This Week in Travel (Issue No. 26)

Bucket lists don’t always have to include far-out, “seven wonder” type destinations. But instead there are dozens of places at your fingertips waiting to be discovered. If the United Kingdom is home, or isn’t, you may be thrilled to uncover a bucket list of UK attractions. A survey taken by Snaptrip asked British people their top travel picks in the UK. The results: Glastonbury festival that takes place near Pilton, Somerset England made the list as well the Eden Project, the largest confined rainforest in the world. And if those aren’t on your list of places to see, Big Ben in London is sure to be. Go now before the famous chimes of London fall silent until 2021.

London, England. From the KOSAN archives. 

For the seventh year in a row, Melbourne has been voted the most liveable city in the world. Measured according to stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure, the Australian city topped the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Report 2017 ranking number one once again. And not far behind, three Canadian cities made the top five: Vancouver rates as third, Toronto fourth and Calgary fifth. Not bad Canada.

Vancouver, British Columbia. Photo credit @suvibains.

sunken underwater ancient city near the island of Kekova in Turkey may be open to divers years later. After 30 years, the ancient city banned, as part of a means to protect the city’s heritage to water exploration anywhere around or near the sunken city, may have restrictions lifted in an effort to drive travellers to the island. The mayor of Antalya has claimed that the “efforts to diversify tourism alternatives have begun to bring results and interest in diving tourism has increased.” These lost ruins of a trading post, destroyed by earthquakes, has the potential to have an enormous positive impact to the island if the ban is lifted as many seek to explore the secrets of the ancient city.

If not Turkey, you may be enticed to travel to Peru for these salt ponds. Another attraction worthy of your bucket list, the salt ponds near Maras has caught the eye of these two travellers, Chanel and Stevo of the travel blog How Far From Home. These two have been on the road for two years now and have been to many places, but the salt ponds in Peru are a favourite. Quitting it all to travel, the pair travelled to Peru as part of a “creator camp” for Beautiful Destinations. Along with visiting Machu Picchu, the couple told Lonely Planet they wanted to venture off the beaten path a little and while doing so they discovered the salt ponds, an unexpected beauty.

Chanel from How Far From Home exploring the salt ponds in Peru. Image by How Far From Home; @howfarfromhome

Under new plans to protect Dubrovnik, the number of visitors allowed to its ancient city will be cut. Not the first popular Croatian site to be at risk, in an effort to limit overcrowding, the mayor has revealed its plans to cap off at 4,000 visitors per day inside the medieval walls of Dubrovnik. Although the UNESCO recommendation permitted 8,000 visitors a day, Mayo Mato Frankovic told Telegraph Travel the intention is to protect the traveler’s experience to the Croatian city, which means limiting visitor numbers further with restrictions to cruise ship stops. With Dubrovnik’s World Heritage site status at risk, Frankovic’s main initiative is to improve the quality of life in the city by any means to avoid a similar situation in Venice.

In other news, it seems travellers need a reminder to respect the wild and take responsible action while invading a creature’s space. A baby dolphin dies on the coast of Mojácar in southern Spain after travellers took the dolphin out of the shallow waters for selfies. After being out of the water for far too long, the dolphin in distress sadly passed away at the beach. Disturbing any animal in their natural habitat for your own pleasure is extremely selfish. We must remind ourselves not just as travellers, but also as human beings that we should not be the cause of animal suffering especially for merely a photo.

In recent attacks at Las Ramblas in Barcelona and with President Trump legitimizing the voice of racist individuals by not condemning the actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville, it’s vital we evaluate the commonality we as humans all share during this tragic time and that is the ability to love.

Nelson Mandela says it best,

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

Even though it can be overwhelming to know how we can help during these challenging and controversial time, it’s necessary to remember what matters most and that is to seek for a world of acceptance, respect, equality and love. As Martin Luther King said, “Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.”

Photo credit @suvibains.

Happy Travels!

The Kosan Team

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