THIS WEEK IN TRAVEL (ISSUE NO. 02)


One of the most inspired and influential statues in the world, is now in major need of a makeover in 2017. Rio de Janeiro’s, Christ the Redeemer, has fallen ill to nature. According to Condé Nast Traveler, over the course of the statue’s lifetime, it has endured severe weather conditions and it’s beginning to take a toll on the beloved attraction. Say it ain’t so. Brazil’s Guanabara Bay without that striking view of the Christ is like... Well its down right unfathomable. But such is the reality of many of the incredible man made wonders we backpackers travel far and wide to see. The Archdiocese of Rio launched the campaign, Friends of Christ the Redeemer back in December in the hope of restoring and maintaining the statue. So we, just as much as the locals carry the responsibility to help keep these wonders in tact. 

Christ The Redeemer

One of the most iconic statues, Christ the Redeemer, is in need of help. Photo courtesy Getty via Condé Nast Traveler 

The statue is struck often 5 times a year despite having lightning rods in place. Photo credit courtesy of Business Insider 

Meanwhile, while backpackers become “flashpacker”) in Ecuador, the new trend of “bikepacking” is hitting the trails at full speed…or as fast you can pedal whilst pulling camping gear behind you. Lonely Planet features an excerpt from writer and co-author, Cass Gilbert’s, Epic Bike Rides of the World (AKA Motor cycle diaries with spandex). The writer, along with a group of travel buddies, took their significant others and children to bike the epic trails in Ecuador. All joking aside the excursion held all kinds of character that you normally wouldn’t experience as a solo traveler on two legs and is absolutely worth a read.

Prefer four wheels and a less sore ass? Author Cathy Salustri, of “Backroads of Paradise: A Journey to Rediscover Old Florida”, has revealed a new way to travel through The Sunshine State. The New York Times Travel has featured a Q&A with the author, on the nit and grit of her trip and the highlights of the “Real Florida”. And trust us, we know Florida; it’s as intriguing, wild and wacky, not to mention beautiful, as anywhere. If you are interested in following the 5,000-mile road trip, check out her new book to learn how!

Top deck, travel co for 18-30 something’s, is sponsoring The European Getaway that’s 9 countries in 20 days, for $2156. The go-to tour bus, takes you on a journey through London, Paris, the Swiss Alps, Monaco, Florence, Rome, Venice, Austria, Prague, Berlin and Amsterdam. The offer includes 20 nights of accommodation, incredible site seeing, meals and transportation. That’s pretty much the same cost as 20 days back home so how can you NOT justify this?

We know you don’t need us, or anyone, to tell you why to love the world. However, just in case you needed a reminder, BBC Travel is highlighting its second annual gallery, explaining the “50 Reasons to #LoveTheWorld”. From motivating quotes from BBC writers and contributors, to beautiful photo backdrops, reasons to love the world doesn’t need further enlightening than this. Flip through the electronic photo album, and fall in love all over again.

"Because I rode through the mountains of Kazakhstan on horseback! It made me realise that even the least understood places are beautiful and have amazing stories." Photo courtesy Benjamin Zand/ BBC Travel Show presenter via BBC Travel, @BenjaminZandBBC

On a serious note, rising sea levels are continuing to threaten our world. According to National Geographic Travel, the Global Mean Sea Level (GMSL) has risen 4 to 8 inches in the course of a century, and is continuing to increase. The past 20 years has sped up the process and is a growing concern among coastal cities and all other cities across the globe. Nat Geo says that there are three causes that are the reason for the alarm, Thermal Expansion, Melting Glaciers and Polar Ice Caps, Ice Loss from Greenland and West Antarctica.

Which, among other things, isn’t that great for Florida…

But the underlying theme of this week’s post is about traveler responsibility. Yes, there are many more than 50 reasons to love the world but right before our eyes it’s changing. It’s not just Rio where monuments are decaying and, of course, climate change will greatly affect sacred beaches and the people who live there who showed us such great hospitality when we visited their home.

Whether you call yourself a backpacker, “bikepacker” or “flashpacker”, it matters not. We’re all just travellers and it’s our responsibility to ensure the travelers who come after us can share in some of the same amazing places we did.

 

Kosan Tip of the Week:

Invest your money on exploring the place of your dreams, not into the life you are “supposed” to live.

 

Now, for the travel quote of the week:

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.”
-Agnes Repplier
 

The Balinese Hands are beautiful!

Happy Travels!

The Kosan Team