Situated in Micronesia, in the west of the Pacific Ocean, the island of Palau is the favorite destination of sea lovers. With an economy based on the triangle of tourism, agriculture and fishing, the island is a republic in free association with the United States, which provides defense, funding, and access to social services. The colonization has other cultural reflexes: it makes Christianity, either Catholic or Protestant, the main local religion, more popular than Modekngal, a cult of local origin. The language is another example, since English shares space with Japanese, Palauan, Tobian and Sonsorolese as official languages.
Have you ever heard of Unguja and Pemba? These two incredible islands, surrounded by a myriad of islets, form the famous Zanzibar Archipelago, situated off the coast of Tanzania, which is part of the East African coast. With the status of semi-autonomous state, the islands are separated from the continent by the Zanzibar Channel. Its capital, Stone Town, besides being the birthplace of Freddie Mercury (1946-1991), singer in the band Queen, has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Silence, closeness to nature, and freezing temperatures: for some, obstacles, for others, the ideal trip. For the latter group, Paradise Bay, in Antarctica – the world’s coldest continent – is an excellent alternative holiday destination. All the charms of the freezing waters of the South Pole attract several cruises through the region for the contemplation of walls of ice and exuberant landscapes.
When you hear about a trip to Europe, or, more specifically, to France, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Paris would be the answer to this question. However, no matter how charming the City of Lights may be, France holds many other attractions, such as the lovely Island Mont Saint-Michel. Located at the mouth of the Couestron River, in the English Channel, the rocky island got its curious name from a sanctuary abbey of the same name located at the top of the mount. With incredible landscapes, the medieval village daily attracts thousands of visitors who seek the famous Abbey and the unmissable phenomenon of the tide, the highest in all of Europe. The island is easy to love, but hard to get around in: since it preserves its centenary traits, it isn’t accessible to every form of locomotion, requiring physical preparation and comfortable shoes, but the views are well worth it. Another tip for dressing is raincoats, for the region is quite rainy.
What do St. Tropez, Ibiza, Malta, Capri, Crete, Santorini, and Algarve have in common? They’re beautiful and famous European beaches that attract tourists from all over the planet, but that duel with the little-known – worldwide – Dalmatia, one of the Europeans’ favorite destinations. Situated in a region that covers territories of Croatia, Bosnia, Herzegovina (Neum) and Montenegro (Bocas de Cattaro), Dalmatia is on the east coast of the Adriatic Sea (and is known as “the heart of the Adriatic”), and is divided into four sub-regions that occupy a 50km strip of the sea.