If lucky cat figurines are to be believed, then the Gotoku-ji Temple in in Setagaya, Tokyo should be the luckiest place in the world, as it has over thousands of these little statues left behind by worshippers! Travel bloggers Michel Powell and Jurgen Horn of travel blog ‘For 91 Days’ recently featured the shrine that is home to these ‘Maneki Neko’, or translated as ‘lucky cat’, ‘fortune cat’, or ’beckoning cat’.
Now that there is something you should definitely add to your travel bucket list! Chefchaouen is a surreal town in Morocco’s Rif Mountains. Amidst idyllic valleys and gorgeous hillsides, you can see the place has one very distinct and memorable feature: the color blue. Set against the arid landscape, vast palettes of blue and white adorning the town’s old Spanish and Moorish architecture make it stand out like a sore thumb.
I advise you to bring an extra pair of underwear. That is, if you can manage to drag yourself up the world’s tallest, fastest, steepest water slide, Verruckt, in Kansas. Located at the Schlitterbahn Waterpark in Kansas City, Verruckt – which translates to ‘insane’ in German – is a jaw-dropping, adrenaline-pumping 168-feet and 7-inches high. How high is that, exactly? That’s taller than the Statue of Liberty and Niagara Falls! Riders – four of you – will be seated in a raft.
Now THIS is a selfie! Photographer Alex Chacon traveled 36 countries in 600 days and took this amazing and jealousy inducing 360 panorama selfie along the way. In this exclusive interview, he talks more about his epic journey and gives his best advice to those who want to follow in his footsteps – or bike tracks, rather. [you can read our original post about him here.]
Better bring an extra pair of underwear when you try out this ride. And while you’re at it, bring an EMT as well. Falcon’s Fury is a 335-foot ride that’s set to terrify park goers this coming spring at Busch Gardens Tampa with its 60-foot, face first drop.
There’s nothing better than to get a soothing and relaxing massage for the low, low price of free. Except maybe getting a free massage with four 20-foot Burmese pythons as your therapists! At the Cebu City Zoo in the Philippines, courageous guests can get a spa treatment from snakes, weighing a combined total of 250kg. […]
How to one up your friends: 1. Go to Jellyfish Lake in Palau 2. Swim with the non-harmful golden jellyfish and take lots of selfie videos 3. Tell them the jellyfish are actually deadly and you’re just too much of a badass to care. This is a video of Nana Trongratanawong snorkeling amongst the millions […]
The deserted island of Poveglia in Venice. It’s been called ‘the island of madness’, ‘Hell’, ‘the most haunted place on Earth’. Locals have a saying that goes: ‘when an evil man dies, he wakes up in Poveglia’. And all this can be yours for the low, low price of your sanity and soul. The Italian […]
Your dreams of sleeping deep inside the belly of a giant Beagle is now within reach. Located in Cottonwood, Idaho, the Dog Bark Park Inn is a bed and breakfast guesthouse, which if you haven’t noticed by now, is a giant beagle. The owners of this unique guesthouse are Frances Conklin and Dennis Sullivan, who […]
Would you sell your old and tiny house for a million dollars? In 2006, Edith Macefield of Seattle turned down such an offer, paving the way for her home to become the inspiration for Disney/Pixar’s hit movie, ‘Up’. The 84-year old woman made headlines when she refuse to sell her property to developers, forcing them […]
Who knew volcanoes could do other things aside from erupting and causing widespread panic and fear? Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy can now spew smoke rings, or scientifically known as ‘vortex rings’, after it erupted in November of last year. The rings can measure up to 160 feet across and last up to ten minutes if properly formed. After leaving the volcano, it can travel up to half a mile above the Earth’s surface.
Finally, a globe that serves some kind of purpose in your room other than gather dust. This cork globe by ‘Suck UK’ is perfect for jetsetters, backpackers, nomads, people who love to brag about their adventures, and aspiring world conquerors.
In Foshan, China, you can find the number one contender for the title of ‘Weirdest Fountain in the World’. There exists an installation built out of 10,000 recycled toilets, sinks, and urinals, covering a 100 meter long and 5 meter high wall. The public art piece was created by artist Shu Yong, who spent two months creating the bizarre sight.
We’ve heard of pop-up shops before, but pop-up ice hotels? In Hokkaido, Japan, there exists a hotel that will last only as long as the temperature allows it. ‘Ice Hills Hotel’ was the brainchild of local real estate company, ‘Creative Hokkaido’, as part of their initiative to help promote the creative culture of their snowy island.
‘Schaller’, that’s latest name to be honoured as part of the Art Studio Hotel Groups commitment to bringing accommodation and art together. ‘The Schaller Studio’, which will open in Bendigo sometime in May, is named after well-respected Melbourne-based artist, Mark Schaller. He follows a small but renowned list of artists whose names have graced previous Art Series hotels like The Cullen, The Olsen, and The Blackman.