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We know a lot of our clients are concerned about traveling to the Hawaiian Islands right now, but it’s business for usual in most tourist locations – Waikiki, North Shore, Maui, Kaua’i, Kailua-Kona. To prove it to you, we’ve amassed a few of our favorite Instagrammers from Hawaii.
For all things Waikiki, check out Nova’s channel @the96815, who manages to balance the glitzy, touristy side of Hawaii’s favorite beach with hidden hole-in-the-walls.
If mouth-watering, ono-kine food is more the reason you travel, look no further for inspiration than Megan Tomino. Megan of @mtea is all about curating succulent foodgasms on the table.
Keoni introduces fans to the islands with a descriptive photo paired with a story or legend that brings the landscape to life.
Forget the iconic sunset photo or snapshot of O’ahu’s misty mountains — @misterver takes a dive into local culture and street smarts.
Fashionistas are sure to flock to Lindsey Higa’s account, rich in cool tropical fashion, swimsuits, jumpsuits, with a dash of flowers and flavor.
Need a bit more water adventures for inspiration? Chad Koga’s account springs to life with dolphins, schools of fish, whales, turtles, rays and other coastal treasures.
Alright, we get it – you want to see some lava! Tom Kualii is drawn to Pele, so we’re sure he gets ample opportunity these days for some epic shots. For updates on the Kilauea lava flow on the Big Island, click here.
The lava lake at Halemaumau is in the history books. It started back in 2008 and for a decade it has been the center of attraction at our Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. So much changes are happening and I am not sure what the future of our volcano is going to be like. I do hope pele (lava) returns to Halemaumau. . #pele #awesomeearth #repost #ig_exquisite # #awesomeearth #bestplacestogo #beachnresorts #instagram #earthimage #globe_captures #ourplanetdaily #RoamThePlanet #wildlifeplanet #worldshotz #world_spotlight #landscape_lovers #landscape_captures #global_hotshotz
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Kilauea Volcano continues its flow
Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano continues its flow on the East side of the Big Island. Catch the latest updates at the following links:
Three Western Women To Head Saudi Women Driving Program
New Zealand Is Experiencing Overcrowding In Its Tourist Hotspots
The Shed At Dulwich’ Was London’s Top-Rated Restaurant – Except It Didn’t Exist
Did you know? – The Best Passports for Travel
2. Germany, Singapore: 188 countries without a visa
3. Finland, France, Italy, Sweden, Spain, South Korea: 187 countries
4. Norway, United Kingdom, Austria, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, United States: 186 countries
5. Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland, Ireland, Canada: 185 countries
6. Australia, Greece: 183 countries
7. New Zealand, Czech Republic, Malta: 182 countries
8. Iceland: 181 countries
Many of our longtime readers and subscribers of the print newsletter may know that Christine and John are in Africa right now, on their annual trip escorting clients on safari!
These photos are from our client Brian Allen, President of Windermere Realty Trust, who took a marvelous trip from Tanzania earlier this year.
WITTRAVEL organized Brian’s trip in coordination with Origins Safaris operators on the ground.
If you want to see some FANTASTIC photos of wildebeest, birds, hippos, lions – (oh my!) – check out the full album here.
The photos were taken on Canon 5D Mark III with a Canon 100-400 mm zoom lens for safari shots, and a smaller Sony mirrorless camera with a wide lens for landscape shots.
COMING UP: More Willamette Intl Travel ESCORTED TOURS in 2019!
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- Tanzania – February 2019.
- Kenya – September 2019.
- Namibia – August 2019.
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Passengers Stuck In Shrunken Lavatories On American Airlines
The London Times reports executives face suggestions that they have gone too far in their attempt to keep hold of customers. Some passengers, in fact, were said to be struggling to extricate themselves from the loos. Flight attendants complained that the sinks were so small they could wash only one hand at a time. In the fierce fight to offer cheap flights to more of the traveling public, American Airlines has trimmed the space between rows and shrunk its lavatory cubicles to pack in more seats. Complaints that the cubicles were trapping unsuspecting travelers were first raised by Zach Honig, an editor for the website The Points Guy, who crammed into one of the airline’s new Boeing 737 MAX planes for a flight from New York to Miami.
Hawaii’s Kilauea Volcano: What travelers to the Big Island need to know
- Yes, it’s still safe and there are many things to do, from friendly manta rays to snorkeling in Kailua-Kona… Read the full list at Hawaii Magazine.
Honolulu’s USS Arizona Memorial is closed indefinitely
Built in 1962 to honor the 1,177 sailors and marines who died aboard the USS Arizona during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the Memorial has closed until further notice. Concerns began when a transportation operator reported cracks on the exterior. The Memorial hosts 4-5,000 visitors daily. The Pearl Harbor Visitor Center remains open for business, where the guests can watch the documentary film and take a harbor tour of Battleship Row near the USS Arizona Memorial. Bookstores, gift shops, Pearl Harbor museums, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, and the Pacific Aviation Museum are still open.
NOAA’s Predictions For 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season
What will the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season bring? That’s the question everyone’s asking after last year saw 17 named storms. Ten of those storms became hurricanes, including six major hurricanes, making 2017 the seventh-most active season since 1851, based on the Accumulated Cyclone Energy index. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has predicted a near- or above-normal Atlantic hurricane season for 2018. It has determined a 70% likelihood of 10 to 16 named storms (winds of at least 35 mph) of which five to nine could become hurricanes (winds of 74 mph or higher), including one to four major hurricanes (category 3, 4 or 5, with winds of 111 mph or higher). Last year, the NOAA predicted an above-normal season with a likelihood of up to 17 named storms. “With the advances made in hardware and computing over the course of the last year, the ability of NOAA scientists to both predict the path of storms and warn Americans who may find themselves in harm’s way is unprecedented,” Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said according to the NOAA’s prediction. “The devastating hurricane season of 2017 demonstrated the necessity for prompt and accurate hurricane forecasts.”
Emerald Waterways To Offer Nile River Cruise Sailings In 2019 and 2020
Emerald Waterways will begin Nile River cruises in February 2019, offering two different itineraries. The line has two cruise tour options planned, with seven sailings in 2019 and eight in 2020. The 10-night Egypt and Nile cruise tour spends five nights on MS Hamees, a chartered 142-passenger ship owned by Movenpick, as well as four nights in Cairo. The 15-night Egypt and Nile River cruise tour adds time in Jordan, with visits to Amman, Petra and the Dead Sea. The tours encompass the major sights of Egypt, including the Pyramids of Giza, Luxor’s Valley of the Kings and temples on the west bank, Abu Simbel and Aswan. The ship, which has been newly refurbished, has a main restaurant with international and local options at meals, as well as a sun deck with a swimming pool. The ship also has its own private dock in Luxor. After many years of dormancy, Nile River sailings have been making a comeback. Viking River Cruises has invested in the region with a new ship, Viking Ra, debuting this year. Other river lines that offer cruise tours on the Nile include Uniworld, Vantage and Emerald Waterways’ sister company Scenic. Meanwhile, Emerald Waterways continues to expand. The line debuted in 2014 and quickly grew to seven ships in Europe and one ship on the Mekong. Emerald Waterways recently announced that it will be offering yacht-style cruises on Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast in 2019 on the 36-passenger Adriatic Princess II.
8 Facts You Didn’t Know About the Baltics
In 2018, the Baltic States — Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania — are celebrating their 100th Anniversary!
Naturally, there are plenty of awesome events, concerts and festivals to take place in the capitals—Tallinn, Riga, Vilnius, as well as smaller towns like Klaipeda.
The Baltic States were first born in 1918, when they declared their independence as sovereign nations. Over the century, they were occupied first by Nazi Germany and then nearly 50 years by the Soviet Union. Declaring their independence in 1990, each country has gone through its own growing pains to become the fascinating and beautiful nations today in their own right.
1. Pope Francis will pay a visit
The charismatic and popular Pope Francis will drop by this September. The predominant Roman Catholics in the region are in Lithuania, with 77% belonging to the church as per a recent census.
2. It’s literally the Heart of Europe
According to theFrench National Geographic Institute, the one and only geographical central point of Europe is located in Lithuania, 26 km north of Vilnius.
3. Lithuanians are obsessed with Basketball
Okay, I lied—most Lithuanians’ religion is basketball. Where did it all begin? It all started when Lithuanian Americans launched the men’s national basketball team in the 1930s. When they won the EuroBasket tournaments in 1937 and 1939, this solidified the country’s devotion to the sport.
4. Due to the aforementioned history, all three states have two Independence Days.
The first day is the one declared after WWI. The second one was the day declared after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
5. Latvian Crocodile Dundee
Latvia has their own hero they claim as their favorite tried-and-true adventurer. Arvīds Blūmentāls was a Latvian explorer who allegedly killed more than 10,000 crocodiles.
6. The Baltic Way isn’t a road.
On August 23, 1989, around 2 million people joined hands in peaceful protest against Soviet occupation, in a line that extended from Lithuania all the way to Estonia. The Baltic Way was about 600 km (370 miles!)
More things from Estonia! My sisters brought us 75 bars of kohuke (chocolate glazed quark snack). My daughter and husband love them too! Sadly, we have eaten most of them already. #Estonia #Eesti #kohuke #kingitus #gift #nostalgic #whenfamilycomestovisit #family #estonianfood #delicious #home #bestgift #foodtime #foodpic #chocolate #curd #karums #mouthwatering #kellybar #henrybar #tasteofhome #terepiim #curdsnack #snack #saare #saarekohuke #Farmi
7. Sweet curd cheese & other goodies
There are many peculiar and tasty foods around the Baltics, but one often missed by tourists are the bars of Kurd smothered in chocolate, nuts, caramel, and fruit. Other favorites spied all around the Baltics are dark rye bread, blood sausage, kefir, and potato pancakes.
8. Estonia’s Beauties
Estonia is world-famous for its breathless natural beauty. After all, half the country is covered in woodland. Bogs and mires, primal forests with wolves and lynxes, and 2,000 islands offer up testimony to this reputation.
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