You may have noticed it in your own hometown. That quaint little mom and pop shop has been replaced by yet another sweets store serving up rolled ice cream. The bookstore you used to frequent on rainy Saturday afternoons is now a café offering $7 black coffees. You see on Facebook that another one of your friends just invested in a property exclusively for short-term renting purposes. While new developments can be a sign of economic health, things like this may also be the beginnings of overtourism.
Although the town of Galway is a unique place in its own right, its location near several important landmarks in Ireland makes it especially important (have you seen those photos of the Cliffs of Moher?!). One of those fascinating locales is just about an hour outside the city, but it feels like a world away. This place is none other than the Kylemore Abbey, home to romance, tragedy, legends, and so much more. Today, we’ll focus on the legends.
My neighborhood has a small Facebook group to socialize and share ideas to keep kids engaged when they are out riding their bikes or walking to stay healthy and active. One of them is to be on the look out for bears, oh my yes, bears! We have bears in the neighborhood! We have lots of bears, stuffed that is, along with other kinds of animals neighbors have put in trees, windows, or peeking out from behind a bush! It really is cute to try and spot them myself as I walk our puppies. So what do you think?
Flowing through seven countries and supporting millions of families along the way, the Zambezi is looked upon with a combination of awe, gratitude, and fear. Builders have taken advantage of the River’s power by building some of the world’s largest hydroelectric dams; while this does supply power, it also alters the natural flow of the water, thus impacting wildlife and wetland ecosystems at every step of the way.
Sometimes a little armchair traveling is in order. Whether you’re preparing for your next trip, relaxing after one you just took, or you simply love reading about all things travel in the times that you have no excursions planned, this list will transport you around the world and back again -- no passport required.
Author: Debra Harris
As founder of Life’s Journey Travel, I’m deeply passionate about creating custom travel experiences that allow my clients to truly savor the journey.