Best cities around the globe to witness the Northern Lights

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Few sights are more beautiful than the Northern Lights. Caused by the collision of solar particles and gases, they will easily take your breath away. However, finding somewhere to see them can be tricky. You have to be in the right part of the world to get a good view of them. Luckily, we know exactly where these places are.

Kakslauttanen (Finland)

Finland sits in a perfect location to see the Northern Lights which is why the locals have cashed in on the phenomenon. There are specially designed glass igloos in Kakslauttanen that allow tourists to gaze up at the Lights without having to bear the brunt of the country’s cold weather. Although the light show is impossible to miss in the winter, Finland isn’t exactly known for being warm.

Tärendö (Sweden)

Considering parts of Sweden don’t see sunlight for days at a time, the country makes an ideal choice for viewing the Northern Lights. Places like Tärendö top the list as the best locations to set up camp and do some stargazing, though you can see the Lights in most parts of the north. The benefit of traveling to Sweden for the phenomenon is that temperatures don’t drop as much as other places during the winter. However, that doesn’t mean it’s not cold there – you’ll still need to wrap up warm.

Tromsø (Norway)

Northern Lights or not, you should visit Norway anyway. The country is one of the most beautiful in Europe, and it’s bursting with natural wonders. It’s simple to navigate and full of towering mountains and peaceful fjords that will look great on your camera roll. Once the sun sets and the night is in full swing, you can get great shots of the vibrant Lights from all over the country. Why not stop off in somewhere like Tromsø for a few hours of stargazing. As long as it’s winter, you should have a perfect view of one of nature’s greatest wonders.

Fairbanks (Alaska)

If you want to see the Northern Lights, you don’t even have to leave the US. All you’ve got to do is get yourself over to Alaska where conditions are optimal for seeing the Lights. Although it can be chilly here at night, the prevalence of hot springs means you can enjoy the wonder of nature while staying nice and warm. While Fairbanks is generally considered the best place in the state to see the show, you can glimpse the Northern Lights from almost everywhere in Alaska.

Nuuk (Greenland)

If you want to enjoy the Northern Lights somewhere that isn’t a tourist trap, then you might want to consider visiting Nuuk in Greenland. It’s less popular with visitors, mainly because it’s not as developed as other countries. However, if you don’t mind more rural living, then this might be the place to go. Plus, with all the icebergs in the ocean, there’s plenty more to see here than just the Lights.

Natural wonders don’t get much more beautiful than the Northern Lights. If you’re desperate to see them, you’ll need to add one of these cities to your travel list.

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How to plan a trip around the world

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It’s important these days to open your mind and broaden your experiences. And that means getting out and seeing as much of the world as you can. You might already have spent a lot of time traveling, or you may not even have a passport yet. Either way, a journey around the world could be just what’s been missing from your life.

It’s a really great idea to look at what other cultures have to offer and to try to experience a different way of life. They say travel broadens the mind and enriches the soul. So, if possible, you need to make sure you plan an unforgettable journey around the world and make the most of traveling while you’re young. Here are some ideas that will help you plan the perfect trip around the world.

Where are you going?

The first thing to think about is where you want to go on your travels. The world is a huge place, and you need to plan carefully the countries you want to see. This means doing some research and making sure you find out what you can about the countries in question. Is there anywhere that is unsafe to visit? Which countries, if any, are you going to need a visa for? These are all things to think about before you start booking anything, so you’ll have to do some research.

How much money will you need?

Another thing to consider is the money you’re going to need. It would be great if traveling were free, but the bottom line is that it can be pretty expensive. That means it’s necessary to make sure you plan out the cash you’re going to need. You’re going to need to start saving up so you can afford to go on a trip around the world. But, you should also think about the different currencies you’re going to need, and what the exchange rate is like. Get online and do a bit of research about this, so you make sure you take the right amount of money with you.

Packing

Okay, we know packing might not be your favorite thing, but it is a crucial part of planning a trip around the world. You can’t just up and leave one day with nothing packed and no supplies. In order to make the packing process less intensive you should plan out what you’re going to need, and pack over a longer period of time. That way you reduce the stress and annoyance of the process, and you make sure you leave with everything you need.

Plan your sightseeing

We would also recommend you do your best to ensure that you plan out sightseeing excursions as well. There are a lot of things you may want to see and do when traveling around the world, but you’re not going to have the time to do all of them. So, the best thing to do would be to prioritize and make a list of all the top things you want to see. This way you can make plans to visit them in each country you land in. It will save you time and means you don’t risk missing out on once-in-a-lifetime opportunities.

Check in with people at home

It’s very important to stay safe when you go traveling, and the best way of doing this is to make sure you are careful and sensible. But, you also need to keep in touch with people, so they know where you are and how you’re getting on. Try to have a system in place where you contact friends or family members on a daily basis, and check in with them. This will set their minds at ease and will ensure that somebody always knows where you are.

If you want to go on a trip around the world, it’s important that you make sure you plan it thoroughly. This is potentially a huge undertaking and not something you should just enter into lightly. Make sure you do as much as you can to plan out all the important elements of the trip. This will keep things more organized and will keep you safe during your travels.

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Home is the Most Dangerous Place for Women Around the World

For a majority of women around the world, home isn’t where the heart is. Instead, it’s where danger lives.

In 2017, activists marched in Montevideo to end violence against women with UN Women and decried femicide. A new report by the UN shows that female homicides are increasing—and that for a majority of victims, those closest to them put them at the most risk. (UN Women / Creative Commons)

According to new findings from the UN, 58 percent of 87,000 recorded female homicides from 2017 were committed by intimate partners or family members—and that rates of such crimes have increased since 2012. The most common motives men gave for such killings were jealousy and fear of abandonment, whereas women who murdered their own male partners often said that they did so in the wake of long-term patterns of physical violence in their relationship.

“Women continue to pay the highest price as a result of gender inequality, discrimination and negative stereotypes,” Yury Fedotov, the UN Office of Drugs and Crime Executive Director, told Agence France-Presse. “The fact that women continue to be affected by this type of violence to a greater degree than men is indicative of an imbalance in power relations between women and men inside the domestic sphere.”

The UN report found that Africa had the highest rate of women killed by intimate partners in 2017—such violence claimed about 1.7 percent of women in the region. The Americas had the second-highest rate, 1.2 percent; Oceania was ranked third at 0.9 percent; Europe was fourth with 0.6 percent; and Asia, which had the highest number of female homicides in 2017—a total of 20,000 recorded cases—was fifth, with 0.5 percent of those deaths resulting from intimate partner violence.

Data collection practices vary from country to country, and the report did not mention if transgender women were included in the statistics—but despite shortcomings, the findings still paint a stark and urgent picture for advocates worldwide. “There’s limitations to the data,” Jodie Roure, a professor at John Jay College in New York who has done extensive research on violence against women, told the New York Times. “Are we getting a perfect picture? No. But the important part is that we’re talking about it, because we weren’t talking about it not too long ago.”

This study, which was released during the UN’s annual 16 Days Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, also laid out recommendations for law enforcement officers, criminal justice agencies and health and social service sector leaders in order to reduce female homicides—and called on men to become allies to the women in their lives and communities.

“In order to prevent and tackle gender-related killing of women and girls,” it declared, “men need to be involved in efforts to combat intimate partner violence/family-related homicide and in changing cultural norms that move away from violent masculinity and gender stereotypes.”

Kohinur Khyum Tithila is a journalist based in Bangladesh. She is a Fulbright scholar and received her second master’s degree in Magazine, Newspaper, & Online Journalism from Syracuse University, first master’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from Dhaka University, and bachelor’s degree in English from East West University. Kohinur writes about LGBTQ and women’s issues, feminism, crime, secularism, social justice and human rights. She is also addicted to anything caffeinated.

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LOS ANGELES — Lee Spielman is nothing if not efficient.
He’s direct and doesn’t waste time on formalities, and that’s no surprise given how busy he is with Babylon. That’s the Los Angeles label he started with Garrett Stevenson some three-and-a-half years ago. The two have a steady flow of collaborations in the works, going as far ahead as 2020, and plans to reopen a store in the L.A. area next year.
They recently wrapped a pop-up at Undefeated on La Brea Avenue, doing a collaboration with Venice brand Born x Raised. Past collaborations for the brand have ranged from Off-White to skate brand Spitfire. This places it in the enviable position of sitting alongside Maison Margiela in some stores and F—ing Awesome, a core label, in others. Distribution is discerning, with some 25 accounts globally, doing business with accounts it sees eye-to-eye with, Spielman said.
“It’s finding the common thread [as to] why that all makes sense,” Spielman said. “So Virgil [Abloh], he’d actually come to the shop and pull up and talk with kids….We definitely live in a wild place where we sell clothes to fashion kids and we sell clothes to dirty kids at the skate park, which is a

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Breathtaking zoos around the world

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There are zoos in nearly every city in the world – but most of them are the same old thing, one after another. We want excitement, we want exotic animals, we want cool architecture, and we want the best experience. Unfortunately, some of the typical city zoos just don’t cut it for us (because obviously, we only want the best, am I right?) Check out the 5 most breathtaking zoos around the world that you’ll want to visit ASAP.

Singapore Zoo

Many people are often put off by zoos because they want to see the animals free, without cages, and able to roam about where and when they want to. Luckily, the Singapore Zoo gets that. This wildlife park is spread across 64-acres and full of over 2,800 animals from a whopping 300 species! However, they don’t cage any of them. All of the animals in the Singapore exhibits are open-air; separated from the visitors by moats, underwater galleries, elevated edges, platforms and glass observatories. Not only is this more humane and comfortable for the animals, but it also enhances visitors’ viewing experience. So yes, you can get up close and personal with a baboon’s bottom if you wish.

The Berlin Zoo

If you’re looking for a zoo with a bit more class and elegance, then the Berlin Zoo is for you. As the oldest zoo still standing in Germany (it was opened in 1844! What?!) it houses over 9,500 animals and boasts the largest aquarium in the whole world – including an elevated Hippopotamus House which allows you to see the hippos swimming above you as you walk through a tunnel. Alongside the incredible wildlife, the Berlin Zoo also offers some of the most attractive architecture of any other zoo in the world. Trust us.

The London Zoo

If you can believe it, the London Zoo is even older than the Berlin Zoo – and was opened in 1826! The zoo first opened as an animal research facility and has since developed a huge following as one of the best zoos in the world. The London Zoo is also famous for its incredible Victorian architecture which adorns the buildings and covers the animals up from the elements. This zoo houses thousands of animals, including gorillas, Komodo Dragons, tigers, penguins and Galapagos Tortoises. Another claim to fame for London Zoo is that it was also one of the locations where Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was filmed.

National Zoological Gardens of South Africa

The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa is unlike any other zoo you have or will ever visit. This zoo covers an incredible 216 acres worth of land and is one giant playground for the animals – rather than a zoo. Because of its size, this zoo offers a cable car, golf carts and 6km worth of trails to get you from exhibit to exhibit. And you’re going to want to see all of it, considering it houses over 9,000 animals from over 700 different animal species. Where else are you going to be able to walk alongside the elephants?

Sydney’s Taronga Zoo

How would you like to visit a zoo with incredible views of Sydney Opera House and overlooking the Sydney Harbor? No, this isn’t a dream. You can get all this at Sydney’s Taronga Zoo. On the one side, you have the bustling city of Sydney, and on the other side, you have the beginning of the outback. And slap bang in the middle, you have the zoo. Offering some of the most famous Australian animals, including Tasmanian Devils, Australian sea lions, koalas and over 300 other species, you won’t run out of things to look at – both inside and outside the zoo.

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Meghan Markle is known for being a style icon, even when it comes to the homemade accessories she wears.

While greeting fans in Melbourne during the Royal Tour last week, Meghan was approached by 6-year-old Gavin Hazelwood, who gifted the Duchess a homemade pasta necklace. The royal, 37, instantly put the adorable necklace on, and now Gavin is becoming just as well-known with jewelry order requests coming in from around the world.

“We had a lot of people saying to Gavin, you should make more, you’ll make lots of money from this, everybody will want to buy her necklace,” his mom, Rowan Hazelwood, told Network 10, as reported by CBS News.

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The family decided to create a website for Gavin, where fans can purchase the dinosaur-shaped pasta with gold paint necklaces for $ 20. The kindergartener has since received orders from Australia, the U.K. and the U.S.

Gavin intends on donating all of his profits to a stillborn research charity, CBS reported, as his mother previously lost a baby girl.

“She’s a part of our lives still, even for the kids, and they talk to her every day,” she told Network 10.

The Melbourne native, who was adorably dressed as a Qantas pilot, crafted the ribbon and gold-painted pasta necklace earlier that morning after telling his mom he was feeling sick so he could skip school and make the necklace for Meghan.

“I did the pasta with gold paint. Mum helped me thread through the necklace,” he told Fairfax Media.

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After receiving the gift, Meghan immediately put it on over her navy Dion Lee dress. The royal mom-to-be, who is expecting her first child with Prince Harry, proudly wore the gift during the rest of the outing until she arrived at a formal reception inside Government House.

Meghan often wears jewelry that has sentimental meaning.

Earlier in the tour, she wore butterfly earrings that once belonged to Princess Diana. And when Prince Harry and Meghan first began dating, she was spotted wearing a gold, personalized necklace with the letters M and H on it.


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The most beautiful shopping malls around the world

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When you go out for your weekly shop, or to buy your annual wardrobe (yes, I’m talking about you, men!) you probably just venture to your local mall, with your budget department stores and your food market. You probably don’t expect to be greeted with gondola rides, rollercoasters, or giant aquariums, do you? Well, in certain parts of the world this could be your local shopping mall. Bet you’re regretting your house location now. Let’s all move to Dubai!

Dubai Mall – Dubai, United Arab Emirates

If you’ve ever been to Dubai or the United Arab Emirates, you’ll know that they don’t do anything by halves. Everything is excessive, everything is elegant, everything is clean, and everything is beautiful. Including the shopping malls. As well as being one of the most beautiful malls in the world, the Dubai Mall is also the largest in the world and comes complete with 1,200 shops to its name, an Aquarium and Discovery Center, an ice rink, a theme park, a 22-screen cinema, the largest candy store in the world, an interactive children’s center, and one of the most spectacular indoor fountains on the planet! Not much, then…

The Grand Canal Shoppes – Las Vegas, United States of America

Don’t worry if you’ve never visited Venice because you won’t need to if you take a trip to the Palazzo Hotel in Las Vegas! This Venetian-themed hotel comes complete with its very own Grand Canal Shoppes featuring incredible waterways, which you can travel using Gondolas – with your very own Gondola driver who might even sing for you if you’re lucky. The mall offers 91 shops connected by cobbled streets and a moving clouded ceiling. And of course, no Venetian street would be complete without street performers.

Canal City – Fukuoka, Japan

Just like the Grand Canal Shoppes in Las Vegas, Canal City shopping mall in Japan has based its mall around incredible canals. The canals serve as the main event in this mall, with the shops built as if they surround the water. But these buildings aren’t your typical run of the mill two-up two-down buildings. Instead, they are all curved, with water features, fountains, and sculptures which have been designed and constructed to trick the eyes of its visitors. As well as some of the most prestigious shops and brands, the mall also houses art exhibitions, gaming centers, cinemas, a music stadium – and the piece de resistance is the fifth floor of the mall which is solely dedicated to ramen! Time to tuck in.

Berjaya Times Square – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Despite the fact the Berjaya Times Square shopping mall in Malaysia is Asia’s largest shopping mall, the grandiose mall is actually designed around the streets and bright lights of New York’s Times Square. With a makeshift subway station, big billboards and bright signs, you could easily mistake it for the Big Apple! The shopping mall offers its visitors over 1000 stores, as well as an incredible indoor theme park complete with roller coasters (yep, inside), a haunted house, and more. As if it wasn’t already pretty epic, the mall also throws in the extra awesomeness of a giant musical staircase to entertain you (and your kids) for hours.

West Edmonton Mall – Edmonton, Canada

The West Edmonton Mall is one of the most beautiful malls in the world because it is one of the most unexpected. As you walk through the doors, you’re bombarded with a huge area full of fun and activities. As well as the obvious stores and food halls, this mall offers the largest indoor waterpark in the world, complete with a wave pool and 83-foot tall water slide, an ice rink, a lake which features sea lions, a mini-golf course, a shooting range, bowling alley, arcade, music Stadium, a chapel and an indoor theme park! Could you need anything else?

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Best places to watch birds around the world

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If you’re a keen bird watcher, it can be pretty boring sitting in your garden and watching the same old birds come and go. You strive for more, but you don’t know where to find it? Well, bird watching vacations and trips are becoming increasingly common, and give you the chance to see some of the most exotic birds the world has to offer. And you can get some great photos for your album! (And soak up a bit of new culture at the same time).

Costa Rica

Costa Rica is not only one of the most beautiful destinations in the world, but it is also one of the most diverse destinations in terms of birds and wildlife. The whole of Costa Rica is teeming with national parks, nature reserves and wide open spaces for these winged beasts to roam free – perfect for the avid bird watcher. There are hundreds of bird species in Costa Rica, from colorful parrots to hummingbirds, to toucans and quetzals – you can’t find these birds at home! The most successful bird watching destination in Costa Rica is the Wilson Botanical Gardens, where bird watchers have recorded over 300 species of bird.

Colca Canyon, Peru

Being a bird watcher is all about finding the biggest and the best bird on the market – but what if you could do this while trekking through the mountains of Peru? Well, if you’re looking to spot the Andean Condor, this is what you’ll have to do. The Andean Condor is one of the largest birds in the world and can grow a wingspan of up to 3m long! Because they are endangered, the birds are incredibly elusive and difficult to spot, but the Colca Canyon is their favorite hide-out spot. They nest in the rocky precipices and take flight every so often, so keep your eyes peeled.

Kruger National Park, South Africa

We don’t know why anyone would turn down an opportunity to visit South Africa, especially when you can witness some of the most incredible species of bird in the world. Kruger National Park is one of the most impressive parks in South Africa, and the migrant spot for over 200 species of bird between the months of October and March. For the rest of the year, Kruger National Park is home to the Big Six; the martial eagle, the Pel’s fishing owl, the Kori bustard, the southern ground hornbill, the saddle-billed stork and the Lappet-faced vulture.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park in the United States of America is one of the most popular national parks in the world and one of the best places to spot the USA’s symbol – the Bald Eagle. The Bald Eagle is incredibly difficult to spot, but the park is teeming with over 18 nests, meaning there is fair game to snap a picture of the incredible bird. They normally live near bodies of water, so pay attention when you walk past any streams, lakes or rivers.

Norfolk, UK

The United Kingdom is home to some of the most beautiful birds in the world – and if you’re planning on taking a birdwatching trip in the UK, Norfolk is the only place to go. With its incredible diverse range of landscapes and habitats, the birds here are incredibly diverse thanks to its marshland, sand dunes, nature reserves, and lagoons; it’s the perfect breeding ground. Expect to see warblers, godwits, spot bitterns, and the marsh harrier here.

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