FX Excursions

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

Socotra Island, Indian Ocean

by Benjamin Kerns

Jul 20, 2019

© Yolfran | Dreamstime

Trends / Unique Itineraries & Tours

The Yemeni Island of Socotra is home to wildlife and plant life never found anywhere else in the world. The island is part of an archipelago in the Indian Ocean and a beloved symbol of the Arabian Sea. With the region rife with war at the moment, experts are beginning to wonder how much longer its unique topography will last.

 

That means there’s no time like the present to pay it a visit, before it’s potentially gone forever. Socotra has many names, from the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean to the Jewel of Arabia. The island is home to more than 700 endemic species, and boasts some of the most alien-like landscapes on Earth. Though it subsists on a tourism economy, the land mass is home to roughly 60,000 who are vastly isolated from the rest of the world.

 

The views of Socotra give an impression of paradise, and it is cited in several ancient texts as the original location of the Garden of Eden. The island’s legendary blood trees, pink desert roses and the towering teeth of the Hajhir Mountains have drawn famous explorers from throughout history to its shores to discover its wonders.

 

Travelers are often in awe of Socotra’s virgin beaches, stunning caves and abundance of shipwrecks just off the shore. With almost no roads on the island, visitors must hike to see much of what it has to offer. It’s truly one of the last greatest outdoor destinations left on Earth.

 

A series of cyclones tore through the island in 2015, leaving much of the civilization here in disarray. Now, the UAE has stepped in to revitalize the island, but locals fear they’re turning it into a military and hospitality complex, which could spoil Socotra’s untouched feel.

 

#TrazeeTravel

Insta Feed
Destinations / North America
Sep 27, 2022

6 Must-See Sites in Minneapolis, Minnesota

It’s time to start dreaming of your next trip. Here’s six must-see sites in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Celebrity Cruises’ Spring Sale

There’s no better time to plan the vacation you’ve been missing. Step aboard with your better half, your friends or the whole family and reconnect, reunite and rejoice with 25 percent off cruise fares for all guests. We’ll also help everyone get there with 25 percent off airfare from 20 major gateways across the country or $100 savings per person on flights from all other gateways when you book your air travel using Flights by Celebrity.*

North America
Sep 26, 2022

Hotel Lilien Opens in the Catskills this Fall

Hotel Lilien officially opens in the Catskills in Tannersville, New York, this November following a soft opening in late August. The 18-room boutique property lies within a renovated and redesigned 1890s estate.

North America
Sep 23, 2022

citizenM Opens Second Location in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C., welcomes citizenM’s second hotel, citizenM Washington DC NoMa, to the city. The new hotel opens two years after the brand’s first DC hotel, citizenM Washington Capitol. The new hotel features 296 rooms, all featuring citizenM’s unfailing dedication to design, art, technology and comfort.

Los Cabos Sets Your Vacation Apart from the Rest

Whether you prefer an ultra-luxe resort or a cozy villa on the beach, you’ll find balance again in Los Cabos.

Food & Drink
Sep 22, 2022

HometoGo Ranks Best Cities for Beer Lovers

HometoGo, the marketplace with the world’s largest choice of vacation rentals, released its findings in its Beer Lovers Index, revealing the top 17 cities in the United States for beer buffs. The report included factors like the cost of beer and number of breweries, brew pubs and beer bars, as well as accommodation prices for nearby vacation rentals.