For many of us growing up with films like “Flipper” or “Free Willy,” the idea of getting up close with ocean mammals seems like it would be incredible. But before you book a “swim with the dolphins” experience, it’s important to be aware of several things.
Research has shown that dolphins in many of these tourist attractions have demonstrated “agitated and aggressive behavior” due to stress. This behavior can even result in human injuries. While dolphins are incredible animals, like all wildlife, they should be viewed in their own natural habitat, far from human interference.
The Capilano Suspension Bridge in Vancouver, Canada
If heights scare you, then you might want to skip this particular tourist attraction. The Capilano Suspension Bridge hangs over the Capilano River just north of Vancouver. Swaying at a height of more than 200 feet above the river, crossing it can be quite scary.
But contrary to many social media posts, the bridge’s daunting size has hardly made visitors turn away. In fact, millions of park visitors have eagerly crossed it making it one of the most popular sites in Canada. Just make sure to watch your step when taking those selfies!
The Forbidden City in Beijing, China
The Forbidden City or Palace Museum might have been off-limits to visitors for centuries, but that is certainly not the case today. These days, the large complex of buildings attracts more than 15 million tourists from around the world every year.
Once the palace of imperial China for almost five centuries, the palace boasts close to ten thousand rooms. Visitors to this once impenetrable fortress may find themselves struggling to move through the crowds of thousands of other tourists.
Sydney Opera House, Australia
The Sydney Opera House is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. It's no wonder then that close to 11 million people visit it annually. Danish and Australian architects designed the building’s distinctive architecture.
But while the opera house attracts huge crowds of tourists, it’s also one of the most famous performing arts centers in the world, hosting close to two thousand performances a year! The Sydney Opera House is considered the most popular tourist attraction in Australia and has become a beloved symbol of the country.
Eating the Street Food in Thailand
While seeing amazing sites is important, so is eating a memorable meal. Thailand is known as a street food capital, with thousands of street-side vendors hawking their culinary creations. But while some have no problem chowing down on this convenient cuisine, many are rightfully wary.
Street food can be contaminated by street pollution, like dirt or dust along the road. Without a real kitchen, food safety practices are practically nonexistent. Not to mention street vendors cutting costs with some questionable meat. While delicious, street food might be quite the gamble!