Over the course of two weeks in 2014, I explored Iceland through the Ring Road, which connects, from one settlement to the next-the entirety of the Nordic country. I traveled alone on a four-wheel drive, and would often wake up in the morning to surroundings that, due to the immensely diverse microclimates, looked and felt unrecognizable from the day before.
If you’re a history buff and have always wondered about the city you live in – in particular what it used to look like a hundred years ago – now there’s an exciting new app that will show you the world through a tunnel of time. PIVOT allows you to look into the past simply by pivoting your smartphone to access a virtual tour or to see what a place near you looked like in the past.
You thought being in a Tesco or Ikea was crowded enough, but looks like they’ve met their match in this 43-million-square-foot market in China. Located in Yiwu, China, this is the world’s largest ‘small commodities’ market – meaning they sell everything from fake flowers to clothing and toys.
Sometimes airports are more interesting than the places you visit. Inside an airport there’s a micro-city of activity. People rushing for a flight, people feasting on overpriced bar food, people hunting for the perfect souvenir. Not all cities have that.
There’s something irritating about people not pronouncing your home city correctly, even after you’ve told them repeatedly the ‘e’ is silent or there’s no stress on the last syllable. To save us all a headache and hours of debate, thrillophilia put together a list of commonly mispronounced cities to educate us on the correct way to say them.
As South Africa’s first commercial mine, when the Blue Mine in Springbok started its operations in 1852, it paved the way for development as more mines – along with workers who settled nearby – opened. In recent years, the region’s inhabitants have been facing a much less illustrious future with the very last remnants of their copper deposits being mined.
Mike Hudson quit his job as a systems engineer in 2013 to travel the world. And for that, he bought a 10-year-old van from eBay, retrofitted it into a one-man kingdom filled with an extendable bed, a desk, a refrigerator, a sink and cooker, a toilet and shower, and all the electricity he needs generated […]
Sorry, vegetarians! Table-side meat carvings were on the menu on Pan Am Trans-Atlantic flights in the 1960s
Vegetarian? Good luck flying on a Pan Am Trans-Atlantic flight in the sixties. In wanting to provide an A+ service to its passengers, Pan Am came up with a food service it thought all passengers would drool over: a meat carving for first class meal service. Roast beef was cooked in-flight and carved right before your eyes like you were seated in a first-class restaurant (with turbulence). And unlike today’s meals which are handed in boxes with tin foil, these steak dinners were served on real china (ok, some first class cabins actually still use china).
Action-packed vacations don’t ordinarily come to mind when dreaming of Scotland, but one company is offering once-in-a-lifetime sleddog holidays in the northern area of the country. Starting every November, the Cairngorm Sleddog Centre in Aviemore, Scotland, offers 3-hour sleddog safaris that take adventurous travellers into Cairngorms National Park led by a team of 12 sleddogs.
When it comes to chilling out in Barcelona, there’s one place where you can literally stay chilled all night: Icebarcelona. This is the place for people who can’t get enough of the frigid temperatures because this bar maintains a temperature between -5 and -10 degrees celcius all year round.
If you’re on a shopping excursion in Melbourne, there’s one must-visit store you’ve got to pay a visit to: Shag. Located along trendy Chapel Street, this funky thrift store is filled to the brim with treasures you won’t be able to find elsewhere.
In Berlin, you can be sucked into paying quite a few euros for a meal, let alone a glass of wine. But if you’re coming to this city, there’s a restaurant you need to try, not only for its food and wine, but for its ancient honour code. At Weinerei, you pay what you want.
There’s only one place you need to go if you’re looking for amazing vacation photos-The Metéora. Included on the UNESCO World Heritage List, The Metéora is an area in Thessaly, Central Greece, where you’ll see incredible natural sandstone rock pillars towering over the earth. Look closely above and you’ll see that these natural wonders have either been carved into caves (thousands of years ago) or turned into the foundation for monasteries.
Is your name Elizabeth Gallagher? Are you Canadian? There’s a round-the-world ticket with your name on it, literally
All you have to be is Canadian. All you have to be named is Elizabeth Gallagher. Check both those boxes and you’ve scored yourself a round-the-world trip with Jordan Axani. So who’s this Jordan guy? He’s the ex-boyfriend of another woman named Elizabeth Gallagher.
If you live in an apartment with dogs, you don’t have the luxury of opening the door for them to do their business on the back lawn. And if you live in a city where it either snows in the winter or fries in the summer, you’ll know how frustrating it can be to take your dog outside every few hours. That’s why there’s a new design on the market that makes toilet trips a breeze.