Virgin Destinations – Places i was telling you about – Travel Guide Inc World Travel Guide, Trip Adviser, Know your Destination Thu, 28 Mar 2019 07:32:39 +0000 en-US hourly 1 World’s busiest air route Tue, 30 Jan 2018 10:18:24 +0000 According to aviation analyst OAG report, the most crowded flight path on the Planet is actually from Seoul Gimpo to Jeju International (South Korea). There were 64,991 departures between these two airport terminals in 2017 – that is around 178 flights in a day.

2nd most crowded air route is Melbourne-Sydney with 54,519 flights, while Mumbai-Delhi air route is on 3rd place with 47,462 flights. In fact, all of the 10 busiest air routes are domestic services.

The busiest international air route is Hong Kong-Taipei with 29,494 departures in 2017. Kuala Lumpur-Singapore with 29,383 flights is on 2nd in the list.

Why there are so many flights to Jeju?

More than 26 million travellers visit Jeju each year. So what is extraordinary there, and why travellers are so excited to visit there.?

Jeju Island

Jeju is the capital of an island, Jejudo, in South Korea, which is the most popular holiday travel destination you’ve ever think of. It’s known for its beach resorts and volcanic landscape of craters and cave like lava tubes. Halla Mountain, at 1,940m above sea level, is South Korea’s highest peak. In 2011 Jejudo was listed among the “New 7 Wonders of Nature”.

Anyone can visit Jeju without a visa because of Jejudo island’s self-governing status.

Have a look on crowded skies!

Flight Radar24 tracks every commercial flight on the planet and is a amazing resource for every traveller. As the image shows, there are planes flying across most corners of the planet at any given time. For less crowded skies, you need to be pointed to Siberia, the northernmost reaches of Canada, the Amazon and the Sahara.

World’s busiest airport?

Not quite surprising as Jeju, but not far off. The busiest airport on the planet is actually Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International airport. It has been in function since 1998. Over 104 million passengers passing through its terminals in 2016 – that’s actually more than the total population of the Philippines.

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A Quick Look At The Best All Inclusive Hotels In Turks & Caicos Thu, 20 Jul 2017 05:54:33 +0000 Planning a trip to Turks and Caicos? Then you may be thinking about where you should stay, and there is a whole host of options available, all with something unique to offer.

Turks and Caicos is the perfect place to truly relax and unwind with its warm and comfortable climate and world class beaches, so what better way to do so than booking an all inclusive hotel so that everything is taken care of for you?

Let’s take a look at some of the best all inclusive resorts available to help you decide where you might like to book.

Blue Haven

With some of the most luxurious suites on the island and an adjacent marina, two restaurants, a gourmet grocery shop and cafe, and private beach there is possibly no need to ever leave Blue Haven if you are visiting.

Their all inclusive experience includes all meals and drinks, a 24-hour snack station, free use of non-motorized watersports, 24-hour gym, hammocks, giant chess board and kids club among-st other amenities so you and your children will be well looked after during your stay.

There are plenty of activities available at the resort also. You can relax on a floating beanbag in the blue haven pool, enjoy horse riding along the beach or waterfront yoga, or perhaps a round of golf. All perfect for unwinding and taking some time out.

Alexandra Resort

For great value, you should check out Alexandra Resort in Providenciales. One of the biggest resorts on Grace Bay Beach, it boasts 90 spacious suites, a good amount of on-site amenities, gorgeous grounds, and reasonable prices.

With free use of the tennis courts, bicycles, non-motorized water sports, you will have plenty to do during your stay, and there are fully equipped kitchens and even laundry facilities in the suites for convenience.

The resort is home to Asú on the Beach, a relaxed and cheerful restaurant with a beach deck that offers barefoot dining and serves up stone baked pizzas from the new pizza deck, or breakfast lunch and dinner in the restaurant.

Beach House

This boutique resort is for adults only, so perfect for a romantic trip away or a honeymoon. The blissful atmosphere cultivated here really lends itself to letting go and fully relaxing.

With generously sized suites and renowned restaurant Kitchen 218 serving contemporary French cuisine (perfect for a romantic meal), you can live the high life while also feeling like you are in a home away from home as the staff look after you.

The suites have names rather than numbers, and matching loungers assigned to them on the beach!

We hope this has given you some insight into the wonderful all inclusive experiences available at the hotels in Turks and Caicos to inspire you if you are planning a trip.

With such fantastic facilities and activities included you may not have much need to stray outside of your resort, however, the islands also have plenty to offer if you do venture out, from a conch farm to an iguana island! There really is something for everybody.

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Daintree Rainforest, Australia Tue, 11 Jul 2017 05:29:14 +0000 The Daintree Rainforest is a tropical rainforest on the northeast coast of Queensland, Australia, north of Mossman and Cairns. At around 1,200 km2 (460 sq mi), the Daintree is the largest continuous area of tropical rainforest on the Australian continent. Along the coastline north of the Daintree River, tropical rainforest grows right down to the edge of the sea. The rainforest area, named after Richard Daintree, is loosely defined as the area between the Mossman Gorge and the Bloomfield River.

Top 10 Interesting Facts about the Daintree Rainforest

  1. The Daintree Rainforest is the oldest continuously surviving tropical rainforest in the planet, thought to be 165 million years old.
  2. The Wet Tropics is home to a rich diversity of plants and animals, including at least 663 species of vertebrate animals, 230 butterfly species, 135 dung beetle species and 222 species of land snails. Read our point by point articles on the bugs and butterflies of The Daintree Rainforest.
  3. Thought to be gone forever but re-discovered in 1971, the “Idiot Fruit” (Idiospermum Austrialense) is a rare and primitive flowering plant that lived when dinosaurs roamed the earth.

  4. The iconic giant bird of the Daintree is the jeopardized Cassowary. It’s difficult to tell if a cassowary is a male or female. However, female cassowaries have the habit of leaving their eggs to the male for them to raise.
  5. One of the exotic fruits to try in the Daintree is the Chocolate Pudding Fruit. Tasty! Aside from its magnificent views and splendid beaches, the Daintree Rainforest is known for its awesome tropical flavours and specialty foods. Come and enjoy an amazing culinary experience with a range or fresh local produce available. Find out 3-must try foods of The Daintree.
  6. The Kuku Yalanji individuals have lived in this area for thousands of years and call Cape Tribulation “Kulki”

  7. Cape Tribulation is found between the Daintree Rainforest and Great Barrier Reef. It is where the ‘two world heritage meet’. For an in-depth read, here are 4 historic facts about Cape Tribulation.
  8. The “Daintree” was named after the nineteenth-century Australian geologist and picture taker Richard Daintree. Read more about the rich history of the Daintree and Cape Tribulation.
  9. The Daintree Rainforest gets more than 400,000 visitors yearly, from around the globe and within Australia. To find out why this sunny destination is so popular, look at our Daintree Rainforest tours that keep guest coming back for more.

  10. There are 2 plants to avoid in the rainforest: The Wait-A-While vine which is spiky and can cut you through clothing and the Stinging tree filled with small, unseen pricks that causes itchiness. Make sure to read our article on the dangers present in our rainforest with some very practical Daintree Survival Tips.
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Braulio Carrillo National Park, Costa Rica Sun, 09 Jul 2017 05:27:50 +0000 Braulio Carrillo National Park is a National Park of the Volcanic Cordillera Conservation Area in Costa Rica located on the eastern edge of the central volcanic corridor between San José and Puerto Limón. It is accessible from the Limon Highway, which bisects the park running roughly east-west, and Barva, in the north. The park contains many notable geological features, such as the Barva Volcano, Hondura River, Patria River, and the mineral-discolored Súcio River. The park is separated into three main sectors – Zurquí, Quebrada Gonzales, and Barva.

Created to help protect the lush flora and fauna, there is a highway (Guapiles) that winds its way through the park. Actually, the park was formed in 1978 largely due to the highway, which makes the park more accessible, thus allowing more visitors to witness some of the most incredible scenery in the country.

Barva Volcano, the highest peak within the park at 9,534 ft (2,906 m), is an inactive volcano that sits high above the rest of the wilderness. Numerous different peaks within Braulio Carrillo’s borders that are popular destinations supplying surprising beauty and a rigorous test of endurance are Cacho Negro, at 7,382 ft (2250 m); Cerro Chompipe, at 7,411 ft (2,259 m) and Cerro Turu, rising to 7,018 ft (2,139 m). Another sight not to be missed is the dramatic San Fernando Waterfall.

Comprised of virgin forest and at least five different life zones, the park is home to 6,000 species of plants. Hiking through the miles of trails of varying elevation will allow you to take in these unique micro habitats. Be on the lookout for quetzals, toucans and eagles, which help to make up the 500 bird species that inhabit the park. Around 150 mammals can be found in the Braulio Carrillo secured zone, for example, white-faced monkeys, jaguars, peccaries, coati, deer, tapir and raccoons. Even the largest venomous snake found in Costa Rica, the matabuey, makes a home here, so watch your step!

There are two main park entrances that charge a fee of $7. The easiest and most popular is the Zurqui ranger station, which also has an information center. It is just 12 miles (20 km) northeast of San Jose along the Guapiles Hwy (32). The other principal entrance is Puesto Carrillo ranger station, which is also along the highway. With Braulio Carrillo National Park being so centralized, you might notice that many of the 12,000 park visitors a year are just stopping by as they are en route to other destinations. Inside the park, an aerial tram is accessible, reaching heights up to 170 ft (52 m) as it glides through the forest with as many as four passengers at a time.

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Białowieża Forest, Poland and Belarus Sat, 08 Jul 2017 05:18:03 +0000 Białowieża Forest, known as Belovezhskaya Pushcha (Belarusian: Белавежская пушча) in Belarus and Puszcza Białowieska in Poland, is an ancient woodland that straddles the border between the two countries, located 70 km (43 mi) north of Brest (Belarus) and 62 km (39 mi) southeast of Białystok (Poland). It is one of the last and largest remaining parts of the immense primeval forest that once stretched across the European Plain. This UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve lies in parts of the Brest Voblast and Hrodna Voblast in Belarus and on the Polish side near the town of Białowieża in the Podlaskie Voivodeship.

Scientists and environmental campaigners have accused the Polish government of bringing the ecosystem of the Białowieża forest in north-eastern Poland to the “brink of collapse”, one year after a revised forest management plan permitted the trebling of state logging activity and removed a ban on logging in old-growth areas.

Large parts of the forest, which spans Poland’s eastern border with Belarus and contains some of Europe’s last remaining primeval woodland, are subject to natural processes not disturbed by direct human intervention.

A Unesco natural world heritage site – the only one in Poland – the forest is home to about 1,070 species of vascular plants, 4,000 species of fungi, more than 10,000 species of insect, 180 breeding bird species and 58 species of mammal, including many species dependent on natural processes and threatened with extinction.

“At some point there will be a collapse, and if and when it happens, it’s gone forever – no amount of money in the universe can bring it back,” said Prof Tomasz Wesołowski, a forest biologist at the University of Wrocław who has been conducting fieldwork in Białowieża for each of the last 43 years. “With every tree cut, we are closer to this point of no return.”

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Kakamega Forest, Kenya Fri, 07 Jul 2017 05:16:51 +0000 Kakamega Forest is situated in Western Province Kenya, northwest of the capital Nairobi, and near to the border with Uganda. It is said to be Kenya’s last remnant of the ancient Guineo-Congolian rainforest that once spanned the continent. including reserves, the forest encloses about 230 square kilometers, a little less than half of which currently remains as indigenous forest. There are numerous grassy clearings and glades. Large mammals are rare. Part of the forest also contains unique and rich highland ecosystems, but generally, the fauna and flora of the Forest have not been comprehensively studied by science.

To counteract an increasing biodiversity decrease, parks and secure areas have been established worldwide. However, many parks lack satisfactory management to address environmental degradation. To enhance management strategies simple tools are required for an assessment of human impact and management effectiveness of secure areas. This study quantifies the present threats in the heavily fragmented and degraded tropical rainforest of Kakamega, western Kenya. We recorded seven disturbance parameters at 22 sites in differently managed and secured areas of Kakamega Forest. Our information indicates a high level of human impact throughout the forest with illegal logging being most widespread. Furthermore, logging levels appear to reflect management history and effectiveness.

From 1933 to 1986, Kakamega Forest was under management by the Forest Department and the number of trees logged more than 20 years ago was equally high at all sites. Since 1986, management of Kakamega Forest has been under two unique organizations, i.e. Forest Department and Kenya Wildlife Service. The number of trees logged illegally in the last 20 years was significantly lower at sites managed by the Kenya Wildlife Service. At last, logging was lower within highly secured National and Nature Reserves as compared to high logging within the less secured Forest Reserves. Reflecting management effectiveness as well as protection status in Kakamega Forest, logging might, therefore, provide a valuable quantitative indicator for human disturbance and thus an important tool for conservation managers. Logging may be an important indicator for other protected areas, too, however, another human impact, For example, e.g. hunting might also prove to be a potential indicator.

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Yakushima, Japan Thu, 06 Jul 2017 05:10:45 +0000 Yakushima is a town located in Kumage District, Kagoshima, Japan. The town is on the island of Yakushima and Kuchinoerabujima. Yakushima is famous for its lush vegetation. Most of the island has at one time or another been logged but has been extensively replanted and reseeded since logging ended in the late 1960s, at which time a conservation regime was established. In addition to this secondary forest, there are some remaining areas of primary forest, composed mainly of a variety of Cryptomeria japonica, or Japanese cedar, known as yakusugi, the best known single example of which is named the Jomon Sugi, as its age is estimated to date to at least the Jomon period of Japanese history, 2300 years ago.

Yakushima Island, a compact, a generally circular island south of Kyushu, is an intensive, immersive nature experience. It is one of the first two UNESCO World Natural Heritage Sites in Japan inscribed in 1993, and for good reason. The island is populated with endemic plants and animals. Not just that, it also hosts to numerous ancient cedar trees over a thousand years old. Also known as the “Alps of the Sea” with the highest peak soaring nearly 2,000 meters above sea level, it boasts a broad vertical distribution of vegetation that punches above its weight. Studio Ghibli’s animated movie “Princess Mononoke,” a fantasy about the conflict between man and nature, is aptly set in wild, untamed Yakushima.

Despite its obvious charms, it remains off the tourist radar. While a part of me prefers it kept a secret, at the same time my love for one of my favorite places in Japan needs some airing. In this article, I will introduce to you the best of Yakushima, and my experiences hiking in the land of the gods.

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Tongass National Forest, Alaska Wed, 05 Jul 2017 05:11:41 +0000 The Tongass National Forest in southeastern Alaska is the largest national forest in the United States at 17 million acres. Most of its area is part of the temperate rain forest WWF ecoregion, itself part of the larger Pacific temperate rain forest WWF ecoregion, and is remote enough to be home to many species of endangered and rare flora and fauna. Tongass encompasses islands of the Alexander Archipelago, fjords, glaciers, and peaks of the Coast Mountains. An international border with Canada (British Columbia) runs along the crest of the Boundary Ranges of the Coast Mountains.

The Truth About Tongass

Alaska’s Tongass National Forest includes the best tracts of rainforest outside the tropics. Subsidized logging is ripping them apart.

A strange, soft storm of white flakes is floating out of the summer sky, drifting past tall mountainside evergreens onto the nets of golden lichens dangled from their boughs, onto the bushes shaded by salmonberries and blueberries, onto the bear-tracked shores. This is not an unseasonal snow squall, not a flurry of wind-borne seeds. It’s a fall of molted feathers from bald eagles converging on the waterways by the hundreds, bright heads and tails gleaming like beacons all along the dark woodland slopes. A high tide of flesh surges inland from the sea: Each river, each stream, quivers with salmon thrashing up-current to spawn like rapids running in reverse. If any more flowing juices and beating hearts crowded in here, the place might begin moving around all alone.

Big trees, big birds, big bears, big fish, immense peaks wrapped in incredible glaciers that break off into bays where incredible whales spout: This is Southeast Alaska, the state’s panhandle. It separates northern British Columbia from the open Pacific with a chain of misty, fjord-footed mountains and a jigsaw puzzle of more than a thousand islands. Known as the Alexander Archipelago, the islands help clarify how a region less than 500 miles (800 kilometers) long can have 18,000 miles (29,000 kilometers) of shoreline (almost all wild, whereas the longest stretch of undeveloped coast in the contiguous states, is 30 miles (50 kilometers), more than 10,000 estuaries, and 13,750 river miles (22,130 kilometers) that host oceangoing fish. About 5 percent of Southeast Alaska is owned by native tribes or the state. Another 12.5 percent makes up Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve. All the rest—16.8 million acres (6.8 million hectares)—is the Tongass National Forest.

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Waipoua Forest, New Zealand Tue, 04 Jul 2017 05:24:52 +0000 Waipoua Forest preserves some of the best examples of Kauri forest remaining in New Zealand. It is notable for having two of the largest living kauri trees, Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere. The forest was declared a sanctuary in 1952. The Waipoua, Warawara and Puketi Forests together contain about three-quarters of New Zealand’s remaining mature kauri trees. The Waipoua forest holds the largest remaining stand of these trees. It contains Te Matua Ngahere, a notable kauri tree that is the largest in New Zealand by girth and the second largest by volume and is estimated to be from 2,000 to 3,000 years old.

The Waipoua Forest Sanctuary and Waipoua Kauri Management and Research Area together form a large (approx. 13 000 ha), continuous protected natural area on the west coast of Northland, New Zealand. This reserve complex contains comparatively unmodified examples of Northland forest including large areas dominated by the tall conifer kauri (Agathis australis). It also includes substantial areas of “heathland” scrub dominated by Manuka (Leptospermum scoparium) and Dracophyllum lessonianum. Landscape-scale vegetation patterns are described from 294 vegetation samples located in both forest and scrub, and their relationships with the environment are examined using indirect gradient analysis techniques.

Results suggest that vegetation patterns in both forest and scrub are determined largely by topographically linked variation in soil fertility and soil moisture and by altitudinally determined temperature and precipitation gradients. Conifers tend to occur on the infertile soils often found on ridges, whereas broadleaved species, though not excluded from ridge-top sites, dominate on the more fertile lower slopes and in gullies.

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Araucaria Forest, Chile Mon, 03 Jul 2017 05:19:43 +0000 Araucarias Biosphere Reserve is located in the Andes range, in south-central Chile. It comprises the Conguillío National Park and the Alto Bío-Bío National Reserve. The main feature of this Biosphere Reserve is the massive presence of Araucarias.

The fact about the Araucaria forest

Araucaria araucana or the monkey tree, as it is generally known, is an endemic evergreen. Conifer species which grows in the temperate rainforest of south central Chile and adjacent areas in Araucaria, under an amazing landscape covered by large areas of temperate rainforests with a high percentage of endemism. Araucaria araucana can reach up to 2 meters in size and 50 meters in height and may live for over 1,000 years. The Species grows in mixed forests with deciduous or evergreen species (depending on the location) or in pure stands. Araucaria araucana is one of eighteen species of Araucaria found worldwide

But for the purposes of this article. I will refer to the tree as simply araucaria.

Distribution of Chilean Araucaria is clearly divided into two areas: the Andes Range and the Coastal range (Nahuelbuta mountain). 97% of Araucaria forests are concentrated in the Andes Range, Where the species covers around 900 to 1,700 meters. In the Coastal Range, the species covers about 7,000 hectares in two relatively small zones. In the north between 37°40’ and 37°50’ degrees, with a maximum elevation of 1,400 meters, and in the south at 38°40’, with an elevation of approximately 600 meters.

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