It’s no secret aspects of travel, such as travel by airplane and car, can be major contributors to pollution. In an effort to combat carbon emissions and make destinations more pedestrian-friendly, some cities began to ban cars in certain urban zones, an act casually known as the “car-free movement.”
The majority of these cities are located in Europe, no surprise considering the tiny alleyways and corridors prevalent in some European medieval towns. The measure is easier to implement in smaller cities with few roads to begin with, but larger cities are finding ways to restrict cars from barreling through their centers as well.
Madrid was one of the first major cities to restrict access to gas-powered vehicles made before 2000 and diesel vehicles that date to before 2006; restrictions were put in place in December 2018. The first day of this ban resulted in a 33 percent decrease in traffic along Madrid’s busiest road.
Elsewhere, Paris banned cars made before 1997 from entering the city center on weekdays and designated the first Sunday of every month as a car-free day. New York followed suit by banning cars from Central Park and creating pedestrian-only zones in busy thoroughfares like Times Square and Madison Square Park. Other such initiatives are taking place in London, Mexico City, Oslo, Copenhagen, Brussels, Rome, Milan, Athens and Berlin.
Cities are encouraging both locals and visitors to rely on public transportation or cycling via bike-sharing programs rolled out across the world.
Travel to Africa can be daunting for those unfamiliar with the culture so different from our home. However, it’s also one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences available to travelers. If you’re unsure where to begin, here are the safest countries on the continent to begin with.
Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
Being stuck in the middle seat on an airplane is hardly anyone’s first choice, but for travelers who aren’t willing to shell out extra bucks to choose their own seat, the middle seat may be randomly assigned to them. However, there are a few ways to make the most of this situation and breeze through the flight with the most comfortable experience possible.
Along Guyana’s Rupununi River, Karanambu Lodge is an oasis of comfort and compassion in a largely wild region undisturbed by commercial tourism. Guyana is a land rich in biodiversity and Karanambu is dedicated to its conservation, operating as both an eco-tourist lodge and a charitable trust devoted to the preservation of the Rupununi, savannah and waters.
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.