10 Islands You’ve Probably Never Heard of That Are Just as Unique as the Galapagos

Ecuador’s famous archipelago isn’t the only place where you can experience unique wildlife and gorgeous beaches.

Ecuador’s Galápagos Islands are one of the world’s great wonders: an island archipelago teeming with distinct wildlife, unusual flora, and pristine beaches that are home to lazing sea lions and iguanas in shades of red, black, and green. But there are plenty of other islands that remain under-the-radar and less famous, but are also extremely biodiverse and remote. Check out these 10 unique spots.

The 10 Oldest Man-Made Structures in the World (That Are Still Worth Visiting Today)

This is what 10,000 years of human ingenuity looks like.

Even the best historians can’t make history come alive quite like the experience of standing before a historical site in person. Knowing your footprints might be aligning with those of ancient cultures has a way of putting things in perspective that no textbook could ever convey. From the scent of the wet earth after a New Mexican summer storm in ancient pueblo to the feel of the cold limestone walls that line the interior of Egypt’s oldest pyramid, these man-made structures have stood the test of time and are still worth visiting today.

Where Can You Travel? What’s Open? What’s Closed? Here’s the Current Status for All 50 States

The states are starting to reopen. But is it wise to venture out?

[Editor’s note: This is an updated version of an article that originally ran on May 19.] As the United States begins to relax its shelter-in-place orders and some emerge from their homes, many are counting the days when we can get back out there and travel, even if it’s by car to a neighboring community or state. But as we know, a very different landscape awaits out there than the one we left earlier this winter at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. There are things travelers must consider that we never did before, including social distancing and personal sanitization. The big question is: Is it safe to travel in the United States? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is pretty clear in its stance. It’s recommended that you stay home as much as possible, especially if your trip is not essential. Social distancing still needs to be practiced, especially if you are in a higher risk category or an older adult. You shouldn’t travel if you feel sick, or travel with someone who is sick. And you need to protect yourself and others by knowing how to prevent the virus from spreading.  Perhaps the most hopeful advice comes from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. According to him, summer travel “can be in the cards.” He urges caution, since we risk COVID-19 spreading rapidly if proper precautions are not taken. “When infections start to rear their heads again,” he says, “we have to put in place a very aggressive and effective way to identify, isolate, contact trace, and make sure we don’t have those spikes we have now.” As long as we’re aware that “getting back to normal is not like a light switch that you turn on and off,” he says, we should be able to get back to some sort of normalcy. So the answer is: We’re not quite there yet. The best thing to do is pay attention to the several-phase reopening plans that each state has developed, outlining when hotels, restaurants, retail businesses, outdoor areas, etc., should be open for business and what precautions they must take. Some states are freer than others—and that’s something to consider. Do you really want to be on a beach where social distancing guidelines aren’t being maintained? It’s a whole new world that we’ll be navigating, literally. The guidelines are fast-changing and it’s hard to keep up, but here’s where they stand today, state by state.

10 Adorable Real-Life Fairy-Tale Animals Living in Germany’s Forests

Come with me on a woodland adventure with a very cute cast of characters.

German forests have a long history of lore and have inspired many a story and fairytale (rumor has it that the Brothers Grimm took inspiration from the Black Forest when writing Hansel and Gretel). And while the forests contain plenty of myth and mystery, they also contain something, perhaps, even more precious: I am speaking, of course, about really cute woodland creatures. Let’s go on a journey through the woods of Germany and meet the cast of furry characters, shall we?

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