8 Countries To Travel To For Their Food

Food is one of the reasons why people travel. In fact, some people have quit their jobs to spend time on the road traveling to new places and enjoying the different cultures and dishes with local communities.

For a long time, traveling was put on hold because of the pandemic. Even as of this moment not all countries permit international traveling.

Therefore, it is advisable to say that before planning to travel, ensure you have taken all the necessary traveling safety precautions and this will include insurance.

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I find traveling so important in life that everybody should at one point pack up for an exploration adventure. Travelling broadens your mind and overall, boosts your cognitive health.

However, the benefits of traveling are not up for discussion, today, we’ll do the fun stuff. Food! Let’s have a look at some places for a foodie vacation;

1.  Italy

You should not be surprised when you hear that one of the top reasons people traveling to Italy is for the delicious Italian food.

Italian dishes are so popular even outside Italy. This explains the thousands of Italian restaurants all across the globe.

These are some iconic foods to eat in Italy;

  • Pizza
  • Ragu Alla Bolognese
  • Lasagne
  • Tiramisu
  • Torrone
  • Ravioli

2.  India

Even before looking up this article, I’m sure you had your guess that India must be on the list. That is absolutely right! 

It can never be a foodie vacation without traveling to India. When I think of India, spicy and flavorful food comes to mind.

When it comes to the different types of food, India has a variety to offer. Whether is a vegan or carnivore diet, India is the right place.

Some of the most popular food to eat in India are;

  • Buttered chicken
  • Biryani
  • Chicken curry
  • Punjab
  • Pav bhaji

3.  Greece

Greece is famous for its rich history, beautiful architecture, and of course the Greek cuisine that can be traced back to ancient Greece.

In fact, a majority of Greek food has been influenced by culture and traditions. Each plate is served with some bit of a story behind it, that is why we all love them!

Upon your visit to Greece, you may want to try the listed Greek specials;

  • Sauvlaki
  • Baklava
  • Moussaka
  • Cheese pie

4.  France

Apart from French being considered as the language of love, France has even more love to offer in its local foods.

There is something so unique that makes French cuisine so unique and delicious.

Fun fact! France is one of the countries with the best desserts in the world.

If you’re not careful, you may end up eating desserts as your appetizer, main course, and your last course during your stay in France.

Here are some food you must try in France;

  • Croissants
  • Macarons
  • Crème Brûlée
  • Onion soup
  • Baguettes
  • Eclairs
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The Best Activities You Can do in Punta Cana

Punta Cana is located on the eastern tip of the island where there are 63 km of some of the best beaches in the world and is a tropical paradise where tourists from all over the world flock to sunbathe on white sandy beaches with clear turquoise water and hot tropical weather. Its beautiful beachfront resort, tropical atmosphere and plenty of activities make it a magnet for visitors. Punta Cana has all that the perfect tropical vacation has to offer.

Here are some activities you can do:

Snorkeling

As a tropical paradise, the island’s best draws are its clear shallow beaches and the opportunity for endless cruises that usually top the list of things to do in Punta Cana for most visitors and that is exactly what Snorkel in Punta Cana is all about. With this cruise, you will experience the best of the shallow coastline and marine life at sea. You are picked up from your hotel in an air-conditioned bus and taken to the cruise ship pick-up pier where you board the catamaran cruise. The ascending process is quite simple and the ship has a special transparent floor between its hull which gives you a very clear view of the sea and the marine life below.

On board, you’ll get plenty of soft drinks, food and bottled water to keep your tropical appetite satisfied, and the crew will make sure you’re well served. Snorkeling is the first activity just off the beach where you are assisted by a guide to experience the best of the clear shallow water, fish, stingrays, sharks and coral reefs. Ocean adventures are perfect for relaxing in the water with as many drinks as you like and all the food you can eat. Tours can take anywhere between 4-8 hours, and you can spend as much time as you like. You can relax and laze in the shallow waters or snorkel with a guide and explore the coral reefs and marine life and learn all about them and their ecosystem.

Swimming with Dolphin

In 2020 Ocean Adventures joins The Dolphin Company, one of the biggest parks operators in the world. With their now sister park Dolphin Discovery Punta Cana, you can enjoy the activities of Ocean Adventures and a Swim with dolphins in Punta Cana the same day.

Relaxing Spa

Imagine if you could enjoy a beachside spa guide, it would be an amazing experience and hard for you to forget! Spa in Punta Cana will facilitate all your relaxing spa needs.

Dr. Fish Ocean Spa, the only spot in the world where guests navigate the Caribbean coast while receiving spa treatments. Also, there are yoga sessions; just imagine yourself receiving spa treatment and making yoga in a boat in the Caribbean Ocean. It’s something that any of your relatives have ever done.… Read More...

Sustainability And Tourism: What’s the Connection?

Sustainable tourism is described as economically viable while not depleting the resources on which tourism’s future depends, mainly the surroundings and the fabric of hosting society.

Till the end of the last decade, tourism was regarded as a lucrative industry with few entry barriers, a nearly universal welcoming from authorities, and, for the most part, few efficient policy standards to consider the environment.

However, the tourism industry has ushered in a period in which public and private sector leaders and many local people were enthralled by the prospect of making fast money from exploiting what were once thought to be freely accessible resources. 

Considering all this, enforcing ESG standards for sustainability in the tourism industry is crucial. Let’s understand why.

Sustainability and Tourism

When we talk about ESG, it is more about sustainability encompassing many topics, including ecological system security, environmental sustainability, resource quality, the valuation of ecological assets, and the identification of limitations imposed by the complexities of environmental variables. 

  • Sustainability makes the best possible use of natural resources, which are a critical component of tourism aspects, preserving important ecological processes and contributing to the preservation of natural biodiversity and ecology.
  • Sustainability leads to intercultural tolerance and understanding by respecting the socio-cultural authenticity of host societies, preserving developed, living cultural heritage and traditional values.
  • Sustainable offers enhanced economic viability by ensuring equitable socio-economic benefits to the community, such as secure jobs and income-earning prospects, welfare care to host populations, and reducing poverty.

Sustainability also necessitates consideration of externalized costs, the environment, and their effect on the tourist industry. The consideration of axioms that characterize sustainability serves as the foundation for evaluating the types of externalities. It’s about taking into account a variety of long-term factors that will influence tourism economic growth. 

Can Tech Help?

Tourism influences the climate, economy, and society. Sustainable tourism focuses on enhancing positive impacts while minimizing negative ones. And as a global community, we can achieve it with technology offering different standards of ESG applications to help industry leaders apply sustainability rules smoothly. 

Incorporating digital technology into the tourism sector (which involves all companies that directly offer products or services to promote business, pleasure, or hobbies far from the domestic surroundings) leads to profound changes in how the world engages in business, interacts, and evolves on a global scale.

Tourism providers will take advantage of many new opportunities brought on by digitization. Around the same time, competitiveness is heating up, and businesses must keep up with digital technology to stay competitive. Aside from this, ESG standards are essential to abide by. Let’s see how.

Conclusion

It is important to understand that promoting sustainable travel is not only a public responsibility, and governments should strictly impose green rules.

Although tourism has been universally praised for its benefits, there is an increasing awareness to view tourism in its natural context. 

To recognize that tourism and the climate are inextricably linked and to strengthen the meaningful connection between tourism, the environment, and poverty alleviation, it is necessary … Read More...

Top Rated Places to See in Honolulu

There are so many things to do on Oahu for visitors and residents alike.  If you’re the adventurous type you can challenge yourself to explore Honolulu by sea, by land or by air. 

Regardless which you prefer, you will definitely find enough to do and explore during your visit.

The Hawaiian islands are mostly known for their natural beauty and there’s plenty to do.  The best way to take advantage of everything that Oahu offers is to plan a bit ahead and leave some room for spontaneous activities too.  The first thing to consider is the length of your stay.  Be realistic about how much you can pack into your stay. Remember that the island is a great place to go slowly and relax, so if you have visions of frantically ticking off a to-do list, you may be missing the point of visiting. 

Alright, so let’s get into some of the top spots to visit during your vacation.

Diamond Head State Monument

If you’re an avid hiker you don’t want to miss the Diamond Head State Monument. Something to keep in mind is this is one of the most popular attractions on Oahu so it will be a bit crowded.  Your best bet is to get their earlier in the day so you’re not fighting the crowds on the trail.  Another advantage of getting there early is that you won’t be there when the sun is at its hottest. 

You may also want to take these tips into account.  Make sure that you take plenty of water with you.  There are no water fountains at the park and it can get very hot.  There are not a lot of shady spots along the trail and if you are going when the sun is at its highest you will definitely need your own water to stay hydrated.  Definitely put on sunscreen and wear a hat.

Pearl Harbor

For history buffs there’s plenty to see in Honolulu as well. The famous site of the Pearl Harbor attack is a well preserved homage to all who served and perished on that day. 

The monument poignantly exhibits the amount of devastation brought to the island on that fateful day in December. You can take a somber walk out to the monument and look over the railing where the USS Arizona still lays.  

Tickets are free but are limited to 1300 a day. You can either plan to get there early to grab one or reserve one in advance online.  If you prefer to be guided through the experience there are audio tours available as well as in person tours.  

Waikiki Beach

The famed Waikiki beach is a must when you visit. This iconic beach has attracted surfers and beach lovers over many years, even attracting Hawaiian royalty in centuries past.  What makes this beach a favorite for visitors?  Well, for starters, the soft sand and beautiful waves lapping the shore make this beach a perfect place to frolic, surf and relax. In addition … Read More...

COVID-19 Impacted the Travel Merchant Industry

Travel Merchants Hit Hard by the Covid-19 Virus

Virtually every business in the country has been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic in one way or another. However, there are certain sectors that have been hit the hardest or face a longer road to recovery. Travel industry is one such sector. Travel and tourism sector, particularly travel merchants, are hit hard by the virus. A recent report by High Risk Merchant Account LLC, a specialist in travel merchant accounts, stated that merchant credit card processing figures are down by 80% in the travel industry. The travel business is at standstill and recovery seems almost impossible. In the United States, about 64% of travel agencies have laid off at least half of their employees. And the turnover of the sector as a whole is still falling.

The reason behind this devastating impact on travel merchants is pretty simple: The Coronavirus pandemic forced countries to close their borders and added many travel safety concerns. These, combined with the uncertainty of COVID-19, has made many people to be less included to book a trip. This has left travel merchants feeling pressure with numbers at their lowest in what should be their busiest season.

Another unfortunate impact of COVID-19 on travel merchants is that they have to work around the clock without making a dime. This is because the travel agency sector is all about commission works and travel merchants and agents don’t get paid until their clients actually travel. Not to mention they have spent the past few months simply rescheduling or cancelling bookings without making a dime. In fact, when the pandemic first hit in March, these agents spent most of their time just trying to get their clients home from abroad. Because of the global pandemic, people are still uneasy about traveling so the recovery process of these agencies is slow.

Apart from this, these merchants are also currently facing a situation where they don’t really have a product to sell. Travel merchants and tour operators sell travel and there’s nothing that they can sell if travel is not happening. Unlike restaurants, beauty salons, and cafes that have closed, they have products that they can still sell – the beauty salons still have products to sell and restaurants and cafes do takeaways. But for travel merchants, there is no other products that they can sell.

The Coronavirus pandemic has severely impacted online travel merchants as well because of the huge decline in travelers and a sharp increase in booking refunds and cancellations. These merchants are now focusing on finding different ways to cut down on costs. For instance, a number of online hotel booking and airline ticketing platforms have moved from focusing on sales to customer service because there is an overwhelming demand for ticket rescheduling and refunds.

However, despite taking the hardest hit by virus and making virtually no revenue since the global outbreak started and having to pay back fees for cancelled trips, many travel merchants hope that … Read More...