A recent report from the World Health Organization has linked a spike in measles cases in 2017 and connected it to “gaps in vaccination coverage.” This trend has continued into 2018 and 2019.
Recently, there have been an increase in reported cases in the Americas, Eastern Mediterranean, and in Europe. Most notably there have been outbreaks in Brazil and India and smaller flares in France, Italy and Israel.
Measles is preventable. Through two doses of the vaccine, protection is at 97%, with one dose giving 93% protection. It is very highly recommended that you are fully vaccinated two weeks before any international travel.
The disease causes abut 110,000 deaths every year and is very serious and contagious. It can have debilitating or life-threatening complications like encephalitis, pneumonia, permanent vision loss and more.
For more information on the MMR vaccine that prevents measles click here.
The famous New York landmark and building complex was commissioned by the Rockefeller family in 1931. The Rockefeller Center is one-part the original center- Radio City, with the Music Hall and 30 Rockefeller Plaza and one-part International Complex.
Initially, it was meant to be the new home for the Metropolitan Opera until the stock market crash of 1929, which left the Opera unable to afford to move. The plans for the Metropolitan Opera were abandoned and John D. Rockefeller Jr. created new designs for the location to become a mass media entertainment complex.
The Rockefeller Center is one of the greatest projects of the Great Depression and is known for its architectural Art Deco buildings. The center was declared a New York City landmark in 1985 and a National Historic Landmark in 1987.
Whether you are stopping by to see the views from the Top of the Rock, tour Radio City Music Hall, popping in the shops or restaurants, seeing the festive Christmas tree in the plaza or spinning around on the ice skating rink, the Rockefeller Center has something for everyone.
Today, July 3rd marks International Plastic Free Day. This awareness event day was created to raise awareness about the effects of single use plastics on our environment and help educate people on the friendlier alternatives to plastic.
It is the 10th annual International Plastic Free Day and is supported by a coalition of NGOs seeking a better plastic free tomorrow.
The website for the movement has a facts section that states plastic bags are used on average for 25 minutes but takes 100-500 years in a landfill to disintegrate. They recommend forgoing plastic single use straws in favor for reusable ones, bringing your own travel coffee cup to your favorite café and not buying plastic water bottles but coming prepared with a reusable one.
Many small lifestyle changes will make a lot of impact if we work together and hold our peers accountable. Learn how to make a plastic free impact and follow the movement on Twitter and Facebook for more information!
Turbulence, or atmospheric disturbance is when the normal airflow is being affected by one of a couple of factors.
The factors include: rising hot air (creates thermal turbulence), jet streams (just like currents in a bodies of water), landscapes (mountains), the Intertropical Convergence Zone near the Equator (where the winds of the northern and southern hemisphere meet), and then there is clear air turbulence.
Clear air turbulence is the most dangerous because it is the kind of disturbance you do not see coming. For many people it is the scariest kind of turbulence because it can cause sudden jolts of movement and that is the affects inflight anxiety.
But to ease your mind, turbulence very rarely ever is the reason behind plane crashes. Studies have concluded that majority of plane crashes occur during the initial take off and decent and landing. According to author Ben Sherwood, “80 percent of all plane crashes happen within the first three minutes of a flight or in the last eight minutes before landing.”
If anything turbulence causes bodily injuries. It is estimated that only 58 people in the US are injured from turbulence due to not wearing their seat belts.
Tips on how to better deal with turbulence:
Happy 152nd birthday Canada! Today, July 1st celebrates Canada Day, the national holiday of the country.
This federal statutory holiday is special because it means a large portion of the population gets the day off and other businesses in addition to government offices, libraries and schools are closed.
There are fireworks and parades and the likes of other celebrations, concerts, festivals to honor the special day.
July 1st commemorates the anniversary of the formation of the union of British North America under the name Canada. In other words, it is significant because it is the biggest national party for the country and includes plenty of fireworks displays.
Although it might sound similar to the United States’ Fourth of July, it is a Canadian national holiday and celebrated as such.
For those who need a little refresher, an eclipse is when the moon travels in front of and covers the sun for a period of time. The last “Great American Eclipse” was on August 21, 2017, and on July 2nd, 2019 there is going to be a total solar eclipse seen in parts of South America.
The “path of totality” or visibility will be seen from a section 80-125 miles wide from the South Pacific to Chile and Argentina. For those who aren’t going to be in the path of totality, you can watch the live feed here brought to you by the San Francisco’s Exploratorium Museum.
And for more information on solar eclipses and the timing of tomorrow’s the total solar eclipse check here.
Be sure not to miss it as the next total solar eclipse will not happen until December 14, 2020.
The museum is the official repository for the official correspondence of John Fitzgerald Kennedy’s Administration in addition to published and unpublished materials by Ernest Hemingway.
This attraction is a part of the National Archives and Records Administration and the Presidential Library System. Both the museum and library were dedicated by President Jimmy Carter and the Kennedy family in 1979.
At the time of construction for the JFK Museum and Library, there were only four other presidential libraries in existence- Hoover’s, FDR’s, Truman’s and Eisenhower’s.
Sadly, JFK never saw the project completed before his assassination but his widow Jacqueline Kennedy chose the architect I. M. Pei and his design in her late husband’s honor.
Due to years of setbacks and complications, the location for the structure was moved to Columbia Point near the University of Massachusetts Boston where the JFK Museum and Library now proudly resides. The museum and library is just a short walk from the JFK/UMass stop on Boston’s Red Line.
The JFK Museum and Library is dedicated to the 35th president and to all others who seek a better world through politics. We recommend allowing 2- 3.5 hours to fully explore, depending on how many of the films you wish to watch.
Americans spend nearly $2.8 billion on travel insurance each year, with the most common claim being trip cancellation or interruption.
Travel insurance allows for the peace of mind when you are away from home. But when not all insurance is equal or has the same coverage, things get complicated very quickly.
It is always important to read the fine print and ask questions to ensure the needs of your group are being met. There are plenty of stories available on the internet of less than pleasant experiences that all support investing in travel insurance.
Travel insurance is especially essential for groups traveling together because the world is not perfect. Bags get lost in transit, flights get delayed and occasionally people get sick. And with more people, there are more variables to account for.
Please let us know at Guardian how we can help your group travel plans go as smoothly as possible and what we can do to accommodate all of your needs.
The St. Louis’ City Museum is brainchild of Bob Cassilly, an internationally- acclaimed artist and classically trained sculptor. The City Museum is housed in a 10- story, 600,000 repurposed warehouse at 750 N. 16th Street and mixes unique architectural aspects like playground features, recycled building materials, art sculptures.
Built in 1997, Cassilly and his crew of 20 artisans created the City Museum from building materials like bricks, concrete, stone, beams, and tiles in addition of planes, cranes, fire trucks, and even store fronts. It was built to feel like “a city within a city.”
There is no map for the City Museum as the layout and art installations are always changing. Make sure to take plenty of time to take it all in and explore as there are hidden exhibits behind doors and under the floor and even hanging up above your head.
This space is perfect for active groups and those seeking adventure and exploration. It even has a fun rooftop and weekly events like overnight sleepovers and special performances.
Right in the heart of Cleveland, Ohio and on the shore of Lake Erie, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is the place to go for anyone remotely interested in music and rock and roll. Opened in 1983, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recognizes the most important and influential artists and contributors of rock and roll and the entire history of the music genre.
The Hall of Fame was founded by a team of record executives, lawyers, and publishers and soon began inducting artists even before a location for the museum had been decided. Cleveland lobbied for the museum and with the public support, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame moved to the city.
Inside the museum, there are seven stories to explore and multiple galleries that highlight the roots of gospel, blues, rhythm and blues, folk, country and bluegrass, all of which have played an important role in rock and roll music. There are also city exhibits for Memphis, Detroit, London, Liverpool, San Francisco, LA, New York and Seattle, all of which had impacts on music. There are plenty of other galleries about specific artists and films galore too.
For the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, you need at least two hours minimum to take all the information and history in. We highly recommend this attraction to history buffs and music aficionados.