The favorite month of the whole year, December world over has been a month of celebration since time immemorial. Even before the birth of Christ. Why? Because this month marks the winter solstice or the shortest day of winter in the Northern Hemisphere and longest in the Southern.
The day, for its geographical importance and for the fact that it is the coldest and gloomiest, has been given highest religious importance in many religions, including Christianity and Judaism. Celebrating festivals makes this month happier even in the cover of dark, ice and lots of cold.
Here are the best places to travel to in the month of December –
The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. It’s known for its beaches, blue lagoons and extensive reefs. A swansong for honeymooners and travellers in search of a romantic vacation, Maldives has carved an undeniable for itself in luxury travel. The small islets, incredible resorts, aqua blue water, and pristine beaches make the Maldives as a strong contender for best places to travel in December.
2. Cape Town
Known as the Southernmost city of Africa, Cape Town has historic significance to the growth and development of trade between Europe and Asia. If you’re a fan of panoramic beaches, white sandy banks, and a vibrant nightlife scene it is the right place for experiencing one of the best places to visit in December in the world. It is one of the best places to visit in December for couples. Some of the fun things to do are beach hopping, hiking to Table Mountain, wine tasting, visit Robben Island.
Goa experiences moderate weather conditions during the month of December. The average temperatures range from 22 to 33 degrees. Also, this is the month when the biggest festival, the Sunburn Festival is organized in Goa. Make sure you visit the ‘Queen of Beaches’ in Goa, Calangute Beach. Also, visit Palolem Beach which is one of the most popular beaches among tourists.
4. Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka is the fabled golden city of Raavan, one of the best tea-growers of the world and lately, a coveted tourist attraction on the atlas. Sri Lanka is known for its tea gardens and fragrant tea shops, so start with those tea-tours in Ceylon and Nuwara Eliya. You can also try your hand at surfing and kite surfing at places like Midigama, Mirissa, Weligama Beach and Hikkaduwa. Since this is a relatively dry season, take your trekking shoes and go hike up Adam’s Peak, Ella Rock and Horton Plains. For a temple run across the monasteries and temples here, check out the Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy and Dambulla Cave Temple.
5. New Zealand
The island country of kiwis, New Zealand is a beautiful paradise in the southwest Pacific Ocean, filled with volcanoes and glaciers. Being a country in the southern hemisphere, it is warm during December as opposed to most countries in this list thus far. Some of the most coveted tourist cities are Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Their Christmas and New Year’s Eve make for precious memories as you get to soak in the native festive spirit with Santas dressed in sandals and rugby shirts. Additionally, live musical festivals, light shows and fireworks will amaze you.
December in Australia is basically the beginning of summer. A proper, beach summer for most tourist attractions here. With warm sunny days and a temperature of around 20°C, the summer emits great holiday vibes. While you can indulge in water sports and beach bonanza, there is also the unique opportunity to spend your Christmas and New Year on a beach, warm and sandy. Spend a beach Christmas sipping beers and dancing with Santas in swimwear. Australia is known for these shenanigans after all!
Thailand is the renowned world over for its Thai cuisine, sultry beaches, breathtaking islands and, massages. Its capital Bangkok is the ultimate shopping destination for one and sundry and also doubles up as an amazing Christmas and New Year holiday spot. In the month of December, Thailand experiences its coldest weather of 26°C day average with only 40 mm rainfall. Its night markets bloom to make way for fairy lights and holiday mood of Christmas.
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Virtual Scuba Diving To Beat The Heat
India saw an extension in the lockdown on May 30. The month of May and its scorching heat has got us all uncomfortable. In addition, due to the lockdown we cannot even travel. Therefore, its the boredom and heat both bogging us down.
Worry not! To help you kill the boredom and to help you beat the summer heat, read this post. This post is about the different places where you can set out to do Virtual Scuba Diving. Since all of us have missed traveling in these summer vacations, you can dive deep in the water here.
What is Scuba Diving?
Scuba diving is the act of diving deep under the waters. While doing this, this diver is self- contained with all the necessary equipment. For instance, the diver carries a breathing apparatus called as scuba with them. The apparatus helps the divers to breathe underwater.
A scuba diver attaches fins to their feet that help them to navigate underwater. By doing this one can explore the different creatures.
Though at this moment, scuba diving is not possible, that does not restrict you from your tour. Here is where virtual scuba diving comes into the picture.
What is Virtual Scuba Diving?
Virtual Scuba Diving is a way to witness all that you can witness in a normal scuba diving session without getting wet. It gives a 360 degree view of marine life. You can watch amazing habitats, animals and different varieties of marine life.
The team of national geographic has created a full 36-degree view of marine life at different places. There are a lot of marine places that one can see here.
Go Pro VR
With Virtual Reality of Go Pro camera’s, you get some additional dose of underwater life. Check it out here. Watch sharks and much more there.
National Marines Sanctuary
To educate people with marine life, here is National Marines Sanctuary with its 360-degree photos. Do check them out here.
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The Most Beautiful Villages In The World
Who doesn’t love big cities? But there are a lot of them around the world the feel remarkably similar. They consistently feature skyscrapers, crowded streets, and busy people in business suits.
Although, if you want to have the best way to travel experience it surely has to be a fundamentally different culture to explore the smaller villages away from the big cities.
Below are the 8 most beautiful villages in the world that immediately show how unique they truly are.
Shan State village, Myanmar
Situated on the banks of Inle Lake, Shan State village in Myanmar is definitely not the easiest village to get to. But if you get the chance, it is the opportunity of a lifetime!
Popeye Village, Malta
Popeye village, located at Anchor bae in the north-west corner of the Mediterranean island of Malta. It was an also film set from the 1980 musical ‘Popeye’, now a theme park village with boat rides & food outlets.
It is a beautiful small town of Carvoeiro situated on the Portugal coasts. It is a fantastic destination to witness beautiful ambience and have a relaxed, peaceful holiday.
Simiane La Rotonde Village, France
Surrounded by olive groves and lavender fields, Simiane La Rotonde is a beautiful hilltop village depicting the ancient medieval vibes. It has flower filled cobbled streets lined with pretty houses and artistic studious to die upon!
A tiny and incredibly picturesque village situated in Norway is the best place to discover the Lofoten Islands. Hub of fishing, the village has earned the title of the ‘most beautiful village in the world.’
Rural Village, China
Situated on the rice field in southern China, this village is the significance of what peace looks like. It is located near Zhaotong District, Yunnan Province.
Hallstatt is one of Austria’s oldest and most famous towns. It has 16th-century Alpine houses and is home to scenic coffee shops and cafes. It also has a trail which leads to Echelon Valley glacier garden with beautiful glacier view.
Gifu village, Shirakawa Japan
Shirakawa, Gifu village in Japan. It is known for being the site of Shirakawa-go traditional village showcasing a building style known as gassho-zukuri. Moreover, it has enormous fields of sunflowers which is a delight to watch!
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Is It Safe To Visit Nuclear Disaster Sites?
“Mankind invented the atomic bomb, but no mouse would ever construct a mousetrap.”
There was a time when countries and nation-states were in the rat race to acquire the monopoly over nuclear weapons. That was the time when the nuclear proliferation of these weapons was growing at an increasing rate. The weapon states and non-weapon states were at loggerheads with each other. Sooner and later, every country embarked on their individual capacity to build nuclear reactors and now if we look back, no good was achieved. The hunger games to redistribute the balance of power has led to the loss of lives and abandonment of places where once life perpetrated in the underbelly of once-safe nuclear disaster sites. Nuclear disasters occurred and left a legacy no one wanted. We earned but at what cost? Now that we are tackling with an invisible enemy ourselves, here’s a look at what these nuclear disaster sites look like today and whether it is safe to pay a visitation or not.
CHERNOBYL, 26 April 1986
More than 33 years ago, Chernobyl became the world’s worst nuclear disaster site. The plant crew intentionally switched off the safety systems to test the turbine.
Chernobyl has been opened to tourists and public since 2011 when the government authorities deemed it safe to visit. Given that you follow the orders of the tourist guide, you can prevent the radioactive from perpetrating your body.
The main danger is not radiation anymore, but the unsafe structures which have been deserted for 30 years, and lots of metal has been stripped away. So go around in groups, and obey the guide’s instructions.
FUKUSHIMA, 11 March 2011
The Dai-ichi nuclear power plant spewed radiation across dozens of towns, triggering a 10 mile evacuation zone. Following a major earthquake, a 15-metre tsunami disabled the power supply and cooling of three Fukushima Daiichi reactors, causing a nuclear accident on 11 March 2011. All three cores largely melted in the first three days.
9 years after the nuclear accident, Fukushima is expectantly opening up for Tokyo Olympic games 2020. The Japan government declares that Fukushima is under control.
TRINITY SITE, NEW MEXICO, 16 July 1945
One week after the establishment of White Sands Missile Range (WSMR), the world’s first atomic bomb was detonated in the north-central portion of the missile range, approximately 60 miles north of White Sands National Monument.
This site is now open to the public twice a year. It is located on the White Sands Missile Range which is an active military installation in New Mexico. The atmosphere is quite a circus with people bringing screaming kids, strollers, beer coolers, bicycles, dogs, and everything else you could think of.
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