The Northern Lights are elusive, but, with that said, people who have seen them can’t stop talking about them. They are a phenomenon of the Northern Hemisphere, obviously, but also have a counterpart in the Southern Hemisphere. Also known as the Aurora Borealis, the Northern Lights happen when a solar wind blows through the magnetosphere, disturbing it to such an extent the ionization of the atmosphere results in a variety of light in ethereal shades of blues, greens, purples and reds.
The more northerly you are, the better your chances for catching these natural displays. Of course, if you don’t live in the northern reaches of Canada, getting to the Aurora in time is the challenge. The Northern Lights don’t last a long time and can come on suddenly, because they are, after all, the result of a solar storm of sorts.
There are, however, times and places more ideal than others. If you are above the 55-degree latitude and in a place with low light pollution, you are positioning yourself well. The best time of year is around the spring or autumn equinox, according to National Geographic.
So stay away from cities and book a Sept. 21 weekend in Canada if the Aurora Borealis is on your radar. You can also check the Aurora Forecast here whenever you want.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
If the first word you think of when considering Seattle is “rain,” you’re not to blame—there is plenty of rain in this most famous of Pacific Northwest cities. But there are plenty of other, more enjoyable, quintessentially Seattle experiences to be found in Washington’s largest city, and here are the top five you can pack into any visit, no matter how brief.
The Bwindi Field Tent is one of the most formidable tents for international travelers. Designed to provide safety for travelers and field researchers in remote locations, the tent provides comfort for up to three people at a time. When not used for sleeping, it can convert into a mosquito net to help cover your bed.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Start your day in Groton, Massachusetts, just a short drive outside of Boston, with a late breakfast on Main Street at Salt & Light Cafe. The casual eatery provides loads of light breakfast and lunch options, with lots of gluten-free and health-conscious menu items. A wide array of coffees and teas are available, complemented by the café’s house-made flavor shots. Pastry items and desserts are also a can’t-miss add-on to your meal.