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.
Who knew abandoned salt mines could get so… groovy. Deep beneath the Russian city of Yekatinberg, there exists miles and miles of abandoned mines that will make you believe you’re on a trip. A different kind of trip, if you know what I mean. The following images show the salt mines’ psychedelic patterns embedded on its walls, giving you Mother Nature’s brand of rave.
If you’re headed to Norway, you can immediately experience the local culture right after you step out of the airport and grab a cab. A different kind of cab, that is. The Kirkenes Snowhotel offers a quirky and adventurous way of getting from the airport to their front door: the world’s first dog sled taxi […]
While most of your friends are at the beach, you’re taking a different path… straight down to the centre of the Earth! The Central Deborah Gold Mine in Bendigo, Victoria, had its heydays between 1939 and 1954, when miners were able to extract about $37 million in today’s currency. Soon after it shut down, the Bendigo City Council bought the mine for $6,000 in 1970 and began transforming it into a secret villainous lair the top tourist destination it is today.
You know it’s cold when a previously inaccessible set of sea caves can now be visited by thousands of tourists by walking on the frozen ice. For the first time in five years, the sea caves near the Apostle Islands in Wisconsin can now be accessed – at least for the next few weeks – by foot. In the summer months, visitors usually take a boat to access the caves. In winter, the caves are inaccessible, as Lake Superior is considered unstable and dangerous to walk on.
Bill Passman plans to travel the world extensively, so much so that he needs a reminder of where he’s been to. And so he got a tattoo of the world map on his back and colours in each country after he visits it. Pretty cool souvenir, huh? [read our original post about Bill Passman and a Facebook Q&A he did with our Facebook Friends]
The Bauhaus Foundation in Dessau has reopened the design school’s accommodation block to anyone who’s willing to fork out US$48 (€35) for one of the 28 1920s-style rooms. If you’d rather not spend a night with the modern architectural icon, you can still check out the Bauhaus Building which opens in broad daylight from 9am-6pm. […]
Humans and Sims aren’t the only ones who can change the environment around them. Animals can, too. In Kenya, elephants have helped shape the walls of a cave called Kitum Cave. The pitch black cave is covered in salt, making it a delectable snack for hungry elephants. For thousands of years, these giant beasts have […]
C’mon, you know you love the cold. Now you can pack your sweaters, scarves, and warm socks and head out to the some of the coolest places in the world made completely out of ice. Wether you’re in the mood for an ice sauna, a stay at an ice hotel, or even an entire ice […]
An everyday adventure. Sometimes you need to escape the trappings of the mundane and just go out into the world. No plan. No worry where you’re going. But adventure can require money and planning, we had none. So what do you do? You get your bike, you pick a direction, and you cycle in that direction as far as you can.
The world is an amazing place to explore its beautiful sights. Some are more popular than others, like the Pyramids of Egypt, or the Mt. Fuji in Japan, or that beach in The Beach starring post-Titanic Leonardo Dicaprio. But some, and to the delight of all you hipsters out there, are more underground, more obscure than others. Here are some of those truly beautiful places that you’ve probably never heard of.