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Is it Safe to Visit Venice Even With Flooding Shutting Everything Down?

At this time, tour companies and those living in Venice are urging travelers to stay away.  The flooding has become quite dangerous and it’s not recommended that anyone making plans to visit.  There are many other Italian destinations that should take advantage of and consider Venice for a future trip.

Many people know that Venice is slowly sinking, but this low-lying city is more than 85% underwater after this severe flooding which has put the city in harm’s way over the past few days.

Acqua alta or high waters are the highest in over 50 years, reaching just over 6-feet or 1.87 meters. The devastation from flooding over this past week is almost as high as their record flood that occurred in 1966.  It’s been reported as the 2nd worst flood in history, according to the Associated Press.

Venice is a very popular destination in part to their incredible landmarks including St. Mark’s Square.  Due to the recent flooding, these landmarks are now underwater!

According to Mindi and Daryl Hirsch from 2foodtrippers.com, even though Venice is still a charming city, the flooding is a totally different story. They told Newsweek there is nothing charming about wading through 3-feet of cold, smelly water.  This kind of water makes galoshes and boots useless.

The couple who has a travel-blogging site walked in wast-high water after dinner and said they felt the situation was very dangerous.  They have strongly suggested that if travelers experience this kind of flooding, they should take all warnings very seriously.

The city sounds an alarm when flooding is imminent and the number of tones will signify the expected level of water.  When this happens, you should take cover until the water recedes.  The couple added they believe they will hear these alarms in their dreams for the next few years.

What Travelers Need To Know

 Marco Amorico, president of Access Italy, which is a luxury tour company, recommends travelers avoid the city until normal water levels are restored.  They should pay close attention to all weather forecasts.

If your plans are set and you are ready to leave for Venice, it’s strongly advised you travel to Milan or Turin instead.  If your travel dates are more than a week in advance, monitor the situation and consider looking into other cities like Rome and/or Florence.

Italy is conveniently connected by trains and travel times are relatively short.

 At this time, Urban Adventures Venice is currently closed.  Cecilia Cambero, manager of the Venice Tours for Urban, told Newsweek that travelers going to Venice need to be aware that the city is in peril at this time.

Travelers will be limited in moving about and many sites including museums are closed or in the process of closing down.

At this time, tour companies and those living in Venice are urging travelers to stay away.  The flooding has become quite dangerous and it’s...

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View Some of the Largest Sculpture Parks Around the World

Sculpture parks offer incredible sculptures that are too large to be placed inside buildings so they need to have their own space. They are beautifully located in dazzling gardens and play off the background of Mother Nature. When you travel to an area that has a sculpture park, you must experience the grandeur and beauty of these perfectly mastered pieces of art.

Storm King Art Center in Cornwall, NY

This art center is less than 2-hours by train just north of NYC. On a sunny day, what a great way to spend an afternoon strolling through the natural art center viewing modern works that date back to the 1940s. While strolling through this 500-acre park, you might just run into gorgeous Alexander Calder sculptures or come across an enormous canoe painted by Roy Lichtenstein.

Parque de las Esculturas in Santiago, Chile

After the original garden was destroyed by a flood in 1982, local artists totally rebuilt the area forming an incredible sculpture park and botanical garden. The park is well-lit if you want to stop by in the evening and on a clear day, you can see the Andes Mountains.

Ekebergparken Sculpture in Park Oslo, Norway

This park is located in an area that during WWII, was loaded with German anti-aircraft mines. Today, it’s loaded with modern features and lifelike metal sculptures of people. James Turrell’s “Skyspace” is one of many around the world that create a color show with the changing light in the ceiling aperture that will take your breath away.

Parco Dei Mostri in Bomarzo, Italy

This park was commissioned by Prince Pier Francesco Orsini in 1552. The park is a ghoulish interpretation of the suffering he experienced after returning from the horrors of war and then directly followed by the death of his wife.

Parco dei Mostri in translation is Park of the Monsters and is a far cry from symmetrical and sculpture gardens that existed during the time. This park is a strange, haunting environment for this open-air gallery.

Memento Park in Budapest, Hungary

This larger-than-life sculpture park is tongue in cheek focusing on the fall of communism. You will see life-sized sculptures of the former communist leaders throughout history. Also, there is a phone that you can pick up and travel back in time listening to the voices of Stalin and Mao, along with many others.

Chapungu Sculpture Park in Harare, Zimbabwe

This sculpture garden sits in the capital city of Zimbabwe and was originally created before the country gained its independence. The garden is made up of wonderful work created by traditional Zimbabwean stone sculptors. Today, many of these pieces of artwork are exported to botanical gardens around the world to share the traditional art form of Zimbabweans.

Buddha Park in Vientiane, Laos

Even though the park was designed to look like it was built hundreds of years ago, the Buddha statues were not built until 1958. The sculptures were created by a priest-shaman and his students and none of them were trained in art. There are 200 huge statues that sit on the banks of the Mekong River which express Thai and Laotian culture with both Buddhist and Hindu statues of icons.

Hakone Open-Air Museum in Hakone, Japan

This is Japan’s first open-air museum which is made up of sculptures, gardens, and exhibits set against the backdrop of lush garden growth. Your children can climb inside clear cubes and everyone is welcome to rest their feet in the trickling foot baths with water that comes from the local hot spring.

In Broken Hill, Australia – Visit the Living Desert & Sculptures

In 1993, this park opened in central Australia. It’s home to 12 sandstone carvings by artists from Australia, Mexico, Georgia, and Syria. Visit at sunset and watch the rocks light up, creating an incredible magical effect that can only be found in the Outback!

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9 of the World’s Oldest Buildings

Old buildings are a fascinating way to look back at the development of human civilization and appreciate just how far architecture has come since man’s earliest attempts to build in stone and wood.  Some of the oldest buildings are now ruins, while others have stood the test of time, here are 9 of the oldest still in existence today:

Knap of Howar, Scotland

Dating back to around 3700-3500 BCE the Knap of Howar is one of the oldest stone houses in the world.  Not only that, but it also has a hidden passage and joint walls that link two stone houses together.

Monks would likely have been the first residents here and they probably built the houses.  There are 50 other abandoned homes nearby and while these would probably make better candidates for renovation, the fact that these ancient homes are still standing is impressive, to say the least.

Ġgantija Temples, Malta

The Ġgantija Temples are also known as the Megalithic Temples and have been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Dating back to 3200 BCE and 3600 BCE respectively, these two temples represent some of the oldest free-standing temples in the world.  They were possibly used for the ritual sacrifice of animals according to the archaeological evidence found at the site.

Tarxien Temples, Malta

These temples are slightly younger than the Ġgantija Temples.  The oldest of the temples were constructed in 3600 BCE – 2500 BCE and has almost disappeared,  but the other three have been lovingly reconstructed.   In 2012 the local people constructed a walkway to allow visitors to appreciate the beautiful blocks, screens, and altars that remain in place there.

Shunet el-Zebib, Abydos, Egypt

Shunet el-Zebib is one of the oldest buildings in existence with much of it in ruins but parts of it do still stand which is impressive for a mud and brick building that was constructed back in 2750 BCE.  Alongside the above-ground structures, there is also an underground tomb here and it is said that this is a precursor to the pyramids.

Cairn de Barnenez,  Brittany

The Cairn de Barnenez is a megalithic structure located in Brittany, France, and overlooks the English Channel. The monument was built around 4850 BCE and is sometimes known as the “Prehistoric Parthenon”.

It is not what you could call a building but as a structure, it is one of the oldest still intact and contains 2 burial chambers and 11 passage tombs.  It remains a fascinating place for anyone interested in architecture or archaeology to visit.

West Kennet Long Barrow, Wiltshire, England

The West Kennet Long Barrow is an old tomb that forms part of the Avebury Neolithic complex.  It is believed that people built these barrows in 3600 BCE and when archaeologists excavated the site they found many artifacts like pottery, tools, and jewelry alongside the remains of around 46 people.

The site is one of the largest burial sites in Britain and has many visitors from all around the world.

Newgrange Neolithic Historical Site, Ireland

Newgrange is located in the Boyne Valley, Ireland.  Constructed around 2300 BCE this passage tomb has a chamber with 3 alcoves. The entire structure is circular and spreads across an acre of land.  It is a popular location with visitors especially during the winter solstice when they come to see the illuminated passageway.

Tomb of Cyrus, Iran

This is one of Iran’s major UNESCO World Heritage sites and is said to be one of the first structures that was protected against earthquakes. The base is constructed in such a way that the main structure cannot move away from the foundation which is even more impressive when you consider that it was built in 530 BCE.

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20 Hours in the Air – Longest Flight Has Just Landed

Qantas has announced that flight QF7879 has landed in Sydney after traveling non-stop to New York. With a flight time of 19 hours and 16 minutes in the air, it is officially the longest non-stop flight in the world stealing the top spot from Singapore Airlines who regularly travel from New York to Singapore.

Qantas is intending to test another non-stop flight, this time from London to Sydney which would add an extra 1 hour of flight time and 500 miles.

As airplanes continue to develop technological advancements and better fuel economy these longer flights become possible. However, this raises the question of how well flight crews and passengers will cope with the extra air time instead of the usual layovers which many passengers feel gives a much-needed break.

Qantas carried out research during the flight and intends to do so again in the planned London-Sydney flight to see how people cope with the extended time in the air and also looking at how to minimize the effects of jet-lag in passengers who will be crossing a total of 15 time zones.

The flight took 40 passengers and 10 crew with a complement of 4 pilots. The passengers included frequent fliers, Qantas staff, researchers and media. A full load of passengers and the associated cargo would reduce the plane’s range, making the continuous flight impossible but there are planes in development that will be able to do this.

Airbus and Boeing are expected to have these ready for service within the next 5 years.

Fewer Passengers – More Legroom!

The reduced numbers meant that passengers could make use of a business class seat which converts into a bed but they were asked to spend as much time as possible in the coach cabin. One of the passengers said that he felt better than expected and although he usually prefers direct flights rather than layovers he did not know how he was going to feel after the full 20 hours.

Qantas also adjusted the in-flight routine so as soon as the aircraft took off the flight was in Sydney time.

All of the lighting, meals, and food were tailored accordingly in an attempt to help the passengers adjust more easily to the time zones. All of the staff worked to the custom shift times and ate the adapted menu but also participated in additional tests including melatonin and brainwave measurement.

The team of 4 pilots under Captain Sean Golding worked together for landing and take-off and then worked in four shifts.

Qantas has announced that flight QF7879 has landed in Sydney after traveling non-stop to New York. With a flight time of 19 hours and 16 minutes in the air, it is officially the longest non-stop flight in the world stealing the top spot from Singapore...

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Top 10 Beaches for a Winter Getaway

Blue and warm waters, an ice-cold cocktail in hand, an umbrella of palm fronds and soft white sand – an unforgettable beach experience.

This is how near we can get to the postcard image of a relaxing vacation. Fortunately, the world is full of them. But where do we go? Where do we visit? Are you in search of paradise, a place to exile yourself with a good book and the refreshing sound of lapping waves and good company? Or are you all about the action, want to surf, para-sail or swim?

Putting a range of factors into consideration, from water temperatures to visitor ratings, the average number of sunny days to proximity to bars, restaurants, hotels, bars, and nightlife here’s a compilation of the top ten world’s best beaches.

Top Ten

The beaches at the top two are both located within the Caribbean, with Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos Islands taking the top spot, scoring 96 out of 100, closely followed by Pink Sands Beach on Harbor Island in the Bahamas with 91.

In visitor ratings, they both scored full marks. Pink Sands gets only 223 days of sunshine a year as opposed to Grace Bay’s 319.

Anse Source D’Argent on La Digue Island in the gorgeous Seychelles sits on the third spot. In terms of restaurants, weather, and activities, it scored well. High temperatures and plenty of sunshine play a big factor in the appeal of any beach.

Playa Norte on Mexico’s Isla Mujeres tops the hot list with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit). With an average of 352 days of sunbathing on offer annually, Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi in Thailand came out number one.

It has an almost unbelievable average water temperature of 28.9°C (84.02°F) because of the extended sunshine. If you want to reside in Thailand, Railay Beach is ranked the best for activities with 11 various options to select from at an average 4.9 rating out of 5. If 11 is not adequate enough for you, you’ll find a mind-boggling 61 different things to do back at Maya Bay.

For visitor activities, the highest-ranked beaches are Varadero Beach, Cuba; Anse Source D’Argent, La Digue Island, Seychelles and Hidden Beach, El Nido, Philippines – all top rated with 5 out of 5.

Nightlife becomes a contributing factor when the sun sets and the party starts. Grace Bay takes the cake for this one, with full marks for nightlife visitor ratings.

For choices, head to Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with an unbelievable 19 major bars and nightclubs close by. For fewer crowds but proximity to great restaurants, Malmok Beach in Noord, Aruba are the best.

Blue and warm waters, an ice-cold cocktail in hand, an umbrella of palm fronds and soft white sand – an unforgettable beach experience.

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The Top 10 Places You Should Visit This Fall

Many experts in the travel industry believe the following 10 places will be the most popular vacation spots over the fall season.

With fall right around the corner, temperatures are starting to fall and leaves are turning spectacular shades of orange, red, and yellow.  This is also the time of year when many start planning their autumn getaways.

Its time to make your plans for a weekend getaway, pack your bags, and make your airline and hotel reservations. If you want an absolutely spectacular, unforgettable vacation, we are here to help you plan for a special trip.

We have chosen the 10 hot spots that have shown a lot of activity in searches and showing a climb in tourism that is expected to last until the winter months set in.  Reports from several travel agencies have shown that Germany to Japan will offer enough excitement to entice everyone from around the world.

From frequent travelers to couch potatoes, no one can turn down these tempting destinations!

Where’s That?

Reports have revealed a rise in lesser-known locations to famous annual events such as Oktoberfest.  Travelers, in the drones, are racing to glorious places like Austria and Switzerland.  As summer travelers are slowing down, the autumn crowd is picking up.

The U.S To Mexico To Canada:

There are a lot of U.S travelers that would prefer to travel a little closer to home, not needing to deal with their passports.  The Carolinas have always been a top choice in the United States due to the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains.

Along for the ride are 2 cities in Mexico; Miguel Hidalgo and Tepoztlán. Another fabulous destination is Regina which is the capital of the Canadian province Saskatchewan.  It’s the second-largest city in the province and is known for its cultural and commercial centers.

Ready To Travel? In Order, Here Are The Top Ten Locations For This Year:

  • Regina, Canada (at 328%)
  • Beatenberg, Switzerland (at 312%)
  • Beppu, Japan (at 288%)
  • Miguel Hidalgo, Mexico (at 279%)
  • Culebra, Puerto Rico (at 250%)
  • Tepoztlán, Mexico (at 250%)
  • Halle, Germany (at 248%)
  • Anderson, South Carolina (at 247%)
  • Pinehurst, North Carolina (at 243%)
  • Obertraun, Austria (at 232%)

If you do not have any vacation time left, check out your own local areas for autumn events.  If you are lucky enough to live in a place that screams gorgeous foliage, go for a day-long hike or maybe travel on horseback!  Join in on the fun at delicious foodfests or festivals that are popping up everywhere with fun activities for your kids or to bring out the kid in you!

Many experts in the travel industry believe the following 10 places will be the most popular vacation spots over the fall season.

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Virgin Galactic Unveils its Spaceport

The countdown for Virgin Galactic’s “Gateway to Space” has truly begun as it edges closer to being the first publicly-traded space tourism company to successfully take customers into space.

A week ago, the company showed off its new New Mexico spaceport to the public, and it looks like those first $250,000-ticket tourists are in for the ride of their life. The facility is part of the state-run Spaceport America in Las Cruces, New Mexico, which also hosts facilities for SpaceX, EXOS Aerospace, and other companies

The interior is reminiscent of a retro, 1960s vibe, but the technology is nothing but modern. You’ll find a barista where you can get a latte for your flight and an interactive walkway to enjoy, as well. The social hub is located on the first floor, called Gaia. Cirrus, the second floor, is where the operations center and mission control is located.

Though the third floor is yet to be revealed, the company has stated that it will be a lounge for their space-flying customers. “Each floor developed has a nice story connecting it back to social activity on Earth,” says designer Jeremy Brown. “Then moving through the mission control part of the building with lighter material references there.”

The Future is Now

Virgin Galactic’s CEO George Whitesides says, “We’re on the home stretch now.” In just a matter of weeks, the aircraft carrier will head to Mojave, where the company’s test facilities are located. There, it will pick up Virgin’s spacecraft, the VMS Unity, and transport it back to New Mexico where test flights will ensue.

Once all the kinks have been worked out and Virgin Galactic is satisfied with their finished product, they’ll be ready to take on their first commercial flight. Currently, 603 reservations have been made for spaceflight, totaling about $80 million in deposits.

They haven’t marketed for tickets since 2014, but once commercial space flights have commenced, Virgin Galactic will be offering new tickets for at least $250,000.

Back in July, the company announced that they would be merging with Social Capital Hedosophia, which will invest $800 million for a 49% stake in the company. In addition, they’ll trade on the New York Stock Exchange.

You may be thinking, “Who even has enough money sitting around to afford one of these flights?” But you’d be surprised to discover that the company received over 2,500 inquiries for reservations for the first flight in December 2018, and more are clamoring since last week’s unveiling.

When everything is set for that first commercial flight, customers will board the Unity, which will be attached to the underside of the aircraft Eve, and once the airplane flies to around 50,000 feet, the rocket will detach and launch into space where passengers will get a stunning view of both space and Earth.

For a few minutes, they’ll be free from the restraints of their seats to experience the weightlessness until it’s time to head back home. In total, the duration of the flight is going to be around 3-4 hours from take-off to landing.

The countdown for Virgin Galactic’s “Gateway to Space” has truly begun as it edges closer to being the first publicly-traded space tourism company to successfully take customers into space.

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Delta Passenger on ‘Private’ Plane Left Out One Important Detail

Vincent Peone’s video Tweet went viral last week as it showed him boarding a private Delta flight from Aspen, Colorado to Salt Lake City, Utah as the only passenger. He captioned the short clip, “Last week @Delta gave me my own private jet…kind of.” It seems, however, that the award-winning director may have stretched the truth a bit.

The full story is that, though Peone did board that flight as the only passenger, it never took off! Peone later claimed that his video was “100 percent true” – before he stopped filming, that is!

Well… Kind Off

“After the private jet broke down again with mechanical problems, I took a normal one the following morning,” he confesses in his tweet.

Peone feels no contrition over his post, and though he took a flight alongside other passengers the next day, he’s enjoying the moment of viral fame.

“The footage I have tells a short, funny, and positive story – because those are the kind of stories I like to tell. I make comedy!” he wrote.

He also added, “I had some laughs with the amazing crew while living the dream.”

Delta also has no negative feelings about Peone’s post but, rather, responded to his popular Twitter with a thank you for shouting out to them. Most likely, several others had no issue with his post either as it gave them the opportunity to drool over the “hot pilot” Peone had on the would-be private flight.

Vincent Peone’s video Tweet went viral last week as it showed him boarding a private Delta flight from Aspen, Colorado to Salt Lake City, Utah as the only passenger. He captioned the short clip, “Last week @Delta gave me my own private jet…kind...

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Nature Lovers Now Have 270,000 Acres of Land Open in California

Many people looking to get back into nature have a hard time finding places that are pristine, open, and ever so natural to unwind and just have a great time.

Nature lovers now have a new area in California to view breathtaking mountains, an abundance of wildlife, ancient old oak trees, fields and streams, along with so many hiking trails.  You might just discover your next excellent vacation spot without ever having to leave the country!

Tejon Ranch has donated a great deal of land so visitors can enjoy nature in the most wonderful way.  Tejon Ranch has been around since 1843 and the owner, Fitzgerald Beale, has partnered with an online travel company, Explore Ranches, to allow their members access to 270,000 acres of private land.

About Tejon Ranch:

The ranch is located 60 miles north of Los Angeles and 30 south of Bakersfield.  It is the largest, continual expansion in California offering 422 square miles of land. Tejon Ranch has joined other natural environments in the state, Mojave Desert, Sierra Nevada, San Joaquin Valley, and Coastal Range.  The spans of land is larger than New York City.

There are hundreds of miles of trails and roads to hike along, fields of grass, coniferous forests, ancient oak and Joshua trees, a huge diversity of wildlife, and many reservoirs and streams.

Their partnership with Explore Ranches allows visitors to choose their accommodation from 4 separate lodges that will hold 4 to 12 people at three different locations, including the Venado Cabin.

Located at the foot of the mountains, Venado Cabin offers incredible, endless views from the porch of the cabin.  You can see red-tailed hawks, an occasional condor, eagles, and deer roaming freely along the hillsides.

You can also enjoy a game of horseshoes with their private horseshoe pit.  For those who want to explore the ranch, there are miles of trails for hiking, going on driving tours, or biking.  Just below the cabin, there is an incredible fishing pond loaded with bass and bluegill and a massive meadow with huge oak trees.

If you want a really wonderful vacation away from your hectic lifestyle, visiting this property will give you access to so many activities including mountain biking, hiking, fishing, picnicking, and the incredible opportunity to take photos of wildlife and breathtaking landscapes. What an idyllic way to totally unwind!

Many people looking to get back into nature have a hard time finding places that are pristine, open, and ever so natural to unwind and just have a great time.

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The TSA is Working to Keep Your Laptop in Your Bag

The TSA is finally testing a screening method that will allow passengers, even those without a TSA PreCheck, to keep their laptops in their bags during the process. This new screening method is being tested in Las Vegas, and if it works, it will expand throughout the nation.

This month the TSA announced the opening of a new facility on the lower level of Terminal 3 at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. The new method being tested is under the Advancing the Checkpoint Environment program, or ACE, for short.

The Innovation Task Force

The director of the Innovation Task Force, Jose Bonilla, stated that this new facility will allow them to assess the new technology and processes being considered.

It will also make it easy for them to make a demonstration of the unique network of capabilities without having an effect on current operations.

The usual TSA checkpoints at Terminal 3 are found in the upper level of the building, while the ACE facility can be found downstairs. For the moment, only domestic passengers flying United Airlines will be able to go through ACE lanes.

However, this will soon be expanded to other domestic and international airlines. The ACE checkpoint is open for 4 hours every day, from Sunday to Thursday.

Passengers that go through the ACE lanes can leave their laptops in their bags even if they don’t have a PreCheck and they will be able to bypass traditional checkpoints. This process also provides faster security screening because fewer passengers are processed on these lanes.

The main ACE trials involve advanced imaging machines that make use of CT tech to look into the carry-on bags of passengers.

The images are more detailed than the traditional images produced by X-ray scans, which is why it will no longer be necessary for passengers to get their things out of their bags.

Similar machines are also being tested on other airports in the country, such as JKF Terminal 7. As ACE continues being used, newer technologies and procedures will be introduced to guarantee its evolution.

In fact, one of the main objectives of the ACE facility is to allow the testing of different types of tech and processes in conjunction with each other.

Passengers going through the ACE lanes will still have to remove liquids from their bags as well as their shoes, but it may not always be the case. The procedure will evolve alongside the technology, so many more upgrades to the screening process will follow.

The feedback from passengers who have used the ACE lanes and from the agents who manage them is important to evaluate these new processes and technologies, which will help the TSA roll out these new procedures and machines more broadly.

So far, the feedback is great on the introduced innovations, so we expect to hear more about this very soon as it will eventually appear on other airports in the country.

The TSA is finally testing a screening method that will allow passengers, even those without a TSA PreCheck, to keep their laptops in their bags during the process. This new screening method is being tested in Las Vegas, and if it works, it will expand...

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Beaches Resorts Embraces Everyone on the Autism Spectrum

Autism has become more common than ever before. Year in and year out, more and more children are being diagnosed with it. Some of the symptoms that make autism so distinguishable are sensory overloads, random outbursts, and overwhelming bouts of anxiety.

These symptoms can come out of nowhere, making family vacations quite stressful, which defeats the point of taking a vacation in the first place.

The good news is that many industry giants have taken the time to learn how to accommodate people on the autism spectrum, and Beaches Resorts is a great example of that.

In fact, the family-friendly resort is no stranger to autism, being the fist resort to complete the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) Autism Certificate (AC) training, thus becoming a Certified Autism Center (CAC) in April of 2017.

Remarkable Company

In April of 2019, Beaches Resorts continues working for more. Two years after becoming a CAC, the company has taken their commitment even further by becoming an Advanced Certified Autism Center (ACAC).

This is the very first company to obtain this designation, so it’s quite remarkable how seriously they’ve taken the issue.

However, at the end of the day, these are just credentials. What matters is what they’ve done with the knowledge they’ve acquired to ensure that families who choose their resort can receive the level of compassion and care it’s difficult to find in other places.

When you’re on vacation, you don’t want your family fun to be limited by concerns about safety or the ability of the staff to respond and interact with your children.

At Beaches Resorts, you don’t have to worry about this, which means your vacation will truly be exactly that: a vacation you can all enjoy together.

The moment you step foot in the resort, you’ll receive personalized care. This is possible because families can fill out a questionnaire with a Special Services team before traveling so they can be aware of specific preferences and requests.

If you need a private check-in or a sensory toy to keep your child busy and happy while you check-in, Beaches Resorts will provide exactly that.

Friends on Sesame Street

Beaches Resort have also partnered with Sesame Street to create an environment specifically designed for kids, which characters such as Cookie Monster, Elmo, Oscar the Grouch, and more, walking around the resort.

What this means is that your family will have fun the second they arrive at the resort, which is not something you can say of every resort out there. They have even introduced a new muppet named Julia, who’s on the autism spectrum herself.

This muppet is of course exclusive to the resort and with activities such as Amazing Art with Julia, children will enjoy their time thoroughly.

Children on the autism spectrum often have trouble communicating with words, that’s why Julia encourages self-expression through art. Through this activity, your children will be able to explore themselves in an easier, better, more exciting way.

Because Julia is on the spectrum as well, some things must be noted. For example, taking pictures without her permission is a no-no. This is meant to encourage both the understanding and acceptance of autism.

Another wonderful thing about Beaches Resorts is that they’re not limited to activities for children. This year, they were allowed to include their water sports operations in their ACAC certification.

Children on the spectrum will be handled by dive team staff that has been trained on accommodating, interacting, and keeping them safe during these activities. Thus providing the opportunity for them to enjoy diving in the Caribbean, something that no other result can offer.

If you have a child on the spectrum, it’s never easy to plan a vacation. Not knowing what your options are is crippling and limiting, so knowing about the one Caribbean resort where you will absolutely have the safest, most exciting and fun experience is a joy.

Beaches Resorts will help you show your child that there’s nothing they can’t do, provided they have the support they need to explore new things and be comfortable doing what they like.

For parents, it’s a relief to know you’re child is in good hands, so your vacation will be amazing for everyone involved.

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Top 7 Rooftop Bars to Visit in Berlin

If you want to experience Berlin in a whole new way, it’s a good idea to visit some of the most unique and coolest rooftop bars you’ll ever set foot in. Berlin’s skyline is amazing, but these rooftop bars have a lot more to offer, so here are the top 7 options to visit in Berlin!

  1. Amano Hotel Rooftop Terrace

If you want to see the TV Tower up close, the Amano Hotel Rooftop Terrace is the right spot for you. Here you can sip on drinks such as Moscow Mule or a Dark and Stormy and enjoy the view of the city rooftops.

Drinks are a bit more expensive here than in other places, but that view is 100% worth it.

  1. Deck5

Deck5 has earned the honor of being the highest beach bar in Berlin. During the winter, the sand disappears and the entire space is decorated with Christmas ornaments and it becomes the highest Christmas market in the city.

It doesn’t matter which season you visit in, Deck5 is sublime year-round.

  1. Gallery Rooftop bar

The Gallery, located at the rooftop of the Hotel Indigo, offers breathtaking views of what used to be East Berlin, the longest standing stretch of the Berlin Wall, and the Spree River.

The cocktail menu is full of creative options and get ready, because they’re strong! Try not to fall apart after a few.

  1. Hotel de Rome Rooftop Terrace

If you want a more swanky option, the Hotel de Rome rooftop terrace is the right one for you.

This one offers incredible views of the St. Hedwig Cathedral and the opera house, so it’s definitely worth a visit. The drinks are a bit expensive, but when you consider where you are, you won’t mind splurging a bit.

  1. House of Weekend

House of Weekend is the right spot for people who want to club and still enjoy a jaw-dropping view up high. This techno club, located near Alexanderplatz, is 17 floors up in the Haus des Reisens.

It’s open from Thursday to Sunday morning, so keep that in mind when you plan your visit.

  1. Klunkerkranich

Klunkerkranich is an interesting option because there’s no sign or way to find it on your own. This rooftop bar is on the top of a parking garage and it’s one of the hippest options on the list.

It’s the perfect spot to have a cold beer and enjoy the view of the city below. Sometimes there’s even live music!

  1. Monkey Bar

Last but not least, the Monkey Bar is a fashionable place to visit during your stay in Berlin. The bar is set on the rooftop of the 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin and it takes its name because you have a full view of the monkeys at the zoo, making this a truly unique experience.

It’s super fun to watch them play, but if that’s somehow not your thing, you can also enjoy incredible views of West Berlin, so it’s a great place to visit.

If you want to experience Berlin in a whole new way, it’s a good idea to visit some of the most unique and coolest rooftop bars you’ll ever set foot in. Berlin’s skyline is amazing, but these rooftop bars have a lot more to offer, so here are the top 7...

City Life Inspiring Stories Vacation

Sleep in a Legend: Bauhaus School Opens to Guests

It was the early 1900s when Walter Gropius pioneered a new form of functionalism and minimalism that continues even now to shape architecture, graphic industrial, furniture, and interior design.

One of the most iconic parts of this movement was Bauhaus, a school in Germany that combined an arts-and-crafts ethos with an industrial aesthetic. The institution attracted potential artists and architects from all over Europe, molding and influencing their minds.

Teachers like Vassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee taught around 200 students creative ways to form ideas from all sorts of disciplines, such as construction, advertising, manufacturing, and, of course, art. The building feels like some of today’s Modernist designs, but, at the time, it was the beginning of a movement, especially its innovative curtain wall system.

Form Follows Function

While the institution moved from Weimar to Dessau and Berlin then back again, it has been renovated in Dessau to look and feel the way it did in 1926. The school is complete with student rooms available to rent that are small and minimally appointed with private balconies.

The rooms were designed to be spaces not only for sleeping and hanging one’s clothes, but also to be a workspace with a chair and desk. They’re formed, mainly, to draw people into collaborative studio spaces.

Studios and sleeping spaces are now open to the public for around $50 a night, so now both fans and designers have the ability to revel in this iconic space designed by both teachers and students and enjoy the proto-Modernist architecture that so influenced what we have today.

It was the early 1900s when Walter Gropius pioneered a new form of functionalism and minimalism that continues even now to shape architecture, graphic industrial, furniture, and interior design.

One of the most iconic parts of this movement was Bauhaus, a...

Lifestyle Vacation

10 Best Surfing Beaches

There’s nothing quite as free, independent and cool like surfing. Originated in Hawaii and the South Pacific in the 1800s, it has become one of the most popular sports in the world.

Surfing has its own culture, it’s own lexicon, and it definitely requires you to love the sea, the challenge of dominating the waves and the excitement. If there’s a reef, wave or break, you bet there will be a surfer riding it. If you want to figure out what are the best spots in the world, here’s a list of the 10 best surfing beaches. So let’s get into it!

  1. Hanalei Bay, Hawaii

This is one of those magical places on earth that make you feel like you’re in heaven. It offers tubed waves and you’ll also have the majestic view of waterfalls. Professionals and amateurs will equally enjoy this wonderful spot!

  1. Cloud 9, Philippines

This surfing spot, which takes the name of the most famous wave on the island, offers some of the most dramatic waves and razor-sharp coral in the world. That means that it’s best for professional surfers who can handle themselves. However, amateurs will find that surf lessons are available.

  1. Troncones, Mexico

Troncones is a great spot that accommodates surfers of all levels and you’ll find waves of all sizes available all year-round, which makes it a popular spots for surfers from all over the world because of the wonderful availability.

  1. Muizenberg, South Africa

Muizenberg is actually historic in South Africa because it’s considered to be the birthplace of surf culture in the country. This surfing spot offers beautiful breaks and it’s also a great spot for spotting Great White sharks from the cliffs. It’s incredible!

  1. Shikoku Island, Japan

Shikoku is the smallest island in Japan and it has many wonderful things to offer, including some top-notch surf. It’s also home to a pilgrimage route of 88 Buddhist temples and the feudal Matsuyama Castle, which makes it a great touristic destination.

  1. Byron Bay, Australia

Byron Bay is one of the most well-known spots in the world. This chill town has everything a surfer dreams of:  Waves ready to ride, warm water, and even interesting spots for diving with shipwrecks and everything. Do be aware of sharks, though, even if there are shark nets in place.

  1. Killer Point, Morocco

Killer Point, which is located in Taghazout, a small fishing village in Morocco, has been a popular spot for surfers since the 1960s. It takes its name after the killer whales that live in the area and it’s the perfect place to ride powerful breaks.

  1. Fernando de Noronha Island, Brazil

Located to the north, this island offers incredible reef breaks and huge breaks. The beaches here are super clean and it also offers incredible opportunities for scuba diving as well. Get ready for breaks of up to 15 feet high!

  1. Carrapateira, Portugal

If you’re a beginner and you need a more controlled and less wild surfing experience, this is the spot for you. Carrapateira beaches offer manageable waves and they’re usually empty, which means you’ll be alone with the sea.

  1. Malibu, California

And of course, a list of surfing spots wouldn’t be complete without Malibu. Famous for its wonderful waves and breaks!

There’s nothing quite as free, independent and cool like surfing. Originated in Hawaii and the South Pacific in the 1800s, it has become one of the most popular sports in the world.
Surfing has its own culture, it’s own lexicon, and it definitely requires...

Vacation

The Top 10 Destinations to Travel to This Summer, According to Airbnb

Summer Vacation. These two words fill us with the excitement of traveling, relaxing, seeing new places, meeting new people, and more.

Some of us envision a glass of rose by the sea while others of us long for something more foreign and adventurous, explorations in Asia or the mountains somewhere.

The world is an incredibly vast place, and there is no end to the places we could travel to.

If you’re having a hard time choosing where your summer getaway should be in 2019, Airbnb can help with their definitive ranking of this summer’s must-see summer travel destinations.

Airbnb used internal booking data to see which are the hottest and most desirable locations this summer, and the options are quite various. Some focus on nature, like Bragg Creek, Canada while others display the coast, like South Korea’s coastal city of Yeosu.

Two cities of China made their way on the list of top 10 destinations, and it also seems like Puerto Rico has become increasingly popular.

The number one destination was claimed by a commune in northern France right next to the Belgian border and on the Scheldt River – Valenciennes.

Time to Choose!

Those vacation days are almost upon us, so if you haven’t managed to land on a location for you this summer, let Airbnb’s top global destinations help! They are as follows:

  1. Valenciennes, France
  2. Changsha, China
  3. Matsudo, Japan
  4. Marigot, St. Martin
  5. Wuhan, China
  6. Dorado, Puerto Rico
  7. Vieques, Puerto Rico
  8. Río Grande, Puerto Rico
  9. Yeosu, South Korea
  10. Bragg Creek, Canada

Some of you are planning a trip for you and a significant other, and for most popular trips booked by couples, Airbnb has a whole other list.

You’ll be surprised at some of the destinations that trend the most, like Munising in Michigan, but others are headed to Argentina, Scotland, and Northern Ireland. We’ve listed below the top five locations for those booking for two:

  1. Nanterre, France
  2. Nanjing, China
  3. Williams, Arizona
  4. Courseulles-sur-Mer, France
  5. South Uist, Scotland

Summer Vacation. These two words fill us with the excitement of traveling, relaxing, seeing new places, meeting new people, and more.

Some of us envision a glass of rose by the sea while others of us long for something more foreign and adventurous...