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.
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.
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.
British bank HSBC has done a new study which suggests that 1 in 50 airline passengers meet their one true love aboard a plane.
The study surveyed over two thousand people from almost one hundred and forty-one countries. Six thousand other travelers from places like Hong Kong, the US, the UK and UAE were quizzed about their travel tendencies.
The HSBC study revealed that over fifty percent of passengers will engage in a conversation with a stranger on a plane—so it isn’t surprising the same study suggests that 1 in 7 fliers will find a long-term friend while on board an aircraft. Sixteen percent may find a new business connection.
Here are some other unusual things the study found: 48% freaked out if another passenger removed their shoes; 65% are upset if someone is rude to an attendant; 46% listed others drinking too much as an annoyance while flying.
37% will get angry at anyone who takes up too much over head space. 32% can’t stand arm rest thieves. Falling asleep against a stranger’s shoulder has 30% of fliers on edge. Snoring gets 26% of travelers annoyed.
Remember, despite all this, you can find your true love on board a plane—just don’t steal their arm rest.
Visiting Iceland in August offers mind boggling untamed chances (puffins relocation and whale viewing are at their pinnacle), a bunch of celebrations and social occasions, and totally lovely climate. August denotes the finish of the mid year, and in this way is a standout amongst the most calm a very long time to movement to Iceland with wonderful temperatures, little precipitation, and chances to encounter both the Midnight Sun and the Northern Lights.
Top 10 Things to Do in Iceland in August
Charming individuals from all around the globe, Iceland has such a great amount to offer. From natural life seeing chances to social celebrations there is never a deficiency of exercises. Find the Top 10 exercises you ought to do in Iceland in August,
Beginning of the Northern Lights
Brilliant Circle Visit
Ring Road Tour
Blue Lagoon and Hot Springs
Cascade and Glacier climbs
Town visits (streets are clear of ice)