bengali nationalism motivated the proposal for a united, independent Bengal as an alternative to the 1947 partition of Bengal.

Islam Khan was the founder of the modern city of Dhaka and the first Mughal general to subjugate Bengal.

The suffering caused by 19th-century floods and famines in Mymensingh District, presently in Bangladesh, led to the sale of human beings for around the price of a mound of rice.

The Baharistan-i-Ghaibi is the only extensive historical document accounting the wars, events, and life in Bengal during the reign of Mughal emperor Jahangir.

The Buddha Dhatu Jadi, also known as Bandarban Golden Temple, is the largest Theravada Buddhist Temple in Bandarban, with the second largest Buddha statue in Bangladesh.

Jhalkaribai fought with the East India Company army in disguise as Queen Laxmibai of Jhansi during the Indian Rebellion of 1857 to let the queen escape easily out of the fort.

The ship breaking industry in Sitakunda began when a 20,000-ton ship was accidentally beached by a tidal bore in 1965.

Bhutan was one of the first countries in the world to recognize the independence of Bangladesh in 1971.

In retaliation for Nepal recognizing Bangladesh in 1971, Pakistan broke off its ties with Nepal.

Tea production in Bangladesh began in 1840 when the first tea garden in the Indian subcontinent was set up in the port city of Chittagong.

Bangladeshi nationalism was popularized by President Ziaur Rahman as a substitute for Bengali nationalism.

Geoffrey Davis compared the mass rapes during the Bangladesh Liberation War to the Nazi Lebensborn program.

A fire that broke out a few days before Hiralal Sen died destroyed all his films including India’s first political film.

Matir Moina, a Bangladeshi film by Tareque Masud, was temporarily banned by censors in Bangladesh before becoming the country’s first film to compete for the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.

Mukh O Mukhosh (The face and the mask), directed by Abdul Jabbar Khan, is the first full-length Bengali language feature film to be produced in Bangladesh.

The Bara Katra palace in Dhaka, now dilapidated and half-destroyed, was built originally to be the residence of Mughal prince Shah Shuja.

Somapura Mahavihara, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Bangladesh, was one of the best known Buddhist viharas in South Asia since King Dharmapala erected it in the 8th century.

At a cost of $7.9 billion, Meghna Bridge in Bangladesh is the single largest bridge project in the world with the assistance from Japan.

A proposed strategic road link through Bangladesh and its capital Dhaka will reduce the travel distance between the Indian cities of Agartala (in Assam, India) and Kolkata from 1,700 km to just 400 km.

The Maitreyi Express was launched on Pohela Baisakh in 2008 to revive the railway link between India and Bangladesh that had been closed for 43 years.

In a major improvement in bilateral ties since it blocked Bangladesh’s entry in the U.N. in 1972, China offered to help Bangladesh construct its first nuclear plant.

Dhaka Racing is the first 3D video game developed in Bangladesh.

The Sixty Pillar Mosque located in Bagergat in south Bangladesh is one of the oldest mosques in the country, and is described as “historic mosque representing the Golden Era of Muslim Bengal”.

The Bangladesh Police inherit much of its structure from the police of British India and contributes to U.N. peacekeeping missions.

A council ward in the East End of London was renamed “Spitalfields and Banglatown” in 2001 to reflect the history of Bangladeshi immigration to that area.

The Armenian community of Dhaka played a major role in education in Bangladesh and owned major landmarks like the gardens of Shahbag and Bangabhaban.

Bangladesh officially rejected Israel’s recognition of its sovereignty in 1972.

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10 Synonymous Words for Travel Lovers

We often run out of words on what to say. It also happens when we talk about travel lovers or want to impress our nomadic friends. Are you tired of using the same old words? If so, today’s fun post is for you. 

Do you know what a person is called who loves to travel? Travel lover. Yes, but we all know that, and besides, that’s two words, not a one word noun.

Words for Travel Lovers

How about “Hodophile”. If you are saying, “what, a hodophile!” Yes, a hodophile is a person who loves to travel. Now, that’s certainly going to grab your friends’ attention next time you talk to them.

Below are the top 10 simple to pronounce words you should start using to enhance your regular travel vocabulary.

These are nothing like out-of-the-tongue kinda words but refreshing synonyms one should add to their day to day vocabulary.

Globetrotter

Do you know anyone who loves to hop between countries? Or anyone who is a hardcore traveler? Anyone who leaves their tiny footprints across the various continents? Globetrotter is what you call them, and Globetrotting is their religion.

Itinerant

Few of us hate staying in one place. We are people of many lands who live to travel. Itinerant is an apt word for travel lovers who have got a gypsy soul.

Read Next: 201 Greatest Travel Quotes That Will Leave You Speechless

Roadie

Many times we say, let’s hit the road! That is exactly what roadies do, but they accompany bands or musicians and travel in a group. In recent time though, the term has become more generalized and biking groups can be also called Roadies.

Rover

Wandering around might get old after a few days, why not use roving around for a change? Become a Rover aka Travel Lover. 🙂

Related: The Ultimate Travel Bucket List and 101 Couple Goals

Wayfarer

“Catch flights, not feelings” is what the quote says, but what about after you get off the plane? Hop on a car, and move to your hotel, then what?

You need to walk around and discover the destination. All travel lovers are wayfarers in a way.

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Vagabond

Nothing is permanent. And this world is massive to just live in a corner. People who make any place their home are in reality the Vagabonds – the daring nomads, adventurers, and travel lovers.

Also, you might have heard this quote from Saint Augustine of Hippo: “The World is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”

Solivagant

Traveling alone is empowering. And when you are brave enough to take on the roads yourself you become a Solivagant. Wandering alone is an unadulterated bliss which travel lovers should try once.

Related: Women Solo Travelers on Rise and Best Destinations for Traveling Solo

Travel Buff

Wisdom comes from experience and those who are travelers amass knowledge through traveling. That is what makes them the travel-buffs.

Hodophile

You don’t need an explanation for this word. It is as perfect as it comes. Hodophile – the very word for travel lovers. A Hodophile is “One who loves to travel.”

Grey Nomad

In Australia, a retired old man traveling in a motorhome or caravan is named as Grey Nomad. But why just use it in the context of an old man?

Nowadays the travel lovers who live a nomadic life are often called “Grey Nomads.” (They may or may not have grey hairs though, Lol!)

 

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What are some other words for travel lovers? Comment below and we’ll add to this list. We hope this post cheered you and brought you value. If yes, please share it with your globetrotting friends and tell them they are too young to be a grey nomad. (wink)

Next up: The Ultimate Travel Bucket List and Couple Goals

Sustainable Travel Tips From World Tourism Day

Every Year on the 27th of September, the United Nations organizes the annual event of World Tourism Day.

The growth of tourism worldwide is estimated to grow at 3.3% till 2030. Following this trend, the International Tourist Arrivals which stand at 1.2 billion as of 2015, will likely grow to 1.8 billion by 2030.

Woah! This means more people traveling. This makes me happy.

World Tourism Day

This year’s, the World Tourism Day is focused on sustainable, planet-friendly, eco-tourism.

UNWTO’s Secretary General Taleb Rifai echoed this sentiment when he said, “the question is how we enable this [Travel as a] powerful global transformative force, these 1.8 billion opportunities, to contribute to make this world a better place and to advance sustainable development in all its 5 pillars.”

Sustainable Travel Tips

The five pillars of sustainable travel are Environment, Society, Economy, Peace, and Culture. The international tourism faced many challenges this year from the wave of terrorist incidents to disrespectful tourists plundering pristine eco-systems.

So, this year let all travelers learn to adopt sustainable tourism. Below, I have mentioned four tips to ensure you follow the ways of sustainable world travel.

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Respect the Culture

Wherever you go, be updated about the culture of that place. Even if you are not, be as much as flexible as you can be. Talking from experience, I was once standing in front of a statue of Lord Buddha and so was another fellow traveler.

He started posting like the statue and framed comic pictures which didn’t go well with the locals who were devotees of Lord Buddha. This World Tourism Day, make sure you keep your mind open and your heart sensitive to understand what’s going on around you.

Protect the Nature

This is one of the top priorities of a responsible traveler. One thing I learned from my sister is how to protect nature. She is an environmentalist and always advocates for nature. As a traveler, you want to be carefree and wild.

But sometimes it is easy to mistake carefree and wild, with carelessness and irresponsible. We all have a duty towards nature, and whenever nature demands our attention we should pay it.

If you can dodge the use of vehicles (as much as possible) to curb the release of Green House Gases that is well and good.

If you refrain from entering the protected areas, which other tourists think as adventure then hats off (because Protected Areas are Protected areas for a reason).

Use Resources Wisely

We belong to a generation where water is as precious as fuel. If we don’t use our resources wisely then maybe we will have to live in a deficit.

As travelers, it is our concern not to misuse any resources. Do not let the tap open indefinitely, do not switch on numerous lights and electrical appliances when not needed. Save Energy and Energy will save you.

Support Local Businesses

Many of us dream of traveling luxuriously which excludes any involvement with the local businesses. But as a tourist going local is the best way to discover a place.

Whenever I travel, I try to go as much as a local as possible. Be it eating at a local shack, or buying a memento from a local vendor.

The UN released a handbook which is the responsible traveler’s etiquette called “Travel. Enjoy. Respect”, which has guidelines to be a responsible tourist.

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The 5 Biggest Mass Extinctions That Earth Survived

The formation of Earth is still a mystery, whether you believe in The Big Bang Theory or The Theory of Survival by Darwin, these are merely theories. There is no proof as to what happened in that time. But there are proofs that there were periods of ultimate destruction on Earth.

Life on Earth started around 3.5 Billion years ago; everything was going on well in this Garden of Eden until the number of trees went up in flames.

Ordovician–Silurian Mass Extinction

When the trees mushroomed across the face of the earth, they used up most of the carbon dioxide. And as we know that the lower the level of carbon dioxide the cooler it gets, and hence the temperature reduced drastically.

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Another event that took place in this period was the forming of the Appalachian Mountain Range, this, in turn, affected the sea levels. And eventually, the sea levels fell.

Glaciation and Falling Sea levels led to the death of 86% of the aquatic life; it included Brachiopods, graptolites, and trilobites, who died in high numbers.

Late Devonian Mass Extinction

Like the first mass extinction, the second massive extinction was also a steady process. It was not abrupt, but it was the culmination of a series of events which took place 364 million years ago.

The trees played a significant role here also, the giant trees had deep roots. These roots released nutrients into the ocean water. And we know what nutrient-rich water does, the algal bloom took place in mass.

The blooms ate away all the oxygen of oceans leaving the aquatic animals with leftovers. Trilobites who survived the last mass extinction due to their hard shell barely made it out of this Second mass extinction.

Vertebrates did not reach land until next 10 Million years. And the scorpion and spider-like creatures who made it to the land also died because of the drop in temperatures.

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The lowering of temperature was a result of the excessive Volcanic Ash. And the interesting thing is, if the Devonian Extinction had not occurred we would not have evolved from mammals but amphibians.

Permian-Triassic Mass Extinction

The apocalypse had yet to come; the Volcanoes hadn’t erupted yet. But 251 million years ago when the volcano did erupt it was Death. The eruptions filled the air with carbon dioxide, and the bacteria fed from it.

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They thrived on the carbon dioxide and started releasing methane, which warmed the land and turned the water into acidic.

The Permian Triassic Extinction is “the Great Dying.” Only 4% of the species survived to make it to the next year. Life today as we see it is because of the 4% species who survived the Great Dying.

Triassic–Jurrasic Mass Extinction

Some 214 Million years ago, mammals outnumbered the dinosaurs on the face of Earth. But scientists gather that the impact of the asteroid, flood basalt eruptions and the drastic climate change led to the decline in the number of mammals.

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And by 199 million years ago, dinosaurs were the one who ruled the earth. And for the next 135 Million years dinosaurs survived.

Cretaceous–Paleogene Mass Extinction

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If Dinosaurs were still here, we couldn’t have survived on Earth. But some 65 million years ago an Asteroid changed the face of the Earth. The Asteroid hit Mexico and simultaneously the Volcanic eruption in Indian Subcontinent led to the extinction of the Dinos. The extinction left room for evolution for Mammals.

 

 

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Game of Thrones Real Filming Locations You Can Visit

With the fantastic progression of season 8 (thus far) of Game of Thrones, we thought of creating this summary page to refresh your memories.

Below are some images of real-life filming locations of Game Of Thrones. Yes, these sites are real and very much as magical as you see on the screen.

Must see: Game Of Thrones World Map of Seven Kingdoms

The Dark Hedges – Kingsroad

The Dark Hedges is a popular Northern Irish tourist attraction. Two lines of stately beech trees planted by the Stuart family in 1775 to line the entrance to their Gracehill House mansion.

But this is better known to Game of Thrones fans as the Kingsroad, as seen when Arya and Gendry first meet.

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Bardenas Reales – Dothraki Sea

 

Who would have thought that The Spanish Badlands of clay, chalk, and sandstone would become the favorite of so many viewers!

This out of the world location is the Bardenas Reales near the Town of Tudela, Spain, where the Khaleesi meets another Dothraki Tribe in the sixth season. One of the stunning real-life locations of Game of Thrones.

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Seville – Arena of Meeren

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The most expensive scene shot in the entire series of The Game of Thrones as well as the history of Television is in Plaza de Toros, Osuna, Spain.

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It is the set for the first meeting of Tyrion and Daenerys. Aside from the vibrant shrines, you can enjoy the first GoT themed Restaurant in Osuna Cassa Curro.

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Essaouira & Marrakech – Astapor

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This city is 100 Km west of Marrakech (Morocco), and its Red Walls make it a believable Red City of Astapor, one of the breathtaking real-life locations of Game of Thrones.

It is here that Daenerys buys the army of world-famous unsullied soldiers, “Slay the masters, Slay every man who holds a whip, but harm no Child.”  These are the exact words of the Dragon Queen when she frees the slaves.

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Grjotagja – Jon & Ygritte’s Love Nest

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In North Eastern Ireland lies the Love cave of Jon Snow and Ygritte. The small volcanic cave has a spring where the temperature escalates till 100 degrees Fahrenheit. It is no doubt that Jon Snow and Ygritte were getting hot in this cave. *Winks*

If you wanna get as hot as them, then you can visit this sizzling real-life filming site of Game of Thrones.

If you wanna get as hot as them, then you can visit this sizzling real-life filming site of Game of Thrones.

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Vatnajokull – North of the Wall

Wonder what lies beyond the wall (except the White Walkers of course!) The largest glacier in Europe sweeps across this frozen landscape in Iceland. You can play dress up as a GoT fan and snap some “really cool” pictures here.

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Dubrovnik – King’s Landing

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King’s Landing is shot in the Old Town, Dubrovnik, Croatia. We all know that Cersei had that walk of shame a long time coming, but if you would like to know her path of Walk of Shame, then take the steps of Church of St. Ignatius Loyola.

It is where one of the most hated characters of GoT suffered humiliation. That is how close you get to find real-life Game of Thrones Locations.

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Minceta Tower – House of the Undying

Every Game of Thrones fan remembers how the tiny Drogon and his siblings fried the Undead who tried to lure and trap Daenerys and her dragons.

The House of the Undying is nothing other than the highest point of the Dubrovnik City Walls in this old Croatian City. Or to be precise, it is called the Minceta Tower.

No better Real Life Game of Thrones location than the place where the Mother of Dragons fried her enemies, is there?

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Lokrum – Qarth

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In the season 2, we see a lot of Daenerys in Qarth. The real-life locations of the Game of Thrones’ Qarth is Lokrum (also in Croatia).

It is a small island just a 10 Minutes boat ride from the coast of Dubrovnik. The fortress in which Daenerys stays is one of the highest on the Island which gives you a panoramic view of the Protected National Park.

Sibenik  – Braavos

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All Arya’s fans know well that her internship at the House of Black and White wasn’t a child’s game. But Braavos is such a city which brings to life the inner wildness of Arya’s character.

Even though most of the House of Black and White scenes were shot on a made-up stage, nevertheless, the real-life locations of The Game of Thrones’s Braavos is Sibenik, Croatia.

It is here, in the alleys and plazas of the old town of Sibenik that Arya does most of her wanderings.

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Castle Ward – Winterfell

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It is in Castle Ward that Robert Baratheon made his entry to Winterfell. The real-life location of Game of Thrones, Winterfell is Castle Ward in Ireland which is a sprawling land of 820 acres.

This gothic and classical architecture, the woodlands, and sunken gardens make you think that you are seriously in the North.

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Also, the Doune Castle, a medieval stronghold near the village of Doune in central Scotland, was used as the set for Winterfell in the pilot (pictured below).

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Dragon Skull – Jurassic coast

A spectacular dragon skull the size of a double-decker bus appeared to have been washed up on Charmouth beach on Dorset’s Jurassic coast in England.

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Azure Window – Dothraki Wedding

The Azure Window at Ras-id-Dwerja, on Gozo (in Malta), was the site of the Dothraki wedding in season one of Game of Thrones.

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Any fan theories you have got on how the Game of Thrones might end? If so, let us know in the comments! You have one month to figure this out!

Top 15 Travel Trends That Will Only Grow

Millennials love to travel. In the past 10 years, since the internet revolution, several new travel trends have emerged. Do you know what are they and are you are part of any of these growing trends?

It has been suggested that travel is necessary in order to maintain relationships, as social life is increasingly networked and conducted at a distance. For us, millennials, traveling and vacations are increasingly being viewed as a necessity rather than a luxury!

Top Travel Trends

As a hardcore traveler, you need to keep up with all the new travel trends. Whether it is mobile travel photography or the rise in remote jobs, there are hoards of new travel subcultures blooming all around us.

Let’s take a look at top travel trends that will only grow in the coming years.

Solo Travel

It looks like the number of solo travelers will grow in the next year. It is one of the top travel trends in the world. Germany is probably going to be the leading country by the numbers of solo travelers this year.

Over 80% of the Germans said that they would travel alone next year. The United Kingdom and Canada are next in the line.

 

This trend also goes hand-in-hand with independent travel. In fact, only around 6% of people around the world said that they are going to use travel agency service in 2017. Here is our take on how to avoid loneliness when traveling alone?

Related: Top 5 Online and Global Travel Trends

Learning while Exploring

The purpose of travel is changing too. More and more people now travel to get new experience and new skills. Over half of the people want to explore local life in the trip and immerse into the local culture.

And only a few percents of people said they travel in search of a party or vivid nightlife.

 

Taking local courses and obtaining new skills is also a new travel trend, which flourished in recent decades. People nowadays visit new destinations not only to go sightseeing or engage in other popular tourist activities.

Travelers are also eager to learn crafts, arts or jobs, which the particular country is famous for. These skills may include cooking, dancing, making handicraft articles, studying languages, and so on.

Read: 40 Travel Niches (and Trends): Which One Are You?   

River Cruising

Of course, river cruising is not a new way of traveling. However, it is predicted to become even more popular in the coming years. River cruising is going to be a big travel trend, especially for those, who live in countries with plenty of rivers but without any oceans surrounding them.

 

There are more and more local opportunities appearing for amazing weekends or evening cruises. This means, you can have a great time on the water, even if you can’t afford to go to the seacoast.

Vanishing Destinations

Destinations, which risk vanishing or changing greatly in the near future, are also about to become very popular among travelers. Millennials especially are going to these vanishing destinations and it has become a new travel trend.

For example, some people are in a hurry to visit the Arctic and Antarctica, whose ice coverings are affected by climate change.

 

Another top destination, which is going to completely change soon, is the Great Barrier Reef. And also, you would like to visit the Maldives in the nearest future, as the islands might actually go completely under water within the next 25 years if the global warming process does not slow down.

Local Travel

Local travel is also one of the newest and hottest travel trends. In the previous years, people were trying to go far away, to another country or even continent. Of course, there is nothing wrong with the wish to see new places.

 

However, lately, traveling within the one’s country, province or even city, has become a much bigger trend. Local travel allows you to get a totally new look at the place, where you live and where you believe to know already everything, see sights, which you usually just pass by, and become an even bigger culture connoisseur than you are now.

Bleisure Travel

The word “bleisure” comes from the combination of two other words: “business” and “leisure”. It is one of the most interesting travel trends in the coming year. Many companies now offer special business trips, which include leisure opportunities.

These may be traveling with the family, having some free time during the trip or being able to work for travel payment.

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Another side of “bleisure” is combining work and travel by becoming a digital nomad. Read more on this below.

Living Like A Local

More and more travelers every year prefer to stay out of hotels and taxis and live like the locals. It is much easier to do when living with Airbnb and riding with Uber. Not only are these options cheaper, but they also allow travelers to immerse into the local way of life more deeply.

 

Combined with services, such as local tour guides, Airbnb Experiences, or EatWith (dining with locals), the travel experience becomes truly authentic and personalized. And this fact also adds more fuel to the growing interest in solo travel.

Going Green

Ecotourism is one more growing travel trends of our time. Nowadays, hotels, tour operators, and outfitters encourage their clients to travel in a low-impact way.

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For example, you can travel somewhere close to reduce bad transport effect on the environment. Or choose facilities with eco-thinking. Or just travel to those destinations, which need your travel dollars the most. These all are the ways to make your trip eco and bring something good to the universe.

To the Moon or Mars

In recent decades, tourism for most people transformed from a luxury into the lifestyle. However, having explored a big part of the Earth, many people now desire to explore the worlds outside of our planet.

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According to recent surveys, almost half of the people nowadays dream of spending their holidays in the far corners of our galaxy. And trips to the Moon, already announced by several agencies, are actually becoming more and more realistic.

Related: Mission Impossible: A Tour to Mars

Along with the latest inventions and improvements in air transportation, these facts are likely to make space tourism a very popular travel trend in the nearest future.

Sustainable Travel

The next year is going to be the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. Travelers have to keep in mind to travel with responsibility. Whatever you do should ensure the betterment of nature.

Many eco-friendly tours, as well as eco- friendly means of travel, have come to play. Everyone should make a wise choice and visit places of environmental importance. Maybe it is better to see Alaska in its untouched glory than see Paris in its traditional beauty!

Digital Nomadism

Nomads like to discover every nook and cranny of the planet. But when you have no time because of the gigantic amount of work, what can you do?

There is an answer to every problem. And with the rise of improved internet facilities and devices, you can work from anywhere in the world. Those who hate chaining themselves to the desks, can pack their bags and start their nomadic life.

The number of people, who choose to work while traveling, grows every year. The “have laptop, will travel” habit has become one of the biggest travel trends in the latest years.

If today’s technologies allow you to work wherever you are, there is no reason not to take your job with you on the road.

When you are ready with your belongings, laptop, and high-speed internet connection, you can go absolutely anywhere without worrying about work-leave.

Do not get shocked when you see 1 billion digital nomads in the next 20 years. The desire of wanderlust has surpassed the need for job security. Let us embark on a new era.

The Revenge of Bikes

Who doesn’t love to explore the unchartered horizon and beyond? When you have your own two-wheeler you can ride wherever your heart wills you. But have a light and essential luggage with you.

Biking on the mountains through the vivid scenery makes your heart leap with joy. There are many cycling trails around the world where cyclist enthusiasts go, The Dangerous Dragon’s spine or the volcanic landscape of Iceland. Have your pick and stay in the latest travel trend.

Booze Tasting

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When what goes down your throat is much more important than what is in your pocket, distilleries come to play. There is no need to travel luxuriously to far off lands if you have a locally brewed spirit right near you.

Those who want a tasting but are not ready to spend a huge sum in traveling can go to local breweries where you can sip fine spirits.

Japan, Sweden, Scotland, and Australia all these countries sport a distinguished amount of micro-distilleries. They also offer guided tours. Whether you wanted to taste whiskey, gin, wine, or beer – anything and everything awaits you, likely in your own town. Just Google it.

Food Tourism

Food tourism is not a new trend; it always remains out of focus. Eating and drinking is an essential part of travel. But recently everyone realizes that Food Tourism is a whole new brand of travel. Whether you take cooking classes during your trip or take a tour of classy restaurants (even sample street food), all of it comes from Food travel.

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Did you know there is a Foodtrekking Conference? Yes, the conference of food trekking gets organized by the World Food Travel Association in Portland, Oregon. So, all the foodies who can’t wait to hear from your famous food travelers can come to Portland on April 1st.

Mobile Travel Photography

Sometimes it is hard to sling a heavy camera over your neck. That is why most of the travelers have smartphones with good camera quality. It is handy and clicks like a pro. There are thousands of travel photographers on social media. You can become one too.

Mobile travel photography is a revolutionizing trend because it makes any traveler a photographer. One advice, though – do not forget to see the beauty of travel through naked eyes before capturing it in your lenses forever.

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How Climate Change Is Going To Affect Travel

There is no doubt that each one of us has an idea about climate change. The rise in temperatures, the ozone hole, the ice sheets melting all point out towards the inevitable truth that our Earth is changing. And in the process, so are the beautiful places changing.

CAUSES OF CLIMATE CHANGE

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The major factor leading to Climate Change is the Green House Effect. Now, what is the Greenhouse Effect? A Greenhouse as we all know is a Glass building where plants grow in cold weather.

When the heat enters the Greenhouse, it tries to bounce back outside. But the glass stops it from retreating, hence trapping the heat of the sun rays within the house. In this way, the plants grow even in Winter.

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We use a lot of fossil fuels in our Vehicles. It releases gasses like Carbon Dioxide and Sulphur Dioxide which are greenhouse gasses. It means that they have the capability to trap the heat. When these gasses move above in the atmosphere, they form a layer.

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The sun rays penetrate the layers of atmosphere and warm up the earth, but when it is time for them to bounce back they can’t. It is because the Greenhouse Gases absorb the heat. And in this way the temperature of Earth Increases.

The 2000-2010 was the hottest decade ever; you can imagine very well how rapidly the Earth is changing!

Before we move on to the effects of Global Warming, let us have a look at the amount of Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the U.S.

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30% – ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION (Mostly 67% of  electricity comes from burning fossil fuel mostly coal and natural gas)

26% – TRANSPORTATION (Over 90% of the fuel used is petroleum based which includes gasoline and diesel)

21% – INDUSTRIES

12% – RESIDENTIAL and COMMERCIAL

9% – AGRICULTURE

11% – LAND USE and FORESTRY (More emission of Carbon dioxide than the forests could absorb)

CLIMATE CHANGE EVIDENCE

THAWING PERMAFROST IN ALASKA

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Alaska is double the area of Texas, and it spans on both sides of the Arctic Circle. Hence, making the US an Arctic Nation.

Alaska also occupies 20% of the Land area of the United States. As it is in the Arctic Region most of Alaska has the Permafrost. The layers of Permafrost are frozen soils underneath another layer of soil.

In the past 60 years, the temperature of Alaska has increased by 3 degrees Fahrenheit, which is, in fact, twice the increase as compared to the rest of the U.S.

As the temperature increases the frozen layers beneath the soil, start to soften, making the upper layer of soil susceptible to the change. Most of the highways and houses are built on the Permafrost which makes Thawing of Permafrost a nightmare. The frozen soil of Alaska is melting away very fast, and it is all because of climate change.

The glaciers are melting, and that is why Polar wildlife has nowhere to go. In no time we might have to say goodbye to Polar Bears!

If important steps aren’t taken as soon as possible, the temperature of Alaska is going to increase by another 4 degrees Fahrenheit by mid-century.

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HIGHER TEMPERATURES IN GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

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The world-famous Galapagos Islands are near the Equator which makes it vulnerable to temperature rise.

As the Environmentalists predict- by 2100 the average Global temperature will increase by 2-4 degree Fahrenheit. As the Galapagos Islands are near the Equator it has more chances of experiencing a hike in temperature.

When the temperature of the islands increases what is gonna happen? The Rise in Temperature results in higher sea surface temperature. As we know the specific capacity of water is higher than the land, the sea water is going to get heated. Increase in Sea water temperature affects the El Nino current (increased rainfall).

It will also affect marine life- green turtles, Galapagos tortoise, marine iguanas. Sea level will rise by 1m and the pH of the water will drop, making it more acidic. These climatic changes will put a direct effect on beaches, mangroves, and wildlife (all the things why Galapagos is popular for).

CORAL REEFS REDUCING IN SRI LANKA

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Sri Lanka is a tiny island nation, and it emits a small share of greenhouse gasses as compared to the rest of the countries. Still, it is one of the few countries to be affected adversely by climate change. Sri Lanka is already on the brink of climate change whereas Galapagos has still to experience it.

Due to the increase in temperature, 40 migratory bird species are endangered. The prolonged droughts have also increased the decline in some amphibian species.

The decrease in pH forces the corals to inhibit the growth of shells. And sea level rise also decreases the number of coral reefs in the Sri Lankan Coast. Climate change turns the attraction of Sri Lankan tourism to ashes.

These are just a few instances of what is going on on our planet. And how it is affecting the tourism industry. Either visit these places before they run out of their beauteous charm or follow steps to decrease the Climate Change.

GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

Did you know that a round-trip coach ticket from New York to San Francisco accounts for two metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions? So, unless and until it is necessary to avoid air travel for business (resort to video-conferencing).

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Use a hybrid, and avoid using your car. Bicycling and walking are the environment-friendly way of getting around.

Use Energy Star products, as they generate less heat. If possible use renewable energy resources. Like, install solar panels if you live in State with Net Metering law state.

Maintain your household electrical devices regularly- insulation, filters; help in controlling emissions.

Follow the 3R:

  • Reduce
  • Reuse
  • Recycle

Consider using less waste generating items. Recycle your waste products and use composting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from landfills.

From the 26% gasses produced by transportation, 13% Greenhouse gasses generate from vehicles transporting food products. So, use locally produced meat and dairy instead of using the ones transported from Latin America.

It will reduce the greenhouse gas production through transportation, and it will also save the rainforests in Latin America which get cleared for building farmlands.

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Mystery: Why Planes Don’t Fly Over Tibet?

Blessed are curious for they will find answers to the mysteries. Many questions pop into our head from time to time. Many unsolved mysteries spark interest in our minds. And I can’t rest till I find the answer to it.

Tibet is the land of a series of world’s highest mountains, and you would be surprised that no planes fly over Tibet. What is the reason behind dodging Tibet for flight routes?

Why Planes Don’t Fly Over Tibet

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Before we delve into the reasons, let us look into a few interesting facts about Tibet.

Facts About Tiber

Tibet is an autonomous region of China. It is in the southwest part of China, and it shares borders with India on the West, Nepal on the Southwest, Burma, and Bhutan on the southeast.

Tibetan Plateau is the highest one in the world, and it is home to the Great Himalayas. Mountains like Everest (8850 m), Kangchenjunga (8586 m), Mount Kailash (6638 m), Makalu (8481 m), Cho Oyu (8201 m) stand high in the Tibetan land. The average height of this mountain ranges is 8000 m or 26000 ft.

Tibet has one international airport, one is Lhasa Gonggar Airport, the other airport Ngari Gunsa Airport is a dual-use military airport. The Lhasa Gonggar Airport is 62 km away from Lhasa the capital city of the Tibetan Autonomous Region.

And the average elevation of this area is 3650m. You need to wait patiently till your breathing pattern adjusts to the height slowly.

These facts help you understand why planes choose not to fly over Tibet.

The Elevation of Tibet

With a series of world’s highest mountains, the highest being Everest at 8850m (29035 ft)- It becomes a giant huddle for the planes. The highest cruising altitude that is allowed to commercial planes is 28- 35,000 ft (8000 m). And as you can see the elevation of Himalayan mountain ranges is around 30000 ft, the aircraft generally do not fly over the Himalayan ranges.

You must know that there are layers of the atmosphere. That is the next reason of why planes do not fly over Tibet.

Air Turbulence in the Layers

We all know that there are four layers of the atmosphere. And the closest one to the Earth is the Troposphere which continues from ground level to 7 miles above the ground level. The Himalayas are at the height of 5.5 Miles. They are at a point in the Atmosphere where one layer gives in to the other.

The Troposphere changes to Stratosphere. Most planes fly in the upper boundary of the troposphere. And flying in the lower layer of Stratosphere is only advised if you have enough supply of oxygen.

As the height of atmosphere increases, the air thins. It means that the volume of oxygen in the air decreases as we move above. And with an increase in height, there is also increase in air pressure. That results in air turbulence and disturbances.

If there would be no mountain ranges, then the pressure of winds at such a height would be easier to deal with. But the mountain ranges make it harder for the planes to deal with Turbulence at the lower layer of Stratosphere (where there is already less oxygen and water vapor).

Avoiding Risk of Drift Down Procedure

Most of the planes have a capacity to fly higher than 20,000 ft. But most of the airliners have only 20 Minutes of passenger oxygen. And according to Aviation rules, a flight must descend to 10,000 ft before running out of passenger oxygen.

With the wide expanse of mountain ranges in Tibet, at a height of 28,000-30,000 ft, it becomes difficult for pilots to bring down the planes to a height of 10,000 ft early enough. Even though any pilot pulls off this trick, he will land with an oxygen deprived blue colored passengers. The airliners do not want this kind of fuss, so maybe they avoid flying over Tibet.

Airport Hopping

Airplanes follow a geodesic curve while flying. Geodesic means the shortest distance between points in terms of constant velocity. If there is an airport where you have to reach, and your plane hops at one airport on the way, there is also an airport nearby with the same distance from your destination (in the case of emergency).

All plane routes are planned according to this geodesic curve. But Tibet lacks airports. As we mentioned earlier, there are only two airports in Tibet, which are at 1357 km from each other.

It is not a mystery that Planes do not fly over Tibet, But it is the scientific reasons which make it impossible to fly over Tibet.

 

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20 Amazing Life Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

Airplanes are the safest way to travel. Still, 40% of passengers claim that they are terrified of flying because of the possibility of a plane crash. The thing is, the odds of a plane crash are 1 for every 1.2 million flights, with odds of dying one in a million.

Even more surprising, if you’re ever in a plane crash, you’ll have a 95.7% chance of survival.

That said, ‘more than half’ of pilots have slept at least once while flying.

You are 1 in a million even when you are ‘normal’ in as many as 265 traits (such as height, weight, eye color, etc.) that define you! You are indeed unique and so is your life’s journey!

To be in the world’s top 50% by wealth, you only need $3600 USD in net-assets. To be in the world’s top 25%, you only need $55,000 USD in net-assets (house, car, cash, stocks, jewelry, land, etc.)

Read: How to save money strategically for your travel goals

Speaking of net worth, close to 15% of the world’s population have a negative net worth.

The % of the world that’s extremely poor has more than halved since 1950. In 1970, an estimated 2.2 billion people lived in extreme poverty. In 2015, this number was a little over 700 million. The total number of people in “extreme poverty” is a third of what it was 35 years ago.

 

During World War 1, ~ 65% of Britain’s glass optics (used in military binoculars) came from Germany and ~ 70% of Germany’s rubber came from Britain. Think about that. Human interdependence is a natural condition.

Speaking of wars, only 20% of the males born in the Soviet Union in 1923 survived World War 2. Why go to war with one another?

The world produces enough food for 12 billion people, enough water for 16 billion, and enough energy for 20 billion. The only problem is the unsophisticated distribution. Fixing the distribution problem alone might eliminate world poverty forever.

On this planet, some 21,000 people die EVERY SINGLE DAY due to starvation. However, on the very same planet, obesity costs us a combined total of $2 TRILLION USD dollars a year!

Between 1984 and 1999, 10% of the Indian Army’s defense budget and 15% of the Pakistan army’s went to supplying less than 4000 troops occupying a remote glacier called the Siachen Glacier.

Belarus is the most alcohol consuming country with an average of more than 17 liters per person per year. So it means some people are drinking way, way more than that to bring the average this high.

The fertility rate in Niger was estimated to be over 6 children per woman which is the highest in the world. In 2015, it was 6.7 children per woman.

Japan, on the other hand, is having trouble keeping up the birth rates and the net population is rapidly shrinking while the median age of the population is over the age of 50.

Over 47% population of Palau is obese which is highest in the world.

Australia is the world’s biggest gambling nation with $1288 AUD gaming losses per adult.

Mauritius has the highest diabetes population with 22.30% population aged from 20 and 79.

If you earn $12,000 USD in a year then it means it would take the average laborer in Ghana about 75 years to earn the same amount.

Always, try to look at the bright side of life.

Our body has roughly 30 trillion human cells and 40 trillion microbes. So, statistically speaking, we are 40% human, 60% microbes! Yikes!

Bonus:

Sitting around for a day and a half (36 hours) burns more calories than running a marathon. If you don’t believe it, consider this:

Running a mile burns about 100 calories in an average person. A marathon is about 26.22 miles.

26.22 x 100 = 2622 calories

Say, a typical person needs about 2000 calories per day to maintain weight.

2000 x 1.5 days = 3000 calories

How is this possible?

Your heart never sleeps. It is always on the job. And your brain is also always on the job (including when you sleep). In some ways, your brain is even more active when you sleep. And then there is a basic metabolism where your muscles burns calories to perform day-to-day activities.

In summary, your muscles, heart, and brain run their own kind of a marathon every day and the calories add up to something significant, something on the scale of major athletic events. Impressed yet?

10 Iconic Photos of the Last Ice Age

The last ice age ended about 12,000 years ago. It may not sound like a long time ago and yet the press has been flooded with a sensational prediction about an upcoming mini ice age in a few years.

Well, some scientists believe this is true. The changing weather pattern and rising heat may paradoxically bring an ice age.

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What would our world look like if an ice age hits us unprepared? It’s hard to predict but looking at other areas of our globe where snow abounds we can imagine as shown in the images below.

Since Earth has a continent over the South Pole and an almost land-locked ocean over the North Pole, geologists believe that Earth will continue to experience glacial periods in the geologically near future.

Some scientists also believe that the Himalayas are a major factor in the current ice age because these mountains have increased Earth’s total rainfall and therefore the rate at which carbon dioxide is washed out of the atmosphere, decreasing the greenhouse effect.

The Himalayas’ formation started about 70 million years ago when the Indo-Australian Plate collided with the Eurasian Plate, and the Himalayas are still rising by about 5 mm per year because the IndoAustralian plate is still moving at the rate of 67 mm/year.

 

 

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Solo Female Travel On Rise: A Report

Solo female travel has become popular in the past decade. With the rise in internet, smartphones, and global wifi availability, this trend is going to continue. There has been a tremendous growth in the women-only travel companies. Women have embraced the wildness. They are proving that women have guts to explore the world on their own. Cheers everyone!

A woman can enjoy herself without having a male travel companion. That is what women have effectively proved. Women are contributing more to the global travel economy than men. They are expected to reach $125 billion by 2016. Traveling solo has a lot of reasons. The above infographic will give you information on the increase in solo female travel, reasons, and popular travel destinations.

TRAVELING SAFE

Women can face a lot of problems while traveling alone. That is why it is important that they choose safe destinations when starting solo. Europe is a good first choice, although, it goes without saying that every foreign destination is a little risky.

Another interesting thing to note is that the majority of solo female travelers are from European countries. Asia and Africa are not popular destinations with women traveling alone. For now, these are considered less safe. Most women can face a lot of problems when traveling alone.

When asked about major concerns when traveling solo, most women responded with “being in a dangerous situation”. But today, many women are visiting extreme, remote, and previously unexplored locations. They are participating in all kinds of adventurous activities. In short, women know how to have fun one their own.

SOLO FEMALE TRAVEL

Many such solo travelers say the freedom that they feel when traveling alone is priceless. You might think that women are only good at shopping on a trip. Think again. It is reported by the travel booking companies that 17% of solo female travel are related to history & education.

Women can also be adrenaline junkies. They love adventure sports. 15% of women travel for adventure sports. Solo female travelers are from every age group. The women who travel most are widowed or divorced. Modern women have become sophisticated and self-reliant. That is the reason they are unafraid of traveling alone.

The age group 45 and above makes 55% of the solo female travel population. This age group might also hint at the time when most people think they need a break from their monotonous life. The biggest myth that most solo travelers are a 26-year-old dude with no money is a total lie!

Various travel reports* show that 73% of females prefer to travel alone than their male partners. It is a 45-year-old female traveling solo rather than a virile young male. Wanderlust does not discriminate based on gender. This new trend has been already observed for a few years now.

With the rise of social media, everybody now wants to posts pictures from their heroic journey. The rise in solo female travel is a boon for the travel industry and is a good thing for the entire travel loving community!

Sources: 

There are various sources that confirm these facts and figures. For more in-depth study, please refer to Harvard Business Review (women spending power), Forbes (on spending power and influence on purchasing decision), Travel stats from market researching firms such as Yesawich, Pepperdine, and Brown & Russell, Travel Industry Association (USA), Travel Guard polls (Travel insurance company) and other big online travel booking companies.

 

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Top 5 Haunted Places To Visit In India

Haunted places hold a lot of interest for travelers. Different questions arise in our hearts that why strange happenings take place in these destinations. You even want to visit the spooky spirits of the place. Today’s travelers aren’t scared anymore. They are curious to discover the unknown. That is why we bring to you a list haunted places in India.

AGRASAN KI BAOLI

You will be surprised that even though being at the center of the city it is eerily quiet and deserted here. It was a baoli made to store water by Maharaja Agrasan. But in ancient times also the water here was black and tempted people to sacrifice their lives. Now also you can hear voices in this structure of the fourteenth century. You want to feel the spook. Then you can visit this haunted place.

AGRASEN KI BAOLI by MILIND KULKARNI CC BY-SA 3.0

GP BLOCK OF MEERUT, UTTAR PRADESH

Being located in a busy zone you might think that this place could be nothing but ruins. But don’t presume such, this place is a notorious place for ghosts. There is a house in this block which is said to be haunted by a group of ghosts. 

Locals say that they see four male figures drinking alcohol in light of a single candle. It can be an illusion too but what about the screams and strange sightings of girls. Traveling here is going to be immensely exciting if you are not a weakling.

DUMAS BEACH, GUJARAT

The beach itself has got an evil vibe coming from itself. The black sands here say that it was once a burning ground. Then how can it not be a haunted place? Night watchers and morning walkers seem to report that they see spirits walking towards the beach. It has a strange lure that many people have died here. Hope the eerie whispers don’t scare you off from the next destination.

Dumas Beach by Rahul Bhadane CC BY-SA 4.0

RAMOJI FILM CITY

You can visit this dream of every filmmaker. It contains everything that is required in a good scenic movie. But the hotels here are said to house evil spirits. Watchmen, who guard lights at the top, have been pushed by a dark force many times.

Even though you ignore this, there have been complaints by girls that there is an invisible spirit that rips off their clothes and even knocks on the washroom doors and locks them inside. The mystery behind this haunted place is, this film city is built on a ground where a brutal battle had taken place.so may be dead still live here.

India – Hyderabad – 040 – vast studio sets at Ramoji Film City by McKay Savage CC BY 2.0

SHANIWARDA PORT,  PUNE

Built by the Peshwas in the 1700s this port is full of architectural brilliance. You wouldn’t want to leave the opulence of it but wait until you hear the screams. Tales say that ghost of the prince haunts the palace. He was said to have died brutally. So since then on during the darkness of midnight, you hear his screams. During full moons, the screaming is scarier and louder. You can feel the chill in the air after reading this.

Shaniwar Wada fort, Pune by Ramakrishna Reddy y CC BY-SA 2.0

Pack your bags and visit the haunted places in India. Maybe you can solve those mysteries or even better befriend a good ghost.

 

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