With less than three months till 2019 ends and a whole new decade begins, we’d like to look towards the future and mention the top destinations for next year!
At the top of Lonely Planet’s list is the lovely country of Bhutan. Known for being an environmentally friendly country next to the Himalayan mountains, this gem is nothing short of breath-taking. Also it has plans to become the first country to 100% farm organically.
Coming in second place for countries overall, there is England. With the expansive green hills and exciting city of London, England is a perfect spot with a little bit of everything to offer.
For cities alone, Salzburg, Austria was listed as the top destination for 2020. Next year it is the 100th anniversary of its world famous festival of music and drama. It is also known for being the birthplace of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, its opera and theater scene, and its Baroque architecture.
Next, coming in second place, we have Washington D.C. known for being the capital of the United States and for being an epicenter of American history with more museums and galleries to suit every kind of traveler.
For the wallet-conscious, Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, Budapest, Hungary and Madhya, India were ranked for their value.
If you’re interested in the full list and more information their book “Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2020,” which goes on sale tomorrow, Oct. 23 for $17.99.
Real ID: What That Means for Flying
Real ID is popping up more and more and it is because the deadline to have one is fast approaching.
For those who need a short refresher on this topic, in an attempt to cut down on domestic terrorism and security threats post 9/11, Congress enacted Real ID Act in 2005. This federal law deals with the security, authentication, and issuing of standards for identity licenses and documents. Essentially, this elevated ID technology is more difficult to fake.
The Real ID law intensified the standards for identity cards accepted at the federal government level for boarding commercially operated airline flights, entering an official federal building and nuclear power plants.
In addition to other aspects of the Real ID law, the most pertinent to the travel industry is the portion regarding the Real ID-compliant form of identification for domestic air travel. What this means traveling is by October 1, 2020, you will need a Real ID to fly domestically.
To find out if your driver’s license is a Real ID, it must have a black or gold star on it. If you live in Hawaii, Tennessee, Ohio or Utah, you will have to check with your state government.
To complicate things, some states are issuing driver’s licenses that are a form of Real ID but will not pass for a Real ID for air travel.
It is best to check if you’re not certain if your ID is a Real ID. Otherwise, this could prevent you from boarding a flight after the deadline.
To learn more information see: https://www.dhs.gov/real-id and https://www.dhs.gov/real-id-frequently-asked-questions
Arlington National Cemetery
The Arlington National Cemetery is a United States military cemetery in Arlington County, Virginia. This cemetery is adjacent to Washington D.C. and across the Potomac River.
Established during the Civil War on the grounds of the Arlington House, which previously had been the estate of the wife of Robert E. Lee, Mary Anna Custis Lee. Arlington National Cemetery is controlled by the United States Department of Defense and is the resting place to the dead who served their country during the conflicts.
Since April 2014, Arlington National Cemetery has been on the United States’ National Register of Historic Places which is a list of the most historic places and monuments deemed worthy of preservation in regards to our nation’s history. It is also the resting place for John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft among other important characters in U.S history.
Purchased initially for the high elevation and generally pleasing aesthetic, Arlington National Cemetery is also home to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. This memorial is dedicated to all the U.S. servicemen and women whose remains have not been identified. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is guarded perpetually guarded with a meticulous routine to symbolize the highest military honor that can bestowed.
Guardian recommends Arlington National Cemetery to all individuals visiting Washington D.C.
We suggest timing your visiting to see the Changing of the Guard Ritual performed every half hour in the summer and every hour in the winter.