A Southwest Boeing 737 Max. Boeing advised 16 airlines to ground a portion of their 737 Max fleets to check a problem with the electrical power system. Southwest
— Dennis Schaal
SoHo House’s IPO may end up valuing the members-only club company between $3 billion and $4 billion. SoHo House / SoHo House Berlin
— Cameron Sperance
Malta this summer will pay tourists to come visit to help spur the economy. Wolfgang Manousek Follow / Flickr
— Sean O’Neill
There are so many reasons to visit French Polynesia. The magical 118 islands and atolls offer an endless array of outdoor adventures, romantic escapes, and so much more. For divers, you will find a different adventure off the shores of every island.
Hikers will relish the countless opportunities to climb to new horizons and admire postcard-perfect views. And beach bums? Well, this place was made for us.
Like so many island nations, I found that different parts of French Polynesia are good for different types of travelers. Whether it is a romantic retreat or a laidback escape you’re after, it is all about finding that ideal destination for you.
As you guys already might have noticed, I love a girls’ trip. There is nothing better than escaping with my bestie or the whole crew and bonding over crazy adventures.
While all of French Polynesia is stunning, you’ll definitely feel that couples-only vibe in certain areas. Of course, that’s great when you’re planning your dream Bora Bora honeymoon. BUT when you want to giggle with the girls over cocktails, you might feel a bit out of place in a candlelit restaurant full of couples.
In Mo’orea, we found an optimal blend of activities to be had along with chilled-out spots where we could just unwind — here are the top things to do in Mo’orea!
If you are dreaming of those overwater bungalows and five-star resorts overlooking endless turquoise waters, it’s worth mentioning that Mo’orea might not be your best pick.
Mo’orea is less about honeymoons and romantic escapes you’ll remember for a lifetime, and more about whale watching (during the winter season) and fun adventures. While there are lovely accommodation options in Mo’orea, it is not ultra-luxurious in the way some other French Polynesian islands are.
If you are looking for an epic honeymoon destination, I’d recommend checking out The Le Taha’a Island & Spa Resort. We are talking rose petals on the bed, private swimming pools, and luxe beach hideaways. The island even has a sweet vanilla aroma from all of the nearby fields. Simply put, this place oozes romance.
While some of the islands are far-flung, others are relatively close together. In the case of Mo’orea, you can travel to Tahiti in a quick (and stunning!) 30-minute ferry ride. If you want to hit up a couple of different islands it is completely doable and worthwhile in this case.
Tourism on U.S. Virgin Islands is well ahead of recovery, with a bigger boon ahead. cdwheatley / Getty Images
— Lebawit Lily Girma
United Airlines First Officer Carol Hopson United Storytelling / Skift/United Airlines
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Molon Labe Seating and JPA Design rendering of the “Freedom Seat” prototype enabling wheelchair use in-flight.
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— Ruthy Muñoz
A rendering of a Ghostbusters-themed slide at the new Aquaverse theme park in Thailand. Columbia Pictures Aquaverse Thailand
— Rachel Bronstein
Traveling is one of the most rewarding activities in the world. It is an addiction, and once you start, it’s difficult to stop. Of course, visiting countries that resemble your own culture and customs is relatively easy. You won’t have too much homework to go through. However, when you visit more exotic destinations or polar opposites of your home, there are more than a few things you should know. From the way you should act in an Airbnb apartment to the local etiquette rules and customs that apply, everything is essential.
Since each person is different, your personal trip checklist may not the look the same as another traveler’s checklist. What works for others might not work for you and vice versa. The trick is to think about your most essential, must-have travel necessities that will ensure you have the smoothest trip possible.
With that in mind, let’s see the items that might be on your list.
Every travel essentials list should include your luggage, bags and suitcases. Depending on your destination, budget and travel style, there is no one-size-fits-all solution when it comes to getting a travel bag. Still, there are plenty of options that you should take into consideration:
If you’re carrying a backpack, which is often a good idea while out and about each day, go with the one that has a variety of security features and that suits your body type the most. Make sure it has enough space and pockets to store your day-to-day items.
Travel wallets also come with a range of great security features to ensure that your personal belongings, credit cards, IDs and money are safe. There are all kinds of sizes, shapes, materials and so on and it generally comes down to personal preference.
You simply want to find a travel wallet that fits securely in the pocket or bag you plan to carry it in. Of course, while walking around each day, it’s best not to have all of your valuables on you. Even more, since you can use your phone to pay by credit card in many parts of the world these days, there’s even less of a reason to have too many cards and cash on you.
Use the travel wallet only for the essentials that you need each day. Something like the Key Smart Urban Union Passport Wallet is a great option for many travelers.
No matter where you travel to, safety should always be your number one concern. From a simple door alarm to more advanced cybersecurity measures, we recommend that you take your time to create a safety routine to ensure maximum safety and security wherever you go.
Suppose you need additional security in your hotel room, and it happens that some hotels lack proper door locks and security. In that case, you can handle it easily by getting a simple personal security door stop alarm. It’s battery-powered and compact enough to fit almost anywhere in your luggage.
Also, if you travel alone, never reveal that to random people you meet. If someone asks you for some personal details, never provide accurate information. Additionally, scammers might try to take advantage of rookie travelers. Such dangers include the taxi overcharge, which is a rather well-known trick. However, there are many others that might be unique to the specific country you visit. For instance, one traveler reported a scam in Morocco, during which travelers would be asked to help locals write letters or postcards. The goal here was to lure travelers into shops and pressure them into purchasing something.
We also recommend that you get an anti-theft portable safe bag. It is a combination of stainless-steel wire mesh embedded into the poly canvas and comes with a TSA-accepted 3-dial combination lock, and is quite small and easy to carry.
Simply use the stainless-steel cable to secure your safety and everything in it. This portable personal safe is an excellent solution for keeping your valuables and precious belongings secure while you explore.
In the age of the internet, staying connected has never been easier. It’s important to let your friends and family know where you are. Since you’ll be using your smartphone a lot on your adventures, knowing a few safety tips can help a lot.
The first tip is to get local SIM cards to save on calling expenses and roaming fees. If you need to connect to the internet, you’ll likely consider free Wi-Fi, but we advise caution when using fully public networks.
Even though most places worldwide are equipped to provide access to the internet, a public Wi-Fi connection can be dangerous, especially if you’re using it to access some critical or personal information. To ensure your data remains confidential, we recommend using a VPN. A travel VPN might not be something you consider getting before your trip. However, it is a tool that will allow you to stay protected on unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Additionally, it will help you unblock content that might be unavailable in the country you are visiting.
Now that you know what it takes to start conquering the planet, pack your bags, arm yourself with a good camera or smartphone and start venturing into the unknown. The world is full of wonders, and they await just around the corner. Every big adventure starts with stepping right outside your door!
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U.S. road trips are surging back to 2019 levels for the first time since Covid hit. SeanPavonePhoto / Adobe
— Lebawit Lily Girma
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