Monthly Archives: August 2017

Visit Hawaii for Low Prices and Great Weather

Hawaii is a bucket-list destination for many reasons. The Aloha State is home to an extraordinary culture, pristine landscapes, and idyllic beaches.

While there is no one “perfect time” to visit Hawaii, individual preferences can dictate the best time to book your vacation.

The Cheapest Times to Visit Hawaii
Flights to Hawaii are generally at their most expensive from mid-December through mid-April. With some planning, however, flights in January or February can be up to $175 cheaper than typical high season, according to the farecasting app, Hopper. Hotel rooms, on the other hand, are likely to be cheapest during the fall months, from September through the middle of December.

The Best Weather in Hawaii
Travelers looking for the best weather in Hawaii will find that rainfall is at its lowest from April through September. According to Accuweather, however, hurricane season in the Central Pacific lasts from approximately June 1 to November 3, with the chances of a tropical cyclone peaking in August. Just remember there’s still plenty to do in Honolulu, even when it rains.

The Most Popular Times to Visit Hawaii
The Hawaiian Tourism Authority reported that July has the most visitor arrivals of the entire year. December is the second-busiest month. Travelers who want to avoid crowds should also avoid booking trips during the last week of April and the first week of May. During this so-called “Golden Week,” hoards of tourists flock to Hawaii from Japan.

The Best Times to Go Whale-watching
Those who visit Hawaii with the intent of whale watching will find humpback whales off the islands’ coasts from December through May. February is considered by many as the absolute peak of the season, as it’s when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration completes its annual whale survey.

Those looking for a perfect combination of fewer visitors, lower prices, and good weather will likely find their ideal booking window during the shoulder seasons, in either May or September.

What You Can Do About It

The 2018 flu season is shaping up to be bad—potentially the worst one since 2014-2015, which was “the most severe season in recent years,” as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) says in its latest flu outbreak update.

“The number of jurisdictions experiencing high activity went from 21 states to 26 states and New York City and the number of states reporting widespread activity went from 36 to 46,” wrote the public health agency in a recent post. “Influenza-like illness (ILI) went from 4.9% to 5.8%. ‎These indicators are similar to what was seen at the peak of the 2014-2015 season, which was the most severe season in recent years.” In some states, like California, emergency rooms have already been overwhelmed with people suffering from the flu.

Common 2018 flu symptoms
Here are the tell-tale signs of having the flu, according to the CDC: fever and/or chills, cough, sore throat, a runny and/or stuffed nose, body aches, headaches, and fatigue (flu symptoms may present in groups of two or three or all at once). Some flu patients also experience diarrhea and vomiting.

Why the 2018 flu outbreak could be especially deadly
There are a number of factors driving the current flu season, which is already being called “moderately severe” by health officials and has yet to peak (February is usually when flu season is worst). For one thing, it’s been a particularly cold winter in many parts of the U.S., which makes for a more resilient and longer-lingering influenza virus.

And then there’s the matter of the current flu vaccine. It’s unclear if the flu shot will match last year’s effectiveness of about 39%; some estimates have pegged this year’s vaccine’s effectiveness at closer to 30%, although the final numbers will remain unknown until the end of flu season, which can last through May. The flu vaccine is typically somewhere between 40% and 60% effective since scientists have to use some guesswork as to the strains that will be floating around before mass producing the vaccine. Hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and tens of thousands die from the flu in any given year, and the young, old, and immune-compromised are at the highest risk.

Furthermore, getting vaccinated for certain strains won’t necessarily protect you from other flu types that are going around. And the dominant strain this year, H3N2, is one that public health experts decry as a particularly nasty one. In fact, it’s a strain that’s likely to lead to more severe symptoms and more deaths among the young and the old.

Do You Plan Come to Hobart City Kayaking

It was around 8am when I rocked up at the boat sheds of a small Sandy Bay beach to meet Roaring Forties Kayaking. As someone that has been a Hobart local for most of his life I really wasn’t sure what to expect of a tour that would take me through largely familiar territory.

When I arrived both Sue and Reg from Roaring Forties came over and greeted me warmly, in turn facilitating introductions with the other members of the group before delving into a safety briefing. All abilities were catered for; although I had kayaked before it was clear that no kayaking experience was necessary. The basics were well covered by the guides and any extra questions clients had were answered to quash any lasting reservations.Soon enough we pushed off into the choppy, shallow waters off the beach, a stiff head wind offering some resistance. The pace was relaxed. This tour isn’t about rushing, the ground covered over the three hours was relatively small and could have been covered in a fraction of the time. Plenty of time is taken to properly take in the sites, drift under jetties and listen to the explanations of the knowledgeable guides.
The group slowly started off by making their way around the headland of Battery Point, Hobart’s most affluent suburb, coming in close enough to see the modern architectural feats forming extensions to some of Hobart’s oldest properties. Sue pointed out a house that had been featured on Grand Designs for its fusion of new and old elements.

Drifting on we rounded the point into the harbour proper, revealing the docks beyond, nestled at the foot of the omnipresent massif of Mount Wellington. We passed a curiously placed over water cabin which the guides explained to be the judging booth for the annual Sydney to Hobart yacht race, unknown to the local guests. We continued on, the warehouses and shops of the waterfront ahead appearing miniscule from this angle against the bulk of the mountain.
Despite living in Hobart for most of my life I had never seen the city from the water, a perspective that sheds new light on life in the city. We gave way to a couple of yachts and a tour boat on our way into constitution dock, navigating the numerous jetties lined with moorings. After weaving our way through the lines of yachts the functioning part of the harbour finally gave way to the calm, collected waters of constitution dock.
Sue helped everyone raft up to a buoy in the centre of the dock, the sandstone edifice of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery standing at the far end and the right side lined with fish venders, the smell of freshly cooked sea food wafting our way. Fresh fish and chips was brought to us on the water, giving us time to simply float, talk amongst ourselves and people watch.