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Beach Vacation Destinations That Won’t Break The Bank

One of the most relaxing vacations one could go on involves some white sandy beaches accompanied by crystal clear waters and cloudless skies. Paradise is a subjective word, but I think we all can agree that a beach vacation could cure a lot of our everyday stresses, especially those of us with families who need to unwind too. So where should you head the next time you want to scratch that travel itch to somewhere warm? 

One of the most popular beach destination spots is Fort Lauderdale, Florida, however, have you ever heard of Lauderdale-by-the-sea, Florida? This beach town is much more affordable compared to other popular Florida hot-spots like Miami or Palm Beach, but if you want to visit any of those places there is only a short drive away from this remote town! Since it is a beach town, the overall aesthetic is just that, a relaxed environment with beautiful pavilion views and quaint shopping squares with outdoor eateries and a rather hefty nightlife. 

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Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida

If you’re looking to go a little further than Florida, Panama is one of the cheaper beach spots if you’re smart about planning. During its off season hotel rates and flights to Panama decrease exponentially when compared to the pricing during the more popular summer seasons. Even though you’d be going when there’s less people around, the weather will be just as nice, and less tourists means less beach traffic. The town itself is saturated with culture and activities the entire family will enjoy as well. 

What Lauderdale-by-the-sea is to Florida, Salyulita is to Mexico. Salyulita is like Cancun’s younger sibling that’s much more affordable and relaxed when compared to its more heavily populated neighboring towns. This town is famous for its surfing beaches and other water-sport activities it offers its visitors. Don Pedros is the town’s most famous restaurant, so if you go head on down and be sure to order the nachos!

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Oregon may be on the west coast, but it’s not commonly known for its beach towns. Gold Beach, Oregon is a lesser-known affordable destination on the coast of the state that’s full of secluded beaches and kayak/water-sport rental shops. The nearby Rogue River village offers jet boat tours of the surrounding rural landscapes, as well as fishing excursions. If you visit between the months of March and May you’re not only likely to get a cheaper rate, but you’ll also be able to catch a glimpse of the annual gray whale migration that captivates citizens of the beach town every year. 

One of the more popular places on this list includes Myrtle Beach in South Carolina. Myrtle Beach is the mini-golf capital of the world, as it famously has over 50 differently themed mini-golf courses in the area. Beyond that, the beach itself is as beautiful as you’d expect, and the plethora of outdoor malls/shopping centers/flea markets ensures you’ll never have a boring day on your vacation.

Finally, we’re going to Europe, Greece to be more specific. Corfu, Greece is one of the cheapest destinations in the country, which is known for its rather lavish and expensive resorts and hotels. However, Corfu is an older town which houses multiple museums and rich architecture as old as the town itself. Corfu also is home to the Achillieon, a beautiful and historic palace that has been converted into a museum for all to enjoy. 

Wherever you decide to go, pack the sun screen and soak in those rays. These destinations offer a little more of a financial cushion when it comes time to book your trip, however, you can’t go wrong with travelling to any parts of these beautiful beach destinations.

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Beached Sperm Whale Has Over 200 Pounds Of Plastic In Its Stomach

Plastic in our planet’s oceans is one of the leading environmental issues that’s killing the Earth today. Mounds of garbage fill the natural aquatic world’s that make up a majority of our planet’s ecosystems, thus affecting the ecosystems of any other part of the world that requires a clean body of water to run. Plastics shed off micro-plastic particles that spread into all aspects of life and leave uncertain damage to all living and nonliving things in our world, but they don’t even need those tiny particles to cause serious damage. A small Scottish Island has become all too familiar with these kind of effects this week when a deceased young sperm whale washed to shore, the cause of death? It might have had something to do with the hundreds of pounds of plastic in its stomach. 

Residents around Seilebost beach on the Isle of Harris in the Outer Hebrides discovered the young male carcass Thursday, according to CNN. According to Dan Parry, the administrator of a Luskentyre beach Facebook page which has a goal of keeping the local beaches completely litter free, the animal had a ball of plastic debris in it’s stomach weighing close to 220 pounds. This discovery was made by the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS). This organization specifically works on collecting data regarding stranded marine life animals around the Scotland area. They performed the autopsy and made the discovery of the ball of plastic debris in the sperm whales stomach. 

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“Among the debris, which seemingly came from both the land and fishing sector, were sections of net, plastic cups and tubing. [SMASS] could not find evidence that the waste had blocked the creature’s intestines, but it said the amount of debris could have played a part in its live stranding. This amount of plastic in the stomach is nonetheless horrific, must have compromised digestion, and serves to demonstrate, yet again, the hazards that marine litter and lost or discarded fishing gear can cause to marine life,” according to the Facebook Posts. 

The whale weighed close to 26 tons, making it impossible to move, so the autopsy was performed on the beach where the body already was. Afterwards, members of the coast guard and the council of the Western Isles all gathered to help bury the whales body on the beach. The burial was meant to keep the young whale close to the world it unfortunately never got the chance to fully explore, but at least it would lay there for the rest of eternity. 

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This isn’t the first time Europe in general has faced a beached whale epidemic due to plastic ingestion. Back in May, Sicily discovered one out of five different whale carcass’ that had washed to shore within a five month span. All the causes of death were due to plastic ingestion. Scientists often suggest that whales ingest plastic bags more than anything, because they often look exactly like squid, a common prey for certain whale species. 

“Debris in our oceans is everyone’s problem – the fishing industry need to do better, but equally, we all need to do more. Watching this today, makes me despair for the environment, totally falling apart around us,” said Parry, who added on Facebook that he himself goes and cleans the local beaches of litter and plastic every single day.

Parry isn’t incorrect in his call onto the fishing industry to change their ways, as a majority of litter in our ocean’s is stranded materials from industrial fishing boats. However, there is also a major call to action for everyone on the planet to reduce their toxic single use plastic product use, and recycle, to prevent further unnecessary marine life death.