How to Prepare for your travelling

images-16CHECK VISA & VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS

Every country has different tourist visa and vaccination requirements, so make sure you abide by the guidelines and meet requirements well in advance. This user-friendly interactive guide is helpful in starting your research to ensure you are well prepared. Health updates regarding country-specific illnesses – like the current Zika virus outbreak – should also be monitored regularly.

GET TRAVEL INSURANCE

Travel insurance can cover the cost of lost or stolen personal items, trip cancellations, and even medical emergencies – this can prove to be beneficial in the event of an unplanned disruption of your trip. Just as you insure your home, car, and even your phone, make sure to insure your trip to avoid costly penalties! Different insurances cater to specific needs to travelers (low-cost, medical, international travel) so choose one than fits your travel style and budget.

MAKE COPIES OF IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

Although nearly everything is sent via email or saved on a back-up drive now, it’s important to realize the value of hard copies. Should

Tips to Get Married in an Overwater

images-17It’s common for newlyweds to describe their wedding day as feeling like they’re walking on air. But for those who would rather walk on water, Sandals Grande St. Lucian just opened a stunning overwater wedding chapel.

The Overwater Serenity Wedding Chapel is Sandals’ first overwater chapel, located at their Grande St Lucian property, and the first overwater chapel in the Caribbean, according to the company.

The Serenity Chapel is an intimate, aquatic space for tying the knot. It’s located at the southwestern corner of the resort and its open-air design gives uninterrupted, panoramic views of Rodney Bay.

The chapel boasts a river stone altar and glass-panelled floor. The entire decor was designed with the seaside in mind. The space can hold up to 20 guests for either a religious or non-religious ceremony.

Use of the chapel is complimentary, but has to be reserved upon arrival on a first-choice basis. So those interested in booking the space should contact Sandals Grande St. Lucian with a “save the date.”

In the event that the Sandals chapel is

Do You Need Apartment on Mediterranean Sea

With some 38,000 residents spread over less than one square-mile, the city-state of Monaco is the most densely populated country in the world.

But intrepid developers with a vision for new luxury apartments may have found a creative solution to their land shortage: build into the sea.

Authorities from Bouygues Construction are planning a ‎€1-billion luxury development in the Mediterranean Sea along the coast of the Riviera principality. The nearly 15-acre complex is set to feature a marina, public parks, a Japanese garden, a seaside promenade, and several blocks of luxury apartments.

“We are very pleased to have the opportunity to take part in the development of the Principality of Monaco by way of this new land reclamation project,” Bouygues Construction CEO Philippe Bonnave said in a statement, noting that the project would aim for “the highest ambitions with respect to sustainable development and environmental protection.”

The development will be constructed by filling 85-foot tall watertight chambers filled with some 11,000 tons of cement, Global Construction Review reported. These chambers, also called caissons, are often used for construction of piers and other sea projects.

Monaco is perhaps best known to visitors

3D Satellite Maps of Alaska

The White House has unveiled the first-ever 3D topographical maps of Alaska, which were created using commercial satellites.

The mapping project is a result of an executive order issued by President Barack Obama last year, when he asked the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) to lead a collaborative effort to create the first-ever, high-res elevation maps of Alaska by 2016, and the entire Arctic by 2017.

The project, called ArcticDEM, is the first big international collaboration between the science, tech, and defense industries. In addition to the NSF and NGA, the U.S. Geological Survey, the state of Alaska, Ohio State University, the University of Illinois, Cornell University, the University of Minnesota, and the Environmental Systems Research Institute all partnered on the project.

In a post by the White House, Dr. France A. Córdova, the director of the National Science Foundation, said that the digital elevation maps are “so critical to the Arctic at a time of profound change.”

The new satellite images will be used to track evolving coastal landscapes that are threatened by global warming and changes to seasonal weather patterns, which have caused long-term glacial melting and

Beach Summer Tips

images-18This year, Provincetown, Massachusetts earned the distinction of being the country’s favorite beach town in our annual America’s Favorite Places survey. But Provincetown’s charm is hardly news—the colorful hamlet at the tip of the Cape has a long tradition of being a beachy summer getaway.

People have been flocking to sandy stretches of coast for much longer than we have been capturing our holidays on film. It’s as if we are all instantly lulled into vacation mode by the sound of the waves lapping against the shore. Black-and-white, vintage photographs of summers at the beach may transport us just a bit farther back in time, but these vibrant images certainly encapsulate the spirit of a summer weekend whiled away on a candy-striped towel.

We’ve sifted through the TIME/LIFE archives to extract some of our favorite vintage photographs of beach scenes from as far back as the 1940s. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, it may be difficult to tell the difference between a shot from yesterday and one from yesteryear (especially now that chic one-pieces are back in style). Except for the photograph