by Bea Broda
Yesterday I attended a “travelling road show” that focused on the attractions offered in Ecuador, and quite a few of them caught my attention. From a variety of eco-systems to gastronomy that likes to stay traditional and farm-fresh, there are a number of ways to enjoy this South American country all year round, regardless of your interests. Of course, the Galapagos Islands are the country’s jewel, but other areas, such as the Pacific Region, have emerged with a huge fan base.
Samina Baigh is now the pride of Pakistan. She is the first Pakistani women to conquer Mount Everest.¬†On May 19,2013 at 7:40 AM local time, Sameena Baig become the first Pakistani woman mountaineer to raise the green flag on top of the world‚Äôs highest mountain peak.
Since the end of 2010, Reunion Island Tourism has been inviting travel netizens¬†to Facebook, the world’s largest social network. Today, in May 2013, 100,000 fans¬†are onboard to explore and discover “island travel.”¬†According to the barometer of the performance of tourist destinations by the ‚ÄúWe like Travel‚ÄĚ social media agency, in April 2013, the Francophone Facebook to Reunion Island Tourism page ranked in the top 5, along with French regional destinations to the French Riviera, Tahiti, and Martinique. [Source: http://www.we-like-travel.com/barometres/]
Proflight Zambia welcomed an unusual passenger on board its aircraft last week in the form of Douglina, a 120 kg hippo calf.¬†The four-month-old orphan, at 1.2 meters long, was flown by the airline in a specially-made crate from the Lower Zambezi to her new home in South Luangwa National Park.¬†The animal was rescued by a team from wildlife charity Conservation Lower Zambezi (CLZ), who had observed it for several hours, alone and in distress on the Zambezi River.
Raising money to raise the dead is the aim of a trio of Australians intent on building a New Zealand-based zombie tourism company.¬†Apocalypse Events Ltd was founded in February, and is gearing up to stage its first zombie apocalypse somewhere in Auckland in the coming months, with paying customers taking up roles as either the last remnants of humanity fighting for their survival, or one of the blood-thirsty horde trying to gorge on them.¬†Even better, those portraying uninfected survivors get to make their own zombie movies if they choose to sport headcams throughout their battle for survival.
Dubrovnik tops Post Office Travel Monkey survey:¬†According to Great Britain‚Äôs Post Office survey, Dubrovnik topped a list of 12 ‚Äėemerging‚Äô city destinations that tourists would most like to visit in 2013, beating Moscow, Krakow and Abu Dhabi. The UNESCO World Heritage site also came sixth for value out of the 25 cities surveyed by the Post Office.
Koh Samui is the premier island destination in the Gulf of Thailand. Easily accessible via Koh Samui Airport, which features service from Bangkok Airways and Thai Airways, among others, the island is home to beautiful beaches and a variety of activities which allows it to cater to visitors on any budget.¬†As Thailand’s second most popular island destination, Koh Samui is located roughly 50 miles from Thailand’s southern coast. Koh Samui is the third largest island in Thailand and the largest in an archipelago of more than 80 islands that includes the Ang Thong National Marine Park, a kayaking paradise and short day trip from Koh Samui.
by Bob Schulman
Dry air, year-round sunshine and healing mineral waters have been drawing the glitterati to Southern California’s desert playland ever since the first hotel opened here in 1886.¬†Word soon got out that this spot — called la palma de la mano de Dios (palm of God’s hand) by the Cahuilla Indians’ local Aqua Caliente Band – was a great place to bat little balls around, tan up at the pool and hoist some cold ones (and maybe dry out after hoisting too many).¬†In 1936, a reputed wiseguy from Detroit named Al Wertheimer added another big thing to do here: tossing dotted ivory cubes on green felt tables. Sure, it was illegal, but the country was in the Great Depression, and gambling could draw more visitors to the area, especially fun-loving movie stars, corporate moguls, railroad tycoons and oil barons. So local officials winked at Wertheimer’s casino and gave it a hearty thumbs-up (as long as he put it in neighboring Cathedral City). And so what if Wertheimer used to belong to Detroit’s notorious Purple Gang.
MARATHON, Florida Keys ‚ÄĒ For children age 8 and older, the popular Marine Science Camps held on the tiny island of Pigeon Key, one of the most unusual historic sites in the Florida Keys, make for an exciting summer of learning.¬†Camp sessions are set for Monday through Friday, July 1-5, 8-12, 15-19 and Aug. 5-9, with a choice of day camp or, for kids 10 and older, overnight camp. Early registration is suggested, as space is limited and slots fill quickly.
MADISON, Wis. (May 17, 2013) ‚Äď Whoever said ‚Äúnothing in life is free‚ÄĚ was wrong, and probably never visited the great state of Wisconsin. Our state offers dozens of adventures, events and entertainment that are free or cost next to nothing, yet provide rich experiences and more than enough fun. Here are a few ‚Äúpriceless‚ÄĚ ways to enjoy Wisconsin on a budget. Since these only scratch the surface, be sure to visit TravelWisconsin.com for event listings, festivals and more budget-friendly travel ideas.