JODY VICTOR®

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The AAA tells us that Thanksgiving 2018 will be the most crowded travel-wise it has been in thirteen years. About 54 million Americans will travel in excess of fifty miles. That’s around 5% above last year, which comes to a whopping 2.5 million more people hitting those roads, trains stations and airports.

With 48.5 million people choosing to drive, cars will be the most popular form of transportation, with a 5% increase over last year. 4.27 million travelers will choose planes, which is the largest growth at 5.4%. Cruise ships, buses and trains will carry only 1.48 million travelers with a 1.4% increase over last year.

Whatever your method of travel it is always recommend you leave early—to give yourself plenty of time if you encounter traffic or long lines and delays with planes, trains, buses or ships. It’s probably a good idea to anticipate all kinds of weather when you are packing. And dress in layers if traveling by plane or bus so you can easily adjust to changing temperatures.

Have a safe holiday everyone!

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The British military got the stone in 1801 in the wake of vanquishing Napoleon’s armed force in Egypt and gave it to the British Museum, where it has been an ever-popular attraction.

A Dr. Tarek Tawfik, the head of the Grand Egyptian Museum, as many others is very anxious to see the Rosetta Stone returned to its homeland.

Tawfik proposed that computer generated simulations could be utilized to cultivate a trade and permit cooperation between the two institutions.

Authorities from Egypt have requested the Rosetta Stone be returned for years but have yet to see recompense.

If you don’t already know what the Rosetta Stone is, it is THE singular artifact engraved with Ancient Greek, Demotic and Egyptian hieroglyphs that allowed 19th century linguists to translate ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic language to English.

A similar situation has arouse over the Greek figures, the Elgin Marbles which also reside in the British Museum and have not yet been returned to their homeland.

 

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One of the most visited beaches in the world—the one made famous by the film The Beach featuring Leonardo DiCaprio—will close, indefinitely, because it needs to recover from damages caused by millions of visitors over the years.

Maya Bay, known for its incredibly blue, clear water and golden sands, surrounded by the Ko Phi Phi Leh Island cliffs, is one of Thailand’s highest volume tourist areas since it made its Hollywood debut in The Beach.

Up to 5,000 visitors and 200 boats a day would visit the relatively small beach which, over time, has caused incredible environmental damage. Authorities are now calling for a one-year minimum closure of the beach.

Tourism has caused a laundry list of issues from the pollution caused by litter, boats and sun screen to the Maya Bay coral of which only about 20% remains alive, according to estimates. However, the beach brought in a little over the equivalent of 12 million USD each year, thus authorities were reluctant to close it even though there was evidence of the grave damage for years.

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It is hard to believe, but an alarming number of deadly accidents are caused each year by people trying to get the ultimate selfie. Given the popularity of the ubiquitous selfie, maybe it isn’t so hard to believe after all.

Some researchers are now calling for what they call “no-selfie zones” at tourist locations all over the world. The reason? To prevent tourists from engaging in risky behavior trying to get that gold medal selfie.

Research found in the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care found that 259 people died while taking a selfie in an approximately six-year period between 2011 and 2017. The age range who scored highest for risky behavior were 20 to 29 years old and almost 73% male.

One recent example is a man who tried to snap a selfie while perched precariously above the very swollen Potomac River in Maryland. The decision nearly turned deadly when the man fell into the Potomac’s dangerous waters and had to be rescued by strangers who just happened to be nearby.

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Hawaii promises a vacation paradise to travelers and has long been on the bucket list for many Americans. Hawaii, the 50th state in the Union, offers Americans a truly unique cultural experience without leaving their own country.

However, getting there is a bit of a hassle.

And considering that flying is becoming more arduous and not less, there is a vacuum in air service that might make the journey as much a paradise as the destination.

Hawaiian Airlines might not have succeeded in making the journey a paradise, however, with their new idea they might have made the often fifteen hour trip much easier for New Englanders.

Hawaiian Airlines has announced a 10 hour non-stop flight from Boston to Honolulu. The airline has dubbed this the longest domestic flight in US history. And it will be a five day a week service. Logan International and Daniel K. Inouye International Airports will now be directly connected and hopefully filled with much happier passengers.
278 seat Airbus A330 jets will start the new service on April 4th.

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