This week in Barcelona at the World Conservation Congress Ted Turner announced the first ever Global Sustainable Tourism Criteria. It is a massive undertaking with coordination across the public and private sectors lead by the United Nations Foundation (UNF), the Rainforest Alliance, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Travelocity and others. Each and every one of these entities are determined to make tourism sustainable as the number of global tourists double over the next decade.
I have something to admit: I am not very up on international affairs. I know the last names of a few politicians and world leaders who happen to be in the news more often than others. You are probably the same—PoliSci and International Studies majors need not apply—and you may or may not care. If you’re not sure where you stand, take a quiz. I didn’t do very well and just barely passed. I guessed more than once.
Does that make me a bad person, or a selfish American, or even a bad traveler?
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? The Washington Post asked this question in a fun reader poll recently, and top answers, unsurprisingly, had to do with travel. In first place, with 46% of the vote, was time-travel, and coming in at second place with 31% of the vote was teleportation. The other options were flight (surprisingly, only 12%), super-strength, and x-ray vision.
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Suddenly have a lot of free time on your hands? With the jobless claim at a seven-year high, chances are you or someone you know is out of work. Being unemployed may hamper your finances, but those of the “lemons into lemonade” mentality will consider turning this sudden abundance of free time into an opportunity to travel. So if that severance package is burning a hole in your pocket or you’ve got money saved up, consider these five budget-friendly trips for your extended “vacation.” Who knows? By the time you get back this mess could be cleaned up and you’ll be refreshed and ready to re-enter the workforce.
Anguilla is known for its white-sand beaches, fine dining and upscale resorts. What this island in the northern Caribbean is not known for, however, is being inexpensive. Anguilla makes this list for one reason – a deal offered at the Arawak Beach Inn geared at guests staying for one month or longer that makes living the good life affordable. Guests who book extended stays are eligible for a rate of $825 / month – or less than $30 per night – with a three month stay. According to the website, a two month stay it is an additional 20 percent and 25 percent more for one month stays. Accommodations are in an oceanfront room with a kitchen.
A month touring Asia? Who has that kind of time? Well – you do. An Asia itinerary on offer from Azamara cruise line is priced from just $1,999 (not including airfare) for a November departure, or about $84 per night. A great value, considering the price includes your accommodations, all meals and transportation between ports. The ship departs from Athens, Greece and calls on exotic locales like Cairo, Dubai, Mumbai and Taiwan before the last stop in Singapore. That should give you enough bragging rights for a lifetime. This particular cruise departs on November 22; there are many shorter cruises and different itineraries available depending on your needs.
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So we’re finally into October now, and you know what October means, don’t you? Why, it’s only home to America’s second favorite holiday: Halloween.
What, you thought Christmas was popular? Thanksgiving? Fourth of July? Think again, my friend: it’s all about the candy and the costumes these days. And with airfares typically sky-high around more traditional holiday periods like those above, savvy travelers are turning Halloween into prime vacation time instead, picking the week surrounding October 31st–and often way, way earlier–as a great time for getting out of dodge.
What does this mean? Well, since Halloween isn’t so much a single-day affair anymore as its own holiday season , hotels and theme parks are cashing in on the widened scope for terrifying trips.