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Top 5 Tourist Destinations that Require Sunscreen

Posted on: August 7th, 2014 by Quik Shade

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Skin cancer is one of the leading causes of cancer worldwide. The UV damage caused by sun exposure contributes to over 90 percent of skin cancer cases. One of the best ways to prevent skin cancer is to wear sunscreen, especially when outdoors on a sunny day. Any exposure to sun, even for a few days on vacation, can contribute to skin cancer. Everyone should wear sunscreen when outdoors. However, if you normally live in a climate with less sun, or spend a limited time outdoors, it is even more important to wear sunscreen while on vacation, as you will not have any natural protection in your skin. When you travel to the following top 5 sunshine-rich destinations, be sure not to forget the sunscreen.

Australia

Australia provides many beautiful destinations for touring. You can choose to dive or snorkel the Great Barrier Reefs, sail between islands, cruise along the Gold Coast, catch some sun on the Sydney beaches, drive the Great Ocean Road near Melbourne, tour the Outback, or see Uluru rock. Whether you only have time for one of these unique and picturesque locations, or you squeeze them all into your trip, you need to wear sunscreen. Although parts of Australia are southern enough to have real winters–and even penguins–many parts of Australia stay warm and sunny all year long.

However, it is not just due to the weather that you need sunscreen. The ozone layer above Australia is thinned, which allows more UV radiation to reach the earth. Since the 1960s, there has been a five to nine percent depletion of the ozone layer over Australia. The extra UV exposure provides a higher risk of skin cancer. Australians have the highest skin cancer rates in the world, which is two to three times the rates of Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.–and it is not just because they like to spend time outdoors. It is recommended that you wear sunscreen with high SPF levels year round in Australia, even on cloudy days, to prevent skin cancer.

Bora Bora

Bora Bora is considered by many to be the most beautiful island in the world. Located in the South Pacific, this volcanic island is surrounded by a lagoon and barrier island. Several resorts feature over-water bungalows at a variety of prices, so everyone can enjoy the expierence. Bora Bora provides visitors several options for water-centric activities, in addition to simply relaxing and enjoying the sun.

Hawaii

The Pacific islands that make up Hawaii each offer tourists a different experience, but they all provide a paradise setting in which to relax and enjoy the sun and ocean. The islands offer mild tropical weather, with year round sunshine and warm weather, in which to enjoy the gorgeous vistas. Most activities in Hawaii are outdoors, including swimming, diving, snorkeling, hiking, relaxing on the beach, or enjoying luaus.

Caribbean Islands

It can be really difficult to decide which of the Caribbean islands to visit, which is why many cruise companies offer cruises that go through many of the different islands. Many visitors enjoy Barbados, the easternmost island in the Caribbean Sea. It features many world-class hotels, as well as private villas. The islands of Barbados feature white and pink sands. The east coast offers large waves, popular with surfers. 

Greek Islands

The many islands of Greece provide visitors beautiful views of the Mediterranean Sea, along with historical artifacts from Ancient Greek and unique architecture and culture. Each island has its own traditions and local culture, but they all feature areas to enjoy the sunshine amid the sparkling Mediterranean Sea. The most popular island is Santorini, with is famous for the beautiful views and gorgeous sunsets. Mykonos, Rhodes and Crete are also popular island destinations in Greece. 

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