Mother Nature has a pretty spectacular summer celebration planned: On August 21 it will be the first total solar eclipse that’s visible in the US since 1979. Essentially, a solar eclipse is when the sun, moon, and Earth all align perfectly, with the moon in the middle, blocking out the sun’s light completely. If you’re lucky enough to live within driving distance of the solar eclipse path—which cuts diagonally across the country from South Carolina to Oregon—then it’s time to plan what may be your coolest summer road trip yet. Be warned: if you miss it this August, you’ll have to wait nearly 10 years for the chance to see one again in the US. So pack your bags and prepare to experience something incredible. Here are 12 places where you can see the solar eclipse this August.
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The world is home to many incredible destinations that have yet to be overrun by tourists. Inspired by a Quora thread about the best unknown travel destinations, we’ve found 23 lesser-known gems around the globe. From a stunning, hidden beach to one of the only places in the world where you can swim between two continents, here’s your off-the-beaten-path bucket list.
Nothing can throw off the start of a fun vacation faster than jet lag. Travelers who feel groggy in the afternoon or wake up well before sunrise can blame both things on the body’s biological clock falling out of sync with the time on the person’s watch. A “master clock” in the brain called the suprachiasmatic nucleus controls the body’s circadian rhythm. This clock responds to external signals — most notably, sunlight — to sync the body’s internal timing with that of the environment. How far you travel and where you go can affect how well your body responds to these disruptions. Read on to learn more about jet lag.
It’s almost summer, and for many, that means it’s time to hit the beach. Airbnb recently took a look at the destinations that have seen the greatest increase in bookings since around this time last year, and unsurprisingly, many of them are on the coast. Seaside towns in Italy, France, and Spain ranked near the top. Here are some of the top-trending destinations on Airbnb, all of which have seen more than double the bookings on the rental platform since Memorial Day 2016.
Are you searching for sun and sand over the next couple of months? With summer right around the corner, Stephen Leatherman (AKA “Dr. Beach”) has once again released his top 10 list of public beaches in the United States. A coastal scientist at Florida International University, Leatherman publishes the list each May, picking out 10 beaches that excel at 50 criteria, including sand quality, water quality, amenities, safety and management. All the 10 recommended beaches on this list have soft, white sand, safe swimming and clean water, so let’s dive in!
We’re just a few days away from the last long weekend before summer officially kicks in. And for many of us, the start of summer can’t come soon enough. If you’re still stuck on where to go this Memorial Day weekend (or let’s face it, have procrastinated making plans), it’s not too late to pick a destination. Here is a list of amazing last-minute Memorial Day getaways that will get you in the summertime frame of mind.
From sea to shining sea, the U.S. has some of the most incredible natural and city views on Earth. Whether you’re from out of town and want to orient yourself or are looking for incredible snapshots closer to home, this list highlights some of the very best places in every state for jaw-dropping views.
Ready to plan your next vacation? Well, there’s no worries if you’re not sure where to go just yet — TripAdvisor’s brand new Travelers’ Choice Awards has just released an updated guide. The company chooses the winners by using an algorithm that factors in the quantity and quality of reviews and ratings for hotels, restaurants, and attractions in cities worldwide over the last year. Here are the least expensive months of the year to take a budget-conscious trip to 20 popular travel destinations according to TripAdvisor’s latest guide.
When tax season puts a little extra money in your pocket, it’s not uncommon to want to splurge and escape to an exotic location after a long, harsh winter. So, if the first thing you plan on doing once you get your tax refund is to go on a nice, relaxing vacation, here are 22 destinations around the world where you’ll get you the most bang for your buck right now and make your tax return go the furthest.
Although flying today is cheaper, safer, and faster than it’s ever been, it’s becoming an increasingly unpleasant experience as airlines cram more passengers into planes, causing overcrowding and delays. It’s enough to make travelers wish for the golden age of aviation in the 1950s and 1960s when air travel was still new, exciting, and a luxurious experience. Here are some fascinating photos from 1946 to 1970 that show just how glamorous flying used to be like 60 years ago.
Picking a vacation destination can be as simple as throwing a dart at a map of the globe or jumping on the next great deal that an airline has to offer. But if you’re looking for something a little more, let’s say, unconventional, try choosing your next winning destination based on your Zodiac sign. Astrological personality traits can make or break a dream vacation, so here’s a travel guide that can help find the perfect destination for each astrological sign. And even if you don’t believe in astrology, we may offer some new ideas for your next vacation.
It’s no secret that natural beauty and historical sites are being ruined by tourism. But at the same time, many countries and communities depend on tourism for survival. So the question is, how can tourists help the country they visit and not hurt it? These are 25 endangered historical sites being destroyed by tourists.