First WhoWho Meetup Event

Technically this is the second, but since the first wasn't on Meetup directly, I won't count it in.

I decided to create a group for travel loving girls. Just to start off with something. Don't worry boys, I'll do something for you, too. Ideas?
And within less than a month, we hit already 100+ members!  Yeei! 🎉

I asked everyone to bring their "funniest travel story" and I was not let down. We hadso much fun and even more food and drinks. 🥂

It was great fun meeting all you lovely travel ladies! Can't wait to meet you again. And because it was such a success, I have decided to proclaim July as Rooftop Month☀️

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Shoreditch House

- London rooftop views
- Pool and restaurant
- Members' guests only

Need I say more?
Only 10 spots!

Waiting List

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Roof Gardens

- Spanish garden vibes
- Free entry & drinks
- Turns into a club

Party anyone?
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Alex xx

What To Do In Orlando?

Number 3 of the "What To Do In ... ?" - Series . There is so much more to Orlando than just theme parks!

NON-THEME-PARK THINGS TO DO IN ORLANDO

Let's start with the things which aren't exactly a typical theme park attraction. I'll list the parks for you further down anyway though.

  1. THE COCA-COLA ORLANDO EYE
    • It is part of the i-360 theme park and gives you a spectacular view over downtown Orlando. It will take you up to 122m (400ft) high!

      TIP: There's free ground level parking behind the Eye, right off  the Universal Blvd.

  2. BOGGY CREEK AIRBOAT RIDES
    • If you go to Florida and don't go on an airboat right, you didn't do it right. 😉
      Enjoy your ride of up to 56km/h (35 miles per hour)! Racing over the water surface you'll get to see plenty of nature and native wildlife. Make sure to wear sunscreen!

      TIP: Book ahead of time and maybe consider a later tour to enjoy the sunset and beat the heat.

  1. WONDERWORKS
    • Rainz day? No problem! At WonderWorks you can experience hands-on science exhibit, which make it very fun to explore. Parents might appreciate the learning experience for their kids as well!

      TIP: The best time to visit are early in the day on weekdays.

  2. RIPLEY'S BELIEVE IT OR NOT
    • Full of rare items and incredible objects. Go have a look at the world's largest tire or an danti-gravity pool table! Or you can go for admiring an authentic vampire killing kit - up to you.

      TIP: Visit early to beat the crowds and get the most of your experience!

  1. CIRQUE MAGIC DINNER SHOW
    • This dinner show is very family oriented and includes a whole dinner with ice-cream as desert.
      It is an interactive dinner with magic tricks, acrobatics and lots of laughter for the whole family.

      TIP: Call and reserve upfront!

  2. CONGO RIVER ADVENTURE GOLF
    • This attraction won 2015's TripAdvisor Hall of Fame Award! It's not just mini golf! You can explore caves, play basketball, feed alligators and even go mining for gems!

      TIP: Go with enough time on your hands! Sooo much to do there!

  1. GATORLAND
    • If you want to get a really good feeling for Everglades' nature and animals, then this one is a must for you. It'S wildlife preserve and theme park in one. Make sure you see the rare "white" alligators"!

      TIP: Don't forget the sunscreen! Since there's a waterpark for kids inside, bring appropriate clothes for them.

  2. KENNEDY SPACE CENTER
    • Not directly in Orlando, but just an hour to the east, near Titusville, you'll find the Kennedy Space Center. A great place to spend the day! You'll see a lot of exhibitions but also experiences like the Shuttle Launch Experience.

THEME PARKS

Fine! Theme parks. You won't get around them in Orlando. Here my TOP 5:

  1. DISNEY'S MAGIC KINGDOM
    • Yes, Disneyland. The king of all theme parks!
      No further explanations needed.
      (Choose from six different fantasy lands! Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland, Tomorrowland and Main Street!
      TIP: Don't miss the haunted mansion!)
  2. UNIVERSAL'S ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE
    • Voted world's #1 theme park in 2015 and 2016 by TripAdvisor reviewers! It's the ultimate experience when it comes to rides and attractions.
  1. DISNEY'S HOLLYWOOD STUDIOS
    • Combining Disney and Hollywood? Great idea! Make sure to check out the spooky Hollywood Tower!
  2. WET'N'WILD
    • Because you need these water parks when it's warm! Not just for the little ones. You'll find great rides for everyone!

  3. ANIMAL KINGDOM
    • Can't make this Safari trip this year? Go feed some giraffes in the Animal Kingdom.

What's you favourite thing to do in Orlando?

Safe Travels!

The Impact Of Tourism

Tourism is great. It brings a lot of benefits - economically and socially. Especially in developing countries it can have a major impact and be one of the main sources of income.

Think of remote islands like the British Virgin Islands for example. Almost half of their national income is generated by tourism. But tourism has to be sustainable in order to be good. To achieve that it has to be carefully managed.

PROS

  • Job creation
  • New business opportunities
  • Airport and hotel taxes
  • Improved infrastructure
  • Preservation of cultural traditions
  • Global awareness
  • Conservation of wildlife and natural resources

CONS

  • Jobs often only seasonal and poorly paid
  • Infrastructure costs
  • Rising prices of goods and services
  • Money often goes to non-local big companies
  • Damage of natural environment
  • Visitor behaviour or mass tourisms can be damaging

New jobs - really that good?

Creating new jobs for locals is one of the upsides of tourism. At the same time, most of these jobs are poorly paid and often just seasonal. Of course it also opens possibilities for new small businesses. But truth is, that a lot of the money goes to big non-local companies.

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Improving infrastructure

Infrastructure vs environment

In order to attract tourists many countries, especially developing countries have to improve their infrastructure. Which obviously is a very good thing for the locals. But the government has to bear the costs, which ultimately leads back to the taxes the locals have to pay. Another point is, that infrastructure can also damage the natural environment and endanger the wildlife.

Cultural traditions - for what price?

It's great that locals are able to sell their products for better prices, since the tourists are often wealthier than them. It also helps to preserve cultural traditions, since tourists like to see traditional dances, eat traditional food and buy local souvenirs. Unfortunately the increased prices for goods and services are oftentimes not payable by locals themselves. Which leads to a very expensive cost of living for them.

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Raising awareness

At the same time tourism creates these problems, it also raises awareness for them. Living in the age of social media, tourists are quick posting about rural poverty and fellow travellers littering at the beach.

The pros and cons of tourism are quite balanced. Countries just need to focus on keeping the tourism as sustainable as possible. This way all sides can benefit from it and enjoy the holidays.

Safe travels!

THE MOST SURREAL PLACES TO VISIT

Some places in this world seem to crazy to be real. We've put together some of the most surreal places for you. Clicking on an image will lead you to the full article about that place.

The Most Surreal Places On Earth

If you have more suggestions for this list, please leave it in the comments below or get in touch with us!

SAFE TRAVELS!