Aloha and welcome to Waikiki Beach, the heart of Hawaii! This world-famous beach in Honolulu is known for its breathtaking sunsets, iconic Diamond Head crater, and endless possibilities for family fun.
Located on the southern shore of Oahu, Waikiki Beach is a world-famous stretch of golden sand that offers everything from world-class surfing to luxury resorts, family-friendly activities, and endless natural beauty.
If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii and want to make the most of your time on Waikiki Hawaii Beach, here is a family travel guide to help you get started.
Let’s Visit Oahu, Hawaii
With miles of sandy shores and vibrant city life, Waikiki offers the perfect balance for an unforgettable family vacation. When it comes to beach destinations in the United States, few places can compare to the stunning beauty and unique culture of Hawaii.
And among Hawaii’s many incredible beaches, Waikiki stands out as a must-visit destination for families and travelers alike.
Tips for a Successful Family Vacation in Waikiki
Plan your visit during the shoulder seasons (April-May or September-October) to enjoy fewer crowds and more affordable accommodations
Use TheBus, Honolulu’s public transportation system, to navigate the city and save on rental car costs
Apply sunscreen regularly and stay hydrated, as the Hawaiian sun can be intense
Be respectful of local customs and traditions, and practice responsible
Where to Stay
Waikiki is home to a wide range of accommodation options, from budget-friendly hotels and vacation rentals to high-end resorts and luxury villas. Some of the top-rated hotels in the area include the Royal Hawaiian, Moana Surfrider, and Halekulani, all of which offer stunning ocean views, luxurious amenities, and easy access to the beach.
For families and travelers on a budget, there are plenty of affordable options as well. The Aqua Palms Waikiki and Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel are both popular choices, with comfortable rooms, great locations, and affordable rates.
Things To Do for Family Travelers
There’s no shortage of activities and attractions to keep you busy during your stay in Waikiki. Here are just a few of the top things to see and do:
Exploring Waikiki Beach
There’s no better way to start your family vacation than by hitting the beach. Waikiki Beach is a two-mile stretch of golden sand and crystal-clear water, perfect for sunbathing, swimming, and building sandcastles.
For those interested in learning to surf, the gentle waves of Waikiki are ideal for beginners. Many surf schools offer group or private lessons to help you catch your first wave.
If you prefer something more low-key, consider renting paddleboards or snorkeling gear to explore the underwater world.
Discovering the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium
Located within walking distance of Waikiki Beach, the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium are perfect destinations for families with young children. The Honolulu Zoo, home to over 900 animals, offers an up-close experience with wildlife from around the world, including African elephants, orangutans, and native Hawaiian birds.
Nene, pictured above is a native Hawaiian bird, also called Hawaiian Goose
Just a mile away, the Waikiki Aquarium showcases fascinating marine life, such as colorful coral reefs, giant clams, and mesmerizing jellyfish. Both venues provide educational and entertaining experiences for kids and adults alike.
Hiking the Iconic Diamond Head
If you’re looking for a break from the beach, there are several hiking trails in the area that offer stunning views of the coastline and surrounding mountains.
For families seeking adventure, the Diamond Head State Monument is a must-visit. This iconic volcanic crater offers a moderately challenging hike that rewards climbers with panoramic views of Waikiki and the surrounding area.
The 1.6-mile round-trip hike is suitable for families with older children and takes about 1.5-2 hours to complete. Don’t forget to pack water, sunscreen, and a hat, as the trail can get hot during midday.
Immerse in Hawaiian Culture at the Polynesian Cultural Center
To truly experience Hawaii, a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center is essential. Located about an hour’s drive from Waikiki, this living museum showcases the cultures of Polynesia through interactive exhibits, demonstrations, and live performances.
Families can learn about traditional Hawaiian practices, such as lei-making, hula dancing, and fire-knife dancing while sampling authentic island cuisine at the Luau buffet.
Make sure to stay for the evening show, Ha: Breath of Life, which tells a captivating story of love, family, and tradition through song, dance, and special effects.
No trip to Hawaii is complete without experiencing a traditional Hawaiian luau, and there are several options in the Waikiki area. The Paradise Cove Luau and Royal Hawaiian Luau are both highly recommended, with authentic Hawaiian food, music, and dance performances.
Shop and Dine at the International Market Place
Waikiki is home to some of the best shopping in Hawaii, with a mix of high-end designer boutiques and local shops selling everything from souvenirs to handmade crafts. The International Market Place and Ala Moana Center are both must-visit destinations for shoppers.
Shopping enthusiasts will love the International Market Place, an open-air shopping center located in the heart of Waikiki. With over 90 stores and restaurants, this upscale complex offers something for everyone.
Parents can shop for souvenirs or designer brands, while kids will enjoy the interactive play area and delicious treats from local eateries. Don’t miss the nightly entertainment, featuring live music and hula performances.
Waikiki is famous for its world-class surfing conditions, with gentle waves that are perfect for beginners and experienced surfers alike. There are plenty of surf schools and rental shops in the area, so you can easily book a lesson or rent a board and hit the waves.
The waters around Waikiki are home to a diverse array of marine life, including colorful fish, sea turtles, and even dolphins. There are several snorkeling tours and rental companies in the area, making it easy to explore the underwater world.
Where to Eat
From traditional Hawaiian cuisine to international flavors and upscale dining, Waikiki offers a diverse range of dining options to suit every taste and budget. Here are a few top picks:
Named after legendary surfer Duke Kahanamoku, this beachfront restaurant is a Waikiki institution. Known for its fresh seafood, tropical cocktails, and live music, it’s a must-visit for anyone looking for a true Hawaiian dining experience.
If you’re looking for a quick and affordable meal, Marukame Udon is a popular spot for traditional Japanese udon noodles. The line can be long, but it’s worth the wait for the delicious and authentic flavors.
For upscale dining with a Hawaiian twist, Roy’s Waikiki is a top choice. The menu features a fusion of Hawaiian and Asian flavors
Note: Since this is an ongoing situation, we’ll be updating this article every day! Last updated: March 16, 2020.
If you are like me, you must be anxious about when this Coronavirus mess will end and when your life would get back to normal! Well, worry not because like everything in nature, nothing goes on forever and this too shall pass away!
Microscopic photo of Coronavirus. The spikes on the outer edge of the virus resemble a crown thus giving it that name.
At the time of this writing, the virus has spread to over 160 countries and territories. Therefore, for now, we strongly recommend that you maintain social distancing, stay put in your home, save some money, catch up on great books, finish those binge-worthy TV shows, and start that passion project of yours that you always wanted to do!
Note:Do Not Travel Right Now(even if you can, because you may not show any symptoms and therefore can carry the virus with you and infect the otherwise isolated population and other people at higher risk. Please use common sense and exercise patience.)
Let’s say, coronavirus gets under control (maybe even completely gone) and we are all in the clear. Also, let’s say if you have been itching to get out of your town and you are ready to travel, the first thing to check would be any still-remaining effective travel restrictions.
Assuming most of the travel restrictions have now been lifted (let’s say by May 2020), below are our top 10 recommended destinations which are either Covid19 free or with only foreign cases (i.e. no community transmission reported).
We have traveled to 6 continents so far and Antarctica has been on our list for a long time now. Well, keep in mind though if you live in the northern hemisphere (US, Canada, Europe, etc.), your winter month is summer-time in Antarctica.
So, why not visit a place which has no permanent human settlement and no cases of Coronavirus!
Big Island, Hawaii
Although Hawaii (Oahu) has cases of Coronavirus, all of them except one were imported. There are no reported cases of Coronavirus cases in the islands of Kuai, Maui, and Big Island.
The isolated environment, which Madagascar hosts, makes for exotic flora and fauna. The biodiversity that is present here is unique, in comparison to anywhere else in the world.
If you ever visit Madagascar, you will fall in love with the island’s plants and animals, which exist nowhere else in the world.
So far there has been no positive cases of Coronavirus here and therefore makes it a safe destination to visit.
You may have heard of the Galapagos Islands from Charles Darwin’s voyage. It is a remote volcanic archipelago in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Ecuador. It’s considered one of the world’s foremost destinations for wildlife viewing.
The isolated terrain of Galapagos makes this island a heavenly shelter for a diversity of plant and animal species, many of which are not found anywhere else in the world.
Just at 134 kilometers, southwest of Mauritius lies the magical destination, Reunion Islands. It abounds in volcanic scenery and the tropical climate makes it a beautiful getaway for travelers.
Furthermore, Reunion’s magnificent volcanic landscape makes it a paradise for hikers. With little to no crowd and the remoteness of this destination, nothing gets safer than this island in the Indian Ocean.
Well, if North Korea has open borders then they would have been severely impacted just like South Korea and since they are a closed border country, they seem to be doing fine at this time of the global pandemic.
But Why am I talking about North Korea! Because it’s not easy to go there and it may not be on your travel bucket list. But, Mongolia might be.
And if it gives you any reassurance then know that just a few weeks after the first coronavirus case was announced in China on December 31, 2019, Mongolia announced they would be closing the borders with China. They were the second country to do so, after North Korea.
They have had Covid19 cases but if it’s among the isolated, less crowded countries in Central Asia and therefore a safer place to visit compared to any other country in that region.
Alaska announced its first case of Coronavirus on March 12 (much after the rest of the US). Furthermore, the case happened to a foreign tourist. So far, Alaska due to its remoteness and harsh winter condition has been safe from Covid19.
Like Alaska, Greenland reported its first case of coronavirus on March 16 with a person with travel history. That said, in the western hemisphere, remote places like Alaska and Greenland are safer destinations as compared to densely populated cities of Europe and North America.
I wish we could say the same about Iceland. We’ll continue to monitor the situation in Iceland and update this blog if it seems to be a safer place to visit in 2020.
Nepal has only reported one case of coronavirus (a student who traveled from Wuhan, China). Since then the student has recovered and there has been no additional cases of coronavirus reported in Nepal.
Given that there are active Covid19 cases in both neighboring India and Pakistan, I would wait a few more weeks to see how the situation progresses in South Asia. Also, note, like Nepal, Bhutan has only reported 1 case and there have been no cases reported from Bangladesh.
Islands of the Caribbean
Most of the tiny island countries in the Caribbean have been either coronavirus-free or with less than 5 cases at maximum. The hot and humid climate definitely helps this region.
However, we recommend flying instead of taking a cruise for now until everything settles down. The point is to minimize human contact. Both flights and cruise have their how risks but flights are shorter. Also, pick one destination instead of a multi-day cruise that visits several islands.
8) “I travel because I become uncomfortable being too comfortable.” – Carew Papritz
9) “My goal is to run out of pages in my passport.” – Anonymous
10) “To live will be an awfully big adventure.” – Peter Pan
11) “The traveler’s rush that hits you upon arrival to a new place is like a drug. And like a drug, the more you expose yourself to it, the more you want it.” – Clayton B Cornell
12) “My passport is screaming to be stamped.” – Cherie Oke
13) “This is your planet; you should really come see it sometime.” – Anonymous
14) “My favorite thing is to go where I’ve never been.” – Diane Arbus
15) “Travel is my therapy.” – Anonymous
16) “We travel, some of us, forever to seek other places, other lives and other souls.” – Anais Nin
17) “I travel because seeing photos in books and brochures wasn’t good enough for me. To be there was everything.” – Wiremu Ratcliffe
18) “If traveling was free, you would never see me again.” – Anonymous
19) “A traveler is active; he goes strenuously in search of people, of adventure, of experience. The tourist is passive; he expects interesting things to happen to him. He goes “sightseeing”.” – Daniel J. Boorstin
20) “I depart, whither I know not; but the hour’s gone by when Albion’s lessening shores could grieve or glad mine eye.” – Lord Byron
21) “Travel brings power and love back to your life.” – Rumi
22) “In traveling, I shape myself betimes to idleness and take fools’ pleasure.” – George Eliot
23) “I have been a stranger in a strange land.” – Exodus 2:22
24) “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.” ― Robert Frost
25) “The man journeyed far, and he heard and saw many strange things on his travels. He learned that – the friend and the enemy are but two faces of the same self. That the path one believes chosen long since, constant and unchangeable, straight and wide, can alter in an instant. Can branch, and twist and lead the traveler to places far beyond his wildest imaginings. That there are mysteries beyond the mind of mortal man, and that to deny their existence is to spend a life of half-consciousness.” ― Juliet Marillier
26) “Not all those who wander are lost.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
27) “I love to escape to wild places – forests, mountains, rivers or the sea. If that’s not possible, I flee into books; vicarious travel is rejuvenating.” ― Jane Wilson-Howarth
28) “Foolish acts and bold adventures almost always appear, especially in the beginning, to be the absolute same thing.” ― Leigh Ann Henion
29) “As you travel along the roads in life, there is a certain kind of peace that comes with knowing you’re on the right path. And when you are faced with adversity, it challenges you but makes you stronger. The road is not always an easy route. Nevertheless, you must not allow your fears to keep you from reaching the destination.” ― Amaka Imani Nkosazana
30) “I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson
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31) “Little by little, one travels far.” ― J.R.R. Tolkien
32) “Let your life reveal its lessons. Follow your heart, as it will not lead you astray. Find your passion and let its energy run through you in ways you have never experienced. With that, your real life will begin.” ― Angela Bushman
33) “Our homes travel with us. They are wherever we feel loved and accepted.” ― Kamand Kojouri
34) “As is often the case when I travel, my vulnerability — like not knowing what the hell I’m going to do upon arrival — makes me more open to outside interactions than I might be when I’m at home and think I know best what needs to be done. On the road, serendipity is given space to enter my life.” ― Andrew McCarthy
35) “You are only given one life, one chance at fully living it…take risks, believe in your dreams, explore the world and her people, live out loud!” ― Danell Lynn
36) “Travel is rebellion in its purest form. We follow our heart. We free ourselves of labels. We lose control willingly. We love the unfamiliar. We trust strangers. We own only what we can carry. We search for better questions, not answers. We truly graduate. And, sometimes, we choose never to come back.” ― Anonymous
37) “Not all journeys seek an end. Some are their own purpose.” ― Una McCormack
38) “I’d learned so much from traveling to familiar places that I figured I’d learn twice as much by going to a place I knew nothing about.” ― Gerry Abbey
39) “We are the roads we travel. The choices we make are everything.” ― Megan Duke
40) “There are those who travel but never really arrive. Those who visit a place but never know the people. Travel is so much more when you get closer to life and how it is lived here, wherever here may be. I am moving into the unknown to come into being at home wherever I find myself. Individually, inspired, and imaginative.” ― Anna Asche
41) “I Travel a lot; I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” ― C. Stinnett
42) “Travel far enough, you meet yourself.” ― David Mitchell
43) “We should not judge people by their peak of excellence, but by the distance they have traveled from the point where they started.” ― Henry Ward Beecher
44) “I was an adventurer, but she was not an adventuress. She was a ‘wanderess’. Thus, she didn’t care about money, only experiences – whether they came from wealth or from poverty, it was all the same to her.” ― Roman Payne
45) “Chaos is more freedom; in fact, total freedom. But no meaning. I want to be free to act, and I also want my actions to mean something.” ― Audrey Niffenegger
46) “Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.” ― Roman Payne
47) “Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.” ― Paulo Coelho
48) “By hook or by crook, I hope that you will possess yourselves of money enough to travel and to idle, to contemplate the future or the past of the world, to dream over books and loiter at street corners and let the line of thought dip deep into the stream.” ― Virginia Woolf
50) “I’m inspired by the people I meet in my travels–hearing their stories, seeing the hardships they overcome, their fundamental optimism and decency. I’m inspired by the love people have for their children. And I’m inspired by my own children, how full they make my heart. They make me want to work to make the world a little bit better. And they make me want to be a better man.” ― Barack Obama
51) “We travel, initially, to lose ourselves; and we travel, next to find ourselves. We travel to open our hearts and eyes and learn more about the world than our newspapers will accommodate. We travel to bring what little we can, in our ignorance and knowledge, to those parts of the globe whose riches are differently dispersed. And we travel, in essence, to become young fools again- to slow time down and get taken in, and fall in love once more.” ― Pico Iyer
52) “Freedom is a heavy load, a great and strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It is not a gift given, but a choice made, and the choice may be a hard one. The road goes upward towards the light, but the laden traveler may never reach the end of it.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin
53) “Be fearless. Have the courage to take risks. Go where there are no guarantees. Get out of your comfort zone even if it means being uncomfortable. The road less traveled is sometimes fraught with barricades bumps and uncharted terrain. But it is on that road where your characters is truly tested and have the courage to accept that you’re not perfect nothing is and no one is — and that’s OK.” ― Katie Couric
54) “There ain’t no journey what don’t change you some.” ― David Mitchell
55) “Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there–on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” ― Carl Sagan
56) “Each of us has the right and the responsibility to assess the roads which lie ahead and those over which we have traveled, and if the future road looms ominous or unpromising, and the roads back uninviting, then we need to gather our resolve and, carrying only the necessary baggage, step off that road into another direction. If the new choice is also unpalatable, without embarrassment, we must be ready to change that as well.” ― Maya Angelou
57) “Life is simple. Open your heart, mind, and arms to new things and people, we are united in our differences. Ask the next person you see what their passion is and share your inspiring dream with them. Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself. Some opportunities only come once, seize them. Life is about the people you meet and the things you create with them, so go out and start creating. Life is short, live your dream and wear your passion.” ― Holstee Manifesto
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58) “As for you girls, you must risk everything for Freedom, and give everything for Passion, loving everything that your hearts and your bodies love. The only thing higher for a girl and more sacred for a young woman than her freedom and her passion should be her desire to make her life into poetry, surrendering everything she has to create a life as beautiful as the dreams that dance in her imagination.” ― Roman Payne
59) “Another year is fast approaching. Go be that starving artist you’re afraid to be. Open up that journal and get poetic finally. Volunteer. Suck it up and travel. You were not born here to work and pay taxes. You were put here to be part of a vast organism to explore and create. Stop putting it off. The world has much more to offer than what’s on 15 televisions at TGI Fridays. Take pictures. Scare people. Shake up the scene. Be the change you want to see in the world.” ― Jason Mraz
60) “The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure. The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.” ― Christopher McCandless
61) “Although time seems to fly, it never travels faster than one day at a time. Each day is a new opportunity to live your life to the fullest. In each waking day, you will find scores of blessings and opportunities for positive change. Do not let your TODAY be stolen by the unchangeable past or the indefinite future! Today is a new day!” ― Steve Maraboli
62) “There are several ways to react to being lost. One is to panic: this was usually Valentina’s first impulse. Another is to abandon yourself to lostness, to allow the fact that you’ve misplaced yourself to change the way you experience the world.” ― Audrey Niffenegger
63) “It turned out this man worked for the Dalai Lama. And she said gently-that they believe when a lot of things start going wrong all at once, it is to protect something big and lovely that is trying to get itself born-and that this something needs for you to be distracted so that it can be born as perfectly as possible.” ― Anne Lamott
64) “No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet.” ― Patrick Rothfuss
65) “The road to enlightenment is long and difficult, and you should try not to forget snacks and magazines.” ― Anne Lamott
66) “Those who travel to mountain-tops are half in love with themselves, and half in love with oblivion.” ― Robert Macfarlane
67) “You can’t control the past, but you can control where you go next.” ― Kirsten Hubbard
68) “You told me once of the plants that lie dormant through the drought, that wait, half-dead, deep in the earth. The plants that wait for the rain. You said they’d wait for years, if they had to; that they’d almost kill themselves before they grew again. But as soon as those first drops of a waterfall, those plants begin to stretch and spread their roots. They travel up through the soil and sand to reach the surface.” ― Lucy Christopher
69) “Most people fail at whatever they attempt because of an undecided heart. Should I? Should I not? Go forward? Go back? Success requires the emotional balance of a committed heart. When confronted with a challenge, the committed heart will search for a solution. The undecided heart searches for an escape. A committed heart does not wait for conditions to be exactly right. Why? Because conditions are never exactly right.” ― Andy Andrews
70) “Everything will be alright in the end so if it is not alright it is not the end.” ― Deborah Moggach
71) “The wish to travel seems to me characteristically human: the desire to move, to satisfy your curiosity or ease your fears, to change the circumstances of your life, to be a stranger, to make a friend, to experience an exotic landscape, to risk the unknown.” ― Paul Theroux
72) “By hook or by crook, I hope that you will possess yourselves of money enough to travel and to idle, to contemplate the future or the past of the world, to dream over books and loiter at street corners and let the line of thought dip deep into the stream.” ― Virginia Woolf
73) “When we fully understand the brevity of life, its fleeting joys, and unavoidable pains; when we accept the facts that all men and women are approaching an inevitable doom: the consciousness of it should make us more kindly and considerate of each other. This feeling should make men and women use their best efforts to help their fellow travelers on the road, to make the path brighter and easier as we journey on. It should bring a closer kinship, a better understanding, and a deeper sympathy for the wayfarers who must live a common life and die a common death.” ― Clarence Darrow
74) “I want my life to be the greatest story. My very existence will be the greatest poem. Watch me burn.” ― Charlotte Eriksson
75) “Along your pathway of life you will observe that you are not the only traveler. There are others who need your help. There are feet to steady, hands to grasp, minds to encourage, hearts to inspire, and souls to save.” ― Thomas S. Monson
76) “To wander is to be alive.” ― Roman Payne
77) “Travel light, live light, spread the light, be the light.” ― Yogi Bhajan
78) “Every day is a journey, and the journey itself is home.” ― Bashō Matsuo
79) “It is better to travel aimlessly than to sit idle and daydream about a perfect vacation.” ― Salil Jha
80) “One day in my shoes and a day for me in your shoes, the beauty of travel lies in the ease and willingness to be more open.” ― Forrest Curran
81) “When you travel, you are with yourself. You can’t carry your belongings, your home, your past. Long-term travel is a form of meditation and a life of simplicity.” – Salil Jha
82) “If you want to be a minimalist – travel.” – Salil Jha
83) “With maps and globes decorated around your room as a child and with passport and ticket in hand in the present, it is your world to explore. To travel is to ask for a complex mix of the new and the old, hellos and goodbyes, and sadness and happiness. Leave your shoes behind at home and to walk in the footsteps of others for a while.” ― Forrest Curran
84) “Sure, the Leaning Tower of Pisa leaned like everyone else said it would, the mountains of Tibet were more beautiful than you had ever expected, and the Pyramids of Egypt stood mysteriously in the sea of sand like in the pictures; yet is it the environment or rather the openness in mindset, that makes up the elusive essence of happiness that we experience when we travel?” ― Forrest Curran
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85) “Is the sunrise of Mount Fuji more beautiful from the one you see in the countryside a bit closer to home? Are the beaches of Indonesia really that much more serene than those we have in our own countries? The point I make is not to downplay the marvels of the world, but to highlight the notion of the human tendency in our failure to see the beauty in our daily lives when we take off the travel goggles when we are home. It is the preconceived notion of a place that creates the difference in perception of environments rather than the actual geological location.” ― Forrest Curran
86) “The beauty of traveling is understood along the way rather than at the end of the journey, just as the purpose of marriage isn’t about becoming Mr. and Mrs.’s, but is about the love that is expressed on a daily basis between two lovers. A journey is not made up of the destinations that we arrive at, but is composed with every step we take.” ― Forrest Curran
87) “It is enough to think that we are mortals and that today may be our last. Live to the fullest while you are alive. Explore, try, travel.” – Salil Jha
88) “I have loved and been loved; I have been given much and I have given something in return; I have read and traveled and thought and written. I have had an intercourse with the world. Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” ― Oliver Sacks
89) “It is better to travel, than to arrive.” ― Gautama Buddha
90) “I am not going to seek employment again, that is for certain. To live a short life and being told what to do, when to do, and how to do is not a safe life but an absurd life. Quitting servitude is the first step towards freedom and a chance for achieving an extraordinary life.” – Salil Jha
91) “Wandering is the activity of the child, the passion of the genius; it is the discovery of the self, the discovery of the outside world, and the learning of how the self is both “at one with” and “separate from” the outside world. These discoveries are as fundamental to the soul as “learning to survive” is fundamental to the body. These discoveries are essential to realizing what it means to be human. To wander is to be alive.” ― Roman Payne
92) “Just as a painter paints, and a ponderer ponders, a writer writes, and a wanderer wanders.” ― Roman Payne
93) “When I die, I want your hands on my eyes. I want the light and heat of your beloved hands to pass their freshness over me. Once more I want to feel the softness that changed my destiny. I want you to live while I wait for you, asleep. I want your ears still to hear the wind; I want you to sniff the sea’s aroma that we loved together, to continue to walk on the sand we walk on. I want what I love to continue to live, and you whom I love and sang above everything else to continue to flourish, full-flowered. So that you can reach everything my love directs you to. So that my shadow can travel along in your hair, so that everything can learn the reason for my song.” ― Pablo Neruda
94) “God always brings someone into your life that has traveled the same path and knows the rocks you climbed to get to the end of the trail.” ― Shannon L. Alder
95) “To travel a circle is to journey over the same ground time and time again. To travel a circle wisely is to journey over the same ground for the first time. In this way, the ordinary becomes extraordinary, and the circle, a path to where you wish to be. And when you notice at last that the path has circled back into itself, you realize that where you wish to be is where you have already been … and always were.” ― Neale Donald Walsch
96) “The overdressed traveler betrays more interest in being seen than in seeing, while the true traveler knows that the novel world about her serves as the most appropriate accessory.” ― Gregory Maguire
97) “Whenever you go on a trip to visit foreign lands or distant places, remember that they are all someone’s home and backyard.” ― Vera Nazarian
98) “If you can’t travel, read. Reading is like travel, allowing you to exit your own life for a bit, and to come back with a renewed, even inspired, perspective.” ― Laurie A. Helgoe
99) “Every perfect traveler always creates the country where he travels.” ― Nikos Kazantzakis
100) “It’s hard to go. It’s scary and lonely…and half the time you’ll be wondering why the hell you’re in Cincinnati or Austin or North Dakota or Mongolia or wherever your melodious little finger-plucking heinie takes you. There will be boondoggles and discombobulated days, freaked-out nights and metaphorical flat tires. But it will be soul-smashingly beautiful… It will open up your life.” ― Cheryl Strayed
101) “The explorer who will not come back or send back his ships to tell his tale is not an explorer, only an adventurer; and his sons are born in exile.” ― Ursula K. Le Guin
102) “Bad, or good, as it happens to be, that is what it is to exist! To sail into an unknown spring, or receive one’s baptism on storm’s promontory, where the solitary albatross heels over in the gale, and at last come to land. To know the earth under one’s foot and go, in wild delight, ways where there is water.” ― Malcolm Lowry
103) “Real travel would be to see the world, for even an instant, with another’s eyes.” ― Robyn Davidson
104) “Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, but I chose neither one. Instead, I set sail in my little boat to watch a sunset from a different view that couldn’t be seen from shore. Then I climbed the tallest mountain peak to watch the amber sun through the clouds. Finally, I traveled to the darkest part of the valley to see the last glimmering rays of light through the misty fog. It was every perspective I experienced on my journey that left the leaves trodden black, and that has made all the difference.” ― Shannon L. Alder
105) “This is what you should know about losing someone you love. They do not travel alone. You go with them.” ― Augusten Burroughs
106) “Let’s not just grow roots but also wings to fly.” ― Salil Jha
107) “I had always believed that I left a bit of me wherever I went. I also believed that I took a bit of every place with me. It was as if the act of touching these places, walking these roads, and asking these questions had added another column to my being. And the only possible explanation I could find for that feeling was that a spirit existed in many of the places I visited, and a spirit existed in me and the two had somehow met in the course of my travels. It’s as if the godliness of the land and the godliness of my being had fused.” ― Bruce Feiler
108) “Find something you love and go for it with all your heart. No excuses, no plan B. Never settle for anything less than you know you can do. It will be hard, but I promise it will be worth it.” ― Charlotte Eriksson
109) “Wanderlust is a form of curiosity. It is naturally human. You cannot keep it buried and expect it to never arise.” ― Salil Jha
110) “Sometimes, in a summer morning, having taken my accustomed bath, I sat in my sunny doorway from sunrise till noon, rapt in a revery, amidst the pines and hickories and sumachs, in undisturbed solitude and stillness, while the birds sing around or flitted noiseless through the house, until by the sun falling in at my west window, or the noise of some traveller’s wagon on the distant highway, I was reminded of the lapse of time. I grew in those seasons like corn in the night, and they were far better than any work of the hands would have been. They were not time subtracted from my life, but so much over and above my usual allowance. I realized what the Orientals mean by contemplation and the forsaking of works. For the most part, I minded not how the hours went. The day advanced as if to light some work of mine; it was morning, and lo, now it is evening, and nothing memorable is accomplished.” ― Henry David Thoreau
111) “One goes on a vacation to relax but one travels to satiate inquisitiveness.” ― Salil Jha
112) “Most of our life is encountering the expected, the normal; it is the encounter with the unexpected that teaches us the truth.” ― Salil Jha
113) “Roam abroad in the world, and take thy fill of its enjoyments before the day shall come when thou must quit it for good.” ― Saadi
114) “Goals are my north star. My compass. The map that guides me along the road I wish to travel. Goals are motivations with wind in their sails—they carry me forward despite the storms.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich
115) “Just as we are never too young for love, we are never too old to travel.” ― Salil Jha
116) “There is psychological pleasure in this takeoff, too, for the swiftness of the plane’s ascent is an exemplary symbol of transformation. The display of power can inspire us to imagine analogous, decisive shifts in our own lives, to imagine that we, too, might one day surge above much that now looms over us.” ― Alain de Botton
117) “I see my path, but I don’t know where it leads. Not knowing where I am going is what inspires me to travel it.” ― Rosalía de Castro
118) “But real life doesn’t travel in a perfect straight line; it doesn’t necessarily have that ‘all lived happily ever after’ bit. You have to work on where you’re going.” ― Chris Kyle
119) “No man is brave that has never walked a hundred miles. If you want to know the truth of who you are, walk until not a person knows your name. Travel is the great leveler, the great teacher, bitter as medicine, crueler than mirror-glass. A long stretch of road will teach you more about yourself than a hundred years of quiet introspection.” ― Patrick Rothfuss
120) “I have a terrible wanderthirst; the very sight of a map makes me want to put on my hat and take an umbrella and start. I shall see before I die the palms and temples of the South.” ― Jean Webster
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121) “Meditation is an essential travel partner on your journey of personal transformation. Meditation connects you with your soul, and this connection gives you access to your intuition, your heartfelt desires, your integrity, and the inspiration to create a life you love.” ― Sarah McLean
122) “The only cure to all this madness; is too dream, far and wide, if possibility doesn’t knock, create a damn door. If the shoe doesn’t fit, don’t make it. If the journey you’re travelling seems to farfetched and wild beyond your imagination; continue on it, great things come to the risk takers. And last but not least, live today; here, right now, you’ll thank your future self for it later.” ― Nikki Rowe
123) “Cutting my roots and leaving my home and family when I was 18 years old forced me to build my home in other things, like my music, stories and my journey. The last years I have more or less constantly been on my way, on the road, always leaving and never arriving, which also means leaving people. I’ve loved and lost and I have regrets and I miss and no matter how many times you leave, start over, achieve success or travel places it’s other people that matter. People, friends, family, lovers, strangers – they will forever stay with you, even if only through memory. I’ve grown to appreciate people to the deepest core and I’m trying to learn how to tell people what I want to tell them when I have the chance, before it’s too late.” ― Charlotte Eriksson
124) “A wanderer may be far from home but is never lost.” ― Salil Jha
125) “Your comfort zone is a place where you keep yourself in a self-illusion and nothing can grow there but your potentiality can grow only when you can think and grow out of that zone.” ― Rashedur Ryan Rahman
126) “The world is full of wonderful things you haven’t seen yet. Don’t ever give up on the chance of seeing them.” ― J.K. Rowling
127) “Life is whatever we make it. The traveler is the journey. What we see is not what we see but who we are.” ― Fernando Pessoa
128) “When you take the step towards your dreams you will be met with fears because you have never traveled this way before. As you go, you will discover that you had nothing to fear. Through overcoming your fears you give those that follow you hope that if they pursue their dreams, they will achieve their dreams.” ― E’yen A. Gardner
129) “Going on a journey doesn’t mean believing in a path, but having faith in yourself.” ― Salil Jha
130) “This wasn’t a strange place; it was a new one.” ― Paolo Coehlo
131) “I always wonder why birds stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth. Then I ask myself the same question.” ― Harun Yahya
132) “We are torn between the nostalgia for the familiar and an urge for the foreign and strange. As often as not, we are homesick most for the places we have never known.” ― Carson McCullers
133) “I no longer see any meaning of life but then I saw no reason to die as well. I traveled to faraway lands, running away from friends, family and everyone else and I confined myself to my thoughts, to my feelings and to myself. Hours, days, weeks and months passed and I waited for a moment of magic to happen, a turn of destiny, but nothing happened, nothing ever happens. I waited and I counted each moment of it, thinking about every moment of my life, the good and the bad ones. I then saw how powerful yet weak, bright yet dark, beautiful yet ugly, joyous yet grievous; is a one single moment. One moment makes the difference. Just one moment. Such appears to be the extreme and undisputed power of a single moment. I realized that the power of the moment is not in the moment itself. The power, actually, is in us. Every single one of us has the power to make and shape our own moments. It is us who by feeling joyful, celebrate for a moment of success; and it is also us who by feeling saddened, cry and mourn over our losses. I, with all my heart and mind, now embrace this power which lies within us. I wish life offers you more time to make use of this power. Remember, we are our own griefs, we are our own happiness, and we are our own remedies.” ― Huseyn Raza
134) “It’s hard to be less than happy when you can be happy with less.” ― Chris Brady
135) “Why the obsession with worldly possessions? When it’s your time to go, they have to stay behind, so pack light.” ― Alex Morritt
136) “There is no place like the beach… where the land meets the sea and the sea meats the sky.” ― Umair Siddiqui
137) “In the old days, when travelers would get lost, they would follow the stars and I love that idea. I wish that I could rely on something as simple and magnificent as a star for all of my aching questions.” ― Jennifer Elisabeth
138) “He will one day meet his true love… A fellow traveler on the road… Her eyes will be his ocean… In her ocean he will sail forever.” ― Kem
139) “The spectacular landscape circling the fortress supplies an essential backdrop, inspiring dreamers to wander its ruins for the sake of it; North American tourists, bound down by their practical world view, are able to place those members of the disintegrating tribes they may have seen in their travels among these once-living walls, unaware of the moral distance separating them, since only the semi-indigenous spirit of the South American can grasp the subtle differences.” ― Ernesto Che Guevara
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140) “Having books standing on a shelf in a room is like having completely different worlds at the ready, waiting to be explored.” ― J.F Hermann
141) “Freedom has its dangers as well as its joys. And the sooner we learn to get up after a fall, the better off we’ll be.” ― Alice Steinbach
142) “I am thankful to all the souls, I meet in the journey of life.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita
143) “But it is a long and difficult road, full of perils, and if a traveler on foot were to look at the length of it, his spirit would be overcome and he would sit down and refuse to go any further. You must not look to the end of the road. Look only to the step in front of you. That you can do. Just one step. And you will not make the journey alone.” ― Deanna Raybourn
144) “All travel is circular. I had been jerked through Asia, making a parabola on one of the planet’s hemispheres. After all, the grand tour is just the inspired man’s way of heading home. ” ― Paul Theroux
145) “The best traveler is one without a camera.” ― Kamand Kojouri
146) “Carrying a camera doesn’t make one a lesser traveler, but looking at a place only through your camera lens does.” ― Salil Jha
147) “All men have the stars but they are not the same things for different people. For some, who are travelers, the stars are guides. For others they are no more than little lights in the sky. But all the stars are silent. You, you alone, will have the stars as no one else has them.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
148) “I believe that life is all about perception and timing. That good things come to those who act and that life’s about more than collecting a paycheck. I believe that the only person you’re destined to become is the one that you decide to be. That if you try hard enough you can convince yourself of anything. That having patience doesn’t make you a hero nor does it make you a doormat. I believe that not showing love proves you’re weak and belittling others doesn’t make you strong. That you are never as far away from people as the miles may suggest.” ― Todd Smidt
149) “Life’s too short to read awful books, listen to terrible music, or be around uninspiring people. I believe that where you start has little impact on where you finish. That sometimes the best thing you can do is walk away. I believe that the cure for anything is salt water; sweat, tears, or the sea. That you should never let your memories be greater than your dreams. And that you should always choose adventure.” ― Todd Smidt
150) “That we leave our homes, that we step through our doors to the world, that we travel our whole lives not because we want to collect exotic T-shirts, not because we want to consume foreign adventure the same Western way we consume plastic and Styrofoam and LCD TVs and iPads, but because it has the power to renew us—not the guarantee, not the promise, just the possibility. Because there are places our imaginations can never construct for us, and there are people who we will never meet but we could and we might. It reminds us that there is always reason to begin again.” ― Stephen Markley
151) “Every journey has its own traveler. Every dream has its own dreamer. We are all belonged to a specific journey and dream. Some people are currently looking for it, some people are just figuring it out, some people are still lost, and to some they have finally found it.” ― Diana Rose Morcilla
152) “If there is anything I have learned in my travels across the Planes, it is that many things may change the nature of a man. Whether regret, or love, or revenge or fear ― whatever you believe can change the nature of a man, can. I’ve seen belief move cities, make men stave off death, and turn an evil hag’s heart half-circle.” ― Chris Avellone
153) “Travel is the discovery of truth; an affirmation of the promise that human kind is far more beautiful than it is flawed. With each trip comes a new optimism that where there is despair and hardship, there are ideas and people just waiting to be energized, to be empowered, to make a difference for good.” ― Dan Thompson
154) “Leave no path untaken.” ― Neil Gaiman
155) “We did all the tourist crap, but I just wanted to sit in a cafe and watch people.” ― Sara Shepard
156) “Do not ask me where I am going, as I travel in this infinite world, where every step I take is my home.” ― Dōgen
157) “When you build a city near no mountains and no ocean, you get materialism and traditionalist religions. People have too much time and lack inspiration.” ― Donald Miller
158) “As a traveler, education is our way of life.” ― Debasish Mridha
159) “Go far—too far you cannot, still the farther. And go sparing — one meal a week will serve you, and one suit, through all your travels.” ― John Fletcher
160) “Know most of the rooms of thy native country before thou goest over the threshold thereof.” ― Thomas Fuller
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161) “(Un viaggiatore prudente non disprezza mai il suo paese.) A wise traveler never despises his own country.” ― Carlo Goldoni
162) “The soul of the journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases.” ― William Hazlitt
163) “The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” ― Samuel Johnson
164) “Let him go abroad to a distant country; let him go to some place where he is not known. Don’t let him go to the devil where he is known.” ― Samuel Johnson
165) “As the Spanish proverb says, “He who would bring home the wealth of the Indies must carry the wealth of the Indies with him.” So it is in travelling: a man must carry knowledge with him, if he would bring home knowledge.” ― Samuel Johnson
166) “Though they carry nothing forth with them, yet in all their journey they lack nothing. For wheresoever they go, they are at home.” ― Sir Thomas More
167) “Why do you wonder that globetrotting does not help you, seeing that you always take yourself with you? The reason which set you wandering is ever at your heels.” ― Socrates
168) “When I was at home, I was in a better place; but travelers must be content.” ― William Shakespeare
169) “The sundry contemplation of my travels, in which my often rumination wraps me in a most humorous sadness.” ― William Shakespeare
170) “To travel hopefully is better than to arrive.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson
171) “I always love to begin a journey on Sundays, because I shall have the prayers of the church to preserve all that travel by land or by water.” ― Jonathan Swift
172) “A rolling stone gathers no moss.” ― Publius Syrus
173) “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.” ― Mark Twain
174) “Good company in a journey makes the way to seem the shorter.” ― Izaak Walton
175) “The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.” ― Xun Zi
176) “The traveled mind is the catholic mind educated from exclusiveness and egotism.” ― Amos Bronson Alcott
177) “Traveling is no fool’s errand to him who carries his eyes and itinerary along with him.” ― Amos Bronson Alcott
178) “Travel, in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. He that travels into a country before he has some entrance into the language goes to school, and not to travel.” ― Francis Bacon
179) “He travels safest in the darkness of night who travels lightest.” ― Fernando Cortez
180) “One who journeying along a way he knows not, having crossed a place of drear extent, before him sees a river rushing swiftly toward the deep, and all its tossing current white with foam, and stops and turns, and measures back his way.” ― Homer
181) “They change their sky, not their mind, who cross the sea. A busy idleness possesses us: we seek a happy life, with ships and carriages: the object of our search is present with us.” ― Horace
182) “I am fevered with the sunset, I am fretful with the bay, for the wander-thirst is on me and my soul is in Cathay.” ― Richard Hovey
183) “The wonders of each region view, from frozen Lapland to Peru.” ― Soame Jenkyns
184) “The use of travelling is to regulate imagination by reality, and, instead of thinking how things may be, to see them as they are.” ― Samuel Johnson
185) “Let observation with extensive view, survey mankind from China to Peru; remark each anxious toil, each eager strife, and watch the busy scenes of crowded life.” ― Samuel Johnson
186) “Follow the Romany pattern sheer to the Austral light, where the bosom of God is the wild-west wind, sweeping the sea floors white.” ― Rudyard Kipling
187) “Death is the final journey we all must take. Don’t wait to travel on your own until your final voyage.” ― Salil Jha
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188) “The secret to meditation is to drop the mind. The secret to long-term travel is to drop your plans.” ― Salil Jha
189) “Traveling is living a book that is in the process of being written.” ― Salil Jha
190) “Better sit still where born, I say, wed one sweet woman and love her well, love and be loved in the old East way, drink sweet waters, and dream in a spell than to wander in search of the Blessed Isles, and to sail the thousands of watery miles in search of love, and find you at last on the edge of the world, and a curs’d outcast.” ― Joaquin Miller
191) “The dust is old upon my sandal, and I am still a pilgrim; I have moved from wild America to Bosphor’s waters, and worshipped at innumerable shrines of beauty; and the painter’s art. To me, and sculpture, speak as with a living tongue, and of dead kingdoms, I recall the soul, sitting amid their ruins.” ― Nathaniel Parker Willis
192) “To love, you don’t wait until the wedding. To travel, you don’t wait until you retire. Just as you fall in love, you let yourself to be seduced by wanderlust.” ― Salil Jha
193) “(Qui veut voyager loin ménage sa monture.) He who will travel far spares his steed.” ― Jean Racine
194) “Does the road wind uphill all the way? Will the day’s journey take the whole long day?” ― Christina G. Rossetti
195) “Does the pilgrim counts the miles when he travels to some distant shrine?” ― Friedrich Schiller
196) “He whose mind is everywhere is nowhere.” ― Seneca the Younger
197) “I think it was Jekyll who used to say that the further he went west, the more convinced he felt that the wise men came from the east.” ― Sydney Smith
198) “I pity the man who can travel from Dan to Beersheba and cry, “‘Tis all barren!” ― Laurence Sterne
199) “When we have discovered a continent, or crossed a chain of mountains, it is only to find another ocean or another plain upon the further side…. O toiling hands of mortals! O wearied feet, travelling ye know not whither! Soon, soon, it seems to you, you must come forth on some conspicuous hilltop, and but a little way further, against the setting sun, descry the spires of El Dorado. Little do ye know your own blessedness; for to travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive, and the true success is to labor.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson
200) “Many travel the world to seek meaning. In sadness, many travel to seek happiness. But no such place exists in this mad world. Each of us carries the fountain of joy within us and the meaning of travel is to witness the conscious expression of life.” ― Salil Jha
201) “For always roaming with a hungry heart, much have I seen and known.” ― Alfred Tennyson
Life underwater is an entirely different realm of exquisite and out-of-this-world beauty. If you are fascinated by the vigor that colors bring, then underwater adventures should be on your bucket list.
I mean on top of everything on your bucket list! There is just no way you should miss an underwater adventure; it’s going to be like missing half your life for crying out loud!
Okay, I don’t mean to sound overly dramatic but it’s true. An underwater experience will change your perception of marine creatures and you may never be the same again.
The ocean is the topmost element we take for granted day by day but it’s funny that humans act this way because our Planet Earth is composed of 70% water.
Can you imagine an entirely different world living underneath us?
If you want to open your eyes to a magnificent underwater empire, check out these top 5 best underwater adventures in the world.
1. Swimming with Whale sharks in Cancun, Mexico
The whale sharks are one of the largest and most docile marine inhabitants that feed on planktons, krill, or anchovies. So there’s no need to fear these gentle giants.
Cancun is one of the best places to see free-roaming whale sharks because it’s known for the world’s second largest barrier reef. The best time to visit is between mid-June and August where the whale sharks elegantly glide in the water.
But please, keep your hands to yourself because they have a strict “NO TOUCHING” rule.
2. Scuba Dive at the Great Barrier Reef, Australia
Do you want to know an interesting fact? The Great Barrier Reef is the largest and healthiest coral reef in the world.
Because of its size, it’s can be seen in outer space! I don’t even have to mention all the various underwater creatures you’ll see, the abundance of 2,900 individual reefs and 300 coral cays says it all. You can expect a bio-diversified diving experience!
3. Cage Diving with Great White Sharks in Shark Alley, South Africa
South Africa is home to a number of great white sharks and ‘Shark Alley’ is one of the popular choices to encounter these ferocious creatures up-close through cage diving.
Take note that you don’t need scuba diving skills but the cage is submerged in the open sea with the great whites circling with curiosity, and It will seem like you can rub elbows (or fins) with these creatures because of the proximity!
The experience is just overwhelming!
4. Diving at the Molinere Underwater Sculpture Park, Caribbean Sea
If you want a totally natural underwater experience with a touch of human creativity, then this is definitely for you. The park has 65 concrete sculptures that are bizarrely beautiful.
There are the ‘Vicissitudes’ where it features children holding hands, ‘The Lost Correspondent’ where a man is working on his typewriter, and so much more!
5. Atlantis Submarine Tour in Oahu, Hawaii
If you like to experience underwater adventure in the comfort of a submarine, tick this off your list! All you need to do is pick a spot near the windows and immerse in the beauty of Oahu’s brilliant underwater life!
Susan Brooks is a passionate blogger who loves to write about home designs, renewable energy innovations and more. She spends her free time hiking, swimming, camping and spending time with her family. She also blogs at GeneratorLab which is a site filled with home energy tips and guides.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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)
Most of us are perhaps already familiar with Paulo Coelho and his beloved masterpiece “The Alchemist.” I have always admired Paulo for his deep insights into the human nature. He is one of my favorite authors.
Did you know, all of his books (including The Alchemist) are based on his travels and journeys across the world!?
In this blog, I am going to share 57 of my favorites Paulo Coelho Travel Quotes. I am sure these will inspire your wanderlust.
1. “No one wants their life thrown into chaos. That is why a lot of people keep that threat under control and are somehow capable of sustaining a house or a structure that is already rotten. They are the engineers of their own prison.”
2. “None of us knows what might happen even the next minute, yet still, we go forward. Because we trust. Because we have Faith.”
3. “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
4. “We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust, swirling and dancing in the eddies and whirlpools of infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”
5. “I can choose either to be a victim of the world or an adventurer in search of treasure. It’s all a question of how I view my life.”
6. “People never learn anything by being told, they have to find out for themselves.”
7. “Why people are sad? That’s because they are the prisoners of their personal history. Everyone believes that the main aim in life is to follow a plan. They never ask if that plan is theirs or if it was created by another person. They accumulate experiences, memories, things, other people’s ideas, and it is more than they can possibly cope with. And that is why they forget their dreams.”
8. “Anyone who has lost something they thought was theirs forever finally comes to realize that nothing really belongs to them.”
9. “I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival because life is the moment we’re living now.”
10. “How much I missed, simply because I was afraid of missing it.”
11. “Life is too short, or too long, for me to allow myself the luxury of living it so badly.”
12. “When you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
13. “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
14. “Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn’t have the courage to say “yes” to life?” ― Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes
15. “When someone leaves, it’s because someone else is about to arrive.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Zahir
16. “Remember that wherever your heart is, there you will find your treasure.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
17. “When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.”
18. “A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.”
19. “No matter what he does, every person on earth plays a central role in the history of the world. And normally he doesn’t know it.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
20. “When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”
21. “Life does not look back. A week is more than enough time for us to decide whether or not to accept our destiny.”
22. “The two hardest tests on the spiritual road are the patience to wait for the right moment and the courage not to be disappointed with what we encounter.” ― Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die
23. “Certain things in life simply have to be experienced (and never explained).” ― Paulo Coelho, Maktub
24. “Life always waits for some crisis to occur before revealing itself at its most brilliant.” ― Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes
25. “I am two women: one wants to have all the joy, passion and adventure that life can give me. The other wants to be a slave to routine, to family life, to the things that can be planned and achieved. I’m a housewife and a prostitute, both of us living in the same body and doing battle with each other.” ― Paulo Coelho, Eleven Minutes
26. “Every blessing ignored becomes a curse.”
27. “Choosing a path meant having to miss out on others. She had a whole life to live, and she was always thinking that, in the future, she might regret the choices she made now. She wanted to follow all possible paths and so ended up following none.” ― Paulo Coelho, Brida
28. “Be crazy! But learn how to be crazy without being the center of attention. Be brave enough to live differently.” ― Paulo Coelho, Veronika Decides to Die
29. “You will never be able to escape from your heart. So it’s better to listen to what it has to say.” ― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
30. “The universe needs none as it travels through endless time. It is the pure Language of the World.”
31. “You have to take risks. We will only understand the miracle of life fully when we allow the unexpected to happen. Every day, God gives us the sun–and also one moment in which we have the ability to change everything that makes us unhappy. If people really pay attention to their everyday lives, they will discover that magic moment.”
32. “Don’t allow your mind to tell your heart what to do. The mind gives up easily.”
33. “Don’t listen to the malicious comments of those friends who, never taking any risks themselves, can only see other people’s failures.”
34. “All you have to do is to pay attention; lessons always arrive when you are ready, and if you can read the signs, you will learn everything you need to know in order to take the next step.”
35. “A fall from the [tenth] floor hurts as much as a fall from the hundredth. If I have to fall, may it be from a high place.”
36. “Sometimes, we are so attached to our way of life that we turn down wonderful opportunities simply because we don’t know what to do with it.”
37. “It’s the simple things in life that are the most extraordinary.”
38. “There is only one way to learn. It’s through action. Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”
39. “Life takes us by surprise and orders us to move toward the unknown, even when we don’t want to and when we think we don’t need to.”
40. “It is always important to know when something has reached its end. Closing circles, shutting doors, finishing chapters, it doesn’t matter what we call it; what matters is to leave in the past those moments in life that are over.”
41. “Making a decision was only the beginning of things. When someone makes a decision, he is really diving into a strong current that will carry him to places he had never dreamed of when he first made the decision.”
42. “Travel is never a matter of money but of courage.”
43. “When you can’t go back, you have to worry only about the best way of moving forward.” ― Paulo Coelho, Aleph
44. “People want to change everything and, at the same time, want it all to remain the same.”
45. “One day you will wake up and realize there won’t be any more time to do the things you’ve always wanted. So, do them now.”
46. “If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine. It is lethal.”
47. “There is a force that wants you to realize your personal legend; it wets your appetite with a taste of success.”
48. “People are capable, at any time in their lives, of doing what they dream of.”
49. “If you are brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.”
50. We have to stop and be humble enough to understand that there is something called “the mystery”.
51. “Imagine a new story for your life and start living it.”
52. “Life has a way of testing a person’s will, either by having nothing happen at all or by having everything happen at once.”
53. “You drown not by falling into a river, but by staying submerged in it.”
54. “Everything you need to know you have learned through your journey.”
55. “Most people see the world as a threatening place and because they do, the world turns out, indeed, to be a threatening place.”
56. “Courage in the path is what makes the path manifest itself.”
57. “We are travelers on a cosmic journey, stardust swirling and dancing in eddies and whirlpools in infinity. Life is eternal. We have stopped for a moment to encounter each other, to meet, to love, to share. This is a precious moment. It is a little parenthesis in eternity.”
Did you know that the 180th meridian navigates the entire surface of the Earth from the North Pole to the South Pole? It exists 180° East and 180° West of the Prime Meridian.
Starting at the North Pole and heading south to the South Pole, the 180th meridian passes through Arctic Ocean, Russia, Chukchi Sea, Bering Sea, Amchitka Pass (east of Alaska), Tuvalu, Cikobia Island, Fiji, and Antarctica.
However, the only place where roads cross this meridian, and civilization exists, is in Fiji.
The 180th meridian is used as the basis for the International Date Line (IDL) because for the most part, it passes through the open waters of the Pacific Ocean without much international water disputes or boundaries.
International Date Line
In reality, the International Date Line (IDL) does not exist. It is an imaginary line roughly based on the meridian of 180° longitude.I would love to go to Fiji and change my day by just taking a step.
If you cross thedate line moving east, you subtract a day, whereas if you are moving west you add a day. For example, if today is Friday and we crossed the InternationalDate Line from west to east then it would be Thursday.
When you cross the date line, you sort of become a time traveler! Cross to the west and it’s one day later; cross back and you’ve “gone back in time.”
Look at the man standing in the center of the past and future (pictured above). This is almost mind-tripping. At one moment you could be in the present and yet another moment you could be still living in the yesterday. How cool!
Around the World in Eighty Days
The concept behind the International Date Line was used as a plot device in Jules Verne’s novel “Around the World in Eighty Days” published in 1873.
Original book cover
The book’s main protagonist, Phileas Fogg, travels eastward around the world. He had bet with his friends that he could do it in 80 days. To win the wager, Fogg must return by 8:45 pm on Saturday, 21 December 1872.
However, the journey suffers a series of delays and when Fogg reaches London, it’s 8:50 pm on Friday, 20 December, although he believes it’s Saturday, 21 December and that he has lost the wager by a margin of just 5 minutes.
The next day, however, it is revealed that the present day is still Saturday, not Sunday, and Fogg arrives at his club just in time to win the bet.
In journeying eastward Phileas Fogg had gone towards the sun, and the days, therefore, diminished for him as many times four minutes as he crossed degrees in this direction.
There are 360 degrees on the circumference of the earth; and these 360 degrees, multiplied by 4 minutes, give precisely 24 hours — that is, a full day unconsciously gained.
In other words, while Phileas Fogg, going eastward, saw the sun pass the meridian eighty times, his friends in London only saw it pass the meridian seventy-nine times.
Fogg had thought it was one day more than it actually was, because he had forgotten this simple fact. During his journey, he had added a full day to his clock, at the rhythm of an hour per 15 degrees, or 4 minutes per degree.
So what do you think? Would you like to explore the 180th meridian and make it in some sort of trip idea or bucket list? Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.