Destinations
Sleep in an oil rig escape pod

Sleep in an oil rig escape pod

Amsterdam has lots of floating communities – houses or boats moored in place on the canals – but there’s one little community that’s so unusual it’s sure to turn heads: the Capsule Hotel. Made from repurposed life rafts that once belonged to an oil rig, the Capsule Hotel comprises two UFO-shaped pods a little over... read more
Sleeping in the doghouse

Sleeping in the doghouse

If you’re looking for a novel way of putting a “woof” over your head for the night, I may have just the answer, and it’s found in Cottonwood, Idaho. The Dog Park Inn is a bed and breakfast where you sleep in what is essentially the world’s biggest beagle. Now, I’m more of a cat... read more
Do Candid Camera Campaigns Encourage You To Travel?

Do Candid Camera Campaigns Encourage You To Travel?

Would you be convinced that it’s okay to travel to a potentially dangerous destination just because a bunch of perfect strangers – albeit people from your own country – said it was safe? That, apparently, is what the Mexican Tourism Board is counting on with its “Mexico Taxi Project” – a hidden camera campaign that... read more
This is what happens when you cross an antiques museum with a samba club

This is what happens when you cross an antiques museum with a samba club

You know how some long-term travelers fantasize about moving overseas and setting up their own hostel/hotel/B & B one day (having stayed in so many and knowing what the perfect one should be like)? Well, I never had that fantasy. Instead, for me, it was wanting to set up a bar/club that replicated the coolest... read more
A virtual tour from Brazil’s Christo Redentor lookout

A virtual tour from Brazil’s Christo Redentor lookout

It might be a cheesy, touristy type of thing to do, but I really love visiting lookouts in different cities. Whether it’s hiking to the top of the Eiffel Tower or sipping a cocktail at the Signature Room on the 95th floor of Chicago’s John Hancock Center (tip: the best view is actually from the... read more
You are cordially invited… to have pancakes with the President of Iceland

You are cordially invited… to have pancakes with the President of Iceland

Breakfast, they say, is the most important meal of the day, and now you have the opportunity to enjoy it with the most important person in Iceland – the President. As the latest installment of the Inspired by Iceland campaign, President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson is extending an invitation to foreigners to come to his house... read more
Enjoy a wood-fired outdoor beer spa for free in La Paz, Bolivia (really)

Enjoy a wood-fired outdoor beer spa for free in La Paz, Bolivia (really)

Have you ever enjoyed something so much you wanted to just roll around in it? Like uber soft cashmere sweaters, decadently rich butter cream cake frosting, microbrew beer… Fortunately, you can indulge at least one of those fantasies at The Adventure Brew Hostel in La Paz, Bolivia. La Paz, which is the highest capital city... read more
Video: a mystical call to prayer in Jordan

Video: a mystical call to prayer in Jordan

For non-muslims traveling through the Middle East, the call to prayer can evoke numerous reactions: fascination at the concept, awe at the lyrical beauty, and quite often frustration (I’m talking about you, early morning call to prayer). After a while traveling through the region however, you begin getting used to hearing the five-time-a-day call and... read more
The Cube: a globe-hopping pop-up restaurant that thinks outside the box

The Cube: a globe-hopping pop-up restaurant that thinks outside the box

If you’re traveling around the world in search of a culinary experience that reaches new heights, then keep an eye out for The Cube. The partially-transparent restaurant-in-a-box is a temporary dining concept that lets you eat in unusual places, like, say, the top of an historic archway (see image above). The 140sqm restaurant can only... read more
Sleep in the world’s deepest hotel room

Sleep in the world’s deepest hotel room

The idea of sleeping in a hotel room that doesn’t have windows because it’s located in the basement doesn’t sound all that appealing… until you learn the reason for the odd layout. Located 155 meters underground, the Mine Suite at Sweden’s Sala Silvermine is a hotel room built into a 16th century mine that was... read more
Instant fun at Japan's noodle museums

Instant fun at Japan’s noodle museums

Just when you think you’ve seen enough museums to last a lifetime, you find one so wacky you just have to add it to your to-do list. Take for example the Shinyokohama Ramen Museum in Yokohama, Japan – the self-proclaimed food amusement park pays homage to the humble noodle that has nourished so many a college student. Visitors... read more
France introduces the baguette vending machine

France introduces the baguette vending machine

The term “daily bread” takes on a whole new meaning when you associate it with the French, who eat about half a baguette per person per day. That might not sound like a lot, but consider that a standard baguette is two feet long, and you’ll quickly understand that bread is practically a food group... read more