With an increasingly developed world, primeval forests are becoming a thing of the past. These centuries-old woodlands grew untouched without any significant disturbances, resulting in an ecosystem marked by a high level of bio-diversity and rare species. Many are in danger of being logged out of existence, so be sure to visit these beautiful landscapes before they disappear forever.
Waipoua Forest, New Zealand
The Kauri trees grew undisturbed on New Zealand’s North Island until the arrival of Maori in the 12th century.
Tongass National Forest, Alaska
President Theodore Roosevelt established Alaska’s Tongass in 1907, later combining with Alexander Archipelago Forest to become the largest national forest in the United States with 17 million acres of wilderness.
Yakushima Forest, Japan
Japanese Cedar have grown their wide trunks for 7,000 years on one of the Ōsumi Islands in the South China Sea. This beautiful primeval forest served as the inspiration for Hayao Miyazaki’s film Princess Mononoke.
Daintree Rainforest, Australia
Daintree is one of the most complex ecosystems on the planet. Though it takes just 0.1 percent of Australia’s landmass, it contains 3 percent of all the frog, reptile and marsupial species on the continent, 7 percent of the bird species and 90 percent of the bat and butterfly species.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kenya
Bwindi means “impenetrable” in Runyakitara thanks to the presence of bamboo, ferns and vines that make land crossings difficult. Along with incredible diversity, it is home to more than half the world’s population of mountain gorillas.
The Amazon makes up more than half the planet’s remaining rainforests with 290 billion trees covering four countries, 60 percent of which is in Brazil. In addition to rare animal species, many uncontacted tribes live in the Peruvian and western Brazilian jungles, living as they did for thousands of years.
Located on the border between Poland and Belerus, Białowieża is more than 7,000 years old and contains many ancient pedunculate oak trees, the most famous of which was the Jagiełło Oak unfortunately blown down in 1974. The tree reached a height of 128 feet at 450 years old.
You've planned every last detail of your trip, from the perfect accommodations to tours to enjoy, but overlooked one crucial element: sleep. Travel and time changes throw off our circadian rhythms and lead to sleep loss. However, sleep deprivation can dull your response time, throw you into a depression, age your skin and pack on the pounds. It also just makes you irritable during much-deserved vacation time. Although you may not be able to restore your sleep to its full capacity on the road, you can get more rest with these products that help you sleep while traveling.
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 novice traveler visiting a foreign country for the first time may face apprehension in knowing where to start in terms of planning, and even a seasoned traveler may find himself lost among the blogs and travel sites that recommend what to see and do. Booking a private tour can be one of the best ways to see the highlights without having to worry about the logistics. When researching such tours in foreign lands, here are a few tips to follow for the best experience.
Beyond being a major hub in the global transportation network, Hartsfield-Jackson is also proud to be a major hub for exciting, high-quality retail options through our award-winning concessions program, ATL Skypointe.
Russia is largely a safe city for tourists. Much of the country relies on tourism to bolster the economy, and local governments take great pains to ensure safety for foreign citizens. Crimes against locals and foreigners drastically reduced over the last decade. That’s not to say certain minorities shouldn’t take precaution, but the chance of getting accosted walking down the streets is pretty slim.