The South Asian terrain of Sri Lanka is diverse and wild — perfect for an adventurous hiking trip. The small island country, located in the Indian Ocean, boasts views of the Arabian Sea to one side, Bay of Bengal to the other and ancient shrines and temples within.
Head to the ancient city ruins of Sigiriya — we are talking fifth-century cities and rock fortresses — on your trip to Sri Lanka. Head out on scenic hikes and climbing expeditions to Pidurangala Rock, or head to the canyons of Cobra Hood Cave. See some wildlife at Minneriya National Park and even sit back for a safari ride through the wildlife sanctuary.
Located in the Badulla District, Haputale is home to waterfalls and scenic overlooks galore. Head to Diyaluma Falls, the second-highest waterfall in Sri Lanka, with one point drop. Hike to Lipton’s seat to take in panoramas of the famous tea farm, or stick to Eagle Rock viewpoint trails for sweeping views of the countryside.
Another small town in the Badulla District, so travelers could hit a few sites in one, Ella offers jungle views from Ravana Falls and the Nine Arches Bridge. You’ll feel completely surrounded by wilderness, with even the high-climbing mountains around you covered in forests below and clouds above.
It’s been almost three years since Category 5 Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico, wreaking havoc on the island and leaving most residents without electricity and clean water. Tourism, which accounts for 6.5 percent of Puerto Rico’s gross domestic product, took a beating, with hotels closed for year-long repairs, airlines cutting service and cruise lines shifting itineraries to other Caribbean destinations. Timing for the hurricane couldn’t have been worse, coming on the heels of the government’s announcement in May 2017 that it was unable to pay more than $70 billion in public debt and thus forced to file for bankruptcy. Large protests and a change of government would follow. Then, in January 2020, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake rocked the south side of the island, forcing San Juan restaurants to close while power was restored. And as we write this story, coronavirus runs rampant across the globe with severe economic implications for all destinations, including Puerto Rico.
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Sleeping comes with difficulty for some travelers. Sleeping is a must when traveling, but especially for people with nausea, fear of flying, motion sickness, claustrophobia or anxiety. Sleeping helps some people cope better with the flight, too. There are some sleep aids that can help people with whatever the issue is, while some need to be prescribed, others are over-the-counter drugs that one can get without hassle.
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.
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.