Endangered Cambodian Lake.

Fishing in the world’s many lakes has been impacted by many environmental changes. No more so than the Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia, which in the dry season, covers almost 1,000 square miles. During the wet season, May to November, the lake swells to 6,000 square miles and is the area’s main source of fish, as they flow from the Mekong River into the lake.

Due to illegal trawling in protected waters and changes in ecology, local, legal fishermen struggle to make a decent living. At one time, the Tonle Sap Lake was one of the largest inland fisheries, but now at least four types of fish have not been caught in recent years and others are smaller and fewer in numbers. Fish from the lake feeds 80 percent of the population and many thousands of tons of fish are exported to neighboring countries.

A string of hydro dams along the Mekong and its tributaries has also impacted problems facing the lake. These dams prevent fish migration and add to the vanishing fish dilemma. Between these additions, climate changes and droughts in recent years, locals fear there may not be enough fish for future generations. Many families living in the area for over 40 years have decided to move away from the place they love to ensure a better future. They are in debt and if they stay, there will come a time when they cannot afford to buy fruit and vegetables and will have to eat less.

Tourism Malaysia Faces Criticism For 2020 Logo

In an effort to entice foreign visitors, the Tourism Malaysia group announced its Visit Malaysia 2020 campaign at the most recent ASEAN Tourism Forum. During this event, Tourism Malaysia unveiled its now controversial 2020 logo, which features monkeys, turtles, and the world-famous Petronas Towers.

Soon after this logo was shown to the public, Malaysians took to the Internet to vent their frustrations. Now, this little tourism logo has become a hot political issue for Minister of Tourism and Culture YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz.

There is now a petition on change.org to get rid of the Malaysia Travel 2020 logo and make a new one. As of today, there are over 12,000 online signatures. The goal is to reach 15,000 signatures.

Mustaffa Azizi Idris, a resident of Malaysia, started this online campaign. In his petition, Idris says that the 2020 design is “appalling” and in no way represents Malaysia’s rich history and culture. He orders Tourism Malaysia to scrap this design and make a new logo. Many Malaysians also took to Twitter to express their disgust over this 2020 logo.

Although Idris has support from thousands of locals, it’s not likely his petition will get him anywhere. YB Dato’ Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz hasn’t expressed any support for the “STOP Tourism Malaysia” petition.

Over the past few years, Malaysia has been investing a ton of money into its tourism infrastructure. A few of the most popular spots for international tourists include Kuala Lumpur, Pulau Tioman, Langkawi, and Penang.

Rare $500 Tickets To Brussels Now Offered At Major American

There’s no excuse for putting your European dream vacation on the backburner this year. Major airlines in dozens of American cities are now offering extremely cheap plane fares to Brussels, Belgium.

So, just how cheap are these discounted tickets? The most you’ll have to pay is in the $500-range. In some cases, these tickets could go as low as $400.

These prices are exceptional values for the busy spring and summer travel seasons. Indeed, the average price for tickets to Europe in the springtime is around $800 and summer travel could be around $1,000.

Some of the major airlines participating in this discount include Lufthansa, Air Canada, Delta, and Air France. Almost all of the major cities in the USA should have these discounted tickets available right now. Unless you’re flying out of New York, however, you’ll most likely have to make one stop before you arrive in Brussels Airport (IATA: BRU).

The dates available for this discount vary depending on what city you’re planning on flying out from. As of today, there are still plenty of tickets available between March – May and a few in August.

Even if people aren’t interested in visiting Brussels, it’s still a good idea to take advantage of these ticket prices. From BRU, travelers can easily book a transfer flight to other major European cities.

Anyone interested in these prices has to act fast before other savvy travelers snatch them up. Travel experts recommend visiting the website Momondo to have the best shot of scoring a few of these cheap flights to Belgium.

You Can Now Get Paid to Live in Italy

Ever thought packing up and moving somewhere across the world only to remember that you don’t have enough money to hop on that next plane out of town? Well, that may not be an issue anymore. Candela, a tiny town 80 miles outside of Naples, Italy, is actually paying people to come and live there. The mayor, Nicola Gatta, is paying people over two thousand dollars just move to Italy. The tiny town used to be home to about 8,000 people. But, it only has about 2,500 now. So, Mayor Gatta needed a plan. And his plan was just to pay people to come and live in his town. The caveat? You are required to find a job once you get there. And, that job must pay a minimum of 7,500 a year. But, that’s not too hard, right? Well, actually it is. You see, there’s a reason the town only has 2,500 people living there. That means that there aren’t many jobs available. Also, that 2,000 Euros isn’t quite what it first seems. For one person, you will make 800. Couples will make 1500. Only if you have a family of five or more will you make that 2,000, just like this article describes: https://nypost.com/2017/10/23/charming-italian-town-will-pay-you-to-move-there/
Still, you may be infatuated with the idea of getting paid to move to this eensey little place an hour from the beach. I know I am. So, maybe you should just take this chance, pack your suitcase, and hop on that next flight.

Revised Forecast For Japan’s Cherry Blossom Season Released

Travelers interested in viewing Japan’s famous cherry blossoms should plan to be in Tokyo by mid-March. That’s according to the latest 2018 cherry blossom forecast from the Japan Meteorological Corporation (JMC).

The JMC expects cherry blossom trees to start blooming on March 20th in Japan’s capital city. This weather report predicted Tokyo’s cherry blossoms will be in full bloom on March 28th.

The JMC also looked at the forecasts of other major cities all around Japan. People traveling to Kyoto will most likely see cherry blossoms bloom on the 27th and peak on April 4th. Cherry blossoms in the nearby city of Osaka should start blooming on March 26th and reach their height on April 3rd.

People traveling to the northern island of Hokkaido should expect cherry blossoms to bloom on May 3rd and reach their peak on May 6th.

Staff a the JMC told reporters they have an intricate method to predict these times using information gathered from the previous year. In addition to looking at annual trends, the JMC also looks at the temperature this new batch of cherry blossoms grew up in through the fall and winter.

The Japanese cherry blossoms (aka sakura) attract millions of tourists from around the world every year. There are at least 1,000 different areas of this island nation to enjoy cherry blossom season, and many restaurants offer special sakura-themed eats during this time.

The practice of viewing cherry blossoms goes way back in Japanese history. Some records suggest people were practicing hanami, which basically means having a picnic underneath sakura trees, since the early 700s.

For many, viewing Japan’s sakura is a religious experience. In fact, this annual festival is closely associated with the Buddhist truth of impermanence in Japanese culture and art.

Tourists can check out the JMC’s latest revisions on their official website before booking their tickets to Haneda Airport.

Tourism Experts Reveal Top 15 Travel Destinations For 2018 Season

A newly released survey reveals 15 of the most unique travel destinations for the 2018 season. The reason this list is so special is because only seasoned tourism experts were allowed to vote for destinations. Below, we’ll go through the top five destinations on this list in detail.

The first area tourism experts love is Cambodia. Over the past few years, many people have only traveled to this Southeast Asian nation to take in the massive Angkor Wat temple complex. This year, however, tourism experts expect visitors will start venturing out to undiscovered areas of this nation. A few of these soon to be hot destinations include Krabey Island and Koh Russey.

Next up is the Yucatán Peninsula in southeastern Mexico. There are now dozens of specialized tours offering guests exclusive air balloon and helicopter rides around this area. If you can, travel guides highly advise you visit the Yucatán Peninsula when the Monarch butterflies arrive for their yearly migration.

The third most interesting place to visit in 2018 is the South American nation of Bolivia. Many tourists consider Bolivia to have the greatest scenery in all of South America, especially in the hypnotizing Salar de Uyuni salt flats. For those into high culture fine dining, you’ll find a great deal to admire in Bolivia’s capital La Paz.

Another wonderful place to visit in 2018 is the African nation Tanzania, especially the southern region of the country. A few specific areas guides recommend checking out here include the Ruaha National Park and the Selous Game Reserve.

Rounding out the top five on this list is Australia’s Tasmania region. Since Tasmania has been isolated from the Australian mainland over the course of its history, it has some of the most interesting architecture as well as an incredible array of flora and fauna. A particularly great place for new tourists to explore is the Tasmanian capital Hobart.

The other locations highly praised by tourism guides include the following: Asheville (North Carolina), Chad, Northern Brazil, the Faroe Island, Aysén (Chile), Milan (Italy), Tibet, Malawi, and Egypt.

The Top 10 Longest Non-Stop Flights Have Just Been Revealed

Modern travelers are demanding more non-stop flights…no matter how far the distance. To meet this increased demand, many of the world’s major airlines have begun offering long-haul services to dozens of exceptional destinations.

Both advances in the field of aviation and lower fuel costs have made this Renaissance of long-haul flights possible. Planes like the Boeing 787 Dreamliner can hold a ton of fuel and travel just over 9,000 miles.

To commemorate this resurgence in non-stop flights, business leaders have put together a list of the longest flights now offered. Below, we’ll go through the top ten longest flights of 2018.

As of today, the longest non-stop flight Qatar Airlines’s service from Doha, Qatar to Auckland, New Zealand. This flight measures an impressive 9,026 miles.

Coming in at second place is a flight between Perth, Australia and the British capital at 9,009. Qantas, Australia’s leading airline, offers this service.

The Emirates Airlines comes in at third place with its flight from Dubai, UAE to Auckland. This flight measures 8,820 miles.

The first American airliner on this list is United Airlines in fourth place. The longest flight offered by United Airlines is from Los Angeles to Singapore, which is just over 8,750 miles.

Rounding out this list’s top five is another United Airlines flight, this time from Houston to Sydney. Experts say this flight measures about 8,590 miles.

The rest of the flights from number six to ten are as follows: Qantas’s service from Dallas to Sydney, Singapore Airlines’s flight from Singapore to San Francisco, Delta’s flight from Atlanta to Johannesburg, Ethiad Airways’s service from Abu Dhabi to LA, and Emirates’ flight from Dubai to LA.

Portugal Wins Top Honors At 2017 World Travel Awards

Portugal was the big winner at this year’s World Travel Awards ceremony. Travel experts and average tourists agreed that Portugal deserves the 2017 title of “World’s Leading Destination.”

In addition to winning “World’s Leading Destination,” Portugal’s capital city Lisbon won World Travel Awards’ “Leading City Break Destination.” Portugal’s Parques de Sintra – Monte da Lua won the award for “World’s Leading Conservation Company” and Portugal’s Pine Cliffs Resort won the title of “World’s Leading Luxury Leisure Resort.”

Just a few decades ago, Portugal struggled to attract international tourists. Nowadays, however, Portugal is flooded with tourists interested in the country’s natural wonders and cultural treasures. Many travelers feel Portugal is a safer and cheaper travel alternative to other Western European nations.

Although Portugal stood out this year, there were other surprising wins at the World Travel Awards ceremony. Interestingly, Bolivia was awarded the “Leading Cultural Destination.” Reviewers say they respect the Bolivian people’s commitment to putting together festivals and special events on a monthly basis.

Singapore once again led the way in the airlines department. The “World’s Leading Airline” went to Singapore Airlines and Singapore’s Changi Airport was voted “World’s Leading Airport.” However, AirAsia won this year’s prize for “Leading Low-Cost Airline.”

This year’s “Best Beach Destination” went to the Galapagos Islands in the Pacific Ocean. As for the “Best Culinary Destination,” Peru took home the top prize.

A few other winners at this year’s festival include Wynn Las Vegas for the “World’s Leading Casino Resort,” the Armani Hotel Dubai for the “World’s Leading Hotel,” and Machu Picchu for “World’s Leading Tourist Attraction.”

Anyone can vote for their favorite travel destinations on the World Travel Awards website throughout the year. Travel experts’ ballots count double ordinary tourists’ ballots.

The 24th annual World Travel Awards took place on December 10th in Vietnam’s JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Hotel. To see a full list of winners, anyone can visit World Travel Awards’ website.

Things World Travelers Should Take With Them

Do you travel a lot? There are some things you should always take with you around the world.

For example, if you are someone who often misplaces things, then you should use a tool that lets you track your items. There are many products that let you use Bluetooth devices to keep track of your personal items such as your wallet or cellphone. This way, you will not have to worry about leaving your wallet behind in your old hotel.

A laptop briefcase is another thing that is useful to take around if you use a laptop on your vacations. This is especially suitable for business travelers.

If you travel around the world, you may want to consider getting travel insurance. This can help you out if you suddenly run into a tough situation and you need medical help, for example.

You may also want to take electrolyte tablets. This will help you from becoming dehydrated. Remember that you can not take drinks with you on flights. If you are dehydrated, electrolytes can energize you.

Another idea, especially if you fly a lot, is a little divider for your armrest. This way, you will not have to fight over the armrest between you and another passenger. You can also take a little pillow with you.

Of course, do not forget the simple things, like a toothbrush and a comb.

The Best Vacation Destinations For Star Wars Fans

With the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, travel experts expect Star Wars-themed tourism to grow exponentially. There are dozens of locations Star Wars fans can (and do) choose to visit every year. Anyone putting together their own intergalactic bucket list should take a look at the locales listed below.

First, fans who wants to see Luke Skywalker’s home planet Tatooine must visit the Tunisian desert Djerba. Here you’ll get to tour Skywalker’s home and the infamous Mos Eisley cantina. You can also take a short trip to the nearby cities of Tozeur and Matmata to see more Star Wars filming locations and stay in the Hotel Sidi Driss.

For a soothing Star Wars voyage, travel experts recommend booking a trip to Villa del Balbianello, which is alongside Italy’s Lake Como. All of the scenes that took place on the planet Naboo in Star Wars: Episode III were filmed right here. This is an exceptional vacation idea for couples looking for a Star Wars-themed romantic getaway.

Probably the easiest Star Wars filming location for Americans to visit is the Redwoods State Park in California. This site was used to film all the scenes on the forest planet Endor in Star Wars: Episode VI. While you’re in California, you should also check out Death Valley National Park. A few Tatooine scenes were filmed in Death Valley.

Finally, if you don’t mind the cold, take a trip to the Hardangerjøkulen Glacier in Norway to experience the planet Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. Locals are used to Star Wars fans visiting this region and a few hotels host special “Visit Hoth” events. Note, you can only take a tour of the glacier between July and September.