Ecotourism Hotspots for 2016


So where would we be able to anticipate that green voyagers will take off to in 2016? Here are our picks for the year ahead.


Botswana gets the short end of the stick with regards to African tourism; the southern African nation is circumscribed by South Africa, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Zambia. In the ecotourism business, Botswana is regularly neglected for Kenya. Botswana, nonetheless, has its own charms: around 70% of the nation is secured by the Kalahari Desert and the Okavango Delta, 1 of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is likewise situated in the nation. The Chobe Game Reserve is home to a huge crowd of free-running elephants and the Khama Rhino Sanctuary offers guided trekking encounters, while the Central Game Reserve presents some of southern Africa’s most pristine wild. Regarding tourism, the industry is little, however developing in Botswana, which implies that the nation has had room schedule-wise to concentrate on creating practical activities.


The Maldives, situated in the Indian Ocean, is a chain of 26 atolls that is debilitated by rising ocean levels. In light of this, the nation has been a pioneer in green ventures, including ecotourism. The administration has promised to make the nation carbon impartial by 2019. The islands depend vigorously on tourism, which is the biggest division of the economy. Most tourism is driven by the Maldives’ normal excellence, incorporating unprecedented plunging openings in clear blue waters. The islands are regularly advanced as a tropical resort getaway, and white sand shorelines and games like surfing and scuba jumping are prominent. Government arrangements have intended to decrease harm to touchy coral reefs and to make stricter laws for waste transfer, while resorts themselves have concentrated on recovering squandered vitality and reusing heat.



The Seychelles is a 115-island nation situated off the east bank of the African mainland. Tourism is the essential business in the economy and has been since the late twentieth century. Since the mid-1990s, nonetheless, the legislature has moved to guarantee that visitor improvement doesn’t come to the detriment of the islands’ indigenous habitat. This has included topping the quantity of beds in the absolute most famous goals, for example, La Digue. The islands contain various one of a kind biological communities and are home to a large group of differing plants and creatures, some of which live on just 1 or 2 islands. While Seychellois culture is coming to esteem ecological insurance, the country is not right now dedicated to clean vitality or a carbon-unbiased arrangement; the reality of the situation will become obvious eventually if the natural still, small voice of the tourism business spreads to different parts of the economy.


Tourism in Kenya has dependably been driven by its normal attractions; as of late, guests have been pulled in to waterfront shorelines and diversion stores, for example, the sweeping East and West Tsavo National Park. The nation gloats 19 such national stops and diversion holds, the Great Rift Valley and a staggering perspective of Mount Kilimanjaro. Best known for its savannas, Kenya is still most prominent for safaris, however you can likewise visit coral reefs on the drift, alongside rainforests and deserts. Ecotourism Kenya, a guard dog association, watches out for tourism and rates facilities in view of their natural arrangements. Most safari suppliers now offer eco-accommodating choices for guests, and a significant number of them guarantee they offer back to or take a shot at benefit of the nearby individuals, subsequently progressing in the direction of maintainability in the business.

New Zealand

New Zealand is a noteworthy goal for voyagers who look for experience; the wild, untamed and frequently tough scene offers astounding open doors for all outside exercises, from climbing to trekking to mountain moving to surfing and jumping. Given that tourism concentrates to a great extent on the common habitat, it’s little ponder that New Zealand is likewise put resources into ensuring its characteristic resources—the nation has focused on getting to be carbon impartial and markets itself as a “perfect, green” play area for explorers. The nation has built up various strolling and climbing trails, for example, the universally perceived Milford Track and the Te Araroa Trail, which traverses the nation. In accordance with the nation’s presentation of itself, ecotourism activities have been on the ascent, in spite of the fact that there is some worry about tourism being a carbon-concentrated industry, the same number of guests travel enormous separations to achieve this remote nation.


Brooklyn’s Best Hidden Gems


While exhibition halls and workmanship displays are fine, Brooklyn has loads of eccentric and out of the way resources for suggest it. Here are 9 attractions that are more averse to show up in your manual or even to be checked.


Brooklyn has a notoriety for idiosyncratic diners serving up awesome sustenance; Williamsburg is particularly known for its fashionable person vibe on the nourishment scene. Zenkichi isn’t a trendy person foundation by any extend of the creative ability; this unmarked Japanese eatery revels burger joints in a VIP encounter. You’ll be welcomed by a master and urged to complete single-record labyrinth like walkways to a private eating corner. An administration catch toward the end of the table alarms the hold up staff. Reservations are prescribed, similar to the sustenance—don’t expect any sushi however. Zenkichi spends significant time in little plate, Tokyo-style food. The Omakase Flight (culinary expert’s tasting) changes occasionally. Try not to have time for a full supper? The eatery’s adjacent sister site, the Bar Akariba, offers a halfway Zenkichi menu on Fridays and Saturdays. They don’t offer get or conveyance, yet this eatery is a justifiable reason motivation to take a hike over to Brooklyn at any rate.

The Red Hook Piers

Once the site of a Dutch delivery focus and, in the 1920s, the world’s busiest cargo port, the wharfs in Red Hook are presently to some degree hard to get to. The territory has been experiencing renewal as of late, transforming the mechanical no man’s land of neglected docks into an energetic craftsmanship group. There’s justifiable reason explanation behind that: the region offers a staggering vantage purpose of the East River, alongside perspectives of the Statue of Liberty, downtown Manhattan and New York Harbor. Visit at nightfall for the most staggering perspectives. The boulevards here are still cobblestone, and a hefty portion of the dry docks are still being used. IKEA is found close-by and a water-taxi serving customers now associates the wharfs with Manhattan. The zone is additionally verifiably noteworthy; it was the site of Fort Defiance amid the Battle of Brooklyn, and the New York Naval Shipyard.


Green-wood Cemetery

Affirm, going by a burial ground is not high on everybody’s need list. Be that as it may, much like burial grounds, for example, Arlington National or the Pere Lachaise in Paris, the impeccable Green-wood Cemetery is socially noteworthy. The graveyard is a National Historic Landmark and incorporates the internments of individuals like Boss Tweed and Winston Churchill’s grandma, to name however a couple. The burial ground is a veritable who’s-who of nineteenth century New York, furthermore incorporates the graves of Civil War warriors. Basically, Green-wood Cemetery is loaded with history. It additionally has open air occasions, similar to readings, shows and shows year-round. Going by is free and, in the event that you can move beyond walking around a group of stiffs, the burial ground gives a quieting greenspace escape in a bustling solid wilderness. Snatch a guide and take a turn through the 478 sections of land of Green-wood.

City Reliquary

Situated at 370 Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, the City Reliquary doesn’t look like much all things considered. Truth be told, on the off chance that it would seem that anything, it looks more like a fashionable person workmanship extend than an exhibition hall that commends the particulars of the biggest city in the U.S. Initially a window show in somebody’s flat, the historical center is presently housed in a 3-room retail facade and displays things, for example, old tram tokens, old-timey seltzer bottles, pieces of old structures and soil tests from each of the 5 wards. The gallery’s displays concentrate on nearby history and neighborhoods, and it now has occasions like square gatherings and patio shows too. As opposed to the organizations of Manhattan’s “Exhibition hall Mile,” the City Reliquary brings something idiosyncratic, neighborhood and reviving to the Big Apple’s historical center scene.

Brooklyn Flea Market

The Brooklyn Flea Market is something of an organization. Each Saturday and Sunday from April until the end of November, you can discover sellers peddling an assortment of workmanship, attire and sustenance outside at either Fort Greene or Williamsburg. The market is year-round however; it moves inside to Industry City through the end of March. The insect showcase reliably rates as one of the best in the U.S.; some even believe it’s one of the best in the whole world. The New York Times has called it one of New York’s most noteworthy urban encounters. The market has brought forth extra Brooklyn-region markets and occasions, including the Smorgasburg, which is committed to sustenance merchants and works in a few areas, and a Record Fair. Regardless of the possibility that you don’t discover anything to bring home, the Flea is a quintessential Brooklyn encounter.


Ways to Save Money and Extend Your Trip – Part 2

Nothing beats using your head, and taking a little good advice, to save money and keep a trip going longer and having more fun. The following blog is providing some suggestions of little things that you can do to keep that travel dream alive without only eating bread and water and sleeping on park benches. A few more suggestions to keep a trip going include:

Travel on overnight buses and trains 

If you ever looked at flights you might notice that if you fly at prime times the seats always cost more. While the same is true about buses and trains. So if you want to save money, and if you have some distance to cover, consider taking the overnight train or bus as chances are the ticket will be significantly cheaper. Further, the extra bonus is that you can sleep on the bus or train and save a night’s accommodation too.

Consider Camping out

Now this one, to be honest, will not appeal to all travelers hence the title started with “consider” camping out. Truth be known, you can save loads of cash by staying outside of cities in camp grounds. The only issue is that you will have to have your own tent with you, which could be cumbersome, and you’ll be well away from the delights of the town centres.

Avoid airport/train station/bus station shops and food

These places are always notoriously overpriced. If you need something, and it is at all possible, even just go across the street and you will pay far less.

If you want to do a day of sightseeing look in to buying combo tickets 

Let’s face it, sometimes the highest toll you will pay is for seeing the great sights and museums a city has to offer. Though there is no way to escape this premium completely often there are city saver or combination tickets available to see multiple sights that cut down on the cost of each indivdually. Combine these, if is not already included, with a daily metro ticket as you will be jetting around town.

Avoid peak season

Though for some places, particularly those sold because of their warm weather and beaches, this may not always be advisable consider traveling off peak season. If you do this in cities, where – while it doesn’t matter so much for the attractions (Paris, Amsterdam, London… ) – you will save heaps on EVERYTHING. Hostels, transport will be significantly cheaper and if that is the case the trip can go on…

Ways to Save Money on the Road and Extend Your Trip


So you are in Europe and you realize this is the time of your life. Lucky for you that you have an open ended ticket so really it comes down to how long you can extend the trip for. Now of course no one wants to extend the trip by sleeping in a park or only eating two minute noodles but there are steps that you can take to keep your travels safely going longer. Below are a few pointers and suggestions for steps that you can take in order to best make your money last for you on the road.


Be realistic about your money… 

Basically this means make a budget, then immediately add 10% to it because you’ll surely exaggerate how little you will need to spend, and then try your best to stick to this budget. If you do stick to it 80 plus percent of the time you’re trip will extend. Don’t be draconian about it and miss out on worlds of fun one day, because it’s over the budget. Give yourself wiggle room, but have the plan in place.


Buy an ISIC and always ask for discounts – 

Still with a little of the traveler mentality ingrained in me if I want to save money here at home, I’ll ask the bar tender in a bar if there are specials that night – there usually are. Same goes for traveling there are loads of discounts if ask about specials then even more if you can show a student ID. Sometimes individual University Ids will work, sometimes not, so if you have an ISIC card it will work every time.


Plan Ahead – 

Spontaneity is a fabulously fun thing in travel, but pure flexibility also is for the rich. Sure if you have loads of money you can always walk into any hotel or train station and away you go. However, for the “service” of that you probably will be paying twice the price. If you want to stretch the trip try to at least plan plane, train and bus tickets a few days – preferable a week or more – in advance. You will save a tonne of money doing this.


Check your bank on overseas transaction costs and take money out with your bank card

This will not take you long, just a visit to your local bank branch, (unfortunately this you will have to do before you leave – not while you are in Prague) and inquire about the cost of doing transactions abroad. Perhaps your bank can make amendments to your account so you can save loads on over seas transaction fees. Also, forget about exchanging currencies and using traveler’s cheques in foreign countries chances are you will get the best exchange rate with your debit card.


Things not to do in Barcelona

Barcelona is a dazzling city with so much to do. There is something for everyone here regardless of if this is your first for forty-first time! The following list will just discuss a couple things not to do, as to maximize the fun you will have here. The list just talks about a few ways to save your money, and a couple safety tips as there are a few pressing dangers a foot in Barcelona.


Don’t Feel that you have to go inside Sagrada Famillia. 

Now if you didn’t see Sagrada Famillia while in Barcelona that would be outrage. However, there is caveat to that statement – you need to see it from the outside not particularly the inside. Thankfully for you too doing that is free. What you don’t need to do is pay 12 Euros to go inside of what is basically a big construction site.

Don’t eat on Las Ramblas Street 

Though there are many restaurants and tapas bars screaming out to you while you are on this festive strip don’t succumb to them. The food here is not even always authentically Spanish and what is worse is that you could head two streets over and get better quality food for less. Las Ramblas has its definite charms, but when it comes to food it is a rip off to be avoided.

Don’t be to conspicuous or touristy

Sad to say this in such a wonderful city, but there is a really danger of thievery and pick pocketing in particular on Las Ramblas street. Basically despite all the sounds, excitements and intrigues going on around you carrying your camera around your neck may not be such a good idea. Best is to blend in as best as you can so not to attract the wrong kind of attention.

Don’t just snap photos of the Las Ramblas human statues without paying

We know there are many human statues competing with each other, but still these are people trying their best to earn their living. News alert, they actually aren’t real statues you can just snap a photo of as you like. The basic idea is, if you take a picture of a human statue you contribute to their hat, jar, or open guitar case full of coins.

Don’t Mistake Girona or Reus for Barcelona Airport

Just as a heads up when you fly to Barcelona Girona or Barcelona Reus – probably on Ryan Air or Easy Jet – remember that both of these air ports, which actually are separate cities, are about an hour away Barcelona. If you want to avoid this inconvenience you will need to be sure to fly directly to Barcelona airport.