Journey through the Pacific Ocean, Kiribati

No, I do not encourage you to explore the world during the Covid-19 epidemic. It could be difficult and dangerous for you.
Traveling from New Zealand east about 800 km, there are two large islands, the Chatham archipelago, the islands: Chatham, Pitt and Mangere. Of which the first two are inhabited. As you can see in Google Maps someone took a photo on Mangere and you can admire. You can get there by plane from New Zealand. There is a small airport on the island of Chatham.
Now, about 3000km north-east, you’ll find yourself on Kiribati.

On the island of Kiribati there are several settlements with interesting names: Paris, London, Tabwakea, Banana and … Poland. Poland?

Kiribati

Kiribati

Unfortunately, there is not enough electricity but even drinking water. Poland lies on the island of Kiritimati – one of 33 islands scattered in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It is these 33 beautiful coral islets that make up the poor, but unique country of Kiribati. Poland is at its very end, which is why tourists and any news are rarely found here.

But where does the name come from?

The village was so named to commemorate the Pole Stanisław Pełczyński from an American ship carrying a copra, which hit the island when its inhabitants had problems with irrigation of palm plantations. Stanisław helped them solve the problem. He taught them how to desalinate sea water as well as how to improve the irrigation system. It was in his honor that the settlement was named today. Originally they wanted to use the Polish name for this, but it was too difficult for the locals, so it was decided that the village would be called Poland
Pełczyński’s help was of great importance to the local community, which is why it was decided to show gratitude to the Pole in such an interesting way.
It built a church dedicated to Saint. Stanislaus, and the bay in the lagoon was called the Bay of Saint Stanislaus.

Unfortunately, because of rising sea levels due to global warming, the fate of Kiribati is worrying. But about this another time.


How to Stay Safe and Have a Great Time in Brazil

South America’s largest country is full of hidden wonders, from the majesty of the Amazon rainforest, to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. But as with any trip, if you plan on traveling to Brazil, you’ll want to take the proper safety precautions. Keep reading to learn how to stay safe while making the most of your Brazilian adventure.

Urban Environments

If you’re from a big city, then you’ll have all the skills you need to navigate a city like Rio de Janeiro. The basic rules are:

  • Walk with confidence and purpose.
  • Don’t make eye contact with hustlers and definitely don’t engage them in conversation.
  • Don’t leave your belongings unattended.
  • Be aware of pickpockets and where you place your things. Don’t hang your backpack on the back of your chair and don’t open your wallet in the middle of the street.
  • Don’t walk alone at night, especially if you’re in an unfamiliar neighborhood.
  • Do your research on taxis and the average cost of goods so you know when someone is trying to rip you off. 

Beach Safety

It’s not just the human pickpockets you need to be wary of. Mother Nature herself can be just as dangerous. Here are a few critters to watch out for when you head to a Brazilian beach. 

  • Beware of piranhas in Sao Paolo. Always look for signage at the beach before jumping into the water, as they may hold important safety warnings regarding these sharp-toothed fish.
  • Certain currents can transport Portuguese man-of-war jellyfish into the waters of Rio de Janeiro. Stings from these jellies aren’t deadly, but they’re extremely painful, and can leave red welts for hours after the initial encounter.
  • The waters of Recife appear beautiful, blue, and welcoming, but hardly anyone even steps foot in the ocean. Why? This beach has the highest shark attack rate in the world. While it’s perfectly safe to sit in the sand and get some sun, do as the locals do and steer clear of the water.

Rainforest Environment

The Amazon Rainforest is one of the most precious, regal beauties in the world. Be sure to follow these precautions so you can enjoy it for all its wonder.

First, make sure to dress appropriately. Wear long sleeves, cover your legs, ankles, and feet, and apply sunscreen and bug spray. Mosquitoes and other stinging insects are everywhere in this hot, humid forest and they can carry disease and even poison. The Amazon is also home to bullet ants and you definitely don’t want to be bitten by these nasty guys. Even if you’re sweaty and hot, keep exposed skin covered up!

Of course, it wouldn’t be a complete trip to the Amazon if you didn’t go into the river. If you’re on a guided tour, make sure to follow instructions carefully. Possible dangers that lurk under the surface include electric eels and piranhas. Always heed local regulations before jumping into an unknown body of water.

 


What To Do If You’re Desperate to Travel Amid the Pandemic

If you’re growing restless of sheltering in place, you’re not alone. It seems like everyone is champing at the bit to get out, and that’s especially true for travel enthusiasts. Unfortunately, the future of the coronavirus pandemic is yet unclear, so all you wanderlusters may have to wait months before you can resume your travel plans. Some experts are hopeful that travel will be permitted by this summer, while others suggest the fall and still others fear it won’t be until 2021. But you don’t have to wait until then to get out. Let’s consider how you can approach travel in the time of coronavirus.

Flying is probably a bad idea

It’s no secret that the airline industry has been hit hard by the pandemic, and it’s not just because international flights have been restricted. Flying any distance in a plane can make you vulnerable to the virus, as cabins are small and confined, making it nearly impossible to distance yourself from others.

Most airlines have slashed the number of daily flights, so flying long-distance is likely to be a challenge, too. You’re less likely to find a direct flight these days, so while a trip from New York to Paris may have previously lasted 7.5 hours, it could now include two stops and take up to 15 hours! In short, air-travel is probably off the table for the near future.

Road trip?

While traveling between countries is sure to be a challenge, this summer could present a good opportunity to explore your own backyard. Why not jump into the car and take a drive up the interstate? Or better yet, take the back roads. Plan a picnic in the car. Taking a daylong road trip could be a good way to break free from the house this summer, allowing you to return home at night without having to stay in a health-compromising hotel. Just be sure you’re following local guidelines regarding virus-related safety.

Consider #VanLife

#VanLife is the budding culture that has become ubiquitous on social media, in pictures of couples living out of cozy, sleeper vans. This moment might be a great opportunity to see the country from the inside of a van, breaking away from the monotony of quarantine and saving money on lodging by sleeping in your own mobile bunker.

Returning to pre-pandemic travel

The sorry truth is, no one knows when or if travel will ever return to its pre-pandemic glory. But that doesn’t mean you can’t venture out of the nest. Seize the opportunity to take an unconventional trip or at least to get to know your own neighborhood a little better.

 


Mexico’s Hidden Gems

If you’re spending your Mexican getaway in packed crowds with other tourists, or standing in endless lines, you’re not really “getting away” from much. It might be worth your time and money to explore some of the country’s beautiful hidden gems, where you can truly veer off the beaten path. Keep reading for some of Mexico’s best-kept secrets.

Yelapa

The best way to get to this small fishing town is by boat. Consider renting a vacation home in Yelapa, where you can fish, swim in the ocean or simply lie in the hammock for hours. If you want to avoid swarms of spring-breakers, you can do no better than Yelapa.

Isla Mujeres

You don’t have to dole out thousands of dollars to get the remote island experience. Why not head to Isla Mujeres? This gorgeous little paradise is located 8 miles off the coast of Cancun, but is far less raucous than the spring break capital. On this Atlantic oasis, you can snorkel, visit a turtle sanctuary and even behold ancient Mayan ruins.

Copper Canyon

Copper Canyon is a remote swath of nature, perfect for hiking, biking and horseback riding. This natural wonder is actually a collection of six canyons, formed by six rivers that drain the western side of the Sierra Madre mountain range. The walls of the canyons have been colored green by the titular copper deposits over the course of six million years. Head to these trails if you really want to run free from souvenir-shop crowds.

Palenque

In 2017, less than a million people visited this archeological site, making it one of Mexico’s most precious secrets spots. You will be astonished by the ruins at Palenque, where a Mayan city-state flourished until the end of the seventh century AD. This immense collection of ancient architectural wonders, smack in the middle of the jungle, can take days to explore.

Xcalak

Xcalak is one of the last undeveloped coastlines in the Caribbean. Fewer than 400 people live in this town, which hosts the world’s second-largest barrier reef. You’ll have to travel to the southern tip of Mexico (near Belize) to find it, but Xcalak is well worth the trip.