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The planning process doesn’t truly begin for vacations until you decide on a type of vacation you want to have. Exciting vacations are usually exciting because of the types of activities done on the trip and the experience had in a specific destination. Planning a group vacation can be quite tricky though. When deciding on a vacation type and your activities, make sure to consider the number of people you have and their needs and wants as well. Some may want to relax on the beach while others may want to go exploring the forest.
Group trips should be planned together and managed by one or even two people. Finding the right destination to fit your vacation type can also be a step of the planning process that is tricky. Finding the right fitting form of transportation is also important in group vacations as you must determine if the costs of a charter bus or plane tickets will be best for your trip. You want to decide on a destination that fits your desired activities. For example, you wouldn’t visit New Orleans if you wanted to relax on the beach nor would you choose a warm destination for ice and snow activities.
The types of vacations you can take with a group are inclusive to all types of travelers. It doesn’t matter if you are with your bachelorette group or your family, these travel ideas can work for anyone.
Beach trips are one of the most desired vacations in America. Vacations are all about relaxing and the waves and scent of the sea will grant that. But for group trips beaches are an ideal vacation. There is something for everyone to do. Those that don’t want to go snorkeling or swimming may enjoy sitting beachside or simply tanning. This is good for families to explore the water and enjoy playing in the sand. It is also a good idea for friend groups to indulge in cocktails on the beach and for romantic partners, sunset/sunrise beach walks.
Great destinations for beach trips have to include San Diego, Miami, and even Newport. Families and friends take group trips more often during the summer months and often gravitate toward warm cities and water activities. There are many different types of water activities, including:
- Jet Skiing
- And more
Virginia is also a great place for group beach trips and is a quite popular destination for those looking for beach fun. Virginia Beach is a resort with miles and miles of beaches, restaurants, hotels and shops. If you are looking for a water sports based vacation, taking a beach trip is ideal. Many people also enjoy traveling to Hawaii for a beach trip as well due to its inviting culture and relaxing feel.
The great outdoors do not appeal to some like it does others, but taking an outdoor trip has rewards that can alter your outlook on life and nature. There is so much to see and things to explore outdoors that this type of trip would be exciting for families and groups that want to spend time in nature. Those that want to go on business retreats or have getaways with their friends may decide on the outdoors for refreshing travel.
You can easily choose camping as your outdoor trip but it doesn’t have to be based outdoors. Your trip could be simply based on outdoor activities while you spend your stay at a resort or a nice hotel. Those that don’t want to spend their nights outside should vouch for outdoor-based activities and places with a nice bed to sleep in.
Destinations for this type of vacation would definitely include Wyoming, Oregon, and California. With trails and wildlife, these destination are fit for any type of outdoor activity, whether it be simple hiking or weekend camping.
Cruise ships are fun ideas for group vacations because it is affordable and adventurous. When compared to other types of group trip ideas, some may mark this one off the list due to fears of water and heights. Cruises are great for families and friend groups. There are different types of cruise lines that fit your specific type of vacation group. For example Disney Cruises are great for families and Carnival Cruises are ideal for both families and friend groups.
There are discounts available for groups that want to take trips together. For cruises, you get deals on your cabins, packages, drinks and meals and even parties. Cruise ships are about the destination you are sailing to but also about the other fun activities you can d while on the ship. From bowling and ice skating to surfing and parties, there are activities for all types.
You also get to sail on beautiful waters to different destinations, whether they are in the Caribbean, Africa, or Asia. The Caribbean is the ideal cruise destination for it’s tropic and island vibes.
Informational trips are ideal for those moments you want to learn more about a historical aspect of a certain topic, place, or idea. These trips often include some kind of educational benefit and are usually taken by colleagues and families. Colleagues may enjoy taking trips like these to explore things and ideas of their specific field of study or of something new.
Families also may enjoy these types of trips to help their children learn about the past family lineage or places where they are from. Many families take trips to their homelands to learn and remember their roots. Families also take trips to other’s home countries to learn and experience new cultures. An ideal destination for an informational trip would be Washington DC.
Ski trips are always exciting group vacations and often offer deals and discounts for those traveling in groups. Ski resorts are somewhat made for group travel and offer many activity options for both skiers and non-skiers.
Spending time with your friends and family in colder locations make for a need for closer relationships and bonding. The excitement of days of skiing and snow and the warm of nights by the fire are reasons why ski trips are the best. For the most reasonable cost of your ski trip, find package deals and accommodation discounts for your group.
Destinations for this type of vacation isnt limited to Colorado. You can take a ski trip in Vermont and even California if you know the right areas to visit. Lake Tahoe in California has many slopes and acres of skiing room and also features an Olympic ice skating rink. If you want to take a more sophisticated and high-end ski trip, visiting Vail may be an option for you. Those that are serious about ice and snow sports and activities should take a trip to Killington, Vermont.
"In India, to be born as a man is a crime, to question a woman is an atrocious crime, and this all because of those women who keep suppressing men in the name of feminism."
Feminism, a worldwide movement that started to establish, define and defend equal rights for women in all sections- economically, politically, and socially. India, being a patriarchal society gives a gender advantage to the men in the society thus, Indian feminists sought to fight against the culture-specific issue for women in India. Feminism itself is nothing but a simple movement that pursues equal rights for women (including transwomen) and against misogyny both external and internal. It states nowhere that women should get more wages than men, that women deserve more respect than men, that's pseudo-feminism.
Pseudo feminists state that women deserve more respect and rights, any other gender deserves no respect. They feel that women should be the ones ruling the world and at higher positions. When feminism takes a turn for extremities it becomes pseudo-feminism and people who label themselves as feminists will bash anyone who speaks against even the wrongdoings of a woman. They'll bash women who're wife and sisters for not speaking up and support any women criticizing political leaders even if it's completely irrational. This is where hypocrisy and pseudo-feminism merge with each other.
They take advantage of the rights given to women to protect themselves to threaten other genders. The rights given to women are supposed to make them feel reassured that they can reach out to the judiciary if their rights are being hampered not to threaten to make the victim sound like the culprit.
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Indian Feminist Movement has made significant progress however, even in the modern world women are still unsafe and are discriminated against when it comes to getting a job, land ownership, and access to education. While filling the official papers it is still asked "Wife of /Daughter of:….."
People in India still continue the practice of sex-selective abortion, abandoning the girl child, not letting girl child study instead they should learn household chores, they are seen as a burden to the family. Such injustices make feminism such an important movement, gender equality is worth fighting for to create a safe environment for women. Feminists over the years have been criticized for focusing on the rights of privileged women and not giving equal representation to poorer and lower caste women, which has led to separate caste-specific feminist organizations and movements.
Some notable milestones in the Feminist Movement
- Raja Ram Mohan Roy campaigned against Sati Pratha (practice in which a widow sacrificed herself by sitting atop her deceased husband's funeral pyre) and child marriage
- Savitribai Phule started the first school for girls at Bhidewada in Pune city in 1848.
- In 1972, SEWA, the biggest trade union for women was set up by Ela Bhatt for women working in the informal sector.
- The Chipko Movement was launched and led by women in 1973.
- #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and abuse was started in 2006 and revived in the year 2015.
People in India still continue the practice of sex-selective abortion, abandoning the girl child, not letting girl child study instead they should learn household chores, they are seen as a burden to the family.Unsplash
Feminism is often misunderstood as pseudo-feminism and hence, becomes the target for public hatred and is accused of wronging other genders under the façade of feminism. It is misunderstood by Indians as female domination instead of gender equality. Indian society and Indian feminists believe that only men are perpetrators of a heinous crime like rape and they refuse to even recognize the men who say they were raped and it's the toxic masculinity in the society that believes how can a woman rape a man? Reality is different from what we believe, women can be the perpetrator too, women threaten to file a case of domestic violence, or sexual assault against innocent people just to fulfill their ego.
Thankfully feminism and pseudo feminism are two separate concepts and feminism is just about equality and not judgment. Indian society and feminists actually need to understand the difference between the two and stop tarnishing the Feminist Movement as a whole.
Keywords: Feminism, World, India, Pseudo-Feminism, Gender
Kerala is a land of many good things. It has an abundance of nature, culture, art, and food. It is also a place of legend and myth, and is known for its popular folklore, the legend of Yakshi. This is not a popular tale outside the state, but it is common knowledge for travellers, especially those who fare through forests at night.
The legend of the yakshi is believed to be India's equivalent of the Romanian Dracula, except of course, the Yakshi is a female. Many Malayalis believe that the Yakshi wears a white saree and had long hair. She has a particular fragrance, which is believed to be the fragrance of the Indian devil-tree flowers. She seduces travellers with her beauty, and kills them brutally.
Yakshi idol in Veroor, Sri Dharamashastha temple Image source: wikimedia commons
The Yakshi is believed to live in a palm tree which can appear like a palace. Victims are taken here before they are killed. Travellers on highways are often advised not to stop near heavily forested areas, or speak to anyone who closely resembles a Yakshi. Some believe she can change form, while other hold to the belief that she doesn't. after securing her victim, the only trace left behind is body parts like hair, nails, and teeth.
They say, like other ghosts, a Yakshi's feet will not touch the ground. This is something to look out for. Mysterious deaths have been reported across the rural areas in Kerala, and all these have been attributed to the legend.
Keywords: Legends, Yakshi, Urban legend, Ghost, Kerala, Myth, Vampire
The LGBTQ+ acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and others. In India LGBTQ+ community also include a specific social group, part religious cult, and part caste: the Hijras. They are culturally defined either as "neither men nor women" or as men who become women by adopting women's dress and behavior. Section 377 of the India Penal code that criminalized all sexual acts "against the order of nature" i.e. engaging in oral sex or anal sex along with other homosexual activities were against the law, ripping homosexual people off of their basic human rights. Thus, the Indian Supreme Court ruled a portion of Section 377 unconstitutional on 6th September 2018.
But the question is, "was India always against homosexuality"? Has the concept of homosexuality being unnatural existed forever? No, in Indian history and Hinduism homosexuality has never been an offense, in fact in several instances it has been depicted how people embraced their identity, be it sexual identity or gender identity. Section 377 was brought to India by the British in 1862, while India was colonized. Even after the Independence, it was only in 2018 that the Supreme Court ruled it as irrational and illogical.
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Homosexuality in Ancient India
When Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality in India, there was an uproar about it being a western ideology and liberalism. But in reality, homosexuality has existed since the time of the Vedas. The Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association (GALVA) researched and discovered that it was around 3102 B.C. (during the Vedic Age) that homosexuality or non-normative sexual identity was recognized as "Tritiya Prakriti", or the third nature. Ancient India not only made mentions of homosexuality but accepted it as well.
Hinduism is the most vastly followed religion in India. Hinduism does not explicitly mention homosexuality however it does contain a homosexual theme and characters in its text. There have been various instances in our scriptures and texts that have introduced us to LGBT+ characters such as the androgynous form of Shiva and Parvati Ardhanariswara meaning "the half-female lord". One of the most popular and ancient texts on sexuality, eroticism, and emotional fulfillment of life, "Kamasutra" has a complete chapter dedicated to homosexuality and homosexual sex. Numerous Hindu sculptures and temples have statues depicting homosexual activities.
Numerous Hindu sculptures and temples have statues depicting homosexual activities. Facebook
Our Mughals were Queer
Mughals are often seen under the light of cruelty, rigid ethics, nobility, and polygamy. Simultaneously, Mughals are also the ones credited for the emergence of Sufism, abolished jizya tax, love beyond religion, classes, and gender.
In the Baburnama written in memoirs of our very first Mughal ruler Muhammad Babur, several instances documented Babur's infatuation and affection towards a teenage boy named Baburi. We also have multiple Persian couplets as evidence of Babur's affection for Baburi. Mughals engaged in homosexuality and pederasty, and they believed that later was a form of "pure love".
But as time passed homosexuality was suppressed more and more though people practiced it in secret if revealed they were punished. According to the Fatwa-e-Alamgiri Sharia-based text of the Mughal Empire, there is a common set of punishments for homosexuality, which could include 50 lashes for a slave, 100 for a free infidel, or death by stoning for a Muslim.
British Raj and Independence of India
In 1862, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalized homosexual sex came into force. Even after Independence in 1947, the section remained a part of the Indian Constitution. There were protests all over the country to give people of the LGBT+ community basic human rights but it was not until 2018 that The Supreme Court of India ruled the portion of Section 377 has unconstitutional and struck it off. One judge said the landmark decision would "pave the way for a better future.". With Section 377 gone are LGBT+ people allowed to fall in love freely? No, people are still afraid to love because of the stigma in our society when it comes to homosexuality; they are seen as lesser humans.
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Although the Supreme Court has decriminalized homosexual activities, same-sex marriage remains illegal in the country. Homophobia is still prevalent in India, and homosexual children would rather commit suicide than come out to society with their true identity, that's how harsh of a world we live in. Lacking support from family, society, or police, many gay rape victims do not report the crimes. In 1977, writer and Indian mathematician Shakuntla Devi published "The World of Homosexuals". It was the first study in the Indian context; the book contains interviews with homosexual men set in the years of Emergency. She wrote, "rather than pretending that homosexuals don't exist it is time we face the facts squarely in the eye and find room for homosexual people." We've had small victories in our fight against homophobia and getting LGBT+ community the rights they deserve as humans, but we still have a long and exhausting fight ahead of us.