Friday, February 27, 2015

Go To Travel Where Still Summer

Travelers willing to venture south can find sunshine, shorts weather and beaches right now in the parts of the world where summer is just winding down.

Here are some of warm spots around the globe :

Brisbane, Australia: One of the world's most livable cities, sunny Brisbane has a beach right on the doorstep of its central business district. Known as South Bank, it's where people go to eat, drink and play on the south bank of the Brisbane River.

Medellin, Colombia: Built among shanties on a mountainside in 2007, Medellin's Espana Library and the surrounding area are connected to the city by an amazing Metro Cable system. This is one of the developments that led the Washington-based Urban Land Institute to name this amazing city the 2012 "Innovative City of the Year."

South African Safari: While it can be hot in South Africa during the summer, it's still a wonderful time to explore the country's natural wonders. Book a tour to pack as much into your trip as possible.

Boquete, Panama: Then head to the mountain town of Boquete, at the foothills of the Baru Volcano in the Chiriqui Highlands, to drink coffee where some of the finest beans in the world are grown. Prefer chocolate? La Loma is a working chocolate farm, located off the grid and on the remote Bastimentos Island in Bocas del Toro. It may be the most delicious place to stay in the country.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Abandoned Places In The World

Kolmanskop in the Namib Desert

Abandoned dome houses in Southwest Florida

The remains of the SS Ayrfield in Homebush Bay, Australia

The abandoned Wonderland Amusement Park outside Beijing, China

 Fishing hut on a lake in Germany

 Holland Island in the Chesapeake Bay

 The Kerry Way walking path between Sneem and Kenmare in Ireland

Angkor Wat in Cambodia

Sunken yacht in Antarctica

Craco, Italy

Against Travel To Mexico

DPS warns students not to travel to Mexico

Mexico continues to be a top destination for student tourists, according to tour agencies that specialize in student travel. "Cancun is number one definitely," said Kaitlin Van Horn with Spring Break, a tour operator specializing in trips for students.A lot of students are expected to flock to Cancun despite a warning by the Texas Department of Public Safety the past few years, urging students to stay out of Mexico.

Some parents are also against travel to Mexico.

"They told me not to go over there just because of the violence and stuff," said Samuel Odunsi, senior at the University of Texas at El Paso. Odunsi was still trying to decide whether to go to "Padre or somewhere in Florida" or home to visit his family in Houston.So far the Texas Department of Public Safety has not issued a blanket warning for all of Mexico as in previous years. But it may still do so, according to a spokesman.

The United State Department's detailed travel warning for Mexico says there is "no advisory in effect" for Cancun, Cozumel, Playa del Carmen, Riviera Maya or Tulum. The region is Mexico's top tourist destination.

And it's not just students heading for Mexican beaches. Tourists spent more than $16 billion dollars in Mexico in 2014, a record, according to Mexico's Secretary of Tourism. And the number of visitors grew by more than 16.6 percent over 2013 and is up 27.6 percent from 2012. This spring, the peso-dollar exchange rate may make Mexico especially attractive to budget conscious travelers. It hovers at 15 pesos to one dollar compared to last year's exchange rate of 13 pesos to a dollar during Spring Break.

"We're actually going to Mexico. We're going to Puerto Vallarta," said Amanda Garcia, a student at the University of Texas in El Paso.Garcia has to work this Spring Break but is saving for a vacation with her family and plans to be on a Mexican beach this summer.

"We're excited," Garcia said.

While some beaches in Mexico are attracting tourists, others are not. Acapulco is in the troubled state of Guerrero where 43 Mexican students disappeared sparking protests across Mexico. It's also on the list of Spring Break trips offered by Spring Break but so far "nobody" has booked a trip said Van Horn.

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