THIS WEEK IN TRAVEL (ISSUE NO 25)


From KOSAN archives. 

We know we vowed to abstain from divulging in any ban notices last week, but this is one victory worth talking about. Coming into effect in January 2018, Slovakia plans to protect endangered species with a ban on wild animals in circuses. A veterinary care law amendment will ensure foreign circuses that perform in Slovakia will have to register with the State Veterinary and Food Administration of the Slovak Republic. Although it will not prevent restricted animals from entering Slovakia, it will obstruct them from performing. While other countries have banned certain wild animals from the circus prior to Slovakia, Sloboda Zvierat of Freedom of Animals has been long-time campaigning for the prohibition of animals in circuses in Slovakia and they have finally achieved their goal!

For your sake (and sanity), if you plan on travelling this week, you will want to read the latest scoop on the tale of the "middle armrest". You have likely found yourself in this situation, stuck in-between strangers in the dreaded middle seat. Well, who actually owns the airplane armrest? Hint: Scott McCartney, author of the Wall Street Journal’s “Middle Seat” column spills to Condé Nast Traveler that the middle seat passenger has far more advantages to the armrests, making up for the fact that they are squeezed in uncomfortably and with significantly less wiggle room. So all you armrest stealers, politely give up the armrest to the poor fellow in the middle.

Moving on to other news, this sea swing has popped up all over our social media feeds grabbing the attention of travellers. On a small island, off the coast of Croatia lies Moro Beach Club Stupe, where apparently happiness isn’t limited to an hour—something we could get used to! The picturesque sea swing has become a signature backdrop for Moro Beach marking it the spot to capture this blissful, spirited island. Moro Beach has certainly tapped into the trick to get noticed by travellers—vacation images that are sure to inspire your friends back home.

Moro Beach. Photo courtesy of Lonely Planet. Image by: Sonny Slatovic

Another enticing social grab has lured travellers to a Swiss village. Lavertezzo located just north of Locarno in Ticino, has suddenly become a sought-after destination because of recent footage capturing the turquoise blue waters of Verzasca River and the famous Ponte dei Salti Bridge in the background. Italian blogger, Capedit shot four friends jumping into the paralyzing, stunning waters, which quickly became viral with 2.5 million views. The idyllic valley and the fact that it is only an hour away from Milan has sparked enthusiasm in travellers to flock to Lavertezzo.

Switzerland, Ticino, Lavertezzo, Ponte dei Salti. Photo courtesy of Lonely Planet. 

More of the Croatian coast beyond the Stupe Island, the Croatian archipelago is the largest in the Adriatic Sea and second largest in the Mediterranean. In other words, there are plenty of islands to explore. Here’s Condé Nast Traveler’s list of Croatia's 8 best islands. Furthest from the Croatian mainland, Vis Island, made open to foreign visitors in 1989, is less developed drawing a crowd for its untouched feel. For one of Croatia’s most beautiful islands, visit MIjet, offering sandy beaches, olive groves, vineyards, salted lakes and a Mediterranean forest worth its merit for the greenest island.

Vis Island, Croatia. Photo courtesy of Condé Nast Traveler. 

Joshua Tree National Park is set to attract travellers for reasons beyond the beauty of its famous trees. Already quite the famed national park, stargazers will swarm to Joshua Tree to celebrate its new designation as an International Dark Sky Park. The International Dark-Sky Association will honor the park in August, which designates that all dark sites be preserved and protected for public enjoyment as well as educational or scientific purposes. While the park is not a new destination for star-gazers, star-loving travellers who have not yet witnessed these skies will be running not walking to this newly named dark site.

Joshua National Park. Image btravelwithkar

Not so visible, see the 'invisible' museum drawing visitors to Denmark. The new secret war museum in Denmark has been coined the ‘invisible museum’ because of its architecture blending into the natural environment. Buried mostly beneath a sand dune, the World War II Museum is intended to be an “open oasis in the sand” according to architects BIG. The new museum is located in Blavand, a few hours drive away from Copenhagen and is expected to be one of the new Second World War museums tempting visitors to Denmark.

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And on that note, happy travels friends!