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Harbin Ice and Snow Festival 2014

The 30th Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival was officially opened on January 5th in Harbin, located in the north-east of China. It’s now one of the world’s biggest snow and ice festivals and one of the most popular winter destinations in China. For one month icy wonderland will be filled with winter themed attractions, 240-meter-long ice slide,  gigantic spectacular sculptures like replicas of Colosseum and Empire State Building made of ice blocks from the frozen Songhua River and illuminated with colorful LED lights. 500,000 square meter space packed with all kinds of winter fun, could it be more exciting!

Swing at the End of the World

Swing at the End of the World is an attraction for some bravehearts situated at the edge of Baños, Ecuador. It’s a simple swing which hangs over the edge of the cliff of a seismic monitoring station called “La Casa del Árbol” (“The Treehouse”). No safety measures or any kind of protection present. Old-school swing and the beauty of the canyon, that’s simply it. Adrenalin rush garanteed.

Timelapse of London to Brighton Train Journey: 1953, 1983, 2013

60 years ago in 1953 the BBC  took a non-stop video of a train journey from London to Brighton. Then after 30 years in 1983 they did the same trip. And as another 30 years passed BBC sent their correspondent Paul Clifton to repeat the exercise and observe the changes after more than half a century. Looks like time didn’t effect much on the London-Brighton train route, well, maybe except of the passengers outfits style.

15 Breathtaking Roads Around the World

Want to discover new places with a closer, deeper look? Then road-tripping is your kind of travelling. Simply grab some snacks, jump in the car, turn on your favorite tune and enjoy the romance of the drive. And since you sacrificed the comfort and speed of the plane to the scenery outside of your vehicle’s window , the view has to be amazing, it has to charm. Here are the 15 roads around the world which can not be missed – breathtaking lifetime experience, must have on the travel wishlist, no doubt!

The Best of Vivid Sydney 2013 in Pictures

Vivid Sydney, Australia’s annual light festival that turns Sydney into a flame of brightness (featured here last year), is taking place this year from May 24 through June 10, the city of Sydney lights up in a festival dedicated to light, music and ideas. Coloring the city with creativity and inspiration, Vivid Sydney highlights include the hugely popular immersive light installations and projections, performances from local and international musicians at Vivid LIVE at Sydney Opera House and the Vivid Ideas Exchange featuring public talks and debates from leading global creative thinkers. Here are some colorful highlights from the spectacular event, that… Read more »

Global Flight Paths Define the World’s Map

An eye-opening graphical presentation by Michael Markieta, a transportation planner at global engineering and design firm Arup, visualizing the sheer volume of flight paths crossing the globe, and showing the human travel pattern.  Markieta used lighter shades of blue to denote shorter and overlapping flights and darker shades for longer flights with little or no overlap.  With more than 58,000 flight paths criss-crossing the globe, not surprisingly, bright hotspots appear in areas where many flight paths coincide with the world’s major cities. Even without a visual map of the world, you can clearly make out all the major continents and countries, and observe one… Read more »

Miniature-like Iconic Landmarks With A Tilt-Shift Touch

Reykjavik Houses Richard Silver travels the world and documents famous landmarks with an aim to show-off the world from a total different perspective. In his series Tilt-Shift, his goal is to shrink iconic landmarks or everyday street scenes, and give them an unusual feel. Silver says, “People always ask me, How do I make people look so small or why do I make people look so small? Simple, we are!” Thus, his goal with the project is to “give the viewer a new way of seeing themselves and their place in the world.” He has captured many famous places and events,… Read more »

Awesome Retro Travel Posters That’ll Make You Day-Dream About Your Next Holiday

Graphic designer Alex Asfour has created a set of travel posters that have a cool vintage style to them and make us even more eager for sunnier shores. Asfour has used a simple approach with these posters, and evoked a vintage vibe with bold colors, typography and a grainy texture. Given the sorry state of our weather at the moment, you’d be forgiven for craving a holiday so bad you’re finding it hard to concentrate on anything else. Well for now you can enjoy these artistic graphics.

Friends in Real Life – Man Opens Iconic Sitcom Central Perk Cafe in Beijing

If you were a fan of the hugely popular sitcom Friends, you surely remember their favorite meeting place, the Central Perk Cafe. Tired of just seeing the characters experience the coziness of that soft orange couch, one Chinese fan decided to create his own Friends cafe, in Beijing, China. Like so many of us, Du Xin loved Friends. “I’m crazy about Friends. For me, it’s like a religion. It’s my life,” he told NPR. After watching the show, he started searching around Beijing for a place where he could actually sit on an orange couch just like the one his favorite heroes relaxed on in… Read more »

Best Road Trip Routes in the United States

Road tripping is the one thing on almost everyone’s travel list, whether you’re driving across Mediterranean Europe, the African Safari path, or the great North American continent- in addition to the excitement that final destination can offer, the beauty of the road can be equally mesmerizing. Here is the Road Trip map of America, including its 3 best routes which have left visitors overwhelmed and stunned by the road before the destination: And the Top 3 are: Road Trip to Colorado This 390-mile (630-kilometer) road trip begins in Denver, Colorado, crosses through Rocky Mountain National Park, and continues north into Wyoming, where a world… Read more »

Romantik Hotel Muottas Muragl by Franzun AG

The Romantik Muottas Muragl, a sustainable, contemporary hotel set in the Swiss Alps , has undergone a complete renovation in 2012 by Franzun AG. Visitors can look forward to unforgettable views and a luxurious, yet environmentally conscious mountain retreat. Romantik Hotel Muottas Muragl by Franzun AG: “During summer 2010, the entire Berghotel Muottas Muragl was completely renovated. Particular focus was placed on the aspect of environmental-friendliness, giving rise to the first plus-energy hotel in the Alps. Besides constructing the building according to the principles and requirements of the Swiss “Minergie” ecological label, this project went one step further. Although the surface area of the… Read more »

Move, Eat, Learn

3 guys, 44 days, 11 countries, 18 flights, 38 thousand miles, an exploding volcano, 2 cameras and almost a terabyte of footage – all to turn 3 ambitious linear concepts based on movement, learning and food – into 3 beautiful and hopefully compelling short films = a trip of a lifetime. Watch and Enjoy Rick Mereki: Director, producer, additional camera and editing Tim White: DOP, producer, primary editing, sound Andrew Lees: Actor, mover, groover

7 Most Valuable Monuments in Europe

A new study was set to evaluate the value of the most popular monuments around Europe. Conducted by Italy’s Monza and Brianza Chamber of Commerce, it outlined the monetary value of monuments according to their image, branding and aesthetic qualities. Parameters included a “tourist index” which highlighted “the economic value of the location, the fame of the monument, the flux of visitors to the territory and monument.” Also included was an “economic attractiveness index,” which comprised factors like the number of jobs a monument creates and its export value. The material and property value of any structure was not included. Here’s… Read more »

10 Most Hated Cities in the World

To kick-off this post without any misunderstandings, the following cities within the countdown are not hated for being the worst cities in the world – as a mater of fact, a couple of them are ranked as the most livable – it’s because they’re the most bugging and annoying cities to visitors according to a survey underwent by CNNgo. These cities prompt plenty of critical conversation, meant in the most positive light. In other words, this post can be named “10 cities travelers most love to hate”, so here’s the countdown: 10. Belize City, Belize (Belize City, Belize –  image source) A diving and… Read more »

10 Winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest for 2012

Decisions have been made for the 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest and the winners have just been announced, with a group of ten photos coming out on top, plus one Viewer’s Choice winner. A total of eleven images were chosen from more than 12,000 entries submitted by 6,615 photographers from 152 countries covering four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments. Also, be sure to see the earlier entry featuring 40 finalists images from the submissions to this year’s contest. 1- A Japanese maple, by Fred An, one of seven Merit winners. “This is the great Japanese maple tree in the Portland… Read more »

40 Images from the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

Judges will soon be selecting the winners for the 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest for 2012, but voting doesn’t end until Friday, July 20, at 9 a.m. The Atlantic shared these photographs with permission from National Geographic, gathered from four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments.

Mind-Blowing Slingshot Animations around San Francisco [video]

GIF animated images haven’t been ever as good as these slingshot animations of San Francisco. These animated images are part of a music video recently directed by Kevin Parry and shot by Andrea Nesbitt for singer Kalle Matson. The slingshot and orbit effects are achieved through some simple visual techniques and minimal number of frames. The following images are heavy animated GIF images that might take a few seconds to load properly, but are definitely worth it The creators described the process in an email sent to Colossal, as follow: The zooms are done by setting up a camera at each end location and filming the camera zooming in and… Read more »

Daily Mail’s Top 10 Google Earth Images

British Daily Mail selected the 10 most amazing Google Earth snapshots voted by visitors of Stratoscam website, a site created by Paul Rademacher, an ex-Dreamworks and Google employee. It’s the first online source of mashed images from Google’s satellites.

Tanzanian Singita Grumeti Reserves Named The Best Hotel In The World

Tanzania’s Singita Grumeti Reserves Faru Faru lodge, named the best hotel in the world in 2011 by Travel + Leisure magazine’s 16th annual World’s Best Awards, it received a score of 98.44 out of 100 on a list based on reader surveys and feedback.  Located at Serengeti National Park, the hotel is made up of two lodges and a tent camp, offers unparalleled luxury in the thick of the wild. The reserve’s flagship is Sasakwa, an East African ranch house set on a plateau with panoramic views of the plains. The lodge’s wood-paneled libraries have an English country club feel, and there are seven cottage residences, each with… Read more »

The All-Villas Reethi Rah Resort in Maldives by One&Only

The Indian Ocean has always acted as a heat buffer, absorbing, storing, and slowly releasing the tropical heat that creates the amazing weather The Maldives have, making it one of the top tourism destinations for traveler seeking ocean-side privacy and warmth. Today we’re featuring a photo gallery of one of the most breathtaking resorts, that blends the optimum weather, beaches, exclusivity and luxury, The Reethi Rah Resort located on the largest island of North Malé Atoll, Maldives.

A Walk through Plaza Mayor de Madrid

In the heart of Spanish Capital, Madrid, lies the infamous Plaza Mayor (Mayor’s Square), a grand rectangular square measuring 120m long and 90m wide (394ft x 295ft). It’s surrounded by three-story residential buildings (at one point up to six stories high) with 237 breathtaking balconies facing the Plaza and a total of nine arched entrances. Related Images:

Skywalk in Tianmen Mountain, China

The Tianmen Mountain in Zhangjiajie, China is famous, not only for The Avenue Toward Heaven –  one of the world scariest roads, but also for the glass Skywalk. This attraction is doubtless for the brave hearted as not everyone is ready to enjoy the  scenery and observe the absence of solid ground under their feet even further than his eye could see.  

The Avenue Towards Heaven

The Avenue Toward Heaven in Tianmen Mountain, in the Hunan province of China, also known as the Big Gate Road, is one of the world’s scariest roads. Starting from 200 meters below it reaches 1300 meters above sea level. The road goes south of Zhangjiajie City and climbs up the Tianmen Mountain; on the way it makes 99 turns as 9 is considered a lucky number in China. The construction of the breathtaking road started in 1998 and took eight years to complete, nowadays it’s one of the most overwhelming areas in Hunan. For the ones who are not interested… Read more »

Monasteries in Meteora, Greece – Mystical, Magical & Magnificent

In Meteora, Greece, six magnificent monasteries still exist, precariously perched atop 1,300 feet high sandstone pinnacles. Hermit monks constructed the first monastery before nuns came to build too. Access to each monastery was crazy, a leap of faith, climbing rocks, and ladders lashed together or large nets until the ropes would break. The bizarre but beautiful monasteries of Meteora are centuries old and listed by UNESCO World Heritage. The caves in Meteora, Greece, had inhabitants for fifty millennia, but due to raids, “hermit monks” moved to the safety of sandstone rock pinnacles in the 9th century and began building monasteries…. Read more »

Top 10 Most Visited Cities Worldwide

Where to go for vacation this year? Not only to release your mind from the daily routine but to see something really spectacular and breathtaking and at same time comfortable and tourist friendly. That’s the question you start to spine in your brain as soon as the horizon is lit by the upcoming break or sometimes even as soon as you are back from the last one. Here’s a fast peek at the 10 most visited cities in the world: 10. Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 6,81 million tourists. 9. Istanbul, Turkey, 7.51 million tourists. 8.  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 8.11 million tourists…. Read more »

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