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4 Tips for a Green Visit to the Rocky Mountains

Traveling and exploring the world is great, but it can come at a cost if you’re not careful. Many vacationers abandon all cares when they visit the Rocky Mountains, greatly increasing their impact on the environment. They might ride around the area in exhaust-emitting cars, throw their trash blindly through the untamed wilderness, or even trek through sensitive areas, destroying the natural habitat. If you’d like to be more conscious of your impact on the environment, here are several tips for a green visit to the Rocky Mountains.

Green Visit to the Rocky Mountains

Stay Nearby

The best way to reduce your impact during your stay is to minimise driving by staying close to the park. While you’ll still likely need to drive to trails and other attractions in the area, it cuts down on a lot of the back and forth. Grand Lake is a popular vacation destination, as it offers pristine views and is just a five-minute drive to the Rocky Mountain National Park Grand Lake Entrance.

While it’s a little further away, Vail also offers great lodging, as it’s nestled at the base of Vail Mountain. The city is a good place to stay if you plan on starting your trip in White River National Forest and then heading north into Rocky Mountain National Park.

Watch Out for Wildlife

One of the best parts of traveling through the Rocky Mountains is the chance to catch myriad species of birds, animals, and insects in their native habitat. If you’re lucky, you might see bighorn sheep rams, great horned owls, elk, marmots, pikas, and more.

Observing these animals causes no harm; it’s when people try to get closer that things start to go wrong. Trying to approach animals can spook them into a daring and dangerous escape. Even worse is trying to feed natural wildlife. This is harmful for a number of reasons, but the biggest is that human food is generally not good for the animals. What’s more, animals could become dependent on snacks from visitors, creating a nuisance when they beg incessantly.

Don’t Start a Fire

Wildfire blazes are a real threat to the Rocky Mountains. While Rocky Mountain Natural Park usually has five to seven fires caused naturally by lightning each year, that number would be much higher if visitors were allowed to build fires wherever they wished.

Luckily, Rocky Mountain National Park is cognisant of the danger and prohibits campfires or grills from being used outside designated areas. Follow these rules to keep the terrain safe.

Leave No Trace

Perhaps the biggest and most crucial thing to consider when traveling through the Rocky Mountains is to pick up your trash. Rocky Mountain National Park has a “leave no trace” policy, which asks visitors to limit their impact on the land as much as possible by carrying out all their waste. 

Other parts of this policy include staying on designated trails to keep from widening the terrain, camping in areas without vegetation growing, and burying one’s bodily waste in a hole that is at least 6 inches deep.

Use these tips to minimise your impact on the Rocky Mountains, so this treasure will still be there for future generations to enjoy.

Must-Haves for the Ultimate Beach Getaway

When heading out to the white sandy beaches and transparent turquoise waters, there’s things you are going to get really annoyed about if you forgot. We put together this ultimate list of beach must-haves so you never have to be in that position again.

Must-Haves for the Ultimate Beach Getaway
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Read this just before you start packing for your holiday and you’ll remember everything you ever need to have a successful beach holiday. If you haven’t guessed already, it all starts with the staple swimsuit. Having gorgeous swimwear on your side will mean you’re always ready to dive in and look stylish whilst doing so.

If you need some luxury resort wear, Mariana London is full of luxurious must-haves that will have you wanting to stay on the beach for days. Ensuring you get some versatile numbers is also essential. That way you can mix and match when you want to and flair things up so you don’t have the same look throughout your holiday. Take it from us; you’ll be glad you did!

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Beach Holiday staples for the suitcase 

  • White Tees

Pretty white tees will never let you down; especially not at the beach. These essential numbers will get you from A to B no matter how you want to turn up. Dress up or dress down, this is a beach must-have. You can bring your more delicate lace white tees or go for something plain and simple. Either way, you will thank us for packing this versatile staple.

  • A Choice of Shades

Getting some essential summer shades for the beach is an absolutely must. Not only will it protect the delicate skin around your eyes from the suns glare, but it will make you look super glamorous wherever you go.

  • Jumpsuits

This is a summer must-have and should definitely be prioritised. If you want something that will let enough breeze through to keep you cool plus still keep you looking on trend, then its jumpsuits. You just have to throw them on and you can be looking elegant in an instant. Mix and match with your favourite swimsuit on top or nice top to go between the day time and night time look effortlessly.

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  • Handbags

Structured handbags are best for the beach. They allow you to pack multiple things and keep things organized. Whenever packing travelling accessories, a classic handbag is all you need. It’s a staple whether you are on the beach or not and will keep you prepared no matter what the hour.

  • Sandals

Packing the right shoes is a beach must. Sandals are all-round brilliant for the beach. Being highly practically, it lets sand in and out whilst allowing your feet to dry if you accidentally step in the waves. Perfect for the airplane journey, going out or just taking a casual stroll; make sure you pack these bad boys.

Now you have a list of must-have staples for your beach bag, you can get ready to be fully prepared for your holiday.

Discovering Luxury in Goa

I have recently watched a TV programme that spoke about Goa a lot, it really got thinking about it as a possible holiday destination. I have a friend who visited for 3 or 4 years in a row, and always said how wonderful the idea is. I remember on her last trip she got engaged there and her engagement ring was designed especially for her while they stayed on the island. Fabulous big diamonds set in white gold, she said they could not have afforded to buy that ring here in the UK due to the high gold and diamond prices. So maybe you could consider a trip to Goa for popping the question?

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If you are not looking to pop the question on a fabulous island, then what about Goa would make a fabulous location for the most wonderful honeymoon. It has everything you could want to both relax in luxury but also get out around the island and explore the hidden gems the island has to offer.

Goa is no longer the island filled with back packers and their bars. Think luxury all inclusive hotels, white sand beaches stretching for miles, jungles, waterfalls and Hindu temples. There is a superb range of hotels in Goa, large resorts, luxury spa hotels, modern and more tradition ones, whatever you are looking for you can find it in Goa. 

Goa is spilt on to North and South and although they are both beautiful places to visits, they also offer different things. You just have to decide which part of the island matches everything you want from a luxury trip to Goa.

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North Goa

North Goa offers a variety, large beaches, night life, historic sites and it’s world famous Saturday Night Market. North Goa is has the largest of white beaches, that are awash with beach bars, sun loungers and valley ball games. The water sports are also really popular in North Goa, with jet skiing and parasailing being a must do.

The towns of Calangute and Baga are very popular destinations, with plenty of shopping and nightlife. You can find everything from ornaments and clothes various textiles.

South Goa

South Goa for me is the more relaxing place to visit. Beautiful white beaches, fishing villages and a much easier going feel. Not forgetting South Goa is more to more traditional cultures. Whitewashed churches and temples are dotted around the area. With biggest church is Asia located here, the Se Cathedral of St Catherine. Not forgetting the old fortresses that are scattered along the Arabian Sea, well worth a visit.

South Goa does not have the party feel that North Goa does, it offers a more relaxed friendly feel. With lovely beach side bars and great little local restaurants to try the fresh catch of the day.

It’s safe to say that whatever you are looking for, Goa is the perfect for it.

 

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