There’s something so pure and special about seeing an animal lover visiting their favorite species in person. While the zoo is home to a slew of wildlife, there’s just nothing like seeing it in the wild.
Sure, this may mean an epic vacation to Asia to do so, but it’s 2020 — live a little.
What’s a wildlife list without mentioning Giant Panda bears in China? This endangered species can be viewed throughout the country in zoos, but for a truly wild experience, the Bifengxia Panda Base (near Ya’an in the Sichuan province) is home to more than 80 pandas. This park offers volunteer programs giving guests up-close encounters, including feedings and cleanings.
Another option, the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base in Chengdu houses about 60 pandas, including babies.
Observe snow monkeys taking a dip in the steamy hot springs of Joshinetsu Kogen National Park by day before they scatter back into the forest at night.
Traveling families staying in Kyoto can easily take a daytrip from the city to Nara, where more than 1,000 wild deer roam the temple grounds. Purchase crackers outside the park to feed the deer, but look out, these deer are not wallflowers — they will nudge, pinch and even follow you around in hopes of getting fed.
Japan is also home to several cat islands, which you can read more about here.
You’ve seen the pictures of tourists riding elephants in Chiang Mai, but there are actually far better ways to see and interact with Thailand’s national animal.
The Elephant Nature Park, 40 miles outside of Chiang Mai, is a sanctuary for mistreated elephants. These rescues come primarily from abusive situations within the tourism industry. Guests can visit the park for the day, overnight or on weeklong visits and see these majestic animals living their best lives. Join volunteers in feeding, bathing and spending quality time with the elephants — all while knowing admission proceeds go toward the Save Elephant Foundation.
Riding a camel in the desert is a truly incredible experience — and where better to do it than the Pushkar Camel Fair? Each November, this epic event brings thousands of tourists to Pushkar, India, to celebrate the country’s beloved camel. Join in the festivities and see more than 50,000 camels parading around the desert village in decorative garb.
This is a popular event and will take some planning, so if it’s on your family’s list of 2020 experiences, get started!
Whether the young adults or young professionals in your life are heading back to school, the office or some new version of normal, sending them off with something thoughtful is always in style. Check this list for something your loved one (or yourself) can use to ease out of the house with style.
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Ever since travel began picking back up and travelers started returning to the skies, Delta Air Lines has blocked the middle seat option on all flights, and limited the number of passengers per flight. Delta Air Lines announced it will continue blocking the middle seat and limiting travelers through at least Jan. 6, 2021. Delta is hoping this extension will make individuals, groups and families more comfortable flying over the holidays.
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Harvard Medical School released a study that mothers and daughters who take at least one trip together per year have less stress, stronger immune responses, decreased risk for heart disease and more. That’s right: It turns out spending quality time together provides benefits similar to sticking to a healthy diet and getting enough sleep every night. And, let’s face it, traveling is a lot more fun.