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Airbnb Enters the Adventure Travel Market

Airbnb remains the leader in home-sharing holidays and is now adding to its range of offerings by venturing into the adventure-travel arena – a market that is currently worth around $683billion.

The holiday and travel platform is now offering customers access to experiences as well as accommodation through the new “Airbnd Adventures”.  Customers can take the change to build some amazing memories.  Some of the offerings include time in Arizona to hunt for UFOs or heading off to Oman or the Galapagos Islands.

Airbnb Adventures is a spin-off from the popular Airbnb Experiences.  Where the Experiences would only last between for a few hours up to a full day, Adventures brings an immersive experience which lasts for days and up to a week.  Along with the adventure, of course, comes food and lodging.

Try the Road Less Traveled

At present, there are around 200 Airbnb Adventures on offer.  Some are exclusive to Airbnb but others are run through local operators advertising exclusively on the Airbnb Adventures platform.  By signing up the traveler can enjoy a fully immersive experience along the road less traveled where they are free to experience, explore and create lifelong memories.

There is no problem with quality either; Airbnb has been advised by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) in order to maintain the high quality and safety standards people expect.

For the more adventurous there is an opportunity for a Warrior boot camp in Kenya, hiking in Petra or a fully accessible trip to Easter Island.  There is also a special Jules Verne inspired”Around the World in 80 Days” trip.

A small and intimate group will travel the world taking in the Nile and the Northern Lights, exploring Nairobi where they will meet the elephant singers and taking part in a Samurai pilgrimage near Osaka.  These and other one-off opportunities are available to commemorate the launch of Airbnb Adventure and are available for the sum of $5,000 per person.

For those who want a more sedate pace Airbnb Adventures offer something a little more laid back – how does a weekend on an Anabaptist Farm in Indiana sound?  The owners are happy to share the experience of collecting eggs, making jam and tending their garden as they renovate their 100-year old farm.  A perfectly relaxing adventure.

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Travel Trend That Every Lady Should Try Out

When it comes to traveling around the world, most of us see it as a social activity. Something to do with a friend or a family member. And it makes sense. A lot of us would rather go traveling with someone; it feels safer, and we can find it easier to connect.

When you travel alone, you often worry that you spend your time traveling in isolation. However, many women are taking to the art of traveling on their own instead of traveling with others. So much so that it has become the go-to form of travel for many females the world over!

And you will know why if you have ever been on holiday with your friends or family. Everything from deciding what you want to do that day, to where you want to go, to what food (and what time) you’ll eat, can be a nightmare. It just becomes hard to do what you wanted to do. You are on holiday, so you should be in more or less complete control about the time that you spend doing things.

When that is not the case, it’s time to act and do something about it. what, though, should you do if you wish to make this the case? Easy: you should look to try and go for a trip on your own.

Start somewhere small, maybe. Don’t travel too far on your own until you know that you like it. You could set a local place in your own country – even your own region – and go there for the day. It would give you a chance to see if you like mingling with strangers, walking around on your own, doing your own thing. Some of us like the idea, but not so much the reality.

A growing trend in female travel

This is, though, one of the biggest trends in modern female travel. Many women are getting to enjoy just spending their time going around and seeing the world at a pace they can enjoy and rely upon.

They are never forced into doing things at a pace they feel uncomfortable with. They are also going to be able to enjoy having total control over what you do. If you want to go and see the sights, you can. Want to just sit on the beach instead of tourist traps? Now you can.

For many people, the appeal stems mostly from having nobody telling you what you can and cannot do for the evening. That is an excellent feeling and will often go a very long way to making sure you can enjoy the wider traveling experience.

There’s a reason why a lot of people just enjoy seeing the world on their own terms. If you want your days to be decided what you want to do, then you should look to try traveling alone. As we say, try going small and then slowly building it up: the results can be rather impressive!

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How to Do Wildlife Tourism Right

Nearly all travelers love the thrill of getting up close and personal with animals – and the wilder they are, the better. However, what they often don’t consider is how these animals are treated in order to make animal encounters, such as elephant rides and photo ops with tigers, a reality.

The ethics of wildlife experiences is one of the many controversial issues covered in National Geographic magazine’s feature story “Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism.”

It’s not easy to figure out how to humanely observe animals, but one way you can assess the way a facility treats its animals is by referring to the standards recognized internationally in the “five freedoms” which were inspired by the U.K. in 1965. Here are some tips for how to go about viewing wildlife on your next venture.

Do your research

Research ahead of time to discover what facilities seem to care for their animals ethically. Just because a zoo has a high rating on TripAdvisor doesn’t mean that it’s humane. Read reviews to see if the animals have been well-fed and have access to clean water at all times.

Scan the space

When you’re at the facility, keep your eyes open and look around you to see what the space provides. Do the animals seem comfortable and happy? Are their environments appropriate? Do they have ample space, somewhere to get away from the crowds, and a comfortable resting area?

Watch out for buzzwords like “sanctuary” and “rescue,” especially if a facility is making these sorts of claims while also offering extensive interaction to large volumes of people. Most likely, it’s not true!

Look for red flags

Some things will be hard not to notice, like visibly injured animals or ones that have been cajoled into participating in entertaining activities that could be potentially harmful. Any time an animal that is meant to be wild is giving rides to the tourist is chained, or anything else unnatural to it, it’s just not right. Also, simply observe whether or not their enclosures are kept up and cleaned.

Tread lightly

Do your part in treating the animals with dignity. Large crowds and unnatural noises cause them distress, so be cautious and considerate while you are around them, especially those ones that have experienced some sort of trauma.

Keep it wild

Do your best to encourage and participate in experiences that take place in an animal’s natural environment.

It takes each of us to change the industry of global wildlife tourism. Every one of us that makes a conscious decision to only support facilities that treat their animals ethically helps to transform the industry for the better.

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Visiting Italy? Here’s Some Places to Look At Outside of the Eternal City

When it comes to visiting the continental delight of Italy, there’s a lot to enjoy. Many people, though, keep it simple; they go to Rome.

While a stunning city, and a true capital of the country, it’s not all there is to Italy. From trips to Florence and Turin to Milan and Genoa, there’s a hell of a lot to see in this beautiful country. It’s a nation steeped in history and culture, and one of the most amazing places on the planet to visit.

Where else, though, might you find some inspirational places to see outside of the capital?

Piedmont

First on our list is a trip to the beautiful and irreplaceable Piedmont. This amazing place is one of the most impressive in the country. Sitting on the border between France and Switzerland, it’s home to many amazing ski resorts and amazing vies of the Alps. You’ll find many amazing places to visit here – not least Turin, the city mentioned above.

It’s a fine place to visit for those who like stunning views, serene sports and tremendous food.

Puglia

We’d recommend that anyone with some time on their hands make the opportunity to go and see Puglia a priority. It’s become a major part of the Italian cultural scene outside of its big cities. A great place for foodies in particular, you’ll find the whole place awash with foods that you have never tried before.

It’s also a place where you can find some great cities and sights to enjoy, not least in the city of Lecce.

Palermo

If we wanted to find a place that sells a vintage and romanticized idea of Italy, we would pick Palermo. It’s the Sicilian capital and the kind of city that makes it easy to see why life here is so special. From the amazing cathedral to the Palatine Chapel, there is much to enjoy about a trip to this city.

Also, you’ll also get amazing views of some natural sights, including Mount Pellegrino. If you like sport and happen to arrive in the city, try and pick up tickets for the Palermo football team: their pink and black kits are striking, and the fans are some of the most raucous in Italy.

Matera

Last by but no means least, a trip to the stunning Matera is a must-see for many people. It’s listed by many top locations as a ‘must-see place to travel’ to and has won numerous awards for its beauty from the likes of National Geographic.

Here, you’ll find one of the most stunning selections of natural cave structures anywhere in the world. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site; one that makes it exceptionally easy to see why.

So there you go! With the above list, you can see why Italy has so much hidden beauty. We even mentioned a few cities at the top of the article who are more than worth your time. This makes it easy for you to engage with the whole country, not just the capital. On your next trip through Italy, then, remember there is more to enjoy here than just the capital!

When it comes to visiting the continental delight of Italy, there’s a lot to enjoy. Many people, though, keep it simple; they go to Rome.

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New ‘Visa’ Process for Americans Traveling to Europe

What Need to Know:

The freedom of hopping on a plane and arriving in Europe at any time with just a passport and a ticket is coming to an end. With the world as it is and security becoming more and more of an issue, many European countries are heightening their security system.

Don’t panic, however. All they’re requiring as of 2021 is a little extra paperwork and a small fee before you travel. The European Travel Information and Authorisation System will charge €7 (about $8) potential travelers from “visa-free” countries to complete the required application online, and once you are approved, it lasts for three years.

The application is expected to only take up to 10 minutes, and 95 percent of the applicants should be approved within minutes, according to the European Commission.

Which Countries?

The countries adopting this new security regulation are those in the Schengen Area, named such after a treaty made in 1985 allowing for easier travel between countries.

The area contains the following countries: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

If you’ll notice, Britain is not included in this list, so traveling to and from the U.K. should stay much the same as it has been.

Over 60 countries including the U.S. have not needed a visa to visit the EU, but once the ETIAS is set in place, they will need to apply before traveling anywhere in the Schengen Area. However, ETIAS has been very clear that this is not a visa.

While there has been some confusion, the European Commission states firmly in a fact sheet on its website that “the ETIAS authorization is not a visa” (emphasis theirs). Americans will still not need to apply for visas to go to Europe.

There has been one site, so far, that has become misleading ― ETIASVisa.com. This so-called travel agency refers to the process as a “visa” application, but again, it is not.

The ETIAS does not require biometric data or any of the complex information required to apply for a Visa. The whole process was approved in 2018.

All-in-all, the change is not so drastic. The EU only hopes to set in place a new security measure to conduct “pre-travel screening for security and migration risks of travelers benefiting from visa-free access to the Schengen area,” as two European Commission leaders said in a statement last year about the proposed change.

This process is much like an existing U.S. system called the Electronic System for Travel Authorization, which requires people from any of 38 other countries to seek approval prior to arrival in the U.S. and to pay a $14 fee.

What Need to Know:

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5 Beach Hacks to Prepare You for an Awesome Spring Break Trip

Going to the beach is one of the most relaxing experiences, but sometimes those small annoyances or extra items you need to bring along can entirely ruin the experience. Or maybe you love the beach but hate how the sand spreads – all over you and in your phone. With spring break upon us, here are five simple, cheap hacks to keep your beach time worry-free.

Cell Phone Tip

Leaving your cell phone behind is basically not an option – it’s communication, entertainment, music, etc. But what about all the sand that gets stuck in the crevices? And the possibility of water damage? All you need is a plastic sandwich bag. The touchscreen still works through the plastic, you’ll find that it stays untouched by water and sand!

 A Useful Beach Towel

You might be saying, “Duh, who wouldn’t bring a beach towel?” But we’re not talking about just any beach towel. This is something you can create on your own or buy ready-made, but a towel with pockets does wonders. First of all, it’s great storage space for things like your phone, books, glasses, etc., and second, the filled pockets weigh it down so that it doesn’t blow away!

 Take Baby Powder

Sand gets everywhere, and it’s pretty determined to stay everywhere, too. Most often, we rinse off one last time in the ocean before we leave the beach, but by the time you’ve gotten off the beach, you’re basically covered again. Two words: baby powder. It’s almost magical in its ability to remove the sand from your body!

Extra Storage

Once you’ve gone through the pills in a pill bottle, hold onto that bottle. It’s the perfect little container for rings, earrings, bracelets, hair ties, and other small trinkets you don’t want to expose to the sand and water. And it barely takes up any space in your beach bag.

Emergency Sunburn Relief

If you’re like me, sunburn is almost inevitable at the beach. And if you’re like me, you don’t always remember to take aloe vera with you on your trip. Well, this is just the trick for you. Spread plain cold yogurt on your sunburn, and let it sit for ten or so minutes. It will bring huge relief!

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Watch: Your Next Bucket List Item

Banff National Park’s legendary Moraine Lake is a dream vision that lives up to its reputation. The glacial waters are a light turquoise, set against an alpine backdrop of Canadian Rockies. Two friends ply the placid water in a bright red canoe. The scenery could not be more impressive.

We can see the glacier runoff at the other end of the lake, where ice turns into a mass of alluvial deposit. This is nothing other than ice pulverizing a mountain in gravel. The process takes thousands of years, but nature is in no hurry.

A buffer of pine trees has found its zone along the lake. The alpine line clearly defines where vegetation may exist, and above that, no more. In fact, it is the variety of definitive lines of color and texture that make Moraine Lake so impressive.

Each zone is clearly defined. The lake, the tree line, the alluvial zone, and the craggy monolithic peaks reaching up to the azure blue of a rarefied atmosphere each come together in a grand composition that only the creator of all things can orchestrate.

The video comes to us from global travel vlogger Sarah Brown. “The two people in my video are my best friends. We take lots of adventure trips together. This day on Moraine Lake was one day during a week-long trip in the Canadian Rockies,” Sarah writes.

“It is actually even more beautiful in real life because the water is so blue. It almost seems unreal because it’s so electric looking. Here, at Moraine Lake, there are lots of beautiful hikes to do as well as canoeing,” she said.

For such a popular tourist attraction, the lake sure is quiet. We see only one other canoe on the lake, and that one is at a distance. Of course, there is probably a canoe behind the one we see, since somebody seems to be operating the camera. There is plenty of space to wander peacefully along the lake.

Superlatives and clichés are in order here: It is so utterly beautiful. Even though the video was taken on February 5, our travelers are dressed in light clothes, and the man with the paddle is wearing a short sleeved green shirt.

There is a remnant of snow perched between mountain and alluvial spill, possibly a holdout from winter, or maybe it’s permanent. Neither is there ice on the lake. It’s winter, and yet the video feels like summer, or if not summer, at least late spring full hikes to do as well as canoeing.”

Banff National Park’s legendary Moraine Lake is a dream vision that lives up to its reputation. The glacial waters are a light turquoise, set against an alpine backdrop of Canadian Rockies. Two friends ply the placid water in a bright red canoe. The scenery...

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Getaways To Escape The Snow

If you have worn layers on top of layers and shoveled snow until you are absolutely tired of it, then it’s probably time to take a break. Traveling to somewhere that it sunny and warm may sound quite expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.

There are so many countries and cities around the world that you can explore during the months of winter without breaking the bank. Take a look at these affordable locations and prepare to swap your mittens out for a nice cool umbrella drink.

Bangkok, Thailand

Bangkok is very balmy and hot during the summer, but luckily for you, the temperature drops to an easy average of 80 degrees between the months of November and April. If you’ve been looking to go on a vacation to Asia, the city of Bangkok is much more affordable than other, more popular locations.

Taxis will charge less than $2 a mile and a meal at a restaurant is usually about $1.50. Hotel prices are also exceptionally low, with an average ranging from about $20-$100. Another plus is that you can take part in the beautiful Chinese New Year festivities they have in December.

Peru

Peru is a gorgeous, exotic and affordable place to have a warm getaway in the winter. The village is located a couple of hours southward of Lima. It has lush cliffs, incredible wildlife and blue water all around it. Here, you can explore miles of amazing tree lines and sand dunes.

Meals, as well as cocktails, are very fresh and incredibly affordable. An entire day of eating out will cost you about $20, complemented by drinks that cost below a dollar on average. It costs about $25-$125 to stay a night in Peru.

Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico

The Yucatan Peninsula is Mexico’s hidden gem. It has beaches of white sand and the water extends further than the eye can see. You will completely forget about the snow at home. This island has a very slow-paced vibe which is completed by the fact that there are no vehicles that move faster than golf carts because cars are not allowed there.

There are miles and miles of coast just waiting to be explored either by snorkeling or kayaking. There are also a lot of amazing deals on dining and hotels because it isn’t as much of a tourist attraction as other places in Mexico. You will save a lot on transportation because you will most likely be walking everywhere.

An average meal ticket costs about $12 and on average, a night a hostel costs about $115.

Galveston, Texas

If you want a tropical getaway but do not want to leave the United States, then Galveston Island, Texas is just what you need. Galveston is about 50 miles from Houston so it is easy to find affordable plane tickets.

It never snows in Galveston as the average temperature in winter is 65 degrees. This small island is just 27 miles long, there’s just enough for you to explore through an extended weekend. Because the coastline is so long and the temperature is perfect, you will believe that you’re in the tropics. It costs about $150 a night to sleep in Galveston and about $10-$45 to have a meal.

Hawaii

If you are looking to travel within America, Hawaii is a great option for you. Some cities in Hawaii are quite expensive, but there are also some sweet and more affordable cities and beaches. Also, you will save some money by traveling between the months September and December, before the holidays, because after that, the prices of flights and hotels will rise considerably.

The prices of plane tickets in Hawaii and 40% more expensive during the peak season than they are during the offseason; hotel prices can rise up to 50%.

If you have worn layers on top of layers and shoveled snow until you are absolutely tired of it, then it’s probably time to take a break. Traveling to somewhere that it sunny and warm may sound quite expensive, but it doesn’t have to be.
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Bucket List: 2 Best Snorkeling Hot Spots

For anyone who enjoys the act of snorkeling, your main problem is probably going to be finding good locations. While snorkeling is a very fun and widely practiced experience, it does rely upon having a quality location to do it.

This is why snorkeling is something you might not get the chance to do too often; you might simply not have the opportunity. If this sounds like the problem that you face, then we have two recommendations for you to check out: Jamaica, and the US Virgin Islands.

Jamaica For Snorkeling

If you are serious about enjoying the unique art of snorkeling, then you should probably look to take a trip to Jamaica as soon as you can. These kinds of experiences are best enjoyed if you head out towards Negril, Booby Cay. If you got to here, you will find a small island that was more or less made to be a snorkeling paradise.

Indeed, fans of Disney films like “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” will immediately notice the similarities that exist here. This stunning location is known to locals as Gilligan’s Island, named after the birds that float around the location.

It’s one of the best places to come and visit for those who enjoy a spot of snorkeling away from the usual. If you are serious about making sure you can enjoy the underwater cave systems of the region, then this is the place to start.

You will find that you get to enjoy many little trips through caves where you will see amazing coral reefs combined with amazing fish of all styles and varieties floating all around you.

As far as enjoying snorkeling goes, a trip to Gilligan’s Island is absolutely up there for places to go and see.

U.S. Virgin Islands For Snorkeling

If you like to take your snorkeling extra serious, though, you want to make sure that you come to the US Virgin Islands. Few other parts of the sea can promise to give you such a rich helping of culture, and nowhere else could really offer you the same opportunity for relaxation and enjoyment. Specifically, though, we recommend that you come and check out the amazing Trunk Boy over at St. John.

The reasons why are immediately apparent when you arrive. It’s the smallest of the three islands, around 673ft in length, but it’s amazing. It’s got some incredible underwater snorkel trails for you to head along, and it often gives you the chance to see all of the various living organisms that live around this part of the sea.

If you are serious about making sure you can have some proper fun, though, make sure that you take a trip over to the St. Thomas island as well. It’s the largest of the three islands, and is far busier and teeming with life. Definitely worth your time, though, if you want to enjoy getting up-close and personal with one of the most stunning snorkeling sites known to man.

For anyone who enjoys the act of snorkeling, your main problem is probably going to be finding good locations. While snorkeling is a very fun and widely practiced experience, it does rely upon having a quality location to do it.

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Anguilla: Your Next Travel Destination

When you look about setting up a little holiday and trip abroad, you often look to the same old places. Locations in Spain, Southern Europe, the United States, and Asia often come up.

If you are looking for something a touch more ambitious and unique, though, might we recommend that you take a look at Anguilla?

It’s not a place that many people will have heard of. When you first set your eyes on it, though, you will absolutely wish that you had placed eyes on it long ago.

It’s a stunning little Caribbean place to head off to and is perfect for everyone from happy grandparents to party animals looking to let loose.

It’s affordable, too, and is one of the most popular locations for those who love a white sand beach. With various shades of blue water to cast your eyes across, too, you will feel like you have stepped foot into a beautiful, chromatic paradise.

Treat Your Taste Buds In Anguilla

Part of what makes coming here so fun is the food. Eating in Anguilla is very easy, with 100+ restaurants to pick from. This allows you to enjoy many Caribbean foods, with foods that come inspired by Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean.

If you are looking to enjoy a bite to eat, then you will find that every day offers unique foods and possibilities that you would probably never find back home!

On top of that, the selection of drinks and delightful options out there is diverse, too. Parties on the beach feel like they never stop, and getting access to drinks of all kinds is very easy indeed.

From a trip to the awesome Dune Preserve Brach Bar to a visit to the annual music festival, the Moonsplash, you will find it easy to eat, drink and dance the night away.

Embrace A Unique Culture

Another amazing part of coming here is that you get to enjoy learning about a location which is rich and delightfully draped in history.

From a trip to the amazing Wallblake House through to an enjoyable journey around the old plantation sites that once stood here, you can enjoy both the good and the bad history of this Caribbean paradise.

Indeed, you can even take a harrowing tour through the old 1700s slaves quarters, left here by Will Blake. It’s a sordid part of history, but one we should never forget to avoid repetition of previous mistakes.

Whether you choose to take in Anguilla by swimming around the Shoal Bay East or you choose to charter a private boat to go wherever you please, Anguilla offers you many unique experiences.

From places like the Little Bay to a trip through the stunning Cuisinart Golf Resort and Spa, you can embrace both the rich history and the modern amenities.

Mixed in with weather that feels straight out of a paradise, and it’s so easy to see why trips to Anguilla should be high up on your list of places to see.

From a fishing trip to a tour of the Old Salt Factory, you can find that your desire for stunning weather, rich entertainment, and amazing culture can all be achieved if you choose to come to a location as immense as Anguilla.

When you look about setting up a little holiday and trip abroad, you often look to the same old places. Locations in Spain, Southern Europe, the United States, and Asia often come up.
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5 Hilarious Moments Caught At The Beach

It’s always nice to spend time at the beach with friends, colleagues and other loved ones. The beach is a perfect place to relax and rid ourselves of all forms of stress. Having your feet in the sand, diving into the water, getting a little sunshine on our skin and feeling the fresh air makes it the perfect location for young and old, male and female as well as rich or poor people.

For regular beachgoers, you must have had a very pleasant memory of one or more of your visit to the beach. There’s also a good chance you’ve had some embarrassing experiences as well. Here are some of such embarrassing moments that were caught on camera. Some of them are really hilarious.

Who Is The Photobomber?

Taking a closer look at this picture, you’d find the dog is actually the only one ready for this photo. Perhaps, this is the world’s first pet selfie. Is the dog photo bombing these girls’ photo or is it the other way round?

Baes In Bay With A Manta Ray

“Whoa, slow down there Mr. Manta Ray, sir. Buy me a drink first, then we’ll see how it goes from there.” Well, he’s not about that life. He already offered water as the drink and has no time for fooling around.

Couch Surfing?

Couchsurfing is a site that affords users the opportunity to rearrange homestays, offer to lodge, and hospitality. These two guys obviously wanted to see what literal couch surfing would look like and it seems like they pulled it off. I guess we could say couch surfing is now an extreme sport, go figure.

A Bucket Full Of Sunshine

So much fun we can have by making things look bigger or smaller on camera. Just by making a few adjustments, this lady and her kid look like they are falling victim to a blue giant bucket and with her pose, she really sells it but not so much can be said about the kid’s reaction.

Hold Your Horses

The phrase “hold one’s horses” simply means you should “wait a moment” and this is a rare photo of the phrase actually being played out and from the look of things, the poor guy isn’t having any fun.

If you’d like to see many more where that came from, continue here

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The Dirtiest Place on a Plane? Not What You’d Expect

When we go on a plane, we’re always looking around with a bit of edge at who we are surrounded by. Before long, the sniffling kid comes along, sneezes the whole 8-hour journey, and leaves your ‘romantic weekend’ in absolute disarray as you spend your time in New York sitting on the loo.

While it might not always be so drastic, planes are dirty places. However, most of the time, the dirties parts of a plane ride don’t come from where you would expect. In fact, according to a new consumer watchdog program on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC), “Marketplace”, some of the dirtiest surfaces and locations on a plane are quite a shock.

Indeed, the show found that headrests and the seat pockets are among the grimiest parts of an airplane journey. For all of those who spend the whole journey sitting with your head up against the headrest, don’t panic. You might just need to sit forward a tiny bit more in future!

The episode which disclosed this was shown on October 26th, and instantly raised a lot of debate about the cleanliness of an airplane. Their team took flights between Ottawa and Montreal eighteen times, flying with Porter, WestJet and Air Canada. With over 100 surface samples taken, the results they came back with were pretty staggering.

It was then studied by Karen Warriner, a microbiologist at the University of Guelph. She checked out the samples, and found that yeast and mould were present on the majority of the flights undertaken. Other dirty points on your plane journey include:

  • Seat belts.
  • Tray tables.
  • Washroom handles.

So, uh, keep that in mind next time you happen to be going for a flight. Indeed, the study came to some pretty interesting conclusions.

What did the study find?

  1. 33% of seatbelts – one third – came with mold and yeast on them.
  2. Washroom handles all contained bacteria as well as high aerobic counts.
  3. Seat pockets had significant volumes of coliforms, mold and E. coli.
  4. Tray tables were also high in mold and other forms of bacterial count.
  5. Headrests were dirtiest, with bacteria, E. coli and the highest aerobic count.

Aerobic counts are a form of bacteria which the Food and Drug Administration rates as a measure of microorganism within a specific product.

In the show, staff for the airlines content that there “simply wasn’t enough time” to carry out the full disinfecting of the full aircraft prior to re-usage. That shines an interesting light on the capacity and overworking taking place within the industry. Can more be done to change that? Here’s hoping.

For now, though, it’s interesting to note that many parts of an airline considered to be the grimiest aren’t – it’s always the things you least expect, right?

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When we go on a plane, we’re always looking around with a bit of edge at who we are surrounded by. Before long, the sniffling kid comes along, sneezes the whole 8-hour journey, and leaves your ‘romantic weekend’ in absolute disarray as you spend your...

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The Most Stunning Libraries Around The World

If you were to speak to someone of a generation prior to the present, you might hear them talk about libraries. While I won’t pretend that ‘millennials’ don’t know what a library is, some people will have spent little to no time in one. What’s the point? The internet is like the biggest library in the world – one you can access whenever you want, right?

Not really. Libraries are places of unique learning, companionship and considered debate. They are also some of the most stunning architectural works you will ever see. Don’t believe me? take a look into the following libraries from across the world, then.

Strahov Library

Among the most amazing libraries of the ‘normal’ world is that of the Strahov Library in Prague. This amazing location contains over 200,000 different volumes, and has maintained that beautiful and enriching design – even after severe bombardment back in the 1740s.

Today, it’s still a fine place to come and read a book and, architecturally, will be among the most amazing libraries that you ever sit within.

Ottobeuren Abbey

The first German abbey library that we wish to mention is the stunning opulence of Ottobueren Abbey. It’s a tremendous place to spend time; a rich and intimate location that holds many books and objects at one stage, it held as many as 10,000. It’s also a location where some amazing concerts take place, with sounds from some of the most amazing organs found across the continent will be heard.

Library of the Seitenstetten Abbey

Among the finest in Austria, this amazing building is the perfect peak of regality: a fine blend of blue and gold to help create the most meaningful and impressive image possible. It was founded in 1112, and today is surrounded by a beautiful garden with over 100 different kinds of rose to be enjoyed.

The Library of Wiblingen Abbey

One of the most stunning abbey libraries in the world, this German work of art is a must-see. The amazing artwork within is incredible, and it’s stood the test of time in terms of detail. The amazing curved nature of the building makes sure that it sticks out immediately.

A fine example of the rococo style of the past, these amazing works are easily some of the finest in the abbey library industry. Be sure to check this out next time you happen to find yourself in Germany; it’s a library well worth the diversion.

The Admont Abbey Library

This stunning piece of work is found in Austria, and is the largest monastery library on the planet. It’s fantastic, and contains a whopping 48 windows to let in plenty of light – and illuminate the simply incredible detail which is etched into each and every wall of the building.

It’s a stunning place to spend your time, and a decadent place to learn about the world. As far as grandiose libraries go, you would do well to find one more impressive than this.

 

So, which one will you choose to visit first? If you find it hard to stay quiet in a library, the beauty of each of these should help to stun you into silence!

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Gold, Luxury Cars and… Tigers. Only in Dubai

Think of a modern city. Skyscrapers and all when suddenly a tiger just walks by on a leash. The place where this can happen is over in the Gulf country of UAE, United Arab Emirates. Yes, it’s been illegal for a couple of years, but hey… pets are pets, aren’t they?
In the UAE, especially Dubai, wild cats have been domesticated for years as a luxury item, just like having a gold Lamborgini. Some of the rich just drive around town in their car and have their wild cats in the passenger seat. 

It’s a sign on wealth and power, and it doesn’t stop at wild cats either. When you want to show off your wealth you just goldplate everything you own and rap it up in diamonds. When you drive around town you’re bound to witness many outrageously luxurious gold plated cars, diamond-studded phones and more bling than you’ve ever seen.

By the way, the law, which was originally passed in 2015 in the UAE, has only been enforced since 2017, and if caught and found guilty, owners could be jailed for around six months and fined a funny amount of $136,000. The law says that you can not deal or own “all types of wild and domesticated but dangerous animals.”
A big newspaper in Abu Dhabi added that if the animal is used to frighten people, the owner would be fined $200,000. These are amounts that can’t really deter anyone in Dubai.

Not only wild cats

We already told you that the trend didn’t stop with wild cats. In Dubai, you can see many extravagant and outlandish items and products that not only belongs to citizens, but to companies and marketing firms as well. Back in 2008, a hotel in Dubai, called Dubai Atlantis hotel, had a real live whale shark swimming in its gigantic lobby aquarium.

The whale shark was nicknamed Sammy and was there for 18 months before he was taken back to sea. The Hotel management said that they rescued the whale from death in shallow waters, but a former employee told local media that having a whale shark in the hotel aquarium was part of the marketing plan for years.

Click here, because you HAVE to see the awesome & outrageous things you can only see in Dubai. You won’t believe your eyes.


Think of a modern city. Skyscrapers and all when suddenly a tiger just walks by on a leash. The place where this can happen is over in the Gulf country of UAE, United Arab Emirates. Yes, it’s been illegal for a couple of years, but hey… pets are...

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Watch: The Shortest Passenger Flight In the World!

For anyone who is used to flying, one of the most annoying parts of the journey is the time that it takes. Some flights can feel needlessly long, as if they were drawn out needlessly. If you want to experience a flight that is over more or less as quickly as it has begun, then you might want to take the trip to Scotland.

A quick trip to Westray will give you the chance to enjoy a truly enjoyable experience. This route takes you between the two Orkney Islands of Westra and Papa Westray, allowing you to enjoy a flight that lasts for just around one minute. Some say a minute and a half, as is the schedule, but it’s usually a fair bit quicker than that. Not many flights can shave off more or less a minute from the journey, after all!

This amazing little flight is the shortest passenger flight in the world that you can actually take. Indeed, the quickest flight along this amazing little trip is just 53-seconds. It’s taken part by using Loganair, a Scottish regional airliner that serves the Highlands and islands areas.

The flights first started up in 1967, and since then has become a popular visiting spot for aviation enthusiasts. The flight occurs daily, and it’s going to take you around 2.7km to complete the journey. In fact, this is only as long as the Edinburgh Airport runway!

Short yet Swift

At just £17, too, you’ll find that you would struggle to get public transport for cheaper in many parts of Scotland today. You simply need to contact the Loganair team if you wish to book the flight, as you are unable to do so from a standard travel agency or anything like that.

It was commonly flown by Pilot Stuart Linklater, who flew it an incredible 12,000 times – perhaps more. He was the record-holder for the fastest flight, too. You’ll mostly find the flight to be loaded with people checking out the awesome archaeological sites that you will find on the islands, though it’s often used for medical purpose as well.

The flight often is carried out using a Pilatus Britten-Norman BN2B-26 Islander. If you want to enjoy a unique and enjoyable experience that takes longer to board than it does to actually fly, then you should almost certainly book up the shortest flight in the world and try it out for yourself!

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For anyone who is used to flying, one of the most annoying parts of the journey is the time that it takes. Some flights can feel needlessly long, as if they were drawn out needlessly. If you want to experience a flight that is over more or less as quickly as...