The most fascinating forbidden places in the world
The ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic has made bustling cities like New York resemble ghost towns. Social distancing has shut national parks and turned tropical paradises into forbidden islands. But instead of dreaming about canceled trips, why not learn about some strange places that have always been forbidden? Here’s Some Adventure Travel Inspiration for When the COVID-19 Pandemic Ends Turns out there’s been an actual ghost town (that’s North Brother Island, by the way) within New York City limits for 80 years. And some islands have long been prohibited—for fascinating reasons. While all the places below are restricted in some way, a few can be visited by invitation, seen from afar, or experienced through replicas (once travel restrictions have ended). For now, there’s no time quite like a self-quarantine for descending into the online rabbit hole, where you’ll find plenty of photos and information for a virtual vacation. 1. Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, Ukraine In April 1986, an electrical test triggered a chain reaction at the Chernobyl No.4 nuclear reactor. The explosion and resulting reactor fire spewed radioactive particles into the atmosphere for nine days, becoming the worst nuclear accident in history. Shortly after the meltdown, a sarcophagus of concrete and lead was built over the reactor, and an exclusion zone was established with a radius of 19 miles. This Zone of Alienation was later expanded to 1,000 square miles and contains some of the most radioactively contaminated places on earth. In recent years, the New Safe Confinement, a steel entombment structure, was built over the previous sarcophagus. Since 2011, tour groups have been allowed to visit parts of the zone.
While many people dream of spending weeks on sun-drenched tropical beaches, a growing number of families or couples are recognizing the advantages of vacation or holiday fun in shorter doses.
Two-income households with a gaggle of kids in tow especially have little time to plan, budget and organize a long trip.
So it’s no surprise that weekend getaway trips are catching on across the country.
In times of economic hardship, it’s especially important for families to budget travel expenses without giving up the fun and adventure that a full-tilt vacation may provide.
Short getaways or long weekend trips include much less planning and, of course, the chance to get out of town at a moment’s notice.
Make Your Vacation Seem Longer – Take Weekends
By opting for longer weekends, many vacationers feel they are getting more, not less, vacation time. Spreading the traditional 14-21 vacation days over the four seasons also provides lots of opportunities
for a short family road trip, fall foliage or winery tour, winter getaways or extended stays at summer campgrounds, theme parks or winter holiday ski trips.
depends on your attitude,” says New York native Mary Donough
who, along with her husband and two kids have taken quick
trips around the NYC
metro area, Boston
DC – even Cancun
“While long stay vacations are fun to plan, it’s so much more exciting to pack a few things, grab the kids and go, especially in the off-season. Once you find out how fun and affordable it can be,
weekend trips are the only way to go.”
For the best deals during peak season also look for US destinations that traditionally offer cheaper airfares, hotel room and meals – like Orlando or Las Vegas – for a complete travel package that won’t break the bank.
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Great Ideas for Budget Travel
about weekend getaways around the Web:
the Web, check out top sites offering more information on fast
and affordable weekend getaways, shopping excursions, ski trips
and hiking treks for families, singles, and couples:
Family Travel Network – Interests & Activities – Use the left hand drop-down menu to access tips & advice on trips for Mothers Day, Fathers Day, winter and fall weekend getaways
and related family travel fun on a budget.
Weekend Getaways from 9 Major U.S. Cities – Smarter Traveler reviews of top locations around the U.S. offering cheap getaways with related tips on finding budget restaurants and attractions.
Cheap Family Weekend Getaways – Check out the Travel Channel for expert advice on how to save money at state parks,
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|7-Night Canada & New England!
Visit top-rated ports like French-flavored Qubec City and Celtic Halifax, take in Saguenay’s majestic fjords, stroll along the stately Victorian homes of Charlottetown.
Experience the beautiful ports of Nassau and Royal Caribbean’s private island – CocoCay on a 3-night Weekend Getaway to the Bahamas.
|Eastern Caribbean – 7 Days!
Board the “Fun Ship” Carnival Conquest and set sail for seven fun-filled days to the amazing islands of the Eastern Caribbean.
|Bermuda from New York!
Visit the capital of this island paradise is steeped in history and blessed with British charm. One might think Hamilton’s historic architecture would be at odds with its climate and topography, but it isn’t.
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|7-Night Greek Isles
For centuries people have traveled to Europe to see magnificent ruins, art treasures and natural wonders. And the best way to do so is by cruise ship. through the Greek Isles
Different cultures, colour contrasts, varied countryside: these are just some of the things you will find in this extraordinary cruise throught the historic cities of the western Mediterranean.
|Mexican Riviera from LA
Picture yourself on a gorgeous beach watching the sun setting into the Pacific Ocean. That’s the beauty of relaxing cruise to the Mexican Riviera.
Step back in time and experience the glamor and sophistication of crossing the Atlantic in style over six wonderful days.
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