No camping for you

Campsites in B.C. provincial parks will be closed to people from outside the province this summer, as officials continue to adjust the rules to the coronavirus pandemic. BC Parks said in a statement on Thursday that non-B.C. residents who already have reservations should call before June 15 to cancel and receive a full refund. Read more courtesy of CBC.CA  

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Five passports for you

When you’re traveling, if you like what you see and want to remain abroad for a little longer than a couple of weeks, you typically only have a few months. Failure to leave when you’re supposed to could result in deportation or an indefinite ban from the country. However, there are a few ways around the limit — you could…

A self-isolation silver lining?

Behind the unprecedented disruption of routine life by the recent coronavirus could lie one of the most profound transformations of our lives: closer connections, greater happiness, and a healthier relationship to work. Despite the anxiety, fear, and illness that is likely to touch each of our lives, there may be a silver lining once we’re on the other side, according…

None shall pass

While Deloitte, as administrator, seeks to find new money to restart the carrier, it’s also going to be restructuring the airline’s debts.  Since Virgin Australia reportedly owes about US$10 million to the Perth airport in unpaid fees, the airport decided to block a Boeing 737-800 from taking off as a way of physically securing their claim – using a bulldozer.…

Energy from the cold night sky

Think of it as the flip side of solar energy: instead of converting the sun’s rays into electricity, researchers from Stanford University and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) are drawing energy from the cold night sky.  Read more courtesy of CottageLife.com  

The new old-fashioned way

All change! Four train stations and factories that are now hotels and museums, and a flour mill serving as a roost for art lovers – and sea birds. Read more courtesy of TheGuardian.com

門前の小僧習わぬ経を読む。

The environment makes our characters. (Japanese proverb.) A large number of Japanese companies have instituted telecommuting policies over the past few weeks, under the logic that the crowded conditions of commuter trains and enclosed offices are high-risk environments for the transmission of coronavirus. However, with Japanese houses and apartments being decidedly on the small side, most people can’t designate an…

Stay afloat

  Some facts… Scientists predict that the Arctic Ocean will be ice-free in summer by 2030, or even sooner. Scientists worry that climate change could cause the collapse of the West Antarctic ice sheet, which could raise sea levels by as much as 19 feet. Read more courtesy of FactRetriever.com    

Bags of personality

A special place to stay can make a holiday – but also break the bank. We’ve found 40 unique UK spots with bags of personality for £100 a room a night or less. Read more courtesy of TheGuardian.com  

Dear volunteers in Africa . . .

…. please don’t come help until you’ve asked yourself these four questions. Recently,  research has suggested that voluntourism can often do more harm than good. Voluntourism has been linked to damaging local economies and commodifying vulnerable children. It also can perpetuate harmful stereotypes about the so-called “third world”, while also promoting neo-colonialistic attitudes. I don’t recommend voluntourism. But if you’re…

Mozambique in 3D

Sustainable tourism is the new buzzword – one that is religiously being followed by hospitality brands across the globe. However, taking it to a whole new level is the Kisawa Sanctuary on Benguerra Island, Mozambique which is all set to debut as the world’s first 3-D printed luxury resort! Yes, that’s right! Read more courtesy of LuxuryLaunches.com  

Gourmet cooking in the wild

I’ve tried to be a lightweight backpacker, packing my bag with energy bars that look like they came out of a toilet and dehydrated meals that have the consistency of plaster. It didn’t last. When packing, I think of what J.R.R. Tolken wrote in The Hobbit: “If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would…

Are your plans to go to Europe trumped?

During Wednesday (March 11, 2020) evening’s address from the Oval Office, President Trump announced a 30-day travel ban from Europe in response to the growing coronavirus pandemic. The announcement immediately caused confusion, has been criticized by politicians and public health officials alike, and condemned by the European Union. What are the terms and conditions and . .  what can you do about…

Climate change is an emergency but despair is not the answer

n 2000, Tsai Jen-Hui, a professor of architecture at the National Taipei University of Technology, had the walls of the campus torn down. In their place, he had a stream built that functions like a moat, fed by recycled water and rain. He gave the university an entranceway inspired by – and incorporating – living trees; he designed eco-roofs and…

How low can we go?

Pop quiz: Of all the different ways of generating electricity or getting things (like cars) to do work, which of them don’t use energy from the sun? The Earth contains a mind-boggling amount of heat energy below the surface. Read more courtesy of Wired.com  

The Kansai pass

From the whimsical, deer-packed parks of Nara to the handsome, sakura-lined streets of Kyoto, Japan’s Kansai region boasts some of the country’s most beloved sites. And now, overseas visitors can take advantage of a new travel offer, the Kansai Area Pass, which makes it easier than ever to tour the area’s most famous and celebrated tourist attractions. Read more courtesy…

Finding mindfulness

Often, the ways we define mindfulness can be misleading. Definitions like “a quality of awareness that accepts things the way that they are” or “being aware without judging what is” are not incorrect, but they can imply passivity or complacency. But mindfulness is a dynamic relationship with what is. It doesn’t mean you never take action. It doesn’t mean you…

The orange sun of Paris

In Paris, cafe terraces are an environmental battleground. Heat lamps over outdoor tables have become an integral part of Parisian street life. But they are meeting resistance in the face of climate change. Read more courtesy of The New York Times.    

Thyme is of the essence

t first glance, the Cornish mallow (Lavatera cretica) is little more than an unprepossessing weed. It has pinkish flowers and broad, flat leaves that track sunlight throughout the day. However, it’s what the mallow does at night that has propelled this humble plant into the scientific spotlight. Hours before the dawn, it springs into action, turning its leaves to face…

Not the end of the line for Amtrak?

It will come as no surprise to many that Amtrak has struggled for many many years. The train service covers almost all of America – although sometimes with schedules that may require boarding or disembarking in the middle of the night – and also not the largest uptake of travelers in most of the USA.  It is difficult to challenge…

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