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Five Top Destinations to Travel Around the World

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Many of the top travel destinations are beach getaways, with Caribbean islands making several cameos on the list. One might imagine the Seychelles serves as the island-of-choice for those in Asia or Africa. Of course, classic European mainstays Rome and London are favorites, as well.

The full list of global travel destinations most-searched by people in the U.S. is below.

1. Hawaii

It’s not surprising to see Hawaii in the top spot — the islands are tourist-friendly with everything from nightlife to hiking to surfing. The Honolulu marathon is in December and Ironman in October, drawing athletes to the islands, but for hobbyists the island have kayaking, hiking and other water sports to offer.

2. Bahamas

The most popular of Caribbean destinations, the Bahamas include about 2,000 islands, including San Salvador, where Christopher Columbus landed in 1492. Junkanoo is a local celebration not to be missed — there are costumes, cowbells and conch-shell horns — and parades take place on Boxing Day and on New Year’s Day.

3. London

London was the top choice of European destinations, perhaps due in part to hosting the 2012 Summer Olympics. Spring and Fall offer the best weather, but London is magical during the Christmas and New Year’s season with lots of celebrations going on — it depends on whether your plans include museums and operas, or enjoying London’s parks and visiting historic sites.

4. Istanbul

On the edge of both Europe and Asia, Istanbul’s urban locale is a melting pot, featuring world-class shopping, restaurants, landmarks and nightlife. The Hagia Sofia is a favorite — it was the world’s largest cathedral for almost a thousand years, and is now a museum.

5. Puerto Rico

A U.S. territory, Puerto Rico is easily accessible for US citizens as it doesn’t require a passport. Some call it “the beach of the Northeast” because of the plethora of tourists who come down to catch some sun. The busy season runs from November through April.

Staying Green Outside Your Home

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

A fool-proof method of doing your part to maintain your green lifestyle while on vacation is to continue to do as you would at home. Green family travel starts before you step out of the house. For example, no matter which green method of travel you choose, always pack lighter.

Pack and organize everything you would like to carry with you on the trip, and then cut the load in half. It may seem like a sacrifice or burden, but the less weight you contribute on the trip, the less fuel will be utilized, and the less carbon emissions will be released into the atmosphere. Leave assorted equipment at home; you can always rent camping or skiing equipment at the resort.

When journeying to your green travel family vacation destination, utilize a carbon calculator to reduce carbon emissions if traveling by car. You can rent an eco-friendly automobile from a vehicle rental company.

Whether traveling by car or airplane, keep the kids entertained with “green” books or games. Compared to an airplane, traveling by train uses half the energy per mile, per passenger, and you can take advantage of the scenic route that train travel can provide.

Assuming most hotels and resorts provide fresh linen and daily laundry services, your sheets and towels will be clean upon your arrival. Since you don’t launder your towels and bed linens every single day at home, why would you do it away from home?

If your hotel does not offer the option of reusing your towels during your stay, notify housekeeping that you are electing to reuse your towels. Doing this will save water and energy on your part during your green travel family vacation.

Another way to save water in a more direct manner is to turn off the water faucet while brushing your teeth or shaving, and reduce the time you spend in the shower.

You can bring your own personal hygiene products like shampoo, conditioner, and soap to conserve the resort’s resources. Even if you decide to utilize the amenities that the hotel provides, ask housekeeping to restock these products only if you have run out, rather than daily.

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