FX Excursions

FX Excursions offers the chance for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in destinations around the world.
Trazees

Appalachian Trail Conservancy Advises All Hikers to Keep Off — For Now

by Angelique Platas

Mar 26, 2020

© Cvandyke | Dreamstime.com

Tips / Safety

While self-quarantining prevents citizens from going out to public places, including dining, shopping and entertainment, many Americans are hitting local parks and trails for some active distancing — but clearly more than a few had the same idea.

 

After multiple lengths of the Appalachian Trail saw large crowds this weekend, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy issued guidance, asking all hikers to postpone upcoming visits to the popular trail until risks of spreading COVID-19 have diminished.

 

In a letter to the Appalachian Trail hiking community, ATC President & CEO Sandra Marra addressed the issue of practicing social distancing, even on such popular hiking trails as the Appalachian Trail, as the risk of unknowingly contracting and spreading the virus is still high.

 

“In a time when social distancing is necessary to minimize the spread and contraction of a dangerous virus, many have escaped to nature seeking isolation and unpopulated spaces,” said Marra in the letter. “On the Appalachian Trail, however, what they’ve found are trailhead parking lots exceeding their maximum capacities, shelters full of overnight hikers, day hikers using picnic tables and privies, and group trips continuing as planned. Hiking the A.T. has become, in other words, the opposite of social distancing.”

 

Marra also noted the high risk coronavirus poses to rural communities along the trail, where many hikers begin and end hikes — many of these quieter communities do not have healthcare resources equipped to handle a COVID-19 outbreak. Marra also noted ATC’s lack of staff and volunteers, who typically work to minimize environmental impacts from visitors.

 

“Many day hikers see the outdoors as an escape from the stresses of these difficult times,” she said. “But with crowding from day hikers reaching unmanageable levels and the lack of any staff or volunteers to manage this traffic, it is necessary that all hikers avoid accessing the Trail.”

 

The A.T. is one of the most popular in the world and sees more than 3 million visitors each year. The trail sees approximately 3,000–4,000 hikers each year attempting to traverse the “thru-hike” from Maine to Georgia, or vice versa, totaling 2,193 miles in one calendar year.

 

“There is an unfortunate truth about this virus: unless everyone is safe, no one is safe,” said Marra.

 

Click here to read the full letter and for more COVID-19 information and its effects on the A.T.

#TrazeeTravel

Insta Feed
Destinations / Asia
Aug 3, 2020

Mix Work and Play in Bangkok

The 1985 song “One Night in Bangkok” mentions many of the overindulgences of this city. One of them is massage parlors. Today, however, a Thai massage is considered an activity that improves one’s physical and mental well-being. The city has shed its former reputation as a place of wild nightlife and decadence, over the past few decades emerging as a major center for international commerce, wellness initiatives and tourism.

Pack Your Bags, You’re Going to Tokyo!

All Nippon Airways (ANA) is the largest airline in Japan. With flights from the United States to Japan and all of Asia, it's the perfect airline to book your next trip with. From ANA's amazing in-flight food to its excellent customer service, it comes as no surprise ANA has been awarded five stars for its seventh consecutive year by the SKYTRAX World Airline Rating.

Reviews / Hotel
Aug 3, 2020

Review: Hostel Saruya, Fujiyoshida, Japan

Fujiyoshida sits on the outskirt of Mount Fuji, and offers a great place to spend the night after a day at nearby theme park Fuji-Q Highland.

Trends / Sustainability
Jul 31, 2020

The ‘Greenest’ Cities in the United States

With plastic product bans sweeping the country and American companies continuously finding ways to cut carbon emissions, new green initiatives in individual states seem to pop up every day. Based on data gathered by Zippia — a job-search site that also provides stats on the livability of certain cities — here is a current list of U.S. cities that have taken large steps toward becoming more environmentally friendly.

Unique Places to Stay on the Island of Ireland

Whether it’s a friendly B&B, a luxurious castle or a cliff-top lighthouse, accommodation on the island of Ireland is like no other. With a warm welcome guaranteed, enjoy the very best of Irish hospitality.

Trends / History
Jul 30, 2020

The Story of Kunta Kinte in The Gambia

Kunta Kinte is a famous historical figure from The Gambia, known as the slave that fought back.