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What a wonderful world! Today's world images from Globewanderer

 

WORLD IMAGES – WHAT A CONTRAST

                                          TODAY””s world images are from two different sides of the globe and provide beautiful pictures which could not be more of a contrast.

Sunset on St Lucia in the Caribbean

world images - St Lucia, Caribbean

sunset from St Lucia in the Caribbean

St Lucia is one of many small land masses which make up the Windward Islands in the eastern Caribbean.
It has a tropical, humid climate, moderated by northeast trade winds, giving pleasant year-round conditions with abundant rainfall and mean annual temperatures ranging from 26 °C (78.8 °F) to 32 °C (89.6 °F) at sea level and an average of 13 °C (55.4 °F) in the mountain peaks.

Snow scene from Hokkaido, Japan

world images - Hokkaido, Japan

snow scene from Hokkaido in northern Japan

Hokkaido, Japan”s northernmost island and the second largest of its five islands, has a humid continental climate with long, cold winters and very warm to cool summers. It enjoys huge amounts of snow which is celebrated in festivals as well as skiing and snowboarding.
In 1972 Sapporo, the capital city of Hokkaido, staged the first Public driving permit test students as well as those who are schooled at home will need to pass and complete a driver’s training program, which includes 30 hours of classroom training and 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training. Winter Olympics to be held outside Europe and North America, and only the 3rd games (summer or winter) held outside those regions overall
The natural Caribbean beauty of St Lucia earned it the title of the “Helen of the West Indies”” after the famous beauty Helen of Troy.
It is also famous for the fact that rule of the island switched so often between British and the French control each side reigning seven times each
until 1814 when the British took definitive control of the island.
The island is almost entirely volcanic with some of the oldest rock formations found at the extreme northern and southern tips. This gives it something in common with Hokkaido which has 15 active volcanoes and is famous for its hot spring bathing, a favourite with tourists.

Ten tips on jet lag and how to combat it on your world travels

 

jet lag and how to deal with it
 A jumbo flight to a far-flung destination is  an exciting journey for a traveller.  But it can  also be gruelling thanks to the problem of jet  lag. It doesn’t hurt to do a bit of research on  the subject before you fly.

There are some well known facts about it and various do’s and don’ts but I can’t say I have seen much mention of them in in-flight magazines on the long haul flights I have taken. Maybe it might dent bar sales if it was broadcast that alcohol is a no-no.

Possibly the worst jet lag of all is going in to the next day as you head for somewhere like southeast Asia. This is where a stopover can make a huge difference for the traveller.

There are plenty of other things you can do and for those who suffer severely on long flights, there is always the option of a trip to the doctor before the flight. Here’s a Globe Wanderer guide to help you enjoy your world travelling all the more.

1 Copy the birds. Fly south if you can and you won’t suffer jet lag because you don’t cross time zones. Same applies to flying north.                             2 Fly west and expect to suffer jet lag depending on the number of time zones you cross but it’s manageable. You gain time so it’s a bit like staying up late to see in New Year.                                                                                                                                                                                                    3 Fly east and expect the worst jet lag of all – because you lose time and are moving in to the next day – but taking precautions in advance and during the flight can ease its effects.                                                                                                                                                                               4 Jet lag’s medical name is desynchronosis. Look it up before you fly. You will find all kinds of ways to combat it, including medication.                                            5 Jet lag is related to the number of time zones you cross. Generally it really starts to kick in for people flying across three or more time zones.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           6 Two main factors are your body clock and how it copes with new time zones and fatigue resulting from long stints in a cramped seat. 7 Time your travel well. Rest on the night before you go and book a daytime flight if you can. Aim for an evening arrival if heading east.                   8  Eat light, drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol.                                                                                                                                                                         9 Prepare for a long haul flight by adjusting your bedtime. Try to get to bed earlier in the days before you fly.                                                 10 Book a stopover if you can.