25 exotic countries where you can go on vacation even tomorrow
Are you into geography? Or, Then, you probably know such states as the Seychelles and Andorra. But there are countries whose names will make you raise your eyebrows in surprise because, perhaps, you have never heard of some of them - for example, Tuvalu or Niue.
For those who are tired of Turkey, Tunisia, Egypt, and Sochi (to escape from the hustle and bustle)
If you like exotic hiking, diving, and snorkeling, then the list we at Bemorepanda have prepared for travel lovers is just right for you. After all, isn't it great to change the tourist direction and get new experiences from previously unexplored places? You will want to add at least one of them to your list of future trips.
Population: 11,925 people
Languages: Tuvaluan and English
Have you ever heard of the country of Tuvalu, made up of 9 small islands in the South Pacific, halfway between Australia and Hawaii? Tuvalu is one of the many places on this list that offers top-notch snorkeling and diving.
You can swim with turtles and tropical fish and explore the Funafuti Wildlife Sanctuary, an ideal spot for divers. Most Tuvaluans live in small villages of less than a thousand people. Gardening, fishing, and handmade canoes are very common in this region.
Population: 779,900 people
Bhutan is a Buddhist kingdom located on the eastern tip of the Himalayas. . The Phobjik Valley is one of the most beautiful valleys.
Bhutan is also known for its vibrant and colorful festivals, especially those in Paro and Thimphu—The key to enlightening society.
Languages: Kiribati and English
. It is famous for snorkeling, diving, beaches, and fishing. This is a great place to view World War II relics.
Languages: English, Palau
Shipwrecks and hidden caves make Palau one of the best diving and snorkeling destinations. There are also plenty of slopes and exotic wildlife habitats that can attract hikers and explorers to this small country.
21. Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Kitts and Nevis, as the name suggests, consists of two islands. It was the first country colonized by the British in 1623. They did not gain independence until 1983. Former sugar plantations have been turned into popular hotels and tourist resorts.
St. Kitts has a park fortress, Brimstone Hill, where you can sometimes see the neighboring Caribbean islands. There is also a scenic railway and an extinct mountain. And there is the volcano Liamuiga. On top of all this, St. Kitts and Nevis is a country of vervet monkeys and hiking trails that run through the rainforest.
Languages: French, Bislama, English
The 83 islands of Vanuatu in the South Pacific are another excellent diving destination, especially with their underwater caves and shipwrecks. One of them is the World War II warship, President Coolidge. The Vanuatu National Museum will also help you learn about the Melanesian culture.
Languages: French, Seychelles Creole, English
Seychelles is an island nation off the coast of Africa. There are two UNESCO sites here: Aldabra and Valle de Mai. Some scholars consider the Vallee de Mai to be the ancient site of the Garden of Eden.
It is also home to the Morne Seychelles National Park and the breathtaking beaches of Beau Vallon and Anse Takamaka. . Thanks to tourism and fishing, Seychelles has the highest nominal economic income in Africa.
Population: 888,456 people
Languages: Comorian, French, Arabic
Often referred to as "the fragrant islands" due to the abundance of fragrant plants, Comoros is known for its spectacular beaches against volcanic peaks. This country, full of natural beauty, is located on the east coast of Africa.
The capital language reflects 400 years of Portuguese colonization and 24 years of Indonesian occupation. The Cristo Rey de Dios statue, 27 meters high, is another iconic symbol of the country. This statue stands as if it wants to draw attention to the city's beauty, which offers a beautiful view of the surrounding bay.
Population: 2,159,000 people
Language: Southern Sotho, English
This landlocked enclave in South Africa is home to the cultural village of Thaba Bosiu. The town is on top of a hill, and the ruins found there date back to the reign of King Moshoeshoe I in the 19th century. There is a myth among the locals that their magical powers manifest themselves at night.
We are looking for a place that combines rainforest and sandy savannah. Suriname is an excellent choice for this. The Dutch colonial architecture makes for pleasant walks around the city.
Suriname also has a wooden Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, consecrated in 1885. The Basilica of Peter and Paul is also located here. Suriname is located in the northeast of South America.
Brunei is located on the island of Borneo, near Malaysia, in the South China Sea. This Islamic country has a magnificent Jame Asr Hassanil Bolkiah mosque with 29 domes. Brunei is known for its beaches and rainforests.
Andorra is a country of the Pyrenees, located between Spain and France. Andorra is famous for its ski resorts and duty-free shops. The capital of Andorra, La Vella, is excellent for shopping in boutiques and jewelry stores.
Population: 1,000,000 people
Languages: French, Arabic
Have you ever wanted to swim with whale sharks? Remember to add Djibouti to your travel list if you still want to. In Djibouti, located in the Horn of Africa, Lake Assal is ten times saltier than the sea.
Also worth a visit is Abbe Lake, a plateau dotted with limestone chimneys, some of which blast steam as high as 160 feet (48.7 m). And one more thing: if you happen to be in Djibouti, remember that photographing public airports, military installations, or public buildings is prohibited by law!
Population: 1,172,000 people
Languages: Swahili and English
Eswatini is a landlocked country in South Africa. It is one of the last absolute monarchies in the world and the last absolute monarchy in Africa.
It hosts the world-famous Mountain Bushfire Fest, which celebrates arts, music, and creativity in the economy. Eswatini also offers Big Five safaris, where you might be lucky to see lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and buffalos.
10. Solomon Islands
Population: 703,995 people
If you're interested in World War II, then one of the places you will want to take advantage of is the Solomon Islands. Has a lively market selling island goods and handicrafts.
There are 992 islands in this archipelago, including Skull Island, named after warriors who decapitate defeated enemies, and Savo Island, which has a hot spring and an active volcano. If you are into diving, you will also be able to see the coral reefs covered with shells in the waters of this island.
Population: 106,759 people
Languages: Tongan and English
Most of the 170 islands of Togo are deserted. The central island of Tongatapu is a great place to enjoy the beautiful lagoons and admire the impressive limestone cliffs. Togo is also famous for its kava drinking ceremony.
Kava, made from pepper root, induces relaxation and improves well-being. Togo is one of the most beautiful tourist destinations where you can admire the beaches, coral reefs, and rainforests.
8. New Caledonia
Population: 272,620 people
Another excellent place for divers is New Caledonia in the South Pacific, surrounded by the great barrier reef of Grande Terre.
New Caledonia also has a 9,000-mile (14,484 km) lagoon declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The landscape is also very varied.
Population: 1,270,000 people
Mauritius is an island nation located off the coast of East Africa in the Indian Ocean. There are many different hiking trails, waterfalls, rainforests, and corners of natural wildlife. Other attractions include a hippodrome and a botanical garden.
Another country attraction is the illusion of an underwater waterfall, which is nice to look at from above during a helicopter tour! Also, in 2017, a lost continent was discovered under this island.
Population: 113,015 people
The Caribbean island of Grenada, known as the "island of spices" because of its nutmeg plantations, lies 800 miles (1,287 km) above the equator.
It is one of the smallest independent countries in the Western Hemisphere. It is known for its hiking opportunities, breathtaking waterfalls like Seven Sisters Falls, and beautiful beaches. Especially for chocolate lovers in Grenada, there are three types of cocoa beans.
Population: 12,450,000 people
On the territory of Benin, located in West Africa, is the Penjari National Park. This park is among the best places to see the West African lion.
Benin is also the birthplace of the voodoo religion. There is a royal palace museum with a throne mounted on human skulls.
If you are due to kidnappings and terrorism (Tier 3 travel), think carefully before going there.
4. Burkina Faso
Population: 21,500,000 people
The West African nation of Burkina Faso is known for its rich music scene and vibrant festivals, including the Waga Hip Festival, which takes place every October.
However, as warnings have been issued for violent crime and terrorist attacks, you may want to postpone your visit to Burkina Faso.
Population: 1620 people
Languages: Niuean and English
The South Pacific country of Niue is one of the largest coral islands in the world. Here you can go fishing, diving, and snorkeling.
You may even be lucky to see migratory whales between July and October! Alongside this, it is worth visiting the Huwalú Forest Reserve, which passes through rock pools or "awake caves" and petrified coral forests leading to the cliffs of Togo and Waikon.
2. Sao Tome and Principe
Sao Tome and Principe are African islands located near the equator. This place is ideal for climbers who can quickly climb large extinct volcanoes covered with moss and home to snakes.
Although the island does not yet have a developed infrastructure, white sand beaches, and crystal clear waters make these islands attractive for tourists.
If you are into ecotourism, visit Sao Tome and Principe, with its wild forests, 700 species of plants, and waterfalls. It is also often advised to see at least one of the coffee plantations on the islands. Traveling here is safe if you have a yellow fever vaccination and follow malaria precautions.
You are correct; this is not the Dominican Republic - Dominica. The official name is the Commonwealth of Dominica. The Morne Trois Pitons National Park is a volcanically heated boiling lake, and Trafalgar Falls is 65 meters high.
The mountainous country has its fair share of great beaches. The sand here is black, brown, and silver. This is a great place to get new experiences.
Often our knowledge of our world does not go beyond the boundaries of the school curriculum of chemistry, physics or biology, magazines, films and everything we learned from the Galileo TV show. However, we are surrounded by many extraordinary things, such as water, which seems to have appeared in the universe just a billion years after the Big Bang, and has since become the basis for the birth of every form of life known to us.
Facts about water may surprise and even scare
Bemorepanda has picked up another batch of amazing things you may not have known about water.
1. Up to 80% of diseases in developing countries are associated with poor water supply and unsanitary conditions. According to a study, one in six people in the world live without regular access to safe drinking water. More than 2.4 billion people do not have access to adequate sanitation.
2. The study showed that in the US, manufacturers spend an average of 1.39 liters of water to produce 1 liter of sparkling water. This is lower than in the world, where this value is 2.02 liters. Meanwhile, 4 liters of water are needed per liter of beer, 4.74 liters for wine. Strong alcohol, it turns out, is the most wasteful - for its production you need 34.55 liters of water per liter of drink.
3. 68.7% of our planet's fresh water is stored in ice.
4. Now there is about the same amount of water on Earth as it was millions of years ago.
5. The dishwasher uses 7-14 liters of water per wash cycle, while hand washing uses approximately 75 liters.
6. Drinking too much water can be fatal.
7. It takes about 5000 liters of water to produce 500 sheets of A4 paper.
8. The water in the Atlantic Ocean is more salty than in the Pacific.
9. Since water is much denser than air, the speed of sound in it is about five times the speed of sound in air. The speed of sound in pure water is 1500 m/s, and in air it is 335 m/s.
10. Under certain conditions, hot water can freeze faster than cold water. This effect is called the Mpemba paradox.
11. Water can be described as a sticky liquid with high surface tension - the water molecules tend to cling to each other, which creates a large and strong bond between them. However, there are fewer water molecules on the surface to cling to because there is air on top (where there are no water molecules). This leads to a stronger bond between those molecules that are in contact with each other, creating a layer of tightly bound water.
12. Pure water, which, by the way, does not exist in nature, does not conduct electricity. Water becomes a conductor when the substances surrounding it begin to dissolve in it. By the way, water that can be conditionally considered “clean” is ordinary distilled water (water condensed from steam). There is also "pure" deionized water (used in laboratories), which can still contain ions.
13. A leaky faucet that drips water at a rate of one drop per second can lead to water overruns of more than 11,000 liters per year.
14. In 20% of cases, water pollution on Earth is associated with the production of clothing.
15. Around 75 billion liters of water is used worldwide every year to produce textiles, including cotton.
16. There is more fresh water in the atmosphere than in all the rivers of the planet combined.
17. A leaking toilet can result in about 760 liters of water being wasted daily.
18. Due to evaporation, the pool loses about 3785 liters of water per month.
19. Although the earth has as much fresh water as it has ever had, the demand for water has risen sharply due to rapid population growth, leaving the world's water resources scarce. Only 1 percent of the world's fresh water is readily available, and most of it is in glaciers and snow. In fact, only 0.007 percent of the planet's water is available to sustain 8 billion people.
20. In 1944, two scientists decided to give up water for an experiment - one for three days, the other for four days. However, they stopped the experiment, as their condition from dehydration worsened dramatically. If they continued their dry hunger strike, there was a risk to life.
21. In Canada, there is more water underground than on the surface.
22. Water regulates the Earth's temperature. For example, the ocean influences weather and climate by storing solar radiation, distributing heat and moisture around the world, and controlling weather events.
23. Beneath the frozen surface of Enceladus, Saturn's moon, there is an ocean of liquid water.
24. 85% of the world's population lives in the driest half of the planet.
25. The first water pipes that appeared in the United States were made of burnt logs, in which a hole was drilled or were made of boards.
26. On average, 1,771 liters of water are required to refine one barrel of crude oil.
27. The percentage of water in the body varies in different periods of life: in the womb, the fetus is 95% water, at birth - 75%, adolescents are 65% water, adults - 60% and the elderly - 55% % of your body weight.
28. Jellyfish is 95% water.
29. In Africa, women spend about 200 million hours a day collecting water. That's about 40 billion hours a year.
30. Usually, 3000-5000 liters of water are required to produce 1 kg of rice.
31. Globally, 44% of household wastewater is not treated safely and properly.
32. If the water of the whole world could fit in a 4-liter container, then the fresh water available to us would be only about one tablespoon.
33. If you drink water on an empty stomach, it will enter your bloodstream within 5 minutes after the first sip.
34. The weight that a person loses after intense physical activity depends on water, not fat.
35. 2 billion people in the world drink water from sources that are contaminated with faeces.
36. When water freezes, it expands by 9 percent.
37. The average cost of cold water in Russia in 2022 (with a consumption of 4-7 m3 per month) was 25-38 rubles/m3.
38. According to some estimates, more than 147,000 liters of water are used to produce one car.
39. 90% of water-related diseases are due to unsafe water supply, unsanitary conditions and poor hygiene. Moreover, children in developing countries are most often ill.
40. 69% of fresh water in the world is used for agriculture.
41. More than a quarter of all bottled water is taken from the municipal water supply - the same place where ordinary tap water comes from.
42. According to forecasts, by 2050 the global demand for water will increase by 20-30%.
43. Poor water supply and sanitation in developing countries is estimated to cost $260 billion a year in economic losses.
44. In plants, water defies gravity.
45. Water is the only substance on Earth that occurs in nature in three forms: liquid, solid and gaseous.
46. Water that is ejected from hydrothermal vents on the seafloor can reach temperatures of up to 400º Celsius.
47. Using rice water to wash your hair can make your hair healthier and stronger.
48. If all the water vapor in the atmosphere of our planet fell on the Earth in the form of water and was evenly distributed over it, it would cover the globe with water only 2-3 cm deep.
49. The earliest known example of interstate conflict over water is between 2500 and 2350 BC between the Sumerian states of Lagash and Umma.
50. Flat-headed spatula, Australian desert frog, storing water in its body, can store it for up to two years.
51. Scientists suggest that the water in the oceans of the Earth appeared due to the fall of water-bearing celestial bodies that collided with our planet in the early stages of the formation of the solar system. Like today's ice-rich asteroids or comets.
52. Fluoridation of tap water has been proven to prevent tooth decay. Many scientific studies have shown the safety and benefits of fluoridated water. For example, in the US, people have been drinking fluoride-infused water for 75 years, leading to improved dental health.
53. Approximately 1 billion years after the Big Bang, water appeared in the Universe. According to astrophysicists, the first water molecules appeared in the era of the birth of the first stars, which indicates that already 10-11 billion years ago there was the possibility of the existence of life in one form or another.
A trip to the sea is one of the best ways to relax and switch. Before you set off, pack your suitcase (thanks, cap). We know it isn't straightforward. Therefore, we have compiled a list of things that will make it easy to pack all the stuff.
Take a photo of the documents and upload them to your phone or cloud storage - in case the originals are lost, copies will remain, and they can be printed or sent.
Passports and their photocopies
It would help if you had a regular passport. Sometimes, you need a valid visa - if you go to the sea abroad. Make photocopies of the first page of your passport and the visa page - you can carry them with you instead of a document so as not to lose the originals.
Insurance must be taken out before the trip: sometimes, it is needed even when applying for a visa. What kind of insurance to arrange, read in our material.
Check with your carrier about online check-in - this is a very convenient procedure that reduces time in queues on the spot. You receive a boarding pass in advance by filling in the required data on the carrier's website. Check if you need to print tickets afterward or show them from the smartphone screen.
Voucher or printed reservations
Guarantee that you can check into the hotel. When booking a hotel, a confirmation voucher can be sent by mail to yourself and forwarded to fellow travelers - you will always have access to it, even if the Internet and connection are lost.
Don't forget your driver's license if you plan to rent a car. They must be international if the trip is overseas.
When choosing clothes, focus on the main pastime. If you spend more time at sea or by the pool, a couple of dresses and shorts with T-shirts will suffice. If there are excursions and trips to nature, you also need to take clothes suitable for such walks.
Road clothes set
Decide what you're going to do. It should be comfortable clothing made of light fabric you feel comfortable on the road.
We bathe in one, dry in the other. A unique cosmetic bag for a swimsuit will also come in handy; you can buy one in a lingerie store.
Pair of T-shirts and skirt/shorts
Choose versatile items that blend well, dry quickly, and don't wrinkle.
One set for each day.
To keep your socks from taking up space in your suitcase, roll them up and put them inside the shoes you take with you.
Light pajamas or a long T-shirt for comfortable sleep.
Long pants and a light jacket/jacket
For chilly evenings or a day trip to the mountains.
Shirt or blouse with long sleeves
In case you get burned and need to escape from the sun.
Clothing for a restaurant or a disco
In many hotels, thematic performances, animations, or dances are arranged in the evenings. It would help if you had something neat and intelligent, but not too much.
Flip-flops or flip-flops are needed for the beach, the pool, and sometimes to take a shower in the room.
Formal and weekend shoes, so as not to be ashamed to go to a bar (some are not allowed in flip flops) or to the terrace in a cafe.
Comfortable shoes for excursions
Worn-out sneakers or sneakers in which you can walk all day without fear of rubbing your feet.
Cap or hat
A cap, hat, or Panama hat will protect against sunstroke.
Not only a fashion accessory but also an irreplaceable thing that protects the eyes from bright light and ultraviolet radiation.
Collect a separate cosmetic bag with hygiene products - it is more convenient to store all the tubes and jars in one place, so they do not hang around the suitcase. And it will also save your things if something spills along the way.
Toothbrushes and toothpaste
Everyone takes a brush, and the paste is in a large tube, one for all participants in the trip.
Shampoo, shower gel, washcloth, deodorant, tonic, or facial wash
Pour the liquid into small jars, and what you can take for everyone, take in a single copy. Remember that if any bottles travel in hand luggage, they must be less than 100 ml. By the way, if you go to an excellent hotel and there are bath accessories, you don’t need to drag some of this, and you can even take something with you as a keepsake. What can and cannot be taken from the hote?hoteldd here.
Better folding, which does not take up much space in hand luggage.
Antibacterial hand gel
It is convenient to carry with you, as it is not always possible to wash your hands on the way, and napkins run out quickly.
Check if your hotel provides towels. If yes, but yours out of your luggage! If you still want to take your own, take a microfiber towel: it is light and dries quickly.
Lenses and solutions for them
We take at least two pairs of spare lenses, as well as a small jar of the solution so that it is enough for the duration of the trip. Alternatively, buy a pack of one-day lenses.
At least sunscreen, after-sun cream, and lip balm with SPF. How to choose the proper sun protection, read here.
To sunbathe. A towel is also suitable for this business, but if several people or a large company are traveling with you, it is better to take a light blanket (but not woolen!).
Go for the paperback one - it weighs less than a hardcover book. And if you plan to read the entire list of books for the summer, think about an e-book - why drag a whole library when you can download several volumes of your favorite authors at once and not worry that the reading has ended on the first day.
Great idea to avoid buying extra plastic bottles. And with a thermos, the water will always be cold - the most it is in the heat!
They take up little space in the backpack and guarantee a fun time on the beach.
Mask, fins, water slippers, air mattress
Take it with you if you do not want to spend money and buy these things on the beach.
It is convenient to wear to the beach - you will add everything according to the list above.
First aid kit
No one is immune to headaches, fever, or indigestion while on vacation. Therefore, collect proven tablets in your first-aid kit that is beyond doubt (why your first-aid kit is always better, we tell here). There are pharmacies everywhere, but finding an analog of Russian medicine is not always easy.
From indigestion, colds, runny nose, allergies, motion sickness, antipyretic, analgesic. Check that the names are well read and you know what each drug is from and what dosage.
Get a set of patches in different sizes and callus patches if you plan on walking a lot.
Panthenol or "Rescuer" will do if you do not calculate the time in the sun and get burned.
Buy iodine or brilliant green in pencil - they won't spill in your luggage and won't ruin your things.
Eye and ear drops
There is a lot of dust everywhere, and seawater can stuff your ears, so put saving drops with you.
If you have specific allergies or asthma, medications should be on hand. This applies to those that are needed in an emergency and those pills that are taken constantly.
Put gadgets in waterproof cases and chargers in a separate bag so the wires do not bend.
A necessary thing: this is a connection, and a camera, and a player, and a flashlight, and a navigator, and a notepad for notes. Install valuable applications on the road, such as offline maps or a reader - everything you need is collected in the article.
To listen to music or audiobooks on the go.
Camera and memory card
If you think the camera in the phone is not enough, we advise you to take a small camera instead of heavy photographic equipment. Why burden yourself with extra weight on vacation?
Chargers and batteries
Check if all gadgets are charged and if all wires are working.
Powerbank (external battery)
To recharge your gadgets on the go. A small power bank with a capacity of 5000-10,000 mAh is suitable. Enough for one or two charges during the day.
There are 15 types of sockets in the world; for example, in India, Italy, Israel, and Cyprus, they differ. Familiarize yourself with the types of sockets in advance so as not to look for an adapter on the spot if you are unsure if your adapter will fit the sockets in the hotel.
How and where to store valuables on a trip on a sea holiday, we tell here.
Preferably two different payment systems, such as Visa and Mastercard. In case of failure of one, it will be possible to use a spare. Remember to notify your bank if you are going abroad.
Remember: you never need to carry all your cash with you. Put the money in different places (of course, not in the luggage you will hand over!). For example, you can hide in a secret pocket of a backpack you take with you in hand luggage.
Take dollars or euros, or any other currency depending on your destination.
What to take a woman
Pareo or sundress
It is convenient to throw over a swimsuit to go to the beach or the pool.
A small bag
A small bag will be handy to add the necessary little things for a walk around the city.
Remember that neither a nail file, scissors, orezers in hand luggage will be allowed on the plane - put them in your suitcase.
A minimum of cosmetics, let the skin rest. Choose travel options for your favorite cream or perfume - they are more compact and take up less space in your cosmetic bag.
Funds for critical days
Take what suits you.
What to take a man
Razor and shaving foam
We put it in a suitcase.
It is smaller than a backpack. We hide everything necessary inside: phone, documents, keys, and money.Such a bagt is v, very convenient for boat trips, rides, and cycling trips.
What to take if you are traveling with children
Documents for a child
Birth certificate, consent to travel (to some countries), if the children are traveling with one parent, and a new passport (you can only enter a child in an old passport
In principle, the list of clothes at the beginning of our article is also suitable for children. Remember that the smaller the child, the faster he gets things dirty. Therefore, take additional sets of children's clothing, warm socks, tights for girls, and trousers for boys. Also, children burn faster in the sun, so they take light sweaters and shirts.
Favorite toy with which the child falls asleep or without which he refuses to leave the house.
Diapers and other necessary
In order not to lug a supply of diapers for the whole vacation, find out if the right ones are sold in the place where you are going. You will probably find some diapers, but if you have preferences, it is better to take care of them in advance.
Waterproof sheets or diapers
You can lay it in transport or on a bed in a hotel.
Baby food, bib, and bottle
Baby food for babies under two years old can be taken in hand luggage, but only in the amount needed for the flight's duration (even if the capacity is more than 100 ml). With a bib, clothes can be changed less often, and the bottle will come in handy to dilute the formula for feeding.
Moisturizing - after water procedures, anti-inflammatory - with skin irritation, protective - from moisture loss, wind, and sun.
Armlets or rubber band
To swim safely.
Pencils, sketchbook, coloring book
Consider your child's leisure time. We told in our article about the things that will entertain the child on a trip.
What to take in transport
Whether you are traveling by car, train, bus, or plane, take with you:
Paper tissues and wet wipes
An absolute must-have anytime, anywhere!
An inflatable pillow, earplugs, and a sleep mask will protect your sleep in transport from bright light and noise and save you from a stiff neck.
In case the air conditioner will work to its fullest. Life hack: the blanket can then be used as a blanket to sunbathe on the beach.
Change of shoes
Cloth slippers to rest your feet.
Lollipops and snacks
Valuable to kill a worm.
Tablet with movies and games
To keep yourself and the kids busy on a long trip.
What not to take
Hair dryer and iron
If there is no hair dryer and iron in the room, you can ask for them at the reception. If you rent an apartment on the sea, you should ask the owners about their availability.
Umbrella (beach or rain)
A beach umbrella can be rented on the beach or bought locally, so you don't have to carry it in your hand luggage. And an umbrella from the rain at sea is unlikely to be helpful to you.
Check the laws of flying on drones where you are going (they are prohibited somewhere above the cities), as well as the rules for transporting quadrocopters on airplanes - we talk about all the nuances of using drones while traveling in the article.
You're going on vacation, not to work!
Leave them at home if you don't want to constantly worry about your gold rings and earrings left in the room.
Recheck the weather forecast and consider whether you need a warm sweater and jeans for the sea.
Evening dresses and stilettos
You can get by with sandals from the list of basic clothes and a short cocktail dress if you are planning parties in expensive restaurants and trips to discos.
So let's check again if everything is ready for the holidays
- The documents
- Swimsuit and swimming trunks
- Flip-flops and spare shoes
- Chargers and adapter
- Travel first aid kit
- Travel set
- Bath accessories
The most important thing is to take a good mood on vacation. Rest will not be pleasant if you worry about things forgotten at home. Almost everything from the list above can be bought on the spot, so sit back and relax!
The world ocean covers about 70% of the earth's surface and consists of vast bodies of water - oceans and seas- and smaller ones - lakes and straits. This article will focus on a significant part of the planet's water space, the Aegean Sea. Ancient Greek mythology associates its name with the Athenian king Aegeus, who threw himself from a cliff into the sea, deciding that his son Theseus died in Crete, killed by the Minotaur. You can rightly ask the question: what is so unique about it, except the mythological reference, compared with other Earth water surfaces? First, your attention should be attracted by its advantageous geographical position.
There are many islands in the Aegean Sea, more than 2,000. It is easy to calculate that if someone decides to visit all of them, spending only one day exploring one island, such a trip will take five and a half years. Of such a vast number of islands, people live on only a tenth, and the rest are uninhabited, although tourists regularly visit them.
Interesting facts about the Aegean Sea
According to legend, the Aegean Sea got its name in honor of the king of Athens, Aegeus. His son Theseus went to the island of Crete to fight the monster Minotaur. The ship set off under a black sail, and when returning, in the event of Theseus' victory, the sail had to be changed to white. Theseus could hit the Minotaur with his dagger, but for the joy, he forgot to change the sail. Aegeus decided that his son was dead and threw himself into the sea, then called the Aegean.
Since ancient times, the Aegean Sea has been famous for its fishing; here, in addition to fish, squid, shrimp, crabs, and lobsters were caught in huge quantities. In recent years, the number of fish has decreased. Therefore, it was decided to reduce production, limiting fishing to a few months a year. In addition, due to global warming, the salinity of the water and the temperature in the Aegean Sea are increasing.
Many tourists visiting resorts on the Aegean coast are concerned about the question - are there sharks here? Cases of shark attacks on people are pretty rare here. In 2008, the Turkish coast of the Aegean Sea was closed due to the invasion of sand sharks, but they turned out to be harmless to humans. In total, there are about 35 species of sharks in the Aegean Sea, and only 4 of them are recognized as dangerous.
The Aegean Sea belongs to the waters of the Atlantic Ocean. But of all (22), it is only in 16th place in terms of its area - 179 thousand km², overtaking the Ionian, Azov, and its neighbor - the Sea of Marmara. Looking at the map, you will see that its basin occupies a central place, washing the eastern coast of Greece and the western coast of Turkey with its waters. This allows us to call it a link between the West and the East. It, like a mosaic, combines many small islands (about 2000), the most famous of which are Crete, Rhodes, Chios, and Euboea, being, thanks to them, also semi-enclosed from the southern part. The majestic and ancient island of Crete, which still keeps its secrets in coastal waters, can be called highly accurate to its basin. In addition, the Aegean Sea is a virtual channel of island communication. Therefore, if you have always wanted to go on a cruise, then this place is perfect for this: you can enjoy the magnificent, colorful, and always different sunsets and the landscape of the islands, admiring how the sun sets behind one of the many, albeit low, mountain ranges.
For special connoisseurs of sea travel, the described water area will be at your disposal all year round, since the water temperature in winter is within +11..+15 °C, and in summer, it reaches +22…+25 °C. But tourists should never forget the northern winds in this region in the summer. Therefore, a refreshing breeze will constantly be felt despite the hot weather.
Another attraction for tourists is that the Aegean basin has long been famous for its opportunities for fishing activities, not only for fish but also for octopuses. You can dive into the world of marine life using the developed diving system and try to catch a fleeting wave, having surfing skills.
Shipping is also a hallmark of this body of water. The three main ports of Piraeus (Greece), Thessaloniki (Greece), and Izmir (Turkey) will gladly welcome sailors, allowing them to admire the seascapes from the coast, which also offers a fascinating view. And since the Turkish coast is replete with bays, this will enable yachting enthusiasts to retire from noisy ports and more intensely feel the sound of the surf.
History buffs will also like this region since such a vast number of significant historical upheavals that this sea has experienced can hardly boast of any other body of water on the planet.
With its essential central position, the Aegean can be called the cradle of antiquity. It was the node of the development of ancient Greece, allowing Athens to rise because of their skillful understanding of the benefits and effectiveness of sea currents. And then to the Italian cities - the states that became the leading players in trade in the Middle Ages. This happened to a greater extent, thanks to the Aegean Sea Canal, which acted as a bridge the Italian merchant fleet used to trade first with Byzantium and then with the Ottoman Empire.
This sea was the most valuable for warfare in terms of the chaotic arrangement of the islands, of which there are many. Still, capturing even one of them makes it possible to control maritime communications between the islands and continental territories. For example, the events of the Cretan or Candian Wars (1645 - 1669) unfolded in this region when the Turks were able to take away the island of Crete from Venice, which had belonged to it since the time of the Crusades. It also adds religious and cultural flavor to the waters. During the Second World War, this basin's most critical strategic islands fell under German control.
The sea in present
Currently, the territory of the sea is free from military conflicts. But, being an essential key in geopolitical relations, the so-called "Aegean question" consisting not only of several controversial points regarding the neighboring rights of Turkey and Greece - the two significant territories that the Aegean basin shares about its water area, but also airspace above it is still relevant. The last dispute occurred in 1996, which almost led to the outbreak of hostilities between the two states.
Unfortunately, the ecological situation in the Aegean region is complicated because the route of oil tankers (merchant ships carrying oil in bulk) from the Black Sea passes through it, so spills of flammable liquids often occur. Another problem is related to wastewater discharges. But if the Greek coast is leveled due to the catchment area of land and the site of the sea, which are 1:1, then the western Turkish coast becomes more unreliable in ecological terms. The problem of “red” tides has arisen: seawater off the coast becomes brown-red due to the rise from the depths of waters rich in phosphorus and atom, which affects the rapid reproduction of toxic microflora. Tourists at this time can neither swim nor eat seafood.
But despite the existence of some environmental problems that almost any water basin in the modern industrialized world has, the Aegean Sea takes the 6th place in the "hygienic" rating, being cleaner than the Mediterranean beaches of France, Spain, and Italy, the Adriatic, Baltic and Black seas. And the beaches comply with environmental standards: the ecological friendliness of the coastal zone is confirmed by a series of EU blue flags.
The only thing that should be taken more carefully is the salinity of the water: the water in the Aegean basin, compared to, for example, the Black, has a higher salinity. Therefore, to avoid an allergic reaction both on the skin and on the eyes, it is recommended to wash with fresh water after bathing.
Sea smoothness and waves have always attracted tourists from all over the world. They are also an inspiration for many creative people. Painters with trepidation depict character, views, and crystal aquamarine water on their canvases. For example, the famous Russian artist - marine painter I.K. Aivazovsky painted the painting Rocky Coastal Landscape in the Aegean Sea (1884). On it, the artist depicted the infinity and depth of water, a lonely ship that does not want to fall into the abyss of this sea power, and the proud patrons of the sea - birds that are not destined to succumb to the current.
Navigation in the Aegean has been developed since antiquity. It is not surprising that there have been many shipwrecks during all this time. For example, in 2018, maritime archaeologists discovered 58 ships at the bottom of the small Fourni archipelago, most of which sank in antiquity. On 90% of the boats, there were amphorae, thanks to which it was possible to conclude when and what goods were transported across the Aegean Sea.
The danger to sailors in the Aegean was not only storms and fogs but also pirates. Moreover, the pirates of the Zgea Sea were mentioned as early as the 8th century BC. Merchant ships passed through here in huge numbers, and the rocky coast and many islands were an ideal hiding place for sea robbers. Most often, pirates used small, nimble boats.
The Aegean Sea near Greece
The Greek port of Piraeus is the largest in Europe and the third in the world. It is just a few kilometers from Athens, the capital of Greece. The port occupies a vast territory, receiving hundreds of ships and ferries daily. Piraeus serves up to 20 million passengers annually. In ancient times, there was a small fishing settlement here, and in the 5th century BC, the ruler of Athens, Themistocles, decided to build a large seaport here.
In 1983, the Museum of the Aegean Sea was opened in Mykonos; this museum is located in a building built in the 19th century. The museum specializes in the history of Greek maritime trade since antiquity. Visitors can see unique maps, rare documents, marine equipment, and navigational instruments. The museum has a library containing about 5,000 of the most irregular publications.
Other interesting facts
There, the brother, the twin of the well-known Titanic, the Britannic, sank in 1916. The most paradoxical thing is that the Britannic was conceived as a replacement for the Titanic, which had a sad take into account, so it was put on several improvements. For example, watertight bulkheads passed through the decks with first-class cabins. It was the largest ship of that time, converted into a hospital afloat, and actively participated in the hostilities of the First World War. Despite its considerable size, the boat sank in just 55 minutes. Most people were able to escape (1035 out of 1066). But they plunged to its remains in 1975: Jacques Yves Cousteau discovered it on the seabed. Currently, the ship, or rather what is left of it, rests in the depths of the sea. Those wishing to see it with their own eyes are growing every year, but the Britannic is under the protection of the state, and it is forbidden to dive into the area of its flooding.
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