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December 11th, International Mountain Day, raises awareness of the importance of mountains and highlights the opportunities for, challenges to, and alliances that can build positive changes for mountain peoples and environments. .
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The United Nations created this global holiday in 2003, which has since been celebrated every year.
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According to the UN:
- almost one billion people live in mountain areas;
- mountains provide between 60 and 80 percent of all freshwater resources for our planet;
- half of the world's biodiversity hotspots are concentrated in mountains.
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And mountain destinations attract between 15 and 20 percent of global tourism...such as adventure tourism pictured here on the Azorean island of Pico, where a group descends after a guided hike up the stratovolcano Mount Pico, the highest mountain of Portugal and one of the highest Atlantic mountains.  Pico and the Azores have a reputation for not only stunning landscapes but sustainable development and tourism practices.
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Caption and photo: @euliakim
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#pico #island #azores #portugal🇵🇹 #europe #mountainsmatter #volcano #mountainlife #montanha #montaña #montagne #instatraveling #instagood #beautifuldestinations #responsibletourism #adventure #DestinationStewardshipCenter #picoftheday #igersnature #nature #naturaleza #landscape #wanderlust #outdoors #getoutside #hiking #caminhada #senderismo 
#sustainable #travel
December 11th, International Mountain Day, raises awareness of the importance of mountains and highlights the opportunities for, challenges to, and alliances that can build positive changes for mountain peoples and environments. . . The United Nations created this global holiday in 2003, which has since been celebrated every year. . . According to the UN: - almost one billion people live in mountain areas; - mountains provide between 60 and 80 percent of all freshwater resources for our planet; - half of the world's biodiversity hotspots are concentrated in mountains. . . And mountain destinations attract between 15 and 20 percent of global tourism...such as adventure tourism pictured here on the Azorean island of Pico, where a group descends after a guided hike up the stratovolcano Mount Pico, the highest mountain of Portugal and one of the highest Atlantic mountains. Pico and the Azores have a reputation for not only stunning landscapes but sustainable development and tourism practices. . . . Caption and photo: @euliakim . . . #pico  #island  #azores  #portugal 🇵🇹 #europe  #mountainsmatter  #volcano  #mountainlife  #montanha  #montaña  #montagne  #instatraveling  #instagood  #beautifuldestinations  #responsibletourism  #adventure  #DestinationStewardshipCenter  #picoftheday  #igersnature  #nature  #naturaleza  #landscape  #wanderlust  #outdoors  #getoutside  #hiking  #caminhada  #senderismo  #sustainable  #travel 
Can you spot the Basque Santa Claus/Father Christmas perched on the City Hall of San Sebastian, Spain?
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Myths and legends are an important part of holiday traditions...and can be a cultural attraction for many destinations.  Though less well-known than Santa, Olentzero is the Basque version of the gift-bearer who comes on Christmas Eve to bring gifts... except Olentzero is a Basque coal maker who comes down from the mountains.  Originally, Olentzero was not such a benevolent figure...but over time, his story and image have changed.
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Today, during the holiday season, an effigy of Olentzero is carried on a chair through Basque towns while people sing carols.  At the end of the parade, the effigy is typically burned.
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What holiday legends and myths have you grown up with?
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Photo and caption: @euliakim
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#sansebastian #donostia #basquecountry #euskalherria #spain #españa
#olentzero #traditions #legend #basque #santa #christmas #holidays #holidayseason #navidad #cultura #travelgram #europe #travelphotography #traveling #awesomeearth #instagood #beautifuldestinations  #DestinationStewardshipCenter #wonderful_places #viaje #instatravel #picoftheday #wanderlust
Can you spot the Basque Santa Claus/Father Christmas perched on the City Hall of San Sebastian, Spain? . . Myths and legends are an important part of holiday traditions...and can be a cultural attraction for many destinations. Though less well-known than Santa, Olentzero is the Basque version of the gift-bearer who comes on Christmas Eve to bring gifts... except Olentzero is a Basque coal maker who comes down from the mountains. Originally, Olentzero was not such a benevolent figure...but over time, his story and image have changed. . . Today, during the holiday season, an effigy of Olentzero is carried on a chair through Basque towns while people sing carols. At the end of the parade, the effigy is typically burned. . . What holiday legends and myths have you grown up with? . . Photo and caption: @euliakim . . #sansebastian  #donostia  #basquecountry  #euskalherria  #spain  #españa  #olentzero  #traditions  #legend  #basque  #santa  #christmas  #holidays  #holidayseason  #navidad  #cultura  #travelgram  #europe  #travelphotography  #traveling  #awesomeearth  #instagood  #beautifuldestinations  #DestinationStewardshipCenter  #wonderful_places  #viaje  #instatravel  #picoftheday  #wanderlust 
Today, December 1st, is Antarctica Day.  According to the British Antarctic Survey, “Antarctica Day was inaugurated in 2010 to celebrate the 1st December 1959 signature of the Antarctic Treaty, which was adopted “with the interests of science and the progress of all mankind.” Antarctica Day was initiated by the Foundation for the Good Governance of International Spaces (www.ourspaces.org.uk) as an annual event to build global awareness of this landmark institution, celebrating this milestone of peace in our civilization with hope and inspiration for future generations.

The Antarctic Treaty has been signed by 48 nations to date and covers the area south of 60 latitude. The Treaty has ensured that Antarctica remains a natural reserve, devoted to peace and science.” .  This treaty also governs the ways in which tourism is conducted in Antarctica. For example, only 100 people are to be on shore at any given time during shore excursions. Absolutely nothing can be left behind or taken away.  Certain distances to animal species must be respected. Ships must meet certain emission standards.  Antarctica is unique in that it is a collective of the whole world- no one nation has ownership or governance there.  Treaties like this are the best way for nations to cooperate and ensure the protection of this magnificent part of our world. Photo and caption: @travelingtamara31
Today, December 1st, is Antarctica Day. According to the British Antarctic Survey, “Antarctica Day was inaugurated in 2010 to celebrate the 1st December 1959 signature of the Antarctic Treaty, which was adopted “with the interests of science and the progress of all mankind.” Antarctica Day was initiated by the Foundation for the Good Governance of International Spaces (www.ourspaces.org.uk) as an annual event to build global awareness of this landmark institution, celebrating this milestone of peace in our civilization with hope and inspiration for future generations. The Antarctic Treaty has been signed by 48 nations to date and covers the area south of 60 latitude. The Treaty has ensured that Antarctica remains a natural reserve, devoted to peace and science.” . This treaty also governs the ways in which tourism is conducted in Antarctica. For example, only 100 people are to be on shore at any given time during shore excursions. Absolutely nothing can be left behind or taken away. Certain distances to animal species must be respected. Ships must meet certain emission standards. Antarctica is unique in that it is a collective of the whole world- no one nation has ownership or governance there. Treaties like this are the best way for nations to cooperate and ensure the protection of this magnificent part of our world. Photo and caption: @travelingtamara31
It’s almost December, which means that many places around the world are setting up their holiday markets.  The markets started in Germany as far back as the 1300s!  Today many more places are adopting the practice and incorporating local culture alongside the much loved market stalls and mulled wine traditions.  Have you visited one before?  Which ones do you love and why?  Photo: Frankfurt, @travelingtamara31
It’s almost December, which means that many places around the world are setting up their holiday markets. The markets started in Germany as far back as the 1300s! Today many more places are adopting the practice and incorporating local culture alongside the much loved market stalls and mulled wine traditions. Have you visited one before? Which ones do you love and why? Photo: Frankfurt, @travelingtamara31
A fish eye view of Haggia Sophia, Istanbul. Photo: @travelingtamara31
A fish eye view of Haggia Sophia, Istanbul. Photo: @travelingtamara31
It looks as though winter has arrived in parts of the US. How do you celebrate the changing of seasons at home?  Photo: @travelingtamara31
It looks as though winter has arrived in parts of the US. How do you celebrate the changing of seasons at home? Photo: @travelingtamara31
Views of Istanbul, Turkey, through an open window of Hagia Sophia.  Istanbul is unique in being the only city in the world that spans two continents- Europe and Asia, and is often considered the “bridge” between the two continents.
Views of Istanbul, Turkey, through an open window of Hagia Sophia. Istanbul is unique in being the only city in the world that spans two continents- Europe and Asia, and is often considered the “bridge” between the two continents.
Hello from Bran Castle, the suggested site of Bram Stoker’s setting for his famous book, Dracula. While this castle doesn’t really have anything to do with the real life Vlad the Impaler (the inspiration for Dracula’s character), Romanian royalty has lived here on and off since it’s completion in 1377 and has recently been turned into a museum. The fortress is gorgeous, able to be toured, and is especially popular around Halloween. Photo: @travelingtamara31
Hello from Bran Castle, the suggested site of Bram Stoker’s setting for his famous book, Dracula. While this castle doesn’t really have anything to do with the real life Vlad the Impaler (the inspiration for Dracula’s character), Romanian royalty has lived here on and off since it’s completion in 1377 and has recently been turned into a museum. The fortress is gorgeous, able to be toured, and is especially popular around Halloween. Photo: @travelingtamara31
From its architecture to food, gardens to harbours, Copenhagen, Denmark was recently named the top city to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet Guides.
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But did you know that the Danish capital is also consistently ranked one of the healthiest and most sustainable cities in the world?
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Not only is the city extremely bicycle friendly, Copenhagen offers residents work-life balance (with only 2 percent of employees working 40 hours a week or more), free stress clinics, and easy access to parks and beaches.  Copenhagen also relies mostly on renewable energy sources, such as wind power, and is working to become carbon-neutral by 2025.
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Which cities promoting health, wellness, and sustainability have you visited?  Drop us a comment ✍️ .
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Photo and writing: @euliakim .
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#copenhagen #denmark #europe #travel #climatechange #sustainable #city #tourism #awesomeearth #instagood #beautifuldestinations #responsibletourism #theoutbound #adventure #DestinationStewardshipCenter #wonderful_places #viaje #instatravel  #picoftheday #landscape #wanderlust #danish  #photooftheday #exploremore #harbor #statue #garden #park #tivoli #nyhavn
From its architecture to food, gardens to harbours, Copenhagen, Denmark was recently named the top city to visit in 2019 by Lonely Planet Guides. . . But did you know that the Danish capital is also consistently ranked one of the healthiest and most sustainable cities in the world? . . Not only is the city extremely bicycle friendly, Copenhagen offers residents work-life balance (with only 2 percent of employees working 40 hours a week or more), free stress clinics, and easy access to parks and beaches. Copenhagen also relies mostly on renewable energy sources, such as wind power, and is working to become carbon-neutral by 2025. . . Which cities promoting health, wellness, and sustainability have you visited? Drop us a comment ✍️ . . Photo and writing: @euliakim . . #copenhagen  #denmark  #europe  #travel  #climatechange  #sustainable  #city  #tourism  #awesomeearth  #instagood  #beautifuldestinations  #responsibletourism  #theoutbound  #adventure  #DestinationStewardshipCenter  #wonderful_places  #viaje  #instatravel  #picoftheday  #landscape  #wanderlust  #danish  #photooftheday  #exploremore  #harbor  #statue  #garden  #park  #tivoli  #nyhavn 
Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon in Southeastern Iceland and popular stop for visitors to Iceland, didn't even exist 100 years ago. .
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It wasn't until the 1930s, when the Breidamerkurfjall glaciar began retreating (melting), that the lake began to form.  This lake is now 18 square km wide and up to 248 meters deep.  Visitors can enjoy the lagoon from its black sand shores or on a guided zodiac boat tour...to see icebergs and wildlife such as seals and arctic terns.
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Yet, the very thing that's created the phenomenon is the very thing that will also destroy it. Scientists predict that in 200 years, the ice cap responsible for Jökulsárlón could vanish. .
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Respect, then, for these fragile, changing, and disappearing  landscapes is critical. .
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But as reported in recent years in the Reykjavik Grapevine and the Iceland Monitor, some tourists have had to be rescued from Jökulsárlón's ice floes after climbing onto them and becoming trapped.  Such behavior has prompted Iceland's government and tourism industry to launch a campaign to teach responsible tourism behavior...a campaign that's prompted almost 43,000 visitors from over 100 countries to pledge to be responsible tourists.
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Know of a destination that's taking steps to promote responsible tourism?  Tell us in the comments.
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Photo and words: @euliakim
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#iceland #jokulsarlon #glacier #ice #lake #lago #travel #climatechange #europe #sustainable #tourism #liveoutdoors #awesomeearth #instagood #beautifuldestinations #responsibletourism #theoutbound #adventure #DestinationStewardshipCenter #wonderful_places #viaje #instatravel  #picoftheday #igersnature #nature #naturaleza #landscape #wanderlust #outdoors #getoutside
Jökulsárlón, a glacial lagoon in Southeastern Iceland and popular stop for visitors to Iceland, didn't even exist 100 years ago. . . It wasn't until the 1930s, when the Breidamerkurfjall glaciar began retreating (melting), that the lake began to form. This lake is now 18 square km wide and up to 248 meters deep. Visitors can enjoy the lagoon from its black sand shores or on a guided zodiac boat tour...to see icebergs and wildlife such as seals and arctic terns. . . Yet, the very thing that's created the phenomenon is the very thing that will also destroy it. Scientists predict that in 200 years, the ice cap responsible for Jökulsárlón could vanish. . . Respect, then, for these fragile, changing, and disappearing landscapes is critical. . . But as reported in recent years in the Reykjavik Grapevine and the Iceland Monitor, some tourists have had to be rescued from Jökulsárlón's ice floes after climbing onto them and becoming trapped. Such behavior has prompted Iceland's government and tourism industry to launch a campaign to teach responsible tourism behavior...a campaign that's prompted almost 43,000 visitors from over 100 countries to pledge to be responsible tourists. . . Know of a destination that's taking steps to promote responsible tourism? Tell us in the comments. . . Photo and words: @euliakim . . #iceland  #jokulsarlon  #glacier  #ice  #lake  #lago  #travel  #climatechange  #europe  #sustainable  #tourism  #liveoutdoors  #awesomeearth  #instagood  #beautifuldestinations  #responsibletourism  #theoutbound  #adventure  #DestinationStewardshipCenter  #wonderful_places  #viaje  #instatravel  #picoftheday  #igersnature  #nature  #naturaleza  #landscape  #wanderlust  #outdoors  #getoutside 
The World Tourism Awards recently announced that the non-profit NGO, the Jordan Trail Association, would be one of three 2018 World Tourism Award recipients.  The Awards ceremony is scheduled for November 5th.
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According to the Jordan Times, the award is "in recognition of its (the Jordan Trail Association's) commitment to developing, maintaining, and promoting the Jordan Trail as a platform for socioeconomic development for the 52 villages along the trail, with an impact of $6 million to date." The Jordan Trail, a 400 mile hiking path that crosses the entire country, from North to South, and connects such legendary sites as Wadi Rum and Petra, was among National Geographic's picks for Best Trips of 2018.
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Photo: Desert sand patterns in Wadi Rum, by @travelingtamara3 
Text: @euliakim 
#jordan #middleeast #desert #wadirum #hikingadventures #senderismo #randonnee #trail #sustainable #tourism #liveoutdoors #awesomeearth #instagood #beautifuldestinations #livefolk #theoutbound #adventure #DestinationStewardshipCenter #wonderful_places #travel #viaje #viagem #instatravel  #picoftheday #igersnature #nature #landscape #wanderlust #outdoors #getoutside
The World Tourism Awards recently announced that the non-profit NGO, the Jordan Trail Association, would be one of three 2018 World Tourism Award recipients. The Awards ceremony is scheduled for November 5th. . . According to the Jordan Times, the award is "in recognition of its (the Jordan Trail Association's) commitment to developing, maintaining, and promoting the Jordan Trail as a platform for socioeconomic development for the 52 villages along the trail, with an impact of $6 million to date." The Jordan Trail, a 400 mile hiking path that crosses the entire country, from North to South, and connects such legendary sites as Wadi Rum and Petra, was among National Geographic's picks for Best Trips of 2018. . . Photo: Desert sand patterns in Wadi Rum, by @travelingtamara3 Text: @euliakim #jordan  #middleeast  #desert  #wadirum  #hikingadventures  #senderismo  #randonnee  #trail  #sustainable  #tourism  #liveoutdoors  #awesomeearth  #instagood  #beautifuldestinations  #livefolk  #theoutbound  #adventure  #DestinationStewardshipCenter  #wonderful_places  #travel  #viaje  #viagem  #instatravel  #picoftheday  #igersnature  #nature  #landscape  #wanderlust  #outdoors  #getoutside 
According to the Travel Market Report, the Faroe Islands (pictured here), along with neighboring Greenland and Iceland, "are promoting year-round travel to control the flow of visitors to a more even and sustainable rate." As destinations around the world continue to wrestle with the problem of overtourism, redistributing tourist arrivals over longer spans of time is just one of many solutions.

As quoted in the Travel Market Report: "People travel for our nature, so we need to make sure that we sustain that so there's still something to travel for in the future," said Súsanna Sørensen, marketing manager of Visit Faroe Islands, which sees about 100,000 visitors a year.

Photo: Jonathan Tourtellot
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Hvalba, Suduroy, southern Faroe Islands.  Church with Lítla Dímun island in the background.

Long caption: Eugene Kim @euliakim

#faroeislands #archipelago #sustainabletourism #overtourismsolutions
#lifeofadventure #ourplanetdaily #worldplaces #islands #isla #île #ilha #atlantic #atlantico #liveoutdoors #awesomeearth #instagood #beautifuldestinations #livefolk #theoutbound #adventure #DestinationStewardshipCenter #wonderful_places #travel #viaje  #instatravel  #picoftheday #igersnature
According to the Travel Market Report, the Faroe Islands (pictured here), along with neighboring Greenland and Iceland, "are promoting year-round travel to control the flow of visitors to a more even and sustainable rate." As destinations around the world continue to wrestle with the problem of overtourism, redistributing tourist arrivals over longer spans of time is just one of many solutions. As quoted in the Travel Market Report: "People travel for our nature, so we need to make sure that we sustain that so there's still something to travel for in the future," said Súsanna Sørensen, marketing manager of Visit Faroe Islands, which sees about 100,000 visitors a year. Photo: Jonathan Tourtellot @jonathantourtellot Hvalba, Suduroy, southern Faroe Islands. Church with Lítla Dímun island in the background. Long caption: Eugene Kim @euliakim #faroeislands  #archipelago  #sustainabletourism  #overtourismsolutions  #lifeofadventure  #ourplanetdaily  #worldplaces  #islands  #isla  #île  #ilha  #atlantic  #atlantico  #liveoutdoors  #awesomeearth  #instagood  #beautifuldestinations  #livefolk  #theoutbound  #adventure  #DestinationStewardshipCenter  #wonderful_places  #travel  #viaje  #instatravel  #picoftheday  #igersnature 
October ushers in peak fall foliage in many places in the Northern Hemisphere.
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As leaves change their colors - to gold, orange, crimson, and russet - tourism gets a boost and visits increase in rural areas and parks, like Ohiopyle State Park in Western Pennsylvania, home to the Laurel Highlands.
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Here, in and around the Youghiogheny River, outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers can go rafting, hiking, or mountain biking....while enjoying the changing of the leaves.
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Preserving these natural spaces then, is important, not just for beauty's sake but also for the sake of local economies.
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What and where are your favorite places for fall colors? 🍁🍂🍃
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Photo and writing: @euliakim
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#Ohiopyle #park #Pennsylvania #autumnleaves #autumn #fallcolors #trees #forest #river #Youghiogheny #nature #naturaleza #adventure #ourplanetdaily #worldplaces  #sustainabletourism #outdoors #awesomeearth #instagood #rafting #beautifuldestinations #tourism #hiking #DestinationStewardshipCenter #wonderful_places #travel #instatravel  #picoftheday #igersnature #getoutside
October ushers in peak fall foliage in many places in the Northern Hemisphere. . . As leaves change their colors - to gold, orange, crimson, and russet - tourism gets a boost and visits increase in rural areas and parks, like Ohiopyle State Park in Western Pennsylvania, home to the Laurel Highlands. . . Here, in and around the Youghiogheny River, outdoor enthusiasts and adventure travelers can go rafting, hiking, or mountain biking....while enjoying the changing of the leaves. . . Preserving these natural spaces then, is important, not just for beauty's sake but also for the sake of local economies. . . What and where are your favorite places for fall colors? 🍁🍂🍃 . . Photo and writing: @euliakim . . #Ohiopyle  #park  #Pennsylvania  #autumnleaves  #autumn  #fallcolors  #trees  #forest  #river  #Youghiogheny  #nature  #naturaleza  #adventure  #ourplanetdaily  #worldplaces  #sustainabletourism  #outdoors  #awesomeearth  #instagood  #rafting  #beautifuldestinations  #tourism  #hiking  #DestinationStewardshipCenter  #wonderful_places  #travel  #instatravel  #picoftheday  #igersnature  #getoutside 
In honor of International Coffee Day, let’s talk about everyone’s favorite morning cup of joe. Many areas around the world claim to have the best coffee. What places have you sampled coffee in, and where around the world can your favorite cup be found?
In honor of International Coffee Day, let’s talk about everyone’s favorite morning cup of joe. Many areas around the world claim to have the best coffee. What places have you sampled coffee in, and where around the world can your favorite cup be found?
World Tourism Day, officially recognized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization on September 27th each year, was brought about to raise awareness of the role of tourism within the international community. The day encourages those around the world to examine how tourism can affect cultures, economies, and politics around the world.  What changes would you like to see within the tourism industry in the next year?  Photo: Bhutan, 2017, @travelingtamara31
World Tourism Day, officially recognized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization on September 27th each year, was brought about to raise awareness of the role of tourism within the international community. The day encourages those around the world to examine how tourism can affect cultures, economies, and politics around the world. What changes would you like to see within the tourism industry in the next year? Photo: Bhutan, 2017, @travelingtamara31
Niagara Falls are a popular stop on many tourist bucket lists. Straddled between the US and Canada, the falls gush 6 million cubic feet of water over its edge every minute- the equivalent of a million bathtubs of water every minute!  While the natural spectacle seems to be universally loved, overtourism in this area is not. An estimated 30 million people visit each year, crowding the walkways en masse. Industry on both sides of the waterfall has developed casinos and too many tourist attractions to list. Many feel that the spirit of the falls is reduced due to too many other visitors and the abundance of an almost Las Vegas-like atmosphere in the city.  The first photo is a more idealized view that many expect before visiting; the second is a more realistic view. Have you visited Niagara Falls?  Which side?  What were your impressions?  Photos: @travelingtamara31, September 2018.
Niagara Falls are a popular stop on many tourist bucket lists. Straddled between the US and Canada, the falls gush 6 million cubic feet of water over its edge every minute- the equivalent of a million bathtubs of water every minute! While the natural spectacle seems to be universally loved, overtourism in this area is not. An estimated 30 million people visit each year, crowding the walkways en masse. Industry on both sides of the waterfall has developed casinos and too many tourist attractions to list. Many feel that the spirit of the falls is reduced due to too many other visitors and the abundance of an almost Las Vegas-like atmosphere in the city. The first photo is a more idealized view that many expect before visiting; the second is a more realistic view. Have you visited Niagara Falls? Which side? What were your impressions? Photos: @travelingtamara31, September 2018.
In celebration of World Rhino Day, today I wanted to talk about my 2016 visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda.  I was lucky enough to spend some time with this lovely lady and her three month old baby while learning about their sad situation. Rhinos are critically endangered throughout Africa due to the illegal trade in wildlife parts. Believed to increase virility in some circles in Asia, rhino horn is currently worth around $65k per kilo- and each horn may have up to 8 or 9 kilos when a rhino is fully grown. The horns are simply keratin- the same substance our fingernails are made of- and in reality have no medicinal value whatsoever. Places like the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary aim to protect and increase rhino numbers as well as to educate the general public on the importance of conservation. All 18 rhinos found here are under armed guard 24 hours a day to deter poachers. I feel very fortunate to have experienced such a beautiful creature in her native habitat and to learn more about their plight.  Photo and writing: @travelingtamara31
In celebration of World Rhino Day, today I wanted to talk about my 2016 visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda. I was lucky enough to spend some time with this lovely lady and her three month old baby while learning about their sad situation. Rhinos are critically endangered throughout Africa due to the illegal trade in wildlife parts. Believed to increase virility in some circles in Asia, rhino horn is currently worth around $65k per kilo- and each horn may have up to 8 or 9 kilos when a rhino is fully grown. The horns are simply keratin- the same substance our fingernails are made of- and in reality have no medicinal value whatsoever. Places like the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary aim to protect and increase rhino numbers as well as to educate the general public on the importance of conservation. All 18 rhinos found here are under armed guard 24 hours a day to deter poachers. I feel very fortunate to have experienced such a beautiful creature in her native habitat and to learn more about their plight. Photo and writing: @travelingtamara31
This week marks World Spa Week. Spas are often thought of as modern places to relax and rejuvenate, but the concept has been around for several millennia.  The city of Bath, England, for example, is named after the famous Roman baths set up from natural hot springs. The project was started in 60ad and the area is now a World Heritage Site. Turkish baths are also a wonderful example of spas spanning history into today. What sorts of spa traditions are in your own areas?  Photo: @travelingtamara31
This week marks World Spa Week. Spas are often thought of as modern places to relax and rejuvenate, but the concept has been around for several millennia. The city of Bath, England, for example, is named after the famous Roman baths set up from natural hot springs. The project was started in 60ad and the area is now a World Heritage Site. Turkish baths are also a wonderful example of spas spanning history into today. What sorts of spa traditions are in your own areas? Photo: @travelingtamara31