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SeaWorld Ceases Orca Breeding: 5 Destinations Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 11-17

Destination & Tourism | Michael Isenbek | March 19, 2016

SeaWorld Ceases Orca Breeding: 5 Destinations Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 11-17

Photo courtesy of SeaWorld Entertainment

SeaWorld will no longer be breeding orcas. The current generation will be the last, and in addition to this decision, theatrical shows featuring killer whales at the company’s parks in San Diego, San Antonio and Orlando will be phased out over the next few years and replaced with more natural encounters. Click to see the SeaWorld announcement and a reaction from the U.S. Humane Society.

Filming for “Star Wars: Episode VIII” is currently underway, and the future blockbuster’s filming locations are drawing tourists. Dubrovnik, Croatia is the latest spot, which saw flying stuntmen and a brand-new race of aliens. Click to find out more about the actual places standing in for the galaxy far, far away.

President Obama will soon be making another trip to Cuba, and to mark the occasion, he has eased yet another travel restriction to the island nation. One of the approved types of visits for U.S. citizens is a  “people-to-people” educational trip. A group could only make this type of visit, but now individuals can. However, U.S. tourists are not yet at the “lounge on the beach the whole trip” point yet, click to peruse the requirements and restrictions.

Spring and summer trip planning has no doubt reached a fever pitch for many, including those who seek vacation rentals. But which locale has the best deals? HometoGo, a vacation rental metasearch engine, has just released findings from its latest survey, and it turns out, discounts depend a lot on when you go. Click for specifics.

The growing trend of Dark Tourism proves that morbid curiosity is in. But is it safe? Historic murder houses, like Lizzie Borden’s are innocent enough, but visiting the city around Chernobyl, or a former nuclear testing site in Kazakhstan means exposure to potentially harmful levels of radiation. Click to find out more, but be careful out there, intrepid globetrotter...


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