Are you excited to visit dark Antarctica that too for free? If yes, this article is for you! As the concern for global warming and the environment in general rises, new initiatives are coming up as well. This time, it has come in the form of an unlikely combination – Airbnb, Antarctic scientist Kristie Jones-Williams, and Ocean Conservancy.
What is this initiative all about?
It is a well-known fact that human use and production of plastic has led to a lot of damage. But we do not know much about how plastic has affected Antarctica. For this very reason, this initiative was brought up. Five individuals will be selected – they will be known as volunteer citizen scientists. They will travel for a month to this icy region, collect and study samples of snow there with scientist Kristie Jones-Williams. The trip is all expenses paid for, and the participants will be allowed to go to the South Pole and the other attractions in Antarctica during their stay there.
Who can apply?
The best part about the sabbatical is that there is no mandatory degree or educational qualification you need to have. You just need to be equipped with the passion to do something new, to find out more about Antarctica’s ice, and of course, be above eighteen years of age. The weather and living conditions will obviously be in the very extremes in Antarctica. So, if you can travel between the months of November and December this year, give applying to this sabbatical a try!
The Training Process
But yes, after the selection process is done, the five people will undergo training. They will be sent to Punta Arenas in Chile to train in field sampling, glaciology, equipment practice, and lab work. They will come back to Chile after the expedition to analyze the samples. We cannot wait to see what precious information this team comes back with!
Another Opportunity By Antartica21
Antarctica21 is an honoured sponsor of a yearly grant that provides a free trip to Antarctica to a photographer selected by the Endowment’s jury panel, a selection jury made up of some of the world’s leading photographers and photographic educators. If you are a photographer with a project in mind, you must review the submission page on their official website. Note that there is a deadline for submission so you need to keep a track on that. You can check more details about this here.
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Safest Places For Travel And Tourism Post-Covid
- Stay vigilant and don’t forget the gestures of barriers, social distancing, wearing masks where possible and necessary;
- Stop flying while you are in bad health;
- People over 70, those who are overweight or have breathing problems should be especially vigilant;
- It is the duty of the travellers to protect their most endangered loved ones and host country citizens.
The Azores have an ample offer of private villas, tourist apartments and small family hotels. Reopening to travellers on July 1. No quarantine requested.
In Romania there were 15 times fewer cases of Covid-19 than in the European countries most affected. Some destinations such as Sibiu County have had no deaths related to pandemic.
While very few cases of coronavirus occurred in Montenegro (60 times lower than in the most affected countries), during the crisis Kotor remained a green zone with no case of coronavirus detected. Montenegro has more hospital beds available per capita compared with Norway, Ireland and Canada.
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Greece Is Welcoming Tourists From June 15th!
Greece is all set to get its tourism industry back on track by opening to tourists June 15 onwards! It is a tourism-reliant country and in order to boost it, the country actually preponed its reopening date. Greece had initially planned to open up on July 1st! But don’t worry, they’re only going to allow international flights into the country gradually from 1st July.
As per CNN, the Prime Minister of Greece—Kyriakos Mitsotakis addressed the nation regarding the updated date. He also mentioned that they would only be allowing tourists from countries that have low rates of COVID infection. Also, the tourists coming in will not be required to go through any quarantine or testing. But they will be carrying out spot tests in the tourist areas as per requirement.
Not just this, but the Greek government is also focusing on strengthening its healthcare service in tourist destinations. As per Harry Theocharis, the Tourism Minister, as many as 600 beds will be separately available to aid Coronavirus care.
Greece On Reviving Its Tourism Industry
The tourism industry in Greece makes up almost 20% of its GDP. It is believed that every fourth job in Greece belongs to the tourism industry. The country highly depends on its tourism and it is coming up with new measures to revive it in the best way possible.
The Greek government plans to subsidise the salaries of the tourism industry, catering industry as well as the industrial sectors. They also plan to reduce taxes for those in the hospitality and travel sectors. Also, along with Greece, Iceland to plans to open its gates for tourists June 15 onwards!
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The Countries That Are All Set To Re-Open Again
Coronavirus has definitely shaken the entire world. While you might not expect full normalcy, find out about countries that are picking up their pace in getting back to normal. Countries that reopen while COVID-19 is still circulating will likely face strong waves of virus again. However, the relaxation of some public health measures may also be normal as countries learn how to track and control the virus.
Canada remains in lockdown till now. The country closed the border with the USA. Canada is allowing some in house travel, but the summer tourism season in places like Ontario remains in serious jeopardy. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced during a news conference on May 19 the border between the U.S. and Canada will remain closed until at least the third week of June. The border remains closed since March 21. Additional 30-day extensions are not out of the question.
Costa Rica began easing some coronavirus measures on May 1, allowing theatres, cinemas, hair salons, gyms and athletic centres to reopen under reduced hours and strict sanitary guidelines. This move came after the country’s active infections declined for 11 consecutive days. The ban on foreign tourists is currently expiring on June 15. But there’s no surprise if it gets extended.
El Salvador has fewer than 400 reported cases. The country took early steps to curb the pandemic and in fact, El Salvador was one of the first Central American countries to go into lock down before any cases of coronavirus were reported. The travel here is not specifically forbidden, no international flights are currently pass in or out of the country. The visitors would be subject to the same strict isolation and movement guidelines as locals.
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