Monitoring the top travel news stories can often help save you considerable time and money and help you stay safe on your next vacation. Travel news reporters make it their business to know and share the most current information about anything that could impact your travel plans.
Endangered Natural Wonders
If your bucket list includes any of the world’s natural wonders, make plans to get there sooner rather than later because many of these fragile wonderlands are in danger of disappearing. The decline of the Belize Barrier Reef continues due to global warming of the seas, pollution and the invasion of cruise ships; and the Congo Basin, the world’s second largest rainforest, is predicted to be eradicated by 2040 if not protected. Florida’s Everglades, the Maldives, and the Poles are also being threatened by global warming and encroaching development.
Over the Water Bungalows
Just in case you are searching for something more than a hotel room with a view of the ocean, resorts in several locations throughout the world offer accommodations that are even closer than ocean side. Approximately ninety bungalow type resorts that are built right over top of the water are available throughout the world with the majority of them in the Maldives. These exotic villas allow an optimal view of sea life through glass panels in the floor, snorkeling off the deck of your room, and maximum privacy for romantic getaways.
Animals found in Suitcases
In an attempt to replicate Noah’s Ark on a smaller scale in his suitcase one passenger was arrested at Thailand’s International Airport in Bangkok. Officers trained in anti trafficking were monitoring the man from the time he purchased animals on the black market and caught him red-handed with two baby leopards, two panthers, two monkeys and a baby bear in his suitcases. All the animals were endangered species, about the size of puppies, and appeared to have been drugged. Officials believe the man is part of a larger sophisticated animal smuggling network.
Eastern Mediterranean Cruises Cancelled
Norwegian, one of the big name cruise lines, has pulled the Norwegian Jade ship from its Eastern Mediterranean destinations, blaming political unrest in that area for making travelers skittish about cruises with port calls in the area. Several countries including Egypt, Libya and Tunisia are experiencing incidences that could make travel risky. Travelers with cruises already booked are able to alter plans and transfer the booking to another cruise. Norwegian’s announcement came on the heels of a similar action that cancelled winter cruises to the same area by Royal Caribbean.
Diamond Rock in Martinique
Forget just swimming under the sea because those with a more adventurous spirit can have the opportunity to swim under an entire island at Martinique’s Diamond Rock located in the Caribbean. This unique vacation trip is reserved for the most advanced divers as the cavern beneath Diamond Rock includes strong currents. However, for divers that are up to the challenge, there are plenty of corals, marine life, and sea fans to explore beneath the island. This undersea wonderland is virtually unknown to the U.S. and is an experience of a lifetime for diver enthusiasts.
Monitoring top travel news stories will help you stay informed about changes to vacation destinations that are included on your next vacation itinerary. Always double check any information or news that you read with a travel agent who can also advise you about recent changes in popular tourist locations.