Category: Travel & Adventure (page 1 of 3)

Tourists are destroying the places they love

The Guardian:

Unless we rethink our holiday choices, the damage and destruction to global beauty spots can only grow.

Der Spiegel:

Travel is no longer a luxury good. Airlines like Ryanair and EasyJet have contributed to a form of mass tourism that has made local residents feel like foreigners in cities like Barcelona and Rome. The infrastructure is buckling under the pressure.

More: Newsweek, The Guardian

Could the Peugeot Open Europe program be the best way to tour Europe?

European road trip anyone?

Thrillist:

The best way to get around Europe, we discovered, is to grab a friend, maybe two, and take out a short-term lease on a car. Here’s how you, too, can have a trip you’ll remember for the rest of your life — even if you’re feeling first-world broke.

So long as you’re at least 18, have a valid driver’s license, and live outside the European Union, you can pay for what’s called a buy-back lease through the Peugeot Open Europe program. This gets you a factory-fresh car to call your own and take anywhere within 42 countries, sans mileage restrictions, for up to 175 days — equivalent to returning a January 1 rental on June 24.

Canada’s Yukon Territory is beyond your wildest dreams

Foders:

With its untamed wilderness, gold rush past, and party-hardy reputation, Canada’s northern frontier offers a wild time—in every sense of the word.

The call of the wild emanates from just about everywhere in Canada’s Yukon Territory. Some locations are expected (evergreen forests, rugged mountain peaks, remote lakes) while others might surprise (a former brothel-now-bar, a wild-west-esque can-can show, a divey saloon). Looming large over this vast frontier north of the 60th parallel and east of Alaska are the stories and storied remains of the Klondike gold rush. Beginning in 1887, when word of gold in them thar (northern) hills reached southern cities, a stampede of 100,000 dreamers and schemers sailed north to Alaska, trudged over mountain passes into Canada, and sailed down the Yukon River to reach the gold fields. Take inspiration from their courage (or craziness) and find some wild times of your own.

Asian cities dominate top 10 rankings of international tourist arrivals in 2017

Asia was represented by seven cities—Bangkok, Singapore, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Seoul, Kuala Lumpur and Shenzhen—while Europe, Middle East and America were limited to one city each—with London, Dubai and New York City respectively.” – Travel Daily News Asia

Does this explain why Brazilians are always late?

According to this article, thanks to an unhurried ‘life’s a beach’ attitude, Brazilians neither expect nor appreciate punctuality. – BBC Travel

Watch: The stunning stone monuments of Petra

Watch: Everyday is an Adventure

Blue Origin successfully lands both booster and crew capsule

TechCrunch:

[Yesterday] at its Texas launch facility, Blue Origin performed its most critical test to date. It performed a live separation test of its crew capsule from the rocket booster and everything performed as expected. The crew capsule fired its escape motor at the right time, sending the capsule higher than it ever has gone before. This successful test is a huge milestone for Jeff Bezos’ rocket company, which previously stated that if the test went well it could put the rocket company in position to become operational by the end of the year.

Van: The Turkish city that lives for breakfast

BBC:

Turkish breakfast – a meal of epic proportions based around an often daunting array of cheeses, olives, egg dishes, jams, grilled sausage and cup after cup of black tea – is among the country’s finest culinary rituals.

And while the most important meal of the day is cherished and taken seriously throughout the country, its heartland is the eastern city of Van.

Unicorns are very real in Scotland

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