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9 of the World’s Oldest Buildings

Old buildings are a fascinating way to look back at the development of human civilization and appreciate just how far architecture has come since man’s earliest attempts to build in stone and wood.  Some of the oldest buildings are now ruins, while others have stood the test of time, here are 9 of the oldest still in existence today:

Knap of Howar, Scotland

Dating back to around 3700-3500 BCE the Knap of Howar is one of the oldest stone houses in the world.  Not only that, but it also has a hidden passage and joint walls that link two stone houses together.

Monks would likely have been the first residents here and they probably built the houses.  There are 50 other abandoned homes nearby and while these would probably make better candidates for renovation, the fact that these ancient homes are still standing is impressive, to say the least.

Ġgantija Temples, Malta

The Ġgantija Temples are also known as the Megalithic Temples and have been named a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Dating back to 3200 BCE and 3600 BCE respectively, these two temples represent some of the oldest free-standing temples in the world.  They were possibly used for the ritual sacrifice of animals according to the archaeological evidence found at the site.

Tarxien Temples, Malta

These temples are slightly younger than the Ġgantija Temples.  The oldest of the temples were constructed in 3600 BCE – 2500 BCE and has almost disappeared,  but the other three have been lovingly reconstructed.   In 2012 the local people constructed a walkway to allow visitors to appreciate the beautiful blocks, screens, and altars that remain in place there.

Shunet el-Zebib, Abydos, Egypt

Shunet el-Zebib is one of the oldest buildings in existence with much of it in ruins but parts of it do still stand which is impressive for a mud and brick building that was constructed back in 2750 BCE.  Alongside the above-ground structures, there is also an underground tomb here and it is said that this is a precursor to the pyramids.

Cairn de Barnenez,  Brittany

The Cairn de Barnenez is a megalithic structure located in Brittany, France, and overlooks the English Channel. The monument was built around 4850 BCE and is sometimes known as the “Prehistoric Parthenon”.

It is not what you could call a building but as a structure, it is one of the oldest still intact and contains 2 burial chambers and 11 passage tombs.  It remains a fascinating place for anyone interested in architecture or archaeology to visit.

West Kennet Long Barrow, Wiltshire, England

The West Kennet Long Barrow is an old tomb that forms part of the Avebury Neolithic complex.  It is believed that people built these barrows in 3600 BCE and when archaeologists excavated the site they found many artifacts like pottery, tools, and jewelry alongside the remains of around 46 people.

The site is one of the largest burial sites in Britain and has many visitors from all around the world.

Newgrange Neolithic Historical Site, Ireland

Newgrange is located in the Boyne Valley, Ireland.  Constructed around 2300 BCE this passage tomb has a chamber with 3 alcoves. The entire structure is circular and spreads across an acre of land.  It is a popular location with visitors especially during the winter solstice when they come to see the illuminated passageway.

Tomb of Cyrus, Iran

This is one of Iran’s major UNESCO World Heritage sites and is said to be one of the first structures that was protected against earthquakes. The base is constructed in such a way that the main structure cannot move away from the foundation which is even more impressive when you consider that it was built in 530 BCE.

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20 Hours in the Air – Longest Flight Has Just Landed

Qantas has announced that flight QF7879 has landed in Sydney after traveling non-stop to New York. With a flight time of 19 hours and 16 minutes in the air, it is officially the longest non-stop flight in the world stealing the top spot from Singapore Airlines who regularly travel from New York to Singapore.

Qantas is intending to test another non-stop flight, this time from London to Sydney which would add an extra 1 hour of flight time and 500 miles.

As airplanes continue to develop technological advancements and better fuel economy these longer flights become possible. However, this raises the question of how well flight crews and passengers will cope with the extra air time instead of the usual layovers which many passengers feel gives a much-needed break.

Qantas carried out research during the flight and intends to do so again in the planned London-Sydney flight to see how people cope with the extended time in the air and also looking at how to minimize the effects of jet-lag in passengers who will be crossing a total of 15 time zones.

The flight took 40 passengers and 10 crew with a complement of 4 pilots. The passengers included frequent fliers, Qantas staff, researchers and media. A full load of passengers and the associated cargo would reduce the plane’s range, making the continuous flight impossible but there are planes in development that will be able to do this.

Airbus and Boeing are expected to have these ready for service within the next 5 years.

Fewer Passengers – More Legroom!

The reduced numbers meant that passengers could make use of a business class seat which converts into a bed but they were asked to spend as much time as possible in the coach cabin. One of the passengers said that he felt better than expected and although he usually prefers direct flights rather than layovers he did not know how he was going to feel after the full 20 hours.

Qantas also adjusted the in-flight routine so as soon as the aircraft took off the flight was in Sydney time.

All of the lighting, meals, and food were tailored accordingly in an attempt to help the passengers adjust more easily to the time zones. All of the staff worked to the custom shift times and ate the adapted menu but also participated in additional tests including melatonin and brainwave measurement.

The team of 4 pilots under Captain Sean Golding worked together for landing and take-off and then worked in four shifts.

Qantas has announced that flight QF7879 has landed in Sydney after traveling non-stop to New York. With a flight time of 19 hours and 16 minutes in...

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Top 10 Beaches for a Winter Getaway

Blue and warm waters, an ice-cold cocktail in hand, an umbrella of palm fronds and soft white sand – an unforgettable beach experience.

This is how near we can get to the postcard image of a relaxing vacation. Fortunately, the world is full of them. But where do we go? Where do we visit? Are you in search of paradise, a place to exile yourself with a good book and the refreshing sound of lapping waves and good company? Or are you all about the action, want to surf, para-sail or swim?

Putting a range of factors into consideration, from water temperatures to visitor ratings, the average number of sunny days to proximity to bars, restaurants, hotels, bars, and nightlife here’s a compilation of the top ten world’s best beaches.

Top Ten

The beaches at the top two are both located within the Caribbean, with Grace Bay in the Turks and Caicos Islands taking the top spot, scoring 96 out of 100, closely followed by Pink Sands Beach on Harbor Island in the Bahamas with 91.

In visitor ratings, they both scored full marks. Pink Sands gets only 223 days of sunshine a year as opposed to Grace Bay’s 319.

Anse Source D’Argent on La Digue Island in the gorgeous Seychelles sits on the third spot. In terms of restaurants, weather, and activities, it scored well. High temperatures and plenty of sunshine play a big factor in the appeal of any beach.

Playa Norte on Mexico’s Isla Mujeres tops the hot list with an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius (86 Fahrenheit). With an average of 352 days of sunbathing on offer annually, Maya Bay on Koh Phi Phi in Thailand came out number one.

It has an almost unbelievable average water temperature of 28.9°C (84.02°F) because of the extended sunshine. If you want to reside in Thailand, Railay Beach is ranked the best for activities with 11 various options to select from at an average 4.9 rating out of 5. If 11 is not adequate enough for you, you’ll find a mind-boggling 61 different things to do back at Maya Bay.

For visitor activities, the highest-ranked beaches are Varadero Beach, Cuba; Anse Source D’Argent, La Digue Island, Seychelles and Hidden Beach, El Nido, Philippines – all top rated with 5 out of 5.

Nightlife becomes a contributing factor when the sun sets and the party starts. Grace Bay takes the cake for this one, with full marks for nightlife visitor ratings.

For choices, head to Bavaro Beach in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with an unbelievable 19 major bars and nightclubs close by. For fewer crowds but proximity to great restaurants, Malmok Beach in Noord, Aruba are the best.

Blue and warm waters, an ice-cold cocktail in hand, an umbrella of palm fronds and soft white sand – an unforgettable beach experience.

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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:

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...

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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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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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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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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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These Are the Top 5 Tallest Roller Coasters in the World

Rollercoasters offer a thrilling experience you will not forget in a hurry. It is so exciting to hope aboard a rollercoaster that after the first experience you want more. Fortunately, there are different types of rollercoasters to give you the level of excitement you need. Some roller coasters are designed with tunnels built underground to add more excitement while others are so tall.

We have found some of the tallest roller coasters in the world which will be reviewed in this post. It seems the developers are trying to exceed the previous records by taking the height to another level. You will notice that it is one of the top features used when advertising rollercoasters to the public. So our top five tallest roller coasters are;

Carowinds Fury


The Carowinds Fury is a 325-foot high roller coaster located in North Carolina, United States. It is a full steel roller coaster that drops at 81 degrees at a speed of 95 mph. It was opened in 2015 and reported to be the sixth tallest roller coaster in the world. The ride extends over a stretch of 1.25 miles and features the thrilling full throttle many fans have talked about with excitement.

Superman Escape

The Superman rollercoaster drop is 415 feet. It is one of the first ever roller coaster drops to exceed 300 feet. Opened in 1997, the Superman was reported as the world’s fastest roller coaster ride with speed as fast as 100 mph. The rollercoaster located in Maryland, United States, was remodeled in 2011 to feature new cars and faster speed. It also featured the reverse trains which sent passengers on a breath-taking free fall down 415 feet.

Red Force

Red force is a vertical accelerator roller coaster that functions with magnetic motors to propel the ride. With a 347 foot drop, the Ferrari themed roller coaster moves at an amazing speed of 112 mph, perfect for the adrenaline fans.  It is located in Port Ventura resort in Spain, known as one of the biggest parks in Europe.

Top Thrill Dragster

The Top Thrill Dragster held the position as the tallest rollercoaster for many years until the Kingda Ka was opened to the public. The Top Thrill Dragster is located at the Cedar Fair, in Ohio, United States. It is a whopping 400-foot drop at a very fast speed. You can enjoy watching others have fun on this ride, and soon enough, you will feel confident to have an experience. However, the ride just lasts for only thirty seconds.

Kindga Ka (New Jersey)

Kingda Ka was commissioned in 2005; it is notably one of the fastest roller coasters in the world reaching speeds as fast as 128 mph. The height if this ride is advertised as 418 feet, imagine the thrill of dropping from this height. For such a long time many visitors have posted amazing reviews for this roller coaster. You won’t be making a mistake adding this ride to your bucket list.

Next One To Take The Crown Skyplex Skyscraper Coaster

Skyplex Will open this amazing rollercoaster to the public who enjoy rides that go as high as 570 feet. The ride is fast, reaching a speed of 65 mph, that’s very fast for a roller coaster. This is surely a ride many tourists who enjoy rollercoasters will need to experience.

What’s your next conquest going to be? Make plans to visit these cities and have a thrilling experience on any of these roller coaster rides.

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