Hordes of tourists are suffocating cities around the world. Here’s what you can do to avoid being part of the problem – short of staying home. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Share on LinkedIn Share on Google+ Share by Email By Bryan Lufkin 19 June 2019 “More people are travelling – which is great! – but there are no hidden gems anymore.”That’s a comment I overheard waiting in an immigration queue in Dublin last month. The travellers were talking about Dubrovnik, and how crowded all destinations seem lately. The idea struck me in a weird way. Sure, more people are travelling than ever – which is good. People are broadening their horizons. But reducing destinations to an ever-shrinking collection … [Read more...] about How to be a better tourist
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With my pint-side Mazda packed to the gills with a mad mix of camping gear and posh frocks, my friend Christine and I set off on the long drive to Galway, and Friday night's crib, Clifden Eco Beach Camping and Caravanning Park. Located at the estuary of Streamstown Bay, and owned by Kris and Tatjana Acton, the zero-carbon-footprint site has quite the eco pedigree. It's a listed geosite, climate neutral, and was the first business in Europe to ban single-use plastic bottles (there's a spring-water source of exceptional quality on site). The location's natural beauty is gobsmacking: grassy dunes, white-sand beaches, lapped by turquoise waters - in sunshine, it could pass for Tahiti. We were allocated a perfect pitch by the water, and having set up camp, headed down the beach to seek out the tiny tidal island of Omey. Luckily, the tide was out, enabling us to explore the ruins of medieval St Feichin's Church; it was buried in sand until 1981, and is surrounded by a semi-sunken village, … [Read more...] about Galway: Eat, prey, love it!
Katie Brockman The Motley Fool Published 7:00 AM EDT Jun 11, 2019 When you spend the majority of your adult life working, retirement may seem like it can't come soon enough. Essentially a decades-long vacation, retirement gives you plenty of opportunities to accomplish those bucket-list items you've been putting off for years. And while it is an exciting time, it's also a drastic change. When you're used to having a job that consumes most of your waking hours, it can be tough to transition into a life of leisure. In some cases, retirement can even lead to a somewhat surprising problem: depression. A study published in the Journal of Population Ageing found that those who were retired were about twice as likely to report feeling symptoms of depression than those who were still working. In addition, suicide rates for men are highest among those age 75 and older, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If retirement is such … [Read more...] about Depression during retirement: how to cope and prepare
In Paris, the Louvre Museum closed for a day this week because workers said the crowds were too big to handle. In the Himalayas, climbers at Mount Everest are concerned that the peak has gotten too crowded, contributing to the highest death toll in years. In cities and destinations around the world, from Barcelona to Bali, “overtourism” has become a year-round problem. When fields of wildflowers in Lake Elsinore, California, were overrun this spring by tourists seeking the perfect photo, the city tweeted bluntly about the impact of traffic jams and trampled hillsides: “We know it has been miserable and has caused unnecessary hardships for our entire community.” Last summer, it was a sunflower field outside of Toronto that got trampled after becoming Instagram-famous. A mashup of discount airlines, inexpensive Airbnb rooms and social media shares have brought the blessing of tourist dollars and the growing curse of noisy crowds and even dangerous conditions to … [Read more...] about 4 ways to be a good traveler in the age of overtourism
Open to visitors and located just 12 kilometers from stunning Şanlıurfa, visiting Göbeklitepe should definitely be on everyone's bucket list. The year 2019 has been declared "The Year of Göbeklitepe" and in March President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan spoke at the official inauguration, which took place at the archaeological site. The spectacular ancient ruins of Göbeklitepe, recognized as the world's most ancient temple and a UNESCO World Heritage site, are surprisingly relatively new in their discovery and in becoming a must-see stop when visiting Turkey. The ruins were first unearthed in 1995 and it was just last year that it was officially included in the UNESCO World Heritage list. With the opening last month of the site to regular visitors, coupled with a spectacular museum, there is no better time than now to visit Göbeklitepe, this site of immense historical importance. Located in Şanlıurfa, Göbeklitepe, which translates into English as … [Read more...] about How to visit Göbeklitepe: The world’s oldest temple