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7 Travel Destinations You Should Be Avoiding Now

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You’ll have read plenty of articles about travel destinations you should be visiting in 2020. But here is something different. About the cities and regions you should avoid in the next 12 months.  Whether a destination has concerns of over tourism or overinflated entry fees, here are the places you should leave off your bucket list for 2020.

 

1. Venice, Italy 

The overtourism of Venice is well-publicised. The destinations here is currently considering a tourist tax entry fee to control crowds and to help the clean-up of litter left by tourists. As in other popular European cities, such as Barcelona, Airbnb is also proving a problem. City authorities are attempting to crack down on those illicitly renting out their homes. The number of tourists who visit this photogenic city has reached 30 million, compared to just 53,000 residents. People simply cannot afford to live here anymore. Furthermore, crowds clamouring for selfies on the Rialto Bridge are causing congestion and disruption to residents.

 

2. Hanoi Train Street, Vietnam

Back in 1902, French colonialists built a railway through Hanoi and Hai Phong, and part of the route snakes through a narrow street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. It became known as ‘Train Street’, with the track lined by houses and shops. The site makes for a good picture but because the train is still in operation, tourist risk a lot when they pose for that selfie. Recently, a train had to make an emergency stop in order to avoid hitting the tourists snapping selfies and loitering on the tracks, and eventually was rerouted. Barricades have since been erected preventing tourists from taking pictures as the Instagram-friendly site, and illegal cafes established top cater for visitors closed.

 

3. Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona has a lot going for it, Gaudi architecture, a bustling food scene, great nightlife and a beautiful beach to boot. But it’s natural assets have proved a disadvantage. Airbnb has flooded the rental market causing sky high rent issues for locals. There is physically no room for more tourists. No number of pavement expansions and bus rerouting can solve the fundamental issue that tourism is the number one problem for the city. In many major tourist sites – Sagrada Familia and Parc Güell, for example, which are in residential locations there is physically no space to expand. Barcelona is full. You would not be wanting to visit a city which is already so packed.

 

4. Bali, Indonesia

One of Indonesia’s most popular destinations, Bali is becoming so overrun with tourists that the government is considering a tourist tax to help deal with some of the damaging environmental effects. A garbage emergency was declared in 2017, thanks to the tonnes of waste being produced every day by tourists. A ban on single-use plastics was enforced in 2018, but there are other issues at large. The number of villas and resorts has prompted a water scarcity, hindering profits for local farmers. To top it off, the authorities are working on a series of behavioral guidelines for tourists after too many would either visit religious sites in swim attire, or climb over sacred spots.

 

5. New Orleans, USA

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Visitors flock to the city for its vibrant live music scene and exceptional Mississippi cuisine. But recently, residents announced they were fighting back after a surge in visitor numbers. The city’s historic centre currently receives more than 5 times the number of tourists per resident than the centre of Venice. The New Orleans Sustainable Tourism Task Force, an independent collective of concerned citizens launched in 2018, released a report. They highlighted the main areas of concern after a year of research and analysis. The consequent degradation of residential quality of life is placing severe stress on the city’s historic neighbourhoods and degrading the visitor experiences.

 

6. Rome, Italy

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The Italian capital has long struggled under the weight of its own popularity, with the biggest attractions drawing overwhelming crowds in the spring and summer months. This is reflected in the city’s list of regulations for tourists, expanded and updated this year. The Italian capital has outlawed men going topless in public. Also the practice of attaching “love padlocks” to bridges, both of which carry a fine if contravened. Eating messy foods around popular tourist attractions such as the Trevi Fountain is also a no according to the new regulations. Even touching your lips against the spout when drinking from Roman public water fountains.

 

7. Amsterdam, Netherlands

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One of the most famous destinations for travelling. Amsterdam which is very close to Paris is facing a serious problem of crowding. It is advisable to scratch this off from your bucket list for now. This year, the Dutch tourist board decided to stop actively promoting the Netherlands as a destination. This is over fears that its cities and attractions were too crowded (the tulip bulb garden is all but inaccessible). Pretty Amsterdam, with around 1 million residents, is swarmed with 17 times that many tourists each year. All keen to see sights such as the canals, Anne Frank’s house and the majestic museum. But you might want to be smart and avoid it.

 

It is a good decision to avoid these destinations if you want a peaceful holiday. Related content- Airports Where You’ll Enjoy Killing Time

 

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Unlock 5 Guidelines: What’s Allowed, What’s Not

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The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued another set of guidelines for the next phase of relaxation. It includes reopening of cinemas and theatres. Schools and colleges may also reopen in Unlock 5, but it has been left on the state governments to decide

The Instructions for Unlock 5 will come into effect on October 1 and will run until October 31. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared the national lockdown in March, all public activities were banned by the government. Though India now has over 62 cases of lakh coronavirus and 97,000 deaths, Unlock 5 is being used to encourage further activities.

Unlock 5 guidelines in 10 points:

1. Outside containment zones, cinemas, theatres and multiplexes will reopen with up to 50 percent seating capacity as of 15 October. Since March, the cinemas have been completely shut down. Also, their owners have been seeking reopenings as the losses have escalated for more than 7 months.

2. The state and UT governments might decide to reopen schools after October 15, but in a graded manner. Decisions on the reopening of schools will be made in consultation with schools and institutional administrators. Moreover, on the basis of their evaluation of the situation and subject to certain conditions.

3. However, even though schools can be reopened, the main form of teaching will continue to be online or distance learning. Where schools conduct online classes, they may be able to do so if certain students choose to attend online classes instead of physically attending school. Only with the written permission of their parents can students attend schools and institutions. The guidelines for MHA Unlock 5 have also specified that attendance will not be enforced and must depend entirely on parental consent.

4. The opening of higher education institutions dedicated to research scholars (Ph.D.) and postgraduate students in the field of science and technology involving laboratory and experimental work will be allowed from 15 October onwards. The head of the institution would have to convince themselves that there is a clear need for research scholars (Ph.D.). Also, for the postgraduate students in the science and technology stream for laboratory and experimental work students mainly for centrally funded higher education institutions.

5. All other institutions of higher education, including state universities, private universities, etc., may only be available to PhD students and postgrad students. Moreover, only for those in the field of science and technology who need laboratory and experimental work. But the decision will be made by the respective governments of the state and the UT.

6. Exhibitions for Business to Business (B2B) will be allowed. Also, the Department of Commerce will release the guidelines for this.

7. Swimming pools used for training sportsmen will be permitted to reopen. Further, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports will issue guidelines for this.

8. From October 15, amusement parks and similar places will also be allowed to reopen. In that respect, the guidelines will be released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

9. The Unlock 5.0 guidelines have also made it possible for states to loosen the cap of 100 individuals at public meetings. Also, at functions outside containment areas. States will encourage an increased number of individuals to attend a public meeting from 15 October onwards. The decision comes before the beginning of the festivities of Dussehra, Diwali and Durga Puja across India.

10. Restrictions on International travel would continue.

Read: Countries where indians cannot travel to.

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Most Beautiful Places To Visit In Oregon

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Before admitting to the union in February 1859, the only state in the United States of America to have two different designs on each side of its flag was Oregon. Situated on the West coast of the country, was called the Oregon Territory.

Oregon is America’s ninth-largest state. Moreover, home to a vast range of geographical diversities, including forests, deserts, volcanoes, shrublands, and plentiful bodies of water.

Find below a few hidden gems of Oregon city:

Sweet Creek Trail

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A simple 2.2-mile ride that takes in about a dozen spectacular waterfalls is the Pleasant Creek Trail. The best time to visit the trail is maybe April and May, as this is when numerous woodland wildflowers burst into full bloom. Look out for especially rare pink fawn lilies. Just a few miles inland from Florence, at the mouth of the Siuslaw River, the trail is located.

Yaquina Head Light and Cliffs

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Yaquina Head Light, the tallest lighthouse in the state. Also, it can be located near the mouth of the Yaquina River, near Newport City. The lighthouse is known for its presence when it stood as the Moesko Island Lighthouse in the 2002 film The Ring. Lighthouse tours are available and it can also take time for tourists to take a stroll along the cliffs.

Thor’s Well, Yachats

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A giant hole in the rock on the side of the Oregon Coast is Thor’s Well. The void appears to swallow the surrounding seawater. It may seem like a giant, bottomless gap to a normal eye, but, in fact, it does have a bottom.

Though it is unknown, researchers believe that the pit is only about 20 feet deep, but Thor’s Well manages to produce some of the most spectacular sights in the state, especially during high tide, regardless of its insignificant depth.

Enchanted Forest, Turner

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The artist who began to create characters and attractions based on fairy tales such as Alice in Wonderland, Mother Goose, and Humpty Dumpty created the Enchanted Forest exclusively.

In 1971, the park was opened to the public and has been attracting families since then.

Chocolate Waterfall, Portland

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A massive 21-one-foot chocolate waterfall stands inside the Candy Basket Shop in Portland, Oregon. It throws a gobsmacking 2,700 pounds of chocolate over a huge waterfall-like structure. This towering cascade, constructed from sculpted bronze and Italian marble, has been in operation since 1991 and is the world’s tallest and oldest waterfall of its kind.

Tillamook Air Museum, Tillamook

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The Tillamook Air Museum houses a vast private collection of ancient and unusual aircraft. In addition, some of them are stored to be a part of the museum.

The “Flying Museum” is painted on one of the exterior walls after the discontinuation of its use by the military. It also contains many unusual and different planes which are not in use by military.

Silent Rock, Rhododendron

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While no one seems to know the true roots of the belief, when approaching the mound, it is considered that one must be as quiet as possible or suffer the consequences.

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‘Disgusting Food Museum’ Opens In Sweden

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We are not oblivious to fact that each country has its own cuisine and culture. What we might find disgusting and intolerable, they may actually love it. The ‘Disgusting Food Museum’ Opens in Sweden. However, to limit the spread of COVID-19/Corona virus, the Disgusting Food Museum will temporarily be open only on Saturdays and Sundays. They will reassess the situation every week and determine if the closure will still be in effect. The food items are as such disgusting as it can get. You literally need to have guts to fathom whatever food items that are in display.

The Disgusting Food Museum’s exhibit has 80 of the world’s most disgusting foods. Adventurous visitors will appreciate the opportunity to smell and taste some of these notorious foods. Do you dare smell the world’s stinkiest cheese? Or taste sweets made with metal cleansing chemicals? Nonetheless, the museum isn’t trying to make visitors lose their lunch; instead, it hopes to highlight the cultural subjectivity of food.

Here are a few items on display:

Surströmming – Fermented herring from Sweden

 

Small Baltic herring are caught in the spring, salted and left to ferment at leisure. Through the process of fermenting or souring. The aroma is pungent, and the taste is rounded yet piquant with a distinct acidity.

Cuy – Roasted guinea pigs from Peru

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The people of Peru love this delicacy. The roasted guinea pig recipe called Cuy, although it is a permanent part of Peru’s Andean diet for thousands of years.

Casu marzu – Maggot-infested cheese from Sardinia

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The traditional dish of the people of Sardinia known as Casu marzu. Also known as, Fly larvae cheese, the cheese prepared by live Maggots; The flies transform a good traditional cheese by eating and digesting it, and the larvae STAY in the cheese and get to be eaten with it. According to Delish, the cheese “develops when cheese fly larvae are introduced into Pecorino to promote advanced fermentation. As the larvae hatch and eat through the cheese, it softens. Diners have to dig in before the maggots die.”

Stinky tofu – Pungent bean curd from China

A stinky tofu, there is a recipe from China and Taiwan that is on exhibit at the museum. It is made by fermenting the bean curd, and then the tofu is soaked and the pungent bean curd extracted from it. Furthermore, Stinky tofu is one of the most popular snack foods in Hong Kong, China and Taiwan.

Hákarl – Well-aged shark from Iceland

Known as Hákarl, the Greenland shark is fermented and hung to dry for up to five months to remove the acid from the meat. It is the national cuisine of Iceland.

Durian – Infamously stinky fruit from Thailand

A fruit weighing two to seven pounds, Durian is one of the worst smelling fruits in the world. Moreover, it is forbidden to eat in many countries like Japan, Hong Kong and Thailand. The odour of the fruit is described as pig-excrement, turpentine and onions, garnished with a gym sock. Can be smelled from miles away, it a popular fruit.

 

Address: Caroli city, Östergatan 12, Malmö, Sweden
Timings: 12 pm to 6 pm
Ticket Price: KR 185 (Rs. 1,340)

Read: The Best Jazz Cafe/Restaurants To Visit In India

 

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